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New Year, New "Baking Championship"
Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli Return to Host January 2
From the Futon Critic

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a new batch of 12 impressive bite-sized bakers with tons of talent on Monday, January 2nd at 8pm ET/PT for a new season of Kids Baking Championship on Food Network. During the ten-week competition, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 9 to 12) must show off their baking skills and creativity as they whip up delectable desserts despite difficult, themed challenges such as carnival cupcakes, erupting volcano cakes, throwback treats, and the always popular challenge, dessert imposters. Only one will rise to the top to win the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids Baking Champion!

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Aidan Berry (Shalimar, FL: age 12), Kaniyah Cary (Portsmouth, VA: age 10), Brooke Cumberland (Greenwich, CT: age 9), Charlotte d'Arabian (Coronado, CA: Age 10), Justice Faustina (Napa, CA: age 12), Cole Frederickson (Thousand Oaks, CA: age 12), Keili Gorczyca (San Francisco, CA: age 10), Jason Intravartolo (Seattle, WA: age 11), Maya Jindal (Great Falls, VA: age 9), Dylin Musgrove (Grovetown, GA: age 12), Reese Smith (Bloomfield Hills, MI: age 10), and Audra Tow (Aurora, CO: age 10).

The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/16

MONDAY: This Is The Semis!
The Voice Propels NBC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.992 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Timeless" (5.198 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

CBS (6.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.200 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and the annual "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (6.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

Next up was ABC (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the Sunday-bound "Conviction" (3.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its special "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.293 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (S/Food): 1.074m
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 954k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Harvey, Not Kenan Thompson"

  • VIDEO WALL: Steve Harvey plays with the Roots on "The Tonight Show" (Uproxx)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell answers the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins by... not answering the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins (Extra)
     

  • Phil Gurin promoted to IM Global Television (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Enid (Enid Buzz), Chattanooga (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

posted 12/6/16


Debmar-Mercury/FremantleMedia

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Gone
"Celebrity Name Game" To End Production After 3 Seasons
From Deadline

Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette of Coquette Prods.

“We’ve had a wonderful time producing Celebrity Name Game and we are exceptionally proud of its three seasons in syndication,” said Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “While we are not renewing in syndication at this time, it is a format we believe in. We are thankful to our loyal audience, our celebrity guests, the incredibly talented Craig Ferguson, our partners at Debmar–Mercury and Coquette, and our crew — whose passion for this series has been unparalleled.”

Celebrity Name Game, which will complete its third season, is not doing too bad in the ratings; it is in the middle of the first-run syndication pack, most recently posting a weekly 1.4 household rating, up 8% and 0.7 in the key women 25-54 demographic. But the numbers were not strong enough to justify another year, which is the case for high-end strips. The first two seasons earned Ferguson two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for best game show host.

“We’re incredibly proud of Celebrity Name Game and grateful to the terrific fan base that has supported the show for three seasons,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury. “We thank everyone who has contributed to its run, including Craig Ferguson, the show’s extraordinary host who received two Daytime Emmy Awards in recognition of his talent, our amazing partners at FremantleMedia North America, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, their creative collaborators and the outstanding production team.”

Deadline
Broadway World
TV Newscheck
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
The Interrobang
Realscreen

posted 12/5/16

More on "The Bachelor" New Season
Catch It on ABC January 2
From the Futon Critic

How could one man endure so much heartache? Ask controversial fan favorite Nick Viall, who has had his heart broken by Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, and failed to find his soul mate on "Bachelor in Paradise." Now Nick is the one giving out the roses and ready for his happily ever after - but will he find the love of his life? Nick begins his pursuit of his soul mate, as 30 beautiful, accomplished women join him on the highly anticipated 21st season premiere of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

In "Episode 2101," a trio of popular former Bachelors - Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all-new pressures and responsibilities. Their words of wisdom calm him as limos start to arrive with women all eager to make a lasting first impression. One confident woman is way ahead of the field - she steps out of the limo with none other than famed jeweler Neil Lane and points out the engagement ring she prefers. Another woman reveals her linguistic skills and still another exposes a quirky obsession. A number of the ladies decide to wear red to stand out - but now, it backfires, as those in other colors are more prominent. Nick is blindsided by the arrival of a mysterious woman from his past. The secret they share threatens to derail his search for love. What are her intentions?

The Futon Critic

posted 12/5/16

WEEKEND: America Still Loves Lucy
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a demo boost on Friday with its special presentation of "CFB on FOX" (4.901 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.541 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Shark Tank" (5.177 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.698 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (6.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.264 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.785 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Blue Bloods" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.646 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/5/16


Games Gone By: Trump Card
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's "Win, Lose or Draw" on a truly technological scale. Chris Wolvie talks about "Catch Phrase", a show that choked in America but, in the UK and elsewhere, is hardly a "Game Gone By..." at all!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/5/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "When Jimmy Met Oscar"

  • Win Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar hosting gig (TV Line)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Jeff Foxworthy pays it forward at the grocery store (Newsmax)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Hell hath no fury like "The Chase" fans on Twitter when someone takes the low offer (Metro)
     

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell embraces her nerd niche. DEAL (Radio Times)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fannie Flagg (Smashing Interviews) and Ben Bailey (The Interrobang)

posted 12/5/16

THURSDAY: ... and Then Football Happened
NBC Wins Night, Top Chef Returns
From the Futon critic

