ON THIS DAY “The Sammy Kaye Show” concluded on ABC after one season in 1959. This was the third variety series hosted by the bandleader with prior short-lived half-hours on NBC and CBS…TNT drama “The Closer,” with Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson, debuted in 2005. It ran through August 13, 2012, producing 109 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: “Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen is 64; actress Ally Sheedy (“The Breakfast Club”) is 55; former “Full House” tots Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are 31; “2 Broke Girls” star Kat Dennings is also 31.
-Did You Know?:
When Kyra Sedgwick made the decision to end “The Closer,” TNT came up with the idea of spin-off procedural drama “Major Crimes” with Mary McDonnell. “Major Crimes” premiered on August 13, 2012 following the finale of “The Closer.”
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +15, ABC: + 9, CW: no change, CBS: -17, NBC: -22
ABC, of course, stood well above the competition last night with game five of the “NBA Finals” (Warriors: 129, Cavaliers: 120) at an estimated 15.3 rating/26 share in the household overnights from 8-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was nine percent above the 14.0/23 one year earlier. Once the final nationals are factored in, ABC is poised for its most-watched “NBA Finals” series since 1998.
Opposite “The NBA Finals” were three season premieres (“So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox, and “American Ninja Warrior” and “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” on NBC) and the series-premiere of reality/competition “Superhuman” on Fox. “So You Think You Can Dance” returned for season 14 with a 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights, which was on par from the year-ago season-opener, and that led into a 1.9/ 3 for the launch of “Superhuman.” Comparably, the “Superhuman” opener was 58 percent above the 1.2/ 2 for failed drama “Houdini” one year earlier.
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What does the recent advertiser pull-out mean for Sean Hannity and Fox News?
From Campaign US: Sean Hannity caused a stir in May when he discussed the conspiracy theory surrounding the July 2016 murder of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee aide. As a result, several advertisers pulled out, including Cars.com, Crowne Plaza, Leesa Sleep, TD Ameritrade and banking and investment firm USAA.
USAA has ultimately returned (following some backlash from its customers), and Hannity tapered the discussion at the request of the victim’s family. As such, more advertisers have not exited, and Hannity is still unapologetically hosting his weeknight 10 p.m. ET show on Fox News (as opposed to following Bill O’Reilly to the unemployment line). At least for now he is.
But, for a network already drenched in recent controversy, the potential loss of “Hannity” is now considered more vital than ever, following the departures of Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly. For more, click here
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Picks Up Comedy “Insatiable”
Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of sitcom “Insatiable,” which was originally passed over by The CW. Described as darkly comedic and quirky, the pilot revolves around a “disgraced and dissatisfied” lawyer (Dallas Roberts) who becomes a beauty pageant coach for some reason and must deal with a “vengeful, bullied teenager” played by Debby Ryan. Written by Lauren Gussis (“Dexter,” “Once Upon a Time”), with Andrew Fleming directing the pilot, “Insatiable” is inspired by real-life Southern lawyer and top beauty pageant coach Bill Alverson.
The cast also includes Christopher Gorham, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Sarah Colonna, Kimmy Shields, Irene Choi and Alyssa Milano in a major recurring role.
NOTES OF INTEREST MyNetworkTV Announces Fall2017 Schedule
Remaining a platform for off-network product, MyNetwork TV will populate its five night (Monday to Friday8-10 p.m.) line-up with back-to-back episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The X-Files,” “American Ninja Warrior” and new addition “Dateline.” Two episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” will open the week on Monday, followed by “The X-Files” on Tuesday, “Dateline” on Wednesday, “Law & Oder: Criminal Intent” on Thursday and “American Ninja Warrior” on Friday.
ABC Announces 100 Participating Celebrities for the Reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars”
With a focus on nostalgia versus current television, stars from yesteryear from “The Brady Bunch,” “The Love Boat,” “CHiPs,” “Dallas,” “Knots Landing” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” among others, will compete against cast members from shows like “Modern Family,” “Scandal,” “The Goldbergs” and “Pretty Little Liars” on the return of “Battle of the Network Stars” on ABC. The competitors will include Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”), “The Love Boat” stars Jill Whelan and Ted Lange, Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”), Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”), Anson Williams (“Happy Days”), Fred Dryer (“Hunter”), Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox from “CHiPs,” Ian Ziering and Gabrielle Carteris from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”), Jason Hervey (“The Wonder Years), Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”), Willie Aames (“Eight is Enough”) and “The Partridge Family” star Danny Bonaduce.
