ON THIS DAY “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which ran on CBS for 23 years, aired its final telecast in 1971…ABC newsmagazine “20/20” began in 1978…HBO’s “Sex and the City,” based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, opened in 1998. It aired for six seasons, spawned two theatricals (in 2008 and 2010), and was the subject of prequel “The Carrie Diaries” on The CW, which was telecast for two half-seasons from 2013 to 2014…Celebrity Birthdays: ActorRobert Englund (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”) is 60; actor Paul Giamatti(“Billions”) is 50.
-Did You Know?:
The original title of “The Ed Sullivan Show” was “Toast of the Town.” It became known as “The Ed Sullivan Show” on the eighth season premiere on Sept. 18, 1955. The series was canceled at the same time CBS rid its line-up of“The Beverly Hillbillies,”“Green Acres” and “Hee Haw” in the infamous “Rural Purge.”
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +29, CW: no change, Fox: – 4, CBS: – 7, ABC: -19
NBC inched past ABC for Monday household overnight dominance thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nashville Predators on the “Stanley Cup Final” at a 4.1 rating/7 share in the household overnights from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. Comparably, this is an increase of a hefty 32 percent from the 3.1/ 5 for hockey on the year-ago evening.
In week two news, ABC Shonda Rhimes drama “Still Star-Crossed” slid to a 1.4/ 3 in the household overnights in the 10 p.m. hour, which was 12 percent below the anemic 1.6/ 3 series-opener one week earlier. That 1.6 overnight rating translated into just 2.29 million viewers and a 0.5 rating/2 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.
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Live + Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTSSpike Orders “Ink Master: Angels”
Spike is expanding its “Ink Master” franchise into new competition series “Ink Master: Angels,” with an order for 10 episodes. The series will feature four of the top female competitors in season eight of “Ink Master” — Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose — as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the “Angels” and earn a spot on Season 10 of “Ink Master” (premiering on Paramount Network in 2018). Both series are produced by Truly Original.
“Ink Master: Angels” will premiere in the fall of 2017 following the culmination of “Ink Master” season nine, which opens Tuesday, June 6, along with new episodes of spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption.” “Ink Master,” “Ink Master: Angels” and “Ink Master: Redemption” are produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
Travel Channel Picks-Up “Xtreme Screams”
Travel Channel has greenlight eight episodes of “Xtreme Screams,” which captures the hilarious sounds of thrill-seeking travelers around the world. The logline: Fear has a sound. “Xtreme Screams,” currently in production for Travel Channel, will ensure that thrill-seekers’ screams – heard at the world’s most exhilarating rides, attractions, and experiences – will reverberate in viewers’ ears long after they watch each heart-pumping episode.
Take a seat on the Terror-Dactyl, which launches riders 100 mph over Manitou Springs, Colorado, or take a heart-pounding jump off the 721-foot-high Verzasca Dam in Switzerland. No experience is off-limits because the one thing each adventure has in common is the ear-piercing shrieks coming from those brave enough to try it!
“Xtreme Screams” will premiere in October as part of Travel Channel’s week long “Scarecation” programming event.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
HGTV Renews “Flip or Flop Vegas”
“Flip of Flop Vegas,” the first of first spin-off series from home renovation series “Flip or Flop,” has been renewed by HGTV for a second season. The series features Bristol Marunde, a contractor and MMA fighter, and his wife Aubrey, a real estate agent and designer, as they purchase dilapidated Las Vegas homes and renovate them. The number of new episodes ordered has not been confirmed.
“Bristol and Aubrey have clearly resonated with fans of house flipping,” said John Feld, senior vice president of programming for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country in a statement. “When you blend the Marundes’ business savvy and fun chemistry with an electric city like Las Vegas, you’ve got a winner.”
NOTES OF INTEREST
Ben Bailey Returns to Host “Cash Cab”
Ben Bailey will return as host of game show “Cash Cab” on Discovery in 2017. Previously, Bailey hosted over 200 episodes of “Cash Cab” and won four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host for the series. The logline: Returning to New York with a new spin, viewers can expect to see Ben Bailey ambush unsuspecting passengers alongside America’s favorite celebrities for a potentially lucrative ride. Comedian David Steinberg helms the project with All3Media’s Lion USA to revamp the series as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer. Bailey will also serve as executive producer:
Hank Williams Jr. Returns to ESPN “Monday Night Football”
ESPN announced on June 5 that it is bringing back country singer Hank Williams Jr. and his famous song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on MondayNight” to open “Monday Night Football” six years after the cable sports network fired him following his controversial remarks involving then-President Barack Obama. Williams’ new version of his song with the well-known opening: “Are you ready for some football?” will debut prior to the Sept. 11 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. For more, click here
“77 Sunset Strip” Star Roger Smith Dies at 84
Roger Smith, who is remembered for his five season stint on classic ABC detective drama “77 Sunset Strip,” died Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital after battling a terminal illness. He was 84.
Born on Dec. 18, 1932 in South Gate, California, Smith began his career in the 1950s after being recommended by actor James Cagney, who he appeared with in theatricals “Man of a Thousand Faces” and “Never Steal Anything Small.” Smith signed with Columbia Pictures and made several films, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1959. His early TV appearances included “Father Knows Best,” “Wagon Train” and “Sugar Foot.”
Smith’s signature role was the suave Jeff Spencer in “77 Sunset Strip,” which was between 1958 and 1963. In 1960, Warner Bros. Records released “Beach Romance,” featuring 11 songs sung by Smith. In 1965 he began a one season stint on the TV version of “Mr. Roberts” on NBC. But Smith went on to manage the career of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years, when a neuromuscular disease ended his acting career.
He and Ann-Margret had no children; in the 1980s, she told interviewers she had tried in vain to get pregnant for over a decade.
What do you think of CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” replacing Erinn Hayes with Leah Remini next season? Click here
Amy Reisenbach has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS, overseeing the combined department that supports current programming for both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. In her new position, Reisenbach will oversee creative affairs for all scripted series broadcast on CBS, and for Studio shows produced for other networks and streaming services. Previously, Reisenbach had been Senior Vice President, Current Programs, since September 2015, supervising all series produced by the Studio for The CW, while continuing to work on several shows broadcast on CBS. She joined CBS Television Studios in 2005 as Manager, Current Programs, was promoted to director a year later and named Vice President in 2011.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC offers “America’s Got Talent” into week two of “World of Dance”…Series premieres “Devil’s Canyon” on Discovery and “The Jim Jeffries Show” on Comedy Central.…Summer premieres: “Ink Master” on Spike,“The Profit” on CNBC, and “States of Undress” on Viceland…For the complete listing for Tuesday, June 6, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Surviving Past Season Three
Which one of the following scripted network dramas had the longest run?
a) “Family Law”
b) “I’ll Fly Away”
c) “Midnight Caller”
d) “Once and Again”
e) “Picket Fences”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Remember CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear,” which aired from 2000 to 2006. What comedy in 2013 did Mike O’Malley and Liza Snyder as Kimmy and Christine Hughes reprise their roles in?
b) “Raising Hope”
c) “Super Fun Night”
d) “2 Broke Girls”
e) “Welcome to the Family”
Is: b) “Raising Hope.” Both “Yes, Dear” and “Raising Hope” were from Greg Garcia.
Mark Amato, Sally Bialik, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Steve Ellis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell