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WEDNESDAY: "Big Brother" Reaches the Age of Majority
CBS Wins, but Season 18 Premieres Down
From the Futon Critic

On last night's premiere of BIG BROTHER, host Julie Chen revealed the first three twists of the season to the Houseguests. In the first twist, four fan favorites - Frank Eudy (BB14), Nicole Franzel (BB16), James Huling (BB17) and Da'Vonne Rogers (BB17) - surprised the Houseguests and returned to play the game this summer. In the second twist, all 16 Houseguests discovered that they would play this summer's game in teams of four, and for the first time ever, each would have a hand in picking their Teams.

The following are the Big Brother Teams:

- Category 4: Frank Eudy, Bridgette Dunning, Michelle Meyer, Paulie Calafiore
- The Freakazoids: Nicole Franzel, Glenn Garcia, Corey Brooks, Tiffany Rousso
- Team Unicorn: James Huling, Victor Arroyo, Bronte D'Acquisto, Natalie Negrotti
- Big Sister: Da'Vonne Rogers, Paul Abrahamian, Zakiyah Everette, Joeza Flores

In the third twist of the evening, Houseguests discovered that one of them would be evicted much sooner than expected, following the first series of competitions that spanned the two-night premiere event.

Next, the remaining three teams began the first and second phase of the competition, "Hit the Road."

A new weekly competition will be unveiled Sunday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), in its regular time period. Then, BIG BROTHER will air Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen.

CBS (5.271 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour season premiere of "Big Brother 18" (6.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) alongside the launch of "American Gothic" (3.527 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

NBC (3.795 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.728 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (2.359 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.339 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.796 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.941 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.868 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 858,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 795,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 613,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood Reporter
BuddyTV
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/16

Puzzle de Pop
New Wheel of Fortune App Features Vanna White
From the Futon Critic

Today, Sony Pictures Television announced that Vanna White's first-ever mobile game, Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! is now available globally on iOS and Google Play for $2.99. To obtain a limited time free promo code, please visit www.wheelpop.com. Join Vanna White and some furry friends as they whisk players away to exotic, tropical getaways as you spin, pop, and solve word puzzles from the producers of Wheel of Fortune.

Players must beat each level by popping as few bubbles as possible to solve each puzzle. At every level, players spin the iconic Wheel to gain boosters that will power up their play. Each level rewards players' progression with regularly updated locations and puzzles. Multiple tropical locations host a variety of unique and exciting graphics and animation. Exclusive themed puzzles are available for a limited time through virtual cruise events and weekly challenges. Also, players can connect the app to Facebook and compare their progress with friends and challenge them for the highest score. Join the conversation using #WheelPop. The fun never ends because every player receives unlimited lives with Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP!

"I know I have the best job in the world, so I'm always looking for fun and different ways to connect with people," said Vanna White. "This is a fun new spin on Wheel of Fortune and I can't wait for everyone to play it!"

"Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! with Vanna White at the helm, is the industry's first hybrid puzzle and bubble shooter game that delivers a new and innovative way for fans to interact with the iconic Wheel of Fortune brand," said Mark Jocson, Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Games, Networks at Sony Pictures Television.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
BuddyTV
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/16

TUESDAY: Super Talent
NBC Wins on "AGT", Week 2 of "Truth" Improves Year to Year
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.100 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (3.472 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Black-ish" (2.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Uncle Buck" (3.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Uncle Buck" (3.774 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.447 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by the series finale of "Person of Interest" (6.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.350 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.114 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "Containment" (1.156 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.135 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.240 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 942,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 406,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 369,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 252,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Survivor Instinct"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor returns September 21 (TV Insider)
     

  • Michael Strahan hasn't really missed "Live" (NJ.com)
     

  • Having solved an animal crisis in Minnesota, Bob Barker turns his attention to the hand that fed him and its second season of "Zoo" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • The Housebots are back. And they're pissed (Engadget)
     

  • The secret of Vicki Lawrence's humor? Hives (KTVI St. Louis)
     

  • "Gay for Play", "Drag Race" heading to Hulu in July... in case you missed anything (Mashable)
     

  • Apparently "Pointless" drives people to drink. (Daily Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Yahoo!)

posted 6/23/16


StarQuebec

PIERRE LALONDE: 1941-2016
French-Canadian Singer Hosted "The Mad Dash"
From Montreal Gazette

Quebec singer and host Pierre Lalonde died Tuesday at 75, according to his agent Ginette Achim. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Lalonde was born on Jan. 20, 1941 and quickly followed his father comedian and host Jean Lalonde’s footsteps into showbusiness. By age four, he was singing on radio station CKAC for “Café-Concert Kraft.”

After studying theatre in the U.S., Lalonde came back to Quebec in the 60s to host “Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui” (Today's Youth), a popular television show. He then began releasing music in 1963 and won “discovery of the year” at the Gala des artistes.

He was also able to capture the attention of Americans over the border under the name Peter Martin with his album “Introducing Peter Martin” and a television show “The Peter Martin Show.” 

Despite continuing his music career, Lalonde turns primarily to television in the 70s and 80s. His English language shows included "Music Hop", "The Mad Dash", and "The Pierre Lalonde Show".

He was awarded a medal of honor at the Quebec National Assembly in 2011.

Montreal Gazette
All Access Music Group
CJAD Montreal

posted 6/22/16

Millionaire Looking for Contestants in Vegas
Open Calls at Ballys in July
From VegasNews

The long-running, popular game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with host Chris Harrison, has relocated to Bally’s Las Vegas and visitors and area residents have the chance to be a part of one of television’s most iconic game shows.

“Millionaire” currently is searching for outstanding contestants and enthusiastic audience members for the 2016-2017 season, which premieres in national syndication on September 12, 2016.
Open auditions will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas, located at 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd., from 2PM to 7PM on the following dates:

July 7-9
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29

Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million and with the upcoming auditions, Las Vegas-area visitors and residents can take their shot at walking away with the $1 million prize. All potential contestants should line up outside of the Indigo Lounge in Bally’s, which is adjacent to the Tequila Taqueria restaurant. Audition space is limited. There are no sign-ups for the Las Vegas auditions, and admission to the audition sessions is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information, complete eligibility requirements and the audition application can be found at www.MillionaireTV.com.

In addition, “Millionaire” is looking for energetic audience members for its live studio tapings from July 15 – September 1 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Members of the studio audience must be at least 18 years old and proof of age is required. Tickets are free and can be requested from the show’s website at www.MillionaireTV.com. Audience members also can throw their hats in the ring to appear as contestants at a future taping of the popular game show, with the opportunity to audition while they’re at the studio. And they are eligible for a 20% discount on hotel room rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino!

