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Upfronts Called Off
Networks Making Plans to Reveal 2020-2021 Slates
From Deadline

A slew of networks canceled their upfront presentations that were set for May's "Upfront Week" amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. CBS, NBCUniversal, The CW, Fox, WarnerMedia, Disney and Discovery all scrapped their in-person events on Thursday. The companies will now present their upcoming slates to ad buyers digitally.

NBCU's and Fox's upfront were scheduled for May 11, while Disney and Discovery's were supposed to be held on May 12. CBS and WarnerMedia were each set to go two days later on May 1, with The CW's upfront slatted to close out the week on May 14. Upfronts are a critical event on the industry calendar, when top advertisers get to see the upcoming fall television slates ahead of placing large advertising buys.

The group on Thursday join A+E Networks, AMC Networks and Fox News in canceling its annual presentation to advertisers.

As large swaths of Hollywood and America shut down or become shut-ins, Fox indicated that digital may be their next move too. "While we always look forward to seeing our brand and agency partners at the Beacon Theatre, the health and well-being of our clients, talent and colleagues is our top priority," Fox's Advertising Sales boss Marianne Gambelli stated on Thursday afternoon of the May event.

"We are reimagining our presentation to engage our clients using a new format that will highlight the quality content the industry expects from FOX," the exec added. "As the leading broadcast network this season, we have so much to build on and share, and we look forward to doing that in this new way."

The declaration by the Charlie Collier run net comes less than 20 minutes after the CW took its own live Big Apple Upfront event off the stage and headed digital. "In light of recent developments and the current guidelines being set by health officials regarding COVID-19, The CW Network has decided to forego its traditional live upfront presentation scheduled for Thursday May 14 at City Center Theater in New York, as we join the community's efforts to ensure that everyone's health and safety is our top priority," the ViacomCBS and AT&T co-owned outlet said Thursday. "As a result, we are currently exploring alternative and innovative ways of communicating The CW's overall strategy, showcase our new and returning programming and present our upcoming fall schedule to advertisers, press, the industry and our fans," the network also stated. "We will be sharing additional details as we move forward."

At this point, Disney-owned ABC still has their high wattage NYC gatherings in front of deep pocket advertisers on the calendar.

The CW announcement came not long after its corporate cousin went digital as Broadway begins to shut down and Gov. Andrew Cuomo today banned all gatherings of more than 500 people in the Empire State.

"The health and safety of the advertising community, our employees and production partners is our absolute priority, so we will alter our plans for this year's Upfront presentation," said Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia and Kirk McDonald, Chief Business Officer, Xandr. "We have the technological and creative means to showcase our unified WarnerMedia/Xandr message through a unique video experience and will do just that on May 13."

The CW and WarnerMedia moves follow on the heels on the two broadcast networks downsizing themselves, so to speak.

"We'll miss Carnegie Hall and our agency dinners this year, but the health and safety of our clients and the ViacomCBS team comes first," said Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales today. "CBS has a very good story to tell, and this year we need a unique way to tell it," added the network's Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl as the company shifts from its usual Carnegie Hall shindig to a video Upfront special that will be posted to digital platforms on May 13. "We're confident that this alternate format for this year can deliver what we've come to expect from a CBS Upfront – entertainment, stars, strategy and the first look at our new primetime series," Kahl sought to assure advertisers.

Facing up to scientific reality and the bottom line, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal made a similar call almost simultaneously with their broadcast rival. "At this moment in time, we can embrace a new future that puts our audiences and our partners first," declared Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal's Chairman of Advertising & Partnerships Thursday too.

"This year's Upfront Presentation will ensure everyone's safety, while allowing us to give fans and marketers a preview of the upcoming season," Yaccarino noted, on what is also close to the scheduled time frame for the July 15 launch of the corporation's Peacock streamer. The broadcast Upfronts are a key forum for networks to showcase their upcoming fall schedules, and the strength of their lineup and their executive team to hundreds of advertising executives. It kicks off the upfront season where broadcasters sell most of their ad inventory. The tradition has been ongoing since the 1960s and became known for bell-and-whistles performance, talent and lavish parties after.

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posted 3/13/2020

Wish We Could Say We Were Surprised, But We Don't Really
Peter Weber, Madison Prewitt Break Up After Contentious Finale
From The Wrap

We thought those crazy kids would stay together forever…said no one, ever.

Just two days after "The Bachelor" Season 24 finale, on which showed Peter Weber choosing to pursue a relationship with Madison Prewett, the pair have decided to call their very, very young relationship quits. Looks like Barb always gets her way. The former couple broke the news of their breakup to Bachelor Nation in separate Instagram posts Thursday night.

"I want to start by acknowledging the incredible group of women that I had the privilege of getting to know this season. Thank you for coming on this journey with me," Weber wrote. "I learned so many lessons from all of you that I will carry with me. Madi, thank you for your patience and unconditional love. You're the epitome of a woman who carries herself with grace, stands by what she believes in, and loves whole heartedly. That love is something I feel so grateful to have felt and will take a piece of that with me always going forward. Madi and I have mutually decided to not pursue our relationship any further. Believe me this was not easy for either of us to be ok with, but after a lot of honest conversations, we have agreed that this is what makes most sense for the two of us. The love and respect I have for Madi will continue to endure. Hannah Ann, you set an example for women everywhere a couple nights ago. You are such a strong, confident woman and you deserve all the love in the world. I accept full responsibility for my mistakes in our relationship and wish you only the best. This has been an emotional experience and I am so grateful for the outreach of support that I have received from friends, family, and Bachelor Nation in the last few days. Thank you to all of you! This is just a another chapter in my story. One I will never forget and one I will always cherish ❤"

Prewett's statement said: "So incredibly thankful for this amazing journey I've had the honor of being a part of. I have grown so much and am stronger than I was going in. I have learned the importance of acceptance, forgiveness, and grace. As Peter and I have decided to go our separate ways, I am confident that we will both move in the direction of our purpose and never forget that God has a plan in all things. I will always love and respect him. I am convinced our paths were meant to cross and we are both better because they did. @pilot_pete you are an amazing guy and I'm thankful for you. I will always be your biggest fan. And to the amazing women I met this season, I will love you for life. Thank you @abcnetwork for allowing me to embark on this journey. ❤️"

The breakup may feel like both an inevitability and a shock to Bachelor Nation, who watched Peter's mother Barb Weber berate him and Madison on national television during the finale of his season Tuesday, during which she expressed her belief that they weren't right for each other. Barb preferred Peter's ex-fiance, Hannah Ann Sluss, with whom he got engaged shortly after Madison left him over concerns that her Christian lifestyle wouldn't match up with Peter's free-spirited one. Peter Broke up with Sluss one month into their engagement because he still had feelings for Madison, prompting "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison to fly the Auburn-native back from Alabama to see if the two could work things out.

Guess not.

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posted 3/13/2020

THURSDAY: Make It Fashion
"Project Runway" Wraps Season
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (6.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (5.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) remained the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.758 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), the season finale of "The Unicorn" (5.790 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (6.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), the season finale of "Carol's Second Act" (5.234 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Tommy" (4.894 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.623 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Outmatched" (2.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Deputy" (3.503 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for a repeat "Superstore" (2.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) followed by new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Will & Grace" (2.309 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Indebted" (1.552 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.391 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Katy Keene" (0.601 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) and "Legacies" (0.511 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (SF/Bravo): 1.424m/0.32
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (Food): 697k/0.19
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 427k/0.04


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "P-p-p-p-Please!"

  • Alex Trebek has fun with Jessica Rabbit. (PopCulture)

  • FIRST LOOK: AMC's "Quiz" (LadBible)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS planning on reruns (Deadline)

  • Daytime Emmys still on... for now (Deadline)

posted 3/13/2020

"Price Is Right" on Hold
COVID-19 Forces Two-Week Hiatus
From TMZ

"The Price is Right," one of the most enduring game shows in the history of TV is going dark for 2 weeks beginning Monday, with the hope the coronavirus will subside by then, TMZ is reporting.

The show is going the way of so many other entertainment shows. Some are shooting without audiences and some are going down altogether, at least for the time being.

Production sources say they are shutting the shown down for the obvious reasons -- protecting the crew, 61-year-old host Drew Carey, and the audience from contracting the disease.

"TPIR" joins "Jeopardy!," 'Wheel,' "The View," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," 'Ellen' and 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' among others in taking various precautions. Various sources at a number of entertainment companies are all telling the same story: they are struggling to find a balance between producing content and keeping staff safe.

As of right now, the next available date to buy tickets to a Price Is Right taping is March 30, but that is subject to change.

So, what does this mean in terms of tuning into The Price Is Right every weekday morning? It's possible that despite the production disruption, fans of the show will still get to watch new episodes. According to the show's calendar, March 16th's episode was filmed way back in December. What's more, TV Guide is still listing Monday's episode as "NEW."

Price Is Right episodes are typically taped months in advance of their airdates, with host Drew Carey and the rest of the Price Is Right crew filming two to three episodes per day. In other words, CBS probably has some episodes backlogged to air over the next two weeks. Just in case though, it's best to check your local listings to get the most up-to-date information on new episodes.

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Good Housekeeping

posted 3/12/2020

Game Also Called for "QI"... Sort of
BBC Curtails Audience
From Deadline

The BBC and Fremantle have cut the audience size at a recording of entertainment show QI tonight, while other live studio shows are also forging ahead as TV grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

A source told Deadline that a QI recording at BBC Television Centre is taking place but the studio capacity is being reduced from 600 to 500 people, including crew members working on the show for Fremantle label Talkback.

