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Quite Interesting Pickup
BBC America to Air Season J of British Panel Quiz
From The Futon Critic
BBC AMERICA today announced it has acquired the Rose d'Or-winning and BAFTA-nominated comedy quiz show QI (Quite Interesting) hosted by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, Bones) who can also be seen hosting The EE British Academy Film Awards on the channel this February.

QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are 'quite interesting.' Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It's okay to be wrong but don't be obviously, boringly wrong. BBC AMERICA launches QI Season J with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm ET.

QI celebrity guests include some of Britain's most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd and distributed by FremantleMedia International.

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sted 1/30/15

Thursday: TGIT is B-A-C-K
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (9.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.643 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "Scandal" (10.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3).

CBS (10.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then took home second place with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (17.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "Mom" (11.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.696 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (7.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Elementary" (7.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12).

Next up was FOX (7.283 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with week two of its "American Idol" (9.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7) and "Backstrom" (5.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) combo.

Meanwhile, NBC (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" (5.310 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) plus the series finale of "Parenthood" (5.470 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Reign" (1.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Syfy's "Wizard Wars" led the troops in cable with a 0.5 rating in the A18-49 demo and 1.452 million viewers. The 10:30p "Pawnography" tied with that rating, but had 1.545 million. Elsewhere...

- Pawnography (History, 10p): 1.491 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.474 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 877,000
- @midnight (Comedy Central): 510,000

Results for "Duff Till Dawn" and "Chopped Canada" were unavailable at press time.

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TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/30/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "We Just Wrote This Headline So We Wouldn't Get Fined"

  • Neil Patrick Harris' show to be teased during the Big Game (Deadline)
     
  • Grant Denyer squashes legal fight with Woman's Day (Daily Telegraph)
     
  • What's in the pipe for Discovery Family & GSN? (Realscreen)

posted 1/30/15


Next Stop... Celebrity Chase 2
GSN's Season 4 Opens BIG
From The Futon Critic & TV Media Insights
GSN announced today that its Emmy®-nominated hit quiz show, THE CHASE had its highest rating ever for a premiere, as the show kicked off its fourth season on Tuesday, January 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Brooke Burns and featuring the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) in the ultimate trivia challenge, THE CHASE is one of GSN’s most popular original series. The show has attracted more than 23 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. The season four premiere delivered over 1 million total viewers cumulative with the 11pm ET encore. Compared to its season three premiere, the 8pm ET premiere was up 56% in W25-54, +81% W18-49 and +59% W18-34. It was also up across the board, when compared to the season one and two premieres.

Next week (Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00pm ET/PT), THE CHASE will feature a special celebrity episode as TV stars Carson Kressley (“How to Look Good Naked”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) and Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) will take on The Beast and attempt to win a substantial cash prize for their respective charities. An additional celebrity episode, featuring “Scandal” stars Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Brian Letscher will air later this season.

Elsewhere on cable, "The Challenge" crested over a million for the first time this season with 1.006 million. "Face Off" gave Syfy 1.120 million. "Chopped" led for Food with 1.376 million. "Child Genius" had 852,000.

CBS (11.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with repeats of "NCIS" (12.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.621 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) plus a special "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1).

FOX (3.491 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with an original "MasterChef Junior" (5.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) alongside repeats of "New Girl" (2.139 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.750 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was ABC (4.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with repeats of "Shark Tank" (5.598 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Forever" (2.961 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) bookending a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.555 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) offered up new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (3.469 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Marry Me" (2.252 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "About a Boy" (2.777 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (3.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (3.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.130 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (3.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

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Showbuzz Daily
KTTV Los Angeles - A FEW GOOD MINUTES with host Brooke Burns
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Broadway World

posted 1/29/15

Wednesday: Empire Strikes Back
"Idol's" Not the Most Watched Show... but Fox is #1
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "American Idol" (10.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Empire" (11.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

CBS (9.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Mentalist" (9.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Criminal Minds" (10.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Stalker" (8.423 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.584 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (4.676 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Black-ish" (3.872 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), another "Black-ish" (3.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and yet another "Black-ish" (2.973 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Arrow" (2.866 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The 100" (1.611 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.135 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (4.063 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on NBC (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

"Top Chef" led the cable offerings with 1.110 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/29/15

Lucky 13 for "Top Chef"
Casting Begins February 3
From TV by the Numbers
 “Top Chef” is seeking chefs who have the recipe for success at casting calls for season 13! Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" will return for a thirteenth season in Fall 2015. Driven by strong ratings for season twelve, the network announced open casting calls in cities across the country for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series starting on February 3. In 2015, “Top Chef” is the #1 food competition show on cable among P18-49 and P25-54 on a L3 basis.

"Top Chef" season 13 casting calls are as follows:

*For updated casting information and to download an application, visit TopChefCasting.com

Nashville - Tuesday 2/3 10am - 12pm
Adele's - 1210 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Seattle - Tuesday 2/3 10am - 12pm
Canlis - 2576 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Chicago - Tuesday 2/10 10am - 12pm
Trenchermen - 2039 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Brooklyn - Tuesday 2/10 10am - 12pm
Talde - 369 7th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Los Angeles - Tuesday 2/17 10am - 12pm
Scarpetta - 225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tune in next Wednesday, February 4th at 9pm ET/PT for part two of the three-part finale in Mexico.

TV by the Numbers
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/29/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Stove"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "MasterChef Junior" season finale - February 24 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • You know how they say there's a grain of truth behind every joke? Well, Paula Abdul & Nigel Lythgoe have one for you... (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • This teacher from Iowa (KMA Shenandoah) and this teacher from New England (Burlington Free Press) are just two of the 15 competing for $100,000 on Jeopardy!'s Teacher's Tournament next week!
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Christmas in February? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Puppy! (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 1/29/15

Syndies: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 18
From B&C
Syndication settled down in the week ending Jan. 18, with most shows steady for the week.

CTD’s Hot Bench continued to lead the first-run rookies. After hitting a new series high in the prior week, the panel court show gave back 11% to a first-place 1.7 in households. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which returned with new episodes, was flat at a 1.3. Warner Bros.’ The Real hit a new season high 1.2, up 9% from the prior week. NBCU's Meredith Vieira slipped 8% to a 1.1, while Trifecta’s recently renewed Judge Faith was unchanged at a 0.7.

Among women 25-54, The Real was on top with an unchanged 0.9, followed by Hot Bench at a steady 0.8. Celebrity Name Game dropped 13% in the demo to a 0.7. Meredith Vieira was flat at a 0.6, as was Judge Faith at a 0.4.

All of the game shows were down, except for Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which appreciated 6% to hit an eight-week high 1.9. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune lost 10% to a 7.2, while CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 7% to a 7.1 and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud flagged 1% to a 6.6. Those three shows ranked second, third and fourth in overall syndication, respectively.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights

posted 1/28/15

New Judges! New Drag Race!
Catch It on Logo March 3!
From The Futon Critic
"RuPaul's Drag Race" returns to Logo TV with a gaggle of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, you'll be seeing stars! New this season, RuPaul welcomes pop culture aficionados Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews to the permanent judging panel alongsideMichelle Visage. Kressley and Mathews will leave fans gagging with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass. Think you know this race? Honey, you have no idea. "RuPaul's Drag Race" returns with a new season on Monday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!" exclaimed Executive Producer, RuPaul. "I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge... and I got two! Ross and Carson are the perfect addition to the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' family because they're not just show biz experts, they're superfans and longtime lovers of the art of drag."

"Oh what a thrill to be a judge on season 7 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race!'" declared Carson Kressley. "The wigs, the lashes, the gowns -- but enough about us judges -- the girls this season are so 'sickening,' it's the best season yet!"

"I have never been more qualified to do anything in my entire life," said Ross Mathews. "As quite possibly the biggest super fan of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' in the entire galaxy, I take my position as a judge very seriously and will proudly serve as a voice for my fellow super fans -- albeit, a very high-pitched voice."

Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities in pop culture today to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin,Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Santino Rice, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie, Rachael Harris, Lucian Piane and Merle Ginsberg.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/28/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Touring with the Hosts"

  • Craig Ferguson adds another show in Philadelphia (Broadway World), John Davidson plays the Great and Powerful in "Wicked" (Greenville Online), Alton Brown cooks in Savannah (DoSavannah.com), and Ben Stein speaks in Orlando (WebWire)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 20 facts about "Strictly Come Dancing" (Evening Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Big Brother... with Zombies. And no, it's not that movie (What's on TV)

posted 1/28/15

Monday: Premiere Night
GSN Signs On for 40 New Editions of "Chain Reaction"
From The Futon Critic
On cable, it was a night of two premieres. HGTV's "Ellen's Design Challenge" landed with 1.844 million, a decent premiere for an HGTV series. As far as cable game shows are concerned, it was second in the A18-49 ratings to "@midnight" (658,000 total). Results for BBC America's "Mud, Sweat & Gears" are forthcoming.

ABC (6.926 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and a repeat "Castle" (4.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

FOX (5.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "Gotham" (6.060 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "State of Affairs" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.717 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up its annual "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015" (10.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) followed by repeats of "Scorpion" (8.530 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.851 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.699 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/15

Girlfri3nd, Please...
Keshet Sells to Quebec
From Multichannel News
The deal, which was brokered by KI Sales Director Cynthia Kennedy, sees a 16 x 30’ series soon to begin production with a view to launch on Thursday, April 23, at 19:30, prime time.

