ON THIS DAY
Evil oil magnet J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) was shot in the third season finale of CBS’ “Dallas” in 1980, which set the stage for the greatest cliffhanger in the history of television….Two short-lived CBS sitcoms premiered in 1990:“Normal Life” with Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa, and “Sydney” with Valerie Bertinelli…In 1991, hard-driving litigator Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) plunged to her death by falling into an open elevator shaft on NBC’s “L.A. Law”…NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” begin its five season run in 1995…Celebrity Birthdays: Timothy Dalton (“License to Kill”) is 73; talk show host Rosie O’Donnell is 55; Broadway star Matthew Broderick is also 55; Melissa Gorga (“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”) is 38.
-Did You Know?:
In Larry Hagman’s final episode of the TNT revival of “Dallas,” which aired on March 4, 2013, J.R. was shot again, this time fatally. In the 2013 season two finale it was revealed that J.R. asked Steve “Bum” Jones” (Kevin Page) to shoot him so his “masterpiece” could play out, framing Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) for his murder. Hagman passed away on Nov. 23, 2012 at age 81.
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +83, NBC: – 7, ABC: -15, Fox: -19, CBS: -28
NBC, of course, is still the network to beat on Monday in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics) thanks to mainstay “The Voice.” But the return of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” episode No. 400, was still a force to reckon with at a dominant 8.3 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was 19 percent above the 7.0/11 for competing “The Voice” and just six percent below the 8.8/14 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening (also the spring season premiere). That 8.8 overnight rating translated into 12.46 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data (compared to 11.22 million viewers and a 2.8/ 9 in the demo for “The Voice,” which was on par year-to-year in the household overnights).
In other words, ABC can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Despite the ample lead-in support, both “Taken” on NBC (#2: 3.2/ 6) and sophomore “Quantico” on ABC (#3: 2.4/ 5) at 10 p.m. lost considerable steam. Tops in the 10 p.m. hour was “Scorpion” on CBS at a 4.2/ 7.
For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by half-hour for Monday, March 20, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
A&E Orders Docuseries “The Lowe Files”
A&E Network has greenlit the new nonfiction series “The Lowe Files” from Critical Content for this summer. The nine episode series will follow Rob Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they travel through the country to explore infamous unsolved mysteries, a curiosity that Rob has had since his early childhood days and has now been passed down to his boys.
“Since I was a kid I’ve loved unexplained legends, strange phenomena and the scary, supernatural stories told around campfires,” said Lowe. “When I became a father I shared those tales with my two sons. Together we bonded over Bigfoot, UFO’s, and every creepy and bizarre story we could find, passionately debating if they were real…or not. And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to find out. That day has come.”
“The Lowe Files” is produced for A&E Network by Critical Content. Executive producers for Critical Content are Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Brad Bishop and Douglas McCallie. Rob Lowe serves as executive producer. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky and Devon Hammonds.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS Renews “The Big Bang Theory” for Two More Seasons
It is official. CBS has picked-up the top-rated sitcom in primetime, “The Big Bang Theory,” for two more seasons (and 48 new episodes). This takes it through the 2018-19 TV season, which will put it in a tie with “Two and a Half Men” and “My Three Sons” as the second longest running scripted comedy in the history of television (behind “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” on ABC, which aired from 1952 to 1966). “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX and FXX is now also at 12 seasons.
Debuting on Sept. 24, 2007, “The Big Bang Theory” is expected to lead-into upcoming prequel “Sheldon,” which will focus on the character of Sheldon Cooper as a nine year old. The entire cast — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch – will be returning. Both Bialik and Rauch will are expected to be pocketing about $500,000 per episode after their five co-stars agreed to cut their million dollar per episode paychecks to a reported $900,000.
Hulu Picks Up Drama “Shut Eye” for Season Two
Hulu has announced a second season renewal for drama “Shut Eye,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Debuting on Dec. 7, 2016, “Shut Eye” centers around the life of failed magician Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan), who now works as a psychic
John Shiban will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the second season. The executive Producers also include Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein for Gran Via Productions and Les Bohem. “Shut Eye” is produced by Tri-Star Television.
NOTES OF INTEREST2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen TV Schedule (March 23-24, 2017)
The NIT is now down to its Elite Eight. Beginning March 28, with its Final Four, the tournament will be played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with the NIT title game played on March 30th. For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), and announcers, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season three of Bounce TV comedy “Mann & Wife” will return with two new back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 28 from 9-10 p.m. ET. All-new “Mann & Wife” episodes will continue to premiere Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET through the spring on Bounce. The half-hour situation comedy, featuring real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann, follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.
Season two of dating/relationship series “Famously Single” will open on E! on Sunday, July 9th at 10 p.m. ET. A new set of so-called celebrities will live together in a downtown Los Angeles loft while taking part in dating exercises and coaching sessions with relationship experts Dr. Darcy Sterling and Robert Mack, as well as going on real dates seeking the love they’ve lacked until now.
Charo Goes Bonkers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”
From Clippit: We’d expect nothing less for bubbly pop culture icon Charo to go over-the-top for her “Dancing with the Stars” debut last night. And she did not disappoint. After Charlo’s lively salsa performance, her energy level increased further as she yelled in ecstasy over the positive remarks from the judges…until she observed her lower-than-expected dance scores, that is. For a look, clickhere
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Two series premieres on cable: “Home Town” on HGTV and “Parched” at National Geographic Channel. Three season finales on cable: “Friday Night Tykes” on Esquire, “If Loving You is Wrong” on OWN and “Being Mary Jane” on BET. “Switched at Birth” hits episode No. 100 on Freeform. For the schedule listings for Tuesday, March 21, click here
What grade would you give for the season premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last night. Click here
Family Friendly Programming Week
What was the name of Lorelai’s (Lauren Graham) dog on “Gilmore Girls”?
a) Paul Anka
b) Art Garfunkel
c) Wayne Newton
d) Pete Seeger
e) James Taylor
The answer to yesterday’s question…
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.
Is: e) 26. A total of 19 siblings on “Bringing Up Bates” (Zachary, Michael, Erin, William, Kenneth, Elyssa, Tori, Trace, Carlin, Josie, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie-Anna, Judson and Jeb) plus the seven fictional siblings on “7th Heaven” (Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie, Sam and David) equals 26.
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Sharon Case, Larry Collins, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore