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LEONARD NIMOY: 1931-2015
"Star Trek's" Spock Was Also a Game Show Veteran
From NBC News

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the "Star Trek" television series, died on Friday. He was 83.

His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him "an extraordinary man." Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the indelible blessing "Live long and prosper" and his familiar split-fingered Vulcan salute. He was second in command to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, his stoicism the perfect counter to Kirk's fiery personality.

"I loved him like a brother," Shatner said in a statement. "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love."

Word of his death inspired expressions of respect not just from his fellow actors and from "Star Trek" fans but from NASA. A tweet from the agency read, "RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go..."

"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future."

"I loved Spock," he said.

Nimoy's career boldly went beyond television. He was also a poet, a photographer, a director and a singer. And a decade after the series went off the air, he breathed new life into the brand by appearing in a series of blockbuster movies.

"The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard," the actor George Takei, who played Sulu on the series, told MSNBC. "He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being."

When he was not aboard the Enterprise, Nimoy was also a talented game player, counting appearances on "What's My Line?", "You Don't Say!", and a memorable turn against his costar Shatner for a week on "The $20,000 Pyramid".

Nimoy invoked his best-known line in his last tweet, posted Monday: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

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New York Times
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posted 2/27/15

Challenge Accepted... for the 27th Time
MTV Renews Reality Game Show Long Runner
From the Futon Critic

MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today the renewal of "Are You The One" for a third season, "The Challenge" for season 27 and greenlit two new pilots to series: "Girl Code Live" a live weekly talk show from the popular "Code" franchise; and "Greatest Party Story Ever" a half-hour weekly that will showcase peoples' most outrageous epic tales.

MTV's 'The Challenge' returns with the most mind-blowing season yet, placing contestants in exotic locations to compete in extreme challenges that test their physical, mental and emotional strength in the hope of winning a massive cash prize.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV Insider
The Wrap

posted 2/27/15

Thursday: Getting Away With Murder
CBS Ekes Total Win, ABC Takes the Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.472 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) followed by part one of the "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.673 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4) season finale and part two of the "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) season finale.

CBS (8.740 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1), "The Odd Couple" (11.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), the relocated "Mom" (8.155 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and its special "Victoria's Secret Swim Special" (4.018 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was FOX (6.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (9.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Backstrom" (3.763 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Slap" (3.624 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), "The Blacklist" (7.854 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9) and "Allegiance" (3.609 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.761 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Wizard Wars (Syfy) - 997,000
- Duff til Dawn (Food) - 849,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV) - 585,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/27/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who Cares About the Dress?!"

posted 2/27/15

CBSummer
Big Brother Returns June 24
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced premiere dates for its lineup of original summer programming that includes the new drama ZOO, returning event series UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT, and the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER.

ZOO, a new drama based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, will premiere Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there's no place left for people to hide.

BIG BROTHER debuts with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, both at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The Sunday broadcast premieres June 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER regularly won their time periods in key young demographics and ranked among the summer's top 10 programs in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

UNDER THE DOME returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM), following BIG BROTHER, forming a strong two-hour block of established summer hit shows. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger will guest star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town's inhabitants figure out the Dome's purpose and what it wants from them. UNDER THE DOME was last summer's most-watched (11.32m) and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 (2.8/09) and adults 25-54 (3.7/10).

EXTANT, a serialized mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, makes its sophomore debut Wednesday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This season, astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. In its first season, EXTANT was the most-watched new scripted program of the summer, winning its Wednesday 10:00-11:00 PM time period in viewers (8.65m) and key demographics.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 2/26/15

Wednesday: Musical Youth
Fox Wins Night on "American Idol", "Empire", Holding Off CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) claimed another victory on Wednesday thanks to a new episodes of "American Idol" (10.179 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "Empire" (13.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) - another series high.

ABC (6.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home a distant second with its mix of "The Middle" (7.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7), "The Goldbergs" (7.459 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "Modern Family" (9.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (6.724 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (7.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its 90-minute season openers to "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "The Amazing Race" (6.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "The 100" (1.786 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.326 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...

- Best New Restaurant (Bravo): 305,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/26/15

Take Notes, ABC...
CBS Once Again the Daytime Lineup to Beat
From TV by the Numbers

All of CBS's daytime shows posted year-to-year growth in viewers, with several delivering their biggest audiences in more than a year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 22.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 4.25 million viewers, its largest audience ever, and was up +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/06 from 0.8/06) from a year ago.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.66 million viewers, up +14% from a year ago.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.71 million viewers, up +7% from last year.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 6.65 million viewers, a gain of +9% from the same week a year ago in both viewers and women 18-49 (1.2/08 from 1.1/07).