In a local twist, the series will switch half way through to feature three men looking for their love match, in addition to the traditional format which is centered on three female hopefuls. The title of the show will also change to reflect the flip from female to male focus - beginning as 3 FILLES CÉLIBATAIRES (“Three Single Girls”) and changing to 3 GARS CÉLIBATAIRES (“Three Single Guys”) from episode nine onwards.

“We believe it will be most interesting to see how guys and girls have a different take on dating, and we are very excited to bring a more genuine, new kind of dating concept to our young viewers,” said Zone 3.

Keren Shahar, General Manager Distribution at Keshet International, said, “The appeal of Girlfri3nds is that it’s very much like ‘real world’ dating, there are choices and compromises to make, true moments of friendship and support, as well as conflicts and twists to navigate. The fact that this Canadian version will also feature men as the decision makers gives the show all the more relevance and appeal to a wider audience. We are really looking forward to seeing how this local addition works.”

Far from what we’ve come to know as a typical “dating show,” Girlfri3nds is about three hopefuls’ authentic joint quest to find their Mr Right. Devoid of clichés, the show goes to great lengths to capture real life interactions – the good, bad, weird and wonderful – as the singles whittle down one hundred men from all over the country to three potential soulmates. Quite often what can be appealing to one single can repel another! But occasionally, more than one single is interested in the same potential date, or the date may not be interested in the single on offer, and that’s when the girls must call on their friendship and honesty to support each other and make compromises about who should move forward. Girlfri3nds follows our singles as they share a house together and help each other through every stage of the anxious yet exciting dating process - the laughs, the tears and the tensions – and reveals who will leave the house as one half of a couple and who will chose to leave alone.

Multichannel News

posted 1/27/15

Friday: The King Is Dead
"King of the Nerds" Premieres Down
From The Futon Critic
886,000.

That is the size of the audience for the season 3 opener of "King of the Nerds".

As a point of reference, Season 2 opened with 1.03 million. That was on a Thursday. The series debuted in 2013 with 1.99 million. also on a Thursday.

Season 3 is the first season that the show airs on a Friday.

CBS (8.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with a new "Undercover Boss" (8.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.144 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.759 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

ABC (5.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then took home the silver with second runs of "Last Man Standing" (5.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Cristela" (4.453 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (6.208 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) plus a new "20/20" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Also sharing the demo crown was NBC (4.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and originals from "Constantine" (3.479 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Grimm" (4.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "Dateline NBC" (5.753 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "World's Funniest Fails" (3.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Glee" (1.830 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, a new "Hart of Dixie" (1.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) followed by repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.959 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Masters of Illusion" (0.741 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.355 million
- 9p: Worst Cooks in America - 1.689 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.177 million

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Freedom"

  • Phillip Phillips wants to leave "Home"; won't rest until 19's contract is "Gone Gone Gone" in a "Raging Fire" (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Donald Trump calls Chuck Todd a moron, wants to host "Meet the Press", fudges the number a bit again (The Wrap/Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Craig Ferguson deals with Debmar-Mercury for his own production shingle (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Biggest Loser" finale January 29 (The Futon Critic)

posted 1/27/15


Chain-Game-Show-Time
GSN Signs On for 40 New Editions of "Chain Reaction"
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will air 40 new episodes of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION, to launch in 2015. This marks the first new episodes of the series since 2007.

The classic half-hour game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features teams of two competing against one another to complete chains of words after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and/or below it. The host of the series is TBA.

Created by master game show wordsmith Bob Stewart, "Chain Reaction" aired on NBC, USA, and GSN from 1980 to 2007, with Bill Cullen, Geoff Edwards, Blake Emmons, and Dylan Lane hosting each of the different editions.

The new episodes will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. Vincent Rubino (The Newlywed Game, Million Dollar Password) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Multichannel News
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/26/15

Food Network Goes to the Academy
Catch It March 1
From The Futon Critic
Ten talented and successful home cooks from around the country compete in intense culinary challenges as they are mentored by some of Food Network's most popular chefs, while competing for a $50,000 grand prize in All-Star Academy, premiering Sunday, March 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Ted Allen, each competitor, with the guidance of their mentor, must compete over eight episodes in challenges that would propose difficulties for even professional chefs, while elevating their culinary skills to make it to the finish line. With the support of superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, each home cook not only has to impress their world-class chef mentor but the special guest judges as well, who help determine who will make the cut in the dreaded elimination round. One-by-one, the challengers are eliminated, leaving one final contender standing with a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judges include Donatella Arpaia, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag, Robert Irvine, Chef John Li, Simon Majumdar, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

"Having world-class chefs like Bobby, Curtis, Alex and Michael as mentors is what will take these ten cooks from great to extraordinary," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "It's the dream of a lifetime for a home cook."

