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Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"
From AZCentral
Veteran comic Bill Bellamy is on a bit of a media roll of late, the perfect opportunity to mix some metaphors.

"When you get hot, it rains. It's a good time to be hot again," says Bellamy, who headlines at the Tempe Improv this weekend.

"People will be seeing me a lot. If they don't see you a lot, people kind of jump on to another train."

Bellamy, whose biggest claim to fame is coining the phrase "booty call," made his mark on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" in the '90s and went on to star in the films "How to Be a Player" (1997) and "The Brothers" (2001).

Now a family man with a wife and two kids, Bellamy still plays the playa on the syndicated sitcom "Mr. Box Office," about a Los Angeles movie star sentenced to community service teaching underprivileged kids in South Central LA. Co-starring Jon Lovitz and Vivica A. Fox, the show's first season ran in 2012-13, and Bellamy says he'll start shooting new episodes next month.

"It's based on a portion of my life," he says. "I came to Hollywood and became very, very successful. I had my friends living with me for quite some time. This show is actually the '90s Bill Bellamy, before the kids and the wife and the whole nine yards. What's cool about this is that instead of me as a Hollywood star, he shows a true love helping those that need it."

August will be especially busy for Bellamy, as he also starts taping Season 3 of the quiz show "Let's Ask America," taking over from two-year host Kevin Pereira. Also in syndication, the show features contestants fielding questions on pop culture via their webcams.

"People will be Skyping from all over the world," Bellamy says. "I'm working my butt off, but this show is a lot of fun. It's gonna remind people of how funny I am as a host."

"Let's Ask America" will premiere season 3 nationwide coast to coast in September.

AZCentral

posted 7/23/14

Tuesday: All NBC All The Time
AGT Boot Camp, "Food Fighters" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the premiere of "Food Fighters" (4.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the relocated "America's Got Talent" (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1). "Fighters" grew from the 8p to the 8:30p half-hour.

ABC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.847 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On GSN, "The Chase" rose to a new season high of 578,000 viewers. The rest of Tuesday's cable outings are forthcoming.

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posted 7/23/14

Nick Cannon Gets Back Into Improv Game
AGT Host to Prep New Series for Syfy
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly one hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series.

The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature two teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians. Each week they will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.

A nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the "away" teams.

Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/23/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande's grandfather has passed on. ObGameShows: Frankie is still in the Big Brother House. (Contact Music)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "Face Off" took "Life and Death" one step further... (TV Guide)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" will a) come from this season of "The Bachelorette" and b) will have less baggage than Juan Pablo (E!).
     
  • Pharrell Williams chooses Alicia Keys as his G.I.R.L. on "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" cycle 21 is bumped up to fill a hole on August 18 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/22/14

Fifteen to Two
Revival Renewed, to Move to Scotland
From Digital Spy
Channel 4 has renewed Fifteen To One for a second season.

Sandi Toksvig will return to host the daytime quiz show, which will start filming in Glasgow in August.

Forty episodes were commissioned by Channel 4's Madeleine Knight, and will be recorded at BBC Pacific Quay studios.

The show's move to Scotland will form part of Channel 4's plans of widening its supply base across the UK.

Originally running from 1988 to 2003, Fifteen to One returned to screens in April.

Adam Hills has also hosted special primetime versions of the quiz, featuring celebrity contestants such as Jo Brand and Jimmy Carr.

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 7/22/14

Syndies: In the Thick of It
Results for the Week Ending July 13
From B&C
Most syndies rebounded in the week ending July 13, despite low levels of TV viewers and competition from the World Cup soccer semifinals, including Brazil’s shocking defeat at the hands of eventual winner Germany.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune sped up 4% from its prior-week season low to a 5.8. CTD’s Jeopardy! recovered 6% to a 5.7, keeping the household race between it and Wheel tight. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud added 7% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire — soon to swap Cedric the Entertainer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews, who just hosted the Television Critics Association Awards — trailed with a flat 2.0 for the fifth week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/22/14

Monday: Ninja Masters
Demo Race Winners Abound, Fox Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "MasterChef" (5.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the return of "Hotel Hell" (4.039 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

ABC (5.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Mistresses" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (3.156 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.783 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.290 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Mom" (3.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.475 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.088 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its revised lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.664 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Seed" (0.489 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Backpackers" (0.410 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Alex"

  • Alex Trebek turns 74. Here's some stuff you may or may not know about him (Warming Glow)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first round of "Buscando Mi Ritmo" on Telemundo (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • If you never thought you'd hear the words "Ben Stein" and "sexting scandal" in one sentence in your life... well, first time for everything. (NSFW) (Jezebel).
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: taking away commercials, intro, outro, and Steve Harvey ranting, you can watch an entire episode of "Family Feud" in 3 minutes. But it kinda sucks. (AV Club)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Cheboygan News)

posted 7/22/14

More on "The Quest"
Paladins Announced for July 31 Journey on ABC
From TV by the Numbers
A genre-bending new reality series unlike anything else on television, “The Quest,” combines harrowing and intense competition challenges, narrative storytelling and cutting edge special effects and prosthetics to conjure an immersive fantasy environment. 12 real people, pulled from their everyday lives, are transported to a fantasy world where they are declared Paladins, defenders of a noble cause. The Paladins must compete to save the besieged kingdom of Everealm but only one will prevail and earn the right to be called the One True Hero. “The Quest” premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. From the executive producers behind such television and motion picture hits as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Amazing Race” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The Quest” creates a seamless and surprising experience for these fans of fantasy and fairytales, featuring an elaborate and full mythology (developed by Haxan Films), animatronic creatures (created by the award-winning team at Spectral Motion), and real-time 3D projection mapping (developed by NuFormer).

