10/02/17: Monty Hall dies at 96

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John Grisham legal thriller The Partner nabbed a script commitment with penalty from Fox. Drama project comes from writer Jon Cowan (Suits), Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist) and Sony Pictures Television.
The gang’s all here: ABC gave a put pilot commitment to The Heiresses, based on the novel by author Sara Shepard. Shepard also penned the books that gave birth to Freeform hit Pretty Little Liars. PPL’s I. Marlene King will write, while the series’ Shay Mitchell is set to star. Alloy Entertainment is co-producing with Long Lake Media in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Wilmer Valderrama and his WV Entertainment landed film and TV rights to Patriots from the Barrio, reports Deadline. The book tells the story of a segregated U.S. Army combat unit of Mexican Americans that was part of the first division to land in Europe in World War II.
The Disney Channel announced a musical version of Freaky Friday, based on the stage adaptation. Heidi Blickenstaff (who played the mom in the stage production) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Liv and Maddie) will star. The new version set to begin production this fall for a 2018 debut as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.
Jerrod Carmichael inked and overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind NBC’s cancelled The Carmichael Show. Carmichael will write and produce as well as potentially star in new projects.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: September 29-October 1, 2017
It (Warner Bros.) $17.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $291.2 million
American Made (Fox) $17.0 million, opening weekend
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Fox) $17.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $66.7 million
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros.) $12.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $35.6 million
Flatliners (Sony) $6.7 million, opening weekend
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) $3.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $4.1 million
American Assassin (Lionsgate) $3.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $31.9 million
Home Again (Open Road Films) $1.8 million (week 4), cume revenue $25.2 million
Til Death Do Us Part (NN) $1.6 million, opening weekend
mother! (Paramount) $1.5 million (week 3), cume revenue $16.3 million
Source: comScore
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ID sets the dial to scary with the October premieres of new series Home Alone on Thursday, October 12 at 10p, Horror at the Cecil Hotel on Monday, October 16 at 10p and The Murder Castle on Saturday, October 28 at 8p. Season 2 of Dead Silent launches Tuesday, October 17 at 10p.
Guy Fieri searches for Food Network’s next culinary/travel series in Guy’s Big Project, launching Sunday, November 5 at 9p. Over 6 episodes, the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives star shepherds a group of prospects eager to see their concepts come to life. “Over a decade ago I was given a chance that I could never have dreamed of on Food Network Star, and now I’m honored to have the opportunity to help make someone else’s dream a reality,” said Fieri.
Why is ET changing its tune? Man Made Music founder Joel Beckerman headed up the effort to update the show’s signature theme, and “you don’t want to mess something like this up,” he tells Cynopsis. Beckerman talks about the “novel” solution his team created, in the latest Cynsiders.
Home improvement special Sharon Flipping Osbourne debuts this week on WE tv. Turns out The Talk host has a talent for flipping houses – and she’s “damn good at it,” says Osbourne. See for yourself on Friday, October 6 at 10p.
Season 2 of ABC’s The Toy Box, from Mattel, Electus and Hudsun Media, premiered last night. Executive producer and CEO of Electus Chris Grant tells Cynopsis that In today’s challenging media environment, producers putting together partnerships is part of doing business. “Delivering compelling content is just the starting point for producers that now need to be able to innovate with sound business models that unite revered brands and commerce partners – ultimately creating viable formats with universal themes that appeal to a global audience,” said Grant. “The Toy Box hits this sweet spot as a celebration of invention and entrepreneurship, as well as the emotional connection to family, toys and childhood.” The Toy Box, hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, airs Sundays at 7p.
Black Sabbath: The End of the End makes its TV premiere on Showtime Saturday, October 28 at 9p. The film captures the farewell performance that capped off an 81-date tour.
Lifetime assembled an all-star celebrity lineup for “Pass the Ball” PSAs supporting the National Women’s Soccer League. Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, James Corden and David Beckham take part in the spots encouraging girls to dream big and inspire change. Soccer semifinals are set to air live October 7 and 8.
PBS’s Great Performances spotlights the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients with the second annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends on Friday, October 13 at 9p (check local listings). Honorees include Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, songwriter and producer Thom Bell, record executive Mo Ostin, and the Velvet Underground.  
Travis Scott and Romeo Santos, King of Bachata, have joined MTV’s TRL launch week line-up, slated to perform on Friday, October 6 at 3:30p. TRL will air live weekdays from MTV’s newly expanded Times Square studio; the premiere will air commercial free. 
TeleXitos, Telemundo Station Group’s Spanish-language multicast network, is celebrating Halloween with four weeks of special programming. Throughout the month, TeleXitos will offer “Domingos de Terror” Sunday horror movie marathons from 2p-midnight (check local listings). On Tuesday, October 31, the marathon of frights starts at 8:30a.
Rising stand-up comics Frankie Quinones and Shayla Rivera star in HBO Latino’s English-language special Entre Nos: Part 2, debuting Friday, October 13 at 9:30p.
Wheel of Fortune is celebrating its 35th season by airing three weeks of shows at Walt Disney Resort. The Wheel and puzzleboard will head for Epcot (also celebrating the big 35) to tape the episodes October 10-12, which will air during the November, February and May Sweeps periods.
Entertainment One secured worldwide distribution rights to mini-series Tokyo Trial, focused on the post-World War II trial of Pacific War criminals. The 4-part historical drama is nominated for an International Emmy Award….Pernel Media appointed Red Arrow International to distribute The Story of Toys, a new factual series originally produced for France 4Comedy Central UK greenlit a pilot for Say Whaat? (wt), an improv comedy show created by James “Murr” Murray (Impractical Jokers).
The revamped DisneyNOW app consolidates content from Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney, with new customization and personalization features. The decision to consolidate the Disney Channel Watch apps “was driven by what kids told us they want in a video experience,” said Kimberly Hicks, VP of digital media at Disney Channels.
Podcast Deadly Manners arrives on AMC Networks streaming platforms Sundance Now and Shudder tomorrow, October 3. Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyers Club), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why) and LaVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) are featured in the 10-part dark comedy murder mystery.
Hulu grabbed exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to all episodes of Boy Meets World, Home Improvement and Dinosaurs from the Disney-ABC Television Group.  
Showtime is offering the series premiere of upcoming comedy White Famous, based on the experience of Jamie Foxx, for free on YouTube, SHO.com and more. Official debut date is Sunday, October 15 at 10p.
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NBC’s Will & Grace returned to Thursday as the top entertainment program of the night, with a 3.0 rating among A18-49 and 10.2 million viewers. (That beats the season 8 premiere in 2005, which drew 9.81 million viewers.)
With a guest lineup that included Steve Bannon, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Ryan and Rush Limbaugh, Fox News’s Hannity topped cable news networks its first week back at 9p, averaging 3.498 million total viewers and 713,000 among A25-54 Monday-Thursday. Hannity snatched the ratings crown from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which averaged 2.649 million views and 599,000 in the demo.
Scripps Networks Interactive reports HGTV delivered its 2nd highest-rated season ever among A25-54, behind last year’s best-ever season, ranking as the No. 2 cable network among W25-54, and No. 7 among A25-54. In addition, HGTV was the No. 1 cable network among upscale W25-54, and No. 3 among upscale A25-54. Food Network finished the 2016-17 season ranked as the No. 7 cable network among W25-54, improving two spots over last season, and ranking No. 10 among W18-49. For 3Q17, the network ranked as the No. 10 cable network among upscale W25-54. 
Also making Scripps execs smile: Travel Channel concluded the 2016-17 season up 5 percent over last season among A25-54, while M25-54 grew 10 percent, and DIY Network completed the 2016-17 season up 7 percent among W25-54. Cooking Channel finished the 2016-17 season up 9 percent over the prior season among A25-54, with W25-54 up 3 percent and M25-54 up 19 percent, while Great American Country closed the 2016-17 season up 10 percent versus last season among A25-54, up 14 percent among M25-54, and up 11 percent among A25-34.  
The premiere of ABC‘s The Good Doctor on Monday delivered the largest Live+3 increase in total viewers (+5.5 million) for any new series debut on the network in 3 years, since How to Get Away With Murder.  
In Live+7 Nielsens, the time period premiere of Fox’s The Orville posted a 2.0/8 rating among A18-49, a lift of 82% versus Live+SD, while the season premiere of Gotham rose 70% (to 1.7/7) in the demo.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, September 28, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 11.01 million
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff 9.37, Thursday Night Football 11.34
ABC: 6.70 million
Grey’s Anatomy 8.07, How to Get Away with Murder 3.96
NBC: 6.50 million
Superstore 4.60, The Good Place 4.67, Will & Grace 10.19, Great News 5.15, Chicago Fire 7.19
FOX: 3.28 million
Gotham 2.87, The Orville 3.70
CW: 1.34 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.66, Whose Line Is it Anyway? .99, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 1.04
TELEMUNDO 1.18 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio .99, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.19, El Senor de los Cielos  1.36
UNIVISION: 1.00 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.00, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.16, Hoy Voy a Cambiar .83
Thursday A18-49: CBS 3.0/11, ABC 1.9/7, NBC 1.7/6, FOX 1.0/4, TELE .7/3, UNI .5/2, CW 3/1
Connie Orlando was promoted to Executive Vice President, Head of Programming for BET Networks. Orlando, who has been serving as interim head of programming, had been SVP of Music Programming.
Keith Dawkins is leaving Nickelodeon, where he held the role of Executive Vice President and head of TeenNick and Nicktoons, to become CEO of The First Tee, a nonprofit founded by the PGA. Dawkins will replace the retiring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.

