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VALERIE HARPER: 1939-2019
"Rhoda" Star A Game Show Regular
From TV Line

TV veteran Valerie Harper, who starred as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as her own self-titled spinoff, has died at the age of 80, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In March 2013, Harper revealed that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and typically incurable form of cancer; at the time, she said doctors had given her as little as three months to live.

As recently as April 2014, Harper said she was "absolutely cancer-free," having responded well to treatment, but this May she said that while she was "feeling good," she was "ready to go," having defied the odds for so long.

In her career, Harper amassed four total Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Mary Tyler Moore's best friend Rhoda, including once as the star of her own spinoff (which also netted her a Golden Globe).

Eight years after Rhoda's run, Harper fronted the NBC family sitcom Valerie, which after Season 2 changed its name to Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family, when the actress famously exited the series. She then co-starred on the CBS sitcoms City (1990) and The Office (1995).

Competing in the fall 2013 edition of Dancing With the Stars, Harper (paired with pro Tristan MacManus) was third to be sent home, in the season that was won by Amber Riley.

Harper's most recent TV appearances included 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey, Hot in Cleveland and Drop Dead Diva.

Besides DWTS, Harper also played The Hollywood Squares.

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/30/19

A Real "Game Changer"
CollegeHumor Greenlights New Game for Subscription Service
From Broadway World

CollegeHumor's DROPOUT today announced that Game Changer, a game show series with everchanging rules and challenges, will debut on their subscription-based streaming service on Friday, September 20. A new episode of the six-episode series will be released every Friday through October 18.

In this game show, the game format changes every show. Featuring the CollegeHumor cast, players begin each round without knowing the rules, and must figure them out while simultaneously competing to win. Unlike a typical game show that follows the same format week over week, Game Changer has a completely new set of rules and challenges every episode. Filled with physical challenges, like smashing vases upon request, and mental challenges like guessing the culprit in an impromptu murder mystery game, Game Changer also features surprise guest appearances by friends of our players. Contestants will have no preparation for what - or who - will be part of each episode.

Said Sam Reich, executive producer, director and host: "Our players have no idea what game they're playing when the cameras start rolling, but by the end of each episode, they either get ruthlessly competitive, double-over in laughter or get shocked into stunned silence - and sometimes, all of the above."

In addition to Reich, Game Changer is executive produced by David Kerns.

Broadway World

posted 8/30/19

THURSDAY: More Football, Less Big Brother
CBS Wins Total, Ties Fox with Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on another NFL disrupted Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Young Sheldon" (5.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Big Brother 21" (6.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "FBI" (3.909 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

FOX (4.602 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "MasterChef" (4.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.600 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "Holey Moley" (4.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by a new "Reef Break" (4.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a second "Reef Break" (3.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.918 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) served up second runs of "The Wall" (4.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Hollywood Game Night" (3.776 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, new episdoes of "The Outpost" (1.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.213 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.075 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 726k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 418k
- America Says (GSN): 413k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/19

The Chasers Vs. The World
ITV Greenlights "Are You Smarter Than a Chaser?"
From Telly Mix

The stars of The Chase will reportedly travel the world and battle some of its smartest minds in a new spin-off.

ITV's hit daytime quiz sees teams of four go head-to-head with a single Chaser to reveal who knows the most.

Five brainboxes feature on the show - Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Jenny Ryan. Now, having scored countless victories, they're set to put themselves in the contestants' shoes - by facing even more formidable foes.

According to The Sun, bosses have ordered a new spin-off series, named 'Are You Smarter Than A Chaser?'. It will see the Chasers go globetrotting in the US, Japan and their UK homeland to compete against even brighter rivals, including both adult and child geniuses. In the ultimate test of their knowledge, they will also grapple with AI technology and the planet's most advanced robots.

The program is due to air on ITV this winter in an evening timeslot.

Telly Mix

Brinkwire

posted 8/30/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Death Star"

  • AT&T, Nexstar make a deal. Details not made public. Your DirecTV bill is going up. Nobody learned anything. (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: The game shows available on Netflix (Looper)

  • Michael Sheen's first glance as Chris Tarrant (Bustle)

  • "The X Factor" champs Rak-su get Xed from RCA (Telly Mix)

  • Number of hits spawned by "Songland": Six. (The Wrap)

posted 8/30/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Gets Back to Work
"Jeopardy!" Host Done with Chemo, Gets Set for September 9 Launch
From TV Line

Alex Trebek is returning to work as Jeopardy! host this week, nearly six months after revealing he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The six-time Daytime Emmy winner (and Lifetime Achievement honoree) released a video (below) on Thursday afternoon announcing that his chemotherapy treatments are "over" and he is now "on the mend."

The video has him talking about the Jeopardy! wizard James Holzhauer and the latest champ Jason Zuffranieri. We also see him interacting with the audience and backstage at Jeopardy! The show is currently taping its 36th season. "We've got some exciting things coming up, and I can't wait to share them with all of you," said Trebek in the video. "Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year."

Trebek shared his cancer diagnosis on March 6, saying, "I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," he said. "And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." In late May, he offered an update on his treatment/health, saying that some of his tumors "have already shrunk by more than 50 percent" following chemotherapy, despite the disheartening survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory," Trebek said at that time, adding that he cried "tears of joy, not tears of depression" upon learning the good news.

Season 36 of Jeopardy!, with Trebek back as host, premieres Monday, Sept. 9 in syndication.

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Deadline
The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
Today
Fortune
New York Daily News
Screen Rant
KGO San Francisco
NPR

posted 8/29/19


Gold Derby

Mike Richards to Take Over Wheel, Jeopardy!
New Sony EP to Oversee Once Harry Friedman Exits
From the Wrap

Mike Richards is set to take over as executive producer of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" when Harry Friedman exits next year.

Friedman announced his plans to retire from the game show world at the beginning of this month after 25 years with Sony Pictures Television.

Richards, who served as executive producer of "The Price is Right" for over ten years and also worked on "Let's Make a Deal," announced plans to leave both shows in June after signing an overall deal with SPT.

"Wheel of Fortune" is currently in production on its 37th season, while and "Jeopardy!" is taping its 36th. Both will premiere on Sept. 9.

"'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!' are the gold standard of television — exceptional, timeless formats produced by amazing teams. Alex Trebek, Vanna White and Pat Sajak are incredible hosts and I can't wait to work side by side with them on these world-class franchises. Harry Friedman's 25-year run can only be described as legendary. I have long been inspired by his hard work and brilliant decision making, and I'm honored to get to work with Harry over the next few months. Thank you to Mike Hopkins and the entire Sony team for this dream opportunity," said Richards.

"We are fortunate to have Mike, one of the top game show producers in the business, join the talented teams at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman of Sony Pictures Television. "Mike's experience working with long-running franchises like 'Price Is Right' and 'Let's Make a Deal' make him the ideal successor for our iconic shows. We also look forward to Mike growing our already strong game show business and to developing and producing shows for network, cable, and streaming platforms. We are grateful for the leadership and impeccable direction Harry has so elegantly provided over many years and look forward to the continued success of these beloved shows."

The Wrap

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Week
B+C

Deadline

posted 8/29/19

WEDNESDAY: A Logjam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a competitive Wednesday with originals from "MasterChef" (3.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "BH90210" (1.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (4.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "America's Got Talent" (7.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Songland" (3.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.229 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "SWAT" (2.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.659 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.512 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The debut of The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2, the 34th season in MTV's long-running reality franchise, delivered the franchise's highest premiere demo ratings in years. Last night's season opener logged a 0.85 rating in P18-49 in Live+same day, the best season premiere rating in six years in the demo, and a 0.98 in P18-34, its best season premiere rating in five years in the demo.

Wednesday's night's 0.85 in P18-49 is up 7% versus the prior season premiere, the opener of The Challenge: War of the Worlds in February (0.79), and up 2% vs. the season average for War of the Worlds (0.83), which was the highest in seven years in 18-49 (Live+3). Among P18-34, Wednesday night's 0.98 rating is up 9% versus the prior season premiere (0.90) and up 5% versus the full prior season average (0.93). Total viewers were 886,000, up 2% from last season's average (865k).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.027m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 901k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (SP/MTV): 886k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SP/History): 583k
- America Says (GSN): 466k

The Futon Critic

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/19

Nick Puts "Elf" on the Shelf
Kids' Crafting Series Greenlit
From the Hollywood Reporter

Nickelodeon is giving a full series order to a holiday-themed competition called Top Elf to its roster of unscripted shows. The two shows fall under Nickelodeon's new unscripted division.

