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WILLIAM G. STEWART: 1933-2017
Host of the Original "15 to 1"
From the Huffington Post

Former ‘Fifteen To One’ host William G Stewart has died at the age of 82.

The TV presenter’s agent, Julia Wyatt, confirmed the news of his death on Thursday (September 21), revealing that he died “after a brief illness”.

She said (via BBC News): “Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness.”

Although best known for his 15-year stint presenting the Channel 4 quiz show, which he did from 1988 until 2003, he also served as a TV producer and director.

Among the shows he worked on behind the scenes include the sitcoms ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and ‘Bless This House’, as well as gameshows ‘The Price Is Right’ and ‘Family Fortunes’.

In fact, William was initially only supposed to be a producer on ‘Fifteen To One’, only agreeing to present it himself when plans to snare his top choice, Jonathan Ross, fell through.

Prior to breaking into the entertainment industry, William worked in the 1960s as a private secretary to the MP Tom Driberg, making a documentary about him in 2009.

Throughout his career, William never shied away from voicing his support for causes he believed in, such as when he gave a speech during one infamous episode of ‘Fifteen To One’ about how he felt the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece.

In 2009, he also appeared on ‘Daily Politics’ to speak in favor of the BBC license fee.

Fifteen To One was rebooted in 2013 for a celebrity special presented by The Last Leg host Adam Hills, and returned the following year with Sandi Toksvig at the helm. Both Hills and Toksvig have paid tribute to Stewart on Twitter, with other notable names from the world of quiz shows also paying their respects on social media.

Toksvig said: ‘Sad news about William Gladstone Stewart. A lovely man, a consummate TV professional and of course, host of 15 ot 1 long before I stepped up.’

The Last Leg host tweeted: ‘Farewell to William G Stewart. Even if I had three feet, I’d never have filled his shoes.’

Paul Sinha, comedian and Chaser on ITV game show The Chase, paid tribute saying: ‘RIP to William G Stewart, the perfect host of one of the greatest quiz shows ever.’

His fellow Chaser Anne Hegerty recalled her appearance on Fifteen To One and described Stewart as ‘brilliant’.

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi credited Stewart with launching his career in quiz shows.

‘So sad to hear about William G Stewart’s death. A lovely man who kindly encouraged and advised me. I wouldn’t have had a career without him,’ CJ said.

Voice-over artist and Quizmania presenter Greg Scott said: ‘Just heard of the passing of William G Stewart. So much more than merely a quiz host. A producer & director of huge standing and talent.’

Meanwhile Channel 4 released a statement saying: ‘We are saddened to hear the news about William G Stewart, whose inimitable style set 15 to 1 apart from all other quiz shows.

‘He was a broadcasting legend and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

William is survived by his five children, and his wife, Laura Calland, who previously worked as the voiceover artist on ‘Fifteen To One’.

He was married twice before, first to Audrey Harrison and later actress Sally Geeson, who he met while working on ‘Bless This House’.

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posted 9/21/17

Billy Off The Street
truTV Comic Quizzer Not Picked Up... Not Canceled Either?
From TV Line

Billy Eichner will no longer be stalking New York pedestrians — at least not on truTV’s dime.

Billy on the Street, Eichner’s long-running variety show, will not return to the basic cable network for Season 6, Variety reports. It has not, however, been cancelled.

Eichner on Tuesday first hinted that Billy on the Street would not continue on truTV, tweeting, “We have had a fantastic, life changing, Emmy-nominated time working with my friends at truTV and I can’t thank them enough. They’re the best.” A second statement indicated that the show would return, possibly in a new format or on a new network:

For those asking, yes BILLY ON THE STREET will be back! But we're shifting gears a bit...exciting things ahead...more will be revealed soon!
- @billyeichner


Billy on the Street first debuted on the cable channel Fuse back in Dec. 2011, where it ran for three seasons. Beginning with Season 4, the show made the leap to truTV, where it’s been airing since 2015. All five seasons are available to stream on Hulu.

In addition to Billy on the Street, Eichner is one-half of Hulu’s Difficult People, which releases its Season 3 finale on Tuesday, Sept. 26. It has not yet been renewed for Season 4.

