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Mr. & Mrs. Smith... the Game Show?
3 Ball, New Regency Announce Team Up
From Entertainment Weekly

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the 2005 action-packed feature film about a married couple who each find out the other is a deadly assassin, is now the inspiration for a potential reality game-competition from 3 Ball Entertainment and New Regency, the studios announced Tuesday.

Though the show’s details are top secret, the producers have confirmed that it will center around married couples competing in “a high-octane, high-stakes game that offers a twist on the TV competition format.”

And we think it’s safe to assume Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the power couple who starred in the film, won’t have anything to do with the project.

Todd A. Nelson and Brant Pinvidic are executive producing for 3 Ball Entertainment.

Entertainment Weekly
AV Club
Bustle
Hollywood Reporter
Yahoo!
Realscreen

posted 6/23/15

Monday: New Heights
ABC's Sex Beats NBC's Ninjas
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (6.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Whispers" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

NBC (5.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Island" (3.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.544 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (1.077 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.079 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 412,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/15

Aaaaaaand THEY'RE OFF!
Pair from TMZ one of 11 Teams Off on a Race Around the World
From the Wrap

Two of Harvey Levin’s most featured faces are going way beyond the “Thirty Mile Zone”.

Shevonne Sullivan and Kelly Berning, two personalities who dissect the day’s gossip on the syndicated “TMZ,” are running in the newest edition of “The Amazing Race,” debuting this fall.

The two front row talkers in Levin’s bullpen are part of a CBS cast that is very heavy on professional performers and media savvy duos. The cast includes dating news anchors (from an ABC affiliate), a team of paparazzi from South Beach, two street performers, and two former professional cheerleaders.

All eleven teams of two left on a race around the world for $1 million dollars from Venice Beach just after 9:00 a.m. this morning in a “start” that was open to the public. Yes, a TMZ camera man was there on the beach too.

Non professionals (read: fans) held signs with messages like “Read the Clue” and “The World is Waiting,” the first time the “Race” has had a publicly viewable start on the west coast.

The story below contains a spoiler for the first leg. If you wish not to be spoiled, don't click below!

The Wrap
TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 6/23/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Got Your 6"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" earns the 6 Certification from Got Your 6 (Washington Post)
     
  • You know those things that "Bachelorette" contestants weren't supposed to do before the Final Rose? Kaitlyn Bristowe did (The Daily Beast)
     
  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Erin Andrews' boyfriend, who is popped on possession (People)
     
  • Challenge commissions "Bullseye" documentary. Not the Jim Lange one. Not the Kellan Lutz either. (Broadcast)
     
  • Endemol Shine Netherlands and FremantleMedia North America Move to Box for Secure File-sharing and Collaboration... Whatever that means. (Business Wire)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Dick Van Patten (1928-2015) on Celebrity Family Feud (The Guardian)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Hollywood Game Night season 3 (Deadline)

posted 6/23/15

We Got The Money, Let's Make the Maze!
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From NME

The Crystal Maze is set to return as a "live immersive experience" now that a crowdfunding campaign has hit its £500,000 target.

The Channel 4 game show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by Richard O'Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, and the final two steered by Tenpole Tudor frontman Edward Tudor-Pole. Earlier this month (June) a website and social media accounts were launched teasing that the show would be returning as a "live immersive experience" in London.

A crowdfunding campaign was then launched on Indiegogo, revealing further details about what the "live immersive experience" will involve. The project's organisers explained that they are seeking £500,000 to recreate the classic game show at a secret location in central London, with Richard O'Brien returning to "welcome guests in time honoured fashion".

Now, eight days after launching, the crowdfunding campaign has met its £500,000 target. At the time of writing (June 22), some 3,897 donors have given just under £510,000 to help make the project a reality.

CNBC
Her.ie
Yahoo!
The Week
The Mirror
London Evening Standard
The Telegraph
The Guardian
The Inquisitr
NME

posted 6/22/15

Who Will Be "Travel Channel Star"
Find Out in Special September 7!
From the Futon Critic

Travel Channel is getting closer to naming the next "Travel Channel Star." The next round of the competition posts online today and pits each of the top five contestants in all-new videos produced by the network. The winner will be revealed in a one-hour special hosted by "Trip Flip" host Bert Kreischer, recapping audition videos and the judges critiques, on Monday, September 7 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

In each of the top five contestants' webisodes, they must showcase their personality, expertise and unique perspective while their travel specialty is put to the test. Fans can vote for their favorite video on the "Travel Channel Star" webpage or by using #travelchannelstar on Twitter until Friday, June 26. But, before a winner can be crowned, only two can advance to the final round. The pair will be revealed on TravelChannel.com on Monday, July 6, and fans can watch the final two complete an identical challenge and receive special advice from a surprise mentor on Monday, August 3.

The remaining contestants competing for the "Travel Channel Star" title include (in alphabetical order by first name):

Blake Jeffers - Savannah, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Earthy Travel
Current Occupation: High school science teacher

Christie Rojo - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Spirituality
Current Occupation: Church Youth Ministry

Janel Koloski - Greensburg, Pa.
Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler
Current Occupation: Nanny and personal assistant

Ricky Moreno - Las Vegas, Nev.
Travel Specialty: Fish Out of Water
Current Occupation: Tour manager

Saundra Dunson-Franks - Atlanta, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Baby Boomers' Bucket List
Current Occupation: Part-time poll worker

"Travel Channel Star" is produced by Scripps Productions for Travel Channel. For Scripps Productions, the executive producer is Rick Venable. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is James Morley.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/22/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Good Day in America"

  • Craig Ferguson returns to stand-up thanks to Epix (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Dean McDermott chops up a cookbook (ET Canada)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Best Time Ever" to be had September 15; "The Voice" September 21 (The Futon Critic), and "Lip Sync Battle" returns July 9 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • FRIDAY: "Whose Line" logs in 1.553 million; ABC wins night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Aisha Tyler's line takes her to "Criminal Minds" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Ashton Kutcher to swim with the Sharks next season (TV Line)
     
  • "Prized Apart" now half a mill apart (Broadcast)

posted 6/22/15

GSN Raises Hell
"Hellevator" Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has greenlit eight episodes of a new horror-themed game show, HELLEVATOR. The terrifying new show from Blumhouse, the team that brought the world the "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", "Sinister", and "The Purge" franchises, dares contestants to survive a series of challenges from the depths of an abandoned warehouse. The new series is expected to premiere later this year, and continues GSN's growth into "gamifying" cultural trends, including the successful SKIN WARS and soon-to-debut STEAMPUNK'D.

In HELLEVATOR, a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. But if they don't make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them. Horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," pull the strings throughout the game - taking delight in the horror.

HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Executive Producers are Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "The Purge," "Sinister" and "Insidious"), who won a 2014 Emmy(R) Award for "The Normal Heart," and was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for "Whiplash," and Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador ("Lip Sync Battle").

"The teams from Blumhouse and Matador have created a frighteningly fun and spooky game environment," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Horror and game enthusiasts alike will love HELLEVATOR's wild ride of fear, suspense, and unrelenting challenges."

"Our company has always wanted to create a horror-themed game show," says executive producer Jason Blum. "HELLEVATOR is a unique and new way to scare the living hell out of people and we are excited to be partners with GSN and Matador."

"You've never seen anything like this show," says executive producer Todd Lubin. "The contestants have almost no idea what they're in for and then find themselves immersed in a horror story where they have to move past their deepest fears, to both survive and win money."

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
AV Club
Deadline
World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 6/19/15

More on "Race to Escape"
Catch It on Science July 25
From Entertainment Weekly

The Science Channel is in the midst of gently expanding the horizons of its programming, and while the network’s bread and butter is still deeply fascinating deep dive series like Through the Wormhole and Hacking the Universe, they’d like to remind the world that psychology is also an important branch of science worthy of all forms of exploration.

