ABC Launches "DanceBattle"
Viral Dancers Take On Each
Other for Prize
From The Futon Critic
From Executive Producers
Julianne Hough (Actress and "Dancing with the Stars"
judge and two-time champion), Maria Menounos ("E! News"
Host, "Dancing with the Stars" celebrity dancer) and Dan
Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves ("Project
Greenlight," "Top Chef") comes ABC's dance special "#DanceBattle
America," airing MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,
ET), following the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars"
Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro ("Americas Funniest Home
Videos", "DWTS" Champion) and Jordin Sparks (Actress,
Recording Artist, "American Idol" Winner), the hour-long
network special was inspired by Hough and Menounos after
the two engaged in a now famous dance battle via social
media during the 2013 holiday season. The battle went
viral and inspired other celebrities including Kate
Hudson, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amber Riley and their families
to join in the fun. Due to the huge popular response,
Hough and Menounos challenged everyone in America to
submit their own epic dance moves via social media for a
chance to compete in "#DanceBattle America."
"I love that my family and friends coming together to
challenge the Houghs on social media turned into a
chance for America to dance!" said Menounos. "Ever since
I left DWTS, I've always wanted to find a way to give
others the magical experience I had. Watching the
submissions for this show had me laughing, dancing or
crying. It's so inspirational and uplifting."
"The number one question I get from fans is 'when are
they going to make a Dancing with the Stars for the
average Joe,' so the idea behind this is that these
families, friends and co-workers get to come to L.A. to
work with a choreographer and go through a small version
of the transformation that the celebrities go through on
DWTS" stated Hough.
After an incredible nationwide response, eight teams
were chosen to battle it out in Los Angeles on September
14. The teams will go through a week of intense training
with some of the country's best choreographers to create
a routine for their chosen song. Each team will battle
against another team in four rounds of competition. At
the completion of the battle rounds, the winning team
will be selected by the studio audience and will receive
a trophy and prize.
Thursday: New High for
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.813 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed top honors with the
11th consecutive week with its mix of "The Big Bang
Theory" (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5,
#2), "Mom" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.2, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.337 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.543
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).
The silver then went to NBC (4.939 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with originals from "Food
Fighters" (3.840 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T5) and "Dateline NBC" (5.489 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).
Next up was ABC (3.391 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Beyond the Tank" (3.486
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside
new episodes of "Mistresses" (3.241 million viewers, #9;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Rookie Blue" (3.447 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.273 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.6, #4) served up a new "Boom!" (2.148 million viewers,
#11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and a repeat "Bones" (2.398
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).
And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (1.004 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat
"Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3,
#T12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.957 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.953 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food/SF): 1.267 million
- The Chase (GSN): 625,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9p): 484,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9:30p): 482,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 292,000
Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ugly Americans"
- Celebrity Big Brother: UK
vs. USA begins... (The
Guardian) by kicking out Tila Tequila (TMZ)
- Bryana Salaz goes
from "The Voice" to "Urban Cowboy" (Deadline)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with
Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan (What's
More "Dancing"! More
Season Premiere September 14
From Us Magazine
Internet sensation Hayes
Grier is getting ready to bust a move on Dancing with
The Vine and YouTube personality will compete on this
season of the ABC reality series, he announced via
Twitter on Thursday.
The reveal came early after Hayes, 15, teased his nearly
3 million followers that he's "not good at keeping
"Right now it's 4 in the morning in L.A., and I was
going to announce my big announcement in seven days, but
I just got word that I could announce it now, so why
not?" a sleepy Hayes said in a video posted to the
Challenged app. "It's going to be really cool and an
amazing journey to be on season 21 of Dancing with the
Stars, and I'm super excited, and I want you guys to be
a big part of it and support and vote for us, and it's
going to be a great time."
In addition, pop singer Andy Grammer -- whose hit song,
"Honey, I'm Good" has been stuck in our heads all summer
-- will be joining season 21 of the hit ABC competition
Additionally, controversial chef Paula Deen and
Grammy-winning music icon Chaka Khan will be stepping
into the ballroom to show off their best moves, our
ABC, which does not comment on casting rumors, will not
confirm that Grammer, Deen or Khan will be participating
in the new season.
