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GSN
WEDNESDAY: Loaded GSN, Loaded Premiere
Fox Wins Demo on "MasterChef"
From the Futon Critic

GSN premiered its newest game show, EMOGENIUS, hosted by Hunter March (AwesomenessTV).

EMOGENIUS is a new half-hour comedic game show based on communication that uniquely taps into the massive popularity of emojis and text messaging. The show features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test for a chance to win $10,000.

The show is hosted by 26 year-old Hunter March, who becomes the youngest (non-kids') game show host in TV history. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Hal March, who hosted the TV classic "The $64,000 Question" from 1955-1958 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "My goal is to have my own star right by my grandfather's so he can look down and say, 'What the heck is an emoji?'" says Hunter.

The results for this and the other cable offerings...
- Cooks vs. Cons (SF/Food): 766k
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 649k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 518k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 411k
- Emogenius (P/GSN): 336k
- Emogenius (GSN/9:30p): 322k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 308k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 303k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 241k

FOX (3.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "MasterChef" (3.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (4.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the season finale of "Little Big Shots" (7.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and repeats of "Superstore" (2.158 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "This Is Us" (2.088 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (4.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.488 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Criminal Minds" (4.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Code Black" (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.714 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.965 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.776 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.524 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (1.046 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.141 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the evening for The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 6/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 4
From TV Newscheck

As expected, syndication went into its usual post-sweep swoon in the Memorial Day session ending June 4, with the majority of strips in reruns and flirting with new season-low ratings.

In access, Family Feud edged ahead 2% to a 6.3, narrowly topping all syndicated shows for the first time since mid-March and galloping by the game show for the 58th straight frame.

Wheel of Fortune found the road rocky, falling 9% to a new season-low 5.3 and tying Jeopardy, which faded 5% to a 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3** -9%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 6/15/17


King
"Survivor", "Big Brother" Kick Off "Candy Crush"
Catch It on CBS July 9
From the Futon Critic

Who has the "sweeter" moves: Castaways or Houseguests? Find out when fan favorites from SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER team up as contestants on the premiere episode of CANDY CRUSH, Sunday, July 9 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Mario Lopez.

"Survivor" Castaways Competing on CANDY CRUSH
- Kelley Wentworth (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and Survivor Cambodia)
- Joe Anglim (Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Woo Hwang (Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Jeremy Collins (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and winner of Survivor: Cambodia)

"Big Brother" Houseguests Competing on CANDY CRUSH
- Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 18)
- Da'Vonne Rogers (Big Brother 17 and 18)
- Frankie Grande (Big Brother 16)
- Caleb Reynolds (Big Brother 16)

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Hollywood Reporter
Inquisitr

posted 6/15/17

Flipping 10
GAC to Bow Season 10 of "Flea Market Flip" Q3 2017
From the Futon Critic

Series that feature the fun of road trips and outdoor living will be among the 190 primetime premiere hours on Great American Country now through December 2017. New series Log Cabin Kings, premiering in October, will join the GAC roster along with new episodes of Log Cabin Living, Building Alaska, Mountain Life, Log Cabin Living and Extreme Homes.

The Emmy-nominated competition series Flea Market Flip, starring Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer, will return with fresh episodes in 2017. Road trips also will be highlighted with new seasons of Going RV and Big Time RV.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/17

ITV2 Gets CelebAble
New Challenge Series Plays Tonight
From Telly Mix

ITV2 has today announced a brand new series that will see celebrities pitted against members of the public.

Called CelebAbility and hosted by comedian and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, the new show will see a group of 5 friends who will go head to head with 5 celebrities in a series of hilarious rounds.

This weeks guests are Vicky Pattison, Pete Wicks, Olivia Buckland, Mikey North and Rickie Haywood Williams

All rounds are based on the unusual skill or ability that the celebrities believe they naturally possess.

CelebAbility skills being put to the test tonight include - withstanding hot spicy foods, planking and making the perfect cup of tea!

All the games build up to a final prize winning game in which the remaining friends must answer questions about the remaining celebrities.

Fewer celebrities mean fewer possible answers so the greater the chance of winning and the more questions answered correctly means the greater the cash prize!

"I'm absolutely buzzing to start the show and find out how truly talented our British celebrities are. Are celebrities fundamentally better than members of the public? It's about time someone found out!" said host Iain Stirling.

Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Commissioner said: “CelebAbility is the game show for anyone with an unusual party trick and a competitive nature. Comedian Iain Stirling will host the showdown between panellists and celebrities, for some seriously silly fun.”

CelebAbility will air on ITV2 from Thursday, June 15 at 10PM.

Telly Mix

posted 6/15/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes"

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 differences from the reboot of "The Crystal Maze" (Den of Geek!)
     

  • Aisha Tyler silences herself from "The Talk" (Broadway World)
     

  • Steve Harvey was not having any trash talk from a fan of anyone-but-Lebron... but he could have done it SO MUCH BETTER. (Uproxx)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Trebek, on her dad (Jeopardy.com)

posted 6/15/17

TUESDAY: Talent Rules for NBC
NBC Sweeps the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) claimed the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "World of Dance" (8.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

ABC (2.504 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Downward Dog" (3.681 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "The Middle" (2.782 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.316 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.341 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.130 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.772 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.686 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Bull" (5.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.181 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.737 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Mick" (1.173 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.006 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.846 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and an original "iZombie" (0.792 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (History): 1.352m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 954k
- Chopped (Food): 818k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 777k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 729k
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 718k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 656k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 589k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 394k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k
- The Challenge Special (MTV): 310k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/17


Inquisitr
DR. BRANDON ROGERS: c.1988-2017
Upcoming "America's Got Talent" Contestant Dies in Car Accident
From Huffpost

Dr. Brandon Rogers, an upcoming contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” died on Sunday, TMZ reports. He was 29.

Sources close to the competition show told the outlet that Brandon died in a car accident over the weekend in Maryland, just weeks before his performance was set to air during a future episode.

Brandon’s brother, Danni Rogers, a dancer and choreographer, confirmed the news with a heartbreaking video posted on Instagram.

According to TMZ, Brandon, who was dubbed the Singing Doctor, was first discovered by “AGT” producers after they saw a video of him singing Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee.”

The video also caught the attention of Boyz II Men, who invited Brandon to perform with them in Las Vegas this past January.

Upon hearing the news of Brandon’s untimely death, Boyz II Men shared a video on Instagram from their performance with him and expressed their condolences with a touching caption.

“Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers,” they wrote, adding, “Gone too young and gone too soon. It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world.”

America's Got Talent has released a statement on Season 12 contestant Brandon Rogers' sudden death.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Dr. Brandon Rogers, who graced the America's Got Talent stage as a contestant," said an AGT spokesperson. "Our thoughts are with his family."

A source told Us Weekly that the network "will take the family's guidance regarding how to best respect his memory in relationship to the episode he appears in."

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People
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Reality TV World

posted 6/14/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "How Ryan Got His Groove Back"

  • Ryan Seacrest apparently isn't ready to be committal on the whole Idol thing. Or is he? (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heads to Houston (Rare Houston)

posted 6/14/17

MONDAY: Warriors.... Come Out To PLAY-AY!
ABC Wins Night on NBA Finals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (17.309 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) scored a monster victory on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (11.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #3), "NBA Countdown" (12.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (19.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.5, #1).

