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Meet the Alter Egos
Catch It on Fox September 22
From the Futon Critic

Twenty contestants from all walks of life will go head-to-head in ALTER EGO, the world's first avatar singing competition series. Featuring judges Alanis Morissette, Grimes, Nick Lachey and will.i.am, and hosted by Rocsi Diaz, the genre-busting series debuts with a special two-night premiere Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, following the Season Six premiere of THE MASKED SINGER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The two-night premiere continues with an all-new episode the following night, Thursday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before airing in its regularly scheduled time slot Wednesdays at 9:00 PM.

Judging the competition are some of the biggest names in music, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz hosts the musical spectacle.

Meet the 20 ALTER EGO Contestants:
- ANTHONY FLAMMIA Alter Ego: The Loverboy Current City: Yonkers, New York Hometown: Yonkers, New York Age: 34
- CHASE PADGETT Alter Ego: Orlando Deville Current City: Vancouver, Washington Hometown: Orlando, Florida Age: 38
- DANIELLE CETANI Alter Ego: Phoenix Embers Current City: Roseville, California Hometown: Stockton, California Age: 39
- DASHARRA BRIDGES Alter Ego: Queen Dynamite Current City: Atlanta, Georgia Hometown: Rochester, New York Age: 31
- ERNY NUNEZ Alter Ego: Bernie Burns Current City: Port Saint Lucie, Florida Hometown: New York City, New York Age: 17
- ISRAA DARWICH Alter Ego: Night Journey Current City and Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Michigan Age: 19
- JACOB (JAKE) THOMSEN (CALINODA) Alter Ego: Dipper Scott Current City and Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Age: 28
- JAMES PAEK Alter Ego: Kingston Sol Current City and Hometown: Fullerton, California Age: 35
- JAY MIAH Alter Ego: Nevaeh King Current City: Tampa Bay, Florida Hometown: Longwood, Florida Age: 32
- KALEIA AYELETT Alter Ego: The Dawn Majesty Current City: North Hollywood, California Hometown: Orlando, Florida Age: 34
- KAYLEE FRANZEN Alter Ego: Aster Current City: Nashville, Tennessee Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Age: 20
- KOBE VANG Alter Ego: Kai Current City: Schofield, Wisconsin Hometown: Berlin, Wisconsin Age: 23
- KYARA TETREAULT Alter Ego: Seven Current City and Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Age: 28
- MAMA YAYA (YASMIN SHAWAMREH) Alter Ego: Siren Current City and Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Age: 30
- MARIAH ROSARIO (RIAH LENA) Alter Ego: Safara Current City: Phoenix, Arizona Hometown: Tuscon, Arizona Age: 26
- MATTHEW LORD Alter Ego: Wolfgang Champagne Current City: Dallas, Texas Hometown: Napa, California Age: 60
- MIA CHERISE HALL Alter Ego: Fern Current City: Rochester, New York Hometown: Irondequoit, New York Age: 18
- MILTON PATTON (YOTE) Alter Ego: Wylie Current City: Hendersonville, Tennessee Hometown: Forrest City, Arkansas Age: 30
- SAMAERA HIRSCH Alter Ego: Misty Rose Current City: New Orleans, Louisiana Hometown: Glen Head, New York Age: 21
- SARAH ISEN Alter Ego: St. Luna Current City: Los Angeles, California Hometown: Berkeley, California Age: 21

Don't Miss the Two-Night Series Premiere of ALTER EGO Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on FOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/10/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ghosted"

  • Anthony Anderson & Mama Doris play "House Haunters" for Discovery+ (The Futon Critic)

  • FIRST LOOK: Survivor 41 (TV Line)

  • Is there a gender gap on "University Challenge"? (B&T)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jay Leno (TV Newscheck)

posted 9/9/2021


Jerry Bruckheimer Productions/CBS

On the Road Again
"Amazing Race" Resumes Production; Release Expected
From Deadline

The Amazing Race is set to return to CBS this season. This comes after the long-running reality series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, faced a long production delay due to Covid.

“The Amazing Race will be back this season,” said Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment Thom Sherman during the network’s virtual TCA press tour.

Deadline reports that the series is currently in pre-production.

The 32nd season of the show, which was filmed before the pandemic, premiered in October 2020. But the 33rd season of the show was forced to halt production in February 2020, having only filmed three episodes of the series.

The team behind the show, including creators Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri and host Phil Keoghan, have all told Deadline over the last twelve months that they are keen to get back into production as soon as possible with Keoghan saying that he was “champing at the bit” to get back out there.

Doganieri added they’re aware of the demand from fans to get back out there.

“We’ve been talking to CBS and they want to get back,” she told Deadline in April. “We just need to get that mass vaccination happening. Safety is key, you don’t want to do a show and have people get sick. That’s our priority.”

Deadline
Gold Derby

posted 9/9/2021


EndemolShine North America/CBS

"Big Brother Celebrity" Returns
House Reopens for Stars in 2022
From Deadline

There will be a new horde of celebrities entering the Big Brother house. CBS has renewed Big Brother: Celebrity Edition for a third season and will air it in winter 2022.

This comes after the two previous seasons of the celebrity spinoff of the long-running reality series aired in 2018 and 2019.

Julie Chen Moonves returns as host. C

The winter edition of the format also will stream on Paramount+, where fans will be able to watch the 24/7 live feed of the house that is outfitted with 94 HD cameras and 113 microphones.

The first season, which aired in 2018, featured, among others, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Mark McGrath and Shannon Elizabeth, while the second season featured the likes of Anthony Scaramucci, Dina Lohan, Tom Green, Ryan Lochte and Tamar Braxton.

Season 23 of Big Brother is currently airing on CBS.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

Variety

Gold Derby

Reality Blurred

posted 9/9/2021

Peacock Sets Date for Three
Frogger, ANW Jr., Top Chef Family Style to Play Fall
From TV Line

The Peacock streaming service is poised for a very unscripted September, with the release of American Ninja Warrior Junior Season 3 alongside the new competition series Frogger and Top Chef Family Style.

Each of the series will drop two to three episodes on Thursday, Sept. 9, to be followed by weekly releases every Thursday.

Frogger (premieres Thursday, Sept. 9), described as a “fierce and ridiculously fun competition,” features a variety of outrageous obstacle courses or “crossings,” including Frog City, Candy Frog Land, Frogs in Space, Frog Skull Island, Ribbit River and Toad Temple. These physically demanding challenges will ask contestants to dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping ‘gators and hop over hungry hippos, in order to conquer the course.

American Ninja Warrior Junior Season 3 (premieres Thursday, Sept. 9) promises to be “more extra than ever,” taking the nation’s top junior athletes and putting them on the world’s most iconic course to compete on some of the most challenging obstacles yet. With the minimum age on the currently airing 13th season of American Ninja Warrior now lowered to 15 years old, and ANW Junior spotlighting contestants aged 9 to 14, many ‘tweens and teens now the opportunity to hone their skills on the Junior course before competing against Ninja Warrior veterans.

Top Chef Family Style (premieres Thursday, Sept. 9) features talented young chefs — hailing from states including Alaska, New York and Hawaii — who sharpen their knives and battle it out to prove that their culinary skills are aged to perfection. “From mastering molecular gastronomy for the cast of Peacock’s Saved by the Bell to cooking in a culinary smackdown for WWE Superstars and creating a meatless menu for an NFL tailgate with the L.A. Rams,” the chef duos are put to the test in a series of creative and suspenseful Quickfire and Elimination Challenges. To avoid elimination, the chef duos will also have to impress culinary leaders Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti, Dominque Creen, Susan Feniger, Chris Ford, Timothy Hollingsworth, Amirah Kassem, Nathan Myhrvold, Nancy Silverton and Sherry Yard, while also showcasing their prowess for guest judges and special guests including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jojo Siwa. Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and an array of alums stop by the kitchen to lend their expertise.
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TV Line
Deadline
Gamespot
Uproxx
Comic Book
Kotaku
Polygon
GeekTyrant
Decider
Syfy
Reality Blurred

posted 9/9/2021

Ant & Dec Go "Limitless"
New Primetime Quiz Promises an Endless Money Ladder
From Radio Times

ITV has announced that Ant and Dec will present a brand new prime-time gameshow – which is to include the world’s first-ever limitless jackpot. Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win will air on the channel next year and will offer contestants the chance to ascend a “money ladder that never… ever… ends”. According to the channel, a contestant can climb the ladder by answering questions correctly – but if they push their luck too far they risk losing everything. The series has been commissioned for five hour-long shows, set to air on Saturday nights in 2022, and ITV promises viewers “drama, jeopardy and real emotion”.

Speaking about the show, Ant McPartlin, said “We’re genuinely so excited to launch this new series. It’s something we’ve been developing with Hello Dolly and ITV for a while now and we can’t wait for you all to experience it. We hope you love it as much as we do.”

And Declan Donnelly added, “It’s been a number of years since we launched a brand new TV format, it’s not something we do very often! But we’ve hit on something that is groundbreaking and innovative, and that’s why we are so excited to host this series and bring it to the nation.”

Meanwhile, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe said, “It’s hugely exciting to be working with the wonderful Ant and Dec on a new primetime entertainment format where contestants can win a limitless cash prize! “Unpredictable, tense and guaranteed to have viewers on the edge of their seats, this is a quiz show unlike anything you’ll have seen before.”