In the premiere, ten home cooks are about to embark on the greatest culinary adventure of their lives. But first, they will need to compete for a spot on a mentor's team. Four of the biggest, most skilled chefs - Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon - will each select two cooks to guide through the competition. But only one mentor and competitor will emerge victorious in the end. Special guest judge Simon Majumdar helps decide who will have a chance to move on to fight another day. Don't miss all the culinary action throughout the season, including Food Network's Robert Irvine, as he challenges each cook to create a dish using only canned meats, with the mentors then conducting a blind taste test to determine which competitor goes home. And a first ever mentor showdown between Bobby Flay and Michael Symon! Each challenger must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking style to impress their mentors and judges to become an All-Star and have their lives changed forever!

The Futon Critic

posted 1/26/15

Wheel Keeps Spinning in Brazil
"Roda a Roda" Renewed for 10th Season
From World Screen
CBS Studios International and Brazil's SBT have renewed their format licensing deal for Wheel of Fortune, which is returning for a tenth season in the country later this year.

Wheel of Fortune, locally titled Roda a Roda, is slated to begin broadcasting its new season in Brazil this spring. The game show will continue to be hosed by Silvio Santos. The format has been airing in the country since 2003.

"Wheel of Fortune continues to be the most successful game show format across the globe, with 12 different international adaptations currently being broadcast," said Paul Gilbert, the senior VP of international formats at CBS Studios International. "We are pleased to be working with SBT on the tenth season of Wheel of Fortune in Brazil."

"SBT is very excited to start off the year with the renewal of yet another season of Roda a Roda," added Silvia Abravanel, executive producer for SBT. "The show gives us great ratings in its prime-time slot and provides fun and entertainment for the entire family."

World Screen

posted 1/26/15


LeBron Taking His Talents to Game Shows
NBA Star Teams with Glassman Media for New Project
From ESPN
LeBron James is getting into the game show business.

James' SpringHill Productions is partnering with NBC to create a prime-time game show with payouts that could reach seven figures. The lead producer on the project is Andrew Glassman, who has developed shows "Average Joe" and "Three Wishes" for NBC. The game show doesn't have a formal name or air date yet.

At James' request, the show is doing its first casting in the Cleveland and Akron areas, looking for couples to compete in the show. Details in the picture in the story header.

"It gives people here an opportunity to live out a dream, the things they only dreamed about, and that's to make more money than they ever thought they could make in their lives," James said Wednesday. "So it's a life-changing experience if they get an opportunity to be selected, and I thought starting here, with the people that I love here, means a lot to them. And me being a part of the game show is just all part of my team doing things that's outside the box but also that's fun for families and people that any ages can gravitate to."

SpringHill Productions, which is led by James' business partner Maverick Carter, currently is involved with "Survivor's Remorse" for Starz and "Becoming" on Disney XD. James and Carter also have been developing a movie script with Kevin Hart.

James is not working on the project day to day during the season. The project was launched last summer.

ESPN
Cleveland.com
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/26/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "No Money, Mo Problems"

  • Nicky Byrne's "Million Euro Challenge" loses almost one viewer for every €5, 290K from 480K (Goss.ie)
     
  • ITV2 to riff on reality shows the world over (C21 Media)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Celebrity Apprentice" finale: February 16 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Melissa Rivers to take doctor responsible for Joan Rivers' death to court (Zap2it)
     
  • BRTUALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Mud, Sweat & Gears" (BBC America, tonight) (Zap2it)
     
  • Comedy writers are going after ITV Studios America over "Saturday Night Takeaway (WT)" (Variety/Yahoo! TV)
     
  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: Celebrity Squares heads to Bristol (Britstol Post)
     
  • Blake Shelton plays a "Bachelor", the "Feud", and himself on SNL... and it's awesome (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Untitled Food Project" (My Casting Net)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: You don't mess with the Drew (TV Spy)

posted 1/26/15

Thursday: This Is Where I Leave You
Fox, CBS Split Night of Finales
From The Futon Critic
FOX (9.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (10.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the premiere of "Backstrom" (7.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (9.512 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (11.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Two and a Half Men" (9.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (8.259 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) repeat and a new "Elementary" (8.236 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.886 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (4.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), the departing "Bad Judge" (3.039 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "A to Z" (2.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) plus the penultimate week of "Parenthood" (4.433 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Taste" (3.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) alongside a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.283 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.654 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Reign" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...

