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Christmas Gift from GSN: The First "Get A Clue"
New Series Sneaks Preview on YouTube
From Programming Insider

Game show "Get A Clue" officially debuts Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET/PT on Game Show Network.

The logline: a fast-paced, high energy clue game, hosted by Rob Belushi, in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play.

The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000.

They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

You can preview the first episode of "Get A Clue" in its entirety right now on Game Show Network's YouTube channel.

The Programming Insider

posted 12/23/19

More on "The Circle"
Catch It on Netflix New Year's Day
From O: The Oprah Magazine

Netflix's version of hit British reality show The Circle is nearly here, as it officially begins streaming on January 1, 2020, and the show is already receiving raves on one front: its cast.

"We had a real opportunity to bring together a much more diverse cast," show creator Tim Harcourt tells OprahMag.com. "The younger generation, the social media savvy generation, are much more tolerant and accepting of diversity...It shows diverse people can come together and can bond and be friends."

In The Circle, the players don't necessarily have to play as themselves. Since they never meet in-person and solely communicate through a social media platform called "The Circle," each contestant can choose to catfish their fellow contestants if they believe it will get them further in the game. This makes for a lot of interesting conversation—or "private chats" as they're called on the show."

O: The Oprah Magazine

posted 12/23/19

WEEKEND: Price At Night
CBS Shows Up, But Night Belongs to NBC
From Meaww

If you are missing new episodes of 'SEAL Team', watch the cast bring their A-game to the holiday special episode of the game show 'The Price Is Right At Night'. Stars like David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, Justin Melnick and Dita the dog joined host Drew Carey for the hour-long episode featuring an audience of active duty military service members and veterans.

Fans were floored by the energy of the contestants and cast members from the show. One viewer wrote on Twitter, "The Price is Right at Night is on. It is officially Christmas for mom in law." "The Price Is Right! At Night! Happy Hour! Love This Show!" another viewer said.

NBC (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its penultimate weeks of "Football Night in America #1" (5.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2).

The silver went to FOX (8.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with a full hour of "The OT" (17.437 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) followed by repeats of "The Masked Singer" (4.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and another "The Masked Singer" (3.882 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza" (5.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "A Home for the Holidays" (2.353 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.234 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (2.323 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) alongside new episodes of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.411 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Year: 2019" (2.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, week two of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.445 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Top Elf (Nick): 462k
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 380k
- Double Dare (F/Nick): 326k

Meaww

PopCulture
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/23/19

Pat Sajak: "I'll Be Selling Vowels for a Long Time"
First Interview for "Wheel" Host Since Medical Scare
From Deadline

"I'll be selling vowels for a long time," Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak promised viewers in an exclusive interview with ABC's Good Morning America today.

In his first interview since undergoing emergency surgery last month to correct a painful blocked intestine, Sajak shared details of his medical condition, his Wheel plans and how he thinks co-host Vanna White did in his absence.

Sajak provided details of his illness for the first time today, saying at one point the pain was so bad he was in a fetal position, and that when doctors administered a painkilling drug the game show host thought he had died. "Suddenly, I wasn't thinking about the pain," he said. "I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it.

"In the background, I could hear my wife and daughter talking," he added, "It sounded like they were a mile off, but they were right next to me. … And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way: 'I think this must be death. This must be what death is like.' Hearing their voices, I thought, 'Boy, their lives are gonna change now.' And I felt badly for them. I didn't feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high."

Sajak said his recovery has been swift.

"I've actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks. I've been back in the studio actually, doing shows. Even spinning the wheel and, you know, nothing has popped. So I think it's OK." He said he'd continue to host the show until "I'm doddering."

As for his old pal White's stand-in performance, Sajak said: "What a trouper. And I'm not being condescending in any way 'cause it would've been well within her rights to say: 'Wait a minute, this is not what you're payin' me for. This is not what I do. And I'd rather not.' But she's a team player. And she was very nervous and not comfortable."

On whether he had the opportunity to talk to his longtime costar before she took reins of the show Sajak said, "We did have a chance to talk a little bit. But there's not much I could tell her. She knows the way the show works. I just tried to be encouraging and help out on that level. But she had fun with it."

Still, he warned White about negative feedback online. "There are people who are jerks and they're going to say nasty things because they can," Sajak explained. "Because they can communicate with you directly and be anonymous. I don't understand why people have to be so nasty. She's out there doing her best, she didn't ask to be put in that position."

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posted 12/23/19

Caroline Flack Abandons "Island"
Host Leaves Post After Arrest, Replaced
From The Wrap

Laura Whitmore has been announced as the new host of Love Island after Caroline Flack quit the British reality show after being charged with assault.

Whitmore will host the new winter version of the show, which will be filmed at a villa in Cape Town, South Africa, and launches on ITV2 on January 12, 2020. She will also present ITV2's sister show Love Island: Aftersun.

Whitmore is an established name on the British TV presenting circuit and is also the other half of comedian Iain Stirling, who provides Love Island's acerbic voiceover.

ITV has left the door firmly open for Flack's return, simply saying that Whitmore will host season six of the show. Paul Mortimer, ITV's head of digital channels, said Whitmore is a safe pair of hands while "Caroline is away."

Flack, who has been with the show since 2015, opened up about the incident in her Instagram Stories on Tuesday.

"There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life. While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can't comment further on these matters until the legal process is over," Flack wrote.

"However, 'Love Island' has been my world for the last five years, it's the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town," the 40-year-old British personality added.

Caroline Flack, the host of Britain's version of Love Island, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend during an incident at her London home on December 12. Appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday, Flack denied the charge of assault by beating Lewis Burton. She was released on bail until a trial on March 4, on the condition she does not contact Burton. According to reporters at the courtroom, Flack was visibly emotional during the hearing, in which she was accused by prosecutors of hitting Burton with a lamp at her Islington flat and having to be restrained while in police custody.

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posted 12/23/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Courtney Settles"

  • Courtney Robertson is engaged, pregnant (Us), while Colton & Cassie are spending Christmas apart, which is very atypical of a couple that's still together, but whatever (SheKnows)

  • ICYMI: Eddie Murphy brought some of his classics back on Saturday (WGBH Boston)

  • Richard Osman compares quizzing to argument (THe Guardian)

  • ABC has the inside scoop on Alex Trebek January 2 (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (and daughter Maile) (People)

posted 12/23/19

More on "Top Chef" LA All-Stars
Catch It on Bravo March 19!
From Gold Derby

Those who have been starving for some hot cooking competition action, your wish has been granted. Bravo's 'Top Chef" returns for a 17th season on March 19 with a supersized premiere that airs at 10 p.m. ET next year.

If that doesn't whet your whistle, maybe the thought of 15 finalists, front runners and fan favorite cheftestants plucked from seasons past will. This All-Star edition, which will take place in Los Angeles, will once again feature host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons, who sat out last season after having a baby.

