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More on "Monopoly Millionaires Club"
Catch It This Weekend, Next Week on GSN!
From AM New York

When the opportunity to host a game show based on the iconic board game Monopoly came up, comedian Billy Gardell jumped at the "Chance."

"I've been a fan since I was a kid," he says. "In fact, I think there's still a game going on at my house on the kitchen table somewhere that we left and have to return to."

The "Mike & Molly" star is the host of the new game show "Monopoly Millionaires' Club," premiering this weekend, which ties in with the scratch-off lottery ticket game. You buy the $5 ticket and play the game on the front of the card, winning if you're lucky. Flip the card over and there's a second chance where you can enter online to win a trip to Las Vegas to be on the game show.

"And we encourage people to play responsibly," Gardell says. "I don't want you to go out and buy 9,000 of these things. Play responsibly."

Of course, you can watch the show for some classic game-show appeal. Similar to "The Price is Right," contestants get to play one of a series of games, here inspired by spots from Monopoly. So, for example, Ride the Rails is inspired by the four railroads.

One of the unique attributes of this game show is that it's not just the contestants who are in line to bring home the big bucks. The audience members, all winners of the contest on the back of the lottery ticket game, are seated in one of five sections (named after one of the iconic game pieces). The show's contestants are selected from each of those sections, and whatever they win is split with that section. So if a contestant wins $100,000, the contestant gets half and the other half is split amongst the people in the contestant's section.

Before starting his new side career as a game show host, Gardell chatted with a few of his comedian brethren about the gig.

"Craig Ferguson is doing a game show, and I've known ['Lets Make A Deal' host] Wayne Brady for many, many years," Gardell says. "I got advice from both of them and they said you just have to try and make it your own. It's a lot like stand-up because you're talking to people all the time, but be generally interested and want them to win the money, because, hey, it's not your money!"

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Orlando Sentinel

posted 3/26/15

Wednesday: Fall of No Empire
CBS Reclaims Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.150 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its trio of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.875 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) and "CSI: Cyber" (8.058 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

FOX (8.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its "Empire"-less night of a two-hour "American Idol" (8.344 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (7.244 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and the special "Nashville: On the Record 2" (4.075 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.952 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.315 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.775 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.730 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.252 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 426,000
- Best New Restaurant (Bravo): 315,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/15

Game Night Set... Plus More
Season 3 of NBC Party Game Launches July 7
From TV by the Numbers

NBC has set Wednesday, Aug. 5 for a new hourlong block of comedies as “Mr. Robinson” will premiere at 9 p.m. immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 p.m. In addition, new summer alternative series “The Island” (May 25) will immediately follow “American Ninja Warrior” on Mondays while “I Can Do That” (May 26) will have “America’s Got Talent” — summer’s #1 reality show — as its Tuesday lead-in.

Returning reality series “Food Fighters” (July 2), “Hollywood Game Night” (July 7), “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (July 13) and “Last Comic Standing” (July 22), as well as second-year comedy “Welcome to Sweden” (July 19), will all come back for new seasons on NBC, which has won the last four summers in the 18-49 demo.

I CAN DO THAT— Tuesday, May, 26, 10-11 p.m.

In this exciting new variety format, America’s brightest entertainers will come together to compete and showcase their incredible talent. Each week, a group of six celebrities perform breathtaking and unique acts to prove to the audience that “they can do that!” In each episode, we will see current top music and variety groups showcase unique talents and performances. During each performance, the eight celebrities enter a friendly rivalry as they choose their favorite act, what they think they can master, and who they would pair up with to master the act. Unlike most talent shows, there are no judges or eliminations, it’s all for bragging rights. Watch your favorite stars master a new skill every week and face challenges beyond their imagination. They may already be winners, but can they do…THAT?

Comedian-actor-producer Marlon Wayans will serve as host. Celebrities participating are acclaimed dancer and choreographer Cheryl Burke, superstar recording artists Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger and Ciara, national standup comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson.

The series is a Universal Television production. Audrey Morrissey (“The Voice”) and Matilda Zoltowski (“Dancing with the Stars”) serve as executive producers. Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Marlon Wayans also executive produce.

FOOD FIGHTERS — Thursday, July 2, 8-9 p.m.

It’s the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in “Food Fighters,” a high-stakes culinary game returning for season two. Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman (“Man Vs. Food,” “Man Finds Food”) hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will Face Off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. In the final round, they’ll compete against a celebrity chef. Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, they’ll square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as “The Dinner Party.” After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don’t win, they still get to Face Off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. Any amateur cook who wins each of the five rounds will walk away with $100,000. It’s the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Tim Puntillo and Laura Caraccioli are executive producers. “Food Fighters” is from Electus and Universal Television.