It was previously announced that DWTS' season 21 lineup
will feature Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin,
the daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and
Triple Crown jockey Victor Espinoza.
"Name Game" Names for
Catch It September 21
From TV by the Numbers
This fall, the who’s who of
the celebrity world will converge on Celebrity Name
Game, when the hilarious game show returns for its
second season. Hosted by funnyman Craig Ferguson and
executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette,
the syndicated, half-hour weekday strip premieres
Monday, September 21.
Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game is back for a
second season, where anything can (and will) happen! The
series pairs celebrities with contestants as they
improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as
possible in a given time period – and this season new
rules apply. The answers aren’t just celebrity names,
but range from actors, singers, athletes, pop culture
figures, places, brands, books, TV shows, movies, foods
and even cartoon characters. Consisting of two
competitive speed rounds followed by a third round where
Craig Ferguson provides the clues, teams then must face
a broad mix of clues and categories ranging from a
single letter to a real life tweet from a celebrity as
they enter into the final $20,000 round.
"I love hosting Celebrity Name Game, I get a big thrill
out of giving away other people’s money so I’m delighted
to be back for a second season," said Craig Ferguson.
“And we’ve managed to talk even more gullible
celebrities into making fools of themselves."
Celebrity Name Game debuted as the #1 new show in
syndication (tied with Hot Bench) in the key demo of
W25-54, and grew more than any other game show from the
November sweep through May, rising 21% in W25-54 and 16%
in A25-54. Celebrity Name Game’s success continued with
awards accolades when host Craig Ferguson was honored
with a Daytime Emmy® win for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Guest stars for the 2015/16 season include executive
producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with
Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Billy Bush (Access
Hollywood), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance),
Shannen Doherty (MallBrats), Randy Jackson (music
producer and television personality), Mario Lopez
(Extra), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Matt McGorry (How
to Get Away with Murder), Terrell Owens (former
professional football player), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is
The New Black), Guillermo Rodriguez (Jimmy Kimmel Live),
Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy
Recording Artist), and many more!
by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
A New Layer of "Skin"
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for
From TV by the Numbers
The “battle of the brushes”
continues as GSN, the leader in game shows and
competitive entertainment, announced today it has
ordered a 10-episode third season of the top-rated
original hit series SKIN WARS, hosted by Rebecca Romijn
(X-Men, The Librarians). The announcement comes on the
heels of a successful season two finale, which drew over
1.1 million viewers.
SKIN WARS has been seen by over 18 million total unique
viewers since the show launched in 2014 and currently
has more than doubled (+125%) the year-to-date time
period average with total viewers. This season also saw
the show deliver its most watched episode ever for the
franchise in key demos W18-49, W25-54 and P25-54 on a
Live+3 basis. The success of the series has been key in
putting GSN on pace for both its best year and summer
ever, as it is currently up 24% in Prime 8p-11p over
year-ago and up 30% over last summer in total viewers.
Television’s groundbreaking body painting competition
show SKIN WARS seeks to find the most skillful,
accomplished and versatile body painter in America.
Along with host, Romijn, returning judges for season
three include RuPaul Charles and body painting experts
Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. In season three, 12
artists will compete for $100,000 and additional prizes
to be announced.
“SKIN WARS has been an integral part of introducing GSN
to millions of new, younger viewers and has truly become
a game changer for us,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis,
executive vice president, programming at GSN. “The
success of the show has also provided us a great
platform to showcase new series, as evidenced by the
strong debut of STEAMPUNK’D last week, which was one of
our top-rated new series launches.”