- Pawnography (History, 10p): 1.839 million
- Pawnography (History, 10:30p): 1.721 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.672 million
- Chopped Canada (Food): 1.009 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 901,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 585,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 462,000

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

posted 1/23/15

Renewed "Fighters"
NBC Reups for Second Run of Adam Richman Series
From Deadline
NBC has picked up summer culinary competition show Food Fighters for a second season.It’s slated to air this coming summer. Hosted by Adam Richman, Food Fighters features amateur cooks going head-to-head against professional chefs who try to cook each contestant’s best “family recipe” better than the contestant does. The dishes are tasted and judged by “the dinner party,” a group of everyday food enthusiasts who taste both creations in a blind taste test. As the contestants advance, the cash prize grows, as does the incentive to out-cook the professional. Electus International is handling the international rollout.

In its first season last summer, Food Fighters was modestly rated delivered the biggest regularly scheduled week-one to week-two gain in adults 18-49 for any new series on the Big 4 networks in more than two years, according to NBC.

Deadline
Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 1/23/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cheap Seats"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Broke A$$ Game Show" (MTV, February 5) (MTV)
     
  • Maks & Peta are spotted together. Needless to say, they're totally together again. (Us)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Game testers needed (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Chrissy Teigen injures her foot (New)
     
  • Las Vegas is on board for Monopoly Millionaires' Club, providing tax incentives (Casino City Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Terry Crews plays his own wife (E!)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Someone in Japan turned the car-destruction bonus in "Street Fighter 2" and turned it into a game show (Tech Times)

posted 1/23/15

Don't Call It a Comeback, Because She Never Left
Paula Abdul Joins Jason DeRulo on "SYTYCD"
From The Futon Critic
World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar, singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

"With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges," said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. "I'm delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges' table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason's insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven't had before."

"I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world," said Abdul. "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It's going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I'm looking forward to an exciting new season!"

"I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE," added Derulo. "It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success."

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns this summer on FOX. Auditions for the new season start in New York, NY (Saturday, Jan. 24); Dallas, TX (Saturday, Feb. 14); Detroit, MI; (Sunday, Feb. 22); Memphis, TN (Sunday, March 8); and Los Angeles, CA (Sunday, March 15).

Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition (three days for Memphis) in the event of a callback.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

Syndies: Week 16
Results For the Week Ending January 11
From B&C
With the holidays behind them and awards season ahead, almost all of syndication was sharply up in the week ended Jan. 11.

The game shows also climbed, with three out of four hitting new season highs.
CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune accelerated 25% to a new season-best 8.0, while CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 23% to a 7.6. The pair finished first and second in overall syndication. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud picked up 18% to also hit a new series high 6.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.8.

In daytime, CTD’s Hot Bench, this season’s rookie first-run leader, gained 12% to hit a new series high 1.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.3. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which has been renewed for season two in 80% of the country, climbed 9% to a 1.2. Warner Bros.’ The Real, which had dropped to its season low in the prior week, rebounded 22% in households and landed at a fourth place 1.1.

Among women 25-54, The Real led the pack with a 0.9, followed by Hot Bench and Celebrity Name Game, which were tied at a 0.8. Trifecta’s Judge Faith was the only rookie to decline, dropping 13% to a 0.7 in households.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/22/15

Wednesday: 800-588-2300, Empire
Fox Wins The Middle of the Week
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with another big week from "American Idol" (11.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Empire" (10.950 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

CBS (9.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a distant second place with its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (10.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Stalker" (7.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Next up was NBC (6.167 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.775 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) followed by originals from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.746 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.550 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (4.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.334 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), another "Black-ish" (1.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Modern Family" (1.467 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.958 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and "The 100" (1.569 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening.

Bravo's night was a mixed bag. "Top Chef" moved to 9p, and the move tacked on viewers with 990,000. Numbers for the premiere of "Best New Restaurant" - as well as are forthcoming.

"@midnight" pulled in 555,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

NATPE 2015: Missed Connection?
Warners Looking to Revive "Love Connection" for a Third Time
From B&C
Warner Bros. is shopping a remake of Love Connection that would be hosted by The Real's Loni Love, said several sources at NATPE this week.

The show is a possible replacement for Let's Ask America, a game show that airs on several Scripps-owned stations. Should Scripps decide to pick up the show, it would likely begin as a slow roll-out on a handful of stations, much like Warner Bros.' TMZ spin-off, TMZ Live.

A Warner Bros. spokesman said the company declines to comment on development.

The Real, a first-run panel talk show, is cleared in 90% of the country for next year and is expected to return.

Among other NATPE developments today...

- Sky Vision is at NATPE launching gameshow 1000 Heartbeats, which comers from Hungry Bear Media and ITV in the UK, and Sky1 and John Stanley Productions primetime quiz Relatively Clever.-

Worldscreen
Variety
C21 Media
C21 Media
The Hollywood Reporter
Worldscreen
B&C
TBI Vision

posted 1/22/15

More on "The Voice" Season 8...
Report: The Mentors Are...
From Yahoo! TV
Season 8 of The Voice might already have its guest mentors selected.

