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Fox
THURSDAY: You Are Watching Foxx
"Beat Shazam", "Love Connection" Sampled
From CarterMatt.com

Nobody could Beat Shazam in the demo on this first post-season Thursday, as the Fox game show debuted to a 1.2 rating (along with 3.6 million total viewers).

Leading out of that, Andy Cohen’s Love Connection reboot retained 3.4 mil and a 1.1.

Both episodes are now available on Fox.com, the Fox Now app, Hulu, and On Demand.

Over on NBC, the celeb edition of American Ninja Warrior drew 4.2 mil/1.1, followed by Running Wild With Julia Roberts‘ 4 mil/0.9. Come 10 pm, the Peacock’s Red Nose Day special proper (2.7 mil/0.7) rose 23 percent and a tenth from last year. This year, over $35 million was raised for children in need.

Fox and NBC ran total viewers to a dead heat, but CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun drew Thursday’s largest audience, with 6.4 million viewers.

TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
CarterMatt
Philadelphia Tribune
Vibe - FIRST LOOK at "Beat Shazam"
Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider
2paragraphs
Salt Lake Tribune
NewNowNext
Buzzfeed
New York Post

Advocate

posted 5/26/17


ITV
Your First Look at "The Crystal Maze" with Richard Ayoade
Catch It June!
From Metro

Rejoice Crystal Maze fans, the game show’s revival is at hand and it’ll be coming in June.

Like the original show, teams of five contestants will take on a series of challenges and games across four different zones: Aztec, Future, Medieval and Industrial.

They will face a range of skill, mystery, physical and mental challenges to win crystals that equate to time in the final test – the legendary Crystal Dome. A number of celebrity specials will also air in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer later this year, after proving a hit with viewers following its revival last year.

The series is filmed at a swanky purpose-built maze in Bristol that spans over 30,000 square feet, and it’s being created by original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Royle Family).

Meanwhile we’ve just been given a first glimpse of Richard Ayoade in his new role as the presenter this series. The actor and funnyman will be bringing his witty charm to your screens when he officially joins the show this year as presenter.

In the first official pics showing off the new host, Richard is seen donning a slick, red blazer combo which screams ready for business.

Oh, and a white shirt that has insects on it.

The IT Crowd star will front 20 hour-long episodes on Channel 4 which are due to air later this year.

Metro
The List
Entertainment.ie
Evening Standard
Telly Mix
ATV Today

Chortle

posted 5/26/17

American Ninja vs. the World
Catch It June 4
From Broadway World

NBC will present its annual high-stakes international competition "American Ninja Warrior: USA VS. THE WORLD" on Sunday, June 4 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Three separate teams of six from North America, Europe and Latin America will compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in "American Ninja Warrior." Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are set to host and Kristine Leahy will co-host.

The audience will be in for a surprise as one of the ninjas makes history.

Team USA features several members hoping to make a big impression, including veteran competitor Brian Arnold and six-time repeat competitor Drew Drechsel, both of whom have nearly made it to stage four in Las Vegas in years past.

Also joining the team this season will be Daniel Gil and Los Angeles stuntwoman Jessie Graff, who wowed audiences last September with her stunning appearance in the Las Vegas finals. Rounding out Team USA are Josh Levin and Jake Murray.

Team Europe features several all-stars, including returning ninjas Stefano Ghisolfi (Italy), Alexander Mars (Sweden), Sean McColl (France) and Tim Shieff (England). McColl and Ghisolfi are world-class rock climbers and Shieff is a world champion free runner and the top performer in the U.K.'s version of "Ninja Warrior," while Mars is a top finisher in the Swedish version. Two new team members include England's Owen McKenzie and Denmark's Bjarke Tonnesen.

For the first time, this season's "USA vs. the World" will feature competitors from Latin America. The intrepid ninjas include Santiago de Alba (Mexico), Wid Eriksen (Mexico), Karl Fow (Venezuela), Diego Gonzalez (Mexico), Danee Marmolejo (Mexico) and David Saikin (Argentina). De Alba and Gonzalez are both highly decorated Mexican climbing champions, Eriksen is an acrobat by trade, Fow and Marmolejo are both world renown freerunners and stuntmen, and Saikin is an Argentinean climbing champion.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

Broadway World

posted 5/26/17

WEDNESDAY: And All Was Quiet...
CBS Wins the Final Night of the TV Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 687k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SP/Food): 557k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 380k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 344k
- Are You The One: Beyond the Boom (S/MTV): 223k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 147k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Remember Why We Have Memorial Day"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jamie Foxx lets the dogs out (Broadway World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Houston (KHOU Houston)
     

  • Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst reflect on 34 seasons of a show neither one of them technically created (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Plinko Ryan" (CBC News)

posted 5/26/17

India Looks Out Below
"Still Standing" Drops on MMTV
From C21 Media

Indian broadcaster MMTV has commissioned a local version of primetime gameshow Still Standing from Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The 60-episode first season will run twice a week from next month on Mazhavil Manorama, MMTV’s regional entertainment channel. The deal was made in collaboration with Endemol Shine India, which will produce the series locally.

