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Spanish Baking
Prime Video Lines Up "Celebrity Bake Off España"
From Deadline

Amazon Prime is getting into the baking game in Spain by adapting Love Productions’ hit television show The Great British Bake Off.

The streaming service has ordered 10-part original series Celebrity Bake Off España, in which 12 famous faces will compete each week to be crowned best celebrity amateur baker.

The Spanish version of the show is licensed from BBC Studios and will be produced by Boxfish TV. Boxfish previously adapted the regular version of Bake Off for Mediaset-owned Spanish broadcaster Telecinco in 2019. Edi Walter and Mariano Tomiozzo are executive producers.

“The Great British Bake Off is a cultural phenomenon and we’re delighted to be bringing a new celebrity version exclusively to Prime Video in Spain,” Georgia Brown, head of European originals for Amazon Studios..

Deadline

posted 4/7/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Traveling?"

  • Bruno Tonioli joins Craig Revel Horwood on a tour of Britain for the BBC (Deadline)

  • Sheryl Underwood gives a response to Sharon Osbourne's latest... (deadline)

  • Seriously? No one asked Jim Peck about Aaron Rodgers until just now? (WTMJ-TV Milwaukee)

  • CASTING COUCH: You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (KCPQ Tacoma-Seattle)

posted 4/6/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 28
From TV News Check

The second round of basketball’s March Madness, coupled with preemptions for President Biden’s March 25 press conference and the second week of daylight saving time, kept the lid on syndicated ratings in the session ending March 28. In fact, programs did well just to hold their own as virtually none of the top-tier strips in any category was able to muster any improvement whatsoever.

For example, in access Family Feud made it two weeks in a row at the top of the game shows — and all of syndication — with a steady 5.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Dr. Oz at the podium of Jeopardy was not the remedy for weakening numbers as the recently high-flying quizzer slipped for a third straight frame, losing 2% to a 5.2. That was the show’s lowest rating since the week of Dec 28, 2020.

Wheel of Fortune, which paired with Jeopardy in many major markets, also hit the brakes, slowing 2% to a 4.9.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


The Deseret News
TV Newscheck
The Wrap
NextTV

posted 4/6/2021

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ coverage of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship, in which Baylor bested Gonzaga 86-70, averaged 13 million total viewers (and a 3.0 demo rating), easily dominating Monday in both measures though down about a third in audience from Virginia’s OT win over Texas Tech in 2019.

Opposite ye olde hoops….

NBC | The Voice (5.9 mil/0.75) was nearly steady, while Debris (2.5 mil/0.5) ticked up in the demo.

ABC | American Idol (4.5 mil/0.6) was down a tick week-to-week.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.435m/0.18
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 988k/0.17
- Cakealikes (OBP/Food): 552k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 489k/0.05
- The Big Bake (Food): 450k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 446k/0.03
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 177k/0.03


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/2021

Come Dine With Me Up for Seconds?
iTV America Wants to Reboot That AND I'm a Celebrity in the US
From Deadline

ITV America, the production company behind CBS’ Love Island, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and ABC’s The Chase, is banking on a non-scripted boom.

The company has also sold a slew of projects to the streamers in recent months and is retooling a raft of international formats that it hopes will bolster its business further.

CEO David George tells Deadline which of these it has high hopes for and how the business is changing, forcing it to adapt its unscripted strategy. George believes that long-running British format Come Dine with Me is perfect post-pandemic fodder and is also in talks to bring back a retooled version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

Come Dine with Me, which has aired over 1,000 episodes in the UK on Channel 4, follows a group of amateur chefs who host a three-course dinner party. The show has previously been remade in the U.S. for TLC and Lifetime. George said it’s a priority for the producer.

“We all kind of collectively at ITV feel like if that show was ever to get a facelift and a rethink, right now would be the best time because the only thing people want to do [now] is go dine with somebody,” he said.

He added that it is looking to “throw the format on its head” and reimagine it given how topical and timely it is. He’s already thought of a few ideas. “You could hold dinner parties where people are watching and it becomes mystery science theater, and you’re watching Netflix in the background while you’re eating, so Netflix, if you want to buy that, feel free to give me a call,” he said. “There’s just so many different ways to skin the cat with it, and you can go high end, huge dinner parties, celebrities traveling the world. Maybe that’s the way you go because people want to travel or you could go really lo-fi, and make it another event, as opposed to just the experience of the dining.”

The other format that it is hot on is I’m a Celeb, which was remade by ABC in 2003 and NBC in 2009. In the UK, broadcaster ITV moved the show from Australia to Gwrych Castle in Wales as a result of the pandemic and George and his team are in conversations to see if a similar setup could work in the U.S.

Deadline

posted 4/6/2021

Carla Hall on the Search for the Best Baker in America
Catch It on Food Network May 3
From the FUton Critic

Ten world-class bakers battle it out on the new season of Best Baker in America, premiering Monday, May 3rd at 9pm ET/PT. Food Network's Carla Hall hosts all the action, tasking the bakers over eight episodes with challenges designed to put their baking skills and technical proficiency to the test for a chance to walk away with $25,000 and the coveted title. During each episode the bakers must create elegant and delicious baked goods from different states across the country in two rounds - a Master Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential baking techniques and prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. The least successful bakers in the Master Challenge must go head-to-head in a Bake-Off round where they have a chance to save themselves from elimination. Judges Gesine Prado and Jason Smith decide which bakers possess the artistry and creativity to advance in the competition. Only one will rise to the top to earn the grand prize and be crowned Best Baker in America!

"Carla Hall's enthusiasm, charisma and engaging wit, combined with her passion and culinary expertise makes her the perfect host as these talented bakers must impress with their baking skills and delectable desserts to prove that they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

This season's baking challenges focus on creating unique versions of classic American desserts from different states. The ten bakers from different states, gather in the season premiere to begin their first challenge designed to test their limits. They are first challenged to whip up a Kentucky May Day piecaken with bourbon as the feature flavor. For the second challenge, the bakers' talents are tested in a challenge inspired by Florida's signature key lime pie. Other episodes during the season challenge the bakers' abilities to create sweet treats from the mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Northern Plains, Midwest, the Pacific, and more. Gesine Prado and Jason Smith will deliberate to determine who gets eliminated and who will be crowned the newest winner of Best Baker in America! in the U.S.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/2021

WEEKEND: Easter Egg Hunt
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday thanks to new episodes from "MacGyver" (4.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (5.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (5.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

ABC (2.827 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) took home the silver with its mainstays "Shark Tank" (3.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "20/20" (2.432 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with a new "WWE SmackDown" (2.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up originals from "The Blacklist" (3.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, a special encore of "Wipeout" (0.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) closed out the night on The CW (0.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 558k/0.22
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 369k/0.14

ABC’s American Idol led Easter Sunday in the demo, scoring a 0.75 demo rating to go along with its 5.3 million total viewers. Leading out of Idol‘s two-hour celebrity duets kickoff, The Rookie (3.7 mil/0.5) was up a tenth in the demo.

Elsewhere, on a holiday where overall TV usage was down sharply:

CBS | 60 Minutes delivered Sunday’s largest audience (7.3 million), followed by The Equalizer (6.7 mil/0.6). NCIS: LA (5.5 mil/0.5) and New Orleans (4.6 mil/0.4) both dipped in the demo.

NBC | Ellen’s Game of Games (1.7 mil/0.2) was down in the demo, while Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (1.2 mil/0.2, read post mortem) stabilized.

FOX | Ice Age: The Great Eggs-capade did 557K/0.1, followed by the freshly cancelled Bless the Harts‘ 445K/0.1. Malika the Lion Queen averaged 900K and a 0.1.


Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.211m/0.29
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 694k/0.18
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 583k/0.12

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Other Hat in the Ring"

  • Levar Burton not only knows about the petition, he just shared it. (Screen Rant)

  • While you were busy washing your third mask, Disney+ shot the reboot of "The Quest". No airdate as of yet (Reality Blurred)

  • Melissa Rycroft really wanted to be on "The Real Housewives of Dallas" and why would anyone want to admit that? (Us Magazine)

  • With LMAD, Game of Talents, and Whose Line... and now The Good Fight, Wayne Brady is VERY BUSY (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Common Knowledge drops season 3 May 17 (GSN PR)

posted 4/6/2021


ITV America/ABC

The Strike Is Over
WGAE, ITV Come to Agreement
From The Hollywood Reporter

Writers for the ABC game show The Chase have ended their strike after the show's producer ITV America has settled the dispute with the Writers Guild.

Scribes on the quiz show, which features a team of contestants competing against trivia experts, had stopped work on March 24, after ITV refused to agree to cover the writers’ work under the WGA's Minimum Basic Agreement. The parties have since agreed on a contract.

"ITV Entertainment and the WGAE are pleased to have come to terms for writers on The Chase to be represented by the WGAE and for the show to be covered by the Minimum Basic Agreement," said the WGA East in a statement.

"We are in agreement that fair and positive work practices are essential to our industry and that, especially during the ongoing battle of the pandemic, the priority is to keep production going and to ensure that people can do their work and build sustainable careers," the statement continued. "We are glad to have come to terms and that the process is completed."

Following unsuccessful negotiations in late March, the guild had told their members that "Working Rule 8" — which states that "no member shall accept employment with, nor option or sell literary material to, any person, firm or corporation who is not signatory to the applicable MBAs" — was in effect for the show. The union insisted that the MBA, which allows for health and pension benefits and residuals, be applied to The Chase writers the way it is for other game shows like Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? — but ITV maintained that the writers' demands would "economically cripple the show."

The Hollywood Reporter
Vulture
Variety
Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
Variety
Deadline

posted 4/5/2021


Studio Lambert/Netflix

Too Hot for The Circle?
Chloe Veitch Joins Season 2 Plus More...
From Deadline

Netflix reality series The Circle and Too Hot To Handle are having their own mini-crossover as Chloe Veitch, one of the breakout stars of the dating format is joining the social experiment.

The streamer has dropped the first trailer for season two of The Circle, which returns on Wednesday April 14.

Apart from Chloe Veitch, who is from Essex in the UK, the other seven contestants are from the U.S. including Bryant from Chico, CA, Courtney from LA, Deleesa from The Bronx, Jack from New Haven, CT, Lee from Dallas, TX, Savannah from LA and Terilisha from Dallas. The cast will flirt, befriend, piss off and compete in challenges against each other to earn a cash prize as top influencer and catfisher.

It will begin with the first four episodes and will be followed the following Wednesday, April 21 with the next four episodes and Wednesday April 28 with four more before the finale drops May 5.

The Circle is exec produced by Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Jo Harcourt Smith, Toni Ireland, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. Too Hot to Handle, which was developed by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett, is exec produced by Amelia Brown, Saul Fearnley, Jonno Richards and Ros Coward. Netflix’s unscripted chief Brandon Riegg said Wednesdays are “getting real” this spring. “We’re experimenting with the release format so you have time to dissect and dish on every step of the competition as it unfolds,” he said.

Deadline
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Collider

posted 4/5/2021

Game On at G4
Xavier Woods to Host Competition Series for Relaunched Network
From Syfy Wire

After six long years of staying on the pause screen, G4 is set to hit “play” on its network relaunch this summer, giving gamers and plugged-in pop culture savants a 2021 jolt of the madcap mix of comedy and digital culture that old-school fans never stopped missing. Now the network is ready to reveal an all-new series to sit alongside previously-announced returns of X-Play and Attack of the Show! — and this one might just be a body slam.

Tapping the star power of wrestling star Xavier Woods (aka Austin Creed), G4 is getting in the ring for an official content partnership with WWE. Woods will preside over a game show crossover set to pit competitors one on one in a comedic struggle to settle their beef the old-fashioned way: in head-to-head video game battles.

Woods, whom G4 revealed last year as one of the fresh-but-familiar faces we’ll be seeing a lot of for the relaunch, will emcee over the slapstick proceedings with a WWE flair that Brian Terwilliger, G4’s VP of Programming and Creative Strategy, says will probably escalate the grudge gaming stakes as much as it contains them.

The series aims to wrest a ton of comedy from squaring personalities against one another under Woods’ watchful eye. Matches “could be [between] two celebrities who are relatively endemic to the gaming sphere. It could be between a WWE personality and one of our own G4 hosts,” Terwilliger, who played an integral part in creating Woods’ hugely popular UpUpDownDown web gaming series, told SYFY WIRE.

“Who knows?” he teased. “Xavier Woods might have to take off the host’s jacket and put on the gloves himself to get involved.”

