ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from
Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a
direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500
Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning
blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One
Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and
Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,”
“The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The
innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of
Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative
Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to
air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and
nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly
The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s
long and successful relationship with Burnett, who
executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit
reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth
season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett
with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the
first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You
Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the
air during his tenure at FOX.
“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first
network game show to combine what audiences love about
serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event.
It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said
executive producer Mark Burnett.
Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be
back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark
Burnett. We have done many shows together over the
years, but one of our best experiences (both
professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than
a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to
come up with another game show that would break new
ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500
Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have
no doubt this is going to be the next international game
Burnett is one the most successful producers in the
history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of
programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries
around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and
One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice”
(in association with Warner Horizon Television) and
“Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He
also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and
the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the
People’s Choice Awards since 2010.
Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit
10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings
records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a
worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling
miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its
success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries
“A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.
by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Los Angeles Times
Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes
"Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah
Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md.,
became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar
grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.
“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited
Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every
minute of it!”
Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game
was close with only $6,000 separating the first and
third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize
Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and
then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The
Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.
Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up
in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for
the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she
said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her.
However, there were no problems when the bonus round
puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right
away, so I called the letters and was able to solve
pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.
The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s
Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s
The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the
Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th
season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the
puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting
bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1
million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1
million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle
Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn
Erhard in May of 2013.
Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of
the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same
middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot
of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having
watched with her parents growing up and now challenging
her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve
before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s
taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children
Alden and Raina.
“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune
host Pat Sajak following the win.
During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly
minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had
calculated the probability of winning the million
dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the
probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes
Wednesday: It's Magic!
It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of
Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on
Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's
Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of
Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1,
CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2)
then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16"
(6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2),
"Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).
Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside
the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers,
#6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).
Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The
Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and
"Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49:
And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a
repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults
18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW
(1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
Catch Special NY Comedy
Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its
wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late
night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will
hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for
Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the
stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to
tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3
through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF
week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to
New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan
favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet
Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC
Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and
fans may request free tickets at
"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show
in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the
choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go
straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New
York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.
"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet
wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians
battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take
on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social
media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the
setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the
Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and
posts that social media has to offer: from the latest
celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist
posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.
On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers
each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men
18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also
reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most
male (69%) audience of any late night talk show.
(source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most
current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"
- Craig Ferguson
used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip
through time and space (Unreality
TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name
- Michael Vine growing
out of All3Media (TBI
- Celebrity Squares
takes 20 percent of its audience to block
- "Danger Mouse" just got a
little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the
superspy in the reboot (Animation
- CASTING COUCH:
Let's Make a Deal (Broadway
World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway
- TVGN gets Popped (The
- Live from New York... It's
Darrell Hammond! (The
- VIDEO WALL: Blake
Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
- Josh Kaufman becomes
The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment
- Everything you know about
Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)
Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat
on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a
new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).
CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2)
then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16"
(6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2)
alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of
Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8,
Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the
season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project"
(2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).
Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results
show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20:
From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers,
#12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out
the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).
On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an
audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off".
"Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard
Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000.
Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from
Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on
Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed
by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another
"Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 1.5, #T4).
NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then had to settle for second place with a recap of
"America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special"
(10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2),
"America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got
Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.4, #7).
Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16"
(6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS
News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers,
#20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant"
(3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and
"Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7,
Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The
Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern
Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers,
#17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084
million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).
And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761
million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a
repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults
18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW
(1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef
Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star
of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter"
with 2.54 million.
TV by the Numbers
The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!"
Get ready, America.
Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant
When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in
2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the
country mourned the loss of an icon.
But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your
noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game
show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers
can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial
“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells
PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a
two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a
show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep
my life simple.”
But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair
future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to
weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek
No word on how long you have to persuade the game show
host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get
online and weigh in!
Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13
other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament,
College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids'
"Game Plane" Cleared
Catch It This Weekend, Check
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40%
announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the
premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show
to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers
competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.
Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE
features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation,
competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including
all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular
luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on
Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME
PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on
Allegiant scheduled service.
"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the
airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the
first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said
Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of
Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of
the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand,
and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our
passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our
destinations have to offer."
"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this
amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for
the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is
to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and
that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game
show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are
introducing an original take on production."