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/26/15

ITV Studios Going Global
Among MIPTV Offerings: "Money Where Your Mouth Is"
From World Screen

At this year's MIPTV, ITV Studios plans to present 14 new formats spanning such categories as reality, entertainment, factual entertainment, quiz shows and factual.

The company's slate is led by 10,000 BC, a Group M Entertainment/The Garden co-production that looks on as 20 men and women give up modern-day luxuries to experience what life was like during the Stone Age, and ITV Studios' Get Your Act Together, which sees celebrities master variety acts with assistance from experts in the field.

There are also Seven Days With... (Shiver), which explores the lives of celebrity couples; Bargain Battle (ITV Studios Nordic), in which two hosts compete to find the best deals; My Child, Your Child (Imago), spotlighting the different ways children are raised today; Go Mad In... (Potato), which challenges a boy band to take over a popular beach bar; Judge Rinder (ITV Studios), focused on a variety of court cases; and My Body Shock (UNITED), which looks at a country's aesthetic trends.

Additional formats include Trading Tables (ITV Studios Germany), which sees contestants try to convince others that their favorite restaurant is the best; Saved (The Garden), a factual program that tells the stories of ordinary people who have saved lives; Money Where Your Mouth Is (Believe Entertainment Group), a comedy quiz show; The Nation's Favourite (Shiver), a celebratory countdown format; I Shot (Shiver), which examines the impact of camera phones; and Darkest Taboos (Shiver), centered on families affected by crimes.

Mike Beale, ITV Studios' executive VP of global development and formats, commented: "The rich diversity of our MIPTV slate spans formats across a variety of genres, originating from our producers around the world. We are excited to be bringing to market a portfolio of formats that will suit a wide range of slots and broadcasters."

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 2/26/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Curses"

  • Is "America's Next Top Model" cursed? Our better nature says no, but this article says yes (The Daily Beast)
     
  • Vanna White to v_s_t MUSC Ch_ldr_n's H_sp_t_l (Moultrie News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (WGN Radio), "American Idol" EP Trish Kinane (TV Line) and Vernon Kay (The Bolton News)

posted 2/26/15


GSN Wants a Millionaire (So Freakin' Bad)
Network Picks Up Same-Week Runs Starting March 31
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has acquired the new nationally-syndicated game show "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB." GSN will air new episodes of the series, Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET beginning Tuesday, March 31.

Based on the iconic MONOPOLY brand, this groundbreaking show is a companion to the multi-state lottery of the same name. Hosted by popular comedian and actor Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly"), the show is taped in front of a live studio audience comprised of lottery game winners who have won a trip to Las Vegas to participate in a taping, and who will have the chance to win $1 million.

In a unique twist for a game show, the studio audience of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will be divided into groups corresponding to classic MONOPOLY game tokens, such as the shoe, wheelbarrow, etc. Each player on stage will split their winnings with members of the audience who share their same game token. Every contestant chooses to keep their winnings or risk losing it all in the exciting final round where they will attempt to land on "GO" to win $1 million.

Executive produced by Scott St. John ("Celebrity Name Game," "Deal or No Deal," "America's Got Talent") and Kevin Belinkoff ("Family Game Night," "Game of Life," "Scrabble Showdown"), every episode of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will feature five members of the audience selected at random to play games derived from a popular MONOPOLY theme, such as Electric Company, Community Chest, etc. and will offer up to $100k in each game. "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" is taped at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (a Caesars Entertainment property) in Las Vegas.

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TV Media Insights
Broadway World
Multichannel News

photo courtesy Las Vegas Sun

posted 2/25/15

Syndies: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 15
From B&C

None of the 15 talk shows showed gains in the week ended Feb. 15, the second full week of the February sweep.

Among the first-run rookies, all of which will return next season, CTD’s Hot Bench led the way for a 22nd straight week in households at a steady 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 1.4. Warner Bros.’ The Real retreated 8% to a 1.2.

Among women 25-54, however, The Real led the pack at a 1.0, followed by Hot Bench and Celebrity Name Game, which tied at a 0.8.

Remaining in access, the game shows were down or flat.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 5% to a 7.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! also softened 5% to a 7.1. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 4% to a 6.5. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/25/15

Tuesday: Knope... No Win for You
"Parks & Recreation" Ends Quietly; NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 with night two of "The Voice" (13.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) followed by part one of the "Parks & Recreation" (3.594 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) finale and part two of the "Parks & Recreation" (4.785 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) finale.