Radio Times
Telly Mix
The List
ITV Press Centre

posted 9/9/2021

WEDNESDAY: Zing!
NBC, Got Talent Wins
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Big Brother drew 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, dipping week-to-week yet still dominating Wednesday in the demo.

Leading out of that, House Calls With Dr. Phil (1.7 mil/0.2) and 48 Hours (2 mil/0.2) were steady.

Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (5.7 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week and delivered the night’s biggest audience. Family Game Fight (2.2 mil/0.4) was also steady.

Elsewhere: FOX | A two-hour, nerve wracking MasterChef (2.4 mil/0.6) ticked up from last week to tie for No, 2 in the demo.

TV Line

posted 9/9/2021


ABC/BBC Studios

Meet The "DWTS" Class of 2021
Celebrities & Partners Announced
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" 2021 celebrity cast was announced today on ABC's "Good Morning America," live from Disney's California Adventure. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom for its milestone 30th season with a lineup of celebrities including a WWE legend, a Real Housewife, a Bachelor, a country superstar and a Spice Girl, to name a few.

The cast joins Suni Lee and JoJo Siwa, both of whom were previously announced at ABC's 2021 TCA Virtual Press Conferences last month. The new celebrity cast will debut their twists, tricks and kicks during the premiere, live on MONDAY, SEPT. 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

The celebrities and professional dancers heading to the ballroom are as follows (in alphabetical order): 

Celebrities:
· Country singer Jimmie Allen
· Spice Girl Melanie C
· Christine Chiu ("Bling Empire")
· Brian Austin Green ("Beverly Hills, 90210")
· Melora Hardin ("The Office")
· Social media star Olivia Jade
· Matt James ("The Bachelor")
· Amanda Kloots ("The Talk")  
· Martin Kove ("Cobra Kai")
· Gold medal Olympian Suni Lee
· WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin
· Kenya Moore ("The Real Housewives of Atlanta")
· Peloton star instructor Cody Rigsby
· NBA star Iman Shumpert
· Popstar JoJo Siwa

Professional dancers:
· Brandon Armstrong
· Lindsay Arnold
· Alan Bersten
· Sharna Burgess
· Cheryl Burke
· Witney Carson
· Artem Chigvintsev
· Val Chmerkovskiy
· Sasha Farber
· Jenna Johnson
· Daniella Karagach
· Pasha Pashkov
· Gleb Savchenko
· Emma Slater
· Britt Stewart

Viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired. The pairs will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough..

The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV Line

THe Wrap

Gold Derby
Gold Derby

Gold Derby

posted 9/9/2021


Sony Pictures TV

"Wheel" to Spin to 2024
Pat Sajak & Vanna White Sign to Host Three More Seasons
From NextTV

Pat Sajak and Vanna White, hosts of syndicated access game show Wheel of Fortune, will continue hosting the program through the 2023-24 TV season. As part of his new deal, Sajak will also serve as consulting producer.

Announcer Jim Thornton, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the show, will be seen at the beginning of each episode as he introduces the two hosts. Sajak’s daughter, Maggie, will join the show as social correspondent, providing new content across all of the show’s social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok and on the show’s website.

When Wheel of Fortune premieres for season 39 on Monday, Sept. 13, it will debut a refreshed set and modernized music. The game itself will also feature a few changes. For example, Sajak will no longer spin the final wheel of the game; instead, the contestant in control at the time will spin to determine how much each consonant is worth during the final sped-up round.

“If you think about it, by doing the ‘final spin,’ I, as host, had an impact on the outcome of the game and that has always bothered me because it just didn’t feel right,” said Sajak in a statement. “With this change, only the contestants determine the outcome of the game and the host does not impose themself in any way.”

More money will be up for grabs in season 39 with the removal of the “Free Play” wedge from the wheel, which was replaced by an $850 wedge. Also, a $4,000 bonus is being added to contestants who solve all three puzzles in the “Triple Toss-Up Round,” making the round worth $10,000. And finally, the minimum amount that can be won on the bonus wheel has been upped to $39,000, in honor of the show’s 39th season in syndication.

Finally, fans can once again look forward to the show’s annual “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway” that gives online Wheel Watchers Club members the chance to win everything a contestant wins, up to the $1 million grand prize. To date, Wheel of Fortune has awarded nearly $3 million in cash and prizes to viewers through the Secret Santa promotion.

NextTV
Decider

TV insider
Deadline
The Futon Critic

Insider

Newsweek

posted 9/9/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Crossover"

  • Alexis Gaube to drop in on Price this season (Instagram @Lexi_MG)

  • FIRST LOOK: Survivor 41 (TV Line)

  • Is there a gender gap on "University Challenge"? (B&T)

  • LIST ABUSE: Eight of the biggest game show scandals (Insider)

posted 9/9/2021

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 29
From TV News Check

Sophomores Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall, the only two talkers in the plus column, lit up the Nielsen chart in the session ending Aug. 29. Both scored double-digit increases despite being nearly or totally in reruns and facing plenty of daytime preemptions for breaking Afghanistan news.

In access, game show Jeopardy, which has recently become a public relations pinata, slipped 3% to a new season low 3.9 with a second straight week of “Around the World with Alex” archival reruns.

Game show and syndication champ Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.3** -4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 3.9** -3%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

PopCulture
TV Newscheck
NextTV

posted 9/8/2021

Meet the Season 4 Dragula Cast
Catch It on Shudder October 19
From the Futon Critic

Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, unveiled today the cast for season four of the hit drag competition series THE BOULET BROTHERS' DRAGULA, premiering exclusively on the horror streaming service on Tuesday, October 19 with new episodes to follow every Tuesday.

The new season of the groundbreaking Shudder Original series features ten diverse drag artists from around the world including the series' first South Korean competitor, Hoso Terra Toma; a competitor from Mexico City, La Zavaleta; the first trans woman competing on a main season of the show, Bitter Betty; and an AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth) drag queen, Sigourney Beaver. In addition, Jade Jolie, known from RuPaul's Drag Race joins season four as well as the winner of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Resurrection, Saint.

Below is the full lineup of competitors vying for the $100,000 grand prize - the largest in show history.

Previously announced season four guest judges include Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Bob the Drag Queen (We're Here), with additional judges to be announced later.

Dubbed one of "the 19 best LGBTQ+ shows everyone needs to watch" by Cosmopolitan, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula is written and produced by the Boulet Brothers with Executive Producer David Sigurani and director Nathan Noyes.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Season Four Cast:
- Astrud Aurelia (She / Her)
- Bitter Betty (She / Her)
- Koco Caine (They / Them)
- HoSo Terra Tom (She / Her, They / Them)
- Formelda Hyde (He / Him, They / Them)
- Jade Jolie (She / Her)
- Merrie Cherry (She / Her)
- Saint (He / Him, She / Her, They / Them)
- Sigourney Beaver (She / Her)
- La Zavaleta (She / Her, They / Them)


The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/8/2021

"Great British Baking Show" Returns to Netflix
Catch It September 24
From TV Insider

On your marks… get set… BAKE! Netflix’s addictively bingeable series The Great British Baking Show is gearing up for its Season 9 return.

Beginning Friday, September 24, fans of the delightful program can tune in to stream the premiere episode and return to the platform each following Friday for a new installment. The unscripted series’s ninth collection is comprised of 10 hour-long episodes, similar to past seasons.

Previously teased in early August, Netflix’s Season 9 premiere date specifically applies to subscribers in the U.S., others outside of that territory will have to wait for additional details regarding a return date. For lucky viewers in the U.S., they can expect more signature, technical, and showstopper challenges with a whole new set of amateur bakers.

Returning as judges are the formidable Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, who will be joined by lovable hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. As the season unfolds, one baker from the set of Season 9 contestants will be eliminated each week leading up to the finale when one winner will be crowned.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 9/8/2021

TUESDAY: Paradise Lost... Barely
NBC, Got Talent Wins
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent drew 6.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week and topping Tuesday in both measures. Leading out of that, College Bowl (2.5 mil/0.4) was flat with its freshman finale.

Over on ABC, Bachelor in Paradise (3 mil/0.8) ticked up week-to-week and again tied AGT for the demo win. The Ultimate Surfer (1.3 mil/0.2) was steady.

The CW’s Stargirl (640K/0.1) and Supergirl (480K/0.1) each dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo, though the latter nearly reported its smallest audience ever.

Fox’s LEGO Masters (1.4 mil/0.4) was steady, while Fantasy Island (1.4 mil/0.2) hit and ties its lowest numbers yet.

TV Line

posted 9/8/2021

Ready... Steady... Cooked
BBC Cancels Reboot After Two Seasons
From Yahoo!

Rylan Clark-Neal's reboot of Ready Steady Cook has been axed after just two seasons.

The cookery gameshow was revived last year with Clark-Neal, 32, as its host, after its initial run ended in 2010. The BBC has now confirmed it will not be making any more episodes of the updated version.

A spokesperson said: "We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to grow new shows and after two brilliant series of Ready Steady Cook, we’re making space in the schedule for some exciting new titles that we’re sure viewers will enjoy.

“We are hugely grateful to Rylan and our team of chefs for making the return of the series so special.”

