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Another Summer, Another "Star"
Food Network Looks for Star #13 This June
From the Futon Critic

Culinary icons Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis return as mentors and judges on Food Network's elite competition series Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Thirteen fresh competitors enter the kitchen to showcase their cooking and on-camera skills over 11 episodes, to prove to Giada and Bobby they have what it takes to join the Food Network family. Ramping up the stakes, co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence return to co-host a second season of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen on Sunday, May 21st at 8pm ET/PT, as seven former Food Network Star finalists battle it out against each other through three episodes to earn the thirteenth and final spot in the new season of Star. Exclusive web-series Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro, also returns to give one finalist eliminated during the season a second chance to rejoin the competition. The Food Network Star season thirteen winner will be crowned on Sunday, August 13th at 9pm ET/PT.

"To become a Food Network Star requires top-tier culinary skills, an impressive television presence and the utmost dedication," said Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Each season our viewers are inspired by the journey these talented hopefuls take to go from novice to pro, and Bobby and Giada are the perfect pair to cultivate and determine the next 'Star.'"

On the May 21st premiere of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, seven former finalists return for a second shot at stardom. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence kick off the proceedings by identifying what kept each of the alumni from prevailing in their previous season. Then, the competitors must each take on a retro dessert in desperate need of a comeback and shoot an Instagram video about their updated version. Duff Goldman joins Valerie and Tyler to help judge the results and one contestant will be eliminated. Over three episodes Valerie and Tyler test the returning competitors' resolve to determine who will join the new batch of Food Network Star finalists.

In the season premiere on June 4th, 12 potential Food Network Stars arrive at the beautiful and historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, hoping for their big break. Bobby and Giada greet the anxious competitors with some troubling news: they have to pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. But that's not all, there is one more person joining the competition, and that's the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. Special guests Robert Irvine and Monti Carlo help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor sent home. Throughout the season Bobby and Giada are joined by a roster of top-notch special guests to present the finalists with challenges that test their culinary and on-camera prowess, including a special game day challenge featuring ESPN anchors Jemele Hill and Jaymee Sire. Additional special guests joining the action this season both in and out of the studio include: Sunny Anderson, Melissa d'Arabian, Anne Burrell, Josh Denny, Guy Fieri, Hannah Hart, Eddie Jackson, Sandra Lee, Sabin Lomac, Tiffani Thiessen, and Andrew Zimmern.

The finalists this season are: Blake Baldwin (Flemington, NJ); Trace Barnett (Brilliant, AL); Toya Boudy (New Orleans, LA); Addie Gundry (Lake Forrest, IL); Rusty Hamlin (Atlanta, GA); Suzanne Lossia (Detroit, MI); Nancy Manlove (Texas City, TX); Amy Pottinger (Honolulu, HI); David Rose (Atlanta, GA); Jason Smith (Grayson, KY); Caodan Tran (Dallas, TX), and the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. The returning Comeback Kitchen alumni battling it out to join the new season are: Rob Burmeister (season 12); Emilia Cirker (season 11); Matthew Grunwald (season 11); Josh Lyons (season 8); Danushka Lysek (season 9); Jamika Pessoa (season 5);and Joy Thompson (season 12).

Exclusive web series Star Salvation returns on Sunday, June 25th and goes live just after Star's east coast airing. Available on FoodNetwork.com/Salvation and hosted by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Food Network Star season seven winner Jeff Mauro, the six-episode culinary contest gives one eliminated finalist a chance to re-enter the competition. The winner will re-enter Food Network Star on Sunday, August 6th.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 4/12/17


Sony Pictures TV
"Wheel" Goes Around the World Next Week
Details on the 2017 Edition of a Fan Favorite
From Sony PR

During the week of April 17th, America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune, will “go global” celebrating the show’s international formats. “Wheel Around the World” week will showcase versions of the show produced in other countries through video segments featuring sets and hosts from five of those productions.

“Everyone at Wheel of Fortune thoroughly enjoys seeing our format adapted for other cultures and we thought our viewers would enjoy it too,” said Executive Producer, Harry Friedman. “The response has been tremendous, so we’ve made ‘Wheel Around the World’ week an annual event."

This season, Wheel of Fortune worked with Spain’s “La Ruleta De La Suerte,” Slovakia’s “Koleso Stastia,” Germany’s “Glucksrad,” Netherlands’ “Rad Van Fortuin” and Romania’s “Roata Norocului” to secure video messages from the local hosts introducing Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the American viewing audience to their shows. Each country’s version centers on a Wheel, puzzleboard and puzzles in their own language, but from there each put their own cultural spin on the format.

“Wheel of Fortune licensees enjoy participating in ‘Wheel Around the World’ as it brings them much deserved attention and introduces their show to the U.S audience,” said Paul Gilbert, Senior Vice President, International Formats, CBS Studios International. “Additionally, the U.S contestants have the opportunity to win trips to the licensees’ countries.

posted 4/12/17


ITV
"Little Star" Finds Its Big Star
Cat Deeley to Host Quiz Show for USA
From the Hollywood Reporter

USA Network is firming up its summer schedule.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a series order to celebrity game show Big Star Little Star, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

So You Think You Can Dance Emmy winner Cat Deeley will host the series, from ITV Entertainment. Based on the format from 12 Yard Productions, the series pairs stars and their kids as they test their knowledge of one another in a bid to win money for charity. Each episode will feature three famous families as they reveal behind-the-scenes moments from their lives.

The series will launch May 31 at 9 p.m. and help kickoff USA Network's summer slate that includes the debut of Jessica Biel starrer The Sinner (Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.). Joining the lineup are returning series Queen of the South (June 8 at 10 p.m.), Playing House (June 23 at 11 p.m.), Suits (July 12 at 9 p.m.) and Shooter (July 18 at 10 p.m.).

THe Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
Cinema Blend

posted 4/12/17

Daytime Emmys Have Hosts
Mario Lopez, Sheryl Underwood to Emcee Ceremony
From Extra

“The Talk” has just announced that “Extra’s” Mario Lopez and “The Talk’s” Sheryl Underwood will host the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards!

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences President Bob Mauro, said of the news, “The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce that two of daytime television’s brightest stars, Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, will lead the magnificent celebration planned for this year’s 44th Daytime Emmy Awards.”

NATAS SVP Daytime David Michaels added, “I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. With their combined wit and charm, plus the excitement of Mary Hart receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award not to mention the stars of the nominated drama, talk, culinary and game shows and a stellar list of presenters to be announced later this week, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

The Daytime Emmys will take place Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Television coverage has yet to be announced.

Extra
Deadline
B&C
UPI

posted 4/12/17

MONDAY: Knock'em Out
"The Voice" Continues to Dominate for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was back on top on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Taken" (4.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (7.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Quantico" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.626 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.113 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Scorpion" (6.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.014 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "APB" (2.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.905 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.863 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.884 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.817m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/SF): 1.540m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/12/17

Freddie Flintoff to Host "Cannonball"
Cricketer to Be Joined by Presenting Crew
From Belfast Telegraph

Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff has been named host of new water-based obstacle game show, Cannonball.

The A League Of Their Own captain will be joined by a team of poolside reporters including pop star Frankie Bridge, presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Maya Jama, and comedian Ryan Hand.

Each week the ITV show will see 24 contestants face water-based challenges focused on speed, accuracy, height and distance.

Finalists will attempt to launch themselves cannonball-style at a huge moving target covering the surface of a deep-water tank in a bid to claim the Cannonball Cup.

Freddie said: “What’s not to love about this show: Gallons of water and giant great inflatable slides are the perfect recipe for some spectacular comedy moments but also throw into the mix some truly incredible feats from the contestants.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Produced by Potato, the series will start filming in Valletta, Malta, in late April.

Belfast Telegraph
The List

posted 4/12/17


Comedy Zone Worldwide
CHARLIE MURPHY: 1959-2017
Comedian Guested on "Wild'n Out"
From TV Line

Charlie Murphy, a stand-up comedian and older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, passed away Wednesday morning in New York City, following a battle with leukemia, his manager confirms to TMZ. Murphy was 57.

Though Murphy had an extensive list of small-screen credits — including roles on Power, Black Jesus, The Boondocks, and Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out — the comedian is arguably best known for his work on Chappelle’s Show, where he also served as a writer.

TV Line

posted 4/12/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Broken Spell"

  • Sue Perkins' "The Big Spell" just got reportedly broken by Sky1 (The Sun)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The newest Dutch game show to court controversy: Pregnant or Fat?  (Bustle)
     

  • John Davidson to perform in the Catskills (Catskill Daily Mail)
     

  • Inside the mind of a quiz writer (iNews)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: David Letterman's mom (TV Line)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay is worth $140 million. Here's why his kids won't see a penny of it (TV Week)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Derek Hough and Jennifer Lopez in "World of Dance" (Broadway World)

posted 4/12/17


NBC
"Game Night" Is Every Night Next Week
GSN to Air All Four Seasons (So Far) of NBC Hit
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will begin airing the first four seasons of the hit game show, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, beginning with a special five-night event, with the show airing Monday through Friday at 9:00pm ET (8pm CT) beginning Monday, April 17. The show will then move into its regular Tuesdays at 9:00pm and 10:00pm timeslots beginning April 25.

Jane Lynch, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, including two Emmys for HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, serves as host of the show, which features two contestants who are transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun and celebration with two teams of celebrities. At the end, one of the two contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series features well-known names from the world of television, film, sports, politics and more. Celebrities featured during the first week of shows includes Jason Alexander, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Allison Hannigan, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short and many more.

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios, in association with Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith and Michael Binkow are executive producers. The show is licensed by Universal City Studios Productions, LLP and distributed by NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/11/17

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 2
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy reclaimed the syndication lead in the week ended April 2, in which most shows remained in repeats after two weeks of March Madness.

In repeats on all five days, Judy delivered the largest increase among daytime’s top eight, growing 8% to a 6.7 live plus same day rating. That put the courtroom leader in first place in syndication for the 25th time in the past 35 weeks, alternating slots with Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud.

