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BILL TURNBULL: 1956-2022
British Broadcaster Hosted "Think Tank"
From Deadline

Beloved British broadcaster Bill Turnbull, who presented BBC Breakfast for 15 years, died Wednesday. He was 66.

A statement from Turnbull's family said he had passed away peacefully at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family yesterday. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.

"He was resolutely positive and was hugely buoyed by the support he received from friends, colleagues, and messages from people wishing him luck," said the statement. "It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing earlier for this disease."

The statement added that Turnbull will be "remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster who brought warmth and humor into people's homes on BBC Breakfast and Classic FM."

BBC Director General Tim Davie released a statement saying: "Bill was a much loved and respected broadcaster and journalist — not just by viewers but by all those lucky enough to have worked with him. He always struck the right tone, no matter what the story. Warm, wise, professional and caring, he will be much missed by us all. Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends."

Born in Surrey in 1956, Turnbull became a much-loved broadcaster who presented the BBC's flagship Breakfast show from 2001 to 2016. He also worked on Classic FM and presented the religious series Songs of Praise and game show Think Tank. At BBC Breakfast, Turnbull hosted coverage of two U.S. presidential elections, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the London 7/7 bombings. He was known for a warm, intelligent style that made him hugely popular with viewers.

After studying at the University of Edinburgh, Turnbull started his career in local radio before reporting for the BBC's Today program and being a correspondent for BBC News, where he reported on the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

In game shows, Turnbull was the host of "Think Tank". He also appeared on "Richard Osman's House of Games", "The Great Celebrity Bake-Off for Stand Up To Cancer", "Celebrity Chase", "Countdown", "Strictly Come Dancing", "Only Connect", "Christmas University Challenge", "Would I Lie To You?", "Pointless Celebrities", "Celebrity Eggheads", "Through the Keyhole", "Celebrity Mastermind", and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".

Turnbull is survived by three children and wife Sarah McCombie.

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posted 9/1/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

A Tribute to Alex
More on Season 39 LAunching September 12
From TV Insider

Jeopardy! is gearing up for a strong Season 39 lineup this fall and the team behind the fan-favorite game show has big plans in the works, including a special episode to mark the second anniversary of Alex Trebek's death.

In the latest Inside Jeopardy! podcast, executive producer Michael Davies and producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss offer a peek into what's on the horizon. The pair reveal that filming is well under way for Season 39, and Davies and Whitcomb Foss teased that 25 episodes are already in the can. 'It's a very exciting period coming up,' declares Davies.

Davies and Whitcomb Foss promise that the installment will pay tribute to the beloved figure. "Overall we owe him a fantastic episode of Jeopardy on that day," says Davies. "It may well break the internet. I don't want to give too much away."

TV Insider
PopCulture
E!
SouthernMinn.com

posted 9/1/2022

CBS Daytime Reveals Fall Premiere Dates
TPIR, LMAD Relaunch September 19
From Deadline

CBS Daytime has revealed the fall premiere dates for its No. 1-rated lineup, including the official start date of The Young and the Restless' 50th season.

The Price is Right, network TV's No. 1 daytime series, will be back for its 51st season on September 19, and marks Drew Carey's 15th anniversary as host of TV's longest-running game show. Several episodes of The Price is Right at Night are also planned throughout the season.

Let's Make a Deal returns for its 14th season on September 19, with Emmy-winning host Wayne Brady kicking off "Fabulous Car Week." Players have the chance to win a quarter of a million dollars of luxury cars, and the new season will also see the return of an audience favorite, Mega Money Mondays, where one contestant is guaranteed to win $10,000. More Let's Make a Deal primetime specials are slated for this season, too..

Deadline
TV Insider

posted 9/1/2022

Italy Gets Wild
Scottish Series Gets Kids Edition Overseas
From Realscreen

Italian broadcaster Boing, a joint venture between RTI Mediaset and Warner Bros. Discovery, has ordered a kids version of the live-action game show Wild Things.

Produced by Banijay, Wild Things – Kids Edition is an adaptation of Wild Things, which was inspired by the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are. The format sees four teams compete in various challenges in the forest, often wearing bulky and vision-impairing animal costumes.

The Kids Edition of Wild Things will see kids between 8 and 12 years old participating alongside their costumed adult team members.

The original show was created by Glasgow-based IWC Media, part of Banijay, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment. It premiered in 2015 on Sky, and lasted for three seasons (26 episodes in total). The format has been adapted in eight territories, including Sweden, Argentina and China, but this is the first time it is being adapted for family competitors and audiences.

Realscreen
Kidscreen
C21 Media

posted 9/1/2022

WEDNESDAY: Game Night at Guy's
Catch the Premiere of "Ultimate Game Night" Tonight on Food, Encore Tomorrow on TBS
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Food Network star and longtime Sonoma County resident Guy Fieri is adding another television show to his repertoire of on-air endeavors, debuting Wednesday on Food Network and Discovery Plus.

"Guy's Ultimate Game Night," filmed in front of a live audience, features Fieri's celebrity friends participating in culinary-inspired contests and party games for the chance to win prizes for their favorite charity.

"It's the best dinner party you've ever been to ... filled with food, booze, off-the-hook games and the funkiest live soundtrack around," Fieri said in a news release from Food Network.

In each episode, three celebrity teams compete in five rounds of classic party games with foodie twists such as Cooktionary, in which the guests have to guess the food item Fieri draws. Other games will require guests to blindly decorate cakes, make a pizza that looks like Fieri and play a quite literal game of Hot Potato.

Chef Antonia Lofaso ("Top Chef," "Chopped") co-hosts the show with Fieri and the first episode features actor Bobby Moynihan, comedian Ron Funches and rock star Bret Michaels. Future guests include Alyssa Milano, Kevin Smith, Penn and Teller and Vivica A. Fox.

Over on CBS, Big Brother (3.6 mil/0.7) slipped week-to-week but still led Wednesday in the demo. The Challenge: USA (1.9 mil/0.3) also was down.

NBC's America's Got Talent (5.2 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week but still dominated the night in total viewers.

Fox's MasterChef (averaging 2 mil/0.4) was down with its latest double helping.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.185m/0.32
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (P/Food): 688k/0.13
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 528k/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 425k/0.03

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Mashed
Variety

Last Night On

TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/1/2022

Lindsay Arnold to Depart "Dancing"
Pro Will Not Return for Season 31
From TV Insider

Dancing With the Stars will be down one dancer this season, as Lindsay Arnold has announced she will not be returning to the Mirrorball this season.

On her official Facebook on August 31, the 10-year veteran of the reality show shocked fans with news of her departure.

She writes: "I wanted to let you all know that I have decided not to be a part of Dancing With the Stars this season. This has been one of the hardest decisions to make but ultimately I have chosen what I feel is best for myself and my family. DWTS has been a part of my life for over 10 years now and when I say I love the show with all of my heart I mean it!! This show has changed my life forever and will always mean the world to me."

TV Insider

Deadline
TV Line

The Wrap
EW

Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 8/31/2022

Meet the Season 43 Castaways
Catch Survivor on CBS September 21
From The FUton Critic

The cast for Season 43 of CBS' Survivor has been revealed, and the 18 castaways' age range from 19 to 52, while their occupations include elevator sales, heart valve specialist, pet cremator and U.S. Paralympian.

Bowing Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c with a two-hour premiere, Survivor Season 43 will see 18 new players stranded on the beautiful islands of Fiji. "These determined castaways require strong social skills, strategic acumen and physical endurance," per CBS. "They will be divided into three tribes of six and face a faster, more extreme season from the moment they step on the beach. The moral dilemmas and unpredictable situations will test even the strongest competitor, as food is scarce, rewards and supplies are minimal, and the mental and physical challenges require players to make impossible decisions and adjust their strategies every day.

The Eye network stresses that the individuals competing are from "diverse backgrounds and bring a fresh perspective to this new era of the game, with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast. And in the end, only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor and win the $1 million prize."

Survivor will kick off an all-reality night for CBS, where it will be followed by The Real Love Boat (hosted by real-life marrieds Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell) and the 34th running of The Amazing Race.

The contestants are...
- Cassidy Clark Age: 26 Hometown: Plano, Texas Current Residence: Austin, Texas Occupation: Designer
- Cody Assenmacher Age: 35 Hometown: Preston, Iowa Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii Occupation: Elevator sales
- Dwight Moore Age: 22 Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif. Current Residence: Collierville, Tenn. Occupation: Graduate student
- Elisabeth "Elie" Scott Age: 31 Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah Occupation: Clinical psychologist
- Geo Bustamante Age: 36 Hometown: Miami, Fla. Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii Occupation: Project manager
- James Jones Age: 37 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa. Occupation: Event planner
- Jeanine Zheng Age: 24 Hometown: South Hamilton, Mass. Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif. Occupation: UX designer
- Jesse Lopez Age: 30 Hometown: Venice, Calif. Current Residence: Durham, N.C. Occupation: Political science PhD
- Justine Brennan Age: 29 Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif. Current Residence: Marina Del Rey, Calif. Occupation: Cyber security sales
- Karla Cruz Godoy Age: 28 Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Current Residence: Newark, Del. Occupation: Educational project manager
- Lindsay Carmine Age: 42 Hometown: Greensboro, N.C. Current Residence: Downingtown, Pa. Occupation: Pediatric nurse
- Mike 'Gabler' Gabler Age: 52 Hometown: Houston, Texas Current Residence: Meridian, Idaho Occupation: Heart valve specialist
- Morriah Young Age: 28 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa. Occupation: Teacher Name
- Nneka Ejere Age: 43 Hometown: Weatherford, Texas Current Residence: Weatherford, Texas Occupation: Pharmacist Name
- Noelle Lambert Age: 25 Hometown: Londonderry, N.H. Current Residence: Manchester, N.H. Occupation: U.S. Paralympian
- Owen Knight Age: 30 Hometown: Bethesda, Md. Current Residence: New Orleans, La. Occupation: College admissions director
- Ryan Medrano Age: 25 Hometown: Savannah, Ga. Current Residence: El Paso, Texas Occupation: Warehouse associate
- Sami Layadi Age: 19 Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nev. Occupation: Pet cremator

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider

posted 8/31/2022

TUESDAY: Password a Solid Hit
NBC Wins with 1-2 of "AGT", "Password"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Password revival this Tuesday drew 3.9 million total viewers (holding steady week-to-week) and its fourth 0.5 demo rating out of six outings thus far.

Opening NBC's night, America's Got Talent (6.1 mil/0.7) was also steady week-to-week and dominated Tuesday in both measures.

