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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 14, 2016

2016 EUROVISION FINALS
Logo, 3:00 p.m. ET

Like World Cup Soccer, this is a global competition to which the U.S. has arrived relatively late, in terms of both awareness and enthusiasm. Contestants from, this year, 42 countries have competed to be voted the best show-biz act in the world – and today, for the first time in the competition’s history, the finals are being televised live in the United States. On the Logo cable network, in mid-afternoon… but still. This is where ABBA got its start all those decades ago – and where, this year, the favorite to win is Sergey Lazarev. And there’s more than pride on the line: the country providing the winning contestant gets the honor of hosting the following year’s Eurovision competition. If you’ve never seen this, and most Americans haven’t, it’s definitely worth a taste. Words fail to describe the range of acts and talent here – but the words unbelievable and inexplicable often come close.

KEN BURNS' JAZZ
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET
Part 8 of 8.
This Ken Burns and company series ends its repeat run with an episode devoted to jazz hands. Just kidding. It’s really about modern jazz, and one of the key figures – still alive and playing, as well as talking, at the time this series was produced – in Dave Brubeck, whose “Take Five” and other recordings in the 1950s allowed jazz to slide into the relative mainstream. Check local listings.

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT
Showtime, 8:00 p.m. ET

Billy Crudup stars as a not-so-mad professor in this fact-based 2015 movie, about the short-lived but still infamous 1971 Stanford University social-behavior experiment in which students were assigned roles as either prisoners or guards – and, in both cases, ordered to do things that were likely to go against their normal nature and sense of ethics and morality.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
NBC, 11:29 p.m. ET

Tonight’s guest host and musical guest are the same: Drake. And without his beard, which apparently is a big deal on the Internet.


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‘Cop Rock’: How a Legendary Failure Predicted TV’s Future
By Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times - May 14, 2016

The television industry in 1990 was facing problems much like those it confronts today. Viewers, especially younger ones, were turning away from network TV and toward new entertainment options: video games, VCRs, outliers like MTV. An anything-goes mind-set was in the air, as networks looked for something new and exciting. And so it was that for 11 infamous episodes that fall, ABC offered up a police drama in which criminals rapped, officers sang, and jurors announced their verdict by bursting into a rousing gospel tune.

The show was called “Cop Rock,” a high-profile failure that has become the stuff of television legend. It was an effort to tell a cop-shop story with the tools of a Broadway musical, an idea that generated a smattering of admiration but a whole lot of ridicule that remains to this day. Some consider it one of the worst shows ever made.

But hold on. Sometimes “worst” is a misnomer for “ahead of its time.” On Tuesday Shout! Factory releases “Cop Rock: The Complete Series,” a three-disc package that provides a chance to revisit this TV curiosity. Watching the 11 episodes — the original 16-episode order was truncated when the show didn’t generate ratings — is fascinating, and not always in a train wreck way. When “Cop Rock” worked, though that was only intermittently, it worked quite well.

The idea of putting original music into scripted TV shows has been resurgent recently, in NBC’s “Smash” in 2012 and in ABC’s “Galavant” and CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” now. Maybe it’s always destined to be a doomed concept — “Smash” lasted only two seasons, and neither current show is a ratings hit — but “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is delightful, as was the recently canceled “Galavant,” and “Smash” certainly had its devotees. All of them owe a debt to “Cop Rock,” which arrived in September 1990 with high expectations: One of its creators (with William M. Finkelstein) was Steven Bochco, who had raised the bar for police dramas considerably in the 1980s with “Hill Street Blues.”

“When I was making ‘Hill Street Blues,’ a Broadway producer talked to me about the possibility of doing ‘Hill Street’ as a Broadway musical,” Mr. Bochco said in an email interview. “For all sorts of practical reasons, that wasn’t possible, but the idea of a musical cop show stuck with me.”

He called “Cop Rock” the “most challenging show I’ve ever done, and the most fun, despite its failure,” but added, “In all candor, I haven’t watched it since the days when we produced it, so I have no idea if it holds up or not.” Were he to take in a few episodes, he might be impressed with his own prescience, because what immediately strikes a 2016 viewer is how current the story seems.

A white officer named LaRusso (Peter Onorati) shoots and kills a defenseless black suspect, an event that sets the whole series in motion. Racial tension, both between the police and the community and within the police department, is a recurrent theme. “Scandal”-like crisis management, shady campaign financing, celebrity stalking all turn up. It’s not really that Mr. Bochco foresaw those present-day phenomena, of course; the series actually reminds us that many of the things we think of as specific to today have been around a long time.

As for the music, yes, it’s sometimes jarring and inserted clumsily, but many of the songs make for enjoyable listening. Randy Newman wrote the numbers for the pilot episode (he also sings the show’s theme song), and as it went along, the series drew on a stable of songwriters for the rest. Many guest stars were drawn from the musical-theater world, and the production numbers were staged with verve. When Anne Bobby, playing a police officer with marital troubles, leads a group of women in a locker room anthem whose refrain is “Why can’t a man be more like a woman?” you can feel how great the number would be in a Broadway house.

“I always thought of it as a sort of glorious experiment,” Ms. Bobby said in an interview. “‘Cop Rock’ was really breaking down these walls of perception, with not one mallet but two.” The first wall said that stage musicals were one thing, television shows another. The second held that the best way to inject music into a scripted TV show was to use known songs (as was done in the well-regarded British show “The Singing Detective”) rather than original ones.

That proved to be too much innovation for 1990 viewers, and “Cop Rock” still registers as an imperfect experiment, at best. But if nothing else, it’s a noteworthy effort to try something different in an industry that, then and now, is often content to repeat the same successful formulas over and over.

“When people come up to me and talk to me about ‘Cop Rock,’” Ms. Bobby said, “they’re really coming up to me to talk because they got it.”

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About the ABC cancellations...

Galavant - it had run its course. Two seasons was enough.

The Muppets - I admit the I love the Muppets, they make me laugh. A lot. I just really didn't get this series. It was definitely NOT "The Muppet Show" of the70s/80s, set in a vaudeville style theater. There you could get away with the silly stuff. (Heck, even Morley Safer dedicated a '60 Minutes' segment to the show).
The only thing I've found worth watching on ABC these last two seasons has been "American Crime" which is getting a third season. US network TV has a problem as the old dumbed down formulas are not going to work. Too many people are watching cable series that are higher quality or "originals" that rank higher than cable shows. Those who watch on Hulu and Netflix are getting to see what broadcast shows are like from other countries where they are less worried about offending the public.
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Too many people are watching cable series that are higher quality or "originals" that rank higher than cable shows. Those who watch on Hulu and Netflix are getting to see what broadcast shows are like from other countries where they are less worried about offending the public.
A lot of the stuff on the cable channels seems pretty dumb to me.
I mean, you can't get much dumber than zombies.
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A lot of the stuff on the cable channels seems pretty dumb to me.
I mean, you can't get much dumber than zombies.
Are you talking about the characters, or the audience?
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TV Notes (Broadcast)
The Mysteries of Laura Canceled After Two Seasons on NBC
By Chris Harnick, EOnline.com - May 14, 2016

Laura Diamond has solved her last mystery, the mystery of will there be a third season. The Mysteries of Laura has been canceled by NBC.

Debra Messing starred as the titular detective, a New York City cop balancing work and home life as best she can.

"My dear Diamonds- our story has ended but it was a joyous story to tell. We are all so grateful to you for your love. #DiamondsForever ," she tweeted with heart, lips and diamond emojis.

The show also starred Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins and Meg Steedle. Executive producers included Jeff Rake, McG and Greg Berlanti and it was based on a Spanish series, Los Misterios de Laura. Season two, which wrapped in March, was only 16 episodes.

"I want to thank all the fans of #MysteriesofLaura you have all been great! Wednesday nights will never be the same! Thank u," Alonso tweeted.

Mysteries of Laura joins a variety of other canceled shows on NBC including Crowded, Heartbeat, Game of Silence and Telenovela.

"I loved working w on @nbc Laura," Gavankar tweeted with an image. "If you're already missing it, like we are, there is ONE last easter egg, #Diamonds!"

Click through the gallery below for more scoop on what's been renewed and canceled.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Katherine Heigl gives TV another try with CBS' 'Doubt'
By Jayme Deerwester, USA Today - May 14, 2016

Network TV and Katherine Heigl are giving it another go this fall.

The former Grey's Anatomy actress is setting up shop at CBS this time with the legal drama Doubt. The pickup news came Saturday, ahead of the network's formal presentation of its fall slate to advertisers in New York on Wednesday.

Heigl will play Sadie Ellis, a defense attorney from a boutique firm, who finds herself falling for a client accused of a brutal crime.

Heigl's first TV comeback was NBC's short-lived 2014 Washington drama State of Affairs, in which she played the president's CIA briefing analyst.

Doubt will co-star Laverne Cox, one of the breakout stars of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. Don't panic, OINTB fans; you'll still get to see Sophia Burset in Season 4, which is already in the can and awaiting its June 17 premiere.

However, if Doubt takes off, that might turn her Season 5 participation into a question mark. Cox is also prepping for this fall's Rocky Horror Picture Show remake for Fox, in which she takes over the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, made famous by Tim Curry.

Joining them in the cast are Elliot Gould, Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Dulé Hill (The West Wing), Dreama Walker (The B---- in Apt. 23) and Kobi Libii (Alpha House, Madam Secretary).

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When your favorite summer TV series will return
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Column - May 13, 2016

A preview of new broadcast series was published May 6 and a preview of new cable and streaming shows will be in Sunday’s Post-Gazette. But for many viewers, there’s more interest in when their favorites will be back.

