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Big Brother: Over The Top... A Primer
How, Where, and When to Watch
From the Futon Critic

BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP begins streaming live exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT. For the first time ever, fans who subscribe to CBS All Access will watch everything play out live during the 24/7 feeds and have the opportunity to vote and impact the game like never before.

In addition to the live stream and traditional elements fans know and love, such as Head of Household (HOH), veto competitions and the live evictions, CBS All Access's BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP will feature exciting new elements designed for multi-platform audiences, including:

· Weekly Full Episode - A rundown of the week's events, followed by the live eviction ceremony, Wednesdays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.

· Weekday Replay - A quick recap of all the crucial moments that happened throughout the day. Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.

· Safety Ceremonies - Live on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT, the HOH will reveal the houseguests who are safe for that week, culminating in the live reveal of the nominations on Sunday evenings.

· Live Diary Room Sessions - In a BIG BROTHER first, fans will get a live look into the confessionals on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 PM, ET/7:30 PM, PT.

· Evicted Houseguest Q&A with Host Julie Chen - Every Thursday afternoon, host Julie Chen will interview that week's evicted houseguest (times will vary).

· Big Brother Winner Chosen By Fans - Fans will vote for the winner of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP.

· America's Vote - Fans will have the opportunity to impact the game like never before and affect nominations, evictions and game-changing twists. More details will be revealed during the premiere of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP on CBS All Access.

Meanwhile, CBS has announced the houseguests...

- Monte Massongill, 25, an engineer associate from Olive Branch, Miss.
- Whitney Hogg, 21, a medical assistant from Whitesburg, Ky.
- Shelby Stockton, 24, a recent law school graduate from Simi Valley, Calif.
- Shane Chapman, 24, a roofer from Pisgah Forest, N.C.
- Kryssie Ridolfi, 31, a waitress from Schaumburg, Ill.
- Scott Dennis, 24, a debt collector from Bangor, Maine
- Morgan Willett, 22, a publicist from Austin, Texas
- Justin Duncan, 27, a seafood restaurant owner from New Orleans, La.
- Neeley Jackson, 33, a sales associate from Fort Worth, Texas
- Alex Willett, 25, an animation designer from Dallas, Texas
- Danielle Lickey, 23, a pre-school teacher from Visalia, Calif.
- Michael “Cornbread” Ligon, 41, a tree removal company foreman from Augusta, Ga.

The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will stream 24/7 on CBS All Access. In addition to the 12 houseguests announced Monday, fans can also vote in one of two former houseguests — either season 18’s Jozea Flores or season 17’s Jason Roy. Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood Reporter
Reality TV World

posted 9/27/16

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 18
From B&C

Harry, NBCUniversal’s new first-run talk show, debuted at a 1.4 in the household national ratings according to Nielsen Media Research in the week ended Sept. 18, talk’s best premiere since Sony Pictures Television's now-canceled Queen Latifah opened at at a 1.4 in 2013. In 2012, Disney-ABC's Katie, starring Katie Couric, launched to a 2.0 national household rating.

Harry, which airs on Fox owned stations in the country's top markets, benefits in the national ratings, which add up the ratings for all a show's runs. Primary-run weighted metered market ratings only include the rating for the main airing of each episode. All shows with multiple runs, such as CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy and Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud, benefit in the national ratings in this way.

In access, all the game shows debuted during the week except for Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which was steady for the week at a 1.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud ruled the games for the 21st week in a row, gaining 2% for the week and 13% from last season’s premiere to a 6.3.

CTD’s runner-up Wheel of Fortune accelerated 6% to a 5.7, although Wheel dipped 2% from last season’s premiere week. In third place, CTD’s Jeopardy! advanced 8% to a 5.4, but again was down 2% from last season’s opening round. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire came in fourth, growing 23% for the week and 33% from last year to a 1.6.

Disney-ABC’s viral video show RightThisMinute gained 27% to a 1.4. At the beginning of the year, Disney-ABC picked up distribution for RightThisMinute, and the show moved over to ABC owned and affiliated stations in multiple markets. The ABC owned stations replaced the canceled FABLife with Millionaire and RightThisMinute, causing the ratings of both to spike.