TV Line
Variety
Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World

posted 9/21/17

Britain's Not the Only "Baking Show" with New Hosts
Ayesha Curry, Anthony "Spice" Adams to Host New Season This December
From The Futon Critic

It's back! "The Great American Baking Show," based on the U.K. sensation, "The Great British Bake Off," returns for a third season on ABC this December.

Hosted by New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, Ayesha Curry, and former NFL star and media personality, Anthony "Spice" Adams, this dynamic duo brings "The Great American Baking Show" a delicious new dash of holiday-themed recipes and competition this December.

"The Great American Baking Show" showcases some of the nation's best bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and created by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel, Simon Evans and Faye Stapleton.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Finale-palooza
In a Night of Finales, the Win Goes to... NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on a night of summer finales with "America's Got Talent" (15.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by the return of "The Good Place" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a second "The Good Place" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

By comparison, "The Good Place" premiered on 9/19/16 after "The Voice" (9.036 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.6) with a second episode (7.079 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.0) following.

Second place then went to CBS (5.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with its finales to "Big Brother 19" (6.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Salvation" (3.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its summer capper to "MasterChef" (3.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.496 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.633 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.226 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (2.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 845k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 727k
- Cooks vs. Cons (SF/Food): 636k
- Are You The One? (SP/MTV): 469k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 287k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 261k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 221k

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/21/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Angels & Demons"

posted 9/20/17

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 10
From B&C

Several high-profile veteran talkers debuted their new seasons in the week ended Sept. 10, including Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and NBCUniversal's Steve, which is relaunching from Los Angeles with a new production company.

Game shows were a mixed bag. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, entering its 35th season in syndication, inched up 2% to a 5.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.1. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire appreciated 7% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s almost-concluded Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 0.9. The top 4 games returned to action September 11, and they will be counted in the next report.

B&C

posted 9/20/17

TUESDAY: America's Got One More Joke...
NBC Owns Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (14.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by "The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace" (5.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (5.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed a distant second with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bull" (5.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (3.254 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "Somewhere Between" (1.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.973 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Orville" (1.670 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.767 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.623 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 904k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 901k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 833k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 683k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 735k
- Fear Factor (S/MTV): 611k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 396k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It Costs Money to Be This Good"

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: You want top talent hosting your game show? Prepare to pay up (Variety)
     

  • Jeff Probst promises this season of "Survivor" will have the best. Ending. Ever (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Len Goodman's "Partners in Rhyme" to be strictly bumped... for Len's OTHER side project (Dancing Spy)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: "Take Me Out" contestant hangs self (The Times)

posted 9/20/17

"Wheel Of Fortune" Slot Creator Heads to the Hall
Game Joins Three Luminaries to Be Inducted October 4
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

A casino manager and philanthropist, the inventor of the automatic card shuffler, the man who brought “Wheel of Fortune” to casinos and a businessman who pioneered gaming along the Rancho Drive corridor and participated in the development of major Strip resorts will be inducted to the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame next month.

Diana Bennett, John Breeding, Joe Kaminkow and Melvin Wolzinger will be presented with the industry’s highest honor in an invitation-only ceremony Oct. 4 at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

“The class of 2017 is quite special in the unique ways they shaped the casino-gaming industry,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the association, which will bring about 26,000 industry professionals to the Sands Expo and Convention Center for its G2E show Oct. 3-5.

“From revolutionizing the way games are seen and experienced, to reshaping employee operations and business development, these leaders’ achievements extend throughout the nation and even the world,” Freeman said in a statement announcing the honorees.

The Gaming Hall of Fame, formed in 1989, has honored leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry. This year, more than 100 people were nominated for the recognition with four selected by a committee of seven gaming industry stakeholders.

Joe Kaminkow was one of the pioneers of bringing pop culture into gaming. He led the industry’s development of slot machines tied to licensing brands from movies, television shows, quiz shows and personalities.

His most successful pairing of “Wheel of Fortune” to slot machines is a casino staple. He also brought “Sex and the City,” “Game of Thrones” and Britney Spears to slot designs.

