ON THIS DAY “ABC Nightline,” anchored by Ted Koppel, expanded from four to five nights per week in 1981… John Tesh stepped down from his 10-year stint as co-host of syndicated magazine “Entertainment Tonight” in 1996 and was replaced by Bob Goen…HBO debuted the telefilm “Something the Lord Made” in 2004. It starred Alan Rickman and Mos Def…Three part History Channel miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys,” based on the infamous Hatfield–McCoy feud, concluded in 2012…Celebrity birthdays: Actor Clint Walker (“Cheyenne”) is 90; singer Wynonna Judd is 53; “Speechless” star John Ross Bowie is 46; Former “The Voice” coach CeeLo Green is 43; “The Goldbergs” star Sean Giambrone is 18.
-Did You Know?:
Nominated for 16 Emmy Awards (the most ever for any series on History), there were five wins for “Hatfields & McCoys.“ Included wereKevin Costnerand Tom Berenger for Outstanding Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, respectively.
NBC: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CBS and Fox: 2.2/ 4 each, CW: 0.7/ 1
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +25, Fox: +10, CW: no change, ABC: – 8, CBS: -29
NBC opened the unofficial start of the summer TV season with a first-place finish in the household overnights care of the “2017 Stanley Cup Final” (Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins) at a 3.5 rating/6 share from 8-11 p.m. ET. Comparably, that was an increase of 25 percent from the 2.8/ 5 for the “Stanley Cup Final” on the year-ago evening.
In series-premiere news was long-delayed Shonda Rhimes ABC drama “Still Star-Crossed” at an anemic (and last place) 1.6/ 3 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 27 percent below the season-premiere of “Mistresses” on the year-ago evening (2.2/ 4 on 5/30/16). The overnight household retention for “Still Star-Crossed” out of “The Bachelorette” (4.1/ 7 from 8-10 p.m.) was just 39 percent. And it trailed an encore telecast of “Scorpion” on CBS (2.2/ 4) by 27 percent. Since most new series decline 10 to 20 percent in week two, “Still Star-Crossed” is poised to be the biggest new series failure this summer.
Better news for ABC, of course, was “The Bachelorette,” which year-to-year slipped by just seven percent.
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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
History Orders UFO-Themed Drama “Blue Book”
History has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the original scripted drama “Blue Book” from A+E Studios. Executive produced by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”), “Blue Book” chronicles the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950’s and 1960’s known as “Project Blue Book.” The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode will draw from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.
“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke (“Cast Away,” “Flight”) and Jackie Levine (“Allied,” “The Walk”) are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Cancels Drama “The Get Down”
In a rare move, Netflix has opted against a second season of musical hip-hop drama “The Get Down.” Launching the first half of the first season on August 12, 2016, the series was set in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s and followed the rise of hip-hop and disco music through the eyes of a group of teenagers.
“When I was asked to come to the center of “The Get Down” to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years,” said director Baz Luhrmann. “This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience.”
“The Get Down” is one of only a few shows Netflix has canceled to-date, particularly after just one season. And, at a reported production cost of $120 million, it was also one of the most costly.
Disney Channel Renews “Andi Mack” for Season Two
Disney Channel has greenlit a second season of sitcom “Andi Mack,” the tale of a 13 year-old girl’s typical – and not so typical – life with her family and friends. Production will resume in Salt Lake City in July. Debuting on April 7, the series ranks as the #1 TV series this year to-date among girls 6-11, girls 9-14 and girls 6-14.
NOTES OF INTEREST“Dallas” Star Jared Martin Dies at 75
Jared Martin, who played Dusty Farlow on the original “Dallas” on CBS, died last Wednesday at his home in Philadelphia after battling pancreatic cancer for over one year. He was 75.
Born on Dec. 21, 1941 in Manhattan, Martin made the early rounds as a guest star on a number of series including “The Partridge Family,” “The Bold Ones,” “Dan August,” “Medical Center,” “Toma” and “The Rookies” before landing his first regularly scheduled role, “The Fantastic Journey,” in 1977. Other guest spots included “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Wonder Woman,” “CHiPs,” “Hart to Hart” and “Fantasy Island” before joining the cast of “Dallas” in 1979.
In addition to “Dallas” Martin appeared in a number of other TV shows including the 1973 version of “Westworld,” plus episodes of “The Love Boat,” ”Magnum P.I.,” ”War of the Worlds” and “Murder She Wrote.” Most recently, he directed a 2013 movie called “The Congressman” starring Treat Williams. After retiring from acting, he founded a nonprofit that introduces inner city children to filmmaking.
He survived by a son, Christian Martin, and two grandchildren.
The 8 New Summer Shows Most Likely to Become Hits
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Network Upfront 2017 – The Final Tallies
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:
Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland Ignite Memorial Day Brawl
Back in the 2014 National League Division Series, Washington Nationals star slugger Bryce Harper hit two long-distance home runs off of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland.Three years later, on Memorial Day 2017, Strickland decided to exact revenge by beaning Harper on his backside. This prompted an on-field fist fight at the mound between Harper and Strickland as benches from both dugouts cleared. For a look, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” will open season three with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 28. Celebrity guests this season include President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Ted Koppel, Wanda Sykes, Michael Strahan, Brad Garrett, Josh Duhamel and comedian J. B. Smoove. Sixteen episodes in total will air.
A two-hour “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” TV movie event will air on Saturday, July 15 (at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD, and will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD platforms. Titled “The Battle for Mewni,” the TV movie follows Star as she returns to her home dimension of Mewni where she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom. Star must dig deep and challenge archnemesis Ludo in an effort to save her family and kingdom.
“Teen Choice 2017” will air on Fox on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 8-10 p.m. ET. The two-hour live event will honor the year’s iconic stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music and the top moments in fashion, digital and comedy with the coveted Teen Choice Surfboard Awards. Hosts, performers, presenters and nominees for will be announced at a later time.
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The return of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC leads into the series-premiere of “World of Dance”…Two series conclude: “Imaginary Mary” on ABC and the revival of “Prison Break” on Fox…Season five of “House of Cards” and season two of animated “F is For Family” is available for streaming on Netflix…TNT drama “Animal Kingdom” opens season two…”Fear Factor,”hosted by Ludacris, is revived beginning tonight on MTV. For the schedule listings for Tuesday, May 30, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Doris Roberts is the Ultimate Mother
Doris Roberts is remembered for playing the mother on two sitcoms: “Angie” and, of course, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” But which one of the following five series was she also the mother of the lead character?
b) “Bosom Buddies”
c) “Cagney & Lacey”
d) “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”
e) “Remington Steele”
The answer to the last question…
Which one of the following military themed dramas had the longest network run?
a) “China Beach”
d) “Tour of Duty”
e) “The Unit”
Is: c) “Jag,” which was canceled by NBC after one season in 1995-96 and was revived by CBS for another eight seasons from 1997 to 2005. As for the others…
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