CBS (13.577 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (4.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) alongside new episodes of "New Girl" (2.905 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Repeat After Me" (3.894 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the season finale of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.003 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Forever" (4.646 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, the special "TV's Hottest Commercials Countdown" (1.395 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "The Flash" (1.119 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.304 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime) (season finale): 1.013 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.009 million
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes (MTV): 755,000
- The Chase (GSN): 600,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Twitter @SonOfTheBronx

posted 2/25/15


MIRJANA PUHAR: 1995-2015
"America's Next Top Model" Contestant Murdered
From CBS Los Angeles

A young man has been charged with killing a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”

Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., said in a statement Wednesday that 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and two other victims. The victims’ bodies were found Tuesday in a Charlotte home. Police did not reveal how they were killed.

TMZ reported Puhar was killed along with boyfriend Jonathan Alvarado, 23, and Alvarado’s roommate, Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.

Tyra Banks and Ken Mok, co-producers of the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model,” confirmed Wednesday in a written statement that Puhar appeared on the show last year.

Police say Rangel-Hernandez is also charged in connection with a murder at a motel Sunday.

The suspect is being held at a local jail. Online records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

CNN reported Puhar was a Serbian refugee who came to the United States along with her family when she was 5. She began modeling at 12.

Puhar finished in eight place and was eliminated in episode 10. Tattooed former pro football player Keith Carlos, 26, was cycle 21’s winner, the first male to ever win the top spot.

Sources told TMZ Puhar only had been dating Alvarado for a couple of months and that they believed the murders were drug-related and that the victims knew their killer.

CBS Los Angeles
E!
TV Line
WCNC Charlotte
TMZ

photo courtesy Paddylast Inc.

posted 2/25/15


Dancing with a Surprise!
Stars Announced for 10th Anniversary Season
From the Futon Critic

The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This 20th season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a television icon, a party rocker, a football star and a Shark, to name a few. The reigning Mirrorball champion, Witney Carson, will be partnered with a surprise celebrity to be announced at a later date, completing the cast of twelve celebrity dance couples.

This season of "Dancing with the Stars" will be filled with surprises as we celebrate the last 10 years. The show will bring back fan favorite theme nights including Disney and Latin night and also introduce new themes, including Spring Break Night. Viewers will also have more access to the show than ever before with #DWTSAllAccess offering viewers a behind the scenes look with six live stream videos from key positions in the ballroom. Additionally, viewers will have access to the DWTS rehearsal studio like never before, with live streaming videos available throughout the week on ABC.com.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess
· Entrepreneur Robert Herjavec ("Shark Tank") partnered with Kym Johnson
· Legendary singer Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev
· Ace gymnast Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough
· Singer-songwriter Riker Lynch (R5) partnered with Allison Holker
· Model Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe
· Hip-hop artist Redfoo (LMFAO) partnered with Emma Slater
· Former NFL player Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd
· Actress Willow Shields ("The Hunger Games") partnered with Mark Ballas
· Actress & entrepreneur Suzanne Somers ("Three's Company", "Step By Step") partnered with Tony Dovolani
· Actress Rumer Willis ("Pretty Little Liars") partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV Line
E!

posted 2/24/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Deal"

  • "Deal or No Deal" returns to the Philippines (Inquirer.net)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Broke A$$ Game Show (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Oso mudslide becomes the subject of a "Jeopardy!" clue. Social media + slow news day = OUTRAGE! (KCPQ Seattle)

posted 2/24/15

Monday: This Is A Drop!
NBC Reclaims Monday With "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.903 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to the return of "The Voice" (13.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.486 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

ABC (8.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with its duo of "The Bachelor" (8.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Castle" (7.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was CBS (9.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its combination of "2 Broke Girls" (8.457 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (8.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "Scorpion" (10.520 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up a new "Gotham" (6.459 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.353 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

And finally, the "World Dog Awards" (1.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.267 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Kids Baking Challenge (Food) (season finale): 1.864 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.783 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 554,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/15

Sunday: And the Award Went to...
ABC... with a BUT.
From the Futon Critic
ABC (30.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with its primetime portion of "The 87th Annual Academy Awards" (34.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.3, #1). Leading off the night then were "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 1" (19.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.6, #4), "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 2" (23.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.1, #3) and "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 3" (30.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.3, #2).

A year ago, "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" delivered 40.168 million viewers and a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals.

