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ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

TV by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Realscreen
Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
Variety
B&C
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/18/14

Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes "Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md., became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”

Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game was close with only $6,000 separating the first and third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.

Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her. However, there were no problems when the bonus round puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right away, so I called the letters and was able to solve pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.

The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s Game®.

The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1 million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn Erhard in May of 2013.

Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having watched with her parents growing up and now challenging her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children Alden and Raina.

“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak following the win.

During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had calculated the probability of winning the million dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”

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Uproxx
Calgary Herald
Cinema Blend
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posted 9/18/14

Wednesday: It's Magic! It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/14

@Midnight @NewYorkCity
Catch Special NY Comedy Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.

"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.

"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"

  • Craig Ferguson used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip through time and space (Unreality TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name Game" (AZ Central)
     
  • Michael Vine growing out of All3Media (TBI Vision)
     
  • Celebrity Squares takes 20 percent of its audience to block (Broadcast)
     
  • "Danger Mouse" just got a little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the superspy in the reboot (Animation Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal (Broadway World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway World)
     
  • TVGN gets Popped (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Live from New York... It's Darrell Hammond! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
     
  • Josh Kaufman becomes The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Everything you know about Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)

posted 9/18/14

Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the #1 Network
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project" (2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off". "Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/17/14

Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special" (10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant" (3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and "Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW (1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter" with 2.54 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!" September 15
From People
Get ready, America. Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant return.

When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in 2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the country mourned the loss of an icon.

But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial hair.

“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple.”

But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek or #ShaveItTrebek.

No word on how long you have to persuade the game show host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get online and weigh in!

Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13 other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament, College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids' Week.

People
Esquire
WTMA-AM Charleston
USA Today
KFSN Fresno

posted 9/17/14

"Game Plane" Cleared for Takeoff
Catch It This Weekend, Check Local Listings
From MarketWatch
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40% announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.

Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation, competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on Allegiant scheduled service.

"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand, and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our destinations have to offer."

"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are introducing an original take on production."

The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.

MarketWatch
Orlando Sentinel
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
USA Today

posted 9/17/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"

  • Michael Davies' "Men In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Joan Rivers' doctor ... (TMZ)... and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying (CNN)
     
  • You would have to win AGT TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Frankie Grande says... way... too much (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" Live! heads to Iowa State (Iowa State Daily)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
     
  • Is Discovery set to buy out the Hub? (Deadline)

posted 9/17/14

Baggage Road Show
GSN Revives Dating Franchise for 20 Shows; Jerry Springer to Return
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a 20-episode order of BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, a new traveling version of the network's hit series "Baggage." Jerry Springer, host of "Baggage," will host the new iteration, which will travel to four US cities, beginning with Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in October. The series is set to premiere on GSN in 2015. Additional locations to be announced.

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is a half-hour comedic dating game show where one contestant chooses from three potential partners, all of whom come with their own quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking physical and emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the competition. With Springer guiding the fun, contestants will be required to reveal the various intimate secrets and hidden flaws - housed inside literal suitcases - that typically aren't revealed on a first date. Eventually, only one suitor will win a date with the contestant... as long as that person can also accept the contestant's baggage in a final role-reversal round.

"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been," says Springer. "I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road and seeing how many fun but cringeworthy moments we get from people looking to find love."

"With BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, GSN is taking production out of the big studio environment and bringing it directly to towns and cities across the US," said GSN's Executive Vice President, Programming, Amy Introcaso-Davis. "Our original 'Baggage' series remains extremely popular and we are thrilled that the one and only Jerry Springer is back to guide us on this unpredictable tour as we uncover who has the most unexpected 'baggage' in your town."

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is produced for GSN by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
Variety
Chicago Tribune
The Hollywood Reporter


"Baggage" will hit the road for GSN
photo courtesy GSN

po
sted 9/16/14

Double the Runway
Catch "All-Stars" October 30, "Threads" October 23
From the Futon Critic
Fourteen of the most talented Project Runway designers return to compete in the biggest and most competitive Project Runway All Stars season ever! In this cutthroat season, former standout designers come back to New York to compete for runway gold in the fourth season of Lifetime(R)'s Project Runway All Stars (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT.

