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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
“The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, originally a summer series, concluded in 1974 after the couple divorced. Following short-lived variety hours hosted bySonny Bono on ABC in the fall of 1974 and Cher on CBS from 1975 to 1976, the now divorced couple reunited for “The Sonny and Cher Show” in February 1976. But the magic was gone and it only lasted for two seasons…“Lost” on ABC concluded season four in 2008 with Michael (Harold Perrineau, in his final appearance) trying to neutralize the explosives on the boat as the “Oceanic Six” moved closer to rescue…Celebrity birthdays: Two Jackson sisters — Rebbie (68) and LaToya (62) share a birthday; “The Facts of Life” star Lisa Whelchel is 55; actress Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) is 46; singer and “America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B is 43.

-Did You Know?
Sonny and Cher reunited as guests on “Late Night With David Letterman”on NBC on Nov. 13, 1987. When Letterman threw a surprise and asked the couple to sing together, they did a rendition of “I Got You, Babe.” For a look,click here

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Monday 5/28/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 7, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CBS: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening were not available.

-Ratings Breakdown:
Game one of the Stanley Cup Final, Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights, led NBC to victory on this first Monday of the summer 2018 television season. Keeping in mind that all live events are approximate, this game one match-up averaged a 3.7 rating/7 share in households in primetime . The game ran until 11:12 p.m. ET.

In season-premiere news, ABC’s perennial “The Bachelorette” returned with a dominant 4.0/ 7 in the 8-10 p.m. ET block, which is what you would refer to as typical. And it led into a mere 1.9/ 3 (#3) for drama “The Crossing” at 10 p.m., which earned its cancellation stripes.

For the remainder of the analysis plus the breakdown by network and by half-hour for Monday, May 28, click here

Fast Affiliate Data
-Friday 5/25/18: Click here
-Saturday 5/26/18: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 5/21/18: Click here
-Tuesday 5/22/18: Click here
-Wednesday 5/23/18: Click here
-Thursday 5/24/18: Click here

Live+3 Day Ratings – Week of May 14 – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Amazon Picks Up “The Expanse” from Syfy
Amazon has picked up a fourth season of drama “The Expanse” after its original home, Syfy, opted against renewing it. Said Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson: “We couldn’t be more excited that ‘The Expanse’ is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show.  We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television, for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

Debuting on Nov. 23, 2015, “The Expanse,” set two hundred years in the future in a fully colonized Solar System, follows police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane) who is assigned to find a missing young woman, Juliette “Julie” Andromeda Mao (Florence Faivre). James Holden (Steven Strait), the Executive Officer of the ice hauler Canterbury, is involved in a tragic incident that threatens to destabilize the uneasy peace between Earth, mars and the Belt. On Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a United Nationsexecutive, works to prevent war between Earth and Mars by any means necessary. Soon, the three find out that the missing woman and the ice hauler’s fate are part of a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

Thirty episodes of “The Expanse” were produced in its first three seasons.

FX Renews “Baskets” for Season 4
FX comedy “Baskets,” produced by and starring Zach Galifiankis, has been renewed for a fourth season , it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. The recently concluded third season saw the Baskets family attempt to run a rodeo together. In the emotional season finale, the family gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve with “Ken” (recurring guest star Alex Morris), who had a question for “Christine” (Louie Anderson).

“’Baskets’ continues to deliver thanks to the dream creative team led by Jonathan Krisel and Zach Galifianakis, and we couldn’t be happier to order a fourth season to air next year,” said Erix Schrier, Co-President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Each season brings us closer to the Baskets family and their pursuit of life, love and clowning glory. Our thanks to the producers and the cast for making Baskets such a joy to watch.”


