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MONDAY: Moves vs. Voices
NBC, ABC Split Last Monday of Sweeps
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.949 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) snagged the demo crown on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Timeless" (4.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

ABC (9.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Conviction" (4.490 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was CBS (6.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.964 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (4.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (6.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.468 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Lucifer" (3.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.835 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.418 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (2.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars: Christmas (Food): 839k
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 780k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/16

WEEKEND: Sunset on Paradise
CBS Wins Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the top draw on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (8.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.316 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (4.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (6.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.690 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.146 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (4.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (5.089 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.117 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Exorcist" (1.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.942 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.524 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night for The CW (0.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.647m
- Chopped (Food): 1.190m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.061m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 495k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

On cable Saturday...
- Shotgun (P/NBCSN): 250k

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.550k
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.237k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.189k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 328k
- Flea Market Flip (SP/GAC): 239k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dale Winton Is Still Alive"

  • Dale Winton's agent forced to tell people he's still alive after no one has seen him since "In It To Win It" (Daily Record)
     

  • Vin Scully gets Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thanks Obama (LAist)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Stone (AV Club)

posted 11/22/16

New Year, Worst Cooks
Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray Return January 1
From the Futon Critic

Food Network celebrates the first day of 2017 with Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray and a brand-new roster of hapless cooks in the return of primetime series Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, January 1st at 9pm (all times ET/PT). In the ten-episode series that turns kitchen nightmares into skilled cooks, Anne and Rachael each lead a team of bumbling cooks in an intense kitchen boot camp designed to whip them into culinary shape. The contestant who makes the most impressive transformation is awarded a $25,000 grand prize, along with victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

"Watching Anne and Rachael turn these lovable kitchen disasters into confident cooks is hilarious, competitive and inspiring," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Worst Cooks viewers can look forward to a fun, entertaining season filled with comical mishaps and transformations."

The competitors are: Adam Cooke (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Laura Docker (Fort Worth, Texas), Stephen Hawkins (Temecula, California), Matt Josephs (Richmond, Virginia), Kayla Kurtz (Kent, Ohio), Daniel Mar (Burbank, California), Maria Marcello (Torrance, California), Jake Michaels (Manteno, Illinois), Cedrick Miller (El Paso, Texas), Brittany Lenore (Chicago, Illinois), Buffy Mykkanen (Portland, Oregon), Ann Odogwu (Houston, Texas), Jetta Linda Ostrofsky (Sacramento, California), Mandy Thornton (Hanover, Massachusetts), Lester Turchin (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Jeff West (Douglassville, Pennsylvania).

In the season premiere, Anne and Rachael welcome the recruits to boot camp with photos of their most disastrous dishes, which they must recreate so the mentors can assess their skills. After teams are chosen, they dive into their first main dish challenge: cooking shrimp and live lobster! The recruits with the least successful dishes on each team are sent home, while the rest move ahead in their battle for culinary success. Upcoming episodes feature a messy egg-filled breakfast battle; game-show style contests "Lick It To Win It," where recruits test their newly refined taste buds, and "Family Food," where they put their food trivia knowledge to use; and Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras-themed challenges. The season culminates on Sunday, March 5th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts, and only one wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor.

Viewers can uncover the very best of the worst at FoodNetwork.com/Worst Cooks and take a quiz to find out if they'd survive culinary Boot Camp, catch photo and video highlights, discover cooking tips and much more. Join the conversation on social media using #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 11/18/16


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

Before the Whammies took over to grab money, trips and Flokati rugs away, it was the "Devil" that did the deed. In "Games Gone By...", Chris Wolvie shows you "Second Chance", the show that was "Press Your Luck" BEFORE "Press Your Luck".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/21/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down to the Tri-Cities"

posted 11/21/16


FremantleMedia North America
"Truth", "Match" Make Early Dates
Both Summer Hits to Bow Season 2 First Week of 2017
From the Futon Critic

Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson are returning for new episodes of their successful game shows, both produced by FremantleMedia North America, "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth." This summer's game-show darlings are warming up winter with an expanded list of celebrity guest panelists. The new episodes of "Match Game" begin on January 4, 2017 (10p ET), and "To Tell the Truth" (9p ET) on January 1, 2017.

"Our game shows are being embraced by fans and celebrated for bringing people together to participate in the fun," said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. He added, "We're looking forward to having new shows available to continue the laughs and extend the celebration beyond the holidays."

Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America, said, "ABC has been such a perfect home for these two series, and Alec and Anthony are comedic powerhouses who take the fun of the game to the next level. We've had an incredible time producing these shows and we hope the viewers have as much fun with them as we did."

"Match Game" averaged 6.0 million Total Viewers and a 1.3/5 in Adults 18-49 during its run last summer. "Match Game" ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, standing as ABC's biggest summertime program in the hour in 10 years - since 2006. On its premiere, "Match Game" debuted with ABC's largest summer audience in the time slot with regular programming in nearly 10 years and tied the Net's highest young adult rating in 4 years - since 8/20/06 and 7/15/12, respectively.

"To Tell the Truth" averaged 5.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.2/4 in Adults 18-49 during its run, improving its hour for ABC by 82% in Total Viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49. On its series premiere, "To Tell the Truth" delivered ABC's best summertime numbers with series programming in the hour in 3 years with Total Viewers and in 2 years with Adults 18-49 - since 5/28/13 and 6/24/14, respectively.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Screener
World Screen
Inquisitr

posted 11/18/16

THURSDAY: Kicking Into High Gear
NBC Wins First Night of TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (7.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (7.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Mom" (7.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (6.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.456 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Notorious" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.939 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Pitch" (2.432 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.791 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on The CW (1.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.856m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.590m
- Chopped (Food): 1.190m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.061m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 495k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/18/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down to the Tri-Cities"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Johnson City (WJHL Tri-Cities)
     

  • RuPaul meets "2 Broke Girls" (TV Line)
     

posted 11/18/16


King
Iiiiii Want Candy
"Candy Crush" Casting Online
From CBS Miami

A nationwide casting call has opened for the new CBS live action game show series called Candy Crush.

Fans of the highly addictive Candy Crush games – a free-to-play mobile puzzle game – can now put their skills to the test on enormous interactive game boards featuring next generation technology.

Taking inspiration from all three games in the franchise, Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, contestants face off in teams of two on an interactive stage competing in the Candy Crush Arena for prizes and sweet, sweet glory.

“One of the most important things about making a hit show is the cast,” said the show’s Executive Producer, Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”). “We are looking for fun, outgoing, Candy Crush players who want to compete on the biggest, swipeable, interactive game board ever created.”

To apply for the open casting call and for more information, go to: http://www.CandyCrushCasting.com.

CBS Miami
Inquisitr
WDJT Milwaukee

posted 11/17/16

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Series
Fox Wins, "Survivor" on Top
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "Empire" (8.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (5.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (5.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (7.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.559 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (5.522 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.233 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (7.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Code Black" (5.681 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.730 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (4.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), "Chicago PD" (5.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and another "Chicago PD" (6.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.880 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.553m
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 1.074m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 483k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 463k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 397k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 319k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/16

A Shorty Like Sarah Hyland
Nick's "Lip Sync Battle: Shorties" Airs December 14
From The Futon Critic

Now it's the kids' turn, as Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland hosts the anticipated one hour-special, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, set to premiere Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, will feature everyday kids lip syncing their favorite songs and celebrating their favorite artists. The special will also air on Spike on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

"After having such an awesome experience competing on Lip Sync Battle, I jumped at the chance to host Shorties," said Hyland. "What could be more fun and exciting to see than the next generation of Lip Sync superstars showing off their sensational skills?"

In addition to Hyland as host, the special will feature four talented kid performers, the Lip Sync Battle Shorties Dance Crew and a supporting cast featuring a kid DJ, M.C. and backstage correspondent.

Hyland is no stranger to the Lip Sync Battle family. The multi-talented actress recently taped an episode of the show that will air as part of the upcoming new season on Spike.

Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador are the creators of Lip Sync Battle Shorties.