The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will
air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a
syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television
Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and
a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"
- Michael Davies' "Men
In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The
- Joan Rivers' doctor
and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying
- You would have to win AGT
TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment
- Frankie Grande
says... way... too much (Entertainment
- "The Price Is Right"
Live! heads to Iowa
- BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW:
Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
- Is Discovery set to
buy out the Hub? (Deadline)
Baggage Road Show
GSN Revives Dating Franchise
for 20 Shows; Jerry Springer to Return
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game
shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a
20-episode order of BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, a new traveling
version of the network's hit series "Baggage." Jerry
Springer, host of "Baggage," will host the new
iteration, which will travel to four US cities,
beginning with Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana
in October. The series is set to premiere on GSN in
2015. Additional locations to be announced.
BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is a half-hour comedic dating game
show where one contestant chooses from three potential
partners, all of whom come with their own quirky,
annoying and sometimes truly shocking physical and
emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the
competition. With Springer guiding the fun, contestants
will be required to reveal the various intimate secrets
and hidden flaws - housed inside literal suitcases -
that typically aren't revealed on a first date.
Eventually, only one suitor will win a date with the
contestant... as long as that person can also accept the
contestant's baggage in a final role-reversal round.
"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm
continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on
the show have been," says Springer. "I'm looking forward
to taking this show on the road and seeing how many fun
but cringeworthy moments we get from people looking to
"With BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, GSN is taking production out
of the big studio environment and bringing it directly
to towns and cities across the US," said GSN's Executive
Vice President, Programming, Amy Introcaso-Davis. "Our
original 'Baggage' series remains extremely popular and
we are thrilled that the one and only Jerry Springer is
back to guide us on this unpredictable tour as we
uncover who has the most unexpected 'baggage' in your
BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is produced for GSN by Wilshire
Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D
List) serves as executive producer.
The Hollywood Reporter
"Baggage" will hit the
road for GSN
photo courtesy GSN
Double the Runway
Catch "All-Stars" October 30,
"Threads" October 23
From the Futon Critic
Fourteen of the most
talented Project Runway designers return to compete in
the biggest and most competitive Project Runway All
Stars season ever! In this cutthroat season, former
standout designers come back to New York to compete for
runway gold in the fourth season of Lifetime(R)'s
Project Runway All Stars (#PRAllStars), premiering
Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT.
As the returning designers know, nothing is as it seems
on Project Runway All Stars. Before revealing the first
challenge, host Alyssa Milano reveals that two former
Project Runway winners, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle
Lesniak, are back, making the competition tougher than
ever! TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire's Senior
Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the
designers as they are judged each week by Isaac Mizrahi
and Marchesa's Georgina Chapman.
Some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment
make up this year's A-list celebrity guest judges
including Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox of Orange Is
the New Black, Emmy winner Debra Messing, Modern
Family's Ariel Winter, Academy Award(R) winner Mira
Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy-nominated host
Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity
photographer Nigel Barker, QVC(R) program host Lisa
Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this
season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie
Tahari and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by
Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
This season's highlights include a surprise visit to
London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a
collaboration with Broadway's Wicked: The Musical and
the first-ever wedding ceremony live on the runway.
Designers for Project Runway All Stars Season 4 include:
- Samantha Black (Brooklyn, NY) - Season 11, 7th place
- Helen Castillo (Union City, NJ) - Season 12, 5th place
- Fabio Costa (New York, NY) - Season 10, Runner-up
- Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) - Season 10, 8th
- Justin LeBlanc (Raleigh, NC) - Season 12, 3rd place
- Michelle Lesniak (Portland, OR) - Season 11, Winner
- Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney Australia) - Season
11, 11th place
- Chris March (New York, NY) - Season 4, 4th place
- Patricia Michaels (Albuquerque, NM) - Season 11,
- Kate Pankoke (Chicago, IL) - Season 11, 9th
Place/Season 12, 6th place
- Jay Sario (New York, NY) - Season 7, 4th place
- Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) - Season 10, Winner
- Alexandria von Bromssen (San Mateo, CA) - Season 12,
- Sonjia Williams (Woodside, NY) - Season 10, 5th place
The winner of Project Runway All Stars will be given the
ultimate in prize packaging, which includes the chance
to create their own capsule collection with QVC and
appear during QVC's Spring Fashion Week programming; a
fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the
magazine as Contributing Editor for one year; CHI
Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa
resort as a special guest at their International
conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for
entire year of runway shows; from Mary Kay, an entire
year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows
and professional makeup artist services for their debut
show; a cash prize of $150,000 and a complete custom
sewing studio to launch the winning line from Brother
Sewing and Embroidery.