Over on The CW, Leonardo (450K/0.1) and Devils (230K/0.0) both added some viewers, with the former also ticking up in the demo.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 895k/0.17

- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 619k/0.14
- Big Bad Budget Battle (Food): 428k/0.08
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 487k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 435k/0.02
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 227k/0.07
- Celebrity Beef (E!): 90k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/31/2022

A Genius in the Netherlands
South Korena Game Show Heading to Europe
From C21 Media

A Dutch version of South Korean elimination quizshow The Genius Game has been greenlit by NTR in the Netherlands.

NTR, which supplies programming to Dutch public broadcasting system NPO, has ordered eight episodes from local prodco Tin Can. The weekly series is titled The Genius and will debut on NPO on October 3 at 21.15.

The news was announced during the BCWW conference taking place here in Seoul this week, where plenty of the sessions and canapé chat has been focusing on the country's big unscripted exports, The Masked Singer (MBC) and I Can See Your Voice (CJ ENM).

There has also been much talk about new scripted smash hit Extraordinary Attorney Woo, which debuted on Skylife-owned satellite channel ENA in June and has transformed the previously little-watched network almost overnight.

The Genius Game was created by producer Jung Jong-yeon (The Society Game, The Great Escape) and is owned by South Korean entertainment group CJ ENM. It debuted on CJ-owned cable network TVN in 2013 and landed three further seasons in 2014 and 2015.

"The Korean version of the show has become the channel's mega-hit and created massive fandom for both show and the channel. I assure it will do the same for NPO," said Diane Min, head of format sales at CJ ENM.

C21 Media

posted 8/31/2022


ITV Studios/CBS

ITV Slots "Celebrity Lingo"
RuPaul to Host September 4
From Digital Spy

Drag Race host RuPaul Charles's new star-studded game show is soon set to launch on ITV.

Consisting of seven episodes, Celebrity Lingo will see the drag icon welcome a group of famous faces to compete in the fast-paced wordplay game.

Stars will go head-to-head in a vocabulary battle, as they try their best to fill in the blanks and uncover the missing words.

Unveiling part of its jam-packed autumn entertainment schedule, ITV confirmed the new game show will premiere on Sunday, September 4 at 6.30pm. There will be seven episodes in the series.

Digital Spy
Reality Titbit

What to Watch

posted 8/31/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bothered?!"

  • Julie Chen Moonves is "bothered" by Kyle's latest game move... and not for the reason she should be (EW)

  • Mike E. Winfield gets an offer he can't refuse (TV Insider)

  • #ICYMI: The largest win on "The Chase UK" EVER (Joe)

posted 8/31/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 53
Results for the Week Ending August 21
From TV Newscheck

In an unexpected legal victory daytime court show Judge Judy jumped 7% to a 10-week high 4.5 live plus same day national Nielsen rating and blew right past syndie quiz sensation Jeopardy, which slipped 7% to a new season-low 4.1 in the session ending August 21. Judy, which has led the courtroom programs every week for the past 26 years was second only to access gameshow standout Family Feud on the overall chart. Feud inched up 2% to a 5.1.

At the three-quarter mark of a four-week preview, Fox's Person, Place or Thing, hosted by Melissa Peterman, managed a 0.3 weighted metered market average for all runs in nine Fox test markets. That was down 40% from both its lead-in and year-ago time periods. Among women 25-54, the show's 0.2 was equal to both its lead-in and September 2021 time periods.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.1** -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 8/30/2022

MONDAY: Total Victory? The Ratings Tell All
ABC Wins with The Bachelorette
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, holding steady week-to-week and topping Monday in both measures.

Leading out of that, Claim to Fame (1.6 mil/0.3) hit and tied series lows.

The CW's Roswell NM (460K/0.1) and In the Dark (350K/0.1) both saw sharp upticks in audience and each rose in the demo ahead of next week's series finales, with the latter in fact surging to a season high in audience.

NBC's American Ninja Warrior (3.1 mil/0.5) ticked up with its season finale.

Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics (1.9 mil/0.3) was steady, while Beat Shazam (1.9 mil/0.4) was up.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 904k/0.19
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 477k/0.10
- The $100,000 PYramid (GSN): 463k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 450k/0.03


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/2022

WEEKEND: Saved by the Ball
CBS, ABC at a Dead Heat
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' 60 Minutes rerun — which was a bit delayed, leading out of preseason NFL action — drew 6.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, topping Sunday in both measures.

Big Brother in turn is eyeing its best Sunday audience of Season 24 (4.1 million), though it was down a tick in the demo week-to-week (to a 0.7).

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (4.3 mil/0.4), $100,000 Pyramid (3.7 mil/0.4) and The Final Straw (1.7 mil/0.2) were all down, with the latter hitting series lows.

The CW's share of the MTV VMAs multicast averaged 600,000 total viewers and a 0.1 rating.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 965k/0.23
- People Puzzler (GSN): 423k/0.03

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (Food): 815k/0.17


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "In Love"

  • ITV Studios inks up with JAke Vision (Deadline)

  • Jesse Palmer promises an announcment that changes our lives... and then deliveres, well... (TV Insider)

  • Alexander Armstrong revealed he turned down "Countdown" to do "Pointless". (Huffpost)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings & Mayim Bialik (TV Insider)

posted 8/30/2022


NBCUniversal

NBC May Give Up 10pm Ghost
Report: Move Would Happen Fall 2023 at the Earliest
From TV Line

NBC's 10 pm programming block may soon become must-flee TV.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the network may stop programming the 10-11 pm hour, potentially giving those seven hours to local TV stations.

The idea — which could take effect as early as Fall 2023 — is reportedly being considered as a way to cut costs amid declining linear ratings.

NBC's current 10 pm series include Law & Order: Organized Crime, Chicago P.D., the soon-to-conclude New Amsterdam and the about-to-launch Quantum Leap reboot.

If the plan gets the green light, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon would likely move from 11:30 pm to 11 pm (or, perhaps, as early as 10:30 pm, per WSJ).

An NBC rep declined our request for comment, but a network spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal in a statement, "We are always looking at strategies to ensure that our broadcast business remains as strong as possible. As a company, our advantage lies in our ability to provide audiences with the content they love across broadcast, cable and streaming.".

TV Line
Deadline
Wall Street Journal

TV Insider

TV Line

posted 8/29/2022


NPR

"Dancing with the Stars" Gets Disney+ Premiere Date
Catch It September 19... Commercial-Free
From TV Line

When you wish upon a (dancing) star…. Tinker Bell works a bit of her magic in helping Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro tout Dancing With the Stars' big move to Disney+, in a first promo for Season 31.

Dancing With the Stars makes its Disney+ debut on Monday, Sept. 19, with the Season 31 cast due to be revealed Thursday, Sept. 8 on Good Morning America. As first confirmed by TVLine, Season 31 of the reality competition will feature no commercials for the entirety of its run.

Now hosting alongside AFV's Ribeiro, Banks is returning for her third season as host and executive producer. The judging panel will return intact as well, with Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough all coming back for the inaugural Disney+ season.

Dancing with the Stars, which is produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, received a two-year pickup and will become the first live series to debut on Disney+. It is also believed to be the first live streaming reality show in the U.S., marking another milestone for direct-to-consumer platforms.

Disney brass certainly hope that DWTS' big following will translate into new viewers — and ultimately additional subscribers. DWTS is a unique family show that fits well on Disney+, and the show's signature Disney-themed nights will create synergy opportunities for the platform which carries the movies showcased on the program.

As reported in July, Alfonso Ribeiro is joining as a co-host alongside Tyra Banks for Season 31. Banks returns for her third season as host and executive producer, and the judging panel will return intact as well, with Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough all coming back for the inaugural Disney+ season.

The franchise is also part of Disney+ Day, the anniversary of the platform's launch.

Dancing with the Stars: The Pros' Most Memorable Dances is a look back on the 20 most memorable dances of thirty seasons of Dancing with the Stars' chosen by the Pro-Dancers. Hosted by Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, and Brandon Armstrong, the special leads up Season 31 premiere of Dancing With The Stars on Disney+. It will premiere September 8, the same say the Season 31 cast will be announced on Good Morning America.

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TV Line
Deadline

EW

TV Insider

Reality TV World

Variety

The Wrap

The Wrap

TV Line
Deadline

TV Insider

TV Line

TV Insider

Deadline

Deadline

TV Line

TV Insider

posted 8/29/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A CompliPlated Move"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "It's CompliPlated" gets to underperform on Tuesday afternoons from here on out. (The Grio)

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell dedicates the forthcoming season of "Only Connect" to creator Chris Stuart (Metro)

  • Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy reveal canisters of blue confetti on Instagram. Not important why. (REality TV World)

  • Guy's Ultimate Game Night has a house band - Sophistafunk (Deadline)

  • Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme sign with Innovative Artists (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Netflix: 25 years in 2 minutes (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the winners of Love Island USA (TV Insider)

posted 8/29/2022

THURSDAY: The Usual Suspects Come Out on Top
CBS Edges Out ABC
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Thursday drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), ticking up in both measures week-to-week — and topping the night across the board.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.4 mil/0.5), Generation Gap (2.8 mil/0.4) and The Con (2.2 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, with the latter also adding some eyeballs along the way.

On The CW, Bump (290K/0.0) was steady, while The Great Chocolate Showdown (350K/0.1) ticked up in the demo.

Thursday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.041m/0.36
- Alone Frozen (History): 907k/0.08
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 813k/0.15
- Battlebots Champions (Discovery): 673k/0.11
- Alone: The Skills Challenge (History): 609k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 430k/0.05

- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 465k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/26/2022

Eight Tickets to Paradise
MEet the New Season's Contestants
From TV Insider

While most of us are getting ready for sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes, the cast of Bachelor in Paradise will be headed back to the beach for another shot at love when the new season premieres Tuesday, September 27.

In a promo for the upcoming season, we get to see what all the singles are excited (and not excited) for in the upcoming love reality competition.

TV Insider
TV Line
The Futon Critic
REality TV World

posted 8/26/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "No, Seriously... Who?!"

  • The Wheel of Dancing stops at...Joseph Baena... We're just playing fast and loose with the term "Star", aren't we? (TV Insider)

  • Just Sam gives an update from a recent hospitalization (TV Insider)

  • Priyanka goes from Canada's Drag Race to "Ezra" (Deadline)

  • Rose Ayling-Ellis developing comedy-drama about deaf women dating in London (Deadline)

posted 8/26/2022

AFV Welcomes Back Audience
New Season to Bump Prize Money
From TV Insider

America's Funniest Home Videos is gearing up for its 33rd season at ABC and is celebrating the latest chapter by welcoming back a live studio audience for the first time in two years, and doubling its weekly prize money.

Set to return Sunday, October 2, AFV will see Alfonso Ribeiro reprise his role as host of the fan-favorite series spotlighting videos captured by everyday people. First-place winners can look forward to the new weekly prize of $20,000. Meanwhile, the second and third-place prizes have also been doubled, totaling $6,000 and $4,000.