Audience members were provided with government advice about coronavirus in an email accompanying their tickets, which recommended people "stay indoors at home" if they are experiencing symptoms. A source said audience members were not vetted about their health or travel history on entry to the studio..

Deadline
Deadline

posted 3/12/2020

NBC's New Game Show? It's a Secret
NBCUni, Asahi Team for New Format
From Deadline

NBCUniversal's formats sales arm, NBCUniversal Formats, and Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) have struck a deal to co-develop unscripted shows for Japanese and international audiences — and their project is fresh out the traps.

Together, they have created The Secret Game Show, a show in which office workers compete to win cash prizes without their colleagues finding out what they are up to. The action is captured on secret cameras and relayed to a studio audience.

Ana Langenberg, SVP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal Formats, said: "We've already seen great success with our scripted format Suits in the territory. So, with ABC's unrivaled market know-how and expertise, we are excited to introduce what we hope to be a non-scripted hit for local and global audiences."

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Realscreen

posted 3/12/2020

Racing Around the World? Yeah, That's Not Happening Any Time Soon
.... Least of Which with Celebrities
From Deadline

Celebrity Race Across The World is the latest international format to have been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Production has been postponed on the BBC One series, which was set to start filming next month. The show is produced by All3Media-backed Undercover Boss producer Studio Lambert.

The six-part global travel format is a celebrity spin-off of Studio Lambert's Race Across The World. The original show returned for its second season on BBC Two earlier this month as production had already finished before the virus hit.

Celebrity Race Across The World follows four celebrities who race with a family member or friend around the globe without the use of planes or any trappings of modern-day life. They are stripped of all mod-cons, including smartphones, the internet or credit cards, and have to rely on their own skills in order to succeed. The only thing they do have is the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination..

Deadline

posted 3/12/2020

WEDNESDAY: Anything But Business As Usual
Fox, ABC Split Interrupted Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "The Masked Singer" (7.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "FOX News Special/LEGO Masters" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "LEGO Masters" (3.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

CBS (5.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the silver draw with its combination of "Survivor: Winners at War" (6.943 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "CBS News Special/SEAL Team" (5.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "SEAL Team" (4.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "SWAT" (4.221 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its encore mix of "Chicago Med" (4.756 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "NBC News Special/Chicago Fire" (5.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.200 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (4.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

ABC (2.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for a marathon of "Modern Family" (3.460 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.740 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), "ABC News Special/Modern Family" (4.273 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), even more "Modern Family" (2.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), yet another "Modern Family" (2.235 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and a final "Modern Family" (2.168 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.703 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) and "Nancy Drew" (0.681 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) on The CW (0.692 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.053m/0.27
- Forged in Fire (History): 823k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 722k/0.22
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 572k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 454k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 137k/0.04
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 127k/0.04


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/12/2020

"Survivor" Delays the Next Two Seasons
COVID-19 Concerns Cited
From TV Line

The global coronavirus crisis has led CBS and the producers of Survivor to delay production on the next two cycles, Seasons 41 and 42.

In a letter to the show's crew, host Jeff Probst said, "Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor Season 41."

Production on Season 41, which was slated to commence in Fiji on March 24, is now scheduled to begin May 19. That, in turn, pushes production on Season 42 (slated to start on May 24) until later this summer. "Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan," Probst added. "This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step."

A CBS rep confirmed the delay, "Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of Survivor have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji. Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th. The health and safety of the castaways and production members is our top priority."

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posted 3/11/2020

Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years
"Project Runway" Former EP Sentenced
From TV Line

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison, after being found guilty of multiple sexual assault charges, including rape.

Specifically, Weinstein last month was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree (against a former production assistant, in 2006) and rape in the third degree (against an aspiring actress, in 2013). The former charge carried a possible sentence of five to 25 years in prison, while the latter carried a possible sentence of probation or up to four years in prison.

Prior to his sentencing, Weinstein said in the courtroom, "To all the women who testified, we may have different truths, but I have great remorse," our sister site Variety reports. But he then maintained, "I had wonderful times with these people" aka his many accusers.

"I am totally confused. I think men are confused about these issues," Weinstein said. "Thousands of men are losing due process. I'm worried about this country."

Though found guilty on three counts, Weinstein last month was acquitted of the two most serious charges levied against him, for predatory sexual assault. Had he been found guilty there, it would have confirmed a pattern of behavior that included allegedly forcing sex on actress Annabella Sciorra.

Among the wave of TV-related fallout for the allegations against Weinstein, Amazon scrapped its plans for a drama series that was to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, since it was produced by The Weinstein Company. (Amazon had already given the series a two-season order, with a $160 million commitment.) Additionally, Weinstein Company series in October 2017 removed the founder's name from credits, starting with Project Runway. The fallen titan was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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posted 3/11/2020

Matt Lucas Joins "British Baking Show"
"Doctor Who", Bridesmaids Veteran Joins Netflix/C4 Series
From Deadline

Matt Lucas, the comedian, actor and writer who has starred in Bridesmaids, is to become the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

Lucas will replace Sandi Toksvig in the tent, hosting alongside fellow comedian Noel Fielding.

Filming on the 11th series of The Great British Bake Off begins in the spring, with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith returning as judges. Lucas said: "I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television. I can't wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I've already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation."

The Great British Bake Off executive producer Richard McKerrow added: "He's a phenomenal talent with a huge heart and we can't wait to enjoy the mischief and mayhem he and Noel will inevitably create in the tent. Our new batch of bakers will be in very safe hands."

Lucas has a distinguished career in film and TV, starring in shows such as Doctor Who and Shooting Stars, while his film work has included Paddington and Alice in Wonderland. Alongside David Walliams, he also co-created cult British sketch show Little Britain and later Come Fly With Me. The Great British Bake Off shows on Netflix in the U.S., where it is known as The Great British Baking Show.

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posted 3/11/2020

TUESDAY: ... So That Happened
ABC, CBS Split The Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.706 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) surged to the demo crown with the season finale of "The Bachelor" (8.483 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and a new "For Life" (3.153 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The silver went to NBC (4.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.409 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "This Is Us" (5.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (4.471 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (8.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "NCIS" (10.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "FBI" (8.329 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Empire" (1.987 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9). And finally, The CW (0.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.066 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 946k/0.25
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 611k/0.17
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 431k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 380k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 259k/0.11
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 182k/0.07


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/11/2020

Quibi Gets Its Clean Freak On
"Squeaky Clean" Gets the Greenlight
From The Futon Critic

Quibi has announced SQUEAKY CLEAN (working title), an eight episode cleaning and organization competition series produced by Authentic Entertainment and Shine TV, both part of the Endemol Shine Group.

In SQUEAKY CLEAN, Quibi is challenging three dirt-obsessed contestants over two competitive rounds ("The Scrub" and "The Shining"). Taking place on the shiniest-floor studio in competition history, contestants will clean against each other - with the winner of each episode determined by a signature white glove and blacklight test. Sometimes cleaning is serious business. Here's to a clean fight.

"Everyone swears by their own technique when it comes to cleaning" says Authentic Entertainment's Helga Eike. "For the first time ever, we'll challenge these self-proclaimed Heroes of Hygiene to put their skills to the test. What is more satisfying than a good before and after?"

Tanya Shaw, Managing Director, Shine TV said; "Cleaning is something we all do, some with more rigour than others, but what does it take to be the best? Working with Authentic for Quibi means we can answer this question on a global scale ... . and get some great tips along the way."

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Deadline

posted 3/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending March 1
From TV Newscheck

Talk titan Dr. Phil had the right medicine in the session ending March 1, uncorking the show's biggest rating of the season in a week peppered with preemptions for the Weinstein verdict, the Kobe Bryant memorial, the South Carolina Democratic debate, the Milwaukee brewery shootings and President Trump's coronavirus press conference.

While most strips were flat to down, Phil forged ahead 8% from the week before to a new season high 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, convincingly leading the talkers for the 178th times in last 182 weeks.

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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3* +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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The Wrap

posted 3/10/2020

More on "Legends of the Hidden Temple"
Casting Underway
From Bustle

Calling all '90s kids: Quibi's Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot is holding an open casting call for competitors. Much like the original Nickelodeon game show, Quibi's Legends of the Hidden Temple will follow various teams of competitors as they traverse obstacles in order to win prizes.

While the Nickelodeon series occurred in a Mayan-themed temple setting and involved pre-teen contestants, Quibi's reiteration will take place in a jungle setting with much tougher challenges and adult contestants.

Per a press release from Quibi issued on Tuesday, the reboot is on the hunt for competitors. To get access to early casting details for Legends of the Hidden Temple, simply enter an email address at Quibi.com by Friday, March 13. Per marketing obtained by Bustle, the "Guide to Becoming a Legend" is as follows:
- "Level up your inner child and prepare for adult-sized challenges."
- "Pick your teammates wisely. You're in this together."
- "Accept and acknowledge that the choice is, in fact, yours and yours alone."

Quibi's press release cautioned to "enter at your own risk," and added that if you're cast, expect your adventure skills to be put to the true test.

Bustle

Bleeding Cool

posted 3/10/2020

MONDAY: Pilot Light
ABC, NBC Split Reality Hours
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to the demo crown with night one of "The Bachelor" (7.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) finale followed by a new "The Good Doctor" (5.791 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (7.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) took home the silver with fresh installments from "The Voice" (8.658 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Manifest" (3.856 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Next up was FOX (5.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the penultimate "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.395 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the season finale of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.202 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.728 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "All Rise" (4.577 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Bull" (6.297 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "All American" (0.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.553 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1131m/0.24
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 830k/0.19
- Get a Clue (GSN): 311k/0.03
- Spy Games (F/Bravo): 307k/0.09


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posted 3/10/2020

WEEKEND: Sharks Return on Top
ABC, CBS Split the Weekend
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with new episodes from "Shark Tank" (4.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) likewise led the adults 18-49 race with "WWE SmackDown" (2.453 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.618 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "MacGyver" (5.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (6.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (7.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.743 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.711 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.614 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) to round out the night.

