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ABC/BBC Worldwide

"Dancing" in Iceland
BBC Worldwide Sells International Super Format PLUS...
From Variety

"Dancing With the Stars" is set to debut in Iceland after BBC Worldwide sold the format to Icelandic broadcaster Stod 2, it was announced Monday. The local version is set to premiere March 11.

The deal marks the first partnership between BBC Wordwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Stod 2. BBC Worldwide will produce the show alongside RVK Studios.

"We have had an eye on this format for quite some time and are very excited to finally bring the amazing energy, entertainment and of course glitter finally to Iceland," said Johanna Gisladottir, head of acquisitions and programming at Stod 2.

The format, broadcast as "Strictly Come Dancing" in the U.K., has now sold to 55 countries. Other recent sales of the format have included to Brazul and Belgium. In the U.K. it saw its most successful season in 2017.

BBC Worldwide is currently hosting its annual showcase event, which runs Feb. 18-21 in Liverpool.

It also announced the sale of gameshow format "You're Back in the Room" to Poland and Portugal. The format is already in production by ATM Grupa for free-to-air channel TVN in Poland, which will launch the show March 3. The Portuguese version, set to air in spring 2018, will be produced by by Shine Iberia for commercial broadcaster SIC.

The gameshow sees five strangers, who are hypnotised with specific triggers designed to interfere with the games, take on a series of seemingly simple tasks for cash prizes. The show premiered in the U.K. in 2015 with a peak audience of 5.2 million viewers. The format has already been sold in nine other markets including the U.S., French Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Colombia. .

Variety
TBI Vision

posted 2/19/18

WEEKEND: NBC Continues Dominating the Medal Chart
CBS Takes Silver on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (16.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

The silver medal then went to CBS (3.963 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Hawaii Five-0" (3.236 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the feature "A Bug's Life" (2.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and its mainstay "20/20" (3.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The X-Files" (1.476 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a second "The X-Files" (1.251 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, the season finale of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.683 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

NBC (15.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (15.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) in primetime.

ABC (3.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "Shark Tank" (3.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) bookending repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.669 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) adn its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.861 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), repeats of "SWAT" (2.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.276 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the night with repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Simpsons" (1.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Ghosted" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.230 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "LA to Vegas" (1.059 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/19/18

"The Wall" Built in the Middle East
NBC Takes Format Overseas
From TBI Vision

Game show The Wall, a US format created and produced by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio, will be heading to the Middle East.

MBC has acquired the rights to broadcast local versions of the format in Arabic. The news arrives after the format has already aired in 16 territories worldwide.

The format sees a pair of teammates attempt a quiz in order to win a life-changing cash prize. This is set behind an interactive set piece, which highlights their successes and failures.

The Wall has already seen international success, it will now go into its second season on NBC. It's distributor, Endemol Shine, also claims that the format's Colombian launch reached a 40.2% audience share, winning over its timeslot.

Marina Williams COO of Endemol Shine International Operations says: "We are very happy to bring The Wall to the Arabic viewers across Middle East and proud of MBC's choice, as one of the leading broadcasters in the region. "MBC and Imagic production house will deliver top quality and thrilling entertainment to the millions of viewers across the region."

TBI Vision

posted 2/19/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "President's Day... Here's a First Lady"

  • Vanna White celebrated a birthday. Betcha can't guess which one. (Parade)
     
  • HQ has some new competition... with DEEPER POCKETS! (Pocket Gamer)

  • Jenna Morasca revived thanks to Narcan... bites. (WNCN Goldsboro)

  • Fergie... National Anthem... there's a "The Four" joke somewhere. (TV Line)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Before LSB, before Snack-Off, before John Legend, Chrissy Teigen was also a DOND model. With Meghan Markle (Marie Claire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with... Ben Bailey (AZCentral.com

posted 2/19/18


Fox

SYTYCD Returns Summer
Fox Greenlights Season 15
From the Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 15th season.

From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX. Emmy Award winner Nigel Lythgoe, award-winning choreographer Mary Murphy and award-winning actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will return as resident judges on the series, hosted by Emmy Award nominee Cat Deeley.