As the returning designers know, nothing is as it seems on Project Runway All Stars. Before revealing the first challenge, host Alyssa Milano reveals that two former Project Runway winners, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak, are back, making the competition tougher than ever! TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire's Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers as they are judged each week by Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa's Georgina Chapman.

Some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment make up this year's A-list celebrity guest judges including Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black, Emmy winner Debra Messing, Modern Family's Ariel Winter, Academy Award(R) winner Mira Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, QVC(R) program host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

This season's highlights include a surprise visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway's Wicked: The Musical and the first-ever wedding ceremony live on the runway.

Designers for Project Runway All Stars Season 4 include:

- Samantha Black (Brooklyn, NY) - Season 11, 7th place
- Helen Castillo (Union City, NJ) - Season 12, 5th place
- Fabio Costa (New York, NY) - Season 10, Runner-up
- Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) - Season 10, 8th place
- Justin LeBlanc (Raleigh, NC) - Season 12, 3rd place
- Michelle Lesniak (Portland, OR) - Season 11, Winner
- Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney Australia) - Season 11, 11th place
- Chris March (New York, NY) - Season 4, 4th place
- Patricia Michaels (Albuquerque, NM) - Season 11, Runner-up
- Kate Pankoke (Chicago, IL) - Season 11, 9th Place/Season 12, 6th place
- Jay Sario (New York, NY) - Season 7, 4th place
- Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) - Season 10, Winner
- Alexandria von Bromssen (San Mateo, CA) - Season 12, Runner-up
- Sonjia Williams (Woodside, NY) - Season 10, 5th place

The winner of Project Runway All Stars will be given the ultimate in prize packaging, which includes the chance to create their own capsule collection with QVC and appear during QVC's Spring Fashion Week programming; a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the magazine as Contributing Editor for one year; CHI Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at their International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows; from Mary Kay, an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show; a cash prize of $150,000 and a complete custom sewing studio to launch the winning line from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.

Last season, Project Runway All Stars posted significant jumps among the key demographics versus season two, including a +13% increase in Total Viewers and Woman 18-49, +9% with Woman 25-54 and +3% in both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. Season three also the number unscripted series in its Thursday 9-10p time period among Woman 25-54.

One week earlier, from the producers of Project Runway, skilled teen and tween fashion designers will showcase their gift for style in the new competition series Project Runway: Threads on Lifetime(R), premiering Thursday, October 23, at 10:30pm ET/PT. Beginning the following week, Thursday, October 30, Project Runway: Threads moves to its regular time slot of 10 pm ET/PT. Hosted by Vanessa Simmons (Run's House), Project Runway: Threads will feature judges designer and CFDA member Christian Siriano (Project Runway Season 4 winner), Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid Nilsen (2.5 million YouTube subscribers). The premiere episode features special guests television personality Kelly Osbourne and actress and model Jaime King. Actress, singer and dancer Zendaya will also make a guest appearance this season. The eight-episode series was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

Project Runway: Threads is a competition series showcasing America's most talented young fashion designers. Each week, three new contestants pull out their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can out-design the competition and set the new standard for the future of fashion. Challenges will be fast-paced, unpredictable and far from child's play as these nascent fashion powerhouses compete for $10,000 to be used at any Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store or Joann.com, a prestigious scholarship to the summer program at FIDM including travel expenses and a top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation.

Project Runway: Threads hails from The Weinstein Company, Full Picture and Sara Rea Productions. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster, Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture and Sara Rea. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/16/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 7
From B&C
Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael premiered its season at a 2.7 live plus same day household average in the week ended Sept. 7. That’s the show’s second-highest rated season premiere in households since 2007, marking a 4% gain from the previous week and a 17% increase from the same week last year.

The week included Labor Day on Sept. 1, as well as widespread preemptions for coverage of the men’s US Open Tennis finals, Deusche Bank golf, and President Obama’s press conference following the NATO Summit. The week also kicked off Nielsen’s official 2014-15 television season, although most shows premiere later in the month.