VegasNews.com

posted 6/22/16


NBC/A.Smith & Co./TBS Television

MONDAY: Warriors Come to Play
NBC Wins on "Ninja Warrior", "Bachelorette" Keeps ABC Competitive
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.759 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

ABC (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (7.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.042 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.981 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.675 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.062 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.156 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) plus a new "BrainDead" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.209 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.809 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "Reign" (0.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) followed by a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.054 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.434 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 988,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 538,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 376,000
 

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/16

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 12
From TV NewsCheck

The session ending June 12 was a good one for Kelly Ripa. Despite the recent departure of Michael Strahan, Live with Kelly extended its winning streak to two weeks in a row as the No. l talk show for the first time since Dec. 28, 2015. Although PUT levels declined sharply, Kelly had only a 4% dip to a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, lost 6% to a 6.8, but for the seventh week in a row was the highest-rated game show. Well behind was former top game Wheel of Fortune, which slid 2% to a 5.8.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 NC
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV NewsCheck
B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/22/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sanctuary"

  • Bob Barker donates $50,000 to Minnesota animal haven (KARE Minneapolis-St. Paul)
     

  • ICYMI: Mike Tyson had a question for his fellow panelist. Spoiler alert: they're real. And they're amazing. (People)
     

  • Dee Bradley Baker to reprise his role as Olmec in the upcoming "Legends" movie. Let's rock (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Bachelor spins off "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" ... Really? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Teen Choice Awards has a host... and his name is JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • SUNDAY FUN & GAMES is FOUR DAYS AWAY! (TV Insider) PLUS a few good minutes with Mr. Harvey (TV Insider), Mr. Strahan (TV Insider), and Mr. Baldwin (TV Insider)

posted 6/22/16

"Fresh Paint" Opens Strong
GSN Series Breaks Record for Highest Network Ratings in Female Demos
From The Futon Critic

GSN's debut of SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT last Wednesday (June 15), became the network's highest-rated competitive reality series premiere in the key demos W18-49 and W25-54 and was also the second-most watched original series premiere in the network's history, based on Live+3 ratings released Monday.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion. The series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/21/16

WEEKEND: Cleveland Rocks!
NBA Wins on Sunday... Talent Wins on Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to a repeat "America's Got Talent" (4.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.797 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "20/20" (4.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.186 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its second run lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise offered up repeats of "Rosewood" (1.807 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "MasterChef" (1.081 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) followed by repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.168 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.230 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.842 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.046 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.024 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/21/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How Cavalier"

  • LeBron James picked a really good time to win the O'Brien Trophy. Just saying. (New Haven Register)
     

  • On the heels of "Big Brother's" return, four Houseguests may be added (Morning Ledger)
     

  • "Sports Jeopardy!" heads to Boston looking for champs...  (Boston Globe)

posted 6/21/16

A New Date with Penn & Teller
Season 3 of CW Favorite Launches July 13
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network announced today a new premiere date for the return of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, with new host Alyson Hannigan. The series will now premiere on Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

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.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/20/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dumpster Fire"

  • 30 SECONDS OF "THE BACHELORETTE": This guy is dating that guy's girlfriend (Reality TV World) that apparently he's lying about dumping (Reality TV World) ... and then there's these guys heading to "Paradise" (Yahoo!). In short, you're all terrible people (Reality TV World)
     

  • Joan Rivers' jewelry collection is up for bids at Christie's (New York Daily News)
     

  • Nick Cannon addresses his divorce papers in a new song, "Divorce Papers" (People)
     

  • Christina Grimmie laid to rest (People)
     

  • What's in your wallet, Ross Mathews? Beef (Just Jared)
     

  • Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman are taking their pointless show on the road (Get Reading)
     

  • @midnight closes in on 300 episodes (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Darnell (Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/20/16

More All-Star Drag Race!
Catch It on Logo August 25!
From Vulture

Fasten your tucks, because it's time for another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars. That's right, hunty, ten of your favorite coulda-woulda-shoulda queens will be back to try to snatch the crown again. The roster is serving season-five realness with half of the queens coming from that cohort alone: We've got a reunion of Rolaskatox made up of Alaska, Detox, and Roxxxy Andrews, as well as serving a second round of the beef between Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards. Rounding out the ten are Adore Delano (season six), Ginger Minj (season seven), Katya (season seven), Phi Phi O'Hara (season four), and Tatianna (season two). Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Todrick Hall join RuPaul at the judges' table. The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars airs Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m.

Vulture
Billboard

TV Line
Inquisitr

posted 6/17/16

THURSDAY: Game. Seven.
NBA, ABC, Big Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (16.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

CBS (4.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Mom" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Odd Couple" (4.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Code Black" (4.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a special "Dateline NBC" (5.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) followed by the return of "Aquarius" (2.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a second hour of "Aquarius" (2.414 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Bones" (3.878 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the season premiere of "Home Free" (2.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.678 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 918,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 406,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 351,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 311,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 267,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Blanking Rerun"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Encore ____ of "Match Game" is planned for June 30 (Broadway World)
     

  • No idea how they got the Aggro Crag to New York City, but is it AWESOME (Uproxx)
     

  • Rachel Riley... STEM advocate (FoodManufacture.co.uk)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kirk Fogg (Yahoo!)

posted 6/17/16

WEDNESDAY: Logjam
NBC Wins Repeat-Laden Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

FOX (3.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (4.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Wayward Pines" (2.543 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.350 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.170 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.409 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.872 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Black-ish" (3.467 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.315 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Undercover Boss" (3.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.758 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 787,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 658,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 404,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398,000

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posted 6/16/16

12 People... One House
Meet the New Big Brother Houseguests!
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today 12 Houseguests who will embark on a new season of BIG BROTHER during a record 99 days inside the house. BIG BROTHER's three-hour premiere spans two nights, with two hours on Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and one hour on Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit summer series.

This season's new twists will be announced during the two-night premiere event. Details about the house will be announced shortly.

Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 26; Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen. Last summer all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked among the top 10 summer series in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

The following 12 new Houseguests will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

Paul Abrahamian (23) (pron Ab-ra-HAY-me-en)
Hometown: Tarzana, Calif.
Current City: Tarzana, Calif.
Occupation: Clothing Designer

Victor Arroyo (25) (pron Ah-ROY-yo)
Hometown: Slidell, La.
Current City: Slidell, La.
Occupation: Gym Manager

Corey Brooks (25)
Hometown: Dallas
Current City: Dallas
Occupation: Baseball Coach

Paulie Calafiore (27) (pron Cal-ah-FEE-or-EE)
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
Current City: Howell, N.J.
Occupation: DJ

Bronte D'Acquisto (26) (pron BRAWN-tay dah-QUIZ-toe)
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current City: Denver, Colo.
Occupation: Student

Bridgette Dunning (24)
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Current City: Ventura, Calif.
Occupation: Traveling Nurse

Zakiyah Everette (24) (pron Zah-KEY-ah)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current City: Charlotte, N.C.
Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Jozea Flores (25) (pron Joe-ZAY)
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Makeup Artist

Glenn Garcia (50)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Current City: Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Dog Groomer/Former Police Detective

Michelle Meyer (23)
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.
Current City: Washington Township, Mich.
Occupation: Nutritionist

Natalie Negrotti (26) (pron Nah-GRAH-tee)
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current City: Franklin Park, N.J.
Occupation: Event Coordinator

Tiffany Rousso (32) (pron ROO-so)
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Current City: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Occupation: High School Teacher

BIG BROTHER today announced that the theme of this season's house is "summer vacation," showcasing design elements and decor that celebrate travel and the best summer vacation destinations. The house features exotically themed bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, plus a completely redesigned backyard with a new pool, hot tub and gym equipment. BIG BROTHER debuts with a two-night premiere event, Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. In addition to twists being revealed during the two-night premiere, a new weekly competition will be unveiled in the first Sunday episode, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

"We are loving how the house theme plays into the twists and turns that the BIG BROTHER Houseguests will face this summer," said Allison Grodner, Executive Producer, BIG BROTHER. "I don't want to give too much away, but there are quite a few things in the house that are more than just decorations."

"This season we're creating the craziest summer vacation ever inside the BIG BROTHER house," added Rich Meehan, Executive Producer. "It's going to be 99 days of twists and turns, with a few secrets along the way. But we're most looking forward to those moments that even surprise us...because it wouldn't be BIG BROTHER without unexpected 'showmances,' meltdowns and blindsides."