Syfy Wire
ComicBook
Screen Rant
Backlot Magazine

posted 4/5/2021

Guy's Three-Year Plan
"Tournament of Champions" Host Re-Signs with Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri has signed a new multi-year exclusive deal with Food Network, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The new deal spans three years and includes bringing audiences more of Fieri's Primetime Emmy-nominated series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives as well as more episodes of fan-favorites, Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's most recent ratings success, Tournament of Champions, along with new projects that Guy is already plotting out for both Food Network as well as for the newly launched discovery+ streamer. With this new deal, Fieri will continue to take an active role in the development and production of his own series through his Knuckle Sandwich production banner and continue to partner with the network and producers from his long-running series. Fieri made his first appearance on the network in 2006 when he won season two of The Next Food Network Star. Additional series that have helped to make Guy a household name include: Guy's Big Bite, Guy Off The Hook, Guy Fieri's Road Show, Guy's Family Road Trip, Guy & Hunter's European Vacation, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, and his recent documentary, Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on the Line, as well as numerous holiday specials and guest appearances.

"Guy Fieri infuses his unmatched energy and passion into every show he makes," said White. "He is truly one-of-a-kind, adored globally for his own love of food and his deep appreciation for the people behind the restaurant scenes. I am beyond thrilled to be able to continue this extraordinary, creative partnership."

"Food Network is my home and I'm stoked to continue the partnership with the entire Discovery family," added Fieri. "The world of food is the ultimate unifier so having a global platform to share real-life stories of some of the most deserving chefs, restaurateurs, home cooks, entrepreneurs and anyone who just loves a good meal is an incredible opportunity. I can't wait for everyone to see what we're cookin' up next."

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 4/5/2021


Bravo

THURSDAY: Keeping Portland Weird...and COVID Protected
Big Night for Top Chef, Wipeout
From Us Magazine

Time to sharpen your knives. Top Chef is back with its 18th season taking place in Portland, Oregon, as a whole new batch of cheftestants compete, but this time, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons are all returning. Joining them will be a collection of past winners, finalists and favorites to form a rotating judging and dining panel, which includes Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde and Brooke Williamson.

Meanwhile, the chefs will face challenges like working with foraged mushrooms, picking produce at the famous Hood River Fruit Loop and cooking with native and popular ingredients of Oregon.

This season also features appearances by famed chefs José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, Gabriel Rucker and Alice Waters, as well as Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein who stop by for a Quickfire Challenge.

The Emmy-winning digital spinoff, Last Chance Kitchen, hosted by Colicchio, also returns as eliminated contestants go head-to-head to try to cook their way back into the competition.

Meanwhile, a lot of you could — and did — see John Cena last night. And Nicole Byer, too, as the duo hosts the rebooted “Wipeout,” which officially launched Thursday on TBS. Thursday’s 9 p.m. premiere drew 1.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, with 432,000 of them coming from the key adults 18-49 demographic. That demo tally makes this “Wipeout” the No. 1 new unscripted offering on cable television, beating fellow freshman TBS series “The Go Big Show,” which opened to 302,000 viewers in the key demo.

The Tuesday sneak peek earned 775,000 total viewers, with 369,000 of them from the main demo. You may be wondering why what was technically the first airing of Episode 1 didn’t outdo the official premiere. While Tuesday’s special preview had a great lead-in — the UCLA vs. Michigan post-game show — the “Wipeout” episode didn’t premiere until 12:49 a.m. So, technically Wednesday morning in the eastern time zone.

Elsewhere, NBC (6.339 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) got a big boost on Thursday thanks to its debut lineup of "Manifest" (3.830 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (7.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

ABC (3.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) had to settle for second with its trio of "Station 19" (4.461 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.097 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and the Wednesday-bound "A Million Little Things" (2.564 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was FOX (1.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.491 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by the return of "The Moodys" (1.114 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a second "The Moodys" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.126 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its own new lineup of "Young Sheldon" (6.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "United States of Al" (5.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Mom" (4.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "B Positive" (3.690 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Clarice" (2.402 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with rebroadcasts of "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day 2018" (0.758 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day 2019" (0.602 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (P/TBS): 1.060m/0.33
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 829k/0.24
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 711k/0.19
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 588k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 370k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 404k/0.04


Us Magazine
Seattle Times
USA Today
The Daily Beast
THe Wrap
USA Today
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/5/2021

Beat the Chasers to Play All Six on Four
All Six Chasers Come with Renewal
From TV Zone

ITV’s prime-time smash hit and RTS nominated quiz Beat The Chasers returns for a fourth series, it has been confirmed.

Bradley Walsh returns to host in this edge-of-your-seat quiz in which contestants are given the option of playing multiple Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them.

Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game.

For the first time, the fourth series, due to air this Autumn, will see contestants face all six chasers. Filming is due to take place in July and August 2021.

TV Zone

posted 4/5/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This User Account?"

  • Rob Mills mulling putting "Bachelor" spinoffs on Hulu (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen expands This TV to ABC-owned stations (Deadline)

  • How Bob Barker's wife made him into an animal rights crusader (Nicki Swift)

  • Steph Curry shows his support for AAPI with Bruce Lee shoes (Yahoo! Sports)

posted 4/5/2021


Deadline

Snoop Dogg Heads to "The Voice"
This Is Not an April Fool's Joke
From the Futon Critic

Multi-platinum artist, actor, philanthropist and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will serve as Mega Mentor on Season 20 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, "The Voice."

Snoop Dogg joins superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the remaining artists who have made it through the Battle Rounds, as each team prepares for the Knockouts, beginning Monday, April 19 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

During the Knockout Rounds, artists are once again paired against a teammate, but select their own song to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. Drawing from his unique experience in navigating the music and entertainment industry as a renowned rapper, producer and performer, Snoop Dogg will impart a new and fresh perspective to help the artists craft their performances. Coaches alone choose the winner to advance from their team. Each coach has one steal in the Knockouts.

Additionally, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will compete in the Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and Snoop Dogg in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout. However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final Knockouts episode, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. Then, at the beginning of the first Live Show, host Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team.

An entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg has reigned for nearly three decades as an unparalleled force, who has raised the bar as an award-winning entertainer and globally recognized entrepreneur. Snoop defines entertainment history. He has released 19 studio albums, sold over 40 million albums worldwide, reached No. 1 countless times on Billboard charts internationally and received 20 Grammy nominations. · Snoop has also appeared in numerous films, such as, Dolemite Is My Name, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, The Addams Family, Beach Bum, Starsky & Hutch, Soul Plane and the Oscar(R)-winning drama Training Day, among others. He has also produced several films, including VICE's Reincarnated, Mac & Dean Go to High School and Hood of Horror through his production company Snoopadelic Films. He made his mark in television when he garnered an Emmy nomination as executive producer for the hit VH1 show Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner. Snoop was also the executive producer of the acclaimed Netflix show Coach Snoop, GGN: Double G News, MTV's Mary + Jane and the TNT game show Joker's Wild, which he also hosted.

Season 20 marks the 10-year anniversary of "The Voice."

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 4/1/2021


NATAS

Daytime Emmys Stay on CBS 2021, 2022
This Is Also Not an April Fool's Joke
From Deadline

And the Daytime Emmys go to … CBS. The network and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that they have inked a two-year deal for CBS to air the awards show.

With CBS also set to television the Primetime Emmys this year, it will mark the first time since 2008 that one network will broadcast both trophy shows in the same year.

CBS, which will televise this year’s Daytime Emmys for a 15th time — more than any other network — most recently aired both in 2005.

The net and NATAS said additional information about the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast, set for June 25, will be announced in the coming months.

The 2021 Daytime Emmys is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International, which produced the ceremony from 2009-11 and again last year. Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich are executive producers for NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer and director for ATI.

CBS also aired the 2020 Daytime Emmys, which were handed out virtually after the in-person ceremony was scrapped as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. The then-co-hosts of The Talk — Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond — hosted the ceremony.

Before the Daytime Emmys’ return to CBS last year, the ceremony had been streaming on online platforms since 2015, when it aired on Pop TV.

NATAS and the Television Academy said in November that the children’s programming categories are moving from the Primetime ceremony to the Daytime Emmys for 2021.

Deadline
THe Hollywood Reporter

Variety

posted 4/1/2021

WEDNESDAY: Bad Grandpa (Monster)
NBC Wins Total, Ties Demo with Fox
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Chicago Med" (6.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Chicago Fire" (7.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

FOX (3.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared the demo crown with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.793 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.504 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was ABC (2.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), the season finale of "American Housewife" (2.657 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (3.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Call Your Mother" (2.205 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the season finale of "The Con" (1.684 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Tough as Nails" (2.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.014 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "S.W.A.T." (1.863 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, the spring finale of "Riverdale" (0.525 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.378 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.452 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 913k/0.52
- Forged in Fire (History): 790k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 780/0.24
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 588k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 466k/0.04


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/1/2021

"Small Fortune" Has a Big Date: May 31
NBC Stunt Series to Finally Air
From The Futon Critic

"Small Fortune," NBC's newest team competition game show hosted by Lil Rel Howery, premieres on Monday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series is a British import based on Youngest Media's popular U.K. format and is unlike any team competition ever seen on U.S. television.

In each heart-pounding episode, teams of three from various backgrounds, including first responders and Olympians from around the country, work together to earn a shot at competing for the $250,000 cash prize in the "Big Little Heist" finale game.

To get there, each team must prove their skills on miniature playing fields from a shrunken sushi conveyor belt with tiny chopsticks ("Teeny Sashimi") to a mini Ellis Island ("Statue of Liberteeny"). Challenges will require considerable dexterity and intense focus because with games this small, there's no room for error as the slightest miscalculation or tremble may result in losing tens of thousands of dollars.

In the eight-episode series, Howery raises the stakes by mixing encouragement with his brand of laughs to keep the players on their toes and audiences equally as anxious and entertained.

Howery is fresh off his successful HBO comedy special "Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw," which was rated the #1 hourlong comedy special of 2019 by Vulture.com. In film, he is perhaps best known for his roles as TSA agent Rod Williams in the Oscar-winning "Get Out," Charlie in the Netflix smash "Bird Box, and more recently as Wayne in the Oscar-nominated "Judas and The Black Messiah." On the small screen, he starred as Bobby, brother to Jerrod Carmichael, on the critically acclaimed NBC series "The Carmichael Show," also starring Tiffany Haddish as his ex-wife. In addition to making an impression with his own comedy series, "Rel" on Fox, Howery has lent his talents to "Insecure" on HBO, "Southside" on Comedy Central and more.

"Small Fortune" is co-produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and entertainment studio Youngest Media, which created and produced the U.K. format. Lucas Church and David Flynn will serve as executive producers for Youngest Media alongside Steve Barry and Joe Braswell, who will serve as executive producers for Kelchris and showrunners for the series. Lil Rel Howery also executive produces.


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Blackfilm

posted 4/1/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Surprise!"

posted 4/1/2021

TUESDAY: Who Let the Dogs Out?
CBS Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Pooch Perfect debuted to 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, on par with time slot predecessor To Tell the Truth‘s most recent airing (4.1 mil/0.5) and claiming the demo win on a semi-quiet Tuesday.

Leading out of the dog grooming competition, black-ish (2.4 mil/0.4), mixed-ish (2 mil/0.4) and Soul of a Nation (1.4 mil/0.3) were all steady. CBS’ NCIS rerun copped Tuesday’s largest audience, with 4.8 million.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | The Flash dipped to a new audience low (933K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.2). Supergirl opened its final season/christened its new night with 712K (its largest audience since midway through Season 5) and a 0.1 demo rating (down a tenth from both last season’s average and finale).

NBC | Young Rock (2.5 mil/0.5), Kenan (2 mil/0.4) and, leading out of a This Is Us rerun, New Amsterdam (3.3 mil/0.4) all dipped, with the medical drama hitting/matching series lows.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 937k/0.21
- Wipeout (PV/TBS): 775k/0.29
- Temptation Island (USA): 518k/0.19

- Chain Reaction (GSN): 488k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 480k/0.05

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/2021

Now Entering the Studio: You
Jeopardy! Releases Playshow Game
From Jeopardy! PR

Now entering the studio is YOU. Compete against your friends —and past contestants— using actual TV episodes hosted by Alex Trebek. Jeopardy! PlayShow combines your PlayStation, Xbox (and other select platforms), your mobile device, and your very own voice for the most realistic gameshow experience you'll ever have.

Simply buzz in and say your answer from your couch to be a part of the game like never before. And with Party Mode, you can host head-to-head, multiplayer competitions in your living room.

It's everything you love about the show: Categories, Clues, Wagers, Daily Doubles and even signing your name to the podium.

