New Year, New "Baking
Duff Goldman, Valerie
Bertinelli Return to Host January 2
From the Futon Critic
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff
Goldman welcome a new batch of 12 impressive bite-sized
bakers with tons of talent on Monday, January 2nd at 8pm
ET/PT for a new season of Kids Baking Championship on
Food Network. During the ten-week competition, the kid
contestants (ranging in age from 9 to 12) must show off
their baking skills and creativity as they whip up
delectable desserts despite difficult, themed challenges
such as carnival cupcakes, erupting volcano cakes,
throwback treats, and the always popular challenge,
dessert imposters. Only one will rise to the top to win
the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids
Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Aidan
Berry (Shalimar, FL: age 12), Kaniyah Cary (Portsmouth,
VA: age 10), Brooke Cumberland (Greenwich, CT: age 9),
Charlotte d'Arabian (Coronado, CA: Age 10), Justice
Faustina (Napa, CA: age 12), Cole Frederickson (Thousand
Oaks, CA: age 12), Keili Gorczyca (San Francisco, CA:
age 10), Jason Intravartolo (Seattle, WA: age 11), Maya
Jindal (Great Falls, VA: age 9), Dylin Musgrove
(Grovetown, GA: age 12), Reese Smith (Bloomfield Hills,
MI: age 10), and Audra Tow (Aurora, CO: age 10).
MONDAY: This Is The
The Voice Propels NBC to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.394 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on
Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.992 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Timeless"
(5.198 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).
CBS (6.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2)
then was a close second with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait"
(7.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man
with a Plan" (6.200 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.636 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) a repeat "The Big Bang Theory"
(6.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and
the annual "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (6.646
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).
Next up was ABC (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T3) with the return of "The Great Christmas
Light Fight" (6.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.3, #5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight"
(5.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and
the Sunday-bound "Conviction" (3.966 million viewers,
#10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T3) offered up its special "Showtime at the
Apollo" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1,
And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.425 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl"
(1.293 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13)
closed out the night on The CW (1.359 million viewers,
#5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
- Chopped (S/Food): 1.074m
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 954k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Harvey, Not Kenan Thompson"
Steve Harvey plays with the Roots on "The Tonight Show" (Uproxx)
answers the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben
Higgins by... not answering the question of when or even if
she's marrying Ben Higgins (Extra)
promoted to IM Global Television (Hollywood
The Price Is
Right Live! heads to
Buzz), Chattanooga (Chattanooga
Times Free Press)
Get Ready, Get Set, Get Gone
"Celebrity Name Game" To End
Production After 3 Seasons
Syndicated game show
Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current
third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is
co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it
domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which
distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and
the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups
for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and
David Arquette of Coquette Prods.
“We’ve had a wonderful time producing Celebrity Name
Game and we are exceptionally proud of its three seasons
in syndication,” said Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of
FremantleMedia North America. “While we are not renewing
in syndication at this time, it is a format we believe
in. We are thankful to our loyal audience, our celebrity
guests, the incredibly talented Craig Ferguson, our
partners at Debmar–Mercury and Coquette, and our crew —
whose passion for this series has been unparalleled.”
Celebrity Name Game, which will complete its third
season, is not doing too bad in the ratings; it is in
the middle of the first-run syndication pack, most
recently posting a weekly 1.4 household rating, up 8%
and 0.7 in the key women 25-54 demographic. But the
numbers were not strong enough to justify another year,
which is the case for high-end strips. The first two
seasons earned Ferguson two consecutive Daytime Emmy
Awards for best game show host.
“We’re incredibly proud of Celebrity Name Game and
grateful to the terrific fan base that has supported the
show for three seasons,” said Mort Marcus and Ira
Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury. “We thank
everyone who has contributed to its run, including Craig
Ferguson, the show’s extraordinary host who received two
Daytime Emmy Awards in recognition of his talent, our
amazing partners at FremantleMedia North America,
Courteney Cox, David Arquette, their creative
collaborators and the outstanding production team.”
