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Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox
Deal Includes Film, TV Assets, but Not Broadcasting Assets
From TV Line

The Walt Disney Company has acquired 21st Century Fox in a deal valued at a staggering $52.4 billion. Word of the historic merger came bright and early on Thursday, leaving even those in the know with more questions than answers. Here are the key takeaways from the epic pact:

Will Disney, which already owns ABC, now own Fox, too?
No. The deal does not include the Fox broadcasting network — home to The Simpsons, Family Guy, The X-Files, etc. — or Fox News. Also not included in the deal are Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2. These remaining assets will be spun-off by 21st Century Fox to form a new company.

Which networks did Disney acquire as part of the deal?
Disney’s purchase includes FX Networks (FX, FXX, FXM) and National Geographic channels (NatGeo, NatGeo Wild). Also included is Fox's stake in EndemolShine, producers of Big Brother, MasterChef, and Pointless.

Will Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox impact its plans to launch an OTT streaming service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu?
As a matter of fact, Disney has been working on not one, but two distinct streaming services. The first, focused on sports, is expected to launch in 2018; the second entertainment-based streamer is on track for 2019. As part of the merger, Disney is acquiring a vast library of TV properties produced by 20th TV, including, but not limited to: This Is Us, American Horror Story, Empire, Modern Family, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Also part of the deal are shows produced by cable division Fox 21 Television Studios, such as Homeland and The Americans. While current streaming and syndication rights would need to be restructured, it’s not unfathomable that some of these properties (specifically, more family-friendly offerings like Modern Family) could wind up on Disney’s entertainment streaming service. This, of course, only entails back catalogs, and would not impact the home of new episodes.

Doesn’t Disney already own a stake in Hulu?
Yes, but the deal now gives Mickey majority control of the streamer, with a 60-percent stake in the company. Disney might attempt to buy out co-owners Comcast/NBC Universal and Time Warner, and consolidate all of their streaming efforts into expanding Hulu, but such a deal seems unlikely. In fact, Disney chief Bob Iger addressed this issue during a conference call on Thursday, indicating that Hulu would be used as the streaming home for acquisitions deemed as “adult-oriented product” from networks like FX.

The Disney-Fox deal is expected to close in 12-18 months.

TV Line
Uproxx
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

"All Stars Drag Race" Moves to Thursdays
Catch It on VH1 January 25
From the Futon Critic

After a three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" left fans shook and grasping for their masks, fan-favorite queens from previous seasons will battle it out for their second chance at the crown on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." The new season will return with an explosive 90-minute premiere on an all-new night, Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

"The rumors are 100% true, baby," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "The 'All Stars' three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they're fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes."

The nine queens competing for the gold and title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were previously announced in an hour-long televised pre-season episode, and include: Aja (season nine; from Brooklyn, NY), BenDeLaCreme (season six; from Seattle, WA), Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight; from Shreveport, LA), Kennedy Davenport (season seven; from Dallas, TX), Milk (season six; from New York, NY), Morgan McMichaels (season two; from Los Angeles, CA), Shangela (seasons two & three; from Los Angeles, CA), Thorgy Thor (season eight; from Brooklyn, NY), and Trixie Mattel (season seven; from Los Angeles, CA).

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to http://www.vh1.com/shows/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars or to the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 12/14/17

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
CBS Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on a night filled with fall finales thanks to "Empire" (5.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Second place then went to ABC (5.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Speechless" (4.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Modern Family" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.388 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.010 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.204 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "The Wall" (3.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside its "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special" (4.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the fall finales of "Riverdale" (1.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dynasty" (0.722 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 822k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 714k
- Are You The One (MTV): 457k
- Divided (GSN): 272k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/14/17

"Baking Show" Done for the Season
ABC Pulls "Great American Baking Show" Amidst Misconduct from Johnny Iuzzini
From TV Line

Days after ABC removed Mario Batali from The Chew after allegations of sexual misconduct, the network has pulled The Great American Baking Show from its primetime schedule for similar reasons.

Pastry chef and Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini is being accused of sexual harassment and mistreatment by several of his former employees at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. According to one women, Iuzzini often stuck his tongue in her ear; others claim he used kitchen utensils to touch their buttocks.

“In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” ABC said in a statement to our sister site Variety, adding that the allegations violates the network’s standards of conduct.

Season 3 of the competition premiered last week. The winner will be announced at a later date. For now, ABC will fill the Thursday 9-to-11 pm slot with The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas.

TV Line
Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

Food Reups on "Best Baker"
New Season to Air in 2018
From The Futon Critic

Food Network announced the pick-up today of a second season of primetime competition series Best Baker in America. The series follows elite bakers as they compete in difficult baking challenges while demonstrating their technical proficiency and ability to execute under pressure, as they vie for the ultimate title and a cash prize. The new season of seven episodes will go into production in early 2018 and is slated for a spring launch. Between episodes this past season, fans enjoyed complementary content on digital and social platforms, including highlights of the linear competition such as an intricate geode cake with almost five million views to date across Facebook and Instagram, and live cooking demonstrations.

Best Baker in America is produced by Triage Entertainment.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

More on "The Wave"
Catch It on W Network
From The Bite

If you’re a fan of Rylan, then you’ll be glad to know he’s presenting a brand new quiz show, hot on the heels of his previous show Babushka.

Airing on UKTV’s W Channel, The Wave will see Brits fly out to sunny Portugal to compete in whats billed to be the “most dangerous quiz on TV”.

In each show Rylan Clark-Neal, safely situated in his Portuguese beach bar, welcomes pairs of contestants. Whilst one stays with Rylan and sips cocktails, the other – the swimmer – gets their kit off and heads to sea.

Two hundred meters out begins a line of six pontoons that stretch further and further away from land. Each has increasing amounts of cash inside and a written question with two possible answers and two corresponding hatches.

Communicating with their land-based partner on arrival, the swimmer must select a hatch. If they are right, they discover cash and take it. But if they are wrong, they find a 1kg lead weight inside and must attach it to their belt.

The Bite

posted 12/14/17

And They're Off! ... No, That's the Name of the Show
Ore Oduba to Host New Show Ahead of Sport Relief 2018
From Telly Mix

BBC One has announced a new Saturday night game show to launch in the run up to Sport Relief 2018.

The six part show, titled And They’re Off For Sport Relief, will be presented by Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion Ore Oduba and will see a host of famous faces take part in fun - and unpredictable - obstacle courses, including running through mud and hurtling down giant water slides before a final showdown.

Celebrities who have donated their time and best sporting efforts include former athletes Michael Owen, Mike Tindall and Helen Glover as well as celebrities such as Penny Lancaster, Stacey Solomon, Saira Khan and Russell Kane.

Members of the public will play along from the comfort of the studio with Ore, where they need to correctly predict which celebrity will triumph during each race in order to win an experience of a lifetime.

The series will also feature visits to a number of Comic Relief funded projects, including Tom Daley visiting health projects in Malawi and Stacey Solomon visiting a maternal mental health project in the UK.

Ore Oduba said: "I can’t think of a more fitting way to champion another amazing Sport Relief campaign than And They're Off… Top sport stars, celebrities up for a challenge and a load of brilliant games that will certainly test their mettle!"

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment added: “And They’re Off For Sport Relief is muddy, funny, family viewing and of course it will be raising money for Sport Relief 2018, truly a win win!”

Telly Mix
Realscreen
Televisual

posted 12/14/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Kids These Days"

posted 12/13/17

Lip Sync Battle to Return with Tribute to Michael Jackson
Catch It on Spike Paramount January 18
From TV Line

"Lip Sync Battle," the global multiplatform phenomenon is going LIVE on January 18 with its biggest night in franchise history.

"LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will be a landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

The participants will be announced shortly.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

"The King of Pop is the most groundbreaking, theatrical superstar of all time and we are thrilled to be performing and celebrating the electrifying music of Michael Jackson on our big night," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "We are taking Lip Sync Battle to new heights, LIVE at The Dolby Theater for the launch of The Paramount Network."

The Futon Critic

posted 12/13/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Wins Demo on "The Voice" Results, Splits with CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) inched past the competition on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "The Voice" (9.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (7.171 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Chicago Med" (6.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

CBS (10.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales to "NCIS" (12.458 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Bull" (10.818 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.191 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its 2017 finales to "The Middle" (5.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Black-ish" (4.336 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Mayor" (2.839 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.501 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (4.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.695 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017" (1.041 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017" (0.787 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 866k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 833k
- Chopped (Food): 812k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 620k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 542k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 464k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/17

SYNDIES: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending December 3
From TV Newscheck

Coverage of the shocking firing of Today show co-host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior” ignited the syndicated news magazines in the frame ending Dec. 3, the first week following the November sweep.

Entertainment Tonight was the magazine champion, rocketing 22% to a new season high 3.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest performance in 37 weeks.

Inside Edition added 3% to a new season high 3.2, while TMZ, Access Hollywood and Extra all surged to match their highest ratings of the season at 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3, respectively.

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.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 +18%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +12%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +13%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 12/13/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "BRRRRRONG!"

  • "The Gong Show" named one of 2017's biggest TV disappointments (Adweek)
     

  • Omarosa decides to re-enact her elimination scene from "The Apprentice". (Black Enterprise)
     

  • Ben Bailey: people actually refuse a ride on the Cash Cab. Why? (Metro US)
     

  • Did we say Kym & Robert Herjavec were expecting ONE baby? (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the female sub hosts of HQ, Sarah Pribis and Sharon Carpenter (Refinery29)

posted 12/13/17


WISH FM
KEITH CHEGWIN: 1957-2017
British Television Legend Hosted UK Version of "Sale" Among Others
From
STV News

TV host Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 following a "long-term battle with a progressive lung condition", his family said.

The former Cheggers Play Pop host and Big Breakfast reporter died at home on Monday morning.

In a statement, Chegwin's family said: "We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.

Keith Chegwin appeared on a number of reality TV shows in recent years, appearing in "Celebrity Big Brother" and "Dancing on Ice". Among the game shows he hosted are "Sky Star Search" "It's a Knockout", "Naked Jungle", and "Sale of the Century".

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

STV
BBC News
The Guardian
LADBible
ATV Today
RTE
The Shropshire Star
Independent
Cambridge News
Metro
Digital Spy
Stuff
Somerset Live
The Herald Scotland

posted 12/12/17

MONDAY: Eight Men In...
"The Voice" Helps NBC to the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by a special "Better Late Than Never" (5.557 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (4.619 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.377 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.069 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie" (3.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.680 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Superior Donuts" (5.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "9JKL" (4.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Scorpion" (5.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.075 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the fall finales of "Lucifer" (3.362 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Gifted" (2.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the fall finale of "Valor" (0.770 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.580m
- Scared Famous (SF/VH1): 1.006m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/17

WEEKEND: Drag Me to Hell
CBS Wins Friday, NBC Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.931 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.981 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "The Exorcist" (1.184 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.359 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the fall finales of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.638 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.647 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.120m
- Cash Cab - 10p (Discovery): 882k
- Guy's Big Project (SF/Food): 673k
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Discovery): 667k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Bob!"

  • LIST ABUSE: A few moments to celebrate Bob Barker's birthday! (Rare.us)
     

  • Alan Carr hopes he did Brucie proud (What's on TV)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: The funniest Taskmaster tasks (BT)
     

  • A dancing baby shark for Kym & Robert Herjavec (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin looks to put the fun back in dysfunctional with a new family series for ABC (TV Line)

posted 12/12/17

HQ Gets The Bad and Bougie Bootleg...
"The Q" to Get Wide Release Tomorrow
From the Verge

It was only a matter of time before HQ Trivia had competitors. The live mobile trivia game show for iOS has skyrocketed in popularity in the four months it’s been around, seeing hundreds of thousands of people log into the twice-daily game to win as much as $10,000. Now, The Q — short for “The Question” — has arrived to try and cement its position as a competitor before HQ makes it to Android.

The Q was founded by Will Jamieson, the CEO of video platform Stream. Originally, Jamieson wanted to collaborate with HQ during some of its earlier growth issues, which saw the game continually lagging and crashing as it increased in popularity. “[We] thought they would be a perfect fit for our enterprise video offering at Stream,” Jamieson told The Ringer. “Tried to get in touch with the CEO and had no success and decided we were primed to compete in the space if we innovated quickly. That’s how it all got started.”

Within two weeks, a functional build had been created for The Q and now it’s available on both iOS and Android. The two games look uncannily similar at face value. The intro music has a similar dubstep-ish vibe, there are 10-second rounds where questions are read off with three answers to choose from — and, yes, there’s a cash prize at the end. (For now, The Q’s offerings are more modest, between $150 and $500 compared to HQ’s max of $10,000.)

The Verge
9to5mac
The Ringer

posted 12/11/17

More on "Project Runway All Stars"
Rookies Take on Vets January 4
From the Futon Critic

CSixteen talented designers will compete for a second chance at runway gold with the return of Lifetime's hit series Project Runway All Stars, premiering Thursday, January 4 at 9pm ET/PT. Eight All Stars veterans will go up against eight former Runway designers making it to the All Stars battle ground for the very first time. Alyssa Milano returns as host with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman and Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire joining as mentor.

Guest judges strutting down the runway this season to see who has the skills to make it to the end include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Dita Von Teese, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rebecca Minkoff, Danielle Brooks, Olivia Culpo, Rosie Perez, RuPaul, Kelly Osbourne, Karolina Kurkova, Kasey Musgraves, and Project Runway's Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

The Rookies Are:

Kimberly Goldson from Brooklyn, NY - PR Season 9

Stanley Hudson from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 11

Amanda Valentine from Nashville, TN - PR Season 13

Char Glover from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 13

Kelly Dempsey from Boston, MA - PR Season 14

Edmond Newton from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 14

Candice Cuoco from Oakland, CA - PR Season 14

Merline Labissiere from Miami, FL - PR Season 14

The Vets Are:

Anthony Williams from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 7, PRAS Season 1

Joshua McKinley from New York NY - PR Season 9, PRAS Season 2

Casanova from New York, NY - PR Season 8, PRAS Season 2

Ari South from Honolulu, HI - PR Season 8, PRAS Season 3

Melissa Fleis from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 10, PRAS Season 3

Fabio Costa from New York, NY - PR Season 10, PRAS Season 4

Helen Castillo from Weehawken, NJ - PR Season 12, PRAS Season 4

Ken Laurence from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 12, PRAS Season 5

The winner of Project Runway All Stars Season six will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a position as contributing editor for a year, and a complete sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winner also receives a once in a lifetime trip to London, England, and luxurious skincare and makeup from Rodial and accessories and styling services from Intermix, to enhance their next collection. To top it all off, the winner receives a $100,000 grand prize to elevate their business and build their brand.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/11/17

From Governess to Game Show Host
"The Chase's" Anne Hegerty to Front "Britain's Brightest Family" in 2018
From Metro

The Chase legend Anne Hegerty – aka fearsome quiz genius The Governess – is to host a brand new gameshow from next year which will see families go head to head in an exciting contest. The Chaser, who rose to fame as the daunting and yet wickedly humorous persona she portrays every weekday teatime, has filmed 15 episodes of Britain’s Brightest Family.

The format of the show will pit five families, led by a player aged between 11 and 16 years of age, against each other in a knockout contest which spans the entire series and it will culminate in a battle to win a trip to Florida. There will be several rounds, with the war between the families heating up as the episodes go along and more is at stake. The show is set to find a home on ITV early next year.

Metro
Telly Mix

posted 12/11/17


Fox/Apploff Productions
Beat Shazam Season 2 Keeps It In the Family
Corinne Foxx (Yes, Jamie's Daughter) to DJ in 2018
From Deadline

Fox’s Beat Shazam will become a family affair next year. The network said today that Corinne Foxx is joining the musical game show as its new DJ for the 2018 second season, alongside her dad Jamie Foxx, who serves as it host.

Model-actress Foxx has appeared on the MTV series "Sweet/Vicious" and was named by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the 2016 Miss Golden Globe. She also launched Foxxtales, a lifestyle website and online marketplace featuring interviews with influential women, personal essays and a shop featuring female-founded businesses.

Inspired by the music-identification app, Beat Shazam features teams of players racing the clock to identify hit songs. The team with the best score then goes up against Shazam for the chance to win up to $1 million. The show was ordered straight to series in August 2016, and Foxx was announced as the host during TCA in January. The show premiered in May and was renewed for Season 2 in July. Season 2 is currently in production.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/17

A Returning "Top Model", a Returning Host, and a "Drag Race" Takeover
ANTM Returns to VH1 January 9
From the Futon Critic

VH1 announced today that the highly anticipated new season of "America's Next Top Model" with Tyra Banks will premiere on Tuesday, January 9th at 8PM ET/PT. For the first time in franchise history, there will be no age limit as well as more contestant diversity than ever before.

This season includes guest appearances by former judge Nigel Barker and season three winner Eva Marcille, Director X, beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and Hip Hop artist Maejor among others; as well as a VH1 crossover with "RuPaul's Drag Race" fan-favorites Valentina, Katya and Manila.

As previously announced, supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach return as judges. Additionally, Tyra Banks and Ken Mok continue as executive producers.

For more information and updates about "America's Next Top Model," check out ANTM.VH1.com, the official VH1 'America's Next Top Model" page on Facebook and follow @VH1 and @ANTMVH1 on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat #ANTM.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 12/8/17

THURSDAY: What Dat?
TNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) continued its NFL reign last night with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (14.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Mom" (8.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "SWAT" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Shrek the Halls" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.627 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), the return of "The Great American Baking Show" (3.987 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a second "The Great American Baking Show" (3.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the fall finale to "Gotham" (2.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season finale of "The Orville" (3.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with the fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Arrow" (1.333 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 879k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 870k
- Chopped (Food): 858k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 439k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 422k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/17

"Quizbusters" Signs Off
Final Episode to Air Spring 2018
From WLNS Lansing

The long-running game show “Quizbusters,” is ending after 29 seasons. The final installment will be recorded this Friday, December 8, before a live studio audience at WKAR Studio A in East Lansing.

After the show, the station will host a series wrap party to celebrate the success of the show and its host, Matt Ottinger. Light refreshments will be served and there will be special guest tributes.

More than 60 teams from across the Michigan Capital Region are competing in this final season. Students on the top team in each division win $5,000 tuition scholarships to Michigan State University. The Grand Champion team receives five one-year textbook scholarships.

WKAR and Ottinger announced this past summer that this would be the final season for the show, which started back in 1989.

“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and words of kindness from viewers and, especially, my former contestants,” said Ottinger, in a July statement. “While we have fun playing the game in the studio, we don’t always see the greater impact in the community and the memories we are creating for the students.”

The current season began October 7 and continues through the airing of this Grand Championship Series in Spring 2018.

WLNS Lansing

posted 12/8/17

Salman Khan Powers Up
Host of Indian Version of "Power of 10" to Return
From Zee News

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan plays the perfect host in reality show 'Bigg Boss 11'. But that's not the only show which has him anchor the ship. Much before 'Bigg Boss' happened to Salman, he was seen as a host of another popular reality game show 'Dus Ka Dum'.

And now the buzz is that he will be back with the season three of 'Dus Ka Dum'. According to BollywoodLife.com, once 'Bigg Boss 11' goes off air, Sallu Bhai will return with another game show.

The report confirms the news as someone close to the unit revealed that even the sets of 'Dus Ka Dum 3' is being constructed and the superstar will begin shooting for it only after wrapping up 'Tiger Zinda Hai' promotions.

The game show, India's version of "Power of 10" will reportedly go on floors from the second week of January 2018, post Bigg Boss 11 finale.

Zee News
India.com
Showsha

posted 12/8/17

From Governess to Game Show Host
"The Chase's" Anne Hegerty to Front "Britain's Brightest Family" in 2018
From Metro

The Chase legend Anne Hegerty – aka fearsome quiz genius The Governess – is to host a brand new gameshow from next year which will see families go head to head in an exciting contest. The Chaser, who rose to fame as the daunting and yet wickedly humorous persona she portrays every weekday teatime, has filmed 15 episodes of Britain’s Brightest Family.

The format of the show will pit five families, led by a player aged between 11 and 16 years of age, against each other in a knockout contest which spans the entire series and it will culminate in a battle to win a trip to Florida. There will be several rounds, with the war between the families heating up as the episodes go along and more is at stake. The show is set to find a home on ITV early next year.

Metro

posted 12/8/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dink Dink"

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 fixes for HQ. And before you ask, no, Scott is not on the list. And he doesn't need fixing so hush. (The Verge)
     

  • Ralphie May died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease (People)
     

  • Game over for "Family Feud NZ" (Stuff)

posted 12/8/17

Another Set of Racers!
CBS Slots the Next "Amazing Race" January 3
From the Futon Critic

CBS' multi-Emmy-Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE returns on Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) for its milestone 30th season. More than 600 Racers have traveled over one million miles in 29 seasons, but for the 30th Race around the world, this edition boasts some of the most competitive and accomplished teams to ever take on the Race. Teams include IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly; retired NBA All-Stars Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion; X-Games champions Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak; nationally ranked debaters Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak; BIG BROTHER power couple Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf; competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus, among others.

Teams begin their adventure in Washington Square Park in New York City and immediately travel to their first destination, Iceland, where they must traverse a massive canyon high above the Geitargljufur River. Along the Race, teams will travel to 10 countries, 21 cities and over 29,000 miles in the quest to cross the finish line of THE AMAZING RACE first and win the one million dollar prize. Phil Keoghan is the host.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

- #TeamSlamDunk: Cedric Ceballos & Shawn Marion (48/39, Retired NBA players)
- #TeamGoatYoga: April Gould & Sarah Williams (39, Gilbert/Mesa, AZ, goat yoga instructors)
- #TeamBigBrother: Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf (32/26, Plano, TX/Los Angeles; Big Brother 19 power couple)
- #TeamYale: Henry Zhang & Evan Lynyak (22; Los Angeles, dating)
- #TeamWellStrung: Trevor Wadleigh & Chris Marchant (30/33, New York City; dating)
- #TeamIndyCar: Alexander Rossi & Conor Daly (26/25, Indianapolis; Indy Car racers)
- #TheRingGirls: Dessie Mitcheson & Kayla Fitzgerald (27/26, Apollo, PA/Clermont, FL; ring girls/Instagram models)
- #TeamChomp: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut & Tim "Eater X" Janus (33/41, San Jose/New York City; competitive eaters)
- #TeamExtreme: Kristi Leskinen & Jen Hudak (36/30, Uniontown, PA/Park City, UT, pro skiers)
- #TeamOceanRescut: Lucas Bocanegra & Brittany Austin (35/31; Miami Springs, FL; dating)
- #TheFirefighters: Eric & Daniel Guiffreda (33; Ponchatoula, LA; firefighters)

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 12/7/17

WEDNESDAY: Surviving the Empire
CBS Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.851 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Star" (4.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (5.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) then was the number two draw with its mix of "A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special" (4.849 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Chicago PD" (6.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Next up was CBS (7.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its trio of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) served up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.401 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "American Housewife" (4.557 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.457 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.691 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) over on The CW (1.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 797k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 678k
- Are You The One (MTV): 642k
- Face Value - 10p (BET): 212k
- Face Value - 11p (BET): 148k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/17

Chopped Goes for the Gold
Food Network Slots Tournament Event January 2
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen world-class chefs face off for the first-ever Chopped Gold Medal Games, premiering Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over the five-part tournament, host Ted Allen challenges these elite competitors to create gold medal-worthy appetizers, entrées and desserts, utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients each round with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped judges, including Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian determine which four culinary contenders move on to the finale for a chance at winning the gold and walking away with $50,000. Let the games begin!

