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THURSDAY: Day 14
NBC Remains the Network to Beat
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) continued its victory tour with another night of "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

CBS (5.158 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (6.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Code Black" (3.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "Rosewood" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Bones" (3.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "BattleBots" (2.993 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Match Game" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and night two of "My Last Days" (0.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 474K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 397K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 364K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 289K
- Winsanity (GSN): 233K
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 169K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/16

WEDNESDAY: Day 13
Guess Who Won Last Night...No Seriously... Guess.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) was the king once again on Wednesday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

CBS (3.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant silver with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (5.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "American Gothic" (2.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was FOX (1.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a marathon of "The Real O'Neals" (2.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "The Real O'Neals" (1.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), even more "The Real O'Neals" (1.888 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), yet another "The Real O'Neals" (1.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Black-ish" (1.938 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the premiere of "My Last Days" (0.548 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 639K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 463K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 170K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 129K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/16

"Project Runway" Returns September 15
Guest Judges Include Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster
From the Futon Critic

Over a decade after it gave fashion design a new look, Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated series Project Runway returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Continuing to uphold the runway legacy, this celebratory season will take fashion to a whole new level. Get ready for a new wave of designers to be pushed to their creative limits as they attempt to "make it work" on the Project Runway catwalk. Determining whether they've created a fashion feat or faux pas will be returning host supermodel, fashion maven and Emmy(R) Award winner Heidi Klum, mentor and co-host Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn, with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Guest judges will include actresses Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster, Shiri Appleby, Camilla Belle and designer Rebecca Minkoff. The season premiere features everyone's favorite - the unconventional challenge - with guest judge Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

"Sugar Showdown" to Return September 14
Josh Elkin to Return as Host
From the Futon Critic

Josh Elkin returns to host a new, supersized, sweet season of Sugar Showdown, premiering Wednesday, September 14th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Cooking Channel. In this decadent competition that celebrates all types of delicious desserts from cakes, to pies, to cupcakes and doughnuts, three expert bakers battle it out in two rounds of challenges that test their baking skills and creativity. First, the competitors must make their best dessert incorporating one mystery ingredient. After a panel of three distinguished judges eliminate one competitor, the finalists must make creations based on a theme. One baker will rise to the top to be crowned the champion, winning bragging rights and $10,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • Another "insider" has a "list" of prospective people for "Dancing with the Stars" (E!)
     

  • Jordan Rodgers' ex... (Reality TV World) ... a pair (Reality TV World) ... and Fast Forward TV.
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)
     

  • Jeremy Vine can't wait for "Make Me an Egghead" (Daily Express)

posted 8/19/16


Spike
Spike Makes "Tracks" September 1
Shad "Bow Wow" Moss to Host
From the Futon Critic

Musical icon and superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera ("The Voice") takes over Spike on September 1st with the debut of "Tracks," a new music-based game show hosted by rapper, actor and television host Shad Moss a.k.a. Bow Wow. The two half-hour specials of "Tracks" premiere back-to-back on Thursday, September 1 starting at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following Spike's popular "Lip Sync Battle: TMI" featuring Aguilera's appearance during the epic Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria "Lip Sync Battle."

Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, "Tracks" is an innovative musical game show where teams of two must guess the name of a song title, with only the song's individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, drums, etc.) as a clue. The show will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performances. One episode features Tommy Lee performing the drum track during game play. Special performances by Aguilera will be featured in both episodes.

Bow Wow brings his nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, and Music) to his hosting duties on "Tracks," having most recently starred as Brody Nelson in the hit CBS show "CSI: Cyber." Prior to that Moss co-hosted the iconic hip hop and R&B music video show "106 & Park" on BET. Originally discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, Moss's solo debut release "Beware of Dog" set off a string of platinum and gold albums that led to six No. 1 singles for the young entertainer. Moss has released five albums and has sold more than 10 million albums to date. His new album, "Underrated," is due out later this year. No stranger to film and television, Moss made his lead role feature film debut in "Like Mike" and has since added "Lottery Ticket," "Johnson Family Vacation," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Hurricane Season" to his list of film credits. Additionally, Moss starred as Charlie in "Entourage" for three seasons and held guest-starring roles in "Moesha," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Brothers Garcia," "Smallville" and "Ugly Betty."

Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler ("Chef Without Borders," "MasterClass"), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith ("Hollywood Game Night," "Face Off") and Jeff Boggs ("Can You Duet?," "Nashville Star"). "Tracks" is produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee "Tracks." Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.

The Futon Critic
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Global Grind
Latina

posted 8/18/16

TUESDAY: Day 12
NBC Wins Another Night of Rio Action
From the Futon Critic

NBC (23.817 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with its primetime portion of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (23.817 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1).

ABC (2.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.582 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and repeats of "The Middle" (1.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.325 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.524 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Zoo" (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.282 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "New Girl" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.292 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.915 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "MADtv" (0.640 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) on The CW (0.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 877K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 815K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 358K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 110K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • There is a perfectly reasonable reason why Chris Harrison isn't hosting "After Paradise" this year... He's in Vegas (E!)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen posts a new picture of her stretch marks (Reality TV World)
     

  • Christina Grimmie's family begins releasing videos of her singles (Reality TV World)
     

  • The front runner for the new Bachelor is ... (Us Weekly)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal headed to Chicagoland (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Michael Strahan banning Kelly Ripa from competing on "The $100,000 Pyramid"? (Gossip Cop)

posted 8/18/16

Millennials, Gen Xers Lined Up for "Survivor"
Catch the Season Premiere September 21
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 33rd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The fall edition of SURVIVOR, filmed in Fiji, is themed "Millennials vs. Gen. X" and will feature 20 castaways who will be separated by generation and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other. Which generation has what it takes to win the game, be crowned the Sole Survivor and win the one million dollar prize? The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

Each group of 10 castaways possesses similar characteristics that represent their generation and help unify their tribe. Millennials, the largest living generational group and most diverse in U.S. history (source: PewResearch.org and U.S. Census Bureau), grew up in a time of rapid change and are often described as having priorities that are vastly different from previous generations. How will this group fare without technology on the island? Will they opt for shortcuts in challenges or go the distance? Generation X forms the bridge between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials and has been collectively labeled as hard-working and independent people. Will they be able to find some commonalities with the younger castaways or stick to their own group? Will their differences and preconceived beliefs be too much to overcome?

This season's cast includes an assistant district attorney, a youth pastor, a police sergeant, a television writer, a professional gamer and the youngest player to ever compete in the game, a high school student.

The battle unfolds between generations when the two tribes compete on SURVIVOR:

Millennials - "Vanua" Tribe

Michaela Bradshaw
Age: 25
Fort Worth, Texas
Vacation Club Sales

Michelle Schubert
Age: 28
Yakima, Wash.
Missionary Recruiter

Jessica "Figgy" Figueroa
Age: 23
Nashville, Tenn.
Bartender

Adam Klein
Age: 25
San Francisco, Calif.
Homeless Shelter Manager

Hannah Shapiro
Age: 24
West Hollywood, Calif.
Barista

Zeke Smith
Age: 28
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Asset Manager

Justin "Jay" Starrett
Age: 27
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Real Estate Agent

Taylor Stocker
Age: 24
Post Falls, Idaho
Ski Instructor

Mari Takahashi
Age: 31
Los Angeles, Calif.
Professional Gamer

Will Wahl
Age: 18
Long Valley, N.J.
High School Student

Gen X - "Takali" Tribe

Rachel Ako
Age: 37
Los Angeles, Calif.
Recruiting Director

Sunday Burquest
Age: 45
Ostego, Minn.
Youth Pastor

Chris Hammons
Age: 38
Moore, Okla.
Trial Lawyer

Lucy Huang
Age: 42
Diamond Bar, Calif.
Dietitian

Bret LaBelle
Age: 42
Dedham, Mass.
Police Sergeant

Jessica Lewis
Age: 37
Voorheesville, N.Y.
Asst. District Attorney

Ken McNickle
Age: 33
Denver, Colo.
Model

Ciandre "CeCe" Taylor
Age: 39
Granada Hills, Calif.
Insurance Adjuster

Paul Wachter
Age: 52
Sugarloaf Key, Fla.
Boat Mechanic

David Wright
Age: 42
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Television Writer

The Futon Critic
TV Line
E!

posted 8/17/16

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 7
From B&C

Entertainment magazines got a brief break from being preempted in the week ended Aug. 7, which fell between the end of the Democratic National Convention and the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio on Aug. 5.
 
CTD’s Judge Judy added 2% to lead the courts and all of syndication with a four-week high 6.5, even though the show was in repeats for the week. CTD’s Hot Bench, also in reruns, gained 5% to a 2.2 and ranked fourth among daytime strips, behind Judy, Phil and Live for the 14th straight week.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 3% to a 6.4, putting it in second place in all of syndication behind Judge Judy but in the game lead for the 15th week in a row.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune added 4% to a 5.4, after dropping to nearly a four-year low in the prior week. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 5.2. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game held steady at a 1.3. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at a 1.2 for the fifth week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/17/16

MONDAY: Day 11
Another Night, Another Gold Medal for NBC
From the Futon Critic

It was another NBC (23.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1) victory on Monday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (23.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1).

