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Skin Is In
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for Season 2
From the Hollywood Reporter
GSN is betting on more Skin Wars.

On the heels of a strong summer ratings performance, the cable network has renewed the body-painting competition series for a 10-episode second season.

Rebecca Romijn returns as host, along with judges RuPaul Charles, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.

Skin Wars, which wrapped its freshman run Sept. 24, delivered the highest-rated finale for GSN to date. And over the course of the season, the series boosted the network’s performance among female demos by double digits and nearly doubled viewership in its Wednesday time period. It also had a weekly digital after-show, Skin Wars: The Naked Truth, hosted by YouTube star and makeup expert Kandee Johnson.

“We are thrilled that young audiences tuned in to witness the astonishing work of these contestants,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vp programming at GSN. “Skin Wars represents GSN’s commitment to celebrate artistry through skill-based competition and we cannot wait for viewers to see what we have in store for them with season two.”

Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt, Jill Goularte and Romijn. Tracy and Slonina are producers.

GSN’s original programming portfolio includes Idiotest, The American Bible Challenge, the Jerry Springer-hosted Baggage on the Road and the recently renewed It Takes a Church and The Chase.

The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World

photo courtesy NBCUniversal

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sted 9/30/14

Syndies: Back in Business
Results for the Week Ending September 21
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the 26th consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending September 21, 2014.

The games fared thusly...

- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) Premiere week - 6.3 (9.710 million), +9%
- Jeopardy! (CTD) Premiere week - 6.1 (9.199 million), +7%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) Premiere week - 5.1 (7.410 million), +2%

Results for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Disney ABC) are forthcoming.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/30/14

Monday: NBC Back in Demo Front
CBS Takes Total Viewers
From the Futon Critic
Week two of the 2014-15 season kicked off with NBC (12.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) still on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5).

CBS (12.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (16.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3), a new "Scorpion" (13.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and the return of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (7.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (5.102 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (12.214 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) served up a new "Dancing with the Stars" (12.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and the season premiere of "Castle" (11.263 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) offered up its annual presentation of "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1" (0.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

At midnight, Comedy Central's "@midnight" attracted 585,000.

On Sunday, Food Network rated thusly...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.078 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race (finale) - 1.391 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.194 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/14

Elisabeth Murdoch to Step Down
"MasterChef" Producer Will Not Oversee Three-Way Merger
From Sydney Morning Herald
Elisabeth Murdoch will walk away from the TV production empire she built when the planned merger between her Shine Group and two other companies, Endemol and Core Media, is finalized.

The 46-year-old daughter of media titan Rupert Murdoch launched Shine in 2001 and has remained in charge of it for the last two years since its acquisition by 21st Century Fox - then News Corp - in 2011 for $US675 million ($772 million).

Once the merger is finalized, the younger Murdoch will step down and former BSkyB content executive Sophie Turner Laing will assume the title of chief executive officer.

The merged entity will be the biggest production company in the world.

It will also control some of the most successful television programming in the world, including Shine's formats MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and The Face.

Endemol's program library includes the Big Brother format at the game show Deal or No Deal. Core owns the reality formats American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

The content controlled by the Shine-Endemol-Core merged entity is, however, top heavy with reality formats. The companies are less productive in the realm of scripted programming.

Sydney Morning Herald
Deadline

posted 9/30/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Model's Life"

  • Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith moves to TBS for "The Smiths" (... featuringhernbastarandbasketballanalysthusbandkenny) (Deadline)
     
  • Ashley Hebert gives birth to Bachelorette baby (Us Magazine)
     
  • "Billy the Board" goes to Cannes (World Screen)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Wichita November 14 (The Wichita Eagle)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... has a brainfart (YouTube)

posted 9/30/14

The Biggest Loser Turns 10
NBC Plans Month-Long Celebration
From the Futon Critic
October will mark the 10-year anniversary month of NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser," celebrating over 33,000 pounds lost in the first 15 seasons of the show. Including the season 16 contestants on the current edition, "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC), the series has helped 310 contestants dramatically transform their health and their lives. The series moves to one-hour episodes starting October 2.

