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Four-Day Weekend!
ABC, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to week two of "Last Man Standing" (6.557 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the premiere of "Cristela" (6.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and originals from "Shark Tank" (7.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (5.096 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Amazing Race" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (3.579 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "A to Z" (2.235 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.539 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.037 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

The Futon Critic
 

posted 10/13/14

"Sports Jeopardy!" Goes Global
Sony Sells It in Cannes
From TBI Vision
Sony Pictures Television is launching a sports-themed spin-off of classic gameshow Jeopardy! in Cannes.

Sony will give the Sports Jeopardy! its international launch at MIPCOM. The show uses the classic Jeopardy! format but has sport instead of general knowledge questions and answers.

Sony is launching format at the market and is also shopping the finished version.

In the US, the show goes out on Sony’s online channel Crackle. Fronted by sports presenter Dan Patrick, it launched in late September and has notched just under one million views online.

“Nothing is more universal than the love of sport,” says Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, Sony Pictures Television. “Sports Jeopardy! is a highly adaptable format that broadcasters can easily customize around the most popular sports in any territory.”

TBI Vision
Boston Herald

posted 10/13/14

My Big Fat Greek Family Game Show
Keshet Sells French Format to Greece
From Multichannel News
Keshet International’s family sitcom Your Family or Mine is soon to launch in Greece following an adaptation deal with one of the country’s largest terrestrial broadcasters, Alpha TV. The local version of the show will be entitled Το Σόι σου (“Your Family” or “Your Kin”).

A minimum series run of 40 episodes is scheduled to launch on 23 October and will be produced locally by Plus Productions, a company affiliated to the broadcaster. The local version is being written by Apostolis Tsaousoglou and Nikos Zapatinas will direct. The cast features Vaso Laskaraki, Meletis Elias, Mirka Papakonstantinou, Pavlos Orkopoulos, Renia Louizidou and Yorgos Giannopoulos. Recent international scripted adaptations have garnered average shares of 36%+ for the channel.

Your Family or Mine, which was originally produced by Tedy productions for Keshet Broadcasting, was also picked up by US cable network TBS earlier this year and is being produced by Sony Pictures Television.

George Pofantis, Director of Programming, Alpha TV said, “Alpha returned to commissioning fiction programs last year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. With Your Family or Mine we have assembled a brilliant cast who represent characters recognizable from our everyday lives. It centers around the Greek Sunday lunch or dinner - a loving gathering that sometimes erupts to raucous arguments. An intimate memory, from everyone’s childhood: dinner at Grandma’s.”

Multichannel News
 

posted 10/13/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Anatomy of a PR Disaster"

  • Billy on a Burger King ad (Buzzfeed), Billy on Twitter (Twitter @BillyEichner), Billy and his friends on Twitter (Variety), and finally... McDonalds on Billy (Twitter @McDonalds)
     
  • 55 years ago today... the Quiz Show Scandals came to a head (The Guardian)
     
  • The Beast wifes his beauty (Digital Spy)
     
  • Terry Crews on the cover of Men's Fitness (FansShare)
     
  • FTFA: David Flynn: "In the past few years there's been a trend to look to the past and there's a nostalgia for some of the shows from our childhood... The trick is how to keep that real warmth while making sure it's updated for new audiences." (Chicago Tribune)
     
  • The audience of Jeopardy! has spoken, and the fate of Alex Trebek's mustache is... (WJLA Washington)
     
  • Karina Smirnoff injured on the "Dancing" floor (TMZ)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Riley (The Guardian)

posted 10/13/14


Week of Whips
Check Out "Dream Car Week" on TPIR NEXT WEEK!
From Soap Opera Network
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and join CBS’ “The Price Is Right” as the game show gears up for its popular Dream Car Week!

Airing the week of Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17, “TPIR” will be offering contestants the chance to win more than $550,000 worth of dream cars. The luxury automobiles up for grabs include a Porsche Cayenne, a Range Rover Sport SE, a Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, a Tesla Model S and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.

But, as producers of “The Price Is Right” know, luxury vehicles are all the more wowing when being presented by soap stars — so “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karla Mosley (Maya Avant) and “The Young and the Restless’” Matthew Atkinson (Austin Travers) and Hunter King (Summer Newman) will be on hand as guest models for the special episodes.

Soap Opera Network
Cars.com

posted 10/10/14

Catch Phrase: Three-Peat
ITV Reups for New Season
From Digital Spy
ITV has commissioned a third series of the rebooted Catchphrase.

STV Productions will produce a new run of the game show, with filming beginning in November.

Stephen Mulhern will host ten regular episodes, as well as two celebrity specials.

The game show was revived in 2013 and regularly achieves over 5 million viewers.

Head of Entertainment at STV Productions Gary Chippington said: "We are thrilled to be working again with Stephen, Mr Chips and the team at ITV on another series of this iconic show.

"The audience reaction has been fantastic and we're pulling together some cracking new catchphrases and great contestants to make sure this series is another roaring success."

STV
Digital Spy

posted 10/10/14

Thursday: We Have A Game
CBS Wins Night
From Digital Spy
CBS (11.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

ABC (9.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with week three of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.408 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (10.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.276 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Bad Judge" (5.200 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "A to Z" (3.638 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.260 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.651 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Reign" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

"Project Runway" was the highest demo draw in cable, 2.329 million strong. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Food Truck Face Off" attracted 748,000 and 654,000 respectively. "@midnight" narrowly beats "Snack-Off", 472,000 to 468,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/14

Eccho Seeks "Hide"
Firm Acquires Japanese Formats, Gives It To France
From World Screen
Eccho Rights has landed two new adaptations for the Japanese game show format Hide & Seek, including a French deal.

In France, a 90-minute pilot, titled Cache-toi si tu peux, is set to air during prime time on Gulli this fall. A full series will follow. The local stars Willy Rovelli, Caroline Diament and Christophe Carrière are set to host the pilot. 2P2L and Talk To You are producing the French treatment.

The format was also licensed into Estonia, where an eight-part series aired this summer. The local version was produced by Paprika Latino Studios and broadcast on Kanal 2.

Christian Le Bozec, head of Talk To You, commented, “Hide & Seek is a genius format that will attract both kids and the entire family. It’s a real classic game wrapped in a brand-new fresh package.”

Nicola Söderlund, the managing partner at Eccho Rights, added, “It’s great to see another Japanese game show making it in the West. The figures from Estonia were outstanding and we are confident that the show will pull in good audiences in France and beyond. It really is great family viewing.”

World Screen

posted 10/10/14

TruTV Rebrands
"Hair Jacked" Gets a Date; "Motor City Masters", "Panic Button" Get the Hook
From B&C
TruTV says its recent rebranding was partly spurred by suggestions from media agencies and their clients.

Starting Oct. 27, the network’s slogan will be “Way More Fun” and its new programming will offer more of an advertiser-friendly environment for marketers.
Joe Hogan, executive VP, young adult ad sales for Turner Broadcasting, who oversees TruTV ad sales, says clients wanted shows that were “less loud, controversial and highlighted by conflict.”

The network has been discussing programming strategies with media agencies and marketers for about a year and Hogan says those conversations led to deeper discussions about expanded commercial time buys and also about programming sponsorships and other tie-ins.

Hogan says one category of advertisers that has responded strongly is automotive. “Many auto advertisers who were just dipping their toe into the network are now fully jumping in with larger ad schedules,” he says. Other categories where advertisers have bulked up their ad buys include movie studios, insurance, quick service restaurants, financial and packaged goods.

The target audience of the new programming, Hogan says, is both men and women with a median age in the mid-30s. That compares to a more male-skewing schedule with a median age in the early to mid-40s for the previous programming lineup.

“Our new programming is also multiplatform friendly and can live on linear TV, online, mobile and social,” Hogan says. “We are offering advertisers ways to participate in platforms.”

Brian Hughes, senior VP, audience analysis practice lead at Magna Global says TruTV has struggled in coming up with the right programming formula since it was converted from Court TV in 2008.

“I think it’s fair to say they had a bit of an identity issue, between the Court TV history and a wide range of unscripted genres,” Hughes says. “Since they will be focusing on comedy, it will be interesting to see how they distinguish themselves from (corporate cousin) TBS.”

To launch its new identity, TruTV will offer 60 new episodes of programming in a 65-day period.

“Our new programming is more positive and upbeat,” Hogan says. “Advertisers told us they wanted different content and this is our answer to their feedback. The bulk of our old schedule of programming is not coming back.”

Canceled shows include Container Wars, Storage Hunters, Panic Button, Caught Red Handed, Combat Pawn, Las Vegas Jailhouse, Police POV, Guinness World Records Unleashed, Upload with Shaq, Motor City Masters, Conspiracy Theory and Kentucky Bidders. Full Throttle will continue to air in repeats, but no new episodes have been ordered.

TruTV recently greenlit a back order of Hard Core Pawn for this season. That series is one of the network’s highest rated in C3 and while Hogan did not discuss programming moves, sources familiar with the situation say the series, which follows a family-run pawn shop in a tough neighborhood in the Detroit suburbs, will in future focus more on the pawn transactions and less on the behavior of unruly customers clashing with shop staff.

The first pair of new shows to air on the “new” TruTV will be on Monday, Oct. 27 when ambush game show Hair Jacked premieres at 8 p.m. with back-to-back episodes, leading into a special at 9, The New TruTV: First Look, that will provide viewers with a view of all the new shows coming to the network. That will be followed by performance competition series Fake Off.

