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Jeff Foxworthy Goes Back to School
Fox Greenlights THIRD Version of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"
From the Futon Critic
FOX is bringing back the popular and critically praised quiz show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? for another season on FOX. Executive-produced by Mark Burnett, the show features comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who returns as host.

"ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? shares so much DNA with the FOX brand that it feels only natural to return it to the schedule - it's smart, witty, irreverent and it turns the adult/child power dynamic upside-down," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company. "All of the core components of the classic format will be there, but we are also adding new twists that make it fresher and more fun for viewers."

"I have loved this competition from our first show and the timing couldn't be better for 5th GRADER to return to FOX, as there is nothing like it on television," added Burnett. "Kids today are smarter than ever and the adults who try to take them on will have an even harder task ahead of them."

Unlike the typical game show that measures intelligence, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? tests adults' lack of knowledge - as revealed by how much they've forgotten since their grammar school days, proving that older doesn't always mean wiser. Grown-ups will again find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they've already been taught, ranging from art to geography and math to social studies.

Test questions, which are derived from actual textbooks from 1st grade through 5th grade, could be similar to, and as simple as, the following:

· In what state is the Grand Canyon located?

· What are the names of the first three Presidents?

· Is 17 a prime number or a composite number?

Have you forgotten? Are you stuck? Well, in ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, the players are not alone. There is a way for contestants to be permitted to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults will have the opportunity to get some help from real grade-schoolers, who will offer what they think is the correct a-n-s-w-e-r.

Premiering in 2007, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? immediately resonated with viewers, winning its Thursday time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Teens. Following three seasons on FOX, the series enjoyed a successful syndication run.

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CASTING COUCH: Reality Wanted

posted 11/10/14

GSN Lines Up the Premiere
Catch the 2-Hour Premiere Event December 23!
From Multichannel News
As an alternative to TV’s familiar December diet of holiday-themed specials and repeats, Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will debut an original two-hour traveling game show event, THE LINE, produced by High Noon Entertainment, on Tuesday, December 23 at 9pm ET/PT.

Shot on location in Nashville, TN, THE LINE is a unique game show offering everyday people the chance to win cash and prizes for doing something that often can be stress-inducing, especially during the holidays: standing in line! Though the ultimate goal is to get to the “Trivia Vault” at the front of the line, where each contestant attempts to win a jackpot by answering eight true or false questions, many will have an opportunity to play and win just by standing in line. The jackpot grows with each contestant who fails to answer his or her eight questions correctly while in the “Trivia Vault” – so being at the end of the line could have a big payout! Unlike many game shows where only a few people are chosen to play, everyone who shows up in THE LINE gets an opportunity to win.

Co-hosts Jeff Davis and Candace Bailey help keep THE LINE lively and moving. Davis is best known for frequent guest appearances on the long-running “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and appearances on “The Norm Show,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “The Sarah Silverman Show,” among others. Bailey, formerly the co-host of G4’s “Attack of the Show,” was most recently a panelist/judge on “The Next Geek Thing.”

THE LINE is produced by High Noon Entertainment for GSN. Executive producers are Jim Berger, Scott Feeley and Michael Dietz.

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posted 11/10/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Cleveland Show"

posted 11/10/14

Thursday: Too Little, Too Late?
NBC Canceled Sitcoms Gain; CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (9.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ for the second week in a row thanks to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.183 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3).

CBS (10.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1), "Mom" (11.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (7.429 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "Elementary" (7.675 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its lineup of "The Biggest Loser" (4.733 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Bad Judge" (4.180 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "A to Z" (3.166 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.308 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (5.598 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Gracepoint" (2.976 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.559 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Reign" (1.324 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

"Pawnography" returned with 1.675 million to lead the night, leading to 1.536 million for the nightcap. "Project Runway All-Stars" had 1.396 million. "Project Runway Threads" continues to struggle with 722,000. "@midnight" ended its week in NYC with 548,000. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 836,000.

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posted 11/7/14

More on "The Sing-Off"
Patrick Stump Replaces Ben Folds as Judge
From the Futon Critic
NBC will air a two-hour holiday special of its popular a cappella musical competition series "The Sing-Off" on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT. Six new groups will compete for a first-place prize of $50,000.

Returning judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman will be joined by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump while Nick Lachey is once again set as host.

Patrick Stump is the lead singer for Chicago-based Grammy-nominated rock band Fall Out Boy. The band's first single, "Centuries," from their forthcoming album for Island Records/DCD2, has become a multi-format radio smash, quickly charting in the top 10 on modern rock and now exploding on the Top 40 chart. The track debuted at #1 on the iTunes Alternative Chart and the song already has more than 20 million plays on Spotify and 3 million plays on YouTube in just three weeks. Fall Out Boy has also written the song "Immortals," featured in the trailer and the film "Big Hero 6" from Disney.

Last year's "Sing-Off" champions Home Free saw their recent album release "Crazy Life" go to #1 on the country iTunes chart and #4 on the overall iTunes chart. They embarked on a 36-show tour in support of the album and have appeared on shows such as "Today" and "Fox and Friends."

As another sign of the influence of "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix have become a musical force since winning the third season. Since their debut in 2011, the quintet has released four EP's and their first full-length holiday CD "That's Christmas To Me,", selling more than 600,000 copies combined with three of the releases debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. Having recently eclipsed 6.6 million subscribers and over 625 million cumulative views, the Pentatonix official YouTube page is currently the 13th most subscribed-to music channel, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Avicii and Beyoncé.

"The Sing-Off" is produced by United Artists Media Group (a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Corporation) along with Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

Mark Burnett (NBC's "The Voice") is the executive producer. Deb Newmyer, Sam Weisman and James Sunderland are also executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/7/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "League of International Hosts"

  • Stephen Fry QuIts Twitter (The Telegraph)
     
  • Elvira Kurt spins off into a play November 22 (KawarthaNow.com)
     
  • ICYMI: Stephen Colbert introduces Thursday's #HashtagWars (YouTube)
     
  • Gordon Ramsay gets the riot act from PETA about Thursday's bonus trip, gives ZERO damns (The Wrap)

posted 11/7/14

Wednesday: Nashville
CMAs Help ABC to O-N-E
From the Futon Critic
ABC (16.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its coverage of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" (16.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (8.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and its trio of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Stalker" (7.276 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was NBC (6.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.619 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Red Band Society" (2.874 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, first-run installments of "Arrow" (2.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "The 100" (1.715 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening on The CW (2.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, "Top Chef" drummed up 906,000. "@midnight" have 564,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" had 494,000.

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posted 11/6/14

Chinese Kids Get a Voice
Youku Tudou License Format
From Gnomes
China’s leading Internet television company, today announced that it has obtained the exclusive rights from Talpa Holding, an international media company, to produce The Voice Kids format in China. This project will be operated by the company’s Tudou division. This collaboration combines the strengths of Youku Tudou and Talpa media with the power of The Voice franchise.

The Voice Kids was created by the Dutch media tycoon John de Mol as a sister show to the widely successful reality show, The Voice. The positive and compassionate nature of The Voice is easily transformed into a fun and enriching kids’ vocal competition. Launched in 2012, The Voice Kids offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for talented children, as top recording artists guide them with care to help develop their talent from beginning to end. There are currently 25 local versions of The Voice Kids in production worldwide and the show has become a primetime success in its own right.

The Voice of China has already been a social phenomenon, and a smash hit in each of its three seasons, garnering the No.1 viewership rating among shows in its category. The Voice Kids is expected to build on the popularity of this franchise in China.

The Voice of China Kids will retain the classic format including blind auditions, electrifying battles, and professional coaching. As it is based on an internet platform, it will have opportunities for viewers to interact with the show across multiple screens.

“We’re excited to bring this worldwide hit format to China and its integration into the Youku Tudou media and entertainment ecosystem will add further appeal beyond its already great interactive, participatory quality and unique design. I believe that The Voice of China Kids provides a wonderful opportunity for today’s kids who are very expressive and want a platform to show their talents. By appealing to all ages, I’m sure it’ll be great for families to watch together week after week,” said Weidong Yang, President of Tudou.

“I am thrilled that The Voice Kids will come to the Chinese audience through a pioneering media outlet such as Tudou. The Voice Kids has already received high ratings and recognition from around the world. With the huge success of The Voice of China, I believe The Voice of China Kids will receive massive attention and generate a huge amount of buzz for the Chinese audience,” said John de Mol, President of Talpa Media.

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posted 11/6/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Chef Irons"

  • Aaron Grissom goes from yelling on "Top Chef" to smacking his woman up (TMZ)
     
  • Merv Griffin heading to DVD (Deseret News)
     
  • Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood head to Red Bank (Asbury Park Press)
     
  • "Wheel of Fortune" slots again to IGT (Gaming Intelligence)

posted 11/6/14

Spike Has the Framework
Common Hosts New Series
From The Futon Critic
Spike TV is building a new original non-scripted franchise with the first-ever furniture design competition series, "Framework," hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common. Premiering Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, "Framework" will showcase the nation's best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity for their work to be sold by a major manufacturer.

