Race to the Final
"Amazing Race" Ends Its Season
From TV Guide
Phil Keoghan promised
"off-the-hook competitiveness" this season on The
Amazing Race, and the finale will deliver even more so.
"I do think we have four very strong and determined
teams left," he tells TVGuide.com. "This will be a very
exciting final leg!" On Sunday's two-hour finale (8/7c,
CBS), the final four teams — ER doctors Travis and
Nicole, exes Tim and Marie, dating couple Jason and Amy,
and cousins/Afghanimals Leo and Jamal — race through
Tokyo, where one team will be eliminated. The final
three teams will then head to Alaska to duke it out for
the $1 million.
"It gets challenging every season to try and come up
with new and exciting things, but to go along with the
creative, you really do have to have a great cast, and
we have had an incredible cast this season," showrunner/co-creator
Elise Doganieri explains. "So for this finale, which is
a leg that I scouted and put together, we really wanted
to find something challenging and difficult. We don't
ever want to just give the million dollars away."
Thursday: The Hills Are
NBC's Live Event Takes It All
From the Futon
NBC (18.470 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) delivered record numbers last
night with its presentation of "The Sound of Music
Live!" (18.470 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6,
CBS (9.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2)
then had to settle for second place with its usual mix
of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.261 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 4.6, #T1), "The Millers" (9.377 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "The Crazy Ones"
(7.660 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "Two
and a Half Men" (8.332 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 2.3, #6) and "Elementary" (8.186 million viewers,
#6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).
Next up was ABC (6.565 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 2.2, #3) with originals from "Once Upon a Time in
Wonderland" (3.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T11), "Grey's Anatomy" (7.483 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 2.4, #5) and "Scandal" (8.600 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.993 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.2, #4) served up new episodes of "The X Factor" (4.801
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Glee"
(3.184 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).
And finally, The CW (1.955 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening with fresh
installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.255 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Reign"
(1.654 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13). In
the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries"
delivered a 1.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.8
rating at 9:00/8:00c.
- Lifetime's "Project Runway All-Stars" led the cable
game shows with 1.580 million.
- The premiere of truTV's "Panic Button" attracted
Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Life of the Party"
- VIDEO WALL: Someone's
coming back for TPIR's "Pet Adoption Week!" (Entertainment
- Joe Garagiola gets
honored by Cooperstown with a Lifetime Achievement Award (Oneonta
- ACTUAL HEADLINE:
Britain’s Got Talent 2013: Neil Morrissey blasts Amanda
Holden over affair revelation, advising, “Don’t f*** a game
show host’s wife!” (Unreality
- "America's Next Top
Model" director shot dead in a home invasion (Los
- Saying No to Simon Cowell:
A Brief History of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Pilot
Nobody Wanted (The
Billy Hits the Streets
Catch "Billy on the Street"
From the Futon
Fuse, the national music
television network of The Madison Square Garden Company,
announced today that Funny Or Die's Billy On The Street,
starring comedian Billy Eichner, will return for a brand
new season on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
ET. In 10 new, half-hour episodes, Billy Eichner will
run rampant through the streets of New York City,
quizzing unsuspecting pedestrians on their knowledge of
music and pop culture.
Part game show, part comedy, Funny Or Die's Billy on the
Street features Daytime Emmy(R) nominee, Billy Eichner,
asking New Yorkers several different rounds of
outrageous trivia questions, including a "subjective"
final round where contestants must agree with Billy's
opinions on music and pop culture in order to win. How
far contestants advance in the game determines the
amount of money and prizes they take home. Joining
Eichner this season is a lineup of A-list celebrities
including: Rachel Dratch, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick
Harris, Sean Hayes, Lindsay Lohan, Joel McHale, Seth
Meyers, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Paul Rudd, Olivia
Wilde, and more.