Yahoo!

posted 9/8/2021

Fox Bets on Ireland
New Format Blends Talent, Dealing
From Deadline

Fox is looking at the Emerald Isle for its next big format hit. The company’s production division Fox Alternative Entertainment has been road-testing non-scripted entertainment series The Big Deal in Ireland as part of an experiment that it hopes will help unearth a global format hit.

The six-part series features variety acts performing for the judges, with each offered a deal to either accept a cash payment or bet on themselves and hope they’ve impressed the judges enough to make it to the final. The series is presented by Vogue Williams and includes celebrity judges such as Boy George.

The show launched last weekend via Virgin Media Television, formerly known as TV3, with 180,000 viewers tuning in on Saturday night, comparable to what The X Factor was averaging in the country.

Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment told Deadline that it beat all expectations. “We’ll be keeping a close eye on how the format develops there,” he said.

Deadline

posted 9/8/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Super Monday Looms"

posted 9/8/2021

Netflix to Drop "The Circle" Season 3 September
Show to Air Over Four Parts
From Deadline

Netflix is expanding its circle of influence next month. The streamer said today that its popular competition series The Circle will return for a four-part Season 3 on September 8. New episodes will go live on ensuing Wednesdays through the September 29 finale. Critics Choice Award winner Michelle Buteau returns as the host.

A cast of eight new contestants enter the Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off and compete in challenges against one another on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. With $100,000 on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?

Deadline
The FUton Critic
Gold Derby
Meaww
Netflix Life

posted 9/7/2021


Jerry Bruckheimer Productions/CBS

"The Amazing Race" at 20
A History of the Reality Classic
From TV insider

When The Amazing Race got the green light from CBS in 2000, married cocreators Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster didn’t know if they’d get a second episode, let alone a second season.

“We decided to put the most amazing route together for the first episode, in case we didn’t get to do another one,” Doganieri recalled to Variety in 2014. “Bert sold the show in June and by August we were on our way to India, to see the Taj Mahal.”

That first season debuted September 5, 2001, and the show has surpassed all expectations, with 10 Emmy wins for Outstanding Competition Program so far. (In fact, The Amazing Race dominated the category for its first seven years.).

TV Insider
E! Online

Reality Blurred

posted 9/6/2021


The Guardian
WILLARD SCOTT: 1934-2021
Beloved "Today" Weather Anchor Was on "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Willard Scott, a veteran weatherman who spent 65 years at NBC and 35 as a Today show regular, has passed away. He was 87.

The news was confirmed on the show’s official Instagram page: “#WillardScott — the legendary Today weatherman known for his exuberant personality and launching the tradition of celebrating fans who reached the century mark — died this week.”

Scott, who created and portrayed the original Ronald McDonald, died surrounded by his family, according to Today show weatherman Al Roker. Roker took to his own Instagram page writing, “We lost a beloved member of our @todayshow family this morning… He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”

The TV vet made his broadcast debut in 1955 via the daytime variety show Afternoon. In 1959, Scott went on to play Bozo the Clown five days a week.

According to his 1983 book The Joy of Living: “When Bozo went off the air, the local McDonald’s people asked me to come up with a new character to take Bozo’s place,” Scott wrote. “So I sat down and created Ronald McDonald.”

He officially joined Today in 1980, when then-NBC News president William Small was looking for ways to beat ABC’s Good Morning America in the ratings. The weatherman joined an on-air team that included Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley. Scott served as the Today show’s No. 1 weatherman until he stepped aside for Roker in 1996, and headed into semi-retirement. Then, despite announcing his full retirement from the show in December 2015, he continued to appear periodically to wish a Happy Birthday to viewers turning 100+ years old, maintaining a tradition he started in 1983.

Around the time he was tapped to portray Mr. Poole on "The Hogan Family", he was a guest panelist on "Hollywood Squares".

Scott is survived by his wife Paris, and two daughters from his first marriage to Mary Dwyer Scott. They were married for 43 years until her death in 2002..

TV Line
FTVLive
The Wrap

posted 9/6/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

FIRED.
Mike Richards Out as EP of Wheel, Jeopardy!
From Deadline

The drama concerning Jeopardy!'s host saga continues to play out. After naming Mike Richards as Alex Trebek's full-time replacement on the quiz show program, the series had to reverse course after problematic comments from his past resurfaced. Since then, there have been murmurs that this drama could be taken to the next level, as Richards may be preparing for a legal battle.

Matt Belloni, the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, wrote in his What I'm Hearing newsletter that Richards hired attorney Bryan Freedman after he was let go from the show. According to Belloni, Freedman is "already blaming" Sony for how the situation was handled. As a result, the conversation has now turned to how Sony can handle this matter with Richards. Sony reportedly has three options on the table in regards to the former producer — pay him a settlement, keep him within the Sony family in some fashion, or cut him off entirely and risk him suing the company. The former THR editor reached out to both Sony and Freedman, but they both declined to comment.

Now, this news should be taken with a grain of salt as neither Richards nor anyone from the Jeopardy! team has confirmed these latest developments.

Richards departed as executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune after a turbulent few weeks for the long-running syndicated program, which saw Richards, who joined Jeopardy! as exec producer in 2020, ousted as host after one day of production.

Suzanne Prete, EVP, Business and Strategy, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, just sent an internal note to staff on these shows explaining that Richards would depart effective immediately with Embassy Row’s Michael Davies agreeing to help on an interim basis.

She said that they hoped that Richards exiting as host would have “minimized the disruption and internal difficulties” that they experienced over the last few weeks, but added that “clearly has not happened.”

Deadline reports that given all that has transpired over the last few weeks, it was clear that Richards’ position as EP has been too compromised for him to effectively continue in that role. It’s thought that given he doesn’t have the internal or external support that he needs to lead the team, his exit was in the best interests of the show.

Richards stepped down as host earlier this month following a Ringer report about insensitive and sexist comments Richards had made towards his female co-hosts and guests on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted in 2013 and 2014, along with off-color remarks about Haitians and Jews. Last week, the staff and crew of the venerable game show were summoned for a Microsoft Teams meeting this morning, sources told Deadline. Richards apologized to his staff for the comments and addressed his team during the meeting, which was attended by Sony’s top TV executive, Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Sony Global Television Studios, who oversees the studio’s gameshow franchises and was in charge of the search for a permanent Jeopardy! host following the death of Alex Trebek. A similar virtual meeting was held with the staff of Sony’s Wheel of Fortune, which Richards also executive produces. During this meeting, the studio confirmed that he would continue as executive producer. Yet, multiple Jeopardy! staffers who attended the meeting said that they had expected for him to step down as EP as the show is restarting the search for a permanent host.

Mayim Bialik, named earlier this month as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, will fill in as host of the mothership syndicated program for at least the next three weeks.

See the full note below:

Dear Team,

I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately. We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened.

Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season.

I know this has been a challenging time for the entire team, and I want to thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism over these last few weeks. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in the day-to-day on our shows moving forward and I am looking forward to working closely with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

Sincerely,
Suzanne

James Holzhauer, best known for his 32-game winning streak on Jeopardy!, has slammed Mike Richards following the latter’s departure as executive producer. Holzhauer, who is one of the show’s top-three winners alongside Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the trio of stars of ABC’s primetime series Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, said on social media, “Do I think Mike Richards’s podcast comments were appropriate for polite society? No. But did he deserve the benefit of the doubt for the job he did running Jeopardy? Also no.”

After his initial post of Twitter, he also posted a GIF of ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ from The Wizard of Oz.

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posted 9/6/2021

Labor Day Lightning Round
... or "You'll Never Walk Alone"

  • Julie Chen Moonves defends the Cookout (EW)

  • Ken Jennings visits... (SIU)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with .... Art Fleming? (WJW Cleveland)

posted 9/6/2021

"Wizarding World" Comes to Cartoon Network
HBO Max Harry Potter Series to Air Linearly
From the Hollywood Reporter

WarnerMedia will give cross-platform runs to several HBO Max shows — including a quiz show for Harry Potter superfans — as part of a family programming block on Cartoon Network.

The shows will be part of “ACME Night,” a Sunday evening block of family-friendly movies and shows that will debut on Cartoon Network Sept. 19 and HBO Max in early 2022. Among the other HBO Max titles making the jump to the cable channel are animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Aquaman: King of Atlantis and Unicorn: Warriors Eternal. Batman: Caped Crusader, which was already slated for a run on both platforms, will also be part of the block.

“In the world of ACME anything, and I do mean anything, is possible,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “We know families want to spend time together, so we’ve created a destination for multigenerational stories that pull families together through the power of imagination.”

The Harry Potter Wizarding World quiz show, announced in May, will help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first movie in the massive franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a retrospective special is also set for HBO Max). The four-episode series is set to premiere later in the year and will feature Potterheads testing their knowledge of the Wizarding World. The show comes from Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and Warner Horizon
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posted 9/2/2021

WEDNESDAY: The Usual Suspects Show Up
NBC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Big Brother drew 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, ticking down in the demo week-to-week yet still dominating Wednesday in that measure.

Continuing CBS’ night, House Calls With Dr. Phil (1.7 mil/0.2) took its first dip. A special 48 Hours (2.1 mil/0.2) was also down.

Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (5.9 mil/0.6) delivered the night’s largest audience while dipping in the demo week-to-week. Family Game Fight (2.3 mil/0.4) was steady.

FOX's MasterChef (averaging 2.1 mil/0.5) was down from last week’s double helping.

ABC's combination of Press Your Luck (3.2 mil/0.5), Pyramid (3.4 mil/0.5) and Superstar (1.8 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo.

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posted 9/2/2021

Meet Michelle... "The Bachelorette"
Preview Aired Over the Last Week
From Reality TV World

The Bachelorette star Michelle Young has stopped hearts with her beautiful appearance in ABC's first promo for her upcoming season. During Bachelor in Paradise's latest episode on Tuesday night, ABC ran a promo of The Bachelorette's eighteenth season starring the 28-year-old teacher from Edina, MN.

"I'm looking for someone who's going to change the world with me," Michelle says in the promo. "I'm ready."

The promo begins with The Bachelor star Matt James' runner-up walking through a room adorned with flowers while wearing a fit and flare jacquard ivory gown with a high slit that hugs her curves. Michelle wore her hair down curled and spiced her dress up with a gold belt.

As the song "Bounce Back" plays, Michelle enters a basketball court, dribbles a basketball and then sinks a shot in a hoop made of a crystal net. She then proceeds into a classroom, where Michelle grabs a red apple and tosses it into the air with a sexy smile.

After stepping down a staircase lined with gorgeous flowers, Michelle grabs a rose and strikes a pose.

Michelle's season reportedly began filming on July 30 and is expected to conclude around September 10..

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posted 9/2/2021

Australia to Return "Letters & Numbers"
SBS to Pick Up Version of "Countdown"
From the Sydney Morning Herald

Q: What’s got 23 letters, three spaces and one ampersand and is all but guaranteed to set the hearts of the nation’s nerds a-racing? A: Celebrity Letters & Numbers. It sounds like one of those star tours of Hollywood, only for postal workers. No, it’s the return of a show SBS “rested” in 2012.

The original series ran for six seasons between August 2010 and June 2012. By the time SBS made the decision to drop it, its ratings weren’t great. But the 450 episodes filmed back then have been in constant repeat on the network (it’s on right now at 5.30pm weekdays), and still do tolerably good business. Wednesday’s episode was watched by 85,000 people in the mainland capital cities, making it the station’s seventh-most-watched show of the day.

It’s based on a French show called Des Chiffres et Des Lettres (literally: Numbers and Letters), which has been running since 1965, and a British version called Countdown, which first aired in 1982. When the local version debuted in June 2010 host Richard Morecroft said, “We’re hoping the show will be just as popular here”. Close, but no rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked (that’s “cigar”, for those of you playing along at home).

Are the original hosts coming back? Yes and no. There’ll be no Morecroft – actor-comedian Michael Hing will be in the host’s chair this time around – but David Astle (aka the world’s meanest cryptic crossword compiler) will be back on the letters side of the fence and mathematician Lily Serna is once again handling the numerical part of the equation.

Apart from the new host, is it just a straight rehash? Nope. Attentive readers will have noticed the word “celebrity” in the title. The original had two competing brainiacs battling it out for the honour of taking home a Macquarie Dictionary. In this revamped version, two teams of two – three celebrities and a “special guest” – will battle it out for a unique prize: “One single book,” SBS promises, “from a vintage 1980s encyclopaedia collection, generously gifted by Michael Hing’s parents after they cleaned out their garage”.

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posted 9/2/2021

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posted 9/2/2021

E!'s Cover Story
Jimmy Fallon Sets Up "Battle of the Cover Bands"
From Deadline

Jimmy Fallon-exec produced series Clash of the Cover Bands is set to launch this fall. E! has unveiled a trailer for its competition series Clash of the Cover Bands, both of which come from The Tonight Show host and his production Electric Hot Dog, which has a big overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Clash of the Cover Bands, which is hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss with Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean serving as celebrity judges, launches on Wednesday October 13 at 9:30pm.

Clash of the Cover Bands brings together the best cover bands from across the country to celebrate music and the art of performance across all genres. The half-hour series will see bands competing to win a cash prize by covering artists such as Aretha Franklin, Blink 182, and Bon Jovi.

The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Electric Hot Dog. Jimmy Fallon and Jim Juvonen will executive produce.

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posted 9/1/2021

Richard Blais Joins "Next Level Chef"
Top Chef All-Stars Replaces Gino D'Acampo
From Deadline

Richard Blais, who won Bravo’s first Top Chef All-Stars, is to star in Gordon Ramsay’s Fox cooking competition series Next Level Chef.

Blais, who is a James Beard nominated cookbook author and recently opened Ember & Rye at the newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, replaces Gino D’Acampo in the series as a mentor. ITV star and Ramsay pal D’Acampo had a family commitment that prohibited him from traveling to the United States for filming.

Blais will join Ramsay and Nyesha Arrington in the series, which will see line cooks, home chefs, social media stars and food struck owners will compete against each other to be crowned the food world’s newest superstar.

The show, which is produced by Studio Ramsay and Fox Alternative Entertainment, features a culinary gauntlet, set on a stage, over three stories high, each floor containing a different kitchen. The project was developed by the Studio Ramsay team led by Chief Creative Officer Lisa Edwards and creative director of development Fernando De Jesus. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Matt Cahoon serve as executive producers.

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posted 9/1/2021

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending August 22
From TV News Check

Ratings for the suddenly controversial Jeopardy plunged in the session ending Aug. 22. The show sank 23% to a new season low 4.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating with “Around the World with Alex” reruns featuring the late Alex Trebek in multiple settings around the world. That was far below the frame’s game show and overall leader, Family Feud, which grew 6% to an eight-week high 5.7 as well as Jeopardy’s sister series Wheel of Fortune, which held steady at a 4.5.

(It was announced today that Mike Richards, the executive producer of both Jeopardy and Wheel, who had been chosen to succeed Trebek as Jeopardy host, had been fired from those EP jobs in the wake of the scandal involving comments Richards made eight years ago on a podcast.)

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.0** -23%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 9/1/2021

TUESDAY: Talented Tuesday
NBC Wins with Got Talent
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fantasy Island this Tuesday drew 1.5 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, marking its lowest numbers in four outings. Opening Fox’s night, LEGO Masters (1.4 mil/0.4) dipped to match its demo low.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent (7 mil/0.7) dipped in the demo week-to-week yet still topped Tuesday in that measure, while easily delivering the night’s biggest audience. College Bowl (2.5 mil/0.3) hit a demo low.

ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (2.6 mil/0.6) slipped to season lows, while The Ultimate Surfer (1.2 mil/0.2) posted its lowest numbers in four outings.

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posted 9/1/2021

MONDAY: Fighters
NBC, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise drew 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, dipping week-to-week yet still dominating Monday in the demo.

Leading out of that, The Ultimate Surfer (1.4 mil/0.3) matched its week-ago debut.

Over on NBC, American Ninja Warrior (3.5 mil/0.5) ticked up and delivered Monday’s largest audience. The Wall (2.5 mil/0.4) was steady.

On Fox, Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.6) and Duncanville‘s finale (710K/0.2) were steady, while Housebroken (980K/0.3) ticked up with its own finale.

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posted 9/1/2021

"People Puzzler" Season 2: September 27
More on Game Show Network's Sophomore Season
From the Futon Critic

PEOPLE PUZZLER, hosted by two-time Emmy(R) award winner Leah Remini and based on the iconic crosswords in PEOPLE Magazine, returns with a new season on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th at 6 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and will air weeknights.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, three lucky contestants will put their pop culture knowledge to the test to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC, along with Dan Wakeford and Rachel Feinberg for Meredith Corporation. Rane Laymance also serves as executive producer. PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Leah Remini serves as producer. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC, along with Dan Wakeford and Rachel Feinberg for Meredith Corporation. Rane Laymance also serves as executive producer.

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posted 8/30/2021

WEEKEND: Big Brother vs. Football
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

The Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons might have had the field Sunday during NBC’s NFL preseason game, but the evening belonged to CBS. With new episodes of 60 Minutes and Big Brother, the network had the most-watched and highest-rated programs in primetime, per Nielsen Live+7 fast affiliates.

Before delving too deep into the specs of Sunday night, it’s worth noting that as with all big live events, the early NFL numbers are not time-zone adjusted and subject to change.

CBS kicked off its primetime lineup with 60 Minutes, which drew in a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 6.66 million viewers. It bested NBC’s coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics (0.7, 4.18M) and reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC and Lego Masters on Fox.

Big Brother (1.0, 4.82M) followed and was steady ratings-wise from the previous week while rising in viewers. The latest Big Brother episode exceeded the last installment on Thursday by a tenth in demo and about 21% in viewers.

NBC’s coverage of the Browns-Falcons game came in second, drawing an average 0.9 demo rating and 4.45 million viewers in its three-hour slot from 8-11 p.m. Also in the 8 p.m. hour, Celebrity Family Feud (0.6, 4.61M) on ABC returned steady in the demo and saw a minor drop in viewers. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, 600,000) on the CW trailed.

CBS’ primetime sweep came to a halt at 9 p.m. as a new episode of ABC’s The Chase (0.4, 3.90M) won the hour. The trivia game show dipped slightly in ratings from last Sunday, but ticked up in viewers. A new episode of Wellington Paranormal (0.1, 350K) was up from the previous week.

