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Bob Barker Returns Home
"The Price Is Right" Host Emeritus Rushed to Hospital for "Non-Life Threatening" Back Injuries
From USA Today

Legendary TV game show host Bob Barker is resting at home after being hospitalized earlier this week due to back pain.

Barker, 94, who was transported by paramedics Monday to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, returned to his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday.

Through a representative, he told fans he's recovering and expressed appreciation for their interest and support.

"He's home, he's resting, he's comfortable," William Prappas, Barker's business manager, told USA TODAY Wednesday. "He wants to thank all his fans and those (who have) been reaching out. He wants to let them know he's resting and on the road to recovery."

Barker's back pain stemmed from an earlier back injury.

The Hollywood Reporter
TMZ
CBS DFW
TV Week
USA Today

posted 10/24/18

Meet "The Masked Singer"
Catch It on Fox January
From the Futon Critic

Get ready for the wildest celebrity guessing game ever, when new celebrity singing game show THE MASKED SINGER premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, THE MASKED SINGER is a top-secret celebrity singing competition that will have everyone asking, "who's behind the mask?!" Based on an international format, and already a viral phenomenon with over half a billion fans worldwide, the series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Although the celebrities' identities are a mystery, between them they have a combined 65 Grammy Award nominations, 16 Emmy Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated by the audience and judges each week, based on their performance, and will then reveal his or her true identity. It's not a "whodunit," it's a "whosungit!"

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, THE MASKED SINGER was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis ("Minute to Win It," "The Winner Is"). Izzie Pick Ibarra ("Dancing with the Stars," "Breaking Pointe") also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski ("Dancing with the Stars," "Grease: Live") directs. Nick Cannon, Nikki Varhely Gillingham and Rosie Seitchik serve as co-executive producers. THE MASKED SINGER is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. "Like" THE MASKED SINGER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskedsingerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskedsingerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedSinger. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskedsingerfox.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 10/24/18

MasterChef Junior Comes Home for the Holidays
Catch It on Fox November 22
From the Futon Critic

This Thanksgiving, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives fans something to be thankful for, when multi-Michelin star Chef Gordon Ramsay and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez invite celebrities, their kids and some fan-favorite alumni into the MASTERCHEFJUNIOR kitchen, where they'll show off their culinary skills in exciting contests for charity on the all-new MASTERCHEF JUNIOR: CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, airing Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, immediately following NFL ON FOX, in which the Dallas Cowboys face the Washington Redskins. In between these epic battles in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, host Gordon Ramsay will chat with lifestyle expert, businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart to swap holiday-themed recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

The two-hour special features three unique battles, putting each celebrity competitor to the test- with more than bragging rights at stake - the winners earn donations to the charities of their choice.

Additionally, the contestants will face their challenges with a sous chef by their sides, whether it be one of their own children or former MASTERCHEF JUNIOR contestants.

Here are the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR match-ups:
- Eric Stonestreet and MCJ Season Five Contestant Shayne vs. Terrence Howard and MCJ Season Six Finalist Avery: In a holiday-themed Mystery Box Challenge, these two TV dads will battle it out with help from some MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kids. EMPIRE's Terrence Howard (@terrencehoward) pairs up with Season Six finalist Avery while "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet teams with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five favorite Shayne to cook.
- Alyson Hannigan and her Daughter, Saty, vs. Lil Rel Howery and his Daughter, Brittni: It's a parent-child tag-team challenge! TV star Alyson Hannigan (@alydenisof), of "How I Met Your Mother," cooks with her nine-year-old daughter, Saty, while star of FOX's REL, Lil Rel Howery, partners up with his daughter, Brittni (age nine).
- NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Emmitt Smith and MCJ Season Six Winner Beni vs. NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice and MCJ Season Four Winner Addison: From going head-to-head on the field to making plays in the kitchen, two NFL legends see who will come out on top in this cooking matchup. Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22), formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, gets an assist from the most recent winner of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, 11-year-old Beni Cwiakala. Jerry Rice (@JerryRice), who played for the San Francisco 49ers, will be teamed up with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Four winner, 13-year-old Addison Smith.
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The Futon Critic

posted 10/24/18

Who Wants to Be a Mickey-onaire?
The Mouse Is Celebrating His 90th On Set November 2, Plus...
From Broadway World

This season, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut in 2002. It will celebrate this remarkable milestone throughout the month of November with a series of specialty shows and giveaways, culminating with a commemorative show in which a favorite past contestant gets a second shot at winning $1 million.

- Friday, Nov. 2: Mickey's 90th Anniversary Celebration: "Millionaire" will celebrate Mickey's 90th Anniversary with a special show featuring an appearance by none other than Mickey Mouse himself! There also will be additional commemorative contestant prizes given away during game play, including a limited edition $5,000 Mickey Swarovski® Crystal Disney Gift Card and a trip for two to New York City to experience Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, an interactive pop-up art experience honoring Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary. Coming to NYC for a limited time, the one-of-a-kind exhibition is an immersive art exhibit that celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse's heritage, status as a "true original," and his global impact on art and pop culture.

- Monday, Nov. 5 - Friday, November 9: Victories for Veterans Week: Veteran service members from the U.S. Armed Forces will appear as contestants all week long, and the show will salute American heroes with the help of DAV, Disabled American Veterans, a nonprofit charity with more than 1 million members nationwide. For each contestant that reaches the $100,000 question during Victories for Veterans, "Millionaire" will honor him or her by making a $5,000 donation to DAV.

- Monday, Nov. 11 - Friday, Nov. 16: Millionaire's $100 Million Week: Each day throughout the week, Millionaire will revisit a favorite past contestant with an exciting game play moment from "Millionaire's" 17-year Syndication run. One of these players will be randomly selected to come back for another shot at winning $1 million on Friday, Nov. 16, during a special commemorative show. In addition, the at-home grand prize winner of the Millionaire Celebration Sweepstakes will be announced on-air as the recipient of a magical DISNEY CRUISE LINE Vacation
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Broadway World

posted 10/24/18

More on "The Titan Games"
Liam McHugh, Cari Champion, Alex Mendez Join the Show
From Broadway World

Three seasoned sports analysts join "The Titan Games," the highly anticipated athletic competition series hosted and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, along with fellow EP's Arthur Smith and Dany Garcia.

Veteran NBC Sports host Liam McHugh and well-known esports announcer Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez will serve as commentators, while sports broadcaster Cari Champion takes on the role of field reporter.

"The Titan Games," which will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyday people willing to take on its physical and mental challenges, will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. McHugh, Mendez and Champion join the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio, A. Smith and Co. Productions and Seven Bucks Productions. McHugh and Mendez will be paired in the skybox where they will provide play-by-play and in-depth analysis on the intense action, highlighting the physicality of each challenge and the mental resilience needed to succeed.

From the floor of the electrifying arena, Champion will provide exclusive interviews that will unveil the heart, grit and intellect of each contender.

Broadway World

posted 10/24/18

TUESDAY: Boston, 1-0
Fox Wins on World Series Game 1
From the Futon Critic

FOX (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) leapt into the top spot on Tuesday with its presentation of the "World Series, Game 1" (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

NBC (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then got bumped to second place with its trio of "The Voice" (8.236 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "This Is Us" (8.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was CBS (9.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "NCIS" (11.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "FBI" (8.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.129 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up week two of its lineup "The Conners" (7.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (5.139 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Black-ish" (3.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Splitting Up Together" (2.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Rookie" (4.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.818 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.229 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 969k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 755k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 608k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (SF/truTV): 111k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/24/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Double Duty"

posted 10/24/18

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 14
From TV Newscheck

Court shows were clearly the most robust performers in the session ending Oct. 14, with three of the top four gavelers getting positive verdicts from Nielsen in an otherwise sluggish week.

In access, Family Feud broke out of a three-way tie, gaining 5% to a new season-high 6.2 and taking game show honors over challengers Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, both of which were unchanged at a 5.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2* +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 10/23/18

Mariah Carey Joins "The Voice"
Knockouts Begin Next Week
From Broadway World

Multi-platinum global superstar and legendary music icon Mariah Carey is set to join NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" as a key advisor for the Season 15 Knockout Rounds beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

As a key advisor, Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, will work with and mentor the remaining 32 artists with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Season 15 of "The Voice" continues tonight (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with the Battle Rounds.

The coaches enlist the help of top recording artists to offer their knowledge and skills as advisors. Kelly Clarkson teams up with Thomas Rhett; Jennifer Hudson with Halsey; Adam Levine with CeeLo Green; and Blake Shelton with Keith Urban.

In the next phase of the competition, the Knockout Rounds, the remaining 32 artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the final and crucial round before the Live Performance Shows, the Live Playoffs.

Broadway World
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 10/23/18

MONDAY: Vocal Power
NBC Takes First on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "The Voice" (9.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Manifest" (7.335 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

FOX (5.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Resident" (4.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "9-1-1" (5.624 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (6.521 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (7.587 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) alongside a rebroadcast of "The Rookie" (4.390 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.410 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Happy Together" (4.741 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (5.558 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Bull" (6.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Arrow" (1.177 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.351m


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/23/18

WEEKEND: Chief Rocka
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Owns Sunday
From World Screen

FOX (4.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out another demo victory on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.201 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (7.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Blindspot" (2.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.427 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Child Support" (1.939 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes from "Dynasty" (0.653 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.420 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SP/Nick): 803k
- Double Dare (Nick): 724k

On cable Saturday...
- American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids): 138k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (13.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) continued its NFL reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.143 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.332 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (11.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

CBS (11.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (21.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) alongside new episodes of "60 Minutes" (14.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "God Friended Me" (9.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (6.451 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.360 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.130 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.843 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.653 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.620 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Rel" (1.488 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.816 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (3.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.193 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

And finally, The CW (1.315 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.326 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19) and "Charmed" (1.304 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.272k

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

posted 10/23/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Road Again Part 2"

posted 10/23/18

Wheelhouse
Details on "Wheel's" New Promotion
From The Futon Critic

Here's a scenario that might play out next week. Wheel of Fortune viewer yells at his or her screen: "I can solve that puzzle! 'I Have to Make a Mortgage Payment." For one fortunate fan, that might no longer be true.