From the heaviest contestant (Michael Ventrella, season 9) weighing 526 pounds, who lost the highest percentage of weight his season to win the grand prize of $250,000, to the oldest player (Jerry Hayes, season 7) who at age 63, won the at-home, eliminated contestant prize of $100,000, the contestants have proven that no obstacle is too great in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. Since the series premiere in October of 2004, "The Biggest Loser" has also sparked four marriages and two engagements among contestants who fell in love while going through their weight loss journeys.

As part of the anniversary celebration during the month of October, host Alison Sweeney and trainers Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom will be live tweeting along with fan favorite, past season contestants during episodes of "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days." Viewers can join the social conversation and follow along using #BL10years. The current season features all former athletes, ranging from former NFL players to Olympic gold medalists to athletes who were standouts in high school and college.

PEOPLE will also be hosting a "where are they now" photo gallery on their website, www.People.com, featuring current photos and updates from popular past season contestants.

The Futon Critic


"The Biggest Loser" celebrates its 10th anniversary

photo courtesy NBCUniversal

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sted 9/29/14

Friday: Sharks vs. Race
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to the return of "Shark Tank" (6.884 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), a second hour of "Shark Tank" (7.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the respective premieres of "The Amazing Race" (5.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a rebroadcast of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.859 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and an "Gotham" (2.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) encore.

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.102 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.902 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/29/14

More on "Food Truck Face Off"
Catch It on Food Thursday!
From New York Post
One-time “The Bachelor” star Jesse Palmer says his new hosting gig on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” is a far cry from his experience on the dating show a decade ago.

“This is obviously a completely different genre versus what I did in 2004,” says Palmer, laughing. “There’s a lot of heat in this show — but it’s confined to the kitchen.”

That said, the current ESPN college football analyst thinks there’s plenty of drama and heartache on “Face Off,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” he says. “It’s the ultimate reality television — there’s no doubt about it.”

On “Face Off,” two-person teams create and sell street-friendly fare in a competition to win a customized food truck for one year. A panel of judges rates the taste, service and presentation of the teams’ cuisines, which range from Southern-fried to vegetarian Indian.

In a final showdown, competitors face off to raise the most money — and thereby win their coveted vehicle — alongside other already-established food trucks in cities including Miami, LA, Austin, Texas, and Palmer’s hometown of Toronto, Canada.

“I think people think it’s an easy thing — just no stress, that you’re laughing, having a good time in the kitchen with your buddy,” says Palmer, a 2001-04 quarterback for the New York Giants. “It could not have been more the opposite.”

Contestants come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of expertise. Whether they’re seasoned restaurant chefs or amateur cooks armed with family recipes, they must juggle an intense mix of challenges, including long lines of impatient customers, supply shortages, technical issues (like suddenly non-functioning propane stoves) and flavor-starved recipes that turn off the judges’ palates.

“It becomes pretty obvious how important winning this thing is to them and how it can change their lives. But the challenges they had to go through were very physically, very emotionally taxing,” he says. “It sounds cliché, but blood, sweat and tears — all of those things were shed on this show.”

New York Post

posted 9/29/14

More on "Canada's Smartest Person"
Catch It on CBC Sundays!
From CBC News
Intelligence is about more than IQ tests and final exams—at least that’s what Jessi Cruickshank is out to prove as the host of CBC’s new series, Canada’s Smartest Person.

The 9-part season will see 32 of Canada’s brightest minds go head-to-head in a series of challenging tests until only one person remains.

"The challenges we're making these people do are kind of out of control," said Cruickshank. "We're taking it all over the map and that's what makes it so fun."

Unlike average quiz shows, Cruickshank says Canada’s Smartest Person throws out old theories of determining intelligence. Instead, the competition breaks things down into six major facets: linguistic, visual, musical, social, logical and physical.

To truly be 'smart', contestants must be well-rounded and have a little bit of intelligence in each category.

"It's a whole new way of measuring intelligence. And for us, it's a really fun way of measuring it," said Cruickshank.

The challenges will cover everything from a lie detector test to an electronic dance challenge to a motivational speech, where contestants must convince a peewee hockey team to get up and get inspired to win.

CBC News

posted 9/29/14

DEAL! for 10th Season
Noel Edmonds' Version of the World-Famous Game Renewed
From Bristol Post
Hit Bristol TV show Deal Or No Deal has been commissioned for a 10th series.

The Noel Edmonds-fronted game show where contestants pit their wits against the mysterious banker has been a mainstay of Channel 4’s daytime offering for nearly a decade.

Last year it moved from the Paintworks to the Bottle Yard in Hengrove, the former bottling plant which has been turned into a film studios.

The show’s latest commission will run through to the end of 2015, marking its 10th anniversary on UK television.

The deal will see Remarkable Television, part of Endemol, produce 288 new episodes for Channel 4, bringing the total number to nearly 3,000.

BBC Studios and Post Production transformed a 3,000-square metre section of the Bottle Yard site into a permanent home for the show in 2013.

Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios said: “We are delighted to have confirmation of Deal or No Deal’s recommission.

“The flexibility of the space we have here meant that BBC Studios and Post Production were able to build an entirely bespoke studio, which has proven to be a huge success, meeting all of the production’s needs.

“We love having the show on-site and its fantastic news that it will now run into its tenth year on our TV screens.”

David Conway, acting CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production, added: “We are excited to be supporting another series of Deal or No Deal from The Bottle Yard Studios and providing fully managed studio services once more.

“Being able to design and build the production facilities from scratch last year, meant we could work with Remarkable Television to create facilities that were tailored to their production needs.

“For us as a media company, Bristol continues to be a fantastic city to work in. We have an excellent partnership with the Bottle Yard Studios and are very much open to offering bespoke, studio services to other clients from this location.”

Deal or No Deal first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2005. Since the show began over £39 million has been paid out in prize money to over 2,650 contestants.

Bristol Post

posted 9/29/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not My Circus"

  • Craig Ferguson never wanted David Letterman's chair (People)
     
  • Chris Soules begins filming his "Bachelor" season (Christian Today)
     
  • Jeff Probst is asking for one-liners. Time to play "What's My Zinger!" (Twitter @JeffProbst)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 100 people surveyed, top 14 answers on the board. Name a "Family Feud" question that has given Steve Harvey conniptions (Hitfix)
     
  • Sophia Bush in regards to a "Jeopardy!" clue... socially just or just "social justice warrior"? (Empty Lighthouse)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! not a fan of Donald Trump? Sick of him pretending to run for president? Congratulations! You were born (screwed) up! (Mediaite - NSFW for language)
     
  • Wolfgang Puck not a big fan of the "Top Chef" (The Braiser)

posted 9/29/14

The Second Wizard War
Syfy Picks Up Freshman Summer Hit
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has ordered six additional one-hour episodes of its exciting competition series, Wizard Wars. The series challenges bright and innovative young magicians to impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects. The series is expected to return in January 2015, showcasing magicians from Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and more.

Wizard Wars debuted August 19 to over one million Live +SD total viewers tuning in, growing substantially in the timeslot from previous weeks and year-to-year. In Live +7, the premiere grew to 1.3 million total viewers. Wizard Wars' first season so far ranks as Syfy's #1 new unscripted series this year among males. The series has also demonstrated success on Friday nights with its most recent encore showing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Sept. 5) earning 1.1 million total viewers and growing from that week's new episode.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/26/14

Thursday: How To Get Away With Thursday
All-Shonda Rhimes Lineup Wins Night for ABC by Less Than 1M
From the Futon Critic
CBS (11.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) held onto the demo crown on Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.541 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).

ABC (11.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was the most-watched network with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and "Scandal" (11.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2) followed by the launch of "How to Get Away with Murder" (14.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.467 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and the season premiere of "Parenthood" (4.262 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the season opener to "Bones" (6.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) alongside a rebroadcast of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" was the top game with 2.238 million. "@midnight" ended the week with 635,000. "Beat Bobby Flay" garnered 761,000. "Snack-Off" is ready for the check with 410,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/14

Tug Is War
Israeli Format Heads to Global Agency
From World Screen
Global Agency and Israel's TV Format Fund are bringing the new game-show format TUG out to the worldwide market.

The format was created by July August Productions together with Michael Rothschild. Global Agency has the exclusive distribution rights. TUG features a game of tug-of-war. In this game, however, it takes brains instead of muscle. Two teams of three will go head to head in a tug-of-war of knowledge. They stand on moving platforms on top of a money tree on the stage. The members will then take turns in a trivia-based tug-of-war.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We are delighted to partner with TV Format Fund on TUG. They made a big impression to enter the market last year to bridge the gap between the television industry and the world of business finance by producing and re-casting export-worthy television formats. Israel is one of the world’s most innovative and creative markets; we are happy that TV Format Fund has been one of our strong partners in this region."