To Tell the Truth (0.4, 3.13M) on ABC brought the evening home as the 10 p.m. time slot winner. The latest episode dipped from the previous week by a tenth and rose slightly in viewers to best a rerun of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

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posted 8/30/2021

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"Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance" Canceled After One Season
From Digital Spy

Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance has been axed by the BBC after just one season.

Premiering in February and running for nine episodes, this game show featured pairs of participants answering various questions in order to put alternately-sized stacks of golden bars on an unpredictable balance board – the more they managed to build up, the more cash they could take home.

"There are no current plans for another series of Bank Balance," a broadcaster spokesperson told Metro in a brief statement.

Audience numbers for the show debuted at a healthy 2.7 million, but they'd plummeted to 1.5 million by just its third episode.

Not one to be disheartened by the Beeb's decision, though, Studio Ramsay is reportedly hoping to strike a deal with a US network for a follow-up. Ramsay currently has a standing deal with Fox for future projects.

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posted 8/30/2021


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MAX CRYER: 1930-2021
"Mary Tyler Moore" Actor Played Games
From Stuff.co.nz

Television host and author Max Cryer has died, aged 86. He’s being remembered as a showbiz pro, and dear friend to entertainers such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and David Hartnell.

Te Kanawa said New Zealand had lost a “very, very dear friend” and a talented musician and creative, after Cryer died on Wednesday. “I was so sad to learn about the passing of my very special friend,” she said. They worked together, with Cryer becoming repertoire co-ordinator for her recordings of waiata Māori.

Hartnell, MNZM, said he remained “showbiz through and through” until the end. “Max Cryer was an icon and a trailblazer in New Zealand in the entertainment world,” he said. Hartnell, who spoke as a patron of the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand, said the entertainer passed unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Cryer hosted 12 different television series, including Town Cryer, and game shows Mastermind and University Challenge.

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posted 8/30/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Buzzcocked"

  • FIRST LOOK: Never Mind the Buzzcocks (NME)

  • TPIR Live! heads to DC (WTOP Washington)

  • Jeopardy!: Why we're attracted to the scandal (KESQ Palm Springs) and, perhaps most importantly, where do we go from here (The Bulwark)

  • #ICYMI Joe Buck really should've listened to his wife (The Wrap)

posted 8/29/2021


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ED ASNER: 1930-2021
"Mary Tyler Moore" Actor Played Games
From CNN

Ed Asner, who rose to fame as the crusty but lovable newsman Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died Sunday morning, his publicist confirmed. He was 91.

Asner was was surrounded by family in Los Angeles, publicist Charles Sherman said.

The news was also shared in a post on Asner's official Twitter account.

"We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully," the post read. "Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you."

Asner, a veteran of Chicago's comedy theater scene -- he was part of the Compass Players, a predecessor to Second City -- was a noted character actor before landing the role of WJM-TV news director Grant in "Mary Tyler Moore," which premiered in 1970. Originally portrayed as gruff and snappish, with his tie forever unknotted and a bottle of whiskey at the ready, his character mellowed over the show's seven-year run to become a fan favorite. The character was spun off into his own series, "Lou Grant," a one-hour drama that ran from 1977 to 1982. Asner won five of his seven Emmy Awards for playing Grant, three as best supporting actor in a comedy series for "Mary Tyler Moore" and two for lead actor in a drama for "Lou Grant." He also won Emmys for his work in the 1976 mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" and the 1977 miniseries "Roots."

After "Lou Grant" was canceled, Asner continued to work prolifically in movies and television, popping up in such series as "Modern Family," "ER," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "The X-Files," "The Good Wife," "Grace and Frankie," "Hot in Cleveland" and "Cobra Kai." The stocky actor played Santa Claus more than once, perhaps most notably in the film "Elf" (2003). Asner won fans among a new generation of moviegoers when he gave voice to the bespeckled widower and retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's 2009 heartwarming film, "Up."

The child of Orthodox Jewish immigrants, Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He first became interested in performing through a weekly radio program produced by his high school. He served in the military before landing in Chicago, performed on Broadway and later headed to California.

Asner was never shy about airing his liberal political opinions. He headed the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985, regularly contributed to Democratic candidates and liberal causes and seldom shied from a debate. In 2012, he lent his voice to a short animated film about the causes of the financial crisis.

Asner was married twice and is survived by four children.

He had more than a dozen credits on upcoming projects, with some in post-production listed on his IMDb page at the time of his death.

In game shows, he featured on episodes of "Pyramid", "Match Game", "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Bowling", "Password", "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune", "World Poker Tour", and "Celebrity Family Feud".

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

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posted 8/27/2021


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BILLY SMITH: 1964-2021
"Thunder" from "American Gladiators"
From Fitness Volt

Lately it seems as if the bodybuilding community can not go a whole week without some sort of tragic death for one of its members. This time around, it was William “Billy” Smith of American Gladiators frame who has passed away heartbreakingly early.

Known by his nickname of Thunder, Smith did not spend a ton of time competing as bodybuilder, but was fairly successful nonetheless, winning the Gold’s Classic and coming in third at the 1985 National Championships. Shortly after this, he was scouted for a role on American Gladiators, where he participated from 1990-1992, growing to fame as a part of the cast.

Sadly reports have come in to indicate that Billy has passed away at the still early age of just 56, less than a week before his birthday.

At the time of writing no cause of his death has been revealed, although his passing has been confirmed with a post to the American Gladiators Twitter page, where they offered condolences to his friends and family. “It is with great sadness we report the loss of #AmericanGladiators legend and bodybuilding superstar William ‘Billy’ Smith aka Thunder. Our sincere condolences are with his family & friends,” they wrote.

Smith competed in bodybuilding for just over 12 years, starting off with his first show at the age of 17, and winning 24 times. He then took a hiatus from the stage for about a decade, before returning for one last contest in 1995, where he scored fifth place at the USA’s.

Aside from bodybuilding, Smith also kept himself in phenomenal shape by doing martial arts for several years. Of course, this helped with his persona as Thunder for his time on American Gladiators, which is also where he met his wife.

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posted 8/29/2021


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New York Is Back... and So Is "Project Runway"
New Season Begins October 14 on Bravo
From Deadline

Bravo has slotted Thursday, October 14 at 9 p.m. for the Season 19 premiere of its Emmy-winning fashion competition series Project Runway. Mentor Christian Siriano returns along with judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth, and 16 new designers from across the U.S. and abroad, each ready to prove they have what it takes to show a collection at New York Fashion Week and win the grand prize of $250,000.

As was previously reported, Karlie Kloss won’t be returning as full-time host for Season 19, but will appear occasionally throughout the season.

Additionally, digital series Project Runway Redemption premieres on Thursday, September 9, with new episodes airing every week until the Project Runway premiere. It will feature alums from Project Runway seasons 17 and 18 going head to head for a $25,000 prize.

Project Runway wrapped its 18th season on March 12, 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic started. The Season 18 finale, which featured Serena Williams as a guest judge, saw Geoffrey Mac walk away with the prize.

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posted 8/29/2021

Mike Richards OUT As Host
Jeopardy! to Air The Five Episodes He Shot Yesterday
From Deadline

Mike Richards will not host the syndicated Jeopardy! after multiple controversies from his past emerged in the last few weeks. He just announced his exit in an internal memo. The show already had started production, which has been canceled for today as the search for a permanent host resumes.

Meanwhile, guest hosts once again will be stepping in, with Richards remaining an executive producer.

“I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing,” Richards said in his memo. “I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence.”

The news comes on the heels of a Ringer report about offensive and sexist comments towards his female co-hosts and guests Richards had made on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted in 2013 and 2014, along with off-color remarks about Haitians and Jews. The controversy prompted the Anti-Defamation League to call upon Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures Television to investigate and proved to be too serious for Richards to recover from without tarnishing the iconic Jeopardy! brand.

“Jeopardy!” will air the Mike Richards-hosted episodes that taped on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the plan told TheWrap.

Sony Pictures Television issued the following statement:

"We support Mike's decision to step down as host. We were surprised this week to learn of Mike's 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past. We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward. Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the Jeopardy team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect."

Today, he apologized to his staff for the comments, sources said. When Sony announced Richards’ exit as host of the syndicated show on Friday, the studio confirmed that he would continue as executive producer. Yet, multiple Jeopardy! staffers who attended the meeting said that had expected for him to step down as EP as the show is restarting the search for a permanent host. Mayim Bialik, named earlier this month as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, will fill in as host of the mothership syndicated program for at least the next three weeks.

After pausing production on Friday, following Richards’ abrupt exit as host, taping on the syndicated Jeopardy! will resume later this week.

In light of the revelations about Richards’ offensive comments, Sony is assembling teams to work on increasing inclusivity, it was announced at the meetings. Ahuja stressed how seriously the studio is taking the issue and illustrated his personal commitment with a story about growing up as a Sikh in Mississippi in 1970s where he was exposed to racially insensitive comments.

We have included a link to the Ringer article, which contains very graphic and triggering language that we will not print here.