As previously announced, the Paladins who will rely on physical stamina, intelligence and resourcefulness to emerge as the One True Hero are:

- Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX)
- Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ)
- Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR)
- Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT)
- Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA)
- Ashley Guerrero (35, Horse Trainer from Murrieta, CA)
- Patrick Higgins (41, High School Math Teacher from Joliet, IL)
- Jasmine Kyle (31, Mother and Homemaker from Media, PA)
- Adria Kyne (41, Marketing Director from Nashua, NH)
- Leticia Reyes (36, Executive Assistant from White Plains, NY)
- Katherine “Katie” Smaluk (26, Bartender from Chicago, IL)
- Christian Sochor (23, Server from New York, NY)

“The Quest” was filmed on location in Austria and is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/21/14

Weekend: Smaller Brother
CBS Still Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.724 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Big Brother 16" (6.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed a close second place with its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.103 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17), "Bob's Burgers" (1.352 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.098 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "The Simpsons" (2.482 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "American Dad" (2.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next was ABC (4.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Wipeout" (3.848 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Rising Star" (4.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Castle" (3.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.079 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.640 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Chicago PD" (2.812 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/21/14

The Hole Lives...
South Africa Signs Up for "Hole in the Wall"
From Media Update
Sony Max, channel 128 on DStv, has just launched Hole In The Wall, an adaptation of the cult Japanese game show Nokabe, which became a YouTube sensation, and was dubbed by fans ‘Human Tetris’.

Hole In The Wall has the simple premise of players having to contort themselves to fit through cutouts in a styrafoam wall that is moving towards them. Failure results in them being dunked in the swimming pool. Winning gets them a cash prize.

"It's as simple as it gets. It's one of those shows I think is going to be very addictive. You think, 'I'm not going to watch this,' and a half-hour later you're still watching it" said Fox entertainment president Mike Darnell on picking up the show for US Broadcast.

Hole In The Wall airs weeknights at 17:45 on Sony Max, channel 128 on DStv.

Media Update

posted 7/21/14

Tennessee, "Line" Up
GSN's New Series to Tape in Nashville
From the Nashville Tennessean
The Game Show Network has greenlit “The Line,” a traveling game show, the network announced Tuesday. With its first stop July 19 in Nashville, Tenn.,, the show focuses on its contestants’ ability to win both at the end of the titular line and while waiting for their chance to get to the front.

“The goal of ‘The Line’ is to take the joy of game directly to communities across the country and we are so excited that GSN’s first stop is Nashville,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s executive vice president of programming and development, in a statement. “We have taken something most people dislike – waiting in line – and turned it into the most fun you have ever had, with cash, prizes and 500 new friends!”

Produced by High Noon Entertainment, “The Line” will be hosted by Jeff Davis of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame and Candace Bailey, former co-host of “Attack of the Show.”

Participants of the game will attempt to claim a growing jackpot by reaching the “Trivia Vault” at the front of the line and correctly answering eight true/false questions. Those waiting in line will also have their chance to win cash and prizes by playing “outrageous games.”

“We love creating game formats and this one is terrific because it combines both the intellectual and the physical, as well as dual gameplay that takes place both inside the dome and outside in line,” said executive producer Jim Berger.

Nashville Tennessean
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Variety
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Worldscreen
Broadcast
TBI Vision
C21 Media
Hidden Remote

posted 7/21/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Banoodles"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Inside Katie Cleary's case... nothing. (New York Daily News)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: TV3's "The Lie" (Independent)
     
  • SAVED YOU A CLICK: "The two smartest men in game shows" are "Feud" contestants who didn't answer a question (WTAM Cleveland).
     
  • Heidi Klum used her Instagram to promote "Project Runway". Needless to say the pictures are NSFW (Classicalite)
     
  • "Family Feud", "MasterChef" helps Ten more than it realizes (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A game show for the troops (Darien News Online)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Food Fighters" (NBC, July 22) (Colorado Springs Gazette) plus A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adam Richman (WWLP Springfield)

posted 7/21/14


JAMES GARNER: 1928-2014
"Maverick", "Rockford" Actor Was a Mystery Guest
From the BBC
James Garner, the star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick and films including The Great Escape, has died aged 86.

Garner had suffered ill health since a severe stroke in 2008.

"Mr. Garner died of natural causes," the West LA Division of the Los Angeles Police Department told the BBC, adding he died on Saturday and his body has been released to his family.

His publicist confirmed to the BBC that he died at home.

Garner famously played the laconic private investigator Jim Rockford.

He won an Emmy for the role in 1977 and starred in 122 episodes of the hugely successful show from 1974 to 1980. He returned to it in the 1990s with eight Rockford Files TV movies.

Another role, as the poker-playing Bret Maverick in the Western comedy, was also a hit with TV viewers, running for 60 episodes from 1957 to 1962. It ran again for another 18 episodes from 1981 to 1982.