First-place prize winners will then move on to the season's next competition round where they'll vie for the $100,000. All $100,000 winners will then compete for a grand prize vacation package. Over the years AFV has given away more than $17 million in prize money and featured over two million video clips.

"We're thrilled to welcome a live audience back to the studio after two years," said Vin Di Bona, Executive Producer and Director of America's Funniest Home Videos. Adding, "We're starting with a limited audience size of 50 people, and hope to be back to full audience capacity of 200, soon."

TV Insider
TV Line
Deadline

posted 8/25/2022

Eddie Jackson Gets "Outchef'd"
Celebrity Chefs to Play Against Home Cooks
From the Wrap

Eddie Jackson is helming a new series for Food Network — "Outchef'd" — and the competition, between skilled home cooks, will be not only fierce, but surprising.

The competition brings the heat (thanks to the pressure of the surprise) and starts off with with a star-ingredient themed cooking round. Jackson will then take to the streets to find a panel of six individuals to blindly taste the dishes. To even the playing field, the home chef has to receive only one vote to win a $5,000 prize.

Star chefs competing against the home cooks are Eric Adjepong, Anne Burrell, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Tiffani Faison, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso, Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian.

"This series is the ultimate in wish-fulfillment for the Food Network fan who suddenly becomes the star of the show," Jane Latman, president of Home & Food Content and Streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement. "Some viewers watch cooking competitions and think — I can do that! In 'Outchef'd,' we truly put that to the test and give these talented cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete against a superstar chef."

The all-new cooking competition series will premiere on the network and discovery+ on Sept. 27 with two back-to-back episodes.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 8/25/2022

WEDNESDAY: Last Resort
CBS, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's broadcast-TV encore of streaming sister Peacock's The Resort premiere drew just 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating on Wednesday, tying for fifth in the demo for the night (and falling well shy of Password's week-prior outing, which did 4.4 mil/0.4).

Opening NBC's night, America's Got Talent (5.6 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week, and delivered Wednesday's biggest audience.

CBS' Big Brother (4 mil/0.9) was steady week-to-week and dominated the night in the demo. The Challenge: USA (2.1 mil/0.4) was also steady.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (averaging 2.3 mil/0.5) ticked up from last week's double helping.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (490K/0.1) and Wellington Paranormal (230K/0.0) both added eyeballs.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.080m/0.24
- Forged in Fire (History): 504k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 477k/0.05


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/2022


ITV Studios

BBC Studios to Reboot "Gladiators"
UK Version of American Gladiators to Launch in 2023
From Advanced Television

Gladiators, one of the most iconic gameshows of the 90s, will soon be returning to TV screens in its new home on the BBC – on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Saturday night staple, which originally aired on ITV between 1992 and 2000, will be back with an 11-episode series, made by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Television UK, and will welcome a new generation of 'superhumans' who will compete against contestants in the ultimate test of speed and strength.

The new series will include new games alongside classic challenges, culminating at the end of each episode with The Eliminator challenge. The series is set to air in 2023.

Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC, commented: "Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to watching a Saturday night spectacle like no other. Will the contenders have the will and the skill to succeed against our mighty new Gladiators? You'll have to tune in to find out!"

Scot Cru, EVP of Global Formats and Unscripted Content, MGM Television, said: "Gladiators is a format that resonates with viewers worldwide. We are thrilled to bring this revered series to the BBC and can't wait to introduce our UK Gladiators."

Dan Baldwin, Managing Director Hungry Bear, said: "It's the perfect time for Gladiators to return. What other show combines electric excitement, superheroes, giant sponge fingers, elite athletes, and a pinch of pantomime? Watch out for the new breed of superhuman, supersized, superstars bursting on to your screens on BBC One and BBC iPlayer."

Dom Bird, SVP MGM International Unscripted Television, added: "MGM UK is incredibly excited to deliver a huge show with the scale, energy and drama that Saturday nights on BBC One are made for. It's going to be an epic series, pushing our next-level Gladiators and contestants to the very limits of their physical abilities."

Filming will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield in 2023.

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posted 8/25/2022

Meet the Season 4 Canadian Families
Catch "Family Feud Canada" September 12
From CBC

CBC is introducing some of the Canadian families who will participate in the upcoming season of FAMILY FEUD CANADA, premiering Monday, September 12 with two new Celebrity Special episodes. Hosted by Gerry Dee, the fourth season will feature 104 new episodes and broadcast four nights a week (Monday through Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. (8 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.

Filmed in front of a live audience at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto, FAMILY FEUD CANADA invites families from coast-to-coast-to-coast to go head-to-head to guess the top responses to survey questions, with a uniquely Canadian twist, for a chance to take home up to $30,000 per family. The Celebrity Special episodes are played for a Canadian charity of each team's choice.

This fall's FAMILY FEUD CANADA Celebrity Special lineup is:
THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW vs. HEARTLAND - Airing Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. (8 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
- The GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW team consists of hosts Alan Shane Lewis and Ann Pornel, judge Kyla Kennaley, and past bakers Colin Asuncion and Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami playing for the charity Water First. Season 6 of THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW premieres October 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC.
- Team HEARTLAND features castmates Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Chris Potter, Michelle Nolden and Drew Davis, playing for the Wild Horses of Alberta Society charity. Season 16 of HEARTLAND premieres October 2 on CBC.

STRAYS vs. DRAGONS' DEN - Airing Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. (8 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
- Team STRAYS is made up of Nicole Power, Tina Jung, Nikki Duval, Kevin Vidal and Dennis Andres playing for the Toronto Humane Society. Season 2 of STRAYS airs September 13 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC.
- DRAGONS' DEN returns to the FAMILY FEUD CANADA studio for a shot at redemption, with teammates Robert Herjavec, Arlene Dickinson, Manjit Minhas, Jim Treliving and Michele Romanow playing for the Calgary Food Bank. Season 17 of DRAGONS' DEN premieres September 15 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC.


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posted 8/25/2022


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Time to Race!
Meet the Season 34 Amazing Racers
From TV Line

The 34th running of the The Amazing Race will feature several franchise firsts — beginning with the introduction of an international starting line.

When the veteran CBS reality competition returns on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (now airing at a later time, 10/9c) with its milestone 400th episode, 12 globe-trotting teams will travel to Munich, Germany to begin the race.

Season 34 is also doing away with non-elimination legs. "With one team being eliminated at the end of every leg, it will be one of the most grueling races in the show's history," according to the official release. Additionally, "teams will be in for a surprise when host Phil Keoghan teases a game-changing element in the first leg of the race."

Featured locations this season include Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Iceland and Nashville. Racers will also visit the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, "where teams will ride a train and experience a scene reminiscent of the 1963 Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia, perform a Jordanian folk dance and learn the Arabic alphabet."

The cast, which was first revealed Wednesday, includes Big Brother 23 couple Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss, New York Jets head coach-turned-ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, and a pair of long-lost twins.
- Aastha Lal & Nina Duong (33/34): engaged couple from Marina del Rey, CA
- Abby Garrett & Will Freeman (24/25): childhood sweethearts from Birmingham, AL
- Aubrey Ares & David Hernandez (29): ballroom dancers from Los Angeles
- Derek Xiao & Claire Rehfuss (24/25): showmance from Los Angeles
- Emily Bushnell & Molly Sinert (36): long-lost twins from Ardmore, PA & Palm Beach Gardens, FL
- Glenda & Lumumba Roberts (41): newlyweds from Norcross, GA
- Luis Colon & Michelle Burgos (34): married couple from Miami
- Linton & Sharik Atkinson (50/23): father/daughter from Brooklyn
- Marcus & Michael Craig (38/30): military brothers from Richmond Hill, GA & Alamogordo, NM
- Quinton Peron & Mattie Lynch (29/27): former Rams cheerleaders from Pasadena, CA & Vista, CA
- Tim Mann & Rex Ryan (40/59): golf buddies from Brentwood, TN
- Rich Kuo & Dom Jones (32/35): motivational speakers from Huntington Beach, CA


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posted 8/25/2022

"Pictionary" to Launch September 12
Check Your Local Listings
From the Futon Critic

Mattel's "Pictionary," hosted by Jerry O'Connell, is set to premiere nationally on September 12, 2022. After a successful test run last summer, the series rolls out nationwide as O'Connell hosts the family favorite game show, based on Mattel's popular board game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses.

The broadcast version of "Pictionary" will follow the same rules of at-home play. Celebrity captains, including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and more, lead two teams of three as players draw clues for teammates to guess winning words or phrases. The 30-minute national daytime series is produced by Fox First Run as well as Bill's Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures (CMV).

The show will air on Fox-owned stations in major markets, among other stations nationwide. Check local listings in your area.

"It's exhilarating to be part of such an iconic tradition and to bring this beloved franchise to the daytime landscape," O'Connell said. "Growing up, this was a family favorite and something I continue to share with my kids today. It's a great privilege to help expand the reach of the experience, engaging contestants and fans of the game on a national scale."

Arguably one of the busiest men in television, O'Connell adds "Pictionary" to a robust array of high-profile projects. He returns to host "The Talk" this fall and will host CBS' reality romance adventure series, "The Real Love Boat," premiering October 5th at 9 p.m. ET, with his wife, Rebecca Romijn.

"Pictionary" is executive produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, VP Live-Action, serve as Co-Executive Producers for Mattel.

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posted 8/25/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Who?!"

  • The Wheel of Dancing stops at...Charli D'Amelio... and her mom (Deadline)

  • Jeopardy!: a look back at almost 40 years (MSN)

  • Kathie Lee Gifford misses Regis. We all do. (Female First)

  • Vanna White plays Bingo in Vancouver (Hope Standard)

  • Emma Slater, Sasha Farber break up after four years (Us Magazine)

posted 8/25/2022


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We'll Take Celebrity Lineups for $200
Meet the Players for Celebrity Jeopardy!
From Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood stars will test the wattage of their minds when Celebrity Jeopardy premieres with a stellar crop of famous contestants.

EW is reporting that the game show's host, Mayim Bialik, will welcome Simu Liu, Constance Wu, Iliza Shlesinger, Ray Romano, Aisha Tyler, Patton Oswalt, Michael Cera, B.J. Novak, and Candace Parker as scheduled guest players when the series debuts in September.

"It's the OG Jeopardy, with celebrities," Bialik says in EW's exclusive preview clip below. "Let's hope they've been reading more than screenplays."

Celebrity Jeopardy premieres Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will be available to stream on Hulu one day after the debut episode airs.

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posted 8/24/2022

TUESDAY: Next Word Comes Up
NBC Wins with 1-2 of "AGT", "Password"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's America's Got Talent this Tuesday drew 6.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), holding steady week-to-week and dominating the night in both measures.