"I believe they have all made the right choice by working with Global Agency," said Rothschild. "As a worldwide distributor, we offer an outstanding opportunity to spread the project to many territories. In addition, the show's authenticity makes it a perfect acquisition opportunity for us. We can’t wait to present it to our customers at MIPCOM.”

Nir Shichvager, executive associate and project manager of TV Format Fund, said: “TV Format Fund is a financial body that invests in television formats. At the Fund we welcome and encourage international cooperation, as we believe that through joining forces internationally we can leverage each format we invest in, and help it to reach new and diverse territories and markets. The Fund strives to maximize the potential of each and every format."

World Screen

posted 9/26/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • "Shark Tank", now in its sixth season, becomes the most American Japanese import since the Camry (Grantland)
     
  • Randy Jackson's been voted out of his wife's life.... dawg (TMZ)
     
  • An "American Ninja Warrior" (the second-most American Japanese import since the Camry) speaks to a class (WAFF Huntsville)
     
  • Okay, Gwen Stefani... what is the name of Miranda Lambert's husband AND your fellow coach? (Reality TV Magazine)
     
  • Ben Gleib is a longtime game show fan. The words "Press Your Luck" come up a lot during this interview (The Interrobang)
     
  • Todd Newton returns to KC to host the Mid-America Emmys (Kansas City Live)
     
  • Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman make a pointless trip to a bookstore next month (Watford Observer)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 8 game shows that were really. REALLY. Bad. #3 is a long-runner. (HLN)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Rolling Stone), who says that he could've been in Ray Rice's shoes if not for a twist of fate (The Grio)

posted 9/26/14

Number 1... for 28 Years Running!
CBS Daytime Breaks Its Own Record
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime ended the 2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and The Talk both finishing with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND The Restless delivered their largest audiences in years, according to Nielsen most current ratings for the 2013-2014 television year.

· LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.

· THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/25/14

Wednesday: The End and the Beginning
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) followed by the 90-minute finale of "Big Brother 16" (6.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4).

ABC (7.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere mix of "The Middle" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.969 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Modern Family" (10.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (10.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Nashville" (5.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (9.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with week two of "The Mysteries of Laura" (9.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (8.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.525 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Red Band Society" (3.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.510 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" logged in 658,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" brought in 433,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Vulture
Washington Post

posted 9/25/14

The Hub: 2010-2014
Discovery Takes Majority Stake, Will Rebrand "Family Game Night" Network
From TV by the Numbers
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios’ series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery’s three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, Flying Wild Alaska, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.

“The next chapter of our collaboration will harness the incredible content strengths of both Discovery and Hasbro to program Discovery Family Channel with highly-rated award-winning storytelling around Hasbro’s brands and Discovery’s most popular non-fiction shows that appeal to both children and families alike,” said Hasbro President & CEO Brian Goldner. “Discovery Communications has a nearly 30-year track record of building television brands that create maximum value for advertisers and distributors through their world-class raft of programming and we look forward to evolving this network together.”

Under the executive management of Group President Henry Schleiff, Tom Cosgrove will assume the role of general manager of Discovery Family Channel and will manage all network operations and programming, working closely with the Hasbro Studios team as the new channel will prominently feature Hasbro Studios-produced content in daytime. Schleiff has overseen the successful turnaround and growth of several networks within the Discovery portfolio. Previously, Cosgrove served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Discovery Channel and Science Channel and has held senior leadership positions at ABC Family, Fox Family, Fox Kids and TV Guide Channel prior to his time at Discovery. Most recently, he led 3net and 3net Studios.

“Hasbro is a world-class company with franchises and characters that appeal to kids and families around the world. They have been terrific partners over the past several years as we developed our kids television audience in the U.S., and we look forward to a continued strong collaboration as we evolve to the Discovery Family Channel together,” said Discovery Communications President & CEO, David Zaslav. “Henry’s proficiency in developing and growing strong brands combined with Tom’s experience on Discovery’s flagship brand and deep background in family programming make for a perfect leadership team to drive the network toward future growth.”