Smithsonian Channel Announces New Series “The Pacific War in Color”
Smithsonian Channel will debut a new eight-part series on Sunday, June 24 (at 8 p.m. ET) called “The Pacific War in Color,” which will trace the epic struggle of the Pacific War. The logline: “The Pacific War in Color” immerses viewers in a graphic and dramatic look through an unfiltered lens. Rare home movies from servicemen capture intimate images of troops on tropical beaches, naval hazing rituals when sailors cross the equator, and morale-boosting USO shows on dusty desert islands. Personal movies shot by pilots in cockpits will also be featured, as will home movies from General Douglas MacArthur showing his family in the Philippines before the war and later in Japan after the surrender.

In each episode of “The Pacific war in Color,” viewers hear first-hand accounts from the men and women who lived it, revealing their humor, fear and courage as they confront the limits of the human experience. From Pearl Harbor to the Philippines, Burma to Tarawa and Peleliu to Iwo Jima, the series adds authentic perspective and dimension to the gripping story of a campaign waged across a vast ocean. The series also goes beyond the battles and bombardments, strategic invasions and critical turning points to address the internment camps, the role of women and other changing social norms.

The series producer is Dan Wolf and the producer is Justine Schmidt. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are John Cavanagh and David Royle.


Summer 2018 TV Series Premiere Schedule
Mark your calendars…what follows is a listing of the key program launch dates this summer. Click here


2018 NBA Finals Schedule on ABC
Live coverage of the 2018 NBA Finals begins with Game 1 on Thursday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers for an historic fourth consecutive year. This year also marks NBA superstar LeBron James’ eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Mike Breen will provide play-by-play in his 13th straight year at the NBA Finals. He’ll be alongside analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, reporter Doris Burke and officiating expert Steve Javie. The Breen-Van Gundy-Jackson trio is the longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcasting team in television history.

The 2018 NBA Finals on ABC is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and WatchABC.

For the complete schedule for the 2018 NBA Finals, click here

-2018 Women’s College World Series of NCAA Division I Softball TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
-2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final TV Schedule on NBC and NBCSN – Click here
-2018 NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals TV and Announcer Schedule – 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

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


Four-part documentary series “The Fourth Estate” will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The logline: Covering “The First 100 Days,” the 90-minute premiere opens as Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office and The New York Times’ New York and Washington bureaus prepare to cover an administration unlike any other. The role that Russia played in the 2016 election quickly emerges as a storyline that will continue to unfold, consuming a troop of investigative journalists for the year to come.

The second season of docuseries “MTV Floribama Shore” will premiere on Tuesday, June 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET. The 14-episode run will feature original cast members Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson, Aimee Hall, Kirk Medas, Nilsa Prowant, Candace Rice and Gus Smyrnios. The logline: The second season brings our favorite southerners back to Panama City Beach for Spring Break to see what life’s next chapter holds for them.

The upcoming revival of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will launch globally on Netflix on Friday, June 15. The “Fab Five” in this new edition of the series are Antoni Porowski (food & wine),Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion).

Series premieres: “100 Code” on WGN America and “Hunting Isis” on History…Season premieres: “America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance”on NBC; “Beat Shazam!” and “Love Connection” on Fox; “Arrested Development” on Netlfix, “Fantomworks” on Velocity and scripted dramas “Animal Kingdom” on TNT and “Queen Sugar” on OWN…Season finales:“Ink Master” on Paramount and “The Jim Jeffries Show” on Comedy Central…For the primetime schedule for Tuesday, May 29, click here
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Remember when Robert Conrad as Sergeant Esterhaus on NBC crime drama “Hill Street Blues” would say “Let’s be careful out there” at the end of each roll call? What did his replacement, Robert Prosky as Sergeant Jablonski, say instead?

a) “All we know are the facts.”
b) “Crime does not pay in this city”
c) “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”
d) “Keep your eyes wide open and watch your backs.”
e) “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.”

The answer to the last question…

Which one of the following five TV characters did not serve in the military?

a) Leroy “Jethro” Gibbs (“NCIS”)
b) Jay Halstead (“Chicago PD”)
c) Jay Pritchett (“Modern Family”
d) Danny Reagon (“Blue Bloods”)
e) David Rossi (“Criminal Minds”)
f) they all did

…Is: f) they all did, and we thank all the real individuals out there for serving our country.


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