"Pyramid" Among the Highlights
From various sources
Just when you thought it was
safe to go back outside… a robust summer TV slate is
ready to take a chomp out of your DVR.
What follows is a list of the 35 or so game show
premieres this summer session culled by a jury of
exactly four. If you know of one that we're missing,
drop us a line at
- 5/4 - The Challenge: Rivals 3 (MTV)
- 5/10 - First Impressions (USA)
- 5/17 - Coupled (Fox)
- 5/19 - The Dunk King (TNT)
- 5/19 - Match Made in Heaven: Season 2 (WE)
- 5/22 - Food Network Star: Season 22 (Food)
- 5/23 - The Price Is Right Primetime Specials: Reality
- 5/23 - Kids BBQ Championship (Food)
- 5/23 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013): Season 4 (CW)
- 5/23 - The Bachelorette: Season 12 (ABC)
- 5/26 - 500 Questions: Season 2 (ABC)
- 5/29 - Celebrity Food Fight (Food)
- 5/30 - So You Think You Can Dance: Season 13 (Fox)
- 5/31 - America's Got Talent: Season 11 (NBC)
- 6/1 - American Ninja Warrior: Season 8 (NBC)
- 6/1 - MasterChef: Season 7 (Fox)
- 6/6 - Cake Wars: Season 4 (Food)
- 6/9 - Winsanity (GSN)
- 6/13 - Are You the One?: Season 4 (MTV)
- 6/13 - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
- 6/14 - To Tell the Truth (2016) (ABC)
- 6/15 - Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN)
- 6/16 - Home Free: Season 2 (Fox)
- 6/22 - Big Brother: Season 18 (CBS)
- 6/23 - Battlebots: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - Celebrity Family Feud: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - The $100,000 Pyramid (2016) (ABC)
- 6/26 - Match Game (2016) (ABC)
- 7/1 - The Runner (Go90)
- 7/3 - Flea Market Flip: Season 7 (GAC)
- 7/11 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us!: Season 3 (CW)
- 8/2 - Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 (ABC)
- 8/6 - Sports Jeopardy!: Season 3? (Crackle/NBCSN)
- Cooks vs. Cons: Season 2 (Food)
- QuizUp America (NBC)
Los Angeles Times
Sony Pictures TV
Friedman Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Sets
From Guinness World Records
Jeopardy! and Wheel of
Fortune producer Harry Friedman, has been recognized by
Guinness World Records as the new title holder for Most
game show episodes produced.
One of television’s most prolific producers, Friedman
claimed the record for having overseen 11,128 game show
episodes at the time of adjudication.
“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record
certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to
reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such
a rewarding career in television.”
Friedman joined Wheel of Fortune, the number one
syndicated game show in the US, as a producer in 1995
and added producer duties for Jeopardy!, now in its 32nd
season in syndication, in 1997.
His record also encompasses his work on Jeopardy!
spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”(VH1, 1998-2001), and “Jep!”
(Game Show Network,1998-2000).
His achievement also recognizes episodes he produced
prior to joining Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for
shows including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood
Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”
This record marks the third time Friedman has set a
record certified by Guinness World Records; he also
holds the records for Most Emmy® Award nominations for a
game show producer with 42 and Most Emmy® Award wins by
a game show producer with 13.
"Price Is Right"
Arrives in Nigeria
Genesis Studio Teams with
FremantleMedia for New Series
From the Union
Genesis Studios, creators of
the award winning television drama, So Wrong, So Wright
and Tales of Eve has partnered with London-based
television content, production & distribution company,
FremantleMedia, to bring the exciting game show- The
Price is Right to Nigeria. The company is getting ready
to produce five seasons of the show, making the total
number of adaptations of the format to 43 versions
worldwide. Set to premiere towards the end of the year,
the show was unveiled to newsmen and other industry
The Price is Right is the longest running family game
show in history and has won twenty daytime Emmys; it has
also been tagged the number one daytime show in United
States. The format has been sold to 42 territories
worldwide with Nigeria being the first in sub-Sahara
It has a wide variety of games with a basic challenge of
guessing the prices of everyday consumer commodities for
a chance to win fantastic prizes. It features
contestants, all of whom are picked from the audience,
who come from different parts of the country and a fun
The game show offers Nigerian brands an exciting
opportunity to introduce new and existing products as
well as an avenue to showcase the Unique Selling
Proposition (USP) of the brands, giving them an
extensive reach while increasing top mind awareness.