ABC

Returning: “500 Questions” (8 p.m. May 26), “Mistresses” (10 p.m. May 30), “Battlebots” (8 p.m. June 23), “Celebrity Family Feud” (8 p.m. June 26), “Bachelor in Paradise” (8 p.m. Aug. 2).

CBS

Returning: “Big Brother” (8 p.m. June 22), “Zoo” (9 p.m. June 28).

The CW

Returning: “Masters of Illusion” (8 and 8:30 p.m. May 20), “Beauty and the Beast” (9 p.m. June 2, WPCW), “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (9 and 9:30 p.m. May 23), “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (8 p.m. July 11).

FOX

Returning: “Hotel Hell” (8 p.m. May 17), “Masterchef” (8 p.m. June 1), “Home Free” (9 p.m. June 16).

NBC

Returning: “America’s Got Talent” (8 p.m. May 31), “The Night Shift” (10 p.m. June 1), “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m. June 1), “Aquarius” (9 p.m. June 16).

PBS

Returning: “Genealogy Roadshow” (8 p.m. May 17), “Masterpiece: Endeavour” (9 p.m. June 19), “Vicious: Series Finale Special” (8 p.m. June 19), “Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis, The Final Season” (9 p.m. Aug. 7).

Returning cable/streaming

Wednesday: “Royal Pains” (10 p.m., USA).

Thursday: “Braxton Family Values” (9 p.m., weTV), “Match Made in Heaven” (10 p.m., weTV).

May 22: “Food Network Star” (9 p.m., Food Network).

May 27: “Bloodline” (12:01 a.m., Netflix).

May 30: “Top Gear” (9 p.m., BBC America), “Scream” (11 p.m., MTV).

June 1: “Kingdom” (9 p.m., AT&T’s Audience Network), “Brother vs. Brother” (9 p.m., HGTV).

June 2: “Bringing Up Bates” (9 p.m., UP), “North Woods Law” (9 p.m., Animal Planet).

June 3: “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” (9 p.m., weTV), “Comedy Bang! Bang” (11 p.m., IFC).

June 5: “Legends & Lies” (8 p.m., Fox News Channel).

June 6: “Angie Tribeca” (9 p.m., TBS), “Rizzoli & Isles” (9 p.m., TNT), “Devious Maids” (9 p.m., Lifetime), “UnReal” (10 p.m., Lifetime).

June 7: “Tosh.0” (10 p.m., Comedy Central), “West Texas Investors Club” (10 p.m., CNBC).

June 8: “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” (9 p.m., TLC).

June 9: “Rock the Boat: New Kids on the Block” (8 p.m., Pop), “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” (9 p.m., CNN).

June 11: “Hell on Wheels” (9 p.m., AMC).

June 12: “The Last Ship” (9 p.m., TNT).

June 13: “Major Crimes” (10 p.m., TNT), “Are You the One?” (10 p.m., MTV).

June 15: “Another Period” (10 p.m., Comedy Central), “Jay Leno’s Garage” (10 p.m., CNBC).

June 17: “Orange Is the New Black” (12:01 a.m., Netflix), “Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule” (11 p.m., Adult Swim).

June 19: “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (10 p.m., TV Land), “Murder in the First” (10 p.m., TNT).

June 20: “Odd Mom Out” (10 p.m., Bravo)

June 22: “Car Matchmaker” (9 p.m., Esquire Network).

June 26: “Xtreme Waterparks” (9 p.m., Travel Channel), “Ray Donovan” (9 p.m., Showtime), “WAGS” (10 p.m., E!), “Impastor” (10:30 p.m., TV Land).

June 30: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (10 p.m. June 30, FX).

July 1: “Marco Polo” (12:01 a.m., Netflix).

July 6: “Tyrant” (10 p.m., FX).

July 10: “The Circus” (8 p.m., Showtime).

July 13: “Suits” (9 p.m., USA), “Mr. Robot” (10 p.m., USA).

July 15: “East Los High” (Hulu).

July 17: “Ballers” (10 p.m., HBO).

Aug. 7: “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (10 p.m., E!).

Aug. 23: “Casual” (Hulu), “The Profit” (10 p.m., CNBC).

Aug. 28: “The Strain” (10 p.m., FX).

Aug. 31: “You’re the Worst” (10 p.m., FX).

Channel surfing

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” ends its season with Drake as host and musical guest this weekend and Fred Armisen as host and Courtney Barnett as musical guest on May 21. ... Retiring veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer will sign off this weekend with a one-hour celebration of his career airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
‘Hawaii Five-O’ Finale Ratings Steady With 2015, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Down From Last Year, ‘Shark Tank’ Even
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 'Tuned In' Column - May 13, 2016

Blue Bloods made its last collar for the season last week and last night the rest of CBS’ Friday line-up took their bow for now. There was a death, a near-death and a double dose on the Season 6 ender of Hawaii Five-O and of course a winner on The Amazing Race (1.0/4).

On the same night as the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 103-91 on ESPN to take their NBA Playoffs series to a Game 7, the Season 28 ender of the couples competition series saw Dana Borriello and Matt Steffania take a victory lap. It also saw the show up 11% among adults 18-49 from last week. Finale-to-finale, TAR was even with its Season 27 finale of December 11, 2015 and down a tenth from its Season 26 ender of May 15 last year.

With a 1.1/4 rating and 7.65 million viewers, CBS won the night as the 9 PM (1.1/4) Five-O was even with its May 6 show. For the special 10 PM (1.2/5) episode, in what has been a fairly steady cycle, the tropical set series actually saw a rise of 9% in the demo from its Season 5 ender of May 8 last year. That 10 PM Five-O was also tied with 9 PM’s Shark Tank (1.2/5), which was even with last week, on ABC for the demo top spot on Friday.
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Another finale over on The CW saw The Vampire Diaries (0.4/1) hark to a voice from its past with the sounds of former star Nina Dobrev. A voiceover by the actress was all TVD fans got for this season ender but the show rose 33% in the 18-49s over last week. It was the opposite in the demo gravity for Season 6 of TVD compared to its Season 5 finale of May 14, 2015. Last night’s ender was down 43% from last year’s finale, which aired on a Thursday against some repeats on half of the Big 4. As for lead-out The Originals (0.3/1), last night’s show was even with last week.

ABC saw Beyond The Tank (0.7/3) up 17% in the demo over its May 6 performance and 20/20 (1.0/4) even with last week.

Like last week, Fox played a movie last night but NBC was all originals with Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0.6/3) kicking off the night down a tenth from its last original of April 29. Grimm (0.8/3) was even with its last original and 10 PM’s Dateline (0.8/3) was down 11% from last week’s 9:30 – 11 PM episode.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
CBS ditches Nancy Drew reboot plan
By James Hibberd, EW.com - May 14, 2016

Nancy Drew isn’t getting a modern-day update on CBS after all.

The network passed on greenlighting its heavily buzzed-about pilot, which starred Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) as a grown-up version of the famous teen sleuth who’s now solving homicide cases as a detective in New York City.

CBS previously made headlines by announcing that executives planned to cast a diverse actor (Shahi is Iranian and Spanish) as the iconic character in a radically different conception of the classic teen novels. Even the project’s name was updated, from Nancy Drew to the shorter, punchier Drew. The official description: “Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.”

CBS Studios isn’t giving up on the project, however. We hear the company is shopping the pilot to other potential networks for series consideration.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
‘Cruel Intentions’ Series Still Alive at NBC
By Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety.com - May 14, 2016

NBC cleaned house and re-stocked their slate this week, but one hot pilot that was missing from the list of greenlights was “Cruel Intentions.”

The series revival of the ’90s flick may still happen, Variety has learned, and “Cruel Intentions” could end up on NBC’s 2016-2017 schedule.

NBC and Sony Television have been in long negotiations over the project, which remains a favorite of both the network and the studio. Sources close to the project say that all execs involved want to see “Cruel” go all the way, but NBC and Sony haven’t yet come to an agreement over stacking rights or ownership.

As of now, NBC has an even split of shows from its in-house arm, Universal Television, vs. outside studios. This week, NBC greenlit four shows from Universal — “Great News,” “Marlon,” “Chicago Justice” and “Midnight, Texas,” which came as a surprise. Earlier this year, the network also gave a straight-to-series order to Universal’s “The Good Place” and “Emerald City.” Six shows are also coming from outside studios with Warner Bros. TV’s “Powerless” and “Trial & Error,” 20th Century Fox TV’s “This Is Us,” Sony TV’s “Timeless,” which has been a shoo-in for quite some time, and EuropaCorp’s “Taken,” which nabbed a straight-to-series order long ago. And then there’s “The Blacklist” spinoff, also from Sony, which just became official this morning.

NBC had been in separate negotiations with Sony over “Cruel Intentions” and “The Blacklist,” though a source says “Blacklist’s” pickup had no impact on “Cruel’s” ultimate fate. The Famke Janssen spinoff was always eyeing a series order, but the process was stalled until today (many of NBC’s pilots were picked up yesterday) because the network was pushing for large ownership over the project.

Late on Friday, insiders close to “Cruel” told Variety that the two parties decided not to make a decision before Upfronts, but plan to re-visit discussions after the week-long NYC presentations and are hopeful to settle on a summer 2017 debut — a time of year that could be perfect for a young, social-savvy show like “Cruel Intentions.”

The “Cruel” pilot tested well with a cliffhanger-heavy script and tremendous buzz for its new star Taylor John Smith, who’s playing the son of Ryan Phillippe’s late character, along with its headliner, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

If NBC ultimately passes on “Cruel Intentions,” it will surely be shopped around in search of a new home.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
‘The Carmichael Show’ In Danger As Time Is Running Out At NBC
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 14, 2016

Critically acclaimed multi-camera sitcom has become something of an oxymoron, with no multi-camera shows winning the best comedy series Emmy in a decade, and only one, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, coming close since.

