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TUESDAY: America's Got a New President Soon
NBC Wins Night, ABC Falls Without "Truth"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and an "NBC News Special" (5.303 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (1.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second place with its duo of "Hotel Hell" (2.373 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Coupled" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (6.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Zoo" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "CBS News Special" (2.477 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (2.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.286 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.100 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (1.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "ABC News Special" (2.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with a repeat "The Flash" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the finale to "Containment" (0.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters Napa (Food): 1.314M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.019M
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 942K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 490K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 475K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 360K

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Few More Good Minutes"

  • Dave Holmes almost got everyone at MTV sued. Let's see what this celebrity says (Uproxx)
     

  • Louie Anderson reflects on comedy, Feud, and Splash. Well, maybe not Splash (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with @midnight (TV Insider)

posted 7/21/16

Ru-newed
"Drag Race" Reupped for a 9th Season
From TV Line

Logo is saying “shantay, you stay” to RuPaul’s Drag Race, renewing the Emmy Award-nominated competition series for a ninth season.

Meanwhile, RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race returns for its second season with a 90-minute premiere on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 8/7c.

In addition to the aforementioned Ru-newal, Logo on Wednesday that it’s given a series order to Fire Island, a docuseries premiering in 2017. From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, the reality series will follow a group of young New York City dwellers “who leave behind the stress of their big city lives and escape to the sun-soaked oasis of Fire Island. The series … highlights the adventure, romance and relationships of friends and housemates as they vacation together in a share-house and experience the magic and drama of the landmark location.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

Windows Has a Host... Insert Microsoft Joke Here
Garcelle Beauvais to Host GSN's "Window Warriors"
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has added actress Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming") as host of their new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS.

WINDOW WARRIORS lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country's most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week. From the festive, to the luxurious, to the latest advances in digital effects and sound technology, these artists will push their creativity to the limits in the hopes of winning a $100,000 grand prize, in addition to a feature in a retail design magazine, a one-year contract to design displays for a premiere mall developer, and a career-changing opportunity to design a holiday display at a major department store.

Currently serving as host of the syndicated daytime talk show "Hollywood Today Live," Beauvais is well known to TV viewers for her roles in "Franklin & Bash," "NYPD Blue" and "The Jamie Foxx Show." She has also appeared in feature films including "White House Down" and "Flight," among others and will be featured in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Beauvais also brings experience from the fashion world to her hosting duties, having started her career as a fashion model with Ford Models, appearing in print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol, and walking the catwalk for Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and more.

WINDOW WARRIORS comes from Michael Levitt Productions, the team behind GSN's most-watched original series ever, SKIN WARS. Executive producers include Michael Levitt ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Billboard Music Awards"), Jill Goularte and Liz Cook.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
EURweb
Multichannel News

posted 7/20/16

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 10
From TV Newscheck

The Fourth of July holiday session ending July 10 was a downer for most of syndication, which saw numerous pre-emptions for news of the July 7 Dallas sniper attack.

The most notable exception to general downtrend was Live with Kelly, which topped the talkers for the sixth straight week and was the only chat fest in the top five moving up from the prior frame, with a 4% advance to a 2.6 live-plus-same-day national rating. Kelly also led the talkers among women 25-54 with a 1.2 in the key demo.

In access, Family Feud slipped 3% to a 6.8 but crushed all game show competition for the 11th week in a row. Wheel of Fortune was off 9% to a new season low 5.3 tying Jeopardy, which faded 5% to a 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3** -9%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -5%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%.

TV Newscheck

posted 7/20/16

A Million Dollar Dance
NBC Teams with Jennifer Lopez
From TV Line

Jennifer Lopez is looking for a few good men. Or women. Or children. Literally anyone who can dance.

NBC on Tuesday announced a global casting call for World of Dance, a 10-episode competition series executive-produced by the Shades of Blue star, in which one winner will receive a “life-altering” $1 million prize.

Here’s how World of Dance works, per the network’s official announcement:

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title ‘Best in the World.’

“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”

TV Line
Reality TV World
Reality Wanted
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

More on "Cash Trapped"
Catch It on ITV August 1!
From The List

Bradley Walsh has launched a new game show.

The 56-year-old presenter currently fronts popular quiz 'The Chase' on weekdays but has revealed he's come up with the idea of 'Cash Trapped' - a plan he's been sitting on for 10 years - and can't wait to bring it to screens.

He said: "It was an idea I came up with in my dressing room about 10 years ago whilst in between scenes on a drama.

"I took the idea to Helen Warner last year and she hooked me up with my old pal Glenn Hugill who helped me knock it into shape. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!"

'Cash Trapped' will see six contestants go head-to-head as they frantically try and answer a series of quick-fire questions, while attempting to sabotage their competitors and become the first to press the much-desired golden buzzer.

The person who hits the button will lock all of the other players out of the game and will leave with all of the cash racked up.

He explained: "If a contestant succeeds, they escape with all the cash they've built up, while their five opponents leave empty handed. However if they fail to escape their bank is drained and everyone else rolls their winnings over. Then they all remain 'Cash Trapped' until the next episode."

'Cash Trapped' will hit screens on August 1 at 5pm on ITV.

The List
Yahoo!
Daily Star
Daily Express

posted 7/20/16

AXS Bringing Back "X Factor UK"
Network Inks Multiyear Deal to Air Original Version
From World Screen

U.S. network AXS TV has inked a multiyear deal to air further seasons of the talent showcase The X Factor UK.

The agreement with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment sees AXS TV remain the U.S. broadcast home for the original version of the international format. The network will air all 32 episodes of the upcoming 13th season, which premieres with a special two-day event on August 28 and 29. Each episode will air in the U.S. 24 hours after their respective U.K. broadcasts.

The X Factor UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV, part of FremantleMedia UK. It was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge on the series. The show’s format is owned and created by Syco Entertainment, and co-produced/licensed by FremantleMedia International.

World Screen
Antimusic
Daily Express
Reality Box

posted 7/20/16

will.i.am.developing.a.singing.game.show
Apple Said to Be Interested in "Superdope"
From Noise11

Rapper will.i.am is planning to reunite with members of the Black Eyed Peas for a brand new singing game show.

The hip-hop star is working with producers at Natalka Znak and Simon Jones’ TV company to create Superdope, a series which will feature aspiring artists receiving notes from celebrity advisors, including will.i.am.

According to Deadline.com, he will also serve as host, and is hoping to recruit his Black Eyed Peas pals to perform on the show and help him mentor the contestants.

The series will be filmed in Los Angeles, and is currently being shopped to broadcasters in the U.S. and U.K.

Sources reveal Apple TV officials have expressed an interest in picking up the show, after recently buying another of will.i.am’s reality ideas – Planet of the Apps, an app-related competition program.

Noise11
Belfast Telegraph

posted 7/20/16

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to Camp
Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen" Offshoot to Return for Another Run in August
From the Futon Critic

Host and head counselor of mayhem Alton Brown goes back to camp with a trunkful of twisted culinary challenges in the primetime special series Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge, premiering Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. This year's five-episode battle is set even deeper in the wilderness, with a roster of sixteen chef contestants competing in all-new diabolical camp-themed challenges for the chance to win up to $75,000. The tournament leads up to a final showdown between the four heat winners to determine the Camp Cutthroat champion on Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm.