In access, Family Feud dropped back 2% to a 6.4, that show’s lowest level since the week of Thanksgiving, but remained in second place in overall syndication. Feud also made it 49 weeks in a row at the top of the game shows.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune came back 13% from a season low to a 6.3 to get within striking distance of Feud. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 9% to a 6.1 to make it a close three-way race at the top of the games chart.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rose 13% to a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s soon-to-end Celebrity Name Game remained at its season-low 1.2.

B&C

posted 4/11/17

WEEKEND: Toys in the Attic
CBS Wins, ABC Modest 2nd
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (6.669 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (9.654 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (4.338 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with the launch of "The Toy Box" (4.080 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "20/20" (4.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and the debut of "First Dates" (3.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.035 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (2.395 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and the premiere of "You the Jury" (1.623 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.117 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Reign" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" continues to impress with a total of 673,000 viewers, with a 0.31 rating in the A18-49 demo, putting it in the top 20 for the night.

On Sunday, CBS (10.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Sunday with a full hour of "PGA Overrun" (15.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (11.059 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Madam Secretary" (6.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (5.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (4.131 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) repeat and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Chicago Justice" (5.452 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Once Upon a Time" (2.605 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Match Game" (2.970 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "American Crime" (1.733 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17). "Match" rose 17% over last week.

And finally, FOX (1.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) rounded out the night with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.335 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17), "Bob's Burgers" (1.311 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), another "The Simpsons" (1.849 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Making History" (1.325 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Family Guy" (1.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.362 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/9p): 1.443m
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/SF): 1.420m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.127m

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/11/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Mr. Monkman and the End"

  • Eric Monkman may have taken a dive, but Monkmania will live FOREVER (Toronto Globe and Mail)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: The world's weirdest game shows according to... (Broadway World)
     

  • Guys, guys, guys... GUYS! A picture of a young Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley... oh yeah, and a 20th anniversary of the show they hosted (Entertainment.ie)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Snap! It's hosted by a comedy icon and looking for players in Los Angeles! (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Bradley Walsh opens up about his blepharitis (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • STRIKE WATCH: upfront season could be scaled back HEAVILY (Deadline)

posted 4/11/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Monk Worship"

  • Who is Eric Monkman, why was he rejected for "Jeopardy!", and how is this Canadian lighting up the British quiz show circuit? (Independent)
     

  • Fifth Harmony (well, what's left of it) to perform tonight on "Dancing with the Stars" (Reality TV World)
     

  • John de Mol's Talpa doesn't divide; he unites SBS, Talpa under one voice (Deadline)
     

  • Bob Eubanks plays FireLake Arena April 29 (Fox, May 25) (Shawnee News-Star)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Australia getting tired of Eddie McGuire? (Warwick Daily News)
     

  • STRIKE WATCH: negotiations continue, a timeline of how we got from here to there (Deadline)
     

  • Mel B's husband files a response to her filing for divorce (Reality TV World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Toy Box (ABC) (LAughing Place)

posted 4/10/17

THURSDAY: Race to the Top... with a But
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the top spot on Thursday with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Mom" (7.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (5.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (4.299 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8). "Race" placed first in the time period in both viewers and the demo, but dipped by 70,000 viewers over last week.

ABC (5.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a tight second with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.529 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "The Catch" (3.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.042 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.094 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Powerless" (2.089 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Chicago Med" (5.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.224 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Kicking & Screaming" (2.011 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with "Supernatural" (1.584 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.911 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 444k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 325k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 310k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 288k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 282k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/17

Syfy's Summer: Face Off Returns
Season 12 Drops June 12
From the Futon Critic

Syfy announced its spring/summer schedule today, which includes the new unapologetic orgy-of-action grindhouse series, BLOOD DRIVE, from Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, the summer staple SHARKNADO will return for its 5th installment, and Syfy will once again feature live coverage from the summer's biggest genre event, San Diego Comic-Con.

The award-winning competition series FACE OFF features innovative artists competing for a grand prize and top honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects make-up artist. McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multigenerational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/17

"Spartan" Announces Announcers
NBC's Race Game Returns This Summer
From the Futon Critic

NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" set its announcing crew for its upcoming eight-episode second season. Hailing from the producers of the Emmy Award-nominated competition series "American Ninja Warrior," the series raises the bar on obstacle course racing and ups the ante for teams whose will and determination will be pushed to the limits as they strive to come out on top. The second season begins Monday, June 12 at 10 p.m., following a two-hour edition of "American Ninja Warrior."

Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno and ESPN and radio personality Kelvin Washington will deliver the play by play action to audiences as the teams race through the demanding course. MJ Acosta returns as a sideline reporter alongside Major League Baseball all-star Nick Swisher, who joins "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" following a 12-season career that included a World Series championship with the New York Yankees.

"Apolo, Kelvin, MJ and Nick bring a firsthand understanding of the rigors these teams endure as they work together to take on this intense and grueling new course," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "With these four experts at the helm, viewers will get an up close look at the adrenaline, teamwork and sheer excitement of every episode."

Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" takes team competitions to a new level. Groups of friends, families and co-workers are put to the ultimate test as they attempt to complete a grueling half-mile Spartan course packed with never-before-seen obstacles designed to challenge the will and endurance of all who attempt it. Shot at night with an industrial backdrop, each team will compete on one of the most punishing courses ever devised and must push through the pain to win $250,000.

In each episode, six teams of five - four athletes alongside the support of a team captain - will compete. No team can get through the course and reach the finish line without working together. From rope-burning climbs to crawls through cold, wet mud, the competition culminates with some of the most back-breaking obstacles ever built. Along the course teams will encounter the relentless tire swing and the dreaded slip wall, plus the debut of rigorous new obstacles that have never been seen before in any competition.

Last summer, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" averaged a 1.3 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall, according to "live plus seven day" averages from Nielsen Media Research. "Spartan" ranked #1 or #2 in the time period with each of its three special Monday telecasts in adults 18-49 versus ABC and CBS competition. It was a strong upscale show, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

NBCUniversal International Formats is the global distributor of the "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" format.

"Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" is executive produced by the "American Ninja Warrior" team of A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. Brady Connell also serves as executive producer alongside Joe DeSena and Jeffrey Connor from Spartan Race Inc.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/17


DonRickles.com
DON RICKLES: 1926-2017
Legendary Comedian Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Legacy

Legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles died Thursday, April 6, 2017, of kidney failure, according to multiple news sources. He was 90.

Rickles was widely known for his "insult comic" style, a trademark that grew out of his responses to hecklers in the early days of his stand-up act. He began calling those hecklers "hockey pucks," and the shtick that would earn Rickles the nickname Mr. Warmth was born.

Rickles won the admiration of many fellow stars, including an early stamp of approval from Frank Sinatra, who found his insults hilarious. Other fans included Johnny Carson, whose "Tonight Show" saw Rickles as a guest more than 100 times, and Ed McMahon, who endured the on-screen ribbing from his friend with a smile.

As Rickles' stand-up career took off, he made the jump to movies, beginning with a serious role in "Run Silent, Run Deep." But plenty of laughs were to come in his movie career, with some favorite films including the "Beach Party" series and "Kelly's Heroes." Rickles also became a fixture of TV: hosting his own program, "The Don Rickles Show," contributing regularly to "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" specials, stopping by game shows and series for guest spots, and starring on the sitcom "C.P.O. Sharkey."

Rickles' career didn't slow down much as the millennium dawned. He took a high-profile voice-acting gig when he became the voice of Mr. Potato Head in "Toy Story" and its two sequels, had roles in movies including "Dirty Work" and "Quest for Camelot," and won an Emmy for a guest performance on "The Unit." He made a memorable appearance on "Hot in Cleveland" as the late husband of Betty White's character, and he continued making the rounds of talk shows, from "Late Show With David Letterman" to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." He continued to work well into his 80s, preferring the energy of regular work to settling down in retirement.

Rickles, who was featured on "Hollywood Squares" in the 1970s and the 2000s, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a TV Land Legend Award and a Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence from the Comedy Awards. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sklar, his daughter, Mindy, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Rickles.

Legacy
Hollywood Life
TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World

posted 4/6/17


VH1
Party Not Over
VH1 Renews "Hip Hop Squares" For Season 2
From Variety

“Hip Hop Squares” has been renewed for second season at VH1. The show from Ice Cube’s production banner delivered VH1’s highest-rated premiere in more than a year in its March 13 bow.

“ ‘Hip Hop Squares’ smashed ratings records as one of the most watched new series of the year,” said Chris McCarthy, president of VH1, MTV and Logo. “We couldn’t ask for a better creative force to steer the show than Ice Cube or a better partner than CBS Distribution, and we are thrilled to keep this party going.”

The series is hosted by DeRay Davis and exec produced by Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm. “Hip Hop Squares” revisits the classic game show format with celebrity players drawn from the world of hip hop, comedy and entertainment.

“The positive response to ‘Hip Hop Squares’ has been an incredible experience,” said Cube. “Viewers can look forward to a louder, crazier party with the next season.”

“Hip Hop Squares” was one of a number of new and returning premieres that boosted VH1’s fortunes in the first quarter. The show bowed to 3.2 million viewers in aggregate and a 1.6 in adults 18-49, making it a slam dunk for a renewal.

While VH1’s sibling network MTV is in the midst of a remodeling of its lineup, VH1 has been plugging along with solid returns from its core schedule. The channel has logged seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth on a total day measure, with this past quarter marking 2% gain in total viewers and a 2% gain in adults 18-49 over Q1 2016. That modest increase was notable given that VH1 logged a 29% year-over-year gain in adults 18-49 in Q1 2016.

The backbone of VH1’s schedule remains the “Love and Hip Hop” franchise. The Atlanta edition of the show logged its highest-rated premiere to date, delivering a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 with its sixth season opener on March 6.

Season five of “Black Ink Crew” and the move of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” from Logo to VH1 also performed for the channel during the quarter.