That’s the pitch behind Race to Escape, a new game show premiering July 25. Hosted by comedian and Never Not Funny mastermind Jimmy Pardo, Race to Escape pits two teams of three against one another in a series of tests and puzzles that will challenge their ability to reason, solve problems, and work together. They’ll have an hour to overcome all the trials in their identical rooms, and the more the time ticks away, the more the $25,000 grand prize decreases.

There will be a variety of rooms with all sorts of unique decorations, including an old-timey barbershop, a Chinese restaurant, and a 19th century study (which is the location of the premiere episode). Each room contains five locks, all which need to be unlocked using codes deciphered from the clues.

Entertainment Weekly
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 6/18/15

Thursday: Nothing Can Stop the Eye
CBS Beats US Open, Debuts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mom" (5.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mike & Molly" (5.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Elementary" (4.245 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.368 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (5.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a second "Mistresses" (3.809 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Aquarius" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Hannibal" (1.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its primetime coverage of "115th U.S. Open Championship" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

The premiere of "Alone" scored 1.582 million for History. Elsewhere on cable...

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.357 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/15

Wednesday: Showing Skin
"Skin Wars" Raises to Season High; Fox Takes Broadcast Demos
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (2.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

NBC (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.833 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.929 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.713 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Black-ish" (3.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "The Briefcase" (5.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside second runs of "Criminal Minds" (5.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.992 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.808 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.900 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The story, however, continues to be "Skin Wars's" dominance of GSN's schedule. Episode two of the second season of GSN's hit series SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, delivered the show's highest ratings ever last night. Compared to last week's hotly-anticipated premiere, the series saw a 112% increase in W18-49, 82% growth in W25-54, and +44% in Total Viewers. Compared to all of last season, the show was up 68% in W25-54, 19% in W18-49 and 29% in Total Viewers. It was also the most-watched telecast for an original series this year among P18-49, W18-49, P25-54, W25-54 and Total Viewers.

Also benefitting from the large SKIN WARS tune-in was GSN's IDIOTEST, hosted by Ben Gleib. The 10pm episode of IDIOTEST was up 46% in W25-54, 66% in W18-49 and 32% in Total Viewers, compared to its season two average. It was also the show's highest-rated episode of the season.

Last night's primetime success for GSN only adds more fuel to its fire, as the network is on-track to have its best June ever in their 20-year history. Before adding in last night's numbers, GSN's 8-11pm primetime was already up 36% in W25-54, 70% in W18-49 and 28% in Total Viewers, compared to June 2014. GSN has also had its highest month ever in Total Viewers in four of the past five months.

- Skin Wars (GSN): 776,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 717,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10p): 510,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 435,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 434,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 419,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch It on NBC July 2
From The Futon Critic

Ten of the country's best home cooks will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete against world-class chefs when NBC's high-stakes culinary game 'Food Fighters' returns for season two on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). And for the first time ever on the show, kids as well as adult contestants will be putting their signatures dishes to the test in this fun, fast-paced competition series hosted by Adam Richman.

The "Food Fighters" season premiere on July 2 pits Jacky Herrara, a convention reporter from Orlando, Florida with a flair for modern Latin cuisine, against 5 chefs specializing in everything from barbeque to soul food to California cuisine. In the final round, she'll face off against celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso, executive chef and owner of two popular Los Angeles restaurants and well known for her appearances on "Restaurant Startup," "Top Chef Season 4," "Top Chef All Stars," "Top Chef Duels" and Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."

This season's contestants include a former 49ers NFL cheerleader, a firefighter, a law student, stay-at-home mothers and two kid contestants - a 12-year-old female chef and a 14-year-old male chef who was previously a semi-finalist on 'Master Chef Junior.' In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, each home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs who won't know in advance what dish they'll have to cook, thereby leveling the playing field. Armed only with their treasured family recipes, the home cooks will compete and climb a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out, with the chance to win as much as $100,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/18/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Amazing First"

  • The Amazing Race Canada's cast the show's first transgender contestant (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Kim Kardashian's appearance on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" tests the resolve of NPR's loyal fanbase (USA Today)

posted 6/18/15

A Windfall for "Tipping Point"
ITV Renews Series for Two Seasons, 325 Episodes
From Digital Spy

ITV has commissioned a whopping 325 new episodes of Ben Shephard's Tipping Point - a record for the program.

The daytime quiz show has been renewed for a further two seaaons, which are due to take place across 2016 and 2017.

Shephard hosts the show which sees contestants go up against a machine, attempting to claim the golden jackpoint chip and take home a cash prize.

The presenter said: "I'm delighted that Tipping Point has been re-commissioned for an incredible 325 episodes.

"It's such a simple idea that is always so compelling to watch and play, which is handy as with hundreds of episodes to film it's going to be pretty full-on!!"

ITV director of daytime Helen Warner added: "Tipping Point is a firm favorite in the ITV daytime schedule. We know our viewers love it so I'm delighted to be able to take it into 2016 and beyond."

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 6/17/15

Tuesday: Golden State
ABC Wins The Night, But AGT Puts Up a Fight
From the Futon Critic

ABC (16.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (10.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "NBA Countdown" (12.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (18.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.2, #1).

NBC (8.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (4.554 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (4.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its primetime portion of "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.642 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.097 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.975 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "48 Hours" (4.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "iZombie" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) will close out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.382 milllion
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 442,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/15

Suzi Perry An "Airhead"
Formula One Host to Front New Robot Competition for BBC2
From the Futon Critic

Suzi Perry will host new robot show 'Airheads'.

The BBC's Formula 1 presenter has been signed by TV bosses to front the 'Robot Wars'-style program that will feature drones in battle and take over Top Gear's traditional slot in the BBC Two schedule on Sunday nights.

Suzi is joined by co-hosts Andrew Maxwell, a stand-up comedian and Ski Sunday commentator Ed Leigh on the show, which is reportedly hoping to appeal to 'Top Gear' fans and tech lovers alike.

The trio will present challenges that require three technical teams to build and show off their flying machine creations, before battling it out in a series of aerial challenges - one of which will be to blow up a building.

'Airheads' draws inspiration from the late 90s classic TV game show 'Robot Wars' which was hosted by axed 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson in 1998 and former 'Coronation Street' actor Craig Charles from 1998 to 2004. The new format will be shot on location as well as in the studio.

Graham Norton's company So Television is making the program which is just one of a number of new entertainment shows being commissioned by the broadcaster.

BBC Entertainment commissioning editor Alan Tyler told The Guardian newspaper: "We are delighted to be working with producers across the UK to bring such a terrific range of both new and much loved entertainment programmes to our audiences across all our channels. These commissions are another sign of the BBC's commitment to producing top quality programmes from around the country."

Female First
The Mirror
The List

posted 6/17/15

More Judge Turnover
Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw Join "The X Factor UK"
From Indian Television

ITV, Syco and Thames announced that Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora have signed as judges for the new series of The X Factor, as well as confirming that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to the judging panel alongside show creator Simon Cowell.

Popstar Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge. Ora burst on to the music scene in 2012, scoring a No.1 single with her collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Hot Right Now’. She went on to have a No. 1 debut album which produced two further No.1 singles. The first single from her second album, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’, became her fourth UK number one when it debuted at the top of the charts.

Speaking about joining the show, Ora said, “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.”

As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Grimshaw is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.

A well-known fan of The X Factor, Grimshaw said, “I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I'm hugely excited to be joining the show. Music is my job and my passion and I'm really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can't wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!"