Leading out of that, Night 5 of Password put up 4 mil and a 0.5, ticking up in the demo week-to-week.

Over on ABC, Cinderella: The Reunion — A Special Edition of 20/20 drew 2 mil and a 0.3, while a first-in-a-while broadcast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella did 1.5 mil/0.2.

At The CW, Leonardo (400K/0.0) and Devils (213K/0.0) both saw steep audience declines versus their week-ago premieres.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 969k/0.21

- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 660k/0.14
- Big Bad Budget Battle (Food): 510k/0.12
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 478k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 406k/0.05
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 240k/0.08

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posted 8/24/2022

MONDAY: Dog Days Continue
ABC Wins Depressed Night
From The Programming Insider

ABC's "The Bachelorette" (Viewers: #1 for the night: 3.17 million; A18-49: #1 for the night: 0.7 rating/6 share) easily dominated NBC's competing "American Ninja Warrior" (Viewers: #3, 2.78 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.3/ 3) in the Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block. But both reality series are certainly not what they used to be.

Airing out of "The Bachelorette" was recent entry "Claim to Fame", which opposite repeats on CBS and NBC still sunk to 1.80 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#1t) at 10 p.m.

Also original last night was Fox's pairing of "TMZ Investigates: Richard Simmons" (Viewers: 2.25 million (#4); A18-49: 0.3/ 3 (#2t)) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.68 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.); and canceled CW dramas "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: 766,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "In The Dark" (Viewers: 719,000; A18-49: 0.1/1 at 9 p.m.).

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.056m/0.23
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 504k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 485k/0.05
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 484k/0.14

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posted 8/24/2022

More on "That's My Jam" UK
Show to Use the US Set
From Deadline

The upcoming British version of Jimmy Fallon's show That's My Jam will shoot entirely in LA after a successful pilot, Universal Studio Group chiefs confirmed today here at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

The show, which will see emerging British presenting talent Mo Gilligan in the Fallon role, filmed its pilot in the U.S. and the success of the shoot emboldened the producers to take the entire BBC series to Hollywood. The format includes celebrity guests, trivia-based games and musical performances.

Hosted by Fallon, the NBC original game show draws inspiration from musical segments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, with signature games including Launch the Mic, Air Guitar, Don't Drop the Beat and Slay It, Don't Spray It.

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posted 8/24/2022

More on the Big Brother UK Reboot
Kevin Lygo Cites "Love Island" Numbers as Driving Factor
From Deadline

Love Island's "extraordinary success" drove ITV to commission its Big Brother reboot, according to content boss Kevin Lygo, who said duty of care is being considered for the upcoming reality show but "I don't think we should stop allowing the public on TV."

Lygo told the Edinburgh Television Festival that Love Island, which has now run for eight seasons, had "defied current logic" by regularly topping 3M viewers per night across its eight-week run for multiple seasons. "

More young people watch it than any other and we should all take joy in the fact that if you get the right show, they will watch," he added.

Lygo said Banijay's Big Brother reboot, which was unveiled during the Love Island finale, will likely skew older than Love Island, attracting audiences who watched two decades ago and "remember it fondly" from days on Channel 4 and Channel 5.

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posted 8/24/2022


Sportskeeda
MARK DRISCOLL: 1950-2022
Radio Legend Announced "Now You See It"
From Inside Radio

Veteran programmer and voice-over talent Mark Driscoll has passed away. Driscoll, who was 72, had been battling health issues after a fall last month. He had been in hospice care in West Palma Beach, FL when he passed away on Monday morning (Aug. 22).

Call letters associated with Driscoll's career include WWDJ and WNBC New York, WIBG Philadelphia, KIIS-FM Los Angeles, WZPL Indianapolis, WAPE, and WJAX Jacksonville, KITE Corpus Christi, WLUM Milwaukee, KSTP Minneapolis, WMJX Miami, WDRQ Detroit, WBBF Rochester, KLTY Dallas, WIOQ Philadelphia, and KSLQ St. Louis.

Last year Driscoll relocated from Hollywood, CA to Pompano Beach, FL where he set up shop, according to close friend, and radio pal, Bill Hennes. We are told that Driscoll suffered a bad fall about a month ago, and had experienced related health issues ever since. Right up until the end he had a wicked sense of humor and would appreciate the description, "Driscoll always hit the Mark!"

In game shows, Driscoll was the announcer of the 1989 version of "Now You See It".

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posted 8/24/2022


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Let's Go Dancing!
Players, Format for 2022 TOC Announced
From Fikkle Fame

Episode 3 of the Inside Jeopardy! Podcast revealed a brand new format for the 2022 Tournament of Champions, as well as who will be in it. Buzzy Cohen, the 2017 ToC champ, was a guest of Michael Davies and Sarah Foss on the podcast.

They start out talking about the contestants who will be participating in the 2022 Tournament of Champions.
- 2 winners from October's Second Chance Tournament
- Jaskaran Singh (National College Championship)
- Sam Buttrey (Professors Tournament)
- Amy Schneider
- Matt Amodio
- Mattea Roach
- Ryan Long
- Jonathan Fisher
- Brian Chang
- Courtney Shah
- Eric Ahasic
- Zach Newkirk
- Megan Wachspress
- Andrew He
- Tyler Rhode
- Jackie Kelly
- John Focht
- Margaret Shelton
- Maureen O'Neil
- Christine Whelchel

But that's not all. The Tournament of Champions will feature a new format this year. Right off the bat, it's announced that Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach will go straight to the semi-final games. A need was felt to draw a distinction between the 3 top players because of the extraordinary number of games each of them won. Therefore, none of the other 18 contestants will have to face off against Amy, Matt or Mattea in their quarterfinals.

The 18 other players will compete in 6 quarterfinal games. There are no Wild Cards. The 6 quarterfinal winners plus Amy, Matt and Mattea will then face off in three semi-final games. The final matches will be like the GOAT tournament. The three final winners will play until one of them wins three games. The finals can run from three to seven days.

The producers think that eliminating the Wild Cards will make the quarterfinal games much more competitive. They also think that doing away with the 2-day final format in favor of the first to win 3-games approach will result in more competitive games. Sarah mentioned that taping will begin for the ToC on October 31, 2022.

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posted 8/15/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 52
Results for the Week Ending August 14
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud held on to both the syndication and game lead in the repeat-heavy summer week ended August 14. The Steve Harvey-led game show dipped 4% to a 5.0 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen.

CBS Media Ventures' Jeopardy, which often leads syndication and games, bounced up 5% off the prior week's season low to a second-place 4.4. Both Feud and Jeopardy were in repeats. CBS' Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a new season-low 4.1. Fox's You Bet Your Life with host Jay Leno lost 13% to a 0.7, tying Fox's 25 Words or Less, which stayed put for a seventh consecutive week. Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask answered with a 0.4 for the sixth straight week.

At the halfway point of a four-week preview, Fox's Person, Place or Thing, hosted by Melissa Peterman, earned a 0.3 weighted metered market average for all runs across its nine Fox test markets. That was down 40% from its lead in and trailed its year-ago time periods by 25%. Among syndication's key demographic of women 25-54, the show averaged a 0.2 to equal its lead in and year-ago time periods.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 -4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.4 +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1** -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 8/16/2022

Germany Joins the 1%
SevenOne Signs On for BBC Remake
From C21 Media

SevenOne Entertainment Group, parent of Germany's Sat.1 and ProSieben channels, is adapting BBC Studios gameshow format The 1% Club.

The channel to air the adaptation is not yet confirmed but it is likely to be Sat.1, according to a BBC Studios representative.

The German adaptation will be produced by BBC Studios Germany and marks the fifth international version of the format after it was picked up by France Televisions, Kan in Israel, RTL in the Netherlands and Spain's Atresmedia Television.

Originally created by Magnum Media for ITV in the UK, The 1% Club puts the nation's intelligence to the test, with contestants answering a series of questions that can only be answered using logic, reasoning skills and common sense. The game begins with questions that 90% of the population would get right and continues until the final question that only 1% of the country can solve. If successful, the contestant will earn a place in The 1% Club: an elite group of people who can say they're smarter than 99% of the population.

Hannes Hiller, senior VP of content development for Sat.1 and ProSieben, said: "Magnum Media in the UK has created a major hit. The 1% Club is the perfect family entertainment. This quiz is not about classical knowledge – it is about logical thinking."

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posted 8/23/2022

Channel 4 Goes It "Alone"
The Garden Will Produce Version of History Hit
From Deadline

Channel 4 has become the first UK broadcaster to commission a version of U.S. History channel hit Alone.

Alone has run for nine seasons on History and will be produced in the UK by ITV Studios-backed The Garden, which is also behind the upcoming Squid Game adventure reality series with Studio Lambert.

In Alone, 10 contestants are dropped into the remote Northern Canadian Wilderness, where each must survive entirely on their own. Whoever lasts longest, battling the elements, wild animals and an extreme test of mental strength, wins £100,000 ($117,000), in the show that has already sold to a wealth of territories. Nicola Brown and Rachel Bloomfield are exec producing and A+E Networks is distributor worldwide.

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posted 8/23/2022


ITV

Laura Whitmore Quits Love Island
Host Cites "Difficult Elements"
From Variety

"Love Island UK" host Laura Whitmore has quit the reality show after two and a half years.

Whitmore, a close friend of former host Caroline Flack, famously took over from the long-time presenter in January 2020, shortly after her December 2019 arrest for domestic assault and two months before Flack's untimely suicide. Between the 2020 pre-pandemic winter "Love Island" and the 2021 and 2022 summer editions of the program, Whitmore has hosted three seasons in total.

Fans of the show, however, have noticed the presenter's dwindling screen time in recent seasons, in which cast members have largely operated on their own and without a host. Whitmore's main presence has been in the after-show "Aftersun."

In a post to her official Instagram account on Monday night local time, the Irish model and TV presenter wrote: "Some news! I won't be hosting the next series of Love island.

"There are certain elements of the show I've found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects. I wish it was still possible but know you'll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series. I hope I did you proud Caroline ❤️."

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posted 8/23/2022

Coming to a _____ Near You
Mark L. Walberg, Clay Aiken Tapped to Host "Wheel of Fortune Live!"
From Parade

Wheel of Fortune is going on tour!

Fans of the beloved long-running game show now get a chance to watch the magic unfold right in front of their eyes! Wheel of Fortune Live! will tour across the U.S., kicking off on Thursday, September 8, in Owensboro, KY.

While Pat Sajak and Vanna White won't be in attendance, Mark L. Walberg—longtime host of PBS' Antique Roadshow—and American Idol standout Clay Aiken, have signed on as hosts for the theatrical production. They will be rotating in the role across 60+ dates. Rounding out the team are actress Kalpana Pot, who will be the touring co-host, and LA Dodgers stadium host and long-time radio personality Dave Styles as the show announcer.