Audiences and media go crazy for Funny Or Die's Billy on
the Street with The Daily Beast dubbing Billy "comedy's
next big thing." Entertainment Weekly included Billy on
the Street on its weekly "Must List" (two years in a
row) and USA Today proclaimed that it is "like no game
show you've ever seen." Recently, Eichner has had a
recurring role as Craig on the hit comedy series Parks
and Recreation. Eichner has also appeared on Late Night
with Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, Watch What Happens Live, The
Soup, The View, The Wendy Williams Show and more. In May
2013, Eichner was recognized for his hilarity by The
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a
nomination for a Daytime Emmy in the "Outstanding Game
Show Host" category.
Mike Farah, Funny Or Die's President of Production,
Billy Eichner and Anna Wenger are executive producers.
Wednesday: Blood in the
"Survivor" Goes to Record
Highs, Helps NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon
NBC (8.225 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the top draw in demos for
the first time this season on Wednesday thanks to its
"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (9.865 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "SNL Christmas"
(7.405 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2)
CBS (8.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2)
then was the most-watched network with a new "Survivor:
Blood vs. Water" (10.593 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 2.6, #T2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds"
(8.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.996 million viewers,
#5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).
Next up was ABC (6.413 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.9, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (7.509
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Back in
the Game" (5.213 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
1.4, #T10), "Modern Family" (9.422 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Super Fun Night" (4.921 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Nashville"
(5.708 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).
Meanwhile, FOX (5.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.4, #4) served up a new "The X Factor" (5.001 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) and a second "The X
Factor" (5.672 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3,
On Bravo, "Top Chef" attracted 1.261 million viewers.
The Futon Critic
More on "Money Where
Your Mouth Is"
Catch It on Hulu NOW!
You may not have heard the
name Jay Mohr in a while, but the former SNL cast member
is still a pretty funny dude and has recently taken his
comedic chops to Hulu. Mohr is the host of Money Where
Your Mouth Is, a new game show catered to guys who just
want to answer questions about bro stuff.
Money Where Your Mouth Is makes it very clear who the
intended audience is. Each episode features three male
friends, who must stand behind podiums and answer
questions about sports, movies, and TV. Later, to switch
things up, the men must show off “man-skills”, such as
their ability to craft a Heisman trophy out of clay. To
wrap things up, the two finalists have a debate about a
sports or pop culture subject, with the victor gaining
bragging rights over all his friends.
Mohr is the glue that holds this masculine spectacle
together. He constantly cracks jokes at the contestants’
expenses and keeps the mood light. “My new show is a way
for guys to take all that pent-up ‘man knowledge’ and
use it to compete with their friends to win their
favorite stuff,” he said. “In the end it’s all about
guys protecting their manhood and having bragging rights
over their buddies.”
Ten episodes are planned, with a new one arriving each
Syndies: Daily Double
Result for the Week Ending
TV viewership was down in
the week ending November 24, with average levels of
people using television declining by more than 1.5
million viewers, but many syndicated talkers managed to
hold at their season highs.
NBCU’s Steve Harvey maintained its series-high 1.8 in
households for a fourth straight week, up 38% from last
year, which was talk’s biggest year-to-year gain. Harvey
also spiked 20% from the prior week among women 25-54 to
a new series high 1.2.
In access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the game shows at
a 7.5, unchanged form the prior week. CTD’s Jeopardy!
edged up 3% to a new season-high 6.7. Debmar-Mercury’s
Family Feud advanced 6% to a new season-high 5.5, the
show's best rating since 1991. Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to
be a Millionaire held steady at a 2.1.
TV by the Numbers
Special Delivery for
Record TV Picks Up Armoza
From TBI Vision
Brazilian broadcaster Record
TV has commissioned a local version of Israeli ‘ambush’
gameshow Special Delivery.
Record will become the second Latin American territory
to remake the Armoza Formats-distributed title following
Uruguay’s Saeta TV Canal 10.
The Lotus Productions is billed as a “TV series
delivered alongside an order of pizza”. Contestants are
given the option of taking their original order or
taking part in a gameshow in which they have to answer
12 questions in eight minutes. To move on, they must
answer correctly or eat a ‘pizza from hell’.
