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LUCY BOOTH: 1978-2016
"Pointless" Contestant Sees Her Episode Before Succumbing to Cancer
From Digital Spy

A game show contestant who appeared on yesterday evening's Pointless sadly died of cancer before her episode aired on TV.

But thanks to the kindness of producers and a determined friend of the family, Lucy Booth was able to see her appearance on the show before she passed away.

Lucy, who was 38 years old, was able to watch herself on the primetime BBC quiz series – her favorite program – a fortnight before she sadly died of breast cancer on August 9 this year.

Appearing alongside her mum Jackie, Lucy made it to the head-to-head challenge before being eliminated from the competition.

Lucy, who worked as a production manager on TV adverts, recorded two episodes of the Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman-fronted quiz show with Jackie in late 2015.

But according to The Mirror, their appearance – originally due to air during the last week in July – was subject to a schedule change and family friend Sue Winter made an emotive appeal to Armstrong, writing to him personally to ask for his help.

After Sue reached out to Armstrong and show bosses, producers Endemol acted swiftly, sending Lucy a video link so she could watch the show with her mum before it aired on TV.

And Pointless also paid a special on-screen tribute to Lucy with an 'in memory' card at the end of the episode on Wednesday (September 14).

Digital Spy
Key 103
BT

posted 9/16/16

THURSDAY: Thursday Night Fight
CBS Wins with "TNF"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.909 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) took home the top honors on Thursday with the return of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.443 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

NBC (2.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its marathon of "Superstore" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), another "Superstore" (2.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), more "Superstore" (2.695 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), yet another "Superstore" (2.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Chicago Med" (3.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Grey's Anatomy" (3.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.350 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise served up second runs of "Rosewood" (2.293 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bones" (2.110 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (0.926 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the series finale of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime/SP): 1.721M
- Project Runway: Road to the Runway (Lifetime/S): 1.360M
- Chopped (Food): 915K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 480K
- Winsanity (GSN): 357K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 335K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 315K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 308K
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Logo): 226K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Fire"

  • Jana Kramer injured, but will play through the pain this week (E!)
     

  • Chris Harrison teases familiar faces in the next "Bachelor" (People)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 of the highest-paid reality show stars (Gazette Review)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: LA-area contestants wanted for trivia show (Reality Wanted)

posted 9/16/16

Ninja Warrior Goes to College
Esquire Premieres Special Season November 22
From the Futon Critic

Already missing "American Ninja Warrior" now that Season 8 is over? Now you don't have to! Esquire Network revealed today that the five-part special event "Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness" will premiere on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Sixteen teams, pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries, will run the dual course which includes even more challenging obstacles this season and a whole new strategy of racing. Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people - two men and one woman - who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course. In each episode, four of the college teams will race against each other, with each individual win giving the team more points. At the end of the show, the two teams left standing will face-off in a relay race with additional obstacles - and the winner between the two will move on to the finals.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila of "American Ninja Warrior" will host alongside sensation Kacy Catanzaro, who will be the sideline reporter.

The following rival colleges and universities and athletes will be going head-to-head for this tournament:

· UCLA vs USC
· Florida vs. Georgia
· TCU vs. Houston
· Michigan vs The Ohio State University
· Wisconsin vs Maryland
· Stanford vs Colorado
· Oklahoma vs Texas A&M
· UCONN vs MIT

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/16

100 Mics
MTV Preps for "Wild'n Out's" 100th Episode September 22
From the Futon Critic

On Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, MTV's iconic comedy series, "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," will premiere its 100th episode. Nick Cannon and special celebrity guests Keke Palmer, Mack Wilds and Erykah Badu will battle it out in games like: Jokin' Word, Family Reunion, R&Beef and the Wildstyle battle while musical guest Curren$y performs. Over its eight seasons, "Wild 'N Out" has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game. Comedy superstars Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, DeRay Davis, and newest SNL castmate Mikey Day all got their start on "Wild 'N Out".

Wild 'N Out has welcomed a host of celebrity guest captains over the years, including Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Chrissy Teigen, Nick Young, Fetty Wap, Snoop Dogg, Zendaya, Shaquille O'Neal and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/16

WEDNESDAY: No Strings Attached
NBC Rides AGT Finale to a Big Midweek Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) continued its reign on Wednesday with the season finale of "America's Got Talent" (14.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the season two bow of "Blindspot" (7.284 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

FOX (4.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then snagged the silver with its season finale of "MasterChef" (4.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Big Brother 18" (5.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) alongside repeats of "Criminal Minds" (3.326 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Code Black" (3.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.710 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "The Goldbergs" (2.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.860 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (2.533 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "Modern Family" (2.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.203 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.400 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.081 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.861 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food/SP): 1.186M
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food): 739K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 534K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 441K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/SF): 209K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/16

Good News for Canadians
Thanks to Addendums for Jeopardy!'s Online Test, Canada Is Back In Play
From CBC

Canadians who have been trying to get on Jeopardy have a fighting chance again of appearing on the popular game show.

According to the contestant FAQ section on the game show's website, "Canadians are eligible" again to take the qualifying online test. The change took effect Sept. 12.

The show, hosted by Canadian Alex Trebek, stopped accepting Canadian applications in February, blaming the country's updated privacy laws.

Trebek, who was born in Canada, promised change would come by the end of the summer after he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa earlier this year and also received a key to the city.

CBC
Jezebel
Huffington Post
The Motherboard

posted 9/15/16

TUESDAY: America's Close to Having Talent
NBC Wins Preseason Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (13.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the season finale of "Better Late Than Never" (7.780 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (6.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with a special "Big Brother 18" (6.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS" (6.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.973 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Middle" (3.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (2.609 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise served up second runs of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "New Girl" (1.145 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Lucifer" (1.388 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "MADtv" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.041M
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.061M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.007M
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 635K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 375K
- Idiotest (GSN): 340K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Panto"

  • Natasha Hamilton & Keth Chegwin booked for "Pointless" panto (Liverpool Echo)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal Macedonia" gets rocked by an earthquake (Mirror)
     

  • Leave it to a network change to boost "The Great British Baking Show's" ratings (The Guardian)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Harrison (Global)

posted 9/14/16

ITV Slots MIPCOM Slate
On Deck: Meet the Parents, Cash Trapped,
From C21 Media

ITV Studios (ITVS) is to launch 10 new formats at Mipcom next month and has already secured a deal for dating format Meet The Parents with a German broadcaster.

RTL in Germany has ordered six episodes of Meet The Parents, to be made by ITV Studios Germany, with production starting this year.

The show, from ITV Studios for ITV, sees a single girl question the parents of five guys hoping to find their perfect partner.

The deal comes a week after ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) secured an option agreement for new fixed rig format The Job Interview (Label1 for Channel 4) with Canadian production outfit Force Four Entertainment.

On top of these shows, ITVS will launch new entertainment, factual entertainment, quiz and gameshow formats in Cannes.

ITVS’ slate includes Cash Trapped (Possessed for ITV), The Letter (Sirens Media for ABC Family), Celebrity Home Secrets (Sunnyside for ITV), My Dog, Your Dog (Imago for Vox), Yes Chef (ITV Studios for BBC1), Youtubers (Formata for Sony), Top Class (ITV Studios for CBBC) and What You Don’t Wanna Know (United for DR3).

It adds to a portfolio of returning shows including The Chase, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Come Dine With Me and Hell’s Kitchen. ITV2 show Love Island, which returned for a second run in the summer, also features.

Also new from ITVS is 5 Gold Rings, a gameshow developed by ITV Studios label Possessed and Talpa, which will be launched by Talpa Global at Mipcom.

“We’ve got a really nice mix of formats to introduce to buyers this Autumn – our range spans studio based shiny floor, quiz, location and fixed rig,” said Mike Beale, exec VP of global development and formats at ITV Studios.

C21 Media

posted 9/14/16

MONDAY: .... So That Happened
ABC Wins Night, But Spoiled by Protest
From various sources

Dancing with the Stars pros, including Derek Hough and the Chmerkovskiy brothers, have shared their reactions to the shocking Ryan Lochte protest on Monday night's show.

Hough, a six-time mirrorball trophy champion, helped throw out a handful of protesters after two men ambushed the Olympic gold medalist and repeatedly called him a "liar." Hough is apparently completely supportive of Lochte -- who was visibly shaken last night -- when reflecting back on the incident.

"I feel like this is my home, and you don't bring that into my home. You don't bring that into our home," Hough, 31, told Us Weekly after the show.

The two men who ran up onstage and tried to ruin Lochte's time in the spotlight, Sam Sododeh and Barzeen Soroudi, were tackled and escorted out of the studio by security. They were arrested and booked for trespassing, and are currently being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown LA with bail set at $1,000 each.

"This is a positive place, it's a loving place, it's a place of learning, of triumph... and I got upset because I'm so sick of this world judging each other and condemning each other. There's so much negativity," Hough continued.

Sododeh and Soroudi told authorities they were protesting Lochte because of the scandal in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics in which the athlete fabricated a story about being robbed and held on gunpoint when, in actuality, he had vandalized a gas station's bathroom with the help of three swimming teammates, according to ABC News.

