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

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

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

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

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

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

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 8/27/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Old Bones"

posted 8/26/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadway World

posted 8/26/15

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

Alison Sweeney is exiting "The Biggest Loser."

Producers for the show announced the news in a statement.

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

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

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

Access Hollywood

posted 8/26/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/26/15

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

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

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

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

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

Exchange 4 Media
Best Media Info

posted 8/26/15

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

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

posted 8/26/15

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

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

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

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

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/15

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

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

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

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

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

People
WPTA Fort Wayne
E!

posted 8/25/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/15

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

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

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

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

Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/25/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Variety
Variety
Tubefilter

posted 8/25/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "94 Zonkeys"

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

posted 8/25/15


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

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

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

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

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

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/24/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Spy
Prolific North
Broadcast

posted 8/24/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic

posted 8/24/15


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Times

posted 8/24/15

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

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

posted 8/24/15

Thursday: Preseason
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.740 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Mom" (5.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 17" (6.637 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.191 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

NBC (5.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Food Fighters" (4.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Dateline NBC" (6.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (3.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mistresses" (3.422 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Rookie Blue" (3.723 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.548 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up a new "Boom!" (2.444 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a repeat "Bones" (2.652 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, an original "Beauty and the Beast" (0.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a second run "Arrow" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Alone (History/SF): 2.375 million
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.785 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike/SF): 1.424 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.384 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.002 million
- The Chase (GSN): 664,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9p): 472,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9:30p): 404,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 322,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 296,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 134,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/21/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Takeoff!"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Discovery Family lands "The Game Plane" season 2 (Twitter: @TheGamePlaneTV)
     
  • Steve Harvey wanted to see what men really think. He could've asked Steven Moffat for free: "We are disgustoids in human form" (Defamer)
     
  • Home for rent. One tenant. Goes by the name Big Brother (The Telegraph)

posted 8/21/15

British "Ninja Warrior" Coming Back
ITV Renews Adaptation of Japanese, US Hit
From Reveal

Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara will return for a new series of Ninja Warrior UK.

The second series of the assault course game show will air in 2016, ITV has confirmed.

Ninja Warrior UK sees competitors pushed to their limits as they attempt to complete TV's toughest obstacle course.

It's a format which has already been a smash hit in the USA, Sweden and Japan, and it's clearly been a hit with UK audiences too, as the first series of the game show peaked at six million viewers.

The series featured jaw-dropping challenges and adrenaline-fuelled action as contestants were challenged to complete three punishing stages.

In the first series, 250 ambitious competitors attempted to conquer what's been dubbed "the toughest obstacle course ever seen on British television", and 18,000 viewers have already applied to take on the legendary obstacle course for the series two.

Asif Zubairy, ITV's commissioning editor for entertainment, said: "I'm delighted Ninja Warrior UK's coming back. The show's mix of contestants' hilarious attempts and inspirational performances is presented brilliantly by Ben, Rochelle and Kammy."

Reveal
Echo News
Broadcast

posted 8/20/15

Wednesday: Steampunk'd Is In The House
NBC Wins Broadcast
From TV Insider

NBC (5.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Mr. Robinson" (4.175 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), the season finale of "Mr. Robinson" (3.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.154 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with new episodes of "Big Brother 17" (6.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Extant" (4.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Home Free" (3.190 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.266 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.880 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.206 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.758 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Black-ish" (3.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.726 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Next Top Model" (1.195 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "A Wicked Offer" (0.672 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

Meanwhile, "Steampunk'd" logged in 383,000 viewers in its premiere outing, up 6 percent from last week's double-bill of "Idiotest", but down from the 577,000 of the season finale of "Skin Wars". Next week, "Steampunk'd" moves to its regular time of 9p ET.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Camp Cutthroat (Food): 1.114 million
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 738,000
- Twinning (VH1): 596,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 595,000
- America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs (MTV): 511,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (342,000)

TV Insider
Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 8/20/15

CBS Daytime Gets Richer
Schedule Posts Year to Year Gains
From TV by the Numbers

CBS’s daytime lineup posted week-to-week and year-to-year growth, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Aug. 14.

Daytime's number one Network television show THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 gained +3% in viewers (4.82m from 4.69m) and +10% in women 25-54 (1.1/08 from 1.0/08) while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +2% in viewers (5.54m from 5.40m) and +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/09) from last week. Versus a year ago, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 delivered a gain of +9% in viewers (from 4.43m) while PRICE 2 was up +7% (from 5.16m).

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +3% in viewers (2.94m from 2.87m) from last week and +5% (from 2.81m) from last year. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +3% in viewers (3.89m from 3.30m) compared to last year.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/20/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sinking Ship"

posted 8/20/15

Dancing: Enter Pros... Exit Goodman
ABC Hit Sets Up Line Up
From Entertainment Weekly

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Karina Smirnoff will return to the Dancing With the Stars stage for season 21, and now, Good Morning America has unveiled the rest of the pros who will be joining her.

The good news: It seems Derek Hough has fully recovered from last season’s injury and will once again be tearing up the dance floor. And in addition to Hough and Smirnoff, the rest of the pros roster includes Mark Ballas, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Witney Carson, and of course, the defending champion Val Chmerkovskiy.

As for their partners? They will be announced on Good Morning America on Sept. 2.

But with all these additions comes one notable subtraction. Though some were holding out hope that Len Goodman would reverse last December's announcement that he won't be on Dancing with the Stars' judging panel for season 21, People reports that the ballroom aficionado is out due to scheduling and family commitments.

"Len will not be returning as a judge this season on Dancing with the Stars due to his schedule as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in the U.K. and the birth of his new grandson," executive producer Rob Wade tells PEOPLE. "He still might be involved in the season at some capacity, but we will have to wait and see. We are planning on having great guest judges for some shows to join Bruno [Tonioli], Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Julianne [Hough], and I'm sure we will see Len in the ballroom again soon."

Entertainment Weekly
People

posted 8/19/15

Alone Gets a Pair
History Hit Renewed
From TV by the Numbers

HISTORY® is renewing its hit series “Alone” for a second season, it was announced today by Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. Season one of “Alone” is averaging 2.5 million Total Viewers, 1.2 million Adults 25-54 and 936,000 Adults 18-49, after nine weeks in Live +3 delivery, becoming the #3 new nonfiction series on cable in 2015. The season finale premieres Thursday, August 20 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY and $500,000 will be awarded to the person who survives the longest in complete isolation in the harsh wilderness.