As with any great vacation, the Houseguests will start their summer of fun in an ultra-modern air terminal/living room where a "Departures" sign lists the exotic destinations featured throughout the house. The air travel theme continues in the kitchen, with an island built from the cowling of a 727 jet engine, and souvenir-themed plates, glasses and snow globes. In an African safari-themed room, Houseguests can lounge inside a "glamping tent," then "travel" to the bustling Shibuya section of Tokyo with its pop-art graphic mural and neon signs, and to London with its cobblestone floor and Union Jack fabric in the bedrooms. A bright yellow and red phone booth serves as a passageway between the Tokyo and London rooms and has a working phone that connects callers to the Head of Household suite. The patterned textures and bright colors of the Caribbean-inspired bathroom brings the beach indoors for the Houseguests.

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posted 6/16/16

The Chase Is In a Family Way
Casting Underway in the UK
From Metro

How many times have you been sitting in front of The Chase with the family insisting that you could do way better than the contestants failing miserably before the might of The Beast or the skills of The Governess? You’re about to get the chance to prove it!

ITV have announced a brand new version of The Chase called Family Edition which will allow four members of the same clan take on a quiz genius to take home some cash and the application process is now open.

Stipulating a preference for cross generation teams, you will need to team up with the likes of your mum, your grandad and that uncle who will have serious words if you take the lower offer for the brand new format which is expected to start filming later this year.

The announcement of The Chase’s spin-off comes as the quiz show goes from strength to strength with awards recognition and solid viewing figures. But which of the five Chasers will your family be able to take down?

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posted 6/16/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "More... STUFF!"

  • Just in time for the 40th anniversary of "The Gong Show", "The Gong Show Movie" arrives on Blu-Ray (PopMatters)
     

  • Private funeral services for Christina Grimmie announced (Hollywood Reporter) PLUS more details about that fateful evening (TMZ)
     

  • That $@$%$#@%!!! from Big Brother 15 just gave birth. Hopefully she's smarter than her mother (Us Magazine)
     

  • Carlos PenaVega expecting a little Webhead of his own (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tana Ramsay's fifth sadly will not come to stay (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins is apparently still the man for you, he's still the man who's true, he's still the man who's lucky, and he's still in love with you.. Jojo.. (OK!)
     

  • "Hell's Kitchen" to kick off Fox's fall season September 23 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • #TBT: 12 years later, what happened to the inaugural cast of "Dream Job"? (Awful Announcing)

posted 6/16/16

Get Ready to Match THESE Stars
Panelists Lined Up for "Match Game"
From Broadway World

It's bawdy, irreverent and a whole lot of fun. The iconic panel game show "Match Game" returns to primetime, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. Produced by FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA), "Match Game" will feature four contestants each week as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. From quick-witted comedians to a multi-talented designer, to stars of stage and screen, the stellar lineup of panelists includes Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainers, who are sure to make for an unpredictable_______.

Celebrity Panelists Include:
  • Adam Goldberg ("The Jim Gaffigan Show")
  • Ana Gasteyer ("Lady Dynamite," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live')
  • D.L. Hughley (Comedian/Author)
  • Debra Messing (ABC's "Dirty Dancing," "Mysteries of Laura," "Will & Grace")
  • Edie Falco (Multi-Emmy Award Winner)
  • Horatio Sanz ("Great News," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Isaac Mizrahi (Designer and Television Personality)
  • J.B. Smoove ("Barbershop: The Next Cut," "Curb Your Enthusiasm")
  • Jenna Fischer ("The Office")
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Multi Emmy Award-Winning Entertainer)
  • Sherri Shepherd (Actress, Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host, Host "Match made in
    Heaven")
  • Sutton Foster ("Younger"; Two-Time Tony Award-Winner)
  • Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt")

Additional names to be announced.

Broadway World

posted 6/15/16

TUESDAY: Better Than Average "Truth"
But the Night Belonged to NBC, AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.221 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (11.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (5.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (5.291 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with the premieres of "To Tell the Truth" (5.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Uncle Buck" (5.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by second episodes of "Uncle Buck" (5.204 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (5.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.549 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "NCIS" (6.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Coupled" (1.394 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.047 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat "Containment" (0.973 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.221 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.132 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 293,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 288,000

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posted 6/15/16

Cupcake Stars
"Cupcake Wars" Returns July 11
From the Futon Critic

It's an all-star cupcake showdown as celebrity contestants battle to prove their baking skills on special new episodes of Cupcake Wars, beginning on Monday, July 11th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each of the six episodes, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, four famous faces will compete in three rounds of elimination challenges to impress judges Elizabeth Chambers, Florian Bellanger and a special guest judge, for the chance to debut their creation at a major event and to win a donation to their favorite charity.

The celebrity contestants competing for cupcake glory in the upcoming episodes include Adrienne Bailon, Drake Bell, Julissa Bermudez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet,Charlie & Max Carver, Coolio, Ron Funches, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper, Hannah Hart, Perez Hilton, Grace Helbig, Shawn Johnson, Carson Kressley, NeNe Leakes, Vanessa Marano, Katherine McNamara, Heather Morris, Lamorne Morris, Audrina Patridge, Antonio Sabato Jr., Molly Sims, Lea Thompson, Emeraude Toubia, Nick Young, and Johnny Weir. Each will be challenged to design cupcakes that match a unique theme including everything from cheerleaders to the iconic Hello Kitty and Josie and the Pussycats, from Medieval Times to the classic game Twister, and to the popular children's character Matilda, tune in to see which stars will shine the brightest and crowned the winner.

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posted 6/15/16

Me Tarzan?
Discovery Greenlights "American Tarzan", to Launch July 6
From the Futon Critic

On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature's most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it. AMERICAN TARZAN, an all-new series premieres Wednesday, July 6, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every resource within reach to stay alive. That era may be gone but there are still men and women who blaze though the forest, swim the raging rapids, and spend their days in the treetops.

In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth. They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.

After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them. Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.

Seven will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica, but only one will become American Tarzan.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/16

The Cube Lives!
British Stunt Game Renewed
From Metro

Fans of The Cube were left disappointed when it seemed like the tense game show had been dropped from ITV’s lineup – but the show is set to make a return next year after not appearing on our screens since 2015.

Philip Schofield hosts the big money contest which sees members of the public – and sometimes celebrities – enter a giant cube and take on tricky tasks which lose you lives every time you fail. Contestants are forced to take the plunge and decide whether each match is worth risking their prize fund on.

During its ninth series, it was shifted from its prestigious Saturday night slot into a midweek airing and new episodes haven’t been aired since, making many viewers believe that it had been dropped.

But ITV have confirmed to The Sun that the show is ‘in the mix for 2017 and hasn’t been axed’ meaning that new episodes are in the pipeline.

There has been no confirmation on whether there will be any changes to the format thus far.

Metro

posted 6/15/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Already?!"

  • Big Brother premieres in a week, and already we have a situation. Corey Brooks from five years ago, COME ON DOWN! (TV Line)
     

  • Remember that one contestant from "First Impressions" a couple weeks ago? And that one @midnight panelist? And Adam from "Separation Anxiety"? Guess who's joining the cast of "MadTV"! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" salutes Dad this Sunday (The Futon Critic) PLUS #JurassicParkour (Thrillist)
     

  • Dan Patrick joins NBC's Olympics coverage team (Broadway World)
     

  • The Voice to kick off NBC's fall season September 19 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth is on the mend after a pullout (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with NeNe Leakes (Access Hollywood) & Regis Philbin (Wall Street Journal)

posted 6/15/16

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 5
From B&C

The first week following the May sweep is usually a ratings downer and the session ending June 5 was no exception. Many shows were in repeats and on top of that it was the big Memorial Day holiday week.