"I am always blown away by the sheer level of raw talent on this show," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "These are real people - unknown stars in their own right. And each week, they tell compelling, emotional stories through their craft. We can't wait for Nigel, Mary, Vanessa and Cat to hit the road once again and uncover the phenomenal talent that's out there."

"It's incredible to make it to 15 seasons, which just speaks to the impact this program has had, not only on the world of dance, but also on our loyal fans and viewers, to whom we are most grateful," added executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Auditions for the 15th season kick off next month. All potential contestants should register online at soyouthinkyoucandance2018.castingcrane.com/ and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York or Los Angeles. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check soyouthinkyoucandance2018.castingcrane.com/ and/or fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at "The Academy" callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of "The Academy" callback rounds, the judges will choose this season's top dancers to move on in the competition. Those that are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Last September, Lex Ishimoto was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Ishimoto, 19, danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. During the 2017 Summer season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE garnered more than 190 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season.

THe Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/18

"Drag Race" to Return March 22
VH1 Series to Enter Historic 10th Season
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of VH1's industry leading ten consecutive quarters of YoY ratings growth (P18-49) - the best streak across broadcast and cable - and following the three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning season nine of "RuPaul's Drag Race," the fiercest competition on primetime returns with a historic 10th season.

Each supersized, 90-minute episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will give fans more fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before. The new season premieres on VH1 on Thursday, March 22, followed by the popular, Emmy(R) Award-nominated after-show "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked."

"To celebrate a decade of Drag Race we've pulled out all the stops. The queens, the challenges and the shenanigans are off the mother-tucking charts," said executive producer and two-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul. "And I'm thrilled that Untucked is back on VH1. 'Cause, henny, if you ain't watching Untucked, you're only getting half the story. Okurrr?"

"RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" gives viewers an uncensored, behind-the-scenes look at each episode of the main competition. During "Untucked," cameras reveal conversations not seen on the main show as the queens anxiously wait to learn their fate and who will need to lip sync for their life to avoid the week's elimination.

Fans craving more RuPaul can check out "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," which premiered to record-breaking ratings and is currently airing on Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on VH1. The season follows legendary queens as they return to the mainstage to battle it out for the crown and a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

THe Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/18

GGG Meets DDD. Again.
Food Network Slots Tournament Event
From the Futon Critic

On this epic four-part tournament, Guy Fieri brings back the best chefs from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, who have previously competed on Guy's Grocery Games, for another chance at victory, beginning on Sunday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT.

In each episode of Guy's Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament, four veteran chefs will put their shopping and cooking skills to the test in three rounds of the hardest games the Flavortown Market has ever seen. At home, viewers can test their supermarket smarts at FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames, and can share their results on social media using #GroceryGames.

On the tournament premiere, the competitors John Conley (Flagstaff, AZ), "Panini" Pete Blohme (Fairhope, AL), Louis Remilliard (Las Vegas, NV), and Jazz Singsanong (Los Angeles, CA) must race the lunch rush to deliver a signature burger in only 15 minutes. In the second round, Guy challenges their abilities to recreate top-selling dishes from their restaurants, with only an extreme budget to spend on their ingredients. Last, it is comfort food favorites, where the chefs must mash up diner classics into one finished plate. The one that wins will move on to the finale on Sunday, April 8th at 9pm ET/PT, featuring three new rounds of nail-biting aisle challenges.

John Atkinson (Manhattan Beach, CA), Sam Auen (Des Moines, IA), Aristo Boutsikakis (Salt Lake City, UT), Peter Campbell (Minneapolis, MN), Domenica Catelli (Geyservill, CA), Crystal De Luna Bogan (Nashville, TN), Jay Hajj (Boston, MA), and Bobby Marcotte (Raymond, NH) are also put to the test in grueling aisle games. Throughout the tournament the rotating panel of judges, including Troy Johnson, Aaron May, Carl Ruiz, Aarti Sequeira, and Justin Warner will decide who will take home $10,000 each week and earn a coveted spot in the grand finale for a chance to earn an additional $20,000 and become the Triple-D, Triple-G, Triple Threat!