Over the course of ten weeks, 13 of these innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges. The competitors will be pushed to the brink of their physical and creative limits with challenges that ask them to reconsider everything they know about designing and building furniture. The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation. In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges led by host Common. Throughout his career as an artist, Common has been on the cutting edge of trends and brings his keen eye for style and understanding of consumer desire to the competition. He will be joined by two of the most influential names in the furniture world today; Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

Niu, whose award-winning designs have been featured in over 300 publications worldwide and whose varied client list includes Andaz hotels, MGM Mirage properties and Esquire Magazine will speak to the contestants' designs. Gore, internationally acknowledged as an artisan who has revolutionized the use of concrete in furniture, will critique the builders on their ability to execute their designs. Gore's furniture line, Hard Goods, has been featured in Dwell, Vogue, Wired and many other design publications and won "Best Furniture Design" at Dwell on Design 2012. As judges, Niu and Gore possess a critical eye for creativity and quality - along with constructive yet brutal honesty. They will also serve to inspire and counsel the builders in an effort to bring out their best work.

No stranger to outstanding work, Common has inspired audiences through music, movies, television, books and his philanthropy. Common is one of hip-hop's most poetic and respected lyricists having garnered multiple Grammy Awards throughout his career. His tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart in July 2014. In addition to his award-winning music career - Common's work in film ("American Gangster," "Wanted," "Terminator Salvation,"), television (acclaimed AMC series "Hell On Wheels"), and his multiple written works (The MIRROR and ME, I Like You But I Love ME, and New York Times Best Seller, One Day It'll All Make Sense) have proven his status as a true entertainment multi-hyphenate. In addition to his music, film, and literary pursuits, Common has been the face, voice and inspiration behind some of the largest consumer brands in the country including SPRITE, Gatorade's G Series, Diesel's fragrance for men, "Only the Brave," and Microsoft's "Softwear" clothing t-shirt line.

"Framework" is a ten one-hour episode series created by Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media ("Hollywood Game Night," "Face Off") who serve as Executive Producers. Andrea Richter ("Ink Master") and Common also serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 11/5/14

Tuesday: Master Class
MasterChef Junior Helps Fox to 1st in the Demo; CBS Takes Audiences
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to the return of "MasterChef Junior" (5.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (3.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "The Mindy Project" (2.909 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

NBC (6.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed a close second place with its mix of "The Voice" (9.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Marry Me" (4.981 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "About a Boy" (4.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "NBC News Special" (4.270 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Next up was CBS (9.027 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "NCIS" (11.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) plus "CBS News Special" (5.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Selfie" (3.945 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), a second "Selfie" (3.419 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and specials "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!" (3.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "ABC News Special" (3.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.870 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Supernatural" (1.288 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable... "Ink Master" topped the A18-49 bracket with 1.456 million. "Chopped" had 1.247 million watchers. "@midnight" stayed up to 658,000.

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posted 11/5/14

No Points!
"@midnight" Cancels Artie Lange's Appearance Since Obscene Twitter Rant
From Buzzfeed
On Wednesday, comedian and television personality Artie Lange tweeted that his appearance on late-night comedy show @Midnight had been cancelled due to his tweets regarding Cari Champion, host of ESPN2’s First Take.

"They're now telling me I can't appear on @midnight tonight cause of the pressure they're getting from these groups," Lange tweeted. "But who cares. I love the show & it's my living but who cares. These groups have won again. All I care about is @CariChampion Truly. But I'm sure you'll be ok. You're gorgeous & talented. I hope I didn't offend U. To the PC army. Congrats! U won again! Gluten free cake!"

On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, Lange described a fantasy that we cannot in good conscience post here.

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posted 11/5/14

Technical Difficulties Threaten "Takeaway"
WGA East Threatens Strike
From The Wrap
After he hosts the Oscars in February, Neil Patrick Harris might have to cross a picket line to get to his next gig. The WGA East is threatening to strike the NBC variety show he will host next year unless its producers sign a guild contract. And if it comes to a strike, Harris’ all-around-good-guy image could take a drubbing because he’s one of the show’s executive producers.

NBC last week ordered 10 episodes of the variety show based on Britain’s popular Saturday Night Takeaway. Trouble is, it will be produced by ITV Studios America, which hasn’t signed a contract with the guild and has been locked in a bitter labor dispute with the union over reality shows it produces in the U.S. Unfortunately for Harris, he has walked into a long-running fight: The guild has been trying to get a contract with ITV for its American reality shows for more than four years, and in June it accused the company of working its nonunion writers and producers in “sweatshop conditions.”

In a letter sent Friday to ITV executives, WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson said that he is “puzzled that ITV apparently intends to produce the show” with nonunion writers and producers. “We have already alerted our many hundreds of comedy-variety members to the fact that ITV is fighting the guild and will not agree to the standard terms of a collective bargaining agreement with us,” Peterson told the ITV executives, reminding them that “fighting the guild is counterproductive for a company that seeks to solidify and expand its presence in American television.”

A spokesperson for ITV Studios America said the company “is very excited about the series … but we are not yet in production and no airdates have been set.” NBC declined comment.

Harris tweeted, "Know this: my variety show will absolutely be crafted by union writers. I've been assured by ITV that it will be a WGA show. Period."

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts an adaptation of "Saturday Night Takeaway" for NBC

photo courtesy Broadway.com

posted 11/4/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Money Money Yeah Yeah"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Price Is Right's" Big Money Week (next week!) (CBS) and "The Bachelor" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Animals can stay in "Utopia"; isn't this how "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" began? (TMZ)
     
  • Claudia Jordan opens up about bout with depression (Inquisitr)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: W-H-E-E-... (Business2Community) plus a few good minutes with Vanna (KHON Honolulu)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: six game show themes with lyrics (AV Club)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Spin-Off" host Elvira Kurt (Straight.com)

posted 11/5/14

Mr. Trump Has His Apprentices
Catch The New "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC January
From TV by the Numbers
Donald Trump, executive producer and star of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” announced on TODAY this morning the new and exciting lineup of famous faces that will compete in the seventh installment of the series. The new season will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9-11p.m. ET/PT before settling in its regular time slot, Monday at 8-10 p.m.

The contestants: Shawn Johnson, Leeza Gibbons, Lorenzo Lamas, Kevin Jonas, Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon, Vivica A. Fox, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, Ian Ziering, Terrell Owens, Gilbert Gottfried, Sig Hansen, Brandi Glanville, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kenya Moore.

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posted 11/4/14

"Celebrity Name Game" Leads... Newcomers... in Women 25-54
On Deck in November: Weekend Shows
From The Futon Critic
Celebrity Name Game, which premiered this fall in homes across America, enters the November sweeps leading the pack for new, nationally syndicated shows in the advertiser-coveted demo of Women 25-54. The daily program continues to add viewers each week, making it one of the breakout fall launches this season.

Breaking news and World Series games created widespread preemptions in the week ended Oct. 26, the final week before the November sweep. Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in 11 of the top 30 markets, was steady at a 1.2. Among women 25-54, the show sank 33% to a 0.6.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rolled to a 6.5, up 2% from the prior week but down 7% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! answered with a 6.3, up 3% for the week and year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, after tying Jeopardy! for second place in households in the prior frame, dipped 3% to a 5.9 but was still up 26% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire declined 10% to a new season-low 1.8 in its seventh week with new host Terry Crews, losing 18% from last year at this time.

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posted 11/4/14

Monday: NYC... Nonstop
ABC, NBC Split Night
From various sources
"@midnight's" first show in New York City was typical "@midnight", with audiences in the 436,000 range watching its first show from the New York Comedy Festival with special guests Jon Hamm and The Iron Sheik.

NBC (10.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was once again Monday's demo champ thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (11.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "The Blacklist" (9.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2).

CBS (8.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and FOX (5.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then split the silver as the latter served up new episodes of "Gotham" (6.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Next up was the aforementioned Eye with originals from "2 Broke Girls" (7.961 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Millers" (6.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Scorpion" (10.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) plus its special "Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts" (7.657 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.298 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.417 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) closed out the evening on The CW (1.357 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

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posted 11/4/14

Weekend: Paradise Lost
Fox Calls Off Social Experiment, Whilst CBS, ABC Split
From various sources
Fox has pulled the plug on its ambitious reality series “Utopia,” two months into what was supposed to a 12-month, 24/7 chronicle of the efforts of a group of strangers to create a new society while living in isolation on a ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Fox said it would pull the plug on its live stream of the activities on the compound later today. The show had been airing in the Friday 8 p.m. slot, although it was off the air two weeks ago while Fox carried post-season baseball games. As of this Friday the show will be replaced by “MasterChef Junior” reruns.

