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"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire": September 8
Terry Crews to Take Over Franchise
From the Futon Critic
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Expendables 3") will make his debut as the new host of the nationally-syndicated version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" when the iconic game show launches its 13th season in national syndication on Monday, September 8, 2014. Crews will infuse his contagious enthusiasm, larger-than-life personality and boundless energy into the long-running franchise as each contestant sets out to win $1 million. Go to MillionaireTV.com for time and channel.

As America's richest game show, "Millionaire" continues to be the only show to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant. Since "Millionaire" debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $90 million. The show features contestants from all over the country and all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can win big. Featuring cleverly-written trivia questions that reveal fun and entertaining facts, the game offers a playful learning experience combined with dramatic suspense that keeps contestants and viewers alike on the edge of their seats.

This season will see the debut of a new lifeline called "Plus One," in which the contestant's companion seated in the audience can be asked by the contestant to come down to the stage and help answer the question at hand. This lifeline marks the first time that companions have the opportunity to join in the game and help out his or her contestant by talking through and hopefully answering the answer correctly together.

The popular "Thousandaire" game, in which an audience member comes on stage to answer one question for $1,000, returns this season, and it's now joined by two new mini-games -- "Fastest Feet" and "Team Millionaire" -- giving the audience even more ways to win! "Fastest Feet" harkens back to primetime "Millionaire's" "Fastest Finger" game; it's a challenge in which four audience members are given themed cards and are tasked with physically putting them into the right order to split a $1,000 prize. And "Team Millionaire" partners two audience members with each other to win up to $1,000.

The Huffington Post
Bustle
People
The Futon Critic


"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns September 8
photo courtesy Disney/ABC Domestic TV

posted 8/15/14

"Shark Tank", Jane Lynch Win Emmys
Creative Arts Emmys Awarded Sunday Night
From Frontiers LA
There’s still a week to go before the Primetime Emmy Awards, but this weekend saw the Creative Arts Emmys, which focus on behind-the-scenes accomplishments and smaller roles, and Orange is the New Black put in a very strong appearance.

Jane Lynch took home her second Emmy, for hosting celebrity gameshow Hollywood Game Night. She previously won a supporting actress award for her work on Glee in 2010.

ABC's "Shark Tank" won the trophy for outstanding structured reality show.

The rest of the awards will be handed out at the Primetime Emmy ceremony on Monday August 25th.

Frontiers LA
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posted 8/18/14

Sunday: Great Googly Moogly
NFL Wins Over All
From the Futon Critic
FOX (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "American Dad" (2.310 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NFL Pregame" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NFL Preseason: Chiefs at Panthers" (6.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.763 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Unforgettable" (6.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was ABC (3.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.730 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Wipeout" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Rising Star" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Castle" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, NBC (3.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "America's Got Talent" (3.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/18/14

Re-Generation
Miranda Hart Downplays Rumors That She's Hosting
From Digital Spy
Miranda Hart has downplayed rumors that she will host a rebooted version of The Generation Game for the BBC.

The classic game show, which has previously been presented by the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson, was reported earlier today to be returning next year for the first time since 2002.

The Miranda star was rumored to be in talks for the role earlier this year, and appeared on a one-off special of the show for Comic Relief in 2011.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore told The Guardian: "It will be a modern reinvention of The Generation Game. Miranda will bring a very different flavor to it.

"Her wit and spirit behind it will naturally move it into the modern era. Miranda is brilliant at engaging with people, she loves that interaction. She'll be brilliant."

Moore added of the new Generation Game: "I promise you it won't be predictable.

"It will feel absolutely rooted in the present day. Television is always reinventing things, every show has a great-grandparent that existed once. We all swim in the same pond."

However, Hart downplayed the suggestions later on Twitter, writing: "Apparently it's 100 per cent cert I am doing Gen Game. First I've heard of it. Mulling some ideas about it might be more accurate."

Digital Spy
ATV Today
Guardian

posted 8/18/14

Argentina Calls In a "Favour"
"Do Me A Favour" Comes from Armoza Formats
From C21 Media
Argentinian broadcast giant Telefe has launched its local version of gameshow format Do Me a Favour, co-developed with Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The show has been coproduced by Telefe and Armoza and started airing last Sunday. The street-set series is hosted by local sports presenter Juan Marconi and sees two contestants trying to persuade strangers to do them a favour in the shortest time possible.

Do Me a Favour was created by Itay Herman and Oded Kramer (Catch, Still Standing) and jointly developed by Telefe and Armoza.

The format has already sold into Asia, where Thai production company Zense Entertainment picked up rights in April.

C21 Media

posted 8/18/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Week"

posted 8/18/14

Double the Hell
13th Season of "Hell's Kitchen" Bows on Fox September 10
From the Futon Critic
Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL'S KITCHEN with a special, two-hour Season 13 premiere airing Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Once again, 18 new chefs from all walks of life will be tested like never before as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the passion, culinary ability and determination to win a life-changing grand prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a total prize value of $250,000. Season 13 also will feature the milestone 200th episode of HELL'S KITCHEN.

In the first hour of the premiere episode (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Ramsay extends star treatment to the newest batch of contestants when they arrive in Hollywood for a silver screen experience. But the Hollywood ending is cut short when Ramsay splits the chefs into two teams - men (Blue) vs. women (Red) - and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, the chefs struggle to work together during their first dinner service, and one team's performance is so disappointing that Chef Ramsay forces them to leave the kitchen.

In the second hour (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Red and Blue teams will go head-to-head and dig as many Geoduck clams out of intricate sand sculptures and then recreate Ramsay's Geoduck sashimi. The team that creates 15 perfect dishes will soak up the sun on a luxury yacht with Chef Ramsay, while the losing team will clean up the sand and prepare the Geoduck nigiri and chowder for dinner service. At the end of another fiery dinner service, one more chef will be sent home.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face grueling challenges, including serving a speed brunch for a culinary graduation, impressing an ultra-exclusive club with special guest judges and preparing delicious dishes for "glampers" at a nearby campsite. Also, the dinner services will be more star-studded than ever with celebrities dining at HELL'S KITCHEN, including legendary rock musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith; talk show host Wendy Williams; NBA Champion Chris Bosh; Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix; comedian Penn Jillette, actor Lou Diamond-Phillips and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the HELL'S KITCHEN title.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/14

Thursday: Last Game Show Standing
"Comic" Season Finale Helps NBC Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "The Millers" (5.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Elementary" (3.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) then was a close second place with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (3.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Last Comic Standing" (4.870 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.447 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Quest" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Rookie Blue" (5.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "NY Med" (5.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Sleepy Hollow" (1.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the season finale of "Gang Related" (2.362 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.540 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.515 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" attracted 1.877 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/14

Fanatics Wanted
Sky Orders "The Fanatic", Game Show for Geeks
From Digital Spy
A new game show for geeks and fanatics has been ordered for Sky1.

The Fanatic pits three different contestants against one another each week, testing their knowledge about a diverse range of topics, reports Broadcast.

A casting call reads: "Across the eight episodes in the series, we want to include a variety of subjects. From soap operas to Star Wars, from Manchester United to motorsport, from Thor to theme parks, the list is endless."

