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CBS Can Name That Tune in...
Eye Network Developing Pilot for Classic Reboot
From TV Line

CBS is developing a new version of the classic game show Name That Tune, according to a report from Deadline. Casting will begin soon on the reboot, which has the show’s original developers Ralph and Noah Rubenstein onboard as executive producers, along with Fear Factor veteran David Hurwitz.

The original Tune — which debuted on the radio in 1952 and had several TV runs, including a syndicated stint in 1974-81 hosted by Tom Kennedy — tested contestants on their knowledge of popular music by asking them to identify songs played by the show’s orchestra. (Fun fact: Kathie Lee Gifford’s first TV gig was providing vocals for the Name That Tune orchestra in the 1970s.) The show last aired in 1985, but an updated Tune has been attempted (and abandoned) several times in recent years, including a previous attempt by CBS in 2006.

Tune‘s reboot may be spurred by the success of Fox’s Beat Shazam, a similar song-naming game show hosted by Jamie Foxx that debuted this past summer and earned a second-season renewal in July.

TV Line

posted 10/16/17

Al Howard Productions
The Beep Is Going to Market
"Supermarket Sweep" Reboot in the Works
From TV Line

Attention, shoppers! Your favorite guilty pleasure will soon be back on the market.

FremantleMedia announced on Friday that it’s bringing back the classic game show Supermarket Sweep, which originally aired on ABC in the mid 1960s. The show has been revived twice since its initial run: first by Lifetime from 1990 to 1995, then by PAX (now Ion Television) from 2000 to 2003.

Though the rules differed with each incarnation, the general premise of Supermarket Sweep involved contestants running through a fake grocery store and performing various tasks — from guessing retail prices to loading their carts with as many (expensive) items as possible. Either way, it always ended in madness. Glorious, glorious madness.

The following is an official statement from Henry Howard, son of the original series’ creator Al Howard:

I’m delighted that FremantleMedia has made the exciting decision to bring back this classic game show, and I look forward to working with their talented teams around the world. In honor of Supermarket Sweep’s return… I believe I’ll go shopping!

It’s not yet known when (or on which network) Supermarket Sweep will return

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posted 10/16/17

WEEKEND: Cooking Mama....'s Kid
"Top Chef Jr." Premieres, Friday Belongs to CBS
From TV Line

CBS (7.956 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (6.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.332 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

NBC (4.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with a rebroadcast of "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (2.547 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "Dateline NBC" (4.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "Once Upon a Time" (2.783 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Marvel's Inhumans" (2.297 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "20/20" (2.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.461 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.659 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday, NBC (13.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (10.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (19.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "60 Minutes" (12.810 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (6.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.500 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a repeat "Ghosted" (2.738 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.451 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.899 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Ghosted" (2.420 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13), "Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.949 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Toy Box" (2.324 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.360 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (4.663 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "10 Days in the Valley" (2.620 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) on ABC (3.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night.

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posted 10/16/17

Derbyshire Record
SEAN HUGHES: 1956-2017
Comedian Played "Never Mind the Buzzcocks"

Irish comedian and television star Sean Hughes has died, aged 51.

The London-born, Ireland raised stand-up was best known for his time as a panelist on UK music quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, where, between 1996 and 2002, he starred alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr.

Hughes also starred in the UK sitcom Sean's Show, in the early 1990s, and he performed in cult Irish film The Commitments.

In 1990, Hughes became the youngest person to win the coveted Perrier Award - now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Award - at the Edinburgh Festival. He was 24.

In a statement, his former management team said: "Sean Hughes the comedian, actor, writer and novelist, died this morning in hospital.

"He was at the time the youngest winner of the Perrier Award with his ground-breaking show, and went on to a glittering career.

"He was a formidable comedian and will be remembered by fans and the industry for his superb wit and quite brilliant imagination.

"He leaves behind two brothers, Alan and Martin."

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posted 10/16/17

Games Gone By: Comedy Central's Vs.
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It ain't exactly Hatfields vs. McCoys, but when morticians face-off against clowns, or soccer moms go head-to-head with lesbian motorcyclists, interesting things SHOULD happen, right? Well, find out as Chris Wolvie presents the next of his "Games Gone By...", "Comedy Central VS."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/16/17

Broadway World
More on "The Jizzoker's Wizzild"... Sorry, "The Joker's Wild"... and "Drop the Mic"
TBS Drops the Beats October 24
From The Futon Critic

Starting October 24, Tuesday nights on TBS will be fueled by hip-hop, comedy and culture with the reboot of a classic game show, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild airing at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Immediately following, the new celebrity-led rap battle contest Drop the Mic, based on the wildly popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and will premiere at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

"Drop the Mic and Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild further redefine what audiences have come to expect from TBS and perfectly complement each other for an hour-long block of high energy, competitive fun," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and special event programming for TBS and TNT. "The passion and comedic creativity behind each show is infectious and sure to generate weekly surprises for everyone."