"The happy surprise of Lip Sync Battle has been the reaction from kids and how many of them are watching the series with their families," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Lip Sync Battle Shorties is a great opportunity for us to showcase kids' love of music, comedy and variety. And what better host than the fun and hilarious Sarah Hyland, who recently gave it her all on the Lip Sync Battle stage. Our Shorties are involved in every aspect of their performances from song selection to choreography and staging. We're having a blast!"

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is the latest example of successful brand expanding into new spaces which includes the recently launched Lip Sync Battle app, which coincided with the start of season 3 on Spike. Lip Sync Battle is Spike's most highly-rated original series in network history and can now be seen in over 150 countries and territories worldwide.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/17/16

"Project Runway Junior" Comes Home for Christmas
Catch It on Lifetime December 22!
From The Futon Critic

Move over millennials! Make way for Generation Z with the second season premiere of Project Runway Junior, returning on Thursday, December 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn and fellow co-host, supermodel Hannah Jeter, are once again joined by returning judges; fashion designers Kelly Osbourne and Christian Siriano and Seventeen Magazine and Cosmopolitan Executive Fashion Editor, Aya Kanai to find the freshest force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. Ages 13 to 17, these Project Runway Junior designers prove amazing talent develops at a young age. Disney Channel actress and singer Olivia Holt (Kickin' It) joins the judges for the finale to help select the winner. The series moves to its regular time slot of 9pm ET/PT, beginning December 29.

Season 2 Project Runway Junior designers include:
A'kai, 13 - Hauppauge, NY
Allie, 14 - Dayton, Ohio
Cartier, 16 - Chubbuck, ID
Chelsea, 14 - Chatsworth, CA
Chris, 16 - Calverton, NY
Hawwaa, 16 - Mankato, MN
Izzy, 16 - Mount Pleasant, MI
Lucas, 14 - Windermere, FL
Molly, 17 - Fort Collins, CO
Rene, 17 - Dallas, TX
Ruby, 14 - Barrington, RI
Tieler, 16 - Abita Springs, LA

The winner of Project Runway Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California; a complete home sewing and crafting studio, plus, the dream machine, all courtesy of Brother; a feature in Seventeen Magazine; and a $25,000 cash prize, to help launch their line. Also, butter LONDON will supply a year's worth of products and the opportunity to consult with butter LONDON to create a limited edition nail color collection. The styles from their finale collection will be manufactured by Los Angeles Development House, Lefty Production Company.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/17/16

NBCSN Calls Shotgun
Catch It Saturday at 7p or Anytime on NBCSports.com
From Broadway World

SHOTGUN, NBC Sports Group's high-octane automotive quiz show that takes the meaning of 'riding shotgun' to a whole new level, will make its television debut this Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

NBCSN's coverage also features nearly 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from Anaheim, Calif., beginning today at 4 p.m. ET, with an estimated 750 vehicles set to cross the auction block.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will provide streaming coverage this weekend's motorsports coverage.

NBC Sports Group's full-throttled automotive quiz show, Shotgun, tests contestants' skills at answering questions while riding in the passenger seat of a professional race car. Hosted by NASCAR on NBC's Rutledge Wood, the one-hour show invites six contestants to buckle in for THE RIDE of their lives and ride "shotgun" as professional drivers put the pedal to the medal around four different courses at Irwindale Speedway, in Irwindale, Calif.

As the cars race around the track and drift between obstacles, each contestant is asked trivia questions covering a range of topics from pop culture to geography. Contestants who answer the most questions correctly in each round will move on to the next race course. Each new course will feature unique challenges and a different race vehicle. The last contestant standing after all four rounds wins $25,000.

In a first-of-its-kind launch for NBC Sports Group, the eight-episode series debuted digitally - on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - on Sunday, November 6, following NBC's NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage from Texas Motor Speedway. An encore presentation of the show will air Sunday, December 11, on NBC.

As part of a presenting sponsorship, Shotgun features four different Toyota race cars. The cars include the Toyota 86, Toyota NASCAR Camry Stock Car, Toyota Formula D Car, and Toyota Tacoma, with each car used in a different round. Shotgun is the latest show in a series of initiatives between NBC Sports Group and Toyota. Previous projects have included NBC Sports' NASCAR Gridiron Challenge, prior to NBC's presentation of SUPER BOWL XLIX, and 18 Rising, which chronicled NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's comeback journey from a broken leg to the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship.

Shotgun is produced by Profiles TV's Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, creators of The Amazing Race.

Broadway World

posted 11/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shocked... And Happy?"

  • Ben & Lauren's happily ever after will have to wait... and they couldn't be happier? Huh? Wha? (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Nick Cannon's going to be a father (WWPR-FM New York)
     

  • Emily & Haley are in relationships... not with each other or with the same guy or with twins or any other feasible sitcom trope (Us Magazine)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Sault Ste. Marie (SooToday.com)
     

  • Bob Barker reflects on 60 years of "The Price Is Right" (Closer Weekly)
     

  • Trial begins for Michael Skupin's child pornography charge (MLive.com)
     

  • CJ de Mooi may sue in killing arrest (BBC news)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: No list of fictional game shows can be complete without Richard Dawson saying "Only in a rerun." (Den Of Geek!)

posted 11/17/16

TUESDAY: GSN Does Some Window Shopping
Only 208,000 Attracted to GSN's Windows
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that many of the biggest names in retail have lined up as promotional partners for the new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS, hosted by actress Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming"). GSN partnered with General Growth Properties (GGP), the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties throughout the United States, including include Tysons Galleria in Washington D.C., Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles and Water Tower Place in Chicago. Top retail brands, including Macy's, Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Sprinkles will also serve as partners. Michaels, North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, also provided many of the materials used to create the windows for the show.

WINDOW WARRIORS, premiering Tuesday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT, lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country's most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week. In each episode, the contestants will be given a new theme, correlating with one of these top retail brands and will be competing to stay in the competition, as one person will be sent home each week, until the final top designer remains. Some of the winning windows will also be re-created at specially-selected GGP properties after air.

From the festive, to the luxurious, to the shockingly unexpected, these artists must push their creativity to the limits each week, in order to stay in the game and win the $100,000 grand prize. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a career-changing opportunity to design and develop amenities and platforms that elevate the customer experience at GGP properties, the opportunity to design a holiday display at Macy's New York City flagship Herald Square store and will be featured in design:retail magazine.

The premiere episode launched to 208,000 viewers, with a 0.04 in the A18-49 demo.

The hits will keep coming for GSN, as the network will preview their upcoming quiz show "Divided" on November 25 for a January 2017 release.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.736m
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.079m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 894k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 545k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 394k
- Billy on the Street (SP/truTV): 254k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 203k

On broadcast, NBC (8.702 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

CBS (11.819 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "NCIS" (14.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Bull" (11.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (6.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.259 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "The Real O'Neals" (3.563 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "David Blaine: Beyond Magic" (5.131 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "New Girl" (1.959 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Scream Queens" (1.443 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.855 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/16

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 6
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy managed to climb 4% for the pre-election week ended Nov. 6 to hit a syndication-leading 7.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Judge Judy has been syndication’s top-rated court show for more than 20 years and syndication’s top show overall for the past 14 consecutive weeks.

Also getting a lift from Judge Judy Sheindlin—and her husband, Jerry—was CTD’s Judy-created Hot Bench, which featured both judges on Halloween, Oct. 31. Those appearances boosted the show for the week to a season-high 2.5, ranking it third place in daytime behind only Judy and CTD’s Dr. Phil.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 6% to a 6.4 but remained the top game show. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 5.8. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire broke even at a 1.6 for a third straight week, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game softened 8% to move backwards to a 1.2 for the first time this season.

B&C
Screener
The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Walking in Light"

  • Mark Burnett, Roma Downey to launch faith-and-family-values-based Light TV, calling it the first of its kind... Pax TV on line one. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Melinda Messenger gives her all at Fort Boyard (Daily Star)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: the Double Dare reunion trailer (Den of Geek!)

posted 11/16/16

Jon Kelley Should Ask...
"The Mole" Host to Front "Funny You Should Ask" Fall 2017
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Studios Inc. has chosen Jon Kelley to host its new syndicated comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The show will be executive produced by veteran TV writer/producer Scott Satin (NBC’s Meet My Folks, Who Wants to Marry My Dad, Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, Hollywood Squares).

Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring a panel of standup comedians who interact with contestants for cash and prizes.

“Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring some of our funniest comedians and real people,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios.

Kelley has covered news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles for 20 years. At the national level, Kelley has been the host and primary correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show Extra. In addition, he stepped into the role formerly held by CNN's Anderson Cooper, taking on primetime hosting duties for ABC's reality series The Mole.

Kelley was also on the national sports scene anchoring at Fox Sports Network. At the local level, he spent eight years at WMAQ Chicago, covering all six Bulls NBA titles.

Before beginning his broadcast journalism career, Kelley was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. He attended the University of Nebraska on a full football scholarship.

TV Newscheck
Deadline
Multichannel News

posted 11/15/16

MONDAY: A Devil of a Time
NBC, ABC Win
From TV Line

Fox’s Lucifer this Monday drew 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating (per finals), rising 11 and 10 percent to its second-largest audience of the season and a 4-week demo high.
Opening Fox’s night, Gotham (3.6 mil/1.2) was steady.

Elsewhere in Ratingsland….

THE CW | With NFL preemption factored out, Supergirl (2.4 mil/0.7) was steady while Jane the Virgin (930K/0.3) dipped.

ABC | Dancing With the Stars (11.3 mil/1.6) drew a best-since-premiere audience while steady in the demo; Conviction (4.3 mil/0.8) oddly surged 19 and 33 percent. Hmmm.

NBC | With NFL preemption factored out, The Voice (10.1 mil/2.3) was steady, while a very eventful episode of Timeless (4.5 mil/1.2) ticked up a tenth.

CBS | Kevin Can Wait (7.1 mil/1.6), Man With a Plan (6.2 mil/1.3) and 2 Broke Girls (5.2 mil/1.3) each ticked down, Odd Couple (4.7 mil/1.0) was steady and Scorpion (7.2 mil/1.2) rose a tenth.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.884
- Chopped (Food): 862k
- Cake Wars: Christmas (SP/Food): 836k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/16

WEEKEND: Another Good Friday for CBS
Fox, ABC Perform Modestly
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top honors on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (5.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Shark Tank" (5.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "20/20" (5.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.723 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.019 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.547 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.766m
- Clash of the Grandmas (P/Food): 1.440m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.359m
- Flea Market Flip (SF/GAC): 243k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (SP/CMT): 239k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/16

LMAD: Gains o'Clock
Game Posts Largest Weekly Audience Since May
From Broadway World

THE TALK and LET'S MAKE DEAL both delivered their largest average weekly audiences since May, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 11.

THE TALK averaged 2.88 million viewers, up +7% from a week ago and +10% from the same week last year. It was THE TALK's largest weekly audience since the week ending May 13.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL averaged 3.03 million viewers, up +5% from a week ago and its biggest audience since the week ending May 6.

Broadway World

posted 11/15/16

Meet the New "Top Model" Wannabes
Catch It December 12 on VH1
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the contestants competing in the network's reincarnation of "America's Next Top Model." The all-female cast of aspiring models returns to NYC, where it all began, to go head-to-head to discover which contestant has what it takes to win it all. The winner of "America's Next Top Model" will receive $100,000 and a commercial feature on behalf of Rimmel London. Additionally, the winner will be featured in a fashion spread in PaperMagazine, along with an exclusive one year talent deal with VH1. The new season premieres on Monday, December 12th at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Previously announced singer, actress and entrepreneur, Rita Ora will host the reinvented show with supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, PaperMagazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach serving as panel of judges. Tyra Banks and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers with Banks set to make surprise appearances during the season.

The 14 contestants competing are:

- Binta Dibba, 25 Seattle, WA Twitter: @babybinta | Instagram: @babybinta | Snapchat: @bintadibba #BintaANTM
- Cherish Waters, 25 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @cherishwaters | Instagram: @icherishwaters | Snapchat: @meowmix420 #CherishANTM
- Cody Wells, 26 San Jose, CA Twitter: @TashandCody | Instagram: @tashandcody | Snapchat: @TashandCody #CodyANTM
- CoryAnne Roberts, 19 Bali, Indonesia Twitter: @CoryAnneRoberts | Instagram: @corylovesyou | Snapchat: @coryowns #CoryAnneANTM
- Courtney Nelson, 25 San Francisco, CA Twitter: @courtneynelso11 | Instagram: @courtneypaigenelson| Snapchat: @courtneyn2468 #CourtneyANTM
- Giah Hardeman, 21 Bryan-College Station, TX Twitter: @giah_hardeman | Instagram: @just_giah | Snapchat: @Gailayh #GiahANTM
- India Gants, 20 Seattle, WA Twitter: @india_kate | Instagram: @indiak8 | Snapchat: @indyk8 #IndiaANTM
- Justine Biticon, 18 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @biticonjustine | Instagram: @justinemaebiticon | Snapchat: @justinebiticon #JustineANTM
- Krislian Rodriguez, 25 Los Angeles, CA Twitter: @missKrislian | Instagram: @misskrislian | Snapchat: @misskrislian #KrislianANTM
- Kyle McCoy, 23 Darien, CT Twitter: @KyleAMcCoy | Instagram: @smile4kyle | Snapchat: @KyleAnnMcCoy #KyleANTM
- Marissa Hopkins, 18 Houston, TX Twitter: @MarissaHopkins1 | Instagram: @marissa_hopkins | Snapchat: @marissahopkinsx #MarissaANTM
- Paige Mobley, 22 Birmingham, MI Twitter: @PaigeMobley | Instagram: @paigemobley | Snapchat: @PaigeMobley #PaigeANTM
- Tash Wells, 26 San Jose, CA Twitter: @TashandCody | Instagram: @tashandcody | Snapchat: @TashandCody #TashANTM
- Tatiana Price, 21 Brooklyn, NY Twitter: @hakunama_tat | Instagram: @tatianaelizabethh | Snapchat: @hakunama.tat #TatianaANTM

For more information and updates about "America's Next Top Model," check out ANTM.VH1.com, the official VH1 "America's Next Top Model" page on Facebook and follow @VH1 and @ANTMVH1 on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat #ANTM.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/15/16

Greece Gets Lucky
Antenna 1 to Air Local Format
From World Screen

The Greek version of Global Agency’s studio-based game show Lucky Room has begun airing on Antenna 1.

Global Agency’s deal with production company The Art of Comedy covers 209 episodes. The first nine weeks the show airs weekly. For the remainder of the season it will air daily. The show premiered Sunday.

Izzet Pinto, CEO of Global Agency, noted, “The format has always been one of the most attractive projects in our catalog for the international buyers and this great premiere in Greece showed us its power globally. We are also so happy to be working with The Art of Comedy and Antenna 1 on Lucky Room. I am sure that the show will be a key part of the channel’s programming schedule.”

Nick Christoforou, head of TV productions at The Art of Comedy, commented: “We are very satisfied and happy with the results of Lucky Room’s premiere on Antenna 1. It created excitement, sentiment and engagement among viewers with its first episode on all Greek online channels. The hashtag #LuckyRoom was the trending topic of the night and we had very positive comments from all the viewers as well as the most popular television critics. With its premiere, the show beat two famous movies and also the national football game of Greece.”

World Screen

posted 11/15/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Awkward Dinner"

  • FIRST LOOK: "My Kitchen Rules" (Fox, January 12) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Two days after her grandmother passed, Laurie Hernandez still has emotions (People)
     

  • Survivor China winner Todd Herzog has a relapse. Needless to say, Dr. Phil is taking advantage of it for sweeps, because of course he would (Reality TV World)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 most Billy Eichner moments that Billy Eichner ever Billy Eichnered (Rolling Stone)

posted 11/15/16

2017: The Ball Drops, Then the Wall Drops
NBC Releases "The Wall" January 3
From the Futon Critic

Beginning the new year with a heart-stopping new game show that could change the lives of its contestants in an instant, NBC has set Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT) for the premiere of "The Wall," executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James.