The venerable game show is trying something new for its 36 season in syndication: giving one viewer the chance to win a house. Wheel is teaming with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings to give away a new home valued at $350,000 at Latitude Margaritaville, a new active adult community. A winner of the "Home Sweet Home Giveaway" will be chosen at random.

To enter, viewers should tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night during the week of October 29-November 2, take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and input it at http://www.wheeloffortune.com for an entry.

"After 35 seasons it's not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we're doing just that by giving away a house," said Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman. "Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we're returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own."

There are three of the Latitude Margaritaville communities that embody "the no-worries lifestyle of fun, food and music inspired by Jimmy Buffett" — as the builder puts it — but the parties didn't specify which of them might a be Wheel viewer's future address.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/22/18

CBS Studios Pays Attention
The Eye Snatches Up Global Rights for Australian Quiz Show
From World Screen

CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has signed a deal with Working Dog Productions for the exclusive worldwide format rights to the comedy quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?, which is in its sixth season on Network Ten in Australia.

Using the format of a quiz show, each week the host asks five well-known and well-informed guests—made up of comedians, radio presenters and TV stars—questions about the news of the week.

HYBPA? is the number one quiz show on TEN and the third highest-rated overall show on the network in 2018.

"HYBPA? joins CBS's portfolio of the biggest formats on television—from Wheel of Fortune to America's Next Top Model," said Paul Gilbert, senior VP of international formats at CBS Studios International. "This agreement is a terrific example of the new synergies we have in Australia since acquiring Network Ten, and we look forward to partnering with the team at Working Dog Productions to make HYBPA? a global success."

"We are proud and delighted to bring the show we love to the rest of the world," said Michael Hirsh, executive producer at Working Dog Productions. "We're grateful to CBS for the opportunity to share what has become the one Aussie show families bookmark to watch together every week.".

World Screen

IF.com.au
World Screen

posted 10/22/18

West End Game Night
Channel 5 Picks Up "Hollywood Game Night"
From Realscreen

British commercial television network Channel 5 has commissioned NBCUniversal International Studios-owned prodco Monkey to produce the game show format Celebrity Game Night for the UK.

The 6 x 60-minute localized adaptation will see six different celebrities join presenter Liza Tarbuck (Upstart Crow) and team captains Danny Baker (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Susan Calman (Strictly Come Dancing, The Boss) to battle in head-to-head party games with the help of a live band.

Monkey's William Macdonald will executive produce the series, which was commissioned by Channel 5's Sebastian Cardwell.

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy-winning Hollywood Game Night (pictured) format from NBCUniversal International, which distributes the series internationally.

The original Hollywood Game Night format was created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner for NBC in 2013. Hosted by Glee actor Jane Lynch, the series is now in its sixth season and has since been remade across 19 territories, with the UK marking its 20th.

Realscreen
Female First

posted 10/22/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Road Again"

posted 10/22/18

Top Chef Embraces Unbridled Spirit
Catch the New Season from Kentucky December 6
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef" heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.

The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Nilou Motamed and Gail Simmons.

For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-16/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-kentucky.

Meet the New Cheftestants:
· Eric Adjepong - Washington, DC
· Sara Bradley - Paducah, KY
· Kelsey Barnard Clark - Dothan, AL
· Edmund "Eddie" Konrad - Philadelphia, PA
· Pablo Lamon - Miami Beach, FL
· Natalie Maronski - Philadelphia, PA
· Michelle Minori - San Francisco, CA
· Nini Nguyen - Brooklyn, NY
· Brandon Rosen - San Mateo, CA
· Kevin Scharpf - Dubuque, IA
· Caitlin Steininger - Cincinnati, OH
· Justin Sutherland - St. Paul, MN
· David Viana - Asbury Park, NJ
· Adrienne Wright - Boston, MA
· Brian Young - Boston, MA
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The Futon Critic

posted 10/19/18

The New Hotness
"TPIR" Adds Former Ravens Wideout as New Model
From AOL

Looks like The Price Is Right scored a touchdown with its latest choice of male model.

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Goda will make his debut on the hit CBS daytime game show on Monday, Oct. 22.

The retired NFL player — and prolific Instagrammer — will join a cast of models that includes Rachel Reynolds, Amber Lancaster, Manuela Arbelaez and James O'Halloran.

"We are very excited to welcome Devin to The Price Is Right family," executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "Devin fits in perfectly to Price because he is all about positivity, building people up and doing what he can to make the world a happier place … just like The Price Is Right."

Goda already has a way with numbers, as evidenced by his on-field stats at Slippery Rock University, where he holds second-place records in receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,259). Those numbers propelled him to a postgraduation pro career in Baltimore, where he played three games until he was sidelined by a hamstring injury. At that point, his attention shifted to modeling, which led to his recruitment by the team at The Price Is Right..

AOL

Yahoo!

posted 10/19/18

THURSDAY: That Wasn't a Game, It Was an Embarrassment
Broncos' Manhandling of the Cards Wins Demos for Fox, While CBS Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday despite a blowout Broncos-Cardinals game with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (6.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (8.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Mom" (8.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Murphy Brown" (6.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was NBC (3.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.219 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.801 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.253 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.960 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its annual specials "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Toy Story of Terror!" (3.269 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus originals from "Station 19" (4.137 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.749 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.508 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) and a repeat "Charmed" (0.982 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

WEDNESDAY: 5-8-8-2-300... "Empire!" (It's a Chicago Reference)
NBC's Chicago Crossover Leads to Split with EMpire/Star on Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home another demo crown on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.188 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "American Housewife" (4.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.637 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.952 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.089m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 791k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 717k
- Are You the One (MTV): 466k
- Safeword (MTV): 378k


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Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

"Love" Is In the Air... Eventually
US Version to Enter Preproduction
From Deadline

Love Island is heading back to Australia for a second season and is in "active" pre-production in the U.S. as the reality entertainment format wowed buyers in Cannes this week.

The ITV Studios format was one of the most talked about entertainment formats at Mipcom, helped largely by six of the international cast members, including Megan and Wes from the UK version, flying in to help the British commercial broadcaster promote the show. Australia's Network Nine confirmed that it had picked up the series, which follows a group of beautiful singletons looking to couple up in a sun-drenched villa, for a second run.

Meanwhile, ITV America Chief Creative Officer David Eilenberg revealed that it was already starting work on the series after CBS ordered a U.S. version earlier this summer. "We are in active pre-production on all fronts; game planning, casting has started a bit, we're just getting going," he told Deadline.k

Deadline

posted 10/19/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "And It Feels So Good"

posted 10/19/18

There's No Place Like ABC For the Holidays
"Great Christmas Light Fight", "American Baking Show" Set to Return
From TV Line

Pre-heat your ovens and rev up your generators: ABC has announced the 2018 premieres of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition and The Great Christmas Light Fight.

The Great Christmas Light Fight's sixth season will get underway on Monday, Nov. 26, at 8/7c. Each episode of the competition pits four decoration-happy American families against each other in an attempt to win the Light Fight trophy and $50,000. Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak will return as judges.

The following week, The Great American Baking Show returns — with a tweaked title — for Season 4 on Thursday, Dec. 6 (9/8c). New host/Spice Girls member Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton will join returning host Anthony "Spice" Adams as they preside over a group of bakers' weekly challenges and eliminations; Sherry Yard, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, will join Baking Show stalwart Paul Hollywood on the judges' panel.

In December 2017, ABC pulled from its schedule Season 3 of Baking Show after sexual misconduct allegations were brought against judge/pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini by four women who had worked with him at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. Vallery Lomas later was revealed as the season's winner via a video posted to the show's Facebook page.

TV Line

Deadline
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posted 10/18/18

Television City Sold
Investment Firm Buys for $700m
From Deadline

CBS has selected LA real estate investment firm Hackman Capital Partners as the winning bidder for the company's iconic Television City facility near the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, a source familiar with the deal tells Deadline.

The transaction is not yet final, but the value is said to be well north of $700 million. Word first surfaced last year that CBS was considering shopping the 25-acre site, where shows like All in the Family was produced and early television figures like Jack Benny performed.

CBS declined to comment.

Hackman has backed several notable developments in LA, including the current expansion and modernization of Culver Studios. The home to classic Hollywood productions like Gone with the Wind and soon to be the Southern California base of Amazon.

Real estate values have been surging, especially in the neighborhood around the storied Television City site, where about a half-dozen shows including The Late Show with James Corden, The Price is Right and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher are produced. Next door to Television City are The Grove and the Farmer's Market, which have transformed the area over the past decade-plus.

TV Newscheck

Curbed LA
Bisnow

posted 10/17/18

TUESDAY: Conners Stand Firm
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (8.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "This Is Us" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.380 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then scored the silver with the debut of "The Conners" (10.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "The Kids Are Alright" (6.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Black-ish" (4.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Splitting Up Together" (3.725 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Rookie" (5.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (9.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "FBI" (9.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.636 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (1.036 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.336 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 848k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 622k

- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 534k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (TruTV): 105k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/18

Get Ready to Confetti, Eh?
Catch It on Facebook Watch Canada Monday
From Brinkwire

The [Business] INSIDER original game show on Facebook Watch called Confetti will expand internationally — curiously without INSIDER's help. Facebook tells TechCrunch it will work with local partners in international markets to create versions of the HQ Trivia-style live video game show where players compete through their phones to win cash prizes. EMEA, APAC and LATAM editions of Confetti will launch by the end of this year.