Want more? With over 35 years of downloadable Jeopardy! content, play episodes thematically by season, tournament type, and even against famous champions. If Teen Tournament is your speed, we've got it. Want to travel back in time and match wits with legendary contestants? No problem! The true Jeopardy! gameshow has never been easier to experience.

In addition:
- Features Go head-to-head with memorable Jeopardy! contestants.
- Choose from a variety of episodes and themes from over three decades of Jeopardy!
- Your living room is the iconic game show set.
- Challenge friends and family to see who's the ultimate Jeopardy! fan.
- Use innovative speech recognition! Buzz in and speak your answer.
- Full immersive gameshow experience like never before!

Visit www.playshowtv.com below to learn more.

Jeopardy! PR
Playshowtv.com

posted 3/31/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Real Genius"

  • Cynthia Erivo joins "Drag Race" this week! (TV Line)

  • John Cena helped a kid save a life (The Wrap)

  • KEn JEnnings responds to a toddler who learned his guest stint was over (Cinema Blend)

posted 3/31/2021


PeterMarshall.com

Peter Marshall: From COVID-19 to 95
Legendary Host Overcomes Coronavirus in Time for Birthday
From ET Canada

Famed gameshow host and musician Peter Marshall is getting ready to celebrate his 95th birthday.

The “Hollywood Squares” host is set to mark the milestone on March 30 during a special Zoom birthday party attended by Leslie Uggams, Loni Anderson, Sandy Duncan, Ruta Lee, Karen Valentine, Rich Little, Monica Mancini, JoAnne Worley, Jack Jones and more.

During the celebration, they will look back at rare clips spanning his incredible 80 years in show business.

What makes the Emmy Award winner’s birthday even more special is the fact that doctors didn’t think he would make it after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.

In January, both Peter and his wife, Laurie, had tested positive. Peter had to be hospitalized and his wife of 32 years wasn’t able to visit for some time.

“When they finally allowed me to visit him, it was clear his diagnosis was grim. It seemed that staff was under such strain and resources were in short supply that greater efforts were being made to save patients much younger than Peter and with a stronger likelihood of surviving. We decided then to bring Peter home to be surrounded by family, friends and his animals to live out his final days, rather than die alone in the hospital,” Laurie recalled in a statement to ET Canada. She was told to make final arrangements as he would not survive without the high flow oxygen given at the hospital. With some help, they changed Peter’s den into an intensive care unit.

“Dr. Mizrahi wasn’t convinced it was Peter’s time to die,” Laurie said. “And with the aid of around-the-clock nurses and surrounded by his family, he’s turned a fatal diagnosis into a miraculous recovery.” Peter has been home for two months now.

Laurie added, “We’re just beyond grateful for the caregivers who didn’t give up and made it possible for us to celebrate Peter’s upcoming 95th birthday with his family.”

In lieu of gift, Peter is asking that anyone who wants to commemorate the day to make a donation to Actors and Others For Animals.

Additionally, his albums Let’s Be Frank, Boy Singer and No Happy Endings will be released digitally for the first time to mark his birthday. More information on how to attend his Zoom birthday on March 30 at 8 p.m. ET can be found on his website.

ET Canada

Forbes

posted 3/30/2021

Ariana Grande to Join "The Voice"
Singer to Replace Nick Jonas in Season 21
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum global recording artist, Grammy Award winner and talented actress Ariana Grande will join the upcoming Fall 2021 cycle of NBC's "The Voice" as a coach.

Grande, a powerhouse vocalist whose international fan base of "Arianators" has enabled her to rapidly become one of the biggest pop superstars of our generation, will be joined by returning iconic coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton, along with host Carson Daly, on the four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series.

With her most recent album, "Positions," recently breaking the record for most songs to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and cementing her as Spotify's most-streamed female artist of the past decade, Grande, a self-proclaimed fan of "The Voice," claims a red chair at a pivotal point in her career.

"As an undeniable force in pop music, Ariana's inimitable success in the music industry is extraordinary," said Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "We were thrilled to learn that she is a true fan of 'The Voice' and know that this enthusiasm will add to her impact as a dynamic coach. Ariana is a visionary with over a decade of experience in the music industry. Her unmatched vocal skills, creativity and unique expertise on all facets of the industry will make her an invaluable coach to the next generation of artists."

Said Grande, "I'm so honored and excited to join 'The Voice' family! I have been a huge fan of the show for such a long time. I can't wait to go head-to-head with the incredible coaches, get to know these new artists and help to take their craft to the next level."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 3/30/2021

"Dancing" Renewed to 30
All the Judges & Tyra are Back
From The Futon Critic

ABC has picked up "Dancing with the Stars" for its milestone 30th season on ABC. Host Tyra Banks and judges Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are all expected to return.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series based on the BBC Studios global format in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, the series returns to the ballroom with an all-new lineup of celebrities this season.

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.

During its fall 2020 run, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" ranked as the #1 entertainment series in its 2-hour time slot among Adults 18-49. DWTS grew over its prior season by 9% among Adults 18-49.

A premiere date, celebrity contestants and pro dancers will be announced at a later date.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Deadline
Gold Derby

posted 3/30/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending March 21
From TV News Check

Jeopardy! jumped out of the syndication and game lead in the week ending March 21 as March Madness took hold across the country.

The big annual NCAA basketball tournament bounced many programs airing on CBS affiliates on March 19, and programs airing on non-CBS affiliates also were faced with much stronger than usual competition.

In addition, daylight saving time started on March 14, which usually impacts shows airing in early evening access time periods.

CBS Media Ventures’s Jeopardy!, with Katie Couric at the podium for a second week, slipped 5% to a 5.3 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, its lowest household rating since the week ended Jan. 10, the last week with long-time host Alex Trebek.

Couric is the first woman to ever host the game show.

Jeopardy!, which had led the games and all of syndication for the prior four weeks including one tie with CMV’s Wheel of Fortune, was surpassed in households by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which held steady at a 5.4 and topped the chart for the first time since the week of Dec. 28, 2020. Feud, which is hosted by Steve Harvey, also continued to lead all of syndication among the key demographic of women 25-54 at a 1.9.

Wheel of Fortune, which is paired with Jeopardy! on ABC owned stations and affiliates in most of the country’s largest markets, slid 11% to a 5.0, its lowest rating since the week of Dec. 21, 2020.

Fox’s 25 Words or Less remained at its series-low 0.7 for a third straight week. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask had no answer, staying at a 0.4 for a fourth consecutive week.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.3 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 -11%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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TV Newscheck
The Wrap
NextTV

posted 3/30/2021

MONDAY: In the Battle of Idol vs. Voice, the Winner... Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was once again on top thanks to its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (2) Houston vs. (12) Oregon State" (5.977 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (1) Baylor vs. (3) Arkansas" (5.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) took home the silver with its duo of "The Voice" (5.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Debris" (2.665 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with fresh installments of "American Idol" (4.833 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (4.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "9-1-1" (2.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and a new "America's Most Wanted" (1.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, the conclusions of "Bulletproof" (0.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) and "All American Stories" (0.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.0, #10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.550m/0.25
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 964k/0.20
- Easter Baking Challenge (SF/Food): 711k/0.14
- The Big Bake (Food): 480k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 473k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- Race to the Center of the Earth (P/NatGeo): 226k/0.06


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/2021

Back to the Studio
Live Audience Returns to "American Idol"
From Deadline

American Idol is heading back to the studio and is bringing a live audience with it – becoming one of the biggest non-scripted series to find a way to get crowds in safely.

The talent contest is nine episodes into its fourth season on ABC and has successfully navigated the pandemic to avoid looking like a Zoom format. Producer Fremantle is now back in Television City with around 50 people let in to watch and react to its upcoming All Star Duets round. Showrunner Trish Kinane told Deadline that the show has worked closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to find safe way for fans to join.

Audience members will be masked, tested and seated in pods with their immediate households.

The move comes as Los Angeles County and several others move to loosen restrictions on indoor gatherings.

Deadline
Deadline

posted 3/30/2021

Writers' Guild Awards: And the Winners Are..
"Weakest Link" Wins Top Prize for Quiz
From The Wrap

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Promising Young Woman” were named the best adapted original screenplays of 2021 at the Writers Guild Awards, which took place in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. While “Promising Young Woman” went into the show with a slight edge over “The Trial of the Chicago 7” for the original-screenplay award, “Borat” was a decided dark horse in the adapted-screenplay category, whose nominees also included “One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “News of the World’ and “The White Tiger.”

Writers Guild winners in the screenplay categories go on to win Oscars almost two-thirds of the time, although the two awards sometimes differ because the WGA is an award strictly for screenplays for movies that were made under the terms of the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement, or similar agreements from a number of international guilds.

This year’s show was a joint presentation of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East, which normally conduct separate but simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Kal Penn hosted the ceremony, with presenters that included Sacha Baron Cohen, Rachel Brosnahan, Jimmy Fallon, Ava DuVernay, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs. The entire show was pre-recorded, with every nominee taping an acceptance speech beforehand.

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
- WINNER: Weakest Link,” Head Writer: Ann Slichter; Writers: Chip Dornell, Paul Greenberg, Joyce Ikemi, Stuart Krasnow, Jon Macks, Mona Mira, Scott Saltzburg, Aaron Solomon, Chris Sturgeon, Grant Taylor; NBC
- “Hollywood Game Night,” Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Allie Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- “Jeopardy!,” Writers: Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Mike Richards, Billy Wisse; ABC
- “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Season,” Head Writer: Bobby Patton; Writers: Alan Bailey, Josh Halloway, Seth Harrington, Shawn Kennedy; Disney/ABC Syndication


The Wrap

posted 3/30/2021

International Format Awards: And the Nominees Are...
Top Formats to Be Awarded April 13
From C21 Media

The finalists in the 2021 International Format Awards have been named, following four weeks of online voting by a panel of the world’s leading format commissioners, buyers and producers.

The International Format Awards are a coproduction between C21Media, FRAPA, the Entertainment Masterclass and MipFormats. More than 200 formats were entered from across the globe in a year when the quality and range of the formats has not been dimmed by the pandemic.

To recognise the extraordinary ingenuity of producers and broadcasters in this time, there is a special category for 2021: Format Innovation in the time of Covid.

The winners will be announced in a digital ceremony to be streamed on C21Media.net and the MipFormats website on April 13 at 16.00 CET.

This year’s International Format Awards Gold Award will mark the achievements of Anette Rømer, former head of acquisitions and formats at TV2 in Denmark and current programming consultant at STV Productions. Anette led the way in defining the output of TV2’s portfolio of channels over her 30-year career with the broadcaster. In her previous role as commissioning editor of entertainment for TV2, she was also executive producer of a wide range of quiz, satire, lifestyle, factual entertainment shows, music and events.