"Viewers will be amazed as these sixteen competitors flex their culinary muscles with challenging themes and ingredients that showcase their talent as well as their athleticism to deliver delectable dishes to the judges for a chance at supreme victory...and a $50,000 grand prize," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Through four preliminary heats, four new chefs compete each episode with one of the culinary themes they are experts in, including baking, grilling, frying, and racing the clock - which tests the chefs' speed under pressure, as they have five minutes less each round - to create their dishes and impress the judges for a shot at competing in the finale on Tuesday, January 30th at 10pm ET/PT. In the frying heat, four fry masters open their appetizer basket to see it packed with a fun fair treat, and a gamey meat. For the entrée round in the grilling heat, the chefs battle to prove why grilling is a winter "sport" worth cheering for, as they encounter a guilty-pleasure snack and a Korean side dish in the mystery basket. In the baking heat four fierce competitors must get creative with a grocery store breakfast dough and a lovely cut of lamb for the appetizer basket. And in a Chopped first, in the "racing the clock" heat, speed demons in the kitchen will have five minutes less than usual each round to create a phenomenal meal, despite being burdened with some extremely tedious prep work with such ingredients as wild watermelon and an expensive fish in the entrée round. Which chef's dishes will prove podium-worthy and earn them a spot in the finale for the chance to win the coveted gold medal and $50,000 grand prize?

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/17

The Challenge: Something Corporate
MTV UK Reality Vets Invade January 2
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced "The Challenge: Vendettas," will premiere on Tuesday, January 2. Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK's "Ex on the Beach" and "Geordie Shore" along with contestants from "Big Brother" will join "The Challenge" fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves, not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.

The winners of each challenge will receive money for their individual bank accounts, but once players are eliminated, their money is added to the final prize pot. In a major game twist this season, "Grenades" will be awarded to players surviving grueling elimination rounds, giving them a chance to get back at anyone else in the house they may have a vendetta against. With everyone out for themselves, stealing an entire bank account from another player, forcing players to be shackled together during another challenge or selecting players to stay up the entire night before a challenge, will surely shake up the competition and heighten the drama, doubt, and deception in the house.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Breaks Tuesday Mark
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) followed by special episodes of "Will & Grace" (7.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Superstore" (4.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Chicago Med" (6.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "SEAL Team" (6.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Bull" (4.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was ABC (3.593 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Black-ish" (4.011 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.739 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.644 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.952 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Flash" (2.213 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.631 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 932k
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 926k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Vets (MTV): 736k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 718k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 383k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 271k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sunrise, Sunset"

  • Andrew O'Keefe wants his weekends back, quits "Sunrise" (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Jeopardy! recordbreaker did a bad bad thing (People)
     

  • Piff the Magic Dragon heads up Las Vegas holiday show (Las Vegas Weekly)
     

  • Richard Hatch splits from his husband (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cat Deeley to host "This Time Next Year" docuseries for Lifetime (Reality TV World)
     

  • SYTYCD, The Gong Show on the bubble? (TV Line)

posted 12/7/17



Sony Pictures TV
Wheel, Jeopardy! Head to the Hall
NAB to Honor Game Show Titans in April 2018
From TV Newscheck

Two of America’s most popular gameshows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new 2018 NAB Show Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 in Las Vegas.

The two syndicated hits have produced a combined 13,000-plus episodes. They are both produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

“Broadcast television is home to America’s most beloved programming. Both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have stood the test of time and represent the enduring power of broadcasting,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “NAB looks forward to honoring these legendary shows and their iconic producers and hosts in April.”

Reaching more than 25 million weekly viewers, Wheel of Fortune reaches more viewers than any other program on television. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, it is based on the game Hangman. Wheel of Fortune is currently celebrating its 35th season of syndication and is trademarked “America’s Game.”

Pat Sajak began hosting Wheel in 1981 when it aired on network daytime television and continued through its syndication in 1983. Since then, he has earned three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Vanna White quickly became a household name when she was named co-host of Wheel in 1982. Since her debut on the show, she has become a Guinness World Record Holder as “Most Frequent Clapper” and has also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Both hosts have been with the show through its entire 35 seasons in syndication.

Currently in its 34th season of syndication and with 23 million viewers a week, Jeopardy remains one of television’s top-rated quiz shows. Jeopardy has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a 2011 Peabody Award and the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Alex Trebek has hosted Jeopardy since its debut in 1984. He has won five Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Trebek has hosted more than 7,600 episodes and is honored with stars on both the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame.

Harry Friedman is the executive producer of both Wheel and Jeopardy. He is also a 15-time Emmy winner, a Peabody Award winner, a three-time Guinness World Record Holder and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NATAS. Friedman is known for creating innovative game elements and incorporating the latest technology. In September 2006, both shows made television history when they became the first syndicated programs to broadcast in high definition.

TV Newscheck
Broadway World
AV Club
The Toronto Star
TV Technology

posted 12/6/17

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 26
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy rolled to an easy November sweeps win as syndication’s highest-rated show, according to results for the key Oct. 26-Nov. 22 survey period just released by Nielsen.

Judy raced to a strong first-place 7.3 live-plus-same-day national sweep average, which was greater than the total of the five other nationally rated court shows combined.

This was the third straight November that Judy has been No. 1 overall, and its third-best November in the past 10 years.

In access, Family Feud was the top-rated game show with a 6.5.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the November 2016 sweeps; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous sweep; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NA

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 12/6/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Breaks Tuesday Mark
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) followed by special episodes of "Will & Grace" (7.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Superstore" (4.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Chicago Med" (6.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "SEAL Team" (6.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Bull" (4.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was ABC (3.593 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Black-ish" (4.011 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.739 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.644 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.952 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Flash" (2.213 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.631 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/17

Postmates Team with Top Chef
Free Deliveries in Time for the New Season
From Broadway World

Bravo's TOP CHEF and Postmates, the nation's leading on-demand delivery company, have partnered to give foodies everywhere free delivery on all orders from December 6-8, 2017, to celebrate the season 15 premiere of "Top Chef" on Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm ET/PT. During the promotional window, customers across the country can score free on-demand delivery from anywhere on Postmates, including orders from the new 'Bravo's TOP CHEF x Postmates' restaurant collection, featuring trending restaurants helmed by "Top Chef" alums in Los Angeles. Also, for the first time in LA, Postmates will roll out its fleet of robotic rovers, branded with 'Bravo's TOP CHEF x Postmates' logo, for select deliveries across the city.

"'Top Chef' has not only helped catapult the careers of numerous chefs, but has also helped spawn a generation of foodies," said Maria DeLuca, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Trade Marketing, Bravo Media. "We're thrilled to partner with Postmates on an innovative, first to market experience that offers our fans a new way to enjoy next level food in the comfort of their own homes."

"As the originators of on-demand anything, Postmates is on a mission to make our customers lives easier -- and happier. So we're excited to be partnering with Bravo and the iconic 'Top Chef' franchise to help customers grab a seat at the table -- or their couch, in time for the premiere," said Brandon Teitel, Vice President, Brand Strategy, Postmates. "Delivering amazing meals via robotic rovers -- including from 'Top Chef' alum restaurants, is the perfect way to kick off the new season."

Broadway World

posted 12/6/17

Android to Head to the HQniverse
Game Show App Will Be Available By Christmas
From the Futon Critic

It seemed to arrive out of nowhere, but since launching as an iOS exclusive app in late October HQ Trivia has been growing in popularity day after day, a dozen questions at a time. The app live streams a trivia game show right on your phone daily, giving you a chance to answer 12 questions correctly for a chance to win real cash. It's free to play and broadcasts live twice a day on weekdays and once on weekend and holidays.

Now, it appears folks behind HQ Trivia are ready to bring the trivia fun and excitement to Android, tweeting the following just hours before Tuesday's 3pm EST live stream:

Hey world, we hear you also have Android phones? HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming your way... pic.twitter.com/RwY6Qpkk9e
— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) December 5, 2017


So its look like Trivia Daddy Scott Rogowsky is prepping to give all the HQties rocking an Android phone a very Merry Christmas this year — and if parts of that sentence confuse or scare you it's going to be okay.

Android Central
Android Authority

posted 12/6/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Drew Carey Saves the World"

  • Drew Carey to be a guest on the new season of Netflix's "Bill Nye Saves the World" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Tyra Banks buzzes WME, gives Golden Buzzer to UTA (The Wrap)
     

  • E! learns the hard way... Come correct to Chrissy Teigen or don't come at all (The Wrap)
     

  • "The Bachelor Winter Games" starts taping in Vermont (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rachel Lindsay is saving a couple of rows for Bachelor Nation (Us)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Corinne Olympios. (Wiz Khalifa) NUFF SAID. (/WK) (Us)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (People)

posted 12/6/17


Discovery Channel
MONDAY: Back on the Road... Back in the Game...
"Cash Cab" Hits the Streets Again December 4
From WTHR Indianapolis

TAXI! The show that turns a NYC taxi into a trivia game show is back.

The "Cash Cab' pays you money to answer trivia questions while it takes you to your destination.

The show originated in the UK in 2005, KSDK reported. It aired in the US for 400 episodes before it was cancelled in 2012.

But now it's making a return trip to TV. The show will premiere 6 episodes on Dec. 4 at 10 EST on Discovery Channel.

The new season will even include celebrities.

Matthew Perry, Brooke Shields and Scott Bakula are are riding shotgun to assist contestants in answering questions.

The newest addition to the game: social media shout outs. Players can ask people on Facebook to help them with an answer.

This, and other cable offerings...
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.157m
- Cash Cab - 10p (P/Discovery): 887k
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Discovery): 731k

NBC (8.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.044 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by a special holiday edition of "The Wall" (4.746 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

ABC (6.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.606 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the fall finale of "The Good Doctor" (9.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by originals from "Man with a Plan" (6.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (5.499 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "9JKL" (4.650 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus a repeat "S.W.A.T." (3.703 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.115 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up new episodes of "Lucifer" (3.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Gifted" (2.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, the fall finale of "Supergirl" (1.764 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a new "Valor" (0.993 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.378 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/5/17

"Glam Master" of Ceremonies
Laverne Cox to Host Lifetime Entry February 28
From the Futon Critic

Get your brushes and contour kits in hand for Lifetime's new beauty competition series, Glam Masters, hosted by Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black, TRANSform Me), premiering Wednesday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT. The eight-episode series puts beauty influencers through themed challenges allowing them to put their best face forward to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert Kandee Johnson and co-founder of Milk Makeup and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi. Executive produced by style icon Kim Kardashian West, Glam Masters is created by Diana Madison, co-founder of digital media company Obsev Studios and creator and host of The Lowdown with Diana Madison and Style Lab.

Each closed-ended episode will feature four beauty bloggers who will go head-to-head to prove they have the talent, charisma and vision it takes to be the next big name in the beauty world. The winner each week will qualify to advance to the semi-finals where the best will battle it out in the Tournament of Masters finale. In the end, only one of these beauty-obsessed bloggers will get to claim the title of Glam Master.

Glam Masters is produced by Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, for Lifetime. Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison executive produce. Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dan Peirson and Colleen Sands executive produce for Shed Media, while David Hillman and Kim Chessler executive produce for Lifetime. Laverne Cox serves as co-executive producer.

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posted 12/5/17

WEEKEND: CBS Wins Friday, NBC Wins Sunday
Both Networks Take the Demo As Well
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

NBC (4.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with "Blindspot" (3.343 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (2.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.827 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), a second "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.263 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "20/20" (3.045 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.826 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (1.227 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.349 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (1.112 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Friday...
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 501k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 361k

NBC (15.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.074 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.7, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (5.773 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (14.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3), "The OT" (8.335 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "The Simpsons" (4.310 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), "Ghosted" (2.620 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.606 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.912 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Next up was CBS (11.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "60 Minutes" (11.320 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), the special "The Carol Burnett Show's 50th Anniversary" (15.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.262 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

And finally, ABC (4.014 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Shark Tank" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) surrounded by repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.339 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

On cable Sunday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (S/Nick): 1.241m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 987k
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 663k

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posted 12/5/17


Games Gone By: Card Sharks (2001)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

We asked 100 game show enthusiasts if the 2001 revival of "Card Sharks" was worth it. Well, OK, we didn't, but I promise you the number would be zero or less as THIS version ditches the surveys for "Clip Chips" and putting the money you "won" on the line in the bonus game. Chris Wolvie presents another revival that he's GLAD is one of the "Games Gone By..."

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posted 12/5/17

Chris Harrison Returns to GSN
"Millionaire" to Air Later Seasons on GSN
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has licensed seasons 14 and 15 of iconic game show "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE," with the show to air Monday through Friday at 3:00pm and 3:30pm ET beginning Monday, December 18. In addition, on Sunday, December 24, fans can catch a stacked marathon airing from 9:00am to 2:00pm ET.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "MILLIONAIRE" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic ladder format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in Syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.

Now airing its 16th season in national syndication, the Emmy®-nominated "MILLIONAIRE" currently is taped in front of a live studio audience at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas. "MILLIONAIRE" is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

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posted 12/4/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Another Judge at the Table"

  • Gail Simmons is judging for two! (People)
     

  • Peter Sagal premieres his new play "Most Wanted" (SouthFlorida.com)
     

  • Alec Baldwin wants to (BLANK) his podcast into a new series (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (The Guardian)

posted 12/1/17


CBS
CBS Warm This Winter
"Amazing Race", "Survivor" to Return; "Big Brother" vs. The Olympics
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced winter 2018 scheduling moves, including the debut of BIG BROTHER's celebrity edition, the series premieres of LIVING BIBLICALLY and INSTINCT, and the return of THE AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR.

· The Network will launch its first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER on Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). As previously announced, the special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run, and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will return to host.

· The 30th season of the multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE premieres Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), with two-hour episodes running on Wednesday Jan. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Wednesday Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

· The next installment of the Emmy Award-winning SURVIVOR taking place in Fiji debuts with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), after BIG BROTHER and THE AMAZING RACE conclude. It moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 7.

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posted 12/1/17

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Into the Kitchen
"Worst Cooks in America" Returns to Food January 7
From The Futon Critic

Renowned chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence return to whip a fresh crop of bumbling cooks into culinary shape in a new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, January 7th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. In the ten-episode series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits in an intense culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one contestant who makes the most impressive transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor.

"Kicking off the year with a new roster of Worst Cooks has become a Food Network tradition," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Watching Anne and Tyler turn these kitchen misfits into confident cooks is a fun ride from start to finish."