Richard Natale of Variety said that the role of the laid-back, work-shy Maverick fitted "his wry personality like a glove". However he left the show following a legal dispute over his salary with Warner Bros, which he won.

The TV show was later made into a film in 1992 starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, but also starred Garner - this time on the right side of the law, as Marshal Zane Cooper.

While starring in "Maverick", Garner guested on "What's My Line?" and "I've Got A Secret".

BBC News
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TMZ
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photo courtesy TV Guide

posted 7/20/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Blame the Kids"

  • Peter Rice blames the contestants for "Idol's" woes, overlooks the whole singing-competition-getting-long-in-the-tooth thing. (The Wrap)
     
  • "RuPaul's Drag Race" wins TCA Award (Variety)
     
  • Newlywed Adam Levine now has a name to drop whenever Blake mentions Miranda (People)

posted 7/20/14

Whose Lin3?
CW Reups for Third Season
From the Wrap
The CW has ordered 24 new half-hour episodes of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?”

The new run will debut in 2015, though no specific date or timeslot has been announced yet.

CW's “Whose Line” features Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, playing improv games with a special guest each episode. Aisha Tyler hosts, doles out points (C-Note: which don't matter), and declares a winner each show.

The show has attracted guest stars Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), Misha Collins (“Supernatural”), Michael Weatherly (“NCIS”), NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski, Olympic gold medalist and commentator Tara Lipinski, Kevin McHale (“Glee”), Darren Criss (“Glee”), Olympic gold medalist and WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”).

Based on the original U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the U.S. that ran for eight seasons on ABC, “Whose Line” is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles and Brady.

Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the show comes from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The Wrap


"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" has been reupped for the CW
photo courtesy Warner Horizon TV

posted 7/18/14

"King of Cones": August 4
Justin Willman Hosts Food Network Limited Series
From the Futon Critic
Four dessert professionals compete in their first challenge to capture the taste and look of summer's favorite destination - the beach! Next the competitors' ice cream concoctions must whisk away the judges on a tasty tour de France. Dessert giants Nancy Silverton, Zac Young, and ice cream tester John Harrison judge four ice cream makers as they duke it out for $10,000 and the title of King of Cones.

Justin Willman hosts this special four-part stunt, as top-level dessert chefs are challenged to use their skills, creativity and ingenuity to make the most incredible ice cream treats imaginable on King of Cones, premiering Monday, August 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, a giant ice cream truck arrives with a new theme and mystery ingredient that the contestants must translate into a uniquely delicious ice cream dessert - before time runs out. Contestants must survive three heart-pounding challenges that would leave any top dessert professional screaming over ice cream, with a rotating panel of judges, including Duff Goldman, Doug Quint, Zac Young, Nancy Silverton, Johnny Iuzzini, Paulette Goto, and Natasha Case determining who advances in each round and scoops up the grand prize of $10,000. In the end, only one will be named the first-ever King of Cones!

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

The Great Danish Sew
BBCWW Sells "Sewing Bee" to Denmark
From Realscreen
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has sold Sewing Bee to Denmark’s TV2.

The Danish terrestrial broadcaster will launch its own version of the format, produced by Metronome and launched on TV2 Fri this fall.

The Love Productions (The Great Bake-Off) format follows a national competition to the nation’s best amateur sewer via tense, time-limited challenges.

In addition, TV2 Fri has also picked up the UK version of The Great British Sewing Bee from BBCWW.

Local versions of the Sewing Bee format have so far been sold to France (produced by BBC Worldwide Productions France for Channel M6); Norway (NRK); and Sweden (licensed to broadcaster TV4 to air on Channel Sjuan).

“We are very excited to be working with TV2 Fri for the first time on a format deal and hope that the partnership will prove successful with this very popular show,” said Suzanne Kendrick, acting head of formats BBC Worldwide, in a statement.

Realscreen

posted 7/18/14

Thursday: CBS/Fox Home Video
"Big Brother", "Hell's Kitchen" Lead to a Demo Split
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.105 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Millers" (5.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.043 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Sharing the demo crown then was FOX (3.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.865 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2 and "Gang Related" (2.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its original lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.880 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Meet the Engels" (2.078 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.319 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its own first run combination of "Black Box" (3.745 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Rookie Blue" (5.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "NY Med" (5.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.510 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.448 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night over on The CW (0.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

Tuesday: A Farewell to the Captain
Fox Wins with MLB All-Star Game
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.950 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with its annual presentation of the "MLB All-Star Game" (10.950 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

NBC (7.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (8.466 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) followed by the season finale of "The Night Shift" (6.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.177 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up its duo of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) and "Supernatural" (0.533 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4).

On GSN, episode 2 of "The Chase's" third season rose on the week to 534,000 viewers, an 8 percent increase. The cable leader for the night, though, was Food Network's "Chopped", who, with the opener of its Teen Tournament, garnered 1.489 million viewers to enter the top 20 for the night at #19. "Next Great Baker" baked up 987,000.

"Motor City Masters" and "Restaurant Startup" helped truTV and CNBC to primetime averages of 487,000 and 394,000 viewers respectively.