The finalists in each category in the 2021 International Format Awards are as follows:
- BEST COMEDY FORMAT
9 Windows Produced by: Nippon TV and The Story Lab For: Nippon TV, Japan Distributed by: The Story Lab
Don’t Scream Produced by: Maverick TV For: BBC Three Distributed by: All3Media
International Gods of the Game Produced by: Mad Monk For: Comedy Central UK Distributed by: ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution
The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake/Béli Productions/Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake
The Secret Gameshow Produced by: Asahi Broadcasting TV Corp and NBCUniversal Formats For: ABC Japan Distributed by: NBCUniversal Formats
The Substitute Produced by: The Intellectual Property Corp For: Nickelodeon Distributed by: Nickelodeon

- BEST COMPETITION REALITY FORMAT
District Z Produced by: Satisfaction For: TF1 Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television
Fridge Wars Produced by: CBC and The Gurin Company For: CBC Distributed by: CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, Magnify Media
Full Bloom Produced by: Eureka Productions For: HBO Max Distributed by: HBO Max
Pretty Small Produced by: ITV Studios Netherlands For: SBS6 (Netherlands) Distributed by: ITV Studios T
op Dog Produced by: Big Fish Entertainment For: A&E Distributed by: A+E Global Content Sales
Walk The Line (På tværs af Danmark) Produced by: Strong Productions (original format by Studio Lambert) For: TV2 Distributed by: All3Media International

- BEST HOST OF A FORMAT
Craig Reucassel – Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge Produced by: Lune Media For: Australian Broadcasting Corp Distributed by: ABC Commercial
Faustine Bollaert – The Wonderbox Produced by: Newen, Capa, 13.34 For: France 3 Distributed by: Newen Connect
Alan Carr – Epic Gameshow Produced by: Talkback For: ITV Distributed by: Fremantle
Jane Lynch – Weakest Link (US) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: NBC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
Tyra Banks – Dancing With The Stars (US) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: ABC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
Michael Youn – The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake, Béli Productions, Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake

- BEST RETURNING FORMAT
Dancing With The Stars (USA) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: ABC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
De Mol (The Mole) Produced by: Woestijnvis For: Play4 Distributed by: Primitives
Survivor Produced by: Endemol Shine Australia For: Network 10 Distributed by: Banijay Rights
Taskmaster Produced by: Avalon For: Channel 4 Distributed by: Avalon Distribution
The Great Bake Off Produced by: Love Productions For: Channel 4 Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
The Secret Song Produced by: DMLSTV For: TF1 Distributed by: Can’t Stop Media


- BEST STUDIO-BASED GAMESHOW FORMAT
9 Windows Produced by: Nippon TV and The Story Lab For: Nippon TV, Japan Distributed by: The Story Lab
De Grote Generatieshow (Mind the Generation Gap) Produced by: BlazHoffski Productions For: BNNVARA/NPO1 Distributed by: BlazHoffski Productions/Warner Bros
Don’t Produced by: Banijay Studios North America For: ABC Distributed by: Banijay Rights
Pulse! Produced by: Redseven Entertainment For: ProSieben Distributed by: Red Arrow Studios International
Rolling In It Produced by: Over The Top Productions For: ITV Distributed by: Fremantle
The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake, Béli Productions and Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake

BEST INNOVATION IN THE TIME OF COVID FORMAT
All Together at the Table Produced by: Kitchen Factory Production For: M6, France Distributed by: The Story Lab
American Idol Produced by: Fremantle North America For: ABC Distributed by: Fremantle
Drive Thru-Oke Produced by: Space Rabbit Ltd For: MBN Distributed by: NBCUniversal Formats
Grayson’s Art Club Produced by: Swan Films For: Channel 4 Distributed by: All3Media International
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The Castle Produced by: Lifted Entertainment For: ITV1 Distributed by: ITV Studios
Married at First Sight: Couples Cam Produced by: Kinetic Content For: Lifetime (US) Distributed by: Red Arrow Studios International


C21 Media

posted 3/30/2021

"Voice" Shown to France
"I Can See Your Voice" Heads Overseas
From TBI

French broadcaster M6 and VTM in Belgium have commissioned local adaptations of the I Can See Your Voice mystery music show format. Both series are being produced by Warner Bros. International Television, with the French version shown under the title Show Me Your Voice, with comedian and actor Issa Doumbia attached to host the series when it airs.

In Belgium, the seven-episode show will be recorded later this year and is scheduled to air on the DPG-owned VTM, which is the main commercial network in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

The I Can See Your Voice format was created by South Korea’s CJ ENM, with the original show airing in 2015. The show sees guests attempting to guess whether contestants are good or bad singers based purely on their appearance. As of this year, the format has been broadcasted to 18 countries worldwide, with recent adaptations including for Fox, upcoming version for BBC One in the UK and Canadian-French language channel Noovo in Quebec and recommissions for RTL in Germany and RTL4 in the Netherlands.

“I Can See Your Voice is a program boasting its originality and long history of remakes. We are especially thrilled to add local versions in France and Belgium for audiences to meet a music show like no other,” said Diane Min, head of format sales at CJ ENM.

“Created in 2012 and first broadcast in 2015, our team is proud that the format is travelling immensely, with now 39 seasons launched worldwide with more than 800 episodes.”

TBI Vision
C21 Media

Realscreen

posted 3/30/2021

ITV Stares Into The Void
Ashley Banjo, Fleur East to Host New Saturday Stunt Series
From Telly Mix

ITV has announced a new Saturday night game show called The Void. The seven-part series, which will air later in 2021, will be hosted by Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing on Ice judge, Ashley Banjo and singer and presenter Fleur East.

The show will see contestants put themselves to the test to take on a wide range of demanding mental and physical challenges - all whilst navigating the terrifying prospect of falling into ‘The Void’.

The Void – a daunting and unforgiving chasm of 520,000 litres of water stretching across the arena floor - is one of the biggest bespoke water tanks ever constructed for a game show.

The winner of each episode will get to take on The Void for one last time and a chance to win a jackpot of £25,000.

Ashley Banjo said: “I literally cannot wait to get started on this one! The concept is so simple...can you cross ‘The Void’ and reach the prize on the other side? But if the brains behind ‘The Cube‘ have anything to do with it (which they do of course) it will be anything but simple!

"It’s also the first game show I’ve been lucky enough to host and all alongside the amazing Fleur East, which is another thing I’m buzzing about. So all in all, there’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be immense!”

Fleur East added: “I am really excited about hosting this show, the concept is epic! Created by the same genius behind The Cube which is a show I love. Also getting to work alongside Ashley is amazing, he’s so talented and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of ITV Entertainment Commissioning commented: “The Void is a physical game show with a difference.

"The scale of the show will be vast and with Ashley and Fleur at the helm, The Void promises to be a great addition to ITV’s Saturday night family viewing.”

The Void will air on Saturday nights on ITV later in 2021.

Telly Mix
Good Housekeeping

posted 3/30/2021


Legacy
SARA HOLUB: 1981-2021
Award-Winning Choral Director from 2017 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament
From WBAY Green Bay

Preble High School’s choir and musical director Sara Holub has passed away. An obituary for Holub says she died of natural causes on Friday, March 26. She was 40 years old.

“The first thing we thought of as teachers when we heard about her passing, was how are we going to share this with the students because her legacy was her students,” said Jeff Kline, social studies teacher at Preble High School.

Teaching at Preble High School for six years, Holub directed award-winning musicals and was honored as Outstanding Young Choral Director for the State of Wisconsin.

“She’s really created some incredible programs at Preble, raising the level of musicianship and performance quality within choirs at Preble,” said Megan Sweeney, Director of Bands and Music at Preble High school.

Colleagues and former students of Holub’s says she left a huge impact on the school community. “She had this ability to make everyone feel seen, no matter who you were, you always belonged in her classroom. She built this really strong community of students and you know, we all still talk to each other almost every day,” said former Preble student, Megan Flood.

Preble teachers, Jeff Kline and Megan Sweeney say Holub was a close friend of theirs. Kline said that if one of them were having a bad day and needed a pick-me-up, they would be there for each other. “The three of us really became very close friends, very, very close friends and we couldn’t have gotten through the last year of the pandemic with online teaching without each other’s friendship,” Kline said.

“Jeopardy!” viewers will remember Holub from her 2017 appearances in the Teachers Tournament. She made it to the semifinals.

“She played Jeopardy and then immediately got on a flight, flew across the country to join a choir trip that had started and joined up with her students in Boston,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney added that this was a huge testament to her dedication, “her abilities, her talent, and her love for kids and spending time with the kids.”

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Green Bay Press Gazette

posted 3/30/2021

WEEKEND: Rotten Cherries
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and FOX (2.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) share the demo honors on Friday as the latter offered up a new "WWE SmackDown" (2.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) while the former served up fresh installments of "Shark Tank" (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (2.881 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "MacGyver" (4.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (5.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (6.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Blacklist" (3.157 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.834 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.710 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) led into a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) to round out the night on The CW (0.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 610k/0.26
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 4
63k/0.18

In the latest TV show ratings, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist resumed Season 2, in its new/old Sunday time slot, with just 1.1 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, down sharply from its Tuesday averages (2.5 mil/0.5) to mark series lows.

Bookending the musical dramedy, Ellen’s Game of Games (1.6 mil/0.3) and Good Girls (1.3 mil/0.3) were steady in the demo, though the latter dipped to a new audience low.

Elsewhere:

CBS | Leading out of a smidgen of March Madness spillover, 60 Minutes (8.3 mil/0.9) led Sunday in both measures. Back from multi-week breaks, The Equalizer (6.5 mil/0.7) was steady in the demo, NCIS: LA (6.2 mil/0.6) was up and New Orleans (4.7 mil/0.5) was down.

ABC | AFV (5.4 mil/0.6), American Idol (6 mil/0.8) and The Rookie (3.8 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo, while the latter returned to its third-largest audience of Season 3.

THE CW | Batwoman (440K/0.1) and Charmed (339K/0.1) were steady in the demo, though the latter dropped to a new audience low.

FOX | Cherries Wild (560K/0.1) and Bless the Harts (514K/0.2) were down sharply, while The Simpsons (1.1 mil/0.4), Bob’s Burgers (1 mil/0.4) and Family Guy (1.2 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.269m/0.34
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 675k/0.17
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 628k/0.16

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posted 3/30/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with the Speed Force"

  • Jordan Fisher joins "The Flash" as Bart Allen/Impulse (The Wrap)

  • Blake Horstmann kisses and tells... because reasons (Us Magazine)

  • Bachelor Nation reluctant to go to "Paradise" after... ... well... this (E! Online)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: People think Anne Hegerty is Alan Carr's mom (LADBible)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Broadway World) and Padma Lakshmi (Deadline)

posted 3/30/2021

Fox Plays with Dominos
Eric Stonestreet to Host New Series for Fox
From Deadline

Fox is building on its success in Lego with a new knock-em-down competition series featuring dominos.

The network has ordered Domino Masters from its own nascent production studio Fox Alternative Entertainment. The series will premiere in the 2021-22 season.

Domino Masters feature teams of domino enthusiasts facing off in a domino toppling and chain reaction tournament. Throughout the competition, Modern Family star Stonestreet, alongside the judges, will encourage the domino aficionados, introduce challenges and put the creations to the test until one team is crowned the Domino Master. Think of it like a series of Rube Goldberg machines with chain reaction happening all over set.

It is Stonestreet’s latest non-scripted entertainment series. The Emmy-winning actor previously hosted ABC’s The Toy Box and appeared as a guest judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Domino Masters comes on the back of Lego Masters, the Will Arnett-hosted competition series from Endemol Shine North America that has been greenlit for a second season.

After its linear airing, the series will air on Fox’s AVOD platform Tubi.

The series is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, the Allison Wallach-run in-house studio division that is behind Fox’s hit The Masked Singer as well as spinoff The Masked Dancer, fellow Korean format I Can See Your Voice, Name That Tune and Cherries Wild. It is being exec produced by Gail Berman, Danny Schrader and Hend Baghdady.

Deadline
THe Futon Critic

posted 3/29/2021

Corporate Wipeout
CW to Rebroadcast "Wipeout" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network, TBS and TNT have joined forces to give two of their key tentpole new series an extra promotional boost with its second one-episode cross network partnership.

On Friday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT), The CW will air an encore presentation of the premiere episode of TBS's newly re-imagined format of the iconic extreme obstacle course series, WIPEOUT. Hosted by multifaceted megastar John Cena ("Fast & Furious," "The Suicide Squad") and Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!," "Girl Code"), with Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model 2019) serving as field host, the all-new 20-hour series takes viewers on a white-knuckle ride, featuring new course elements that will push contestants' athleticism, endurance and determination to even greater extremes as they fight to win the grand cash prize. The series is produced with Endemol Shine North America.

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Deadline

WUPA Atlanta

posted 3/29/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Golden Parachute"

  • Sharon Osbourne to pocket $5-10 million, talk about "her side of the story", which CBS calls "false, inaccurate, or untrue. Take your pick." (TV Line)

  • Blake Horstmann kisses and tells... because reasons (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Race to the Center of the Earth (Reality Blurred)

  • Utica Queen apologizes for her recent performance. The Internet gets... Internet-ish (Elite Daily)

  • Charges dropped against Jonny Fairplay (WSLS Roanoke)

posted 3/29/2021

NAACP Image Awards: The Winners Were...
Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey Take Home Honors
From TV Line

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards crowned more winners on Saturday (in addition to the awards announced earlier this week), in a ceremony once again hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson. The awards, of course, celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and will be simulcast across BET, CBS, MTV, VH1, MTV2, BET Her and LOGO.

Heading into the live show, ABC’s black-ish led the TV pack with five awards, winning trophies for Outstanding Actor (Anthony Anderson), Supporting Actor (Deon Cole) and Supporting Actress (Marsai Martin). That makes two wins for Martin, who earlier in the week snagged a victory for Best Performance by a Youth in a TV Program.

Black-ish along with HBO’s Lovecraft Country reigned supreme in total nominations, with 11 and eight a piece, respectively. Joining Lovecraft as some of the year’s first-time nominees were Starz’s P-Valley, with six nods, (including one already won by Loretta Devine for Outstanding Guest Performance), and Netflix’s Bridgerton, which saw Regé-Jean Page scoop up the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Other big winners included Power Book II: Ghost and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker with three awards each, and two victories for HBO’s Insecure: Best Comedy Series and for Issa Rae for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy.

