Sitcom reboots make a strong impression in the ratings | Buckler Airtime


Environmentalists have been telling us for years that it pays to recycle. Apparently it also works on TV. ABC’s tactic of taking vintage sitcoms and restocking old episodes with new cast members continues to succeed.

The network’s latest attempt at nostalgia, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” featuring rebooted episodes of “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Facts of Life,” led the Tuesday Night Nielsen Ratings in Adults 25-25. 54 years old and adults from 18 to 49 years old.

It also pulled in 4.8 million viewers, which wasn’t the biggest viewership of the night. A new episode of CBS’s “The FBI” drew 7 million viewers to top off the evening.

NBC’s “The Voice” finished second with 6.9 million viewers.

It wasn’t a bad night, however, for old sitcoms.

NBC’s “People’s Choice” stumbled, despite having “The Voice” as its intro. The show drew 3.7 million viewers, which was better than last year’s telecast, but not what TV awards shows usually generate. Here’s one of the problems – the “People’s Choice Awards” were like many other TV shows in recent years – many of the winners were shows and individuals that the average viewer isn’t too familiar with. And that means the average viewer isn’t watching.

There were a lot of detours and dealings in the hosting department of “Jeopardy!” since the death of Alex Trebek in 2020, more than two years ago.

There was a parade of temporary hosts to fill Trebek’s shoes. One of those temps, Mike Richards, became head host but only lasted a few shows after sexist comments he made came to light.

Two of those guest hosts, Mayim Bialik and all-time leader Ken Jennings, returned and shared the duties as regular hosts. According to a report by the New York Post, they are starting again in 2022.

Bialik and Jennings will split the duties again, a decision that seemed to work. At least that provided some stability after a turbulent year.

The hosts’ main job on “Jeopardy” is to read the clues without spoiling anything – and Bialik and Jennings have proven they can do just that.

Perhaps Tammy Wynette’s biggest hit was “Stand By Your Man,” but she was also responsible for many heartbreaking songs, including “I Don’t Want to Play House” and “DIVORCE.”

Expect some of that heartbreak to return in 2022 when “George & Tammy,” a six-part limited series that follows the tumultuous marriage of two country music superstars, George Jones and Wynette, is released by Spectum. . After Spectum airs the series, it will make the rounds on Paramount Plus and the Paramount Network.

Michael Shannon has been tapped to play Jones, while Jessica Chastain will play Wynette. The latest addition to the cast is Steve Zahn, who will play George Richey, a songwriter, record producer and manager who married Wynette after her divorce from Jones.

Wynette died in 1998 and Jones died in 2013, so younger viewers might not know them as well.

For country fans of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Jones and Wynette were kings.

At least there’s one prediction you can already make about this limited series: it’s going to have a great soundtrack.

The American Film Institute announced on Wednesday its list of the 10 best TV shows: “Succession”, “Ted Lasso”, “WandaVision”, “Reservation Dogs”, “The Underground Railroad”, “Mare of Easttown”, “The White Lotis “, “Hacks”, “Maid” and “Schmigadoon”.

That’s good for streaming and cable networks or AFI wouldn’t be able to find 10 shows to make the list.

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