In related news, Canale 5 in Italy has started airing its version of the show after commissioning a further 70 episodes recently.

Still Standing, originally created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, offers contestants the chance to win US$1m by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News

posted 5/25/17

TUESDAY: And Then There Was One
"The Voice" Beats "Dancing" For the Finale Crown
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "Great News" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Great News" (3.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and of course the finale to "The Voice" (9.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (8.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "Downward Dog" (5.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the expanded season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (7.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "NCIS" (8.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "Bull" (8.353 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and another edition of "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.675 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) served up the season finale of "The Flash" (2.973 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "iZombie" (1.045 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.819 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the penultimate "Prison Break" (1.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) rounded out the night for FOX (1.802 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- The Dunk King (SF/TNT): 1.729m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.182m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 813k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 749k
- Chopped (Food): 727k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 535k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two and Two"

  • #TBT: five of the 80s-est Love Connections ever (TV Line) PLUS the origin of the phrase, "two and two", but if you're reading this, you probably know by now (2paragraphs)
     

  • Babushka isn't faring any better in its final week (Telly Mix)
     

  • Britt Nilsson gets engaged (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks, "AGT" being sued for physical and verbal abuse (Deadline)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" live tour is set with the champ taking part (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: If you saw TPIR today, someone lost it over this (USA Today/FTW)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy!. Test. NEXT WEEK. Effing register! (Travel+Leisure)

posted 5/25/17

New "Bakers", More Fakers
Lorraine Pascale Graduates to Host Tonight on Food Network
From Broadway World

Professional chefs and home bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in a new season of BAKERS VS. FAKERS , premiering Wednesday, May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four competitors battle it out through two rounds of culinary challenges, as thy are tasked with creating delectable desserts that need to impress host Lorraine Pascale and a rotating panel of guest judges, including Sunny Anderson, Damiano Carrara, Amanda Freitag, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira, Sherry Yard, and Zac Young. A blind taste test determines the best dessert in each round, and with no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, it is only after the final winner is selected that the true identities are revealed. Will the professional be victorious, or can an amateur beat the odds and take down the pros? Catch all the fun and surprises over 13 episodes to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com/BakersvsFakersto relive the highlights and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Broadway World

posted 5/24/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And... Exhale"

  • Jamie Foxx welcomes a special guest on tomorrow's Beat Shazam premiere (Billboard)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays Derbyshire (Derbyshire Times)
     

  • Love Connection launches an app in advance of tomorrow's premiere (Digital Journal) plus a BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW (Newsday)
     

  • Marc Summers plays Philly with Dunkle Dare (Philadelphia Inquirer)
     

  • Hey Ben Higgins... I don't recall saying anything about you dating Ashley Iaconnetti dating (Reality TV World)

posted 5/23/17


ABC
MONDAY: And Then There Were Two
ABC, NBC Split Night on Reality Heavies
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) climbed into the top demo spot on Monday with the penultimate "Dancing with the Stars" (10.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and the return of "The Bachelorette" (5.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2). The spin from ABC: "Cutting back to a shortened 1-hour format (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on its final Monday telecast, ABC's "DWTS" stood as Monday's most watched TV series on all 10 telecasts this season, outdrawing NBC's "The Voice" Monday finale (8:00-10:00 p.m.) by nearly 1.0 million viewers (10.4 million vs. 9.5 million). "Dancing" came within 1-tenth of "The Voice" in Adults 18-49, which was a season best."

NBC (7.561 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the most-watched network with its penultimate "The Voice" (9.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a special "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Next up was FOX (2.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (2.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "Lucifer" (3.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its specials "Princess Diana: Her Life-Her Death-The Truth" (6.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017" (4.235 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Supergirl" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.573 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Broadway World

posted 5/23/17

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 14
From TV Newscheck

Balmy spring weather sent viewing levels sharply lower and, as usually happens, almost all of the top-tier syndicated shows were down slightly in the session ending May 14, which included the midway point of the May sweep.