The NBC singing competition has reportedly recruited Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding and Lionel Richie to assist its quartet of coaches for the show's spring run.

According to Us Weekly, Richie will step into the rehearsal room for the battle round with Pharrell Williams; Goulding will help Adam Levine; Jonas will work with returning coach Christina Aguilera; and Trainor will team up with Blake Shelton.

Richie is the only musician to have previously served as a guest mentor (alongside Aguilera in season two), yet all three of the other singers have taken the Voice stage as performers.

While most of the reported pairings make sense (Jonas and Aguilera are both former Disney stars, after all), the duo that might raise eyebrows most is that of Shelton and pop singer Trainor. Is NBC steering away from country music, the genre that's dominated the series for so many seasons?!

Not at all -- don't forget, the Nashville-residing Trainor has penned country tracks for Hunter Hayes and Rascal Flatts. Even more so, Trainor and Miranda Lambert paired for a somewhat countrified version of her hit "All About That Bass" at the CMAs this past November. If Trainor's got the approval of Shelton's wife, she's certainly fit to assist contenders on how to effectively introduce both a hit single and debut album in under a year -- country or otherwise.

The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, Feb. 23. NBC did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

Yahoo! TV
Eater

posted 1/22/15

Braaaaaaaaaaains
John Craven to Front New Quiz Show for BBC Two
From Seen It
Broadcasting legend John Craven, famed for Newsround, Swap Shop and Countryfile is to host a new BBC Two quiz show.
The channel has ordered 30 episodes of Beat The Brain which will see teams of four square up to the eponymous Brain and compete in a series of zones that test the full range of their mental capabilities.

Instead of questions, participants will face visual puzzles, logic problems, memory challenges and an array of thorny brain teasers designed to give them and viewers a complete mental workout.

The series is being co-produced by Objective Productions and Over The Top Productions and will air on BBC Two later this year.

Nigel Hall, Managing Director of Over The Top Productions, says: “I am really excited to be working with the legend that is John Craven, who has starred in so many landmark TV shows in his career.

“We were absolutely thrilled he chose Beat The Brain to be his next TV project.

“These brain games are addictive and we are confident that this will be a show that the whole family can enjoy together.”

Seen It
BBC
Digital Spy
Broadcast

posted 1/22/15

SRK to Return to Game Shows
Former KBC Host to Front "Who's Asking"
From Now Running
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan returned to the small screen with a bang - he will host "India Poochega - Sabse Shaana Kaun", a game show adapted from the "Who's Asking?" international format.

The show will air on &TV, a new Hindi general entertainment channel launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited (ZEEL) Wednesday night.

Looking his charming self, Shah Rukh took mediapersons present at the launch through the show's format.

He said: "I like the question and answer format. I do that with my children and family. This show will deal with questions that have been asked by common man and will be answered by the common man himself to win the prize money.

"The questions will be those which people think are easy to answer or sometimes don't even think about it. Many people have different questions to ask. I will just make sure the show has a lot of fun."

The 49-year-old, who sported a dapper, clean-shaven look in a formal blue suit, ensured the audience had a taste of the entertainment in store from the show, at the launch itself. His sense of humor and one-liners did the trick.

Now Running
Najasthan News
Bollywood Mantra

posted 1/22/15

Tuesday: State of the Union
NBC, Fox, CBS in Three-Way Split on Atypical Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (4.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday with its mix of "Parks & Recreation" (4.084 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), another "Parks & Recreation" (3.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "NBC News Special" (5.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and analysis from another "NBC News Special" (3.895 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

FOX (4.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared the adults 18-49 crown thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (5.417 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "FOX News Special" (2.848 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was CBS (8.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (11.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Mike & Molly" (3.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) bookending "CBS News Special" (6.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (3.132 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up the return of "The Flash" (3.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.534 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.248 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "ABC News Special" (4.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and a repeat "Black-ish" (3.254 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) closed out the evening on ABC (3.991 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Among cable networks not airing the SOTU, "Chopped" reigned supreme with 1.665 million viewers. The rest of the field...

- "Face Off" (Syfy, 9p): 1.044 million
- "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II": 843,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Stan the Man"

  • If there's anything to be taken from the Kai Hibberd story, it's this: there are three sides to every reality TV story... contestant... producer... and somewhere in the middle: the truth (People)
     
  • Howie Mandel plays Milwaukee (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
     
  • A mayor, a hurler, a TV host, a cheerleader, and the city of Cincinnati as itself on the next "Let's Ask America" (Cincinnati.com)
     
  • #TBT: Will the real Stan Lee please stand up? (ComicBook.com)

posted 1/22/15

CNN: Anything But Politics As Usual
Anderson Cooper to Host One-Off Presidents' Day
From New York Daily News
CNN is game for a quiz show.

