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Handicapping the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 20 Days
“Blondie,” which was spun-off into a theatrical movie franchise, a comic book series and two television shows, made its first appearance in the comic strips in 1930…In 1992, three broadcasters — CBS, NBC and PBS — banded together to present the documentary “Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse. Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, it opened with a disclaimer, warning of the graphic nature of the program…Kelly Clarkson was crowned the winner of Fox’s “American Idol” in the first season finale in 2002…Celebrity Birthdays:Oscar nominee Michael Keaton is 67“Charmed” star Rose McGowan is 44; Beyoncé is 37.

Did You Know?:
The first “Blondie” TV series aired on NBC in the 1957-58 season withPamela Britton as Blondie and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. CBS gave “Blondie” as second chance a decade later, with a new cast (Patricia Harty as Blondie and Will Hutchinson as Dagwood), but it did not survive past the 1968-69 season.


RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Monday 9/03/18

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, CBS: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +33, ABC: +14, Fox: + 5, NBC: -10, CBS: -21

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC led this holiday Monday thanks to an expanded (8-11 p.m. ET) edition of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which topped the night at a 3.2 rating/6 share in the household overnights. Comparably, competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC scored a 3.0/ 5 from 8-10 p.m., which was 14 percent below the 3.4/ 6 on the year-ago evening.

On Fox, veteran “So You Think You Can Dance” scored a 2.0/ 3 in households from 8-10 p.m., which was actually a slight improvement from the 1.9/ 3 on the year-ago evening.

For the breakdown by network and by half hour for Monday, September 3, clickhere

Fast Affiliate Date
-Friday 8/31/18: Click here
-Saturday 9/01/18: Click here
-Sunday 9/02/18: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/27/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/28/18: Click here
-Wednesday 8/29/18: Click here
-Thursday 8/30/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Fox to Offer NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Prime” Sunday Night Show to Affiliates
Fox, which has acquired the rights to “Thursday Night Football” next season, will now offer late night show “NFL GameDay Prime” on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. ET to its affiliates this coming season. The weekly “wrap” show is produced by NFL Network, which will air it simultaneously. The NFL will also sell the national advertising surrounding the program.

The Fox affiliated stations were recently notified about the new program, and both the network and the league are working to determine how many stations will carry the show and whether or not they will be able to do so at that hour.


Play the Primetime Emmy Awards Pick’Em Game 2018
With the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards taking place on Monday, September 17 on NBC, here is your chance to predict who will win via the Programming Insider Primetime Emmy Awards Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when the ceremony starts on Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET. To chime in with your picks, click here. For mobile device visitors, click here

Nat Geo to Move Forward with the “Story of God with Morgan Freeman”
National Geographic will move forward with a third season of its Emmy-nominated series, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.” The show was put on hold and an investigation began after eight women came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of inappropriate behavior. None of the allegations pertained to Freeman’s work on “The Story of God.”

“The results of this investigation revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman,” said Nat Geo in a statement. “We have now made the decision to move forward with the production of season three of The Story of God. This series has expanded our understanding of religion and culture around the world and has touched many of our fans, and along with Morgan and the team at Revelations Entertainment, we look forward to resuming pre-production this September. As a company, we take all issues of harassment very seriously and we’re confidently assured by the results of the investigation. The new season will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels in 2019.”

The third season of the series, which will begin in 2019,  will again follow Freeman on an international journey as he discovers the power of religion and how it touches all of our lives. Freeman will travel to some of the world’s holiest sites and speak with religious leaders, scientists, historians and archaeologists to try to shed light on questions about the puzzle of the divine laws. Each episode will focus on a different topic about the divine to help shed light on the questions that inspired mankind.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox comedies “Cool Kids” and “Rel. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here


“Big Brother”: Should Tyler Have Been Disqualified from the Head of Household Competition THis Week?
The “BB County Fair” arrived on “Big Brother 20” on Thursday, Aug. 30, as this week’s Head of Household competition. Each houseguest (except outgoing Head of Household Angela Rummans) stood on a small disc suspended by a hanging rope. During the competition, they were spun into a pie oozing cherry liquid, which caused them to spin more. They were also bombarded with squirting ketchup and mustard, and a flurry of chicken feathers. The last houseguest remaining overall became the new Head of Household.

The challenge took place just hours following the re-entry of the previously evicted Scottie Salton. During this BB County Fair contest, Scottie would be the third to fall, leaving his fate to ally Haleigh Broucher to try to win this crucial challenge.

After an hour, Haleigh would outlast everyone but Tyler Crispen. But a hard smash into the cherry pie caused Haleigh to lose her grip from the rope and she fell to the mat below her. Thus, Tyler became Head of Household. Or did he? For more, click here


2018 NFL Regular Season Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6 (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

Week 1 is a Fox network national weekend with key games on Sunday, September 9 featuring the Dallas Cowboys at the Carolina Panthers (4:25 PM ET) and the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Denver Broncos (4:25 PM ET). Week 1 matchups on CBS include the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots (1:00 PM ET) and the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Kansas City Chiefs (4:05 PM ET).

NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ gets underway on September 9 when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears (8:20 PM ET) at Lambeau Field in the 195th regular-season meeting between the storied franchises.

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 10 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Detroit Lions will host the New York Jets (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Oakland Raiders in the nightcap (10:20 PM ET). For a complete look, click here


History special “9/11: Escape From the Towers,” which provides a unique perspective on the tragic events through interwoven stories of survivors from two floors of the World Trade Center, airs on Tuesday, Sept. 11. With never-before-told stories from occupants of the 81st floor in the North Tower and the 77th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, the special provides an unsettling perspective of what it was like to be inside the buildings on that fatal day, as individuals came together as a group to make it to safety.

Series premieres: “Model Squad” on E!, dramas “Mayans M.C.” on FX and“The Purge” on Syfy…Season finales: “Making It” on NBC, Below Deck Mediterranean” on Bravo, “Million Dollar Listings New York” on Bravo…BET offers part one of “The Bobby Brown Story”…For the programming options on Tuesday, Sept. 4, click here
Surviving TV High School

Which one of the following scripted dramas was not set in a high school?

a) “Boston Public”
b) “The Bronx Zoo”
c)  “Dangerous Minds”
d) “Life as We Know It”
e) “Room 222”
f) they all were

The answer to Friday’s question… 

Remember 1956 theatrical “Picnic” with William Holden as a drifter named Hal Carter, whose appearance during Labor Day weekend disrupts and rearranges the lives of those with whom he comes into contact? Which one of the following actors was the original choice for the role?

a) Marlon Brando
b) Tony Curtis
c) James Dean
d) Don Murray
e) Elvis Presley

a) Marlon Brando, who turned it down because he thought it was too similar to his classic film “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Trivia All-Stars
Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Audrey Davis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Tom Moore, Neal Sabin (2x), Joe Swaney 

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.