“The success of Skin Wars is driving more and more
artists to the body painting genre,” said SKIN WARS
executive producer Michael Levitt. “We are incredibly
proud of the impact this show is having and can hardly
wait to see the jaw dropping works of art created by our
painters for this upcoming season."
by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Labor Games Set for
Catch It on Lifetime September
From The Futon Critic
After delivering a sneak
peek this past May, TLC is back with the series debut of
the outrageous game show LABOR GAMES. Hosted by comedian
and actress Lisa Arch, it's a race against nature as a
camera crew surprises parents-to-be currently in labor,
offering them the opportunity to win a nursery full of
prizes before the baby is born. The season premieres
Tuesday, September 15 at 8/7c with two back-to-back
After the initial shock and surprise, and if they agree
to play the game, a normal delivery room immediately
transforms into a game show set - flashing lights, game
monitor, theme music, and all. The clock is ticking as
couples are faced with baby-themed trivia and challenges
to try to win trips, cash, baby monitors, food,
clothing, and the grand prize - a $10,000 scholarship
all before the ultimate prize arrives, their newborn
This season does not fall short of offering high-stakes
game show drama. In the premiere episode, the first
on-air birth is captured on camera. Also coming up, one
woman's water breaks during the show, making it a race
against the clock to get through the remaining trivia
and another mom-to-be is close to delivering, dilated at
TLC has prepared an early delivery of the premiere
episode, previewing it in full on TLC.com/LaborGames on
Labor Day, September 7. On the premiere night, September
15, viewers can play along with the series on their
mobile, tablet or computer to test their own Labor Games
knowledge, and to see how they would fair in the hot
seat. The play along game will also be available at
The series is filmed at the Pomona Valley Hospital
Medical Center in Pomona, CA. TLC has ordered 12
half-hour episodes of LABOR GAMES, which is produced by
More on "Sweat, Inc."
Catch It on Spike October 20
From The Futon Critic
Over the last decade, a
rising health consciousness has led 30,000 fitness clubs
to open across the country, serving more than 58 million
members annually. Valued at well over 20 billion
dollars, the exercise industry is always on the lookout
for the next big idea to continue its rapid growth. With
that in mind, on Tuesday, October 20 at 10/9c, Spike
debuts "Sweat Inc.," an unscripted competition series
hosted and judged by acclaimed health and wellness
expert, Jillian Michaels. "Sweat Inc." sets out to find
America's next big fitness phenomenon and help turn it
into an exercise craze. The winner of the competition
will receive $100,000, the opportunity to develop their
brand and launch their program at multiple Retro Fitness
locations across the country, as well as a feature in
Women's Health Magazine.
Before Soul Cycle(R), Zumba(R), and Crossfit(R) were
household names, they were one of many workout
philosophies waiting to sweep the nation. Michaels and
her co-judges will meet aspiring entrepreneurs from
across the country, and utilize their keen business
sense and vast fitness- industry knowledge to find an
undiscovered workout poised to be the next innovative
exercise program. Twenty-seven ambitious contestants
will be put through their paces, and will have to
demonstrate that their idea has what it takes to become
a mainstream success.
Each episode focuses on a specific fitness category
(circuit training, interval training, platform devices,
etc.), and highlights three entrepreneurs as they
compete to win a spot in the season finale. Every week,
the three judges will select one winner from a
particular fitness category to advance to the finale.
Throughout "Sweat Inc." the entrepreneurs will be judged
on their initial idea for an innovative exercise
program, the progress of control subjects training in
their particular program, the popularity of their
program among gym goers, and the development of their
initial pitch throughout the entire process. After 10
weeks on "Sweat Inc.," the winning entrepreneur will
have demonstrated the highest level of business savvy
and innovation, and have a complete workout movement
ready for the masses.
Joining Michaels on the "Sweat Inc." judges' panel are
fitness industry experts Randy Hetrick and Obi Obadike.
Hetrick is the creator of Suspension Training(R) - the
innovative approach to physical conditioning that has
become a global fitness phenomenon - and is the founder
of TRX, the global leaders in functional training.
Hetrick's unique accomplishments include being a
collegiate athlete, a 14-year Navy SEAL Officer,
bootstrap entrepreneur, multi-patented inventor, and CEO
of a company that's earned multiple placements on the
rosters of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies and
Outside Magazine Best Places to Work. Obadike is a
nationally recognized celebrity fitness expert, trainer
and one of the top 10 most influential fitness
authorities on the internet. As a Division I collegiate
track athlete at Cal State Fullerton, Obadike held
school records in 100 and 200 meters and 400 relay
events for several years and was a Co-Athlete of the
Year. An official spokesperson for OWNZONES and host of
"Workout with Obi", Obadike has also maintained a
visible presence in the industry gracing more than 50
fitness magazine covers and publishing 100+ articles in
fitness magazines. Additionally, Obadike was recently
named Writer of the Year for Bodybuilding.com.
