ON THIS DAY
CBS premiered the daytime soap “Search for Tomorrow” in 1951, which featured Mary Stuart as housewife Joanne Gardner. The 15-minute broadcast shared a half-hour daytime block with “Guiding Light” for its first 16 years. In 1968, it expanded to a half hour. “Search for Tomorrow” moved to NBC in 1982, where is remained until its cancellation in 1986…Celebrity Birthdays: Charlie Sheen is 54.
Did You Know?:
Actors who appeared on “Search for Tomorrow” at some point over the course of its 35 season run included Kevin Bacon, Angela Bassett, Olympia Dukakis, Sandy Duncan, Morgan Fairchild, Lee Grant, Larry Hagman,Ken Kercheval, Kevin Kline, Don Knotts, Viggo Mortensen and Susan Sarandon.
RATINGS BOX – Monday 9/02/19
ABC and NBC: 2.8/ 5 each, CBS: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1
Percent Change Vs. the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
CBS: + 9, NBC: + 8, ABC: -12, Fox: -20, CW: -25
ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” topped this first Monday in September, with a 3.2 rating/6 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was slightly above the 3.0/ 5 for competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC. “Bachelor in Paradise” was already renewed for next summer, while “American Ninja Warrior” is certain to also return. For the remainder of the analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Monday, September 2, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“American Princess” Canceled at Lifetime. Lifetime has opted against a second season of dramedy “American Princess.” Debuting on June 19, the series followed Amanda (Georgia Flood), an Upper East Side socialite, who runs off to join a Renaissance Faire after her wedding goes awry. Amanda’s storybook wedding plans are derailed when she discovers her fiancé is cheating on her, just hours before they are to be wed. Outraged, Amanda runs away from her own dream wedding in the countryside, only to find herself stranded in the middle of a Renaissance Faire with no phone and no way home. She soon discovers her outburst has made tabloid headlines and experiences a nervous breakdown, leading her to re-evaluate her life.
With the “American Princess” cancellation, Lifetime, which has shifted its focus to TV movies and docuseries, no longer has any scripted originals on its roster. Ten episodes in total of “American Princess” were produced. The now final episode aired on July 7th.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Look Who’s Talking This Upcoming Season – Given the track record of success for new personalities hosting syndicated daytime talk shows (about 3 out of 4 do not succeed), you have wonder why someone would even tackle it. Anyone and everyone, from Howie Mandel, Suzanne Somers, Roseanne Barr and Harry Connick, Jr. to Kris Jenner, Megan Mullally, Martin Short and Anderson Cooper — and dozens in between — have tried and failed to find an audience. And then there is Queen Latifah, a coveted rapper, sitcom star and Oscar nominee, who flopped twice.
Years ago, I recall an interview I did with Howard Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers on why her planned daytime talk show from Sony Pictures Television would beat the odds. “What? Me, fail? Never!,” she hastily responded at the time. Due to lack of station interest, Quivers never even made it to the airwaves.
Once upon a time, a typical new syndicated TV season (which unofficially begins this year on Monday, September 9) was a hamlet for two to four new personalities joining the daytime talk show genre. The brass ring, of course, was the durability if successful. Names in the caliber, at present, including Ellen DeGeneres, Phil McGraw, Maury Povich, Rachael Ray, Wendy Williams and Kelly Ripa have enjoyed a run that can last indefinitely. And the payoff: a steady gig, a hefty paycheck, and, for the distributor, a mountain of profit for a format that is not all that expensive to produce (except, of course, for the host’s accelerating salary). For more, click here
Valerie Harper, Star Of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ And ‘Rhoda,’ Dies At Age 80
Just one week after her 80th birthday comes word that beloved four-time Emmy Award winning actress Valerie Harper has lost her battle with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition where cancer cells spread to the membranes surrounding the brain. Harper, who was in poor health since her lung cancer diagnosis in 2009, bravely revealed she was given as little as three months to live back in 2013 following this diagnosis.
Harper’s health was back in the headlines last month when her family launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her rising medical costs.
Born on August 22, 1939 in Suffern, New York, Harper began her career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway, and went on to perform in several Broadway shows (including “Wildcat” with Lucille Ball, “Take Me Along” opposite Jackie Gleason, and “Subways Are For Sleeping”). Her roommate at the time, actress Arlene Golonka (“Mayberry R.F.D.”), introduced her to Second City improvisation theater where she met her first husband Richard Schaal. For more, click here
PI Podcast: What Are Your Favorite TV Shows of Each Decade
As we near the end of the 2010’s, Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci and Y100.1 FM’s (KUYY-Northwest Iowa) Scott Nolte took a look back at the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s and each shared their favorite television shows from those decades during the “TV Tuesday” segments from August 13, 20 and 27, 2019 (the 2010’s will be discussed in December 2019). To listen to their segments, click here
“Riverdale” Meets “Stranger Things” on The CW’s “Pandora” – Click here
TV Predictions: Looking Into the Crystal Ball – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Hip hop competition series “Rhythm + Flow” will launch on Netflix on Wednesday, October 9 and will roll out each Wednesday with different phases of the competition featured across 10 hour-long episodes. The logline: Global superstars Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Tip “T.I.” Harris search for the next hip hop sensation, as the competition series brings together industry legends across a multi-city search in hip hop epicenters Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.
2019 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here