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Beast On!
Complete Season of "Ultimate Beastmaster" Drops on Netflix Friday
From the Futon Critic

Can't wait for this week's launch of the Netflix original global competition series Ultimate Beastmaster? Join Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Charissa Thompson and over 100 elite athletes from around the globe to find out who lives up to the hype.

All 10 episodes of Ultimate Beastmaster's first season will launch globally on Netflix on February 24.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic
Daily Star
The Guardian
Broadway World

posted 2/24/17

THURSDAY: The Week of Splits Continues
This Time, It's ABC and CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) staked another claim to the demo crown on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and the season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.837 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (6.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Mom" (7.511 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (5.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Training Day" (3.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Powerless" (2.296 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), a special "The Blacklist" (4.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and the premiere of "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.202 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.621 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.076k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 971k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 967k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 505k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 500k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 477k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 460k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 451k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 450k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/17

Cannonball!!!
ITV Looks to Emulate "Wipeout", "Ninja Warrior"
From the List

ITV are set to launch a new challenge show entitled 'Cannonball'.

Bosses at the popular broadcaster are looking to emulate the success of their current physicality-based challenge show 'Ninja Warrior UK' and rival broadcaster BBC's bonkers 'Total Wipeout' - which was axed in 2013 - by commissioning the new program which will see contestants compete in a variety of water-based tasks.

According to The Sun newspaper, the show will include entertaining challenges such as attempting the highest and longest jumps possible from water slides whilst wearing fancy dress.

The publication also reports that the program will be filmed in the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, so hopeful applicants aren't put off by the idea of getting into freezing cold water.

A source told the newspaper: "'Cannonball' is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny. It involves people throwing themselves around in a swimming pool and making fools of themselves."

The idea for 'Cannonball' comes from an existing show named 'Bommetje XXL' which has already proved a hit in Holland, and was made by production company Talpa Media, bought by ITV in 2015.

Talpa Media are also the production company behind 'The Voice UK' - which ITV previously bought the rights to after it was dropped by the BBC - celebrity dance competition 'Dance Dance Dance', and Phillip Schofield's new game show '5 Gold Rings'.

Whilst no air date has been confirmed for the show, ITV bosses are already looking for willing participants with applications closing on March 26.

The List

posted 2/24/17

Live Quickfire!
Season Finale of Top Chef This Thursday!
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is partnering with the Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest to serve fans the first-ever live Quickfire Challenge Thursday, March 2 at 8:35pm ET ahead of the "Top Chef" season finale at 9pm ET/PT. Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi will host the special event alongside Top Chef Masters alum Art Smith, who serves as judge, as two surprise season 14 cheftestants go head-to-head in real time to craft a mouthwatering, prize-worthy dish. Fans can watch the delicious drama unfold through a Facebook Live special presentation on the official Top Chef page and on bravotv.com's "The Feast," the network's food-focused digital destination.

"Top Chef" has teamed up with Lay's for its iconic "Do Us a Flavor" contest which asks fans for their flavor ideas and - for the first-time ever - the story or inspiration behind them for the chance to win $1 million. The contest is the inspiration behind this special, live Quickfire Challenge. Starting today, fans are invited to vote for a special selection of flavor mashups on bravotv.com, including blueberries and corn, sriracha and peanut butter, foie gras and cotton candy, and more surprising blends. The winning combination will inspire the ingredients used in the first-ever live "Top Chef" Quickfire Challenge brought to you by Lay's "Do Us a Flavor."

Padma Lakshmi will host the live Quickfire challenge as the cheftestants use their culinary skills, flavorful personalities and winning flavor mashup as ingredients to impress judge Art Smith. Viewers can watch and comment in real time as the competition heats up live from Los Angeles. After a winner has been named, fans will have the opportunity to relive the culinary competition on bravotv.com's "The Feast" where they can view the special event and find craveable content tied to the winning dish, including recipe inspiration, photo galleries and more.

