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SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 30
From TV News Check

Entertainment magazines were the ratings stars in an otherwise tepid session ending May 30.

Shrugging off preemptions in some West Coast markets for coverage of the mass shooting near Silicon Valley on May 26, Entertainment Tonight rose 5% from the prior frame to a 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Access Hollywood accelerated 11% to a 1.0 and Extra exploded for a 17% increase to a 0.7, tying TMZ for the first time since Dec. 20, 2020.

Elsewhere, major game shows were all flat to down. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 5.4, but got by daytime champ Judge Judy for first place overall. Judy was the second-highest show on the chart with a steady 5.2.

Coming in third was Jeopardy, which featured the conclusion of its two-week “Tournament of Champions” annual event, but was unchanged at a 5.1. Wheel of Fortune was next, skidding 4% to a 4.8.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 6/9/2021

Lil Jon Going to Paradise? OKAAAAAY!
More Guest Hosts Lined Up for "Bachelor in Paradise"
From Deadline

Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess and Lance Bass are among the tranche of celebrity guest hosts for this summer’s Bachelor in Paradise.

ABC has confirmed that the trio will be among the rotating guest stars fronting the show as well as David Spade. I

t comes after reports yesterday that Chris Harrison was leaving the franchise.

Deadline

posted 6/9/2021

TUESDAY: Vaya Con Dios, Cisco
NBC Wins on "Got Talent"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s The Flash this week drew 770,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, marking its best audience in five episodes while also ticking up in the demo.

Superman & Lois (890K/0.2) similarly rose in both measures week-to-week.

Elsewhere:
- NBC | America’s Got Talent (6.9 mil/0.9) dipped from its season opener yet still dominated Tuesday in both measures. New Amsterdam (4.1 mil/0.5) was steady with its season finale.
- FOX | LEGO Masters (1.5 mil/0.5) and Mental Samurai (1.2 mil/0.3) were both steady.


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Deadline

posted 6/9/2021

Canada's Got Talent to Return
Simon Cowell Lines Up Revival for Citytv
From Deadline

It’s a good day for Simon Cowell, who has extended his globe-conquering Got Talent franchise in two new directions.

The music and TV mogul will dust off the variety show for Canada’s Citytv after it was last on the network for a single season in 2012.

Cowell is also creating an America’s Got Talent live show in Las Vegas.

Canada’s Got Talent will return in spring 2022, with production beginning in the fall at Niagara Falls. Fremantle, Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, and McGillivray Entertainment Media Inc are producing the talent contest.

America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE will debut at the Luxor Hotel on November 4, as part of a collaboration between MGM Resorts International, Syco, and Fremantle.

The 75-minute show will feature famous America’s Got Talent alumni, who will take to the stage to perform everything from magic to acrobatics.

Cowell said: “Ever since we launched America’s Got Talent, it’s always been my dream to have America’s Got Talent LIVE in Las Vegas. I am beyond thrilled that this is now going to happen.”

As of last year, the Got Talent franchise has sold in more than 75 territories around the world..

Deadline

posted 6/9/2021

Germany Puts 1 Against 99
Sat.1 Takes Belgian Game
From C21 Media

German free-to-air channel Sat.1 has acquired Belgian format 99 To Beat, in the third local adaptation of the gameshow.

The German version is set to premiere on July 9 as a 3×150’ series. In the show, 100 people compete in 99 challenges, with one being eliminated each time. The German version will be called 99 – Eine:r schlägt sie alle! and will be produced by local prodco Fabiola. The original version aired on Belgian channel één, with a fourth season in production.

A children’s version has also been ordered with 25 competitors aged seven to 12 for pubcaster channel Ketnet.

Benelux distributor Primitives is handling sales for the format.

C21 Media

posted 6/9/2021

Cake Wars
Buddy vs. Duff Return to Food Network August 1
From The Futon Critic

Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) won the king of cake in season one, and Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) took home the crown in season two. Now, these longtime rivals are back to battle in the ultimate baking brawl on Buddy vs. Duff, beginning on Sunday, July 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and discovery+.

This year, the eight-week competition will span the country as the famed bakers and their teams of cake artists will tackle each cake challenge from their bakeries; Duff on the West Coast in Los Angeles, CA and Buddy on the east Coast in Hoboken, New Jersey. Every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master will be tested as they must build elaborate, enormous cakes that fit the theme each week. From safari cakes, to pirates of the high seas, the bakers' techniques, decorating expertise, and creative imaginations will be pushed to the limit. The cakes will be on display in an event space that transforms each week to become an immersive world based on the theme for the challenge.

50 professional cake artists from across the country will virtually judge the cake designs to determine which cake master is top tier. The pressure is on as the two biggest names in cake vie to rise to the top and settle the score once and for all!

"This past year has been lifechanging for Buddy and Duff; Buddy suffering a horrific injury to his dominant hand, and Duff welcoming a daughter and becoming a first-time father. These momentous events have given them a newfound appreciation for life and family, in addition to a stronger motivation to prove their incredible talents with the best cake designs these bakers have ever created in order to to break their tie in this fierce cake competition," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

Throughout the season they will be challenged to impress with ancient world-inspired cakes, dazzle with souped up dream car cakes equipped with lights, engines, and hydraulics, and make mouths water with a decadent feast of savory foods made entirely of cake. If that's not enough, they must also design cakes showcasing a bug's world, and then they head to the high seas with pirate ship cakes and explore architectural wonders around the world. In the supersized two-hour finale on Sunday, September 5th at 8pm ET/PT, Buddy and Duff face the most monstrous challenge yet as they are tasked with creating monster cakes. After weeks of intense competition, it all comes down to these final creations.

Before the competition begins, fans can relive last season in a special lookback on Buddy vs. Duff: Preheat on Sunday, July 18th at 8pm ET/PT. For fans craving more cake competition, on Sunday, August 1st and 8th at 10pm ET/PT, don't miss Buddy vs. Duff: Baker Battle, as Duff's and Buddy's teams kick them out of their bakeries to show what they can do without them in their own cake challenges to prove which team is the best. Plus, each week fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/BuddyvsDuff to see a member from team Buddy and team Duff compete in a head-to-head mini challenge showing off their carving, sculpting and decorating skills. Also, Buddy and Duff will compete in their own mini challenge too! Follow along with the competition on social media and tell us who you want to win using #BuddyVsDuff.

Buddy vs. Duff is produced by Triage Entertainment.

THe Futon Critic

posted 6/9/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

New Week, New Host
Actress/Author/Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik Takes the Ledger
From NBC News Today

Mayim Bialik is dishing on all things “Jeopardy!” ahead of her guest-hosting gig that will begin on Monday.

During a short video posted on the official “Jeopardy!” YouTube channel Saturday, the former “Big Bang Theory” star, who also holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, talked about the sartorial choices she made on the show in an exclusive interview.

“This is actually something that I felt instantly really passionate about,” she said. “Much as women are accomplished in many fields and we’ve made so many changes in how we are represented and how we are seen, it’s by in large a confusing time I think still for women in terms of what we’re expected to look like and what people think when we dress a certain way or don’t.”

For Bialik, 45, however, she had a certain aesthetic in her mind when it came to choosing her wardrobe for her stint as a guest host.

“I really just wanted to look like the academic that I was trained to be,” she explained. “And to me, that does mean a certain amount of formality and decorum. And also in great respect to Alex Trebek, the image I have of him is in a suit, it’s ‘blazer’d’ up.”

She was able to find her own version of how she perceived the late Alex Trebek’s style, adding, “Not because I’m trying to look like a man, or because I want to look masculine, I wanted to choose things that were flattering and that I feel comfortable in and as an actress, you almost never get to have those things. And I also wanted to bring a little bit of flair, but not too much.”

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posted 6/9/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hardest, Faster, Stronger?"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Chase season 2 (The Ringer)

  • Dwyane Wade says that winning an NBA title is easier than winning "The Cube" (The Sports Rush)

  • Lio Tipton comes out as non-binary (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Drake Bell charged with attempted child endangerment (TMZ)

  • CASTING COUCH: Pictionary set to return. Again. (Casting Crane)

  • Streamers can relive "On the Cover" (Roku), "The $100,000 Name That Tune" (Tubi)

  • Ben Shephard films Good Morning Britain, Tipping Point at the same time. Here's how (Metro)

posted 6/9/2021

Robert Irvine Takes on The Globe
Catch It on discovery+ July 17
From The Futon Critic

Food Network star and world traveler Robert Irvine hosts the new five-episode culinary competition The Globe, streaming exclusively on discovery+ beginning Saturday, July 17th. In each episode of this globe-trotting series like no other, four talented chefs compete across three rounds of culinary gameplay as they are transported to the greatest food destinations around the world via immersive LED screen backdrops that have the chefs traveling the globe without ever having to leave the arena. Joining Robert on this global journey is award-winning chef Daniela Soto-Innes as resident judge, along with appearances from special guest judges at each destination with ties to the region.

"The Globe is a culinary journey that I could not be prouder to be a part of," said Irvine. "Featuring alluring and mouth-watering dishes, viewers will have an immersive experience as these renowned chefs present dishes that truly unite, reflecting the history and culture of cuisines from all corners of the world."

During every round, Robert reveals which city the competitors are virtually traveling to, as the chefs are faced with that location's premier cuisine and are limited to the local ingredients in preparing the most inventive and delicious global dishes possible. The chefs that cannot master the local ingredients face elimination by the judges in each round until the last competitor standing earns a trip to one of the three destinations featured in their episode. But the journey is not yet done, as the winners from the four preliminary heats meet in the finale for a chance to walk away with the $25,000 grand prize. Don't miss all the action and adventure with stops in the most magnificent culinary spots on the planet, including Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Paris, France; Mumbai, India; Florence, Italy; Lima, Peru and more. The first two episodes of The Globe will be available to stream on discovery+ beginning Saturday, July 17th, with the remaining episodes available every Saturday over the following three weeks.

"We are thrilled to bring The Globe, a first-of-its-kind culinary competition to our discovery+ audience," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "Robert's universal appeal paired with exceptional chefs who transform ingredients, some they have never worked with before, into incredible dishes is especially impressive and entertaining. This show is huge, a dramatic, global food event."

"The Globe is the perfect culinary adventure for discovery+, it brings skilled chefs, insanely challenging gameplay and delicacies from all over the world to our global audience," said Lisa Holme, Group SVP, Content and Commercial Strategy. "From Memphis to Mumbai, Maui to Mexico City, Florence to Lima, viewers are in for a delicious journey, as the local ingredients and regional cuisines showcased in each episode are sure to delight."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/8/2021


Art Digest
DOUGLAS S. CRAMER: 1932-2021
Hollywood Megaproducer Appeared on "Tattletales"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Douglas S. Cramer, the onetime head of Paramount Television and producing partner of Aaron Spelling who helped launch such series as Peyton Place, The Brady Bunch, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat and Dynasty, has died. He was 89.

Cramer died Monday in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts of heart and kidney failure, his close friend and former The Hollywood Reporter columnist Sue Cameron announced. “When I was a THR columnist, nobody knew it, but he was my secret ‘legman.’ He was a genius producer with style and taste. We had so much fun together. We were friends for over 45 years,” Cameron said.

A two-time Emmy nominee who was once married to powerful Hollywood columnist Joyce Haber, Cramer also worked for Procter & Gamble, ABC, 20th Century Fox and Screen Gems, where he executive produced Leon Uris’ QB VII, a six-hour-plus “novel for television” that amassed huge ratings for ABC in 1974. He appeared with his then-ex-wife on a week of "Tattletales" in 1975.

Survivors include his husband, artist Hugh Bush. His two children from his marriage to Haber, Courtney and Douglas III, preceded him in death.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap

posted 6/8/2021


ATAS

Daytime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Nominations Released for Awards
From TV Line

Sheryl Underwood, Daytime Emmy(R) Award-winner and host of CBS' Daytime Emmy(R) Award-winning show THE TALK, announced live today during their show that she will host the 48th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY(R) AWARDS, to be broadcast Friday, June 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available on the CBS app and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+. This will mark the fifth time Underwood has hosted the show and the 15th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy(R) Awards, more than any other network.

Underwood will host the 48th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY(R) AWARDS from Los Angeles, with featured talent appearing from the Emmy stage, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards. Additional winners will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys). Awards for Daytime Children's Programming, Animation and Daytime Lifestyle Programming will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

Nominations for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and ABC’s General Hospital dominated the soap opera pack with 17 total nods. NBC’s Days of Our Lives trailed with seven total nods, followed by CBS’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful (which netted five each).

Also of note, the late Alex Trebek earned a posthumous nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host, for what would be his farewell run on Jeopardy. (Trebek has grabbed gold in this category seven previous times, as well as collected a Lifetime Achievement Award.) Similarly, the late Larry King earned his fourth career nomination for Informative Talk Show Host.

As part of a new, two-year deal between CBS and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards will air Friday, June 25 at 8 pm on CBS (and stream on Paramount+). Nominations in the major categories are listed below:

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
- Family Feud (Fremantle for syndication through Debmar Mercury)
- Jeopardy! (Sony Pictures TV Studios for syndication through CBS Media Ventures)
- Let’s Make a Deal (Fremantle for CBS)
- The Price Is Right (Fremantle for CBS)
- Wheel of Fortune (Sony Pictures TV Studios for syndication through CBS Media Ventures)

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
- Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal
- Steve Harvey, Family Feud
- Alfonso Ribeiro, Catch 21
- Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune
- Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!

CRAFTS
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN
- “Craftopia” (HBO Max)

BEST HAIRSTYLING
- “The Big Fib” (Disney+)

BEST LIVE AND DIRECT-TO-TAPE SOUND MIXING
- “Family Feud” (syndication)
- “Let’s Make a Deal” (CBS)

BEST TECHNICAL TEAM
- “Wheel of Fortune” (syndication)

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Gold Derby
Entertainment Tonight
Newsday
Just Jared
CBS Boston
Decider
The Wrap
The National
CNN
WOFL Orlando

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Deadline
Variety

posted 6/8/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "THe Mystery 41"

  • LIST ABUSE: Five things you need to know about "Survivor 41". 1) That is the name they're going with. (Gold Derby)

  • Darragh Ennis is not going to be fired. And he had to answer this on the Internet, because reasons. (Dublin Live)

  • Grant Denyer, Larry Emdur pull off the best Australian host kayfabe EVER. (PerthNow)

  • Caroline Rhea plays Chicago (WGN-TV Chicago)

  • Pat Sajak mourns his family dog (Today)

  • DWade's daughter gives "The Cube" host the business (Page Six) plus a few good minutes (GQ)

  • Ellie Kemper apologizes (Deadline

posted 6/8/2021

SUNDAY: Game Night Returns
ABC Wins Demos with "Celebrity Family Feud", CBS Takes Totals
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s game-show block swept all three time periods in the demo. ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud returned to 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, up a tick from its fall averages and dominating Sunday night in the demo. Leading out of that, The Chase (3.9 mil/0.6) was down just a tick from its winter averages (when it aired on Thursdays), followed by To Tell the Truth‘s 3.1 mil/0.4.