Two previews of "The Wall" will enjoy highly anticipated lead-ins. The first preview will air Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. following the "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular" and the second on Monday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. following the premiere of "The New Celebrity Apprentice."

With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change everyday people's lives in an instant.

Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" will offer a pair of deserving teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

However, the towering wall is not easily conquered. Wildly unpredictable, the wall is capable of millions of different outcomes. As the game progresses, the stakes get even higher when one player is sent into an isolation room behind the wall. It is here where the pair's faith in each other will be tested as the teammates play the remainder of the game without any communication.

A rollercoaster of emotions, the wall gives and the wall takes away. One minute you're up and the next you're one bounce away from zero. In this game, you need both the answers and bounces ... with millions at stake every night.

"The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media.

The Futon Critic
B&C
Cleveland.com
Variety

posted 11/14/16

Ant & Dec Get the Golden Handcuffs
They'll Be Hosting for ITV Until 2019
From the Guardian

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have signed a new three-year “golden handcuffs” deal with ITV thought to be worth over $37 million, as the broadcaster looks to lock in its biggest TV talent.

The duo, who front some of ITV’s biggest shows including I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here, Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway, have secured about a 20% increase over the value of their last three-year deal, reportedly worth just over $31 million.

The extension of the deal to 2019 means Ant and Dec, who began their TV career on BBC children’s show Byker Grove in the late 1980s, will take their exclusive relationship with ITV to 21 years.

“We are absolutely delighted to be extending our relationship with ITV, to continue on the three shows we love as well as exploring further opportunities both in front of and behind the camera,” said the pair.

Ant and Dec, both 40, are critical to the success of ITV as the broadcaster battles its traditional rivals as well as newer competitors such as Amazon and Netflix. During negotiations they hinted publicly that they might look to leave ITV but then went on to say that a move to Netflix or Amazon was “not necessarily for right now”.

“Ant and Dec are incredibly passionate about television and have that rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages, which has helped make the shows some of the biggest on British TV,” said Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television.

The Guardian

posted 11/14/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Off the Market Again for the First Time"

  • GSN Live vet Bob Guiney is a bachelor no more. Again. (People)
     

  • Speaking of the Bachelor, Chris Soules to counsel Nick Viall this season (People)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to South Bend (WNDU South Bend), Milwaukee (WDJT Milwaukee)
     

  • Bob Eubanks heads to Effingham to host Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows (McDonough County Voice)
     

  • Billy Eichner, Jon Hamm want a threesome with you (Vanity Fair)
     

  • O'G3NE go from "The Voice of Holland" to Eurovision (Eurovisionary)

posted 11/11/16


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

Can a game show survive without hustle and BUSTLE?
Can it stand on the back of Nipsey Russell?
Chris Wolvie helps you forget the political SEASON
With a "Games Gone By..." about "Rhyme and Reason"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/11/16

THURSDAY: No Football, No Problem
CBS Wins All Over
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.677 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.222 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (7.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (7.078 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (6.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

The silver then went to NBC (6.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its mix of "Superstore" (4.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), a second "Superstore" (4.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Chicago Med" (7.355 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (6.516 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Notorious" (3.769 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.282 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Rosewood" (3.309 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Pitch" (2.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.776 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Supernatural" (1.685 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.918m
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (F/Food): 1.396m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.147m
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 499k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 472k
- Finding Prince Charming (SF/Logo): 124k

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/11/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Our Very First Show Again!"

  • Steve Harvey to end his daytime show, move to LA for a new project (TV Line)
     

  • Luke Pell gets $1500 for taking his shirt off! (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: THOSE. (USA Today)

posted 11/11/16

Wheel Promises Biggest Secret Santa EVER.
Sears Contest Begins November 28
From Sony PR

Wheel of Fortune has teamed up with Sears for this year’s “Wheel of Fortune Sears Secret Santa Sweepstakes.” Wheel of Fortune has given away more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes to viewers over the last four holiday seasons through the fan-favorite promotion.

This year’s Secret Santa giveaway promises to be the biggest ever. From Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, every in-studio contestant will become a “Secret Santa” to an at-home viewer. During that time, if the viewer has a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID number, he or she will be eligible to win the exact same prizes won by an in-studio contestant, including cars, cash, luxury vacations and a Sears shopping spree.

At the end of regular game play, when the totals for the 2nd and 3rd place contestants are announced, the SPIN ID numbers of the Wheel Watchers Club members they were playing for will be revealed. Those two Wheel Watchers Club members win whatever those contestants won. One lucky Wheel Watchers Club member, whose SPIN ID number is revealed after the Bonus Round, will win whatever the big winner won.

Wheel Watchers Club members whose SPIN ID numbers are revealed will then log on to www.wheeloffortune.com within 24 hours of the broadcast to claim their prizes.

To be eligible to win in the “Wheel of Fortune Sears Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” viewers will have to join the show’s loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club and obtain a SPIN ID number by November 15. Each member is automatically assigned a unique, alpha-numeric SPIN ID Number. It’s free and easy to become a Wheel Watchers Club member at www.wheeloffortune.com.

This season’s partnership marks the eighth consecutive year of promotional collaboration between Sears and Wheel of Fortune. Sears branding will be prominent throughout the two weeks of the Secret Santa-themed shows. One thousand dollars and $7,500 Sears shopping sprees will be featured on the Wheel for these shows.

Sears’ Heroes At Home® program, which teams with Rebuilding Together to make critical home upgrades for military families facing hardship, will also be showcased during Wheel of Fortune’s “Sears Secret Santa Family Week”, “Sears Secret Santa Week” as well as “Veterans Week.” For more information on the program, please visit www.sears.com/heroesathome.

posted 11/10/16

WEDNESDAY: Fox Wins on Empire
Survivor Holds On
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home the top spot on Wednesday with the post-World Series return of "Lethal Weapon" (7.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Empire" (8.136 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

ABC (5.945 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Speechless" (5.609 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Modern Family" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Black-ish" (5.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Designated Survivor" (5.576 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Next up was CBS (7.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Criminal Minds" (7.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Code Black" (6.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Blindspot" (4.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.691 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.521 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.961 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Frequency" (1.082 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 859k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 628k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 533k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 349k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 281k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 252k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 197k

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/9/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show... Part 3"

  • Former "Apprentice" contestants react to the Election results (Reality TV World)
     

  • It's another Reality Steve Bachelor leak, y'all! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sharna Burgess looks to dance next week (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: BBC show looks for quizzers in Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Double Dare reunion special (E!)

posted 11/10/16

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 30
From B&C

Talk shows came to life in the week ended Oct. 30, which included the first two weekdays of the November sweep that runs from Oct. 27 - Nov. 23.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud forged ahead 5% to a new season-high 6.8 to remain the game leader and second only to Judge Judy in overall syndication.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 2% to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.7 for the fourth straight week. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game also was unchanged at a 1.3 for the 10th straight week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/9/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show... Part 2"

  • NON-ELECTION TUESDAY:
    - Chopped Junior (Food): 949k
    - Chopped (Food): 813k
    - Ink Master (Spike): 626k
    - @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 432k
     (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Jeremy Paxman "baffled" by sexism charge on "University Challenge" (Irish Independent)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!:  a Spanish game show host gives her all for her craft (Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak & Vanna White (People)

posted 11/9/16


Orange County Sun
JEAN JACQUES PERREY: 1929-2016
Electronic Music Pioneer Helped Compose "Joker's Wild" Theme
From Washington Post

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the French composer and pioneer of electronic pop music who was best known for co-writing “Baroque Hoedown,” used as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney theme parks, died Nov. 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.

The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Patricia Leroy.

Electronic music composer Dana Countryman, in a tribute to his frequent collaborator posted on Facebook, noted that Mr. Perrey began recording electronic music in 1952, long before the Moog synthesizer was first offered for sale in 1967, calling him “truly the pioneer of popular electronic music.”