The silver went to FOX (2.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.007 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.243 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.749 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.914 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an expanded "60 Minutes" (6.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by the feature "Act of Valor" (3.406 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Dateline NBC" (5.388 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the crossover episodes of "Chicago Fire" (2.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Chicago PD" (2.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) closed out the evening on NBC (3.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...

- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.510 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.058 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 593,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/15

One Job, Richard... You Had ONE.... JOB...
The Banker's Identity Revealed... Albeit By Accident
From the Daily Express
He is one of the most elusive personalities on television but the identity of the banker in Deal or No Deal has FINALLY been revealed.

Richard Osman, who hosts Pointless and Two Tribes for Endemol - where he got his start as a producer - confirmed many viewers' suspicions that the banker is in fact Deal Or No Deal's producer, Glenn Hugill.

The mysterious figure's identity has long been debated - with some even suggesting that there is in fact NO banker.

But Osman let slip the secret in an interview with Metro.

When asked how he comes up with ideas for new quizzes, Osman replied that his new show, BBC2's Two Tribes, "was an idea that Glenn Hugill - the Banker on Deal or No Deal - and I had been thinking about for a long time".

The former actor is responsible for calling presenter Noel Edmonds and making contestants offers at the end of each round.

Hugill previously appeared on screen as policeman Alan McKenna in Coronation Street in the mid-1990s. He also hosted two seasons of the UK version of "The Mole".

Daily Express
Leicester Mercury
Daily Mirror
Metro
AOL Money

posted 2/24/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Snow Delay"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CW delays "Cedric's Barber Battle", "Whose Line" a week to April 17 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Alton Brown returns to Salt Lake February 27 (Salt Lake Tribute) and to "Food Network Star" June 1 (Rockford Record American)
     
  • "Ellen's Design Challenge" promises a "huge surprise" for its March 2 finale (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 9 times Alex has been a bully on "Jeopardy!" (MTV)
     
  • Ever wonder how "The tribe has spoken" entered the game show vernacular? Wonder no more (TV Insider)

posted 2/24/15

CW Makes a Wicked Offer
Summer Offering Promises Couples Making "Faustian Bargains"
From the Futon Critic
Continuing its push to more year-round programming, The CW has ordered two series for summer 2015, including a new unscripted series called A WICKED OFFER, which will test how far couples will go for money, and acquired the scripted comedy from the United Kingdom called DATES, featuring Oona Chaplin and Ben Chaplin. Premiere nights and times will be announced at a later date.

In the outrageous, darkly comic one-hour series A WICKED OFFER, couples are presented with a series of Faustian bargains, as they must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes. With each challenge testing the couple's moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved. As each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they're willing to go for money. A WICKED OFFER is executive produced by Jenny Daly ("Storage Hunters," "Mystery Diners," "Container Wars," "Invention USA") through her T Group Productions, Inc production company.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Classic Snub"

  • Joan Rivers left out of the In Memoriam reel last night... and all she did was create the red carpet coverage as we know it (Us)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: 1000 Heartbeats (ITV1, Wednesday) (Stoke Sentinel) plus A Few Good Minutes with Vernon Kay (STV)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to New York City.... Okay, Newark. Happy, Truthy McGee? (NJ.com)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Jeff's favorite Survivors (TV Insider)
     
  • Ever wonder how many homes GSN is in? Wonder no more (TV by the Numbers)

posted 2/23/15


AHMAD GIVENS: 1981-2015
VH1 Celebreality Star Loses Cancer Battle
From Syracuse.com
Ahmad Givens, known as "Real" from VH1's dating game show "Real Chance of Love," has died at age 33.

E! News reports that the rapper died after battling colon cancer for about two years.

Real's passing was announced on Saturday by his brother and co-star Kamal "Chance" Givens. Chance posted to his Instagram account in remembrance of his late brother. He says in the caption (sic):

"By to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro I'll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God's kindom forever and ever bro words can't describe my pain world pray for me!"

Real is survived by two other brothers, his mother, grandmother, his wife of four years, Racquel Givens, and their son, E! News says.

TMZ reports that Real was having difficulty seeing and speaking Friday night. His family says he passed away hours later.

The VH1 star was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013, TMZ says. Real underwent successful surgery, but earlier this year the cancer returned.

Real appeared on VH1's "I Love New York" before starring with Chance on their spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter adds.

In 2013, Givens spoke about his experiences with stage 4 colon cancer.

"It felt unreal all the way up until I had to do chemo," he said in an interview at the New York Life 2014 National Cultural Markets Conference.

"I remember I was laying on the hospital bed and the doctor came in crying and when I saw her crying I knew it was something serious. My doctors thought I had, like, three days to live so they just zapped me with chemo. I left out of there with my veins burning and everything."