The cancellation is not surprising. “Utopia” launched Sept. 7 with a plan to air twice a week, in addition to the live feeds available via UtopiaTV.com. But the Tuesday edition of “Utopia” was quickly yanked due to low ratings. Fox (1.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up the series finale (1.564 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.225 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

ABC (6.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was back in front among demos thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Cristela" (5.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Shark Tank" (7.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.123 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (8.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "The Amazing Race" (5.938 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.468 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (11.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and week two of its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (7.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Grimm" (4.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Constantine" (3.124 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.128 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.161 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.812 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On Sunday, Food Network's night went like this...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.262 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.019 million

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posted 11/4/14

Two Tribes... Two Seasons
BBC Reups for 60 More Shows of Richard Osman Series
From Digital Spy
Two Tribes has been renewed for a second series.

The Richard Osman quiz show sees contestants work together in teams determined by qualities they have in common.

A total of 60 new half-hour episodes will air on BBC Two in 2015.

James Fox, Creative Director at the show's producers Remarkable Games, said: "Two Tribes is a hugely play-along game built around an irresistibly simple quick fire quiz.

"It gives Richard the chance to find out all sorts of funny, revealing and bizarre information about our contestants. With double the amount of episodes for this second run, we can't wait to unleash the Two Tribes questionnaire on the nation once again."

The first series of the show premiered in August this year.

Osman previously admitted that he expected his hit quiz show Pointless to "disappear" after one series.

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Halifax Telegram
World Screen

posted 11/4/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Case of the Ex"

  • Taylor Swift coaches a "Voice" contestant singing one of her exes' songs. And then it gets weird (Us Magazine)
     
  • "Dancing with the Stars" heads on tour December 27 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Wayne Brady opens up about bout with depression (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Daymond John not a fan of SNL's "Shark Tank" ISIS sketch (The Wrap)
     
  • @Midnight invades NYC (The Interrobang)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (Time)

posted 11/4/14

Travel Channel Is Looking for a Star
Catch Them at That's Voiceover November 9-10
From The Futon Critic
Travel Channel is searching for the next "Travel Channel Star!" Today, the Network kicks off its coast-to-coast quest to uncover Travel Channel's next person whose undeniable thirst for travel and adventure stands out from the rest. In a three-round competition series premiering in 2015 on Travelchannel.com, the process will culminate in a one-hour on-air special announcing the winner. The winner will then showcase their unique point-of-view and hosting skills in their own five-part series on the Network's digital platforms. Participants can submit their video for the first-round selection process November 3 through April 15, 2015. The announcement was made today by Ross Babbit, SVP, Programming and Development, Travel Channel.

Contestants can only submit one video and will have three ways to enter:

· Come to our first live casting call at the That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on November 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

· Come to our casting call at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. in early 2015 (exact date and times to be announced soon).

· Submit a two-minutevideo online at TravelChannelStar.com

Judging the competition are three Travel Channel experts: Jodi Bettencourt, vice president of editorial content for Travel Channel Digital; Anna Garwood, director of programming and talent relations; and Rob Pralgo, host of "Travel 911," a web series that provides tips on how to get through travel emergencies. Travel Channel's master of fun Bert Kreischer will host the special and recap highlights from the competition series in the one-hour special to air next year. Additionally, the judges will have help from fans, who can vote for their favorite videos online.

"I'm often asked the question, 'how can I be a host for Travel Channel?' Now we're giving our viewers a chance to do just that", says Babbit. "The video submissions should tell a story and highlight a location that matches contestants' travel expertise. The best travel videos include an array of topics like food, adventure, unique shopping and local attractions. But what we really want to see come through is personality, point-of-view and a distinct passion and excitement for travel."

Travel Channel is a proud sponsor of the That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo, an exciting, interactive, career event where top creative directors, talent agents and casting directors connect with new and well-established voiceover talent. The That's Voiceover!(TM) Career Expo and the Voice Arts(TM) Awards are presented by the Society of Voiceover Arts and Sciences(TM) and will be held November 9-10, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image. Tickets are available for the conference and award show at www.sovas.org

The Futon Critic

posted 11/3/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It Runs in the Family"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: "Keep It In the Family" (Daily Mail) and "Hair Jacked" (New York Times)
     
  • Anita Gillette opens her own show on Broadway (Broadway World)
     
  • Jerry Springer goes behind the "Baggage" in Austin (Austin360.com)
     
  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 55 years ago, Charles Van Doren admitted that he was given all of the answers to "Twenty One" (UPI)

posted 11/3/14

NBC Reassesses Space Race
SpaceShipTwo Disaster A Setback to Space Tourism
From Deadline
NBC says it’s “gathering information on the situatuon” after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed today in the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The fatal accident occurred one year after NBC announced it had bought the space travel reality series Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. titled Space Race, in which everyday people would compete for a trip into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The training of the contestants would be done at Virgin Galactic’s home in Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic issued a statement saying the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo.” That vehicle was carried aloft by a jet, White Knight 2; from which, in practice, it would be launched into sub-orbit. White Knight 2, has landed safely, Virgin Galactic said today.

SpaceShipTwo exploded after it was released from the jet, Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told Associated Press. The accident occurred at 50,000 feet at around 10 AM PT, during what has been described as the first major test for SpaceShipTwo, according to various reports.

Deadline

posted 10/31/14

Thursday: Walk It Out, "Bad Judge" & "A to Z"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday thanks to its annual rebroadcast of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (6.249 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) followed by new episodes of "Scandal" (9.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.522 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3).

CBS (10.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then had to settle for second place despite the debut of its lineup "The Big Bang Theory" (16.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1), "Mom" (11.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (11.015 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3), "The McCarthys" (8.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Elementary" (8.167 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was FOX (4.433 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Bones" (5.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Gracepoint" (3.338 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (4.393 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Bad Judge" (3.963 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "A to Z" (2.563 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Parenthood" (3.850 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10). Both NBC sitcoms will end after their 13-episode orders.

And finally, fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.561 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Reign" (1.307 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.434 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

Lifetime's night of "Project Runway" fared thusly...

- 8p: Project Runway: Reunion - 1.360 million viewers
- 9p: Project Runway All-Stars - 1.222 million viewers
- 10p: Project Runway: Threads - 749,000

Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 888,000. Earlier, "Food Truck Face Off" had 616,000. And "@midnight's" Halloween episode scored 521,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/31/14

Halloween Lightning Round
... or "Own a Piece of Mastermind"

  • For a charitable donation, you can have a piece of Magnus Magnusson (BBC News)
     
  • Sir Bruce Forsyth opens his own "Hall of Fame" for BBC One (ATV Today)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: "The Bachelor's" German counterpart films in Florida (Business Journal)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Minnesota gamer notches one for the thumb (CBS Minnesota)

posted 10/31/14

Million Dollar November
On Tap: Kids, Celebs, Daytime Talkers, and Ken Jennings
From the Futon Critic
During the month of November the iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with host Terry Crews, will present four fun and exciting theme weeks: "Millionaire: Whiz Kids," "Celebrity Week," "Millionaire: Daytime Talk Show Week" and "Millionaire: Guinness World Records(R) Edition."

During the week of November 3, "Millionaire" will feature a group of "Whiz Kids" from across the country. Four amazing and talented young minds will play for the chance to win $1 million, representing their hometowns of Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Baltimore and Tucson.

From November 10-14, "Millionaire" presents "Guinness World Records(R) Edition," featuring contestants who have all been inducted into the Guinness World Records. Highlighting the week on November 14 is the former "Jeopardy!" champion and game show legend Ken Jennings. Jennings is the former Guinness World Records title-holder for the "Largest Cash Prize Won on a TV Game Show." Among the other players appearing throughout the week will be a record-holding pumpkin carver, Stephen Clarke, and Robert Bretall, the owner of the largest comic book collection.

During the week of November 17, "Millionaire" presents "Celebrity Week," which will feature five popular celebs playing for the charity of his or her choice. Appearing that week will be Heather and Dr. Terry Dubrow from "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Botched" (11/17 & 11/18), musician and actor Kevin Jonas (11/19), "Shark Tank's" Barbara Corcoran (11/19 & 11/20), Andy Cohen, host of "Watch What Happens Live" (11/20 & 11/21), and also from "Shark Tank," Robert Herjavec (11/21).

Rounding out the month will be "Daytime Talk Show Week," airing November 24-28. Favorite talk show personalities also will be playing for charity, and will include "The Chew's" Carla Hall (11/24), "The Real's" Loni Love (11/25), "The Jerry Springer Show's" own Jerry Springer (11/26), Dr. Travis Stork from "The Doctors" (11/27), and "LIVE with Kelly and Michael's" executive producer Michael Gelman (11/28).