For the Nigerian audience, The Price is Right is an
added advantage because it promises to be entertaining,
engaging, and interactive. With a charismatic host and
an enthusiastic audience, the game plays out with life
changing prizes to be won by participants.
During his presentation, Genesis Studios Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer, Olatubosun Olaegbe
explained that there is an ardent need for Nigerian
television screens to be graced with yet another world
class game show that is engaging, entertaining and most
importantly suitable for the whole family.
“We have been looking for a world class game show that
would engage and entertain the entire family and The
Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know
it will be a big success in Nigeria” Olaegbe said.
He added that it is long overdue for Nigerians to have a
family oriented show like this. “I am grateful to
Fremantle Media for a partnership that ensures that
Nigerians will benefit from the wide acceptability of
the show and most importantly the simplicity of its
audience rating which means that even the very young can
participate and smile home with mouthwatering prizes”.
500 Questions.... Round 2
Season Opener Opens Fairly
From TV Line
NBC’s broadcast of the
second Red Nose Day fundraising special drew 2.2 million
total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating on Thursday night,
down 31 and 25 percent from last year while soliciting
50 percent more donations (totaling $31.5 million).
Opening the Peacock’s night, Strong (2.6 mil/0.7) was up
Over on ABC, 500 Questions opened Season 2 with 5.2
million viewers and a 0.8 rating, followed by 4.9
mil/0.9 — down in the demo from last year’s in-season
debut (5.1 mil/1.2), but more on par with its year-ago,
post-sweeps numbers (4.6 mil/1.0).
Fox’s Bones (4.5 mil/0.8) drew its largest audience
since Dec. 10 while dipping a tenth in the demo with its
first post-sweeps outing. American Grit (1.8 mil/0.5)
also ticked down.
CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun easily led Thursday with 7.2
million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.
Reruns of Legends of Tomorrow (861K/0.2) and The Flash
(1.1 mil/0.3) rounded out the night for the CW.
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.229 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 803,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 469,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 317,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 304,000
ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New
Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen
ITV Daytime has tapped
Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped,
which is due to air later this year.
Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an
original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On
the show, six contestants face off in a series of
faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage
their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player
who has earned the most cash takes on the other five
contestants for the right to add more money to their
winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money,
everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to
battle it out on another episode.
The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios
entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill.
Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of
Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by
Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be
distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global
Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash
Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and
laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is
based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and
has played with his friends and family for years.”
Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn
Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s
brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV
game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are
delighted to have it in our schedule.”
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Bravo Gets Back in the
On Tap: "I'd Kill for That"
Bravo is beefing up their
development slate with seven new unscripted series,
including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project,
“Look Who’s Hosting Live.”
The new development slate also includes a show hosted by
“Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a
new real estate show and even a game show.
“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s
robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format
shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s SVP of Development..
“It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include
the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our
viewers love to unwind to.”
Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the
popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently
expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The
NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with
dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just
landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom
Out,” and a new scripted series “My So Called Wife” was
recently greenlit. The cable net has been picking up
ratings steam lately from “Real Housewives of New York
City” and another reality series “Southern Charm.” With
the slew of development projects announced today, Bravo
is placing a continued effort on expanding the
unscripted pop culture and lifestyle genre in which
they’ve had much success.
“Real Estate Wars”
Two rival real estate agencies in Orange County,
California will go head to head in the ultimate
competition for pride and prize to see who can sell the
most property in six months. Each agency will build an
all-star team as they battle for listings and fight for
sales of some of the country’s most enviable estates.
