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Hell Rises Again
GSN's "Hellevator" Returns October 7
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its horror-themed game HELLEVATOR returns for season two with a special four-week network event, just in time for the Halloween season, with all-new spine-chilling weekly episodes, beginning Friday, October 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate.

Jason Blum, executive producer and master of the horror genre, whose company, Blumhouse Productions brought the world the "The Purge," "Insidious," "Ouija" and "Paranormal Activity" franchises, now presents a terrifying, genre-bending series that dares a team of four friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. With $50,000 at stake, contestants must conquer multiple floors of terrifying chaos and hair-raising challenges in order to move on to the final level - The Inferno.

Each specially-themed episode is inspired by a true crime story and will also emulate a grisly scene invoked by one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed and Sloth). In addition to the psychological terror players will face during their quest, they must also endure the wrath of the show's masterminds, horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," who work in tandem from their secret lair to torment and trip-up players as they struggle to remain sane and keep in mind, "it's just a game."

The Futon Critic
Dread Central
Broadway World
Multichannel News

posted 8/24/16

Lip Sync Battle Goes Live!
Catch the New Season on Spike September
From the Futon Critic

Spike's EMMY(R)-nominated "Lip Sync Battle" is going LIVE for the first time ever on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm with a must-see show featuring big-name celebrity Lip Sync Battle alums including John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and more. "Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars LIVE" will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show's most Popular and memorable past performers who will return for another chance at glory and the coveted Lip Sync Battle championship belt. The winners will be decided by fans voting at home.

"Our show is always wild, but for this show, the returning champs already know how to play and win and are focused on giving an over-the-top performance," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Being LIVE for first time ever means anything can happen and we are so excited that our fans at home will be voting LIVE for the winner."

The global multiplatform hit series, "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

The highly-anticipated season 3 of "Lip Sync Battle" premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Broadway World
Multichannel News

posted 8/24/16

TUESDAY: Got Talent? Got a Return
NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with the post-Olympics return of "America's Got Talent" (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the premiere of "Better Late Than Never" (7.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its trio of "NCIS" (7.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (4.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.854 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.820 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "The View: 20 Years in the Making" (2.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.354 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (1.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.340 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "MADtv" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.770 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.100M
- Ink Master (Spike/SP): 882K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 873K
- Ink Master: The Decision (Spike): 543K
- Idiotest (GSN): 281K
- One Shot (BET): 249K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 192K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/24/16

Meet Logo's "Prince"
Catch "Finding Prince Charming" on Logo
From TV Line

TV’s gay bachelor has officially been outed.

As revealed in the exclusive introductory video below, the star of Logo’s upcoming dating series Finding Prince Charming is Robert Sepulveda Jr., a 33-year-old successful interior designer from Atlanta who is as strapping as he is busy.

“I travel a lot for work, I have my own non-profit, I’m starting a home collection line, I do a lot of things,” he explains in the clip. “So I need someone that has a similar schedule.” And, in a perfect world, that someone in question would be “sincere, honest, humble [and] loyal,” he admits, adding that while “good-looking is always great” it’s more important for his potential partner to be “sweet and loving” with “great family values.”

As previously announced, the Lance Bass-hosted program — set to debut sometime in September — “will include 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.”

Sepulveda, who was born in Puerto Rico, confesses that he’s not looking forward to partaking in Finding Prince Charming‘s version of the rose ceremony. “I’m nervous about eliminating the guys,” he sighs, “because I know that everyone is trying to find love as well. And I’m very empathetic.”

TV Line

posted 8/24/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pre-Catching Kelce"

  • "Catching Kelce" offers a preview following "WAGS" August 28 (The Futon Critic)

  • Candace Cameron Bure promises a full house on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)

  • Bob Barker helps re-home Manitoba bear cubs (

  • STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE: another "Dancing" name has crept up... (USA Today)

posted 8/24/16

Blankety Blank is Blank
UK "Match Game" Set to Return
From Metro

Funnyman David Walliams is to be unveiled as the new face of Blankety Blank.

The Britain's Got Talent star, 45, will front a Christmas Special of the cult game show, TV sources confirmed to the Mirror last night.

Presented by the late, great Sir Terry Wogan between 1979 and 1983, the show was last seen when hosted by Paul O’Grady’s alter-ego Lily Savage 14 years ago.

Now the rotating seating grid, catchy theme tune and awkward ‘chequebook and pen’ prize are apparently on their way back, thanks to the recent craze in reviving old TV formats and the recent craze in creating really bad new ones.

A source told the Sunday People: ‘Blankety Blank was such a huge hit in the 80s and ITV bosses want to replicate that success… UK audiences love a good game show.’

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posted 8/23/16

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending August 14
From B&C

The first full week of the Rio Olympics caused massive preemptions for shows cleared on NBC affiliates and much stronger than usual competition for everything else in the session ending Aug. 14.

CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy took the gold medal for being the highest rated strip in syndication with a 6.1 live plus same day national Nielsen rating despite going up against the games with five days of reruns. Judy was the only show on the entire chart to exceed a 6 rating and was the top legal program by more than four points even with a 6% decline from the prior week.

Among the game shows, Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud retreated 8% to a 5.9 but outperformed the category for the 16th straight week and landed in second place on the overall chart behind Judge Judy. CTD's Wheel of Fortune was off 4% to a 5.2. CTD's Jeopardy! sank 6% to a new season low 4.9. Debmar-Mercury's Celebrity Name Game gave back 15% to a 1.1, tying Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which devalued 8% to a 1.1 and slumped 35% from last year, the most of any game show.

TV NewsCheck

posted 8/23/16

MONDAY: Back to Work...
NBC Wins Return to Post-Olympic Schedule
From TV Line

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior returned from its Olympics hiatus to 7 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, rising 19 percent from its most recent outing to hit and tie season highs and easily lead the night in both measures.

ANW in fact delivered its largest audience in almost a year, since Aug. 31, 2015.

Leading out of that, Running Wild (4.1 mil/1.3) returned up 30 and 18 percent.

Over on ABC, Bachelor in Paradise (5.2 mil/1.6) was up 10 percent and two tenths, while Mistresses (2.5 mil/0.6) grew 19 percent and a tenth.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2.6 mil/0.7) was flat.

On cable...
- Food Network Star Kids (Food/P): 921K
- Cake Wars (Food): 877K

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/23/16

"Dancing": Eight Pros Check In
Rest of the Roster - And The STARS - to Be Revealed August 30
From Reality TV World

Dancing with the Stars has revealed eight of the 13 professional partners who will be competing on Season 23 this fall.

The eight pros announced Tuesday on Good Morning America were veterans Val Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Allison Holker, Sasha Farber and Gleb Savchenko.

Holker is returning to Dancing with the Stars after giving birth to a baby boy in March, her first child with husband Stephen "tWitch" Boss.

The 13 celebrity contestants and remaining five pros will officially be announced August 30 on ABC's Good Morning America.

"It's going to be amazing. We're going to have an incredible cast as always," Chmerkovskiy said on GMA of the upcoming season. "But I'm also excited for the pros. We have a lot of different pros coming back. Some pros from back, back in the day, coming back maybe, so I'm excited."

In addition to Chmerkovskiy checking in, the morning show also aired a special preview clip of the Season 23 pro dancers performing a routine together. However, it's difficult to discern all of the dancers' identities.

"It's a new show," Chmerkovskiy added. "It's constantly evolving and we have a nice mix and balance of young kids that are inspired and very motivated to bring out the essence of this generation, but also we have some more classic, conservative dancers from the past as well."

Chmerkovskiy revealed he has yet to start rehearsing with his new celebrity partner, however, she'll have "big shoes to fill" after GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee. He called Zee a "tough act to follow."

Fan-favorite Peta Murgatroyd, a two-time mirrorball trophy champion, will not be in the mix next season considering she's expecting her first child with fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy, an occasional DWTS guest judge and former pro.

Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere Monday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Reality TV World

posted 8/23/16

WEEKEND: On to Tokyo
Olympics Go Out with a Bang, ABC Recovers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.526 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of its "Rio Gold" (10.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) special, the conclusion to the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (16.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1) and a special "The Voice" (10.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

ABC (4.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.636 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.549 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.821 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Match Game" (4.210 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (6.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Big Brother 18" (5.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Madam Secretary" (2.428 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "BrainDead" (1.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.193 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (1.165 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (1.456 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.209 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.418 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.043 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the night on FOX (1.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On Friday, CBS (4.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a special "Big Brother 18" (5.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.132 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.110M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.068M
- Chopped (Food): 1.012M

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Media Life
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/23/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Banker... Revealed"

  • Do not click this link if you wish not to know who Noel Edmonds' Banker is (Daily Star)

  • Mark Labbett helps other beasts in need (Bristol Post)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Nick South Africa is looking for a "Genius" (Screen Africa)

  • STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE: New Zealand's "You're Back in the Room" is casting actors as contestants (everyone else: STOP!) (Stuff)

  • Desiree Hartsock's first kid is going to be... (Reality TV World)

posted 8/23/16

ABC/MGM Television
500 Questions... Another Country
ITV Launches UK Version of ABC Series
From the Evening Standard

The days of quiz shows making it to prime time TV seemed to be over – the era of Who Wants to be a Millionaire being king of the box now a chapter in history.

But it seems ITV are hoping to restore the general knowledge show to its former position of prominence with 500 Questions.

The first episode of this brand new show hosted by Giles Coren has been given the coveted 9pm slot – and it’s a must-watch for those who pride themselves on their Pointless knowledge, or who love the thrill of The Chase.