Most game shows declined for the week. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 2% to a 5.5, matching its lowest rating of last season. CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 4% to a 5.1, its lowest rating in a year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 4.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, in its last week with Cedric the Entertainer as host, eroded 11% to a new series low 1.7, down 26% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/16/14

Monday: The Calm Before the Storm
"Dancing" Helps ABC to 1st
From The Futon Critic
ABC (11.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat of "Castle" (7.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

FOX (5.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) however split the demo crown with a new "MasterChef" (5.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the season finale of "MasterChef" (5.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (5.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with its three-hour special "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (5.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "Mom" (4.867 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Two and a Half Men" (4.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.135 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.950 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.993 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) finished out the evening.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/14

Electus Has a Moment
"Moment of Truth" Format Sold
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announces that Electus International has acquired Lighthearted Entertainment's The Moment of Truth. Since acquiring the title, Electus International has sold the format to Ukraine's STB for 36 primetime episodes.

"Howard Schultz and Lighthearted Entertainment are great producers, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them again on the distribution of The Moment of Truth," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "At Reveille, our partnership resulted in selling The Moment of Truth format to more than 50 countries, and the Electus team is ready to continue the success of the format."

The Moment of Truth premiered on STB on August 25.

"We're thrilled to have partnered with leading network STB to bring a television's classic to the Ukraine. The Moment Of Truth seamlessly merges the world's fascination with lies and polygraphs, and we are delighted to see the positive response from STB's audiences thus far," said Diego Piasek, Executive Director, International Distribution and Production at Electus International.

In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/16/14

Sunday: There She Is...
Winners: Football, Miss America... Oh, and Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
NBC (16.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.497 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.989 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1).

CBS (11.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (21.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #2) followed by "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Big Brother 16" (7.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6) and "Unforgettable" (6.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Next up was FOX (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (3.025 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15), "The Simpsons" (2.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), another "The Simpsons" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), the return of "American Dad" (2.621 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and another "American Dad" (2.634 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) led into "Countdown to Miss America" (3.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) and "The 2015 Miss America Competition" (6.744 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) on ABC (5.346 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

The premiere of Telemundo’s new mega-reality competition, “Yo Soy El Artista” (I Am the Artist) reached a cumulative U.S. audience of 3,325,000 total viewers and 1,715,000 adults 18-49 this past Sunday night, according to Nielsen. "Rachael vs. Guy" was the top performer with 1.723 million for Food. Meanwhile, "Cutthroat Kitchen" ended its season to 1.133 million, down from "The Great Food Truck Race's" 1.398 million. 

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Burn the Floor"

  • As a reminder that this story is presented for entertainment purposes only, and gambling laws should be strictly adhered where such laws exist. THAT SAID... "Dancing with the Stars" handicapped (Washington Post) PLUS Cheech & Chong together again for the first time (Jezebel)
     
  • Philippines version of "The Singing Bee" offers talent not seen since Atlantic City last Sunday (ABS-CBN News)
     
  • Adam Lambert to guest judge "Idol" auditions while Keith Urban is on bereavement (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ellen DeGeneres: the Ninja Warrior (YouTube)
     
  • Cheryl Burke ready to hang up her dancing shoes and call it a career (Page Six)
     
  • PHUN WITH PHOTOS: Jeopardy! in reverse (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Julie Chen comes from a line of polygamists... which is more than what we needed to know about Julie Chen (People)
     
  • Two more for the "Got Talent" finale, anyone? (The Futon Critic)

posted 9/16/14

"The People's Choice" Awarded
Armoza, TF1 to Launch New Interactive Series at MIPCOM
From Realscreen
Israeli formats developer Armoza Formats and French broadcaster TF1 are set to launch a social media-inspired primetime format called The People’s Choice (pictured) at MIPCOM next month.

The show – which originated from a development partnership between the two groups – asks viewers to choose between situations such as “a week without showering or a week without your smartphone.” Once viewers have voted, an in-studio audience is tasked with guessing the most popular response for a chance to win cash prizes.

The idea behind the format, according to a statement, is to “translate the essential experience of social media to a TV show.”

“We’re very proud to be partnering with Armoza Formats on the development of this amazing primetime game show,” said Philippe Balland, deputy director of TF1 and president of TF1 Production, in a statement. “The People’s Choice has a simple, fun and truly innovative premise that will bring together the whole family and engage them as never before.”

