Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 31
ON THIS DAY
Game show “Concentration,” hosted by Hugh Downs, debuted on NBC in daytime in 1958…Teen drama “My So-Called Life,” headlined by 15-year-old Claire Danes, debuted on ABC in 1994. It was produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the creators of “thirtysomething,” and was considered a hit creatively. But low ratings and rumors of Danes not interested in returning for a second season led to its demise after just 19-episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Sean Connery is 87;Regis Philbin is 86; Rock singer Elvis Costello is 63; Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 56; “Profiler” star Ally Walker is also 56; “LA Law’s” Blair Underwood is 53; daytime talk show host Rachael Ray is 49; daytime soap actor Cameron Mathison is 48; model Claudia Schiffer is 46; “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively is 30.
Did You Know?:
ABC’s “My So-Called Life” aired in the Thursday8 p.m. hour, facing drama “Due South” on CBS, and sitcoms “Mad About You” and “Friends” on NBC, and“Martin” and “Living Single” on Fox. As one of the more challenging time periods for ABC, other new scripted dramas that came and quickly went in subsequent seasons included “Charlie Grace,”“High Incident,”“Nothing Sacred” and “Vengeance Unlimited.” How many of these shows do you remember?
-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +67, Fox: +12, CBS: -14, ABC and NBC: -35 each
The weekly live eviction show on “Big Brother” led CBS to Thursday overnight household victory, scoring a 3.8 rating/7 share in the 9 p.m. ET hour. Comparably, this was right on par with the year-ago overnight rating. But, speaking as the ultimate fan of “Big Brother,” these housemates all naively thinking they can beat Paul at the end is just plain difficult to watch. My vote for the worst “showmance” in the history of the reality/competition: Matt and Raven. To chime in with your thoughts, visit the PI Facebook page by clicking here
Particularly positive for NBC was “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” tying “Big Brother,” with a 3.9/ 7 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. For a look a Alec Baldwin’s latest impersonation of our president, click here
Unfortunately, the support from “SNL” has not benefited lead-out sitcom “Great News,” which dipped by 54 percent in the household overnights with a 1.8/ 3 (#2t) at 9:30 p.m.
There were two season finales last night: Game show “The Wall” (#2: 3.0/ 6), which remained a respectable option for NBC, and ABC singing competition “Boy Band” (#4: 1.6/ 3), which is unlikely to see a second season.
Also original last night was Fox’s pairing of “Beat Shazam” (#3: 1.8/ 3) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.7/ 3), which are both confirmed to return next season despite the ongoing lack of interest; and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.1/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.) and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” on The CW (#5: 0.9/ 2 in the 9 p.m. half-hour).
Medical drama “The Night Shift” (#1: 2.4/ 5) on NBC, meanwhile , bested competing “Zoo” on CBS (#2: 1.6/ 3) by 50 percent. Chances of a fourth season for “Zoo” is highly unlikely. And “Battle of the Network Stars” on ABC remained out of the competitive loop at a fourth-place 1.6/ 3 in the 9 p.m. hour.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
“Starsky & Hutch” Revival in Development at Sony Pictures TV
Aaron Spelling crime solver “Starsky & Hutch,” which initially aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and was remade as a film in 2004 with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, is the next classic series in talks to be rebooted. “The Guardians Of the Galaxy” franchise writer-director James Gunn is spearheading the proposed series for Sony Pictures Television, which is currently being pitched to broadcast, cable and streaming networks. In addition to executive producing, Gunn will also write the project along with his brother Brian Gunn and their cousin Mark Gunn. The three Gunns will also executive produce along with Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty. Moritz will produce through his Sony-based Original Film banner, at which Shetty is the head of TV.
This new version of “Starsky & Hutch” comes following the recent news of potential revivals of “The Munsters” and “Miami Vice” on NBC and a live action version of “The Jetsons” on ABC. This fall, new versions of “S.W.A.T.” on CBS and “Dynasty” on The CW will be premiering.
Pop Orders Comedy “Let’s Get Physical”
Cable net Pop has ordered eight episodes of a scripted sitcom fr 201 all“Let’s Get Physical,” which is described as a modern day story set in the world of aerobics. The logline: “Let’s Get Physical” centers on a slacker named Joe who, with every breath he takes, makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, Colonel Tom Force, a.k.a. “The Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away and wills his son the broken-down family gym. In a “Brewster’s Millions”-type switch to receive the family fortune and estate, Joe must take on his arch-nemesis, who has become a highly successful fitness entrepreneur.
Executive produced by Rosey TV’s Michael Rosenberg (“Hell on Wheels,” “Hung”), Connor Pritchard’s Inside Center Productions (“Workaholics”), Ben and Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment and John Morayniss for eOne, the cast includes Matt Jones (“Breaking Bad,” “Mom”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Silicon Valley,” “Episodes”) and AnnaLynne McCord (“90210,” “Nip/Tuck”)
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Amazon Renews “Transparent” for Season Five
Amazon Studios has greenlit a fifth season of dramedy “Transparent” before its fourth season premiere (on Sept. 22), with an expected 10 new episodes for 2018. The entire Pfefferman family will be back including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker.
Debuting on Feb. 6, 2014, “Transparent” revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), is transgender.