TBS has teamed up with entertainment icon Snoop Dogg with Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild. Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, hosts TBS' new version set in his very own casino that includes a gigantic slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. The game features a variety of categories with a Snoop-a-fied touch and includes cameos by Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifia, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Method Man, Regis Philbin, Kelly Osbourne and Karrueche Tran. Streetwise questions and problem solving, not just book smarts, rule the floor with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G.

TBS will extend Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild through digital experiences and let fans play along with the official free online game accessible via the TBS Android and iOS apps or online at beginning October 24.

Leading up to the premiere of the show, TBS will release an exclusive documentary series titled Gettin' Wild with Snoop Dogg that will give fans a first-hand look behind the scenes of the making of the show. Directed by the five-time Emmy(R)-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Karpf, the six episode series follows the icon's transformation into game show host and explores his creative process behind the show's reboot. The docuseries will be available on the TBS app, TBS social media handles, including the Facebook Watch Tab, and via

TBS and Snapchat are partnering on an original, creative face-in-video Lens feature Snoop Dogg beginning on October 18 to promote Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker's Wild. This is the first animated, sponsored face-in-video Lens next to a celebrity. Snoop Dogg will dance in the Lens next to the Snapchat user, who will be a dancing joker. The Lens features custom green screen footage of Snoop Dogg shot exclusively for this Lens experience.

TBS 'stacks the deck' by adding Jeannie Mai (The Real) as 'Lady Luck,' the vivacious hostess of Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild who brings good fortune and friendly assists to Snoop and the contestants. Mai is best known as the host of the two-time Emmy nominated daytime talk show series The Real and the twice Emmy(R) nominated television series, How Do I Look? Previously a style correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Extra, E News, Jeannie has also hosted live on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards(R), Grammy's(R), American Music Awards(R) and Oscars(R).

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

Immediately following Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, TBS premieres its new celebrity rap battle contest Drop the Mic based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R)-winning series The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, each week Drop the Mic pits four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off against each other in a rap battle royale packed with lyrically creative genius and "Did they really just say that?" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner.

Still in production, with more top talent match ups to come in season one, the celebrity line up already includes Anthony Anderson vs. Usher, Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar, James Corden vs. Nicole Richie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz, Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski, Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons, Chris Jericho vs. Laila Ali, Michael Bennett vs. Vanessa Hudgens, David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Scherzinger vs. Lil' Rel Howery, James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park, Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men and more.

Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios. James Corden, Ben Winston for Fulwell 73 and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

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posted 10/16/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Lady Luck Sings the Blues"

  • Jeannie Mai talks lack of Asian Americans in Hollywood (Broadway World)

  • "American Idol" arrives in New Orleans (Broadway World)

  • FIRST LOOK: Usher, Anthony Anderson "Drop the Mic" (The Source)

posted 10/16/17

The Clock Stops at Universal Kids
More on FremantleMedia's Upcoming Reboot
From B&C

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is selling a pair of game shows to Universal Kids. The shows are The Noise, a high-tech game that challenges kids to be quiet; and Beat the Clock, a kids’ version of the well-known game show format.

FMNA’s game shows include Family Feud, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. The shows for Universal Kids represent FMNA’s first attempt at creating game shows for kids.

“There’s no form of entertainment that has more widespread appeal than game shows,” said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “Universal Kids provided us with the perfect platform to produce game shows that will appeal to children of all ages, as well as their parents. The gameplay in both of these shows is fun, interactive and will have families laughing for hours as they play along and attempt similar challenges at home.”

Universal Kids is part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Formerly Sprout, the channel launched in September.

“We’re thrilled to introduce The Noise and Beat the Clock to kids and their families,” said Amy Friedman, senior VP, programming & development at Universal Kids. “Game shows are a great way to bring families together in a fun, playful way, and we couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with the experts at FremantleMedia to bring these shows to life. Families will be on the edge of their seats as they join in on the interactive fun. We also think parents might appreciate The Noise, our attempt to make being quiet really, really fun!”