Second place then went to ABC (3.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.161 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was CBS (3.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (3.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), another "Mom" (3.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (2.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Scorpion" (2.971 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.392 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And The CW (1.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise went with second runs of "Supergirl" (1.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Supergirl" (1.003 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 789K
- Are You The One? (MTV): 736K
- Are You The One? (MTV/SF): 674K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 393K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 212K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fight Club"

posted 8/17/16

"Millionaire" Turns 17
Quiz Show that Jump-Started the Revolution Began on This Date in 1999
From Decider

There were surely summer TV sensations before Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and there definitely were summer TV sensations after it (just the next year, Survivor debuted and created the reality television genre as we know it). The revolution that Millionaire kicked off was more short-lived and cyclical. Game show trends come and go — just this summer, ABC experienced success (though on a much, much more modest scale) with the revivals of Match Game and The $100,000 Pyramid — and the massive success of Millionaire only spiked the primetime game show trend for a few years. Long enough to make room for The Weakest Link, but still only a few years.

But what a summer that was! Regis Philbin, at just shy of age 68, was suddenly the hottest star on all of TV, all because ABC promised to pay out a million bucks to anyone who could successfully answer a succession of increasingly difficult multiple choice questions. It’s hard to understate just how pervasive things like “Is that your final answer?” and “I’d like to phone a friend” became, almost immediately. But beyond the buzzwords, Millionaire set the template for how game shows would look (dark studios, glowing blue color schemes) and feel (high drama; personal stories from the contestants) for years to come.

Here’s what’s crazy: the original run of the series on ABC primetime only lasted three years. The network rode the success of the show hard, airing it on multiple nights and throughout the year. Odds are the show’s popularity wouldn’t have lasted much longer if they’d have slow-played it either, but it’s notable that less than three years after the show debuted, it was downsized to daytime syndication.

Of course, the most famous moment in the history of the show was in November of 1999, when John Carpenter became the show’s first ever million-dollar winner. Was the question dumbed down because producers were impatient at not having a million-dollar winner yet? No one can say. But knowing that Richard Nixon appeared on Laugh-In is pretty easy for a million-dollar question. Compare that to the second million-dollar question (“How many million miles is it from the Earth to the sun?”) and it becomes a little glaring.

But we remember Millionaire fondly. Without it, the term “lifeline” wouldn’t have as many meanings. And The Curious Case of Benjamin Button would have won the 2008 Oscar for Best Picture. And Regis Philbin wouldn’t have … nah, Regis always finds something.

Decider
KTNV Las Vegas

posted 8/16/16

Warwick Davis "Towers" Over ITV
Endemol to Produce New Quiz
From C21 Media

ITV in the UK has commissioned a daytime quizshow based on an Endemol Shine format and has tapped actor and comedian Warwick Davis to present it.

Tower of Ten (20×60′) will be produced by UK prodco Initial, part of Endemol Shine Group, and sees teams of five people answer questions relating to top-10 lists, with the potential jackpot being £100,000 (US$129,030).

It will be presented by Davis, who has appeared in TV series such as Life’s Too Short as well as feature films including Willow, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Mirella Breda, MD of Initial, said: “Tower of Ten takes our obsession with top-10 lists and turns it into a new, highly addictive play-along quiz for the whole family to enjoy.”

The program was commissioned by ITV director of daytime Helen Warner and daytime commissioning editors Clare Ely and Jane Beacon.

C21 Media

posted 8/16/16

SUNDAY: Day 10
Sunday Fun & Games Takes a Big Hit Thanks to the Olympics
From the Futon Critic

NBC (26.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its primetime portion of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (26.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1).

ABC (4.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was king of the leftover audience with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.021 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.486 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Match Game" (3.580 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Madam Secretary" (2.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "BrainDead" (1.828 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.092 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.107 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.345 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.304 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.031 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on FOX (1.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 987K
- Chopped (Food): 972K
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 912K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 143K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/16/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wherewithal the Hosts"

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: are game show hosts going extinct? (Deadspin)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Wall" is heading to Philly (Philly Voice)
     

  • Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? Right here (The Mary Sue)

posted 8/16/16

Good Nightly, Larry Wilmore
"@midnight" to Move to 11:30 in the Interim
From ABC News

Larry Wilmore's "The Nightly Show" has been axed by Comedy Central, ABC News has confirmed.

In a statement, Comedy Central said, "We thank Larry and The Nightly Show staff for their tireless efforts across the past two years and the conversations the show generated by addressing social issues of great importance to the country, always challenging people’s attitudes, perceptions and bias."

In the end, however, it came down to the show's poor ratings.

Despite much media coverage, and Wilmore's hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, the show "hasn’t been translating to our audience," Comedy Central's president Kent Alterman told The Wrap. "It is really sad for us because we not only respect and value Larry, we really have such affection for him and what he’s been doing."

"When we took a hard look -- especially after the conventions, where we also didn't see any traction we were hoping for -- we didn't have enough evidence to justify committing to another year," the executive said in the statement.

Wilmore released a statement in response to the news, expressing gratitude to the network, Jon Stewart, and fans of "The Nightly Show," but added he was, "...saddened and surprised we won't be covering this crazy election or 'The Unblackening' as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on 'The Unblackening' happening to my time slot as well."

The last episode of "The Nightly Show," which debuted in the time slot formerly held by "The Colbert Report," will air Thursday night.

The Chris Hardwick-hosted comedy game show "@Midnight" will be bumped to an earlier 11:30 p.m. time slot until a replacement nightly show is up and running.

ABC News
Vulture
Billboard
B&C

posted 8/15/16

Too Many Worst Cooks
"Worst Cooks: Celebrity Edition" to Return September
From the Futon Critic

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition is back for a second helping with food masters Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray each leading a team of celebrity cooking disasters through an intense culinary boot camp where the most improved cook wins $50,000 for their charity, as well as bragging rights for their team leader. The celebrity recruits are: Mindy Cohn, Matt Dallas, Tommy Davidson, Barbara Eden, John Henson, Loni Love, Kenya Moore, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Nicole Sullivan. Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) and the winner is named during the season finale on Wednesday, November 2nd at 9pm.

"With Anne and Rachael at the helm of this star-studded cooking boot camp, the competition is fierce and the laughs are non-stop," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The celebrities enter as comical kitchen disasters, and watching them gain culinary confidence is entertaining and ultimately inspiring."

In the first episode, Anne and Rachael assess the skill of the recruits by having each celebrity cook a dish using some unique ingredients from Hollywood gift swag bags. Then, the recruits are taught to prepare a post-party simple steak and eggs dish, which proves to be much harder than expected for these clueless cooks. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity is sent back to Tinsel Town and the recruits learn that boot camp is no walk down the red carpet. Upcoming episodes feature Oktoberfest-themed beer and sausage challenges, a Halloween Bloody Mary battle and the return of trivia game Family Food. Guests include last season's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition winner Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and runner-up Kendra Wilkinson, television personality Sara Gore and Cooking Channel's Laura Vitale.

Viewers can watch highlights, get culinary tips and find out more about their favorite recruits at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks. Join the star-studded conversation on Twitter using #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/16

THURSDAY: Day 7
NBC Gets the Gold Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (31.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1) was the top draw on night seven of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (31.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1).

CBS (4.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver medalist with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.318 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (4.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (5.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Code Black" (3.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "BattleBots" (2.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.554 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.320 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise served second runs of "Rosewood" (2.392 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bones" (2.250 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (1.084 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 622K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 504K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 369K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 323K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 309K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 207K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 194K
- Man vs Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 176K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Worldwide Leader..."

posted 8/15/16

TBS Drops the Mic
Rap Battle from James Corden Ordered to Series
From the Futon Critic

TBS, a division of Turner, is injecting a little groove into its original series lineup. The network has greenlit Drop the Mic, a new mixture of comedy and music from executive producers James Corden and Ben Winston. Joining them as executive producer is Jensen Karp, former battle rapper Hot Karl. Drop the Mic is already a huge viral and digital success as an ongoing popular segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 and is slated to join the TBS lineup in 2017.

Drop the Mic will pit four celebrities against each other in a rap battle royale packed with "I can't believe they just said that" moments. Each week's winner will be chosen by the studio audience. TBS has ordered 16 episodes of Drop the Mic, with a host to be announced later. The show is TBS's first new unscripted series since the arrival of Michael Bloom, who joined TBS & TNT in June as senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming.

"James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content," said Bloom. "This series embodies the kind of unique and surprising programming we are looking for as we reinvent our approach to this genre within the new TBS brand."

"Drop the Mic is such an exciting show, and we can't wait to begin making it," said Winston. "Every time we have done this segment on The Late Late Show, it has become a massive viral moment. Now with TBS as our perfect partner, we hope to create some really memorable television."