The competitors are: Brandon Arroyo (Cleveland, Ohio); Steven Crowley (New York, New York); Kayrene Curtis (Rocky River, Ohio); Jonathan Farhat (Livermore, California); Lily Frey (Anaheim Hills, California): Asaf Goren (Los Angeles, California); Robyn Hayden (Charleston, South Carolina); Sylvia Jefferies (Charleston, South Carolina); Hazell Mckenzie (Brooklyn, New York); Priscilla Nguyen (Hattiesburg, Mississippi); Skyler and Spencer Nick (Wauconda, Illinois); Kevin Pettice (Charlotte, North Carolina); Shatima Ruffin (Yorktown, Virginia); Sharon Shvarzman (Staten Island, New York) and Lacey Stout (Owasso, Oklahoma).

In the season premiere, sixteen of the country's worst cooks enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Anne and Tyler need to see what they're dealing with, so they have the recruits make their signature dishes - and the results are worse than they could have imagined. For the first main dish challenge, the chefs teach the recruits how to make breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Then Anne and Tyler pick teams, and the two recruits with the least successful breakfast dishes are sent home. Upcoming episodes feature a fun fish market challenge, a round of food trivia game "Family Food," a sweet Valentine's Day challenge and the return of "Remote Control Chef." The season culminates on Sunday, March 11th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for judges Jordan Andino, Michael Chernow and Paulette Goto - and the creator of the best dish wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor.

Viewers can learn more at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks including tips from your favorite chefs and quizzes to improve your cooking. Tell us your mishaps in the kitchen with #WorstCooks.

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posted 12/1/17

THURSDAY: And Jason Witten Scores
NBC Wins on TNF
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.930 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) continued its NFL-power reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (9.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (13.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "SWAT" (6.634 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.491 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.466 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the special "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (5.004 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.626 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Orville" (3.631 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a special "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.157 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway Reunion (S/Lifetime): 893k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 868k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (SP/MTV): 452k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 450k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out Special (S/MTV): 338k
- American Beauty Star (SF/Lifetime): 279k

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posted 12/1/17

The Perfect Bid... The Story Behind the Story
Price Is Right Documentary to Be Released April 2018
From MK Ultra PR

Independent film-maker CJ Wallis has begun screening his award-winning feature documentary "Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much" about super-fan Ted Slauson's unique history with The Price is Right and is currently adding dates to the film’s winter and spring North American tour.

The documentary explores how Slauson became adept at recording and memorizing prices of products featured on the show since its inception in 1972, culminating in him helping a contestant place a perfect bid during a 2008 Showcase, and ending in one of the biggest controversies in game show history as covered by TIME Magazine, Esquire, TMZ and more.

Perfect Bid’s world premiere was held at the Bend Film Festival in October and then went on to win “Best Documentary” at the Orlando Film Festival the same month.

"It’s a love-letter to The Price is Right, it’s creators and to all of the fans who have grown up with the show as I did. In trying to keep the film as independent as possible, we have begun a grassroots campaign and have already set up a theatrical tour in over 13 cities and continuing to line up more well into next spring - which is both a testament to Ted's story and to the power of The Price Is Right," said Wallis.

Perfect Bid’s multi city tour will include theater screenings throughout the Canadian provinces and marquee locations across California, as well as, Connecticut and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Screenings dates for 2018 are currently being planned world-wide, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Worldwide distribution rights to the film have been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and is slated for release April 2018.

For more details about available programming dates, please contact mallory@mkuproductions.com.

For more information and to watch the film’s trailer, please visit: www.perfectbidmovie.com.

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posted 12/1/17

Taskmaster Goes Danish
Avalon Format Heads to TV2
From Worldscreen

TV 2 in Denmark has picked up the format rights for Alex Horne’s comedy game show Taskmaster from Avalon.

The Danish commercial broadcaster has commissioned Metronome to produce 8×60-minute episodes. In addition, Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT is set to make a second season of its local version, Bäst i Test! (Best in Test!), which premiered earlier this year. Both the Danish version and the second season of the Swedish adaptation are due to be broadcast in 2018.

Isobel Hughes, the director of distribution at Avalon, said: “Taskmaster has already proved to be a global success with local versions being made in the U.S. and Belgium and a second series now confirmed for SVT in Sweden. The show’s combination of competition, ingenuity, comedy and creative challenges is compelling and entertaining viewing in any country and is sure to be equally popular with audiences in Denmark.”

Anette Rømer, the head of acquisitions and formats at TV 2, added: “TV 2 Denmark is delighted to have secured Taskmaster for our main channel. Resting on friendly competition, humor and wit, the program creates an atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit and ‘hygge’ which we know our viewers appreciate.”

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posted 12/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 19
From TV Newscheck

The week ending Nov. 19 featured a tie at the top of the game shows for a second straight week between Jeopardy, which featured its annual Tournament of Champions, and usual leader Family Feud. Both shows inched up 1% from the week before to a new season high 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

However, syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a 13th time in 14 weeks was Judge Judy, which was in a league of its own, towering over all programs with a 7.6 for a second straight session, matching its season high and improving 6% from last year’s first-place score.

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.

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1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8* +1%
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8* +1%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/1/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "SAVAGE QUESTION!"

  • LIST ABUSE: 6 apps for people who can't wait until HQ goes live every day (Bustle)... Meanwhile, a story of bots, cheaters, dink dink, and dilly dilly (Polygon)
     

  • The "Millionaire"-based stage play "Quiz" based on the Charles Ingram scandal will take the London stage (Playbill)
     

  • Eddie McGuire tells a bad joke and lands in the Hot Seat (9News)
     

  • Buzzr to pick up "Supermarket Sweep" January 15 on air and over Prime Video (Broadway World)

posted 12/1/17


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JIM NABORS: 1930-2017
"Gomer Pyle" Played "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Sweepstakes"
From
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Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., has died. He was 87.

Nabors passed away on Thursday morning, according to Hawaii News Now. A cause of death has not been reported.

Nabors made his first appearance as Gomer Pyle in Andy Griffith‘s Season 3 episode “The Bank Job.” What was initially meant to be a one-off guest spot turned into a recurring role which spanned 23 episodes. In the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which debuted in September 1964 and ran for a total of five seasons before concluding in 1969. He would reprise the role nearly two decades later, in the 1986 TV-movie Return to Mayberry.

Following Gomer Pyle, Nabors headlined the CBS variety show The Jim Nabors Hour, which ran for two seasons between 1969-1971. In 1975, he co-starred in the one-and-done ABC sci-fi effort The Lost Saucer. He later hosted the syndicated talk show The Jim Nabors Show, which aired for one season in 1978.

Nabors was also a successful recording artist, releasing 28 albums over the course of his career — five of which were certified gold and one certified platinum. He also made annual appearances at Indianapolis 500, performing “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the opening ceremonies. He last sang at the racing event in 2014.

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" and "Celebrity Sweepstakes" in the 1970s.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 11/30/17

The Mother of All Model Competitions Coming
"Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid" Premieres January 11 on Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

In the cutthroat world of modeling, every aspiring beauty needs support, guidance and sometimes an nudge down the runway. On Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid, premiering Thursday, January 11 at 10pm ET/PT, former model and television personality Yolanda Hadid (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) brings her expertise to the forefront as she coaches aspiring teen models to succeed on and off the catwalk. As the mother and agent to fashion's "IT" girls Gigi and Bella, and model son Anwar, Yolanda and her trusted team of experts will put the girls and their "momagers" through an intensive eight week training program, focused on the physical, mental and emotional wellness that it takes to build a sustainable brand.

The eight-episode series follows six young aspiring models and their mothers as they travel to New York City, shack up under one roof and pursue their dreams of becoming a supermodel. Each week, Yolanda puts the girls and their moms through a series of lessons and assignments designed to not only test their modeling agility, but also the strength of their mother-daughter relationship. With a $5,000 weekly prize on the line to put towards their future careers, only one girl will be left standing to win a management contract with Yolanda's company and the potential opportunity to be represented by IMG Models in New York. Yolanda's daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid, designers Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller and supermodels Devon Windsor and Alek Wek make special appearances throught the season. Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid is produced by Hudsun Media for Lifetime. Michael Rourke, Christopher Spry, Sean Rankine and Yolanda Hadid executive produce. Mary Donahue and Mioshi Hill executive produce for Lifetime.

