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"In It to Win It" Out
BBC Cancels National Lottery Game Show
From the List

Dale Winton's 'In It To Win It' has been dropped.

Fans were hoping the well-loved game show would survive the axe after the BBC decided to pull the plug on the 'National Lottery Live' draw at the beginning of the year, but bosses have decided have decided to scrap the series for good.

A spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: "With the Saturday 'National Lottery' draws no longer broadcasting on BBC1, there are no plans for 'In It To Win It to return'. We would like to thank Dale and 12 Yard Productions for all their hard work over the years."

The show ran for 172 episodes over 14 years and saw five contestants compete in a general knowledge quiz for a chance to win up to £100,000.

The broadcaster decided to drop the National Lottery, which they've aired on the small screen since 1994, after it struck up a new three-year deal with Lotto operator Camelot, which allows viewers to see if their numbers come up on a digital platform.

The big move means players, who take part in the game from next year, will need to check iPlayer or the bulletins, which will air after the news on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to find out whether they have become millionaires.

'The National Lottery Live' - which included the Lotto and Thunderball draws - was hosted by Gaby Roslin, while Nick Knowles presented the show's spin-offs 'Who Dares Wins', 'Break the Safe' and '5-Star Family Reunion'.

Camelot's digital director Tim Copper said: "We're delighted to have signed this contract extension, maintaining the strong relationship that has flourished between 'The National Lottery' and the BBC since 'The National Lottery's launch 22 years ago."

The List

posted 8/16/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sashaying to an Emmy?"

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (The Wrap)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay's secret to scoring an Emmy nom: watching the language (The Wrap)
     

  • Anne Robinson links up with Tinder (The List)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Crystal Maze opens to civilians August 25 (Telly Mix)
     

  • Bill Engvall plays Zanesville (Zanesville Times Recorder)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (Deadline)

posted 8/16/17

Charges Dropped
Verdict In for Top Chef/Teamsters Trial
From Deadline

After deliberating for more than 19 hours, a jury has acquitted all four Boston Teamsters who were accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The not-guilty verdicts come a day after the jury forewoman sent a note to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors “is assuming guilt over innocence” and that the jurors “are not sure how to proceed from here.”

The jury of nine women and three men were deciding the fate of Local 25 Teamsters John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross, who were charged with attempting to shake down the show for unwanted, unneeded and superfluous services under the threat of violence and the fear of economic harm. Defense attorneys counter that the men’s actions on the picket line that day in June 2014 were part of a legitimate labor dispute.

As first reported by Deadline, the Teamsters had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, a suburb of Boston, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to cross their picket line, several Teamsters rushed her minivan, and according to testimony during the trial, one of the Teamsters leaned into her passenger-side window “so close she could smell him” and threatened to “smash her pretty face in.” Lakshmi testified that she was terrified and thought he was going to punch her. The Teamsters kept at it for hours, showering cast and crew with racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, and slashing the tires on nine production vehicles.

Even so, police were present and made no arrests, and the jury decided that no federal crimes had been committed either.

“We are disappointed in today’s verdict,” said acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb. “The government believed, and continues to believe, that the conduct in this case crossed the line and constituted a violation of federal law. The defendants’ conduct was an affront to all of the hard-working and law-abiding members of organized labor. We will continue to aggressively prosecute extortion in all its forms to ensure that Boston remains a safe and welcoming place to do business.”

The defense team didn’t put on a single witness, but in closing arguments, their lawyers told the jury there was no evidence that the accused had knowingly tried to extort the show for no-show jobs and that their actions that day on the picket line were part of a legitimate labor dispute. The proof of that, they argued, came from one of the prosecution’s own witnesses, Bravo executive David O’Connell, who offered to pay them just to go away. “I didn’t want them on the set,” he testified. “I offered to pay them double to go away.” The Teamsters, however, “rejected” that offer, he testified. “They wanted to be paid under a legitimate collective bargaining agreement. … I knew they wanted to get into reality television.”

In the end, that might have won the case for the defendants. “If the Teamsters had this bad purpose — to extort in order to get no-show jobs — that would have been the place for it to happen,” defense attorney Kevin Barron said in his closing argument. “But it didn’t. It was money offered, money refused.” And that, he said, is “the gaping hole in the government’s case.”

O’Connell’s testimony about offering to pay the Teamsters double to go away “was one of a handful of surprises that came out in our favor,” Carmine Lepore, attorney for Cafarelli, told Deadline after the verdict. “That’s traditional extortion, but it couldn’t have been more clear that what they were seeking by refusing that offer were legitimate jobs.”

And that clearly undercut the prosecution’s theory that the defendants had been trying to force the production company, Magical Elves, to hire Teamsters to perform superfluous services – a key element to the attempted extortion charge.

Lepore said the jury “got it right. The government didn’t have anything to support their theory of extortion. The linchpin was whether they were seeking additional services or replacement services” by pressuring the company to replace nonunion drivers with union drivers, which is perfectly legal.

“From the onset,” he said of the defense team, “we were scratching our heads, wondering, ‘Why are we here? How is this a federal crime? What do they have besides some name calling and bad behavior?’”

The four men had been charged with attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort. If convicted, each had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison. A fifth Teamster, Mark Harrington, the local’s former secretary-treasurer, pleaded guilty to the same charges in December and was sentenced to six months of home confinement.

Deadline

posted 8/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 6
From TV Newscheck

As the dog days of August began in the sluggish session ending Aug. 6, leader Entertainment Tonight was the only one of the eight magazine shows moving up.

Back in access, Family Feud added 2% to a 6.2 and blew away the game shows for the 67th straight week. Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 5.4 and Jeopardy sank 7% to a 5.1, matching its season low.

At the top of the overall chart, Judge Judy eased 3% to a 6.2 with a week of repeats and finished in a dead heat with Family Feud. This marks the ninth week in a row in which Judy was No. 1 or tied for No. 1 in syndication.

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) 6.2 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/15/17

MONDAY: Paradise Restored
"Bachelor in Paradise" Propels ABC to First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday with the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a special "The Gong Show" (2.920 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (4.977 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.214 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (3.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Mom" (3.963 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Life in Pieces" (3.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.161 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.953 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 8/15/17

"Project Runway" Spins Off Accessories
Four Digital Series to Play on MyLifetime.com
From The Futon Critic

With the season 16th premiere of Project Runway this Thursday, August 17 at 8pm ET/PT, A+E Networks' in-house digital agency, 45th & Dean, launches three new digital series, Behind The Seams, The Project Runway Make Up Challenge - sponsored by Avon, and Project Rewind, as the perfect accessories for the Emmy(R)-nominated show. Fan favorite digital series Project Sammy's Way, which debuted with season 15, also returns this year. New episodes of each series are available on Lifetime's YouTube channel, MyLifetime.com and the official Lifetime Facebook page.

The Project Runway Makeup Challenge (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 18

Posts: Fridays at 1pm ET

With help from Avon, the official makeup sponsor for season 16 of Project Runway, makeup maven Christen Dominique takes on makeup challenges inspired by the design challenge in each episode of Project Runway. Viewers will see the befores and afters and learn to do it themselves at home. At the end of each video, audiences can weigh in on Christen's work and submit videos of themselves taking on the Runway Beauty Challenge.

Behind The Seams (New Series - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 19

Posts: Saturdays at 1pm ET

Fashionista Katie Sturino of 12ish Style, got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of season 16. Katie recaps each episode of Project Runway, and shares her first hand experience from the set. Special guests will appear each week!

Project Sammy's Way (Season 2 - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 20

Posts: Sundays at 1pm ET

The always hilarious scripted/comedy recap show, Project Sammy's Way, returns for a second season following the clueless Sammy Samantha as she attempts the weekly Project Runway challenges. Using footage from each episode, Sammy intercuts her own design attempts and commentary to create her version of the episode. Sammy's Way is written by and stars Lily Sullivan as Sammy.

Project Rewind (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 24

Airs: Thursdays on Lifetime before new episodes of Project Runway

Posts: Wednesdays at 12pm ET

Project Rewind counts down the best moments in Project Runway history for the ultimate trip down fashion memory lane.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/17

Lifetime Gets Beautiful
"American Beauty Star" Plays September 21
From The Futon Critic

Glam reaches a whole new level in Lifetime's new competition series, American Beauty Star, hosted and executive produced by international icon Adriana Lima. Premiering Thursday, September 21 at 10:30pm ET/PT following new episodes of Project Runway, twelve hair or make up mavens must become 'beauty directors,' responsible for creating the overall look of their models. Paired with a teammate who is a master of the opposite craft, together they will compete in a series of beauty challenges each week, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows. At the end of the season, only the contestant who proves they have what it takes to revolutionize what's to come in beauty will be named American Beauty Star. The series comes from executive producer Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment and marks their first venture into reality TV.

Celebrity makeup artist Sir John serves as the contestant mentor and award-winning writer and Vogue's former Beauty Director Sarah Brown and world renowned photographer Russell James serve as the judges. Special beauty industry influencers and celebrity guests join the panel of judges each week including YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan; models Behati Prinsloo, Christie Brinkley and Camilla Alves; make-up bloggers and beauty influencers The Kattan Sisters Huda and Mona; singer Michelle Williams, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Empire actress Ta'Rhonda Jones.