THe Futon Critic

posted 2/16/18

THURSDAY: Night 7
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.032 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (16.032 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

CBS (5.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (7.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.075 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Mom" (4.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.906 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with night two of "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.015 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) plus the special "20/20: Roseanne - The Return" (3.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.494 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.282 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "9-1-1" (1.708 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (0.852 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Arrow" (0.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) likewise rounded out the night on The CW (0.732 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 842k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 827k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 713k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 460k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 440k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (S/MTV): 353k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 353k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 349k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 247k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Kind of Week Has It Been"

  • Daniele & Dominic Briones are having a Big Brother baby (Reality TV World)
     
  • Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf engaged (Reality TV World)

  • Corinne Olympios, DeMario Jackson spend Valentine's Day together (Reality TV World)

  • Wayne Brady isn't the only game show alum to go to "Kinky Boots". Hi David Cook (Reality TV World)

  • Wondering who that new model was on TPIR? Say hello to "Y&R" actress Mishael Morgan (SoapHub)

  • Steve Harvey won't face his ex-wife in court (HelloBeautiful)

  • Bill Anderson to be inducted to Songwriters' Hall of Fame (Billboard)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with... Corinne Foxx (The Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/16/18

WEDNESDAY: Night 6
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (17.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was the top Valentine's Day draw last night with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (17.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

CBS (4.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then led the leftovers with its mix of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "The Amazing Race 30" (4.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and another "The Amazing Race 30" (3.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "The Resident" (2.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.073 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

ABC (2.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Speechless" (2.346 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.544 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "American Housewife" (2.168 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) plus a new "Match Game" (2.238 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Relationships Just for Laughs" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The Top 14 Greatest Valentine's Day Movies of All Time" (0.672 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 671k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/15/18


Las Vegas Weekly
MARTY ALLEN: 1922-2018
Bug-Eyed Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From the Wrap

Marty Allen, a beloved comedian and staple for TV variety shows and game shows, has died. He was 95.

Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Monday. He died of complications from pneumonia in Las Vegas with his wife and longtime performing partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side.

Best known for his greeting and catchphrase "hello dere," Allen shared the stage with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley, among others.

Allen served in Italy in the Army Air Corps in World War II — earning a medal for valor — before turning to entertainment. He first found success in the duo Allen & Rossi with late partner Steve Rossi. They were favorites on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before breaking up in 1968.

Described as "baby-faced, bug-eyed comic," he later became a regular on "The Hollywood Squares" and other popular game shows.

His first wife, Lorraine "Frenchy" Allen, died in 1976 and he went on to marry singer-songwriter Blackwell in 1984..

The Wrap
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Variety

Inquisitr

Page Six
PopCulture
The Hollywood Reporter

TV Line

TV Guide
Victoria Times Colonist

posted 2/14/18


CW

With Six You Get CW
CW Reclaims Sundays Fall 2018
From the Futon Critic

For the upcoming 2018-2019 season, The CW Network will expand its primetime schedule to include Sunday night, growing its line-up of original first-run programming from five nights to six nights, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. When the new season launches in October 2018, The CW will offer 12 hours of primetime series each week, Sunday-Friday (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

Leading The CW's efforts to expand into Sunday primetime were Chris Brooks, Executive Vice President, Network Distribution, and Ann Miyagi, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, who worked closely with all of the network's key affiliate partners to secure clearances across the country, including the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television Stations and Nexstar Media Group.

"By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they're so passionate about. Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers. Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule - now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast line-up, and continue to add content on every platform," said Pedowitz. "I'd like to thank Chris and Ann for being instrumental in making this happen, and to thank all of our station groups for being such terrific partners as we add Sundays to our primetime schedule this fall on all our affiliates across the country."

Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., commented, "As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night. We value our relationship and look forward to an even stronger audience following with more of The CW's popular primetime programming."

"We are very pleased with the growth and success of The CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the network's primetime schedule to 12 hours," said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. "Mark and his team have done a tremendous job of putting together a terrific Monday-Friday schedule. We are excited to partner with them to grow our ratings and revenue by adding original series programming on Sunday nights."