One of the few shows to avoid the downdraft was Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly, which took over first place among talkers despite having a full week of various guest cohosts subbing for the recently departed Michael Strahan.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud with host Steve Harvey made it six weeks in a row as the top game show with a 6% advance to a 7.2. In addition, Feud moved past Judy reruns to the top of the overall chart.

Former game show topper, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slowed down 5% to a 5.9. CTD’s Jeopadry! softened 5% to a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game shrank 7% to a 1.3, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire eroded 8% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/14/16

MONDAY: Warriors 3, Cavs 2
ABC, NBA Win Monday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (16.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

NBC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was king of the leftovers with the relocated "American Ninja Warrior" (6.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and the launch of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.746 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (4.142 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Scorpion" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) followed by the premiere of "BrainDead" (4.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.453 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.807 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.957 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 945,000
- Cake Wars (Food): 904,000
- Are You The One (MTV/SP): 689,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 341,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 3, Cavs 1
ABC, NBA Win Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was of course the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (12.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

NBC (4.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two broadcaster with an "America's Got Talent" (4.702 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.895 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its coverage of "2016 Copa America Centenario" (1.186 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

And on Sunday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139 million
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.682 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.098 million

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will the Real 'To Tell the Truth' Please Stand Up?"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "To Tell the Truth" (USA Today)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT!: someone's brother is joining the "Big Brother" house, PLUS... (Design & Trend)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a NASCAR racer goes from the track to the course (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoJo Fletcher, a person self-described as "strange" (TV Insider)

posted 6/13/16


ChristinaGrimmie.com
CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: 1994-2016
Singer Placed Third in Season 6 of "The Voice"
From TV Line

The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who finished third place in Season 6 and was subsequently signed to Adam Levine’s label, has died after being shot late Friday following a concert performance in Orlando. She was 22.

According to Orlando’s WKMG-TV, Grimmie was signing autographs near the venue’s merchandise booth when an unknown individual walked up and opened fire. The assailant was then tackled by Gimmie’s brother before turning the gun on himself. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier that night, Grimmie performed at Orlando’s The Plaza Live theater. Following the shooting, she was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, but died several hours later.

A motive is unknown at this time.

“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist said in a statement. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”

The Voice released its own statement via Twitter early Saturday, saying, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of Christina Grimmie.”

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posted 6/10/16

THURSDAY: Happy Winsanity Day!
CBS, NBC Split
From the Futon Critic

GSN has partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow on the new game show series, WINSANITY, to allow viewers - for the first time ever in cable TV - to play along at home in real-time on their mobile devices against other viewers, see their results on-screen and also get a chance to win prizes throughout the season. The play along at home feature will be part of the show, beginning with the series debut on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.

Hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), each half-hour episode of WINSANITY features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of President Barack Obama's Twitter followers?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience can lose some or all of their prizes, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round.

The new iPowow play-at-home game at WinsanityLive.com, allows viewers watching the show in real-time to play along for free and stack the facts in the correct order, using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Everyone playing along will be interconnected in real time and results can be viewed second by second. All eligible participants will also be entered into a sweepstakes where if chosen, they would win whatever prizes are won by the contestant(s) on that episode. One participant will be chosen for each new episode throughout the season. The play-at-home aspect is unique to the game show format in that no show has previously enabled viewers to see results second-by-second on their TV screen, allowing everyone to feel like a contestant on the show.

The first two episodes on GSN fared thusly...
- 9p: 507,000
- 9:30p: 416,000

Elsewhere on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.597 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 875,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 555,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 237,000

NBC (4.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (4.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (4.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.588 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (4.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (4.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Code Black" (4.229 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Modern Family" (3.493 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and the feature "War of the Worlds" (3.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "American Grit" (2.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) followed by the season finale of "American Grit" (2.207 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.760 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.835 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 6/9/16

Wild Homecoming
"Wild'n Out", "Joking Off" Jump to MTV for New Seasons
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" which will debut its eighth season on MTV Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. After three seasons of breaking records as the top rated show in the history of MTV2, "Wild 'N Out" heads back to MTV where it all began for its highly anticipated eighth season. This season's supersized roster of celebrity guest captains includes: Tyga, Iggy Azalea, Timbaland, Bella Thorne, Travis Scott, Keke Palmer, Chris Paul, Erykah Badu, Tip "T.I." Harris, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Omarion, Stevie J & Joseline, Deontay Wilder, K. Michelle, Lil Dicky and more. Musical performers lighting up the season eight stage include: Flo Rida, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Yo Gotti, Trina, Jeremih, Migos, Dreezy, D.R.A.M, ILoveMemphis and many more.

"Wild 'N Out" has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game. Comedy superstars Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Kat Williams, DeRay Davis all started out as "Wild 'N Out" cast members. This year, the series welcomes ten new cast members including: special guest Michael Blackson, Charlie Clips, Justina Valentine, Tonio Skits, Becky "Pickles" Robinson, Billy Sorrells, Ross Bryant, Nate Jackson, Elgin "Davasito" David, Teddy Ray and Cynthia Luciette. Veteran cast members Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Emmanuel Hudson, Timothy DeLaGhetto, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Hitman Holla and Matt Rife, are among the returning favorites.

After "Wild 'N Out," season two of "MTV's Joking Off" premieres at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by stand-up comedian and actor DeRay Davis, "MTV's Joking Off" is a hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedy competition where teams of jokesters tear into the best of social media and the internet. Three teams of comedians must roast ridiculous tweets, Instagram photos and viral videos in order to avoid getting joked off. At the end of each episode, only ONE jokester will reign supreme.

New jokesters this season will include: Vinny Guadagnino ("The Jersey Shore"), Derek Gaines ("Broke Ass Game Show"), David Magidoff ("Broke Ass Game Show"), Leonard Ouzts, J Snow, Casey Jost and Anna Lore. David Ebert, Desus, Mero, Matteo Lane, Matt Pavich, James Manzello, Kerry Coddett, Matt Richards, Mike Camerlengo, Julia Young, Kristen Acimovic and Craig "Lowie" Low are among the returning cast members.

Closing out the night at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT is the season two debut of "Kingin' with Tyga." Tyga is a rap superstar who knows what it means to be the master of your own destiny and to truly live like a King. He is a self-made millionaire who describes his lifestyle as 'Kingin.' Tyga only knows one way to do things - and that's to take everything to the next level. Season two of "Kingin' with Tyga" follows the hit recording artist as he continues to build his hip-hop empire. Tyga will travel the world, from Los Angeles to Australia to Dubai - recording music, performing live and flexing his spending power in the most lavish ways possible. From buying a mini monster truck course to installing a private fast food restaurant in his LA mansion to buying a guard jaguar for his estate, nothing is outside of Tyga's reach! But none of this would be possible without the support of his "Last Kings" crew. From start to finish, Tyga's entourage shines in their own unique light as they help him build his music and clothing empire, give back to his community, change diapers, and pull off some of the most Kingin' stunts known to man.

The Futon Critic
Comedy Hype

posted 6/10/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "You Know You Want to Watch"

  • "Big Brother" plans roll out on CBS, CBS All Access, Pop (The Futon Critic)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right looking for contestants in Baltimore (CBS Baltimore)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM:  Gordie Howe (1928-2016) on "To Tell the Truth" (Sports Illustrated)

posted 6/10/16

WEDNESDAY: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 1
NBA, ABC Take First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "NBA Countdown" (6.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (13.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (5.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was bumped to a distant second with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Night Shift" (4.264 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "Wayward Pines" (2.439 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (3.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.859 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.663 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament (Food): 753,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 745,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11p): 540,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 510,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11:30p): 455,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 376,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/8/16

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending May 29 PLUS Sweeps
From B&C and TV News Check

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, was the sweep's solo game leader for the first time in the just-concluded May sweep, which ran April 28 through May 25. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, Feud improved 18% from last May when it was the third-place game show to a 7.1 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, to take first place among the game shows and second place in overall syndication.