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “With The People’s Choice format, we have taken audience engagement one step further – to that of content generation. Everyone, everywhere is now a content generator, and we wanted to reflect this by letting viewers influence the content of the show in a revolutionary, yet simple, quick and fun way.”

Realscreen

posted 9/15/14

This Fall, Time Is Money... AGAIN!
Catch Price, Deal on CBS September 22!
From the Futon Critic
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its 43rd season, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL kicks off season six when they return on Monday, Sept. 22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, promises another season of fun-filled excitement, including its most action-packed game yet and themed, week-long specials featuring big money prizes. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with host Wayne Brady, premieres its sixth season in high-definition with new games and one-of-a-kind specials.

In its premiere episode on Monday, Sept. 22, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will unveil "Time Is Money," a modern spin on the classic grocery game last seen on the show in 2003. The high-energy race to beat the clock begins as contestants are challenged to quickly arrange five grocery items into one of three price ranges ($0-$2.99, $3.00-5.99, $6.00 and up) for a big money cash prize of up to $20,000.

In addition, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will launch an innovative online campaign inspired by the show's popular game, "Cliff Hangers." Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a photo-sharing event featuring "Flat Yodely Guy," the fictional mountain climber who loves to travel, for a chance to be featured on the official CBS homepage. Fans are encouraged to bring "Flat Yodely Guy" with them to interesting places and share their photos. For more information on how to download and share "Flat Yodely Guy," visit www.cbs.com/yodelyguy.

Also this season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air a variety of themed episodes and week-long specials, including "Dream Car Week," featuring the world's most luxurious cars as prizes, and "Big Money Week," when one lucky winner will play for a chance to take home $1,000,000 in cash. The show will also reveal the winner of its nationwide Male Model Search on Monday, Dec. 8. He will begin his five-day gig alongside Drew Carey on Monday, Dec. 15.

This season, LET'S MAKE A DEAL will boast uniquely themed shows, including the "All Singing Musical Episode," "The Clash of the Colleges Special," a "Grammy Award Tribute Show" with a legendary guest, and a completely unpredictable "April Fool's Day" episode.

The Futon Critic
CBS

posted 9/15/14


Syndies: ... and a Little More.
Millionaire Numbers... PLUS Results for the Week Ending August 31
From various sources
Apparently, Who Wants to be a Millionaire just needed more muscle.

The syndicated game show is off to a strong start with new host Terry Crews. The one-time Eagles’ linebacker has vaulted the show to #1 in its new time period among ABC O&Os.

It opened with a 3.4 household rating in Philadelphia on Monday. That means over 100,000 homes in this market tuned in to see the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star make his debut.

Millionaire began its first season with new host Terry Crews with solid ratings in a few top markets while generating a national 1.0 household rating and 3 share in metered markets for its first two days. That was down 23% from its time slots last September, based on Nielsen metered-market ratings.

In New York, Millionaire ranked No. 1 in its 2 p.m. time slot on ABC-owned WABC with a two-day average 2.3/8, down 30% from ABC soap opera General Hospital last year and down a modest 8% from its lead-in rating. GH moved back to 3 p.m., where it had been replaced by Disney-ABC syndicated talk show Katie.

On ABC’s KABC Los Angeles, Millionaire had a 0.7/2 at 3 p.m., down 41% from Katie one year ago and down 56% from its lead-in.

On Fox TV Station’s MNT affiliate WPWR Chicago, Millionaire had a 0.3/1 at 4 p.m., flat to its time slots last September and its lead-in. At 4:30 p.m., the show’s 0.4/1 was flat but up 33% from its lead-in.

On ABC’s WPVI Philadelphia, Millionaire ranked No. 1 at 2 p.m. with a 3.2/11, down 9% from General Hospital last September. It was flat to its lead-in, ABC’s The Chew.

With Crews at the helm, Millionaire also topped its time period in New York and Miami.

Meanwhile, next-day coverage of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards gave a boost to the four top entertainment news magazines in an otherwise quiet pre-holiday week ending Aug. 31.

