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MTV/Endemol Shine North America
Fear More
MTV Ups the Episodes, Ante for Season 2
From Deadline

Ahead of tonight’s season 1 finale, MTV has given the green light to a 20-episode second season of the hit reality series from Endemol Shine North America, for premiere in 2018. Ludacris is set to return as host and executive producer of the series in which contestants confront their fears, push beyond their comfort zones and take action against some of their biggest stressors.

Fear Factor delivered MTV’s highest-rated series premiere in two years in P18-34 and is the No. 1 cable reality series on Tuesdays in that key demo.

Anthony Carbone, Kevin Wehrenberg, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg serve as Executive Producers for Endemol Shine North America, along with Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

All Henson's Eve
"Wipeout" Host Named New "Halloween Baking Championship" Host
From the Futon Critic

A new batch of eight terrifyingly-talented bakers from across the country compete to create haunting and spooky sweets on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, September 25th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Comedian John Henson hosts, as the contestants' baking abilities and imaginations are put to the test in two rounds of difficult confectionary challenges, from trick-or-treat candy-filled cookies to scream puffs (a scary take on the traditional cream puff), and from glow-in-the-dark desserts to Jack-O-Lantern Cakes. The one who survives the twists of the competition and whose sweets put a spell on judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young, will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!

"Audiences can expect dreadfully delicious new challenges that make the spine-chilling spirit of the holiday come to life on the return of Halloween Baking Championship," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Adding to the enchantment is the wicked wit of host John Henson and the contestants' chilling confectionary creations as the competition unfolds."

Halloween Baking Championship contestants include: Jasmin Bell (Seattle, WA), Cliff Butler (Austin, TX), Tyler Davis (St. Louis, MO), Jonathan Elias (Birmingham, MI), Andrea Kratville (Sonora, CA), Dina Melendez-Bonnet (Brooklyn, NY), Jessica Scott (San Diego, CA), Ray Vizcaino (San Diego, CA).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending August 13
From TV Newscheck

Most daytime shows were relatively stable in the session ending Aug. 13, however, there were some radical shifts compared to last year when the heavily watched Rio Summer Olympics was a major factor.

For most, competing with the games was a big negative, although Rio gave a big boost to some shows on NBC stations that aired adjacent to the Olympics.

For example, Dr. Phil surged 35% compared to last year at this time, the largest annual increase of any talker. The category leader breezed to its 49th straight victory in the talk race with a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating despite dipping 4% week to week with reruns on all five days.

Elsewhere in access, Family Feud continued to destroy its rivals in the game show category for a 68th straight session, inching up 2% to a 6.3 and, for the first time in 10 weeks, edging ahead of usual syndie champ Judge Judy, which was in repeats all week.

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.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.2 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 -9%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/22/17

Just Like Mom.... and Dad
Canadian Favorite to Return to YES TV, Will Air Stateside on BYU TV
From the Toronto Star

The 1980s Canadian game show Just Like Mom is coming back in a new format that will also include dads.

Bell Media has announced a deal to license the series format rights to Canadian production company Marblemedia.

The company plans to relaunch the show under the name Just Like Mom and Dad on Yes TV in Canada and BYU TV in the U.S. in 2018.

Marblemedia launched an online casting call Monday and plans to start production on the 20-episode prime-time show this fall.

The original Just Like Mom aired on CTV’s flagship station, CFTO-TV in Toronto, between 1980 and 1985 before going into syndication.

It saw children and their mothers being tested on how well they knew each other and also competing in a bake-off challenge.

The Toronto Star
Global News
C21 Media

posted 8/22/17

MONDAY: Well This Is Awkward
NBC Wins on a Presidential Address-Divided Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.231 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the top draw on a news disrupted Monday with its mix of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "NBC News Special" (6.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), the second half of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

The silver then went to ABC (4.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its lineup of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "ABC News Special" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the second half of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a repeat "Black-ish" (2.174 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.905 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), its "FOX News Special" (2.456 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the conclusion to "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "Kevin Can Wait" (4.347 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Superior Donuts" (3.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "CBS News Special" (4.142 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (3.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and the season finale of "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.739 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.127 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.810 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) on The CW (0.968 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