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/16

Superstars in Flavortown
Food Network Slots Guy's Grocery Games Event
From the Futon Critic

Eight top celebrity chefs battle it out in an epic five-week competition of the most intense challenges the Triple-G aisles have ever seen on Guy's Superstar Grocery Games, premiering Sunday, August 28th at 8pm on Food Network. Guy Fieri tests contestants Richard Blais, Maneet Chauhan, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Damaris Phillips, Jet Tila and Justin Warner in a series of off-the-hook market challenges to prove their innovative culinary abilities, with shocking twists and turns along the way. Each week judges Troy Johnson, Carl Ruiz and Aarti Sequeira will decide who has the culinary creativity to advance and who is in the express checkout lane of the competition. The one chef who can survive all the grueling challenges Guy throws down will be crowned the first Superstar Champion ever, and will bag a $40,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments with the Superstars 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 on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/16

WEDNESDAY: Day 6
NBC Wins on Olympics... Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (26.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1) held onto the top spot with its "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (26.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1) coverage.

CBS (3.739 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home a distant second with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (5.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (2.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "American Gothic" (2.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was ABC (2.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its marathon of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.280 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), more "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.951 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), yet another "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (1.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Black-ish" (1.724 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.775 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) opted for a repeat "MasterChef" (1.775 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.410 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.164 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 589K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 509K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 346K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 256K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/16

Fresher Paint
ITV Greenlights "Spotless"
From Realscreen

ITV has set a late August premiere date for its forthcoming game show Spotless from ITV Studios-owned entertainment label Possessed.

The game show, which is slated to air on August 20 at 7:15 p.m. BST, will feature two couples competing in wet paint-covered games where they must remain “absolutely spotless” to win a cash prize.

High-tech, super-slow motion cameras will follow the action to allow viewers to spot every drop of paint.

After every game, the “Spotless Scanner” will determine the cleanliness of each competitor by using never-before-seen 3D scanning technology capable of detecting a dot of paint less than one millimeter in circumference.

Spotless was created by Simon Crossley and commissioned by ITV head of comedy entertainment Peter Davey. Possessed MD Glenn Hugill will executive produce the series alongside series producer Anna Dunkley.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the format internationally.

Realscreen

posted 8/11/16


TrekCore
BARRY JENNER: 1941-2016
Actor Helped Contestant Scaled "The $100,000 Pyramid"... TWICE
From various sources

Barry Jenner, an actor who was known best for playing Admiral William Ross on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died Aug. 9, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 75.

Jenner, who was born Jan. 14, 1941, in Philadelphia, took up acting at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City, where he landed onstage roles including “Club Champion’s Widow,” which starred Maureen Stapleton, and “Put Them All Together,” which starred Mariette Hartley.

Soap opera viewers may also remember Jenner on “Another World” during the 1976-1977 season. Jenner played Evan Webster. During the 1980s, he appeared on “Knots Landing” and “Dallas.” Sitcom fans recognize him as Lt. Murtaugh, Carl's glory-seeking boss on "Family Matters".

Actor Armin Shimerman, who played Quark, the Ferengi bartender on “Deep Space Nine,” tweeted, “My heart is broken.My thoughts are in grief&incomprehension.My good friend Barry Jenner has passed.Condolences to Suzanne&all who loved him.”

Movie reviewer Rhett Bartlett tweeted, “You’d want him in your corner for ‘$100,000 Pyramid,” a reference to Jenner’s many appearances on the 1980s incarnation of the classic game show. He helped a contestant win $100,000 when Dick Clark was the show’s host. Jenner also helped another contestant win the top prize when John Davidson hosted the show.

Legacy.com
Redshirts Always Die
The Guardian
Deadline
TV Line
NBC News
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/11/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Worldwide Leader..."

posted 8/11/16


ESPN/Variety
JOHN SAUNDERS: 1955-2016
ESPN Personality Hosted "The Superstars"
From ESPN

John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61.

Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.

Born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal. He played at Western Michigan and Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of his time.

Saunders was a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and served on the board of directors.

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades," said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. "His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

"He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

John Saunders led the hosting team of ABC's brief revival of "The Superstars" in 2009.

GSNN's Doug Morris, Jason Huhn & Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

ESPN
Deadspin
TMZ
TV Line

posted 8/10/16


CBS
Big Renewal
Big Brother Renewed Through 2018
From the Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 19th and milestone 20th seasons for broadcast in summer 2017 and 2018. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since it premiered on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, all three weekly broadcasts rank among the top five programs in A18-34, and the top 10 programs in A18-49 and A25-54.

In addition, since its premiere to date, this summer's BIG BROTHER is the most social series on TV, according to Nielsen Social, and total streams across digital platforms are up 33% over last year.

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TV Line
TV Insider
Cinema Blend
Bustle

posted 8/10/16

TUESDAY: Day 5
NBC Wins on Olympics
From the Futon Critic

NBC (33.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.9, #1) once again was the big winner on Tuesday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (33.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.9, #1).

ABC (2.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a very distant second with its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.427 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Middle" (1.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (5.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Zoo" (3.606 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.993 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "New Girl" (0.782 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Lucifer" (1.050 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (1.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "MADtv" (0.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 910K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 759K
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 719K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 316K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 141K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/10/16

Descubra Abaixo!
"Still Standing" Drops in Portugal
From C21 Media

Warner Bros International Television Production has acquired the local remake rights to an Armoza Formats gameshow in Portugal.

The company will work on a Portuguese version of Still Standing following the deal.

The show was recently commissioned for new seasons in Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and Mexico alongside long-running versions in Spain (currently on the air stateside on Azteca), Israel, Hungary and China.

The French version launched this week on D8 in access primetime, achieving 523,000 viewers for a 3.7% audience share making D8 the leading DTT channel in that timeslot.

The format was originally created by Channel 10 in Israel and July-August Productions. It sees 10 contestants compete in fast-paced trivia battles, with unsuccessful candidates dropping through the floor as they are eliminated from the quest to win US$1m.

C21 Media

posted 8/10/16

Can You "Beat Shazam"?
Fox Orders Game Show from Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff
From the Hollywood Reporter

In the wake of American Idol's end, Fox is adding a new musical entry to its unscripted slate.

The network has picked up an interactive musical game show based on the Shazam app from Mark Burnett, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Beat Shazam centers on individuals competing to identify a particular song, much the way the Shazam app helps users find out the title and artist behind a track. Those who are successful will then have to go up against the app for the top prize. Burnett will exec produce with Jeff Apploff (Don't Forget the Lyrics) and Shazam Entertainment Limited will be a partner on the series. No premiere date has yet been announced.

Founded in 1999, Shazam has reached more than 12 billion tags and has more than 500 million users on its app.

Burnett also has the reality dating show, Coupled, on Fox that launched earlier this summer in addition to his long-running series on CBS (Survivor) and NBC (The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice).

Since American Idol wrapped its 15-season run in April, Fox has been aggressive in building out its unscripted slate with younger projects American Grit and Home Free joining more veteran programs like MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance.

Beat Shazam is one of two new game shows coming to Fox, the other being an adaptation of the U.K. hit You're Back in the Room, which will be hosted by Taye Diggs. Fox's other upcoming unscripted series include the cooking show My Kitchen Rules and survival competition series Kicking and Screaming.

The Hollywood Reporter
Jezebel
Mixmag
Uproxx
CNET
Music Times
Yahoo!
Rolling Stone
Stashed

posted 8/10/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "HER Line, Apparently"

  • Aisha Tyler's criminal mind gets her promoted to series regular (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal heads to Chi-town (CBS Chicago)
     

  • Because you always wanted to know, how Pointless collects its surveys (Den of Geek!)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The most random answer in "Family Feud" history... apparently (News.com.au)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST (and frankly NSFW) REVIEW: Naked Attraction (Huffington Post)
     

  • Chad Johnson apologizes to Sarah Herron for being a right Richard (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rove McManus (Stuff)

posted 8/10/16

De-Coupled
Fox Cancels Dating Series
From C21 Media

Fox has cancelled one Mark Burnett-produced series but added another in the form of a gameshow based on the music recognition app Shazam.

The US network will not be making a second season of Burnett’s dating series Coupled, the first season of which came to an end on Fox on last week.

The format was among 19 brought by distributor MGM International Television Distribution to MipFormats and MipTV earlier this year.

Fox has quickly got back into business with Burnett however by ordering Beat Shazam from the The Voice and Survivor executive producer.

The interactive musical gameshow challenges contestants to see if they can recognize popular tracks and is based on a feature in the app, which claims to have 120 million active users.

Shazam Entertainment is producing the series alongside Burnett and Don’t Forget the Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff. A launch date for the series has not yet been set.

C21 Media
Deadline

posted 8/9/16

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for Week Ending July 31
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil in reruns and Live with Kelly fought off the summer doldrums plaguing most of syndication in the session ending July 31 and battled to a first-place tie atop the talk shows.