“‘Alone’ is a groundbreaking series that has truly connected with audiences,” said Cabana. “In today’s crowded landscape, it is incredibly rewarding to see a new series break through the clutter and grow week after week.”

Production on season two is slated to begin this fall in Vancouver Island.

“Alone” places ten hardcore survivalists isolated in the Vancouver Island wilderness – no camera crew, no teams, no producers – on a single mission to stay alive. Carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, the survivalists are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. They face extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown, self-documenting their experience. “Alone” is the ultimate test of man’s will to survive.

“Alone” is produced for HISTORY by Leftfield Pictures. Russ McCarroll and Zachary Behr serve as executive producers for HISTORY. Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt and Gretchen Palek serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures.

TV by the Numbers
Deadline

posted 8/19/15

@11pm
"@midnight" Holds Trevor Noah's Seat
From Deadline

Comedy Central is moving @midnight With Chris Hardwick to 11 PM beginning Tuesday, September 8 as lead-in to The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore at 11:30 PM. It will return to its regular midnight slot on Monday, September 21, following The Nightly Show. The temporary schedule ends 11 days prior to the premiere of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, which debuts September 28 at 11 PM.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/15

Tuesday: NBC Sweeps It
"AGT", "HGN" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was Tuesday's top draw for the fifth week in a row with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (10.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (6.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "NCIS" (8.211 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Zoo" (5.810 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.637 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up an original "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.353 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.243 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.230 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.953 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "iZombie" (0.628 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.790 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.481 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.274 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 888,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 336,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/15

Still Selling
Armoza Exports Still Standing to Latin America, Middle East, Europe
From World Screen

Armoza Formats’ game show Still Standing and its Spanish adaptation have been licensed and recommissioned in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

Panama’s Medcom has licensed a 25-episode first series of the Spanish adaptation of Still Standing (locally titled Ahora Caigo), which will air daily on their RPC Canal 4. In Uruguay, Canal 10 has ordered an additional 40 episodes of the Spanish adaptation, bringing the channel to a total of 500 episodes aired to date. Meanwhile, a 36-episode fourth season of Still Standing is in production for Channel 10 in Israel, and in Hungary, M1 has greenlit a 59-episode sixth season. In both Hungary and Israel, the new seasons will feature format specials such as a “twins” special and a “best of” special from previous seasons. These commissions follow recent licenses of the format in France and French-speaking Belgium, Mexico and Italy.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, said: “Still Standing is one of our strongest game-show formats and we’re thrilled to see it continue to grow, both as a format and as a ready-made. We’re happy to see the success of the Spanish adaptation internationally, which despite concerns over accent barriers, has proven to be an effective and popular finished product for the LatAm region.”

Still Standing is created by July-August Productions and sees contestants compete to answer trivia questions and win a cash prize.

World Screen
Rapid TV News

posted 8/19/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Making Good"

  • Rod Man goes from "Last Comic Standing" to "Next Comedy Canceled by NBC" (Deadline)
     
  • "Millionaire" renewed for Telugu audiences for season 3 (Times of India)
     
  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: the Quiz Show Scandals begin to come to a head (TV Media Insights)

posted 8/19/15


Half a Millionaires' Club
Season 2 to Bow September 12, Be 30 Minutes
From TV by the Numbers

“MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB”, the weekly syndicated lottery game show produced by Scientific Games Productions, LLC (a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation) under license from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will debut its second season on September 12. This season, host Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) and local game co-host Todd Newton (“Family Game Night“) return to Las Vegas to help make more and more millionaires. The “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” TV game show is filmed on a new, custom-built soundstage that is the largest in Nevada and atop the largest LED floor ever used on a TV series. The stage is located adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas on the Strip. Gardell and Newton will greet contestants and take them through a series of games inspired by the iconic MONOPOLY game for their chance to win a million dollars.

"We're headed back to Vegas with hundreds of lucky contestants ready for their shot at winning life-changing money," said Gardell. "We made two millionaires last season, and I want to see if we can break that record this time around."

In its first season, the “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” TV game show awarded record-setting amounts of money. During its 12-episode premiere run, “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” gave away more than $5 million in cash and prizes to contestants and audience members, and awarded two $1 million grand prizes to individuals from the Georgia Lottery and Rhode Island Lottery, which sets a record for the most cash any television game show in history has given away in its first season.

“The enthusiasm that our stations and audience showed for the first season of ‘MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB’ was overwhelming,” said Steve Saferin, President of Properties Group a'Monopnd Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games. “We are building on that success to bring more energy, more fun and massive cash prizes to the second season of this groundbreaking show.”

This season the show will move to a half-hour format. Every show, three contestants will play one of eight signature games for the chance to win up to $100K. Then, one contestant will risk their winnings to advance to “GO! For A Million,” the exciting final round that offers the chance to win $1 million in cash and other prizes.

“In our second season we are refining the structure of the show in order to offer more flexibility to our station partners,” said sales vet Barry Wallach, who spearheaded distribution efforts for the show.

The one-of-a-kind game show can be seen on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Gannett, Media General, Graham Holdings, and other leading station groups covering more than 90 percent of U.S. TV households. Visit the “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” website for local listings.

TV by the Numbers
TV Insider
Variety

TV NewsCheck
TV Media Insights

posted 8/18/15

Syndies: Week 46
Results for Week Ending August 2
From TV Newscheck

Hot Bench was the hottest syndicated show in the session ending Aug. 9, matching its series high with an 11% surge to a 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest tally since the week of May 11.

Family Feud was the No. 1 game show with a 6.0, up 2% week to week and 36% year to year.

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
TV by the Number

posted 8/18/15

Monday: Next Stop, Vegas
"Ninja Warrior" Gives NBC #1
From TV by the Numbers

"American Ninja Warrior" helps NBC win the #1 spot in total viewers and adults 18-49. "ANW" (8p) had 6.81 million viewers, with a 1.9/7 rating in the demo. Elsewhere, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" (8p) halved that total with 3.18 million and a rating of 0.9/3 in the demo. In the middle: ABC's "Bachelor in Paradise" (8p), with 5.24 million and a 1.5/6 in the demo.

