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ABC Gives Sarah Hyland a Sitcom Pilot Commitment; Leslie Jones Exits “SNL”

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Programming Insider by Marc Berman


Sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” began its five season run on The WB in 1996…HBO historical drama “Rome,” which was set in the 1st century BC and looked at the rise of the Roman Empire through the eyes of two Roman soldiers, debuted in 2005. Five seasons were planned, but it aired for only two seasons due to high production costs…Celebrity Birthdays: “Starsky & Hutch” star David Soul is 76; “The Wonder Years” moderator Daniel Stern is 62; actress Jennifer Coolidge (“Two Broke Girls”) is 58; country singer Shania Twain is 54; “BH90210” star Jason Priestley is 50; actor Jack Black is also 50; “That’s So Raven” star Kyle Massey is 28; “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” tot Alana Thompson is 14. 

 Did You Know?: 

“The Jamie Foxx Show, which concluded on Jan. 14, 2001, ran for 100 episodes. Fox drama “Fringe,” which starred Joshua Jackson and ran from 2008 to 2013, also produced exactly 100 episodes…Jason Priestley’s first regularly scheduled series role was an NBC sitcom  called  “SisterKate” with “The Colbys  star Stephanie Beacham playing a nun. It aired for one season in 1989-90. 

RATINGS BOX  – Tuesday 8/27/19

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.9/ 9, CBS: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 2.5/ 5, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 1
Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: no change, CBS: – 3, NBC: – 9, ABC: -11, CW: -20
Ratings Breakdown:
If it is Tuesday in the summer, it is “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. And that puts the Peacock net well above the competition, with the latest two-hour installment of the talent competition at a 6.2 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, that bested “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (3.2/ 6) by a hefty 94 percent.
Tops at 10 p.m., however, was CBS care of an encore telecast of “NCIS: Los Angeles” at a 2.9/ 6 in the household overnights. Second was NBC’s “Bring the Funny” (2.4/ 5), which slipped from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “America’s Got Talent” (6.0/11) by 60 percent. In other words, chances of a second season of “Bring the Funny” are very questionable.
For the remainder of the overnight analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, August 27, click here 

Source: Nielsen Media Research 


ABC Gives Sarah Hyland a Put Pilot Commitment “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland has already lined up a new gig, but it won’t be a new series featuring her Hayley Dunphy character as rumored. ABC has given Hyland a put pilot commitment on a semi-autobiographical sitcom from Hyland and Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”) from “Modern Family” producer 20th Century Fox and “This Is Us” co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger’s studio-based The Walk Up Company. 

Written by Gordon, the untitled sitcom is inspired by both Gordon and Hyland’s real-life experiences. No further plot details were made available. Hyland will segue to the new project, if it goes to pilot, when production on the 11th and final season of “Modern Family” concludes next spring. 


Leslie Jones Exits “SNL” 

NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” will open season 45 next month without Emmy nominated Leslie Jones. After five seasons, Jones opted to exit “SNL” to focus on her current career outside of late night, which will include upcoming indie films “I Am Maurice” with Chris Rock and “Queenpins” with Kristen Bell.  Jones is currently filming the “Coming to America” sequel “Coming 2 America” and will also headline her first comedy special for Netflix in 2020 and host and executive produce a reboot of game show “Supermarket Sweep.” 

“SNL” is also losing its longest running cast member in the show’s history, Kenan Thompson, who is headlining upcoming new NBC sitcom “The Kenan Show.”

Nielsen Estimates 120.6 Million TV Homes in the U.S. for the 2019-20 TV Season According to Nielsen’s National Television Household Universe Estimates, there are 120.6 million TV homes in the U.S. for the 2019-20 TV season. The number of persons age 2 and older in U.S. TV Households is estimated to be 307.3 million, which represents a 0.6 percent increase from last year. Increases in U.S. Hispanic, Black and Asian TV households were also seen, due to estimated increases in population growth. 

The determining data: Nielsen uses U.S. Census Bureau, combined with information from its national TV panel, to arrive at Advance TV Universe Estimates in early May. It then distributes final Universe Estimates before the start of each TV season.

Additionally, the percentage of total U.S. homes with televisions receiving traditional TV signals via over-the-air antenna, cable, DBS,  Telco, or via a broadband Internet connection connected to a TV set is currently at 96.1 percent. Comparably, this is an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the 95.9 percent estimated last year for 2019. 

Nielsen applies TV penetrations to convert the total household and population estimates to TV households and persons therein. The 2020 TV penetration for U.S. households was estimated based on data collected during the recruitment of homes for Nielsen’s People Meter panel. Nielsen’s national definition of a TV household states that homes must have at least one operable TV/monitor with the ability to deliver video via traditional means of antenna, cable set-top-box or satellite receiver and/or with a broadband connection. 

Upcoming Lifestyle Digital Network Dabl To Launch On September 9Dabl (pronounced dabble), an upcoming advertiser-supported digital lifestyle network targeted to an older female audience, will launch from CBS Television Distribution’s multi-platform of television stations on Monday, September 9. Cleared, to-date, in 80% of the country, Dabl is described as a digital destination for acquired programming themed to cooking, home renovation and design, DIY, pets, travel, health and talk.

Featured will be encore telecasts from the libraries of Martha Stewart, chefs Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Oliver, dog expert Cesar Millan, and home improvement expert Bob Vila, among others. Included will be veteran “Home Again with Bob Vila,” and “Jamie’s 30 MInute Meals” and “Jamie’s 15 MInute Meals” from Jamie Oliver.

Dabl will also feature two stripped (translation: five times per week) talk shows: “Doctor & The Diva” and Canadian hour “Cityline.” For more, click here 

How “Big Brother 21” Will Be Affected in Your Area by NFL Preseason Football This Thursday – Click here

Highlights From the “Big Brother” Live Eviction Show – For more, click here 

“Riverdale” Meets “Stranger Things” on The CW’s “Pandora” – Click here

TV Predictions: Looking Into the Crystal Ball – Click here 


CNBC’s “High Risk. High Reward: Cannabis Inc.” will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The logline: Melissa Lee investigates the booming cannabis industry, a market expected to hit $83 billion by 2025, thanks in part to marijuana’s new reputation as an all-natural cure for illness, boredom and just about everything in between. While some believe the industry is poised for another round of explosive growth, others are sounding the alarm. 

Season 2 of Pop TV sketch comedy “Hot Date,” which highlights modern-day relationship dilemmas, will return for its second season on Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The half-hour, 10-episode series stars real-life married couple Emily Axford and Brian Murphy, two comedians who appear in the show as heightened versions of themselves trying to figure out this thing called love. Guest stars in season two will include Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Margaret Cho (“Drop Dead Diva”) and Thomas Lennon (“The Odd Couple”). 

The final season of USA drama “Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, will begin Sunday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET. Set during the 2015 Christmas holiday, the fast-paced season is described as one filled with answers, hacking and blood.  Thirteen episodes will be featured. 

Series premieres: “Animal Babies: First Year on Earth” and “Magical Land of Oz” on PBS; “The Murder Tapes” on ID…Season premieres: Droppin‘ Cash” on Netflix; “The Challenge” on MTV; “Homicide Hunter” on ID; “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC; “Yellowstone” on ParamountHarlots” concludes for the season on Hulu.  For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, August 28, click here