"Through our station affiliations, Nexstar and The CW have built a deep and successful long-term relationship based on a shared commitment to the growing number of viewers and markets we serve throughout the country," said Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. "We are delighted that The CW is adding a sixth night of its unique brand of acclaimed programming, as when combined with Nexstar's high quality, original, local news and other exclusive local content, we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent marketing solutions platform for local and national advertisers."

THe Futon Critic
Broadway World
TV Line
Deadline

posted 2/14/18

TUESDAY: PyeongChang Beasts Bachelor. Like Heavy
The Olympics Take It for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) paved the way to victory on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (20.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

ABC (2.726 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second with the launch of "The Bachelor Winter Games" (3.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and the special "20/20: Lights, Camera, Romance!" (2.174 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Next up was CBS (5.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Bull" (5.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

FOX (1.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (2.428 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "LA to Vegas" (1.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "The Mick" (1.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.089 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Black Lightning" (1.784 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) on The CW (1.436 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 834k
- Chopped (Food): 809k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 788k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 675k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sashaying to Netflix"

posted 2/14/18

SYNDIES: Week 20
Result for the Week Ending February 4
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil widened its lead among the talk shows as the February sweep got underway in the week ending Feb. 4.

Phil jumped 12% from the prior frame to a 12-week-high 3.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, easily leading the talkers for the 74th week in a row. Ellen DeGeneres, which featured an appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama, rose 12% to a second-place 2.8. That was almost a two-year high for Ellen, but the show still finished a full point behind Phil.

The show with the biggest ratings in syndication was Judge Judy, which grew 4% to a stellar 7.6 and was the No. 1 program overall for the 22nd time in 25 weeks (with one tie).

Family Feud was second to Judy among all syndies, slipping 4% to a 7.1. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both fell 1% and tied for third at a 6.8.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 -4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8 -1%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 -1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
 
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/13/18

MONDAY: Night 4
The Olympics Take It for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Monday with its primetime coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (20.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

ABC (5.505 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The Bachelor" (5.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (4.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside second runs of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.875 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Resident" (1.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.497 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.294m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/13/18

WEEKEND: Let the Games Begin
NBC Wins on Olympic Coverage. But You Knew That Was Going to Happen
From The Futon Critic

NBC (23.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) claimed top honors on Friday thanks to the formal start of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (23.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

CBS (3.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a repeat "Bull" (3.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its lineup of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (2.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), the season finale of "Child Support" (2.202 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "20/20" (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up an encore of "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" (1.803 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.705 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 866k

NBC (21.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) took home another victory on Sunday with its primetime "2018 Winter Olympics" (21.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) coverage.

ABC (3.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and a new "Shark Tank" (2.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.491 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.560 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.183 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), "Bob's Burgers" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Ghosted" (1.075 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "LA to Vegas" (1.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) rounded out the night on FOX (1.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.414m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.036m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 756k

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posted 2/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going to Carolina"

  • Bob Eubanks brings his Not-So-Newlywed Game to North Carolina (Hickory Daily Record)
     
  • Wayne Brady to put on his "Kinky Boots" again (Broadway.com)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? They're never going to say what HQ stands for. (Money

posted 2/13/18


BBC

Jeremy Clarkson Is The New Chris Tarrant?
Report: "Grand Tour" Co-Host to Host New Series of "Millionaire"
From Deadline

The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly set to host a remake of gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in the UK, four years after it was cancelled by ITV.

The show is being developed by Sony-owned production company Stellify Media, which produces the reboot of Blind Date for Channel 5 and recently secured a Jackass-meets-Wipeout gameshow commission for Netflix. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which was originally hosted by Chris Tarrant, previously ran on ITV between 1998 and 2014.

Co-created by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, alongside David Briggs and Mike Whitehill, the show still airs in a raft of international territories including the U.S., where Chris Harrison has agreed to host another season late last year.

Deadline
Joe
Yahoo!
London Evening Standard

posted 2/12/18

Wild'n All That
"All That" Cast Reunites for "Wild'n Out"
From Digital Spy

It's been 18 years since Kenan & Kel last graced TV screens, and 13 years since Nickelodeon's much-loved sketch show All That ended... And after all that time, we're finally getting an All That reunion in an upcoming episode of MTV's comedy gameshow Wild 'n Out.

