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Programming Insider by Marc Berman – “Divorce” Returns on HBO; “Gone With the Wind” Star Olivia de Havilland Turns 103

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 1, 2019 – ON THIS DAY
The beginning of commercial television broadcasting began in 1941. The Federal Communications Commission licenses went into effect, allowing broadcasters to transmit programs and advertising. The first channels to receive FCC licenses were WNBT in New York (the precursor to WNBC), operated by the National Broadcasting Company, and WCBW (now CBS), operated by the Columbia Broadcasting System. Any broadcasting before that date was considered “experimental.”…The original Court TV began in 1991. On December 10, 2018, Katz Broadcasting announced it will relaunch Court TV as an over-the-air network following the acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Court TV name and Court TV library from the Turner Broadcasting System…Celebrity birthdays: “Gone With the Wind” star Olivia de Havilland is 103; Rock singer Debbie Harry is 74; original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Dan Aykroyd is 67; “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson is 52; actress Liv Tyler (“Armageddon”) is 42. For a tribute to Olivia de Havilland, click here

-Did You Know?:
Olivia de Havilland made her screen debut in drama “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1935. She won two Academy Awards in her lengthy career, both for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for “To Each His Own” in 1947 and “The Heiress” in 1950. Her sister, Joan Fontaine, also lived a lengthy life. She died on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96. For more on Olivia de Havilland, click here

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Sunday 6/30/19

Household Ratings/Share
CBS: 3.4/ 7, ABC: 2.9/ 6, NBC: 1.9/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 1, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +16, CBS: + 3, Fox: -22, NBC: -24

Ratings Breakdown:
In sophomore season premiere news, CBS crime solver “Instinct,” starring Alan Cumming, returned with a second-place 2.7 rating/5 share in the overnight households in the 9 p.m. ET hour. Comparably, that trailed competing “The $100,000 Pyramid” on ABC (#1: 3.1/ 6) by 13 percent.

In series premiere news, “Just What Happened??! with Fred Savage,” a half-hour hybrid comedy/talk show hosted by Fred Savage dedicated to exploring the fandom surrounding fictional sci-fi thriller “The Flare,” was left at the starting gate on Fox with a mere 0.6/ 1 in households at 9:30 p.m. (#4).

For the remainder of the analysis for Sunday, June 30, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Live+Same Day Data
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2018-19 Live+7 Season Rankings – The Complete Scorecard – Click here

Record Rated Second Night Of The Democratic Presidential Debate
The participation of former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders escalated the audience interest in night two of the first Democratic presidential debate. Based on the fast, national data from Nielsen, the live debate scored 18.1 million viewers across the networks of NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, with 5.3 million viewers in adults 25-54 and 4.4 million in adults 18-49. Night one of the debate scored 15.3 million viewers overall.

Comparably, this was the most-watched debate ever for night two of the first Democratic presidential debate cycle. It was also a record in the key adult 25-54 demographic. But it was still 4.9 million viewers (or 21%) below the 23 million viewers who watched Donald Trump’s second appearance in the Republican primary debate for the 2016 cycle. For more, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


“Gone With The Wind” Star Olivia de Havilland Turns 103
Given my interest in the stars from yesteryear, I vividly recall a conversation I had with the late TCM film historian Robert Osborne about “Gone With the Wind” star Olivia de Haviland.

We speak every Sunday,” he told me. “And I would so like to do an on-camera interview with her for TCM. But she would rather be remembered for her illustrious career instead of anyone wondering what she might look like as an older woman.”

My conversation with Mr. Osborne, if I remember correctly, was in 2003, which would have made the legendary two-time Oscar winning actress 87 years old at the time.

Today it is my honor, and my privilege, to wish Dame Olivia de Haviland a very Happy Birthday. She turns 103. For more, click here


Starz Renews “Wrong Man” for Season Two
Cable net Starz has greenlit investigative reality series “Wrong Man” for a second season, with an order for six new episodes. From Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost” trilogy, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”) the series re-investigates three cases of inmates who have been incarcerated for decades and who claim they were wrongfully convicted of brutal crimes.