The series was commissioned by Sky1's Adam Macdonald, and could feature interactive elements for viewers at home.

The Fanatic is being produced by Victory Television, which has previously worked on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Tough Young Teachers.

Sky also recently ordered a UK version of the US reality series King of the Nerds, which will be hosted by Konnie Huq.

Digital Spy

posted 8/15/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Time"

  • "American Idol Experience" to close by the end of this month. So get it in where you can fit it in (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • UPDATE: Josh Gracin apologizes, seeks help (TMZ)
     
  • Bryan Voltaggio charged with DWI (WNBC New York)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lines up new talk show (Fashion Times)
     
  • Jeff Sutphen sells "Trapped on a Telenovela" (Variety)
     
  • Natalie Grant takes four Dove nominations for "Hurricane", none for "It Takes a Church" (Breathecast)

posted 8/15/14

Back to the Island
"Survivor" Editors Will Negotiate Details Meanwhile
From the Hollywood Reporter
The Survivor postproduction crew is headed back to work after a brief strike.

Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions Inc. agreed to give the crew union recognition, the Motion Picture Editors Guild announced Wednesday.

"Contract talks have been scheduled for Friday. In the meantime, our strike action has been suspended, and Survivor post-production employees will return to their jobs on Thursday," the Guild announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night. "Our picket line will stand down until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty tomorrow. Kudos to the crew of Survivor for their resolve they showed today and this important victory."

Postproduction work stopped earlier Wednesday, one day after the Emmy-nominated team said it would seek to obtain a union contract with health and retirement benefits.

Season 29 of Survivor is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 24.

Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/14/14

The Banker Offers ITV....
Glenn Hughill Teams for New Outlet
From World Screen
ITV Studios has aligned with Deal or No Deal exec Glenn Hugill to form Possessed TV, a new entertainment outfit.

Possessed TV will join the ITV Studios stable alongside such existing outfits as 12 Yard Productions and Potato. Hugill, an award-winning executive producer, has worked on shows such as The Mole (Channel 5), Playing It Straight (Channel 4), Beauty and the Geek (BBC Three) and Cash Cab (ITV). Hugill joined Endemol's central creative unit in 2005, which then went on to create successful formats such as SpinStar (ITV), 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (BBC), The Whole 19 Yards (ITV) and Pointless (BBC). He was instrumental to the success of Channel 4's Deal or No Deal as series executive producer. Earlier this year, he created the game show Two Tribes, which is launching this fall on the BBC.

Denise O’Donoghue, ITV Studios UK's managing director, said: "I am absolutely thrilled that Glenn has chosen ITV Studios to partner with him in Possessed TV. We really wanted to bring him into ITVS and I'm delighted that he has decided to work with us. Glenn is a brilliant creative talent, an ideas person, and a meticulous producer with the necessary drive and charisma to get shows across the commissioning line and to keep them on air."

Hugill said: "This is the most exciting time for TV format creation since the 1950s. Modern viewers have so taken control as to redefine what it means to watch TV. It's a bit like discovering the house you've lived in for 50 years has a huge attic you never knew about. And a garden. With a pond in it. The time is right and the fit with ITV Studios feels great. Let's get in that pond."

World Screen
Prolific North
TBI Vision
Broadcast

posted 8/14/14

Wednesday: Skins vs. Shirts
CBS, NBC Split Night, Week 2 of Skin Wars Holds Firm
From various sources
NBC (6.912 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (5.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (5.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then split the demo crown with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.594 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.899 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Extant" (5.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.242 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.701 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and another "Modern Family" (3.933 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) plus a new "Motive" (3.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "Top Chef Duels" brought 734,000 viewers to Bravo, while week 2 of GSN's "Skin Wars" held on for 588,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights

posted 8/14/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hell's Kitchen"

  • CASTING COUCH: the next season of "Worst Cooks in America" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has a surprising legacy (The Wire), plus 14 games we should never forget (but probably did) (Moviefone)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, August 19) (Vegas Seven)
     
  • "Strictly Come" age-baiting? (Daily Star)
     
  • Derek Hough is heading to Nashville (Deadline)
     
  • ICYMI: Now the whole house knows about Frankie (Billboard)
     
  • Josh Gracin wrote what appeared to be a suicide post on Facebook, but cops have since intercepted him. He's safe (TMZ)

posted 8/14/14

Tuesday: Smart TV
"IdioTest" Returns Modestly, NBC Wins Night
From various sources
While one night does not a hit or miss make, you can chalk up another solid hit for GSN.

"IdioTest", hosted by Ben Gleib, launched to an average of 452,000 viewers over the two episodes. Retention out of "The Chase" (515,000 viewers) into the 9p episode was a healthy 90 percent.

Elsewhere on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament finale went out on top with 2.008 million. "Face Off" saw 1.299 million. CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" was stopped at 311,000 viewers.

On broadcast, NBC (7.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.981 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by a special "20/20: The Life and Death of Robin Williams" (7.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (6.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Person of Interest" (4.845 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.271 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.843 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights

posted 8/13/14

Dancing with the Pros
Stars to Be Announced September 4
From the Futon Critic
The competition is already beginning for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. "Dancing with the Stars'" exciting new cast of pro dancers was revealed this morning, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

This season's crop of professional dancers includes ballroom favorites, fresh new faces, and an international champion that will be sure to bring the heat to the dance floor. The twelve dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, which will be announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the 12 pros returning to the dance floor on Season 19 (in alphabetical order) are:

- Mark Ballas (two-time champion)
- Cheryl Burke (two-time champion)
- Witney Carson (returning for second season)
- Artem Chigvintsev (first time pro, winner of "Strictly Come Dancing")
- Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy (13-time US National Champion, two-time world champion)
- Tony Dovolani (winner of season 15)
- Allison Holker (first-time pro, from season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance", wife of Stephen "tWitch" Boss)
- Derek Hough (the only five-time champion)
- Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe (first-time pro, from "Burn the Floor: the World Tour")
- Peta Murgatroyd (winner of season 14)
- Emma Slater (one-time finalist)
- Karina Smirnoff (winner of season 13)

The Futon Critic
TV Line
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/13/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Best Week Ever"

  • TCONA4... or How we spent our summer vacation (Newsweek)
     
  • Richard Osman reveals secret torment after 20 years (Daily Mirror)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Peoria November 20 (Peoria Journal Star)
     
  • Gethin Jones considering online dating (Yahoo!/UKPA)

posted 8/13/14


ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951-2014
Comic Genius Appeared on "Whose Line", "Squares"
From New York Times

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced,
Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild
inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in
Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63.

The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects
the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” An investigation was underway.

The statement said that the office received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m.
Pacific time, saying that a man had been found “unconscious and not
breathing inside his residence.” Emergency personnel sent to the scene
identified him as Mr. Williams and pronounced him dead at 12:02 p.m.

Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr.
Williams “has been battling severe depression.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost
my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most
beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is
remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on
the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

In the early 2000s, Williams appeared on ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hollywood Squares" with Tom Bergeron.