"We couldn't wait to bring Alton back to Camp Cutthroat to take care of some unfinished business," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The culinary mischief hits new levels of fun and excitement that our viewers will love."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

MONDAY: So You Think The GOP Tells All About Ninjas
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.537 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by "ABC News Special" (3.483 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (5.217 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and its own "NBC News Special" (4.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (3.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Scorpion" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus its "CBS News Special" (2.581 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, the feature "10 Years" (0.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.738 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 824,000
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 750,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 692,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pretending to Fall in Love for National Attention"

  • JoJo Fletcher has called everything she's heard about this season of "The Bachelorette" "bizarre" and "garbage". So either she doesn't believe it or she's being paid not to (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Big Brother" Battle Back is going down this Friday (Reality TV World)
     

  • When asked about a return to "The Apprentice UK", Lord Alan Sugar only said one word: "October". (Daily Star)
     

  • Chris Hardwick is talking paper... as in a multyear deal with AMC to keep hosting aftershows (Nerdist)
     

  • Ethan Zohn gets married (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch, newly single, and loving it (Out)

posted 7/20/16


ABC
WEEKEND: We Have a Winner!
Sunday Fun & Games Gives ABC The Win
From Variety

CBS’ “Big Brother” topped Sunday night in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 1.8 rating and 5.6 million viewers, but it was ABC that won the night overall thanks to its game show block, with “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.5 rating, 7.5 million viewers), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (1.4 rating, 7 million viewers) and “Match Game” (1.2 rating, 5.8 million viewers) helping lead the Alphabet to an average rating of 1.2 in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers for the night.

CBS came second for the night with an average of 0.8 in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million total viewers behind “Big Brother” and repeats of “Madam Secretary” and “Elementary.”

NBC scored third place with a 0.7 demo rating and 2.8 million viewers for a night of repeats including “Hollywood Game Night” and “American Ninja Warrior,” while Fox came in fourth with its own lineup of reruns, notching a 0.5 in adults 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers overall.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.918 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.302 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.104 million

Variety
Broadway World
Media Life
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Yahoo!
The Wrap

posted 7/19/16

Lip Service on Your Phone
Spike Launches Lip Sync Battle App
From The Futon Critic

Spike is bringing its hit series "Lip Sync Battle" directly to the fans with a new interactive app launching this fall to coincide with premiere of Season 3 of the multiplatform hit series.

Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" app will allow fans to create lip sync videos to their favorite songs and battle friends in keeping with the hit series format. Aspiring lip syncers are able to choose the song of their choice from all genres and create the coolest lip sync videos by adding new custom filters and music video special effects. By sharing the video through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) fans can accrue 'likes' in the app from the Lip Sync Battle community and see how their lip sync ranks on the leaderboard.

"Lip sync battling has become a cultural phenomenon with fans around the world, now seen in over 150 countries globally. We're thrilled that our passionate fans will now be able to join in all the fun with the definitive app which replicates the unique experience of being on the show," said 'Lip Sync Battle' Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson, Executive Producers, "Lip Sync Battle." "The 'Lip Sync Battle' app is the next evolution for fans to participate in real time. It provides a fully immersive experience where fans can shoot, edit, publish and challenge other fans to "battle" via the app and their social media platforms. We can't wait to see what the fans come up with!'

Patterson developed the "Lip Sync Battle" app in conjunction with Spike and Nadine Levitt of Wurrly, a music technology engine. Wurrly works with various musical artists and creators to develop new technologies and opportunities in music entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

"Wurrly is the perfect partner to create this dynamic and incredibly user-friendly app that delivers all the fun and excitement of "Lip Sync Battle" to the fans," said Dan Yang, Executive Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Viacom Media Networks. "The development of the "Lip Sync Battle" app is yet another example of us furthering our mission to have our great content live everywhere."

"It's hard not to love the world the show has created in 'Lip Sync Battle'. We are thrilled to be able to share it with fans in an experiential way so that everyone can feel like they are a part of the show!" says Nadine Levitt, founder and CEO of Wurrly. "Wurrly's focus has always been to connect people through music. Partnering with Viacom and Spike to create the Lip Sync Battle app is a natural extension of that goal - providing new and fun opportunities for people to engage with each other and the world through music."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

Food Network Small Star
"Food Network Star Kids" to Play August 22
From The Futon Critic

The best kid cooks in the country compete on the new Food Network series Food Network Star Kids, premiering on Monday, August 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Hosted by actress-turned-food celebrity Tia Mowry and popular food writer, photographer and social media star Donal Skehan, Star Kids features 10 talented junior finalists participating in a variety of culinary, on-camera and social media challenges over six episodes, for the chance to become the first-ever Food Network Star Kids winner, walking away with their own series on FoodNetwork.com and a feature in Food Network Magazine.

"These young finalists have come from all over the country to compete, bringing with them ambition and incredible talent both in the kitchen and in front of the camera," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Tia and Donal are fantastic mentors for the kids, having evolved their culinary skills while growing up in front of the camera, making them the perfect fit to help find the next generation of star chefs in the making"

The Food Network Star Kids competitors are: Gracie Evans (Tampa, FL; age 9), Isaiah A. Hooks (Stroudsburg, PA; age 13), Nicholas Hornbostel (Vail, CO; age 11), Tyra Jefferson (Irmo, SC; age 11), Amber Kelley (Seattle, WA; age 13), Sydnie Jaye Meyers (Austin, TX; age 9), Lexi Shuster (Portchester, NY; age 9), Salvatore Soldo (Staten Island, NY; age 10), Sammy Voit (Bronx, NY; age 11), Liam Waldman (Los Angeles, CA; age 12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

THURSDAY: Yawn...
If It's Thursday, It's "Big Brother"-Fueled CBS Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.517 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 18" (5.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (4.326 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (4.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its special "The President and The People: A National Conversation" (5.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by a new "Greatest Hits" (4.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a repeat "Match Game" (3.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with originals from "Bones" (4.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Home Free" (2.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up an encore "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.941 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside originals from "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.047 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Aquarius" (1.844 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.706 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/9p): 1.598 million
- Alone (History/SF): 1.541 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.059 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 744,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 341,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30): 250,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 190,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/16

More on "Catching Kelce"
Catch It on E! October 5!
From the Futon Critic

NFL superstar tight end Travis Kelce is trying a whole new offense when it comes to the game of love! Fifty eligible women, including former WAGS (wives and girlfriends of sports stars), sports royalty, social media stars, entrepreneurs, hometown sweethearts and fitness models from across the United States, will be invited to Los Angeles as this fun-loving athlete searches for that special someone to become his lifelong "teammate." To help make some of these tough decisions, Travis has enlisted the help of his "boys" who know him best: his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce, and his longtime manager, Aaron Eanes.

In the supersized premiere episode, 50 eligible women will assemble at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where they will have only 60 seconds to make a lasting first impression on one of the NFL's most sought after bachelors. From there, Travis will have to quickly narrow the dating pool from 50 women down to 20 before they are able to move into their lavish Los Angeles mansion. Once moved in, Travis and his boys will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home packing. However, there's a twist; in each episode, Travis will pick one girl who goes on the all-access group date and it's her decision to strategically choose which other girls will go on the date with her. At the end of the group date, Travis decides who he wants to take on the coveted VIP date. The debate becomes: do you pick your friends and keep those loyalties strong, or choose the "weakest" contenders to make yourself stand out? Lines will be drawn and newly formed friendships will be tested as the women pick and choose who gets the extra time with this quirky, fun-loving football superstar. At the end of each episode, Travis will have to eliminate some of the girls and send them back to their home states.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Trap King"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Cash Trapped" (ITV, today) (ITV)
     

  • Eddie McGuire blames a round of racist rants on painkillers (Huffington Post)
     

  • How "Cooks vs. Cons" got Food Network back to its aspirational roots (Salon)
     

  • ICYMI: "That's Not a Bell!" (BT)
     

  • Match Game: All the (slide whistle) they should've shown (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: last night's clutch "Pyramid" wins (SheKnows)
     

  • Paul Daniels' widow gets his shiny gently-loved car (Daily Mail)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Davidson, the folk singer? (Wicked Local)

posted 7/18/16

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Wednesday
NBC Wins Over ABC, ESPYs
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "The Night Shift" (6.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

ABC (5.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its presentation of "The 2016 ESPY Awards" (5.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Big Brother 18" (5.895 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (3.392 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "American Gothic" (2.784 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "MasterChef" (3.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Wayward Pines" (2.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.463 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.229 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.101 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

On cable..
- American Tarzan (Discovery): 878,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 767,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 761,000
- Dating Naked (VH1): 473,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 354,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/16


FremantleMedia North America

Family Feud at 40
Classic Format Endures to Today
From Moviefone

Name a beloved game show that debuted 40 years ago this week, on July 12, 1976. Survey says...

Yep, it's "Family Feud," the popular show currently hosted by the easily amused Steve Harvey, though for much of its first two decades, it made Richard Dawson the king of the daytime emcees. (Indeed, Dawson famously spoofed himself in the 1987 movie "The Running Man" as evil game show host Damon Killian.)

After forty years, "Family Feud" viewers still enjoy watching opposing clans face off over poll questions about everyday life. But even longtime "Feud" fans may not know these details about the real-life feuds and family dramas behind the long-running game show.

Moviefone
Movie Pilot
KFMB San Diego

posted 7/15/16

Primal Urge
Lionsgate Buys Into UK Production House
From Yahoo!

Lionsgate is adding to its unscripted production firepower with the acquisition of what’s believed to be a majority stake in Primal Media, a new production house set up by Gogglebox Entertainment founders, format creators and executive producers Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, whose credits include “Release the Hounds.”

Primal will develop and produce unscripted programs in the U.K., as well as work with Lionsgate’s alternative programming team in the U.S., to produce American formats for the British market. Lionsgate will distribute Primal’s content worldwide and will produce formats owned by Primal for the U.S. and worldwide market.

Steiner and Wood’s credits include U.K. formats “Release the Hounds” (ITV2), “Cash Cab” (ITV), “The Code” (BBC1), “Playing It Straight” (C4), “Man v Fly” (GSN/The Sun), “Plain Jane” (MTV Intl.), “Singing in the Rainforest” (Watch), “Move Like Michael Jackson” (BBC3), “The Exit List” (ITV) and “Breakaway” (BBC2). Their formats have sold across the world, amassing over 15,000 episodes and winning multiple awards, including six Emmys and a Royal Television Society Award for best entertainment show this year for “Release the Hounds.”

Primal has already secured its first two commissions with a greenlight for a third season of “Release the Hounds,” a gameshow in which contestants enter a scary wood in search of hidden money, and a second season of “The Code,” a quizshow in which players must unlocked a safe full of cash, both for next year.

The acquisition marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued push into unscripted programming. In the past year, the company has formed a strategic alliance with leading U.S. reality producer Pilgrim Studios, and has developed a growing in-house slate from its alternative programming division, including “Kicking & Screaming” (Fox), “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian” (E!), “Monica the Medium” (Freeform), “Douglas Family Gold” (Oxygen), and “Tracks” (Spike).

“As Lionsgate’s Television Group expands its capabilities in the unscripted market, Mat and Adam are the perfect addition to our growing family of first-rate reality companies and best-in-class producers who are developing formats with global reach,” Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said.

“The deal is a win-win as it provides Mat and Adam the support they need to grow Primal Media while enabling Lionsgate to enhance our footprint in the U.K., to expand the pipeline for our U.S. business, and to access a fabulous library of product that can be distributed worldwide.”

“We have a lot of respect for Mat and Adam, who are among the most prolific and successful unscripted producers in the U.K.,” Lionsgate UK chief executive officer Zygi Kamasa said. “As we grow the Lionsgate UK presence in television, we are very pleased to bring in such a well-respected and talented team as the one at Primal Media.”

“We are very excited to be working with Kevin, Zygi and the entire Lionsgate team, both in the U.K. and the U.S.,” said Steiner and Wood. “While Lionsgate is a global player in the television space, it continues to have an entrepreneurial spirit that aligns perfectly with what we are trying to accomplish as we develop Primal Media into a major player creating both entertainment and factual entertainment formats with global appeal.”

Yahoo!

posted 7/15/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The ARP of the UFC"

  • Countdown hostess & ardent ManU fan Rachel Riley models the club's new kit (Yahoo!)
     

  • Tori Kelly honors Christina Grimmie with a song, "Blink of an Eye" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Joshua Allen wins "So You Think You Can Beat Your Woman and Get Booked For It" (TMZ)
     

  • Gwen Stefani's "This Is What The Truth Feels Like" tour begins at 30 Rock (Reality TV World)

posted 7/15/16

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
No New Surprises for Reality TV
From the Futon Critic

The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed Thursday in Los Angeles. The winners will be announced during ABC’s live telecast on Sunday, September 18 hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

And the nominees are…

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
- Project Runway (Lifetime)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Show Host
- Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars, ABC)
- Steve Harvey (Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, NBC)
- Heidi Klum & Tin Gunn (Project Runway, Lifetime)
- Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, NBC)
- RuPaul (RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo)
- Ryan Seacrest (American Idol, Fox)

"Lip Sync Battle" has also been nominated for Outstanding Structured Reality Show.

TV Insider
TV Line
The TV Addict
The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/16

NBC Puts the Fun in "Funded"
Tyra Banks, Rob Dyrdek to Front Panel
From the Futon Critic

Entrepreneurs with revolutionary and disruptive business ideas that are primed to explode into the next game-changing innovation will have the opportunity to team up with three of the brightest business minds of today and compete for up to a $1 million investment in NBC's new alternative series "Funded" (working title).

NBC has given a series order to "Funded," the first business competition show built around an investment fund. In each standalone episode, start-up companies will be paired with one of three mentors: maverick entrepreneur and venture capitalist Rob Dyrdek, brand ambassador and media tycoon Tyra Banks or iconic brand-building guru and investor Rohan Oza.

In every episode of "Funded," Dyrdek, Banks and Oza will select from a fresh crop of start-ups, each choosing one to champion and mentor. These are no ordinary start-ups but, rather, represent the best and most promising new companies in the world, with the potential for exponential growth and the chance of become global brands. These companies will get game-changing expert advice from our mentors and their elite advisors, and viewers will get priceless business insight previously only known to CEO's and successful entrepreneurs.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors must face a Venture Capitalist in front of a live audience, and convince him their company could be the next great company if they can get the fund's backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded, and only one mentor can claim bragging rights as the savviest visionary entrepreneur.

