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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Three series concluded: Legal drama “Perry Mason” on CBS in 1966, Aaron Spelling drama “Hart to Hart” in 1984, and NBC sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun” in 2001…Johnny Carson made his final appearance as host of “TheTonight Show” on NBC in 1992. For a look, click here…Season one of the breakout hit “Desperate Housewives” concluded on ABC in 2005 with Rex (Steven Culp) dying of a sudden heart attack and Paul (Mark Moses) revealing why Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) killed herself.

-Did You Know?:
“Desperate Housewives” originally started off as a comedy pilot, and was rejected by every network, including Lifetime and HBO. After ABC expressed interest, it was retooled to a combination of dark comedy and drama.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Monday, May 21, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.9/10, NBC: 4.3/ 7, CBS: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
ABC: +16, NBC and Fox: -14 each, CW: -17, CBS: -19

For the half-hour breakdown for Monday, May 21, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 5/14/18: Click here
Tuesday 5/15/18: Click here
Wednesday 5/16/18: Click here
Thursday 5/17/18: Click here
Friday 6/18/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


The Obamas Sign Deal with Netflix
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix under their Higher Ground Productions banner, which could include scripted series, non-scripted series, documentaries and features.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” noted Michelle Obama. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

The financial terms for this deal for the Obamas with Netflix was not revealed.

Bravo Orders Eight New Projects for Development
After recently announcing 11 new and 20 returning series, Bravo Media has added 8 projects to its development slate. The series, all working titles, are “Raising the Bar: Hong: Kong,” “Gold With Envy,” “Your Shitty Family,” “Beverly Hills Driving School,” “Pampered Campers,” “Real Housewives of the 1960s,” “Will You Marry Us” and “Flying High.” For a description of each proposed new series, click here


Fox Cancels “LA to Vegas”
Fox has opted against a second season or freshman comedy “LA to Vegas,” which aired its now final episode on May 1. “LA to Vegas” now joins the trio of Fox sitcoms recently canceled by the network — “Ghosted,” “Last Man on Earth” and “The Mick.” “New Girl” also recently concluded after six seasons.

Debuting on Jan. 2, 2018, “LA to Vegas” followed the crews and passengers of the Los Angeles to Las Vegas route of Jackpot Airlines. It starred Dylan McDermott, Kim Matula, Ed Weeks, Nathan Lee Graham, Olivia Macklin and Peter Stormare.

Still on the bubble from this season is NBC freshman sitcom “Champions” and sophomore action/adventure “Timeless.”


Fox Airs Two Additional Episodes of “Lucifer”
As the producers of canceled drama “Lucifer” continue to look for a new outlet for a third season, Fox has two original episodes scheduled for Monday, May 28(from 8-10 p.m. ET) in what it refers to as at two-hour “bonus episode.” The logline: As Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and the team investigate the murder of a child psychiatrist, Ella (Aimee Gracia) thinks about a big childhood secret that she’s been hiding. Then, after Lucifer’s mom creates an alternate dimension, Lucifer now lives in a world where he not only has never met Chloe (Lauren German), but is granted the freedom of choice.

The Daily Brief Podcast: Upfronts 2018
From PromaxBDA: The “Roseanne” effect was on full display in this year’s broadcast upfront, with networks picking up several reboots—including CBS with “Magnum P.I.” and “Murphy Brown” and The CW with “Charmed,” “Roswell: New Mexico” and Fox reviving “Last Man Standing.”

New comedies were in short supply, and in general the networks seemed to mostly be conservative in their pick-ups, with the exception of ABC. Overall, 76 new series will join broadcast networks’ schedules in 2018-19.

Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman was on hand to cover all of it in New York last week and he joins PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak to discuss the pros and cons of the broadcast networks’ new TV season. To listen, click here

Monday Overnight Scorecard – Click here


Season three of CW documentary series “My Last Days, about life as told by courageous people living with a terminal illness, will open on May 25 for three consecutive airings in the Friday 8 p.m. ET hour. Created by and featuring “Jane the VIrgin” star Justin Baldoni, season the upcoming episodes of “My Last Days” features the compelling stories of five courageous individuals, who remind us that having a limited amount of time doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on the world.
For the fall 2018 primetime schedule grid, click here

-That’s a Wrap: 10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Clickhere

The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Turner Networks’ Focus is On Faandom – Click here
-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Clickhere
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Clickhere
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Clickhere

New Series Trailers: 
-“All American” (CW): Click here
-“Charmed” (CW): Click here
-“FBI” (CBS): Click here
-“God Friended” (CBS): Click here
-“Happy Together” (CBS): Click here
-“Magnum, PI” (CBS): Click here
-“The Neighborhood” (CBS): Click here
-“The Fix” (ABC): Click here
-“Grand Hotel” (ABC): Click here
-“The Kids Are Alright” (ABC): Click here
-“A Million Little Things” (ABC): Click here
-“The Rookie” (ABC): Click here
-“Single Parents” (ABC): Click here
-“Whisky Cavalier” (ABC): Click here
-“The Cool Kids” (Fox): Click here
-“The Passage” (Fox): Click here
-“Proven Innocent” (Fox): Click here
-“I Feel Bad” (NBC): Click here
-“Rel” (Fox): Click here
-“Manifest” (NBC): Click here
-“New Amsterdam” (NBC): Click here

-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here
-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here
ABC’s “The Middle” concludes its 9-season run…Season finales: ABC’s“Roseanne,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People; “NCIS” on CBS; NBC’s “The Voice” and “Chicago Med;” “The Flash” on The CW;“Forged in Fire” on History; “Last Outpost” on Discovery…TLC debuts “Our Wild Life”…For the primetime schedule for Tuesday, May 22, click here
A Scary — and Funny — Movie

Theatrical “Scary Movie” from 2010, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, was a parody of the horror, slasher and mystery film genres. Which one of the following primetime television series did not feature someone who appeared in “Scary Movie”? Hint: Read the question again and do it slowly.

a) “Ally McBeal”
b) “Celebrity Big Brother”
c) “Marlon”
d) “Mom”
e) “Saturday Night Live”
f) they all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who is the voice of the Donkey in the “Shrek” movie franchise?

a) Louie Anderson
b) Gilbert Gotfried
c) Eddie Murphy
d) Mike Myers
e) David Spade

Is): c) Eddie Murphy. For a look, click here

Trivia All-Stars
Danny Aguilar, Mark Amato, Michelle Bauer, Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, John Brooker, Mitch Burg, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Joel Dearing, Rob DePascale, Ric Dittman, Andy Ehlen, Jim Forkan, Ray Giocopelli, Jenny Giddens, Gail Goins, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Kathryn Kieser, Kathy Martin, Jody McIntyre, Connie McKenzie, Steve McKinney, Tom Moore, Laura Nachman, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Art Salish, David Schwartz, David Shearer, Mark Simmons, Joe Swaney, Barb Throm, Nina Lisa Tomlinson, Jeanne Yonkers