Netflix Picks-Up “Last Chance U” for Season Three
Netflix announced that documentary series “Last Chance U” is coming back for a third season for a new setting at Independence Community College in Kansas. The series follows the lives of elite athletes who deal with personal dramas, past mistakes and future goals as they hopefully realize their dreams of competing at the next level.
“Last Chance U” is a Netflix production in association with Condé Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions. The series was originally inspired by a feature article in GQ magazine; and is executive produced by Greg Whiteley, Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, Lucas Smith, James Stern, Ben Cotner, Adam Del Deo and Lisa Nishimura.
NEWS OF NOTE
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC Moves Back One Hour
After over two decades anchoring ABC’s Sunday night primetime line-up at 7 p.m. ET, the network will move veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos, hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro,” in the Sunday8 p.m. hour. Game show “To Tell the Truth,” which was the original choice in the Sunday8 p.m. hour this fall, will now return at an undisclosed date and time in midseason.
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” will now air into relocated “Shark Tank” at 9 p.m., followed by upcoming 10-episode drama “Ten Days in the Valley,” headlined by Kyra Sedgwick. ABC has now confirmed what will replace “AFHV” in the Sunday7 p.m.time period.
Decades Acquires “The Ed Sullivan Show”
Decades, the home for classic television, will begin airing “The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show” weekdays at 12 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET, respectively, effective on Monday, Sept. 4. Presenting two 30-minute episodes each weekday in these three time periods, every show will feature pop culture icons, entertainers and performers (including The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Joan Rivers, The Carpenters, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, George Carlin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Temptations, The Doors, Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley, Liza Minnelli, George Burns and The Beatles).
“The Ed Sullivan Show,” a weekly breeding ground for family co-viewership, aired on CBS originally from 1948 to 1971.
Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black”) has joined the cast of CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts.” She will be introduced in the second season premiere on Monday, Oct. 30 (at 9:30 asSofia, a young Uptown gentrifier who parks her food truck, which serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast foods, in front of Arthur’s old-school donut shop. Though Arthur (Judd Hirsch) assumes she’s an entitled millennial, she’s actually a hard-working, enterprising, self-made woman who has poured every penny into her food truck business, which she plans to turn into an empire.
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TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump Appears on “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update – Summer Edition”
Alec Baldwin returned to the NBC Studio 8H stage once more for the Aug. 24 edition of “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update – Summer Edition” in his iconic portrayal of Donald Trump. “Trump” initially wore eclipse sunglasses and then addressed his Phoenix fans about Charlottesville, Afghanistan, the Mexican border wall and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. For a look, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Discovery Channel will debut new series “Street Justice: The Bronx,” featuring decorated NYPD detective Ralph Friedman, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: New York City’s infamous 41st precinct, dubbed “Ft. Apache” was home to every type of violent crime imaginable during the city’s most violent years: the 1970s and ‘1980s. From seemingly unsolvable murder cases, to undercover busts and deadly shootouts in broad daylight, Detective Friedman was involved in some of the most intense, life threatening cases ever seen on the streets of NYC. From an illegal weapons sting that devolved into a deadly shootout, to a manhunt for a ruthless serial rapist targeting women in Williamsbridge, Friedman repeatedly put his life on the line to bring justice to The Bronx.
Season two of fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” will premiere on Spike TV on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET. Season two takes place one year after the events of last season. The Four Lands are in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight.
Upcoming VH1 competition series “Scared Famous” will premiere on Monday, October 23 at 9PM ET. The logline: Rapper Redman is named the Master of Scare-a-Monies for 10 of the biggest reality stars as they try to endure gruesome challenges and terrifying scares that pay homage to recent horror hits. Over two weeks, these celebrities will move into an eerie estate in Savannah, Georgia and test their limits for a chance to donate $100,000 to his or her favorite charity. They must rely on alliances, strategy and friendships, but supernatural forces beyond their control may be their true undoing.
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Kansas City Chiefs face the Seattle Seahawks on NFL Preseason Football on CBS…Series premieres: Comedy “Disjointed” on Amazon and the revival of “The Tick” on Amazon…”Dark Matter” concludes for the season on Syfy…For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 25, click here
First Up in the Miniseries Category
Which one of the following classic network miniseries debuted first?
b) “Rich Man, Poor Man”
e) “Thorn Birds”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following long-running series newer finished the season as the top-rated show in all of primetime (based on household rating)?
b) “The Golden Girls”
c) “Laverne & Shirley”
f) They all did
Is: b) “The Golden Girls,” which rose as high as No. 4 for the 1987-88 season (with a 21.8 household rating). For comparative purposes, here were the top 10 rated shows that season:
“The Cosby Show” (NBC): 27.8 rating
“A Different World” (NBC): 25.0
“Cheers” (NBC): 23.4
“The Golden Girls” (NBC): 21.8
“Growing Pains” (ABC): 21.3
“Who’s The Boss?” (ABC): 21.2
“Night Court” (NBC): 20.8
“60 Minutes” (CBS): 20.6
“Murder, She Wrote” (CBS): 20.2
“Alf” (NBC) and “The Wonder Years” (ABC): 18.8 each
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Jody McIntyre, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno