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Daytime Emmys: Winning Apparently Takes Care of Everything
"The Price Is Right", Craig Ferguson, "Jeopardy!", Michael Strahan Among Winners
From CBS News

Soap stars and talk show hosts gathered for the Daytime Emmys on Saturday and Sunday.

"General Hospital" won big at the Daytime Emmys with Outstanding Drama Series, while Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show host amidst a tumultuous time for their show. Both CBS and ABC took home the most awards, with six Emmys each.

On the game show front, Craig Ferguson repeated as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Celebrity Name Game", while "The Price Is Right" won its seventh trophy as Outstanding Game Show, the second since Drew Carey inherited the mic from Bob Barker in 2007.

The most honored game show in Emmy history collected another trophy, as "Jeopardy!" won for Outstanding Direction in a Game Show for Kevin McCarthy.

CBS News
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/2/16

How Many Can Ken Jennings Answer?
Find Out When "500 Questions" Returns May 26
From TV Line

“Game Show History” for $500, Alex.

This Jeopardy wunderkind will attempt to make lightning strike twice as a contestant on ABC’s 500 Questions.

Who is… Ken Jennings?

Correct! Congratulations! Well done! Now, keep reading for the full story behind that painfully cheesy lede (C-Note: from TV Line, not from us).

TVLine has confirmed that Jennings — whose 74-game winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2 premiere on Thursday, May 26. (Season 2 will air as a five-night event, beginning May 26 and concluding Wednesday, June 1.)

Nightline‘s Dan Harris will serve as the show’s new host, replacing CNN’s Richard Quest.

Quick 500 Q refresher: The show tasks contestants with answering 500 general knowledge questions. The catch? If said player answers three questions incorrectly in a row he/she is eliminated. New to Season 2: a bonus two-minute lightning round.

During his 74-episode Jeopardy rout in 2004, Jennings pocketed a then-record $2,520,700.

TV Line
Cinema Blend

posted 5/2/16

WEEKEND: Dead Heat Scramble
"Race", "Shark Tank" Help CBS, ABC Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its usual mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (5.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) followed by originals from "Shark Tank" (5.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "Grimm" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/2/16

On Second Thought...
"Think Tank" to Return
From Malton & Pickering Mercury

Bill Turnbull's quiz show, Think Tank, will be returning for a second series.

The BBC One show will be back later this year with the former BBC breakfast host as its presenter.

The new series will consist of thirty episodes, which is an increase from the twenty episodes featured in the first series.

Turnbull said: "I'm very happy to be going back to the studio for another series of Think Tank. We had a lot of fun first time round, and I'm sure the next series will be even better."

Commissioning editor, Jo Street, said: " Bill and his highly entertaining colleagues in the Think Tank kept our audiences entertained in the afternoon and we are very pleased to bring the team back together from all across the UK to help even more contestants in the next series."

The quiz show sees a group of regular contributors from across the nation answering general knowledge questions.

Their answers aim to help contestants through a series of questions, with the final aim of getting to the final round to tackle the 'Question: Impossible' - the question the Think Tank hasn't been able to answer.

Malton & Pickering Mercury

posted 5/2/16

So This Weekend Was A Bank Holiday...
"Britain's Got Talent" Drops to 9.3 Million
From Telly Mix

Ratings for Britain's Got Talent 2016 took a dip last night but the show was still the most watched of the day.

The Bank Holiday weekend may have had an impact on figures but none the less a strong audience of 9.3 million viewers tuned in.

It's well down on last weekend's number of 10.1 million, the same figure that 2015's equivalent show had.

The episode peaked with 10.3 million viewers as the latest auditions took place with acts ranging from the usual singers and dancers to a cross bow performer and a dodgy pole dancing duo.

Once again the shows either side of ITV didn't do much: Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 200,000 viewers week on week to 2.3 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to 2.5 million, down from last week's 3.1 million viewers.

On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a series low as 4.5 million viewers watched before BGT, down 600,000 viewers on last Saturday.

Pointless Celebrities returned with 3 million viewers while Casualty had 3.9 million.

Telly Mix

posted 5/2/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Past Becomes the Future"

  • ICYMI the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" is... (The Futon Critic) PLUS a preview of Masterchef (June 1) (The Futon Critic)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Mastermind New Zealand (New Zealand Herald)

  • Keith Chegwin & Iain Lee give an incorrect answer to a Pointless (Celebrities) question... and then the Internet happened (The Sun)

posted 5/2/16

Fremantle Media North America/
The BLANK Is Coming Back
"Match Game" Launches on ABC June 26; Alec Baldwin to Host
From the Futon Critic

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime and will be hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The 10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000 Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

"I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary 'Match Game,'" said Baldwin. "Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun."

Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America said, "'Match Game' is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime. The team at ABC continue to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, 'Match Game' has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple."

Since 1980, Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination ("A Streetcar Named Desire," 1992) an Oscar(R) nomination ("The Cooler," 2004) and has won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's "30 Rock." His films include "The Hunt For Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Malice," "The Edge," "It's Complicated," "Blue Jasmine," "Still Alice," and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," among many others.

The Futon Critic
Cinema Blend
Fox News
Access Hollywood
The Wrap
Huffington Post
AV Club
The Guardian
BBC News
World Screen
TV Insider

posted 4/29/16

THURSDAY: Not Getting Any STRONG-er
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Mom" (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Rush Hour" (4.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Scandal" (6.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "The Catch" (4.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "STRONG" (2.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.313 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.277 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.507 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.463 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 811,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 330,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 179,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Train Is Leaving the Station"

  • Billy Gardell, Todd Newton, Korinna Rico, Paige Collings, everyone at MMC thank everyone for the ride. Let's hope they find another horse (Facebook)

  • Gordon Ramsay to check back into "Hotel Hell" May 24 (TV Insider)

posted 4/29/16

Core Media Files for Bankruptcy
"American Idol" Cited As a Money Pit
From Realscreen

Core Media Group, parent company of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer 19 Entertainment among other prodcos, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

In a court filing, the company blamed its deteriorating financial performance on the decline in ratings for, and ultimate cancellation of, Fox reality singing competition American Idol as well as declining revenues from Idol-related broadcast fees, merchandise, tape sales and touring fees.

The last episode of Idol aired on Fox earlier this month after 15 seasons.

According to documents supporting the filing, “[T]he Company’s unsustainable capital structure, inability thus far to replace the American Idol revenue streams and inability to consummate an out-of-court restructuring with its primary creditor constituencies ultimately gave rise to the Debtors’ decision to commence these Chapter 11 cases.”

Nearly 50 affiliated debtors are registered in the filing, according to The Chapter 11 petition lists total assets of $100 to $500 million.

Core Media was part of the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management that merged Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group. However, Core continued operating separately and did not become part of Endemol Shine Group.

In addition to 19 Entertainment, Core’s roster of prodcos also includes the unscripted companies Sharp Entertainment and B-17, which are not part of the bankruptcy filing.

In a statement, the company said it will undergo a restructuring under CEO Peter Hurwitz, though management changes or lay-offs are not expected. Core has 22 full-time employees, not including production staff and freelancers.

“In June 2015, with the changing landscape and one of our flagship shows in transition, we proactively engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding balance sheet optimization alternatives and a strategic restructuring,” the statement reads. “The actions we are announcing today will help best position the company for the future, allowing for more flexibility and a platform for growth.

“We expect to move through Chapter 11 expeditiously and have secured the support of our first and second lien lenders,” it continued.


posted 4/28/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Middle of the Week Over Survivor
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Empire" (9.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (5.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (5.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.947 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.998 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Nashville" (3.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) alongside second runs of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.826 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago PD" (3.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.284 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Supernatural" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Skin Wars (GSN): 566,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/28/16

Are You the One Goes for Love at First Sight
Catch the New Season on MTV June 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV's hit matchmaking experiment, "Are You The One?" (AYTO), returns on an all-new night, Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meet the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.

Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will feature a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite.

Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Andy Richter Calls Food Fight
Catch the New Series on Food May 29 at 10 & 10:30!
From the Futon Critic

The best dinner parties are filled with good food, great company, and lots of laughs. That holds especially true when Andy Richter is the host, famous foodies and chefs are on the guest list, and crazy culinary games are on the menu. At this ultimate dinner party, as each course is served, so is a new round of the competition where stars are paired up to compete in fast-paced trivia games and food-themed challenges. The team that earns the most points will win the coveted Golden Dinner Plate, while the losing team will have to wash the dishes. Catch all the action unfold on Celebrity Food Fight, with double episodes premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm & 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Celebrity Food Fight is a high-energy, hilarious culinary game show unlike any other. Funnyman Andy Richter is the perfect leader of the shenanigans, as celebrities and chefs wine and dine their way through classic trivia and outrageous guessing games with a culinary spin," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

Joining the fun in the 10 half-hour episode season are Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aar�n S�nchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson. Two teams of two, each consisting of a chef and a celebrity, will compete in a variety of unique food-related games designed to test their culinary knowledge. From Cooking The Books, where the teams must find the fake cookbook title, to Talking With Your Mouth Full, where contestants read the names of entrées with their mouths full, while their teammates must correctly guess what they said, to Finger Foods, where the contestants must put their hands in a box and use their fingers to correctly identify each edible item, playing with food has never ever been this fun!

