ON THIS DAY
News coverage flooded the airwaves in 1976 when Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery…CBS daytime soap opera “Capitol,” which debuted on March 29, 1982, concluded in 1987…”My Breakfast with Blassie,”a film featuring “Taxi” star Andy Kaufman and professional wrestler and manager Fred Blassie, opened in 1983…Two made-for television movies aired against each other in 1988: comedy “Hot Paint” with Gregory Harrison and John Larroquette on CBS and a revival of “Inherit the Wind” on NBC with Jason Robards and Kirk Douglas…Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million in 1992 for injuries she sustained after an accident on game show “The Price is Right” on June 8, 1988… Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of killing their parents in 1996…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Dick Van Dyke Show” creator and co-star Carl Reiner is 95; Oscar winner William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”) is 67; director Spike Lee is 60; Oscar winner Holly Hunter(“The Piano”) is 59.
-Did You Know?:
The original version of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was called “Man of the House,” with Carl Reiner as Rob Petrie who was employed as a writer for a comedy show modeled after Reiner’s experience working with Sid Caesar. Laura Petrie was played by Barbara Britton, Buddy Sorrell by Morty Gunty, Sally Rogers by Sylvia Miles and Richie Petrie by Gary Morgan. After CBS passed on “Man of the House,” a new re-titled version was to star eitherJohnny Carson or Dick Van Dyke. Carson was a game show host at the time and Van Dyke was starring in Broadway musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.” Needless to say, we know who got the role!
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: – 6, NBC: -12, ABC: -24, ABC: -62
CBS stood well above the Sunday competition in the household overnights, finishing first in each of the eight half-hours with its older-skewing combination of “60 Minutes” (#1 for the night: 8.1 rating/14 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (6.7/11), “Madam Secretary” (5.9/ 9) and “Elementary” (4.0/ 6).
But the bigger observation on Sunday, and it was not a positive one, was the lack of interest in the recent midseason entries on ABC and Fox. In week three news, ABC drama “Time After Time” sunk to a mere 1.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.Comparably, that was 28 percent below lead-in “Once Upon a Time” (#3: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.). It was 35 percent below failed year-ago time period occupant “The Family” (2.0/ 3 on 3/20/16). And “Time After Time” was 19 percent below the already anemic 1.6/ 3 in the household overnights last week.
On Fox, episode three of sitcom “Making History” dipped to a distant fourth-place 1.0/ 2 at 8:30 p.m., which was down by 33 percent from lead-in “The Simpsons” (1.5/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and 17 percent from the 1.2/ 2 one week earlier.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
NBC Renews “Shades of Blue” for Season Three
NBC has greenlit current Sunday night crime solver “Shades of Blue” for a third season, with an order for 10 new episodes for 2017-18. Debuting on Jan. 7, 2016, “Shades of Blue” features Jennifer Lopez as Harlee Santos, a single-mother NYPD Detective who is forced to work in the FBI’s anti-corruption task force, while dealing with her own financial and family problems.
Lopez, featuring Ray Liotta, is also an executive producer on “Shades of Blue,” along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and showrunner Jack Orman. The series hails from Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.
NOTES OF INTERESTNBC Unveils Summer Primetime Schedule
NBC has announced its upcoming original programming initiatives for this summer. Featured will be new scripted comedy “Marlon, loosely based on the life of Marlon Wayans;” new scripted drama “Midnight, Texas;” new reality series “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” from the producers of “Little Big Shots;” new reality/competition “World of Dance;” ”SNL” spinoff “SaturdayNight Live: Weekend Update;” new episodes of “The Wall;” and new seasons of “America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “The Carmichael Show,” “The Night Shift” and “Hollywood Game Night.”
FX Announces Production Start Date for Limited Drama “Trust”
FX’s latest limited series, “Trust,” will begin production in June in London and Rome ahead of its premiere in January 2018. The 10-episode first installment of “Trust” tells the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom.
The limited series is being executive produced by Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited. Casting is currently underway for the series, which was originally ordered by FX in March of 2016.
“Trust” was developed under the first-look deal between FX Productions and Boyle/Colson, who re-unite with Beaufoy following previous collaborations on the movies “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours.”
2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen TV Schedule (March 23-24, 2017)
Of the 68 teams announced as part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament on March 12, only 16 of them currently rem
For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations and respective networks for the second round of tournament action, click here
ESPN Tops Total Actions in February; ABC and Fox News Round off The Top 3 – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Two-hour documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later,” which reexamines the intense and life-changing events through the eyes of those who lived it, will premiere on A&E Network on Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later” utilizes rare archival footage and exclusive, deeply engaging interviews with those who saw it happen firsthand. Film director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton speaks to his own experience which was impacted by the fact that the riots happened shortly after releasing his prolific film “Boyz in the Hood” just the year before. Additional detailed accounts include actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos as well as innocent bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media, and rescuers, each telling their own unique story of this violent flashpoint in American history.
“Unseen Enemy,” about the looming crisis of disease pandemics, will premiere as a CNN Films broadcast for a World Health Day presentation on Friday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. “Unseen Enemy” is narrated by actor Jeffrey Wright and is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Janet Tobias. CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, is an executive producer and consultant for the film. Philanthropist Paul G. Allen, known for his catalytic leadership during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, is also an executive producer.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Dancing with the Stars” opens its spring edition on ABC. AMC airs the season finale of drama “Humans.” Bravo debuts docuseries “Sweet Home Oklahoma.” For the schedule listings for Monday, March 20, click here
1. What original series on NBC are you most looking forward to this summer? Click here
2. Good or bad idea? What do you think of NBC ordering a primetime edition of“SNL: Weekend Update” for this summer? Click here
Family Friendly Programming Week
Excluding the parents and other extended family members, if the siblings on “7th Heaven” and UP TV docuseries “Bringing Up Bates” got together, how many people would there be? Hint: Don’t forget about any added cast members in later seasons.
The answer to Friday’s question…
Who was the voice of The Great Gazoo on “The Flintstones”?
a) George Burns
b) Art Carney
c) Harvey Korman
d) Phil Silvers
e) Larry Storch
Is: c) Harvey Korman, who initially voiced The Great Gazoo in 1965 and later appeared on CBS’ “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1968 to 1979.
Mark Barrett, Barbara Berman, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Rosemarie Kelly, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Derek Rogers, Colleen Roth, Steve Rotterdam, Anthony Salerno, Wayne Schulman, Larry Smith, Michelle Stanton, Mike Tankel, Dan Whitford, Jeanne Yonkers, Ted Zavales