Smart and authentic, practical and provoking, "Funded" pulls back the curtain on the high-stakes world of Venture Capital and will unveil the next generation of rock star entrepreneurs.

"Funded" marks the first series from the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studios.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 7/14/16

TUESDAY: All-Star Blitz
Fox, NBC Split Night on "Talent", MLB All Star Game
From the Futon Critic

OX (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Tuesday with its coverage of the "MLB All-Star Game" (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

NBC (8.819 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) was a close second with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.167 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and the season finale of "Maya & Marty" (4.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.607 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.024 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (5.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.154 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its trio of "NCIS" (5.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Zoo" (4.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (0.810 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the penultimate "Containment" (0.769 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Chopped: Grill Masters (Food): 1.182 million
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 913,000
- Chopped Junior (Food): 863,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 295,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 223,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
B&C
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The ARP of the UFC"

  • The home of the Ultimate Fighter, UFC is sold to WME-IMG for $4 BILLION (Awful Announcing)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 14 best show for reality TV fans (Moviefone)
     

  • #TBT: a look back at the "Great Temptation", the forerunner to "Sale of the Century" as we know it (Starts at 60)

posted 7/14/16

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 3
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy provided most of the ratings fireworks in the week leading up to the Independence Day holiday, the session ending July 3.

In a lazy summer frame in which extremely few first-run strips were in positive territory, Judy shot to a six-week high 6.8 live-plus-same-day national rating, up 5% for the week, up 15% over the past two weeks and up 6% from last year at this time.

Family Feud crushed Wheel of Fortune and all game show competition for the 10th week in a row, although it dropped 1% to a 7.0. Feud also held on to the top spot on the overall syndication chart.

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

GAME SHOWS

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

TV Newscheck

posted 7/13/16

CMT Set to Break More Skulls
Steve Austin's Obstacle Course to Return for Another Round
From the Futon Critic

CMT today unveiled its updated unscripted slate of original programming including premiere dates for new seasons of "I Love Kellie Pickler" and "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team" on August 25. In addition, the award-winning "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" has been picked up for a new season that will premiere later this year.

"CMT's unscripted series mirror the optimism and passion of our fans," said Jayson Dinsmore, Executive Vice President of Development. "Our shows are smart, spirited and play an important role in attracting new audiences."

The DGA award-winning "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," the most physically demanding competition series on TV, has been picked up for a new season to premiere later this year. The series, which last season attracted more than 4 million weekly viewers, features world-renowned athletic contenders including Spartan, CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes who face off in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the grueling skullbuster challenge personally designed by Steve Austin. The series is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment with executive producers Christian Sarabia, Steve Austin, Vincent Cariati and co-executive producer Steve Kaufman. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/13/16

It's All Fun and Games Until... ROAST BATTLE!
Details on Jeff Ross's New Comic Competition
From the Futon Critic

Comedy Central and Jeff Ross announced today that comedic heavyweights Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade will serve as celebrity judges deciding the fate of 16 insult-comedy combatants during the four nights of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle." Additional judges are to be announced. The Thunderdome-of-comedy bracket-style tournament will be filmed live in four nights at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, airing in four one-hour episodes on July 28-31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The July 31 finale airs live same-day.

Comedians doing battle include Tom Ballard, Matthew Broussard, Jimmy Carr, Christi Chiello, Chris Cubas, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Mike Lawrence, Ralphie May, Sam Morril, Mark Normand, Ms. Pat, Steve Rannazzisi, Earl Skakel, Sarah Tiana and K. Trevor Wilson. Fans can visit RoastBattle.com to track the tournament bracket and watch highlight clips from each night's battles, and can join the social conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RoastBattle.

First round matchups are:

Jimmy Carr vs. Christi Chiello
Earl Skakel vs. Tom Ballard
Mark Normand vs. Tony Hinchcliffe
Steve Rannazzisi vs. Sam Morril
Ralphie May vs. Ms. Pat
Matthew Broussard vs. Mike Lawrence
Sarah Tiana vs. Chris Cubas
Olivia Grace vs. K. Trevor Wilson

Inspired by the gritty, competitive proving grounds of the comedy-club circuit, "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" is led by Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses and will be filmed at L'Astral in Montreal.

In a nod to "Roast Battle's" club roots, a lead-up "Road to Roast Battle" tour made stops in four U.S. cities and was filmed for a televised companion special to "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle." Exclusive content including individual battles and city recaps from the "Road to Roast Battle" tour will be featured on RoastBattle.com and on the Comedy Central and Comedy Central Stand-Up Facebook accounts. "Road to Roast Battle" premieres July 24 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central and re-airs immediately before the premiere of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle."

"Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" and "Road to Roast Battle" are sponsored by Dodge and Taco Bell(R).

"Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" and "Road to Roast Battle" are executive produced by Ross, Joel Gallen, Amy Zvi, Willie Mercer, Moses, Rell Battle, and Rick Austin. Jonas Larsen, Christian McLaughlin, Jordan Ellner and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/13/16

Dawn of the Planet of the Apps
Casting Begins on Search for the Next Great App
From Apple Insider

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday announced the start of an open casting call for "Planet of the Apps," an original series about the app economy coproduced by Apple.

Announced through the upcoming show's website, the casting call is looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS developers who can have beta or fully functional software ready by late October, reports Macworld.

Not much is known about "Planet of the Apps" beyond its association with app development. Apple in March confirmed it was working with musician Will.i.am and two television industry executives on the unscripted series, but would not comment on a production timeline or distribution.

"We've seen some really, truly inspiring and incredible stories from our developers in what they've done, where they come from, how they started and the problems they've solved," Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said earlier this year when asked about the project.

Language on the website suggests "Planet of the Apps" will include elements of reality TV game shows. Specifically, producers are inviting developers to join in the "search for the next great app," while an FAQ section reveals developers who are accepted will need to become members of Apple's Developer Program so their apps can be featured on the App Store.

In addition to onscreen time and a prominent spot on the App Store, developers will get to work with technology industry experts and have a chance at funding from top-tier VCs, the website says.

Those interested in taking part in the program can fill out an application online now through Friday, Aug. 26. "Planet of the Apps" is scheduled to shoot in late 2016 through early 2017.

Apple's push into original content creation was first reported last year when rumors suggested the company planned to produce movies or television programming similar to products from companies Netflix and Hulu.

Apple Insider

posted 7/13/16

MONDAY: Viewers Accept ABC's Rose
Demo Crown Split Between ABC, NBC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

NBC (5.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (6.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a repeat "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.494 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its expanded two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.854 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.654 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Scorpion" (3.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) plus a new "BrainDead" (3.169 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, encores of "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel" (1.144 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 987,000
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 873,000
- Are You The One (MTV): 704,000

The Futon Critic
TV  Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/13/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Welcome to the Party"

  • Not one to rest on their laurels while Fox took all the attention from the room, ABC updated its app (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell really want to sell the whole story, don't they? (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: KISS had a plan for a making-the-band game show... then scuttled it (Team Rock)

posted 7/13/16

Logo Finds "Prince Charming"
Lance Bass to Host New Dating Series
From the Futon Critic

Logo today announced the greenlight of a brand new reality dating competition series, "Finding Prince Charming." This first of its kind dating show, featuring a cast of all gay men, is currently in production and will debut on the network this fall.