B&C

posted 9/27/16

MONDAY: ... I Have No Idea What's Going On, But I'm Having So Much Fun
NBC's "Voice", Debate Coverage Wins
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with its mix of "The Voice" (12.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "The First Presidential Debate" (16.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (12.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2).

CBS (10.978 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then took home the silver with week two of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and "Kevin Can Wait" (10.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #7) plus "The First Presidential Debate" (10.996 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (7.845 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #10).

Next up with the bronze was ABC (11.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Dancing with the Stars" (10.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #11), "The First Presidential Debate" (12.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5) and "The First Presidential Debate - Analysis" (9.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.621 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up "Gotham" (3.681 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "The First Presidential Debate" (5.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.004 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and another "Supergirl" (1.078 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Food Network Star Kids (Food/SF): 689K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/16

WEEKEND: MacGyvering Our Way to the End of Week 1
CBS Wins Over ABC, Fox Offerings
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed top honors on Friday with the premiere of "MacGyver" (10.891 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by the season openers to "Hawaii Five-0" (10.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.434 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

FOX (3.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with the respective premieres of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.334 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (2.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (4.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the return of "Last Man Standing" (5.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.086 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Shark Tank" (4.940 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "20/20" (3.411 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up encores of "Superstore" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Good Place" (2.341 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) plus "Dateline NBC" (4.597 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.042 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.210 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food/SF): 1.337M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food/SF): 1.056M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SF): 683K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Shark Gets Baited"

posted 9/27/16

Kyle Hill Is Looking for the Next Mythbusters
Nerdist Correspondent to Host New Science Channel Series
From the Futon Critic

Kyle Hill has been selected as the host of Science Channel's MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH it was announced today by Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH is an all-new series featuring the next generation of fearless contenders with killer build skills, science smarts and nerves of steel, ready to be judged each week as they bust myths and vie for the win in becoming the next myth-busting superstars. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH will premiere in 2017.

Hill serves as science editor for Nerdist, host of YouTube's Because Science and contributed to Science Channel's 2016 series, How To Build . . . Everything. MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH marks the start of a new myth-busting era on Science Channel as Hill introduces the contestants and the myths they attempt to bust each week. Using never before seen spectacular stunts, some myth-busting challenges will focus on build skills, while others require science know-how; some will test ingenuity, while others will test resolve, all with the goal of busting new myths.

"MythBusters is the most iconic science series in the history of television, and Kyle is an enormous talent and the ultimate MythBusters super fan. With his encyclopedic knowledge of every MythBusters episode and stunt ever attempted, he is the ideal host to introduce our all-new myths and potential future mythbusters," said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel.

MythBusters made its television debut on Discovery Channel in 2003 and ended its fourteen year run on the network earlier this year. The series earned eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program from 2009-2016 and was produced by Beyond Productions in San Francisco. The program fused scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create a signature style of explosive experimentation.

MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions where Dan Tapster and John Luscombe are executive producers. For Science Channel, Wyatt Channell is executive producer with Lindsey Foster Blumberg as producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/26/16

Estrella Tumbas Its Burros
New Series Premieres Tonight
From TV News Check

Spanish-language Estrella TV Network is premiering its newest game show, Tumba Burros, tonight, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. ET.

Hosted by comedians Carlos Eduardo Rico and Alma Cero, Tumba Burros (loosely translated as Tipping Dunces) is Estrella TV’s newest high stakes, fast-paced game show inspired by a popular Don Cheto Radio Show trivia contest.

Tumba Burros takes the internationally popular Rico and Cero to Hispanic homes on a quest to give away thousands of dollars by having participants answer questions of increasing difficulty. The show literally takes a game show studio into viewers’ homes and gives that family a chance to win more than $10,000 right on the spot.

Trivia questions reveal fun and entertaining facts, while family interaction (children, grandparents, in-laws and neighbors) is designed to make the show appeal to the entire family. When the questions get harder, the contestants can look for help from a neighbor or opt for the multiple choice answers in their all-out effort to get to the next level.

