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A Pointless Trip
France, Netherlands Get Localized Versions
From Realscreen

The Endemol Shine UK-created series Pointless, a game show in which contestants win by scoring the fewest points, is to make its debut in the Netherlands and return to France after a four-year hiatus.

The series pits four pairs of contestants against one another in an attempt to score the fewest points by finding the least popular and most obscure answers selected from a panel of 100 individuals prior to the show.

Dutch pubcaster Avro/Tros has commissioned Endemol Shine Netherlands for a 25-episode order that will be presented by actress Lucille Werner and actor Owen Schumacher. The quiz show is scheduled to air in a daily slot this summer.

Meanwhile, pubcaster France 3 has ordered a local version of the program from Endemol France that will see the Cyril Feraud-hosted quiz show return to the channel for the first time since 2011. It will premiere on the network later this month.

Since the Endemol Shine UK-created show first aired on the BBC in 2009, Pointless has been acquired by nine territories including Germany, France, Poland and Serbia.

“Pointless is a much-loved,warm and witty quiz show with simple game play at its heart,” said Lisa Perrin, MD of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “These new deals in the Netherlands and France, along with continued ratings success in the UK, reinforce the show’s widespread appeal.”

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posted 7/3/15

Thursday: Food Fight!
CBS Wins Night with "Big Brother"
From TV Insider

CBS (5.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Mom" (5.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Big Brother 17" (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

FOX (2.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Boom!" (2.058 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Wayward Pines" (3.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Mistresses" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the return of "Food Fighters" (3.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Aquarius" (2.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Hannibal" (1.294 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.931 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.526 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/3/15

Thanks, TV Guide!
Greatest Game Shows Coming on DVD August 18
From TVShowsonDVD.com

On August 18 Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing their popular line back with 4 new entries in the TV Guide Spotlight series of DVD releases. Each of the following 2-disc sets will cost just $9.98 per title. Package art and an Amazon.com pre-order button link can be found on the link, but first here's the line-up:

TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Greatest Game Shows
26 Fun and Hilarious Episodes from the All-Time Greatest Game Shows: Merv Griffin, Groucho Marx, Bill Cullen, and Steve Allen. Enjoy over 12 hours of classic trivia, stunts, and challenges from America's iconic game shows including THE PRICE IS RIGHT, YOU BET YOUR LIFE, TWENTY-ONE, and WHAT'S MY LINE?
- The Price is Right has been on TV since 1972 and has aired over 8000 episodes. In 2007, TV Guide said it was the "greatest game show of all time."
- Beat the Clock ran for 8 years and 5 years in syndication
- You Bet Your Life aired on radio and TV. The original version was hosted by Groucho Marx. It was the first game show to have re-runs put into syndication
- Twenty-One was a popular contest in the 1950s, but then became known for potentially being a rigged quiz show
- What's My Line? was ranked #9 by TV Guide in the list of 60 greatest game shows ever. It won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe

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posted 7/3/15

NBC's "Can Do" Attitude
"I Can Do That" Renewed
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC is ready to do that again.

The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That! for a second season, it announced Thursday.

The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. The celebrity roster for season one included Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Alan Ritchson and Nicole Scherzinger, who won the first season of the competition. Marlon Wayans hosted.

I Can Do That!, which premiered in May, has been a steady performer for NBC, averaging a 1.7 live-plus-3 rating among adults 18-49.

“This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations, and they rose to the occasion each week,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of late-night and alternative programming. “We are thrilled to bring new challenges and up the ante for season two.”