After the celebrities and chefs face off, fans can catch highlights at, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CelebrityFoodFight.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "New Year's Seacrest"

posted 4/28/16

CBS/Fremantle Media North America
CBS Daytime Brings Back Every. Single. Show.
"Let's Make a Deal" Renewed Through 2018
From the Futon Critic

CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET'S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.

"Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming - the most for any broadcast network - which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry's best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!"

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.

The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television's most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Broadway World
Hidden Remote

posted 4/27/16

MasterChef Returns June 1
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi Return to Host, Judge
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season's 40 contestants - including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more - take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous MASTERCHEF contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous MASTERCHEF tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted MASTERCHEF title.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/16

TUESDAY: A Flash in the Pan
NBC Wins the Night, "The Flash" Puts CW in Third
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim the top spot on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (9.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Chicago Med" (8.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (10.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Limitless" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its quartet of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.674 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Real O'Neals" (3.483 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.252 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.365 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Containment" (1.653 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.854 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), another "New Girl" (1.965 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and a repeat "New Girl" (1.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on FOX (2.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.271 million
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 1.194 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.111 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 729,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 688,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 516,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 329,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 326,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/16

More on "ANTM's" Return
Logo Released.... It Looks Just Like The Old One!
From Variety

“America’s Next Top Model” will be returning on a new network, and Variety has the first look at the modeling competition’s VH1 reboot.

The official key art for “America’s Next Top Model” features the same logo as the original series, which ran 12 years and 22 cycles on the CW and its predecessor UPN. “This fall the runway gets a revamp” is the tagline for the show’s new iteration, though details on what exactly that revamp will entail are scarce.

What we do know is that Tyra Banks — who created, hosted and exec produced the original series — will be back on board as an exec producer, though she is not expected to return on camera in any major capacity. A new host has not been announced yet, nor has the panel of judges, which is believed to be re-worked from the latest grouping. The reinvented competition will be set in New York City, rather than Los Angeles where most of the original seasons took place. The new season will consist of 14 episodes.

The new “America’s Next Top Model” poster features blue and pink coloring, which could signify another co-ed season. The final three seasons of CW’s “Top Model” featured both male and female contestants. (Other themed seasons were “British Invasion” and “All Stars.”)

No premiere date has been set for “Top Model” on VH1. Banks will serve as an exec producer, along with “ANTM” alum Ken Mok, who originally developed the show with Kenya Barris, plus Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament. CBS Television Distribution is behind the series that hails from 10 by 10 Entertainment and The Tyra Banks Company.

The new season is being described as a reinvention for a new generation. At the time VH1 announced they’d be the new home to “ANTM,” Banks stated that she was excited to find a new host herself. She spoke to Variety about the show’s future here.

CW cancelled “Top Model” in October 2015 with the final episode airing in December. Around that time, Banks departed her syndicated daytime show “FabLife,” which has since been cancelled. “Top Model” has 20 international versions in production and is under license in over 100 markets globally.


posted 4/27/16

Bradley Walsh Finally Addresses "The Chase" Fixing Charges
Host Talks to Radio Times
From Huffington Post

Bradley Walsh has spoken out against accusations ‘The Chase’ is fixed.

The host of the ITV daytime quiz show defended himself from fans’ suggestions he asks the Chasers’ questions quicker than he does the contestants’, giving them an unfair advantage.

Speaking to Radio Times, Bradley said: “We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read them at exactly the same speed for both.”

He continued: “Don’t forget, if I’ve got Mark Labbett [aka ‘The Beast’] answering questions for two minutes and I’ve got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren’t going to be quicker.

“Simple as that, because they have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final.”

The show was recently embroiled in a scandal when viewers noticed that a countdown clock appeared to freeze during the final Chase.

The Chaser looked to have been given an advantage in the final round of the quiz when the clock got stuck and he was given an extra second’s time.

However, bosses later insisted that this was due to an editing error that took place in post-production.

A spokesperson for ITV said: “There was an error on the clock on [Wednesday’s] episode of ‘The Chase’.

“This error happened during the editing process and not in the studio when the show was being recorded so could not have affected the outcome in any way.”

Huffington Post

posted 4/27/16

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  • Gordon Ramsay cooks up a new studio for his project (World Screen)

  • Desiree Hartsock is about to have a future media ho (Us)

  • ICYMI: A special shoutout on TPIR (Cinema Blend) and a NSFW moment on "Celebrity Name Game" (Perez Hilton)

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