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Syfy Tries Cosplay Again
Yvette Nicole Brown Hosts "Cosplay Melee" March 21
From the Futon Critic

The world's most innovative cosplayers go head to head each week in Syfy's new transformation competition series COSPLAY MELEE - an epic showdown of creativity, eye popping costumes and one of a kind characters. Premiering on Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c, the hour-long battle is hosted by actress and self-described "super fan girl" Yvette Nicole Brown ("The New Edition Story," "Community") and executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador Content ("Lip Sync Battle").

Each week, four world class cosplayers compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes - but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including world class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and A-list costume creator, Christian Beckman ("The Hunger Games," "TRON: Legacy"). At the end of every episode, the winner will walk away with $10,000 ... and the right to claim cosplay supremacy.

"Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theater all rolled into one," said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production at USA/Syfy. "At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of COSPLAY MELEE will blow your minds with their transformational creations."

"As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the COSPLAY MELEE runway," said host Brown. "These talented artists are going to shine!"

Best known for her roles on NBC's "Community" and having recently starred in "The New Edition Story," Brown began her television career on "Girlfriends" and currently stars as Dani on the reboot of "The Odd Couple." Previous film credits include "Little Black Book," "Tropic Thunder," "Meet Dave," "Dreamgirls" and more. Brown can also be seen peeking through prosthetic makeup as one of the Three Fates in the Percy Jackson sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and has lent her voice for several characters on the big and small screens, including roles on "Family Guy," "Pound Puppies" and, most recently, "Yellowbird."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/17

Aaron Sanchez Joins "MasterChef"
New Season Bows This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge throughout Season Eight of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF, premiering Summer 2017.

A James Beard Award-winning chef, Sánchez is chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. He co-starred on "Chopped" and "Chopped Junior," and is the author of two cookbooks - "Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours" and "La Comida del Barrio." An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched his own charity, the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to attend culinary school. An avid tattoo lover, he also is a partner in the world-famous ink shop "Daredevil Tattoo" in New York City.

Sánchez was a guest judge on Season Seven of MASTERCHEF and also will be featured in upcoming episodes of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five, airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/16/17

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Total, ABC Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) won the tight demo race on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Speechless" (5.559 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Modern Family" (6.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Black-ish" (5.325 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.308 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "Star" (4.142 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.313 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.371 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the premiere of "Doubt" (5.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, fresh installments from "Arrow" (1.673 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.369 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.055m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 968k
- Are You The One (MTV): 682k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 638k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 389k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 356k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 319k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/17

More on "Kicking & Screaming"
Catch It On Fox March 9
From Broadway World

On the all-new comedic competition series KICKING & SCREAMING, debuting Thursday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, 10 pampered novices pack their bags for the jungles of Fiji, to face the wild with 10 survivalists and compete for a grand prize of $500,000. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into the South Pacific, where they must work together in every way possible to overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

KICKING & SCREAMING is a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives.

From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions has prepared them: their teammates, who think "glamping" is roughing it. Among them are a former beauty pageant winner, a model and a professional gamer. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris.

Broadway World

posted 2/16/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bob on the Radio"

  • Bob Barker to guest host Animal Radio February 25 (All Access Music Group)
     

  • The Chasers sing & dance for Comic Relief (Digital Spy)
     

  • Charles Ingram's coughing fit on "Millionaire" inspires a play (iNews)
     

  • Why Michael Strahan didn't retire after the NFL (People)
     

  • Ben & Lauren... God bless'em, they're trying (Reality TV World)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd spent first Valentine's Day with their son (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" heads to Atlanta this weekend (WSB Atlanta)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Lindsay (People)

posted 2/16/17


FremantleMedia North America
Nick Cannon Quits "America's Got Talent"
Joke at Center of Row Between Host, NBC
From the Huffington Post

America might still have talent, but Nick Cannon will no longer be overseeing it.

The “Drumline” actor, who has hosted NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for the past eight seasons, announced in a lengthy Facebook post Monday that he would not be returning to the reality competition series.

Cannon made the decision to exit the franchise amid controversy over a racially charged joke he told in his recent Showtime stand-up special “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.” According to Cannon, executives at NBC believed he “disparaged the brand” and later threatened to terminate his contract.

“After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke,” he wrote on Instagram and Facebook. “This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my ‘team’ that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.”

In his stand-up special, which premiered on Showtime Friday, Cannon reportedly riffs on his experience hosting “America’s Got Talent” and how the series has changed his core fanbase.

“I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community, I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property,” he continued in the post. “There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity. I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices.”

Barely a day after the host appeared to quit the competition show, NBC executives are keeping their fingers crossed that he’ll be back, according to TMZ.

While Cannon’s rant certainly doesn’t look promising for the chance he’ll return when production for the show starts next month, the execs are holding off on looking for a replacement host.

The Huffington Post
AV Club
Billboard
New York Daily News
Eyewitness News
TMZ
Reality TV World

posted 2/15/17

TUESDAY: Flocking "The Wall"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.726 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "This Is Us" (8.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.949 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Bull" (10.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.222 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.249 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.273 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.174 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.135 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "The Mick" (2.473 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Bones" (2.975 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within" (0.770 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a repeat "The Flash" (0.709 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 836k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 816k
- Face Off (Sydy): 744k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 651k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357k
- The Challenge Hall of Fame (MTV): 336k

Ratings for Game of Dating are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/15/17

Apple Reveals "Planet of the Apps"
Trailer Drops
From Phone Arena

In case you missed it, Apple is producing a new TV game show called “Planet of the Apps”. Its concept revolves around app developers and their struggles in the industry. The main concept of the show is to give app developers a chance to pitch their work to a jury of four celebrity entrepreneurs. The jury consists of Jessica Alba, will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Vaynerchuk. New Zealand-based DJ Zane Lowe will host.

If the jury decides that the app has potential, one of them could tutor the developer and help them prepare the software for investors. Then comes the final step, in which the developers have to present their idea to investors. And successful apps will not only earn millions of dollars in capital, but also featured placement in the App Store.

The show will be available through Apple Music on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac. There is no solid release date just yet, but Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said it will be launching “in the spring”.

Phone Arena
Time Gazette
Stuff.co.nz
Wired

posted 2/14/17

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 5
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Feb. 5 included the first two weekdays of the sweep (Feb. 2-March 1) and Dr. Phil wasted no time in opening a healthy 58% lead over its nearest rival in the closely watched talk show race.

Phil matched its highest rating of the season with a 3% advance to a 3.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily led the talkers for the 22nd week in a row. In addition, Phil grew 15% from last year at this time.

Similarly, the game shows didn’t have any weekly winners. Category leader Family Feud fell 3% to a 7.4, but finished second on the overall chart behind Judge Judy.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 -1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/14/17

MONDAY: Rose, Meet Thorns
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.542 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (7.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Superior Donuts" (7.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (5.969 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was FOX (4.802 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "24: Legacy" (5.070 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "APB" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat of "The Wall" (3.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.448 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a new "Timeless" (2.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.498 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.234m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

The Chase In a Family Way
ITV Greenlights Spinoff
From World Screen

ITV has commissioned ITV Studios’ Potato to produce The Family Chase, a new version of the hit game show The Chase that has aired in more than ten countries worldwide.

Each episode of The Family Chase looks on as a different family tries to stay one step ahead of the chaser for the chance to win a cash prize. Contestants must answer a series of general-knowledge questions in order to get ahead. The six-episode show is due to debut on ITV later this year.