Based on an Israeli format, various versions of I Can Do That! are currently in production in 15 different countries. The stateside iteration is executive produced by The Voice's Audrey Morrissey, Matilda Zoltowski (Dancing With the Stars), Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Wayans. I Can Do That! hails from Universal Television.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 7/2/15

Wednesday: 100 Masters
CBS Wins Night in Totals, Splits with Fox
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 17" (5.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the return of "Extant" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

NBC (4.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) with originals from the 100th edition of "MasterChef" (4.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (3.170 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (2.890 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.090 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.092 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 814,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 487,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 433,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/2/15

CBS Daytime #1 Again!
New Ratings Highs for LMAD, TPIR
From Variety

CBS Daytime solidified its No. 1 standing in the ratings this spring, with all five of its programs — “The Young and the Restless,” “The Price Is Right,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk” — hitting ratings milestones during the second quarter.

“Let’s Make a Deal” delivered its largest second-quarter audience (3.30 million) since its premiere in 2009, growing 10% year-over-year. The Wayne Brady-hosted gameshow was also up vs. last year by 5% in both women 25-54 (to 561,000) and women 18-49 (to 431,000).

“The Price is Right” averaged 5.06 million viewers, up 2% vs. last year and the gameshow’s largest second-quarter audience with Drew Carey as host. The show’s first half drew its largest second-quarter audience in 11 years (4.71 million) and its second half hit an eight-year high (5.41 million).

Variety
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/2/15

The Chase Is On.... Down Under
Seven Greenlights Localized Version of "The Chase"
From Daily Telegraph

Seven Network has commissioned a local series of the British quiz show The Chase in the hope of arresting the ratings slide into their 6pm nightly Seven News bulletin.

The program is being produced by UK production company, ITV, the producers of the Ten Network’s surprise 2015 success, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

The one-hour show has been earmarked for the 5pm weeknight timeslot where it will replace two half-hour back-to-back shows, Deal Or No Deal hosted by Andrew O’Keefe and Million Dollar Minute hosted by Simon Reeve.

The two programs provide the critical lead-in to the news hour but are consistently beaten by the Nine Network’s Millionaire Hot Seat, hosted by Eddie McGuire.

Sources have told Confidential the program has been in production at HSV Bouthbank Studios in Melbourne, although there may be a hitch concerning the host.

The show sees four contestants play against a “Chaser”. The contestants individually try to amass as much money as possible answering questions to get themselves in the “Final Chase”.

However standing in their way is their common enemy, the “Chaser”, one of the finest quiz brains in the country — a quiz genius.

If they stay ahead of the “Chaser”, they share the pot.

There has been no hint as to who might have been cast as “Chaser” for the Australian series which could be on air for the second half of the years.

The program, headed into its ninth season in the UK, has become a consistent ratings winner in that market. The American version, a consistent ratings winner for GSN, is currently running its fourth season.

Being an hour long, it is hoped the program can strategically capture and hold an audience for an hour — rather than seeing them migrate from Seven to nine for the 6pm news bulletin.

Daily Telegraph

posted 7/2/15


The Truth Is Coming Back
Anthony Anderson to Host; Betty White, NeNe Leakes Panels for ABC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and produced by FremantleMedia North America, "To Tell The Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. The all new version will take the excitement to another level featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. "To Tell The Truth" is coming soon to the ABC Television Network.

Anderson will preside over four famous faces including legend Betty White (who has appeared on previous versions of the show) and actress NeNe Leakes. In each round they will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities will have a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth.

Anderson's brassy mother, Doris, will be the official scorekeeper and asking questions of her own, not to mention embarrassing her son every chance she gets. The celebrity panelist who performs the worst will have to tweet a lie about themselves to the world. Cheche and his Band of Liars will be the house band. Every episode will end with a show stopping stunt/performance.