The repositioning to Discovery Family Channel builds upon Discovery’s ongoing strategy to maximize its portfolio of channels to satisfy viewers and drive value for distributors and advertisers, while working alongside quality content partners to create long-term value. The Hub Network has grown from nearly 56 million homes in 2010 to approximately 70 million U.S. homes today. Since launch, the strong performance of Hasbro children’s content helped lift the network’s total day P2-11 delivery by +89% and for the past three years, The Hub Network has consistently been the most co-viewed children’s cable network among kids 2-11 watching with adults 18-49--a trend the partners plan to continue with Discovery Family.

“Brian and I want to thank the entire team at The Hub Network for their passion and dedication in building this brand over the past five years,” added Zaslav. “They are a fantastic group of executives, guided by a tremendously creative and inspiring leader in Margaret Loesch. We are grateful for their work in creating a channel of which Discovery and Hasbro have been incredibly proud.”

Discovery Family Channel will continue as a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, with Discovery Communications taking a 60% ownership position in the new channel and Hasbro’s stake decreasing to 40%. The network will be consolidated and managed under the Discovery portfolio of networks.

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posted 9/25/14

Big Picture Show
Armoza Format Heads to MIPCOM
From World Screen
Talpa Global and Israel's A Cappella have entered into a partnership regarding the representation of the game show The Big Picture in the global market.

The show is created by TV host and renowned mentalist Nimrod Harel and A Cappella. It sees studio players get the chance to win big money by correctly answering 12 picture-based questions. If a player is unsure of the answer, he can enlist help from a connected player selected from among those viewers playing along at home in real time via The Big Picture App. The technology will enable the connected player to have their image show on the TV screen in studio, and they too will get a shot at winning an amount of the total prize money.

“Although we rarely enter into partnerships on third-party formats, we made an exception with A Cappella as we believe The Big Picture is such a unique connected format that’s going to change the perception of the game show," said Maarten Meijs, the managing director of Talpa Global.

Meijs added: "It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app. We have a lot of experience with digital extensions, such as the multiplatform project Utopia, and What Do I Know?!, which is offered with an integrated live play-along app. So we’re technically ready to launch the first game show in which the viewer, by using the special Big Picture app, is actually able to participate on the TV program on-screen in real time and win big money.”

Einat Shamir, the CEO of A Cappella, commented: “Talpa is highly experienced in successfully rolling out formats internationally, and is focused on connected formats and extending brands to other platforms. The Big Picture is a game changer and we believe this format will become the benchmark to how game shows will interact with their audiences wherever they might be. After all, the audience at home wants to be an active participant and influence what they watch on the screen in real time, and The Big Picture enhances the viewing habits of our audience, allowing its viewers to take home the cash prize from the comfort of their couch. We’re convinced our partnership aimed at taking The Big Picture all over the world will be a successful one. "

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posted 9/25/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Perform"

posted 9/25/14


... This Is Jeopardy!?
Sports Jeopardy! Premieres Today on Crackle!
From HNGN
“Sports Jeopardy!” executive producer Harry Friedman gave a straightforward pitch for his new quiz show: “It’s sports and ‘Jeopardy!’ End of pitch,” he told The New York Times.

The sports-themed “Jeopardy!” will premiere on Crackle, a video-streaming website owned by Sony, on Sept. 24 and it’s one of the first digital game shows. The 30-minute show will debut a new episode weekly, and viewers can play along on the “Sports Jeopardy!” mobile app, released earlier this year.

“It just seemed like a natural extension of the ‘Jeopardy!’ format, and the growth of sports just simply can’t be denied,” said Friedman, who also produces “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

Veteran sportscaster Dan Patrick will host the program, which filmed on the actual “Jeopardy!” set in front of a live audience. Patrick even used the dressing room for “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who gave the new host some advice.

“He said ‘Have fun.’ That’s the one mistake he made early that he’s almost trying to make up for,” Patrick told The Hollywood Reporter.

Friedman and the “Jeopardy!” team pitched the sports-themed game show to ESPN almost 20 years ago, according to The New York Times. The network couldn’t find a place on its schedule where it didn’t compete with the original. The team pitched it again last fall as a digital entity.

“It’s where we’re headed with Millennials,” Patrick told USA Today about the online video consumption of the younger generation. “To be part of this process is exciting. It’s cutting edge.”