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 558k/0.24
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 504k/0.14

ABC (6.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by new episodes of "American Idol" (7.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "God Friended Me" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.677 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (1.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Duncanville" (1.073 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.304 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Family Guy" (1.451 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up an encore of "Little Big Shots" (2.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) followed by fresh installments of "Little Big Shots" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.950 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Good Girls" (1.895 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.774 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.676 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.153m/0.31
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k/0.25
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 246k/0.12


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/10/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Our Betty Is Okay"

  • Betty White, amidst this current crisis, is okay (Buzzfeed)

  • Kenny & Spenny bring live show to Sudbury. In other news, Kenny & Spenny are still a thing. (The Sudbury Star)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 celebs Alex Trebek is close to... and 5 he isn't (The Things)

  • LIST ABUSE #2: 10 things you didn't know about Fear Factor (Screen Rant)

  • Byron Allen makes a play for Tegna (Deadline)

posted 3/12/2020

GSN's Upfront: Expanding on What Works
Network to Double Output, Greenlight "Master Minds", "People Puzzler"
From Adweek

After reverting to traditional game show formats in 2018 and dropping the moniker GSN during last upfronts season, Game Show Network says it is done transforming. Now, the cable network is pushing further into what's working, and will double its output of original episodes this upcoming year.

This year's upfront conversations with buyers will focus on that expansion of programming, and emphasize that the network represents a "safe haven" for brands seeking an escape from off-putting or risky programming, said evp of ad sales John Zaccario.

"Our customers know what they get here: They get game shows," Zaccario said. "They can plan for it, it's predictable, and that's comforting for people who are buying media three or four months out."

Game Show Network plans to double the 550 episodes of original programming that it released last year. It has greenlit two new series: People Puzzler, based on the Puzzler crossword that runs in People magazine; and Master Minds, a celebrity trivia game show hosted by actress Brooke Burns.

Returning to the network this year are originals America Says, Catch 21, Common Knowledge and Get a Clue, as well as syndicated episodes of Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey.

Those new and returning programs are in line with Game Show Network 's program definition, which pivoted away from modern formats to the traditional, comfort-food fare its audience was craving.

"We're not in a mode of transforming the audience and chasing hits that may be outside of our genre," Zaccario said. "We're chasing hits that are inside the program definition, and advertisers are responding to that.".

Adweek

posted 3/9/2020


Fox

DANNY TIDWELL: 1984-2020
"SYTYCD" Finalist Killed in Car Accident
From The Wrap

"So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Danny Tidwell died on Friday, according to his brother and fellow dancer Travis Wall. Tidwell was 35 years old.

"Yesterday I lost a brother," Wall wrote on Instagram on Saturday. "And we all lost a gift. I'm not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can't believe this is real. I can't believe you're gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing."

Tidwell was the runner-up in the third season of "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2007, when he was 22. Wall danced in the season prior and was also a finalist.

Debbie Allen, who served as a judge on Tidwell's season, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late dancer, calling him a "dancing genius" and a "prince amongst paupers."

Tidwell was born August 1, 1984 in Norfolk, Virginia, and began dancing as a child, first focusing on jazz before changing to ballet. He had worked at various elite companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, and he also performed the works of renowned choreographers like Allen, William Forsythe and Mia Michaels.

In 2005, he was featured in Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch and appeared on the cover, as well as in Pointe Magazine's Top 10 VIP. After his run on "So You Think You Can Dance," he performed during "American Idol's" second annual "Idol Gives Back" charity event in 2008, and he also had his Broadway debut in 2009 as a cast member in "Memphis.".

The Wrap
Legacy

Pink News
TV Line

posted 3/9/2020


Digital Spy

DAVE RAINFORD: 1968-2020
"Eggheads" Star Mourned by Quizzers the World Over
From the Liverpool Echo

One of the stars of BBC quiz show Eggheads has died.

Dave Rainford, 51, was a regular on the tea time quiz show but last year was forced to step down due to an unconfirmed illness.

The news of his death was confirmed by the show's host Jeremy Vine, reports Mirror Online.

Vine posted to Twitter : "I'm very sad to hear that one of the Eggheads has died. Dave "Tremendous Knowledge" Rainford, famous for being banned from pub quiz machines in Manchester, was the best company after a recording: always fun and sociable.

"I never saw him angry or ungenerous, not once."

Dave had spoken out to fans after they noticed his absence.

Dave tweeted: "Brand new Eggheads starting on Monday. "I was still recuperating when these programmes were recorded, but I can promise you that there are some great shows coming up with excellent challengers that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Keep watching."

Dave landed a part on the quiz show following an appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2015, where he came away with £250,000. He was then asked to replace former Egghead star CJ de Mooi in 2012.

Dave was one of nine Eggheads alongside Kevin Ashman, Chris Hughes, Judith Keppel, Barry Simmons, Pat Gibson, David Rainford, Lisa Thiel, Steve Cooke and Beth Webster.

His former fellow quizzer Paul Sinha tweeted: "Devastated at the loss of my friend David Rainford. "Egghead, great bloke, great friend. We had blindingly good nights out mate X"..

The Liverpool Echo
The Irish Sun

Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Digital Spy

posted 3/9/2020

More on "Songland" Season 2
Meet the Guests for the New Sessions
From the Futon Critic

NBC's groundbreaking songwriting series "Songland" will return for a second season on Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series features a panel of the most sought-after songwriter/producers in music - Ester Dean, Shane McAnally and Ryan Tedder. Each week a superstar guest recording artist will come to "Songland" in search of their next hit song. Today NBC announced the full list of guest recording artists who will be featured on season two of the show, including Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher. Below please find the video announcement, the full list of season-two guest recording artists and more info about "Songland."

'SONGLAND' SEASON-TWO GUEST RECORDING ARTISTS:
· Four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B supergroup Boyz II Men
· Eight-time ACM and seven-time CMT Award-winning country duo Florida Georgia Line
· Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Latin pop sensation Luis Fonsi
· Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter H.E.R.
· Five-time Grammy Award-winning country-pop trio Lady Antebellum
· Five-time CMA-winning country superstar Martina McBride
· Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Julia Michaels
· Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Ben Platt
· Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha
· Multiplatinum, eight-time Grammy and American Music Award-winning R&B icon Usher


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posted 3/9/2020

Rylan's Getting Busy
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Host to Front "The Squeeze"
From Female First

The 31-year-old television presenter has made a name for himself with the BBC through presenting 'Ready, Steady, Cook' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' spin-off show 'It Takes Two'.

And he has now landed a new quiz show with the broadcaster, after recently filming the pilot in Scotland. 'The Squeeze' will reportedly see Rylan put contestants through their paces with a mixture of tough questions and physical challenges.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "Beeb bosses trialled the show a few years ago but they didn't find the right personality to carry it. "Now they know larger-than-life Rylan is perfect. Producers think he's just the guy for the show."

Whilst Rylan added: "I've just flown back from Scotland after filming it and it went really, really well. It's very early days."

Meanwhile, the former 'X Factor' star brought 'Ready, Steady, Cook' back to screens earlier this month, 10 years after the original show ended. The series will air through 20 episodes, with a focus on minimising food waste, reducing plastic, and budget cooking for the family. Rylan has taken to the show's eco-credentials with his very own important role.

Female First

posted 3/9/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Group C Judges"

  • Yvette Nicole Brown, Sharon Osbourne join "The Masked Singer" (The Wrap)

  • Celebrity Circle? (Telly Mix)

  • Rob Beckett's pilot "Revolver" runs out of turns (Female First)

  • Danny Dyer launches a podcast (Metro)

  • ICYMI: Barbara Eden's Jeannie returns (TV Line) as does Gravedigger (TV Line)

  • LIST ABUSE: The craziest (read: worst) dating formats ever unleashed (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (Cheat Sheet)

posted 3/9/2020


Sony Pictures TV

A Very Important Milestone
"Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek Celebrates One Year Since Cancer Diagnosis
From TV Line

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has good news to share regarding his health: He has defied the odds and survived one full year with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"The one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent," he says in the above video, which was first shared on Wednesday. "I'm very happy to report that I have just reached that marker.

"Now, I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one," he continues. "There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me; the chemo treatments will. There were moments of great pain, days where certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside quickly, because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts, of the value of living and hope. And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf."

Trebek goes on to share a reassuring anecdote from a recent doctor's visit. "You know, my oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day. He said, 'Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only seven percent,' he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office celebrating my second anniversary of survival. And you know something? If I, no, if we — because so many of us are involved in this same situation — if we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible," Trebek declares. "I'll keep you posted."

Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, announced last March that he'd been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He returned to work in August after a successful round of chemotherapy, but suffered a setback in September and restarted chemotherapy. In January, he told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he has no plans to sign off of the long-running quiz show "in the near future."

TV Line
WKYT Lexington
The Wrap
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Screen Rant
The Hill
CBS DFW
O: The Oprah Magazine

posted 3/6/2020

Sherry Pie Pulled from "Drag Race"
Contestant DQed After Abuse Allegations
From Broadway World

RuPaul's Drag Race has disqualified season 12 contestant Sherry Pie over catfishing allegations, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The New York City-based performer, whose birth name is Joey Gugliemelli, has been disqualified after aspiring actor Ben Shimkus accused Gugliemelli of catfishing him, writing about his alleged experience with the drag performer in a post on Facebook.