The Noise, premiering on Universal Kids Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. Central with back-to-back episodes, is based on a format stemming from FremantleMedia Asia’s partnership with Fuji TV in Japan. Hosted by Faruq Tauheed (BattleBots), kids will be challenged to complete various tasks without making a sound, with the “Noise-O-Meter” constantly listening. The less noise they make, the more points they earn.

FMNA’s Mullin and Joni Day are executive producers and Michael Dietz is the showrunner.

A Noise-O-Meter app on iTunes and Google Play allows families to keep the silent challenge going after the show ends.

Beat the Clock premiered in the 1950s and saw contestants aim to complete tasks before their time runs out. FMNA’s version premieres on Universal Kids in the first quarter of 2018 and sees kids team up with their parents, grandparents and other adult relatives in a race against time. Only one team will make it to the end, where they will compete against “The Big Clock” for the grand prize.

Mullin and Day are executive producers, along with showrunner Noah Bonnett. Beat the Clock is hosted by Paul Costabile (NBC’s New York Live, iHeartRadio).

Broadway World

posted 10/13/17

Drag Stars RuVealed
Catch It on VH1 October 20
From the Futon Critic

Following his second consecutive Emmy(R) Award win for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program, RuPaul is jump-starting the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" with an hour-long televised eleganza extravaganza on Friday, October 20th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. The drag-tastic special will reveal the queens who are set to make the ultimate clapback, and comeback, in this fierce season of "All Stars." Additionally, the iconic Chaka Kahn will join RuPaul for an exclusive interview as he reveals the new cast.

"Millions of fans have their favorite queens that they THINK should be on All Stars 3" said executive producer and host RuPaul. "But the final decision is mine to make. Prepare to be gagged."

The elite group of queens given a shot at redemption this season will battle it out to see if they have what it takes to win their spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." The bar has been raised for the third season of "All Stars," and with so many unexpected twists and turns around every corner, the only option for the competing queens is to rise to the occasion or to sashay away.

For a tease of the episode, visit

To celebrate the new season of "All Stars," Logo will air a "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" full season two marathon beginning on Sunday, October 22nd at 12:00 PM ET/PT.

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to or to the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 10/13/17

THURSDAY: #SadPanthersFan
CBS Wins with TNF
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) continued its NFL-powered reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (5.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with its drama trio "Grey's Anatomy" (7.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (5.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.862 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (4.277 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.978 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Will & Grace" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Good News" (4.277 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Gotham" (2.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "The Orville" (3.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (2.100 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Arrow" (1.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.971m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 792k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out: 10 GOAT Guests (S/MTV): 443k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 443k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 406k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 333k

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posted 10/13/17

No Home Depot... No Lowe's.... No Problem?
Discovery Greenlights "Bushcraft Build-Off"
From Broadway World

Discovery is taking survival to a new level as they search for the most talented bushcrafters from across the country. Hosted by primitive skills master Matt Graham, BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF, premiering on Wednesday, November 8th at 10pm ET/PT, is an all-new competition series where elite builders compete in a gruelling, seven-day race against the clock. And this is a bushcraft challenge, so there's no hardware store in sight. The builders can only use the natural materials in their immediate surroundings.

This competition will test the primitive building skills that have allowed survivalists to thrive in the wilderness for generations. But is now amplified on the web and through social media as these young masters attempt to outdo one another with more and more elaborate builds.

Leading the Bushcraft Build-Off charge is legendary bushcrafter Matt Graham (Dual Survival). Each week, Matt challenges two master bushcrafters to compete head-to-head in builds that test their abilities in different environments, topography and primitive living challenges. Each build pushes the competitors' skills, stamina and creativity to the limit as they try to create eye-popping builds - from bridges to weapons to structures to transportation - using nothing but their hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever resources nature provides.

Bushcrafting's Best is a Discovery GO companion series that gives an in-depth look at the build process of host Matt Graham's favorite builds from Discovery's new Bushcraft Build-Off series.

BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions. For Original, Executive Producers are Sarah Whalen, Ernie Avila, Steve Robillard and Matthew Braley and Co-Executive producer Adam Flacks. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle is Executive Producer. To learn more, go to, on Facebook at and on Twitter @Discovery.

Broadway World

posted 10/13/17

Endemol Shine Beats Shazam
"Beat Shazam" to Go to MIPCOM
From C21 Media

Endemol Shine Group has agreed an exclusive distribution deal to take Beat Shazam, the musical gameshow from US network Fox, to the international market.

Endemol Shine will be the exclusive distributor of the format across all platforms outside the US and will produce local versions of the show, while its sales arm Endemol Shine International will also sell the finished Fox show.

