Thursday, May 18, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Two series of note concluded: ABC crime solver “Baretta, starring Robert Blake, in 1978 and CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergen in 1998…Celebrity Birthdays: Baseball player Reggie Jackson is 71; country singer George Strait is 65; Tina Fey is 47; “Real Housewife of New Jersey” personality Teresa Giudice is 45.

-Did You Know?:
Murphy Brown had a total of 93 secretaries during the show’s 10-season run. One was played by Marcia Wallace, who returned in her Carol Kester character from “The Bob Newhart Show. At the end of the episode, Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) showed up and pleaded for her to return, which she did.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Note: The metered market (overnight) ratings for Wednesday, May 17 were not available at press time.

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/15/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/16/17: Click here
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research

NETWORK UPFRONT PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS Eyes Another Potential Total Viewer Victory in 2017-18
From PromaxBDA: Coming off its ninth straight year of dominance in total viewers and emphasizing the ongoing value of network television even in a rapidly changing environment, CBS will introduce eight new primetime series in 2017-18. The breakdown is an equal split – four scripted comedies and four dramas. Six of the eight new series will launch this fall, impacting three nights of the week — excluding Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Two new series will be saved for midseason.

The Eye’s new fall entries are sitcoms “9JKL,” “Young Sheldon” and “Me, Myself and I,” and dramas “SEAL Team,” “Wisdom of the Crowd” and the revival of “S.W.A.T.”

With more returning established hit series than any competing network, the inherent advantage at CBS is its available lead-in support. Each of the new entries will be positioned out of a returning series, at least initially. Crowd pleaser “The Big Bang Theory” will be used to support two of the new comedies: Mondays during “Thursday Night Football” season into “9JKL” and Thursdays after football into prequel “Young Sheldon.” For more, click here

The CW to Launch Four New Series in 2017-18
The CW will add four new series (all dramas; two this fall and two in midseason) in 2017-18, with a schedule impacting four of the five night line-up. Only Tuesday will remain as is with returning “The Flash” and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow“). The fall starters are military drama “Valor” and a revival of 1980s serialized drama “Dynasty.” “Valor” will air in the Monday 9 p.m. hour out of “Supergirl,” while “Dynasty” is scheduled Wednesday at 9 p.m. out of relocated “Riverdale.”

Thursday, meanwhile, will feature veteran “Supernatural” into “Arrow” on a new night and time. And Friday will consist of the pairing of moderately rated one-hour comedies “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin.”

The two new series in midseason are “Black Lightning,” based on the DC characters, and “Life Sentence.” Also slated for midseason are returning dramas “The 100,” “iZombie” and “The Originals.” For more, click here

Fandom is the Focus at Turner Entertainment 
From PromaxBDA: “We are redefining what a network is,” beamed Kevin Reilly, president, TNT and TBS and chief creative officer, Turner Entertainment, at the networks’ upfront at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The presentation featured an array of current Turner personalities including Samantha Bee, Conan O’Brien, Anderson Cooper, Shaquille O’Neal and James Corden on behalf of the Turner platforms, which include Adult SwimCartoon Network, CNNHLNTBSTNTtruTV and Turner Sports.

Between TBS and TNT we now have a potent 125 million viewers watching on linear, OTT and mobile devices every month,” Reilly said. “But we are going beyond just the distribution of our shows and are actually building custom fan experiences. And that is the next step we are taking; repositioning from a linear network of shows to a brand that creates and capitalizes on fandom everywhere.”

Touting a series renewal rate of eight for eight, Turner Entertainment announced a total of six new series – four on TBS and two and TNT—and two new programming blocks. For more, click here

-Fox in 2017-18: Six New Series; Three Newbies This Fall: For more, click here

-NBC to Revive “Must See” Branding This Fall: For more, click here

ABC: “Shark Tank” vs. “Sunday Night Football”: For more, click here

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

SundanceTV Acquires Australian Comedy “Rosehaven”
SundanceTV has acquired the U.S. rights for season one of the Australian comedy series, “Rosehaven,” and will co-produce season two with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia. Written and created by real-life best friends and comedians Luke McGregor (“Luke Warm Sex,” “Utopia”) and Celia Pacquola (“Utopia,” “The Beautiful Lie”), “Rosehaven” is an eight-episode comedy series set in rural Tasmania about two close friends with big plans.

The logline: Luke McGregor plays Daniel McCallum, who returns to his rural Tasmanian hometown, Rosehaven to help his intimidating mother with her real estate business. He gets a surprise when his best friend from the mainland, Emma (Pacquola) turns up on his doorstep – on the run from a marriage so fresh her husband is still on their honeymoon. In no time these two friends are thrown into the center of small town life with Daniel, confronted at every turn by the ghosts of his adolescent past and a town that hasn’t moved on while Emma is lapping up her anonymity in Rosehaven and newfound life on the land. Soon enough, these two best buddies find both their friendship and their sanity put to the test by the charming, but deeply eccentric, townsfolk of Rosehaven. The series also co-stars Kris McQuade (Wentworth), Katie Robertson (The Kettering Incident) and David Quirk (Please Like Me).

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Orders a Fifth Season of “Arrested Development”  
Netflix has greenlit a fifth season (and second on the digital platform) of sitcom “Arrested Development.” Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the entire series regular cast, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat will return in an unconfirmed number of new episodes on Netflix for 2018.

“Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history,” joked Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, leafing through photos of the banana stand, never nudes and Chicken Dances.“Season four marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world”

“Arrested Development remains one of the iconic franchises we, Ron and Brian are asked about most,” commented Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “It’s a testament to the brilliance of Mitch’s creation, the passion of his audience, and the love his cast holds in their hearts for his writing and characters that we have been able to ‘get the band back together ‘ not once but twice since the Emmy-winning original run. Get ready, America. The Bluths are coming back.”

NOTES OF INTEREST

New Fall 2017 Primetime Line-Ups
CBS: Click here
CW: Click here
NBC: Click here
Fox: Click here
ABC: 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

PI POLLS
Which new CBS series are you most looking forward to this fall? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Five series conclude for the season: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” on ABC; “The Blacklist” on NBC; “MasterChef Junior” on Fox; and veteran“Supernatural” on The CW.. For the schedule listings for Thursday, May 18, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
The Clock Keeps Ticking

What season will CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” be entering next season?

a) 30
b) 35
c) 40
d) 45
e) 50

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Lecy Goranson will be returning as the oldest Conner daughter in ABC’s upcoming revival of “Roseanne.” But when Sarah Chalke (who will also return, but in a different role) took over the part for the first time, what classic comedy was the family seen watching at the end of the episode?

a) “Bewitched”
b) “The Brady Bunch”
c) “Gilligan’s Island”
d) “I Dream of Jeannie”
e) “The Munsters”

Is: a) “Bewitched.” The Conner clan was watching and commenting how having too actors playing Darrin was so lame.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Andy Ehlen, Steve Ellis, Tom Gdisis, Harold Geiger, Gail Goins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Jim Kelly,Synda Kollman,  Joanne Milano, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Michael Ratliffe, Connie Rigg, Derek Rogers, Art Salisch, Michael Stern

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