The Futon Critic
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The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Indefinite Abundance"

  • Ten to continue simulcasting "Family Feud" over all its platforms... how you say, indefinitely. (mUmbrella)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Dating Naked" (VH1) (Time)
     
  • Erin Andrews graduates from college... football coverage (SI)
     
  • Jasper Carrott looks back at a 40-year career. And Golden Balls (Birmingham Mail)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Hell needs chefs for season 14 (The Conlin Company)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Fox Fall looks like this: Utopia (September 7), Hell's Kitchen (September 10), MasterChef Junior (November 7) (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/18/14

ELAINE STRITCH: 1925-2014
Broadway Firebrand a Game Show Panelist
From CBS Local
Rest in peace, Stritchy.

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.

Stritch died at home Thursday in Birmingham, Mich.

Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys, she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

She worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim’s musical, “A Little Night Music.”

She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

She was also a noted game show panelist, playing "Blankety Blank", "Celebrity Squares", "The Sweepstakes Game", "Looks Familiar", "The Theatre Quiz", and "Password All-Stars".

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this story.

CBS Local
Salon
Paste
UPI
FishbowlNY


Elaine Stritch

photo courtesy Getty Images

posted 7/17/14

This! Is! Sports!
Catch "Sports Jeopardy!" This Fall on Crackle!
From the Futon Critic
Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick is set to debut exclusively on Crackle this fall and has already received interest from thousands of fans vying for their chance to prove they have what it takes to win it all: more than 25,000 contestants registered to try out for the new TV quiz show's first season. Auditions began in June in Los Angeles, then traveled to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dallas before wrapping up in New York City on July 19 and 20. The weekly 30-minute program combines the excitement and prestige of America's Favorite Quiz Show(R) with the rich and diverse world of sports.

"It seems that all of the fantasy sports addicts have found a way to cash in on all that invested time: by auditioning for Sports Jeopardy!," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "Only the strong survive, so good luck to all the potential contestants and I'll see you on the front lines."

Auditions consisted of a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories; for those who passed the initial test, the second phase of auditions took place later that day with mock game play and a short interview.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/17/14

Wednesday: The Alien with One Eye
CBS Wins Night with Big Brother, Extant
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), week two of "Extant" (7.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (5.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

NBC (5.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.632 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its summer mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.862 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.590 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), another "The Middle" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and a new "Motive" (3.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.971 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.476 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.724 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/17/14

Saturday Night Special
ITV Studios America to Shop "Takeaway"
From Digital Spy
Ant & Dec's ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway is to receive a US version.

The popular variety show is being developed for a US audience by ITV Studios America, and will be shopped to several networks

However, it has yet to be confirmed when a pilot episode may be filmed or which networks ITV are pitching at.

The original series is executive produced by presenters Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly, and has become one of the most successful entertainment shows in the UK since its launch in 2002.

Each episode features a mixture of games, challenges, pranks and celebrity guests, while viewers at home can be chosen to have surprise visits and the chance to win prizes.

The format has since been used in other countries, including Germany, Serbia, China and Belgium.

Digital Spy
Deadline

posted 7/17/14

Singer Takes an App
C4 Launches Voting App for New Series
From Telly Mix
Channel 4 has today launched a new mobile app for The Singer Takes It All, allowing users to choose contestants to sing for a huge cash prize.


The upcoming karaoke gameshow – hosted by comedian Alan Carr – will feature hopefuls performing on an 18 metre-long conveyor belt.

The twist is that, for the first time in the UK, viewers will be able to use an app to vote for each singer in real time.

Before the show airs, users of the app can watch short clips of potential contestants and deem them either a ‘Hit’ or a ‘Miss’ – with the most popular being invited to perform live on telly.

Then, during the C4 broadcasts, viewers will vote on each performer to decide whether the belt moves them forward to the ‘gold zone’ – or backwards through a double door, eliminating them from the competition.

The singer who does the best in each episode will take to the track one more time, as viewers decide whether or not they should take home the prize.

Telly Mix
Telly Mix

posted 7/17/14

Bill Bailey Names Tunes
Comic Once Paneled on "HIGNFY", "QI", "NMTB"
From the List
Bill Bailey is to present resurrected game show 'Name That Tune'.

The 50-year-old comedian has already filmed a pilot of the iconic show and bosses at ITV hope that will be enough to secure a full series, The Sun newspaper reports.

The comedian-and-actor has starred in a number of popular game shows throughout his career, including 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News for You' and 'Q.I.'.

'Name That Tune' first appeared on screens between 1976 to 1988.

The program was briefly resurrected in 1997 by Channel 5 - when it was presented by Jools Holland - but only lasted a year.

The decision to bring it back follows a trend that has seen a number of classic quiz shows brought back to life.

Among the most popular of these are 'Catchphrase', presented by Stephen Mulhern, and 'Through the Keyhole', which is fronted by Keith Lemon.

What's more, next month will see the launch of 'Celebrity Squares', which is to be presented by Warwick Davis, star of 'Life's Too Short'.

Meanwhile, 'TV Burp' star Harry Hill is reportedly a frontrunner to host a resurrected 'Stars in Their Eyes' for ITV.

The List
Yahoo!
Female First
Chortle

posted 7/17/14

"Seven Envelopes", One Game
Watch Greenlights New Game
From TBI Vision
UKTV will show five new factual entertainment pilots that it has commissioned for its Watch channel.