So how did the rest of the categories shake out? Of note in our favorite genre...
- Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
- Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Outstanding Host in a Reality, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special): Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)


TV Line

posted 3/26/2021

English Feud
Season 7 Starts Rolling
From TV SEries Finale

Survey says… renewed! ABC has quietly renewed the Celebrity Family Feud TV show for a seventh season which will reportedly air this summer. Airing on the ABC television network, Celebrity Family Feud is hosted by Steve Harvey. Just as on the original Family Feud series, celebrities and their family and friends try to guess the most popular answers to opinion surveys. The difference is, they’re playing for up to $25,000 for charities.

Contestants in season six included Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Andy Cohen, Bevy Smith, Jeff Lewis, Amy Phillips, John Hill, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Teddi Mellencamp, Drew Carey, Brendon Walsh, Blaine Capatch, Heather Anne Campbell, Chris Holmes, Kevin Nealon, Susan Yeagley, Cheryl Hines, Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Melora Hardin, Stephen Conrad Moore, Sam Page, RuPaul, Latrice Royale, Michelle Visage, and Raven-David Petruschin.

The sixth season of Celebrity Family Feud averaged a 0.75 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.98 million viewers. Compared to season five, that’s down by 11% in the demo and down by 4% in viewership.

The 11 episodes aired between Summer and Fall 2020, due to the network needing to fill the fall schedule due to the pandemic shutdown.

No celebrities have been announced as of yet, but according to our friends at Buz
zerblog, season 7 will shoot with advanced strict COVID-19 restrictions including a modified contestant podium set up. Also, a reported roster includes singer-songwriter Max Frost; Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Reno 911!); Loni Love (The Real); Ross Mathews (RuPaul’s Drag Race); the podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends including Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison; comedy troupe Beer Shark Mice including Neil Flynn (also of Scrubs) and David Koechner (Anchorman); Tisha Campbell, Deon Cole; and the annual NFL Legends game.

TV Series Finale

posted 3/26/2021

Spanish Feud
Mau Nieto Hosts New Season for Estrella
From Business Wire

EstrellaTV, a leading Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., premiered season five of the popular primetime game show 100 Latinos Dijeron on March 22 at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT. The series will air Monday through Friday. Series host Mau Nieto, one of Mexico’s top standup comedians, returns to the Spanish-language version of Fremantle’s American classic game show “Family Feud.”

100 Latinos Dijeron can be viewed on the EstrellaTV Network, carried by most major cable carriers, and streamed everywhere on Samsung TV+, The Roku Channel, Xumo, and FuboTV.

"This season, we are bringing more humor, more funny answers, more unforgettable moments, and most importantly, more families willing to give it their all,” said Nieto about 100 Latinos Dijeron season five. "With the pandemic, we all need to laugh and come together, and our families competing on the show are bringing us just that.”

Taped in Mexico City and coproduced by Fremantle Media Mexico, the series features families battling it out to name the most popular answers to survey questions to win prizes.

In addition to families, season five features special guest stars including the actors from “Cañón, Así Pasa” - actress Gloria Sierra and actor Mike Biagio, actress Rossana Najera ("Tenias Que ser Tú”), actor Marcelo Córdoba (“Vencer el Miedo”), actor Alex de Hoyos (“Clear and Present Danger”) and Talk Show host Regina Pavón.

Nieto, who is better known for his Netflix special “Living Sober… From the Bar,” and his ongoing YouTube series “El Frasco en Vivo,” has become a fan favorite of the show. He launched his career doing standup in Mexico City's comedy circuit. His YouTube show commands an average of 500,000 views per episode and, on various occasions, has surpassed the one million mark.

“Mau Nieto is a star, and our audience loves being entertained and challenged by this game show. We are very happy to be back working with Fremantle Media Mexico on what has fast become a staple game show for our audience,” stated Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP of TV Programming for Estrella Media.

Business Wire

posted 3/26/2021

GSN Upfront: More of the Same
Audience Is Up from Year to Year
From Adweek

In a year where linear struggled, Game Show Network was one of the 10 biggest networks notching growth in both total day and primetime in 2020. Going into 2021 upfront talks, the network—whose audience was up 13% year over year in 2020 in total day and total viewers—is touting that growth as its biggest strength.

“Over the past four years, as viewers contracted in linear, we’ve grown” said John Zaccario, Game Show Network’s evp of ad sales. “We spent a lot of time in the last three years preparing for this moment in scaling up the amount of programming we have available, and being able to offer viewers a consistent, stripped schedule.”

The network, which syndicates long-running game shows and programs on a strip schedule in which subsequent episodes air across all five weeknights, has counted four consecutive years of total viewer growth and ended 2020 with its most viewers since 2015. A large portion of the network’s audience are adults older than 55.

“For our audience, they’re spending on categories like fast food, home insurance, travel, casual dining,” said Zaccario. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters most. Whether or not the audience that are watching your commercials are executing a transaction, and ours execute a transaction.” For the last several years, Game Show Network has been building out its original programming lineup on the network, and early production in 2019 helped shield the network from some of the production headaches.

The network, which shifted to traditional game show formats in 2018, was of the few networks able to host a somewhat traditional upfront last year even as Covid-19 pandemic derailed most network’s upfront plans as advertisers scrambled to adjust their plans and other networks scrambled to fill their schedules. Zaccario says that the early upfront and network consistency has put the company in a good position heading into 2021.

“Last year actually set the table nicely for us,” Zaccario said. “Last year, throughout all the disruption and the noise and the unpredictability, we were able to retain a consistent audience. We delivered for the advertisers who were looking for a predictable source of audience to market their goods and services, and I think we got a lot of credit for that.”

Game Show Network has ramped up its original content in the past several years and is bringing to the table six originals, including returning series America Says, Common Knowledge, Get a Clue and Master Minds. Season 2 of Get a Clue, which premiered in January, saw a season-to-season lift of 11% in the women 25-54 demographic.

“We’re starting to get a lot of traction with the originals,” Zaccario said. New to the schedule this year is Chain Reaction, a revival of the long-running word chain series, which debuted in February with nearly half a million viewers in its premiere week. People Puzzler, which had initially been part of the 2020 upfront lineup but was delayed, is also to a strong start: the series debuted in January as the No. 1 new show launch since 2017 in women 25-54.

Adweek

posted 3/26/2021

THURSDAY: Closing Up Shop
ABC Wins
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still on top on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Station 19" (5.018 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.069 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

FOX (2.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its lineup of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.736 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), the season finale of "Call Me Kat" (2.024 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Last Man Standing" (2.292 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the penultimate "Superstore" (2.706 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), the series finale of "Superstore" (2.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.580 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (2.927 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (3.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "B Positive" (3.124 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Mom" (3.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Clarice" (1.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.681 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "People Presents: Harry & Meghan's American Dream" (0.860 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a new "Legacies" (0.502 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 764k/0.18
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 673k/0.12
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 637k.0.06
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 608k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 441k/0.03


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/2021

Getting a Bigger Television (City)
Home of TPIR To Get an Update
From Deadline

Real estate developer Hackman Capital is planning to spend $1.25 billion to overhaul the nearly 70-year-old West Hollywood landmark CBS Television City including adding sound stages to supply the seemingly boundless demand.

The world’s first purpose-built television studio was built in 1952 and has expanded in a patchwork over the years. Hackman acquired the iconic 25-acre property for $750 million in 2019. CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless are recorded at Television City as well as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and Real Time With Bill Maher.

The project — which Hackman calls TVC 2050 — will add up to 1.13 million square feet of new space and is designed “to address the needs of a modern studio and promote innovation and sustainability in production and operations,” the firm said Friday. It calls for nearly doubling the number of sound stages to 15 from 8 and adding new production support facilities, offices for rent and garage structures for up to 5,300 vehicles. Two stages built in the 1990s on the east side of the lot would be razed but the four original stages built by CBS would be preserved along with other historical design elements.

“Television City is one of the great Hollywood studio lots. We are committed to ensuring it remains a robust job creator and world-class studio for decades to come,” said Michael Hackman, founder and CEO. “Los Angeles lacks the modern sound stages and production facilities to meet market demand, putting our region at risk of seeing the entertainment industry leave the state if we fail to invest in its future.”

Demand for soundstages has grown on both coasts and in production hubs from Atlanta to London fueled by an explosion of content by streaming services and the desire for increasingly sophisticated visual effects.

“To remain globally competitive, Los Angeles needs more state-of-the-art sound stages and production space. Now is the time for a fully realized Television City, as the entertainment industry and the City continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bill Allen, CEO of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

Deadline

posted 3/26/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Silenced Talk"

posted 3/26/2021


IMDb
JESSICA WALTER: 1941-2021
Veteran Actress Played "Pyramid", "Hollywood Squares", Others
From TV Line

Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter, arguably best known for her role as icy matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, died on Wednesday at her home in New York City. She was 80.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walters’ daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

In its own statement, Arrested Development‘s studio, 20th Television, said, “Jessica Walter’s spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, particularly her daughter, and our former colleague, Brooke. We know that heaven just got a whole lot funnier with Jessica now in residence.”

Walter was also providing the voice of Malory Archer on the FX’s long-running Archer, which was heading into its 12th season.

In the game show realm, Walter logged in appearances on "The Match Game", "You Don't Say", "The Game Game", "It's Your Bet", "Tattletales", "Hollywood Squares", and "The $10,000 Pyramid".

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 3/25/2021


ABC
RICHARD GILLILAND 1950-2021
Veteran Actor Played "Pyramid"
From The Wrap

Richard Gilliland, a veteran character actor known for his work in “Designing Women” and “Airplane II: The Sequel,” and the husband to actress Jean Smart, has died. He was 71.

Gilliland died on March 18 in Los Angeles following a brief illness, his publicist told TheWrap.

The actor spent five years on the ’80s sitcom “Designing Women,” playing J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts’ character, Mary Jo Shively. Gilliland and Smart met on the show and got married in 1987. The two also shared the screen in a season of “24” in 2006.

He and Smart also worked together in stage productions of “It Had to Be You” and “Love Letters,” as well as the telefilms “Just My Imagination” and “Audrey’s Rain.”

Gilliland has over 90 acting credits in film and TV dating back to the 1970s, including dozens of guest appearances on shows such as “Criminal Minds,” “Dexter,” “Becker,” “Scandal,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Practice” and “Crossing Jordan.” He also had recurring roles on “Party of Five,” “The Waltons,” “Thirty Something,” “Dark Skies,” “Desperate Housewives” and more.

In the game show realm, Walter logged in appearances on "The Match Game", "You Don't Say", "The Game Game", "It's Your Bet", "Tattletales", "Hollywood Squares", and "The $10,000 Pyramid".

The Wrap
Deadline
USA Today
Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/25/2021

WEDNESDAY: A 1-2 Win for Fox
"Masked Singer", "Game of Talents" Boost Network
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was back on top on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (4.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.922 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

CBS (3.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its trio of "Tough as Nails" (3.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "SEAL Team" (3.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "S.W.A.T." (3.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "American Housewife" (2.746 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Conners" (3.288 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Call Your Mother" (2.130 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Con" (1.704 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (2.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (2.692 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.468 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Riverdale" (0.509 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.426 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 962k/0.56
- Forged in Fire (History): 823k/0.18
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 637k.0.06
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 608k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 441k/0.03


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/23/2021


Sky
GEORGE SEGAL: 1934-2021
Veteran Actor Played "I've Got a Secret", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game"
From TV Line

Acting vet George Segal, who had been playing ‘Pops’ on ABC’s The Goldbergs for the past eight years, but who was arguably best known for his starring role on NBC’s late, great Just Shoot Me, died on Tuesday. He was 87.

“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” Segal’s wife, Sonia, said in a statement.

Added his manager Abe Hoch: “I am saddened by the fact that my close friend and client of many years has passed away. I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human.”

Segal’s final Goldbergs episode will reportedly air on April 7. “

Today we lost a legend,” Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg tweeted late Tuesday. “It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark.”

Segal’s career spanned six decades and encompassed Broadway, film and, of course, television. He scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In addition to his roles as Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me! and Albert “Pops” Solomon on The Goldbergs, Segal’s TV resume included the short-lived TV Land sitcom Retired at 35.

In the game show realm, George Segal logged in appearances on "I've Got a Secret", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game".

TV Line
Deadline
CNN
The New York Times

posted 3/24/2021

TUESDAY: A Stable Finish
CBS Wins on NCIS, TTTT Ends Season on an Up Note
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s This Is Us — which last week slipped to series lows — stabilized, drawing 4.9 million total viewers and a Tuesday-topping 0.8 demo rating.