Variety
VH1
EURweb
WJBD Salem
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/6/17

WEDNESDAY: Let's Play... a Talk Show?
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (3.645 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Empire" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.603 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.750 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Modern Family" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Black-ish" (4.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.199 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was CBS (6.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.289 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Criminal Minds" (6.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.706 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (4.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.928 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with repeats of "Arrow" (1.035 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable:
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 800k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 348k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 318k
- Talk Show the Game Show (P/truTV): 147k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/17


Games Gone By: Your Number's Up
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Nipsey Russell has been on COUNTLESS shows...but what happens when he tries to actually HOST one? Well, while it's unique, it's nothing to rhyme home about. Chris Wolvie shows you in his latest "Games Gone By...", "Your Number's Up"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/6/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "PE!oplE!'s ChoicE! Awards"

  • E! snatches up the People's Choice Awards (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Tipping Point" canceled for a horse race. Internet internets. (Daily Express)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Beat Shazam (Fox, May 25) (Eurweb) and Love Connection (Fox, May 25) (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Shark Tank looking to Charlotte (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Mel B's money is locked away by the worst possible person... no, not him. (Reality TV World)

posted 4/6/17

Red Nose Day Goes All Out in Year 3
On Deck: Celebrity Ninja Warrior
From The Futon Critic

Celebrating Red Nose Day for the third year in a row, NBC has anchored a special night of programming on Thursday, May 25 with Chris Hardwick set to host the "The Red Nose Day Special" at 10 p.m. In addition, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and other stars will partake in Red Nose Day-themed programming throughout the night that will both entertain viewers and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids in need.

Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty.

"Red Nose Day's effort to lift children out of poverty is centered around heart and humanity, and we're excited to create a night of programming that reflects this. From Julia Roberts and Bear Grylls showing viewers the impact of their donations, to celebrities challenging themselves on "American Ninja Warrior" to raise funds and awareness, this will be an incredible night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to have Chris' wit and compassion championing the evening as our host for 'The Red Nose Day Special.'"

"Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" at 8 p.m. ET/PT will be followed by a very special 9 p.m. episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day" with Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC's third annual "The Red Nose Day Special" hosted by Hardwick at 10 p.m. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs.

In the first celebrity edition of "American Ninja Warrior," nine brave stars will tackle the course, all in the name of charity.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila serve as hosts, along with Kristine Leahy who co-hosts. The intrepid celebrity ninjas include Stephen Amell ("Arrow"), Erika Christensen ("Parenthood"), Jeff Dye ("Better Late Than Never"), two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, Nikki Glaser ( "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser"), Derek Hough ("World of Dance"), Natalie Morales ("TODAY" and "Access Hollywood") former New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher ("Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge") and Mena Suvari ("American Woman").

Each of the celebrities will be paired with an elite ninja who serves as both coach and cheerleader - helping them prepare mentally and physically for their run.

From the Floating Steps to the Warped Wall, each of the celebs will have to face up to six challenging obstacles that call upon their upper body strength, agility and stamina.

The elite ninja advisers include fan favorites and National "finalists" Kevin Bull (coaching Ashton Eaton); Kacy Catanzaro (coaching Stephen Amell), Drew Drechsel (coaching Nick Swisher), Natalie Duran (coaching Mena Suvari), Daniel Gil (coaching Derek Hough), Jessie Graff (coaching Nikki Glaser), Grant McCartney (coaching Natalie Morales), Meagan Martin (coaching Jeff Dye) and Flip Rodriguez (coaching Erika Christensen).

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time the night of programming for Red Nose Day has included special editions of existing NBC shows, which is evidence of the network's deep partnership and commitment to this important initiative.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity.

Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the United States and in some of the poorest communities around the world.

Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children's Health Fund, Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and the Global Fund.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 4/5/17

TUESDAY: Knockouts Stalemate
CBS, NBC Fight to a Demo Draw
From The Futon Critic

CBS (11.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with fresh installments of "NCIS" (13.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Bull" (10.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.889 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

NBC (6.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with its mix of "The Voice" (9.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Trial & Error" (4.142 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), another "Trial & Error" (3.189 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Chicago Fire" (6.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season finale of "New Girl" (2.010 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), a new "The Mick" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and the return of "Prison Break" (3.789 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its new lineup of "The Middle" (5.336 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Imaginary Mary" (3.455 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.199 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) led into the season opener of "iZombie" (0.980 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped: Star Power (Food): 885k
- Face Off All Stars (Syfy): 806k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 758k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 660k
- Cosplay Melee (Syfy): 495k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 395k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k
- Battle of the Ex-Besties (F/Oxygen): 145k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/5/17

RTL Signs on For "The Wall"
NBC Format to Arrive in Germany
From C21Media

RTL in Germany has commissioned a local version of Endemol Shine gameshow format The Wall.

The format, which originally aired on NBC in the US, was created by Glassman Media and SpringHIll Entertainment in association with Universal Television Alternative Studios.

Now Endemol Shine Germany will work on a local version, initially comprising seven episodes, for the commercial broadcaster to premiere later this year.

The show sees pairs of teammates working together to answer quiz questions to conquer a giant wall in the studio, with both knowledge and luck required to win.

The French adaptation was the highest-rated gameshow this year so far on local commercial broadcaster TF1.

Earlier this week Spanish channel Telecinco picked up the format and is now working on its own version.

C21 Media

posted 4/5/17

Rylan Clark-Neal Opens "Babushka"
Catch It on ITV May!
From Telly Mix

Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed all on his new game show, Babushka.

The former X Factor singer turned TV host will front the new ITV show in May, describing it as 'Deal Or No Deal with Russian Dolls'.

"That’s the easiest way to explain it," he told BBC's The One show. “The difference with Babushka is you have to play the eight dolls, there is no stopping at any point.

“Once you’re in the game, you’re in the game.”

Rylan revealed it was a game of high stakes and there had been tears on set during filming.

"You get a question wrong, open an empty doll or push a doll too far you lose absolutely everything," Rylan explained. “So you could play the worst game, and go home with 10 grand.

"Or you could play the best game and have £20,000 in your account and on your last go, push a doll too far or open an empty doll and you go home with nothing."

It was previously reported that ITV had ordered 20 episodes for a first series.

"From his showbiz segment on This Morning to presenting Xtra Factor – Rylan has been a huge hit with ITV viewers," an insider told The Sun newspaper back in January. "Given his energetic and bubbly personality, ITV chiefs think Rylan will be the perfect presenter for this fun new game show."

Babushka will start on ITV in May.

Telly Mix
Digital Spy

posted 4/5/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Extra Servings"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The first "Masterchef Junior" retrospective airs April 27 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Patrick Stewart: thespian. Starship Captain. Professor of Gifted Children... Host of "Have I Got News For You" (Trek Today)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: from the people who brought you "A Streetcar Naked Desire" comes... "Popsicle Bike"? (UPI)
     

  • #ICYMI: and the winner of "The Partner" is... (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/4/17

More on "Farmers' Market Flip"
Catch It on Cooking Channel April 20
From the Futon Critic

The cream of the crop of the culinary world go head-to-head as they are put to the test to produce the most crowd-pleasing dishes in local farmers' markets on Cooking Channel's newest action-packed, half-hour cooking competition, Farmers' Market Flip. Host Jeff Mahin presides over the competition beginning on Thursday, April 20th at 10pmET/7pmPT, as two teams of talented chefs shop for the freshest, seasonal ingredients the farmers' market has to offer. Then, they must cook up the most delicious gourmet meal for the toughest judges around - hungry market-goers. When time is up, the team that wins over the most palates will take home the $5,000 prize and bragging rights!

"Farmers' Market Flip combines the hottest food trend of farm-to-table fare, with fast-paced challenges that push the teams' cooking skills and culinary creativity to their limit," said Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Viewers, and market-goers, are in for a treat as these talented competitors whip up on-the-fly, fresh gourmet bites."

In each episode, the contestants' cooking abilities are put to the test as they face off in two rounds of challenges. First, in the Flavor of the Market challenge the teams must create a dish that highlights a vendor's star ingredient, such as a naval orange, bok choy or cauliflower to make it shine on the plate. The team with the most flavorful and creative dish, with the best presentation, will earn a special advantage in the Feed the Market challenge. In the second round, the teams will have 20 minutes to race through the farmers' market to buy ultra-fresh ingredients for their final plates. With only one hour to prepare their gourmet plates, the competition heats up with surprising twists, such as incorporating secret ingredients or using a specific kitchen tool to make their meal. The team that impresses the hungry customers at the market and earns the most votes will be crowned the winner.

Fans can get tips for prepping and cooking with farmers' market produce on CookingChannelTV.com/FarmersMarketFlip. They can also join the conversation online using #FarmersMarketFlip.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/4/17

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending March 26
From B&C

The start of spring, daylight saving time and warmer weather resulted in less people watching television in the week ending March 26, and many of those that were watching were tuned into the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Basketball preemptions also were acute for shows heavily cleared on CBS affiliates and all of the above depressed ratings across the board for syndicated shows.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud made it 48 weeks at the top of the game shows, and, although it slipped 6% for the week to a 6.5, it also lead all of syndication. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune fell 3% to a 5.6, matching its season low and remaining tied with Jeopardy!, which also softened 3%. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, in repeats, depreciated 17% to a 1.5, equaling its season low. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will end after this season, deteriorated 8% to a 1.2, matching its season low.

B&C

posted 4/4/17

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
CBS Wins on Gonzaga/UNC Title Fight
From the Futon Critic

CBS (15.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: National Championship Game" (17.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1). Leading off the night were a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.406 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2) and the pre-game special "Capital One Championship Central" (9.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2).

NBC (8.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments of "The Voice" (9.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Taken" (4.883 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was ABC (7.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Quantico" (3.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) likewise served up new episodes of "24: Legacy" (3.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "APB" (2.646 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.968 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.659m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.462m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 255k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/17

More on "The Toy Box"
Catch It on ABC April 7
From Broadway World

The premiere of the ultimate toy-competition series, "The Toy Box," airing on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, features five passionate amateur inventors who have put their hearts, souls and a lot of money into their unique toy concepts with hopes of impressing the mentors and making it to The Toy Box where young, no-nonsense judges determine if they will earn the chance to compete for the grand prize.

