Sandy Frank Productions
CBS Can Name That Tune
Eye Network Developing Pilot
for Classic Reboot
From TV Line
CBS is developing a new
version of the classic game show Name That Tune,
according to a report from Deadline. Casting will begin
soon on the reboot, which has the show’s original
developers Ralph and Noah Rubenstein onboard as
executive producers, along with Fear Factor veteran
The original Tune — which debuted on the radio in 1952
and had several TV runs, including a syndicated stint in
1974-81 hosted by Tom Kennedy — tested contestants on
their knowledge of popular music by asking them to
identify songs played by the show’s orchestra. (Fun
fact: Kathie Lee Gifford’s first TV gig was providing
vocals for the Name That Tune orchestra in the 1970s.)
The show last aired in 1985, but an updated Tune has
been attempted (and abandoned) several times in recent
years, including a previous attempt by CBS in 2006.
Tune‘s reboot may be spurred by the success of Fox’s
Beat Shazam, a similar song-naming game show hosted by
Jamie Foxx that debuted this past summer and earned a
second-season renewal in July.
Al Howard Productions
The Beep Is Going to
"Supermarket Sweep" Reboot in
From TV Line
Attention, shoppers! Your
favorite guilty pleasure will soon be back on the
FremantleMedia announced on Friday that it’s bringing
back the classic game show Supermarket Sweep, which
originally aired on ABC in the mid 1960s. The show has
been revived twice since its initial run: first by
Lifetime from 1990 to 1995, then by PAX (now Ion
Television) from 2000 to 2003.
Though the rules differed with each incarnation, the
general premise of Supermarket Sweep involved
contestants running through a fake grocery store and
performing various tasks — from guessing retail prices
to loading their carts with as many (expensive) items as
possible. Either way, it always ended in madness.
Glorious, glorious madness.
The following is an official statement from Henry
Howard, son of the original series’ creator Al Howard:
I’m delighted that FremantleMedia has made the
exciting decision to bring back this classic game show,
and I look forward to working with their talented teams
around the world. In honor of Supermarket Sweep’s
return… I believe I’ll go shopping!
It’s not yet known when (or on which network)
Supermarket Sweep will return
"Top Chef Jr." Premieres,
Friday Belongs to CBS
From TV Line
CBS (7.956 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on
Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (6.707 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0"
(8.332 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and
"Blue Bloods" (8.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
NBC (4.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2)
then was the silver draw with a rebroadcast of "Law &
Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (2.547 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new
"Dateline NBC" (4.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
Next up was ABC (2.591 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "Once Upon a Time"
(2.783 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6),
"Marvel's Inhumans" (2.297 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "20/20" (2.695 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.6, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen"
(2.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and
"The Exorcist" (1.461 million viewers, #10; adults
18-49: 0.4, #T9).
And finally, the return of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.659
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane
the Virgin" (0.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
0.3, #11) on The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.
On Sunday, NBC (13.380 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 4.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with
its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.951
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football
Night in America #2" (9.567 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.976
million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday
Night Football" (14.423 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 5.0, #2).
Second place then went to CBS (10.592 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun"
(19.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "60
Minutes" (12.810 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2,
#5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.264 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.376
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam
Secretary" (6.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
Next up was FOX (2.500 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.0, #3) with a repeat "Ghosted" (2.738 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) followed by
originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.451 million viewers,
#16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.899
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Ghosted"
(2.420 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13),
"Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.949 million
viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).
And finally, fresh installments of "The Toy Box" (2.324
million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18),
"America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.360 million viewers,
#11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (4.663
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "10
Days in the Valley" (2.620 million viewers, #14; adults
18-49: 0.4, #T18) on ABC (3.492 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night.
The Futon Critic
Comedian Played "Never Mind
Irish comedian and
television star Sean Hughes has died, aged 51.
The London-born, Ireland raised stand-up was best known
for his time as a panelist on UK music quiz show, Never
Mind the Buzzcocks, where, between 1996 and 2002, he
starred alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr.
Hughes also starred in the UK sitcom Sean's Show, in the
early 1990s, and he performed in cult Irish film The
In 1990, Hughes became the youngest person to win the
coveted Perrier Award - now known as the Edinburgh
Comedy Award - at the Edinburgh Festival. He was 24.