Last season, Project Runway All Stars posted significant
jumps among the key demographics versus season two,
including a +13% increase in Total Viewers and Woman
18-49, +9% with Woman 25-54 and +3% in both Adults 25-54
and Adults 18-49. Season three also the number
unscripted series in its Thursday 9-10p time period
among Woman 25-54.
One week earlier, from the producers of Project Runway,
skilled teen and tween fashion designers will showcase
their gift for style in the new competition series
Project Runway: Threads on Lifetime(R), premiering
Thursday, October 23, at 10:30pm ET/PT. Beginning the
following week, Thursday, October 30, Project Runway:
Threads moves to its regular time slot of 10 pm ET/PT.
Hosted by Vanessa Simmons (Run's House), Project Runway:
Threads will feature judges designer and CFDA member
Christian Siriano (Project Runway Season 4 winner),
Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories
Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid
Nilsen (2.5 million YouTube subscribers). The premiere
episode features special guests television personality
Kelly Osbourne and actress and model Jaime King.
Actress, singer and dancer Zendaya will also make a
guest appearance this season. The eight-episode series
was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of
Design & Merchandising (FIDM).
Project Runway: Threads is a competition series
showcasing America's most talented young fashion
designers. Each week, three new contestants pull out
their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can
out-design the competition and set the new standard for
the future of fashion. Challenges will be fast-paced,
unpredictable and far from child's play as these nascent
fashion powerhouses compete for $10,000 to be used at
any Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store or Joann.com, a
prestigious scholarship to the summer program at FIDM
including travel expenses and a top-of-the-line sewing
and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International
Project Runway: Threads hails from The Weinstein
Company, Full Picture and Sara Rea Productions.
Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein
(co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster,
Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein
Company, Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture and
Sara Rea. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of
Lifetime also executive produce.
Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending
Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly
and Michael premiered its season at a 2.7 live plus same
day household average in the week ended Sept. 7. That’s
the show’s second-highest rated season premiere in
households since 2007, marking a 4% gain from the
previous week and a 17% increase from the same week last
The week included Labor Day on Sept. 1, as well as
widespread preemptions for coverage of the men’s US Open
Tennis finals, Deusche Bank golf, and President Obama’s
press conference following the NATO Summit. The week
also kicked off Nielsen’s official 2014-15 television
season, although most shows premiere later in the month.
Most game shows declined for the week. CTD’s Wheel of
Fortune slid 2% to a 5.5, matching its lowest rating of
last season. CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 4% to a 5.1, its
lowest rating in a year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud
was flat at a 4.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a
Millionaire, in its last week with Cedric the
Entertainer as host, eroded 11% to a new series low 1.7,
down 26% from last year at this time.
TV by the Numbers
Monday: The Calm Before
"Dancing" Helps ABC to 1st
From The Futon Critic
ABC (11.367 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) was the most-watched network
on Monday thanks to the return of "Dancing with the
Stars" (13.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4,
#1) followed by a repeat of "Castle" (7.007 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).
FOX (5.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1)
however split the demo crown with a new "MasterChef"
(5.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3)
followed by the season finale of "MasterChef" (5.628
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).
Next up was NBC (5.160 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.8, #3) with its three-hour special "American
Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (5.160 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4).
Meanwhile, CBS (5.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory"
(6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7),
"Mom" (4.867 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#T9), "Two and a Half Men" (4.568 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), another "The Big Bang Theory"
(5.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and a
new "Under the Dome" (6.967 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.6, #5).
And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
(1.135 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11),
another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.950 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new
"America's Next Top Model" (0.993 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.018 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) finished out the
Electus Has a Moment
"Moment of Truth" Format Sold
From The Futon Critic
studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:
IACI) today announces that Electus International has
acquired Lighthearted Entertainment's The Moment of
Truth. Since acquiring the title, Electus International
has sold the format to Ukraine's STB for 36 primetime
"Howard Schultz and Lighthearted Entertainment are great
producers, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them
again on the distribution of The Moment of Truth," said
John Pollak, President of Electus International. "At
Reveille, our partnership resulted in selling The Moment
of Truth format to more than 50 countries, and the
Electus team is ready to continue the success of the
The Moment of Truth premiered on STB on August 25.
