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ON THIS DAY
Animated half-hour “The Beatles” began its four season run on ABC on Saturday morning in 1965…Classic “jump the shark” moment: Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast of ABC sitcom “Growing Pains” in the final season in 1991. He played a homeless boy Mike (Kirk Cameron) met at the school he was teaching at…NBC aired a live episode of “ER” in 1997, which was the fourth season opener…Also on NBC in 1997 was the debut of Kirstie Alley sitcom “Veronica’s Closet,” which ran for three seasons…One season syndicated action adventure “Peter Benchley’s Amazon” opened in 1999…Celebrity Birthdays: Barbara Walters is 90; Josh Taylor (“The Hogan Family”) is 76; Oscar winner Michael Douglas (“Wall Street”) is 75; Mark Hamill from “Star Wars” is 68; Heather Locklear (“Melrose Place,” “Dynasty”) is 58; Oscar nominee Will Smith is 51; Oscar winner Catherine Zeta Jones (“Chicago”) is 50; “Queer as Folk” star Hal Sparks is also 50; “Atlanta” creator and star Donald Glover is 36.
Did You Know?
As of this season, “Grey’s Anatomy” (in season 16) is now the longest running scripted medical drama in the history of television.
RATINGS BOX – Tuesday 9/24/19
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CBS: 6.3/11, NBC: 5.8/10, ABC: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 3.1/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1
Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +35, CW: no change, CBS: -11, NBC: -13, ABC: -18
CBS topped this first Tuesday of the new TV season in the household overnights, while NBC will lead in adults 18-49. Veteran “NCIS” opened season 17 with an 8.6 rating/15 share in households at 8 p.m., which led into the season-opening installments of “FBI” (#2: 6.0/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 4.4/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “NCIS: New Orleans” was tied in households with the season two premiere of NBC’s “New Amsterdam,” and the two dramas bested the series premiere of ABC thriller “Emergence” (#3: 3.1/ 6) by 42 percent.
For the remainder of the overnight analysis for Tuesday, September 24, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
“This Is Us” on NBC “Jumps the Shark” on Season 4 Opener
Considering we have waited almost six months for the return of the fictional clan named Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us,” I wanted some answers. I wanted to know how Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) newborn was doing. I wanted an update on Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Brown) and, in particular, their daughter Tess (Eris Baker) now that she has revealed her sexual identity. And then there was Kevin (Justin Hartley), who in the third season-ender on April 2 was grasping with the knowledge he no longer has a future with Zoe (Melanie Liburd).
Like you, I craved an update on what is (or was, perhaps) my favorite fictional family. And while we did get some resolution in those last few minutes of the fourth season premiere of “This Is Us” last night, getting through that episode, where a glut of new characters we never met before was featured, was like watching an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” Where were my favorite Pearsons? For more, click here
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
“Arrow” Spinoff Series in the Works on The CW
The CW is developing a spinoff of “Arrow“ that would center on Katherine McNamara’s Mia Smoak/Green Arrow and the Canaries, Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance and Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah Drake. The proposed series will be introduced as a backdoor pilot in “Arrow’s” 10-episode final season, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The logline: The new superhero squad is a next-generation version of Team Arrow with the costumed offspring of the original membership. At the center of the next-gen collective is Smoak, the fierce daughter of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) aka Green Arrow, the central character of Arrow and the former mayor of Star City.
Showrunner Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama are co-writing the episode and will serve as executive producers along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions, which produces all of The CW’s DC Comics series in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Netflix Announces Shondaland Anthology Series “Notes on Love”
Netflix will introduce “Notes on Love,” a new original episodic anthology series under Shonda Rhimes’ overall deal. The theme of the series ranges across genres and explores the unexpected, life-changing, euphoric, hilarious, surreal, and all-consuming places where love intersects with our lives.
Each installment of “Notes on Love” comes straight from the unique lens of a prolific creative, including (among others to be named) Norman Lear with writing partner Aaron Shure, Steve Martin, Diane Warren, Jenny Han, real-life married duo Lindy West & Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Shonda Rhimes. The first season will offer up stories about where love and marriage meet, specifically, examining what marriage is, what it means, and how it’s changing.
The executive producers of “Notes on Love” are Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Quibi Greenlights Traveling Dance Competition Series “The Sauce”
Streamer Quibi has announced “The Sauce,” which is described as a traveling dance competition hosted by viral dance sensations Avo & Teo from Thalia Mavros’ The Front. In the series, viewers will follow best friends and brothers Ayo and Teo as they embark on an epic cross-country road trip in search of today’s hottest dancers, spotlighting the diversity of dance culture in each new city. The logline: “In this wild, face-to-face street competition, fresh teams in each new city will battle it out for a chance to prove they’re the best in America. 10 Cities. 22 Teams. 1 Winner. Who will hold their own and show they got The Sauce?”
Acorn TV Acquires Thriller “The Sounds”
Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) and Sky NZ have partnered to commission New Zealand drama thriller “The Sounds” with all3media’s New Zealand production company South Pacific Pictures and Toronto-based Shaftesbury co-producing. The eight-episode drama, which will be available in 2020, takes a missing person and a blissful marriage and turns it upside down in a sleepy New Zealand town, where nothing is quite what it seems. It stars Rachaelle Lefevre (“Proven Innocent”) and Matt Whelan (“The Luminaries”).
“The Sounds” is created by author Sarah-Kate Lynch, who is also the lead writer. Peter Stebbings will direct the series. The series is produced in association with CBC, who have the Canadian broadcast rights, while Acorn TV has the home entertainment rights and will offer the series to its Canadian subscribers. International distributor all3media international will distribute the series in the rest of the world.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
NBC Orders Special “Holidays with the Houghs”
NBC will air an hour-long special titled “Holidays with the Houghs,” featuring Derek and Julianne Hough from “Dancing With the Stars” as they compete in putting their own spin on holiday classics, share family holiday traditions and create new ones for seasons to come. Derek Hough currently serves as a judge on NBC’s dance competition series “World of Dance,” and Julianne just completed her first season as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season four of “Mysteries of the Abandoned” will open on Science Channel on Thursday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: From the scorched remains of a Latvian prison known for torturing its inmates, to a rusting cableway leading deep into the mountains of South Africa, these decaying structures are the echoes of history, each shell with its own story. These and other long forgotten structures will be deconstructed and rebuilt with advanced CGI. Joining the regular team of experts including Jim Meigs, Lynette Nusbacher and Rob Bell, this season will be military historian Geoffrey Wawro and Michele Mitchell of New York University.
Two-hour special “Uncovered: Killed by Hate” will be telecast on Oxygen on Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. ET. This newest installment explores some of the nation’s most brutal cases, by taking an in depth look at the cases of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr., the Charlottesville riots, Blaze Bernstein and the Portland train attack.
Season two of drama anthology “Tell Me a Story” will open on streamer CBS All Access on Thursday, December 5. Created by Kevin Williamson, the series takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Exploring an entirely new set of fairy tales and characters, the 10-episode second season will feature the stories of three legendary princesses – “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella” – like you’ve never seen them before.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: ABC drama “Stumptown;“ “Cake” on FXX…Season premieres: “The Goldbergs,” “Schooled,” “Modern Family” and “Single Parents” on ABC; “Survivor” on CBS; “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” on NBC; “The Masked Singer” on Fox; “South Park” on Comedy Central”; “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FXX; “Abstract” and “Glitch” on Netflix; “Liza on Demand” on YouTube; “Bitchin’ Rides” on MotorTrend…“Suits” concludes on USA…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, September 25, click here
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