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|Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) September 9, 2019 – ON THIS DAY – Sitcom “The Hank McCune Show,“ which began as a local Los Angeles program in 1949, launched on NBC in 1950. It only lasted three months initiallybut is remembered as the first series to incorporate a laugh-track. It was briefly resurrected as a syndicated program in the 1953-54 season, but without a laugh track…ABC’s “Welcome Back, Kotter” began its four-season run in 1975. John Travolta, of course, became a huge star after “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease,” and only appeared sporadically during the final season (as did Gabe Kaplan by then). A proposed spin-off focused on the character of Arnold Horshak (Ron Palillo) never surfaced, nor did a rumored revival in later years featuring Palillo and Robert Hegyes (Epstein)…”Friends” spin-off “Joey” debuted on NBC in 2004. It aired for two seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “The Dukes of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat is 68; Actor Hugh Grant is 59; “Switched at Birth” star Constance Marie is 54; Adam Sandler is 53; Model Rachel Hunter is 50; “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet is 48; Singer Michael Buble is 44; Actress Michelle Williams is 39.
Did You Know?:
Following “Welcome Back, Kotter,“ Ron Palillo voiced characters on such animated series as “Laverne & Shirley in the Army,“ “Darkwing Duck” and “Rubik, the Amazing Cube.” In 1996, Palillo played himself in three episodes of ABC sitcom “Ellen” as the love interest of Ellen’s friend Audrey (Clea Lewis).
Sunday 9/08/19Household Ratings/Share
NBC: 11.1/19, Fox: 6.1/10, CBS: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.4/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS, NBC and Fox: + 3 each, ABC: -11
The Pittsburgh Steelers at the New England on NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped the night (and will lead the week, no doubt) with an estimated 14.8 rating/26 share in the household overnights for the primetime portion from 8:30-11 p.m. ET. The top markets fared as follows: Pittsburgh 42.3 rating/60 share; Providence 37.4/57; Boston 36.3/58; New Orleans 22.7/31; Denver 19.6/33; Baltimore 19.1/30; Norfolk 18.8/31; Kansas City 18.3/30; Dayton 18.2/29; Buffalo 18.0/29
Football also resonated on Fox, which aired to 8:32 p.m. in the East Coast. All individual program results on Fox are, therefore, estimated.
On CBS, “Big Brother” was the only original option with a 3.3/ 6 in households in the 8 p.m. For the remainder of the analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Sunday, September 8, click here
Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
|NEW PROGRAM NEWS
NBC Orders Put Pilot for Drama “TriBeCa”
NBC has placed a put pilot order for proposed hour-long drama “TriBeCa,” based on the Korean original series “Sky Castle” from “Supergirl” executive producers/showrunners Jessica Queller” and Robert Rovner and “Supergirl” producers Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV.
A put pilot commitment means that the network has agreed to air the pilot, but does not guarantee the project will go to series. If the network chooses not to air the pilot, it will owe a financial penalty to the studio.
Described as a sophisticated family drama set in New York’s most expensive ZIP code, “TiBeCa” explores the inner lives of a group of families and the lengths they will go to ensure their children succeed, regardless of the cost.
Queller and Rovner executive produce alongside Berlanti Prods.’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and the original series’ writer Hyun Mi Yoo, director Hyuntak Jo and executive producer Joon Suh Park. Warner Bros. TV, where Queller, Rovner and Berlanti are under overall deals, is the studio.
|TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
PR Executive Arthur Sando Dies at 71
Arthur Sando, a veteran and well-respected public relations executive, died last Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was 71.Sando was Turner Broadcasting Systems’ first public relations director, rising to vice president ommunications and marketing as he established a worldwide publicity operation. At TBS, he helped coordinate communications for CNN, TBS, Headline News and TNT, with the latter two networks launching during his tenure. Working with Ted Turner, Sando later headed up public relations for King World/CBS and ION Media and served as counsel to the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which helps kids exposed to domestic violence.
“Arthur was more than a friend; he was a caring, loving extension of our family,” said Ali and Joe Torre in a statement. “Arthur also served our Safe At Home Foundation as a longtime Board member and was a champion for the cause. He had a wonderful zest for life, and his biggest passion was his family. We send our deepest condolences to his children and grandchildren. We are heartbroken over Arthur’s passing.”
Sando was presented with the NCTA’s President’s Award in 1987 and was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2018.
He is survived by his daughter, Jackie Shea, and her husband Patrick, of Severna Park, MD; their children, Sadie and Meara; a son, Michael, of Los Angeles; and his ex-wife Karen O’Keefe, of Gaithersburg, MD.
A celebration of Sando’s life will be held Sept. 10 at noon at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Donations can be made to the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.
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|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Lifetime original movie “The College Admissions Scandal” will premiere on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Penelope Ann Miller (“Riverdale”), Mia Kirshner (“Star Trek: Discovery”) and Michael Shanks (“Stargate: Atlantis”) star in the film which follows the story of over 50 wealthy and elite families that tried to cheat the college admissions system.
Documentary series “Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America” will debut on AMC on Sunday, October 13 at 12 a.m. ET. From executive producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Alex Gibney and directors Erik Parker and One9, each of the six episodes focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture including Kanye West’s Jesus Walks, Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, Run-D.M.C.’s Rock Box, Queen Latifah’s Ladies First, and more.
Season two of USA drama “The Purge,” which explores how a single Purge night affects the lives of four interconnected characters over the course of the ensuing year, will open on Tuesday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: The second season of the anthology series opens on Purge night but dives deeper than ever before into what the Purge world looks like the other 364 days of the year.
|ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“A Very Brady Renovation” premieres on HGTV; Season premieres: “The Deuce” on HBO; “A Wedding and a Murder” on Oxygen; Season finales: “Buried in the Backyard” on Oxygen...For the listing of available programs for Monday, September 9, click here