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Thursday, July 5, 2018
NBC presented “The Seinfeld Chronicles” — the show that would become“Seinfeld” — as a one-shot pilot in 1989…CBS debuted its version of the Dutch reality/competition show “Big Brother” in 2000. Initially airing five times per week, “Big Brother” was pared down to three nights by season two with the weekly Head of Household (HOH) competition added. Season three in 2002 marked the addition of the weekly Power of Veto (POV)…Celebrity Birthdays: “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Katherine Helmond is 89; singer Huey Lewis is 68; “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco is 55; “Jersey Shore” housemate Paul DelVecchio is 38.

-Did You Know?:
After initially passing on “The Seinfeld Chronicles, NBC had second thoughts and ordered four episodes under the title “Seinfeld. Those episodes began on May 31, 1990, and “Seinfeld” ultimately went on to produce 180 episodes during its eight-and-one-half season run. It concluded on May 14, 1998.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Wednesday 7/04/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 2.7/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 3, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from Tuesday July 4, 2017:
CW: +25, Fox: +22, ABC: + 8, NBC: + 2, CBS: -16

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC topped the Wednesday overnights, as expected, care of the annual “Macy’s 4thof July Spectacular,” which averaged a 4.8 rating/10 share in households from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was nine percent above the year-ago July 4th telecast (4.4/ 4), and that 4.4 rating in the household overnights translated into 6.36 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same Day data).

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and half-hour for Wednesday, July 4, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
-Monday 7/01/18: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of June 23
What follows national rating results in primetime for the five broadcast networks for the week of June 23. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 4.32 million (- 1), NBC: 4.24 (-17), ABC: 3.17 (-10), Fox: 2.17 (+ 6), CW: 820,000 (+ 4)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 0.8 rating/4 share (-27), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (no change), Fox: 0.6/ 3 (no change), ABC: 0.6/ 3 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.1/ 4 (-21), CBS: 0.9/ 4 (-10), ABC: 0.9/ 3 (-10), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (+14), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
CBS and Fox: 0.4/ 3 (no change), ABC: 0.4/ 3 (-20), NBC: 0.4/ 3 (-33), CW: 0.1/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Orders Original Mexican Series “Monarca”
Netflix has announced that its latest original series from Mexico, “Monarca,” will begin production this fall and will launch globally in 2019. The new series starring Irene Azuela (“Quemar Las Naves,” “El hotel de Los Secretos”) will follow the world of wealthy Mexican elites riddled by corruption, scandal and violence.

Produced by Salma Hayek’s company, Ventanarosa, Lemon Studios and Stearns Castle, “Monarca” is described as a high stakes, multi-generational family saga about a tequila-born Mexican business empire, and the battle that ensues when a member of the family decides to fight the dirty system her family helped create.



Brand Safety Concerns Escalate – 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 Fandom – 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


Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of Endemol Shine Group will receive the International Academy’s 2018 Directorate Emmy Award at the 46th International Emmy Awards Gala, on Monday, November 19, in New York City. Turner Laing overseas Endemol Shine Group’s network of more than 120 creative production companies in 23 markets, responsible for series including “Big Brother,” “MasterChef,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Black Mirror” and last year producing in over 50 languages.

Before taking up her current role in 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Managing Director, Content.


2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and NBA TV 
The 12-day, 82-game schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring all 30 NBA teams for the first time, tips off with 10 games tomorrow and continues through Tuesday, July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Every Summer League game will air live on television, with ESPN networks and NBA TV combining to televise a record number of games. NBA TV’s on-site commentators in Las Vegas will include analysts Isiah Thomas, Greg Anthony, Steve Smith, Stu Jackson, Derek Fisher and eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, who will serve as a guest analyst for the network for the third straight year. Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Kristen Ledlow, Casey Stern, Ros Gold-Onwude and Jared Greenberg will share play-by-play responsibilities. Dennis Scott, Ro Parrish, Ledlow, Greenberg and Gold-Onwude will serve as reporters.

Each team will play a minimum of five games at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, starting with three preliminary contests from July 6-10. The teams will then be seeded in the tournament, which starts on July 11 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 17.

Last year’s event, won by the Los Angeles Lakers behind 2017 Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball and 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Kyle Kuzma, set records for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social and digital platforms.

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

2018 Wimbledon Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here


“Four Weddings” will open a new season on TLC on Saturday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET. In a new twist this season, the featured brides are not strangers, rather they are close friends and/or family members – and the grooms are teaming up with them to help pull off their magical day. The logline: In the series’ new two-hour format, these blushing brides, who are all getting married around the same time, will evaluate each other’s weddings based on six categories: venue, food, dress, entertainment, originality and overall experience. The bride with the highest score will win an all-expenses-paid honeymoon for herself and her husband.

The First Live Eviction on CBS’ “Big Brother” This Evening…Also original: “The Gong Show,” “The Match Game” and “Take Two” on ABC; NBC’s “Little Big Lies” and sitcom “Marlon” (two episodes); and “The Four: Battle for Stardom”on Fox…For the programming options on Thursday, July 4, click here
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A “Jeopardy!” First

Who was the original host of game show “Jeopardy!”?

a) Bob Eubanks
b) Art Fleming
c) Monty Hall
d) Wink Martindale
e) Chuck Woolery

The answer to Tuesday’s question…

Which one of the following series featured a local 4th of July parade in the series finale?

a) “Growing Pains”
b) “Knots Landing”
c) “Providence”
d) “The Sopranos”
e) “The Wonder Years” 

…e) “The Wonder Years. For a look, click here

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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.