Here is the line-up of familiar culinary faces:
• Eric Adjepong (Season 16: Kentucky)
• Karen Akunowicz (Season 13: California)
• Jennifer Carroll (Season 6: Las Vegas, Season 8: All Stars, and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7)
• Stephanie Cmar (Season 11: New Orleans)
• Lisa Fernandes (Season 4: Chicago)
• Kevin Gillespie (Season 6: Las Vegas)
• Gregory Gourdet (Season 12: Boston)
• Melissa King (Season 12: Boston)
• Jamie Lynch (Season 14: Charleston)
• Brian Malarkey (Season 3: Miami)
• Nini Nguyen (Season 16: Kentucky)
• Joe Sasto (Season 15: Colorado)
• Angelo Sosa (Season 7: Washington D.C., and Season 8: All Stars)
• Bryan Voltaggio (Season 6: Las Vegas)
• Lee Anne Wong (Season 1: San Francisco, and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7)


Gold Derby

Eater

posted 12/20/19

THURSDAY: There She Is...
Miss America Wins for NBC, Comedies Win for CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 crown on Thursday thanks to "Miss America 2020" (3.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) followed by a rebroadcast of "Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (2.805 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

ABC (2.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with encores of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.639 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) plus a new "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (2.651 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (5.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Unicorn" (3.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Mom" (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Carol's Second Act" (3.520 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Evil" (2.188 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.004 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Last Man Standing" (2.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Prodigal Son" (1.344 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019" (0.983 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.680 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Project RUnway (Bravo): 836k
- Santa's Baking Blizzard (Food): 791k
- Temptation Island (SF/USA): 771k
- Temptation Island Reunion (S/USA): 710k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 408k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 196k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/20/19

Building a Cast
Contestants Announced for "LEGO Masters"
From TV Insider

A new competition series is brewing over at Fox and it involves a lot of bricks. LEGO Masters is set to debut Wednesday, February 5 on the network at 9/8c, and LEGO Movie star Will Arnett is helping out.

The comedic actor will host the series, which will put contestants ranging in age from 23 to 65 through challenges involving the beloved toy building material.

Divided into teams of two, contestants will compete against each other in brick-building challenges until the remaining top teams face off for a big cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the title of LEGO Masters.

Plus, find out when the winter premieres of 'Almost Family' and 'Prodigal Son' will air. Alongside Arnett and the contestants will be a lineup of expert judges that will encourage the builders to take risks that could prove rewarding.

TV Insider

The Futon Critic

posted 12/20/19

WEDNESDAY: Fox Wins! ... Also Something About a Costume, But That's Neither Here Nor There
"The Masked Singer" Wins Night Interrupted by Impeachment Vote
From TV Line

FOX (7.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the penultimate "The Masked Singer" (6.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (8.327 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (6.102 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with the finale to "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) followed by its "Survivor: Island of the Idols Reunion" (4.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its special "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'" (5.786 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) alongside repeats of "Black-ish" (3.272 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Mixed-ish" (2.018 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "Mixed-ish" (1.765 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for encores of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (4.442 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (2.737 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and the concluding "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (2.810 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (0.781 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the special "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2019" (0.618 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 910k
- Man vs. Bear (Discovery)L 730k
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 652k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 Reunion 9p (S/MTV): 642k
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 626k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 Reunion 10p (S/MTV): 541k

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posted 12/19/19

Next Stop: Winners At War
"Survivor" DQs Dan Spilo Another Another Incident
From TV Line

Island of the Idols may be over, but it's never too early to get hyped for more Survivor… especially when Winners at War is on deck!

During Wednesday's Survivor finale reunion, host Jeff Probst confirmed Season 40's theme, which is the long-teased, highly anticipated season that fans have been waiting for. In a franchise first, a roster of former champs will be competing for an even higher cash prize — a whopping $2 million.

A preview clip shown at the end of the reunion featured former winners Parvati Shallow, Natalie Anderson, Tyson Apostol, Sophie Clarke, Ben Driebergen, Michele Fitzgerald, Wendell Holland and more, who will once again be battling it out for the title alongside Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine. (Mariano and Diaz-Twine appeared as part of a season-long twist on the just-wrapped 39th season.)

Survivor: Island of the Idols aired its finale Wednesday, with Tommy Sheehan besting Noura Salman and Dean Kowalski to become the series' latest Sole Survivor.

The season made headlines after castaway Kellee Kim made clear her discomfort with fellow contestant Dan Spilo's inappropriate touching. Spilo was later ejected from the show following another off-camera incident, leading to the show's implementation of new steps to prevent future sexual harassment.

Kim, the contestant who was most vocal about her objections to Spilo's behavior, was brought out to sit down with Probst one-on-one in the second half of the reunion. The conversation kicked off with Probst apologizing to Kim for how the situation was handled, telling her, "You were right."

"I think one of the things that has been the hardest was the fact that Dan remained in the game even after I spoke up," Kim said. "And the reason why is not necessarily the injustice, it's because I felt that I spoke up, and I was not being supported or believed."

"To not be supported or believed is really the hardest thing," she continued.

Among the changes will be a new in-game rule and better pre-production orientation, the parties said. Future "Survivor" seasons not already in the can (so, Season 41 and beyond), will also have "another on-site professional to provide a confidential means of reporting any concerns," according to the statement, as well as "a third-party expert in the field to review, evolve or add to these new policies and procedures going forward."

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posted 12/19/19


Nickelodeon

Quibi Unearths "The Hidden Temple"
Adults Version to Air on Streamer
From Deadline

The '90s continue to take over pop culture as Quibi revealed today that they are reimagining Nickelodeon's iconic game show Legends of the Hidden Temple.

From the Shrine of the Silver Monkey to scary Temple Guards, Quibi has set a revival of the kids game show from the '90s that included teams competing against one another to retrieve "historical artifacts" in a Mayan-themed temple by performing physical challenges and asking trivia questions.

The new iteration will be bigger and better as they take some of the original elements of the show and set them in a scaled-up jungle setting with tougher challenges. This includes the Moat Crossing, the iconic Temple Run and, of course, the talking Olmec statue.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is produced by Nickelodeon and Stone & Company Entertainment from a concept created by Scott A. Stone and Dave Stanley. The series is executive produced by Stone. Quibi is set to launch on April 6, 2020.

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posted 12/18/19

TUESDAY: Softer "Voice"
NBC Splits Night with CBS Thanks to "The Voice" Finale
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo victor on Tuesday with its "The Voice Recap" (6.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (8.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

CBS (8.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its 2019 finales of "NCIS" (11.038 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.046 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.088 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat lineup of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (4.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (3.235 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Shrek The Halls" (2.640 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "The Conners" (1.880 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Bless This Mess" (1.535 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the fall finales of "The Resident" (3.815 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Empire" (2.566 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, the special "Dogs of the Year" (0.951 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat of "Arrow" (0.388 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night..

On cable....
- The Misery Index (SF/TBS): 823k
- Chopped Junior (SF/Food): 719k
- Chopped - 9p (Food)
- Chopped - 10p (Food): 689k

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posted 12/18/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "What Is Going On Here?!"

  • John Michael Higgins is moving to Bayside High (TV Line)

  • Terry Fator plays Niagara (Niagara Frontier)

  • James & Melissa Holzhauer team with Project 150 to give back (Nevada Business)

  • ... so Rachel Riley had her baby (AOL)

  • What is Kurt Busch doing on "The Price Is Right" (NASCAR)

  • Sony doubles down on game shows as the Trebek-Sajak era dies down (The Day)

posted 12/18/19

SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending December 8
From TV Newscheck

After being nudged out of the top spot in talk in the prior week — for the first time in more than three years — Dr. Phil came roaring back in the session ending Dec. 8.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (ViacomCBS) 6.2 +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 +15%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 +8%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/17/19

More on "The Bachelor"
Catch It on ABC January 6
From Sky Statement

Peter Weber is back for another shot at TV love. The second runner-up on Hannah Brown's recent Bachelorette season takes over as lead of the 2020 season of The Bachelor when it premieres on Jan. 6.

