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COLIN KROLL: 1984-2018
"HQ" Co-Creator Found Dead of Apparent Overdose
From New York Daily News

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular trivia app HQ Trivia, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, TMZ reports. He was 34.

Kroll, who also co-founded the now-defunct Vine app, was reportedly found by police at his apartment in downtown Manhattan after his girlfriend asked cops to perform a welfare check. Sources told the outlet Kroll is believed to have ingested cocaine and heroin prior to his overdose.

Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017 to considerable popularity. HQ users compete with other players as part of a live game show, and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions correct. The app came several months after Vine, an app in which users upload six-second videos, shut down.

Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company's general manger between 2013 and 2014. He was previously an engineering manager at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and the Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Kroll's death was met with an outpouring of support both online and from Silicon Valley.

"I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart," Yusupov said. "He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother."

On Sunday night's show, Rogowsky remembered Kroll as a "true visionary who changed the game twice" with HQ and his previous app, Vine.

"The game that you love so much would not exist without him," Rogowsky said to the 70,000 viewers. The night's game was canceled; instead, the $25,000 pot was donated to the Humane Society in Kroll's honor.

Kroll's father Alan told The New York Times after learning of his son's death: "He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age. It truly is a waste. At 34, imagine the things he'd done and the skills he had. It would have been really fun to watch him at 50."


Kroll's sudden death continues to have ramifications as the week begins. HQ Trivia plans to run its regularly scheduled game on Monday evening, but without a significant new promotion it planned with Google.

The company has also decided to delay the premiere of its gameshow called HQ Words, which was scheduled to debut tonight, before the news of Kroll's death.

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posted 12/17/18

Les Moonves Terminated "With Cause"
CBS CEO Will Not See One Dime of His Severance
From TV Line

CBS will not be showing Les Moonves the money. The company's Board of Directors announced Monday that it has completed its investigation into the ousted CEO, determining "that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company."

Regarding the misconduct issues plaguing CBS News and concerns about the company's culture at large, the investigators concluded that "harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS. However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company's historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation. The investigation determined that the resources devoted to the Company's Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS' businesses. Employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation."

CBS went on to say that it has "already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees," including the hiring of a new Chief People Officer retaining "outside expert advisors" to "develop other initiatives for promoting a workplace culture of dignity, transparency, respect and inclusion."

Moonves's attorney, Andrew Levander, released the following statement in response to CBS' findings: "The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit. Consistent with the pattern of leaks that have permeated 'process,' the press was informed of these baseless conclusions before Mr. Moonves, further damaging his name, reputation, career, and legacy. Mr. Moonves vehemently denies any nonconsensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

As previously reported, CBS will donate $20 million of Moonves' now-scrapped severance to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and gender equality in the workplace. Moonves was fired in September after numerous sexual assault allegations were leveled against him.

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posted 12/17/18

WEEKEND: Living Color
Fox Wins Demo Friday, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown for the 12th consecutive Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with a new "Midnight, Texas" (2.432 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color!" (5.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the fall finales of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.991 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Speechless" (2.162 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the season finale of "Child Support" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "20/20" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its telecast of "The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13)..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 826k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (SP/VH1): 513k

On Sunday, NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) continued its reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (25.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "60 Minutes" (14.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.419 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.843 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and a repeat "FBI" (4.592 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its telecast of "2018 Miss Universe" (4.189 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its annual broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.197 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018" (0.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Discontinued" (0.445 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

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posted 12/17/18

THURSDAY: Football and Stuff
Fox's Final TNF Gives the Win
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.314 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to its final telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (6.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.078 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Young Sheldon" (7.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) repeats, followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Murphy Brown" (5.513 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a second run "SWAT" (4.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was ABC (2.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.552 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus a new "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.039 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.004 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "I Feel Bad" (1.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) alongside a rebroadcast of "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (2.121 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.426 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Legacies" (1.076 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 698k


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posted 12/17/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And Then There Were Four"

  • Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Halsey, John Legend, Marshmello, Bastille, Dierks Bentley, Panic! at the Disco, Brynn Cartelli... and four people you're not going to remember in March (Soaps.com)

  • Steve Harvey is not hosting the Oscars. So stop asking. (Cinema Blend)

  • LIST ABUSE: "The Voice" made one of the 12 blunders on TV in 2018 according to... (TV Line)

  • Alfonso Ribeiro not a fan of the Fortnite (UPROXX)

posted 12/13/18

WEDNESDAY: Games Can't Beat Games
CBS Wins with Survivor
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) emerged as the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Criminal Minds" (5.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales from "The Goldbergs" (5.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Housewife" (4.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Single Parents" (3.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "A Million Little Things" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Next up was NBC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Little Big Shots: Little Big Holiday Special" (5.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "A Legendary Christmas" (2.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Empire" (2.182 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Star" (1.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, the fall finales to "Riverdale" (1.208 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "All American" (0.712 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 971k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 958k

- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 654k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 644k
- America Says (GSN): 408k

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posted 12/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Leave the Kids Out of This"

  • Wayne Brady is bold. His daughter is beautiful (Soaps.com)

  • Wendy Williams goes after Nick Cannon's kids. Nick Cannon is having. None. Of. It.(BET)

  • Kevin Hill joins Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Karen Gillan reacts to being a clue on "Jeopardy!" (ComicBook.com)

posted 12/13/18

Bob Barker Turns 95
World's Greatest MC Celebrates Quietly
From USA Today

Bob Barker marked his 95th birthday with a quiet day at home Wednesday after two health scares in the past two months.