The UK digital channel operator ordered the batch of pilots for its‘Formats Lab’ strand and said that it expects to take one to series.

UKTV asked UK indies to pitch innovative fact-ent pilots and has now greenlit Seven Envelopes, Honey I Bought The House, Who Repairs Wins, Memory Slam and Supersize My Job. All are one-hour shows aside except Seven Envelopes, which is 2x30mins.

Seven Envelopes is a reality-gameshow in which seven contestants compete to open envelopes containing different cash amounts, before two go head-to-head for a £20,000 jackpot.

Who Repairs Wins, from UK indie CPL, pits tradesmen against one another as they compete for lucrative jobs.

Richard Watsham, UKTV’s director of commissioning, said: “Innovative formats are hugely underserved at the moment and we’re making the most of our agility to grab this opportunity and make Watch a leader in this important area.”

He added: “I’m excited about the potential not only to take some of these ideas to series but also to make the lab a recurring event for us.”

TBI Vision

posted 7/17/14

"Family" Gets Dropped.... and It's a Good Thing
Format Wins in Armoza-Fronted Contest
From Worldscreen
The winner of the fourth annual Formagination, a format competition hosted by Armoza Formats in association with TV Format Fund (TVFF), is Shy Barmeli with his studio game show Drop Your Family.

Barmeli, who also created the international hits Raid the Cage and Pull Over, has secured a development and distribution contract with Armoza Formats and up to $50,000 to produce his project. The runner-up prize went to Odelia Yakir and her docu-reality format Marry Me, Now! Yakir, a comedienne and first-time format creator, has been given a scholarship to the prestigious international Entertainment Master Class seminar. Rodrigo Gonzalez, who created the successful format Upgrade, won the Audience Favorite for his docu-reality project Summer of My Life.

Each finalist was given five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of international judges and the audience at the Globes MAD (Marketing, Advertising, Digital Music) convention. This year's Formagination was sponsored by TVFF, JSBC, and TF1.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, commented: "Over the years, Formagination has proved to be a very effective platform to discover the best of Israeli creative talents and to bring their formats to the international market. This year was no exception. The format pitches were of an incredibly high standard, and this was reflected in the level of debate between the judges in making the very tough decision of who would win. We're thrilled to be able to continue being the voice for Israeli creators in the international industry and we look forward to developing the winning format further."

Worldscreen

posted 7/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Perseverance"

  • ICYMI: Stuart Scott's moving speech at last night's ESPYs. (Mother Jones)
     
  • "Family Feud": a history Down Under (Daily Telegraph)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christopher Titus (Westword)

posted 7/17/14

Syndies: America
Results for the Week Ending July 6
From B&C
The week ending July 6, which included the long July 4th weekend, was the toughest one of year so far for syndication.

Among the games, CTD's Wheel of Fortune continued to slow, dropping to a new season low for the third time in the past four weeks, skidding 8% to a 5.6. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 7% to a 5.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 12% to a 4.3, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a fourth-place 2.0 for a fourth consecutive week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/16/14

More on "Face Off"
Catch It on Syfy July 22
From TV by the Numbers
 Premiering Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, season 7 of Syfy’s special effects makeup competition series Face Off begins with two of the aspiring artists being eliminated before the competition even begins, a twist that shocks the 16 aspiring hopefuls the moment they arrive to Los Angeles. This begins Face Off’s “Life and Death” season, in which the contestants face creative challenges that will inspire them to explore themes of rebirth and mortality.

In the premiere, the contestants must incorporate a prosthetic into their audition makeups in a stressful four-hour challenge. As the artists are working, host McKenzie Westmore introduces a special guest advisor for the challenge, horror icon Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger). In the end, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the Face Off house or stepping into the lab.

Syfy also rolls out an interactive social element for season 7, Tweet Off: The Fan Favorite Sweepstakes. Every week, viewers can tweet which of the contestants is their favorite using #FaceOff. At the end of every episode, there will be a reveal of which contestant garnered the most positive sentiment for the week. And at the end of the season, the contestant who has the most cumulative weekly wins is named Fan Favorite and will be awarded $10,000.

Tweet Off: The Fan Favorite Sweepstakes also gives viewers the chance to win. Starting with the premiere on July 22 and running through the end of Face Off’s season 7, viewers can enter the sweepstakes at www.faceoff.syfy.com to win a Kryolan make-up kit and a tutorial from the season 7 Fan Favorite.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/16/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Can't Just Leave"

  • Jillian Michaels says that she was being portrayed too harshly on "The Biggest Loser". Can't start a fire without a spark, lady. (People)
     
  • Erin Andrews' new gig won't keep her from "Dancing", fiancée (ABC News), but it may want to keep her from this guy (The Big Lead - NSFW for language)
     
  • Billy on the record (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Andi Dorfman is perhaps the most "together" "Bachelorette" ever... which would explain why she's so boring (New York Magazine)
     
  • Adam Richman calls his social media episode and the ensuing backlash "a wake-up call". As in wake up and smell the cancellations (Washington Post)
     
  • Nick & Vanessa Lachey are expecting the next great female game show host... maybe (People)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: I don't know whose brain idea it was to split up the Whose Line hour on the CW, but their move is being reversed next week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Now that "Family Feud" is a hit in Australia, can it withstand the big gorilla that is Eddie McGuire? (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the First Lady of American Ninja Warrior (Entertainment Weekly) and a former "5th Grader" made good (BSC Kids)

posted 7/16/14

Monday: Born to Die
Fox Wins Night on "MasterChef", "24" Finale
From The Futon Critic
FOX (5.970 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (5.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the conclusion of "24: Live Another Day" (6.468 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

NBC (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a rebroadcast of "Last Comic Standing" (2.900 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and a new two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (5.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), a new season high.

