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Matt Jackson Not Throwing Away His Shot
Superchamp Wins $230,000-Plus in Eight
From Vulture

As an avid Jeopardy! viewer, one gets to see all kinds of odd ducks from the farthest corners of these United States. We have grown accustomed to Alex Trebek's beautifully stilted intros — "Darlene from Akron, Ohio, I hear you have an unusual collection of old keys?" — and untraditional trivia geniuses. But there's something deeply fascinating about the show's newest phenomenon, Matt Jackson.

A paralegal based in Washington, D.C, the 23-year-old Jackson (he auditioned when he was 22) has won just over $230,000 in eight appearances on the show, virtually destroying the competition each time. Nobody else comes close.

The contestant has also provided the show with its most slow-building smile, which begins in a frown at the top of his introduction and crawls into a grin. He has repeated this, without fail, at the opening of each episode.

As each smile concludes its journey, Jackson holds up the number of shows he has logged in his streak.

He doesn't do witty banter, and cheeky questions from Trebek are often met with a stern look and a tilt of the head, as if to say, You are wasting my time, Host Man, let us move along so I can take more of your money.

The self-proclaimed son of a Jewish liberal mother and a black conservative father told Trebek he prepared for the show by listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and repeating "I'm not throwing away my shot" over and over. Far from humble, Jackson doesn't hide his satisfaction with a particularly impressive answer, and has even created a mini-catchphrase that he delivers with panache.

KFOR Oklahoma City

posted 10/8/15

Wednesday: It's a Lyon's World...
"Empire" Puts Fox Ahead
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Rosewood" (5.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and juggernaut "Empire" (12.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1).

ABC (6.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.581 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Modern Family" (7.882 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2), "Black-ish" (5.892 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.421 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

Next up was CBS (8.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (8.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Criminal Minds" (8.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Code Black" (6.810 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.477 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.622 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.994 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) on The CW (2.308 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.405 million
- Are You the One (MTV): 695,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 498,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 281,000
- Steampunk'd (GSN): 274,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 230,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 217,000

Note: yesterday's schedule was airing opposite the NL Wild Card Game.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/8/15

Biggest Promotion
Bob Harper Goes from Trainer to Host for Season 17
From the Futon Critic

Bob Harper, the longtime "Biggest Loser" trainer who has been with NBC's popular weight loss series since season one, will take on an exciting new role - and have a much bigger presence this season - when he also becomes the host of 'The Biggest Loser.' Harper will continue to offer his training expertise to contestants at various points throughout the season. Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom will also be returning for the 17th season, training eight contestant teams of two in an exciting return to team versus team competition.

The new season of 'The Biggest Loser' begins production in September. In his new role, Harper will now be offering a new perspective as host, guiding contestants through all weigh-ins, challenges and temptations. "I'm super excited about taking the position of host on 'The Biggest Loser,' says Harper. "I've been with the show since season one so I know all of the ins and outs, and let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel."

Harper, 50, promises more of an emphasis on the "nutrition element" of weight loss as well as a deeper dive into why the contestants came on the show.

"In the very first episode, you will see us sitting in the living room and treating the contestant's house like what it really is, a rehab center," says Harper. "They all have voices and will talk about their experiences. The issues they are having can't be fixed in one episode. I really want to be able to tell stories throughout the season."

As for being compared to the show's former host, Alison Sweeney, Harper says that's like comparing "apples and oranges."

"Ali did a great job on the show. I think what I'm going to be doing is completely different," he says. "In the very first episode, you'll see me yelling at people on the treadmill. I'm a trainer and I'll always be a trainer. But I'll be able to bring so much more now."

And while the contestants may be glad to have Harper involved in their training, their enthusiasm might fade once they see what he is like hosting the weekly weigh-ins.

"The weigh-ins are going to be a completely different environment," says Harper. "I know everything when it comes to weight loss and how this show works. I'm going to be very opinionated. I'm not going to hold back."

