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JOANNE BORGELLA: 1982-2014
Former "Idol", "Monique's Fat Chance" Contestant Dies of Cancer
From News One
Plus size model and ‘American Idol’ alum Joanne Borgella has passed away at the age of 32 after an intense battle with a rare form of cancer, reports Plus Model Magazine.com.

Plus Model Magazine has more:

Joanne was the first winner of Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance pageant as “Miss F.A.T.” in 2005 and a top 24 contestant on the seventh season of American Idol. She was also a cast member on Season 2 of Curvy Girls on NUVO TV. She was signed to Wilhelmina Models.

Joanne was also featured in a plus size fashion supplement feature in USA Today in April 2012 that we also featured in our April 2014 issue on pages 55 – 73.

Borgella announced to her fans that she was battling cancer in October, 2013. The beloved performer’s last post on social media shows that she had faith that God would make sure that she beat the disease:

Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js [sic] with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014#JoanneBorgella

Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45AM -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."

Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.

NewsOne
TMZ

photo courtesy Fox43 WPMT

posted 10/17/14

2015: A Preview
On Offer from Syndicators: Mind of a Man, What's My Line?
From TV News Check
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson so far is generating just so-so ratings in its rookie season in broadcast syndication, but that hasn't dimmed enthusiasm for game shows among the syndicators and broadcasters.

Sony Pictures Television is pitching Mind of a Man to stations for fall 2015, while Debmar-Mercury is developing a new version of the classic game show What’s My Line, according to people familiar with these deals.

Sony’s Mind will be a half-hour, Monday-Friday version of cable network GSN’s weekly Mind of a Man with the same host, DeRay Davis. On the show, celebrities help female contestants guess how men answered questions on women and relationships. GSN is owned by Sony and DirecTV.

Sony is pitching the show as a Family Feud companion in prime access and daytime, but also for some latenight slots, according to sources.

Debmar-Mercury is developing What’s My Line with production studio FremantleMedia North America, but have not yet shopped it to stations, according to broadcast sources.

A spokesperson for Debmar-Mercury had no comment on What's My Line.

Debmar-Mercury also partners with FremantleMedia on Feud and Celebrity. FremantleMedia, incidentally, is at the international marketplace MIPCOM in Cannes this week, pitching a new primetime network TV version of the classic game show To Tell the Truth.

Broadcasters see game shows as alternatives for off-net sitcoms, which are in short supply. Next fall, only a few of network TV’s modest hits will make it to syndication, notably Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls.

“With the success of Family Feud, stations are looking for shows that they can pair with it or shows that they can put adjacent to sitcom blocks that have similar, if not the same, audience appeal,” says Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group.

“Much like Family Feud and, hopefully Celebrity Name Game, we think of game as something to hang laughs on,” says Bill Butler, VP of programming and promotion at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “It is funny more than it is a game. We call this genre first-run funny.”

Feud is the model for "first-run funny." That show has surged past CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to No. 1 among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show has been on an upswing since comedian Steve Harvey took over as host in 2010.

The week of Sept. 22, Feud was No. 1 with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, compared to Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which were tied with a 1.2. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Celebrity each had a 0.5 rating.

Feud was also No. 1 among adults 25-54 with a 2.1 to Wheel’s 1.8, Jeopardy’s 1.7, Millionaire’s 0.7 and Celebrity’s 0.6.

Another game, this one a sure bet to move forward, is Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a weekly one-hour show hosted by comedian and Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell. It’s from Scientific Games and will debut in February to tie in with the new multi-state lottery, also called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.

Former NBCUniversal executive Barry Wallach is handling distribution for the show, which has so far been cleared in 95% of lottery TV homes, including on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair and Hearst.

“Our stations are pretty excited about the show,” says Sean Compton, president of strategic programming and acquisitions at Tribune Media. “Any time you can get a weekend show that is exclusive to broadcast, it is a good thing. It’s going to occupy really good time periods on our stations.”

For Monday through Friday, broadcasters may be looking for a replacement not only for Celebrity, but also for Disney-ABC’s long-running Millionaire. That show has been renewed on stations only through this season.

Millionaire debuted this season with a new host, Terry Crews, who took over from Cedric the Entertainer, who hosted for only one season after Meredith Vieira left to start her NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution talk show.

But the new talent hasn't helped. The week of Sept. 22, Millionaire’s rating among adults 18-49 was down year to year while it was flat among adults 25-54.

If opportunities arise, syndicators could dust off some game-show projects. They include CBS Television Distribution’s Hollywood Squares and NBCUniversal’s Hollywood Game Night.