NBC (4.730 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second with the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.343 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.103 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season premieres of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.584 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Superhuman" (2.624 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.196 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Man with a Plan" (3.967 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mom" (4.117 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Life in Pieces" (3.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Scorpion" (3.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.948 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.931 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 793k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 237k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/17

A Ballsy $2 Million
More on "The Wall's" Second Season
From the Wrap

“The Wall” is back and bigger than ever, as a $2 million prize appears for the first time in an exclusive sneak peek.

The NBC game show’s Season 2 premiere airs on June 22, and the first episode back features a father-daughter team, Milton and Aaryn. Milton hails from Cary, North Carolina, and Aaryn is a doctor with hefty student loans who practices in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Coming into Season 2, it was really important that the people who are on have a really amazing story of selflessness or sacrifice,” host and executive producer Chris Hardwick says in the video.

The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Rachel's Ex"

posted 6/12/17


ABC
WEEKEND: Summer Fun & Games
NBC's Stanley Cup Final Coverage Beats Season 2 of Game Night Block
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.939 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home the top spot on Sunday with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (4.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and the finale to the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (6.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.674 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.073 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) followed by the debut of its summer lineup "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.547 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (6.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) alongside "The 71st Annual Tony Awards" (6.014 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, second runs of "Bob's Burgers" (0.997 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13), "The Simpsons" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Family Guy" (1.504 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) plus the season premiere of "American Grit" (1.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) rounded out the night for FOX (1.133 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On Friday, "RuPaul's Drag Race" delivered 637,000

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posted 6/12/17

More on "Battle of the Network Stars"
Over 100 Stars to Compete on ABC
From The Futon Critic

In an ode to ABC's "Wide World of Sports," 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" - in the revival of "Battle of the Network Stars," based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. The new "Battle of the Network Stars" will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series, where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics while featuring an array of fan favorites from numerous TV series like "Modern Family," "Pretty Little Liars," "Scandal," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Goldbergs," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Incredible Hulk," "The West Wing," "Dallas," "CHiPs," "Law & Order" and many more.

The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank - all from the site of the original series, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

For this new version, fielding of the teams will be based on the TV characters people love from over the years to the current day - cops vs. TV sitcoms, White House vs. lawyers, TV moms & dads vs. TV kids, etc. In this way, viewers will get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time.

Here are the 20 teams (100 stars), blue and red, competing against each other in separate episodes with athletic contests of physical grace and stamina (* = returning to "Battle of the Network Stars"):

· TV Sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka, Tracey Gold) vs. TV Kids (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, *Lisa Whelchel, *Kim Fields)

· Primetime Soaps (Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, *Donna Mills, Mischa Barton) vs. ABC Stars (*Olivia d'Abo, *Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey, Anson Williams)

· Variety (Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne) vs. TV Sex Symbols (Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty, Galen Gering)

· Cops (Erik Estrada, *Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, *Lorenzo Lamas) vs. TV Sitcoms (*Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson, Jenna von Oy)

· White House (Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett, Mary McCormack) vs. Lawyers (Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias, Catherine Bell)

· TV Moms & Dads (Chad Lowe, *Greg Evigan, *Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera, Jackee Harry) vs. TV Kids (*Jimmie Walker, *Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu, Jeremy Miller)

· Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, *Willie Aames, *Charlene Tilton) vs. Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)

· Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach) vs. TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)

· ABC Stars (*Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, *Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher) vs. Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne)

· Cops (Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, *Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer, Ryan Paevey) vs. Sci-Fi Fantasy (*Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo, Jill Wagner)

The hosts for "Battle of the Network Stars" are Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN will be the sideline reporters; plus Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) will be the team captains.

The episode airdates will be announced at a later time.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 6/12/17

XXX: State of "The Challenge"
Catch It on MTV July 18
From The Futon Critic

MTV today revealed the cast of "THE CHALLENGE XXX: Dirty 30" with the biggest, baddest season yet. Thirty of the series' most unpredictable players travel to South America for the most intense competition to date. Fan favorites will fight their way through the most extreme, daring challenges where they vie to compete for their chunk of $1 million - the largest prize in franchise history. "The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30" premieres Tuesday, July 18th.

"We owe a major 'thank you' to the fans of 'The Challenge' and all its iterations throughout the years," said Jon Murray, Founder and Executive Consultant, Bunim/Murray Productions. "Their dedication to the show and desire to watch their favorite - or least favorite! - reality stars battle it out in physical and mental challenges has enabled the show to come back season after season, and the 30th season will undoubtedly defy expectations."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/12/17

"Perfect Score" Heading to China
CW Dating Game to Play Overseas
From C21 Media

Perfect Score has aired in the US on The CW and iQiyi has picked it up for local development, FremantleMedia China CEO Vivian Yin told delegates here at China Formats in Shanghai.

Yin said the deals were significant as they continued the new trend in China for using non-celebrity contestants in a country where audiences and networks are usually obsessed by celebrities.

“It’s a sign of changing demand in the market, as platforms realize that ordinary people can also deliver engaging stories, not just celebrities,” said Yin, who joined FremantleMedia from Star China two years ago.

Dating show Perfect Score involves contestants attempting to choose the most compatible person for themselves from a group of 10 strangers, in hopes of winning cash prizes.

FremantleMedia North America made the show for The CW in 2013. The format has since been adapted by MNCTV in Indonesia and by Ho Chi Minh City TV in Vietnam.

C21 Media

posted 6/12/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • Dave Navarro to sing the National Anthem for Bellator (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "American Idol": the search begins AGAIN with a 19-city sweep starting August 17 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Superhuman's" Mike Tyson (2paragraphs)

posted 6/12/17


Deadline
ADAM WEST: 1928-2017
TV's "Batman" Played "I've Got a Secret", "1 vs. 100"
From Broadway World

Adam West, iconic star of the 1960's series 'Batman', has passed away at age 88. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor died following a short battle with leukemia.

In a statement, West's family has said:

"Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero."

West's 'Batman' co-star Julie Newmar said of West:

"Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people - A friend said: 'The father that we wanted.' That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."

West is most recognizable recently as the voice of Mayor Adam West on Seth MacFarlane's 'Family Guy.' Series creator and star Seth MacFarlane said in a statement:

"Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege to work with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You're irreplaceable."

In game shows, he was a Mob regular on season 2 of "1 vs. 100". He also played "I've Got a Secret", "Hollywood Squares", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "Family Feud", "It's Your Bet", "Password All-Stars", and "The Dating Game".

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

Broadway World
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Line
Idaho Statesman
The Huffington Post

posted 6/10/17

Alan Carr, Come on Down!
Comic the New Host of "Price Is Right UK"
From Chortle

Alan Carr is to host another revival of The Price is Right.

He will be following in the footsteps of Leslie Crowther and Bruce Forsyth when he fronts the pilot for Channel 4 later this year.

Carr said: I'm so excited to be the new host of The Price is Right. It's proper bucket list territory for me as I loved it when I was growing up and now for me to be at the helm of such a legendary show is a dream come true. It just leaves me with one thing to say ... COME ON DOWN!’

