HBO Max’s ‘Friends’ Reunion Reveals First Teaser Trailer, Guest Stars, Premiere Date

The long-awaited first look is here, along with a wild list of guest players including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Kit Harington.

‘Idol,’ ‘Celebrity Wheel’ Among ABC Unscripted Renewals

The network has also picked up Supermarket Sweep, Shark Tank and America’s Funniest Home Videos for the 2021-22 season.

OVERNIGHTS

‘SEAL Team’ And ‘Million Things’ Hold Steady In Demo, Dip In Viewers

CBS’s on-the-bubble SEAL Team dipped to an audience low (3.4 million) while posting its fourth straight 0.4 rating on Wednesday night. On ABC, another bubble show, Million Little Things slipped to an audience low (1.95M) while holding steady in the demo (with a 0.3).

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Amazon Scuttles ‘The Banker’s Wife’ After COVID-Related Delays

Caleb Kennedy Out Of ‘American Idol’ After Racist Video Surfaces

‘Critics Choice Awards’ To Air Live On CW

The Critics Choice Association said Wednesday that the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards will air live on The CW on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at 7-10 p.m. ET (delayed PT). The show will continue its combined film and television awards format, honoring the best in cinematic and televised/streaming achievement. Location and additional details for the January 2022 ceremony will be announced later.

NBC Sets Holiday Airing Of ‘Annie Live!’

NBC will broadcast the holiday musical event Annie Live!, with Robert Greenblatt as executive producer along with Neil Meron, who has served as executive producer on such NBC’s live musicals The Sound of Music Live! and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Amazon Snags Partial WNBA Rights Amid Live Sports Push

The streamer has inked a multi-year deal with the league to run 16 regular season games, including the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup title matchup.

Golden Globes’ Survival In Doubt As NBC Mulls Options

NBC’s swift decision May 10 to cancel the 2022 Golden Globes telecast took most in Hollywood by surprise — even inside the network, where the announcement was made so fast (to avoid news leaks) that it wasn’t widely shared internally beforehand.

What Ellen DeGeneres Leaving Her Show Means For Daytime TV And For Ellen

Univision Looks To Build Tentpoles As It Pursues Long-Term ‘Transformation’

The Spanish language television giant is in the midst of significant change. Not six months into new ownership and a new CEO (former Viacom CFO Wade Davis), the company announced a larger merger with the Mexican TV giant Televisa and plans to go global in the streaming video space.

‘This Is Us’ To End With Season 6

NBC’s award-winning and top-rated drama series This Is Us will come to an end with its sixth season. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network is poised to announce on Friday that its time-jumping family tear-jerker from creator Dan Fogelman will close its run during the upcoming 2021-22 broadcast season.

OVERNIGHTS

‘This Is Us’ Returns Steady On Tuesday

NBC’s This Is Us returned from a month-long break to 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, holding steady to lead Tuesday in the demo. On CBS, NCIS (8.6M/0.6) slipped two-tenths in the demo, though it easily commanded Tuesday’s largest audience.

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ To End After 19 Seasons

Daytime’s most recognizable face has decided her upcoming season, the show’s 19th, will be the last. The decision, which fell to DeGeneres, is said to have been several years in the making. She informed her staff May 11, and will sit down with longtime pal and daytime predecessor Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on Ellen‘s May 13 show. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres says.

When COVID Dropped The Curtain On Broadway Actors, TV Kept The Lights On

New and returning TV series like The Gilded Age and The Good Fight have been a lifeline for celebrated theater actors during the pandemic. Will TV, or theater, ever look the same?

Aubrey Plaza, Danny DeVito To Star In Animated Horror Sitcom ‘Little Demon’ From FXX

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, MAY 3-9

Elon Musk Moves Ratings As Host Of ‘SNL’

In primetime last week, CBS was the most-watched network with an average 4.8 million viewers. NBC had 3.2 million, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.3 million and Telemundo had 960,000. Fox News Channel topped the cable networks, averaging 2.1 million viewers in primetime. MSNBC had 1.5 million, HGTV had 1.2 million and CNN had 907,000.

‘Saboteur,’ ‘St. Elsewhere’ Star Norman Lloyd Dies At 106

His credits stretched from the earliest known U.S. TV drama, 1939′s On the Streets of New York on the nascent NBC network, to 21st-century projects including Modern Family and The Practice. His other TV credits include roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Murder, She Wrote, The Paper Chase, Quincy M.E., Kojak and two Alfred Hitchcock series.

NBC Reups ‘Days Of Our Lives’ For 2 More Years

Days of Our Lives has been picked up for two more seasons at NBC, the network announced Tuesday. The long-running daytime soap, which is currently airing its 56th season, will now run through Season 58. The renewal comes about a year after the show was forced to temporarily halt production due to the coronavirus pandemic. Production on Season 56 resumed last fall under new safety guidelines and wrapped back in April as NBC and producers Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television worked out a deal for renewal.

How The Golden Globes Went From Laughingstock To Power Player

The group that was once assailed by the FCC steadily gained influence in Hollywood over the years until scrutiny of its practices and lack of diversity led NBC to say it would not air its show in 2022.

Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Launches On Roku Channel

CW Sets ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Revival

The iconic Nickelodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, now featuring adults as contestants, is being revived at The CW.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Judge Judy’ Hits Six-Week High

In the session ending May 2, her honor led the courtrooms for the 1,284th consecutive week, while Dr. Phil and Live with Kelly and Ryan tied for top talk honors and Family Feud led all of syndication.

OVERNIGHTS

Bubble Dramas ‘All Rise,’ ‘Debris’ Hold Steady

CBS’s All Rise this Monday drew 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, holding steady in the demo for a sixth straight week while awaiting word on renewal. Over at NBC, “bubble” drama Debris (2.5M/0.4) held steady yet again, posting its ninth 0.4 rating out of 11 airings.

Fox Orders Single-Camera Comedy ‘Pivoting’

Fox has ordered the single-camera comedy Pivoting for its 2021-22 broadcast season lineup. The half-hour series stars Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Maggie Q as three women dealing with the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

‘Prodigal Son’ Canceled At Fox

Fox has started making decisions about its bubble dramas, canceling sophomore drama Prodigal Son Monday. The series was a co-production between Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment and hailed from super-producer Greg Berlanti.

Monte-Carlo Television Festival Sets Hybrid Format For June Return

MRC Says Nielsen Undercounted Viewing

The Media Rating Council says that Nielsen’s numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic undercounted viewers, as was alleged by networks and distributors represented by the VAB.
In a statement, MRC said it believes that total usage of television by persons 18-49 — the key demo used to sell advertising — was understated by approximately 2% to 6% for the February 2021 measurement period.

‘Call Me Kat’ Renewed For Season 2 At Fox

Kat’s cat café will remain open after Fox handed freshman comedy Call Me Kat a second season. However, Darlene Hunt, who was the showrunner and executive producer of Season 1, is leaving the show and negotiations are underway for her replacement.

WarnerMedia Joins HFPA And Golden Globes Boycott, Regrets Industry ‘Tolerated’ Members’ Behavior