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posted 9/24/14

Tuesday: Big Easy Win
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was the demo champ on night two of the 2014-15 season thanks to a two-hour "The Voice" (13.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and the return of "Chicago Fire" (9.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

CBS (15.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere lineup of "NCIS" (17.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (17.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6).

Next up was ABC (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a special "Dancing with the Stars" (9.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) results show followed by the season premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and the time period launch of "Forever" (6.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.072 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its trio of "Utopia" (1.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "New Girl" (2.320 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (2.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.697 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.676 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" drew with "Chopped", 1.261 million to 1.302 million. "@midnight" stayed up to 716,000. "Wizard Wars" signed off with 521,000. "IdioTest" averaged 306,000.

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posted 9/24/14

You'll Like to Watch for Two More Years
CBS Renews Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 17th and 18th editions for broadcast in summer 2015 and 2016. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. This summer's edition is up +2% in viewers (7.56m from 7.39m) and +4% in adults 18-49 (2.7/09 from 2.6/08), while averaging 3.1/09 in adults 25-54 and 1.9/08 in adults 18-34. All three weekly broadcasts of BIG BROTHER rank among the top 10 programs of the summer in adults 18-49.

"BIG BROTHER continues to be the one of the summer's most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively," said Chris Castallo, CBS Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming. "With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it."

"Big Brother After Dark," the ultimate fan after-show for BIG BROTHER with a live late-night look inside the House, has also been renewed for next summer. "Big Brother After Dark" will air exclusively on POP, a new cable network (currently known as TVGN) launching in 2015.

In addition to its popularity on broadcast and cable, BIG BROTHER is one of television's most socially engaged series. According to Nielsen's SocialGuide, BIG BROTHER is the #1 social broadcast reality show of the summer.

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posted 9/24/14

Quiz Clash Goes from App to Screen
ITVS Options Format
From TBI Vision
ITV Studios has taken rights to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app.

Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37 million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on ARD channel Das Erste.

Viewers could play along with the show via a Quizduell app and it delivered solid ratings for Das Erste, averaging 1.3 million viewers.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will now launch the format internationally.

Mike Beale, director of international formats, ITV Studios, said: “Quiz Duel is a tense, exciting quiz show with huge international potential and interest from broadcasters across the world is already high.”

FEO’s CEO Robert Willstedt said: “We are thrilled that the TV show has worked so well in Germany and look forward to working closely with ITVSGE to bring Quiz Duel to millions more viewers across the world.”

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posted 9/24/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sports"

  • John Rocker calls "Survivor" the worst thing he's ever done. Even worse than, say, badmouthing every one and everything that isn't like you? (The Big Lead)
     
  • Tommy Chong wants Erin Andrews to touch his boob. Dave's still not here, man (The Big Lead)
     
  • Jeff Probst has a code with his wife on Survivor. The takeaway: Probst is married (People)
     
  • Is "What's My Line?" poised for a comeback? (Facebook - courtesy Randy West)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Broadway World)

posted 9/23/14


Syndies: So Here's the Score So Far...
Celebrity Name Game... Night 1. PLUS Results for Week Ending September 14
From the Futon Critic & TV News Check
Season premieres for several high-profile shows highlighted the week ending Sept. 14.

Rookie access show Celebrity Name Game got a 0.8/2 primary run average for its premiere on Sept. 22. This was down 27% from its lead-in and down 33% from its year-ago time period average.

At the very top of the syndication chart, Judge Judy ruled for the 25th consecutive week, launching its 19th season with a 7.1, which was 22% higher than its closest competitor, Wheel of Fortune, at a 5.8.

Meanwhile, ABC is touting performances on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with new host Terry Crews. "Millionaire" equaled its highest Household rating (2.0 rating) since May and top Women 25-54 rating since early March - since w/o 5/12/14 and w/o 3/3/14.

· "Millionaire" retained 100% of its year-ago premiere week Total Viewer count (2.8 million) and 95% in Homes (2.0 rating vs. 2.1 rating on w/o 9/2/13)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

- 1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +5%
- 2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
- 3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.0 +6%
- 4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 +18%

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posted 9/23/14

Monday: And They're Off!
CBS Wins First Night of the New Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (12.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) opened the 2014-15 season on top with the season premieres of "The Voice" (12.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "The Blacklist" (12.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4).