On the CW, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (8p) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (9p) earned identical 0.5/2s with 2.10 million and 1.46 million respectively.

On cable...
- She's Got Game (VH1): 1.900 million
- Cake Wars (Food/SF): 856,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 353,000

TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/18/15

Weekend: Golf, Anyone?
CBS Wins on PGA Overrun
From TV by the Numbers

CBS's overrun of the PGA Championship helped the overall schedule to a win on Sunday, with Big Brother (8:30p) the highest-averaging show in the A18-49 demo (2.1/7) with a total of 6.89 million viewers. ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (8p) had 3.98 million (1.3/5 in the demo).

On cable:
- Food Network Star (Food/SF): 2.800 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.499 milion
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food) 1.314 million
- Sunday Best (BET): 1.000 million
- Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman (TBS): 670,000
- Race to Escape (Science): 244,000

TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/18/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Keep It Nerdy"

  • Zachary Levi open to a Chuck movie (E!)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Steampunk'd (GSN, tomorrow) (TV Insider)
     
  • Julianne Hough dances her way to a ring from an NHL player. Because she ISN'T already like Carrie Underwood enough (Us Magazine)
     
  • So You Think You Can Dance heads on tour (TV by the Numbers)

posted 8/18/15

Monday Lightspeed Round
... or "A Food Network Star Is Born"

  • #ICYMI: "Food Network Star" launches his... or her... new show later this year (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Anne Robinson is worth almost $78 million (Mirror), claims "victim culture" (Telegraph)
     
  • It's official. No one likes Poleaxe (Daily Express)
     
  • Carol Vorderman joins NASA (Tech Times)
     
  • Jon Misch, Jaclyn Schultz go from Tribal Council to the chapel (People)

posted 8/17/15

Better Time for "Best Time"
Catch It This Fall on NBC!
From Deadline

NBC is making another change in the Tuesday air pattern for new variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, which will now spend the bulk of its eight-episode run at 8 PM.

The show was originally slated to air entirely in the Tuesday 10 PM slot, behind The Voice and new drama Heartbreaker. NBC was forced to change its Tuesday lineup by the pregnancy of Heartbreaker star Melissa George, which was not revealed until after the upfronts. Now Best Time will get just two 10 PM outings — on September 15 behind the America’s Got Talent finale and September 22 behind The Voice Tuesday season premiere — before moving to 8 PM for the remaining six weeks. The Voice will keeps its two-hour running time on September 29 and October 6, just shifting from a start time of 8 to 9 PM.

Harris and Best Time Ever producers wished all along for an 8 PM slot as the show was conceived as a family-friendly program (the British original airs at 7 PM on Saturdays). The new schedule suits the series’ tone while also giving Best Time Ever the best possible launch pad with lead-ins from the season finale and premiere of NBC’s top variety shows, AGT and The Voice.

In a previous revised NBC Tuesday schedule, Best Time Ever had been slated to debut on September 15 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot, behind the season finale of AGT, and air in the 10 PM for three more weeks, with two-hour Voice episodes as lead-in, until it would move to 8 PM on October 13 to make room for returning Chicago Fire at 10 PM.

The Hollywood Reporter
Digital Spy
Los Angeles Times
Variety
Deadline
Belfast Telegraph
The Futon Critic

posted 8/14/15

Thursday: Don't Mess with Texas
CBS Takes Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "Mom" (6.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), another "Mom" (6.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Big Brother 17" (7.743 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.687 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

NBC (5.862 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Food Fighters" (5.195 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (6.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.579 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mistresses" (4.332 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "Rookie Blue" (4.334 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "Boom!" (3.355 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a repeat "Bones" (4.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (1.661 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "Arrow" (1.432 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.547 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.939 million
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.934 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.054 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.027 million
- The Chase (GSN): 578,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9p): 437,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 307,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "All We're Missing Is the Referee"

  • "Gladiators" reunited for ITV (London Evening Standard)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: That time Donald Trump was sued by Merv Griffin (Fortune)
     
  • Cilla Black died from a nasty fall (Vintage Vinyl News)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: The best damned Jeopardy! commercial PERIOD (YouTube)

posted 8/14/15

Ninja Warrior Gets Renewed
Season 8 to Bow in 2016
From the Futon Critic

NBC's summer sensation, "American Ninja Warrior," has been renewed for a fifth season on the network, its eighth since starting on the now-defunct G4 network.

The hugely popular obstacle course competition series hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-hosted by Kristine Leahy, has set ratings records in its current fourth season on NBC. The series is produced in association with Esquire Network.

So far this summer, "American Ninja Warrior" is averaging a 2.2 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall in "most current" results from Nielsen Media Research, for an increase +10% versus last summer in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.0) and +23% in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.8 million). "Ninja" is matching its best season to date at this point in the summer in 18-49 and is delivering its top season outright at this point in total viewers. In preliminary "fast affiliate" Nielsens, this week's telecast set a "live plus same day" series record in total viewers (7.0 million).

The season finale will air on NBC Monday, Sept. 14 in a special three-hour telecast (8-11 p.m.) with an encore presentation on Esquire Network, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

Casting for the new season opens today and video submissions are welcome at http://www.anwcasting.com/. The casting website will remain open until January. Production on the new season will begin in the spring.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 8/13/15

Wednesday: All NBC All Day
Live Results Put Peacock on Top
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home the top spot on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.297 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Mr. Robinson" (4.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "Mr. Robinson" (3.539 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.306 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

The silver then went to CBS (5.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its trio of "Big Brother 17" (6.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Extant" (4.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.360 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its pairing of "MasterChef" (4.617 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Home Free" (2.968 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.199 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.680 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Goldbergs" (3.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Black-ish" (3.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Next Top Model" (1.432 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "A Wicked Offer" (1.022 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Camp Cutthroat (P/Food): 1.261 million
- Skin Wars (GSN): 637,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 616,000
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 585,000
- Twinning (VH1): 517,000
- America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs: 497,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:03p): 362,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/15

Bullseye... Almost
Davina McCall to Host New Darts Game for Sky1
From Digital Spy

Bullseye may be gone forever but Sky is reviving the darts-based gameshow this September with One Hundred and Eighty.

Davina McCall will host and Freddie Flintoff will commentate on the series, which sees world-famous darts players team up with skilled members of the public to compete for big money prizes.