Indian Television

posted 6/17/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Burglary"

  • Big Brother's Clay Honeycutt was robbed... of a LOT (TMZ)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Scott MacIntyre's life saved by an anonymous donor's kidney (People)
     
  • Ali Fedotowsky breaks up with E! (Us)
     
  • Bob Barker to Foster Farms... the actual retail price ain't right (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: James Corden gives Donald Trump's Presidential announcement the respect it deserves (The Wrap)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicholas Parsons (Daily Express)

posted 6/17/15

Syndies: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 7
From B&C

Talk’s summer strategy to stay in originals is already paying off for the shows that do it, with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams all seeing strong results in the week ended June 7.

The fight for command of the games is close, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just managing to hold off both its sister show, CTD’s Jeopardy!, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud as all three came within a tenth of each other. Wheel sped up 5% to a 6.4, while Feud was just a hair behind with a 5% advance to a 6.3, tying Jeopardy! for the first time since the week of October 19. Jeopardy! jumped 3%. Year to year, Feud was up the most of any game show, gaining 34%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained stuck at its series-low 1.6 for the seventh straight week, declining 11% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game sagged 7% to a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV News Check

posted 6/16/15

Monday: No Ninjas, No Problem
Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Final... So Does NBC
From the Futon Criitc

NBC (7.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its last-minute lineup of "NHL Stanley Cup Finals Pre-Game" (6.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (7.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

ABC (5.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.230 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "The Whispers" (4.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (5.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (5.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Scorpion" (5.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) likewise went with second runs of "The Originals" (1.095 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.284 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Comedy Central's @midnight logged in 325,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/15

Weekend: BBC Gets Prized Apart
Beeb Launches New Game This Weekend
From Digital Spy

If your Saturday nights are looking a bit... quiet, well, fear not - because BBC One has a brand new game show it's hoping will suck you in! Prized Apart sees ten pairs competing for a huge £100,000 prize - one of them gets flown off to Morocco to take part in all sorts of death-defying challenges, while their partner back in the studio tries to keep them in the game with their general knowledge prowess. Something for everyone, in other words!

That was the logline on Friday. Meanwhile, the reality is that the show managed 3 million in its premiere on BBC1. The BBC One adventure game show drew 3.09m (18.8%) between 7pm and 8.05pm.

The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins followed with 3.93m (21.8%).

On the other side of the Atlantic, FOX (4.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.816 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.641 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "20/20" (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (4.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Undercover Boss" (3.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Blue Bloods" (5.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.488 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.367 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "The Messengers" (0.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.127 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food Network...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.382 million
- 9p: Food Network Star - 2.122 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.483 million

Digital Spy
What's on TV
Digital Spy
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/15

GSN Gets Steam Heat
"Steampunk'd" to Drop This Summer
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has started production on a new original skill-based competition series, STEAMPUNK'D. Hosted by Jeannie Mai ("The Real"), the show seeks to find the most talented and versatile Steampunk designers in the country. Inspired by the Victorian era, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion to technology to design.

In STEAMPUNK'D, 10 contestants (also known as "Makers") will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create impressive futuristic designs. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk'd manor and the winner will take home a $100,000 grand prize. Currently shooting in Los Angeles, the eight-episode series is scheduled to air later this summer (exact date TBD.)

Jeannie Mai, who will serve as host, has been a Steampunk fan since her teenage years and knows the style very well. Best known as one of the five dynamic hosts of the popular daytime talk show "The Real," Mai continues to appear as a frequent fashion expert for "Today Show," "Wendy Williams" and "E! News." Before becoming a television personality, she began her career as a celebrity makeup artist and stylist from San Jose, California.

"Exemplified by the designs of films like 'Mad Max' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' the incredibly rich and creative subculture of Steampunk is increasingly filtering into pop culture," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Like the amazing painters in 'Skin Wars,' these makers will astonish audiences with their talent and creativity and this show reinforces GSN's commitment to bringing cutting-edge skill-based competition to our air."

STEAMPUNK'D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard ("Hogan Knows Best," "Miami Social") of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

The Futon Critic
World Screen

posted 6/16/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Apprentice 2016"

  • Donald Trump officially throws his hat in the ring (Deadline), which presents a problem for "The Apprentice" (TMZ) ... and Jr. & Ivanka are not going to solve it (B&C)
     
  • Ken Jennings has a question: "Will knowledge become obsolete?" Answer: NEVER.... we hope (ITBusiness)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: it took 15 years, but a German has finally Roseman'ed "Millionaire" (The Local)
     
  • Chris Evans is trading in his "Toothbrush" for "Top Gear" (Wall Street Journal)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Knife Fight" EP JC Begley (TV Insider)

posted 6/16/15

Richard O'Brien to Return to "Maze"
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From London Evening Standard

Three Londoners are aiming to revive Nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze as an “immersive experience” everyone can compete in.

Ben Hodges, 29, Dean Rodgers, 25, and Tom Lionetti, 28, are launching a crowdfunding campaign so they can create a full-scale replica in a central London warehouse.

Teams of eight would be taken around the four “zones” of the maze — Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic — by their own quizmaster, who was played by Richard O’Brien in the TV series.

As in the gameshow, competitors take part in tough challenges to test intelligence, skill and physical ability. Failure to complete a task in a set time means they will be locked in, and asked to solve a puzzle in order to return to their team.

Contestants eventually enter the Crystal Dome — and try to grab as much cash as possible.

Fans won’t be able to take home the money, but at the end of the experience will be awarded prizes for the amount of crystals they have collected in the maze.

The trio plan to charge £50 per person. Participants may either turn up in a team or join another on arrival. There will also be a bar and street food on a viewing platform, where people can watch the action below them.

The Crystal Maze ran on Channel 4 from 1990 to 1995. For the past year, the team have been working with O’Brien, the TV show’s creator Malcolm Hayworth, and rights holder Zodiak Rights.

Now they are urging Londoners to crowdfund the idea with £500,000. Investors — who will get tickets to the experience — pledged £176,166 in just under 24 hours.

CNBC
Her.ie
Yahoo!
The Week
The Mirror
London Evening Standard
The Telegraph
The Guardian
The Inquisitr

posted 6/15/15

Ellen to Challenge Again
"Design Challenge" Renewed by HGTV
From the Futon Critic

Ellen's Design Challenge, which ranked as one of the highest-rated series in HGTV history, returns to the network in January 2016 with several surprise guests joining the judging panel and more of HGTV's popular builders and carpenters stepping up to assist the contestants in their bid to win a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. First conceptualized by television icon Ellen DeGeneres, one of the world's most popular and influential stars, the furniture design competition from Telepictures adds more competitors and jumps from six to nine episodes, including a fun, 60-minute special that captures humorous behind-the-scenes moments. During its first season run on HGTV, Ellen's Design Challenge delivered more than 12 million total viewers and consistently ranked as a top 10-rated cable program for the Monday 9p-10p time period among A25-54.

Produced by Ellen's production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Telepictures, the sophomore season of Ellen's Design Challenge promises additional inventive challenges that allows competitors to showcase their ingenuity and creativity as they sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture to avoid elimination. Potential competitors can visit http://www.hgtv.com/shows/be-on-hgtv/ellens-design-challenge-is-looking-for-a-few-good-furniture-desi for details on how to be considered for season two of the competition.

"I'm so excited to be doing season two of Ellen's Design Challenge. We have a new motto this season: Watch Ellen's Design Challenge, where the furniture stays together longer than any couple from The Bachelor."

"Ellen has unparalleled star power and universal appeal, so it was a thrill for us welcome her to HGTV in 2015," said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. "With the resounding success of season one behind us, we are pleased to bring Ellen back to our air and our teams are completely focused on making season two even better. Additional episodes, big, fun surprises and the special look behind-the-curtain are only a few of the elements that will have America buzzing about season two of Ellen's Design Challenge."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

They're "Tough Enough"
Catch It on USA June 23
From the Futon Critic

USA Network and WWE(R) have announced the final 13 competitors for the high-octane reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premiering live, Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world.* The cast was chosen from more than 11,100 submissions from 113 countries. Forty finalists attended tryouts last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., with only 13 making the final cut. Tough Enough Competition Special, an inside look at last week's tryouts, will premiere on WWE Network tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 at 8/7C, and will also air on USANetwork.com on Thursday, June 18, at 10/9C.

