ON THIS DAY
Showtime debuted made-for television movie “Losing Chase,” featuring Helen Mirren, Beau Bridges and Kyra Sedgwick, in 1996…Patrick Swayzereceived a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997…Celebrity Birthdays: Film star Robert Redford is 81; Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) is 60; Christian Slater of “Mr. Robot” is 48; actor Edward Norton is also 48; Former “Cosby Show” star Malcolm Jamal Warner is 47; “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Andy Samberg is 39.
-Did You Know?: Malcolm Jamal Warner, who is also remembered for his four season (1996 to 2000) stint on UPN sitcom “Malcolm & Eddie,” has a supporting role in upcoming ABC drama “Ten Days in the Valley.” It debuts on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET.
RATINGS BOX Note: The metered market (overnight) ratings for Thursday, August 17 were not available at press time. But please visit our website by 11:30 a.m. ET today for the fast affiliate ratings.
Live + Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
A+E Orders Docuseries “Cultureshock”
A&E Network is partnering with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his company, Warrior Poets, and Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly to produce “Cultureshock,” an eight-hour original documentary series that looks at the untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture that have had a lasting impact on our culture. Each episode of ‘Cultureshock’ will shed light on the untold stories behind those big, unforgettable moments, helmed by an acclaimed director with the full participation of the key players in the story. “Cultureshock” will premiere in 2018.
Initial episodes of “Cultershock” will include comedian W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”) directing a film about how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with his seminal 1996 comedy special “Bring the Pain;” and a profile of the cult classic series, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was cancelled after one season. Morgan Spurlock will also look at the rise of the raw and salacious real-life television theater of tabloid talk shows like “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Geraldo,” which laid the groundwork for today’s reality television shows.
“Cultureshock” is produced by Warrior Poets in association with Entertainment Weekly. Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin are Executive Producers for Warrior Poets. Jess Cagle, Henry Glodblatt, J.J. Miller and Ian Orefice are Executive Producers for Entertainment Weekly. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson are Executive Producers for A&E.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Sitcom “I’m Sorry” Renewed for Season Two by truTV
Cable net truTV has greenlight scripted comedy “I’m Sorry” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2018. Debuting onJuly 12,” I’m Sorry” follows seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea (Andrea Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations, along with her more straitlaced husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott), and their inquisitive daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci).
“I’m Sorry” is executive produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, Gloria Sanchez’s Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell & Adam McKay and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. New episodes debut Wednesdays at 10pm ET on truTV and the season one finale is set for Wednesday, September 6. truTV will air a season one catch-up marathon on Monday, September 4beginning at p.m. ET.
AXS TV Renews “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hager”
AXS TV has greenlit “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hager,” presented by Mercury Insurance, for a third season. Production on the 12-episode season began this month and is scheduled for air in early 2018. The upcoming season of “Rock & Roll Road Trip” will feature Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) traveling the country to interview and often perform with musicians like Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Weir, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and more.
The series is produced in-house by AXS TV. Sammy Hagar, Tom Consolo, Evan Haiman and Kari Hagar all serve as executive producers and the series is produced by Stephen Stormer.
NEWS OF NOTE
“Lassie” Star Jon Shepodd Dies at 92
Jon Shepodd, the first actor to play the role of Paul Martin on CBS family drama “Lassie,” has died, according to a posting on Facebook by “Lassie” star Jon Provost. He was 92.
Born as Hugh Goodwin on Dec. 19, 1925, Jon Shepodd made his debut on “Lassie” in season four opposite Cloris Leachman as his wife Ruth. When the ratings decreased, a result of Leachman’s performance according to many, both Leachman and Shepodd exited the series in March 1958 and were replaced by June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly. Lockhart and Reilly stayed with “Lassie” opposite young Jon Provost until 1964.
Shepodd, additionally, appeared in films “Attack” (1956), “The Garment Jungle” (1957), “The Power of Resurrection” (1958) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Production Begins on Freeform Made-for Movie “Angry Angel”
Freeform, in association with Sony Pictures Television, announced that it has started production on their first original Christmas movie, “Angry Angel,” in Toronto. From Golden Globe-nominated director and writer Will Gluck (“Easy A”, “Friends with Benefits”), the two-hour special holiday feature stars Jason Biggs (“Orange Is the New Black”), Brenda Song (“Pure Genius”), Ricky Mabe (“Preacher“), Andrew Bachelor (“Meet the Blacks”) and Andy Favreau (“Aquarius“). Set in New York City, “Angry Angel” follows a young woman turned angel, Allison Pyke (Song), who is stuck on Earth and can’t seem to ring the right bells in order to pass through those pearly gates into heaven. When the love of her life, Patrick (Mabe), shows up in New York City, it complicates Pyke’s journey as well as frustrates her angel mentor Jason Biggs (Biggs). The not-so-merry situation also turns into an unexpected love triangle with her friend with sometimes benefits, Barker (Favreau).
The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here
TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Clickhere ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Clickhere Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd Thing: Clickhere TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click here PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Competition renovation series “Game of Homes” will return to Discovery Family on Monday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET for the first of eight new episodes. This season, Dave Salmoni (Pet Nation Renovation) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are destined for the wrecking ball and revive them room by room into their dream homes.
TLC will open a new season of “Kindred Spirits” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET into the debut of “Evil Things” at 10 p.m. ET.In the season premiere of “Kindred Spirits,” Amy and Adam investigate one of the most infamous haunted homes in America: the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Mass. And each episode of “Evil Things” features two stories of people who claim they’ve survived frightening paranormal activity caused by a haunted object ranging from toys to jewelry and even furniture. Anything can become a vessel for the dead. Based on first-person accounts, each twisted mystery exposes the sinister secrets hiding within seemingly innocent items… some of which could be sitting in your own home right now.
“Mary, Mary” will return for its sixth – and final – season on WE tv onThursday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET. The series, which chronicles the lives of Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and members of the contemporary gospel group Mary Mary, returns with six one hour-long episodes. The the fifth season of “Mary Mary” reached 12.7 million total viewers and was the #1 cable program in its time period among African-American women 25-54.
Drama series “The Halcyon,” the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the center of London society in 1940, will debut on Ovation on Monday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET. The series shows London life through the prism of war and the impact ot has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata, all set to the soundtrack of the music of the era.
Yes, That Was Amy Schumer on “Judge Judy”
During a case about possession of collectible cards on yesterday’s edition of the syndicated hit “Judge Judy,” a notable celebrity appeared sitting in the courtroom — actress and comedienne Amy Schumer. For a look, click here
What grade would you give the debut of NBC sitcom Marlon? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Neflix debuts “Marvel’s The Defenders”…Season three of animated“Dinotrux” is available for streaming on Netflix…Docuseries “Kendra on Top”returns on WE…”Under the Influence” concludes for the season on Reelz…For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 18, click here
The Bigger Jigger
Which one of the following TV characters liked to frequent a tavern called The Bigger Jigger?
a) Dan Conner
b) Vinton Harper
c) Doug Heffernan
d) Samantha Jones
e) Walter White
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which pair of TV series never featured any crossover appearances between the two?
a) “Alice” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”
b) “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family”
c) “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere”
d) “Community” and “Cougar Town”
e) “The Donna Reed Show” and “Dennis the Menace”
f) They all did
Is: b) “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family.” Aside from Danny Bonaduce clobbering Barry Williams on Fox’s “Celebrity Boxing,” the casts of two sitcoms did not appear together on camera.
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