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posted 8/29/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Pod Save the Price Is Right"

  • FIRST LOOK: The 50th anniversary audience, that's right, of "The Price Is Right" (Facebook @TVRandyWest)

  • RuPaul was joking when he said he could host Jeopardy!... yeah, don't tell anyone else that. (Enstarz)

  • FIRST LOOK: After 26 years, the Legends... return (ComicBook)

  • Steve Harvey appointed as judge for ABC (The Futon Critic)

posted 8/29/2021


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"DWTS" Poised to Make History
Report: First EVER Same-Sex Couple
From TV Line

JoJo Siwa‘s upcoming stint on Dancing With the Stars will make series history, as she’ll be part of the show’s first-ever same-sex couple.

As confirmed by DWTS EP Andrew Llinares during the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel on Thursday, Siwa will be paired with a female professional partner for the duration of her time on Season 30. Her partner won’t be revealed until the Sept. 20 season premiere (ABC, 8/7c), but Siwa said she’d love to work with DWTS veterans Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson or Britt Stewart in particular.

Siwa shared that when ABC reached out to her team via email about competing on Season 30, Dancing With the Stars‘ casting coordinators asked if Siwa wanted a male or female partner, and she opted for the latter.

“It’s going to be tricky, but it’s going to give so much to people out there — people of the LGBTQ community, everyone,” said Siwa, who came out as pansexual in April. “I want to make it OK for the people who come after me. No matter what [my girlfriend and I] are feeling, think about how normal we’re making things for the kids that are younger than us who are feeling these things.

“It breaks a wall that’s never been broken down before,” Siwa added. “Not only do I get to share that you love who you want to love, but you also get to dance with who you want to dance with.”

Siwa’s casting on Season 30 was announced earlier Thursday, as was the addition of Olympic gymnast Suni Lee. The remaining 13 competitors will be announced on Good Morning America‘s broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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posted 8/27/2021


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More on "Celebrity Wheel" Season 2
Meet the Stars!
From the Futon Critic

"Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" returns with its star-studded spin on America's Game(R) when season two premieres on its new night, SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" welcomes celebrity contestants to spin the world's most famous Wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to $1 million. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice.

Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The celebrity contestants include Jason Alexander, Tatyana Ali, Anthony Anderson, Tituss Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Brooke Burns, Lacey Chabert, Mario Cantone, Laverne Cox, Marcia Cross, Joey Fatone, Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Garlin, Anthony Michael Hall, Melissa Joan Hart, John Michael Higgins, Vanilla Ice, Tara Lipinski, Loni Love, Von Miller, Michael Mizanin, Wanya Morris, Jason Mraz, Haley Joel Osment, Donny Osmond, James Pickens Jr., Caroline Rhea, Andy Richter, Amber Riley, Tori Spelling, Shawn Stockman, Curtis Stone, Jodie Sweetin, Raven-Symoné, Karl-Anthony Towns, Michelle Trachtenberg, Nia Vardalos, Johnny Weir and Ali Wentworth.

"Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. "Wheel of Fortune" is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

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posted 8/26/2021

Kevin Hart... Shark
Guest Sharks Announced for New Season
From Deadline

Shark Tank will feature four new guest sharks when ABC’s freshly Emmy-nominated unscripted series returns for its 13th season in October, the network revealed Thursday during its virtual TCA presentations.

Kevin Hart, whose entertainment companies include HartBeat Productions and comedy brand Laugh Out Loud, will swim into the tank for the first time, joined by Emma Grede, CEO and co-founder with Khloe Kardashian of Good American and founding partner of SKIMS with Kim Kardashian; Peter Jones, an original Dragon on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den; and Nextdoor co-founder Nirav Tolia.

Each will appear individually on the show’s panel throughout the upcoming season alongside staple sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary.

ABC also said that Kind founder and executive chairman Daniel Lubetzky will also return this season.

Shark Tank, produced by MGM and Sony Pictures Television, is coming off its most-watched season in three years. That earned it three Emmy nominations: for Structured Reality Program, Host, and Casting for a Reality Program. It previously won the Emmy in the Structured Reality category in four consecutive seasons from 2014-17.

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posted 8/26/2021

WEDNESDAY: Bigger Brother
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

Big Brother returned once again to top primetime ratings on Wednesday. The CBS reality series came back slightly down from its previous episode earning a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.63 million viewers, per fast affliates. Last night’s episode was down one tenth in demo rating and approximately 6% from the previous episode on Sunday, but still made it as Wednesday’s highest-rated program.

Competing in the same time slot was America’s Got Talent on NBC (0.6, 5.48M). While the latest episode was no match for Big Brother ratings-wise, America’s Got Talent was the most-watched show on Wednesday. America’s Got Talent has consistently topped primetime, but Wednesday’s episode saw a 16% drop in viewers and a two tenths dip in demo rating from the previous night’s two-hour episode.

Up against the reigning titles were MasterChef on Fox (0.6, 2.31M), which ran for two hours, Press Your Luck on ABC (0.4, 3.01M) and Riverdale on the CW (0.1, 0.52M). The CW teen drama stayed steady with its previous week (0.1, .53M).

At the 9 p.m. hour, The$100,000 Pyramid on ABC won viewers and tied with Family Game Fight! on NBC. House Calls with Dr. Phil returned on CBS to a 0.3 rating and 1.77 million viewers. Over at the CW, In the Dark (0.0, 0.34M) had a quiet night..

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posted 8/26/2021


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Mayim Bialik Tags In
Primetime/Spinoff Host to Take the Mothership for Three Weeks
From CNet

Good news for Jeopardy fans who wanted Mayim Bialik to nab the main hosting job. Bialik -- who was named as one of the game show's two new hosts, but only for primetime specials and spin-offs -- just got more time in the spotlight. Bialik will fill in as host of the syndicated quiz show now that Mike Richards has stepped down, Sony Pictures Television confirmed Monday.

Production resumes this week, and Bialik will host three weeks of shows, meaning 15 new episodes. The show plans to continue its search for a new permanent host for the syndicated shows following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.

Jeopardy returns on Sept. 13 with one week of episodes hosted by Richards, which have already been taped.

Bialik's three weeks begin on Sept. 20. Additional guest hosts will be brought in to continue the season.

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Netflix to Play Three More
In Addition, "Too Hot to Handle" Season 3 to Launch in the Spring
From Deadline

Netflix has updated on release plans for Too Hot To Handle season three and revealed three new UK unscripted shows during the Edinburgh TV Festival. The new shows comprise “a monstrous new VFX dance competition that gives talented budding dancers a chance to perform like no one’s watching, a reality series that puts a group of failure-to-launch youngsters through their paces in a wilderness camp, and a dating show with a seriously uncomfortable twist.”

The streamer also updated on hit reality show Too Hot To Handle, revealing that the third season will launch early in the new year.

Ben Kelly, Manager, Unscripted Series, UK, and Daisy Lilley, Manager, Unscripted Series, UK, stated: “Over our past couple of years at Netflix, we have been thrilled by the ideas pitched to us from production companies in the UK; ideas that are fresh, thought-provoking and playful, a perfect combination for our unscripted slate. We look for series that have a unique take on a familiar concept and put innovative twists on shows that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, so that we can deliver something truly original.”

During the Edinburgh session Lilley described the kind of content the team is after: “Authenticity at their heart, warm, humorous, thought-provoking, quite optimistic…” Kelly added: “We believe there is an amazing community of TV makers and developers in this country and we want to tap into that. We feel confident about the talent here. There is a history of TV makers in this country conditioned to make formats that really travel, that become global ideas, global hits, and that is the prize.”

Netflix’s three new reality and entertainment series (with Netflix synopses):
- SNOWFLAKE MOUNTAIN: Snowflake Mountain is a funny, warm-hearted reality show which takes a bunch of clueless kidults who aren’t yet living to their full potential and puts them through their paces at a wilderness survival retreat to try and kickstart them into standing on their own two feet. The back-to-basics camp is a rude awakening to just how pampered their lives have been so far. At stake is a transformative cash prize for the lucky winner. There’s no running water, no parents to wait on them, and, worst of all, no Wi-Fi. But, by connecting to nature, they’ll learn to graduate as fully-functioning adults. The series, which was filmed in the Lake District (North West England), features an international cast. Production company: Naked (a Fremantle label) Executive Producers: Cal Turner and Jo Harcourt-Smith Series Producers: Andy Cullen, Nick Walker, Cherry Sandhu
- DANCE MONSTERS: Dance Monsters is a large-scale dancing competition with a monster twist, giving a colorful global stage to people passionate about dance, as they compete in a way they’ve never been able to before. Through the power of VFX, live motion capture and facial recognition, competitors will transform into lovable and fantastical dance monsters that come to life in front of an expert panel of judges and a live studio audience. It’s hugely ambitious, with a heartfelt journey at its core as we see what happens when you really can dance like no one’s watching. For their time on stage they get to escape reality, become something truly extraordinary and stand out from the crowd. Recorded in Hampshire, UK. Production company: Lime Pictures Executive producers: Sarah Tyekiff, Andrew Jackman and Tamsin Dodgson.
- DATED AND RELATED: Imagine having to think about your sibling dating – how they flirt, how they treat their partners, and what their signature moves are. In this brand-new reality dating series, pairs of siblings will be seeing each other’s love life up close and personal as they search for ‘the one’ together. Having the person who knows you better than anyone should help you navigate the tricky world of dating. But will they act as the ultimate wingman and help you find love? Or scupper your plans and call you out on all your bullsh*t? Either way it might just be Awkward. As. Hell. Filmed in France with an international cast. Production company: Great Scott Media and Main Event Media (All3Media labels) Executive Producers For Great Scott Media: Leon Wilson, Ed Sleeman and Saul Fearnley For Main Event Media: Jimmy Fox (EP) and Emily Bon (co-EP).