In a statement, his former management team said: "Sean
Hughes the comedian, actor, writer and novelist, died
this morning in hospital.
"He was at the time the youngest winner of the Perrier
Award with his ground-breaking show, and went on to a
"He was a formidable comedian and will be remembered by
fans and the industry for his superb wit and quite
"He leaves behind two brothers, Alan and Martin."
Games Gone By:
Comedy Central's Vs.
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie
It ain't exactly Hatfields
vs. McCoys, but when morticians face-off against clowns,
or soccer moms go head-to-head with lesbian
motorcyclists, interesting things SHOULD happen, right?
Well, find out as Chris Wolvie presents the next of his
"Games Gone By...", "Comedy Central VS."
Games Gone By
More on "The Jizzoker's
Wizzild"... Sorry, "The Joker's Wild"... and "Drop the
TBS Drops the Beats October 24
From The Futon Critic
Starting October 24, Tuesday
nights on TBS will be fueled by hip-hop, comedy and
culture with the reboot of a classic game show, Snoop
Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild airing at 10 p.m.
(ET/PT). Immediately following, the new celebrity-led
rap battle contest Drop the Mic, based on the wildly
popular segment from The Late Late Show with James
Corden, is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and
will premiere at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
"Drop the Mic and Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild
further redefine what audiences have come to expect from
TBS and perfectly complement each other for an hour-long
block of high energy, competitive fun," said Michael
Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and special
event programming for TBS and TNT. "The passion and
comedic creativity behind each show is infectious and
sure to generate weekly surprises for everyone."
TBS has teamed up with entertainment icon Snoop Dogg
with Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild. Snoop Dogg,
who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show
growing up, hosts TBS' new version set in his very own
casino that includes a gigantic slot machine, giant dice
and playing cards. The game features a variety of
categories with a Snoop-a-fied touch and includes cameos
by Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifia, Karlie Kloss, Michael
Strahan, Method Man, Regis Philbin, Kelly Osbourne and
Karrueche Tran. Streetwise questions and problem
solving, not just book smarts, rule the floor with all
the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O
TBS will extend Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild
through digital experiences and let fans play along with
the official free online game accessible via the TBS
Android and iOS apps or online at TBS.com beginning
Leading up to the premiere of the show, TBS will release
an exclusive documentary series titled Gettin' Wild with
Snoop Dogg that will give fans a first-hand look behind
the scenes of the making of the show. Directed by the
five-time Emmy(R)-winning documentary filmmaker Rory
Karpf, the six episode series follows the icon's
transformation into game show host and explores his
creative process behind the show's reboot. The
docuseries will be available on the TBS app, TBS social
media handles, including the Facebook Watch Tab, and via
TBS and Snapchat are partnering on an original, creative
face-in-video Lens feature Snoop Dogg beginning on
October 18 to promote Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker's
Wild. This is the first animated, sponsored
face-in-video Lens next to a celebrity. Snoop Dogg will
dance in the Lens next to the Snapchat user, who will be
a dancing joker. The Lens features custom green screen
footage of Snoop Dogg shot exclusively for this Lens
TBS 'stacks the deck' by adding Jeannie Mai (The Real)
as 'Lady Luck,' the vivacious hostess of Snoop Dogg
Presents The Joker's Wild who brings good fortune and
friendly assists to Snoop and the contestants. Mai is
best known as the host of the two-time Emmy nominated
daytime talk show series The Real and the twice Emmy(R)
nominated television series, How Do I Look? Previously a
style correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, The
Insider, Extra, E News, Jeannie has also hosted live on
the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards(R),
Grammy's(R), American Music Awards(R) and Oscars(R).
Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony
Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio
T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with
two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good
Morning America co-host Michael Strahan. Also
executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance
Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for
Immediately following Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's
Wild, TBS premieres its new celebrity rap battle contest
Drop the Mic based on the enormously popular segment
from the Emmy(R)-winning series The Late Late Show with
Hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, each week Drop
the Mic pits four stars from the worlds of
entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off
against each other in a rap battle royale packed with
lyrically creative genius and "Did they really just say
that?" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle,
the studio audience votes to determine the winner.
Still in production, with more top talent match ups to
come in season one, the celebrity line up already
includes Anthony Anderson vs. Usher, Mayim Bialik vs.