B&C

posted 10/10/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Get Well Soon"

  • Drew Carey recovers from surgery, to miss a week of taping (USA Today)
     
  • Craig Ferguson spends $5.6 million of "Celebrity Game Night" money on a new house (Realty Today)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: how to get on a game show (Lifehacker)
     
  • Note to self... don't give Gail Simmons a cronut (The Braiser)
     
  • AMC's "Celebrity Bowling" dead before it was even born (Variety)
     
  • Nielsen made a bit of a cock-up since March (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Top Chef comes home thanks to Blue Apron (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Simon Cowell (Financial Times)

posted 10/10/14

Dancing with a Twist
New Partners Next Week!
From E!
After causing some major drama last season in its debut, Dancing With the Stars is once again doing the "Switch Up!"

On Monday's show, the nine remaining celebrities will be dancing with a different professional partner on the ABC reality hit, and the new pairings were revealed by Tony Dovolani (who was just eliminated from the competition along with designer Betsey Johnson) on Good Morning America Thursday morning.

The best part? The new couples were voted on by DWTS fans, and a few new dance styles were added to shake things up even more, including burlesque!

And the new pairings are:
- Lea Thompson is now with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Sadie Robertson is now with Derek Hough
- Janel Parrish is now with Artem Chigvintsev
- Bethany Mota is now with Mark Ballas
- Tommy Chong is now with Emma Slater
- Michael Waltrip is now with Witney Carson
- Alfonso Ribeiro is now with Cheryl Burke
- Antonio Sabato Jr. is now with Allison Holker
- Jonathan Bennett is now with Peta Murgatroyd

DWTS airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

E!

posted 10/9/14

Wednesday: Rocked
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (7.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Middle" (7.347 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.966 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Modern Family" (10.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "Black-ish" (7.950 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Nashville" (5.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

CBS (9.381 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Criminal Minds" (10.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Stalker" (8.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (7.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.689 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "Red Band Society" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.789 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and a rebroadcast of "The Flash" (2.093 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the night on The CW (2.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, the premiere of "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" gave Food Network 1.418 million viewers out of a special "Chopped" (1.028 million). "@midnight" scored 620,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/9/14

Another Class of Nerds
Catch It On TBS January 23!
From The Futon Critic
Colby Burnett is returning to TV.

TBS has announced the 12 nerds who will take to the field of nerd battle in the third season of King of the Nerds. Hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, who also serve as executive producers, will once again supervise the proceedings as competitors from across the nerd spectrum vie for the ultimate nerd title. King of the Nerds is set to kick off its third season on Jan. 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In King of the Nerds, competitors face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds live together in "Nerdvana," competing first as teams before moving on to individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will be named the quintessential master of all things nerdy, winning the $100,000 prize. Despite the show's gender-specific title, women have sat atop the Throne of Games in the show's two prior seasons.

The following are the 12 competitors set to participate in Season 3 of King of the Nerds:

- Ori, 22 - "Larper" - Silver Springs, Md.
- Amanda, 24 - "Bookworm" - Gilbert, Ariz
- Colby, 30 - "Jeopardy! Champ" - Chicago
- Jonathan, 28 - "Mathematician" - Tempe, Ariz
- Jacob, 25 - "Quiz Master" - Oakland
- Kaitlin, 26 - "NASA Engineer" - Redwood City, Calif
- Heather, 24 - "Neuroscientist" - Denver
- Thomas, 21 - "Brony" - Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Raychelle, 27 - "Gamer" - Springfield, Mo.
- Ben, 29 - "Marine Biologist" - Los Angeles
- Lily, 22 - "Professional Cos-Player" - Denver
- Todd, 26 - "Comic Book Nerd" - Pittsburgh

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/14

IdioTest: Bruins vs. Trojans
Catch It On GSN October 14
From The Futon Critic
The storied rivalry between UCLA and USC goes from the gridiron to the touchscreen when recent graduates put their Bruin and Trojan pride on the line as they go head-to-head on an all-new episode of "Idiotest" hosted by comedian Ben Gleib airing Tuesday, October 14, 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.

In the episode, 23-year-old UCLA alumnus Karl Ebergen, originally from San Francisco, CA, teams up with fellow Bruin Alexi Kaleas, a 22-year-old recent grad who hails from San Diego, CA. These Bruin buddies take on the Trojan team of Tiffany Taylor from Omaha, NE, a 22-year-old graduate of USC and her friend and fellow alum Sarah Sax, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. Will the Bruins be able to take down the Trojans in this brainy battle or will the Trojans emerge victorious and leave their arch rivals feeling like idiots?

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The House That Sagal Built"

  • Peter Sagal to host game night to raise money for Chicago's House Theatre (DNAinfo)
     
  • Failtopia (BusinessWeek)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: It happened in the USA... Now a contestant's fiancée opened the box live on stage in Britain (Chester Chronicle)
     
  • #CASTINGCOUCH: "Ask Me Another" is coming to Durham (WUNC-FM Chapel Hill)
     
  • Firm using Alex Trebek as a spokesman gets sued for fraud (The National Law Journal)
     
  • Jeff Probst REALLY should've seen that "ugly" confrontation coming (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Morgan Moore, "Project Runway" model, lies about a mugging, will serve one day of community service (New York Daily News)
     
  • Nick Cannon brings back Nick's HALO Awards (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/9/14

Wednesday Lightspeed Round
... or "Speedy Delivery"

posted 10/8/14


Second-Hand Game Show
History Renews "Pawnography"; Season Premieres November 6
From the Futon Critic
Coming off its summer premiere as HISTORY'S number one new series of 2014, the Pawn Stars are back for another entertaining round of their hit game show PAWNOGRAPHY beginning Thursday, November 6 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Defending their wallets and valued possessions, Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell are back in the hot seat, going head-to-head with contestants in three fast paced rounds of trivia style questions. Hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, two contestants take on Corey and Chumlee in the first round, answering questions worth $100 each. In round two, they compete against Rick with $200 questions. The contestant with the most money then challenges all three Pawn Stars in a 10-question lightning round. The Pawn Stars are vigorously defending their treasured items from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop because these brainy contestants have one thing on their minds - win the expensive items from Rick's personal stash - and this season the items are bigger and more valuable than ever. Nothing irritates Rick more than losing his lucrative shop items - except getting beat in trivia by an enthusiastic contestant or having to depend on Corey and Chum to save his items and his bank account.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/7/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 28
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of September 22, 2014, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with new host Terry Crews, grew across the board week to week: Households (+5% - 2.0 rating vs. 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (+10% - 2.738 million vs. 2.484 million) and Adults 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, “Millionaire” was the only syndicated game show up week to week in Households. That's the good news. The bad news... it's still 5 percent below the year-ago rating with former host Cedric the Entertainer.

As for the rest of the games, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in top markets, also made its national debut at a 1.1 in households and a 0.6 among adults 25-54.

Also in access, game shows were relatively stable with most in their second week of the new season. CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune, CTD’s Jeopardy! and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud all were steady with their season premieres at a 6.3, 6.1 and 5.1, respectively.

TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 10/7/14

Monday: Dead Heat
NBC Takes Monday Outright for the First Monday This Season... But Only Just
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

CBS (11.373 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and new episodes of "Scorpion" (11.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its lineup of "Gotham" (6.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Castle" (9.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

And finally, The CW (1.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) served up the return of "The Originals" (1.350 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus a "Supernatural Special" (1.069 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And Comedy Central's "@midnight" began the week with 489,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Round 3... FIGHT!
Esquire Renews "Knife Fight"
From the Futon Critic
Esquire Network announced today that it has greenlit third seasons of two original series, KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS. The new seasons are expected to premiere in 2015.

"In our first year, Esquire Network has rolled out a strong slate of original series, and the audience has responded enthusiastically," said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network. "Both KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS increased their audiences in their second seasons by tapping into topics we know our viewers are passionate about - food, drink and travel - in a fresh and distinctive way."

KNIFE FIGHT, hosted by Chef Ilan Hall and produced by Authentic Entertainment and Flower Films, more than doubled its performance with adults 18-49 in its second season, which ends tonight, October 7. For its third season, set to begin production this fall, the underground culinary competition series' 16 episodes will be set on a new coast (New York), in a new location (The Gorbals Brooklyn), and with a new tournament-style format. The new season will also feature judging by award-winning chefs Kris Morningstar and Naomi Pomeroy.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/14

Weekend: Racing Upwards
CBS, ABC Split
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (6.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a second "Last Man Standing" (6.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and new episodes of "Shark Tank" (7.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (8.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with week two of "The Amazing Race" (6.157 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.711 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (4.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "A to Z" (3.033 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Utopia" (1.752 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a rebroadcast of "Gotham" (1.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On Food Network, the following happened...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.323 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars (premiere) -1.840 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.697 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Unusual"

  • #ICYMI: Alfonso Ribiero did it last night... (YouTube) ... but he won't be doing it with the rest of the "Fresh Prince" cast. Sorry, folks (E!)
     
  • #ICYMI: And the final 48 on "The Voice" are... (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Alton Brown to perform in Birmingham (AL.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Baggage on the Road" (WFLA Tampa)

posted 10/7/14

RAGE OF INFERNO!!!!
Curtis Stone Hosts New Food Network Competition November 5
From the Futon Critic
Host Curtis Stone turns up the heat in new Food Network primetime culinary competition, Kitchen Inferno, premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10pm ET/PT. The game is simple but the stakes are red hot. Each episode features talented chefs going head-to-head in culinary showdowns over four possible rounds. Each round will have a blind taste-test judged by the Inferno's panel of judges to determine which dish is best. If the competing chef is victorious, they have the chance to move up to the next level, with each round advancement growing in difficulty as they bring the skills of a new culinary talent to battle against. The contestants also face a pivotal choice: take the money and run, or risk it all for a chance to reach the final round and win up to $25,000, all in front of a studio audience. If they lose, they will watch their winnings go up in smoke and leave with nothing. Can these chefs cook their way through four rounds in this blazing competition for the ultimate prize?

