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MONDAY: Logjam at the Top
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Monday thanks to the season finale of "9-1-1" (7.084 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and a repeat "9-1-1: Lone Star" (3.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

NBC (6.045 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with its duo of "The Voice" (7.228 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Songland" (3.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with "The Price Is Right at Night with RuPaul" (6.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) followed by repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (3.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.711 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.885 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.073 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.996 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.700 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (P/Food): 783k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 589k/0.07


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/12/2020

WEEKEND: Happy Mother's Day!
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of "The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II" (5.741 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "American Idol" (6.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and the season finale of "The Rookie" (4.667 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

CBS (6.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) took home the silver with "60 Minutes" (9.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and the feature "Forrest Gump" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its presentations of "Feeding America Comedy Festival" (2.060 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "A Saturday Night Live Mother's Day" (2.540 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.922 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) alongside originals of "The Simpsons" (1.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Duncanville" (0.863 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.065 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "Family Guy" (1.294 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed the night with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.711 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supergirl" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.356m/0.35

CBS (6.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the network to beat on Friday with the season finale of "MacGyver" (5.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) followed by a new "Magnum P.I." (6.685 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and the season finale of "Magnum P.I." (6.091 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (4.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and NBC (4.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the former offered up new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "20/20" (3.860 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and the latter with originals from "The Blacklist" (4.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.882 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.040 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, closing out the evening were the special "Masters of Illusion: Impossible Escapes" (0.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and the season finale of "Dynasty" (0.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) on The CW (0.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday (total numbers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 607k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 589k/0.04

- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 426k/0.16
- American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids): 63k/0.02

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THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Shots Fired"

  • Hannah Brown's mum vs. Jed Wyatt (Us Weekly)

  • Elon Musk vs. Ken Jennings (The Wrap)

  • The Internet vs. RuPaul and The Price Is Right (The Hill)

  • The people vs. Daniel Silva... on the charge of murder (Deadline)

  • "The Bachelor" undergoes a title change (The Futon Critic)

  • Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas expecting Big Brother Baby #2 (People)

  • Wayne Brady, Adrienne Bailon, Gavin deGraw visit "After the Mask" (The Wrap)

  • ICYMI: The Million Pound Question... (What's on TV)

posted 5/12/2020


Fox

Upfronts 2020: Fox
"Masked Singer" Lined Up for the Fall
From TV Line

Responding to real-time shifts in the marketplace, FOX, this season's #1 network among Adults 18-49, and the only network to experience year-to-year growth in the demo and Total Viewers, is announcing its Fall 2020 schedule. The programming slate includes Season Four of television's #1 series, THE MASKED SINGER, new drama series NEXT and FILTHY RICH, as well as all-new seasons of returning animated series THE SIMPSONS, BLESS THE HARTS, BOB'S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY, along with Gordon Ramsay's hit cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

Also part of FOX's 2020-2021 programming slate are all-new seasons of animated comedy DUNCANVILLE, starring and executive-produced by Amy Poehler; and Ramsay's HELL'S KITCHEN.

"The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront," said Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment "In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner's unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we've shared is one of relative stability on FOX, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market."

"Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all new emphasis," said Marianne Gambelli, President, FOX Ad Sales. "FOX is primed and ready for the fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers, and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward."

Fox is also building a second season of Lego Masters.

The series, which sees pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges, premiered on Fox on February 5 and the 10-part series ran through April 15.

Murdoch revealed on the company's investor earnings call that it had begun preparing a second series for another midseason launch.

TV Line

Deadline
TV Line

The Futon Critic
TV Line

B&C

posted 5/11/2020

More on "Jeff's Homemade Game Show"
Catch It on BYUTV Tuesday!
From the Albany Times Union

Comedian Jeff Rogers' new TV series 'Jeff's Homemade Game Show' debuts on BYU-TV on Tuesday, May 12th at 9pm.

Created and hosted by Second Cit Rogers, this 10-episode series turns a visit to a family's home into an instant game show using common on-site household objects, locations and activities. Family members can win cash and prizes by participating in homegrown challenges such as stacking cans from their kitchen into a pyramid, returning items that have been removed from their living room to their correct locations, catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl, collecting as much loose change as possible, and guessing the expiration date of a condiment in their refrigerator.