New York Times
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Hollywood Squares"
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

photo courtesy Tony Ortega

posted 8/12/14


LAUREN BACALL: 1924-2014
Screen Legend Was A Goodson-Todman Player As Well
From Los Angeles Times
Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart.

"She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York," according to family, De Klerk said.

In a statement released on social media, the Bogart Estate expressed deep sorrow and "great gratitude for her amazing life."

Reached by telephone at her Santa Monica home, her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.

Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples on screen and off.

She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York.

In the 60s, Bacall was also a contestant or panelist on "Password", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game".

Los Angeles Times
YouTube - Lauren Bacall on "Password"

photo courtesy Wikipedia

posted 8/12/14


ED NELSON: 1928-2014
"Peyton Place" Actor Played CBS' "Body Language", "Pyramid"
From the Hollywood Reporter
Ed Nelson, a character actor with scores of film and television credits who was best known for portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the hugely popular 1960s ABC primetime soap opera Peyton Place, has died. He was 85.

Nelson died Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., his daughter-in-law told The New York Times.

Nelson played Rossi, who arrives from New York City in the very first episode to set up his practice in the titular small town, on Peyton Place, the first primetime serialized drama on U.S. television.

The half-hour show ran for five seasons — and three times a week at its peak — on ABC from 1964-69. (That gave Nelson the opportunity to appear in a whopping 436 episodes.) Peyton Place was one of the first TV series to deal frankly with sex and as such didn't air until 9:30 p.m.

Starring Oscar winner Dorothy Malone as overprotective mother Constance MacKenzie (Mia Farrow played her daughter early on), Peyton Place was based on the sensational 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious and preceded by a 1957 movie that starred Lana Turner as Constance. (Lee Philips played the character of Rossi, a high school principal, in the television show and film.)

He also starred in the CBS soap opera "Capitol", which offered him a shot at playing "Body Language" and "The $25,000 Pyramid", both of which were shot, like "Capitol", at CBS Television City.

The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube - Ed Nelson on "The $25,000 Pyramid"

photo courtesy IMDb

posted 8/12/14

Monday: A Tight Race
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (4.523 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.824 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

NBC (4.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its duo of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Mistresses" (3.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.507 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Mom" (4.499 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Arrow" (0.698 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/14

Syndies: Tournament Plus Reruns Equals...
Results for the Week Ending August 3
From TV News Check
Syndication entered the mid-summer dog days in the session ending Aug. 3, while Jeopardy pulled an upset and moved ahead of usual game show topper Wheel of Fortune for the second time in 10 weeks.

Wheel slid 3% from the prior frame to a 5.7 and fell behind Jeopardy for only the second time since September of 2004. Jeopardy was up 4% to a 5.8.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; NC indicates no change from the previous week.

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.5 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

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posted 8/12/14

The Judges Face Off
Catch It on Syfy September 2!
From TV by the Numbers
On Tuesday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Syfy debuts Face Off: Judge Match, an all-new original special showcasing the incredible talents of Face Off’s Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, as they go head-to-head in a special make-up competition for their charity. McKenzie Westmore will host the high-level and visually stunning competition.

For the first time in its seven-season history, Face Off fans will finally see the judges get their hands into the clay, pick up the brushes and show the audience their creative genius. For the competition, the judges will pair up with two team members -- a former Face Off all-star contestant, as well as a former champion -- to create a pair of living chess pieces designed to appear in a colorful, stylized fantasy film. In keeping with Face Off’s current season theme of “Life and Death,” one of the characters must be pure and pristine while the other is evil and twisted.

Joining the judges to assist in the competition are all-stars and fan favorites Roy Wooley (seasons 3 and 5), Miranda Jory (seasons 2 and 5), Wayne Anderson (season 4) and previous Face Off champions Conor McCullagh (season 1), Anthony Kosar (season 4) and Laura Tyler (all-star from season 2 and season 5 champion). At stake is a cash prize for the winning judge’s favorite charity and $5,000 for each of their team members.

The judges quickly learn what it’s like to be a contestant on Face Off. Over the course of three days, they showcase their incredible talents and enjoy some friendly competition as they push each other to create characters of astonishing quality. It all culminates with astounding creations, making for a tough decision. Multiple Academy-Award winner and world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Mask, Star Trek and McKenzie’s dad), along with Academy-Award winning makeup artist Lois Burwell (Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, War of the Worlds) have the difficult task of choosing a champion.

Ve Neill is competing for A Window Between Worlds, a non-profit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. Glenn Hetrick is competing for The North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Neville Page is competing for The Orangutan Foundation International, dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

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posted 8/12/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Delay of Game"

  • "Survivor" could be delayed if editors walk out (Deadline)
     
  • RuPaul makes product placement fierce (Adweek)
     
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: Has Guy Fieri destroyed the Food Network? (Salon)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Season 2 of "Catch Phrase" (Mid-Devon Gazette)
     
  • Bryan Wong loses voice hosting "Minute to Win It" in Singapore (Today Online)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford (Western Morning News)

posted 8/12/14

34 Game Shows... 30 Years... And Now Officially Amazing
Briton Takes Guinness Record for Game Show Glory
From Express & Star
Quiz show fan David St. John is Britain's most prolific TV quiz show contestant and now he has the certificate to prove it.

The trivia-mad 64-year-old has racked up 30 appearances on game shows including Fifteen to One, Eggheads, The Chase and The Weakest Link and this week he was awarded a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

From Sunday night the father-of-two will star in a new four-part ITV show called Come On Down! The Game Show Story, which will take viewers on a trip down memory lane looking at the history of British television quiz shows.

St. John from Cannock said: "A couple of months ago ITV got in touch with me and said they would like me to do a skit with Bradley Walsh for a new documentary about quiz shows.

"I went to Manchester to film the short piece and it will be shown on ITV at some point in the next four weeks.

"Bradley was great fun and I can't wait to see what it looks like on the TV."

St. John’s love affair with game shows began in 1982 when he appeared on Sale of the Century.

He stormed to victory and won two motorcycles before going on to face Daphne Fowler, now known as a team member on BBC two show Eggheads, in an Australian version of the show.

Over the years he has won cash prizes for coming top of the scoreboard on shows such as Winner Takes All and Chain Letters in 1987, Star Quality in 1990, No Win No Fee in 2002 and Face the Clock in 2013.

This week St. John was crowned Britain’s Most Prolific TV Quiz Show Contestant and now holds the record for the Most TV Quiz Appearances.

He said: "In January I wrote to the Guinness Book of Records and I sent them clips and footage to prove that I had been on 30 shows.

"This week they confirmed that my name will be in the book which I find really funny because I am not a professional quizzer or an egghead, I just do it for fun.

"When I first started taking part in quiz shows I never knew it would lead to this. I can't wait to receive my certificate."