"The challengers not only have to go against some of the best chefs in the world, but must also make the high pressure and high stakes decision of moving forward or walking away with any money they have won, all as an audience is watching their every move and decision each step of the way," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Curtis Stone is perfect at pushing all the right buttons, to bring out the competitive fires in each chef."

In the sizzling premiere, James Beard nominated chef Duane Nutter, and the pride of New Orleans' chef Tory McPhail take on Kitchen Inferno's culinary gladiators. One challenger is playing for charity, the other playing for an entire city. With the Inferno's panel of judges, including chef Daniel Green, chef Judy Joo, and chef Michael Ruhlman, determining which dish is best, who will reign supreme battling it out over ultimate hot dogs and stuffed burgers? Will one lucky winner be able to move up the levels for a chance to win $25,000? Don't miss all the action over eight episodes, as these talented chefs from across the country battle it out in the kitchen for bragging rights and the grand prize, against some of the most elite chefs around - including amongst others - Michael Chiarello, Madison Cowan, Elizabeth Falkner, Jet Tila, Geoffrey Zakarian, and possibly even Curtis Stone himself.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/6/14

MIPCOM Roundup
A Glimpse of What's on Offer
From various sources
Here's a brief look at the game shows on offer at MIPCOM in Istanbul, Turkey.

GLOBAL AGENCY: Stand by Me is a duet project where the celebrity judges are also contestants, similar to Duets from two summers ago. The company will also offer the game show format TUG, which is a twist on the game of tug-of-war, and the dating show Love Is Calling. The game show My Style Rocks is a prime-time fashion title, while Share or Dare has two players who’ve never met before compete together to win a grand prize.

ZODIAK: One of the company’s highlights is Trash or Treasure, a prime-time game show that challenges participants to pick out the most expensive antiques to win their value in cash. Another new prime-time game show is Sitting on a Fortune, where three couples must perform studio challenges while sitting on over-sized seats.

World Screen
World Screen

posted 10/6/14

Hollywood Three-quel
NBC Renews "Hollywood Game Night"
From the Futon Critic
NBC has renewed its popular alternative series "Hollywood Game Night" for a 10-episode third season with Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch, it was announced by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

In August, Lynch won the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or reality-series competition. It is Lynch's second Emmy after having won in 2010 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Sue Sylvester in "Glee." She is also a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner for "Glee."

Lynch said, "I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America's favorite celebrated persons!"

"We're thrilled to be making more 'Hollywood Game Night,'" said Telegdy. "Jane is an amazing host and ringmaster. Let the games begin!"

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter
TV Week

posted 10/6/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pressing Matters"

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 biggest game show cheats ever. Or 9 biggest game show cheats... and Michael Larsen. Because he was legal (What Culture)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Family quiz show. New York City. The producers of Cash Cab. Are you game? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Steve Harvey to tape five shows from Universal Orlando. This is not a repeat from 2010 (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" harem MAY contain a Fox News writer and a cheerleader from the Washingtonprofessionalfootballorganization (Washington Post)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Bruce Forsyth is literally older than sliced bread. By 5 months. (Mirror)
     
  • NO SERIOUSLY... WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: "Not one mention of 'Celebrity Apprentice' where Clay did so well." (New York Times)

posted 10/6/14

Taylor Swift Joins "The Voice"
"Shake It Off" Singer to Function as In-House Mentor
From the Futon Critic
NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series "The Voice" has confirmed seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift as the key adviser for the current season. Swift will serve as the sole mentor for all of the artists on each of the four teams.

The multiple platinum-selling Swift is the youngest recipient of the Grammys album of the year and is the best-selling digital music artist of all time. She is also the only female artist in music history (and the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.

Swift's upcoming, fifth album, "1989," which is scheduled for release Oct. 27, has already produced a No. 1 single, "Shake It Off."

Swift advised each of the performers during the upcoming Knockout Rounds (airing Oct., 27, 28 and Nov. 3) on vocal technique, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their personalities and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the live Playoff Round. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in the Knockout Round.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/3/14

Thursday: Another Blowout
TNF Helps CBS to ONE
From the Futon Critic
CBS (12.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

ABC (10.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) then claimed the silver with week two of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Scandal" (10.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (11.759 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.569 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) with a new "Bones" (6.304 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and the premiere of "Gracepoint" (4.833 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) served up a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.721 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), the premieres of "Bad Judge" (5.862 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "A to Z" (4.814 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) plus a new "Parenthood" (4.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, the season premieres of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.784 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Reign" (1.054 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

"Project Runway" led the way in cable with 2.184 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 934,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/14

It's Game Over for "Lingo", Unless...
Dutch Version Premiered After Original American in 1989
From NL News
Dutch television game show Lingo is on for the last time tonight, unless AVROTROS can find a way to bring it back in the summer months, the NOS reports.

The game, a combination between Mastermind and Bingo, has suffered from bad viewing figures. The spokesperson for AVROTROS says that the show is still getting “piles of letters” from people who are sad about the show’s cancellation.

According to the spokesperson, Lingo’s biggest audience are those who watch every day, residents of retirement homes that watch together and students. “We also get a lot of handwritten letters from people who have come to live in The Netherlands and who learned the language through Lingo.”

Since 1989, the show has been through different presenters. The current presenter, Lucille Werner, will also be with the show if it comes back for the summer months.

"Lingo" originally aired in American & Canadian syndication in 1987 before being exported worldwide. GSN produced two versions of the game between 2002 and 2011.

NL Times

posted 10/3/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Super Game"

  • Super Deal Week returns next week with a new game. Here's a preview (CBS)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: what do Sally Field, Joey Fatone, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Hamm, and Oscar Nunez have in common? (Madame Noire)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: America's Got Talent (Reality Wanted)

posted 10/3/14


One Foot in a Utopian Grave
"MasterChef Junior" to Return November 4, Cutting "Utopia" to Once a Week
From the Futon Critic
Their signature dishes include Beet Carpaccio with a M?che Salad, Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon and Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon - and they're just kids! MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, last season's No. 1 new unscripted series, is back, and the kids are more skilled than ever. Season Two of the hit cooking competition series returns on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcome 16 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 - including one eight-year-old; two nine-year-olds; four 10-year-olds; two 11-year-olds and seven 12-year-olds - to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

Also in the premiere episode, America's first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, Alexander Weiss, returns to the kitchen as a special guest. Alexander presents the mystery box challenge, and the 16 junior home cooks will be tasked with preparing impressive dishes using the special guest's favorite ingredients, including pork chop, pork tenderloin, green apples, hazelnuts, Brussel sprouts, filo dough, fingerling potatoes, wild rice, whole grain mustard and artichoke. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and select which of the judges' favorite proteins the remaining contestants will prepare in the elimination round. Later, the 12 junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition.

This season, the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR finalists will compete in a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs, including a sticky pancake challenge, a three-legged race featuring cupcakes and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's first-ever pop-up restaurant. Also this season, the kids will cook for some very special guest judges. Along the way, the judges will coach and encourage the budding cooks until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 16 and find out their signature dishes:

Abby Age: 8 Hometown: Winchester, VA Signature Dish: Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps Favorite Dish to Eat: "Steamed clams!"

Adaiah Age: 12 Hometown: Danbury, CT Signature Dish: Salmon with Lemon Butter on a Bed of Kale and Lemon Stir Fry Favorite Dish to Eat: "Pan-Seared Grouper with Bahamian Peas and Rice!"

Berry Age: 11 Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA Signature Dish: Moroccan Chicken Favorite Dish to Eat: "Cheung Fun, a Hong Kong dish. It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of rice noodles, filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables and other ingredients."

Coco Age: 10 Hometown: Aquilla, TX Signature Dish: Chicken-Fried Deer Steak Favorite Dish to Eat: "Probably fish tacos made from freshly caught bass from one of the ponds on our ranch. We make the tacos with fried fish, topped with jalapeno cilantro slaw and remoulade. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!"

Isabella Age: 12 Hometown: New York, NY Signature Dish: Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal to eat is probably octopus salad. I just love cilantro and tomato together. It is one of my favorite combos."

Jessica Age: 10 Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX Signature Dish: Ground Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo Favorite Dish to Eat: "Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, brown gravy and steamed vegetables!"

Josh Age: 10 Hometown: Forest Hills, NY Signature Dish: Sliders with Chipotle Aioli Sauce Favorite Dish to Eat: "Nothing can beat a great sushi selection. I have been eating all sorts of sushi ever since I was about six months old. My other favorite meal is a good plate of oysters."

Levi Age: 12 Hometown: Highland Park, IL Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon with Maple Glaze and Arugula, Apple and Fennel Salad Favorite Dish to Eat: "Whole steamed Maryland Chesapeake Bay Crabs covered in Old Bay Seasoning."

Logan Age: 11 Hometown: Memphis, TN Signature Dish: Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Green Grapes Favorite Dish to Eat: "Sushi! I love Japanese food - it is so clean and well-prepared. I am lucky we have good sushi in the middle of the country, being so far from the ocean."

Mitchell Age: 12 Hometown: Paso Robles, CA Signature Dish: Seared Scallops Over Mashed Potatoes with a Tomato and Green Bean Salad Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal really depends on the time of year, the weather, lots of things. Sometimes I love sushi, sometimes I like soup. I love a great burger and the perfect pasta dish."