Record will broadcast its version early next year, with
production already underway. The Brazilian channel and
Israel-based Armoza have been close partners in recent
times with Record also commissioning remakes of I Can Do
That! and Back to the Date.
Dale Winton Pilots
BBC Greenlights Test Game for
From TBI Vision
UK producer Victory
Television has won a pilot order from the BBC for a new
gameshow, TBI has learned.
Popular British host Dale Winton is expected front the
show, which is designed to fill the UK public
broadcaster’s coveted lottery results slot.
Winton currently hosts In It to Win It, the Saturday
evening gameshow wrapped around the National Lottery
results. The new Victory show is expected to occupy a
lottery slot if taken to series as the BBC runs a number
of lottery gameshows throughout the year. In It to Win
It has run since 2002 and is produced by ITV-owned 12
In the Victory show, which has yet to be given a title,
couples create a wish list of dream prizes. They then
compete over high-pressure timed rounds to win items
from the list they have created.
Victory, which is backed by Sony Pictures Television,
declined to comment on whether Winton would front the
The show was commissioned by Alan Tyler, the BBC’s
Glasgow-based Out of London entertainment commissioning
editor. Victory has previously stated its intention to
open a Scottish office although has not yet done so and
it was not immediately clear where the new gameshow will
The producer’s head of entertainment, Stuart Shawcross,
created the new format and will executive produce the
show. Victory founder Victoria Ashbourne will also exec
produce, as will BBC entertainment formats specialist
SPT is expected to launch the new lottery gameshow
format internationally if it gets a full commission.
Victory has won several pilot and series commissions
this year. In August, TBI was the first to report it is
making a physical gameshow pilot, In Sync, for the BBC.
It is also working on Draw It! for UK free-to-air
broadcaster Channel 4. The show is based on the Zynga
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bleep and Bork"
- A case for celebrities on
"The Biggest Loser". Ratings. That is all. (E!)
- Gordon Ramsay vs. the
Swedish Chef ... ALLEZ CUISINE! (Buzzfeed)
- Tyra Banks turns 40 (The
- Paula Poundstone
can't wait wait! to perform Friday in Raleigh (News
- VIDEO WALL: Bob
Barker is turning 90. And could still beat Adam Sandler's
TPIR: Going Out with
CBS Releases Schedule for the
Rest of the Year
From Broadway World
THE PRICE IS RIGHT has
announced its lineup of celebrity guest models for
December. Daytime's #1-rated series and the
longest-running game show in television history will
continue to welcome television personalities and CBS
Daytime stars as celebrity guest models throughout the
season, weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00
AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest models for the month, which will feature Pet
Adoption Week and the Best of 2013 special, include
LET'S MAKE A DEAL model Danielle Demski; The Young and
the Restless cast members Melissa Ordway and Daniel
Goddard; The Bold and the Beautiful cast members
Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley; omg! Insider
hosts Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews; ENTERTAINMENT
TONIGHT host Nancy O'Dell; and model Chrissy Teigen.
"THE PRICE IS RIGHT" CELEBRITY GUEST MODELS FOR DECEMBER
- Wednesday, Dec. 4 Lawrence Saint-Victor (THE BOLD AND
- Monday, Dec. 9 Melissa Ordway (THE YOUNG AND THE
RESTLESS), Pet Adoption Week
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 Brandon McMillan (LUCKY DOG), Pet
- Friday, Dec. 13 Lawrence Saint-Victor (THE BOLD AND
THE BEAUTIFUL), Pet Adoption Week
- Monday, Dec. 16 Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews (omg!
- Tuesday, Dec. 17 Melissa Ordway (THE YOUNG AND THE
- Wednesday, Dec. 18 Karla Mosley (THE BOLD AND THE
- Thursday, Dec. 19 Nancy O'Dell (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT)
- Thursday, Dec. 26 Daniel Goddard (THE YOUNG AND THE
- Tuesday, Dec. 31 Model Chrissy Teigen
Tuesday: NBC Reclaims
Top Demo Spot
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.952 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was back in the top spot on
Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Biggest Loser 15"
(6.719 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "The
Voice" (11.891 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3,
#1) and "Chicago Fire" (8.246 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).