Kunal Nayyar, James Corden vs. Nicole Richie, Jesse
Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz, Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob
Gronkowski, Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons, Chris Jericho
vs. Laila Ali, Michael Bennett vs. Vanessa Hudgens,
David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Scherzinger
vs. Lil' Rel Howery, James Van Der Beek vs. Randall
Park, Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men and more.
Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios.
James Corden, Ben Winston for Fulwell 73 and Jensen Karp
serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as
Monday Lightning Round
... or "Lady Luck Sings the Blues"
talks lack of Asian Americans in Hollywood (Broadway
arrives in New Orleans (Broadway
Usher, Anthony Anderson "Drop the Mic" (The
The Clock Stops at
More on FremantleMedia's
FremantleMedia North America
(FMNA) is selling a pair of game shows to Universal
Kids. The shows are The Noise, a high-tech game that
challenges kids to be quiet; and Beat the Clock, a kids’
version of the well-known game show format.
FMNA’s game shows include Family Feud, The Price is
Right and Let’s Make a Deal. The shows for Universal
Kids represent FMNA’s first attempt at creating game
shows for kids.
“There’s no form of entertainment that has more
widespread appeal than game shows,” said Jennifer
Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “Universal
Kids provided us with the perfect platform to produce
game shows that will appeal to children of all ages, as
well as their parents. The gameplay in both of these
shows is fun, interactive and will have families
laughing for hours as they play along and attempt
similar challenges at home.”
Universal Kids is part of NBCUniversal Cable
Entertainment. Formerly Sprout, the channel launched in
“We’re thrilled to introduce The Noise and Beat the
Clock to kids and their families,” said Amy Friedman,
senior VP, programming & development at Universal Kids.
“Game shows are a great way to bring families together
in a fun, playful way, and we couldn’t be more excited
to collaborate with the experts at FremantleMedia to
bring these shows to life. Families will be on the edge
of their seats as they join in on the interactive fun.
We also think parents might appreciate The Noise, our
attempt to make being quiet really, really fun!”
The Noise, premiering on Universal Kids Monday, October
23 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Central with back-to-back
episodes, is based on a format stemming from
FremantleMedia Asia’s partnership with Fuji TV in Japan.
Hosted by Faruq Tauheed (BattleBots), kids will be
challenged to complete various tasks without making a
sound, with the “Noise-O-Meter” constantly listening.
The less noise they make, the more points they earn.
FMNA’s Mullin and Joni Day are executive producers and
Michael Dietz is the showrunner.
A Noise-O-Meter app on iTunes and Google Play allows
families to keep the silent challenge going after the
Beat the Clock premiered in the 1950s and saw
contestants aim to complete tasks before their time runs
out. FMNA’s version premieres on Universal Kids in the
first quarter of 2018 and sees kids team up with their
parents, grandparents and other adult relatives in a
race against time. Only one team will make it to the
end, where they will compete against “The Big Clock” for
the grand prize.
Mullin and Day are executive producers, along with
showrunner Noah Bonnett. Beat the Clock is hosted by
Paul Costabile (NBC’s New York Live, iHeartRadio).
Drag Stars RuVealed
Catch It on VH1 October 20
From the Futon Critic
Following his second
consecutive Emmy(R) Award win for Outstanding Host for a
Reality-Competition Program, RuPaul is jump-starting the
third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" with an
hour-long televised eleganza extravaganza on Friday,
October 20th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. The drag-tastic
special will reveal the queens who are set to make the
ultimate clapback, and comeback, in this fierce season
of "All Stars." Additionally, the iconic Chaka Kahn will
join RuPaul for an exclusive interview as he reveals the
"Millions of fans have their favorite queens that they
THINK should be on All Stars 3" said executive producer
and host RuPaul. "But the final decision is mine to
make. Prepare to be gagged."
The elite group of queens given a shot at redemption
this season will battle it out to see if they have what
it takes to win their spot in the "Drag Race Hall of
Fame" and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar."
The bar has been raised for the third season of "All
Stars," and with so many unexpected twists and turns
around every corner, the only option for the competing
queens is to rise to the occasion or to sashay away.
For a tease of the episode, visit
To celebrate the new season of "All Stars," Logo will
air a "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" full season two
marathon beginning on Sunday, October 22nd at 12:00 PM
For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars"
and up-to-date news, go to allstars.logotv.com or to the
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.
