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ABC Launches "DanceBattle"
Viral Dancers Take On Each Other for Prize
From The Futon Critic

From Executive Producers Julianne Hough (Actress and "Dancing with the Stars" judge and two-time champion), Maria Menounos ("E! News" Host, "Dancing with the Stars" celebrity dancer) and Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves ("Project Greenlight," "Top Chef") comes ABC's dance special "#DanceBattle America," airing MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), following the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 21.

Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro ("Americas Funniest Home Videos", "DWTS" Champion) and Jordin Sparks (Actress, Recording Artist, "American Idol" Winner), the hour-long network special was inspired by Hough and Menounos after the two engaged in a now famous dance battle via social media during the 2013 holiday season. The battle went viral and inspired other celebrities including Kate Hudson, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amber Riley and their families to join in the fun. Due to the huge popular response, Hough and Menounos challenged everyone in America to submit their own epic dance moves via social media for a chance to compete in "#DanceBattle America."

"I love that my family and friends coming together to challenge the Houghs on social media turned into a chance for America to dance!" said Menounos. "Ever since I left DWTS, I've always wanted to find a way to give others the magical experience I had. Watching the submissions for this show had me laughing, dancing or crying. It's so inspirational and uplifting."

"The number one question I get from fans is 'when are they going to make a Dancing with the Stars for the average Joe,' so the idea behind this is that these families, friends and co-workers get to come to L.A. to work with a choreographer and go through a small version of the transformation that the celebrities go through on DWTS" stated Hough.

After an incredible nationwide response, eight teams were chosen to battle it out in Los Angeles on September 14. The teams will go through a week of intense training with some of the country's best choreographers to create a routine for their chosen song. Each team will battle against another team in four rounds of competition. At the completion of the battle rounds, the winning team will be selected by the studio audience and will receive a trophy and prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/28/15

Thursday: New High for "Food"
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.813 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed top honors with the 11th consecutive week with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Mom" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.337 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

The silver then went to NBC (4.939 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with originals from "Food Fighters" (3.840 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (5.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Beyond the Tank" (3.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside new episodes of "Mistresses" (3.241 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Rookie Blue" (3.447 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.273 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Boom!" (2.148 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and a repeat "Bones" (2.398 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (1.004 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.953 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food/SF): 1.267 million
- The Chase (GSN): 625,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9p): 484,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9:30p): 482,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 292,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/28/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ugly Americans"

  • Celebrity Big Brother: UK vs. USA begins... (The Guardian) by kicking out Tila Tequila (TMZ)
     
  • Bryana Salaz goes from "The Voice" to "Urban Cowboy" (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan (What's on TV)

posted 8/28/15

More "Dancing"! More Stars!
Season Premiere September 14
From Us Magazine

Internet sensation Hayes Grier is getting ready to bust a move on Dancing with the Stars.

The Vine and YouTube personality will compete on this season of the ABC reality series, he announced via Twitter on Thursday.

The reveal came early after Hayes, 15, teased his nearly 3 million followers that he's "not good at keeping secrets."

"Right now it's 4 in the morning in L.A., and I was going to announce my big announcement in seven days, but I just got word that I could announce it now, so why not?" a sleepy Hayes said in a video posted to the Challenged app. "It's going to be really cool and an amazing journey to be on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, and I'm super excited, and I want you guys to be a big part of it and support and vote for us, and it's going to be a great time."

In addition, pop singer Andy Grammer -- whose hit song, "Honey, I'm Good" has been stuck in our heads all summer -- will be joining season 21 of the hit ABC competition series.

Additionally, controversial chef Paula Deen and Grammy-winning music icon Chaka Khan will be stepping into the ballroom to show off their best moves, our source confirms.

ABC, which does not comment on casting rumors, will not confirm that Grammer, Deen or Khan will be participating in the new season.

It was previously announced that DWTS' season 21 lineup will feature Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and Triple Crown jockey Victor Espinoza.

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posted 8/27/15

"Name Game" Names for Season 2
Catch It September 21
From TV by the Numbers

This fall, the who’s who of the celebrity world will converge on Celebrity Name Game, when the hilarious game show returns for its second season. Hosted by funnyman Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the syndicated, half-hour weekday strip premieres Monday, September 21.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game is back for a second season, where anything can (and will) happen! The series pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given time period – and this season new rules apply. The answers aren’t just celebrity names, but range from actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, places, brands, books, TV shows, movies, foods and even cartoon characters. Consisting of two competitive speed rounds followed by a third round where Craig Ferguson provides the clues, teams then must face a broad mix of clues and categories ranging from a single letter to a real life tweet from a celebrity as they enter into the final $20,000 round.