CBS (10.124 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then took home the silver even with its all-repeat
lineup of "NCIS" (12.366 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 1.6, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.542 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Person of
Interest" (8.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3,
Next up was FOX (2.855 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Dads" (3.335
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Brooklyn
Nine-Nine" (3.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
1.6, #T4), a repeat "New Girl" (2.060 million viewers,
#16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15) and a new "The Mindy
Project" (2.358 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2,
Meanwhile, ABC (3.625 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T4) served up a rebroadcast of "Marvel's Agents of
SHIELD" (3.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T15) alongside new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.522
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Trophy
Wife" (3.485 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1,
#T11) plus the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?"
(3.250 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).
The Futon Critic
Don Juan (Pablo)
Galavis Chosen as the New
From The Futon Critic
What do a former NBA dancer
who looks like a super model but is really a shy single
mom, a sexy hair stylist who hides the huge pain over
the loss of her father, a dedicated first grade teacher
who is convinced that her fate is to be with the
Bachelor, a flower child who is inclined to wear a smile
and not much else, and a world-class opera singer, all
have in common? They all have their sights set on moving
to Miami with the Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, when the
18th edition of ABC's popular romance reality series,
"The Bachelor," premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-10:01
p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
With his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and
undying devotion for his daughter, Juan Pablo, 32, was a
fan favorite on the ninth edition of "The Bachelorette."
Sadly, Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock couldn't see a
future with Juan Pablo and sent him home from Barcelona.
Although he was blindsided by not getting a rose, the
experience of being on "The Bachelorette" opened his
eyes to the possibility of finding real and everlasting
love. He witnessed firsthand how it worked for Desiree,
deciding that he can't give up on love and on giving his
daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else
in the world - a brother and a sister to complete their
family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he'll find
love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family
here on "The Bachelor."
Born in Ithaca, New York and raised in Barquisimeto,
Venezuela, Juan Pablo is truly a citizen of the world.
Growing up in Venezuela, he developed his passion for
soccer and set his sights on one day playing
professionally. Juan Pablo decided to return to his
native United States to attend college and to keep
pursuing playing soccer. Upon graduation, Juan Pablo
fulfilled a life-long dream and became a professional
soccer player in both Venezuela and America. While
playing for Miami FC, Juan Pablo received some
life-changing news when he learned that his girlfriend,
Carla, was pregnant. Refusing to be an absentee father,
Juan Pablo put his dream of soccer aside to focus on a
more important goal, raising his daughter. Born on
Valentine's Day in 2009, daughter Camila Valentina
Galavis will always and forever be Juan Pablo's
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sex and Drugs and Food"
- Divorce hearings reveal that
Nigella Lawson had a "taste" for something white and
powdery... but it wasn't flour (Today)
- Meanwhile, Mark Ballas
has finally kicked butt (People)
- HANDLED: the correct
pronunciation of .gif, as heard on "Jeopardy!" (The
"Feud" Renewed to Season 18;
"Celebrity Name Game" Ups Clearance to 80 Percent
The Craig Ferguson-hosted
Celebrity Name Game set to launch on 58 Sinclair
stations, four CBS O&Os and others, pushing clearances
for the fall 2014 syndicated pop culture game show past
80% of the U.S — up from 40% in less than a month.
Tribune Broadcasting previously came aboard, acquiring
Celebrity Name Game for all 25 of its stations. The
half-hour strip, based on the board game Identity
Crisis, was developed by Courteney Cox and David
Arquette’s Coquette Prods with Scott St. John (Deal Or
No Deal), who will serve as showrunner. The show teams
celebrities with contestants to identify famous names,
including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture
figures, politicians and even cartoon characters.
Celebrity Name Game is co-produced and co-financed by
FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, and is
distributed domestically by Debmar-Mercury and
internationally by FremantleMedia.