"In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie's statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul's Drag Race," VH1 and production company World of Wonder said in a statement to EW. "Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring."

She was set to make her debut tonight on the second half of season 12's two-part premiere, which was taped last year.

The statement comes two days after aspiring actor Ben Shimkus accused Sherry Pie of catfishing him in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook. Shimkus alleges that after forming a friendship with the performer when they attended Cortland State University's Musical Theatre program, Sherry Pie created a fake persona as a casting director named "Allison Mossey."

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WUSA Washington
Queerty
Billboard
Decider
The Wrap
TV Line
Cheat Sheet

posted 3/6/2020

THURSDAY: Fashion
ABC, CBS Splits Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its drama mix of "Station 19" (6.089 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.741 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (5.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then edged the total viewer race with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.678 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Tommy" (4.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Outmatched" (2.062 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Deputy" (3.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "Superstore" (2.062 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) alongside new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.863 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Will & Grace" (2.089 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Indebted" (1.400 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.264 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.515 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.309 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.257m/0.25
- Vegas Chef Prizefight (P/Food): 653k/0.13


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/2020

Richard Bacon's House
BBC Greenlights New Series
From Metro

Richard Bacon is set to present his own BBC game show almost two years after he was left in a coma after falling ill with pneumonia.

The 44-year-old television and radio presenter, who was placed in a coma for six days as he battled the condition in both lungs, will front the new series titled This Is My House, according to reports.

The show will be part reality and part game show and will follow four contestants living under the same roof. One contestant will be the real homeowner, while the other players will also dress the same and claim the owner's identity in a bid to convince a celebrity panel the house actually belongs to them. The hopefuls will then be interrogated in the studio before the panel then pick who they believe the real homeowner is and cash prizes will be on the table.

Metro
Female First

posted 3/6/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Queen Is Dead"

  • RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" canceled by Netflix, Twitter. (TV Line)

  • The POST-post-post-post-script on Love Is Blind ... now you can binge on Castlevania (The Wrap)

  • Bradley Walsh chases The Darling Buds of May (Radio Times)

  • Nikki Osborne slams "Quizmania" contestants. (ABC14 News)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THAT $#*! UP: Joel "Do A 180" Embiid (USA Today)

  • WGA, AMPTP still in talks (THe Wrap)

posted 3/6/2020

MIPTV Canceled
Organizers Cite Novel COVID-19 Concerns; Armoza Plans Virtual Event
From Deadline

MipTV, one of the leading international television conferences and markets, has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

The event was scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Cannes.

Organizers Reed Midem said Wednesday that all of the events surrounding MipTV, including Mip Formats, Mip Doc and Canneseries, have also been canceled.

The next edition of MipTV will take place April 12-15, 2021, while season 3 of Canneseries, the Cannes International Series Festival, originally scheduled to run parallel to MipTV, will now take place October 9-14, alongside Mipcom.

It comes after the French government banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people due to the global pandemic.

Armoza Formats, creator of Fox entertainment series The Four, is launching ArmozaFest, a virtual sales event, in the wake of the cancellation of Mip TV.

The company, which was acquired by ITV in July 2019, will launch the 'screen-to-screen' service for international buyers in order to showcase their upcoming formats. The event will last for two weeks starting March 23.

Deadline

Deadline

posted 3/5/2020

WEDNESDAY: Volcano Fizzles
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with fresh installments from "The Masked Singer" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

The silver draw was NBC (7.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.236 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.074 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (4.547 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "SWAT" (3.486 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for the special "Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda" (4.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) followed by a new "Stumptown" (2.395 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Nancy Drew" (0.617 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.649 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (P/Food): 838k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 835k/0.28
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 680k/0.18
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 241k/0.07
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 202k/0.05


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/5/2020

Sing Along with the Super 9
Fox Plots 2-Hour Special April 1
From The Wrap

"The Masked Singer" fans are getting a double dose of good news today. Fox has set the whacky singing competition's first-ever sing-a-long special and supersized the "Super Nine" episode in which Season 3's finalists from Groups A, B and C will come together for the first time. The sing-a-long event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 8/7c.

Here's Fox's description for the special: "Gather your friends and family, get your DIY costumes ready and sing along to your favorite season three performances."

Two weeks before the special, the two-hour episode that features Season 3's "Super Nine" contestants all competing against each other for the first time will air at 8 p.m. on April 1.

Now, we don't actually know who all nine of Season 3's "Super Nine" contestants are yet, seeing as Group C — which consists of Night Angel, The Bear, The Astronaut, T-Rex, The Rhino and The Swan — has yet to perform. Those six will be introduced during next Wednesday's hour, but you can get a taste of their antics via the teaser video below.

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The Wrap

posted 3/5/2020

Netflix Has All The Right Moves
Report: Studio Lambert Game for Dance-Off
From Deadline

The Circle and Undercover Boss producer Studio Lambert has cooked up its latest format for Netflix — a dance show that will aim to find the world's next superstar choreographer.

Deadline reports that Studio Lambert is about to begin production in London on the show, which has been given the working title All The Right Moves. It will be filmed across eight weeks.

The idea is that aspiring choreographers will compete over the course of a number of challenges to create iconic dance sequences using professional dancers.

Studio Lambert has been casting for dancers in the UK in recent weeks.

It follows All3Media-owned Studio Lambert remaking its Channel 4 show The Circle for Netflix in the U.S. last year. The Big Brother-meets-Catfish format was created by Studio Lambert creative director Tim Harcourt, who Deadline understands is also looking after All The Right Moves.

Deadline

posted 3/5/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Baby.... You're a Firework!"

  • Katy Perry's got a secret, but you can figure it out if you watch her new video. (PopCulture)

  • The post-post-post-script on Love Is Blind ... now you can binge on Castlevania (TV Line)

  • Derek Hough joins "High School Musical: The Series: The Musical: The Movie: The Series: The Movie: The Musical" (Deadline)

  • That's Ainsley Harriott, MBE to you (Metro)

  • 233 teams of six quiz vets each are going to Chicago for one reason (C-Note: myself included). (The Guardian)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THAT $#*! UP: Joel "Do A 180" Embiid (USA Today)

  • Fox makes alternate plans with novel COVID-19 looming (Deadline)

posted 3/5/2020

"Challenge 35" Is "Total Madness"
Big Brother Alums Join Challenge Veterans April 1 on MTV
From The Futon Critic

MTV celebrates the franchise that invented the reality-competition genre with the season 35 premiere of "The Challenge: Total Madness," kicking off on Wednesday, April 1st at 8:00PM ET/PT. The highly-anticipated hit series will feature 90-minute episodes and is set to roll out globally across MTV's international networks in 180+ territories in the coming months.

Following a successful season of "War of the Worlds 2," which scored the highest franchise premiere in six years, the explosive new season returns to a solo game format where no one is safe and it's every traitor for themselves. Twenty-eight players will face strenuous challenges in pursuit of the $1 million-dollar prize with a shocking twist, unleashing mental warfare like never before.

Meet the cast:

VETERANS:
- Ashley Mitchell - 7th Challenge Twitter: @mtvashleybrooke, Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke
- Aneesa Ferreira - 13th Challenge Twitter: @Aneesamtv, Instagram: @Aneesamtv
- Cory Wharton - 7th Challenge Twitter: @CoryWharton, Instagram: @CoryWharton_ig
- CT Tamburello - 17th Challenge Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT, Instagram: @_famous4nothing
- Dee Nguyen - 3rd Challenge Instagram: @deenguyen
- Kyle Christie - 5th Challenges Twitter: @KyleCGShore, Instagram: @kylecgshore
- Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio - 20th Challenge Twitter: @johnnybananas, Instagram: @realjohnnybananas
- Jenna Compono - 8th Challenge Twitter: @JennaCompono, Instagram: @JennaCompono
- Jennifer West - 2nd Challenge Instagram: @jenniferwestofficial
- Josh Martinez - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @JOSHMBB19, Instagram: @josh_martinez_
- Jordan Wisely - 6th Challenge Twitter: @JordanW_usa, Instagram: @jordan_wiseley
- Kailah Casillas - 5th Challenge Twitter: @Kailah_Casillas, Instagram: @Kailah_Casillas
- Mattie Breaux - 2nd Challenge Twitter: @MattieLBreaux, Instagram: @MattieLynnBreaux
- Melissa Reeves - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @DJMelReeves Instagram: @DJMelReeves
- Nelson Thomas - 6th Challenge Twitter: @MTV_NellyT, Instagram: @_NelsonThomas
- Nany Gonzalez - 9th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Rogan O'Connor - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @Rogan_OConnor, Instagram: @roguesnaps
- Stephen Bear - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @stephen_bear, Instagram: @stevie_bear
- Tori Deal - 4th Challenge Twitter: @tori_deal, Instagram: @tori_deal
- Tula "Big T" Fazakerley - 2nd Challenge Instagram: @BigTFaz
- Wes Bergmann - 13th Challenge Twitter: @westonbergmann, Instagram: @westonbergmann

ROOKIES:
- Asaf Goren - "Big Brother Israel," "So You Think You Can Dance" Twitter: @asafgoren1, Instagram: @asafgoren1
- Bayleigh Dayton - "Big Brother" Twitter: BayleighDaily, Instagram: @Bayyday
- Christopher Jordan "Swaggy C" Williams - "Big Brother" Twitter: @SwaggyCTV, Instagram: @SwaggyCTV
- Kaycee Clark - "Big Brother" Twitter: @ThatStudMuffin, Instagram: @kcsince1987
- Faysal Shawn "Fessy" Shafaat - "Big Brother," "American Ninja Warrior" Twitter: @fessyfitness, Instagram: @fessyfitness
- Jay Starrett - "Survivor" Twitter: @Jay__Qs, Instagram: @jqskim
- Jennifer Lee - "Amazing Race" Twitter: @_jennlee_, Instagram: @jenleezy
.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/4/2020