The final 13 WWE Tough Enough competitors are:

Mada Abdelhamid, Los Angeles, California
Hank Avery Jr., Macon, Georgia
Daria Berenato, Los Angeles, California
Joshua Bredl, Thornton, Colorado
Gabi Castrovinci, Southington, Connecticut
Patrick Clark, Jr., Washington, D.C.
Dianna Dahlgren, Spokane, Washington
Alexander Frekey, Dallas, Texas
Sara Lee, Hope, Michigan
Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe, Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana
Giorgia Piscina, Brisbane, Australia
Amanda Saccomanno, Yorktown Heights, New York
Tanner Saraceno, Boiling Springs, South Carolina

WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho(R), who will be joined by a panel of judges including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan(R), WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan(R) and WWE Diva Paige(TM). This season will combine the can't-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night.

Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is "Tough Enough," to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered "Tough Enough," with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

JACK CROSBY: 1927-2015
Art Director Worked on "Seven Keys"
From Variety

Jack Crosby, art director for CBS and then ABC, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Sunday in Henderson, Nevada. He was 88.

Crosby, who was the nephew of singer-actor Bing Crosby, became the first art director of ABC’s “General Hospital” in 1963, holding the title for 17 years.

Prior to “General Hospital,” Crosby was a draftsman and then assistant art director for CBS during early development of television in the 1950s. In 1961, he moved to ABC as an art director for game shows such as “Seven Keys.”

After retiring from ABC, Crosby taught art direction at Loyola U. and Pepperdine U.

Crosby is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Michael, Cynthia, and James and four grandchildren.

Variety

posted 6/15/15

Selling the Answer to India
British TV Series Exported
From Indian Television

Asianet is all set to launch a new quiz based show titled Sell Me The Answer, a first of its kind television game show format in Malayalam television.

The show, which will go on air from 22 June, is scheduled to air from Monday to Thursday from 8 - 9 pm.

Even though the quiz show concept is new to the Malayalam audience, it is inspired by the original British show with the same name.

Sell Me The Answer on Asianet will test the contestant’s knowledge more than their brain power. The quiz based show is quite entertaining and demands the contestant to utilize both their IQ and EQ. The show will give an opportunity to both contestants and traders to win the prize money, with their knowledge as well as confidence.

Prior to this, Sell Me The Answer has been adapted in Bengali called Jabab Kinte Chai on Sananda TV.

As per the format of the show, there will be 10 questions, 10 answers and one can answer these questions with or without the help of traders.

Indian Television
Exchange4Media

posted 6/15/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Hypocrite"

  • Chris Harrison wouldn't want his daughter to date Chris Soules. Yet he had no problem with Whitney's father's daughter... Things that make you go... hmmm... (Hollywood Life)
     
  • Jimmy Carr plays NYC, Cipha Sounds to produce "Joking Off" season 2, and "IdioTest" is getting a time slot upgrade... yes, this is all in the same article! (The Interrobang)
     
  • Hey, TCONA is coming up... here's a contest for you geeky dads to enter! (GeekDad)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (The Guardian)

posted 6/12/15

Thursday: Even Money
ABC Overcomes All Comers
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was once again the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (16.331 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

FOX (4.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with the season finale of "Bones" (4.879 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside a new "Wayward Pines" (4.233 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Mom" (5.090 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.978 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Elementary" (3.949 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Aquarius" (3.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Hannibal" (1.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.889 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.908 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.870 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food) 1.097 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet"

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe learns the hard way that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER (USA Today)
     
  • Kevin O'Connell is not ready to "Go" just yet (Buffalo News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Cronin on "Singled Out" (AV Club)

posted 6/12/15


JIM ED BROWN: 1934-2015
Country Music Legend Hosted "You Can Be a Star" on TNN
From the Tennessean

The smooth-voiced singer Jim Ed Brown, a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1963 and a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday. He was 81.

Last September, he revealed that he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. In early 2015, Mr. Brown announced that he was in remission, but on June 3 of this year, his daughter Kim posted on Facebook that her father's cancer had returned—although not in his lungs—and that he had resumed chemotherapy. One day later, when Mr. Brown's condition appeared unlikely to improve, his dear friend and country legend Bill Anderson visited Mr. Brown in his hospital room to present him with a Country Music Hall of Fame medallion, five months ahead of the official induction ceremony.

James Edward Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas; later, his family of seven would move to Pine Bluff, Ark. Growing up, he'd listen to Opry stars like Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, and sing with his older sister Maxine and younger sister Bonnie.

In 1954, Mr. Brown and Maxine, who had been singing on the radio and performing regionally as a duo, signed a deal with Fabor Records; their debut single, the lighthearted "Looking Back to See," peaked at No. 8 in June of that year. The young singers became regulars on The Louisiana Hayride and Ozark Jubilee. In 1955, their teenaged sister Bonnie joined the group; a year later, The Browns' recording of "I Take the Chance" for their label RCA Victor, hit No. 2 on the country charts. One of their best-known songs was "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing," a song that was released in 1957, the same year that Mr. Brown was drafted into military service. He continued to record with his sisters while on leave, and when the group toured, sister Norma would take his place.

After two years, Mr. Brown left the military and rejoined the family band. They would release their smash hit "The Three Bells" in August of 1959. It spent 10 weeks atop the country chart, four weeks atop the pop charts, and even cracked the Hot R&B Sides Top 10. The Browns' timeless version of this song would go on to sell more than one million records. Subsequent recordings "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "The Old Lamplighter" were also crossover hits; however, the former would be the group's final Top 10 country single.

The Browns were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1963. They would disband four years later when Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire from the trio.

In 1965, Mr. Brown began to make solo records for RCA Victor, where he'd remain for the next 16 years. In 1967, he'd release what would become his signature song: the Nat Stuckey-penned "Pop a Top," which spent 20 weeks on the charts. He'd go on to release several other successful singles, including "Morning" (#4, 1970) and "Southern Loving" (#6, 1973).

During the mid-1970s, Mr. Brown, in between hosting multiple seasons of the television program "Nashville on the Road," began to record duets with Helen Cornelius. The pair won the 1977 CMA Vocal Duo Award thanks to hits like the 1976 chart-topper "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" and "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye," which hit No. 2. They released their last charting single, "Don't Bother to Knock," in 1981.

Mr. Brown returned to television in the 1980s, hosting "You Can Be a Star" for six years and co-hosting a travel program, "Going Our Way," with his wife Becky. Though he did not release any studio albums during these years, he continued to tour and perform on the Opry.

In January of 2015, at the age of 80, Mr. Brown released his first album in 35 years, "In Style Again," for Plowboy Records. Despite his age and his health, Mr. Brown was in fine vocal form on this project, singing with Cornelius and his sisters in addition to Vince Gill and The Whites. At the end of the month, he returned to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

In late March of 2015, it was announced that Mr. Brown, along with his two sisters, were going to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the podium, an emotional Mr. Brown began his remarks by telling the audience that he was cancer free. During an interview, he remarked that one of the most meaningful aspects of his induction was that "my family, friends and fans (will) always have a place to go and remember me. I'll be there forever."

Two weeks ago, "Whispering" Bill Anderson was told The Browns had asked that he be the Hall of Fame member to induct them into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the ceremony in the fall. Then he got a call on the morning of June 4 saying Mr. Brown's induction needed to happen that day. He canceled a doctor's appointment and joined a group of people, including the Country Music Association's chief executive officer Sarah Trahern, in Mr. Brown's hospital room to surprise him with his commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

"Jim Ed was pretty emotional," Anderson recalled. "He was very lucid. He laughed and he cried and you could tell just how proud he was."