The Futon Critic

posted 10/30/14

Wednesday: That's a Season
Fox Wins on Game 7
From the Futon Critic
FOX (20.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its concluding coverage of the "World Series, Game 7" (20.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

ABC (7.064 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home a distant second place with its mix of "The Middle" (6.898 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "The Goldbergs" (6.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Modern Family" (9.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2), "Black-ish" (7.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Nashville" (5.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (8.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (8.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Criminal Minds" (10.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Stalker" (7.335 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.549 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) followed by repeats fo "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Chicago PD" (4.046 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "The 100" (1.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Top demo draw in cable games went to Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" with 1.084 million total. "Top Chef" had 1.051 million for second. "@midnight" had 580,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" had half a million.

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TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/30/14

IdioTeLection 2014
GSN Renews IdioTest for 65 Episodes, Sweeps Freshmen Class of 2014
From The Futon Critic
The political race between Democrats and Republicans shifts from the ballot box to the touchscreen when a team of devoted Democrats goes head-to-head against a pair of resolute Republicans on a political-themed episode of GSN's hit series IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib and airing Tuesday, November 4 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Democrat Andy Neuenschwander, a 29-year-old from Ann Arbor, MI who works in web content, joins forces with his friend and fellow University of Michigan alum David Abed, a 30-year-old social media manager originally from Grand Ledge, MI. They take on Republican sisters from La Cañada, CA, Eunice Lee, a 25-year-old student and Heidi Cheung, a stay-at-home mom. Which team will emerge victorious and leave their political rivals feeling like idiots? No matter what happens at the polls on Election Night, one party will definitely claim IDIOTEST bragging rights.

IDIOTEST, based on the highly popular app game, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to face off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on a giant touch screen in the center of the set, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid.

Recently picked up for a 65-episode second season, IDIOTEST is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, Inc. Executive producers are Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions, and Larry Barron and Ryan Curtis. Ben Gleib serves as a producer on the series.

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Ben Gleib hosts "IdioTest" for GSN

photo courtesy GSN

posted 10/30/14

Another Season, Another Poorly Kept Secret
Chris Soules Tapped As the New "Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic
Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, who was sent home by Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette," is ready to search for the one missing piece in his life - true love - when he stars in the 19th edition of the hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," which will premiere - for the first time in Bachelor history -- as a three-hour LIVE television event, MONDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

During its 18th season, "The Bachelor" increased its overall audience year to year to deliver its most-watched season in 3 years - since 2011. The ABC unscripted series ranked No. 1 in its highly-competitive 2-hour Monday time period among its core demographic of Women 18-34.

Chris, the 32-year-old Midwestern bachelor and self-proclaimed romantic, has been engaged once before. Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his fiancée was good, he didn't want to settle for "good." He wanted "great." While the humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427) has found it difficult to date, that hasn't stopped him from having faith that one day he will find the perfect woman for him, who will be smart, motivated and confident. When he starts his own family, he yearns for a big one like his own: four to six children. His experience on "The Bachelorette" made him realize that love really is out there, and he is confident that he will find it this time on "The Bachelor."

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E!
Bustle
The Daily Beast
TV Line

posted 10/30/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "14:59..."

  • We've just established what kind of person Juan Pablo Galavis is. Now we're just negotiating a price (Us Magazine)
     
  • #ICYMI: It happened again on Survivor... (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • #TBT: Before "Real Housewives", "Deal or No Deal", or even "The Price Is Right", Claudia Jordan was sweet on D'angelo (Madame Noire)
     
  • Amitabh Bachchan wraps season 8 of KBC (IBN Live)

posted 10/30/14

Thirds, Anyone?
"The Taste" Returns to ABC December 4
From the Futon Critic
Season Three of ABC's "The Taste" premieres on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with the search to find America's best undiscovered cook. Each week, in a fast-paced culinary competition, professional chefs and home cooks go head-to-head in "The Taste" kitchen, and the food is always judged blind. Returning this season to train the cooks is "The Taste's" all-star team of mentors: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. Tune in to ABC's "The Taste" to see who can stand the heat in this season's kitchen.

"The Taste" features no-holds barred Chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. "The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Kathleen Burns, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Smith who is also the director.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Or Another Eatery?
Season 2 of "Restaurant Startup" Starts Up January 13 on CNBC
From the Futon Critic
CNBC announced today that season two of the popular primetime series "Restaurant Startup" will premiere on Tuesday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the ten original one-hour episodes will feature restaurateurs, Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining them this season is chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Antonia Lofaso, who will help guide the hungry entrepreneurs as they are put to the ultimate test: opening a restaurant!

Each week on "Restaurant Startup," two teams, selected from hundreds of applicants, are invited to pitch their food ideas to the investors, Bastianich and Love. But, only one will receive the opportunity of a lifetime. The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and create a business plan; come up with a branding campaign; and finally, launch their pop-up restaurant. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love's culinary consultant Antonia Lofaso, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public.

Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love must each decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone's dreams come true - and, hopefully, make big money for themselves.

New addition Antonia Lofaso is one of America's most popular chefs, perhaps best known for her role in the Top Chef franchise. And, as executive chef and owner of two restaurants in California, Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, she not only has the culinary expertise but also the business expertise to help guide these contestants through the process.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Or Maybe Something New?
FYI Greenlights "Late Night Chef Fight"
From the Futon Critic
In FYI's new series, "Late Nite Chef Fight," elite Las Vegas based chefs leave behind their well-equipped kitchens and enter never-before-seen food trucks where they will try to outwit and out-cook their competition. Eight one-hour episodes will premiere on Saturday, November 22 at 9pm ET.

Based on the real after hour's chef competition that takes place in Las Vegas, each episode of "Late Nite Chef Fight" has two leading Vegas-based chefs competing against each other in a food truck they have never stepped foot inside before. With a lively audience cheering them along, the chefs battle it out and go head-to-head after hours on the Las Vegas strip. Using a diverse and exotic range of unfamiliar ingredients left behind in the food trucks, the chefs will create three unique dishes in three fast paced rounds.

The winner of the first round chooses which of the two different food trucks they will work out of and winning the second round gives the chef a major advantage against their competitor. In the third and final round, the chefs must create a main course that coincides with the previous two challenges. The dishes are presented to two expert judges, with the winner taking home the ultimate Vegas bragging rights and a meal cooked by the loser.

Laila Ali, athlete and health and wellness expert, along with chef and restaurateur, Vic "Vegas" Moea, serve as hosts. Rotating guest judges are Spike Mendelsohn, Michael Chernow, Casey Lane and Chris Oh.

"Late Nite Chef Fight" is produced for FYI by Relativity Television/Jay & Tony Show. Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman are executive producers. Gena McCarthy and Toby Faulkner are executive producers for FYI.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

The Fight Is Back On!
Catch "The Great Christmas Light Fight" on ABC
From the Futon Critic
It's the most wonderful time of the year when ABC's hit decorating competition series -- "The Great Christmas Light Fight," produced by FremantleMedia North America -- returns for a second season! Each of the six one hour episodes features 4 families from across America who work harder than the elves themselves in order to out-deck the halls of their competition and possibly win the ultimate Christmas Gift--$50,000! The total prizing for the series is $300,000. Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto (both from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") return as judges for the series. "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will premiere with back-to-back episodes on MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 on the ABC Television Network. The airdates for the series are:

Monday, December 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Monday, December 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

Monday, December 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

In the first Christmas lights series of its kind for television, 4 families will compete in each episode to transform their homes for the holidays. These 24 new families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. (Families and hometowns for each episode will be announced at a later date.)

Last season, during its 3-week run, ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" improved the Net's performance in the time period compared to its year-ago performance by 17% in Total Viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49. On its debut, "The Great Christmas Light Fight" delivered ABC's best December performance in the time period in 5 years in Total Viewers and 3 years in Adults 18-49 - since 12/22/08 and 12/27/10, respectively. On its finale, the program hit series bests in Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Tuesday: One More Game.
Fox Wins With Game 6 of World Series, CBS Wins with NCIS
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (11.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

CBS (14.215 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.738 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

Next up was NBC (7.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with fresh installments of "The Voice" (10.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Marry Me" (5.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), "About a Boy" (4.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (7.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.389 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up its special "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" (3.753 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.462 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Forever" (4.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Supernatural" (2.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) on The CW (2.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the evening.

It's been level pegging in cable with "Ink Master", "Face Off's" season finale, and "Chopped" at 1.424 million, 1.393 million, and 1.060 million respectively.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/29/14

America's Got Star Scouts
"Talent Scouts" Twist Coming to New Season of AGT
From the Futon Critic
"America's Got Talent," announced today that in addition to its multi-city audition tour, the series will offer fans the opportunity to refer their favorite acts with Talent Scout, an online nomination submission where people can refer their favorite singers, dancers, illusionists and comedians to be considered for the competition series.