The American Beauty Star contestants are:
- Amanda Terry, Special EFX and Beauty Makeup Artist- Los Angeles, California
- Andrew Velazquez, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Catherine Shim, Social Media Makeup Influencer - New York, New York
- Corey Ford, Hair Stylist - Houston, Texas
- Danny Jelaca, Hair Stylist - Miami, Florida
- Jenny Strebe, Social Media Hair Influencer, Educator, Author - Scottsdale, Arizona
- John Blaine, Hair Stylist - Los Angeles, California
- Kym Nicole Oubre, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Mitchell Halliday, Social Media Makeup Influencer - Manchester, U.K.
- Sandy Poirier, Hair Stylist - Boston, Massachusetts
- Silvia Reis, Social Media Hair Influencer - San Francisco, California
- Tyme The Infamous, YouTube Beauty Guru - Las Vegas, Nevada

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive a $50,000 cash prize, and coveted spot on the beauty team for a Teen Vogue editorial spread. The prize package also includes $10,000 worth of product from Glamcor Mirrors and Jewelry TV, a year supply of Ardell Lashes, and $2,500 worth of FHI Tools. Individual episode prizes include opportunities creating an American Beauty Star branded capsule collection for Orly Nail polish, collaborating on a Color Wow photo shoot, $10,000 worth of jewelry from Jewelry TV and $5,000 worth of product from Huda Beauty.

American Beauty Star is created by and produced by Herrick Entertainment with Norton Herrick and Ross Elliott executive producing. Adriana Lima also executive produces along with Christian Murphy and Colleen Conway Grogan of A+E Networks.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/17

"Cheap Cheap Cheap" Is A Flop Flop Flop
New Noel Edmonds Series Attracts 270K
From the Mirror

Noel Edmonds' new quiz show Cheap Cheap Cheap is a flop flop flop – just 270,000 viewers tuned in to watch the opener.

And worse still, some switched off before the end of the hour-long Channel 4 show. It had just over 4% of the available TV audience watching at tea time.

Noel did his best to explain the premise last week, describing it as “a gameshow that thinks it’s a sitcom”.

The gameshow was created by Noel and will also be fronted by him. It takes place inside "Noel's Store", "an eccentric general store filled with weird and wonderful items, and even quirkier staff".

Contestants on the show will try to win up to £25,000 while a variety of colorful store employees, including store manager Barry and a health and happiness guru called Marijana (YES, REALLY), try to sabotage their every move.

Digital Spy
Radio Times
The Guardian
On the Box
Digital Spy
Mirror
The Times
Digital Spy
Radio Times
NME

posted 8/15/17

SUNDAY: Dead Heat Scramble
"Big Brother", "Pyramid" Power Respective Schedules
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.881 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued its seven-week demo win streak on Sunday with its mix of "PGA Overrun" (6.615 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "60 Minutes" (6.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Big Brother 19" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.491 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.931 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.654 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.182 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with two-hour repeats of "Dateline NBC" (3.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.584 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.200 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.151 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) led into "Teen Choice 2017" (1.936 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on FOX (2.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SF/Food): 1.994m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.100m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/17


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

Ever wondered what would happen if a "Jeopardy!" champion faced a "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" winner in a more unique trivia contest? Well, that's what GSN gave to us ten years ago in the form of "Grand Slam", a tournament to see who truly IS the greatest game show champ of all time! Chris Wolvie looks into this battle of the titans in this "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/15/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Truth"

  • Everybody is thinking it... but DeMario Jackson comes out and calls the media "piss poor"... He's not wrong. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Susan Calman fixing to be the boss of the dance floor (Good Housekeeping)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Len Goodman (BT)

posted 8/15/17


NBC/Universal Television
Australia Builds "The Wall"
EndemolShine, Universal Television Export LeBron James/Maverick Carter/Andrew Glassman Creation for 2018
From World Screen

Endemol Shine Group and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) have inked their first series deal for the game show format The Wall in Australia.

In each episode of The Wall, questions must be answered correctly and balls must bounce in the correct order for contestants to win a cash prize. Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Seven to produce a local version of the hit format, which was originally made for NBC in the U.S. by Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, said: “When we were envisioning the type of show we would want to develop with the launch of UTAS, we sought a dynamic, engaging and universally appealing format that could resonate across the world. The Wall has proven to be just that and we are thrilled that Australian audiences will get to experience this high-energy and completely original game show.”

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy noted: “The Wall is a wildly unpredictable, fast and simple game show where fortunes are won and lost on the bounce of a ball. At four stories high, it’s big-time event television at its finest. We’re delighted to partner with Seven in bringing this huge international hit to life.”

Lisa Perrin, the CEO of creative networks, commented: “The Wall represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, working with creative teams around the world in bringing high-quality entertainment to global audiences. I’m thrilled to see this incredible format has now moved into Australia.”

Maverick Carter, the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and creator/executive producer of The Wall, stated: “We’re proud to see our original format for The Wall making its way around the globe and being embraced by families in every corner of the world. For us it’s about creating a life-changing experience that can keep every member of the family on the edge of their seats, rooting together for good people with incredible stories.”

Glassman Media’s Andrew Glassman, creator/executive producer of The Wall, added: “When we created The Wall, it was always our dream to see it played and enjoyed by people all over the world. At the core of the series is a life-changing opportunity and the story of good things happening to good people. We are thrilled to be working with Brad and the team at Channel Seven in Australia.”

World Screen
Reelscreen
TBI Vision
B&T
Sydney Morning herald
Deadline

posted 8/14/17

THURSDAY: The Night Belongs to Big Brother
CBS Wins on Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.772 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Big Brother 19" (7.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Zoo" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Silver then went to NBC (5.297 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its lineup of "The Wall" (6.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (6.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), a repeat "Great News" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Night Shift" (4.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (3.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Love Connection" (3.520 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.130 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Boy Band" (3.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and the conclusion to "The Story of Diana - Part 2" (5.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.737 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 922k
- Project Runway: Road to the Runway (S/Lifetime): 876k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 724k
- SafeWord (MTV): 524k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/17

Nippon TV Preps for MIP
Two Games on the Docket
From C21 Media

Japan’s Nippon TV has added six shows to headline its slate for the Mipcom market in October, including a scripted format and two dramas.

Nippon’s unscripted formats include studio-based gameshow Witness the Fitness, which sees people from different professions battling each other to test the skills of various body parts, and social experiment show Impress Us.

The latter requires participants to answer questions and create original performances that often lead to shocking revelations and embarrassing moments. Finally, reality format Yes Man requires participants to travel around the world only answering yes to any questions asked.

Nippon TV has been expanding its international operations over recent years, including launching GEM with Sony Pictures Television Networks in South-East Asia.

C21 Media

posted 8/14/17

ITV Divorces "Mr & Mrs"
All Star Version Pulled: Report
From Metro

ITV have reportedly cut their long running quiz show All Star Mr and Mrs from their 2017 schedule.

The long-running game show sees married celebrity couples pitted against each other in order to win £30,000 for charity.

A source revealed to The Sun that the show was taking a break, but admitted that there was a possibility that it will be axed from our screens entirely.

‘All Star Mr & Mrs has aired every year for almost a decade. So the fact that it is now taking a break doesn’t look good for the future,’ the source said.

‘Officially this is “a rest” and the bosses are adamant that the axe has not fallen. ‘But there are plenty of people who are convinced it won’t be back.’

Metro
Her.ie

posted 8/14/17


NBC
It's Almost Time to Shuffle the (BLEEP) Up... Again
Poker After Dark Returns August 14 to PokerGO
From PokerNews

One of poker's treasured television programs returns next week, and with it returns one of its most celebrated high-stakes players.

Tom Dwan will take a seat with Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and many others in the revival of Poker After Dark starting Monday, Aug. 14. Dwan, who mostly vanished from the poker spotlight outside of the occasional controversy, has been spending much of the last several years playing nosebleed games in Asia. Now he returns to Poker After Dark for the first time since the show was removed from NBC's programming in 2011.

"I travel around a lot to play poker, and in Manila and Macau people ask me about those shows," Dwan told PokerCentral on Thursday. "All over the world people liked watching those, and every time I get asked 'When will they be back?' I'm excited that now, after six years, they will be back."

Dwan was a regular in the cash game episodes of Poker After Dark, appearing in each of the four most recent seasons. His unpredictable style produced several of the most memorable clashes ever seen on the show, including one hand against Antonio Esfandiari that left 'The Magician' speechless and staring at nothing but empty felt in front of him. Esfandiari will go to battle with Dwan again when the show returns next week.

Where and When to Watch

The first new episode of Poker After Dark will air on Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. exclusively on PokerGo, with following episodes at the same time airing Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will continue to stream throughout the year on PokerGo, featuring the cash game and sit-and-go formats that fans will remember from years past.

Monday's premiere episode will feature Dwan, Negreanu and Esfandiari, along with Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. All six players will sit down with a minimum of $100,000 with the blinds at $200/$400 plus a $400 button ante.