This week's toy inventions include:

Arya Ball - a reimagining of the soccer ball with special surprises inside
Inventor: Babak from Carlsbad, California

Wacky Worm Racing Game - a racing game where players dressed in a worm costume race to cross the finish line
Inventor: Cedric from Orlando, Florida

Niya Doll - a multicultural doll collection who sings and speaks in multiple languages
Inventor: Darla from Columbia, South Carolina

Swurfer - a backyard swing inspired by a surfboard
Inventor: Rob from Charleston, South Carolina

Party Cannon - a party game that launches toys, prizes and candy
Inventor: Rick from Miami Springs, Florida

In each episode of "The Toy Box," inventors present their toy concepts to a group of mentors that include Dylan's Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar creative director of Consumer Products, Jen Tan. If the toy maker gets past the mentors, they will move on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that include Sophia Grace Brownlee ("The Ellen Degeneres Show"), Aalyrah Caldwell ("Uncle Buck"), Toby Grey ("The Unexpected John Cena Prank") and Noah Ritter ("The Ellen Degeneres Show") decide which toy moves on to the finals and eventually crowned the winner. That winning toy will be sold exclusively at Toys"R"Us® after the series finale.

Broadway World

posted 4/4/17

Philippines Goes BOOM!
The Bomb Drops from Keshet
From C21 Media

Filipino prodco Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) has picked up format rights to Keshet International (KI) gameshow Boom!.

TAPE is making a daily stripped-back version (78×20’) to air as a segment within GMA Networks’ hit lunchtime TV variety show Eat Bulaga!. The latter has been on air since 1979, making it the country’s longest-running lunchtime variety show.

Boom!, which was created by Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions, has sold to 13 countries, led by Antena 3 in Spain, where it has aired more than 500 episodes so far.

Boom! is also currently on air on MCOT in Thailand, Nove in Italy, Azteca in Mexico and SBT in Brazil, where it forms part of popular local variety show Programa Silvio Santos.

The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

C21 Media

posted 4/4/17


ABC/FremantleMedia North America
WEEKEND: Better Time BLANKING
"Match Game" Pulls Better Numbers, CBS Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday with its duo of "60 Minutes" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (10.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

NBC (5.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of a repeat "Little Big Shots" (4.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Chicago Justice" (5.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Shades of Blue" (4.215 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.127 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.517 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.077 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Making History" (1.292 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) alongside a repeat "Family Guy" (1.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "The Last Man on Earth" (1.747 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, ABC (2.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Once Upon a Time" (2.811 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), the return of "Match Game" (2.488 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and an original "American Crime" (1.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

Match Game resumed Season 2 on Sunday night improving upon time slot predecessor Time After Time‘s final numbers by 32 and 50 percent.

On cable Friday:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 754k

On cable Sunday:
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.319m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.033m

MXDWN
UPROXX
AV Club
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Midnight"

  • Jordan Klepper named as Larry Wilmore's permanent replacement, sending @midnight back @midnight @the fall (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy on his leg: "Soon" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel B's got a restraining order (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Castallo went from "Hunted" to "Crushed" to gone at CBS (TBI Vision)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: everything you need to know about auditioning for "The Chase" UK (but were afraid to ask) (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chris Hardwick teams with Mark Burnett for SCIENCE! (Deadline)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENTS OF AWESOME: The "Naked Desire" Wheel player gets a second chance on "Ellen" (Cleveland Scene) and a terminally-ill patient meets Vanna (KPNX Phoenix)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Harper (Reality TV World)

posted 4/4/17

The Price Is Socially Awesome!
Social Media the Focus This Week!
From Tubefilter

It’s the longest-running game show in TV history and remains No. 1 in daytime ratings, but the venerable The Price Is Right is kicking up its heels this week with a variety of social-media stars, games, prizes and other gambits.

“We used to have to come out and ask the audience what prizes and games they liked,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards of show producer Fremantle Media. “What social media does is allow us to do that across the country. We love it. We get such interaction.”

The CBS show’s “Socially Awesome Week” opened with today’s episode featuring influencer Jake Paul (who catapulted form Vine fame to more than 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, 5.4 million Instagram followers, and a venture-backed startup with high-profile investors) taking over the Price Instagram account and also performing as a guest model on set during presentations of prizes.

The social-media feedback has helped keep the show from getting outdated, Richards said. He and other show executives joked about the old days, when prizes invariably included a grandfather clock in most episodes. Among the cars, vacations, appliances and furniture given away this week are tech-related options such as a PlayStation 4 with a PS VR virtual-reality headset and accessories, as well as high-end smartphones.

“We give away more prizes than anyone,” said Supervising Prize Producer Eric Mills, between $90 million and $100 million a year, to about 1,900 winners who manage to at least “come on down” to the front. And to find all the cutting-edge gear, Mills and others haunt the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show, to see what’s going to be hot for the year.

And because “Millennials don’t want stuff, they want experiences,” the show’s prizes now include many more overseas trips to countries such as China, Mills said.

Other events during Socially Awesome Week include live tweeting during the airing of all episodes:
- Two “Tweet for a Seat” winners, each of whom created and successfully submitted their best personal “Come On Down” videos on Twitter, were flown to Los Angeles for an episode taping and put up in a hotel.
- Wednesday will include a win-at-home opportunity for people using the #SociallyAwesomeTPIR hashtag, awarding $1,000 to a home audience member every time someone wins a pricing game.
- Throwback Thursday will include a recreation of a 1983 episode, down to updated versions of all the prizes awarded.
- Friday will feature one of the show’s models, James O’Halloran, as a Facebook Live correspondent giving a behind-the-scenes look at show preparations.

Richards said the Facebook Live initiative is “hard for us” to pull together amid the hubbub of pre-show production, but the producers will test it as an opportunity to further harness audience engagement.

“It’s more of our initiative of touching fans and getting them to be a part of the show,” Richards said.

Tubefilter

posted 4/3/17

Top Model: Age Ain't Nothing But a Number
Tyra Banks Removes Cap on 27-and-Older
From Entertainment Weekly

It’s been just over two weeks since Tyra Banks reclaimed her position at the head of America’s Next Top Model‘s judging panel, but the 43-year-old is already stirring the pot.

The supermodel, television producer, and makeup mogul has announced she is removing the age limit from the ANTM contestant application, opening the modeling competition up to contenders of all ages.

“There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle we say you have to be 27 years old or younger,” Banks said in a video message she tweeted Saturday. “You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are, honey.”

While the age limit is a thing of the past, Banks asks that potential contestants come prepared to do two things: “You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel,” she says.

Banks, who was also recently hired as the new host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, confirmed she would return to the show she launched back in 2003 after taking a short hiatus from the judges’ panel throughout cycle 23 — the show’s first to air on VH1. Pop star Rita Ora replaced Banks in the interim.

Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
USA Today

posted 4/3/17


Fox/FremantleMedia North America
"Idol" Reboot Not Moving Forward
Fox, NBC Decline Option
From TV Line

According to TMZ, the proposed American Idol revival has been shelved amid a dispute between producers Fremantle Media and Core Media Group.

It was first reported back in February that Fremantle pitched NBC execs a revival of the long-running singing competition. NBC was said to be seriously considering the idea, giving them the leeway to cut The Voice down to once a year while still maintaining a year-round reality line-up, where The Voice would air in the fall, followed by Idol in spring and America’s Got Talent in summer.

On March 28, TMZ reported that the Peacock network and Fox, Idol‘s former network, had both made pitches to Fremantle with an interest in bringing the show back. Fremantle, which also produces AGT, was said to be pushing Core to agree to NBC’s offer, which Core construed as a potential conflict of interest, with Fremantle hoping Idol would help make AGT “the cornerstone of a year-round” reality-TV cycle on NBC. Core feared this would diminish Idol‘s value as a brand.

TV Line

posted 4/3/17

The Wall Coming to Spain
Telecinco Options for Spanish Version
From C21Media

Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has commissioned a local version of NBC’s hit US quizshow The Wall.

The show, produced by Gestmusic, part of Endemol Shine Group, is due to air in an as-yet undisclosed primetime slot.

The original US version, produced by Glassman Media, Spring Hill Entertainment and Core Media Group, was piloted on NBC last December. It went on to pick up an average 6.6 million viewers during its first season run and has since been recommissioned for a second to launch in June.

A French version premiered on TF1 at the end of February as a daily weekday show, picking up a 21.3% share and four million-plus viewers.

Russia’s NTV is due to launch a version in May, and options have been sold to Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Turkey.

C21Media

posted 4/3/17

A (44) Blue Pie in the Face
Firm Wants to Put Board Game on TV
From Deadline

Unscripted production company 44 Blue has acquired the U.S. television rights to the popular game Pie Face to develop as an hourlong game show, with UK-based CPL Productions.

Created by Rocket Games, Pie Face is one of the fastest-selling games of all time.

“With well over 10 million sold worldwide, Pie Face took the Internet by storm and quickly became a household name,” said Stephanie Drachkovitch, president and co-founder of 44 Blue Productions. “This project will take the ultimate party game and turn it into funny, fast-paced television game show experience for all generations.”

In Pie Face, players load a movable arm with whipped cream and take turns sliding their head through the mask and spinning the spinner. Players turn the handle the number of times indicated on the spinner and the tension on the arm builds, until suddenly someone is slapped with a face full of whipped cream.

Deadline

posted 4/3/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Heir to the Live Throne"

posted 4/3/17


CBS/Jerry Bruckheimer TV
THURSDAY: Welcome to Race Day
Nine Countries, 17 Cities, 36,000 Miles Begins Tonight!
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (5.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "The Catch" (3.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

CBS (6.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with the post-NCAA return of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Mom" (7.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Life in Pieces" (5.585 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus the season premiere of "The Amazing Race" (4.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.715 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) followed by originals from "Powerless" (1.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Chicago Med" (5.850 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.064 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.523 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Kicking & Screaming" (1.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.733 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Riverdale" (0.977 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 892k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 398k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 377k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 341k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 317k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 265k

Broadway World
Reality TV World
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/17


NBC
NPH Plays "Genius"
Neil Patrick Harris to Host, Executive Produce Quiz for NBC
From the Futon Critic

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts NBC's exciting new game show "Genius Junior," which celebrates the brightest children in America.

The average adult relies on Google maps to get them to their destination, their calculator for simple math problems and auto-correct for spelling errors. However, what if they had to memorize the entire U.S. highway system, do mind-bending math equations or spell incredibly complex words - backwards - all on their own? What if they had to do this against the clock? And what if they were all 12 years old and under?