And on Monday, ABC released the names and bios of the 30 women who be competing for his final rose. Weber, a Delta pilot from Westlake Village, California, beat out fellow castmates Tyler Cameron (the fan-favorite runner-up who went on to date Gigi Hadid) and Mike Johnson (the potentially first black Bachelor) when he was announced for the gig back in September.

Now that filming on Weber's season has wrapped, ABC is telling viewers to "expect turbulence" in steamy promos that reference the reality star's infamous windmill adventures (Weber had sex with Brown four times during their Fantasy Suite overnight date, a fact that was revealed on live television during Brown's finale).

The biggest source of early drama comes during the three-hour premiere when Brown herself pays Weber a visit, sending his new potential girlfriends into a gossiping frenzy.

"It was an emotional conversation that needed to be had," Chris Harrison tells The Hollywood Reporter of Weber and Brown's on-camera reunion (which was teased in the trailer). "You'll see how it plays out very early on in the season, if he really is ready to move on or if he wants this to be an option still." (Either way, Brown's Dancing With the Stars schedule would not have permitted her to stick around longterm.)

For the second season in a row, ABC released the names and photos of the cast early, publishing the information on 33 women before Weber's official announcement. The hope on behalf of the show's executives is that Bachelor Nation will take to social media to help weed out any problematic picks — a solution initially thought up by ABC Entertainment chief Rob Mills to help right some of the recent season's casting controversies. With Weber's official tally down to 30, it appears three women were disqualified.

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posted 12/17/19

MONDAY: Hough and Puff
NBC Wins Night with "The Voice" Finale
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and the special "Holidays with the Houghs" (4.675 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (6.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) took home the silver with its fall finale mix of "The Neighborhood" (6.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.236 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "All Rise" (5.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Bull" (6.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its lineup of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.859 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the season finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (2.972 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live After Darth: A Star Wars Special" (1.808 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the special "Nick Cannon's Hit Viral Videos - Holidays 2019" (1.828 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a repeat "Prodigal Son" (1.111 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us" (0.822 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the special "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2019" (0.766 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable....
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.549k
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 1.087k


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posted 12/17/19

WEEKEND: CW Hits a Sour Note
"Caroler Challenge" Falls Flat, Going Up Against the NFL Didn't Help
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.355 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.483 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

FOX (6.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) got a boost from a full hour of "The OT" (13.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) followed by the 2019 finales of "The Simpsons" (5.038 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Bless the Harts" (2.776 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.416 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Family Guy" (2.311 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.515 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (8.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors" (6.957 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.830 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up its annual rebroadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, the premiere of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.577 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a second "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.440 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.509 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Friday....
- Top Elf (Nick): 589k
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 342k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 308k
- Double Dare (Nick): 274k


Sunday cable numbers....
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.125m
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 946k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 320k

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posted 12/17/19

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posted 12/17/19

More on "The Biggest Loser" Reboot
Catch It on USA January
From Screen Rant

The host of The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper reveals that the new season that is premiering early next year is all about getting healthy.

The extreme weight loss show has evolved with the times and is no longer about which contestant can lose the most weight.

Since 2004, The Biggest Loser was a staple on NBC for 17 seasons. The extreme weight loss show features obese and overweight contestants looking to transform their lives by losing weight and getting healthier. Not only are they competing to be the "biggest loser" of weight, but they're also competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight. The weight loss competition show has had a successful run on NBC and even ranked among the top 50 shows in the United States from 2004 to 2005 and then again from 2009 to 2011.

Though recently, The Biggest Loser has caused controversy after allegations arose that the contestants were forced to lose weight by any means necessary, including being malnourished, dehydrated, overworked, and in rare cases given weight loss pills in order to get them to have a dramatic weight loss. Though based on studies, it was revealed that the contestants would typically gain their weight back and sometimes even permanently damage their metabolisms from the extreme dieting.

After the show stopped airing on NBC in 2016, and on May 13th, 2019, it was announced that they were working on a reboot of the show for the USA Network, set to premiere in 2020. Longtime host and trainer on the show, Bob Harper promises that the revamped version will be a whole totally different format. He said to People, "The whole look of the show is going to be so different." The 54-year-old trainer revealed that the show is working toward a more holistic approach to losing weight and getting healthy. Harper revealed the new concept of the show, saying, "It's not about getting skinny, it's about getting healthy." He said the main goal is to see "people getting off medication, reversing their type 2 diabetes, lowering their blood pressure." He continued, "I get to bring in my expertise, and I get to hear about a new approach ... I think there's a really good symmetry here."

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posted 12/16/19


Far Out Magazine

GERSHON KINGSLEY: 1922-2019
Moog Master Wrote "The Savers" AKA The "Joker's Wild" Theme
From EDM

German-born electronic music producer Gershon Kingsley has passed away at 97. While his name might not ring a bell among younger music enthusiasts, his contributions to the world of electronic music will be celebrated for decades to come.

When Kingsley moved to America he made it his goal to get into music school. He took night classes and played the organ at synagogues to help fund his education while honing his skills. After school, he became a notable conductor as well as a musical director for Broadway shows, one of which earned him a Tony nomination.

After that, he became engrossed in the world of Moog synthesizers, releasing an album titled Music to Moog By and forming a four-person synthesizer group called the First Moog Quartet. The four-piece would become the first group to use synthesizers at Carnegie Hall.

Throughout his career, he scored several television programs (one of which won him an Emmy Award), motion pictures, commercials, game shows, and more. Teaming with Jean Jacques Perrey, Kingsley wrote "The Savers", which was used as the theme music to the CBS run of "The Joker's Wild".

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CNN

CHUY BRAVO: 1956-2019
Moog Master Wrote "The Savers" AKA The "Joker's Wild" Theme
From TV Line

Chuy Bravo, who served as Chelsea Handler's sidekick on her E! talk show Chelsea Lately, died suddenly Saturday night in Mexico City. He was 63.

Bravo's exact cause of death is unknown.

Born Jesus Melgoza in Mexico in 1956, Bravo was the youngest of seven children. The actor/entertainer immigrated to the U.S. at 15, moving to the San Fernando Valley in California before embarking on an acting career in the '90s. Bravo's credits included films like The Honeymooners (2005) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

His role as Handler's sidekick on Chelsea Lately gave him increased notoriety. He appeared alongside Handler on the E! late night show from 2007 to 2014, starring in more than 1,000 episodes.

Handler commended Bravo in a 2007 interview with ET. "The worst part of doing the show is that I have to work five days a week, which I'm not accustomed to. I'm a stand-up comedian, so I usually would work twice a week and it's for like, an hour. The best part is that Chuy and I get to spend every day together," she said. "I love him!"

Bravo featured on the short-lived "Splash" on ABC.

In 2012, Bravo shared his battle with prostate cancer with the website Latina; the illness was treated quickly after his diagnosis. He also divulged that he was nearly homeless at one point and that he was a recovering alcoholic. "I have been through a lot in my life, but I've overcome my struggles and now I'm finally living my life," he said.

The late-night host tweeted about Bravo's passing Sunday:

I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do. @ChuyBravo pic.twitter.com/tEnTiBxKLa — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) December 15, 2019
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posted 12/16/19

Keke Palmer Gets Singled Out for Quibi
"GMA3" Regular to Host MTV/Quibi Reboot
From TV Line

A revival of MTV's '90s dating show classic is coming to Quibi with multihyphenate Hustlers star Keke Palmer and comedian and Sunnyside standout Joel Kim Booster as hosts. The series is set to launch on the short-form mobile video platform in Spring 2020.