Top Elf begins filming its five-episode order in September for a holiday-season debut.

"Giving our audience a range of unscripted content in different formats is one of our top priorities," Rob Bagshaw, executive vp unscripted content at Nickelodeon, said Wednesday in a statement. "Top Elf is an irresistible opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a uniquely comedic approach to a high-stakes competition."

Top Elf will bring seven kids with exceptional design and building skills to the North Pole for a series of holiday-themed challenges. The participants will compete to have their wish lists fulfilled — not for themselves, but for members of their communities.

Mike and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios created the series and executive produce with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn, showrunner Lisa Fletcher and Nick's Paul J. Medford and Mandel Ilagan are also exec producers, and Michael Pearlman will direct.

The two series join an unscripted and game-show lineup at Nick that also includes reboots of Double Dare and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, The Dude Perfect Show, Crashletes, Keep it Spotless and Lip Sync Battle Shorties. The network also has greenlit the competition show America's Most Musical Family, hosted by Nick Lachey..

The Hollywood Reporter

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 8/28/19

Tuesday: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.170 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (8.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.707 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.527 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 819k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 697k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 670k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 541k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 363k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/28/19


Fremantle

Steve Harvey Brings Feud to Africa
New Versions Greenlit for Ghana, South Africa
From B+C

Fremantle, in partnership with Steve Harvey Global, will launch local versions of Family Feud in Ghana and South Africa, the companies said Monday. Harvey will host both versions just as he does on the U.S. syndicated version and on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud. They will be produced by Fremantle's local production partner in Africa, Rapid Blue.

"Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine," Harvey said in a statement. "I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent."

Family Feud was first introduced in the U.S. in 1976 and Fremantle has placed the game show in more than 70 markets, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, India and Indonesia. Family Feud Africa will be the first international version hosted by Harvey.

The local version of Family Feud will begin production in Johannesburg in the last quarter of 2019 and begin airing in Africa in the second quarter of 2020. Rapid Blue, as part of the BBC Studios international family of production companies, also produces localized African versions of other international formats, including Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Project Runway and First Dates.

B+C

The Wrap
TV Line
Deadline
Realscreen
The South African
Atlanta Black Star
C21Media

posted 8/28/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Money"

  • IT's a good year for Fremantle thanks to "AGT: The Champions" (Deadline)

  • T-Pain returns to "The Masked Singer" for a super sneak preview (The Wrap)

  • Bob Eubanks plays Edmonton (CTV News)

  • Billy Eichner reacts to his Emmy nomination (Deadline)

  • A lot of people send their condolences for Jessi Combs (The Wrap)

  • So what's next for "Drag Race"? Let's ask Tom Campbell (The Wrap)

posted 8/28/19


CBS

More on CBS Daytime's New Season
Catch It September 23
From CBS PR

CBS' award-winning daytime lineup is back. The network announced the season premiere dates for its daytime schedule for the 2019-2020 season.

The lineup recently received 16 Daytime Emmy Awards.

CBS' daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal return on Monday, September 23. To celebrate premiere week, The Price Is Right, with host Drew Carey, will surprise one winner each day with an exciting bonus prize, including a Tesla, a trip for 10 to the Bahamas, and their cell phone bill, car payment and rent paid for an entire year. On each day of Let's Make a Deal, with host Wayne Brady, three contestants will have the chance to win a trio of trips all over the world, and one will take home a Triptastic Deal of a lifetime at the end of every episode.

"For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television," Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs, said in a statement. "From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year."

Deadline

Cadillac News
Showbiz Junkies

posted 8/27/19

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending August 18
From TV Newscheck

As the 2018-19 syndication season comes to a close, Judge Judy has emerged as the clear No. 1 show, leading the household ratings by a wide margin with a 6.8 live-plus-same-day season-to-date national Nielsen. This marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication's highest rated show overall.

Coming in second and third as of the session ending Aug. 18 were Jeopardy at a season-to-date 6.2, and Family Feud at a 6.1.

In tryout news, week six of the six-week test that began July 15 for comedic game show Punchline earned a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, which was off 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
The Wrap

posted 8/27/19

MONDAY: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From Deadline

CBS took a step back Monday with a lineup of reruns, leaving it to the other networks to vie for primetime's top ratings spot, which went to ABC's Bachelor In Paradise. The tropical romantic reality series ticked down a smidge from last week, garnering a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.55 million viewers. Still, that gave it the top Monday spot in the demo for a fourth week in a row and helped ABC win the night overall.

NBC, meanwhile, saw growth with American Ninja Warrior (0.9, 4.84M), which jumped up a tenth to a season high in viewership. It was the night's most-watched program and gave NBC the overall win in that metric.

Bachelor In Paradise led into Grand Hotel (0.5, 2.59M), which fell a skosh in ratings, while American Ninja Warrior opened the door to Dateline (0.6, 3.44M), which like its lead-out also saw a boost.

Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.4, 2.06M) had a slight misstep, slipping from the week prior.

The CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3, 1.23M) worked its magic and managed to see a boost. The remainder of the network's lineup, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2, 820,000) and I Ship It (0.1, 400K), were even.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.171m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 670k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 554k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
- America Says (GSN): 449k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/27/19

Baby Sharks, Doo-Doo-do-Doo-do-Doo...
Season 11 Guest Sharks Revealed
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show, today announced the addition of four brand-new guest Sharks, including founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake; founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky; international tennis champion and founder of Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova; co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki.

The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2019-2020 season. Rohan Oza, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand builder, and serial entrepreneur Matt Higgins, co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures, also return for the show's 11th season. Produced by MGM Television and Sony Pictures Television, the unrivaled and beloved show, which has become a culturally defining series, returns SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9 p.m. EDT. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/19

WEEKEND: Football.
NBC Launches New SNF Theme, Wins Night
From Deadline

NBC took the W Sunday night with their NFL preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The matchup landed the network in the end zone with a 1.3 in fast affiliate ratings in the adult 18-49 demographic and took in 5.57 million viewers. The game ranks as the highest NFL Preseason rating in 2019. Big Brother, which normally holds strong week to week, took a hit, going down two-tenths with a 1.1 rating and 4.72 million viewers. The reality series led into the series finale of Instinct which also saw a dip from last week. The Alan Cummings-fronted procedural said farewell with a 0.4 rating and 3.43 million viewers.

Fox served up a handful of reruns but saw the return of What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage after a hiatus. The comedy talk show served up two episodes with the first taking a one-tenth hit since it last aired (0.1, 460K) and the second ticked up to make it break even (0.2, 530K).

ABC's slate of game shows retained its loyal Sunday night audiences with Celebrity Family Feud (0.8, 5.12M) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6, 4.42M) holding steady. Rounding out the trifecta was To Tell the Truth which was up from last week ending the evening on a good note for ABC (0.6, 3.49M).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.321m
- Sunday Best (SF/BET): 795k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 373k

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 313k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 881k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 577k
- America Says (GSN): 453k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 426k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/27/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Blessings"

  • The one thing Rylan Clark-Neal regrets about the new "Supermarket Sweep UK"? Not getting Dale Winton's blessing in time (Metro)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Columbus (WCMH Columbus)

  • The Sacred Riana stays in the Fremantle fold with a new horror anthology (Deadline)

  • Kevin O'Leary's boat involved in a fatal crash (TMZ)

  • The problem with the Monty Hall Problem was Monty Hall. Here's the science. (Boing Boing)

posted 8/27/19

Wrap It Up, We'll Take It
Freeform Greenlights "Wrap Battle"
From the Futon Critic

Freeform announced today that production has begun on the holiday gift-wrapping competition series "Wrap Battle" in Los Angeles.

The six-episode series will follow nine contestants as they battle to become the ultimate wrapper and take home the coveted grand prize, valued at $50,000. The series will be hosted by comedian Sheryl Underwood ("The Talk"), with Carson Kressley ("RuPaul's Drag Race," "Get A Room with Carson and Thom") and Wanda Wen (founder of fine stationery and luxury paper brand Soolip) serving as judges.