Immediately following the live Quickfire Challenge, fans can tune in for the on-air "Top Chef" Season 14 finale to see who wins the ultimate honor of being named "Top Chef." The final two chefs face-off in Mexico to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic multi-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and FOOD & WINE's Nilou Motamed.

Those who want even more fun from Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest can head to www.Lays.com now through March 19 to submit their flavor suggestions. To submit, fans will be asked to "pitch" their flavor idea through a video, photo and/or a written inspiration. Submissions will also include the flavor name, up to three ingredients and optional bag customization.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/24/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Age Ain't Nothing but Survival"

  • Jeff Probst reveals battle to cast "Game Changers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" announces its cast Wednesday. Entertainment Tonight's speculation of said cast begins now (Entertainment Tonight) ... and Variety (Variety) ... and Variety again (Variety)
     

  • The Nintendo Switch has a new fan... and you can't see him... and his NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Mashable)
     

  • Ben Bailey plays the Binghamton Comedy Crawl (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • Chuck Woolery tweets during CPAC... and it goes as expected (Spin)
     

  • Alec Baldwin's SNL sets a record (Broadway World)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Josh Darrow takes his "Millionaire" winnings and gives it to his community (Beliefnet)

posted 2/24/17


DeRay Davis
"Hip Hop Squares" Returns March 13
DeRay Davis to Host
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the network's highly anticipated game show "VH1 Hip Hop Squares," hosted by comedian DeRay Davis, kicks off Monday, March 13th at 10PM ET/PT with two new episodes per night for a branded "VH1 Hip Hop Squares Week." Following the week-long premiere, "VH1 Hip Hop Squares" will join VH1's unstoppable Monday night programming block of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and "The Breaks" every Monday at 10PM ET/PT.

"VH1 Hip Hop Squares" is VH1's version of the classic game show "HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" that will be produced by Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm. Featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.

Celebrity contestants and squares include Ice Cube, Teyana Taylor, T.I.P., Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Karrueche, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, Keri Hilson, "The Real's" Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe and "The New Edition Story's" Faizon Love and Woody the Great, along with VH1 talent Jackie Christie from "Basketball Wives: LA," "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's" Joseline Hernandez, Jessica Dime, Karlie Redd, Mimi Faust, Yung Joc, "Love & Hip Hop: New York's" Cardi B, and Yandy Smith, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's" Princess Love, Ray J, Fizz, and Safaree Samuels, "Mob Wives'" Drita D'Avanzo, "Black Ink Crew's" Sky and Stevie J from "Leave it to Stevie."

Additional celebrity guests this season include:
· Affion Crockett
· Alesha Renee
· Christina Milian
· Da Brat
· Damien Danté Wayans
· DC Young Fly
· Deon Cole
· Demetrius Shipp Jr.
· Diggy Simmons
· DJ Drama
· DJ Yella
· Don Benjamin
· Dreezy
· Erica Ash
· Eva Marcille
· James Davis
· Jasmine "Golden Barbie" Sanders
· Jazmyn Simon
· Jessica Burciaga
· Jessica White
· Jessimae Peluso
· Jessie T Usher
· Joe Budden
· Justin Combs
· Kelis
· Kent Jones
· Kid 'N Play
· Kid Ink
· Lamorne Morris
· Letoya Luckett
· Lil Duval
· LisaRaye McCoy
· Machine Gun Kelly
· Michael Blackson
· Michael Ealy
· Mike Epps
· Naughty By Nature
· Nick & Vanessa Lachey
· Nick Young
· Romeo
· Rotimi
· Selita Ebanks
· Sevyn Streeter
· R&B group, SWV
· Tiffany Haddish
· Tisha Campbell-Martin
· Too Short
· T-Pain
· Trina
· Tyson Beckford
· Utkarsh Ambudkar
· Vanessa Simmons
· Vivica A. Fox
· Wale

For more information on "VH1 Hip Hop Squares" 'LIKE' VH1 on Facebook & follow @VH1 on Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat. Join the conversation using #HipHopSquares.