“Food Fighters” delivered a 1.2 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research last summer. In its Tuesday 8-9 p.m. ET slot, “Food Fighters” ranked #1, tied for #1, #2 or tied for #2 among the Big 4 networks with each of its eight season-one telecasts (“live plus same day”).

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT — Tuesday, July 7, 10-11 p.m.

Summer hit series “Hollywood Game Night” returns for a third season with new and returning celebrity players that will join in the fun as they Face Off in hilarious party games. In the series, two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000.

“Hollywood Game Night” averaged a 1.5 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49 and 5.0 million viewers overall during the traditional September-to-May 2013-14 television season, up +7% versus the show’s first season over the Summer of 2013 in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.4) and up +21% in total viewers (5.0 million vs. 4.1 million viewers overall).

“Hollywood Game Night” is produced by Universal Television in association with Hazy Mills Productions (“Grimm,” “Sean Saves the World,” “Hot In Cleveland”) and Mission Control Media (Syfy’s “Face Off”). Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are executive producers.

LAST COMIC STANDING — Wednesday, July 22, 9-11 p.m. premiere, 10-11 p.m. beginning July 29

“Last Comic Standing” resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with the best panel of judges to date, surprise celebrity guests and a new riveting head-to-head phase of the competition. The season will open up with hilarious auditions by invitation only.

The top 100 comics in America will vie for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the compelling head to head round. In this phase, they will be paired in a high stakes single-elimination round of stand-up stand offs. The top five comedians will move on to the finals, where the funniest of all will take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning an incredible prize package worth $250,000, including a cash prize, a talent deal and a development deal for a television show.

“Last Comics Standing” averaged a 1.7 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall last summer, and ranked #1 or tied for #1 versus its regular ABC and CBS time-slot competition with 12 of 13 telecasts. “Last Comic” was a strong upscale draw, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (100 represents an average concentration of those homes).

“Last Comic Standing” is executive produced by Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Javier Winnik. The series is produced by Universal Television and Push It Productions.

TV by the Numbers

posted 3/26/15

Tuesday: All CBS All Day
Eye Takes the Night
From AM New York

CBS (13.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Tuesday with originals from "NCIS" (16.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.193 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

NBC (6.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (11.196 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "Undateable" (5.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "One Big Happy" (3.947 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and a special "The Night Shift" (4.144 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Next up was ABC (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and fresh installments of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.949 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Repeat After Me" (3.555 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.201 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "Forever" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), a repeat "New Girl" (1.676 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T15) and the season finale of "The Mindy Project" (2.051 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

And finally, The CW (2.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening with a new "The Flash" (3.210 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and week two of "iZombie" (2.064 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food/season premiere): 1.381 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.197 million
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV/season finale): 1.033 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 388,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 3/26/15

March 31. Daytime Emmy Noms. The Talk
Episode to Repeat on Pop
From TV by the Numbers

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and THE TALK today announced that the daytime talk show will exclusively reveal the “42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” nominations live on Tuesday, March 31 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT) on the CBS Television Network.

NATAS will release the full nominations list immediately following the program online at www.emmyonline.org/daytime.

Encores of this special episode of THE TALK will air on Pop on Tuesday, March 31 (8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, ET/PT) featuring the nominations of the Daytime Emmy Awards. The “42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” ceremony airs live exclusively on Pop on Sunday, April 26 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT).

THE TALK will continue the celebration following the Daytime Emmys with its fourth annual “After Party,” honoring some of the night’s biggest winners on Monday, April 27. Guest names to be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, April 27.

Meanwhile, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that “Jeopardy!” game show icon, Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson, stage and television star of “Oklahoma” and “The Brady Bunch,” will host the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Friday, April 24, 2015. The reception and presentation will take place at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In addition, this year’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to producer, director, Michael Gargiulo, who in his over 50-year career has had a hand in many television classics such as “Password,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Tell the Truth,” The Thanksgiving Day’s Parade,” the “Tournament of Roses,” plus many variety specials for CBS, including the “New Year’s Eve Celebration” for more than 30 years.

“I feel like we have garnered two icons of television royalty in having Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson as co-hosts for our grand celebration of the best in the craft of television at this year’s Daytime Creative Arts gala,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Adding Producer/Director Michael Gargiulo as our lifetime achievement honoree to the evening’s festivities with his over-half a century of Emmy-Award winning work guarantees a terrific evening as we honor the best in daytime television.”

“Michael Gargiulo is a behind the camera pioneer who goes back to his days with television legends Bob Stewart and Mark Goodson,” said David Michaels, Senior Vice President, Daytime. “From his historic recording of the Nixon Khrushchev “kitchen debate” to the “$10,000 Pyramid,” Michael Gargiulo has produced and directed just about everything in a career that includes game shows, variety specials and news. We’re delighted to be honoring him with this well-deserved lifetime achievement award.”