Celebrity guest judges will include Tony Award(R)-winning Broadway producer Candy Spelling, Sandra Lee, Sherry Cola ("Good Trouble"), Diggy Simmons ("grown-ish"), Lala Kent ("Vanderpump Rules") and designer Sabrina Soto.

Nine contestants will be challenged to create eye-popping gift-wrapping masterpieces and inspire viewers to push their own holiday gift-giving to a whole new level. Each episode will pit the country's most inventive and artistic gift-wrappers against one another as they battle it out holiday-style in challenges ranging from creating the most over-the-top gift basket to wrapping some of the most outrageous objects.

In an unprecedented collaboration with Paper Source, the winner of "Wrap Battle" will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design their own custom holiday wrapping paper to be sold in at least 120 stores across the country. In addition, the winner will get to showcase their talent at The SoNo Collection, Brookfield Properties' one-of-a-kind shopping destination in Norwalk, Connecticut, designed to celebrate fashion, art and culture. The winner will be part of the main event for the new, interactive holiday experience and will receive a $1,000 shopping spree to The SoNo Collection.

The series will premiere this winter on Freeform.

"Wrap Battle" is produced by Michael Levitt Productions. Michael Levitt (Freeform's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash," "Skin Wars," "My Life on the D-List"), Jill Goularte ("Skin Wars," "Window Warriors") and Colleen Sands ("Project Runway," "Skin Wars," "Glam Masters") serve as Executive Producers.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 8/26/19

Christmas Cookies and Hallmark Moments
Jack Wagner to Host "Christmas Cookie Matchup"
From the Futon Critic

Crown Media Family Networks announced today that Chadwick Boyd and Emily Hutchinson, two of American media's top food and baking personalities, have been tapped as judges for Hallmark Drama's first all-new series, "Christmas Cookie Matchup". The program also features cast members from Hallmark Channel's top-rated primetime series, "When Calls the Heart", including Jack Wagner as host, along with Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, and Andrea Brooks, who will serve as apprentices to the contestants - America's most talented amateur bakers.

Premiering on Hallmark Drama this holiday season, the five-part weekly series kicks off with a pool of two-person teams, with each consisting of one home baker alongside a different star from "When Calls the Heart."

In each episode, Boyd and Hutchinson will judge as the contestants go spatula-to-spatula in a variety of Christmas cookie and holiday dessert competitions. One team will be eliminated each week, and in the end only one pair of cookie connoisseurs will prevail, with the top home baker winning the $25,000 grand prize.

Chadwick Boyd is a food media entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of seven, selling hand crafted brownies and fresh lemonade. Today, Boyd's company, Chadwick Boyd Lifestyle, is a multi-media enterprise that collaborates with magazines, television networks, publishing houses and consumer brands. Initially taught as a baker, Boyd now focuses on food trends, modern home cooking, and entertaining. He is a regular fixture on daytime TV, a James Beard Foundation judge, and travels nationally with Chef Carla Hall for their "Biscuit Time" class.

Emily Hutchinson, creator of the blog The Hutch Oven, is a self-taught baker, recipe developer, decorating teacher, and cookbook author. Hutchinson, who teaches her popular baking techniques on national television, has spent years mastering the art of buttercream-frosted sugar cookies and has an all new book; Creative Cookie Decorating: Buttercream Frosting Designs and Tips for Every Occasion coming soon.

"Christmas Cookie Matchup" marks the first-ever original content developed for Hallmark Drama since the network launched in 2017.

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posted 8/26/19

THURSDAY: A Youthful Logjam.
NBC Wins Totals, Shares Demo Crown with Fox & CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Wall" (4.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.564 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing in the demo honors was CBS (4.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (4.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (5.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "FBI" (2.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.457 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Jaguars at Dolphins" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), the season finale of "Holey Moley" (2.865 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a new "Reef Break" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally on The CW (0.928 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), fresh installments of "The Outpost" (1.097 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.702 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening.

On cable...

- Alone (SF/History): 1.384m
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (SF/Food): 1.025m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 871k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 514k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 410k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 386k

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posted 8/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Stupid Is As Stupid Does"

  • Apparently Ken Jennings is not a Blue Jays fan (CTV News)

  • Lara Spencer tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube (TV Line)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Maine (WABI Bangor)

  • BURIED LEDE: Ariel Fox won the Hell's Kitchen prize... but turned it down (Goldderby)

  • Reality Steve says he knows who the next "Bachelor" is. Take with a grain of salt (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer was the bigger man re: Andrew Luck. Twitter was... well, Twitter. (Huffpost)

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right goes to the Mohegan Sun (Patch)

  • Meet Amber Lancaster's baby. Both he & mom are fighting (People)

posted 8/26/19

Dancing with the ... Stars?
ABC Reveals the Lineup. Internet Goes Nuts.
From The Wrap

The cast for Season 28 of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced Wednesday on "Good Morning America," with supermodel Christie Brinkley and "Queer Eye" star Karamo Brown set to put their moves to the test. Competing against them will be "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek, "The Office" alum Kate Flannery, two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom, former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown, among others. On the pro side, the fall run will feature the return of fan-favorite Peta Murgatroyd, and the debut of two new professional ballroom dancers.

Here is the full list of stars set to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy:
- Lauren Alaina – country music star
- Christie Brinkley – supermodel
- Ally Brooke – pop star
- Hannah Brown – "The Bachelorette"
- Karamo Brown – TV host
- Kate Flannery – TV star
- Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
- Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
- Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
- Sean Spicer – former White House press secretary
- James Van Der Beek – TV icon
- Mary Wilson – The Supremes

And the professional dancers they'll waltz, tango and twist with:
- Brandon Armstrong
- Lindsay Arnold
- Alan Bersten
- Cheryl Burke
- Witney Carson
- Val Chmerkovskiy
- Sasha Farber
- Jenna Johnson
- Daniella Karagach
- Keo Motsepe
- Peta Murgatroyd
- Pasha Pashkov
- Gleb Savchenko
- Emma Slater

This time around, ABC is not spilling the beans on which star is paired with which pro until the season premiere.

Elsewhere, Bergeron, the longtime host of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, isn't happy with the booking of Sean Spicer,

In a tweet today following the casting announcement, Bergeron wrote that he had hoped the upcoming 28 season "would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations." In fact, Bergeron said he left a lunch with the show's new executive producer (that would be Andrew Llinares) a few months ago and thought they were in agreement. "Subsequently (and rather obviously)," Bergeron continued, "a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, 'go in a different direction."

Bergeron wasn't the only Hollywood figure disappointed with the booking. Bill Prader, executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, tweeted, "Sean Spicer lied repeatedly to the American people and literally defended Hitler. @ABC Network: "Yes, but can he fox trot? Tune in to see!"

For his part, Spicer was enthusiastic. "It's time to have some fun," he tweeted this morning.


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posted 8/22/19

WEDNESDAY: No Game Night, No Winner
NBC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (7.948 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Songland" (3.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (1.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

CBS (3.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then was the number two draw with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.477 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "SWAT" (2.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Next up was FOX (2.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "BH90210" (2.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6), "Schooled" (1.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Modern Family" (1.933 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.620 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.697 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...

- Forged in Fire (History): 995k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 952k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 631k
- America Says (GSN): 424k

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posted 8/22/19

Rebel Wilson LOLs for Amazon
Actress to Host Australian Version of International Format
From UPI

Rebel Wilson has signed on to host the Australian edition of Amazon's international comedy competition, Last One Laughing.

To be taped in Sydney, the six-episode show will feature 10 Australian comedians battling for the top prize of $68,000. Set to debut in 2020, it follows hit versions from Japan and Mexico that are already streaming.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Prime Video family of creators and talent," Wilson said in a press release. "I've already had the chance to work with Alexa -- she's great -- and on Audible, so working with Prime Video seemed like an obvious choice. I can't wait to see what these talented Australian comedians come up with and how far they'll go to take home the prize."

Wilson is known for her work in the films Bridesmaids, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the Pitch Perfect franchise.

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posted 8/22/19

Food Network's Halloween Haunts
A Scary Good September
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel get into the Halloween spirit with over 30 hours of thematic programming dedicated to the scariest and most delicious holiday of the year, featuring four new series and specials, four returning seasonal stunts, as well as specially-themed episodes in nine recurring series giving viewers even more Halloween frights and bites than last year. Featuring everything from expert pumpkin carvers to sugar artists to creative bakers, all with extraordinary skills and incredible imaginations, there is something for everyone this Halloween season. A cadre of stars get the action going, including Jonathan Bennett, Valerie Bertinelli, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, John Henson, Clinton Kelly, Casey Webb and more.