The pilot, lasting an hour, will make it to air, and is being produced by Thames, which also makes shiny-floor hits X ­Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Thames is owned by FremantleMedia, who is behind the original US version, which was first hosted by Bill Cullen in 1956. Bob Barker and Drew Carey have emceed for CBS since 1972 (Carey, since 2007).

The gleefully trashy game show is something of a departure rom Channel 4’s usual alternative offering.

It originally aired on ITV from 1984 to 1988, hosted by Crowther. Sky briefly revived it the following year, hosted by Bob Warman, then returned to ITV from 1995 to 2001, hosted by Forsyth. The most recent incarnation ran in 2006, hosted by Joe Pasquale.

Chortle
RealityBox
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posted 6/10/17

THURSDAY: Prelude to Fun & Games
Hockey, Game Shows Split Night Between NBC, ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.320 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors on Thursday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (4.320 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and its repeat lineup of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.170 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.735 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.917 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Love Connection" (2.554 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.490 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mom" (4.241 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Life in Pieces" (3.721 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Bull" (3.977 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and another "Supernatural" (0.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (S/History): 1.278m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 892k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 339k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 307k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 277k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 235k

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posted 6/10/17

WEDNESDAY: One Win Away
Warriors Comeback Fuels ABC Comeback
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.806 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (15.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (2.755 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "MasterChef" (3.116 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.394 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (6.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus repeats of "Superstore" (2.284 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "This Is Us" (1.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Code Black" (4.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.679 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.701 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 716k
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 619k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 566k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 345k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 303k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 168k

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posted 6/9/17


Games Gone By: Double Dare (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It ain't "Family", it ain't "2000" and it ain't "Super Sloppy"...unless you count the gameplay sometimes. But it's the "Double Dare" nobody remembers, with isolation booths and Spoilers and Alex Trebek. Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." about a show made BEFORE the idea of seizures from rapidly flashing neon signs was thought.

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posted 6/9/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing on Monday"

  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox, Monday) (TV Line)
     

  • Kelly Clarkson embraces blended family life (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: if the Cavaliers don't win tonight, "The Bachelorette" will air at its regularly scheduled time Monday (Reality TV World)
     

  • Pom Wonderful returns its pomegranate-y goodness to the Ninja Warrior course (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Vienna Girardi heard George Clooney was having twins, and not one to be upstaged, made this announcement (Reality TV World)
     

  • JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers .... baby fever? Don't you guys have to get married first? (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: The Bella Twins on Whose Line! (PWmania.com)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" hits Pennsylvania with a vengeance! (PennLive)
     

  • Louie Anderson plays Raleigh (Raleigh News & Observer)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 25 best game shows of all time according to... (NEwsday)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (Business Insider)

posted 6/9/17


The Wrap
MARILYN HALL: 1927-2017
Writer-Producer Wife of Monty Hall
From Deadline

Marilyn Hall, an Emmy-winning TV writer-producer, philanthropist and wife of Monty Hall for 70 years, died on June 5. She was 90.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she got her start in entertainment starring and writing radio dramas for the CBC. Hall’s TV writing credits include Love, American Style and the 1975 ABC special Lights, Camera, Monty!. The latter was the first variety show hosted by the longtime Let’s Make a Deal host. During that time, she appeared on camera with her husband on episodes of the Goodson-Todman produced "Tattletales".

Hall had producer credits on two Emmy winners: the 1982 TV movie A Woman Called Golda starring Ingrid Bergman and Leonard Nimoy (as associate producer), and 1985’s Do You Remember Love? toplined by Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley (as co-executive producer). She also executive produced of 1989’s four-part PBS miniseries The Ginger Tree and the 1984 telefilm Nadia about Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci.

In the theater, she was an associate producer on the musical Jelly’s Last Jam as well as Angels in America. In 2007, she executive produced the feature film The Little Traitor starring Alfred Molina.

Hall’s philanthropic efforts included work for Brandeis University, the Jewish Welfare Fund and Tel Aviv University, for which she made documentary films. She also supported the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and developed programs for the Julia Ann Singer Child Care Center, Guardians of Courage, Israel Bonds, Tel Aviv University, the Jewish Home for the Aging and Variety Clubs International, where she served as a board member while also writing and producing its International Humanitarian Award event.

The author of The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook, she also wrote book reviews for the Los Angeles Times.

Hall is survived by Monty Hall, whom she married in September 1947; her children, Joanna Gleason (Chris Sarandon), Richard Hall and Sharon Hall (Todd Ellis Kessler); and grandchildren Aaron David Gleason, Mikka Tokuda-Hall, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Jack Kessler and Levi Kessler.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the L.A. Jewish Home for the Aging or Variety Clubs International.

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

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posted 6/8/17


E!
DANNY DIAS: 1983-2017
"Road Rules Xtreme", "The Challenge" Contestant
From Deadline

MTV star Danny Dias has died. He was 34.

According to Police, Dias — who appeared on the network’s Road Rules and The Challenge — was found on Saturday around 5 p.m. after they received a call about male who needed assistance at 896 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn. When authorities arrived, Dias was unconscious and unresponsive; paramedics pronounced him dead on scene. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

According to TMZ, who was first to report the death, Dias invited a friend to his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. They parted ways that day, but then when the friend returned to Dias’ apartment later, he was found dead in his bedroom.

Dias first appeared on season 13 of MTV’s Road Rules, Road Rules: X-Treme, which took place in Argentina and Chile and aired in 2004. The reality game show features a group of young people who compete for prizes in a series of challenges.

Originally a native of Linden, New Jersey, Dias went on to appear on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2, the 11th season of MTV’s The Challenge, which premiered in 2005.

After Dias left the reality TV world, he held jobs in finance, studied acting and co-founded an AIDS research charity called Generation Cure, per LinkedIn.

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posted 6/8/17

A Wild Chance
Chance the Rapper Guests on Season Premiere of "Wild'n Out" June 29
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that "Throwdown Thursdays" are back and kicking off with a destined to be iconic, hour-long season nine premiere of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" featuring special guest captain Chance the Rapper on Thursday, June 29 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new season of MTV's classic freestyle improv series "Wild 'N Out" will bring Nick Cannon and his world class cast of comedians back to New York City and the biggest stage in the world - Broadway. Guest captains for the season include some of the hottest stars in music and entertainment from Rick Ross, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa and Blac Chyna, to the cast of the "New Edition Story," Run the Jewels, Jake Miller, Remy Ma, Papoose, Young M.A, Wendy Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Tami Roman, Shameik Moore and more.

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posted 6/8/17

More on "The Gong Show"
Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis to Judge Premiere
From Broadway World

The Gong Show” makes it triumphant return to television, as the iconic and irreverent talent show competition makes its way into the 21st century with a bang! Celebrity judges Will Arnett, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis are set to praise, critique and gong unusually talented and unique performers, on the premiere of “The Gong Show,” THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

British comedic legend Tommy Maitland, who may--or may not--be a dead ringer for Mike Myers, hosts.

Tonight’s acts include a unicycler – dressed in a yeti suit – playing flaming bagpipes, a married couple performing a choreographed banana spitting routine, a woman who plays the harmonica with a tarantula in her mouth, an obsessed fan who serenades judge Will Arnett with opera, and a scary wrestler who sings a children’s lullaby.