TV by the Numbers
We Love Soaps

posted 3/26/15

Price Gets into Wedding Game
Mass Wedding to Take Place at March 31 Taping
From Cinema Blend

The Price is Right has always been one of the most irreverent, unconventional game shows on television. However, lately, it has been embracing the concept of love, trying to guess its proverbial retail price in the form of Baby Showers for expecting couples, salutes to military couples and even a cross-promotional exhibition of match-making with Match.com that paired up single contestants as potential paramours. However, their next event will feature several couples who ready to “come on down” and tie the knot right there in the studio!

The venerable game show will be holding a Mass Wedding Special this coming week, on March 31. Yes, in what will surely be an obscene spectacle (in a good way,) the show’s producers will apparently corral a collection of (presumably) willing couples into the studio for their nuptials. Hopefully, the staff's organizational skills will keep things tight for the presumably numerous tiers of knots, who will collectively say their vows on TV. While they probably shouldn’t expect members of the audience to come bearing gifts, there will actually be plenty of opportunities to earn some freebies, as well, as the couples will reportedly have a chance to win “great prizes.”

So, who, may you ask will be presiding over this bridal bonanza? None other than the host, Drew Carey, himself! Yes, the former comedian and sitcom star-turned game show legacy proprietor actually took the (oddly easy) step of having himself ordained through one of the many online sites who do that sort of thing. Now, the man who set out to prove to the world that “Cleveland Rocks” will preside over a ceremony involving several potentially expensive rocks. For many of the fanatical followers of the program, holding an event that ideally should be one of the definitive moments of their lives squished together in a smaller-than-it-looks studio full of strangers for all the country to witness on television is the kind of homage-paying fandom of which dreams are made.

Does the idea of having a wedding on The Price is Right sound like a price-tag-sporting bandwagon on which you’d like to jump? Is it a proverbial treadmill on which you’re willing to risk falling like announcer, George Gray, potentially breaking your coccyx? Well, there may still be time for you to make that all-too important decision which alters the way you’ll have to do your taxes, among other things.

The Price is Right Mass Wedding episode tapes on March 31 at 8:30am at CBS Television City in Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles and it is apparently open to all willing couples, even non-California residents. The only small caveat is that you need to have your California (and ONLY California) marriage documents with you and ready to be signed. They don’t have time to watch you lollygag with your manila folder full of bills and eviction notices, so prepare to have your shit together, or it’s off to Vegas with you two.

Cinema Blend

posted 3/26/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "All At Sea"

posted 3/26/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Top Tip"

  • Jeremy Clarkson wins the sack race at the BBC (Radio Times)
     
  • Regis Philbin hasn't seen much of Kelly Ripa since their talker days (Fox News)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Michelle Obama appears on Jeopardy! It was a hair-raising affair. You'd think she'd tear her hair out. Alopecia. (WTOP Washington)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME (unless you're allergic): Wink Martindale, Ruta Lee, and a really REALLY big peanut butter cup (Candy Industry)
     
  • Wayne Brady plays New Jersey in May (Broadway World)
     
  • Steve Harvey brings his brand of tough love to the Trop in Atlantic City. After a bad day at the pai gow tiles, you may need it (Press Of Atlantic City)
     
  • Jim Ed Brown, host of TNN's early talent series "You Can Be a Star", can be a star in the Country Music Hall of Fame (Contact Music)

posted 3/25/15


Game Over for "Let's Ask America"
Skype Survey Quiz to End After Three Seasons
From B&C

The syndicated game show Let’s Ask America distributed by MGM Domestic Television Distribution and hosted by Bill Bellamy will not return for a fourth season this fall, a spokesperson for station group E. W. Scripps confirms.

“In reviewing the data after three seasons of the game show, we see that the audience affinity settled at a level that is below where we want it to be,” she says.

Let’s Ask America was created by Jeff Apploff and the late Jim Paratore and was originally produced by Warner Bros.’ Telepictures for Scripps. Kevin Pereira hosted the show’s first two seasons.

Bob Sullivan, who this month was named SVP of programming at Gannett Broadcasting, was instrumental in getting the show on the air when he held a similar position at Scripps.

For the two-week period March 9-20, Let’s Ask America averaged a 0.6 household rating and 2 share in 16 metered markets, according to Nielsen.

Scripps said it will continue to produce original programs for its stations. “We remain committed to our three other original programs: The List, The Now and Right This Minute,” says the Scripps spokesperson.

Earlier this month, Bob Sullivan, Scripps VP of programming, who spearheaded development on Scripps' original first-run shows, decamped for Gannett, where he will serve as senior VP, programming.

