ON THIS DAY
There were two series premieres: “The Carol Burnett Show” on CBS in 1967 and “Little House on the Prairie” on NBC in 1974. Carol Burnett’s variety series ran for 11 seasons, through 1978, and it returned in the summer of 1979 for four new episodes. “Little House on the Prairie,” which was re-titled“Little House: A New Beginning” in the final season, enjoyed a nine season run…“The Miss America Pageant” was televised for the first time in 1954.Lee Meriwether was the winner…Celebrity Birthdays: “Gilmore Girls” starScott Patterson is 59; singer and talk show host Harry Connick, Jr. is 50; “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson is 47; rapper Ludacris is 40.
Did You Know?: Dick Van Dyke joined the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show” in the 11th – and final – season in 1976-77 after Harvey Korman exited for a sitcom deal with ABC. But the chemistry was lacking and he left in the middle of that season…Linwood Boomer, who played Mary’s husband Adam Kendall on“Little House on the Prairie,” went on to create Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle,” which aired from 2000 to 2006. This fall, “Malcolm” himself,Frankie Muniz, will be competing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.“
Note: Due to Hurricane Irma, the metered market (overnight) household results for Sunday, Sept. 10 are not available.
Fast Affiliate Results
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Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 9/04/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/05/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/06/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/07/17: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Debuting Today in Syndication
America’s COMEDY Game Show! This Week’s Celebrity Guests: Bill Bellamy, Cheryl Hines, Gabriel Iglesias, Jon Lovitz,
Louie Anderson, Sherri Shephard Click on either image to find out where to watch
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
ABC Orders Pilot for “Greatest American Hero” Reboot
Potentially next in the endless stream of TV show revivals is a new version of “The Greatest American Hero” on ABC, which originally aired on the network from 1981-83. ABC has given a pilot commitment to the proposed single camera half-hour, which this time will center on Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland who dons a superhero suit to protect the planet after being entrusted by some aliens.
The reboot is being written and produced by Rachna Fruchbom, who co-produced “Fresh off the Boat” and some wrote some episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” Tawnia McKiernan is set to direct.
The original show followed a substitute school teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) who is given an alien space suit that gives him superpowers like invisibility and super strength. However, because he loses the instruction guide, he ends up having to figure out how the suit works by making mistakes, and teams up with an FBI agent played by Robert Culp to solve crimes. Most memorable from the show, perhaps, was the hit theme song, “Believe it Or Not,” sung by Joey Scarbury.
Netflix Greenlights “The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse”
Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to a hybrid of non-scripted action and comedy called “The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse,” which is described as an anthology series that combines humor and usable survival skills. Each episode will chronicle its own contained apocalypse that the show’s hero somehow manages to survive.
“The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse” iswritten, produced by and starring two military veterans, Shawn Vance, a former United States Special forces Green Beret, and Daril Fanin, a former combat army medic. The two presented the idea for a real-life “survival guide” series to Matt Damon who, along with Jennifer Todd, came on board to executive produce through their Pearl Street Films. Peter Berg, Matt Goldberg and Brandon Carroll of Film 45 are also executive are producing.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Showtime Renews “I’m Dying Up Here” for Season 2
Showtime has picked-up comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes. Debuting on June 4, 2017, “I’m Dying Up here” explores L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene. Season one starred Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Treme”), Ari Graynor (“Bad Teacher”), Michael Angarano (“The Knick”), Clark Duke (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Andrew Santino (“Mixology”), Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”), RJ Cyler (“Power Rangers”), Al Madrigal (“The Daily Show”) and Jake Lacy (“Obvious Child”) as part of a large ensemble cast. Created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne.
The series will go back into production in the fall.
The logline: “I’m Dying Up Here” delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.
Amazon Cancels “The Last Tycoon”
Amazon has opted against a second of F. Scott Fitzgerald drama “The Last Tycoon.” Debuting on June 16, “The Last Tycoon” starred Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer, and Jennifer Beals, and followed the power struggle between Bomer’s wunderkind studio executive Monroe Stahr and his boss, Grammer’s studio head Pat Brady, in 1930s Hollywood. Nine episodes in total aired and the now series finale was on July 28.