CBS Wins with TNF
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.028 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) continued its NFL-powered
reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football
Pre-Game" (7.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9,
#3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.449 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).
ABC (5.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then took home the silver with its drama trio "Grey's
Anatomy" (7.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0,
#2), "Scandal" (5.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.862
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).
Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (4.277
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good
Place" (3.978 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#T5), "Will & Grace" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.7, #4), "Good News" (4.277 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.013
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Gotham"
(2.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and
"The Orville" (3.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (2.100 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Arrow" (1.566
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW
(1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5)
rounded out the night.
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.971m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 792k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out: 10 GOAT Guests
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 443k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 406k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 333k
No Home Depot... No
Lowe's.... No Problem?
Discovery Greenlights "Bushcraft
From Broadway World
Discovery is taking survival
to a new level as they search for the most talented
bushcrafters from across the country. Hosted by
primitive skills master Matt Graham, BUSHCRAFT
BUILD-OFF, premiering on Wednesday, November 8th at 10pm
ET/PT, is an all-new competition series where elite
builders compete in a gruelling, seven-day race against
the clock. And this is a bushcraft challenge, so there's
no hardware store in sight. The builders can only use
the natural materials in their immediate surroundings.
This competition will test the primitive building skills
that have allowed survivalists to thrive in the
wilderness for generations. But is now amplified on the
web and through social media as these young masters
attempt to outdo one another with more and more
Leading the Bushcraft Build-Off charge is legendary
bushcrafter Matt Graham (Dual Survival). Each week, Matt
challenges two master bushcrafters to compete
head-to-head in builds that test their abilities in
different environments, topography and primitive living
challenges. Each build pushes the competitors' skills,
stamina and creativity to the limit as they try to
create eye-popping builds - from bridges to weapons to
structures to transportation - using nothing but their
hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever
resources nature provides.
Bushcrafting's Best is a Discovery GO companion series
that gives an in-depth look at the build process of host
Matt Graham's favorite builds from Discovery's new
Bushcraft Build-Off series.
BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF is produced for Discovery Channel by
Original Productions. For Original, Executive Producers
are Sarah Whalen, Ernie Avila, Steve Robillard and
Matthew Braley and Co-Executive producer Adam Flacks.
For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle is Executive
Producer. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on
Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter
Endemol Shine Beats
"Beat Shazam" to Go to MIPCOM
From C21 Media
Endemol Shine Group has
agreed an exclusive distribution deal to take Beat
Shazam, the musical gameshow from US network Fox, to the
Endemol Shine will be the exclusive distributor of the
format across all platforms outside the US and will
produce local versions of the show, while its sales arm
Endemol Shine International will also sell the finished
The US series, which has been extended into a second
season since launching in May, is hosted and executive
produced by actor and musician Jamie Foxx. It is
executive produced by Survivor’s Mark Burnett and Don’t
Forget the Lyrics!’s Jeff Apploff.
The format, which will be among Endemol Shine’s slate
highlights at Mipcom next week, sees teams attempting to
identify hit songs before music app Shazam. It was
created by Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by
Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in association
Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine,
said the show’s “unique mix of music, quizzing and a big
cash prize” gave it broad audience appeal.
Hollywood Comes to
NBCUniversal to Adapt "Game
Formats has revealed that Hollywood Game Night is being
adapted in Vietnam, with a new broadcaster also on board
Partnering with Mega GS Entertainment & Communication,
the Vietnamese version of Hollywood Game Night (HGN)
will premiere on terrestrial network VTV3 next year. In
Thailand, the show is returning for its third season
with a new look on Channel 3.
Hollywood Game Show sees two non-famous individuals
compete in various challenges alongside celebrities for
the chance to win a cash prize. The series was created
by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner.
The Emmy-winning U.S. version, hosted by Jane Lynch,
debuted on NBC in 2013.
Ana Langenberg, the senior VP of format sales and
production at NBCUniversal International Formats, said:
“It is great to see HGN increase its reach
internationally, particularly in Asia, where game-show
and shiny floor formats are at the heart of TV
consumption. Working closely with our local partners, we
are confident both territories will produce high-quality
local versions that will be sure to engage and
Vu Thi Bich Lien, Mega GS Entertainment &
Communication’s CEO and chairwoman, noted: “Mega GS
Entertainment & Communication is proud to be in business
with NBCU in order to bring HGN to Vietnam in 2018. It
is amazing that after only three years since premiering
on NBC, HGN has become one of the fastest-growing
international formats of its time.”