NBC (15.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) kicked off December on top with new episodes of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2), "The Great Outdoors" (7.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Mom" (6.979 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.302 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Pure Genius" (4.787 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Next up was ABC (5.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by the return of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) got another crossover boost from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a new "Supernatural" (1.859 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finale of "Rosewood" (3.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Pitch" (2.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) closed out the night on FOX (2.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.792m
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 988k
- Chopped (Food): 913k
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 796k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 155k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 139k

Numbers for "Winsanity" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Insider

posted 12/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Young (At Heart) and Hungry"

  • Betty White gets "Young and Hungry" for Freeform (The Futon Critic)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Wall (NBC, January 3) (TV Insider)
     

  • Sal Valentinetti, Professor Splash helps AGT celebrate the holidays (TV Insider)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong had to choose between music and comedy. That's pointless (The Evening Standard)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Florence (SCNow)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to make $500 from your cell phone? (Reality Wanted)
     

  • ICYMI: The winner of "Big Brother Over The Top" is... (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (KOMO Seattle)

posted 12/2/16

Available on the CBS App
Reuters
Arnold Hires Six Assistants
That And More as NBC Plans Winter
From Broadway World

Six additional boardroom advisors will join THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE boss Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new Los Angeles-based season kicking off on Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. They are:

Rocco DiSpirito - A healthy lifestyle crusader, James Beard award-winning chef, creator of Rocco's Organic Protein Powder Plus and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Negative Calorie Diet"

Tracey Edmonds - TV/film producer and "Extra" co-host

Justine Ezarik - Digital influencer best known as iJustine

Leeza Gibbons - Emmy Award-winning TV host and previous winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Gemma Godfrey - U.K.'s leading FinTech influencer and founder/CEO of online personal finance firm Moola.

Bob Harper - Health and fitness expert, television star and three-time New York Times bestselling author

They will join previously announced boardroom advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger in advising the twice-elected California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar as he oversees 16 celebrity contestants competing for their favorite charities in challenging business-driven tasks.

Competing in the eighth season of the celebrity version of the popular show and the 15th season of "The Apprentice" are Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

After being divided into two teams, men vs. women, the celebrity contestants get their first task from their new boss and his business advisors, Tyra Banks - supermodel, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company - and Knapp Schwarzenegger, who will serve as a boardroom advisor in every episode.

Their task in the first episode creating a 10-minute TYRA Beauty experience seems like a natural fit for the women, but the men rise to the occasion in unexpected ways as they hilariously try to master THE ART OF makeup application. Then each team tries to wow Arnold and the advisors showing how fun, fast and fierce TYRA Beauty products are before heading to the boardroom to hear which team won, which team lost and who from the losing team will be the first one headed home.

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 12/1/16

Return to Wonderama
New York Staple Goes National
From Huffington Post

If you happen to be of a certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning staple “Wonderama,” an unprecedented weekly interactive game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete without “Wonderama.”

Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of “Wonderama” produced by Chuck Armstrong (“Community Auditions - Star of the Day”) and anchored by the Tribune Broadcast Station Network.

Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan, “Wonderama” debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to New York’s PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art, music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from “Dancing With the Stars,” boxing champion Evander Holyfield and country music star Michael Ray; and a clearance list in primetime fringe blocks in 13 initial U.S. markets effective on Jan. 7, 2017 (with multiple brand extensions on key digital platforms).

“Today’s families are hungry for entertainment they can enjoy together, making now the perfect time for Wonderama’s return,” said Chuck Armstrong. “Wonderama provides a one-of-a-kind co-viewing experience that every member of the family can connect and relate to. Our goal is to inspire our audience with content that speaks “to” them in order to convey the message: ‘Hey, I can do that too!’”

Stations, at present, will air “Wonderama” in a two-hour weekend window, either Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ET or Sunday from 6-8 p.m. ET.

Huffington Post

posted 12/1/16

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 20
From TV Newscheck

The often hotly contested talk show race turned into a runaway as Dr. Phil opened up a huge advantage in the session ending Nov. 20, which included the third full week of the sweep.

Phil rolled to its 11th straight weekly victory and matched its second-highest rating of the season with a 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which was 44% ahead of second-place Ellen DeGeneres’ 2.5. Phil widened its lead with a 3% advance, while Ellen was unchanged.

Live with Kelly, which tied Ellen in the prior frame, finished right behind it with a 2.4, dipping 4%.

Sophomore Crime Watch Daily continued to be the only show in the category besides Phil to outperform its year-ago stats, growing 11% to a 1.0.

In access, every game show scored a new season high, with leader Family Feud climbing 3% to a 7.0; runner-up Wheel of Fortune adding 5% to a 6.4; Jeopardy inching up 3% to a 6.0; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire perking up 6% to a 1.7; and Celebrity Name Game gaining 8% to a 1.4.

TV Newscheck
Broadway World
B&C
Screener

posted 12/1/16

WEDNESDAY: Hump Day Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with fresh installments from "Lethal Weapon" (6.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Empire" (7.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (11.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (10.512 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (11.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (5.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its original lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.896 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "Speechless" (4.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "Modern Family" (6.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.430 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.360 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Code Black" (5.929 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, The CW (2.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) got a big boost from its crossover powered "Arrow" (3.520 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) and a new "Frequency" (1.082 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 855k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 754k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 425k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 386k

Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/1/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Once Upon a Time, There Was a Guy Named Ken..."

  • Ken Jennings, having conquered computer programming, quizzing, and authoring, decides to write a children's book (PJ Media)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Great British Bake-Off vs. Great American Baking Show (Thrillist)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Utah in January (Deseret News)

posted 12/1/16

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