"Genius Junior" is the ultimate test of smarts. Twelve teams of the most incredible children in the country will compete to be crowned Genius Junior. Over five grueling rounds, with each round tougher than the last, teams of three children will have to work together to beat the competition. It's not enough to win a spelling bee, be a mathlete or even a memory champion - to win "Genius Junior" you have to be brilliant at everything.

The winning team will take home the Genius Junior Grant that will set the stage for a big and bright future ahead.

"I'm thrilled to be part of a project that shines a light on extraordinary children and challenges viewers to exercise their own minds," Harris said. "NBC is a great home for 'Genius Junior.' Plus, the contestants are kids, so they're destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win. I kid. #pun."

"Tackling incredibly tough and fast-paced challenges, these amazing child prodigies will leave us entertained and awestruck," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to have Neil as our host. His quick wit and charm are perfectly suited to keep up with the unpredictability that is sure to ensue."

"Watching these amazing genius children solve problems that most adults would find impossible is absolutely riveting," said Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "Add in the super smart and multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris...and it's a no-brainer that this show is going to work."

"Genius Junior" host Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix's series adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for hosting four Tony Awards telecasts and his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of two Emmy Award telecasts. Additionally, Harris served as the host of the 87th Oscars in 2015.

Harris appeared as the beloved character Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," a role which garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People's Choice Awards and a Critics' Choice Award. Other TV credits include "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris," "Stark Raving Mad," "American Horror Story," "Glee" and, famously, "Doogie Howser, M.D."

Under the direction of two-time Oscar nominee David Fincher, Harris starred in the 2014 film "Gone Girl." His other movie credits include "A Million Ways to Die in the West," "The Smurfs" franchise, and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."

A veteran of the theater, Harris originated the role of Hedwig in the Tony-winning Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which earned him Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk awards. He made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's staging of Jonathan Larson's "Rent."

He will soon be releasing a new middle grade fiction series, "The Magic Misfits," in 2017.

"Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media. The series is executive produced by Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan.

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TV Line
The Wrap
Yahoo!
AV Club
Deadline

posted 3/31/17


The CW
CWhat's Happening This Summer
Returning: "Whose Line", "Fool Us!"
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network has set its summer premiere dates for its returning reality series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, as well as the new action-adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY, which The CW acquired from Sky Vision.

The CW's hit improv comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? returns beginning Monday, May 29, with all new episodes at 9:00-9:30p.m. ET, followed by an encore episode of WHOSE LINE at9:30-10:00p.m. ET. WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features host Aisha Tyler and cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use their wild imaginations to conjure up hilarious characters, scenes and songs out of thin air. So, as everyone knows, on Whose Line, "Everything is made up and the points don't matter." Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the US that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The hit magic competition series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US returns with all new episodes Monday, July 10 (8:00-9:00p.m. ET). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. Hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media), with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/31/17

Kids Week 3: The Third One
Catch WWTBAM the Week of April 10!
From Broadway World

Six talented youngsters from across the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during this season's third installment of Whiz Kids Week, airing MONDAY, APRIL 10 - FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017.

Whiz Kids Week has proved to be one of "Millionaire"'s most popular theme weeks, and when the 2016-17 season has wrapped, the brilliant young participants will have taken home a total of more than half a million dollars. The week of April 10-14, these six smart kids will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million: Sarah Schwartz of Miromar Lakes, Florida; Preston Helfand of Tucson, Arizona; Brooke Elliott of Little Rock, Arkansas; Connor Higgins, of Athens, Alabama; Laila Robinson of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Akerth Jain, of Olathe, Kansas.

Emmy-nominated "Millionaire" originates from Bally's Las Vegas and airs across the country weekdays in national syndication. Go to MillionaireTV.com for time and channel. "Millionaire" is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

Broadway World

posted 3/31/17

WEDNESDAY: Fox Fire
"Empire" Helps Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Shots Fired" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Empire" (6.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (5.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), the premiere of "Imaginary Mary" (5.367 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Modern Family" (6.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Black-ish" (4.950 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.115 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (4.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), originals from "Arrow" (1.588 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.969 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.077m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 842k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 279k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/17

ABC Tries Singing One More Time
Network Greenlights "Boy Band"
From Variety

ABC is jumping back into the reality singing-competition genre and adding a twist. The network has given a 10-episode series order to “Boy Band,” a show that will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation, Variety has learned exclusively. Produced by Matador Content (“Lip Sync Battle”), the series is set to debut this summer on the Alphabet.

No host or judges have been selected yet, but insiders say that ABC is out to a number of boy-band and girl-band members past and present for the role of host and for the judges panel. The judges will be called “architects,” and will serve as mentors.

Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members. “Boy Band” will be executive produced by Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun, and Joel Relampagos.

Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 3/30/17

Say Hello to The Paramount Network!
"Lip Sync Battle" Renewed
From The Futon Critic

The worldwide hit franchise, "Lip Sync Battle" is returning for a fourth season consisting of 18 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike (soon to be the Paramount Network), TV Land, CMT. The new season will launch on Paramount Network in January 2018 with a special star-studded LIVE episode emanating from the Paramount lot.

The Emmy(R)-nominated, critically-acclaimed, multiplatform megastar for the network has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch, over two million YouTube Channel subscribers, over two million fans on Facebook, and is the most watched original series in network history.

Season three of "Lip Sync Battle" is in production now with new episodes debuting on Spike Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

"Lip Sync Battle has evolved into a premium global franchise with a nearly a billion platforms views in less than two years," said Kay. "With our amazing hosts, incredible participating talent, and creative and forward-thinking producers, Lip Sync Battle will be a cornerstone franchise for the rebranded Paramount Network launching next January."

"The entire Lip Sync Battle family is so honored and over the moon to have a home on the new Paramount Network! We're already planning our LIVE Season 4 Synctacular Event on the fabled Paramount backlot. They may never be the same!" said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.

The "Lip Sync Battle" brand grew exponentially over the past year. Spike's sister network Nickelodeon recently greenlit the new original series, "Lip Sync Battle Shorties" featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists. Also this year, a groundbreaking new "Lip Sync Battle" app was launched to rave reviews and a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines was created for an on-board experiential experience.

In addition, the "Lip Sync Battle" franchise is taking over the world airing in 110 territories spread out over six continents and original format versions in in 14 countries as wide ranging as Israel, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia and Viacom's Channel 5 in the UK where it has been a huge ratings success.

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The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/30/17


NBC/MGM Television
TUESDAY: Battles Are Done
NBC, CBS Split; "The Voice" Tops Demo Draw
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.849 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.975 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Trial & Error" (4.559 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), a second "Trial & Error" (3.373 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

The silver then went to CBS (11.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "NCIS" (14.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Bull" (10.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "New Girl" (2.192 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Mick" (2.350 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by the series finale of "Bones" (4.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (3.913 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "American Housewife" (3.071 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), another "American Housewife" (2.955 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.584 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus the finale of "People Icons" (2.171 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.357 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.640 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 918k
- Chopped: Star Power (Food): 901k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 823k
- Cosplay Melee (Syfy): 532k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 379k

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posted 3/29/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's Just a Game... Right?"

  • Nick Viall "Dancing with the Stars" has gotten Vanessa Grimaldi upset (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cheryl Burke reportedly replacing departing Abby Lee Miller on "Dance Moms" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Vanna White on her (letter) turn in Playboy... 30 years later (Cleveland.com)
     

  • Are Survivor castaways heading for "Candy Crush"? (Inside Survivor)
     

  • Sue Perkins to host British Comedy Awards (Beyond the Joke)
     

  • WatchMojo trades video listicles for a hockey game show (Montreal Gazette)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Jeopardy! at 53 (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • "The Fresh Prince" cast reunited and Alfonso Ribeiro couldn't have been happier... ABOUT THAT (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Shark Tank (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/29/17

Jason Manford Has a Big Head
ITV Greenlights Celebrity Game
From Telly Mix

Jason Manford is to host a wacky new game show on ITV called Bigheads.

Due to air on prime time later this Spring Bigheads will pit some of the worlds most recognisable faces head to head in this is a unique, fast paced and high-energy show.

Every week eight members of the public are transformed into the world’s most famous celebrities by donning giant heads.

The Bigheads compete against each other in a series of massive celebrity-inspired challenges in this new physical game show which frankly sounds totally ridiculous.

The celebrity Bigheads featured in the series range from politicians and celebrities through to historical figures and royalty.

They include the likes of Simon Cowell, Mo Farah, Adele, Benedict Cumberbatch and Victoria Beckham plus William Shakespeare, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Queen Victoria and Donald Trump.

The series will be formed of six episodes, filmed in front of live arena audience, ending with a grand final.

Jason Manford said: "I'm really looking forward to you all seeing Big Heads. It's the daftest show I've ever been involved in and I've done a lot of daft shows!

"It's the show where people in massive celebrity heads get hit in the face and fall over. If you don't like that you need to have a long hard look at yourself."

Joining Jason each week to commentate on proceedings will be TV personality Jenny Powell and Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi MBE.

Jenny Powell said: "I'm so excited to be involved in a show like Bigheads for ITV. It's so different from anything I've done before and I'm delighted to be working with the hilarious Jason Manford and sporting legend Kriss Akabusi. Viewers can expect a lot of fun and high energy - it's a real treat for all the family."

Kriss Akabusi added: "I’m very excited to be involved with ITV’s new series Bigheads! It has everything one could want and more for evening family entertainment; drama, excitement, spectacular costumes and set, all this fused with real athletic endeavour."

Telly Mix
ITV Press Centre

posted 3/29/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Talk Talk"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Talk Show the Game Show" (truTV, next Wednesday) (Paste)
     

  • Billy on "American Horror Story" (WKOW Madison).... and Billy on Sesame Street (TV Line)
     

  • Nick Viall says it's "too early" to tie the knot with Vanessa Grimaldi. Tick tock, Nick. Tick. Tock. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess are getting hot and heavy. And they're also heating up the dance floor as well (E!)
     

  • Happily ever after is coming for Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell after all... well, kinda (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ben Bailey (PressConnects.com)

posted 3/29/17


NBC
NBC Gets Crafty
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman Offer "The Handmade Project"
From IGN

Comedians Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are teaming up for a new game show about craftsmanship.