CBS won the night overall in viewers according to Nielsen’s Live+Same Day fast nationals, with the night’s most-watched show 60 Minutes (0.4, 6.68M) followed by the Kennedy Center Honors special (0.3, 5.08M), which was tops in viewers from 8-10 p.m. for its 43rd edition. The pre-taped D.C. shindig took a hard hit on the network from its last ceremony back in 2019.

Elsewhere:
- CBS | 60 Minutes (6.7 mil/0.4) delivered Sunday’s biggest audience. The Kennedy Center Honors (5/1 mil/0.3) was down sharply from its December 2019 telecast (7 mil/0.6).
- THE CW | Legends of Wynonna Earp (450K/0.1) and Batwoman (420K/0.1) each added eyeballs while steady in the demo.
- FOX | The Moodys‘ double pump (530K/0.2) was down sharply from its most recent outing (1.1 mil/0.3 on a Thursday).
- NBC | U.S. Gymnastics Championship coverage averaged 1.9 mil/0.35.


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Deadline

posted 6/7/2021

In the 300th Level of "Hell": Mike Tyson
Catch the Special Episode on Fox Tonight!
From the Wrap

On Monday Fox will air the 300th episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” — or its 300th hour of chef Gordon Ramsay cursing at a group of competitors over their sloppy skills — which will mark the first time the show has featured Ramsay and boxing legend Mike Tyson cursing at the show’s contestants over their sloppy skills.

In TheWrap’s exclusive sneak peek at the hour, titled “Temping the Meat,” linked below, Ramsay is in the kitchen with one of the two teams of “Young Guns” — chefs from across the country, all aged 24 or younger at the start of the competition — as they work to prepare their first dinner service at Ramsay’s restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Watch the video to see Tyson yell, “Come on, Blue Team, it’s time to take the f—ing gloves off,” and more things at this crop of “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants, who are only in their second week of the competition, as they work to prepare his meal..

The Wrap

posted 6/7/2021

Love Island Gets an Appy Twist
Season 7 in the UK to Play Side Stories on I've Got a Text
From Deadline

To accompany the upcoming seventh UK season of Love Island, ITV is launching an app that will invite users to immerse themselves in a fictional version of the reality dating show.

ITV has partnered with developer Unrd and Love Island sponsor, the clothing brand I Saw It First, to launch the I’ve Got A Text! app, which features an interactive fictional story titled Love Island: The Drama.

The dramatized story was filmed at ITV Studios’ Love Island production hub in Gran Canaria this summer and features a cast of actors, models, and influencers playing out a scripted story at the fictional villa. Users will be able to follow the action over 24 days, in conjunction with the real series as it broadcasts on ITV2. As they keep up with the in-app drama, they will have access to the characters’ phones to snoop through their text messages, scroll their photo reels, watch unreleased videos, and overhear gossip.

Deadline

posted 6/7/2021


Daily Express
CLARENCE WILLIAMS III: 1939-2021
"Mod Squad" Actor Played "Family Feud"
From Deadline

Clarence Williams III, who was a Black power icon in the 1960s and 1970s as the cool detective “Linc Hayes” on television’s The Mod Squad, has died. Williams died in Los Angeles on Friday June 4 of colon cancer, according to his management.

Beyond The Mod Squad role, which lasted from 1968 to 1973, he also appeared in such films as Purple Rain, 52 Pick-Up, Reindeer Games and Tales from the Hood.

Williams began his career on the stage, earning a Tony nomination in 1965 for best featured actor in a play for his work in the three-person drama Slow Dance on the Killing Ground. His other notable roles came as Prince’s father in 1984’s Purple Rain, and appeared as Wesley Snipes and Michael Wright’s druggie dad in Sugar Hill (1993). He also became Jelly Roll Morton In Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Legend of 1900 (1998).

In game shows, he featured on "Celebrity Family Feud" (or "All-Star Family Feud" as it was known in 1984).

Williams was born in Harlem on Aug. 21, 1939, the son of professional musician Clay Williams. He grew up in music, raised by his grandparents, which included composer-pianist Clarence Williams, a frequent collaborator of blues legend Bessie Smith.

Acting became the path for Williams when he saw a rehearsal for Dark of the Moon at the Harlem YMCA. Cicely Tyson was starring, and the director gave Williams a couple of lines in the play.

Williams later enlisted in the US Army and served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division.

He returned to civilian life and acting with the Broadway play The Great Indoors, and served as an artist-in-residence at Brandeis University before scoring his role in The Mod Squad.

Williams is survived by his sister Sondra Pugh, daughter Jamey Phillips, niece Suyin Shaw, grandnephews Elliot Shaw and Ese Shaw, and grandniece Azaria Verdin. He was married to actress Gloria Foster (Oracle in the first two Matrix movies) from 1967-84.

DEadline
TV Line

posted 6/6/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How to Do Drag Race in a Pandemic"

  • BTS: Drag Race produced while in the pandemic (The Wrap)

  • Wayne Brady has a favorite in the Game Show Host race... and it's not himself. (TMZ)

  • ABC: "Nobody beats The Beast". James Holzhauer: ".... OH REALLY NOW." (UPROXX)

  • Jennifer Lopez inks a deal with Netflix (Deadline)

  • Mariah Carey leaving Roc Nation, but insists the "feud" with Jay-Z is way overblown. (AOL)

posted 6/6/2021


Game Show Network

2 Across...
Game Show Network Renews "People Puzzler" for Season 2 Fall 2021
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced the season two pick-up of one of its most popular originals, PEOPLE PUZZLER, hosted by two-time Emmy(R) Award winner Leah Remini and based on the iconic crossword puzzles in PEOPLE, the No. 1 magazine brand in the country. The new season of the half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere in fall 2021.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, three lucky contestants will put their pop culture knowledge to the test to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC, along with Dan Wakeford and Rachel Feinberg for Meredith Corporation. Rane Laymance also serves as executive producer. PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC. Jeff Krask also serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic

Deadline
People
PopCulture

posted 6/3/2021

Second "Bloom"
HBO Max Renews Flowery Competition
From The Futon Critic

The second season of the International Format Award-winning competition series FULL BLOOM debuts THURSDAY, JUNE 10 on HBO Max. Season two will once again spotlight up and coming florists from across the country, ready to battle for the botanical crown.

"FULL BLOOM has brought floristry to life by introducing us to incredibly talented artists and showing us the amazing steps that go into creating each masterpiece, said Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family Programming, HBO Max. "HBO Max is as thrilled to give a platform to these rising florists as we are to watch their stunning creations flourish."

"It's been an amazing experience to be working again with the innovative team at HBO Max," said Paul Franklin, Co-CEO of Eureka Productions. "We are so proud at Eureka of FULL BLOOM season 2 - it is jam packed with talented florists, incredible judges and more flowers and heart than ever before."

Inviting us into a vibrant and wondrous world, FULL BLOOM finds ten talented and innovative up-and-coming florists bringing their spectacular creative visions to a grueling but gorgeous competition series. In each episode, the budding botanical artists are put to the test in both individual and team challenges that determine whose stems get cut - and who remains in the running for the career-changing $100,000 grand prize to kickstart their business.

Floral masterminds Simon Lycett, Elizabeth Cronin and Maurice Harris host and judge, bringing their invaluable experience, discerning eyes, and hot takes to the flower shop to determine who will be the FULL BLOOM champion.

FULL BLOOM is created and produced by Eureka Productions with Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and Faye Stapleton serving as executive producers. Joseph Guidry will continue as director after his Director's Guild of America Award win for season one..

THe Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 6/3/2021

Hulu Bakes
Streamer Greenlights "Baker's Dozen"
From The Futon Critic

Do they have what it takes? We are excited to announce that "Baker's Dozen," the newest baking competition that pits passionate amateur bakers against seasoned professionals, will join Hulu's unscripted slate! Hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley and former White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, contestants will go head-to-head in an effort to take home the golden rolling pin and cash prize.

Passionate amateur bakers will go head-to-head with seasoned professionals in each episode of "Baker's Dozen". Join hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley (FOX's "The Masked Singer," Hallmark's "Home & Family" and Hallmark's "Christmas Comes Twice") and Bill Yosses (Author and former White House Pastry Chef) for this fast-paced competition series that will determine the best baker of all! Which of the 13 bakers has what it takes to create the next viral baking sensation, win the golden rolling pin and take home the cash prize?

"Baker's Dozen" is Executive Produced by Sandy Varo Jarrell, Suzanne Rauscher, Justin Rae Barnes and Tara Seiner for Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. "Baker's Dozen" is the latest delicious Original to join Hulu's growing slate of food-forward series such as "Taste The Nation" and upcoming "The Next Thing You Eat" from David Chang.

THe Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 6/3/2021


NBC

More on "Making It" Season 3
Meet the Makers!
From the Futon Critic

Ready, set, craft! Today, NBC announced the eight makers competing for the title of "Master Maker" and a $100,000 grand prize on Season 3 of "Making It," returning June 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Executive producers and Emmy-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return along with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert and Simon Doonan, creative visionary and author, as well as wood shop master Jimmy DiResta.

This season will celebrate how making brings together friends, neighbors, and families with a new group of the country's most talented makers. From a retired professional baseball player to a taxidermist, these ultimate DIYers bring skill and heart as they create with mediums ranging from food to felt while sharing their unique stories and what drove them to pursue their passion for all things handmade.

- BLAKE MCFARLAND (Clovis, CA; retired pro baseball player) Instagram: @blake__mcfarland
- BECCA BARNET (Charleston, SC; artist) Instagram: @beccabarnet
- KAVIYA RAVI (Louisville, KY; display coordinator) Instagram: @khromophilia
- JESSIE LAMWORTH (Phoenix, MD; brand consultant) Instagram: @jamworth
- ADAM KINGMAN (Glenbrook, NV; industrial designer) Instagram: @adamkingman
- MARIA ANTOINETTE (Knoxville, TN; beauty/DIY/lifestyle blogger) Instagram: @themariaantoinette
- GARY HERD (Waldport, OR; mural painter/woodworker) Instagram: @the_bearded_wood_worker
- CHELSEA ANDERSON (Mill Valley, CA; landscape architect) Instagram: @chelseamakes


The Futon Critic

posted 6/3/2021

More on "AwesomenesTV's Next Influencer"
Catch It on YouTube June 5
From the Futon Critic

ViacomCBS' Gen Z brand Awesomeness announced the return of hit reality competition series AwesomenessTV's Next Influencer, premiering on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 7 a.m. (PT), hosted by season one winner and TikTok star Owen Holt. On the heels of the new season's premiere, Awesomeness also debuts a new talk show, AwesomenessTV's Vibe Room, hosted by Holt and TikTok sensation Markell Washington on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 7 a.m. (PT). Both shows will live on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel.

AwesomenessTV's Next Influencer follows a group of content creators competing in a series of challenges to prove they have what it takes to become the next big influencer. Over 10 half-hour episodes, viewers will get an inside look at what life is really like living independently for the first time with the working demands of being a rising influencer. One contestant will win a prize package that includes a talent contract with AwesomenessTV.

The new cast includes Growing Up Eileen star Eileen Padilla, Jake Clark, Matt Taylor, Rave Vanias, Ace King, Michelle Wozniak, Eddie Preciado, Maddie Cole, Ace Akers, and season one contestant Colie Nuanez.

Co-hosted by Holt and Washington, AwesomenessTV's Vibe Room will invite guests to complete unpredictable challenges, spill the tea, and react to the week's craziest moments on AwesomenessTV. New episodes will air weekly on Sundays.

Holt's new hosting roles follow his AwesomenessTV's Next Influencer win in 2020, where he competed against eight other contestants from Miami-based creator group Project 305 to snag a talent contract with AwesomenessTV. The first season was hosted by Hype House star Alex Warren and has 10.4M organic views and 110M minutes watched to date. To celebrate the return of AwesomenessTV's Next Influencer, a livestream marathon of season one will air on Friday, June 4 at 7 a.m. (PT) on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/3/2021

WEDNESDAY: The Game Is On
ABC, Fox Split Night with Competing Game Nights
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s MasterChef opened Season 11/”Legends” with 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, topping Wednesday in the demo. Leading out of that, Crime Scene Kitchen (1.9 mil/0.4) dropped 20 and 33 percent from its post-Masked Singer debut.

Elsewhere:

- ABC | Press Your Luck (3.3 mil/0.5) and A Million Little Things (2.4 mil/0.3) were steady, while $100,000 Pyramid (3.5 mil/0.5) ticked up in the demo and delivered the night’s largest audience.
- CBS | Kids Say the Darndest Things (2.9 mil/0.4) was steady.
- THE CW | Kung Fu (830K/0.1) and the Nancy Drew season finale (480K/0.1, TVLine reader grade “A”; read post mortem) both added eyeballs, with the latter also ticking up in the demo.

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

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posted 6/3/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "92, Guys. 92"

  • Johnny Gilbert still on the mic at 92 (Daily Sabah)

  • Pat Sajak calls an M and a D. His son (REpublic World)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe wants her wedding themed to The Great Gatsby... Remind me how that ended again? (Reality TV World)

  • Jared Haibon wants to be a father and is willing to have a talk with people like the site's compiler. (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (Essence)

posted 6/3/2021

RuPaul Leads Critics Choice Real TV Awards
Alex Trebek to Posthumously Receive Impact Award
From Deadline

When nominations for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards were announced on Wednesday, RuPaul’s Drag Race led with five.

At the award show, recognizing “excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programing across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms,” the long-running VH1 series is up for Best Competition Series, Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series, Best Show Host (RuPaul), Male Star of the Year (RuPaul) and Female Star of the Year (Michelle Visage).

Other series leading in noms this year, with three each, include Queer Eye (Netflix), Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN), Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu) and Top Chef (Bravo).

The leader this year among networks is Netflix, which scored 22 nominations. HBO / HBO Max (with 14) follows the streamer in nominations, along with Food Network / Food Network Kitchen (with six), VH1 (with six), National Geographic / Nat Geo WILD (with 5) and Discovery Channel / discovery+ (with 5). R

At this year’s ceremony, the late Alex Trebek will be honored with the Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence, as well as the positive impact they’ve made on the world of nonfiction content. The beloved Jeopardy host, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in November of 2020, is specifically being recognized for “his longstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence” and “his continual encouragement of curiosity.”