Food Network kicks the season off with the return of Halloween primetime staples Halloween Baking Championship on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm, Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 29th at 9pm, and Haunted Gingerbread Showdown on Sunday, October 6th at 10pm, along with the premiere of the all-new four-episode stunt, Halloween Cake-Off on Monday, September 23rd at 10pm. New specials on Food Network include Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm and Outrageous Pumpkins on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm. Cooking Channel also premieres new series, Freakshow Cakes on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

"Food Network is the ultimate destination for Halloween-themed content, showcasing the holiday like no one else can with nail-biting competitions and jaw-dropping creations that viewers just can't get enough of," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "With Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars both seeing series-high ratings last year, we knew we had to deliver even more tricks and treats this holiday season, upping the ante across both networks."

Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT with more hauntingly delectable treats. Judges Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young, join host John Henson to test the skills of eight talented bakers who must show off their skills over six episodes with terrifyingly delicious challenges. From skeleton desserts to monster madness, only one baker can frighten the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. Fans that can't get enough of the scary competition, go behind the scenes with the digital companion series, Halloween Baking Championship: Extra Sweet. Spend a day with the judges as they are transformed into otherworldly creatures, and watch the crew build the sets and prep the pantry for the season's creations.

On Monday, September 23rd at 10pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman hosts new series Halloween Cake-Off, as four professional bakers from around the country compete in unconventional baking and design challenges where flavor is only the tip of the icing. In this four-episode stunt, the bakers are tested to find out who is best at making the creepiest and most innovative Halloween cakes that must also transform in mystifying ways. From haunted and cursed cakes to dead and living creations, the competitor who wows judges Duff Goldman, Dan Langan and Waylynn Lucas with the most over-the-top edible work of art will be crowned winner of Halloween Cake-Off and earn the $10,000 grand prize.

It's scary spiders galore as four fan-favorite kid bakers return for a special trick-or-treat episode of Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm ET/PT. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the young bakers to create the spookiest spider web desserts, but only one junior baker will rise to the top and take home the ultimate baker's dream prize of baking equipment and supplies.

Road to Halloween Wars returns on Sunday, September 29th at 8pm ET/PT to gives viewers a look at the new batch of talented pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists, competing in the new season of Halloween Wars. See how these ghoulish geniuses hone their craft with dreams of victory on the new season of Halloween Wars, premiering on September 29th at 9pm ET/PT. Host Jonathan Bennett oversees all the thrills and chills as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Their creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li,horror film special effects master Todd Tucker,and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight saga), Harley Quinn Smith (Tusk), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! The last team standing takes home a grand prize of $50,000.

On the new special, Outrageous Pumpkins, four elite pumpkin carvers come together for a Halloween pumpkin carving competition that defies expectations. Hosted by Casey Webb, through three rounds of challenges these spectacularly talented artists use carving and sculpting tools ranging from toothpicks to saws to execute their amazingly intricate Halloween designs. The carver who impresses the expert panel of judges the most takes home a $10,000 prize.

Don't miss all the spine-tingling creations on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm ET/PT. Get ready for a whole lot of gingerbread on the return of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, premiering Sunday, October 6th at 10pm ET/PT. Host Clinton Kelly welcomes nine of the greatest gingerbread artists in the world to face-off in gingerbread displays so spooky they will cause nightmares. Jamika Pessoa, Gesine Prado and Jason Smith determine who will advance to the finale to battle it out for $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Cooking Channel gets into the Halloween fun in Freakshow Cakes, premiering on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT. In each episode of this one of-a-kind cake showdown co-hosted by Zac Young and Vivian Chan, three of the most sinister cake artists step into a side-show tent to whip up the freakiest cakes imaginable. The baker who showcases the most wildly imaginative and hair-raising cake design wins $10,000 and the title of Freakshow Champion.

On Food Network, don't miss special sweets and treats-themed episodes of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro; Chopped; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Girl Meets Farm; Guy's Grocery Games; Guy's Ranch Kitchen; The Kitchen; The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

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posted 8/22/19

What's a "Noisy" Format?
Simon Thomas Promoted at ITV America
From the Futon Critic

Love Island exec producer Simon Thomas has been promoted at ITV America and will oversee the search for "noisy" formats for the production company.

Thomas, who was previously SVP, programming becomes Executive Vice President, Programming, West Coast at the U.S. production division of the British broadcaster. He recently exec produced reality dating series Love Island for CBS, which renewed the format for a second season.

He reports to ITV America CEO David George.

In the newly expanded role, Thomas will be tasked with overseeing and shepherding prominent, "noisy" formats, as well as live event programming, while supervising the creative production teams assigned to all ITV America projects in Los Angeles.

In addition to Love Island, he has also worked on Fox's The Four and American Grit with John Cena as well as Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire, Facebook's Double Take and A&E's OJ: Guilty in Vegas. He joined Leftfield Pictures in 2014 as a showrunner, having spent several years at Endemol Australia where he worked on reality shows such as Big Brother, Beauty & The Geek Australia, Make Me a Supermodel and Million Dollar Drop.

George said, "Simon is a seasoned executive, a brilliant, hands-on producer and an extraordinary leader who will play a vital role in ITV America's continued success. His ability to produce big formats and smaller-budget content gives us the perfect hitter for our broad bench of programming."

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posted 8/22/19

"Millionaire" Returns (in the UK) This Saturday
Series 33 Begins on ITV
From iNews

With news that there's to be an ITV drama about the coughing Major scandal of 2001, it's got viewers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? asking: "When's the new series, then?"

The gameshow has been running since 1998 and has created five millionaires, including Judith Keppel and David Edwards and in its heyday, it pulled in more than 19 million viewers each night.

The high-stakes quiz will be returning for its 33rd series this summer, so here's your need to know about the show:

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts on ITV on Saturday 24 August at 9.10pm.

As Chris Tarrant stepped down from the duties in 2013, the host will once again be Jeremy Clarkson, who picked up the gig when the show was revived in 2018.

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posted 8/22/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Today's Still Not the Day"

  • What's worse than Rob Lowe falling for an Instagram fake? Having his son call him on it (CNet)

  • VIDEO WALL: Rylan's at the market (Entertainment Daily)

  • Jane Lynch explains why HGN cut back the booze (The AV Club)

  • Vanna White visits Ayesha Curry (SFGate)

  • Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess sad not to be on the next "Dancing" (Goldderby)

posted 8/21/19

TUESDAY: Give. The. Night. To. NBC.
Night Belongs to "America's Got Talent"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.531 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Tuesday reign with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.892 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (3.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.102 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.631 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.350 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.478 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 849k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 819k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 684k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 678k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 529k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 524k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 486k

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posted 8/20/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I Left My Heart..."

posted 8/21/19

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending August 11
From TV Newscheck

Access had the hot hand among the magazines in the otherwise quiet dog days of summer session ending Aug 11. Despite being one of several shows preempted in some markets by preseason football, the entertainment newsmag was able to score the only increase in the hotly contested category.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 8/20/19

MONDAY: Paradise Found
ABC Wins on "Bachelor"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then had to settle for second with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the season finale of "Beat Shazam" (2.582 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.968 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Mom" (3.158 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.244 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) led into the debut of "I Ship It" (0.429 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...

- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.008m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 604k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 601k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (P/Food): 506k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 516k
- America Says (GSN): 401k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 315k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 232k

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posted 8/20/19

WEEKEND: Not-Football Wins
Fox, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (2.302 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Last Man Standing" (2.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and primetime coverage of "NFL Preseason: Seattle at Minnesota" (4.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Big Brother 21" (5.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Instinct" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Instinct" (3.070 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Next up was ABC (4.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.354 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.378 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.280 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "America's Got Talent" (2.500 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "America's Got Talent" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Bring the Funny" (1.510 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.827 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "Masters of Illusion" (0.738 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.695 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.332m
- Sunday Best (BET): 790k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 355k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 330k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (S/VH1): 328k

On Friday in cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 802k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 557k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 462k
- America Says (GSN): 435k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 342k


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posted 8/20/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How to Get Away with Reality Show Murder"

  • Why Colton Underwood jumped the fence (The Wrap)

  • Susan Boyle will play AGT again (Goldderby)

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd! Peta is returning to "Dancing" (Us Magazine)

  • Hannah Brown basically confirms what we've known all along... (Extra)

  • Why is Chuck Woolery trending? ..... Oh (Heavy)

  • Issa Schultz gets chased out of a charity trivia competition. (PerthNow)

  • Jamie Foxx's "Beat Shazam" season isn't the only thing that ended this week. (PopCulture)

  • Amitabh Bachchan reportedly surviving on 25% of his liver (India Today)

posted 8/20/19

More "Drag Race" Coming
VH1 Greenlights Season 12, All-Stars 5
From Newsweek

Get your wigs ready, because another season of both Rupaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars are headed to a TV near you. Show creator and judge RuPaul announced the 12th season of his VH1 reality competition series, Drag Race, as well as the fifth installment of its sister-series All Stars.