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posted 10/17/14

Thursday: Finally, a Barnburner
CBS, ABC Go One Two.
From The Futon Critic
CBS (11.867 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its win streak on Thursday thanks to its presentations of the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (9.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.445 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.405 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (4.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Bad Judge" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "A to Z" (3.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.136 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, first run installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Reign" (1.362 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable, part 1 of the season finale of "Project Runway" scored 2.334 million people. 550,000 stayed up until "@midnight", while "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 793,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/14

America's Idol Choice
One Lucky Singer is Heading to Hollywood
From The Futon Critic
This year, for the first time ever, AMERICAN IDOL XIV is letting fans choose one hopeful who will receive a coveted ticket to Hollywood via an online vote. IDOL has once again combed the country to discover the best breakout talent, but America can choose among four new contenders who have been added to the mix and given an opportunity to advance to Hollywood Week.

Check out the audition videos and vote now at americanidol.com/poll. You can also vote for your favorite contestants using the hashtags found on americanidol.com/poll on Facebook or Twitter. See the four hopefuls sing their hearts out and tell America about themselves for a chance to claim the "America's Choice" Ticket to Hollywood.

The videos will remain open for votes until 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Additional information and how to vote can be found by visiting americanidol.com/poll.

AMERICAN IDOL XIV is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. "Like" AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/14

Genius in France
FremantleMedia Holds Japanese Format in French Territories
From C21 Media
FremantleMedia France has optioned a reality gameshow format from Korean broadcaster CJ Entertainment & Media.

The Genius Game places 13 celebrities, non-celebrities and professionals in a mysterious mansion of interconnected rooms.

In each episode, they play a different game but it’s their social interplay that determines who wins an episode and is ‘safe.’ They then go on to the ‘death-match’ play-off with another player of their choosing.

FremantleMedia France holds the rights to the format in French-speaking countries. In February, the format, which first aired in 2012, was sold to a partner in Netherlands.

C21 Media

posted 10/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Naked Truth"

  • Jessie Nizewitz is about to learn a hard lesson the hard way. When you sign on to do a reality show: read everything before you sign anything. Then read it again (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: think you can outsmart anyone? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A cancer patient ends up hitting the jackpot on KBC (Pune Mirror)
     
  • How does "Let's Make a Deal" come up with those zonks? (Arizona Daily Sun)
     
  • a FEW GOOD MINUTES with Judy Ann Santos (ABS-CBN)

posted 10/15/14

Wednesday: It's a Tie Night, Charlie Brown!
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Criminal Minds" (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Stalker" (7.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was ABC (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) with its mix of "Toy Story of Terror!" (6.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (6.281 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "Modern Family" (9.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Black-ish" (6.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Nashville" (5.076 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (7.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.714 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "Red Band Society" (3.112 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (2.250 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and a repeat "The Flash" (1.631 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable, the season premiere of "Top Chef" drew 1.091 million. Second on cable was Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" with 1.069 million. "@midnight" had an audience of 633,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/14

Something's Working at TV City...
CBS Daytime Is Up, Up, Up
From TV by the Numbers
All CBS daytime programs posted year-to-year growth, with the Network's two daytime dramas up double-digits in key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 12.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% in viewers (3.00m from 2.80m), +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +10% in viewers (3.57m from 3.23m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.6/05).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% in viewers (4.75m from 4.53m), +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +4% in viewers (5.49m from 5.31m) and was even in both women 25-54 (1.4/10) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

The Only Way Is Elstree
"Keep It In The Family" Announces Studios
From Televisual
BBC Studios and Post Production is providing full studio facilities at BBC Elstree Studio D for Keep It In The Family, the new Saturday night family game show from ITV Studios and Simon Cowell's Over The Top Productions.

Presented by Bradley Walsh, each show sees two families of four – spanning three generations – aided by celebrities from hit shows including The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Emmerdale, battle it out over a series of rounds for the chance to win a wide array of prizes.

BBC Studios and Post Production’s 11,800 sq ft Studio D at BBC Elstree was large enough to meet the unusually large width and height requirements of the Keep It In The Family set, designed to accommodate the show’s tasks.

The show has an audience of over 400 and is utilising Studio D’s HD production galleries which have full connectivity to the studio floor.

Said Meryl McLaren, commercial manager at BBC Studios and Post Production: “Over the past year we’ve seen many large-scale variety productions in Studio D, such as Sky’s A League of Their Own and BBC Children in Need, and we’re delighted to add ITV’s Keep It In The Family to that roster.”

The 6x60 minute series will air on ITV in the coming months.