Among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54, Feud was the first-run syndication leader at a 3.5, followed by CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy at a 3.0 and CTD's Wheel of Fortune at a 2.0.

In second place in households, Wheel of Fortune skidded 2% from last year to a 6.4, while CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 6% to a 6.0. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.4, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lost 19% and dropped from fourth to fifth at a 1.3.

For the week ending May 29:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 6.8 household / 3.4 women 25-54
- Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 6.2 / 1.8
- Jeopardy! (CTD): 5.8 / 1.7

Results for Celebrity Name Game and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire were unavailable at press time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV Newscheck

posted 6/8/16

TUESDAY: Talent Owns Machismo
NBC Takes Win on "AGT" Over "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.731 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

ABC (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with special editions of "The Bachelorette" (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "20/20 - The Bobby Brown Story: Every Little Step" (5.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by a new "Person of Interest" (6.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Containment" (1.413 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.119 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS/SF): 749,000
- First Impressions (USA): 550,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET/SF): 363,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 357,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 318,000

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/8/16

The Bachelors Heading to Paradise
Catch the New Season on ABC August 2
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited third season of last summer's genre-defying breakout hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. Starting the following week, the show will air on Mondays and Tuesdays. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise are back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing.

Below is the "Bachelor in Paradise" cast list:

· Jared Haibon, 27, Restaurant Manager, Warwick, RI - "The Bachelorette," season 11 (Kaitlyn)
· Emily and Haley Ferguson, 23, Twins, Las Vegas, NV - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Leah Block, 25, Event Planner, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Lace Morris, 25, Real Estate Agent, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Amanda Stanton, 26, Esthetician, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Jubilee Sharpe, 25, War Veteran, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Sarah Herron, 29, Advertising Executive, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," season 17 (Sean)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Singer/Songwriter, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," season 19 (Chris)
· Isabel "Izzy" Goodkind, 25, Graphic Designer, Branford, CT - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)

Additional bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six weeks, we'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. There's no telling who will find love this season, just like Jade and Tanner last year with their engagement and subsequent wedding.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Peter J. Scalettar and Elan Gale are executive producers. "Bachelor in Paradise" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/8/16

Singing on the Sidewalk
FremantleMedia Procures Worldwide Format Rights
From Worldscreen

FremantleMedia has secured worldwide TV rights for the music-entertainment format Sidewalk Karaoke from Pango Productions.

The all-new interactive game show takes to the streets to give unsuspecting contestants the chance to sing impromptu karaoke in order to win cash prizes. Contestants must make sure their rendition of a song scores high with the judging app, otherwise they could walk away with no money. Audiences can play along in real time using technology provided by GRAPP.

The original series launched on Maori Television in New Zealand last month. The show tripled the broadcaster’s prime-time average across all key demographics. Maori Television has commissioned a second season of the show.

Vasha Wallace, the executive VP of global acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia, said: “Sidewalk Karaoke is exactly what we know broadcasters are looking for: it’s high volume, cost effective and has been amazingly successful with phenomenal ratings, tripling the broadcaster’s prime-time average. It’s wonderfully warm, a lot of fun to watch and suitable for the whole family. We are thrilled to be working with a producer of Bailey’s caliber and New Zealand has a well-deserved reputation as being a highly creative market.”

Bailey Mackey, the CEO of Pango Productions, remarked: “Sidewalk Karaoke might not change your life but it will certainly change your night! It’s the little show with a big heart and received awesome ratings and reviews when it launched in New Zealand. We’re confident FremantleMedia is the right strategic partner to help grow our brand. Their track record in talent shows is the best in the world, but mostly they are incredibly passionate about what they do.”

Worldscreen
Realscreen

posted 6/8/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Want to Take a Swim"

posted 6/8/16

MONDAY: The One Time The Sharks Didn't Win
ABC Wins on "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held off the competition on Monday with its mix of "The Bachelorette" (6.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (3.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw despite its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (5.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and another "Scorpion" (4.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.020 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (1.002 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.257 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.177 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 1.144 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 1.134 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/7/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0
ABC Wins on "Shark Tank" Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was not surprisingly the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (13.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

FOX (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then staked claim to the silver with its presentation of "Miss USA 2016" (4.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (4.033 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.814 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and the departing "Game of Silence" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

And finally, CBS (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Madam Secretary" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Madam Secretary" (3.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Elementary" (2.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.676 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.256 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.081 million

Friday ALSO belonged to the Alphabet, at least in part.

NBC (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Friday with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

ABC (3.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.569 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "20/20" (4.347 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.641 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "The Simpsons" (1.475 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "MasterChef" (1.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.176 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.173 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 128,000

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posted 6/6/16


Daily Times Gazette
KIMBO SLICE: 1974-2016
MMA Fighter an "Ultimate Fighter" Alum
From Fox Sports

Former UFC and "Ultimate Fighter" competitor Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson died on Monday after complications from heart failure.

TMZ first reported the news that Ferguson -- best known by his in-ring persona as Kimbo Slice -- had been taken to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs, Fla. in critical condition. Ferguson's promoters at Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed his death on Monday.

"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport," Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement.

"Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans, and teammates.

According to multiple sources, Ferguson died at the hospital despite doctors working to revive the 42-year old fighter after he arrived.

Fox Sports
ESPN
New York Times

posted 6/7/16


Villages News
MUHAMMAD ALI: 1942-2016
"The Greatest" Featured on "What's My Line"
From Billboard

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and global icon whose magnetic charm and anti-establishment ethos made him someone Hollywood found impossible to resist, has died. He was 74.

Ali, named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated in 1999, died Friday at a Phoenix hospital. In 1984, the boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome -- a disease thought to be brought on by head trauma -- and spent his last years increasingly shaky, immobile and quiet.

Will Smith received an Oscar nomination for portraying the champ in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001), and the fighter played himself in The Greatest, a 1977 Columbia film adapted from his autobiography. Ali starred as a slave turned U.S. senator opposite Kris Kristofferson in the 1979 NBC telefilm Freedom Road, based on a true story, and he lit the torch to kick off the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

And in the late 1970s, he even voiced his own Saturday morning cartoon, I Am the Greatest!: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, which saw his character jetting around the world fighting evil.

However seen or characterized onscreen, Ali was never more vital than in When We Were Kings (1996), the Oscar-winning feature documentary that immortalized “The Rumble in the Jungle,” his Oct. 30, 1974, bout with heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

“I live in America,” Ali says in the film, “but Africa is the home of the black man. I was a slave 400 years ago, and now I’m going home to fight among my brothers.”

Born in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 17, 1942, Ali first entered the world spotlight when he captured a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He composed one of his first poems:

“To make America the greatest is my goal,
So I beat the Russians, and I beat the Pole,
And for the USA won the medal of gold.
Italians said, ‘You’re greater than the Cassius of old.’ ”

Unlike most heavyweight boxers of his day, he had uncommon quickness and elusiveness, describing his style as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Outside the ropes, he showed a witty, intelligent side (even though he suffered from dyslexia and had trouble reading while growing up) and learned from pro wrestler Gorgeous George how to spewed braggadocio. He took verbal assaults to a level never before reached in the annals of sport -- then backed up pretty much every boast or prediction he made.