Meanwhile, Steve Harvey's "Family Feud" has been renewed
through 2017, taking it into its 18th season since being
revived in 1999, and past the 40th anniversary of its
premiere in 1976.
is booked for four more seasons
photo courtesy FremantleMedia
NBC Wins Big with "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (12.351 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was the network to beat on
Monday with a new "The Voice" (12.397 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #T1) followed by the fall finale
of "The Blacklist" (12.257 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 3.5, #T1).
CBS (6.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2)
then claimed the silver with its mix of "How I Met Your
Mother" (7.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9,
#3), "2 Broke Girls" (8.352 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 2.7, #4), "Mike & Molly" (8.569 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Mom" (7.626 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Hostages"
(4.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).
Next up was ABC (7.263 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.6, #3) with an encore of "A Charlie Brown
Christmas" (7.091 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
1.9, #7) alongside the new special "CMA Country
Christmas" (7.349 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
Meanwhile, FOX (4.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.3, #4) served up a new "Almost Human" (5.798 million
viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) plus a repeat
"Sleepy Hollow" (3.104 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.9, #11).
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "World Domination"
- Hulu bows Jay Mohr,
"Money Where You're Mouth Is" (All
- Taylor Lee Collins,
son & brother of current "Survivor" contestants, dies in a
car accident aged 25 (TV
- WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS
NEWS?: a syndicated
show taped well in advance aired a "Fast & the Furious"
puzzle... 72 hours after Paul Walker's death (San
Jose Mercury News)
It's a New Dawn, It's a
GSN Brings Back 2 Classics,
GSN is adding a few new
classic gameshows to its lineup starting on December
Although the cable specialty network has already been
airing a select set of episodes of Sale of the Century,
it is adding the syndicated version, which began in
1985. It previewed the series with a marathon during
Thanksgiving Week and will be starting with the ninth
episode of the series on Monday. In Sale of the Century,
hosted by previous Card Sharks host Jim Perry,
contestants answer trivia questions to accumulate money
to buy prizes. Sale is produced by Reg Grundy
Productions and distributed by FremantleMedia.
Longtime gameshow host staple Bill Cullen hosted
Blockbusters from 1980 to 1982. Repeats of this version
have previously aired on Gameshow Network and will
return to air on December 2. In the show, a solo
contestant battles against a family pair to connect a
line of hexagonal letters. Each letter is gained by
correctly answering a question related to that letter.
Blockbusters is produced by Goodson-Todman and
distributed by FremantleMedia.
“New” to the network is Shop 'Til You Drop, and repeats
of the 1990s gameshow begin airing from the beginning
starting on Monday, December 2 as well. Hosted by Pat
Finn, this gameshow was set in a fictional mall and
involved a variety of stunts and trivia in an attempt to
win cash and prizes, including a dream vacation getaway.
Shop Til You Drop is created and produced by
About.com Game Shows
Three classics arrive on GSN's schedule
"Win Lose or Draw":
Disney Revival Will Preview
From The Futon Critic
Fan favorite Olivia Holt
(Disney XD's "Kickin' It" and Radio Disney Music Award
winner) moves to new series role and a new reverse
storytelling approach for Disney Channel in "I Didn't Do
It," a comedy that tells of the hilarious twists and
turns in the lives of five teenagers - ultra-competitive
fraternal twins and their three best friends. Each
episode begins at the end of a predicament, just after
an adventure has gone absurdly haywire, just as twins
Lindy and Logan and their friends Jasmine, Garrett and
Delia somehow try to explain -- with flashback scenes --
exactly what happened. "I Didn't Do It" series premiere
is part of Disney Channel's "janNEWary" programming
event FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 (9:40 p.m., ET/PT), immediately
following the premiere of the Disney Channel Original
Movie "Cloud 9." Beginning January 26, the series will
join Disney Channel's Sunday night family comedy block
(8:30 p.m., ET/PT).
Disney Channel's annual "jaNEWary" programming event
will also include a first-look at the upcoming game show
for kids and families, "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw"
(10:10 p.m., ET/PT). This kid and tween edition of the
classic game show brings two teams, each comprised of
two kid contestants and a Disney Channel or Disney XD
star, to compete in a battle of drawing skills,
creativity and wits to win prizes. Hosted by master
illusionist and entertainer Justin Willman ("Cupcake
Wars"), "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" features game play
powered by leading-edge technology, motion control
illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays
and a series of fun physical challenges. In the first
look episode, "I Didn't Do It" star Olivia Holt will
take on her former "Kickin' It" co-star, Leo Howard.
Sunday: Racing to a
CBS Builds Going into Next
Week's Final Stage, NBC Takes the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (12.624 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday
with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1"
(5.276 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T12),
"Football Night in America #2" (6.662 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Football Night in America
#3" (11.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3)
and "Sunday Night Football" (15.508 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 5.4, #2).
CBS (15.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2)
however was the most-watched network thanks to a full
hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.238 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 7.8, #1) followed by new episodes of "60
Minutes" (16.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4,
#4), "The Amazing Race 23" (10.395 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6) and "The Good Wife" (10.105
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).
Next up was FOX (3.350 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.5, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (3.544
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15),
"American Dad" (2.731 million viewers, #17; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T15) and "The Simpsons" (3.539 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T12) plus a new "Bob's
Burgers" (3.376 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.6,
#T9), a repeat "Family Guy" (3.458 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) and a new "American Dad" (3.452
million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).
And finally, new episodes of "America's Funniest Home
Videos" (6.736 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#14) and "Once Upon a Time" (6.586 million viewers, #9;
adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6) alongside the original movie
"Christmas in Conway" (6.457 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15) on ABC (6.559 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) closed out the night.
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You've Got A Quiz Show
in My Cookoff
DRG Picks Up Belgian "Chef des
From TBI Vision
MTG Studios-owned DRG has
acquired international rights to a Belgian culinary
gameshow format in which contestants display their
knowledge and passion for food.
Chef des Chefs comes from prodco KNTV and will go out in
French-speaking Belgium as a series of seasonal 3x80mins
specials on RTL-TVI this month and in February next
year. Production begins later this month.
The format sees contestants quizzed over their knowledge
of dishes, ingredients and cooking methods over three
rounds. Meanwhile, a reputable chef and their team
prepare a variety of dishes in front of the studio
audience as the episode progresses.
Boris Portnoy, CEO at KNTV said of the format: “Chef des
Chefs is a fashionable and up-to-date format, and more
importantly the fruit of hard work, a passion for
gastronomy, innovation and television. There are already
a number of programmes on television about the art of
cooking, but Chef des Chefs is centred around a fresh
Interactive elements and second screen applications
would be built into the format, he added, and audience
participation was a key part of the concept.
Head of Entertainment at RTL Belgium, Wiet Bruurs said:
“We are currently airing several long-established
formats such as Top Chef, Bake Off and Come Dine With Me
and although their ratings are still going well, we were
looking for a new culinary show with a different
approach. When Boris pitched us Chef des Chefs we
decided to co-finance a first pilot. We were instantly
seduced by the idea that audiences at home could finally
Million Dollar Switch
Simon Reeve Named New Host of
"Million Dollar Minute"
Grant Denyer will leave
Channel Seven’s new gameshow Million Dollar Minute after
less than three months and be replaced by Seven Sunrise
and News host Simon Reeve, the network has announced.
Seven launched Million Dollar Minute in the 5.30pm
timeslot in early September as ratings fell away for
Andrew O’Keefe’s Deal or No Deal when up against Eddie
McGuire’s Hot Seat on Channel Nine.
And Denyer was selected to host the show off the back of
prime time ratings success for the Slide Show, which he
However he has decided to give up the “gruelling”
production schedule to spend more time with his family.