Both strips grew 4% to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and were the only talkers among the top nine moving up in a difficult week, which was further complicated by preemptions and time period shifts due to coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

For Kelly, this marks the eighth time in nine weeks that the show has been first or tied for first in households. In addition, it was also tops in talk among women 25-54 with a 1.2 demo rating.

Further back, third-place Ellen DeGeneres slipped 6% to a new season low 1.6.

Judge Judy, while in repeats on four days, was the only one of the six court shows on the chart getting a favorable Nielsen verdict, improving 2% to a 6.4 and coming within two-tenths of a point of overall syndication leader Family Feud.

Back in the national ratings, Family Feud declined 6% to a6.6, but continued to top the syndication leader board while trouncing all game show competitors for the 14th consecutive week.

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

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2** -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 +2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 +8%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/9/16

MONDAY: Day 4
NBC Wins with Rio Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (28.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1) continued its win streak on Monday with its primetime coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (28.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1).

ABC (3.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the distant silver with new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.514 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.099 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (3.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (3.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Mom" (3.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "The Odd Couple" (3.021 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Scorpion" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.302 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Supergirl" (1.040 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.058 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 650K
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 596K
- Are You The One (MTV): 536K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 424K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 164K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 111K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/9/16

Jeff Stelling Hopes for the Best... Alphabetical-ly
Catch It on ITV
From Hartlepool Mail

Jeff Stelling is set to host a new quiz show coming to our screens next week.

The Sky Sports presenter, who previously led Channel 4’s Countdown, is heading up ITV’s new daytime quiz Alphabetical.

Despite the number of quizzing rivals, he thinks Alphabetical has “every chance” of success. The 61-year-old dad-of-three said: “It has a lot of competition out there, so I’m well aware of what the standard is like.

“The Chase, Pointless and Tipping Point have all done fantastically well in recent years, and before that you look back to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Million Pound Drop.

“Of course, there are a lot that haven’t flown at all, so we just hope that Alphabetical is one of the former and not one of the latter.”

The show sees three contestants pitted against a returning champion in a series of games based around the alphabet. Over four rounds, the aim is to bank as much time as possible in preparation for the final, whittling the contestants down to one who’ll face the reigning champ in a bid to win the jackpot.

Hartlepool Mail

posted 8/9/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sunday"

  • SUNDAY:
    - Chopped (Food): 924K
    - Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 847K
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 729K (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Mariah Carey called "American Idol" the most abusive thing she's ever done. Cue the "American Idol" alums (Billboard)
     

  • Jackie "Jax" Cole fighting thyroid cancer (MyCentralJersey.com)
     

  • Kym Johnson, Robert Herjavec post their honeymoon photos (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers (Reality TV World)

posted 8/9/16

Ten Years, 15 Seasons, and Two Networks Later...
Catch the New Season of "Project Runway" September 15
From the Hollywood Reporter

More than a decade after Project Runway rocked the fashion world, Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated series returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Year after year, Project Runway hopefuls have competed stitch by stitch for the chance to make their mark on the world of fashion. Having propelled aspiring designers into the style spotlight, Project Runway has left no sequin un-sewn. Continuing to uphold the runway legacy, this celebratory season will take fashion to a whole other level with 16 new designers. Determining whether they've created a fashion feat or faux pas are returning judges Heidi Klum, Marie Claire's creative director Nina Garcia, creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn, who once again will have the power to "save" one designer from elimination.

To help decide which designer will be crowned fashion royalty and who will be "cut" from the competition are guest judges, actresses Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Camilla Belle (When a Stranger Calls), Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Shiri Appleby (UnREAL), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Carly Chaiken (Mr. Robot). Additional influencers joining the judges panel are The Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, Project Runway Junior judge Kelly Osbourne, model Lucky Blue Smith and Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider.

The Project Runway Season 15 designers are:
- Alex Snyder (30) San Francisco, CA
- Brik Allen (26) Baton Rouge, LA
- Cornelius Ortiz (24) Boston, MA; hometown: Worcester, MA
- Dexter Simmons (32) Oakland, CA
- Erin Robertson (29) Cambridge, MA; hometown: Provo, UT
- Ian Hargrove (30) Chicago, IL
- Jenni Ricetti (22) San Francisco, CA
- Kimber Richardson (42) New York, NY; hometown: Houston, TX
- Tasha Henderson (33) Shreveport, LA
- Laurence Basse (41) Los Angeles, CA; hometown: Paris, France
- Linda Marcus (55) Milwaukee, WI; hometown: LaCanada Flintridge, CA
- Nathalia JMag (23) Framingham, MA
- Rik Villa (31) Los Angeles, CA
- Roberi Parra (32) Miami, FL; hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
- Sarah Donofrio (34) Portland, OR; hometown: Toronto, Canada
- Mah-Jing Wong (28) Philadelphia, PA

The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business. Sally Beauty will supply a year's worth of products along with a $25,000 cash prize. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world from Best Western Hotels and Resorts will also be provided, and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The winner will also receive a new Lexus IS sedan and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/8/16


CBS
THURSDAY: You, Me and the End
Big Brother Helps CBS to First
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.788 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Big Brother 18" (5.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (3.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.086 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with its "Olympic Preview Special" (5.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a repeat of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "BattleBots" (3.265 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Greatest Hits" (3.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Greatest Hits" (3.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Home Free" (1.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the season finale of "Home Free" (2.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.201 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.106 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 949K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/SP): 694K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 580K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV/SP): 501K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 344K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 339K

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posted 8/8/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Cue the Outrage"

  • Want to stream last night's "Match Game" on Hulu? That'll be $8, please (TV Line)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the best... and worst... panelists on Match Game 16 (Decider)
     

  • Jeff Stelling & Rachel Riley... together again for the first time, it's Friday Night Football (JOE)
     

  • Snoop & Martha Stewart met on "Pyramid"... now they're cooking dinner together. That's gangsta (Stereogum)
     

  • Mark Labbett is a Beast in the ring. Trust me, this makes sense (Hull Daily Mail)
     

  • Ophira Eisenberg plays Williamstown (WAMC Albany)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: celebs that appear on game shows make more than they win for charity. Like this is somehow a new thing (Daily Express)

posted 8/8/16



ABC
ABC Bringing Back ALL Of Its Throwbacks
"Feud", "Pyramid", "Match Game", "Truth" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network announced pick-up orders for summer sensations "Celebrity Family Feud," "The $100,000 Pyramid," "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth."

"We're thrilled by the performance of each of our game shows and the reception they received from the fans," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. She added, "The success of these shows is due in large part to the strength of our hosts, Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson."

"Celebrity Family Feud", which will enter its fourth season, averages 8.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.7/7 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. With more than 8.0 million Total Viewers, ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" is Sunday's most watched broadcast series this summer and also ranks among the Top 5 most watched shows overall on the broadcast networks this summer (No. 5). "Celebrity Family Feud" dominates its 8:00 p.m. time slot in Total Viewers, outdrawing runner-up CBS' "Big Brother 18" by 14%. In fact, ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" has drawn a larger overall audience than "Big Brother" on each of their 6 head-to-head match-ups.

"The $100,000 Pyramid", renewed for season 2, averages 7.7 million Total Viewers and a 1.6/6 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. ABC's "The $100,000 Pyramid" is the summer's No. 1 new show and leads its Sunday 9:00 p.m. time period in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is ABC's most watched summertime program in the Sunday 9:00 p.m. hour in 15 years - since "Millionaire" during the summer of 2001.

"Match Game", returning for its second go-round, averages 6.5 million Total Viewers and a 1.4/5 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. "Match Game" ranks No. 1 in Sunday's 10:00 p.m. hour in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. ABC's broad-appealing game show also wins its time slot with Women 18-49 and Men 18-49. "Match Game" is ABC's highest-rated summertime program in the Sunday 10 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 in 10 years and most watched in 15 years - since the summers of 2006 and 2001, respectively. "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 number in 4 years - since 8/20/06 and 7/15/12, respectively.

"To Tell the Truth", whose first episodes were on hold since last year, averaged 5.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.2/4 in Adults 18-49 during its run, improving its hour for ABC over "Extreme Weight Loss" during the comparable weeks last summer by 86% 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.

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posted 8/5/16


Keshet-DCP/TBS
Spain Makes a Deal
"Deal With It" Greenlit to TEN
From C21 Media

Spain’s DTT channel TEN has licensed the format rights to a hidden-camera prank gameshow from Israel’s Keshet International.

A Spanish version of Deal With It! Is being developed for the network’s autumn schedules.

Keshet holds the global distribution rights to the format, as well as two finished seasons of the US version produced by Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions, Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting in association with Lionsgate Television for TBS.

Record in Brazil, W Network in Canada, RCN in Colombia, Viasat in Denmark and Antenna in Greece are among the broadcasters to have already aired versions of the show.

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posted 8/5/16

"Fifteen to" ... 7? 8?
Sandi Toksvig Quizzer Renewed
From Chortle

Talk about a Great Dane.