Nominations for potential Talent Scout submissions can be made online at www.agtauditions.com/scout beginning today and continuing through March 2015.

"Talent Scout offers the chance for viewers to nominate undiscovered talent that the world needs to see," said Executive Producer Jason Raff. "We started this program last year and that's how we found out about Quintavious Johnson, the 12-year-old singer who made it to the finals. A friend of the family submitted his video online, and a few months later, Quintavious was performing for a million dollars at Radio City Music Hall."

"I was so determined for the world to see Quintavious Johnson and his God-given talent, so I submitted his video online," said the family friend, Jana Officer. "If you truly believe in someone's talent, even if it's not your own, this is the way to go!"

Registration for open call cities is currently underway with online auditions continuing through March 2015. AGT has just added Seattle, February 9, and Las Vegas, February 12 to the upcoming audition tour:

· Tampa - Tampa Convention Center (Sunday, November 2, 2014)
· Nashville - Music City Convention Center (Wednesday, November 5, 2014)
· Richmond - Greater Richmond Convention Center (Thursday, November 6, 2014)
· New York City - Pier 94 (Saturday, November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2014)
· Chicago - McCormick Place (Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, 2015)
· St. Louis - TBA (Monday, January 26, 2015)
· San Antonio - San Antonio Convention Center (Thursday, January 29, 2015)
· Albuquerque - TBA (Saturday, January 31, 2015)
· Santa Clara/San Francisco Area - Santa Clara Convention Center (Saturday, February 7, 2015)
· Seattle - TBA (Monday, February 9, 2015)
· Boise - TBA (Tuesday, February 10, 2015)
· Las Vegas - TBA (Thursday, February 12, 2015)
· Los Angeles - Los Angeles Convention Center (Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015)

For more information on audition cities and venues, the audition process and tips, or to submit an online video audition for season 10, please visit http://www.AGTAuditions.com/. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional information becomes available.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/29/14

Big Brother China: A Study in Irony
Endemol Sells Property to East
From The Guardian
Chinese viewers are to get their own online version of Big Brother, following a deal between the show’s maker and Chinese internet video firm Youku Tudou.

The first-ever Chinese version of Endemol’s global reality TV hit will run for 10 weeks early next year, with production on the show due to start imminently.

Big Brother China will debut on Youku Tudou, which is publicly listed in New York with a market capitalisation of about $4bn (£2.5bn), claims 500 million active users generating 200bn video views annually.

“In a market that annually generates hundreds of billions of video views, partnering with the number one digital video platform will allow us to bring Big Brother to a young audience and deliver the most immersive, interactive and unique experience to fans across the nation,” said Arjen van Mierlo, chief executive of Endemol’s Asia operations.

The show will be a collaboration between Youku Tudou and Endemol China, a new operation that has been established in Beijing.

“We are delighted to be joining forces with Endemol to finally bring this groundbreaking format to China,” said Victor Koo, chairman and chief executive of Youku Tudou. Chinese viewers are also set to get their own version of Educating the East End, following a deal earlier this month to license the hit UK documentary format to Hunan TV.

The Guardian

posted 10/29/14

Daytime Emmys Move to April
Outstanding Director in a Game Show Returns
From We Love Soaps
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Nominations will be revealed on Thursday, March 26. There's one adjustment to report:

* Outstanding Directing in a Game Show is returning. Game show writers will enter in to Outstanding Special Class Writing, as they did in the past.

More info as this story develops.

We Love Soaps

posted 10/29/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Freak Show"

  • NPH heading to AHS. And he's taking his husband with him! (TV Line)
     
  • Response to Evel Dick Donato's diagnosis has been "overwhelmingly positive" (People)
     
  • Jane Lynch just got divorced. And HOLY CRAP IS THAT THE PRICE TAG?! (TMZ)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Ken Jennings is a band. No, not the Jeopardy! champion, the band (Straight.com)

posted 10/29/14

Syndies: A Surprise in Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 19
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of October 13, 2014, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with new host Terry Crews, posted across-the-board gains from the prior week: Households (+5% - 2.0 rating vs. 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (+3% - 2.695 million vs. 2.626 million), Adults 18-49 (+25% - 0.5 rating vs. 0.4 rating) and Adults 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" was up the most among all syndicated game shows with key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54).

That was still down 5% from last year at this time.

Equaling season highs, "Millionaire" tied its top Household rating in 5 months and best Adult ratings (AD18-49/AD25-54) in more than 7 months - since w/o 5/12/14 and 3/3/14, respectively.

As for the other games, we have a shakeup in the standings... almost.

In an overall strong week, all of the syndie newcomers remained at their season highs. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with access clearances was unchanged at a 1.2 in households, tying NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira, but jumped 50% in the demo from a 0.6 to a first-place 0.9. Meredith, meanwhile, held firm in households, and hit a new series high 0.7 among women 25-54, up 16% from the prior week.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune remained at a 6.4, dipping 3% from last year. Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.1, but was up 5% year to year. Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, gained 5% for the year to its new season high 6.1, a 33% increase from last year.

The Futon Critic
B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 10/28/14

Monday: Another Week, Another Split
NBC, ABC Divide the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) and "The Blacklist" (9.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (12.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (13.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Castle" (9.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Next up was CBS (8.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) with the return of "2 Broke Girls" (8.689 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "The Millers" (7.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "Scorpion" (10.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.256 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (5.796 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.717 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.089 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "@midnight" returned to 564,000. Numbers for the premiere of "Hair Jacked" were not available.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/28/14

Friday: Giants One Game Away
Fox Wins Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (9.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 3" (9.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (6.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Cristela" (5.181 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Shark Tank" (6.895 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "20/20" (5.839 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.213 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the return of "Grimm" (5.269 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and the launch of "Constantine" (4.339 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Amazing Race" (5.549 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (11.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "Jane the Virgin" (0.891 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.078 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.984 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Elsewhere in the weekend, the "Halloween Wars" finale garnered 1.707 million for Food. After, "Cutthroat Kitchen" won over 1.266 million. Before, "Guy's Grocery Games" scored 1.210 million.

TBS's ambush game show Deal With It returned Friday night with a preliminary Live + Same Day audience of more than 1.1 million viewers for the fall premiere and encore. Friday night's episode of On the Menu has so far brought in 808,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere and encore.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 10/28/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Roses Really Smell"

  • UPDATE: Nikki Ferrell broke it off with Juan Pablo. Who didn't see that coming. Show of hands? (People)
     
  • Got $6 million lying around? Merv Griffin's estate is on the market (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro is catching another one (Inquisitr)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Taylor Swift's mentoring on "The Voice" (The Morning After)
     
  • Dave Grohl... not a fan of "American Idol" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Kimmel in the Shark Tank (YouTube)

posted 10/28/14

The New TruTV... A Lot of Games...
And They Both Premiere Tonight
From The Wrap
As of Monday, TruTV will look and feel different. The cable channel has officially launched its rebrand, which moves away from its docuseries roots and toward more comedic fare.

When Chris Linn joined TruTV as its new president and head of programming last May, his Turner Entertainment bosses asked for his opinion on ways to jumpstart the network.

“After a very successful rebrand from CourtTV to Tru and some real ratings success around a number of our shows, the evolution stalled,” Lin told TheWrap. “A lot of the shows that have been on the air over the last year or two are very similar to shows that have been on the air two years before that, and somewhat similar to shows on other networks.”

“TruTV has had a bit of an awareness issue because of the derivative nature of some of its shows,” he continued. And so the rebrand was really driven by a desire for TruTV to break out of the premium brand and to break away from its sort of derivative nature into new areas that felt relevant to audiences.”

The brand makeover would be informed by the network's success with “Impractical Jokers,” its hidden camera practical joke series. It stars Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano, the four members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, as they pull off public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras.

“‘Impractical Jokers’ was really the canary in the coal mine,” Linn said. “That was the first show that sort of broke out of the pack, was different, was more comedic in nature, was certainly more authentic and it had tremendous ratings. That really showed us that the audience was willing to evolve with us, and what we've done over the last year was really tried to learn from that and then jumpstart that evolution and go even further, so that we can continue to keep the audience's attention in a very cluttered landscape with a lot of sameness.”

The programming includes the return of hidden camera magic show “The Carbonaro Effect,” and four new fall shows: sketch comedy show “Friends of the People,” performance competition series “Fake Off,” game show “Hair Jacked,” and “How to Be a Grownup,” a comedic look at the challenges of reaching your 30s.

TV Grapevine
The Wrap
The Times
New York Daily News

posted 10/27/14

Ken Jennings to Challenge "Millionaire"
Catch His Episodes During World Records Week November 14 & November 17!
From The Futon Critic
Former "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings will be featured as a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Friday, November 14 and Monday, November 17, 2014. Jennings will take on the challenge as part of Millionaire's Guinness World Records Edition theme week as he is the "Former Guinness World Records Title-Holder for the Largest Cash Prize Won on a TV Game Show." (He currently remains the second-highest-earning contestant in U.S. game show history.)