WEEKEND: Double the Big Brother, Double the Win
CBS Owns the Weekend
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a tight Friday with its mix of "Big Brother 19" (5.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Hawaii Five-0" (3.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Blue Bloods" (4.599 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

NBC (3.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second despite repeats of "America's Got Talent" (3.800 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (3.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.381 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and its trio of "Shark Tank" (3.548 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.194 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "20/20" (3.403 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) served up encores of "MasterChef" (2.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Beat Shazam" (2.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.063 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

CBS (4.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on another modest Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.422 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.021 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) followed by "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.716 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its coverage of the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.939 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.493 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, FOX (1.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with a full hour of "Golf Overrun" (0.987 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.570 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.793 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and another "Family Guy" (1.854 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.207m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.021m

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/22/17


Games Gone By: Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

By a bizarre coincidence (no, seriously; he didn't see this coming), Chris Wolvie has lined up a "Games Gone By..." for Bruce Forsyth's only US game show hosting job...at the same time the legend passed away at the age of 89. Well, while he wasn't at the PINNACLE of his career during this 1986 show, at least we got to see the man that the UK was gaga over in "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/22/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Immortalizing a Legend?"

  • Bruce Forsyth may be immortalized by the BBC (Star UK)
     

  • Bradley Walsh isn't going to walk from "The Chase" and "Cash Trapped" if he takes on the companion role (Radio Times)
     

  • DeMario Jackson says something REALLY dumb (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Hardwick to pay tribute to Stan Lee (Broadway World)
     

  • DWTS: Are you ready for Drew Scott, at least one Bella Twin? (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Austin's good with anyone using "The Stone Cold Stunner" (The Wrap)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen opens up about her alcohol issues (The Wrap)
     

  • Sharon Levy heads to Endemol Shine North America (The Wrap)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: John Cena meets with fans he helped inspire (Reality TV World)

posted 8/22/17


Wikipedia
JERRY LEWIS: 1926-2017
From the Hollywood Reporter

Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 91.

Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s as one of the most successful tandems in the history of show business, died at 9:15 a.m. at his home in Las Vegas, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a statement from Lewis' family. Publicist Candi Cazau confirmed the news.

Lewis’ health ailments over the years included open-heart surgery in 1983, surgery for prostate cancer in 1992, treatment for his dependence on prescription drugs in 2003, a heart attack in 2006 and a long bout with pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease for which he took Prednisone, causing his face and body to balloon.

At the peak of their popularity, Martin & Lewis ruled nightclubs, radio and then the box office with their breezy yet physical comedy act, reigning as the top draw at theaters from 1950-56.

After an especially acrimonious break-up with his partner, Lewis remained as the No. 1 movie draw through the mid-1960s on the strength of such classics as The Bellboy (1960) and The Nutty Professor (1963). As Paramount’s biggest star, he had the creative freedom to make the moves he wanted to make.

During his heyday, he frequented game shows like "Stump the Stars", "Talent Scouts", and "What's My Line".

Lewis also was known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

Extremely popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Lewis won “best director” awards eight times in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. New Wave critics and filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard spurred his popularity in France, where he became known as “Le Roi du Crazy.”

In 1984, Lewis was presented with the French Legion of Honor and in 2009 was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; he kept the trophy from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on a platform above a TV in his Las Vegas home, where it would rotate at the push of a button.

The son of a professional entertainers, Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, N.J. His mother played the piano, and his father was a musical arranger. Lewis made his debut at age 5 at a hotel in the Borscht Belt, the legendary upstate New York show-business breeding ground, by singing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” He dropped out of high school, working as a soda jerk and theater usher, all the while cultivating a comedy routine, in which he mimed phonograph records.

It was not until he hooked up with young Italian-American crooner Martin that his career took off. In July 1946, while performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, one of the entertainers working with Lewis abruptly quit, and Lewis suggested Martin, who was nine years older, as a replacement. Their ad libs, including insults and off-the-wall jokes, were a sensation, and their salaries skyrocketed from $250 a week to $5,000. When they appeared on the balcony of the Paramount Theater in Times Square, Broadway became so crowded that traffic backed up to 59th Street.