Director of Sky 1 Adam MacDonald said: "Darts is a sport close to the nation's heart. There is something incredibly exciting about reinventing this tradition, with a fresh, modern entertainment twist, all exclusively for Sky 1.

"One Hundred and Eighty brings together Davina and Freddie with the sports finest pro-players and members of the darts playing public, in a fun competition that is certainly not to be missed."

Among the darts players to feature include 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, World Number One Michael Van Gerwen and current World Champion Gary Anderson.

The pros will play among themselves to determine the prize fund, before they are paired with members of the public to compete for the cash.

Teams will go head-to-head in both darts-based games and traditional legs of 501.

Joining Flintoff on commentary duty is professional darts commentator Rod Studd.

Creative Director of Entertainment for ITV Studios Lee Connolly said: "One Hundred and Eighty is part game show, part event.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for darts-mad fans to pair up with their heroes and go home with some serious money."

Digital Spy
ATV Today
Mirror
TBI Vision

posted 8/13/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Tanknado"

posted 8/13/15

Tuesday: Live From New York
"AGT", "HGN" Help NBC to O-N-E
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.210 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was once again the top draw on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (5.266 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (8.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Zoo" (6.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (2.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.510 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.357 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.471 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.425 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.178 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.122 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.803 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.963 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.634 million
- Chopped: Grill Masters (F/Food): 1.465 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.025 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 940,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 8/12/15

GSN to Launch "Man vs. Fly" Tonight
Micro-Show to Bow Between Eps of "IdioTest"
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, takes a bold step forward into the world of sports, with an event which will be more hotly contested than the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight - the debut of MAN V FLY, where contestants face off against the ultimate pest in the ultimate test. The rules of the game are simple: you have one minute to kill your fly for a cash prize, or leave in disgrace and the fly wins its freedom. The new short-form interstitial series debuts on GSN on Wednesday, August 12 in the 10:30pm ET/PT timeslot immediately following IDIOTEST. The network is also currently featuring a sneak preview on their YouTube channels (GSNVideos & Door3).

Armed with just one weapon - a squash player with his racquet and ball, a knight with his sword, a diver with a fish, or a boxer with his gloved hands - each man or woman enters the Fly Dome, a sealed, white padded cell. The fly then enters the arena through a glass enclosure and the battle begins. Each bout is introduced by announcer John Mate and includes analysis from legendary Pro Fly Swatting Champion Pat Cowell, who give viewers an in-depth look at the competition and announce the play-by-play, irreverently analyzing the idiocy and genius at hand.

IDIOTEST host and producer Ben Gleib will also be a part of the festivities, introducing each segment as the face of the new GSN Sports, created solely for MAN V FLY so that viewers at home will be in on the parody. Each self-contained 3-to-5 minute episode will air as special programming on the network in selected timeslots. GSN will also post a new bout on the GSNVideos and Door3 YouTube channels each Saturday.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "His Name Is Rio"

  • Ryan Seacrest heads to Rio to cover the Olympics for NBC (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Today's case of domestic violence comes courtesy of Constantine Maroulis (TMZ)
     
  • Ben Higgins proves just how much of a joke "The Bachelor" franchise is... reportedly (Us Magazine)
     
  • Johnny Carson lives... on Antenna TV (Variety)
     
  • GSN Games makes the move to Boston. Now it's time to go to work (Bostinno)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: TPIR heads to Toledo (Toledo News Now)
     
  • THROWBACK THURSDAY (one day early): an early aircheck of Pat Sajak (Los Angeles Daily News)

posted 8/12/15


Syndies: Week 45
Results for Week Ending August 2
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly & Michael was the only one of 14 talk shows on the rise in the summer Dog Days session ending Aug. 2, taking sole possession of first place with a 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. In addition, Kelly & Michael was tops in women 25-54, growing 7% to a category-best 1.4 in the key demo.

At the very top of the leader board, court show queen Judge Judy blew by everything for the sixth week in a row with a 3% advance to a 6.8, its highest rating in 13 weeks. Judy was also 5% ahead of last year, despite being in reruns for the entire frame.

Jeopardy led the game shows for the second straight week with an unchanged 6.1 going into its traditional summer intersession.

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +2%
2. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 8/11/15

Monday: More Power to CW
"Whose Line?", "Fool Us" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

The CW has ordered new cycles of the hit improvisational comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the hit comedy magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. The new episodes will debut in 2016.

Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.

Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.

Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the US that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady. Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media), with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, and Andrew Golder.

This past evening, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.348 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.801 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Significant Mother" (0.807 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. Both posted double-digit gains in the A18-49 demo from the week prior.

NBC (6.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

ABC (3.679 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "After Paradise" (3.336 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "The Whispers" (2.694 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.965 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "The Odd Couple" (4.239 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (5.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.426 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.426 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

On cable...
- She's Got Game (VH1/P): 1.952 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 863,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 392,000

The Futon Critic
Variety
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/15

The Stig Returns
BBC Signs Driver, Dermot O'Leary to New Series
From the Guardian

The BBC is to launch a new primetime motoring show fronted by Dermot O’Leary and featuring Top Gear’s Stig, weeks after Jeremy Clarkson unveiled a deal to return to TV with Amazon.

The BBC1 show, which will air next year on Saturday nights, marks a primetime comeback for O’Leary who was dropped from fronting ITV’s The X Factor last year after eight series.

The new show, The Getaway Car, will feature couples competing in an series of driving challenges that will “test the limits of their relationships” in a bid to win a cash prize.

The 12-episode show will also see the best competitors race Top Gear’s iconic, white-suited, anonymous racing driver The Stig.

“Nobody said winning the money would be easy,” said the BBC in promotional material for the show.

“This is a show that’s really about relationships,” said O’Leary. “We all think we are great drivers, but what tickled me most is seeing how people, who obviously love each other very much, speak to each other when they are behind the wheel of a car. It brings out the worst in all of us ... but in a fun way.

The BBC has announced the new motoring show less than two weeks after former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond revealed a three-series deal to make a show with Amazon reportedly worth as much as £160m.

The BBC is hoping that The Getaway Car might prove to have the right ingredients to prove a global hit, Top Gear is the corporation’s biggest global money spinner worth £50m in revenue annually.