"He's just resting (today), and he'll probably have some family come by," Barker's representative William Prappas told USA TODAY.

The TV icon recently made headlines after he was hospitalized in late October due to back pain and again last month for the same reason. "He's still recuperating from his back (issues)," Prappas explained. "He's improving. He's 95 today so it's a bit of a slow process, but ... all the signs are pointing to a good recovery, and so he'll just keep doing what he's doing.

"He's just taking the steps necessary to recover and get better and he's going in the right direction."

Barker spent more than 50 years in the limelight, most notably hosting CBS' "The Price is Right" from 1972 to 2007. In recent years, he's been seen in public less frequently. However, he returned to "The Price is Right" in 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday and again in 2015 to guest host an April Fool's Day episode.


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posted 12/12/18

ABC Lays Out Midseason Plans
In: Idol, Match Game. Out: Dancing's Spring Season
From the Wrap

ABC has revealed its schedule of midseason premiere dates for new dramas "The Fix," "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Grand Hotel" and returning shows like "For the People" and "American Idol." Notice we didn't mention "Dancing With the Stars"? It appears the declining dance competition is taking the spring off for the first time since 2007.

ABC will launch its second season of the iconic "American Idol" on SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). When "American Idol" premieres, "AFV" original episodes will return to 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, and new editions of "Shark Tank" will air 10:01-11:00 p.m. EST.

A new season of "Match Game" premieres WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

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posted 12/12/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 2
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, most of the top syndicated shows came roaring back from a soft holiday frame in the session ending Dec. 2. Phil was the biggest gainer among all strips, leaping 26% to a 2.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and finishing first among the talkers for the 117th week in a row.

In access, Family Feud rebounded 17% to a 6.3, but nonetheless landed in a tie for second place among the game shows with Wheel of Fortune, which also accelerated 17%. Jeopardy lead the group with a 16% increase to a 6.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +17%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +17%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 12/12/18

I'm Dreaming of a (Betty) White Christmas
Buzzr to Highlight Betty White Episodes Through Christmas Eve
From Broadway World

Cue chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at someone's nose...because the holiday season has arrived. BUZZR is broadcasting its yearly homage to the queen of game shows, Ms. Betty White. Joyeux Noel, Betty White Christmas has returned - so don't get your tinsel in a tangle, please!

From December 17-24, all regularly scheduled episodes of vintage favorites like Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus and Super Password will feature the very best of Betty White. We are talking 8 days, 71 episodes and a BIG finish. Naturally, the Betty White bonanza will close with a Christmas Day marathon of Match Game episodes airing from 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT until 6:00 a.m. ET/3:00 a.m. PT the following day.

I know we say it every year, but honestly, "What could be better than Betty?" Please view and share our Betty White Christmas trailer HERE. Be naughty. Save Santa the trip. Oh, and tune-in to BUZZR for Betty White Christmas starting December 17!

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posted 12/12/18

TUESDAY: Eye See You...
CBS Wins Over The Voice, Game Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to the fall finales of "NCIS" (12.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (8.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

NBC (5.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (8.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (5.958 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.674 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its respective fall finales for "The Conners" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a bump from its crossover conclusion to "Supergirl" (2.129 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the fall finale to "Black Lightning" (1.164 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Gifted" (1.125 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on FOX (1.431 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 918k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 662k


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posted 12/12/18

Deal or No Deal Goes Live!
Companion App Released
From Mobile Marketers

Endemol's "Deal or No Deal Live" app may help CNBC to more deeply engage viewers of the rebooted game show. The first two airings of the show performed strongly with an average of 830,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data cited by Programming Insider, pointing to the potentially large user base for the accompanying app. Even as more consumers are cutting the cable cord, the show has expanded to alternative channels to appeal to consumers' shifting viewing habits. "Deal or No Deal" is also available on its own YouTube channel, where the first episode received more than 60,000 views.

The show's accompanying mobile app comes as consumers increasingly watch TV while using another device. These "distracted viewers" make up a significant part of today's TV audience, with 89% of smartphone users saying they watch TV while using a phone, according to a Deloitte survey. A majority (82%) of marketers believe TV viewers' second screens and advertising clutter are hampering their TV ad campaigns, according to a survey by ad tech company Viant. Viewers are engaging with their devices as much during TV shows and commercials as they are during the 30-minute window before and after, Viant data show. "The challenge here for advertisers is that TV viewers might be physically present while commercials air, but not fully mentally present," Viant found. To combat this, marketers are now working to develop strategies to engage these second-screeners through mobile apps and play-along content, such as "Deal or No Deal Live."