Let’s Ask America was developed for Scripps by Telepictures, which serves as Warner Bros.’ Television first-run development and production arm, and paraMedia Inc., which was led by the late Jim Paratore. Michael Canter and Jeff Krask are executive producers.

TV NewsCheck
TV Week
B&C

posted 3/24/15

Syndies: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 15
From TV Newscheck

The first week of Daylight Saving Time saw PUT levels plummet, taking the vast majority of syndicated shows lower in the session ending March 15.

For example, CTD's Wheel of Fortune, which had been the clear syndication leader in the prior frame, sank 12% to a 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and was tied for first place overall by Judge Judy, which was down only 3% to a 6.8.

Other games beside Wheel losing steam included:
- Jeopardy (CTD), which dropped 9% to a 6.7.
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA), which faded 9% to a 6.4.
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (DADT), which lost 11 to a 1.7, matching its season low.
- Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA), which dropped 13% to a 1.3.

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/24/15

Evil. Delicious. Evilicious
Catch "Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious" on Food April 19
From TV Newscheck

Host Alton Brown welcomes back sixteen of the most devilishly memorable contestants to ever enter Cutthroat Kitchen in the five-episode primetime tournament Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious, beginning Sunday, April 19th at 10pm (all times ET/PT). In each episode, four returning chefs compete in a battle of wits, sabotage skills and cooking chops - with only one from each heat advancing to the final showdown on Sunday, May 17th at 10pm. The tournament grand prize winner will receive up to $75,000 and be crowned Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious champion.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/24/15

MIPTV: Global Agency
On Offer: Stairway to Fame, Joker, Flying Wheel
From World Screen

Izzet Pinto, the founder and CEO of Global Agency, discusses the company's MIPTV highlights and hot format genres.

Last month at DISCOP Istanbul, Global Agency debuted its new reality singing format It’s Showtime, which garnered a great deal of interest for the company. “Many people came to me and said, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ and to me, that shows it’s a good idea,” says Izzet Pinto, the founder and CEO of Global Agency. “That means that it’s simple and easy to understand, and that it is something that was missing from the market.”

Pinto says that the reaction to the show—which searches for the ultimate lead singer across four different categories: voice, stage performance, song selection and styling—was very encouraging. He cites France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany among the countries looking to get on board with their own versions. “At MIPTV, we expect it to sell really fast,” Pinto adds.

Global Agency also has high expectations for the format Stairway to Fame for MIPTV sales. The show is a studio-based, 14-week search to find the country’s next big vocal star. A key part of the format’s innovation is that contestants first appear behind a frosted panel, and only when they receive a certain number of votes are they revealed to the judges. The concept came from the Turkish singer Rafet El Roman, who presented the format to Global Agency, and together they developed it with some new twists. Pinto says he has “big hopes” for Stairway to Fame since the first pitch he made, to France, got it optioned straightaway.

“Even though people are saying that they are tired of talent shows, they are still a perfect fit for prime-time slots,” says Pinto. “They are still doing well in the market, whether it’s singing, dancing or other talents.”

Other hot genres, according to Pinto, are game shows and quiz shows. In these areas, Global Agency is promoting Joker. The show had a strong launch in France, “where it boosted the channel’s share by at least 50 percent,” says Pinto. “We are relaunching this format at MIPTV.”

Also in the way of game shows, The Flying Wheel is a studio-based series that gives contestants the chance to pay off their debts. “It is one of my favorites in the catalogue,” says Pinto. “It’s lots of fun and very entertaining. The format is suitable for many different types of broadcasters, as it’s such a cool, unique, simple idea.”

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posted 3/24/15


LIL' CHRIS: 1990-2015
British Rapper Featured on "Gene Simmons' Rock School"
From Entertainment Weekly

British pop singer Lil’ Chris, real name Christopher Hardman, whose career took off after he appeared on the UK reality show Rock School, has died at age 24, the BBC reported.

Rock School star Gene Simmons confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday.

"Sad to report Lil Chris from the Gene Simmons Rock School TV show, has passed on. He was loved. RIP, Lil Chris."
- @genesimmons


Simmons worked with a group of teenagers from a UK high school to transform them into a rock band. Hardman ended up becoming the breakout star of the series and released the single “Checkin’ It Out” shortly after it aired in 2006. The song went on to hit No. 3 on the British charts.

According to the BBC, Suffolk Police said they were not treating the death, which was reported on Monday, as suspicious.

Hardman’s last single, “Christmas Number One,” was released in December 2013. He recently performed in the West End production of the musical Loserville.

