|ON THIS DAY
CBS serialized drama “2000 Malibu Road,” starring Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Brian Bloom and Lisa Hartman, began its six episode run on CBS in 1992…“Fear The Walking Dead,“ the prequel to “The Walking Dead,” opened on AMC in 2015…A total of 51.7 million viewers tuned in to see Richard Hatch win $1 million on the season one finale of “Survivor” on CBS in 2000…The 2008 Summer Olympics came to a close in Beijing, China on NBC…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Rick Springfield is 69; “Hawaii Five-O” star Scott Caan is 42; basketball legend Kobe Bryant is 40.
-Did You Know?:
Richard Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of “Survivor.“ As a result of these convictions, he served three years in prison in a minimum-security prison in Morgantown, West Virginia.
NBC: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 2.7/ 5, CBS and Fox: 2.4/ 4 each, CW: 0.4/ 1
Percent Change from Tuesday July 4, 2017:
ABC: +69, NBC: +10, Fox: – 4, CBS: -11, CW: -20
A one-hour edition of “America’s Got Talent” led NBC to Wednesday overnight victory, with a 6.4 rating/12 share in households. Comparably, that bested competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 3.7/ 7) by 73 percent.
In the specials department was part one of “The Story of the Royals” on ABC, with a 3.2/ 6 in households from 9-11 p.m., which finished second in the block behind the 3.5/ 6 for competing “World of Dance” on NBC.
For the complete analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Wednesday, August 22, click here
Live+Same Day Data
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Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of August 5: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
|NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Facebook Watch to Launch Celebrity Prank Series “Double Take”
WWE Superstar and actor John Cena has partnered with ITV America’s Loud TV (“Tiny House” franchise, “Girls Incarcerated”) and celebrity hypnotist Chris Jones for a new prank series on Facebook Watch called “Double Take.” Cena will executive produce the series, which debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 5, via his Hard Nocks South banner and will be featured in the premiere episode.
For Loud TV, Nick Rigg, David George, Simon Thomas and Adam Dolgins are executive producers. Ken Schwab is executive producer for Ken Schwab Media, and David Bulhack also serves as executive producer.
The logline: In each 12 to 15-minute episode of “Double Take,” hypnotist and prankster extraordinaire Chris Jones will conspire with a different celebrity to give one adoring fan the surprise of a lifetime: meeting and interacting with their idol in a range of everyday circumstances, though – under hypnosis – unable to recognize them. One individual will meet with Jones at the beginning of each episode, who poses as a “producer” sent to help orchestrate a meeting with the fan’s favorite celebrity. Briefing them on the day’s events, Jones will offer quick “relaxation tips and techniques” for the upcoming meeting – though, in reality, he is actually hypnotizing the unsuspecting fan.
Once in that state, participants are assigned a task related to the upcoming meeting, along with an “associate” who offers assistance. However, unbeknownst to the fan, their helper is, in fact, the star they’ve been dying to meet!
For a look at the “Double Take” Facebook page, click here
|SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Paramount Network Renews “Lip Sync Battle”
Paramount Network has greenlit competition series “Lip Sync Battle,” hosted by LL Cool J, for a fifth edition, with an order for 12 new half-hour episodes in 2019. Debuting on April 2, 2015 on the former Spike TV network, the show is based on an idea by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, in which celebrities battle each other with lip sync performances. The idea was first realized as a recurring segment on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC before being developed into a separate show.
The announcement comes on the heels of “Lip Sync Battle’s” third consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.
“The Big Bang Theory” to Conclude on CBS Next Season
Primetime’s top-rated sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” will officially conclude on CBS next spring. Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions have announced its pending demise after 12 seasons (and 279 episodes).
In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
“The Big Bang Theory” will open its now final season on Monday, Sept. 24 (at 8 p.m. ET) before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, Sept. 27 (also at 8 p.m. ET).
Comparably, “The Big Bang Theory” will tie “My Three Sons” and “Two and a Half Men” as the second longest running network sitcom behind “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” which aired on ABC for 14 seasons (from 1952 to 1966).
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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 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
“The X-Factor UK” will open its next season on AXS TV on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Each episode will air on AXS TV 24 hours after the original UK broadcasts, with encore airings directly following the stateside premieres. “The X Factor UK” is hosted by Dermot O’Leary.
Bravo’s “Below Deck” will return for a new season on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. Captain Lee, and his most trusted chief stewardess, Kate Chastain, are back for another season of above-deck demands and below-deck drama. Joining the crew are Josiah Carter (steward), Caroline Bedol (stewardess), Adrian Martin (chef), Chandler Brooks (bosun), Ross Inia (deckhand), Ashton Pienaar (deckhand) and Rhylee Gerber (deckhand).
Discovery will debut new docuseries “Trans Am,“ featuring brothers Scott and Tod Warmack, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Together, the Warmack brothers embark on a forward-looking journey, fueled by nostalgia, to restore and recreate an American staple while forging a reputation in the competitive automotive industry.
“Native America,” a new four-part series on PBS from Providence Pictures, premieres Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Weaving history and science with living Indigenous traditions, the series brings to life a land of massive cities connected by social networks spanning two continents, with unique and sophisticated systems of science, art and writing. Made with the active participation of Native American communities and filmed in some of the most spectacular locations in the hemisphere, “Native America” illuminates the splendor of a past whose story has for too long remained untold.
|ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts drama “Deadwind”…“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” returns on MTV…Season finales: “Trial & Error” on NBC, “American Woman” on Paramount” and “Swedish Dicks” on Pop…For the programming options on Thursday, August 23, click here
“I Love Lucy” Takes a Breather
Which one of the following five sitcoms was the replacement for beloved “I Love Lucy” in the summer of 1952?
a) “December Bride”
b) “The Jack Benny Program”
c) “Father Knows Best”
d) “My Little Margie”
e) “Private Secretary”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following statements about television is not true?
a) “The Office” was used as the title of a series before the long-running NBC version.
b) Sharon Gless’ first regularly scheduled series role was in ABC medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.”
c) “Survivor” on CBS is heading into its 37th edition this fall.
d) The original title of classic CBS variety series “The Ed Sullivan Show” was “Toast of the Town.”
e) “Family Matters” was on the air longer than its parent series, “Perfect Strangers”
f) they are all true
Is: f) they are all true. The first version of “The Office” starred Valerie Harper and it aired for six episodes on CBS in 1995. Sharon Gless played Kathleen Faverty, an assistant program director at the hospital Marcus (Robert Young) was affiliated with. “Toast of the Toast” officially changed its name to “The Ed Sullivan Show” beginning in season 8 (in 1955). “Family Matters” ran for 9 seasons, two seasons longer than “Perfect Strangers.” And, yes, “Survivor” heads into edition No. 37!
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Audrey Davis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Neal Sabin, Lee Stevens