So, how does it work?

As the title suggests, there are 500 questions on offer, and they’re all pretty tricky – no easy introductions here.

Contestants are shown a selection of categories to choose from, and have just five seconds to answer a question correctly. They can throw out as many answers as they like, as long as one of them sticks.

There’s one simple main aim: don’t mess up three questions in a row. Get a trio of questions wrong, and you’re out – and the money you’ve built up will go to the next competitor.

Evening Standard
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Daily Express

posted 8/22/16

This Is Snapchat
NBC Launches "The Voice on Snapchat"
From the Futon Critic

Utilizing the latest technologies to deliver its finest programming and original content across social, digital and mobile platforms, NBC announced today it has debuted the first-of-a-kind Snapchat television partnership with the five-episode series "The Voice on Snapchat."

The series will feature this season's coaches - Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys - reviewing the user-submitted videos. Each week, one coach will select an artist they want representing their team in the "Voice on Snapchat" finale Sept. 19.

The two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" continues to be at the forefront of digital and mobile platforms. The show connects and interacts with fans via social media and "The Voice" app, offering engaging storytelling beyond the broadcast. "The Voice on Snapchat," opened the call for videos on Aug. 8 and received more than 20,000 submissions in less than 48 hours. The videos were evaluated by "The Voice" producers and coaches.

"NBC is thrilled to launch 'The Voice on Snapchat' utilizing their new content format that offers fresh and creative ways to let fans engage and ultimately decide who will be the first winner in this revolutionary series," said Rob Hayes, Executive Vice President, Digital, NBC Entertainment. "We were overwhelmed to receive so many submissions and appreciate the extraordinary amount of talent performers who participated. We encourage all fans to vote for their favorite artist on September 19."

"Our partnership with Snapchat represents inclusion, creativity and innovation, the key elements that have made 'The Voice' one of TV's most successful franchises," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group NBC Entertainment. "This interactive collaboration provides our passionate fan base a chance to directly participate and become a part of our Voice family."

A new installment of the five-episode series will be available every Monday, starting today, leading up to the climactic conclusion on Monday, Sept. 19 when the four participants submit their last performance video.

"The Voice on Snapchat" episode schedule:

Monday, Aug. 22 - Coach Alicia Keys

Monday, Aug. 29 - Coach Adam Levine

Monday, Sept. 5 - Coach Miley Cyrus

Monday, Sept. 12 - Coach Blake Shelton

Monday, Sept. 19 - Final episode

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/16

Sharks and Questions
Nippon TV to Market "Dragons' Den", "Burning Questions" at MIPCOM
From B&C

With its popular format Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in the US) currently available in 29 formats and airing in 184 countries across the globe, and the hit drama series The Last Cop beginning its second season, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), the leading commercial broadcaster and network in Japan offering entertainment, anime, documentaries and news, announced today that the company will be heading to MIPCOM 2016 with a new drama, Pretty Proofreader (10 x 60’), and two new formats Burning Questions! (60’ eps.) and The Character (60’ eps.). The announcement was made today by Mr. Atsushi Hatayama, recently appointed President of International Business Development for the company.

“We are extremely proud to be the top-rated broadcast network in Japan for the past two consecutive years and this is thanks in part to our highly successful formats, Burning Questions! and The Character, currently airing on Nippon TV. MIPCOM is the perfect platform for us to showcase these titles to the international buyers around the world,” commented Mr. Hatayama. “In addition, we are confident our new drama series, Pretty Proofreader, will resonate well in all territories, as has as our incredibly successful Dragons’ Den which is a phenomenal hit worldwide. We have much to be proud of.”

The first new format from Nippon TV is Burning Questions!, the ultimate true or false quiz show where there’s no shortage of intriguing, bizarre, and sometimes risqué questions to pique your interest. It’s all about good fun and new discoveries for players and viewers alike in this one-hour studio game show where celebrity contestants battle it out to see who can rack up the highest number of points. The player who does so gets a shot at winning a fabulous prize. But some unfortunate ones get their embarrassing secrets revealed. The questions alone are enough to leave the players wondering and debating. But two cunningly eloquent representatives, Mr. True and Mr. False, join in to sway their answers.


posted 8/22/16

No Deal
Final Season of "Deal or No Deal" to Air on C4 This Fall
From the Guardian

Noel Edmonds’ game show Deal Or No Deal has been axed after more than a decade.

Channel 4 announced the studio version of the game show will finish after a final series in the autumn, but the presenter is to take it on a tour of the UK’s famous landmarks later this year.

Edmonds denied that the show was ending and said the tour was “the beginning of an exciting new era for Deal”.

He told Press Association: “Jay Hunt [Channel 4’s chief creative officer] and I have been working on this for the last six months and now the logistics are virtually finalized we can start recording the shows in some extraordinary locations.”