Facebook Watch will also launch The World's Most Amazing Dog, an interactive global competition show. In partnership with The Dodo, the show will spotlight top dogs and their owners from around the world.

Now that Facebook's ad breaks are running in 25 countries, it's able to get serious about monetizing Watch and recouping its content investments. Facebook has been paying up front for these shows but hopes that ad breaks could wean creators off its cash and create sustainable businesses based on Watch. But with today's Wall Street Journal report that Facebook underreported the scale of video ad view time metrics bug that inflated measurements years ago, it may face additional skepticism that Watch is worth studios' investment..

Brinkwire

Engadget

posted 10/17/18

Asia Gets Divided
Talpa Sells Format to Thailand
From C21 Media

Talpa has licensed general knowledge gameshow format Divided to broadcasters in three Asian countries.

The format has been picked up in Thailand, India and Vietnam, taking the total number of international versions to 21.

In Thailand, Divided will be produced by Memiti ahead of premiering on Channel 3 in January next year. Talpa's Indian deal covers two versions in different languages that will air simultaneously on Star-owned Vijay, one in Kannada and one in Tamil. The 40-episode Indian versions will be produced by Banijay Asia. In Vietnam, media buyer TN&K has licensed two seasons of the gameshow..

C21 Media

posted 10/17/18

Netflix Sets Up "The Final Table"
Global Chef Competition On Tap November 20
From the Futon Critic

The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world's most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country's greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons -- Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France).

The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool. · The 12 teams include (listed with their associated restaurants and location, and hometowns):
· Aaron Bludorn (Cafe Boulud: New York, New York, USA, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA) and Graham Campbell (Castlehill Restaurant: Dundee, Scotland/United Kingdom, from Oban, Scotland)
· Darren MacLean (Shokunin: Calgary, Canada, from Innisfail, Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium: Los Angeles, California, USA, from Houston, Texas, USA) · Shin Takagi (Zeniya: Ishikawa, Japan, from Ishikawa, Japan) and Ronald Hsu (Lazy Betty: Atlanta, Georgia, USA, also from Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
· Alex Haupt (101 Gowrie: Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Sydney, Australia) and Ash Heeger (Ash: Cape Town, South Africa, from Umtata, South Africa)
· Shane Osborn (Arcane: Hong Kong, China, from Perth, Australia) and Mark Best (Bistro by Mark Best: Hong Kong, China & Singapore, from Sydney, Australia)
· Monique Fiso (Hiakai: Porirua, New Zealand, from Wellington, New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (Arth: Mumbai, India, from Jorhat, India)
· James Knappett (Bubbledogs/Kitchen Table: London, United Kingdom, from Newmarket, United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Salomé, Into/Angurio: Puebla, Mexico, also from Puebla, Mexico)
· Jessica Lorigo (Topa Sukalderia: San Sebastian, Spain, from Buffalo, New York, USA) and Johnny Spero (Reverie: Washington DC, USA, from Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
· Collin Brown (Chef Collin Brown: London, United Kingdom, from Trelawny, Jamaica) and Colibri Jimenez (Casa Morales/My Bowls: Oaxaca, Mexico, from Morelos, Mexico)
· Esdras Ochoa (11 Westside/Salazar/Mexicali Taco & Co.: Hong Kong, China & Los Angeles, California, USA, from Mexico City, Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Highest Hotel in the World: Hong Kong, China, from Bataguassu, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazi)
· Charles Michel (Nomad Culinary Artist: Ecuador, Colombia, France & London, from Bruges, France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Boca Valdivia: Manabi, Ecuador, from Quito, Ecuador)
· Manuel Berganza (Tapas Club: Singapore, from Gij�n, Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Honest Greens: Madrid, Spain, from Paris, France)

· The chefs will be judged by celebrity ambassadors and food critics from 9 countries around the world including Dax Shepard, Hasan Minhaj, and Alessandra Ambrosio: Ambassadors:
· Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard (United States Ambassadors)
· Martha Higareda and Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico Ambassadors)
· Miguel Bose and Ana Polvorosa (Spain Ambassadors)
· Gary Lineker and Cat Deeley (United Kingdom Ambassadors)
· Alessandra Ambrosio and Bebel Gilberto (Brazil Ambassadors)
· Ranganathan Madhavan and Hasan Minhaj (India Ambassadors)
· Alessandro Del Piero and Eleonora Cozzella (Italy Ambassadors)
· Esterelle Payany (France Ambassador)
· Hikari Mori and Yuji Ayabe (Japan Ambassadors)

Food Critics
· Sam Sifton (United States Food Critic)
· Mariana Camacho (Mexico Food Critic)
· Borja Beneyto (Spain Food Critic)
· Jay Rayner (United Kingdom Food Critic)
· Josimar Melo (Brazil Food Critic)
· Rashmi Uday Singh (India Food Critic)
· Andrea Petrini (Italy Food Critic)
· Francois-Regis Gaudry (France Food Critic)
· Akiko Katayama (Japan Food Critic)
.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/18

NTAs: And the Nominees Are...
Voting Begins for British TV Awards
From Entertainment Daily

The National Television Awards (NTAs) have unveiled the contenders for 2019, with Jodie Whittaker and Richard Madden among the contenders.

The annual television awards ceremony revealed its long list of nominees in all 14 categories on Tuesday (16.09.18), with voting now officially open for all members of the public to decide who takes home the coveted trophies when the ceremony takes place at The O2 London on January 22 2019.

Leading the hopefuls is Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who made her debut as the time travelling alien earlier this month, and will be making a bid for the Drama Performance award. She'll face competition from Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, who made the list for their performances on Bodyguard, whilst Sandra Oh and Jodie Corner will also fight for the gong thanks to their roles in Killing Eve.

Meanwhile, the TV judge gong will see X Factor newcomer Robbie Williams take on key judging contenders from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, and Britain's Got Talent.

Entertainment Daily

posted 10/17/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Stream of Consciousness"

  • Netflix sues Viacom (TV Week)

  • Richard Ayoade's show coming to America thanks to Ovation. No, not that one (Broadway World)

  • "The World's Best" lands the pimp slot of all pimp slots. (TV Line)

  • Craig Ferguson hits up Iowa (River Cities' Reader)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Game of Games (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Fox Nation to include people playing quiz apps (The Wrap)

posted 10/17/18

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 7
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Oct. 7 featured an extremely rare event — a three-way tie at the top of the game shows among Wheel of Fortune, the surprise winner of the previous round; usual leader Family Feud; and Jeopardy. All three strips battled to a 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with Feud and Jeopardy inching up 2% from the prior contest, and Wheel staying flat.

Still, the three were outgunned by syndication champion Judge Judy, which snagged top household ratings honors on the entire chart for the 10th straight week with a 6.7, while climbing 3% from last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/16/18

MONDAY: The Battle Is Set
"The Voice" on Fire for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.073 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Manifest" (7.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

FOX (5.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "The Resident" (4.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (7.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Good Doctor" (6.970 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Happy Together" (4.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Magnum P.I." (5.419 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Bull" (6.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.423 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the special "Constantine: The Legend Continues" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 976k
- Brake Room - 11p (Discovery): 385k
- Brake Room - 11:30p (Discovery): 325k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/18

WEEKEND: Fox Goes 1-2-3 in the Demo
CBS Takes Friday. This is Not a Repeat from Last Week
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.155 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Blindspot" (2.950 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.339 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Speechless" (2.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "20/20" (4.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, the season premieres of "Dynasty" (0.683 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.443 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick): 621k


NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) once again dominated Sunday evening with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (10.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (9.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (14.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "God Friended Me" (7.994 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.590 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.200 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "The Simpsons" (3.184 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Cool Kids" (2.175 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) repeats followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.509 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.052 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.930 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Rel" (1.352 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.031 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus the debut of "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.171 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #21).

And finally, The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with its Sunday launches of "Supergirl" (1.526 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18) and "Charmed" (1.541 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.315m .


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posted 10/16/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Worth It"

  • Morgan McMichaels breaks her hand punching out a Nazi. (Comic Sands)

  • Alec Baldwin to BLANK the Arthur Miller Honors (Broadway World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Reboots may have run their course. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Kendra Wilkinson's ready to sign them papers (Reality TV World)

  • Cody & Jessica have a baby.... human. Duh. (Reality TV World)

  • Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer to host "Price Is Right Live" at Foxwoods (CT Post), but who's hosting Seneca Niagara? (ArtVoice)

  • Hunter March goes from LAAAAAAAAAAAAATE night to late night (People)

  • Why "Shark Tank" can last forever if it wants to (TV Overmind)

posted 10/16/18

Amazon In the Shark Tank
Sony Teams with Retailer for Marketing
From Broadway World

Amazon today announced that it is an official retail partner for "Shark Tank." The new Amazon Launchpad SHARK TANK Collection, available at www.amazon.com/launchpad/sharktank, highlights products seen on "Shark Tank," including the Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.

This collaboration, which coincides with the premiere of "Shark Tank" season 10, provides an opportunity for successfully-funded SHARK TANK startups and entrepreneurs to launch and showcase their products on Amazon.com. "Shark Tank" season 10 airs on Sundays at 9|8c on ABC.

