ON THIS DAY
Raymond Burr, formerly known as Perry Mason, took on a new persona as wheelchair-using Detective Robert Ironside in TV movie “A Man Called Ironside” in 1967 (which morphed into the regularly scheduled NBC police drama “Ironside” the following fall). The original “Ironside” aired through Jan. 16, 1975, while the remake with Blair Underwood on NBC in 2013 ran for only nine episodes…ABC daytime soap “The City” (which was spun-off from“Loving”) concluded in 1997. It was telecast for two and-one-half seasons…Animated “Futurama” began on Fox in 1999. It ran for four seasons and returned as four direct-to-video films in 2008. Comedy Central then revived “Futurama” for a fifth season and kept it in production through 2013…Celebrity Birthdays: Country singer and sitcom star Reba McEntire is 62; actor Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) is 47; reality star Kate Gosselin is 42; Lada Gaga is 31.
-Did You Know?: “Amy Prentiss,” starring Jessica Walter, which was one of the four rotating crime solvers in the 1974-75 season of the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie,”was spun-off from an episode of the original “Ironside.” It only lasted for three episodes, but resulted in an Emmy for Walter as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. Earlier, NBC’s 1971 fall TV season opened with a two-hour crossover between “Ironside” and a new drama, “Sarge,” starring George Kennedy as a cop-turned priest. “Sarge”produced only 14 episodes.
RATINGS BOX Note: The metered market (overnight) data for Monday, March 27 was not available at press time. But please visit our website at 11:30 a.m. ET for the fast national results.
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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Daytime Hour “Harry” Renewed for Season Two
“Harry,” hosted by Harry Connick, Jr., has been greenlit for a second season in first-run syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and the Fox Television Stations. The daytime talker, which debuted last September, just snagged five Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including a nomination for Entertainment Talk Show host for Connick. Entertainment themed,“Harry” features comedic segments, audience participation, human interest stories, celebrity interviews and musical performances led by Connick, who is supported by his touring band. Justin Stangel, Eric Stangel and Jason Kurtz are executive producers, along with Connick and Ann Marie Wilkins.
Season to-date (through March 12), “Harry” is tied with “Dr. Oz” from Sony Pictures Television at No. 10 amongst the 13 syndicated daytime talk shows, with a 1.3 household rating. First overall is “Dr. Phil” from CBS Television Distribution with a 3.5 rating; followed by “Live with Kelly” (Disney/ABC: 2.4); “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Warner Bros.: 2.3); “Steve Harvey” (NBCU) and “Maury” (NBCU: 1.6 each); “Rachael Ray” (CTD), “Steve Wilkos” (NBCU) and “Jerry Springer” (NBCU: 1.3 each); aforementioned “Harry” and “Dr. Oz” (1.2 each); and “The Doctors” (CTD) and “The Real” (Warner Bros.), each with a 0.9 household rating each.
AMC Renews “Humans” for Season Three
AMC and Channel 4 and Kudos in Britain have announced that drama “Humans” has been picked up for a third season. The series will return with eight new episodes in 2018. Production will begin in fall 2017 with key cast set to return. Set in a parallel present, the series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called “synths.”
“Humans” is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, and is based on the Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans” created by Lars Lundstrom and produced by SVT and Matador Film.
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Hulu Orders “I Love You, America” Starring Sarah Silverman
Hulu has given a straight-to-series pick-up to a new series from production company “Funny or Die” starring Sarah Silverman called “I Love You, America.” The logline: From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair share of online chatter, but with this show she’s looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others, and not taking herself too seriously. While it’s great to connect with like-minded people, Silverman feels it’s crucial, now more than ever, to connect with un-like-minded people. She is teaming up with producers Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Funny Or Die, in creating a show setting out to expose the fact that we are all the same. Oh, and it will be funny too.
Ten half-hour episodes have been ordered for “I Love You, America,” which is expected to debut on Hulu at an undisclosed time in 2017.
OWN Picks Up Docuseries “Released” and “Checking Inn”
OWN has ordered two new series – “Released,” produced by Lucky 8 TV, and “Checking Inn” from Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television, which is a working title and follows former Essence Magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood as she pursues her lifelong dream of running her own bed and breakfast. “Released” will feature first-person narratives of formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time to restart their lives. Both will join the cable network’s Saturdaynight line-up later this year.
“OWN’s Saturday night lineup features entertaining and thought-provoking docu-series focused around conversations our audience is having in their everyday lives,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We think both of these shows will connect with our viewers and we’re pleased to be able to continue to serve up great new content.”