One of the show's original cast members Kel Mitchell has shared various snaps from the taping of the Wild 'n Out season 11 reunion episode.

Alongside Kel and Kenan, or Kenan & Kel, are fellow cast members Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server. "Kenan game face is epic in this pic!! #wildnout," Kel wrote alongside one image. "#allthatreunion on @mtvwildnout," he captioned another.

Kel shared a number of other photos and videos, including one with Wild 'n Out host Nick Cannon, where he wrote: "With my Brothers! I got to frame this picture! "Yo Lil bro @nickcannonyour staff and crew was awesome today! Thanks for putting this all together and congratulations on filming season 11 of @mtvwildnout.

"And I enjoyed the prayer you did with the cast before we all hit the stage! #teamJesus Continued success bro! Blessings!"

Back in November, Kenan revealed Kel really does love orange soda as the pair 'reunited' again on MTV's TRL. Prior to that, the duo joined forces for a TV advert for movie ticketing app Fandango, and previously got back together with the cast of All That to celebrate its 22nd anniversary..

Digital Spy
Joe

posted 2/12/18

MasterChef Junior: March 2
Joe Bastianich Returns to Join Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi
From the Futon Critic

The kids are back for Season Six of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, featuring award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi, as well as the return of fan-favorite judge Joe Bastianich.

The all-new season of the hit culinary competition series debuts with a special two-hour premiere Friday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and makes its time period premiere on Friday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

After a nationwide search, 40 of the best young home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been given the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen. Only the best 12 female and 12 male junior chef-testants will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.

This season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including a mystery box challenge with 26 ingredients, each representing a different letter of the alphabet, and a test during which they'll cook a dish that represents their family heritage. Additionally, the young home cooks will prepare a meal for one lucky couple and their guests at their wedding reception, create the perfect chicken-and-waffle dish, compete in a Blue Apron mystery box challenge and power through the fan-favorite pop-up restaurant challenge, until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

In the special, two-hour season premiere, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/The Boys Are Back In Town," 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. The junior home cooks are split up into two groups - girls and boys. All 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish, while the boys must create the perfect chicken breast dish. Only 12 winners from each group will earn an apron and a chance to move on. The competition is tougher than ever as the judges separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. The Top 24 contestants begin their quest for the title of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR in the series' time period premiere, airing Friday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 2/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You're Fired"

  • Viacom continues layoffs (The Wrap)
     
  • Omarosa Manigault-Newman spends some time in the hospital after challenge (TV Line)

  • Steve Harvey, in what may be the oddest family feud ever, reportedly had his daughter's fiance followed (Ebony

  • Rachel Riley says the outtakes from "8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown" would end her career. No such clips on this site, but still NSFW (Buzz.ie)

  • FIRST LOOK: Genius Junior (NBC, March 18) (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (The Guardian)

posted 2/12/18


Netflix
REG E. CATHEY: 1958-2018
"The Wire" Actor Announced Game Shows for "Square One Television"
From Screen Rant

Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey has passed away at the age of 59, possibly from lung cancer.

Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama on August 18, 1958. He spent much of his childhood in West Germany before returning to America and studying theater at both The University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.

Cathey's career began on the series Square One, a mathematics based educational children's show. He was the announcer for most of the game shows that were incorporated into the series. He followed with more traditional acting roles, making his film debut as a reporter in the Chevy Chase comedy Funny Farm. Cathey kept busy through the 90s with roles in the movies What About Bob, The Mask, Clear and Present Danger, and Se7en.

He was working just as much on TV, playing a klingon in a later episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and appearing in the made for TV movie And the Band Played On about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. He also appeared on ER and in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street – as a character he brought back for the Homicide movie two years later.

In 2000 he was in the movie American Psycho and following that he was in the movies Pootie Tang and S.W.A.T. Around the same time he wound up doing an eight-episode run on the HBO series Oz. He's also guest starred on three different series in the Law & Order franchise.

In 2006 Cathey was cast as Norman Wilson on The Wire, appearing in 23 episodes over the course of the show's final two seasons. The Wire creator David Simon announced Cathey's death in a heartfelt tweet earlier today.