The Family Chase was commissioned by Helen Warner, with Potato’s Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Helen Tumbridge serving as executive producers. The format is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Michael Kelpie, the managing director at Potato, commented: “Bringing four family members together to face the chaser brings a whole new dynamic to the most successful game show currently on TV. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they’ve discussed a strategy beforehand, but of course that can all mean nothing when they go face-to-face against one of the U.K.’s finest quiz brains.”

He added: “The Family Chase compliments both the daytime weekday and celebrity prime-time shows. With even more fun and banter between [host] Bradley [Walsh], chasers and the families, it still delivers all the core values that has made The Chase a firm favorite with the viewers.”

World Screen
International Business Times
Daily Express
The Huffington Post

posted 2/14/17

WEEKEND: Grammys On Top
Friday Belonged to CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (8.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

ABC (4.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its annual repeats of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (4.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (3.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (5.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (4.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.270 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (3.948 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Emerald City" (2.305 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Rosewood" (2.910 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the return of "Reign" (0.776 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 358k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.462m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.119m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 819k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Billy on the Street 2020"

posted 2/14/17

Food Returns "Spring Baking Championship"
Catch It March 12
From the Futon Critic

The sweetest and most decadent competition of the season is back with even more flavor and fun on the return of Spring Baking Championship, with back-to-back new episodes beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The action unfolds as host Jesse Palmer welcomes a new batch of nine of the country's best bakers as they compete to create the most impressive springtime desserts to butter up the tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The bakers' skills and techniques must measure up in themed challenges celebrating spring, from Easter confections to derby desserts, and from morsels for mom to patriotic goodies. Only one baker will rise to the top to take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion!

"Creative challenges and bountiful baked goods fill the new season of Spring Baking Championship. Plus, host Jesse Palmer adds to all the new freshly-baked fun of the competition,"said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each of the seven hour-long episodes, the bakers must whip through two rounds of challenges and sift through surprising twists along the way. It's no cakewalk, but the one baker with the tastiest treat in the pre-heat will earn a special advantage in the main-heat. The season culminates on Sunday, April 9thwith a double serving of new episodes starting at 9pm, followed by the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT. The sweet rush of Spring Baking Championship is not to be missed!

The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/17

Philip Schofield Goes from Cubes to Rings
"5 Gold Rings" Coming to ITV
From Digital Spy

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has landed his very own new ITV game show called 5 Gold Rings, and it's coming this year.

The interactive game will put two teams up against each other over five rounds, with one team winning up to £25,000 and the other will leaving with nothing – and it's all decided using five gold rings.

The teams must answer questions by placing gold rings onto a large image displayed under their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

So for example, if the picture is a map of the world with the question, 'Where is the highest mountain on earth?' teams have to place a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

If it's correct, teams can keep their ring – the name of the game is to keep the three French hens five gold rings as once players have lost them all, it's game over.

And good news for competitive viewers – you'll be able to play along by downloading the 5 Gold Rings app, which will allow you to answer the same questions as the contestants in the studio and see how your scores match up with other players across the country.

"I love the whole concept of this show. It's such a simple idea. The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get," Phillip Schofield said.

"It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can't wait to get started!"

Digital Spy
Sunday World
Telly Mix

posted 2/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It's Brad's World"

  • Bradley Walsh (theoretically) leaving "The Chase" could (theoretically) mean the end of the series, so says (theoretically) Jenny Ryan (Telly Mix)
     

  • Paul Sinha says what he thinks in a comedy show (Loughborough Echo)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alec Baldwin on SNL Saturday: the good bits (TV Line)
     

  • Eamonn Andrews thought he would die during surgery (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a Chris Hardwick (Parade)

posted 2/13/17

Let's Do Some Dancing...
Cast to Be Announced on Good Morning America March 1
From The Futon Critic

This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m. EST) on The ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

The 24th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/10/17

THURSDAY: TGIT vs CBS
The Result: a Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its dramas "Grey's Anatomy" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (6.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.917 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (6.285 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.758 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Powerless" (2.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Chicago Med" (6.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "The Blacklist" (4.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.215 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (SF/History): 2.117m
- Alone Reunion (History): 1.328m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.112m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.111m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 882k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 753k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 446k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 413k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 391k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 363k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 344k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 306k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 272k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Fakers"

  • Nick Cannon thinks his ex's new relationship is fake (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Labbett spares us Betteridge's Law over "Is the Chase fixed"  (Telly Mix)
     

  • Davina McCall would like to do "Gladiators". You'd have to bring it back first. (The List)
     

  • Alec Baldwin hosts SNL this weekend (Esquire)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts a new show for Animal Planet (Parade)
     

  • Why one of Ben Gleib's exes went on "Idiotest" (Washington Post)
     

  • "Whodunnit's" spiritual successor found... in Scotland (Glasgow Live)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a brief history of Alex Trebek's disappointment (The Ringer)

posted 2/10/17


FremantleMedia North America
Second Verse?
NBC Reportedly in Talks to Reboot "American Idol"
From TV Line

Well, that didn’t take long.

Less than a year after its 15-season run ended on Fox, American Idol may be returning to television — on NBC.

Per Variety, which first broke the news, Fremantle Media — which produces Idol — pitched Peacock execs a revival of the long-running singing competition. NBC is said to be seriously considering the idea, and, according to Variety, could cut The Voice down from two cycles a year to one to make room for it.

Following a Summer 2002 debut season that averaged 12 million total viewers, Idol at its zenith (Season 5) was pulling north of 30 million viewers and as 12.0+ demo rating. Its farewell (or “farewell”) run on Fox averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

At the Television Critics Association press tour last year, Idol‘s longtime host Ryan Seacrest didn’t rule out the possibility of a revival. “When you’ve got a franchise that has this kind of heritage and you’ve got a franchise that generates X amount of millions of people, if it sustains, does that mean it’s the end?” he said. “I’m not so sure.”

TV Line
Broadway World
Vulture
Reality TV World
Media Life

posted 2/9/17

WEDNESDAY: In the Midweek
CBS, NBC Split Night
From various Sources

ABC (5.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.105 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Black-ish" (5.389 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

NBC (5.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Blindspot" (4.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Star" (4.212 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.335 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (6.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Code Black" (5.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.614 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable......
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 872k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 855k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 708k
- Are You The One (MTV): 631k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 372k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 262k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/9/17


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

It's like "Hollywood Squares"...only with TRIANGLES instead! Chris Wolvie puts a whole new shape on the "agree/disagree" model with his latest "Games Gone By...", "Battlestars"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/9/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Spin"

  • World of Wonder spins off two from "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Broadway World)
     

  • Ben & Lauren, God bless'em they're trying... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Angie Layton survives childbirth. Welcome Ledger James Appel! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman: orange is the new "Red or Black" (News.com.au)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts the Image Awards (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Tarrant (Daily Star) and Tony Rock (LA Watts Times)
     

  • What do you get when you put a hot celeb in an Olympic pool on a game show? Well... (Maxim)

posted 2/9/17

Survivor Changes the Game
Meet the 20 Castaways!
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 34th season with a special two-hour premiere, Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Notably, the season premiere marks the 500th episode of the series.

"When we started this adventure, I don't think anybody would have predicted we'd still be going strong 17 years later!" said host and executive producer Jeff Probst. "I'm as enthusiastic as ever and love the relationship we have with our audience. I think SURVIVOR fans are really going to enjoy this season."