"I love hosting Celebrity Name Game, I get a big thrill out of giving away other people’s money so I’m delighted to be back for a second season," said Craig Ferguson. “And we’ve managed to talk even more gullible celebrities into making fools of themselves."

Celebrity Name Game debuted as the #1 new show in syndication (tied with Hot Bench) in the key demo of W25-54, and grew more than any other game show from the November sweep through May, rising 21% in W25-54 and 16% in A25-54. Celebrity Name Game’s success continued with awards accolades when host Craig Ferguson was honored with a Daytime Emmy® win for Outstanding Game Show Host.

Guest stars for the 2015/16 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Shannen Doherty (MallBrats), Randy Jackson (music producer and television personality), Mario Lopez (Extra), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder), Terrell Owens (former professional football player), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black), Guillermo Rodriguez (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy Recording Artist), and many more!

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

A New Layer of "Skin"
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for Season 3
From TV by the Numbers

The “battle of the brushes” continues as GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has ordered a 10-episode third season of the top-rated original hit series SKIN WARS, hosted by Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians). The announcement comes on the heels of a successful season two finale, which drew over 1.1 million viewers.

SKIN WARS has been seen by over 18 million total unique viewers since the show launched in 2014 and currently has more than doubled (+125%) the year-to-date time period average with total viewers. This season also saw the show deliver its most watched episode ever for the franchise in key demos W18-49, W25-54 and P25-54 on a Live+3 basis. The success of the series has been key in putting GSN on pace for both its best year and summer ever, as it is currently up 24% in Prime 8p-11p over year-ago and up 30% over last summer in total viewers.

Television’s groundbreaking body painting competition show SKIN WARS seeks to find the most skillful, accomplished and versatile body painter in America. Along with host, Romijn, returning judges for season three include RuPaul Charles and body painting experts Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. In season three, 12 artists will compete for $100,000 and additional prizes to be announced.

“SKIN WARS has been an integral part of introducing GSN to millions of new, younger viewers and has truly become a game changer for us,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president, programming at GSN. “The success of the show has also provided us a great platform to showcase new series, as evidenced by the strong debut of STEAMPUNK’D last week, which was one of our top-rated new series launches.”

“The success of Skin Wars is driving more and more artists to the body painting genre,” said SKIN WARS executive producer Michael Levitt. “We are incredibly proud of the impact this show is having and can hardly wait to see the jaw dropping works of art created by our painters for this upcoming season."

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/27/15

Labor Games Set for Delivery
Catch It on Lifetime September 15
From The Futon Critic

After delivering a sneak peek this past May, TLC is back with the series debut of the outrageous game show LABOR GAMES. Hosted by comedian and actress Lisa Arch, it's a race against nature as a camera crew surprises parents-to-be currently in labor, offering them the opportunity to win a nursery full of prizes before the baby is born. The season premieres Tuesday, September 15 at 8/7c with two back-to-back episodes.

After the initial shock and surprise, and if they agree to play the game, a normal delivery room immediately transforms into a game show set - flashing lights, game monitor, theme music, and all. The clock is ticking as couples are faced with baby-themed trivia and challenges to try to win trips, cash, baby monitors, food, clothing, and the grand prize - a $10,000 scholarship all before the ultimate prize arrives, their newborn baby.

This season does not fall short of offering high-stakes game show drama. In the premiere episode, the first on-air birth is captured on camera. Also coming up, one woman's water breaks during the show, making it a race against the clock to get through the remaining trivia and another mom-to-be is close to delivering, dilated at 9 centimeters.

TLC has prepared an early delivery of the premiere episode, previewing it in full on TLC.com/LaborGames on Labor Day, September 7. On the premiere night, September 15, viewers can play along with the series on their mobile, tablet or computer to test their own Labor Games knowledge, and to see how they would fair in the hot seat. The play along game will also be available at TLC.com/LaborGames.