Then The Carmichael Show, co-created by and starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael, came along last summer. Feeling almost like an off-season burn-off, the sitcom drew eyeballs and strong reviews, earning a second season renewal. But now, the show is in jeopardy of not making it to a third season.

NBC has been in renewal discussions with 20th Century Fox TV — which became the lead studio on the show after its pickup to series, co-producing with Universal TV — but with hours remaining before NBC unveils its 2016-17 schedule Sunday morning, there has been no deal. No one would comment, but I hear that the size of the order may be among the sticking points. (The Carmichael Show‘s first season consisted of 6 episodes, the second of 13.)

The show’s initial run ranked as the most-watched summer comedy on the Big 4 networks in eight years and tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span in adults 18-49.

The Carmichael Show returned for a second season in March with even stronger reviews, earning a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show made headlines with its Bill Cosby episode. But, airing with a solid — though not very compatible — lead-in from unscripted breakout Little Big Shots, The Carmichael Show has been a so-so ratings performer in Season 2, hovering around the 1 rating mark in adults 18-49 Live+same day.

Based of ratings alone, one could make a case for cancelation. But there have been a number of broadcast series that have been kept on the air despite low ratings because of the prestige they bring to their networks — CBS’ The Good Wife ran for 7 seasons, and ABC’s American Crime was just renewed for a third season.

Without The Carmichael Show, NBC would be bringing only one existing comedy series back, newbie Superstore. And the experiment of bringing edge and topicality to the stodgy multi0camera format will be over. The Carmichael Show has been lauded for its takes on sensitive and controversial topics. Its fans include comedy great Norman Lear, to whose classic, All In the Family, The Carmichael Show often gets compared to.

There is still little time, and an 11th-hour renewal agreement could conceivably be reached (or the pickup decision pushed until after the upfronts). It was only seven months ago that NBC brass said at the renewal that they were “extremely proud” of the show, calling it “funny”, “relatable” and “fearless about discussing issues that are significant in the world today.”

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On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY Network/Cable Primetime Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET)
From Zap2It.com Schedule Grid - May 15, 2016

ABC:
7PM - Once Upon A Time (Season Finale, 120 min.)
9PM - The Family (Series Finale)
10PM - Quantico (Season Finale)

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - 60 Minutes - Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life (Special)
9PM - Undercover Boss: Hamburger Mary's
10PM - NCIS
(R - Feb. 22)

NBC:
7PM - Dateline: On Assignment
8PM - Little Big Shots
(R - May 1)
9PM - The Carmichael Show
9:30PM - Crowded
10PM - Dateline NBC: Mystery in South Beach
(R - May. 11, 2014)

FOX:
7PM - Bordertown
7:30PM - The Simpsons
(R - Mar. 13)
8PM - The Simpsons
8:30PM - Bob's Burgers
9PM - Family Guy
9:30PM - The Last Man on Earth (Season Finale)

PBS: (check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Call the Midwife
9PM - Masterpiece Mystery! Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander Season 4 on Masterpiece: A Lesson in Love (90 min.)
10:30PM - Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge Season 4

UNIVISION:
6:30PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Club América vs. CD Guadalajara (LIVE)
9PM - Nuestra Belleza Latina (120 min.)

TELEMUNDO:
6PM - Movie: Despicable Me 2 (2013)
8PM - La Voz Kids (120 min.)
10PM - Ya Era Hora con Erika y Eduardo

AMC:
9PM - Fear the Walking Dead (63 min.)
10:03PM - Talking Dead (LIVE)

HBO:
9PM - Game of Thrones (61 min.)
10:01PM - Silicon Valley (31 min.)
10:32PM - Veep
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11:02PM - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

SHOWTIME:
9PM - House of Lies
9:30PM - Dice (Season Finale)

STARZ:
8PM - The Girlfriend Experience


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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 15, 2016

THE SIMPSONS
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

The technology of animation has gotten to the point where tonight, The Simpsons can end its episode with a wild TV gimmick: having Homer conclude an episode on impov comedy by improvising answers to questions posed “in real time” by fans. How exactly will this be accomplished? I’m not at all sure – but I’m sure I’ll be watching.

WHITE HEAT
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

James Cagney stars in this 1949 film noir gangster film, with James Cagney returning to the genre he helped make famous a decade earlier. One thing about his acting approach to playing tough guys remains the same: He speaks softly and carries a heavy machine gun.

GAME OF THRONES
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

If you’re taking odds on which characters will emerge triumphantly this season, I’d counsel you to bet on the women. This season’s story lines had them starting out so deeply at the bottom of the barrel – either blinded, humiliated and shorn, or captured and isolated – that they’ve got almost nowhere to go but up. And tonight, I suspect at least a few of them will do just that.

PENNY DREADFUL
Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Eva Green’s character did something unexpected, unforgettable, and, on this series, perhaps unprecedented. She smiled. Repeatedly, as she began visiting a natural history museum curator and finding him even more interesting than his exhibits. Lots of other things are happening quickly on Penny Dreadful this year – part of the show is turning into a Western, while another part has one of Frankenstein’s creatures attempting to play god herself. If you’ve yet to sample this series, please go back to the beginning and start a binge catch-up watchfest.

VEEP
HBO, 10:32 p.m. ET

The missing votes have been found – they just haven’t been counted yet. And if the results are revealed tonight, they’ll let us know what to expect from the remainder of this season, for Selina and the other funny, foul-mouthed characters on this political satire.


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Ex-Oriole Bill Ripken wins Sports Emmy Award for MLB Network coverage
By Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun

Just like Jon Hamm, Bill Ripken is finally an Emmy winner.

I know, I know: The former Orioles infielder had been nominated just once before this year prior to getting a gold statuette Tuesday, while the "Mad Men" star was honored in September as lead actor in a drama series in his eighth time up for the award. Doesn't matter. The subject of the world's most infamous baseball card and Don Draper each have one Emmy. That is irrefutable.

Ripken, who has worked at MLB Network since 2009, was honored with a Sports Emmy for outstanding sports personality (studio analyst), beating out ESPN's Jay Bilas, Showtime's Brandon Marshall, and MLB Network colleagues Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds.

Ripken previously was nominated in 2013, losing out to TNT's Charles Barkley (who should always be nominated, honestly).

It took a lot of hard work to get to this level of acclaim. Never forget where you came from, Bill: [CLICK LINK BELOW]

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Megyn Kelly, Contract Set to Expire Next Year, Is Primed for the Big Show
By John Koblin, The New York Times - May 15, 2016

Barbara Walters is retired, Oprah Winfrey is running a network and Megyn Kelly sees an opening.

“It’s there for the taking right now,” she said in a recent interview.

And what is there for the taking? What those famous hosts had accomplished: conducting the sort of interviews that could transfix a nation.

“Those were the biggest spots to go for an interview if you had something you wanted to get off your chest, if you were in the middle of a scandal or a major news story and you wanted to do a long-form sit-down to get past it or to go on the record,” she said.

She quickly added: “And I’m here!”

Making the Oprah or Barbara Walters leap is a remarkably tricky business. Many have tried before, with daytime shows or prime-time specials, only to run into a wall and return to a more comfortable corner of television. And the interview special is a relic from a time on television when what was broadcast on the Big Four networks was what mattered most.

But on Tuesday, Ms. Kelly, the Fox News anchor and host of “The Kelly File,” will take her first crack at a prime-time special on Fox — the broadcast network, not the cable news station — with “Megyn Kelly Presents.”

There is certainly one big hook to draw viewers: She will confront the likely Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, a man who over the last nine months has kept Ms. Kelly in the middle of a running news story by relentlessly attacking her.

And though Mr. Trump represents the so-called get, she will also interview two actors (Michael Douglas and Laverne Cox) and a lawyer (Robert Shapiro) who is back in the news after the successful O. J. Simpson anthology “American Crime Story” on FX.

Mr. Trump aside, it is with those interviews that Ms. Kelly hopes to accomplish something new: prove that she can do much more than simply host a nightly news show. If all goes well, she will display range and versatility at a convenient time. Her contract with Fox News is set to expire in a little more than a year.

“I would like to prove to myself that I have these other muscles,” she said, as she sat in her cramped office on Sixth Avenue. “It doesn’t all have to be A-plus level of difficulty. It can be other kinds of questioning where you get more to somebody’s humanity and tell their story.”

She said that one of her benchmarks for success was if viewers said: “I saw Megyn in a new light.”

Her Fox News show, “The Kelly File,” has been a hit for more than two years, but Ms. Kelly, who is 45, is in the middle of a big moment in her career. Since Mr. Trump began attacking her after the first Republican debate in August, Ms. Kelly has approached something close to genuine celebrity status.

She was on the cover of Vanity Fair in February, she has made the rounds of the late-night circuit over the last three months. She also made her first appearance at the Met Gala in early May, the lavish Manhattan event that effectively serves as the year’s social register for the rich and famous.

There is also a book in the works — she is handing in the manuscript to her editor at HarperCollins later this month and spent the last week writing the Trump section. It comes out the week after Election Day in November, and Tuesday will bring her the first prime-time special.

There are real questions whether the magazine-type “special” can attract a meaningful audience and lift a career. Long gone are the days when Ms. Walters could attract an audience of about 50 million people, as her exclusive interview with Monica Lewinsky did in 1999.

But even in a fragmented TV landscape, they can occasionally break through. Last year, Caitlyn Jenner’s revelation that she was transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer drew nearly 17 million viewers, which qualifies as a huge hit these days.

