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More on "Jeopardy!" All-Stars
Catch It Wednesday!
From Niagara Frontier

Let the games begin: Six teams of elite "Jeopardy!" contestants are set to face off in the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games," presented by Consumer Cellular. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 20, fans will have the chance to see their favorite players join forces and play "Jeopardy!" like it's never been played before: in teams.

The 18 elite contestants returning for the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games" are among the winningest and most popular players in recent series history.

Six teams are composed of three players each, with one designated team captain. The team captains are some of the most notable names to ever play the game: Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers and Brad Rutter. The teams are as follows:
- Team Colby: Colby Burnett, Pam Mueller and Alan Lin
- Team Buzzy: Buzzy Cohen, Alex Jacob and Jennifer Giles
- Team Julia: Julia Collins, Ben Ingram and Seth Wilson
- Team Ken: Ken Jennings, Matt Jackson and Monica Thieu
- Team Austin: Austin Rogers, Roger Craig and Leonard Cooper
- Team Brad: Brad Rutter, Larissa Kelly and David Madden

The "Jeopardy! All-Star Games" will air over the course of 10 weekdays from Wednesday, Feb. 20, to Tuesday, March 5. The first round of play consists of two, two-game matches played over three shows.

The first-round match-ups are:
- Match 1 – Airing Wednesday, Feb. 20, to Friday, Feb. 22 Team Colby vs. Team Buzzy vs. Team Brad
- Match 2 – Airing Monday, Feb. 25, to Wednesday, Feb. 27 Team Julia vs. Team Ken vs. Team Austin

The winning team will share a $1 million grand prize; the second place team will split $300,000 and the third place team will take home $100,000.

Niagara Frontier

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GV Wire
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Newser

posted 2/19/19

MONDAY: Champions... of Everyone
NBC Won Night with Total, ABC with the Younguns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (6.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (6.207 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

NBC (8.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the most-watched network with the season finales of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (10.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Manifest" (5.415 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Next up was FOX (4.314 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (5.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "The Passage" (3.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (6.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.295 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.927 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Bull" (6.734 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Arrow" (0.650 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) to rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/19/19

More on "Drag Race" Season 11
Meet the Season's Guest Judges
From Deadline

Are you ready to "werk"? The 11th season of the Emmy award-winning RuPaul's Drag Race is ready to drag and death drop you into a new season with a slay-worthy cast of 15 queens and a roster of fabulous guest judges including Miley Cyrus, Gina Rodriguez, Wanda Sykes, Adam Rippon, Lena Waithe, Troye Sivan and more.

To add to all that Logo will launch "Drag to Ru-Member MaRUthon" with the very first episode of season one of Drag Race starting Feb. 22 and cycling through all 10 seasons culminating with the Season 11 premiere on VH1 Feb. 28 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Also joining show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and, supermodel of the world RuPaul on the judges' panel are Cara Delevingne, Bobby Moynihan, Kandi Burruss, Tiffany Pollard, Sydelle Noel, Tony Hale and others. Rachel Maddow, won't be on the judges' panel, but as seen in the trailer in the link, she will be making a guest appearance, okurrrrr?!

This year's slate of queens present some stiff competition as they will try to impress Mama Ru and the judges so that they can be crowned as "America's Next Drag Superstar" and win a grand prize of $100,000. This year's queens include: A'keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX), Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ), Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN), Honey Davenport (New York, NY), Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV), Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN), Nina West (Columbus, OH), Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX), Ra'jah D. O'Hara (Dallas, TX), Scarlet Envy (New York, NY), Shuga Cain (New York, NY), Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL), Soju (Los Angeles, CA) and Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO). Rounding out the 15 is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) who is returning after becoming a fan favorite in season 10.

Drag Race made history last year as the first reality series to win Emmys for both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. It also scored VH1's first Producers Guild Award for Producer of Game and Competition Reality Show.

Deadline

TV Line

posted 2/19/19

MTV Stax Cash in the UK
Facebook Watch Series Launches
From Deadline

Viacom is launching a live and interactive gameshow via Facebook Watch in the UK.

The company's global division, Viacom International Media Networks, has partnered with the social media platform to launch MTV Stax. It launches today, Monday February 18 at 4pm GMT.

It marks the latest interactive quiz on Facebook's content platform following the launch of Fremantle's Confetti. MTV Stax is a a free-to-play game broadcast live on Facebook Watch three times a week for ten weeks.

In each game, players must answer a series of ten pop culture focused questions for the chance to win a share of a big cash prize. The episodes will be shot at MTV's Camden based studio and will be hosted by MTV news presenters including Tinea Taylor and Tyler West.

"We are always exploring new and innovative ways to engage and entertain our audiences, so we're excited to be working with Facebook Watch as one of their first UK launch partners to develop MTV Stax," said Joanna Wells, Vice President, Digital Content, Youth and Entertainment. "We know that there's a great appetite at the moment for live interactive quiz shows and our fans are tapped into popular culture, so this feels like a very natural fit for MTV."