The series is filmed at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, CA. TLC has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of LABOR GAMES, which is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

More on "Sweat, Inc."
Catch It on Spike October 20
From The Futon Critic

Over the last decade, a rising health consciousness has led 30,000 fitness clubs to open across the country, serving more than 58 million members annually. Valued at well over 20 billion dollars, the exercise industry is always on the lookout for the next big idea to continue its rapid growth. With that in mind, on Tuesday, October 20 at 10/9c, Spike debuts "Sweat Inc.," an unscripted competition series hosted and judged by acclaimed health and wellness expert, Jillian Michaels. "Sweat Inc." sets out to find America's next big fitness phenomenon and help turn it into an exercise craze. The winner of the competition will receive $100,000, the opportunity to develop their brand and launch their program at multiple Retro Fitness locations across the country, as well as a feature in Women's Health Magazine.

Before Soul Cycle(R), Zumba(R), and Crossfit(R) were household names, they were one of many workout philosophies waiting to sweep the nation. Michaels and her co-judges will meet aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country, and utilize their keen business sense and vast fitness- industry knowledge to find an undiscovered workout poised to be the next innovative exercise program. Twenty-seven ambitious contestants will be put through their paces, and will have to demonstrate that their idea has what it takes to become a mainstream success.

Each episode focuses on a specific fitness category (circuit training, interval training, platform devices, etc.), and highlights three entrepreneurs as they compete to win a spot in the season finale. Every week, the three judges will select one winner from a particular fitness category to advance to the finale. Throughout "Sweat Inc." the entrepreneurs will be judged on their initial idea for an innovative exercise program, the progress of control subjects training in their particular program, the popularity of their program among gym goers, and the development of their initial pitch throughout the entire process. After 10 weeks on "Sweat Inc.," the winning entrepreneur will have demonstrated the highest level of business savvy and innovation, and have a complete workout movement ready for the masses.

Joining Michaels on the "Sweat Inc." judges' panel are fitness industry experts Randy Hetrick and Obi Obadike. Hetrick is the creator of Suspension Training(R) - the innovative approach to physical conditioning that has become a global fitness phenomenon - and is the founder of TRX, the global leaders in functional training. Hetrick's unique accomplishments include being a collegiate athlete, a 14-year Navy SEAL Officer, bootstrap entrepreneur, multi-patented inventor, and CEO of a company that's earned multiple placements on the rosters of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies and Outside Magazine Best Places to Work. Obadike is a nationally recognized celebrity fitness expert, trainer and one of the top 10 most influential fitness authorities on the internet. As a Division I collegiate track athlete at Cal State Fullerton, Obadike held school records in 100 and 200 meters and 400 relay events for several years and was a Co-Athlete of the Year. An official spokesperson for OWNZONES and host of "Workout with Obi", Obadike has also maintained a visible presence in the industry gracing more than 50 fitness magazine covers and publishing 100+ articles in fitness magazines. Additionally, Obadike was recently named Writer of the Year for Bodybuilding.com.

In addition to the "Sweat Inc." experts, celebrity fitness judges will join the panel throughout the season to lend their specific expertise to select fitness categories. Guest judges include Tito Ortiz (Bellator MMA), Lolo Jones (US Olympian), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood Live) and Terrell "T.O." Owens (NFL legend). Also, the series finale culminates with additional experts from the health and fitness industry to weigh in on the final entrepreneurs' programs. Final judging authorities like Beto Perez (Creator of Zumba), Alberto Perlman (Co-Founder of Zumba), Kelly Starrett (Founder of San Francisco CrossFit), and Amy Keller Laird (Editor in Chief at Women's Health) will add their valued opinions to our "Sweat Inc." judges' assessments.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

Wednesday: Drop Off
CBS Wins Night in Total, Tied with NBC for Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 17" (6.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Extant" (4.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.794 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (5.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), the launch of "The Carmichael Show" (4.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a second "The Carmichael Show" (4.101 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (4.522 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Home Free" (3.159 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.773 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.225 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Modern Family" (3.693 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Black-ish" (2.892 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.694 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, originals from "America's Next Top Model" (1.344 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "A Wicked Offer" (0.702 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat (Food): 997,000
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 753,000
- America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs (MTV): 573,000
- Twinning (VH1): 547,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/S): 456,000
- Steampunk'd (GSN): 313,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 311,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/27/15

"Spartan Race" Coming to TV
Runners Wanted
From the Futon Critic

NBC has begun casting for its newest competition series, "Spartan Race" (working title).