Sandi Toksvig will return to Fifteen To One, as Channel 4 has ordered the seventh and eighth seasons of the revived daytime quiz show, comprising a total of 100 episodes.

The comedian also takes over from Stephen Fry as the host of the new series of the BBC's QI when it returns later this year.

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posted 8/5/16

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother Takes The Kids, Talent Takes Everyone Else
NBC Wins Night Overall
From TV Line

CBS’ Big Brother this Wednesday drew 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, ticking up week-to-week to edge out America’s Got Talent for the nightly win.

Closing the Eye’s night, American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.5) was steady.

Over on NBC, AGT (9.1 mil/1.7) ticked down week-to-week. The Night Shift‘s double-pump did 5.2 mil/0.9 and then 4.7 mil/0.8, both down from last week and with the second hour tying a season low in the demo.

ABC’s coverage of the CMA Music Festival (5.5 mil/1.1) added a few eyeballs versus last year while matching the demo rating…. Fox’s MasterChef (3.7 mil/1.1) ticked up… The CW’s Penn & Teller (1.4 mil/0.4) was up a tenth, while Whose Line (1.4 mil/0.4) was flat.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 718K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 605K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 489K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/SF): 260K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 259K

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posted 8/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Kiss With Your Fist"

  • The case of "The Block NZ" infiltrates (NZ Herald)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: teams wanted for "FUN NEW GAME SHOW" (Reality Wanted) and players wanted for "Intelligence Test" (Reality Wanted)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: "Cash Trapped" ends its first week on a high note... so naturally Twitter decides to blur the line between newsworthy and news (Daily Star)
     

  • Channing Dungey would like to see a more diverse "Bachelor" cast, forgetting that JoJo ultimately sent the diverse cast home in favor of... well, what we got (TV Line)

posted 8/5/16


CBS
"Big Brother" to Play Fall... on CBS All Access
Casting Underway for SVOD Season
From the Hollywood Reporter

CBS has not one but two big twists in store for the next season of Big Brother.

The upcoming cycle of the long-running reality series will move to the fall and air exclusively on CBS All Access, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Season 19 will run 10 weeks, slightly shorter than a normal season. The new season will come not long after the season-18 finale, which is slated for Sept. 21. It will be an expansion of the franchise and will not replace the annual summer season of Big Brother, which will continue to air on the flagship CBS network, according to a knowledgeable source.

The news comes a week ahead of CBS' presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The move is a first for the Julie Chen-hosted competition series. CBS has traditionally aired Big Brother during the summer for 17 of its 18 seasons. The only exception, season nine, premiered in February 2008 during the writer's strike. The season finale suffered the show's lowest ratings and has been reserved for the network's summer schedule ever since. Having the next season, for which casting is already underway, premiere so soon after the September finale of Big Brother 18 risks the possibility of viewer fatigue for even the show's most loyal fans.

The decision to move Big Brother to its streaming counterpart could also potentially hurt the network. Despite its age, the series continues to play an important role on the network's schedule, airing three times a week during the summer and consistently ranking No. 1 with adults 18-49.

The switch comes as CBS All Access prepares to launch two highly anticipated original scripted series in 2017: Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Wife spinoff headlined by Christine Baranski. In June, CBS tapped drama head Julie McNamara to head All Access.

CBS All Access' foray into unscripted is also ambitious given its streaming competitors' lack of unscripted originals. Hulu has one docu comedy, RocketJump: The Show, and Amazon has two with the recently renewed The New Yorker Presents and All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals. Netflix has the largest unscripted slate with Chef's Table, Making a Murderer, Chelsea Does, Cooked and Last Chance U.

However, none of these are competition series in the same vein as Big Brother, which puts a group of individuals in a house together to fight it out for the $500,000 prize.

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posted 8/4/16

"Sports Jeopardy!" Replays Begin Saturday Night
Same-Day Episodes to Air Wednesdays on NBCSN in the Fall
From Broadway World

SPORTS JEOPARDY!, the critically acclaimed 30-minute sports quiz show hosted by Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, will debut on NBCSN this Saturday, August 6 at midnight ET, following the network's nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics. Sports JEOPARDY! will air each evening on NBCSN, for two consecutive weeks, until the conclusion of the Rio Games. As was announced in April, NBC Sports Group has acquired the exclusive television rights to the series, which airs originally on Crackle, Sony's streaming network.

Following a brief hiatus, Sports JEOPARDY! will return to NBCSN in the fall of 2016 and air weekly on Wednesday nights, immediately following the network's coverage of NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry. Sports JEOPARDY! episodes airing on NBCSN in the fall will include categories and clues featuring NBC Sports commentators, as well as highlights of NBC Sports Group's live events.

The multi-year agreement between NBC Sports Group and Crackle includes more than 100 existing episodes of Sports Jeopardy!. The NBC Sports App, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product, will also stream episodes that are televised on NBCSN.

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posted 8/4/16

Mentors Announced for "Planet of the Apps"
Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk Join will.i.am
From the Futon Critic

Entertainment and tech superstars Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and will.i.am have joined Planet of the Apps, a new unscripted series co-produced by Propagate and Apple. The three will serve as mentors and advisors to the app developers selected for the series. Paltrow and will.i.am will also executive produce the project. The announcement was made by executive producers Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens of Propagate.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Gwyneth, Gary and will.i.am on Planet of the Apps," said Silverman and Owens. "Starting a new business is not easy. Our team of advisors are entrepreneurs who have each launched and built successful brands and can tap into their personal experience to offer advice to the app developers selected for the series."

"Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating," said Paltrow. "This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples' lives."

"Being an entrepreneur and supporting entrepreneurs is basically all I've ever known. The opportunity to team up with Apple and Propagate for Planet of the Apps to produce, what I think is potentially the most innovative show for entrepreneurs in the business sphere, excites me to no end. I'm looking forward to teaming up with the other experts and trying to help some of today's great app entrepreneurs," said Vaynerchuk.

"As tech drives modern pop culture now more than ever, we are giving a platform for the next generation of culture makers to shine," said will.i.am. "We are searching for entrepreneurs with the vision to shape the future, solve real problems and inspire change within our daily lives."

A casting call is currently underway for Planet of the Apps, which delves into the world of apps and the developers who create them. Those interested in applying can visit the series website, https://planetoftheapps.com. Online applications are being accepted through Friday, August 26.

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posted 8/4/16

TUESDAY: De-Coupled
"Got Talent" Wins One for NBC, "Coupled" Earns Its Walking Papers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.306 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.306 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and night two of the "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (5.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) premiere.

ABC (3.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with night two of its "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.590 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) launch and a special "Mistresses" (2.465 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was CBS (5.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (4.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) served up originals from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "MADtv" (1.149 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the night with a new "Coupled" (1.220 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by the finale of "Coupled" (1.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters Napa (Food/SF): 1.103M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 876K
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 767K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 449K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 444K

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posted 8/4/16

10 Years of "Ninja Warrior" in the USA
Esquire to Play Marathon, Including New to the States Sasuke Tournaments
From the Futon Critic

"Ninja Warrior," the original, fan-favorite obstacle course competition series from Japan, will return to the US with the announcement of a multi-year licensing deal between Esquire Network and producers TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television), 10 years after the series originally premiered on G4. "Ninja Warrior" captures the devotion, creativity and strength of everyday competitors from around the world as they compete against insane obstacles in an effort to defeat the infamous Mt. Midoriyama. The heart-racing marathon will begin Saturday, September 3 at 7am ET/PT and run through Tuesday, September 6 at 4am ET/PT, featuring 26 "Sasuke" tournaments and 7 "Women of Ninja Warrior" (Kunoichi) tournaments. Additionally all-new "Sasuke" tournaments will air for the first time in the United States on Esquire Network in 2017.

"Esquire Network is thrilled to be airing the original 'Ninja Warrior' episodes that launched a cultural phenomenon in the United States and was a precursor to the mega-hit, 'American Ninja Warrior' and subsequent spin-off 'Team Ninja Warrior'," said Matt Monos, SVP of Programming & Acquisitions, Esquire Network. "Drawn to the extraordinary strength and talent of these fierce competitors, the series quickly developed a strong fan-base when it began on G4. Esquire Network is excited to serve this loyal audience with the high impact, addictive television they crave."

"As there have been so many requests to bring 'Ninja Warrior' back in the US, we are very happy and excited that Esquire is bringing back 'Ninja Warrior' and 'Women of Ninja Warrior' along with the brand new episodes based on 'Sasuke #28' and beyond which were never broadcast in the US," said Makito Sugiyama, Chief of TBS Global Business.

