ON THIS DAY
The first official demonstration of television was presented at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories auditorium in New York City in 1927. The live picture and voice of then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover were transmitted over telephone lines from Washington, D.C. to New York…In 1984, Ted Knight sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” was revived in first-run syndication after a three season run on ABC. One year later, the series was renamed “The Ted Knight Show” for its final season in 1985-86…Fox sitcom “Married with Children” reached the 100-episode mark in 1991. It aired through June 9, 1997, reaching 259 episodes…CBS sitcom “Bonnie” (originally called “The Bonnie Hunt Show”) ended in 1995 after just one season…Fox’s “American Idol” concluded its 15 season run in 2016…Celebrity birthdays: actor Jackie Chan is 63; Oscar winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) is 53; actor Bill Bellamy (“Any Given Sunday”) is 52.
-Did You Know?: “The Ted Knight Show” was confirmed to return for another season, which would have been the seventh overall, but production never resumed after the passing of Ted Knight from colon cancer on Aug. 26, 1986. The 10 remaining episodes were broadcast beginning in September 1986 and concluded on Feb. 7, 1987.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening: Note: Fox aired the series finale of “American Idol.”
CBS: – 2, ABC: – 6, NBC: -12, CW: -18, Fox: -82
“The Big Bang Theory” lifted CBS to another Thursday overnight victory, with a consistent 8.5 rating/15 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. But a second-place 4.4/ 7 for “The Great Indoors” at 8:30 p.m., which slipped by 48 percent, means the pink slip is pending.
Second overall in the 8 p.m. hour was “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC at a consistent 5.6/10, followed by “MasterChef Junior” on Fox at a very distant 2.4/ 4. The steep year-to-year losses for Fox is a result of the finale of “American Idol” airing one year earlier.
Capping off the 8 p.m. hour were NBC comedies “Superstore” (#4: 2.2/ 4) and “Powerless” (#4: 1.5/ 2), and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (1.1/ 2). “Powerless,” which lives up to its title, is now just waiting for the proverbial axe to swing. For a look at other on the fence TV series at present, click here
For the complete analysis, including the breakdown by half-hour, for Thursday, April 6, click here
Live Plus Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
A Celebration of Three Decades – American Experience on PBS
Call it the power of the proven and the familiar.
With over 500 scripted series (a new record) competing for eyeballs across all platforms this year, not to mention the rise of reality-themed programming, the value of historical documentary anthology American Experience on PBS lies in its stability, consistent quality, and the loyalty of an audience both upscale and educated.
A Diversified Experience
With 7 to 10 new films per season, some one-hour in length, some two-hours and others in a miniseries format, what started as an acquisition series in 1988 has evolved into almost exclusively content that American Experienceconceives and commissions filmmakers to create. For more, click here
NOTES OF INTEREST
Don Rickles Dies at 90
Legendary insult comedian Don Rickles, a fixture on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure. He was 90.
Born on May 8, 1926 in Jackson Heights, New York, Rickles abandoned a potential career as an insurance agent by enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He tried his hand at performing comedy in nightclubs in between acting gigs, which is where he found his true calling by taking on hecklers.Rickles was doing just that in the 1950s when Frank Sinatra and his entourage saw his performance in Miami Beach, and recommendations by Sinatra opened doors for him in Las Vegas (and entry as an honorary member of the Rat Pack).
An appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1965 gave Rickles his national breakthrough and he quickly became a regular guest. Rickles headlined three short-lived sitcoms: “The Don Rickles Show” on CBS in 1972, “C.P.O. Sharkey” on NBC from 1976-78, and “Daddy Dearest” on Fox in 1993. He also guest starred in numerous series like “The Twilight Zone,” “Wagon Train,” “The Addams Family,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Lucy Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gilliagn’s Island.” But it was “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast,” which ran sporadically from 1974 to 1984 on NBC, that gave Rickles his greatest success.
More recently, Rickles guest starred in TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” and was the voice of Mr. Potato in the “Toy Story” franchise.
Rickles is survived by his wife Barbara, a son and a daughter, along with two grandchildren.
getTV and Antenna TV Remember Don Rickles
Diginet getTV will celebrate the life and legacy of Don Rickles with a variety block highlighting some of his most memorable Friars’ Club Roasts this Monday, April 10. The tribute begins at 10 p.m. ET, as the infamous insult comic gets a rare taste of his own medicine in 1970’s “The Friar’s Club Roasts Don Rickles,” hosted by Johnny Carson and featuring appearances by Henny Youngman, Dick Cavett, George C. Scott and Milton Berle. Next at 11 p.m. ET is “The Friar’s Club Roasts Johnny Carson” featuring appearances by Rickles, Groucho Marx, Flip Wilson, Dick Cavett, and Carson’s long-time sidekick Ed McMahon. “The Friar’s Club Roasts Jerry Lewis” completes the tribute at 12 a.m. ET.