In addition to the "Sweat Inc." experts, celebrity
fitness judges will join the panel throughout the season
to lend their specific expertise to select fitness
categories. Guest judges include Tito Ortiz (Bellator
MMA), Lolo Jones (US Olympian), Kit Hoover (Access
Hollywood Live) and Terrell "T.O." Owens (NFL legend).
Also, the series finale culminates with additional
experts from the health and fitness industry to weigh in
on the final entrepreneurs' programs. Final judging
authorities like Beto Perez (Creator of Zumba), Alberto
Perlman (Co-Founder of Zumba), Kelly Starrett (Founder
of San Francisco CrossFit), and Amy Keller Laird (Editor
in Chief at Women's Health) will add their valued
opinions to our "Sweat Inc." judges' assessments.
Wednesday: Drop Off
CBS Wins Night in Total, Tied
with NBC for Demo
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.706 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network
on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 17"
(6.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and
"Extant" (4.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8,
#T11) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.794
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).
NBC (5.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1)
then shared in the demo honors with its mix of
"America's Got Talent" (8.277 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), the launch of "The Carmichael
Show" (4.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1,
#T4), a second "The Carmichael Show" (4.101 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Last Comic
Standing" (4.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1,
Next up was FOX (3.840 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments of "MasterChef"
(4.522 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and
"Home Free" (3.159 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49:
Meanwhile, ABC (3.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.773
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The
Goldbergs" (3.225 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T11), "Modern Family" (3.693 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Black-ish" (2.892 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus a new
"Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.694 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).
And finally, originals from "America's Next Top Model"
(1.344 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and
"A Wicked Offer" (0.702 million viewers, #16; adults
18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.023 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.
- Camp Cutthroat (Food): 997,000
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 753,000
- America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs (MTV):
- Twinning (VH1): 547,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/S): 456,000
- Steampunk'd (GSN): 313,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 311,000
"Spartan Race" Coming
From the Futon Critic
NBC has begun casting for
its newest competition series, "Spartan Race" (working
From the producers of "American Ninja Warrior," "Spartan
Race" is the ultimate in team competition. Friends,
families and co-workers must work together and push each
other to their mental and physical limits as they race
across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to
test their determination, endurance, and will. Teams of
five - comprised of two men, two women, and an elite
Spartan athlete - will battle over mud, water, and fire
for a chance to win a large cash prize.
For those interested in becoming a contestant, please go
Spartan Race - voted Outside magazine's Best Obstacle
Race - is the world's leading obstacle race company and
the first of its kind to feature timing and global
rankings. With more than 120 events in 20+ countries,
Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants
and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as
competitive elite heats. Spartan Race features races at
three distances - 3+ Mile/20+ Obstacle "Sprint," 8+
Mile/25+ Obstacle "Super" and 13+ Mile/30+ Obstacle
"Beast," culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan
Race World Championship. Visit http://www.spartan.com
for more information, a schedule of events and to
register for a race.
"Spartan Race" will be executive produced by A. Smith &
Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed
("Hell's Kitchen," "Unsung," "Ellen's Design
Challenge"), along with Anthony Storm.
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Old Bones"
More on "Millionaire":
The Chris Harrison Era
Catch It September 14!
From Broadway World
"Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire" returns for a new season on September 14,
2015, with a new host - Chris Harrison of "The Bachelor"
franchise - and a return to the format that made the
show a phenomenon when it debuted on American
Since "Millionaire" debuted in national syndication in
2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million. The show
features contestants from all over the country and from
all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone
can walk in and win big. Cleverly-written trivia
questions that reveal fun and entertaining facts combine
with dramatic suspense to keep contestants and viewers
alike on the edge of their seats.