The protesters reportedly believe Lochte's lie endangered Americans.

"I just watched [Ryan and Cheryl] dance and I was super proud of them, and I was like, 'This guy is out here doing what he can and trying to be himself and he put himself in a vulnerable position...' I hope it puts emphasis on people just letting it go. Because [the protesters] looked so stupid. They looked so foolish and cowardly," Hough told Us.

ABC (11.299 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the season finale of "$100,000 Pyramid" (6.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

NBC (5.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then got bumped to second place with the season finales of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.855 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (3.791 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Scorpion" (3.707 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its season finale to "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.289 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.993 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Supergirl" (1.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 594K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 370K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 175K

Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
Showbuzz Daily
TV Line

posted 9/14/16

(Food x Mixing Networks) + Heat = "Baking Show"
BBC Loses Hit to C4, Show Loses Hosts
From NPR

Controversy is rising over distribution and host changes at the U.K. television show, The Great British Bake Off, which is known in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show. The competition show is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have said they will be leaving the show.

“We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home,” Sue and Mel said in a joint statement. “We’re not going with the dough.”

According to the Guardian, negotiations between BBC and the show’s production company fell apart when BBC couldn’t meet its financial demands. Neither the hosts nor the judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, were consulted during negotiations; no word as of yet on whether Paul and Mary will stick around.

NPR
Jezebel
Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 9/13/16

SUNDAY: Feud, Meet Football
NBC Wins Against ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (18.521 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.433 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.286 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (17.136 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.645 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.5, #2).

Second place then went to FOX (8.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (23.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1), "The OT" (16.646 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.8, #4), a special preview of "Son of Zorn" (6.041 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), "Family Guy" (2.894 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.906 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was ABC (5.727 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.855 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "The 96th Miss America Pageant" (6.225 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, CBS (4.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "60 Minutes" (8.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) followed by originals from "Big Brother 18" (6.503 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "BrainDead" (2.366 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and the season finale of "BrainDead" (2.033 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

On cable...
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food): 1.275M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.268M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.014M
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 805K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/13/16

Chopped Welcomes Bobby Flay
"Beat Bobby Flay"/"Chopped" Crossover Event Begins October 20
From the Futon Critic

Two great Food Network forces collide in one incredible, four-part tournament in Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering Thursday, October 20th at 9pm ET/PT. Twelve returning Chopped champions bring their bravado and culinary talent back to the Chopped kitchen, as they are tasked with making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. However, for the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay, culinary icon and host of Beat Bobby Flay, joins host Ted Allen and a rotating panel of Chopped judges through the three preliminary heats at the judging table, as each basket will feature a surprise ingredient selected by Bobby himself to stump the returning champs. The winner of each of the three heats will move on to a spectacular grand finale, as the final three chefs battle it out to see who will win $15,000, with the winner going up against Bobby himself in a bonus round to earn an additional $25,000. Can Bobby spoil the chances of one talented chef, or will the challenge of Bobby having to make the competitor's signature dish...with the added twist of having to use the mystery basket ingredients, prove to be too much?

Get more insight on the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay tournament, where you will uncover photo and video highlights, relive top moments, and hear from the winning contenders. Join in on the conversation using #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/13/16

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E4 Picks Up "Game of Clones"
From ATV Today

Game of Clones, an innovative dating reality series, is coming to Channel 4’s youth sister channel E4 for a 20 part series.

The format from Youngest Media sees singletons use avatar building technology to virtually create their perfect partner, choosing everything from hair and eye color, to their ideal build and height.

Once that’s done the show’s dating database will scour the country to find ten real suitors fitting this ideal image. These date-ready doppelgangers will then enter a house together with the selective singleton.

To be aired nightly on E4 from Monday to Friday, each week will see the dater living with the ten lookalike suitors while setting them challenges designed to reveal their true characters. One by one they’ll have to dump the suitors whose personality appeals to them the least.

“It sounds like any singleton’s dream, to create your perfect partner in avatar form and then get to live with ten of them. However with looks out of the equation our singleton will have to work hard to uncover the personality they’re most attracted to," says David Flynn of Youngest Media.

“It’s a whole new twist on the dating show genre which combines everything we’re about at youngest Media, cutting edge entertainment that we hope will surprise the audience."

Game of Clones (title unconfirmed) will air on E4 in 2017.

ATV Today

posted 9/13/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bake-O"

  • We have officially heard the last word on "Great British Bake Off"... Thanks, Jeremy Clarkson! (Digital Spy)
     

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell's wardrobe is none of your business, thank you very much (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • Channel 7 wants "The Chase Australia" fans to turn to the news (Herald Sun)
     

  • Mikey Day and a serial talent show contestant head to SNL (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Willis Family patriarch ... has been a very bad boy (Us Magazine)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: 14 game show fails that we guarantee you've seen before (The Wrap)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: TWO Barry Whites (TV Line)

posted 9/12/16



Sony Pictures TV/FremantleMedia/Disney-ABC Television
Let the Games Begin!
Four Big Premieres in Syndication Today!
From various sources

Together, they compose almost 100 years of syndication history. And today, they will all open new sessions.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Wheel of Fortune, kicks off its 34th season with "Teacher's Week." All the contestants on America's Game will be teachers spinning the Wheel and solving puzzles for cash and prizes.

The season will also mark the regular appearance of the show's newest addition, the "Crossword Puzzle Round." During these rounds, words will appear intertwined horizontally and vertically across the iconic puzzleboard. At the beginning of the round, host Pat Sajak will present a "clue," rather than a category, that ties all the words together in some way. Contestants will play the game normally until they solve the puzzle by reading all of the words in any order.

"We know our viewers love word games, especially crossword puzzles, so we're adding this new twist on playing Wheel of Fortune without changing the basic game," said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. "We tested it at the end of last season and the fans let us know that they would love to see this as a regular feature."

In celebration of Season 34, the bonus round wheel now gives contestants a chance at a minimum of $34,000 in cash or a new car.

Fans can also look forward to the show's fifth annual "Secret Santa Sweepstakes." This year, Wheel of Fortune has partnered with Sears for the popular sweepstakes where Wheel Watchers Club members can win everything a contestant wins, up to the million dollar grand prize. Over the first four years of the sweepstakes, Wheel of Fortune has awarded nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes to viewers through the Secret Santa promotion.

Sears will also be lending some support to Wheel of Fortune's "Veterans Week," where the contestants will be veterans from all branches of the military. "Veterans Week" continues the show's longtime tradition of honoring the armed forces.

Season 34 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including one of the world's most iconic, Disney. The partnership, in its fifth year, has expanded to encompass three weeks of shows throughout the season. Viewers will be treated to all the fun these two brands have to offer including sweepstakes with fabulous prizes to Disney destinations, visits from favorite Disney characters and other surprises.

JEOPARDY!

For those who hope to become the next JEOPARDY! champion, the journey begins with a single step: signing up for the Online Contestant Test. Beginning Monday, September 12, in conjunction with the season premiere, prospective contestants from the U.S. and Canada can go to Jeopardy.com and register for the next editions of the College and Adult Online Tests.

“I always say the contestants are the real stars of JEOPARDY!, and I encourage those of you who enjoy playing along at home to try out for the show,” said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek. “I am pleased to report that the registration issue experienced by some of our Canadian contestant hopefuls last season has been rectified, and we look forward to seeing more of my fellow citizens from the north on the show soon.”

The College Online Test is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, while the Adult Online Test will take place October 4, 5, and 6. For more information, please visit the Be a Contestant page.

Meanwhile, Courtney Paulson returns to defend her title from six weeks ago. She enters the season debut with one game and $11,700.

FAMILY FEUD

The celebration kicks off on Monday, September 12, 2016 (check local listings) when Family Feud returns for its new season, forty years after the nationally syndicated game show first debuted in 1976! The upcoming season brings all new answers, laughs and hilarious reactions from host Steve Harvey.

"Can you believe Family Feud is 40 years old?" said Steve Harvey. "I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing milestone and wish it many more decades of success."

Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The series will feature families from across the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

In the 2015-16 season, Family Feud delivered a 6.6 household rating to rank second among all syndicated series and first among game shows - a major feat in a category that Wheel of Fortune had dominated for more than three decades since its 1983 debut in syndication.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns for an all-new season with host Chris Harrison from the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, when it premieres its 15th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Las Vegas has become one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world, and beginning this fall, "Millionaire" will originate from its new production home at Bally's Las Vegas. "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.

Throughout the 2016-2017 season, "Millionaire" will be bringing back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Bachelor Fan Favorites" (including "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, "Bachelors" Chris Soules and Ben Flajnik, "Bachelor in Paradise" couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert) and "Whiz Kids" (some of the smartest eight to 15-year-old kids in the country). Also joining the line-up are exciting new specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas" (including Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Giada De Laurentiis), "Victory for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces) and "Hometown Heroes" (honoring men and women known in their communities for devoting their time to the greater good).