NBC has ordered 6 episodes of 'The Handmade Project,' which will pit contestants' skills in the art of, well, making things.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, who starred in NBC's hit comedy series Parks and Recreation together, are going to be reunited to work on the project. Poehler is looking forward to conquering her fear of paper mache, while Offerman boasts a wealth of knowledge in the woodworking world, owning his own woodshop and holding a spot in the New York Times best-selling list in his field.

The Handmade Project invites participants of all ages and creative specialties to apply on their website, which also states the need for availability from August 2017 to December 2017 as a loose production date.

IGN
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 3/28/17

Strike?
WGA East Votes to Authorize Work Stoppage
From Deadline

In the second of a one-two punch that puts the WGA further along the road to a threatened strike against the film and TV industry, the WGA East’s council voted tonight in New York to seek strike authorization from the guild’s members. The vote comes a day after the WGA West’s board voted in Los Angeles to seek the same authorization from its members.

The back-to-back votes were recommended unanimously by the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management’s AMPTP on Friday.

The WGA West said last night that the guild’s members will begin voting in April – online and at special membership meetings – to authorize the board and council to call a strike if future talks fail to produce a fair contract. That voting will be concluded by April 24 or 25 – a week before the May 1 expiration of the current film and TV contract.

Both labor and management have said they intend to return to the bargaining table after the strike-authorization vote is conducted. “Keeping the industry working is in everyone’s best interests, and we are ready to return to negotiations when they are,” management’s AMPTP said after talks broke off Friday.

“We are committed to continue negotiating with the companies in good faith to get you the deal we all deserve,” WGA leaders told their members Friday night.

“The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its efforts at reaching an agreement at the bargaining table,” the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television said after talks collapsed Friday.

The WGA blamed the companies for rejecting virtually every one of their proposals to improve the lot of film and TV writers and to rescue the guilds’ failing health plan, which is facing insolvency at current levels of income and expenditures. After two weeks of bargaining, the WGA said, “The companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers.”

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posted 3/28/17

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending March 19
From TV Newscheck

Two magazines made strong moves in the session ending March 19, with Extra scoring the category’s largest increase, jumping 20% to a 1.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating despite the double negatives of Daylight Saving Time draining viewers and preemptions for March Madness, the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament on CBS affiliates.

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

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.9 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -11%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -9%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

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posted 3/28/17


Discovery/All3Media
Back on Duty
Discovery to Resurrect "Cash Cab"
From the Futon Critic

In a city with over 13,000 taxis, there's only one New Yorkers should keep their eyes peeled for... the CASH CAB! The Emmy(R) winning series will return to Discovery in 2017, with a new spin, as unsuspecting passengers will be ambushed by America's favorite celebrities! Comedian David Steinberg (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, INSIDE COMEDY, SEINFELD, and MAD ABOUT YOU) comes to the project and with All3Media's Lion USA will revamp the series as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer.

Revived and revved up, unwitting passengers enter the Cash Cab expecting a normal taxi journey, only to discover they're instant contestants in for a potentially lucrative ride. Dodging New York City traffic, these lucky passengers will take on classic CASH CAB trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social media shout outs. If these riders get three questions wrong, though, they're out on the street. All new episodes will feature some of the top names in comedy, film and TV... who will even get behind the wheel of the cab itself, picking up lucky passengers.

All3 Media's Lion USA returns to produce CASH CAB, following 10 successful seasons and winning 3 consecutive Emmy Awards(R).

CASH CAB is produced for Discovery Channel by Lion USA and Norton Productions. For All3 Media's USA, Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn are executive producers. For Norton Productions, Robyn Todd is co-executive producer. For Discovery, John Slaughter is executive producer.

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posted 3/28/17

MONDAY: Battle On
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First, "Dancing" Tops Viewers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.636 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back in the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (10.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Taken" (5.249 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (8.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.976 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Quantico" (3.450 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Kevin Can Wait" (5.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by a new "Superior Donuts" (5.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a special "The Great Indoors" (4.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Scorpion" (4.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.188 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "APB" (2.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) likewise served up originals from "Supergirl" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.939 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.880m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.675m
- Cake Wars (Food): 602k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300k

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posted 3/28/17

WEEKEND: Off to a Flying Start
"RuPaul's Drag Race" Off and Running on Its New Home
From the Futon Critic

"RuPaul's Drag Race" shattered records on Friday night with its most watched episode ever. Nearly one million viewers tuned in for the season nine premiere which tripled the time slot on VH1 while more than doubling last season's debut.

Additionally, the pop culture phenomenon broke the internet becoming the #1 most social show on television. Friday's telecast scored the series its highest twitter volume ever, and trended worldwide during the broadcast.

For a preview of this Friday's second episode airing at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1, please visit http://www.logotv.com/video-clips/18dsyr. Viewers will not want to miss the conclusion to the shocking premiere cliffhanger to find out which queen will return to the competition and who will be the first to sashay away. Special guests include Lisa Kudrow and the B-52s.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.484m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.152m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 1.002m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 223k

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posted 3/28/17

Alexander Armstrong Asks Britain
Interactive Quiz Show in the Works on ITV
From ATV Today

The live, interactive series asks viewers to vote along on opinion-based topics, whilst a celebrity panel go head to head to try and second-guess the audience at home’s choices. Audiences will be asked to download a free app in order to play along.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the series will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong with celebrity team captains to be announced shortly.

“Following hot on the heels of Brexit and the US election the show and app allows us to effectively hold 10 entertainment referendums per night! The viewers can tell us how they feel live, unfiltered and as one voice. The show will cut through the rhetoric to reveal the viewers opinions on some important topics – should Beckham get that knighthood and what’s the morally right thing to do after blocking the toilet at a dinner party?” – Executive Producer, Mike Benson

Alexander will have a ‘direct line’ to the viewers at home, ITV note, which he will use to put questions to present them with questions on everything from “How many affairs are acceptable in a marriage?” to moral dilemmas; “If you saw someone leave £50 in a cash point, what would you do?” and more topical subjects like “Do you think we should have another Scottish Referendum?”

“This is going to be a totally unique broadcasting experience – one where the outcomes of every round rest entirely in the hands of our audience who participate in real time. We’re effectively harnessing the voting public like never before to get instant referendums on the questions that really count: what is the sexiest regional accent, and what to do when you block the toilet at a dinner party: the big stuff”. – Alexander Armstrong

The 6 x 60 series will be produced by indie Chalkboard for transmission on ITV this spring.

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posted 3/28/17

Insight Plots "Living Stone"
Couples Play Survival Game
From Realscreen

Factual entertainment channel Insight TV has completed production of its new 4K UHD adventure game show, Living Stone.

Produced in partnership with Dutch prodco Strix Television, Living Stone takes five couples on an adventure through Botswana. Contestants hike challenging terrains as they come face-to-face with the forces of nature: heavy thunderstorms, extreme heat and daily encounters with wild animals.

Throughout the show, they take part in games to compete to stay together as a couple. If they lose a game, it could mean they lose their partner, end up in a remote camp in exile or the competition. After eight treks, two couples’ face-off in a thrilling grand finale.

“Living Stone combines the format engine of the adventure reality genre with the breath-taking landscapes you would normally only see in wildlife documentaries,” said Roy Aalderink, CEO of Strix Television, in a statement.

Then new series will be shown in 4K UHD on Insight TV’s SVOD service from April 2 and on the platforms Vodafone Portugal, Vodafone Spain, Swisscom and Tricolor all in UHD. Insight TV is showcasing Living Stone at MIPTV in Cannes, April 3 – 6.

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posted 3/28/17


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

Whereas "The Chair" was all sunshine and rainbows, the OTHER show from the Not-So-Great Game-Show Rivalry of 2002 was Guantanamo Bay televised! Chris Wolvie and "Games Gone By..." takes a look at the show that probably shouldn't've even BEEN: "The Chamber".

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posted 3/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Call It A Comeback"

  • Brian & Jonathan Louden, winners of "Mythbusters: The Search", will get their shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd admits to putting her wedding on hold (Reality TV World)
     

  • Armoza has a new friend on Formatzone (C21 Media)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Darnell (Deadline)

posted 3/28/17

More on "Kids BBQ Championship"
Catch It on Food Network May 1
From the Futon Critic

Kids BBQ Championship is back for season two with an updated format, more kid grill masters and new co-host Damaris Phillips joining returning co-host Eddie Jackson to lead the fiery action. This season, each episode finds four young chefs entering the outdoor kitchen for two rounds of red-hot challenges and the most successful competitor wins $10,000 and BBQ glory. With cooking challenges from baby back ribs and hearty chuck wagon meals to bison and classic pork and beans, the eight episodes also feature some of the biggest names in BBQ as guest judges, including Shannon Ambrosio, Diva Q, Jess Pryles, Roger Mooking, Kent Rollins and Michael Mixon. Kids BBQ Championship premieres Monday, May 1st at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"The contestants may be small, but they have big grill skills - this isn't your parent's BBQ competition," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "The outdoor battles are fun, fast-paced and family-friendly."

Southern spitfire Damaris Phillips won season nine of Food Network Star, leading the Louisville native to her own daytime series Southern at Heart. She graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a degree in Culinary Arts and then taught at the same school inspiring up-and-coming chefs to follow their dreams. One of five kids, Damaris learned to cook at an early age and was responsible for cooking one night a week for her large family. Damaris' modern twist on Southern classics and her signature wit pack a one-two punch in the kitchen.

Food Network Star season eleven winner Eddie Jackson is a former NFL player turned private chef, food truck owner and personal trainer. In 2015, he proved to be the ultimate culinary champion during Star, known for his charismatic personality, charm under pressure and spectacular cooking skills. Eddie's unique take on food combines his southern background with his passion for rich bold flavors. He has appeared on Food Network shows including BBQ Blitz, Chopped, Clash of the Grandmas and Christmas at Bobby's.

Viewers can meet the competitors and see fiery highlights as fearless kids man the grills at FoodNetwork.com/KidsBBQ and weigh in on their favorite moments on social media using the hashtag #KidsBBQ.