Express & Star
Daily Mirror

posted 8/11/14

Weekend: The Lion Rorys
CBS Overrun Helps Take Network to First
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to a two-hour "PGA Overrun" (11.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.440 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a new "Big Brother 16" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (3.653 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Wipeout" (3.210 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Rising Star" (2.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Castle" (3.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) adn "America's Got Talent" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Simpsons" (1.867 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) led into the network's annual "Teen Choice 2014" (2.573 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) on FOX (2.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/14

Foreign Food, Foreign Fighters
"Food Fighters" Sold in Four Countries
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announced it has optioned the format of Adam Richman's newest culinary battle Food Fighters in Germany (Endemol), Sweden (Nice) and the Middle East (Creative Ventures).

Endemol had previously optioned the show through Electus International in four other countries (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal). In Russia, original episodes of Food Fighters is currently airing on CTC and talks are underway for a second season.

Currently airing on NBC, Food Fighters is dominating competition drawing the largest regularly scheduled week one to week two ratings gain for any broadcast in two years. The second episode of the food competition hosted by Adam Richman was up 30% in key demos from its premiere, winning its 8pm time slot.

"This one of a kind culinary game show has really grabbed the attention of viewers and buyers alike," says John Pollak, President of Electus International. "When we first heard Tim's pitch, we knew Food Fighters possessed all the unique elements necessary for it to establish itself as a franchise for any network, and now that the show has become a hit in the U.S., we are excited and committed to seeing its potential through around the world."

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Work"

posted 8/11/14

Thursday: Back to Football
CBS Wins Night, Football Preempts Locally
From The Futon Critic
CBS (7.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mom" (7.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Big Brother 16" (7.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Elementary" (5.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

NBC (3.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (3.279 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Meet the Engels" (2.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a new "The Quest" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) followed by its last-minute flip of "NY Med" (4.850 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Rookie Blue" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "Sleepy Hollow" (2.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and the penultimate week of "Gang Related" (3.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.809 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.598 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

It should be noted that there is some inflation due to localized football preemptions.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" barely edged out the 10p "Pawnography," 2.008 million to 2.005 million. The 10:30p season finale took in 1.926 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/8/14

Wednesday: Naked Launch
"Skin Wars" Debuts Strong, "Got Talent" Owns Night
From various sources
A man much wiser once said that "one show does not a hit or miss make", but consider this a positive start for GSN's new series, "Skin Wars".

The reality show, fronted by Rebecca Romijn, attracted 697,000 viewers, the most for a GSN series since the season 2 finale of "The Chase".

Elsewhere, NBC (7.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (6.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

CBS (5.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Extant" (5.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.714 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.714 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.229 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.152 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), another "The Middle" (3.401 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Nashville: On the Record" (2.081 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.468 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.575 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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posted 8/8/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Suit Up"

  • Ryan Seacrest to launch a suit line for Macy's (People)
     
  • Vernon Kay hosts week 2 of "Come on Down!" (The Bolton News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sir Bruce Forsyth (Daily Express)

posted 8/8/14

Tuesday: ABC Rocks NBC
CMA Special Leads Alphabet, Peacock to a Draw
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.156 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to its annual presentation of the "CMA Music Festival" (7.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

NBC (7.392 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (8.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

Next up was CBS (5.870 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.792 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (4.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its own repeat mix of "Family Guy" (1.829 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.211 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (0.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.604 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.565 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.391 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.162 million. "The Chase" on GSN posted another season high with 558,000.

The Futon Critic
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TV Media Insights

posted 8/7/14

#TBT Lightning Round
... or "Viper Needs a Lawyer"

  • Kenichi Ebina to perform on AGT next week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Bob Barker reenacts his legendary whupping with Adam Sandler for "The Bold & The Beautiful" (TMZ)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Celebrity Wheel with Little Richard, Weird Al, and the late James Brown (RIP) (SB Nation)
     
  • "Big Brother": the comic book (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Scott Berlinger ("Viper" from the original "American Gladiators") is getting sued for hitting a runner.  (Business Insider)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right's" annual contestant search is on (Broadway World)
     
  • Justin Willman gets his own comedy/variety/magic show on Comedy Central (TV Week)

posted 8/7/14

Another Trip Around the Board with "Monopoly"
Billy Gardell to Host Lottery Game Show
From Broadway World
Scientific Games Corporation and participating state lotteries have tapped comedian and actor Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly," "You, Me and Dupree") to host the forthcoming "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," a one-hour, weekly syndicated game show based on the iconic MONOPOLY® brand, which will serve as the companion television series for the upcoming, multi-state lottery game of the same name.

The combination of a multi-state premium lottery and a national television game show is a first for both the lottery and television industries.

"I love MONOPOLY! I've played this game with friends and family since 1979," said Gardell. "Hosting a big game show is a bucket list level type of job for me. I've always had a big time game show as one of my goals, and to have the opportunity to be a part of MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is a real honor. It's an iconic game that resonates with everyone, and I want to see someone win one million dollars!"

"Billy has incredible comedic talents and he is also a huge fan of games and MONOPOLY in particular. We know he is the right choice to help us introduce this new game show to America and help us create more and more millionaires," said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games.

"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will be produced in front of a live studio audience in Las Vegas, Nevada and premiere early 2015. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs on each episode. Contestants on the television show will be selected from the studio audience. The studio audience will be made up of winners of the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" multi-state premium lottery game which goes on sale October 19, 2014. To qualify to win the four-night, five-day trip for two to Las Vegas, lottery players will register their lottery tickets online.

Broadway World
Deadline

posted 8/6/14

AX (Factor) S-TV
AXS Will Air UK Version in the US
From B&C
Cable network AXS TV will broadcast the upcoming 11th season of the U.K. version of The X Factor in the U.S.

The deal between AXS TV and producers Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia brings the British music competition to the U.S. for the first time. The series will premiere Aug. 31, with new episodes broadcast on Sundays and Mondays.

Fox canceled the U.S. version of The X Factor Feb. 7. The third and final season averaged a 1.7 Nielsen live-plus-same day rating among adults 18-49, down 41% from the previous season. Series creator Simon Cowell announced that same day that he would return to the franchise’s original U.K. series as a judge.

“The X Factor UK is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban said. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge—I’m confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly.”

The U.S. version of The X Factor failed to live up to expectations from the time it launched in 2011, averaging a 3.7 in its first season. Former Fox Broadcasting entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly presaged the series’ cancellation in January at the TCA winter press tour. “The show underperformed this year,” Reilly said. “Simon himself would admit that.”

B&C
Entertainment Weekly
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/6/14

Celebrity "Name Game"
Stars Lined Up for Celeb Episodes of Fall Offering
From the Futon Critic
Celebrities will be put to the test in Celebrity Name Game, the hilarious new game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip is hosted by Emmy-nominated funnyman Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Celebrity Name Game premieres September 22 across more than 93% of the country including the Top 50 U.S. markets.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants in order to identify famous names - actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians, even cartoon characters - based on improvised clues. In a competitive, yet party atmosphere, contestants take part in four rounds of fast-paced gameplay for a chance to win up to $20,000.