"We are thrilled to be working with the popular 'Shark Tank' franchise, highlighting products from startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses," said Jim Adkins, Vice President, Amazon. "The Amazon Launchpad program is all about empowering creators and inventors, enabling them to reach hundreds of millions of customers. By teaming up with 'Shark Tank,' we are MAKING IT fun and easy for fans of the show to discover a wide variety of unique innovations and cutting-edge products.".

Broadway World

posted 10/15/18

Fox Bounces Around
"Big Bounce Battle" Goes to Series
From Deadline

Fox has picked up Big Bounce Battle, an obstacle course competition reality series based on an European format, which will be produced by Endemol Shine North America.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands and co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for RTL, Big Bounce Battle features trampoline obstacle courses that contestants have to complete as fast as they can. The trampoline tracks become more difficult as the series progresses toward the final where the fastest contestant wins a cash prize.

Executive producing the series, in the vein of American Ninja Warrior done entirely on trampoline surfaces, are Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre as well as Michael Heyerman.

The format made its debut on Germany's RTL earlier this year under the title Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show, averaging 3.14 million viewers and an 9.8% market share. According to the producers, it was RTL's top rated non-scripted show debut this year and the network's highest rated new game show in four years among persons 14-49.

The Big Bounce Battle also has been commissioned by TF1 in France.

Deadline

posted 10/15/18

Tower Power
"The Tower" Backed by A+E International
From World SCreen

Zig Zag Productions and Wingman Productions are co-developing a fast-paced shiny-floor game show, The Tower, funded by A+E Networks International.

The Tower is a new half-hour game-show format in which contestants answer quick-fire questions with the aim of taking control of a giant glass cylinder pierced by rods holding up 21 colored balls. The strategy-based game will see players pull as many rods as possible out of the tower, causing the valuable prize balls to fall while avoiding dropping the negative penalty balls or the game-ending black ball.

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, said: "Zig Zag have recently made a concerted effort to be in the studio game space and we are delighted to have partnered up with Wingman Productions and A+E International to bring The Tower to the international market in what we believe is a breakthrough format."

Andrea McLean, co-founder of Wingman Productions, said: "We are really looking forward to working closely with Zig Zag and A+E Networks in bringing the energy and excitement of The Tower to screens around the world.".

World Screen

posted 10/15/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "There's More for Your Afterlife at Sears"

  • Bruno Tonioli jetting from US to UK and Alfonso Ribeiro will take his chair temporarily (The Huffington Post)

  • Cody & Jessica get married (People)

  • Pat Sajak reminds you to vote by making a joke about game show hosts reminding you to vote. On Twitter. (Inquisitor)

posted 10/15/18

NBC's 2019 Game Plan
January Sees "Got Talent Champions", "Game of Games", "Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

Looking to begin the new year with off-the-charts alternative muscle, NBC's January lineup is set to include the premiere of "The Titan Games," the new epic physical competition series from Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia; the debut of "America's Got Talent: The Champions," the global winter edition of the network's summer powerhouse; and the second season of the highly popular series "Ellen's Game of Games," from superstar executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.

THE TITAN GAMES Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9 The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio ("World of Dance"), A. Smith & Co. Productions ("American Ninja Warrior") and Seven Bucks Productions ("Rock the Troops") will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable feats designed to test mind, body and heart. Inspired by executive producer and host Dwayne Johnson's desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness, this unparalleled new athletic competition gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the electrifying Titan arena and achieve the impossible. Competitors will push their bodies to the limit by battling opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenges. "The Titan Games" will not only test the competitors' physical strength, but also their mental and emotional fortitude. In this uplifting series, hard work and determination will be rewarded and a new breed of heroes will emerge. Titans aren't born, they're made.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Toby Gorman and Anthony Storm will serve as executive producers for the series.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS Premiere: Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. Coming off a summer in which "America's Got Talent" continued as the #1 alternative series on television, "America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together some of the world's best acts from the international "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 194 territories, and come to share their talents and compete against one another in an Olympics-style ultimate celebration of worldwide creativity and talent. "America's Got Talent" finished the 2017-18 season as television's #1 alternative series in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with the Tuesday edition averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" results from Nielsen Media Research. "AGT" once again dominated the summer television landscape, towering by +5.4 million viewers over the summer's next most-watched entertainment program.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - and will be hosted by Terry Crews.

ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. time slot on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes exciting new supersized games to be added for the second season. "Game of Games" features supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize. Last season "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.3 rating and 9.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it the season's #1 new alternative series in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, as well as the top-scoring new in-season alternative program since "Little Big Shots" debuted in spring 2016.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman and Derek Westervelt. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

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Inquisitor
Variety
B&C
TV Week

posted 10/12/18

THURSDAY: Little Giants
Fox Wins on Eagle Roflstomp
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) continued to get a boost on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

CBS (8.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (11.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (8.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Murphy Brown" (6.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "SWAT" (5.448 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Station 19" (6.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "I Feel Bad" (2.233 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.453 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and an encore of "All American" (0.619 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
-
Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 804k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/12/18

More on "Dinner Takes All"
Catch It on BYUTV March 7
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a network that connects families through positive, uplifting entertainment, today announced the judges for its all-new family cooking competition show, "Dinner Takes All." Host and celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel), will be joined by "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine," Kardea Brown and "The Yum Yum Foodie," Eddie Zamora, as they judge the teams' recipes. The 12 episode series from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv is set to premiere on March 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

"Dinner Takes All" is a fun and friendly competition show in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert, while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a year's worth of groceries or a cash prize.

"Kardea Brown and Eddie Zamora are beloved on television and social media for their engaging personalities and unique takes on cuisine, which is exactly what we are looking for to add zest to this family cooking competition," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Kardea and Eddie perfectly complement the star power of our host Kelsey Nixon. Together, we're confident they will bring out the right mix of culinary magic, competitive spirit and fun from the family teams."

Host Kelsey Nixon, who was voted "fan favorite" on "Food Network Star," is also known for her role as a judge on the Food Network's "Chopped Junior" and as the host of "Kelsey's Essentials" and "Kelsey's Homemade" on the Cooking Channel. She is a frequent guest on "The Rachael Ray Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show."

Judge Kardea Brown is a contemporary Gullah cook known as "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine." Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she is the creator of The New Gullah Supper Club, in which she travels from state to state, cooking traditional Gullah dishes with a contemporary twist. Kardea has appeared as a judge on "Chopped Junior" and "Kids BBQ Championship."

Judge Eddie Zamora is a Latin chef and popular social media influencer known as "The Yum Yum Foodie." Born and raised in Miami, his fans follow him as he shares his honest and entertaining reviews and recommendations while traveling the globe in search of the best and worst places to eat, drink and stay.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the potential for 'Dinner Takes All,'" said executive producer and show creator, Cleve Keller. "Thanks to 'Chopped,' we know firsthand that families love cooking competition series. Now when a family sits down to watch TV together, we hope 'Dinner Takes All' becomes their new favorite show."

"I'm beyond excited to be part of a project that celebrates the best of food, family and fun," said Nixon. "'Dinner Takes All' is programming everyone in your family will enjoy watching together, and it will hopefully lead to more experiences cooking together and getting to know each other better, as well."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/18

Cat Cora, Graham Elliot Join the Fight
Chefs to Judge ABC's "Family Food Fight"
From the Futon Critic

Whet your appetite! ABC announced today that world-renowned chefs, authors, restaurateurs and television personalities Cat Cora and Graham Elliot will be serving up some knowledge as judges on the upcoming culinary competition series "Family Food Fight," based on Australia's hit format. Hosted by restaurateur, food maven and NY Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, the competition series will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

Cat Cora has shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the culinary industry, becoming the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame. As a mom of six, Cora's passion for health, wellness and food extends beyond the kitchen, having been at the forefront of creating a nationwide revolution of eating well, opening more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally. Having made a commitment to promoting nutrition education, hunger emergency relief and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide, Cora also created her nonprofit Chefs for Humanity in 2004. She continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

At age 27, Graham Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city. The recipient of many prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, in 2008, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars. Most recently, Elliot launched his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai, in addition to unveiling his new concept, Gideon Sweet, a collaboration with his friend and mentor, Matthias Merges, in Chicago's West Loop. Elliot extends his relationship with Endemol Shine North America after having participated in 10 seasons of the company's hit "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior" franchise. He is also currently a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef."

On "Family Food Fight," family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes rich in cultural heritage, taking homestyle cooking to a whole new level. Cora and Elliot, along with host Curry, will lend their expert palates to help determine which family team will walk away with the coveted title of America's No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles later this month. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Family Food Fight" was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia and was recently renewed for a second season. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Splitting Up Together
Fox, NBC Split Leadership
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.064 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

NBC (7.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a competitive second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.090 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.613 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.078 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (3.663 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.679 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.517 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and the debut of "All American" (0.710 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.065m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 865k
-
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 790k
- Are You the One (MTV): 422k
- Safeword (MTV): 397k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 108k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/18

The Price Is Right in Nigeria
Production to Begin Later This Year
From This Day

In line with its projection to redefine the nation's entertainment landscape as well as add value to the society, HS Facilities Limited, a subsidiary of the HS Media Group has sealed a deal with Genesis Studios, foremost Nigerian television production outfit and owners of The Price Is Right franchise for the Nigerian territory.

The show, which is expected to debut on Nigerian television before the end of the year will be produced from the Oregun-Lagos based TV complex.

At a press briefing held in Lagos to formally announce the partnership and as well sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the show to take off, the two companies jointly expressed their excitement about the benefits the show will bring to families in Nigeria and brand owners who will ride on it to position their products.

