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The Summer Has Begun
"Pyramid" Among the Highlights
From various sources

Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside… a robust summer TV slate is ready to take a chomp out of your DVR.

What follows is a list of the 35 or so game show premieres this summer session culled by a jury of exactly four. If you know of one that we're missing, drop us a line at

- 5/4 - The Challenge: Rivals 3 (MTV)
- 5/10 - First Impressions (USA)
- 5/17 - Coupled (Fox)
- 5/19 - The Dunk King (TNT)
- 5/19 - Match Made in Heaven: Season 2 (WE)
- 5/22 - Food Network Star: Season 22 (Food)
- 5/23 - The Price Is Right Primetime Specials: Reality Edition (CBS)
- 5/23 - Kids BBQ Championship (Food)
- 5/23 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013): Season 4 (CW)
- 5/23 - The Bachelorette: Season 12 (ABC)
- 5/26 - 500 Questions: Season 2 (ABC)
- 5/29 - Celebrity Food Fight (Food)
- 5/30 - So You Think You Can Dance: Season 13 (Fox)
- 5/31 - America's Got Talent: Season 11 (NBC)

- 6/1 - American Ninja Warrior: Season 8 (NBC)
- 6/1 - MasterChef: Season 7 (Fox)
- 6/6 - Cake Wars: Season 4 (Food)
- 6/9 - Winsanity (GSN)
- 6/13 - Are You the One?: Season 4 (MTV)
- 6/13 - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
- 6/14 - To Tell the Truth (2016) (ABC)
- 6/15 - Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN)
- 6/16 - Home Free: Season 2 (Fox)
- 6/22 - Big Brother: Season 18 (CBS)
- 6/23 - Battlebots: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - Celebrity Family Feud: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - The $100,000 Pyramid (2016) (ABC)
- 6/26 - Match Game (2016) (ABC)

- 7/1 - The Runner (Go90)
- 7/3 - Flea Market Flip: Season 7 (GAC)
- 7/11 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us!: Season 3 (CW)

- 8/2 - Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 (ABC)
- 8/6 - Sports Jeopardy!: Season 3? (Crackle/NBCSN)

Summer TBA
- Cooks vs. Cons: Season 2 (Food)
- QuizUp America (NBC)

TV Line
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/30/16

Sony Pictures TV
Harry Friedman Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Sets Producing Record
From Guinness World Records

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Harry Friedman, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the new title holder for Most game show episodes produced.

One of television’s most prolific producers, Friedman claimed the record for having overseen 11,128 game show episodes at the time of adjudication.

“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”

Friedman joined Wheel of Fortune, the number one syndicated game show in the US, as a producer in 1995 and added producer duties for Jeopardy!, now in its 32nd season in syndication, in 1997.

His record also encompasses his work on Jeopardy! spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”(VH1, 1998-2001), and “Jep!” (Game Show Network,1998-2000).

His achievement also recognizes episodes he produced prior to joining Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for shows including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”

This record marks the third time Friedman has set a record certified by Guinness World Records; he also holds the records for Most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and Most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13.

Guinness World Records

posted 5/30/16

"Price Is Right" Arrives in Nigeria
Genesis Studio Teams with FremantleMedia for New Series
From the Union

Genesis Studios, creators of the award winning television drama, So Wrong, So Wright and Tales of Eve has partnered with London-based television content, production & distribution company, FremantleMedia, to bring the exciting game show- The Price is Right to Nigeria. The company is getting ready to produce five seasons of the show, making the total number of adaptations of the format to 43 versions worldwide. Set to premiere towards the end of the year, the show was unveiled to newsmen and other industry stakeholders.

The Price is Right is the longest running family game show in history and has won twenty daytime Emmys; it has also been tagged the number one daytime show in United States. The format has been sold to 42 territories worldwide with Nigeria being the first in sub-Sahara Africa.

It has a wide variety of games with a basic challenge of guessing the prices of everyday consumer commodities for a chance to win fantastic prizes. It features contestants, all of whom are picked from the audience, who come from different parts of the country and a fun host.

The game show offers Nigerian brands an exciting opportunity to introduce new and existing products as well as an avenue to showcase the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the brands, giving them an extensive reach while increasing top mind awareness.

For the Nigerian audience, The Price is Right is an added advantage because it promises to be entertaining, engaging, and interactive. With a charismatic host and an enthusiastic audience, the game plays out with life changing prizes to be won by participants.

During his presentation, Genesis Studios Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Olatubosun Olaegbe explained that there is an ardent need for Nigerian television screens to be graced with yet another world class game show that is engaging, entertaining and most importantly suitable for the whole family.

“We have been looking for a world class game show that would engage and entertain the entire family and The Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a big success in Nigeria” Olaegbe said.

He added that it is long overdue for Nigerians to have a family oriented show like this. “I am grateful to Fremantle Media for a partnership that ensures that Nigerians will benefit from the wide acceptability of the show and most importantly the simplicity of its audience rating which means that even the very young can participate and smile home with mouthwatering prizes”.