Poker News
Online Poker

posted 8/14/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Surf's Up"

  • Vanessa Hudgens gets Teen Choice #SeeHer surfboard. We see her. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Sad news for Vienna Girardi, as she miscarries twins (Reality TV World)
     

  • One really dumb decision that set the Corinne Olympios episode into motion (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jesse Palmer to host DailyMailTV (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Top Chef/Teamsters trial: no verdict as of yet (Deadline)
     

  • Ben Higgins is... (checks watch) ... still not over his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Daphne Oz leaving "The Chew" (Deadline)
     

  • ABCDiscovers a winner (Deadline)
     

  • Anthony Anderson just lost $2000 to President Obama in a golf game (Washington Post)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Love Connection original vs. reboot (TV Overmind)

posted 8/11/17


Fox
Fox Is Spreading the "Love"
Andy Cohen to Return for Season 2
From Deadline

Fox has ordered a second season of Love Connection, its dating show revival, with Andy Cohen set to return as host.

This is the second new Fox reality series which premiered this summer to get a renewal following Beat Shazam, its musical game show hosted by EP Jamie Foxx. Still pending are The F Word with Gordon Ramsay and American Grit, hosted by John Cena.

In addition to his hosting duty, Cohen will return for Seaosn 2 as co-executive producer along with executive producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor).

Love Connection revival sends hopeful singles on three dates in order to ditch the apps and find true love. Each hour of the show features single men and/or women in search of romance. They tell Cohen exactly what they’re looking for in a partner and why they’ve found it so hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Love Connection is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and NEXT Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. In addition to Cohen and Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich also serve as executive producers.

“Andy Cohen is a phenomenal host, not only because he has brought so much fun to the show but also because he truly wants these participants to find love, and that genuine level of interest enables him to elicit both touching and hilariously awkward dating moments from them,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials. “I’d also like to thank Mike Darnell and Mike Fleiss, who, along with Andy, have helped redefine this show.”

“We are excited for a second season of Love Connection,” said Mike Darnell President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “Andy Cohen is a natural provocateur and is beloved by so many for his uncanny ability to bring out the most revealing details about the couples and their dates.”

“This show fits like a glove and I can’t wait to make more love connections,” said Cohen.

Deadline
Broadway World
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posted 8/11/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Clips
NBC Wins on "Got Talent" Recap
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (7.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) recap followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.128 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and the finale to "The Carmichael Show" (2.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

CBS (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Salvation" (3.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.553 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Speechless" (3.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) alongside the special "The Story of Diana - Part 1" (6.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.963 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.885 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 767k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 313k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 272k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 199k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 192k

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posted 8/11/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Seacrest... IN"

  • Ryan Seacrest inks deal with ABC Studios (Deadline)
     

  • Anneka Rice awaits the challenge.... again (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Is it the end of "The Great British Baking Show" as we know it? (New York Times)

posted 8/11/17

Back Into "Hell"
New Season of "Hell's Kitchen" to Be an All-Star Edition
From Broadway World

After 16 seasons, Gordon Ramsay calls back HELL'S KITCHEN All Star Chefs, beginning September 29 on Fox.

Season 16 of HELL'S KITCHEN welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of THE KITCHEN as he puts them through an intense culinary academy.

The chefs will leave the pleasantries at the door as the pressure to impress Chef Ramsay will reach a boiling point. The contestants must prove their ability to work in teams before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for winners of upcoming challenges will be luxurious and extravagant, while the punishments will be strenuous, dull and repetitive.

Meet the 16 ALL-STARS who will go head-to-head for the chance to win a Head Chef position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

The Red Team (Women) includes:
- ROBYN ALMODOVAR Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL Previous Season: 10 (6th Place)
- DANA COHEN Hometown: Emerson, NJ Previous Season: 10 (3rd Place)
- ELISE HARRIS Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 9 (3rd Place)
- BARBIE MARSHALL Hometown: Strasburg, PA Previous Season: 10 (4th Place)
- ASHLEY NICKELL Hometown: Orlando, FL Previous Season: 15 (3rd Place)
- JENNIFER NORMANT Hometown: Burlington, MA Previous Season: 9 (5th Place)
- AMANDA PALOMINO Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ Previous Season: 15 (5th Place)
- MICHELLE TRIBBLE Hometown: New York, NY Previous Season: 14 (3rd Place)

The Blue Team (Men) includes:
- JARED BOBKIN Hometown: Troy, MI Previous Season: 15 (4th Place)
- NICK PETERS BOND Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 14 (5th Place)
- GIOVANNI FILIPPONE Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, FL Previous Season: 5 (6th Place)
- VAN HURD Hometown: South Glastonbury, CT Previous Season: 6 (6th Place)
- BENJAMIN KNACK Hometown: San Antonio, TX Previous Season: 7 (3rd Place)
- MILLY MEDLEY Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Previous Season: 14 (4th Place)
- JOSH TROVATO Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Previous Season: 14 (6th Place)
- BEN WALANKA Hometown: Overland Park, KS Previous Season: 5 (4th Place)

HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Gordon Ramsay, Kenny Rosen and David Eilenberg serve as executive producers.

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posted 8/10/17

See Ya, Seeso
Comedy Streamer to Shutter
From the Wrap

Seeso, the comedy-centric streaming service that served as the home for original shows from comedians such as Dan Harmon and Jonah Ray announced Wednesday that it’ll be shutting its virtual doors.

The company made the announcement on its Facebook page, adding that its shows will be moving to a new home over at VRV, which also houses Crunchyroll, Funimation, Machinima and other online streaming channels.

“You can now find ‘HarmonQuest,’ ‘My Brother, My Brother and Me,’ ‘Hidden America with Jonah Ray’ and ‘The Cyanide and Happiness Show’ on VRV,” the company wrote.

It’s unclear what the status is of other Seeso shows like “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.”

Seeso had one show in the pipeline waiting to air. “There’s…Johnny!” is a show starring Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy about a man from Nebraska and a talent coordinator as they work behind the scenes at “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” The show was created by Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, who conceived of the show 17 years ago.

“There’s…Johnny!” was supposed to premiere in August, but now it’ll air at a later date, Seeso said. “We love this show and can’t wait for everyone to see it.” the statement said.

Seeso has been in trouble for a while, with chief Evan Shapiro parting ways with parent company NBCUniversal in May. NBCU digital enterprises president Maggie Suniewick took over his responsibilities.

Later in June, the company was hit with layoffs, with multiple employees getting reassigned to other departments at NBCUniversal.

Shows that were set to premiere or air new seasons on Seeso since the shakeups have been postponed. The second season of Dan Harmon’s animated “Dungeons & Dragons” comedy “HarmonQuest,” for example, was delayed the day before its scheduled July 27 premiere. It’s now premiering on Sept. 15 over on the VRV Select channel.

Though NBCUniversal does not release subscriber numbers, TheWrap was told in May that the paid-customer total for the still relatively young platform was in the low hundreds of thousands.

Before the announcement Wednesday, Decider reported that Seeso sold “HarmonQuest” and “My Brother, My Brother, and Me” to Otter Media, which operates VRV streaming services.

The Wrap

posted 8/10/17

TUESDAY: The One To Rule the "World"
NBC Wins on "World of Dance" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) dominated the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (13.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the season finale of "World of Dance" (8.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

CBS (5.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Bull" (5.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (1.945 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (2.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.845 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "Black-ish" (1.817 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Somewhere Between" (1.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Mick" (1.335 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.167 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.288m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike):1.003m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 932k
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 835k
- Face Off (Syfy): 630k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 570k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 233k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 230k

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posted 8/10/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Me to Hulu"

  • RuPaul teams with JJ Abrams for Hulu pilot (TV Line)
     

  • Ben Higgins is still fixated on his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tori & Dean: "Never say never" to a sixth child. The rest of us.... (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Chmerkovskiy honeymoon: A Russian & an Australian in Italy (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Top Chef/Teamsters trial goes to the jury (Deadline)
     

  • Richard Osman talks up the renewal of "Child Genius" (Buzz.ie)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with David Alan Grier (Page Six)

posted 8/10/17

Back to the Ranch for "Broken Skull"
CMT's Crash Course Returns September 26
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced fan-favorite and award-winning series, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," the toughest competition series on television, returns for a punishing new season on Tuesday, September 26 at 10pm ET/PT. "Broken Skull Challenge" reached an average of two million weekly viewers during season four.

The return comes on the heels of strong growth for CMT, which just notched its highest-rated fiscal 3rd quarter since 2014 with 14% year-over-year growth among Adults 18-49.Furthermore, CMT has posted 35 consecutive weeks of year-over-year growth with Adults 18-49.Competitively for fiscal 3rd quarter, CMT ranks as the fastest growing Top 50 (non-news) channel with Women 18-49.

"Every season we've raised the bar and set new standards here at the 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And every season we've watched the finest athletes in America meet those challenges," said Steve Austin. "But I guarantee you haven't seen anything like the intensity of season five of 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And that's the bottom line".