Mr. Brown took his ball cap off and Anderson slipped the medallion over his head, around his neck and laid it on his chest in the hospital room signifying that he was officially a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"He was tearing up and so was I and so was everybody in the room," Anderson said. "He said, 'I had about convinced myself that even if I don't make the Hall of Fame, I've had a pretty good run. But to wear this medallion and know that I made it to the Hall of Fame makes it perfect.'"

Mr. Brown was short of breath and on oxygen. Anderson leaned over his hospital bed as his friend wondered if he would be able to sing when he got to heaven, because couldn't sing in his current condition.

"I said, 'Well, Jim Ed, if you get up there and find you can't sing, no worries,'" Anderson recalled. "I'll loan you my license to whisper. You can steal my act until I get there.' He started laughing and he laughed until tears were running down his face."

Then, just like The Country Music Hall of Fame ends each induction ceremony, Anderson started singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"—just the chorus, he said. Mr. Brown's other guests joined in.

"It was sad, but in a beautiful way because we were making him happy," Anderson said.

Mr. Brown leaves behind Becky, his wife of 52 years, and his son and daughter. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

The Tennessean
Variety
USA Today

posted 6/11/15

Wednesday: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes the Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.626 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (3.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (4.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Middle" (4.993 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (4.400 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Modern Family" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Black-ish" (3.756 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.262 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an original "The Briefcase" (4.743 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.414 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.969 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.779 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, the season premiere of "Skin Wars" - one of GSN's highest-rated series on the schedule - kept the mojo up with 540,000 with a 0.13 rating for the demo. The night's other season premiere, "Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out", averaged 874,000 over the hour, with the 11:30 show raising from 835,000 to 913,000.  Elsewhere...

- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 425,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p): 393,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 273,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/11/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Steve's World"

posted 6/11/15

Gwen Stefani Apparently a Hollaback Girl
"The Voice" Coach to Return for Second Season
From the Futon Critic

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have been announced as the season nine coaches and Carson Daly as host for NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

The ninth season will begin in September.

"With such an astounding group of coaches at the peak of their musical ingenuity and Carson returning as our host, we are thrilled for what season nine will bring," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "The expertise and camaraderie of this panel will provide an immeasurable experience for the artists and must-see entertainment for all who are watching."

Levine and Shelton have been "Voice" coaches since the series inception in 2011. Season nine will mark the third season for Williams and the second for Stefani.

The Futon Critic
Buzzfeed

posted 6/10/15

A Mystery in "Paradise"
"Bachelor in Paradise" Logs in Every Reality TV Trope En Route to August 2 Premiere
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted hit series, "Bachelor in Paradise," returns with a two-night premiere on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 and MONDAY AUGUST 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. 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:

· Jillian Anderson, 25, News Producer, Washington DC - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Ashley Salter, 25, Hair Stylist, Alpharetta, GA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Jade Roper, 28, Cosmetics Developer, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Cruise Ship Singer, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Clare Crawley, 34, Hair Stylist, Sacramento, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 18 (Juan Pablo) and "Bachelor in Paradise," Season 1
· Ashley Iaconneti, 27, Freelance Journalist, Wayne, NJ - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Tenley Mohlzan, 30, Nutritionist, Encinitas, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 14 (Jake) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 1
· Juelia Kinney, 30, Full-Time Mom, Portland, OR - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Mystery Woman

This sexy mystery woman comes to Paradise this season with an attitude and connections that are sure to shock everyone. There's no telling what kind of drama could ensue as she joins the group on her own quest for true love.

· Dan Cox, 32, Small Business Owner, Las Vegas - "The Bachelorette," Season 9 (Desiree)
· Kirk Dewindt, 32, Personal Trainer, Minneapolis, MN - "The Bachelorette," Season 6 (Ali) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 2
· Mikey Tenerelli, 33, Business Owner, Winfield, IL - The Bachelorette, Season 9 (Desiree)

· Plus, four eliminated cast members from the current season of "The Bachelorette," who will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six episodes 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. If last season was any indication, "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer, beginning Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
TV Line

posted 6/10/15

Tuesday: America's Got... Basketball
The Finals Give ABC a Rare Tuesday Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (14.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

NBC (8.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.339 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (5.688 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.638 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "48 Hours" (5.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the season finale of "iZombie" (1.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) on The CW (1.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.338 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 519,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Oxygen Plans to Game Crowdfunding, Snapchatting
On Order: "Start Me Up", Two Relationship Games
From TV by the Numbers

Oxygen Media announced five new series in development that reinforce the network’s commitment to creating real lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of young multicultural women. The diverse projects include “Dead Clean” about a female clean-up crew handling messes no one else would dare tackle; “House of Black Diamond” following the lives of six members of the most decorated drill team in California; “Start Me Up,” a competition series focusing on raising money through online crowdfunding; “Swipe for Love” about using social media to match potential couples in front of a live studio audience; and “The Ultimate Relationship Test,” a competition series where couples wager money on each other’s abilities to win a variety of challenges.

“Inspired by millenials who express themselves and their ideas in innovative and diverse ways, these five new projects reflect Oxygen Media’s commitment to sharing fun and meaningful stories that resonate with our audience,” said Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International, Oxygen Media.

Oxygen Development Projects:

“Start Me Up” (working title)

Produced by Soshefeigh Media and Wilshire Studios with Matt O’Brien and René Brar serving as Executive Producers.

Bringing the online crowdfunding phenomenon to television for the first time, each episode follows three contestants determined to launch a new campaign, business or cause as they work with an expert team to create the ultimate 90-second pitch video. At the end, the three videos will go up on Oxygen.com where viewers will have the opportunity to donate money to the projects they love the most. On the following week’s show, the video which raised the most money will be revealed in real time, honoring the winning contestant with a $25,000 grand prize.

“Swipe for Love” (working title)

Produced by Wilshire Studios with David Friedman serving as Executive Producer.

In the hyper-connected, social media-savvy world of millenials, online dating has quickly become the norm. In “Swipe for Love,” a group of eager young singles will put their profile pictures to the test in front of a live studio audience in hopes of finding “the one.” Potential couples will be matched based on their “swipes” and social media “likes” to compete in a series of challenges designed to test and reveal chemistry and compatibility.

“The Ultimate Relationship Test” (working title)

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Guy Hameiri serving as Executive Producers.

In this innovative new competition series, ten couples will compete in large-scale challenges – ranging from the physical to the mental – to win wagered money. While one person competes, their significant other bets a sum of cash based on how they think their partner will perform. These challenges will showcase how intimately each partner knows the other, while exposing the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "ABC's of Fall"

posted 6/10/15


Iliza Shlesinger Has "Separation Anxiety"
"Last Comic Standing" Hosts TBS' New Game Show
From TV by the Numbers

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger (Excused, Last Comic Standing) has been named the host of the upcoming TBS series Separation Anxiety, a comedic, relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn't revealed to contestants until after they've played the game. TBS has ordered 14 one-hour episodes of Separation Anxiety, with plans to launch the show in late 2015. The series, which was announced in May during Turner's Upfront presentation in New York, is being produced by 5x5 Media and Electus.

"What makes Separation Anxiety such a fun, unique game show is the way it puts relationships to the test," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted series, specials and late night for TBS. "On top of having a great premise, Separation Anxiety is hosted by Iliza Shlesinger, one of the hottest new comedians in the business. We're very excited to be adding Iliza's fresh and funny voice to TBS's growing roster of comedy superstars."

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
Splitsider
Realscreen
The Wrap

posted 6/9/15

Syndies: The Final Week of Regulation
Results for the Week Ending May 31
From B&C

In a slow post-sweeps, pre-summer week ending May 31, CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil managed to stay atop the talkers, even though the show slipped 13% to a 2.8 live plus same day household rating average, according to Nielsen Media Research.
 