Ten years ago in November 2004, Jennings won 74 games in a row on "Jeopardy!," defeating 149 opponents and winning $2,520,700. And now for the first time, Jennings will put his skills to the test opposite host Terry Crews on the iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," which continues to be the only game show to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant! Unlike his previous game show experience, Jennings will face 14 cleverly written trivia questions with the help of three lifelines -- "Ask the Audience," "Jump the Question" and "Plus One."

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/27/14

Men... Come on Down!
You're the 30 Contestants on TPIR Male Model Search
From Soap Opera Network
“The Price Is Right” recently launched a nationwide male model search, and all of the excitement has culminated into a web series in which America can view and later vote on the final contestants hoping to follow in the footsteps of former model Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Rogers, “Days of our Lives;” ex-Pete Cortlandt, “All My Children”). Hundreds of young men auditioned with the dream of winning the week-long modeling contract with the game show, but only 30 made it to Round One of the web series — which aired its first episode today!

The nearly 20-minute video introduces the young hopefuls, who show the talents they’ve got to “Price” executive producer Mike Richards, talent coach and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, and current “Price” model Manuela Arbelaez. This is the first of five episodes, which will continue to narrow down the perspective talent to three finalists who will be announced on the Monday, December 1 episode of “The Talk,” after which America can vote on who they’d like to see as “The Price Is Right’s” second male model.

The series airs on PriceIsRight.com every Monday.

Soap Opera Network
CBS Los Angeles

posted 10/27/14

Billy Goes on a World Tour
Fuse's "Billy on the Street" Gets Sold Abroad
From World Screen
Red Arrow International has finalized agreements with broadcasters in Australia, India and Denmark for the comedy game show Billy on the Street, featuring the Emmy Award-winning comedian Billy Eichner.

The series is making its way to Foxtel's The Comedy Channel in Australia, Viacom's Comedy Central in India and TV 2 Zulu in Denmark. The show sees Eichner confront members of the public with a variety of outrageous pop-culture trivia questions.

Ferzad Palia, the executive VP and business head for English entertainment at Viacom 18, said, "At Comedy Central, our aim has always been to offer viewers the best available English entertainment and with Billy on the Street we bring another popular and innovative format to Indian audiences. We are confident that the show's energy and differentiated format will be an instant hit with Indian viewers."

Lars Nielsen, an acquisitions executive at TV 2, remarked, "Billy on the Street has the right blend of 'up in your face' humor and fast pace that makes it a really good fit for our young-skewing channel."

Jamie I, senior sales manager for Asia at Red Arrow International, added, "We are thrilled that Billy is heading to another two continents. And on top of that, it couldn't have landed at more fitting channels—it makes for truly funny watching!"

World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 10/27/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This Rose Bowl"

  • "The Bachelor" will get its own float at the Tournament of Roses Parade (The Futon Critic)
     
  • SECOND FIRST LOOK: "American Idol XIV" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Juan Pablo Galavis & Nikki Ferrell unfollowed each other on Twitter & Instagram, then Nikki posted a slam tweet for him. And then things get really really CREEPY. Even by Juan Pablo standards. (People)
     
  • Alton Brown is bringing his food science to South Bend (Flavor 574)
     
  • Strictly Come beating the ever-loving fool out of "The X Factor" (The Guardian)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: A mother says she is allergic to Simon Cowell. And by "allergic", we means "illogically morbidly fearful." Obvious clickbait is obvious (Mirror)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bradley Walsh (What's on TV) and Fremantle Media North America CEO Thom Beers (Stream Daily)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Marcia Strassman (1946-2014) on "Celebrity Family Feud" (YouTube)

posted 10/27/14

Thursday: Football... Starts Somewhere Else
CBS Wins on Its Final TNF Game
From The Futon Critic
CBS (14.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its final week of the now NFL Network only editions of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (12.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.114 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

ABC (9.489 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Scandal" (9.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.866 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (4.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Bad Judge" (4.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "A to Z" (3.220 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Parenthood" (4.087 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.882 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) was out of the hunt with a repeat "Bones" (4.271 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a new "Gracepoint" (3.494 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.653 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Reign" (1.353 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) on The CW (1.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Project Runway" signed off for the season with 2.629 million. Afterwards, the premiere of "Project Runway: Threads" cut in half with 1.222 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 944,000. "Snack-Off" also signed off with 568,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/24/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Big Voice"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Voice" gets an extra hour Tuesday (The Futon Critic)
     
  • FULLY LOADED: "Dancing with the Stars" one of September's most searched shows (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE #2: Mark your calendars: James Corden's "Late Late Show" starts March 9 (Hutchinson News)
     
  • Here comes Zombie Boo Boo (Variety)

posted 10/24/14

Moving On Up
LMAD, TPIR Go Up Year to Year
From TV by the Numbers
CBS daytime game shows LET'S MAKE A DEAL and THE PRICE IS RIGHT posted year-to-year increases in viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 19.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% (2.99m from 2.80m), while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +6% (3.46m from 3.26m) from the comparable week a year ago.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +7% (4.89m from 4.56m) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 gained +7% in both viewers (5.72m from 5.33) and women 25-54 (1.5 from 1.4), while also posting a +10% increase in women 18-49 (1.1 from 1.0) from the same week last year.

TV by the Numbers

posted 10/23/14

Wednesday: Royals Even It Up
Fox Takes the Night with World Series, CBS Remains in the Loop
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) took home top honors on Wednesday with its presentation of the "World Series, Game 2" (11.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

CBS (8.753 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its lineup of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (9.829 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) and "Stalker" (7.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Sharing the silver was ABC (7.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and its mix of "The Middle" (7.228 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7), "The Goldbergs" (6.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Modern Family" (9.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Black-ish" (8.013 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Nashville" (5.405 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.070 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.228 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Chicago PD" (6.826 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (2.503 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and the return of "The 100" (1.563 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.033 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Bravo's "Top Chef" reined in 980,000, while "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" won the night on cable game shows with 1.233 million. "The Ultimate Fighter" gave Fox Sports 1 509,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/23/14

Mel Giedroyc Is "Relatively Clever"
"British Bake-Off" Co-Host to Helm Sky1's New Quiz
From Digital Spy
Mel Giedroyc has been named as the host of Sky1 quiz show Relatively Clever.

The Great British Bake Off co-host will head up the program, which "pits families against each other" in a test of intelligence, trivia and family dynamics.

"I'm very excited to be working on new Sky1 quiz show Relatively Clever," said Giedroyc.

"Everyone loves a quiz and it'll be great to see the families working together, putting their general knowledge and unashamed shrewdness to the test as they battle it out for the Relatively Clever trophy."

The seven-part series will air on the channel in 2015 and is part of Sky1's priority investment into its 8pm slot.

Sky1 channel director Adam MacDonald added: "We're delighted that Mel is joining the channel as the face of Relatively Clever.

"It's an intelligent, entertaining quiz - and a family affair, with plenty of opportunity for Sky1 customers to play along at home."

Relatively Clever is produced by John Stanley Productions with international distribution from Sky Vision.

After forming the Mel & Sue comedy duo with Sue Perkins in the 1990s, Giedroyc has fronted several solo projects in recent years, hosting Channel 4's new daytime series Draw It! last summer.

In August, it was reported that Mel & Sue will front a new daytime talk show on ITV following their Bake Off success.

Digital Spy
The News Hub

posted 10/23/14

Gogglebox Releases Plans for a Hub
Center for International "Hounds" Productions Planned
From Broadcast
Gogglebox Entertainment has constructed a production hub in Lithuania and is eying a base in South America after securing a slew of international sales for horror gameshow Release The Hounds.

The format, in which contestants must complete a series of terrifying night-time challenges in a forest before escaping a pack of dogs, has been picked up by broadcasters in Russia, Netherlands, Peru and Lithuania.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT)- backed Gogglebox partnered with Paprika Latino, part of European broadcaster MTG, to build a dedicated set in a square mile of Lithuanian forest. This was used to film the Swedish and Danish versions of the show and will now provide the setting for the Lithuanian and Russian adaptations.

The UK version was filmed at a separate Hampshire location.

Gogglebox co-founder Mat Steiner said creating the European hub resulted in editorial and logistical benefits.

“If you can get it right, the turn-key solution is a brilliant model. From an editorial point of view, it helps to ensure an exceptionally high level of quality and it also means we only have to train a single pack of dogs,” he added.

Economies of scale have also allowed Gogglebox to be more flexible when negotiating the price of format deals with broadcasters and producers.

Producer Paprika Latino has finished filming a Lithuanian version for MTG-owned broadcaster TV3, with Gogglebox consulting throughout the production process.

The SPT indie will provide the same support to Russia’s Peretz TV and other production partners in the future. Filming has now taken a break for winter and the production hub will open again early next year.