“We’re hugely excited about this show and its potential to follow other successful British TV formats onto an international stage,” said Tracy Forsyth, genre director of factual entertainment and entertainment content at BBC Worldwide. “With an iconic character from one of our biggest global brands already on board, we know audiences everywhere will be curious to see what’s under the bonnet of The Getaway Car.”

BBC Worldwide is the global distributor of The Getaway Car, and holds the format rights.

The Guardian
Broadcast
London Evening Standard
Daily Record
Plymouth Herald
Digital Spy
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/11/15

ITV Gets Possessed
ITVS Commissions "Pick Me!"
From ATV Today

Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label founded by Glenn Hugill, has landed its first commission with Stephen Mulhern fronted gameshow Pick Me set to air in ITV’s daytime schedules.

Twenty five installments of the outside-primetime show have been greenlit with the format revolving around ‘getting picked’. Stephen can choose whomever he wants from the entire studio audience to play, so they have to catch his eye! In the game, a contestant plays to win a prize against a panel of three players who are each trying to win £1000.

The prize is hidden in one of the panel’s podiums, so the contestant simply has to find it by asking each a question. If they have the prize, the correct answer will show on their screen, but if not, it stays blank and the panellist will have to make up a convincing answer on the spot. The contestant must then guess which one has the prize – but whichever panellist they pick will win the cash, whether they have the prize or not, so all of the panel must convince the player to pick me!

ATV Today

posted 8/11/15

Weekend: Here's To You, Mr. Robinson
NBC Wins Sunday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Mr. Robinson" (3.994 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), another "Mr. Robinson" (4.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NFL Hall of Fame Game Pre-Kick" (10.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NFL Hall of Fame Game: Steelers vs. Vikings" (9.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

CBS (5.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.503 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Big Brother 17" (6.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Madam Secretary" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "CSI: Cyber" (3.924 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was ABC (3.788 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.163 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.088 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.190 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food/9p): 2.438 million
- Food Network Star (Food/8p): 2.054 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.153 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.06 million
- Sunday Best (BET): 986,000
- Race to Escape (Science): 227,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/11/15

Skin War II
GSN Plots Spinoff August 26
From Deadline

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, plans to expand upon the popularity of its hit series SKIN WARS with a new one-hour special, SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT, where three of the show's most memorable former contestants will mentor artists who have never body painted before. Airing Wednesday, August 26 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT), the self-contained spinoff is hosted by entertainer and master of transformation, RuPaul Charles, who also serves as a judge on SKIN WARS.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features six highly accomplished artists, each at the top of their game in their own disciplines, as they leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time. The artists must conquer three difficult challenges, as they are mentored by three top artists from the first season of SKIN WARS: Dutch Bihary, Gear Duran and season one champion, Natalie Fletcher. The artists will work closely with their body painting mentors as they try to quickly master the craft and win the $10,000 prize and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion.

The six artists who will go through the body painting boot camp and vie for the $10,000 prize include:

Adelaide Marcus (28, San Diego) - Both a performance artist and fine artist, her talents have extended to painting, belly dance, circus acrobatics, fire spinning, hooping, drumming, stilt walking and more. She grew up in a family of artists.

Bridget McCarty (30, Monrovia, CA) - Raised by a family of artists and mural painters, art has been the center of her life since she was a child. She specializes in miniatures, which are in high demand from collectors. She is also a fine artist for Disney Parks Galleries.

Ryno (43, Anaheim) - After 22 years as a working artist, he is now considered a master in custom airbrushing and painting. He has done everything from t-shirt art and banners to wall murals and custom automobiles.

Nora Hall (26, Los Angeles) - A 4th generation artist, following in the footsteps of her father, grandmother and great-grandmother, Nora started tattooing at age 16 and began pursuing fine art at age 22. She has had several solo showings and several live painting events all over Los Angeles, primarily in the style of Realism with a hint of Pop Art.

Steven Lopez (35, Los Angeles) - Heavily influenced by hip hop culture and graffiti art, he is a painter who has emerged from both the urban art scene and academia, having graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Fine Art. His work can be found within a myriad of corporate and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.

Max Gramajo (40, Cypress, CA) - A former graffiti tagger in the streets of Los Angeles and now a professional graphic illustrator, Max has gone on to design logos for bands such as Blink-182 and Pearl Jam, and also worked for Nike.

The work of these artists will be judged by international master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason, founder of the renowned Coagula Art Journal. At the end of the initial body painting challenge, the three mentors will pair up with one artist of their choice for the next challenge and help them towards the finish line. The remaining three will be eliminated. After a second challenge, the judges will eliminate one more artist and that artist's mentor will join the judging panel as the final two artists compete one-on-one for the championship, where they will be asked to do a head-to-toe, full body paint design, with only limited assistance from their mentors.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic
Multichannel News
Broadway World

posted 8/11/15

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"The Great Emoji Challenge" Greenlit
From Deadline

Emojis just landed a Hollywood studio movie. Now they are headed to television. Undercover Boss producer Studio Lambert is pitching The Great Emoji Challenge, a primetime studio comedy game show in which contestants can win up to $1 million by decoding what emojis stand for.

Originating in Japan, the lovable round-headed little ideograms — used to illustrate/personalize texts, emails and social media posts — have been taking the world by storm, with new images created every day. (FX just launched emojis for its series.) It is an attractive property for producers as there are no underlying rights. In a three-studio bidding, Sony Pictures Animation recently landed an emoji animated movie pitch in a deal nearing seven figures.

The Great Emoji Challenge, which is being taken out in the U.S. and UK simultaneously, comes from Studio Lambert and 405 Productions. It is executive produced by All3Media/Studio Lambert’s Stephen Lambert, Greg Goldman and Eli Holzman 405 Productions’ Richard Joel, and Adam Matalon.

Deadline
iDigital Times
Digital Spy

posted 8/10/15


FRANK GIFFORD: 1931-2015
NFL Hall of Famer Played "Password", "What's My Line"
From Pro Football Talk

During halftime of Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game, NBC’s Al Michaels paid tribute to Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died earlier in the day at the age of 84.

Al spent 12 years with Gifford on Monday Night Football, but long before that Gifford was a star player for the New York Giants.

“You had to live in New York in the ’50s and ’60s to truly understand what a gigantic figure Frank Gifford was,” Al said. “He was right there with Micky Mantle.”