Bookending the family drama, Young Rock (2.9 mil/0.6) and Kenan (2.2 mil/0.5) were steady, while New Amsterdam (3.9 mil/0.5) ticked up.

CBS’ NCIS rerun delivered Tuesday’s largest audience, with 5.6 mil.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | The Flash (1.03 mil/0.2) and the Superman & Lois winter finale (1.21 mil/0.2) were steady in the demo, with the former ticking up to a season high in audience.

FOX | The Holmes Family Effect was steady, averaging 1.3 mil/0.3.

ABC | To Tell the Truth‘s season finale (4 mil/0.5), black-ish (2.2 mil/0.4) and The Soul of a Nation (1.4 mil/0.2) were all steady, while mixed-ish (1.8 mil/0.3) dipped to a new demo low.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 839k/0.21
- Temptation Island (USA): 526k/0.19
- THe Misery Index (TBS): 523k/0.15
- People Puzzler (GSN): 510k/0.06


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posted 3/23/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Still Giving Back"

  • Alex Trebek gives $500,000 to a homeless center. (TMZ)

  • Guy Fieri holds a charity auction for hospitality businesses (Forbes)

  • Ellen DeGeneres loses 1 million on her talker after someone talked (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Jay Leno apologizes for years.... decades... of making Asian jokes (Deadline)

  • GUTS? Nick Arcade? Hidden Temple? Paramount+ has got you (PopCulture)

  • Johnny Bananas: I got an idea for a talk show. MTV: ... we'll give you four episodes. (Reality Blurred)

posted 3/23/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending March 14
From TV News Check

“Jeopardy!” ratings dipped 5% in Katie Couric’s debut week as guest host. The syndicated Sony game show finished in a first-place tie with “Wheel of Fortune,” both with 5.6 household ratings. “Wheel,” which was down 2% from the previous week in ratings, averaged almost 200,000 more total viewers than “Jeopardy!” got.

“Family Feud” finished third among the game shows, declining 5% to a 5.4 household rating.

Couric was the game show’s first-ever female host. On March 8, she took the baton from “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, who himself grabbed it from the game’s legendary champion and current consulting producer Ken Jennings.

Yesterday, Dr. Oz began his “Jeopardy!” guest-hosting duties, so we’ll get his ratings results in two weeks.

As part of Couric’s appearance, a donation is being made to Stand Up To Cancer.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.6 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -5%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 3/23/2021

MONDAY: In the Battle of Idol vs. Voice, the Winner... Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ Monday coverage of two NCAA men’s basketball tourney matchups averaged 5 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, easily leading the night in the demo. CBS’ coverage peaked in the 8 o’clock hour, with 6.2 mil and a 1.5.

Opposite hoops….

NBC | The Voice (5.9 mil/0.8) slipped 26 percent week-to-week to what appears to be franchise lows, yet drew a larger audience than March Madness (at least per fast nationals). Debris (2.8 mil/0.4) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo for a second straight week.

ABC | American Idol‘s Monday debut (4.8 mil/0.7) was down from this season’s Sunday averages (6.1 mil/0.9), to what appears to be franchise lows. The Good Doctor (4.2 mil/0.5) dipped a tenth to a new demo low.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted (2 mil/0.4) matched its revival premiere.

THE CW | Bulletproof (529K/0.1) was steady.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.578m/0.26
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 928k/0.18
- Easter Baking Challenge (Food): 664k/0.16
- The Big Bake (Food): 477k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 460k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 418k/0.03
- Fast Foodies (TBS): 330k/0.12


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posted 3/23/2021

Wild'n Back
VH1 Slots Return of "Wild'n Out" April 6
From Deadline

At the family reunion, who we introducin’? Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out is returning to VH1 next month, with new episodes featuring a number of guests including Fatboy SSE, Trinidad James and Lost Boyz.

Set to return on Tuesday, April 6 — watch a teaser below — the improv rap battle show picks up with new episodes from the second half of Season 15, which was shot pre-pandemic. Additional guests set to appear are the cast of Black Ink Crew: Compton, Cuban Doll, Juvenile, Headkrack, Da Brat, Ambjaay, MC Lyte, Rapsody, FABO, 24kGolden, Big Tigger, OMB Peezy, Tyla Yaweh, Young Joc, Peter & Corey Gunz, Queen Najia and Donnell Rawlings.

Wild ‘N Out returns to VH1 nearly a year after the last episode aired on April 14, 2020. Since then, Cannon has been the subject of backlash after he made anti-Semitic comments during a July 2020 episode of his podcast. Following social media outcry, ViacomCBS parted ways with Cannon, firing the Wild ‘N Out host.

In February, Deadline reported that The Masked Singer host and ViacomCBS reconciled after Cannon apologized and took responsibility for his comments. ViacomCBS added that Cannon partnered with Jewish leaders to educate himself and has become an anti-hate advocate. Wild ‘N Out, which previously featured Zendaya, Wendy Williams and Chrissy Teigen as guests, will return at 8 p.m. on April 6.

Deadline

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posted 3/23/2021

Netflix to Return Two
Look for New Seasons of "Too Hot to Handle", "The Circle" This Spring
From TV Line

Both Netflix’s The Circle and Too Hot to Handle will unspool their sophomore seasons over multiple weeks, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Circle adopted a very similar scheduling approach with its freshman run, which dropped four episodes each week, over three weeks, while the staggered rollout plan will be brand-new to Too Hot to Handle.

Season 2 of The Circle, premiering Wednesday, April 14, promises to be “bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes.” A cast of eight new contestants will enter The Circle, where they “flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other” on a unique social media platform, all with an eye on a $100,000 prize.

The Circle‘s rollout looks like this:
- April 14: Episodes 1-4
- April 21: Episodes 5-8
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April 28: Episodes 9-12
- May 5: Season finale

Too Hot to Handle — in which the denizens of a sexy vacation destination can flirt but (theoretically) not touch — will also release several episodes every Wednesday, starting sometime in June. (Season 1 dropped all eight episodes at once, followed weeks later by a reunion special.)

“The world’s hottest no-dating dating show is back with 10 sexy new singles,” reads the press release.”Anyone who dares to break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind will see the $100,000 prize drop faster than our contestants’ libido in the least sexy vacation getaway of their lives.”


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posted 3/23/2021

discovery+ Adds "Naked Attraction"
Acquisition Part of a New Deal
From Deadline

Discovery+ has struck a deal with British distributor that will see more than 250 hours of content airing on the platform.

Titles included in the agreement include controversial factual entertainment series Naked Attraction and travelogue Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine.

It is part of the same arrangement that saw Studio Lambert’s Race Across The World launch on the nascent streaming service as well as a slew of Gordon Ramsay programming including The F Word, Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape, Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars and Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait.

The deal is a multi-territory agreement and covers the U.S. as well as a number of other countries. Race Across The World, for instance, has been picked up in India, Italy and Spain as well as the States and Naked Attraction is available across Scandinavia, Poland and the Netherlands.

More information in the link below, but we caution that it is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

Deadline

posted 3/23/2021

WEEKEND: Welcome to Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

CBS (3.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin" (3.719 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse" (3.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

FOX (1.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with its latest installment of "WWE SmackDown" (1.946 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "20/20" (2.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) plus a special "20/20" (2.027 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.017 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.765 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.796 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 582k/0.24
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 391k/0.17

CBS’ lineup topped Sunday in both total viewers and in the demo, thanks in part to a half hour of March Madness spillover. Leading out of the Syracuse-West Virginia matchup (which from 7 to 7:30 drew 10 million viewers and a 2.0 rating), 60 Minutes did 7 mil (the night’s largest non-sports audience) and a 0.8 rating (tying ABC’s American Idol for the demo win).

Over on ABC, AFV (5 mil/0.6) was down, while Idol (5.5 mil/0.8) and the Millionaire season finale (2.9 mil/0.4) were steady.

The CW’s eventful episode of Batwoman (548K/0.1) and, well, Charmed (346K/0.1) each dropped a handful of viewers while steady in the demo.

NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games (1.7 mil/0.3) and Good Girls (1.5 mil/0.3, read post mortem) were steady.

Lastly, Fox’s Cherries Wild finale (1.4 mil/0.2), Bless the Harts (844K/0.2), The Simpsons‘ 700th episode (1.2 mil/0.4), The Great North (950K/0.3) and Bob’s Burgers (1 mil/0.4) all were down.

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- The Misery Index (TBS): 455k/0.17

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food)L 1.139k/0.29
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 662k/0.16
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 650k/0.15
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 544k/0.21
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posted 3/23/2021

Meet the New "Mastermind"
Clive Myrie to Host Longtime Quiz
From Radio Times

The next host of Mastermind has been announced as BBC News journalist and television presenter Clive Myrie.

John Humphrys has been the face of the long-running quiz show for an esteemed 18-year run, but announced plans to part ways with the production back in February. His final appearance on the show will air next month, while Myrie will get to work filming brand new episodes in July for broadcast later in the year.

He said: “What a privilege it is to take on this new role. Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true. I’m excited and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Myrie has had an impressive career in journalism that has taken him all over the globe, serving as the BBC’s correspondent in Asia, Africa, Washington, Paris and Brussels over the past two decades. He is currently a regular presenter of BBC News at Ten and was named Television Journalist of the Year last month by the Royal Television Society, with praise for his “versatile, measured, compelling, relaxed but reassuring and empathetic” style. All of the above attributes will no doubt come in handy as contestants take a seat in the dreaded black leather chair, which has become an iconic part of the show in its almost 50-year history.

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Entertainment, said: “Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he’s a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight.”

Myrie has previously appeared outside of the newsroom setting on various BBC entertainment programmes, including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

He will be the fifth presenter of Mastermind, following in the footsteps of not only Magnusson and Humphrys, but also Peter Snow and Clive Anderson, who fronted the show for shorter stints in the late ’90s and early ’00s.

Radio Times
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The List
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posted 3/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Substitute Coach"

  • Kelsea Ballerini plays the role of Kelly Clarkson for the Battles (Gold Derby)

  • Chris Harrison is through playing nice, according to... (Reality TV World)

  • SPOILER ALERT: IT's a boy (Reality TV World)

  • Rebel Wilson takes on dogs (TV Insider)

  • Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, and RuPaul... Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen? (TV Insider)

posted 3/23/2021


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We Have to Go Back to the Island...
"Survivor" Cleared to Return to Production in Fiji
From TV Insider

“I will see you on the island for Survivor 41!” Jeff Probst, the host and an executive producer of the competition series, posted to Twitter.

With production having been delayed due to COVID, he explains that now “Fiji has invited us back to their beautiful country to shoot Season 41. We have all our COVID protocols in place so that everybody in Fiji will remain safe, all of our crew will be safe, and of course, our players will be safe.”

And he claims to be even more excited about this season than any other he’s done before.

“I can’t remember a time I’ve been this pumped to shoot Survivor,” he said. I am thrilled to tell you all that @survivorcbs is going back into production and I will see you on the island for #Survivor 41! @CBSpic.twitter.com/RtQGVFoDDL — Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) March 22, 2021

And he explains that “the past year has reminded me — and I hope it’s reminded you — that you gotta live your life like it’s one, big, great adventure and Survivor fulfills that.” Production on Season 41 was originally supposed to begin on March 24, 2020, but was postponed to May as the coronavirus began to spread.

Survivor was initially part of CBS’ 2020-2021 schedule for the fall that was put out in May, but that changed in July and S.W.A.T.‘s return moved up from the midseason.

“Producers for Survivor … are continuing to work with officials in Fiji on the appropriate time to start production on its next edition, with health and safety matters the top priority for everyone involved,” the network said at the time.

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TV Line
Deadline

posted 3/22/2021

Project Barbie
Mattel Teams with Mission Control for New Series
From the Hollywood Reporter

Toymaker Mattel is bringing one of its best known brands — Barbie — to unscripted TV.

The company is teaming with Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night, Face Off) to develop a fashion design competition called Barbie Fashion Battle series that focuses on designing clothes for Barbie dolls. It's one of a host of projects Mattel Television is developing based on its large catalog of well-known toy and game brands.

"For more than 60 years, Barbie has been boss when it comes to fashion and has served as a muse for a variety of fashion designers, many of whom continue to design for her today," said Mattel TV executive producer Adam Bonnett. "Now, in partnership with Mission Control Media, Barbie Fashion Battle will give the next generation of designers the opportunity to design high-fashion looks for Barbie. This project is part of our broader effort to expand the Barbie content universe with new scripted and unscripted content, including the recently announced Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, among other projects."