"We're thrilled to have partnered with leading network
STB to bring a television's classic to the Ukraine. The
Moment Of Truth seamlessly merges the world's
fascination with lies and polygraphs, and we are
delighted to see the positive response from STB's
audiences thus far," said Diego Piasek, Executive
Director, International Distribution and Production at
In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given
a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and
sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live
audience in order to win a cash prize.
Sunday: There She Is...
Winners: Football, Miss
America... Oh, and Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
NBC (16.495 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) was of course the network to
beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in
America #1" (7.497 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
2.2, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.321
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football
Night in America #3" (16.989 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 6.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.431
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1).
CBS (11.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2)
then claimed the silver with a full hour of "NFL
Overrun" (21.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7,
#2) followed by "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Big Brother 16" (7.312
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6) and
"Unforgettable" (6.314 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T13).
Next up was FOX (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) and repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (3.025
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), another
"Bob's Burgers" (2.379 million viewers, #17; adults
18-49: 1.0, #15), "The Simpsons" (2.653 million viewers,
#14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), another "The Simpsons"
(2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9),
the return of "American Dad" (2.621 million viewers,
#16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and another "American Dad"
(2.634 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).
And finally, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home
Videos" (4.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#16) led into "Countdown to Miss America" (3.337 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) and "The 2015 Miss
America Competition" (6.744 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.5, #8) on ABC (5.346 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).
The premiere of Telemundo’s new mega-reality
competition, “Yo Soy El Artista” (I Am the Artist)
reached a cumulative U.S. audience of 3,325,000 total
viewers and 1,715,000 adults 18-49 this past Sunday
night, according to Nielsen. "Rachael vs. Guy" was the
top performer with 1.723 million for Food. Meanwhile,
"Cutthroat Kitchen" ended its season to 1.133 million,
down from "The Great Food Truck Race's" 1.398 million.
TV by the Numbers
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Burn the Floor"
- As a reminder that this
story is presented for entertainment purposes only, and
gambling laws should be strictly adhered where such laws
exist. THAT SAID... "Dancing with the Stars"
Post) PLUS Cheech & Chong together again for the first
- Philippines version of
"The Singing Bee" offers talent not seen since Atlantic
City last Sunday (ABS-CBN
- Adam Lambert
to guest judge "Idol" auditions while Keith Urban is on
- VIDEO WALL: Ellen
DeGeneres: the Ninja Warrior (YouTube)
- Cheryl Burke
ready to hang up her dancing shoes and call it a career (Page
- PHUN WITH PHOTOS:
Jeopardy! in reverse (Buzzfeed)
- Julie Chen comes from
a line of polygamists... which is more than what we needed
to know about Julie Chen (People)
- Two more for the "Got
Talent" finale, anyone? (The
"The People's Choice"
Armoza, TF1 to Launch New
Interactive Series at MIPCOM
Israeli formats developer
Armoza Formats and French broadcaster TF1 are set to
launch a social media-inspired primetime format called
The People’s Choice (pictured) at MIPCOM next month.
The show – which originated from a development
partnership between the two groups – asks viewers to
choose between situations such as “a week without
showering or a week without your smartphone.” Once
viewers have voted, an in-studio audience is tasked with
guessing the most popular response for a chance to win
The idea behind the format, according to a statement, is
to “translate the essential experience of social media
to a TV show.”
“We’re very proud to be partnering with Armoza Formats
on the development of this amazing primetime game show,”
said Philippe Balland, deputy director of TF1 and
president of TF1 Production, in a statement. “The
People’s Choice has a simple, fun and truly innovative
premise that will bring together the whole family and
engage them as never before.”
Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “With The
People’s Choice format, we have taken audience
engagement one step further – to that of content
generation. Everyone, everywhere is now a content
generator, and we wanted to reflect this by letting
viewers influence the content of the show in a
revolutionary, yet simple, quick and fun way.”
This Fall, Time Is
Catch Price, Deal on CBS
From the Futon Critic
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network
television's #1-rated daytime program and the
longest-running game show in television history,
celebrates its 43rd season, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL
kicks off season six when they return on Monday, Sept.
