ON THIS DAY
Radio comedy “Those Websters,” featuring the voice of Fran Allison prior to“Kukla, Fran and Ollie” debuted in 1945…Fashion doll Barbie, manufactured by Mattel, went on sale in 1959… “Muppets Tonight,” the first revival featuring The Muppets,” premiered on ABC in 1996. It lasted just four months…Dan Rather anchored the “CBS Evening News” for the last time in 2005…ABC detective drama“Castle,” starring Nathan Fillion, opened in 2009. It concluded last May after 173 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Talk show host Steve Wilkos is 53; actress Brittany Snow (“Picture Perfect”) is 31; rapper Bow Wow is 30.
-Did You Know?:
Richard Castle’s apartment on “Castle” was the same set as was used for the main character’s apartment in the short-lived CBS drama “Moonlight” in 2007.
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +30, Fox: +22, CBS: + 8, CW: -29, NBC: -45
CBS topped this second Wednesday in March care of the two-hour (two-episode) season premiere of “Survivor,” which is themed “Game Changers.” The expanded telecast averaged a 4.6 rating/8 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., peaking in the 8 p.m. half-hour with a 5.0/ 9. While dominance is certainly a positive, a one-hour edition of “Survivor” on the year-ago evening averaged a stronger 5.6/ 9 from 8-9 p.m.
In season-premiere news, “Survivor” Game Changers” led into a second-place 3.3/ 6 for sophomore “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” at 10 p.m. Comparably, that trailed the return of “Designated Survivor” on ABC (#1: 4.3/ 8) by 23 percent in the household overnights. And competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (#3: 2.6/ 5) was a repeat. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” was also 17 percent below failed “CSI: Cyber” on the year-ago evening (4.0/ 7 on 3/09/16). In other words, all these generic crime solvers on CBS are beginning to lose steam.
For the full analysis and individual program breakdown for Wednesday, March 8, click here
Live + Same Day Data
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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
WE tv Announces Two New Spin-Off Series
WE will expand “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” and “Growing Up Hip Hop” through new spinoff series, “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition” and “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.” “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition,” which premieres on Friday, April 28 at 9 p.m. ET, will feature a cast of dysfunctional families dealing with well-publicized rifts, who will undergo intense counseling and decide, with the help of experienced therapists Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolino, whether to save their relationships or cut family ties forever. “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” premiering later this year, chronicles the perks and perils of being born into Hip Hop royalty in the city that the New York Times called “Hip Hop’s center of gravity.”
“Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition” is produced for WE tv by Thinkfactory Media and executive produced by Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, Erin Richards and Leslie Greif. Antonia Mattia is Co-Executive Producer. “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” is executive produced by Tara Long, Mark Herwick and Ben Megargel for Entertainment One (eOne) along with Shad Moss and Datari Turner. Turner’s Datari Turner Productions is co-producing the series.
Ovation TV Developing “Hot Art” Scripted Drama
Ovation TV is developing its first scripted drama, “Hot Art,” based on the book by Canadian journalist Joshua Knelman, “Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art.” UK-based writer Simeon Thornton (“Sovereign”) will pen the adaptation and Bob Cooper from Storyscape Entertainment will produce.
“Hot Art” is described as a drama series that offers a fresh, contemporary take on the world of art crime. Set in London, the center of the global art market, the show follows a squad of elite Scotland Yard undercover police agents tasked with solving art crimes and catching the criminals who aim to keep one step ahead of them.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“Taboo” Renewed for Season Two
FX and BBC America has picked-up scripted drama “Taboo” for a second season, citing 5.8 million total viewers weekly across all linear and non-linear. Debuting on FX on January 10th (and three days before on BBC One), and set in 1814, the series begins with James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after 12 years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.
“Taboo’s first season was exceptional and its success on FX is testament to the creative excellence and dedication of the producers, cast and crew,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “We are proud to again join BBC One and Sonar Entertainment in partnering with Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker on the second season and look forward to working again with the great Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, Ridley Scott, Chips Hardy and everyone who makes “Taboo” so remarkable.”
The number of new episodes of “Taboo” has not been confirmed.
TLC Renews “Kindred Spirits” for Season Two
TLC has announced a second season renewal for “Kindred Spirits.” Currently in production, the series follows ghost hunters Amy Bruni and Adam Berry as they help a new crop of real families who are being tormented by paranormal activity in their homes. The logline: Scared by the mysterious happenings, but hesitant to pick up and leave, these families have turned to two of America’s leading paranormal investigators to capture evidence and help find closure for the living and the dead. With the added stress that the spirits may be their own late family members, each episode of “Kindred Spirits” introduces a new family that seeks help from Amy and Adam.
Showtime Orders a Third Season of “Billions”
Showtime has greenlit drama series “Billions” for a third season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. Debuting on Jan. 17, 2016, the series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of SAC Capital. It stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman, and it currently airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.
NOTES OF INTEREST Boomerang to Launch Streaming Service
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and Warner Bros. are launching a streaming service that will feature more than 5,000 different titles. The Boomerang internet-video service, which will not carry any ads, will begin at an undisclosed date this spring, priced starting at $4.99 per month. It marks the first time the two companies have offered the WB-owned animation libraryfrom Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM on a streaming platform. New and classic shows on the service will include “Bugs Bunny,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Tom & Jerry,” “The Jetsons” and “The Flintstones,” with content rotated weekly.
The service will be ad-free and launch domestically on Web, iOS and Android devices for $4.99 per month (with a seven-day free trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day free trial). For more information, visit Boomerang.com.
Fred Savage to Host ABC Game Show “Child Support”
Former “The Grinder” star Fred Savage has been named host of upcoming ABC game show “Child Support.” Formerly called “Five to Survive” and created by Ricky Gervais, “Child Support” will feature grown-up contestants answering 10 questions for a chance to win a cash prize. If the adult can’t answer a question correctly, he or she can turn to a group of five kids (ages six to nine) who have been asked the same question. Gervais will executive produce. Production begins in Los Angeles next week.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set a date for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. The ceremony will air live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, January 7, 2018. No host has been announced.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Fox debuts reality competition “Kicking & Screaming.” Shonda Rhimes drama“The Catch” opens new season on ABC. “Nashville” concludes it winter run on CMT. For the schedule listings for Thursday, March 9, click here
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Which TV character was often seen drinking from a mug that read “Innocent Bystander”?
a) Kate Beckett
b) Mick Belker
c) Sonny Crockett
d) Samantha Jones
e) Lynette Scavo
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following statements is not true?
a) “NCIS” was spun-off from “JAG.”
b) “NYPD Blue” is the longest running crime drama in the history of ABC.
c) Sitcom “Becker” was spun-off from “The King of Queens.”
d) Tyne Daly won four Emmy Awards for playing Mary Beth Lacey on “Cagney & Lacey.”
e) Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Emmy Award 12 times for playing Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote” and never won.
e) They are all true
Is: c) Sitcom “Becker” was spun-off from “The King of Queens.” “Becker,” starring Ted Danson, aired on CBS from Nov. 2, 1998 to Jan. 28, 2004. A total of 129 episodes were produced.
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins (2x), Tom Condosta, Steve Ellis, Tom Gdisis, Maureen Goldman, Jeff Greenberg, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Derek Rogers, Jay Rossi, Joe Rubi, Art Salisch, Cece Smith, Larry Smith, Bruce Starin, Ralph Tobias, Kurt Weil, Ted Zavales