That was the 20th time that Phil led the category, including two ties with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael. Live was a close second, dropping 7% to a 2.7. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, however, Live led with a level 1.5, the first time Live has led the demo since April 12.

In access, the top game shows fought for pole position. CTD’s Jeopardy! tied CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the lead at a 6.1, with Jeopardy! down 3% and Wheel down 5%, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud only one-tenth of a point behind at a steady 6.0. Year to year,however, Feud improved 28%, the biggest jump of any first-run strip, while Wheel was flat and Jeopardy! was off 5%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its series-low 1.6 for the sixth straight week, depreciating 16% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Celebrity Name Game was steady at a 1.4 for the third week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/9/15

Monday: Number One Guns
"Ninja Warrior" Continues to Be NBC's Top Draw
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) moved into the top spot on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Island" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (5.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then fell to second place with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and week two of "The Whispers" (4.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.674 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.973 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (5.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.801 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (0.654 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The CNN Quiz Show: The 70s (CNN): 509,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

Weekend: Welcome Back...
"Jurassic Park" Gives NBC Demo Win; ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.536 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the draw among adults 18-49 on Friday with its presentation of "Jurassic Park" (4.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

ABC (5.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.344 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.596 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "20/20" (6.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

Next up was CBS (4.691 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and repeats of "The Briefcase" (3.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (5.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bullseye" (1.653 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.511 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.175 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The finale of Telemundo's third season of “La Voz Kids” ranked #1 among all Spanish-language broadcast programs on Sunday night among key demos delivering 2,225,000 total viewers and 955,000 adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Featuring Coaches Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez, the popular singing competition was the #1 regularly scheduled Spanish-language Sunday primetime entertainment program among total viewers for eight consecutive weeks, during its 13-episode run. Additionally, the “La Voz Kids” finale was the #1 Spanish-language program, in its time period, among total viewers, in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and among adults 18-49 in Houston and Phoenix.

Saturday's "Pontoon Payday", relocated from Thursday nights, didn't fare any better with 155,000 viewers. Meanwhile, on Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.180 million
- 9p: Food Network Star (season premiere) - 1.870 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.150 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

It's Almost Impossible
ITV Orders Physical Comedy Game from Initial
From TBI Vision

ITV has ordered The Almost Impossible Game Show, a new physical gameshow from Endemol Shine prodco Initial.

Billed as a comedy gameshow, the series will have ten contestants taking on hilarious challenges. The participants have 50 chances to complete five challenges.

The 6x60mins show will go out later this year on ITV2. Endemol Shine Group will sell the format internationally.

The Almost Impossible Game Show was commissioned by Angela Jain, ITV’s director of digital platforms. She said: “The show is silly, fun, never predictable and thoroughly entertaining. Perfect for ITV2.”

Initial managing director of Initial, Nick Samwell-Smith, added: “This utterly absurd and completely anarchic format which features some of the most ludicrous games that our evil, twisted creative team could come up with.”

TBI Vision
World Screen
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 6/9/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I'M the Worst?!"

  • Simon Cowell has two words for LA Reid: Fifth. Harmony.  (Digital Spy)
     
  • Nigel Lythgoe is rebooting "Fame", learning how to fly, HIGH! (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Jeff Dye goes from "Money from Strangers" to hanging... with strangers (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: when the new "Are You Smarter" premiered, we tweeted that the original 5th graders are in college now. Well... now there are pictures (Yahoo!)
     
  • Speaking of, Jeff Foxworthy is teaming up with Golden Corral (PR Newswire)
     
  • The Crystal Maze LIVES! (Metro)
     
  • Jim Ed Brown ("You Can Be A Star") is battling cancer... again (Antimusic)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dating Naked", "Twinning" move up to July 22 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rebecca Romijn (TV Insider)

posted 6/9/15

Standing on France
Canal+ Buys "Still Standing" From Armoza
From Realscreen

French free-to-air channel D8, owned by Canal+, has picked up the daily primetime game show Still Standing from Israeli-based Armoza Formats.

The July-August Productions-created series showcases a number of contestants battling the clock and each other to be the last one standing or risk being swallowed up by the studio floor with the opportunity to win $1 million.

The licensing agreement follows recent commissions by Mexico’s Azteca and Italy’s Canele 5, as well as a fourth season commissioned by Israel’s Channel 10. Still Standing has also been purchased by an undisclosed party in French-speaking Belgium.

“We’re proud to see Still Standing continue to gain momentum and are thrilled to be bringing this amazing game show to France and French-speaking Belgium,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement.

With more than 2,000 global episodes aired to date, the game show has been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, China, Uruguay, Belgium, Italy and Mexico.

The French version of the series will be produced in partnership with Terminal E Studios, a joint venture between France’s Terminal 9 and Belgium’s Everlasting Group.

Realscreen
World Screen

posted 6/8/15

"Fifteen" to Five
ITV Quiz Show Renewed for Three More Seasons
From Digital Spy

Fifteen to One will return for at least three more seasons.

The Channel 4 general knowledge quiz show has been commissioned for a total of 100 more hour-long episodes for daytime.

Hosted by Sandi Toksvig, the third season will air this summer.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for entertainment Ed de Burgh said: "Sandi is undoubtedly one of Britain's toughest quiz mistresses, and we are delighted to welcome both her and the show back to the channel for three more series.

"We look forward to seeing Britain's smartest quiz minds take on the Fifteen to One challenge."

Remedy Productions' CCO Tom Blakeson added: "Fifteen to One is one of the UK's most-loved quiz shows so we're delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned three further series for the channel.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be able to confirm that the brilliant Sandi Toksvig will be back for another 100 episodes; her razor sharp wit makes her the perfect host for Britain's brainiest quiz."

The third and fourth seasons will be filmed in Glasgow, while season five is planned to shoot in Manchester.

Digital Spy
TV Wise
Worldscreen
Seenit
Coventry Telegraph

posted 6/8/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You're the Worst"

  • LA Reid called "The X Factor" "the worst thing I've ever done". WAIT FOR IT...  (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lists his home... and not the set of "Celebrity Name Game" (The Real Deal)
     
  • Monopoly Millionaires' Club: Great show + lottery tickets = PROFIT (2paragraphs)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 7 "Bachelor" couples that were doomed from the Final Rose (Bustle)
     
  • Stephen Fry pens a memoir. The title is not "Blue Whale" (StarPulse)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heading to Boston Wednesday (Boston Globe)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Telegraph)

posted 6/8/15


ANTHONY RILEY: 1987-2015
"The Voice" Contestant Dies of Apparent Suicide
From Yahoo!

Vivacious street performer Anthony Riley, a frontrunner on this most recent season of The Voice who inspired the fastest four-chair turnaround in the series’ history, has died at age 28 of an apparent suicide. The news first broke Friday evening via the fan site Rickey.org, after several of Riley’s friends expressed their grief on social media. A man identifying himself as Riley’s best friend, fellow Philadelphia busker Robby Parsons, spoke exclusively to Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks and confirmed the news.

“Anthony passed away Tuesday. He wasn’t found until yesterday [Friday],” said Parsons. “His sister called me at 7:30 yesterday to tell me… I called the friend he’d been living with, Bobby Iovine, and Bobby was in tears. And he said, ‘Robby, it’s true.‘”

Parsons added: “Anthony was a gentle soul. Just a loving, caring, gentle person, is what he was.” Parsons later corroborated Philly.com’s Saturday report that Riley took his own life.

"We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time," a representative for The Voice said in a statement.

Riley mysteriously and abruptly left The Voice Season 8 before the Knockout Rounds, which aired this past March, with no explanation other than “personal reasons.” It was later revealed that he’d actually dropped out of The Voice in January to enter a two-week rehab program for substance abuse. Riley told Philly.com that he went to Voice producers, shortly after his successful Battle Round was taped in January, to discuss his ongoing addiction problems. That night, producers flew Riley back home, and he entered Clarity Way, a rehab facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania. According to Riley, NBC footed the bill, although reps for The Voice declined to comment.