Nasir Age: 10 Hometown: Chicago, IL Signature Dish: Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Soy Ginger Pineapple and Bacon Favorite Dish to Eat: "I love a wonderful medium rare burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes."

Natalie Age: 12 Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, CA Signature Dish: Salmon with Vegetables Favorite Dish to Eat: "Steak. Steakhouses are my favorite restaurants!"

Oona Age: 9 Hometown: New Haven, CT Signature Dish: Creamy Tomato Soup with Homemade Croutons and Smoked Paprika. Favorite Dish to Eat: "One of the best meals I've had was a Scallop Crudo Taco where the shell of the taco was a shiso leaf."

Sam Age: 9 Hometown: Reseda, CA Signature Dish: Omelet with Guacamole and a Strawberry Rose Garnish Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal to eat is a rainbow roll, because I love the taste of all of the different fish, and I like the look of the different colors on the roll."

Samuel Age: 12 Hometown: Greenbrae, CA Signature Dish: Beet Carpaccio with a M?che Salad and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Goat Cheese Favorite Dish to Eat: "I love Thyme Chicken Cacciatore over Whole Wheat Pappardelle with a Crispy Skin Chip. The flavors remind me of home and the dish is very comforting on a cold winter night."

Sean Age: 12 Hometown: Santa Ana, CA Signature Dish: Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon, Creamed Spinach and Ancho Mushroom Sauce Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite thing to eat is prime rib at a Vegas buffet."

On Tuesdays, prior to MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's Season Premiere, an encore of the highly acclaimed one-hour Season Premiere of FAMILY GUY, in which the Griffins travel to Springfield and meet the Simpsons, will air Tuesday, Oct. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, encores of the Season Premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BOB'S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) kick off the night.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #1 of Major League Baseball's World Series, and on Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #6 of Major League Baseball's World Series.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 10/2/14

CBS Goes Pink
Catch "TPIR's" Annual Special Tomorrow, Then "LMAD" October 14
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL will go pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with themed shows on Friday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 14 respectively, on the CBS Television Network.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show, will raise awareness for Breast Cancer on Friday, Oct. 3 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) when it welcomes a studio audience full of courageous fighters, survivors and their supporters. Contestants will have the chance to win luxurious prizes, including designer jewelry, handbags and apparel; trips to Aruba, Hawaii and Sonoma; brand new cars; and a $5,000 shopping spree in Beverly Hills.

On Oct. 14, LET’S MAKE A DEAL will honor an audience filled with cancer survivors, family and friends when host Wayne Brady presents themed prizes as part of various deals, including pink jewelry, pink workout gear and a bright pink scooter. In addition to pink-themed prizes, multiple cars and trips to Hawaii and Jamaica are available for lucky Traders who make the right deals.

CBS daytime game shows, dramas and The Talk all notched viewer increases compared to the same week last year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 29.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +8% (2.88m from 2.65m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +6% (3.43m from 3.22m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +3% (4.65m from 4.52m), The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL gained +2% (3.64m from 3.57m) and The Talk grew +3% (2.70m from 2.62m).

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
Soap Opera Network
WUSA Washington

posted 10/2/14

Wednesday: Some Life in "Red Band"
The Home of Survivor Still the Network To Beat
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.026 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to a new "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (11.541 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and the premiere of "Stalker" (9.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6).

ABC (6.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its week two lineup of "The Middle" (7.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "The Goldbergs" (6.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Modern Family" (9.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Black-ish" (7.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Nashville" (5.151 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (7.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.894 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Chicago PD" (6.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.840 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11) and "Red Band Society" (3.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.698 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and another "Arrow" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

"@midnight" perked to 717,000 on the midweek show to "Top Chef Duels'" 751,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" bulked up to 577,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/14

Meet the Fakes
Catch "Fake Off" October 27 on truTV
From the Futon Critic
This fall, 10 teams of talented performers will set out to wow viewers like never before in truTV's amazing new competition series Fake Off. Set to premiere Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) as part of truTV's extensive new slate of shows, Fake Off will take viewers into the visually stunning world of faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen, teams will be challenged to reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the creativity and skills to be named Fake Off Champions and take home a prize of $100,000.

Fake Off is hosted by actor and dancer Rob Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210). Each week's competition challenge will be judged by an impressive panel that includes actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love).

Fake Off is produced by Shine America, with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin and James Sunderland serving as executive producers.

The teams competing this fall on Fake Off come from a wide range of performance disciplines. Some specialize in complex body movement like street dancing, shadow dancing or acrobatics, while others create spectacular illusions through the use of technology like UV lights, video projection or electroluminescent wire.

Here are the 10 teams vying to be the very first Fake Off Champions.

- ArcheDream, a black light theater troupe from Philadelphia, Penn.
- The Body Poets, a street dance crew from San Diego, Calif.
- Freelusion U.S.A., a video projection mapping dance group from Los Angeles by way of Budapest, Hungary.
- Inspirati, a shadow dance company from Denver, Colo.
- Kristef Strikes Back, a comedy acrobatics team from Las Vegas, Nev.
- Lightwire Theater, a luminous puppet theater from New Orleans, La.
- PUSH Physical Theatre, an extreme body-movement theater troupe from Rochester, N.Y.
- Verses, a silhouette dance group from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Wilderbe, an interactive video projection mapping dance company from Los Angeles, Calif.
- YFX, a theatrical mime and illusion group from Detroit, Mich.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/14

On the Menu.... Pancakes. Lots. And Lots. Of Pancakes.
Catch It Tomorrow on TNT!
From the Futon Critic
In celebration of the upcoming premiere of the new cooking competition series On the Menu, TNT has broken a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) record for the World's Tallest Pancake Stack. Today in New York City's Times Square, TNT hosted a one-of-a-kind breakfast demo with On the Menu's Chef Emeril Lagasse and host Ty Pennington. The epic pancake stack reached 87.4 cm (approximately 34.4 inches), surpassing the previous record of 87 cm. On the Menu is slated to premiere tomorrow night, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), only on TNT.

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion.

TNT's Times Square event kicked off with Chef Emeril Lagasse leading 300+ home cooks as they created their own On the Menu-worthy pancake breakfast featuring Lagasse's new seasonal pancake recipe. The home cooks also enjoyed some of Emeril's tips and tricks for preparing a hearty fall breakfast this harvest season.

While Emeril was working with the home cooks, Ty Pennington oversaw a team building the pancake tower for the attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) record for the World's Tallest Pancake Stack. An official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator was on-site to measure and certified the record upon completion.

Emeril Lagasse said this morning, "I've done a lot of things in my life, but I've never been part of breaking a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record. It was an awesome moment to share with my fans in Times Square. Thanks to TNT, to my On the Menu co-host Ty Pennington and to the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for giving us the opportunity to make it into the record books."

"I've been blessed in my life to be on the right side of crazy for a lot of things, and today 's breaking of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record with my pal Emeril Lagasse definitely ranks up there," said Ty Pennington. "One of the really great things about food and our new TNT series On the Menu is how the show brings people together, and that was evident in Times Square today when we got to cook with hundreds of food lovers from around the globe."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/14

Oxygen Takes It To The Streets
"Street Art Throwdown" to Bow February 3
From TV by the Numbers
Oxygen Media dares to be different as it brings art to life with its groundbreaking, adrenaline-charged competition series “Street Art Throwdown,” premiering Tuesday, February 3 at 9 PM ET/PT. World-renowned street artist Justin BUA serves as host, co-judge and executive producer on the show, which pits 10 of the country’s most promising artists against one another. The series tests not only their physical stamina, but also pushes their artistic skills to the limit in hopes of jumpstarting their career with a $100,000 grand prize. “Street Art Throwdown” is shot at some of the most iconic Los Angeles locations as young, passionate hopefuls strive to bring their vision to life and showcase their work to the world. Furiously scaling walls, climbing fences and navigating underground tunnels, these artists must have the talent, style and hustle to battle it out to the end. “Street Art Throwdown” is part of Oxygen’s rebrand, launching on Tuesday, October 7th with the network’s new look and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women.

"Street Art is the most accessible art form there is— it takes art out of the galleries and into our everyday surroundings with themes reflecting our social and political climate as well as fun, vibrant, and bold forms of self-expression from those who create it," said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “The artists on ‘Street Art Throwdown’ are competing in a physical, emotional and creative journey to not only discover themselves as artists, but also catapult their careers with a life-changing grand prize.”

The contestants are given opportunities to create vibrant art in never-before-seen ways, with challenges ranging from murals to installations and 3D paintings to guerilla art. Real-life brands participating in the series include Polaroid and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Each episode will feature two challenges testing the artists’ abilities and drive, beginning with a mini art-stunt dubbed “The Hustle,” where the contestants must create a quick piece while confronted by environmental obstacles. The winner is given an advantage in the next challenge, “The Throwdown.” In this elimination round, the competing artists will be tested on their stamina, strength and efficiency as they create a large-form piece or mural in hard to reach locations and under harsh conditions. Joining BUA on the judges’ panel is the Director of Pop International Galleries, Lauren Wagner, who brings a fresh perspective to the competition and demonstrates that there is an ability to merge the gallery and street art worlds together.

TV by the Numbers

posted 10/2/14

Taking the Ride
Studio Glam Takes 300 Second Game to MIPCOM
From C21 Media
Israel’s Studio Glam is heading to Mipcom with two new formats, a gameshow in which contestants have 300 seconds to win US$1m and a factual entertainment series revolving around Facebook.

300 Sec Ride is a primetime studio-based show where contestants must answer eight questions in 300 seconds, during which time a specially built mechanism moves them from one side of the studio to the other. Tel Aviv-based Studio Glam said it has pre-sold the format to international broadcasters.