Earlier this year, MTV Studios revealed that they were bringing the classic dating show as well as Punk'd to Quibi. The original Singled Out ran from 1995 to 1998 with Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy as hosts. Each episode featured a group of 50 singles competing for a date with one contestant.

The new iteration will hook up a new generation of singles, of all genders and sexual preferences, seeking love in 20 bite-sized episodes. Reflective of today's dating landscape, where everyone is connected, the series will bring online dating to life with a twist — the main dater is linked to the pool of diverse singles through social media.

"I am thrilled to be hosting Singled Out," said Palmer. "To be able to reimagine this show for my generation and on a new platform is so exciting. Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store!"

In addition to the box office hit Hustlers, Palmer's film credits include Ice Age: Continental Drift, Joyful Noise, Brotherly Love and others. On TV she appeared in Lee Daniels' Star, Berlin Station, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Scream Queens and Masters of Sex. She can also be seen weekdays co-hosting ABC's GMA3: Strahan, Sara, and Keke.

Booster's TV and film credits include Shrill, Search Party, BoJack Horseman and Big Mouth. Booster is also a writer that has worked on Big Mouth, The Other Two, Billy on The Street and Comedy Central's pilot for Problematic. He co-hosts the "Urgent Care" podcast with comedian Mitra Jourhari. Singled Out adds to Booster's Quibi projects as he is developing Trip, a rom-com inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, alongside Jax Media for for the mobile platform.

Singled Out is produced by MTV Studios.

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posted 12/13/19

THURSDAY: Face the Raven
Fox Wins on TNF; GABS Returns Soft
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) cruised to victory on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

CBS (5.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then settled for silver with its fall finales from "Young Sheldon" (8.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "The Unicorn" (5.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (6.191 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (5.000 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Evil" (3.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.293 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the conclusion to "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (5.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) followed by the fall finales of "Superstore" (2.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Perfect Harmony" (1.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) plus an encore of "A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy" (1.676 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (3.272 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (2.639 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) alongside the return of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (2.884 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the fall finales of "Supernatural" (1.106 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.929 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 980
- Santa's Baking Blizzard (Food): 864k

- Temptation Island (USA): 688k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 417k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 336k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 323k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 319k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 172k

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posted 12/12/19

More on "Get a Clue"
Catch It on Game Show Network January!
From Newscast Studio

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Game Show Network is also launching a new original show — "Get a Clue" with host Rob Belushi.

The show is described as a high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play. The show is set for a January 2020 debut.

The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time.

The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000.

They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

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posted 12/13/19

HQ Looks to Come Back in 2020
Founder to Flaunt 20 New Games
From CNN

HQ Trivia brought joy -- and some cash -- to millions of people, but despite the game's virality, the start-up behind it struggled. Now, that company, HQ, is trying to make a comeback with new games and a subscription service.

On Thursday at 8 pm ET, HQ will debut HQX, a new game in which users participate in photo challenges. A host presents a category -- like "Best Baby Yoda Impression" -- and players have 35 seconds to take and submit a photo. Viewers then have 60 seconds to vote by swiping left or right. The six players who receive the most likes by the end compete in a final challenge and one is declared the winner.

Unlike HQ Trivia, players on HQX won't initially be awarded cash prizes. But they can earn virtual coins, which can be used in HQ's other games for a chance to win cash.

In the coming weeks, HQ is launching another show, HQ Drop, where a host demos products and interviews customers. It's similar to the shopping channel QVC, but viewers can buy instantly through their phones. .

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posted 12/13/19

More on "Flirty Dancing"
Catch It on Fox December 29
From Reality TV World

Dancing with the Stars pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess will appear as choreographers on Fox's new Flirty Dancing reality series coming this winter. The two DWTS mirrorball-trophy champions will join previously-announced host, Jenna Dewan, on Flirty Dancing when the reality dating competition with a romantic dancing twist premieres Sunday, December 29 in a special time period at 8PM ET.

Given Flirty Dancing's premiere will air simultaneously in all time zones, the show will debut on the West Coast at 5PM PT. Flirty Dancing will be a mix of performance and blind dating, as singles look to find their match through dancing chemistry.

Sharna, 34, became a professional partner on Dancing with the Stars for Season 16. Among her 12 seasons on the show, Sharna was crowned champion once with Bobby Bones at the end of Season 27. Prior to her victory with Bobby, Sharna had also accumulated three second-place finishes. "Lots of emotion, vulnerability and truth all shared through dance," Sharna wrote Monday on Instagram of her time thus far on Flirty Dancing.

"This is yet another experience that makes me grateful for having the transformative, cathartic and healing power of dance with me my whole life. Getting to share that with others is always a gift."

Val, 33, joined Dancing with the Stars as a pro dancer on Season 13 and has participated in 15 seasons overall. Val, who has made the finals a handful of times, won Dancing with the Stars twice with Rumer Willis and Laurie Hernandez in Seasons 20 and 23, respectively.

Late last month, Val said on Instagram working with "a class act" like Jenna on Flirty Dancing was an "absolutely pleasure" and she's "so kind" and "so much fun.".

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posted 12/13/19


Nickelodeon

Adam Conover Is A-"Maze"-ing!
Nick Slots Premiere of "The Crystal Maze" January 24
From the Futon Critic

Comedian/writer Adam Conover is the new host of Nickelodeon's upcoming family game show, The Crystal Maze, an all-new version of the legendary UK hit series, premiering Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

The Crystal Maze will feature Conover as the Maze Master, charged with guiding one family team through physical and mental challenges set within an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones: Aztec, Eastern, Futuristic and Industrial.

Said Conover, "As the Maze Master, the only thing that gives me greater joy than tormenting our adventurers with devious games is handing out giant cash prizes to the lucky few who manage to escape the challenges inside the crystal maze. This show is the ultimate challenge for families, proving that you have to work together if you want to win, and that's a fact."

"We are delighted to welcome Adam Conover into the Nickelodeon family as our first Maze Master. His wit, warmth and pizazz are the perfect attributes to guide families through the exhilarating adventure that is The Crystal Maze," said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

The premiere episode of The Crystal Maze will feature a family from Houston, Texas, tackling a range of challenges in the maze for the first time ever for U.S. audiences. This season will feature families from: Scottsdale, Ariz; Lake Forest, Calif; Eastvale, Calif ; St. Augustine, Fla; Windemere, Fla; Chester, Va; Germantown, Tenn; Carollton, Texas; and Wheaton, Ill.

In each episode, the youngest family member takes on the role of team Captain. The successful completion of escape-room style challenges are rewarded with a "time crystal" granting the family five seconds in the centerpiece final zone called the Crystal Dome. The more crystals gathered throughout the game, the more time each family has for a dramatic clock countdown challenge inside the iconic Dome for a chance to win up to $25,000. .

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posted 12/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending December 1
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was the No. 1 talker for the Thanksgiving holiday session ending Dec. 1, holding steady week to week at its season-high 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That marks the first time usually unbeatable Dr. Phil did not finish atop the talk shows in 169 weeks.

But it was close. Many shows were able to exclude the very low-rated Thanksgiving and Black Friday from their averages. Those shows that were not able to do so were saddled with abnormally low numbers for the week.

Dr. Phil, which took a major ratings hit by having to include both lightly viewed holidays in its average, was only a tenth of a point off the lead, flipping 13% to a new season-low 2.0 to tie Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen, which did not count the low-rated days in its average, rose 18% to a 2.0.