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posted 11/30/17

WEDNESDAY: No Man Is An Island
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) edged out a demo victory on Wednesday thanks to a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.594 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), a second "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at the Apollo" (5.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

NBC (7.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (9.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Chicago PD" (6.908 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

FOX (4.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) likewise was in the hunt with new episodes from "Empire" (5.076 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Star" (3.679 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Speechless" (4.185 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (6.132 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) and "Designated Survivor" (4.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.400 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.695 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) over on The CW (1.047 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 764k
- Are You The One (MTV): 522k
- Iron Chef: Behind The Battle (Food): 469k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Face Value (BET): 184k

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posted 11/30/17

GAC Flips 28 More
"Flea Market Flip" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

Great American Country has triggered a 28-episode order of its competition series Flea Market Flip. The Emmy-nominated series, which stars Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer, showcases teams of two as they compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000. Spencer, a designer and longtime flea market enthusiast, also serves as the series host, creator and executive producer.

In Flea Market Flip, each team has a $500 budget and only one hour to scour a flea market to find their potential treasures. After searching, haggling and brainstorming, the teams transform the drab and sometimes weird finds into top-notch designs that they can sell the following day at a different flea market. The competitors must attract customers, negotiate and sell their newly transformed items. The team who makes the most profit walks away with bragging rights and the cash prize.

The new season debuts December 3 at 8p ET.

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posted 11/30/17

Alexa, We'll Take B
Amazon Alexa Unlocks Match Game Skill
From the Daily Telescope

PullString, Inc. today announced their software solution is powering the Match Game skill based on FremantleMedia North America's game show. The skill is scheduled to be released on December 14th.

The company's solution, PullString Converse, enables creative and marketing professionals to rapidly design, prototype, and publish skills for the Alexa voice service. Purpose-built for marketing teams and creative agencies, PullString Converse empowers non-technical users to write conversation, not code, and engage their customers through voice.

The Match Game skill features the “Super Match” round based on the popular gameshow format whereby users attempt to match one of the top 3 answers (from an audience poll) to a fill-in-the-blank question. Each day users receive a new set of questions. If they happen to miss a day, they can play catch-up mode for the week.

Introducing Support for in-Skill Purchases for Match Game skill
For fans of Match Game who want more, users will be able to purchase additional question gamepacks through in-skill prompts. The PullString solution seamlessly supports the purchase of digital content using Amazon Pay and a beta version of the Alexa payment APIs.

The Alexa payment service will be made generally available in 2018. Organizations looking to provide premium content for consumers will be able to leverage PullString's easy-to-use, enterprise-class solution to build and monetize skills.

“In-app purchasing in mobile was a catalyst for a surge of great mobile experiences,” said Mike Houlahan, head of channels at PullString. “We believe Amazon's payment service will have a similar impact for Alexa Skills powered by PullString.”

The Daily Telescope

posted 11/30/17

"Ultimate Brain" Gets an Ultimate Renewal
Nippon TV Brokers Deal for Belgium, Netherlands
From World Screen

The Nippon TV quiz format Ultimate Brain has received second-season pickups from VRT Ketnet in Belgium and NPO Zapp in the Netherlands.

The Japanese format has been adapted in China as well as in the U.K. on CBBC. The edutainment show sees competitors answering science-themed questions. Nippon TV distributes the format in Japan, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Eccho Rights manages the property in other markets. The deals in Belgium and the Netherlands were clinched by Sputnik Media.

“The ratings are exceeding our expectations,” commented Rutger Beckers, managing partner at Sputnik Media. “I love the format because, through an entertainment show, it nurtures children’s curiosity for science and technology. These are valuable skills and mindsets to acquire, wherever the kids go next in life. And on top of that, it’s big fun to produce this show.”

Atsushi Hatayama, president of international business development at Nippon TV, remarked, “The two countries will join the United Kingdom and China in broadcasting more than one season and I look forward to the day when this one-of-a-kind quiz show is available and enjoyed the world over.”

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B&C

posted 11/30/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Life Comes At You Fast"

posted 11/30/17

Baking Dozen
"Kids Baking Championship" Returns
From the Futon Critic

Food Network celebrates the New Year in a big way as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the skills of a dozen young bakers with major talent on a new season of Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, January 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of ten episodes,the contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) compete in decadent dessert challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative kid baker in the country. To make it to the top tier of the competition, their baking skills and originality must measure up, as they whip up sweet treats such as cookies, ice cream, and doughnuts. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"The return of family-favorite Kids Baking Championship is the perfect sweet note to start the new year with creative confections and delicious desserts from extraordinary young bakers showing off their remarkable talents that will awe and inspire audiences," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Throughout the ten-episode season, the kid contestants must tackle new confectionary challenges, from sweet dessert pizzas using traditional savory pizza toppings, to out-of-this-world desserts with freeze-dried astronaut approved ingredients, and to a new twist on the popular imposter dessert challenge featuring lunchbox favorites. On the premiere, the bakers must conquer cookie cakes, but when Duff and Valerie throw them a crazy curveball, one competitor melts under the pressure. On Monday, March 5th at 9pm ET/PT, the championship culminates as one talented baker will rise to the top in the grand finale.

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Gareth Bennett (Gaithersburg, MD; age 10), Julia Betz (Key Biscayne, FL; age 12), Alex Czajka (Edmonton, AB; age 12), Beverly Hepler (Foster City, CA; age 10), Grady Holloway (Chesterfield, MO; age 11), Luke Jonsson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; age 13), Linsey Lam (Closter, NJ; age 13), Abby Martin (Franklin, WI; age 13), Bryn Montgomery (South Hill, VA; age 11), Aditya Pillutla (Cary, NC; age 12), Michael Platt (Bowie, MD; age 11) and Soleil Thomas (Livingston, NJ; age 12).

Fans can join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship, and can relive the most dramatic, creative, and adorable moments with video and photo highlights, at FoodNetwork.com/KidsBakingChampionship. They can also go behind the scenes with Duff and Valerie, and discover more baking tips.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/29/17

Second "Last Chance"
"Last Chance Kitchen" Returns to BravoTV.com TODAY!
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," hosted by Tom Colicchio, launches today with a bombshell new twist, as four of the fiercest "Top Chef" veterans enter the kitchen, to battle it out, in hopes of earning a coveted spot in this season's competition in Colorado. Back to prove they have what it takes is Jennifer Carroll (Season 6 & Season 8: All Stars), Kwame Onwuachi (Season 13), Marcel Vigneron (Season 2 & Season 8: All Stars) and Lee Anne Wong (Season 1). In a series first, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is available now on BravoTV.com, dropping one week prior to the "Top Chef" season premiere on Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm ET/PT. The competition begins now; to check out the first episode with the "Top Chef" alums and find out who must pack their knives first, click here: http://www.bravotv.com/last-chance-kitchen/season/videos/lck-ep-1-catch-me-upquick

Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R), "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is all about redemption as these chefs stop at nothing to fight their way into the competition. It's the ultimate battle royale as host Tom Colicchio sets the stakes high with pressure-filled challenges and a fast moving clock. At the end of each episode, one chef will pack their knives. With their dreams of a "Top Chef" title on the line, these fierce veteran chefs will not only compete against themselves, but each week will also have to knock out the new cheftestants as they are eliminated from the main competition.

Next week, the main competition begins as "Top Chef" returns for a brand new season with 15 incredibly talented and diverse chefs from across the country battling it out amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder and Telluride, culminating in an epic finale in Aspen. Following each episode premiere, the eliminated chefs will have the opportunity to change their fate in the game on "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen."

Episodes of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be made available on BravoTV.com, Bravo Now, VOD and YouTube at the conclusion of each week's "Top Chef" episode.