According to the press release, "this all-new live stage show is the one-and-only way fans can experience America's Game® in person outside of Sony Pictures Studios, and it's right in their hometown theater."

"Like most of America, I've been a Wheel fan for decades! Being able to bring America's Game to your hometown is truly a dream come true," Walberg said, adding, "I can't wait to celebrate Wheel of Fortune with fans from all over the country and, as a bonus, help to make you all winners!"

Aiken noted: "I've been a part of some of America's biggest competitions, so now it's especially exciting to get to be a part of "America's Game!" And, it's even more exciting to get to be a part of handing out the amazing prizes this time! Being able to host 'Wheel of Fortune' on tour is such an honor and I can't wait to watch so many people win!"

The traveling experience will allow fans a chance to spin the replica of the iconic Wheel and solve puzzles. Prizes include up to $10,000 in cash, a trip to Paris, Hawaii and more at every show! Cash and prizes will also be available for audience members.

You can check out the full tour schedule below and purchase tickets and VIP packages now.

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posted 8/23/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Board Games"

  • Inside the Wheel of Fortune board refit (Giant Freakin Robot)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 2022 (PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Switch) (Way Too Many Games)

  • James Holzhauer clowns on Ken Jennings. Because of course he does. (Giant Freakin Robot)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Tom Brady responds to rumors he was taking a break from the Buccaneers to film "The Masked Singer" (StyleCaster)

  • Amitabh Bachchan pops positive for Covid. Again. (India Today)

posted 8/23/2022

More on "Ink Master" Season 14
Catch It on Paramount+ September 7
From TV Line

Paramount+ has revealed the lineup of returning tattoo artists who will be competing in Ink Master's 14th season, which will begin streaming on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

As previously announced, the new, 10-episode season will be hosted by Joel Madden, lead vocalist for the pop/punk band Good Charlotte and co-founder of music companies Veeps and MDDN, while the three new judges are Ryan Ashley, the first female tattoo artist to win Ink Master (in Season 8); Nikko Hurtado, one of the world's best color realism artists; and Ami James, a well-known Japanese tattoo specialist and entrepreneur with almost 30 years of experience. Former host Dave Navarro returns to the series as the "Master of Chaos," introducing crazy twists and game-changing bombs to the competition.

This season's contestants are described as "legendary fan-favorite artists" from previous Ink Master installments, facing off in "some of the biggest, most exciting and epic challenges seen in the history of the competition."

In addition to the title of "Ink Master," the winner will take home the show's biggest prize yet — a whopping $250,000.

"The legends will need to prove they possess the high level skills that sets an Ink Master apart: composition, precision, color theory, finesse, stamina and endurance," the description continues. "With stakes higher than they've ever been, a single misstep could send them home and, in the end, only one artist will walk away with the title."

The contestants are...
- Katie McGowan (seasons 8 & 9)
- Holli Marie (season 12)
- Hiram Casas (season 13)
- Gian Karle (season 8)
- Deanna James (season 10)
- Creepy Jason (season 12)
- Chris Shockley (season 11)
- Bob Jones (season 13)
- Angel Rose (seasons 11 & 13)
- Pon (season 12)

You can check out the full tour schedule below and purchase tickets and VIP packages now.

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posted 8/22/2022

WEEKEND: Big Brother, Small Football
CBS Edges Out Fox
From the Programming Insider

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Sunday drew 4 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, holding steady week-to-week to dominate the night in the demo.

A 60 Minutes rerun copped Sunday's largest audience, with 5.2 million total viewers.

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (4.4 mil/0.5) dipped, while $100,000 Pyramid (4.1 mil/0.4) and The Final Straw (1.9 mil/0.3) were both steady.

Fox's NFL preseason scrimmage between the Ravens and Cardinals averaged 2.6 mil and a 0.5, tying Family Feud for No. 2 in the demo.

NBC's U.S. Gymnastics Championships coverage at 7 pm averaged 1.8 mil and a 0.2.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 965k/0.23
- People Puzzler (GSN): 423k/0.03


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posted 8/22/2022

THURSDAY: Don't Ever Press Your Luck with the Family!
CBS Edges Out ABC
From the Programming Insider

In a typically quiet summer Thursday, the night belonged to CBS (3.09m/0.5) with a new "Big Brother" (3.34m/0.7/7) leading the way in the demo.

"Press Your Luck" (3.61m/0.5/6), the most watched show of the night, helped ABC (2.96m/0.4) to the silver, with "Generation Gap" (3.12m/0.4/4) and "The Con" (2.15m/0.3/3) inching upwards.

The CW's (337k/0.0) "Bump" (0.32m/0.0/0) and "Great Chocolate Showdown" (0.37m/0.0/0) also aired new episodes. NBC and Fox were in reruns.

Thursday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 984k/0.28
- Alone Frozen (History): 836k/0.07
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 730k/0.13
- Alone: The Skills Challenge (History): 676k/0.07
- Battlebots Champions (Discovery): 653k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 461k/0.04

- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 451k/0.03
- It's CompliPlated (Food): 386k/0.05

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posted 8/22/2022

HBO Max Gets Minimized
Reality Unit Among the Areas Being Reconsolidated; 37 Shows Get Axed
From Deadline

The dreaded post-merger Warner Bros Discovery layoffs have reached the programming operation overseen by HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys. Overall, 14% of staff — about 70 people — are being laid off Monday, the vast majority of them on the Max side. That includes in Max Non-Fiction Originals, International, Acquisitions, Casting and previously reported Live-Action Family Originals, which are all being either scaled back significantly or essentially eliminated, leading to the departure of the bulk of the the staffs, led by Jennifer O'Connell EVP, Non-Fiction & Live-Action Family Originals for HBO Max; Jennifer Kim, SVP, International Originals for HBO Max; Michael Quigley, EVP of Content Acquisitions at HBO Max; and Linda Lowy, EVP Casting for WarnerMedia's HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV.

The cuts of Max Original reality, International, Acquisitions and Casting are not surprising. With the pending merger of HBO Max and non-fiction Discovery+ into one platform, HBO Max had already paused new development of unscripted series. O'Connell's other area at HBO Max and Live-Action Family Originals also recently was put on hold.

Going forward, existing Max unscripted series will continue or premiere as planned and, if they are performing well, will stay on. There will just be no new development in light of the large volume of non-fiction fare that will come from Discovery+ when the two services are merged next summer.

HBO Max's reality slate includes shows such as Selena + Chef, which has been renewed for a fourth season; FBoy Island, which is airing its second season; and Legendary, which recently premiered its third season. The move will be a blow for the unscripted community as HBO Max was known to pay between $1.5 million-$2 million per episode of some of its unscripted shows, well above Discovery's usual tariffs, which generally go as high as around $500,000 per hour.

HBO Max will remove 36 titles from its service as early as this week. A spokesperson for HBO Max attributed the decision to the pending merge of the platform with Discovery+, which is also owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

"As we work toward bringing our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and discovery+," HBO Max's statement reads. "That will include the removal of some content from both platforms." Taking off the titles from streaming would also help Warner Bros. Discovery cut costs by removing lesser-watched programs to save money on residuals. An exact date or time when the titles will be taken off has not been announced.

Among the shows to be axed are "Ellen's Next Great Designer" and "About Last Night".

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posted 8/22/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Diversity Alliance"

  • Julie Chen Moonves won't say it... but she's thinking it (EW)

  • BUZZR to celebrate "The Price Is Right's" 50th with... Bill Cullen (Twitter/Buzzr)

  • Sarah Hyland, Wells Adams FINALLY make it official. Geez, what took y'all so long? (YouTube/E!)

  • If you're a fan of the fashions on Making the Cut, Amazon's got some news for you (EW)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Rob Riggle has a ball with Bear Grylls (EW)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Love Is Blind: After the Altar" (The Futon Critic)

  • Speaking of, Danielle & Nick file for divorce (Today)

  • The National Archives of Game Show History is FINALLY OPEN! (The Strong National Museum of Play)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicole Byer (EW)

posted 8/22/2022


VH1/World of Wonder

You Saw This Coming, Too...
"Drag Race All Stars" Also Renewed
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+ today announced that season seven of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS is the service's most-watched original reality series to date in the U.S., with total streams up nearly 60% over the previous season. Additionally, it was ruvealed that RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS was renewed for an eighth season, with RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: UNTUCKED renewed for a fifth season, both to premiere in 2023.

For the first time ever in the herstory of "RuPaul's Drag Race," the series featured a cast of all former winners returning to compete for the title "Queen of All Queens" and a cash prize of $200,000. Jinkx Monsoon was crowned the winner after battling it out in the LaLaPaRUza lip-sync smackdown against runner-up Monét X Change. The ALL STARS season seven queens included Jaida Essence Hall (season 12), Jinkx Monsoon (season five), Monét X Change (season 10, All Stars 4), Raja (season three), Shea Couleé (season nine, All Stars 5), Trinity the Tuck (season nine, All Stars 4), Yvie Oddly (season 11), and The Vivienne (U.K. season one).

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder. For more information on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS and up-to-date news, go to www.viacomcbspressexpress.com/paramount-plus/. For more information about Paramount+ and "RuPaul's Drag Race," please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus and @RuPaulsDragRace on all social platforms.

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posted 8/18/2022


BizAsia

Amol Rajan Takes the Helm of "University Challenge"
BBC's Media Editor to Replace Jeremy Paxman
From Deadline

BBC Media Editor and Today host Amol Rajan has been named the next University Challenge host, replacing Jeremy Paxman.

Paxman revealed he is leaving after three decades earlier this week and Rajan, who also presents on BBC Radio 2, The One Show and has an Amol Interviews series, will take over next year in the hotseat of the ITV Studios show. He will step down as BBC Media Editor but continue his other hosting duties.

Based on U.S. format College Bowl, University Challenge involves the brightest students in the country battling it out to answer incredibly difficult questions. Rajan is just the third host on the BBC's longest running show, following in the footsteps of Paxman and Bamber Gascoigne.

"Jeremy leaves a very big chair to fill but Amol's experience, expertise and sense of humour makes him the perfect fit for one of Britain's longest running and toughest quiz shows," said BBC Director of Unscripted Kate Phillips.

Rajan added: "I am very conscious that in the late, great Bamber, and that giant of British culture, Jeremy, I have vast shoes to fill. With his immense intellect, authority, and respect from students and viewers alike, Jeremy hands over a format, and show, as strong as ever."