Televisual
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sorry"

posted 10/16/14

Tuesday: Another Varied Night
CBS, NBC Split; More Eyes for "The Flash"
From The Futon Critic
NBC (8.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the premieres of "Marry Me" (7.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "About a Boy" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) plus a new "Chicago Fire" (7.178 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (14.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed a silver medal with its mix of "NCIS" (17.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was The CW (3.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with week two of "The Flash" (4.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.199 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34),

Meanwhile, ABC (4.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Selfie" (3.515 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Manhattan Love Story" (2.956 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.624 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Forever" (4.678 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.530 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) led into new episodes of "New Girl" (2.262 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) on FOX (1.992 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" took the gold in the demo with 1.303 million viewers. "Chopped" one-upped with 1.353 million. "Face Off" had 1.202 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/15/14

More on "The Great Halloween Fright Fight"
Catch It on ABC October 28
From The Futon Critic
From the producers of last year's holiday hit "The Great Christmas Light Fight," a one-hour special -- "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" - will premiere TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

For the Halloween special, the families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Halloween displays, incredible set decorations and over-the-top designs. Here are the six families competing in the special:

"Hollywood Haunter" - Glendale, CA

Husband and wife duo, Chris and Jeana, are professional set decorators who use their Hollywood know-how to construct an entirely new haunted facade in front of their house every Halloween. This year they're hoping to bury the competition with a traditional haunted house design, complete with coffins custom fit for the judges.

"Haunted Overload" - Lee, NH

Eric always loved scaring people, so together with his wife Janice, he built a larger than life haunt on a sprawling wooded farm. Using mainly organic materials, giant props are crafted up to four stories high. This haunt is sure to overload your senses.

"Terror at Tee Lake" - Lewiston, MI

On a lakeside cabin resort, Dave and Andy create a handmade drive-thru haunt spanning their 4 acre property with a variety of unique displays from a Day of The Dead area to a carnival zone with clowns. Using Andy's expert graphic design skills and Dave's construction know-how, the pair has created a world of eerie neon characters, waiting for you behind every bend.

"The Pirate Ship" - Celebration, FL

Every year the Pirate Ship of Celebration Florida brings thousands of visitors from nearby Disneyworld to enjoy this pirate themed haunt. Creators Neil and Julie construct a life size pirate ship inhabited by pillaging pirate skeletons that completely covers their house. Prepare to walk the plank!

"Mitchell's Spider Invasion" - Pensacola, FL

Halloween is a special time of year for Shawn and Lynne, they got married on Halloween and love creating DIY home haunts from scratch every year. This Halloween, the couple is taking arachnophobia to a whole new level as giant mutant spiders invade their home, trapping trick-or-treaters inside their massive webs.

"Haunt for the Hungry" - Wharton, NJ

Horror movie buffs Anthony and Toby, along with their 12 year old daughter Ava, use magic and practical illusions to make their gory backyard maze feel frighteningly real. Scare actors will send you screaming, but if you can slow down enough to not run away, you'll get to appreciate all of the fascinating details, like a homemade elevator that takes you down a mine shaft to start the tour.

"The Great Halloween Fright Fight" comes from FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol," "America's Got Talent," "The Price is Right"). Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin are the Executive Producers. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are the judges.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/15/14

Let's Make a Tweet
Twitter Episode Returns to LMAD October 22
From TV by the Numbers
LET’S MAKE A DEAL will again feature a special Twitter episode in which fans have the opportunity to vote via Twitter to choose game-changing elements, including cash and prizes. The episode will tape October 16 and air October 22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.

Fans can follow along during the taping beginning at 3:00PM ET/ 12:00PM PT on October 16 by accessing @LetsmakeaDeal on Twitter. By using the hashtag #DecideTheDeal, fans votes will be received and tallied immediately, with the most popular choices incorporated into the episode as it happens.

Each act of the show will have a key element to be voted upon – from choosing whether an exotic sports car should be in a deal or its cash equivalent, to prizes affecting “The Big Deal of the Day.”

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network
 

posted 10/15/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Jeopardese"

  • CBS Daytime... #1 for 28 years (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 11 things you need to know before your Jeopardy! audition... from a lady who went through hell and survived (The Week)
     
  • Leave Dan Tran alone! (Boston Magazine)
     
  • Australian "Family Feud" taken to task for male job/female job questions, completely discounting the 100 people surveyed (Sydney Morning Herald)

posted 10/15/14

Monday: NBC Squeaked Out a Win
And It's All Because of "The Voice", Which Will Get Christina Back in 2015
From The Futon Critic
Pharrell Williams, who is receiving sensational reviews in his inaugural season of "The Voice," will be returning to the eighth cycle of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series with fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, as previously announced. The eighth cycle will begin in early 2015.