The announcement comes just days after the Supreme Court struck down the conviction of death row inmate Curtis Flowers, whose case was examined in the first season of “Wrong Man.” Flowers was prosecuted six times for the same crime of quadruple murder and by the same prosecutor, in a case riddled with evidentiary problems and allegations of racial bias. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged that the case might not have even been heard by the Supreme Court if it had not been for the media that re-investigated the case. “Wrong Man” devoted two of its first six episodes to the case.


The 10 Most Memorable Moments (So Far) On CBS Summer Staple ‘”Big Brother” – Click here

Welcome to a New Season of “Big Brother!” Here is How the Season Should End– Click here

Play the ‘Big Brother 21’ Stock Watch Game – Click here

Fox Announces Fall Season Premiere Dates – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The discussion this week is on the new summer season of “Big Brother” on CBS. To listen, click here


“Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading,” the second of three All Things Comedy produced specials previously announced by Comedy Central, premieres Friday July 12 at midnight ET on Comedy Central. The logline: Ian Edwards gives his own edgy twist on a traditional TedTalk. He shares his thoughts on abortion, Harriet Tubman, and why he refuses to learn to swim for his own safety. Through his authentic balance of charm and self-deprecating humor, he’s able to dive into the intricacies of life, success, and dating with a relatable and refreshing twist.

Two-hour special “Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials” will premiere on Oxygen on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. ET. This instillation of “Uncovered” takes a look at how a case that engulfed a community became a modern-day witch hunt, igniting a nation. The logline: the lens moves to 1983, when a small South Bay community of Manhattan Beach is rocked to its core when a child from a prestigious school, the McMartin Preschool, accuses a teacher of molestation. What started out as one allegation soon became a media frenzy, with no shortage of children coming forward claiming to corroborate the story and add to the accusations. This led to seven teachers getting charged and two of them standing trial for heinous crimes, ensuing in a seven-year trial costing taxpayers $15 million (the most expensive trial in history) that yielded zero convictions.

Unscripted comedy series “Dating #NoFilter, will return for a second season on E! with two back-to-back premiere episodes on Tuesday, August 6 in the 11 p.m. ET hour. The logline: The series features comedians serving up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on intimate, crazy, heart-wrenching, and unexpected first dates.  In each half-hour episode, the comedians will offer their candid and unique POVs as they weigh in on highs, lows, and OMG moments with uncensored and clever commentary.


2019 NBA Summer League TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and NBA TV
NBA TV’s Summer League coverage – the first opportunity to see many of the NBA’s top rookies in action – will feature 50 live game telecasts in 13 days beginning Monday, July 1. The network’s schedule – including live game telecasts from all three Summer League locations – will feature the expected first look at many of the 2019 NBA Draft class. Live game coverage on NBA TV will tip-off on July 1 with three games, including the Cleveland Cavaliers – who drafted Darius Garland with the No. 5 selection – facing the San Antonio Spurs and recently drafted Luka Samanic at 7 p.m.

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

2019 Wimbledon Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks
The Championships – Wimbledon, tennis’ most popular major tournament of the year, will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN+, ABC and streaming on the ESPN app beginning Monday, July 1. There’ll be 145 hours of television plus 1,500 hours of streaming of the first-ball-to-last-ball tournament coverage that includes more than 500 matches from the All England Club’s pristine grass courts, culminating with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on July 13 and 14, respectively.

ESPN’s tennis announcers, analysts and studio hosts for the Australian Open are (in alphabetical order by their last name): Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Mardy Fish, Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, Jason Goodall, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chris McKendry, Patrick Mouratoglou, Tom Rinaldi, Pam Shriver, Rennae Stubbs

For the Wimbledon tennis events (including dates, start times, and TV networks), click here

2019 Men’s College World Series of NCAA Division I Baseball Schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 – Click here

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2019 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here

HBO dramedy “Divorce” opens season three…Food Network debuts “Cupcake Championship”…For the listing of available programs for Monday, July 1, click here