"CMT is having a tremendous year and Steve Austin is an invaluable part of our continued growth and success," said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. " Broken Skull Challenge is a fan-favorite powerhouse and a principal component of our hit unscripted slate. This is the most hard-hitting season yet and I admire the grit and resolve of our competitors to take on Steve and his Skullbuster obstacle course."

This season, a new set of America's toughest individuals tackle the one and only Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch. Each week, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" will feature world-renowned athletes and everyday heroes facing off against each other - and the desert heat -in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the dreaded "Skullbuster," personally designed by Austin.

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posted 8/9/17

SYNDIES Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 30
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the only talk show in the top seven moving up week to week in the sleepy summer session ending July 30. Phil convincingly led the talkers, first-run syndication’s largest category, for the 47th consecutive frame even though it aired only repeat episodes on all five days.

Phil jumped 4% from the week before and surged 17% from last year to a 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest numbers in nearly two months.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

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posted 8/9/17


CNN
GLEN CAMPBELL: 1936-2017
Country Crossover Frequented "The Hollywood Squares"
From TV Newscheck

Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

"Glen is one of the greatest voices there ever was in the business and he was one of the greatest musicians," said Dolly Parton in a video statement. "He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don't realize that. But he could play anything and he could play it really well."

Tributes poured in on social media. "Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten," wrote Charlie Daniels. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken. "I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love," she wrote on Twitter.

In the late 1960s and well into the '70s, the Arkansas native seemed to be everywhere, known by his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

His performance of the title song from "True Grit," a 1969 release in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

His last record was "Adios," which came out in June and features songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash. Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a quest appearance and said making the album was "therapeutic."

Campbell was among a wave of country crossover stars that included Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, and like many of his contemporaries, he enjoyed success on television. Campbell had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," on CBS from 1969 to 1972. He gained new fans decades later when the show, featuring his cheerful greeting "Hi I'm Glen Campbell," was rerun on cable channel CMT.

"I did what my Dad told me to do - 'Be nice, son, and don't cuss. And be nice to people.' And that's the way I handled myself, and people were very, very nice to me," Campbell told The Telegraph in 2011.

He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 farewell album, "Ghost On the Canvas," included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

The documentary "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me" came out in 2014. The film about Campbell's 2011-12 farewell tour offers a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer's while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind unraveled. The song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" won a Grammy for best country song in 2015 and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song.

Campbell was a fixture on the game show scene in the 60s and 70s, playing "The Hollywood Squares". He was also a guest on the 2006 edition of "I've Got a Secret".

GSNN's Chico Alexander and Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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The Wrap

posted 8/9/17

MONDAY: The Final Rose
"Bachelorette" Finale Gives Night to ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its full night "The Bachelorette" (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) season finale.

NBC (5.233 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.285 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.131 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its expanded two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (3.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mom" (3.724 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Life in Pieces" (3.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.464 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (1.100 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Snap Decision - 9p (P/GSN): 380k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 280k
- Snap Decision - 10:30p (GSN): 252k
- Snap Decision - 10p (GSN): 245k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 147k

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posted 8/9/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Marry the Schwab"

posted 8/9/17

"Snap Decision" Premieres
GSN Launches New Original on Regular Night after Monday Preview
From The Shadow League

David Alan Grier has been one of the funniest people in America for the better part of the last three decades. Now the comedian and improv specialist will be harnessing his talents and teaming up with GSN and Sinclair Broadcasting Group for the half-hour game show "Snap Decision."

"Snap Decision" debuted Monday with four back-to-back half-hour episodes. It will move into its regular Tuesday slot at 9 PM tonight, August 8. The show will air weekdays on 20 Sinclair stations nationwide beginning August 7. (C-Note: our recaps will only cover the GSN airing).

"Snap Decision" is from the mind of veteran game show producer Scott St. John ("Match Game", "Deal or No Deal") and will give studio contestants the chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 by making snap judgments about three strangers interviewed on the street.

The Shadow League

posted 8/8/17

More on "The Four"
Fox Details Plans on Singing Competition
From The Futon Critic

THE FOUR begins where most competitions end: with the four finalists. Four super-talented and fiercely competitive singers, chosen from their auditions by the show's panel of music industry experts, will try to defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed, they'll go home and their challengers will take their place.

And those challengers could be fans who had been sitting on a couch one week, and singing onstage the next. Viewers who think they've got the talent to compete and unseat the four singers onstage will have the opportunity to submit an audition video. America will have the chance to decide who is brought onto the show by voting on the available streamed auditions and influencing which challengers will take on THE FOUR and shake up the competition.

If the existing four singers outperform their challengers, then they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the singers have safely secured their spots on stage and face off against each other, resulting in one being named the winner. At stake is the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner's team. This elite group of star-makers will help shepherd the winner's career and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star.

Expert panelists and additional information regarding THE FOUR will be announced soon.

THE FOUR was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Simon Thomas, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza and Nehama Cohen will serve as executive producers.

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posted 8/8/17

WEEKEND: Offline
CBS Wins on Big Brother, @midnight Wraps Its Run
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Big Brother 19" (6.567 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

ABC (4.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.303 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Dateline NBC" (3.958 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Wall" (2.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.837 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and another "Bob's Burgers" (0.872 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) led into a new "American Grit" (0.916 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and the season finale of "American Grit" (1.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on FOX (0.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

On cable Friday:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (F/Comedy): 249k

On cable Sunday:
- Food Network Star - 9p (Food): 1.854m
- Food Network Star - 8p (Food): 1.564m

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posted 8/8/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother, Small Comet
CBS Wins Despite Summer Drama
From TV Line

CBS’ Big Brother this Wednesday delivered 6.53 million total viewers — an audience high for Season 19 — and a 1.9 rating, rising a tenth in the demo week-to-week to match the season high.

Leading out of that, Salvation did 3.8 mil/0.5 and then 3.5 mil/0.4, both episodes down from Week 2.

Over on NBC, the penultimate night of The Carmichael Show led out of an AGT clip show with 3 mil/0.7, up a tenth week-to-week.

Fox’s MasterChef (3.7 mil/1.0) and F Word (2 mil/0.6) each added some eyeballs whole steady in the demo.

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 746k
- Signed (VH1): 668k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 313k
- Idiotest - 10:30 (GSN): 309k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 289k
- Emogenius - 9:30 (GSN): 230k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 192k

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posted 8/8/17

KBC to Return
Amitabh Bachchan to Host a New Format of "Millionaire" Version
From IBT

After a gap of three years, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is gearing up for its ninth season. KBC 9 will see Amitabh Bachchan reprising his role as the host.

The registration for the game show began in June and contestants have already been shortlisted. Senior Bachchan recently took to Twitter to announce that he has started with the shoot rehearsals.

The new season of the popular show that gives contestants a chance to win huge prize money, will go on air from September in the 9 pm slot on Sony TV.

While the news has already raised curiosity among fans, it has been revealed that KBC 9 will be bigger and better than its previous seasons with a revised format.

Below is the new format of KBC 9, although no official confirmation has been made on the same.

According to Bollywood Life report, unlike previous seasons, no celebrities will appear on the show. Rather real life heroes, who have made a change towards society, will be invited.

Contestants will be allowed to use "video a friend" lifeline rather than "phone a friend".

They will have the option to get a partner on the sets instead of using the lifeline "audience poll".

Rumour also has it that the prize money will also be higher than last season's Rs 7 crore.

The delay in airing the ninth season was apparently because of Big B, who couldn't dedicate time for the shooting of the game show as he was busy with his back-to-back Bollywood projects.

International Business Times

posted 8/8/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Arguments"

  • "Top Chef" Trial: the defense rests (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Richards (Slate)
     

  • Paddy McGuinness to host "Even Better Than the Real Thing", or as fans of "Stars in Their Eyes" call it, "Irony: The Series" (Digital Spy)

posted 8/7/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Calling Out"

  • Aaron Rodgers wants to play Cheech Marin in a game of Jeopardy! (Green Bay Press Gazette)
     

  • Chris Hardwick adjusts to life after @midnight (Mashable)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: season 46 of "The Price Is Right" (TV Ruckus)

posted 8/7/17

Game Night Returns in 2018
ABC Renews "Fun and Games" Trio of Feud, Pyramid, Match Game
From TV Line

Survey says… ABC’s game-show revival lineup is a big winner.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced that Celebrity Family Feud has been renewed for a fourth season, while $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game have each been picked up for Season 3.

Of ABC’s other “Fun & Games” entries, To Tell the Truth was previously renewed for Season 3 (to air this fall on Sundays at 8/7c, where it will lead into Shark Tank and then the Kyra Sedgwick-starring drama Ten Days in the Valley), while Steve Harvey’s Funderdome is currently unspooling its freshman run on Sunday nights,
Match Game host Alec Baldwin also has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios.

“Alec’s quick wit, charm and star power set the stage for an unadulterated and can’t-miss hour of television each week on Match Game,” Dungey said in a statement. “The series is an integral part of ABC ‘Fun & Games,’ and I’m glad to have it and Alec back.”

“Returning for Season 3 definitely goes under the category ‘Things that are Awesome,’” said Pyramid host Michael Strahan. “It has been such an honor continuing the legacy of the legendary Dick Clark …. Looking forward to another season of giving away ABC’s money.”