At the end of the show, the winning act with the highest judges’ scores will receive a fabulous “The Gong Show” trophy and a check for $2,000 and 17 cents.

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posted 6/8/17

"Ben 10" Becomes a Game Show?
Turner Licenses Animated Series for Game Adaptation
From Licensing.biz

Following the successful Ben 10 franchise, Turner is set to produce a new live game show dubbed Ben 10 Challenge.

Each of the episodes will feature two teams of three – two kid fans and one adult, where they will take on a variety of physical and mental tasks.

“This live-action game show format really dials up engagement and excitement for the brand and perfectly complements our Ben 10 franchise strategy – kids will actually get the chance to become Ben,” said Lesley Bailey, VP of channel marketing and brand management at Turner EMEA Kids.

“This is what we heard from them and we’re thrilled to be giving 320 kids from right across the region the chance to take part.

“What’s more, the game show reinforces the importance of being locally relevant, and will be highly complementary to our wider Ben 10 content offering across the linear channel, websites, apps and games and the highly anticipated Playmates toy range that will be hitting shelves this summer.”

Production will kick off in Madrid at the end of this month, with eight local versions set to follow in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Middle East, Poland, Spain and Turkey.

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posted 6/8/17

TUESDAY: America's Got a Sweep
NBC Dominates
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat once again on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (12.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (8.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was a distant second with its mix of "NCIS" (6.785 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Bull" (5.726 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.800 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was ABC (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "Downward Dog" (3.611 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by repeats of "The Middle" (2.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.310 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.064 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.873 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mick" (1.322 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.158 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.137 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and a new "iZombie" (1.173 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) combined to round out the night on The CW (1.155 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.266m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.064k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (SP/Spike): 909k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 735k
- Chopped (Food): 726k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 669k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 604k
- Ink Master: Redemption (SP/Spike): 524k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 399k
- The Challenge Special (MTV): 257k

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posted 6/8/17

Mad Hacks: Beyond Funderdome
Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of Steve Harvey/ABC Game
From The Hollywood Reporter

A hacking collective is claiming that it has leaked unaired episodes of Funderdome, ABC's upcoming show hosted by Steve Harvey.

The Dark Overlord, a hacker collective that gained notoriety for leaking new episodes of the Netflix's hit show Orange Is the New Black back in April, tweeted Sunday that it had uploaded eight episodes of Harvey's new show onto an illegal file sharing site.

Funderdome is slated to premiere June 11 on ABC.

The Dark Overlord had threatened ABC on Friday with a leak of one of its programs. On Sunday it announced that it had leaked the Funderdome episodes.

According to a report from The Independent, as of this morning, the torrent had “only one seeder and zero leechers”, meaning that nobody is taking the hackers up on their offer.

Created by Harvey and Shark Tank producer Mark Burnett, Funderdome is a reality competition show where entrepreneurs go head-to-head in pitching their ideas and winning seed money for their fledgling business.

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posted 6/8/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Of These Things Is Not Like the Other"

  • CMT Award winners include country star Keith Urban, country star Carrie Underwood, country star Lauren Alaina, and ... pop star Jason Derulo? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Khloe Kardashian may have fertility issues (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell says she didn't want to do "Happily Ever After?". I'm sure her bank account agrees with her (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" looks for players in old stomping grounds (WABC New York)
     

  • Hollywood Game Night goes outside for new season (Hollywood.com)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (New York Post)
     

  • "MasterChef" Cruise is about to set sail, and you can be on board! (Parade)

posted 6/8/17

SYNDIES: Week 37 PLUS the Sweep
Results for the May Sweep
From TV Newscheck

The national results of the May sweep are in — and the winner, by a wide margin, was courtroom star Judge Judy with more than 9.5 million daily viewers and a 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen average for the survey period, April 27-May 24.

This marks the eighth year in a row that Judy has been syndication’s highest-rated strip overall in the May sweep. The show’s 6.9 was its second-highest May since 2014, and greater than the sum of the five other nationally measured court shows combined.

Family Feud logged a 6.3 and outplayed the game shows, finishing second overall to syndication champ Judge Judy.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the May 2016 sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -11%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +23%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 -14% (NOTE: the final episode aired in February)

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posted 6/7/17

MONDAY: How 'Bout them Preds?
NBC Wins with Stanley Cup Final
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (5.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

ABC (4.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "The Bachelorette" (5.938 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Still Star-Crossed" (2.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Gotham" (3.066 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the season finale of "Gotham" (3.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.264 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (4.334 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Mom" (4.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.767 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (4.201 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.176 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.023 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) bookended a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 913k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k

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posted 6/7/17

Spike Loves "Angels" Instead
"Ink Master" Spinoff Gets 10 Episodes
From the Futon Critic

Spike's hit original tattoo-competition franchise, "Ink Master," continues to grow, as the network has greenlit 10 episodes of new series, "Ink Master: Angels." The series features four of "Ink Master" Season 8's top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose - as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America's most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the "Angels" and earn a spot on Season 10 of "Ink Master" (premiering on Paramount Network in 2018). Both series are produced by Truly Original.

The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, Spike/Paramount Network.

"As the 'Ink Master' franchise continues to grow, we are thrilled to work with Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose on 'Ink Master: Angels,'" said Senior. "The fan-favorite females of Season 8 will add a new voice to the franchise and help us discover the best artists around the country."

The new series, which has been picked up for 10 one-hour episodes will air in the fall of 2017 following the culmination of "Ink Master" Season 9, which premieres tonight, June 6, along with new episodes of spinoff series "Ink Master: Redemption."

"Ink Master," "Ink Master: Angels" and "Ink Master: Redemption" are produced for Spike by Truly Original ("Swamp People," "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

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posted 6/6/17

Paradise Found
ABC Releases Contestants on "Bachelor in Paradise"
From Broadway World

The long-awaited fourth season of summer's genre-defying breakout hit series BACHELOR IN PARADISE returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Starting the following week, the show will air on Mondays. 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:
• Raven Gates of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Corinne Olympios of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Amanda Stanton of "The Bachelor" season 20 (Ben) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
• Alexis Waters of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Derek Peth of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• DeMario Jackson of "The Bachelorette" season 13 (Rachel)
• Lacey Mark of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Kristina Schulman of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Nick "St. Nick" Benvenutti of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• Danielle Maltby of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Taylor Nolan of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Robby Hayes of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• Ben Zorn of "The Bachelorette" season 11 (Kaitlyn)
• Jasmine Goode of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Vinny Ventiera of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
• Alex Woytkiw of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)

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

Broadway World

posted 6/6/17

WEEKEND: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0
ABC Wins on NBA Finals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (15.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

NBC (4.674 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with the premiere of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (6.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and its annual special "American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World" (4.185 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was FOX (1.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (0.987 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.836 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.325 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "Family Guy" (1.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, CBS (4.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise served up second runs of "60 Minutes" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (4.008 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Code Black" (3.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SP/Food): 1.712m
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (S/Food): 1.547m

On Friday, NBC (4.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.718 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

ABC (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), another "Shark Tank" (3.640 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) plus a new "20/20" (3.852 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and repeats of "MacGyver" (4.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.539 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up rebroadcasts of "MasterChef" (1.621 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.457 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Reign" (0.762 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" scores 619,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Big(oted) Elephant in the Room"

  • Chris Harrison says what ABC won't (Moviefone)... and Lee Garrett... well, he speaks for himself (Hollywood Reporter - SPOILER ALERT!)
     