While details regarding a premiere date have yet to be released, in a video clip revealing both greenlit shows, RuPaul noted the series would be back soon.

"Key squirrel friends, are you hungry for more RuPaul's Drag Race? Good, 'cause your country breakfast is ready!" RuPaul said. "And I'm serving up a new season of All Stars 5 and a new season of RuPaul's Drag Race 12. And they're coming soon to VH1."

Season 12 of Drag Race, in which queens from across the country competed for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000, ended back in April with Denver native Yvie Oddly taking home the crown. Her final lip-sync of the competition Lynn Hytes left judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews gobsmacked, edging out fellow competitor and runner-up Brooke Lynn Heights.

Meanwhile, on All Stars Season 4, which concluded in February, judges were unable to decide between Drag Race alumni Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck, so both contestants took home the champion title.

Castings for the upcoming seasons of both shows have not been revealed as of yet and it's unclear if the usual judges will be back for the forthcoming episodes. The latest seasons of both Drag Race and All Stars saw a number of celebrity guest judges like Miley Cyrus, Ellen Pompeo, Natasha Lyonne, Zoe Kravits, Tiffany "New York" Pollard and several others, so the likelihood of a new round of guest judges on the new seasons seems high.

Newsweek

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/1919

Tituss Burgess Gets "Dishmantled"
Quibi Greenlights Cooking Competition from "Chopped" Creators
From Deadline

Quibi has given a green light to Dishmantled, described as "a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off," with Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) set to host.

The series hails from Chopped creator/executive producer Linda Lea and Good Egg Entertainment, and Propagate-owned Electus.

Hosted by Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They'll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.

Lea executive produces for Good Egg with Drew Buckley for Electus. The series is co-produced by Good Egg and Electus.

Deadline

The Takeout

posted 8/19/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Little More Time"

  • James Corden extends his deal with CBS (The Futon Critic)

  • Artem Chigvintsev may be sitting out "Dancing with the Stars"... or not. We can't understand Instagram. (Goldderby)... but Hannah Brown might not be (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen takes a jab at Comcast and the President on his way to the Supremes. (Deadline)

  • Okay, so Dwayne Johnson put a rock on this lady (MovieWeb)

  • Donny & Marie are getting a star in Vegas. Or whatever they put on the sidewalk in Vegas once the certified geniuses leave (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul and Judge Judy (Interview)

posted 8/19/19


New York Daily News

JACK WHITAKER: 1924-2019
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "The Face Is Familiar"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Jack Whitaker, the erudite CBS and ABC sportscaster whose half-century on the air was unfairly smudged by a seemingly innocuous remark that got him banned from the Masters, has died. He was 95.

Whitaker died Sunday of natural causes in Devon, Pennsylvania, after a stay in hospice care, CBS announced. Whitaker was part of the CBS team that worked the first Super Bowl in 1967, and he was there for Secretariat's mind-boggling Triple Crown-sealing victory at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

As a play-by-play man, analyst, host, reporter and essayist, he did dozens of major golf tournaments; several Olympics, both winter and summer; major league baseball; the America's Cup yacht competition; and track-and-field events.

"There will never be another Jack Whitaker in sports broadcasting," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. "His amazing writing ability, on-air presence and humanity are unmatched. His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football was extraordinary."

Known for his elegance and smarts, the Philadelphia native once described the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, while working the British Open for ABC in Scotland: "Nobody designed this course," he said. "Nobody with a pencil and $2 million and five bulldozers. This was made by nature. It comes out of the ground. It was done with wind and rain and sun and the help of a few sheep. And so, while for most Americans and other people, it's not love at first sight at St. Andrews, St. Andrews' Old Course is like a dry martini — an acquired taste, and, as such, it remains with you forever."

He had two stints at St. Joseph's College — in between, he was a U.S. Army soldier who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France three days after D-Day in June 1944 — and then landed a job in radio at a 250-watt station in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

He returned to Philadelphia when a sports job opened up at WCAU-TV and worked the 11 p.m. weeknight newscast with newscaster John Facenda, who would become the baritone voice of NFL Films, and future Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, who did a five-minute essay at the end of each newscast. Whitaker also hosted the local show Meet Me at the Zoo and was at WCAU for 12 years. But when CBS bought the station, cut the newscast to 15 minutes and made him a weatherman, he and McMahon took the train to New York every morning to make the rounds at the agencies in bids to find new jobs. Then they would hustle back to WCAU.

In 1958, McMahon hooked up with Carson for the game show Who Do You Trust? Whitaker found weekend work at CBS, shifted to the network full time in 1961 and hosted the CBS Sports Spectacular (an anthology series that predated ABC's Wide World of Sports) and the short-lived game show The Face Is Familiar.

Much later, Whitaker reported for the ABC news programs World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20 and did sports for TNT and ESPN.

He wrote a book, Preferred Lies and Other Tales: Skimming the Cream of a Life in Sports, that was published in 1998. The silver-haired Whitaker was a member of the famed Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island and in his heyday could be found at P.J. Clarke's, the historic New York saloon on Third Avenue that attracted entertainers, athletes and journalists alike.

He received the inaugural Outstanding Sports Performer Emmy in 1979 and was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2012, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with its Sports Lifetime Achievement Award. Sports Illustrated in 2010 ranked him No. 17 on its all-time list of sportscasters.

Whitaker was married to tennis star Nancy Chaffee — after she divorced Hall of Fame baseball star Ralph Kiner — from 1991 until her death in 2002..

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 8/18/18

More "Spicks & Specks" Coming
Original Crew Reunites for AusMusic Month
From Junkee

Australia's most beloved music quiz show will return to our screens once again this November as part of ABC's Ausmusic month.

The original trio of Alan Brough, Myf Warhurst, and Adam Hills reunited in 2018 for a reunion special, which ended up being the most watched ABC program of the entire year. So, clearly, there was a bit of demand for them to return again.

"From the moment Alan, Myf and I were together in a room for last year's Spicks and Specks reunion special, we had each other in fits of laughter," Hills said in a statement today. "Any time I can spend with those two fools is time well spent, and if it takes four more specials to make that happen — so be it!

"The response to last year's show was overwhelming, both in the studio when we filmed it, and at home when it went to air. Spicks and Specks has a special place in our hearts, and I'm genuinely excited to make a few more specials for the ABC."

In addition to the Ausmusic month special, Spicks and Specks will come back in 2020 for three episodes, where they will delve into the music of the '90s, noughties, and 2010's. The date of those specials, and of 2019's show, have yet to be revealed.

Junkee

TV BLackbox

posted 8/18/19


GAMES GONE BY: It's Your Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Season 3 of "Games Gone By..." comes to a (much-belated) conclusion and the "million-dollar show" marathon ends with what can be called the most-blatant "Millionaire" clone EVER! Chris Wolvie talks about "It's Your Chance of a Lifetime".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/18/19




Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at 20
Anatomy of a Modern-Day Classic
From Forbes

On this day in 1999, when the typical network TV series in the summer was a repeat or a leftover, ABC tried something original care of game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Hosted by Regis Philbin, who at the time was schmoozing with Kathie Lee Gifford on their syndicated morning talker Live!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? initially aired in a two-week window on multiple nights in primetime.

The format, of course, featured contestants attempting to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.

After solid sampling at a time when few individuals were watching the broadcasters in the dog days of the summer, ratings rose in each telecast within that initial two-week window. And the result, not surprisingly, was ABC bringing the game show back in the traditional 1999-2000 TV season. By May of 2000, these multiple telecasts of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? held the top 3 spots in all of primetime (pushing former champion ER on NBC to the No. 4 spot).