The US series, which has been extended into a second season since launching in May, is hosted and executive produced by actor and musician Jamie Foxx. It is executive produced by Survivor’s Mark Burnett and Don’t Forget the Lyrics!’s Jeff Apploff.

The format, which will be among Endemol Shine’s slate highlights at Mipcom next week, sees teams attempting to identify hit songs before music app Shazam. It was created by Apploff and Wes Kauble and is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television in association with Shazam.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine, said the show’s “unique mix of music, quizzing and a big cash prize” gave it broad audience appeal.

C21 Media

posted 10/13/17

Hollywood Comes to Vietnam, Thailand
NBCUniversal to Adapt "Game Night"
From Worldscreen

NBCUniversal International Formats has revealed that Hollywood Game Night is being adapted in Vietnam, with a new broadcaster also on board in Thailand.

Partnering with Mega GS Entertainment & Communication, the Vietnamese version of Hollywood Game Night (HGN) will premiere on terrestrial network VTV3 next year. In Thailand, the show is returning for its third season with a new look on Channel 3.

Hollywood Game Show sees two non-famous individuals compete in various challenges alongside celebrities for the chance to win a cash prize. The series was created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner. The Emmy-winning U.S. version, hosted by Jane Lynch, debuted on NBC in 2013.

Ana Langenberg, the senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, said: “It is great to see HGN increase its reach internationally, particularly in Asia, where game-show and shiny floor formats are at the heart of TV consumption. Working closely with our local partners, we are confident both territories will produce high-quality local versions that will be sure to engage and entertain.”

Vu Thi Bich Lien, Mega GS Entertainment & Communication’s CEO and chairwoman, noted: “Mega GS Entertainment & Communication is proud to be in business with NBCU in order to bring HGN to Vietnam in 2018. It is amazing that after only three years since premiering on NBC, HGN has become one of the fastest-growing international formats of its time.”

Willie McIntosh, host of Hollywood Game Night Thailand, added: “I am very happy that the hit show HGN Thailand will be airing on Channel 3 in prime time. With a new home, we will be bringing original and exciting games to entertain our Thai audience and ensure non-stop laughter.”


posted 10/13/17

WEDNESDAY: Survival of the Fittest
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

OX (5.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with week three of "Empire" (5.856 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (7.244 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) likewise remained the most-watched broadcaster with "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.919 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "SEAL Team" (7.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (5.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.062 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Speechless" (4.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (6.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "American Housewife" (5.030 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up new episodes from "The Blacklist" (5.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.973 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (2.302 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Dynasty" (1.335 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SF/Food): 1.173m
- Best Baker in America (Food): 710k
- Are You The One (MTV): 501k
- Face Value (BET): 359k

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posted 10/13/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Did She or Didn't She"

  • ICYMI: did Claire cheat on last night's "Project Runway" (TV Line)

  • Guy Fieri brings BBQ, help for fire relief (Eater)

  • Mark Labbett takes on bodyshaming on "Loose Women" (Metro)

  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Carr makes things even more awkward than they usually are (BT)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (Radio Times)

posted 10/11/17

Top Chef Goes Mile High
New Season Begins December 7
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's "Top Chef" embarks on an epic culinary adventure through the state of Colorado for season 15, kicking off with three weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 7 from 10 - 11:15 pm ET/PT. The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series will follow 15 diverse chefs from across the country as they battle it out for the coveted title amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen. Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio return to the judges table alongside Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot. For a sneak peek, visit:'s Emmy-Winning Digital Companion Video Series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" returns for season seven with unprecedented twists and turns, and for the first time ever will launch before the season begins on Thursday, November 30. Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R) and hosted by Tom Colicchio, cheftestants face-off in a pressure-filled head-to-head battle for the ultimate prize - redemption and a spot in back in the competition. The digital series will be available on, Bravo Now, VOD and YouTube.

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posted 10/12/17

More on "The Great Christmas Light Fight"
New Season Begins December 4
From the Futon Critic

The holidays are about to get a whole lot brighter with ABC's immensely popular decorating competition series, "The Great Christmas Light Fight," premiering MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST). Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the hit holiday series is back for a fifth season with returning celebrity judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.

Season Five of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas displays in America. In each episode, four families from all around the country with over-the-top displays compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season. Along with the incredible displays, this season also features the first-ever neighbors vs. neighbors episode, where side-by-side neighbors team up to compete against other side-by-side neighbors in a doubly epic battle of the bulbs! The series will air back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks: MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); MONDAY, DEC. 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST); and MONDAY, DEC. 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST).