Givens spoke about a few things that kept him going in his battle with cancer.

"Number one is the will to live. I love life. And my little boy, man. That kid loves me to death," Givens said of he and his wife Racquel's son Madhi. "I grew up in a neighborhood where African-American boys didn't have their fathers in the house and I always told myself, 'When I get married one day and have kids, [I'm] going to be there for my kids and that's a vow that I made and that's a vow that I plan on keeping and that's what keeps me fighting."

The last thing Givens said in the interview was: "Through my son my legacy will continue."

Syracuse.com
BET
Design&Trend
TMZ

posted 2/22/15

More on "The Amazing Race"
Catch It Wednesday on CBS!
From KCTV Kansas City
The Amazing Race premiers this week on CBS and will put a single twist on the reality game show that takes couples through challenges around the world.

It is an extreme take on blind dating and has never been done before in the show's 26 season history - forming five teams of singles who have never met. These five blind dating pairs will compete against six actual dating couples.

The five duos will see each other for the first time at the starting line of The Amazing Race, right before host Phil Keoghan tells them they can begin the race.

"Not knowing anything about them, not even their name, what they look like ... it is cool. We're going to have learn about each other on the fly, and we're going to have to get along with each other, learn each other's weaknesses and strengths together," said 32-year-old lawyer Jelani Roy.

Roy was set up with 32-year-old blogger and lawyer Jenny Wu for the season.

Newly matched couples like Kurt Jordan Belcher and Bergen Olson will take on arguably the most extreme blind date ever.

"I think a lot of people want to underestimate the gay guy, but you don't want to do that because I have the testosterone of a man and the wrath of a woman," Belcher said.

And then there is Hayley Keel who is looking for love.

"This could be Mr. Right for me. This could be the man that I marry and start a family with," she said.

And the traditional Amazing Race couples are anything but typical this season.

"We were both in the Vancouver Olympics but also in the Sochi Olympics," said Aly Dudek, a U.S. Olympic speed skater.

Dudek her husband, Steve Langton, a U.S. Olympic bobsledder, have the athletic edge.

While Jonathan Knight of the New Kids on the Block fame and his partner, Harley Rodriguez, are just getting used to the spotlight.

"I've done millions of interviews with the five guys of New Kids and photo shoots and stuff like that, and just going through this process with him has been, like, really surreal for me," Knight said.

The Amazing Race will have a dirty start - literally - as teams will have to navigate through a muddy obstacle course before jetting to their first location, Tokyo, Japan.

The racers will hit five continents and eight countries during this season of the Race, including stops in Bangkok, Namibia and Monaco.

On each leg, one lucky team will pull a clue that includes a "Date Night" ticket. The couple will be able to take advantage of a one-on-one romantic activity.

The Amazing Race premieres at 9:30p ET Wednesday right after the season premiere of Survivor.

KCTV Kansas City

posted 2/22/15

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Celebrity Name Game"

  • On Oscar night, the quiz world's elite meet to answer the hardest questions EVER!!!!!!!!thisweek (NPR)
     
  • Bob Eubanks wants to bring film business to Gulf Coast (WLOX Biloxi)
     
  • Vicki Lawrence plays Aurora (WGN-AM Chicago)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Food Fighters season 2 (foodfighterscasting.com)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with American Idol's final 24 (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/15

Thursday: When One Door Closes and a Piano Drops on You...
CBS Wins on "2.5 Men" Finale, "Odd Couple" Premiere
From the Futon Critic
CBS (12.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday thanks to a new "The Big Bang Theory" (17.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), the premiere of "The Odd Couple" (13.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4), part one of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4) finale, part two of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) finale and "Elementary" (8.052 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

ABC (8.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #7), "Scandal" (9.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6).

Next up was FOX (6.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and fresh installments of "American Idol" (8.873 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) and "Backstrom" (3.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.936 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up week two of "The Slap" (3.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9) and "Allegiance" (3.384 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.409 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (1.031 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...