Next up was CBS (5.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.431 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Big Bang Theory" (5.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and a new "Under the Dome" (7.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) offered up originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Mistresses" (3.701 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.520 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Backpackers" (0.660 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.772 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Seed" (0.548 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

More on "Family Game Night"
Celebs Play to Kick Off Season 5 August 3
From The Futon Critic
For the first time ever, celebrities and their families will play for charity when the fifth season of "Family Game Night" returns, Sunday, August 3 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on the Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and families entertainment they can watch together. This season, members of the audience will play classic Hasbro games like MONOPOLY to win cash and prizes, along with celebrities, which include Joey Lawrence, Marlee Matlin, Jon Heder, Niecy Nash, Tracey Gold, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Lorenzo Lamas and Melissa Rivers. Lucky audience members will get to play with WWE Superstar The Miz and WWEDiva Cameron for cash, prizes and the chance to win a new car. Emmy(R) Award-winner, Todd Newton returns as host of the series produced by Hasbro Studios.

The series returns with the classic, action-packed life-sized Hasbro games viewers love, including JENGA, BARREL OF MONKEYS, MONOPOLY Remix, YAHTZEE, BATTLESHIP, CONNECT 4 Basketball, SIMON FLASH, OPERATION, SORRY! and BOP IT! Boptagon. Every family that participates on "Family Game Night" plays in the Community Chest round. One lucky family with the combination that opens the chest advances to the final MONOPOLY Crazy Cash round and has a chance to win cash and a new car.

Each of the celebrities appearing this season designated a charity to which "Family Game Night" will donate their winnings. Following is the list of celebrities and their charities. Click below to see the listing!

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

Doctor What Materializes in China
Small World Brings New Format with Doctors Playing Games
From Realscreen
London- and LA-based formats company Small World IFT has sold its medical game show format Dr What: Diagnosis Unknown into China, where it will premiere on Chinese broadcaster Zhejiang TV tomorrow (July 16).

The show challenges medical interns to diagnose real-life conditions, and has aired for five seasons on Japan’s NHK as Dr G’s Case File. The show’s Chinese version – a 12 x 70-minute series entitled Health 007 - will be coproduced by NHK, China’s Legend Media and Zhejiang TV. The deal marks the first time the Chinese broadcaster has partnered with Japan on a format, according to the distributor.

The deal was brokered by Tim Crescenti, president of Small World IFT; Aegena Tay, director of program development at Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media; and Patrick Peng, research and development director at China’s Legend Media.

“Doctor What: Diagnosis Unknown is one of very few unique formats in the market place,” said Hiroya Okado, senior producer with NHK’s content development center. “It is a great pleasure that we will now be able to see the Chinese co-development Health 007 come to life.

“Through the re-enactment of the cases, we hope the Chinese viewers will enjoy the deduction of a diagnosis as our viewers in Japan do. The medical information discussed is educational for viewers of all ages.”

Realscreen
The Hollywood Reporter
C21 Media

posted 7/15/14

Rolling for the Fifth Time
Catch "The Great Food Truck Race" August 17 on Food
From The Futon Critic
The Great Food Truck Race is back for a fifth season this summer, with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls on a high-stakes culinary road trip with a new route from sunny Southern California to the beaches of Key West, Fla. These contenders are not current food truck operators - they are eight teams of rookies who have food skills, fresh concepts, an entrepreneurial spirit and the dream to one day own a food truck business. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business. From Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson, Ariz. and Austin's turbo-charged food scene in Texas to Oklahoma City burgers, hand-rolled ravioli in St. Louis and Alabama's shrimpin' country in Mobile, each team's cooking and sales strategies are put to the test in city-specific challenges in every location. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 17th at 9pm ET/PT.

"Watching these young entrepreneurs hit the road to test their cooking skills and marketing savvy against the backdrop of different cities and food cultures is inspiring and entertaining," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The food truck industry has become a very viable way to enter the culinary world, and we love giving the winner the keys to their new career."

This season's teams are: Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.) Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.), Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland), Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston), Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.), Middle Feast (Los Angeles) and Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

Sunday: Half the Talent, More the Score
Hourlong "Rising Star", "Big Brother" Leads to a Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday powered by a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), new episodes of "Wipeout" (4.484 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Rising Star" (4.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat of "Castle" (3.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

CBS (6.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Big Brother 16" (6.650 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the flipped "Unforgettable" (6.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.048 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was FOX (2.034 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a special "Brain Games" (1.458 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.144 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "The Simpsons" (2.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Family Guy" (2.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "American Dad" (2.112 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.352 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.279 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.938 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) on NBC (2.480 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night.

