Live from the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
ON THIS DAY
Live NBC quiz show “Up to Paar,” hosted by Jack Paar five years before he sat at“The Tonight Show” chair, debuted in 1952. It aired three nights per week for two months. This was Paar’s first television series….In 1957, country crooner Jerry Lee Lewis made his first TV appearance ever on “The Steve Allen Show” on NBC…In 2000, Kathie Lee Gifford departed as co-host of syndicated morning talk show“Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”…Celebrity Birthdays: “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin is 53; former “Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley is 44.
-Did You Know?: Lori Loughlin’s first TV series role was in 1980 at the age of 15 as Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, on ABC daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” She remained on the show for three years.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +80, Fox: +38, NBC: +22, CBS: – 6, ABC: -19
A encore telecast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. ET topped the night into summer mainstay “Big Brother,” lifting the Eye net to another Thursday of household overnight victory.
Of positive note on NBC was 9 p.m. game show “The Wall” (#2: 2.9 rating/5 share), which bested competing (and already renewed) “Beat Shazam” on Fox (1.6/ 3) by hefty 81 percent. It also increased from lead-in “Hollywood Game Night” (2.5/ 5 from8-9 p.m.) by 12 percent.
In the battle of the original 10 p.m. dramas, NBC’s “The Night Shift” benefited out of “The Wall,” with a dominant 2.7/ 5 versus a 1.8/ 3 for competing (and deteriorating) “Zoo” on CBS. Particularly unimpressive last night was ABC with its original non-scripted combination of “Boy Band” (#4: 1.6/ 4), “Battle of the Network Stars” (#3: 1.9/ 3) and “The Gong Show” (#3: 1.6/ 3). Also original was The CW’s combination of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and recently introduced “Hooten & the Lady” (#5: 0.6/ 1).
For the complete half-hour breakdown for Thursday, July 27, click here.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
TNT Greenlights Drama “One Day She’ll Darken”
TNT has given a straight-to-series six episode order to the new drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” which tells the story of Fauna Hodel who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.
Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”) is attached to direct the pilot and potentially additional episodes, and Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman,” “Hell or High Water”) leading the cast. Sam Sheridan, author of “A Fighter’s Heart” and “The Disaster Diaries,” will pen the series, which is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. The series is being produced by Turner’s Studio T, with Jenkins, Michael Sugar (“Spotlight,” “13 Reasons Why”), Sheridan and Pine serving as executive producers. Production will begin this fall.
El Rey Network orders “Bushido Battleground”
El Rey Network has greenlit 10 episodes of new martial arts series “Bushido Battleground, which in a two-hour format each week will showcase elite fighters in the full contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai matches from around the world. The logline: Part documentary and part travelogue, “Bushido Battleground” will feature matches held in locations around the world ranging from Thailand to the Mexico to Los Angeles. But unlike traditional broadcasts, cameras not only cover the action of the fights, but also track the drama before, during and after the bouts. The series will follow the fighters and their teams, experiencing their unique training, learning the fighters’ different strategies and seeing how those strategies come to life in the action of the ring. Then the lens goes deeper still, staying in the corners between rounds and finally following the aftermath of the contest into the training rooms.
The executive producers of “Bushido Battleground” are George Chung and Andy Horne.
PBS Announces “We’ll Meet Again”
PBS has announced a new six-part series called “We’ll Meet Again” produced by Blink Films in partnership with Ann Curry’s media venture and scheduled to premiere in winter 2018. The Exploring some of history’s most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them, “We’ll Meet Again” brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments. Executive produced and reported by Ann Curry, each episode reveals the powerful bonds forged among people who now, against the odds, have the opportunity to reunite with those who transformed their lives.
The logline: The tides of history can disrupt lives, throwing strangers together or tearing loved ones apart. “We’ll Meet Again” reveals these moving personal stories of hope, courage and love: from a Vietnam War baby desperate to find the American father she last saw 40 years ago to the military chaplain who helped a stranger through the trauma of 9/11, from a Japanese-American girl interned in 1942 who never forgot the classmate who helped her during her darkest hours to civil rights workers whose lives were forever changed by the deep relationships they formed in the 1960s South.
“We’ll Meet Again” is a production of Blink Films. The series is produced by Simon Harries, and executive producers Ann Curry, Justine Kershaw and Andra Heritage. Executives in Charge for PBS are Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming and Development, and Bill Margol, Sr. Director of Programming and Development.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
TNT Renews “Animal Kingdom” and “Angie Tribeca”
TNT has greenlit original drama “Animal Kingdom” for a third season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2017-18. Debuting on June 14, 2016 and based on the Australian film of the same name, the series follows a 17-year-old boy (Finn Cole), who, after the death of his mother, moves in with the Codys, a criminal family clan governed by matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin).
This season, “Animal Kingdom” is averaging 4.8 million viewers per episode across TNT platforms. That figure includes a +73 percent increase in viewing through TNT’s website, mobile apps and connected devices, as well as a +11 percent lift in DVR viewing.
TNT has also confirmed a fourth season of comedy “Angie Tribeca,” starring Rashida Jones. The upcoming season will feature new castmember Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”).
NEWS OF NOTE
“Criminal Minds” Heads into a Lucky Season 13
From CBSWatchmagazine.com: Debuting on Sept. 22, 2005, “Criminal Minds” is set apart by its focus on an elite team of FBI profilers in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, who attempt to catch criminals through behavioral profiling.
A Wednesday night mainstay, “Criminal Minds” remains the second longest-running scripted drama in the CBS line-up (behind “NCIS”). The durability of the subject matter, complete with the compelling narratives and satisfying resolution in each episode, has become a pop culture favorite.
To honor of this modern day institution, click here for 10 unusual factoids about “Criminal Minds”that might stump even a diehard fan.
Hulu Acquires Former “TGIF” ABC Comedy Brand
Hulu announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that will feature over 800 episodes from ABC’s former Friday night “TGIF” comedy brand. The digital streamer has acquired the exclusive, streaming, subscription video on-demand rights to all episodes of “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”
The full libraries of all five Warner Bros. comedies will launch exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu Friday, September 29th, on the heels of the 30th Anniversary of “Full House” and the 25th Anniversary of “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”
“These shows are more than just beloved hits, they were part of a cultural tradition to tune in every Friday night,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP of Content. “Now, it can be Friday any day of the week on Hulu.”
“Are Cable Networks Being Shortsighted with Summer’s Breakout Hits?”Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Discovery’s “Bering Sea Gold” will return for a new season on Friday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. This season, the miners will face even bigger challenges and more risks in hopes of hitting the motherlode under the ice. With livelihoods at stake, Shawn Pomrenke and his crew focus on building a mega-dredge that dwarfs anything on the Bering Sea – a risk that will could catapult his operation.
Who would you like to see win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Two series premieres: Drama “The Last Tycoon on Amazon” and anthology“Room 104” on HBO…Netflix offers documentary “Daughters of Destiny”…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, July 31, click here
Not Flying Solo
Which one of the following TV characters had more than one child?
a) Murphy Brown
b) Miranda Hobbes
c) Alice Mitchell
d) Alice Hyatt
e) Corabeth Goldsey
f) They each only had one
The answer to the last question…
Which one of the following five TV characters would have the longest commute traveling to the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles?
a) Sheldon Cooper
b) Ray Donovan
c) Willie Lawrence
d) Henry Rush
e) Kevin Walker
Is: d) Henry Rush, who was played by Ted Knight is ABC sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” / “The Ted Knight Show.” By the end of the series, Henry and his family were living in Marin County, California.
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, David Jackino, Gordon Purcell