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posted 9/12/16

It's RuPaul's World... We're Just Living In It
"Drag Race" Host Collects First Emmy
From TV Line

Condragulations, RuPaul, you are the winner of this year’s challenge.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race headliner scored an upset victory at Night 2 of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, winning Outstanding Reality Show Host over Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Hollywood Game Night‘s Jane Lynch, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest and Little Big Shots‘ Steve Harvey.

This was RuPaul’s first-ever Emmy nomination and win.

"Shark Tank" also took home the trophy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

The main Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held next Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on ABC.

TV Line
NewNowNext

posted 9/12/16

More Crazy Competitors, More Outrageous Obstacles, and More Ninja Warrior!
NBC Renews Summer Hit
From the Futon Critic

"American Ninja Warrior," which has become a cultural sensation, ratings powerhouse and first-time Emmy Award nominee, has been renewed for a sixth season on NBC and Esquire Network.

"American Ninja Warrior" is hosted by Matt Iseman, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network) and co-host Kristine Leahy (FOX Sports). Original episodes air exclusively on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network, on which the series enters its ninth season.

"The increased popularity of 'American Ninja Warrior' on air, as well as its growing social and cultural impact, is a testament to the athletes who push themselves beyond their limits," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We couldn't be more proud to see this show reach new heights and watch the affect it has on those who compete and strive to be their best."

The season finale of the 2016 season airs on NBC tonight, Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m./ET, with an encore presentation on Esquire Network on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m./ET.

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TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/12/16

More on "That Awkward Game Show"
Spike Slots Game for October 12
From the Futon Critic

"That Awkward Game Show," set to premiere on Spike Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm, is a hilarious new gameshow where parents and their adult children compete to win a large cash prize while learning some of the most ridiculously shocking truths about their next of kin. The show is hosted by actor and comedian Jeff Dye ("Better Late Than Never," "I Can Do That," "Girl Code," "Last Comic Standing").

Each episode will feature three teams of two (comprised of one parent and one adult child per team) trying to figure out which embarrassing factoid is related to their teammate (and family member!). In order to advance throughout the game, contestants will have to identify uncomfortable, often outrageous, previously unknown truths about their loved ones. The parent/kid duo who answers the most questions correctly will win a major cash prize.

Viewers can find more information, photo galleries, and sneak peek videos by visiting tags.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #TAGS and by connecting with host Jeff Dye @JeffDye.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 9/12/16


Buzzr/FremantleMedia North America
Buzzr Heads North
Game Show Classics Network Expands to Canada Courtesy YES TV
From Multichannel News

BUZZR is heading north and expanding to the Canadian market exclusively on YES TV, through a deal which was brokered by FremantleMedia International (FMI). In a new agreement with the Canadian network, BUZZR will provide a three-hour weekly programming block that will air Monday through Friday from 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM beginning Monday, September 12th. Content will include some of the best in both color and black and white from the BUZZR vault, for a total of 15 hours of programming per week, which will be branded “BUZZR After Hours”. This new partnership marks a significant achievement for BUZZR, making it the first U.S. digital multicast network to enter the Canadian market.

“Bringing our retro game show programming to YES TV represents the first international expansion of the BUZZR brand,” said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of BUZZR. “Canadian distribution has been an important goal for building on BUZZR, and we can’t wait for the Canadian viewers to have an opportunity to experience our phenomenal vault of content.”

“FMI is thrilled to have led the way for a U.S. digital multicast network to establish a presence in Canada for the first time,” said Susan Hummel, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Sales, FremantleMedia International. “YES TV has been a very important partner of ours in the Canadian market and we are excited to offer their viewers the very best in retro game show content from BUZZR.”

“BUZZR After Hours is a unique block of curated game show content that is nostalgic and incredibly fun to watch,” said Rob Sheppard, Director of Programming, YES TV. “BUZZR programming experts are known for packaging and branding some of the greatest moments in television game shows.”

YES TV is a commercial television station committed to positive, family-friendly, entertainment programming. The network is available in 6.9 million homes across Canada.

Unique “BUZZR After Hours” content that will be featured exclusively on YES TV beginning September 12th will include:

To Tell the Truth from 1958-1965
What’s My Line from 1955-1956
I’ve Got a Secret from 1961-1963
Card Sharks with host Jim Perry from 1978 and 1980 Sale of the Century with host Jim Perry from 1985
Beat the Clock with host Monty Hall from 1979
Double Dare with host Alex Trebek from 1976-1977

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World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 9/12/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Supergirl"

posted 9/12/16

More on "Lip Sync Battle: Live!"
All Stars Compete for Your Votes Sunday Night
From the Futon Critic

Michael Phelps, the winner of 23 gold medals and one of the greatest athletes of our generation, now has his sights set on Lip Sync Battle gold. Phelps will take on "Lip Sync Battle" All Stars John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews in the biggest, boldest and first ever LIVE edition of the EMMY(R)-nominated hit franchise in "Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE," premiering Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT.

"Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE" will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show's most popular and memorable past performers along with other A-list celebrities and special surprise guests. For the first time ever, the viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorite All-Star in real time at lipsyncbattle.com, and decide who will be crowned Lip Sync Battle champion.

"Lip Sync Battle is a show where anything can happen, so going live is both exhilarating and terrifying," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Our all-star performers are in full battle mode and their energy is through the roof knowing they will be going up against the ultimate all-star and winner of 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps." "Our fans know how much Michael loves music and that it's a part of his own battle prep, so our performers are prepared to bring their 'A game' Sunday night."

Season 3 premieres October 12.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/16

Two More Circles of "Hell"
Fox Renews Gordon Ramsay's Competition for Seasons 17 & 18 Ahead of Season 16
From TV Line

Hell’s Kitchen‘s renewal news just came in a double portion.

Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition series for Seasons 17 and 18, it was announced Friday.

Season 16, meanwhile, premieres in two weeks — on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c.

TV Line

posted 9/9/16

THURSDAY: And So It Begins...
NBC Wins on Questionable Calls, Narrow Goal Posts, Split Second Decisions... and a Little Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (22.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its presentations of "NFL Kickoff 2016" (15.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.4, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (24.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (23.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1).

CBS (4.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Life in Pieces" (4.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Big Brother 18" (5.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "Code Black" (3.165 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.174 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), another "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Match Game" (2.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Rosewood" (1.894 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Bones" (2.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.752 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.714 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 910K
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 850K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 379K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 342K
- Winsanity (GSN): 285K
- RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race (VH1): 258K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 236K
- RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race (Logo): 230K
- Finding Prince Charming (VH1/P): 184K
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo/P): 158K

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/9/16

A New Host in the Hot Seat... Abroad
Chiranjeevi to Host Telugu Version
From Deccan Chronicle

Megastar Chiranjeevi is all set to host the fourth season of Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, a popular show of a private television channel. Actor Nagarjuna had hosted the earlier three seasons. Though the show was a flop in all other regional languages, Nagarjuna made the Telugu show a success. Now, the actor is concentrating on his films and his sons’ careers.

“I had three wonderful seasons of MEK, and it was a life changing experience for me. As I ended season three, I thought I should take a break because this year, I am very busy with my films and with the production of two of my sons’ films. I am happy that Chiranjeevi is going to host season four and I know that he will do a fantastic job. I wish him all the best and I also wish to be a guest on his show,” says Nagarajuna Akkineni.

Meanwhile, a source informs, “Chiranjeevi has allocated dates in November for the show that is going to air from December second week onwards.” The actor is presently busy with his 150th film, Khaidi No. 150, the shooting for which will be completed by October. Since he is free from November onwards, he has decided to host the show.

Deccan Chronicle
IndRead

posted 9/9/16

Friday Lightning Round
... or "We Will Never Forget"

  • "Dancing With The Stars": the preseason favorite to win the Mirrorball Trophy is... (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Harvey finds out you can frame shoes. No, really (KFMB San Diego)
     

  • Charles Ingram has an anniversary he'd rather forget... on a day that we should all remember (Metro)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Finding Prince Charming (TV Line)

posted 9/9/16

Tropical Cyclone Forces Survivor Evacuation
Storm Hit on Day 2
From the Weather Network

It seems Mother Nature was the hardest contestant to beat in season 33 of reality game show Survivor.

For the first time in all 32 seasons, the entire cast from the upcoming Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X had to be temporarily evacuated from Fiji, where production was filming, due to Tropical Cyclone Zena.

The storm hit on April 6, which was day two of the game.

"For 32 seasons of Survivor, we've been very lucky to have escaped some severe storms," host Jeff Probst revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "This time, the storm caught us. It was only day two in a matter of hours, a nice afternoon turned into a severe rainstorm that kept growing in intensity by the hour."

The show's crew members were monitoring the forecast by the minute, according to Probst.

"When the national Fijian weather service upgraded it to a cyclone, we had to evacuate both tribes from their beaches and get them to safety," he told Entertainment Weekly.

This isn't the first time Mother Nature has played a role in the show.

Just three weeks after production wrapped on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains in 2009, a tsunami struck Samoa, which completely decimated parts of the island, including "Ponderosa" where contestants stay after being voted out of the game. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake on Sept. 29, causing significant damage and loss of life across the country.