In access, almost everything lost ground. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 6.2, although it maintained its stranglehold on the game shows for a 55th straight session.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/23/17

WEEKEND: And Then There Were Three
Last Friday of the Season Goes to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes of "First Dates" (3.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (5.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (4.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its mix of "Undercover Boss" (4.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" (3.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "The Toy Box" (2.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), the season finale of "The Toy Box" (2.320 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "20/20" (2.735 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.926 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Maid in Manhattan" (1.926 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.209 million viewers, 10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Reign" (1.067 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) rounded out the night for The CW (1.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.420m
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 636k

On cable Sunday...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (SF/Food): 1.667m
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.549m
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (S/Food): 1.527m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 222k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/23/17


The Guide Liverpool
SIR ROGER MOORE: 1927-2017
"The Saint", James Bond Star Played Match Game, The Hollywood Squares
From TV Live

Roger Moore, whose 12-year run as James Bond in the ’70s/’80s turned him into a Hollywood icon, has died. He was 89.

Moore’s family confirmed on social media early Tuesday that the veteran actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

Moore — who remains the longest-serving Bond actor — succeeded Sean Connery as 007 No. 3 in the early ’70s. All told, he appeared in seven Bond pics: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985).

His pre-Bond work included the UK TV series Ivanhoe and (most memorably) The Saint (1962-69), as well as ABC’s Maverick, in which he played the English-accented cousin of James Garner’s titular card shark.

Moore also guest-starred in Season 1 of ABC’s Alias as SD-9 Director Edward Poole.

In the game show world, Moore played "The Match Game" and "The Hollywood Squares". His stint on "The Saint" was also the subject of a Film Dub parody on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Jason Huhn and Gordon Pepper contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 5/23/17


Games Gone By: Turn It Up!
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ever wonder what "Remote Control" would be like if the questions were about music instead of primarily TV? Well, you get a rather odd show called "Turn It Up!" And, make no mistake, it IS "RC" with music. Three contestants, a struggling comedian host, live music, some guy named Jason Block...all that was missing were soon-to-be-GREAT comedians in skits. Chris Wolvie presents another "Games Gone By..." from the music video channels.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/23/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Pray For Manchester"

posted 5/23/17


ABC
Summer Fun & Games: A Preview
Catch It on ABC June 11
From Broadway World

ABC's lining up previews of the second summer of its Fun & Games Block.

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p): The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families and friends from Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson; and award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress Amy Schumer. In a separate game, family members from Australian conservationist and “Dancing with the Stars” Season 21 Mirrorball winner, Bindi Irwin, will take on the family of actress Chrissy Metz, best known for her TV role in “This Is Us.”

STEVE HARVEY'S FUNDERDOME (9p): The premiere of the seed-funding competition reality series “Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME,” airing on SUNDAY, JUNE 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), on The ABC Television Network, features two aspiring inventors going head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies. The audience will represent the “customer,” and since the customer is always right, they will be voting to determine the winner.

This week’s inventions and the inventors that will go head-to-head are:

• The Airhook – a stable secure mount for smart phones and tablets that attaches to tray tables on airplanes. Inventor: Craig from Kirkland, Washington
• Soarigami – a device that looks like a paper airplane and attaches to any armrest to extend personal space. Inventor: Grace from Plano, Texas

• The V-Smart Bar – a holistic soap that helps keep a woman’s private parts fresh and clean. Inventor: Tanya from Roswell, Georgia
• Savage Soaps – a line of soaps made from olive oil and other vegan ingredients. Inventors: Misti & Grant from Frederick, Maryland

• Brik Tile – a new twist on those building bricks from your childhood. Inventors: Brett and David from Menlo Park, California
• Hang-o-Matic – an all-in-one picture-hanging tool. Inventors: Karina & Jared from Foothill Ranch, California

Before revealing the results of the crowd’s majority vote, host Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® award-winning game show host, will present the inventors with a major dilemma. One of the inventors is allowed to cash out and walk away for a lesser amount. If an inventor cashes out, they forgo the opportunity to win the whole cash prize for that round – a good move if they lost the crowd vote, but a bad move if they would have won it.