  • Paradise Run wraps Season 3 (due early 2018, maybe earlier) (West Hawaii Today)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: we were overdue for a rude word on "Countdown" (Mirror)
     

  • Ryan Sutter breaks silence on his wife's condition (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Gordon Ramsay driving James Corden to LAX (Broadway World)
     

  • "MasterChef" Cruise is about to set sail, and you can be on board! (Parade)

posted 6/6/17


Discovery Channel
New "Cab", Same Driver
Ben Bailey to Host Discovery Reboot of "Cash Cab"
From TV Insider

When Cash Cab returns to the Discovery Channel later in 2017 so will a familiar face. The network announced Monday that original Cash Cab host and comedian Ben Bailey will once again take the wheel—this time as both host and executive producer. Comedian David Steinberg (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and All3Media’s Lion USA also serve as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer.

"Holy #%$&!! Cash Cab is back!!! HUGE thanks to all the fans who pushed for the show (and for me) to come back! Never before has a comedian been so happy to go back to driving a cab," said Bailey in a statement. "OMG I think I left the meter running!"

Discovery's new 'Cash Cab' episodes will still feature a trivia competition for riders, but this time the unsuspecting contestants are ambushed by America's favorite celebrities.

The revamped version of Cash Cab pretty much adheres to the conventions of the original—unsuspecting passengers are picked up for a trivia-filled taxi ride in New York City, only this time around Bailey will be joined by guest celebrities. If the passengers get stumped on a question they can ask friends or pedestrians for help via phone, text or social media.

Based on an original British format by Adam Wood, Cash Cab originally aired on Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2012. Bailey hosted more than 200 episodes of the series and won four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.

TV  Insider
The Wrap
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/17

THURSDAY: Warriors 1, Cavaliers 0
Of Non-NBA Programming, Only Fox Came Close.
From B&C

ABC coasted to a massive ratings win Thursday, thanks to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, putting up a 4.8 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 19 share. After Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-game show did a 2.5 and NBA Countdown a 2.7, the game, featuring the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, did a 5.9. That was level with last year’s opener, as 15.7 million total viewers tuned in.

Among the competition, only Fox reached 1.0, that network tallying a 4 share. Beat Shazam fell 8% from its premiere at 1.1, while Love Connection was off 27% from its debut at 0.8.

CBS was at 0.8/3, with repeats leading into The Amazing Race, which climbed 17% to 0.7.

Airing repeats, NBC had a 0.6/2.

The CW too was in repeats, with a couple Supernatural episodes in prime. It did a 0.2/1.

Among Spanish-language nets, Univision rated a 0.5/2 and Telemundo a 0.4/1.

Total viewer tallies on broadcast & cable:
- The Amazing Race (SF/CBS): 3.914m
- Beat Shazam (Fox): 3.429m
- Love Connection (Fox): 2.871m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 831k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 319k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 306k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 279k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 242k

B&C
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Betty White and Steve Harvey... on the Same Stage"

  • Betty White to guest on "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (Broadway World)
     

  • Paula Abdul would love to return to "American Idol".... just not as a judge (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Trista Sutter suffers seizure, expected to recover (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin tells Kathy Griffin to ignore the President. More specifically, he tells her to (BLANK) him. (USA Today)
     

  • Noel Edmonds still playing "Deal or No Deal" with Lloyds (The Guardian)

posted 6/5/17


Fox
WEDNESDAY: All (BLEEPING) Ramsay, All (BLEEPING) Night
"MasterChef", "The F Word" Premiere to Demo Win, NBC Takes Night on "Little Big Shots"
From TV Line

NBC’s The Carmichael Show opened Season 3 on Wednesday with 4.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, matching its Season 2 average and sharply improving on the final four episodes of that run; a second episode ticked down to 3.5 mil and a 0.8.

Opening the Peacock’s night, the relocated Little Big Shots (7.6 mil/1.2) added eyeballs but dipped a tenth versus its most recent Sunday airing, and led the night in both measures.

All NBC numbers are subject to adjustment due to MLB preemption.

Wednesday’s only other fresh broadcast fare was on Fox, where MasterChef (3.5 mil/1.0) dipped 8 and 16 percent from its previous premiere. The F Word With Gordon Ramsay (3.4 mil/1.1) built on the demo number, and together the cooking shows led Fox to a demo win for the night.

On cable...
- Big Star Little Star (P/USA): 940k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 882k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 651k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 372k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 214k

TV Insider
Parade
Food & Wine
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 6/2/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "An Example of Being Wise, But Not Smart"

  • 13 years ago today, Ken Jennings began an historic run on "Jeopardy!" (Inquisitr); nowadays, he's traumatizing 11-year-old boys and picking fights with their big brothers (Inquisitr)
     

  • GoDaddy to sponsor "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (Phoenix Business Journal)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: BBC1 is looking for people to be "The Boss" (The Voice)
     

  • Whoever ends up with Rachel Lindsay reportedly has some huge shoes to fill; she allegedly used to dive for touch passes playing sportball with Kevin Durant. Sports. (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor opens up its Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers season September 27 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Corinne Olympios reportedly bringing her platinum... err, lady business... to "Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Terry Crews to star in "The Willoughbys" (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Randy Jackson (Entertainment Tonight, Dawg)

posted 6/2/17


Fox/FremantleMedia
Buzzr Goes National
Game Show Channel Goes National Thanks to Dish
From B&C

FremantleMedia has struck a distribution deal with Dish that gives Buzzr, its retro game show network, national reach.

Dish distribution puts Buzzr, whose programming includes Family Feud, Let’s Make a Deal and Match Game, in every DMA in the country, FremantleMedia said. The multicast network also has a presence in Canada, where Yes TV airs a Buzzr After Hours programming block.

Buzzr’s newly expanded reach comes as the network hits its second anniversary. Its programming slate is built around more than 40,000 classic game show episodes owned by FremantleMedia North America.

B&C

posted 6/1/17

Duff Goldman to Raid Flavortown
"Grocery Games" Spins Off
From Broadway World

Monday nights just got a little sweeter with Food Network's double dose of primetime programming, beginning on Monday, July 10th. First, at 8pm ET/PT Duff Goldman turns the Triple-G Flavortown Market into Sweet City on Dessert Games. Then, the fun continues at 9pm & 9:30 ET/PT as owners of Sideserf Cake Studio, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, push the boundaries of cake design with their remarkable, realistic cake creations on the premiere of Texas Cake House.

"Mondays hit the spot with decadent desserts on Dessert Games and crazy custom-made cakes on Texas Cake House," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Duff Goldman, a baking trailblazer, kicks off the night with his signature charm as the perfect host of the fun and fast-paced dessert-focused competition. Then, audiences get a behind-the-scenes look as Natalie and Dave Sideserf create extraordinarily detailed cake sculptures that defy the ingredients they are made of in how realistic they look!"