“At the time, [The Voice] wasn’t working for me and I felt like I needed to go, instead of taking on more responsibility than I could handle,” Riley told Philly.com. While he stressed that The Voice was a "really great source of support” and “they [made] sure we understood we were getting ourselves into,” he said that the heavy workload and 16-hour days on the show were just too much for him to handle. “It’s stressful; there are a lot of days that can turn into lonely days,” he explained.

Riley also stated back in March that he had no plans to audition for The Voice again, despite a groundswell of fan support. “The Voice is over for me,” he said.

Yahoo!

posted 6/7/15

GSM4 Raises $5000
Annual Marathon Ends with a Bang
From WSET Lynchburg-Roanoke

For Bob Hagh, Cory Anotado, and Christian Carrion, Saturday night was a night of no sleep, and a lot of fun, all for a good cause.

The three friends are the organizers of the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon. The trio stay up for 24 straight hours, playing classic game shows with online viewers, who donate for the chance to play.

Now in its fourth year, this year's “Marathon” raised over five thousand dollars for Child's Play, a charity that helps provide hospitalized children with toys and games.

(Disclaimer #1: story written by friend of the site)

(Disclaimer #2: GSNN is a sponsor)

WSET Lynchburg

posted 6/7/15

Thursday: Warriors Lead, 1-0
The Finals Give ABC the Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.617 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (14.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (4.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second place with new episodes of "Bones" (5.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Wayward Pines" (4.200 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.604 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.547 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "Dateline NBC" (6.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Aquarius" (3.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus the season premiere of "Hannibal" (2.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.757 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.678 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 420,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/15

That 70s Quiz
"The CNN Quiz Show" Returns Monday
From TV Newser

CNN is bringing back the CNN Quiz Show. Airing Monday, the second edition of the newsy game show focuses on the 1970’s.

Host Anderson Cooper is back, but the teams have changed. This time, John Berman–who rocked presidential trivia the first time out–is paired with Don Lemon, who did not.

New contestant Bill Weir teams up with returning player Alisyn Camerota. The third pair, Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin are both new to the game show.

The timing of the 70’s-themed show is no accident, coinciding with CNN’s June 11 premiere of CNN’s original series The Seventies.

TV Newser

posted 6/5/15

The Cast Is Locked... The Lights Are On!
It's Robot Fighting Time June 21
From the Futon Critic

The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox this summer, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Hosted by celebrated sports anchor Molly McGrath, "BattleBots" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00- 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Covering every inch of the epic robot fighting competition are sideline reporters Allison Haislip and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi. Judging each battle are former BattleBots competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin and the face of Nerdist Jessica Chobot. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 6/5/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "New and Newer"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?! No one on Jeopardy! knows who Loretta Lynch is (New York Daily News)
     
  • Vernon Kay takes over as AEO Excellent Awards host (Exhibition News)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Czech reality show offers $40,000 to a family who can survive Nazi-era Europe (New York Times)

posted 6/5/15

Golf Sets a "Course"
Catch "Altered Course" June 15!
From the Futon Critic

The traditional golf course layout will not apply to the eight teams competing in Altered Course Montego Bay, Golf Channel's new reality competition series premiering Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The series will require teams to navigate re-imagined golf holes in excess of 700 yards all the while traversing natural obstacles they encounter along the way.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented by the all-new Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Resort, this tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes. One Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes, with the teams competing in a variety of formats, including alternate-shot and scramble. Teams will be scored on a combination of strokes and the time it takes them to complete the hole. Weekly eliminations will leave one team ultimately left standing as champion, pocketing a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Altered Course Montego Bay features a talented and diverse cast including professional and former collegiate golfers, siblings, best friends, sergeants in the United States Army and speed golf competitors.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch Season 2 on NBC July 2
From the Futon Critic

An incredible line-up of celebrity chefs and the introduction of kids as contestants for the first time ever spice up the second season of "Food Fighters," the high-stakes culinary game returning to NBC on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). It's the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, with the chance to win as much as $100,000. Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman ("Man Finds Food," "Fandemonium") hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level.

"Food Fighters" has only featured adult contestants competing against the pro chefs, until now. This season, kid chefs are also added to the mix, showing off their incredible culinary skills while racing against the clock to try and beat some of the most formidable chefs in the country.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. In the final round, they'll compete against a celebrity chef, and season two features high-profile chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Nadia G., Lorena Garcia, Duff Goldman, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron McCargo, Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani.

Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, kid contestants and adult players will square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish, but with no advance notice of what the dish will be. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as "The Dinner Party." After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don't win, they still get to face off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. Any amateur cook who wins each of the five rounds will walk away with $100,000. It's the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Tim Puntillo, Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Laura Caraccioli are the executive producers of the series from Electus and Universal Television.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Summer Sync-ation
Lip Sync Battle to Return July 9
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has been a ratings champion for Spike since launch on April 2, delivering record viewership for the network. Over the past 9 weeks, "Lip Sync Battle" is ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable TV with Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 and among all cable entertainment series with Men 18-49. The original series averaged 2.9 million viewers and has improved the network's timeslot with the key demographic of Adults 18-49 by 161%.

"Lip Sync Battle" also delivered a staggering 177 million cross-platform streams across Spike's owned and operated properties as well as Facebook and YouTube, with Anne Hathaway's "wrecking ball" clip alone garnering 15 million.

The most recent episode, airing on Thursday, May 28 featuring Queen Latifah vs. Marlon Wayans, ranked #1 in all of television with Adults 18-49, Men 18-49, Women 18-49, and Adults 18-34.

Season 1 will take a brief hiatus in June and will continue with new episodes on Thursday, July 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The broad reach of the "Lip Sync Battle" has played a key role in the network's successful shift in targeting a more general audience.

Lip Sync Battle returns Thursday, July 9.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Wednesday: HAWKS!
Stanley Cup Final Gives NBC the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its coverage of the "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (5.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

FOX (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (3.342 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.884 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.439 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Black-ish" (3.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.509 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up week two of "The Briefcase" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) alongside repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 411,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8): 384,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (Fox Sports 1): 371,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30): 370,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 369,000
- Joking Off (MTV2): 228,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/4/15

¡Mira Abajo!
Azteca Buys "Still Standing"
From Worldscreen

Mexican broadcaster Azteca is producing its own local version of the game show Still Standing, thanks to a deal with Armoza Formats.

The Mexican treatment will consist of 60 episodes. Production is slated to begin in September, with Azteca producing in-house for a tentative launch in early 2016. The new agreement marks the 14th territory to air Still Standing.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, said, “We’re thrilled to see our hit show Still Standing continue to grow internationally and to prove that this game show works across the globe. We’re very excited to be partnering with Azteca Mexico once again and to be opening a Still Standing hub for the region, as we look to further expand the reach of the show in this key region.”

Worldscreen

posted 6/4/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Forever"

posted 6/4/15


Chain Joins The Chase
GSN Lines Up New Thursday Lineup July 16
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will air never-before-seen episodes of its Emmy(R)-nominated hit game show, THE CHASE followed by the debut of an all-new edition of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION, beginning Thursday, July 16th at 8PM ET/PT (7pm CT).

The popular quiz show, THE CHASE, now in its fourth season, will air Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT. The show is hosted by Brooke Burns and features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") facing down all challengers in the ultimate trivia challenge.

At 9pm, GSN will debut an all-new version of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION. The classic half-hour game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features two teams competing against one another to complete a chain of seven words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and below it. By making inferences based on the revealed words and the revealed letters in incomplete words, contestants try to fill in the word chains to score points.