Steve Harvey said the “politically correct” reason that Feud “struck a chord is because it’s a great show where people can play along at home and everyone can join in on the fun. The true reason it’s a success is because they went and got me to host. It’s been a blessing to host this show, I’m one of those people who loves what they’re doing.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Deadline
Broadway World
The Slanted
Deadline

posted 8/6/17

THURSDAY: Hall of Fame-Worthy
Return of NFL Win Night for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with its presentation of "NFL Kickoff Pre-Game" (7.818 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game - Arizona vs3 Dallas" (7.778 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (4.802 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.688 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Zoo" (2.691 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.671 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.242 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Boy Band" (2.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.309 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), the relocated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.242 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.459m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.124m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 719k
- SafeWord (MTV): 497k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 258k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 196k

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Showbuzz Daily
TV Line

posted 8/6/17

And So It Begins.... Again
"American Idol" Auditions Officially Kick Off in Disney World August 17
From Broadway World

ABC's AMERICAN IDOL launches the start of its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Florida. The iconic "American Idol" bus will roll into Disney Springs for auditions taking place on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17. "Idol"-winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America's next superstar.

When the bus rolls away at the end of the day, Central Florida hopefuls will still have the chance to become a part of "Idol" history by auditioning via the "American Idol" pop-up audition kiosk, which will be at Disney Springs on FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, through FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. During regular Disney Springs operating hours, visitors can create and submit their very own audition video at the kiosk.

Auditions will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon. Please visit www.americanidol.com for more information and specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

Broadway World
WLS Chicago

posted 8/3/17

GSN Ups Mark Feldman
New CEO Joined Network in 2008
From Venture Beat

Game Show Network (GSN) announced it has appointed Mark Feldman as its president and CEO.

In picking Feldman, the developer of the Wheel of Fortune slots and Bingo Bash games has chosen an insider to succeed David Goldhill, who is stepping down after a decade running the company, which is co-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment Group.

Feldman was previously GSN’s executive vice president and general counsel. GSN consists of GSNTV, a top-40 cable entertainment network distributed to nearly 80 million subscribers, and GSN Games, one of the world’s leading social, mobile, and online games companies.

“GSN TV is unique in the entertainment television landscape in our persistent commitment to our core audience through game show programming in all its forms, including classic, contemporary, and increasingly, interactive shows,” said Feldman in a statement. “GSN Games has become a world leader by providing our players compelling opportunities to play anytime, anywhere, whether on their own or in a huge variety of always available competitions.”

He added, “I am grateful to Sony and AT&T to be entrusted with the challenge of continuing our growth in a rapidly changing media landscape, and I look forward to working closely with them in the days ahead. I could not be more excited to team with GSN’s many outstanding professionals throughout the globe in crafting the next chapter of our development.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks president Andy Kaplan said in a statement, “Mark is a talented leader with a history of success at GSN, and I believe he has the right vision and strategy to achieve future growth in the company’s television and digital games businesses.”

Feldman joined GSN in 2008 and has been responsible for legal and business affairs, business development, and GSN’s innovation lab, 1-800-Nothing.

Venture Beat

posted 8/3/17

Spain Gets Crushed
Mediapro Format Involves Safes
From C21 Media

Spanish broadcaster TVE has greenlit two dramas and an array of entertainment shows for its networks, including the first format co-developed between Barcelona-based Mediapro and Madrid’s Phileas Productions.

Crush is a gameshow in which teams of four people must answer questions by standing on the answers they think are correct, or else they will be ‘crushed’ by locked safes.

The format is distributed by Imagina International Sales, part of the Mediapro Group that appointed long-serving Keshet executive Ran Tellem to its content team last year.

Producers in the US, France and Benelux have already picked up Crush for local adaptation after it debuted at Mipcom last October.

TVE has also ordered another season of Danish format comedy On the Edge, which was first produced by DR for its TV3 network. Known locally as El Forastero, the show sees comedians visiting local communities and is being produced with Barcelona-based prodco Brutal Media.

C21 Media

posted 8/3/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The $100,000 Pinky-Mid"

  • Michael Strahan misses GMA because he lost "a little bit of his pinky" (The Wrap)
     

  • Top Chef Teamsters trial: double pay to go away? (Deadline)
     

  • Vienna Girardi proves how stupid gender reveal parties are. Spoiler alert: girls (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Labbett to go clubbing in Bolton (The Bolton News)

posted 8/3/17

TUESDAY: "Talent" Reigns Supreme
New High for NBC's Mainstay
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.201 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (13.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.359 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

A distant second place then went to CBS (5.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its trio of "NCIS" (5.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Bull" (5.162 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Sharing the silver was ABC (2.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (2.887 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.140 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.037 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.044 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.723 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.721 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "The Mick" (1.258 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.998 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (0.769 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.614 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.304m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.084m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 912k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 838k
- Face Off (Syfy): 621k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 541k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 538k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 307k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 145k

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Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 8/2/17

It's All Greek for "Still Standing"
Armoza Exports Long.... erm, Standing Game Format
From Realscreen

Armoza Formats has been commissioned by Greek Broadcaster Antenna TV (ANT1 TV) for the first season of the primetime game show Still Standing.

Created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, Still Standing (60′) offers contestants the chance to win $1-million by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles. As time runs out, contestants are dropped from the game, straight through the studio floor.

The studio-based format will make its debut in Greece in September.

Most recently, Still Standing was commissioned in India, while Italy extended its third season.

Realscreen

posted 8/2/17

MONDAY: "The Bachelorette" Gets Ug-Lee
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the relocated "To Tell the Truth" (3.784 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (5.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and week two of "Midnight, Texas" (3.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.639 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) followed by the season finale of "Superhuman" (1.814 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Superior Donuts" (3.121 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Mom" (3.223 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Life in Pieces" (2.936 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus the premiere of "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.782 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the relocated "Hooten & The Lady" (0.919 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Dessert Games (SF/Food): 766k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 179k

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TV Line
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/2/17

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 23
From TV Newscheck

In-depth of coverage of the O.J. Simpson parole hearing drove the top entertainment magazines to a second-straight week of strong performances in the session ending July 23.

Reruns of Judge Judy, which have been the sole No. 1 shows in syndication for the past six weeks, hit a 6.5 and were joined at the top of the overall chart by Family Feud. Judy improved 2% for the week and rose 3% from last year, while Feud was up 3% for the week, but down 7% from last 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) 6.5 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 +10%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/2/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Evacuate the Dancehall"

  • Nick Cannon's "King of the Dancehall" heading to YouTube Red (Broadway World)
     

  • Padma Lakshmi expected to testify in "Top Chef"/Teamsters trial (Deadline)
     

  • Carrie Ann Inaba asks her mother to be her matron of honor (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gleb Savchenko, wife welcome future "Dancing" pro Zlata (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rachel Lindsey will die and go to heaven if she never saw DeMario, Lee, or Whaboom ever again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bradley Walsh finally apologizes for the "Fanny Chmelar" moment (TVNZ)
     

  • "Randling" host Andrew Denton diagnosed with advanced heart disease (The Guardian)
     

  • Eric Monkman & Bobby Seagull go from "University Challenge" to Radio 4 (Radio Times)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Gordon Ramsay gets his just desserts thanks to James Corden (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christina Milian (Vibe)

posted 8/2/17


IMDb
Nick Cannon Joins "Shorties"
"Lip Sync Battle" Spinoff to Premiere in 2018
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon announced today that multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon will take the mic as host of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. Joining him to provide commentary on each performance is breakout star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, who will serve as Cannon's sidekick. The 10-episode series, which features real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists, will premiere in early 2018, with Halloween and holiday specials set to air later this year.

"I'm excited to host the first season of Lip Sync Battle Shorties. It's always a pleasure to work with my family at Nickelodeon. It's going to be a lot of fun watching the kids lip-sync their favorite songs and perform like their favorites artists," said host Nick Cannon.

"Nick Cannon grew up on Nickelodeon and into one of the best hosts and comedic actors on TV. Along with his passion for music, he brings with him such an amazing understanding and enthusiasm for kid performers. We feel very lucky to have Nick at the helm of Shorties, we're ready to rock!," said executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson.

"With Nick Cannon at the helm, every episode of Lip Sync Battle Shorties will be an over-the-top Nickelodeon event, with real kids in the driver's seat, battling head-to-head in the ultimate competition show," said Bronwen O'Keefe, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Live Action and Movies.

Nickelodeon premiered an hour-long Lip Sync Battle Shorties special in December 2016, which posted double-and triple digit gains with kids and drew more than two million total viewers (Live+7). Content from the special has garnered over 20 million views on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel to date.

Created and executive produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, Lip Sync Battle Shorties lets three talented real-life kid participants personalize their performances, allowing them to make decisions on all creative elements, from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode will also feature the Shorties Dance Crew, a 10-person, in-house backup crew who has mastered all styles of dance from breakdancing to ballroom, and conclude with a special celebrity appearance and final performance from all the kids.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 8/1/17

Making a Discovery Out of Scripps
Cable Giants to Merge
From The Wrap

Discovery Communications has agreed to shell out $14.6 billion in both cash and stock for Scripps Networks Interactive, creating a cable channel powerhouse that could be better equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing pay-TV world, the two companies announced on Monday.