"Weather does play a part in the show, and you will see the part it plays, and it's a first," Probst said. "And it was scary."

Probst says the two tribes reacted differently when told they were going to have to leave.

"It was very interesting how the two groups responded to the news. The Gen-X tribe was responsible and very concerned about their well-being," he recalled. "The millennials were less concerned about their safety and more excited that they were making Survivor history."

Season 33 of Survivor premieres Sept. 21 on CBS.

The Weather Network
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/8/16

ABC Renews "Baking Show"
... with a New "American" Name!
From the Futon Critic

Following a successful season one on the ABC Television Network, "The Great American Baking Show" (formerly "The Great Holiday Baking Show") is back! Based on the hit UK series "The Great British Bake Off," this series is hosted by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and husband Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") and stars some of the nation's best bakers, as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author Johnny Iuzzini joins Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," author and television personality Mary Berry, as a judge. Each week they will taste the decadent and delicious fare these bakers create, as they throw down their best culinary skills.

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen.

For more information on "The Great American Baking Show," visit abc.com.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/8/16

Speaking of Name Changes...
"Fashion, Inc" Becomes "Project Runway: Fashion Startup", Drops October 20
From the Futon Critic

Fashion and entrepreneurialism are brought to a whole new level with Lifetime's Project Runway: Fashion Startup, premiering Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:30pm ET/PT. The series showcases aspiring fashion and beauty entrepreneurs as they pitch their concepts for the chance to secure funds from a panel of expert investors to help grow their budding ventures.

The panel includes Katia Beauchamp, the Co-Founder & CEO of beauty retailer Birchbox; tech marketplace maven and Founder and CEO of plus-size clothing rental startup Gwynnie Bee, Christine Hunsicker; celebrated fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff; and business mentor of the CFDA Incubator program, CEO of Hilldun Corporation and Chairman of Interluxe Holdings LLC, Gary Wassner. With their own time and money on the line, the experts give each entrepreneur tough love and sage advice as they pitch their concepts with hopes of securing an investment. With so much at stake, Project Runway: Fashion Startup could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership for some, or the end of a dream for others. Special appearances by renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger; Founder and President of the Rodial Group, Maria Hatzistefanis; Co-Founder of SoulCycle, Julie Rice; and Jenny Fleiss, Co-Founder and Head of Logistics at Rent the Runway, will be made throughout the series, among others.

Project Runway: Fashion Startup is produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Matador. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss serve as executive producers for TWC while Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and James Bruce executive produce for Matador. Executive producing for Lifetime are Mary Donahue and David Hillman.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFO #ProjectRunwayFashionStartup @lifetimetv @katiawb @CMHunsicker @RebeccaMinkoff @gary_wassner

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posted 9/8/16

WEDNESDAY: The Finals Are Set
"AGT" Helps NBC to Midweek Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the Wednesday champ thanks to its mix of "Commander-in-Chief Forum" (10.770 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "America's Got Talent" (10.473 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (5.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

FOX (4.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with the penultimate week of "MasterChef" (4.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with new episodes of "Big Brother 18" (5.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "American Gothic" (2.665 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and the season finale of "American Gothic" (2.559 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.468 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), another "The Goldbergs" (3.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.198 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Black-ish" (2.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.622 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Middle" (2.374 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) offered up "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.547 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.314 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.265 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food): 703K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 611K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 407K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 347K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 319K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 122K
- TUF Talk (FS1): 104K

Discovery Family's "The Incredible Food Race" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/16

TUESDAY: "Got Talent" Got Ratings
NBC Goes to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.163 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was Tuesday's top draw thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.733 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Better Late Than Never" (7.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

ABC (4.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two network with the season finales of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.560 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (4.044 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Mistresses" (2.597 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and a repeat "NCIS" (7.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) followed by a new "Zoo" (4.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (3.782 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.474 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "New Girl" (1.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Lucifer" (1.298 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.887 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "MADtv" (0.698 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.104M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.046M
- Chopped (Food): 962K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 689K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 404K
- Idiotest (GSN): 315K
- One Shot (BET): 229K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2/S/11p): 223K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2/S/11:30p): 191K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 123K
- Game of Homes (DFC): 104K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "If You Like It, Watch It"

  • "The Crystal Maze" could spawn a new series if the one-off does well (NME)
     

  • Steve Harvey meets his twin in leaked footage (New York Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a question about Aussie rules causes a stir... because the Internet. (New Zealand Herald)
     

  • A dancer on the Argentinean "Dancing with the Stars" gives it her all. And then some. Suffice it to say, it's NSFW (Daily Star)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hive Minds (Telegraph)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? A "Chase" contestant likes "a pint and a fight" (Daily Express)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy's kid has a due date (Extra)

posted 9/8/16

More On "Window Warriors"
Catch It on GSN November 15
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will premiere its new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS, Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

The network also revealed today the three judges for the series, including Carson Kressley, the Emmy(R)-winning television star, style expert, best-selling author and fashion designer known to TV viewers for his appearances on "Dancing With the Stars," "How To Look Good Naked," and his breakthrough role as fashion guru on the iconic series "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" - he will also appear in the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice"; Tai Beauchamp, a former magazine editor turned style influencer, content creator, public speaker, media personality, and entrepreneur, who engages women around the world with her genuine approach to celebrating inner and outer beauty; and Douglas Little, a master in the world of visual merchandising whose work includes some of the most beloved store windows on New York's 5th Avenue, as well as design work for movies, TV and Broadway. His client list includes Van Cleef & Arpels, Barney's New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and many more. The judges join host, Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming") in determining the country's top window designer.

In WINDOW WARRIORS, the worlds of art and commerce collide as eight of the country's most talented window merchandising designers compete to build elaborate displays, earn the approval of the judges and avoid being eliminated. Each week, the remaining contestants are given a new design theme and materials that correlate with one major retail brand. From the festive, to the luxurious, to the shockingly unexpected, these artists must push their creativity to the limits in order to stay in the game and win the $100,000 grand prize. In addition to the cash, the winner will receive a contract to design displays for a premiere mall developer, a career-changing opportunity to design a holiday display at a major department store in New York City and a feature story in a retail design magazine.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 9/7/16

Food Triples Up on Halloween
"Baking Championship" Gears Up New Season
From the Futon Critic

Zombies, mummies and monsters galore get in on the action on the return of the spookiest baking competition on Food Network, where seven terrifyingly-talented bakers compete to create the most hauntingly delicious desserts on Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 3rd at 9:00pm ET/PT. Throughout the five-week competition, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his sidekick, Walter, challenge the bakers' abilities to create creepy crawly confections for judges Damiano Carrara, Carla Hall and Sandra Lee. Only one baker with the most impressive treats will win the title of Halloween Baking Championand take home the grand prize of $25,000.

Each week on Halloween Baking Championship, the bakers face tough challenges from making bite-sized monster morsels, to wickedly-decadent desserts stuffed with trick-or-treat candies, as well as creepy clown cake-pops and goodies of ghostly graveyards. The last three bakers who impress the judges with their spellbinding sweets will face the ultimate challenge in the grand finale - baking, designing and decorating a haunted "gingerdead" house. Fans can go behind the scenes of this spooky competition and see the creepy creations up close at FoodNetwork.com/BakingChampionship, and they can join the confectionary conversation on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

For even more scary sweets, on Wednesday, October 5th at 8pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman and Alison Sweeney host the first-ever Kids Halloween Baking Championship. On this hour-long special, four fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship are back to bake their way through two chilling challenges for the chance to win $10,000, and the title of Kids Halloween Baking Champion! For kid-friendly Halloween recipes, spooky lunchbox snacks, and cute and creepy party ideas visit FoodNetwork.com/Halloween.

"The spirit of Halloween is deliciously captured on Halloween Baking Championship and Kids Halloween Baking Championship with creative new challenges that showcase the talents and imaginations of the bakers, both young and old," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "New and familiar faces, including Damiano Carrara, Jeff Dunham, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, Sandra Lee and Alison Sweeney add to the frightful fun of both competitions with wickedly witty comments, crazy costumes, and so much more!"

The Futon Critic

posted 9/7/16

Squad Goals
Oxygen Greenlights "Last Squad Standing" for November 1
From the Futon Critic

Move over Taylor Swift, Oxygen Media is taking #squadgoals to the next level in the brand new competition series "Last Squad Standing" premiering Tuesday, November 1 at 9 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Alesha Reneé ("Girl Code"), three groups of friends from around the country will live together, compete and ultimately vote each other off the show for a grand prize of $100,000 and the title of "Last Squad Standing." For a sneak peek of the series, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/last-squad-standing/season-1/videos/last-squad-standing-premieres-tuesday-november-1st

"Outside your family, your friends are the strongest bonds in your life through thick and thin. By giving these squads a chance at a life changing prize, their friendships will be put to the ultimate test of survival through physically demanding and emotionally charged challenges," said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. "Viewers will see how these relationships are tested, transformed and ultimately strengthened by this experience and the prize. We are excited to partner with Jeff Spangler, Robert LaPlante and the whole Lighthearted Entertainment team on this project which is sure to resonate with our viewers."

