Live from the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
ON THIS DAY
Female sportscaster Gayle Gardner became the first woman to present televised play-by-play for a Major League baseball game in 1993. The game was between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds, and it was broadcast on KWGN-TV in Denver…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 91; Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) is 77; Martha Stewart is 76; former child star Jay North (“Dennis the Menace”) is 66; “Lost” star Evangeline Lilly is 38.
-Did You Know?: Tony Bennett, to-date, has won 18 Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +20, Fox: +23, NBC: -25, CW: -44, ABC: -49
“Big Brother” lifted CBS to Wednesday overnight victory, with a 4.2 rating/8 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was 11 percent above the comparable year-ago evening.
“Big Brother” led into back-to-back episodes of recently introduced Eye net drama “Salvation,” which at a 2.5/ 4 in the 9 p.m. hour and a 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m. was consistent from the regularly scheduled 9 p.m. installment last week.
Elsewhere, only “The Carmichael Show” on NBC in the 9 p.m. half-hour (#2: 2.2/ 4) and Fox’s pairing of “MasterChef” (#3: 2.7/ 5) and “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (#4: 1.2/ 2) were in originals.
For the complete half-hour breakdown for Wednesday, August 2, click here
—– Live + Same Day Ratings
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Tuesday 8/01/17: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
“Miami Vice” Reboot in the Works from Vin Diesel
NBC is teaming with Vin Diesel to develop a potential revival of crime solver “Miami Vice,” which initially aired on the network from 1984 to 1989 with Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in the lead roles. The proposed series is being driven by Shana Waterman (“24: Live Another Day,” “Wayward Pines”), and is the first effort to come out of Diesel’s first-look deal with Universal Television.
Diesel and Waterman will executive produce alongside Chris Morgan and Ainsley Davies via the former’s overall deal with Universal Television. Peter Macmanus (Spike TV’s “The Mist”) will pen the script. No casting has been announced.
If “Miami Vice” does move forward, it won’t be the first revival of the classic series. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx headlined a big screen version of the classic series in 2006.
Freeform Orders Comedy Pilot “Now & Then”
Freeform has ordered a new single-camera comedy pilot called “Now & Then” about a group of old college friends, who, having lost touch over the years, are brought back together unexpectedly for one wild night only to be given a new lease on life and friendship. Reuniting as friends gives them the opportunity to discover who they always promised each other they would be. The pilot is written by Shawn Wines who will also serve as executive producer, along with executive producers Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
ABC’s “The Middle” to Conclude Next Season
ABC sitcom “The Middle,” a consistent performer for the past eight seasons often forgotten in the “Modern Family” hoopla, will come to a conclusion following the upcoming ninth season. “We sat down with the cast at the end of last year,” said executive producer Eileen Heisler. “It was important to have a year to say goodbye. We want to be able to tell all the stories.”
Launched in 2009, the single-camera comedy stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck, a working mom who, together with her husband Mike (Neil Flynn), has three children named Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Shaffer).
In its move to the Tuesday8 p.m. ET anchor position this season,“The Middle” improved its half-hour by 22 percent in total viewers and was ABC’s most watched comedy in the time period since “Last Man Standing” in the 2011-12 season. The cast will be present at the Summer Press Tour for a session during ABC’s portion on Saturday.
NEWS OF NOTE
TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas Pucci of The Programming Insider reviews upcoming ABC dramas “Ten Days in the Valley” and “The Good Doctor.” To listen, click here
Bob Bakish and David L. Cohen to Co-Chair the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference
National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) President and CEO Eglon E. Simons has announced that Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish and Comcast Corporation’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference, Sept. 26-27 at the New York Marriott Marquis. As a Diversity Week anchor event, this year’s conference theme, “Diversity at the Speed of Change,” is focusing on the rapidly revolutionary and evolutionary communications industry and offering attendees the opportunity to explore diversity and inclusion in this new business landscape. For more information, click here
Audra McDonald has joined the cast of legal drama “The Good Fight” on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. The second season will premiere in early 2018. McDonald will reprise her role of Liz Lawrence, the tough United States attorney she played on “The Good Wife.” Now, in “The Good Fight” it’s revealed that she is the ex-wife of Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), and over the course of the season the two will have to deal with many of their unresolved issues.
Emily Arlook (“The Good Place”), Chris Parnell (“Saturday Night Live”) and Trevor Jackson (“Burning Sands,” “American Crime”) are joining the previously announced cast of Yara Shahidi (“black-ish”) and Deon Cole (“black-ish”) on upcoming “black-ish” spin-off “grown-ish.” The 13-episode, single-camera comedy will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App, available on connected TV, mobile devices and online.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
E! will celebrate 10 years of the clan called Kardashian in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special,“ airing Sunday, September 24 at 9pm ET. HostbRyan Seacrest will sit down with Kris, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the most monumental events in their lives. On Sunday, October 1, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” returns for its 14th edition at 9 p.m. ET.
What do you think about CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” killing off Erinn Hayes as Kevin James’ TV wife Donna? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals on an edition of “Sunday Night Football” on NBC…Series premieres: “Small Town, Big Mayor” on UP tv, “The Guest Book” on TBS and “The Chris Gethard Show” on truTV…Season premieres:“Mysteries at the Museum” on Travel Channel, “The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” on CMT and “What Would Kellie Pickler Do?” on CMT…For the complete primetime schedule for Thursday, August 3, click here
A Different Krystle
Linda Evans is fondly remembered for her role as Krystle Carrington on the original version of “Dynasty” on ABC. But who was also in consideration for the role?
a) Angie Dickinson
b) Patty Duke
c) Barbara Eden
d) Diane Keaton
e) Meryl Streep
f) all of them
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Mark Feuerstein and Linda Lavin, who worked together in an earlier comedy, will be featured in upcoming CBS sitcom “9JKL” this fall. What was the name of the first show they appeared in together prior to “9JLK”?
b) “Conrad Bloom”
c) “Fired Up”
d) “Good Morning, Miami”
f) “Room for Two”
Is: b) “Conrad Bloom,” which aired on NBC from Sept. 21 to Dec. 21, 1988.
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