Since success breeds imitation, the competing networks rushed to get into the suddenly hot game show game format in primetime care of The Weakest Link and Twenty One on NBC, Winning Lines on CBS and Fox's Greed).

While ABC could have (and should have, perhaps) taken the slower approach to keep Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on the air longer, Millionaire at its height was airing five nights per week (with close to 30-million viewers per telecast). And the rapid rise and over-exposure led to its demise in primetime by June 2002. But that was certainly not the last we saw of the game show.

A syndicated daytime version, initially hosted by Meredith Vieira, began on September 16, 2002. Regis Philbin certainly would have taken the job had he not been co-hosting Live! (by then with Kelly Ripa). Vieira was replaced by Cedric the Entertainer in 2013, followed by Terry Crews and, most recently, Chris Harrison. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? concluded its 17-season run in daytime this past May. And Regis Philbin has popped up on ABC in primetime on occasion with special editions of the show.

Forbes

Brinkwire
CNN

posted 8/16/19

Meanwhile, the Story of the Man Who Gamed It Will Be Told
AMC, ITV to Team for "Quiz"
From The Wrap

AMC and ITV have ordered a three-part series, "Quiz," based on James Graham's play of the same name about a British couple who attempted to cheat their way to win at the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

"Succession" star Matthew Macfadyen will star as Major Charles Ingram, who along with his wife, Diana (played by "Fleabag's" Sian Clifford), were accused of cheating their way to winning the million-pound prize on the British version of the game show in 2001. The couple worked with an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant.

Michael Sheen will play Tarrant, with Michael Jibson playing Whittock. The series also stars Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory and Aisling Bea.

"A Very English Scandal's" Stephen Frears will direct. Graham will write the series, which will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which also owns and distributes "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" worldwide.

Filming is currently underway in London.

"If this tale was invented you'd think it too preposterous – the fact that it is true, and told so brilliantly, makes for an unmissable three-part TV event that will entertain and enthrall Americans audiences every bit as much as their British counterparts," Sarah Barnett, president of Entertainment Networks Group at AMC Networks, said. "'Quiz' has the most remarkable bunch of talented people attached both in front of and behind the camera, and we, at AMC, are delighted to be part of it."

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posted 8/16/19


Wall Street Journal

PETER FONDA: 1939-2019
Actor Played "What's My Line", "Password"
From Deadline

Peter Fonda, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his work in the groundbreaking Easy Rider, which he co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in, has died at age 79.

The son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, brother of actress Jane Fonda, and father of actress Bridget Fonda, his death was confirmed by his publicist.

"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. Fonda, 79 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16th at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom. From his Family."

Fonda's death comes just past the 50th anniversary of the release of Easy Rider, which debuted on July 14, 1969. The film will be celebrated with a screening and concert set for September 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The film, which starred Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, will be shown in sync with a live performance of its soundtrack. Expected to appear are Steppenwolf's John Kay, who will perform Born To Be Wild, and Roger McGuinn. Others will appear under the music direction of T Bone Burnett.

The actor also took time to play "Password" and "What's My Line".

Deadline
Tucson.com

posted 8/16/18

THURSDAY: Hit by Preseason
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.736 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on another NFL-fueled Thursday with its lineup of "The Wall" (4.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (3.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (3.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the series finale of "Elementary" (3.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.021 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.450 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (2.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), the season finale of "Family Food Fight" (1.982 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "Reef Break" (2.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "The Outpost" (0.898 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.708 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

On cable...
- ALone (History): 1.358m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 872k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 748k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 534k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 489k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/16/19

Deal Goes to Mexico
Te La Juegas to Broadcast on Azteca
From Worldscreen

The Endemol Shine format Deal or No Deal is returning in Mexico, where TV Azteca has ordered a local version after an 11-year hiatus.

Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog has been commissioned to produce the latest run of the local version of the series.

Known locally as ¿Te la juegas?, the format last aired in Mexico in 2008. The new run of the show is set to premiere on the Azteca Uno channel on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m., and will continue to broadcast in that time slot every day for the rest of the week.

Luis García is on board as the series' new host.

The show follows as contestants must choose from 22 numbered boxes, each of which contains a sum of money between one and 1 million pesos ($50,750). Over the course of the game, as boxes are eliminated, the player will periodically be presented with an offer from the bank, which they must decide to either take in cash and leave the game, or continue to play in an effort to cash out with a higher prize.

Worldscreen

posted 8/16/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Mark Your Calendars"

  • "Dancing with the STars" fan? Mark your calendar for August 21. That's when the cast will be revealed... where else, "Good Morning America" (Goldderby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Supermarket Stakeout (Foodsided)

  • How Guy Fieri became the mayor of Flavortown (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Times)

posted 8/16/19


Fox

More on "The Masked Singer" Season 2
Catch It on Fox September 25
From Deadline

Fox has released a promo for the second season of their hit singing competition The Masked Singer and it has the judges going "Hmmmmm" as they try to guess who is behind the masks of these talented singers. That said, it's only appropriate that the trailer feature the classic C+C Music Factory song, "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…"

The two-hour season premiere September 25 at 8 pm and the celebrity panel of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are trying their hardest to figure out the identities of the masked singers.

Based on the Korean format and hosted by Nick Cannon, The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. This year features singers like The Ice Cream, The Tree and The Rottweiler.

The Masked Singer has proved to be a juggernaut for Fox as it has delivered over 17.6 million multi-platform viewers and is the network's most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years. Last season, the final three contestants were the Bee, Peacock and the Monster which were revealed to be Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond and T-Pain respectively. In the end, T-Pain came out on top as the champion.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 8/15/19

WEDNESDAY: 9021-Uh Oh...
"America's Got Talent" Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo Off Depreciated "BH90210"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) remained the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (2.957 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and week two of "BH90210" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

NBC (4.585 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the time period premieres of "America's Got Talent" (7.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Songland" (3.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) plus the season finale of "The InBetween" (2.377 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.099 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and another "SEAL Team" (2.437 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat of "Press Your Luck" (3.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by the season finales of "Card Sharks" (3.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Match Game" (3.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its second weeks of "Bulletproof" (0.635 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.497 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.053m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 840k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 683k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 491k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Touching Film"

  • Vanna White goes from touching letters to filming projects (WTVM Columbus)

  • Angelina Keeley expecting a little Survivor (Reality TV World)

  • Meanwhile, Natalie Negrotti has evicted her girlfriend from her heart (Reality TV World)

  • Daymond John has a shark in his midst... (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada (Daily Hive).

  • LIST ABUSE: Top 25 game show hosts according to... (Yardbarker) and 25 shows you forgot existed thanks to ... (The Wrap)

  • How being a good journalist made Meredith Vieira a better game show host (Hamilton Spectator)

  • Jeremy Clarkson willing to put his money where his brain is. (Metro)

  • Paul Sinha writing comedy about his current struggle (Daily Mirror)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: Davina McCall relives the time she called "The L100,000 Drop" by its old name (Digital Spy)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF WHAT THE WHAT?!: No one has scored 100% on this quiz. (Manchester Evening News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elvis' friend Wink Martindale (Yahoo!)

posted 8/15/19


ViacomCBS/AdAge

Reunited and It Feels So Good
Viacom, CBS Merge
From The Futon Critic

CBS Corp. and Viacom, two of the world's leading entertainment companies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger, creating a combined company with more than $28 billion in revenue.

The combined company, ViacomCBS Inc., will be a leading global, multiplatform, premium content company, with the assets, capabilities and scale to be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world. The combined company will be a scale player globally, with leadership positions in markets across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. This includes the largest television business in the U.S., with the highest share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key audience demographics, and strength in every key category, including News, Sports, General Entertainment, Pop Culture, Comedy, Music and Kids - making it a first-choice partner to distributors and advertisers. In addition, the combined company will possess a portfolio of fast-growing direct-to-consumer platforms, including both subscription and ad-supported offerings. It will also include a major Hollywood film studio, Paramount Pictures, which has been a producer and global distributor of filmed entertainment for more than a century and continues to be a global box office driver. Taken together, these distinct strengths will accelerate CBS and Viacom's ability to deliver an array of compelling content to important and diverse audiences across both traditional and emerging platforms around the world.

Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Bakish said: "Today marks an important day for CBS and Viacom, as we unite our complementary assets and capabilities and become one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry. Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale - for our own platforms and for our partners around the world - will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come. As we look to the future, I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead for the combined company and all of our stakeholders - including consumers, the creative community, commercial partners, employees and, of course, our shareholders."

Joe Ianniello, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CBS, will become Chairman and CEO of CBS. Ianniello, who will oversee all CBS-branded assets in his new role, said: "This merger brings an exciting new set of opportunities to both companies. At CBS, we have outstanding momentum right now - creatively and operationally - and Viacom's portfolio will help accelerate that progress. I look forward to all we will do together as we build on our ongoing success. And personally, I am pleased to remain focused on CBS's top priority - continuing our transformation into a global, multiplatform, premium content company."

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors, CBS and Viacom, said: "I am really excited to see these two great companies come together so that they can realize the incredible power of their combined assets. My father once said 'content is king,' and never has that been more true than today. Through CBS and Viacom's shared passion for premium content and innovation, we will establish a world-class, multiplatform media organization that is well-positioned for growth in a rapidly transforming industry. Led by a talented leadership team that is excited by the future, ViacomCBS's success will be underpinned by a commitment to strong values and a culture that empowers our exceptional people at all levels of the organization." .

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Deadline
Deadline

posted 8/14/19

TUESDAY: Just Give the Night to NBC
"America's Got Talent" Continues to Dominate
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was likewise the again the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Next up was CBS (4.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.445 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (3.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "Spin the Wheel" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.611 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and the premiere of "Mysteries Decoded" (0.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 759k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 722k
- Supermarket Stakeout (P/Food): 684k
- Ink Master (PAramount): 587k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30 (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 521k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (SP/VH1): 491k
- America Says (GSN): 400k

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posted 8/14/19

Dale's Supermarket Tribute
Rylan's "Sweep" Reboot to Pay Homage to Late Host
From Digital Spy

ITV is rebooting classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep with one of our absolute favourites, Rylan Clark-Neal, and because it's ITV, of course there's a Love Island crossover coming our way. Gotta get that brand synergy!

One of the episodes of the new series will see Anton Danyluk, Belle Hassan, Chris Taylor, Harley Brash, Ovie Soko and India Reynolds competing to win money for charity.

The whole rebooted series will take place over four weeks with 20 hour-long episodes in a pre-watershed slot.

"It's a dream come true to step inside this very special supermarket and host one of the most iconic series in television history," Rylan said. "I am beside myself with excitement and will be going wilder in the aisles than ever before. "Fill up your trolley, grab your bag for life and let's go shopping!"

Supermarket Sweep originally ran between 1993 and 2001, with a revived series in 2007. It was hosted by the legendary Dale Winton, who sadly passed away last year. It has been confirmed the reboot will feature a tribute to him.

"That's all I'm going to say about it, but it was the one thing I really wanted."

Radio Times

Radio Times
Metro
Digital Spy
Telly Mix

posted 8/14/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "When They See Us"

posted 8/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending August 4
From TV Newscheck

The big story of the session ending Aug.4 featured Judge Judy elbowing aside all competition and topping the Nielsen chart in the household ratings for the third time in four weeks.

It was an extraordinary effort since the show was in reruns on all five days and was unable to be seen along with other programs on the 28 CBS-owned stations carried by satellite giant DirecTV and AT&T U-verse in 14 markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, Judy jumped 2% from the week before to a top-rated 5.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Dr. Phil also rose to the occasion with a 5% advance to a 2.1 and led the talk shows for the 152nd week in a row.

Close behind, Live with Kelly and Ryan extended its streak as the second-highest talker to 23 weeks, holding its ground at a 1.9. Ellen DeGeneres took third with an unchanged 1.4, followed by Wendy Williams and Maury, which both moved up 9% to a 1.2.

Elsewhere, none of the top three game shows was able to gain. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 5.7, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.0, while Jeopardy declined 13% to new season-low 4.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7** -13%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 8/13/19

MONDAY: Ninjas vs. Paradise
Winner.... BOTH!?
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with its duo of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.462 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.553 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.216 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.262 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.282 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Mom" (2.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (3.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.054 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Bulletproof" (1.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.070 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.125 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.054m
- American Ninja Warrior (OBP/Nick): 752k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 434k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 366k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 352k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/19

Edin-blockbusters
Dara O Briain to Shoot "Comedy Central's Blockbusters" in TV Festival
From Worldscreen

Comedy Central UK's reboot of the game-show format Blockbusters is set to open this year's Edinburgh TV Festival, with Dara O'Briain on board to host.

Four teams from BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky will compete to cross from one side of the show's famous hexagonal board to the other by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original version of the show aired on ITV and was hosted by Bob Holness after being adapted from the NBC series hosted by Bill Cullen. Comedy Central's reincarnation recently aired and included two celebrity specials.

The session is produced by Phil Harris, creative director at Thames, and Chris Curley, head of development for Comedy Central.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network. Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

O'Briain said: "I'm delighted to be hosting this…even though Blockbusters is a quiz show featuring 16-year-olds and if a fully grown television executive can't answer them, then we are all in serious trouble. Or it explains everything."

CEO and Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: "Blockbusters is a legendary game show that I, and I know many in the industry, have hugely fond memories of, so it's been fantastic to see it return to our screens. With the channels up against one another, this is going to be a fun and nail-biting session, displaying some of our execs true competitive natures."

Worldscreen

TBI Vision
Edinburgh News

posted 8/13/19

WEEKEND: When You Lose to a Rerun of "Feud"...
CBS Wins Sunday, Draws Even in Demos with ABC Game Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.565 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "Big Brother 21" (4.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Instinct" (3.539 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and a second "Instinct" (3.358 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (4.398 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) followed by new episodes of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.398 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.812 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.683 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus its annual "Teen Choice 2019" (0.721 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.750 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Pandora" (0.709 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.383m
- Sunday Best (BET): 806k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30 (VH1): 376k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 334k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 897k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 382k
- America Says (GSN): 357k


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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Can of Whupass"

  • Why Steve Austin's "Broken Skull Challenge" was canceled (The Wrap)

  • How Marina Toybina crafted "The Masked Singer" masks (Deadline).

  • Karey Burke hints at coming tweaks at "Dancing with the Stars" (TV Line)

  • Todd Chrisley knows (tax evasion) best (TV Line)

posted 8/13/19

War of the Atlantic
MTV's New Season of "The Challenge" Pits the US vs. the UK

From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest rated season of "The Challenge" in seven years, MTV unveils the highly anticipated "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2," set to premiere on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:00PM ET/PT with expanded 90-minute episodes.

Following "The Challenge: War of the Worlds," the lines have been drawn between the U.K. and the U.S. players.

Set in the middle of the jungle, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2" returns to a classic team format; 14 Brits will battle it out against 14 Americans for their share of the $1 million-dollar prize. In the premiere episode, the winning team will have the first pick from the lineup of "reinforcements," featuring all-stars CT Tamburello, Dee Nguyen, 'Ninja' Natalie Duran, and last season's champion, Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran. After turning on each other last season, will the Americans be able to unite in order to reclaim the throne against the unstoppable British alliance?