Entertainment Weekly
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Popcrush
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Photo courtesy Mashable

posted 3/24/15

Monday: Knockout or Stalemate?
ABC, NBC, CBS Split Night Three Ways
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.849 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments from "The Voice" (11.882 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.782 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

ABC (11.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.680 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and "Castle" (8.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Sharing second place honors was CBS (8.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (7.328 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Mike & Molly" (7.799 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Scorpion" (9.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.253 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a new "The Following" (3.891 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and a second hour of "The Following" (3.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.954 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 440,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 325,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/24/15

The Great Israeli Bake-Off
BBCWW Brings Cooking Show Overseas
From Realscreen

Israeli free-to-air broadcaster Keshet has signed on for a local version of BBC Worldwide format The Great Bake Off.

In what marks the first format deal between BBC Worldwide and Keshet, the latter is to produce an 8 x 90-minute series slated to air in 2016.

BBC Worldwide has inked several sales for The Great Bake Off thus far, with licensing deals in place for Australia (Nine Network), Belgium (VTM), France (M6) and Poland (TLC), among others. Format creator Love Productions has also licensed the program to the U.S. (CBS), making 17 international commissions for the BBC1 show.

Elsewhere, among BBC Worldwide’s MIPTV-bound formats is the comedy game-show format You’re Back in the Room, where five strangers play games under hypnosis; The Edge, a quiz and game-show hybrid; The Big Painting Challenge, in which amateur painters take on art challenges in various locations; and Pressure Cooker, in which home cooks choose random ingredients from a conveyor belt to create meals.

Realscreen
C21 Media
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/24/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Excellent!"

  • Derek Hough, Mark Ballas flip over HGTV (The Futon Critic)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: The Quizeum (On the Box) and if you ever read one review of "The Price Is Right", read this one (AV Club)
     
  • Remains of "Food Network Star" finalist found in an oven (Eater)
     
  • ICYMI: the "Jeopardy!" bookie that was also a DJ (Uproxx)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: a game for families in the Los Angeles area (Reality Wanted) and Billy Gardell (TV Insider)

posted 3/24/15

Weekend: Don't Stop Believin'
ABC Sweeps "Blue Bloodless" CBS
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.282 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Cristela" (5.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Shark Tank" (7.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (5.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

NBC (6.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then claimed the silver with the return of "Grimm" (4.905 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its coverage of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (3.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (3.539 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Glee" (2.695 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) followed by the series finale of "Glee" (2.526 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "Hart of Dixie" (1.363 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a rebroadcast of "iZombie" (1.283 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On Sunday...

- The Voice (R/NBC): 3.505 million

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 3/23/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Love. Unscripted."

  • Why would Chuck Woolery, Bob Eubanks, Chris Harrison & Trista Sutter share a room with Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt? The real question... Why would anyone? (Variety)
     
  • Somebody's record may be going down on "Million Dollar Minute" (Herald Sun)
     
  • Marty Allen turns 93 (Las Vegas Blog)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Blake Shelton (TV Insider) and Billy Gardell (TV Insider)

posted 3/23/15

More on "Lie Detectors"
Catch It Weekdays on GSN Starting April 20
From The Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its new original game show series, LIE DETECTORS, hosted by Australian TV talk show icon Rove McManus ("Rove Live") will air weekdays at 6:30pm ET (3:30pm PT), beginning Monday, April 20. The premiere episode will also feature guest comedians Michelle Buteau, Christian Finnegan and Sherrod Small.

LIE DETECTORS is a quick-witted comedy panel game show that invites the studio audience to play along by separating incredible truths from bold-faced lies. In each episode, three comedians try to stump the audience by presenting a mix of outrageous facts and more outrageous lies, gathered from the farthest corners of the pop culture universe. Which celebrity tweet, obscure smart phone app, or late-night infomercial product is real or phony? The audience member who gets the most correct answers in the fastest time will win a prize and come forward to face off against the comedians in a final round for even more cash.

Rove McManus, who will host the show, is widely acknowledged as Australia's most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television, having hosted the top-rated live talk/comedy show "Rove Live," where he interviewed the biggest names in showbiz. He was introduced to American audiences first as a regular guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and later hosted a weekly talk show, ROVE LA, for TV Guide Network. He also continues to appear regularly on Comedy Central's @Midnight.

LIE DETECTORS is produced by Jim Co. and is based on an original idea by Tim Fornara of Kobiyoshi. Executive producers include Jim Biederman, Marla Ratner and Tim Fornara.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Moviehole

posted 3/20/15

With Eight, You Get Drag Race
Logo Renews Series, Production Starts... Oh... Now.
From The Futon Critic

Hot off the heels of the seventh season premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Logo today announced the greenlight for an eighth season. The recent season premiere saw a ratings spike of nearly 20% from last season's kickoff among P18-49 and now ranks as one of the most watched debuts in the show's history. Continuing the upward trajectory, the second episode of the season outpaced the premiere by double digits. Production on the new season kicks off today with a nationwide casting call to seek out the fiercest queens across the land to compete in this genre-defining, battle royale of drag.