The sixteen contestants will be trained by Quince, who is returning to the show for his sixth season, and Widerstrom, who is back for her second season. NBC is expected to bow the show in early 2016.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Us Magazine

posted 9/8/15

Telefe Goes Boom!
Keshet DCP Sells Format to Argentina
From TBI Vision

Argentinian broadcaster Telefe will launch an international production hub for Keshet International’s game show format Boom!.

The partnership between the two firms comes after Telefe launched its version of the Israeli-born format on Septemer 30 to an average share of 32.9%.

Keshet and Telefe will now offer the production base used for that show with a full production crew, meaning broadcasters and producers will only need to provide their own cast and showrunner.

The show has been made for Fox in the US, TF1 in France, TV2 in Hungary and Antena 3 in Spain. The format comes from Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions.

KI and Telefe have also worked together on interactive talent format Rising Star, which is currently in a second season.

TBI Vision
Rapid TV News

posted 10/6/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "JOHN CENA!"

  • Chris Jericho almost flew to Connecticut to punch Vince McMahon in the face. (Complex)
  • Bones, Booth, and Betty White (TV Insider)
  • Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman (who just spent some time giving Jezza the business (Radio Times)) plug their new Pointless book (GetReading)
  • A brief NSFW oral history of the greatest kids' game show of all time... Double Dare. (AV Club)
  • The Chase Australia attracts 579,000 (The Australian Business Review)

posted 10/8/15

Syndies: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 27
From B&C

Warner Bros.’ Crime Watch Daily was the top-rated syndicated rookie in households and daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, in the week ended Sept. 27, the show’s second full week on the air. The show held steady with its premiere week at a 0.8 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The week ended Sept. 27 included the Jewish high holiday Yom Kippur, as well as coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the East Coast, which created lots of interruptions and preemptions.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune upticked 2% to a 5.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was right behind with a 4% rise to a 5.8. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.5. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire eroded 8% to a new series low 1.1.

Compared to last year, Feud was the only game to gain, strengthening 14%. Wheel skidded 6%, Jeopardy! lost 10% and Millionaire, which was downgraded to late-night on WABC New York, tumbled 45%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game kicked off its second season with a 10% rally to a 1.1, tying Millionaire.


posted 10/7/15

Endemol Beyond Launches Smasher
First up: Legends of Gaming
From Stream Daily

Endemol Beyond USA’s Smasher network is set to go live Oct. 7, complete with a slate of new programming all dedicated to the gaming and e-sports vertical, the MCN’s interim president and COO, Adrian Sexton, confirmed.

Smasher will be available across more than 20 platforms, including YouTube, Roku, TiVo, DailyMotion, Amazon Fire TV, Verizon Go90, and Vessel, as well as the MCN’s own OTT platform, GetBeyond.US. The launch marks Endemol’s second effort at creating a dedicated, digital-first programming hub following the launch of the beauty and life-style focused Icon Network earlier this year.

First up on Smasher will be Legends of Gaming, an American YouTube competition series hosted by Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus, who has more than 15 million subscribers across his three YouTube channels) and based on an Endemol Beyond UK series of the same name. The U.K. version has earned more than 640,000 subscribers and 45 million views.

Unlike its European counterpart, which mostly features solo and one-on-one gameplay, the U.S. Legends will follow four gaming duos, coached by YouTubers and channel hosts including Fatal1tyTV, Perfect Legend, HotShotGG and Hafu.

Endemol Beyond is producing more than 100 videos of Legends of Gaming, which is sponsored by Pizza Hut, as well as Razer and iBuyPower. A total of 37 episodes will be hosted by Turner (pictured, above).The MCN will produce another 37 segments of Legends of Gaming: Game Play, showing the complete competition; and 37 companion pieces entitled Legends of Gaming: Bloopers and Outtakes, which gives fans an inside look at the antics that were a part of each episode. Fans will also have access to cast profiles, win/fail videos and recaps. All the Legends videos will post seven days a week on YouTube, beginning Oct, 7 through to February 2016.