Confirmed guest stars for the 2014/15 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Tom Arnold (My Big Redneck), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback), Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars), Peter Facinelli (Odyssey), Vivica A. Fox (Sharknado 2), Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly), Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Tony Hale (Veep), Chris Kattan (SNL), Lisa Kudrow (Web Therapy), Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland), Kevin McHale (Glee), Joely Fisher ('Til Death), Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation), Cheri Oteri (SNL), Will Sasso (The Three Stooges), Nev Schulman (Catfish), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With The Stars), Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens), Mena Suvari (Hysteria), Scott Wolf (The Night Shift), and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/6/14

Syndies: Youth Is Served
Results for the Week Ending July 27
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the eighteenth consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending July 27, 2014.

Live With Kelly and Michael was the top talk show. Dr. Phil, which aired repeats, was second.

Game show ratings (in HH rating and viewers) are as follows:

- Wheel of Fortune: 5.9, 9.241 million (+2%)
- Jeopardy!: 5.6, 8.548 million (no change)
- Family Feud: 4.5, 6.537 million (+2%)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: 2.0, 2.652 million (+5%)

TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 8/6/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More Naked People"

  • "Dating Naked" invites you to a naked wedding (The Futon Critic)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: ever wonder what sort of person would ever commit his life to a racist Big Brother contestant? (Toofab)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP (EXCEPT THAT THE PRODUCERS DID): "Bachelor in Paradise" viewers may have been watching a deleted scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Jezebel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Todd Newton (Channel Guide)

posted 8/6/14

Monday: Trouble in Paradise
Modest Bow for "Bachelor in Paradise" as Fox, NBC Take Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and NBC (5.048 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared the top spot on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.938 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.034 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.149 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mom" (3.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Two and a Half Men" (4.306 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up the premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Mistresses" (3.361 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.628 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Arrow" (0.599 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.118 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/14

Are You Ready for Star Time?
Channel 4 Greenlights "Time Crashers" for 2015
From RTE
Channel 4 has announced details of a new celebrity game show entitled Time Crashers.

The week-long show will feature a group of celebrities being thrown into different time periods without the aid of modern technology.

Each episode will include eight stars 'crashing' somewhere in the UK in different eras from the past, where they will be fully immersed in the period.

The celebrities will have to work together in different challenges, before one becomes the ultimate Time Crasher at the end of the week.

Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment for Channel 4, said: "With Time Crashers, we've commissioned a highly innovative fusion of entertainment and British history that will appeal to a broad TV audience."

It is expected to begin filming in March 2015, and will be broadcast later in the year.

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World Screen
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posted 8/5/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going Global"

posted 8/5/14

MICHAEL JOHNS: 1978-2014
Aussie Heartthrob Was 8th in "American Idol 7"
From The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle.

The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a full-length album, 2009's Hold Back My Heart, that included single "Heart on My Sleeve."

"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," read a statement posted on the show's official Facebook page.

Michael Johns was 29 when he auditioned for American Idol — the absolute upper limit of eligibility. For season seven, Johns auditioned for Idol in San Diego with a rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Simon Cowell was the first judge to comment: "I thought that was a very good audition, Michael. You're like a white soul singer." During his time competing on Idol, Johns created a stir because he had been signed to a major label, Maverick, prior to auditioning.

Johns grew up in a family that had musical talent, describing his mother as having a "Doris Day" type voice. "My brother and sister both play piano and sing. My stepfather is a great singer too. I was always around music growing up," he told Billboard in 2008. He described his earliest musical memory, "Sitting around the family Pianola, which is a very old turn-of-the-century piano which plays itself – just like the ones in the old Western films."

As much as he loved music, Johns was an avid tennis player who dreamed of being a Wimbledon champion. At 15, he gave that idea up because, "that's when music found me and I have not looked back."

However tennis is what brought Johns from his native Perth to the United States. He received a tennis scholarship and he considered it his ticket to the States to pursue music.

He was going to attend Denver University. "I thought it was way too cold there and it turned out the coach had second thoughts anyway," he told Billboard in 2008. "I chose Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College as it was in the South and a lot of great music was coming out of there. I knew if I went to Los Angeles or New York, I could get swallowed up."

While attending ABAC, Johns met guitarist Roddie White. The two wrote songs together and performed on campus.

Johns played cover gigs in Atlanta, then joined a band call Film. They were together for 18 months and were offered deals, but the deals were for Johns as a solo artist and for his music publishing. Johns was 21 and the other band members were over 30. He described it as a difficult time and a "messy situation." He told the lead singer, Michael Sickler, that if they wanted their songs to see the light of day, he needed to take one of the deals.

Michael Goldberg signed Johns to Maverick as a solo artist. Johns recorded under his birth name, Michael Lee. He didn't take the last name Johns until 2006, as an homage to his grandfather, whose first name was John. Michael Lee was actually Michael John Lee, thus the plural "Johns."

Johns completed his album for Maverick and assembled a band called the Rising. "The label folded and my record never saw the light of day until I appeared on American Idol," he told Billboard. "Warner Bros. put the Maverick recordings up on iTunes."

Next, Johns was signed to Columbia by Tim Devine. But when many west coast label personnel were dismissed, a lot of developing artists were dropped, including Johns.

Johns told Billboard in the 2008 interview that he started watching Idol right from the beginning. "I was intrigued like the rest of the world. Kelly Clarkson was awesome and still is. I think she is the biggest reason why the show got as big as it did," he said. "She came out and legitimized the credibility of the show. Idol is the best platform these days for finding new talent."

Indeed, while Johns didn't win, his career as a singer was by no means stagnant. A favorite of Grammy-winning producer David Foster, he performed on the PBS television special, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, which also featured such music luminaries as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton and Andrea Bocelli. He also participated in many A-list charity events and appeared on a 2012 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which stars Foster's wife Yolanda.

Johns leaves behind his wife, Stacey. The couple met at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood in 2003 and married in 2007.

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Michael Johns
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posted 8/4/14

Sunday: Waited All Year for Sunday Night
NBC Wins with Hall of Fame Game
From the Futon Critic
NBC (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its presentations of "Wrestlemania 30" (3.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the "NFL Hall of Fame Game" (7.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (6.160 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Unforgettable" (5.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Reckless" (4.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Wipeout" (3.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and a special two-hour "Rising Star" (3.530 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), "Bob's Burgers" (1.433 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.292 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Family Guy" (2.524 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and another "American Dad" (2.113 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) on FOX (2.012 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Top Model"
Second Guys & Girls Edition Bows on CW August 18
From the Futon Critic
Cycle 21 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, will premiere Monday, August 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET), featuring seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. The fourteen finalists were announced today representing regions from all across the US and Canada.

The panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and the viewing public, will be joined by beloved runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. "Miss J.") making his return to the show to determine who stays and who goes in the competition. This is the second "Guys and Girls" edition of the popular series that debuted in 2003. Also joining Cycle 21 as photo shoot creative consultant is the sought-after photographer Yu Tsai, who has worked with some of the entertainment industry's most talented models, actors and musicians.

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes returning prize suppliers Nylon Magazine, GUESS and Next Model Management. The winner will receive prizes including: a $100,000 cash prize from GUESS, whose advertising campaigns have launched many modeling careers; a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine and a modeling contract with Next Model Management.