When Lewis was 18, he met singer Patti Palmer, and they wed 10 days later. During their marriage, which lasted from 1944-82, they had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45.

Lewis married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

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CNN
Variety
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Los Angeles Times
TV Line

posted 8/21/17


BBC
SIR BRUCE FORSYTH: 1928-2017
From Deadline

Bruce Forsyth, the veteran British entertainer and game show host who BBC director general Tony Hall called “one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” died today. He was 89. He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection. His manager confirmed the news on Friday.

“It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children,” said his manager Ian Wilson in a statement to the BBC. “A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy…being ill!”

Forsyth’s long career in show business began when he was just 14, onstage at his local theater. The multihyphenate, who sang, danced and coined the catchphrase “nice to see you, to see you nice,” became well known for hosting a raft of game shows in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right. His sole US credit comes from the short-lived "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak" in 1986.

His prolific work saw him become, at one time, Britain’s best-paid TV star.

He also hosted BBC One’s biggest show Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly from 2004-14. In 2011, he was knighted after a huge campaign from friends.

“Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. “He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades with shows like The Generation Game and, most recently Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.

“I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved. He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.”

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posted 8/21/17

Are You the New One?
Terrence J to Host New Season September 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced actor Terrence J. will host the new season of the popular matchmaking series, "Are You The One?" premiering Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This season will take the contestants to New Orleans, LA, where they will strive to find their "perfect match" for a share in a million dollar prize. Before the premiere, audiences can get a sneak peek at the new cast in an audition tape casting special, airing Wednesday, September 13th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, where each one will reveal his or her personal struggle to find true love.

New host Terrence J., a well-established actor, host, producer, author, philanthropist and mega-fan of "Are You The One?," is widely recognized as one of Hollywood's most skilled multi-hyphenates. The three-time Emmy(R) nominee and seven year host on BET's "106 & Park," Terrence J. has now added executive producer and host of MTV's "SafeWord" and host of MTV's "Are You The One?" to his purview. Bringing a new twist to this popular dating competition, Terrence J. tests couples to follow their hearts if they want to walk away with love and their share of one million dollars. The rules may be simple, but the game of love is never easy, and this season of "Are You The One?" is sure to have audiences love shook.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/21/17

More "All Star Drag Race"
Vh1 Also Greenlights "Untucked" Aftershow
From the Futon Critic

Responding to fan demand, and following a head-spinning seven Emmy(R) Award nominations for "RuPaul's Drag Race" season nine, VH1 today announced "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" will return for a third season, serving viewers another taste of some of the series' fiercest queens. The returning court will battle it out on the runway in all new and unforgettable challenges as they compete for the crown and position in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" alongside past "All Stars" winners Chad Michaels and Alaska. The network also greenlit the popular behind-the-scenes after show, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," which is also nominated this year for an Emmy(R) Award in the Unstructured Reality Program category.

"The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit of it they can handle," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "These All Stars represent the best of the breasts, legs and thighs. They are giving everything and you're not going to want to miss it!"

"The massive swell of new and longtime fans of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is nothing short of incredible," said Pamela Post, SVP Original Programming & Development at VH1. "We are motivated now more than ever to ensure 'Drag Race' remains a shining example of inclusion and community, as well as fierce fashions and legendary lip-syncs."

"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" follows a jaw-dropping season nine of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which was the most-watched in series history. The finale trended across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and was the #1 most social program the day of broadcast as viewers watched Sasha Velour crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.

"RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" provides viewers a raw, behind-the-scenes look as the competing queens as they await to find out who will lip sync for their life. The companion series will return just in time for the milestone 10th season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," debuting in spring 2018.