Kaminkow founded his own online social gaming company before being tapped by Aristocrat to bring his games to the casino floors in an immersive experience with new-age cabinets.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 9/19/17

MONDAY: Let's Dance!
"Dancing" Helps "Truth" to Season High
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) climbed into the top spot on Monday with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.823 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (5.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (4.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mom" (4.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (3.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.667 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.218 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.218 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.232 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/19/17

WEEKEND: Heidi Bowl II: Orville-ctric Boogaloo
NBC Wins on NFL
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (6.658 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), "Football Night in America #3" (9.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.4, #2).

The silver then went to FOX (12.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) with a full 90-minutes of "NFL Overrun" (18.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/The Orville" (10.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "The Orville" (5.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Orville/Family Guy" (3.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (9.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its telecasts of "60 Minutes" (8.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) plus originals from "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.979 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.906 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night on ABC (3.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.2156m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.100m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "America's Got The Finale"

  • Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Derek Hough, Shania Twain ... and a million dollar winner (Reality TV World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Want to win on "Change Your Tune"? All you need to do is suck at singing (Wakefield Express)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: things you didn't know about "GUTS" on its 25th anniversary (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Jeopardy! ... apparently a bad Wikipedia (Washington Post)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/18/17

CBS Daytime Returns to Celebrate
More on New Seasons of TPIR, LMAD
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL kick off their new seasons Monday, Sept. 18 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates Drew Carey's 10th anniversary as host. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, will feature "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes.

This season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is raising the STAKES and - in honor of Drew Carey's decade on the show - if a contestant spins $1 on the wheel, there will be a $10,000 bonus instead of the usual $1,000 all week long. And on the season premiere, Monday, Sept. 18, players win a $100,000 bonus if they spin another $1 on the wheel. In addition, any contestant who wins their pricing game receives a $10,000 cash bonus. Finally, the show will debut a brand new game, "Gridlock," inspired by the traffic in Los Angeles, in which contestants playing for a car must "navigate" their mini game vehicle out of a lane of traffic and into an empty lane by correctly giving the price of the vehicle.

The celebration of Drew's milestone season continues all week, with celebrity friends of THE PRICE IS RIGHT sharing special congratulatory messages, including Stephen Colbert, James Corden, the hosts of THE TALK, Pauley Perrette, Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Tim Allen and more. On Thursday, Sept. 21, contestants will play games that premiered during Drew Carey's tenure on the show, including THE ONE he created, "Rat Race." Plus, the models will present a special Drew Carey-themed tribute showcase. The festivities conclude on Friday, Sept. 22 with a showcase showdown that will go down in the show's history when THE PRICE IS RIGHT gives away the most money ever spun on the wheel.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL launches its ninth season with a sleek, remodeled set and "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes. Adding to the excitement, for the first time at the beginning of each show, host Wayne Brady will reveal a sneak peek at some of the biggest prizes being offered that day, from luxury cars to a trio of trips around the world. LET'S MAKE A DEAL keeps the party going throughout the entire season with special themed episodes, including a "Wayne's Favorite Folks" week, filling the audience with special groups Wayne has chosen to honor, from TEACHERS to grandparents; a Prom episode with a theme selected by fans through social media; and a salute to the game show's landmark 1,500th episode.

Broadway World
WFMY Greensboro
Entertainment Weekly
KCNC Denver
WWAY Wilmington

posted 9/18/17

EMMYS: This Is The Third Emmy in a Row
"Drag Race" Host Collects Emmy #2
From the Futon Critic

"The Voice" is loud and strong at the Emmys this year.

Last night's ceremony honored the best in television, and among the best in television, "The Voice", which won its third consecutive Emmy. The show won the award in 2013, 2015, and 2016 as well.

Night 1 of the creative arts event is geared towards honoring the best in animation, variety, reality and documentary programming. Among the evening’s most notable winners:

Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Shark Tank

Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Choreography
Mandy Moore, Dancing with the Stars and Travis Wall, So You Think You Can Dance (tie)

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/18/17

Tell Me Something ELSE I Don't Know!
Steve Dubner's Podcast Game Show Returns for New Season
From Broadway World

Why does monogamy reduce the crime rate? How can we redesign cities to make growing old less unpleasant? And how was the body of a man dead fifty years found perfectly preserved in his houndstooth blazer?