Deadline

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The Hollywood Reporter
Realscreen
The Drum

posted 2/19/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Brief Moment for Politics (That We'll Never Go For Again)"

  • CBS swaps the president for the Price (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin was on SNL this week. Aaaaaaand that's all we're really at liberty to say. (The Wrap)

  • Chrissy Teigen had an accident taping Celeb Feud... in other news, Chrissy Teigen is taping Celeb Feud (Bravo)

  • LIST ABUSE: The worst game show hosts according to... (The Cheat Sheet)

  • Michael Higgins and his history with failure (Chicago Tribune)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (Huffington Post)

  • Antonella Barba just went from singing to being a mule (Variety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Anchorage Daily News)

posted 2/19/19

Party Like It's 2025
Format Launches in Israel
From Deadline

Keshet's secretive entertainment format 2025 finally launched last week and it turns out it's all about money.

The series, which is running as a live daily prime-time strip on Keshet 12 four days a week, began with 16 contestants at the gates of a futuristic Westworld-meets-Truman Show-style city on the outskirts of Yavne.

Eight duels took place with viewers deciding who would enter the city and who would not; each contestant received a smart watch loaded with 12,000 NIS ($3,300) and immediately had to decide how much to share with their opponent – four of the eight losing contestants who received the highest amount of money from their opponents who did get in also entered the city. Now, it seems, that the aim of the game is to keep or make as much money as possible in order to win the competition and an apartment worth 1.4 NIS ($390,000) with a giant scoreboard keeping track.

The contestants, who are a broad mix of ages and social groups, aren't entirely cut off from the real world but communication comes at a cost.

The show, which has also been described as Black Mirror-meets-Monopoly, was developed by Yoram Zak, who was the director of the Israeli version of Big Brother, and Erez Tal, who hosted the Endemol Shine format.

Keshet boss Avi Nir said that the Israeli firm has been approached by a raft of international broadcasters and producers but has not yet set any global deals.

So, how did it do and will the global community still be keen to replicate its reported $15M set? It did ok. While it was the most watched primetime show on its launch night with 565,000 viewers, was the highest launch for a new format since Channel 2's split in November 2017 and comfortably beat Channel 13's remake of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, it only received a 21.1% rating on its opening night. This fell to 412,000 viewers and a 17.5% rating on its second night but did outperform the competition including Big Brother VIP and was up against the Champions League fixture between Real Madrid and Ajax.

Plenty more to come as it is set to run through the spring.

Deadline

posted 2/18/19

THURSDAY: Eye See You
CBS Takes the Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Young Sheldon" (7.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by originals from "Mom" (7.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Fam" (5.473 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (4.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.538 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "A Million Little Things" (4.975 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was NBC (3.750 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.321 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.962 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.156 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.323 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Orville" (3.085 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the special "The Top Greatest Valentine Movies of All Time" (0.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.512 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 978k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 958k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 637k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 474k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 420k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/19


WWE

Nick's Giving "Are You Smarter" A Third Go
John Cena to Host
From the Wrap

Nickelodeon is bringing back "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" with new host John Cena, who will also executive produce.

The original game show was hosted by stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy and aired on the Fox broadcast network. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" was created by Mark Burnett and hails from MGM.

The format of "5th Grader," which has been adapted in several countries, sees adult contestants answer questions as if they came from an elementary grade school quiz. There were actual (smart) fifth graders on stage to help out, or to make the adult look dumb — sometimes both.

The first "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" aired from 2007 to 2015, over which Foxworthy amassed 111 episodes. In 2010, the show was nominated for — but did not win — a Daytime Emmy Award..

The Wrap

Deadline
Sports Illustrated
Business Wire
Cinema Blend
The Futon Critic

posted 2/14/19

Ninjas Reappear
NBC Renews American Ninja Warrior, Production Begins Spring
From Broadway World

NBC's three-time Emmy Award-nominated series "American Ninja Warrior" will be returning this summer to NBC for its eighth season. Production will begin in the spring and a premiere date will be announced shortly.

Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the highly popular obstacle course competition series will shoot in six cities this season, including Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), ATLANTA (The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium), Oklahoma City (State Capitol Building), Baltimore (Rash Field) and Cincinnati (downtown), along with its inaugural trip to the Pacific Northwest and its first time shooting indoors at Washington's iconic Tacoma Dome.

The show's national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle challenging obstacle courses in city qualifying and finals rounds throughout the country. Top competitors in each of the city finals rounds move onto the national finals, where they compete on a four-stage course that includes multiple obstacles on each stage. The winner, who must complete all four stages, including the final 75-foot rope climb, will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

In addition, the ninja to go the farthest on the national finals course wins $100,000. Last season's inaugural "last ninja standing" was "American Ninja Warrior" veteran Drew Drechsel. Drechsel has competed on eight seasons of the show to date and recently served as the captain for Team USA on the show's annual "USA Vs. the World" telecast.

Broadway World

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Business Wire
Cinema Blend
The Futon Critic

posted 2/14/19

WEDNESDAY: Alien Abduction
Fox Wins Demo with "Masked Singer"
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Masked Singer" (7.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

NBC (8.300 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.805 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Chicago Fire" (8.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a new "The World's Best" (5.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.030 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and the season finale of "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Schooled" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Single Parents" (2.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "All American" (0.521 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.574 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.001m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 783k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 762k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 678k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 525k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 472k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 419k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 333k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 267k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/19

Pushed Back. Again.
Fox Rejiggers March Schedule for Masterchef, Mental Samurai
From The Futon Critic

Season Seven of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR will debut with a special two-hour premiere Tuesday, March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

On Tuesday, March 19, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR airs in its regular time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of MENTAL SAMURAI (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), a thrilling new competition series that pushes every aspect of human intelligence and mental agility. Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, the show is the first-ever obstacle course...for the mind.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 2/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor Trio"

posted 2/14/19


ABC/Fremantle

American Idol: March 3
Franchise to Make First Visit to Idaho
From Deadline

ABC is tuning up for its second season of American Idol with plans for its premiere week and a new promo. Check out the judges prepping for the inaugural Gem State auditions in the "Greetings from Idaho" clip in the link below.

