Day 1 of the 2019-20 TV Season
ON THIS DAY
Robert Young began his second long-running TV series on ABC’s “Marcus Welby, M.D.” in 1969. It ran for seven seasons…Other series debuting on this day: “Circus Boy” (NBC, 1956), which featured 11-year old Mickey Braddock (who eventually changed his name to Micky Dolenz); “The Jetsons” (ABC, 1962), “Mad About You” (NBC, 1992), “CSI: Miami” (CBS, 2002) and “NCIS” on CBS, which was launched in 2003 as “Navy NCIS”…”All My Children” on ABC ended its 41-season run in 2011. It was briefly revived as a web series by production company Prospect Park on April 29, 2013…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 76; Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is 70; Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander is 60.
Did You Know?
“Marcus Welby, M.D.”was the first ABC series historically to finish a season ranked first overall. In 1970-71 it topped the charts with a 29.6 household rating. Rounding off the Top 5 that season was NBC’s “The Flip Wilson Show” (27.9 rating), CBS’ “Here’s Lucy” (26.1), NBC’s “Ironside” (25.7) and “Gunsmoke” on CBS (25.5, which at the time was in season 16).
NBC: 9.8/17, CBS: 5.8/10, Fox: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 2.4/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +194, CBS: +149, NBC: +26, ABC: -35
Given the outlet this year, Fox, there was every reason to expect year-to-year erosion for the “Primetime Emmy Awards” versus NBC in 2018. But a 5.8 rating/10 share in households from 8-11 p.m., which was 26 percent below the 7.8/13 for the year-ago telecast, could be a record low for the annual live telecast. One reason for the erosion is the lack of wins for the broadcast networks, with only two last night (both for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”). For more, click here
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Four New Network Series Kick Off The New TV Season Today
Unlike the cable networks and digital streamers, which spread the original programming options out more throughout the year, the third week of each September marks the first official week of the new television season. That means the Big 4 broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) will launch the majority of its new shows in this 7-day window. The CW wisely avoids the clutter by rolling out its new and returning series in October.
By the numbers, we will see 17 new series on the broadcast nets this fall. The breakdown is nine dramas, seven comedies and one non-scripted entry (ABC’s reboot of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”). CBS has the most new series with five, followed by four on ABC, three each on NBC and Fox, and two on The CW.
This Monday, four new series launch: sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” on CBS; and dramas “All Rise” on CBS, “Bluff City Law” on NBC, and “Prodigal Son” on Fox. Their arrivals coincide with the season-opening episodes of “The Neighborhood” on CBS and “Bull” on CBS; “The Voice” on NBC; and Fox’s “9-1-1.” “Dancing With the Stars” returned on ABC last week. For more, click here
2019 Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were… Click here
The Broadcast Networks Fall Short At The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards
Fewer nominations for the broadcast networks at the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast has been a pattern since the rise of cable and now, in particular, the digital streamers. So, there was no reason to expect any of the Big 4 broadcasters (ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox) to make much of a dent in the winner’s circle this year at the 71st annual telecast.
Boosted by “Game of Thrones,” HBO was the most Emmy nominated outlet this year with 137 (which was up by 29 nominations from one year earlier). Next was Netflix at 117, followed by NBC (58), Amazon Prime Video (47), CBS (43), FX (32), ABC (26), Hulu (20), and Fox and Showtime, each with 18. For more, click here
Best of the Worst: The History of Bad TV in 10 Shows – Click here
Predict the Outcomes of the “Big Brother 21” Finale
You’ve followed ‘Big Brother 21’ all summer long and the Final 3 are officially set. Now it’s time to predict what will occur on the season finale, as well as your takes on the season as a whole. The deadline for predictions is when the season finale starts on Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. To vote, click here
The Top 25 TV Shows of the 1970s, click here
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
HBO Max Announces New Film “UNpregnant”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has confirmed production of “UNpregnant,” adapted from the young adult HarperCollins novel authors Jenni Hendriks (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Ted Caplan. From PICTURESTART and Berlanti Productions, the film offers a mix of humor and grounded human emotion as it tackles complicated friendships and the difficult road to adulthood, all while in a stolen El Camino.
The logline: “UNpregnant” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson), who never thought she’d want to fail a test – that is, until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with two solid pink lines. With a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make. This tough and never-taken-lightly decision leads her on a 900+ mile road trip to New Mexico over three days with her ex-best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), where they discover that one of the most important factors in your life is who your friends are.
Rachel Lee Goldenberg (“Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” “The Mindy Project”) will direct.
SERIES RENEWALS ANC CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Renews “GLOW” for Fourth — and Final — Season
Netflix has greenlit “GLOW” for one final season, which will take it through four seasons by 2020. The series explores a fictionalized version of the real-life wrestling series (as in Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) joins the wrestlers and finds herself facing an old best friend Debbie Egan (Betty Gilpin).
The third season of “GLOW” premiered over the summer and took the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas for a stage show, where they figured out how to balance their families and wrestling careers. The finale saw Ruth and Debbie part ways, with Debbie returning to GLOW to revive it for television and Ruth embarking on a film career.
There is no word on when the fourth season will begin.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Bob Hearts Abishola” and “All Rise” on CBS; “Bluff City Law” on NBC; “Prodigal Son” on Fox…Season premieres: “The Good Doctor” on ABC; “The Neighborhood” and “Bull” on CBS; “The Voice” on NBC; “9-1-1” on Fox; “Live Rescue” on A+E; “Someone You Thought You Knew” on ID…For the listing of available programs for Monday, September 23, click here