C21 Media

posted 10/2/14

Sky1 Gets Fanaticized
Baz Ashmawy to Front New Game for Fans
From Digital Spy
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy star Baz Ashmawy has landed a new game show on Sky1.

Ashmawy - who recently took his mother on an adventure around the world - will host the new quiz The Fanatics.

Baz Ashmawy at the Irish premiere of 'Seven Psychopaths' at The Savoy Cinema
© WENN

The show will pit three superfans against each other to find out who is the most devoted to their chosen subject.

Further details of the program have not yet been revealed, although Sky1 promised that the contestants will have to demonstrate "incredible powers of recall, observation, dexterity and an unprecedented level of knowledge".

Only one person will be crowned The Fanatic by the end of the quiz.

The Fanatics will air on Sky1 early next year.

Digital Spy
Televisual

posted 10/2/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scratch That"

  • "Wheel", "Jeopardy!" to get lottery tickets (Providence Journal)
     
  • Evel Dick Donato says he got HIV from a stripper... "I think" (TMZ)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Amazing Race is making a pit stop at Chinook Winds on Saturday (Wheel will be next week) (The News Guard)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: David Letterman proves exactly how long-reaching (and utterly pointless) "What Women Want" has become (YouTube)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Project Runway All-Stars" (Lifetime, October 30) (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Survivors ready.... GO!.... to couples therapy (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Mario Lopez admits to doing... a lot of things... that he's ashamed of (Us Magazine)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro is bringing back the Carlton (Huffington Post)

posted 10/2/14

Fifth Harmony
NBC Renews "The Sing-Off" for Another Holiday Season
From The Hollywood Reporter
NBC is bringing back The Sing-Off.

The singing competition series will return for a fifth cycle.

The a cappella competition show from Sony Pictures Television and Mark Burnett's One Three Media will return as a holiday event. It's unclear how many episodes will be produced or what the airdate pattern will be. Casting for season five is currently underway.

NBC renewed The Sing-Off for a fourth season in 2013 — after the show had been off the air for nearly a year and a half. The network broadcast the series last year as a seven-night event, similar to its original broadcast pattern before the series briefly switched to a weekly series in 2011. Season four ended with a record low for the franchise, with 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 among adults 18-49 when it aired on the day before Christmas Eve last year.

It's unclear which, if any, of season four's judges and hosts will be back. Season four featured the returns of Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds with Jewel replacing Sara Bareilles.

The return of The Sing-Off comes as NBC also has high-profile live musical Peter Pan in the works for a Dec. 4 broadcast.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/1/14

Tuesday: Second Verse, Same as the First
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (12.017 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with a two-hour "The Voice" (13.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (8.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

The silver then went to CBS (15.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with week two of its "NCIS" (18.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (16.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) lineup.

Next up was ABC (4.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the premieres of "Selfie" (4.885 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Manhattan Love Story" (4.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) plus originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.543 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Forever" (5.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Utopia" (2.016 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "New Girl" (2.352 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its annual special "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2" (0.995 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw with 1.167 million viewers. "Face Off" and "Chopped" had more total viewers with 1.298 million and 1.296 million respectively. "@midnight" held firm with 556,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/1/14

Not My Mama's Holiday Bake Off
Bobby Deen Hosts Food's "Holiday Baking Championship" November 9
From The Futon Critic
From cookie exchanges, to holiday pies, to fruitcakes and gingerbread houses, eight bakers show off their holiday dessert traditions, and superb baking skills as they compete on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT. In order to survive this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, contestants must prove their abilities to win a sweet spot in the hearts of judges Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules), and Lorraine Pascale (Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food). Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

"Holiday Baking Championship celebrates the delicious desserts, classic flavors and ingredients of the season that are sure to get viewers in the holiday spirit," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Bakers will have their skills tested along with their ability to improvise on their family recipes to design the most scrumptious sweets and holiday treats."

In each of the six hour-long episodes, competitors tackle traditional holiday desserts in challenges that are not as easy as a piece of pie. Will the bakers be able to makeover the much-maligned fruitcake? Can they create anything but a pie with a store-bought pie crust? Will they be able to translate their favorite holiday memory into a delectable dessert? On the first episode, the bakers' talents are tested with a cookie challenge. In the pre-heat round, the competitors must open their presents to reveal baking tools that must be used to create the best holiday cookies. One contestant will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they need to make a dozen of three different types of cookies using the classic holiday ingredients - bittersweet chocolate, fresh oranges and toffee bits. They must not let the cookie crumble when curveballs are thrown their way.

Fans can also access all-new recipes, see behind-the-scenes photos and join judge Duff Goldman each week at FoodNetwork.com/BakingChampionship for a special web-exclusive video series featuring fantasy creations based on each episode's theme. Plus, join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/1/14

Electus' MIPCOM List
On Offer: Bet on Your Baby, Food Fighters, Moment of Truth
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today unveiled highlights of its television programming slate from its global distribution arm, Electus International. This new block of television programming includes original series concepts developed by Electus and its creative partners, as well as successful third party series that Electus has acquired for international distribution. These will be brought to market at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, which begins on October 13, 2014.

"Our goal of consistently bringing our clients the most diverse programming available stems from Electus International's deep commitment to provide the best content in the distribution business," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "The titles we bring to the market have proven global appeal and this couldn't be more true than with our new lineup."

Dating Naked: From Lighthearted Entertainment, a new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where they bare everything - before they bare their souls. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. (S1 11x60 for VH1, S2: 10x60)

Food Fighters: Food Fighters is a high-stakes culinary game show that takes the best amateur home cooks in America out of their kitchens and puts their cooking skills and best recipes to the test. In this epic kitchen battle, the home cooks go head-to-head with the most formidable professional chefs in America! Fighting their way to the grand prize with access to only three culinary lifelines, our home cooks climb the money ladder as the winnings increase with every chef they knock out. (8x60 for NBC)

Canada's Smartest Person: Canada's Smartest Person is a new interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart. The show challenges the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff. Every week four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale eight finalists will go head-to-head to earn the title of Canada's Smartest Person. It's a whole new way of looking at smarts! (2x120, 7x60 for CBC)

King of the Nerds: King of the Nerds takes the glory of geekdom to a whole new level as 11 competitors live together in "Nerdvana." Each week, they must face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop culture prowess. In each episode, the nerds first compete as teams and then as individuals, facing challenges that range from live gaming to a dance-off to life-sized chess. (S1: 8x60; S2: 8x60, S3: 8x60 for TBS)

The Moment of Truth: In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize. (S1: 25x60, S2: 13x60 for Fox)

Tahiti Quest: In this French format, five families travel to the ultimate island paradise: Tahiti. For five incredible weeks families compete twice a day in competitions rooted in Polynesian culture. The winner gets to help another family of their choice and each day each family accumulates tokens that signify their success. After the first week, the lowest-scoring family per episode is eliminated. In the finale, the two remaining families face off in the ultimate contest of family teamwork, endurance, and determination. The winning family walks away with a life-changing amount of cash and a one month vacation in a dream paradise of their very own. (5x90 for Gulli)

Bet on Your Baby: Bet on Your Baby is a prime-time game show where families compete to see which parents can predict their child's next move. During each episode, five families with children between the ages of 2 and 3 � play a self-contained challenge, i.e. against themselves, rather than against other families. The parents play the game in front of a live studio audience, whilst the babies play in the "Baby Dome"; a playful fun room, where they have NO idea that they are on TV or that any bet is being made. Those that advance compete for the chance to win $50,000 toward their toddler's college fund. (S1: 8x60, S2: 8x60 ABC)

The Futon Critic

posted 10/1/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Things That Matter"

  • Jim Ed Brown host of one of TNN's first talent shows, "You Can Be A Star", has lung cancer (Hollywood.com)
     
  • Evel Dick Donato: I have HIV (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Think you're funny? Jimmy Fallon wants a word (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Gilbert Gottfried's "You Fool!" episode... 15 years later (Decider)
     
  • Donald Trump just wants to remind fans of "Black-Ish" that he has a Twitter account (USA Today)

posted 10/1/14

Skin Is In
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for Season 2
From the Hollywood Reporter
GSN is betting on more Skin Wars.

On the heels of a strong summer ratings performance, the cable network has renewed the body-painting competition series for a 10-episode second season.

Rebecca Romijn returns as host, along with judges RuPaul Charles, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.

Skin Wars, which wrapped its freshman run Sept. 24, delivered the highest-rated finale for GSN to date. And over the course of the season, the series boosted the network’s performance among female demos by double digits and nearly doubled viewership in its Wednesday time period. It also had a weekly digital after-show, Skin Wars: The Naked Truth, hosted by YouTube star and makeup expert Kandee Johnson.

“We are thrilled that young audiences tuned in to witness the astonishing work of these contestants,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vp programming at GSN. “Skin Wars represents GSN’s commitment to celebrate artistry through skill-based competition and we cannot wait for viewers to see what we have in store for them with season two.”

Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt, Jill Goularte and Romijn. Tracy and Slonina are producers.

GSN’s original programming portfolio includes Idiotest, The American Bible Challenge, the Jerry Springer-hosted Baggage on the Road and the recently renewed It Takes a Church and The Chase.

The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World

posted 9/30/14

Syndies: Back in Business
Results for the Week Ending September 21
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the 26th consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending September 21, 2014.

Most of the veteran game shows made their season bows. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune opened with a 6.3, up 9% for the week and down 2% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! buzzed in with a 6.1, up 7% from the previous week and 5% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud posted a 5.1, picking up 2% for the week and 11% from one year ago. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, dropped 5% from premiere and 14% from last year to a 1.9.

TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 9/30/14

Monday: NBC Back in Demo Front
CBS Takes Total Viewers
From the Futon Critic
Week two of the 2014-15 season kicked off with NBC (12.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) still on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5).

CBS (12.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (16.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3), a new "Scorpion" (13.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and the return of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (7.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (5.102 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (12.214 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) served up a new "Dancing with the Stars" (12.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and the season premiere of "Castle" (11.263 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) offered up its annual presentation of "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1" (0.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

At midnight, Comedy Central's "@midnight" attracted 585,000.

On Sunday, Food Network rated thusly...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.078 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race (finale) - 1.391 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.194 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/14

Elisabeth Murdoch to Step Down
"MasterChef" Producer Will Not Oversee Three-Way Merger
From Sydney Morning Herald
Elisabeth Murdoch will walk away from the TV production empire she built when the planned merger between her Shine Group and two other companies, Endemol and Core Media, is finalized.

The 46-year-old daughter of media titan Rupert Murdoch launched Shine in 2001 and has remained in charge of it for the last two years since its acquisition by 21st Century Fox - then News Corp - in 2011 for $US675 million ($772 million).

Once the merger is finalized, the younger Murdoch will step down and former BSkyB content executive Sophie Turner Laing will assume the title of chief executive officer.

The merged entity will be the biggest production company in the world.

It will also control some of the most successful television programming in the world, including Shine's formats MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and The Face.

Endemol's program library includes the Big Brother format at the game show Deal or No Deal. Core owns the reality formats American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

The content controlled by the Shine-Endemol-Core merged entity is, however, top heavy with reality formats. The companies are less productive in the realm of scripted programming.

Sydney Morning Herald
Deadline

posted 9/30/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Model's Life"

  • Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith moves to TBS for "The Smiths" (... featuringhernbastarandbasketballanalysthusbandkenny) (Deadline)
     
  • Ashley Hebert gives birth to Bachelorette baby (Us Magazine)
     
  • "Billy the Board" goes to Cannes (World Screen)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Wichita November 14 (The Wichita Eagle)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... has a brainfart (YouTube)

posted 9/30/14

The Biggest Loser Turns 10
NBC Plans Month-Long Celebration
From the Futon Critic
October will mark the 10-year anniversary month of NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser," celebrating over 33,000 pounds lost in the first 15 seasons of the show. Including the season 16 contestants on the current edition, "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC), the series has helped 310 contestants dramatically transform their health and their lives. The series moves to one-hour episodes starting October 2.

From the heaviest contestant (Michael Ventrella, season 9) weighing 526 pounds, who lost the highest percentage of weight his season to win the grand prize of $250,000, to the oldest player (Jerry Hayes, season 7) who at age 63, won the at-home, eliminated contestant prize of $100,000, the contestants have proven that no obstacle is too great in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. Since the series premiere in October of 2004, "The Biggest Loser" has also sparked four marriages and two engagements among contestants who fell in love while going through their weight loss journeys.

As part of the anniversary celebration during the month of October, host Alison Sweeney and trainers Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom will be live tweeting along with fan favorite, past season contestants during episodes of "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days." Viewers can join the social conversation and follow along using #BL10years. The current season features all former athletes, ranging from former NFL players to Olympic gold medalists to athletes who were standouts in high school and college.

PEOPLE will also be hosting a "where are they now" photo gallery on their website, www.People.com, featuring current photos and updates from popular past season contestants.

The Futon Critic


"The Biggest Loser" celebrates its 10th anniversary

photo courtesy NBCUniversal

po
sted 9/29/14

Friday: Sharks vs. Race
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to the return of "Shark Tank" (6.884 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), a second hour of "Shark Tank" (7.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the respective premieres of "The Amazing Race" (5.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a rebroadcast of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.859 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and an "Gotham" (2.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) encore.

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.102 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.902 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/29/14

More on "Food Truck Face Off"
Catch It on Food Thursday!
From New York Post
One-time “The Bachelor” star Jesse Palmer says his new hosting gig on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” is a far cry from his experience on the dating show a decade ago.

“This is obviously a completely different genre versus what I did in 2004,” says Palmer, laughing. “There’s a lot of heat in this show — but it’s confined to the kitchen.”

That said, the current ESPN college football analyst thinks there’s plenty of drama and heartache on “Face Off,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” he says. “It’s the ultimate reality television — there’s no doubt about it.”

On “Face Off,” two-person teams create and sell street-friendly fare in a competition to win a customized food truck for one year. A panel of judges rates the taste, service and presentation of the teams’ cuisines, which range from Southern-fried to vegetarian Indian.

In a final showdown, competitors face off to raise the most money — and thereby win their coveted vehicle — alongside other already-established food trucks in cities including Miami, LA, Austin, Texas, and Palmer’s hometown of Toronto, Canada.

“I think people think it’s an easy thing — just no stress, that you’re laughing, having a good time in the kitchen with your buddy,” says Palmer, a 2001-04 quarterback for the New York Giants. “It could not have been more the opposite.”

Contestants come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of expertise. Whether they’re seasoned restaurant chefs or amateur cooks armed with family recipes, they must juggle an intense mix of challenges, including long lines of impatient customers, supply shortages, technical issues (like suddenly non-functioning propane stoves) and flavor-starved recipes that turn off the judges’ palates.

“It becomes pretty obvious how important winning this thing is to them and how it can change their lives. But the challenges they had to go through were very physically, very emotionally taxing,” he says. “It sounds cliché, but blood, sweat and tears — all of those things were shed on this show.”

New York Post

posted 9/29/14

More on "Canada's Smartest Person"
Catch It on CBC Sundays!
From CBC News
Intelligence is about more than IQ tests and final exams—at least that’s what Jessi Cruickshank is out to prove as the host of CBC’s new series, Canada’s Smartest Person.

The 9-part season will see 32 of Canada’s brightest minds go head-to-head in a series of challenging tests until only one person remains.

"The challenges we're making these people do are kind of out of control," said Cruickshank. "We're taking it all over the map and that's what makes it so fun."

Unlike average quiz shows, Cruickshank says Canada’s Smartest Person throws out old theories of determining intelligence. Instead, the competition breaks things down into six major facets: linguistic, visual, musical, social, logical and physical.

To truly be 'smart', contestants must be well-rounded and have a little bit of intelligence in each category.

"It's a whole new way of measuring intelligence. And for us, it's a really fun way of measuring it," said Cruickshank.

The challenges will cover everything from a lie detector test to an electronic dance challenge to a motivational speech, where contestants must convince a peewee hockey team to get up and get inspired to win.

CBC News

posted 9/29/14

DEAL! for 10th Season
Noel Edmonds' Version of the World-Famous Game Renewed
From Bristol Post
Hit Bristol TV show Deal Or No Deal has been commissioned for a 10th series.

The Noel Edmonds-fronted game show where contestants pit their wits against the mysterious banker has been a mainstay of Channel 4’s daytime offering for nearly a decade.

Last year it moved from the Paintworks to the Bottle Yard in Hengrove, the former bottling plant which has been turned into a film studios.

The show’s latest commission will run through to the end of 2015, marking its 10th anniversary on UK television.

The deal will see Remarkable Television, part of Endemol, produce 288 new episodes for Channel 4, bringing the total number to nearly 3,000.

BBC Studios and Post Production transformed a 3,000-square metre section of the Bottle Yard site into a permanent home for the show in 2013.

Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios said: “We are delighted to have confirmation of Deal or No Deal’s recommission.

“The flexibility of the space we have here meant that BBC Studios and Post Production were able to build an entirely bespoke studio, which has proven to be a huge success, meeting all of the production’s needs.

“We love having the show on-site and its fantastic news that it will now run into its tenth year on our TV screens.”

David Conway, acting CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production, added: “We are excited to be supporting another series of Deal or No Deal from The Bottle Yard Studios and providing fully managed studio services once more.

“Being able to design and build the production facilities from scratch last year, meant we could work with Remarkable Television to create facilities that were tailored to their production needs.

“For us as a media company, Bristol continues to be a fantastic city to work in. We have an excellent partnership with the Bottle Yard Studios and are very much open to offering bespoke, studio services to other clients from this location.”

Deal or No Deal first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2005. Since the show began over £39 million has been paid out in prize money to over 2,650 contestants.

Bristol Post

posted 9/29/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not My Circus"

  • Craig Ferguson never wanted David Letterman's chair (People)
     
  • Chris Soules begins filming his "Bachelor" season (Christian Today)
     
  • Jeff Probst is asking for one-liners. Time to play "What's My Zinger!" (Twitter @JeffProbst)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 100 people surveyed, top 14 answers on the board. Name a "Family Feud" question that has given Steve Harvey conniptions (Hitfix)
     
  • Sophia Bush in regards to a "Jeopardy!" clue... socially just or just "social justice warrior"? (Empty Lighthouse)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! not a fan of Donald Trump? Sick of him pretending to run for president? Congratulations! You were born (screwed) up! (Mediaite - NSFW for language)
     
  • Wolfgang Puck not a big fan of the "Top Chef" (The Braiser)

posted 9/29/14

The Second Wizard War
Syfy Picks Up Freshman Summer Hit
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has ordered six additional one-hour episodes of its exciting competition series, Wizard Wars. The series challenges bright and innovative young magicians to impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects. The series is expected to return in January 2015, showcasing magicians from Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and more.