On Friday, "Funniest Wins" managed to hold 547,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

They're "Buscando Mi Ritmo"
Catch It July 19 on Telemundo
From The Futon Critic
Hosted by international television star Gaby Espino, Telemundo’s new music competition “Buscando Mi Ritmo,” slated to premiere Saturday, July 19th at 6pmET/5c and 10pm PT, named today New York based singer Eli Jas, Venezuelan actor/singer Lino Martone, Dominican actor/singer Jose Guillermo Cortines and Mexican actress Tali Duclaud as the four celebrity contestants who will partner with up-and-coming musical bands that are looking to establish themselves in the music industry. Singer-songwriter Erika Ender and radio personality Humberto “El Gato” Rodriguez were also announced as judges who together with four mentors from different music genres - Pop, Mexican, Rock, and Tropical - will judge the performances through the six-episode series.

In partnership with Bud Light, Telemundo is introducing this new long-form branded musical competition to search for the unique sound that turns a singer into a star. After national castings, “Buscando Mi Ritmo” identified the top 20 bands, four of which, Bachaco, Odas, Los Hollywood, and Avenida Zero, were selected to participate in the music competition. The winner of “Buscando Mi Ritmo” will be unveiled during a blue carpet performance at Telemundo’s 2014 “Premios Tu Mundo” awards show in Miami on Thursday, August 21st. In addition, the winning band will be awarded a special cash prize and Gibson musical instruments, while the winning celebrity will be presented with a $25,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/15/14

Let's Play the "Feud", Australia!
Catch the New Premiere on Ten!
From mUmbrella
Ten’s new primetime game show Family Feud grabbed 690,000 viewers across the network’s three channels on its return last night.

That number is 381,000 viewers up on the showing of Modern Family on Channel Ten’s main channel last Monday in the 6pm timeslot, with the network hoping the heavily promoted revived format, hosted by Grant Denyer, can draw more viewers to its primetime lineup.

However, at this stage it is unclear how Ten’s strategy of road blocking Family Feud across not only its main channel but also Eleven and One has affected the audience with Oztam folding in the results for all three networks together citing the programming and adverts being the same during the broadcast and not providing a channel by channel breakdown.

It was up against Seven News and Nine News on the main channels which got 1.2m and 1.32m respectively.

Family Feud is part of Ten’s plans to revive flagging ratings, although its audience share has improved in recent weeks with Masterchef performing strongly in the absence of Seven and Nine’s big reality franchises on weeknights.

In a statement host Grant Denyer said: “Family Feud is a fantastic show that the entire family can truly sit down all together and enjoy. I think viewers will love how fun, fast and funny this new series is.

“Hilarious and unexpected answers are the brilliance of this show; you can never anticipate what falls out of someone’s mouth under pressure and neither can they.
“It’s really fun to watch, it’s incredibly enjoyable to play along with at home and I think that it’s a perfect family alternative for 6pm.”

mUmbrella
News.com.au
The Conversation
Popsugar
Sydney Morning Herald
mUmbrella

posted 7/15/14

The Winner Is... Nigeria
African Version of Music Game Has a New Host
From Spy Ghana
Nigeria’s foremost beer brand, Star Lager in partnership with creators of global singing show, The Voice, Talpa International B.V, have announced Uti Nwachuwu as host for its new and exciting TV game show ‘Star The Winner Is’.

The unusual show which saw thousands of hopefuls audition in 5 cities in Nigeria for a chance to step on the big stage is now set to deliver a nail-biting and exciting 3months as it will infuse the performance of a singing competition show and the strategy of a game show into a thrilling series.

To be hosted by Big Brother Africa All Stars Winner, Actor and Model and TV show host Uti Nwachukwu, each episode will feature six acts that will go head-to-head each week and sing with everything they have for a shot at the Ten Million Naira and brand new car grand prize.

A recording artist himself, Uti Nwachukwu continues to connect with reality TV lovers on an unprecedented scale and has proven himself a capable entertainer and TV host, combining his trademark charm and an unforced affability.

Uti is a versatile, seasoned host and we are thrilled to be working with him,” said Tokunbo Adodo, Marketing Manager Star, Goldberg and Export. “With Uti at the helm on air introducing surprising and competitive twists, viewers are sure to be immersed and entertained’’. adds Adodo.

“It is a head-to-head singing competition, and after they perform, the 101 jury members cast their votes,” says Uti, on the uniqueness of the show. “The contestants have to believe in themselves because as much as performers need confidence, they also have to be objective and say, I wont win this round, that is where the mental warfare begins,” adds Uti.

The first ever season of the show which offers a center stage to a wide variety of talents from different genres and musical backgrounds is set to air from July 19 as follows: Saturdays African Magic 10:00pm, Sundays AIT Network 10:30pm, Sundays WAP TV 10:30pm, Thursdays ONTV 10pm and other stations nationwide.