Bringing back the triumph, tragedy and shocking twists, the Labor Day marathon will feature 26 original "Sasuke" tournaments, where viewers get to relive those epic "Warrior Wipeouts" and "Ninja Killers." Thousands have come to the mountain to compete for the elusive Total Victory, pushing their bodies to the ultimate physical limits. Relive the runs of past amazing competitors from all walks of life including legendary Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain who reached the final stage more often than anyone else and was the second person to complete the course, Toshihiro Takeda, the firefighter who reached stage three more than any competitor, Yuuji Urushihara, the shoe salesman who achieved Total Victory not just once, but twice and Kazuhiko Akiyama, a crab fisherman who was the first to ever achieve Total Victory. The action packed "Ninja Warrior" marathon kicks off Saturday, September 3 at 7am ET/PT only on Esquire Network.

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posted 8/4/16

Discovery Family Gets Back in the Game with "Homes", "Food"
Catch Them September 6 & 7!
From the Futon Critic

This September, Discovery Family Channel is proving that food and home design can be fun for the entire family with the premieres of two new reality series that promise to deliver a night of fun competition and inspire DIY ideas for your own home and kitchen.

In the eight-episode series GAME OF HOMES, premiering Tuesday, September 6 at 9p/8c, host Cameron Mathison (Entertainment Tonight, All My Children) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them room by room into their dream homes. Prior to the competition, the houses were picked up off their foundation and ceremoniously transferred to massive barges located in the GAME OF HOMES arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces! In each episode, two expert judges (Cheryl Torrenueva and Jeremy MacPherson) along with celebrity guest judges vote for their favorite room renovations based on design and workmanship. At the end of the series, the winners will be awarded with the house they have painstakingly renovated. Energetic, suspenseful and inspirational, GAME OF HOMES pits each team's skills, ingenuity and teamwork against each other in the name of crafty design.

Premiering Wednesday, September 7 at 9p/8c, Discovery Family Channel takes the idea of a "game show" to a new level with a competition that awards the winner with free groceries for an entire year in the six-part series THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE. In each episode, two different families battle it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: a family vs. family cook-off in the ultimate outdoor stadium. One ticking clock, two eager families and a kid-approved meal prepared in front of a live and hungry audience all culminate in the ultimate prize for the entire family!

THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE is produced by Tricon Films & Television. For Tricon Films & Television, Andrea Gorfolova, Jameel Bharmal and Marc Kell Whitehead are the executive producers.

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posted 8/4/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "24-Hour Pretty People"

  • Now that the "Coupled" finale is in the books, who stayed together? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Craig Robinson apologizes to James Corden.. sort of (Jalopnik)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Al Roker takes on Fast Money with Steve Harvey. Did we mention Al Roker used to host this show, too? That's not awkward (Today)
     

  • Bob Eubanks named honorary chair of Thousand Oaks Arts Festival (The Acorn)
     

  • Bruno Tonioli dances in a speedo (Daily Express)
     

  • Kelly Osbourne sued by her father's mistress... in what can only be described as a frat move (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lip Sync Battle rolls this weekend (On Set Productions) as does an obstacle course project featuring Shaquille O'Neill (On Set Productions)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/4/16

Seeso Launches "Debate Wars"
Michael Ian Black to Host September 22
From Splitsider

There’s no doubt, people love to argue. Trump vs Hillary, NYC vs LA, cats vs dogs — everyone’s got an opinion. So who better to settle such long-running debates than Michael Ian Black, beloved comedian and general expert of things? That’s the idea behind Debate Wars, a game show that pits two teams of comedians and improvisers against each other to help solve some of the world’s greatest arguments.

Debate Wars, filmed in front of a live audience, features some pretty amazing guests, from standups including Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Gilbert Gottfriend, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Guy Branum, Andy Dick, Phoebe Robinson, Dave Hill, and Aparna Nancherla (who also serves as the show’s supervising producer) to acclaimed performers like Connor Ratliff and Jo Firestone. Brandon Scott Jones and Morgan Grace Jarrett, both top improvisers at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, will act as Black’s sidekicks, providing color commentary throughout the heated matches.

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posted 8/3/16

MONDAY: The Rose Bride
"The Bachelorette" Finale Catapults ABC to First
From The Futon Critic

ABC (8.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) got a big boost on Monday with the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (8.432 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

NBC (4.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a distant second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and the return of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.243 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its revised repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "2 Broke Girls" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), another "Mom" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The Odd Couple" (3.243 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.877 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.665 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) kicked off its repeat run of "Supergirl" (1.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 718K
- Are You the One (MTV): 654K
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 645K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 256K

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posted 8/3/16

"All-Star Drag Race 2": New Race... New Rules?
Logo Drops a Trailer
From TV Line

You can hardly blame RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars competitor Ginger Minj for asking, “Bitch, what show did I sign up for?” As the RPDR spinoff’s just (death)-dropped trailer for Season 2 reveals, there are big changes afoot!

This time around, instead of each week’s bottom two performers lip-synching for their lives, the top two will now “lip-synch for their legacy.” Then, the victor in that battle will get to decide which rival contestant she wants to sashay away. (Hmm… so maybe this will turn out to be RuPaul’s Best Friend Race after all, eh, Rolaskatox?)

When Season 2 airs its 90-minute premiere on its new night, Thursday, Aug. 25 (8/7c), the series will be broadcast for the first time on not only Logo but VH1 as well.

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posted 8/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You're a Louse, Jojo Fletcher"

  • JoJo Fletcher's friends pretty much insinuate that no one's hands are clean of all this (Us Magazine)
     

  • "Child Genius" Rhea's mum = why we can't have nice things (ITV News)
     

  • Challenge a time capsule for British games gone by (Vice)
     

  • If you can read in German, here's a look at their version of "500 Questions" (T-Mobile)
     

  • Chad Johnson apologizes to Sarah Herron for calling her "a one-armed (ahem)" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Don't expect an "Apprentice"/Donald Trump reunion any time soon... or ever, for that matter. Hell, we'd expect the Twitter lash out first (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/3/16


NBC
AGT Will Be Back in '17... and So Will Everyone Else
NBC Reups Its Summer Staple
From the Futon Critic

Continuing its momentum of being the #1 broadcast series this summer, as well as drawing more viewers this season than over the last five, NBC's "America's Got Talent" is renewing all four of its judges for season 12 - Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as host Nick Cannon.

Cowell, who created the "Got Talent" format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will each return for their fifth season, with Mandel back for his eighth. It will be the ninth season for Cannon.

"With the addition of Simon, the chemistry between our judges has grown even stronger and it's easy to see how much enthusiasm they bring to the show night after night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Nick adds a boundless energy as host that ties everything together. We're thrilled to have such a strong team returning for season 12."

Summer to date, "America's Got Talent" is averaging a 3.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition. The Tuesday "Talent" is maintaining 100% of its year-ago rating in 18-49 and is up +9% in total viewers, making this its most-watched season in five years. "Talent" has ranked #1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers.

The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. "Britain's Got Talent" is the U.K.'s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

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posted 8/2/16

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 24
From TV Newscheck

By a substantial margin, Page Six TV has emerged as the top-rated strip among this season’s five big first-run syndication tests, the majority of which concluded their trials July 29, and the highly anticipated newcomer may be the most likely of the summer tryouts to go national next year.

After two full weeks, Page Six, which began July 18 in seven major cities, scored a first-place 1.0 household rating, 25% above the comparable average for the next-highest trial. Among women 25-54, Page Six averaged a 0.7 demo rating, 75% ahead of its nearest test-run competitor.

The show’s best market was Atlanta, where it grew 23% in its second week to a 2.7 rating/5 share in households on WAGA, beating syndication veterans Family Feud and Big Bang Theory by 59% and 69% head-to-head.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 -9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0** -11%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/2/16

WEEKEND: The Golf Runs Long
CBS Boosted by PGA Overrun, Night Still Belongs to "Sunday Fun & Games"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Sunday Night saw a strong showing from both ABC and CBS, the latter propelled by overrun of the PGA Championship.

ABC's trio of game shows bested the competition, with all but $100,000 Pyramid steady with last week. Celebrity Family Feud led with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. Pyramid and Match Game followed with a respective 1.2 and 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.

With the PGA shifting Big Brother to 8:30, early scores for the CBS reality show have it down to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 — though that's still the top showing of any broadcast series for the night. BrainDead took a 0.5 rating in the key demo.

The Teen Choice Awards remain a draw for, well, teens. Though the telecast skewed well with the younger set, it only pulled a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.8 million viewers.

Total viewers:
- Celebrity Family Feud: 7.2 million
- The $100,000 Pyramid: 6.5 million
- Big Brother: 5.9 million
- Match Game: 5.4 million

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food/SF): 1.972M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.345M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.159M
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy/SF): 586K

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posted 8/2/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the After the Final Rose Special"

  • Aaron Rodgers breaks his silence (WISN Milwaukee)
     

  • Three people in the running for the next "Bachelor" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Robby Hayes sets the record straight (Reality TV World)
     

  • But ultimately none of this may matter in the long run because... (RealitySteve.com)
     

  • Adam Levine: I'm going to be a blippity-bloo father! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Don't expect an "Apprentice"/Donald Trump reunion any time soon... or ever, for that matter. Hell, we'd expect the Twitter lash out first (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/2/16

"Billy on the Street" Season 5 Has Everything... Except a Drop Date
Guest Stars Lined Up
From the Futon Critic

Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner is returning for a fifth season of fun and games at a very high volume, and he’s bringing along some very high-profile guests.