Hosted by Lance Bass, "Finding Prince Charming" will include 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation's most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.

"Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture," said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo. "'Finding Prince Charming' will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do."

"Finding Prince Charming" is produced by Brian Graden Media. Executive Producers for Brian Graden Media are Brian Graden and Dave Mace with Fred Birckhead and Nick Murray also serving as executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Stevenson Greene are Executive Producers for Logo and Jen Passovoy serves as producer.

The Futon Critic
TV  Line

posted 7/12/16

WEEKEND: Sunday Fun & Games Swings Up
But NBC Wins with Olympic Trials
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.042 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got another boost on Sunday with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field" (4.909 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "U.S. Olympic Trials: Gymnastics" (8.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (6.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.276 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (7.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (5.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.649 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Madam Secretary" (2.934 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Elementary" (2.516 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with a full hour "LPGA Overrun" (1.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.418 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.348 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.005 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.960 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SP): 1.423 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.167 million

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/12/16

Jeff Stelling Back in the Game
Former "Countdown" Host to Front "Alphabetical" for ITV
From What's on TV

Jeff Stelling is returning to quiz mastering with a new ITV show, Alphabetical, four years after he quit hosting Countdown.

The Soccer Saturday frontman will present Alphabetical, which is billed as a ‘fast-paced quiz show,’ which sees three contestants compete against a returning champion in a series of games based around the alphabet.

“I’m thrilled to be back as a quiz-master fronting the brilliant Alphabetical for ITV,” said Jeff, who stepped down as Countdown host after two years in the hot seat in 2011.

“It’s one for the wordsmiths out there with no shortage of quick-fire questions. It’s high-tempo, exhilarating and I can’t wait for the viewers to see it.”

Over the course of four rounds the aim of the game is to build up as much time in the bank as possible.

After two contestants are eliminated, the remaining challenger will take on the reigning champion in a tense head-to-head where they make their way around the entire alphabet answering a question based on each letter.

They have just 100 seconds on the clock, plus any time they’ve built up. By successfully completing the alphabet the winner walks away with the jackpot. Or, if both contestants fail to achieve this, the jackpot rolls over.

The 10-part daytime show will be screened later this summer.

What's on TV
ATV Today

posted 7/12/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Joking Off Set to Download"

  • FIRST LOOK: "MTV2's Joking Off", premiering August 4 (Comedy Hype)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Florence, Oregon (KVAL Eugene)
     

  • Grading the Sunday games (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alyson Hannigan (TV Insider)

posted 7/12/16

Inside the World of "The Runner"
Bringing the Show to Go90
From Fast Co.Create

Back in 2000, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck sold a reality show concept to ABC, but it was halted after 9/11. In 2006 the show went into development at Yahoo, but still nothing. Now, Verizon's Go90 mobile network has launched it as a new breed of game show reality series.

The Runner premiered on Verizon's Go90 mobile network last week, and the part game show, part reality series, part social media experience was created by a unique collaboration between WME/IMG, Affleck's and Damon's Adaptive Studios, Pilgrim Media Group, and ad agency Droga5.

The show takes place during 30 days in July, and follows one "runner" who is trying to get to six checkpoints across the U.S. while being pursued by five separate teams of "chasers." Viewers can play along in real-time and win cash prizes by using social media to give tips and info to the chaser teams to help them catch the runner.

Another star of the show is the brands involved. It's a chase across the country, and the participants are driving Fords and wearing Under Armour. These partnerships were born out of Droga5's involvement in the show's most recent development process from the start. Two years ago, WME (now WME/IMG) acquired a minority stake in the agency, and since then the companies have worked closely in finding better ways for brands to get involved in entertainment. Like when they made a very real Under Armour ad for fictional world of The Martian.

Product placement is nothing new, and product placement in game shows and reality series isn't known for its subtlety. Over the last decade, as brands look for more and more opportunities in entertainment, and the entertainment industry increasingly looks to branded financial backing, audience tolerance for hackneyed product placement is understandably low. Droga5's global alliance director Nick Phelps says it's partnerships like this on The Runner that are about finding the best of both worlds.

"What we brought to it was an understanding of how you can build a show that will be attractive to brands in the long term in a way that they add to the show rather than mess it up," says Phelps. "Where it gets really interesting for us at Droga5 is that the show not only happens in real-time, but it happens in the real world. And in that real word, brands exist and have a part to play."

Fast Co.Create

posted 7/11/16

Rose d'Or Nominees Announced
Awards to Be Handed Out September 13
From World Screen

The EBU has revealed the nominees for the 55th annual Rose d’Or Awards, which span six categories for television and online video: reality and factual entertainment, game show, comedy, sitcom, entertainment and, new for 2016, drama series.

Baking in the Dark (Denmark) is nominated alongside Pick Me! (U.K.) and The Getaway Car (U.K.) for game show. The reality and factual-entertainment shows up for the award are How to Change the World (Canada), The Gym Teacher (Sweden) and The Real Marigold Hotel (U.K.)

For the first time in 2016, the shortlisted nominees will present their programs to their peers ahead of the Rose d’Or Award ceremony and have a say in who takes home the coveted trophies at the Rose d’Or Award ceremony itself at Axica in Berlin on September 13.

“The response from across the entertainment world has been incredible,” said EBU’s head of television and Rose d’Or organizer Jeroen Depraetere. “With such high levels of creativity on show this year our juries have had a tough job selecting the 33 nominees competing to win a Rose d’Or trophy in Berlin. The EBU is proud that once again the Rose d’Or Awards can provide a platform for the world’s best entertainment program-makers.”

World Screen

posted 7/11/16


Fox
Fox Now Goes Live
Livestreaming of Network Programming Begins with "SYTYCD" Tonight!
From TV Line

Starting tonight with So You Think You Can Dance‘s Top 10 performance show, Fox will become the first broadcast network to offer live streaming of its primetime programming.

With this beta launch — via Fox.com and the FOX NOW app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast — Fox will be the only broadcast network to offer pay TV customers in all 210 television markets nationwide a live stream of its primetime entertainment programming, on all seven nights plus late-night Saturdays.

In addition to delivering this summer’s fare, including but not limited to Wayward Pines, MasterChef and the Teen Choice Awards, the new live-streaming capability will cover all Fox entertainment programs during the upcoming 2016-17 TV season. (Live sports programming on Fox will continue to be available via FOX Sports GO.)

The live stream will be available to more than 98 percent of pay TV subscribers, representing 96 million homes.

TV Line

posted 7/11/16

The Jury Has Spoken...
C4's New Quizzer "The Question Jury" Launches
From the Huffington Post

Quiz show fans might want to revise their viewing plans this week, as new show ‘The Question Jury’ begins airing this evening (Monday 11 July).

The show follows a brand new format, that combines the classic quiz show with a reality TV style setting.

At the start of each week, seven strangers will be brought together and locked in one room - this is the jury part.

Each round will see a different member of the team nominated as foreman, and it won’t be an easy task as they have to lead the group to a unanimous decision on the answer to the question.

The group then nominate a final foreman for the last question of the show. If the chosen individual answers correctly, they leave the room with up to £10,000 - but get it wrong, and they have to walk away with nothing.

The next day, a newbie will arrive to replace the departing final foreman.

Each week will see a new group of contestants locked in the room.