TUESDAY: Super Tuesday.... for Fox, Anyway
Drama Beats Network Primary Coverage
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held off its news competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Resident" (4.795 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and the return of "Empire" (2.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

In Super Tuesday coverage, NBC (2.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) led the way with "NBC News Decision 2020 Super Tuesday" (2.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) followed by "Super Tuesday: Your Voice Your Vote 2020" (2.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) on ABC (2.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and "CBS News Election Special Super Tuesday: High Stakes" (2.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) on CBS (2.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #6) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.497 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.1, #7) closed out the night on The CW (0.570 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- CHopped (Food): 846k/0.23
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 809k/0.23
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 483k/0.19
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 448k/0.04
- Hot Ones The Game Show (truTV): 266k/0.13
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 251k/0.11


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/4/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Graduate"

  • Ken Jeong tapped to give Duke's commencement. Let's hope his speech is better than his guesses. (C-Note: Dook still sucks) (WRAL-TV Raleigh)

  • FIRST LOOK: More queens! (TV Line)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The new series of "Ready Steady Cook" (The Guardian)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: SUPER JACKPOT! (The Mirror)

posted 3/4/2020

Red Nose Day 2020 Escapes
NBC Lines Up Programming Block
From The Futon Critic

NBC is once again partnering with Comic Relief US and Red Nose Day with a three-hour block of themed programming on Thursday, May 21 that will raise money and awareness for millions of children living in poverty across America and around the world.

Kicking off the night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Ben Stiller is bringing the phenomenon of escape rooms to television in spectacularly over-the-top style with "Celebrity Escape Room." Stiller and Jack Black serve as executive producers and participants in the one-hour show featuring a cast of A-listers immersed in the hilariously high-energy, no-holds-barred escape.

Following "Celebrity Escape Room," the two-hour "Red Nose Day Special" will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that will educate and engage viewers.

Joining Stiller for the game-play are comedy stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott. Jack Black is host and the all-knowing "Game Master," who puts his celebrity friends to the test as they work together under intense pressure to beat the clock, unlocking a series of surprising puzzle rooms to ultimately engineer their great escape in this uproarious and heart-pounding adventure.

Tapping into the wildly popular escape room craze, "Celebrity Escape Room" combines the drama and tension of a real-life video game with the side-splitting allure of the ultimate party game. All highly competitive with killer instincts, Stiller, Cox, Kudrow and Scott will work together and channel their inner Sherlocks to decipher clues and solve puzzles, brainstorm for solutions and combine their comedic talents to ultimately gain their freedom before time runs out. When stumped they may only ask the Game Master for three clues to help them escape their complete isolation from the outside world. Each room that the players complete earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day.

In addition to Stiller, "Celebrity Escape Room" will be executive produced by Black, Christine Taylor, Nicky Weinstock, Amiira Ruotola and Lee Metzger ("The Voice"). The show is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Red Hour Productions.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2020

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending February 23
From TV Newscheck

Jerry Springer's freshman hit Judge Jerry stood out as one of the few category-leading, double-digit gainers in the challenging session ending Feb. 23, a week that was clouded by numerous preemptions for a weather-delayed Daytona 500 and included the sparsely viewed Presidents Day holiday.

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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 3/3/2020

MONDAY: The Women Tell All
"Bachelor" Fuels ABC Win
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to its duo of "The Bachelor" (6.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

The silver went to NBC (7.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "The Voice" (8.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Manifest" (3.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.705 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a repeat "Prodigal Son" (1.892 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.418 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "All Rise" (4.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.255 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the penultimate weeks of "All American" (0.772 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.158m/0.25
- Kids Baking Championship - 10p (SF/Food): 1.016m/0.25
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 517k/0.15
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 366k/0.03
- Get a Clue (GSN): 305k/0.03
- Spy Games (Bravo): 286k/0.09


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2020

Quibi Gets Sauced
Usher to Produce Dance Off
From Deadline

Usher is bringing his moves to the upcoming Quibi dance competition series The Sauce. The Grammy award-winning R&B artist will serve as a judge and executive producer of the show.

The Sauce will be produced by Thalia Mavros' The Front. The new dance series will be hosted by brothers and Atlanta-based dancers Ayo and Teo as they explore the unique dance cultures in cities across the U.S., finding the freshest talent to compete head-to-head.

"Dance continues to drive much of our popular culture in increasingly more meaningful ways, and I can't wait to help these young dancers express their extraordinary talent and vision," said Usher. "I'm excited to be working with Quibi and The Front, who share my vision for cutting-edge, culture-forward content and have created an innovative platform to recognize incredibly gifted dancers from across the nation."

Deadline

posted 3/3/2020

Block Buster
"Block Out" Heads to Europe
From TBI

Producers in Iberia, the Netherlands and France have picked up rights to Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios' gameshow format Block Out.

The show, which made its debut in Thailand on Channel 7 and has subsequently sold to VTV in Vietnam and ANTV in Indonesia, sees two teams attempting to remain on a wall while undertaking physical and mental challenges.

The format has been sold to Endemol Shine Iberia for Spain and Portugal, Tin Can for the Netherlands and GM6 for France. Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) holds global sales rights excluding Asia.

Bo Stehmeier, president at RASI, said: "Part of our formats strategy is creating and representing energetic, bold and hilarious studio-based shows like Block Out, which the whole family can enjoy together. We're looking forward to building on Block Out's success in Asia and introducing audiences across Europe to this engaging and colourful series."

The deals were struck by Tobias Schulze, VP of sales in France & German-speaking territories, and Maria Arroyo, senior sales manager in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel and Latin America.

TBI
Rapid TV News

C21 Media

posted 3/3/2020

WEEKEND: It's Off a Bit
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.143 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) alongside originals from "American Idol" (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Rookie" (4.526 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Second place went to CBS (6.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "God Friended Me" (5.998 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.555 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Duncanville" (1.062 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.692 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Duncanville" (1.238 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.509 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.549 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an encore "Little Big Shots" (2.941 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus originals from "Little Big Shots" (3.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.062 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Good Girls" (1.803 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.384 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Batwoman" (0.452 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.315 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18).

FOX (2.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the Friday demo race with its weekly installments of "WWE SmackDown" (2.716 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

CBS (5.907 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "MacGyver" (5.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (6.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.621 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the relocated "Shark Tank" (4.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and a two-hour "20/20" (3.361 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.509 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.523 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Charmed" (0.665 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and "Dynasty" (0.382 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10)..

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 523k/0.13

- RuPaul's Drag Race (SP/VH1): 504k/0.20

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.031m/0.28
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 734k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 710k/0.20
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 333k/0.14
- Disney Fam Jam (Disney): 301k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Super-ish Tuesday"

  • Tyler Cameron breaks his silence about his mother (Reality TV World)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Cannonball" (Ringside News)

  • Washington State Senate recognizes Ken Jennings as the GOAT (Newsweek)

  • Novel COVID-19 hits ITV studios where "Supermarket Sweep" runs wild. (Broadcast)

posted 3/3/2020


Los Angeles Times

Clare Crawley Sets a Record in Return to "Bachelor" Nation
"Bachelor in Paradise" Alum to Be the Oldest "Bachelorette"
From TV Line

When The Bachelorette returns to ABC for Season 16, Clare Crawley will be the one holding the roses. The highly anticipated announcement was made Monday during Good Morning America.

At age 38 (and turning 39 during production), Crawley is the oldest Bachelorette in the franchise's 17-year history.

Though ABC typically chooses a Bachelorette from the latest crop of Bachelor contestants, Crawley didn't compete for Peter Weber's heart on Season 24. Rather, she came in second place on Juan Pablo Galavis' season of The Bachelor in 2014 — and she memorably told Galavis off after he dumped her during the season finale, quickly making her a fan favorite.

Crawley later appeared on Seasons 1 and 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, as well as The Bachelor Winter Games, where she seemed to find love with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard. Shortly after Winter Games wrapped, however, the pair ended their engagement.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

TV Line
The Wrap

Reality TV World
Vice

posted 3/2/2020

Dealing Through the Decades
"Let's Make a Deal" Decades Week Begins March 9
From CBS

It's time for a walk down memory lane as Let's Make A Deal celebrates the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s during Decades Week!

Airing the week of Mar. 9-13, host Wayne Brady is joined by a slew of pop culture icons from across the years. Guest stars joining are Barbara Eden from I Dream Of Jeannie, Jimmy Walker from Good Times, Christopher Knight from The Brady Bunch, Joey Lawrence from Blossom, Joey Fatone of pop group 'N Sync, and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men.

But it isn't just amazing outfits and fantastic guests that are worth tuning in for, Let's Make A Deal will also be breaking it's second Guinness World Record™ title in Friday's '90s episode when they feature the "Largest Water Pistol!

CBS

posted 3/2/2020


Harper's Bazaar

Sofia Vergara Gets Buzzed
"Modern Family" Alum to Join "America's Got Talent"
From TV Line

Sofia Vergara is going from one dysfunctional TV family to another. The Modern Family actress will join America's Got Talent as a judge in Season 15.

"I'm so happy to join my new family on AGT," Vergara said in a statement. "This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I'm extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can't wait to watch all the talent and have fun with all you guys!"