Aziz Ansari, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, Lupita Nyong’o, and John Oliver will hit the streets of New York City with the Difficult People star on the upcoming season of the excitable-man-on-the-street pop-culture game show/sketch series, truTV announced on Sunday during the TCA Summer Press Tour.

Billy on the Street, which featured guests in season 4 ranging from Tina Fey to Chris Pratt to Julianne Moore to Will Ferrell, is slated to return with new episodes sometime this fall. A preview reel for the new season was also released today — click on it below if you want to be transported to Eichner’s vision of Shondaland.

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Entertainment Weekly
TV Line

posted 8/1/16

They're Rolling Without A Clue
Catch "The Great Food Truck Race" Season Premiere August 28
From Broadway World

THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE and host Tyler Florence are back this August for a fierce food battle on wheels with a relative twist - this time, the six teams fighting for the $50,000 grand prize are family and have never operated a food truck before. From a Chicago police officer and her sister to cheese expert identical twins to reality star Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), his mother and uncle, the competitors are all passionate about food and ready to hit the road cooking! THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE: FAMILY FACE-OFF premieres Sunday, August 28th at 9pm ET/PT and follows a scenic route from Los Angeles through the Southern California Sun Belt, leading up to the finale in Catalina Island on Sunday, September 25th at 9pm ET/PT where $50,000 is awarded to the last truck standing.

"Adding a family dynamic to THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE takes this adventure to a whole new level of entertainment," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Watching these families test their culinary chops and navigate their personal relationships on the road really amps up the excitement and laughter."

This season's competitors are: Bigmista's Fatty Wagon - Long Beach, California (Neil Strawder, Phillis Strawder, Eric Lara); Carretto Siciliano - Staten Island, New York (Vinny Guadagnino, Paola Guadagnino, Angelo Giaimo); Fortune Cooking - Milford, Michigan & Denver, Colorado (Tom Lin, Julie Hill-Lin, Tiffany Webster); Grilled Cheese All-Stars - San Francisco & San Diego, California (Michael Kalish, Charlie Kalish, Bryce Adams); Lei-Away Leidies - Provo, Utah & Laie, Hawaii (Carey Ofahengaue, Summer Prescott, Autumn Prescott) and Sweet Southern Soul - Chicago, Illinois & Atlanta, Georgia (Tiffany Ermon, Tikia Travis, Kizzma Snoddy).

Broadway World

posted 8/1/16

"Dragons' Den" Returns to BBCA
"Shark Tank" Precursor to Air Stateside After 7-Year Break
From the Futon Critic

BBC AMERICA announced today that hit UK series Dragons' Den will air on the network beginning August 3rd at 9/8c. The seminal Japanese format is a worldwide sensation, inspiring hit series in the UK, US and several other countries around the globe. In Dragons' Den, entrepreneurs pitch for investment from the Dragons, five venture capitalists willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity. Across fifteen hour-long episodes this season, three new multi-millionaires are ready to breathe fire into the Den. Fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman, serial restauranteur Sarah Willingham and online pioneer Nick Jenkins take their seats alongside formidable business giants Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.

Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented, "There's a great reason why this franchise is such a global phenomenon: the show has excitement, fun, and a high degree of competitiveness along with the universally shared emotion of cheering for the underdog. We think Dragons' Den will be a terrific addition to our line-up at BBCA."

Seasons 11, 12 and 13 will now be available on BBC AMERICA beginning with the premiere of Season 13 on August 3rd.

"Dragons' Den" last aired on BBC America in 2009.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/1/16

THURSDAY: "Game Night" Goes Out with a Burp
"Big Brother" Leads CBS Charge
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home another victory on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 18" (5.812 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "CBS News Special" (3.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

NBC (3.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its special editions of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (2.955 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Hollywood Game Night" (2.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "NBC News Special" (3.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.011 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "BattleBots" (3.392 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Greatest Hits" (2.413 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "ABC News Special" (3.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Home Free" (1.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a second "Home Free" (1.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.881 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.930 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.121M
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 718K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 336K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 280K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 268K

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posted 8/1/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "From Dancing to Wedding"

  • Kym Johnson lands her a shark.... Robert Herjavec (People)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Ohio (The 419)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: MTV turns 35... here's 35 things the network gave us (Rolling Stone)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Looking for more "Wild Things" (Bromsgrove Standard)
     

  • Jane Lynch, RuPaul, and Lance Bass to visit "The Real O'Neals" (TV Insider)
     

  • That's not Hillary Clinton... IT'S JOHN CENA!!!!! (TV Line)
     

  • Mark Cuban to help judge Miss America (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Blake Shelton to perform on social media (AntiMusic)
     

  • Marc Summers to bring one-man show based on his book to Central NY (Broadway World)
     

  • Now that "The Runner" has decided to cool off, here's how it was all done (Reality Blurred)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Cash Strapped (BT)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with our own TV's Ryan Vickers (Nugget.ca) and Sandi Toksvig (Telegraph)

posted 8/1/16


WWE
No Quit in "Grit"
Fox Orders Season 2 of John Cena Opus
From TV Line

Fox won’t quit American Grit: The outdoor competition series will be back for a second season, the network announced Friday.

The military-inspired series, hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena (who also is an executive producer), puts contestants through obstacles that challenge their limits in what the official description says is “the ultimate test of strength, human spirit and most importantly, teamwork.” The winner takes home up to $1 million.

Casting for Season 2 is already underway; to nominate someone, visit FindYourStrengthCasting.com.

TV Line
Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

posted 7/29/16


MTV
VH1 Gets "Squares"
Ice Cube, Jesse Collins Team on New Version for Fall
From the Futon Critic

VH1 is giving the classic game show "HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" a Hip Hop makeover with the help of Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm.

Slated for a Fall 2016 premiere, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment.

O'Shea Jackson aka "Ice Cube" is an iconic member of N.W.A., as well as a prominent producer, actor and filmmaker. Most recently, he starred in and produced BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT and produced the Oscar nominated STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. Entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins ("BET Awards," "VH1's Dear Mama," "Real Husbands of Hollywood") will also executive produce the series.

According to Ice Cube: "'Hip Hop Squares' is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what's going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show."

VH1 and Logo President Chris McCarthy goes on to say: "Ice Cube is one of the most prolific figures in Hip Hop history and American culture at large. We are thrilled to partner with him and CBS Distribution to reinvent one of America's most iconic game shows with 'Hip Hop Squares.'"

Scott Koondel, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation echoed: "We cannot imagine a more ideal talent than Ice Cube to take our great comedy format to new heights. Ice Cube's phenomenal personality and popularity are vital keys to making 'Hip Hop Squares' VH1's next big hit."

"Hip Hop Squares" was last seen on sister network MTV2 in 2012, where it ran for two seasons and 20 episodes.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 7/29/16

WEDNESDAY: By a Hair
NBC Wins the Demo over CBS
From TV Line

Wayward Pines wrapped Season 2 on Wednesday night with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, adding a handful of eyeballs but flat in the demo week-to-week.

As a whole, the show’s unexpected sophomore run averaged 2.4 mil/0.7, down 36 percent from its freshman season. Readers gave the finale an average grade of “B,” with 84 percent voting for renewal.

Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (3.3 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths.

Elsewhere on the night….

NBC | America’s Got Talent (9.2 mil/1.7) slipped to a Wednesday low for the season, yet still edged out Big Brother for the demo win. The Night Shift (6 mil/1.1) ticked down but marked its second-largest audience of the season.

CBS | Big Brother (5.6 mil/1.6) dipped, American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.6) was flat.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (3.3 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths, while Whose Line (1.7 mil/0.5) rose to season highs.

On cable:
- American Tarzan (Discovery/SF): 878K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 767K
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 679K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 636K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 365K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 328K

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posted 7/29/16

PLAYER 1 READY!
Celebs Announced for "Go 8 Bit"
From Eurogamer

A video game show on the box, eh? Not had one of those in a while. But come 5th September on Dave we will - Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit.

O Brian will host two rival teams of celebs who will battle against each other in various video games.

We now know those celebs will include include Bob Mortimer, Russell Howard, Rachel Riley, David James, Jason Manford, Dave Gorman, Marcus Brigstocke, Gina Yashere, Ed Byrne, Josie Long and Holly Walsh.

That's in addition to the two team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilion and gaming expert and Eurogamer alumni Ellie Gibson!

Show kicks off 5th September, as mentioned, and there are six, weekly episodes.

Eurogamer
Irish Examiner
Goss.ie

posted 7/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Sacked for a Loss?"

