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A Trio of Renewals: “Impractical Jokers” on truTV, “Archer” on FXX and “The Boys” on Amazon

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Cult theatrical classic “Plan 9 From Outer Space, which is known as one of the worse films ever, debuted in 1959. This was  Bela Lugosi’s last film appearance. He died before the movie was finished…ABC drama “China Beach,” which was set during the Vietnam War, concluded in 1991 after after 64 episodes. It debuted on April 26, 1988…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Louise Fletcher (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) is 85; “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek is 79; Danny Glover(“Lethal Weapon”) is 73; Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News”) is 72; Willem Dafoe(“Platoon”)  is 64; “Just Shoot Me” star David Spade is 56; “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil is 46; Singer Selena Gomez is 27.

-Did You Know?:
Both Dana Delany (Colleen McMurphy) and Marg Helgenberger (KC Koloski) won Emmys for their performances on drama “China Beach. Delaney actually won twice for Best Actress in a Drama Series, while Helgenberger took home the Emmy gold as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in 1990.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Sunday 7/21/19

Note: The following overnight results exclude the Detroit market.

Household Ratings/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.1/ 6 each, NBC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC and Fox: no change, CBS: – 6, NBC: -21

Ratings Breakdown:
There was nothing unusual to report on this quiet (and hot) summer Sunday. ABC is the network to beat in adults 18-49 thanks primarily to 8-10 p.m. game shows “Celebrity Family Feud” (#1: 3.8 rating/7 share) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (3.3/ 6). Comparably, “Celebrity Family Feud” bested “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 2.9/ 5) by 31 percent.

While “To Tell the Truth” kept ABC in the overnight winner’s circle at 10 p.m., a 2.5/ 5 was 22 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The $100,000 Pyramid” (3.2/ 6).

For the remainder of the analysis for Sunday, July 21, click here


Netflix Orders Docuseries “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner”
Netflix has greenlit docuseries “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” from “Ugly Delicious” star David Cheng and Oscar winner Morgan Neville. The logline: Each episode of the series will feature Chang accompanied by a different celebrity guest exploring a single city, its culture and its cuisine. As the pair travels through each city, they will also uncover new and surprising things about themselves.

“There’s something about traveling with someone that opens you up,” said Chang. “Being away from all the craziness of daily life, you spend long days together in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but wander the street, share meals, and talk. That’s what BLD is all about—learning more about ourselves, our friends, and the people we encounter out in the world. Plus, of course, the ridiculously delicious meals we share.”

“Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” will launch globally on Netflix this fall.


truTV Renews “Impractical Jokers” for a Ninth Season
truTV has greenlit a ninth season of “Impractical Jokers” for 2020, with an order for 26 additional episodes. The announcement was made by the four stars — James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — on Saturday night at the fourth annual “Impractical Jokers” fan event at the Park at Petco Park in San Diego during a special live streamed Q&A.

Since its debut on truTV in 2011, when the cable net was rebranded to a comedy focus, “Impractical Jokers” has been the instrumental component. In addition to the weekly TV series are sold-out live shows and fan events, an annual themed cruise which next sets sail in February 2020, a growing retail and consumer product business, and a mobile museum installation that will travel to three tour stops this summer after an exhibition at the Staten Island Museum.

Impractical Jokers is produced for truTV by NorthSouth Productions with Charlie DeBevoise, Pete McPartland Jr., Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano serving as executive producers. The series is currently in its eighth season on truTV with new episodes returning on Thursday, August 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

“Archer” Renewed for an 11th Season by FXX
Animated comedy “Archer” has been greenlight by FXX for an 11th season, which will debut in 2020. The logline: “Archer” follows Sterling Archer, Lana Kane, and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. An important question arises as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens, intergalactic pirates, and vicious bounty hunters: how do they survive each other? Welcome to the space-tastic world of Archer: 1999.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking Captain, “Sterling Archer;” Aisha Tyler as Archer’s Co-Captain and short-tempered ex-wife, “Lana Kane;” Jessica Walter as Archer’s mother and ball of energy, “Malory Archer;” Judy Greer as the eagle-eye fighter pilot, “Cheryl/Carol Tunt;” Chris Parnell as the attention-seeking First Mate, “Cyril Figgis;” Amber Nash as the crew’s rock monster muscle, “Pam Poovey;” Adam Reed as the out-of-place-in-space courtesan, “Ray Gillette;” and Lucky Yates as the synthetic human with questionable morals, “Algernop Krieger.”