This season, producers are bringing back the drama to
the long-running franchise by reintroducing the ladder
format, with the tension and the difficulty building as
each contestant makes his or her way closer to $1
million dollars. The 2015-16 ladder features 14
questions, with new dollar amounts for the early
Three lifelines are available to each contestant as they
navigate their way up the ladder. Ask the Audience - one
of the show's three original lifelines - remains this
season. Also still in play is Plus One, which creates
its own drama as the companions step onto the stage and
are put on the spot - can they help their contestants
answer a challenging question? Returning to the show is
50/50, which removes two incorrect answers from the
"Millionaire's" 14th season also will offer exciting
specialty weeks throughout the season:
"OFF TO COLLEGE WEEK" Sept. 28-Oct. 2 - Smart young
people from across the country play to win some cash as
they head off to school in the fall.
"BUCKET LIST WEEK" October 26-30 - "Millionaire" helps
contestants check off items from their list of things to
do before they ... well, you know.
"BACHELOR FAN FAVORITES" Nov. 2-6 and February 1-5 -
Favorite contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The
Bachelorette" will be reunited with Harrison to compete
during two special weeks this season.
"SECOND CHANCE WEEK" Nov. 9-13 - Memorable players who
got a question wrong last season return for another
chance to go all the way to $1 million.
"ELIGIBLE BACHELOR WEEK" Nov. 16-20 - Some of the most
eligible guys in America come to "Millionaire" seeking
THE ONE ... that is, the one with six zeros behind it!
"ARMED FORCES WEEK" Dec. 14-18 - As part of the holiday
season, "Millionaire" welcomes true American heroes from
the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
"WHIZ KIDS" February 8-12 - Some of the smartest kids in
the country, from 8-15 years old, take on "Millionaire"!
"SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN" February 15-19 -
"Millionaire" partners with The Shriners Hospitals for
Children to raise money for this special cause. Special
Olympian Blake Leeper will donate all of his winnings
when he plays on the final show of the week.
"MOVIE WEEK" February 22-26 - Movie trivia buffs show
off their knowledge by taking on a totally movie-themed
slate of questions.
Alison Sweeney to Exit
Season 17 to Roll in September
From Access Hollywood
Alison Sweeney is exiting
"The Biggest Loser."
Producers for the show announced the news in a
"After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will
not be returning as host of 'The Biggest Loser' next
season," the statement read.
Sweeney, known as much for her many appearances on game
shows as her appearance as Sami Brady on "Days of Our
Lives", began hosting the NBC reality weight loss
competition in 2007.
"The Biggest Loser" will begin shooting its 17th season
Tuesday: Stop Me If
You've Heard This Before
NBC Wins on Entire Lineup
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.296 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday
with new editions of "America's Got Talent" (10.246
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and
"Hollywood Game Night" (4.397 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).
CBS (6.769 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2)
then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (8.379
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Zoo"
(6.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and
"NCIS: New Orleans" (5.663 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 0.8, #5).
Next up was ABC (2.376 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat"
(2.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6),
another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.210 million viewers, #9;
adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Extreme Weight Loss"
(2.335 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (1.840 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.5, #4) offered up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th
Grader?" (2.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5,
#9) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.406
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "The
Last Man on Earth" (1.159 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.3, #T11).
And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.127 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "iZombie"
(0.506 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on
The CW (0.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3,
#5) closed out the evening.
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.424 million
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.394 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA/SF): 981,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 951,000
"Deal or No Deal" Heads
&TV to Launch Adaptation
From Exchange 4 Media
&TV presents two new shows,
Deal Or No Deal and Agent Raghav-Crime Branch starting
September 5, every Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and 9pm
Produced by Endemol Shine India, Deal Or No Deal is
adapted from an international format. The game show
revolves around 26 family members, 26 briefcases, one
Banker and Rs 1 crore to be won. The format attempts to
bring back the flavour of family game shows in India
where one of your family members helps you win
briefcases of money. Ronit Roy takes on the mantle as
the host of the show. Snapdeal is the title sponsor of
Deal or No Deal and the show is powered by PayU Money
and supported by Syska Total Security.
Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive
Officer, Endemol Shine India said, “Deal or No Deal is a
hugely popular format internationally and has aired in
almost 130 countries. We are glad that &TV is bringing
the show back on Indian television which will be more
entertaining and have tempting deals to earn cash prize
up to Rs 1 crore. A high –energy family game show like
this will definitely keep the audiences hooked.”