In the summer of 2000, the premiere of SURVIVOR introduced a mentally challenging, physically demanding and strategically complex adventure series to television. This spring's edition, themed "Game Changers," will feature 20 returning castaways who helped evolve the game even further by launching an accelerated level of competition and proven willingness to risk it all in order to become the Sole Survivor. These castaways who have made some of the biggest moves in the history of the game will be divided into two groups of 10 and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other. The show, filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

The following are the 20 returning castaways, including the previously announced two-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine; fan-favorites Cirie Fields, Ciera Easton and Tai Trang; challenge dominator Ozzy Lusth; Cagayan winner Tony Vlachos; Millennial stand-out Michaela Bradshaw; and Caleb Reynolds, who was medically evacuated from his earlier season.

"Mana" Tribe
- Michaela Bradshaw (Fort Worth, TX; Millennials vs. Gen X)
- Aubry Bracco (Cambridge, MA; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)
- Sandra Diaz-Twine (Fayetteville, NC; Pearl Islands/Heroes vs. Villains)
- Ciera Eastin (Salem, OR; Second Chances/Blood vs. Water)
- Malcolm Freberg (Hermosa Beach, CA; Philippines/Caramoan)
- Hali Ford (San Francisco; White, Blue, No Collar)
- Caleb Reynolds (Hopkinsville, KY; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)
- Jeff Varner (High Point, NC; Australia/Second Chances)
- Tony Vlachos (Jersey City, NJ; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

"Nuku" Tribe
- Andrea Boehlke (New York City; Redemption Island; Caramoan)
- Brad Culpepper (Tampa; Blood vs. Water)
- Sierra Dawn-Thomas (Roy, UT; White, Blue, No Collar)
- Cirie Fields (Norwalk, CT; Panama; Micronesia; Heroes vs. Villains)
- Sarah Lacina (Marion, IA; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)
- Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth (Venice, CA; Cook Islands, Micronesia, South Pacific)
- Zeke Smith (Brooklyn; Millennials vs. Gen X)
- James "JT" Thomas (Mobile, AL; Tocantins; Heroes vs. Villains)
- Tai Trang (San Francisco; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)
- Debbie Wanner (Reading, PA; Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 2/8/17


ITV
TARA PALMER-TOMKINSON: 1971-2017
British "It Girl" Played "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"
From
Extra

Prince Charles’ goddaughter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away at the age of 45.

According to the BBC, Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead in her South Kensington apartment by police officers on Wednesday.

Charles used to go on vacation with Tara’s parents Charles and Patti. After news broke of her sudden death, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family.”

Though the cause of death is unknown, Palmer-Tomkinson suffered from an autoimmune condition that caused acute anemia and fatigue. She also underwent treatment for a benign brain tumor last year.

Palmer-Tomkinson, who battled drug addiction in the past, recently opened up about saying good-bye to her partying lifestyle. She told DailyMail.com, "I’m not the person I was. I’m much calmer. I don’t go to places like Ibiza because the party world scares me. I’ve gone completely the other way. I’m a very quiet person now, and I like being that person. I have a better perspective on life.”

Tara became a reality star in her own right, appearing on "Comic Relief Does Fame Academy," "The Underdog Show” and "I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!"

Extra
ITV
Daily Mirror

posted 2/8/17

@midnight... #Live!
Catch the Special Week Next Week!
From the Futon Critic

Prepare to play along! Comedy Central's late-night curator of the internet's freshest pop culture, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" is going LIVE during the week of February 13. Premiering at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT each night, "@midnight Live" will feature new show content, games, real-time viewer interaction and a star-studded line-up of panelists including: Kyle Kinane, Tom Lennon and Milana Vayntrub (Monday, 2/13); Mary Lynn Rajskub, Al Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic (Tuesday, 2/14); Wil Wheaton, Heather Anne Campbell and Colton Dunn (Wednesday, 2/15); and Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart (Thursday, 2/15).

"@midnight Live" will integrate the show's fans into the games like never before, with live #HashtagWars at the top of each show allowing viewers from across the country to play along in real time with the possibility of seeing their tweet in-show that night. In addition, fans will be able to submit their own jokes For the Win (FTW) and could find theirs featured along with the finalists' responses, with the ultimate opportunity to Win the Internet! The week of live episodes will also feature celebrity walk-ons, special remote entertainments, Valentine's Day stunts, and much more.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/17

Unspiked
Home of "Lip Sync Battle" to Rebrand
From the Hollywood Reporter

There's a big change coming to Spike TV.

Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call.

Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.

It's unclear what the rebranding would mean for Spike's current lineup, which includes upcoming scripted foray The Mist as well as unscripted hits Bar Rescue, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle and more. Newly minted Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is said to be plotting a strategy for the company that's similar to the ultra-synergistic Walt Disney Co. in creating branded entertainment that can be exploited across platforms. To that end, Disney has had great success around its namesake network.

Such a move would more strongly align the TV group with the film studio, and allow Paramount to better define itself in a crowded era. It's no secret that the studio, like the channels, has struggled in recent years; in January, Bakish had to brush off reports that Viacom was considering a sale of Paramount — assuring a crowd at a programming conference that the brand will be "a much more integral part of Viacom moving forward."

This year is shaping up to be a big one for cable rebrandings. Just last week, Oxygen confirmed its shift to a crime-focused network, and it followed cable sibling Esquire's decision to abandon its linear channel. By the same token, the future of some of Viacom's more niche cable brands have been speculated about as the cable ecosystem braces for a potential a la carte world.

Whatever Viacom's plans entail, Bakish has wasted no time in shaking up the executive roster. After a year of a great many changes at the individual networks, Doug Herzog, formerly president of the music and entertainment group, exited Viacom in December after a decades-long tenure overseeing such networks as MTV, VH1, Logo, Spike and Comedy Central.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Deadline

posted 2/8/17

TUESDAY: The Challenge Is On...
CBS, NBC Split
From various Sources

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with THE CHALLENGE: INVASION, a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

That, and the rest of the cable results...
- Chopped (Food): 975k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: Invasion (SP/MTV/9p): 694k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV/10p): 654k
- The Challenge: Invasion (S/MTV): 460k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 415k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 163k

NBC (7.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Wall" (6.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "This Is Us" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Bull" (10.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.331 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.356 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.127 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, FOX (2.711 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening with "New Girl" (2.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Mick" (2.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Thrills, Chills, and Spills (Spill Story Cut for Time)"

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to cinemas in "Aftermath" (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Gordon Ramsay looking for cooks in Belfast (Belfast Live) and Derry (Derry Journal)
     

  • Darrin Rose _____s in Toronto (The Toronto Star)
     

  • Bill Anderson to perform in Shelby, NC (Shelby Star)
     

  • Anthony Anderson can talk to the animals in a new Animal Planet show (Salt Lake Tribune)
     

  • "American Gladiators" frontman Mike Adamle diagnosed with dementia, possible CTE (Awful Announcing)

posted 2/8/17

"Drag Race" Lands Lady Gaga
Catch It on Logo This Spring
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off a stunning Super Bowl halftime show performance, Lady Gaga is set to appear on the season premiere of Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning competition series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo today announced that the new season will kick off with "Mother Monster" and RuPaul this March.