"Last Squad Standing" brings together three teams from Detroit, Baltimore and New Jersey for the ultimate squad-on-squad face-off. Each week they battle against each other in various physical challenges, but when a team loses, they must look within their own ranks to determine who will be up for elimination. The members of the winning crew vote for who stays and who goes. The squad that lasts until the end with the most members standing not only claims the title, but also walks away with a grand prize of $100,000. In a house full of hookups, heartbreaks and wild tempers; alliances and allegiances are put to the test as the contestants realize no one is safe from going home.

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posted 9/7/16

SYNDIES: Week 50
Results for the Week Ending August 28
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy was the standout in the session ending Aug. 28, surging 10% from the prior frame to a 13-week high 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and growing 8% from last year.

In addition, as the 2015-16 season came to a close, Judy remained the overall No. 1-ranked strip in syndication with a hefty 7.0 average for the entire year.

In access, Family Feud had no complaints, jumping 10% to a 6.6 and dominating the game show category for the 18th straight week. Feud was also syndication’s No. 2 strip for the entire season — behind only Judy — averaging a 6.6 for the full year.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 +10%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +10%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.2 +6%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 +18%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 +9%

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posted 8/30/16

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Ninjas Invade
NBC Wins Monday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.291 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

ABC (4.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.564 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (3.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (3.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), another "The Big Bang Theory" (4.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Odd Couple" (3.404 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Scorpion" (3.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), repeats of "Supergirl" (1.179 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Supergirl" (1.227 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Food Network Star Kids (Food): 751K
- Cake Wars (Food/SF): 700K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 253K

Sunday night's "Big Brother" attracted 5.219 million, putting CBS in second.

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.203M
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food): 1.2M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.062M

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posted 9/7/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Because The Internet"

  • A former "Jeopardy!" contestant offers the following advice for people who would troll contestants... DON'T DO IT. (Odyssey)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? The board fails to flip off, so Steve Harvey obliges (Us)
     

  • Ant & Dec close to about a $50 million deal to stay on ITV (The Guardian)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Wayne Brady (AV Club)

posted 9/7/16

Brace Yourself... The Test Is Coming
Registration Begins September 12 on Jeopardy.com
From WABC New York

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a "JEOPARDY!" champion, your journey could begin on September 12th with the opening of registration for the Online Contestant Test.

In conjunction with the popular game show's 33rd season premiere, hopeful contestants from the United States and Canada can register for the next Adult and College Online Tests by going to Jeopardy.com.

The tests get under way on September 28th with the college edition, followed by the adult online tests taking place from October 4th through 6th.

Since "JEOPARDY!" began offering the Online Contestant Test in 2006, approximately 1 million people have taken the challenge.

"I always say the contestants are the real stars of "JEOPARDY!", and I encourage those of you who enjoy playing along at home to try out for the show," said "JEOPARDY!" host Alex Trebek.

WABC New York

posted 9/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "When Your Life Changes"

  • Kelly Clarkson celebrates 14 years to the day that her life changed FOREVER (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeff Foxworthy (C-Note: Happy Birthday!) heads to Salina (Salina Post)
     

  • Nick Viall apparently dumped his girlfriend to be on "The Bachelor", in what we at the site call... a total b**** move (CBS Detroit)
     

  • Brooke White welcomes a new baby boy (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bill Anderson comes out with a new autobiography (WXIA Atlanta)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong to emcee a pointless awards show (FM World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: going 8-bit with Dara O Briain (GamesRadar)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Mark Cronin (Inc.)

posted 9/6/16

THURSDAY: Big Brother's Big Night
CBS Wins the Night, Battlebots Ends on a High
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.934 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Life in Pieces" (7.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Big Brother 18" (7.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Code Black" (4.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

ABC (5.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the number two draw with a new "BattleBots" (5.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), the season finale of "BattleBots" (5.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and an encore "Match Game" (4.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with second runs of "Rosewood" (4.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Bones" (5.114 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.536 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.644 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) likewise opted for encores of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.566 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.522 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 891K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 508K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 480K
- RuPaul's All-Stars Drag Race (Logo): 385K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 358K
- Winsanity (GSN): 351K
- Tracks (Spike/P): 265K
- Tracks (Spike): 198K

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posted 9/2/16

"Music Quiz" Heads to Germany
Australian Show Exported
From World Screen

Endemol Shine Group has sold The Big Music Quiz into Germany, marking the third territory deal for the format.

Endemol Shine Germany will produce a first season of the musical game show, which sees celebrity contestants take on inventive musical challenges. The six-part series will launch in prime time on RTL Germany this fall.

The format was created by Shine France and Ardisson & Lumières. It originally premiered on TF1 and launched on Channel Seven in Australia earlier this week.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, said, “The Big Music Quiz is a next-generation musical game show, packed with celebrities, music trivia and a huge play-along factor. The format is on a roll with fantastic ratings in France and Australia and this latest deal in Germany, where we think audiences will be equally enthralled.”

Marcus Wolter, CEO of Endemol Shine Germany, added, “The Big Music Quiz is a fast-paced entertainment game show with broad audience appeal. We are thrilled to be the third territory to pick up the series and look forward to our autumn launch.”

World Screen

posted 9/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "It's a Long Weekend Thing"

  • Arie Luyendyk Jr. knows what Luke Pell is going through... (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel of Fortune heads to Tulsa (KTUL Tulsa)
     

  • ICYMI: Snatch Game! (Mic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Darren McMullen (News.com.au)

posted 9/2/16

Master of the Maze
More on the One-Off of "The Crystal Maze"
From BBC News

Comedian Stephen Merchant is to host a one-off celebrity revival of 1990s game show The Crystal Maze for charity.

The special comeback will be part of Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer charity fundraising campaign in October.

Former Doctor Who actor David Tennant had been rumored as a potential host before Merchant was confirmed.

The cult show originally ran from 1990-95 and was first hosted by Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O'Brien and then Ed Tudor-Pole in its last two years.

Merchant is best known for writing and acting with Ricky Gervais on TV comedies The Office, Extras and Life's Too Short.

He said: "As a huge fan of the original series, I'm honored to support Stand Up To Cancer by hosting this one-off edition of The Crystal Maze."

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posted 9/1/16

More on the Return of "Hip Hop Squares"
DeRay Davis to Host, Teyana Taylor to Play
From All Hip Hop

Even though Teyana Taylor has been releasing music for over seven years, the 25-year-old Kanye West protegé has become the breakout star of summer 2016.

Taylor’s season of success began when she stole the show at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors in June. Her uncanny channeling of Lil Kim was a huge hit on social media.

Then on Sunday, West debuted the Teyana-starring video for “Fade” during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Once again the singer-actress was a top trending topic on Twitter.

The latest news involving Taylor is the announcement she is joining the cast of The Breaks. What began as a television movie, The Breaks is now an upcoming TV show with Mack Wilds as the lead.

Taylor is playing a rising rapper on the VH1 drama. The rest of the cast includes Wood Harris, Afton Williamson, David Call, and Antoine Harris.

The network is also bringing back Hip Hop Squares, the game show based on Hollywood Squares. Taylor will be one of the guests on the show being produced by Ice Cube’s Cube Vision.

Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg was the host of the original Hip Hop Squares which ran for two seasons on MTV2. Comedian DeRay Davis has been named as the new host.

All Hip Hop
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posted 9/1/16

WEDNESDAY: Another Win for "Got Talent"
NBC Wins Night, Fox Comes in Second
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.842 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (6.959 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) recap, a new "America's Got Talent" (10.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the season finale of "The Night Shift" (5.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

FOX (4.212 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "MasterChef" (4.212 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Big Brother 18" (6.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (3.203 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "American Gothic" (2.564 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.841 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.456 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "The Goldbergs" (3.111 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.149 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Black-ish" (2.528 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Modern Family" (2.530 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "The Middle" (2.271 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.753 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.368 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.385 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (1.565 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food): 812K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 538K
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 370K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 259K

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posted 9/1/16

Big Brother Going "Over The Top" for CBS All Access Edition
Title, Details About September 28 Premiere
From TV Line

The Big Brother house won’t be empty for long.

The new season of the CBS reality franchise/voyeur’s delight, which will air exclusively on CBS All Access, will be titled Big Brother: Over the Top, and debuts Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c, the network announced Thursday. A new crop of houseguests will enter the compound house for ten weeks of scheming and evictions, with host Julie Chen on hand to supervise.

But as we’ve known for a month now, BB: Over the Top won’t air on CBS; it’s only available through CBS All Access, the network’s streaming service. (It’s $5.99/month with ads, or $9.99/month ad-free.) This shift is part of an effort to lure in new subscribers with exclusive content, along with the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery and a spinoff of The Good Wife. But die-hard BB superfans already turn to All Access for the live 24-hour camera feeds from the house. Plus, the regular Big Brother will return to old-school CBS next summer.