From the producers of "American Ninja Warrior," "Spartan Race" is the ultimate in team competition. Friends, families and co-workers must work together and push each other to their mental and physical limits as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance, and will. Teams of five - comprised of two men, two women, and an elite Spartan athlete - will battle over mud, water, and fire for a chance to win a large cash prize.

For those interested in becoming a contestant, please go to www.spartancasting.com.

Spartan Race - voted Outside magazine's Best Obstacle Race - is the world's leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 120 events in 20+ countries, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive elite heats. Spartan Race features races at three distances - 3+ Mile/20+ Obstacle "Sprint," 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle "Super" and 13+ Mile/30+ Obstacle "Beast," culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events and to register for a race.

"Spartan Race" will be executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "Unsung," "Ellen's Design Challenge"), along with Anthony Storm.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 8/27/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Old Bones"

posted 8/26/15

More on "Millionaire": The Chris Harrison Era
Catch It September 14!
From Broadway World

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns for a new season on September 14, 2015, with a new host - Chris Harrison of "The Bachelor" franchise - and a return to the format that made the show a phenomenon when it debuted on American television.

Since "Millionaire" debuted in national syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million. The show features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. Cleverly-written trivia questions that reveal fun and entertaining facts combine with dramatic suspense to keep contestants and viewers alike on the edge of their seats.

This season, producers are bringing back the drama to the long-running franchise by reintroducing the ladder format, with the tension and the difficulty building as each contestant makes his or her way closer to $1 million dollars. The 2015-16 ladder features 14 questions, with new dollar amounts for the early questions.

Three lifelines are available to each contestant as they navigate their way up the ladder. Ask the Audience - one of the show's three original lifelines - remains this season. Also still in play is Plus One, which creates its own drama as the companions step onto the stage and are put on the spot - can they help their contestants answer a challenging question? Returning to the show is 50/50, which removes two incorrect answers from the game.

"Millionaire's" 14th season also will offer exciting specialty weeks throughout the season:

"OFF TO COLLEGE WEEK" Sept. 28-Oct. 2 - Smart young people from across the country play to win some cash as they head off to school in the fall.

"BUCKET LIST WEEK" October 26-30 - "Millionaire" helps contestants check off items from their list of things to do before they ... well, you know.

"BACHELOR FAN FAVORITES" Nov. 2-6 and February 1-5 - Favorite contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" will be reunited with Harrison to compete during two special weeks this season.

"SECOND CHANCE WEEK" Nov. 9-13 - Memorable players who got a question wrong last season return for another chance to go all the way to $1 million.

"ELIGIBLE BACHELOR WEEK" Nov. 16-20 - Some of the most eligible guys in America come to "Millionaire" seeking THE ONE ... that is, the one with six zeros behind it!

"ARMED FORCES WEEK" Dec. 14-18 - As part of the holiday season, "Millionaire" welcomes true American heroes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

"WHIZ KIDS" February 8-12 - Some of the smartest kids in the country, from 8-15 years old, take on "Millionaire"!

"SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN" February 15-19 - "Millionaire" partners with The Shriners Hospitals for Children to raise money for this special cause. Special Olympian Blake Leeper will donate all of his winnings when he plays on the final show of the week.

"MOVIE WEEK" February 22-26 - Movie trivia buffs show off their knowledge by taking on a totally movie-themed slate of questions.

Broadway World

posted 8/26/15

Alison Sweeney to Exit "Biggest Loser"
Season 17 to Roll in September
From Access Hollywood

Alison Sweeney is exiting "The Biggest Loser."

Producers for the show announced the news in a statement.

"After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of 'The Biggest Loser' next season," the statement read.

Sweeney, known as much for her many appearances on game shows as her appearance as Sami Brady on "Days of Our Lives", began hosting the NBC reality weight loss competition in 2007.

"The Biggest Loser" will begin shooting its 17th season in September.

Access Hollywood

posted 8/26/15

Tuesday: Stop Me If You've Heard This Before
NBC Wins on Entire Lineup
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with new editions of "America's Got Talent" (10.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

CBS (6.769 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (8.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Zoo" (6.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (2.376 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.210 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.335 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.840 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.159 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.127 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.506 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.424 million
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.394 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA/SF): 981,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 951,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/26/15

"Deal or No Deal" Heads to India
&TV to Launch Adaptation
From Exchange 4 Media

&TV presents two new shows, Deal Or No Deal and Agent Raghav-Crime Branch starting September 5, every Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and 9pm respectively.