The Futon Critic
VH1

posted 2/23/17

WEDNESDAY: Good News Bad News
CBS, ABC Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) won the demo race on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (6.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Modern Family" (6.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.366 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) plus the winter finale of "Match Game" (3.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

FOX (5.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a competitive second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Star" (3.929 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.656 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Hunted" (5.087 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.163 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Doubt" (4.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.538 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (1.004 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.271 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 953k
- Are You The One (MTV): 666k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 629k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 367k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 333k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/17

"Are You The One" Spins Off
MTV to Launch All Star Challenge
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that after five seasons of epic hookups, breakups and drama, 10 fan-favorite perfect matches from previous seasons of "Are You The One?" are back for a second chance at love and cash in an all-new spinoff series, "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." The new series premieres Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, one week after the shocking March 15 season finale of "Are You the One?".

"Are You the One: All-Star Challenge" will bring these perfect matches together again and test all aspects of their relationships. The twist? This time, not everyone will win together; it's every couple for themselves. The perfect matches will compete in challenges designed to test the strength of their bonds. Each week, successful couples will be rewarded with money and one match will be sent packing until the definitive "All-Star" couple is crowned.

The name of the game:

· The matches' compatibility is tested in relationship-focused missions like traveling as a couple, making sacrifices, managing money, communication and more.

· The more missions each match wins, the more they learn about each other and the more money they bank.

· Each week, the match in last place enters "The Choice," where they must individually decide between stealing their winnings earned until that point and going home, or sharing their jackpot and staying in the game.

Over the first five seasons of "Are You The One?", 52 perfect matches were made, but that was just the beginning. From those who fell in love, to those who insist they're only friends, to pairs who never got the chance to explore their connections; the science doesn't lie, there is something perfect between these matches. "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge" will give these couples a second chance to explore their connection and try to win money at the same time.

Meet the "All-Stars" cast:
Shanley + Adam (Season 1)
Ellie + Nathan (Season 2)
Devin + Rashida (Season 3)
Mikala + Cameron (Season 4)
Kaylen + Asaf (Season 4)
Tori + Morgan (Season 4)
Francesca + Giovanni (Season 4)
3 TBA Couples (Season 5)

Breakout "Real World" star, Karamo Brown, will make his return to the MTV family as host of "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." Karamo was first introduced to the world in 2004 as a housemate on the hit MTV reality series, "Real World: Philadelphia" and was the first openly gay African American in the history of reality TV.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/17

TUESDAY: This Is A Good Finish
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Tuesday with the season finale of "The Wall" (5.903 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (9.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (11.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.688 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Bull" (10.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.710 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.257 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "American Housewife" (5.176 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.059 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.289 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "The Mick" (2.390 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Bones" (2.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.671 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) closed out the night on The CW (2.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070m
- Chopped (Food): 1.052m
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 760k
- Face Off (Syfy): 733k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 220k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17


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JIM WILLIAMS: 1984-2017
"Game Show Garbage" Correspondent Produced WLTI Podcast
From GSNN Staff

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our own.

Jim Williams, producer and panelist of the podcast version of "We Love to Interrupt" from its inception for SpectrumOne and GSNN, died yesterday after a lengthy battle with pancreatitis. He was 32 years old.

Jim came to the fandom as a correspondent for "Game Show Garbage" and was instrumental in giving this site a voice in podcast form with the launch of the audio version of "WLTI", then called "WLTI Live". He was already a producer and co-host of many SpectrumOne podcasts including "The BS Big Show", "The North American Wrestling Connection", and his labor of love, "Touch'em All".

Outside of the game show community, Jim was a familiar voice to all of South Jersey as a fixture as voice of the many athletic programs of his beloved Cumberland County College Dukes, as well as over the air on LIFT FM, Hy Lit Radio, WSNJ AM, the Atlantic City Surf, and Frat House Sports.