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posted 8/18/2022

WEDNESDAY: Big Words for "Password"
Digital Viewing Boosts Numbers
From Variety

NBC's "Password" reboot from executive producer Jimmy Fallon and host Keke Palmer has picked up its key demo ratings by 43% and its viewership by 27% with delayed and digital viewing following the show's Aug. 9 premiere, Variety has learned exclusively.

Over its first two episodes (the second airing Aug. 16), "Password" is averaging an 0.63 rating among adults in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 5.2 million total viewers, when combining both linear and digital viewing through Wednesday. That's up from the premiere episode's initial performance, which managed a 0.44 rating and 4.1 million viewers in Live + Same Day Nielsen data.

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Wednesday drew 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, steady week-to-week and dominating the night in the demo.

Leading out of that, The Challenge: All Stars was steady with 2.2 million viewers and its seventh straight 0.4 rating.

Over on NBC, America's Got Talent (5.4 mil/0.6) drew Wednesdays' largest crowd and ticked up in the demo week-to-week. Password (4.2 mil/0.5) posted its highest overnight demo rating with Night 4.

Elsewhere, a double helping of Fox's MasterChef drew 1.9 mil/0.4 and then 1.9 mil/0.3… and The CW's Mysteries Decoded (470K/0.1) ticked up.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 682k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 587k/0.11
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 452k/0.03 9
- People Puzzler (GSN): 430k/0.0


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posted 8/17/2022

Triple Threat
Bobby Flay to Launch New Series on Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Food Network icon Bobby Flay is one of the best chefs on the planet and a master in the culinary arena, having spent his life competing at the highest level of cuisine. Now, Bobby has created the toughest culinary competition yet on the new six-episode primetime series Bobby's Triple Threat, premiering Tuesday, September 27th at 9pm ET/PT. In each one-hour episode, one extraordinarily talented and eager chef is challenged to go against the trio of culinary titans handpicked by Bobby himself for a chance to take home $25,000. The stakes couldn't be higher, as Bobby celebrates and tests the most talented chefs in America. This is Bobby's game and Bobby's chefs, and there's only one rule: it's all or nothing. Fans can also watch Bobby's Triple Threat on discovery+, with new episodes available to stream weekly starting September 27th.

At the start of each episode, one competitor enters Bobby's secret kitchen armed with their expertise and drive to take on the culinary titans selected by Bobby - Tiffany Derry, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson - in three head-to-head rounds. In the first two rounds, Bobby picks the main ingredients that the chefs must emphasize in their dishes, as the competitor selects which titan to face off with. The last round features the competitor picking the ingredients to incorporate, while going against the last remaining titan. All the while, one discerning guest judge blind taste tests the dishes at the end of every round. If the competitor can out-cook the titans and earn more points with their cumulative score, they take home bragging rights over the titans, earning the cash prize.

Added Flay, "I have spent my entire career opening restaurants and battling in the toughest culinary competitions, but on Triple Threat I have the chance to call all the shots, inviting the most talented chefs into my secret kitchen to take on my titans. You want to be the best; you must get through my triple threat."

"Bobby Flay has done it again, bringing his creativity and magnetism to celebrate the most talented chefs on the planet. Viewers will witness next level culinary skills while leaning in to see if Bobby's titans can prevent the competitors from walking away with the grand prize," said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery.

Bobby's Triple Threat is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions for Food Network & discovery+.

The FUton Critic

posted 8/18/2022


Stone & Co. Productions/ABC

Netflix Digs Up "The Mole"
Streamer to Reboot Classic Reality Game
From TV Insider

Netflix is adding another reality competition.

The streaming service has rebooted The Mole, with the 10 episodes set to premiere this fall. The competition series sees 12 players working together in challenges to add money to a pot that only one of them will win at the end. Among the players is one who has secretly been designated "the Mole" and is tasked with sabotaging the group's money-making efforts. In the end, one player will outlast their competition and expose the Mole to win the prize pot.

The series is based on the Belgian format, De Mol, which was created by Bart De Pauw, Michel Vanhove, Michiel Devlieger, and Tom Lenaerts. It has aired 10 seasons, beginning in 1998 and has been hosted by Michiel Devlieger and Gilles De Coster. The United States' first version of it came on ABC in 2001, with five seasons airing between 2001 and 2004 and in 2008. Its hosts included Anderson Cooper, Ahmad Rashād, and Jon Kelley. Seasons 3 and 4 featured celebrity players.

Netflix's new version of the series will be executive produced by Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost, David Tibballs, and David Burris. It will be produced by Eureka Productions.

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posted 8/18/2022

Throwdown in Vegas
Jeopardy! Champs Reunite in Vegas for Charity
From Uproxx

Normally, when you put a bunch of the biggest Jeopardy! winners in a room, it's to defend their honor as one of the show's greats in the Tournament of Champions. However, this weekend, they're going to battle it out in a different arena for a cause.

On Saturday, Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, James Holzhauer, Buzzy Cohen, and more are taking part in the Titan Throwdown in Las Vegas to benefit Project 150, a non-profit providing "free support and services to homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students."

The showdown even got a shoutout from Ken Jennings, who gave the charity event a boost on Twitter. He also worked in a friendly jab at Holzhauer, who will have to hold his own against a throng of Jeopardy! champs. "Whoa, this is some lineup!" Jennings tweeted. "And benefits a great cause. (NOT just @James_Holzhauer getting smacked around. A Las Vegas nonprofit called Project 150.)"

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posted 8/18/2022

The Clue Crew: An Appreciation
Jimmy McGuire, Sarah Whitcomb Foss to Remain with the Show in Different Capacities
From Jeopardy.com

For more than two decades, Sarah Whitcomb Foss and Jimmy McGuire traveled the world shooting clues for Jeopardy! as members of the Clue Crew. And now, after 21 seasons exploring more than 300 cities, 46 countries, all 50 states and seven continents, the two are setting aside their luggage and passports and stepping into new roles with the show.

For her part, Sarah will continue working as a producer, a role she was promoted to during Season 38. Since 2008, Sarah has produced several segments for the show and is now excited to be wearing the producer hat full-time.

"I'm really, really honored to now be part of, you know, the creative process on the show," Sarah said. "I get to go out and record with amazing talent to bring you great video categories. [You'll see] a lot more from celebrities, and also just notable people in the world of Jeopardy! -- people that our community wants to see -- delivering clues. I'm also going to be co-hosting our new podcast and postgame show Inside Jeopardy! with executive producer Michael Davies."

At the same time, Jimmy has settled nicely into his new role as Jeopardy!'s stage manager, overseeing much of what goes on behind the scenes during tapings. On set, Jimmy provides guidance to contestants about the way the game is played and stands in as the host during rehearsals.

"​​I'm replacing a stage manager who's been with Jeopardy! for 35 years, John Lauderdale. He groomed me [for this new role] even while he was still there the season before last," Jimmy said. "I get to interact with the contestants. It's really my job to put them at ease. This is their big moment."

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posted 8/18/2022

More on "The Great American Baking Show"
Ellie Kemper, Zach Cherry to Host for Roku Channel
From TV Insider

The Great American Baking Show is coming to The Roku Channel with Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Office) and Zach Cherry (Severance) on board to host and The Great British Bake-Off stars Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set to judge. The series is a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series The Great British Bake-Off, which currently lives on Netflix but is a product of Love Productions. It's also known as The Great British Baking Show.

In the Roku Original series, Kemper and Cherry will take audiences into the iconic tent to watch contestants vying to become America's next top baker. The premiere season will feature six 60-minute episodes and will debut in 2023. Production is currently underway in the UK.

"We could not ask for a more perfect duo than Ellie and Zach to co-host The Great American Baking Show. Our adaptation of the iconic series will continue to dish out the enduring warmth and humor that fans of the Baking Show universe love, with a twist that we know Ellie and Zach will deliver," said Brian Tannenbaum, Head of Alternative Originals, Roku. "The passion that fans have for this franchise is unmatched, and we're so honored to kick off production with Love Productions USA to bring The Great American Baking Show exclusively to The Roku Channel."

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posted 8/18/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Lessons Learned"

  • #TBT: On this day in 1958, the game show scandals came full bore (Newsbreak)

  • Drag Race's Shanell responds to charge of stealing $700 (Entertainment Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tim Gunn (The Wrap)

posted 8/15/2022

TUESDAY: Steady Words
NBC Wins with AGT, Password
From Deadline

NBC notched a win Tuesday in the adult demo and total viewers, thanks to original episodes of America's Got Talent and Password.

The network earned a .64 rating in 18-49 and lured 5.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. America's Got Talent, at 6.4 million, was the most-watched show of the night. Password was the second-most-watched at 3.9 million. Both shows were down slightly from the prior week, which was Password's series premiere.

CBS came in second for the night in viewers (3.2 million) despite airing repeats of FBI, FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted. The net was third in 18-49 (.26).

ABC came in second in 18-49 (.41) and third in viewers (2.2 million) by airing repeats of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Generation Gap and Celebrity Family Feud.

Fox was fourth (.12, 627,000 viewers) with repeats of So You Think You Can Dance and Fantasy Island.

CW (.04, 410,000) premiered Leonardo, a drama following Leonardo da Vinci (Aidan Turner), and the return of the financial thriller Devils.

Tuesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 575k/0.10
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 459k/0.07
- Big Bad Budget Battle (Food): 452k/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 362k/0.03

- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 226k/0.09
- Celebrity Beef (E!): 124k/0.05

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posted 8/17/2022

More on "The Voice" Season 22
Meet the Battle Advisors
From TV Insider

The Voice has set the Battle Advisors for its 22nd season, premiering on Monday, September 19 on NBC.

When the musical competition returns, a new group of vocalists from across the country will be competing. Camila Cabello has joined returning coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani and host Carson Daly. And when the singers reach the battle rounds, after the teams are set, celebrity advisors come in.

For Season 22, two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan will be joining Team Legend, Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth will be on Team Camila, Grammy Award-nominated, chart-topping country music star Jimmie Allen (who mentored last season on American Idol) is Team Blake, and Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Sean Paul is Team Gwen.

Season 22 will feature a new format element during the Knockout Rounds: three-way knockouts. The stakes are higher, for the coaches and their artists. In lieu of a mega mentor, coaches will work with their artists directly to prepare them as best as possible for this new challenge.

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posted 8/17/2022

More on "Shark Tank" Season 14
Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Xu to Join the Tank
From The Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning business-themed unscripted series that celebrates entrepreneurship in America, adds two new guest Sharks for its 14th season. Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO and founder of goop, and Tony Xu, CEO of and co-founder of DoorDash, are set to appear alongside long-standing Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes. Emma Grede, CEO and co-founder of Good American, founding partner of SKIMS, and co-founder of Safely; Peter Jones, Dragon on BBC's "Dragon's Den"; Daniel Lubetzky, founder of KIND and co-founder of SOMOS Foods; and Kendra Scott, founder, executive chairwoman & chief creative officer, Kendra Scott, LLC, also return this season as Guest Sharks. Shark Tank premieres with a special live episode FRIDAY, SEPT. 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

"Shark Tank" stood as the No. 1 program in the Friday 8 o'clock hour last season with Adults 18-49 and ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive year.

