ON THIS DAY
Live 90-minute variety series “Your Show of Shows,” starring Sid Caesarand Imogene Coca, concluded its five season run on NBC in 1954…Two other classic series ended: “The Milton Berle Show” on NBC in 1956 and “The George Gobel Show” on CBS in 1960…ABC presented its first broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. The telecast, anchored by Charlie Brockman, was part of the network’s Saturday“Wide World of Sports” telecast…In 1987, “Nightline” on ABC telecast its 1st “Town Meeting” and the subject was AIDS…Celebrity Birthdays: Mark Wahlberg is 46; actor Chad Allen (“Our House”) is 43; “Gilmore Girls” Liza Weil is 40.
-Did You Know?:
Writers on the staff of “Your Show of Shows” who went on to great fame included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner (who also appeared on camera). Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart (“MASH”) joined the writing staff for later Caesar ventures.
Metered Market Ratings
What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour forSunday, May 21, 2018:
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +50, CBS: + 3, ABC: + 5, Fox: -68
As expected, it was a slam-dunk overnight victory for ABC on this first Sundayin June. Game two of “The NBA Finals” (Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113) averaged an estimated 12.0 rating/21 share in the household overnights in primetime. Comparably, that was five percent above the 11.4/19 for the year-ago match-up, which translated into 17.49 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/21 in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data).
In series-premiere news, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” on NBC was a notable improvement over former time period occupant “Dateline,” with a third-place 4.3/ 8 in the household overnights from 7-8 p.m. One year earlier, “Dateline” scored a 2.8/ 5 (on 6/05/16). But “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” still trailed competing “60 Minutes” on CBS (#2: 5.1/ 9) by 16 percent.
For the remainder of the Sunday analysis, plus the half-hour breakdown for Sunday, June 4 click here
Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Live + Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Showtime Orders “Escape at Dannemora”
Showtime has greenlit an eight-hour limited series called “Escape at Dannemora” starring Oscar winners Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), and Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”). Ben Stiller will executive produce and direct all eight episodes.
The logline: “Escape at Dannemora” is based on the stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled. Del Toro will play convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette will play Tilly Mitchell, a working class, married woman who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both convicts, inducing her to assist them with their escape. Dano will play David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who uses his good looks to seduce Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot.
Production will begin later this year at the actual locations in upstate New York. Netflix Acquires Film “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s “The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, which focuses on the murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award nominated “How to Survive a Plague.” “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is presented by Public Square Films; Joy A. Tomchin and Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) served as executive producers; L.A. Teodosio produced. The film will launch globally on Netflix later this year.
The logline: When Marsha P. Johnson, the beloved, self-described “street queen” of NYC’s gay ghetto, was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD refused to investigate. Instead, they chalked it up to suicide, a widely dismissed conclusion, and left the mystery to fester for decades. Having played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Marsha and fellow icon Sylvia Rivera went on to form the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970. And despite their many challenges over the years – harassment, homelessness, alcoholism – Marsha and Sylvia ignited a powerful and lasting civil rights movement for gender nonconforming people.
Now, 25 years after her untimely death, at a time of unprecedented visibility for, and escalating violence against, the transgender community, veteran crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz has taken it upon herself to reexamine what happened to Marsha and measure the challenges that still face the community. The film follows as this intrepid champion pursues leads, mobilizes officials, and raises troubling new questions about a famous cold case. Along the way she burnishes the political legacy of a celebrated historical figure.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Erinn Hayes Exits CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait”
Erinn Hayes, who portrayed Kevin James’ wife Donna in season one of CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” will not be returning next season. The news came right after the network announced that Leah Remini, who guest-starred in the two-part season-ender last month as James’ former colleague Vanessa Cellucci, has been upgraded to a series regular.
There is no news at present how the writers will address Hayes’ absence or how Remini will be featured. The sitcom is said to be heading in a different creative direction.
Bill Maher Apologizes for Using the “N” Word on “Real Time”
Late night talk show host Bill Maher is the latest celebrity on the hot-seat after using the racial slur during a live telecast of his HBO show “Real Time” on Friday. The incident happened within a conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse, after the congressman invited the 61-year-old to visit him in Nebraska. The outcry on Twitter was immediate and Maher issued a statement on Friday apologizing.
“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on this I should or shouldn’t have said on my life show,” he said. “Last night was particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”
Maher has a reputation for making bold and controversial statements about race, religion and politics. His ABC talk show “Politically Incorrect” was canceled in 2003 after he agreed with a guest who said the 9/11 terrorists were not cowards. And he recently came under fire for inviting Milo Yiannopoulous to his show, which critics said gave him a platform to promote his controversial views.
HBO spokesman Quentin Schaffer called the joke “completely inexcusable and tasteless. “We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show,” he said.
Upfronts, Multi-Platform and Superheroes Podcast
Paige Albiniak, the editorial director of Promax BDA, and I spoke immediately following upfront week about the five new broadcast network line-ups and much more. For this in-depth analysis (which was before NBC revamped itsTuesday and Thursday schedules) at the just launched new podcast series from PromaxBDA, click here
CBS Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates
CBS has unveiled its fall series return dates for its new and returning primetime roster of primetime series for this fall. The season officially begins on Monday, Sept. 25 with the 11th season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” in the premiere of prequel “Young Sheldon,” the second season premiere of “Kevin Can Wait,” the debut of “Me, Myself & I,” and the fourth season premiere of drama “Scorpion.” For the complete calendar, click here
What grade would you five the debut of NBC newsmagazine “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly”? Click here
Highlights from One Love Manchester Benefit Concert
The star-studded benefit One Love Manchester concert in England to support the victims of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester from May 22 took place on June 4 and aired live on Freeform. A reported $2.6 million in donations was generated by the 3+ hour event. For a look, clickhere
NBA Finals Analyst Jeff Van Gundy Gets Distracted by Rihanna During the Game
During the first quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James made an impressive dunk. But, in a humorous moment, that dunk didn’t catch the primary attention of ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy — instead, he had made note of pop superstar Rihanna walking past his table towards her front row seat, prompting Van Gundy’s on-air announcing partners Mike Breen and Mark Jackson to tease him a bit about the distraction. Van Gundy then passively commented on the replay of James’ dunk, “What a play.” For a look, click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT “Gotham” concludes for the season on Fox…Dramas “Shadowhunters” and“Stitchers” return on Freeform…NBC offers the 2017 “Stanley Cup Final”…Week two of “Still Star-Crossed” airs out of “The Bachelorette” on ABC…Docuseries “Daytime Divas” debuts on TV One. For the complete listing for Monday, June 5, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Jimmy and Christine Return
Remember CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear,” which aired from 2000 to 2006? What comedy in 2013 did Mike O’Malley and Liza Snyder reprise their roles as Jimmy and Christine Hughes for one episode in?
b) “Raising Hope”
c) “Super Fun Night”
d) “2 Broke Girls”
e) “Welcome to the Family”
The answer to Friday’s question…
Remember Sorrell Booke as Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg on “The Dukes of Hazzard”? Which one of the following TV characters was his cousin?
a) Rose Burton
b) Jolene Hunnicutt
c) Joe Mannix
d) Maurice Minnifield
e) Suzanne Sugarbaker
Is: b) Jolene Hunnicutt, who was played by Celia Weston on CBS sitcom “Alice.” Sorrell Booke as “Boss” Hogg and Sonny Schroyer as Enos Strate guest-starred on the eight season premiere of “Alice”. For a look, click here
John Beadle. Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Bob Ingersoll, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Bruce Starin, Dan Whitford