The celebrity panelists set to appear in each episode include:

· Betty White - Seven-Time Emmy(R) Award Winning TV legend, actress, author and producer, and passionate supporter of animal health and welfare. Betty is known for her iconic television roles from "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

· NeNe Leakes - Actress, TV personality, producer, author and fashion designer most recently seen on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

"To Tell The Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and will be taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Thom Beers, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

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posted 7/1/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Conference"

  • Richard Osman hosts keynote for book conference (The Bookseller)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Former "2 Minute Drill" contestant gets paid by ESPN... as an executive (SVG)
     
  • Nick Clooney to be named to Ohio Valley NATAS (Lexington Herald-Ledger)
     
  • Paul Sinha to play Derby Comedy Festival (Burton Mail)

posted 7/2/15

Tuesday: I Believe That We Will... Split!
NBC, Fox Split Night Thanks to Women's World Cup
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) got a big boost on Tuesday with the primetime portion of its "FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (9.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the special "Beat the Champions" (2.723 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

NBC (8.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and the season finale of "I Can Do That!" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) bookending the premiere of "Zoo" (8.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Black-ish" (2.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "iZombie" (0.677 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.071 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.047 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 460,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "War of Dogs"

  • Donald Trump gets dumped by Macy*s (CNN), and could be replaced on the Apprentice by Sir Alan Sugar (People), the guy he once had beef with on Twitter (The Guardian)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil to partner his shingle RGL with FremantleMedia (TBI Vision)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Hollywood Game Night" (TV Insider)
     
  • Betty White has a pawfully busy Pawgust coming up (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: LeBron James' untitled project is going to Denver (Westword) and Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of a Tyler Perry horror show for $50,000... Tyler Perry (Dread Central)

posted 7/1/15


JACK CARTER: 1922-2015
Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From USA Today

Jack Carter, a comedian and actor known for Broadway, television and film roles, died Sunday. He was 93.

Carter, whose entertainment career spanned more than seven decades, died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Born Jack Chakrin to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native got an early career start, appearing as a mimic on radio's Major Bowes Amateur Hour as a teenager. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art and, besides acting and comedy, he worked as an emcee, singer, dancer, director and nightclub entertainer. He made more than 50 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Carter appeared on Broadway in Call Me Mister. On television, he worked on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre before becoming host of Cavalcade of Stars. In the early 1950s, he hosted The Jack Carter Show as part of NBC's Saturday Night Revue.

He also appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour with such talents as Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O'Connor.

Carter, whose Broadway credits also include Mr. Wonderful and Top Banana, hosted the first televised Tony Awards ceremony in 1956. His film resume includes roles in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I.

The Emmy-nominated actor could be seen in many TV comedies, including Caroline in the City and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and dramas, including Dr. Kildare, The Rockford Files and Diagnosis Murder. He made several appearances in Showtime's Shameless, including one as recently as 2014.

Carter was a frequent guest on such variety and comedy programs as The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and numerous Bob Hope specials. During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared as a celebrity panelist no such game shows as The Match Game and The $10,000 Pyramid.

Behind the camera, Carter directed Lucille Ball's CBS comedy, Here's Lucy, and such plays as A Thousand Clowns, Silver Anniversary and Mouth-Trap.

Carter is survived by his wife Roxanne, who he married in 1971; his son, Michael Carter, and Michael's wife, Victoria; his son, Chase Carter; his daughter, Wendy Carter; and his grandchildren, Jake and Ava.

USA Today
HNGN
Christian Science Monitor
Yahoo!

posted 6/30/15


Syndies: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From B&C

A newsy week gave the entertainment news magazines a bump in the week ended June 21 while most of the rest of syndication lagged.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which led all of syndication and games in the prior week for the first time ever, dipped 3% to a 5.9 to land in a three-way tie for first place in the category. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a new season low, while CTD’s Jeopardy! was steady. Year to year, Feud climbed 23%, Jeopardy! added 2% and Wheel was flat.

Alone and far back in second place, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fell back to its all-time low 1.6 for the eighth time in nine week, losing 6% for the week and 20% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game slumped 8% to a 1.2.

TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights
B&C

posted 6/30/15

Epic Game Show Time
Harley Morenstein Hosts "Win It for the Bar" on YouTube
From Tubefilter

Collective Digital Studio has a new series that will appeal to YouTube’s foodie crowd. The multi-channel network debuted the food game show series Win it for the Bar on the newly-launched Beer ‘N Stuff channel on June 29, 2015.

