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CHUCK BARRIS: 1929-2017
Host & Creator of "The Gong Show"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Chuck Barris, the goofball host of The Gong Show who also was the manic mastermind behind two other spontaneous game-show classics, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, has died. He was 87.

Barris, who in his book, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin.

The Philadelphia native also penned the 1962 pop song "Palisades Park," a tribute to the old amusement park in New Jersey that was a hit for Freddy Cannon and figured high on Barris' list of career achievements.

With his innovative shows, Barris changed the face of reality TV but was derided but critics who nicknamed him "The King of Schlock," "The Baron of Bad Taste" and "The Ayatollah of Trasherola."

On The Gong Show, which aired on NBC and in syndication in daytime and primetime from 1976-80, amateurs took to the stage to demonstrate their so-called talent in front of three celebrity judges. Quite often, they made fools of themselves.

Barris' original idea had been to create a show that featured fine performers, but in his search for talent, he frequently encountered awful acts. "I came back and said, 'Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.

When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.

Any of the three judges (a roster that included Jaye P. Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong.

"Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said. "Bad acts are inherent in everyone."

Acts who appeared included The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston), Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens and Barris' own mother, and at random moments, the host would call out Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) to boogie for the audience to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside."

On one particularly crazy show, Morgan unbuttoned her blouse to reveal her breasts to the cameras, and Barris said she never worked on The Gong Show again.

"The end of the show came because of me," he said in the TV Archive chat. "I had a small nervous breakdown out there, doing strange things. When I see films of the last shows, I was walking around, busting up [studio] flats on the air. That was the behavior of a host who was bored to death."

In October, ABC ordered a new version of The Gong Show to be executive produced by Will Arnett.

Barris first made his mark in the game show arena when he created The Dating Game, which bowed as an ABC daytime program in December 1965. Hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange, the program featured a bachelor or bachelorette asking three members of the opposite sex suggestive questions, then choosing one for a date.

ABC's The Newlywed Game, produced by Barris and hosted by the cheeky Bob Eubanks, premiered in July 1966. Four couples who had been married for a year or less competed by matching answers to questions about their spouses' likes and dislikes. Just like The Dating Game, it was a huge hit and played in primetime as well (both shows aired in tandem on Saturday nights for a time).

Barris often came off as a nut case, but he was an astute businessman. As a pioneer of first-run syndication, he sold The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game to stations after ABC canceled his shows, keeping them the air.

He formed the public company Chuck Barris Productions in 1968 and sold his shares in the firm to producer Burt Sugarman in a 1986 deal that valued the company at about $86 million ($195 million today). The firm was eventually acquired by producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters and then by Sony.

Charles Hirsch Barris was born on June 3, 1929. The son of a dentist and a housewife, he graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University, then landed a job in the foundry at U.S. Steel.

After working various odd jobs, including traveling around the country selling teleprompters, Barris moved to New York and became an NBC page. He went through a management training program and took a sales job, but then the network fired everyone in the department.

He then was hired by ABC, which offered him the dubious assignment of tailing Dick Clark, the young and popular host of TV's American Bandstand, at Philadelphia station WFIL-TV. Barris' task was to ascertain whether Clark was involved in the illegal practice of payola.

"It was so ridiculous. If I left at 6 o'clock, what's to say he couldn't be doing anything nefarious after 6 o'clock?" Barris said.

Still, he wrote daily memos detailing the goings-on at American Bandstand for about a year, and his notes were presented before a House of Representatives subcommittee in Washington. Ultimately, Clark was absolved of any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, "Palisades Park" had reached No. 3 in June 1962 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Barris would also write the theme music for many of his game shows.)

As a result of his work shadowing Clark, ABC sent Barris to Los Angeles as its director of daytime television on the West Coast. When no one would return his phone calls, he set up shop in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His innate sense of Hollywood tribal behavior worked: Now people were getting back to him.

His first show was Poker People, a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "It was a disaster," he recalled. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes."

Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer. Living on his royalties from "Palisades Park," Barris developed The Dating Game and sold the show to his former employers.

"When The Dating Game came out, women had to wait for a man to call," Lange told the Los Angeles Times in a 2002 interview. "Having them make the choices [on the show] appealed to the female population, the target demographic."

Future sportscaster Al Michaels was a member of his staff; Burt Reynolds, Michael Jackson and John Ritter were among the contestants; and it was Barris' idea to have Lange and the contestants blow kisses to the cameras at the end of each show.

The Newlywed Game "was the easiest show to do," he said in the TV Archive interview. "It only needed four couples, four questions and a washer/dryer."

In the show's most precious moment, Eubanks asked one wife,"Where specifically is the weirdest place that you personally have ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?"

"In the ass?" she answered. Her husband then turned over a card that revealed his response: "In the car."

In 1980, Barris directed, co-wrote (with Robert Downey Sr.) and appeared in Universal's The Gong Show Movie. An R-rated look at the game show, it was pulled from theaters after one weekend, he said.

Barris also presided over other game shows like The Game Game, How's Your Mother-in-Law?, Dream Girl of '67, The $1.98 Beauty Show, 3's a Crowd — with the premise "Who knows a husband better, his wife or his secretary?" — The Family Game and The New Treasure Hunt.

In 1968, he produced Operation: Entertainment, a variety show that had a different host (George Carlin, Dick Cavett, Dick Shawn, et al) appearing at a different military base each week.

Barris read Erich Segal's Love Story and figured he could write an even better romance novel. So he went to France and penned You and Me, Babe, based on his relationship with his first wife; and it was published in 1974 and became a best-seller.

After "the critics had harassed me for 15 years saying that I'd lowered the bar of civilization," he said in a 2003 interview with A.V. Club, an angry Barris holed up in a New York hotel for two years and wrote Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

The book was a dud upon its release but sold well when the film version, starring Sam Rockwell as Barris, was released.

Asked in the TV Archive interview if he really was an assassin, Barris replied: "I don't answer that question, ever. I can just tell you that the No. 2 guy in the CIA said that I must have been standing too close to the gong when I said things like that."

A sequel, Bad Grass Never Dies, came out in 2004.

His daughter, 36, died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1998, and Barris wrote the moving Della: A Memoir of My Daughter, published in 2010.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Mary Clagett. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made in his name to the New York Police Foundation.

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posted 3/23/17

Mario Lopez Gets a Sweet Tooth
"Extra" Host Tapped to Present "Candy Crush"
From Yahoo!

Mario Lopez is set to host the live-action CBS game show “Candy Crush,” the presenter announced on Thursday.

The hour-long game show based on the hit mobile game will premiere on July 9.

The show will see teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards. They will use their entire bodies to swing, slide and swipe to make matches in order to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions.

“Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host ‘Candy Crush.’ As a big fan of the game and a competitor by nature, his larger-than-life enthusiasm matches the size and scope of our show,” said executive producer Matt Kunitz in a statement.

“As a player, I am excited to step into the real life Candy Crush Arena,” added Lopez.

The show is by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, John Quinn, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson, King’s Chief Creative Officer and Candy Crush Saga creator, will executive produce.

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posted 3/23/17

Fox Sets ITS Summer Lineup
Quartet of New Entries Join "SYTYCD", "MasterChef", "American Grit"
From The Futon Critic

FOX is announcing summer premiere dates for new series LOVE CONNECTION, BEAT SHAZAM, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY and SUPERHUMAN, as well as the returns of MASTERCHEF, AMERICAN GRIT and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

This summer, Thursdays are all about match-making and music, with the debuts of LOVE CONNECTION and BEAT SHAZAM on May 25. All-new unscripted series LOVE CONNECTION kicks off the night at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") and executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), the one-hour series amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. Each hour episode will feature single men and/or women in search of romance, as Cohen brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

New interactive game show BEAT SHAZAM, hosted by Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained") debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), the series pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the highest score will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a cash prize.

