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Friday, June 1, 2018
CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” concluded its five season run in 1966. In the series finale, Rob (Dick Van Dyke) finished the manuscript for his book, triggering flashbacks to memorable events in the Petries’ lives in clips of earlier moments….Conan O’Brien began his ill-fated hosting chores on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in 2009. His last official telecast was on Jan. 22, 2010…Celebrity birthdays: Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption” is 81); “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum is 45; comedianAmy Schumer is 37. And a very Happy Birthday to my lovely wife Jodi.

-Did You Know?:
“The Dick Van Dyke Show” was the last TV show historically to have its entire run filmed in black and white. The show was due to be shot in color after the fifth season, but never happened because of the cast and producers’ decision to end the show after five seasons.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 8.7/15, CBS: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +21, CBS: +10, ABC: – 8, CW: -17, Fox: -43

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about game one of The NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors 124, Cleveland Cavaliers 114) on ABC, which scored an estimated 11.7 rating/21 share in the household overnights from 9 p.m. to 11:52 p.m. ET. Comparably, that was five percent below the 12.3/22 on the year-ago evening, which translated into 18.7 million viewers and a 6.9 rating/27 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same Day data).

Results for any live event are always approximate.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was a primetime edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the 8 p.m. half-hour (#2: 3.4/ 6 – also estimated), followed by the NBA Countdown pre-game at an approximate 4.0/ 7 (#2) at 8:30 p.m. The rest of the evening was all repeats.

For the half-hour household breakdown for Thursday, May 31, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 2/28/18: Click here
Tuesday 2/29/18: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of May 14 – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


FX Orders Pilot for Comedy “Lil Dicky”
FX Networks has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky. The series is centered around a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he is destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince the world.

Based on a story co-written by Burd and co-creator Jeff Schaffer, Burd wrote the teleplay for the untitled pilot and will star in it as well as serve as executive producer for music. The pilot will be directed by Greg Mottola (“Adventureland,” “Superbad”).

The pilot is executive produced by Burd, Schaffer (“The League,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Kevin Hart and Hartbeat Productions (“TKO: Total  Knock Out,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Mottola, Marty Bowen (“Mr. Mercedes,” “Rosewood”), Scooter Braun, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson. The pilot is being produced by FX Productions.


Netflix Renews Drama “The Rain” for Season 2
Netflix has renewed its first Danish original series “The Rain” for a second season. Debuting on May 4, “The Rain” is set years after a terrible virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia. The logline: After two Danish siblings, Simone and Rasmus, emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone they join a group of young survivors in Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life. Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.

“The Rain” is created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.

Sundance Greenlights Drama “The Split” for Season 2
SundanceTV and BBC One announced that Abi Morgan’s original drama “The Split,” produced by Sister Pictures, will return for a second season. The legal drama follows the lives of the Defoe family, who all work in divorce law for the family firm, aside from eldest sister Hannah (Nicola Walker), who works for rival family law firm Noble & Hale. The series co-stars Stephen Mangan, Fiona Button, Annabel Scholev and Barry Atsma.


Two Sponsors Pull Spots From TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
Autotrader and State Farm have pulled their ads from weekly TBS late night talker ‘Full Frontal’ after host Samantha Bee referred to Ivanka Trump in a derogatory fashion. The comedian insulted the first daughter after Trump posted a photograph of herself and her son at the end of last week, referencing it to the President’s immigration practices.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that executives at TBS and its parent company, Time Warner “must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned.”

Bee, who issued an apology on Twitter, addressed it specifically last night when she was being honored by the Television Academy.

“You know, the thing is our show is steeped in passion,” Bee told the audience at the event, held at Neuehouse in Hollywood. “Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong.”

“We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals,” she added. “If we are OK with that then really, who are we? I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bodies and 21 minutes of airtime once a week, repeats on Saturdays, that we as a show will never stop shouting [about] the inhumanities of this world from the rooftops and striving to make it a better place. But in a comedy way.”

“Full Frontal” was honored for its coverage of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.

Maybe ABC Does Not Have to Cancel “Roseanne” After All – Click here

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 NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals TV and Announcer Schedule
ESPN will present every match-up of the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, beginning today, with the Regionals from 16 sites across the country. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN3 will combine to carry potentially 153 match-ups from the championship, which includes the Regionals (June 1-4), Super Regionals (June 8-11) and the College World Series (June 16-26/27).

Regionals are played in a four-team, double-elimination format. The Regionals 16 winners will advance to the Super Regionals.

For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; subject to change), locations, respective networks and announcing teams, click here

2018 NBA Finals Schedule on ABC – Click here
-2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final TV Schedule on NBC and NBCSN – 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

-10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here

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


The season two finale of IFC’s “Brockmire” has been moved to Wednesday, June 20. The series follows Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire, a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered a notorious public breakdown after stumbling upon his wife’s infidelity – a breakdown so bad that “Brutal Brockmire” became a viral internet meme.

EPIX will open season two of dark comedy “Get Shorty, based on the 1990’s bestselling Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, on Sunday, August 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: In season two of “Get Shorty,” Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) struggles to reconcile his ambitions as a filmmaker and a family man with his skill set as a career criminal. His progress in Hollywood is jeopardized when the washed-up producer (Ray Romano), with whom he partnered in season one, agrees to wear a Federal wire.  Miles faces off with criminal financiers and with a Hollywood power-broker who could be the most dangerous of all.

Netflix will launch the remaining six episodes of the fourth — and final — season of comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on January 25, 2019. The logline: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Tituss Burgess), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane) are finding new direction in life and career. Kimmy jumps head first into her new job at Giztoob. She’s ready to take on anything, except high heels, which she’s pretty sure were designed by a man, or a very confused lady. By creating a fake TV show, Titus takes his acting career into his own hands. Which, as always, are covered in maple syrup. As a talent agent working her way up, Jacqueline must deal with clients who are divas, troublemakers, and have no valid social security number.

Season premieres: “All or Nothing” on Amazon, “Bridezillas” on WE,“Extreme Cake Makers” on Cooking, “The Tesla Files” on History…“Busted! I Know Who You Are” concludes for the season on Netflix…For the primetime schedule for Friday, June 1, click here
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What Broadway show did Dick Van Dyke have to leave in 1961 in order to do his self-titled CBS sitcom?

a) “Bye Bye Birdie”
b) “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
c) “The Music Man”
d) “My Fair Lady”
e) “Pippin”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember Richard Moll as “Bull” Shannon, the dim-witted bailiff on NBC sitcom “Night Court”? What was his real first name?

a) Aristotle
b) Cosmo
c) Irving
d) Nostradamus
e) Reinhold

…Is: a) Artistotle. Bull’s full name was Aristotle Nostradamus Shannon. Over 100 people answered Nostradamus, which was his middle name.


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