“His crazy, happy music has been heard everywhere, from commercials to ‘Sesame Street’ — in hip-hop songs, in dance remixes and most famously, for decades in the delightful featured music in Disneyland’s ‘Main Street Electrical Parade.’ In recent years, his music has even made appearances on ‘The Simpsons,’ and on Comedy Central’s ‘South Park,’ ” Countryman wrote.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Perrey teamed with the American composer Gershon Kingsley to record two groundbreaking electronic pop music albums, “The In Sound From the Way Out” and “Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out!” The latter included “Baroque Hoedown,” which became known to millions of people worldwide when it was used as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland and other Disney theme parks. The pair also composed "The Savers", which became the first theme to the long-running CBS/syndicated series "The Joker's Wild" in 1972.

Mr. Perrey was born Jean Leroy in northern France on Jan. 20, 1929. As a child, he began playing an accordion he received as a Christmas present. While attending medical school in Paris, he met the inventor Georges Jenny, who had created the Ondioline, an electronic keyboard that was a forerunner of the

Washington Post
AV Club

posted 11/8/16

Cooks vs. Cons Returns November 23
Cooking Game Moves to Wednesday
From The Futon Critic

Cooks vs. Cons returns for a new season of the suspenseful culinary competition on Wednesday, November 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Geoffrey Zakarian hosts each episode as four contestants - two professional chefs ("cooks") and two con artists ("cons") - conceal their true identities as they race against the clock to whip up delicious restaurant quality dishes. The pressure is on as they must try to convince a rotating panel of judges, including Ted Allen, Sunny Anderson, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson, Jeff Mauro, Daphne Oz, Curtis Stone, Jet Tila and Justin Warner, that they are the real deal. The cooks' and cons' skills, agility and adaptability are tested as they must incorporate a secret ingredient into their dishes during the two rounds of competition. With a level playing field, and no one knowing who is who, only a blind taste test will prove who has the best dish. If the professional is victorious, they'll take home $10,000, but if an amateur can out cook the pro, they'll walk away with $15,000!

The Futon Critic

posted 11/8/16

MONDAY: NBC Goes Live
Completely Live Night Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday for the eighth consecutive week with its duo of "The Voice" (9.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "The 2016 SNL Election Special" (7.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

ABC (8.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the number two network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Conviction" (3.919 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was CBS (6.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "The Odd Couple" (5.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (6.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Lucifer" (3.508 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.439 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening for The CW (1.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 761k
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 737k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 429k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/8/16

Garth Brooks Heads to "The Voice"
Catch Him on November 14
From Reality TV World

The Voice has signed on Garth Brooks as a key adviser for Season 11's first live show.

NBC has announced Brooks, a country music hall-of-famer, will serve as key adviser for the Top 12 artists on the upcoming Monday, November 14 episode at 8PM ET/PT.

Brooks, 54, will be the first key adviser the franchise has utilized for the uber-important live shows. He will motivate, inspire and guide the contestants along with the show's coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.

Key advisers before him --like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw this season -- worked with artists throughout the "The Knockout Round." Cyrus, singer Taylor Swift, Fun frontman Nate Ruess, and Coldplay's Chris Martin also held down the key-adviser role in previous seasons for the Knockouts.

Reality TV World

posted 11/8/16

WEEKEND: Strange-Ish Things
CBS Wins Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the first place draw on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.204 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.184 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Shark Tank" (5.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "20/20" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.773 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.355 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "The Exorcist" (1.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (0.987 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.559 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.773 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday:
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food/SP): 1.430m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259m
- Worst Bakers in America (Food/SF): 1.146m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 118/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "America: The Results Show"

posted 11/8/16


Steve Ryan
FRED WOSTBROCK: 1961-2016
Agent to Game Show Greats
From GSNN's Chico Alexander

Fred Wostbrock, game show historian and agent for its legends and Hollywood greats alike, passed away from lung cancer early this morning.

The news was posted this afternoon on Facebook by noted game show announcer Randy West.

"Fred and I were buddies through the years that we both struggled to get established in the town and the business in the 1980s," West said in a post. "We became brothers and partners in kicking-ass in town, as agent and talent."

Aside from representing television's greatest from Bill Cullen to Wink Martindale, Wostbrock was also a leading expert on the genre, having co-written "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" with former GSN researcher David Schwartz & "Blockbusters" creator Steve Ryan.

A longtime fan of game shows, Wostbrock was featured on "Good Morning America", E!, "Entertainment Tonight", and ABC before becoming a regular contributor for GSN in 1997, where he was the resident "Mr. Game Show", answering viewer questions and highlighting celebrities or classic game shows each week.

Wostbrock was also the head of the celebrity & game show division at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Studio City, CA. Some of his clients included Adam West, Bob Eubanks, Monty Hall, Peter Marshall, and Lou Ferrigno.

As a game show historian, Wostbrock had the largest collection of game show memorabilia in the United States, including a collection of rare game show photos. "Any project I took on became a project for him, and he was always there with photos, with videos, and with phone numbers," notes Adam Nedeff, author of "Quizmaster" & "The Matchless Gene Rayburn", two best-selling game show biographies that featured Wostbrock's material. "The sentence 'I got your number from Fred Wostbrock' opened a LOT of doors for me in these past few years of writing and researching books."

A Catholic mass is being planned.

News from ME

posted 11/7/16

Fox in 2017
"Hell's Kitchen", "Masterchef Junior" to Return
From the Futon Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for new series THE MICK (special premiere Jan. 1; time period premiere Jan. 3), STAR (special premiere Dec. 14; time period premiere Jan. 4), MY KITCHEN RULES (Jan. 12), 24: LEGACY (two-night event beginning Feb. 5, following SUPER BOWL LI, and continuing on Feb. 6) and APB (Feb. 6); and returning series BONES: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Jan. 3), SLEEPY HOLLOW (Jan. 6) and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Feb. 9). In addition, NEW GIRL moves to its new Tuesday night time period (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), beginning Jan. 3. HELL'S KITCHEN moves to Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, with two all-new back-to-back episodes (8:00-9:00/9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series then premieres in its regular time period Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01). ROSEWOOD moves to its new Friday night time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Jan. 6.

HELL'S KITCHEN moves to Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, with all-new back-to-back episodes (8:00-9:00/9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, Thursday, Jan. 12, HELL'S KITCHEN moves into its regular time period (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of new series MY KITCHEN RULES (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). The No. 1 show in Australia for five years running, MY KITCHEN RULES pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other's food in Hollywood homes. The celebrity pairs include TV host and *NSYNC member Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville. In addition to being judged by their rival competitors, each team will also be critiqued by two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone ("Top Chef Masters") and Cat Cora ("Iron Chef America").

On Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for fifths, with award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay, renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi and an array of celebrity guest judges. The hit culinary competition show gives talented kids the chance to showcase their skills in the kitchen and passion for food through a series of delicious and fun challenges.

Additional premiere dates and schedule details to be announced.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 11/7/16

America's Got The Holidays
"AGT" Spawns Christmas Spectacular December 19
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the show's most successful season in five years, Nick Cannon hosts an astounding evening with a talented cast of performers coming together for a special one-night only "America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular." The judging panel, featuring Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, will also participate in this one-night-only event. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Dec. 19 on NBC.

Music, magic and variety acts celebrate the holidays in a stunning special for fans and families to enjoy. Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal will once again have jaws dropping with a holiday rendition on the ukulele and judge Heidi Klum even joins in on a performance with her Golden Buzzer contestant, Sal Valentinetti. For the first time ever, Professor Splash dives into egg nog and The Regurgitator is using none other than holiday ornaments for his unique performance.

"America's Got Talent" ranked as the #1 broadcast network series throughout the summer, finishing #1 among all primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 networks every week in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. With an average 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall for its Tuesday edition, "Talent" delivered its top-rated season in 18-49 in three years and its most-watched season in five years.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/7/16


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

Want your game show questions made fresh? Want your game show in a Jeopardy!-esque format? Want your game show with "America's Oldest Teenager"? Then check out "Games Gone By..." as Chris Wolvie introduces you to "The Challengers".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/7/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I'm a Sudoku Expert. Get Me Out of Here!"

posted 11/7/16

"Save" the Day
CW Launches "Save to Win" Tomorrow Morning!
From WBRC Birmingham

After a very public and painful split from his high school sweetheart, Pat Neely said he's excited for this new challenge and is happier than ever.