The show has been filmed since 2005 in Bristol and Edmonds said he was excited about now “taking the show to the fans”.

He said: “We can go anywhere and this is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Twenty-two boxes, a phone and me. Where will we pop up next?”

Beginning in 2005, Edmonds has presented almost 3,000 episodes of the show and handed out £40m in prize money, although just eight people have walked away with the £250,000 (US$326,750) jackpot.

Ratings for the show have declined in recent years, with it attracting an audience of about 300,000 viewers compared with more than 4 million at its peak a decade ago.

Deal or No Deal was based on a Dutch format by Big Brother producer Endemol, which has been sold to more than 100 countries since its launch in 2000.

Edmonds will remain on Channel 4 screens with a new big-money studio game show in the pipeline and two pilots.

Cheap Cheap Cheap will see Edmonds challenge contestants to guess the lowest price of three items in his eclectic general store to win a huge pot of money.

The pilot for Noel Edmonds’ Sell Or Swap sees the presenter become auctioneer as contestants bid on items ranging from expensive antiques to a second-hand speed boat or a never-used wedding dress.

Edmonds will also host a pilot for a second studio-based Channel 4 game show.

Asked how he thinks viewers will react to his new ventures, he said: “Let’s wait and see. It’s early days and a lot of work has to take place before we go to air.

“Needless to say I’m hugely grateful to Jay Hunt and Channel 4 for this massive vote of confidence in my ability to create popular TV shows.”

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posted 8/22/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • How ABC's game gamble paid off (MetroNews)

  • ICYMI: "The Voice" paid tribute to Christina Grimmie (Reality TV World)

  • Carlos PenaVega reveals baby's gender, name (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nick Cannon reveals that he & Mariah had... relations to a song off her "Music Box" album that ISN'T "Anytime You Need a Friend" (Reality TV World) PLUS a day in the life (TV Insider)

  • Tyra Banks to teach at Stanford. Fierce (Reality TV World)

  • Jared Halbon: I'm never doing another "Bachelor" show again. "Bachelor": we'll see about that (Glamour)

  • FIRST LOOK: Arnold's first "Celebrity Apprentice" shoot (TV Line)

  • Britain falls in love with the high brow quiz (Telegraph)

posted 8/22/16

NBC Remains the Network to Beat
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) continued its victory tour with another night of "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

CBS (5.158 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (6.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Code Black" (3.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "Rosewood" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Bones" (3.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "BattleBots" (2.993 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Match Game" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and night two of "My Last Days" (0.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 474K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 397K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 364K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 289K
- Winsanity (GSN): 233K
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 169K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/16

Guess Who Won Last Night...No Seriously... Guess.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) was the king once again on Wednesday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

CBS (3.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant silver with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (5.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "American Gothic" (2.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was FOX (1.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a marathon of "The Real O'Neals" (2.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "The Real O'Neals" (1.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), even more "The Real O'Neals" (1.888 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), yet another "The Real O'Neals" (1.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Black-ish" (1.938 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the premiere of "My Last Days" (0.548 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 639K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 463K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 170K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 129K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/16

"Project Runway" Returns September 15
Guest Judges Include Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster
From the Futon Critic

Over a decade after it gave fashion design a new look, Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated series Project Runway returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Continuing to uphold the runway legacy, this celebratory season will take fashion to a whole new level. Get ready for a new wave of designers to be pushed to their creative limits as they attempt to "make it work" on the Project Runway catwalk. Determining whether they've created a fashion feat or faux pas will be returning host supermodel, fashion maven and Emmy(R) Award winner Heidi Klum, mentor and co-host Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn, with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Guest judges will include actresses Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster, Shiri Appleby, Camilla Belle and designer Rebecca Minkoff. The season premiere features everyone's favorite - the unconventional challenge - with guest judge Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

"Sugar Showdown" to Return September 14
Josh Elkin to Return as Host
From the Futon Critic

Josh Elkin returns to host a new, supersized, sweet season of Sugar Showdown, premiering Wednesday, September 14th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Cooking Channel. In this decadent competition that celebrates all types of delicious desserts from cakes, to pies, to cupcakes and doughnuts, three expert bakers battle it out in two rounds of challenges that test their baking skills and creativity. First, the competitors must make their best dessert incorporating one mystery ingredient. After a panel of three distinguished judges eliminate one competitor, the finalists must make creations based on a theme. One baker will rise to the top to be crowned the champion, winning bragging rights and $10,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • Another "insider" has a "list" of prospective people for "Dancing with the Stars" (E!)

  • Jordan Rodgers' ex... (Reality TV World) ... a pair (Reality TV World) ... and Fast Forward TV.

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)

  • Jeremy Vine can't wait for "Make Me an Egghead" (Daily Express)

posted 8/19/16

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