Shelton and Levine have been with "The Voice" since the show began in 2011. Aguilera, who is also one of the original coaches, most recently appeared in cycle five.

"We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "These four talented artists are at the top of their game as musicians and as coaches. The mentoring is sure to be intense and the stakes will be high."

NBC (11.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (12.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (9.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.435 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.632 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "Scorpion" (11.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.239 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.534 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and "Castle" (9.300 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

And finally, a new "The Originals" (1.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and the premiere of "Jane the Virgin" (1.629 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 10/14/14

Syndies: Week 2
Results of the Week Ending October 5
From B&C
CBS Television Distribution’s new court show, Hot Bench, remained the rookie household leader in the week ending Oct. 5, holding steady at a 1.4 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Hot Bench, which is double run in most markets and airs as part of afternoon court blocks, is mostly cleared on lower-rated independent and smaller network affiliates.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged from its 1.1 premiere in households, but improved 14% to a 0.8 among women 25-54.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the game shows at a 6.5, up 3% from the prior week but down 3% from the same week last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was right behind at a 6.4, up 5% for the week and 7% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud jumped 14% from the prior week to a 5.8 and 38% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, was flat at a 2.0 in its fourth week and unchanged from last year at this time when the host was Cedric the Entertainer.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/14/14

Dutch Pictures
RTL4 Takes "The Big Picture"
From C21 Media
Holland’s RTL4 has become the first foreign channel to pick up Israeli gameshow The Big Picture from Talpa Global.

Talpa Global recently took worldwide distribution rights to the Israeli format, which claims to herald the next generation of connected gameshows. RTL4’s version will debut in early 2015.

“It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app,” said Talpa Global’s MD Maarten Meijs.

The show involves giving studio contestants and viewers at home the chance to win US$1m by answering 12 picture-based questions. The studio players are able to seek help from connected viewers playing along in real time on an accompanying app.

The Big Picture was created by Israeli content creation and management company A Cappella and TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel.

C21 Media

posted 10/14/14

The Mother of All Game Shows
ZDF, BBCWW Team for Event Quiz
From Broadcast
BBC Worldwide has teamed up with German public service broadcaster ZDF to develop an event gameshow in which 1,000 contestants compete in each episode.

The two organisations will work in association with Tower Productions - BBCW’s joint venture indie with All3Media Germany - to make the series, which will air on ZDF.

One in a Thousand will pit 1,000 contestants against each other over 10 knock-out rounds where they will have to prove their physical, mental and emotional abilities.

The format has been created by Phil Schmid, an executive producer at BBCW, and Markus Templin, head of show at Tower Productions.

It will air on ZDF next year and be made available to international buyers soon after. BBCW will hold the distribution rights.

“The first result will be a brand new entertainment show that has an international look and feel to it – but at the same time will be a close fit for our German audiences and ZDF’s needs in primetime entertainment,” Thorsten Haas, head of development for entertainment at ZDF.

Broadcast

posted 10/14/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hell Is Other Contestants"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile heads to Seattle (KOMO Seattle) PLUS Dating Naked (Reality Wanted)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: "Feud" upsets a man's manhood (9 Network Australia), Cool Story, Jeopardy! Guy!... not (Fox News), and the worst TPIR fails ever (Dose)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: IdioTest (GSN) (Hitfix)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi to Richard Gere: take your knives and leave my kitchen (Page Six)
     
  • And speaking of... what's up with Top Cheftestants nowadays? (New York Post)
     
  • Nick Cannon joins "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/13/14

Four-Day Weekend!
ABC, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to week two of "Last Man Standing" (6.557 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the premiere of "Cristela" (6.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and originals from "Shark Tank" (7.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (5.096 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Amazing Race" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (3.579 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "A to Z" (2.235 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.539 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.037 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

The Futon Critic
 

posted 10/13/14

"Sports Jeopardy!" Goes Global
Sony Sells It in Cannes
From TBI Vision
Sony Pictures Television is launching a sports-themed spin-off of classic gameshow Jeopardy! in Cannes.

Sony will give the Sports Jeopardy! its international launch at MIPCOM. The show uses the classic Jeopardy! format but has sport instead of general knowledge questions and answers.

Sony is launching format at the market and is also shopping the finished version.

In the US, the show goes out on Sony’s online channel Crackle. Fronted by sports presenter Dan Patrick, it launched in late September and has notched just under one million views online.