Cathey appeared in several more films after this, including St. Vincent and The Fantastic Four. But the majority of his career remained on television. He followed The Wire with three episodes of Grimm before being cast as restaurant owner Frank on House of Cards. Cathey popped up repeatedly during the first three seasons of the Netflix show and was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Star in a Drama Series Emmy every year he was on the show – winning in 2015.

He continued to guest star on various shows, including The Good Wife, The Blacklist, and Inside Amy Schumer. Cathey's last leading role on a TV series was on the horror series Outcast and his final role was in the Oprah Winfrey-starring TV movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

His fans will miss the actor's deep baritone voice and the beautiful intensity he brought to every role he played.

Screen Rant
BBC News
CNN

posted 2/9/18


Fox

Shazam! Another Season!
Catch New Season of "Beat Shazam" This May!
From The Futon Critic

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained") returns as host and executive producer for Season Two of BEAT SHAZAM. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, joins BEAT SHAZAM as the new deejay. BEAT SHAZAM is a unique and interactive game show in which teams of two race against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the highest score will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win up to one million dollars. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), Season Two is scheduled to premiere in May 2018 on FOX. BEAT SHAZAM was created by Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in association with Shazam. Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff, Barry Poznick, Rich Riley, Lauren Zalaznick and Jamie Foxx serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/18


Fox

THURSDAY: Speaking Of New Seasons...
Fox Greenlights "The Four" Season 2 Before Season 1 Finale
From The Futon Critic

FOX has renewed its new music competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, for a second season, to premiere this summer, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Series & Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company.

"THE FOUR is truly a next-generation show," said Wade. "It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We'd like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two."

NBC (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was of course the network to beat with the start of its "2018 Winter Olympics" (14.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) coverage.

ABC (5.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and FOX (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) shared a distant silver with the latter served up a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and the season finale of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (4.327 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was the Alphabet and originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up night two of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Young Sheldon" (5.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "SWAT" (4.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Arrow" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 990k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 852k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 797k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 738k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 440k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 334k
- Black Card Revoked (BET): 272k
- Talk Show the Game Show (TruTV): 184k

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posted 2/9/18

WEDNESDAY: Redefining "Celebrity"... Again.
Here Are the Celebrity Big Brother Houseguests... and How They Rated
From the Futon Critic

CBS has announced the 11 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the first-ever Celebrity edition of BIG BROTHER in the U.S. This season's accomplished cast includes an NBA champion, a UFC legend, a Tony Award-winning actress, a chart-topping musician, a model, a television personality and a TV host, among others. BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION launches with a three-night premiere event airing Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live eviction show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit series.

CBS (5.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and FOX (5.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday as the latter served up new episodes of "The X-Files" (3.741 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "9-1-1" (6.585 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

The Eye then bowed the launch of "Celebrity Big Brother" (7.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a new "The Amazing Race 30" (5.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a second "The Amazing Race 30" (4.587 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was NBC (6.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for the feature "Inside Out" (3.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Match Game" (2.561 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "Riverdale" (1.290 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Dynasty" (0.662 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 814k

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posted 2/8/18


ABC

It's Robot Fighting Time! Again!
Discovery, Science to Reboot "Battlebots"
From The Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is making its triumphant return with all-new episodes set to premiere this spring on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports.

The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

"BattleBots is the perfect union between cutting-edge science and entertainment," said Marc Etkind, General Manager Science Channel. "Having heard the call from robot fans clamoring for more action, we are thrilled to bring back this iconic series."

"In BattleBots, anyone can be the champ, and all are welcome to apply," said Ed Roski, BattleBots Co-founder. "This is a sport for smart people where it's all about ideas and building something cool. BattleBots is a fight to the death, but no one gets hurt. It's the place to show-off your imagination, your engineering prowess and art, and your ability to make it survive - and we couldn't be happier bringing BattleBots to Discovery." He added: "In my opinion, Discovery is the TV network where BattleBots has always belonged."