22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, promises
another season of fun-filled excitement, including its
most action-packed game yet and themed, week-long
specials featuring big money prizes. LET'S MAKE A DEAL,
with host Wayne Brady, premieres its sixth season in
high-definition with new games and one-of-a-kind
In its premiere episode on Monday, Sept. 22, THE PRICE
IS RIGHT will unveil "Time Is Money," a modern spin on
the classic grocery game last seen on the show in 2003.
The high-energy race to beat the clock begins as
contestants are challenged to quickly arrange five
grocery items into one of three price ranges ($0-$2.99,
$3.00-5.99, $6.00 and up) for a big money cash prize of
up to $20,000.
In addition, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will launch an
innovative online campaign inspired by the show's
popular game, "Cliff Hangers." Beginning Wednesday,
Sept. 10, fans will have the opportunity to participate
in a photo-sharing event featuring "Flat Yodely Guy,"
the fictional mountain climber who loves to travel, for
a chance to be featured on the official CBS homepage.
Fans are encouraged to bring "Flat Yodely Guy" with them
to interesting places and share their photos. For more
information on how to download and share "Flat Yodely
Guy," visit www.cbs.com/yodelyguy.
Also this season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air a variety
of themed episodes and week-long specials, including
"Dream Car Week," featuring the world's most luxurious
cars as prizes, and "Big Money Week," when one lucky
winner will play for a chance to take home $1,000,000 in
cash. The show will also reveal the winner of its
nationwide Male Model Search on Monday, Dec. 8. He will
begin his five-day gig alongside Drew Carey on Monday,
This season, LET'S MAKE A DEAL will boast uniquely
themed shows, including the "All Singing Musical
Episode," "The Clash of the Colleges Special," a "Grammy
Award Tribute Show" with a legendary guest, and a
completely unpredictable "April Fool's Day" episode.
Syndies: ... and a
Millionaire Numbers... PLUS
Results for the Week Ending August 31
From various sources
Apparently, Who Wants to be
a Millionaire just needed more muscle.
The syndicated game show is off to a strong start with
new host Terry Crews. The one-time Eagles’ linebacker
has vaulted the show to #1 in its new time period among
It opened with a 3.4 household rating in Philadelphia on
Monday. That means over 100,000 homes in this market
tuned in to see the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star make his
Millionaire began its first season with new host Terry
Crews with solid ratings in a few top markets while
generating a national 1.0 household rating and 3 share
in metered markets for its first two days. That was down
23% from its time slots last September, based on Nielsen
In New York, Millionaire ranked No. 1 in its 2 p.m. time
slot on ABC-owned WABC with a two-day average 2.3/8,
down 30% from ABC soap opera General Hospital last year
and down a modest 8% from its lead-in rating. GH moved
back to 3 p.m., where it had been replaced by Disney-ABC
syndicated talk show Katie.
On ABC’s KABC Los Angeles, Millionaire had a 0.7/2 at 3
p.m., down 41% from Katie one year ago and down 56% from
On Fox TV Station’s MNT affiliate WPWR Chicago,
Millionaire had a 0.3/1 at 4 p.m., flat to its time
slots last September and its lead-in. At 4:30 p.m., the
show’s 0.4/1 was flat but up 33% from its lead-in.
On ABC’s WPVI Philadelphia, Millionaire ranked No. 1 at
2 p.m. with a 3.2/11, down 9% from General Hospital last
September. It was flat to its lead-in, ABC’s The Chew.
With Crews at the helm, Millionaire also topped its time
period in New York and Miami.
Meanwhile, next-day coverage of the 66th Primetime Emmy
Awards gave a boost to the four top entertainment news
magazines in an otherwise quiet pre-holiday week ending
"Wheel of Fortune" led the games, but dropped 5 percent
to 5.6. "Jeopardy!" was hot on its heels, dropping 4
percent to 5.3. Hot on ITS heels was "Family Feud", even
though it dropped 2 percent to 4.7. And all by its
lonesome in the basement, the penultimate week of Cedric
the Entertainer on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with
a 1.9, no change from last week.
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
photo courtesy Disney/ABC Domestic TV/Warner
Bros. TV/Scripps Networks
VH1 Goes on a Second
Dating Hit Renewed
From the Futon Critic
VH1 continues the quest for
true love as TV's most daring reality dating show,
"Dating Naked," gets picked up for a second season. Fans
who are ready to bare it all to find true love can apply
for season two here.