“Nothing is more universal than the love of sport,” says Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, Sony Pictures Television. “Sports Jeopardy! is a highly adaptable format that broadcasters can easily customize around the most popular sports in any territory.”

TBI Vision
Boston Herald

posted 10/13/14

My Big Fat Greek Family Game Show
Keshet Sells French Format to Greece
From Multichannel News
Keshet International’s family sitcom Your Family or Mine is soon to launch in Greece following an adaptation deal with one of the country’s largest terrestrial broadcasters, Alpha TV. The local version of the show will be entitled Το Σόι σου (“Your Family” or “Your Kin”).

A minimum series run of 40 episodes is scheduled to launch on 23 October and will be produced locally by Plus Productions, a company affiliated to the broadcaster. The local version is being written by Apostolis Tsaousoglou and Nikos Zapatinas will direct. The cast features Vaso Laskaraki, Meletis Elias, Mirka Papakonstantinou, Pavlos Orkopoulos, Renia Louizidou and Yorgos Giannopoulos. Recent international scripted adaptations have garnered average shares of 36%+ for the channel.

Your Family or Mine, which was originally produced by Tedy productions for Keshet Broadcasting, was also picked up by US cable network TBS earlier this year and is being produced by Sony Pictures Television.

George Pofantis, Director of Programming, Alpha TV said, “Alpha returned to commissioning fiction programs last year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. With Your Family or Mine we have assembled a brilliant cast who represent characters recognizable from our everyday lives. It centers around the Greek Sunday lunch or dinner - a loving gathering that sometimes erupts to raucous arguments. An intimate memory, from everyone’s childhood: dinner at Grandma’s.”

Multichannel News
 

posted 10/13/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Anatomy of a PR Disaster"

  • Billy on a Burger King ad (Buzzfeed), Billy on Twitter (Twitter @BillyEichner), Billy and his friends on Twitter (Variety), and finally... McDonalds on Billy (Twitter @McDonalds)
     
  • 55 years ago today... the Quiz Show Scandals came to a head (The Guardian)
     
  • The Beast wifes his beauty (Digital Spy)
     
  • Terry Crews on the cover of Men's Fitness (FansShare)
     
  • FTFA: David Flynn: "In the past few years there's been a trend to look to the past and there's a nostalgia for some of the shows from our childhood... The trick is how to keep that real warmth while making sure it's updated for new audiences." (Chicago Tribune)
     
  • The audience of Jeopardy! has spoken, and the fate of Alex Trebek's mustache is... (WJLA Washington)
     
  • Karina Smirnoff injured on the "Dancing" floor (TMZ)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Riley (The Guardian)

posted 10/13/14


Week of Whips
Check Out "Dream Car Week" on TPIR NEXT WEEK!
From Soap Opera Network
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and join CBS’ “The Price Is Right” as the game show gears up for its popular Dream Car Week!

Airing the week of Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17, “TPIR” will be offering contestants the chance to win more than $550,000 worth of dream cars. The luxury automobiles up for grabs include a Porsche Cayenne, a Range Rover Sport SE, a Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, a Tesla Model S and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.

But, as producers of “The Price Is Right” know, luxury vehicles are all the more wowing when being presented by soap stars — so “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karla Mosley (Maya Avant) and “The Young and the Restless’” Matthew Atkinson (Austin Travers) and Hunter King (Summer Newman) will be on hand as guest models for the special episodes.

Soap Opera Network
Cars.com

posted 10/10/14

Catch Phrase: Three-Peat
ITV Reups for New Season
From Digital Spy
ITV has commissioned a third series of the rebooted Catchphrase.

STV Productions will produce a new run of the game show, with filming beginning in November.

Stephen Mulhern will host ten regular episodes, as well as two celebrity specials.

The game show was revived in 2013 and regularly achieves over 5 million viewers.

Head of Entertainment at STV Productions Gary Chippington said: "We are thrilled to be working again with Stephen, Mr Chips and the team at ITV on another series of this iconic show.

"The audience reaction has been fantastic and we're pulling together some cracking new catchphrases and great contestants to make sure this series is another roaring success."

STV
Digital Spy

posted 10/10/14

Thursday: We Have A Game
CBS Wins Night
From Digital Spy
CBS (11.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

ABC (9.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with week three of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.408 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (10.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.276 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Bad Judge" (5.200 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "A to Z" (3.638 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.260 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.651 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Reign" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

"Project Runway" was the highest demo draw in cable, 2.329 million strong. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Food Truck Face Off" attracted 748,000 and 654,000 respectively. "@midnight" narrowly beats "Snack-Off", 472,000 to 468,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/14

Eccho Seeks "Hide"
Firm Acquires Japanese Formats, Gives It To France
From World Screen
Eccho Rights has landed two new adaptations for the Japanese game show format Hide & Seek, including a French deal.