The country fell in love with the Memphis sweethearts when their show Down Home with the Neelys debuted in 2008 on the Food Network--a couple the Bluff City already loved.

Now, Pat Neely is stepping back in the spotlight as host and executive producer of TV's newest game show, Save to Win.

“The cooking show was amazing, and we had a great run, but one of the things I want to do in my new chapter is really expose all of my talents and personality,” said Pat Neely.

A Family Dollar store was built inside a Los Angeles studio for the show. Two teams of two battle in three rounds testing their product knowledge--blindly tasting, smelling, or feeling an item from the studio store to guess what it is.

“When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and I look at myself, and look at everything that's transpired, and I look at where I am now, I mean, who shined the light on Pat Neely?" he asked.

Pat says he never dreamed he would be this happy while starting this new chapter of his life after 50.

“Everyone has a right to want to make a change in their life. Did it hurt? Was it painful? Absolutely it was, but at the end of the day you have to get beyond that,” he said.

Pat Neely's show Save to Win debuts this weekend.

WBRC Birmingham

posted 11/4/16

Grocery Impossible
Flavortown Tournament with Robert Irvine Begins December 4
From the Futon Critic

On this epic four-week crossover tournament of Triple-G, Guy Fieri welcomes Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine, to the Flavortown Market to help test the talents of contestants with three rounds of tough culinary challenges on Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible, premiering Sunday, December 4th at 8pm on Food Network. In each episode, a rotating panel of judges, including Richard Blais, G. Garvin, Robert Irvine and Brandi Milloy will decide which of the three contestants has the culinary creativity to advance, and who is in the express checkout lane of the competition. The last man standing after two grueling rounds will earn $10,000 and a coveted spot in the tournament finale. But before bagging their prize, they will have a shot to double their money in a third round, as their talents are tested in the most impossible challenge yet - a cook-off against Robert Irvine. In the grand finale, the finalists vie for chance to go head-to-head against Robert one last time, and for the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 as well as the title of Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible Champion!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments from the competition, test their supermarket trivia smarts, collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges, and much more. They can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/4/16

THURSDAY: Who Needs Sports?
CBS Wins with Non-Football Lineup
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (8.303 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (7.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (5.962 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.360 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

NBC (5.936 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "Superstore" (4.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Good Place" (4.431 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Chicago Med" (7.423 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Blacklist" (6.146 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.059 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Notorious" (3.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Rosewood" (3.366 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Pitch" (2.773 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) likewise served up fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.737 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Supernatural" (1.840 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.868m
- Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.041m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 983k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 485k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 362k
- Finding Prince Charming (Logo/SF): 131k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/4/16

Speed Round
NBCSN to Launch "Shotgun" on NBCSports.com November 6, then TV November 19
From Yahoo!

Add a quiz show to the types of contests viewers can see on NBCSN – and online, too.

NBC Sports Group is gearing up to launch “Shotgun” an eight-episode series it bills as a “high-octane automotive quiz show” that tests contestants ability to answer questions while riding in the passenger seat of a professional race car around four different courses at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. During the series, Rutledge Wood, host of “Nascar on NBC,” has six contestants ride “shotgun” as professional race-car drivers work the course while they are asked questions ranging from pop culture to geography. Contestants who answer the most questions correctly in each round will move on to the next race course. Each new course will feature unique challenges and a different race vehicle. The last contestant standing after all four rounds wins $25,000.

“This is a new enterprise for us,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN, in an interview. “It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s fast paced. It puts you in the position of the passenger and the contestant in the car. You wonder how you would react.”

“Shotgun” will debut digitally – on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – followed a few weeks later by its television premiere on NBCSN. The first four episodes will be made available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 6, following NBC’s Nascar Sprint Cup race coverage from Texas Motor Speedway. The second four episodes will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Sunday, November 13, following NBC’s Nascar Sprint Cup playoff race from Phoenix. A one-hour television premiere of “Shotgun” will air on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship from Miami. An encore presentation will air Sunday, December 11 on NBC.

Toyota will have a featured role in the series. One of four different Toyota pro-model race cars will be used in different rounds. The cars include the Toyota 86, Toyota Nascar Camry Stock Car, Toyota Formula D Car, and Toyota Tacoma. The automaker has a broader relationship with NBC Sports, lending support to “NASCAR Gridiron Challenge,” prior to NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, and “18 Rising,” which depicted driver Kyle Busch’s return from a broken leg to the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship.

The series is produced by Profiles TV’s Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, creators of “The Amazing Race.”

NBC Sports clearly hopes the new show bolsters its investment in motorsports content. The NBCUniversal unit plans more than 1,800 hours of motorsports programming in 2016, including Nascar, IndyCar, Formula One, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull Global RallyCross and Mecum Auctions.

Yahoo!
Autoweek

posted 11/4/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "This Is For You, Fred"

  • Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani look like they're getting married. (Us)
     

  • Baby Chmerkovskiy... the first couple of pictures (Reality TV World)
     

  • Meanwhile Gleb Savchenko is injured (Us)
     

  • Philip Schofield goes haywire on the Celebrity Juice set....  (Look)
     

  • "1342 QI Facts" guaranteed to leave you flabbergasted (LoveReading)
     

  • ICYMI: train heroes take on "Millionaire" (Military Times)

posted 11/4/16

The Chasers Tip Over
Crossover Event on ITV November 5
From Digital Spy

The Beast, The Governess and The Sinnerman are about to get a taste of their own medicine.

Yes, the dastardly quiz geniuses of The Chase are crossing over to fellow ITV daytime quiz Tipping Point for a charity special, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, testing their coin-pushing skills under the watchful eye of Ben Shephard.

This is clearly the start of the ITVQSU (ITV Quiz Show Universe, obviously) and we welcome it with open arms.

Not only is it a quiz show crossover, it's also the first time we'll see all three Chasers on the screen at once - and in their OWN clothes. One thing that won't probably change though is their usual flawless general knowledge skills.

"It was fun - and nice to be allowed on telly not in costume. I'm never going to be a great buzzer quizzer, but I think we all acquitted ourselves well," Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty told Metro.co.uk.

"It took a bit of time to get the hang of the machine. I worked out that you need to drop the token as the shelf moves AWAY from you. Everyone was delightful and they really seemed pleased to see us, which was nice."

But will those skills be enough for Anne to triumph over Mark 'The Beast' Labbett and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha? Find out on Saturday, November 5 at 6pm on ITV.

Digital Spy

posted 11/3/16

WEDNESDAY: CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
Fox Wins on the Game 7 to End All Game 7s
From the Futon Critic

FOX (39.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1) demolished the competition on Wednesday with the primetime portion of the "World Series, Game 7" (39.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1).

ABC (12.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then was a distant second place with its coverage of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" (12.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (6.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and an original "Code Black" (4.439 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.138 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.048 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.276 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Chicago PD" (3.092 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.630 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Frequency" (0.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) closed out the night on The CW (1.281 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition (Food/SF): 971k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 503k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 361k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 258k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 255k
- Catching Kelce (E!): 249k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 188k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/3/16

Atari Gets in the Game
Classic Video Games Come to Life in South Africa
From Variety

Gaming pioneer Atari is looking to become a global TV player, and South Africa will play a key role in that expansion, the company announced at the Discop Africa TV content market in Johannesburg on Nov. 2.

Robert Blagman, CEO of Media Fusion, who’s been contracted to manage Atari’s TV programing for global distribution and syndication, told attendees that the gaming giant’s first TV series, “Game On,” which is currently in development, is looking to shoot in South Africa.

Talks are underway with local production companies for the unscripted reality game show, which will feature players navigating life-sized sets of popular Atari games.

The announcement underscores the belief of Atari execs that South Africa represents “an incredible area of opportunity,” according to Blagman, with the company hoping to use the country as a production base for other programs as well.

“The more we can do down here, the better,” he says.