TV News Check

posted 9/26/16

Happy Panda
BBC Greenlights First Commission from Objective Subsidiary
From C21 Media

Moira Ross’s new entertainment label Panda Television, part of UK-based Objective Media Group, has secured its first commission.

The as-yet-untitled non-TX pilot is a family gameshow for UK pubcaster the BBC and will use studio and location venues. Panda says it is “looking to work with big name talent whilst fun, family challenges will be at the heart of the action.”

Commissioned by Jo Wallace for BBC Entertainment, the pilot will be executive produced by Ross and series editor Ed Booth for Panda Television.

Panda Television’s launch followed that of Second Star Productions, another Objective label focused on factual entertainment and led by Deborah Sergeant, last year.

C21 Media

posted 9/26/16


Games Gone By: The Magnificent Marble Machine
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

In the 70s, pinball was all the rage that the makers of "Hollywood Squares" decided to cash in on the craze by making a HUGE pinball machine and having contestants play for cash and prizes instead of just points. It...pretty much went the way you'd expect adults of the day playing pinball to go...as in not good at all.

Take a look at GSNN's newest column for more information on the lost 70s ... gem?... "The Magnificent Marble Machine".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/26/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Another Shark Gets Baited"

  • Daymond John wants to make an offer... to his lady friend (Us)
     

  • Meanwhile, Blake Shelton is playing mum about wedding plans. Translation: he has none (Reality TV World)
     

  • Erin Andrews is taking a few weeks off to address a family concern (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong solemnly swears upon the soul of Bill Cullen that his show is not changing networks (Daily Express)
     

  • Six figures for Carol Vorderman and not a math board in sight (Telly Mix)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 18 things no one tells you about being on "American Ninja Warrior" (Insider)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" is coming to Lincoln (Lincoln Journal Star) and North Charleston, SC (Charleston City Paper)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the oldest "Voice" contestant EVER (Reality TV World) and Craigy Ferg (KPLR St. Louis)

posted 9/26/16

THURSDAY: Week 3 Begins on CBS
CBS Takes NFL to #1
From the Futon Critic

CBS (12.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

ABC (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a distant second with the debut of its lineup "Grey's Anatomy" (8.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "Notorious" (5.429 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.154 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (6.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of premieres from "Superstore" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "The Good Place" (5.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Chicago Med" (6.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the openers to "Rosewood" (3.593 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Pitch" (4.275 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.317 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.955 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.769M
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 910K
- Chopped (Food): 858K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 452K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 416K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 386K
- Winsanity (GSN): 278K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 271K
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo): 196K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/23/16


ITV Studios
"The Chase" Is On... for the 1000th Time!
Special Pits Contestants Against ALL FIVE CHASERS
From Telly Mix

ITV’s award-winning quiz show The Chase celebrates its 1000th episode with a special edition featuring all five of the Chasers on Thursday, September 29.

The hour-long special hosted by presenter Bradley Walsh will, for the first time, see a different Chaser face each contestant during the ‘Cash Builder’ round. The ‘Final Chase’ round will then be played by the fifth and final Chaser.

The chase is on as the contestants will have to dodge The Barrister, The Beast, The Governess, The Sinnerman and The Vixen one after the other. Will they be able to stay ahead of the finest quiz brains in the country to take home a share of the winnings?

Host Bradley Walsh has said: “We’ve made it to the 1000th episode of The Chase as the show is so entertaining and informative. I’m so lucky I get to be a part of such a great team and have a laugh at work, I even learn some things too. People love it because they can see how much we are enjoying ourselves. The special is going to be one Chase fans won’t want to miss.”

Now in its seventh year and and having reached 1000 episodes, The Chase has seen global success, with versions now being made in 11 countries with Labbett and Hegerty on the US and Australian versions respectively. In the UK, The Chase is regularly watched by over 3 million viewers each day and this year won a National Television Award for ‘Best Daytime Show’.