Ms. Kelly was reluctant to discuss a ratings goal. The producer for “Megyn Kelly Presents,” the veteran TV newsman Bill Geddie, pointed out that Fox did not ordinarily run these type of news specials and that expectations should be managed accordingly. “Megyn said it right: We’re looking for a single here,” he said.

The special can accomplish other goals for her instead. The news cycle has been relentlessly focused on politics and Ms. Kelly said she was more than happy to take a break from that. She is not a political junkie.

“That’s not all I am,” she said “I love covering the news, but I’m not a political person, so I don’t know that I get the jones out of immersing myself in politics all day, every day the way some others do.”

She added, “You look out at the news landscape, and there isn’t the one perfect job that would service the soul.”

If that turn of phrase makes her sound a little like Oprah, it is probably not by accident. She pointed to Ms. Winfrey and Charlie Rose to illustrate her broader goals.

“Oprah’s a bit more spiritual and helps improve people’s lives, which I also would like to do,” she said. “Charlie has a thing that I don’t have. He will sit down with Brian Dennehy, who’s got an amazing show on Broadway, and talk to him about it. He’ll sit down with business executives like Tim Cook and talk to him about what’s happening in his life.”

And if Ms. Kelly wants to be part Oprah, part Charlie Rose and also fill the Barbara Walters vacuum (“Who in their right mind would reject that?” she said of Ms. Walters), she got the right producer. Mr. Geddie produced more than 100 of Ms. Walters’s prime-time specials.

“Megyn Kelly Presents” will be quite a departure from her regular prime-time show: Say goodbye to the talking heads and rapid-fire cuts, and cue a gauzier look, with two comfortable chairs and a contemplative head nod.

“It’s nice to step outside of it every once in a while and try out the Louis Vuitton luggage,” she said.

This is, of course, leads to the multimillion-dollar question: What will happen when her contract expires next year? Whether or not the special is a success, she will have plenty of suitors lined up. And Fox News is keen to keep her.

The special was the brainchild of the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, Ms. Kelly said. And she expressed loyalty to Mr. Ailes when asked about her future.

“The number of times he’s had my back, given me opportunities, stuck his own neck out there to protect me, I feel very grateful to him.”

She continued: “Having said that, this is a fickle business, and you never say never. Every time I’ve been up for a contract negotiation I’ve been open-minded to what possibilities exist.”

Though the special may show how adept she is at interviewing a celebrity, much of the attention on Tuesday night will ultimately be on Mr. Trump, who made her his No. 1 media nemesis with his famous description of “blood coming out of her … wherever.”

Ms. Kelly said she planned to contact him for months but the attacks on her kept coming (Mr. Trump tweeted regularly about her, calling her “Crazy Megyn,” and he skipped the second Fox News debate in late January because of Ms. Kelly’s involvement). She wanted him for this special, but it was not an easy assignment. Even Mr. Geddie, who has known Mr. Trump for 20 years, reached out and was given a flat no.

It was not until April that Ms. Kelly reached out to Mr. Trump for the first time since the debate in August. She later met him alone at the Trump Tower to discuss the interview. Less than two weeks later, he was in.

Though she concedes that Mr. Trump has made her “name better known,” she also refers to the last year as a dark one. There have been security concerns, and the stream of tweets from Mr. Trump and his supporters has been unpleasant.

“This is one of the things that I get into with Trump in the interview,” she said. “Not about me but about whether he realizes the power his words have on the lives of his targets. Not just Megyn Kelly.”

In a campaign cycle in which the news media has been roundly criticized for kowtowing to Mr. Trump, Ms. Kelly has mostly been above it all. She even said on a March show: “I’m the second-highest-rated show in all of cable news and I haven’t had Trump on in seven months. It can be done without him too.”

With the apparent rapprochement, is Ms. Kelly worried about the perception that she, too, is doing whatever needs to be done to get him for an interview?

“Listen, if I weren’t a journalist, would I have called up Trump and said ‘Let’s meet’? No, I would not,” she said. “But it’s because I’m a journalist he was attacking me to begin with. So, no, you cannot compare me trying to put an end to his nine-month barrage so that I can cover him like a normal journalist with the wall-to-wall obsessive coverage we have seen of his candidacy.”

Ms. Kelly expressed some frustration that she had been in the news for so long.

Asked whether she thought Mr. Trump’s attacks would end after the special was broadcast, she took a long pause, and said, without a great deal of confidence: “I hope so. One never knows.”

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The NFL is adding dozens of classic games to YouTube
By James Vincent, TheVerge.com - May 13, 2016

The NFL has renewed its "strategic partnership" with YouTube — a bit of boring-sounding news that has exciting consequences for football fans: it means more NFL content online. As part of the deal, the NFL will be uploading a number of classic games in full to YouTube. There will be three games for each of the NFL's 32 clubs, and the league is promising these will include "some of the most exciting games in NFL history."

Additionally, the two organizations are working together to get highlights from NFL games online while the games are still in progress. These clips will also be accessible via Google, highlighted in a box at the top of search results when someone searches for a specific team. The NFL says that "kickoff time and broadcast information for every NFL game will also be prominently displayed in Google Search."

The NFL has been slow to embrace the web as a place to distribute its content, only launching an official YouTube channel in January last year. The channel carries post-game recaps, clips, analysis, and a lot of "best of videos," and has attracted more than 900 million views to date. Adding in full games and making official NFL YouTube content prominent in Google searches will pull in even more viewers.

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NBC's Fall Schedule: Comedy Returns to Thursday, 'Timeless' Earns Choice Monday Slot
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 15, 2016

NBC is not playing it safe with its coveted post-Voice drama slot. The network announced its 2016-17 schedule on Sunday morning, ahead of Monday's Radio City Music Hall presentation to ad buyers, and among the many changes is a quick shift for this past season's lone broadcast breakout.

Blindspot will now open Wednesday in the troubled 8 p.m. time slot most recently home to now-deceased Mysteries of Laura and Heartbeat. In its place, Monday's 10 o'clock spot will go to favored freshman drama Timeless. It gets the network's biggest lead-in from The Voice. The slot previously launched The Blacklist, the drama that cemented the NBC turnaround. It's an aggressive move on the network's part, having let The Blacklist simmer in the time slot for a good season and a half before it shifted to Thursday night.

Speaking of Thursday, The Blacklist is moving to 10 p.m. after a year of steady (if notably softer) same-day ratings at 9 p.m. The last hour of Thursday primetime was powerhouse for NBC for years, capping off its "Must-See" block of comedies with E.R.. But the hour has been poison for some time, home to a string of non-starter dramas. However humbled The Blacklist might be in the hour, it is all but assured to mark an improvement. The shift allows room for NBC's favorite producer, Dick Wolf, to expand his Chicago series to a third night. 2015 entry Chicago Med moves into the slot after a small two-comedy block. Yes, NBC is putting comedy back on Thursday. Though it flirted with it this season with acquisition You, Me and The Apocalypse, the addition of returning sitcom Superstore and Mike Schur (Parks & Recreation) entry The Good Place mark a much more concerted effort for comedy success. (Last fall plugged in comedies on Friday exclusively.)

Thursday will also be home to the NFL later in the fall. Per the new arrangement with the league, NBC gets five games starting on Nov. 17.

With so many returning shows, the lack of new entries lined up for fall is not much of a shock. Aside from Timeless and The Good Place, the only new scripted series to join NBC at the top of the season is dramedy This Is Us. The Dan Fogelman-produced hour-long gets Tuesday's post-Voice slot before an unmoved Chicago Fire at 10 p.m.

Aside from Blindspot, Wednesday is unchanged. Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. both return to their usual time slots. And, on Fridays, there's even less to note. Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, Grimm and Dateline NBC make for the least change of any weeknight.

And the end of the week, of course, is still home to Sunday Night Football. NBC was pretty passive about its post-NFL Sunday offerings this past season, but not anymore. The network has already committed to a January block of reality breakout Little Big Shots, Wolf's Chicago Justice and the return of Jennifer Lopez vehicle Shades of Blue.

The series saved for midseason are plenty. The Blacklist spinoff, Redemption, is one that will have to wait. It'll likely get a prime roost, depending on how episode counts are broken up. Dramas Taken, Midnight, Texas and Emerald City — yes, still waiting on that one — are also in a holding pattern, as are comedies Great News, Trial & Error, Powerless and Marlon.

NBC obviously has the advantage of announcing its schedule first, as well as the benefit of its relatively stable ratings, but the tweaks to the coming season put it in a pretty prime position to maintain its standing among the Big Four.

NBC's Complete 2016-17 Fall Schedule

Monday
8 p.m. — The Voice
10 p.m. — Timeless

Tuesday
8 p.m. — The Voice
9 p.m. — This Is Us
10 p.m. — Chicago Fire

Wednesday
8 p.m. — Blindspot
9 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m. — Chicago P.D.

Thursday
8 p.m. — Superstore
8:30 p.m. — The Good Place
9 p.m. — Chicago Med
10 p.m. — The Blacklist

Friday
8 p.m. — Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9 p.m. — Grimm
10 p.m. — Dateline NBC

Saturday
8 p.m. — Saturday Dateline Mysteries
10 p.m. — Saturday Night Live (encores)

Sunday
7 p.m. — Football Night in America
8:20 p.m. — Sunday Night Football


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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Held Until After Donald Trump Election Season; NBC Talks ‘Grimm,’ Thursday Football
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - May 15, 2016

The Celebrity Apprentice – now called The New Celebrity Apprentice and starring former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger instead of aspiring politician Donald Trump – is not on the fall schedule because of the “embarrassment of riches,” NBC Entertainment Group chairman Bob Greenblatt said this morning. Instead, it’s being held for use “between The Voice cycles that could use a big engine like this,” he told reporters on a phone news conference to walk them through the network’s fall plans for 2016-17 TV season primetime.