With egos on the line, this showdown is less about
winning and more about proving who runs this city.
Produced by World of Wonder. Exec producers are Randy
Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Elise Duran.
“I’d Kill for That”
“Double Dare” meets Dolce & Gabbana and “Wipeout” meets
Wang in this physical game show that tests how far you
would go to win a Birkin bag, Louboutins worn by a
coveted Bravolebrity or the latest ‘it’ watch. Each
week, friends, co-workers and family members will
compete against each other in a series of trivia, brain
teasers and hilarious physical obstacles in hopes of
winning an enviable object of their desire.
Produced by Embassy Row. Exec producers are Michael
Davies, plus Realizer Productions’ Matt Berkowitz and
"Runway" Gets Longer
Lifetime Reups Mothership,
"All Stars", "Junior"
Eight years ago, Project
Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from
its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the
female-focused cable network on the reality map. The
show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear
there was interest from other networks, but the reality
staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal
between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at
about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the
network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway
for three more seasons (Seasons 16 – 18), and its
spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two (6 and 7) and
Project Runway: Junior for one (3). Additionally,
Lifetime has picked up to series the latest fashion
reality project from TWC, Fashion Inc.
Fourteen seasons in, Project Runway continues to be a
potent ratings performer. The most recent Season 14
finale last fall drew 2.52 million viewers in Live+same
day and delivered some of the show’s best numbers in
target demos in two years. In adults 25-54 (0.99) and
women 25-54, Project Runway had not fared better since
the show’s Season 12 finale in 2013. Additionally,
Project Runway has garnered a best reality competition
series Emmy nomination every years since its launch,
along with multiple noms for hosts Heidi Klum and Tim
“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and
CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal
audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these
Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with
Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be
here for many years to come.”
WEDNESDAY: And That's
NBC Wins the Night, but CBS
Wins the Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (6.053 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on
the final night of the May sweeps period with the season
finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1)
and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.4, #2).
CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2)
then was the number two draw with its combination of a
primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds:
Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal
Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).
Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by
the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood"
(3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and
the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers,
#10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).
And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and
"Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 841,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 444,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396,000
Stephen Mulhern Goes
ITV Greenlights New Series
From ITV Press Centre
This Autumn, ITV will
showcase the weird and wonderful with the arrival of a
brand new skill based game show called Go For It.
Made for the channel by Potato (Ninja Warrior, The
Chase), the show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
Go For It aims to discover the weirdest and most unique
skills that our nation has to offer and then put them to
For example, only in the UK could someone guess people’s
weight just by lifting them, or name 20 breeds of goat
just by milking them or even recognise 30 types of wood
whilst blindfolded simply by smell alone.
Each show will put these unbelievable and quirky skills
to the test, will they make the nation gasp, laugh or
just shock them into silence?!
Each of the challengers will get the chance to show off
to the nation and get £1000 in cash if they successfully
complete their unusual skill on air.
Go For It is a Potato production based on Talpa’s
Challenge Me! format, which has already been produced in
USA, Netherlands and Ukraine. The Executive Producers
are Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Rachael Parker. The
show has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy
Entertainment, Peter Davey and ITV’s Entertainment
Commissioner Asif Zubairy.
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "De-Coupled for a Night"
trades in two women for 51, hosting Miss USA (The
Chingvintsev is dating a "Chicago Med" actress.... the
doctor will see you now (People)
WHY THE (BLEEP!)
IS THIS NEWS?!: Honestly, can we go one superchamp
without calling him "controversial" or "polarizing"? It's
A FEW GOOD
MINUTES with Jane
Naked" Gets A New Host
Rocsi Diaz to Helm the Series
From the Futon Critic
VH1 turns up the heat as the
network's provocative reality dating series "Dating
Naked" returns for a third season on Wednesday June 29th
at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, this season once
again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as
they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot
on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of
romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes - and
clothes. Each week, two new men and women will strip
down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary
daters - but in the end, only one can win their hearts.