Season seven of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley and Doneen Arquines serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/29/17

TUESDAY: Like a Light Bulb!
NBC Wins the Demo AND the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), the fall finale of "This Is Us" (10.840 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) plus "Chicago Med" (7.866 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

CBS (6.921 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual telecast of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by a repeat "NCIS" (7.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017" (4.980 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.202 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.714 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up the conclusion to its crossover with "The Flash" (2.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.763 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, ABC (2.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night with its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Black-ish" (2.610 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Mayor" (1.953 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 1.004m
- Chopped (Food): 1m
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 940k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 784k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 536k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 436k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 186k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/17

MONDAY: No Dancing, Big Win for "The Voice"
NBC Wins the Demo, Splits Total with ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled back in front among adults 18-49 on Monday with a new "The Voice" (9.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special" (5.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Second place then went to ABC (8.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its annual "CMA Country Christmas" (8.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) alongside a new "The Good Doctor" (9.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.646 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Superior Donuts" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "9JKL" (4.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Scorpion" (5.439 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) perked up with night one of its crossover event between "Supergirl" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Arrow" (2.544 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Lucifer" (1.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "The Gifted" (1.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on FOX (1.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.502m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.222m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.041m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/17

Sorting the Weekend (Ratings) Pile...
Wednesday Through Sunday, so Buckle Up
From The Futon Critic

WEDNESDAY: CBS (6.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top broadcaster on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Criminal Minds" (6.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a special "The Wall" (4.473 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (3.732 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.171m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.068m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 766k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 523k
- Are You The One (MTV): 408k
- Face Value (BET): 284k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 273k

Thursday on cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 652k
- Divided (GSN): 229k

SUNDAY: Repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.072 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Shark Tank" (3.184 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) bookended new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Shark Tank" (4.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) on ABC (4.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 898k
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 629k

The Futon Critic
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posted 11/29/17


NBC
NBC Sets Winter Plans
More "Wall", "Game of Games" on Tap
From the Futon Critic

NBC has filled out its remaining winter schedule heading into the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (February 8-25).

Joining the just announced return of "Better Late Than Never" will be the back half of "The Wall's" current season as well as newcomer "Ellen's Game of Games."

Additionally, Sunday nights following the NFL will be home to assorted specials and movies, including "The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" on January 7, "Ride Along" on January 14, "Neighbors" on January 28, "Super Bowl LII" on February 4 and "Furious 7" on March 4.

Return dates for its current fall entries were announced earlier this month (read the story) as were premieres for midseason series "Good Girls" and "Rise" (read the story). They'll be joined by cycle 14 of "The Voice" on February 26 and 27.

"THE WALL" (January 1)

From executive producer and NBA superstar LeBron James comes the second season of "The Wall," the fastest and simplest game with more than $12 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop. At four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives. With tremendous cash prizes waiting at the bottom, this game can change lives in an instant. Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" offers a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball with fall and deduct the value from the teams' total. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize. Last season "The Wall" ranked as television's #1 primetime game show, averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers in "live plus seven day" Nielsens. "The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with LeBron James, Chris Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

"ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES" (preview December 18, premiere January 2)

Multi-award winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres brings her hilarious, high-energy comedy to primetime with NBC's newest reality competition show, "Ellen's Game of Games." DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize. Every episode will feature DeGeneres' one-of-a-kind comedy and irrepressible personality, along with a unique roster of games, including "Blindfolded Musical Chairs," "Dizzy Dash" and "Scary Go Round." The thrill of the pressure cooker situations and the instant wins will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. At the start, contestants play games over four rounds. The winner of each round advances to play "Know or Go." The person who wins advances to the final round to play an epic game of "Hot Hands," where they will have to guess as many answers as they can in a designated amount of time. "Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Warner Horizon in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/17

Ink Masters to Return
Catch It on Spi.... err, Paramount January 9
From the Futon Critic

"Ink Master" returns for a tenth season starting Tuesday, January 9 at 10pm ET/PT. For the first time, the series will welcome back three "Ink Master" winners to coach and mentor artists in the quest for $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted title of "Ink Master." In addition, the former "Masters," Season Two's Steve Tefft, Season Seven's Anthony Michaels and Season Nine's DJ Tambe, will be competing against each other to win $100,000 of their own.

From Truly Original, the tenth season of "Ink Master," titled "Ink Master: Return Of The Masters," will debut on Spike TV starting January 9 and will continue to air on Tuesday nights when the network relaunches as Paramount Network on January 18.

"I am ecstatic that we are bringing back Steve, Anthony and DJ to go head to head this season," said Chachi Senior, SVP Alternative Programming and Development, Paramount Network. "Their coaching styles, as well as their talent as artists is the perfect set up for an intense season 10."

This new season starts off with 24 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo-style challenges, after which Tefft, Michaels and Tambe will select their top six artists to compete as part of their teams. Throughout the competition, the artists will be tested on their technical skills along with their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing and, as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime, so will their mistakes.

After each challenge, the contestants will face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nu�ez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and team introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster. The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official "Ink Master" Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/17

Quiz Time for PS4 Players!
New Game Available for Consoles
From PlayStation Lifestyle

Today, Snap Finger Click announced that the ultimate trivia party game It’s Quiz Time is out today for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The game, which is built from the ground up to specifically allow players to stream the game on Twitch, Youtube, and Mixers, lets players compete against up to 10,000 players simultaneously.

It’s Quiz Time is billed to be the ultimate quiz party game for both PC and console. Allowing users to host their own quiz show and share it to the world, It’s Quiz Time was developed to allow players to not only broadcast their quiz to a community, but allow them to play together with an audience. The game is set to launch with two game modes designed for live streaming, with two other modes still in development.

“We are extremely proud that we are launching It’s Quiz Time, after so much hard work,” said Martijn van der Meulen, co-founder of Snap Finger Click. “There is no question we believe that It’s Quiz Time, from our witty AI host Salli to the streamer’s Live Mode, our single-player mode and the sheer size of trivia included, takes the crown as the ultimate quiz party game.”

The game is available now at a price of $19.99 for a limited time, and the developers have already announced that a Season Pass will become available early 2018 that features special event quizzes and other game features. For more on It’s Quiz Time, check out below:

"It’s Quiz Time is the biggest trivia party game on PC and console, with more than 25,000 different questions and answers across thousands of categories, in the single-player mode, player-customized round lists or competitive head-to-head sessions, making this trivia extravaganza the most comprehensive and accessible game of its kind. Up to eight players can play together in It’s Quiz Time, either locally or remotely over the internet, using their smartphones as a controller thanks to the free mobile companion app (iOS or Android)."


It’s Quiz Time is available now for the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Lifestyle
Develop

posted 11/28/17

"The Price Is Right"... for Nigeria
FremantleMedia Licenses Format to Genesis
From C21 Media

A Lagos-based production studio has licensed the rights to US gameshow format The Price is Right in Nigeria, through a deal with global production giant FremantleMedia.

Genesis Studios, the prodco behind Nigerian series So Wrong So Wright, Tales of Eve and talkshow Chat Street, is developing a local version of the format.

The company has announced that TV personality Frank Edoho, former host of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, will host The Price is Right alongside Emmanuel Essien (aka Mannie of Cool FM), who will act as the announcer.

The Price is Right is one of the longest running TV series in the US, airing for more than 8,000 episodes since its inception in 1972 on CBS. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and other prices.

The Price is Right was originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and created by Bob Stewart. The format has been produced locally in 43 territories.

C21 Media

posted 11/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hail!"

  • FIRST LOOK: Cash Cab (WXIA Atlanta)
     

  • Jennifer Hudson reach temporary agreement for custody of their son (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Before "Suits" and "House of Lies" and Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was... #11 (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (CBC) and Scott Rogowsky (Time)

posted 11/28/17

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