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Phil Hartman is Remembered on ABC; Animated “The Boondocks” is the Latest Reboot

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Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) September 19, 2019 – ON THIS DAY: Mary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant”…Other notable series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992, “ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005…Celebrity Birthdays: “NCIS” star David McCallum is 86; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 74; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 71; model Twiggy is 70; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 55; country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 55; NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is 45; daytime soap star and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney is 43.

Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that distinction actually goes to “That Girl, which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER, which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons. Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the longest running medical drama in the history of television…If you grew up in the “Brady Bunch” era, you might remember Kim Richards as little Prudence Everett on 1970-71 ABC sitcom “Nanny and the Professor.” 

RATINGS BOX                                                           
Wednesday 9/18/19Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.5/10, Fox: 2.7/ 5, CBS: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
CW: no change, Fox: – 4, ABC: – 6, CBS: – 8, NBC: -19

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC, of course, was the network to beat with the season-finale of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent” at a hefty 7.4 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET. But the series premiere/preview of upcoming NBC late night entry “A Little Late 2ith Lilly Singh” fumbled the lead-in support with a modest 1.8/ 4 (#2t) in the 10 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was 73 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of “AGT” (7.9/14). “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” airs weeknights at 1:35 a.m. ET.

For the remainder of the overnight analysis for Wednesday, September 18, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


HBO Max to Reboot Animated “The Boondocks”
Putting my television historian hat on, the concept of the TV series reboot or revival (depending on how you want to refer to it) is nothing new. The first to my knowledge was a black and white sitcom called “The Life of Riley.” Jackie Gleason (pre-“The Honeymooners”) headlined this tale of a hardhat with a soft heart named Chester A. Riley in the 1949-50 season. And William Bendix inherited the role in 1953 when NBC decided to give the comedy a try again.

Again, these new versions of old favorites (some with all new casts, and some featuring original cast members) has been in play since basically the beginning of the medium. But it has never been has prevalent as it is now.

Just three days into this week and six new reboots have surfaced, They are kids-themed comedies “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” and sci-fi entry “Battlestar Galactica” on NBCU’s digital platform Peacock; sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes,” which has no outlet attached to it yet and will focus on the descendants of the original heroes (if it moves forward); action drama “The Fugitive” on Quibi; and, now, animated “The Boondocks” on HBO Max. For more, click here


Disney Junior Renews “Fancy Nancy” for Third Season
Disney Junior has ordered a third season of Emmy Award-nominated series “Fancy Nancy” ahead of its season two premiere on Friday, Oct. 4 (ay 11:30 a.m. ET) on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW . Based on the New York Times bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, the series  follows six-year-old Nancy, a high-spirited young girl whose imagination and enthusiasm transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary—from her vast
vocabulary to her creative attire. Nancy uses ingenuity and resourcefulness to
exemplify that even if life doesn’t always go as planned.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATESAcorn TV Passes the One Million Subscriber Mark
AMC Networks’ Acorn TV has surpassed a major milestone and is now serving more than one million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Since its launch in 2011, Acorn TV has specialized in original and exclusive mysteries, dramas, and comedies from across the globe including Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and other European countries.

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2019 NFL Regular Season Week 3 TV and Announcer Schedule
Unbeaten clubs square off in Week 3 action as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens (CBS, 1 p.m. ET). Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (KC) and Lamar Jackson (BAL) have chucked seven touchdown passes apiece while leading their respective clubs to 2-0 records to start the season.

The New York Giants try for their first victory of 2019 by visiting the Tampa Buccaneers (Fox, 4:05 p.m. ET). The Giants selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones as the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft drew much criticism from fans and observers. But impressive performances by Jones in the preseason in August coupled with a lackluster offense in the team’s first two games of this season — which were helmed by veteran quarterback Eli Manning — led to Jones being tapped as the Giants’ new starter and will begin his NFL career this Sunday.

For the complete Week 3 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here


Former late night talk show host Arsenio Hall will make his Netflix comedy special debut with “Smart & Classy” on Tuesday, Oct. 29.  The logline: Arsenio reflects on stand-up in today’s political climate, Coming to America, winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” his favorite drug, and more!

The final season of sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” will bow on Pop TV on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at 9 p.m. ET. Fourteen final episodes have been ordered.”Schitt’s Creek” is currently nominated for four Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Eugene Levy, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Catherine O’Hara, and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes).

In the specials department: “The Last Days of Phil Hartman” on ABC; “Return to Downton Abbey” and “The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place” on NBC…Season premieres: “Bringing Up Bates” on UP; “How Far is Tattoo Far?” on MTV…“Two Sentence Horror Stories” concludes for the season (or series) on The CW…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, September 18, click here