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Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 21, 2019ON THIS DAY (July 19) Short-lived ABC sitcom “Hi Honey, I’m Home!,” which was repeated on Nick-at-Nite and was based on the 1989 theatrical of the same name, debuted in 1991. It aired for six episodes on ABC and an additional seven on Nick-at-Nite…Horror anthology “Tales of the Crypt” concluded its seven season run on HBO in 1996…AMC’s critically acclaimed “Mad Men, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years, launched on this day in 2007…Celebrity birthdays: Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) is 43; “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki is 37.

-Did You Know?:
John Slattery auditioned for the role of Don Draper on “Mad Men” before being asked to play Roger Sterling. The original choice was future “Hung” star Thomas Jane, who at the time was not interested in doing television.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Thursday 7/18/19

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 2.3/ 4, CBS: 2.2/ 4, NBC: 2.0/ 4, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 5, NBC and CW: no change, ABC: -19, CBS: -31

Ratings Breakdown:
The immediate observation: the five broadcast networks combined totaled under an 8-overnight household rating on this third July Thursday. And 85 percent of the schedule were original telecasts. The obvious question: How much lower will they go this summer?

CBS’ veteran “Big Brother” (which is about to get very interesting) topped the night with a 2.7 rating/ 5 share in the overnight households at 9 p.m. Comparably, this built from lead-in “Love Island” (#4: 1.8/ 4) by 50 percent, and it bested competing “Masterchef” on Fox (#2: 1.9/ 4) and “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC (#3: 1.8/ 3) by 42 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

For the remainder of the analysis for Thursday, July 18, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


NBC Orders Ted Danson Sitcom From Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
Ted Danson, who his heading into the fourth — and final — season of NBC’s “The Good Place,” has a new comedy waiting in the wings. The network has given a straight-to-series an untitled sitcom with Danson from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Danson will play a wealthy businessman who unexpectedly wins the election to become the mayor of Los Angeles.

The logline: The series is about a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population.

The Carlock-Fey project will be produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce. Eric Gurian, President, will oversee for Little Stranger.

Fox Entertainment Obtains Rights to Competition “LEGO Masters”
Fox Entertainment has acquired the U.S. format rights for the British reality-competition series “LEGO Masters,” to air on the network and be produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesday’s Child and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

The logline: “Twelve teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the three top teams will face off for the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO Masters.

Originally created by Tuesday’s Child, “LEGO Masters” first launched on the U.K.’s Channel 4 in 2017, when it became the network’s highest-rated new series. Most recently, Endemol Shine Australia produced a local version for Nine and successfully produced the series for RTL.

Plan B will executive-produce the Fox series, along with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesday’s Child; and Jill Wilfert and Robert May from The LEGO Group.


“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to Conclude on ABC in Summer 2020
ABC has announced that the upcoming seventh season of action drama “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in summer 2020 will be the final season. The current sixth season concludes on Friday, August 2nd with a two-hour installment.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Jeff Ward. Produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.

Netflix Cancels “She’s Gotta Have It”
Netflix has opted against a third season of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” which was adapted from his 1996 film of the same name.the series followed free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) as she struggled with newfound success — debating if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world. Nola’s journey transformed the lives of those around her, including sometimes lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), and friends Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), Clorinda Bradford (Margot Bingham), Shemekka Epps (Chyna Layne) and Winnie Win (Fat Joe).

A total of 19 episodes of “She’s Gotta Have It” were produced. Spike Lee is reportedly shopping for a new outlet for a third season.


Spectrum Originals to Stream Sitcom “Mad About You”
All seven seasons (and 164 episodes) of 1990s NBC sitcom “Mad About You” will be available for streaming on Spectrum Originals effective on August 1st. This is in advance of the new limited series reboot, featuring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, in late 2019.
“Mad About You” is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Comedy Dynamics. Peter Tolan serves as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser executive produce alongside Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont and Matthew Ochacher. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser will serve as an executive consultant.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
This week’s conversation focuses on upcoming CBS sitcoms “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “The Unicorn” and “Carol’s Second Act.” To listen, click here

2019 Emmy Award Nominations – Click here

Quality or Quantity? If you had a choice of the following two options, which one would you choose? – Click here

Linear or Digital…or Both – Click here


The new season of Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” will open on Sunday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: After six months on the mountain, the Wolfpack has fully re-dedicated themselves to the goal of total self-sufficiency they began in Alaska. But winter is closing in and it’s a race against the clock as the Browns set out to achieve their dream of a big mountain ranch.

Season 23 of animated classic “South Park” will launch on Comedy Central on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET. All new episodes will be available to stream in HD exclusively on SouthPark.cc.com and Hulu.

Limited Netflix drama “Unbelievable” will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, September 13. The logline: When teenager Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) files a police report claiming she’s been sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home, the investigating detectives, as well as the people closest to her, come to doubt the truth of her story. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist. For the trailer of “Unbelievable,” click here