The newest iteration of CHAIN REACTION will be hosted by radio and television personality Mike Catherwood. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Undateable and guest hosted on Live! With Regis and Kelly. Catherwood is also the co-host of the cult classic radio show, Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky, where he offers relationship advice to callers. Mike is also a regular on the new Dr. Drew show on HLN and he co-hosts a daily radio show on Los Angeles radio station KABC.

The new episodes will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. Vincent Rubino (The Newlywed Game, Million Dollar Password) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Syndies: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 24
From B&C

In the last major ratings sweep of the 2014-15 season, which ran from April 23 - May 20, most syndicated shows were down from last year, but a few shows managed to stand out.

The game-show competition also ended in a photo finish with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just edging out CTD’s Jeopardy! by a tenth of a point. Wheel slowed 3% to a 6.5, while Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, meanwhile, spiked 18%, the only annual increase in the genre, to a 6.0.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire dropped 24%, game’s biggest decline, to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s newbie Celebrity Name Game tallied a 1.3 in its first May outing, up 18% from its September debut.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Tuesday: It Must Be NBC
"Talent", "I Can Do That" Take Peacock to the Top
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (10.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "I Can Do That!" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "48 Hours" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.093 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments from "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.284 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.195 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.398 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.488 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a new "iZombie" (1.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.284 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417,000
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Esquire): 221,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "'Merica"

  • Canadian viewers laugh at our ignorance at our neighbors to the north. Because 'Merica. (CBC)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Pontoon Payday runs aground... on Saturdays at noon (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/3/15

The Benchmark of British Quiz
Catch It on 4!
From Carrick Gazette

This week has seen the arrival of another new afternoon game show to our screens. Its usual slot will be at 4pm on Channel 4 (although this week there is no show on Friday and one on Saturday at a later time).

Benchmark is hosted by Paddy McGuinness who interacts well with the contestants.

The show begins with a competition between two of the eleven contestants to see which one will play the ‘game’ that day.

The object of the game is to win as much money as possible up to £25,000.

The remaining ‘benchmarkers’ have to answer a question such has ‘How much does the average British man spend on Valentine’s Day?’ where the answer is always a number.

The three most widely out answers are discounted and it is the average of the remaining ones that is the ‘benchmark.’

The player has to decide whether the correct answer is higher or lower than the ‘benchmark’. If the player is correct, then the player moves forward along a grid which has a number of amounts of money on it. If the player is wrong, then the highest amount of money no longer becomes a possible win.

The final three questions require the player to provide the correct number to each question.

Depending on how far out the player is from the correct answer, will determine how much money (if any) is won.

The ‘benchmarker’ who overall is furthest out in their answers leaves the show to be replaced by a new contestant; while the two with the best set of answers take part in the opening contest the following day.

Carrick Gazette
Manchester Evening News
Televisual

posted 6/2/15

Monday: Ninja vs. Dancers
NBC Has Near-Record "ANW", ABC Wins Night
From TV Line

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Another Run at "Drag Race"
Logo Renews Flagship Series
From The Futon Critic

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Weekend: Replay
Game Reruns Dominate Schedule
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.826 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and ABC (4.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the latter serving up a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.358 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

The Peacock then served up a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (4.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.207 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.113 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (6.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Bullseye" (1.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.504 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.207 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.862 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Spring Baking Championship (season finale, Food): 1.658 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.388 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.157 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Fire Me"

  • Nigel Lythgoe swears he didn't fire Mary Murphy (Twitter @dizzyfeet)
     
  • Britain's Got Talent's latest fracas is going to the dogs (Telegraph)
     
  • The absolute last word that we will have on "Brokeback Bachelor" (Washington Post)
     
  • The Gronkowskis are gon' play, Steve! (CBS Sports)
     
  • Rumer Willis to join "Dancing" top 10 on tour (The Futon Critic)
     
  • RuPaul Ru-veals season 4 starting Sunday July 26 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • DRG (producers of Catchphrase) move house to LA (Variety)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Burnett (Realscreen)

posted 6/2/15


BETSY PALMER: 1926-2015
"I've Got a Secret" Regular; Jason's Mom from "Friday the 13th"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film Friday the 13th, has died. She was 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Palmer also was known for her work as a regular panelist on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret for about a decade starting in 1958.

The wholesome Indiana native had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for years before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody ends. The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels, and she is seen oh so briefly in the 1981 Friday the 13th follow-up.

Palmer said that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car, a Volkswagen Scirocco that cost $9,999. Her old Mercedes had just broken down on the road days earlier.

"My agent called and said, 'How would you like to be in a movie?'" she recalled. "I said, 'Great, I haven't done a movie since the 1960s.' He said, 'It’s 10 days’ work, they’ll pay you $1,000 a day.' I said, 'Great, I want to buy a car. It’ll just cover the car, perfect.' He said, 'There’s a drawback … it’s a horror film.' I said, Oh, no.’

But Palmer did want to pay for that car, so she asked to see the script. "I said, 'What a piece of junk,'" she said. "Nobody is ever going to see this. This will come and go."

Her game show credits also include "Family Feud", "$25,000 Pyramid", "To Tell the Truth", "Password All-Stars", the original "The Price Is Right", and "What's My Line?".

She also starred in numerous TV shows from the early 1950s, among them Kraft Theatre, Playhouse 90 and Studio One.

The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
WNBC New York
Variety
AV Club
CNN
New York Times
IGN

posted 6/1/15

BuzzrTV Is On The Air!
Diginet Kicks Off with "LMAD" Pilot
From The Washington Post

FremantleMedia North America has unlocked the vault on six decades of the most exciting vintage game shows, which will air on the new digital multicast network, BUZZR. For the first time since 1963, the original pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal hosted by the legendary Monty Hall will be appearing in primetime on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, only on BUZZR. Serving as a historic cache of the era, viewers will watch as contestants win and lose prizes for the first time on the Let’s Make A Deal stage, including a “luxurious” raccoon coat, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible, a toaster oven worth a whopping $29.95, and four live lambs! This epic episode will also be paired with a monumental moment in game show history as Monty Hall sits down with current Let’s Make A Deal host, Wayne Brady, for an intimate look back at the show, including hilarious stories about crazy contestants, some of their all-time favorite moments, and even being punched in the eye by a monkey!

As a countdown to the launch of the network, beginning at noon ET/9:00 AM PT, BUZZR will light up with footage that will provide a sneak peek into the programming, featured episodes of Super Password and Card Sharks, and all of the crazy game show antics that will grace the network. The footage will continue to loop throughout the day until the curtain officially rises on BUZZR at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with the 1963 pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal.

BUZZR is set to launch in 35% of the country, across FOX O&O markets including 9 out of the top 10 DMAs. The complete list of markets at launch includes:

· WWOR/New York
· KCOP/Los Angeles
· WPWR/Chicago
· WTXF/Philadelphia
· KDFI/Dallas-Ft. Worth
· KTVU/San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
· WTTG/Washington DC
· WAGA/Atlanta
· KTXH/Houston
· WJBK/Detroit
· WTVT/Tampa-St. Petersburg
· WRBW/Orlando-Daytona Beach
· WMYT/Charlotte
· KTBC/Austin
· KVBC/Fresno-Visalia

**More Markets to Follow**

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
USA Today
TV Week

posted 6/1/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Doubling Down on Bachelors"

  • The Bachelor to figure into a very old joke (Time) and a very new episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Us Magazine)
     
  • Shark Tank, Face Off, and Cat Deeley score at the Critics Choice Awards (TV Insider)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Vacation Chasers heads to HLN June 5, followed by Twinning (VH1, July 15), Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, July 16), She's Got Game (VH1, August 10) (PopMatters)
     
  • Endemol Shine recruits from BBC, AGT, and Whammy! (Realscreen)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul on the Vanity Fair cover (Access Hollywood)

posted 6/1/15

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