Interestingly, the show won’t just feature the question and answer rounds, but episodes will also include glimpses at the interactions between the participants, who obviously interpret ‘you need to work together’ as ‘maybe it’s best to gossip about who you don’t like and speculate over who not to trust’.

The show’s 4pm slot makes it a direct rival for ITV’s ‘Tipping Point’. Can it steal viewers from Ben Shephard’s show? Watch this space.

‘The Question Jury’ will air on Channel 4 at 4pm, on weekdays.

Huffington Post

posted 7/11/16

THURSDAY: The Eyes Have It
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 18" (6.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Code Black" (4.199 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

ABC (3.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "BattleBots" (3.504 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Greatest Hits" (3.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by a repeat "Match Game" (3.339 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.105 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside fresh installments of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Aquarius" (1.925 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a second run "Bones" (2.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a new "Home Free" (1.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.719 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/SF): 1.615 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.074 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 693,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE/SF): 519,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 401,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 390,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 293,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/11/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Everything You Missed Last Night"

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: "Match Game" doesn't live up to the 1970s forebearer (Paste), plus Snoop misses a lay-up of a question... (Reality TV World) and Tituss Burgess explains "Pinot Noir" (TV Line)
     

  • Christian Siriano marries longtime boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Wayne Brady joins Xavier Woods on "UpUpDownDown!" (Cageside Seats)
     

  • Pia Toscano to make an appearance on E!'s "Hollywood Medium", who was quoted to say... "Who?" (Hollywood Medium)
     

  • Chris Harrison to host Miss America September 11 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Inside the American Ninja Warrior course (TV Insider)
     

  • Bill Anderson to play Crossville Palace Theatre (Crossville Chronicle)
     

  • Inside the world of Only Connect's geeks (The Telegraph) PLUS a FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (RadioTimes)

posted 7/11/16


Food Network
A Third Helping Over the Summer
Food Network Greenlights Season 3 of "Chopped Junior"
From the Futon Critic

Chopped Junior premieres new episodes all summer long, with a new season premiering on Tuesday, July 26th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, each episode features four junior chefs as they showcase their skills in the Chopped Kitchen, making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. Judged by a rotating panel of both recurring Chopped judges and special guest judges, one-by-one, the junior chef that is not up to par will be eliminated, with the last one remaining crowned Chopped Junior Champion and winning the $10,000 prize. Special guest judges this season include David Arquette; Chris Colfer; Siri Daly; Justine "iJustine" Ezarik; David Alan Grier; Cheryl Hines, star of the upcoming family comedy Nine Lives; Katie Lee; Sandra Lee; Austin Mahone; Angie Martinez; Debbie Matenopoulos, co-host of The Insider; Brandi Milloy; Bridget Moynahan; Chelsea Peretti; Jake Smollett; Alan Thicke; Daphne Oz; Danica Patrick; Michelle Trachtenberg, Laura Vitale; DeMarcus Ware and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

Billy on the Hulu
truTV Show to Stream on SVOD Starting July 10
From the Futon Critic

truTV, a division of Turner, and Hulu today announced a new deal that will grant Hulu subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to the first five seasons of the network's popular variety sketch series, Billy on the Street. This deal marks the first truTV series that has been licensed to the platform and builds on an existing partnership between Hulu and Turner that launched in 2015.

Beginning July 10, all 42 episodes from the first four seasons of Billy on the Street, which is produced by Funny Or Die, will be available to stream on Hulu, and next year will see the debut of all episodes of season five following its full season run on truTV. Season five is currently in production and slated to debut on truTV this fall.

"As an incredibly popular and creatively-inventive show in truTV's portfolio, Billy on the Street has cultivated a passionate fan base that actively seeks out the show and embraces Billy's unique comedic talent and obsession with pop culture," said Chris Linn, president of truTV. "This partnership with Hulu gives us a great opportunity to both super-serve those existing fans and also introduce the show and our network to new audiences."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

Awkward...
Jeff Dye to Host "That Awkward Game Show" for Spike
From Realscreen

Viacom-owned cable network Spike TV has greenlit That Awkward Game Show, a game show set to expose uncomfortable truths between family members, from A. Smith & Co. Productions.

Hosted by actor, comedian and "Money from Strangers" host Jeff Dye, That Awkward Game Show (11 x 60 minutes) – which marks the network’s first foray into the in-studio game show genre – will feature parents and their adult children competing to win a cash prize while exposing “shocking truths” about their next of kin.

Each episode will see three teams of two – which are comprised of one parent and one adult child – as they attempt to determine which embarrassing facts are related to their teammate, from details about the night they were conceived to secretly marrying a boyfriend.

Participants will need to identify uncomfortable unknown truths about their family history in order to advance throughout the game. The team with the most questions answered correctly will take home a cash prize.

Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Christmas Rini and Peter Herschko serve as executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions. Spike’s Hayley Lozitsky is listed as the executive in charge of production.

A. Smith & Co.’s unscripted production credits include Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen; NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Team Ninja Warrior and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge; FYI’s Teenage Newlyweds; and ABC’s I Survived A Japanese Game Show!.

That Awkward Game Show will tape this summer and is scheduled to air this fall.

Realscreen
Multichannel News
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

WEDNESDAY: "Talent" Recap Beats Down "Big Brother"
NBC Takes Gold in the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.396 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with a recap edition of "America's Got Talent" (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a new "The Night Shift" (5.696 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

CBS (4.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Big Brother 18" (6.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Criminal Minds" (3.751 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "American Gothic" (3.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.158 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.959 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Wayward Pines" (2.358 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.078 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.215 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.368 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Real O'Neals" (1.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.925 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.811 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- American Tarzan (Discovery/P): 972,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 923,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 757,000
- Dating Naked (VH1): 685,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 601,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 413,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 400,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/16

Friday Lightning Round
... or "Better Gaming Through Technology"

  • Game shows endure through advancing technology (The Koalition)
     

  • John Barrowman to pressure the entire DC television universe (TV Line)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Shark Tank action figures (TV Insider)

posted 7/8/16

More on "Millionaire's" Move
Las Vegas Auditions Are Underway
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

It may be your easiest chance to leave the Strip with a cool million dollars since that whole Robert Redford, “Indecent Proposal,” seven-figures-to-spend-the-night-with-your-wife thing fizzled out.

For its 15th season, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is moving its production from Stamford, Conn., into the old Jubilee Theater at Bally’s. As a result, producers are looking for Las Vegas contestants. Lots of them.

“Vegas always offers us a real diverse pool of people,” executive producer James Rowley says, “and that’s what’s so much fun.”

Unlike previous seasons when casting directors would come to town for a day, there are four batches of auditions scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m.: this Thursday through Saturday, July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29. They’re first-come, first-served, and applicants are asked to line up in front of the Indigo Lounge at Bally’s. (For an application and more information, see www.MillionaireTV.com.)


You don’t necessarily even need to bring your thinking caps.

“That’s one of the big misconceptions about ‘Millionaire,’ ” Rowley says. “It’s not necessarily a game of smarts. What it really is is a game of range. So if you know a little bit about a lot of things, you will do a lot better than someone who is an expert on ‘X’ or ‘Y.’ ”

But the smartest — sorry, range-iest — people in the world don’t necessarily make for good contestants. Unlike that weird, ticketed “Price Is Right Live” show that played the same theater, with much worse prizes, a decade ago, “Millionaire” isn’t just being seen inside Bally’s. This one’s being broadcast around the country.