Season 2 kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, with the first crop of Idol hopefuls auditioning for their shot at that ticket to Hollywood. The cross-country tryout tour continues on March 6, followed by new episodes March 10. The competition then adds a Monday show for five consecutive weeks beginning March 18.

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back for the second go-round, along with host Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones taking on the role of in-house mentor. The series is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. Showrunner Trish Kinane executive produces alongside Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick and Chris Anokute.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/19

TUESDAY: This Is Us Playing Games
NBC Takes the Younguns, CBS Takes the Rest
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.327 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (9.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (13.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (9.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.396 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (4.263 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.195 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.591 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.710 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.148 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 952k
- Temptation Island (USA): 839k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 548k
- America Says (GSN): 453k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/13/19

BYU Games Up
"Battle of the Ages" Joins Lineup
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced the spring premiere dates of three new series - the family cooking competition show "Dinner Takes All," the half-hour musical improv comedy program "Show Offs" and the multi-generational family game show "Battle of the Ages."

These shows, along with original scripted adventure comedy series "Dwight in Shining Armor," will all premiere the week of March 18.

In addition, BYUtv will continue to air all-new episodes of viewer favorites such as "Studio C," "Relative Race" and "Random Acts."

"With the debut of these new series, we are creating a broad portfolio of new and original programming, both scripted and unscripted, that the entire family can watch together," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Filmed in our BYUtv studios and around Utah in association with our phenomenal production partners, they are all great examples of the engaging, family content BYUtv offers. These new shows add even more variety to an already compelling line-up of existing programming, rounding out a true 'super week' of television."

"Dinner Takes All" (March 20, 9p ET) is a family cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel) in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a $10,000 cash prize. "Dinner Takes All" is from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv.

The hilarious, interactive musical improv series "Show Offs" (March 18, 8p ET) gives its cast, along with a special celebrity guest, the chance to "show off" by performing a spontaneous improvised play or musical, prompted by random ideas from the studio audience and accompanied by a live band. Hosted by comedian Casey Jost ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), its cast features executive producers and co-creators Maclain Nelson ("The Saratov Approach") and Jake Van Wagoner ("Impractical Jokers"), as well as Lisa Valentine Clark ("Random Acts") and Hailey Smith ("Once I Was a Beehive"). "Show Offs" is from Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Winter Thaw," "Instrument of War"), Good Guys Productions ("The Saratov Approach," "Once I Was a Beehive") and BYUtv.

The comedic game show "Battle of the Ages" (March 20, 8:30p ET) pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges. With the opportunity to pick a competitor from the opposing team and test their knowledge on a specific era, this game show will get families talking and laughing while they learn more about each other. "Battle of the Ages" is from Bill's Market & Television Productions ("Ellen's Game of Games," "Fear Factor") and BYUtv.

The Futon Critic

Deseret News

posted 2/13/19

Amazon's Here for the Right Reasons
Japanese "Bachelorette" Greenlit for Prime
From the Wrap

Amazon is giving Japan an early Valentine's Day gift in the form of a series order for a local adaptation of "The Bachelorette."

Prime Video has greenlit a Japanese version of the popular ABC reality dating series, along with more than 20 other new and returning Prime original series, set to go into production in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan and Mexico, the streamer announced during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday.

Here's the official description for the upcoming Japan-based version of the long-running American series: "'The Bachelorette' is a local version of the American reality dating competition format that has aired continuously for 14 seasons in the US since 2003, when it was created as a spinoff of 'The Bachelor.' In 'The Bachelorette,' gender roles are reversed and women are put in the driver's seat when a single Bachelorette embarks on a journey to find her future husband from a pool of eligible male contestants."

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 2/13/19

Britain's Second Brightest Family
Catch It Tonight
From Telly Mix

Britain's Brightest Family, the fast-paced, hit quiz show is back for a brand new series on ITV and this time it's bigger and better than before. Anne Hegerty, The Governess from ITV's The Chase, returns to host the show where sixteen families will battle it out in a knockout tournament with £25,000 up for grabs for the winning family.

Packed full of the show's signature play-along questions for all the family, it kicks off with a quick-fire round, before heading into an intense head-to-head specialist round, where the families will have to choose which of them will face-off, answering questions on a randomly chosen subject.

Telly Mix

posted 2/13/19

Armando Hernandez Says... #1 Answer!
Catch "100 Latinos Dijeron" on Estrella TV February 19
From BusinessWire

EstrellaTV, the fastest growing Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., announced today that it has tapped Mexican actor-comedian Armando Hernandez to host its new Spanish-language version of Family Feud, "100 Latinos Dijeron."

In partnership with Fremantle, the global producers of hit formats Idols & Got Talent, EstrellaTV is launching the exclusive and original Spanish-language version of "Family Feud" for Hispanic audiences in the U.S. on February 2019.

Hernandez will host the Spanish language version of one of the most successful game shows of all time, "Family Feud." Every weeknight two families face off trying to guess the best answer to the famous "Survey Says" question. This brand new production premieres February 19, 2019 at 6pm/5pm CST, only on EstrellaTV.