Leading the fiercely festive competition are judges Carter Oosterhouse, one of America's most recognized lifestyle experts, and interior designer Taniya Nayak.

Carter Oosterhouse's expertise in green-building solutions and eco-friendly designs makes him one of the most relevant and sought-after lifestyle experts today. The instantly recognizable host has helmed several popular television series including TLC's "Trading Spaces," which he will be returning to along with the rest of the cast in 2018.

Boston-based interior designer Taniya Nayak is the creative vision behind some of the most exciting new restaurant interiors and high-end residences across the country. She has appeared on "Good Morning America," HGTV and Food Network and is a regular guest on the "Rachael Ray Show." New projects include New England hot spots Lower Mills Tavern, Yellow Door Taqueria and several locations of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, as well as a home for Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron and family.

"The Great Christmas Light Fight" comes from FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol," "America's Got Talent"). Brady Connell and Max Swedlow are executive producers for the series. Jennifer Mullin is the executive producer for FremantleMedia North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/17

The Generation Game to Pay Tribute to Brucie
Mel & Sue's Reboot to Honor Previous Legendary Host
From Huffington Post

Mel and Sue are set to pay tribute to Bruce Forsyth in the first episode of the ‘Generation Game’ reboot.

The former ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosts will front the all-new version of the classic BBC game show, which Brucie presented from its launch in 1971 to 1977, and again between 1990 and 1994.

Filming on the initial four-part run is already underway, and TV bosses want to make sure the legendary entertainer, who made the show a huge hit, is honored.

A source told The Sun: “The plan is to have Bruce suitably honored in the first episode — almost as if he’s handing over the reins.

“He’s such a huge part of the show that it seems the right thing to do.

“The plan is for him to feature on screen. The final details haven’t been ironed out but it’s going to be a touching moment, a big tribute to the man who started it all.”

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posted 10/12/17

Changing the Game
Buzzr Picks Up Documentary for October 20
From B&C

Buzzr has scored the rights to exclusively premiere Game Changers, a documentary on the world of game shows, narrated by Alex Trebek.

In addition to airing on Buzzr, a digital broadcast network that airs on the secondary channels of TV stations around the country, Game Changers will also appear on the primary channel of the Fox owned stations that carry Buzzr, giving it stronger distribution.

Game Changers will debut on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

Digital broadcast networks have been getting increasing attention and some are beginning to line up original programming.

“Game Changers will mark the first original content to air on Buzzr and will examine the cultural impact of this extremely influential entertainment genre,” said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of Buzzr. “From the first airing of Truth or Consequences in 1941 through today, every buzzer will be pressed as Alex Trebek guides us through the most comprehensive look at this beloved national pastime and the lasting impression game shows have had on our culture. We are thrilled to be the exclusive premiere home to this extraordinary look at Americana.”

The two-hour documentary is produced by Ballinran Entertainment in association with Monkey Time Media.


posted 10/11/17

A Second Helping of Champs & Fans
The Miz Plays for a Special "Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV's most iconic franchise "The Challenge" is back again with the debut of an eight-week special event "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars." Hosted by WWE superstar and former challenge competitor, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, "Champs vs. Stars" will feature ten of the fiercest champions from past "Challenge" seasons. The alumni go head-to-head against ten celebrity athletes and entertainers in challenge-style competitions to determine who will reign supreme. Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities. "The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars" premieres November 21st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

"Building on the success of 'Champs vs. Pros' we expanded the format for the second season," said Tiffany Williams, SVP, Original Programming for MTV. "As a WWE Superstar and former Challenge competitor, Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin encompasses both athlete and star, making him the obvious choice for host as he has evolved into one of the most notable names and decorated athletes across the globe."

"After 12 years, I can't tell you how excited I am to be back on The Challenge, this time as the host," said Mike "The Miz" Mizanin. "I can honestly say that if it wasn't for this iconic show, I never would've had the confidence to fulfill my dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. 'The Challenge' has evolved since my days of playing and now it's pitting the biggest celebrity athletes against the best 'The Challenge' has to offer. It's must-see television at its finest!"