His encyclopedic knowledge of all things baseball and game shows was as infectious as his positive demeanor and indomitable spirit.

Jim is survived by his mother, two brothers, several aunts, several cousins, and countless friends. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, and a GoFundMe has been set up to alleviate the cost to the family. In lieu of flowers, the family and friends ask that you consider a donation.

Words escape us as to the profound effect Jim has had on all our lives at GSNN. We have lost a colleague, and everyone in your presence has lost a friend. Our sadness and grief will be palpable with all of us for a while yet. We love you, Jim. We'll miss you.

GoFundMe

posted 2/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 12
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud and Judge Judy were easily the two highest-rated shows in syndication and took major Nielsen honors in the session ending Feb. 12, a frame that included the first complete week of the important February sweep.

Feud hit a series best, while daytime queen Judy earned its second highest number of the season for the second week in a row, almost five rating point ahead of the No. 2 court show.

Feud added 4% to a 7.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, topping the game shows for the 42nd straight frame.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.7* +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5* +7%

TV Newscheck

posted 2/22/17

Canada Gets Its "Bake-Off"
CBC to Launch "Great Canadian Baking Show"
From Worldscreen

CBC has commissioned an 8×1-hour Canadian version of the hit format The Great British Bake Off.

The Great Canadian Baking Show will launch on CBC in the fall. Proper Television is producing in association with CBC and Love Productions. The original British version will also air on CBC this summer as The Great British Baking Show.

“The Great Canadian Baking Show will deliver a distinctly homegrown take on this global television phenomenon, which audiences just can’t get enough of,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director of unscripted content at CBC. “We’re thrilled to partner with Proper to give amateur Canadian bakers a platform to tell their diverse stories and showcase their extraordinary talents on a national stage.”

World Screen
Realscreen
680 News

posted 2/22/17

Star Power Invades "Price Is Right"
It's Celebrity Week All Week!
From AV Club

Game shows are more dangerous than you think they are.

At least, that's what Jack Black is probably thinking after he appeared on The Price is Right on Monday. The actor, fresh off a successful Sundance trip, joined the show for its Celebrity Charity Week (playing for the Society of Women Engineers) and seemed super stoked to be there. But he was not nearly as excited as one over-enthusiastic contestant.

During the Showcase Showdown Black waved a contestant named Andrew over for a celebratory high five after a big moment, but it seems Andrew does not know his own strength, and his hand ricocheted off Black's and straight into his head. Don't worry, Black himself said he was "OK," and Andrew apologized profusely. Host Drew Carey, meanwhile, can be heard cackling the entire time.

Celebrity Week continues with Wilmer Valderrama ("NCIS"), Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS Los Angeles")

USA Today
AV Club
The Comeback
CarterMatt
Chicago Tribune

posted 2/22/17

Supermarket Superstars
Catch "Guy's Grocery Games" Tournament March 12
From the Futon Critic

Beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network, Guy Fieri invites 16 of the greatest Triple-G winners back to compete on an epic five-week special competition of Guy's Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament. This elite group has mastered the aisle games before, but this time their skills will be tested in new challenges with the most unforgettable twists the Flavortown Market has ever seen! Troy Johnson, Marc Murphy, and Aarti Sequeira will decide which chef is in the express checkout lane of the competition. Only one chef will advance in each round of the tournament, winning $10,000 and a coveted spot in the final episode. The four finalists who make it to the grand finale will face-off for a shot at the biggest final shopping spree in Triple-G history - $25,000!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to get the inside scoop on the competition, go behind the scenes, take quizzes and watch video highlights. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/22/17

MONDAY: Bachelor Beats Ninjas
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

"The Bachelor" (7.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) continued its demo reign on Monday as ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) led the night. Leading out of the telecast was a new "Quantico" (2.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (6.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) was the most-watched network with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (6.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Superior Donuts" (6.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.782 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its special "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside the season finale of "Timeless" (3.342 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "24: Legacy" (4.400 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "APB" (3.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.236 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.097 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.558m
- Billy on the Street (S/truTV): 215k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