The bankruptcy woes of EstrellaTV's parent company LBI Media isn't putting a stop on the network's plans to launch new game show 100 Latinos Dijeron.

Business Wire

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posted 2/13/19


GAMES GONE BY: Million Dollar Money Drop
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

You want a million dollars? You GOT a million dollars! All you have to do is hang ON to it. Easier said than done in this "Games Gone By..." Especially if the researchers don't do their jobs! Chris Wolvie talks about the "rhymes with 'mustard truck'" that followed the otherwise-interesting "Million Dollar Money Drop".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/13/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wakanda Forever"

  • Anthony Anderson, Dwayne Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer, Lip Sync Battle, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Voice, Shark Tank nominated for NAACP Image Awards (Ebony)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: The Great British Sewing Bee (Good Housekeeping)

  • Jeff Probst is the godfather of the reality show hosts, says... (Meaww)

  • LIST ABUSE: What makes "The Masked Singer" work (The Cheat Sheet)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (TV Insider)

posted 2/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending February 3
From TV Newscheck

The sweep got underway in the session ending Feb. 3 and most of syndication got off to a flying start with a majority of shows matching or exceeding their highest ratings of the season. Leading the way was Judge Judy, which was on fire, leaping to a new season-high 7.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily finishing first among all programs for an epic 30 weeks in a row.

Wheel of Fortune added 3% to a new season-high 7.1 and was all alone at the top of the game shows for a fourth consecutive week, while the off-net Dateline strip remained at its 10-week high 1.4 and led the true crime category for the 21st week in a row.

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
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0* +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8* +6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV NEwscheck

Broadway World
B+C

posted 2/12/19

MONDAY: Going Out on Top
"Got Talent" Performance Finale Puts NBC in Front
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Monday thanks to the penultimate weeks of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (10.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Manifest" (6.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (5.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with a new "The Bachelor" (6.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.701 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (4.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (5.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "The Passage" (3.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.368 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.552 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Bull" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.099 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.958 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.440m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 911k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 522k
- America Says (GSN): 472k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/19

WEEKEND: AAF Kicks Off... or Doesn't.
Hell's Kitchen Goes Out on a High
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed top honors on Friday thanks to a special "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.608 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (7.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

FOX (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the penultimate "Hell's Kitchen" (3.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.109 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (3.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a two-hour "20/20" (5.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (3.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Blacklist" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.792 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.657 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Vh1): 577k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 566k
- America Says (GSN): 511k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 9p (MTV): 463k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 434k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 418k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.544m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/19

Facebook, Buzzfeed Set a Bubble Date
Play "Outside Your Bubble" on Facebook Watch
From Variety

Facebook keeps plowing more money into original programming for Watch: The company ordered a six-part docu-series on NBA superstar Stephen Curry and set a Feb. 20 premiere date for BuzzFeed News' interactive trivia game show "Outside Your Bubble."

BuzzFeed News is gearing up for next week's launch of "Outside Your Bubble," powered by Facebook's interactive game-show platform, hosted at facebook.com/OYB.

The live trivia show — which promises cash prizes to both in-studio contestants and audience members — is the latest move into the genre inspired by the popularity of HQ Trivia. Facebook last year launched its own live trivia game show, "Confetti," which bestows cash prizes.

BuzzFeed's "Outside Your Bubble" was an experimental concept that originated in early 2017 as an attempt to show readers what's happening outside their own social-media cocoon. The game show challenges contestants to reach across the cultural divide to guess what their opponents on the other side are thinking.

The show will be hosted by Brian Tong, an online, TV and radio host, creator and podcaster who is one of the hosts for WarnerMedia's DC Universe. "Outside Your Bubble" features a dynamic jackpot that can fluctuate throughout the show, depending on decisions that are made by the studio contestants.

Richard Brown serves as showrunner and executive producer of "Outside Your Bubble," along with BuzzFeed News head of programming Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale and VP of news and programming Shani Hilton.

Variety

Rappler

posted 2/12/19

ITV Sets Up Shop at Manchester
First Up: The Switch
From Insider Media

The ITV Studios' label behind programs such as 5 Gold Rings and Cash Trapped has outlined plans to open a Manchester base.

Located at MediaCityUK, Possessed's new operation will be called Man Possessed and has also appointed to produce new daytime quiz show The Switch.

It will be headed up by former BBC commissioner Caroline Roberts-Cherry, the creative director of Saffron Cherry, who has already overseen three series of Cash Trapped.

Glenn Hugill, managing director and founder of Possessed, said: "We cannot wait to create more opportunities for regional commissions and The Switch is the perfect show to launch Man Possessed. It's fast, genuinely funny and incredibly tense in equal measure, with Sanjeev Bhaskar proving an absolute revelation as host.

"Caroline has the Possessed gene. She is a peerless program maker and is another outstanding addition to our exceptional team."

The opening of Man Possessed follows the announcements that Adam MacDonald and Lesley Davies have joined the label as chair and head of production respectively.

Insider Media

Realscreen

posted 2/12/19

HQ Plus Dating Equals...
Quiz Date Live Asks Questions About a Potential Date
From The Verge

A new app's creators think they know the key to dating success: a trivia-oriented game show where the questions revolve around a bachelorette. It's a unique idea, for sure, albeit one that I can't imagine having wide appeal.