During production this past spring, fans once again had the opportunity to vote online and via mobile to choose their favorite contestants based on a variety of photo shoots. The contestants who had already been eliminated had the opportunity to return to the competition via votes on their photo shoot pictures, which allowed the audience the chance to save their favorite model.*

Original episodes of TOP MODEL will air on Mondays for six weeks, with encores airing Fridays (9:00-10:00pm ET). Beginning October 3, original episodes will move to the Friday (9:00-10:00pm ET) timeslot.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Wizard Wars"
Catch It on Syfy August 19
From the Futon Critic
Syfy debuts an exciting new six-episode competition series, Wizard Wars, on Tuesday, August 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, introducing bright and innovative young magicians who must impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects.

Innovation takes center stage as the magicians transform objects such as dog treats, leaf blowers, a pirate's costume and garden gnomes into engaging magic performances before a live audience. Each episode begins with two teams of magicians going head-to-head with a limited amount of time to create an original routine. The winning team will then enter "The Wizard War" and compete against the expert "home team" of world-renowned "Wizards" to battle it out for bragging rights, and a $10,000 prize.

Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi, YouTube sensation and contemporary street illusionist Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits will compete as the home team. These masterful performers and magic creators cover every discipline in magic from sleight of hand to large-scale stage illusion.

Joining the legendary Penn & Teller on the judging panel is the 2012 winner of BBC's The Magicians, Jason Latimer, and popular web host Christen Gerhart .

The series premiere features two edgy young American magic creators, Kyle Marlett of Las Vegas, NV and Dalton Wayne of Columbus, OH, against a team of Canada's best illusionists, Chris Funk and Ekaterina. Their challenge is to take Spam and Super Soakers and incorporate them into a fresh magic performance.

With each episode the magicians will be challenged to continue to push magic to new and greater heights, and the world will be one step closer to discovering the next great contemporary magician. The series is hosted by Ellen Fox.

Wizard Wars is produced by A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen). Executive producers are Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Discovery Looking for "America's Smartest"
Contestants Wanted for New Competition
From The Hollywood Reporter
Discovery Channel has picked up the competition reality show America's Smartest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series, set for an April 2015 debut, mixes elements of Shark Tank, Mr. Wizard and College Bowl and will seek to discover true visionaries.

Each episode will offer contestants a challenge, such as finding a way to help a disabled person, improve kids' classrooms or build a smarter automobile. The one-hour episodes will feature five contestants each, until the 10th episode in which the season's finalists will face off.

"This show is a mashup between people with enormous ingenuity and imagination mashed up with filmmaking and storytelling," says David Zelon, who is executive producing with Michael Sardo. "The show is a 'what if' show, not a 'how to' show, meaning 'what if this could really work?' Not 'this is how we can build something that can work.' "

It was developed and is being produced by Mandalay Media Arts. It was sparked by a comment by Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman/CEO Peter Guber.

"This show grew out of Peter Guber when he was chairman of Sony," says Sardo. "He went to Japan and came back and said to me, 'I just saw the most amazing thing. I thought Sony was filled with engineers creating amazing technology that they then apply to their products.' He said, 'It's the exact opposite. They've got a bunch of people dreaming up cool products. Then when they have something they want to take to market, they give it to the engineers and say, 'Figure out how to make this work.' "

The contestants will be chosen for their story and background. So when the challenge is to improve emergency rooms, it could be a former E.R. doctor or a family member of someone who almost died because of what happened in an emergency room.

"We're going to ask these genius imaginative people," says Zelon, "about how they would solve certain problems and let them solve it with ideas that we can make work through the storytelling and filmmaking — not necessarily because the technology exists."

Zelon is making his first foray into television after producing a number of movies, including Soul Surfer and the upcoming When the Game Stands Tall.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Telemundo Wraps Production on "Top Chef Estrellas 2"
Ingrid Hoffmann Returns to Host
From TV by the Numbers
 “Top Chef Estrellas,” Telemundo’s Sunday primetime culinary competition, wrapped up production of a hotter, tastier and extended second season, now featuring a total of ten celebrities competing for the “Top Chef” title and a total of $100,000 awarded to charities of their choice. Shot in Boston, Massachusetts and produced by Emmy award-winning production house Magical Elves, this new edition is hosted by renowned TV personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, in her debut on Telemundo. Leading Hispanic chefs, Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, return as judges joined by prominent celebrities from the world of entertainment, music and sports.

“We are delighted with the upcoming edition of ‘Top Chef Estrellas,’ a second season with more stars, episodes, challenges and surprise guests for our audience to enjoy,” said Maria Lopez-Alvarez, SVP of Reality Programming at Telemundo. “The diversity of our celebrities, together with our experienced chefs and surprise guests, will make the second season even more fun and engaging.”

Television personality and restaurateur Ingrid Hoffmann has hosted multiple cooking shows, including “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and “Delicioso” on Galavision. She is also the author of LATIN D’LITE and “Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist.”

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/4/14

"Pointless" Friend Goes Solo on "Two Tribes"
Richard Osman Hosts New Quiz for BBC2
From Radio Times
The Pointless power couple have split up (temporarily at least) as Richard Osman leaves his quiz show buddy Alexander Armstrong to go solo, hosting new BBC2 show Two Tribes, which launches this autumn.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting Two Tribes," said Osman. "It's so simple and fast-paced, but tells us so much about what British people are like. I am worried I will miss Xander though."

The quiz will test how much contestants have in common as well as their general knowledge. Before every episode the seven contestants are asked a series of probing questions about themselves. They are then split into two "tribes" based on their answers, before battling it out in a general knowledge showdown.

Each round sees a player from the losing tribe eliminated and a new set of tribes created until just two players remain. The final two will go head to head for that day's prize.

Radio Times

posted 8/4/14

More on "The Singer Takes It All"
1 Million Log in Ahead of Friday Premiere
From Telly Mix
Channel 4’s interactive singing format The Singer Takes It All opened with 1.2m, in line with Channel 5’s Big Brother Live Eviction.

The Initial and Remarkable Television contest, in which viewers vote for their favourite contestants via an app, fell short of the channel’s 1.9m slot average for the past 12 months.

The debut episode was in line with C4’s last big interactive game show The Bank Job which aired on Monday, 2 January and also pulled in 1.2m viewers (5.5%).

The Alan Carr-fronted show peaked with 1.4m (6.8%) in the five minutes from 9.10pm.

The Singer Takes It All knocked heads with C5’s Big Brother: Live Eviction which pulled 1.2m (6.1%) in the same slot.

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posted 8/4/14

Thursday: NeverQuest
ABC's New Series Falls Flat, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "The Millers" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (3.162 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.953 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.579 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the premiere of "The Quest" (2.806 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) alongside new episodes of "Rookie Blue" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "NY Med" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6). "The Quest" was down sharply in audience from time slot predecessor Black Box‘s finale (4 mil/0.7) but matching its demo.

Meanwhile, FOX (2.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.769 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) plus a new "Gang Related" (2.273 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.576 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.621 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Pawnography led the troops with an average of 2.167 million viewers over the hour. Project Runway had 1.921 million viewers. Beat Bobby Flay premiered to 1.218 million viewers. Snack-Off ran under with 642,000.