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posted 3/27/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Chasers Face the Music"

  • Mark Labbett wants to go dancing with the stars (Telly Mix), while he & the rest of the Chasers win "Let's Sing & Dance for Comic Relief" (What's on TV)
     

  • Carol Vorderman's mother gets a horrible diagnosis (Digital Spy)
     

  • Chris Harrison celebrates 15 years of "The Bachelor" with the mother of all awkward photos (Reality TV World)
     

  • Former ANTM cycle 4 contestant Brandy Rusher in critical condition after being shot (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gleb Savchenko is dancing for two (Reality TV World)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy (calf) is a scratch tonight (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor season finale May 24, Amazing Race June 1 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: this week's inappropriate "Countdown" word has Rachel all... abuzz (Huffington Post)
     

  • GSN without cable. Or, you know... you could download the GSN Now app... (Streaming Observer)
     

  • Bolton gets its own "Crystal Maze" (The Bolton News)
     

  • Lindsay Lohan is pitching a prank game involving her taking over your social media (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek on investing, managing wealth, and giving back (Toronto Globe & Mail)

posted 3/27/17


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CHUCK BARRIS: 1929-2017
Host & Creator of "The Gong Show"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Chuck Barris, the goofball host of The Gong Show who also was the manic mastermind behind two other spontaneous game-show classics, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, has died. He was 87.

Barris, who in his book, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin.

The Philadelphia native also penned the 1962 pop song "Palisades Park," a tribute to the old amusement park in New Jersey that was a hit for Freddy Cannon and figured high on Barris' list of career achievements.

With his innovative shows, Barris changed the face of reality TV but was derided but critics who nicknamed him "The King of Schlock," "The Baron of Bad Taste" and "The Ayatollah of Trasherola."

On The Gong Show, which aired on NBC and in syndication in daytime and primetime from 1976-80, amateurs took to the stage to demonstrate their so-called talent in front of three celebrity judges. Quite often, they made fools of themselves.

Barris' original idea had been to create a show that featured fine performers, but in his search for talent, he frequently encountered awful acts. "I came back and said, 'Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.

When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.

Any of the three judges (a roster that included Jaye P. Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong.

"Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said. "Bad acts are inherent in everyone."

Acts who appeared included The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston), Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens and Barris' own mother, and at random moments, the host would call out Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) to boogie for the audience to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside."

On one particularly crazy show, Morgan unbuttoned her blouse to reveal her breasts to the cameras, and Barris said she never worked on The Gong Show again.

"The end of the show came because of me," he said in the TV Archive chat. "I had a small nervous breakdown out there, doing strange things. When I see films of the last shows, I was walking around, busting up [studio] flats on the air. That was the behavior of a host who was bored to death."

In October, ABC ordered a new version of The Gong Show to be executive produced by Will Arnett.

Barris first made his mark in the game show arena when he created The Dating Game, which bowed as an ABC daytime program in December 1965. Hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange, the program featured a bachelor or bachelorette asking three members of the opposite sex suggestive questions, then choosing one for a date.

ABC's The Newlywed Game, produced by Barris and hosted by the cheeky Bob Eubanks, premiered in July 1966. Four couples who had been married for a year or less competed by matching answers to questions about their spouses' likes and dislikes. Just like The Dating Game, it was a huge hit and played in primetime as well (both shows aired in tandem on Saturday nights for a time).

Barris often came off as a nut case, but he was an astute businessman. As a pioneer of first-run syndication, he sold The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game to stations after ABC canceled his shows, keeping them the air.

He formed the public company Chuck Barris Productions in 1968 and sold his shares in the firm to producer Burt Sugarman in a 1986 deal that valued the company at about $86 million ($195 million today). The firm was eventually acquired by producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters and then by Sony.

Charles Hirsch Barris was born on June 3, 1929. The son of a dentist and a housewife, he graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University, then landed a job in the foundry at U.S. Steel.

After working various odd jobs, including traveling around the country selling teleprompters, Barris moved to New York and became an NBC page. He went through a management training program and took a sales job, but then the network fired everyone in the department.

He then was hired by ABC, which offered him the dubious assignment of tailing Dick Clark, the young and popular host of TV's American Bandstand, at Philadelphia station WFIL-TV. Barris' task was to ascertain whether Clark was involved in the illegal practice of payola.

"It was so ridiculous. If I left at 6 o'clock, what's to say he couldn't be doing anything nefarious after 6 o'clock?" Barris said.

Still, he wrote daily memos detailing the goings-on at American Bandstand for about a year, and his notes were presented before a House of Representatives subcommittee in Washington. Ultimately, Clark was absolved of any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, "Palisades Park" had reached No. 3 in June 1962 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Barris would also write the theme music for many of his game shows.)

As a result of his work shadowing Clark, ABC sent Barris to Los Angeles as its director of daytime television on the West Coast. When no one would return his phone calls, he set up shop in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. His innate sense of Hollywood tribal behavior worked: Now people were getting back to him.

His first show was Poker People, a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "It was a disaster," he recalled. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes."

Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer. Living on his royalties from "Palisades Park," Barris developed The Dating Game and sold the show to his former employers.

"When The Dating Game came out, women had to wait for a man to call," Lange told the Los Angeles Times in a 2002 interview. "Having them make the choices [on the show] appealed to the female population, the target demographic."

Future sportscaster Al Michaels was a member of his staff; Burt Reynolds, Michael Jackson and John Ritter were among the contestants; and it was Barris' idea to have Lange and the contestants blow kisses to the cameras at the end of each show.

The Newlywed Game "was the easiest show to do," he said in the TV Archive interview. "It only needed four couples, four questions and a washer/dryer."

In the show's most precious moment, Eubanks asked one wife,"Where specifically is the weirdest place that you personally have ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?"

"In the ass?" she answered. Her husband then turned over a card that revealed his response: "In the car."

In 1980, Barris directed, co-wrote (with Robert Downey Sr.) and appeared in Universal's The Gong Show Movie. An R-rated look at the game show, it was pulled from theaters after one weekend, he said.

Barris also presided over other game shows like The Game Game, How's Your Mother-in-Law?, Dream Girl of '67, The $1.98 Beauty Show, 3's a Crowd — with the premise "Who knows a husband better, his wife or his secretary?" — The Family Game and The New Treasure Hunt.

In 1968, he produced Operation: Entertainment, a variety show that had a different host (George Carlin, Dick Cavett, Dick Shawn, et al) appearing at a different military base each week.

Barris read Erich Segal's Love Story and figured he could write an even better romance novel. So he went to France and penned You and Me, Babe, based on his relationship with his first wife; and it was published in 1974 and became a best-seller.

After "the critics had harassed me for 15 years saying that I'd lowered the bar of civilization," he said in a 2003 interview with A.V. Club, an angry Barris holed up in a New York hotel for two years and wrote Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

The book was a dud upon its release but sold well when the film version, starring Sam Rockwell as Barris, was released.

Asked in the TV Archive interview if he really was an assassin, Barris replied: "I don't answer that question, ever. I can just tell you that the No. 2 guy in the CIA said that I must have been standing too close to the gong when I said things like that."

A sequel, Bad Grass Never Dies, came out in 2004.

His daughter, 36, died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in 1998, and Barris wrote the moving Della: A Memoir of My Daughter, published in 2010.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Mary Clagett. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made in his name to the New York Police Foundation.

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Mario Lopez Gets a Sweet Tooth
"Extra" Host Tapped to Present "Candy Crush"
From Yahoo!

Mario Lopez is set to host the live-action CBS game show “Candy Crush,” the presenter announced on Thursday.

The hour-long game show based on the hit mobile game will premiere on July 9.

The show will see teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards. They will use their entire bodies to swing, slide and swipe to make matches in order to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions.

“Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host ‘Candy Crush.’ As a big fan of the game and a competitor by nature, his larger-than-life enthusiasm matches the size and scope of our show,” said executive producer Matt Kunitz in a statement.

“As a player, I am excited to step into the real life Candy Crush Arena,” added Lopez.

The show is by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King.com Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, John Quinn, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson, King’s Chief Creative Officer and Candy Crush Saga creator, will executive produce.

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posted 3/23/17


Fox
Fox Sets ITS Summer Lineup
Quartet of New Entries Join "SYTYCD", "MasterChef", "American Grit"
From The Futon Critic

FOX is announcing summer premiere dates for new series LOVE CONNECTION, BEAT SHAZAM, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY and SUPERHUMAN, as well as the returns of MASTERCHEF, AMERICAN GRIT and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

This summer, Thursdays are all about match-making and music, with the debuts of LOVE CONNECTION and BEAT SHAZAM on May 25. All-new unscripted series LOVE CONNECTION kicks off the night at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") and executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), the one-hour series amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. Each hour episode will feature single men and/or women in search of romance, as Cohen brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

New interactive game show BEAT SHAZAM, hosted by Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained") debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), the series pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the highest score will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a cash prize.

On Wednesday, May 31, new LIVE series THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY debuts, following the Season Eight premiere of MASTERCHEF (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On MASTERCHEF, Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez to the judges' panel. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.

Then, get ready for food, family and fun when Ramsay's bold, new LIVE series, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, debuts at 9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. Based on his hit U.K. series, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and great cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. During each episode, teams of foodie families and friends will battle it out LIVE in a high-stakes cook-off, hoping to impress Ramsay, as well as celebrities, VIPs and other dinner guests. As the LIVE battle heats up, the show will feature Ramsay hosting highly stylized cooking demos and weekly out-of-the-kitchen adventures with fans, foodies and surprise guests. We'll see Gordon at his best inside the kitchen, and at his most mischievous outside the kitchen. With Gordon LIVE, anything can happen!

On Sunday, June 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), WWE(R) Superstar John Cena(R) brings 17 new competitors - all who either have lost their grit or never had it - to sunny Hampton Island, GA. There, Cena and an elite group of military heroes will live alongside these people, all in search of a change, and take them under their wing as they lead them through a series of all-new epic team and individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will win a quarter of a million dollars, but hopefully, all of them will find their Grit.

Hosted by Cat Deeley and featuring the return of Mary Murphy as judge, alongside Nigel Lythgoe, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE enters its 14th season on Monday, June 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America's votes and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. An additional judge will be announced soon.