This success comes as Logo heads into its 10-year anniversary ranked as one of the fastest growing cable networks. After finishing 2014 with its most watched and highest rated year to date, this year is shaping up to shatter even more records with this current quarter pacing to be the network's highest rated in its history.

"Logo is like the Jay Z to my Beyonce," said Executive Producer, RuPaul. "I was a star before we met, but together we have raised the bar to new heights, and created a brand that has taken over the world."

Think you have what it takes to be "America's Next Drag Superstar?" Click below!

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Variety

posted 3/20/15

This Is The ... Songbook
"The Voice" EP, Adam Levine Team to Find America's Next Great Songwriter
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC's next big music show could come from those who've helped make The Voice a hit.

The latter's executive producer Audrey Morrissey and coach Adam Levine are teaming with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dave Stewart on a pilot called Songland. The project is predicated on the simple premise that the songwriter is king in the music business.

While artists make money on songs that they record, songwriters have multiple avenues and points at which they can generate hefty revenue from their works. If ultimately ordered to series, Songland will pull back the curtain on the song marketplace and the power brokers within it. The project is expected to feature everyday people with compelling stories who get the opportunity to pitch original compositions to the music industry's biggest producers and artists, all hunting for the next global smash.

Songland is being produced by Live Animals in association with Dave Stewart Entertainment and Levine's 222 Productions. The three-time Grammy winner will be an exec producer on the project alongside Morrissey, Stewart, Live Animals' Ivan Dudynsky and Levine's manager-turned-producing partner Jordan Feldstein.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/20/15

Thursday: Basketball or Idol?
Fox Takes Total Viewers; CBS Wins the Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.533 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) took home the demo crown on Thursday with its mix of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (5.987 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), a "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (8.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.607 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3).

ABC (7.146 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Scandal" (7.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "American Crime" (5.683 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was FOX (8.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and a new "American Idol" (8.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) plus a second hour of "American Idol" (8.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Dateline NBC" (6.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "The Blacklist" (8.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "The Slap" (3.440 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.558 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Reign" (1.090 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.245 million
- Chopped Canada (Food): 1.035 million
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 626,000
- Snack-Off (MTV): 401,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 359,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/20/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Making the Drop"

  • Davina McCall to wrap season of "The Million Pound Drop" with a family (MKWEB)
     
  • Speaking of Red Nose Day, Comic Relief is bringing the poverty fight to America (TV Week)
     
  • What Evan Marriott looks like now. In a word... damn. (USA Today)
     
  • Willie Revillame makes 42nd comeback attempt (Inquirer.net)

posted 3/20/15


SHAW TAYLOR: 1924-2015
Pioneering UK Broadcaster Hosted British "Password"
From the Isle of Wight County Press

Police 5 presenter Shaw Taylor has died, aged 90, at his Isle of Wight home.

Taylor was best known for presenting the pioneering ITV show — with his catchphrase 'keep 'em peeled.'

Shaw Taylor moved to the Isle of Wight around 20 years ago, with his partner Shirley Ferrari. She was with him when he died peacefully, at their Totland home, last night (Wednesday).

Isle of Wight Radio presenter John Hannam, who had been friends with Shaw since he moved to the Isle of Wight, paid tribute to him.

Hannam said that although Police 5 might be what Shaw was best known for to many people, his career had been incredibly varied.

"One of his proudest moments was interviewing all four of The Beatles when he was at Radio Luxembourg.

"Another great moment came when he was in Moscow at a British Trade Fair and they were demonstrating one of the first video recorders and he was asked to test it by interviewing Nikita Khrushchev. The interview was broadcast live," said John.

Having served with the RAF on the Isle of Wight, during the Second World War, Shaw trained as an actor at RADA and started as a stage actor before moving into television.

He presented several game shows, including "Password", but it was his work on Police 5 — a forerunner to program such as Crimewatch — that he would become best known for.

In each episode, Shaw would present details of real crimes and urge the public to help solve them.

"ITV had bought a show from the US, but the episodes were five minutes too short for the slot, so they created Police 5. It was only supposed to for a few weeks, but it ended up running for 30 years with spin-offs around the world," said John.

During his years on the Isle of Wight, Shaw supported many charities and the local amateur dramatic scene.

"He was such a charming man and if there was something he could do to help you, he would," said John.

Isle of Wight County Press
Mirror
ATV Today
Digital Spy
The Independent

photo courtesy the Guardian

posted 3/19/15

Ron Garfield Gets Buzzrd
Former Sony Executive Heads New Digital Network
From TV NewsCheck

FremantleMedia North America today appointed Ron Garfield as executive vice president and general manager of Buzzr TV.