WEEKEND: "Truth" Set Free
ABC, CBS Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), the feature "Tangled" (3.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the winter finale of "To Tell the Truth" (2.811 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (7.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with "60 Minutes" (10.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), a preview of "The Good Fight" (7.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and new episodes of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "Elementary" (5.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "Son of Zorn" (0.981 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "The Simpsons" (1.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) followed by new episodes from "The Simpsons" (2.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), the season finale of "Son of Zorn" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) plus "Family Guy" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a repeat of "Dateline NBC" (3.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the special "The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary" (4.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) closed out the night on NBC (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.663m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.402m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 908k

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 243k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Get Your Blank Off"

  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: RuPaul's Drag Race launches "Snatch Game" (Decider)
     

  • Debra DiGiovanni to blank it up in Sarnia, Ontario (Sarnia Observer)
     

  • Nick Viall gets double the fantasy as ABC doubles up on Fantasy Suite episodes (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chad Johnson calls Nick boring, while revealing that he played Mr. Steal Yo Girl with Corinne Olympios (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Mythbusters: The Search" will end with a bang... LIVE... this Saturday (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/17

MTV, An Island, a Group of Contestants, and $1 Million
"Stranded with a Million Dollars" Premieres Tonight
From Monsters & Critics

MTV’s new reality gameshow series Stranded With a Million Dollars (premiering tonight at 10p) sees 10 contestants who are total strangers left on an island with, yup, you guessed it $1million.

Those cast members that manage to survive for 40 days get to keep the cash, but there’s a twist. During their stay they have to buy supplies to keep alive and give themselves shelter.

And these items are seriously expensive, like $10,000 for a machete, $30,000 for a tent, and $1,000 for a bottle of water. So during their time on the island they have to decide between them how best to spend — or save — their cash, so they have as much left over as possible for whoever manages to survive.

What makes it even more difficult is that every purchase needs be made by vote, with a majority needed to go through with it.

There are also ‘Temptations’, where individuals get the chance to use the group’s cash to buy personal things. This is obviously a massive recipe for conflict.

Monsters & Critics

posted 2/21/17

@midnight @sxsw
Live Show Heads to Austin, Facebook Live
From the Futon Critic

FTW! Comedy Central's Emmy(R) Award-winning interactive late-night series, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" has partnered with Austin's yearly SXSW festival for a live show on Friday, March 10 to air exclusively on Facebook Live during the film/interactive portion of the festival. Doors open at 7 P.M. CT and the show begins at 8 P.M. CT at the ACL Live. "@midnight with Chris Hardwick Live" is free to all with SXSW wristbands and Interactive, Film or Platinum badge holders and features special guest panelists Tom Lennon, Whitney Cummings and Nick Swardson battling for points in Texas.

"@midnight with Chris Hardwick," the Emmy(R) Award-winning multiplatform late night series, celebrates everything the internet dishes up on a nightly basis by taking on the best pop culture moments that the worlds of social and digital have to offer. During each episode, Hardwick leads three panelists through a series of meme-worthy topics in a fast-paced survey of the day online. The world's best comedic minds compete against each other in segments like Etsy Pitchmen, Buzzspeed, Panderdome and our signature Hashtag Wars, skewering how pop and politics use and abuse social media, as they vie to win the Internet.