Albany Times Union

WGN-AM Chicago
Chicago Tribune

posted 5/11/20


Rolling Stone

LITTLE RICHARD: 1932-2020
Seminal Rocker Played "Family Feud", "Wheel" Among Others
From TV Line

Little Richard, the legendary rock, soul and funk artist and singer of hits like "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly Miss Molly," died Saturday. He was 87. The singer's son confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, but the cause of death is unknown.

One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Richard (neé Richard Wayne Penniman) produced heaps of hits starting with "Tutti Frutti" in 1956 and continuing with tracks like "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Lucille" and more.

He was a renowned inspiration to many who came after him, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, who were drawn to Richard for his thumping piano style, sexually charged lyrics and gospel-tinged vocals that spiked with energy. His songs changed music history, and have been covered by The Beatles, The Kings and Elvis Costello, among others.

Richard turned his back on music in 1957, attending the Alabama Bible school Oakwood College, where he became an ordained minister. In 1959, he released a gospel album called God Is Real before returning to secular rock in 1964.

He was one of the 10 original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 1993.

Early in his career, Richard was cast in films including Don't Knock the Rock (1956) and The Girl Can't Help It (1957). On the TV side of things, Richard guest-starred on shows like Miami Vice, Martin and Baywatch. One of his best known appearances was a 1994 episode of Full House where he appeared as himself, the uncle to Jurnee Smollet-Bell's Denise. In 2006, he served as a judge on the short-lived reality game show Celebrity Duets, alongside David Foster and Marie Osmond.

Elsehwere in the game show realm, he also appeared on "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Family Feud", "Wheel of Fortune", "To Tell the Truth", and "The Next Best Thing".

TV Line
Deadline

posted 5/10/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Happy Mother's Day"

  • Tyra Banks responds to found footage, saying "I agree with you". (The Wrap)

  • Alec Baldwin's SNL commencement speech is very... SNL. (The Wrap)

  • LIST ABUSE: You tried to get these reality competitions out of your head. Well... (The Wrap)

  • Mark Labbett is apparently a beast of a dancer (Digital Spy)

  • Guy Fieri raises $20 million to COVID-19 relief. (CNN)

posted 5/10/2020

Chante, You STAY!
Viacom Changes Course; Drag Race All-Stars to Play on VH1; Here's the Cast!
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today "ru-vealed" the queens sashaying back to the runway to compete in the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." Viewers will get a chance to see their favorites act, sing, dance, sew, and lip sync for their legacy. The last queen standing will waltz away with the "All Stars" crown, a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and a cash prize of $100,000. "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" will premiere Friday, June 5th at 8PM ET/PT on VH1.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 that resulted in various scheduling and programming adjustments, "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," initially slated to air on SHOWTIME, will now premiere on VH1.

"For All Stars 5, we've come up with a new twist that is so twisted it's guaranteed to twist your twisted minds," said four-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and executive producer RuPaul.

The "All Stars" Queen RuVeal launched exclusively on the "RuPaul's Drag Race" YouTube channel, via a YouTube Premiere. Following the launch, additional content including Meet the Queens, will go live across RuPaul's Drag Race Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube accounts.

Join the conversation using #AllStars5.

The 10 queens returning to the runway to claim their spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" are:

- Alexis Mateo (Season 3, All Stars 1) Twitter: @AlexisMateo79, Instagram: @Miss_Alexis_Mateo
- Blair St. Clair (Season 10) Twitter: @BlairStClair, Instagram: @Blairst.Clair
- Derrick Barry (Season 8) Twitter: @DerrickBarry, Instagram: @DerrickBarry
- India Ferrah (Season 3) Twitter: @IndiaFerrah, Instagram: @IndiaFerrah
- Jujubee (Season 2, All Stars 1) Twitter: @Jujuboston, Instagram: @Jujubeeonline
- Mariah Paris Balenciaga (Season 3) Twitter: @MUG4DAYZ, Instagram: @MUG4DAYZ
- Mayhem Miller (Season 10) Twitter: @TheOnlyMayhem, Instagram: @TheOnlyMayhem
- Miz Cracker (Season 10) Twitter: @Miz_Cracker, Instagram: @Miz_Cracker
- Ongina (Season 1) Twitter: @Ongina, Instagram: @Ongina
- Shea Couleé (Season 9) Twitter: @SheaCoulee, Instagram: @SheaCoulee


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TV Line
Deadline

Variety
KARE Minneapolis- St. Paul

Vulture

posted 5/8/2020

THURSDAY: If Fox Threw a "Watch Party" and No One Showed Up...
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Station 19" (5.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.778 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