Meet the cast:

U.S. TEAM
- Ashley Mitchell - 6th Challenge Twitter: @mtvashleybrooke, Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke
- Cara Maria Sorbello - 14th Challenge Twitter: @CaraMariaMTV, Instagram: @misscaramaria
- Faith Stowers - 2nd Challenge, "Vanderpump Rules" Twitter: @faithstowers, Instagram: @kingfaithhope
- Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio - 18th Challenge Twitter: @johnnybananas, Instagram: @realjohnnybananas
- Jordan Wiseley - 5th Challenge Twitter: @JordanW_usa, Instagram: @jordan_wiseley
- Josh Martinez - 2nd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @JOSHMBB19, Instagram: @josh_martinez_
- Kam Williams - 4th Challenge Twitter: @iamkamiam_, Instagram: @iamkamiam_
- Laurel Stucky - 6th Challenge Twitter: @laurelstucky, Instagram: @laurelstucky
- Leroy Garrett - 11th Challenge Twitter: @bruce_lee85, Instagram: @royleethebarber
-
Nany Gonzalez - 8th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Paulie Calafiore - 3rd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @paulcalafiore_, Instagram: @paulcalafiore_
- Tori Deal - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @tori_deal, Instagram: @tori_deal
- Wes Bergmann - 12th Challenge Twitter: @westonbergmann, Instagram: @westonbergmann
- Zach Nichols - 9th Challenge Twitter: @ZNichols15, Instagram: @zachnichols15

U.K. TEAM
- Esther Falana - 1st Challenge, "BKCHAT LDN" Twitter: @estherfalana1
- Georgia Harrison - 2nd Challenge; "Love Island" Twitter: @georgiaharisonx, Instagram: @georgialouiseharrison
- Idris Virgo - 1st Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @idrisvirgo, Instagram: @idrisvirgo
- Jennifer West - 1st Challenge, "Survival of the Fittest" Instagram: @jenniferwestofficial
- Joss Mooney - 3rd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @joss_mooney, Instagram: @jossmooney
- Kayleigh Morris - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On the Beach UK" Twitter: @Kmorrisx, Instagram: @kayleighmariemorrisx
- Kyle Christie - 4th Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Twitter: @KyleCGShore, Instagram: @kylecgshore
- Nicole Bass - 1st Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Nicolecharbass, Instagram: @nicolecharbass
- Rogan O'Connor -- 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Rogan_OConnor, Instagram: @roguesnaps
- Sean Lineker - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Twitter: @seanalineker, Instagram: @seanlineker
- Stephen Bear - 2nd Challenge, "Ex on The Beach UK," "Celeb Big Brother UK" Twitter: @stephen_bear, Instagram: @stevie_bear
- Theo Campbell - 2nd Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @theo_campbell91, Instagram: @theo_campbell91
- Tula 'Big T' Fazakerley - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Instagram: @bigtfaz
- Zahida Allen - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @xZahida

THE REINFORCEMENTS
- 'Ninja' Natalie Duran - 2nd Challenge, "America Ninja Warrior" Twitter: @Ninja_Natalie, Instagram: @ninja_natalie
- Dee Nguyen - 2nd Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Instagram: @deenguyen
- CT Tamburello - 16th Challenge Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT, Instagram: @_famous4nothing
- Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran - 2nd Challenge, "Survivor Turkey" Twitter: @turabicamkiran, Instagram: @turabi


The Futon Critic

posted 8/12/19

Is Todrick Hall "The Greatest Dancer"?
"Drag Race" Choreographer Joining British Dance-Off
From Female First

Todrick Hall is joining 'The Greatest Dancer'.

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' resident choreographer will take a seat alongside dance captains Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison on the upcoming second series of the BBC One show after producers decided to "tweak" the format when questions were raised about the availability of the former 'Glee' actor.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "At one point it looked like Matthew's schedule might mean he wouldn't return then bosses decided they wanted to add a fourth captain.

"They were really impressed with Todrick and decided to tweak the format slightly."

Cheryl confirmed in June she'd be returning to the show, which sees performers compete for £50,000 and a chance to perform on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She said at the time: "I don't think I'm allowed to say but I'm going to anyway - I'm going back to the dance show. I'm going to get told off for that, but it doesn't matter because it's just a fact. I love, love, loved the dance show."

As well as judging and coaching the competitors, the captains were also given the chance to showcase their dance skills as they performed a routine at the start of every show and then choreographed and took part in their contestant's number during the final.

Host Jordan Banjo said last month: "Cheryl brought so much to the show as a dancer and dance captain. She was wicked to work with and handled everything really well. Her performance with the Strictly pros was like a baptism of fire. Getting on stage with them at world-class level and holding her own, she smashed it."

Female First

Sun

posted 8/12/19

THURSDAY: A Wheel-y Good Night
Fox Wins Night with Masterchef, Spin the Wheel
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on an NFL-fueled Thursday with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (4.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.033 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

NBC (4.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its all-repeat lineup of "The Wall" (4.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hollywood Game Night" (4.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.730 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.320 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Young Sheldon" (4.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside originals from "Big Brother 21" (5.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up its trio of "Holey Moley" (4.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Family Food Fight" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Reef Break" (3.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "The Outpost" (0.968 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) led into the premiere of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.031 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.980 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 989k
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (Food): 940k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 860k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- America Says (GSN): 418k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Trust You'll Treat Her Well"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Hollywood Game Night" moves to Wednesdays starting August 21 (The Futon Critic)

  • "America's Got Talent" among winners at this year's Teen Choice Awards (TV Line).

  • Daytime Emmys considering merging two awards (TV Line)

  • How Marc Summers spent his summer vacation (Boston Herald)

  • SPOILER ALERT: Evicted houseguest to answer to comments made inside the house (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with DeRay Davis (WTKR Norfolk)

posted 8/12/19

CBS to AT&T: Let's Make a Deal
Agreement in Place to End Cable Lockout
From Deadline

CBS and AT&T have struck a carriage deal, ending the blackout on AT&T-owned satellite giant DirecTV.

The companies' dispute saw CBS stations in New York City, Los Angeles and across the nation go dark on DirectTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems beginning July 20.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday also includes CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, with all stations returning to AT&T homes starting today.

The two companies said they "regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience."

The agreement includes retransmission consent for all 26 CBS-owned stations in 17 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Deadline

posted 8/8/19

WEDNESDAY: Back to Beverly
Fox Wins Night on Mockumentary Reboot
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (3.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the launch of "BH90210" (3.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

CBS (2.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with the season finale of "Love Island" (2.628 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), a new "Big Brother 21" (3.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.357 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.921 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "The InBetween" (2.587 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the season finale of "Press Your Luck" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) alongside originals from "Card Sharks" (2.891 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.897 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the premieres of "Bulletproof" (0.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.564 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.101m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 837k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 447k
- America Says (GSN): 414k
- Deal or No Deal (SF/CNBC): 387k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/8/19

More on "The Masked Singer"
Catch Season 2 September 25
From GoldDerby

Part of the intoxicating allure that made "The Masked Singer" the No. 1 new show last season was that no one knew WTF was going on or had it on their radar at all when it was filmed. Now that everyone knows what the show is, some of that excitement might be gone when Season 2 premieres next month, but Fox is not concerned.

"What's remarkable about first-season shows is how much the producers are learning and building a show," Fox CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "There are so many changes that come with Season 2 — all the performers know what the show is, so they're raising their game. Literally, some are wearing heels, some are trying to throw the audience with their costumes. There is so much more to this show that to me makes it America's favorite guessing game. I think there is a ton of interest in it and we're excited about both cycles."

After the runaway success of Season 1, which debuted in January and was won by T-Pain aka Monster, Fox quickly renewed the series, which is based on the South Korean smash. Soon after, the network picked up a third season, set to premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot in February. It's very common for networks to double-down on reality hits once they become popular, scheduling them two installments in TV season, which could eventually lead to viewer fatigue. Collier doesn't think that will be an issue with "The Masked Singer," singling out the omnipresence of some other reality shows that also air multiple times a season. "Fox will air about 30 hours of 'The Masked Singer.' For the sake of comparison, by the end of this season, 'The Voice' and the 'Bachelor' franchise will each will have aired about 75 hours," he said.

Season 2 features such new costumes as Egg, Skeleton, Flamingo and Leopard. While he couldn't say much about the slate of masked celebrities, Collier praised the producers and casting directors for not only securing the talent but their meticulousness in keeping the stars' identities under wraps now that all eyes are on the show.

"The people who produce the show, who cast the show have to walk a fine line between — you don't want to have someone whose voice is recognized immediately and you want to have people who are from all walks of life. You want to keep the guessing game alive, so I don't know if it's a question of easier or harder [to cast this season]. I watch them thread the needle and they're playing at the highest level," he said. "The care with which the producers of the show handle it is just remarkable. They take every precaution to make sure that no one is spoiled. … At a time when this is the No. 1 new show on television and people [know] they have to get there urgently and live so as not to be spoiled, [that's why we] take all the precaution to keep secrecy and keep everyone guessing."

Season 2 of "The Masked Singer" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c on Fox.

Goldderby

The Wrap

posted 8/8/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Have to Go Back to the Island"

  • VIDEO WALL: Temptation Island: Season 2 (The Wrap)

  • John Cena heads to Brawlhalla (Destructoid).

  • Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon to head up Magical Elves (Deadline)

  • Toby Gorman joins Universal Alternative (Deadline)

posted 8/8/19

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