On Wednesday, May 31, new LIVE series THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY debuts, following the Season Eight premiere of MASTERCHEF (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On MASTERCHEF, Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez to the judges' panel. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.

Then, get ready for food, family and fun when Ramsay's bold, new LIVE series, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. Based on his hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and great cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. During each episode, teams of foodie families and friends will battle it out LIVE in a high-stakes cook-off, hoping to impress Ramsay, as well as celebrities, VIPs and other dinner guests. As the LIVE battle heats up, the show will feature Ramsay hosting highly stylized cooking demos and weekly out-of-the-kitchen adventures with fans, foodies and surprise guests. We'll see Gordon at his best inside the kitchen, and at his most mischievous outside the kitchen. With Gordon LIVE, anything can happen!

On Sunday, June 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), WWE(R) Superstar John Cena(R) brings 17 new competitors - all who either have lost their grit or never had it - to sunny Hampton Island, GA. There, Cena and an elite group of military heroes will live alongside these people, all in search of a change, and take them under their wing as they lead them through a series of all-new epic team and individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will win a quarter of a million dollars, but hopefully, all of them will find their Grit.

Hosted by Cat Deeley and featuring the return of Mary Murphy as judge, alongside Nigel Lythgoe, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE enters its 14th season on Monday, June 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America's votes and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. An additional judge will be announced soon.

Following SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, get ready to have your mind blown when SUPERHUMAN premieres at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actor Kal Penn, and featuring panelists Mike Tyson, Christina Milian and Dr. Rahul Jandial, this jaw-dropping series of one-hour episodes tests the abilities of ordinary people to use their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize. In each episode, five contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight and more, are challenged to push their skills to the limit, yet only one will take home the title of SUPERHUMAN and the $50,000 grand prize.

Additional finale dates, summer premiere dates and schedule information to be announced.

RECAP - FOX 2017 SUMMER PREMIERE DATES (All times ET/PT, except as noted)

Sunday, May 14
7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed 2017 MISS USA(R)

Thursday, May 25
8:00-9:00 PM LOVE CONNECTION (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAT SHAZAM (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, May 31
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (Series Premiere)

Sunday, June 11
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN GRIT (Season Premiere)

Monday, June 12
8:00-9:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERHUMAN (Series Premiere)

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posted 3/23/17

Daytime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
CBS vs. Syndication for Game Shows' Top Prize
From TV Line

Nominations for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday on CBS’ The Talk, and it looks to be a horse race among the four surviving sudsers.

CBS’ The Young and the Restless walked away with a slight lead, amassing 25 total nods to the 23 netted by both ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. NBC’s Days of Our Lives followed closed with 22 nominations.

This year’s Daytime Emmys will be held Sunday, April 30 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California, with the Creative Arts ceremony landing on the Friday prior.

Outstanding Game Show Host
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal
Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy

Outstanding Game Show
Celebrity Name Game
Family Feud
Let’s Make a Deal
The Price Is Right

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posted 3/23/17

Survivor Lives
CBS Renews 16 Series
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America's Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date.

Among those listed for renewal: "Survivor", which will be on season 35 in the fall.

Still no word on "The Amazing Race" or "Hunted".

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posted 3/23/17

"Ink Master" Gets Angelic
Spike Renews Flagship Series, Spins Off
From The Futon Critic

Spike's hit original tattoo-competition series, "Ink Master," continues to grow, renewing for a tenth season and greenlighting a new special, "Ink Master Angels." The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike. "Ink Master" and "Ink Master Angels" are produced by Truly Original.

Season 10, which has been picked up for 16 one-hour episodes, will go into production later this year and air on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018.

With the rise in popularity of female competitors on "Ink Master," Spike also has greenlit "Ink Master Angels." The one-hour special will feature four of Season 8's top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose - as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America's most talented tattoo artists in a variety of challenges, to see who has what it takes to beat them. The special will debut later this year.