SpyGhana

posted 7/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Improv"

  • Howie Mandel to coach "Last Comic Standing" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Whitney Thompson goes from top model to top restauraneur (Jezebel)
     
  • Ryan Seacrest dating 23-year-old model (TMZ)
     
  • Gavin Rossdale joining his wife on "The Voice" (People)
     
  • Aisha Tyler gets "Tacky" for "Weird Al's" new video (Slate)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dancing with the Stars" returns September 15 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Paul Lee is a little disappointed with "Rising Star's" numbers. And "Jeopardy!" is just another quiz show (The Wrap)
     
  • "Win Lose or Draw" heads to Hampton Beach (Seacoast Online)
     
  • Claudia Jordan joining The Rickey Smiley Show (Radio Ink)
     
  • Aussie "Feud" raises its viewership in night 2 (mUmbrella)
     
  • John Barrowman was not approached for "Strictly" (Wales Online)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Grant Denyer (News.com.au) and Erin Andrews (ABC News)

posted 7/15/14

NBC's Triple Play for 2015
"Got Talent", "Ninja Warrior", "Last Comic" All Renewed
From The Futon Critic
As a sign of the prolific work being accomplished in the network's alternative division, NBC has given renewals to a 10th season of "America's Got Talent," a ninth season of "Last Comic Standing" and a fourth season of "American Ninja Warrior," which airs in partnership with Esquire Network.

So far this summer, NBC is consistently generating the highest regular-program ratings among the Big 4 networks, and has won every week this summer among those nets in adults 18-49 excluding the two weeks when ABC carried NBA Finals basketball.

"The renewal of these three series is evidence that we continue to hit our stride in delivering quality entertainment to a broad viewership," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "All of the hard-working talented people on these shows - both behind and in front of the camera - should feel very proud of their achievements."

Holding the Guinness World Record as the world's most successful reality TV format and commissioned in an incredible 52 territories worldwide, "America's Got Talent" is a proven fan favorite. With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America's hearts and the $1 million prize.

"America's Got Talent" is the summer's #1 reality series on the Big 4 networks in every key measure - adults, men and women 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, as well as total viewers - plus kids 2-11 and teens 12-17. The five regular "Talent" originals that have aired thus far have delivered the summer's top five results among all primetime entertainment telecasts on the Big 4 networks so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers, beating every episode of every entertainment series on ABC, CBS and Fox in "plus same day" results.

This is the ninth consecutive season that "America's Got Talent" has reigned as the top reality show of the summer in total viewers.

"Talent" is averaging a 3.1 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research.

"Last Comic Standing" is averaging a 1.7 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall, to rank #14 so far this summer in 18-49 among primetime shows on the Big 4 Networks. "Last Comic" has finished #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. ET time period in 18-49 with six of its first eight telecasts this summer (and eight out of eight excluding ABC's NBA Finals coverage)..

"American Ninja Warrior" is delivering a 1.8 rating, 6 share in adult 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall, to rank tied for #12 in 18-49 among all primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox this summer. "American Ninja Warrior" has finished #1 in its time period among Big 4 shows with six of six regular original episodes so far this summer and is tied as the summer's #2 primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox among kids 2-11 with a 1.0 rating.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/14

Twisted Paradise
More on "Bachelor in Paradise" This August on ABC
From People
With the recent announcement of fan favorites Marquel Martin and Michelle Money joining the cast, the Aug. 4 premiere of Bachelor in Paradise is sure to bring fun, feistiness and plenty of unforgettable moments.

But the show's contestants, who will compete for another chance at onscreen love in Tulum, Mexico, are in for a few surprises – including a new twist that will shake things up at the start of every episode.

To kick the show off, 14 former Bachelor stars will arrive at the tropical destination to spend time getting to know each other, but at the end of the night only six men will hand out roses – leaving two women flowerless and on a flight back home.

Contestants shouldn't get too comfortable playing matchmakers! After the first night, each episode brings two new Bachelor alum members into the mix, alternating between men and women for seven weeks, as viewers watch old romances being rekindled and new sparks being ignited.

People
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/14/14

Thursday: A Big Deal
"Pawnography" A New Hit for History
From Broadway World & The Futon Critic
The series premiere of HISTORY(R)'S new game show Pawnography buzzed in with 2.82 total million viewers making it the #1 new series premiere of 2014 for HISTORY. The Thursday, July 10 at 10 PM ET premiere brought in 1.2 million with Adults 25-54 and 995,000 with Adults 18-49.

Elsewhere on cable, the premiere of MTV's "Snack-Off" fared modestly with 834,000 viewers. "The American Bible Challenge" and "It Takes a Church" helped GSN to a primetime average of 439,000.

On broadcast, CBS (5.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "The Millers" (5.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and a rebroadcast of "Extant" (3.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

FOX (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "Gang Related" (2.484 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its new lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.825 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (3.503 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Meet the Engels" (2.755 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.328 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Black Box" (3.623 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Rookie Blue" (4.940 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "NY Med" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.690 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

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"Pawnography" is a big hit for History
photo courtesy History Channel

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Coming Home"

  • Rove McManus pulls a LeBron James after "Riot" tanks (Pedestrian)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" is coming to northeast Iowa July 18 (Spencer Daily Reporter)
     
  • Howie Mandel to play Four Winds (Casino City Times)
     
  • Erin Andrews "Dancing" to the sidelines of Fox Sports' A-team (SI)
     
  • Eddie McGuire tells Sydney to "get stuffed", which is Australian for something we can't print on this site (Herald-Sun)
     
  • Carol Vorderman no longer a loose woman (Unreality TV)
     
  • Is there bias in casting "University Challenge"? Some Cambridge documenters think so (The Cambridge Student)
     
  • Buddy Valastro rescued from thick fog (New York Daily News)

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