CBS (13.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was a close second place with the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2), a second "The Big Bang Theory" (17.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1), the premiere of "Scorpion" (14.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and the season finale of "Under the Dome" (7.561 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (6.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) with the launch of "Gotham" (7.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.2, #6) followed by the season premiere of "Sleepy Hollow" (5.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (10.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up week two of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7) alongside the special premiere of "Forever" (8.261 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.166 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

And at midnight, 554,000 tuned into... well, "@midnight".

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posted 9/23/14

Greece Steps Into "Hot Seat"
"Millionaire" Spinoff Heads to Skai TV
From C21 Media
A Greek broadcaster has become the latest to order a local version of Sony Pictures Television’s quizshow format Hot Seat.

Skai TV has commissioned a 180-episode run, that will be made by its in-house production team.

The show, which sees six contestants play against each other with the only lifeline being an opportunity to pass the question to the next competitor in line, has already been sold to TV2 in Denmark and Network Nine in Australia.

Meanwhile classic format Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has reached Kyrgyzstan, where Magic Studio is making a 42×60′ first season for the Public Broadcasting Company of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In Turkey, broadcaster and producer ATV has renewed its version of the show, which first aired on ITV in the UK back in 1998, after ordering another 114 episodes. Meanwhile Prima in Romania has commissioned a third run of 36 episodes from local producer Zucchero.

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posted 9/23/14

Sunday: The Weekend Before
NBC, CBS Split the Night Before the Start of the 2014 Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).

CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) however was the most-watched network thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).

On cable, Food ranked thusly...

- 8p: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off (season finale): 1.973 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race: 1.677 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (season premiere): 1.330 million

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posted 9/23/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hart Break on the Dance Floor"

  • Kevin Hart to guest judge for "Dancing with the Stars" (Us Magazine)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Ken Jennings tweets. The Internet tweets back. And they're not happy (E!)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro gets jiggy with it (Us Magazine)
     
  • Rita Ora in a chair turnover on "The Voice UK" (Deadline) PLUS stateside longevity (New York Times) and a Few Good Minutes with Gwen Stefani (Us Magazine)
     
  • We've had a game return, but we were also promised a refit on TPIR's Premiere Week.... Well, it's "time" for a change (Yahoo!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Ben Gleib (Jewish Daily Forward)

posted 9/23/14

MGM Buys In
Mark Burnett's One Three Media Sold for 55% Share
From Realscreen
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has acquired a 55% stake in Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s production companies One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment.

The deal covers all of their interests in Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Bible, which the U.S. media giant will consolidate into the new venture United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which will develop, produce and finance scripted and unscripted TV shows, movies and digital content.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burnett will serve as CEO of UAMG and Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, UAMG’s faith and family division. One Three Media COO Brian Edwards will now serve as the COO of UAMG.

In their new roles, Burnett and Downey will develop all UAMG projects and work with MGM’s distribution and marketing divisions to create a seamless business structure.

“Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content, and we are excited to be distributing UAMG content worldwide,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber (pictured, center with Burnett and Downey) in a statement. “Together with Hearst Entertainment’s vast array of media assets and knowledge, MGM could not have wished for better partners to continue to grow the MGM business of creating premium content for distribution across multiple platforms.”

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posted 9/22/14

GMA Loses the Money
Filipino Version of German Game Coming
From Tempo
Continuing to offer all-out entertainment, GMA Network brings to viewers the newest gameshow “Don’t Lose The Money”, hosted by Kapuso Prime leading man Tom Rodriguez.

A successful franchise from Germany, “Don’t Lose the Money” features two teams, with three members each, competing with each other. The team, who keeps the biggest amount of money at the end of the program, after going through grueling physical challenges, wins and gets to take home the money.

Viewers will definitely be thrilled and inspired as the players combine strength, courage, tactics, and strategic timing to win and fulfill their life goal.

Directed by Mark Reyes, “Don’t Lose The Money” airs from Monday to Friday after “Basta Every Day Happy”­ in GMA.

Tempo

posted 9/22/14


POLLY BERGEN: 1930-2014
Actress... Singer.... Gamer...
From Yahoo!/AP
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals, and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War and Remembrance.

Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said her definition of success was “when you feel what you’ve done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy.”