At age 22 in February 1964, he surprised the surly 7-to-1 favorite Sonny Liston in Miami (he clowned around with The Beatles on their first trip to the States before the fight, and George Harrison would later call him “quite cute”) to take the heavyweight title for the first time. “I shook up the world! I shook up the world,” he shouted in the ring.

He beat Liston again 15 months later in Lewiston, Maine; Neil Leifer’s shot of Ali hovering over his fallen competitor is one of the most memorable sports photographs ever taken.

In April 1967, Ali was arrested in Houston after he refused induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. The New York State Athletic Commission quickly suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title, and other state commissions followed suit.

On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court overturned Ali’s conviction. (His legal battle was the subject of two projects in 2013: the HBO telefilm Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and the documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali).

“When I look back, I see only what I have accomplished,” he wrote in his 2004 autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey. “The price I paid was nothing compared to what I gained. I lost the championship title. I lost three and a half of my prime fighting years. I lost financial security and public acclaim, but I gained something greater by giving it all up — a title no man or government could ever take away: I was the People’s Champion.”

In his third fight since returning from suspension, he lost to Frazier in a 15-round unanimous decision in March 1971 in New York’s Madison Square Garden in “The Fight of the Century.” Frank Sinatra was ringside to photograph the bout for Life magazine.

After avenging that defeat in a non-title bout back at the Garden in January 1974, Ali met his rival again in October 1975 in the Philippines for “The Thrilla in Manila,” with Ali prevailing when Frazier could not come off his stool for the 14th round. Both fighters were exhausted and struggling to survive.

“I remember telling [trainer] Angelo [Dundee] after I won that it was the closest I’d ever come to dying,” he wrote in his book.

In September 1976, Ali beat Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium in New York in their third meeting, And seven months after a shocking loss to Leon Spinks, he avenged that defeat in New Orleans in September 1978 to become heavyweight champ for an unprecedented third time.

Ali’s other brushes with the world of entertainment included a cameo in the 1962 film version of Requiem for a Heavyweight; appearing as a mystery guest (can you imagine?) on a 1965 episode of What’s My Line?; starring on Broadway during his exile in the 1969 short-lived musical Buck White; as the subject of a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in 1976; making sportscaster Howard Cosell a frequent foil on Saturday afternoons on ABC’s Wide World of Sports; sparring with Rocky star Sylvester Stallone on stage at the 1977 Oscars; showing up on episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, Vegas and Touched by an Angel; and refereeing Hulk Hogan’s WrestleMania I bout in 1985.

Ali was married four times, the last to the former Lonnie Williams, who survives him, as does his nine children: Maryum, Rasheda, Jamillah, Hana, Laila (a former boxer herself and reality TV star), Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad and Asaad.

In his autobiography, Ali reflected on his legacy and how he would be judged. “When I’m gone, they’ll just have to look at the records and look at my actions. Then it is up to the people to rank me where they want,” he wrote.

“They’ll have to say I was the fastest heavyweight that ever lived. They’ll have to say that I was the best looking — my face was unscratched and unmarked. They’ll have to say that I was the most entertaining and the most clever. They’ll say that even without a college education, I was smart enough to lecture at colleges and debate the best minds on television. They’ll have to say that I was the only real world champion. I fought in such diverse places as Zaire, England, Indonesia, Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines.

“They’ll have to say that I was the most famous man in the world, the most famous fighter in history. They’ll have to say that I invented the rope-a-dope and the Ali Shuffle. They’ll have to say that I was the boxer who could predict the winning rounds of my fights. They’ll have to say that I was the People’s Champion. They’ll have to say that after I stopped boxing, the sport lost its zest and wide appeal. They’ll have to say that I loved the people as much as they loved me.

“And after they review all the facts, they’ll have no choice but to conclude that I AM the Greatest of All Time!”

Billboard
The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube

posted 6/7/16

Merv Griffin's Crosswords 2.0
Wheel Experiments with New Category Tonight
From GSNN's Chico Alexander & the Wrap

Fans of Wheel of Fortune got an unexpected surprise on the final week of its season today: a new category.

The category "Crossword" premiered on tonight's episode and featured three words intersecting with each other & sharing a common bond. In tonight's example, it was "Seeing Red". In order to win the round, a contestant must solve all three words.

The new category is similar to something done in the Spanish version of the show, "La Ruleta de la Suerte". The category was added in April of 2013, but discontinued the following January.

“Last year in Madrid I observed the production of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ in Spain," says "Wheel" executive producer Harry Friedman. "Seeing their success with the crossword round encouraged us to try it here. I know our viewers will also find it fun and engaging, and a welcome new twist on playing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ without changing the basic game.”

Friend of the site Jessica Brand and GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

GSNN Monday Replay
The Wrap

posted 6/7/16

Can They Handle the "Truth"?
ABC Announces Celebrity Panelists for "To Tell the Truth"
From the Inquisitr

Fans of ABC’s newest version of the popular game show To Tell The Truth will be treated to an extra sneak peek episode when the show premieres on Tuesday, June 14. Hosted by Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, To Tell The Truth is being described as a re-imagination of the old-time show, which first appeared on the airwaves in 1956. The show has been revived numerous times but hasn’t aired since 2001. What makes this version different than years past remains unclear, but the press release for the show states that the “all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture.”

To Tell The Truth features three contestants all claiming to be the same person with some incredible talent, job, or achievement while a panel of four celebrities grill the three to find out which one is actually telling the truth. This season’s celebrities include actress and reality TV star NeNe Leakes, NBA star and ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose, and the legendary Betty White, who has appeared in many of the show’s earlier versions. Anthony Anderson’s own mother, Doris, will also be on hand to help keep score.

For To Tell The Truth’s sneak peak, which airs at 8 p.m., Tracee Ellis Ross, also from Black-ish, will join the panel. During the 10 p.m. premiere show, comedian Iliza Shlesinger will join the panel. Guests for the two episodes include America’s fastest texter, Taylor Swift’s high school sweetheart, a contortionist, the highest grossing Tupperware sales person who is also a drag queen, a shark attack survivor, and somebody who jumps off buildings while on fire.

The Inquisitr

posted 6/6/16

Here's a Conundrum For You: TOOT A CONGENIAL FILE
The Answer is What Ofcom Just Gave "Countdown"
From Prolific North

Long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown has been warned by Ofcom after it was found to be in breach of rules about giving undue prominence to products and services.

Host Nick Hewer, who took over fronting Countdown in 2012, began an episode by plugging the Ideal Home Show.

Later in the same episode, a contestant who was also a P&O Cruises ambassador, extolled the virtues of traveling with the company.

Channel 4 said it had no association with the Ideal Home Show (IHS) or P&O Cruises through Countdown – which is recorded at MediaCityUK – and the plug for the exhibition was “purely topical to inform viewers what was happening around the country”.

It did admit however that the references could be construed as promotional in tone and “strayed into being unduly prominent”.

The episode was removed from the All4 catch-up TV service, and will not be repeated.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: “Commercial references by the host Nick Hewer, and guest Mark Foster, were promotional and went beyond what could be justified editorially.

“We found this program broke broadcasting rules by promoting and giving undue prominence to products and services.”