“As the number of platforms continues to grow, the quality of unscripted television programming has skyrocketed, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize so much great work, especially at the end of a year when this content was needed more than ever,” said Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin in a statement. “We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s winners, and our most deserving Impact Award honoree Alex Trebek, later this month.”

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin are exec producing the Critics Choice Real TV Awards alongside NPACT’s Michelle Van Kempen.

Winners in two categories—Female Star of the Year and Male Star of the Year— will be chosen by fan voting, which is now open in the links below. All winners will be announced on Monday, June 21.

The nominations...
BEST COMPETITION SERIES
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- Tough as Nails (CBS)
BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY
- American Idol (ABC)
- Legendary (HBO Max)
- The Masked Singer (Fox)
- The Voice (NBC)
- World of Dance (NBC)
BEST CULINARY SHOW
- Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network)
- Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (discovery+)
- Nailed It! (Netflix)
- Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
BEST GAME SHOW
- 25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated)
- Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)
- Supermarket Sweep (ABC)
- Weakest Link (NBC)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- Crikey! It’s The Irwins (discovery+)
- The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)
BEST SHOW HOST
- RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)
- Stanley Tucci – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)
- Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)
- John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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posted 6/2/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 23
From TV News Check

Sophomore Kelly Clarkson had the biggest percentage increase among the top-tier talk shows in the session ending May 23, jumping into a tie with the long-running Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams. Of course, the increasingly popular Clarkson will take over Ellen’s more highly viewed time slots on NBCUniversal-owned stations when the storied DeGeneres talker folds in fall 2022.

Family Feud fell 2% although it was first on the overall chart with a 5.5, getting past daytime ratings queen Judge Judy, which was syndication’s second highest program, while crushing the court shows for the 1,287th week in a row.

Further back, Jeopardy, featuring the opening frame of its highly anticipated “Tournament of Champions” event, nevertheless slipped 2% to a 5.1. Right behind, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.0.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 6/2/2021

TUESDAY: This Is The Greatest Show
NBC Wins with "Got Talent"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent opened Season 16 with 7.1 million total viewers and a 0.85 demo rating, down a tick from its previous averages (7.3 mil/1.0) but still dominating Tuesday in both measures.

Leading out of that, New Amsterdam (4 mil/0.5) ticked up with its penultimate Season 3 episode.

Elsewhere:
- FOX | LEGO Masters‘ Season 2 premiere (1.53 mil/0.4) was down sharply from the competition series’ previous lows (2.9 mil/0.9) leading out of network titan Masked Singer. Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo.
- ABC | The conclusion of Mike Tyson: The Knockout (2.6 mil/0.4) was down a tenth from last week.
- THE CW | Leading out of a rerun and pending adjustment due to MLB preemptions, Superman & Lois (900K/0.1) is currently up in eyeballs but down in the demo.
.

TV Line

posted 6/2/2021

IMDB Gets Into the Game
Virtual Quiz to Drop June 8
From Engadget

The sites we frequent to find movie and TV show recommendations have gradually expanded to offer more content to binge-watchers. Comcast-owned Rotten Tomatoes is piling into original shows, while its sister service Fandango previously acquired video streamer Vudu from Walmart.

Now, IMDb is trying to appeal to its legion of armchair critics with a new interactive offering. The Amazon-owned company, which already has a free streaming service called IMDb TV, is launching a virtual quiz show on June 8th.

Fittingly, the inaugural event will test players' knowledge of the biggest film franchise of all: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Together, the 23 movies that make up the superhero series have pulled in a mammoth $22.59 billion at the global box office. While two recent outings — Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame — have both cracked the hallowed IMDb Top 250 list of highest-rated films, where they currently sit at number 64 and 80 respectively. The first show is being sponsored by Marvel series Loki, which lands on Disney+ on June 9th. A month later on July 9th, Black Widow will end the two-year drought of Marvel movies by gracing theaters and Disney's streaming service simultaneously.

Budding quizzers who want to battle it out for bragging rights and prizes — including Amazon Fire TV devices (naturally) — can register in the link below. Fortunately, you still have just over a week to revise by scouring the IMDB Trivia pages of the various MCU movies.

As for the show's format, each game will last approximately 30 minutes, with three rounds of questions, and a live leaderboard tallying the results. Hosts will include Ian de Borja from the Movies That Changed My Life podcast and producer Alex Logan (who has worked on a slew of IMDb shows).

If superhero movies are your weak spot, don't fret. The seven-month trivia series will also take in additional topics including sci-fi, animation and nostalgia.

Engadget

posted 6/2/2021

"Voice" Branded Electronics Coming to the Casino Market
Gander Group Teams with ITV Studios
From PR Newswire

Gander Group and ITV Studios, producers of singing competition television series The Voice on NBC, have announced plans on furthering their partnership to bring The Voice branded electronic products to the casino gifting space. The branded collection will include soundbars, audio accessories, earbuds, Bluetooth technology, and portable power devices – with a focus on quality, style, and long-lasting entertainment.

Gander Group and ITV Studios have been in partnership for several years now and have successfully created a range of products for casino and retail alike – including popular items for Hell's Kitchen. With a strong partnership already under way, the two are set to introduce state-of-the-art electronic devices made exclusively for the casino market.

Josh Blake, CEO and Founder of Gander Group, states, "Working with ITV over the years has paved the way to the creation of many casino exclusive products that continue to build loyalty and drive brand recognition. Our team at Gander Group is excited to introduce more covetable products to casinos nationwide and we look forward to this next chapter in our partnership."

PR Newswire

posted 6/2/2021

"TV Showdown" Gets Renewed
Paul Sinha's Game Show Extended
From Devon Live

The Chase's Paul Sinha is returning for a second series of his new show 'Paul Sinha's TV Showdown'.

The trivia genius and comedian's show will be returning later this year as we see more well-known celebs battle it out to become the ultimate TV trivia quiz.

Also returning with Paul for the second series include the captains Fay Ripley and Rob Beckett, who will be heading up the two teams of celebrity contestants. This new series will be showing more hilarious clips from the most talked-about TV moments from recent years and yesteryear.

Devon Live

posted 6/2/2021


Daily Express
ARLENE GOLONKA: 1936-2021
"Mayberry RFD" Actress Played "Celebrity Bowling", "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Arlene Golonka, best known for her portrayal of waitress Millie on the classic CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Mayberry R.F.D., died Monday at a West Hollywood memory care facility following a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 85.

Her death was announced by her friend, the literary agent Cary Kozlov.

Golonka, who made her Broadway debut in 1958’s short-lived The Night Circus before landing stage roles in 1962’s Come Blow Your Horn and 1963’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, already had made numerous appearances on television prior to her breakthrough role on The Andy Griffith Show in 1967, among them Car 54, Where Are You?, The Doctors, The Flying Nun and The Big Valley. She made her first Griffith appearance on Oct. 16, 1967, in an episode that introduced her as Millie Hutchins, initially intended as a love interest for bookish bachelor Howard Sprague (played by Jack Dodson). Golonka reprised the role the following month in an episode about the couple’s failed elopement.

Golonka returned to the Griffith universe the following year, this time as a regular on the spinoff series Mayberry R.F.D. starring Ken Berry. Renamed Millie Swanson, Golonka’s character was paired with Berry’s town councilman, a role that continued throughout R.F.D.‘s three-season run.

A Chicago native, Golonka studied at the city’s storied Goodman Theatre prior to a move to New York and the Broadway stage. Following her signature role on R.F.D., Golonka was a familiar presence on television, making guest appearances on The Rookies, The FBI, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, M*A*S*H, Cannon, Love American Style, That Girl, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Alice, One Day at a Time and, in perhaps her most memorable post-Mayberry roles, as a call girl on All In The Family and as the daughter of Chuckles the Clown on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her TV career continued well into the 1990s and beyond, with credits including Matlock, 1st & Ten and, in 2005, The King of Queens. As a voice actress, Golonka’s credits include The New Yogi Bear Show, Capitol Critters and the Scooby-Doo franchise.

In game shows, she featured on "Celebrity Bowling" and "Hollywood Squares".

On film, Golonka was featured in Hang ‘Em High (1968) with Clint Eastwood, Airport ’77 (1977), The In-Laws (1979) and Longshot (1981), among others. Golonka is survived by sister, Zorine, and nine nieces and nephews..

DEadline

posted 5/31/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "HBO Max for EVERYONE!"

  • HBO Max launches ad-supported version... for $9.99 a month (The Wrap)

  • Widow von'Du gets the cuffs clamped for domestic assault (The Wrap)

  • Kelley Flanagan responds to Peter Weber's accusations the only way she can... on YouTube (Reality TV World)

  • Clare Crawley still has that ring. She's not going to let us forget about it. (Reality TV World)

  • Matt and Rachel and Tyler and Camila and a weekend trip and my god why is this news? (E!)

  • Several reality producers reinventing the shiny floor show (Realscreen)

  • The Temple Run... as seen through the eyes of someone who's been there (Vice)

  • Sierra Dawn Thomas, Joe Anglim welcome Survivor baby (Reality TV World)

  • #ICYMI: HQ is opening a "new chapter"... and Words is not going to be a part of it for the foreseeable future (Reddit)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Plestis (Gold Derby)

posted 6/1/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios/ABC

And Heeeeeere They Are
Meet the Celebrities of "Celebrity Dating Game"
From Entertainment Weekly

Whoa!

Blossom alum Joey Lawrence, comedian Margaret Cho, actor-model Tyson Beckford, and more stars are heading to the single's seat on ABC's The Celebrity Dating Game.

Other celebrity singles getting ready to find love include Saturday Night Live vet Chris Kattan, former NFL running back and Dancing With the Stars mirrorball champ Rashad Jennings and Anchorman's David Koechner.

The new dating series — hosted by Zooey Deschanel and singer Michael Bolton — will follow two celebs a week as they ask questions of three potential suitors. The twist on the show is they're keeping the identity of the celebs from the suitors. But, Bolton will be offering clues via song.

"What makes The Celebrity Dating Game so unique is every show takes on the personality of the celebrity, they are all different! And whether it be a comedian, athlete, or a heartthrob (or all three. I am looking at you Kattan) Every episode has a completely different flavor. You never know what you are going to get! Or who they will choose," executive producer Charles Wachter said in a statement.

Previously announced celebs taking part in the show include former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, hip hop star Iggy Azalea, Taye Diggs, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Modern Family alum Nolan Gould, Carson Kressley, Nicole Byer, Carmen Electra, Marcus Scribner, and The Bachelor's Demi Burnett.

The Celebrity Dating Game premieres Monday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET.

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posted 6/1/2021


The Playlist

UPFRONTS: WarnerMedia to Merge with Discovery
Expected to Close in 2022
From various sources

Discovery is merging with WarnerMedia, and it’s now announced a new name for the combined company: Warner Bros. Discovery.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the name was first revealed during a staff meeting today. The merger was announced last month. AT&T said it would spin off WarnerMedia — the entertainment giant containing Warner Bros., HBO, DC Comics, and CNN, among many others — and that Discovery would take over the new company. But they didn’t have a new name prepared on the day the deal was announced.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav will be in charge of the merged group. WarnerMedia is by far the bigger company, though, with around three times the 2020 revenue and a roster of iconic characters and properties. Discovery brings to the table a huge archive of reality TV shows and a growing news and sports business in Europe.

“We believe it will be the best and most exciting place in the world to tell big, important and impactful stories across any genre – and across any platform: film, television and streaming,” Zaslav said in a statement today. The combined company is borrowing a line from the Warner Bros. classic The Maltese Falcon for its slogan, “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

AT&T and Discovery expect the merger to wrap up in mid-2022, assuming it clears regulatory hurdles. AT&T shareholders will own 71 percent of the new company, so it’s really more like WarnerMedia is being freed from AT&T and picking up Discovery along the way.

The hope is that the combined entertainment giant can become an even bigger player in streaming than the two are independently today. WarnerMedia runs HBO Max, which has been fairly successful so far, though it remains smaller than Netflix and Disney Plus. Discovery only recently launched Discovery Plus.

Zaslav has said the combined company will put $20 billion per year toward new content, a number rivaling Netflix and exceeding Disney Plus, and that he hopes to eventually reach 400 million homes
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posted 6/1/2021


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TOM NOSEK: 1939-2020
"Jeopardy!" All-Star
From Legacy

Jeopardy! all-star Tom Nosek died in September. He was 81.

Tom was born and spent his early years in Chicago, graduated from high school near Philadelphia, and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics in Boston at MIT ('61, '63), and when he had the opportunity after graduation to move from the lands of Real Winter to sunny southern California as a newly-minted aerospace engineer he never looked back. He met and married Leah, his California girl, and they remained married until her death in 2019.

A resident of Torrance for more than fifty-five years, he loved sailing, especially his Tornado-class catamarans, and was a long-time member of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. He also enjoyed playing tennis; skiing at Mammoth and Big Bear; and scuba diving in the waters of southern California.

He served as president of the Riviera Homeowners Association and on the Torrance Airport Commission. At TRW, later Northrop Grumman, he worked on and managed many different projects but was particularly proud of his work on the Aura satellite, part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) studying the Earth's ozone layer, air quality and climate. After he retired he dove right back into aerospace consulting and continued to be an eager student of all things technical. He called himself a kleptofactomaniac--"When I see a fact, I must possess it."

This served him well in his several stints on Jeopardy! which garnered him five wins in regular season play and the title in the 1993 Tournament of Champions as well as second place in the 10th Anniversary Tournament and appearances in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions and the Battle of the Decades Tournament.

He and Leah travelled all over the world together, visiting places like New Zealand, Egypt, Fiji, China, Greece, and Russia, where a highlight of his trip, naturally, was a visit to Star City.

His beloved wife, Leah, predeceased him in 2019. He leaves behind his daughter, Monica; son-in-law, Harold; grandson, Thomas; brother, Peter; sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many, many friends and colleagues whose company gave him so much joy. He loved good food and good wine, and if you would toast him over dinner and remember him fondly that would be a fine thing and fitting.

Legacy

posted 5/31/2021

AGT is Sonic Good
Drive In is New Sponsor
From The Futon Critic

NBC and Fremantle announced SONIC Drive-In as a premier sponsor for "America's Got Talent" Season 16, bringing fans closer to the real people and authentic moments of summer's hottest competition show. The season-long collaboration will feature extensive on-air, digital and social integrations, SONIC "AGT" branded judges' cups and guest giveaways that make fans feel front and center on the iconic stage.

"America's favorite Drive-In and 'America's Got Talent' are the perfect match," said Lori Abou Habib, Chief Executive Officer of SONIC Drive-In. "Collaborating with 'AGT' to make this season extra special for the contestants, guests and judges by infusing special SONIC surprises has been a joy. We can't wait for fans to see what we have in store!"