The streaming format will give Big Brother fans a new way to connect with the show, executive producer Allison Grodner promises: “Not only will viewers get to see everything play out live, including ceremonies and competitions, the audience will also participate in the show like never before. Each week will offer unprecedented interactive opportunities that have an immediate impact on the game.”

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posted 9/1/16

Third Time Lucky for Nick Viall?
Two-Time Runner-Up is Your New "Bachelor"
From TV Line

Third time is the charm…?

ABC announced on Tuesday night during its summertime shtupfest Bachelor in Paradise that two-time Bachelorette runner-up Nick Viall will be The Bachelor for the upcoming Season 21, premiering at midseason.

A 35-year-old software salesman and model, Milwaukee native Nick vied for the hands of both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe during Seasons 10 and 11 of The Bachelorette, and was featured on this season of Bachelor in Paradise — where he was poised for Happily Ever After with beachmate Jen?

“I can’t talk spoilers…. Jen is an amazing woman….. but we don’t end up together,” Viall shared Tuesday during his After Paradise unveiling.

Luke Pell, meanwhile, claims that he was chosen, and is somewhat distraught over the apparent bait-and-switch.  “We had planned for intro filming and had planned to have my sister come on for a date and give advice as part of the show,” the aspiring country singer, 31, reveals to Us Weekly. “I met with the wardrobe guys. Everything was moving forward. Everyone on the production level was expecting it to be me, as well.” He does seem to have no ill will toward the production, however: “I’ve come to accept the decision,” the West Point alum and war veteran says. “From all my years in the military, I’ve learned that some things are out of my control. I put it in the past, and I’m moving forward. It was a huge surprise, but the element of surprise and unexpected decisions is what the show thrives off of.”

Dorfman, who has maintained radio silence since the news, posted on her Twitter wishing the best for Nick: "Congrats, Nick. It's been a long road but you've always been genuine and real about wanting to find love. Now it's your turn! Best of luck," Dorfman tweeted Wednesday night

The pair are definitely on good, or at least cordial terms, because Viall replied on Twitter, "Thanks Andi!"

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posted 9/1/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Can You Handle the Truth?"

  • CASTING COUCH: season 2 of "To Tell the Truth" is looking for imposters (Reality Wanted)
     

  • JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers: for all the crap we've given them, they seem, by all accounts... fine. (puts on Cynical Gordon Pepper Hat) You know the first sign of a healthy relationship? No sign of it on social media (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Fun with "Voice" coach lyrics (TV Line)
     

  • Mark Ballas writes a cryptic note to explain why he's not "Dancing with the Stars" (Reality TV World)... but could it be because he may be a "Jersey Boy"? (Broadway World)
     

  • Steve Harvey in a legal battle over 23-year-old found footage (The Interrobang)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Bob & Marianne Curan Goen September 13 at... (University of Cincinnati)

posted 9/1/16

TUESDAY: Semi(final) Truck
NBC's AGT The Show To Beat
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) took home the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (12.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Better Late Than Never" (7.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

ABC (3.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.007 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (3.510 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "The Middle" (1.851 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.693 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (7.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Zoo" (4.678 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.750 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (1.161 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.168 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "MADtv" (1.066 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.117 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.113M
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.005M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 988K
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 673K
- Idiotest (GSN): 237K
- One Shot (BET/P): 197K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 177K

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posted 8/31/16

Who's The Master Now, Richard?
FYI Greenlights "Man vs. Master" with Richard Blais for 2017
From The Futon Critic

FYI has greenlit the new culinary competition series, "Man vs Master," it was announced today by Gena McCarthy, EVP of Programming and Development for FYI. Production has already begun on thirteen hour-long episodes, with the series slated to premiere in 2017.

In "Man vs Master," unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime - a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef - but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first. A rotating roster of culinary masters, such as; Art Smith, Elizabeth Falkner, Jonathan Waxman, Ming Tsai and Rick Bayless, will be featured in each episode. Richard Blais, an American chef, successful restauranteur and James Beard-nominated author will serve as host.

"Man vs Master' will showcase rising chefs, alongside prolific executive chefs in this unique and entertaining competition format," said McCarthy. "If the aspiring chef can beat the master, they will win an incredible, career-altering culinary apprenticeship."

In each episode of "Man vs Master," three new emerging chefs will go head-to-head in challenges related to a master chef's specialty. After two intense rounds, only one chef will remain and face the same culinary icon whose dishes they have been emulating in a third and final challenge. The master and their potential protégé will compete in a final challenge, to be evaluated in a blind taste test by the one person that an executive level chef must still impress, an acclaimed food critic.

"Man vs Master" is produced for FYI by Kinetic Content. Executive producers for Kinetic Content are Chris Coelen, Katie Griffin and Molly O'Rouke. Executive producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Jordan Harman.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/31/16

"Kitchen" Nightmares
Alton Brown's Next Tournament Event Begins September 28
From The Futon Critic

Trick or treating takes on a new meaning this fall with the five-episode primetime event Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror, beginning Wednesday, September 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Alton Brown presides over the no-holds-barred Halloween heats, with sixteen crafty chefs cooking their way through spooky sabotages for the chance to win up to $50,000. From a spider web-themed spider roll challenge to a liver and fava beans battle, the competitors must scare up their best dishes while braving witches, mummies, ghosts and zombies. The heats lead up to a final showdown between the four winners to determine the Tournament of Terror champion on Wednesday, October 26th at 10pm.

"Alton's wicked sense of humor and diabolical sabotages are sure to get viewers into the Halloween spirit," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Get ready for a devilishly good time, Cutthroat Kitchen-style!"

The Futon Critic

posted 8/31/16

Let's Do Some Dancin'
Catch the Season Premiere September 12!
From TV Line

The celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are slipping on their dancing shoes and getting ready for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the 23rd season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. This season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes two Gold medal-winning U.S. Olympians, a multi Grammy award-winning musician, a star of one of the most iconic television programs ever, one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, and the former governor of Texas, to name just a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Model Amber Rose ("The Amber Rose Show") with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
· NFL great Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold
· Actor Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place") with Jenna Johnson
· IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess
· Country artist Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko
· Singer/songwriter Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds with Allison Holker
· Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
· Actress Marilu Henner ("Taxi") with Derek Hough
· Actress Maureen McCormick ("The Brady Bunch") with Artem Chigvintsev
· Former Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) with Emma Slater
· Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with Cheryl Burke
· Reality star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber
· Rapper Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) with Witney Carson

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posted 8/30/16

SYNDIES: Week 49
Results for the Week Ending August 21
From B&C

The Summer Olympics in Rio continued to be the dominant TV force in the week ended Aug. 21, forcing several syndies to break out their ratings altogether and not be counted for the week.

As was the case in the prior session, some shows were retitled by their syndicators as “Olympics specials” and broken out of the week’s averages. These included Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey, Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz and Warner Bros.’ Extra.

Coverage leverages dropped enough for several other strips to be broken out by Nielsen for the entire week. If a show loses 10% of more of its nationwide coverage, Nielsen will break the show’s rating for that week out of its season-to-date average. Several shows were preempted for the entire week, including CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and The Doctors, Disney-ABC’s FABLife and NBCU’s soon-to-end Meredith Vieira.

Many other shows chose to air mostly reruns during the week.

Among game shows, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was the only winner, inching up 2% to a 6.0, leading the category for the 17th straight week and taking second place on the overall chart behind only Judge Judy.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire all were steady at a 5.2, 4.9, 1.1 and 1.1, respectively. Compared to last year when there were no Olympics, Family Feud was only off 3%, while every other game show declined by double-digits.

B&C

posted 8/30/16

MONDAY: Let's Ninja!
National Finals Propel NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.872 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

ABC (4.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was CBS (4.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.860 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), another "Mom" (4.205 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Odd Couple" (3.504 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Scorpion" (3.904 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.535 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Supergirl" (1.228 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.253 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SF): 782K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 154K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/16

SUNDAY: And So It Comes to This
SF&G Holds Its Own Against Football, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 with its specials "The Timeline" (3.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "NFL Preseason: Cincinnati at Jacksonville" (5.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (5.452 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "The Simpsons" (3.350 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), another "The Simpsons" (2.557 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.724 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.034 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.464 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Big Brother 18" (6.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Madam Secretary" (3.249 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "BrainDead" (2.270 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, ABC (4.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with its lineup of "We Day" (1.857 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.669 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Match Game" (4.798 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.407M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.363M
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food): 1.320M

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/16

Scary Good Times Coming
Catch the Season Premiere of "Halloween Wars" October 2
From the Futon Critic

Halloween Wars is back for a spooky sixth season filled with chilling new challenges, premiering on Sunday, October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT. Six teams composed of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and sugar artist will battle it out as they create Halloween-themed edible displays that are so ghostly good, it's frightening! In each episode, teams will face two grueling challenges. First, they'll face off in the Small Scare, where they must create a Halloween-themed design in just 45 minutes. One winning team gets an advantage in the big battle - the Spine Chiller. In the end, their creations will be judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and writer/director of the iconic Halloween horror film Child's Play, Don Mancini, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges who are legends in the horror genre, including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Sid Haig (Halloween), Greg Plotkin (Director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm), and Carlson Young (Scream). One team will be eliminated after each episode. In the end, only one team will be declared Halloween Wars Champion by host Jonathan Bennett, and walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/HalloweenWars for sweet and spooky highlights of the competition, and to look back on the series' haunting creations. Plus, fans can follow all the ghoulish creations on Twitter using #HalloweenWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/30/16

Jackpot!
"Hot Seat" Awards the Million
From Junkee

It may have taken seven years of the program being on the air, but someone has finally won a million bucks on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat. Australia’s newest millionaire is Adelaide grandfather Edwin Daly, who provided ten right answers on his way to nabbing the largest ever payout in the history of the deceptively named game show.