Monty Hall, co-creator and long-time host of game show Let’s Make a Deal, died September 30 of heart failure. He was 96. Though best known for his television work, his family said Hall helped raise almost $1 billion for charity over the course of his life. 
Lou Reda, founder of Lou Reda Productions, passed away Saturday, September 30. He was 92. The World War II Navy veteran was best known for his documentaries on war.

This Day in History:  1959 – The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What’s the name of the TV character whose tag line was, “He gets tomorrow’s newspaper today”? Gary Hobson of Early Edition (1996-2000). Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Holly Hearn-H2 Concierge Marketing/Sarasota, FL, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Errol Da-Re-Telelatino Network/Ontario, Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Barbara Potasky-NBCUniversal/NYC, Kerri Huyck/Pasco, WA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Gloria L. Price-CBS News/NYC, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Julie Stowell-Metadata/Queensbury, NY, Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas
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Answer to Friday’s Anagram: Hey I’m Under Pig = I’m Dying Up Here. Kudos to: Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank  
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Monday October 2
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor   
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, 9JKL  [p], Kevin Can Wait, Me, Myself &I, Scorpion  
CW: Supergirl [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [f]
FOX: Lucifer [p], The Gifted [p]
NBC: The Voice, The Brave
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r],  POV [r]
TELEMUNDO: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Mariso Tiene Familia, Hoy Voy a Cambiar   

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