The Price Is Right is a multinational franchise show that was hosted by Bob Barker until 2007 and Drew Carey thereafter. It features a wide variety of games and contests with the same basic challenge: Guess the prices of everyday (or not-quite-everyday) retail items. Four contestants, all of whom are seated in one of the wildest audiences in daytime game-show history, are called to the stage to play a preliminary pricing round. That winner joins the host on stage for one of more than 70 different pricing games.

This Day

posted 10/11/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What's the Opposite of a Lock?"

  • Nikki Bella letting go and moving on (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Bailey plays Bay City (Midland Daily News)

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to earn $1000? Let's play To Tell the Truth (Backstage)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Howie's been hitting the gym. (Inquisitor)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES With the cast and crew of "Deal or No Deal" (Realscreen)

posted 10/11/18

TBS Is In Misery
Impractical Jokers Create, Host New Series
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has ordered the comedy game show Misery Index, a new unscripted series inspired by the outrageously entertaining card game Sh*t Happens. Critically acclaimed and in demand comedy troupe The Tenderloins - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - creators and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers, cable's #1 original comedy series, have joined the series to help infuse comic relief.

The game will feature two teams - each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events - from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather - on a scale of 1-100.

Misery Index is developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman (Monk), along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Adam Bold of Grandma's House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Rob Anderson, who will serve as showrunner.

"Andy Breckman and the Newmarks have hilariously gamified embarrassment, humiliation and total misery" said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "Adding The Tenderloins brings unpredictable fun to this game."

The network is adding 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy to its successful lineup of unscripted programs including Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic, the top two new unscripted cable comedies of 2017.

The Futon Critic

Variety
Deadline
Staten Island Live

posted 10/10/18

Alfonso Ribeiro Climbs Money Tree
New Series Comes From Hello Dolly, Banijay
From Deadline

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is heading back to the UK to host a British gameshow.

The actor, who starred on ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2013, is hosting Money Tree, a Family Fortunes-meets-Millionaire-style quizzer.

The primetime show sees two families go head-to-head over a series of trivia rounds. However, the value of the question will be decided by the contestants, so if they are feeling confident that can add more money to the tree.

It is being produced by Hello Dolly, the indie set up in 2017 by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? producer Victoria Ashbourne, who previously ran Sony-backed Victory Television, and Hardball creator Stuart Shawcross. The show is also being backed by Banijay.

Ribeiro, who has starred as a contestant in gameshows including Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The $100,000 Pyramid, made his name as Carlton Banks alongside Will Smith on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for just under 150 episodes.

A pilot version of Money Tree is being filmed at the BBC's studios in Elstree on Thursday October 18 before a decision as to whether it will go to full series.

Deadline

Female First

posted 10/10/18

The New Faces of "Project Runway"
Karlie Kloss, Christian Siriano to Host, Mentor New Series
From TV Line

Bravo has found the new Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

The network on Wednesday announced that supermodel Karlie Kloss will take over as host for Season 17 of Project Runway, while designer Christian Siriano — who won the show's fourth season back in 2008 — will come aboard as mentor.

Elle editor Nina Garcia will return as a judge, joined by two newcomers: fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue EIC Elaine Welteroth.

Though an exact premiere date wasn't announced, you can expect the new Project Runway to bow sometime in 2019.

Runway's move from Lifetime to Bravo, which is where it initially premiered in 2004, was announced by Andy Cohen at NBC Universal's Upfronts presentation in May. Four months later, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced that they were leaving the franchise to begin a new venture at Amazon.

TV Line

Broadway World

posted 10/10/18

TUESDAY: American Music
ABC, CBS, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Tuesday with its telecast of the "2018 American Music Awards" (6.545 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2).

Sharing the demo gold was NBC (8.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "This Is Us" (8.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (7.097 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (9.733 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (12.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "FBI" (9.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.930 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (2.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, the season premieres of "The Flash" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Black Lightning" (1.202 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (1.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 838k

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The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 749k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 567k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 144k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Country Strong"

posted 10/10/18

Netflix Uploads "The Circle"
SVOD Studio to Make US, Global Versions
From the Futon Critic

Netflix is continuing to expand its unscripted footprint. The streaming giant is adapting the unscripted U.K. show The Circle, with three new local versions of the social media competition series.

The reality series will feature players from three different countries, one of which is the U.S.

The Circle is described as an innovative popularity contest and social experiment inspired by the experience of using social media.

The format was created by All3Media's Studio Lambert and recently co-produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group for the U.K.'s Channel 4, where it launched in September.

On the show, contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and do not meet face-to-face during the competition. They communicate through a special voice-activated social media platform and rate each other frequently. Unpopular players are "blocked" and ultimately the most popular player wins a cash prize.

Since they only know each other through their online dialogue and profiles, players can choose whether to present a true or fictional version of themselves. It is a game exploring questions of honesty and trust when people can't see each other in the flesh.

"The Circle has already proven to be a compelling, timely and buzzworthy show," said Brandon Riegg, Netflix vp unscripted content.

"We think the show's combination of modern social media interaction and competition will captivate Netflix members around the world, in multiple languages, and we're delighted to partner with Studio Lambert and Motion to produce these three new local versions."

"Social media has radically changed the way we make friends, conduct relationships, argue and even fall in love," added Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert. "But how truthful are our online identities? The Circle is a thought-provoking and entertaining way of exploring such questions and the chance to make different versions for Netflix's global audience was irresistible."

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posted 10/9/18

Adam Levine Looking for "Songland"
NBC Greenlights Songwriter Competition
From TV Line

We've heard plenty of aspiring singers on reality TV — now it's time to meet the people responsible for writing all those lyrics.

NBC has ordered a new reality competition series, Songland, that aims to "find the next generation of hit songwriters," with The Voice coach Adam Levine on board as an executive producer.

Each episode will see five up-and-coming songwriters being mentored by a trio of established music producers and competing against each other, with the winner getting to hear their song recorded by a famous musician. (Chart-topping singer Charlie Puth will be the star featured in Songland's first episode.)

Songland — which landed an 11-episode order from the Peacock network — is executive-produced by Levine, The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder also serving as a producer.

No air date has been set, but the show is currently looking for contestant submissions; check the official site for details.

"As a songwriter, I am all too familiar with the challenges that face the music community today," Levine said in a statement. "With this new series, we are excited to provide opportunities that will not only impact these songwriters' careers, but also give them a platform to truly showcase their talent to a global audience."

TV Line

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 30
From TV Newscheck

Usual game show leader Family Feud was beaten by rival Wheel of Fortune in the session ending Sept. 30, which was marked by heavy preemptions for coverage of the Kavanaugh-Ford Judiciary hearings, which plagued many daytime strips.

Ratings were also affected by increased viewing of cable news channels covering the day-long hearing.

Feud had been all alone at the top of the games for the prior 27 weeks, but this time Wheel rose 7% from the previous round to a 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Feud fell 5% to a 5.8, landing in a tie for the runner-up spot in the genre with Jeopardy, which added 4% to a 5.8.

However, even with the weekly victory, Wheel's 5.9 was no match for overall leader Judge Judy, which clocked a top-ranked 6.8..

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

GAME SHOWS
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +7%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/9/18

MONDAY: Dancing with Second Place
NBC Sweeps The Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its Monday reign thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Manifest" (7.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

FOX (5.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "9-1-1" (5.924 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (7.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.631 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (7.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.434 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Happy Together" (4.963 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (5.957 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Bull" (6.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the conclusion to "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2" (0.610 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.240m

- Halloween Cake-Off (S/Food): 904k
- Double Dare (Nick): 782k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/9/18

WEEKEND: Fox Goes 1-2-3 in the Demo
CBS Takes Friday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.102 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued to get a boost on Friday with its new lineup of "Last Man Standing" (6.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.842 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.175 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its mainstays "MacGyver" (5.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.262 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with encores of "Manifest" (3.017 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "New Amsterdam" (2.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (3.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up the season premieres of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.445 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Child Support" (2.074 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) followed by a new "20/20" (2.506 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, the season finale of "Masters of Illusion" (0.863 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) led into repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.807 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.934 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.884 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 809k
- Double Dare (Nick): 782k

On cable Saturday...
- Cash Cab (SF/Discovery): 386k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) was once again the top draw on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.168 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.790 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (6.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (16.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2), "The OT" (10.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "The Simpsons" (4.570 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.087 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.790 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Rel" (1.922 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13). Next up was

CBS (7.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "God Friended Me" (8.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.484 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season premiere of "Madam Secretary" (6.148 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and the return of "Shark Tank" (3.050 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

And finally, The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) kicked off its Sunday lineup with "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 1" (0.805 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On cable Sunday...
-
Halloween Wars (Food): 1.296m
- Flea Market Flip (SP/GAC): 247k

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posted 10/9/18

CW to Return Summer Favorites
"Penn & Teller", "Whose Line?" to Come Back
From The Futon Critic

Continuing to bulk up its slate of original summer programming, The CW Network has acquired the British action drama BULLETPROOF from Sky Vision and ordered second seasons of the legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH, starring Kristin Kreuk, and the fantasy-adventure series THE OUTPOST; all are set to air in Summer 2019. The CW has also ordered new seasons of the hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, and the classic improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? for Summer 2019. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden ("Penn & Teller's BS - Showtime," "Penn & Teller Tell A Lie") and Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money," "Solitary"), in association with 1/17 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media).

Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

History Loads Up for 2019
"Alone" to Return, "Knight Fight" & "American Butcher" to Premiere
From The Futon Critic

As HISTORY is on pace to finish the 10th consecutive year as a top 10 ad supported cable network among the key adults 25-54 demographic, the network has announced today the expansion of its nonfiction programming slate with six renewals and five new series orders.

