|ON THIS DAY
The police drama “Stand by for Crime,“ the first program to be transmitted from Chicago to New York, concluded on ABC in 1949. One of the stars was veteran newsman Mike Wallace, under his real name, Myron Wallace…In 1964, Gracie Allen of the Burns and Allen comedy duo passed away at the age of 69. Her beloved husband, George Burns, died on March 9, 1996 at the age of 100…Fox sitcom “Martin,“ starring Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell, began its five season run in 1992. In 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against her Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults, and she did not appear in most of the season five episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Paul Reubens (aka “Pee Wee” Herman) is 66; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson is 49; “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is 39.-Did You Know?:
After Gracie Allen retired, the couple’s long-running sitcom “The Burns and Allen Show,” which aired from 1950 to 1958, continued as “The George Burns Show”with the same supporting cast (including upcoming “Petticoat Junction” star Bea Benaderet). It aired for one season (1958 to 1959) on NBC.
Sunday 8/26/18Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.5/ 8, CBS: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 1.3/ 2
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC and NBC: + 7 each, CBS: + 6, Fox: -28
NBC took center stage in the overnights care of the Arizona Cardinals versus the Dallas Cowboys in preseason football, which averaged at estimated 4.8 rating/9 share in households from 8-11 p.m. ET. Also on the overnight map was CBS’ “Big Brother” at a 3.9/ 7 from 8-9 p.m., while ABC’s 8-11 p.m. game show rotation – “Celebrity Family Feud” (#2: 4.2/ 8 at 8 p.m.), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#2: 3.5/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and “To Tell the Truth” (#2: 2.6/ 5 at 10 p.m.) – performed at typical overnight levels.
For the breakdown by network and by half hour for Sunday, August 26, click here
Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Live+Same Day Data
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Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of August 13: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
|NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
“Ancient Invisible Cities” to Debut on PBS This Wednesday
“Ancient Invisible Cites,” a three-part series produced by BBC Studios for PBS, will premiere on PBS on Wednesday, August 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Presented by Professor Darius Arya, “Ancient Invisible Cities” takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the world to celebrate and explore the civilization and culture of Athens, Cairo and Istanbul. The series uncovers long-forgotten secrets, enigmatic structures and mysterious buried treasures hidden beneath three ancient cityscapes.
The logline: Armed with a cutting-edge arsenal of high-definition 3D scanners, sub-sea LiDAR and multi-spectral images, Professor Arya takes viewers behind the scenes of these metropolises. Each scan uncovers ancient architectural and technological achievements in a new way, illuminating just how these structures continue to exist after thousands of years .And each episode culminates in an augmented reality adventure, in which Professor Arya steps inside a hologram and interacts with breath-taking visualizations of the past while set in present-day locations. Following each episode, Professor Arya invites viewers to explore these sites themselves at home with VR technology.
The series will also be streamed on PBS.org, PBS mobile and OTT apps, and local PBS member station websites following broadcast.
Programming Alert: How “Big Brother 20” Will Be Affected in Your Area by NFL Preseason Football This Thursday
NFL preseason football on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2018 will shift “Big Brother” to another channel and/or a late-night time slot on the same CBS affiliate in several TV markets. For the TV markets that will be affected and when and where “Big Brother” will air, click here
Robin Leach Dies at 76
Robin Leach, the veteran journalist remembered for his long-running stint as host of syndication’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Thursday night. He had been hospitalized since November after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas.
Born August 29, 1941 in London, Leach at age 18 became the youngest “Page One” reporter for Britain’s the Daily Mail. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States and wrote for a number of publications (including the New York Daily News and People) before launching GO Magazine and becoming the show business editor of The Star.
From Wipekedia: Leach got his TV start as a regular contributor to AM Los Angeles, with Regis Philbin & Sarah Purcell on KABC-TV. Other television work included reporting for “People Tonight, ” on CNN and “Entertainment Tonight” and helping start “Good Morning Australia,” as well as the Food Network. His signature series, “LIfestyles of the Rich and Famous,” aired from 1984 to 1995.
In 1993, Leach hosted an exposé documentary of Madonna for Fox titled “Madonna Xposed.” And he hosted “Lifestyles” spinoff “Fame, Fortune and Romance.” More recently, he wrote for the Las Vegas Sun and the daily VegasDeluxe.com website from 2008 through June 2016.
“Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m.,” said the family in a statement. “Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow.”
Rest in Peach, Mr. Leach. We will always remember those “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”
The PI in Moneyish.com by Funto Omojola – Here’s Why So Many of Our Favorite Shows Are Coming Back – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new fall NBC series “Manifest”, “I Feel Bad” and “New Amsterdam”. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen,click here
2018 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks
The networks of ESPN has exclusive live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, tennis’ fourth and final Major of the 2018 calendar year. The tournament, hailing from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows (Queens) in New York City, begins August 27 and culminates with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 9, both at 4 p.m. ET.
For the first time, all 16 courts will be covered, with 130 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN3 and ESPN+, the new direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. For the complete schedule, click here
Jemele Hill to Leave ESPN
Sports reporter, columnist, commentator and TV host Jemele Hill will officially depart ESPN, effective September 1, according to media journalist Jim Miller. After several years as a sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press and Orlando Sentinel, Hill was hired by ESPN in 2006. In 2013, she would join fellow ESPN personality Michael Smith on the daytime ESPN2 talk show “Numbers Never Lie” which would then be retitled “His and Hers”.
On February 6, 2017, Hill and Smith would officially transition their on-air afternoon pairing from ESPN2 to hosting the 6 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter” on ESPN in a much-ballyhooed attempt to increase its ratings and to capitalize on ESPN’s trend at the time to personalize their flagship program, as they had successfully done with Scott Van Pelt in late night. However, Hill and Smith’s discussion-style format for “SportsCenter” wasn’t kindly accepted by the audience at-large, and was much fodder for negative feedback on social media.
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2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC – Click here
2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 – Click here
2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Netflix dramedy “Wanderlust,” starring Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”), will bebut on Friday, Oct. 19. The six episode series presents an authentic, multi-generational story about the complexities of love, grief, family and marriage when a relatable couple living a suburban lifestyle tries something unorthodox.
HBO Films’ “My Dinner With Herve,“ starring Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan, will debut Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET. Inspired by a real story, the film, explores the unlikely friendship between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), the world’s most famous knife-wielding French dwarf actor, as it unfolds over one wild night in LA – an encounter that will have life-changing consequences for both. The film also stars: Mireille Enos as Hervé’s longtime girlfriend, Kathy Self; Harriet Walter as Danny’s newspaper editor, Fiona Baskin; Oona Chaplin as Danny’s girlfriend, Katie Nielson; with David Strathairn as Villechaize’s longtime agent, Marty Rothstein; and Andy García as Ricardo Montalbán, Villechaize’s “Fantasy Island” co-star.
|ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“The Proposal” concludes for the season (or series) on ABC…For the programming options on Friday, August 24, click here
Opie’s DogWhat was the name of Opie’s (Ronny Howard) dog on classic sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show.”
f) he did not have a dog
The answer to Friday’s question…
We all remember Nancy Walker as lovable nudge Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda’s mother, on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and spin-off “Rhoda.” But who was actually an earlier choice for the role?
a) Geraldine Page
b) Molly Picon
c) Martha Raye
d) Maureen Stapleton
e) Shelley Winters
Is: d) Maureen Stapleton, who went on to win the Oscar for Best Support Actress in 1982 for theatrical “Reds.”
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