In France, a 90-minute pilot, titled Cache-toi si tu peux, is set to air during prime time on Gulli this fall. A full series will follow. The local stars Willy Rovelli, Caroline Diament and Christophe Carrière are set to host the pilot. 2P2L and Talk To You are producing the French treatment.

The format was also licensed into Estonia, where an eight-part series aired this summer. The local version was produced by Paprika Latino Studios and broadcast on Kanal 2.

Christian Le Bozec, head of Talk To You, commented, “Hide & Seek is a genius format that will attract both kids and the entire family. It’s a real classic game wrapped in a brand-new fresh package.”

Nicola Söderlund, the managing partner at Eccho Rights, added, “It’s great to see another Japanese game show making it in the West. The figures from Estonia were outstanding and we are confident that the show will pull in good audiences in France and beyond. It really is great family viewing.”

World Screen

posted 10/10/14

TruTV Rebrands
"Hair Jacked" Gets a Date; "Motor City Masters", "Panic Button" Get the Hook
From B&C
TruTV says its recent rebranding was partly spurred by suggestions from media agencies and their clients.

Starting Oct. 27, the network’s slogan will be “Way More Fun” and its new programming will offer more of an advertiser-friendly environment for marketers.
Joe Hogan, executive VP, young adult ad sales for Turner Broadcasting, who oversees TruTV ad sales, says clients wanted shows that were “less loud, controversial and highlighted by conflict.”

The network has been discussing programming strategies with media agencies and marketers for about a year and Hogan says those conversations led to deeper discussions about expanded commercial time buys and also about programming sponsorships and other tie-ins.

Hogan says one category of advertisers that has responded strongly is automotive. “Many auto advertisers who were just dipping their toe into the network are now fully jumping in with larger ad schedules,” he says. Other categories where advertisers have bulked up their ad buys include movie studios, insurance, quick service restaurants, financial and packaged goods.

The target audience of the new programming, Hogan says, is both men and women with a median age in the mid-30s. That compares to a more male-skewing schedule with a median age in the early to mid-40s for the previous programming lineup.

“Our new programming is also multiplatform friendly and can live on linear TV, online, mobile and social,” Hogan says. “We are offering advertisers ways to participate in platforms.”

Brian Hughes, senior VP, audience analysis practice lead at Magna Global says TruTV has struggled in coming up with the right programming formula since it was converted from Court TV in 2008.

“I think it’s fair to say they had a bit of an identity issue, between the Court TV history and a wide range of unscripted genres,” Hughes says. “Since they will be focusing on comedy, it will be interesting to see how they distinguish themselves from (corporate cousin) TBS.”

To launch its new identity, TruTV will offer 60 new episodes of programming in a 65-day period.

“Our new programming is more positive and upbeat,” Hogan says. “Advertisers told us they wanted different content and this is our answer to their feedback. The bulk of our old schedule of programming is not coming back.”

Canceled shows include Container Wars, Storage Hunters, Panic Button, Caught Red Handed, Combat Pawn, Las Vegas Jailhouse, Police POV, Guinness World Records Unleashed, Upload with Shaq, Motor City Masters, Conspiracy Theory and Kentucky Bidders. Full Throttle will continue to air in repeats, but no new episodes have been ordered.

TruTV recently greenlit a back order of Hard Core Pawn for this season. That series is one of the network’s highest rated in C3 and while Hogan did not discuss programming moves, sources familiar with the situation say the series, which follows a family-run pawn shop in a tough neighborhood in the Detroit suburbs, will in future focus more on the pawn transactions and less on the behavior of unruly customers clashing with shop staff.

The first pair of new shows to air on the “new” TruTV will be on Monday, Oct. 27 when ambush game show Hair Jacked premieres at 8 p.m. with back-to-back episodes, leading into a special at 9, The New TruTV: First Look, that will provide viewers with a view of all the new shows coming to the network. That will be followed by performance competition series Fake Off.

B&C

posted 10/10/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Get Well Soon"

  • Drew Carey recovers from surgery, to miss a week of taping (USA Today)
     
  • Craig Ferguson spends $5.6 million of "Celebrity Game Night" money on a new house (Realty Today)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: how to get on a game show (Lifehacker)
     
  • Note to self... don't give Gail Simmons a cronut (The Braiser)
     
  • AMC's "Celebrity Bowling" dead before it was even born (Variety)
     
  • Nielsen made a bit of a cock-up since March (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Top Chef comes home thanks to Blue Apron (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Simon Cowell (Financial Times)

posted 10/10/14

Dancing with a Twist
New Partners Next Week!
From E!
After causing some major drama last season in its debut, Dancing With the Stars is once again doing the "Switch Up!"