Renewals include a massive 30-hour season six order of "The Curse of Oak Island," cable's #1 nonfiction series among total viewers in Live +3 delivery averaging over four million viewers; a 10-episode second season of "The Curse of Civil War Gold," the #1 nonfiction series launch across cable this TV season with total viewers; "Truck Night in America," HISTORY's #2 new series this year; along with new seasons of perennial hits "Alone," Mountain Men" and "Swamp People."

Additionally, new projects include "Yamashita's Gold," about the last great mystery of WWII in which Japanese soldiers, led by General Yamashita, buried a treasure deep in the Philippine jungle; the competition series "American Butcher" (working title) where master butchers carve their way through historical challenges and "Ax Men Reborn," along with two new series premiering in November, "Knight Fight," a competition series in which modern-day warriors battle using era-specific weaponry and armor, and "Brothers in Arms" about two Army veterans who are experts at historical military weaponry.

"Alone" Season Six - 10 X 60 min. Separated by miles and completely isolated, ten survivalists attempt the boldest survival experiment on "Alone." Season six will introduce a new set of men and women to face brutally freezing conditions in the most punishing environment yet - deep in the Canadian Arctic. In this new location, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, they must build their own shelters, hunt their own food, and overcome numerous deadly obstacles - such as a thriving grizzly and black bear population, territorial moose, packs of wolves and the increased risk of freezing - if they want to be the last person standing. With only a small rucksack of tools, enough camera gear to self-document their experiences and a cash prize of $500,000 on the line, season six will bring higher stakes, impressive levels of ingenuity and a greater desire to succeed than ever before. No camera crew. No gimmicks. Through all telecasts this past season, "Alone" reached 21.4 million total viewers in Live +3 delivery.

"Alone" is produced for HISTORY by Leftfield Pictures. Shawn Witt, Gretchen Palek, Simon Thomas, Zachary Green and Ryan Pender serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures. Zachary Behr serves as executive producer for HISTORY.

"Knight Fight" - 8 X 60 min. - Premieres Wednesday, November 28 at 10PM ET/PT Live by the sword, die by the sword: knights were some of history's most brutal warriors. With armor of steel and a will of iron, they took part in some of the bloodiest battles ever fought. These warriors were so dedicated that between bloody battles, they would challenge one another to extreme trials of combat. Today, the blood sport lives on in the form of the full-contact Armored Combat League - often referred to as "Medieval MMA" or "Knight Fight Club". Rooted in historical traditions, these modern-day warriors battle in over eighty pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons. Now, for the first time, these modern knights are set to wage war in this eight-episode series. Each episode will feature six fighters who will customize era-specific armor and weaponry and engage in a series of full-contact battles to see who has the skill and the strength to win the ultimate Knight Fight.

"Knight Fight" is produced by Matador Content for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Matador Content are Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin with Vincent Cariati serving as Showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Pasquarella and Mary E. Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY.

"American Butcher" (working title) - 6 X 60 min. Throughout history, the skilled craft of the butcher has been a lynchpin to survival. In early civilizations when foodborne diseases were claiming lives, it was the butcher with their sharp tools and sharper skills who kept death at bay - eventually becoming a fixture in every town across America. Today, there are thousands of people who cut meat but only a select few with the skills and expertise to be considered a "Master Butcher." Now, for the first time comes an extreme competition series where the best-in-class butchers battle each other in a showdown designed to put their skills, strategy and technique to the ultimate test. With knives drawn and machines at the ready, these Master Butchers will carve their way through painstaking challenges, use their expert knowledge to adapt to every historical twist, and reveal the fascinating secrets of the butcher's world.

"American Butcher" (working title) is produced for HISTORY by Railsplitter Pictures. Matt Ginsburg and Tim Healy are executive producers for Railsplitter Pictures. Jim Pasquarella, Dolores Gavin and Mary E. Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Christmas Baby"

posted 10/9/18

The World's Best... What?
Find Out in 2019 on CBS!
From TV Line

A trio of Hollywood A-listers will be leading the search for pop culture's next rising star: Actress Drew Barrymore, Drag Race host RuPaul Charles and musician Faith Hill will serve as judges on CBS' competition series The World's Best, the network announced Monday.

Per the official description, the show will feature "acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet" who will have to impress the judges and "the wall of the world" — 50 experts from different fields of entertainment who will help contestants advance through the competition.

The Late Late Show host James Corden will emcee the series and executive-produce alongside Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice).

"It's only fitting that The World's Best perform in front of the world's best," said Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS. "James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can't wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that's unlike any other."

Added Burnett: "James Corden is at the top of his game, and there is no one better to host this ultimate international competition series. This groundbreaking series is like the Olympics of talent shows and needed the perfect talent combination. Mike and I are thrilled Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all on board. We can't wait to see the fun they have together."

The World's Best will premiere on CBS in 2019.

TV Line

The Futon Critic

posted 10/8/18

TPIR Slots Gets An Upgrade
IGT to Release New Machines
From Guru Focus

International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the Company will reveal slot games inspired by America's highest-rated daytime game show, The Price is Right®, today at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. These top-tier games will be among the hundreds of IGT innovations on display in the Company's G2E booth under the theme "Your Best Bet."

"G2E is an opportunity for our customers to experience IGT's The Price is Right and Adam Levine games for the first time and to visualize the fun and excitement that both brands can introduce to their casino floors," said Dallas Orchard, IGT Chief Product Officer, Gaming. "Adding The Price is Right and Adam Levine slot games to IGT's premium portfolio further strengthens our content roadmap for several of our premium cabinets, and continues IGT's momentum in partnering with world-class licensed properties to create broadly appealing, unique casino experiences."

Within IGT's booth 3659, IGT will premiere three The Price is Right slot games -- each one introducing something new to IGT's premium portfolio and capturing unique aspects of the timeless game show. The three new The Price is Right slots games include:

- The Price is Right Showcase Showdown Slots on the MegaTower™ Universal cabinet. The towering, three-reel, five-line game stands 11-feet tall and places lucky players in the middle of their own "Showcase Showdown" bonus events, where they can spin the Big Wheel for grand prizes.
- The Price is Right Video Slots on the CrystalCurve™ ULTRA cabinet. The vibrant three-level progressive features vignettes with game show host Drew Carey and comes to life on the cabinet's 32-inch, curved lower display and its 50-inch, curved upper display. The highly interactive game features many of the TV game show's most popular games such as Punch A Bunch, Cliff Hangers, and Rat Race.
- The Price is Right Plinko Slots on the CrystalDual™+ Stepper cabinet. This three-reel, five-line game gives players the chance to play the widely loved The Price is Right Plinko game for a chance to win big prizes on a classic, mechanical reel slot.


Guru Focus

posted 10/8/18

The UK Started, So KZ Will Finish
"Mastermind" Heads to Kazakhstan
From Seen It

BBC Studios is taking Mastermind to Kazakhstan, where a 21 episode series will air on the Khabar channel later this year.

As in the UK version, contestants will compete to win the honor of being crowned Kazakhstan's Mastermind as they take to the black chair to be tested on their specialist subject and general knowledge.

One of Britain's most enduring and best loved quiz shows (debuted on BBC in 1972), Mastermind has previously sold to nine territories including Australia, Ireland and Russia, and is known for its "I've started so I'll finish…" catchphrase.

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, BBC Studios, commented: "We're thrilled that a huge heritage brand like Mastermind, which has been on air in the UK for over 40 years is still being welcomed into new territories."


Seen It

Advanced Television

posted 10/8/18


GAMES GONE BY: Body Language
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What kind of show do you have when celebs try to act like students at a college for mimes? Well, you get a funny game show that Chris Wolvie is happy to put as a "Games Gone By...": "Body Language".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/8/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Student Playing Teacher"

  • Faysal Shafaat, Haleigh Broucher still a long-distance thing (Reality TV World)

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to San Antonio (The San Antonio Current)

  • Nick Cannon is coming for late night (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Grant Denyer almost announced dead on Ten... which would've made Game of Games a bit of a downer (News.com.au)

  • Kim Crossman may be trading quiz show hosting for life in "The Middle" (TV Line)

posted 10/8/18


WPLG Miami

CRISTY CASERTA: 1980-2018
Season 15 "Bachelor" Contestant
From WPLG Miami

Cristy Caserta, a South Florida woman who appeared on season 15 of "The Bachelor," died suddenly this week after having an apparent seizure at a work event in Sunrise, police said.

Officer Luis Fernandez, a spokesman for the Sunrise Police Department, said Caserta, 38, fell forward and hit her head on a desk during a work training event on Thursday morning.

Paramedics rushed Caserta to Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, where she later died.

Fernandez said head trauma did not appear to be the cause of death. The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services performed an autopsy Friday to determine the cause of death, but results of toxicology tests will not be available for several weeks.

"(Her) age and the circumstances of how this occurred catch attention; we made sure we were on the thorough side (of investigating the death)," Fernandez said.

In 2015, Caserta briefly appeared on the ABC reality show, vying to find love with entrepreneur and bar owner Brad Womack. Caserta was one of 10 women eliminated in the first episode of the season.

In her Twitter profile, she described herself as an "attorney…FSU Alum…Just an easy going South Florida girl…hot minute on ABC's The Bachelor 15." .