Produced by Endemol Shine India, Deal Or No Deal is adapted from an international format. The game show revolves around 26 family members, 26 briefcases, one Banker and Rs 1 crore to be won. The format attempts to bring back the flavour of family game shows in India where one of your family members helps you win briefcases of money. Ronit Roy takes on the mantle as the host of the show. Snapdeal is the title sponsor of Deal or No Deal and the show is powered by PayU Money and supported by Syska Total Security.

Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine India said, “Deal or No Deal is a hugely popular format internationally and has aired in almost 130 countries. We are glad that &TV is bringing the show back on Indian television which will be more entertaining and have tempting deals to earn cash prize up to Rs 1 crore. A high –energy family game show like this will definitely keep the audiences hooked.”

Expressing his excitement of hosting Deal Or No Deal, Ronit Roy added, “Deal Or No Deal is fun-filled, light-hearted and a refreshing game show that can be enjoyed with the entire family. It’s quite a change for me as a person, because I will not be in character. I will be seen as myself, Ronit Roy, interacting with the contestants on the show and their families – which I haven’t done so far!”

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posted 8/26/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Praying for Roanoke"

  • Today's out-of-context live-television moment of complete and utter vocal diarrhea comes courtesy of Howie Mandel (E!)
     
  • What happens when two utterly boring "Bachelor in Paradise" contestants find love with each other? They turn on Periscope and... (E!)
     
  • On "The Bachelor", 30 is old. 35 is ancient... and 42 is dead (Washington Post)
     
  • Stephen Fry plays New Zealand (New Zealand Herald)

posted 8/26/15

Syndies: Week 47
Results for Week Ending August 16
From B&C

Warner Bros.’ Ice and Coco, the second of this summer’s three syndicated tests, finished its three-week run last week with a 1.0 average household rating/3 share across its eight metered markets ending August 16.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud remained the top game show, finishing first for the eighth time in the past ten weeks, gaining 2% for the week and 33% for the year to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! took second, moving up 2% to a 5.9, while CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 2% to a third-place 5.8.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, prepping for a new season with Bachelor host Chris Harrison, rose 6% to a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s new entry Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/15

Monday: All Tied Up
NBC, ABC Take Night in Demo, CBS Takes Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and NBC (4.522 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared the demo crown on Monday as the latter served up a "best of" edition from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a new "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.079 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

The Alphabet then served up its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "After Paradise" (4.004 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Whispers" (2.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its weekly installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.047 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Odd Couple" (3.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Scorpion" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.239 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.926 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Significant Mother" (1.265 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- She's Got Game (VH1): 1.671 million
- Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off (Food/P): 1.520 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/15

And the 20th Bachelor Is....
... Apparently Sweet on Amy Schumer, but That's Another Story.
From People

ABC finally handed out one very important rose on Monday night, revealing who will be the next leading man of The Bachelor.

Baby-faced charmer Ben Higgins is the new Bachelor, and the software salesman says that he's more than up for the experience.

"I'm ready to share my life with somebody," says Higgins, who was the second runner up on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette. "And I'm not fearful of the idea of getting married. As soon as I can find that person, it seems like the better life will be."

And Higgins, 26, has no hard feelings towards his ex. "I was falling in love with Kaitlyn," he says. "She's an amazing person. But after watching the season back, I realized that there were other relationships that seemed a little more right than ours. Also, [Kaitlyn's fiancé] Shawn [Booth] and I are really good friends, and I see how happy he is and how happy she is, and that allowed me to move on and build a relationship with them as friends."

People
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E!

posted 8/25/15

Sunday: Are You Ready for Some More Preseason Football?
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: St. Louis at Tennessee" (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2). Leading off the night was a repeat of "Bob's Burgers" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "Bob's Burgers" (2.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

CBS (5.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was still the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Big Brother 17" (6.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Madam Secretary" (4.102 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "CSI: Cyber" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts" (3.784 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), another "Hollywood Game Night" (2.496 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) on NBC (2.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable over the weekend...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.463 million
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food/SP): 1.406 million
- Sunday Best (BET): 1.137 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.123 million
- Race to Escape (Science): 331,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/15

Second Chance... Second Twist
Catch It on CBS September 23
From Entertainment Weekly

Allowing fans to vote for the cast for Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance is not the only big twist for next season. There is another twist regarding season 31 (which will premiere Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), and this time it involves the use of hidden immunity idols.