Pretty impressive, especially since he had to do it while looking at Eddie McGuire the whole time.

From the sounds of things, all those schmackos couldn’t have gone to a nicer fellow. The 67-year-old Daly is a Vietnam war veteran, and told Nine News that “I gave my mind for this country but by the grace of God I’ve got most of it back.”

Of course the surprise of Daly’s big win was spoiled a little by the network’s decision to run promos that revealed the result before the show even went to air.

Junkee
Daily Mail
3AW

posted 8/29/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Regeneration"

  • David Tennant reportedly being eyed for a one-off of "The Crystal Maze" (Telly Mix)
     

  • JoJo Fletcher literally. Can't. Even. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Missed season 1 of "Hellevator"? Netflix: I got you. (Mic)
     

  • "Lip Sync Battle" heads to Carnival (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Making "The X Factor" great again (The Guardian)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Jessie Graff holds a clinic (Marie Claire)

posted 8/30/16

"Family Feud": September 12
#1 Syndicated Game Show Plans 40th Anniversary Celebration
From the Futon Critic

Bring out the birthday cake! The celebration kicks off on Monday, September 12, 2016 (check local listings) when Family Feud returns for its new season, forty years after the nationally syndicated game show first debuted in 1976! The upcoming season brings all new answers, laughs and hilarious reactions from host Steve Harvey.

"Can you believe Family Feud is 40 years old?" said Steve Harvey. "I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing milestone and wish it many more decades of success."

Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The series will feature families from across the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

In the 2015-16 season, Family Feud delivered a 6.6 household rating to rank second among all syndicated series and first among game shows - a major feat in a category that Wheel of Fortune had dominated for more than three decades since its 1983 debut in syndication.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Celebrity Name Game": September 19
New Players Include Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Debbie Gibson, Lance Bass, AJ MacLean, Adam Rodriguez, Daphne Oz
From the Futon Critic

Can you guess that TV show? It's funny. Unpredictable. Hosted by Craig Ferguson. It's garnered two consecutive Daytime Emmy(R) wins for Outstanding Game Show Host. That's right, it's Celebrity Name Game! This hilarious game show returns for its third season on Monday, September 19, 2016 (check local listings). The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip is executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given time period. The answers aren't just celebrity names but range from actors, singers, athletes and pop culture figures to places, brands, books, TV shows, movies, food and even cartoon characters. Consisting of two competitive speed rounds, followed by a third round where Craig Ferguson provides the clues, teams must face a broad mix of clues and categories with the winning team earning a chance to win $20,000 in the final round!

"I love hosting Celebrity Name Game, not to mention a Daytime Emmy(R) for every season so far - although I guess I did just mention it. I'm genuinely thrilled that the show is back for a third season. I have so much fun playing the game and giving away other peoples' money," said Craig Ferguson.

In only its second season, Celebrity Name Game has now tied long-running game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire in households and has surpassed it in the coveted women 25-54 demo. The game show has been upgraded in New York on Tribune Media's flagship station, WPIX, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Plus, host Craig Ferguson is the only host to have won a Daytime Emmy(R) for "Outstanding Game Show Host" consecutively in its first two seasons!

Guest stars for the 2016/17 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Lance Bass (NSYNC), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Julie Chen (The Talk), Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight), Billy Bush (Today Show), Taye Diggs (Rosewood), Debbie Gibson (pop icon), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Empire), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show), Mario Lopez (Extra), Ross Mathews (Hollywood Today Live), AJ McLean (The Backstreet Boys), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Daphne Oz (The Chew), Adam Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy Bang! Bang!), and many more!

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"The New Celebrity Apprentice": January 2
Celebs Announced for Long-Awaited Season 8
From TV Line

The long-delayed eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice will finally see the light of day this January, NBC announced Monday. The Peacock has also set an early 2017 launch date for its Wizard of Oz drama Emerald City.

The New Celebrity Apprentice, as NBC is now branding it under new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, will air Mondays from 8-10 pm beginning Jan. 2. This season’s contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Big Music Quiz" Bows
New 7 Series Beats the Block
From AdNews

Seven’s new program The Big Music Quiz has beaten The Block and Australian Survivor to win Sundeay night ratings, with 1.21 million metro viewers tuning into the music quiz show based on a French format.

The family-friendly show, which begins at 7pm, is a less serious version of Spicks and Specks, featuring a host of Seven's own celebrities in a music trivia battle in between a whole load of dancing and shouting. It's hosted by former The Voice host Darren McMullen.

Its strong debut follows the successful launch episode of Zumbo’s Just Desserts, which also garnered an audience of more than a million, but has fallen away since.

The Block produced a strong audience of 1.15 million viewers for the first reveals in a derelict soap and candle factory in Melbourne.

Ten’s Survivor was the top trending TV show of the night on Twitter, with The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg, comedian Joel Creasey and media personality Chrissie Swan tweeting about the program.

AdNews
Braidwood Times
The Music

posted 8/29/16

Bad Biscuits Make the Baker Broke, Bro
Food Network Orders "Worst Bakers in America"
From the Futon Critic

Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale have drafted twelve of the most disastrous bakers in the country for a grueling baking boot camp on Food Network's Worst Bakers in America. The two stars of sweets attempt to mold these masters of cake-wrecks and colossal cookie-fails until one vastly-improved wannabe baker rises to the level of pastry perfection. The talentless bakers will be split into two teams,and over six weeks, beginning on Sunday, October 2nd at 10pm ET/PT, Duff and Lorraine will attempt to transform their team of recruits into pastry experts. Based on their performances and progress in a series of sweet and savory baking challenges, the recruits will be narrowed down each week until only two are left standing to face off in an intense bakery battle for the chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and earn bragging rights for their team leader.

"Audiences have enjoyed the comical mishaps and heartwarming transformations of the recruits on Worst Cooks in America, so it was only natural for a fresh batch of baking disasters to be given the chance at baking bliss," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Renowned bakers, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, are the perfect pair to lead the recruits through the entertaining boot camp on Worst Bakers in America."

The baking recruits quickly learn that boot camp is no cakewalk. On the premiere, Duff and Lorraine assess the contestants' skills by challenging them to create desserts inspired by pictures and recipes from FoodNetwork.com. After witnessing their baking blunders, Duff and Lorraine realize they must start with the baking basics, and begin with a classic sugar cookie. Upcoming episodes feature terrifying treats for Halloween, wedding cake decorating, pie contests, and animal-shaped sweets. The worst baker from each team that crumbles under the pressure will be eliminated. The season culminates when the two remaining recruits will face off in in the ultimate bakery battle. The one that has transformed the most will go home with the $25,000 grand prize and will make their leader proud!

Viewers craving more can go behind the scenes of the competition and relive the worst baking moments at FoodNetwork.com/WorstBakers. They can also join the baking banter on Twitter using #WorstBakers.

Duff Goldman graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with degrees in history and philosophy. He then went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and from there went on to work at several acclaimed culinary destinations, including French Laundry, Vail Cascade Hotel, and Todd English's Olives before returning to Baltimore in 2000 to become a personal chef. In March 2002, he opened Charm City Cakes, and it soon became a household name on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, which aired for 10 seasons. Duff currently is the co-host of Kids Baking Championship, and serves as a judge on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. In 2011, Duff was nominated for two James Beard Foundation awards for Best TV Food Personality/Host and Best Television Program. He published his first cookbook book in 2015 entitled, Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home. In addition to owning and operating Charm City Cakes, Charm City Cakes West and Duff's Cake Mix, Duff is also a sculptor, artist, and musician, and has an affinity for wearing his signature hockey jerseys.

Lorraine Pascale is best known for her string of hit TV series, which include BBC 2's Baking Made Easy, Home Cooking Made Easy, and Cooking Channel's Fresh, Fast and Easy Food. She currently serves as a judge on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. In addition to her TV series, she has authored 6 best-selling books and made a documentary, Fostering & Me, in which she looked at her own experience of being fostered as a child and the experiences of foster children. Prior to her cooking career, Lorraine was a top model. After the birth of her daughter, she experimented with other careers, including becoming a trained hypnotherapist, interior designer and mechanic, before attending the Leith's School of Food and Wine.

Worst Bakers in America is produced by Optomen Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Millionaire": September 12
On Tap: Vegas Week, Bachelor Favorites, Whiz Kids, Veterans, Hometown Heroes
From the Futon Critic

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns for an all-new season with host Chris Harrison from the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, when it premieres its 15th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Las Vegas has become one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world, and beginning this fall, "Millionaire" will originate from its new production home at Bally's Las Vegas. "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.