  • Reality Steve is back... and you know what that means (WARNING: THAR BE SPOILERS!) (Inquisitr)
     

  • NOT SO FULLY LOADED: Deal or No Deal is back (wait for it....) in casino game form (wait for it... ) in New Jersey (Sys-Con/PR Newswire)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's Pokemon Go game is strong (Comic Book Resources)
     

  • Frankie Grande is heading back to the Big Brother House... not that one. The OTHER one. (Northbridge Times)
     

  • Sharon Osbourne wants to reconcile with Ozzy... BUT... (Reality TV World)

posted 7/29/16

Mentors Announced for "The Voice" Season 11
Bette Midler Among the Singers Assisting the Coaches
From TV Line

Contestants on The Voice‘s upcoming Season 11 will have a little extra wind beneath their wings, thanks to the addition of several recently announced mentors.

Bette Midler, Charlie Puth, Sammy Hagar and Joan Jett will give contestants of the NBC reality music competition their sage counsel, Voice host/Today anchor Carson Daly announced Thursday on NBC’s morning talk show.

Midler will assist Voice coach Blake Shelton and Hagar will join Adam Levine; Puth and Jett will advise contestants coached by Season 11 additions Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, respectively.

NBC will air a special half-hour episode of The Voice on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10:30/9:30c, following the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The episode, which will consist entirely of blind auditions, will also mark Cyrus and Keys’ debut.

TV Line

posted 7/28/16

TUESDAY: America's Got Tell All
NBC Demolishes "The Men Tell All"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) claimed the top spot on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and its "NBC News Special" (5.458 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

ABC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a special "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" (4.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "ABC News Special" (3.434 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (1.809 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "Hotel Hell" (2.480 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Coupled" (1.139 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of "NCIS" (5.321 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Zoo" (4.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "CBS News Special" (2.505 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.146 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.268 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the premiere of "MADtv" (1.045 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.090M
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 857K
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 788K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 424K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 355K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 203K

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posted 7/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What Is 108?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek turns 76, Jeopardy! turns 32 (NBC News Today)
     

  • Hollywood Game Night's Ladies Night episode FINALLY airs tonight (Raleigh News & Observer)
     

  • GSN Games lays off undisclosed amount of non-Family-Feud-related entities (Games Industry)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: America's Next Top Trucker (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Bradley Walsh may have a butt to "Chase" after, but he's no Tom Hiddleston, apparently (Channel24)
     

  • AUDIO WALL: When a contestant nearly breaks a game show (NPR)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: VH1 Classic (2000-2016) (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (playing Tempe, July 30) (AZCentral.com) and Chris Harrison (Yahoo!)

posted 7/28/16

A Brand New Car!....aoke
Spike Greenlights 10 Episodes for 2017
From the Futon Critic

Spike TV has ordered 10 episodes of the Craig Robinson-hosted game show “Caraoke Showdown.”

The Viacom cable channel describes its new half-hour unscripted show as “‘Cash Cab’ meets karaoke.” No mention of James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” anywhere, however.

Robinson also executive produces the new series along with Howie Mandel, Alice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko, and Brian Veskosky. Core Media Group serves as the production company.

“Caraoke Showdown” features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants who are along for a very unique ride upon realizing they are on a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash.

The game show — Spike’s second one of 2016 — will tape in Los Angeles and New York this summer and debut in 2017.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s executive vice president, Original Series, Chachi Senior is senior vice president of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Caraoke Showdown” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s executive in charge of Production.

The Wrap
Deadline
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Hitfix
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C21 Media

posted 7/27/16

Meet the Roast Battle Judges
Seth Rogen, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart to Judge New Series Tomorrow
From Reality TV World

Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen have joined the judges' panel for Comedy Central's four-night, insult-comedy tournament "Roast Battle."

They join previous announced panelists Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade.

The judges will be overseen by the network's roastmaster general Jeff Ross, with Brian Moses officiating.

The series will be taped at L'Astral Theatre during the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

It will air in four, one-hour episodes Thursday through Sunday.

The comedians scheduled to do battle include Tom Ballard, Matthew Broussard, Jimmy Carr, Christi Chiello, Chris Cubas, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Mike Lawrence, Ralphie May, Sam Morril, Mark Normand, Ms. Pat, Steve Rannazzisi, Earl Skakel, Sarah Tiana and K. Trevor Wilson.

Reality TV World

posted 7/27/16

That's "Debatable"
Patrick Kielty to Host New Show for BBC2
From ATV Today

Patrick Kielty is to present a brand new daily quiz show for BBC Two with Debatable.

“I laughed a lot making this show – at the random stuff our famous debaters know. And the stuff that they really don’t. It’s been great fun watching our players work out the answers with the help of our debaters. And pretending that I knew the right answers all along…” says Kielty.

Every day a panel of three well-known personalities must use their knowledge and debating skills to try and help a contestant win money.

Contestants are given a tricky question, but before they answer they get to hear the panel debate the facts. Will their answers be insightful or ridiculous? That’s Debatable. The debaters come from varied backgrounds and they’ve all got something different to say. They will all want to entertain, but in the end they need to help the contestant win.

Will the debates be useful? Will the debaters agree with each other? Will they argue over the answer? Will they surprise everyone with their extensive wit and wisdom? Well, that’s Debatable. This is the quiz show where debates can win or lose you money. The contestant does not have to stick with the debaters’ answer, they may choose to ignore them completely and dismiss what they say, but they must try and get the question right to win.

Some celebs signed up to appear on the series include Christopher Biggins (Surprise Surprise), Jennie Bond (BBC News), Michael Buerk (999), Nigel Havers (Coronation Street), Konnie Huq (Blue Peter), Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den), Angela Rippon (Rip Off Britain) and Carol Kirkwood (BBC Breakfast) to name only a few.

“They will face questions that will test their knowledge of the world…and each other. Will Ann Widdecombe see eye-to-eye with Russell Kane? Will Carol Kirkwood and Rick Edwards weather a stormy debate? Who is cleverer – Nigel Havers or June Sarpong? Debatable is the only place you’ll find out," says a release from BBC Two.

ATV Today
Express & Star

posted 7/27/16

MONDAY: Countdown to Tell All
"The Bachelorette" Gives ABC the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "ABC News Special" (4.169 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

The silver then went to NBC (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with an original "American Ninja Warrior" (5.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "NBC News Special" (3.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.439 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (3.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scorpion" (3.363 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "CBS News Special" (2.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, encores of "MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion" (1.312 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.323 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (1.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 839K
- Cupcake Wars: Celebrity (Food): 800K
- Are You The One? (MTV): 683K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/27/16

Rule Time. Again.
BBC Brings Back "Time Commanders"
From IGN

Calling all amateur warlords. The BBC is bringing back Time Commanders for a third season.

For those who’ve not heard of it, Time Commanders was a British TV game show/historical wargame presented by Top Gear's Richard Hammond and played out in the engine used for Creative Assembly's Total War series.

Originally broadcast between 2003 and 2005, it used modified versions of the Rome: Total War's battles to allow for teams of players to stand around a table with an overview of the battlefield built into it, and shout out commands to their virtual troops. Developers then, essentially, play a game of Total War.

Now it's back (although it's not clear if Creative Assembly will be involved once more).

From the BBC website: “In each show, two teams of three friends, family, or colleagues will take control of opposing ancient forces, facing our computer, pre-programmed by our historical experts, before they face off against each other in one of history’s biggest battles.”

Fancy giving it a go? The BBC is currently looking for contestants aged 18 and over. Full details can be found over on the show's BBC page.

The BBC has been on something of a roll when it comes to giving British kids-turned-adults what they want. In January, the show's BBC revealed it was bringing back Robot Wars. Now all we need is for Knightmare to return properly and everything in the world will be fine again.

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posted 7/27/16

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results from the Week Ending July 17
From TV Newscheck

Top talker Dr. Phil was the standout in the frame ending July 17, soaring 18% — the most of any strip in syndication — to a six-week high 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and pulling ahead of the red-hot Live with Kelly. Among women 25-54, Phil surged 30% and led the talkers with a 1.3 in the key demo.

Kelly, which had led or tied for the lead among talk shows for six weeks in a row, dipped 4% to a 2.5 in what was a down week for many syndicated shows due to declining summer PUT levels and preemptions for news of the July 14 Nice, France, terror attack.

In access, Entertainment Tonight grew 8% to a three-week high 2.8 and finished first among magazines in a tie with sister show Inside Edition, which also picked up 8%.

Family Feud continued to lead syndication, adding 3% to a 7.0 and burying all game show competition for the 12th week in a row. Feud's 6.6 season-to-date household rating now tops Wheel of Fortune's 6.5 for first place in the genre.

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

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +6%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 7/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Men Tell Too Much"

  • ICYMI: The Bachelor: The Men Tell All: taking the combination of a beautiful woman, a lot of alcohol, and a televised pissing contest to its logical limit (TV Line)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming on down to Grand Island (Lincoln Journal Star)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: FremantleMedia ECP Tzvi Small (Montreal Gazette)

posted 7/27/16

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