- Duff 'til Dawn (Food): 806,000
- Project Runway All-Stars (Reunion) (Lifetime): 735,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show: 689,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/20/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Plastic Orange Dirigibles"

  • "American Idol", "The Voice", "SYTYCD", "AGT", "DWTS" & "ANTM" are among those competing for KCAs (TVBTN @ Z2I)
     
  • Alison Sweeney goes from "Biggest Loser" to "Chocolate Chip Cookie".(TV by the Numbers)
     
  • He likes trivia and he doesn't even think it's work. TJ Lavin must be back to normal (MTV)
     
  • "A mix between Jeopardy! and Moon Zero Two" is coming to a phone near you (Spokane Spokesman Review)
     
  • Mark Cuban jumps headlong into the game that cost him $20 million, shot at the Chicago Cubs. Rich people sure are weird. (Value Walk)
     
  • Todd Newton has a new job.... make that two new jobs (South County Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (STV) and David Magidoff & Derek Gaines (OK!),

posted 2/20/15

Wednesday: Goodnight, Patrick Jane
"Mentalist" Ends on a High, But Fox's Empire Continues to Spread
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (10.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and another series high from "Empire" (12.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.751 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up a new "The Mentalist" (9.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the series finale of "The Mentalist" (10.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and a new "Stalker" (7.170 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (2.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and "The 100" (1.546 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, "Best New Restaurant" attracted 363,000 covers for Bravo. Ratings for "Baggage on the Road" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz

posted 2/19/15

Tuesday: Raspberries
If It's Tuesday, It's CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (13.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.101 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the penultimate week of "MasterChef Junior" (5.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (3.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "The Mindy Project" (2.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Fresh Off the Boat" (6.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the premiere of "Repeat After Me" (4.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and the special "Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema" (3.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up fresh installments of "Parks & Recreation" (2.928 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.480 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Marry Me" (2.067 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "About a Boy" (2.384 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and "Chicago Fire" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.293 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.076 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 892,000
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 825,000
- The Chase (GSN): 646,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC): 441,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/15

Right and Proper Ninja
ITV Signs on for "Ninja Warrior UK"
From the Independent
Those of you still mourning the gap left in the Saturday night TV schedule by Nineties ITV show Gladiator, your luck has just come in.

Ninja Warrior UK, based on an extreme assault course game show from Japan called Sasuke, is being brought in by ITV and will be hosted by Ben Shephard, the Saturdays' Rochelle Humes and ex-footballer Chris Kamara.

It will feature 250 contestants running, jumping and climbing their way through the challenging course which looks remarkably similar to the one used on Gladiators.

It has been described as "the toughest obstacle course ever seen on British television” and ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment, Asif Zubairy, promises “some inspirational achievements as well as hilarious mishaps”.

The Independent
Irish Independent
C21 Media

posted 2/19/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "(Klaxons Sounding)"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: QI (BBC America, tonight) (The Backlot)
     
  • "Dancing" doesn't announce its stars until Tuesday... but that won't stop the endless parade of postulation from ...(E!)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Riverside (Press-Enterprise)
     
  • Marc Summers! Come on down! You're the next host (among many) of "The Price Is Right Live!" at Merrillville, IN (NWITimes.com)
     
  • John Barrowman plays York Barbican (York Press)
     
  • John O'Hurley (WBFO Buffalo), Wayne Brady (ABC News), and Chris Harrison (People).

    Who are three people who haven't spent A FEW GOOD MINUTES
    in my kitchen?

posted 2/19/15

A Fool & An Idiot Are United
Catch Season 2 of IdioTest on GSN April 1. No Foolin'
From TV by the Numbers
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the second season premiere of their new hit game show, IDIOTEST on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Comedian Ben Gleib (“Chelsea Lately”) returns as the wildly witty host dishing out even tougher brainteasers to contestants competing for a $10,000 cash prize. Gleib will also play an integral role in the season two premiere that will feature some April Fool’s-related stunts being kept under wraps. The remainder of the season will feature new types of tests and rivalries, as well as a variety of themes amongst the competitors.

IDIOTEST, based on the highly popular app game, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to Face Off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on giant Touch screens in the center of the set, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid.

Over 21 million have watched IDIOTEST to date, making it one of GSN’s most popular originals. The first season nearly doubled the audience among W18-49 (+84%) and P18-49 (+92%) vs the YTD time period average.

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Syndies: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 8
From B&C
This year’s rookie class showed some signs of life as Warner Bros.’ The Real hit a series-high 1.3 live plus same day household rating, an 8% gain for the week ended Feb. 8, the first full week of the February sweep. The Real also added 10% among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 to a series high 1.1 to lead the field.
CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira all were steady at a 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2, respectively, in households.

In the demo, Hot Bench came in second, surging 25% to a new series high 1.0, while Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 0.8 and Meredith Vieira jumped 17% to a 0.7 to match its series high. Trifecta’s Judge Faith remained at a 0.8 in households and a 0.4 in the demo.