CBS (5.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (6.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (6.082 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Mom" (5.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Broke" (4.799 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the series finale of "Tommy" (5.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with an original "Council of Dads" (3.023 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), the return of "Blindspot" (2.143 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.262 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the launch of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.785 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Mental Samurai" (1.483 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Katy Keene" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.340 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 949k/0.32
- Master Minds (GSN): 532k/0.07

- Blind Date - mid (SF/Bravo): 164k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 152k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/2020


Fremantle/CBS

Frontliners Are a Big "Deal"
Online Tribute Episode Planned
From Chicago Sun-Times

Wayne Brady and the folks at "Let's Make a Deal" want to honor those fighting the coronavirus — and they don't have to wear their capes if they don't want to.

The CBS daytime game show that usually has a studio audience in zany costumes is asking front-line workers to submit a video audition for an upcoming special online edition of the show.

"The idea sprang into my head because I wanted for us at 'Deal' to not only bring smiles to our loyal Deal Family, but to give hope and something to look forward to," Brady, the host, told The Associated Press. "In times like this, a small token can go a long way. Whether a joke or a $50 Amazon gift card, when the news is oftentimes bad, I wanted us to be that bright spot in their day."

Several contestants on the "Let's Make a Deal: At Home" edition of the show have been front-line workers, but the new recruitment is intended to help dedicate an entire show to them.

"Let's Make a Deal" hopes to attract "doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery drivers, nursing home attendants and any other individual out there providing care, safety and services."

To land a spot on the show, hopefuls should submit a short video detailing their line of work and why they would be a good contestant.

Videos should be emailed to LMADatHome@gmail.com. Entries must be no more than 1 minute long, and participants must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the U.S.

Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum have adapted to the shelter-in-place orders with a stripped down, audience-less version of the show on Facebook which still offers deals to a handful of contestants.

Chicago Sun-Times

Spokane Spokesman-Review

posted 5/8/2020

Keith Lemon Gets Crafty
ITV Launches Willy-Wonka-esque Craft Competition This Weekend
From Leeds Live

Keith Lemon will host a new Channel 4 program alongside Anna Richardson starting this month. The Fantastical Factory Of Curious Craft will see Lemon and Richardson challenge teams of contestants to make incredible craft creations - including a 3D model of Lemon's head.

Lemon might seem an odd host for the six-part Channel 4 series, which airs for the first time on Sunday, May 10, but he is in fact a dab hand when it comes to crafting, as reported by Wales Online.

In fact, long before Beeston-born Leigh Francis came up with his Keith Lemon alter ego, he studied art and design at Leeds College of Art.

"It's like we're evil geniuses - it's like Walt Disney brought out Disney+ just at the right time!" Lemon, 47, quips, with the show an ideal watch in lockdown. "It will give people something to do if they're interested in craft - but it's a nice idea that would work even if we weren't locked in. It's a lovely program."

"I think people are generally getting a bit low, so this is bright, bubbly, fantastical and magical, and it's definitely going to encourage people [to get crafting]" Richardson, 49, reasons.

"And what's so nice about it is that it [features] ordinary people who just happen to be able to do something creative and extraordinary - and it's family viewing, so you can have mum, dad, kids, grandparents watching this, going, 'I can do that, let's have a crack'!"

Leeds Live

Radio Times
Yorkshire Post

posted 5/8/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Represent"

  • Eye on the Wall's Alison Grodner, Rich Meehan sign with WME (Deadline)

  • Chris Harrison finally addresses the elephant in the room (GoldDerby) and Peter Kraus (Entertainment Tonight)

  • LIST ABUSE: ... Maggie Smith hosted a game show? (Screen Rant)

  • Kelly Clarkson found shooting "The Voice" in Montana "chaotic" (Reality TV World)

  • Jeremy Clarkson found shooting tomorrow's "Millionaire" historic (Metro)

posted 5/9/2020

WEDNESDAY: Masks at War
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was once again the demo victor on Wednesday with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (7.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Masked Singer: After the Mask" (4.031 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

CBS (6.575 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) took home the silver with a new "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.907 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), a second "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.244 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the season finale of "SEAL Team" (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (4.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (4.265 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.848 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.346 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Single Parents" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "American Housewife" (2.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a second "Single Parents" (2.233 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a special "Shark Tank" (2.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, the season finale of "Riverdale" (0.683 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a repeat "Bulletproof" (0.315 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.499 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 928k/0.55
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 890k/0.28
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 785k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 492k/0.05

- Blind Date - mid (SF/Bravo): 164k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 152k/0.05

THe Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/2020


CBS

CBS Puts 32nd "Race" On Yellow Flag
Consolation Is Coming: "Game On" & "Tough As Nails" to Air This Summer
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the series premiere dates for two new reality series. The comedic game show GAME ON!, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, from Fulwell 73 executive producers Ben Winston and James Corden, will debut Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), a delay of one week since its originally-announced date of May 20. This is down to general scheduling move rather than anything to do with the COVID-19 shutdown.