Amazon Orders Second Season of Upcoming Superhero Drama “The Boys”
Optimistic Amazon has picked up a second season of its upcoming new drama The Boys.” The subversive superhero series will debut July 26 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

The logline: “The Boys” offers a take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets.

The Boys are Hughie (Jack Quaid, “The Hunger Games”), Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, “Star Trek”), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, “Detroit”), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, “Hostages”), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara, “Suicide Squad”).  Simon Pegg (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”) guest stars as Hughie’s father.
Executive producers Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue, were joined by moderator Aisha Tyler today at Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center for a behind the scenes look at their upcoming series when the announcement was made.

Amazon Prime Video original series is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film.


“The Orville” Moves to Hulu
Seth MacFarlane announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that “The Orville” will move to Hulu exclusively for its upcoming third season. The Seth MacFarlane-created series will hit the streaming service as a Hulu Original in late 2020. “The Orville” is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.

The third season of The Orville will join Hulu’s lineup of originals including “Castle Rockf” from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, “Future Man” from Seth Rogen, the “Into the Dark” franchise from Blumhouse Television and the upcoming hyper-noir drama series “Reprisal” starring Abigail Spencer.

The Orville is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Fuzzy Door Productions. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Jon Cassar serve as executive producer on the series. Jon Favreau directed the series premiere episode.

Ted Danson Signs For His 12th Regularly Scheduled Primetime Series
Considering his Emmy-winning 11-season stint on classic sitcom “Cheers,” not to mention six seasons on “Becker” and the upcoming fourth – and final – season of NBC’s “The Good Place,” Ted Danson is one of the few actors to have three successful scripted sitcoms under his belt. But the news of his upcoming straight-to-series order for an untitled comedy on NBC after “The Good Place” means the always busy Danson will tie Betty White for second overall historically at the 12 regularly scheduled primetime series mark.

Holding the record at 14 TV series is the late Robert Urich, who passed away in 2002 and is remembered primarily for dramas “Spenser: For Hire,” “Vegas” and the original “S.W.A.T.” For more, click here

“Riverdale” to Honor Luke Perry
The Season four premiere of The CW’s “Riverdale” will feature a special tribute to Luke Perry. Perry’s former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty will guest star in in the episode, which will air Wednesday, October 9, at 8 p.m. ET. Entitled “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam,” the season premiere will reflect Luke Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character, Fred Andrews, had on Riverdale.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
This week’s conversation focuses on upcoming CBS sitcoms “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “The Unicorn” and “Carol’s Second Act.” To listen, click here

2019 Emmy Award Nominations – Click here

Quality or Quantity? If you had a choice of the following two options, which one would you choose? – Click here

Linear or Digital…or Both – Click here


The new season of docuseries “Love After Lockup” will launch on WE on Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: This season we follow seven couples on their journeys from prison to (hopefully) the altar. Viewers will meet each couple just prior to the jailed partner’s release and follow them down their unique path to love.

The fourth — and final — season of drama “The Man in the High Castle” will be available for stream on Amazon on Friday, November 15. The logline: The final season will be rocked by war and revolution. The Resistance becomes a full-blown rebellion, driven by Juliana Crain’s (Alexa Davalos) visions of a better world. A new Black insurgent movement emerges to fight the forces of Nazism and imperialism. As empires teeter, Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido (Joel De La Fuente) will find himself torn between his duty to his country and the bonds of family.

Season four of sci-fi drama “The Expanse” will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, December 13. The logline: With the Ring Gates now open to thousands of new planets, a blood-soaked gold rush begins, igniting new conflicts between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. Meanwhile, on one unexplored planet, the Rocinante crew gets caught in a violent clash between an Earth mining corporation and desperate Belter settlers as deadly new threats from the protomolecule emerge.

Series premieres: “Yum and Yummer” on Cooking; “The Family Chantel” on TLC…CBS drama “The Code” concludes…For the listing of available programs for Monday, July 22, click here