The Futon Critic

posted 2/7/18

SYNDIES: Week 19
Result for the Week Ending January 28
From TV Newscheck

Most syndicated shows declined amid a severe drop in PUT levels (persons using television) in the last full week before the February sweep. For example, none of the 15 talk shows was able to improve from the week before in the session ending Jan. 28.

Judge Judy, which has dominated the court shows for an astounding 1,114 straight weeks, scored a strong 7.3 and landed in a photo finish for the overall syndication lead with Family Feud, with the advantage going to the latter by a tenth of a rating point. Feud was the only game show not to decline, remaining at a 7.4 and easily beating the quiz and giveaway strips for a ninth straight week.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 NC
2T. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 -3%
2T. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.9 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%.

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.

TV Newcheck
B&C

posted 2/7/18

TUESDAY: Games Go Out on Top
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) rode the demo wave on Tuesday with the season finale of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by new episodes from "This Is Us" (10.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Med" (7.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

CBS (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its mainstays "NCIS" (13.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Bull" (10.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.376 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "LA to Vegas" (2.509 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.017 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Middle" (5.621 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.288 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (1.876 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.012m
- The Challenge: Vendettas - 9p (MTV): 824k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 776k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 723k
- The Challenge: Special (MTV): 268k

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posted 2/7/18

Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell Look For "The World's Best"
CBS Greenlights Global Talent Search
From The Hollywood Reporter

CBS has picked up a new competition series called The World's Best, which hails from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell.

The show is described as a "first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable" from around the world. They will have to impress a group of American judges as well as 50 of the world's most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned the winner.

"This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television," said Sharon Vuong, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. "Mike and Mark are not only the very top producers in the genre, but they also understand how to create compelling competition and build enduring franchises."

The series is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Burnett and Darnell are executive producing with Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 2/7/18

Truck!
History Greenlights "Truck Night in America"
From The Futon Critic

It's truck versus terrain, as 50 truck owners from across the United States compete in grueling challenges that test their ingenuity and driving ability in HISTORY's new ten episode nonfiction competition series, "Truck Night in America" premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 10PM ET/PT.

With the assistance of four experts, owners will compete for the chance to drive the toughest, most arduous truck obstacle course ever built, and drive away with $10,000 prize. "Trucks have a true place in American history, both past and present, and as the most widely sold vehicle with 133 million currently on U.S. roads there is an appetite for this genre of programing," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. "Since 1925 when the first American factory-produced truck rolled off the line, owners have been devising ingenious ways to make them faster, stronger and better and this can be seen with the tough competitors in our new series."

Each episode of this self-contained competition series features five drivers in their personal customized trucks and jeeps going head to head in three challenges, each testing a different vehicle attribute: speed, strength and handling. Between each challenge competitors demonstrate their craftsmanship by re-engineering their trucks for the next round. The last two finalists standing then take on a three-mile, truck killing obstacle course known as "The Green Hell," which challenges trucks and drivers to fly off jumps, climb a mountain of crushed cars, and tear through a snake-infested swamp. Five trucks will enter to compete, but only one can win and take home the prize money and the title of "Truck Night Champion."

Helping the competitors are four expert coaches: desert racing champion and track builder, "Pistol" Pete Sohren; extreme sports pioneer and dirt track racer, Glen Plake; truck builder and master fabricator, Abe Wine and rock crawling champion and master fabricator, Rob "Bender" Park. These four experts offer tough love and their professional perspective on each contender's strategy and performance.

"Truck Night In America" is produced for HISTORY by 51 Minds. Christian Sarabia and James Patrick Costello II are executive producers for 51 Minds. Bert Klasey, Mike Stiller, Dolores Gavin and Mary Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Truck Night In America."

The Futon Critic

posted 2/7/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Have You Seen These Hosts?"

  • Alec Baldwin exits ABC pilot (TV Line)
     
  • Gordon Ramsay now available as a (BLEEPING) Amazon Alexa skill, you (BLEEPING) donkey! (Broadway World)

  • Olly Murs challenges the X Factor judges to a sing-off. (Telly Mix

  • Apolo Ohno goes from speedskating... to "Minute to Win It"... to "Spartan"... to cooking? (Bustle)

  • Arielle Kebbel (you remember her, right?) is freed in "Fifty Shades"... plus other things you may not know about the "Perfect Score" host (TV Overmind)

  • Chris Hardwick bringing his balls to Phoenix (Phoenix New Times)

  • How Mark Labbett got his nickname. It's not news, it's... (LADBible)

  • CASTING COUCH: The $100,000 Pyramid (Casting Duo)... AND Jeopardy! (Jeopardy!)