As "AGT" kicks off on Tuesday, June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET), audiences tuning in will experience the excitement of the competition from auditions all the way to the season finale in new ways. Fans can get to know this season's contestants in a glowing confessional booth, known as the "SONIC Glowasis," where auditioning contestants share their feelings either before or after hitting the stage. The weekly "SONIC Lounge Space" during the live shows takes audiences backstage to a branded lounge setting where finalists share an exclusive glimpse into their journeys, deepening their personal connection with viewers. For the month of June through early July, SONIC will launch a special promotion where every time a judge hits the show's famous "Golden Buzzer," up to 10,000 fans will have the opportunity to receive an order of SONIC's award-winning golden tots for free when ordering on the SONIC App the day after the episode airs. Celebrating the biggest moments throughout the highly anticipated season, viewers will feel closer to the action, and be able to savor one of SONIC's most beloved menu items.

The FUton Critic

posted 6/1/2021


NBCUniversal

MONDAY: Lil Rel Makes Small Fortune
NBC Splits with Fox on a Quiet Evening
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen opened Season 20 with a 0.6 demo rating — topping Monday in that measure — and 2.2 million total viewers.

Leading out of that, Housebroken debuted to 970K/0.3, followed by Duncanville‘s 740K/0.2.

Over on ABC, leading out of The Princess and the Frog (1.8 mil/0.3), The Good Doctor slipped to series lows (3.5 mil/0.4) but delivered Monday’s biggest audience.

Elsewhere, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior returned to 3.2 mil/0.45, followed by the premiere of Small Fortune (1.5 mil/0.3)… and CBS’ Tulsa race massacre centennial remembrance drew 2.4 mil and a 0.3..

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posted 6/1/2021

"X Factor Italia" Goes Genderless
A World First
From Deadline

The Italian version of Simon Cowell’s singing contest The X Factor has scrapped gender and age categories for performers for the first time in the show’s 17-year history.

When the Fremantle and Syco show returns to Comcast-owned Sky Italia in September, contestants will be divided into “heterogeneous” teams and will be mentored by one of the four judges: Emma, Hell Raton, Manuel Agnelli, and Mika. Each judge must have at least one soloist and one band on their team.

Antonella d’Errico, executive vice president of programming at Sky Italia, said: “By removing the historical division by categories, X Factor welcomes change and wants to become a torchbearer and, in a world that no longer needs to make distinctions of gender or age, talent is for us a neutral noun. We will ask all the contestants of this year’s edition to bring the only thing they really need: their personal, unique X Factor.”

Fremantle Italy CEO Gabriele Immirzi added: “We are in fact the first X Factor in the world to change a historic and characterizing element of the format that today, in 2021, according with Syco Entertainment, we feel is not up-to-date with the reality of everyday life, especially the life of the generations who participate in X Factor. We want to support the growth of music talents without labels and distinctions other than the value and artistic quality of their projects.”

The X Factor first launched in the UK in 2004 and has traditionally divided contestants into four groups by gender, age, and whether they perform alone or are in a band.

Deadline

posted 6/1/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Food Factory USA"

  • Padma Lakshmi tells of how her Hulu show is a political show disguised as food. (The Wrap)

  • Matt James got the call: commit or split (Reality TV World)

  • Caila Quinn don't need no TV show. She can get married her own damn self (Reality TV World)

  • Ryan Sutter talks about being exposed to mold, which is a pretty big deal (People)

  • Cornelia Frances' son... surprisingly not a fan of Magda Szubanski (New Idea)

  • Joel McHale did MORE than just celebrate 9 million YouTube subscribers with kettle corn (YouTube)

posted 6/1/2021


Legacy
GAVIN MacLEOD: 1931-2021
"Love Boat", "Mary Tyler Moore" Veteran Made the Rounds
From TV Line

Veteran actor Gavin MacLeod, who starred in lead roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat, has passed away. He was 90.

MacLeod died early Saturday morning in the company of his loved ones and caretakers, his nephew Mark See told TMZ. The actor had been in and out of the hospital for months with varying illnesses, but an official cause of death has not been reported.

Perhaps best known for playing Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, MacLeod played the head writer of the fictional TV station that Mary Richards worked at. He appeared in all 168 episodes over seven seasons.

On The Love Boat, MacLeod spent a decade playing Captain Merrill Stubing in a total of 250 episodes, including its accompanying TV movies and one episode of the 1998 revival series, Love Boat: The Next Wave. These two career highlights landed him a total of five Golden Globe nominations.

With over seven decades in the business, MacLeod’s other credits include shows like Hawaii Five-O, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, McHale’s Navy, The Andy Griffith Show, My Favorite Martian, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Charlie’s Angels, Murder She Wrote, Oz, JAG, That ’70s Show, Touched by an Angel, The Untouchables, It Takes a Thief and more.

In the game show realm, he appeared on Tattletales, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Celebrity Bowling, Hollywood Squares, and Celebrity Family Feud.

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posted 5/31/2021

Memorial Day Lightning Round
... or "Honor the Fallen"

  • Eurovision: 183 million viewers saw the UK take ZERO points (Deadline)

  • World of Wonder: from the ballrooms to the world (Deadline)

  • Gordon Ramsay reveals his last meal (LADBible)

  • Betty White: from 25 to 99 (Nicki Swift)

  • The Voice, The Masked Singer top the season in primetime broadcast game (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Buzzy Cohen (Washington Newsday)

posted 5/31/2021


NBCUniversal

NBC's Big Game Summer
It Begins Monday with "Ninja Warrior"
From various sources

NBC is your official home for the Summer Games with a robust lineup of new competition and game shows, returning favorites and an Olympic-themed special. With all-new programming alongside the 2021 Olympic Games, NBC looks to extend its reign as summer's ratings champion for an 11th year in a row. New series on the rollout include "Small Fortune" (May 31), "Capital One College Bowl" (June 22), "Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" (Aug. 8), "Family Game Fight" (Aug. 11) and one-hour special "Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers" (July 21). Returning series include "American Ninja Warrior" (May 31), "America's Got Talent" (June 1) and "Making It" (June 24).

Starting Tuesday, June 22, the network is bringing the "NBC Summer Games!" to life with a summer screening series, kicking off in Los Angeles before traveling to Chicago and Miami. These free events will feature exclusive screenings of the jam-packed summer lineup alongside live performances, games and prizes, all part of an unforgettable, immersive NBC summer experience for the whole family. Fans can visit NBCSummerGames.com for more information.

MONDAY, MAY 31
- "AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR" (8-10 P.M. ET/PT) *SEASON PREMIERE* Season 13 of "American Ninja Warrior returns with some of the most elite athletes in the country competing on the world's most difficult obstacle courses. Hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Zuri Hall are all back to call the action, which is set to take place in Tacoma, Wash., Los Angeles and Las Vegas for the National Finals. The new season will feature more than 400 competitors and, for the first time in "ANW" history, the age limit to compete is being lowered to 15 years old.
- SMALL FORTUNE (10-11 P.M. ET/PT). *NEW SERIES* Hosted by Lil Rel Howery, NBC's newest game show "Small Fortune" is a British import based on Youngest Media's popular U.K. format and is unlike any team competition ever seen on U.S. television. In each heart-pounding episode, teams of three from various backgrounds, including first responders and Olympians, work together to earn a shot at competing for the $250,000 cash prize in the "Big Little Heist" finale game.

TUESDAY, JUNE 1
- "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT" (8-10 P.M. ET/PT) *SEASON PREMIERE* The 16th season of "America's Got Talent" returns with a new set of aspiring performers looking to compete for the ultimate $1 million prize. Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the star-studded judging panel with global fashion icon Heidi Klum, fan-favorite comedian Howie Mandel and acclaimed actress and international superstar Sofia Vergara. Terry Crews, the dynamic co-star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," also returns as host. This season promises some of the wildest acts to ever grace the "AGT" stage after an unprecedented number of submissions poured in from across the country

TUESDAY, JUNE 22
- "CAPITAL ONE COLLEGE BOWL" (10-11 P.M. ET/PT) *NEW SERIES* NBC reignites some of the nation's greatest college and university rivalries in the ultimate battle of brains in the new summer series "Capital One College Bowl." Hosted by Peyton Manning, with his brother Cooper Manning serving as sidekick, the series challenges college students out of the classroom and puts their knowledge to the test as they compete for academic scholarships. Participating schools include University of Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss, Morehouse College, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24
- "MAKING IT" (8-9 P.M. ET/PT) *SEASON PREMIERE* From executive producers and Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, "Making It" returns for a third season, reuniting two of pop culture's biggest BFFs and celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. This season highlights how making things brings together communities, friends, neighbors and families, and serves as a reminder of the importance of positivity and imagination, which is needed now more than ever. Some of the most talented makers from across the country will take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and the judges - trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson and creative visionary/author Simon Doonan. Jimmy DiResta returns as the Wood Shop Master.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
- "OLYMPIC DREAMS FEATURING JONAS BROTHERS" (8 P.M. ET/PT) *SPECIAL* For millennia, the Olympic Games have been the preeminent sporting competition and the ultimate test of athleticism. Only the world's best have a chance to compete. For three brothers raised in Wycoff, N.J., becoming Olympians was a dream established at an early age. And it was only sidelined by another lofty goal - pop superstardom. Now, after more than a decade as one of music's biggest names, the Jonas Brothers are ready to prove they have what it takes to compete at an Olympic Level. Joe, Kevin and Nick will be trained by some of Team USA's best athletes as they compete against their biggest rivals - each other.

SUNDAY, AUG. 8 & MONDAY, AUG. 9
- "ULTIMATE SLIP 'N SLIDE" (Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 P.M. ET / 7:30 P.M. PT; Monday, Aug. 9 at 8 P.M. ET/PT). *NEW SERIES* Get ready for fun in the sun when exciting new competition gameshow "Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" debuts with a special two-night premiere on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT, immediately following the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Olympics, and Monday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by "Saturday Night Live" alum, comedian and actor Bobby Moynihan, and comedian, actor and writer Ron Funches, "Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" is a fresh take on Wham-O's iconic 1960s outdoor game, this wet-and-wild new series takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize.

TUESDAY, AUG. 10
- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (8 - 10 P.M. ET/PT) *LIVE SHOWS BEGIN The live shows kick off on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11
- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (8 - 9 P.M. ET/PT) *LIVE RESULTS SHOWS BEGIN
- FAMILY GAME FIGHT! (9-10 P.M. ET/PT) *NEW SERIES* Hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, "Family Game Fight!" pits America's funniest husband and wife against one another as they are "adopted" into a family of four competing for $100,000 in a series of fun-filled and larger than life games. Marking the first time Bell and Shepard have paired up for a television project, "Family Game Fight" is inspired by the couple's competitive antics on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
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posted 5/27/2021

Discovery+ Picks Up "Budget Battle"
Show Originally Optioned for Food Network
From The Futon Critic

discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc., today announced new and original programming that will be available in June. discovery+ will premiere new titles across genres including Pushing the Line, focusing on the extremes of a high intensity sport, true crime series Relentless, which documents a filmmaker and her involvement in the case of a missing young woman, as well as Too Large, following seven 400- to 800-pound people on a weight loss journey that will change their lives forever. Additionally, discovery+ is premiering new series with exciting names such as Bryan and Michael Voltaggio in Battle of the Brothers and Michelle Buteau in Weekend Getaway with Michelle Buteau executive produced by Queen Latifah.

discovery+ features a partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ is also available on platforms and devices from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

· Budget Battle - Thursday, June 3 Host Casey Webb presides as four gourmet chefs go head-to-head creating world-class meals, but there's a catch: they have to buy their ingredients on a shoestring budget. Thrown into the deep end of the culinary pool, the competitors must shop strategically and out-cook their opponents. Fortune favors the frugal, but flavor reigns supreme as they transform everyday ingredients into five-star meals on a home cook's budget.
· Battle of the Brothers - Thursday, June 17 In the ultimate case of sibling rivalry, Battle of the Brothers pits Bryan and Michael Voltaggio against one another as they each lead a team of aspiring chefs through a culinary gauntlet designed to impart the wisdom earned over a lifetime in the restaurant industry. Only one chef will win the priceless opportunity to take the keys of one of the Voltaggio restaurants in a guest-chef takeover to introduce their own vision and put their name on the map.
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posted 5/27/2021

WEDNESDAY: Season Unmasked
NBC, Fox Split Final Night of the Season
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The Masked Singer‘s Season 5 finale drew 5.1 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week and dominating Wednesday in the demo, but down sharply from its December finale (7.4 mil/1.8). Continuing Fox’s night, Crime Scene Kitchen‘s premiere cooked up 2.8 mil and a 0.7.

Over on NBC, Chicago Med (7 mil/0.8), Fire (7.03 mil/0.8) and P.D. (6.2 mil/0.8) all added a few eyeballs and were steady in the demo with their season finales, with Fire juuuust barely edging out Med for the night’s biggest audience.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | Kung Fu (840K/0.1) was steady, Nancy Drew (400K/0.1) ticked up in the demo.

ABC | Leading out of the returns of Press Your Luck (2.9 mil/0.4) and $100,000 Pyramid (3.1 mil/0.4), A Million Little Things (2.1 mil/0.3) was steady.

CBS | Kids Say the Darndest Things (2.8 mil/0.4) ticked up in the demo, while SEAL Team (3.7 mil/0.5) and SWAT (3.1 mil/0.4) were steady with their season finales.

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

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posted 5/27/2021


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Amazon Buys MGM
Deal for "Survivor", "Voice" Producer to Bolster Prime Offerings
From the Futon Critic

Amazon and MGM today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion.

MGM has nearly a century of filmmaking history and complements the work of Amazon Studios, which has primarily focused on producing TV show programming. Amazon will help preserve MGM's heritage and catalog of films, and provide customers with greater access to these existing works. Through this acquisition, Amazon would empower MGM to continue to do what they do best: great storytelling.

"MGM has a vast catalog with more than 4,000 films - 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many other icons - as well as 17,000 TV shows - including Fargo, The Handmaid's Tale, and Vikings - that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys," said Mike Hopkins, Senior Vice President of Prime Video and Amazon Studios. "The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM's talented team. It's very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling."

"It has been an honor to have been a part of the incredible transformation of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. To get here took immensely talented people with a true belief in one vision. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the MGM team who have helped us arrive at this historic day," said Kevin Ulrich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MGM. "I am very proud that MGM's Lion, which has long evoked the Golden Age of Hollywood, will continue its storied history, and the idea born from the creation of United Artists lives on in a way the founders originally intended, driven by the talent and their vision. The opportunity to align MGM's storied history with Amazon is an inspiring combination."