The 1000th episode of The Chase airs Thursday, September 29 at 5pm on ITV.

Telly Mix
Irish Independent
What's on TV
Evening Standard
ITV Press Centre
BT
Daily Express

posted 9/23/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "An Egghead Gets Cracked"

  • Lisa D'amato gives birth via Facebook (Us)
     

  • What happens once you win Wheel of Fortune (Cinema Blend)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: another British quizzer arrested (Us)
     

  • Viacom has its credit lowered (TV Week)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger gets Freeform late night deal (TV Week)

posted 9/23/16

Seeso's "Debate Wars": Now Streaming
Michael Ian Black Hosts Comic Spars
From Paste

Toss a bunch of standup comics in a TV studio and odds are you’ll come out the other side with either Undateable (r.i.p.) or some manner of competition. While improv and sketch emphasize groupthink and harmony, the standup has always been a solitary actor, positioned either against an audience or her fellow comics. Roasts, roast battles, game shows, Last Comic Standing—they all imagine jokes as weapons and joke-telling as an adversarial pursuit, a bid to win over the crowd, the judges, and ultimately one’s peers. It’s maybe a little weird, given that the point of a joke is to make a clump of humans feel the same emotion. When comedy becomes a matter of one-upmanship, comics are implicitly encouraged to make easy choices rather than risky ones (see: every Roast of Rob Lowejoke about Ann Coulter’s looks). But if we must gamify comedy to get more comedians on TV, well, so be it. Let the games begin.

Debate Wars, Seeso’s entry into the field of comedy competitions, carries the torch without a whiff of the mean-spiritedness of its many peers. The series, adapted from a live show at New York City’s Symphony Space, is whimsical to its core: each half-hour (roughly) episode pits two teams of two comics against each other in a debate of inconsequential subjects—cake versus pie, dogs versus cats, babies versus old people. The debates are moderated by Michael Ian Black, ostensibly the show’s star and the closest thing it has to a voice—a sort of silly dignity, the same sardonic gravitas that defined The Daily Show at the height of Jon Stewart’s captainship (these adjectives also describe Brian McCann, a longtime Conan writer who serves as show-runner for Debate Wars). It’s a sterling fit for Black, one of our few remaining comedian-slash-public intellectuals and easily the most entertaining part of Debate Wars. It’s not just the aristocratic poise with which he conducts each debate, the precise wit of his interjections, the deadpan glee he takes in calling out misbehaving debaters—no, the show’s most delightful moments are when Black breaks character, so clearly taken by whatever ludicrous attempt at rhetoric has transpired before him. Naturally a variety of comedians will bring a variety of strategies to the ancient art of debate, and the funnier attempts are usually the ones that favor whimsy over sincerity. UCB regular Connor Ratliff, who defends cats with a stunning (if, er, pitchy) rendition of the Cats ballad “Memory” while wearing cat makeup, is a standout; so is Todd Barry, who delivers one of the show’s finer PowerPoint presentations in his defense of “In Real Life” against the Internet.

Paste
The AV Club

posted 9/22/16

... And Only Hollywood Remained
Mary Berry Joins Mel & Sue, Paul Hollywood Joins GBBO & C4
From Reality TV World

Mary Berry has announced she is leaving her "The Great British Bake Off" judging role out of loyalty to the BBC as the show is moving to Channel 4.

"My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one," Berry said.

"I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision."

Hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have also refused to make the move from the BBC to Channel 4.

The news of the channel swap came earlier this month with Channel 4 outbidding the BBC for the competitive baking program.

The show's other judge, Paul Hollywood, is the only one to make the transition with the show, signing on for another three seasons.

"I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when 'Bake Off' moves to Channel 4," Hollywood said in a statement.

"The Great British Bake Off" began its seventh season in August.