Willie McIntosh, host of Hollywood Game Night Thailand,
added: “I am very happy that the hit show HGN Thailand
will be airing on Channel 3 in prime time. With a new
home, we will be bringing original and exciting games to
entertain our Thai audience and ensure non-stop
WEDNESDAY: Survival of
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic
OX (5.220 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on
Wednesday with week three of "Empire" (5.856 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.585
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).
CBS (7.244 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2)
likewise remained the most-watched broadcaster with
"Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.919
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "SEAL Team"
(7.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and
"Criminal Minds" (5.929 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T10).
Next up was ABC (5.062 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs"
(5.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5),
"Speechless" (4.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (6.206 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "American Housewife" (5.030
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and
"Designated Survivor" (4.597 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).
Meanwhile, NBC (5.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) served up new episodes from "The Blacklist"
(5.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12),
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.720 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Chicago PD"
(5.973 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).
And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (2.302 million
viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Dynasty"
(1.335 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on
The CW (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6,
#5) closed out the night.
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SF/Food):
- Best Baker in America (Food): 710k
- Are You The One (MTV): 501k
- Face Value (BET): 359k
Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Did She or Didn't She"
did Claire cheat on last night's "Project Runway" (TV
brings BBQ, help for fire relief (Eater)
takes on bodyshaming on "Loose Women" (Metro)
Jimmy Carr makes things even more awkward than they usually
A FEW GOOD
MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (Radio
Top Chef Goes Mile High
New Season Begins December 7
From the Futon Critic
Bravo Media's "Top Chef"
embarks on an epic culinary adventure through the state
of Colorado for season 15, kicking off with three weeks
of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 7
from 10 - 11:15 pm ET/PT. The Emmy and James Beard
Award-winning series will follow 15 diverse chefs from
across the country as they battle it out for the coveted
title amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving
culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen.
Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio return to
the judges table alongside Gail Simmons and Graham
Elliot. For a sneak peek, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-15/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-season-15
BravoTV.com's Emmy-Winning Digital Companion Video
Series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" returns for
season seven with unprecedented twists and turns, and
for the first time ever will launch before the season
begins on Thursday, November 30. Sponsored by Hidden
Valley(R) and hosted by Tom Colicchio, cheftestants
face-off in a pressure-filled head-to-head battle for
the ultimate prize - redemption and a spot in back in
the competition. The digital series will be available on
BravoTV.com, Bravo Now, VOD and YouTube.
More on "The Great
Christmas Light Fight"
New Season Begins December 4
From the Futon Critic
The holidays are about to
get a whole lot brighter with ABC's immensely popular
decorating competition series, "The Great Christmas
Light Fight," premiering MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m.
EST). Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the hit
holiday series is back for a fifth season with returning
celebrity judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.
Season Five of "The Great Christmas Light Fight"
showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas
displays in America. In each episode, four families from
all around the country with over-the-top displays
compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a
$50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for
the season. Along with the incredible displays, this
season also features the first-ever neighbors vs.
neighbors episode, where side-by-side neighbors team up
to compete against other side-by-side neighbors in a
doubly epic battle of the bulbs! The series will air
back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks:
MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); MONDAY, DEC. 11
(8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); and MONDAY, DEC. 18 (8:00-10:00
Leading the fiercely festive competition are judges
Carter Oosterhouse, one of America's most recognized
lifestyle experts, and interior designer Taniya Nayak.
Carter Oosterhouse's expertise in green-building
solutions and eco-friendly designs makes him one of the
most relevant and sought-after lifestyle experts today.
The instantly recognizable host has helmed several
popular television series including TLC's "Trading
Spaces," which he will be returning to along with the
rest of the cast in 2018.