Throughout the 2016-2017 season, "Millionaire" will be bringing back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Bachelor Fan Favorites" (including "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, "Bachelors" Chris Soules and Ben Flajnik, "Bachelor in Paradise" couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert) and "Whiz Kids" (some of the smartest eight to 15-year-old kids in the country). Also joining the line-up are exciting new specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas" (including Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Giada De Laurentiis), "Victory for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces) and "Hometown Heroes" (honoring men and women known in their communities for devoting their time to the greater good).

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 8/29/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Yeah, ABOUT Those Rumors"

  • A load of "sources" could not wait until tomorrow morning for "Dancing with the Stars", so take these names with a grain of salt (Reality TV World)
     

  • The last great trip of Dick Enberg (Baseball Essential)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The VH1 flavor of "America's Next Top Model", to bow this December (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Katie Cassidy plays "Whose Line" (TV Line)

posted 8/29/16

THURSDAY: Big Brother, Bigger Football
CBS Wins Total Absent Olympic Competition, NBC Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Atlanta at Miami" (5.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) however snapped the Peacock's streak in total viewers with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (6.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (4.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a new "BattleBots" (3.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by repeats of "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Match Game" (3.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.206 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up second runs of "Rosewood" (2.920 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Bones" (3.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.805 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 837K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 520K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 398K
- Winsanity (GSN): 361K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 356K
- RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race (VH1/SP): 301K
- RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race (Logo/SP): 283K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 154K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/16

WEDNESDAY: No Olympics? No Problem!
AGT Takes NBC to ONE
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its win streak on Wednesday with an "America's Got Talent" (7.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.588 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (4.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with the return of "MasterChef" (4.113 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "Big Brother 18" (6.396 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Criminal Minds" (3.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "American Gothic" (2.577 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a marathon of "The Goldbergs" (3.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), another "The Goldbergs" (3.136 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), yet another "The Goldbergs" (2.719 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), even more "The Goldbergs" (2.452 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.247 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.264 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food/SP): 744K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 550K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 394K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/16

Meet Logo's "Prince"... and His Suitors
Catch "Finding Prince Charming" on Logo September 8
From TV Line

TV’s gay bachelor has officially been outed.

As revealed in the exclusive introductory video below, the star of Logo’s upcoming dating series Finding Prince Charming is Robert Sepulveda Jr., a 33-year-old successful interior designer from Atlanta who is as strapping as he is busy.

“I travel a lot for work, I have my own non-profit, I’m starting a home collection line, I do a lot of things,” he explains in the clip. “So I need someone that has a similar schedule.” And, in a perfect world, that someone in question would be “sincere, honest, humble [and] loyal,” he admits, adding that while “good-looking is always great” it’s more important for his potential partner to be “sweet and loving” with “great family values.”

As previously announced, the Lance Bass-hosted program — set to debut sometime in September — “will include 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.”

Sepulveda, who was born in Puerto Rico, confesses that he’s not looking forward to partaking in Finding Prince Charming‘s version of the rose ceremony. “I’m nervous about eliminating the guys,” he sighs, “because I know that everyone is trying to find love as well. And I’m very empathetic.”

The series (premiering Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9/8c) dropped its first trailer on Thursday.

TV Line
TV Line

posted 8/25/16

"A League of Their Own" Heads to the Away Side Again
"US Road Trip" Renewed Along with Mothership Series
From ATV Today

‘A League of Their Own: US Road Trip’ is to return to Sky 1 screens with a second series.

The spin-off production became the highest rating series of the ‘A League of Their Own’ brand with 1.39m viewers tuning in. The usual program takes the format of a studio based panel comedy-sport quiz show.

The second run is set to enter production this autumn and once again sees James Corden invite his pals Jack Whitehall (pictured top), Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff to America to get back on the road for another adventure they’ll never forget. James will take the boys across the States as he sets them challenges in locations including New York and Miami as well as returning to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

The second series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip will combine stunning locations and exhilarating challenges with an insider’s look all the hilarious antics the boys get up to en route. It will also provide a chance for fans to see the gang they know and love in further unique situations outside of the studio.

In addition, Sky has ordered a further three series of BAFTA-winning, supersized, panel show A League of Their Own from CPL. The show which invented the ‘Mobot’, ‘tattooed’ One Direction’s Niall Horan and smashed multiple Guinness World Records is firmly established amongst the elite with its unique blend of sports, comedy and entertainment.

An eleventh series of ‘A League of Their Own’ will air on Sky 1 this Autumn, with James Corden back in the hosting seat alongside regular team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and permanent panelist Jack Whitehall.

ATV Today

posted 8/25/16

Freesat Goes for It
ITV's New Show Has a Sponsor
From Advanced Television

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, will sponsor ITV’s new skill-based gameshow Go For It. The program premieres this Saturday, the 27th of August on ITV (Freesat Channel 103), and runs for seven weeks. Presented by Stephen Mulhern, Go For It aims to uncover the most unique skills of the nation and gives challengers the ultimate test, with the chance of winning £1,000.

Freesat developed the concept for the branded bumpers with newly appointed advertising agency Mr. President and production company, TellyJuice, created the idents. The sponsorship marks the beginning of Freesat’s national advertising campaign.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Jennifer Elworthy, Director of Marketing & Communications at Freesat, said: “We are thrilled to sponsor ITV’s Go For It. Freesat is committed to supporting subscription free TV and this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our brand and remind people of how unbelievably good subscription free TV can be.”

Advanced Television
The List
Telecompaper

posted 8/25/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Yeah, ABOUT Those Rumors"

  • One thing may be keeping Ryan Lochte from "Dancing with the Stars"... and it's a pretty daggone big one (CNN)
     

  • Speaking of... those rumors that Simone Biles was going "Dancing" are just that... but she'd LOVE to be asked next season (Extra)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: In honor of Monty Hall & Regis Philbin's birthdays, 15 memorable game show hosts (KRCR Redding)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "500 Questions UK"... from the boss who put it on air (Radio Times)
     

  • Reggie Yates is not a fan of the genre of his employment.... think about that. (Radio Times)
     

  • Endemol Shine sets up video game studio for its IP (Bitgamer)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: recalling the best routines from 250 episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance" (TV Line)
     

  • Anthony Anderson to return as host of the NAACP Image Awards (TV Line)

posted 8/25/16

Hell Rises Again
GSN's "Hellevator" Returns October 7
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its horror-themed game HELLEVATOR returns for season two with a special four-week network event, just in time for the Halloween season, with all-new spine-chilling weekly episodes, beginning Friday, October 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate.

Jason Blum, executive producer and master of the horror genre, whose company, Blumhouse Productions brought the world the "The Purge," "Insidious," "Ouija" and "Paranormal Activity" franchises, now presents a terrifying, genre-bending series that dares a team of four friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. With $50,000 at stake, contestants must conquer multiple floors of terrifying chaos and hair-raising challenges in order to move on to the final level - The Inferno.

Each specially-themed episode is inspired by a true crime story and will also emulate a grisly scene invoked by one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed and Sloth). In addition to the psychological terror players will face during their quest, they must also endure the wrath of the show's masterminds, horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," who work in tandem from their secret lair to torment and trip-up players as they struggle to remain sane and keep in mind, "it's just a game."

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posted 8/24/16

Lip Sync Battle Goes Live!
Catch the New Season on Spike September
From the Futon Critic

Spike's EMMY(R)-nominated "Lip Sync Battle" is going LIVE for the first time ever on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm with a must-see show featuring big-name celebrity Lip Sync Battle alums including John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and more. "Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars LIVE" will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show's most Popular and memorable past performers who will return for another chance at glory and the coveted Lip Sync Battle championship belt. The winners will be decided by fans voting at home.

"Our show is always wild, but for this show, the returning champs already know how to play and win and are focused on giving an over-the-top performance," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Being LIVE for first time ever means anything can happen and we are so excited that our fans at home will be voting LIVE for the winner."

The global multiplatform hit series, "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

The highly-anticipated season 3 of "Lip Sync Battle" premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

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posted 8/24/16

TUESDAY: Got Talent? Got a Return
NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with the post-Olympics return of "America's Got Talent" (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the premiere of "Better Late Than Never" (7.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its trio of "NCIS" (7.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (4.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.854 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.820 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "The View: 20 Years in the Making" (2.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.354 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (1.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.340 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "MADtv" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.770 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.100M
- Ink Master (Spike/SP): 882K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 873K
- Ink Master: The Decision (Spike): 543K
- Idiotest (GSN): 281K
- One Shot (BET): 249K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 192K

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/24/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pre-Catching Kelce"

  • "Catching Kelce" offers a preview following "WAGS" August 28 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Candace Cameron Bure promises a full house on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Barker helps re-home Manitoba bear cubs (680news.com)
     

  • STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE: another "Dancing" name has crept up... (USA Today)

posted 8/24/16

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