The digital multicast network, announced at NATPE in January and set to launch this summer in all 17 Fox O&O markets, will tap into the company’s vast portfolio of more than 40,000 hours of game shows, including Family Feud, Let’s Make A Deal, To Tell The Truth, Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What’s My Line, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.

“Launching Buzzr TV and growing its footprint is one of the top priorities for the business this year,” said Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “It was essential for me to appoint an executive with a strong record of launching secondary channels and growing their penetration in the market. Ron’s extensive background in this area, as well as his innate passion for Buzzr, made him the right choice to join me in leading this endeavor.”

"I am thrilled to be joining Thom Beers and his team at FremantleMedia,” said Garfield. “Buzzr TV is a dynamic vehicle for FMNA to make its entry into the channels space, offering viewers a fun, entertaining and a nostalgic ride through some of the best game shows of our time. For advertisers, Buzzr provides a family-friendly platform, and for our affiliate partners, a new source of revenue.”

Garfield comes to FMNA with a lengthy background in the entertainment industry. Most recently, he was with Sony Pictures Television where he served as the chief revenue officer for FEARnet and SVP of distribution for Sony Movie Channel and Cine Sony.

Prior to Sony, Garfield was the founding COO of Ovation TV where he oversaw all revenue generating functions and network operations.

TV NewsCheck
The Wrap
World Screen

posted 3/19/15

Wednesday: The Calm Before the Madness
Fox Wins Night with Season Finale of "Empire"
From The Futon Critic

FOX (16.522 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) decimated the competition on Wednesday with a new "Empire" (15.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.0, #2) followed by the season finale of "Empire" (17.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1).

CBS (9.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed a distant second place with new episodes of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), another "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "CSI: Cyber" (7.944 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (5.154 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (4.561 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Modern Family" (5.390 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Black-ish" (4.442 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) plus the special "20/20: The Untold Story of 'The Sound of Music'" (7.318 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up repeats of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.447 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.731 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago PD" (4.234 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.368 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and the relocated "Supernatural" (1.912 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 555,000
- Best New Restaurant (Bravo): 296,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/19/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Other March Madness"

  • American Idol sets up its own bracket for you to shred after day one (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Boy George brings culture to the round of 9 club for 80s night (TV Line)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? The Kiwi "Bachelor" date that ended with gas (New York Post)

posted 3/19/15

Tuesday: When Being a Zombie Is a GOOD Thing
CW Scores with "iZombie", Fox Loses Steam on "HK", NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.480 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (12.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) followed by the return of "Undateable" (6.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), the debut of "One Big Happy" (5.551 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and a new "Chicago Fire" (6.984 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

The CW (2.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home a rare silver with a new "The Flash" (3.552 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and the launch of "iZombie" (2.340 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), based on the graphic novel of the same name.

Next up was CBS (8.337 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (9.885 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.313 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Person of Interest" (5.815 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Repeat After Me" (2.599 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and a repeat "Forever" (2.849 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.711 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), a repeat "New Girl" (1.579 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and a new "The Mindy Project" (2.027 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) on FOX (2.757 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.400 million
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 1.012 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.010 million
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC/season finale): 393,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 378,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/18/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Off the Floor"

  • Robert Herjavec dancing with a pro. Alternative shareline: Kym Johnson swimming with a shark (Zap2it)
     
  • Pat Sajak throws shade. Tom Bergeron throws it back. And then it gets weirdly amusing. (E!)
     
  • Karla Mosley has just made soap opera history as... (USA Today)
     
  • Jeopardy!'s newest superchamp Kristin Sausville had a little help: her husband's a superchamp himself (Newark Post)
     
  • Alton Brown's tour bus is better than yours (Eater)
     
  • Ryan Knight's death was ruled an accidental OD (TMZ)

posted 3/18/15

Dancing with the Stars at 10
Season Premiere Gives ABC Win
From Entertainment Weekly

Ten years ago, viewers were introduced to the world of Dancing With the Stars—and tonight, the series’ 20th(!) season, featuring the youngest competitor to date (The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields), a fomer Olympian (Nastia Liukin), and even a farmer (The Bachelor’s Chris Soules), premieres on ABC.

NBC (10.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (12.208 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

ABC (12.372 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.024 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Castle" (9.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.998 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a special repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) followed by a new "Mike & Molly" (8.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and second runs of "Scorpion" (6.437 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.971 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a repeat "Gotham" (2.438 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a new "The Following" (3.505 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Originals" (1.286 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Food Fortunes (Food): 688,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central): 472,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 265,000

Entertainment Weekly
TV Insider
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/15

Syndies: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending March 8
From B&C

With the February sweeps wrapped, syndies were mostly down in the week ended March 8.