The reality competition series TOUGH AS NAILS, from executive producer Phil Keoghan, will premiere Wednesday, July 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. The season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE, originally announced for May 20, will be scheduled later in 2020.

GAME ON!, hosted by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key, is a series that celebrates the entertainment of sports, based on "A League of Their Own," the BAFTA-winning U.K. series. The show pits two teams of three, captained by tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams and Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, alongside comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel and rotating sports stars, comedians and celebrities, against each other in over-the-top physical challenges, absurd trivia and epic field competitions.

TOUGH AS NAILS is a competition series that celebrates everyday Americans who roll up their sleeves and don't think twice about working long hard hours and getting their hands dirty, in order to keep their country running. Competitors who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor will be tested for their strength, endurance, life skills and, most importantly, mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites. The series is from Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Keoghan (THE AMAZING RACE) and his producing partner, Louise Keoghan.

"These are two timely and entertaining series for summer," said Noriko Kelley, Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS Entertainment. "GAME ON! is funny, unpredictable and feel-good television, and TOUGH AS NAILS celebrates the hard-working heroes of America in a uniquely emotional and gritty real-world competition."

GAME ON! is produced by Eye Productions Inc. and Fulwell 73 Productions with CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers for Fulwell 73 Productions are Ben Winston, James Corden and Emma Conway with David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux serving as executive producers for CPL Productions. Rob Gronkowski, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Penzi and Venus Williams also serve as executive producers.

TOUGH AS NAILS is produced by Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Tough House Productions Inc. Phil Keoghan, Louise Keoghan and Anthony Carbone are executive producers.

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TV Line
Deadline

Showbiz Junkies
Realscreen
B&C
Deadline

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Parade

posted 5/7/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Christmas in May"

posted 5/7/2020


CBS

Upfronts 2020: CBS
Virtual Upfront Set for May 18-19
From Deadline

CBS today announced the return of 23 series, renewing 80% of its top-rated lineup for the 2020-2021 broadcast season. The Network will announce its new series and 2020-2021 primetime schedule in the coming weeks. Among the shows renewed are "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race".

The sprawling ViacomCBS network portfolio will have a two-day virtual upfront for advertisers on May 18 and May 19, shifting to the week after the traditional CBS upfront had been scheduled before COVID-19 struck.

Viacom's brands across its Entertainment & Youth and Kids & Family units, plus BET and Pluto TV, will present on May 18.

CBS, including streaming service CBS All Access, will have its turn on May 19 and plans to unveil "the fall programming lineup" for the broadcast network, though the grid has been a work in progress given the pandemic's disruptions. "

I planned to be – and frankly, I'd rather be – writing to you this time of year to invite you to one of our intimate upfront dinners or our annual celebration at Carnegie Hall," ViacomCBS sales chief Jo Ann Ross wrote in a note to advertisers. "Clearly, the current climate is different, but as they say at Carnegie, the show must go on!"

Deadline

Adweek
The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline

The Wrap

posted 5/6/2020

Nick Puts on Its "Game Face"
Celebrity Guessing Game to Launch This Summer
From Deadline

Nickelodeon has ordered two virtually produced interactive series, one of which is a celebrity game show Game Face (working title), both for premiere this summer.

In the six-episode Game Face, celebrities' true identities are hidden behind an animated filter and voice changer, while a star-studded panel is given wacky clues and competes to decipher the mystery guest. Viewers can participate by downloading the show's filters to transform into the same characters as their favorite celebrities. A host will be announced at a later date.

Game Face will begin remote production this month, with a premiere slated for Saturday, June 13, at 8:30 pm (ET/PT).