Following SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, get ready to have your mind blown when SUPERHUMAN premieres at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actor Kal Penn, and featuring panelists Mike Tyson, Christina Milian and Dr. Rahul Jandial, this jaw-dropping series of one-hour episodes tests the abilities of ordinary people to use their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize. In each episode, five contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight and more, are challenged to push their skills to the limit, yet only one will take home the title of SUPERHUMAN and the $50,000 grand prize.

Additional finale dates, summer premiere dates and schedule information to be announced.

RECAP - FOX 2017 SUMMER PREMIERE DATES (All times ET/PT, except as noted)

Sunday, May 14
7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed 2017 MISS USA(R)

Thursday, May 25
8:00-9:00 PM LOVE CONNECTION (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAT SHAZAM (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, May 31
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (Series Premiere)

Sunday, June 11
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN GRIT (Season Premiere)

Monday, June 12
8:00-9:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERHUMAN (Series Premiere)

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posted 3/23/17


NATAS
Daytime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
CBS vs. Syndication for Game Shows' Top Prize
From TV Line

Nominations for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday on CBS’ The Talk, and it looks to be a horse race among the four surviving sudsers.

CBS’ The Young and the Restless walked away with a slight lead, amassing 25 total nods to the 23 netted by both ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. NBC’s Days of Our Lives followed closed with 22 nominations.

This year’s Daytime Emmys will be held Sunday, April 30 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California, with the Creative Arts ceremony landing on the Friday prior.

Outstanding Game Show Host
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal
Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy

Outstanding Game Show
Celebrity Name Game
Family Feud
Jeopardy
Let’s Make a Deal
The Price Is Right

Broadway World
TV Line
Broadway World

posted 3/23/17

Survivor Lives
CBS Renews 16 Series
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America's Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date.

Among those listed for renewal: "Survivor", which will be on season 35 in the fall.

Still no word on "The Amazing Race" or "Hunted".

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/23/17

"Ink Master" Gets Angelic
Spike Renews Flagship Series, Spins Off
From The Futon Critic

Spike's hit original tattoo-competition series, "Ink Master," continues to grow, renewing for a tenth season and greenlighting a new special, "Ink Master Angels." The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike. "Ink Master" and "Ink Master Angels" are produced by Truly Original.

Season 10, which has been picked up for 16 one-hour episodes, will go into production later this year and air on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018.

With the rise in popularity of female competitors on "Ink Master," Spike also has greenlit "Ink Master Angels." The one-hour special will feature four of Season 8's top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose - as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America's most talented tattoo artists in a variety of challenges, to see who has what it takes to beat them. The special will debut later this year.

"I'm so pleased to see 'Ink Master' reach a milestone tenth season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network," said Senior. "The franchise has shown such amazing growth with our female audience that it is a natural progression to launch a female-fronted standalone competition, as well."

Season 9 of "Ink Master" debuts this June along with new episodes of spinoff series "Ink Master: Redemption."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/23/17

WEDNESDAY: Something For Everybody
Fox, CBS Split
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday with the premiere of "Shots Fired" (4.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (7.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its original lineup of "Blindspot" (4.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Speechless" (3.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.085 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.402 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 890k
- Cooks vs. Cons (SP/Food): 879k
- Are You The One?: Second Chances (P/MTV): 389k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 338k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/23/17

TUESDAY: No "This Is Us", No Problem
"The Voice" Buoys NBC to the Win over CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), week two of "Trial & Error" (5.387 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), a second "Trial & Error" (4.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.102 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the second most-watched network despite repeats of "NCIS" (9.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bull" (7.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was ABC (3.232 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "American Housewife" (3.193 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.645 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and a new "People Icons" (3.183 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up originals from "New Girl" (1.975 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Mick" (2.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Bones" (3.538 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (2.646 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.760 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) on The CW (2.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (SP/Food): 991k
- Face Off (Syfy): 960k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 812k
- Cosplay Melee (P/Syfy): 521k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 374k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 367k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/23/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Trip to Paradise?"

  • CASTING COUCH: Paradise Run season 3 (BigIslandNow.com)
     

  • About that chemistry between Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess... (E!)
     

  • Kristi Yamaguchi tells Nancy Kerrigan to "break a leg" in her DWTS debut. And then things get weird (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tom Bergeron looks to broker peace between Bill Shatner and Nick Viall (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: this week's inappropriate "Countdown" word has Rachel all... abuzz (Huffington Post)
     

  • GSN without cable. Or, you know... you could download the GSN Now app... (Streaming Observer)
     

  • Bolton gets its own "Crystal Maze" (The Bolton News)
     

  • Lindsay Lohan is pitching a prank game involving her taking over your social media (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek on investing, managing wealth, and giving back (Toronto Globe & Mail)

posted 3/22/17

BBCWW Plays MIPTV
"Let It Shine" Headlines Slate
From C21Media

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has unveiled its formats slate for MipTV in Cannes next month, led by Gary Barlow-fronted singing competition series Let It Shine.

Barlow will be performing in Cannes at the launch of the BBC1 format, which hunts for five singers to play boyband members in a nationwide musical featuring the music of Take That.

Other new formats on the BBC commercial arm’s slate include Let’s Sing & Dance, in which local celebrities have to don their dancing shoes and grab the mic, and Tribal Bootcamp, which sees comedians plunged into the world’s strongest, fittest and toughest tribes. Daytime quizshow The Boss is also included.

The History Channel in New Zealand has ordered a second season of its local version of Coast, while Keshet in Israel has commissioned a second run of The Great Bake Off.

Elsewhere, public broadcaster CyBC in Cyprus has ordered a local version of The Weakest Link, while ABC in Australia has licensed Stargazing Live, with Professor Brian Cox due to present the three-part show in a trio of live broadcasts on April 4, 5 and 6.

C21Media

posted 3/22/17

Germany Plays It By Ear
Das Erste Orders German Version of Irish Game
From C21Media

German channel Das Erste has ordered a local version of a family entertainment quizshow devised by Irish producer Adare Productions and broadcaster RTÉ.

Das Erste has commissioned a 10-episode run of Play It By Year, which will be produced by Constantin Entertainment locally.

The German version, So War’s! Das Quiz Der Jahrzehnte, is scheduled to air this summer on the public broadcaster.

The deal was brokered by RTÉ programme sales executive Laura Stearn and comes after the show made its debut in Ireland in December 2015.

It sees three teams go head to head in a test of memory, teamwork and general knowledge, answering questions based on archive footage.

“It’s the perfect format in that everybody, everywhere has memories that make them laugh, cry and cheer,” said Eddie Doyle, head of comedy, talent development and music at RTÉ.

C21Media

posted 3/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pray for London"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: teatime quizzes are canceled for rolling coverage of London attacks (The Daily Express)
     

  • William Shatner is apparently not a fan of Nick Viall (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen's baby's first word is... (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Maks Chmerkovskiy takes his baby to the ER (Reality TV World)

posted 3/22/17


CBC
BETTY KENNEDY: 1926-2017
Panelist on Canada's "Front Page Challenge"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Betty Kennedy, a veteran Canadian TV broadcaster famed for her work on the CBC’s long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died. She was 91.

Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died Monday in Toronto, the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter. She joined Front Page Challenge as a panelist in 1962, and stayed with the TV show until its cancellation in 1995.

Similar to U.S. panel shows like To Tell the Truth and What's My Line?, castmembers on Front Page Challenge were first blindfolded as they quizzed guests to guess their identity and then followed up the challenge with an in-depth interview.

During her time on the show, Kennedy and fellow panelists interviewed such celebrity guests as Eleanor Roosevelt, Tony Bennett, Boris Karloff, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford, Indira Ghandi and former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1965, the Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was quizzed and then interviewed on Front Page Challenge just weeks before his assassination. Kennedy also hosted The Betty Kennedy Show on Toronto radio station CFRB radio for 27 years.

The Hollywood Reporter
Global News

posted 3/21/17


ABC/BBC Worldwide
MONDAY: Let's Dance!
"The Voice" Holds Off "Dancing"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back on top in adults 18-49 on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Taken" (4.841 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

ABC (9.174 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Quantico" (3.649 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (5.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (5.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (4.611 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scorpion" (6.310 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "APB" (2.895 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.023 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.904 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night for The CW (1.463 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.855m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.645m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 627k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 333k

Broadway World
TV Line
Broadway World
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/21/17

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 12
From B&C

In what has become a syndication tradition, most shows declined in the week ending March 12, the first frame following the important February survey period. The session saw a steep drop-off in promotion from the heavy sweep action, and programs were peppered with reruns.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud remained the game show leader but faded 4% to a 6.7 and finished second on the overall chart to syndication champion Judge Judy. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune recovered 3% to a 6.5. CTD’s Jeopardy added 3% to a 6.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will conclude at the end of the season, stood pat at a 1.3.

B&C
TV Newscheck

posted 3/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Eat Your Science"

  • Alton Brown eats Fresno (Fresno Bee)
     

  • SUNDAY:
    - Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.454m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.060m
    - Cake Wars Champs (Food): 1.008m (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd have a wedding venue (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Bonner Bolton had his hands where you shouldn't have your hands pre-watershed (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel B files for D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks fitting in "nicely" at AGT (TMZ)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Cancer patient wants George Gray to call her down (WALB Albany)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "A Streetcar Naked Desire"? (Mashable)

posted 3/21/17

Let's Dance Again (Like We'll Do This Summer)!
More on "World of Dance"
From Broadway World

NBC's new competition series "World of Dance" revealed today the 47 elite dance acts competing for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and title of "Best in the World." The 10-episode series will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars - Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.

The series will premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11 p.m. and moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting May 30.

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final - the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.

Broadway World
Reality TV World

posted 3/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Rick... Was Kept Really That Bad?"

  • Ricardo Medina Jr. goes from a red onesie to Jerry Hall to a rubber suit to an orange jumper (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Hip Hop Squares the beginning of a game show revolution? (Refinery29)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth nice to be back on his feet. To be back on his feet... nice! (Irish Mirror)
     

  • RuPaul sashays with JJ Abrams for autobiographical dramedy (TV Line)
     

  • BBC to Sue Perkins & Zoe Ball's show: ... can't touch this (Digital Spy)

posted 3/20/17

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