The 10-episode season, which opens on Thursday, June 29 at 9 p.m. ET, will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. For the 20 teams competing, click here
CBS and Sinclair Broadcast Group Announce Affiliation Agreement Renewals
CBS Corporation and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. have announced a multi-year deal that renews station affiliation agreements for four of its owned or operated stations. Included are KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah; KEYE in Austin, Texas; WSBT in South Bend, Ind.; and WGFL in Gainesville, Fla. The four renewed markets serve more than two million households.
The new deal also includes the renewal of participation in CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, plus a commitment to distribution of Sinclair’s CBS affiliates via the new YouTubeTV live television service in markets where the offering is available. In addition, the companies agreed to assign Tribune’s CBS affiliation agreements to Sinclair upon planned closing of the merger.
Congratulations Charley Humbard
Charley Humbard, the founder and CEO of family-friendly UP TV, was honored with the Governor’s Award from the southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta this past Saturday, which recognizes special achievement. Humbard leads the cable net’s overall business strategy and growth, maintaining the network’s mission to uplift, inspire and entertain viewers through quality entertainment programming. The southeast Emmy Awards were founded in 1975, in Atlanta, and are presented annually.
Jennifer Esposito Exits “NCIS”
Jennifer Esposito, who joined veteran “NCIS”on CBS this season as Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn, will not be returning in 2017-18. Esposito recently had regular roles in dramas “Blue Bloods” on CBS and “Mistresses” on ABC, and will be returning on a recurring basis on Showtime drama “The Affair” as Noah Salloway’s (Dominic West) sister Nina. Additionally, Esposito has booked a co-starring role opposite John Travolta in the feature “Speed Kills” for Hannibal Classics.
Damon Gupton Exits “Criminal Minds”
Following the news about Jennifer Esposito comes word that Damon Gupton is leaving CBS “Criminal Minds” also after just one season due to creative changes in the show. The season 12 finale ended in a cliffhanger on May 10with Gupton’s character — along with several other agents — in limbo as their SUVs were rammed at high speed by an 18-wheeler.
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
A+E Networks has appointed John Flanagan as General Manager for The History Channel Japan Corp. (THCJ), a joint venture between A+E Networks and Super-Network, Inc. Based in Tokyo, Flanagan will be responsible for all business operations including revenues, channel programming, production, marketing, financial reporting and new business development. He is tasked with driving THCJ’s growth in the linear and digital space, working with A+E Network’s partners, distribution platforms and advertising clients. Flanagan will work closely with A+E’s management team in Asia to scale the presence of A+E brands in Japan and the region. Flanagan comes to THCJ from Blackhawk Network Japan & Korea, where he served as President and Representative Director, responsible for expanding the company’s footprint and sales at top retailers in the region.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“Luther” to Return” for Season Five on BBC America
After more than a season long absence, BBC America has announced a fifth season for British crime drama “Luther.” The new season, written by Neil Cross, will feature four episodes with Golden Globe and SAG winner Idris Elba as DCI John Luther. Filming will begin in early 2018.
“Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together,” said Idris Elba in a statement.“I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
“Luther,” which premiered in 2010, has earned seven Emmy nominations to date. The most recent episode aired on December 22, 2015.
Which classic show are you rooting for in particular on the upcoming revival of “Battle of the Network Stars” on ABC? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Two season premieres: “Ricky Smiley for Real” on TV One and “Face Off”on Syfy…NBC offers two more hours of “America’s Got Talent” into “World of Dance”…”Downward Dog” on ABC and ‘iZombie” on The CW also in originals…”Famous in Love” concludes for the season on Freeform…For the complete listing for Tuesday, June 13, click here
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Remembering Adam West
Which one of the following statements about 1966-68 camp classic “Batman” is not true?
a) Over 30 different villains in total tried to create havoc in Gotham City during the show’s run.
b) Frank Gorshin as The Riddler was the only actor on the series nominated for an Emmy.
c) Both weekly episodes of “Batman” finished in the Top 10 in the first season.
d) Three different actresses played Catwoman in the TV series.
e) Legendary actor Edward G. Robinson made a cameo appearance.
f) they are all true
The answer to Friday’s question…
Which one of the following five series never had a show spun-off from it?
a) “B.J. and the Bear”
b) “Boy Meets World”
c) “The Dukes of Hazzard”
d) “Family Guy”
e) “Just Shoot Me”
f) They all did
Is: e) “Just Shoot Me.” As for the shows that did spawn other series…
-“B.J. and the Bear”: “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo”
-“Boy Meets World”: “Girl Meets World”
-“The Dukes of Hazzard”: “Enos”
-“Family Guy”: “The Cleveland Show”
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