The Union

posted 5/30/16

THURSDAY: 500 Questions.... Round 2
Season Opener Opens Fairly Well
From TV Line

NBC’s broadcast of the second Red Nose Day fundraising special drew 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 31 and 25 percent from last year while soliciting 50 percent more donations (totaling $31.5 million).

Opening the Peacock’s night, Strong (2.6 mil/0.7) was up a tenth.

Over on ABC, 500 Questions opened Season 2 with 5.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, followed by 4.9 mil/0.9 — down in the demo from last year’s in-season debut (5.1 mil/1.2), but more on par with its year-ago, post-sweeps numbers (4.6 mil/1.0).

Fox’s Bones (4.5 mil/0.8) drew its largest audience since Dec. 10 while dipping a tenth in the demo with its first post-sweeps outing. American Grit (1.8 mil/0.5) also ticked down.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun easily led Thursday with 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.

Reruns of Legends of Tomorrow (861K/0.2) and The Flash (1.1 mil/0.3) rounded out the night for the CW.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.229 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 803,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 469,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 317,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 304,000

ABC News
TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/16

ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen

ITV Daytime has tapped Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped, which is due to air later this year.

Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On the show, six contestants face off in a series of faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player who has earned the most cash takes on the other five contestants for the right to add more money to their winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money, everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to battle it out on another episode.

The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill. Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and has played with his friends and family for years.”

Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are delighted to have it in our schedule.”

World Screen
TBI Vision
Digital Spy
Huffington Post

posted 5/27/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Shaky Ground"

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 ways to fix "The Voice" (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/27/16

Bravo Gets Back in the Game
On Tap: "I'd Kill for That"
From Variety

Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.”

The new development slate also includes a show hosted by “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a new real estate show and even a game show.

“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s SVP of Development.. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”

Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and a new scripted series “My So Called Wife” was recently greenlit. The cable net has been picking up ratings steam lately from “Real Housewives of New York City” and another reality series “Southern Charm.” With the slew of development projects announced today, Bravo is placing a continued effort on expanding the unscripted pop culture and lifestyle genre in which they’ve had much success.

“Real Estate Wars”

Two rival real estate agencies in Orange County, California will go head to head in the ultimate competition for pride and prize to see who can sell the most property in six months. Each agency will build an all-star team as they battle for listings and fight for sales of some of the country’s most enviable estates. With egos on the line, this showdown is less about winning and more about proving who runs this city.

Produced by World of Wonder. Exec producers are Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Elise Duran.

“I’d Kill for That”

“Double Dare” meets Dolce & Gabbana and “Wipeout” meets Wang in this physical game show that tests how far you would go to win a Birkin bag, Louboutins worn by a coveted Bravolebrity or the latest ‘it’ watch. Each week, friends, co-workers and family members will compete against each other in a series of trivia, brain teasers and hilarious physical obstacles in hopes of winning an enviable object of their desire.

Produced by Embassy Row. Exec producers are Michael Davies, plus Realizer Productions’ Matt Berkowitz and Shauna Minoprio.


posted 5/26/16

"Runway" Gets Longer
Lifetime Reups Mothership, "All Stars", "Junior"
From Deadline

Eight years ago, Project Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the female-focused cable network on the reality map. The show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear there was interest from other networks, but the reality staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway for three more seasons (Seasons 16 – 18), and its spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two (6 and 7) and Project Runway: Junior for one (3). Additionally, Lifetime has picked up to series the latest fashion reality project from TWC, Fashion Inc.

Fourteen seasons in, Project Runway continues to be a potent ratings performer. The most recent Season 14 finale last fall drew 2.52 million viewers in Live+same day and delivered some of the show’s best numbers in target demos in two years. In adults 25-54 (0.99) and women 25-54, Project Runway had not fared better since the show’s Season 12 finale in 2013. Additionally, Project Runway has garnered a best reality competition series Emmy nomination every years since its launch, along with multiple noms for hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be here for many years to come.”

TV Line

posted 5/26/16

WEDNESDAY: And That's the Season
NBC Wins the Night, but CBS Wins the Season
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of the May sweeps period with the season finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 841,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 444,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/16

Stephen Mulhern Goes For It
ITV Greenlights New Series from Potato
From ITV Press Centre

This Autumn, ITV will showcase the weird and wonderful with the arrival of a brand new skill based game show called Go For It.

Made for the channel by Potato (Ninja Warrior, The Chase), the show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.

Go For It aims to discover the weirdest and most unique skills that our nation has to offer and then put them to the test.

For example, only in the UK could someone guess people’s weight just by lifting them, or name 20 breeds of goat just by milking them or even recognise 30 types of wood whilst blindfolded simply by smell alone.

Each show will put these unbelievable and quirky skills to the test, will they make the nation gasp, laugh or just shock them into silence?!

