ON THIS DAY
The first “American Comedy Awards” aired on ABC in 1987…Multi Emmy Award winning drama “L.A. Law” concluded on NBC in 1994 after eight seasons…”Murder, She Wrote,” starring Angela Lansbury, ended its 12-season run on CBS in 1996…Fox aired the pilot episode of “Glee” in 2009. The series began its regularly scheduled run on Sept. 9, 2009…Celebrity Birthdays: Guitarist Pete Townshend is 72; pop singer Grace Jones is 69; Grammy Award winner Sam Smith is 25.
-Did You Know?:
The abrupt departure of Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays by falling to her death in an elevator shaft on “L.A. Law” was one of the legal drama’s most memorable moments. In an “Emmy TV Legends” interview, creator David E. Kelly said that he killed off the character because he was leaving the show and did not want to see her mishandled in the hands of another writer. For a look, click here
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +19, ABC: +10, NBC: no change, CW: – 8, CBS: -22
ABC led this final Thursday of the traditional TV season in the household overnights with its season-ending combination of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1 for the evening: 5.6 rating/10 at 8 p.m.) and a two-hour edition of “Scandal” (#1: 4.0/ 7 from 9-11 p.m.). As announced earlier this week at ABC’s upfront presentation, “Scandal” will be concluding next season.
There two three other season-finales last night: NBC’s “The Blacklist” (#2: 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m.), which moves to Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (into “Law & Order: SVU”) next season, a two-hour edition of “MasterChef” on Fox (#4: 2.5/ 4 from8-10 p.m.), and “Supernatural” on The CW (#5: 1.1/ 2 at 9 p.m.). An 8 p.m.edition of “Supernatural” scored an equivalent 1.1/ 2 at 8 p.m., while a 9 p.m.installment of “The Blacklist” averaged a second-place 3.3/ 6.
For the remainder of the analysis and breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, May 18, click here
Live + Same Day Data
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NETWORK UPFRONT PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Overall, the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW — will be introducing 19 new primetime series this fall. The breakdown is 12 dramas,six comedies and one dramedy.
CBS (6 new series): 3 dramas, 3 comedies
ABC (5 new series): 4 dramas, 1 comedies
NBC (3 new series): 2 dramas, 1 comedy
Fox (3 new series): 1 comedies, 1 drama, 1 dramedy
CW (2 new series): 2 dramas
An additional 24 new series (11 dramas, six comedies and seven non-scripted series) are slated for midseason, bringing the total tally in 2017-18 to 43 freshman shows. Here is the breakdown by network:
Also this week was a presentation by the Turner networks: For more, clickhere
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Announces “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”
Netflix has ordered 10-episodes of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which is a prequel to 1982’s “The Dark Crystal,” and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.
The logline” “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Feature film director Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me,” “The Incredible Hulk”) will executive produce the series and direct. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (“Life in a Year”), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“Lost,” “The 100”).
NOTES OF INTEREST
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 – Clickhere –Freeform Prepares for Life Without “Pretty Little Liars” – Clickhere –More Scripted Programming on Tap at Nat Geo – Clickhere
-Pop Targets “Modern Grown Ups” with New Slate – Clickhere
-Discovery Turns Its Focus to Digital – Clickhere
-Lifestyle Matters, According to Scripps – Clickhere
-Nickelodeon Touts 700 Hours of Original New and Returning Programming – Clickhere
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Spy French series “The Bureau” will return for a 10-episode third season onThursday, June 22 as a Sundance Now original. The espionage series revolves around the double lives of undercover agents within the French secret service and stars Mathieu Kassovitz (“Amélie” and “Munich”) and Brad Leland (“Friday Night Lights” and “Deepwater Horizon”). Season three of “The Bureau” debuts as the streaming service expands to include more original series and will be available to stream exclusively for Sundance Now members in the U.S. and Canada. New episodes will be released every Thursday.
From now through June 30, viewers can stream the first two seasons of “The Bureau” for free on Sundance Now, on SundanceTV.com, and the SundanceTV app, and cable subscribers can watch via SundanceTV on Demand. Additionally, the streaming service announces a Sundance Now Original companion talk show, hosted by fans of the “The Bureau,” to discuss the intricate plots and twists of season three. This will include two recap shows to summarize season one and two, and offer casual and lively conversations covering major events and themes from the latest episodes. Each episode will be available in conjunction with the weekly release of season three episodes.
Upcoming Bravo docuseries “Real Estate Wars” will premiere on Thursday, July 6th at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: With limited inventory in a premium area, this series follows two top rival real estate teams, The McMonigle Team and Relegance Group, as they fight for supremacy in this distinct and wealthy enclave.
Which new network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS offers “The New I Love Lucy Special”…“Undercover Boss” concludes for the season on CBS…”The Toy Box,” two episodes, ends its series run on ABC…True crime series “The Keepers” premieres on Netflix…Season three of sitcom “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” available for streaming on Netflix…Four 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 Friday, May 19, click here