Wizard Wars debuted August 19 to over one million Live +SD total viewers tuning in, growing substantially in the timeslot from previous weeks and year-to-year. In Live +7, the premiere grew to 1.3 million total viewers. Wizard Wars' first season so far ranks as Syfy's #1 new unscripted series this year among males. The series has also demonstrated success on Friday nights with its most recent encore showing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Sept. 5) earning 1.1 million total viewers and growing from that week's new episode.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/26/14

Thursday: How To Get Away With Thursday
All-Shonda Rhimes Lineup Wins Night for ABC by Less Than 1M
From the Futon Critic
CBS (11.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) held onto the demo crown on Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.541 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).

ABC (11.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was the most-watched network with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and "Scandal" (11.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2) followed by the launch of "How to Get Away with Murder" (14.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.467 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and the season premiere of "Parenthood" (4.262 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the season opener to "Bones" (6.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) alongside a rebroadcast of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" was the top game with 2.238 million. "@midnight" ended the week with 635,000. "Beat Bobby Flay" garnered 761,000. "Snack-Off" is ready for the check with 410,000.

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posted 9/26/14

Tug Is War
Israeli Format Heads to Global Agency
From World Screen
Global Agency and Israel's TV Format Fund are bringing the new game-show format TUG out to the worldwide market.

The format was created by July August Productions together with Michael Rothschild. Global Agency has the exclusive distribution rights. TUG features a game of tug-of-war. In this game, however, it takes brains instead of muscle. Two teams of three will go head to head in a tug-of-war of knowledge. They stand on moving platforms on top of a money tree on the stage. The members will then take turns in a trivia-based tug-of-war.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We are delighted to partner with TV Format Fund on TUG. They made a big impression to enter the market last year to bridge the gap between the television industry and the world of business finance by producing and re-casting export-worthy television formats. Israel is one of the world’s most innovative and creative markets; we are happy that TV Format Fund has been one of our strong partners in this region."

"I believe they have all made the right choice by working with Global Agency," said Rothschild. "As a worldwide distributor, we offer an outstanding opportunity to spread the project to many territories. In addition, the show's authenticity makes it a perfect acquisition opportunity for us. We can’t wait to present it to our customers at MIPCOM.”

Nir Shichvager, executive associate and project manager of TV Format Fund, said: “TV Format Fund is a financial body that invests in television formats. At the Fund we welcome and encourage international cooperation, as we believe that through joining forces internationally we can leverage each format we invest in, and help it to reach new and diverse territories and markets. The Fund strives to maximize the potential of each and every format."

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posted 9/26/14

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

  • "Shark Tank", now in its sixth season, becomes the most American Japanese import since the Camry (Grantland)
     
  • Randy Jackson's been voted out of his wife's life.... dawg (TMZ)
     
  • An "American Ninja Warrior" (the second-most American Japanese import since the Camry) speaks to a class (WAFF Huntsville)
     
  • Okay, Gwen Stefani... what is the name of Miranda Lambert's husband AND your fellow coach? (Reality TV Magazine)
     
  • Ben Gleib is a longtime game show fan. The words "Press Your Luck" come up a lot during this interview (The Interrobang)
     
  • Todd Newton returns to KC to host the Mid-America Emmys (Kansas City Live)
     
  • Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman make a pointless trip to a bookstore next month (Watford Observer)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 8 game shows that were really. REALLY. Bad. #3 is a long-runner. (HLN)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Rolling Stone), who says that he could've been in Ray Rice's shoes if not for a twist of fate (The Grio)

posted 9/26/14

Number 1... for 28 Years Running!
CBS Daytime Breaks Its Own Record
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime ended the 2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and The Talk both finishing with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND The Restless delivered their largest audiences in years, according to Nielsen most current ratings for the 2013-2014 television year.

· LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.

· THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/25/14

Wednesday: The End and the Beginning
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) followed by the 90-minute finale of "Big Brother 16" (6.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4).

ABC (7.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere mix of "The Middle" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.969 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Modern Family" (10.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (10.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Nashville" (5.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (9.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with week two of "The Mysteries of Laura" (9.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (8.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.525 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Red Band Society" (3.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.510 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" logged in 658,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" brought in 433,000.

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posted 9/25/14

The Hub: 2010-2014
Discovery Takes Majority Stake, Will Rebrand "Family Game Night" Network
From TV by the Numbers
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios’ series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery’s three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, Flying Wild Alaska, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.

“The next chapter of our collaboration will harness the incredible content strengths of both Discovery and Hasbro to program Discovery Family Channel with highly-rated award-winning storytelling around Hasbro’s brands and Discovery’s most popular non-fiction shows that appeal to both children and families alike,” said Hasbro President & CEO Brian Goldner. “Discovery Communications has a nearly 30-year track record of building television brands that create maximum value for advertisers and distributors through their world-class raft of programming and we look forward to evolving this network together.”

Under the executive management of Group President Henry Schleiff, Tom Cosgrove will assume the role of general manager of Discovery Family Channel and will manage all network operations and programming, working closely with the Hasbro Studios team as the new channel will prominently feature Hasbro Studios-produced content in daytime. Schleiff has overseen the successful turnaround and growth of several networks within the Discovery portfolio. Previously, Cosgrove served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Discovery Channel and Science Channel and has held senior leadership positions at ABC Family, Fox Family, Fox Kids and TV Guide Channel prior to his time at Discovery. Most recently, he led 3net and 3net Studios.

“Hasbro is a world-class company with franchises and characters that appeal to kids and families around the world. They have been terrific partners over the past several years as we developed our kids television audience in the U.S., and we look forward to a continued strong collaboration as we evolve to the Discovery Family Channel together,” said Discovery Communications President & CEO, David Zaslav. “Henry’s proficiency in developing and growing strong brands combined with Tom’s experience on Discovery’s flagship brand and deep background in family programming make for a perfect leadership team to drive the network toward future growth.”

The repositioning to Discovery Family Channel builds upon Discovery’s ongoing strategy to maximize its portfolio of channels to satisfy viewers and drive value for distributors and advertisers, while working alongside quality content partners to create long-term value. The Hub Network has grown from nearly 56 million homes in 2010 to approximately 70 million U.S. homes today. Since launch, the strong performance of Hasbro children’s content helped lift the network’s total day P2-11 delivery by +89% and for the past three years, The Hub Network has consistently been the most co-viewed children’s cable network among kids 2-11 watching with adults 18-49--a trend the partners plan to continue with Discovery Family.

“Brian and I want to thank the entire team at The Hub Network for their passion and dedication in building this brand over the past five years,” added Zaslav. “They are a fantastic group of executives, guided by a tremendously creative and inspiring leader in Margaret Loesch. We are grateful for their work in creating a channel of which Discovery and Hasbro have been incredibly proud.”

Discovery Family Channel will continue as a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, with Discovery Communications taking a 60% ownership position in the new channel and Hasbro’s stake decreasing to 40%. The network will be consolidated and managed under the Discovery portfolio of networks.

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posted 9/25/14

Big Picture Show
Armoza Format Heads to MIPCOM
From World Screen
Talpa Global and Israel's A Cappella have entered into a partnership regarding the representation of the game show The Big Picture in the global market.

The show is created by TV host and renowned mentalist Nimrod Harel and A Cappella. It sees studio players get the chance to win big money by correctly answering 12 picture-based questions. If a player is unsure of the answer, he can enlist help from a connected player selected from among those viewers playing along at home in real time via The Big Picture App. The technology will enable the connected player to have their image show on the TV screen in studio, and they too will get a shot at winning an amount of the total prize money.

“Although we rarely enter into partnerships on third-party formats, we made an exception with A Cappella as we believe The Big Picture is such a unique connected format that’s going to change the perception of the game show," said Maarten Meijs, the managing director of Talpa Global.

Meijs added: "It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app. We have a lot of experience with digital extensions, such as the multiplatform project Utopia, and What Do I Know?!, which is offered with an integrated live play-along app. So we’re technically ready to launch the first game show in which the viewer, by using the special Big Picture app, is actually able to participate on the TV program on-screen in real time and win big money.”

Einat Shamir, the CEO of A Cappella, commented: “Talpa is highly experienced in successfully rolling out formats internationally, and is focused on connected formats and extending brands to other platforms. The Big Picture is a game changer and we believe this format will become the benchmark to how game shows will interact with their audiences wherever they might be. After all, the audience at home wants to be an active participant and influence what they watch on the screen in real time, and The Big Picture enhances the viewing habits of our audience, allowing its viewers to take home the cash prize from the comfort of their couch. We’re convinced our partnership aimed at taking The Big Picture all over the world will be a successful one. "

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posted 9/25/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Perform"

posted 9/25/14


... This Is Jeopardy!?
Sports Jeopardy! Premieres Today on Crackle!
From HNGN
“Sports Jeopardy!” executive producer Harry Friedman gave a straightforward pitch for his new quiz show: “It’s sports and ‘Jeopardy!’ End of pitch,” he told The New York Times.

The sports-themed “Jeopardy!” will premiere on Crackle, a video-streaming website owned by Sony, on Sept. 24 and it’s one of the first digital game shows. The 30-minute show will debut a new episode weekly, and viewers can play along on the “Sports Jeopardy!” mobile app, released earlier this year.

“It just seemed like a natural extension of the ‘Jeopardy!’ format, and the growth of sports just simply can’t be denied,” said Friedman, who also produces “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

Veteran sportscaster Dan Patrick will host the program, which filmed on the actual “Jeopardy!” set in front of a live audience. Patrick even used the dressing room for “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who gave the new host some advice.

“He said ‘Have fun.’ That’s the one mistake he made early that he’s almost trying to make up for,” Patrick told The Hollywood Reporter.