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posted 8/25/2021

TUESDAY: Fantasy... Meet Reality
NBC Wins with "Got Talent"
From Deadline

The America’s Got Talent quarterfinals on Tuesday gave NBC the top primetime top with the most-watched and highest-rated program of the night.

The two-hour episode earned an average 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.55 million viewers, per Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates. AGT was steady ratingswise from last week but saw a tiny dip in viewers.

The talent competition show peaked in its first hour, which drew 6.60M viewers. The AGT quarterfinals were up against ABC’s two-hour offering of Bachelor In Paradise. Monday’s episode was up from the previous week, but Tuesday’s Bachelor In Paradise faltered a bit (0.7, 2.65M). Lance Bass was the latest guest host to come to paradise, following Wells Adams and David Spade, who stepped in amid Chris Harrison’s departure from the series. Upcoming guest hosts are Lil Jon and Tituss Burgess.

Fox peaked in adults 18-49 with a new Lego Masters (0.5.1.44M). The Fantasy Island reboot showed signs of stabilizing in Week 3, matching its Week 2 L+SD demo delivery (0.3 rating), while slipping further to a new viewership low (1.56M). The series premiered to a 0.4 in 18-49 and 1.97M viewers.

Later in the evening, ABC and NBC duked it out with a new episode of The Ultimate Surfer and College Bowl, respectively. While both of the competition programs raked in a 0.4 rating, College Bowl won more viewers.

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posted 8/25/2021

Redbox Teams with Game Show Network
Originals to Stream on Game Show Central For Free
From Media Play News

Redbox has signed a content agreement with Game Show Network to bring its game shows and movie channels to Redbox’s free live TV streaming service.

Redbox viewers will be able to stream classic movies from the ’70s and ’80s, Westerns and game show action from classic shows to brand-new series. The channels can be accessed through Redbox’s streaming app, which is available on a variety of devices, including Roku, Vizio, Samsung, iOS, and Android.

Game Show Central features new game shows, including “Idiotest,” “Catch 21,” “Baggage” and “America Says.” Cinevault 80s will have movies titles such as Murphy’s Romance starring Sally Field. Cinevault 70s offers films such as The Deep starring Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte. Cinevault Westerns features such films as Mackenna’s Gold starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, and Telly Savalas, and They Came to Codura starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth.

“Both the Cinevault and Game Show Central channels have fantastic content, which we know will be popular with our viewers, and we’re thrilled we can partner with Game Show Network to bring them to the Free Live TV Service,” said Chris Yates, GM, Redbox On Demand. “These four entertainment channels will bring hours of fun for the whole family.”.

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SERGE ONIK: 1988-2021
"So You Think You Can Dance" Alumnus
From Entertainment Weekly

Serge Onik, the dancer and choreographer who gained national fame while competing on season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, has died at 33.

Jim Keith, president of the Movement Talent Agency, which repped Onik, confirmed the news Tuesday.

"He was an amazing dancer with a huge heart and he touched the lives of everyone who met him," Keith said in a statement. "He will be truly missed. This is a sad day for us at the agency and for the dance community as a whole."

Onik was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. His family moved to the U.S. when he was just 3. The trained ballroom dancer made it to the top 20 of SYTYCD in 2014, but was eliminated in week 4.

Onik went on to perform on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, and some dramas, including Marvel's Agent Carter on ABC, Fox's Bones, and the CW's Jane the Virgin. He also appeared alongside Kirstie Alley in her 100 Days of Dance, a movement campaign and web series the actress did back in 2012. At one time, Onik was a student of Alley's former Dancing With the Stars professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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posted 8/25/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Woman Who Made History"

  • World: You can't possibly do "Love Island" forever. Kevin Lygo: "Challenge accepted." (Deadline)

  • Jackie Cox to join "Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem (Deadline)

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says that the Mike Richards problem goes deeper than we all think (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • LeVar Burton was apparently never in contention (Black Enterprise) but Pat Kiernan.... really?! (Page Six)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Claire McNear (The New York Times)

posted 8/25/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending August 5
From TV News Check

Sportscaster Joe Buck, the last in the long line of guest hosts trying out this season on Jeopardy, had the right answer in the session ending Aug. 15, sending the embattled game show to its highest rating in 13 weeks.

Jeopardy’s live-plus-same-day national Nielsens with Buck calling the game ballooned 16% from the week before to a 5.2, the show’s best performance since the week ending May 16.

Compared to the same week one year ago, Buck brought Jeopardy up 18% and came close to catching category and overall syndication leader Family Feud, which edged up 6% to a 5.4.

Although the frame was beset by preemptions for coverage of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation announcement on Aug. 10, and baseball’s Field of Dreams Game on Aug 12, three of the major entertainment magazines scored double-digit increases in what was the first week of three without Olympics competition.

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +6%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 +16%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 +15%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 8/24/2021

"Baking It" for the Holidays
Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg to Host for NBC
From The Futon Critic

From the creators of the successful crafting competition show 'Making It' and executive producer Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions

Emmy award-winning actor, producer and musician Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live") and Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actor and producer, Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") are getting into the holiday spirit as the hosts of BAKING IT.

BAKING IT is a six-episode holiday competition series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Maya and Andy's winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. Contestant duos will include spouses, siblings, best friends and more, who will work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Maya and Andy will lead the festivities, also providing comedic commentary on the action. The bakers' holiday treats will be judged by tough critics - four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

Baking It will be a heartfelt and joyful celebration of the time of year when people come together to honor their traditions, while also indulging in excessive baked goods.

Coming off success of 'Making It', executive producers Amy Poehler and Nicolle Yaron, join forces for a holiday treat where they look for the "Best in Dough" contestants.

BAKING IT is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Amy Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend and Dave Becky serve as executive producers.

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posted 8/24/2021

MONDAY: Wipeout
NBC, ABC Split Night, "Surfer" Falls Flat
From Deadline

ABC and NBC ruled Monday evening with two-hour episodes of Bachelor In Paradise and American Ninja Warrior, respectively. Bachelor In Paradise ticked up from its season premiere in the previous week to earn a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.22 million viewers, per fast affiliates. Monday’s episode surpassed previous installment by one tenth in demo rating and 4.97% in viewership.

Bachelor in Paradise was the highest-rated program of the evening. American Ninja Warrior on NBC, dropped from last Monday’s episode by one tenth in the demo rating and dipped slightly by 1.8% in viewers. American Ninja Warrior (0.4, 3.27M) came out on top despite its drop and earned the most-watched spot on Monday.

Fox’s Monday started with a new Hell’s Kitchen (0.6, 2.44), and grew quiet with HouseBroken and Duncanville. Of the animated series, which tied in ratings, HouseBroken took in more viewers.

Following Bachelor In Paradise, ABC introduced The Ultimate Surfer. The surfboard competition series, produced by Pilgrim Media Group, premiered to a 0.3 demo rating and 1.49M viewers. The reality program was up against NBC’s The Wall (0.4, 2.70M) NCIS: Los Angeles (0.2,1.97M) on CBS.

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posted 8/24/2021

More on "Nailed It!" Season 6
Catch It on Netflix
From Entertainment Weekly

30 Rock star Jack McBrayer will appear as a contestant on season 6 of Nailed It!, Netflix announced Tuesday, and let's hope the assignment is not coffee cake.

And what would Kenneth the Page think of the actor's declaration that he "loves seeing the misfortune of others" in the show's trailer? Tsk tsk.

Nicole Byer hosts the Emmy-nominated baking competition, where the goal is usually to make something edible to win (but it's funnier when it doesn't happen).

This season, the bakers take on paranormal pastries, celebrate Black history, and attempt to recreate chocolate masterpieces inspired by judge Jacques Torres (spoiler: it goes awry) — all for that $10,000 prize. Celebrities featured in this season's rotating judging panel are Reggie Watts, Wayne Brady, Big Freedia, June Diane Raphael, Sasheer Zamata, and Sam Richardson.

McBrayer's not the only star to compete on Nailed It! Season 2 featured a crossover with Netflix's Queer Eye and saw Antoni Porowski judge his fellow Fab Five members. Comedian Paul Scheer, Raphael's husband and frequent costar, stepped into the kitchen in season 2 of Nailed It! Holiday! He won and split the prize money with his fellow contestants. Joey and Hunter King competed together on season 5, the all-teams installment. The famous pair won and said they would be donating the prize to charity.

Nailed It! season 6 premieres on Sept. 15 on Netflix.

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posted 8/24/2021

Claudia Winkleman Has "One Question"
Channel 4 Quiz Format to Have Unique Format, £100,000 Prize
From Telly Mix

Claudia Winkleman is to host a new Channel 4 game show.

Called One Question, the series will air in prime time and offer a £100,000 prize. In order to win the cash, a pair of contestants need only answer one single question.