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“Apprentice performed well when we had it in January in the past and the time period on Monday is heated up for reality fans by The Voice,” he elaborated. The hold-off also allows NBC to market the show’s new season – and new star – in the football season said the network’s reality guru Paul Telegdy. Additionally, but not mentioned during the phone news conference, a January return would keep the reality competition series out of Donald Trump White House Race season. The former The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice star has completely dominated the TV news cycle since announcing his GOP candidacy in the summer. Using his reality-TV savvy, Trump and his campaign have churn out one juicy storyline after another. Most recently, the airwaves and internet were flooded with news of a Washington Post report about a 1991 recording of a Trump spokesman talking to People magazine about Trump’s busy sex life, only the guy sounded just like Trump. Even Schwarzenegger would have trouble competing with that.

For Friday nights, NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Grimm but left open the possibility of ordering more. Greenblatt said, is a “tough” one, on which the network has gone back and forth with comedy, drama, news and reality. “We continue to try to figure out how to capture audience that night. We’ve done relatively well with Caught on Camera into Grimm, into Dateline.”

As for Grimm’s slot, Greenblatt noted the show is heading to its sixth season and, “We have a couple of shows for midseason in the same supernatural/fantastical sweet spot.” They include: Emerald City which is a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, and Midnight, Texas, about a town that’s populated by vampires, witches, psychics, hit men and biker gangs, which Greenblatt noted is based on the books of Charlaine Harris “who wrote the books that led to True Blood.”

“We have other things in this genre that we’re excited about that could potentially go into Friday and we’ll see as the year unfolds,” Greenblatt forecast.

NBC’s entry into the Thursday NFL world has “worked out well” said NBC’s scheduling chief Jeff Bader” because it’s “knocking out December.” NBC’s Thursday slate will have a “clean run of eight weeks” after which they will be off in December but back in January” which means the football package “is not very disruptive.” NBC this morning announced its fall Thursday lineup will kick off with returning comedy Superstore, followed by Michael Schur’s new afterlife comedy The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, leading into returning Chicago Med and The Blacklist.

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Calls In-Season Stacking Rights “The Future of Our Business”
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 15, 2016

NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt today addressed the in-season stacking issue, which has dominated the networks’ negotiations with outside studios for new series pickups this season. NBC, along with ABC, has been particularly aggressive in pursuing in-season stacking rights on all new shows, refusing to pick up a series without those rights, which allow nets to stream all episodes from a series’ current season on its platforms, not just the standard “rolling five.” Greenblatt did not say outright that NBC locked in-season stacking rights from all studios, but he hinted that it indeed is the case.

“This is the future of our business; stacking is important to us,” he said. “We were able to work through successfully with various studios to get them. It is the order of the day.”

Greenblatt noted that studios are “protective of the ancillary ways” they can make money. But “the world is going in that direction gradually, and we have had good progress in that direction, even with our own studio.”

Greenblatt also was asked to comment on the program-ownership issue. NBC has been more liberal than other networks in giving shows from outside studios the network’s best slots, as it is doing again this fall with Sony TV’s Timeless and 20th TV’s This Is Us, which landed the two post-Voice berths.

“The world is in a different place than it once was,” Greenblatt said. “We certainly take into consideration ownership issues when we decide where a show goes on schedule. But at the end of day, we are looking for the best shows to get the best places on the schedule. It is an advantage if the shows come from our studio, that’s great, but we wouldn’t do that at the detriment of our schedule.”

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CBS Still Leads All Measures After Second Week of 2016 May Sweep
By DuMont, - May 13, 2016

After two weeks of nightly finals have been tabulated, CBS still has the lead in A18-49s, households and P2+ viewership. While all of the mainline nets (except NBC) are down this May in the year-over-yearlies, the diginets are showing growth.
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demo	demo	demo	demo	%	won	won
Rank	web	2016	2015	chg	2016	2015
1	CBS	1.25	1.34	-7%	4	2.5
2	ABC	1.20	1.70	-29%	3	9
3	NBC	1.18	1.17	1%	5	2.5
4	FOX	0.92	1.00	-7%	2	
5	UNI	0.65	0.90	-28%		
6	CW	0.56	0.60	-6%		
7	Tel	0.54	0.63	-15%		
8	ION	0.31	0.25	22%		
9	Bounce	0.09	0.07	26%		
10	MeTV	0.08	0.06	25%		
11	Cozi	0.02	0.02	50%		
	total	6.80	7.73	-12%	14	14
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NBC AUGMENTS ITS STABLE SCHEDULE WITH AMBITIOUS NEW DRAMAS, HIGH-CONCEPT COMEDIES AND UNPREDICTABLE UNSCRIPTED SERIES


Monday: Thrilling Time Travel Adventure Series "Timeless" Earns Coveted 10 P.M. Timeslot Following #1 Reality Show "The Voice" With New Coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys in Ratings-Dominant Night.

Tuesday: Anticipated New Drama "This Is Us" Joins a Strong Tuesday Lineup Following "The Voice" and Leading Into the 10 P.M. Timeslot Champ, "Chicago Fire."

Wednesday: Last Season's #1 New Show in 18-49, "Blindspot" Jumpstarts the Night and Joins Powerful Police Pair "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago P.D.," Which Comes Off Its Most-Watched Season Ever.

Thursday: Comedy Returns in Bolstered Thursday Lineup With Sophomore Success Story "Superstore" at 8 P.M. Followed by Emmy Winner Mike Schur's Latest, "The Good Place." Dick Wolf's Hospital Drama "Chicago Med" to Anchor Thursday in New Timeslot and Precedes Hit Series "The Blacklist."

Sunday: After Broadcast's #1 Program, "Sunday Night Football," Concludes in January, NBC Brings Back a Second Season of the #1 New Show in Total Viewers, "Little Big Shots"; the Newest Windy City Entry from Dick Wolf, "Chicago Justice," and the return of Jennifer Lopez in "Shades of Blue."

Midseason: Spring Brings Arrival of Ambitious New Dramas "Taken," "Midnight, Texas," "Emerald City" and "The Blacklist: Redemption"; Freshmen Comedies "Great News," "Trial & Error," "Powerless" and "Marlon"; and Alternative Series "The Wall."

NEW YORK - May 15, 2016 - Riding the momentum of a highly successful 2015-16 season, NBC announced today a new fall lineup for the 2016-17 primetime television season that builds upon a remarkably stable schedule. With an unrivaled class of five sophomore series returning to the schedule next season, NBC is introducing three highly-anticipated new series to the lineup, including powerful dramas, a smart new comedy and the introduction of a potent Thursday night NFL package, which begins Nov. 17 with great gridiron matchups.

NBC is poised to finish #1 for the full 52-week September-to-September 2015-16 primetime season in adults 18-49, to claim its third consecutive Nielsen crown. NBC is also expected to finish the traditional September-to-May primetime season within 0.1-0.2 of a point of Super Bowl-boosted CBS in adults 18-49, and will likely rank #1 in 18-49 viewers when excluding that network's boost from Super Bowl Sunday.

NBC's lineup during the successful 2015-16 season has included primetime's #1 broadcast series in 18-49 and total viewers, "Sunday Night Football"; television's #1 alternative series in 18-49 and total viewers, "The Voice"; the season's #1 new series on the broadcast networks in 18-49, "Blindspot"; the season's #1 new series in total viewers, "Little Big Shots"; NBC's #1 new comedy, "Superstore"; and NBC's most-watched first-year Thursday drama in 21 years, "Shades of Blue."

"Coming off another winning season where we managed to substantially stabilize our entire year-round schedule, the NBC 2016 fall lineup introduces some of our best development in years. In addition to adding three new shows, we've moved only four existing shows to different time periods, as well as welcoming NFL football on Thursday," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "The level of creative talent and stars who come to NBC is reflective of our leadership position in broadcast television, our sophisticated and upscale approach to all genres of programming, and our stable line-up. Coming off the Rio Olympics in August, we can't wait to get the fall underway."

Drama highlights on the newly announced fall schedule include "This Is Us," an emotional and provocative series from Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love.") where seemingly disparate people's lives intersect in the most curious ways; and "Timeless," from Eric Kripke ("Revolution") and Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"), which features a scientist, soldier and history professor who must change the past while trying to capture a dangerous fugitive.

Ambitious new dramas that launch in midseason include "Taken," which will air at 10 p.m. Mondays in the prime post-"Voice" timeslot following the run of the network's new fall drama "Timeless." "Taken" follows former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, "Vikings") as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world.

Other midseason dramas include "Chicago Justice," the fourth installment of the hugely successful "Chicago" franchise, with stars Philip Winchester and Carl Weathers; "Emerald City," a complete reimagination of "The Wizard of Oz" set in a mystical land of dark magic, lethal warriors and a bloody battle for supremacy; "The Blacklist: Redemption," which follows undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) as he joins forces with the cunning Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Famke Janssen) to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life; and "Midnight, Texas," based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris ("True Blood"), about the vampires, witches, psychics and hit men who inhabit this small town.