MGM Television currently produces "Survivor", "The Voice", "Beat Shazam" & "Shark Tank" and currently holds the rights to "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" and "American Gladiators". Amazon Studios currently produces "Making the Cut" and various programs in the "LOL: Last One Laughing" franchise.

Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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TUESDAY: In a Word... Ouch.
NBC Wins Demo with "Voice" Finale, CBS Takes Totals, Fox Games Stalled
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s This Is Us closed out Season 5 with 5.1 million total viewers (ticking up week-to-week) and a steady, Tuesday-topping 0.8 demo rating.

Opening NBC’s night, The Voice (6.5 mil/0.7; TVLine reader grade “B+,” read recap) was down a bit from its previous season finale (7.5 mil/0.9).

Elsewhere:

CBS | NCIS (8.5 mil/0.7) and FBI: Most Wanted (5.7 mil/0.5) were both steady with their finales, with the former easily delivering Tuesday’s biggest audience. FBI (6.9 mil/0.6) dipped.

THE CW | Pending adjustment due to MLB preemptions, The Flash (700K/0.1) and Superman & Lois (820K/0.2, read post mortem) are currently both up in viewers.

FOX | Ouch. Game of Talents closed its freshman run with 1.1 mil and a 0.2 (context: its previous low was 2.2 mil/0.5, leading out of Masked Singer on Wednesdays), while Mental Samurai returned to 1.14 mil and a 0.2 (compared to its previous 1.8 mil/0.5) averages).

Cable numbers for Tuesday are forthcoming.

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posted 5/26/2021


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The Chase Is On... in Greece, Czech Republic
ITV Studios to Make Versions Overseas
From Seenit

The Chase is heading to the Czech Republic and Greece following deals between ITV Studios and local broadcasters TV Nova and MEGA Tv.

The deals mean local versions of the show are broadcast in a total of 17 countries, including Serbia – where the show has been recommissioned for a 9th series – and Croatia where HRT has ordered 156 episodes for its 10th season. In the US, a second series has been ordered following a very successful first season on ABC, and in Spain the quiz show is currently performing well on La1.

The quiz will launch later this year as a daily show in the Czech Republic, while Greek audiences will be able watch from early 2022.

Silvia Majeská, Program Director at TV Nova said: “We are happy that The Chase, a quiz competition with tremendous global success, will soon hit Czech TV screens too.

“We are especially thrilled that the show will be aired on TV Nova. The Chase combines entertainment and knowledge with excitement about how competitors will perform, and about who will take home marvellous winnings.”

Kostas Sousoulas, Chief content Officer MEGA Tv added: “The Chase is one of the most exciting quiz shows. We are happy to announce that MEGA Tv will present it to the greek audience in season 2021-2022. It is a real pleasure to work with the ITV Studios team on this project.”

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posted 5/26/2021

9 Lives Plays in New Zealand
Matai Smith to Host Bilingual Quiz Show
From Stuff

Mātai Smith is back on television hosting TVNZ’s new game show 9 Lives.

The television and radio personality will be grilling contestants on their general knowledge and giving them the chance to win cash.

Smith, whose main job is breakfast co-host and station manager of Gisborne’s, Tūranga FM Media, has had a long career in television and Māori media. In his 20-plus years in the industry, he has worked on a variety of shows including Marae, Native Affairs, Good Morning, Homai Te Pakipaki and Pūkana.


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posted 5/26/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Chewing the Fat"

  • Joel McHale reveals how much he ate for "Crime Scene Kitchen", regrets nothing (The Wrap) PLUS a brutally honest review (Reality Blurred)

  • Kelly Clarkson to inherit Ellen's timeslot on NBC O&Os (The Wrap)

  • Rob Lowe wanted to crank Ava up to 11... (The Wrap)

  • Bar Refaeli, Simon Cowell "X" out of Israel (The Jerusalem Post)

  • Matt James, Rachel Kirkconnel are REALLY trying, bless their hearts (Reality TV World)

posted 5/26/2021



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Let's Dance!
Meet the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Class of 2021... and Their All-Star Host
From Sony PR

Jeopardy is carrying on with their annual Tournament of Champions, but the event will be marked as the first of its kind without late host Alex Trebek. Instead, former champion Buzzy Cohen will be taking over hosting duties starting today, when he’ll challenge some of the show’s best and brightest contestants as they compete for the ultimate Jeopardy prize.

Executive producer Mike Richards told USA Today that he was “unrelenting” in his mission to get Tournament of Champions on air this year. “It was only one piece of normalcy that we really wanted to inject into this season, and ultimately, as we moved the dates around and we were able to reach out to all the champions and ask, ‘Are you willing to travel?’ And ask ourselves, did we feel like we can comfortably protect them when they came?” he said.

Richards explained that the show took over “an entire hotel that had been closed” to keep competitors safe and carry out the tournament during Covid. “That was how intensely we took this process, so it was great to pull off. You could tell from the folks that hadn’t been here in two years because some of these champions have been around for a really long time,” he said. “At this point, they were so happy to be back. It’s the most emotional tournament of champions I think you’ll see.”

Cohen marks the second former Jeopardy competitor to host after GOAT Ken Jennings, who kicked off 2021 as the first interim guest host. Long before he was slated to lead the show’s Tournament of Champions, Cohen revealed that he talked about hosting with Trebek. “Alex and I had a funny exchange about my interest in potentially hosting someday when he retired, so the folks over at Jeopardy knew that it’s a dream of mine,” he said. “I didn’t think anything would come of it, and I certainly wasn’t calling Sony, being like, ‘Hey, can I get a shoutout?'”

Still, he insists that his hosting persona is different from how viewers saw him as a competitor. “[Hosting] is about being reverent to the clues, being reverent to the contestants. I think that what Alex was good at, and what I really tried to embody, was when there are moments where you can bring levity, I do it,” he said. “But certainly, there’s Buzzy as a contestant and Buzzy as a host: It’s a different role, and there’s a different responsibility.”

Fifteen of Jeopardy!’s top competitors who won the most games between the last Tournament of Champions in 2019 and the end of 2020, as well as the most recent Teachers Tournament and College Championship winners, will be vying for the $250,000 grand prize in this year’s tournament. Of those 15, nine have advanced to the semifinals this week. And they are...

- Ryan Bilger: Macungie, PA; 4-day champion; $107,049
- Karen Farrell: Woodbridge, VA; 8-day champion; 159,603
- Ryan Hemmel: Los Angeles; 4-day champion; $104,526
- Sam Kavanaugh: Minneapolis; 5-day champion; $156,202
- Jennifer Quail: Dowagiac, MI; 8-day champion; $228,800
- Nibir Sarma: Eden Prairie, MN; College Champion; $100,000
- Veronica Vichit-Vadakan: Portland, OR; 4-day champion; $89,001
- Kevin Walsh: orig. Williamstown, NJ; 5-day champion; $111,301
- Jason Zuffranieri: Albuquerque, NM; 19-day champion: $532,496

The second and third prize winners will receive $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. The $250,000 grand prize will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, which will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training and medical care.

Jeopardy! took time out on Friday’s show to honor Brayden Smith, who would’ve qualified for this year’s tournament after winning five straight games and earning more than $115,000 in winnings, becoming the last five-time champ of the Alex Trebek era. Smith passed away in February at just 24 years old — and this year’s Tournament of Champions made sure he wasn’t forgotten.

“You’ve now met all 15 of the players who qualified for the Tournament of Champions… well, almost all,” host Buzzy Cohen said on Friday’s episode.

“Brayden Smith, the incredible young man who won five shows and $115,000 in January, passed away earlier this year. Brayden’s family has established a fund in his name, and Jeopardy! will be donating to that fund. We want to express our best wishes and condolences to his family.”

Smith appeared in some of the last episodes taped by longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who dubbed him “Billy Buzzsaw” for his ability to cut through the competition. At the time of Smith’s death, the official Jeopardy! Twitter account said: “The JEOPARDY! family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant. Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed.”

The prestigious 10-day event is divided into three segments: quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. During the first week of the tournament, three contestants will compete each day in the quarterfinals. Winners of the quarterfinals - as well as four Wild Card players who hold the highest scores among non-winners - will all advance into the semifinals during the second week of the tournament. The three players who win the semifinals will face off in the two-day finals for the Grand Champion title and the $250,000 payday.

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posted 5/25/2021


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UPFRONTS: CW Returns to "The Hidden Temple"
Full Schedule to Be Released Tomorrow
From various sources

The CW Network will officially launch its new seven-night 2021-22 primetime schedule in Fall of 2021 with a strategic mix of new and returning original scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network.

The CW's 2021-22 network image campaign and new season highlight trailer features the newly released single "Higher Power" from the legendary band Coldplay.

"This year, as we begin to return to more normalized production schedules, The CW is firing on all cylinders. The CW dares to defy by expanding our primetime schedule to include Saturday night and becoming a full 14 hour, seven-day-a-week broadcast network for the first time in its history, offering more original series on both our linear and digital platforms, providing more opportunities for our advertisers and affiliates," said Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network. "We are rolling out an exciting line-up of our signature returning series which will be joined this upcoming season by the new, reimagined 4400 and the highly anticipated, brand new revival of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE along with new series slated for midseason, ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING and NAOMI. The CW continues to grow and innovate on a multiplatform basis with more original programming and more ways for advertisers to connect with our audience."

Sundays are competitive game nights filled with action, adventure and intrigue with the series debut of the reimagined LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the new U.S. version of KILLER CAMP (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

When The CW moves to regularly scheduled programming, Saturdays will be nights of laughter with back-to-back episodes of fan favorite WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:00-8:30pm & 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the second season of WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS (9:00-9:30pm & 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW also has nine original scripted series on deck for its 2022 midseason which includes two new series, ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING and NAOMI, joining returning series CHARMED (Season 4), DC'S STARGIRL (Season 3), DYNASTY (Season 5), IN THE DARK (Season 4), KUNG FU (Season 2), ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (Season 4) and SUPERMAN & LOIS (Season 2). Additionally, every episode from the upcoming 2021-2022 season of 4400, ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING, BATWOMAN, DC'S STARGIRL, KUNG FU, NAOMI, NANCY DREW, SUPERMAN & LOIS and WALKER as well as KILLER CAMP, LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com) following its broadcast on The CW Network.

LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE (Instagram: @TheCW / Twitter: @TheCW) This supersized, adult version of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE is taken out of the studio into a "jungle" and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line. It preserves the original Nickelodeon series' favorite elements including: "Olmec" (the giant talking Mayan head), the"Moat Crossings," "The Steps of Knowledge," the "Temple Run," and of course, the iconic team names: "Purple Parrots," "Blue Barracudas," "Orange Iguanas," "Red Jaguars," "Silver Snakes" and "Green Monkeys." Every episode is a hero's journey through a mysterious jungle. Five teams begin the journey, but only one is "strong enough and smart enough" to enter the ominous Olmec's Temple, avoid the "dreaded" Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner. Based on the original game show created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Stephen R. Brown, LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The series is executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox ("Paradise Run").

KILLER CAMP (Instagram: @TheCW / Twitter: @TheCW) The new U.S. version of KILLER CAMP will return to "Camp Pleasant" as a mix of 13 unlucky American and British campers navigate through new deadly twists and surprises while competing to expose the "killer" among them for a share of the $50,000 cash prize. Each night, one of them will be viciously dispatched by camp handyman Bruce, who's back with counselor Bobby (comedian Bobby Mair), and a whole host of surprises and hilariously elaborate new murders. Executive produced by Karen Smith and Steph Harris with Ben Wilson as Showrunner, KILLER CAMP is produced by Tuesday's Child Television and distributed by Keshet International..

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posted 5/25/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending May 16
From TV News Check

The big talk shows were the standouts in the session ending May 16, with Live with Kelly and Ryan racing ahead 6% to a 1.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating to tie Dr. Phil at the top.

Access game show Family Feud grew 6% to a 5.6, its highest rating since the week of March 1 and took back the syndication lead from daytime juggernaut Judge Judy, which was second overall with a 5.3. Finishing third among all syndicated shows was Jeopardy at an unchanged 5.2 with guest host Bill Whitaker’s second go-round.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +6%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 +13%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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posted 5/25/2021

MONDAY: All Fall
NBC, Fox Split; "All Rise" Finale Limps
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ All Rise closed out its second and final season with 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows.

Elsewhere on Monday:

FOX | 9-1-1 (6 mil/1.0) ticked up and led Monday in the demo; Lone Star (5 mil/0.8) was steady with its own season finale.

NBC | The Voice (6.3 mil/0.65) ticked up week-to-week and delivered Monday’s biggest crowd. On-the-bubble Debris (2.48 mil/0.3) was flat with its finale.

THE CW | All American (715K/0.2) was steady, while Black Lightning (500K/0.2) ticked up with its series finale (TVLine reader grade “B+”).

ABC | The Good Doctor (3.9 mil/0.6, read recaplette) was steady.

Cable numbers for Monday are forthcoming.

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posted 5/25/2021

Kamen Singer
Amazon Picks Up "Masked Singer" for Japan
From Deadline

Amazon has greenlit a local version of hit entertainment show The Masked Singer in Japan.

Hosted by multi-hyphenated Yo Oizumi, the series will feature 12 celebrities performing in elaborate costumes, while a panel of judges attempts to guess their identity. It marks the first time The Masked Singer has been adapted in Japan after the Korean format has enjoyed success in 50 other territories.

Erika North, head of Asia Pacific originals for Amazon Studios, said: “The Masked Singer has captivated audiences around the globe with its fun, bold and novel take on the talent show format, and we’re excited to bring the show to Prime Video customers in Japan.

“Packed full of surprises and the most enchanting and elaborate costumes on TV, audiences will fall in love with the show, and enjoy guessing with their whole family, friends and all of Japan which of their favorite celebrities is singing behind the mask.”

The Masked Singer premieres exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on September 3..

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posted 5/25/2021

WEEKEND: "Shark" In the Water
ABC Wins with "Shark Tank" Season Ender
From Deadline

ABC’s Shark Tank and Fox’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown tied in the demo wars for Friday night, with the season finale of Shark Tank edging out wrestling by virtue of its larger audience.

The Sharks in this episode included Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec. They heard pitches from animatronic dinosaur manufacturers, beverage coolers, a tool for potty training, and a Los Angeles woman pitching a caffeinated beverage inspired by her Vietnamese heritage.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown had a Fatal 4-Way Intercontinental Championship match between Big E, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Intercontinental champion Apollo Crews as its draw.

At CBS, 95-year-old Dick Van Dyke still has some draw, as the special Dick Van Dyke Show — In Living Color scored a respectable 0.2 and 2.60 million audience. The beloved ’60s sitcom had two newly colorized episodes back to back, with fan favorites That’s My Boy and Coast To Coast Big Mouth. Despite the new touches, Dick still can’t avoid tripping over the ottoman. The rest of the CBS lineup on the night consisted of reruns.