Stream Daily

posted 10/7/15

QuizUp: First NBC, Now ITV
British Network Orders a Pilot of Its Own
From Deadline

In its first European deal for an off-air pilot, NBCUniversal International Studios’ new game show format QuizUp has been sold to the UK’s ITV. Based on the popular trivia app, this is one of the more talked about non-scripted offerings here at Mipcom. The UK version will be produced by one of NBCUniversal International Studios’ production entities.

QuizUp was developed in-house at sibling Universal Television in partnership with Plain Vanilla Corp., the Iceland-based game studio that created the mobile game. The show gives in-studio contestants the chance to earn cash prizes after each round by winning high-stakes trivia battles against viewers who are playing at home in real-time on their mobile devices.

QuizUp is one of the world’s most popular trivia apps with more than 75M users globally and reaching No. 1 in the App Store rankings in 128 countries. In the UK, it currently has over 4M players.

The non-TX pilot of QuizUp has been ordered by ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell.

The show has already received a 10-episode order in the U.S. from number one American network, NBC. The U.S. version was created by Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble.

The format was unveiled by NBCUniversal International Formats at MIPCOM on Oct. 4-7.

AV Club
Wall Street Journal
TV Line
Hollywood Reporter
The Verge
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
C21 Media
Fast Company
C21 Media
Iceland Monitor
Digital Spy

posted 10/7/15

Tuesday: Bye Bye Yankee
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (13.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (16.571 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.969 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4) and "Limitless" (9.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4).

NBC (7.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a best of edition from "The Voice" (8.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and a new "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" (4.659 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.097 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its lineup of "The Muppets" (4.845 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.281 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and a repeat "Quantico" (3.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.169 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up week two of "Grandfathered" (3.759 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The Grinder" (3.101 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) plus a new "Scream Queens" (2.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (3.423 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "iZombie" (1.704 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.471 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.446 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 1.025 million
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 954,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 876,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 298,000
- The Game Plane (Discovery Family): 54,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/15

Knives Go Flying November 10
Esquire Slots Season 4 of "Knife Fight"
From the Futon Critic

One hour, two chefs, three mystery ingredients and one hell of a good time. Season four of Esquire Network's raucous after-hours cooking competition series KNIFE FIGHT returns Tuesday, November 10 at 9/8c. Hosted by Chef Ilan Hall, each episode of the hit franchise features two celebrated chefs battling it out head-to-head, making at least two dishes in a single hour from a combination of secret ingredients. Shot bracket tournament style at Hall's Brooklyn-based restaurant, The Gorbals, there can only be one winner left standing.

"It's just two chefs, they come out in this tunnel. And they just throw down. They give them three different ingredients, and they have to go crazy. The winner gets a big knife and the loser gets a small knife," explains Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show. "It's my favorite show."

Sue Zemanick (Top Chef Masters) and Dale Talde (Top Chef) are tapped to judge the unique dishes each week alongside Hall who returns as the host and judge for his fourth season. A James Beard Award winner, Zemanick is the executive chef of the New Orleans-based restaurant Gauntreau's. A Chicago native, Talde is the proud son of Filipino immigrants and the chef behind Talde, the hot spot franchise known for their contemporary twist on Asian flavors. Culinary master and KNIFE FIGHT season three winner Edi Frauneder will additionally guest judge throughout the season. He's the Michelin-star co-owner of Seasonal, Edi and the Wolf and Third Man.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/15

Season Xtina
10th "Voice" Begins February
From the Futon Critic

Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams are on board as season 10 coaches of NBC's two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

The 10th season will begin in February.

"The coaches on 'The Voice' continue to bring incredible energy, unrivaled musical expertise and a want-to-win attitude that makes for the perfect ingredients of a two-time Emmy-winning show," said Paul Telegdy, President, Late Night and Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment. "We can't wait to see what season 10 will bring."