Boston-based interior designer Taniya Nayak is the
creative vision behind some of the most exciting new
restaurant interiors and high-end residences across the
country. She has appeared on "Good Morning America,"
HGTV and Food Network and is a regular guest on the
"Rachael Ray Show." New projects include New England hot
spots Lower Mills Tavern, Yellow Door Taqueria and
several locations of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, as well as
a home for Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron and
"The Great Christmas Light Fight" comes from
FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol,"
"America's Got Talent"). Brady Connell and Max Swedlow
are executive producers for the series. Jennifer Mullin
is the executive producer for FremantleMedia North
The Generation Game to
Pay Tribute to Brucie
Mel & Sue's Reboot to Honor
Previous Legendary Host
From Huffington Post
Mel and Sue are set to pay
tribute to Bruce Forsyth in the first episode of the
‘Generation Game’ reboot.
The former ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosts will front the
all-new version of the classic BBC game show, which
Brucie presented from its launch in 1971 to 1977, and
again between 1990 and 1994.
Filming on the initial four-part run is already
underway, and TV bosses want to make sure the legendary
entertainer, who made the show a huge hit, is honored.
A source told The Sun: “The plan is to have Bruce
suitably honored in the first episode — almost as if
he’s handing over the reins.
“He’s such a huge part of the show that it seems the
right thing to do.
“The plan is for him to feature on screen. The final
details haven’t been ironed out but it’s going to be a
touching moment, a big tribute to the man who started it
Changing the Game
Buzzr Picks Up Documentary for
Buzzr has scored the rights
to exclusively premiere Game Changers, a documentary on
the world of game shows, narrated by Alex Trebek.
In addition to airing on Buzzr, a digital broadcast
network that airs on the secondary channels of TV
stations around the country, Game Changers will also
appear on the primary channel of the Fox owned stations
that carry Buzzr, giving it stronger distribution.
Game Changers will debut on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.
Digital broadcast networks have been getting increasing
attention and some are beginning to line up original
“Game Changers will mark the first original content to
air on Buzzr and will examine the cultural impact of
this extremely influential entertainment genre,” said
Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general
manager of Buzzr. “From the first airing of Truth or
Consequences in 1941 through today, every buzzer will be
pressed as Alex Trebek guides us through the most
comprehensive look at this beloved national pastime and
the lasting impression game shows have had on our
culture. We are thrilled to be the exclusive premiere
home to this extraordinary look at Americana.”
The two-hour documentary is produced by Ballinran
Entertainment in association with Monkey Time Media.
A Second Helping of
Champs & Fans
The Miz Plays for a Special
From The Futon Critic
MTV's most iconic franchise
"The Challenge" is back again with the debut of an
eight-week special event "The Challenge: Champs vs.
Stars." Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge
competitor, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, "Champs vs. Stars"
will feature ten of the fiercest champions from past
"Challenge" seasons. The alumni go head-to-head against
ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in
challenge-style competitions to determine who will reign
supreme. Winners will compete for a chance to take a
share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their
beloved charities. "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars"
premieres November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
"Building on the success of 'Champs vs. Pros' we
expanded the format for the second season," said Tiffany
Williams, SVP, Original Programming for MTV. "As a WWE
Superstar and former Challenge competitor, Mike 'The Miz'
Mizanin encompasses both athlete and star, making him
the obvious choice for host as he has evolved into one
of the most notable names and decorated athletes across
"After 12 years, I can't tell you how excited I am to be
back on The Challenge, this time as the host," said Mike
"The Miz" Mizanin. "I can honestly say that if it wasn't
for this iconic show, I never would've had the
confidence to fulfill my dream of becoming a WWE
Superstar. 'The Challenge' has evolved since my days of
playing and now it's pitting the biggest celebrity
athletes against the best 'The Challenge' has to offer.
It's must-see television at its finest!"
Each episode of the eight-week special series will pit
the two teams against each other in grueling challenges.
The winning team from each challenge will nominate their
most valuable player (MVP) who will receive money for
their charity, be safe from elimination, and choose
their team's least valuable player (LVP) to go into
elimination. The losing team will nominate their own LV
P to go into elimination, and the two will compete to
keep their spot in the game and ultimately, their share
of $150,000 to donate to their beloved charities.
TUESDAY: Splitsky Part
This Time, It's NBC, CBS
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.904 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home the demo crown on
Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (10.919 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "This Is Us"
(10.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and
"Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.916
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).
CBS (11.294 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2)
then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (13.304
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Bull"
(11.082 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and
"NCIS: New Orleans" (9.498 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T7).