NBC saw The Blacklist continue its rehab of Elizabeth Keen, who now is targeted for assassination by her former partner, Neville Townsend. To do the deed, he enlists The Protean, a deadly assassin.

At The CW, Charmed and Dynasty both came in with an 0.1.

Ratings for ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Dateline in the newsmag wars were not immediately available.

Sunday, ABC’s AFV (4.8 mil/0.7) was steady, American Idol (5.5 mil/0.7) dipped with finale. Both were beaten by CBS's older-skewing audience. CBS’ 60 Minutes drew the night’s biggest audience (7.8 mil), The Equalizer (6.7 mil/0.7), NCIS: LA (5.9 mil/0.6) and NOLA‘s series finale (5 mil/0.5) were all steady.

Cable numbers for Sunday are forthcoming.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 5/21/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wiped Out"

  • John Cena calls Taiwan a country, which in and of itself wouldn't be a problem, except he did it on Chinese TV (CNN)

  • Arthur Gunn offers an explanation for his finale absence (TV Line)

  • Elizabeth BAnks to crown "Red Queen" for Peacock (Deadline)

  • Becca Kufrin, Blake Horstmann in a flirtationship and why the bleep is this news? (Us)

  • Leann Rimes to return to "The Masked Singer" to crown her successor (Gold Derby)

posted 5/24/2021

Fight's Back On!
Catch It June 1 on ESPN+
From the Futon Critic

The Ultimate Fighter, the acclaimed UFC reality series, debuts Tuesday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+. The Return of The Ultimate Fighter(R): Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega - the 29th season of the iconic reality series - will see UFC(R) featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and No. 2 contender Brian Ortega coach men's bantamweights and middleweights for a coveted UFC contract.

Each Tuesday, ESPN+ will debut a new TUF 29 episode, followed by a new episode of After TUF, an original recap and discussion show hosted by ESPN's Charly Arnolt and analyst TJ Lavin, from reality show The Challenge, in his ESPN debut.

Following the series, the two coaches will prepare to square off for the featherweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.

Watch TUF-related content across ESPN platforms:
· ESPN: The Return of The Ultimate Fighter: Launch Party, preview show co-hosted by Arnolt and Lavin, Tue., May 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
· All 12 TUF 29 episodes will simultaneously be available with Spanish-language subtitles on ESPN+ · ESPN+ VOD: of All 28 seasons of TUF available Tue., May 25
· ESPN.com: · Everything you need to know about TUF 29, launching Tue., May 25
· How to watch The Ultimate Fighter on ESPN+ and other MMA Stories
· SOCIAL: @ESPNMMA Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans can sign-up for ESPN+ at any time at ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com, or on the ESPN App.


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posted 5/21/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moneyball"

posted 5/24/2021

"I Can See Your Voice" to Return... in the UK
BBC Renews TV Series
From C21Media

UK pubcaster BBC1 has renewed music mystery gameshow I Can See Your Voice for a second season.

Produced by Fremantle-owned prodcos Naked and Thames Production, the show sees a team of two players try to win a cash prize by guessing who can and can’t sing from a group of people. The players are helped by a panel of celebrities who are joined each week by a different pop star.

Created by South Korea’s CJ ENM, the format has been commissioned in 18 countries, including by Fox in the US, Antena 3 in Spain and Nelonen in Finland.

The format was the subject of disagreement between CJ ENM and Turkey’s Global Agency, with the South Korean broadcaster claiming Global Agency’s format Is That Really Your Voice? was too similar and even used elements of I Can See Your Voice.

C21 Media
Radio Times
Televisual

posted 5/21/2021

THURSDAY: Last "Man Standing"
ABC Wins the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s on-the-bubble Manifest this week drew not quite 2.8 million total viewers — marking a new audience low — while matching last week’s series-low 0.4 demo rating.

Continuing NBC’s night, Law & Order: SVU (4.1 mil/0.7) dipped in the demo, while Organized Crime (4.1 mil/0.7) was steady.

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.4 mil/0.8) dipped in the demo but still led Thursday in the measure. Station 19 (4.7 mil/0.7) also was down but delivered the night’s biggest audience. Newly cancelled Rebel (2.9 mil/0.4) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Fox’s Last Man Standing (2.5 mil/0.4) was flat with its hour-long series finale.

Over on The CW, Walker (1 mil/0.2) ticked up while Legacies (540K/0.1) was steady…. CBS’ United States of Al (3.9 mil/0.4) slipped to series lows amid a sea of reruns.

Cable numbers for Thursday are forthcoming.

TV Line
The Wrap

posted 5/21/2021

Taskmaster Loads Up on Season 12
Joining the Panel: Three Hosts
From Digital Spy

Taskmaster series 12 has unveiled its official lineup.

Primed for action in this "assault course of absurdity", we have Alan Davies (QI), Desiree Burch (Too Hot to Handle), Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen), Morgana Robinson (The Morgana Show) and Victoria Coren Mitchell (Only Connect).

The twelfth incarnation of the comedy gameshow is scheduled to air later this year on Channel 4, and will once again be overseen by Greg Davies and Alex Horne.

Digital Spy

posted 5/21/2021

HGTV Hits the Beach
More on "Battle at the Beach", Launching July 11
From the FUton Critic

HGTV star Ty Pennington (Rock the Block) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab), joined by Food Network's Taniya Nayak (Restaurant Impossible), will mentor three skilled teams of up-and-coming flippers in the network's newest competition series, Battle on the Beach.

Premiering Sunday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the seaside home improvement clash will play out in picturesque Gulf Shores, Alabama, across three identical 1,500 square foot properties. Each week, the teams will execute a renovation challenge with results that impress star judges Mike Holmes (Holmes + Holmes) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones). Ultimately, the team who adds the most property value will win a $50,000 cash prize earmarked for the champion's next flip.

In addition to airing on HGTV, each episode of Battle on the Beach will be available to stream on discovery+ early on Sundays beginning July 11.

"Taniya, Ty and Alison are no strangers to high-stakes renovations, so they are pumped to share their expertise with these promising flipping teams," said Loren Ruch, group senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "Plus, their work will be judged by their network peers Mike and Mina, which means the pressure is on to deliver blowout beach house renovations."

Launching with a kitchen reno challenge, the series premiere will showcase the teams as they improve the heart of their property's homes. Throughout the season, with guidance from their star mentors, teams David and Kerry Kersh of Comanche, Texas; Josh and Shonnie Thomas of Dallas, Texas; and Darryl and Sunjay Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, will overhaul living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, outdoor spaces, and more to reimagine tired sand shacks into enviable beachfront bungalows..

The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big Mac Attack"

  • Byron Allen sues McDonald's for "discriminating against Black-owned media" (Deadline)

  • Jojo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers wedding postponed. Again. (Reality TV World)

  • Demi Burnett goes from "Bachelor" to bachelor #1. Or #2. Or #3. (TV Insider)

  • A FEW SOCIALLY RELEVANT MINUTES with Missy Byrd (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 5/21/2021


ViacomCBS

UPFRONTS: CBS Heads Back to the Island
Survivor Returns with Amazing Race; Come Dance with Me, The Activist Held to Midseason
From various sources

CBS today announced its 2021-2022 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring the expansion of television's biggest franchises, the launch of a distinctive and highly "spirited" new comedy, plus bold scheduling moves on key nights.

The new schedule includes four new dramas, two new comedies, special event programming, and 22 returning series.

For 2020-2021, the Network finished #1 for the 13th straight season, winning 18 of the past 19 seasons. The three highly anticipated new dramas for fall with marquee value and built-in viewer appeal include new chapters in the Network's most successful brands: NCIS: HAWAI ' I, starring Vanessa Lachey as the first female Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Pearl Harbor field office; FBI: INTERNATIONAL, from Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf; and CSI: VEGAS, the sequel to the Network's global hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," with original cast members William Petersen and Jorja Fox joining forces with the new team lead by Paula Newsome.

Fall's distinctive new comedy is GHOSTS, based on the critically acclaimed BBC series, starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as the new owners of a country estate inhabited by an eclectic group of deceased residents. The fall schedule also includes the return of #1 Series NCIS, #1 comedy YOUNG SHELDON, #1 new comedy UNITED STATES OF AL, #1 new series THE EQUALIZER, and the #1 news program 60 MINUTES. In addition, the groundbreaking reality show SURVIVOR returns with new editions in the fall and spring.

New series debuting later in the season include the medical drama GOOD SAM, starring Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs; SMALLWOOD, a comedy based on professional bowler Tom Smallwood's life, starring Pete Holmes, Katie Lowes and Chi McBride; and the family competition series executive produced by LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell, COME DANCE WITH ME, hosted by Philip Lawrence. Returning shows include the Emmy Award-winning UNDERCOVER BOSS, Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE (pending its return to production), and the action-adventure drama BLOOD & TREASURE.

Also this season, CBS will feature special-event programming, including THE ACTIVIST, a competition series aimed at bringing change to important world causes; and two CBS Original Movies: A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL, starring Adam Rodriguez and Jessica Camacho; and CHRISTMAS TAKES FLIGHT.

"This season, we proved we could create a winning schedule against seemingly insurmountable odds," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "Next season, we aim to repeat that success with bold, strategic scheduling moves designed to strengthen nights and maximize flow across the week. We're expanding three of our biggest, globally popular franchises, returning 22 fan favorites while nurturing our newer rising hits, and adding a host of year-round original programming that will appeal to viewers and advertisers alike."

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posted 5/20/2021


Time Magazine

You're a Quizzard, Harry!
WarnerMedia to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of "Sorcerer's Stone" with Quiz Show
From Variety

It’s been two decades since fans saw a young Harry Potter get sorted into Gryffindor House on the big screen for the first time, and WarnerMedia is commemorating the pop culture occasion.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s” theatrical debut, two new unscripted Wizarding World specials are flying to HBO Max, Cartoon Network and TBS later this year during a five-night event produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. A “Harry Potter” fan quiz competition series and retrospective special will help find some of the biggest self-proclaimed Potterheads.

The new specials promise to deliver the whimsical spirit of the Wizarding World, challenging participants with hundreds of trivia questions and special guest surprises to discover who really knows J.K. Rowling’s intricately detailed universe like the backs of their wands. The limited quiz series will include four one-hour challenges followed by the film retrospective. A play-along component will allow viewers to don their Hogwarts robes and swish-and-flick at home. Casting is underway in the U.S. for fans who demonstrate bravery similar to that of a Triwizard Champion and are looking to put their ‘Harry Potter’ obsession to the test. Fans can visit wizardingworld.com to learn more about the show.

“To celebrate the dedicated fans old and new who have passionately kept the Wizarding World magic alive in so many forms for decades, these exciting specials will celebrate their ‘Harry Potter’ fandom in a must-see multiplatform TV event,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, in a statement. “All Potter fans can gear up for this ultimate one-of-a-kind celebration by embracing their inner Hermione Granger and studying their Wizarding World knowledge. For fans who have always wanted to discover what it might be like to take the O.W.L. exams, this is as close as they are going to get!”

Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool will produce the shows; Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment (“VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”) will executive produce; Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon will produce..

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posted 5/20/2021

Trish Kinane Leaving Fremantle
Megan Michaels Wolflick to EP Season 5
From Deadline

It’s the end of another era for American Idol.

Showrunner Trish Kinane is stepping down and retiring from the ABC show with exec producer Megan Michaels Wolflick moving up to take the big chair. It comes ahead of the finale of season four on May 23 and after it was renewed for season five.

Kinane has been showrunner of American Idol since 2016 with season 15, its last on Fox, and the four seasons on ABC since 2018. She has been an exec producer of American Idol since its launch in the U.S. in 2002. She has also held a dual role of President of Entertainment Programming for Fremantle and will also be stepping down from that position.

She will stay on as a consultant and exec producer on the show.

Megan Michaels Wolflick, who has been Kinane’s right hand for the last few years, has worked in various roles on the show for over 15 years.

Kinane said, “I am happy to have been instrumental in the continued success of America’s Got Talent and to have refreshed the American Idol format, shepherding it through its last years on Fox to its new home, and its recent commission for a 5th season, on ABC. I am leaving the show in good hands with an incredible team, and I am excited to be continuing as Executive Producer, whilst able to pursue some personal adventures.”.

Deadline
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posted 5/20/2021

Top Chef: An Amateur Look
Newest Spinoff Hits Bravo July 1
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef Amateurs," hosted by Gail Simmons, premieres on Thursday, July 1 at 9PM ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes, immediately following the season finale of "Top Chef" in Portland.

The network is set to air a special first look of "Top Chef Amateurs" on Thursday, May 27 at 9 PM ET/PT.

Produced by Magical Elves, "Top Chef Amateurs" gives talented home cooks the opportunity of a lifetime to test their skills in the illustrious "Top Chef" kitchen.

In each 30-minute episode, two amateur chefs will compete head-to-head in some of the most iconic challenges from the "Top Chef" archives including the mis-en-place race, blind taste test and they'll even try to break the curse of "Top Chef's" most dreaded dish - risotto.

Putting their kitchen skills to the test are a wide variety of amateur chefs ranging from an ex-CIA agent to a dental hygienist-turned-food-blogger as well as an architect.

The amateur chefs will be paired with different "Top Chef" finalists, frontrunners and fan-favorites who will cook alongside them and help the amateurs battle against the clock. The All-Stars will also rotate in as guest judges alongside Gail to decide each episode's winner.

Unpacking their knives are alums Eric Adjepong, Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde and Isaac Toups.

The winner of each episode will receive $5,000 furnished by season-long prizing sponsor Wells Fargo.

"Top Chef Amateurs" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning production company Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Doneen Arquines, Gayle Gawlowski, Zoe Jackson and Hillary Olsen serving as executive producers. For a sneak peek, visit: https://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-amateurs/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-amateurs.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/2021

More on "Hell's Kitchen: Young Guns"
Catch It on Fox May 31
From Gold Derby

For its landmark 20th season, “Hell’s Kitchen” produced a special installment centered around young, up-and-coming chefs.

Titled “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns,” this season filmed in 2019 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and features 18 aspiring chefs who are all 24 years old or younger.

Just like the recent 19th season, this cycle filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada instead of the normal Hollywood location.

Ahead of its May 31, 2021 premiere date, Fox has revealed the 18 all-new cast members for this Sin City season. As usual, they’ll be divided into two groups: Red Team (girls) and Blue Team (boys). All of the power belongs to host Gordon Ramsay, who will eliminate one chef-testant each week until only one remains as the winner.