Even now, more than a half-century after Gifford played his last game in the NFL, he still holds the all-time franchise touchdown record, with 78.

NBC News (where Gifford's wife, Kathie Lee Gifford works on the fourth hour of Today) released this statement from the Gifford family:

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."

Gifford was a part of the famed 1970s ABC Monday Night Football announcing team, which also included Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. At ABC, he also was featured on Wide World of Sports. He was with Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1997.

Gifford played with USC in college before joining the New York Giants as the team's top draft pick in 1952. Gifford was the NFL's MVP in 1955, when he brought the Giants to the league championship, and eventually retired in 1964. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

He also took time out to play "Password" alongside Betty White, as well as "What's My Line?".

Pro Football Talk
TV Insider
Crave Online

posted 8/10/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "America vs. Britain"

  • FIRST LOOK: Celebrity Big Brother: UK vs. USA (Twitter @BBUK)
     
  • NBC's Wheel of Celebrity Apprentice Hosts stops at... Mrs. George Clooney? (Food World News)
     
  • Jane Lynch favored to repeat as Best Reality Host in the Emmy race (Gold Derby)
     
  • So Jeremy Vine thinks he can dance (Radiowise)
     
  • Anne Robinson alleges ageism on UK TV (Mirror)
     
  • 2014 TOC victor (disclaimer: and friend-of-site-and-friend-of-ours) Ben Ingram named South Carolina distinguished graduate (The State)

posted 8/10/15

Thursday: Jon Voyage
CBS Sweeps The Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its usual mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Mom" (5.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Under the Dome" (3.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

NBC (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its duo of "Food Fighters" (3.712 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "The Astronaut Wives Club" (3.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mistresses" (2.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Rookie Blue" (3.057 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "Boom!" (2.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bones" (2.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.807 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a repeat "Dates" (0.476 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and the season finale of "Dates" (0.460 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime/SP): 1.661 million
- Road to the Runway (Lifetime/S): 1.181 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 978,000
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 936,000
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 812,000
- The Chase (GSN): 571,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/9p): 397,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 373,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/7/15

Spain Pulls Over
Armoza Format to Be Localized
From Rapid TV News

Andalusian regional network RTVA has commissioned Armoza Format's on-location game show Pull Over to air on Canal Sur. The first season of the local adaptation will comprise 16 episodes, which will be aired weekly in prime time.

pulloverLocally entitled Este Coche es una Ruina, the format is being produced by ATN Media and will start airing in mid-September. The family game show will be hosted on Canal Sur by Spanish actor and comedian, Salva Reina.

Pull Over, developed by Shy Barmeli, gives lucky owners of old vehicles the chance to win a brand new car on the spot instead of getting a traffic ticket.

"Pull Over is the perfect family game show, based on a simple, feel-good premise of giving people the opportunity to win a new car," explained Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats. "Its appeal to a wide variety of audiences, with its easy viewing and play-along game show structure, enables it to be adapted for any time slot and we are looking forward to seeing the local Spanish adaptation."

With over 80 formats in its catalogue and more than 70 productions in over 35 countries globally, the Israel-based production house Armoza has a track record of producing successful programmes, from the game show Still Standing, which has now aired more than 2,000 episodes globally, to the docu-reality format Connected, which has made broadcast deals with networks including the BBC, NBC USA, TF1 France, Channel 4 UK, RTL Germany, HBO and Mexico's TV Azteca.

Rapid TV News

posted 8/7/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ow, My Face"

  • Carson Daly gets live botox. So if he looks any more emotionless this season of "The Voice", now you know why. (People)
     
  • Carol Smillie went from changing letters to changing rooms to changing... well... (Daily Express)

posted 8/7/15


AGT Reveals Top 36
First Wave Performs August 11
From the Futon Critic

America, get ready to vote! NBC's top-rated summer series "America's Got Talent" has selected the Top 36 acts to vie for the coveted $1 million grand prize beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m. ET). Now in its 10th anniversary season, "AGT's" live performance shows will return to the legendary Radio City Music Hall for the third year.

On Tuesday, the first 12 acts of the Top 36 will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform for America's vote. Viewers can vote for their favorite act by phone, Facebook, on NBC.com, via Google (search "AGT") and via the AGT app (available on the App Store and Google Play). Fans will also have the chance to save an act in jeopardy during Wednesday results shows via Google's Instant Save.

The results show on Aug. 12 (8-9 p.m. ET) will feature a performance from "America's Got Talent" Season 9 winner Mat Franco, currently starring in "Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly" at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show offers a fresh, fun and feel-good twist on magic that defies all expectations. In a full-scale production built on brand-new, never-before-seen material, the young magician delivers his most spectacular performance yet - but still keeps his love of getting up close with the crowd at the heart of every show. With his signature brand of breezy humor, Franco mixes his amazingly inventive and always stunning magic with crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that's unique and unforgettable to each audience.

Franco will also star in "Mat Franco's Got Magic" on Sep. 17 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The special will follow Franco as he travels from his home in Rhode Island to Las Vegas, stopping to perform for guests such as Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Mraz and Penn & Teller. When he reaches his final destination, Franco will learn what it takes to put on a high-profile show and fulfill his dreams of becoming a headlining act in Las Vegas.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/6/15

Wednesday: America's Next Top Muddle
NBC, CBS Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.258 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (6.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), the premiere of "Mr. Robinson" (4.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), a second "Mr. Robinson" (3.786 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.704 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

CBS (5.397 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its combination of "Big Brother 17" (6.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Extant" (4.728 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and another "Extant" (4.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.858 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its duo of "MasterChef" (4.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Home Free" (2.891 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.943 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), "The Goldbergs" (3.146 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), "Modern Family" (3.435 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Black-ish" (3.323 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.012 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, the return of "America's Next Top Model" (1.173 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and the launch of "A Wicked Offer" (0.721 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (0.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 568,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 517,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 504,000
- America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs (MTV): 452,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 432,000
- Twinning (VH1): 403,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 374,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/6/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "King of All (Interactive) Media"

  • Chris Hardwick up for not one, but two Emmys. POINTS! (Variety)
     
  • Tyra Banks ruins everything. (The Atlantic)
     
  • Gordon Ramsay signs on to two more (redacted) years on (redacted) Fox (Deadline)
     
  • Simon Cowell is back on Fox for... some reason... (TV Insider)

posted 8/6/15


Sports Jeopardy! Season 2: September 23
Second Season to Launch Off of Season 1 Championship
From the Futon Critic

Crackle, the streaming television network, unveiled its expanding lineup of original programming and announced premiere dates for its first one-hour drama series, "The Art of More," starring Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke, Kate Bosworth and Cary Elwes; stop-motion animated comedy "SuperMansion" executive produced and voiced by Bryan Cranston, the seventh season of flagship non-scripted series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" starring Jerry Seinfeld and a new cycle of live weekly game show series, "Sports Jeopardy!" hosted by Emmy(R) Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick.