On the comedy side, this fall Emmy Award winner Mike Schur returns to NBC with "The Good Place," starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, about an ordinary woman who mistakenly finds herself in the afterlife. Midseason will bring more smart new comedies to the schedule, including the Tina Fey- and Robert Carlock-produced "Great News," from Emmy Award-winning writer Tracey Wigfield, about a young TV producer who finds out her mom (Andrea Martin) has accepted an internship at her workplace; "Powerless" which is set in the DC Comics universe and stars Vanessa Hudgens as a "heroic" insurance adjuster specializing in coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes; "Trial & Error," a mockumentary following a bright-eyed New York lawyer who arrives in a quirky small Southern town to defend a professor (Emmy Award winner John Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife; and "Marlon," loosely inspired by the real life of Marlon Wayans, an update on the classic family comedy about a father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife.

"From the expansion of the powerful 'Chicago' family of dramas, to the return of great comedy on Thursdays and a potent lineup of strong midseason shows, we're continuing to expand a well-balanced programming portfolio that reaches a broad audience," said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. "Our new series, integrated with an already strong lineup, give us a great chance to sustain and grow our successes of the past few years."

Rounding out NBC's robust schedule are big unpredictable, unscripted series such as "The Wall," from executive producer LeBron James and hosted by Chris Hardwick, where the game centers on a colossal 40-foot wall and involves quick thinking, shrewd strategy and a little luck with giant swings of fortune and millions of dollars changing on every ball; "Better Late Than Never," which will air following NBC's Rio Olympics coverage in late summer, follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman on their greatest adventure yet - the journey of a lifetime traveling across Asia; and the Ellen DeGeneres-produced and Drew Barrymore-narrated "First Dates," where viewers can experience a couple's first date: the promise of potential love when it goes well and the hilariously awkward moments if it crashes and burns.

And, of course, one of the most anticipated shows of the new season is the return of NBC's "The New Celebrity Apprentice" with twice-elected governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger taking control of the boardroom. In its eighth season, "The New Celebrity Apprentice" moves to Los Angeles where 16 celebrities will compete for their favorite charities. Among those serving as advisors will be investment guru Warren Buffett; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, actress, TV host, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, the founder and chief creative officer of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger's trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

Said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment President of Alternative and Late Night Programming: "It's difficult to imagine topping this past season when we delivered both the biggest new alternative series on television with 'Little Big Shots' and the biggest returning alternative series with 'The Voice.' To add to that, we also had huge summer successes with "America's Got Talent' and 'American Ninja Warrior.' Going forward, with 'Better Late Than Never,' 'The Wall' and 'First Dates,' plus the return of 'The New Celebrity Apprentice' - with the boardroom being run by one of the biggest stars in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger - we can honestly say we've never been more excited about a new slate of alternative series than we are this year."

Continuing NBC's emphasis on event programming, the 2016-17 season will feature one-time-only special events, including "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love," the sequel to the 2015 holiday hit "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors; "Hairspray Live!," starring Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short and Derek Hough; and Aaron's Sorkin's "A Few Good Men Live!," which will mark NBC's first live drama since the network began reinvigorating live programming in 2013.

Returning shows for the 2016-17 season include "The Blacklist," "Blindspot," "Chicago Fire," Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Grimm," "Hollywood Game Night," "Law & Order: SVU," "Little Big Shots," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore" and "The Voice."

Said Ralph Oakley, President/CEO of Quincy Media, Inc., and Chair of the NBC Affiliate Board, "We appreciate the investment NBC has made in the upcoming broadcast season, especially the late-news lead-in time periods in the fall and enthusiastically look forward to another winning primetime season."

NBC FALL 2016-17 SCHEDULE

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY

8-10 P.M. - "The Voice"

10-11 P.M. - "TIMELESS"

TUESDAY

8-9 P.M. - "The Voice"

9-10 P.M. - "THIS IS US"

10-11 P.M. - "Chicago Fire"

WEDNESDAY

8-9 P.M. - "Blindspot"

9-10 P.M. - "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 P.M. - "Chicago P.D."

THURSDAY

8-8:30 P.M. - "Superstore"

8:30-9 P.M. - "THE GOOD PLACE"

9-10 P.M. - "Chicago Med"

10-11 P.M. - "The Blacklist"

FRIDAY

8-9 P.M. - "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon"

9-10 P.M. - "Grimm"

10-11 P.M. - "Dateline NBC"

SATURDAY

8-10 P.M. - "Saturday Dateline Mysteries"

10-11 P.M. - "Saturday Night Live (encores)"

SUNDAY

7-8:20 P.M. - "Football Night in America"

8:20-11 P.M. - "NBC's Sunday Night Football"

NEW DRAMAS

"THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION"

In this thrilling new spinoff of NBC's breakout hit series, undercover operative Tom Keen joins forces with Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don't dare touch. While on the hunt for Liz's attacker, Tom secretly discovered that Scottie is actually his biological mother. Now, as they team up to employ their unique skills and resources in a dangerous world of deadly criminals, Tom begins his own covert mission to find out more about his shadowy past.

The cast includes Famke Janssen, Ryan, Edi Gathegi and Tawny Cypress.

Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath serve as writers and executive producers. John Fox and John Davis also executive produce. Michael Dinner directs. Produced by John Eisendrath Productions, Flatwater Scribe, Davis Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/the-blacklist-redemption Facebook: Facebook.com/BlacklistRedemption Twitter: @Redemption NBC Hashtag: #BlacklistRedemption

"CHICAGO JUSTICE"

Powerhouse creator Dick Wolf delivers a captivating new installment to the hit Chicago franchise. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State's Attorney's dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city's high stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law. It all starts with a gut-wrenching case when one of Chicago's finest is shot in the line of duty.

The cast includes Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka.

Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney executive produce "Chicago Justice." "Chicago Justice" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/chicago-Justice. Facebook: Facebook.com/ChicagoJustice Twitter: @ChicagoJ ustice Hashtag: #ChicagoJustice

"EMERALD CITY"

In the blink of a tornado's eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and a K9 police dog are swept into a world far removed from our own - a mystical land of competing realms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. Starring Vincent D'Onofrio ("Daredevil," "Jurassic World") as the guileful Wizard and directed by the visionary Tarsem Singh across three European countries, this is Oz completely reimagined - a place where familiar characters show up in fresh, unexpected ways, and where an unsuspecting young woman holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. As Dorothy navigates this dangerous world and uncovers her true destiny, we'll see there's no place like... Oz.

The cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Adria Arjona, Ana Ularu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell, Mido Hamada, Joely Richardson, Isabel Lucas, Stefanie Martini, Suan-Li Ong, Florence Kasumba and Roxy Sternberg.

David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy are writers and executive producers. Josh Friedman, Matthew Arnold and director Tarsem Singh also executive produce. "Emerald City" is produced by Universal Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCEmeraldCity Twitter: @nbc EmeraldCity Hashtag: #EmeraldCity

"MIDNIGHT, TEXAS"

Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From Niels Arden Oplev, the visionary director of "Mr. Robot," and based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris ("True Blood"), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.

The cast includes Fran=C3=A7ois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers.

Monica Owusu-Breen serves as writer and executive producer. David Janollari and director Niels Arden Oplev also executive produce. "Midnight, Texas" is produced by Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/midnight-texas Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCMidnightTexas Twitter: @nbc MidnightTX Hashtag: #MidnightTexas

"TAKEN"

From executive producer Luc Besson ("Taken," "The Fifth Element") comes a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, "Vikings") as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character became the Bryan Mills that we've come to love from the "Taken" films.

The cast includes Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Gaius Charles, Michael Irby, James Landry H=C3=A9bert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer. Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de V=C3=A9sinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves also executive produce. "Taken" is produced by EuropaCorp TV and Universal Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/taken Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTaken Twitter: @taken NBC Hashtag: #Taken

"THIS IS US"

Sometimes life will surprise you. Starring Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember"), M
ilo Ventimiglia ("Heroes," "Gilmore Girls") and Sterling K. Brown ("The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)," this refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

Dan Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer. Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. "This Is Us" is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/this-is-us Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCThisIsUs Twitter: @nbc ThisIsUs Hashtag: #ThisIsUs

"TIMELESS"

From Eric Kripke ("Revolution," "Supernatural"), Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") and the producers of "The Blacklist" comes this thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it's too late?

The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan serves as writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and director Neil Marshall also executive produce. "Timeless" is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises and MiddKid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/timeless Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTimeless Twitter: @nbc Timeless Hashtag: #Timeless

NEW COMEDIES

"THE GOOD PLACE"

From Michael Schur, executive producer of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office," comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, "House of Lies," "Veronica Mars"), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson, "Bored to Death," "Cheers"), she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within. Directed by Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated writer of "The Martian."

The cast includes Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D'Arcy Carden.

Michael Schur serves as writer and executive producer. David Miner also executive produces. Drew Goddard directs. "The Good Place" is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/the-good-place Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTheGoodPlace Twitter: @nbc thegoodplace Hashtag: #GoodPlace

"GREAT NEWS"

Getting along with some colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That's a whole other story. When Katie, an up-and-coming news producer, finds out her overbearing mom (Andrea Martin, "SCTV," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") has rejoined the workforce as an intern at the station where Katie works, it might just be the worst news ever. But, with her biggest cheerleader at her side, Katie might finally get the recognition she deserves. The laughs hit close to home in this new office comedy from executive producers Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and the producers of "30 Rock."

The cast includes Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, John Michael Higgins and Horatio Sanz.

Tracey Wigfield serves as writer and executive producer. Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner also executive produce. Beth McCarthy-Miller directs. "Great News" is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/great-news Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCGreatNews Twitter: @nbc greatnews Hashtag: #GreatNews

"MARLON"

Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans ("In Living Color," "Scary Movie"), this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first - even if he's the biggest kid of all.

