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Remembering Luke Perry; Netflix Celebrates “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Provided courtesy of Marc Berman


Classic 1933 theatrical “King Kong” made its television debut in 1956…”The Osbournes” kicked-off on MTV in 2002 and introduced us to a new form of docu-reality type storytelling. The show ran for three seasons and Ozzy Osbourne admitted in a May 2009 interview on BBC Radio 2 to being stoned during the entire filming…Celebrity Birthdays: Magician Penn Jillette is 64; religious leader Joel Osteen is 56; actress Eva Mendes (“Training Day”) is 45.

-Did You Know?:

The Osbourne clan attempted a comeback in March 2009 in a variety series on Fox called “The Osbournes Reloaded.” The show consisted of sketches, stunts, celebrity cameos, live action audience participation and live musical acts, and it was so bad that the one episode aired was cut down from one-hour to 35-minutes.


Monday 3/04/19

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 6.0/10, ABC: 5.2/ 9, CBS: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 3.1/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +19, NBC: no change, CBS: – 5, ABC: – 9, CW: -12

Ratings Breakdown:

NBC remains the dominant network on Monday thanks to “The Voice,” which scored a solid 7.2 rating/12 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 36 percent above ABC’s competing “The Bachelor” (5.3/ 9). Both franchises were consistent from year-ago levels.

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Monday, March 4, click here

Live+Same Day Data

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Thursday 2/28/19: Click here

Friday 3/01/19: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


NBC Picks Up “Superstore” for Season Five

NBC has greenlit sitcom “Superstore” for a fifth season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2019-20. Debuting on November 30, 2015, “Superstore” follows a group of employees working at “Cloud 9”, store number 1217, a fictional department store in St. Louis, Missouri.

While modest at best in the traditional Nielsen ratings, “Superstore”  is one of the most potent digital performers on the NBC schedule, deriving 44 percent of its live plus seven day plus digital rating in adults 18-49 from non-linear sources. Comparably, that is the second biggest percentage on the NBC schedule (behind “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).


Superstore” returns to the NBC lineup this Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

CBS All Access Renews “No Activity” for Season Three

CBS All Access has announced the third season renewal of its original comedy series “No Activity.” The logline: ‘No Activity’ celebrates the mundane in what should be a high-stakes operation. Its second season found SDPD detectives Cullen and Tolbeck back in car 27, as they stake out the seedy underbelly of a cockfighting ring and the SDPD rocked by a massive corruption scandal. Season two starred Patrick Brammall and Tim Meadows, and included guest stars Jessica Alba, Allison Bell, Harriet Dyer, Chris Gethard, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Joe Manganiello, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Cristin Milioti, Nasim Pedrad, Amy Sedaris and J.K. Simmons.

“No Activity” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Funny Or Die, Jungle and Gary Sanchez Productions.


Luke Perry Dies Five Days After Suffering Massive Stroke

Former heartthrob Luke Perry, a fixture on Fox teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” in the 1990s, died Monday, five days after suffering a stroke, He was 52. The actor was hospitalized Wednesday morning after paramedics responded to a call from his Sherman Oaks home.

“Luke was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” Perry’s rep, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry became a household name on “90210,” and segued into regularly scheduled roles on TV series “Oz,” “Jeremiah,” “Windfall” and “John From Cincinnati.” Presently, he was a co-star on The CW’s “Riverdale” as the father of Archie, based on the classic comic book series.

Perry also filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Manson movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

A reboot of “90210” was just announced on Wednesday with the bulk of the original cast, but Luke had not signed on to be a regular on the series.

“Riverdale” has shut down production. Said executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa in a statement (along with Warner Bros. Television and the CW):

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the ‘Riverdale,’ Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

Tawain’s Anson Chen Plans His U.S. Acting Debut

With the success of Asian actors like Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Constance Wu and Ken Jeong, it’s no wonder that Taiwan’s Anson Chen (Hsi An Chen) wants to come to Hollywood to act in movies and television!

“I have always enjoyed watching movies; they have provided me with a chance to daydream,” Chen exclusively told The Programming Insider. “As a young boy, I felt like the films I saw were so incredibly inspiring, they gave such a spark to my creative imagination.”

Chen first came to the U.S. with his family as a child and returned, years later, to get his college degree at University of California-Riverside Extension. He then enrolled into their joint program in Los Angeles Film School. For more, click here

Netflix Celebrates “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”

Upcoming Netflix special, “Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate,” will feature footage from Hollywood’s Dolby theater on March 8th as a lineup of comedians, actors, and musicians pay homage to the iconic show. The participants include Lily Tomlin (who will revival her Edith Ann and Ernestine characters), Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Taye Diggs, Michael Douglas, Jay Leno,  Rita Moreno, Rita Wilson, JoAnne Worley, Maria Bamford, Margaret Cho, Ron Funches, Brad Garrett, Nikki Glaser, Lisa Ann Walter,  Bobby Moynihan, Cheri Oteri, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross, J.B. Smoove, Tony Hale, Jon Lovitz, Natasha Leggero and more.

Logline: The Netflix special will take quintessential sketches and acts from the original hit series and add a contemporary flair that will prove even 50 years later, “Laugh-In” never gets old. Dave Broome (“The Day I Met El Chapo,” “Ultimate Beastmaster”) is executive producing under his 25/7 Productions banner along with Schlatter. Yong Yam is also executive producing.

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2019 Alliance of American Football (AAF) Week 5 TV and Announcer Schedule

The Orlando Apollos continue their undefeated streak of 4-0 in the Alliance of American Football league as they’ll visit the team with the second-best record, the Birmingham Iron (3-1) at 2 p.m. ET on Mar. 9 on TNT. For the Week 5 AAF regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers. All times Eastern), click here

Play the Programming Insider Bracket Challenge for March Madness 2019

March Madness is here once again and it is your chance to predict what teams will win via the Programming Insider Bracket Challenge! To participate, click here


The new season of National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” will open with an extended 90-minute episode on Sunday, March 10, at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Last season, millions watched as Wicked Tuna marked 100 episodes with a nail-biting finale that saw a young captain take the top spot on the leaderboard. But much has changed since then, leaving champion Captain Tyler McLaughlin forced to reckon with a personal tragedy while trying to defend his title against a talented group of fishermen who know that in this business, each day brings a new opportunity to turn your luck around.

The upcoming revival of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access will launch on Monday, April 1. The logline: Jordan Peele hosts the classic sci-fi series that will take fans to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind for these modern times. Guest stars include John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Steven Yeun.

In Theaters March 17 and 18

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The “Women Tell All” on ABC’s “The Bachelor”…Series premieres: “Deadly Recall” on ID; “Toe Bro” on A+E…Season premieres: “Hoarders” on A+E, “The Story of God” on NGC…For the program options for Tuesday, March 5, click here

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