The combination joins some of cable television’s most popular channels, including Discovery’s namesake network, Science, OWN and TLC with Scripps’ HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network, among others. And it’s another big deal in a string of major transactions, headlined by AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, as companies stake claims on premium content in a shifting and increasingly competitive distribution landscape.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Discovery. Scripps is one of the best run media companies in the world with terrific assets, strong brands and popular talent and formats. Our business is about great storytelling, authentic characters and passionate super fans. We believe that by coming together with Scripps, we will create a stronger, more flexible and more dynamic media company with a global content engine that can be fully optimized and monetized across our combined networks, products and services in every country around the world,” Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said.

The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 8/1/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother Continues Dominance
CBS Wins All Fronts on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.565 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was once again the demo champ on Sunday with its mix "60 Minutes" (6.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Big Brother 19" (6.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.614 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

ABC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by new episodes of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.947 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Wall" (2.311 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.374 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.850 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.900 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.363 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.374 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus a new "American Grit" (1.211 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on FOX (1.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.821m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.009m
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 174k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/1/17

Supermarket Superstars
Food Plots "Grocery Games" Tournament August 20
From the Futon Critic

You have followed their careers, read their cookbooks, and watched them on TV, and beginning on Sunday, August 20th at 8pm ET/PT, you will watch these celebrity chefs compete against each other in a no-holds-barred tournament on Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars. In this thrilling five-week tournament, Guy Fieri will give eight of America's superstar chefs the chance to win $40,000 for their favorite charity. But first, they must battle each other in some of the most twisted games the Flavortown Market has ever seen!

Rocco DiSpirito, Elizabeth Faulkner, Tregaye Fraser, Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in this tournament to see whose skills have game. Each week the chefs will be put to the test in the grocery store aisles, and the top chefs will automatically move on in the competition, while the bottom contestants will face off in a redemption round. Each week, one chef will check out of the competition, while the others stay for the chance to earn big money for charity.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments of the tournament, test their supermarket trivia smarts, and collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/1/17

Mary Berry Looks for "Britain's Best Cook"
Post "Baking Show" Gig Lined Up for Judge
From Deadline

Mary Berry will pop on her judging hat once again as she returns to the kitchen for BBC One. The former Great British Bake Off judge is set to lead the charge to find Britain’s Best Cook in a new series hosted by Strictly Come Dancing‘s Claudia Winkleman. The order for the eight-part competition show comes a little less than a year after Channel 4 poached The Great British Bake Off (C-Note: or "The Great British Baking Show" as it's called here in America) which had been an unrivaled ratings winner and cultural phenomenon for the BBC.

Berry has remained loyal to the broadcaster, saying she “avoided being asked” to move to Channel 4 with GBBO. Her former co-judge, Paul Hollywood, will be part of the C4 program’s team when it launches in the fall.

Produced by Keo Films, Britain’s Best Cook (working title) is due to air next year on BBC One. It’s designed to “test the real-life expertise of truly great home cooks and will celebrate the food people make for their loved ones every single day,” the BBC said today.

Over the eight episodes, 10 contestants will need to demonstrate skill under pressure and individual flair, as they’re asked to serve the most perfect version of dishes that define modern British home cooking as well as create their special take on well-loved classics.

Berry said, “I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on. This series is going to encourage proper home cooking which I have always championed and I cannot wait to start.” A search for a second judge is underway.

The hourlong primetime series was commissioned by BBC Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. Exec producers are Keo’s Andrew Palmer, Matt Cole and Claire Nosworthy.

Berry, who has over 75 cooking books to her name, earlier this year hosted recipe show Mary Berry Everyday for BBC Two, and is also signed to host Mary Berry’s Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses for BBC One.

BBC Two also has a new competitive food show on deck. The Big Family Cooking Showdown will look for Britain’s best family of cooks. The series is to be hosted by TV and radio personality Zoe Ball and former GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain.

Deadline

posted 8/1/17


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

From (one of the) makers of "You Don't Know Jack" comes "Smush", a show which looks like it takes place at a party in a basement. So who better to host it that the ORIGINAL "basement show" host, Ken Ober? Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." that was "Before & After" BEFORE it was a "Wheel of Fortune" category!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/1/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't. Mess. With Rachel"

  • ICYMI: every comment Lee made over the last Bachelorette season on and off camera comes back to bite him (The Wrap), and SYTYCD reveals the top 20 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Speaking of "Bachelor": the contestants are calling the new consent rules... "awkward" (The Wrap)
     

  • DeMario Jackson ready to graduate to "Dancing with the Stars" (Reality TV World)... but Peta Murgatroyd may not be ready to partner up yet (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bradley Walsh finally apologizes for the "Fanny Chmelar" moment (TVNZ)
     

  • "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" a no-show in Montgomery; show is canceled due to poor ticket sales (Montgomery Advertiser)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Survivor heads to Rochester August 10 (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Bob Barker is still not dead (Snopes)

posted 8/1/17


Behind the Voice Actors
PATTI DEUTSCH: 1943-2017
Comedian Was Regular on "Match Game"
From Billboard

Patti Deutsch, the witty comedian and voiceover artist with the nasally delivery who was a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and on game shows like Match Game and Tattletales, has died. She was 73.

Deutsch died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, her family announced.

Deutsch came to fame as a member of the 1960s-'70s improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company, which also featured Fred Willard, Bill "You Can Call Me Ray" Saluga, Michael Mislove and George Memmoli.

She and the troupe appeared dozens of times on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, on other talk shows and on ABC's This Is Tom Jones, and they recorded an album of improvised sketches for RCA.

Deutsch joined NBC's Laugh-In for its sixth and final season (1972-73) and had a regular role on the short-lived NBC comedy Grandpa Goes to Washington, starring Jack Albertson.

Her whiny tone was instantly recognizable on such animated TV shows as The Angry Beavers, Steven Bochco's Capitol Critters, The Wild Thornberrys and The Smurfs and on the films Jetsons: The Movie (1990), Tarzan (1999), The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).

Deutsch also appeared on hundreds of commercials in which she squeezed the Charmin with Mr. Whipple or shared a cup of Folgers coffee with Mrs. Olson.

Born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 16, 1943, Deutsch attended Bennington College, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Texas at Austin and USC, all in four years, her family noted.

Early in her career, she starred on stage in local productions of Neil Simon's California Suite and worked alongside Sid Caesar during an engagement at the Rainbow Grill in New York.

Deutsch was often on Match Game — usually in the seat on the right in the bottom row — and, with her husband, screenwriter Donald Ross, on Tattletales, the Bert Convy-hosted game that featured married couples.

"Deutsch was certainly the weirdest of the weird. She was also awesome," Chris Morgan wrote of her work on the show. (He ranks her No. 3 on his list of the "Ten Best '70s Match Game Celebrity Panelists," trailing only Charles Nelson Reilly and Richard Dawson).

"She had a wonderful way with words and made good use of it. … She coined the euphemism 'upper frontals' for breasts, which is more than most can say."

Her credits also include Mr. Mom (1983) and the TV shows She's the Sheriff and Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23.

In addition to her husband, survivors include children Max, Lee and Alexis, daughters-in-law Daphne, Jennifer and Linda, grandchildren Violet, Xander and Sam and cousin Joshua.

The Hollywood Reporter
Extra
Inquisitr
Deadline

posted 7/31/17

"Cash Trapped" Returns
Bradley Walsh Takes a Break from the Chase
From Digital Spy

Bradley Walsh is launching a new quiz show.

While The Chase is off air, Cash Trapped will be taking its place on ITV at 5pm every weekday.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine this morning (July 31), the host opened up about what fans can expect from the series.

"It's all about escaping the show with the most money," he said. "But you can end up staying on it for weeks as the money accrues.

"Basically, you have to win the show on that day to escape with the money – and you're playing against five other people. If you lose, they retain their money and it rolls over, but you then go back to zero."

While filming the program, Bradley revealed that some of the contestants struggled with being away from their families for so long.

He added: "This one woman – I can't remember her name now – she missed her children so much that she started to get upset.

"We had to say to her, 'Do you want to go?' but she stayed for her kids as she really needed the money. It was extraordinary.

"She was great in the end though. She was terrific. It's a good little show actually."

Bradley also shared some good news for fans of The Chase; he will be filming the new season in September and the show will return to our screens later this year.

Opening up about the hit show, he said: "I honestly don't know anything when I walk out. What you see is what you get.

"I don't know who's coming across the bridge, I don't know which chaser is coming out or what the questions are. I'm an idiot basically. I'm an anchorman that just reads out whatever is written down."