The first season of "Dating Naked" has been averaging a
.6 among Adults 18-49 and averaging 1 million total
viewers (P 2+) each week, based on Live +3 ratings.
"Dating Naked" has amassed 500,000 online weekly streams
and generated a season high of over 750,000 streams the
week of episode six.
"Dating Naked has been a ratings success for us and a
viewer favorite," said Susan Levison, Executive Vice
President, Original Programming & Production for VH1.
"VH1 has always been about shaping the cultural
conversation and we're so glad to have created another
pop culture lightning rod. The show is funny, engaging,
and it actually works - we've helped 6 couples find love
this season. You're welcome, America."
"We couldn't be happier to be producing a second season
of Dating Naked," said Howard Schultz, President of
Lighthearted Entertainment. "The show has turned out to
be everything we had hoped for: inspiring, funny and
illuminating, and we are thrilled that viewers have
embraced it. VH1 has been incredibly supportive
throughout development, production and promotion and we
thank them for this vote of confidence."
This season after embarking on a series of blind dates,
12 people currently consider themselves "in a
relationship" with someone they met on the show. Now
Ashley, an artist from Colorado and Alika, a yoga
instructor from California, are ready to take their
relationship to the next level by exchanging vows of
love and commitment in front of their family, friends
and some of their fellow "Dating Naked" couples. Oh yes,
and they and their guests will all be naked! Tune in to
the "Dating Naked: The Wedding" premiering Thursday,
September 18th at 9PM ET/PT.
Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Blip"
- Padma Lakshmi calls a
group of union picketers "a blip" (Page
- Family Feud
is headed to Centric, another hour of WE GON' PLAY STEVE! (Sitcoms
- "Who is Arthur Chu?"
He's the Jeopardy! champ who's a subject of a new
- Remember Angelea Preston,
the "Top Model" winner who was stripped of the title because
she was an escort back in 2011? Well.... lawyer up! (TMZ)
- ICYMI: Last night on
"Yo Soy El Artista"... (TV
by the Numbers)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with Pat Sajak (Daily
Caller) and Avi Armoza (Worldscreen)
Thursday: Damned If You
Do, Damned If You Don't
CBS Wins Night on Its First
From The Futon Critic
CBS (15.239 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) surged to the top spot on
Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night
Football Pre-Game" (11.899 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.908
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).
NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then led the leftovers with the season premiere of "The
Biggest Loser" (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.6, #3) followed by an "NBC News Special" (4.168
million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).
Next up was FOX (2.510 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.537
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Bones"
(2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).
Meanwhile, ABC (2.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.5, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (2.082 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the series finale
of "The Quest" (1.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49:
0.4, #9) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.598 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).
And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.735
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The
Originals" (0.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
0.2, #11) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.
"Project Runway" led the cable troops with 2.459 million
on Lifetime. Eight hundred ninety-eight thousand turned
into a new "Beat Bobby Flay" for Food Network. An anemic
(for VH1) 527,000 watched "Dating Naked".
TV by the Numbers
BBC Quizzer Renewed
From World Screen
BBC has ordered 40
additional episodes of the quiz show The Link from STV
Productions and LTV Productions for broadcast during BBC
One's daytime lineup.
Hosted by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings),
The Link watches as three teams scramble to find the
link between questions for a cash prize. The first
season, which debuted in May 2014, ranked as the number
one program daily in the BBC One time slot. The format
is being sold globally by Warner Bros. International
Gary Chippington, the head of entertainment for STV
Productions, said: "The first series of The Link proved
to be a ratings hit and we are thrilled to secure a
commission for another 40 episodes. We look forward to
bringing the BBC One daytime audience new episodes of
this engaging quiz show later this year."
PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions,
added: "We hope the second series for The Link will
build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in
the U.K.; while further creating more excitement with
all our Warner Bros. International TV Distribution
broadcast partners as well."
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Stars in Their Eyes"
- YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*!
UP!: The biggest
stars to ever emerge from "The Voice"? ... the coaches (Billboard)
- ABC to spin off
"Shark Tank" with "Beyond the Tank" (New
- VIDEO WALL: Dan Patrick's
first Sports Jeopardy! promo. (YouTube)
- And the winner
of "Celebrity Big Brother" is... (YouTube)
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