Elsewhere, game shows did not have much fun. Jeopardy slid 6% to a 5.9; Family Feud faded 10% to a new season-low 5.3; and Wheel of Fortune fell 17% to a new season-low 5.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (ViacomCBS) 5.9 -6%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -10%**
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -17%**
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/12/19

WEDNESDAY: Young Ones Love the Mask
Split Night Between CBS, Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.530 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (6.854 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Almost Family" (2.205 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (5.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver then with its trio of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.808 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.815 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "SWAT" (4.800 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with night two of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (5.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), the penultimate "Making It" (2.848 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and the season finale of "Making It" (2.144 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up the fall finales of "The Goldbergs" (3.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Schooled" (3.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.249 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Single Parents" (3.058 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Stumptown" (3.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.746 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise closed out the night with its fall finales to "Riverdale" (0.746 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.745 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 994k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 832k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 808k
- Man vs. Bear (Discovery)L 796k
- The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle (Food): 735k
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- Catch 21 (GSN): 328k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 224k

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posted 12/12/19

Vanna White... Also an Icon, but For Purposes Of This Story
Catch Her "Wheel" Hosting Debut This Week!
From PopCulture

Viewers of Wheel of Fortune saw quite the strange sight on their television screens on Monday night. For the first time in 37 years, someone other than Pat Sajak was hosting the iconic game show.

In his place was Vanna White, who went from turning the letters to being at the forefront. She admitted before the episode airing that she was "nervous" about the situation. She ended up being thrust into the position after Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. Taking her place in controlling the board was Minnie Mouse.

"I've never even thought of that in 37 years," White said to The New York Times in an interview. "And to be asked almost on the spot, 'How do you feel about hosting the show?' Like, what... I was very nervous."

White will host the special "Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway" episodes without Sajak, reports PEOPLE. The 2019 edition of the annual promotion will run through Dec. 20, and gives every at-home viewer with a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID the chance to win everything a contestant wins in an episode.

This year, Disney is joining as a promotional partner for the first time. Since the "Secret Santa" promotions began, more than $2.5 million has been awarded to at-home viewers. This year's prizes will include trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Disney Cruises vacations and Disney Store gift cards."

Meanwhile, Pat Sajak is back at work after his emergency surgery, and fans are delighted. The longtime Wheel of Fortune host made headlines last month after a medical emergency took him off the show for a few weeks, leading Vanna White to take over hosting duties on the show. With the episodes hosted by White set to begin airing next week, Sajak took to Twitter to celebrate his return to the studio. He admitted that while his break to recover from the surgery was only four weeks, it felt a lot longer for the television personality.

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posted 12/11/19

Simon Cowell Lawyers Up, Gets Paid
ITV Set to Reup BGT as Investigation Continues
From Deadline

Simon Cowell has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal for Britain's Got Talent with UK broadcaster ITV.

It represents ITV's longest commitment to the variety show since it launched in 2007 in the UK, and comes as America's Got Talent is mired in controversy amid an NBC investigation into working conditions.

Britain's Got Talent will remain on British television until 2024, while the deal also guarantees another season of The X Factor in 2020. Both shows are made by Cowell's production outfit Syco Entertainment and Fremantle's Thames Television.

Traditionally, Cowell has packaged up Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor in three-year ITV deals, the most recent of which was signed in 2016. But the diverging fortunes of the shows has meant a new approach to the latest agreement.

The five-year Britain's Got Talent deal is one of the biggest commitments to an entertainment show on British television and will take the brand — co-produced by Fremantle's Thames TV — into its 18th season.

Cowell serves as a judge on the format, which is hosted by British duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

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posted 12/11/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Live from Television City"

  • Corinne Foxx joins "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" (Deadline)

  • It's not that Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani don't want to get married. IT's that they can't. AT least not yet (People)

  • FIRST LOOK: America's Top Dog (THe Futon Critic)

posted 12/11/19

TUESDAY: Masked Rider the First
Fox Ties NBC in the Demo with "The Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (3.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared the adults 18-49 crown on Tuesday as the latter served up a special "The Masked Singer" (5.757 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by a new "The Moodys" (2.231 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "The Moodys" (1.619 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

The former then offered up the premiere of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (6.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) followed by fresh installments of "The Voice" (8.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Making It" (3.089 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the fall finales to "The Conners" (5.700 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Bless This Mess" (3.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (2.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.990 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Emergence" (2.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (7.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "FBI" (6.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.719 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.222 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with part three of its crossover with "The Flash" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a special "Crisis Aftermath" (0.733 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

ON cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 705k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 674k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 642k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 421k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 285k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 205k
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/19

Buddy vs. Duff II: This Time, It's Personal
Food Network Reups Rivalry Competition
From the Futon Critic

Food Network has ordered a new season of Buddy vs. Duff, the network's highest-rated series of 2019, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The high-stakes freshman series reached over 14 million viewers in its premiere season and grew ratings more than 40% for its timeslot vs. YAGO for P25-54.

On the series, elite bakers Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake. Production begins this week on the eight-episode second season of the competition will challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. The series is scheduled to return in March 2020. "Audiences were captivated by the real-life rivalry between Buddy and Duff, the extraordinary intensity of the competition and the exquisite works of art created by these two titans of baking," said White. "As the biggest names in cake, they have a lot at stake in the competition and will lay it all on the line to prove they are the best in the business." .

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The Wrap

posted 12/11/19

Place! Bets! Now!
Bleacher Report to Launch Betting Game Show
From Casino City Times

Bleacher Report is continuing its mission to deliver premium sports betting content for its B/R Betting brand with the debut of a new live interactive game show from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book. The weekly B/R Betting Game Show will be shot in front of a live audience with content distributed across the B/R app and B/R Betting social handles throughout the week. It will feature a rotation of guest hosts starting with former NFL superstar Chad Ochocinco, who will lead the audience in games and contests immediately following the NFL's Thursday Night Football broadcast for its debut.

The B/R Betting Game Show puts fans at the center of the action by inviting them to participate in a series of fun, interactive games with the chance to win cash and prizes. The repeatable segments include 'Win or Destroy' where fans have to show how well they know a celebrity guest for a chance to win valuable memorabilia or watch it be destroyed by an industrial shredder, 'Champ or Chump' betting challenges where participants try to predict outcomes of celebrity challenges and athletic contests, and regular on-the-spot challenges within the Caesars Palace Sports Book like 'Get the Picture' or 'Over/Under.'

The addition of a new show to the B/R Betting portfolio comes as video views have increased by four times over the past two months, averaging 13.3 million views per month across all platforms. It will join other series' including Your Fantasy Fire Drill and the B/R Betting Show, and will be hosted by Kelly Stewart and Cabbie Richards.

"When we launched our partnership with Caesars Entertainment almost a year ago, it was with this type of content in mind. Something that can engage fans at the most iconic sports book in the world, while providing B/R Betting compelling programming that can be distributed to our hyper-engaged fanbase," said Sam Toles, chief content officer of Bleacher Report. "The B/R Betting Game Show reflects the B/R voice in a unique format that we know audiences will love.".

Casino City Times

Las Vegas Review Journal

posted 12/11/19


The Wrap

PHILIP McKEON: 1964-2019
"Alice" Actor Played "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Philip McKeon, the former child actor who played young Tommy Hyatt on the 1976-1985 CBS sitcom Alice, died today in Texas after a long illness. The elder brother of Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon was 55.

His death was announced by family spokesman Jeff Ballard.

"We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil's passing," Ballard said in a statement. "His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life."