Among the rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench topped households for the 25th week in a row at a 1.8, and also led the field among women 25-54 with a 0.9, tied with Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game. In households, Celebrity Name Game gained 7% to a second-place 1.5.

Most access shows were steady, although Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 4% higher at a third place 7.0, tying Judge Judy and leaping 21% from last year at this time.

CTD’s game show topper Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 7.7, leading all of syndication. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 1% to a 7.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9, and down 21% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 3/17/15

Trump Fires Himself
"Apprentice" Host Forms Exploratory Committee for 2016
From New York Magazine

While many viewed all the speculation about his next career move as merely a publicity stunt, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Donald Trump has decided to take the plunge: despite receiving a personal call from producer Mark Burnett, the real estate mogul will not renew his contract with NBC for The Apprentice. "Nobody in the history of television has turned down a renewal," boasted senior Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski. "But Mr. Trump can do that."

Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the New Hampshire Union Leader's Dan Tuohy reports.

Trump toyed with the idea running for president in 2012, but opted against it. This time around, he's already hired several early-state staffers.

New York Magazine
Vox

posted 3/17/15

Second Helping of Dishes
ITV Renews Cooking Game Show
From Digital Spy

Who's Doing the Dishes? has been recommissioned for a second series.

The ITV cooking game show hosted by Brian McFadden will return for another 30-episode run later this year, ITV Daytime has announced.

Who's Doing The Dishes?
© ITV

Who's Doing the Dishes? involves four diners trying to guess which celebrity's house they are in each day for a week, with clues given throughout the meal.

The celebrity watches from a monitor in the kitchen, and must wash the dishes if the diners correctly guess their identity.

ITV Studios Entertainment executive producer Katie Rawcliffe said: "We are delighted Who's Doing the Dishes? has been commissioned by Helen Warner and her team, and that it has become a returnable brand for ITV Studios.

"But most importantly, we are looking forward to Brian McFadden stirring up a feast of delights in more celebrity homes, as the diners guess who is cooking their dinner."

Who's Doing the Dishes? launched last year in September.

Digital Spy

posted 3/17/15

Weekend: We Have A New Challenger!
CBS Wrests Demo Crown from ABC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.300 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (6.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (11.285 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

ABC (6.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Last Man Standing" (7.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Cristela" (5.271 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Shark Tank" (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Next up was NBC (4.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a repeat of "Grimm" (2.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) plus a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.587 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the spring finale of "World's Funniest Fails" (2.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Glee" (2.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

TBS' "King of the Nerds" closed out the season with 831,000 viewers.
 
And finally, repeats of "Hart of Dixie" (0.801 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.663 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.655 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On Sunday:
- The Voice (R/NBC): 3.345 million
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.499 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.289 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.214 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge: 714,000

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posted 3/17/15

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  • Wink Martindale among University of Memphis alumni to be Distinguished (Memphis Business Journal)
     
  • Jeremy Clarkson booked for "Have I Got News For You" before the elections... and after his fracas with "Top Gear" (The Times)
     
  • Christina Aguilera goes brunette for "Nashville" (TV Line)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Dancing with the Stars by the numbers (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Howie Mandel gets epic rolled (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: An epic moment from LMAD (Advocate)
     
  • David St. John, Guinness' king of games, to release an officially amazing memoir (Southern Daily Echo)

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Who's Doing the Dishes? involves four diners trying to guess which celebrity's house they are in each day for a week, with clues given throughout the meal.

The celebrity watches from a monitor in the kitchen, and must wash the dishes if the diners correctly guess their identity.

ITV Studios Entertainment executive producer Katie Rawcliffe said: "We are delighted Who's Doing the Dishes? has been commissioned by Helen Warner and her team, and that it has become a returnable brand for ITV Studios.

"But most importantly, we are looking forward to Brian McFadden stirring up a feast of delights in more celebrity homes, as the diners guess who is cooking their dinner."

Who's Doing the Dishes? launched last year in September.

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From the Futon Critic
CBS (9.300 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (6.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (11.285 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

ABC (6.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Last Man Standing" (7.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Cristela" (5.271 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Shark Tank" (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Next up was NBC (4.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a repeat of "Grimm" (2.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) plus a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.587 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the spring finale of "World's Funniest Fails" (2.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Glee" (2.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

TBS' "King of the Nerds" closed out the season with 831,000 viewers.
 
And finally, repeats of "Hart of Dixie" (0.801 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.663 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.655 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On Sunday:
- The Voice (R/NBC): 3.345 million
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.499 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.289 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.214 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge: 714,000

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posted 3/17/15

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