On Monday's show, the nine remaining celebrities will be dancing with a different professional partner on the ABC reality hit, and the new pairings were revealed by Tony Dovolani (who was just eliminated from the competition along with designer Betsey Johnson) on Good Morning America Thursday morning.

The best part? The new couples were voted on by DWTS fans, and a few new dance styles were added to shake things up even more, including burlesque!

And the new pairings are:
- Lea Thompson is now with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Sadie Robertson is now with Derek Hough
- Janel Parrish is now with Artem Chigvintsev
- Bethany Mota is now with Mark Ballas
- Tommy Chong is now with Emma Slater
- Michael Waltrip is now with Witney Carson
- Alfonso Ribeiro is now with Cheryl Burke
- Antonio Sabato Jr. is now with Allison Holker
- Jonathan Bennett is now with Peta Murgatroyd

DWTS airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

E!

posted 10/9/14

Wednesday: Rocked
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (7.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Middle" (7.347 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.966 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Modern Family" (10.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "Black-ish" (7.950 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Nashville" (5.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

CBS (9.381 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Criminal Minds" (10.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Stalker" (8.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (7.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.689 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "Red Band Society" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.789 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and a rebroadcast of "The Flash" (2.093 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the night on The CW (2.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, the premiere of "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" gave Food Network 1.418 million viewers out of a special "Chopped" (1.028 million). "@midnight" scored 620,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/9/14

Another Class of Nerds
Catch It On TBS January 23!
From The Futon Critic
Colby Burnett is returning to TV.

TBS has announced the 12 nerds who will take to the field of nerd battle in the third season of King of the Nerds. Hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, who also serve as executive producers, will once again supervise the proceedings as competitors from across the nerd spectrum vie for the ultimate nerd title. King of the Nerds is set to kick off its third season on Jan. 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In King of the Nerds, competitors face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds live together in "Nerdvana," competing first as teams before moving on to individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will be named the quintessential master of all things nerdy, winning the $100,000 prize. Despite the show's gender-specific title, women have sat atop the Throne of Games in the show's two prior seasons.

The following are the 12 competitors set to participate in Season 3 of King of the Nerds:

- Ori, 22 - "Larper" - Silver Springs, Md.
- Amanda, 24 - "Bookworm" - Gilbert, Ariz
- Colby, 30 - "Jeopardy! Champ" - Chicago
- Jonathan, 28 - "Mathematician" - Tempe, Ariz
- Jacob, 25 - "Quiz Master" - Oakland
- Kaitlin, 26 - "NASA Engineer" - Redwood City, Calif
- Heather, 24 - "Neuroscientist" - Denver
- Thomas, 21 - "Brony" - Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Raychelle, 27 - "Gamer" - Springfield, Mo.
- Ben, 29 - "Marine Biologist" - Los Angeles
- Lily, 22 - "Professional Cos-Player" - Denver
- Todd, 26 - "Comic Book Nerd" - Pittsburgh

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/14

IdioTest: Bruins vs. Trojans
Catch It On GSN October 14
From The Futon Critic
The storied rivalry between UCLA and USC goes from the gridiron to the touchscreen when recent graduates put their Bruin and Trojan pride on the line as they go head-to-head on an all-new episode of "Idiotest" hosted by comedian Ben Gleib airing Tuesday, October 14, 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.

In the episode, 23-year-old UCLA alumnus Karl Ebergen, originally from San Francisco, CA, teams up with fellow Bruin Alexi Kaleas, a 22-year-old recent grad who hails from San Diego, CA. These Bruin buddies take on the Trojan team of Tiffany Taylor from Omaha, NE, a 22-year-old graduate of USC and her friend and fellow alum Sarah Sax, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. Will the Bruins be able to take down the Trojans in this brainy battle or will the Trojans emerge victorious and leave their arch rivals feeling like idiots?