Discovery Channel Orders “House of Cars”
Discovery Channel has picked-up a new series tentatively titled “House of Cars” to air as part of the network’s Motor Mondays programming line-up. The series, produced by Coolfire Studios, is an original unscripted series that proves building cars isn’t just for the pros — it’s for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to test their chops on a big build. The logline: At just 29, Nate Boyer has already made his mark restoring and customizing classic American cars as owner of Kultured Customs. But now he’s making his biggest gamble yet — starting a new type of garage like no other. It’s called “The Doghouse,” a co-op business, where mechanics and hobbyists with varied skill sets (aka “Dawgs”) get to use Nate’s space to modify and restore cars to their full glory.
“House of Cars” is produced for Discovery Channel by Coolfire Studios. For Coolfire, Jeff Keane, David Johnson, Steve Luebbert, Emi Macuaga and Graham Hughes serve as executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Craig Coffman is executive producer and Todd Lefkowitz is producer.
Johnny Galecki and Science Channel Join Forces for Prank Series “Scijinks”
“The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki will appear in and executive produce “Scijinks” (working title), a new Science Channel series scheduled to premiere in 4th quarter 2017. “Scijinks” will use cutting-edge science as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes, creating the smartest prank show on television.
The scoop: Galecki will orchestrate a team of brilliant and inventive scientists drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more, with never-before-seen pranks designed to introduce audiences to remarkable and unusual scientific discoveries. Along with Galecki, each of the eight, 30 minute episodes will be guided by scientists, physicists and stem students. Galecki’s Alcide Bava Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions will produce the series.
NOTES OF INTEREST “Cash Cab” to Return on Discovery
Discovery Channel is reviving game show “Cash Cab” after a five year absence with comedian David Steinberg and All3Media’s Lion USA at the helm along with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer. The scoop: Revived and revved up, unwitting passengers enter the Cash Cab expecting a normal taxi journey, only to discover they’re instant contestants in for a potentially lucrative ride. Dodging New York City traffic, these lucky passengers will take on classic “Cash Cab” trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social media shout outs. If these riders get three questions wrong, though, they’re out on the street. All new episodes will feature some of the top names in comedy, film and TV…who will even get behind the wheel of the cab itself, picking up lucky passengers.
No host or official debut date for this new “Cash Cab” has been announced yet.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CBS Season – or Series – Finale Dates
CBS has announced the season – or series – finale dates for its roster of primetime programs and they are as follows:
“MacGyver” (Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Ransom” (Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. ET): cancellation expected
–“2 Broke Girls” (Monday, April 17, 9:30 p.m. ET): season or series finale
-“Blue Bloods” (Friday, May 5, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Kevin Can Wait” (Monday, May 8, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Superior Donuts” (Monday, May 8, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Criminal Minds” (Wednesday, May 10, 9 p.m. ET): season or series finale
–“The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, May 11, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
–“The Great Indoors” (Thursday, May 11, 8:30 p.m. ET): season or series finale
–“Mom” (Thursday, May 11, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Life in Pieces” (Thursday, May 11, 9:30 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Hawaii Five-O” (Friday, May 12, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
–“NCIS: Los Angeles” (Sunday, May 14, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Man With a Plan” (Monday, May 15, 8:30 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Scorpion” (Monday, May 15, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
–“NCIS” (Tuesday, May 16, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
–“NCIS: New Orleans” (Tuesday, May 16, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (Wednesday, May 17, 9 p.m. ET): season or series finale (two hours)
–“Undercover Boss” (Friday, May 19, 8 p.m. ET): season or series finale
–“Training Day” (Saturday, May 20, 9 p.m. ET): cancellation expected
–“Madam Secretary” (Sunday, May 21, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Elementary” (Sunday, May 21, 10 p.m. ET): season or series finale
–“Bull” (Tuesday, May 23, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
–“Survivor” (Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET): season finale (two hours)
-“The Amazing Race” (Thursday, June 1, 10 p.m. ET): season or series finale
Charo Continues Being Wild on “Dancing With the Stars”
Week two of the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” last night hardly dampened bubbly pop culture icon Charo’s enthusiasm. After her dance, she again did not understand judge Bruno Tonioli’s English and she anxiously grabbed the microphone from host Tom Bergeron. For a look, click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Bones” concludes its 12 season run on Fox. PBS launches “Dead Reckoning: War & Justice.” Two series debut on cable: ”Jungletown” on Viceland and “Rebel” on BET. “The Mindy Project” concludes for the season on Hulu. For the schedule listings for Tuesday, March 28, click here
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Time to Start Laughing
Which one of the following series was a sitcom?
a) “Kate Brasher”
b) “Pepper Dennis”
c) “Laurie Hill”
d) “Kate McShane”
e) “Karen Sisco”
f) None of them were
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which current scripted drama will be hitting the 100-episode mark in April?
a) “Bates Motel”
b) “Chicago Fire”
c) “NCIS: New Orleans”
d) “Once Upon a Time”
Is: e) “Scandal,” which debuted on April 5, 2012 and will reach the 100-episode milestone on April 13.
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