In Win it for the Bar, random bar and pub customers must correctly answer a set of food-inspired questions for a chance to win the entire establishment a round of free eats. The show host poses as the bartender, and then asks one bar patron, who unknowingly sat down in the hot seat, the culinary trivia questions. If the patron answers all questions correctly, everyone wins food; if the patron misses a question, he or she must buy someone a beer.

The first episode of Win it for the Bar features host and undercover bartender Harley Morenstein, a fitting role considering his food-focused job in Epic Meal Time.

You can catch all future episodes of Win it for the Bar on the Beer ‘N Stuff channel, which a CDS rep confirms will also serve up plenty of other food-based original series in the next few months.

Tubefilter

posted 6/30/15

Monday: Ninja Assassin
NBC Beats Competition with "ANW"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.593 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Island" (3.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

ABC (5.560 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Whispers" (3.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was CBS (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.961 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.740 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus the return of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.531 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food/premiere) - 1.021 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy) - 461,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/15


Sunday: A Sure BET... Equals a Bit of Point Shaving
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with a rebroadcast of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.143 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "BattleBots" (4.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat "Castle" (3.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 17" (5.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Madam Secretary" (4.160 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.809 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a repeat "I Can Do That!" (2.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the season finale of "American Odyssey" (2.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.870 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), "The Simpsons" (1.549 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.796 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.145 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) on FOX (1.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.120 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, 12:30p): 1.688 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, noon): 1.446 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.328 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.158 million

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posted 6/30/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Song That Doesn't End..."

posted 6/29/15

Fireworks & Buzzrs
Digital Subchannel to Celebrate 4th
From TV by the Numbers

FremantleMedia North America’s new digital multicast network, BUZZR, is set to celebrate Independence Day with a lineup of some of America’s favorite game shows, but this time with a special twist! Airing in primetime at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, viewers will be pulled into the game show time capsule with 4th of July episodes from decades past. The patriotic celebration will kick off with the memorable July 4, 1985 episode of Body Language, featuring host, Tom Kennedy and some familiar celebrity faces, including Lisa Bonet and Jason Bateman. The festivities will continue with episodes of Match Game, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Super Password and Password Plus, making this special television event the perfect post-fireworks party!

Episode airtimes are as follows:
  • 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT BODY LANGUAGE (July 4, 1985)
  • 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT MATCH GAME (July 4, 1974)
  • 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT PRESS YOUR LUCK (July 4, 1985)
  • 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT CARD SHARKS (July 4, 1980)
  • 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT SUPER PASSWORD (July 4, 1985)
  • 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT PASSWORD PLUS (July 4, 1980)

“Game shows consistently highlight some of the best aspects of the American culture,” said Mark Deetjen, Vice President of Programming, BUZZR. “What better way to celebrate that fun and excitement than with episodes unique to BUZZR that look at our nation through the lens of these wild vintage game shows originally broadcast on July 4th?”

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/29/15

More on the New Season of "Millionaire"
The Money Tree Returns, Among Other Things
From Buzzerblog

Everything old is new again.

Our friends at Buzzerblog are reporting that when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns with Chris Harrison at the helm, it will return to using the classic format, albeit with 14 questions instead of 15.

The lower tier of questions will be worth $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, and $5000. The middle tier will be worth $7000, $10,000, $20,000, $30,000, and $50,000. The high end questions remain the same from the shuffle format.

A return to the basics necessitated a return to a classic lifeline, the 50:50, where the computer removes two incorrect answers. It joins Ask the Audience and Plus One.

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns this fall. 

Buzzerblog

posted 6/29/15

More on "Geeks Who Drink"
Catch It On Syfy July 16!
From Broadway World

Syfy invites techies, trekkies and pop culture junkies to play along with Geeks Who Drink, a new weekly game show hosted and executive produced by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn. Premiering Thursday, July 16 from 11-11:30PM ET/PT, the series kicks off the network's new weekly, 11PM late-night programming hour, which also includes the new original series, Reactor.