Crackle also announced added features to its revolutionary new "Always On" design that will create a seamless streaming experience, mirroring programmed linear TV viewing. As soon as a viewer launches the Crackle app, a scheduled program will immediately begin playing and consumers can simultaneously browse for something else in the channel guide while continuing to watch what's currently on. In addition, Crackle will offer multiple channels of themed content that will vary throughout day parts - daytime, primetime and late night. Each will have programs that are curated and scheduled - providing ease in discoverability while still allowing for on demand streaming. "Always On" is currently available on the Roku platform and will be launching on a variety of other platforms this fall.

"At Crackle, we made a commitment to deliver quality, breakthrough original programs," said Eric Berger, EVP of Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks and GM, Crackle." "This year, we're really upping our game, delivering compelling programs that will differentiate us in the growing streaming marketplace and building an innovative, yet familiar viewing experience that complements our originals and library content."

Hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick ("The Dan Patrick Show"), "Sports Jeopardy!" begins a second season as the only streaming game show on television. The brand-new season immediately follows Season 1's championships, which will stream Sept. 9 to Sept. 16. The 30-minute game show combines the excitement and prestige of the Emmy(R)-winning "Jeopardy!" with the rich and diverse world of sports. "Sports Jeopardy!" allows for a unique level of interactivity as viewers can download the mobile game which interacts with the show as a second screen application. New episodes will be available 52 weeks/year. "Sports Jeopardy!" is executive produced by Harry Friedman and Sony Pictures Television. Season one is currently streaming on Crackle.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 8/5/15

"Top Model" Returns Tonight
Catch It on The CW
From TV Insider

Dust off your booty tooch and start practicing your smize in the mirror, because America’s Next Top Model is back. It’s cycle 22, and executive producer Ken Mok swears it’s a doozy. “It sounds hyperbolic, but I do think this is the best cycle we’ve ever had,” he says. Why? Here are five things to know about the new season.

1. The male contestants have renewed faith in their potential for success.
Watch out, ladies. After America’s Next Top Model crowned its first male winner last year, Mok says the guys competing this season are fiercer than ever. “[Reigning champ] Keith Carlos has given them an incentive because he’s doing very well now in the industry,” notes Mok. “So the men feel they could take this competition just as much as the girls.”

2. Last season’s tragic makeover will not be repeated.
“We are not going to see another beard weave,” says Mok, laughing, as he refers to the atrocity that was affixed to Denzel’s face.

3. The cast is as diverse as ever.
“We’ve got white, black, Asian, gay, straight—every permutation there,” says Mok. “We’ve got girls who are pageant girls, we’ve got girls who are former diplomat daughters who went from the high life to poverty and [are] trying to fight their way back.” And for the first time, the show will feature a deaf contestant.

4. The show is moving from Fridays back to Wednesdays.
But Mok doesn’t care. “My feeling is: if you build it, they will come. They could put us on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday—it doesn’t matter to us. We know we’re going to deliver a great show to the audience,” he says.

5. The revolving door of judges comes to a halt.
The panel of Tyra Banks, PR maven Kelly Cutrone and runway coach J. Alexander, plus photographer Yu Tsai as creative director, will remain intact. “I’ve never felt more comfortable with a group than these four,” Mok says. “I call them the Beatles. We’re going to keep them together as long as we can.”

America’s Next Top Model, Season premiere, Wednesday, August 5, 8/7c, The CW

TV Insider

posted 8/5/15

Tuesday: "Talent" Tops for NBC
NBC's One-Two Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (9.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

The silver then went to ABC (5.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its annual presentation of "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" (5.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (7.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Zoo" (5.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and repeats of "The Last Man on Earth" (1.235 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a second "The Last Man on Earth" (1.324 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.246 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "iZombie" (0.751 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.315 million
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.184 million
- WWE Touch Enough (USA): 856,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 856,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 473,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hate the Game"

  • The Game sued for $10 million for someone looking for their 15 (NSFW for language) (TMZ)
     
  • ICYMI: It was a $200 on Millionaire Hot Seat (News.com.au)
     
  • "Idol" accused of hopping on the transgender bandwagon (Billboard)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: The Governess is heading Down Under (Yahoo!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Heidi Klum & Mel B (TV Insider)

posted 8/5/15


CILLA BLACK: 1943-2015
Singer Hosted "Surprise Surprise", "Blind Date"
From The CBC

Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72.

The entertainer was sunbathing at her villa in Estepona when she stood up, lost her balance and fell hitting her head, which knocked her unconscious.

She subsequently died of a stroke, and would not have suffered.

The star's three sons released the information after receiving the "conclusive" results of the autopsy from authorities in Spain.

They have now been given permission to return her body to the UK as soon as possible for her funeral.

"We are devastated by the sad loss of our mother, but have been deeply touched by all the kind messages of support from her friends, fans, the public and media," said Robert, Ben and Jack Willis in a statement.

"We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times.

"The Spanish authorities have now told us we are able to bring Mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible.

"We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter. We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve."

Former Beatle Paul McCartney said news of Black's death came as a shock. "She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her," McCartney said in a statement.

Ringo Starr tweeted: "She was a good friend we will all miss her."

Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool, northwest England, in 1943. As a teenager she sang part-time and worked in the cloakroom of the Cavern Club, where her musical talent was spotted by rising local stars The Beatles.

Signed by the Fab Four's manager, Brian Epstein, she had a string of hits starting in 1964 with "Anyone Who Had a Heart," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and "You're My World." Both went to No. 1 in Britain, and the latter also charted in the U.S.

She also had success with the Bacharach-David theme tune for the 1966 film Alfie, and recorded several Beatles songs, including "The Long and Winding Road."