Aguilera, who returns to "The Voice," is one of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, having sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won six Grammy Awards. She has also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has had the prestigious honor of being named the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "10 Minutes"

  • FIRST LOOK: Hellevator: the first 10 minutes (Yahoo! TV) and Billy on the Street: Marry, (BLEEP), Kill (Uproxx) and Billy... Clinton on the Street (Twitter @billyeichner)
  • Alex Trebek gives a million (or 4 Jacksons) to Fordham (WABC New York)
  • Jennifer Lopez to host AMAs (E!)
  • Bob Guiney pops the question. Again. No, this has nothing to do with his GSN Live stint (E!)
  • VIDEO WALL: Tim Gunn has a meltdown (TV Insider)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (What's on TV) and Alfonso Ribeiro (TV Insider)

posted 10/7/15

Monday: A Moment for Family
Alfonso Ribeiro to Guest Host "Dancing" for the Time Being
From Starpulse

An emotional Alek Skarlatos returned to "Dancing with the Stars" to honor his Oregon college town hit by a mass killing, calling the event harder to comprehend than the terrorist attack he helped stop in France.

Skarlatos, whose August heroics on a French train led to an invitation from ABC's dance contest, was rehearsing in Los Angeles instead of attending Umpqua Community College when a gunman killed nine people last Thursday.

He had quickly headed to Roseburg, Oregon, after learning of the tragedy.

Skarlatos and Arnold will be competing again next week, with Gary Busey and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya voted off Monday.

The show had a guest host, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who had stepped in to allow host Tom Bergeron to be with his ill father.

NBC (10.954 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) continued its reign on Monday with week three of "The Voice" (11.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Blindspot" (9.071 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3).

CBS (9.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.027 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Scorpion" (9.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.887 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was ABC (10.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its mainstays "Dancing with the Stars" (11.786 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Castle" (7.327 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (4.214 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Minority Report" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.156 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its departing trio of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.370 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.224 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Significant Mother" (0.658 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable:
- She's Got Game (VH1): 1.719 million
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food/SP): 874,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
New York Daily News

posted 10/6/15

Weekend: CBS, ABC Claim Victory
CBS Takes Total Viewers, ABC Claims the Demo
From TV Insider

ABC (5.964 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with a new "Last Man Standing" (6.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the premiere of "Dr. Ken" (6.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and originals from "Shark Tank" (6.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (4.587 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

The silver then went to CBS (8.720 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and its trio of "The Amazing Race" (6.035 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "Blue Bloods" (11.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was NBC (4.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an encore of "The Player" (3.504 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.574 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) went with repeats of "Grandfathered" (2.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "The Grinder" (2.298 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Scream Queens" (1.306 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.369 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), the season finale of "Masters of Illusion" (1.393 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the relocated "America's Next Top Model" (1.056 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.218 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On Sunday:
- Halloween Wars (Food/SP): 1.833 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.387 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.343 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/6/15

Dancing with Normal People
Fox Teams with Fremantle, Five Six Seven for New Project
From The Wrap

Fox is developing a new couples dancing competition series with the producers of “The Voice” and “American Idol,” the network announced Monday.

The currently untitled series will highlight the lives of real-life couples who each week will participate in intensive training, rehearsals and live performances, until one couple is crowned the winner.

Stijn Bakkers, executive producer of “The Voice” and Toby Gorman, executive vice president of alternative programming for FremantleMedia North America, will serve as executive producers alongside Jennifer Mullin of FremantleMedia North America. FremantleMedia North America and Five Six Seven, Inc will produce the series.

FremantleMedia North America TV has previously produced shows “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” and ABC’s upcoming reboot of “To Tell The Truth.”

The Wrap

posted 10/6/15

Genius Move for ITV
British Broadcaster Buys Korean Format
From TBI Vision

ITV and its South Korean counterpart CJ E&M have inked a format deal. Under the terms of the agreement ITV formats will launch in Korea and ITV will take CJ E&M shows back to the UK.

ITV’s content and distribution arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, agreed the deal with cable channel operator and content company CJ E&M.