The cast includes Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor, Amir O'Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle

Christopher Moynihan serves as writer and executive producer. Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg and director Andy Ackerman (pilot) also executive produce. "Marlon" is produced by Universal Television, Wayans Brothers Entertainment, Bicycle Path Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/marlon Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCMarlon Twitter: @nbc Marlon Hashtag: #Marlon

"POWERLESS"

In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens ("Grease Live," "High School Musical") plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It's when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult "hero" in her own right ... even if it's just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn't always require superpowers.

The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.

Ben Queen serves as writer and executive producer. Director Michael Patrick Jann (pilot) also executive produces. "Powerless" is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/powerless Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCPowerless Twitter: @nbc Powerless Hashtag: #Powerless

"TRIAL & ERROR"

In this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy, bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, "rollercizing" poetry professor (John Lithgow, "3rd Rock From the Sun") accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty. "Making a Murderer" can be funny!

The cast includes John Lithgow, Nicholas D'Agosto, Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez.

Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs. "Trial & Error" is produced by Barge Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/trial-and-error

Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTrialandError Twitter: @TrialAndError Hashtag: #TrialAndError

NEW ALTERNATIVE SERIES

"BETTER LATE THAN NEVER"

Based on a popular Korean format, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy/reality show follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman on their greatest adventure yet. Deciding it's better late than never, these four national treasures embark on the journey of a lifetime, traveling across Asia on their own with no schedule and no itinerary. The only help will come from Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian with an agenda of his own and who isn't above leading the men off track. Each stop is packed with hilarious cultural experiences, heartwarming spectacles and unexpected twists as our legends take on this unforgettable adventure.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Henry Winkler, Jason Ehrlich, Stephanie Chambers, Alex Katz and Tim Crescenti executive produce. Troy Miller directs. "Better Late Than Never" is produced by Universal Television and Small World IFT.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/better-late-than-never Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCBetterLateThanNever Twitter: @nbc betterlate Hashtag: #BetterLateThanNever

"FIRST DATES"

Everyone can relate to the experience of a first date: the promise of potential love when it goes well and the hilariously awkward moments if it crashes and burns. From executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, narrated by Drew Barrymore and based on the hit U.K. format, this new series offers a voyeuristic look at a variety of real first dates happening throughout one night at the same restaurant in Chicago. The daters are of all ages, backgrounds and from across the U.S. The audience will be along for the ride in a refreshingly authentic viewing experience that plays like a real-life romantic comedy. At the end of each episode, we will find out if the participants want to see each other again for a second date or if they head back to love's drawing board.

Ellen DeGeneres, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Anthony Dominici, Jeff Kleeman and Tim Carter executive produce. "First Dates" is produced by Shed Media and A Very Good Production.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/first-dates Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCFirstDates Twitter: @nbc FirstDates Hashtag: #FirstDates

"THE WALL"

Packed with drama and action, this is a game that the entire family can root for together. Executive producer LeBron James presents a challenge infused with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, where regular people can achieve their dreams with one bounce of the ball. Hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick and set in a large glossy arena centering on the colossal 40-foot wall, the gameplay involves quick thinking, shrewd strategy and a little luck. Played by contestant pairs, this is an unpredictable journey with giant swings of fortune and millions of dollars passing through the contestants' hands throughout the hour.

LeBron James, Andrew Glassman, Maverick Carter and Chris Hardwick executive produce. "The Wall" is produced by Glassman Media in association with SpringHill Productions. Glassman Media developed the series with CORE Media.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/the-wall Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCTheWall Twitter: @nbc TheWall Hashtag: #TheWall

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For ‘Castle,’ an unexpected series finale
ABC had revamped the cast and already re-signed its leading man
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 16, 2016

There have been some surprises over the past few days as the networks handed out their renewals and cancellations.

But the biggest head-scratcher may have occurred at ABC, which decided at the last minute to cancel the Monday night drama “Castle,” suddenly making tonight’s 10 p.m. season finale the show’s series finale.

The cancellation came barely a week after ABC made a deal with series star Nathan Fillion to return for a ninth season in the fall.

But the network also decided to dump his co-star, Stana Katic, amid rumors of on-set tension between the two stars. Her firing did not go over well online, where Katic has a very large and vocal following. The backlash began immediately.

You could argue that ABC was just covering its bases in case the show was renewed. It needed to trim costs, and eliminating a highly paid co-star is one way to go about it. But why risk all that bad publicity if the show’s return was not a sure thing?

No one can say for certain why ABC apparently changed its mind, so expect a lot of questions about “Castle’s” fate when ABC makes its upfront presentation Tuesday.

It’s hard to imagine tonight’s finale will see much of a bump, despite the cancellation, but perhaps people will tune in out of curiosity to see how the series ends, since the writers didn’t get a chance to craft something special.

“Castle’s” numbers have declined over the years, and it averaged a limp 1.1 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating this season, though it has been competitive with CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” in the timeslot.

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‘Mike & Molly’ star’s farewell: ‘It changed my life’
By Michael Starr, New York Post - May 16, 2016

CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” wraps its six-season run Monday night — and series co-star Billy Gardell promises that viewers will “laugh, have some happy tears and be happy with the finale.”

Gardell, 46 — who plays Chicago cop Mike Biggs opposite Melissa McCarthy’s Molly Flynn — says he thinks “Mike & Molly” could have continued for several more seasons, but that he’s eternally grateful about how the show has impacted his life and career.

Here, Gardell shares his thoughts on the show and his co-stars — particularly McCarthy, whose big-screen career (“Bridesmaids,” “Identity Thief,” “St. Vincent”) took off during “Mike & Molly’s” run.

What is the show’s legacy?
It’s right up there with the best of sitcoms. And I’m so glad we made it to that rare fraternity of syndication, which I think we deserved. I believe our work stands … and that “Mike & Molly” is a sitcom that’s timeless, has a little bit of heart and a little bit of funny. Honestly, I think it was cut short — I think the show could have gone another solid two years — but those aren’t decisions I get to make. It changed my life financially, as an actor and as a standup. The gift of “Mike & Molly” was that I went from playing 200-seat rooms to 2,000-seat theaters. I really can’t whine about anything, to be honest.

You’ve talked in the past about retiring after “Mike & Molly.”
You know, it’s funny, that’s one of the most misquoted things that’s ever been written about me. What I said was that I wanted to pull back a little after “Mike & Molly” and take some time off so that I’m able to spend time with my son, since he’s going through the junior high years and I want to be there for him. I found a wonderful new [TV] gig on CMT about the early days of Sun Studios called “Million Dollar Quartet,” which was on Broadway. I’m going to play [Elvis Presley’s manager] Col. Tom Parker, which is a dramatic turn for me. For the record, I would like to retire around [the age of] 60.

Do you have any favorite “Mike & Molly” scenes?
I had so many good [scenes] … I loved the one where I climbed up and got stuck in a window when Mike and Molly were first dating. You don’t often see a 300-pound man hanging outside a window — but it also showed how much heart Mike had. And some of my favorite scenes were in the squad car with [co-star] Reno Wilson, who I love like a brother.

The plotlines seemed to move away from weight issues as the show went along.
We had to address that in the beginning. We were not the normal stereotypes on sitcoms but that’s what the show has always been about — two people who never thought they would fall in love finding love — and if you can’t watch that and enjoy it, you might be dead inside.

Did your relationship with Melissa McCarthy change once her movie career took off?
I think she’s an amazing lady, and I’ll tell you why: When Melissa took off and her star started to light up the sky with movies and Emmys, our cast was happy for her. We rallied for her and provided a safe and grounded place for her to come back to. Therefore, I think we all grew closer. And I will say, to Melissa’s credit — when all of that happened to her — she came into work the same girl as when it started. She did not let it spin off the rails. She handled [her stardom] with grace and our cast handled it with support and I think it made our show even better. As soon as I got the role as Col. Parker on CMT, the first call I received was from Melissa, followed by Reno Wilson. Melissa was like, “This is perfect for you.” We still check on each other, we still talk to each other and we still love each other.

“Mike & Molly” series finale airs at 8 p.m. Monday on CBS

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Fox 2016–17 Schedule: 24: Legacy, Prison Break Will Arrive Later in the Season
By Josef Adalian, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - May 16, 2016

Fox plans to get through its first post–American Idol season by leaning heavily on pre-sold concepts, scheduling shows based on classic movies (Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist) in the fall and offering new takes on the network’s old hits (24: Legacy, Prison Break) in the winter. The network’s just-announced 2016–17 lineup will emphasize (relative) stability early on, with just three new shows currently scheduled to launch in the fall and virtually no changes to its Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. But with Idol no longer taking up a significant chunk of real estate, Fox plans to fill the void left by its departure by rolling out seven to ten new or resurrected shows within the first four months of 2017.

Perhaps the network’s biggest move next season is one it did not make: Megahit Empire will remain on Wednesdays at nine, its season split between fall and spring. Some industry insiders wondered whether Fox might shift the show to the 8 p.m. hour, thus providing a big lead-in to something new. Instead, the hip-hop soap opera will stay where it is, while lead-in Rosewood moves to Thursdays at nine, partnered with the final season of Bones in the fall and the return of Prison Break later in the year. Wednesdays will now kick off with the Damon Wayans–led Lethal Weapon remake in the fall and, come spring, Star, a new drama from Empire’s Lee Daniels. Fox’s other big fall drama bet, the aforementioned TV take on The Exorcist, is getting a more low-key launch, airing Fridays at nine behind Hell’s Kitchen. NBC has done well on Fridays for years with the horror-themed Grimm, but as that show continues to age, Fox clearly hopes to capture some of its audience. The network today also said its previously announced remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air in October.