Just a few days earlier, Amazon Studios scrapped plans for a second season of
another Fitzgerald drama, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” starring Christina Ricci.
These cancellations follow the axing of several other shows that lasted only one season at Amazon Studios, including “Good Girls Revolt” and “Mad Dogs.”
NEWS OF NOTE
“Stranger Things” and “Westworld” Top Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” led the winner’s list at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this past weekend, each with five wins. HBO’s “The Night Of” was next at four wins (including nods for cinematography, editing, sound mixing and sound editing). HBO had the most victories for a network after the two-night Creative Arts phase with 19, with Netflix second at 16 and NBC third overall at nine.
Winners in the Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series went to Gerald McRaney for “This Is Us” and Alexis Bledel for Hulu’s “The Handmaid Tale,” while the two winners in the Guest Comedy categories were Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy, both for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s award presentations in 92 categories will air on Saturday, Sept. 16 as a special on FXX. For the listing of winners, click here
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content Sign First Look Deal
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have entered into a first look deal with Angus Wall and Linda Carlson’s production company Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment. The two-year deal includes a first-look for both scripted and unscripted content. Under the agreement, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment will continue to focus on visual storytelling and will be developing a host of formats from long form to limited, drama to comedy and documentaries.
Previously announced projects from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content include “Berlin Station,” a 10-part series airing on EPIX and now in production on its second season; “13 Reasons Why,” streaming on Netflix also in production on season 2, based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, directed by Tom McCarthy and written by Brian Yorkey; “Maniac,” a 10-episode dark comedy series to be directed by Cary Fukunaga starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, ordered by Netflix; and a drama series based on Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist” for TNT, based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr.
The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here
TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci handicaps the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards. To listen, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Tough Guys,” a documentary feature that explores origins and the development of the mixed martial arts (MMA) movement, will debut on Showtime on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Executive produced by critically acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman (“Born Into Brothels”), “Tough Guys” is told through the colorful first-hand accounts of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters as it brings to life the loosely regulated mixed martial arts competitions of 1980s Pittsburgh that served as a precursor to what has now become a global phenomenon.
Drama “Loudermilk,” which centers on Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston), a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, will premiere on Audience Network on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Will Sasso (“MADTV”) co-stars.
Good idea or bad idea? What do you think about ABC rebooting “The Greatest American Hero” as a half-hour single camera sitcom? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season (or series) finales: “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC, “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW, “Man v Food” on Travel Channel, “Preacher” on AMC,“American Dad” on TBS and “Baller Wives” on VH!… For the complete listing for Monday, Sept. 11, click here
Live From New York, it’s “Saturday Night Live”
Which one of the following five network series was not airing on Saturdayevening the season that “Saturday Night Live” on NBC premiered? Note: “SNL” debuted on Oct. 11, 1975.
a) “All in the Family”
b) “The Carol Burnett Show”
d) “The Jeffersons”
f) They all were
The answer to Friday’s question…
Which night this fall will feature the most number of new network series?
…Is: a) Monday with 6 news shows: “The Good Doctor” (ABC), “9JKL” (CBS), “Me, Myself & I” (CBS), “The Brave” (NBC), “The Gifted” (Fox), “Valor” (CW)
As for the others:
–Tuesday: 3 – “The Mayor” (ABC), “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC), “Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Brothers” (NBC)
–Wednesday: 2 – “SEAL Team” (CBS), “Dynasty” (CW)
–Thursday: 3 – “Young Sheldon” (CBS), “S.W.A.T.” (CBS), “The Orville” (Fox)
–Friday: 1- “Marvel’s The Inhumans” (ABC)
–Sunday: 3 – “Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC), “Wisdom of the Crowd” (CBS), “Ghosted” (Fox)
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