The season nine premiere event features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history. Additionally, the premiere event will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 13 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Aja Brooklyn, New York TW: @ajathekween, IG: @ajathekween
· Alexis Michelle New York, New York TW: @AlexisLives, IG: @AlexisLives
· Charlie Hides London, UK TW: @charliehidestv, IG: @charliehidestv
· Eureka O'Hara Johnson City, TN TW: @eurekaohara, IG: @eurekaohara
· Farrah Moan Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @farrahrized, IG: @farrahrized
· Jaymes Mansfield Madison, Wisconsin TW: @JaymesMansfield, IG: @jaymesmansfield
· Kimora Blac Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @kimorablac, IG: @kimorablac
· Nina Bo'nina Brown Atlanta, Georgia TW: @atlsexyslim, IG: @nina_bonina_brown
· Peppermint New York, New York TW: @Peppermint247, IG: @peppermint247
· Sasha Velour Brooklyn, New York TW: @sasha_velour, IG: @sashavelour
· Shea Coulee Chicago, IL TW: @SheaCoulee, IG: @sheacoulee
· Trinity Taylor Orlando, FL TW: @TrinityTheTuck, IG: @trinitythetuck
· Valentina Los Angeles, CA TW: @AllofValentina, IG: @allaboutvalentina

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/7/17

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending January 29
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil ignited in the session ending Jan. 29, surging 23% to a 3.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and leading the talk shows by a wide margin in the last full week before sweeps.

Elsewhere, Family Feud added 7% to a 7.6 and continued to outplay the game shows for the 40th consecutive week.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.6 +7%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/7/17

MONDAY: The Bachelor Holds Off the Competition
CBS Splits with ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.795 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by "Quantico" (2.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (6.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the formal launches of "24: Legacy" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "APB" (6.114 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its new lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.225 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Superior Donuts" (7.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.945 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Scorpion" (7.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.434 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Timeless" (2.935 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supergirl" (2.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.980 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.721m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

While We're on British Reboots, Here Comes "Blind Date"
Five's "Dating Game" Redux to Premiere Later This Year
From the List

'Blind Date' is set to return to television screens before the end of this year.

The classic game show was fronted by the late Cilla Black for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 but is set to return to be given a reboot over the coming months.

Speaking to The Sun Online, a source said: "'Blind Date' is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back.

"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly. In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show."

It's not known who will replace Cilla, who tragically passed away in 2015, as the host just yet.

Bosses are keen to keep some of the "traditional" elements of the previous run but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a "new generation of viewers".

It's expected to run on Friday nights - rather than its traditional Saturday night slot - and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.

The program sees three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them. The new couple then pick an envelope with their holiday destination - abroad in the UK - inside.

Channel 5 have bought the rights to the dating show but will have some stiff competition from ITV as it also has 'Take Me Out' and 'Meet The Parents'.

'Blind Date' proved a hit with viewers for years but the plug was pulled in 2003 when Cilla announced she was quitting during a live episode following a drop in ratings.

The List

posted 2/7/17

WEEKEND: Best. Comeback. EVER.
ABC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.068 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (5.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.779 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (4.583 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (4.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Emerald City" (2.471 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.605 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.846 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise offered up new installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (0.988 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.581 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 287k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.005m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 787k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orlando Makes a Deal for a Later Time"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: if you live in Orlando, take note: LMAD airs at 3p local time starting next week (Orlando Sentinel)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Gong Show" is looking for acts in Glendale (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • Mark Labbett wants to take out the Pointless set (The Sun)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Effingham, IL (WTHI Terre Haute)

posted 2/7/17

"Millionaire" Welcomes "Bachelor" Couples
Catch It All This Week!
From Reality TV World

Chris Harrison will be welcoming a string of fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past to compete for the grand prize on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire next week.

Beginning on Monday, February 6, former stars of The Bachelor franchise will test their knowledge and luck by answering questions for Millionaire host Chris Harrison in the hope of winning up to $1 million for charity, E! News reported.

The event will run all week long. Participants will include Chris Soules, Tenley Molzahn, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, and DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano.

Harrison told E! News that the mini reunion provides him a chance to "not really talk about the Bachelor as much as talk about their life, kind of catch up on what they're doing, and show a different side of them."

"I get to know these people really well, and so it's fun for me to get to show everybody else that side," he continued, "and I think you get to see a little bit more of that on Millionaire obviously when they're not searching for love."

Harrison said the couples who are still together will play together on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

"You would think the couples would have a massive advantage playing together, but it's actually a little more difficult," Harrison said, before revealing which couple did very well in the game.

Reality TV World
Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

... And Then "Millionaire" Is For The Children
Catch It All Next Week!
From Broadway World

Some of the smartest kids in the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" opposite host Chris Harrison during the second installment this season of Whiz Kids Week, airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017.

Throughout the week, five amazing and talented young minds ages 12-14 will play for the chance to win $1 million: Naman Shah of Peachtree Corners, Georgia; Annie Ostojic of Munster, Indiana; Josh Darrow of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Uma Upamaka of Saint Charles, Missouri; and Charles Horowitz of Weston, Florida.

Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On Up"

posted 2/6/17

THURSDAY: Last Chef Standing
Can't Beat ABC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Scandal" (6.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.687 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a competitive second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), the premiere of "Superior Donuts" (10.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Mom" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the launch of "Training Day" (4.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its new lineup of "Superstore" (3.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Powerless" (3.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Blacklist" (4.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.690 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.197 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and week two of "Riverdale" (1.136 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.864m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.129m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.018m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 627k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 410k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 393k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 377k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 375k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 372k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 299k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/17

More on "The F Word"
Catch It On Fox Later This Year
From Broadway World

Below, watch an all-new promo for Gordon Ramsay's THE F WORD, airing live this summer on FOX!

THE F WORD is a bold new food variety show from award-winning chef and series host Gordon Ramsay. Based on his hit U.K. series of the same name, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and good cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. THE F WORD is scheduled to premiere in 2017 on FOX.

On THE F WORD, foodie families from across the U.S. will battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests whom they're serving.

Throughout each hour-long episode, cooking competition meets variety show as Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, hosts live remotes with people from across the country, and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.

Broadway World

posted 2/3/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wolvie Calls Gimmick Infringement"

  • FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Revisiting "Trump Card" (AV Club)
     

  • Speaking of, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the POTUS: the needless feud continues (Reality TV World)
     

  • Steve Harvey moves his "Morning Show" to LA (Patch)
     

  • Melissa Rycroft says that Jason Mesnick didn't break up with her before "After the Final Rose" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tony Rock (The Root)

posted 2/3/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunted Becomes the Hunter
CBS Wins an Easy Midweek
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Hunted" (5.467 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (7.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Code Black" (6.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

NBC (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was among the three networks sharing the silver with repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.648 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.668 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.437 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.731 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Speechless" (3.664 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.137 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Match Game" (3.105 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.627 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) offered up its second "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) special alongside a new "Star" (4.059 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (1.953 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and the return of "The 100" (1.275 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T) closed out the night on The CW (1.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 954k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (SP/Food): 952k
- Are You The One (MTV): 637k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 539k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 307k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 182k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/17

STV Lands "Babushka" Host
ITV to Launch UK Version of Armoza Format
From The Irish News

Presenter Rylan Neal-Clark is set to host a bizarre new game show, with a specifically Russian theme.

According to ITV, which has already commissioned 20 episodes of the show, Babushka will see contestants crack their way through a series of eight giant Russian dolls to tot up a cash prize of up to £44,000.

But the suspense will build as, each time they open an empty doll, they lose all the accumulated money.

ITV Daytime revealed Rylan’s latest role as he gave it a mention himself on This Morning on Monday. And after another weekend of hosting the after-show gossip surrounding the intensifying CBB drama, we’re guessing his new job will provide some light-hearted relief… even though it’s hard to picture where the inspiration came from for this one!

The creators described the show’s premise as a “thrilling combination of knowledge, strategy and pure luck”.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment at the show’s creators, STV Productions, said: “Like all the best formats, Babushka is simple, addictive and slightly unhinged, and we're really excited to be working with ITV to bring this to their audience.