WPLG Miami
CBS News
TMZ

posted 10/6/18

THURSDAY: Football Lives
Fox Wins on NFL
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home top honors last night with its second week of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.193 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (4.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.532 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.219 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.055 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was CBS (8.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.938 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (7.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.253 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its lineup of "Superstore" (3.167 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Good Place" (2.973 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Will & Grace" (3.942 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.656 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "The Originals" (0.417 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 584k
- Bite Club (Food): 528k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/5/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "From One House to Another... Part 2"

posted 10/5/18

Food Network Comes Home for the Holidays
Game Details for the Rest of the Year
From The Futon Critic

This November, Food Network is celebrating Thanksgiving all-month long with more than 25 hours hours of holiday programming including a slate of brand-new series, specials, themed episodes and classic shows dedicated to food's biggest day. This marks an increase of more than 30% from last year's Thanksgiving programming, spanning almost 40 episodes across 22 different titles.

The primetime lineup includes premieres of Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, a three-episode competition hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, on Sunday, November 4th at 9pm (all times ET/PT); Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption on Sunday, November 11th at 10pm; Barefoot Contessa Cook Like A Pro: Thanksgiving Sides on Saturday, November 17th at 8pm and Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, hosted by Martha Stewart, on Sunday, November 18th at 8pm.

Brand-new Thanksgiving digital content will roll-out on social media all month, leading into #FEASTWEEK and the live interactive event #CHOOSEYOURSIDE on Sunday, November 18th. Before and after the feast, viewers can bliss out on the nostalgia of classic holiday-themed episodes during a Thanksgiving Day marathon on Thursday, November 22nd from 9:30am-6pm.

"Food Network is simply the destination for all things Thanksgiving - our content is unparalleled in delivering the best in recipes, tips and strategies for a wonderful holiday," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "We are thrilled to deliver more hours than ever before of entertainment and expertise leading into the big day."

Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge kicks off the season with a face-off between five talented chefs who must create mind-blowing Thanksgiving dishes. Host Giada De Laurentiis puts these competitors to the test, challenging them to prepare the most delicious and innovative turkeys, side dishes and desserts to ever hit a dining room table. Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni determine which chef heads into the holiday with the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights. The three-episode series premieres Sunday, November 4th at 9pm and the winner will be named on Sunday, November 18th at 9pm. Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/UltimateThanksgivingChallenge and join the conversation on social using #UltimateThanksgivingChallenge.

On Sunday, November 11th at 10pm, chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence welcome back four former Boot Camp recruits in Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption. The much-improved recruits team up to make a Thanksgiving feast for the chance to win a brand-new suite of kitchen appliances and culinary redemption. Uncover the very best of the worst at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks and share your biggest Thanksgiving disasters on social media using #WorstCooks.

Martha Stewart hosts the new primetime holiday special Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, premiering Sunday, November 18th at 8pm. Witness all the incredible cake creations as four of the country's best cake artists come together to design culinary masterpieces that pay tribute to the beloved Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats. Featuring Buddy Valastro, Yolanda Gampp and Susan Tercero as judges, one cake artist will take home the ultimate honor for best in show, while walking away with $25,000 for the holidays. Head to FoodNetwork.com/ThanksgivingCakeSpectacular for an insider's look at Macy's iconic floats and use #ThanksgivingCakeSpectacular on social.

Holiday Baking Championship returns on Monday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT with a new batch of holiday bakers and even more decadent holiday desserts. Host Jesse Palmer,along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, test the skills of nine talented bakers as they whisk, fold and frost their way through difficult challenges throughout the seven episodes. From yule log mashups to eggnog cakes, only one will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured in an original video on FoodNetwork.com and in a feature in Food Network Magazine. For more baking fun, six previous baking champions are back at 'home' in the baking championship kitchen to prove their skills can rise to the top on Monday, December 24th at 9pm ET/PT in the new one-hour special Holiday Baking Championship: Homecoming. Head to FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship to meet the newest batch of contestants and find everything you need to bake all season long, and on Food Network's Instagram and Facebook pages see our collection of decadent holiday creations. Tell us your favorite holiday dessert using #HolidayBakingChampionship. After the HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP finale, watch out for an exclusive baking video with the winner!

Host Eddie Jackson returns with lead judge Ree Drummond this holiday season to challenge festive and talented cookie MAKERS over a new seven-episode season of Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 5th at 10pm ET/PT. Each episode features five daring cookie MAKERS proving their holiday skills through two rounds, as Eddie and Ree are joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Stephanie Boswell, Vivian Chan, Dan Langan, Jordan Pilarski, Gesine Prado, Aarti Sequeira and Molly Yeh to help determine which bakers will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize. Visit FoodNetwork.com/ChristmasCookieChallenge to see the most creative holiday cookies ever, and watch culinary challenges in THE KITCHEN with Eddie, Ree and the other judges. Viewers can share their best cookie creations on social using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.

Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed premiere episodes of fan-favorite series, including Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, Holiday Baking Championship, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and more will also air in November and December.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 10/4/18

HQ Sports Coming to UK...
And So Is The One...
From Gizmodo

HQ Trivia has just announced two brand new quiz shows are set to launch in the UK. There's HQ Sports, which launched Stateside back in July, and a new quizzical winner-takes-all show called The One, which won't be letting a group of winners share the prize pot amongst themselves.

The One will have a prize of £5,000, presented by HQ mainstay Sharon Carpenter, and will air this Sunday (7th October) at 9pm BST.

The downside is that this seems to be a one-off show for the time being, but HQ does have plans for the format with Dan Glassman, Head of International at HQ Trivia, saying: "Our 'one winner takes all' games are exciting, tension-filled events that offer us the opportunity to positively impact a lucky winner's life. We plan on further building out 'The One' format to deliver more excitement and larger cash prizes to our amazing fans."

The UK edition of HQ Sports will launch this Sunday at 2pm, with hosting duties handed over to Tyler West, a presenter who also happens to be a former member of Team GB - representing Britain in handball of all things. The launch is building on the success of sport-themed specials earlier this year, including those tying into the World Cup, and will be broadcast every Sunday to complement the range of weekend football people already enjoy.

Broadway World

posted 10/4/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, NBC Win Night
From Gizmodo

FOX (4.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with originals from "Empire" (5.014 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (4.036 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

NBC (8.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its crossover lineup of "Chicago Fire" (7.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Med" (8.751 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.755 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (5.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.434 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (4.275 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.808 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up week two of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.230 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) followed by the return of "SEAL Team" (5.077 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, the season finale of "Burden of Truth" (0.700 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.425 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Fprged in Fire (History): 1.150m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 826k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SP/History): 700k
- Safeword (MTV): 503k
- ARe You The One (MTV): 432k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 173k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 126k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/4/18

A Dream Is A Wish Your App Makes...
Disney Invests in HQ's Parent Company
From Digiday

The Walt Disney Company has invested in mobile entertainment app HQ Trivia's parent company Intermedia Labs, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. An Intermedia Labs spokesperson declined to comment.

A Disney spokesperson said that the company made the investment through its Disney Accelerator program. That program is a three-month startup incubator in which Disney mentors and invests a small amount of money in 50 emerging media and entertainment companies.

The investment is the latest example of the entertainment giant looking to evolve its business as traditional distribution outlets continue to lose ground to digital platforms and direct-to-consumer properties.

Disney's stake in HQ Trivia could create more opportunities for Disney to market its businesses through the app and incorporate the app's branding into its other businesses, such as producing an HQ Trivia-branded show for ABC's broadcast network or ESPN's ESPN+ streaming service.

And for HQ Trivia, Disney's backing could bolster the year-old app's ad sales efforts and expansion into new show formats as well as reassure any advertisers or other business partners wary of HQ Trivia CEO Colin Kroll's sordid history. (Disney investing in HQ Trivia's maker is not the same as Disney buying HQ Trivia, a distinction that could be connected to Disney's troubled acquisition of digital video network Maker Studios.)

The size of Disney's investment wasn't available. Intermedia Labs disclosed earlier this year that it was raising $15 million and was still looking for someone to invest $2.46 million to close the funding round, according to a regulatory filing published in March..

Digiday

posted 10/4/18

Millionaire Plays to the Stars
Catch Las Vegas Celebrity Week October 15
From Broadway World

The nationally Syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will present an entire week of special celebrity contestants during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," airing Monday, Oc. 15 - Friday, Oct. 19.

This season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut and during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, October 15 - AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys The best-selling BOY BAND of all time, Backstreet Boys, are performing at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. AJ and Howie will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17 - Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa Iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa are currently headlining "I Love The 90s - The Vegas Show" at Paris Theater. Cheryl and Sandra's winnings will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Adding even more excitement to their appearance, hip-hop duo Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid 'N Play will serve as Salt-N-Pepa's "Plus One" lifeline.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 18 - Tom Green Comedian Tom Green is performing at Harrah's Showroom at Harrah's Las Vegas. Green will donate his winnings to USC Keck School of Medicine.

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19 - Paul Shaffer Legendary bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and comedian Paul Shaffer is performing at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace for a limited run with his band The Sh?f-Shifters. Shaffer will be playing "Millionaire" for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Broadway World

posted 10/3/18

TUESDAY: No Talent, No Problem
NBC Splts Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

The nationally Syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will present an entire week of special celebrity contestants during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," airing Monday, Oc. 15 - Friday, Oct. 19.

This season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut and during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, October 15 - AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys The best-selling BOY BAND of all time, Backstreet Boys, are performing at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. AJ and Howie will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17 - Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa Iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa are currently headlining "I Love The 90s - The Vegas Show" at Paris Theater. Cheryl and Sandra's winnings will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Adding even more excitement to their appearance, hip-hop duo Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid 'N Play will serve as Salt-N-Pepa's "Plus One" lifeline.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 18 - Tom Green Comedian Tom Green is performing at Harrah's Showroom at Harrah's Las Vegas. Green will donate his winnings to USC Keck School of Medicine.