Variety
MyBroadband

posted 11/3/16

The Voice Goes Live... And So Does the Vote
Live Shows Begin Next Week
From TV Line

The road to The Voice‘s Top 12 just got a whole lot more nerve-racking.

NBC has announced a twist to the two-hour episode airing Monday, Nov. 7 (8/7c): Everything from the performances to the critiques to the voting results will be broadcast — wait for it — live.

Here’s how it’ll go down: The 20 remaining singers, five per team, will each have a chance to perform. After each performance, viewers can vote on The Voice app — up to 10 votes per artist per team, according to NBC — or on Twitter via the show’s handle (@NBCTheVoice).

Voting results will determine two artists for each team, while the coaches — Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys — will get to save/choose their third team member in real time. The remaining 12 singers, three per team, will then go on to compete in the regular live episodes beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

But fear not, viewers in the West and Mountain time zones — The Voice will tweet the names of all eligible singers, so your votes will be counted along with those watching in the Eastern and Central time zones.

TV Line
TV Line

posted 11/3/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Fly the W"

  • vThese are (allegedly) Nick Cannon's confessions (Us)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: So you want to make a game show...  (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Mary Berry will return to the BBC in a show that's "part Bake-Off, part Upstairs Downstairs" (Digital Spy)
     

  • Adam Levine got the name for his baby from Ellen DeGeneres (Reality TV World)

posted 11/1/16


Endemol Shine/Channel 4
"Deal" Taken to New Heights on Farewell Tour
Catch It on Four in December!
From the List

'Deal Or No Deal' is set to film its final shows in the "most ambitious" places ever attempted on a television show.

Noel Edmonds - who hosted the game show when it first aired in 2005 - is set to bring the program's 11-year run to a close with an unforgettable farewell tour, which will see contestants compete for the £250,000 jackpot inside the Eden Project, on a Boeing 737 airplane and underground in Wookey Hole cave, as well as other unusual locations.

Speaking about the Channel 4 shows finale to Digital Spy, the 67-year-old television presenter said: "These shows are some of the most ambitious ever attempted on television - the sky has quite literally been the limit for this incredibly special series."

And Noel - who has boasted a longstanding career spanning over 40 years presenting light entertainment TV programs - has revealed it was an "honor" for him to meet fans of the channel whilst he was filming, which also saw him travel to Manchester's Trafford Centre, the Flying Scotsman train, and the Great Hall at Longleat House in Bath.

He explained: "It has been an absolute joy and honor to meet Deal's loyal fans whilst out on the road at this hugely exciting time and I can't wait for our loyal audience to see them on screen."

However, the unknown person behind The Banker has admitted his favourite part in the show is watching contestants' hopes for winning the top prize "crushed".

The Banker - who calls Noel on the famous red telephone on the show to tease the gamers with alternative cash prizes - quipped: "I'd thought I'd have a little fun sending Noel all over the place. He needs the exercise at his age. And as it's Christmas I thought I'd do what I love most - watching people's dreams being crushed.

"Though I could be softened up with a little sherry and a mince pie."

'Deal Or No Deal On Tour' will air on Channel 4 in December.

The List
Digital Spy
Metro

posted 11/2/16

Meet the J! Teen Tourney Class of 2016
Catch It Beginning November 9!
From Jeopardy.com

Jeopardy!’s most beloved tournament is back! Don’t miss some of the country’s brightest young minds and future leaders competing for $100,000 in Washington, D.C. Meet the contestants right here, then tune in Nov. 9 through 22 to see them in action.

- Leeyu Addisu: Eighth grader; Ocala, Florida
- Lily Allingham: Sophomore; Wilmington, Delaware
- Jack Bekos: Junior; Elm Grove, Wisconsin
- Michael Borecki: Junior; Darien, Connecticut
- Porter Bowman: Junior; Darien, Connecticut
- Sabrina Duong: Sophomore; La Jolla, California
- Alec Fischthal: Junior; North Woodmere, New York
- Lucia Geng: Junior; Great Neck, New York
- Apurva Kanneganti: Senior; Germantown, Tennessee
- Antonio Karides: Junior; Severna Park, Maryland
- Michael Kwan: Sophomore; Cupertino, California
- Emily LaMonica: Senior; Sayreville, New Jersey
- Sharath Narayan: Sophomore; Madison, Alabama
- Connor Pierce: Freshman; Dallas, Texas
- Jasmine Wheeler: Eighth grader; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Jeopardy.com

posted 11/2/16

Alone Season 3: December 8
History Also to Premiere "The Selection"
From the Futon Critic

HISTORY's fearless survival series "Alone" returns for a ten episode third season, premiering Thursday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of the original unscripted series, "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10PM ET/PT. With higher stakes and greater challenges than ever before, "Alone," will place ten hardcore survivalists - both male and female - alone in the cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina with one mission: to stay alive. There are no camera crews, no teams, and no gimmicks. In a new remote location at the bottom of the globe, survivalists will face treacherous predators like never before, experience unforgiving and unpredictable weather conditions and showcase unbelievable building acumen by creating some of the most ingenious inventions ever seen.

Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience, and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain. Thousands of miles away from home, the survivalists are unaware of when others tap out, increasing the pressure. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown. In the most dangerous season yet, the harsh conditions of Patagonia force the urgent medical evacuation of many individuals throughout the season.

Each episode of "Alone" features the nerve-wracking thrill of watching individuals face the fury of Mother Nature while plunging into a state of isolation unimaginable in today's hyper-connected, always-on world. These participants must battle everything from territorial predators such as puma and wild boar, to sub-zero temperatures of an extremely remote location. Determined to thrive in any environment, the men and women of season three display incredible ingenuity building elaborate creations such as a floating, propeller driven duck trap, self-draining wooden shelter floors, a punji stick boar trap and a live fish refrigerator system.

Immediately following the season three premiere of "Alone," HISTORY debuts its newest unscripted series from executive producer Peter Berg "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10pm ET/PT. The series places 30 men and women with no military background through an immersive, authentic experience led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, while offering insight into the origins of these physical and mental challenges.

Special Operations units around the globe devise extreme training and assessment exercises in order to find the best of the best. "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" instructors employ tests such as tear gas, interrogation stimulation and psychological warfare, driving participants to push themselves to the limits of the human body and mind. It will be the ultimate test of self-discovery, physical strength, and mental limitation. This is not a competition series - no cash rewards - only a test against oneself to see if the mind has the will and strength to push the body to complete the challenges.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/2/16

TUESDAY: Game. Seven.
Fox Wins on World Series
From the Futon Critic

FOX (21.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (21.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

NBC (7.234 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for a distant second place with a "The Voice" (6.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) recap followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (8.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (6.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mix of "The Middle" (5.382 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.099 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.473 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.784 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.521 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.421 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (10.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Bull" (8.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "No Tomorrow" (0.861 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.178m
- Ink Master Redemption (Spike): 601k
- Chopped (Food): 842k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 697k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/2/16

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 23
From B&C

In a slow week for syndicated shows, only one talk show improved: Warner Bros.’ sophomore show Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, which gained 11% for the week and year to a 1.0 live plus same day rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In the week ended Oct. 23, many shows were holding back originals and big shows in preparation for the November sweeps, which run Oct. 27 through Nov. 23. Viewers’ attention also was diverted, with baseball playoffs in full swing and the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 19.

CTD’s Judge Judy led all of syndication for the 12th week in a row, and the court shows for the week, advancing 3% to a 6.9.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 2% to a 6.5 to remain the game leader for the 26th consecutive week.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune recovered 2% to a second-place 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.7 for a third straight round. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rebounded 7% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game stood pat at a 1.3 for the ninth consecutive frame.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/2/16

Another Run in Paradise
Nick to Launch Preview Run in November; Season 2 Bows January
From the Hollywood Reporter

Paradise Run is getting a second season.

Nickeloden has renewed the competition series, with the season premiere set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Hosted by Daniella Monet (Victorious) and shot in Hawaii, Paradise Run features three teams of kids racing across a luxurious resort, competing in a series of funny and adrenaline-pumping challenges.