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posted 8/1/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Live with Regis"

  • Regis Philbin plays the Life Expo in Chattanooga September (Chattanooga Times-Free Press)
     
  • Dexter Roberts reveals he has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (People)
     
  • Kirstie Alley tweets strange message to Maks Chmerkovskiy (Us Magazine)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor premiere, Big Brother finale to run 90 minutes September 24 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: everything I learned about retirement, I learned from Betty White. (Huffington Post) and 5 things to take away from "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with GSN VP Programming Amy Introcaso-Davis (Deadline), Gethin Jones (Digital Spy) and Dick DeBartolo (PRI)

posted 8/4/14

The World's A Stage?
Report: Simon Cowell to Plan "Got Talent World Stage"
From the Mirror
Simon Cowell is planning a special version of his hit Got Talent show – with acts from around the WORLD.

Got Talent World Stage Live will take place in Mumbai in December featuring top Bollywood stars and other acts that have been successful around the globe.

It will be officially announced tomorrow and is expected to be broadcast on India's Colors TV channel, as well as possibly being screened in other countries.

A source close to Cowell said: “India's Got Talent is a huge show and this global version of the show will be a spin off that will pull in millions of viewers and attract attention from around the world.

“Simon is giving the show his full backing and thinks it will be great to get the best of the talent from around the world all on one show. It sounds unmissable.”

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is in negotiations to host the show, which is being masterminded by Rav Singh, director of RFS Entertainment.

Mirror

posted 8/1/14

Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"; GSN to Show in 2015
From TV NewsCheck
The syndicated trivia game show Let’s Ask America kicks off its third season on Sept. 8 with new host, comedian and one-time MTV VJ Bill Bellamy.

Bellamy, who has guest co-hosted shows such as CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and Entertainment Tonight, replaces Kevin Pereira.

On the half-hour, prime access show, Bellamy will interact with contestants who play the game from home via internet web video.

“I look forward to working with the great executives at Telepictures and Scripps and taking the show to the next level,” said Bellamy in a statement. “Our contestants are a virtual goldmine for nonstop laughs. I can’t wait to interact with them. Our audiences can look forward to great entertainment from Let’s Ask America every day.”

Let’s Ask America is from station group E.W. Scripps and production partners Warner Bros.’ Telepictures and the late Jim Paratore’s paraMedia. The show is distributed by MGM Domestic Television Distribution.

In January, the show will add a cable run on GSN.

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Bill Bellamy to host season 3 of "Let's Ask America"
photo courtesy BillBellamy.com

posted 8/1/14

Tuesday: America's Got Google
Google Searches Equal Votes This Season. Result: #1 for NBC
From the Futon Critic
Google searches for “America’s Got Talent,” starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show’s contestants — the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices.

NBC has enjoyed strong ratings with “Talent” this summer, and the Peacock is hoping the Google tie-in will push even more viewers to tune in live to the variety show as it enters the final rounds.

NBC (8.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to week two of "Food Fighters" (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (10.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.837 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Person of Interest" (4.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.128 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.643 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The concept is not new: Google earlier this year ran a similar execution for Fox’s “American Idol,” allowing viewers to vote for contestants from search pages.

Meanwhile, on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.841 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.052 million.

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posted 8/1/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Hunger Game Show Host"

  • Vernon Kay dresses as Katniss Everdeen. Why, we'll never know (Digital Spy)
     
  • Ken Jennings plays the Slate News Quiz. Because Ken Jennings. (Slate)
     
  • ITV1 asks "The 21st Question" between seasons of "The Chase" (Carrick Today)
     
  • Bill Daily: a look back at a career (C-Note: still alive, thank goodness) (CBS DFW)
     
  • Vin Scully to return for season 66 with the Dodgers. (ESPN)

posted 8/1/14

Wednesday: Fool Me Once
"Penn & Teller" Score for CW, NBC Tops
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a "America's Got Talent" (6.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.608 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared top demo honors with its revised lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Extant" (5.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.493 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.059 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (3.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), another "The Middle" (3.278 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and a new "Motive" (3.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, the premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.546 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
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posted 7/31/14

Family Feud & Friends 2: The Second One
Ludia's New App Now Available
From Broadway World
The time has come gamers! Ludia and FremantleMedia North America are proud to bring the highly anticipated sequel, Family Feud & Friends 2 to iOS, Android and Facebook. Now available, players can enjoy the sequel to the ultimate social gaming experience.

“Family Feud is one of America's highest rated and loved game shows, and we are pleased to offer its fans extended hours of trivia fun with our mobile game. Following the huge success of Family Feud & Friends, whose fan base is now over 33 million players, we are excited to bring gamers a sequel that is loaded with exciting new features," said Alex Thabet, President and CEO of Ludia Inc. "Family Feud & Friends 2 will offer gamers a true cross-platform experience, available now on iOS, Android and for the first time, Facebook.”

Are you up for the challenge? Players will not only enjoy new graphics, but also all new surveys and twists allowing them to boost their scores. Contestants will find out who the best Family Feud player is by challenging their friends, family and the larger Family Feud community in head-to-head competition. An all new tournament mode has also been added where players can compete against seven other contestants to become the tournament champion and win numerous coins.

Family Feud & Friends 2 Gameplay Features:

* The ability to directly challenge friends and family or anyone from the larger Family Feud & Friends 2 community.
* A brand new tournament mode: play live against seven other players in an exciting tournament. Make your way through the three rounds and win the final face-off for tons of rewards.
* New, stunning graphics highlighting your favorite elements of the TV show - Family Feud has never looked so good.
* Complete new set of surveys.
* New power-ups to boost your chances of scoring more points.
* Enhanced predictive text input and auto spell checker to make typing answers faster than ever.

Broadway World

posted 7/31/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "They Didn't Tweet in the Middle Ages, Did They?"

  • FULLY LOADED: Live tweet with the Paladins during "The Quest" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Chris Hardwick hosts the mother of all "Doctor Who" viewing parties for BBC America. POINTS! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Arthur Chu talks about mimicking "a Chinese accent" as a voice actor (Colorlines)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Rising Star" is heading to the UK (Telly Mix)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Nothing about this "Bachelorette" video from Fox News is a shock (E!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Barcus Slonima. (Las Vegas Weekly)

posted 7/31/14

Jeff Gaspin to Handle the Truth
FremantleMedia to Shop "To Tell the Truth" for Primetime
From Deadline
To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly.

Created by Bob Stewart, To Tell The Truth launched in the U.S. in 1956 and has gone through several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, airing a total of 25 seasons to date, with its most recent run ending in 2001. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. After asking questions, the celebrities take turns identifying who they believe is telling the truth.

Former NBC chairman Gaspin, a To Tell The Truth fan, tracked down the format to FremantleMedia, which owns the rights. He also brought in longtime collaborator Moll. The two, along with Gay Rosenthal, created and produced one of VH1′s signature series, Behind The Music. Executive producing To Tell The Truth with Gaspin and Moll are FMNA’s Thom Beers and Toby Gorman.

