Friday, May 12, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
No-longer-nasty Nellie (Alison Arngrim) married Percival Dalton (Steve Tracy) on in the sixth season finale of NBC family drama “Little House on the Prairie” in 1980…Four series of note concluded: “The Incredible Hulk”on CBS in 1982, “Hill Street Blues” on NBC in 1987; “The Wonder Years”on ABC in 1993, and CBS’ “The Nanny” in 1999…Syndicated magazine“Entertainment Tonight hit the 2,000 episode mark in 1989…Celebrity Birthdays: Emilio Estevez (“The Breakfast Club”) is 55; “The Facts of Life” and “Living Single” star Kim Fields is 48; “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp is 31;Malcolm David Kelly (“Lost”) is 25.

-Did You Know?:
Kim Fields, of course, is primarily remembered for playing Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey in “Diff’rent Strokes” spin-off “The Facts of Life, which aired from 1980-88. But her first regularly scheduled sitcom role was at age nine in 1978 CBS sitcom “Baby, I’m Back, which starred Demond Wilson (“Sanford and Son”) and Denise Nicholas (“Room 222”). For a look, click here

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 5/11/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.0/ 9, ABC: 3.8/ 7, NBC: 3.3/ 6, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +14, CBS: – 2, CW: -18, Fox: -20, ABC: -21

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as always, dominated the Thursday household overnights thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” which closed season 10 at an 8.5 rating/15 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. A repeat installment of “Big Bang” followed with a 6.4/11 at8:30 p.m., and the two episodes, on average, bested competing “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC (#2: 5.3/ 9) by a hefty 60 percent. If you have not seen the “Big Bang” season ender yet you are in for quite a nice surprise.

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was “MasterChef Junior” on Fox (#3: 2.2/ 4), a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#4: 1.9/ 3), and veteran “Supernatural” on The CW (#5: 1.0/ 2).

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Thursday, May 11, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/08/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/09/17: Click here
Wednesday 5/10/17: Click here
  
Source: Nielsen Media Research

OPINION

Upfront 2017 Preview: Each Network Tackles its Own Programming Issues 
From PromaxBDA: Each of the five broadcast networks are prepping to unveil their original programming initiatives for the 2017-18 season next week. NBC kicks off the festivities on Monday morning, followed by Fox on Mondayafternoon, ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday, and, finally, The CW on Thursday.

Naturally, each of the five broadcast networks has different needs—some more extensive than others. For an analysis of each network, click here

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Six New Series for 2017-18
ABC has confirmed at least six new series for 2017-18. They are Shondaland legal drama “For the People,” action drama “The Crossing,” Freddie Highmore’s medical themed “The Good Doctor,” the lighthearted hour-long series “The Gospel of Kevin,” comedy “The Mayor,” and sitcom “Start Up,” inspired by the podcast of the same name, from Zach Braff. For a description of the six new series, click here

NBC Greenlights Drama “The Good Girls”
The latest series pick-up from NBC is drama “The Good Girls” from Universal Television, which is the tale of three suburban moms who decide to rob a local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint in order to make ends meet. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. From executive producer Jenna Bans (“Scandal”), the cast includes Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard.

The CW Confirms “Dynasty” Reboot
In an upcoming season potentially featuring more revivals than ever before, The CW has officially greenlit its new version of classic serialized drama “Dynasty.” From the duo behind “Gossip Girl,” Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, “Dynasty” features two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.

The cast includes Elizabeth Gillies (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”), Grant Show (“Melrose Place”), Nathalie Kelley  (“The Vampire Diaries”), James Mackay (“The Leftovers”), Alan Dale (“The O.C.”), Sam Adegoke (“Murder in the First), Robert Christopher Riley (“Hit the Floor”), and Rafael de la Fuente “(“Empire”).

“Dynasty” is now the third upcoming new drama on The CW, joining “Black Lightning” and “Life Sentence.”

Syfy Orders “Krypton,” “Happy” and “Nightflyers”
Syfy has confirmed three new series for 2017-18: “Superman” prequel “Krypton;” and dramas “Happy,” starring Chris Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”) and “Nightflyers.” Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, “Krypton” from Warner Bros. and based on the DC characters follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, “The Halcyon”) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.  In addition to Cuffe, “Krypton” stars Georgina Campbell (“Broadchurch”), Elliot Cowan (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Ann Ogbomo (“World War Z”), Rasmus Hardiker (“Your Highness”), Wallis Day (“Will”), Aaron Pierre (“Tennison”) with Ian McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”).