Prolific North
BBC News
The Drum

posted 6/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "No Deal"

  • Noel Edmonds gets in a Twitter beef (The Week)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" to replay on My Network TV (TV NewsCheck)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heads to Parx Casino in Bensalem June 15 (Allentown Morning Call)
     

  • Challenge TV scraps video game show to concentrate on game shows full time (MCV)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (The Guardian) and Iliza Shlesinger (Parade)

posted 6/7/16

THURSDAY: Warriors 1, Cavs 0
ABC, NBA Take a Bite Out of Season Finales
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.397 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (15.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (5.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was king of the leftovers with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "The Odd Couple" (4.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Code Black" (3.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its duo of "Bones" (4.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Grit" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "STRONG" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside a new "Game of Silence" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a second "Game of Silence" (2.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.206 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 940,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 449,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 315,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 270,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/16

DRG Brings "The Dark" to the Light
Company Teams with Pop Monkey to Distribute Format Globally
From Rapid TV News

DRG has acquired the international format rights to a rebooted version of hit comedy gameshow format, In the Dark.

In a deal with US-based boutique TV format producer Pop Monkey Productions and UK indie FUNdamental Television, DRG has secured the international format rights to the show, which sees teams of contestants perform everyday challenges in complete darkness whilst in front of a live audience.

The format continues to be fronted by a comedic host but has been updated for a younger demographic using fresh filming and lighting technology. It also introduces an array of comedic challenges for the unsuspecting contestants.

“We are thrilled to be bringing In The Dark back to audiences around the world,” said Jeremy Fox, CEO, DRG. “It is a fantastic format that transcends all age groups and nationalities, and we are confident that the renewed format will prove popular in a variety of territories. This latest acquisition is a strong addition to our growing slate of diverse formats.”

The original finished programme aired in the UK on Channel 5 and has been distributed to over 20 countries worldwide, including Sweden, Germany, Italy and NRK1 in Norway, in the latter of which it reached a 47% share of prime time audiences.

The indie content producer is in expansion mode. It recently enhanced senior vice president Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include business development throughout Latin America.

Rapid TV News

posted 6/3/16

A Return Engagement
Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne to Return to "The X Factor"
From Music Times

Nicole Scherzinger, former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, and Sharon Osbourne will return to X-Factor U.K. this year in what is shaping up to be a ratings-boosting 2016. The two, along with manager Louis Walsh, will replace Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw for the show’s 13th season, which had a ratings nosedive in last season’s finale although Adele, One Direction and Coldplay performed.

The show, created by infamous music industry figure Simon Cowell, has spawned the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs. Dermot O’Leary will also return as an X-Factor host this upcoming season, after the show employed two hosts last year.

“I’m overjoyed about going back to the X-Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon,” Osbourne said to Billboard. “But most of all, I can’t wait to meet [Cowell’s] baby Eric.” Osbourne was an original judge on X-Factor for three years running, from 2004 to 2007.

Scherzinger had been a judge on the show previously in 2012 and 2013 (and also in the first season of the American version), and said, “I can’t wait to be back in the U.K. and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I’m excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it.”

Auditions for the X-Factor will commence this month (June 10) at King Power Stadium in Great Britain.

Music Times
Reality TV World

posted 6/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spin the Wheel"

  • CASTING COUCH: Discovery's "The Wheel" (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Super Minute 2 is about to tick to its final second (Times of India)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: meet the most handsome "Chase" runner ever. Apparently. (The Mirror)

posted 6/3/16

WEDNESDAY: Ninjas Attack!
"ANW" Returns B-I-G for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) climbed into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "The Night Shift" (4.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

FOX (3.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.763 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by a new "Wayward Pines" (2.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.110 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.863 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the two-hour season finale of "500 Questions" (4.484 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (3.021 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Goldbergs" (2.220 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.745 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 6/2/16

More on the Mosko Exit
Sony Pictures TV Head Out
From the Wrap

Sony Pictures has restructured its TV unit now that Steve Mosko is gone. Top responsibilities going forward will be split among the presidents of different departments, Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Andy Kaplan, Keith Le Goy, and Amy Carney.

Van Amburg and Erlicht lead Programming and Production, Kaplan leads Worldwide Networks, Le Goy has the top title in Distribution, and Carney runs Advertiser Sales & Research.

The prolific Sony Pictures Television produces "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune", "Shark Tank" and the upcoming "The $100,000 Pyramid", among others.

“I want to thank Steve for his many years of service at Sony Pictures and for helping to build SPT into the one of the strongest television studios in the business,” said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, tho whom each of the five will directly report. “Steve has overseen some of SPT’s greatest triumphs and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career. We have incredibly strong leadership within our TV divisions. Zack and Jamie, Andy, Keith and Amy have contributed immeasurably to SPT’s success over the years, and bring the right energy, skill and sophistication to navigate a rapidly changing environment and lead our TV business to even greater heights.”

The Wrap
B&C

posted 6/2/16

TUESDAY: America's Got Simon
NBC's Big Money Entry Makes a Big Return
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (11.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the premiere of "Maya & Marty" (6.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (7.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with another two-hour "500 Questions" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) followed by a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.232 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.408 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Coupled" (1.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.107 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "Containment" (1.114 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.110 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.131 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.086 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 730,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 409,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 374,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 370,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "W_NDY C_TY"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheel" rolling into Chicago this weekend! (WLS Chicago)
     

  • Simon Cowell: The "Got Talent" judge we need? Or the one we deserve? (BuddyTV)
     

  • #TBT: Johnny Carson as host of Miss Universe (Ocean Drive)
     

  • Ray Combs died 20 years ago today. (WVXU Cincinnati)
     

  • Tamar Braxton can thank Steve Harvey for getting back on her feet (International Business Times)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Star Trek Lip Sync Battle! (TV Line)

posted 6/2/16

Let's Play the Pyramid!
ABC Releases The Celebrities for This Run of The Pyramid
From the Futon Critic

The Pyramid is back! The Emmy Award(R)-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever when a cast of all-star celebrities take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000 on "The $100,000 Pyramid," premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Celebrity Guest Line-Up:
Sherri Shepherd vs Anthony Anderson
Rosie O'Donnell vs Kathy Najimy
Ana Gasteyer vs Rachel Dratch
Robin Roberts vs Mario Cantone
Martha Stewart vs Snoop Dogg
Ken Jeong vs Tisha Campbell-Martin
Bellamy Young vs Weird Al Yankovic
Tony Hale vs Justin Long
Randall Park vs Anna Camp
Terry Crews vs Natasha Lyonne
Alfonso Ribeiro vs Mario Batali
Barbara Corcoran vs Daymond John
Steve Schirripa vs Melissa Peterman
Teri Polo vs Zachary Levi
Yvette Nicole Brown vs Fred Willard
Joy Behar vs John Michael Higgins
Kevin Pollak vs Niecy Nash
Bridget Moynahan vs Rex Lee
Jon Lovitz vs Deion Sanders

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners circle and take home $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid."

The Futon Critic
TV Line
AV Club

posted 6/1/16

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending May 22
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was the syndie star in the week ended May 22, leading all of syndication and the games by a ratings point with a 7.4 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The game show, hosted by Steve Harvey and produced by Fremantle Media North America, was up 6% for the week and 23% since last year at this time, while no other game improved year to year.