Additionally, Heidi Klum will return to fill the fourth seat on the panel. Though Klum served as a judge for Season 2 of America's Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year, she hasn't appeared on original flavor AGT since Season 13.

Also returning for Season 15 are judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, as well as host Terry Crews.

While this confirmation is still headline-making news for AGT, Vergara joining the panel isn't entirely surprising. It was reported back in Dec. 2019 that she was taking meetings with the show's producers to discuss becoming a judge.

Vergara and Klum are filling the seats left vacant by Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, both of whom were let go from the show after just one season. Though Hough has remained relatively quiet about her departure, Union has been vigilant in speaking out against the unfair treatment she says she experienced and witnessed behind the scenes.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline

TV Line

posted 3/2/2020


WFAE

JAMES LIPTON: 1926-2020
"Inside the Actors Studio" Host Appeared on "Jeopardy!", "Apprentice"
From TV Line

James Lipton, best known for his many years as host of the interview series Inside the Actors Studio, died Monday at the age of 93. Lipton passed away at his home after a battle with bladder cancer.

"There are so many James Lipton stories, but I'm sure he would like to be remembered as someone who loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with," Lipton's wife, Kedakai Turner, told TMZ.

Lipton created Inside the Actors Studio in 1994, when it premiered on Bravo. The Q&A program — in which Lipton asked actors in-depth questions about their craft — ran for 22 seasons at that network, before moving to Ovation in 2019.

After moderating more than 250 conversations with thespians, Lipton stepped down as host when the show changed networks, and the program is now led by a series of guest hosts. "It's very gratifying to see the legacy of Inside The Actors Studio being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy," Lipton said at the time. "I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network dedicated to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series."

Ovation reacted to the news of Lipton's passing with the following statement: "We celebrate and honor the great legacy of James Lipton. James is beloved around the world for his passion, insight and dedication to the craft of acting. With Inside the Actors Studio, James has created a long-lasting impact on the acting world. Ovation mourns his loss and offers deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans."

Lipton also held guest roles on shows such as Arrested Development, Suburgatory and According to Jim, and he voiced himself on episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. He also delivered clues on "Jeopardy!", performed on "America's Got Talent", and acted as an advisor on "The Celebrity Apprentice".

Behind the camera, Lipton served as a writer on several projects, including many episodes of Inside the Actors Studio. His credits also included Another World, The Best of Everything and Return to Peyton Place.

Ovation will air a two-part James Lipton remembrance block of Inside the Actor's Studio on Wednesday, March 4 beginning at 7/6.

TV Line
TMZ

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 3/2/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Spoilers!"

  • Bradley Walsh reportedly exiting the TARDIS and taking his son with him. Yeah, Tosin Cole, this time... (Bleeding Cool)

  • THe post-post-script on Love Is Blind (The Wrap)

  • Tyler Cameron mourns the loss of his mother (Reality TV World)

  • Alex Trebek donates $100,000 to homeless shelter (TMZ)

  • Katy Perry puts on a show for Aussie firefighters. (Billboard)

  • FIRST LEAK: "Beat the Chasers" (Chronicle Live)

  • Richard Ayoade piloting "Who's Asking?" (Chortle)

posted 3/2/2020


ViacomCBS/Worldrace

Coronavirus Fears Hit The Game Show World
"Amazing Race" Production Temporarily Suspended
From TV Line

The Amazing Race just hit a serious roadblock: CBS has suspended production on Season 33 of the globe-trotting reality hit over concerns about the coronavirus.

"Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series," a network spokesperson said in a statement. "All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home."

The statement also emphasized that "at this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it. Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and wellbeing of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities."

Production on Season 33 started a couple weeks ago, with three episodes filmed so far. There's no word yet on when production might resume again. The series, hosted by Phil Keoghan since its 2001 debut, sends pairs of contestants on a race around the world to compete in a series of international challenges. Season 32, which will air next, has already been filmed, but doesn't have a premiere date.

TV Line

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Deadline
The Wrap

Forbes

posted 2/28/2020

More on "Listen to Your Heart"
Catch It on ABC April!
From Cheat Sheet

The Bachelor franchise has done it again with its latest iteration, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart.

Instead of contestants earning roses by a not-so-intricate process of elimination, singles find love by connecting through each other's music. Couples make connections by performing individually and together all while living together to explore relationships. What is involved and who are the 23 singles looking for love?

According to Us Weekly, couples compete via "musical challenges." This includes performances in front of big-names from the industry. Couples who bring their A-game move on while others go home. After moving into the mansion, daily dates entice couples to commit. Once that happens, they move to the challenges.

"Contestants will be talented musicians and people whose lives and work revolve around music," ABC entertainment president Karey Burke told previously said, via Us Weekly.

"It's an attempt to capture what we all know, that love and emotion and music are inexplicably intertwined." Bachelor host, Chris Harrison, leads the show — because of course, he does — as well as alums, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers who have cameos sometime throughout the season.

"I think you may see some [familiar] people and then maybe some of these people end up in the franchise elsewhere," Harrison said. "Who knows?".

Cheat Sheet
US Magazine

People
Reality TV World

posted 2/28/2020

THURSDAY: A Million Little Viewers
ABC Wins Night Outright
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (6.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (3.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (4.093 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Outmatched" (2.480 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Deputy" (3.635 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (6.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The Unicorn" (4.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Mom" (4.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Carol's Second Act" (3.748 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a new "Tommy" (4.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.765 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.059 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Indebted" (1.489 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.281 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.488 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.304 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.198m/0.24
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (SF/MTV): 321k/0.18


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posted 2/28/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Condragulations!"

  • Michelle Visage gets her own show on BBC Three (Deadline) plus 10 Did-That-Really-Just-Happen? Eliminations from the mothership (TV Line)

  • THe post-script on Love Is Blind (The Atlantic)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The next "Bachelorette" will be announced on Good Morning America MONDAY (Reality TV World)

  • Tyler Cameron cancels on GMA due to a family emergency (Reality TV World)

  • Mike Myers explains Tommy Maitland (Screen Rant)

  • Steve Harvey meets his doppelganger (Good Housekeeping)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Belushi (WBTS Boston)

posted 2/28/2020

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Unmasks
NBC, Fox Split Night
From The Wrap

"The Masked Singer" was crowned No. 1 in TV ratings among the key demo Wednesday night, but couldn't best NBC's "Chicago" crossover in total primetime viewers, according to Nielsen.

While the audience for Fox's singing competition slipped double digits from the numbers put up by its week-ago episode, "Chicago Fire" saw its most-watched episode in a year.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., "The Masked Singer" scored a 1.7/9 and 6.7 million viewers. "Lego Masters" at 9 p.m. earned a 1.0/5 and 3.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/6 and first in viewers with 8.4 million. At 8 p.m., "Chicago Med" posted a 1.2/6 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9 p.m., "Chicago Fire" kicked off its crossover with "Chicago PD" with an episode that pulled in a 1.2/6 and 8.6 million viewers. "Chicago P.D." ended that crossover at 10 p.m. with a 1.2/7 and 8.2 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and second in viewers with 5.2 million. At 8 p.m., "Survivor" landed a 1.4/7 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9 p.m., "SEAL Team" had a 0.6/3 and 4.4 million viewers. Another episode at 10 p.m. got a 0.5/3 and 4 million viewers.

ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/3.

ABC was fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. Univision was fifth with 1.6 million.

For ABC, "The Goldbergs" at 8 p.m. opened primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers. Following two repeats, "Single Parents" at 9:30 p.m. received a 0.5/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 10 p.m., a special "Shark Tank" closed the night with a 0.5/3 and 1.5 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 994,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 649,000. At 8 p.m., "Riverdale" had a 0.2/1 and 699,000 viewers. At 9 p.m., "Nancy Drew" settled for a 0.1/1 and 599,000 viewers.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 723k/0.19
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 627k/0.16
- Common Knowledge (GSN) 461k/0.04
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 221k/0.05


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posted 2/27/2020

"Samurai" to Return Sooner Than You Think
Casting Continues as Season 2 Gets a Launch Date in April
From The Futon Critic

Competition series MENTAL SAMURAI has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. Season Two of MENTAL SAMURAI will premiere Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"MENTAL SAMURAI is a one-of-a-kind show that brilliantly marries intellect and physicality, and we're so happy to partner with Warner Horizon Unscripted, Arthur Smith and Jeff Apploff to bring it back for a second season," said Wade. "Of course, at the heart of MENTAL SAMURAI is the incomparable Rob Lowe, who, between this and his fantastic work on 9-1-1: LONE STAR, has become such a key member of the FOX family."

"The show fires on every single level," added Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "Rob Lowe, the producing team, the set, the technology and the network. We couldn't ask for a more perfect combination."

MENTAL SAMURAI is the perfect combination of game show, sporting event and thrill ride, in which everyday people from across the country battle each other and the clock, answering a wide variety of fun and interactive questions about topics ranging from the Hall of Presidents to Hall & Oates. If that wasn't enough, players must tackle these difficult questions while being whipped around the arena strapped into Ava, a high-speed capsule and robotic arm capable of twisting and turning a full 360 degrees! The stakes have never been higher this season, as players will earn money with each correct answer, but with even one mistake, the ride comes to a screeching halt. In the end, the player who correctly answers the most questions the fastest will enter the Circle of Samurai for a chance to win up to $100,000 and return the next night to face a new group of colorful competitors vying to win the title of MENTAL SAMURAI.

Since its debut on FOX in 2019, the format has produced multiple seasons in several territories around the world. MENTAL SAMURAI is casting our BIG Brains now! To apply, visit TINYURL.com/MENTALSAMURAI.