There are actually two big twists with the idols this season, the first of which is that every idol will look different. This could lead to more confusion among the contestants as to which idols are real and which are fake. Host Jeff Probst explained the idea behind it while speaking to EW on location for filming in May. “The first thing we’re doing with the idols is we’re making idols look different, so every idol will be unique,” says Probst. “One idol will look really fancy and the next idol will look like a 5-year-old made it. So when you get an idol, you’re going to have to convince somebody it’s real because they’re going to think it isn’t. But that also opens a door to make a fake idol … and they won’t know which is up and which is down. You can play all angles on this.”

But that is just the first wrinkle to the immunity idols. While the look of the idols will be different, so will the location of where you can find them. For the first time ever, idols will hidden in the middle of challenges. Probst explains: “So here’s how it will work: Day 1, they start building their shelter, you know people are going to start looking for an idol. They’re going to find it in a tree or under a trunk — whatever. But it will be a clue and the clue will say, ‘Good news, the idol is within reach. You just have to be daring enough to grab it.’ And we’re going to have a drawing [of the challenge]. You will know exactly where it is. There is no search. The only question is, can you do it in front of your tribe in the middle of a challenge and get away with it? I love that.”

Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/25/15

Buzzr Opens Its Vault
New Block of Failed Pilots, Lost Gems Stars This Fall
From Variety

Digital multicast network Buzzr is giving failed gameshow pilots a second chance with six-day “Lost & Found” programming block beginning Sept. 7.

The block will debut unsuccessful pilots, with the schedule to include “Body Talk,” “On a Roll,” “TKO,” “Star Words” and the 1992 format of “Family Feud.”

Buzzr will also incorporate successful pilots and episodes of popular shows like “Match Game,” “Body Language,” “Beat the Clock,” “Child’s Play” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” On Sept. 12, at the conclusion of the programming block, a recap will air about some of the popular pilots.

Buzzr is owned by FremantleMedia North America and serves to highlights vintage gameshows from the past six decades.

Buzzr exec VP-general manager Ron Garfield said, “We’re continuously collaborating to find new ways to curate our enormous library of game show content. There are countless shows that we personally know and love, and many that our viewers request.” He added, “It was exciting digging into the vaults like archaeologists, discovering what some of these shows looked like at the very beginning. We’re eager to share these with our fans.”

Variety
Variety
Tubefilter

posted 8/25/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "94 Zonkeys"

  • Happy birthday Monty Hall! (Parade)
     
  • Neil Patrick Harris to tape "Best Time Ever" in Astoria. Here's how to get tickets (Queens Gazette)
     
  • Kevin Sbraga sued over his restaurant. Not good eats (Philadelphia Sun-Times)

posted 8/25/15


"Family Feud" Season 17: September 14
New Season to Celebrate Steve Harvey's 1000th Episode
From TV by the Numbers

The fun never ends on Family Feud when the nationally syndicated game show returns for its new season on Monday, September 14, 2015 (check local listings). The upcoming season will have viewers dizzy with laughter as all-new families duke it out on the big stage. With questions like, “Tell me the last thing you stuck your finger in…” everyone will crack a smile! Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.

In the 2014-15 Season, “Family Feud” has averaged a 6.2 household rating to date, putting it 24% up year-to-year and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run in syndication. In the key demos of women ages 25-54 (3.0) and adults (2.5) ages 25-54, the game show is tied with top-rated “Judge Judy” and is up year-to-year by 20% and 19% respectively.

The upcoming season will feature families from across the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; Columbus, OH; Austin, TX; Louisville, KY; Birmingham, AL; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; and Atlanta, GA.

In addition to debuting all-new side-splitting feuds, the upcoming season will mark Steve Harvey’s 1,000th episode as host of the beloved game show. The incredible milestone will be celebrated in full on the Family Feud stage.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/24/15

"Krypton" Blowing Up... Again?
Syfy Reportedly Wants to Reboot 80s Game
From Digital Spy

The Krypton Factor could be making a return to the small screen.

SyFy is developing a US version of ITV's classic gameshow, according to Broadcast.

SyFy president Dave Howe, who worked for the BBC for 15 years, recently revealed that The Krypton Factor was the one show that he would like to bring back.

The Krypton Factor was presented by Gordon Burns and aired in the UK between 1977 and 1995 for 300 episodes. It was later revived for two series in 2009 and 2010.