Christina Wilson and Jason “Jay” Santos return as sous-chefs for the Red Team and Blue Team, respectively. They will serve as mentors/bosses for this new edition and will essentially be Ramsay’s eyes when he’s not around to check on things. Both sous-chefs know what they’re doing since they’ve played the game before. Christina was the winner of Season 10, while Jay was the runner-up of Season 7.

Gold Derby

posted 5/20/2021

WEDNESDAY: The Home Stretch
Fox Ties Demo, NBC Wins Total
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ SEAL Team celebrated its renewal/eventual move to Paramount+ by ticking up in the demo (to a 0.5 rating) and holding steady in total audience (with 3.5 million viewers).

Bookending Part 1 of the military drama’s intense, David Boreanaz-directed season finale, Kids Say the Darndest Things (2.7 mil/0.3) dipped and S.W.A.T. (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere….

FOX | Masked Singer (4.8 mil.1.1) was steady and dominated Wednesday in the demo, while Game of Talents (2.5 mil/0.6) ticked up.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.4 mil/0.8) and Fire (6.7 mil/0.8) dipped, though the latter drew Wednesday’s biggest audience. P.D. (5.5 mil/0.8) was steady in the demo.

THE CW | Leading out of a Kung Fu rerun, Nancy Drew (410K/0.0) dropped some eyeballs and tied its demo low.

ABC | Of the sitcom finales, The Goldbergs (3 mil/0.5) and The Conners (3.3 mil/0.5) dipped, while Home Economics (2.2 mil/0.4) and the cancelled Call Your Mother (2 mil/0.3) were steady. Million Little Things (1.9 mil/0.3) hit and tied lows.

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

TV Line
The Wrap

posted 5/19/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hotel No Tell"

  • Trixie Mattel tries real estate for Discovery+ (THe Futon Critic)

  • Streamers finally fully embrace the reality competition (Primetimer)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Buzzy Cohen turns three words into a tribute. And we love him even more now. (PopCulture)

posted 5/20/2021


ITV

Warn the Town...
Mark "The Beast" Labbett Joins Season 2 of "The Chase"
From TV Line

The Chase contestants, consider yourselves warned: The game is about to get monstrously difficult.

Ahead of the quiz show’s second season, ABC has recruited Mark “The Beast” Labbett, who first appeared as a chaser on the U.K. version of the series. He joins current chasers (and Jeopardy! GOAT contestants) James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Labbett, known for his formidable trivia knowledge, previously appeared as a chaser on Game Show Network’s iteration of the series, where Holzhauer — a contestant at the time — faced off against Labbett. He’s also popped up on Australia’s version of The Chase and has competed on game shows such as Mastermind, Brain Teaser and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Each episode of The Chase finds contestants answering trivia questions in various categories, attempting to win cash without getting caught by one of the chasers. Sara Haines (The View) serves as host.

The show will return for Season 2 on Sunday, June 6 at 9/8c.

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posted 5/19/2021

UPFRONT: Wipeout to Return
TBS Renews John Cena/Nicole Byer Game for Season 2
From Deadline

TBS has renewed its rookie series Wipeout and Chad for second seasons, and fellow Turner cable net TruTV is going back for seconds on Fast Foodies.

The announcements were made during Turner’s upfront presentation today. Wipeout, the obstacle-course competition series that TBS revived this year, is hosted by John Cena and Nicole Byer, with Camille Kostek as the field host. It features new format twists and elements that test the willpower of each contestant pairing, while delivering more than a few epic fails.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, Wipeout premiered in April as the No. 1 unscripted series on cable, Turner said.

Fast Foodies features Top Chef winners Kristen Kish and Jeremy Ford and Iron Chef winner Justin Sutherland competing to perfectly re-create and then skillfully reimagine a celebrity guest’s favorite fast-food dish. Season 1 featured celebrity guests Joel McHale, James Van Der Beek, Bobby Lee, and Andy Richter. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Shed Media.

Elsewhere at the Turner upfront today, TruTV announced the new competition series Backyard Bar Wars, which will premiere at 10:30 p.m. July 8, following the midseason return of Impractical Jokers at 10.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 5/19/2021

TUESDAY: Farewell-ish
NBC Ties Demo, CBS Wins Total
From Deadline

NBC’s drama This Is Us drew a night-leading 0.8 Live+Same Day rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.73 million viewers Wednesday, topping a primetime slate that featured season finales for six shows – including series finales for ABC’s Mixed-ish and Fox’s Prodigal Son, which both were canceled last week. Mixed-ish (0.3, 1.60M), the second of ABC’s Black-ish spinoffs along with Freeform’s Grown-ish, was steady week over week, while Prodigal Son (0.3, 1.73M, which stars Michael Sheen and included an arc this season by Catherine Zeta-Jones, touched/matched series lows in the metrics. Both had two-season runs. The latter’s production company, Warner Bros TV, is said to be shopping the series elsewhere.

Other season finales last night included ABC’s Black-ish (0.3, 1.66M; even with last week), which was renewed this month for an eighth and final season next year, and unscripted series Pooch Perfect (0.3, 2.00M), hosted by Rebel Wilson, whose fate for another season remains in limbo as it was not a part of the network’s initial pickups for the 2021-22 campaign. Pooch ticked up in viewers and was steady.

In addition, Fox’s The Resident (0.4, 2.88M) wrapped its Season 4 run, tying a series low in the demo; the network’s biggest scripted series after its 9-1-1 franchise is coming back for Season 5. ABC’s Big Sky (0.4, 2.87M) concluded its freshman run steady and will be back for a second season with a new showrunner in Elwood Reid.

CBS tied with NBC for the overall demo win in primetime last night and was tops in viewers behind NCIS (0.7, 8.32M), the night’s most-watched program, which will be moving to Monday next season. It was followed by FBI (0.7, 7.35M) and FBI: Most Wanted (0.5, 5.38M), the latter of which dipped a tenth.

In addition to This Is Us, NBC had The Voice (0.5, 5.30M) at 8 p.m., down week over week, and New Amsterdam (0.4, 3.02M), which was even, at 10. The CW’s The Flash (0.2, 690,000) and Superman & Lois (0.1, 0.72M), back from a two-month break, both hit L+SD viewer lows.

Cable numbers for Tuesday are forthcoming.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 5/19/2021

Drag Race Sweeps the MTV Movie & TV Awards
VH1 Series Takes 6 Awards
From the Hollywood Reporter

RuPaul’s Drag Race took home the bulk of prizes during Monday night’s inaugural MTV Movie & TV Awards unscripted ceremony.

The VH1 series won best reality cast, best competition series and best host at the show, which followed Sunday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards for scripted productions, aired on MTV and other platforms and was hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser.

MTV’s own Jersey Shore Family Vacation followed close behind with two honors, including best docu-reality show and a new lifetime achievement honor called “Reality Royalty,” which honored the show’s substantial impact on television.

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s achievement comes after the show earned the most nominations this year for unscripted fare, with four nods, while 90 Day Fiancé, Bling Empire, Legendary, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Nailed It!, Ridiculousness and The Challenge all landed two each.

“Condragulations!” RuPaul said to several of his cast members while accepting the best reality cast prize. And judge Michelle Visage took the opportunity to ask audience members to support their local drag queens: “Now that all this is lifting and performances are open, bars are open and your drag brunches are open, please go and support your local queens,” she said.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/19/2021

Using an Abacus for the Masked Dancer
Abacus Media Rights to Distribute UK Version Globally
From C21 Media

Amcomri-owned UK distributor Abacus Media Rights has picked up global sales rights to the UK version of new entertainment format The Masked Dancer.

The news comes after Abacus was named as the global distribution partner for sister show The Masked Singer UK, with both deals excluding sales in UK.

The UK version of The Masked Dancer will debut on commercial broadcaster ITV later this year, based on the US program of the same name that premiered on Fox at the end of 2020.

The show follows the same format as The Masked Singer but centres on dancing rather than singing. It features disguised celebrities perform dance routines in front of a panel of famous judges, who must guess who is behind the mask.

C21 Media

posted 5/19/2021

More on "Too Hot to Handle"
Season 2 Launches on Netflix June 23
From Deadline

Netflix’s hit reality show Too Hot To Handle will return for Season 2 on June 23.

Deadline first revealed that the show has been greenlit for a second and third season, with Fremantle companies Thames and Talkback producing the two seasons back-to-back at a new location on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Netflix will drop Season 2 in two batches of episodes. The first four will go live on June 23, while the remaining six installments are being lined up for June 30.

The show involves a bunch of singletons being transported to an exotic location where they hope to find love, but there’s a catch — they are forbidden from kissing, canoodling, and self-gratification. Every fumble results in their $100,000 cash prize dropping.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos hailed Too Hot to Handle as its “biggest competition show ever” after the series premiered last April. Executive producers on Season 2 are Amelia Brown, Saul Fearnley, and Ros Coward for Thames; and Jonno Richards for Talkback.

Deadline

posted 5/19/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Red (Rose) Carpet"

  • Nick Viall makes the red carpet with his girlfriend oh god why is this news? (Reality TV World)

  • Adam Levine to make a VERY awkward return to "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

  • Katie Thurston has 34 men who MAY compete for her heart (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A contestant on a game show that never was is doing pretty well for herself (AZCentral.com)

posted 5/19/2021


ABC

UPFRONTS: ABC Brings Back Freshman Games for 2021-2022
Idol, Shark Tank ALSO Returning; Match Game, Millionaire & Pooch Perfect TBA
From various sources

American Idol will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022 — and also air its 20th season then.

ABC has renewed Idol for the 2021-22 season, along with long-running unscripted series America’s Funniest Home Videos (season 32) and Shark Tank (season 13) 2020-21 newcomers Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep, both of which are getting second seasons. American Idol will air its fifth season on ABC and 20th overall (the first 15 ran on Fox).

The five shows join the previously renewed Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette and Holey Moley as part of ABC’s 2021-22 unscripted slate.

As has been the case several times during Idol‘s tenure on ABC, host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie aren’t yet signed for next season. In the past two years new deals have closed shortly before taping on the following season begins. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter all four are expected to return.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Pat Sajak & Vanna White, ABC’s star-studded spin on the iconic game show, ranked as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour in Total Viewers during its nine-week run earlier this year. The show is executive produced by three-time Daytime Award winner and 17-time nominee Mike Richards. It’s produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. Wheel of Fortune is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Hosted and executive produced by SNL‘s Leslie Jones, Supermarket Sweep follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. Produced by Fremantle, Jennifer Mullin is also executive producer. The original format aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967 and on various outlets from 1990 to 2003 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep will be part of a Sunday lineup that also includes longtime stalwart America's Funniest Home Videos.

Missing from the list of renewals are The Bachelor, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Match Game and freshman Pooch Perfect. According to sources, ABC is prioritizing pickups for series that will air this summer and fall, and all of the four shows above are for midseason 2022 consideration.

Craig Erwich, who is now President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, told Deadline that he was pretty hot on Bachelor in Paradise, which is airing this summer, and back-to-back seasons of The Bachelorette, one in June and one in fall. But he didn’t comment on the status of the lynchpin of The Bachelor universe. “We’ll have more to share on The Bachelor itself soon enough,” he told Deadline.

One of the issues may be host Chris Harrison, who departed the shows for an undisclosed time period amid controversy over comments he made during an Extra interview, in which he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who had posted photos that she attended an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal..

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posted 5/18/2021


Univision

UPFRONTS: Univision Sundays Is Para La Familia
NBL, MQB Returning
From various sources

Univision released its programming slate for the 2021-22 TV season today, as part of its “Grow with Us”-themed upfront presentation. The Spanish-language broadcaster has set a mix of new and returning scripted and reality series and live “event” programming, along with news and sports.

“Univision is the gateway to U.S. Hispanics and represents an untapped opportunity for brands to deliver current and future growth,” said Donna Speciale, the net’s president of Advertising Sales and Marketing. “According to Nielsen, brands not active in Spanish-language are leaving an incredible 39 percent of ad spend return on the table and are missing out on a key opportunity to speak to the consumers that are the main growth driver in these major categories. Nobody understands this audience like Univision.”

Univision expanded its portfolio this year with the launch of PrendeTV, the only streaming service created exclusively for the U.S. Hispanic audience featuring free, premium Spanish-language programming. The service has 1 million active users who spend an average of two hours a week, and it’s on pace for 5 million users by year’s end, the network said.

Among the highlights...

Nuestra Belleza Latina (Our Latin Beauty), Season 12
Univision’s most popular and longest-running reality competition will pursue its most diverse season yet, as it continues its mission to build and train talented women to become the next Univision star. Looking for 360 beauty, the show will continue evolving conventional notions of beauty and discovering top Hispanic female talent. Hosted by Alejandra Espinoza, the show will explore the contestants’ fears and joys, as they represent Latinas’ real beauty, both inside and out. TV host, model, and former Miss Colombia Daniella Alvarez, who is the face of resilience and an inspiration to women across the world, will join “NBL” for the first time as a judge. (Sunday Primetime – Univision – Univision Studios).

Univision’s Domingos en Familia (Family Sundays)
Univision’s Family Sundays is the leading destination on Spanish-language television during one of the week’s most competitive nights. The family-friendly block will feature the return of hit reality competition shows “Pequeños Gigantes” (Little Giants), “Mira Quién Baila” (Look Who’s Dancing), “Tu Cara Me Suena” (Your Face Sounds Familiar), and “¿Quién es La Máscara?” (The Masked Singer), to offer some of the most engaging, live viewing experience on Sunday nights. (Primetime – Univision – Endemol Shine Boomdog, a division of Banijay, and Televisa).

Desafío the Box (Challenge the Box) Coming off the heels of the successful Colombian reality show “Desafío: Súper Regiones,” which aired earlier this year on UniMás, this mega-production will take place in the jungle of Tobia, Cundinamarca in Colombia. In its 17th season, 44 participants representing 11 regions will face mental and physical challenges. It’s an individual competition where one man and woman will win the final cash prize; however, they will have to compete with their team and avoid elimination to get there. (Primetime – UniMás – Caracol).

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posted 5/18/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending May 9
From TV News Check

Going out on a high note in its final first-run season, the red-hot Judge Judy scorched all rivals and topped the entire syndication chart in the session ending May 9. The ageless daytime court show, now in year 25, has surged 28% in the previous two weeks to a 10-week high 5.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Finishing behind Judy were access time period favorites Family Feud and Jeopardy. Feud fell 4% to a 5.3, while Jeopardy, with 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker at the podium, posted an 8% increase to a 5.2.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 +8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 5/18/2021

Eurovision Finds New American Home
Peacock to Stream Coverage
From Deadline

In time to today’s first semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, Peacock announced this morning that it has nabbed exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the 2021 and 2022 editions of European Broadcasting Union’s international musical competition and will offer it both live and on demand.