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posted 2/27/2020

"Love Is Blind": After the Final... Stream
Season Finale Airs Thursday
From Deadline

Fans of reality TV coupling competitions might be lamenting the fact that the final episode of Netflix's Love Is Blind premieres this week, but fear not: There's more drama ahead. The streamer said today that a reunion special will arrive next week.

"The final episode of Love Is Blind premieres tomorrow! But the story doesn't end there," Netflix tweeted. "On March 5, all your burning questions will be answered in a can't-miss reunion special hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey":

The final episode of Love Is Blind premieres tomorrow! But the story doesn't end there… On March 5, all your burning questions will be answered in a can't-miss reunion special hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey pic.twitter.com/6IImBYy3OB — Netflix US (@netflix) February 26, 2020


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posted 2/26/2020

TUESDAY: Nick Jonas vs. The Democrats
CBS Wins Debate Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got a major boost on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of "CBS News Democratic Primary Debate" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by "CBS News: The Spin Room" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (6.927 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) had to settle for the silver with night two of "The Voice" (8.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside new episodes of "This Is Us" (7.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.176 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "The Conners" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.144 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (2.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "For Life" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.077 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.133 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.179 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.753 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 760k/0.21
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 595k/0.19
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 469k/0.20
- Ink Master: Turf War (PAramount): 435k/0.15
- Hot Ones the Game Show (truTV): 341k/0.18


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posted 2/25/2020

Dancing Funny
E! Greenlights Comedian Dance-Off
From the Futon Critic

"The Funny Dance Show" premieres on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30pm ET/PT on E! during the new "Laughter Hours" programming block. Hosts and Judges include: Hosts, Creators and Executive Producers: Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet Judges: Loni Love (comedian and co-host of "The Real"), Allison Holker ("So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars") and Justin Martindale (comedian and television personality)

Based off of Justine Marino and Heidi Heaslet's live show developed at The World Famous Comedy Store, "The Funny Dance Show" takes your favorite dance competitions and turns the genre on its head. The new series showcases what can happen when some of the funniest, and sometimes rhythmically challenged, comedians become dancing competitors. Regardless of whether they kill it on the dance floor, the end result is always a belly laugh of a story told through fancy footwork.

Each week two teams of comedians will work with professional choreographers and an entourage of backup dancers to try and perfect their steps ahead of a series of judged dance-offs. Come showtime, the comedians try not to literally break a leg while performing for a live club audience all in an effort to win $10,000 for a charity of their choice.

The teams taking to the stage include: Jessimae Peluso and Flula Borg vs. Candice Thompson and Maz Jobrani; Jade Catta-Preta and Marcella Arguello vs. Daniel Franzese and Irene Choi; Fortune Feimster and Willie Hunter vs. Fahim Anwar and Becky Robinson; Ron Funches and Blair Socci vs. Adam Ray and Brad Williams; Kel Mitchell and Carly Jibson vs. Yamaneika Saunders and Jeremiah Watkins, and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/26/2020

Insert Zombies Here
BBC Two Cancels Sue Perkins Quiz Reportedly
From Metro

Sue Perkins' game show Insert Name Here has been axed by BBC Two.

The former Great British Bake Off host fronted the competition for four series and three Christmas specials, but it will not return this year.

The ill-fated format follows other works by the comic in the wake of her leaving GBBO to be cancelled, including her Generation Game reboot and The Big Spell, which aired on Sky One. Insert Name Here saw two teams of three players competing to answer questions based on celebrities that shared the same name.

The show's latest series averaged less than a million viewers for each episode, with its final instalment seeing just 520,000 viewers tune in. A source told The Sun that: 'Unfortunately, the ratings did begin to slide a bit for this so BBC bosses have decided to put it out of its misery.

'It had some good guests and a pair of good team captains in Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman, but unfortunately, poor ratings mean it's no more.'

Metro

posted 2/26/2020

Higher!
TPIR, LMAD Reach Season Highs
From Broadway World

For the week ending Friday, Feb. 21, LET'S MAKE A DEAL (1&2) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1&2) all posted five-day weekly ratings highs for the 2019-2020 season, including:

LET'S MAKE A DEAL (one) attracted 2.95 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL (two) reached 3.35 million viewers - both shows' largest five-day audience this season.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 4.61 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (two) scored 5.21 million viewers - also both programs' best five-day viewer numbers since the 2019-2020 season began.

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posted 2/26/2020

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending February 16
From TV Newscheck

Even though ratings for this year's Academy Awards telecast sank to an all-time low, several heavyweight syndicated shows were able to score with coverage of Hollywood's biggest night in the session ending Feb. 16.

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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 2/26/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "THOMPSON TWINS TRIVIA!"

posted 2/26/2020

Reports of Jeopardy!'s Demise on Netflix Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
New Collections Drop Friday
From International Business Times

On Feb. 28, Netflix will add new episodes of "Jeopardy!" to the streaming platform. The newest additions will celebrate past winners and give fans a look back at some highs of the Alex Trebek-hosted trivia show.

According to TVInsider, the new episodes will feature the "Cindy Stowell Collection." Stowell, who was a science content developer from Austin, Texas, competed on the long-running game show in 2016. She passed away a week before her episodes aired, as she had been secretly battling stage 4 colon cancer, but prior to her death, she had donated $100,000 from her winnings to cancer research.

Seth Wilson's 2016 12-game streak will also be added to Netflix on Friday, along with a variety of episodes that focus on Trebek and his hosting skills.

The addition of the new material means that other shows will be removed from the streaming site. "The Buzzy Cohen Collection," "College Championship II," "Teachers Tournament II" and "Tournament of Champions III" are among the titles that will become unavailable in the near future.

This news follows the recent "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" tournament, which began on Jan. 7. During the series, fan favorites James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter returned to compete for the impressive title. Ultimately, Jennings took home the $1M prize, while Holzhauer and Rutter each earned $250K.

International Business Times

posted 2/25/2020

MONDAY: Nick Jonas vs. The Bachelor
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat in demos on Monday with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.790 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.569 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

NBC (7.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) had to settle for the silver with the return of "The Voice" (8.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Little Big Shots" (4.900 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.744 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a repeat of "Prodigal Son" (1.886 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.430 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "All Rise" (4.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (4.324 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "All American" (0.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.631 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.036m/0.23
- Girl Scout Cookie Championship (SF/Food): 733k/0.22
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 672k/0.19
- Spy Games (Bravo): 334k/0.11


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posted 2/25/2020

"The Bachelor" Now Looking for Seniors
Casting Begins for New ABC Project
From TV Line

Reality TV's next eligible bachelor could very well be a silver fox. ABC on Monday aired a casting announcement for a new reality dating show that would feature older contestants looking for love later in life. Here's the on-air announcement, as captured by Rob Mills, Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming for ABC Entertainment:

#Bachelornation give us your Grumpiest Old Men, give us your Goldenest Girls. #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/ZYV3LouLdb — Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) February 25, 2020

As Mills later clarified in a tweet, ABC is looking for applicants over the age of 65. The announcement directed viewers to an official casting website, which offers a bit more information about the in-development project: "Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The Producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women in their golden years for a new exciting dating show!"

Of course, this older-skewing dating show isn't the only Bachelor offshoot on the horizon. Premiering on Monday, April 13 (8/7c), we also have The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, in which 20 singles "embark on an incredible journey to find love through music," according to the official logline. By singing popular songs, both individually and as couples, the contestants will "look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings, and ultimately fall in love."

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posted 2/25/2020

WEEKEND: Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.184 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "American Idol" (7.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the return of "The Rookie" (4.894 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Second place went to CBS (6.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.961 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "God Friended Me" (5.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.179 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.556 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (1.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with an encore of "LEGO Masters" (1.669 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #v) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.828 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Duncanville" (1.440 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T), "Bob's Burgers" (1.571 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Family Guy" (1.556 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.138 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.382 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside originals of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.975 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Good Girls" (1.810 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.816 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.667 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) closed out the night on The CW (0.742 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 702k/0.16
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 469k/0.04
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 366k/0.20m

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.050m/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 770k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 746k/0.19


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posted 2/25/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The New King of the Mouse House"

  • Bob Iger, who was instrumental in bringing "Millionaire" to the US, steps down from Disney (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

  • As bad as you thought HQ's inner sanctum was... it was infinitely worse. (Crain's New York)

  • John Legend, The Voice teams with Lay's to offer trivia for a trip to see the show (Marketing Dive)

  • Chris Harrison appears to make an awkward living situation... even more awkward (The Wrap)

  • Speaking of awkward, Chad Johnson arrested on abuse charges (The Wrap)

  • BTS: How long did the couples of "Love Is Blind" have to keep their secret? (TV Line)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? The answer: the kind of people who have never seen or even heard of "Sexting in Suburbia" (Decider)

  • Kelly Clarkson returns to host Billboard Music Awards (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (Fast Company)

posted 2/24/2020


Soundtrack Hitlist

BOB COBERT: 1924-2020
Composer of Many Game Show Themes Including "Pyramid", "Chain Reaction"
From Variety

Bob Cobert, the Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer of television's "Dark Shadows" and "The Winds of War," died of pneumonia Feb. 19, in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 95.

Cobert's themes for the 1960s Gothic horror soap "Dark Shadows" – "great spook music," he once called it – were his most popular compositions, and "Quentin's Theme" (for the character played by David Selby) became a top 10 hit in 1969 as recorded by the Charles Randolph Grean Sound, earning a Grammy nomination as Best Instrumental Theme.