Barbie Fashion Battle will feature 12 adult designers, divided into two "fashion houses" headed by style icons. Competitors will create Barbie-sized high fashion collections that will be presented in "cinematic reveal sequences." The winner will get a cash prize and the chance to design a line of Barbie fashions that will be featured on the Mattel Creations platform. No TV or streaming outlet is attached yet.

"Barbie is one of the most recognized brands in the world so the opportunity to collaborate with Mattel on this fun and creative project has been incredible," said Mission Control Media co-founder Dwight D. Smith. "We can't wait to introduce viewers to this colorful world and see all of the stunning work these fashion designers create."

Bonnett, Smith and Mission Control's Michael Agbabian will executive produce the series.

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License Global
The Wrap

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posted 3/22/2021



Sony Pictures TV Studios

Another Changing of the Guard
Katie Couric Steps Aside for Dr. Oz
From CBS Boston

A new guest host is set to take the reins hosting “Jeopardy!” for two weeks starting Monday. Dr. Mehmet Oz is picking up where Katie Couric left off and will host from March 22 to April 2.

The physician, TV host and best-selling author was very surprised to get the call to step in and guest host the iconic quiz show. Several celebrities are filling in this season following the death of longtime legendary host Alex Trebek.

“Never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be able to come on this stage and host the show,” Dr. Oz said. “It’s just special. It’s iconic in the psyche of America.”

Oz said that like a lot of viewers, “Jeopardy!” is “all personal” to him, and recalled watching the show with his youngest son after long operating shifts at the hospital. He said he was initially nervous to take on the high-profile hosting job.

“I was anxious about hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ because I didn’t actually understand all the parts and how they moved,” he said. “But I also wanted to make sure that I showed up in the way that the show needed me to show up.”

After Oz, viewers will get Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from April 5 to April 16, and CNN anchor/”60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper from April 19 to April 30. Others slated to host at some point in the future include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta..

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Mic
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posted 3/22/2020

So We're Finally Going to Find Out What "That" Is?
Meat Loaf to Team with Nobody's Hero for Relationship Series
From Deadline

Meat Loaf is preparing to run right into hell and back with a TV competition series based on his iconic 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

The artist, aka Michael Lee Aday, has sealed a pact with Nobody’s Hero, the production company set up by Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash — two of the creatives behind Netflix’s Nailed It! — to develop a relationship competition series.

Maybe he’s crazy, but it’s true that Meat Loaf, who will exec produce the project, will feature as the ethereal figure behind the madness. He will pull the strings in the show, which will see couples compete in a variety of comedic physical games designed to reveal how well they can work together and how much they really trust and believe in each other – all to a soundtrack of classic hits, performed live in studio by the original artists as well as new stars.

Created by Potts and Nash, the series will be produced by Nobody’s Hero via the label’s overall deal with ITV America.

In each episode, two couples will put their relationship on the line for the show’s cash prize. After two rounds of absurd and sometimes frightening physical contests, inspired and accompanied by ballads, the couple on top will advance to the “Endgame,” where their faith in each other will undergo the ultimate challenge.

It comes nearly 30 years after his enigmatic hit, written by Jim Steinman, had fans wondering what Meat Loaf wouldn’t do. The song, which was released in August 1993, was the first single from his album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which reignited his career. The single reached No. 1 in 28 countries and is his only chart-topper in the U.S.

Deadline
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posted 3/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Final Nail"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Tough As Nails schedules its season finale April 14 (The Futon Critic)

  • Jamie Foxx is Mike Tyson (TV Line)

  • Jane Lynch is Shannon Woodward's mom (DEadline)

  • Matt James taking a break from dating (People)

  • Clare Crawley celebrates her 40th birthday and OH MY GOD THAT RING. (Us)

  • William Shatner turns 90 (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carol Vorderman (Bustle)

posted 3/22/2021

Lizzo 100% Looking for Her Next Dancers
Untitled Project Coming to Prime Video
From Deadline

Lizzo’s on the hunt for dancers and models who are “Good as Hell” for an untitled reality series at Amazon Studios.

The “Truth Hurts” and “Because I Love You” singer has set an unscripted series with the streamer, that will follow her on her continued search for dynamic, full-figured women to join her world and perform with her on stage.

The untitled Lizzo project, which is currently in development and casting, is produced by Amazon, under the singer’s first look deal with the studio. Lizzo will serve as executive producer.

The Grammy-winning rapper-singer-flautist appeared alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in Hustlers and voice acted in UglyDolls. In 2019 she took home three Grammy Awards for best pop solo performance, best traditional R&B performance and best urban contemporary album.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 3/21/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Cross Promotion"

  • Drag Race All-Stars dress as their favorite Paramount+ characters (The Wrap)

  • Chris Harrison is lawyering up. No one is saying why. (TMZ) Meanwhile, Matt Jones scrubs his Instagram (Reality TV World)

  • #ICYMI: Sting rewrites Jeopardy! (CheatSheets)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "The Wall UK" (Telly Mix)

  • A MOMENT OF AWESOME: A Wheel champion pays it forward (TV Line)

posted 3/21/2021

THURSDAY: Prelude to Madness
ABC Wins Total, Splits Demo with Fox
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its original lineup of "Station 19" (4.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (2.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

FOX (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.578 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Call Me Kat" (2.239 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "Last Man Standing" (2.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "Young Sheldon" (3.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by a new "The Unicorn" (3.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), the season finale of "The Unicorn" (3.079 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.782 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Superstore" (2.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside repeats of "Superstore" (1.316 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.109 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (2.719 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Walker" (1.424 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Legacies" (0.600 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 880k/0.20

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/21/2021

Red Nose Returns
Charity Edition of "The Wall" Coming
From The Futon Critic

Comic Relief US, the organization behind the Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, has announced the return of the beloved fundraising event for its seventh year, culminating on Thursday, May 27. With supporters creating a powerful community of change, Red Nose Day has raised more than $240 million in the last six years and positively impacted over 25 million children in America and around the world.

Known for its iconic Red Nose and global reputation for using the power of entertainment to drive social change, the campaign has taken on even greater urgency this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Funds raised for Red Nose Day support programs to ensure that children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

Core partners NBC, Walgreens, Mars Wrigley and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation all return, collectively activating customers, employees, supporters and the public for Red Nose Day in communities across the country.

NBC's special programming will be anchored by an exclusive, fast-paced Red Nose Day episode of "The Wall" at 8 p.m. ET/PT, hosted by Chris Hardwick, a longtime supporter of the campaign. "The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition" will feature a deserving, community-focused Houston family playing the riveting, high-stakes game to try and earn life-changing cash for themselves, while Hardwick cheers them on and raises money for Red Nose Day by testing his own skills on the wall. Viewers will have the opportunity to join in to help raise money for the cause during the show and learn how Red Nose Day funds help underserved children. The special episode will also feature surprise celebrity guests.

In addition to "The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition", NBC will be activating a host of other programming features across the network and other NBCU Comcast properties in support of the campaign. The full programming lineup and additional participating talent will be announced at a later date.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 3/18/2021

Best of the "Worst"
"Worst Cooks" All-Star Season Begins April
From The Futon Critic

Iron Chef Michael Symon joins Anne Burrell for the first time in boot camp to mentor all-star kitchen catastrophes on Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst, where fan-favorite recruits from past seasons return for another chance to transform from culinary disaster to kitchen master. With the red team led by Anne and blue by Michael, the competitors are in for a rigorous culinary boot camp where the team leaders will stop at nothing to improve their recruits' skills. The challenges are tougher and more outrageous than ever, including a Vegas-themed game show, camping cookout where stoves and ovens are off-limits and a "tour de petit four" dessert relay. In the end, only one recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor. The six-episode season premieres on Sunday, April 25th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network and streams the same day on discovery+.

"The returning recruits are some of the most hilarious and outrageous personalities we've ever had on Worst Cooks," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "This cast of characters combined with the fun of Michael's eye-opening first time in boot camp with Anne make this season one of the show's best."

The returning recruits are: Jonathan Beyer (New York, New York), Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina), Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois), Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California), Stephanie James (Chicago, Illinois), Joey Kinsley (Cleveland, Ohio), Sadie Manda (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Eric Smart (Los Angeles, California).

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posted 3/18/2021

WEDNESDAY: Lowballing
NBC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Chicago Med this Wednesday drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down 10 and 30 percent to mark series lows.

Continuing NBC’s night, Chicago Fire (7.2 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths in the demo yet delivered Wednesday’s biggest audience. P.D. (6.1 mil/0.8) was steady.

Elsewhere:

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.8 mil/1.1) slipped 16 percent and two tenths, yet still dominated Wednesday in the demo. Game of Talents (2.7 mil/0.7) dropped a few eyeballs while matching its premiere rating.

THE CW | Riverdale (499K/0.1) was steady. Nancy Drew (391K/0.1) — which last week came thisclose to matching Riverdale in total viewers — dropped to a new audience low.

CBS | Tough as Nails (2.8 mil/0.4) was steady.

ABC | The Con drew 1.6 mil and a 0.2.

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 891k/0.48
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 633k/0.16

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posted 3/18/2021

Sashay Away... to Your Phone
"Drag Race" Spins Off Video Game
From Entertainment Weekly

Player? I barely know 'er!

Fans will soon be able to sashay, shantay, and slay on the RuPaul's Drag Race runway, as production company World of Wonder will release a new video game based on the Emmy-winning TV franchise.

Developed by RuPaul and Leaf Mobile's East Side Games, which announced the project Wednesday morning, the new game will allow players to design their own drag looks, compete in challenges, and kiki with their favorite queens from the show on their iOS and Android devices.

The game will also feature iconic moments from RuPaul's Drag Race, RuMail deliveries, and pep talks from Mama Ru herself.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/18/2021

TUESDAY: Crimetime
CBS Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) scored as the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (9.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "FBI" (7.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (3.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its lineup of "Young Rock" (2.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Kenan" (2.095 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "This Is Us" (4.800 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "New Amsterdam" (3.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) alongside repeats of "Black-ish" (1.891 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Mixed-ish" (1.500 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Soul of a Nation" (1.355 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.230 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the premiere of "Holmes Family Effect" (1.399 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a second "Holmes Family Effect" (1.061 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12). And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.002 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Superman & Lois" (1.186 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 858k/0.26
- The Misery Index (TBS): 614k/0.19
- People Puzzler (GSN): 582k/0.05
- Temptation Island (USA): 563k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 492k/0.04

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posted 3/18/2021

More on "The Challenge All-Stars"
Catch It on Paramount+ April 1
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, and MTV Entertainment Studios, today announced that THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS will debut exclusively on Thursday, April 1.

The brand new limited series features twenty-two of the most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge All Stars from the original Real World and Road Rules, returning for a chance at the ultimate competition as they vie for their shot at the $500,000 grand prize. The nine-episode season will drop weekly, exclusively on Paramount+.

Hosted by TJ Lavin, THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS will follow competitors as they face unprecedented, over-the-top challenges set in the Andes Mountains of Argentina. The Paramount+ original series welcomes back many of the greatest reality titans the franchise has ever seen, including some who haven't competed in more than two decades.

Meet the THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS contestants:
· Ace Amerson - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Alton Williams - 4 Challenges, 1 win (NO SOCIAL)
· Aneesa Ferreira - 14 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Arissa Hill - 1 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Beth Stolarczyk - 7 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Darrell Taylor - 9 Challenges, 5 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Derrick Kosinski - 10 Challenges, 3 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Eric "Big Easy" Banks - 6 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Jemmye Carroll - 7 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Jisela Delgado - 3 Challenges (Instagram)
· Jonna Mannion - 5 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Katie Cooley - 9 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· KellyAnne Judd - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Kendal Sheppard - 1 Challenge, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Laterrian Wallace - 3 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Mark Long - 6 Challenges, 2 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Nehemiah Clark - 4 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Ruthie Alcaide - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Syrus Yarbrough - 5 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Teck Holmes - 1 Challenge (Twitter / Instagram)
· Trishelle Cannatella - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Yes Duffy - 3 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)

This season will also bring fans THE CHALLENGE: AFTERMATH, an inside look at all the behind the scenes dirt from the challenges, eliminations and drama. These exclusive after shows, hosted by Challenge veteran Devyn Simone, will be available to stream on Paramount+ and on The Challenge YouTube channel.

THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi, Justin Booth and Mark Long serve as Executive Producers, and Jack Reifert as Co-Executive Producer. Diego Amson and Shawn Viens serve as Supervising Producers. Dan Caster and Leanne Mucci serve as Executive Producers with Jared March as Supervising Producer for MTV and Donny Herran as SVP of Production.