The gameshow was also shown in the US as a five-week limited series on ABC in 1981, hosted by Dick Clark. A syndicated version with Willie Aames as host was produced in 1990.

The game saw contestants compete in a series of rounds made to test both physical and mental ability.

Digital Spy
Prolific North
Broadcast

posted 8/24/15

Worst Cooks in Hollywood
Catch It on Food Network September 23
From the Futon Critic

Worst Cooks in America returns with a starry twist this fall, as Rachael Ray joins four-time winner Anne Burrell in the kitchen to transform seven celebrity cooking disasters into culinary VIPs. Anne and Rachael each lead a team of personalities who have many talents on-screen, but little savvy in the kitchen - and these food masters are determined to whip the celebs into culinary shape. The all-star recruits are: Dean Cain, Ellen Cleghorne, Jenni "Jwoww" Farley, Chris Soules, Jaleel White, Kendra Wilkinson and Barry Williams. The contestant who makes the most impressive food transformation wins a $50,000 grand prize for charity, as well as bragging rights for their team leader. The celebrity edition of Worst Cooks in America premieres Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT.

"With Anne and Rachael as team leaders to a roster of cooking-challenged celebrities, Worst Cooks boot camp is high energy and hilarious," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The kitchen is bursting with big personalities and comical culinary mishaps - but along the way some of these celebs actually develop impressive cooking chops."

In the season premiere, Rachael joins Anne for the first time in boot camp and they are introduced to their recruits - celebrities who can't cook. They have a limited amount of time to turn these seven pampered personalities into kitchen stars, so they assess everyone's skill level at the first-ever Worst Cooks potluck and find themselves tasting some very interesting dishes. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity does not make the cut and is sent back to Tinseltown. Upcoming episodes feature suspenseful blindfold dish tastings, a rousing game of Family Food and small-dish tapas-style entertaining. The season culminates in a finale on Wednesday, October 28th at 9pm ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded $50,000 for charity and bragging rights for their mentor.

Viewers can watch hilarious exclusive video starring the celebs, see highlights, get culinary tips, vote on their favorite Worst Cooks and much more at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks. Join the star-studded conversation on Twitter using #WorstCooks.

Worst Cooks in America is produced by Optomen Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/24/15


MERL REAGLE: 1950-2015
Crossword Writer Wrote for "Crosswits", "Couch Potatoes"
From Los Angeles Times

Crossword puzzle creator Merl Reagle, whose Sunday puzzles for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers were known for their wit, puns and wicked inventiveness, died Saturday in a Tampa, Fla., hospital. He was 65.

Reagle suddenly took ill Thursday and was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, said his wife, Marie Haley. He slipped into a coma and did not regain consciousness.

His puzzle for this Sunday in The Times, as well as the Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer among the roughly 50 papers that carried his syndicated work, is titled “Things Are People, Too.” It’s unclear whether he had prepared additional new puzzles, but Haley said it was unlikely because he often worked right up to deadline.

Although his crosswords were far from easy, he steered away from the kind of esoteric terms found just about nowhere but crossword puzzles. He cited two examples, “Anoa, which is an ox. Ern, which is a sea eagle,” in a 2013 Hartford Courant interview. “You see documentaries about those animals, and they don’t call them erns.”

He was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Audubon, N.J. His mother was a nurse who moved him and his brother to Tucson when he was 10. He attended the University of Arizona, where he was a copy editor for the student newspaper, the Daily Wildcat. As much as he loved puzzles, he couldn’t see doing them as much more than a hobby.

“I remember thinking,” he told the Daily Wildcat in 2009, “‘Who wants to be 58 years old and look back and say, ‘I made crossword puzzles my whole life.’”

But a move to the Los Angeles area, where he had a few jobs including as a writer on the quiz shows “Couch Potatoes” and “Crosswits,” convinced him that he might indeed try to be that guy. In 1979, he began working at puzzles full time — his breakthrough was making a deal with the San Francisco Examiner for a weekly puzzle.

In addition to his wife, Reagle is survived by his father, Sam; and a brother, also named Sam.

Los Angeles Times

posted 8/24/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Showcase/Showdown"

  • The Showcase Showdown, for the last time... is NOT THE SHOWCASE! (AV Club)
     
  • Jim Bowen suffers a third stroke (The Mirror)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (The Irish News) and Claudia Winkleman (Irish Herald)

posted 8/24/15

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