“Happy” from Universal Cable Productions is based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU”) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Bobby Moynihan, “Saturday Night Live”).

And “Nightflyers” from Syfy and Universal Cable Productions is set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction and follows a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

‘Tis the season for the Fall TV Preview!
To book a presentation, contact Marc Berman at Marc@programminginsider.com
or 646/204-7937

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Updated Network Renewal Scorecard
Fox has confirmed that three freshman series – crime solver “APB,” comedy “Making History” and “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid of live action and animation, will not be returning in 2017-18. Also canceled are ABC’s “American Crime,” “The Catch,”“Dr. Ken,” “Imaginary Mary,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Secrets & Lies”;” and NBC’s “Powerless.” The latest renewals are NBC’s “The Blacklist” and recently introduced sitcom “Great News;” and ABC’s “American Housewife,” “Designated Survivor,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”

Starz Renews “American Gods” for Season Two
Starz has picked up a second season of original series “American Gods,” produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), following its premiere on April 30. Based on the novel of the same name, the series focuses on Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a man serving three years in prison. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed. Shadow finds himself next to a man namedWednesday (Ian McShane), who offers Shadow a job. Wednesday appears to be nothing but a con artist who needs Shadow as a bodyguard, but is in fact the god Odin. Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods, who have now incorporated themselves into American life, to confront the New Gods, including Media (Gillian Anderson) and Technology (Bruce Langley), who grow stronger.

“American Gods” debuted to the most Live + Same Day series premiere viewers (975,000) amongst all current Starz original series and a record 1.57 million viewers, based on the Live + 7 Day data.

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NOTES OF INTEREST

Kelly Clarkson Joins NBC’s “The Voice” Next Spring
Talk of season one “American Idol” winner joining the upcoming reboot on ABC were put to rest yesterday after NBC announced Clarkson will be joining “The Voice” in season 14 next spring opposite Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. A fourth coach for the season has not yet been set. Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus are already confirmed to be joining regulars Levine and Shelton this fall for the show’s 13th edition.

Clarkson, who broke the news on a Facebook live with Blake Shelton, has previously appeared on the show as an adviser and also performed.

“We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now,” Clarkson said in a statement. “I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry.”

“The Shannara Chronicles” Moves to Spike TV
The second season of fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” will air on Spike TV this fall. The first season of the original scripted drama, based on the best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, debuted on MTV in 2016. Filmed on location in New Zealand, the new season will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. Details of the premiere date and time for season two will be announced in the coming weeks.

Spike will introduce its viewers to the critically-acclaimed series this summer as it will encore season one beginning on Thursday, June 29 at 11 pm ET, directly following the Spike original series, “The Mist.”“The Shannara Chronicles” stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).

TV Tuesday Podcast
No…it is not Tuesday. But for a preview by Douglas Pucci of what new network primetime series are in contention for next season, click here

 
Programming 101: The Best and the Worst Decisions of 2016-17: Clickhere

Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Click here
-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

SCHEDULES

2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals TV Schedule on NBCSN and NBC  
The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with Conference Final action as it’s now down to the final four. The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Washington Capitals in seven games in the previous round to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Ottawa Senators. The Nashville Predators reached their first conference final in their franchise history and will face off against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals.

For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks and announcers for the Conference Final round of playoff action, click here

PI POLLS
Which one of the following canceled network series are you most sorry to see go? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC’s “Shark Tank” and CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” conclude for the season…Amazon debuts sitcom “I Love Dick”…Season two of Netflix comedy “Master of None” is available for streaming. For the schedule listings for Friday, May 12, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Pink is the Color of this Slip

Which one of the following just canceled network series was actually in its second season?

a) “APB” (Fox)
b) “Imaginary Mary” (ABC)
c) “Powerless” (NBC)
d) “The Real O’Neals” (ABC)
e) “Son of Zorn” (Fox)
f) none of them were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five TV series produced the most number of episodes?

a) “Dirty Dancing”
b) “The Dirty Dozen”
c) “Dirty Sally”
d) “Dirty Sexy Money”
e) “Filthy Rich”

Is: d) “Dirty Sexy Money,” which produced 23 episodes in its two season run from 2007-08. As for the others…

“Dirty Dancing” (CBS): 1988-89 (11 episodes)
-“The Dirty Dozen” (Fox): 1988 (11 episodes)
-“Dirty Sally” (CBS): 1974 (13 episodes)
-“Filthy Rich” (CBS): 1982-83 (15 episodes)

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Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Gordon Purcell, Steve Rotterdam, Ronnie Tallant

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