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posted 3/18/2021

"The Bachelorette" to Return 2 More
Twist Revealed After the Final Rose
From TV Line

Katie Thurston and Michelle Young have been named the next stars of the 17th and 18th seasons of "The Bachelorette," respectively, with both individual cycles set to air in 2021. After appearing in the landmark 25th season of "The Bachelor," both women emerged as fan favorites among Bachelor Nation, with viewers all over America rooting for their happily ever afters. As the upcoming stars of ABC's hit romance reality series, they will each step into the spotlight, now blazing a path for their own love stories to unfold. Katie's journey as "The Bachelorette" is set to premiere summer 2021, and Michelle's season will air fall 2021.

The official announcement was made by "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" host Emmanuel Acho during ABC's emotional special following the finale of Matt James' season.

Among the season 25 women, Katie emerged as a leading voice, who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house, and women all over America applauded her for speaking up for what she believes in. The 30-year-old Washington native became an instant fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night one where she introduced herself to Matt, light-up vibrator in tow. Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life. A marketing manager with an innate social media savvy and humorous outlook on life, she is a witty storyteller who wants a man that will laugh along with her.

After joining the season as a late arrival, Michelle immediately stole The Bachelor's attention, along with the hearts of millions of Americans who fell in love with her captivating smile and charming sense of humor. A former Division I basketball player from Minnesota, the 28-year-old kindergarten teacher now focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own.

“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette,” ABC said in a joint statement with Warner Horizon. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.

“As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” the statement continued. “These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

In a Good Morning America interview last week, Harrison once again fessed up to his mistakes. “I am an imperfect man,” he said. “I made a mistake, and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to the progress — not just for myself, but also for the franchise.”

Harrison told GMA that he was working with a race educator and strategist, along with faith leaders and scholars like Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. “I plan to be back, and I want to be back,” he said of his possible return to the franchise down the line. “This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done, and I am excited to be a part of that change."

As to who Matt selected and their ultimate fate? We've included links to that below.


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posted 3/18/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Innocent Man"

  • Matt James gets defended from the least likely place (Reality TV World)

  • Paul Sinha to miss new season of "Beat The Chasers" with an illness (Joe)

  • Jenny McCarthy renews her wedding vows (Rare.us)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ben Shepard (Stuff)

posted 3/18/2021

"Chopped" Extends Universe By Two
"420", "Next Gen" Spinoffs to Air on discovery+
From The Futon Critic

A new generation of culinary trailblazers have their sights and skills set on conquering a new twist of the fan-favorite culinary competition series that has defined competitive cooking, with both Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen set to stream exclusively on discovery+.

Hosted by comedian Ron Funches, Chopped 420 breaks new ground with five standalone episodes featuring four budding cannabis chefs who are challenged to create tasty and mind warping dishes through three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - from a mystery basket of ingredients for a chance at winning the $10,000 grand prize. Besides scouring the Chopped pantry for ingredients, each competitor must also navigate the Chopped green house for cannabis or CBD-infused products to incorporate into their dishes. See which competitors can impress the judges with a severe case of the munchies and make their fellow competitors green with envy.

In Chopped Next Gen, actress, producer, and creator Liza Koshy challenges a new guard of rising, Generation Z chefs over five episodes in the ultimate culinary arena. Watch as these young competitors bring the flair and flavor to the Chopped kitchen through three rounds to solve the algorithm of mandatory, mystery basket ingredients. Each basket requires the right mix of innovation and ambition, with the winner of each episode earning insta-fame and $10,000.

"In Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen, these brave and talented rising chefs think outside the box to reimagine the gauntlet of mystery ingredients, including for the first time in Chopped history, utilizing cannabis to enhance their dishes," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "What these novices lack in experience they make up for in imagination and desire. Viewers are in for a wild ride with these fun and inventive spins on a classic."

Beginning Tuesday, April 20th on discovery+, all episodes of Chopped 420 are available to stream. In each hour-long episode, four talented and experienced chefs create ganja-infused dishes that must not only provide a buzz but also wow a panel of recurring judges, including chef Esther Choi, drag performer and cannabis activist Laganja Estranja, chef Luke Reyes, chef Sam Talbot and comedian Tacarra Williams, to avoid being chopped. During an episode, the chefs contend with spot prawns and borscht in the appetizer round. In the entrée round, the remaining chefs are greeted with chocolate dentures, an ingredient you'd have to be high to come up with, while the last two competitors standing blaze into the dessert round only to be faced with a bottle of ketchup. The chef that keeps a clear head despite all the haze in the air will be crowned the 420 champion. Other episodes feature host Ron Funches presenting the chefs with sake popsicles to use in their dishes that will have the judges flying high and seeing double; but which chef will bring the judges back down to earth with a good old chocolate milk for dessert? And see what happens when the chefs must use cannabis to compliment the duo of armadillo eggs and eel.

Twenty young, hip, and hungry chefs bring their cutting-edge culinary skills and fierce determination to Chopped Next Gen, available to stream on Tuesday, May 25th on discovery+. With youth comes unflappable confidence, as four chefs compete in each hour-long episode through three rounds to bring a youthful spin on dishes never seen or tasted before. A recurring panel of some of the culinary world's up-and-coming stars - Nyesha Arrington, Darnell Ferguson, Mei Lin, Esdras Ochoa and Kwame Onwuachi - judge each competitor's dish based on taste, presentation and how creative their vision is. Only one chef walks away each episode with the cash prize and bragging rights in adding Chopped Next Gen champion to their growing resume. The chefs have their work cut out for them in an episode with scorpion powder and scungilli in the appetizer basket. Host Liza Koshy keeps the entrée round meat free with a plant-based charcuterie board and red snapper. And see if the remaining two chefs are delighted to get uni in the dessert round. Other episodes include cured tuna hearts and mushrooms that inspire two chefs to put a novel spin on Italian cuisine; and the chefs prove their worth by integrating baby bananas and duck confit into a delicious and inventive dessert.

To get to know the new batch of hosts and judges of Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen, along with exclusive looks at the updated, outdoor sets and more about the competitions, follow along on social media using the hashtags #Chopped420 and #ChoppedNextGen.

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posted 3/17/2021

MONDAY: So... That Happened
ABC Takes Demo, NBC Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

In the latest TV show ratings, The Bachelor‘s Season 25 finale drew 5.75 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week and topping Monday in the demo. That said, it was down sharply from its year-ago closer (which did 7.7 mil/2.2), hitting series lows for a finale. After the Final Rose (5.3 mil/1.3) similarly was down a bunch.

Elsewhere:

NBC | The Voice (7.7 mil/1.1) was steady week-to-week and led Monday in total audience, Debris (3.4 mil/0.4) stabilized in Week 3.

THE CW | Bulletproof‘s Stateside Season 3 premiere (529K/0.1) was a far cry from All American’s latest numbers (790K/0.3). Black Lightning (471K/0.1) was steady in viewers while dipping in the demo.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted‘s revival premiere (2.2mil/0.3) put up a fraction of the on-hiatus 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s most recent numbers.

CBS | The Neighborhood (5.2 mil/0.7) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.9 mil/0.6) dipped, while All Rise (4.1 mi/0.4) and Bull (5 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Rock the Block (SP/HGTV): 1.463m/0.23
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 813k/0.16
- Easter Basket Challenge (Food): 596k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 481k/0.06
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 472k/0.04
- The Big Bake (Food): 367k/0.09

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posted 3/17/2021

Celebrities vs. The Chasers
Catch It on ITV March 27
From Telly Mix

Beat The Chasers will be back for a third series - plus two Celebrity specials. ITV has confirmed a brand new series of the hit spin-off to The Chase, which last aired in January.

Bradley Walsh returns to host in this edge-of-your-seat quiz in which contestants are given the option of playing multiple Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them.

Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game. With big-money prizes on the line, can anyone beat the Chasers?

The show will be back this Spring on ITV with the first Celebrity special airing on Saturday 27 March at 8:30PM on ITV.

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posted 3/17/2021

French Loses Its Marbles
Marble Mania Sold Overseas
From C21 Media

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has taken local adaptation rights to family gameshow Marble Mania, marking the third international deal for the Talpa format.

Marble Media debuted on Talpa-owned network SBS6 in the Netherlands earlier this year, with John de Mol-owned Dutch media company Talpa also producing the format. TF1’s version of the show is set to air this summer, with Talpa Entertainment Productions and Arthur Essebag’s French prodco Satisfaction collaborating on a four-episode run in France.

The format features three celebrities competing to win money for charity by completing a variety of marble-based challenges. SBS6 renewed the original Dutch show for a second season at the beginning of this month, while other local adaptation deals have been sealed in Germany and Belgium.

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posted 3/17/2021

ITV Studios Gets Lifted
A New Brand, A New Hire... and a New Project
From TBI

ITV Studios Entertainment has been rebranded as Lifted Entertainment and appointed a senior exec from The X Factor outfit Syco Entertainment to work across its creative output.

Lee McNicholas joins Lifted Entertainment as creative director for the company’s North division, with a remit to lead production and development from the company’s offices at MediaCityUK, Salford.

He will report into Lifted MD Angela Jain, whose division is behind entertainment shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Love Island, Dancing On Ice, The Voice, Countdown, University Challenge and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Dancing On Ice The prodco’s team also includes director of entertainment Richard Cowles, fellow creative directors Tom Gould and Fiona Clark, plus head of development Kat Hebden.

McNicholas has spent the past decade as creative director and executive producer at Simon Cowell’s Syco, which last year took full control of Got Talent prodco Syco after striking a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. He worked on Syco’s UK shows and global format remakes, and before that was worked across a variety of shows including Channel 4’s How Clean Is Your House and the BBC’s The Apprentice.

The newly rebranded division has also unveiled a pilot commission from ITV for Secret Gameshow, a hidden camera format in which celebrities compete for bragging rights as they take on stunts to fool unsuspecting members of the public into helping them.

Angela Jain Jain said: “Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise on huge global entertainment shows which, when added to the depth of the brilliant creative team we have here in Manchester, means he is in the perfect position to spearhead the next phase of growth in the North. I have no doubt he will be an inspiring, generous and kind leader who shares our values and vision for the future.

“With hope around the corner, it seems like we all need to be lifted out of our real lives at the moment. So many of the shows we produce bring joy and escapism, something I believe Secret Gameshow has in abundance.”

McNicholas said: “As a teenager growing up in Liverpool, I remember going on the Granada Studios tour and thinking one day I want to work here. To think after all these years I’ll be joining the incredible team in Manchester, really is a dream come true.”

Last week, ITVS revealed its revenues had taken a 25% hit over the past year after COVID impacted operations but parent broadcaster ITV said it was upbeat on advertising revenue in 2021 following the turbulence of the pandemic.

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posted 3/17/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hewer Hews"

  • Nick Hewer promises his final Countdown episodes are going to be "epic" (Radio Timesc)

  • Ellen DeGeneres deals and voices with Discovery (Deadline)

  • "Game of Talents": harbinger of the return of the parlor guessing game? (Deadline)

  • Mayim Bialik shares her first picture as host of "Jeopardy!" (Today)

posted 3/17/2021


NBCUniversal

Dancing 'til the "World" Ends
NBC Opts Out on Fifth Season
From TV Line

NBC is putting away its dancing shoes: The network has cancelled the competition series World of Dance after four seasons.

Executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez, the program featured group and solo dancers of various styles from around the globe competing for a $1 million prize. Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO served as judges, while Scott Evans hosted the two most recent seasons following the exit of host Jenna Dewan.

The show’s fourth season introduced several changes to the format, including a “Qualifier Twist,” a “Callback Vote,” a “Blind Battle” in the Duels round and a guest judge to determine which two acts up for elimination would go head-to-head in the Redemption round. Season 4 concluded in August 2020, with the final four competitors performing before the judges in an audience-less space. (The episode was filmed just as gatherings were starting to shut down as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.) Contemporary trio MDC 3 took home the top prize.

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posted 3/16/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending March 7
From TV News Check

The week ending March 7 was remarkable for syndication, not so much due to what happened in the national Nielsen household ratings, but for what didn’t. Roughly half of the major programs did not make a move — if the international scene at the middle of the last century had been similar, the League of Nations might still be in business.

For example, 25 Words or Less made the biggest news among the game shows with a 13% drop from a 0.8 to a 0.7. Leader Jeopardy was unchanged at a 5.9 while Wheel of Fortune applied the brakes a mere 2% to a 5.7, landing in a tie with the unchanged Family Feud.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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