"I'm so pleased to see 'Ink Master' reach a milestone tenth season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network," said Senior. "The franchise has shown such amazing growth with our female audience that it is a natural progression to launch a female-fronted standalone competition, as well."

Season 9 of "Ink Master" debuts this June along with new episodes of spinoff series "Ink Master: Redemption."

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posted 3/23/17

WEDNESDAY: Something For Everybody
Fox, CBS Split
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday with the premiere of "Shots Fired" (4.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (7.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its original lineup of "Blindspot" (4.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Speechless" (3.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.085 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.402 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 890k
- Cooks vs. Cons (SP/Food): 879k
- Are You The One?: Second Chances (P/MTV): 389k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 338k

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posted 3/23/17

TUESDAY: No "This Is Us", No Problem
"The Voice" Buoys NBC to the Win over CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), week two of "Trial & Error" (5.387 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), a second "Trial & Error" (4.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.102 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the second most-watched network despite repeats of "NCIS" (9.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bull" (7.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was ABC (3.232 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "American Housewife" (3.193 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.645 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and a new "People Icons" (3.183 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up originals from "New Girl" (1.975 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Mick" (2.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Bones" (3.538 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (2.646 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.760 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) on The CW (2.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (SP/Food): 991k
- Face Off (Syfy): 960k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 812k
- Cosplay Melee (P/Syfy): 521k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 374k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 367k

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posted 3/23/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Trip to Paradise?"

  • CASTING COUCH: Paradise Run season 3 (

  • About that chemistry between Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess... (E!)

  • Kristi Yamaguchi tells Nancy Kerrigan to "break a leg" in her DWTS debut. And then things get weird (Reality TV World)

  • Tom Bergeron looks to broker peace between Bill Shatner and Nick Viall (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: this week's inappropriate "Countdown" word has Rachel all... abuzz (Huffington Post)

  • GSN without cable. Or, you know... you could download the GSN Now app... (Streaming Observer)

  • Bolton gets its own "Crystal Maze" (The Bolton News)

  • Lindsay Lohan is pitching a prank game involving her taking over your social media (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek on investing, managing wealth, and giving back (Toronto Globe & Mail)

posted 3/22/17

"Let It Shine" Headlines Slate
From C21Media

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has unveiled its formats slate for MipTV in Cannes next month, led by Gary Barlow-fronted singing competition series Let It Shine.

Barlow will be performing in Cannes at the launch of the BBC1 format, which hunts for five singers to play boyband members in a nationwide musical featuring the music of Take That.

Other new formats on the BBC commercial arm’s slate include Let’s Sing & Dance, in which local celebrities have to don their dancing shoes and grab the mic, and Tribal Bootcamp, which sees comedians plunged into the world’s strongest, fittest and toughest tribes. Daytime quizshow The Boss is also included.

The History Channel in New Zealand has ordered a second season of its local version of Coast, while Keshet in Israel has commissioned a second run of The Great Bake Off.

Elsewhere, public broadcaster CyBC in Cyprus has ordered a local version of The Weakest Link, while ABC in Australia has licensed Stargazing Live, with Professor Brian Cox due to present the three-part show in a trio of live broadcasts on April 4, 5 and 6.


posted 3/22/17

Germany Plays It By Ear
Das Erste Orders German Version of Irish Game
From C21Media

German channel Das Erste has ordered a local version of a family entertainment quizshow devised by Irish producer Adare Productions and broadcaster RTÉ.

Das Erste has commissioned a 10-episode run of Play It By Year, which will be produced by Constantin Entertainment locally.

The German version, So War’s! Das Quiz Der Jahrzehnte, is scheduled to air this summer on the public broadcaster.

The deal was brokered by RTÉ programme sales executive Laura Stearn and comes after the show made its debut in Ireland in December 2015.

It sees three teams go head to head in a test of memory, teamwork and general knowledge, answering questions based on archive footage.