Fans craving more RuPaul this summer can catch "RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 9 RuVealed," currently airing every Thursday at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo. The never-before-seen look into the historic season that crowned Sasha Velour as America's Next Drag Superstar is packed with shocking moments and killer reads from the queens and Mama Ru herself.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/21/17

THURSDAY: Doubled Over
CBS, NBC Battle to a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Zoo" (2.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "The Wall" (5.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (5.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Great News" (3.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Night Shift" (3.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Love Connection" (2.333 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.617 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes from "Boy Band" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gong Show" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.896 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.586 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (SP/Lifetime): 1.603m
- Alone (SF/History): 1.378m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 914k
- Alone Special (S/History): 787k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 690k
- SafeWord (MTV): 416k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/21/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Chase Master Becomes the Runner"

posted 8/21/17

Brace Yourself: Season 2 Is Coming
Discovery Family to Air Second Season of "Game of Homes" September 4
From the Futon Critic

The competition renovation series GAME OF HOMES returns to Discovery Family on Monday, September 4 at 10p/9c for an eight-episode second season featuring new homes, new contestants and a brand-new host. This season, Dave Salmoni (Pet Nation Renovation) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are destined for the wrecking ball and revive them room by room into their dream homes. But before the competition even begins, the houses are ripped from their foundations and ceremoniously transferred to the epic 70,000-square-foot GAME OF HOMES arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run-down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes for eight weeks where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces!

In each hour-long episode, two expert judges along with celebrity guest judges including Cheryl Torrenueva (Discovery Family's Reno, Set, Go!) and Jillian Harris (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette), vote for their favorite room renovations based on design and workmanship. At the end of the series, the winning couple is awarded with the house they have painstakingly renovated with all the furniture inside and a plot of land to put it on!

This season, the competitors must deal with hidden surprises, lack of sleep and mounting frustrations as they tirelessly renovate every room in the house -- from kitchens to bathrooms and even exteriors. With action-packed design challenges, amidst timelines spanning from just 24 to 72 hours to complete, GAME OF HOMES pits each team's skills, ingenuity and teamwork against each other in the name of crafty design.

GAME OF HOMES is produced by Great Pacific Media and distributed exclusively worldwide by Beyond Distribution. For Great Pacific Media, Blair Reekie is the series producer. To learn more, go to http://www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.

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Broadway World

posted 8/18/17

WEDNESDAY: The Next Stage
NBC Wins Against Fierce CBS Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.090 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competitive on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), the premiere of "Marlon" (5.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), a second "Marlon" (4.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (5.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its annual "CMA Fest 2017" (5.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Salvation" (3.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and another "Salvation" (2.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) alongside the season finale of "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night for The CW (0.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 785k
- Signed (VH1): 658k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 275k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 263k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 236k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (SF/GSN): 180k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

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posted 8/18/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who is Jeffrey Glaser?"

  • Jeffrey Glaser elevated at Sony Pictures TV (Deadline)
     

  • Peter Kraus probably isn't going to be "The Bachelor" any time soon (The Wrap)
     

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, "SYTYCD" contestant's on-again, off-again relationship... on again (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anthony Anderson (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 8/18/17

TUESDAY: 13 in a Row
NBC Wins with "Talent", "Game Night"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw for the 13th consecutive week thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (13.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (3.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with night two of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.692 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mick" (1.256 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (1.152 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.009 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

On cable...
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.027m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 877k
- Face Off (Syfy): 701k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 472k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 307k
- Divided - 10p (SP/GSN): 265k
- Divided - 10:30p (GSN): 226k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 201k
- 100 Mexicanos Dijieron (Galavision): 191k

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Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/17

MTV Crashes Karaoke
Network Orders Pop-Up Music Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

MTV International has ordered 10 episodes of a pop-up music game show called Crash Karaoke.

The Viacom network has given the green light for the show that will see hosts Hannah Rad and Dylan Landon “crash" what a series description calls "unsuspecting locations and challenge people to karaoke battles for cash."

They will disrupt "business as usual" at such locations as fast-food restaurants and "attempt to charm two volunteers into a head-to-head karaoke showdown for a cash prize," MTV said. "Contestants will be asked to spin the Crash Wheel to randomly select a style of music to perform. A mix of hit songs serve as the soundtrack for the series, from current tracks and global anthems to the most iconic karaoke throwbacks from the '80s."

There are no judges on the 30-minute show as the crowd ultimately decides who wins.

"Crash Karaoke is an innovative twist on the traditional game show that’s anchored in music and embodies MTV’s bold, unpredictable personality," said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “We’re excited to disrupt everyday life in some of the most unlikely locations and pass the mic to the most fearless performers — from the great, to the outrageous, and cringe-worthy — and bring our audience along for the ride.”