“Contestants and viewers are going to be gripped as the Babushka dolls reveal some fantastic prizes.”

However, this big new job and his responsibilities on This Morning don't mean Rylan will be bidding farewell to the Bit on the Side set anytime soon. Especially since the demise of The Xtra Factor as an ITV2 terrestrial show means he'll have more free time on his hands.

"We will be back in the summer and I'm looking forward to it," he told fans in a Facebook Live Q&A. "I'm not leaving.

"Don't worry, everyone keeps saying, 'Oh he's leaving as he's got this new game show.' Don't worry, I'm not leaving. We will be back in the summer and I can't wait!"

World Screen
ATV Today
C21 Media
Deadline
Realscreen
The Irish News
The List
Metro
Telly Mix
Digital Spy
Daily Mirror

posted 2/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Viral Redemption"

  • Aaron Paul, now that he's a Hollywood big shot, has a score to settle with "The Price Is Right" (TV Line)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd goes into the blogging business (Reality TV World)
     

  • Erin Andrews talks about life post-cancer, post-engagement (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: another day, another bad word on "Countdown" (Joe)

posted 2/2/17

TUESDAY: The Game (of Dating) Is On
Catch It on TV One!
From Hello Beautiful

Dating can be quite the eventful experience. From blind dates to group dates and every failed Tinder swipe in-between, dating can be fun but also pretty stressful. Fortunately for us, TV One came up with the perfect way to bring the excitement of dating into our living rooms minus the dreadful dutch or nah debate. Now, we can watch the dating successes and failures from someone else’s perspective on The Game of Dating.

Hosted by comedian Tony Rock, The Game of Dating gives viewers a front row seat to watch a random date that will either go extremely well or horribly wrong. Teams will watch a random date play out in front of their eyes and win cash guessing what the couple will do next.

So how did it fare?

- Chopped Junior (Food/8p): 1.221m
- Chopped (Food): 1.026m
- Chopped Junior (Food/9p): 963k
- Face Off (Syfy): 672k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k
- The Game of Dating (P/TV One): 150k

Meanwhile, NBC (5.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) led a distrupted lineup on Tuesday with its mix of an "NBC News Special" (5.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a repeat "The Wall" (5.472 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a new "The Wall" (5.554 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a repeat "This Is Us" (4.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

The CW (2.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then pulled into second place with new episodes from "The Flash" (3.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.799 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.973 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its combination of "CBS News Special" (7.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017" (6.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Bull" (5.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its "FOX News Special" (2.065 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside "The Mick" (2.949 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Bones" (3.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, ABC (2.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "ABC News Special" (4.691 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), repeats of "American Housewife" (3.587 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.821 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.204 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.169 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Hello Beautiful
TV Ruckus
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 2/1/17

Comedy Central UK Does An About "Face"
"Your Face or Mine" Returns
From Digital Spy

Last November, Comedy Central announced they are bringing back E4's early noughties gameshow Your Face or Mine? for two new series.

The show, which saw contestants choose the most attractive face from groups of people to win money, was originally hosted by Jimmy Carr and June Sarpong.

Carr will be returning, but Comedy Central has now announced that Katherine Ryan will be the new co-host instead of Sarpong.

Ryan has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown multiple times, so she has plenty of experience handling Carr's sarcasm.

The new version of the show will have a Tinder-inspired twist, which Carr elaborated on previously:

"In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

Meanwhile, Ryan has said: "Jimmy Carr and I have a shared understanding that you've got to be cruel to be kind. I am elated to be joining Jimmy on Your Face or Mine? for Comedy Central.

"They were wise to bring on one of the country's humblest and most stunning women to guide couples in judging each other's looks."

The first new series of Your Face or Mine? will air on Comedy Central in the Spring.

Digital Spy
British Comedy Guide
Heat
Chortle

posted 2/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 22
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy, the sole court show moving up, had a hot gavel in the session ending Jan. 22, and was the only strip in the top 10 to hit a new season high, as most syndicated programs drifted sideways to down in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 -7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -9%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 2/1/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Crystal Maze Needs Hamsters!"

  • "The Crystal Maze" is opening to the public before going to tape (Manchester Evening News)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong opens salmon season. In other news, Alexander Armstrong can fish (The National)
     

  • Adam Levine will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rest of Maroon 5 unavailable for comment (Reality TV World)
     

  • Summer Sanders is concerned about the Trump effect on the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid (TMZ)

posted 2/1/17

MONDAY: ABC Gets the Roses
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.849 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

FOX (3.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the winter finales to "Gotham" (3.456 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.209 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (6.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.393 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (5.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a repeat "Scorpion" (5.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.690 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Timeless" (3.494 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.334 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.640 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.568m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.172m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.006m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 465k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/17

"Chopped Junior" Gets Into Tournament Mode
"Make Me A Judge" Begins March
From The Futon Critic

Talented junior chefs from across the country compete for a chance to sit at the judges' table and give the Chopped judges a taste of their own medicine, in the first-ever Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament, premiering Wednesday, March 8th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the three preliminary-themed heats, the twelve junior chefs compete to create unique and delectable dishes over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - as they are judged by a rotating panel of Chopped judges. The winner of each episode receives $10,000 and advances to the finale where they join host Ted Allen at the judges' table and get to decide the fates of Chopped stars Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos, as these world-class chefs serve up their dishes to earn the approval of the junior chefs for bragging rights and $25,000 for the winner's charity of choice.

Check out more Chopped Junior at FoodNetwork.com and join the conversation with #ChoppedJunior.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/31/17

WEEKEND: Another Split
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday with its mainstays "Last Man Standing" (6.957 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Dr. Ken" (5.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Shark Tank" (5.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (5.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (6.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "MacGyver" (5.169 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.078 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (7.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.567 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with originals from "Grimm" (4.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Emerald City" (2.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (2.818 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 414k

On cable Saturday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 541k
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 361k

On Sunday, FOX (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) snagged the demo crown with its coverage of "Miss Universe 2017" (5.205 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (9.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "60 Minutes" (11.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Madam Secretary" (8.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Elementary" (5.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a new "To Tell the Truth" (4.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a second "To Tell the Truth" (4.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Conviction" (2.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, an encore "The Celebrity Apprentice" (1.296 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.819 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) closed out the night for NBC (2.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.685m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.464m
- Roast Battle II (SF/Comedy): 443k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 353k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Because He's Happy... Times THREE!"

  • Pharrell Williams is a father... of TRIPLETS! (Us)
     

  • Mel & Sue: together again for the first time (Closer)
     

  • UPDATE: Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a pointless celebrity... notice the spelling (Variance)
     

  • Is "Ready Steady Cook" coming back? (Metro)

posted 1/31/17

So You Think You Can Dance Goes Back to Basics
Fox Renews Summer Dance-Off For Season 14
From The Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 14th season. From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX.

This season, highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America's votes and the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

"This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they've been asking for," said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "We've decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers."

This season, all potential contestants must register online at sytycdauditions.com and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York (March 4-6) or Los Angeles (March 17-19).

Visit sytycdauditions.com for terms and conditions. The deadline to register for a chance to audition in New York is Sunday, Feb. 19, and the deadline to register for a chance to audition in Los Angeles is Sunday, March 5.

Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register online for auditions. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.sytycdauditions.com and/or www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at "The Academy" callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of "The Academy" callback rounds, 10 All-Stars will choose one dancer each to move on to the SYTYCD studio and become this season's Top 10. There, the Top 10 will compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside the All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Last September, Kida Burns was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Burns, at just 14, was the show's youngest winner and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE garnered more than 180 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season. The series also celebrated its milestone 250th episode.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 1/30/17

"Cake Wars" Welcomes Back Champs
Catch It February 12 on Food Network!
From The Futon Critic

Jonathan Bennett welcomes back past Cake Wars winners on new six-part stunt Cake Wars: Champs, premiering Sunday, February 12th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, four of the most memorable winners face-off in the ultimate baking battle with new heart-pounding challenges designed to push their skills and creativity to the limit. These champs might have been the last ones standing, but their return is no cakewalk as they race against the clock to create the most impressive cakes they have ever made. When it is winner against winner, who will make it to the top tier? Richard Ruskell and Waylynn Lucas together with weekly guest judges will determine who will take the cake and the $10,000 grand prize.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photos of the festive, eye-popping creations from the show and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring Jonathan Bennett and the judges. They can also join the conversation using #CakeWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/30/17


Games Gone By: Break the Bank (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Finally, a "Games Gone By..." about a show that was actually POPULAR during its run! Chris Wolvie talks about the show that soap operas shoved into syndication, "Break the Bank" (1976).

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/30/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Double Shot of Models"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" moves to Wednesday starting... Wednesday (The Futon Critic), and don't be surprised if "The Wall" is preempted tomorrow. Thanks, Trump (AV Club)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: season 2 of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (CastingPyramid.com)
     

  • Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a "Pointless" celebrity (Variance)
     

  • NATPE ends as it began... very quietly (TV Newscheck)
     

  • $50 million lawsuit against Steve Harvey dropped (Courthouse News)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay returns to ITV (Broadway World)

posted 1/30/17


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BARBARA HALE: 1922-2017
"Perry Mason's" Loyal Secretary Played "Stump the Stars"
From TV Line

Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in 1961. After the show ended in 1966, Street reprised the role of Della Street in dozens of Perry Mason TV movies in the 1980s and ’90s, reuniting with Burr once again on the small screen. She last played the role in 1995’s The Case of the Jealous Jokester.

Before Perry Mason, Hale had a promising film career, appearing opposite leading men like Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Rock Hudson and Frank Sinatra. She later played Dean Martin’s wife in the big-screen disaster movie Airport and guest-starred on her son William Katt’s TV show The Greatest American Hero, playing the mom of Katt’s character Ralph Hinkley.

She also played "Stump the Stars", "Juke Box Jury", and "Place the Face".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

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USA Today

posted 1/27/17


BBC America
SIR JOHN HURT: 1940-2017
British Character Actor Featured on "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year"
From TV Line

Sir John Hurt, the two-time Academy Award nominee whose TV credits included episodes of Doctor Who and the voice of The Great Dragon on BBC One’s Merlin, died on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

Hurt’s TV roles also included Caligula in the BBC’s 1976 miniseries I, Claudius, the 2012 mini Labyrinth, the Kiefer Sutherland-created web-turned-Hulu series The Confession and, most recently, the European crime drama The Last Panthers (which aired Stateside on SundanceTV last spring).

The Brit was also originally cast as The Strain‘s Dr. Setrakian, but was replaced after the pilot was shot, with fellow Harry Potter vet David Bradley.

On the silver screen, Hurt earned Oscar and Golden Globe nods for both his heart-wrenching turn as David Merrick in The Elephant Man and as heroin addict Max in Midnight Express, winning a Globe for the latter. His other film roles included Alien, 1984, V for Vendetta, two Hellboy movies, Harry Potter‘s Mr. Ollivander and Snowpiercer.

During that time, he also featured on episodes of "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" in the UK and "20 to 1" in Australia.

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

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Los Angeles Times
Washington Post

posted 1/27/17

"The Voice" Gets The Advisers
Celine Dion, John Legend, Luke Bryan, DJ Khaled Join Season 12
From Reality TV World

John Legend, Luke Bryan and DJ Khaled have all reportedly signed on to serve as team advisers for The Voice's upcoming twelfth season.

Legend, a 38-year-old singer and pianist who has won 10 Grammy Awards, will be working with coach Adam Levine's team next season, E! News reported.

Team advisers guide and give advice to contestants during the show's infamous "The Battle Round" once "The Blind Auditions" conclude.

Both Legend and Levine are recent first-time fathers. Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo welcomed daughter Dusty Rose in September 2016, while Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen gave birth to their daughter Luna in April. The men and their wives have maintained a friendly relationship through the years.

Bryan, a 40-year-old country star, will be advising coach Blake Shelton's team, according to Us Weekly, and DJ Khaled will be teaming up with coach Alicia Keys for Season 12.

Bryan will be singing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl. He has worked with Shelton in the past when the pair co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

DJ Khaled is a 41-year-old record label executive and producer formally known as Khaled Mohamed Khaled from Louisiana. The Internet sensation has released nine studio albums and got his start as a deejay and radio host in Miami, FL.

Such big news comes several hours after iconic singer Celine Dion confirmed she'll be serving as the team adviser for coach Gwen Stefani's team. Although Stefani is replacing Miley Cyrus next season, Cyrus will return for the show's thirteenth edition in Fall 2017.

"To get like the prize right here, everybody's going to be so mad -- the other coaches -- that I got you," Stefani said of Dion on the Today show. "So excited."

While Dion said she believes Stefani is "beautiful all the time," the No Doubt frontwoman gushed, "I am blown away by her unbelievable story. Having this unbelievable gift to be able to speak through music to the whole world."

The Voice's twelfth season is set to premiere on Monday, February 27 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

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posted 1/27/17

Buzzr Bowl II Is Set
Football Themed Episodes Set to Air This Week
From Broadway World

BUZZR hosts its 2nd Annual Championship Pre-Game Party with the airing of BUZZR Bowl II.

It's a battle destined for greatness! BUZZR is once again throwing a pre-game party that you don't want to miss with the return of the BUZZR Bowl. BUZZR Bowl II will highlight some of the best athletic talent to grace the shiny game show floor, featuring FAMILY FEUD from 1989, where the Bengals faced off against the 49ers, and Match Game episodes featuring Detroit Lions' Alex Karras as a panelist.

Episodes will air Jan 30 - Feb 3 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/5:00 - 6:00 PM PT, with a second airing beginning at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT. Then on February 5th, all of content that aired throughout the week will be included in a programming marathon from 1:00 - 6:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT, with a second airing at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

Just make sure your beer is chilled, the chicken wings are spicy and your pom-poms are ready for great game show excitement as BUZZR Bowl II kicks off this Monday.

Broadway World

posted 1/27/17

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Away with Murder
TGIT Returns on Top
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Scandal" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Mom" (7.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) followed by the special "Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around" (6.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Pure Genius" (5.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.082 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.977 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Superstore" (2.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "Superstore" (2.371 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Chicago Med" (3.976 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Blacklist" (2.490 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the debut of "Riverdale" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.811m
- Paradise Run (SF/Nick): 1.278m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.130m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.026m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.009m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 905k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 622k
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 497k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 435k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 410k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 374k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 338k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 325k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 251k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 200k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/17


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And the Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to... Harry Friedman!
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" EP to Be Honored at This Year's Ceremony
From We Love Soaps

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced that two legendary Hollywood icons, Mary Hart, former host of “Entertainment Tonight,” and Harry Friedman, producer of two of the most successful game shows in television history, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year. Friedman will receive his at the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 28th, 2017. Hart will be honored on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at the 44th Daytime Emmy® Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“The entire country, including me, fell in love with Mary Hart from her very first broadcast of 'Entertainment Tonight,'” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Mary's charm, wit, smile and intelligence made her the most trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news. Her ability to make even the biggest stars comfortable made audiences welcome her and 'ET' into their homes. Harry Friedman has produced the two most iconic game shows in the country if not the world. His constant tweaking of show formats and the addition of the latest technologies has kept 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' at the top of syndicated television with no end in sight. The National Academy could not be prouder to honor both of these extraordinary television stars with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

"Harry Friedman is a force unto himself that has taken the game show world and reinvented it for the 21st Century as well as being, perhaps, the nicest man in show business,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS). "With Friedman joined by Mary Hart, the woman who set the bar for those that followed in the entertainment news genre, as our Lifetime Achievement honorees, we are looking forward to two incredible celebrations of the world of Daytime television this year. Add to that the move to the historic and elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium to host both shows and I believe this will be one of the most celebratory and exciting Daytime Emmy Award shows in a long time!”