The former all-news network is producing a political game show, the television industry website TVNewser first reported.

The show is tentatively scheduled to air on President’s Day, Feb. 16 , and will be hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. TVNewser reports that the show - which will focus on presidential politics - is a one-time episode for the holiday, but if the show does well, further episodes will be produced,

The quiz show is the latest non-news fare for CNN to be championed by the network’s chief, Jeff Zucker.

Since he took over in 2013, the former NBC honcho packed the news channel’s schedule with entertainment programming, like Anthoy Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” and Mike Rowe’s docu-series, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

While he never hosted a quiz show before, Cooper has experience hosting competition programming — before joining CNN, he was the host of the ABC’s 2000 reality game show, “The Mole.”

CNN officials declined to comment.

New York Daily News
Variety

posted 1/21/15

Worlds Collide
Meet the Cast of Survivor
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete on the next SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 30th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

After 15 years and 30 seasons, the newest edition will feature the first-time theme of "Worlds Apart," with castaways from very different backgrounds divided into the three separate tribes. The all-new castaways will be grouped by White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar.

The White Collars (Masaya Tribe), known for making the rules, includes a corporate executive, a retail buyer and a marketing director. The Blue Collars (Escameca Tribe), known to follow the rules, consists of a postal worker, an oil driller and a contractor. The No Collars (Nargarote Tribe) boasts free spirits who are known to break the rules. This tribe consists of a coconut salesman, a sailing instructor and a YouTube sensation. These three tribes will have very different approaches to how they play the game and interact with each other, while sharing the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize.

The battle unfolds when these three tribes compete against each other on SURVIVOR:

White Collar (Masaya Tribe)
- Tyler Fredrickson (33; Los Angeles; ex-talent agent assistant)
- So Kim (31; Long Beach, CA; retail buyer)
- Carolyn Rivera (52; Tampa; corporate executive)
- Max Dawson, PhD (37; Topanga, CA; media consultant)
- Shirin Oskooi (31; San Francisco; Yahoo! executive)
- Joaquin Souberbielle (27; Valley Stream, NY; marketing director)

Blue Collar (Escameca Tribe)
- Kelly Remington (44; Grand Island, NY; state trooper)
- Sierra Dawn Thomas (27; Roy, UT; barrel racer)
- Mike Holloway (38; North Richland Hills, TX; oil driller)
- Lindsey Cascaddan (24; College Park, FL; hair dresser)
- Dan Foley (47; Gorham, ME; postal worker)
- Rodney Lavoie Jr. (24; Boston; general contractor)

No Collar (Nargarote)
- Jenn Brown (22; Long Beach, CA; sailing instructor)
- Hali Ford (25; San Francisco; law student)
- Joe Anglim (25; Scottsdale, AZ; jewelry designer)
- Nina Poersch (51; Palmdale, CA; hearing advocate)
- Vince Sly (32; Santa Monica, CA; coconut vendor)
- Will Sims II (41; Sherman Oaks, CA; YouTube sensation)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/21/15

Monday: CBS Stings
"Bachelor", "Apprentice" No Match for Strong Eye Lineup
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on a competitive Monday thanks to new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (8.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), "Mike & Molly" (9.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Scorpion" (12.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.454 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

ABC (7.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second place with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (7.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and "Castle" (7.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was FOX (5.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.433 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.162 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.821 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) served up new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "State of Affairs" (4.490 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, the return of "The Originals" (1.484 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.424 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

And at midnight, "@midnight" pulled in at-midnight numbers, 545,000.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/15

Friday: Stick to Millionaire
Another New Episode of "Shark Tank", Another ABC Win
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Cristela" (5.163 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Shark Tank" (8.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "20/20" (5.470 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

CBS (10.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) however was still the most-watched network with originals from "Undercover Boss" (8.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (12.608 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the return of "Constantine" (3.080 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (4.601 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.500 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the debut of "World's Funniest Fails" (3.333 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and a new "Glee" (1.978 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.043 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its mix of "Hart of Dixie" (1.162 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.851 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Masters of Illusion" (0.998 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.117 million
- 9p: Worst Cooks in America: 1.732 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.376 million

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posted 1/21/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel Doubles Down"

  • Double Down Casino app adds a "Wheel of Fortune" slot (Gaming Intelligence)
     
  • "The X Factor", "Great British Baking Show", Ant & Dec winners at 2015 NTAs (STV)
     
  • Is "American Idol" a victim of its own success? Seems like we're asking this question every year. We keep saying "For God sakes, YES!", but they still ask it... (Insider)
     
  • Miranda Lambert is worried about Blake Shelton pulling double duty on SNL (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: A dating show (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Gardell (Pottsgrove Mercury)

posted 1/21/15



Buzzr-Worthy
Fox, Debmar-Mercury Take Stock in FremantleMedia Library Subchannel
From TV by the Numbers
FOX Television Stations has acquired rights to BUZZR TV from FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Debmar-Mercury. BUZZR TV will showcase FremantleMedia’s extensive library of game show content in all 17 FOX O&O markets, including nine out of the top 10, and 14 out of the top 20 DMAs.