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
More on "The Bachelor"
Catch It on ABC January 2
From the Futon Critic
How could one man endure so
much heartache? Ask controversial fan favorite Nick
Viall, who has had his heart broken by Bachelorettes
Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, and failed to find
his soul mate on "Bachelor in Paradise." Now Nick is the
one giving out the roses and ready for his happily ever
after - but will he find the love of his life? Nick
begins his pursuit of his soul mate, as 30 beautiful,
accomplished women join him on the highly anticipated
21st season premiere of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JANUARY
2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
In "Episode 2101," a trio of popular former Bachelors -
Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -offer their
support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all-new
pressures and responsibilities. Their words of wisdom
calm him as limos start to arrive with women all eager
to make a lasting first impression. One confident woman
is way ahead of the field - she steps out of the limo
with none other than famed jeweler Neil Lane and points
out the engagement ring she prefers. Another woman
reveals her linguistic skills and still another exposes
a quirky obsession. A number of the ladies decide to
wear red to stand out - but now, it backfires, as those
in other colors are more prominent. Nick is blindsided
by the arrival of a mysterious woman from his past. The
secret they share threatens to derail his search for
love. What are her intentions?
WEEKEND: America Still
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.901 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a demo boost on Friday
with its special presentation of "CFB on FOX" (4.901
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).
ABC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2)
then claimed the silver with its mix of "Last Man
Standing" (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1,
#T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.541 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Shark Tank" (5.177 million viewers,
#7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (6.383 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).
Next up was NBC (5.296 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "Caught on Camera with
Nick Cannon" (3.698 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
0.7, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (6.095 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).
Meanwhile, CBS (6.264 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "I Love Lucy Christmas
Special" (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.785 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Blue Bloods" (6.309 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).
And finally on The CW (0.877 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries"
(1.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.646 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night.
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THURSDAY: ... and Then
NBC Wins Night, Top Chef
From the Futon critic
NBC (15.278 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) kicked off December on top
with new episodes of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game"
(11.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and
"Thursday Night Football" (16.104 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).
CBS (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang
Theory" (14.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1,
#2), "The Great Outdoors" (7.086 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Mom" (6.979 million viewers,
#5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.302
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Pure
Genius" (4.787 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8,
Next up was ABC (5.198 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "A Charlie Brown
Christmas" (6.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
1.5, #4) followed by the return of "The Great Holiday
Baking Show" (4.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
1.1, #T8) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show"
(4.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).
Meanwhile, The CW (2.594 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.9, #4) got another crossover boost from "DC's
Legends of Tomorrow" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a new "Supernatural" (1.859
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).
And finally, the fall finale of "Rosewood" (3.133
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new
"Pitch" (2.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#T12) closed out the night on FOX (2.751 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.792m
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 988k
- Chopped (Food): 913k
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 796k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 155k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 139k
Numbers for "Winsanity" were unavailable at press time.
Happy Friday Lightning Round
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A FEW GOOD
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Arnold Hires Six
That And More as NBC Plans
From Broadway World
Six additional boardroom
advisors will join THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE boss
Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new Los Angeles-based
season kicking off on Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT)
on NBC. They are:
Rocco DiSpirito - A healthy lifestyle crusader, James
Beard award-winning chef, creator of Rocco's Organic
Protein Powder Plus and author of the New York Times
bestseller "The Negative Calorie Diet"
Tracey Edmonds - TV/film producer and "Extra" co-host
Justine Ezarik - Digital influencer best known as
Leeza Gibbons - Emmy Award-winning TV host and previous
winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Gemma Godfrey - U.K.'s leading FinTech influencer and
founder/CEO of online personal finance firm Moola.
Bob Harper - Health and fitness expert, television star
and three-time New York Times bestselling author
They will join previously announced boardroom advisors
Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba
and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger in advising the
twice-elected California governor, successful
businessman and international movie superstar as he
oversees 16 celebrity contestants competing for their
favorite charities in challenging business-driven tasks.