“It’s the perfect format in that everybody, everywhere has memories that make them laugh, cry and cheer,” said Eddie Doyle, head of comedy, talent development and music at RTÉ.


posted 3/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pray for London"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: teatime quizzes are canceled for rolling coverage of London attacks (The Daily Express)

  • William Shatner is apparently not a fan of Nick Viall (Reality TV World)

  • Chrissy Teigen's baby's first word is... (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Maks Chmerkovskiy takes his baby to the ER (Reality TV World)

posted 3/22/17

BETTY KENNEDY: 1926-2017
Panelist on Canada's "Front Page Challenge"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Betty Kennedy, a veteran Canadian TV broadcaster famed for her work on the CBC’s long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died. She was 91.

Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died Monday in Toronto, the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter. She joined Front Page Challenge as a panelist in 1962, and stayed with the TV show until its cancellation in 1995.

Similar to U.S. panel shows like To Tell the Truth and What's My Line?, castmembers on Front Page Challenge were first blindfolded as they quizzed guests to guess their identity and then followed up the challenge with an in-depth interview.

During her time on the show, Kennedy and fellow panelists interviewed such celebrity guests as Eleanor Roosevelt, Tony Bennett, Boris Karloff, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford, Indira Ghandi and former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1965, the Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was quizzed and then interviewed on Front Page Challenge just weeks before his assassination. Kennedy also hosted The Betty Kennedy Show on Toronto radio station CFRB radio for 27 years.

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posted 3/21/17

ABC/BBC Worldwide
MONDAY: Let's Dance!
"The Voice" Holds Off "Dancing"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back on top in adults 18-49 on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Taken" (4.841 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

ABC (9.174 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Quantico" (3.649 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (5.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (5.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (4.611 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scorpion" (6.310 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "APB" (2.895 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.023 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.904 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night for The CW (1.463 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.855m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.645m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 627k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 333k

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posted 3/21/17

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 12
From B&C

In what has become a syndication tradition, most shows declined in the week ending March 12, the first frame following the important February survey period. The session saw a steep drop-off in promotion from the heavy sweep action, and programs were peppered with reruns.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud remained the game show leader but faded 4% to a 6.7 and finished second on the overall chart to syndication champion Judge Judy. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune recovered 3% to a 6.5. CTD’s Jeopardy added 3% to a 6.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will conclude at the end of the season, stood pat at a 1.3.

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posted 3/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Eat Your Science"

  • Alton Brown eats Fresno (Fresno Bee)

    - Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.454m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.060m
    - Cake Wars Champs (Food): 1.008m (Showbuzz Daily)

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd have a wedding venue (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: Bonner Bolton had his hands where you shouldn't have your hands pre-watershed (Reality TV World)

  • Mel B files for D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Reality TV World)

  • Tyra Banks fitting in "nicely" at AGT (TMZ)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Cancer patient wants George Gray to call her down (WALB Albany)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "A Streetcar Naked Desire"? (Mashable)

posted 3/21/17

Let's Dance Again (Like We'll Do This Summer)!
More on "World of Dance"
From Broadway World

NBC's new competition series "World of Dance" revealed today the 47 elite dance acts competing for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and title of "Best in the World." The 10-episode series will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars - Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.

The series will premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11 p.m. and moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting May 30.

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final - the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.

Broadway World
Reality TV World

posted 3/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Rick... Was Kept Really That Bad?"

  • Ricardo Medina Jr. goes from a red onesie to Jerry Hall to a rubber suit to an orange jumper (Reality TV World)

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Hip Hop Squares the beginning of a game show revolution? (Refinery29)

  • Bruce Forsyth nice to be back on his feet. To be back on his feet... nice! (Irish Mirror)

  • RuPaul sashays with JJ Abrams for autobiographical dramedy (TV Line)

  • BBC to Sue Perkins & Zoe Ball's show: ... can't touch this (Digital Spy)

posted 3/20/17

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