“This has been a difficult decision because I love the
show, but it’s in the best interests of my family at
this time and as much as I love working on the show, I
know it’s the right decision,” Denyer said in a
“The production schedule is gruelling and takes me away
from home for extended periods of time. I’m pleased that
I can pass the baton to Simon, who’s a good friend as
well as a former colleague at Sunrise. I am a great
admirer of Simon’s work and I know he’ll do a great
Denyer, a former weatherman on Sunrise, left the
breakfast show for the second time in March, also saying
he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Reeve will start presenting Million Dollar Minute in the
Jonathan McCrea Lies
Irish Game Show Rolls in
TV3 is delighted to announce
multi award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jonathan
McCrea as the presenter of its new big money game show
‘The Lie’ which will begin filming in December.
The former presenter of popular series ‘The Science
Squad’ will host TV3’s general knowledge game show where
all contestants have to do is spot ‘The Lie’!
TV3 is delighted to announce multi award-winning
broadcaster and journalist Jonathan McCrea as the
presenter of its brand new big money game show The Lie.
The Dublin man, who graduated from a DCU Communications
degree in 1997, will front the brand new exhilarating
game show that gives contestants the chance to win big
Jonathan currently presents Futureproof on Newstalk
106-108. The weekly science program won the PPI for
‘Best Specialist Speech Program’ in 2012 and is
nominated again this year. Since 2012, he has presented
series one and two of the popular program The Science
Jonathan is also the resident technology expert for The
Right Hook with George Hook on Newstalk 106-108,
providing advice, guidance and the latest reviews on
consumer technology. He has written on science and
technology for the Irish Independent, Silicon Republic
Newstalk’s iPad magazine and other outlets. For six
years, Jonathan hosted the popular phone-in talk show
The Spin on Spin 1038 which won a PPI award for ‘Best
Speech Program’ in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011,
2012 and 2013.
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PAUL WALKER: 1973-2013
Star of "Fast & the Furious"
Franchise Was an "I'm Telling" Contestant
From NBC News Today
Actor Paul Walker, the
40-year-old star of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious"
movie franchise, was killed in a single-car crash in
"Sadly I must confirm that Paul did pass away today in a
car accident," Walker's representative Ame Van Iden told
A post on Walker's Facebook page confirmed the news. "We
appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and
saddened beyond belief by this news," the post read.
Walker was a passenger in a friend's car while attending
a charity event for his organization Reach Out
Worldwide, the post read. Both lost their lives.
A fiery crash took place north of Los Angeles in the
community of Valencia. Authorities responded to the
wreck at about 3:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. ET), the
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told
The vehicle was engulfed in flames and extinguished by
the Los Angeles County Fire Department, KNBC reported.
Authorities found two people inside the vehicle after
the fire was put out, officials said. Both were
pronounced dead at the scene, KNBC reported. The cause
of the crash is under investigation.
At the time of his death, Walker was working on the
seventh "Fast & Furious" movie.
A statement released late Saturday by Universal Pictures
read: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was
truly one of the most beloved and respected members of
our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is
devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST
AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our
deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."
Walker, a California native, began his acting career
early, starring in a Pampers ad when he was just 2. He
had numerous small television and movie roles before his
first real starring movie role, in 1998's "Meet the
Deedles." He also played roles in "Pleasantville,"
"Varsity Blues," "She's All That," and "The Skulls."
Among those was a turn as a contestant on the DIC/Saban-produced
"I'm Telling!", which aired on NBC Saturday mornings for
one season in 1987.
But it was in 2001, when Walker was cast alongside Vin
Diesel in the first "Fast & Furious" street-racing
movie, that he became a known star. He played an
undercover LAPD officer, Brian O'Conner, whose knowledge
of the car scene comes in handy as he interacts with
Diesel's character. Walker would return for all of the
sequels except for 2006's "the Fast and the Furious:
Walker is survived by his sister and his daughter Ashlie.
Block & Jason Huhn contributed to this story.
YouTube - PAUL WALKER'S APPEARANCE ON "I'M TELLING!"
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