The "Dark Shadows" score, the first daytime soap to generate a best-selling soundtrack album, cemented Cobert's partnership with the series' creator-producer Dan Curtis, who continued to employ Cobert on nearly all of his television and film projects for the next four decades. They did four features and more than two dozen television films together. Their largest-scale project was "The Winds of War," the 18-hour 1983 miniseries based on Herman Wouk's World War II novel, and its 1988-89 sequel, the 30-hour "War and Remembrance," which brought Cobert an Emmy nomination for original score.

Curtis's penchant for producing successful horror projects led to other memorable Cobert scores including his detective jazz for Darren McGavin as reporter Carl Kolchak in the hugely popular "The Night Stalker" (1972) and its sequel "The Night Strangler" (1973); a Romanian music-box treatment for Jack Palance in "Dracula" (1974); and a terrifying theme for the notorious Zuni doll menacing Karen Black in "Trilogy of Terror" (1975).

Their features included two based on the "Dark Shadows" series ("House of Dark Shadows" in 1970 and "Night of Dark Shadows" in 1971), the Bette Davis haunted-house tale "Burnt Offerings" in 1976 and the Danny Aiello comedy-drama "Me and the Kid" in 1993. Their other 1970s collaborations, all for television, included the high-rated Depression-era FBI dramas "Melvin Purvis, G-Man" and "Kansas City Massacre" in 1974-75 and the Western "Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" in 1979.

Robert Cobert was born October 26, 1924 in Brooklyn. He studied composition and conducting at New York's Juilliard School during the war years and later studied composition at Columbia University with well-known classical composer Henry Cowell. During the '40s, he also played clarinet and saxophone at such famous venues as the Stork Club and the Copacabana. In the 1950s, his pop songs were recorded by such artists as Freddy Martin and Frances Wayne; his folk opera "Frankie and Johnny" and orchestral "Mediterranean Suite" were released on records. But television beckoned in 1960, as producer David Susskind hired Cobert to score such literary adaptations as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "The Heiress" and the short-lived CBS horror anthology "Way Out."

The New York-based composer also enjoyed great success with game-show themes including "Password," "To Tell the Truth" and "The Price Is Right" in the 1960s and the "$25,000 Pyramid" (later the "$100,000 Pyramid") and "Chain Reaction" in the 1980s. His other daytime TV credits included "The Doctors" soap and a "CBS Afternoon Playhouse," "I Think I'm Having a Baby," for which he received a 1981 Daytime Emmy nomination.

Variety

posted 2/24/2020

More on "Making the Cut"
Catch It on Amazon Prime March 27
From The Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making The Cut, reveals its first official look at the upcoming season, hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn. The series will premiere on Prime Video on Friday March 27, 2020.

The 10-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers, will premiere two new episodes each week, culminating in an epic finale on April 24, 2020. In this first-ever global and instantly shoppable series, limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase exclusively on Amazon in the "Making the Cut" store.

During the course of the season, those who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winning designer from the finale receiving one million dollars to invest in their brand and the opportunity to create an exclusive line available on Amazon.

The dozen designers featured on Making the Cut will visit three of the world's fashion capitals - New York, Paris, and Toyko - and face challenges and assignments that will test not only their design skills but also their ability to run all aspects of a business. Judging their looks and industry acumen are some of fashion's most recognizable and influential names, including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni.

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Jennifer Love, directed by Ramy Romany and produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions.

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posted 2/24/2020

Steve Harvey Takes Image Awards
NAACP Awards Handed Out Saturday
From The Wrap

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were handed out Saturday night, with rapper Lizzo taking home the prize for Entertainer of the Year.

Anthony Anderson hosted this year's event, which celebrated the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Anderson was also a winner for his work on ABC's "black-ish," which swept all the top honors for its stellar comedic cast.

Netflix's "Rhythm+Flow" took the top honors for Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show, while Steve Harvey won Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble for his work on "Celebrity Family Feud".


The Wrap

CNN

posted 2/24/2020

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein
Former "Project Runway" Producer Found Guilty
From TV Line

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein trial on Monday found the disgraced Hollywood mogul guilty on two counts, including rape in the third degree.

Jurors deliberated for more than 26 hours at the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, after listening to three weeks of testimony — including from 28 prosecution witnesses alone.

Specifically, Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree (against former production assistant Miriam Haley, in 2006) and rape in the third degree (against aspiring actress Jessica Mann, in 2013). The former charge carries a possible sentence of five to 25 years in prison, while the latter will hit the accused with probation or up to four years in prison.

Weinstein, however, was acquitted of the two most serious charges against him, for predatory sexual assault. Had he been found guilty there, it would have confirmed a pattern of behavior that included allegedly forcing sex on actress Annabella Sciorra. (Weinstein's alleged rape of Sciorra was itself not among the charges, since the incident happened too long ago under state law.)

Weinstein's conviction on the two counts is expected to be appealed, while he next faces charges of sex crimes in Los Angeles (filed the same day that his New York trial got underway).

Weinstein turned himself in May 2018, seven months after the New Yorker published the scathing accounts of 13 women who alleged that he had sexually harassed or assaulted them. His New York trial commenced on Jan. 22 with opening statements.

Among the wave of TV-related fallout for the allegations against Weinstein, Amazon months after the New Yorker story broke scrapped its plans for a drama series that was to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, since it was produced by The Weinstein Company. (Amazon had already given the series a two-season order, with a $160 million commitment.) Additionally, Weinstein Company series in October 2017 removed the founder's name from credits, starting with Project Runway. The fallen titan was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences..

TV Line

Deadline

posted 2/24/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Mamba Forever"

posted 2/24/2020

BBC Planning "The Next Stage"
Talent Competition Pilot Comes as "X Factor" Takes a Break
From Female First

The broadcaster is expected to film a pilot for 'The Next Stage' very soon, and the programme could fill the gap being left by 'The X Factor' as Simon Cowell's talent show is taking a break for 2020.

Producers are said to want "original and passionate singer/songwriters" to apply to "showcase their songs to the nation", with original material encouraged alongside "unique covers of their favourite hits".

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The aim is find undiscovered talent who need a leg-up on their way to launching a music career. "It doesn't matter if they are a solo artist or a band, we're keen to hear from everyone from all musical genres and backgrounds." BBC Studios is planning the pilot, and if it is a success it is said the show could air on Saturday nights.

Female First

The Mirror

posted 2/21/2020

The Greatest Shark
ABC News Special to Air Wednesday
From the FUton Ciritic

The critically acclaimed, entrepreneurial-themed program "Shark Tank" has been on the air for 11 seasons and now, a one-hour, prime-time special reports on the most successful products, unforgettable pitches and clever entrepreneurs to appear over the years. "Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" features interviews with iconic Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary who reflect on the show and its most memorable moments. The business moguls make startling admissions about the products that got away, deals they made with "Baby Sharks" who aren't yet old enough to vote and open up about one of the fiercest on-set battles when their playful business banter turned personal. ABC News cameras also follow show producers through an open-call audition in Dallas, where hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, products in hand, tried to get into the Tank. The one-hour program looks back on top guest Sharks, features interviews with "Shark Tank" executives who recall the one pitch that brought all the sharks to tears, previews what's to come this season, and asks and answers the question "What is the greatest 'Shark Tank' product of all time?" "Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" airs on a special edition of "20/20," Wednesday, Feb. 26 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.

"Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time" is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer, Matt Lombardi is executive producer, and Ann Reynolds is senior producer. .

The Futon Critic

posted 2/21/2020

The Bachelor Goes for Gold
ABC Plans "Summer Games"
From ET

Cancel your summer plans, because The Bachelor will be airing not one, not two, but three shows over summer 2020. Rob Mills, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, confirmed during an appearance on Monday's Bachelor Party podcast that The Bachelor: Summer Games was a go, following up Winter Games, which aired in 2018.

A nod to the Olympics, Winter Games aired four episodes over two weeks in February 2018, while Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor season was still airing. The show featured a cast of Bachelor Nation favorites from around the world, competing in various winter sports challenges and trying to find love along the way.

Summer Games will overlap with the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, Mills said, noting that it won't replace Bachelor in Paradise, which usually films in June, and airs in August, after The Bachelorette's season finale.

"What's nice about Summer Games is when we did Winter Games, Bachelor was still airing, so it was a lot to... this is just Summer Games, and then Paradise will start," Mills said. "I think it's going to be really fun. We found a really great place to hold it... But I mean, it's going to be so fun seeing these people in these great [sports]. I mean, track and field, swimming... this is a real Olympics," he added, noting that he'd love to see Colton Underwood, Jordan Rodgers or JoJo Fletcher appear on the season.

ET

posted 2/21/2020

THURSDAY: TGIT
ABC, CBS SPlit Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) led the demo pack thanks to its trio of "Station 19" (6.265 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.994 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.660 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (5.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (9.029 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Unicorn" (6.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Mom" (6.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Tommy" (4.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was FOX (3.070 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (3.616 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Outmatched" (2.062 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Deputy" (3.301 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up originals from "Superstore" (2.678 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.919 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Indebted" (1.555 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.425 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.538 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and a rebroadcast of "Dogs of the Year" (0.536 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.364m/0.27
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 469k/0.04
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 366k/0.20m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cracking the Code"

  • Netflix may have finally figured this whole reality TV thing out. (Vulture)

  • The Ringer to charge the rise & fall of HQ (THe Hollywood Reporter)

  • Colton Underwood mourns the lost of his best friend... his dog Sniper. (Reality TV World)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: A Q?! (AOL)

  • Chris Harrison vs. the volcano. (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (Grub Street)

posted 2/21/2020

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