McKeon would go on to appear in such TV series as The Love Boat, Amazing Stories and Favorite Son but is best known for his first role as the precocious son of the title character in Alice. Linda Lavin starried as a recently widowed mother who relocates with her son from New Jersey to Phoenix and makes ends meet as a waitress while trying to launch a singing career. The series bounced around the CBS schedule during its first two seasons but became a hit as the lead-out of All in the Family on Sunday nights in October 1977. It was among primetime's top 10 series in four of the next five seasons, falling to No. 13 overall in 1978-79 but climbing to No. 4 the following year. It wrapped in 1985, having endured more than a dozen time-slot changes.

McKeon appeared in more than half of the 202 episodes of Alice, which was the TV adaptation of Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). The Tommy Hyatt role was played in the film by Alfred Lutter, who reprised the role in the Alice pilot before being replaced by McKeon.

He also appeared on TV game shows including The Hollywood Squares and The $100,000 Pyramid and later worked for 10 years in the news department at Los Angeles radio outlet KFWB-AM. He then moved to Wimberly, Texas, where he spent the past several years hosting a local radio show.

McKeon also had small roles on the big screen in films including Sandman, Red Surf and 976-EVIL II.

He is survived by mother, Barbara, and sister, Nancy..

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 12/11/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Race of Their Own"

  • The Vivienne, Baga Chipz get their own "Drag Race UK" spin-off (Digital Spy)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Usos get "Wild'n Out" (The Wrap)

  • Tyler Crispen & Angela Rummans are moving... just a couple counties over (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 2019's most watched cable networks. Comedy.TV is dead last. (The Wrap)

  • Old and busted: Trivia apps. New hotness: puzzle books (iNews)

  • Joel McHale is made of Star stuff (TV Line)

  • Would you like Meghan Markle's briefcase? (Insider)

  • For the last, final, and ultimate time, Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown ARE NOT HAPPENING (Us Magazine)

  • Nick Cannon just needs to put the beef all the way away.(The Wrap).

  • JP Rosenbaum diagnosed with Guillan-Barre Syndrome (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown says.... words. (Entertainment Tonight)

posted 12/11/19

MONDAY: Merry Bleeping Christmas...
"The Voice" Beats "Shazam" for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Making It" (2.582 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

ABC (4.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.129 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.948 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "All Rise" (5.228 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by a repeat "Bull" (4.456 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up a special "Beat Shazam" (1.998 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), night two of "The Moodys" (1.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "The Moodys" (1.196 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the night with part two of its crossover on "Batwoman" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and the fall finale of "Black Lightning" (0.903 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.596m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.095m
- Wrap Battle (SF/Freeform): 297k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 185k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/10/19

Netflix Has a Passion for "Fashion"
"Next in Fashion" Launches January 29
From Broadway World

Next In Fashion is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world's best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

Hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, Next in Fashion begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is Executive Produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-Executive Producer Adam Cooper.

Broadway World

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British Vogue

posted 12/10/19

WEEKEND: Touchdown NBC
NBC Wins Sunday on SNF, While "Crisis" Doubles "Supergirl" Numbers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.520 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.108 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.266 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #T2).

CBS (11.722 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got a huge spark from its "NFL Overrun" (26.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) followed by a new "60 Minutes" (16.515 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), the fall finales of "God Friended Me" (7.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.423 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus the series finale of "Madam Secretary" (5.331 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.815 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its presentation of "Miss Universe 2019" (3.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), the special "America's Funniest Home Videos: This Is You!" (3.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Shark Tank" (2.639 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and the fall finale of "The Rookie" (3.669 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its crossover premiere of "Supergirl" (1.673 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by "Crisis Aftermath" (0.695 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.089m
- Kids Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.052m
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 981k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/10/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Watching Steve"

  • Steve Harvey returns his talk show on Facebook Watch (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Next week, TPIR brings back the pets (YouTube)

  • FIRST LOOK: The Circle (Netflix, January 1) (The Futon Critic)

  • Old and busted: Trivia apps. New hotness: puzzle books (iNews)

  • Katie & Chris (Reality TV World)... Corinne & some guy (Us)...they're all over.

  • FIRST LOOK: "Masked Singer" season 3 is going to be... appealing? (The Wrap).

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Jeopardy: GOAT" (Good Morning America)

  • CUE ZOMBIES: TPIR Bingo is going bye bye (Facebook)

posted 12/10/19


Today Show

CAROLL SPINNEY: 1933-2019
Actor/Puppeteer Brought Characters to Games
From The Wrap

Caroll Spinney, the man who played "Sesame Street" icon Big Bird for 50 years, died on Sunday at his Connecticut home at the age of 85.

His passing was announced by Sesame Workshop.

"Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define 'Sesame Street' from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending," The Sesame Workshop said in lengthy statement on their website. "His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while."

Spinney received five Daytime Emmy Awards during his career on "Sesame Street," where he played the shy but curious Big Bird in a full-body puppet suit and performed more traditional puppeteering as the trashcan denizen Oscar the Grouch. He also received a lifetime achievement award in 2006 from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a U.S. postage stamp, and named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress..

Spinney retired from "Sesame Street" in October 2018, having been previously diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably. He handed over Big Bird's role to puppet captain Matt Vogel, who also now provides the voice of Kermit the Frog.

During his tenure, Big Bird appeared on "What's My Line?" and "The Hollywood Squares" among others. Oscar the Grouch was a Mobster on the original "1 vs. 100" for NBC.

Spinney is survived by his wife, Debra, three children and four grandchildren.

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Detroit Free Press

posted 12/6/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Year in Jeopardy!"

  • From Alex's diagnosis to James Holzhauer: 2019 was the year of Jeopardy! (B&C)

  • Nick Cannon released a diss track... and Eminem is not having any of it (Page Six)

  • Steve Harvey had TWO missteps last night... One was the jacket. (The Wrap)

  • T-Pain to return to "The Masked Singer" unmasked (GoldDerby)

posted 12/3/19


Page Six

RON LEIBMAN: 1950-2019
"Friends" Actor Was on "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Emmy and Tony-winning actor Ron Leibman, who played Rachel's father Dr. Leonard Green on Friends, has died at the age of 82.

Leibman won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for playing the title role in the CBS crime drama Kaz, which he co-created as well. He also originated the role of lawyer Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's Broadway play Angels in America, winning a Tony in 1993.

But he may be best known to TV audiences as Rachel's dad Dr. Green on Friends, a role he played in a total of four episodes. Dr. Green was a wealthy, surly man who divorced Rachel's mother (played by Marlo Thomas) in Season 2 and delighted in antagonizing his daughter's boyfriend Ross. His last appearance on the series was in 2004's "The One Where Joey Speaks French," during the tenth and final season.

Leibman went on to play physician Dr. Plepler on HBO's The Sopranos in a pair of Season 6 episodes. He also lent his voice to the character of Ron Cadillac on FX's Archer, playing the husband of his real-life wife Jessica Walter. His other TV credits include Law & Order: SVU and Murder, She Wrote.

In the 1980s, he guested on "Hollywood Squares".

TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 12/6/19

THURSDAY: More TNF, More Wins
Fox Wins, "Making It" Modestly Holds
From the Futon Critic

FOX (13.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) got another boost on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (14.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.124 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its annual telecast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (4.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by the original movie "Same Time, Next Christmas" (3.709 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (5.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.685 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Evil" (3.346 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (3.125 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Making It" (1.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.066 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Legacies" (0.857 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Cable numbers...
- Project Runway (SP/Bravo): 867k
- Santa's Baking Blizzard (Food) : 831k
- Temptation Island (USA): 601k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (SP/MTV): 404k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 380k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 364k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 323k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 174k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/19

Together Again for the First Time
Viacom, CBS Close on Merger
From The Wrap

CBS and Viacom are finally, really, back to together. Less than four months after announcing their intentions to rejoin as one company, the companies closed their merger on Wednesday, beginning the new ViacomCBS era.