A Peruvian version for America TV could be shot in South America if Steiner can “hit a tipping point and secure two or three more broadcasters”.

The same location could also provide the setting for a US adaptation.

Gogglebox is in negotiations with US network Fox over a full series of Release The Hounds, although Steiner declined to comment on the progress of the talks.

He said the show was a “Venn diagram” of horror, comedy and gaming.

“It’s not often that people discover a new way to do a particular genre. We have taken the horror genre and turned it into an entertainment format, securing nine international sales less than 12 months after airing a one-off Halloween special on ITV2,” Steiner explained.

The indie is also considering developing a Release The Hounds mobile game, in which users take part in some of the challenges from the show, after it proved popular on social media.

Broadcast

posted 10/23/14

NZ, Get Ready to Challenge... Again
Report: "University Challenge" to Return
From Voxy
Twenty-five years since last on New Zealand television, University Challenge, the general knowledge contest among New Zealand universities, is set for a return next month with a brand new series screening on Prime.

Executive Producer Tom Conroy is confident the time is right for the show’s re-introduction given the current popularity of quiz shows. "Essentially it’s the same format as first time round though today’s version is more relaxed and viewer friendly as we want folk at home to be able to answer some of the questions yet admire the level of knowledge the students exhibit. However, traditionalists will still be able to enjoy all the regular features like the split-screen contest for the ‘starter for 10’."

The round-robin competition followed by semis and a final were recorded over 31 episodes with Conroy impressed with the talent on display. "The students really got into the spirit of the event, creating their own fun yet keeping a competitive edge."

An agreement for Prime to broadcast the show ensures the programme will have a great chance to prove itself nationwide. "Market research told us that Prime would be the best fit for the student audience and their families so we were delighted they picked up the show and have been so supportive," said Conroy.

While the exact dates and times are yet to be confirmed, University Challenge is coming to Prime in November. Keep an eye out on the Prime Facebook page www.facebook.com/PrimeTV for broadcast details.

Voxy

posted 10/23/14

Ready Set Renewed
Drew Arellano Hosts Season 2 of "Ready Set Laban"
From Manila Standard Today
Following the success of the first season, Bonakid Pre-School’s Ready Set Laban is back with an even bigger action-packed game show for moms and kids.

After hitting the airwaves and receiving the prestigious Anak TV Seal Award, GMA and Bonakid Pre-School have renewed their partnership, with the addition of Drew Arellano as the host of the much-anticipated TV show.

“Drew is one of the most sought after hosts under GMA 7. He’s very energetic and enthusiastic, which is perfect for a fun and lively game show like Ready Set Laban,” says Claudine Serrano, Product manager of Bonakid Pre-School.

Arellano also expressed his excitement for the show. “A lot of people have asked me what’s on my wish list. I always say I want to host a show with kids!” The energetic actor is finally having his wish fulfilled as he steps in to host the second season of Bonakid Pre-School’s Ready Set Laban. “I enjoy the company of kids because they have so much energy! In fact, I’m also like a kid!” he adds.

The challenges, based on popular Filipino games, will challenge kids’ strength, energy, and resilience, to bring out the “Batang May Laban” in them.

Joining Drew to host the eight-episode-season are celebrity mommies: Julia Clarete, Ruby Rodriguez, Nina Ricci Alagao, and Donita Rose. “The moms on the show have a very significant role. I’m excited to be sharing my hosting duties with these four lovely moms,” adds Drew.

Manila Standard Today

posted 10/23/14

MTV Signs On a Broke A$$ Game Show
Catch It in 2015
From TV Line
MTV is amping up its 2015 schedule with two new unscripted series.

First up is Broke A$$ Game Show, a half-hour competition in which random New York City street-walkers are forced into cheap competitions for cold, hard cash. Hosted by David Magidoff (Veronica Mars) and Derek Gaines, Game Show has been ordered for eight 30-minute episodes.

Also on the docket is a docu-series that follows choreographer/singer/dancer/actor/YouTuber Todrick Hall and his troupe of “creative collaborators.” Ordered for eight 30-minute episodes, Todrick will follow Hall’s crew as they “write, choreograph, style, and direct full-scale productions weekly – all while balancing side jobs to pay the bills.”

Hall first rose to fame as a semifinalist on Season 9 of American Idol, and has since made a name for himself with song-and-dance productions including a Virgin Airlines flight-safety video and an eye-popping Glee audition.

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posted 10/23/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Year"

  • The Amazing Jonathan: "I have a year to live" (Las Vegas Sun)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Apprentice UK" (The Guardian)
     
  • Taylor Swift cuts a promo for "The Voice" (Today)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile is rolling into Tucson (KGUN Tucson)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bradley Walsh (Hull Daily Mail) and Noel Edmonds (STV)

posted 10/23/14

Face Lift
New Twist in Season 8 Welcomes Coaches
From The Futon Critic
Syfy confirmed today that the critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off - the channel's most watched unscripted series - will return on Tuesday, January 13 at 9PM for an action-packed eighth season themed "Return of the Champions." In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise.

After an exciting and high-stakes season of competition highlighted by themes of life and death, three artists remain in the fight for the title of Season 7 Face Off champion - Cig Neutron of Los Angeles, CA by way of New Castle, IN; Drew Talbot of Pittsburgh, PA by way of Wood River, IL; and Dina Cimarusti of Chicago, IL. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of knights, one representing life and one representing death that will have to withstand the trials of battle. The Season 7 finale of Face Off airs Tuesday, October 28 at 9PM ET/PT on Syfy.

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TV by the Numbers

posted 10/22/14

Tuesday: Giants Up, 1-0
Fox Wins Night on World Series Game 1
From The Futon Critic
FOX (10.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (10.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

NBC (8.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (11.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Marry Me" (6.071 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "About a Boy" (4.888 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (7.433 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5).

Next up was CBS (14.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its lineup of "NCIS" (16.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (9.259 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Selfie" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Manhattan Love Story" (2.652 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.290 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Forever" (4.800 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Supernatural" (2.100 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) on CW (2.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Ink Master" and "Chopped" were at a dead heat with 1.432 million and 1.434 million respectively. "Face Off's" penultimate episode for season 7 had 1.257 million.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/14

Bring On the Men
Catch "TPIR Male Model Search" on PriceIsRight.com October 27
From USA Today
Erik, Kevin, Brad and 27 other guys, Come on down! Yes, come on down to a Price Is Right online competition that will lead to a one-week modeling gig on the classic CBS game show (weekdays, 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).

Starting Oct. 27, 30 men will compete for a slot alongside Price’s famous female models in a five-episode, reality-style, web elimination series (www.priceisright.com) that sounds like something out of one of those scholarship pageants: The contest is described as going “beyond … good looks and a winning six-pack (to gauge) sense of humor, charisma and the ability to think on their feet.”

The taped webisodes, according to details first provided to USA TODAY, will include scenes from an initial audition round in Los Angeles (no spinning red chairs or “You’re going to Hollywood,” since they’re pretty much already there); an interview and test of Price knowledge with The Insider’s Keltie Knight (Know your Plinko!); a Showcase round test with Price model Rachel Reynolds (Let’s see those hand gestures, gentlemen); and a cold read of a soap scene with two CBS daytime stars (Watch out for any evil twins!). A new online episode will premiere each Monday for five weeks.

Price executive producer Mike Richards and actress and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler will anchor a judging panel that also will feature CBS soap stars, Price models (Reynolds, Manuela Arbelaez, Amber Lancaster and Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith) and the show’s first male model, Rob Wilson.

After the judges make their eliminations, the three finalists from the nationwide search will appear on CBS’ The Talk on Dec. 1, with fans then getting the chance to cast their online votes. The winner will be announced on Price on Dec. 8 and modeling duties will begin on Dec. 15.

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Broadway World

posted 10/22/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "We Stand With Ottawa"

posted 10/22/14

Syndies: Week 3 - The Feud Leads the Henhouse
Results for the Week Ending October 12
From B&C
Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud led all of first-run syndication among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54 for the first time in the week ended Oct. 12. The game show improved 42% to hit a 3.0 in the demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. That topped CTD’s Judge Judy, which came in second place overall in the demo at a 2.9, followed by CTD’s Wheel of Fortune in third place at a 2.1.

Among the rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench, NBCU’s Meredith Vieira and Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game all showed slight gains for the week.

Celebrity Name Game, cleared often in access in top markets, gained 9% to a 1.2 in households, although it dropped 25% in the demo to a 0.6.

Among the games, Wheel of Fortune fell 2% from the previous session to a 6.4 in households, but was even with the same week last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 3% to a 6.2, but improved 5% from last year. Family Feud was flat among households for the week at a 5.8, but up 35% from last year. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire with new host Terry Crews faded 5% to a 2.0 in its fifth week and declined 10% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/21/14

Monday: Something for Everybody
NBC Wins Young, ABC Wins Old
From The Futon Critic
NBC (10.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) opened week five of the TV season on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (11.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "The Blacklist" (9.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3).