The shows travelling from Korea to the UK are CJ E&M entertainment series From Start To Clear and computer game gameshow The Genius Game .

ITVS GE’s managing director, Maria Kyriacou, and Lee, Deok Jae, CEO of CJ E&M’s Media Division, signed the agreement on Monday at MIPCOM.

Maria Kyriacou said: “ITVS GE is one of the UK and Europe’s foremost format creators and distributors, while CJ E&M is a leading formats player in Korea. This agreement will give us the chance to extend our formats into each other’s markets, in order to achieve even greater global success for both companies.”

Lee, Deok Jae added: “Korea and the UK are two of the most creative territories for formats internationally, but this is the first time that producer-distributors from both countries have worked together in this way. It is an exciting opportunity for us to exchange fresh ideas and present them to new audiences in our respective regions.”

TBI Vision

posted 10/6/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ken & Watson, Together Again"

posted 10/6/15

STV Goes Russian... Sort of
STV Productions Buys Armoza's "Babushka"
From TV Insider

UK-based prodco STV Productions has acquired Armoza Formats’ prime-time studio game show Babushka, marking the Israeli developer-distributor’s first deal with the Catchphrase producer.

Babushka, which launched at MIPTV in April, sees contestants presented with 10 large Russian “babushka” dolls. The participants must then select and open eight of them for the chance to win up to $500,000. If the babushka is empty, they lose any money they have accumulated up to that point, but if there is a smaller doll inside, they continue to win.

The game show has also been taken to Italy, Spain and Portugal.

STV Productions’ credits include Antiques Road Trip (BBC), Catchphrase (ITV), The Lie (STV) and The Link (BBC Daytime).


posted 10/5/15

You Control the Buzzr
Digital Network Gives Control of Sundays to Viewers
From TV Insider

Buzzr, the new retro game show network, is asking fans to choose its Sunday lineup.

The network, currently available in 35% of the country, has launched the promotion "Pick & Play" (with the tagline "You Pick 'Em, We Play 'Em"), to let viewers vote from a list of six classic game shows from owner FremantleMedia North America’s library. The top three voted shows will make up Buzzr's new Sunday lineup.

The list of shows, selected from fan requests made over social media to Buzzr, include:

Sale of the Century (1983; host: Jim Perry)

Now You See It (1974; host: Jack Narz)

Double Dare (1976; host: Alex Trebek)

Trivia Trap (1984; host: Bob Eubanks)

Wordplay (1986; host: Tom Kennedy)

Beat The Clock (1979; host: Monty Hall)

Voters will also be eligible for a grand prize trip to Los Angeles to see Wayne Brady on FremantleMedia North America's CBS game show Let’s Make A Deal, or a trip to Atlanta to see Steve Harvey on FremantleMedia's syndicated game show Family Feud. Voting ends on Oct. 12, with the new lineup relvealed on Oct. 18. More information can be found at Buzzr's website.

TV Insider

posted 10/5/15

Cash Cab Drives to Philippines
ActiveTV To Adapt Rolling Game Show
From C21 Media

Singapore-based production outfit ActiveTV Asia has secured the remake rights to All3Media’s Cash Cab format for the Philippines.

The gameshow, where a taxi driver quizzes unsuspecting passengers and offers them the chance to win cash prizes, was previously produced by ActiveTV as Cash Cab Asia for Sony’s regional AXN channel. The firm will now work on a Filipino version after securing the deal at Mipcom in Cannes today.

C21 Media

posted 10/5/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Splattergram"

  • "The Splat" bows tonight. Here's what you need to know (Bustle)
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hellevator (GSN; October 21) (Dread Central)
  • Witney Carson gets engaged (Starpulse)
  • Brooke Karzen goes from overseeing "The Bachelor" to overseen the entire Warner Horizon empire (Variety)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Supernerd Issa Schultz (Sydney Morning Herald) and Billy Eichner (Entertainment Tonight)

posted 10/5/15

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