The schedule for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is:
- First Semi-Final: Tuesday, 18 May, 2021, 3:00 ET
- Second Semi-Final: Thursday, 20 May, 2021, 3:00 ET
- Grand Final: Saturday, 22 May, 2021, 3:00 ET

The Eurovision Song Contest first found an U.S. home at ViacomCBS’ Logo, which broadcast live the final only from 2016-2018.

Netflix, which did the Eurovision comedy feature, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, then picked up U.S. VOD rights to the 2019 installment, which took place in Tel Aviv, and the 2020, which was canceled because of the pandemic.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually since 1956 and helped launch the careers of ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, and Celine Dion. Known for catchy tunes and powerful ballads showcased in a complex stage show with pyrotechnics, CGI and over-the-top costumes, it is the world’s largest non-sporting live TV event and the most watched live entertainment program in Europe, attracting nearly 200 million television viewers worldwide.

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posted 5/18/2021

MONDAY: This Is the Semifinal
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s on-the-bubble Debris this Monday drew 2.45 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating, adding a few eyeballs while dipping in the demo for the first time in seven weeks, ahead of next week’s season (?) finale.

Opening NBC’s night, The Voice (6 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week, drawing Monday’s biggest audience.

Elsewhere…

FOX | The freshly renewed 9-1-1 (5.6 mil/0.9) ticked up in the demo and led Monday in that measure; Lone Star (5 mil/0.8) was steady.

CBS | The Neighborhood‘s finale (5.3 mil/0.7), Bob Hearts Abishola‘s finale (5.1 mil/0.7) and the disappointingly cancelled All Rise (3.7 mil/0.5) all ticked up, while Bull (4.9 mil/0.4) tied its demo low with its season finale.

THE CW | All American (670K/0.2) and Black Lightning (410K/0.1) each added viewers while steady in the demo.

ABC | The Good Doctor (3.7 mil/0.6) ticked up, leading out of Monsters Inc.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 834k/0.15
- Chopped Sweets - 10p (Food): 582k/0.14
- Chopped Sweets - 11p (Food): 450k/0.11

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posted 5/18/2021

WEEKEND: The Semis
CBS, ABC Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist closed Season 2 with 1.2 million total viewers (its third-smallest audience to date) and a 0.2 demo rating (down a tenth from last week’s finals to match its series low).

Leading out of ZEP, fellow bubble drama Good Girls (1.4 mil/0.3) was steady.

Elsewhere:

ABC | AFV (4.4 mil/0.6), American Idol (5.2 mil/0.65) and the newly renewed The Rookie‘s season finale (3.7 mil/0.5, read post mortem) all dipped, though Idol still pulled off a Sunday demo win.

CBS | The Equalizer (7 mil/0.6) dipped, while NCIS: Los Angeles (5.7 mil/0.6) and New Orleans (4.9 moil/0.5) were steady heading into their respective season and series finales.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (422K/0.1) and Batwoman (341K/0.1) both dipped to new audience lows while steady in the demo.


Cable numbers for Sunday are forthcoming.

On Friday, CBS’s first-run dramas have won Friday in viewers every week this season (17 consecutive wins).

Elsewhere, ABC’s Shark Tank, the perennial Friday night champ, scored an 0.5. The night’s big winners were two entrepreneurs who parlayed their floating grill into a deal.

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posted 5/18/20210


Fremantle

Five More Years with Jimmy
Part of Fallon's New Deal? A New Version of "Password"
From various sources

NBC has greenlit a reboot of 1960s gameshow Password with Jimmy Fallon.

The network has given a series order to the project from Fremantle, which was recently taken out to market. Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, revealed the news during NBCU’s upfronts presentation earlier today. She revealed that it was one of six projects that The Tonight Show host was working on for the company including That’s My Jam and Kids Tonight Show.

“That’s a great model to how we’re going to partner with our talent and creators moving forward,” she said.

Password was created by Bob Stewart for Goodson-Todman Productions, which is now owned by American Idol producer Fremantle.

In each game, two teams, composed of a celebrity player and a contestant, attempt to convey mystery words to each other using only single-word clues in order to win a cash prize.

The series originally launched on CBS in 1961 and ran for over 1,500 episodes before moving to ABC in 1971. NBC revived the show in 1979 and 1984 and CBS also made a primetime series Million Dollar Password in 2008.

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posted 5/18/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Rollin'"

  • Jamie Foxx hustles, rolls for MotorTrend (The Futon Critic)

  • Nick Jonas (rib) plays through pain (Deadline)

  • Tinopolis wants to deal with "Hell's Kitchen" producers (Deadline)

  • Rob Lowe called to the wild of NatGeo (Deadline)

  • Ryan Bilger apologizes for his TOC behavior.... why? (TV Line)

  • Nick Cannon to work NAB crowd this October (TV Newscheck)

  • Sarah Herron finally gets her ring (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud (MSN/WXIA Atlanta)

  • Jay Blades wants to be the first Black to host a primetime show on the BBC ... and then he goes off (The List)

posted 5/18/2021


Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox Goes Next Level with Gordon Ramsay
Masked Singer Returning; Masked Dancer... TBA
From various sources

Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, today will unveil the FOX primetime slate for the 2021-2022 television season to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation. FOX, television's #1 network for the second year in a row, is adding four new dramas, two new comedies, four new unscripted series and one new animated comedy to its lineup, tapping into themes such as renewal, second chances and reinvention. As FOX goes broad, its free, AVOD streaming service, Tubi, is going deep with 140+ hours of original programming next season that speaks to viewers' passions. Tubi's original programming will include original documentaries from FOX Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from Bento Box Entertainment; and premium independent-minded titles across Black Cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and western genres.

"We are presenting a fall lineup that builds upon FOX's legacy of bold stories and truth-telling-characters; stories that meet and reflect the cultural moment. FOX believes it's a time for series that offer hope and to speak to American audiences with themes of reinvention and second chances," Collier said. "Alongside our programming focus, we are forging ahead with a clear, 100% ad-supported vision. FOX's acquisition of free-ad-focused Tubi has allowed us to expand our broadcast offering, bringing scale across both linear and streaming, all without any paywalls or subscriptions. This is a strategy that deepens FOX's relationship with our audience and advertising partners, and it will continue to set FOX apart."

Among the highlights...
- ALTER EGO (Fall): From FOX Alternative Entertainment and executive-produced by Matilda Zoltowski ("Dancing with the Stars," "World of Dance"), ALTER EGO is an all-new original singing competition where lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they've always wanted to be. However, these contestants won't perform as themselves. Rather, they'll be given the chance to show how they've always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar ALTER EGO to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.
- NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Midseason): Gordon Ramsay is back with NEXT LEVEL CHEF, the next evolution in cooking competitions. Produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment and Studio Ramsay, the series features a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet - which Chef Ramsay designed -- set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Chef Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one and other with the goal of finding the food world's newest superstar. Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Gino D'Acampo, Ramsay and his co-mentors will leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented young chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay and his friends will attempt to bring out the very best in their cooks, as they all try to find "the one."
- DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! (Midseason): Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash hosts the all-new version of the popular game show DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!, challenging contestants' musical memory, as they get one song closer to winning $1 million if they DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! Contestants will choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists, then they'll take center stage to sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen - but suddenly the music will stop, and the words will disappear. Will the contestants belt out the correct missing lyrics, or freeze under pressure? If they sing nine songs correctly, they are presented with a No. 1 hit and sing the final missing lyrics for the top prize of $1 million. It's that simple: 10 songs, some missing lyrics, $1 million.
- DOMINO MASTERS (Midseason) Hosted by multi-Emmy-Award-winning actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), DOMINO MASTERS brings imagination and creative ingenuity to life when teams of domino enthusiasts cp go head-to-head in a toppling tournament to create mind-blowing masterpieces, with infinite possibilities and thousands of tiles and unique kinetic devices. Stonestreet is joined by a panel of judges, including best-selling author and actress Danica McKellar ("Matchmaker Mysteries"), NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis ("The Challenge") and professional domino artist Steve Price, as 16 skilled teams compete against each other in ambitious building challenges to be crowned the country's most talented amateur domino topplers. In each episode, the teams will be given a bold theme and exciting custom elements to incorporate into their topple. The competing pairs who most impress the judges will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate trophy and the grand title of DOMINO MASTERS.

I Can See Your Voice, hosted by The Masked Singer panellist Ken Jeong, is returning for a second season with The Masked Singer back for season six.

But the network has a number of decisions to make across its unscripted schedule. It has a number of series airing this summer including season four of Beat Shazam, season 20 of Hell’s Kitchen, season two of Lego Masters, season two of Mental Samurai, season 11 of MasterChef and new series Crime Scene Kitchen. It now needs to figure out if any of these will return after their current seasons as well as shows such as Game of Talents and Name That Tune, as well as make official decisions on Ultimate Tag, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Cherries Wild.

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posted 5/17/2021

Cover Story
E! Locks In Host, Judges for New Series
From the Futon Critic

E!'s recently announced new music competition series "Clash of the Cover Bands (wt)" executive produced by Jimmy Fallon will premiere later this year. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss serves as host and celebrity judges include global powerhouse Meghan Trainor, Queen lead singer Adam Lambert and successful songwriter Ester Dean.

In each episode, two bands of similar musical genre (e.g. Pop Divas, Boy Bands, Heavy Metal, etc) go head-to-head over the course of two rounds to see which band has the most entertaining cover performance, with a chance to win a cash prize and bragging rights.

"Clash of the Cover Bands" is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog with Jimmy Fallon and Jim Juvonen serving as executive producers.

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Deadline

posted 5/17/2021

Taco... Monday?
Game Taco to Buy GSN's Worldwinner
From VentureBeat

Skill-based mobile game platform Game Taco has agreed to acquire WorldWinner from Sony. The price of the deal wasn’t disclosed, but GamesBeat has learned that it’s in the high eight figures.

WorldWinner is a skill-based publisher that makes games where people can wager money and win cash. In the U.S., such games are legal in around 41 states, and Game Taco will pick up games such as Solitaire Rush, Bejeweled, Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble Cubes, Angry Birds: Champions, and Two Dots.

The deal comes at a time with a lot of attention on skill-based games, as rival Skillz went public through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in December at a $3.5 billion valuation.

The Boston-based WorldWinner is a 22-year-old company and a part of GSN Games, itself a division of Game Show Network under Sony Pictures Entertainment. Meanwhile, Platinum Equity has acquired a controlling interest in Game Taco in a bid to create a premium skill-based games platform in the U.S. It has rights to over 200 branded and original titles.

David Nathanson, a former Fox media executive, will serve as executive chairman of both Game Taco and WorldWinner, while Joshua Barrow will serve as CEO. The WorldWinner brand will continue operating under the Game Taco umbrella and the leadership of WorldWinner’s general manager, Matt Turetzky..

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posted 5/17/2021


NBCUniversal

UPFRONTS: NBC Holds Unscripted for Midseason
Voice to Play ONCE with Weakest Link, Wall, Wheel; Game of Games TBA
From various sources

Capitalizing on a year with huge audience drivers, including two Olympics and the Super Bowl, NBC heads into the 2021-22 season with a winning year-round programming strategy that highlights dominant dramas in the fall, doubles down on comedies in midseason and pairs powerhouse unscripted shows with big tentpole event programming.

"Our program strategy for NBC is singularly focused on driving growth by capturing audiences with can't-miss event television and keeping them on the network with immersive scripted series," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "We are leaning into pieces of the legacy that work, but not being precious about experimenting with things that can benefit from a change."

"NBC is the flagship network in our portfolio and we wanted to treat it as such, shining a light on some of our most beloved shows and introducing a broad range of dynamic new programming," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "Honoring our fans is a major focus this year and we're delivering on favorites with more 'Law & Order' and 'AGT' as well as big send-offs for award-winning shows 'This Is Us' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' We have all of our amazing returning shows, and we're launching what I believe will be fan favorites of the future - strong dramas like 'La Brea,' 'Ordinary Joe,' and 'The Thing About Pam,' laugh-out-loud comedies 'American Auto' and Grand Crew,' and big new unscripted shows such as 'American Song Contest.'"

Unscripted series continue the family fun with all new shows and returning favorites that kick-off in January and will populate the schedule throughout midseason and summer. These include "AGT: Extreme," the high-octane, stunt-filled spinoff of hit franchise "America's Got Talent," and for the first time, an adaptation of the biggest music competition in the world, Eurovision Song Contest, with "American Song Contest." This all-live event series features original musical performances, representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation's capital, competing to win the country's vote for the Best Original Song in a grand spectacle.

New game show "The Wheel," based on a smash hit UK format, features contestants aiming to win big with the help of celebrity guests playing on a giant, spinning wheel. Jimmy Fallon heads to the primetime schedule as the executive producer and host of "That's My Jam."

NBC will finish the current season with the #1 most-watched alternative program "The Voice," the #1 comedy with "Saturday Night Live" and the #1 drama with "This Is Us." The network had two of the most successful comedies of the season in "Young Rock," which scored NBC's best comedy debut in the 18-49 demo in nearly four years, and "Mr. Mayor," which premiered as NBC's best Thursday comedy launch in total viewers in nearly five years.

Returning shows for the 2021-22 schedule include "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Dateline NBC," "Kenan," "Law & Order: Organized Crime," "Law & Order: SVU," "Mr. Mayor," "NBC Sunday Night Football," "New Amsterdam," "This Is Us," "The Voice," "The Wall," "Transplant," "Weakest Link" and "Young Rock."

Decisions are yet to be made on "Debris," "Ellen's Game of Games," "Good Girls," "Manifest," and "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist."

As part of NBC's rolling pilot process this year, the following projects have been picked up to pilot with decisions yet to be made on series greenlights: "Dangerous Moms" "Getaway," "Hungry," "Night Court" "Someone Out There" and the Untitled Nick Wootton/Jake Coburn Project. With the NBC's 52-week scheduling strategy, these pilots could be possibilities for later in the 2021-22 season or could roll over to the 2022-23 season.

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posted 5/17/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Season 2 Goes Beast"

  • Mark Labbett in his best shape (Yahoo!) in time to make an appearance on season 2 of "The Chase" (Buzzerblog)

  • Survivor gets shortened (Reality Blurred)

  • Shane Richie looks "poor"... well, according to Dr. Twitter (MSN)

  • The Singing Garbageman arrested (Deadline)

  • Les Moonves is not getting a farthing of the $120 million golden parachute (The Wrap)

  • JD Roth was almost Wesley Crusher (CBR)

  • Joel McHale celebrates Binging with Babish's 9 million subs (Instagram)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tom Bergeron & John Davidson (WMUR Manchester)

posted 5/17/2021


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