Guy Fieri has handed the keys to his grocery store over to dessert master Duff Goldman and given Duff carte blanche to remodel the store, restock the shelves and sugarcoat his grocery games. Each week Duff will test the skills of a new batch of four pastry chefs as they race the aisles shopping, preparing, and plating confectionary creations in three rounds of epic baking challenges. From desserts using savory ingredients, to store-bought treat makeovers, and to the classic dessert imposters, the contestants' must use shopping shortcuts and food-hacks to rise to the top. The one that impresses a rotating panel of judges with their baking talents to cream the competition with their desserts will earn a grand prize of $10,000!

Broadway World
Huffpost

posted 6/1/17

Timbaland Joins Boy Band
Grammy-Winning Producer to Be "Architect"
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that multi-platinum Grammy-winning super producer Timbaland will serve as the third architect on the upcoming music competition series "Boy Band," which premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Timbaland joins previously announced architects Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls).

"I'm excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent," said Timbaland. "I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I'm ready to find the next boy band that could change our business."

Timbaland has been a mainstay in the music scene since the mid-1990s, producing chart-topping hits for artists such as Drake, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, One Republic, Kanye West, Brad Paisley and Bjork. Recently, Timbaland served as the executive music supervisor for the TV series "Empire" and will be releasing new music this year.

Additionally, musical mastermind Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director for the series. Blackstone has served as the musical director for high-profile acts such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and most recently for Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" world tour, as well as Timberlake's opening performance at the 2017 Oscars.

In "Boy Band," undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands. Hosted by singer Rita Ora, the 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America's next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/1/17

Saturday Night Spinoff?
Stephen Mulhern Reportedly Eyed for "In for a Penny, In for a Grand" Show
From Digital Spy

Stephen Mulhern could be set for another big TV spin-off, this time expanding his repertoire on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The presenter, who we all love on Britain's Got More Talent, teased that one of his segments on Saturday Night Takeaway could get its own series.

"We're trying to make 'In for a Penny, In for a Grand' its own game show," Stephen told The Sun.

"Ant & Dec asked me to do it, which is really exciting. I just knew it was a winner. It's gone down well. We're hoping to get it off the ground later this year.

"We just need some time to work on it. Ideally, we'd make the cash prizes bigger too, just to up the ante."

The presenter said he wanted to bring back the "golden days" of family TV, continuing: "I love working with members of the public and I think you can have a lot of fun with them.

Digital Spy
Huffpost

posted 6/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending May 21
From TV Newscheck

The session ending May 21, which included the third full week of the May sweep, was another strong one for syndication queen Judge Judy Sheindlin whose eponymous program pulled further ahead of the field, and for her budding courtroom creation Hot Bench.

Game shows were mixed with Family Feud dipping 2% to a 6.1, but still leading the game shows for the 56th straight session.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1** -8%

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 6/1/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Two Big Premieres on NBC
"America's Got Talent" & "World of Dance" Launch
From TV Line

NBC’s World of Dance premiered on Tuesday night to 9.7 million viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, marking the most-watched summer reality launch in nine years (since ABC’s Wipeout) and the highest-rated in five (since NBC’s American Ninja Warrior).

Opening the Peacock’s night, America’s Got Talent returned to 12.1 mil and a 2.6, marking a six-year premiere audience high while steady in the demo.

Elsewhere….

FOX | Prison Break wrapped its revival run with 2.34 mil and a 0.9, up 23 and 29 percent week-to-week.

THE CW | Without an original Flash lead-in, iZombie (900K/0.3) dropped a few eyeballs yet held steady in the demo.

ABC | Downward Dog (3.8 mil/0.7) and Imaginary Mary (2.2 mil/0.6) dropped 30 and 25 percent, respectively.

On cable...
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.117m
- Fear Factor (P/MTV): 936k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 878k
- Chopped (Food): 821k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 635k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 310k

KSN
Monsters & Critics
Bustle
Bustle
TV Insider
Billboard
TV Line
Cinema Blend
Showbuzz Daily
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 6/1/17

Don't Forget Your... Wedding Bells?
BBC Greenlights Honeymoon Game Among Other Projects
From Digital Spy

Newlyweds will take part in a new BBC gameshow on their actual wedding day to win an epic honeymoon.

Variety reports that Wedding Day Winners is one of several entertainment shows that the BBC has commissioned since losing The Voice UK to ITV, with the show set to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

Each episode will see two couples compete against each other in a series of challenges and games on their wedding day to win a dream honeymoon.

Production on the show is already under way with it set to air next year. Wedding Day Winners is being made by Panda, the production company set up by Moira Ross, the former producer of The Voice in the UK.

It is hoped that Wedding Day Winners can follow the likes of Strictly Come Dancing in being a hit format in the US as well, with All3Media International set to distribute it internationally.

Following The Voice's exit to ITV, BBC One has run Let It Shine in its slot to cast a new boyband for the Take That musical.

Next up is another singing competition in the form of Pitch Battle which will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and feature full-time judges Kelis and Gareth Malone, alongside guest judges including Will Young and soul legend Chaka Khan.

Pitch Battle is airing this summer on BBC One.

Digital Spy
Variety
Broadcast
Belfast Live
The List
C21 Media

posted 6/1/17

MONDAY: Star Struck
NBC Wins on Stanley Cup
From TV Line

ABC’s Still Star-Crossed premiered on Monday night to 2.43 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, landing below year-ago time slot occupant Mistresses‘ final season average (2.6 mil/0.6).

Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelorette (5.6 mil/1.5) was down just a tenth year over year, and scored Monday’s biggest audience.

NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals drew 4.9 mil and a 1.6 per fast nationals, up 20 percent and two tenths from last year’s Game 1 and topping the night in the demo.

Over on Fox, Gotham (2.9 mil/0.9) ticked down while Lucifer (3.3 mil/0.9, average reader grade “A-“) rose 10 percent and a tenth with its finale.

The CW’s Whose Line returned to 950K and a 0.2.

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 864k

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/1/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scratchies!"

  • Vanna White plugs "Wheel of Fortune" scratch tickets from the Florida Lottery (WTXL Tallahassee)
     

  • "The Bachelorette" has a problem, and his name is Lee (The Undefeated)
     

  • Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall to play Idaho State Fair (Idaho State Journal)
     

  • Amanda Stanton looks like she's heading to "Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell open to reconciling (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Gordon Ramsay pulls a fast one on one of his chefs (Digital Spy)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: game show champ donates half his winnings to local hospice (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Cat Deeley (Huffpost) and Mario Lopez (TV Insider)

posted 6/1/17

"Price" Coming to Ireland?
Plans Are Still Very Much Preliminary
From Goss.ie

It looks as if Irish viewers will soon hear the rings of "The actual retail price is..." as The Price Is Right is set for a return.

Kite Productions, who make hit show Gogglebox, are behind the plan to re-make the popular quiz show for TV3 - and just like the original, contestants will win cash and prizes by guessing the price of retail items.

The Price Is Right first aired in the US in the 1950s, but went down a hit with viewers when Bruce Forsyth hosted it on ITV back in the '80s.