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posted 8/17/2022

WEDNESDAY Lightning Round
... or "Call Me Ken"

  • Ken Jennings to guest star on "Call Me Kat" (TV Insider)

  • The hits just keep on coming: "Ellen's Next Great Designer" dropped by HBO Max (Deadline)

  • Craig Charles quits "The Gadget Show" (Digital Spy)

  • #ICYMI: A Ninja Warrior got cut... and almost got clipped (Reality Blurred)

posted 8/15/2022


BBC

Jeremy Paxman Leaving "University Challenge"
Host Spent 28 Years in the Role
From Deadline

Jeremy Paxman is to step down from stalwart BBC quiz show University Challenge after almost three decades.

The former Newsnight presenter will film his last episode this fall and his final series will air from August to next Summer.

A new presenter will be announced later this week for the UK's longest-running quiz show.

Paxman said he'd "had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years" and had "been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and meet some of the 'swottier' brains in the country."

"It gives me hope for the future," added Paxman, who is also a formidable political interviewer.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year.

Paxman led a revived BBC Two Newsnight, which is based on U.S. format College Bowl, from 1994 after the ITV Studios-produced show was axed by ITV in 1987 following a 25-year run helmed by Bamber Gascoigne. He developed a reputation over the decades for his no-nonsense approach to questioning some of the country's brightest students, and the way in which he comically hurries the contestants into an answer.

BBC Unscripted Director Kate Phillips celebrated Paxman as "at the front and centre of the show's success and without doubt one of the world's finest, and most formidable quizmasters."

"We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show's millions of viewers," she added.

Similar BBC Two quiz Mastermind also recently lost long-time presenter John Humphrys after 18 years, who was replaced by BBC Newsreader Clive Myrie.

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posted 8/16/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 51
Results for the Week Ending August 7
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud strengthened 2% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and finished first in the overall syndication race by a convincing margin in the summer session ending Aug. 7.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 +2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.2** -19%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.2 -5%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 8/16/2022


Game Show Network

Same "Tug", New Host
Samantha Harris to Take Over Hosting Duties This Fall
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) award-winning television host Samantha Harris as host of its quick-moving wordplay game show, TUG OF WORDS. The second season of the half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere fall 2022.

From the producing team behind "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," TUG OF WORDS is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

Emmy(R) award-winning television host and journalist Samantha Harris is most known to viewers as the co-host of "Dancing with the Stars" for 8 seasons and weekend co-anchor for "Entertainment Tonight." An engaging and experienced host, Harris has also hosted FOX's "The Next Joe Millionaire," "Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Genius," "The Insider," "E! News," and "Extra." Additionally, she has appeared as a guest host on "Access Hollywood Live," "The View," "Daily Blast Live," "Hollywood Today Live," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," and "Good Morning America." In her career, Harris co-hosted the official 80th Academy Awards(R) and Critics' Choice Awards(R) red carpet shows. And in 2009 she made her Broadway debut starring as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.

In addition to her success in television, Harris is also a bestselling author and a certified health coach and fitness trainer. In 2014, Harris was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer at age 40. Her diagnosis inspired a quest for answers about how to improve overall health, prevent chronic diseases, and understand their underlying causes. Harris' research resulted in the Amazon best-selling book, "Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life," which translates comprehensive, research-backed knowledge into an easy-to-follow action plan for maximizing health. Harris now lives cancer free with her husband and two daughters and continues to support cancer research through serving as an ambassador for the Susan G Komen Foundation and supporting other organizations including serving as a National Ambassador for American Cancer Society and an Entertainment Council member for Feeding America.

TUG OF WORDS is produced by Embassy Row, LLC for Game Show Network. Michael Davies serves as executive producer. Bari Jean Dorman also serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/16/2022

All the Bakes You Can Make
More on "Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge", Coming to Prime Video
From the Futon Critic

Today, Prime Video announced the host and judges for Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge. The series will be hosted by actress, producer, and Emmy award-winner Tamera Mowry-Housley, with critically acclaimed pastry chef Clarice Lam and accomplished cake designer and pastry chef Joshua John Russell as judges. The series will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide this winter.

Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge invites America's best bakers to step into the world of Dr. Seuss. From The Grinch to The Cat in the Hat, these bakers will use their limitless imaginations to craft jaw-dropping creations inspired by beloved Dr. Seuss characters. Hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, in each episode bakers will be given a challenge based around Seuss characters and stories, and their towering creations will be judged by Clarice Lam and Joshua John Russell based on taste, creativity, and storytelling.

Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge is produced by Amazon Studios, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Super Delicious. Ruth Amsel serves as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Cara Tapper, Adam Cohen and Joanna Vernetti from Super Delicious serve as executive producers. President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Susan Brandt is also an executive producer.

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posted 8/16/2022

MONDAY: Farewell Saul...
ABC Dominates Broadcast
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Roswell, New Mexico drew 514,000 total viewers — up 29 percent to mark a (final-)season high — while steady in the demo with a 0.1 rating.

Lead-out In the Dark similarly hit a (final-)season high in audience (up 5 percent to 335,000 viewers) while also ticking up in the demo week-to-week to a rrrrrobust 0.1 rating.

ABC's The Bachelorette (3 mil/0.7) dipped but still dominated Monday in the demo; lead-out Claim to Fame (1.9 mil/0.4) somehow ticked up. CBS' reruns of The Neighborhood and NCIS tied for the night's largest audience, each drawing 3.1 million viewers.

NBC's American Ninja Warrior (2.8 mil/0.4) was steady.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- People Puzzler (GSN): 396k/0.05


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posted 8/16/2022


EW
DARIUS CAMPBELL DANESH: 1981-2022
West End Actor Placed Third in Inaugural "Pop Idol"
From Deadline

Darius Campbell Danesh, the Pop Idol contestant and star of multiple West End musicals, has died aged 41, his family announced.

Campbell Danesh was found unresponsive in his Rochester, Minnesota, apartment on August 11, according to a statement from his family. The cause of death is not yet known.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh," they said in a statement. "The cause of his sudden death is unknown at this stage while medical examinations continue. We ask that you kindly respect our wishes for privacy at this time whilst we come to terms with the tragic loss of our son and brother."

Born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and Iranian father, Campbell Danesh first appeared on talent format Popstars two decades ago before finishing third in the first UK Pop Idol on ITV behind Will Young and Gareth Gates, winning over fans on a hit format that put him on the map.

He followed up with a No. 1 single, "Colourblind," and his debut album Dive made the UK top 10. He released another album, Live Twice, in 2004.

Campbell Danesh then found fame as a West End Star, appearing in the likes of Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Funny Girl and Gone with the Wind. In 2017, he nearly died after drinking sewage water from the River Thames and contracting meningitis.

He married Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge in 2011, and they divorced two years later.

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posted 8/16/2022

WEEKEND: Feud Gives Big Brother a Run
ABC, CBS Draw a Dead Heat
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Sunday drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, dipping in the demo-week-to-week yet still dominating the night in that measure.

Opening the Eye's night, a 60 Minutes rerun delivered Sunday's largest audience: 5.6 million.

Over on NBC, the yet-to-be-renewed Who Do You Think You Are? closed out Season 11 with shy of 1.6 million viewers mil and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and matching season lows.

ABC's Celebrity Family Feud (4.3 mil/0.5) and The Final Straw (2 mil/0.3) were steady, but $100,000 Pyramid (3.8 mil/0.4) ticked down.

Sunday's cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (Food): 723k/0.14

Here's what happened Friday... (totals/A18-49)...
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 454k/0.03
- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (SP/VH1): 395k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 338k/0.02


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posted 8/16/2022


CW

Nexstar to Buy the CW
Media Group to Acquire 75% Controlling Stake
From the Futon Critic

Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) ("Nexstar") (the "Company") announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 75 percent ownership interest in The CW Network, LLC ("The CW" or the "Network"). Warner Bros. Discovery (Nasdaq: WBD) and Paramount Global (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA), the current co-owners of The CW, will each retain a 12.5 percent ownership interest in The CW and will continue to produce original, scripted content for the Network.

Nexstar, together with its partner stations, is the nation's largest local television broadcasting company and the largest CW affiliate group with 37 CW and CW Plus affiliates, including affiliates in five of the top ten DMAs, accounting for 32 percent of the Network's national reach. The proposed transaction is expected to create value for Nexstar shareholders by solidifying the Company's revenue opportunities as the largest CW affiliate, diversifying its content outside of news, increasing its exposure to the national advertising market, establishing it as a participant in advertising video-on-demand services and improving The CW ratings, revenue, and profitability, by prioritizing programming for the Network's broadcast audience.

Mark Pedowitz will continue to serve as The CW's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with responsibility for day-to-day operations. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.

Perry Sook, Nexstar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our acquisition of The CW is strategically and operationally compelling, as it will enable us to leverage our operational experience to improve the Network's performance through our management of this powerful national platform. We plan to apply the same strict financial standards to operating The CW as we apply to our other businesses."

"The CW has delivered signature programming to its broadcast and digital audiences for 16 years," said George Cheeks, President & Chief Executive Officer of CBS. "Together, with our partners at Warner Bros. and The CW, we have created a welcome home for content that has resonated with viewers on the network and on platforms around the world. This new ownership structure enables us to partner with Nexstar and Warner Bros. Discovery on the next chapter of The CW while re-deploying capital to other content platforms at Paramount."

Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, commented: "For 16 seasons, The CW has been home to some of the most groundbreaking and generation-defining programming in television, from the iconic DC Super Heroes of Greg Berlanti's Arrowverse series to The Vampire Diaries, and everything in between, including the All American franchise, the original Gossip Girl, Kung Fu, Nikita, Riverdale, Smallville, and many many more. The network was also the home of Supernatural, the longest-running live-action fantasy series in U.S. TV history, for 14 of its 15 seasons. We're excited that the Supernatural story will continue with The Winchesters premiering this fall. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on our shared series and future projects to come under Nexstar's leadership. We are forever grateful to our partners at The CW, especially Mark Pedowitz, who has been a great friend to the studio for so many years, and to me personally. We know that the network will continue to thrive under his leadership."

The strategic plan moving forward is to run the CW as a fully sustainable broadcast network, rather than optimizing it for streaming. Even though the network itself has consistently spilled red ink, the joint venture partners have booked hefty profits by licensing CW shows to Netflix, sometimes agreeing to renew shows whose linear ratings did not appear to justify those re-ups. As they started to plan investments in their own streaming services, HBO Max and Paramount+, the previous parents decided to end the CW output deal with Netflix in 2019.