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With its grand lobby and world class architecture, it is a fitting location for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Daytime Emmys to the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “It is an honor to host this significant occasion as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting.”

A native of Omaha, Neb., Friedman developed an early fascination with television programming and personalities, including a young, local celebrity named Johnny Carson. Long before the concept of student internships was created, Friedman began hanging around Omaha's first television stations, learning by watching and doing whatever management permitted. While attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Friedman also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Lincoln Star newspaper.

In 1971, Friedman arrived in Los Angeles and, without contacts, gave himself six months to find a job in the business. With less than 24 hours remaining on his self- imposed deadline, he talked his way into a part-time question-writer spot on Hollywood Squares, marking the beginning of his long, valued relationship with Heatter-Quigley Productions. Over the following 11 years, Friedman wrote and produced thousands of episodes of the popular series and was also actively involved in the development of several other game shows, including Gambit and High Rollers.

He first joined Wheel of Fortune as a producer in 1995, adding producer duties for JEOPARDY! in 1997. In 1998, he helped launch Rock & Roll JEOPARDY, which aired on the VH1 network. Friedman's other writing and producing credits range from network primetime specials, such as American Yearbook for CBS, to documentaries and home video. He also has worked with such companies as FOX, Dick Clark Productions, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Buena Vista Television/ABC, Orion Television, The Playboy Channel, Laurel Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions, A&E Network, Krofft Productions, Rosner Television and Four Star Productions.

Under Friedman's direction, the hit series JEOPARDY! has become the most honored syndicated game show in television history. In 2011, Friedman guided JEOPARDY! to win its first-ever Peabody Award. The awards panel credited the show for its role in “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! has won a total of 33 Emmy Awards, including the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Friedman has continued to broaden the show's scope with an expanded list of challenging categories and clues that reflect popular culture and also a variety of special tournaments. In 2003, he lifted JEOPARDY!'s five-day limit rule for contestants, allowing returning champions to continue amassing winnings as long as they remain victorious. This rule change led the way for the memorable 74-consecutive-day run of Utah software engineer Ken Jennings, during which he won a record $2.5 million. Series viewership increased an impressive 30 percent during the streak, at times outperforming primetime programs while making it one of the most talked-about shows in the country.

Friedman's work on Hollywood Squares, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! has earned him multiple Emmy® Awards and three Guinness World Records® records. He is the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes produced with 11,128 (as of March 31, 2016), most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13. In 2011, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! tied for the Outstanding Game Show award, and Friedman became the first producer ever to win two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself.

In 2007, Friedman was honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. Later that year, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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posted 1/27/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Book Learning"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: eight-time J! champ uses winnings to buy a bookstore (Inside Edition)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: seven game show scandals (Digital Spy)
     

  • Mark Labbett reveals why he couldn't do "I'm a Celebrity..." (Her.ie)

posted 1/27/17


IMDB
MIKE CONNORS: 1925-2017
TV's "Mannix" Played "Hollywood Squares" Among Others
From TV Line

Mike Connors, best known for his titular role in the long-running CBS procedural Mannix, died Thursday of leukemia, Deadline reports. He was 91.

On Mannix, which debuted in 1967 and ran for eight seasons, Connors played disobedient, plaid coat-wearing private eye Joe Mannix. The role earned him a 1969 Golden Globe award for best actor in a drama series. The series ended its run in 1975 after producing 194 episodes.

Connors’ additional TV credits included guest stints on Murder She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger and, in what would be his final acting gig, a 2007 episode of Two and a Half Men.

During that time, he also appeared on "Win Lose or Draw" and all versions of "Hollywood Squares".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

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Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/26/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunt Continues...
CBS Splits Night with ABC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Speechless" (4.018 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.415 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Black-ish" (3.908 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus its special "President Donald Trump: The White House Interview" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

FOX (5.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the adults 18-49 honors with new episodes from "Lethal Weapon" (6.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the time slot premiere of "Hunted" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), a second "Hunted" (5.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Code Black" (5.606 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Chicago PD" (4.370 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.684 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and the season finale of "Frequency" (0.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.512m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (P/Food): 983k
- Are You The One? (MTV): 596k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 430k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Late Partner"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Partner" pushed back to March 7. Thanks, Trump. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Boyz II Men play Caraoke Showdown tonight (Broadway World)
     

  • Craig Ferguson to host his own SiriusXM show (Reality TV World)
     

  • Adam Lambert reunites with Queen for 25-city American tour (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rory McGrath pleads guilty to harassment (Yahoo!)
     

  • Bradley Walsh proud of how big a hit "The Chase" has become (The List)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Remember the 11-year-old who started a fire at a protest rally, then said "Screw the president" to a Fox News reporter? Guess who his dad is... (BizPac Review)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: this Jeopardy! champ's troll game is on point. Unless you're a fan of Steph Curry (CBS Sports)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Binghamton (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Amazing Race heads to San Francisco (SF Gate)
     

  • Survivor baby on the way for Angie Layton (Reality TV World)
     

  • Andrew O'Keefe... on why Australia Day is awesome (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jason Mesnick (Reality TV World)

posted 1/26/17


Steve Hoffman
MARY TYLER MOORE: 1936-2017
TV Legend Played "Password Plus"
From TV Line

Mary Tyler Moore, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Wednesday. She was 80.The beloved icon passed away “in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” Moore’s longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

It had been reported early Wednesday that the TV icon was in a Connecticut hospital in critical condition. TMZ noted that, besides diabetes, she suffered from numerous additional health problems and had undergone brain surgery in 2011.

After beginning her 60-plus-year showbiz career as a dancer, Moore began to make inroads as an actress in 1959, thanks to a recurring role on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Two years later, she got her big break when she was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s wife on his eponymous CBS sitcom. Upon winning the first of her two Emmys for her portrayal of Laura Petrie, Moore famously said, “I know this will never happen again.” Which, of course, it did, over and over.

Mary Tyler MooreDuring the 1970-77 run of CBS’ Mary Tyler Moore Show, its leading lady took home four more Emmys, including a 1974 golden girl for Actress of the Year (Series). A year after The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s finale, its star was already back on the small screen but headlining one unsuccessful variety show (The Mary Tyler Moore Hour) after another (Mary). She took time to play "Password All-Stars" and "Password Plus".

Moore returned to series television several more times — with the comedies Mary (1985) and Annie McGuire (1988), and the drama New York News (1995). But none of those shows caught on, much less held a candle to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which netted a total of 29 Emmys — a record unbroken until Frasier won its 30th in 2002. Through MTM Enterprises, the company that Moore launched in 1969 with then-husband Grant Tinker, she produced such hit series as The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere.