The show's international rollout is set to begin later this year. Executive producers are Adam Dolgins, Brian Flanagan, Anthony Amoia, Mike Amoia and Sean Lee of Switchblade Entertainment, and Gillmer, Jennifer Demme Harris and Adriana Cornejo for MTV International.

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Broadcast
Billboard
Realscreen

posted 8/17/17

Cheating On "Genius"?
Channel 4 Addresses Scandal
From Digital Spy

Channel 4 has hit back at cheating claims circling the new series of Child Genius.

During the first episode, on Tuesday (August 15), 12-year-old contestant Olivia hesitated after she was asked to complete the station name that began with "Kensal" – she then seemed to look towards her mum who appeared to make an 'up' hand gesture.

Olivia then correctly answered "Kensal Rise" and viewers accused Olivia's mum Susan of cheating by raising her hand.

But Channel 4 has denied that any cheating took place during the episode. "The independent adjudicator is satisfied there was no cheating taking place," a spokesperson for the channel told Digital Spy.

The story doesn't end there though, with last night's (August 16) episode showing Susan airing her own accusations of cheating.

"There were a few family members who were mouthing the answers. I'm saying to you with two eyes, two glasses, that's what I saw," she was seen telling adjudicator Olivia van der Werff.

Digital Spy
The Telegraph
RTE

posted 8/17/17

Technical Difficulties in "Paradise"
Last Night's Episode Addressed the Controversy
From Reality TV World

Bachelor in Paradise's two-night premiere continued with the events that transpired after production's temporary shutdown -- including a candid conversation among the returning cast members in Mexico -- due to the DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios scandal.

After airing Season 3 Bachelor in Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass' spectacular wedding that was filmed in Mexico this past June, the entire cast was shown returning to Paradise after a halt in production for a Warner Bros. investigation into allegations of misconduct. (No evidence of sexual assault or wrongdoing on the cast and staff was discovered).

The entire original Season 4 cast was present, except for DeMario and Corinne. Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison thought it was necessary to have a group discussion before filming resumed about how everyone was feeling as well as the incident itself and what allegedly did or did not happen.

Chris explained Warner Bros. had hired an outside firm to look into Bachelor in Paradise footage as well as conduct interviews with witnesses. Since the show, its staff and cast were all cleared of misconduct allegations, everyone agreed they were happy with the results of the investigation.

The cast seemed to agree that nothing serious even happened between DeMario and Corinne, suggesting the Bachelor in Paradise producer who initially filed the complaint had blown the situation out of proportion.

ABC has opted not to air footage of the incident in question, and no specifics were shared about what actually happened between the two cast members, who did not return.

Instead, the episode featured Harrison asking the cast if they agreed with Warner Bros.’ call to resume production, and everyone did. Raven Gates said that nothing “bad” happened between Olympios and Jackson, and that she hopes the scandal doesn’t deter “actual victims” from speaking out.

The conversation also included a debate on whether race was a factor and whether those who supported Jackson were implicitly “slut-shaming” Olympios.

As might be expected, plenty of fans took to Twitter to weigh in about the episode.

“You can practically see the cast reading the ‘ABC isn’t liable’ cue cards the lawyers are holding up behind the cameras,” one user wrote.

“They literally discussed everything BUT what happened between Corinne and DeMario,” another viewer tweeted.

Chris Harrison appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, where he was asked about the much-debated sexual encounter between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.

“You will see that Corinne and DeMario, other than the fact that they were very involved in this, had very little to do with the entire incident as far as filing a complaint or allegations against one another,” Harrison said. “And that’s what created this frustrating situation.”

“It was someone who really wasn’t there and didn’t see or hear anything that kind of got this ball rolling, and so it was kind of this domino effect that I guess led to us having to finally say, ‘Look, we need to take everybody’s safety, and that is the utmost importance,'” the franchise mainstay continued.

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posted 8/17/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wedding Yet?"

  • JoJo & Jordan... still together (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alton Brown eats his science in Boston (Eater)
     

  • Philip Schofield admits to drinking and Snapping (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (BT)

posted 8/17/17

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