Expressing his excitement of hosting Deal Or No Deal,
Ronit Roy added, “Deal Or No Deal is fun-filled,
light-hearted and a refreshing game show that can be
enjoyed with the entire family. It’s quite a change for
me as a person, because I will not be in character. I
will be seen as myself, Ronit Roy, interacting with the
contestants on the show and their families – which I
haven’t done so far!”
Best Media Info
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Praying for Roanoke"
- Today's out-of-context
live-television moment of complete and utter vocal diarrhea
comes courtesy of Howie Mandel (E!)
- What happens when two
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Results for Week Ending August
Warner Bros.’ Ice and Coco,
the second of this summer’s three syndicated tests,
finished its three-week run last week with a 1.0 average
household rating/3 share across its eight metered
markets ending August 16.
Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud remained the top game show,
finishing first for the eighth time in the past ten
weeks, gaining 2% for the week and 33% for the year to a
6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! took second, moving up 2% to a 5.9,
while CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 2% to a third-place
Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, prepping for
a new season with Bachelor host Chris Harrison, rose 6%
to a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s new entry Celebrity
Name Game was flat at a 1.3.
TV by the Numbers
Monday: All Tied Up
NBC, ABC Take Night in Demo,
CBS Takes Totals
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.090 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and NBC (4.522 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared the demo
crown on Monday as the latter served up a "best of"
edition from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.244 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a new "Running
Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.079 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).
The Alphabet then served up its mix of "Bachelor in
Paradise" (5.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8,
#1), "After Paradise" (4.004 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Whispers" (2.738 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).
Next up was FOX (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 0.9, #3) and its weekly installment of "So You
Think You Can Dance" (3.047 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T5).
Meanwhile, CBS (4.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.361
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Odd
Couple" (3.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8,
#T7), "Scorpion" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.327 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).
And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"
(2.239 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10),
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.926 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Significant Mother" (1.265
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW
(1.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5)
closed out the evening.
- She's Got Game (VH1): 1.671 million
- Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off (Food/P): 1.520 million
And the 20th Bachelor
... Apparently Sweet on Amy
Schumer, but That's Another Story.
ABC finally handed out one
very important rose on Monday night, revealing who will
be the next leading man of The Bachelor.
Baby-faced charmer Ben Higgins is the new Bachelor, and
the software salesman says that he's more than up for
"I'm ready to share my life with somebody," says
Higgins, who was the second runner up on Kaitlyn
Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette. "And I'm not
fearful of the idea of getting married. As soon as I can
find that person, it seems like the better life will
And Higgins, 26, has no hard feelings towards his ex. "I
was falling in love with Kaitlyn," he says. "She's an
amazing person. But after watching the season back, I
realized that there were other relationships that seemed
a little more right than ours. Also, [Kaitlyn's fiancé]
Shawn [Booth] and I are really good friends, and I see
how happy he is and how happy she is, and that allowed
me to move on and build a relationship with them as
WPTA Fort Wayne
Sunday: Are You Ready
for Some More Preseason Football?
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.347 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday
with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: St. Louis at
Tennessee" (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.6, #2). Leading off the night was a repeat of "Bob's
Burgers" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#T8) and a second "Bob's Burgers" (2.326 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).
CBS (5.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2)
then was still the most-watched network with its quartet
of "60 Minutes" (8.252 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 1.1, #4), "Big Brother 17" (6.986 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Madam Secretary"
(4.102 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and
"CSI: Cyber" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
Next up was ABC (4.323 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home
Videos" (5.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#5), "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.245 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Katrina: 10 Years After the
Storm with Robin Roberts" (3.784 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).
And finally, repeats of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.903
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), another
"Hollywood Game Night" (2.496 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior"
(2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) on
NBC (2.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4)
closed out the evening.
On cable over the weekend...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.463 million
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food/SP): 1.406 million
- Sunday Best (BET): 1.137 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.123 million
- Race to Escape (Science): 331,000
Second Chance... Second
Catch It on CBS September 23
From Entertainment Weekly
Allowing fans to vote for
the cast for Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance is not the
only big twist for next season. There is another twist
regarding season 31 (which will premiere Sept. 23 at 8
p.m. ET on CBS), and this time it involves the use of
hidden immunity idols.