Competing in the eighth season of the celebrity version
of the popular show and the 15th season of "The
Apprentice" are Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric
Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan,
Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil,
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen,
Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.
After being divided into two teams, men vs. women, the
celebrity contestants get their first task from their
new boss and his business advisors, Tyra Banks -
supermodel, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO
of the Tyra Banks Company - and Knapp Schwarzenegger,
who will serve as a boardroom advisor in every episode.
Their task in the first episode creating a 10-minute
TYRA Beauty experience seems like a natural fit for the
women, but the men rise to the occasion in unexpected
ways as they hilariously try to master THE ART OF makeup
application. Then each team tries to wow Arnold and the
advisors showing how fun, fast and fierce TYRA Beauty
products are before heading to the boardroom to hear
which team won, which team lost and who from the losing
team will be the first one headed home.
Return to Wonderama
New York Staple Goes National
From Huffington Post
If you happen to be of a
certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning
staple “Wonderama,” an unprecedented weekly interactive
game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en
masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and
entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete
Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television
history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of
“Wonderama” produced by Chuck Armstrong (“Community
Auditions - Star of the Day”) and anchored by the
Tribune Broadcast Station Network.
Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan,
“Wonderama” debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to
New York’s PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new
version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art,
music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and
politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from
“Dancing With the Stars,” boxing champion Evander
Holyfield and country music star Michael Ray; and a
clearance list in primetime fringe blocks in 13 initial
U.S. markets effective on Jan. 7, 2017 (with multiple
brand extensions on key digital platforms).
“Today’s families are hungry for entertainment they can
enjoy together, making now the perfect time for
Wonderama’s return,” said Chuck Armstrong. “Wonderama
provides a one-of-a-kind co-viewing experience that
every member of the family can connect and relate to.
Our goal is to inspire our audience with content that
speaks “to” them in order to convey the message: ‘Hey, I
can do that too!’”
Stations, at present, will air “Wonderama” in a two-hour
weekend window, either Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ET or
Sunday from 6-8 p.m. ET.
SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending
From TV Newscheck
The often hotly contested
talk show race turned into a runaway as Dr. Phil opened
up a huge advantage in the session ending Nov. 20, which
included the third full week of the sweep.
Phil rolled to its 11th straight weekly victory and
matched its second-highest rating of the season with a
3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which
was 44% ahead of second-place Ellen DeGeneres’ 2.5. Phil
widened its lead with a 3% advance, while Ellen was
Live with Kelly, which tied Ellen in the prior frame,
finished right behind it with a 2.4, dipping 4%.
Sophomore Crime Watch Daily continued to be the only
show in the category besides Phil to outperform its
year-ago stats, growing 11% to a 1.0.
In access, every game show scored a new season high,
with leader Family Feud climbing 3% to a 7.0; runner-up
Wheel of Fortune adding 5% to a 6.4; Jeopardy inching up
3% to a 6.0; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire perking up 6%
to a 1.7; and Celebrity Name Game gaining 8% to a 1.4.
WEDNESDAY: Hump Day
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (7.120 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on
Wednesday with fresh installments from "Lethal Weapon"
(6.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and
"Empire" (7.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8,
NBC (11.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2)
then was the number two draw with its specials
"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (10.512 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Dolly Parton's
Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (11.532
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).
Next up was ABC (5.668 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.6, #3) and its original lineup of "The
Goldbergs" (5.896 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49:
1.7, #T5), "Speechless" (4.931 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "Modern Family" (6.786 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.430
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and
"Designated Survivor" (5.483 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).
Meanwhile, CBS (7.360 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor:
Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.765 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Code Black"
(5.929 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).
And finally, The CW (2.301 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.8, #5) got a big boost from its crossover
powered "Arrow" (3.520 million viewers, #13; adults
18-49: 1.3, #T11) and a new "Frequency" (1.082 million
viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 855k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 754k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 425k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 386k
Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at
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