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Thursday, August 16, 2018
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“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” debuted on ABC with host Regis Philbin in 1999 in a two-week summer window, but returned on January 8, 2000 as a regularly scheduled series. The current syndicated daytime version of the game show is hosted by Chris Harrison…Celebrity Birthdays: “Today’s” Kathie Lee Gifford is 65; director James Cameron (“Titanic”) is 64; Madonna is 60; Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett is also 60; “The Office” star Steve Carell is 56.

-Did You Know?:
At the height of its popularity, ABC was airing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” five nights per week, which led to a quick burnout. Looking for their own primetime game show hits, NBC revived “Twenty One,” with host Maury Povich; Fox introduced  “Greed” and “It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime, and CBS presented “Winning Lines, hosted by Dick Clark. All these years later, and I still personally feel the need for “Greed!

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Wednesday 8/15/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 2.5/ 5, Fox: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 1.5/ 3. CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from Tuesday July 4, 2017:
Fox: +33, NBC: +12, CW: no change, CBS: – 7, ABC: -56

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean sweep for NBC care of its pairing of a one-hour edition of “America’s Got Talent” (#1: for the night: 6.6 rating/12 share at 8 p.m.) and two-hours of sophomore “World of Dance” (3.6/ 7 from 9-11 p.m.). Comparably, “America’s Got Talent” bested competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 4.0/ 8) by a considerable 65 percent. For more on “Big Brother,” click here

For the complete analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Wednesday, August 15, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/13/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/14/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


CMT Orders “Racing Wives”
CMT has issued a series order for “Racing Wives,” an eight episode hour-long non-scripted series from Executive Producer Jenny Daly and T Group Productions. “Racing Wives” follows the never-before-seen private lives of captivating women who are married to world famous race car drivers.

The logline: A stone’s throw away from the high-octane race tracks where legends rise and sometimes fall, the “Racing Wives” offers a rare glimpse inside the opulent eye-popping mansions and private planes that regally decorate the banks of Lake Norman, North Carolina. The cast features sisters-in-law Ashley and SamanthaBusch, married to Kurt and Kyle Busch who are each balancing family life with their own ambitions. Looking to take her rightful spot in the wives’ club is Whitney Ward Dillon, former cheerleader and now wife of Austin Dillon, who is torn between fitting in with her fellow wives while staying true to her best friend and cheerleader ride-or-die Mariel Lane.

Also featured is Amber Balcaen, an aspiring NASCAR driver who is new to the racing community and left everything, including her boyfriend, back home in Canada to come to North Carolina to pursue her dream.

CMT has also renewed “Music City” from “The Hills” creator Adam DiVello and Lionsgate, for a ten-episode second season. Both shows will premiere early next year and will be paired together.


USA Network Cancels Drama “Shooter”
USA Network has opted against a fourth season of drama “Shooter” starring Ryan Phillippe. Based on the 2007 film of the same name and the novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter, “Shooter” features Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.

The now final episode of “Shooter” will air on Sept. 13. A total of 31 episodes were produced.

CBS and Netflix Renew “Anne With an E” for Season Three
Canadian network CBC and Netflix have renewed drama “Anne With an E” for a 10-episode third season. Inspired by the Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the third season of “Anne With an E” tells the coming-of-age story of an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world, and for love.The renewal comes shortly after the US and international debut of the series’ second season on Netflix in July, and just ahead of the Canadian premiere of season two on CBC, the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch on Sunday, September 23.


“Big Brother 20” Power Rankings for Week 7: Gearing Up for “Stupid Blindside” by Douglas Pucci
Spoiler Warning: The following details some of the events of the past week that have either not been showcased on past CBS episodes or may air in a future CBS episode.

Last week, it was made official – Bayleigh’s eviction began the jury phase for the season. This week, the greatness of “Big Brother 20” continues as we’re headed for another blindside. But in the same vain as John Oliver’s moniker of “Stupid Watergate” when relaying the scandalous happenings in today’s politics on “Last Week Tonight”, I’d describe this eviction as “Stupid Blindside” for how many weeks can Haleigh, Faysal, Scottie and Rockstar get figuratively bopped on the head to realize they’re still on the short end of the game? If not this week, when Rockstar is expected to depart, then they may never realize it!

While I’m expecting a 5-1 vote to evict Rockstar (Faysal’s vote canceled by hacker Kaycee and Scottie being the unfortunate lone vote to keep Rockstar), let’s analyze two fantasy scenarios on how the vote might go to manipulate future behaviors. For more, click here

Casting News
Judd Lormand has been upped to series regular on CBS military drama “SEAL Team.” Lormand portrays Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, the SEAL Team troop commander who coordinates operations whenever Bravo team is on mission and serves as the team’s leader and confidant, both on and off the battlefield. Lormand recurred during the series’ first season.

Trailer for Upcoming Netflix Film “Roma”
“Roma, which will be available in theaters and on Netflix later this year, chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Described as a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, “Roma” follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma.  Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators.

For a look at the trailer, click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews the reboot of “Magnum, P.I.” on CBS and new Eye net dramas “FBI” and “God Friended Me. To listen, click here


2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere


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Amazon Prime Video will debut animated kids series “Pete the Cat” on Friday, Sept. 21. Based on the best-selling children’s books, “Pete the Cat ” is a fun, musically driven series about exploring your world and trying new things, while being smart, accepting, and optimistic. Whether you’re making new friends or facing all of life’s ups and downs, Pete always finds a way to put a groovy spin on things. The series stars Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) as Pete the Cat, and musicians Diana Krall and Elvis Costello as his Mom and Dad.

Series premieres: “Rustic Rehab” on HGTV and “Nightwatch Nation” on A+E…Season finales: “Alone” on History and “Detroiters” on Comedy Central…For the programming options on Thursday, August 16, click here
Not Seeing Double

Which one of the following TV characters was not a twin?

a) Mitchee Arnold
b) Phoebe Buffay
c) Mark Hogan
d) Liam McPoyle
e) Herman Munster
f) they all were

This question comes from TV guru extraordinaire Craig Byrne. Including a reunion movie or special, which one of the following five TV series — scripted or non-scripted — aired at one point on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox?

a) “Bachelor Father”
b) “Candid Camera”
c) “Get Smart”
d) “The Price is Right”
e) “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”

Is: c) “Get Smart,” which was broadcast on NBC from Sept. 18, 1965 to Sept. 13, 1969, after which it moved to the CBS for its final season (running from Sept. 26, 1969 to Sept. 11, 1970). Four feature-length films have been produced after its regularly scheduled series run, including made-for TV’s “Get Smart Again!” on ABC in 1989. A short-lived series revival of “Get Smart” aired on Fox from Jan. 8 to Feb. 19, 1995.

To the masses that answered “Candid Camera,” it also aired on four networks, but Fox was not one of them. The fourth was now defunct PAX.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Larry Weinstock

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