  • The Bachelor: "Will you accept these slots?" (Casino Journal) ... "Okay, how about this bingo?" (Ontario Lottery)

posted 2/7/18

Time to Meet "The Clock"
Catch It on Universal Kids Today!
From Staten Island Live

Set your alarms! FremantleMedia North America's newest game show BEAT THE CLOCK premieres this Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30/6:30c on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's network for kids 2-12.

Hosted by Paul Costabile, this classic 50's game show is back and this time kids and their adult relatives are the contestants using skill, strategy, teamwork, and a bit of luck to pull off wacky and hilarious challenges while racing against the clock in hopes to win BIG.

Kids everywhere are sure to become Clock enthusiasts after they catch this half-hour series filled with family-friendly competition and exciting games.

Costabile was born and raised in New Jersey, but you wouldn't know that from the affectionate way he talks about the Island.

Detailing his rise in the entertainment industry, Costabile explains that he had an Internet talk show for a couple of years after college. Despite some success, he didn't gain the attention he had hoped.

The kid-friendly program has families compete in crazy games to win prizes and money. Simply put by Costabile, the show is "old-fashioned fun."

Costabile and his wife, platinum recording artist Christina Perri, welcomed a daughter, Carmella Stanley Costabile, on Jan. 17 and, as a first-time dad, Costabile credits his work on Beat the Clock for helping to prepare him for fatherhood.

"It's reminded me to have fun with everything, which I believe is important in family and in life," he said. "Because it is such a family-orientated show, it's just been the best timing for me to start my own family."

Costabile says he hopes the spirit of "Beat the Clock," which is nothing but fun, becomes the spirit of his family.

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posted 2/6/18


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JOHN MAHONEY: 1940-2018
Frasier's Martin Crane Played "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
From
TV Line

Actor John Mahoney, most fondly remembered for playing Frasier's Martin Crane for 10 years on NBC, died Sunday in Chicago, TMZ reports. He was 77.

Prior to his illustrious Frasier run, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations and two Primetime Emmy nominations, the British actor guested on myriad TV series including Chicago Story, Cheers (though not as Frasier's "dead" dad but playing a jingle writer named Sy), Becker and 3rd Rock From the Sun. He also costarred on the 1990 ABC drama H.E.L.P. and the 1992 CBS medical drama The Human Factor.

Since Frasier wrapped, he had appeared on series such as ER, In Treatment (in a recurring role), Burn Notice and a half-dozen episodes of Hot in Cleveland. Most recently, he guested in a 2015 episode of the ITV drama Foyle's War. Mahoney's film credits, meanwhile, included Moonstruck, Say Anything, Eight Men Out and The American President.

During his time on "Frasier", he played "Celebrity Jeopardy!".

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 2/6/18

MONDAY: ABC In Love
"The Bachelor" Leads ABC to Monday Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its demo reign on Monday with new episodes from "The Bachelor" (6.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (9.509 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Second place then went to NBC (4.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with its mix of "The Wall" (6.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Better Late Than Never" (5.292 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and the special "The Best of U.S. - The 2018 Winter Olympics" (2.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Sharing the silver was FOX (4.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Lucifer" (3.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Resident" (4.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Man with a Plan" (6.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (5.614 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), the season finale of "9JKL" (4.849 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Scorpion" (5.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, the winter finale of "Supergirl" (2.123 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) as well as repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.007 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.028 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.570 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.314m
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 939k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/6/18

FRIDAY: The One Before the Big Game
Hell's Kitchen Ends Steady
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its dramas "MacGyver" (7.208 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

FOX (3.322 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however shared in the demo crown with the penultimate "Hell's Kitchen" (3.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Taken" (2.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up fresh installments of "Child Support" (3.930 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.186 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (3.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.674 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 939k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 968k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 764k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/6/18

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