Kimmel Apologizes For Blackface Impression

The latenight host also says waiting to say something about the impersonation “was a mistake.”

OVERNIGHTS

‘The Wall,’ ‘Titan Games’ Tie Season Highs

NBC captured the top spot on the broadcast networks in all three hours of primetime Monday, as The Titan Games and The Wall both equaled season highs in adults 18-49. The network also scored a narrow total-viewer win for the evening. The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway and Penn & Teller: Fool Us also drew decent ratings to start their summer runs.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Bounce-Back Week For ‘Kelly Clarkson’

In the week ending June 14, the freahman talker jumps 25% even though it was in reruns for four days.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

MLB To Restart With No Deal In Place

The bitter, months-long negotiation between Major League Baseball and its players’ union effectively ended Monday night when the union’s executive board voted to reject the owners’ last offer of a 60-game regular season and expanded postseason, and MLB responded by saying it intended to exercise its power to implement a 2020 schedule — which it will attempt to shoehorn into a dwindling calendar amid a global pandemic.

‘Young And The Restless’ Eyes July Restart

CBS’s The Young and the Restless is poised to become the second U.S. daytime drama to return to the set. The producers of the soap have sent a letter to the cast and crew, notifying them of a tentative plan to restart production on July 6.

Fox Renews ‘The Great North’ For Season 2 Ahead Of Series Premiere

NBC Pulling ’30 Rock’ Blackface Episodes From Streaming, Reruns

NBC Narrows Pilot Slate

With 11 of 12 pilots unable to complete production before the novel coronavirus forced production to shut down across the industry, NBC has opted to adopt a staggered schedule for its 2020 slate and has identified five that it will film this season.

‘Cobra Kai’ Moves From YouTube To Netflix

Fans Turn Up Heat For ABC’s Canceled ‘Baker And The Beauty’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With cries for equality and justice ringing in the streets, a petition drive to rescue a canceled television series may seem inconsequential. But among the advocates for ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty,” felled by its ratings after one season, are those who value it as an entertaining and affirmative depiction […]

KPRC’s ‘Houston Life’ Is Moving

KPRC’s Houston Life daytime lifestyle program, will be seen weekdays at 3 p.m. serving as the lead-in to KPRC 2 News at 4:00 p.m., starting Monday, Aug. 17. Co-hosted by Derrick Shore and former KPRC anchor Courtney Zavala, Houston Life features “honest and witty conversations about all things H-Town, including family, community, food, fashion, entertainment […]

James Hererson Dies, Writer On ‘Bewitched,’ ‘Jeannie’

Golden Globes Set Feb. 28 For Delayed Ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globes is refusing to let the pandemic get in the way of its party. The ceremony will be held Feb. 28, 2021, in Beverly Hills with previously announced hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Monday. The date, as with that of other awards, […]

OVERNIGHTS

John Bolton ABC News Interview Tops Sunday

The Sunday night ratings race was won not by a game show or a summer series, but by ABC News’ interview of Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton. The interview, which comes amid the Trump’s failed attempts to block Bolton from publishing a book on his experience working under the current president, scored a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 6.1 million total viewers, placing it among the most-watched programming of the broadcast summer to date.

The Virtual Show Must Go On

Spring in Hollywood is a time when billboards bloom with For Your Consideration ads, and almost every night offers a glamorous red-carpet event for Emmy voters. Not this year. With so much shut down due to the pandemic and protests, the Emmys and ABC have moved quickly to institute changes.

Syndication Preps Summer Plans

First-run syndication is a lot like school — talent, producers and crew typically get holidays, spring break and summers off. But in a year when a global pandemic has turned everything upside down, school may not be out for summer. Many shows plan to stay in production, out of the studio, until this fall.

Comedian DL Hughley COVID-19 Positive After Fainting Onstage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Comedian D.L. Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee. The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized, news outlets reported. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he […]

The Virus Is Winning. Sports May Have To Wait

The surge of coronavirus cases in key states, and a flood of positive tests for athletes returning to work, could spoil plans for a sports restart. Above: A fan has his temperature checked by a security guard before being allowed to tour Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas.

OVERNIGHTS

ABC’s ‘Don’t’ Slips In Week 2

ABC’s game show Don’t declined some in its second outing, as did lead-out To Tell the Truth. The network, however, still notched a victory in primetime in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, edging out CBS in the latter category.

Clarkson, Efron, Cumberbatch Getting Stars On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Kimmel To Take Summer Break With Guest Hosts

NFL Goes Dark On Dish, Sling In Distribution Dispute

Fox Shelves ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

The door, however, remains open for the Fox franchise to return in summer 2021.

ABC Changes Fall Schedule After A Day

Black-ish has been moved back up for a fall premiere, taking the place of the new Kari Lizer comedy Call Your Mother. Black-ish will now air at 8:30 p.m. following The Goldbergs, with American Housewife moving to 9:30 p.m. The Conners and Stumptown remain at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively.

Frank Tanki Named GM Of AXS TV And HDNET Movies

Daytime Emmys Set ‘The Talk’ Panel As Hosts

The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond will host the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the cohosts announced on-air today. The awards will be presented virtually on Friday, June 26 on CBS, with leading category recipients and special guests appearing from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, with others presented in a separate ceremony in July.

Debmar-Mercury Names ‘Nick Cannon’ EPs

Daytime Emmy Award Winners Katy Murphy Davis and Matt Strauss join the new national daytime talker, debuting Oct. 5 in more than 95% of the U.S. from the ‘106 & Park’ Studios in Harlem.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Game On’ Ticks Up, Univision Tops Demo

CBS’s Game On was Wednesday’s top original show on the broadcast networks, but the night was once again soft across the board. Univision snagged the top spot in the key ad demo across primetime.

Soap Production Paused For COVID Testing

Production on the long-running CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful has been “paused” after just one day back on set. The show returned to production Wednesday in Television City Studios, however, production has been halted to “better accommodate the large volume of testing needed,” according to a spokesperson for the show’s producer Bell-Phillip Television.

TV Academy Expands Comedy, Drama Emmys

After much conversation about the need during this era of “Peak TV” for the Emmy race to expand the number of nominees in key categories, the Television Academy is doing just that. It announced late Wednesday that it would expand the number of nominations in comedy and drama to eight, regardless of the number of submissions.