Reality TV World
Metro
Metro

posted 9/22/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Gets Lethal
Fox Beats CBS Lineup of Premieres, Finales
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Wednesday with the premiere of "Lethal Weapon" (7.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) followed by the return of "Empire" (10.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

ABC (8.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its debut lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Speechless" (7.285 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (8.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Black-ish" (6.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (9.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (7.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with the 90-minute launch of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) alongside the finale to "Big Brother 18" (6.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.852 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (6.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.859 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.193 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), an original "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.133 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second run "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.223 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.146M
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food/SF): 562K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 397K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/SF): 350K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/22/16

Hellevator Gets an Unlikely Neighbor
GSN Acquires Reruns of Syfy's "Scare Tactics"
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has obtained telecast rights to 13 episodes of the hidden camera/comedy horror TV show SCARE TACTICS, hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan. The show will be paired with the network's new horror-themed game HELLEVATOR in a "Friday Night Frights" programming block on Fridays from 9-11pm ET/PT, beginning October 7.

SCARE TACTICS, which originally aired for five seasons, is a hidden camera/comedy TV series with a Sci-Fi twist. Episodes from season five, featuring actor/comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) take advantage of the age-old practice of friends playing practical jokes on each other. Set up by friends and family members, the show's unwitting "stars" are caught off guard and on camera in elaborately staged horror hoaxes involving movie-style special effects and expert make-up. Co-creator and Executive Producer Scott Hallock exclusively owns and controls the worldwide rights to the half-hour series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/22/16

Wheel of Fortune Lands on Free Play
New Game Available for Android, iOS
From Entertainment Weekly

Category: Best new mobile game featuring an iconic TV show. Fans can now solve that puzzle with Wheel of Fortune Free Play!

Pat Sajak and Vanna White have moved their game show stage into mobile devices, creating a unique and personal experience for all fans of the long-running ABC series. Created by Scopely, in partnership with Sony Pictures TV, Wheel of Fortune Free Play features iconic puzzles and gameplay that viewers know, and new game modes and challenges specifically designed for entertaining and quick bite mobile experiences.

Much like being a contestant on the word-solving show, there are several different rounds to test the skills of even the most savvy Wheel of Fortune players. Head-to-head battles with friends and family allow players to create personalized games, including the ability to form custom puzzles for them to solve. The game also features a World Tour mode, which takes players on a travel destination of sorts to collect various iconic items from across the globe.

While this version doesn’t offer the coveted cash prizes of the TV series, daily and weekly tournaments will allow players to collect exclusive in-game prizes.

“Wheel of Fortune has touched so many lives for decades, and it is an honor to bring the universally treasured TV show to millions of fans and new players today,” said Walter Driver, CEO of Scopely. “We are committed to providing fans with captivating gameplay experiences that players can continue to enjoy for years to come.”

Wheel of Fortune Free Play is available now for iOS and Android on the Apple App store and Google Play store.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/22/16

A Fine (Brothers) Deal
"Chopped" Creators Team with YouTubers for Unscripted Deal
From The Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment One and Chopped creators Keller/Noll have tapped YouTube creators Fine Brothers Entertainment to jointly develop and produce new TV formats to be first tested online.

eOne and Cleve Keller and Dave Noll earlier inked a first-look TV deal to jointly produce unscripted programming. Now they're teaming with Fine Brothers Entertainment, the indie shingle for Benny and Rafi Fine, known for their React comedy franchise and successful YouTube multi-channel business, to develop a slate of TV formats.

Each new show will incubate on the FBE Digital Network, which has over 20 million subscribers, before expanding to traditional TV. The first project from the production trio is the game show Quizzicle, which pits two teams against each other to answer pop culture trivia questions.

The Fine brothers were among the first to use YouTube as a testing ground for new TV shows and formats. Their React series, having secured more than 6.5 million subscribers on the Google-owned digital network, was adapted into the Nickelodeon show ReactToThat.

Fine Brothers Entertainment has also moved beyond short-form digital content to create for YouTube Red the scripted comedy Sing It! in partnership with Mandeville Films. "With our vast experience in both online and traditional television show formats, partnering with powerhouses eOne and Keller/Noll creates an ideal trifecta to continue evolving entertainment and distribution models,” Benny and Rafi Fine said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Hollywood Reporter
World Screen

posted 9/22/16

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