All of this year’s freshmen first-run shows are slated to return for season two.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! led the games, with each show up 3% for the week and year to a 7.8 and 7.5, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was off 6% to a 6.8, but was still up 13% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire climbed 6% for the week to a 1.9, although that was down 21% from last year.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/15

And the Hits Just Keep On Coming
"The Apprentice" Will Return for Season 15
From The Futon Critic
This season’s winner wasn’t the only major announcement made during Monday’s live Celebrity Apprentice finale.

Mere minutes before the champ was crowned, Donald Trump revealed that NBC has decided to renew The Apprentice for a 15th season, which will likely bring about the eighth round of Celebrity Apprentice. No return date was announced.

Season seven was taped nearly two years ago but did not premiere until this January. This season's ratings were significantly higher than season six making a strong case for the show's renewal.

ABC (8.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Castle" (8.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

FOX (5.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Gotham" (6.156 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.452 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (7.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and fresh installments of "2 Broke Girls" (8.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "Mike & Molly" (9.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) plus "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute" (7.494 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up the season finales of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.989 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "State of Affairs" (4.476 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.334 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (1.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

NBC has issued a press release revealing last night's winner. Read on if you have already seen the episode or if you don't mind being spoiled.

On cable:

- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.966 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.358 million

TV Line
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Trivial Pursuit Goes Live
Hasbro, Ubisoft Unite for Video Game Show
From Game Informer
Hasbro and Ubisoft have released Trivial Pursuit Live! which can be purchased today on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The console game reimagines the traditional, famous board game by giving it a new game show twist. The game is compatible for up to four players to challenge each other in several different rounds, from a variety of more than 1,200 questions. Different game question modes pop up at random through each round, such as Hot Seat, where a player races against the clock to answer as many questions as possible. Another is Greedy Grab, which eliminates players from subsequent questions if they answer incorrectly.

The game can be downloaded on the Hasbro Game Channel through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are $9.99 respectively, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are priced $14.99.

Game Informer
Biogamer Girl
Gamasutra

posted 2/18/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "T for Two"

  • ICYMI: It started with a T. Ended with one, too. (ABC News)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • Survivor: an oral history (TV Insider), plus the Paley Center just opened up an exhibit (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • In another round of Comcast-mandated corporate synergy, Tom Colicchio is named MSNBC food correspondent (TV Newser)

posted 2/18/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Suck It, Trebek"

  • Will Ferrell revised his impersonation of Alex Trebek in front of the man himself. Then things got weird (Parade)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • "La Voz Kids" returns March 15 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Pat Finn, come on down! You're the next host of The Price Is Right Live! (coming to Huntington) (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Ascent Expo" will have producers looking for contestants (Globe Newswire)
     
  • Jedward, in what could very well be the defining moment of their career, have been cast in "Sharknado 3" (Metro)

posted 2/17/15

Monday Lightspeed Round
... or "Presidents Day"

posted 2/16/15


GARY OWENS: 1934-2015
Legendary Voiceover Artist Hosted "Letters to Laugh-in", "The Gong Show"
From
CBS Local
Private funeral services were being planned Friday for radio and television voiceover personality Gary Owens, best known for holding his hand to his ear while serving as the announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”

Owens died Thursday at his Encino home at age 80, according to his publicist. He had been a diabetic since age 8.

A South Dakota native, Owens began in show business at age 16, working as a radio newscaster. He was a news director and DJ at a station in Omaha, Nebraska, in his 20s, before moving on to Denver and eventually Hollywood in 1961, when he joined KFWB.

He began doing television specials on KCOP and was an original voice on “Sesame Street,” proudly announcing that a segment of the show “is brought to you by the letter M.”

During his career, his baritone voice hosted more than 10,000 radio shows. He also recorded more than 30,000 commercials and promotional spots.

His phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” coined on his KMPC radio show, evolved into a catch-phrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

He became a television fixture on “Laugh-In,” holding his hand to his ear while speaking into a stand-up microphone, injecting humorous news-style quips to segue between skits. During the run, he hosted the daily game-show spin-off "Letters to Laugh-In". He went on to appear in hundreds of television shows, including “Roseanne,” “The Gong Show,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “Night Court,” “Batman,” and “Barnaby Jones.”

He also lent his voice to thousands of cartoons, including “Space Ghost,” “Batman,” “Dynomutt Dog Wonder,” "The Ren & Stimpy Show", “Chip and Dale,” “Casper the Ghost,” “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop” and “The Fantastic Four.”