Cash Trapped launches on ITV tonight at 5pm local time.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 7/31/17

THURSDAY: ... Three Guesses Who Won Last Night
... and the First Two Don't Count
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.301 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 19" (6.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Zoo" (2.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

NBC (4.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with the Tuesday-bound "Hollywood Game Night" (3.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by new episodes of "The Wall" (4.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its summer entries "Beat Shazam" (2.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Love Connection" (2.026 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Boy Band" (2.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.522 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Gong Show" (2.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.551 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the Monday-bound "Hooten & The Lady" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.638m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 898k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 810k
- SafeWord (MTV): 681k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 303k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 233k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 146k

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The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/31/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Teamsters on Trial"

posted 7/28/17


Billboard
More on TBS' "Drop the Mic", "Joker's Wild"
... Ahem, Sorry, We Meant "Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild"
From the Futon Critic

This fall, TBS will enter the next phase of its ongoing brand evolution with a slate of three new original series, plus the eagerly anticipated second season of a returning favorite. TBS will add (mostly) friendly competition to the mix with the new head-to-head celebrity rap battle competition Drop the Mic, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, premiering Thursday, Oct. 26. Fans can also expect a comedy-driven reboot of a classic game show with Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, coming this fall.

TBS's rap battle series Drop the Mic is putting together a packed lineup of celebrity matchups for its first season, including: Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar, Chris Jericho vs. Laila Ali, Michael Bennett vs. Vanessa Hudgens, James Corden vs. Nicole Richie, David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz, Nicole Scherzinger vs. Lil' Rel Howery, Anthony Anderson vs. Usher, James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park, Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski, Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons, Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men, and more.

Celebrities are getting ready to put their battle rapping skills to the test in TBS's new series Drop the Mic. The comedic music competition, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, is based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy-winning series The Late Late Show. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

Drop the Mic will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Also, TBS is teaming up with entertainment icon and actor Snoop Dogg to refresh and update a classic game show with Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild. Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, will host TBS's new version, which is set in his very own casino, complete with a gigantic slot machine, as well as giant dice and playing cards. Streetwise questions and problem solving, not just book smarts, will rule the floor, with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G.

Slated to premiere this fall, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino and Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC, and Ted Chung for Snoopadelic Films.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 7/27/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother... Of Course
CBS Wins, Fox Competitive in Demos
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Salvation" (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.277 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

FOX (2.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.958 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with the season finale of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Speechless" (2.432 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.845 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Modern Family" (2.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "The Goldbergs" (2.240 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.744 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Supernatural" (0.636 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 881k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 773k
- Signed (P/VH1): 721k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 303k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 292k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 291k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 243k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 226k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/28/17

Chris Harrison Weighs In
"Bachelor in Paradise" Scheduled to Begin August 14
From Reality TV World

Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison is setting the record straight on how this summer's edition will differ from seasons past in light of the controversy that briefly shut production down.

"I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, 'We've changed everything!' and that it will be earth-shattering. We've really learned from our mistakes, but there really weren't any major mistakes made," Chris told The Hollywood Reporter at The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All taping.

ABC announced earlier this month Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise will debut on Monday, August 14.

The show was initially scheduled to premiere on August 8, but filming was suspended in June after a producer filed a complaint alleging misconduct in regards to a public hookup between franchise villains Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.

Since both cast members had been drinking heavily that day, consent to the sexual encounter was in question, especially when Corinne released a statement calling herself "a victim" as news of the incident circulated.

DeMario, however, insisted at the time his character was being "assassinated with false claims and malicious allegations" in light of accusations he had taken advantage of Corinne in Paradise.

Warner Bros. therefore launched an investigation when production halted for a couple of weeks and found no evidence of misconduct or sexual assault. As a result, ABC resumed taping the fourth season, with Warner Bros. revealing certain changes would be implemented to ensure the cast's safety and well-being.

"Yes, we've made some changes, but if you talk to the cast, they've always been the most important thing to us -- taking care of them and their safety," Chris told The Reporter, adding that most of the tweaks were behind-the-scenes.

"So while we're going to talk about rules and talk about certain things and have a dialogue, you're not going to notice major changes."

Reality TV World

posted 7/28/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Jeopardy! (of the Season)"

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 facts about "Jeopardy!" (WPXI Pittsburgh)
     

  • The Gong Show hosts: profiles in personality (Bustle)
     

  • Sean Spicer being floated for "Dancing with the Stars" gets a GLOMAR from the Press Secretary (Deadline)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Bobby, Ronnie, Ricky, Michael Strahan? (Broadway World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud looking for players in St. Louis (KMOV St. Louis)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Radio Times) and Howie Mandel (Las Vegas Magazine)

posted 7/28/17

BBC One Is "Ready... Or Not"
The Beeb Orders Quiz Show for Saturday Night from Remedy
From C21 Media

BBC1 in the UK has commissioned a Saturday primetime gameshow from Argonon-owned Remedy Productions.

Ready or Not will see unsuspecting members of the public quizzed with a series of quick-fire questions to win money or prizes. In a twist on the traditional gameshow, the presenters will travel to public areas across Britain to surprise participants.

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment at the BBC, commissioned the show, while Kalpna Patel-Knight is the commissioning editor.

The 6×30’ first season will be executive produced by Jim Reagan, head of Remedy Scotland, and Matt Tiffin, the company’s head of entertainment.

Remedy Productions, based in London, was founded in 2003 and has since produced more than 10,000 hours of programming, including content for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV.

The firm became part of super-indie production group Argonon in 2011, being one of the first to join the group. The show and its format will be distributed globally by Argonon International.

C21Media
Broadcast

posted 7/27/17

TUESDAY: Another One
NBC Goes to New Heights with "Talent", "World of Dance"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) coasted to another victory on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (4.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.128 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Black-ish" (1.852 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Black-ish" (1.959 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.780 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.946 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.286 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.203 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.244 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.311m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 985k
- Chopped (Food): 831k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 818k
- Face Off (Syfy): 657k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 605k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 585k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 286k

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Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/27/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Confirmed"

  • "Mythbusters" starring "The Search" winners Brian Louden & Jon Lung, drops November 15 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan among the latest names being floated for "American Idol" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sean Spicer being floated for "Dancing with the Stars". Mic and bush unavailable for comment (The Wrap)
     

  • Alison Sweeney has restraining order from a fan extended (The Wrap)
     

  • Two "ANW" all-stars - Jessie Graff & Drew Drechsel - are heading to Japan for the 20th anniversary Sasuke (SB Nation)

posted 7/27/17


Food Network
Iron Chef to Return... Again
Food to Revive Competition with Mark Dacascos, Alton Brown, New Floor Reporter
From Eater

ron Chef continues to be one of the most popular cooking shows on TV thanks, in part, to the fact that its producers keep rebooting the program and sprouting spinoffs — it’s kind of like Law & Order or Air Bud in that regard. After a three-year hiatus, the Food Network brought back the hit competition show this spring with Alton Brown serving as both host and chairman. And now, the network announces that the program is getting a new counterpart series called Iron Chef Showdown, which will feature victorious Iron Chefs cooking against each other in Kitchen Stadium.

Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jose Garces, and newly-minted Iron Chef Stefanie Izard are all on board. Alton will be back as a host, but this time around, series veteran Mark Dacascos will be returning as the Chairman, and ESPN veteran Jaymee Sire will be joining the team as a reporter.

As Alton explains in the Twitter video in the link below, production just wrapped on the show, and it should hit the airwaves early next year.

Eater
Food Network
Awful Announcing
Grub Street

posted 7/26/17

VH1 Signs On
"Signed" to Premiere July 26
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that the new music competition show "SIGNED" will premiere on Wednesday, July 26th at 9PM ET/PT. The eight, hour-long episodes follow three moguls - rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation's SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S - as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.

"SIGNED" features aspiring musicians who will undergo auditions and workshops to hone their craft and determine if they really have what it takes to get signed to a deal. Through personal sessions with the music moguls and surprise visits from superstars like DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Bangladesh, these young artists will face challenges and eliminations as they work their way toward a finale performance showcase. The artists who most impress the moguls have an opportunity to be signed to Maybach Music, Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.

"Three of the biggest bosses in music coupled with the raw talent of the contestants makes for a fresh new take on a competition series" says Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted, MTV, VH1 and Logo. "We're thrilled to partner with MGM, Mark Burnett, Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S and can't wait for fans to experience this authentic and compelling journey."

"What an incredible opportunity it has been to bring together these cutting edge, one of a kind music moguls who are at the top their games. Watching them discover and mentor the next greatest talents in hip hop and R&B is a new type of gritty music competition," said executive producer Mark Burnett, President, MGM Television Group and Digital. "Summertime on VH1 is perfect for this show."

"For 'SIGNED' we didn't build a shiny floor set in Hollywood, instead we took our cameras to the real, raw streets and recording studios of Atlanta. It is gritty, intense and life changing for the aspiring artists who ultimately get signed. They are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the biggest moguls in music today," said Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM.

For more information be sure to 'LIKE' "Signed" on Facebook and follow @VH1 on Twitter and Instagram. Use #Signed to join the conversation.