In each episode, contestants face new obstacles, including propelling down 50-foot slippery slides, quenching the thirst of man-made volcanoes, digging through giant mud pits and racing on football-length zip lines into the hotel's lagoon. Contestants compete for the ultimate prize, a paradise vacation.

The kids-targeted cable network also has scheduled a "sneak-peek week" starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, with episodes featuring Nickelodeon stars including Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin, Addison Riecke, Audrey Whitby, Diego Velazquez and Ryan Newman from The Thundermans, as well as Lizzy Greene, Casey Simpson, Mace Coronel, Aidan Gallagher and Kyla Drew Simmons from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 11/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Meet the Beatles' Manager?"

posted 11/2/16

Nick Viall, Will You Give Out These Roses?
ABC Slots "Bachelor" Return for January 2
From the Futon Critic

When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

During its landmark 20th season, ABC's "The Bachelor" ranked as the No. 1 TV show on Monday night among Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34, beating out the competition, including NBC's "The Voice." In fact for the entire 2015-16 season, the veteran ABC unscripted show finished among TV's Top 5 broadcast entertainment series with Adults 18-34. "The Bachelor" was up year to year in Adults 18-34 to a 3-year high and among Teens 12-17 to a 5-year high.

When Nick took another chance to find love on the latest installment of "Bachelor in Paradise," viewers were excited and truly happy for him. Unfortunately, once again, it wasn't meant to be, leaving everyone to wonder if the sensitive and self-made Midwestern salesman would ever find the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. His journey on "Bachelor in Paradise" made him a fan favorite, with women and men across the country rooting for him to become the Bachelor and continue on his quest to find love.

After all these years, and all the heartbreak, it's finally Nick's turn to hand out the roses. Will he finally find that love he's craved? He believes in finding love on the series and hopes it is his time now.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 11/1/16

MONDAY: No Treats, All Tricks
NBC, ABC Split a Lackluster Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Timeless" (5.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

The silver then went to CBS (6.447 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "2 Broke Girls" (5.848 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "The Odd Couple" (5.119 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Scorpion" (7.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was a new "Dancing with the Stars" (10.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and the special "All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts" (4.633 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on ABC (8.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (3.052 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Lucifer" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.197 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.018 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food/SF): 1.123m
- Cake Wars (Food): 872k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 331k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/16

Stars Get Hounded
A Celebrity Season of "Release the Hounds" on Tap
From Telly Mix

An all star cast has signed up for a brand new celebrity series of Release the Hounds.

The show has aired two celebrity specials to date - a one off in 2014 and a Halloween show in 2015 - but next year will bring a brand new series.

ITV2 have confirmed tonight that the horror game show - now called Release the Hounds: Famous & Freaked - will air on the channel in 2017.

With scarier and bigger challenges than ever before, the scream out loud horror experience has upped the ante for its new series with gruesome and horrifying tests that aim to push the celebrities to the very edge.

Reggie Yates returns as host of the show with seven, one hour episodes planned.

Telly Mix
Radio Times

posted 11/1/16

WEEKEND: Indians 3, Cubbies 2
Shark Tank Falters Against Fox, World Series
From the Futon Critic

Coverage of the "World Series, Game 3" (17.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) sparked FOX (17.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) to another big victory on Friday.

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (7.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (8.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.980 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its annual presentation of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.066 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) followed by "Shark Tank" (4.356 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "20/20" (3.521 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.792 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.731 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (4.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, week two of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Hellevator (GSN/SF): 155k

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food/SF): 1.386m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.119m
- Worst Bakers in America (Food): 944k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Chasing Paul"

  • Paul Sinha to play Nottingham (Nottingham Post)
     

  • The Challenge may be over for Impact Wrestling (Cageside Seats)
     

  • Noel Edmonds... Game show host or spiritual leader? (Vice)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Last Squad Standing" (Oxygen) (Asbury Park Press)

posted 11/1/16

Ken Jennings to Head Team USA
Quiz Olympiad Team Heads to Greece November 3
From Quiz Team USA

Author and game show champion Ken Jennings has been named captain of the American team by the USA Chapter of the International Quizzing Association (iQa). He will lead a group of 16 trivia players, academics, and other know-it-alls to take on adversaries from across the globe at the Quiz Olympiad in Athens, Greece during November 3rd – 6th, 2016.

The national team includes Shane & Lee-Ann Whitlock of Arkansas; Les Chun, Raj Dhuwalia, Julie Ghanbari, Tanay Kothari, Mark Ryder, and Kathryn Verwillow of California; David Legler of Illinois; Tim Polley of Mississippi; Chris Goheen of Pennsylvania; Jean Cui and Brandon Saunders of New York; and Ed Toutant of Texas. Ken Jennings represents the state of Washington, and Paul Bailey of Colorado is the team manager. Members of the team hold a variety of advanced academic degrees, are champions as individuals or on teams from a variety of quiz & trivia competitions, and have won a combined total of over $8 million on television game shows.

The Olympiad will see individuals and teams from 26 nations answering questions in categories including business, culture, entertainment, film, geography, history, lifestyle, literature, media, performing & visual arts, science, sport, and technology.

“I always have a great time when I get to attend one of these international quizzing events, mostly because I love the idea that trivia is a noble, global pursuit. Quizzing should absolutely have its own Olympiad, with all the attendant pomp and prestige and geopolitical pressure and wild shenanigans in the ‘Olympic Village.’ I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” said Jennings. All Team USA members will compete in individual, pairs, and four-member squad events.

The top USA squad will be Jennings, Dhuwalia, Ryder, and S. Whitlock. The top USA age 30 and under (30U) squad will be Cui, Kothari, Polley, and Saunders.

The Quiz Olympiad will be the largest and most diverse competition of its kind ever, with players from all over the world contesting titles and participating head-to-head for the first time. Since 2003, the International Quizzing Association has organized a variety of events worldwide to stimulate mental competition at the local, regional, national and international level. The next World Quizzing Championships take place at over 200 locations across the globe including 20+ locations in the USA on Saturday, June 2, 2017 (see www.worldquizzing.com). The next Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) take place August 4-6, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV (see www.tcona.com).

posted 10/31/16

Sharna Burgess May Have The Three Letters
Knee Injury Forces Dancer Out of "DWTS"
From Reality TV World

Sharna Burgess and her Dancing with the Stars celebrity partner James Hinchcliffe had a great chance to win the mirrorball trophy together, but due to injury, Burgess won't be dancing Monday night -- and possibly for the rest of Season 23.

The Dancing with the Stars pro slipped on her dress and suffered a fall during last week's dress rehearsal for the "Team Dance" round, which unfortunately did some damage to her knee, which had already been in rough shape.

Previously-eliminated DWTS pro, Jenna Johnson, has therefore stepped in, rehearsed and will dance with Hinchliffe for as long as Burgess is out of the competition.

"There is a possibility that Sharna and I have danced our last dance together on this season. It's not an awesome thought," Hinchcliffe, a pro race car driver, said in DWTS video footage obtained by TMZ.

The video featured footage from last week's dress rehearsal when Burgess fell.

"I felt something go a little bit on the inside," the pro dancer said in tears.

Burgess, however, was able to dance in last week's episode because she was informed there was reportedly "no tear" or "major swelling." So fans probably thought she was fine.

Burgess admitted in an interview with People after the show, "When I fell, it was pure panic. I've had an ACL reconstruction on that very same knee, so I was scared to death. In that split moment, you think 1,000 things, but I got up and tried to figure it out."

Reality TV World

posted 10/31/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Full-Size Bar House of Game Show News"

  • So a former "Deal or No Deal" model turned actress is dating a prince... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Amber Rose & Val Chmerkovskiy go on a small date (E!)
     

  • "Ask Me Another" to tape at Haverford (Haverford Clerk)
     

  • @midnight will return to its titular time slot on Election Night... oh yeah, and it'll also be LIVE! (Last Night On)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy Eichner... (PerezHilton)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? And just think... people actually thought THIS would last (Perez Hilton)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey and the mighty Plinko board (TV Line)

posted 10/31/16

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