Each of the challengers will get the chance to show off to the nation and get £1000 in cash if they successfully complete their unusual skill on air.

Go For It is a Potato production based on Talpa’s Challenge Me! format, which has already been produced in USA, Netherlands and Ukraine. The Executive Producers are Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Rachael Parker. The show has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey and ITV’s Entertainment Commissioner Asif Zubairy.

ITV Press Centre
TV Wise
ATV Today

posted 5/26/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "De-Coupled for a Night"

  • Terence J trades in two women for 51, hosting Miss USA (The Futon Critic)

  • Artem Chingvintsev is dating a "Chicago Med" actress.... the doctor will see you now (People)

  • WHY THE (BLEEP!) IS THIS NEWS?!: Honestly, can we go one superchamp without calling him "controversial" or "polarizing"? It's ANNOYING. (JPUpdates)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (OregonLive)

posted 5/26/16

The Wrap
"Dating Naked" Gets A New Host
Rocsi Diaz to Helm the Series June 29
From the Futon Critic

VH1 turns up the heat as the network's provocative reality dating series "Dating Naked" returns for a third season on Wednesday June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, this season once again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes - and clothes. Each week, two new men and women will strip down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary daters - but in the end, only one can win their hearts. Over the course of 12 one-hour episodes the competition gets HOT as sexy new singles arrive on the island each week, vying for David and Natalie's affections. Produced by Lighthearted Entertainment and VH1, "Dating Naked" season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap

posted 5/25/16

Spike's Idea of a Family Game Show
Project from A. Smith & Co. Greenlit
From AV Club

Finally, there’s a game show that prizes skills we all have in ready abundance: awkwardly talking to our families, revealing long-kept, embarrassing secrets, and pissing each other off. Spike has announced that it’s taking a break from its busy work rescuing bars and getting celebrities to pretend to be other, more musical celebrities, in order to make its first foray into the world of game shows. According to Deadline, the network is fast-tracking an untitled series in which parents and their adult children can publicly destroy their relationships in exchange for cash.

Developed by the production company behind Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior, the series will force people to navigate an obstacle course even more perilous than the latter show’s collection of giant foam pads, swimming pools, and surplus American Gladiator equipment: talking to their mom or dad. Parent-child teams will compete to see who can identify the real secrets or revelations from their loved ones from a list of fake ones, ensuring that, win or lose, something embarrassing will likely be revealed.

AV Club

posted 5/25/16

Napa Gets Chopped
Grill Masters Tournament Set for July
From the Futon Critic

Chopped is heading outdoors to beautiful Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley, California, as sixteen grilling experts compete in Chopped Grill Masters Napa, premiering Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen grilling professionals from around the country facing off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will walk away with $50,000 more.

"These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets yet," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With world-class judges watching their every move in this intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000."

With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery baskets through three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - showcasing their grilling skills to create unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill pros must not only battle each other, but also take on the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from the grills and weather, along with some surprise appearances from bees that make cooking outside that much more challenging.

Get more from the Chopped Grill Masters Napa tournament at, where you'll uncover photo and video highlights and hear from the winners. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/25/16

TUESDAY: Over in a Flash
"The Voice", NBC Dominate the Field
From TV Line

After settling for a tie with ABC’s Bachelorette on Monday, NBC’s The Voice easily topped Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, in a battle of championship ceremonies.

The Voice led the night in both measures with 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, though down 18 and 28 percent from its previous coronation ceremony. DWTS meanwhile drew 10.3 mil and a 1.6, hitting and tying season lows and dropping 24 and 33 percent from its previous Mirror Ball Trophy hand-off.

Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat‘s season finale (4.9 mil/1.2) saw its best audience since Feb. 2 while rising a tenth in the demo. Real O’Neals (4.2 mil/1.0) also ticked up.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

THE CW | The Flash (3.3 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth week-to-week and was off 15 and 20 percent from its freshman finale. Containment (1.5 mil/0.5) was steady.

CBS | The Price Is Right (6.4 mil/1.1) slipped two tenths from Monday’s primetime edition. A double pump of Person of Interest did 5.3 mil/0.9 and 4.9 mil/0.9, both down from last Tuesday’s NCISes-assisted 7 mil/1.1.

FOX | Hotel Hell (2.5 mil/0.8) dropped hard from its previous, long-ago season premiere (4 mil/1.5). Coupled (1.3 mil/0.5) dropped some eyeballs vs. its debut but was steady in the demo.

On cable...
- The Dunk King (TNT/SF): 2.109 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SF): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 904,000
- Chopped (Food): 850,000
- First Impressions (USA): 454,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS/SF): 378,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 288,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 263,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 243,000

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And That's the Season"

  • ICYMI: a comedy legend plays @midnight (Nerdist)

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel ended somewhat unexpectedly tonight (Entertainment Weekly) (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/25/16

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