"SIGNED" is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Jason Sands and Barry Poznick for MGM Television. Tiffany Lea Williams and Dan Caster are executive producing for VH1. The series is produced by MGM Television and distributed by MGM.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/17

MONDAY: The S Word
ABC NARROWLY Beats NBC, Both Drama Premieres Soft
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.238 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the competition on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (6.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the premiere of "Somewhere Between" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (4.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a tight second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the launch of "Midnight, Texas" (3.605 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Superhuman" (1.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.986 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.611 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (3.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Scorpion" (3.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.050 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.050 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Dessert Games (Food): 648k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja World"

  • "Australian Ninja Warrior" sets a new record (News.com.au)
     

  • Mark Labbett hosts a pub quiz (The Lincolnite)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: they were just two teachers looking for $100,000. Instead... they found each other (Global News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson (WGN-AM Chicago) and Aaron Sanchez (TV Insider)

posted 7/26/17


Women's Weekly
Life Is The Name Of the Game, And We Want to Play with Mel and Sue...
BBC to Revive "The Generation Game"
From Realscreen

Former The Great British Baking Show hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be returning to the small screen as hosts of the classic series The Generation Game.

BBC has commissioned a four-episode run of the long-running game show, which first premiered on BBC One in 1971.

The series sees pairs of family members across different generations battle it out in a series of performance and task-based games. All of the family pairs will begin in the studio audience and only find out which game they’re playing when Giedroyc and Perkins get them from their seats.

“When asked, this is the TV show that viewers most wanted to see back on their screens and so we are thrilled to be able to make that happen with Mel and Sue, who I know will have just as much fun hosting it as contestants will playing it,” said Guy Freeman, editor, special events and formats for BBC Studios, in a statement.

Giedroyc and Perkins will be joined by a panel of star judges and celebrity guests, although details including scheduling are yet to be announced.

The Generation Game was co-commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content, and Kate Phillips, controller, entertainment commissioning. Nic McNeilis will serve as executive producer for BBC Studios.

Giedroyc and Perkins were perhaps best known for their roles as hosts of The Great British Bake Off. After Love Productions sold the rights to the show to Channel 4, the two hosts announced their resignations.

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TBI Vision
Telly Mix
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Digital Spy
The Times
AppsForPCDaily.com
Sunderland Echo

posted 7/25/17

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending July 16
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the major movers in the session ending July 16, with all of the top six breaking into positive territory, and Extra, Access Hollywood and The Insider all scoring double-digit increases.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +10%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +6%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%**
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 -9%

In its second week of a six-week trial, game show iWitness, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, scored a 0.7/2 in seven markets with a double run in New York. That was down 13% from week one and 36% from both its 1.1/2 lead-in and year-ago time-period average. Among women 25-54, iWitness identified a 0.5/2.

In the second week of a four-week trial, Fox Television Stations’ Punchline drew a 0.3/1 in nine markets, down 50% from its lead-in and down 40% from its year-ago time-period averages. Among women 25-54, the show remained at a 0.2/1.

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 7/25/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother Battles Back
CBS Wins Friday, Splits Sunday with ABC
From Realscreen

CBS (4.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) pulled in front on Friday thanks to a special "Big Brother 19" (5.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

NBC (4.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was ABC (1.619 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its telecast of "Descendants 2" (1.719 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) followed by "Descendants 2: ABC After-Party" (1.116 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.407 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up encores of "MasterChef" (1.521 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Beat Shazam" (1.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.271 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.044 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On Sunday, CBS (4.753 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition with its summer mix of "60 Minutes" (7.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Big Brother 19" (6.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.387 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.259 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13). Numbers for "Candy Crush" continued to slide down 17 and 37 percent from Week 2, and now off more than 50 percent from its premiere rating.

ABC (4.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.291 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a full two hours of "NASCAR Overrun" (5.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and the season finale of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (1.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.825 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.918 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.241 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.355 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and a new "American Grit" (1.128 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on FOX (1.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.722m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 927k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 157k

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posted 7/24/17

Starcade: The Extended Play
Entire Series to Stream on Twitch
From Slash Gear

In addition to being the home of video game live streams (and the occasional food channel), Twitch has been gaining a reputation for hosting a number of marathon streams of aging TV shows. There’s been one for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Pokemon cartoon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even anime. Now the next one has been announced: the ’80s arcade game TV show called Starcade.

If you were a gaming fan in the early ’80s, you might remember Starcade. The program aired on TBS between 1982 and 1984, and featured contestants answering game-related trivia questions and facing off in rounds of hit arcade games of the time, including Pac-Man, Centipede, and Galaga. There were 123 episodes in total, and soon you’ll be able to stream them all from Twitch.

Shout Factory, the production company responsible for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival (as well as its Twitch stream), recently purchased the rights to reboot Starcade as a modern show. They’ll be hosting this Twitch marathon as well, likely as promotion for the new version.

There’s no set date yet for when the Starcade marathon will begin, so keep an eye on Shout Factory’s Twitch channel if you’re interested. They add that all the episodes have been digitized from the original master tapes, allowing the stream to broadcast them in the “best quality possible,” without the fuzzy blur that’s usually seen on shows from the era.

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posted 7/25/17


Games Gone By: You Don't Know Jack
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

A game show...that's based on a computer game...that's, essentially, a PARODY of game shows. This idea should either be really good...or really insulting. But when you put "Pee Wee Herman" in it on a comeback and you don't think it'll at least turn some heads,...well, then, "You Don't Know Jack"! Chris Wolvie presents a summer-one-timer in his latest "Games Gone By..."

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posted 7/25/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Almost Fall"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC sets fall dates for "Dancing with the Stars" (September 18), "The Toy Box" (October 1), and "To Tell the Truth" (October 8) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: SYTYCD announces its top 30 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel & Sue also planning on writing... and starring... in a new comedy from the BBC (Huffington Post)
     

  • Noel Edmonds to Lloyds' fraud unit: $392 million... Deal or no deal? (Reuters)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: _ _ A S I M O D _ (Digital Spy)
     

  • Trisha Paytas: from "Who Wants to Be A Superhero"... to "The Price Is Right"... to "Celebrity Big Brother?" (We The Unicorns)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal taking credit for Chance the Rapper (DNAInfo)

posted 7/25/17


Birmingham Post
PUDSEY THE DOG: 2005-2017
One-Half of Season 6 "Britain's Got Talent" Winners
From Billboard

The 2012 winner of Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh Butler, recently opened up about the death of her beloved dance partner, Pudsey the dog.

On Monday (July 24) Butler appeared on the U.K.’s This Morning and broke down in tears as she opened up about her relationship with Pudsey, who died at 11-years-old from acute leukemia on Friday (July 21).

In the sixth season of Britain’s Got Talent, Butler and her furry friend rose to fame with their choreographed dance routines, winning the hearts of millions of viewers and claiming the title at the series finale.

“I took him on Britain’s Got Talent to show how incredible he was. He gave me opportunities that I never thought I would ever have,” Butler said of her “best friend."

Butler explained that Pudsey “wasn't himself” last week and her family had to put him down. She said, “We took him to the vet on Tuesday and from the Tuesday to the Thursday he went downhill so quickly … the vet told us he had acute leukemia and on Thursday it got to the point where he couldn't lift his head.”

Butler said she will continue performing with her dog Sully, who has been consoling her in the wake of Pudsey's death. She said, “There was always going to be a point when Sully would take over from Pudsey. I didn't expect it to happen like this but just carrying on from what Pudsey started will help me.”

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BBC News

posted 7/24/17

"Candy Crush" Sweetens MENA
Series Format to Be Exported to Dubai
From World Screen

Lionsgate has licensed the game show Candy Crush to Dubai-based Eagle Films for an Arabic-language version.

The new game-show format will be adapted for the Middle East and North Africa region and produced by Beelink Productions. The 13×60-minute Arabic-language treatment of Candy Crush is slated to go into production later this year.

Peter Iacono, Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, commented, “With over one trillion game rounds played since launch, Candy Crush is one of the world’s most iconic mobile games. Fans are avid players and are extremely excited to have a live-action TV game show to watch as they play at home. We are proud to announce Eagle Films and Beelink as our first international partners and expect to announce many international adaptations to be produced in the coming months.”

Jamal Sannan, CEO of Eagle Films, said, “Following 15 years of successful collaboration with Lionsgate, we are looking forward to working together again to bring a brand-new TV gaming experience to our viewers, which we are confident will set a new standard in game-show production values.”

Safa Aburizik, the managing director of Beelink Productions, added, “We are very pleased to be the first international licensees of the Candy Crush format after CBS. Content is always king; we believe in premium content and we strive to deliver high production standards that can succeed in our region and travel worldwide.”

World Screen

posted 7/24/17

THURSDAY: Another Big Night for Big Brother
Everything Else... Not So Much.
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Big Brother 19" (5.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Wall" (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Boy Band" (2.267 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.997 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.539m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 842k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 810k
- SafeWord (MTV): 649k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 325k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

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posted 7/24/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What Is 77?"

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 for 77: Alex Trebek's best NOT including Jeopardy! (Parade)
     

  • J-Lo, A-Rod celebrate B-Day (Reality TV World)
     

  • Scotty McCreery detained at RDU for carrying his 9. In other news, Scotty McCreery owns a 9 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison to host Miss America (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/24/17

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