Thursday, May 4, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
NBC daytime drama “Another World” began its 35-season run in 1965…There were six series finales: “Max Headroom” on ABC in 1988; NBC’s “Quantum Leap” in 1993; NBC’s “Sisters” in 1996; “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” in 1997, which began on ABC and ended its two-season run on NBC; “NewsRadio” on NBC in 1999; and ABC’s “Boy Meets World” in 2000. Life for the Matthews family continued on “Girl Meets World” on Disney Channel, which aired from 2014-16…Celebrity Birthdays: Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson is 87; Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5 is 66; country singer Randy Travis is 58; “Arrested Development” star Will Arnett is 47; “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews is 39; singer Lance Bass is 38.

-Did You Know?:
Elizabeth Hoffman is remembered for playing the role of matriarch Beatrice Reed on NBC drama “Sisters. The original choice for the role, however, was “Family”star Sada Thompson, who turned it down.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 5/03/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.4/ 8, NBC: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: no change, CBS: -12, ABC: -17, Fox and The CW: -31 each

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS’ always addictive “Survivor” led the Wednesday household overnights, with a 5.3 rating/10 share in the 8 p.m. hour. Fox’s “Empire,” the recent Wednesdayovernight king, dipped to a series low 4.4/ 7 at 9 p.m., which was down by a hefty 32 percent from the comparable year-ago evening. As I always say, it is better for a series to start slower and build rather than peak in the first season.

Second behind “Survivor” was ABC’s combination of sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#2: 3.6/ 6) and “Speechless” (#2: 2.9/ 5), followed by NBC’s “Blindspot” (#3: 2.9/ 5), Fox’s “Shots Fired” (#4: 2.4/ 4), and “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.2/ 2). Comparably, “Blindspot” was seven percent above failed drama “Heartbeat” on the year-ago evening (2.7/ 5).

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Wednesday, May 3, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/01/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/02/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hulu Orders Dramas “Marvel’s Runaways” and “The First”
Hulu is jumping on the growing comic book to series bandwagon with the pickup of “Marvel’s Runaways,” its first series order with Marvel Television. “Marvel’s Runaways,” from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the team behind “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl,” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. The series will explore the younger side of the Marvel Universe in a coming of age, new action series that will premiere on Hulu in the winter.

In addition, Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for “The First” (working title), which is set in the near future and is about the first human mission to Mars. The series is created and written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”  “Ides of March”), who also serves as executive producer alongside his producing partner Jordan Tappis.

Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum Team for Amazon Comedy Series
Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum are teaming for a proposed untitled sitcom on Amazon featuring the pair as an iconic music duo from the past who are forced to reunited despite their longstanding hatred for one another. The logline: As the talented but strong-willed pair attempt to reconcile, they turn to the people who somehow manage to love these two incandescent idiots — their wives, ex-wives, children, managers, friends and lovers — all of whom turn out to be as brilliant, infuriating, and frustratingly lovable as Matt and Arlo themselves.

Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will serve as executive producers alongside DeVito and Goldblum. Imagine TV’s Jon Radler brought in the project and will oversee for Imagine, which is also behind Empire,” “Arrested Development” and 24: Legacy.”

CBS News Launches “CBS Evening News – Unchartered”
CBS News is launching “CBS Evening News – Unchartered,” a new editorial initiative and digital series that will explore important topics in American culture, science and the arts and feature interviews and analysis from key experts and newsmakers. The first installment of “CBS Evening News – Uncharted,” which debuted yesterday on CBSNews.com and the CBS News’ social media platforms, is called “State of Mind” and will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of mental health in America.

New episodes for “State of Mind” will be released every Wednesday in May, which is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Additional footage and interviews from the digital-first series will also be broadcast on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Paramount Network Orders Family Drama “Yellowstone”
Paramount Network, which launches in January 2018, has greenlit a new, original, epic, sweeping cinematic scripted family drama series, “Yellowstone.” The series is written and directed by Oscar-nominated and critically-acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water,” “Sicario,” “Wind River”) and executive produced by The Weinstein Company with John and Art Linson (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Fight Club,” “Heat”).

The logline: “Yellowstone” follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.  It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier.  It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.

“Yellowstone” is slated to go into production for 10 one-hour episodes this fall and will debut on the network in summer 2018. The executive producers for the series include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser.

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
 
Hulu Renews “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Season Two
Just one week after its debut, Hulu has greenlit “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, which according to Hulu has been watched by more viewers than any other series premiere on the platform. Based on the 1985 novel by Bruce Miller of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) and Samira Wiley (“Orange Is The New Black”). It is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Margaret Atwood serving as a consulting producer.

The logline: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Fox Cancels “You The Jury”
After a two week absence, Fox has announced it has canceled interactive court show “You The Jury,” which allowed viewers to vote on the outcome of real civil cases, with lawyers arguing both sides and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro as host.  The second – and final – episode of “You The Jury” aired on April 14.

   
NOTES OF INTEREST

Last Minute Suggestions for the Broadcast Networks for the Fall 2017 Primetime Schedule Announcements: Click here

Casting News
Alec Baldwin will guest star in Hulu’s upcoming “The Looming Tower” as George Tenet, the Director of Central Intelligence for the CIA. He is Richard Clarke’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) partner in fighting al-Qaeda, though he may know more than he is letting on. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 9/11 expose, “The Looming Tower” is being adapted for Hulu as a 10-episode, hour-long drama series from Dan Futterman (“Foxcatcher,” “Capote”) and Academy Award and Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology”).

Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Clickhere
-TV One Looks to “Represent” the African American Community – Click here
Freeform Prepares for Life Without “Pretty Little Liars” – Click here
More Scripted Programming on Tap at Nat Geo – Click here
-Pop Targets “Modern Grown Ups” with New Slate – Click here
-Discovery Turns Its Focus to Digital – Click here
-Lifestyle Matters, According to Scripps – Click here
-Nickelodeon Touts 700 Hours of Original New and Returning Programming – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“L.A. Riots: As We Watched,” focusing on the 25th anniversary of the infamous L.A. riots, will air on American Heroes Channel (AHC) on Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The one-hour special promises to transport viewers back to the early ‘90s to experience the growing tension, aggravation and sense of injustice that sparked one of the most violent displays of civil unrest in US history.

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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Superstore” concludes for the Season on NBC. E! debuts docuseries “Second Wives Club.” “Evil Stepmothers” opens season two on ID.  For the schedule listings for Thursday, May 4, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Life After “The Sopranos”

Which one of the following five series did not feature a former cast member from HBO mob drama “The Sopranos”?

a) “Guys With Kids”
b) “House of Cards”
c) “Lilyhammer”
d) “Nurse Jackie”
e) “Rizzoli & Isles”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following TV characters was never seen wearing braces on her teeth?

a) Cindy Brady
b) Sue Heck
c) Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey
d) Lisa Simpson
e) Lynn Tanner
f) They all wore braces at some point

Is: f) They all wore braces at some point, with Eden Sher as Sue Heck on ABC sitcom “The Middle” wearing them for the longest amount of time.


Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Mark Amato, Michelle Bauer, John Brooker, Larry Collins (2x), Audrey Davis, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Mary Kinoshita, Michael Murphy, Jodi Perris, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, David Ruckman, Bruce Starin

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