The merger took effect following the closing bell on Wednesday.

ViacomCBS Inc. will begin trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday under ticker symbols VIACA and VIAC.

The move puts the CBS broadcast network, Viacom's stable of cable channels like MTV and Nickelodeon, and the Paramount film and TV studio under one roof.

The two companies agreed in August to an all-stock deal that valued Viacom at roughly $12 billion. CBS shareholders will own approximately 61% and Viacom shareholders will own approximately 39% of the new company. In making the announcement, ViacomCBS touted an annual revenue of $28 billion.

The Wrap

posted 12/5/19

Alex Trebek Is An Icon
"Jeopardy!" Host to Receive Award at Canadian Screen Awards
From the Hollywood Reporter

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is set to receive the Icon Award at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The 79-year-old Canada-born game show host, as he battles stage IV pancreatic cancer, will be honored for his contribution to the media industry after returning to host the show in August.

Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy since its current iteration debuted in 1984. He has won five Daytime Emmys for outstanding game show host and received a lifetime achievement award in 2011.

In its 35th season, Jeopardy remains one of the most popular shows in syndication.

Canada's national film and TV awards, produced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in March 2020 will also give its Radius Award to Schitt's Creek showrunner and star Dan Levy, while The Good Doctor showrunner David Shore will be honored with the Margaret Collier Award.

Other 2020 Special Award winners announced Wednesday include David Suzuki to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award; streaming service Crave to get an Industry Leadership Award; Tina Keeper picking up The Earle Grey Award; and Nathalie Younglai to receive a Humanitarian Award.

The Canadian Screen Awards are set to run March 23-29 in Toronto."

The Hollywood Reporter

Yahoo

posted 12/5/19

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending November 24
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for daytime shows in the week ending Nov. 24 were dramatically skewed by massive preemptions for the impeachment hearings on three of the five weekdays.

In fact, the preemptions were so extensive that some programs counted only two days — Monday and Friday — in their weekly averages.

In access, Jeopardy, without super contestant James Holzhauer competing, declined 13% to a 6.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and landed in a three-way tie for first place with Wheel of Fortune and season-to-date leader Judge Judy, although Judy was tops in the key women 25-54 demo..

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -13%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 NC
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 +13%
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 12/5/19

More on the Gabrielle Union/Julianne Hough "AGT" Departure
Pair of Judges Will Not Return for Season 15
From the Wrap

Julianne Hough is breaking her silence on her and Gabrielle Union's sudden departures from America's Got Talent.

In an appearance on Today's third hour Thursday, Hough did not respond directly when asked by host Craig Melvin what her own experience was as a judge on NBC's hit summer competition series.

"I commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation," said the Dancing With The Stars judge, who is set to star with her brother Derek in two NBC Christmas specials. "I'm also really proud of NBC as well for showing up and starting a narrative, and that's what's going to change the workplace and the paradigm that we've been working in for many, many years, and it's shifting, and I think that's really, really exciting."

Hough's comments refer to a sit-down Wednesday between NBC and Union to address her departure and to look at ways to improve the culture and atmosphere on the show. Both sides called the meeting "candid and productive."

Hough added that, "Life is crazy and sometimes you can't control things, and when obstacles come your way you have to be graceful about it and have integrity. I think that people with authenticity and integrity will create change."

Hough said she hasn't spoken to Union since they left the show. "I have reached out. I think we both have been very busy," she said. "Hopefully, when I get back to LA later this afternoon we can have a conversation."

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will not be returning as judges for Season 15 of "America's Got Talent," an individual with knowledge of the situation confirms. Shortly after, sources told entertainment news site LoveBScott that there was a racist and sexist culture behind the scenes, alleging that Union was fired for bringing "problematic" on-set situations to light.

Variety also published follow-up reports about a toxic culture at the show.

NBC, Fremantle and production company Syco released the following joint statement on Sunday, Dec. 1: "We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate."

No word yet as to their replacements, although executive producer and judge Simon Cowell is expected to return, as well as long-time judge Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews.

Both Union and Hough joined the show in January 2019 when former judges Heidi Klum and Mel B exited due to other commitments.

Time's Up, the women's advocacy network, has weighed in on the much-talked-about and controversial dismissal of Union from NBC's America's Got Talent after she called out incidents of workplace toxicity she encountered and witnessed while she was a judge on the reality competition series.

"Gabrielle Union's experience at America's Got Talent is exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work," said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time's Up Now in a statement. "Not only did Union reportedly endure and witness racist and inappropriate behavior – including racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance – but it also appears she was punished for speaking out: the company labeled her as 'difficult' before ousting her from the show altogether."

Interestingly, despite reports of a negative work environment at AGT, Hough denied to Variety that she had experienced toxic behavior while on the show: "I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent… working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."

Elsewhere, NBC now has a potential labor landmine under its feet with Union's forced-march exit from America's Got Talent. Just hours after the Comcast-owned network finally put out a statement that seemed to recognize the gravity of the situation and the allegations of racial and other discriminatory practices at work on the Simon Cowell-created competition series, SAG-AFTRA has turned a new spotlight on the matter."

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posted 12/5/19

WEDNESDAY: Return of the Mask
Fox Wins Demo with Return of "The Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back on top in adults 18-49 thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (6.507 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Moodys" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and a second "The Moodys" (2.386 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Second place then went to NBC (5.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with the "87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (6.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "Making It" (2.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.498 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "SEAL Team" (5.429 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) plus a repeat "SWAT" (4.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.081 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Schooled" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.789 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Single Parents" (2.581 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Stumptown" (2.922 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.702 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.685 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Cable numbers...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 816k
- Man vs. Bear (P/Discovery): 952k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 759k
- The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle (Food): 685k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 258k .

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posted 12/5/19

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posted 12/5/19

A Long Time Ago in a Game Show Far Far Away
Ahmed Best to Host "Jedi Temple Challenge" for Disney+
From the Verge

Hot off the success of Baby Yoda, Disney has ordered a new Star Wars show for its Disney+ streaming service, but this one seemingly shares more in common with American Ninja Warrior than The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge is described by Disney as a test of "strength, knowledge, and bravery" as contestants face off in a series of different obstacles "in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight."

Hosted by Ahmed Best, best known for playing Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, the show will pit players against different challenges in three different locations: a forest planet, a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple.

"A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+," said Dan Silver, vice president of unscripted originals at Disney+, in a press release.

Disney+ currently has a number of unscripted original series, including The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Kristen Bell's Encore. Jedi Temple Challenge will mark the first kid-focused game show on the platform.

Adding the show to Disney+'s catalog comes at a time when competitors like Netflix are trying to find more game shows for its streaming services. There still aren't many details about how the show will operate — for example, Disney hasn't said how many contestants will participate — but the show will premiere in 2020."

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posted 12/4/19

TUESDAY: You're a Mean One...
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.546 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on a competitive Tuesday with its mix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (5.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming" (3.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "The Voice" (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Making It" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

ABC (5.485 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second with its duo of "Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special" (6.292 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "CMA Country Christmas" (5.082 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (3.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) shared the silver with fresh installments of "The Resident" (4.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Empire" (2.554 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (7.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "FBI" (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with a new "The Flash" (1.334 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the fall finale of "Arrow" (0.831 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 709k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 686k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 650k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 351k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 244k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 224k .