CBS (10.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), the return of "The Millers" (9.134 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Scorpion" (10.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.648 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Next up was FOX (5.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (5.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.743 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Castle" (9.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.542 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the full-season-ordered"Jane the Virgin" (1.753 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/21/14

Weekend: The Eye and the Alphabet
CBS, ABC Split Friday
From The Futon Critic
ABC (6.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Cristela" (5.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Shark Tank" (7.270 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (4.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

CBS (8.720 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "The Amazing Race" (6.609 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.137 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.761 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Marry Me" (3.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "About a Boy" (2.653 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) plus a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.722 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.883 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.436 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, an encore of "Jane the Virgin" (1.271 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Food Network's Sunday lineup fared...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.088 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars - 1.384 million
- 10p: Hungry Games (preview) - 963,000
- 10:30p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 954,000

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posted 10/21/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with A Side Piece"

posted 10/21/14

Genius in France
FremantleMedia Holds Korean Format in French Territories
From C21 Media
FremantleMedia France has optioned a reality gameshow format from Korean broadcaster CJ Entertainment & Media.

The Genius Game places 13 celebrities, non-celebrities and professionals in a mysterious mansion of interconnected rooms.

In each episode, they play a different game but it’s their social interplay that determines who wins an episode and is ‘safe.’ They then go on to the ‘death-match’ play-off with another player of their choosing.

FremantleMedia France holds the rights to the format in French-speaking countries. In February, the format, which first aired in 2012, was sold to a partner in Netherlands.

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posted 10/20/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "To the World (Series)"

  • Erin Andrews is busy covering the World Series for Fox. Who do you get to cohost? Stop at.... Leah Remini (E!)
     
  • Ben Bailey trades the "Cash Cab" in for a Tesla (AutoEvolution)
     
  • Bradley Walsh isn't going to let a little thing like "Family" get in the way of his day job on "The Chase" (Digital Spy)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Can't... unsee... (Uproxx)
     
  • Donald Trump hints at a presidential run. This is not a repeat from 2008, 2004, or 2000. (Spoiler alert: not gonna happen) (Mediaite)
     
  • Is Tyra Banks taking Chrissy Teigen to daytime with her in 2015? (TV Week)
     
  • Is GSN trying to deal "High Stakes" back in? (Poker News Daily)
     
  • Joan Rivers' cause of death may NEVER be known (TMZ)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan McCrea (TV3)

posted 1020/14


JOANNE BORGELLA: 1982-2014

Former "Idol", "Monique's Fat Chance" Contestant Dies of Cancer
From News One
Plus size model and ‘American Idol’ alum Joanne Borgella has passed away at the age of 32 after an intense battle with a rare form of cancer, reports Plus Model Magazine.com.

Plus Model Magazine has more:

Joanne was the first winner of Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance pageant as “Miss F.A.T.” in 2005 and a top 24 contestant on the seventh season of American Idol. She was also a cast member on Season 2 of Curvy Girls on NUVO TV. She was signed to Wilhelmina Models.

Joanne was also featured in a plus size fashion supplement feature in USA Today in April 2012 that we also featured in our April 2014 issue on pages 55 – 73.

Borgella announced to her fans that she was battling cancer in October, 2013. The beloved performer’s last post on social media shows that she had faith that God would make sure that she beat the disease:

Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js [sic] with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014#JoanneBorgella

Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45AM -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."

Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.

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photo courtesy Fox43 WPMT

posted 10/19/14

2015: A Preview
On Offer from Syndicators: Mind of a Man, What's My Line?
From TV News Check
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson so far is generating just so-so ratings in its rookie season in broadcast syndication, but that hasn't dimmed enthusiasm for game shows among the syndicators and broadcasters.

Sony Pictures Television is pitching Mind of a Man to stations for fall 2015, while Debmar-Mercury is developing a new version of the classic game show What’s My Line, according to people familiar with these deals.

Sony’s Mind will be a half-hour, Monday-Friday version of cable network GSN’s weekly Mind of a Man with the same host, DeRay Davis. On the show, celebrities help female contestants guess how men answered questions on women and relationships. GSN is owned by Sony and DirecTV.

Sony is pitching the show as a Family Feud companion in prime access and daytime, but also for some latenight slots, according to sources.

Debmar-Mercury is developing What’s My Line with production studio FremantleMedia North America, but have not yet shopped it to stations, according to broadcast sources.

A spokesperson for Debmar-Mercury had no comment on What's My Line.

Debmar-Mercury also partners with FremantleMedia on Feud and Celebrity. FremantleMedia, incidentally, is at the international marketplace MIPCOM in Cannes this week, pitching a new primetime network TV version of the classic game show To Tell the Truth.

Broadcasters see game shows as alternatives for off-net sitcoms, which are in short supply. Next fall, only a few of network TV’s modest hits will make it to syndication, notably Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls.

“With the success of Family Feud, stations are looking for shows that they can pair with it or shows that they can put adjacent to sitcom blocks that have similar, if not the same, audience appeal,” says Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group.

“Much like Family Feud and, hopefully Celebrity Name Game, we think of game as something to hang laughs on,” says Bill Butler, VP of programming and promotion at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “It is funny more than it is a game. We call this genre first-run funny.”

Feud is the model for "first-run funny." That show has surged past CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to No. 1 among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show has been on an upswing since comedian Steve Harvey took over as host in 2010.

The week of Sept. 22, Feud was No. 1 with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, compared to Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which were tied with a 1.2. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Celebrity each had a 0.5 rating.

Feud was also No. 1 among adults 25-54 with a 2.1 to Wheel’s 1.8, Jeopardy’s 1.7, Millionaire’s 0.7 and Celebrity’s 0.6.

Another game, this one a sure bet to move forward, is Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a weekly one-hour show hosted by comedian and Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell. It’s from Scientific Games and will debut in February to tie in with the new multi-state lottery, also called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.

Former NBCUniversal executive Barry Wallach is handling distribution for the show, which has so far been cleared in 95% of lottery TV homes, including on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair and Hearst.

“Our stations are pretty excited about the show,” says Sean Compton, president of strategic programming and acquisitions at Tribune Media. “Any time you can get a weekend show that is exclusive to broadcast, it is a good thing. It’s going to occupy really good time periods on our stations.”

For Monday through Friday, broadcasters may be looking for a replacement not only for Celebrity, but also for Disney-ABC’s long-running Millionaire. That show has been renewed on stations only through this season.

Millionaire debuted this season with a new host, Terry Crews, who took over from Cedric the Entertainer, who hosted for only one season after Meredith Vieira left to start her NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution talk show.

But the new talent hasn't helped. The week of Sept. 22, Millionaire’s rating among adults 18-49 was down year to year while it was flat among adults 25-54.

If opportunities arise, syndicators could dust off some game-show projects. They include CBS Television Distribution’s Hollywood Squares and NBCUniversal’s Hollywood Game Night.

Syracuse.com
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WFMY Greensboro

Las Vegas Sun

posted 10/17/14

Thursday: Finally, a Barnburner
CBS, ABC Go One Two.
From The Futon Critic
CBS (11.867 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its win streak on Thursday thanks to its presentations of the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (9.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.445 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.405 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (4.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Bad Judge" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "A to Z" (3.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.136 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, first run installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Reign" (1.362 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable, part 1 of the season finale of "Project Runway" scored 2.334 million people. 550,000 stayed up until "@midnight", while "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 793,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/14

America's Idol Choice
One Lucky Singer is Heading to Hollywood
From The Futon Critic
This year, for the first time ever, AMERICAN IDOL XIV is letting fans choose one hopeful who will receive a coveted ticket to Hollywood via an online vote. IDOL has once again combed the country to discover the best breakout talent, but America can choose among four new contenders who have been added to the mix and given an opportunity to advance to Hollywood Week.

Check out the audition videos and vote now at americanidol.com/poll. You can also vote for your favorite contestants using the hashtags found on americanidol.com/poll on Facebook or Twitter. See the four hopefuls sing their hearts out and tell America about themselves for a chance to claim the "America's Choice" Ticket to Hollywood.

The videos will remain open for votes until 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Additional information and how to vote can be found by visiting americanidol.com/poll.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Naked Truth"

  • Jessie Nizewitz is about to learn a hard lesson the hard way. When you sign on to do a reality show: read everything before you sign anything. Then read it again (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: think you can outsmart anyone? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A cancer patient ends up hitting the jackpot on KBC (Pune Mirror)
     
  • How does "Let's Make a Deal" come up with those zonks? (Arizona Daily Sun)
     
  • a FEW GOOD MINUTES with Judy Ann Santos (ABS-CBN)

posted 10/17/14

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