Elsewhere, Fox is turning over the Sundays-at-8:30 p.m. half-hour behind The Simpsons to two new comedies from Last Man on Earth producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo’s hybrid live-action/animation series Son of Zorn, featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, will bow there in the fall. It will be replaced later in the season with the Adam Pally–Leighton Meester time-travel comedy Making History. With Last Man staying put Sundays at 9:30 p.m., Lord and Miller will replace Seth MacFarlane as Fox’s most prolific producers on the night. Over on Mondays and Tuesdays, the network is staying very stable early in the season. Gotham and Lucifer will continue to kick off the week, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl stay put on Tuesdays, paired with the return of horror-comedy Scream Queens. Fox, as expected, is scheduling its reboot of 24 in the show’s longtime Monday home come January. It’s also planning to revive the two-night premiere strategy the network used for most of the show’s later seasons, with 24: Legacy bowing Sunday, February 5, and then moving into its normal Monday slot the next evening. One big difference: This time, the Sunday episode will air following Fox’s broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Here’s a look at Fox’s complete fall and winter schedules:

FOX FALL 2016 SCHEDULE

MONDAY


8:00-9:00 p.m. GOTHAM
9:00-10:00 p.m. LUCIFER

TUESDAY

8:00-8:30 p.m. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8:30-9:00 p.m. NEW GIRL
9:00-10:00 p.m. SCREAM QUEENS

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 p.m. LETHAL WEAPON (new)
9:00-10:00 p.m. EMPIRE

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 p.m. ROSEWOOD
9:00-10:00 p.m. BONES

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 p.m. HELL’S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 p.m. THE EXORCIST (new)

SATURDAY

7:00-10:30 p.m. FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 p.m. NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 p.m. THE OT / BOB’S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 p.m. SON OF ZORN (new)
9:00-9:30 p.m. FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 p.m. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

MID-SEASON 2016-2017 SCHEDULE

MONDAY


8:00-9:00 p.m. 24: LEGACY (new) / GOTHAM (spring)
9:00-10:00 p.m. APB (new) / LUCIFER (spring)


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NBC Renews ‘The Carmichael Show’ for 13 Episodes
By Scott Collins, TheWrap.com - May 16, 2016

The Carmichael Show” will go on.

NBC has ordered 13 additional episodes of the family sitcom starring Jerrod Carmichael, one day before executives will officially present the network’s fall schedule to advertisers in New York.

During a conference call with reporters on Sunday morning, NBC boss Bob Greenblatt had said he hoped to announce a season 3 renewal for “Carmichael” earlier in the week, but that the network and studio were still haggling over the exact number of episodes.

“We’re just going back and forth with the studio over the number of episodes,” Greenblatt said. “Hopefully we’ll resolve it soon.”

Three hours later, the network confirmed that the show had been renewed.

Still unclear is when the new “Carmichael” episodes will run. NBC’s fall lineup has already been finalized, and the network also has several new comedies waiting in the wings, including “Marlon” and “Trial & Error.”
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‘The X-Files’: New Installment Coming Together At Fox
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 16, 2016

At Fox’s upfront press call, Fox TV Group chairmans Dana Walden and Gary Newman sounded very optimistic when asked about plans for another installment of The X-Files event series.

“We have had conversations with (creator) Chris Carter and (stars) David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson,” Walden said. “I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show.”

Noting that all key auspices are scattered around the world working in different locations, she said that “hopefully this season we will be able to get it done and that the same time next year (May), we will have something to announce.”

Newman later elaborated a bit, saying that the discussions with Carter, Duchovny and Anderson have included talks about “what kind of episodic order makes sense. Some of that is driven by schedules,” he said. “Conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that all of them would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and studio want to do more,” noting that the next installment is tentatively eyed for the 2017-18 season.

With strong VOD performance — The X-Files was the second most watched Fox program on VOD last season behind Empire — the event series, from 20th TV, was one of Fox’s top programs last season.

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MONDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
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From Zap2it.com's 'TV Grid' - May 16, 2016

ABC:
8PM - Dancing with the Stars (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Castle (Series Finale)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Russell Crowe; comic Mike Birbiglia; Dead & Company performs)
(R - May 10)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Mike & Molly
8:30PM - Mike & Molly (Series Finale)
9PM - The Big Bang Theory
(R - Jan. 7)
9:30PM - The Odd Couple
9:59PM - Person of Interest
* * * *
11:35PM - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Jason Sudeikis; Michael Weatherly; journalist Megyn Kelly)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show with James Corden (Dominic Cooper; actress Kristin Chenoweth)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice (120 min., LIVE)
10:01PM - Blindspot
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Andy Samberg; model Gigi Hadid; The Kills perform)
12:37AM - Late Night with Seth Meyers (Connie Britton; Natasha Leggero; chef Marcus Samuelsson; Allison Miller sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Jonah Ray, White Mystery, Jay Roach)

FOX:
8PM - Gotham
9PM - Houdini & Doyle

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Antiques Roadshow: Cleveland
9PM - Antiques Roadshow: Baton Rouge
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10PM - Independent Lens: Dogtown Redemption

UNIVISION:
8PM - Un Camino Hacia El Destino
9PM - Yago
10PM - El Hotel de los Secretos

THE CW:
8PM - Reign
8:59PM - Jane the Virgin (Season Finale)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Eva la Trailera
9PM - La Esclava Blanca
10PM - El Señor de Los Cielos

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Anthony Anderson)
11:31PM - The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comic Paul F. Tompkins)
12:01AM - At Midnight With Chris Hardwick (Sinbad; Moshe Kasher; Brandon Johnson)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Jane Lynch; Alden Ehrenreich; Andrew Bird performs)
(R - Feb. 4)


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For Media Buyers, It’s Telemundo + Univision
By John Consoli, Broadcasting & Cable - May 16, 2016

With heightened competition on many fronts, broadcast networks are fighting an array of competitors as they head into upfront season. In the U.S. Hispanic TV market, though, there is one Yankees-Red Sox-style rivalry that defines the space: the one between Univision and Telemundo.

That’s why top sales executives at the two Hispanic networks are pumped for the start of the annual broadcast network upfront presentations this week. But media buyers are sending a clear signal that it isn’t an either-or question—their clients need both networks.

“Univision and Telemundo each have very valuable assets that we look to leverage each year in the upfront for our clients,” says Deidre Smalls-Landau, executive VP and managing director of Identity, IPG Mediabrands’ multicultural unit. “We don’t favor one or the other. Each one of our clients has strategic needs, and we will align those needs with what each network has to offer. Both have their strengths and their sweet spots.”

Mike Rosen, who oversees Telemundo ad sales as NBC Universal executive VP, advertising sales, news and Hispanic groups, sees a key selling point being the inroads his network has made in closing the primetime 18-49 viewer gap with Univision.

He also notes that Telemundo will join with all the English-language networks owned by parent company NBCUniversal in a single upfront presentation on May 16. That move to unify separate cable, broadcast and Telemundo events will demonstrate how marketers can optimize reach to Hispanic viewers across all NBCU properties.

Keith Turner, president of Univision ad sales, says he doesn’t focus on the moves of rivals, even Telemundo. “I’m not concerned about how Telemundo sells,” Turner says. “What I’m focused on is selling our two broadcast networks, our 14 cable networks, our 69 radio stations, 62 local TV stations and our digital platforms. And targeting advertisers on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. We already have every advertiser on Telemundo.”

Rosen says during the 2012-13 primetime TV season, Univision was averaging 1.3 million more 18-49 viewers in C3 measurement mode than Telemundo during Monday-Friday primetime. Season to date, the gap has been reduced to less than 250,000. And he says on certain nights the difference is less than 100,000. “We have narrowed the gap significantly and that’s a testimony to our programming vision and strategy,” Rosen says.

Another positive for Telemundo is the network’s ability to integrate brands into its Super Series 10 p.m.
telenovelas, many of which it produces at its own studio in Miami. And Rosen says that ability will grow when the network opens its new $250 million Miami headquarters in 2018. It will include a state-of-the-art production studio.

Joe Zubi, owner of Zubi Advertising, which handles Hispanic national media buying for Ford, Chase and Dunkin Donuts, adds, “Univision is still No. 1 for mass reach, but that’s not all we buy TV for. We are looking more at what Hispanic networks can do for our clients beyond 30-second spots. Univision offers packages across their family of properties, and that’s very attractive. But its integration opportunities into programming is still somewhat limited. Telemundo offers more integration into its novelas, and now entwined with all the NBCU properties it will become easier for us to reach Hispanics who are watching English-language TV.”

Turner says that despite some ratings erosion, Univision has completed four consecutive quarters of revenue growth. “We’re in terrific shape heading into the upfront,” he says. “We activated over 120 new brands since the last upfront and we’ve made a major push with luxury cars. We now have Mercedes, Audi and BMW among our auto advertisers. We also made great strides with movie studios.” Turner also sees less advertiser churn.

While Univision and Telemundo battle it out, Azteca America hopes to gain some share. The network has already held upfront presentations in four major markets and just delivered its best April ratings in four years, including a double-digit increase in adults 18-49. The network just created Azteca Glassworks Studio, an in-house digital brand content provider for advertisers and rolled out programmatic buying for TV and digital platforms.

“We are not abandoning the smaller Hispanic networks,” Zubi notes. “They may get fewer ad dollars but our clients will continue to support them. We are already a player with Azteca in their boxing programming.”

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The upcoming season schedule announcements are really making my viewing timetable a lot easier. Since I'm instantly ruling out any TV version of a classic movie, or a remake of some other TV show I can just stick with what I already watch. Plus since at least 50% of those remakes and TV versions are just going to be cancelled anyway due to lack of imagination then I know I won't have missed anything.

How is that Rush Hour remake doing?
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