Each episode of the eight-week special series will pit the two teams against each other in grueling challenges. The winning team from each challenge will nominate their most valuable player (MVP) who will receive money for their charity, be safe from elimination, and choose their team's least valuable player (LVP) to go into elimination. The losing team will nominate their own LV P to go into elimination, and the two will compete to keep their spot in the game and ultimately, their share of $150,000 to donate to their beloved charities.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/17

TUESDAY: Splitsky Part 2
This Time, It's NBC, CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (10.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "This Is Us" (10.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

CBS (11.294 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (13.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Bull" (11.082 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.498 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.841 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.093 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.448 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "The Mayor" (3.430 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (3.608 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (3.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "The Mick" (2.283 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.838 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, The CW (2.269 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of "The Flash" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.742 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.533m
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 1.061m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 814k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 766k
- Lip Sync Battle: Hip Hop Awards Special (S/BET): 477k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 388k
- 90s House (MTV): 255k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 251k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/17

Results for the Week Ending October 1
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the top talker in the session ending Oct. 1. Phil scored a 3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest in 21 weeks, and was the only one of the 15 talk shows moving up, leading the talkers by a wide margin for the 56th consecutive frame.

Ellen DeGeneres, at a 2.2, and Live with Kelly and Ryan, at a 2.1, were next in line. However, Kelly and Ryan topped the highly promoted opening week of Megyn Kelly Today by a daily average of more than 300,000 viewers —2.85 million to 2.51 million.

In terms of ratings, Kelly and Ryan was 17% higher as Megyn posted a 1.8 compared to a 2.1 for its principal rival, according to Nielsen’s national stats. The two compete head to head in the largest markets.

Elsewhere in talk, Steve Harvey’s new Steve maintained its 1.3 national rating.

Back in the national ratings, Funny You Should Ask dropped 20% to a 0.4, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3.

Among the rest of the game shows, Family Feud was best, dipping 2% to a 6.0. Jeopardy was second with a flat 5.8, and Wheel of Fortune fell to third for the first time in 10 weeks after losing 2% to a 5.7.

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.

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/11/17

Sit Is About to Hit the International Fan
Phil Gurin in Talks to Revive "Oh Sit"
From Variety

Phil Gurin has inked several development deals with U.K. producers as his Unscripted and Alternative division takes shape at IM Global Television, with a batch of programs coming to market, including a version of The CW format “Oh Sit!” IM Global is gearing up for Mipcom on several fronts and will also bring Chinese drama to Cannes, launching a slate of scripted series from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, one of its backers.

Gurin, an executive producer and creative on numerous series including “Shark Tank” and “The Singing Bee,” launched the reality and unscripted unit at IM Global Television last year to develop or co-develop new properties, acquire formats, and distribute. He has now partnered with independent British producers Spark Media, Double Yellow TV, and 3 Magic Monkies, and will work with them on documentaries and entertainment formats to take out internationally.

“They are U.K. production companies, and we thought we can invest in development and put content through our pipeline,” Gurin told Variety, adding that more producer deals are in the works in Europe, U.S. and internationally. “We want to access like-minded creatives all over the world and co-create so that we can exploit content in our territories and in theirs. We want things that are international in scope, for distribution or co-production.”

Gurin and the IM Global Television distribution team’s unscripted offering for Mipcom includes the reworked version of “Oh Sit!”, the musical-chairs-inspired game show that ran on The CW for two seasons. IM Global Television has taken the rights from Warner Bros. and will re-launch the show at the market. Gurin’s revamped version allows couples to compete. The company wants to set up a production-hub model for the format, with a base in Europe and another one elsewhere.

The other unscripted highlight is “Grudge Match,” in which people with problems to settle thrash out their issues in front of a packed arena, with a variety of things with which to hit each other. IM Global Television has also picked up the U.S. and Latin American rights to “Fittest Family,” a primetime family physical game show from Magnify Media.


posted 10/11/17

Australia Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Again
Nine to Reboot Franchise
From Junkee

After five years off the air, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is coming back.

The show’s revival was informally announced last month, but the full details were revealed at Channel Nine’s Upfronts presentation this week. The quiz will be returning in its original format in 2018, but the competing teams have changed up significantly. This time around we’ll have Gen X (led by Aussie screen legend Robyn Butler), Gen Y (led by comedian Andy Lee), and Gen Z! The latter will be captained by 20-year-old actor Laurence Boxhall.

Hit 107 Radio

posted 10/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "San Fran Idiotest"

  • Ben Gleib plays San Francisco (SFGate)

  • Marc Summers releases "On Your Marc" (People)

  • The "Gladiators" reunite on "This Morning" (NME)

  • Jennifer Lopez to team with Univision, Telemundo for hurricane relief (TV Line)

  • Andy Cohen to replace Kathy Griffin on CNN New Year's Eve (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Belfast Telegraph)

posted 10/11/17

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