All these questions and more are answered in the season premiere of Tell Me Something I Don't Know, the new podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio.

In a show Dubner calls "journalism wrapped in a game-show package," audience members present fascinating facts and historical wrinkles to the live crowd, which at the end of the episode votes to determine a winner. On the first of ten weekly episodes, Dubner is accompanied by guest co-host Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post) and fact-checker A.J. Jacobs (Esquire).

Tell Me Something I Don't Know will hold six live tapings over three nights at NYC's Joe's Pub, October 5, 6, and 7. Each taping will feature a different co-host and tickets are available now. Previous episodes have featured HANNIBAL Buress, Joanna Coles, Dr. Oz, Aasif Mandvi, Major Garrett, Amy Chua, Austan Goolsbee, Lizz Winstead, and more.

Follow this link to listen: http://tmsidk.com.

Broadway World

posted 9/18/17

Russian Masterminds
BBC Exports Quiz Classic
From C21 Media

Russian producer Biz Media has acquired the rights to long-running quizshow Mastermind from UK pubcaster BBC Worldwide.

The deal will see the tough TV quiz format air on channel Rossiya-Kulturaas as Гений (Genius) across 16 episodes.

Mastermind is one of TV’s longest-running quizshows and has been on air for more than 40 years in the UK.

The Russian version will be fronted by Rossiya-Kultura personality Alexey Begak.

The Mastermind format has previously been sold to countries including Ireland (TV3), India (Colors) and Israel (IBA). The Junior version of the format has already entered Russia with TV Channel Russia, while the most recent sale was to New Zealand’s TVNZ last year.

C21 Media
The List
Seenit

posted 9/18/17


CBS Sports
BOBBY "THE BRAIN" HEENAN: 1944-2017
WWE, WCW Mainstay Was on "Double Dare"
From MovieWeb

The pro wrestling world is in mourning today after the loss of one of sports entertainment's most colorful and iconic managers and entertainers. Bobby Heenan, a.k.a. "The Brain," passed away at age 73. While no cause of death was announced, the famous loudmouth manager had been in poor health for years, after he was diagnosed with throat cancer back in 2002. He died at his home in Largo, Florida. Here's part of the WWE's statement on Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73. With a career spanning more than four decades, Heenan was the "The Brain" behind some of the most prolific Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Heenan plied his trade as their mischievous manager by running his mouth on their behalf with a sarcastic wit considered among the best in the business. Heenan named competitors under his guidance as the Heenan Family, a moniker meant to show the strength of their alliance over any opposition. Members of the Heenan Family in the AWA and WWE read like the who's who of sports-entertainment, including Legends and WWE Hall of Famers such as Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Harley Race, and of course, the first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant, whom Heenan led to the ring at WrestleMania III before 93,173 fans."

The report from WWE.com is also accompanied by a brief video, which you can see below, that includes some highlights from the late WWE legend and his remarkable career. Robert Heenan was born November 1, 1944 in Chicago, and grew up as a huge wrestling fan, even working various wrestling events as a young child, carrying the bags and jackets for wrestlers and selling concessions. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother, and his first big break in wrestling came in 1965, when he was known as "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan. Even in those early days, his gimmick as a fast-talking loudmouth would stay with him for his entire career. After a stint in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the World Wrestling Association, he moved to the American Wrestling Association, where he became known as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was a fixture of the WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, when he decided to leave the company at the end of 1993, since he was still in pain from the broken neck he suffered a decade earlier. While he had reportedly originally planned to retire from wrestling altogether, he joined the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994, until he was released by the company in 2000. He also wrote two books, 2002's Bobby The Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All, and 2004's Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life's Wrestling Matches, which were both co-written by Steve Anderson.

Heenan made a guest shot on a 1989 episode of "Super Sloppy Double Dare", where he played against his broadcast partner Gorilla Monsoon.