Friedman and the “Jeopardy!” team pitched the sports-themed game show to ESPN almost 20 years ago, according to The New York Times. The network couldn’t find a place on its schedule where it didn’t compete with the original. The team pitched it again last fall as a digital entity.

“It’s where we’re headed with Millennials,” Patrick told USA Today about the online video consumption of the younger generation. “To be part of this process is exciting. It’s cutting edge.”

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posted 9/24/14

Tuesday: Big Easy Win
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was the demo champ on night two of the 2014-15 season thanks to a two-hour "The Voice" (13.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and the return of "Chicago Fire" (9.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

CBS (15.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere lineup of "NCIS" (17.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (17.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6).

Next up was ABC (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a special "Dancing with the Stars" (9.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) results show followed by the season premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and the time period launch of "Forever" (6.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.072 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its trio of "Utopia" (1.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "New Girl" (2.320 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (2.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.697 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.676 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" drew with "Chopped", 1.261 million to 1.302 million. "@midnight" stayed up to 716,000. "Wizard Wars" signed off with 521,000. "IdioTest" averaged 306,000.

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posted 9/24/14

You'll Like to Watch for Two More Years
CBS Renews Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 17th and 18th editions for broadcast in summer 2015 and 2016. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. This summer's edition is up +2% in viewers (7.56m from 7.39m) and +4% in adults 18-49 (2.7/09 from 2.6/08), while averaging 3.1/09 in adults 25-54 and 1.9/08 in adults 18-34. All three weekly broadcasts of BIG BROTHER rank among the top 10 programs of the summer in adults 18-49.

"BIG BROTHER continues to be the one of the summer's most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively," said Chris Castallo, CBS Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming. "With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it."

"Big Brother After Dark," the ultimate fan after-show for BIG BROTHER with a live late-night look inside the House, has also been renewed for next summer. "Big Brother After Dark" will air exclusively on POP, a new cable network (currently known as TVGN) launching in 2015.

In addition to its popularity on broadcast and cable, BIG BROTHER is one of television's most socially engaged series. According to Nielsen's SocialGuide, BIG BROTHER is the #1 social broadcast reality show of the summer.

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posted 9/24/14

Quiz Clash Goes from App to Screen
ITVS Options Format
From TBI Vision
ITV Studios has taken rights to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app.

Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37 million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on ARD channel Das Erste.

Viewers could play along with the show via a Quizduell app and it delivered solid ratings for Das Erste, averaging 1.3 million viewers.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will now launch the format internationally.

Mike Beale, director of international formats, ITV Studios, said: “Quiz Duel is a tense, exciting quiz show with huge international potential and interest from broadcasters across the world is already high.”

FEO’s CEO Robert Willstedt said: “We are thrilled that the TV show has worked so well in Germany and look forward to working closely with ITVSGE to bring Quiz Duel to millions more viewers across the world.”

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posted 9/24/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sports"

  • John Rocker calls "Survivor" the worst thing he's ever done. Even worse than, say, badmouthing every one and everything that isn't like you? (The Big Lead)
     
  • Tommy Chong wants Erin Andrews to touch his boob. Dave's still not here, man (The Big Lead)
     
  • Jeff Probst has a code with his wife on Survivor. The takeaway: Probst is married (People)
     
  • Is "What's My Line?" poised for a comeback? (Facebook - courtesy Randy West)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Broadway World)

posted 9/23/14


Syndies: So Here's the Score So Far...
Celebrity Name Game... Night 1. PLUS Results for Week Ending September 14
From the Futon Critic & TV News Check
Season premieres for several high-profile shows highlighted the week ending Sept. 14.

Rookie access show Celebrity Name Game got a 0.8/2 primary run average for its premiere on Sept. 22. This was down 27% from its lead-in and down 33% from its year-ago time period average.

At the very top of the syndication chart, Judge Judy ruled for the 25th consecutive week, launching its 19th season with a 7.1, which was 22% higher than its closest competitor, Wheel of Fortune, at a 5.8.

Meanwhile, ABC is touting performances on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with new host Terry Crews. "Millionaire" equaled its highest Household rating (2.0 rating) since May and top Women 25-54 rating since early March - since w/o 5/12/14 and w/o 3/3/14.

· "Millionaire" retained 100% of its year-ago premiere week Total Viewer count (2.8 million) and 95% in Homes (2.0 rating vs. 2.1 rating on w/o 9/2/13)

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.

- 1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +5%
- 2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
- 3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.0 +6%
- 4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 +18%

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photo courtesy CBS/Debmar Mercury

posted 9/23/14

Monday: And They're Off!
CBS Wins First Night of the New Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (12.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) opened the 2014-15 season on top with the season premieres of "The Voice" (12.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "The Blacklist" (12.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4).

CBS (13.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was a close second place with the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2), a second "The Big Bang Theory" (17.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1), the premiere of "Scorpion" (14.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and the season finale of "Under the Dome" (7.561 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (6.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) with the launch of "Gotham" (7.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.2, #6) followed by the season premiere of "Sleepy Hollow" (5.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (10.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up week two of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7) alongside the special premiere of "Forever" (8.261 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.166 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

And at midnight, 554,000 tuned into... well, "@midnight".

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posted 9/23/14

Greece Steps Into "Hot Seat"
"Millionaire" Spinoff Heads to Skai TV
From C21 Media
A Greek broadcaster has become the latest to order a local version of Sony Pictures Television’s quizshow format Hot Seat.

Skai TV has commissioned a 180-episode run, that will be made by its in-house production team.

The show, which sees six contestants play against each other with the only lifeline being an opportunity to pass the question to the next competitor in line, has already been sold to TV2 in Denmark and Network Nine in Australia.

Meanwhile classic format Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has reached Kyrgyzstan, where Magic Studio is making a 42×60′ first season for the Public Broadcasting Company of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In Turkey, broadcaster and producer ATV has renewed its version of the show, which first aired on ITV in the UK back in 1998, after ordering another 114 episodes. Meanwhile Prima in Romania has commissioned a third run of 36 episodes from local producer Zucchero.

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posted 9/23/14

Sunday: The Weekend Before
NBC, CBS Split the Night Before the Start of the 2014 Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).

CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) however was the most-watched network thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).

On cable, Food ranked thusly...

- 8p: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off (season finale): 1.973 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race: 1.677 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (season premiere): 1.330 million

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posted 9/23/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hart Break on the Dance Floor"

  • Kevin Hart to guest judge for "Dancing with the Stars" (Us Magazine)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Ken Jennings tweets. The Internet tweets back. And they're not happy (E!)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro gets jiggy with it (Us Magazine)
     
  • Rita Ora in a chair turnover on "The Voice UK" (Deadline) PLUS stateside longevity (New York Times) and a Few Good Minutes with Gwen Stefani (Us Magazine)
     
  • We've had a game return, but we were also promised a refit on TPIR's Premiere Week.... Well, it's "time" for a change (Yahoo!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Ben Gleib (Jewish Daily Forward)

posted 9/23/14

MGM Buys In
Mark Burnett's One Three Media Sold for 55% Share
From Realscreen
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has acquired a 55% stake in Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s production companies One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment.

The deal covers all of their interests in Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Bible, which the U.S. media giant will consolidate into the new venture United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which will develop, produce and finance scripted and unscripted TV shows, movies and digital content.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burnett will serve as CEO of UAMG and Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, UAMG’s faith and family division. One Three Media COO Brian Edwards will now serve as the COO of UAMG.

In their new roles, Burnett and Downey will develop all UAMG projects and work with MGM’s distribution and marketing divisions to create a seamless business structure.

“Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content, and we are excited to be distributing UAMG content worldwide,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber (pictured, center with Burnett and Downey) in a statement. “Together with Hearst Entertainment’s vast array of media assets and knowledge, MGM could not have wished for better partners to continue to grow the MGM business of creating premium content for distribution across multiple platforms.”

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posted 9/22/14

GMA Loses the Money
Filipino Version of German Game Coming
From Tempo
Continuing to offer all-out entertainment, GMA Network brings to viewers the newest gameshow “Don’t Lose The Money”, hosted by Kapuso Prime leading man Tom Rodriguez.

A successful franchise from Germany, “Don’t Lose the Money” features two teams, with three members each, competing with each other. The team, who keeps the biggest amount of money at the end of the program, after going through grueling physical challenges, wins and gets to take home the money.

Viewers will definitely be thrilled and inspired as the players combine strength, courage, tactics, and strategic timing to win and fulfill their life goal.

Directed by Mark Reyes, “Don’t Lose The Money” airs from Monday to Friday after “Basta Every Day Happy”­ in GMA.

Tempo

posted 9/22/14


POLLY BERGEN: 1930-2014
Actress... Singer.... Gamer...
From Yahoo!/AP
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals, and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War and Remembrance.

Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said her definition of success was “when you feel what you’ve done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy.”

Born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN, Bergen was 20 and already an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, At War With the Army. She joined them in two more comedies, That’s My Boy and The Stooge.

In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety The Polly Bergen Show on NBC, closing every broadcast with her theme song, The Party’s Over.

Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the popular game show To Tell the Truth. She would later appear in the 1980 version with Robin Ward. She also played on Password All-Stars in 1962 & 1963; What's My Line? from 1958 to 1966 as a Mystery Guest on three occasions and one time panelist; The Game Game in 1970; Hollywood Sqauresin 1968 & 1971; Celebrity Sweepstakes in 1974.

Bergen published the first of her three advice books, The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm, in 1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which earned her millions.

Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries, most importantly in the 1983 epic The Winds of War and its 1988 sequel, War and Remembrance. She appeared as the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.

Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962 suspense film Cape Fear, as the sadistic ex-convict who terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen) and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

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posted 9/22/14

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