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Jeff Gaspin is looking to revive "To Tell the Truth"
photo courtesy FremantleMedia North America

posted 7/30/14

Syndies: Dog Days
Results for the Week Ending July 29
From TV NewsCheck
Dr. Phil returned to the top of the talkers in the week ending July 20 after a brief absence while the show was entirely in reruns. But Phil, which rose 8% and scored its highest ratings in five weeks, was the only daytime show in the top 10 to grow in the session, which was marked by heavy news coverage of a Russian missile shooting down a huge passenger jet over the Ukraine.

The No. 1 show in syndication overall for the 17th consecutive week was Judge Judy, which aired five reruns but was still up 2% from last year at this time.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

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TV by the Numbers
B&C
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posted 7/30/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Whole Story"

  • Bradley Walsh presents the history of the British game show (ITV Press Centre)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the great game show controversies (Herald Sun)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (Channel Guide)
     
  • Having exhausted all other programming options for Thursday night, NBC extends "Last Comic Standing" final to two hours (The Futon Critic)
     
  • After asking about the sex, Nick Viall insists his question was not about the sex (Us Magazine)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A beat is when a strong hand is beaten by a lucky hand. A bad beat is when it happens to you. This... is the worst beat ever. (Business Insider)
     
  • "Big Brother Israel," in a sign of the time, is the only Big Brother House with a bomb shelter. (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson thinks his replacement should be female. Says a female with knowledge of Craig Ferguson...  Carrie Keagan (Splitsider)
     
  • Steve Harvey teams with Strayer University to promote success (Dallas Weekly)

posted 7/30/14

NBC Slots ANW: America vs. the World
Catch The Season Finale September 15
From the Futon Critic
NBC will present its second annual "American Ninja Warrior" international competition later this summer with a three-hour special, "USA vs. the World." Five of the top competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will go head-to-head against competitors from Japan and from Europe in a high-stakes competition on the show's famed four-stage finals course.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila will host and Jenn Brown will co-host. "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" is set to air Monday, Sept. 15 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) with a special encore presentation airing Tuesday, September 16 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) on Esquire Network.

Representing Team USA are competitors Brian Arnold, Elet Hall, Paul Kasemir, Joe Moravsky and Travis Rosen. All of these worthy athletes are veterans of "American Ninja Warrior" and have made it to the show's Las Vegas finals in past seasons.

Team Japan will include a formidable collection of both seasoned and up-and-coming athletes - Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and Yusuke Morimoto. Yamamoto has competed in every season of Japan's "Sasuke."

Team Europe will be represented by Stefano Ghisolfi, Vadym Kuvakin, Sean McColl, Tim Sheiff and Miska Sutela. Ghisolfi and McColl are both champion rock climbers and McColl won the rock climbing World Cup in 2012. Kuvakin is a former Olympian for the Ukraine in gymnastics and is a current member of the Cirque du Soleil cast for "La Rev" in Las Vegas. Sheiff, a successful competitor on several seasons of "American Ninja Warrior," is a world champion free runner.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

The Futon Critic
B&C

posted 7/29/14

Drawing Bad Blood
Catch New Season of "Ink Master" September 2
From the Futon Critic
Spike TV's hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there's bad blood in the water. Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.' This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival. From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in "Ink Master" history, this season's competition is more personal than ever.

Each week "Ink Master" puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a 'Human Canvas.' Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Monday: The Over/Under Is A Month
ABC, "Bachelorette" Go Out on Top
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (7.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with the premiere of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.588 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

Next up was FOX (4.825 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (5.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Hotel Hell" (4.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (3.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.245 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the "2014 Young Hollywood Awards" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Sunday: Clean Bloody Sweep
CBS Wins Night Thanks to "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the second Sunday in a row thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (2.980 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and another "American Dad" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a special two-hour "Wipeout" (3.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) alongside a new "Rising Star" (3.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Castle" (3.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Chicago Fire" (2.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (3.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on NBC (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the night.

On Food Network, the night fared thusly:

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games (1.511 million)
- 9p: Food Network Star (2.122 million)
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (1.561 million)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/29/14

A Second Round of Hounds
ITV2 Releases Season 2 This Fall
From ATV Today
Reggie Yates is returning to host the horror gameshow Release the Hounds which will air this autumn on ITV2.

Filmed in a remote forest from dusk through the dead of night, three contestants and their friends will be up against some of the “scariest challenges ever endured on TV” in a bid to unlock chests full of prize money.

To locate the keys to the money the friends must all take part in a variety of horror themed mental and physical tests. The ultimate challenge for them is to out-run a pack of dogs, trained to guard the cash. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

“I have absolutely loved filming this series, I’m such a big fan of the horror genre. Some of the contestants we had taking part this series were just brilliant and their reactions are priceless, although it must be said I am far happier being behind the monitor, being their eyes and ears than I ever would be running around a dark forest not to mention going up against the dogs!”

The new series will include terrifying challenges such as a phone booth that floods once you’re locked inside, a giant jack in the box with a twist, a clown with a sinister balloon obsession and an ice-cream van that dispenses much more than lolly-pops.

Release the Hounds, hosted by Reggie Yates, will return this autumn on ITV2.

ATV Today
ITV Presscentre

posted 7/29/14

From the Truth... to a Lie
TV3 Renews Hit Series
From IFTN
TV3’s big money game show ‘The Lie’ is back for a second series. The show will again be hosted by Jonathan McCrea, and is now on the lookout for participants. Only days remain to apply as the closing date for applications from participants is August 1st.

Filming of the second series will get underway in the TV3 Sony HD Studio this September. Jointly produced as an original format by 3 Studios and STV Productions, ‘The Lie’ is an exhilarating game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money - all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.

In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase. The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot.

TV3 are looking for teams, each consisting of two contestants, to take part in ‘The Lie’ for the chance to win €10,000. The teams of partners, colleagues, siblings or best friends will have to work together and use their combined knowledge to spot “The Lie”. This is a game of strategy, risk-taking and intelligence!

Those interested in taking part can apply via an online application form on www.tv3.ie/takepart but remember to do it quickly - applications close on August 1st 2014 and filming will take place in TV3’s Sony HD studio in September 2014.

IFTN

posted 7/29/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the Aftermath"

  • Nick Viall takes "public shaming" to a whole 'nother level (Jezebel)
     
  • Tonight's edition of "Biting the Hand That Feeds You" is brought to you by Nikki Ferrell (Us)
     
  • And after all that... Santa Fe still wants to host the show! (Albuquerque Journal)
     
  • Mark Ballas, Derek Hough go from flipping dancing partners to flipping houses (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy says he's done with "Dancing with the Stars". This is not a repeat from 2013... or 2012... or 2010... (Us)
     
  • How's Eddie McGuire's poker face? According to a "Hot Seat" player... not too good (News.com.au)

posted 7/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly to be a TV chef (Eater)
     
  • "Derrick... Please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • Alan Carr wants nutjobs on "Singer Takes It All" (The List)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 best Nick games (Bustle)
     
  • I'm a best-selling game show author & contestant and friend of this site. Ask me anything! (Reddit)

posted 7/28/14

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