There are actually two big twists with the idols this
season, the first of which is that every idol will look
different. This could lead to more confusion among the
contestants as to which idols are real and which are
fake. Host Jeff Probst explained the idea behind it
while speaking to EW on location for filming in May.
“The first thing we’re doing with the idols is we’re
making idols look different, so every idol will be
unique,” says Probst. “One idol will look really fancy
and the next idol will look like a 5-year-old made it.
So when you get an idol, you’re going to have to
convince somebody it’s real because they’re going to
think it isn’t. But that also opens a door to make a
fake idol … and they won’t know which is up and which is
down. You can play all angles on this.”
But that is just the first wrinkle to the immunity
idols. While the look of the idols will be different, so
will the location of where you can find them. For the
first time ever, idols will hidden in the middle of
challenges. Probst explains: “So here’s how it will
work: Day 1, they start building their shelter, you know
people are going to start looking for an idol. They’re
going to find it in a tree or under a trunk — whatever.
But it will be a clue and the clue will say, ‘Good news,
the idol is within reach. You just have to be daring
enough to grab it.’ And we’re going to have a drawing
[of the challenge]. You will know exactly where it is.
There is no search. The only question is, can you do it
in front of your tribe in the middle of a challenge and
get away with it? I love that.”
Buzzr Opens Its Vault
New Block of Failed Pilots,
Lost Gems Stars This Fall
Digital multicast network
Buzzr is giving failed gameshow pilots a second chance
with six-day “Lost & Found” programming block beginning
The block will debut unsuccessful pilots, with the
schedule to include “Body Talk,” “On a Roll,” “TKO,”
“Star Words” and the 1992 format of “Family Feud.”
Buzzr will also incorporate successful pilots and
episodes of popular shows like “Match Game,” “Body
Language,” “Beat the Clock,” “Child’s Play” and “Let’s
Make a Deal.” On Sept. 12, at the conclusion of the
programming block, a recap will air about some of the
Buzzr is owned by FremantleMedia North America and
serves to highlights vintage gameshows from the past six
Buzzr exec VP-general manager Ron Garfield said, “We’re
continuously collaborating to find new ways to curate
our enormous library of game show content. There are
countless shows that we personally know and love, and
many that our viewers request.” He added, “It was
exciting digging into the vaults like archaeologists,
discovering what some of these shows looked like at the
very beginning. We’re eager to share these with our
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"Family Feud" Season
17: September 14
New Season to Celebrate Steve
Harvey's 1000th Episode
From TV by the Numbers
The fun never ends on Family
Feud when the nationally syndicated game show returns
for its new season on Monday, September 14, 2015 (check
local listings). The upcoming season will have viewers
dizzy with laughter as all-new families duke it out on
the big stage. With questions like, “Tell me the last
thing you stuck your finger in…” everyone will crack a
smile! Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North
America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.
In the 2014-15 Season, “Family Feud” has averaged a 6.2
household rating to date, putting it 24% up year-to-year
and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run in
syndication. In the key demos of women ages 25-54 (3.0)
and adults (2.5) ages 25-54, the game show is tied with
top-rated “Judge Judy” and is up year-to-year by 20% and
The upcoming season will feature families from across
the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious
Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to
$20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to
questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for
the season were held in Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE;
Columbus, OH; Austin, TX; Louisville, KY; Birmingham,
AL; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; and Atlanta, GA.
In addition to debuting all-new side-splitting feuds,
the upcoming season will mark Steve Harvey’s 1,000th
episode as host of the beloved game show. The incredible
milestone will be celebrated in full on the Family Feud
by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
"Krypton" Blowing Up...
Syfy Reportedly Wants to
Reboot 80s Game
From Digital Spy
The Krypton Factor could be
making a return to the small screen.
SyFy is developing a US version of ITV's classic
gameshow, according to Broadcast.
SyFy president Dave Howe, who worked for the BBC for 15
years, recently revealed that The Krypton Factor was the
one show that he would like to bring back.
The Krypton Factor was presented by Gordon Burns and
aired in the UK between 1977 and 1995 for 300 episodes.
It was later revived for two series in 2009 and 2010.