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posted 5/6/2020

TUESDAY: "The Voice" Makes History
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (7.147 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a repeat "New Amsterdam" (2.391 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

CBS (6.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (7.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "FBI" (6.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by the season finale of "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.577 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its respective season finales of "The Conners" (6.033 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Bless This Mess" (3.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Mixed-ish" (2.703 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) plus a new "For Life" (2.201 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (1.949 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.264 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.213 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.741 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 853k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 809k/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 518k/0.06

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 426k/0.21

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posted 5/6/2020

ABS-CBN Signs Off
Filipino Home to TPIR, Wheel, DOND Ordered Shut Down by President
From the BBC

The Philippines' top broadcaster has gone off air after it was ordered by the media regulator to stop operations.

ABS-CBN said it had been told it could continue broadcasting while it waited for Congress to renew its license, which expired on Monday. But the regulator said it must stop on Tuesday.

The channel has in the past angered President Rodrigo Duterte, who correspondents say is well-known for silencing media critics.

Just before its main channel went dark, Chairman Mark Lopez told viewers: "It's painful for us that we are being shut down, but it's also painful for millions of our countrymen who believe that our service is important to them."

In an earlier statement, ABS-CBN said it would stop operations on Tuesday evening to comply with the order from the National Telecommunications Commission, and urged lawmakers in Congress, the lower house of parliament, to renew its franchise. "We trust that the government will decide on our franchise with the best interest of the Filipino people in mind, recognising ABS-CBN's role and efforts in providing the latest news and information during these challenging times," the channel said in a statement.

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posted 5/6/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Get the Family Together"

  • FIRST LOOK: Queer Eye OGs challenge the next generation to a Feud (The Futon Critic)

  • Idol, Voice judges unite for a sing-along (Deadline)

  • Reigning, defending Idol Laine Hardy to return for Disney Night (Gold Derby)

  • Michael Barrymore revives "Strike It Lucky" online ... (Metro) ... but this man doesn't want you to see it (ITV News)

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 games to watch this summer (TV Insider)

  • Chris Harrison may have to move "The Bachelorette" out of state (Entertainment Tonight)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Fashanu (THe Guardian)

posted 5/6/2020


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"The Greatest" Of One More Time
"Jeopardy!" Plans Encore of Primetime Event in Syndication Tonight
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution's Jeopardy! will salute its greatest player of all time, Ken Jennings, in a two-week encore of the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament that aired on ABC in primetime in January.

This will mark the first time the tournament will air in broadcast syndication.

Included in the two-week run are Jennings' first ever appearance on the show, which originally aired on June 2, 2004, and his final game of that record-setting 74-game winning streak that originally aired on Nov. 30, 2004. Sandwiched in the middle are the eight matches of the GOAT tournament, which also featured professional poker player James Holzhauer, who introduced a new high-stakes way of playing the game during his original run last spring, and Brad Rutter, who until the tournament was the game's highest money winner.

The episodes will begin airing on Monday, May 4 and run through Friday, May 15.

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posted 5/5/2020

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending April 26
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was first-run syndication's sole category leader to hold its ground, easily topping the talkers for the fifth week in a row in the session ending April 26.

In access, Family Feud ruled the game shows with a 7.1. Jeopardy, which had been tied with Feud in the previous round, eased 13% to a 6.3, while Wheel of Fortune moved back into contention with a 7% spike to a 6.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.1 -1%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -13%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 +7%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.2 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.9 -10%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


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posted 5/5/2020

MONDAY: Logjam at the Top
ABC, "Listen to Your Heart" Out of the Loop
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and FOX (5.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) split the demo crown on Monday as the latter served up a new "9-1-1" (6.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and a repeat "9-1-1: Lone Star" (3.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

The Peacock network then offered up fresh installments of "The Voice" (7.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Songland" (3.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "The Neighborhood" (6.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) followed by the season finales of "The Neighborhood" (6.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "All Rise" (5.056 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Bull" (6.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.632 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.806 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.314m/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 552k/0.06


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posted 5/5/2020

WatchMojo Moves into Trivia
"What The List" to Play
From PR Web

Listicle video farm WatchMojo is kicking off the 2020s by launching its second game show, What the List?

What the List?™ drafts off the universal appeal of Top 10 lists by first having contestants answer entertainment questions - where each answer represents an entry in a previously-published WatchMojo list; before the ultimate challenge of contestants having to guess what the list is.

"We didn't invent Top 10 lists. Dave Letterman, Wayne's World and the OG of lists Moses' Ten Commandments have appealed to mankind's interest in lists, but we certainly pioneered a given style and tone for video lists and recognized the promise of YouTube early on," explains WatchMojo founder and What the List?™ creator Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, whose company has grown to reach 150 million monthly viewers, with 50 million subscribers watching 300 million videos each month.