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (10p): The hour-long season premiere features two separate celebrity couples. First up, actress and comedian Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) competes against rapper/actor LL Cool J (“Lip Sync Battle”). Game two features Tom Bergeron of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and award-winning singer Jennifer Nettles, who face-off with hopes of making it to the winners circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Broadway World
Broadway World
Broadway World

posted 5/22/17

"Alone" Together
Show Returns with a Twist June 15 on History
From the Futon Critic

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series "Alone," premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

Similar to previous seasons, the survivalists must build their own shelters, forage their own food, and overcome numerous obstacles if they want to be the last people standing. With ten survival tools to share per team, enough camera gear to self-document their experiences and a cash prize of $500,000 on the line, season four will bring more sacrifices and higher stakes than ever before. No camera crew. No gimmicks. It is the ultimate test of human will.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/22/17

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Five
ABC Wins on Shondaland
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.096 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), a new "Scandal" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the season finale of "Scandal" (5.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

CBS (4.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Great Indoors" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by a new "The Amazing Race" (4.343 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a second "The Amazing Race" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.246 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) alongside the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), a new "The Blacklist" (4.844 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "The Blacklist" (4.904 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.746 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.652 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 954k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 745k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 373k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 296k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 253k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 237k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/17

"Chase" Producers Try Physical Comedy
"CelebAbility" to Play on ITV2
From Digital Spy

ITV2 has unveiled a brand new entertainment show called CelebAbility from the makers of The Chase and Ninja Warrior.

The concept will see five friends go head-to-head with five celebrities in a series of rounds, based around an unusual skill or ability that the celebs believe they have.

It all builds up to a final round where remaining friends must answer questions about the remaining celebrities. The fewer celebs there are, the better chance the contestants have.

The show will be presented by stand-up comedian Iain Stirling – best known for his work on CBBC and as the narrator on Love Island – and the winners will bag a cash prize.

"I'm absolutely buzzing to start the show and find out how truly talented our British celebrities are," Iain said. "Are celebrities fundamentally better than members of the public? It's about time someone found out!"

Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner, added: "CelebAbility is the game show for anyone with an unusual party trick and a competitive nature. Comedian Iain Stirling will host the showdown between panellists and celebrities, for some seriously silly fun."

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posted 5/22/17

Zonk Redemption Coming Monday!
Let's Make a Deal Slots Special
From Broadway World

In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Traders who failed epically in previous episodes have been invited back to the set of LET'S MAKE A DEAL for a chance at redemption. Emotions will run high as Traders from around the country return in an attempt to win fabulous cash and prizes, all while avoiding the dreaded Zonk.

Will they finally walk away with their long dreamed about winnings? Or will they once again have their hopes crushed by Zonks lurking behind curtains and underneath boxes? Tune in Monday, May 22nd to find out!

Broadway World

posted 5/22/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Big Finish"

  • Miley Cyrus, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Chris Stapleton, and the winner of "The Voice" will take the stage tomorrow night! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Get your cans of Ultra Clutch, Jennifer Hudson is doing Hairspray (Broadway World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Richard Osman pokes the Beast re: the 2022 sequel to the 2017 election no one wanted in the first place (Heat World)
     

  • Steve Harvey's ex wants $60 million for "the murder of her soul" (TMZ)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay's life advice: skip the soup (The Irish Independent)

posted 5/22/17


HUH.
Snoop Dogg to Host "Joker's Wild" Reboot
Show to Air on TBS Later This Year
From Huffpost

Snoop Dogg got one taste of the TV spotlight thanks to his show with bestie Martha Stewart, and it looks like he’s hooked.

The rapper-turned-TV-personality has signed on to host a revival of the 1970s game show, “The Joker’s Wild” on TBS. Snoop will be executive producing the show with “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan.

“I’m a huge fan of game shows and ‘The Joker’s Wild’ was my favorite show growing up,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement obtained by IndieWire. “It always matched the flavor and personality of Snoop Dogg! Me and the Snoopadelic team are excited to bring back the show and put my own personal touch on it. Get ready ya’ll, it’s gonna be a wild ride!”

Like the original version of the show, the updated “Joker’s Wild” will feature a large slot machine, though mini-games will replace the straight-up trivia questions. Oh, and the set will be designed to look like Snoop’s very own casino. It’s probably safe to assume the show will be highly entertaining.

Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted series and specials for TNT and TBS, said in a statement that while Snoop may not seem like your typical game show host, he’s “a great fit that brings passion to this game show with a laid-back vibe to the casino-inspired craziness surrounding him.”

He added, “This is a labor of love for Snoop Dogg and Michael Strahan, and a perfect addition to TBS’s comedy lineup.”

This revival isn’t the first for “Joker’s Wild.” The show, which originally aired from 1972 to 1975 (then, thanks to syndication, through 1986), was brought back for a brief revival in the early ’90s.