An industry source told the Irish Sun, "The Price Is Right is a proven hit so it will be good for TV3. But nothing is signed yet and the deal is still at the earliest stages."

Lucy Kennedy is the frontrunner to host the reboot.

GOSS.ie
Irish Sun

posted 5/31/17

Vanessa Hudgens Thinks She Can Judge
"High School Musical" Actress Joins SYTYCD Panel
From TV Line

Fox on Tuesday announced that Vanessa Hudgens — fresh off an energetic hosting gig at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards — will join So You Think You Can Dance as a Season 14 judge, opposite Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.

“I am so excited for Vanessa to join Mary and me on the judging panel for the 14th season of So You Think You Can Dance,” Lythoe — also an executive producer on the show — said in a statement. “There was instant chemistry in the audition rounds, and I know the SYTYCD fans will love her as much as we do. Vanessa is an accomplished artist and brings her own brand of enthusiasm and energy to our panel.”

The new season of So You Think You Can Dance premieres Monday, June 12 (8/7c).

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/17

Let's Meet the Network Stars
Catch Battle of the Network Stars on ABC This Summer!
From Broadway World

The '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, "Battle of the Network Stars" (which premiered from ABC Sports in 1976 and continued for 13 years), will be revived when it returns to television on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. "Battle of the Network Stars" is a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank.

The hosts will be Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN will be the sideline reporters; plus SUPER BOWL 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) will be the team captains.

As host of the new version, Greenberg said, "If someone could go back in time and tell the ten-year-old me, glued to the television, watching Howard Cosell and all the biggest names in television running obstacle courses and playing tug of war, that someday he would be directly involved with 'Battle of the Network Stars,' he would have said it was the coolest thing ever. Decades later, that's exactly how I feel."

Regarding the show's return, executive producer Andrew Glassman said, "We believe there is no format which is a better time machine than 'Battle of the Network Stars,' plus the name itself fills you with nostalgia and a sense of positive energy - like the beach party you really want to be invited to with your favorite people from TV. For this new version, the network vs. network format didn't make as much sense as fielding teams based on the characters people love from over the years to the current day - Cops vs. TV Sitcoms, White House vs. Lawyers, TV Moms & Dads vs. TV Kids, etc. In this way, we'll get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time."

The 100 TV stars, from 14 different network and cable companies, will be announced at a later date.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/17

Don't Call It A Comeback
"The Chase" Returns to ITV Today
From Radio Times

When Bradley Walsh and his team packed up The Chase studio for their summer holidays, handing over their coveted 5pm slot to Rylan Clark-Neal and his new game show Babushka, they couldn’t have realised what a furore it would cause.

Viewers were apoplectic with rage that their favorite daily quiz show had apparently been axed. It hadn’t. It was – as they used to say in Friends – on a break. It didn’t even matter when Chaser Jenny Ryan (aka “the Vixen”) explained that they were having a few weeks off. Twitter went into meltdown.

The Chase returned to screens last night and viewers certainly seemed happy.

Babushka, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, premiered at the start of May and ran for the past four weeks with its first ever series.

The Chase last night returned with 2.4 million viewers at 5PM, with the series back regularly airing Mondays to Friday.

The show averaged 1.3 million viewers across its run after starting with 2 million for its first episode, a number it never managed to better.

Come the final episode last Friday night, just 850,000 viewers were watching.

Radio Times
Telly Mix

posted 5/30/17


Games Gone By: Idiot Savants
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Chris Wolvie ends his trek through the game shows of music channels with MTV's most decorated game show (it won ONE CableACE award right after it was cancelled). "Games Gone By..." presents the all-over-the-place game show, "Idiot Savants"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/31/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Long Weekend"

  • SUNDAY:
    - Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.263m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 942k
    (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • FRIDAY: RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 720k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Kathy Griffin learns that tears and apologies are no way to get through life (Broadway World)
     

  • Britain's Got Talent, ITV gives this Saturday over to Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit (Variety)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez celebrates "World of Dance" premiere with A-Rod (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins calls out "hateful words" regarding his split (Reality TV World)
     

  • Noel Edmonds wants his money back... and here's the clock (The Guardian)
     

  • Ant & Dec call dibs (Metro)
     

  • Andy Cohen confirms that same-sex couples will be a part of "Love Connection" (Entertainment Tonight Canada)
     

  • Paul Sinha comes out. And the internet applauds. The real story... You think MarioKart is Grand Theft Auto? REALLY?! (Metro)
     

  • Amitabh Bachchan to return to KBC (India Today)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Busier schedule: James Corden or Ryan Seacrest? (Mashable)

posted 5/26/17

MICHAEL OGIENS: c.1948-2017
Longtime CBS Exec Worked Dayside
From Deadline

Michael Ogiens, a longtime CBS programming executive who also produced telefilms, served as MTM Productions president and created TV’s The Lazarus Man starring Robert Urich, died May 25. He was 69.

A Los Angeles native, Ogiens began his executive career at CBS, spending 14 years between its New York and Los Angeles offices. As VP Daytime Programs, he supervised production on such soap operas and game shows as The Young and The Restless and The Price Is Right. After a stint as VP Daytime and Children’s Programming, he pivoted to primetime as VP Programs, where he was tasked with boosting East Coast production. Shows launched under his watch included 1984 comedies Kate and Allie and Charles in Charge and the 1985 drama Foley Square.

Deadline

posted 5/30/17


ABC
MICHAEL NANCE: c.1986-2017
"The Bachelorette" Season 8 Contestant
From Huffpost

Michael Nance, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” has died. He was 31.

A representative for the Austin Police Department confirmed the news to TMZ, telling the outlet they received a call around 2 a.m. on Monday. Nance was unresponsive when police arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

A cause of death has not been released, People reports, though the outlet notes it does not seem to be the result of foul play. A spokes An autopsy was performed Tuesday but it may take weeks to get results from toxicology reports.

In his “Bachelorette” introduction video, Nance, who was a musician, revealed he struggled with an addiction to prescription pain meds in the past.

Nance appeared on Season 8 of “The Bachelorette,” which featured Emily Maynard. Upon hearing the news, Maynard took to Twitter to express her condolences.

So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends.
-Emily Maynard


Other members of “Bachelor” Nation, such as Sean Lowe and Chris Bukowski, also expressed their grief on Twitter.

Huffpost
TMZ

posted 5/30/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Showing Love for Connection"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Love Connection (TV Overmind)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: five things you didn't know about "Beat Shazam" (TV Overmind)
     

  • AGT, contestant reach agreement to not air a segment being subject to lawsuit... a lawsuit that has since been dismissed (MoviePilot)
     

  • Nyle DiMarco take Jimmy Fallon, Jamie Foxx to task over their use of fake ASL (TMZ)
     

  • Ryan Clark-Neal FINALLY addresses all those rumors that have been plaguing him this past month (Mirror)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dave Holmes (Unicorn Booty)

posted 5/30/17


Fox
THURSDAY: You Are Watching Foxx
"Beat Shazam", "Love Connection" Sampled
From CarterMatt.com

Nobody could Beat Shazam in the demo on this first post-season Thursday, as the Fox game show debuted to a 1.2 rating (along with 3.6 million total viewers).

