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Friday, August 31, 2018
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 24 Days
CBS sitcom “Alice, based on the 1974 theatrical “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” opened in 1976. It ran for nine seasons… Tito and Jermaine Jackson walked off the set of NBC’s “Today” show in 1993 when a crew arrived to interview the two about the troubles of their brother Michael with the Los Angeles Police Department…The final episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, hosted by Fred Rogers, aired on PBS in 2001. It debuted on Feb. 19, 1968…Celebrity birthdays: Actor Richard Gere is 69; singer Debbie Gibson is 48.

Did You Know?:
Legend has it that Linda Lavin was jealous of Polly Holliday’s growing popularity as Flo, so CBS appeased the “Alice” star by giving Holliday her own spin-off series, “Flo.” It lasted just over one season (from 1980-81). Holliday’s replacement on “Alice” was Diane Ladd as Belle, who played Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  When Ladd exited “Alice” after one tumultuous season, Celia Weston joined the cast as Jolene at the end of season five and remained until the series-finale on March 19, 1985. Without Polly Holliday, “Alice” was just never as good.

RATINGS BOX                                                                  
Thursday 8/30/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 2.5/ 5, NBC: 2.0/ 4, ABC: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +14, ABC: +13, CW: no change, NBC: -13, Fox: -29

-Ratings Scorecard:
Many broadcast affiliates preempted regular programming last night for pre-season NFL games. As a result, the numbers below reflect partial coverage across the metered markets (and, in the case of CBS’ “Big Brother,” are negatively impacted).

For the breakdown by network and by half hour for Thursday, August 30, clickhere

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/27/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/28/18: Click here
-Wednesday 8/29/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix to Stream Mandarin Drama “The Rise of Phoenixes”
Netflix will stream new Mandarin series “The Rise of Phoenixes” in over a dozen languages to members around the world beginning on Friday, September 14. The series features Mandarin performers Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (“Chinese Style Relationship”) as directors, William Chang (“The Grandmaster”) as artistic director and costume designer, as well as Chen Kun and Ni Ni as the leading cast.

The logline:  “The Rise of Phoenixes” is a 70-episode series loosely based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan, and co-produced by Netflix along with Croton Media (China Syndication), K. Pictures, Hao Mai Culture, Iqiyi, COL Group and New Film Association. This is a story of power, desire, lust and love amongst people from different kingdoms in ancient China, all with the desire of rising to become The Great Phoenix. Ning Yi (played by Chen Kun), is the sixth prince of kingdom who hides a dark past. Feng Zhiwei (played by Ni Ni) hides her true identity and has to cross-dress to survive in the male-dominated world. However, when a secret from the past rears its head, respected warrior Feng Zhiwei is forced to choose between revenge and her loyalty to ruling prince Ning Yi.

YouTube Orders Comedy Pilot “It’s a Man’s World”
YouTube has given a pilot order to half-hour comedy “It’s a Man’s World” (working title), written by Theresa Rebeck (“Smash”), to be produced by Assembly Entertainment in association with ITV Studios America. The pilot will be executive produced by Assembly Entertainment CEO Christina Wayne (I’m Dying Up Here) and Rebeck. Jill Greenberg is the co-executive producer. The original script was written by Heidi Schreck (Billions). Production will be underway this Fall.

The logline: “It’s a Man’s world” enters around Emma, a successful video game design executive the sole breadwinner for her family who is used to dodging the landmines that come with being a woman in a male-dominated field. When she gets fired without explanation and finds that she’s being blacklisted by everyone in her industry, Emma decides to dress as a man to get a new job and to continue supporting her family. As strange and politically incorrect as Emma’s new life may be, she starts to enjoy the newfound ease of access and power that comes with being a man.


NBC to Offer a Two Episode Preview of Comedy “I Feel Bad”
NBC will offer a preview of the first two episodes of new fall comedy “I Feel Bad” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The series will premiere in its regular 9:30 p.m. Thursday time period beginning Oct. 4.

The premise: Emet (Sarayu Blue) is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. Okay, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly. From executive producer Amy Poehler comes a modern comedy about being perfectly okay with being imperfect.

CBS to Offer Digital Preview of Drama “God Friended Me”
CBS will offer special advance digital access to the premiere episode of the new family themed drama “God Friended Me” across the CBS app, CBS All Access, CBS.com, Facebook Premieres, Twitter, Instagram’s IGTV and multiple EST platforms (including iTunes, Vudu, Google and Sony) beginning at 2 p.m. ET today. It debuts on CBS on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

“God Friended Me” is described is a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer, an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from “God” and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles, along with Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton.

Emmy Rossum to Exit Showtime’s “Shameless”
Emmy Rossum announced on a Facebook post that the upcoming ninth season of “Shameless” on Showtime will be her last as Fiona Gallagher.  “Until ‘Shameless’ came into my life 8 years ago, I led that kind of transient wonderful life of an actor,” she posted. “And I never realized how much I actually craved the kind of continuity that this show has given me. See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of.”

Debuting on Jan. 9, 2011, “Shameless” depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father raising six children. The upcoming ninth season opens on Sunday, Sept. 9.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox comedies “Cool Kids” and “Rel. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here


2018 College Football Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2018 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here

2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA -Click here


Sketch comedy “The Tracey Ullman Show” will open season 3 on HBO on Friday, Sept. 28 at 12 a.m. ET. The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms. Over the course of the new season, Ullman uses her signature brand of sharp satire to shape-shift into a range of public figures and offbeat original characters. She reprises her characterizations of Dame Judi Dench, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Jerry Hall, and introduces her takes on British Prime Minister Theresa May, French First Lady Brigitte Macron and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, among others.

Amazon debuts action drama “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”…Season premieres:“Ozark,” “Paradise PD,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “The Comedy Line-Up” on Netflix…Season finales: “Whistleblower” on CBS, “Ancient Aliens” on History and “Our Wedding Story” and “Crazy Beautiful Weddings” on UP…For the programming options on Friday, August 31, clickhere
Happy Labor Day

Remember 1956 theatrical “Picnic” with William Holden as a drifter named Hal Carter, whose appearance during Labor Day weekend disrupts and rearranges the lives of those with whom he comes into contact? Which one of the following actors was the original choice for the role?

a) Marlon Brando
b) Tony Curtis
c) James Dean
d) Don Murray
e) Elvis Presley

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

Remember Lars, Phyllis’ (Cloris Leachman) never seen husband on sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? What was his annual salary employed as a dermatologist in Minneapolis in the early 1970s? Need a hint? Take the Bradford siblings and times them by three.

a) $22,000
b) $24,000
c) $30,000
d) $33,000
e) $40,000

Is: b) $24,000. I guess that was considered a good salary for Minneapolis at the time.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Joanne D’Urso, Bob Eisenstaedt, John Ferlazzo, Stephen Franklin, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Steven McKinney, Jeff Mirkin, Richard Naldrett, Jennifer O’Malley, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Anthony Salerno, Art Salisch, Lee Stevens, Joe Swaney, Kristien Brada-Thompson, Ralph Tobias