By contrast, CBS Television Distribution’s long-running Wheel of Fortune inched ahead 2% for the week to a 6.4, unchanged from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 6.0 and down 5% for year.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was down 7% for the week and the year to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the 11th week in a row and down 19% from last year.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 6/1/16

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: A Lot of Ratings... Hope You're Paying Attention
ABC Remains the Lone Standout with "Bachelorette", "Questions"
From the Futon Critic

MONDAY: ABC (4.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top broadcast network on Memorial Day with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

NBC (3.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (3.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and an expanded two-hour "Scorpion" (4.373 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) repeat plus a new "Person of Interest" (5.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.909 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and an original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.100 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

And finally, the feature "Memorial Day" (1.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) on The CW (1.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 1.062 million

SUNDAY: NBC (2.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (3.208 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), the season finale of "The Carmichael Show" (2.262 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), a repeat "The Carmichael Show" (1.799 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the two-hour "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (3.212 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.533 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.042 million
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/P): 985,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/10:30p): 801,000

SATURDAY: ABC (1.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with night three of "500 Questions" (2.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and a rebroadcast of "Madoff, Part 1" (1.446 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7).

FRIDAY: ABC (4.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with night two of "500 Questions" (4.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.762 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a new "20/20" (3.830 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/1/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Executive Shuffle"

  • Red Planet shuffles its creative forces (Realscreen)
     

  • Ninja Warrior's biggest obstacle? Compensating their athletes (International Business Times)
     

  • Steve Mosko exits Sony (Deadline)
     

  • Lara Spencer enters into partnership with Leftfield Entertainment (Deadline)
     

  • Simon Cowell is a bit nervous about judging AGT (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The preview of "American Ninja Warrior" that you didn't know you needed to see (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Governess (Daily Star) and Gordon Ramsay (TV Insider)

posted 6/1/16


Sony Pictures TV
Harry Friedman Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Sets Producing Record
From Guinness World Records

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Harry Friedman, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the new title holder for Most game show episodes produced.

One of television’s most prolific producers, Friedman claimed the record for having overseen 11,128 game show episodes at the time of adjudication.

“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”

Friedman joined Wheel of Fortune, the number one syndicated game show in the US, as a producer in 1995 and added producer duties for Jeopardy!, now in its 32nd season in syndication, in 1997.

His record also encompasses his work on Jeopardy! spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”(VH1, 1998-2001), and “Jep!” (Game Show Network,1998-2000).

His achievement also recognizes episodes he produced prior to joining Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for shows including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”

This record marks the third time Friedman has set a record certified by Guinness World Records; he also holds the records for Most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and Most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13.

Guinness World Records
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly
Uproxx
Astro Awani
Today Singapore
Variety

posted 5/31/16

Team Ninja... II
Esquire Reups for Second Season of "Team Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

Esquire Network continues to expand on one if its most popular franchises, "American Ninja Warrior," with a second season of the hit competition reality series "Team Ninja Warrior." This season will feature an expanded 16 episodes which will include the debut of a five-part special event, "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" (wt), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.

"Our success last season made it clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other," said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice President Development & Production, Esquire Network. "Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most famous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights."

Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the upcoming season of "Team Ninja Warrior" will once again feature some of the biggest names from the "American Ninja Warrior" franchise, while "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" will consist of teams pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries. The dual running course, which will be highlighted by even more challenging obstacles this season, incorporates speed, human agility, skill and a whole new strategy of racing. Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people - two men and one woman - who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course.

The debut episode of "Team Ninja Warrior" set records as the most watched series premiere with A18-49 in Esquire Network history, as fans tuned in to see their favorite top contenders join forces to take on the mother of all obstacle courses as a team. Throughout the season, the series continued to captivate audiences, peaking at the finale which ranked as the 2nd most-watched original telecast in network history with Total Viewers as team "Party Time" - featuring rock-climbing legend Brian Arnold; Jake Murray, a young protégé of Brian's who trains extensively with his group; and stay-at-home-mom Jennifer Tavernier who became a break-out star on "American Ninja Warrior" - took home the trophy and title of the first winners of "Team Ninja Warrior." Currently the season overall ranks as Esquire Network's most watched original series in network history with Total Viewers and most-watched debut season with A18-49.

"Team Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell's Kitchen, The Dunk King, Ellen's Design Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and is a co-production between Esquire Network and NBC.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/16

Robot Wars: What to Expect
On Deck: A Bulletproof Arena and Descendants of the Original Housebots
From the Futon Critic

Thirteen years after it was part of Channel 5's schedules, Robot Wars is back – and returning home to the BBC.

The technological game show's heyday saw first Jeremy Clarkson then Craig Charles preside over both amateur and professionally built machines battling it out in the arena while avoiding hazards and the more powerful house robots.

So what's in store for viewers in 2016?

A lot - but also, not very much at all. The six-part series promises a "raft of technological advances", says the Daily Telegraph, as well as a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.

State-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every "saw, claw and flame-thrower will allow viewers to feel even closer to the action than before", says The Guardian.

Alan Tyler, BBC acting controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "It is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bulletproof, and yet, the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines."

Gone, unfortunately, is the irrepressible Charles, replaced by an all-Irish duo of Dara O'Briain and Angela Scanlon.

O'Briain said he was looking forward to the new gig, telling the BBC: "For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer.

"It's war - and how I love it so."

As for stepping into the hefty shoes of the show's past hosts, O'Briain said he had approached presenting the show in a new way.

"Well, the Craig Charles thing, that was 12 years ago," he told the Daily Mirror. "He did a big acting job. You know how Richard O'Brien did the Crystal Maze. It was all swooping of fans and the big leather jacket.

"I did it in a much more sports-event kind of way. There was more investment in the teams."

Scanlon, meanwhile, said: "I'm so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy. I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other."

There's also a new selection of judges who will pick a winner if the battle ends in a disappointing draw. Noel Sharkey, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar and Lucy Rogers all have vast levels of robotics experience and, we hope, the ability to not make it sound too boring for TV.

The BBC has also announced that deadly knight Sir Killalot is returning to join fellow house robots Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal. The robots are "descendants of the original show" who have been "evolved and upgraded to modern-day standards to be even more impressive and even more menacing", said the broadcaster.

What "modern-day standards" could quite mean is anybody's guess - "maybe Killalot has USB plugs and can shut down WiFi at will now," says the Radio Times. Regardless, new and improved house robots will be sure to pique the interest of fans.

The Week

posted 5/31/16

Sqrambling to Another Scuare
Buzz Berry's Local "Sqrambled Scuares" Heads to A New Taping Location
From Myrtle Beach Online

After more than three years at the Myrtle Beach Mall, local television game show Sqrambled Scuares has moved to an expanded location at Barefoot Landing, bringing with it a shiny new digital set.

Having originally aired on WBFX in the Greensboro/Winston Salem, NC, market in 1999, Sqrambled Scuares is arguably the longest-running local American television game show. It taped on the Grand Strand for the first time in December 2012.

Show creator, producer and host Buzz Berry told The Surge that new location is in the waterway strip area of Barefoot Landing.

“We are just to the left of the Alabama Theatre, right there on the [Intracoastal] Waterway,” he said, adding that folks can pull right up in front of the location and that it is much more accessible.

Considering the fact that he had a full production studio to move, we asked Berry to elaborate on the process.

“It was quite an undertaking,” he said. “There are a lot of wires – a lot of cabling – and equipment that had to be taken apart, loaded up and moved – so it was quite a challenge.”

He says the move was a good one, and that all of the hard work has paid off.

“We are in a much better location. We have a much better set, and it’s much more accessible for folks to come and be a part of the game show experience.”

For those audience members with a technical curiosity, they can now look into the control room via a window and watch the director and audio technician at work.

Sqrambled Scuares tapes Thursday nights at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The show airs locally Monday through Friday on HTC digital channel 4 at 7 p.m. and Time Warner channel 47 at 6:30 p.m. Alternatively, episodes can be viewed on demand at www.sqrambledscuares.biz or on the show’s Facebook page.

Myrtle Beach Online

posted 5/31/16

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