Besides her series work, Moore also starred in a number of TV movies, among them Like Mother, Like Son, The Gin Game (with Van Dyke), Stolen Babies (for which she won another Emmy in 1993) and Mary and Rhoda, in which she and Valerie Harper reprised their Mary Tyler Moore Show roles. Her guest gigs included appearances on The Ellen Show, That ’70s Show and Lipstick Jungle.

In what would turn out to be her final TV appearances, Moore reunited with Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White in a 2011 episode of Hot in Cleveland, then not only with White but also with their old MTM castmates Harper, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel in a 2013 installment.

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posted 1/25/17

TUESDAY: Face Off Goes All-Star
Catch It on Syfy Tonight!
From Broadway World

Syfy's award-winning series FACE OFF returns for Season 11 on Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c with 16 all-star contestants vying for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects make-up artist. Hosted by make-up effects royalty McKenzie Westmore, the series returns with elaborate never-before-seen challenges to test their skills as they battle it out for a coveted SECOND CHANCE at victory. FACE OFF: ALL STARS was announced this morning on THE TODAY SHOW as two audience members were treated to spectacular Halloween make-overs by contestants Stella Sensel (Season 7) and Tyler Green (Season 6).

The full list of contestants set to compete on FACE OFF: ALL STARS below:

Adam Milicevic (Season 8) Los Angeles, CA
Ben Ploughman (Season 9) Los Angeles, CA
Cat Paschen (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Cig Neutron (Season 7) Los Angeles CA
Emily Serpico (Season 8) Orlando, FL
Evan Hedges (Season 9) Boulder, CO
Gage Hubbard (Season 1) Los Angeles, CA
George Troester (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Jasmine Ringo (Season 9) Las Vegas, NV
Keaghlan Ashley (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Logan Long (Season 8) Salt Lake City, UT
Melissa Ebbe (Season 10) Milwaukee, WI
Niko Gonzalez (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Rachael Wagner (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Stella Sensel (Season 7) New York, NY
Tyler Green (Season 6) Litchfield, CT

McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host FACE OFF: ALL STARS, as do the series' popular judges, multiple Academy Award® winner Ve Neill ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick ("The Hunger Games," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"), and creature designer Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned Hollywood make-up artist Michael Westmore ("Star Trek") continues as contestant mentor.

How did it do?
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.375m
- Chopped (Food): 1.080m
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 733k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 416k
- Billy on the Street (SP/truTV): 174k

NBC (7.785 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with originals from "The Wall" (6.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "This Is Us" (9.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (12.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (16.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (11.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and new episodes of "New Girl" (2.369 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Mick" (2.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "American Housewife" (3.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "The Real O'Neals" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.024 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

More on "Ultimate Beastmaster"
Season 1 Streams on Netflix February 24
From the Futon Critic

It lives to destroy all challengers. 108 athletes from 6 different countries will compete in the most physically demanding competition the world has ever seen. But only one can be crowned the "Ultimate Beastmaster". See the beast in all its glory in the series newly released trailer. The action intensifies when the series launches on Netflix February 24, 2017.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

Top Model Heads to the UK. Again
CBS Studios International Brokers Deal
From Broadway World

CBS Studios International announced today that it has licensed the first-window U.K. broadcast rights for new drama MACGYVER and the latest season of "America's Next Top Model" (ANTM) to Sky. Both series will premiere in February, with MACGYVER broadcast on Feb. 8 at 8:00 PM on Sky 1 and "America's Next Top Model" on Feb. 2 at 8:00 PM on Sky Living.

"MACGYVER's action-adventure storylines and ANTM's iconic format are prime examples of CBS' successful programming that appeals to a global audience," said Stephen Tague, senior vice president, Europe, CBS Studios International. "We look forward to working with Sky, one of our most important U.K. partners, to make these new series a success for the territory."

Commenting on the news, Adam Macdonald, director of Sky 1 and Sky Living said: "We're delighted that Sky Living audiences will be the first in the U.K. to see the latest instalment of the hugely popular ANTM. And Sky 1 audiences love an explosive action-adventure, making MACGYVER the perfect addition to our February line-up."

Broadway World

posted 1/25/17

It's Mary Berry's World...
"Baking Show" Judge, "The Chase" Win NTA Awards
From The Sun

Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry has been crowned best TV Judge at the National Television Awards.

The 81-year-old won following her decision to quit the hit show – last year’s most watched programme with 15.9million viewers.

Mary, who decided to remain with the BBC when it was sold off to rivals Channel 4 in August, beat Simon Cowell, 57, David Walliams, 45, and Nicole Scherzinger, 38.

She also won the head-to-head clash with Strictly’s head judge Len Goodman, 72, after he retired last month following 14 series.

She admitted she was “thrilled” to have beaten rivals Len and Simon to the prize and also used her speech to boast about the fact there is “no swearing” on the Great British Bake Off.

She said: “I love judging it has always been a great honor. I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that next time do a little bit better.

“But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking, and everybody is sitting down at 8 o’clock, the whole family, gran, the baby in arms, there’s no swearing, it’s the best program.

“And I’m so grateful. And thank you very much.”

ITV quiz show The Chase hosted by Bradley Walsh, 56, won Best Daytime, beating its BBC rival Pointless.

The Scottish Sun
Express and Star

posted 1/25/17

Top Chef to Return for 15th Course
Bravo Sets Casting Notice
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is embarking on a nationwide search for the utmost talented and emerging chefs to compete on season 15 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's chef meet and greets will take place by appointment at restaurants of alumni and friends of "Top Chef" in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Currently in its 14th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is averaging more than 2 million total viewers, up 4% versus the prior season. The season premiere (12/1/16) was the most watched season premiere in over five years in total viewers.*

The competition in Charleston continues on a nostalgic brand new episode of "Top Chef" airing Thursday, January 26 at 9 PM ET/PT, when season six winner Michael Voltaggio puts the seven remaining chefs' palates to the test with a blindfolded taste experiment. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Children's Hospital Fund charity gala on the ultra-exclusive Kiawah Island. The chefs will need to impress 100 guests in order to stay in the competition. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-14/episode-9/videos/a-blind-taste-test.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/24/17

MONDAY: No Fans, No Problem
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the return of "Quantico" (2.985 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (8.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (7.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Scorpion" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (3.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Lucifer" (4.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.829 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Timeless" (3.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.446m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.332m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.291m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.033m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 365k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/17

WEEKEND: The Hunt Begins
CBS' Take on UK Hit Begins Sunday After AFC Championship
From CBS Miami

You can run, but can you hide? CBS has created the most elaborate game of hide and go seek. It’s called ‘Hunted.’ The show follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.

From searching their targets’ homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.

Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States?

A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

CBS (33.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage of the "AFC Championship" (41.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.4, #1) followed by the premiere of "Hunted" (10.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2).

A distant second place then went to FOX (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and its lineup of "Son of Zorn" (3.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Son of Zorn" (1.991 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Family Guy" (2.105 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and another "Bob's Burgers" (2.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC" (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the feature "Ted" (2.332 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "To Tell the Truth" (3.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), another "To Tell the Truth" (3.005 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Quantico" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 314k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.846m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139m
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 318k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 309k

Broadway World
Providence Journal
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orange Grit"

  • This year's Kids Choice Awards has a host.... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Erin Andrews recovering from cervical cancer LIKE A BOSS. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! coming to Harrah's Cherokee (WLOS Asheville)
     

  • Amy Doyle named EVP, GM of MTV, VH1, L-O-G-O (Variety)

posted 1/24/17

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