The Futon Critic
The Interrobang

posted 2/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "MC Trebek"

  • Rapping... Just one more talent Alex Trebek has to offer (Independent Journal Review)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: because you wanted to be the very best (game show host), like no one ever was (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Bradley Walsh almost had to show Shaun Wallace what for for jumping the gun. You do NOT COME TO HIS HOUSE WITH THAT MESS (Entertainment Daily) PLUS his CD gets a gold album (Belfast Telegraph)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Beat Shazam looking for players (RealityWanted)
     

  • Marty Whelan & Sinead Kennedy had to call in lawyers when a ball got stuck on the "Winning Streak" wheel. In other news: there's an Irish version of "The Big Spin" (Irish Independent)
     

  • "Hollywood Game Night" wins top honors for games at WGAs (B&C)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd to dance against each other next season. That's not awkward at all (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


Games Gone By: All-Star Blitz
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"Games Gone By..." finishes its run of "Hollywood Squares" clones with a show where the celebs were not IN the shapes, but just BELOW them. Oh, and they dragged poor Peter Marshall into this, too. Chris Wolvie delivers the hitz on "All-Star Blitz".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy President's Day"

  • Howie Mandel's Newport News performance canceled (Newport News Daily Press)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 games of love that came before AND after "The Bachelor" (The Inquisitr)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest's mansion catches fire (TMZ)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen: Asian models are "underrepresented" (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


ABC
Rachel Lindsay Named the New "Bachelorette"
Woman Makes History as First African-American to Take the Role
From the Independent

After 33 seasons and years of mounting criticism, ABC has finally cast a black lead for it’s hit television show The Bachelorette.

Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Texas and current contestant on The Bachelor, will be announced as the next Bachelorette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, the Reality Steve website first reported. The news follows years of criticism over its lack of diversity.

Channing Dungey, the network’s entertainment president and first black woman to run a broadcast entertainment division, said that producers needed to start with booking more diverse candidates from the beginning of the series.

"It’s worked very well for us because the audiences feel really engaged [in choosing] that candidate" she said at the 2016 Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "What we’d like to do is broaden that. We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning. That is something we really want to put some effort and energy toward."

An industry insider close to the show told Vulture that ABC didn’t mind spoiling Lindsey’s current run on The Bachelor as long as they got ahead of websites who work to spoil the show.

"We named her the Bachelorette early because weird TV calendar stuff is that The Bachelor runs right up to when we start taping The Bachelorette," Harrison continued. "Like, we're talking days [and] we're done. And [Rachel] goes further in the show and we're like, 'Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel's our Bachelorette. We would like to cast the show for her.'"

In other words, the earlier ABC reveals the next Bachelorette, the more time they have to cast the right men -- a solid group of suitors who are truly invested in finding love, particularly with Lindsay this season.

"We cast all year long, but like we did with Nick, it's easier with The Bachelor because the calendar is different leading into it," Harrison explained to Ripa. "But we wanted everyone to know it's Nick so we can find people that really want to be with Nick. And so we want to cast the show for Rachel, but we can't do that in two days."

And the plan makes sense because a source recently told Us Weekly, "The response has been amazing about Rachel. There's been a huge spike in casting. Rachel is open to different types of guys. So it'll be a mix of different types and races of guys for her season."

Harrison apologized to fans about "the timing" of the announcement several days ago on Instagram, saying he'd hate to ruin anything for Bachelor Nation, but he's so excited about casting Lindsay.

"I'm wondering why she's doing [the show]," Harrison said, as if she's too good for it. "She's beautiful, smart -- love her!"

The Independent
New York Daily News
TV Line
Broadway World
TV Line
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 2/17/17

THURSDAY: My Kitchen Still Sucks
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive week with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.632 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.067 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.633 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (3.831 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was NBC (4.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Powerless" (2.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Chicago Med" (6.054 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "The Blacklist" (4.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.139 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Riverdale" (1.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.075m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.041m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 920k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 466k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 408k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 342k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 321k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 319k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 286k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 284k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Awkward At All"

  • Gwen Stefani loves working with Blake Shelton on "The Voice" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman's story gets even weirder in context (Daily Star)
     

  • ICYMI: we've seen the future of quizzing, and his name is Josh Darrow (Broadway World)
     

  • The MasterChef Junior Class of 2017 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: we had a just short of a dozen good jokes about this story that we could have led with, but no pun in 10 did (Wired)

posted 2/17/17

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