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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NBC sitcom “Mister Peepers,” starring Wally Cox, Marion Lorne and Tony Randall, concluded after three seasons in 1955…ABC game show “Make Me Laugh, hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, ended in 1958. Bobby Van hosted a syndicated revival during the 1979 to 1980 season, while Ken Ober hosted a 1997 version on Comedy Central (replaced in the second season by Mark Cohen)…CBS sitcom “Doctor, Doctor, starring Mark Frewer, began its two-and-one-half season run in 1989…Celebrity Birthdays: President George H.W. Bush is 94; reality star Kendra Wilkinson is 33.

-Did You Know?:
The role of the gym teacher on “Mr. Peepers” (played in the series in two episodes by Jack Warden) was played in the pilot by an uncredited Walter Matthau.


RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Monday, June 11, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.5/ 6, CBS: 2.9/ 5, NBC and Fox: 1.9/ 3 each, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: ABC aired game 5 of The NBA Finals
CW: +43, CBS: +16, Fox: -17, NBC: -34, ABC: -69

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC opened the week on a winning overnight note thanks to veteran “The Bachelorette,” which scored a 4.1 rating/7 share in households from 8-10 p.m. ET. Fox’s long in the tooth “So You Think You Can Dance” could not compete with a 2.4/ 4 (#3) in the 8 p.m. hour, which was 14 percent below the 2.8/ 5 on the year-ago evening.

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour household breakdown for Monday, June 11, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 6/04/18: Click here
Tuesday 6/05/18: Click here
Wednesday 6/06/18: Click here
Thursday 6/07/18: Click here
Friday 6/08/18: Click here

2017-18 Live+Same Day Tradition Season Ratings – Click here

Syndication 2017-18 Season Ratings: “Jeopardy!,” “Inside Edition,” “Millionaire” Increase Year-to-Year – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research





Amazon Orders “Modern Love” Romantic Comedy Anthology Series
Amazon Studios has given a straight-to-series order to “Modern Love,” which is a half-hour romantic comedy anthology series based on the New York Times column about love and human connection. John Carney (“Begin Again,” “Sing Street) is set to write, direct, and produce the series in a collaboration between Storied Media Group and the New York Times.

The first season of “Modern Love” will consist of eight standalone episodes, all taking place over the course of one day. Each episode will highlight a different form of love, not just romance.

“Since its launch 14 years ago, Modern Love has struck a chord with readers that has only deepened with time,” said Sam Dolnick, assistant managing editor at The New York Times. “It remains one of our most popular columns both online and in print; it has become a successful weekly podcast; and the first Modern Love events last year were hits with live audiences. And now we are thrilled that Modern Love will become a TV show on Amazon.”



HBO Renews “Succession” for Season 2
HBO has greenlit recently introduced drama “Succession” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. The series follows the fictional Roy family — Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four children — which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world, tracking their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.

The cast includes Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman and Rob Yang.



Former NBA star Dennis Rodman Gets Emotional on CNN During Historic Summit Dennis Rodman, the former NBA legend and “Apprentice” contestant, told Chris Cuomo of CNN that the historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on Tuesday, June 12 (the evening of Monday, June 11 in all U.S. time zones) was years in the making.

In an emotional interview, Rodman said he always believed in helping North Korea. “It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy,” he said. For a look, click here



Curiosity Ink Media Launches from Russell Hicks and Brent Watts 
Family-friendly showcase Curiosity Ink Media, created by Russell Hicks, the former Nickelodeon President of Production and Development; and media entrepreneur and Struck agency creative executive, Brent Watts, will start rolling out across multiple platforms beginning in early 2019. Hicks will serve as President & Chief Creative Officer, while Watts will assume the role of the company’s Chief Design & Strategy Officer.

The goal of Curiosity Ink Media is to bring safe, wholesome kids content squarely into the 21st century.

The executives tapped to lead development, branding, distribution and publishing ventures for the new enterprise include Michealene Cristini Risley, whose Silicon Valley successes include leading roles in gaming, app development, entertainment and consumer products, as Chief Executive Officer; and publishing veteran Jon I. Rosenberg as Executive Vice President, Publishing.

Curiosity Ink Media’s core mission is to deliver exceptional storytelling through fresh, new versions of treasured animated characters and properties. The classic updates will be showcased alongside an array of new, original animation, live action and VR content to offer a wide range of entertainment options. Curiosity Ink will streamline the animation process to significantly reduce production turnaround.

Additionally, Curiosity Books, the company’s publishing arm, will release six book titles this fall, with plans to ramp up to 24 titles per year beginning in Spring 2019. Book offerings include a broad mix of original children’s illustrated novels, picture books, non-fiction licensed board books, sticker activities, books-plus, and novelty formats.





-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



10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – 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 – Click here
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Click here
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Click here



New half-hour talk show “Kandi Koated Nights, hosted by Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will premiere on Bravo on Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET.  During each episode, host and executive producer Kandi, alongside her friends and celebrity guests, will discuss a variety of topics surrounding relationships, dating and pop culture.

“Ridiculous Cakes” will open a new season on Food Network on Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET. During each half-hour episode, viewers get a behind the scenes look as cake artists from across the country work to plan and create confectionary wonders for the joy of their clients.


ABC debuts docuseries “The Last Defense”…Season premieres: “The Bold Type”on Freeform; “The Profit” on CNBC…Season finales: “In Contempt” on BET;“Legion” on FX; “Million Dollar Listing” on Bravo…For the primetime schedule for Tuesday, June 12, click here

Everyone Gets an Emmy!

Historically, the principal actors in three live action comedies all won Emmys for their performances. Two of the shows are “All in the Family” and “Will & Grace.” What is the third one?

a) “Everybody Loves Raymond”
b) “Frasier”
c) “The Golden Girls”
d) “I Love Lucy”
e) “MASH”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Remember 1980s sitcom “Too Close for Comfort”? Who played the mother-in-law of Ted Knight as Henry Rush?

a) Eve Arden
b) Carol Channing
c) Imogene Coca
d) Audrey Meadows
e) Jane Wyatt

Is: d) Audrey Meadows, who had a recurring role as Muriel’s (Nancy Dussault) mother Iris Martin.

Trivia All-Stars
John Beadle, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Geoffrey Gordon, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, James Kelly, Tom Moore, Laura Nachman, Stacie Nice, Rich Orloff, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Anthony Salerno, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Joe Swaney, Ralph Tobias


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.