The gameshow was also shown in the US as a five-week
limited series on ABC in 1981, hosted by Dick Clark. A
syndicated version with Willie Aames as host was
produced in 1990.
The game saw contestants compete in a series of rounds
made to test both physical and mental ability.
Worst Cooks in
Catch It on Food Network
From the Futon Critic
Worst Cooks in America
returns with a starry twist this fall, as Rachael Ray
joins four-time winner Anne Burrell in the kitchen to
transform seven celebrity cooking disasters into
culinary VIPs. Anne and Rachael each lead a team of
personalities who have many talents on-screen, but
little savvy in the kitchen - and these food masters are
determined to whip the celebs into culinary shape. The
all-star recruits are: Dean Cain, Ellen Cleghorne, Jenni
"Jwoww" Farley, Chris Soules, Jaleel White, Kendra
Wilkinson and Barry Williams. The contestant who makes
the most impressive food transformation wins a $50,000
grand prize for charity, as well as bragging rights for
their team leader. The celebrity edition of Worst Cooks
in America premieres Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm
"With Anne and Rachael as team leaders to a roster of
cooking-challenged celebrities, Worst Cooks boot camp is
high energy and hilarious," said Bob Tuschman, General
Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The
kitchen is bursting with big personalities and comical
culinary mishaps - but along the way some of these
celebs actually develop impressive cooking chops."
In the season premiere, Rachael joins Anne for the first
time in boot camp and they are introduced to their
recruits - celebrities who can't cook. They have a
limited amount of time to turn these seven pampered
personalities into kitchen stars, so they assess
everyone's skill level at the first-ever Worst Cooks
potluck and find themselves tasting some very
interesting dishes. After Anne and Rachael pick teams,
one celebrity does not make the cut and is sent back to
Tinseltown. Upcoming episodes feature suspenseful
blindfold dish tastings, a rousing game of Family Food
and small-dish tapas-style entertaining. The season
culminates in a finale on Wednesday, October 28th at 9pm
ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded $50,000
for charity and bragging rights for their mentor.
Viewers can watch hilarious exclusive video starring the
celebs, see highlights, get culinary tips, vote on their
favorite Worst Cooks and much more at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks.
Join the star-studded conversation on Twitter using #WorstCooks.
Worst Cooks in America is produced by Optomen
Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.
MERL REAGLE: 1950-2015
Crossword Writer Wrote for "Crosswits",
From Los Angeles Times
Crossword puzzle creator
Merl Reagle, whose Sunday puzzles for the Los Angeles
Times and other newspapers were known for their wit,
puns and wicked inventiveness, died Saturday in a Tampa,
Fla., hospital. He was 65.
Reagle suddenly took ill Thursday and was rushed to the
hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis,
said his wife, Marie Haley. He slipped into a coma and
did not regain consciousness.
His puzzle for this Sunday in The Times, as well as the
Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer among the
roughly 50 papers that carried his syndicated work, is
titled “Things Are People, Too.” It’s unclear whether he
had prepared additional new puzzles, but Haley said it
was unlikely because he often worked right up to
Although his crosswords were far from easy, he steered
away from the kind of esoteric terms found just about
nowhere but crossword puzzles. He cited two examples,
“Anoa, which is an ox. Ern, which is a sea eagle,” in a
2013 Hartford Courant interview. “You see documentaries
about those animals, and they don’t call them erns.”
He was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Audubon, N.J. His mother
was a nurse who moved him and his brother to Tucson when
he was 10. He attended the University of Arizona, where
he was a copy editor for the student newspaper, the
Daily Wildcat. As much as he loved puzzles, he couldn’t
see doing them as much more than a hobby.
“I remember thinking,” he told the Daily Wildcat in
2009, “‘Who wants to be 58 years old and look back and
say, ‘I made crossword puzzles my whole life.’”
But a move to the Los Angeles area, where he had a few
jobs including as a writer on the quiz shows “Couch
Potatoes” and “Crosswits,” convinced him that he might
indeed try to be that guy. In 1979, he began working at
puzzles full time — his breakthrough was making a deal
with the San Francisco Examiner for a weekly puzzle.
In addition to his wife, Reagle is survived by his
father, Sam; and a brother, also named Sam.
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