Over the course of 12 one-hour episodes the competition
gets HOT as sexy new singles arrive on the island each
week, vying for David and Natalie's affections. Produced
by Lighthearted Entertainment and VH1, "Dating Naked"
season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT
Spike's Idea of a
Family Game Show
Project from A. Smith & Co.
From AV Club
Finally, there’s a game show
that prizes skills we all have in ready abundance:
awkwardly talking to our families, revealing long-kept,
embarrassing secrets, and pissing each other off. Spike
has announced that it’s taking a break from its busy
work rescuing bars and getting celebrities to pretend to
be other, more musical celebrities, in order to make its
first foray into the world of game shows. According to
Deadline, the network is fast-tracking an untitled
series in which parents and their adult children can
publicly destroy their relationships in exchange for
Developed by the production company behind Hell’s
Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior, the series will
force people to navigate an obstacle course even more
perilous than the latter show’s collection of giant foam
pads, swimming pools, and surplus American Gladiator
equipment: talking to their mom or dad. Parent-child
teams will compete to see who can identify the real
secrets or revelations from their loved ones from a list
of fake ones, ensuring that, win or lose, something
embarrassing will likely be revealed.
Napa Gets Chopped
Grill Masters Tournament Set
From the Futon Critic
Chopped is heading outdoors
to beautiful Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley,
California, as sixteen grilling experts compete in
Chopped Grill Masters Napa, premiering Tuesday, July 5th
at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this
special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen
grilling professionals from around the country facing
off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode
includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with
recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the
fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins
$10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will
walk away with $50,000 more.
"These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the
beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills
fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets
yet," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President
Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With
world-class judges watching their every move in this
intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove
they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000."
With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and
armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a
smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors
must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery
baskets through three rounds - appetizer, entrée and
dessert - showcasing their grilling skills to create
unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill
pros must not only battle each other, but also take on
the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from
the grills and weather, along with some surprise
appearances from bees that make cooking outside that
much more challenging.
Get more from the Chopped Grill Masters Napa tournament
at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you'll uncover photo
and video highlights and hear from the winners. Join in
on all the fun at #Chopped.
TUESDAY: Over in a
"The Voice", NBC Dominate the
From TV Line
After settling for a tie
with ABC’s Bachelorette on Monday, NBC’s The Voice
easily topped Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, in a
battle of championship ceremonies.
The Voice led the night in both measures with 10.4
million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, though down
18 and 28 percent from its previous coronation ceremony.
DWTS meanwhile drew 10.3 mil and a 1.6, hitting and
tying season lows and dropping 24 and 33 percent from
its previous Mirror Ball Trophy hand-off.
Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat‘s season finale
(4.9 mil/1.2) saw its best audience since Feb. 2 while
rising a tenth in the demo. Real O’Neals (4.2 mil/1.0)
also ticked up.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
THE CW | The Flash (3.3 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth
week-to-week and was off 15 and 20 percent from its
freshman finale. Containment (1.5 mil/0.5) was steady.
CBS | The Price Is Right (6.4 mil/1.1) slipped two
tenths from Monday’s primetime edition. A double pump of
Person of Interest did 5.3 mil/0.9 and 4.9 mil/0.9, both
down from last Tuesday’s NCISes-assisted 7 mil/1.1.
FOX | Hotel Hell (2.5 mil/0.8) dropped hard from its
previous, long-ago season premiere (4 mil/1.5). Coupled
(1.3 mil/0.5) dropped some eyeballs vs. its debut but
was steady in the demo.
- The Dunk King (TNT/SF): 2.109 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SF): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 904,000
- Chopped (Food): 850,000
- First Impressions (USA): 454,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS/SF): 378,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 288,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 263,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 243,000
Wednesday Lightning Round
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