Leading out of that, Andy Cohen’s Love Connection reboot retained 3.4 mil and a 1.1.

Both episodes are now available on Fox.com, the Fox Now app, Hulu, and On Demand.

Over on NBC, the celeb edition of American Ninja Warrior drew 4.2 mil/1.1, followed by Running Wild With Julia Roberts‘ 4 mil/0.9. Come 10 pm, the Peacock’s Red Nose Day special proper (2.7 mil/0.7) rose 23 percent and a tenth from last year. This year, over $35 million was raised for children in need.

Fox and NBC ran total viewers to a dead heat, but CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun drew Thursday’s largest audience, with 6.4 million viewers
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posted 5/26/17


ITV
Your First Look at "The Crystal Maze" with Richard Ayoade
Catch It June!
From Metro

Rejoice Crystal Maze fans, the game show’s revival is at hand and it’ll be coming in June.

Like the original show, teams of five contestants will take on a series of challenges and games across four different zones: Aztec, Future, Medieval and Industrial.

They will face a range of skill, mystery, physical and mental challenges to win crystals that equate to time in the final test – the legendary Crystal Dome. A number of celebrity specials will also air in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer later this year, after proving a hit with viewers following its revival last year.

The series is filmed at a swanky purpose-built maze in Bristol that spans over 30,000 square feet, and it’s being created by original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Royle Family).

Meanwhile we’ve just been given a first glimpse of Richard Ayoade in his new role as the presenter this series. The actor and funnyman will be bringing his witty charm to your screens when he officially joins the show this year as presenter.

In the first official pics showing off the new host, Richard is seen donning a slick, red blazer combo which screams ready for business.

Oh, and a white shirt that has insects on it.

The IT Crowd star will front 20 hour-long episodes on Channel 4 which are due to air later this year.

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posted 5/26/17

American Ninja vs. the World
Catch It June 4
From Broadway World

NBC will present its annual high-stakes international competition "American Ninja Warrior: USA VS. THE WORLD" on Sunday, June 4 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Three separate teams of six from North America, Europe and Latin America will compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in "American Ninja Warrior." Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are set to host and Kristine Leahy will co-host.

The audience will be in for a surprise as one of the ninjas makes history.

Team USA features several members hoping to make a big impression, including veteran competitor Brian Arnold and six-time repeat competitor Drew Drechsel, both of whom have nearly made it to stage four in Las Vegas in years past.

Also joining the team this season will be Daniel Gil and Los Angeles stuntwoman Jessie Graff, who wowed audiences last September with her stunning appearance in the Las Vegas finals. Rounding out Team USA are Josh Levin and Jake Murray.

Team Europe features several all-stars, including returning ninjas Stefano Ghisolfi (Italy), Alexander Mars (Sweden), Sean McColl (France) and Tim Shieff (England). McColl and Ghisolfi are world-class rock climbers and Shieff is a world champion free runner and the top performer in the U.K.'s version of "Ninja Warrior," while Mars is a top finisher in the Swedish version. Two new team members include England's Owen McKenzie and Denmark's Bjarke Tonnesen.

For the first time, this season's "USA vs. the World" will feature competitors from Latin America. The intrepid ninjas include Santiago de Alba (Mexico), Wid Eriksen (Mexico), Karl Fow (Venezuela), Diego Gonzalez (Mexico), Danee Marmolejo (Mexico) and David Saikin (Argentina). De Alba and Gonzalez are both highly decorated Mexican climbing champions, Eriksen is an acrobat by trade, Fow and Marmolejo are both world renown freerunners and stuntmen, and Saikin is an Argentinean climbing champion.

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

Broadway World

posted 5/26/17

WEDNESDAY: And All Was Quiet...
CBS Wins the Final Night of the TV Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 687k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SP/Food): 557k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 380k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 344k
- Are You The One: Beyond the Boom (S/MTV): 223k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 147k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Remember Why We Have Memorial Day"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jamie Foxx lets the dogs out (Broadway World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Houston (KHOU Houston)
     

  • Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst reflect on 34 seasons of a show neither one of them technically created (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Plinko Ryan" (CBC News)

posted 5/26/17

India Looks Out Below
"Still Standing" Drops on MMTV
From C21 Media

Indian broadcaster MMTV has commissioned a local version of primetime gameshow Still Standing from Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The 60-episode first season will run twice a week from next month on Mazhavil Manorama, MMTV’s regional entertainment channel. The deal was made in collaboration with Endemol Shine India, which will produce the series locally.

In related news, Canale 5 in Italy has started airing its version of the show after commissioning a further 70 episodes recently.

Still Standing, originally created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, offers contestants the chance to win US$1m by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News

posted 5/25/17

TUESDAY: And Then There Was One
"The Voice" Beats "Dancing" For the Finale Crown
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "Great News" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Great News" (3.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and of course the finale to "The Voice" (9.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (8.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "Downward Dog" (5.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the expanded season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (7.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "NCIS" (8.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "Bull" (8.353 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and another edition of "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.675 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) served up the season finale of "The Flash" (2.973 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "iZombie" (1.045 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.819 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the penultimate "Prison Break" (1.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) rounded out the night for FOX (1.802 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- The Dunk King (SF/TNT): 1.729m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.182m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 813k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 749k
- Chopped (Food): 727k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 535k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two and Two"

  • #TBT: five of the 80s-est Love Connections ever (TV Line) PLUS the origin of the phrase, "two and two", but if you're reading this, you probably know by now (2paragraphs)
     

  • Babushka isn't faring any better in its final week (Telly Mix)
     

  • Britt Nilsson gets engaged (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks, "AGT" being sued for physical and verbal abuse (Deadline)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" live tour is set with the champ taking part (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: If you saw TPIR today, someone lost it over this (USA Today/FTW)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy!. Test. NEXT WEEK. Effing register! (Travel+Leisure)

posted 5/25/17

New "Bakers", More Fakers
Lorraine Pascale Graduates to Host Tonight on Food Network
From Broadway World

Professional chefs and home bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in a new season of BAKERS VS. FAKERS , premiering Wednesday, May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four competitors battle it out through two rounds of culinary challenges, as thy are tasked with creating delectable desserts that need to impress host Lorraine Pascale and a rotating panel of guest judges, including Sunny Anderson, Damiano Carrara, Amanda Freitag, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira, Sherry Yard, and Zac Young. A blind taste test determines the best dessert in each round, and with no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, it is only after the final winner is selected that the true identities are revealed. Will the professional be victorious, or can an amateur beat the odds and take down the pros? Catch all the fun and surprises over 13 episodes to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com/BakersvsFakersto relive the highlights and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Broadway World

posted 5/24/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And... Exhale"

  • Jamie Foxx welcomes a special guest on tomorrow's Beat Shazam premiere (Billboard)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays Derbyshire (Derbyshire Times)
     

  • Love Connection launches an app in advance of tomorrow's premiere (Digital Journal) plus a BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW (Newsday)
     

  • Marc Summers plays Philly with Dunkle Dare (Philadelphia Inquirer)
     

  • Hey Ben Higgins... I don't recall saying anything about you dating Ashley Iaconnetti dating (Reality TV World)

posted 5/24/17

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