Next up was ABC (4.171 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.841
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Fresh Off
the Boat" (4.093 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1,
#T7), "Black-ish" (4.448 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.3, #5), "The Mayor" (3.430 million viewers,
#12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Kevin (Probably)
Saves the World" (3.608 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.8, #13).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T4) served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon"
(3.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12),
"The Mick" (2.283 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49:
0.7, #T14) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.838 million
viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).
And finally, The CW (2.269 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of
"The Flash" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.742 million
viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.533m
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 1.061m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 814k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 766k
- Lip Sync Battle: Hip Hop Awards Special (S/BET): 477k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 388k
- 90s House (MTV): 255k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 251k
SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending
From TV Newscheck
Dr. Phil was the top talker
in the session ending Oct. 1. Phil scored a 3.4
live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest
in 21 weeks, and was the only one of the 15 talk shows
moving up, leading the talkers by a wide margin for the
56th consecutive frame.
Ellen DeGeneres, at a 2.2, and Live with Kelly and Ryan,
at a 2.1, were next in line. However, Kelly and Ryan
topped the highly promoted opening week of Megyn Kelly
Today by a daily average of more than 300,000 viewers
—2.85 million to 2.51 million.
In terms of ratings, Kelly and Ryan was 17% higher as
Megyn posted a 1.8 compared to a 2.1 for its principal
rival, according to Nielsen’s national stats. The two
compete head to head in the largest markets.
Elsewhere in talk, Steve Harvey’s new Steve maintained
its 1.3 national rating.
Back in the national ratings, Funny You Should Ask
dropped 20% to a 0.4, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged
at a 0.3.
Among the rest of the game shows, Family Feud was best,
dipping 2% to a 6.0. Jeopardy was second with a flat
5.8, and Wheel of Fortune fell to third for the first
time in 10 weeks after losing 2% to a 5.7.
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.
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%
TV by the Numbers
Sit Is About to Hit the
Phil Gurin in Talks to Revive
Phil Gurin has inked several
development deals with U.K. producers as his Unscripted
and Alternative division takes shape at IM Global
Television, with a batch of programs coming to market,
including a version of The CW format “Oh Sit!” IM Global
is gearing up for Mipcom on several fronts and will also
bring Chinese drama to Cannes, launching a slate of
scripted series from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, one
of its backers.
Gurin, an executive producer and creative on numerous
series including “Shark Tank” and “The Singing Bee,”
launched the reality and unscripted unit at IM Global
Television last year to develop or co-develop new
properties, acquire formats, and distribute. He has now
partnered with independent British producers Spark
Media, Double Yellow TV, and 3 Magic Monkies, and will
work with them on documentaries and entertainment
formats to take out internationally.
“They are U.K. production companies, and we thought we
can invest in development and put content through our
pipeline,” Gurin told Variety, adding that more producer
deals are in the works in Europe, U.S. and
internationally. “We want to access like-minded
creatives all over the world and co-create so that we
can exploit content in our territories and in theirs. We
want things that are international in scope, for
distribution or co-production.”
Gurin and the IM Global Television distribution team’s
unscripted offering for Mipcom includes the reworked
version of “Oh Sit!”, the musical-chairs-inspired game
show that ran on The CW for two seasons. IM Global
Television has taken the rights from Warner Bros. and
will re-launch the show at the market. Gurin’s revamped
version allows couples to compete. The company wants to
set up a production-hub model for the format, with a
base in Europe and another one elsewhere.
The other unscripted highlight is “Grudge Match,” in
which people with problems to settle thrash out their
issues in front of a packed arena, with a variety of
things with which to hit each other. IM Global
Television has also picked up the U.S. and Latin
American rights to “Fittest Family,” a primetime family
physical game show from Magnify Media.
Australia Talkin' 'Bout
Your Generation Again
Nine to Reboot Franchise
After five years off the
air, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is coming back.
The show’s revival was informally announced last month,
but the full details were revealed at Channel Nine’s
Upfronts presentation this week. The quiz will be
returning in its original format in 2018, but the
competing teams have changed up significantly. This time
around we’ll have Gen X (led by Aussie screen legend
Robyn Butler), Gen Y (led by comedian Andy Lee), and Gen
Z! The latter will be captained by 20-year-old actor
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