Antenna TV, meanwhile, will feature Rickles on episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” through this Sunday.
E! Acquires “The People’s Choice Awards”
“The People’s Choice Awards,” a staple on CBS since its birth in 1975, is moving to E! Beginning in 2018, the awards show will be broadcast on E! and produced by NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios, which produces E!’s red carpet coverage.“Rooted in pop culture and celebrity, the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ is a natural extension for E! and we are excited to evolve and supercharge this fan-centered event for the next generation in a way that only E! can,” said Adam Stotsky, president of E! “Over two decades ago, E! created the red carpet experience and became the leading destination for fans on Hollywood’s biggest nights. With this acquisition, we are harnessing our entertainment authority, live event expertise and huge multi-platform reach to take fans beyond the red carpet and offer a true end to end consumer experience.”
“The People’s Choice Awards” airs every year in January.
Food Network to Launch in Italy
Scripps Networks Interactive has announced the launch of Food Network in Italy on May 8 on free-to-air LCN 33. “The launch of Food Network in Italy, a key growth market for Scripps Networks Interactive, represents a significant milestone in the global expansion of this brand,” said Phillip Luff, Managing Director of UK & EMEA for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Italy offers a rich and dynamic culture, where food is in people’s DNA, and Food Network’s unique and entertaining programming will engage the many millions of Italians who celebrate food.”
Food Network will offer a mix of local original productions and flagship international shows across genres including culinary entertainment, competitions series and in the kitchen cooking techniques. In addition to original local commissions, which will be produced in Italian, all programming will be dubbed in Italian. To accompany the on-air offering, Food Network will launch a localized website featuring tested recipe collections, tips and food hacks, in addition to a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram to showcase exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes content.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Rob Marciano Confirmed for “National Cherry Blossom Festival”
Carrie Ann Inaba from “Dancing with the Stars” and Rob Marciano from “Good Morning America” will appear on the annual “National Cherry Blossom Festival,” which commemorates the 105th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the city of Washington, D.C. Distributed by Timeless International, Inc., Sinclair owned WJLA in Washington DC will air this event live as a two-hour program tomorrow from 10:00 am – 12 noon. Filmed in high definition, this syndicated one hour spring special will begin airing nationally onSaturday, April 15 through Sunday, June 25.
On the fence: Which TV Shows the Broadcast Networks Should Keep or Cancel – Click here
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“VH1 Hip Hop Squares” Renewed for Season Two
VH1 has announced a second season pick-up for “VH1 Hip Hop Squares,” a new variation of classic game show “The Hollywood Squares.” Hosted by DeRay Davis and executive produced by Ice Cube, the series features two contestants who play tic-tac-toe with their favorite celebrities for big prizes.
“VH1 Hip Hop Squares” is developed in association with CBS Television Distribution. Dionne Harmon and Neal Konstantini serve as co-executive producers. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Nina L. Diaz, Paul Ricci, Candida Boyette-Clemons, Trevor Rose and Elena Diaz are executive producers for VH1.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Veteran TLC docuseries “Little People, Big World” will return for a new season on Tuesday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: With not only one, but two grandchildren on the way, future grandparents Amy and Matt must also navigate divorced life while living 500 feet from each other and running the family farm together.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Three non-scripted network series premieres: invention themed “The Toy Box” on ABC, “First Dates” on NBC and “You the Jury” on Fox…Amazon debuts “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story”…In the season final department: “The Get Down” on Netflix, “Mama June: From Hot to Not”on WE and “The Rap Game” on Lifetime. For the schedule listings for Friday, April 7, click here
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TRIVIA CHALLENGE Friday Flashback
If you were watching one of the broadcast networks live on a Friday evening in 1987, which one of the following five series would you have not seen?
b) “Full House”
c) “Miami Vice”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following options lasted the most number of seasons?
b) “Evening Shade”
c) “Midnight Caller”
d) “Twilight Theater”
e) “Up All Night”
Is: b) “Evening Shade,” the CBS sitcom starring Burt Reynolds aired for four seasons (from 1990-94). Also featured were Marilu Henner, Michael Jeter, Hal Holbrook, Ossie Davis, Charles Durning, Elizabeth Ashley and Ann Wedgworth. As for the others:
Mark Amato, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Audrey Davis, John Ferlazzo, Jeff Greenberg, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Shelly Johnson, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Jenni O’Malley, Aaron Paquette, Michael Ratliffe, Larry Smith, Ted Zavales