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ABC at TCA; Positive Return for “Bachelor in Paradise”

Live from the 2019 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) August 6. 2019 – ON THIS DAY Don’t be ridiculous! ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers,” starring Mark Linn Baker and Bronson Pinchot, ended its 150-episode run in 1993. The series spun-off “Family Matters”Garth Brooks performed at a free concert in New York City’s Central Park for HBO in 1997…Celebrity Birthdays: pop singer Geri Hailliwell (Ginger Spice) is 47; actress Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) is 46; former child star Soleil Moon Frye (“Punky Brewster”) is 43.

-Did You Know?:
“Punky Brewster,” which aired for four seasons (two on NBC: 1984-86; and two in first-run syndication: 1986-88) spawned an animated spin-off, “It’s Punky Brewster.” The series featured the original cast voicing their respective characters, and it aired from September 14, 1985 to December 6, 1986.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Monday 8/05/19Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.0/ 5, ABC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CBS: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change Vs. the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
CW: no change, NBC: – 3, Fox: -10, CBS: -27, ABC: -43

Ratings Breakdown:
“The Bachelor In Paradise” returned for a new summer season on ABC with a 3.3 rating/6 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that bested “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC (3.1/ 6) by six percent. But NBC’s “Dateline” led the 10 p.m. hour, with a 2.7/ 5. Competing “Grand Hotel” on ABC, which network president Karey Burke said no decision has been made on a second season yet, scored a 2.0/ 4 (#2).

For the remainder of the overnight analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Monday, August 5, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 7/29/19: Click here
Tuesday 7/30/19: Click here
Wednesday 7/31/19: Click here
Thursday 8/01/19: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Tiffany Haddish Says The Darndest Things
If you happen to be of a certain age (an advanced age, that is), you are familiar with “Kids Day the Darndest Things.” This comedic reality formula was originally featured on radio in “House Party,” hosted by Art Linkletter, which began in 1945, and as a segment on daytime variety series “Art Linkletter’s House Party.” Effective on TV in 1952, and for 17 years, Linkletter interviewed school children (an estimated 23,000) between the ages of five and ten.

In 1998, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” morphed into a standalone series on CBS, hosted by Bill Cosby, from 1998 to 2000. And, this fall, comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip,” The Last O.G.”) will take over the hosting chores on a rebooted version on ABC.

“Kids Say the Darndest Things” airs out of veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (which will outlive us all at this point!) and into “Shark Tank,” all opposite Sunday Night Football on NBC. Translation: the expected audience base for “Kids Say the Darndest Things” will be limited. But because Haddish offers a new and energetic comedic twist on this proven format, non-football fans (or anyone not interested in competing “God Friended Me” on CBS, animated “The Simpsons” and “Bless The Harts” on Fox, and newbie “Batwoman” on The CW), may find these kids, and Haddish, worth visiting. For more, click here


ABC Orders Limited Series “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11”
ABC has secured the rights to Mitchell Zuckoff’s bestselling book “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11.” In order to commemorate and honor the 20 the anniversary of the events of September 11, the network will develop a limited series based on the Harper Collins book in 2021. The series will be produced by Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment and executive produced by Erwin Stoff and Richard Abate of 3 Arts as well as Mitchell Zuckoff.

The logline: “Fall and Rise” chronicles the stories of those who were lost, saved and forever altered by the most heinous acts of terrorism on American soil. This profound portrait of humanity and resilience in the face of unspeakable horror will honor the history and events of this tragic day.

ABC to Develop Anthology Series “Women of the Movement”
ABC is developing anthology series “Women of the Movement” (working title), which is a chronology of the civil rights movement as told from a black woman’s point of view. The first season is inspired by the book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement” by Devery S. Anderson.

“Women of the Movement” (working title) is being written by Marissa Jo Cerar (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “13 Reasons Why” and “The Fosters”) and executive produced by Jay-Z, Jay Brown, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (Roc Nation); Will Smith and James Lassiter (Overbrook Entertainment); along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor from Kapital Entertainment; Rosanna Grace (Serendipity Film Group); Alex Foster and John Middleton (The Middleton Media Group); and David Clark (Aptitude Entertainment). The anthology series is produced by Kapital Entertainment.


ABC Renews “The Bachelotte” and “The Bachelor in Paradise” for Summer 2020
ABC has greenlit new seasons of summer relationship/reality staples “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for 2020. These “Bachelor” franchise properties join the already announced 24th season of “The Bachelor,” which will also return in 2020.


ABC Announces Two New “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” Specials in 2019-20
This winter, Jimmy Kimmel will once again team up with television icon Norman Lear and executive producers Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux to provide the next installment of the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” with a live holiday special event. A third “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special will air spring 2020. There is no confirmation what Norman Lear sitcoms will be featured.

ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and “The Jeffersons’” premiered on Wednesday, May 22, with an average audience of 10.4 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/9 share in adults 18-49.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” will be produced by Kimmelot, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, D’Arconville and Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux will executive produce.

ABC to Offer “The Little Mermaid” Special
In honor of its 30 the anniversary, “The Wonderful World of Disney” and ABC are proud to present a spectacular, live musical event showcasing “The Little Mermaid.” The logline: This special tribute to the original animated classic and its timeless music will take viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast will be interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film. This never-before-seen hybrid format will intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original animated film and the  Broadway stage version.

Howard Ashman’s film lyrics will also be showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, will contribute to the special.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The conversation focuses on upcoming “BH90210” on Fox, “The Boys” on Amazon, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” on Hulu; and returning “GLOW” on Netflix and “Succession” and “Hard Knocks” on HBO…To listen, 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


2019 NFL Preseason TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here


“Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019,” hosted by Super Bowl champion and talk and game show host Michael Strahan, will premiere Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET.  The winners were revealed at a celebration filled with epic slimings and sheer sports ‘fan’-demonium.

Series premieres: “Code of the Wild” on Travel; “Flipping Exes” on Bravo;“Undercover Billionaire” on Discovery…Season premieres: “The Real Housewives or Orange County” on Bravo; “Hard Knocks” on HBO; “Growing Up Chrisley” on USA…Season finales: “Black Ink Crew” on VH1; “Blood & Treasure” on CBS; “Drunk History” on Comedy Central…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, August 6, click here