Wink Martindale, who met Owens while both were working at KMPC, wrote on Facebook, “Of all the professionals I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the business Gary stands tall above them all. In particular I will always cherish the twelve years I worked with him at KMPC and was witness to his talents close-up. Gary Owens possessed talents that come along rarely. It is almost a cliche to say it but this man will truly be missed. Best blessings to his family."

Funeral services will be private, but a public memorial is expected to be held. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the children’s Diabetes Foundation at www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.

Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and sons Scott and Chris.

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photo courtesy Los Angeles Times

posted 2/13/15

Thursday: TGI...a Split?
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.718 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Scandal" (9.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), new episodes of "Mom" (10.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) and "Two and a Half Men" (9.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) plus another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) repeat and a new "Elementary" (7.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

Next up was FOX (6.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (9.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Backstrom" (4.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up the premiere of "The Slap" (5.082 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.980 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) and "Allegiance" (3.606 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Reign" (1.053 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The season finale of "Project Runway All-Stars" attracted 1.573 million on Lifetime. Elsewhere...

- Wizard Wars (Syfy): 973,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 659,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 459,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spread the Love"

  • Christina Aguilera is going to "Nashville" (E!)
     
  • Terry Crews' "World's Funniest Fails" is failing upward, as Fox wants 8 more shows (B&C), but you really shouldn't need personal branding, right? (Adweek)
     
  • Mike "Boogie" Malin is broke (TMZ)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Virtual reality (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Wayne Brady raps in Klingon with Bill Shatner on "The Late Late Show" (Geeks of Doom)
     
  • And finally, a treat for Valentine's Day: Bob Eubanks brings his "Not-So-Newlywed Game" to Illinois (Decatur Herald-Review)

posted 2/13/15

Second Family
ITV Renews Bradley Walsh-Hosted Game Show
From Digital Spy
Keep It in the Family has been renewed for a second series on ITV.

The game show - hosted by Bradley Walsh - sees two families battling it out in a series of different rounds in an attempt to win prizes.

The series also features celebrities - such as stars of The X Factor or Coronation Street - who face the dreaded "drop" through a trapdoor if the prizes they have on offer aren't to the families' liking.

ITV has also promised that the new episodes will see the return of The Nanas, the popular grandmothers with a combined age of 486 who were seen last series describing a series of phrases in a rather unique manner.

The show's executive producer David Hall said: "We're beyond happy that Keep It in the Family is returning for a second series on ITV.

"The mix of Bradley, our irrepressible Nanas, funny games, dressing people up in outrageous and hilarious costumes, and dropping the nation's favorite celebrities was a winning combination, and we're very much looking forward to doing it all again this year."

Keep It in the Family will be back on ITV later this year.

Digital Spy
World Screen

posted 2/12/15

Wednesday: Empirical Formula
Fox Wins on Wednesday 1-2
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its duo of "American Idol" (10.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Empire" (11.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

ABC (6.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Modern Family" (9.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "Black-ish" (6.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Nashville" (5.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (8.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Criminal Minds" (9.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Stalker" (7.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and "The 100" (1.589 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...

- Top Chef (season finale) (Bravo): 955,000

Results for "Baggage on the Road" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

We Have Judges. We Have a Host. Let's Put on a Show!
Everyone Will Be Back for AGT 10
From the Futon Critic
Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent," joining previously announced judge Howard Stern.

Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as "AGT" celebrates its 10th season. For the third year in a row, the live performance and results shows will originate from New York City's iconic Radio City Music Hall.

The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

"This opinionated and talented quartet of judges provides fearless and thoughtful analysis and an infectious energy that keeps the audience wondering what will happen next," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming. "We can't wait for them to come back for another great season."

"I'm delighted that Howard, Howie, Heidi and Mel B are back to celebrate a decade of talent on AGT," said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. "They are dedicated to finding the best and most eccentric performers to put before viewers in a true celebration of the American Spirit."

Klum and Mel B return to the judging panel for their third season, Mandel and Stern return for their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, as judges.

Open call auditions for season 10 of "America's Got Talent" will conclude at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 14-15. Please visit http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com/ for more information.

Last summer, "America's Got Talent" remained the #1 summer show in total viewers for the ninth consecutive year. For the first time in the show's history, America chose a magician as their winner: Rhode Island native Mat Franco, who went on to headline the "America's Got Talent Live" stage show in Las Vegas.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/12/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "You Did WHAT?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Another day, another completely shocking "Family Feud" answer (WPIX New York)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Celebrity Name Game season 2 (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Angelica McDaniel to oversee CBS Daytime, syndication (Broadway World)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Hell's Kitchen" (March 3) (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/12/15

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