"Deal or No Deal Live" arrives in a moment of live-trivia games' growing popularity among consumers. Game show-style app HQ Trivia has gained sponsorships from major media brands including movie studios, pointing to how "Deal or No Deal Live" could generate revenue in the future. Meanwhile, broadcasters like Fox and TBS have created their own live-trivia apps. Fox's "FN Genius" launched in August, and late-night TV host Samantha Bee launched the "This Is Not a Game: The Game" in September to urge people to vote in the recent U.S. midterm elections.

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posted 12/12/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "TV or Not TV"

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo never offered a TV wedding... so they'll do the NOT TV version (Reality TV World)

  • Jordan Pruitt, former "Voice" contestant, reveals child molestation story (USA Today)

  • Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her talk show? ... and other buried ledes (New York Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: LSB Season 5 ... and Big Bird? (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani spoil Christmas for each other... still not engaged (Reality TV World)

posted 12/12/18

Wait Wait! Take Three Three!
Another TV Adaptation of NPR Quiz in the Works
From Deadline

The popular radio show/podcast Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is headed to television. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's Wilshire Studios has teamed with Storied Media Group to develop a TV series based on the long-running NPR program.

Hosted by Peter Sagal, NPR's weekly news-themed radio panel show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is a funny and fast-paced game of provocative questions and snappy answers about current events. It features celebrity guests, which have ranged from Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Guy Richie, and Greta Gerwig to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The TV adaptation will stay true to the original while delivering bigger, visual and variety-themed games that can't be captured on the radio. It will be an hour-long current events trivia game featuring three celebrity panelists who will compete in a series of comedic challenges, earning points as they correctly answer questions about the week's news. The panelist who earns the most points will earn a cash prize for the charity of his or her choice. A host for the TV version has yet to be announced.

"We are delighted to be adapting the iconic Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios. "The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms. We look forward to working with our partners at NPR and Storied Media Group on growing this timely franchise."

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! has nearly 7 million weekly listeners and in 2008, it won a Peabody Award. "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is one of our flagship programs, so we are especially excited to bring it to Wilshire Studios, part of the NBCUniversal family, to develop for television," said Michael Lutzky, VP of Business Development for NPR. "We are thrilled that one of the longest-running and most listened to radio and podcast franchises in history will now entertain television audiences with a fresh and fun look at the week's news."

NPR previously teamed with CBS in 2008 for a Wait Wait TV adaptation, which filmed a pilot. A one-off special aired on BBC America in 2011 with original host & announcer tandem Peter Sagal & the late Carl Kasell. Neither show went to series.

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posted 12/11/18

MONDAY: Anything But a Silent Night
"The Voice" Powers NBC, "Elseworlds" Event Triggers CW Leapfrog
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) once again held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the special "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (6.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Happy Together" (5.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Magnum P.I." (5.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bull" (7.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (5.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its specials "CMA Country Christmas" (6.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (3.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a boost from the fall finales to "Arrow" (2.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.113 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Resident" (2.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on FOX (2.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.794m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.349m
- Real Country (USA): 493k
- America Says (GSN): 324k .


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posted 12/11/18

Four-tugal
SP Entertainment Options Banijay Song Contest
From TBI Vision

Armoza Formats' primetime singing competition The Four has been optioned in Portugal, with SP Entertainment snapping up local rights for the format.

The deal comes just months after the format was optioned by Banijay Asia for India and Southeast Asia.

Two series of The Four have already aired on US broadcaster Fox, and the format recently sold into Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece's Antenna TV.

The US adaptation was recently awarded Best Talent Show at the National Film and TV Awards in Los Angeles, besting America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Little Big Shots.

Developed and produced by Armoza Formats, the studio format begins with four finalists who are selected by music judges, and must work to protect their spot against talented hopefuls looking to steal their place.

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posted 12/11/18

WEEKEND: Super Team Up
CW Crossover Event Starts Strong, No Match for Football
From Deadline

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Speechless" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) followed by an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "20/20" (3.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Blindspot" (2.827 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Midnight, Texas" (1.875 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.492 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Dynasty" (0.591 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 834k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular (VH1): 440k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) as usual was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.861 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.026 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (15.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.3, #3).

FOX (10.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (23.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) and "The OT" (22.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (7.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Bob's Burgers" (4.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "Family Guy" (3.506 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Rel" (2.065 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was CBS (7.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "God Friended Me" (7.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.450 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.345 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), a new "Shark Tank" (3.426 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.456 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, The CW (1.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with a special "The Flash" (1.790 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and the fall finale of "Charmed" (0.963 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdow (Food): 1.231m

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posted 12/11/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "About Last Week..."

  • Adam Levine addresses last week's elimination (TV Line) and the show a) gooses it for drama and b) half-asses the mea culpa (TV Line)

  • The first 14 minutes of "RuPaul's Drag Race" are now online! (TV Line)

  • Speaking of "Wait Wait", Amy Dickinson to receive a major award (Benzinga)

  • Kathie Lee Gifford is la-laing her way out of "Today" next year (Deadline)

  • Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken GIT on Broadway (Deadline)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani still not engaged (Reality TV World)... and also, we can kiss his country ass (The Wrap)

posted 12/11/18

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