Thom Beers, the CEO of FremantleMedia North America, has made launching this channel a top priority for the business. “FremantleMedia has consistently been the leader in the game show space, with long-running and more-popular-than-ever titles such as Family Feud and The Price is Right,” said Thom Beers. “When I joined the company two years ago, it became instantly clear that there was a huge opportunity for us to not only be a producer in the space, but also a programmer. We are thrilled to have FOX, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, as our launch partner on BUZZR TV. Jack Abernethy and Frank Cicha’s enthusiasm for both the channel and our product was clear from the get-go, and we look forward to bringing this beloved genre to viewers across the country.”

Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming for FOX Television Stations, said, “Buzzr will be a great addition to our D2 portfolio. The possibilities to have fun creatively, and to make it fun for the viewer, are endless. And in a D2 landscape this competitive, the ability to control your own product is a big plus. FremantleMedia can certainly do that.”

Debmar-Mercury, which brokered the BUZZR TV deal on behalf of FMNA, will conduct meetings with FMNA and other major station groups at NATPE to expand the multicast network’s footprint.

“There is nothing else like BUZZR TV,” said Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury. “It will be the only game show network operating in the digital multicast universe, providing stations with a highly marketable asset. We believe the depth of the FremantleMedia library will allow the network to secure its future, offering viewers a proven, quality and unique alternative to other digital channels.”

FremantleMedia is the owner of the largest game show library in the world with over 40,000 episodes of some of the greatest, most recognized game shows of yesterday and today. Iconic titles that will be featured when the channel launches include Family Feud, featuring hosts Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louis Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley; Let’s Make a Deal, featuring host Monty Hall; as well as famed titles To Tell the Truth, Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What’s My Line, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.

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posted 1/20/15

Mark the Race Date
Catch the Season Premiere February 24 on CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on a special season of THE AMAZING RACE. This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. THE AMAZING RACE rounds out a night of reality television when it premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), following the premiere of SURVIVOR (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race moves to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

"Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates," said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of THE AMAZING RACE. "Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way,"

The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

The couple's relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.

The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new "Date Night" reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

- Aly Dudek & Steven Langton (24/31; Milwaukee/Boston, Olympic athletes)
- Harley Rodriguez & Jonathan Knight (41/46; New York City, fitness trainer/former New Kid on the Block)
- Jeff Magee & Lyda Grawn (57/49; McCall, ID/Scottsdale, AZ; pilot/flight attendant)
- CJ Harris & Lebya Simpson (26/25; Tuskegee, AL; IT tech/medical support assistant)
- Matt Cucolo & Ashley Gordon (30/28; Scarsdale, NY; hairstylist)
- Rochelle Nevedal & Michael Dombrowski (29/26; Kalkaska/Traverse City, MI; contract engineer/truck stop manager & pro wrestling promoter)

The Blind Date Couples:
- Hayley Keel & Blair Townsend (28/31; St. Petersburg/Jacksonville, FL; registered nurse/Navy physician)
- Jackie Ibarra & Jeffrey Weldon (27/26; Las Vegas/Tampa; dancer/account executive)
- Laura Pierson & Tyler Adams (29/26; Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA; talent booker & mobile app developer)
- Jenny Wu & Jelani Roy (32; Los Angeles/New York City; lawyers)
- Bergen Olsen & Kurt Jordan Belcher (23/24; Sunnyvale, CA/Butler, KY; HR project manager/pageant consultant

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/20/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Grumpy Britches"

  • Len Goodman will be "Dancing" in America after all. Wait, what? (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • One thing that ISN'T coming back? "The X Factor". The words "played out"... play out (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Chris Harrison "shocked" about the latest "Bachelor" breakup. Chris Harrison. A host of a TV show that routinely matches up people, only to have those couples routinely fall apart anywhere from years to moments after the finale.... and you're shocked. I'm shocked that YOU'RE shocked. "The Bachelor" is a show about breakups. It should be called "The Breakup". And you're shocked. JUST STOP. (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Gary Kroeger needs to beat the clock in order to attract newlywed votes for a run in 2016, otherwise, he'll run into a Whammy of a primary (West Cedar Falls Courier)

posted 1/21/15

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