TBS’ revival is set to air sometime later this year.

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posted 5/19/17

WEDNESDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS, Fox Split
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (2.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Empire" (6.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (5.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Speechless" (4.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a preview of "Downward Dog" (4.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and the season finale of "Designated Survivor" (5.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its season finale for "Blindspot" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the season finale of "Chicago PD" (6.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.850 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable..
- The Dunk King (SP/TNT): 1.460m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 694k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 325k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 301k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 145k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/17

J! Goes Mobile... for Free!
Sony Announces New App
From B&C

Sony Pictures Television Networks Games today announced their latest free-to-play mobile game, Jeopardy! World Tour, now available for download on iOS and Android. In this free-to-play mobile version of the Emmy®-winning quiz show developed by leading game studio Uken Games, players can immerse themselves in the ultimate game of smarts, test their knowledge with clues from the show, level up to play in some of the world's most exciting destinations, and ultimately earn bragging rights as a Jeopardy! World Tour champion!

In Jeopardy! World Tour, the game play and win streaks are exciting, with an opportunity to level up and unlock themed content in cities such as Paris, Rome, Beijing, London, Los Angeles and more! Players can compete with opponents around the world, or challenge their own friends in a heated head-to-head match.

Jeopardy! World Tour offers hundreds of thousands of clues in a wide range of categories and allows players to compete against other members of the global “Jeopardy!” community, boost their scores, and rise to the top of the leaderboards.

“’Jeopardy!’ fans are always looking for more ways to play our game,” said ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek. “I know they will be very happy with this new mobile game that connects them with other ‘Jeopardy!’ fans everywhere.”

“The passionate and engaged ‘Jeopardy!’ audience will find so much to love in this new mobile edition of the show," noted Harry Friedman, executive producer of “Jeopardy!” “With essential elements like Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy!, the mood and tone of the game will feel genuine, but completely reimagined for the mobile audience."

“Jeopardy! World Tour stands on the shoulders of a show that's been successful for 33 years,” said Geremie Camara, Vice President, Sony Pictures Television Networks Games. “We unpacked the essence of a timeless franchise and created a familiar surprise that will engage ‘Jeopardy!’ fans and mobile gamers alike.”

Jeopardy! World Tour was developed by Sony Pictures Television Networks Games, an award-winning, world-class mobile games publisher recognized for its premier games, including Jeopardy! Skill on Amazon Echo, Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! with Vanna White and Smurfs Bubble Story, a bubble-popping mobile game inspired by the animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Jeopardy! World Tour is now available for free download with in-app purchases on iOS and Android.

B&C
Venture Beat
Android Authority
Comicbook.com
Adweek
Touch Arcade

posted 5/19/17

Ladiators Ready?
ITV Readies "Combination of Love Island and Gladiators"
From Digital Spy

If you happen to fall in the middle of a Venn diagram for Love Island and Gladiators fans (and who doesn't?), then you're in for a right treat.

Because ITV is bringing back the spirit of Gladiators for the Love Island generation... and rumour has it it's going to be called Ladiators. Yep, you heard us.

According to The Sun, the channel's latest reality gameshow hybrid will combine the sweat, strength and speed of Gladiators with 'laddish' behavior, as a bunch of guys battle it out to be the 'ultimate lad'.

What could possibly go wrong, eh?

It's worth pointing out, though, that the show has no direct connection to the '90s telly classic.

Ladiators will instead be a tongue-in-cheek embrace of lad culture, as contestants – along with their girlfriends – compete in a series of challenges testing their stamina and fitness. Ahem.

Digital Spy

posted 5/19/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big B's Big Shoes"

  • Amitabh Bachchan is getting ready to turn over the KBC hot seat to someone else... but who? (The Tribune Express)
     

  • Lip Sync Battle, Family Game Night come to Carnival Studios, the new brand of onboard entertainment on cruise ships (Seatrade Cruise News)
     

  • Former "Deal or No Deal" models remember working with some actress that's thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to being an American princess (KFMB San Diego)
     

  • Jane Lynch plays St. Louis (The Vital Voice)
     

  • Graham Kennedy hosts film festival in Australia (9News)
     

  • Wayne Brady plays the Horseshoe in Indiana (Portage Life)
     

  • Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, husband Kenny "The Jet" team with ITV (C21 Media)
     

  • Becca Tilley, Robert Graham break it off, break it off (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Andy Cohen (Parade)

posted 5/19/17

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