Born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN, Bergen was 20 and already an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, At War With the Army. She joined them in two more comedies, That’s My Boy and The Stooge.

In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety The Polly Bergen Show on NBC, closing every broadcast with her theme song, The Party’s Over.

Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the popular game show To Tell the Truth. She would later appear in the 1980 version with Robin Ward. She also played on Password All-Stars in 1962 & 1963; What's My Line? from 1958 to 1966 as a Mystery Guest on three occasions and one time panelist; The Game Game in 1970; Hollywood Sqauresin 1968 & 1971; Celebrity Sweepstakes in 1974.

Bergen published the first of her three advice books, The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm, in 1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which earned her millions.

Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries, most importantly in the 1983 epic The Winds of War and its 1988 sequel, War and Remembrance. She appeared as the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.

Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962 suspense film Cape Fear, as the sadistic ex-convict who terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen) and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

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posted 9/22/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "DWI"

  • Chris Nunez gets popped for DUI (TMZ)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Sports Jeopardy!" (Crackle, Wednesday) (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 14 things we learned from "The Price Is Right" (Rotten Tomatoes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the QI Elves (Radio Times)

posted 9/22/14

"Pointless" Goes Gold
Survey Quiz Wins Prestigious Rose d'Or
From Realscreen
Channel 4′s reality series Gogglebox (pictured) and BBC1 gameshow Pointless picked up top honors at the 53rd annual Rose d’Or Awards.

Organized by Eurovision, the awards – which recognize “the best and most creative TV, online and radio formats worldwide” – were handed out on September 17 at a ceremony in Berlin.

Gogglebox picked up the award for best reality and factual entertainment, beating out Married at First Sight (Snowman Productions) and The Kamaras Love You (Eyeworks).

Meanwhile, topping the arts category was Peter & The Wolf/Pierre et le Loup (Camera Lucida Productions), which won over Inside the Mind of Leonardo (BSkyB) and Music, Maestro (RTP).

Finally, Pointless picked up the game show prize, besting contenders Extraordinary Masters (Brainpool TV GmbH) and The Common Denominator (Armoza Formats).

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posted 9/19/14

Thursday: Falcon PUNCH!
CBS Wins and Wins Big
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to week two of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a special two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (4.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside a repeat of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.615 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scandal" (3.350 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and another "Scandal" (3.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.089 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up rebroadcasts of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Sleepy Hollow" (2.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.603 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Project Runway" scored 2.430 million, leading the charge. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" cooked up 797,000.  Comedy Central's "@Midnight" finished the week with 614,000.

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posted 9/19/14

ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

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posted 9/19/14

Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes "Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md., became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”

Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game was close with only $6,000 separating the first and third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.

Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her. However, there were no problems when the bonus round puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right away, so I called the letters and was able to solve pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.

The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s Game®.

The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1 million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn Erhard in May of 2013.

Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having watched with her parents growing up and now challenging her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children Alden and Raina.

“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak following the win.

During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had calculated the probability of winning the million dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”

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posted 9/19/14

Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the #1 Network
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project" (2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off". "Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000. Two episodes of "IdioTest" averaged 345,500.

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posted 9/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Torn Apart"

  • BBC1 gets complaint on "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
     
  • Nissan drives into partnership with "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Julia Volkova (one-half of faux lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u) was on the Ukrainian version of "The Moment of Truth", and all the things she said all the things she said running through her head running through her head running through her head about gay men didn't go over well (Holy Moly)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil putting his Santa Monica home up for $2.2 million (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Ask America heads to Bakersfield (KERO Bakersfield)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 answers that game show hosts had that matter (Huffington Post)

posted 9/19/14

Wednesday: It's Magic! It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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posted 9/18/14

@Midnight @NewYorkCity
Catch Special NY Comedy Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.

"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.

"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).

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posted 9/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"

  • Craig Ferguson used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip through time and space (Unreality TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name Game" (AZ Central)
     
  • Michael Vine growing out of All3Media (TBI Vision)
     
  • Celebrity Squares takes 20 percent of its audience to block (Broadcast)
     
  • "Danger Mouse" just got a little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the superspy in the reboot (Animation Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal (Broadway World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway World)
     
  • TVGN gets Popped (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Live from New York... It's Darrell Hammond! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
     
  • Josh Kaufman becomes The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Everything you know about Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)

posted 9/18/14

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