The game, called Quiz Date Live, comes from a company called East Meets East, which has raised $4 million in funding to get its iOS show off the ground. The team plans to monetize in a way similar to the mobile HQ game show by giving users the option to purchase extra lives. The game has two parts, and the second part has three rounds.

The first part involves a contestant who the company chooses based on email entries, telling potential participants about herself. The second part is where that shared information comes into play. In round one, users have to answer multiple choice questions based on that live stream. In round two, the bachelorette asks players questions to get to know them better, which they then answer through SMS texts. The single person will pick her top three people (based on their answers) to be in round three.

In round three, those final three are then asked to "impress" the contestant with a song, dance, poetry, or whatever else. This is streamed to viewers live. The winner, as chosen by the contestant, gets to go on an expense-paid date, like a helicopter ride or a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

A host is present during the live game, in addition to the bachelorette, to keep the game flowing and to moderate the live stream.

The Verge

posted 2/12/19

HQ Plus Voice Equals...
HQ University Goes Live on Google
From Digiday

HQ is cozying up with Google.

Most famous for viral app HQ trivia, the company is launching an "action" for Google Assistant called HQ University on Feb. 11. The game is quite similar to HQ trivia: Players answer 12 questions that get increasingly challenging. Players are walked through the game with HQ trivia host Scott Rogowsky and teacher's assistant Fredo (a voice bot).

However, people playing HQ University don't have the chance to win cash. The game is intended to help users get better at playing trivia. The game is available on Google Home, Smart Displays that have Google Assistant and the Google Assistant app on smartphones.

Even though it's a voice-first experience, players using Smart Display or Android phones will have special interactions on their screens. This game is part of an ongoing sponsorship deal between Google and HQ, which began last year.

HQ declined to share how much Google has paid, so far.

Digiday

posted 2/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is Still a Thing"

  • Les Moonves sued over... shall we say, questionable trading? (THe Wrap)

  • Carson Daly calling it last call on "Last Call". In other news, "Last Call" was still on the air (TV Line)

  • Valerie Bertinelli says canceling "Hot in Cleveland" was the stupidest thing TV Land ever did. ... She's not wrong (The Wrap)

  • Shaun Wallace quizzes in New Zealand (TVNZ)

  • Joey Fatone has some common knowledge for BTS (Elite Daily)

  • LIST ABUSE: career lessons from legendary game show hosts (The Ladder)

  • Anne Hegerty is a flirt (Digital Spy)

posted 2/12/19


NBC/Fremantle

America's Got New Talent
Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough Join Panel, Terry Crews to Host
From the FUton Critic

NBC's unrivaled and beloved summer sensation "America's Got Talent" revs up the excitement for season 14 with award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union and actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough joining the judging panel. In addition, Terry Crews will serve as host of the hit series, a role he currently fills on the highly rated "America's Got Talent: The Champions."

Union and Hough will now join executive producer Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as they return to their roles as judges.

"One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of 'America's Got Talent' is its fearless drive to reinvent itself," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

"The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike." Ahr added, "As their partner in crime, host Terry Crews will continue to light up the stage with his quick wit and unending charm."

"Our millions of longtime viewers have already embraced Terry as the host of 'AGT: The Champions,' and we are excited to welcome Gabrielle and Julianne to the 'AGT' family," said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. "They are ready to bring a new level of expertise, energy, entertainment and fun to our judging panel."

"America's Got Talent" has remained summer's No. 1 alternative show for 13 seasons. The series once again dominated the summer television landscape this past summer, averaging 14 million viewers per episode, with magician Shin Lim going on to win the competition. And this winter the "AGT" franchise premiered its first-ever global brand extension, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," which launched in January and established itself as the season's No. 1 most-watched alternative series.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World
TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 2/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Desert Wheels"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Tucson. (KGUN Tucson)

  • BTS: a look at what makes Common Knowledge tick (Newcast Studio)

  • TKO producers bounce back (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Sale of the Century" hosts reunite (Nine Network)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JAmeela Jamil (TV Guide)

posted 2/11/19


GSNN

ROBERT "BOB-O" ESSIG: 1970-2019
Soap Opera Veteran Was a Frequent Panelist
From Ashtabula Star-Beacon

A former Ashtabula resident, who won $1 million dollars on "Who Wants To Be A Super Millionaire?" died Sunday following several years of health problems at Select Specialty Regency Hospital in Warrensville Heights.

Robert Alan Essig, 48, was a 1988 graduate of Edgewood Senior High School, who went on to earn a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1999. He worked as a marketing specialist at University Hospitals for several years.

In February 2004, Essig traveled to New York City to compete on the TV show, hosted by Regis Philbin, where he won $1 million by answering 13 questions in a row correctly, according to Millionaire Fandom Wiki page.

For the $1 million question, Essig was asked, "What scientist first determined that human sight results from images projected onto the retina?" His choices were: Galileo, Copernicus, Johannas Kepler or Isaac Newton? Kepler made the most sense to Essig, he later said, but he wasn't sure. Despite the risk of losing $400,000, he answered Kepler, which turned out correct.

Essig made the news again in December 2004 when a TV production crew from "Game Show Millionaires" spent a day in Ashtabula chronicling the life of the Essig family, which included his daughter, Ivy, who was 4 years old at the time. The show's producers wanted to see how winning $1 million changed their lives.

The show's producer, Laura Chambers, told the Star Beacon at the time that Essig's down-to-earth attitude made him popular with viewers. She said Essig's attempt to help his family and church was different than many game show contestants who often spent a lot of money on themselves or "frittered it away," according to the Star Beacon's Dec. 6, 2004 edition.

Essig told the Star Beacon the $1 million relieved the stress of paying bills. "It is fun writing some of those big checks," he said. "I didn't know if I'd have enough room on the check."

A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lighted Cross Lutheran Church, 2310 W. Ninth St., Ashtabula. Inurnment will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family..

Ashtabula Star-Beacon

posted 2/8/18

THURSDAY: A Big Bang
CBS Wins Night Outright
From the FUton Critic

CBS (7.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.806 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "SWAT" (4.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.928 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.788 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.253 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (3.769 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.104 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.041 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Will & Grace" (3.069 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.551 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) opted for second runs of "Gotham" (1.391 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Orville" (1.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, the 300th episode of "Supernatural" (1.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "Legacies" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 947k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 934k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 594k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 540k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 387k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/8/19

Fortune Feimster vs. the World
truTV Greenlights "Around the World in 80 Games"
From B&C

TruTV announced several unscripted projects that are in development, including Around the World in 80 Games from Fortune Feimster, Blackspiracy With James Davis and an untitled Maz Jobrani project. Feimster, Davis and Jobrani are comedians.

Around the World in 80 Games (working title) is a half-hour comedic series in which Feimster travels the globe and throws herself into the "surreal world" of international game shows, as Tru puts it. The pilot is produced by 10Fold, with Feimster, and 10Fold's Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk the executive producers..

B&C

posted 2/8/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Make a Deal"

  • Steve Harvey wants to make a deal for you. (Robert Feder)

  • Bachelor in Paradise alum Jade Roper expecting a baby bachelor... in paradise. (Reality TV World)

  • Jeff Apploff tapped for MIPFormats keynote (Realscreen)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev are "just friends" (Us Magazine)

  • Nina Garcia undergoes double masectomy (Reality TV World)

  • SERIOUSLY, WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Turns out touching letters is quite lucrative (Cosmopolitan)

  • SPOILER ALERT!: Leave it to the Internet to Internet all over Shin Lim's Internet. (Good Housekeeping)

posted 2/5/19

"Pointless"-Less
Network Ten Reportedly Cancels "Feud" Replacement
From MuMbrella

CBS' Network Ten has reportedly canceled its daily gameshow Pointless. Pointless, which was commissioned to replace Family Feud in the 6pm slot, has been axed even before the official ratings period of the year has begun.

Ten has cancelled its gameshow Pointless Media commentator Peter Ford told a Hobart radio station that people involved with the show were told the program is finishing. According to TV Black Box Ford said: "Yesterday people involved with the show were told that it's finishing.

"But you'll find the show has got the chop and they are looking at options, now one of those options could even be to bring back Family Feud, they've got the set there ready to go." Ford said to MMM Hobart 107.3 hosts.

On its premiere Pointless saw 493,000 metro viewers tune in. Pointless' debut did however out-rate Family Feud's final episode which attracted just 213,000 viewers.

The gameshow is hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and Mark Humphries.

MuMbrella

News.com.au

posted 2/7/19

WEDNESDAY: Young'uns Like "Singer"
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the FUton Critic

FOX (5.432 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) continued its demo reign on Wednesday with new episodes from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.805 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "The Masked Singer" (7.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

NBC (8.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Chicago Fire" (8.783 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.377 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.280 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "The World's Best" (6.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), a second "The World's Best" (5.072 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (4.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Schooled" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.620 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Single Parents" (1.793 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Match Game" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.994 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.591 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) finished out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.066m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 915k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (SP/MTV): 839k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 656k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 526k
- The Challenge: After the Show (MTV): 433k
- America Says (GSN): 366k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 302k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 281k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 188k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/19

Deal Goes Live
Evolution Gaming Showcases New Game
From Casino City Times

Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, will showcase 10 new games at ICE 2019 (stand N2-230, 5-7 February at ExCeL London), including Deal or No Deal Live, Lightning Dice, Free Bet Blackjack, and one secret game that will be revealed during the show.

According to Todd Haushalter, Evolution's Chief Product Officer, "This really is the start of a new era where entertainment is at the core of the new games we are making. Netflix, YouTube and video games are the alternative to online gaming, so games need to be both great gaming experiences and entertaining."

Based on the hit TV show, Deal or No Deal Live is the world's first 24/7 game show allowing players to play along from the comfort of their own home.

Haushalter added, "We wanted to stay true to the game show that people know and love, retaining the engaging presenter and the thrill of awaiting the offer from the banker but all the while making it compatible for online players as a live game. With that in mind, we embarked upon what has been the most complex studio that Evolution has ever built to date. The game has a mix of RNG elements allowing players the chance to win big, as well as the universally recognisable studio set design and rich sound effects for UI actions recreating the atmosphere of the hit TV show and bringing that to online gaming."

Casino City Times

posted 2/7/19

Two Less Elves
Cutforth, Lipsitz Exit Their Company
From Deadline

Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are exiting Magical Elves, the production company behind hits such as Top Chef, Project Runway and Nailed It, which they co-founded in 2001. The Emmy-winning producers will remain partners and are expected to launch a new company as as independent producers. Meanwhile, Magical Elves will remain a part of Tinopolis USA, the U.S. subsidiary of UK-based Tinopolis Group, which acquired the company in 2014.