“So we need people who are energetic, who are fun, who are able to tell a story on camera,” Rowley says. “Because part of the show is the story of the person. So we want people who have interesting stories to tell but also who can communicate those stories. … That’s where you get invested as a viewer. If you don’t care about the player, you don’t care about the game.”

For a game show to be successful, though, contestants are only half the equation. Audience members are nearly as crucial. And there are plenty of restrictions for getting into one of the sessions that begin July 15. According to the show’s website: “Our dress code is upscale casual. We ask the audience to refrain from wearing all white or all black colors. Bright solid colors work best. No logos/writing on any clothing will be permitted. No hats, sunglasses, flip-flops, tank tops, cut-offs, shorts, T-shirts, baggy clothing, coordinating outfits or dark colors will be allowed.” (For tickets, see www.MillionaireTV.com, as well.)

Once you pass those hurdles, though, Rowley says there are definite perks to attending the three-hour, three-episode taping sessions. Eligible audience members will be allowed to audition. When time permits, producers will pick an audience member to answer one question for a chance to win $1,000. Also, owing to the hot lights, the air-conditioning will be cranked up to 11.

“Our ideal audience member is someone who likes games and enjoys this kind of show. But it moves fast, and it is a fun thing to come and watch,” Rowley says. “We like people who are demonstrative. We want people who are gonna laugh when it’s funny and clap when they should. But, really, it’s a fun, family-friendly easy way to spend an afternoon.”

And there will be many, many afternoons spent that way. Between July 15 and Sept. 1, the game show will be cranking out 175 episodes.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 7/7/16

TUESDAY: "America's Got" A Near Record
NBC Posts a Summer High
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the top draw on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.573 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.459 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (3.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), a new "Uncle Buck" (3.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), the season finale of "Uncle Buck" (3.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and an original "To Tell the Truth" (4.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) offered up a repeat "NCIS" (6.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), week two of "Zoo" (4.991 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with second runs of "Hotel Hell" (1.999 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Coupled" (1.110 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.929 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Containment" (0.820 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food/SP): 1.333 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.229 million
- Chopped After Hours (Food/SP): 936,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 387,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 359,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 357,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 222,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/7/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The _____ Is In"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Match Game" (AV Club)
     

  • Bully the Bull making the move from "Bullseye" to bags of biltong (Licensing.biz)
     

  • Gwen Stefani finds her "voice" in a new book (Harper's Bazaar)
     

  • Ali Fedotowsky births a baby "Bachelorette" (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (New York Post)

posted 7/6/16

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending June 26
From TV NewsCheck

With many first-run syndicated shows in repeats and finishing flat or down in the session ending June 26, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire all posted weekly gains.

In access, Entertainment Tonight extended its winning streak in the magazine race to 30 consecutive weeks with a steady 2.9, while Family Feud added 8% to a 7.1 and blew away its game show competition for the ninth week in a row.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +8%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +6%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 7/6/16

WEEKEND: Week 2 of "Fun & Games" Holds On
ABC Wins Sunday Night on "Pyramid"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.459 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (6.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Match Game" (5.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

NBC (3.398 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field/Swimming" (3.923 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.874 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was CBS (3.830 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (5.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Big Brother 18" (4.736 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Madam Secretary" (2.614 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Elementary" (2.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, FOX (1.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.029 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (0.886 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "The Simpsons" (1.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.934 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (0.916 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.657 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/SP): 925,000
- Flea Market Flip (GAC/SP): 285,000
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 132,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/5/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "New Country for Old Geeks"

  • Geeks Who Drink is still on the air... in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • Adonis Lozada, who played "Doña Concha" on Sabado Gigante, is going to be someone else's doña. He's been sentenced to 153 years for child porn (AP)
     

  • Jordan Rodgers, who honestly wanted a life with JoJo and almost certainly wasn't on "The Bachelorette" to further his career, gets a rose from the SEC Network (Reality TV World)
     

  • Regis Philbin to join Don Rickles on stage in North Jersey September 20 (New Jersey Stage)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Noel Neill (1920-2016) (AZCentral.com) on "Couch Potatoes" (YouTube)

posted 7/6/16

Big Brother Battles Back
Details on the Next Twist This Year
From the Futon Critic

Big Brother is Battling Back.

Julie Chen announced the next big twist of the summer, in which the first five evicted Houseguests will have a shot at returning to the game by competing in the first-ever "Battle Back" competition.

There will be four battles in all, with the last Houseguest standing returning to the game for another shot at the $500,000 prize. Round one will feature a showdown between the first evicted Houseguest and week 1's evictee. The winner of Round One will advance and challenge next week's third evicted Houseguest, and so on. All four "Battle Back" competitions and the reveal of the winner, will air exclusively during a special episode of BIG BROTHER, Friday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 7/5/16

"The Voice UK" Changes Networks, Coaches
will.i.am in, Boy George Out
From Reality TV World

will.i.am will return as a coach on "The Voice UK" when it moves to its new home on ITV early next year.

He will also serve as mentor on "The Voice Kids," which will premiere on ITV in 2017.

Both shows will be hosted by Emma Willis.

He is the first coach announced for the new season.

"I'm delighted to be continuing 'The Voice UK' on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I'm thrilled to add 'The Voice Kids' to the mix... I know 'The Voice' switched to ITV, but I'm not going to BREXIT 'The Voice UK.' I'm happy to make ITV my home now. I love the UK," he said in a statement.

"Hosting 'The Voice Kids' will be like being at my house on a Saturday night; lots of kids singing, with me trying to keep some kind of order. Thankfully, the musical genius that is will.i.am is there to bring some expertise to the table. It's going to be pretty awesome," Willis added.

"We are thrilled to bits that will.i.am's signed up to ITV for 'The Voice UK' and 'The Voice Kids.' He's such an important part of the DNA of the show and that was one of the many reasons we had to have him in his chair. Will's eye for talent, and unique and creative flair for mentoring means we can't wait to see what happens next," remarked Siobhan Greene, ITV's head of entertainment.

Boy George, meanwhile, said Tuesday he will not return to "The Voice UK" when the singing competition series moves from the BBC to ITV.

"Not doing this season of 'The Voice on ITV but sending @iamwill my love. Watch this space for what I am up to!" he tweeted.

Boy George was on the mentors' panel for the show's most recent, fifth season on the BBC. He also will be seen early next year on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice.

Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 7/5/16

CBeebies Goes Swashbuckling
New Kids Series Eyed for Middle East
From Digital Production Middle East

Pirates are set to take over CBeebies as Swashbuckle, a new themed game show, sails onto the channel across the Middle East and North Africa, airing daily from 6th July at 16.15 KSA.

In each of the 25 episodes of CBeebies’ first ever physical game show, Swashbuckle will see four young contestants, competing in a series of physical tasks against the ‘naughty pirates’ led by Captain Sinker and her hapless shipmates Cook and Line, under the watchful eye of Gem and her parrot Squawk. On board the ‘Scarlet Squid’ they work together to overcome challenges and to win back stolen jewels.

Presented by former CBBC presenter, Gemma Hunt, Swashbuckle incorporates the physical development goals into its games that children experience at school including co-ordination, speed, aim and balance.