MovieWeb
Chicago Sun-Times
New York Times

posted 9/18/17

Showmances Get Their Own Show
ITV Picks Up Keshet Format
From C21 Media

ITV2 in the UK has commissioned a comedy gameshow format from the British production arm of Keshet International.

Celebrity Showmance challenges three unlikely celebrity couples to complete ridiculous challenges that attract maximum social media attention.

Keshet UK is producing the series in which the public are the unwitting judges, with each ‘like’ or comment counting as points for the competing couples.

The show was ordered by ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions Paul Mortimer. It was commissioned by ITV factual entertainment commissioner Satmohan Panesar.

The format was devised by Keshet UK’s David Williams, who serves as its creative director, with Susan Maxwell as executive producer and Sarah Church as series producer.

Keshet International will distribute the series and debut it to international buyers at Mipcom.

C21 Media

posted 9/18/17


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

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posted 9/18/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Odds Are..."

  • Nick Lachey the bookie's favorite to win "Dancing" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Carrie Ann Inaba, while we're on the subject, has reportedly split from her dancing partner (Reality TV World)
     

  • Madonna headed to "Drag Race" season 10? (TV Line)
     

  • Jeopardy! ... apparently a bad Wikipedia (Washington Post)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/18/17

Hip Hop Squares Returns from Hiatus
New Episodes Resume September 25
From the Futon Critic

VH1's "Hip Hop Squares" returns from hiatus with THREE new back-to-back episodes on Monday, September 25th at 9PM, 9:30PM & 10PM ET/PT.

VH1, in conjunction with Cube Vision, Jesse Collins Entertainment and The Firm, will be premiering the second half of season one of "Hip Hop Squares" on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9PM ET/PT. "Hip Hop Squares" features the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/17

THURSDAY: Splitsville
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Mom" (5.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.012 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

ABC (4.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.041 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson " (4.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.996 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (3.924 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.285 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finales of "Beat Shazam" (2.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Love Connection" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.518 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.231 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.022 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.789m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 717k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 408k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Finalists
NBC, Fox Go 1-2 in Demos
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Marlon" (5.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season finale of "Marlon" (3.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a special "Midnight, Texas" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was FOX (4.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with the penultimate week of "MasterChef" (4.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.372 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.307 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Salvation" (3.558 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.253 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.993 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Speechless" (2.282 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.020 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "American Housewife" (2.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) as well as the special "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance & Bravery" (3.220 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.823 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.791 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.268m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 951k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 555k
- Are You the One (S/MTV): 268k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 166k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Q&A"

  • Arthur Chu's adventure becomes a movie (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" heads to casinos (Casinopedia)
     

  • "American Beauty Star" hasn't premiered yet, and already they're planning for season 2 (Broadway World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin to return to SNL (Broadway World)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/13/17

Idol Delayed?
Callbacks Forthcoming... Only One Judge... What's a Network to Do?
From Broadway World

The AMERICAN IDOL reboot continues to have problem after problem. After failing to score their own alum, Kelly Clarkson, as a judge after she signed with THE VOICE and after seeing a low turnout at their Oakland auditions, AMERICAN IDOL might have to delay taping, as reported by TMZ.

So far, the show has confirmed that Ryan Seacrest will be back to host and that Katy Perry will serve as a judge. However, they may not be able to secure Perry anymore, even when they've paid her $25 million, as they have failed to acquire 2 or 3 more judges for the panel. With Perry's Witness tour quickly approaching, the show looks like it will have to delay.

Sources say that producers are nowhere close to seating judges at the table. They wish to score country superstar Luke Bryan as the second judge, but the singer is looking for more money. The producers are not even thinking about judge #3 (and possibly a judge #4) as they work through negotiations.

Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and Keith Urban were all names thrown into the ring to be possible judges, but none of them have come to fruition. According to a previous report from TMZ, Richie asked for $10 million, which was double what AMERICAN IDOL offered.

The producers will have to scramble to record taped auditions with a full panel of judges while working through their money problems. With Katy Perry's first tour date happening on September 19 in Montreal, it looks like we could be waiting a long time for the reboot to actually happen.

Broadway World

posted 9/14/17

Lorraine Kelly Went to a Wedding and a Game Show Broke Out
BBC Greenlights New Series
From Digital Spy

Lorraine Kelly will be hopping over to BBC One to present a new wedding day game show.