It is a common practice for the founders of a successful production company that sells to leave when the five-year post-acquisition period, during which they are required to stay on, is up, and they go on to launch a new company with the goal of building it and eventually selling it."

Deadline

posted 2/7/19

CBS Daytime Starts 2019 with a Bang!
TPIR, LMAD Post New Highs
From Broadway World

For the week ending Feb. 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL (1&2) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1&2) all posted full year ratings highs, including: LET'S MAKE A DEAL (one) attracted 3.33 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL (two) reached 3.78 million viewers - both shows' largest audience since the week ending January 19, 2018.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 5.14 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (two) scored 5.87 million viewers - also both programs' best viewer numbers since the week ending Jan. 19, 2018.

Broadway World

posted 2/6/19

TUESDAY: The State of the Game
NBC Wins Very Odd Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on a disrupted evening thanks to a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.403 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

FOX (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with a rebroacast of "The Masked Singer" (3.458 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6). Next up was

CBS (4.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with an encore of Sunday's launch of "The World's Best" (4.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.129 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up the relocated "American Housewife" (4.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a new "The Kids Are Alright" (3.804 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.945 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.212 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 972k
- Temptation Island (USA): 709k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 602k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/6/19

Spring Is Popping... and So Is Clinton Kelly
New Host Arrives on Food Network March 18
From the Futon Critic

Hit primetime culinary competition Spring Baking Championship returns for a new season on Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The series netted its highest-rated season-to-date last year, delivering a .9 P25-54 and 1.3 W25-54 L3 rating, and was seen by nearly 7.5 million viewers. This season, over eight one-hour episodes, host and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly tests the resolve of 10 talented bakers to create extraordinary baked treats that must impress returning judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, to earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with the $25,000 grand prize! But to rise to the top, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode that push their baking skills to the limit, with the judges determining which competitors go home and who will be victorious.

"Viewers love the seasonal baking competitions, and Spring Baking Championship saw series-high ratings last year. With challenges drawing on spring themes and celebrations, the artistry and craftsmanship of the competitors never fails to wow audiences year after year with their incredible takes on the thematic challenges, and this season will not disappoint," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Add to that, Clinton Kelly's charismatic personality and lifestyle expertise, and it is the perfect combination to showcase the bakers amazing and decadent seasonal delights."

The Futon Critic

posted 2/6/19

SYNDIES: Week 18
Results for the Week Ending January 27
From TV Newscheck

Although it's quite an accomplishment to finish first for even a single week among the more than 100 nationally rated syndicated shows, Judge Judy achieved a milestone — six months as syndication's No. 1 show in the household ratings in the session ending Jan. 27, which marked the last full week before the February sweep.

Wheel of Fortune was the game show champion for a third straight week, spinning a new season-high 6.9.

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
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9* +3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 2/5/19

MONDAY: Beauty and Talent Split
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.915 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

NBC (8.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with originals from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (9.786 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Manifest" (5.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the return of "The Neighborhood" (7.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Man with a Plan" (6.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Bull" (6.337 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up new episodes of "The Resident" (5.416 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Passage" (3.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Arrow" (1.073 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.950 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable Friday...
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 951k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 819k
- America Says (GSN): 388k


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posted 2/5/19

Back to "Paradise"
ABC Renews "Bachelor in Paradise", More...
From the Futon Critic

It's another wild ride as "Bachelor in Paradise" will return for its sixth season this summer with favorite members of Bachelor Nation getting another chance at finding love. Host and keeper of the keys, Chris Harrison, greets the familiar men and women that are hoping to find love on the beach like Ashley I. and Jared, Carly and Evan, and Jade and Tanner.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor in Paradise" are productions of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Martin Hilton, Mike Fleiss, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner and Elan Gale are the executive producers of "The Bachelor." "Bachelor in Paradise" is executive produced by Martin Hilton, Mike Fleiss, Nicole Woods and Bennett Graebner.

Meanwhile, the recipient of the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, "Shark Tank" features The Sharks - tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons - as they invest in America's best businesses and products. The Sharks will give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow, Phil Gurin, and Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John & Kevin O'Leary are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

As for "Dancing with the Stars", newly-installed Alphabet entertainment president Karey Burke addressed the speculation Tuesday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour, declaring unequivocally that the show will "definitely be returning in the fall." Regarding the decision to skip a spring cycle for the first time in franchise history, Burke deflected, "That decision was made before I got here."

Having skipped this spring outright and aired an abbreviated all-athletes edition a year ago, could DWTS ever be a proper twice-a-year show again? "We're in conversations about that," Burke told TVLine. "They're coming in soon to talk about their plans for the fall, and we'll discuss it then."

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posted 2/5/19

"Millionaire" Plays It Forward
Catch It February 18
From Broadway World

Six local broadcasters from "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" stations around the country will play the game opposite host Chris Harrison during "Play It Forward Week," airing MONDAY, FEB. 18 - FRIDAY, FEB. 22.

