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Netflix Orders Dramas “The Sandman” and “Midnight Mass”; HBO’s “Divorce” to Conclude

“The Lawrence Welk Show, which was initially a summer replacement series, began its 16-season run on ABC in 1955. When the alphabet net canceled the series in 1971 because of the older audience skew, it remained in original production in first-run syndication in 1982…Brian Wilson in 1976 joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first night in 12 years. The next night the show was recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special…Celebrity Birthdays: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David is 72; Disney star Ashley Tisdale is 34; actress Lindsay Lohan is 33; actress Margot Robbie is 29. And a Happy 25th Birthday to my son Brandon Berman!

-Did You Know?:
In the early seasons of “The Lawrence Welk Show, the primary sponsor was Dodge. The Dodge name would be part of the set and during some performances, and the original show title was “The Lawrence Welk Dodge Show.” 

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Monday 7/01/19

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.6/ 7, NBC: 3.1/ 6, CBS: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change Vs. the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +55, CBS: + 4, ABC: + 3, CW: -11, Fox: -18

Ratings Breakdown:
“The Bachelorette” topped the night with a 4.1 rating/7 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was 28 percent above competing “American Ninja Warrior” (#2: 3.2/ 6) on NBC. “America Ninja Warrior, however, was the night’s only original program on the Big 4 networks to grow from one week earlier (+3 percent).

For the remainder of the analysis for Monday, July 1, click here

Live+Same Day Data
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2018-19 Live+7 Season Rankings – The Complete Scorecard – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


WarnerMedia Orders Animated “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai”
WarnerMedia has ordered “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” a 10-episode, half-hour prequel to original “Gremlins.” The logline: In the animated television adaptation, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

“Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” will be produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series will be written by Tze Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank (“The Americans, “Animaniacs,” “Amazing Stories”), Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “Animaniacs,” “Amazing Stories”) and Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!” and the upcoming series “Animaniacs”) with Chun and Brendan Hay (“Dawn of the Croods,” “Robot Chicken”) serving as co-EP. Dan Krall (“Coraline,” “Scooby-Doo!”) will serve as supervising producer.

Netflix Orders Drama “The Sandman”
Netflix has greenlit a drama from Warner Bros. Television called “The Sandman” created for DC based on Neil Gaiman’s comic book series. The logline: A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, “The Sandman” follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic–and human–mistakes he’s made during his vast existence. Allan Heinberg (“Grey’s Anatamy,” “Wonder Woman”) will be the showrunner and executive producer. Heinberg will also write the series alongside Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight, Krypton”).

Ten episodes of “The Sandman” have been ordered.

Netflix Greenlight “Midnight Mass” Horror Series
Netflix has placed out an order for a new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy (“The Haunting of Hill House”) called “Midnight Mass.” The seven-episode series will follow an isolated island community which experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. Flanagan will direct and serve as an executive producer alongside Macy.

Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan will executive produce.


Netflix Renews “The Haunting of Bly Manor” for Season Two
Netflix has greenlit horror anthology “The Haunting of Bly Manor” for a second season. The sophomore run, subtitled “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” will be based on Henry James psychological horror novel “The Turn of the Screw.” The novel follows an anonymous governess working in decrepit Bly Manor as the nanny of two orphan children that might, or might not, be tormented by the ghosts of their former guardians.

The logline: “The Turn of the Screw” leaves it up to the reader to decide whether Bly Manor is actually haunted or if every supernatural event is a figment of the nanny’s morbid imagination.


HBO’s “Divorce” to End After Three Seasons
The new season of HBO half-hour drama “Divorce,” which began last night, will be its last season. But series star and executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker and her partner Alison Benson will remain in business with the premium cable network where her company, Pretty Matches Prods., has been under a first-look deal for 14 years.

“Sarah Jessica Parker has a unique ability to showcase the complexities of personal relationships with such empathy and humor,” said Amy Gravitt, EVP, HBO Programming. “With ‘Divorce,’ she took our audiences through the keyhole and into the lives of a modern-day couple dealing with the fallout of splitting up. As we end with the 3rd and final season of the show, we look forward to our next endeavor with Sarah Jessica and Pretty Matches.”

This now final season of “Divorce” will consist of six episodes, bring the final series tally to 24.

The 10 Most Memorable Moments (So Far) On CBS Summer Staple ‘”Big Brother” – Click here

Play the ‘Big Brother 21’ Stock Watch Game – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The discussion this week is on the new summer season of “Big Brother” on CBS. To listen, click here


New Discovery Channel series “Aaron Needs a Job” will launch on Monday, July 15 at 10 p.m. The series will feature expert car-builder Aaron Kaufman as he dives headfirst into mechanical worlds he’s never experienced before. Kaufman will take viewers on a wild ride around the country as he explores exciting new motor-driven industries and meets with the machine-minded men and women who keep our world running.

Sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show” will debut on HBO on Friday, August 2 at 11 p.m. ET. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.

New HGTV series “Mountain Mamas, featuring real estate agents Jackie Wickens and Tracie Wheat Hughes, will debut with back-to-back episodes in the 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 10. The series features busy mothers who work with buyers to find reasonably prices properties in need of a little help. In the premiere episode, Jackie and Trecie help a mother and her young daughter who recently moved back to Montana. When they choose a severely rundown rancher with plenty of land and stunning mountain views, Jackie and Trecie completely overhaul the property and incorporate beautiful rustic design elements—including a corrugated steel ceiling. They also incorporate barnwood accent walls and a fireplace crafted from local stone with a reclaimed wood mantle.

The third season of docuseries “Black Love” will premiere on Saturday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The series, which celebrates love stories from the Black community, will focus on several couples this season including Terry and Rebecca Crews, LeToya Luckett and Tommicus Walker, David and Tamela Mann, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson as well as numerous everyday couples from all walks of life.


2019 NBA Summer League TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and NBA TV – Click here

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REELZ debuts “Air Crash Confidential”…Season premieres: “Man V Food” on Food and “Tales” on BET…Season finales: “The Curse of the Civil War Gold”on History; “The Have and the Have Nots” on OWN; “Kids Behind Bars” on A+E; “Pure” on WGN America…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, July 2, click here
Alice Wants to Watch TV!

In the first episode of sitcom “The Honeymooners” (titled “TV or Not TV”), Alice (Audrey Meadows) wanted Ralph (Jackie Gleason) to buy a TV set. What entertainer did she specifically say she wanted to watch?

a) Lucille Ball
b) Milton Berle
c) Bing Crosby
d) Liberace
e) Lawrence Welk

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following TV westerns did two-time Oscar winning actress Olivia de Havilland once make a guest appearance on?

a) “The Big Valley”
b) “Cheyenne”
c) “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”
d) “Gunsmoke”
e) “Wagon Train”
f) none of them
g) all of them .

…is: a) “The Big Valley.” Olivia de Havilland had an uncredited role as Mrs. Hadley in an episode of the ABC western in 1965 titled “Winner Take All”.

In an interesting bit of trivia, “The Big Valley” star Barbara Stanwyck was at one time considered for the lead role Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind.” That never happened, of course, but a piece of classic Civil War film did follow her to “The Big Valley.” In the episode titled “The River Monarch” (originally telecast on April 6, 1966) Nick’s (Peter Breck) girlfriend wears a knit gray jacket with red trim. The same coat had previously been worn by Olivia de Havilland in “Gone with the Wind.”