"Wheel of Fortune" led the games, but dropped 5 percent to 5.6. "Jeopardy!" was hot on its heels, dropping 4 percent to 5.3. Hot on ITS heels was "Family Feud", even though it dropped 2 percent to 4.7. And all by its lonesome in the basement, the penultimate week of Cedric the Entertainer on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with a 1.9, no change from last week.

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People
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Inquisitr
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TV NewsCheck
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posted 9/15/14

VH1 Goes on a Second Date... Naked
Dating Hit Renewed
From the Futon Critic
VH1 continues the quest for true love as TV's most daring reality dating show, "Dating Naked," gets picked up for a second season. Fans who are ready to bare it all to find true love can apply for season two here.

The first season of "Dating Naked" has been averaging a .6 among Adults 18-49 and averaging 1 million total viewers (P 2+) each week, based on Live +3 ratings. "Dating Naked" has amassed 500,000 online weekly streams and generated a season high of over 750,000 streams the week of episode six.

"Dating Naked has been a ratings success for us and a viewer favorite," said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production for VH1. "VH1 has always been about shaping the cultural conversation and we're so glad to have created another pop culture lightning rod. The show is funny, engaging, and it actually works - we've helped 6 couples find love this season. You're welcome, America."

"We couldn't be happier to be producing a second season of Dating Naked," said Howard Schultz, President of Lighthearted Entertainment. "The show has turned out to be everything we had hoped for: inspiring, funny and illuminating, and we are thrilled that viewers have embraced it. VH1 has been incredibly supportive throughout development, production and promotion and we thank them for this vote of confidence."

This season after embarking on a series of blind dates, 12 people currently consider themselves "in a relationship" with someone they met on the show. Now Ashley, an artist from Colorado and Alika, a yoga instructor from California, are ready to take their relationship to the next level by exchanging vows of love and commitment in front of their family, friends and some of their fellow "Dating Naked" couples. Oh yes, and they and their guests will all be naked! Tune in to the "Dating Naked: The Wedding" premiering Thursday, September 18th at 9PM ET/PT.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/15/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Blip"

  • Padma Lakshmi calls a group of union picketers "a blip"  (Page Six)
     
  • Family Feud is headed to Centric, another hour of WE GON' PLAY STEVE! (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • "Who is Arthur Chu?" He's the Jeopardy! champ who's a subject of a new documentary (Glenview Announcement)
     
  • Remember Angelea Preston, the "Top Model" winner who was stripped of the title because she was an escort back in 2011? Well.... lawyer up! (TMZ)
     
  • ICYMI: Last night on "Yo Soy El Artista"... (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak (Daily Caller) and Avi Armoza (Worldscreen)

posted 9/15/14

Thursday: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
CBS Wins Night on Its First TNF Game
From The Futon Critic
CBS (15.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then led the leftovers with the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by an "NBC News Special" (4.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Bones" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (2.082 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the series finale of "The Quest" (1.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The Originals" (0.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

"Project Runway" led the cable troops with 2.459 million on Lifetime. Eight hundred ninety-eight thousand turned into a new "Beat Bobby Flay" for Food Network. An anemic (for VH1) 527,000 watched "Dating Naked".

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/14

Link's Reawakening
BBC Quizzer Renewed
From World Screen
BBC has ordered 40 additional episodes of the quiz show The Link from STV Productions and LTV Productions for broadcast during BBC One's daytime lineup.

Hosted by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings), The Link watches as three teams scramble to find the link between questions for a cash prize. The first season, which debuted in May 2014, ranked as the number one program daily in the BBC One time slot. The format is being sold globally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Gary Chippington, the head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: "The first series of The Link proved to be a ratings hit and we are thrilled to secure a commission for another 40 episodes. We look forward to bringing the BBC One daytime audience new episodes of this engaging quiz show later this year."

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, added: "We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the U.K.; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros. International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well."

World Screen
Gloucestershire Echo

posted 9/12/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Stars in Their Eyes"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The biggest stars to ever emerge from "The Voice"? ... the coaches (Billboard)
     
  • ABC to spin off "Shark Tank" with "Beyond the Tank" (New York Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Dan Patrick's first Sports Jeopardy! promo. (YouTube)
     
  • And the winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" is... (YouTube)

posted 9/12/14

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