This season, the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut; and during this special themed week, each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, Feb. 18 - Steve Dunn
Steve Dunn, anchor at KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, will be playing for Meals on Wheels.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Krystal Allen
Krystal Allen, co-anchor at KSNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wednesday,Feb. 20 - Danny Romero and Pat McGonigle
Danny Romero, weathercaster at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California, will be playing for East LA Rising. Pat McGonigle, anchor at WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, will play for Love Fund for Children, and continues his gameplay on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Pat McGonigle and Margot Kim
Margot Kim, co-anchor at KFSN-TV in Fresno, California, will be playing for Marjaree Mason Center, and continues her gameplay on Friday, Feb. 22.

Friday, Feb. 22 - Margot Kim and Collin Myers
Collin Myers, meteorologist at KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas, will be playing for Living Water International, and continues his game play on Monday, Feb. 25.
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posted 2/5/19

Netflix and Chill
"Dating Around" Premieres February 14
From Broadway World

Netflix has released the trailer for its first original dating series, Dating Around.

In a series of flirtations and fails, six real-life singles navigate five first dates. Their mission: Find one perfect match worthy of a second date.

Every episode, one single goes on five FIRST DATES filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date?

Netflix's first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating. Dating Around launches on Netflix on February 14.

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Broadway World

posted 2/5/19

Michelle Visage Crossing the Pond
"Drag Race" Judge to Join Bestie on BBC3
From Deadline

Michelle Visage is joining Rupaul in the UK version of Drag Race.

The BBC has confirmed Visage, who has judged eight seasons of the U.S. format and four seasons of the All-Stars spin-off, will appear as a judge on the BBC Three show. The eight-episode adaptation, which is being produced by World of Wonder for the youth-skewing network this year, will look to crown one of the UK's top drag artists the 'Queen of Great Britain'.

Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to "sashay away".

RuPaul's Drag Race UK was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, outgoing controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

"We've been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul's Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London," said Visage. "I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I'm thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK style. God save the Queens.

"Michelle has worked tirelessly to help bring Drag Race to the UK, we are grateful she is part of our family," said World of Wonder co-founders Barbato and Bailey. "She is a quadruple threat; she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge. Queens beware." .

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posted 2/5/19

WEEKEND: Super Bore
CBS Wins, But...
From the Futon Critic

CBS (76.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 24.4, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday thanks to its primetime portions of "Super Bowl LIII" (87.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 27.9, #1) followed by "Super Bowl LIII Post-Game" (56.694 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 19.0, #2) and "The World's Best" (26.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 8.6, #3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks In America (Food): 1.234m
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/Nick): 769k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 714k
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/Nicktoons): 175k
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/TeenNick): 135k

FOX (4.197 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) scored the top spot among adults 18-49 on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (5.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.050 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

On cable Friday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SF/Nick): 709k
- Double Dare (SF/Nick): 543k
- America Says (GSN): 507k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 542k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 484k

ABC (2.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on a sports heavy Saturday thanks to "NBA Countdown" (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (2.998 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

CBS (3.364 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then offered up a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) alongside the annual "NFL Honors" (3.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

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posted 2/5/19

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posted 2/5/19


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KRISTOFF ST. JOHN: 1966-2019
Soap Opera Veteran Was a Frequent Panelist
From TV Line

The Young and the Restless vet Kristoff St. John was pronounced dead on Sunday after his body was found in his San Fernando Valley home by a concerned friend. No foul play was involved, TMZ reports, though alcohol may have been involved. He was 52.

St. John's son Julian died in November 2014 at age 24, in what was ruled a suicide and following a history of mental illness. The actor and ex-wife Mia St. John sued the psychiatric facility for negligence, claiming they skimped on check-ins and observation; the case was ultimately settled in August 2017. Months later, Kristoff St. John himself was placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.

St. John got his start on TV at age 8 with a role on the sitcom That's My Mama. He went on to appear in episodes of shows such as Happy Days and Wonder Woman, play a young Alex Haley in the miniseries sequel Roots: The Next Generation, and co-star in the Bad News Bears TV series.

The actor made his soap opera debut in 1989, as Adam Marshall in the African American-centric Generations (for which he earned his first two Daytime Emmy nominations). After that NBC sudser ended, he originated the role of Y&R's Neil Winters, earning another nine Daytime Emmy nods (including as recently as 2017) and grabbing gold twice.

St. John was also a presence in the game shows of the 1980s & 1990s, having played "Wheel of Fortune", "Match Game", "Pyramid", "Family Feud", and "The Hollywood Squares".

St. John is survived by two daughters, age 26 and 15, and fiancée Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva, whom he was to wed later this year.

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posted 2/4/18

Last Track for "RocKwiz"
SBS Music Game Canceled After 15 Years
From iHeartRadio

After nearly 15 years, SBS have confirmed that music game show RocKwiz will not return. The show, which began in early 2005, was presented by Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis at St Kilda's Esplanade Hotel until June of 2016.

SBS Channel Manager Ben Nguyen said it was time to call an end to the show.

"The decision we've made is that it is time to call an end to RocKwiz after a long success on SBS," Nguyen said. "Julia became a big talent through SBS but it is a natural decision as channels evolve and moving into new spaces over time."

Zamiro had previously commented on the show's future, saying she'd like one big farewell.

"If they really are done we would like to do a proper goodbye. But it's like they don't really want to shut the door.".

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posted 2/4/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The World Is Watching"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The World's Best" (CBS, Wednesdays) (Variety)

  • "Game Changers" now available free(-ish) to stream (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with DErmot O'Leary (Metro)

posted 2/4/19

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