"Over time, we will be taking a different approach to our CW programming strategy and will leverage our experience in spending approximately $2 billion a year on programming, attracting and monetizing viewers, and transitioning NewsNation, our national cable news network, from WGN, while maintaining a strict focus on cash flow," said Nexstar President Tom Carter.

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posted 8/15/2022


VH1

The Race to 200 Will Begin...
VH1 Renews "RuPaul's Drag Race"
From TV Line

RuPaul's Drag Race is about to make herstory. Again.

The long-running competition series has been renewed for Season 15, which will put Drag Race over 200 total episodes. VH1 has also ordered another season of Untucked, which will air directly after new episodes of Drag Race on Friday nights.

"When I hear season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race, I have to pinch myself — I just won't tell you where," host and executive producer RuPaul says in a statement. "We never take for granted the opportunity we've been given to showcase drag excellence and tell authentic queer stories. Thank you to the fans, World of Wonder, VH1, our cast and crew, and most of all, our brave and beautiful queens."

Drag Race wrapped its first-ever all-winners edition of All Stars on Paramount+ in July, with Jinkx Monsoon being crowned the franchise's inaugural Queen of All Queens. Original flavor Drag Race concluded its 14th season on VH1 in April, when Willow Pill emerged victorious. New episodes of RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race currently air Fridays at 8/7c on VH1.

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posted 8/15/2022


USA Trenders
TEDDY RAY: 1990-2022
Comic Featured on "Wild'n Out"
From Deadline

Teddy Ray, whose viral social media presence marked him as a comedy star to watch, died Friday at age 32. Details on the cause and location have not yet surfaced.

Ray's death was confirmed by Comedy Central, who shared the caption, "Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer. He'll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community."

A regular at comedy clubs across the country, he was a social media star on YouTube and other outlets. He had a following of nearly 200,000 across various platforms. He performed at HaHa Comedy Club in Los Angeles on June 23 at "The Young OGs Comedy Show."

In addition to standup, Ray was a writer and actor on the comedy series How to Be Broke, appearing in six episodes in 2017-2918. He also appeared in a 2021 episode of the improv comedy courtroom show Cancel Court, and the HBO Max series Pause with Sam Jay.

Teddy first launched to fame on Russell Simmons' All Def Digital before he joined Wild N Out with best friend and co-star DoBoy. Fans tuned in to see him crack jokes onstage.

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posted 8/15/2022


Shuttershock
ANNE HECHE: 1969-2022
Actress Who Played "Dancing with the Stars" Taken Off Life Support
From Entertainment Weekly

Anne Heche, the actress who rose to prominence on the soap opera Another World and went on to star in such films as Six Days Seven Nights, Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog, and My Friend Dahmer, has died at 53 after being involved in a fiery single-car crash in Los Angeles last week.

"Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend," reads a statement released to PEOPLE on behalf of Heche's family and friends. "Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."

Declared brain dead several days ago, following her Aug. 5 fiery car crash in Los Angeles, Heche had been left on a ventilator with her heart beating so she could be evaluated for organ donation. Multiple organs were scheduled to be recovered on Sunday. "Anne Heche has been peacefully taken off life support," a rep for the actor said Sunday evening.

Heche had been in a coma after crashing her car into a residence in the Mar Vista neighborhood on Aug. 5, causing the vehicle and the home to burst into flames.

Carrie Ann Inaba is remembering Anne Heche in a profound way.

On Friday, shortly after news of Heche's death was confirmed, the Dancing with the Stars judge opened up to PEOPLE about her memories of the late actress and the remarkable impact she left on the world.

"She was a unique person," Inaba, 54, says in an exclusive statement. "So open and vulnerable, yet also so direct and courageous. I believe she was someone who was often misunderstood … and like all humans, she made mistakes."

"But when I watched her perform up close, all I could feel from her was joy and an open heart," she continued, referencing Heche's participation on DWTS during the 29th season in 2020. "She loved to perform and she wasn't afraid to fail."

"She was a rare and precious person and I am sad that she has left us and her family so soon," Inaba added. "I wish her family healing and love … and may Anne Heche rest and play in peace now … She will always be a part of the DWTS family."

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posted 8/15/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Singing in the Heavens"

  • Anne Heche was considered for "Masked Singer" (Deadline) plus a preview (EW)

  • AFter 10 years,Carrie Underwood is STILL waiting all day for Sunday night (The Futon Critic)

  • Terry Crews heads into the world of the Walking Dead (Deadline)

  • Padma Lakshmi hopes her ex-husband Salman Rushdie a swift recovery (EW)

  • Craig Charles would LOVE to host a reboot of "Takeshi's Castle"... now if SOMEONE WOULD ONLY ASKED HIM (MSN)

  • Mayim Bialik to make a slight, but important, change for next year's J! shows, acknowledging that Johnny Gilbert's dulcet tones are being broadcast from his house (Uproxx)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lizzo (Deadline)

posted 8/15/2022

THURSDAY: Is This Heaven?
Fox's Baseball Game Draws 2.8, Can't Beat ABC or CBS
From TV Line

n the latest TV ratings, Fox's broadcast of Major League Baseball's "Field of Dreams" game — featuring a Harry Caray hologram lookalike — averaged 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (per fast nationals), down sharply from last year's inaugural and well-watched made-in-Iowa outing.

CBS' Big Brother eviction episode (3.7 mil/0.5) — pending adjustment due to a bit of NFL preemption — was steady week-to-week and led Thursday in both measures.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.6 mil/0.5), Generation Gap (3 mil/0.5) and The Con (2.2 mil/0.3) were all steady.

The CW premiere of Bump drew 450K and a 0.1 , while The Great Chocolate Showdown's premiere did 460K/0.1.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 834k/0.23
- Alone Frozen (SP/History): 743k/0.10
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 669k/0.10
- Battlebots: Champions (Discovery): 606k/0.09
- Alone: The Skills Challenge - 10p (History): 493k/0.08
- Alone: The Skills Challenge - 10:30p (History): 451k/0.10
- It's CompliPlated (P/Food): 438k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 397k/0.05


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posted 8/10/2022


ATAS

Game Shows Going Primetime
Awards to Move to Primetime Emmy Awards in 2023
From the Hollywood REporter

Game shows, previously awarded in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy competition, will now be part of the Primetime Emmys beginning in 2023, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and NATAS announced on Wednesday.

The news comes on the heels of both organizations announcing a major realignment in December, shifting to genre-based awards rather than time-based awards as part of an effort to ensure the competitions' continued relevance.

The new Emmy category for outstanding game show will be awarded to the programs with "game elements that primarily take place in studio and involve mental challenges," according to the organization. The new outstanding host for a game show category will be "awarded to the 'master of ceremony' host(s) for a continuing performance in a game show," reads the release.

Game shows migrating to the Primetime Emmys will have an 18-month eligibility window from Jan. 1 2022 to May 31, 2023. The Primetime Emmy outstanding competition program category, which awards shows with skill-based competitions, will be renamed to outstanding reality competition program to avoid any confusion.

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posted 8/11/2022


NBCUniversal

More on "College Bowl" Season 2
Catch It on NBC September 9
From the Hollywood REporter

NBC's "Capital One College Bowl" kicks off its sophomore season with back-to-back episodes on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning host as the nation's greatest colleges and universities face off in the ultimate battle of brains. With a wide variety of subjects, teams must work together to test their knowledge in a five-round tournament. The top two schools advance to the final where they compete for the coveted "Capital One College Bowl" trophy and life-changing scholarship money.

This season will touch down with bigger rivalries, impressive celebrity alumni shoutouts and new rounds of competition. More schools than ever before are competing, bringing more school spirit - from marching bands to mascots to a live audience cheering them on! Plus, NBC Data Analyst Steve Kornacki joins on the sidelines to break down the numbers behind the match-ups.

The colleges and universities going head-to-head are:
· Albany State University
· Brigham Young University
· Duke University
· Morehouse College
· Ohio State University
· Penn State University
· Spelman College
· Syracuse University
· University of California, Santa Barbara
· University of Florida
· University of Georgia
· University of Notre Dame
· University of Oklahoma
· University of Texas at Austin
· University of Washington
· And reigning champion from Season 1, Columbia University, returning to hold onto their title

Capital One will award $1 million in scholarships, providing all student competitors from the above institutions with tuition assistance for their participation..

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posted 8/11/2022


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WEDNESDAY: It's More Than Password, It's... AGT Too
NBC Wins with One-Two Punch
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's America's Got Talent this Wednesday drew 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (per finals), down 11 and 28 percent from its Tuesday tallies but still topping the night in total viewers.

Leading out of that, Password (4.6 mil/0.5) was up 10 percent in viewers and steady in the demo versus its premiere night.

CBS' Big Brother (3.9 mil/0.8) was steady week-to-week, and still easily led Wednesday in the demo. The Challenge: USA (2.2 mil/0.4) was steady.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (2.1 mil/0.4) was steady. So You Think You Can Dance (1.46 mil/0.3) ended Season 17 with its third smallest audience, while up a tenth in the demo.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (430K/0.0) added a handful of eyeballs, Wellington Paranormal (180K/0.0) dropped a few.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Forged in Fire (History): 522k/0.09
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 433k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 388k/0.03


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posted 8/10/2022

Love Island Heads to Greece
Skai TV Picks Up 23rd Version
From Deadline

Greece's Skai TV has become the 23rd network to commission a version of ITV Studios' smash reality show Love Island. Local producer Silverline will work up the Greek version, which will air later this year. The show, whose latest season in the U.S. has just started, brings singletons together who then 'couple up' or are eliminated throughout the eight week run. It has captured the zeitgeist in multiple territories, drawing millions of viewers and dominating front pages. The original UK version's latest season ended on ITV2 at the start of the month.

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posted 8/9/2022


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TUESDAY: The Password Is... Solid
NBC's Long-Awaited Reboot Premieres
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's eight-episode Password revival kicked off on Tuesday night with 4.2 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), leading out of this summer's most watched and No. 3-rated program, America's Got Talent.

Those numbers mark an improvement over what Dancing With Myself averaged earlier this summer in the plum AGT lead-out spot (2.2 mil/0.4), and the total audience — facing no original competition, admittedly — looks like one of the Tuesday time slot's largest in… well, quite a while.

It's also the most watched reality-TV premiere since AGT: Extreme's 2/21/22 time slot premiere.

Opening NBC's night, America's Got Talent's first live Season 17 episode drew 6.5 mil and a 0.7, holding steady week-to-week.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 614k/0.11
- Big Bad Budget Battle (P/Food): 560k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 400k/0.03
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 236k/0.09
- Celebrity Beef (P/E!): 109k/0.04


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