By the late `60s she was famous enough to be known by her first name alone, and hosted a BBC variety show, Cilla.

With her reliable good cheer and tireless work ethic, Black was a TV natural. Her catchphrase — delivered in a strong Liverpool accent that replaced the letter "t" with "r" — was "a lorra, lorra laughs."

She became a British television fixture as the cheeky, cheery host of matchmaking game show Blind Date (between 1985 and 2003) and heartwarming-reunion program Surprise Surprise (between 1984 and 2001).

"She always felt like a friend in your living room, on your TV screen," television executive Michael Grade told Sky News.

In a tweet, her friend Joan Collins called Black "a resplendent and rare talent."

Black's manager and husband of 30 years, Bobby Willis, died in 1999. She is survived by their three sons.

The Guardian
Yahoo!
Daily Telegraph
CBC News
Washington Post
Daily Express
Sky News
Deadline
BBC

posted 8/4/15


Syndies: Week 44... and a New Champion
Results for the Week Ending July 26
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to defy gravity in the slow summer session ending July 26, topping every show in syndication for the fifth straight week.

In access, CTD’s Jeopardy! saw a 2% uptick to a 6.1 and just edged ahead of recent champion Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which dipped 2% to a 6.0. Feud, which had topped the category for the past six weeks was still up 33% over last year. Former leader CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 3% to a third place 5.8, matching its season low. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained mired at its series low 1.6 for the 13th time in 14 weeks, losing 20% from last year, and Debmar-Mercury's freshman Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 1.4.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/4/15

ABC's Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis Close to Closing for More "Feud"
Paul Lee Talks at TCA Tour
From TV Insider

ABC is negotiating more episodes of Celebrity Family Feud, which exceeded expectations as this summer’s top-rated new show.

“We haven’t formally picked it up” yet, ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said at the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. “But we love the show and you can see where it’s going,” he said of ordering future episodes from producer FremantleMedia North America.

Celebrity Family Feud ended its run on Sunday, July 27 as the night’s most-watched show with total viewers (8.7 million) and adults 18-49 (2.0 rating). The show improved its time slot vs. last year by 107%.

“It’s a credit not just to the format and the cast that came through, but [host] Steve Harvey is fabulous,” Lee said. “He’s having a party on Sunday nights on ABC.”

Lee said the network was pleased with its overall summer strategy, which also included newcomer BattleBots, another contender for a renewal. “We saw this trend coming,” he said. “Repeats have slowed now, and not just for serialized shows. We’ve been building out our ability to do original, high-quality programming.”

TV Insider

posted 8/4/15

Monday: No "Bachelors", All Ninjas
NBC Wins on "American Ninja Warrior"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.568 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.058 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Odd Couple" (4.205 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.528 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its new lineup of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "After Paradise" (3.126 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Whispers" (2.742 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) offered up a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.111 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.087 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.397 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the debut of "Significant Mother" (0.868 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 954,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 560,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/4/15

"Lip Sync" in the UK
Channel 5 to Play Localized Version
From the Mirror

Lip Sync Battle is coming to the UK.

Channel 5 announced earlier on today that it has commissioned eight half-hour episodes of the popular US show.

The series is already in production on British shores and is expected to hit small screens across the nation early next year.

Ben Frow, the station's director of programs, said: "There is a great buzz around Lip Sync Battle - it's one of the most talked-about and fought-over formats in the world of TV right now.

"We're excited that our developing relationship with Spike in the US has made a UK version of the show possible, and look forward to bringing entertainment back to the heart of Channel 5 primetime."

Over in the States, Spike recently renewed Lip Sync Battle for 20 more episodes next year.

The Mirror
Infinite Path
Realscreen

posted 8/4/15

Two Tribes. One App
BBC, Endemol Shine Release Mobile Game
From World Screen

Endemol Shine UK has released an app for iOS and Android devices based on BBC Two's show Two Tribes.

Built by Puzzle London, the app features an animated version of show presenter Richard Osman guiding players through fast-paced quiz rounds. The game, which is available in single-player mode, also includes thousands of free multiple choice questions. The original show airs in the U.K. on BBC Two.

“It’s been so nice to hear the lovely things that people have said about Two Tribes, so I’m delighted that we’re launching its first official app,” Osman said. “It has all the fun, revealing questions and quick-fire quizzing of the series.... I’m addicted already!”

Worldscreen
Broadcast

posted 8/4/15

BBC Has No Prize
"Prized Apart" Canceled After One Season
From World Screen

BBC1 will have to go back to the drawing board in its bid to find a new homegrown Saturday night entertainment hit.

Prized Apart, the Emma Willis and Reggie Yates-fronted gameshow will not be returning to the channel after just one series.

The six-part entertainment had the interesting idea of “prising apart” couples – one performing tasks in hot and sweaty Morocco, the other answering questions in a studio in a bid to keep them in the competition with the chance to win £100,000.

But unfortunately the show didn’t quite ignite in the ratings, pulling in an average audience of 2.7m (a 17.8% share of all viewing) across its six episodes.

It launched in June with 3.1m (18.8%), falling to a series low of 2.5m (17.6%) after just three episodes, according to the overnight ratings.

Among the brickbats, some environmentally-minded viewers criticized the air miles involved. Contestants were flown back for a dramatic elimination round and the winners were then jetted to Africa again.

Radio Times
The Guardian
Digital Spy
Metro

posted 8/4/15

Weekend: You, Sir, Are No "Family Feud"
CBS Beats Back "Bachelor"
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.299 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Big Brother 17" (6.260 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Madam Secretary" (3.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "CSI: Cyber" (3.565 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

ABC (3.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by the season premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a new "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.185 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (3.105 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.421 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.247 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.791 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.411 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.610 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.251 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on FOX (1.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable over the weekend...
- Food Network Star (Food/Sun): 2.733 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/Sun): 1.625 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food/Sun): 1.454 million
- Sunday Best (BET/Sun): 1.307 million
- Race to Escape (Science/Sat): 305,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
 

posted 8/4/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Science of Q&A"

  • It's TCONA Week... and here's why straight quizzes work (TBI Vision)
     
  • Another day, another moment when Rachel Riley is caught off guard (Daily Express)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Broad City meets Lip Sync Battle (Time)

posted 8/4/15

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