GEEKS WHO DRINK is based on the pub trivia CONTEST of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with people participating at bars all across the country. The 12-episode, half-hour series is produced by Levi's production arm, The Nerd Machine, along with Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment.

In each episode of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed "trivia geeks" go head-to-head and shot-for-shot as they battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics ranging from pop culture to Science fiction. Each team consists of three players - a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play, the team with the largest bar tab wins the game, along with bragging rights.

The rundown of geek-tastic celebrity team captains includes (Note: Air order TBD):

- John DiMaggio ("Adventure Time") vs. David Giuntoli ("Grimm")
- Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") vs. Justine Ezarik aka iJustine
- Matthew MacCaull ("iZombie") vs. Andrew Daly ("Review")
- Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) vs. Dexter Darden (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)
- Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) vs. Rob Kazinsky (Hot Pursuit, upcoming Warcraft motion picture)
- Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Ascension) vs. Kevin Weisman (Alias,Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) vs. Harold Perrineau (Lost,Constantine)
- Robert Buckley (iZombie, One Tree Hill) vs. Retta (Parks and Recreation)
- Grey Damon (Aquarius) vs. Josh Brener (Silicon Valley)
- Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) vs. Mark Pellegrino (The Returned,Being  Human, Supernatural)
- Jonathan Sadowski (Chernobyl Diaries, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) vs. Lenny Jacobson (Big Time in Hollywood, FL)
- Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie, Caprica) vs. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles)

In addition to Levi, executive producers for GEEKS WHO DRINK are Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Corin Nelson, Dawn Ostroff, Joe LaBracio and David Coleman.

Broadway World

posted 6/29/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 3"

  • Donald Trump and NBC are calling it a day. He said... (TV Insider), SHE said... (Politico) Time said... (Time)
     
  • Like every good "Bachelorette", Amy Schumer has conditions (E!)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Jack Carter (1922-2015) (The Hollywood Reporter) on "Match Game" (YouTube)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: The five baddest women to run the American Ninja Warrior course (Reel Life with Jane)
     
  • Crystal Maze: more money equals more games (Digital Spy)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan Bennett on "Cake Wars" (TV Insider) and Iddo Rosenblum, the creator of "BOOM!" (World Screen)

posted 6/29/15


Thursday: "Boom!" Goes Bust
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with a new "Big Brother 17" (6.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by the return of "Under the Dome" (6.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and a second "Under the Dome" (5.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

FOX (2.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "Boom!" (2.510 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and a new "Wayward Pines" (3.357 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments of "Dateline NBC" (6.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Aquarius" (3.217 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Hannibal" (1.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Mistresses" (3.312 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) followed by the return of "Rookie Blue" (3.714 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.697 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.328 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 389,000

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posted 6/26/15

"Flip" Moving House
New Season to Play on GAC
From the Futon Critic

Great American Country will showcase a three-day marathon of Flea Market Flip, the Emmy-nominated series starring Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer. The Flea Market Flip marathon, which begins Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m. will set the stage for the series' fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 5, at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes. The competition series, which just wrapped its highest-rated season yet, showcases duos who compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000. Spencer, who is a designer and a longtime flea market enthusiast, continues to serves as the series host, creator and executive producer in the 14 new half-hour episodes.

The Flea Market Flip marathon airs on GAC as follows:

Friday, July 3, from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Saturday, July 4, from 1 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Sunday, July 5, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes premiering at 8 and 8:30 p.m.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 2"

  • Donald Trump and his beef are funny... (Mashable) ... still funny... (Deadline) ... still fu-- AND NOW IT'S SAD. (Vox)
     
  • Wayne Brady's newest Big Deal: $1.95 million for his house (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • KTLA to TBS, Funny or Die: "We did it TWICE!" (TV Spy)

posted 6/26/15

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