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Monday, August 20, 2018
The Saturday morning NBC sitcom “Saved by the Bell” debuted in 1989, producing 86 episodes in four seasons, and two spin-offs, both on NBC: “Saved by he Bell: The College Years” from 1993-94 and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” on Saturday mornings. The series also spawned two TV movies and a short-lived comic book series…The first TV show version of theatrical “Parenthood”debuted on NBC in 1990. Executive produced by the film’s director, Ron Howard, it starred starred Ed Begley, Jr.Jayne AtkinsonDavid Arquette, Thora Birchand Leonardo DiCaprio. It lasted only 12 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: The “Today” Show’s Al Roker is 64; Oscar winner Amy Adams ins 44; singer Demi Lovato is 26.

-Did You Know?:
At its height, “Saved by the Bell”  attracted more teenage viewers on Saturday mornings than the number one show on television at the time, NBC’s “The Cosby Show, did in primetime.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Sunday 8/19/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.1/ 6, ABC: 2.7/ 5, NBC: 2.4/ 5, Fox: 0.8/ 2

Note: Percent change versus the comparable year-ago evening was not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was another modest summer Sunday with a encore telecast of “60 Minutes” on CBS leading the night with a 4.6 rating/9 share in households in the 7 p.m. ET hour, and lead-out “Big Brother” (1: 3.9/ 8 at 8 p.m.) expected to dominate in adults 18-49. Note to HOH Faysal: You blew a golden opportunity!

In series-finale news was NBC crime solver “Shades of Blue” at a 2.3/ 4 in the 10 p.m. hour, which finished second behind “To Tell the Truth” (#1: 2.4/ 4), hosted by Anthony Anderson, on ABC.

For the complete analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Sunday, August 19, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
Friday 8/17/18: Click here
Saturday 8/18/18: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/13/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/14/18: Click here
-Wednesday 8/15/18: Click here
-Thursday 8/16/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Announces New Drama “What/If”
Netflix will launch a new drama called “What/If,” starring Oscar winner Oscar winner Renee Zellweger that explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.

The executive producers are Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy (Page Fright); Alex Gartner, Charles Roven (Atlas Entertainment); Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke (Compari Entertainment). Ten episodes of “What/If” have been ordered.

TNT Orders “The Angel of Darkness” Limited Series
TNT has greenlit “The Angel of Darkness,” a new limited series for its Suspense Cooection based on the sequel to best-selling author Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist.” Described as a turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” “The Alienist” followed Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective.

“The Angel of Darkness” is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T with Eric Roth, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin and Cary Joji Fukunaga serving as executive producers.

CBS Buys Comedy “The Little Things”
CBS has landed multi-camera family comedy “The Family Things,” starring married comedians Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from Segura, Pazsitzky, “The Mick” executive producer Scott Marder, 3 Arts and CBS TV Studios. Co-written by Segura, Pazsitzky and Marder, “The Little Things” focuses on the funny coping mechanisms that get you through the harder parenting dilemmas.

Segura and Pazsitsky married in 2008. They currently co-host the podcast “Your Mom’s House,” which debuted in 2010. The duo previously received a pilot order for another series based on their lives together at truTV in 2015. Segura also recently released the Netflix stand-up special “Tom Segura: Disgraceful.”


Netflix Swings the Axe on Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale Talk Shows
Netflix has pulled the plug on the talk shows hosted by Michelle Wolf and former “Community” star Joel McHale. The two entries — “The Break With Michelle Wolf” and “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” — were only on the streaming service for a matter of months (the former premiered in May and the latter in February) before executives at the company decided against continuing for a second season.

The two comedians had a considerable amount of buzz surrounding their shows, thanks in particular to Wolf’s highly-talked about hosting gig at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But the buzz, unfortunately, did not translate into enough viewers.

Despite these cancellations, Netflix does have three new comedy talk shows set for release this fall including “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” hosted by “The Daily Show” alum; “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” and “The Fix,” which features a panel made up of Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and D.L. Hughley.

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.

CBC 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.


Late Night Talk Shows Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin 
This past Thursday, several late night talk shows remembered music legend Aretha Franklin on the day she had passed away at the age of 76 due to cancer.

To begin, on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” pop star Ariana Grande performed her rendition of Franklin’s classic hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” with The Roots as her backup band.

On CBS’ “The Late Show,”, host Stephen Colbert recalled his hosting gig at the Kennedy Center Honors from 2015 where Franklin honored Carole King, the songwriter of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” He told a stagehand backstage at the time during her performance that he wished he had seen her in-person when she were younger and in full voice. Colbert, in hindsight, stated, “…and boy, am I stupid.”

And, at the open of “The Late Late Show with James Corden“ on CBS, the band played the instrumental of Franklin’s most famous hit “Respect”. Atop the stage, instead of the show’s title, it read the title of another Franklin hit tune, “Say a Little Prayer.”

For a look at all three, click here


Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour – Final Thoughts – Clickhere

“black-ish” Creator Kenya Barris Signs Deal with Netflix
Kenya Barris has entered into a multi-year overall deal to produce new series exclusively at Netflix. Under the deal, which is effective immediately, Barris will write and executive produce all projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.

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


Star Wars Resistance,” a new animated series that takes place prior to the events of “The Force Awakens,” opens with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Following its U.S. debut, “Star Wars Resistance” will rollout globally on Disney Channels Worldwide.

Upcoming USA Network music showcase series “Real Country” has added country stars Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich as celebrity guests. The network also announced a special appearance by the beloved country icon Willie Nelson, and set Graham Bunn – most recently from Southern California’s #1 country station, Go Country 105 – as host. Each episode will feature one of the special celebrity guests alongside “Real Country’s” permanent panel of artists – Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. From Wilshire Studios, the eight-part series will premiere Tuesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
CBS offers “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool”“The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards” airs tonight…Docuseries“Little Life on the Prairie” debuts on TLC…“X Company” returns on Ovation…Season finales: “Live PD Presents” on A+E, “American Murder Mystery” on ID; “Deadly Power” on Oxygen…For the programming options on Monday, August 20, click here
Life Before Gary and Val

Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark are known for their long-running roles as Gary and Valene Ewing on CBS serialized drama “Knots Landing.” But the couple actually guest starred together in different roles on another drama prior to  “Knots Landing.” What show was that?

a) “Kojak”
b) “Medical Center”
c) “The Rockford Files”
d) “The Six Million Dollar Man”
e) “Wonder Woman”

The answer to the last trivia question…

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

is: f) they all were, as follows:

-Mitchee (Sara Gilbert) and Farrah Arnold (Molly Stanton) – “Twins” (WB): 2005-06
-Phoebe and Ursula Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) – “Friends” (NBC):1994-2004
-Mark (Jeremy Licht) and Willie Hogan (Danny Ponce): “The Hogan Family” (NBC/CBS): 1986-91 – originally called “Valerie,” and then “Valerie’s Family)
-Liam (Jimmi Simpson) and Ryan McPoyle (Nate Mooney): “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (Fox): 2005-present
-Herman and Charlie Munster (Fred Gwynn): “The Munsters” (CBS): 1964-66

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

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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.