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posted 12/4/19

MONDAY: Happy December
NBC Wins December on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the fall finales of "9-1-1" (6.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.420 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

The silver then went to NBC (6.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "The Voice" (7.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the return of "Making It" (2.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was CBS (5.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (7.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "All Rise" (4.557 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Bull" (4.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season premiere of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.553 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and the fall finale of "The Good Doctor" (6.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

And finally, The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the fall finale to "All American" (0.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.579 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Cable numbers...
- Christmas COokie Challenge (Food): 1.032m
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 821k
- Wrap Battle (Freeform): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 379k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 285k

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posted 12/4/19

WEEKEND: Thanksgiving Leftovers
NBC Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) cruised to another Sunday victory thanks to its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.263 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.766 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

CBS (9.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (18.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3) followed by its combination of "60 Minutes" (12.288 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "60 Minutes Presents" (8.135 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.191 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Madam Secretary" (4.208 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18).

Next up was ABC (3.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.476 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (3.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) followed by originals of "Shark Tank" (2.959 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Rookie" (3.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.400 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.395 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), a new "The Simpsons" (2.037 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), an encore of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.433 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.599 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.532 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (1.011 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.884 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) rounded out the night on The CW (0.948 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) won the demo race on Friday with its telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.336 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

CBS (3.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "Frosty the Snowman" (4.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "Frosty Returns" (3.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (3.405 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (4.365 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with originals from "American Housewife" (2.873 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.080 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (3.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.175 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) offered up highlights from "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (3.305 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (2.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, a repeat of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the new special "Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us" (0.834 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.887 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 589k
- Top Elf (P/Nick): 445k
- Double Dare (Nick): 401k

Cable numbers for Sunday..
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.014m
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 976k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 329k

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posted 12/4/19

Company Loves "Misery"
TBS Renews Quiz for Season 2
From the Hollywood Reporter

TBS is happy with its Misery.

The WarnerMedia-owned cable network has renewed the comedic game show The Misery Index for a second season. The pickup comes as the series has seen its ratings grow over the course of its six weeks on air.

Hosted by The Good Place's Jameela Jamil and inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index asks contestants to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on a "misery index," a ranking system devised by a team of therapists. The comedy troupe The Tenderloins — the stars of Impractical Jokers on TBS' sister network TruTV — are regular panelists.

"Jameela and The Tenderloins have wholeheartedly translated the most miserable of mishaps into absolute amusement, giving the audience and contestants permission to be entertained by these misfortunes," Brett Weitz, general manager for TNT, TBS and TruTV, said Tuesday in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited to continue our relationship with these five brilliantly talented comedians."

The Misery Index averaged 606,000 same-day viewers over its first six regular episodes on TBS (not including a late-night preview following a baseball playoff game on Oct. 15). After hovering just below 500,000 viewers for its first two episodes, the show grew for three straight weeks to a high of 745,000 on Nov. 19 before retreating some to 624,000 a week ago. Nonetheless, the show has grown by 21 percent over its premiere so far; delayed and multiplatform viewing will push those numbers substantially higher.

TBS says The Misery Index ranks among the top five new cable comedies of 2019.

Andy Breckman (Monk, Saturday Night Live) developed the show with Ben and Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Pictures. The trio executive produces with former TNT and TBS executive Michael Bloom of Bongo Pictures and Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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posted 12/3/19

Andy Samberg Thinks Small
"Biggest Little Cook-Off" Heads to Quibi
From the Wrap

Andy Samberg is going meta with Quibi. The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star will host a cooking competition about bite-sized foods on the tech platform that plans to roll out its series in morsels.

Samberg will host "Biggest Little Cook-Off," which Quibi describes as "a comedic competition series where the stakes are big and the plates are small."

In an absurd showdown, two top chefs will battle to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, scrumptious … single bite of food," according to the mobile-first media technology platform. It continued: "Can these highly skilled chefs make spaghetti and meatballs on a plate the size of a dime? Sushi on a single grain of rice? Find out in 'Biggest Little Cook-Off.'"

"Anyone who knows me knows I love dinky stuff. So when this show about dinky food came my way I said, 'I like the dinky food,'" Samberg, who is also an executive producer, said in a statement. "I'm excited to bring my expertise in dinky things to the dinky cooking arena, and I'm also excited to bring a bag lunch, because the food is so dinky I'm for sure going to still be hungry after the shows."

Michael Rosenstein, Stephen Kroopnick and Stu Schreiberg will executive produce alongside Samberg. The series is produced by Triage Entertainment, a Levity Live company.

Quibi launches on April 6, 2020.

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posted 12/2/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Unreality TV"

  • Cheryl Burke believes "Dancing" lost its authenticity (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Flirty Dancing (Fox) previews after football (Reality TV World)

  • Silas Gaither charged with rape (Jezebel)

  • Joel McHale returning to "Card Sharks" (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Austin Rogers (The AV Club)

posted 12/3/19

WEDNESDAY: Game of Sweeps
CBS Wins Final Night of Sweeps
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.826 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its trio of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "SWAT" (5.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

NBC (3.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its specials "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (3.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (5.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Modern Family" (2.861 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.350 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Stumptown" (2.112 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Almost Family" (1.367 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.829 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12.

Cable numbers...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.042m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 801k
- The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle (SP/Food): 749k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 718k
- America Says (GSN): 485k

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posted 12/2/19


AP

GARY RHODES: 1950-2019
British Chef Hosted "Hell's Kitchen UK", "MasterChef USA"
From Deadline

British TV chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59 during a break in filming on a new show for UK broadcaster ITV.

Rhodes's death was confirmed in a statement issued by his family, who said: "The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. "Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."

Rhodes presented the BBC version of MasterChef in 2001, MasterChef USA for PBS and featured on the British edition of Hell's Kitchen for ITV in 2005. He also hosted a number of his own series for the BBC, such as Gary Rhodes' Cookery Year and Gary Rhodes At The Table, as well as appearing as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

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SHELLEY MORRISON: 1936-2019
"Will & Grace" Actress Guested on "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Actress Shelley Morrison, best known for playing maid Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace, died of heart failure on Sunday, her publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 83.

Though Morrison was only intended to appear in one Will & Grace episode, Rosario quickly became a fan-favorite character, and Morrison went on to play Karen Walker's housekeeper for 68 episodes of the show's original run. During the run, she appeared on "Celebrity Blackjack", "Hollywood Squares", and "Pyramid".

She did not reprise the role for NBC's revival of the sitcom; rather, Rosario passed away off-screen in a November 2017 installment.

Morrison was also known for her work on The Flying Nun, where she co-starred as Puerto Rican nun Sister Sixto. But her showbiz career spanned more than 50 years, with television credits that included Gunsmoke, The Partridge Family, L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote, among many others.

More recently, Morrison lent her voice to various projects, including episodes of the animated Disney Channel series Handy Manny.

The actress is survived by her husband, Walter Dominguez

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posted 12/2/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not Helping"

  • Dancing: Now that the season is over... did the tweaks REALLY help? (TV Line)

  • Gordon Ramsay to pull back the doors, bust open the books, and make a call for help to... wait, that's another show (Deadline)

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  • Blake Shelton says a proposal to Gwen Stefani is coming "soon" (Reality TV World)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A first on Cash Strapped (Radio Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Karen Maruyama (Broadway World)

posted 12/2/19

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