Channel 4 tease: "The contestants will be faced with twenty possible answers, but only one answer is correct. Eliminate the incorrect answers and they’ll be on the path to victory, but eliminate the one correct answer and it’s game over."

Host Claudia Winkleman commented: "I am ridiculously excited about One Question. There’s no time limit, no buzzers, no complicated rules. A sofa, a chat, just one question that could win our players £100k. Not only that, we give them the answer. Tricky part is we give them 19 wrong answers too. I’ve bought a new black sweater and the studio has a toasted sandwich maker. I can’t wait.”

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, Channel 4 commented: “We’re delighted to have Claudia fronting this nail-biting new prime-time gameshow on Channel 4. With her unmistakeable charm and wit, we’ll really get to know each of the contestants as they strive towards a potentially life-changing jackpot.”

Mike Benson, Executive Producer at programme makers Chalkboard TV added: "One Question is another original primetime quiz format from Chalkboard and has all the universal themes for a breakout international hit. With Claudia’s infectious warmth and humour, we know she’ll make our contestants feel at ease, as they wrestle with this seemingly easy but actually devilishly difficult game.”

A start date for the six-part series is to be confirmed..

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posted 8/24/2021

Michael McIntyre Spins "The Wheel"
Original Creator/Host to Front NBC Take
From The Futon Critic

NBC has tapped renowned British comedian Michael McIntyre as host of its new upcoming gameshow series "The Wheel," set to premiere in 2022. · The BAFTA award-winning McIntyre also hosts the UK version of "The Wheel."

A hilarious new take on the game show format, "The Wheel" will give viewers plenty to root for as celebrity guests attempt to help contestants win life changing money. Each episode will feature suspenseful high-stakes trivia, plenty of laughs, and huge stars seated on a spectacular 42-foot-wide spinning wheel.

The series debuted in November 2020 as the top-rated game show for BBC Primetime since 2011.

McIntyre is one of England's most popular comedians. He has hosted several specials, variety shows and talk shows for BBC One and holds the record for selling more than 400,000 tickets in London's O2 Arena over a span of 28 shows.

"The Wheel" is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and the original British creative team, Hungry McBear.

The series was created by Michael McIntyre and Dan Baldwin, who will executive produce with Noah Bonnett, Mike Darnell and Brooke Karzen. Jeff Apploff serves as showrunner.

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posted 8/24/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
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  • Alex Trebek immortalized in Toronto (BlogTO)

  • Rob Lowe to take on Hollywood cliches for Netflix (The Wrap)

  • Mayim Bialik. Not an anti-vaxxer (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul & Michelle Visage (Deadline)

posted 8/24/2021

Simon Cowell Extends Deal with NBC
AGT Judge to Appear in Peacock Project
From Deadline

Simon Cowell is staying in business with NBCUniversal.

The Got Talent and The X Factor creator has signed an expanded deal with the company, which includes a new unscripted series for streamer Peacock that he will produce and appear on screen in.

The deal is the latest major talent deal for the company after agreements with the likes of Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus.

Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, revealed the deal to Deadline during an Edinburgh TV Festival session. She said that “great talent comes from everywhere” with reference to the Brit format and music impresario.

Rovner and NBCU didn’t disclose details of the Peacock series but it is a major statement of intent for the digital platform, which has been ramping up its unscripted slate in recent months.

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posted 8/23/2021

WEEKEND: Brotherly Feud
CBS, ABC Split Sunday
From Deadline

Sunday night belonged to Big Brother and Celebrity Family Feud, which topped primetime ratings and viewership, respectively.

Big Brother returned slightly down in viewership from its previous episode on Thursday, but reined in Sunday ratings with a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo and 3.87 million viewers, per fast affiliates. The CBS reality series also rose one tenth in demo rating and about 4% in viewers from the previous Sunday.

ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud returned to its Sunday primetime slot victorious, marking the most-watched program of the evening. The game show’s latest episode (0.6, 4.55M), which featured Vivica A. Fox, Bill Bellamy and more, was also up from last Sunday.

Also in the 8-9 p.m. time slot, where the first hour of NBC’s America’s Got Talent programming, The Simpsons on Fox and a new installment of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW.

Larger viewership remained a thing of early primetime as the evening progressed. ABC continued to hold impressive viewership with its game show programming, with The Chase taking the highest rating and most viewers in the 9-10 p.m. time slot. To Tell The Truth (0.5, 3.10M) also helped ABC take the highest-rated and most-watched program in the following hour.

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posted 8/23/2021

Condragulations on Your Ru-Newal!
"Drag Race" Returns to VH1
From The Futon Critic

On the heels of an impressive 11 Emmy(R) Award nominations across the franchise, VH1 today announced that "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" have been greenlit for new seasons. The record breaking competition series, "RuPaul's Drag Race", will introduce a new group of talented queens for an iconic 14th season. The Emmy(R) nominated after-show, "RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked" also returns, airing each week after brand new episodes of "Drag Race."

Additionally, "RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race" has been greenlit for a second season, giving a new batch of unexpected celebrities the chance to become "America's Next Celeb Drag Superstar" and donate to the charity of their choice.

"I am extremely grateful to all the amazing and talented Drag Race queens - past, present and future - that continue to inspire us to find new ways to tell their stories," said five-time Emmy(R) Award-winning Host and Executive Producer, RuPaul. "Through love, light and laughter, they remind all of us that the most powerful thing you can do is to become the image of your own imagination."

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posted 8/23/2021

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posted 8/23/2021

COVID Hits Big Brother, Sony
Cases Cleared Earlier This Month
From Deadline

LA County’s Covid database on Thursday showed 9 positive tests on Stage 18 of the CBS Studio Center (aka CBS Radford) in Studio City. The outbreak is tied to CBS’ Big Brother, which is filming its 23rd season there, sources said.

The nine positive tests for crew members had been registered over several weeks since July 26, with most of those impacted already back at work after being quarantined and subsequently cleared, Deadline reports.

Based in different areas on the set, none of the infected crew members are believed to have had interactions with the houseguests. Production on the show, which employs about 500 people, has not been impacted.

Big Brother, produced by Fly on the Wall in association with Endemol Shine North America, is currently in its sixth week of Season 23. Like all TV shows during the pandemic, the reality series follows all industry health and safety protocols.

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health on Friday updated its page detailing non-residential outbreaks — meaning three or more cases — to include Sony Pictures Entertainment and its Washington Blvd. address.

Deadline hears that the outbreak was among 3 backlot workers and not production-related.

Such news has become a near-daily occurrence as breakthrough cases in Los Angeles have hit 30% with the continued spread of the Delta variant. On Wednesday, the county reported over 4,000 daily cases for the first time since January.

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posted 8/22/2021

THURSDAY: Up and Up
Big Brother Wins for CBS
From Deadline

Big Brother and CBS are back at the top of ratings as the latest episode of the reality series returned to win Thursday primetime ratings and viewership. Big Brother jumped up from Wednesday to bring in a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.32 million viewers, per preliminary fast affiliates. That’s a one tenth bump in demo rating and a 15% rise in viewers from the previous episode.

The reality series’ Thursday success comes as Los Angeles County’s Covid-19 database showed an outbreak of nine positive tests tied to the CBS show over several weeks since July 26. The infected were crew members, who are already back at work after being quarantined and cleared, Deadline has heard. The positive cases have not impacted the show, which employs around 500 people.

In other primetime rating news, Fox’s Beat Shazam closed out its fourth season on a slightly higher note from its June premiere. On Thursday the Jamie Foxx-hosted and executive produced series bowed to around 1.82M viewers and earned a 0.4 demo rating, up from its season opener (0.4, 1.69). The Season 4 finale, however was slightly down from the pre-pandemic Season 3 ending and special (0.5, 2.00M).

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posted 8/20/2021

Netflix Gets Its Own "Reality Games"
"Selling Sunset's" Chrishell Stause to Host
From Screen Rant

Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause has been named the host of a new series called Netflix Reality Games. The first episode of this all-new reality-centric game show premiered on Netflix's YouTube channel earlier in the week. It features several cast members from Netflix viewers' favorite reality shows.

Reality TV has recently become more openly regarded as a favorite pastime in America. Netflix has caught on to that and just renewed a lot of their largest reality shows, including Love Is Blind, The Circle and more. Additionally, Netflix just launched a new website to simplify the application process for potential cast members of the streaming service.

As reported by People, the first episode of the new three-part Netflix Reality Games competition series premiered on YouTube earlier this week. The new series is a game show featuring some of Netflix's biggest hits: Love Is Blind, Too Hot To Handle and The Circle. The cast includes fan-favorites like Lauren Speed-Hamilton, Joey Sasso, Francesca Farago, Harry Jowsey and more. As teams of four, they will work with their former castmates to bring home a trophy. The series is split into three episodes that will showcase three different events to test their speed, intelligence and strength. All three episodes have now been released on Netflix's YouTube channel. The final episode features two of the teams facing off to become the first ever Netflix Reality Games champion..

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posted 8/20/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
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  • Chadwick Boseman to be honored by his wife on Saturday's "Stand Up to Cancer" (The Futon Critic)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba is done "talk"-ing (TV Line)

  • "Drag Race" alums recreate classic TV (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anthony Anderson (Deadline)

posted 8/20/2021

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