Digital Production Middle East

posted 7/5/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Things Michael Strahan Can't Endorse"

  • Michael Strahan's deal with GMA will preclude him from endorsing anything... but his suits will still be at JCPenney, and his position at the Pyramid remains intact (PerezHilton.com)
     

  • Because deep down inside, you always wanted to know how much Ryan Seacrest makes (The Gazette Review)
     

  • Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici welcome a "Bachelor" baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Superstore", "The Voice" originals to follow Olympic coverage (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with David Mitchell & Victoria Coren Mitchell (London Evening Standard)

posted 7/5/16

75 Years of the TV Game Show
Our Favorite Genre Hits a Milestone
From various sources

It began with an experimental broadcast over WNBT, an adaptation of an NBC radio program called "Truth or Consequences". The radio show was a success, and NBC was hoping for the same success in the new medium of television. It was a one-day experiment; the show would not make the permanent jump until 1950.

With that jump came innovations that have stood the test of time in the genre - multiple cameras, a live studio audience, and, of course, the element of risk. In 1966, it became the first game show to succeed in syndication without the help of a network.

From that one show came the genesis of a new type of television programming... the game show. Already a popular genre on radio, success would make the jump to television, and though there were multiple moments where it looked like that success would be threatened - from the scandals of the 1950s to a lack of creative energy in the 1990s - it continues to flourish to this day, elevating the likes of Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Steve Harvey to superstardom and turning the names Bill Cullen, Allen Ludden, Bob Barker, and Jack Narz into legends.

Like any genre of television, privy to the whims of the cyclical nature of humanity's desires, the game show's capacity to entertain and empower the dreams of the many continue to drive its popularity. The pioneering shows of the 1940s and 1950s have become vintage. Select formats that have emerged from the golden age of the 1960s and 1970s have withstood the test of time and still exist today, from "Let's Make a Deal", "Jeopardy!", and "The Price Is Right" to the "Pyramid" and "Family Feud".

Even in the 21st century, with hits like "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" ushering in the age of drama, "Survivor" elevating story-telling into a game platform, and classics getting new life with the advent of ABC's hit Sunday night lineup, the game show, 75 years and still a work in progress, is ever changing, ever evolving to suit the tastes of the moment, and entertaining a new generation of people who desire escape, competition, or something as simple as seeing their friends in their moment of victory.

The game show belongs to everyone, and will continue to do so for generations to come.

TV NewsCheck

posted 7/1/16

Who Else Is Down to BLANK?
More Stars Lined Up for "Match Game"
From TV Series Finale

Game. Set. Match. ABC has announced new panelists for future episodes of "Match Game".

Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the game show premiered this past Sunday alongside the network’s revival of The $100,000 Pyramid.

The list includes:
- Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Tony Award winner)
- Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project)
- Mario Cantone (Actor and comedian)
- Josh Charles (Inside Amy Schumer, The Good Wife)
- Kristin Chenoweth (Tony and Emmy winner)
- Sheryl Crow (Nine-time Grammy Award winner)
- David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show, The Wiz Live!)
- Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory)
- Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live)
- Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black)
- Joshua Malina (Scandal)
- Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph)
- Niecy Nash (Scream Queens, The Soul Man, Getting On)
- Jerry O’Connell (Mistresses, People’s List)
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat)
- Kal Penn (Designated Survivor)
- Leah Remini (The Exes, The King of Queens)
- Alexandra Wentworth (Nightcap, author, “Ali In Wonderland”)
- Governor Sarah Palin (2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee)

TV Series Finale
New York Daily News

posted 7/1/16

THURSDAY: Big Win for CBS
ABC Comes in Second Thanks to "BattleBots", "Match Game" Encore
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Big Brother 18" (5.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Code Black" (3.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

ABC (4.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with a new "BattleBots" (3.614 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), the premiere of "Greatest Hits" (4.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and an encore "Match Game" (3.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.637 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its trio of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Aquarius" (1.955 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a second run "Bones" (2.408 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and an original "Home Free" (1.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.828 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.760 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.698 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 872,000
- Match Made in Heaven (We): 608,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 368,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 287,000
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 161,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/16

India Lines Up "News Wiz"
India Today to Air New Game
From Indian Television

Indian news is primarily consumed by older males 20 and above. Or at least that is the perception. And that has been a challenge for most news channel sales folks when they have reached out to media planners and buyers to get on brands targeting a younger demographic to advertise. The latter's rationale for their aversion has been that the generation is mostly getting its information through the web or on social media, computers, tablets, phones or watching anything but news on TV.

Now India Today is taking a stab at filling that perception gap by creating a TV show that hopefully will lure back the school going lot with a challenging and brand new television quiz show titled News Wiz. Slated to launch on 24 July, the thirteen episode long program will be hosted by senior journalist and an ardent quiz buff himself Rajdeep Sardesai. Something along the lines of The Bournvita Quiz Contest which in its early days aired on Sunday mornings on TV.

With a duration of an hour, News Wiz will air every Sunday at 11 am.

Indian Television
Indian Express
Hindustan Times

posted 7/1/16

WEDNESDAY: Close, but Still Big Brother
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ last night thanks to a new "Big Brother 18" (6.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.218 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and week two of "American Gothic" (3.516 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

NBC (4.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "The Night Shift" (4.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a second "The Night Shift" (4.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Wayward Pines" (2.343 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.126 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.882 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.319 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Black-ish" (3.198 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.218 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise offered up second runs of "Arrow" (0.890 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Supernatural" (0.749 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament (Food/F): 882,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 839,000
- Dating Naked (VH1/SP): 619,000
- Skin Wars (GSN/SF): 584,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 447,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 440,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 416,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/16

TUESDAY: Different Time, Same Result
NBC's "Got Talent" Propels to 1st
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.293 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new "America's Got Talent" (11.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with a repeat "NCIS" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) alongside the return of "Zoo" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a second "Zoo" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.628 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with second runs of "The Middle" (3.571 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Black-ish" (3.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) plus originals from "Uncle Buck" (3.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), another "Uncle Buck" (3.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.985 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hotel Hell" (3.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (0.892 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Containment" (0.858 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.220
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 366,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 336,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2/P): 266,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Make America BLANK Again"

  • Sarah Palin to BLANK, baby, BLANK on a future episode of "Match Game" (New York Daily News)
     

  • "Coupled's" Michelle Tam, who uncoupled with the show to recouple with her ex, has uncoupled from said ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Rachel Dratch lights up a jay this Sunday on Pyramid (TV Line)
     

  • Shaun Wallace has been named the first patron of the Miss Caribbean UK (The Voice)
     

  • John Stevens has his skull fractured, is on the mend (Us)

posted 6/30/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! Everybody Gets A Ring!"

  • Mike Fleiss teases that there will be multiple engagements in "Bachelor in Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Heavens to (Peta) Murgatroyd! A baby dancer is on its way (People)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Meet the Legends. Aww... (UPI/Reality TV World)
     

  • Abby's ultimate plea deal (Us)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this week's Top 10 shows on broadcast TV: nine game shows and a show about geeks (MLive)
     

  • ICYMI: a clip of Kellie Pickler being... Kellie Pickler. And that's why we love Kellie Pickler (Wide Open Country)
     

  • Dave Navarro inspires a difference as the recipient of Investigation Discovery's award (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Entrepreneur)

posted 6/29/16

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