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The House That Sagal Built"

  • Peter Sagal to host game night to raise money for Chicago's House Theatre (DNAinfo)
     
  • Failtopia (BusinessWeek)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: It happened in the USA... Now a contestant's fiancée opened the box live on stage in Britain (Chester Chronicle)
     
  • #CASTINGCOUCH: "Ask Me Another" is coming to Durham (WUNC-FM Chapel Hill)
     
  • Firm using Alex Trebek as a spokesman gets sued for fraud (The National Law Journal)
     
  • Jeff Probst REALLY should've seen that "ugly" confrontation coming (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Morgan Moore, "Project Runway" model, lies about a mugging, will serve one day of community service (New York Daily News)
     
  • Nick Cannon brings back Nick's HALO Awards (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/9/14

Wednesday Lightspeed Round
... or "Speedy Delivery"

posted 10/8/14


Second-Hand Game Show
History Renews "Pawnography"; Season Premieres November 6
From the Futon Critic
Coming off its summer premiere as HISTORY'S number one new series of 2014, the Pawn Stars are back for another entertaining round of their hit game show PAWNOGRAPHY beginning Thursday, November 6 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Defending their wallets and valued possessions, Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell are back in the hot seat, going head-to-head with contestants in three fast paced rounds of trivia style questions. Hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, two contestants take on Corey and Chumlee in the first round, answering questions worth $100 each. In round two, they compete against Rick with $200 questions. The contestant with the most money then challenges all three Pawn Stars in a 10-question lightning round. The Pawn Stars are vigorously defending their treasured items from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop because these brainy contestants have one thing on their minds - win the expensive items from Rick's personal stash - and this season the items are bigger and more valuable than ever. Nothing irritates Rick more than losing his lucrative shop items - except getting beat in trivia by an enthusiastic contestant or having to depend on Corey and Chum to save his items and his bank account.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/7/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 28
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of September 22, 2014, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with new host Terry Crews, grew across the board week to week: Households (+5% - 2.0 rating vs. 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (+10% - 2.738 million vs. 2.484 million) and Adults 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, “Millionaire” was the only syndicated game show up week to week in Households. That's the good news. The bad news... it's still 5 percent below the year-ago rating with former host Cedric the Entertainer.

As for the rest of the games, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in top markets, also made its national debut at a 1.1 in households and a 0.6 among adults 25-54.

Also in access, game shows were relatively stable with most in their second week of the new season. CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune, CTD’s Jeopardy! and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud all were steady with their season premieres at a 6.3, 6.1 and 5.1, respectively.

TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 10/7/14

Monday: Dead Heat
NBC Takes Monday Outright for the First Monday This Season... But Only Just
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

CBS (11.373 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and new episodes of "Scorpion" (11.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its lineup of "Gotham" (6.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Castle" (9.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

And finally, The CW (1.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) served up the return of "The Originals" (1.350 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus a "Supernatural Special" (1.069 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And Comedy Central's "@midnight" began the week with 489,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Round 3... FIGHT!
Esquire Renews "Knife Fight"
From the Futon Critic
Esquire Network announced today that it has greenlit third seasons of two original series, KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS. The new seasons are expected to premiere in 2015.

"In our first year, Esquire Network has rolled out a strong slate of original series, and the audience has responded enthusiastically," said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network. "Both KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS increased their audiences in their second seasons by tapping into topics we know our viewers are passionate about - food, drink and travel - in a fresh and distinctive way."

KNIFE FIGHT, hosted by Chef Ilan Hall and produced by Authentic Entertainment and Flower Films, more than doubled its performance with adults 18-49 in its second season, which ends tonight, October 7. For its third season, set to begin production this fall, the underground culinary competition series' 16 episodes will be set on a new coast (New York), in a new location (The Gorbals Brooklyn), and with a new tournament-style format. The new season will also feature judging by award-winning chefs Kris Morningstar and Naomi Pomeroy.

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posted 10/7/14

Weekend: Racing Upwards
CBS, ABC Split
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ABC (6.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (6.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a second "Last Man Standing" (6.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and new episodes of "Shark Tank" (7.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (8.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with week two of "The Amazing Race" (6.157 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.711 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (4.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "A to Z" (3.033 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Utopia" (1.752 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a rebroadcast of "Gotham" (1.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On Food Network, the following happened...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.323 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars (premiere) -1.840 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.697 million

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Unusual"

  • #ICYMI: Alfonso Ribiero did it last night... (YouTube) ... but he won't be doing it with the rest of the "Fresh Prince" cast. Sorry, folks (E!)
     
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  • Alton Brown to perform in Birmingham (AL.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Baggage on the Road" (WFLA Tampa)

posted 10/7/14

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adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and new episodes of "Shark Tank" (7.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (8.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with week two of "The Amazing Race" (6.157 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.711 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (4.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "A to Z" (3.033 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Utopia" (1.752 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a rebroadcast of "Gotham" (1.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On Food Network, the following happened...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.323 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars (premiere) -1.840 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.697 million

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posted 10/7/14

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