The popular TV personality will be hosting Wedding Day Winners alongside comedian Rob Beckett.

Each week, two engaged couples – accompanied by their friends and family – will go head to head to win prizes, a dream honeymoon, and a beautiful wedding ceremony which will be broadcast to viewers at home.

Although it's a competition, each couple are guaranteed to leave as winners, married to the love of their lives.

Wedding Day Winners will air in spring 2018.

Lorraine is more familiar to ITV viewers, having worked on GMTV and Daybreak and now has her own daytime show on the channel.

Digital Spy
Sunday World

posted 9/14/17

TUESDAY: America's Got $44 Million
Cross-Network Telethon Dominates
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its presentation of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (6.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (4.577 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (4.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "NCIS" (5.178 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Bull" (4.473 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its lineup of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Black-ish" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Somewhere Between" (1.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (1.594 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) alongside a rebroadcast of "The Orville" (1.579 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 1.387m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 960k
- Chopped (Food): 901k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 884k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 747k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 650k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 221k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/17

MONDAY: Ninja Vanish
NBC Wins on Irma-Delayed Rating Report
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday thanks to originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (4.227 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) alongside a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.667 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.105 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Mom" (5.027 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (4.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Scorpion" (3.743 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season finale of "Hooten & The Lady" (0.937 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/14/17

Julianne Hough Leaves "Dancing"
Dancer Turned Judge to Sit Out Fall
From AOL

"Dancing with the Stars" will look a bit different next season over at the judges' table.

Julianne Hough will not be returning for season 25, ET confirmed on Wednesday. The news shocked fans, all of whom expected to see Hough alongside fellow judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Hough has been on the panel with them since 2014.

It's unknown why Hough will no longer be on the show or if she plans to return for future seasons.

It's possible that the many developments in Hough's life contribued to the decision: She recently tied the knot, marrying Brooks Laich in July, and she's been traveling and performing alongside brother Derek for their MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour.

AOL
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 9/13/17

Taskmaster Looks for "Champion of Champion"
Special to Air Later This Year
From Telly Mix

UKTV Original Taskmaster will bring together all five of the show’s series champions for the ultimate battle in a brand new two-part special, Taskmaster Champion of Champions.

The two part special will air on Dave later this year.

Produced by Avalon, the critically-acclaimed, multi-award nominated Taskmaster, will welcome back all five series champions: Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding and Rob Beckett.

The fifth and final winner will be revealed in the current ongoing series, airing Wednesdays at 9pm on Dave with Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips competing.

Greg Davies will once again rule as the all-powerful Taskmaster with loyal assistant Alex Horne firmly by his side as they put the series victors through their paces with a collection of confounding new assignments in the fight to become the ultimate Taskmaster champion.

Taskmaster has received a 2017 BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme alongside RTS, Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcast Award nominations since its commission in 2014.

An American version has been commissioned by Comedy Central.

Telly Mix
Den of Geek!
Beyond the Joke

posted 9/13/17

Rylan Clark-Neal Goes Swimming
W Does "The Wave" November
From Telly Mix

Rylan Clark-Neal is to host a new swimming based game show called The Wave.

The series, which will air on UKTV's W channel later this year, will involve pairs of contestants.

One will stay on land with host Rylan while the other will head out into open water.

One contestant will have to swim out to pontoons in order to answer questions to win money but will find themselves weight down by rocks if they get an answer wrong.

They'll then have to return to the shore against the clock in order to win win the cash prize.

A source told The Sun: "Swimming out in open sea is tough enough as it is. But a bag full of rocks could really end in tears for those taking part.

"Show bosses will be watching nervously, hoping contestants don’t get in too much bother before the safety boat intervenes.”

Rylan said of the show: "It’s sunny, it’s sexy and it’s funny. What more could you want?

"I can’t wait to work with an amazing team, playing a really fun game and can’t wait to meet our brave contestants who are going to be taking on The Wave.”

The Wave is expected to air on W from November with 10 episodes lined up.

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posted 9/13/17

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