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19 - Paul Shaffer Legendary bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and comedian Paul Shaffer is performing at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace for a limited run with his band The Sh?f-Shifters. Shaffer will be playing "Millionaire" for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 672k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 627k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 604
k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Superchamp? Not Likely"

  • Jeff Probst agrees, having an all-winners season of "Survivor" is dumb (Us)

  • Abby Lee Miller turns 51 amidst cancer battle (Reality TV World)

  • Blake Shelton sends his love to Gwen Stefani on her birthday (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Richmond (Richmond Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robert Mills (World Screen)

posted 10/3/18

Jenna Dewan Leaves "World of Dance"
Host to Remain ... In Some Form
From People

Jenna Dewan is saying goodbye to World of Dance — sort of!

On Monday, the 37-year-old, who has been the show's host since season one, announced her departure from the NBC reality competition series.

"Hi to my World of Dance lovers! I have some news to share: I will not be returning to the show as host for season 3," Dewan captioned an Instagram photo of herself posing on set.

While she will no longer serve as the show's host, Dewan revealed she will be a part of World of Dance in some capacity.

"But! I won't be able to stay away for long, and plan to return to mentor contestants as much as possible," Dewan continued. "It has been an absolute thrill to be a part of this incredible, groundbreaking show from the very beginning, and I am forever grateful to my @nbc family, @jlo, @derekhough @neyo and everyone involved in this journey."

People
AOL
Reality TV World

posted 10/2/18

Eco-Challenge Returns
Bear Grylls to Host for Amazon Prime
From People

Amazon Studios today unveiled plans for Eco-Challenge 2019, the toughest global outdoor multi-sport endurance race on Earth from MGM Television and prolific Emmy Award-winning producer and Mark Burnett, to be hosted by survival and adventure phenom Bear Grylls.

The ten-episode event series will pit teams of four competitors selected from around the world against each other and nature's harsh elements in this grueling 24-hours a day, multi-day race. If one teammate quits the entire team is disqualified, which magnifies the pressure. The 2019 location for the international, epic adventure will be unveiled later this year.

Eco-Challenge 2019 will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.

Using state of the art cinematography, Eco-Challenge 2019 tests the limits of human physical and mental endurance in the most rugged natural landscapes on earth. Each team, comprised of both men and women, compete in grueling challenges over a 350+ mile race course. Past Eco-Challenge disciplines have included whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and mountain biking - those for the Eco-Challenge 2019 event will be revealed to the selected teams later this year. To finish requires teamwork, courage, skill, and commitment; to win demands the extraordinary.

"I owe so much to Eco-Challenge. I came to the competition after I spent a few years competing professionally in expedition competitions," said Burnett, who is also Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group. "I went on to produce Eco-Challenge for a decade. It started my entire TV career and afforded me my first Emmy. I've been asked one question over and over. When is it coming back? Now it is. With Bear Grylls at the helm and the Amazon Prime Video team delivering it to a worldwide audience, we will make an amazing team, and the audience will see that this little race eats Ironmen for breakfast."

"Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls are a dream pairing when it comes to the world of ultimate survival. The STAKES and the emotions will run high for the teams on Eco-Challenge 2019," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "Our Prime Video audience is in for a high-octane edge-of-your-seat experience as these fierce competitors find their limits and are asked to push BEYOND them in an adventure unlike any other."

"Eco-Challenge is the ultimate survival-adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen," said Bear Grylls. "Amazon Studios have such incredible global reach and the ability to unite so many countries and territories around this race, that shows human endeavor at its most powerful."

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/18

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 23
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, the top tier of talk shows delivered some Nielsen heat in the last week of summer, the session ending Sept. 23. In addition, syndication champion Judge Judy lobbed a haymaker at its competition becoming the first show of the new season to hit or exceed the 7 rating level.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/2/18

New Cover Stories... New GSN
Season 2 Begins with "Super Contestants" October 21
From Broadway World

Game Show Network's COVER STORY, a one-hour documentary series that looks at the fascinating personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals in and around the most popular games and shows of all time will return to Sundays this fall at 7 p.m. ET, beginning on October 21 with COVER STORY: Game Show Super Contestants.

The premiere episode will explore the incredible stories of contestants who won the largest prizes and had the most memorable wins on some of the most popular and beloved game shows. From Ken Jennings' record 74-game-winning streak on "Jeopardy!" to Caitlyn Burke guessing a 27-letter "Wheel of Fortune" phrase with just one letter, to Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox winning $1 Million on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" this COVER STORY will go IN DEPTH with never-before-seen interviews of TV's greatest contestants and delve into the effects of the winnings on their life - what they did with their huge prizes and where they are now.

Upcoming new episodes include:
- COVER STORY: THE NEWLYWED GAME Most Outrageous Answers (October 28) "The Newlywed Game" has made audiences laugh for decades, with its naughty innuendos and colorful contestants. Hosted by Trish Suhr, Newlywed Game: Most Outrageous Answers will feature the most outrageous and hilarious moments from the show, spanning over many seasons. COVER STORY will revisit unforgettable couples and wild confessions from the game show that made "whoopy" a household term.
- COVER STORY: Wheel of Fortune Greatest Moments (November 4) "Wheel of Fortune" is one of America's longest running and most beloved game shows. On Wheel Of Fortune: Greatest Moments, host Trish Suhr will take viewers on an entertaining ride, celebrating the show's greatest moments featuring amazing solves, missteps, bloopers, and laugh-out-loud clips.
- COVER STORY: Playing the Slots Big Winners and Cheaters (November 18) They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice but try telling that to some of these lucky gamblers. Playing the Slots: Big Winners & Cheaters, tells the stories of people such as Guadalupe Lopez, a $2.4 million slot winner and mother to international megastar, Jennifer Lopez, who believes that her prayers were answered when she was guided to a winning machine. $10.3 million slot winner, Mark Hodos, dreamt that a specific slot machine would win big, and then did! We'll hear from those who won millions, and those who thought they won big, only to have their dreams of wealth shattered. Plus, convicted slot cheat, Tommy Carmichael, will reveal how he managed to make THE ONE arm bandit pay out thousands on any spin. Slot machine designers and experts explain why most gamblers are really losing, even when they think they're winning, and how these thrilling machines are designed to stimulate gamblers' senses and keep them coming back and spending, time and time again.
- COVER STORY: SCANDAL The MIT Blackjack Ring (December 2) A group of students at MIT were offered an extra-curricular opportunity that would change their lives forever and become pop culture legend. These student gamblers learned how to tilt the odds in their favor while playing blackjack, which led to big money, and big trouble. Over the next two decades, the founders of the MIT Blackjack Team recruited and trained students to use their smarts to beat the house. Students began living double lives, laser focused on academics during the week, and gambling and enjoying the luxurious life on weekends. That is, until one day a traitor sold the players out causing the whole blackjack ring to come CRASHING down. COVER STORY will take you on this captivating journey through first hand interviews with the original MIT Blackjack team founders, personal photos, and a story that became legendary.


Broadway World

posted 10/2/18

MONDAY: This Is The Win
NBC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.456 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) kicked off week two of the TV season on top with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Manifest" (8.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

FOX (5.454 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.820 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (6.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (7.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with its second week of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Good Doctor" (7.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up the premieres of "The Neighborhood" (8.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Happy Together" (5.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus originals from "Magnum P.I." (6.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Bull" (6.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, the season finales of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.632 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.223m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/18

WEEKEND: Back Into Hell
Fox, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.260 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors with its debut lineup of "Last Man Standing" (8.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "The Cool Kids" (6.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (7.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with the return of "MacGyver" (5.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with encores of "Manifest" (3.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "New Amsterdam" (3.276 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (3.868 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.191 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) opted for the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: Jonestown, Paradise Lost" (3.060 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a new "20/20" (3.455 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.151 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.101 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Quizney (Disney): 960k
- Battlebots (Discovery) :757k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 396k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 391k

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (SP/Food): 1.977m

- Halloween Wars: Road to Halloween Wars (S/Food): 1.601m
- Halloween Wars: The Best of Halloween Wars (S/Food): 1.195m
- Double Dare (Nick): 683k

THe FUton Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/18

What's in the Box?
Nick GSA Greenlights Unboxing Game Show
From Kidscreen

Nickelodeon GSA has greenlit a new live-action series based on the online phenomenon of unboxing. Toy Toy Toy—The Unboxing Show, a Nickelodeon/Starship Tube co-pro, will premiere in Germany on November 3 before rolling out in Austria and Switzerland later that month. Subsequent episodes will air every Saturday and Sunday evening in the regions.

Moderated by Sascha Quade (Homeland), the game show-esque format will pit two pairs of players against one another in a timed challenge to dig out an unknown toy from a giant box. The winning team will move on to tackle a huge pyramid of packages within a time limit; whatever they open, they get to keep.

This commission news comes less than 24 hours after Viacom announced the appointment of Nickelodeon's new president. Former Paramount Players president and Awesomeness co-founder Brian Robbins will step into the role, which was vacated by Cyma Zarghami earlier this year.

Kidscreen

Fast Company

posted 10/2/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "From One House to Another"

  • Tyler Crispen, Angela Rummans move from one house to another (Reality TV World)

  • Maddie Ziegler gets a car from Sia for her sweet 16 (Reality TV World)

  • Dancing with the Stars goes on the road again (The Futon Critic)

  • Wayne Brady's daughter gets bold... and beautiful (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Alex Trebek's role as debate moderator... it... didn't go well. (Vice)

  • Alec Baldwin in "Death of a Salesman"... one (BLANK) only (Detroit Free Press)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP!: A game show devoted to China's leader (Shanghaiist)

posted 10/2/18

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