On What The List?™ each question is factual and universal enough that the audience doesn't need to know WatchMojo to want to play along, but knowing WatchMojo's editorial tone helps contestants guess the top 10 list.

"We were on the verge of producing a traditional, big shiny-floor production when Covid-19 hit and derailed our plans. Eventually, we felt that the show could work well in a remote setup with a lo-fi sensitivity, so we decided to produce it now. The first show includes WatchMojo's team, but future shows will feature celebrities and fans," continues Rebecca Brayton, producer and host.

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posted 5/5/2020

WEEKEND: Homebodies
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.253 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "American Idol" (6.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "The Rookie" (5.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

CBS (5.907 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (9.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" (5.263 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and a repeat "Man with a Plan" (2.728 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots" (2.511 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "The Wall" (3.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by the season finales of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.980 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.755 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.708 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (1.332 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Duncanville" (0.935 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.199 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.368 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.673 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Supergirl" (0.605 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) closed out the night for The CW (0.639 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (SF/Food): 1.484m/0.38
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 962k/0.25

CBS (7.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (5.891 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "Magnum P.I." (7.101 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (8.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

NBC (4.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its duo of "The Blacklist" (4.545 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.583 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.480 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Shark Tank" (4.848 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and a repeat "20/20" (2.795 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up another edition of "WWE SmackDown" (1.919 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "Charmed" (0.639 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and a new "Dynasty" (0.336 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10)..

On cable Friday (total numbers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 701k/0.34
- Master Minds (GSN): 569k/0.05

- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 551k/0.23

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posted 5/5/2020

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posted 5/5/2020

RuPaul, Come on Down!
"Drag Race" Host to Play "TPIR At Night" May 11
From The Futon Critic

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, welcomes multiple Emmy Award winner, television host, actor and model RuPaul to the iconic stage for THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT primetime special, Monday, May 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RuPaul will be playing to raise money for the charity Planned Parenthood while the contestants will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, including the latest electronics, a new designer wardrobe, thousands of dollars in cash, and of course, brand new cars! Drew Carey will host the special.

Since 2009, RuPaul has executive produced and hosted the reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race," which airs on VH1, for which he received six Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. RuPaul is the most commercially successful drag queen of all time, and in 2017 he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Both of THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT specials that aired in December 2019 were ratings winners. The SEAL TEAM episode on Sunday, Dec. 22 was the most-watched entertainment program of its night, and the episode featuring Seth Rogen on Monday, Dec. 23 was the top broadcast of the night in viewers and all key demos. Daytime's THE PRICE IS RIGHT reached its largest audience in over four years for the week ending April 17.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Evelyn Warfel is the executive producer.

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Deadline

posted 5/4/2020

CBS Delays "Love Island"
All Options on the Table for Season 2
From Deadline

CBS' version of hit British format Love Island is the latest non-scripted series to be pushed back due to the COVID-19 production shutdown.

Deadline reports that CBS is still planning to move forward with the second season of the dating format but is pushing it from its original May 21 premiere.

This comes after UK broadcaster ITV revealed earlier today that it had pulled the plug on the summer season of the British version (see story below).

The first season of the show, which is hosted by Arielle Vandenberg, was filmed in a villa in Fiji.

CBS and producer ITV Entertainment are also understood to be exploring other locations, including domestic options, as and when filming will be able to be back up and running.

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posted 5/4/2020

So Does ITV
"Love Island UK" On Hold Until 2021
From Deadline

ITV has confirmed that it has pulled the plug on the summer season of its hit reality show Love Island amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo said: "We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everybody involved."

"In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that is now out of the question."

Host Laura Whitmore added on Twitter: "Like with a lot of things because of restrictions with travel, social distancing and unable to plan ahead, Love Island is postponed until 2021."

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posted 5/4/2020


NBCUniversal

The Titans Will Rise This May
NBC Sets May 25 for Return of "The Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

NBC's hit athletic competition series "The Titan Games" will premiere Monday, May 25 with a 2-hour episode from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Beginning June 1, "The Titan Games" will begin airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot. · Executive produced and hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the series offers everyday people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in epic head-to-head challenges designed to test the mind, body and heart.

In the absence of sports, "The Titan Games" will give audiences their much-needed dose of high-level competition. This season includes an incredible group of athletes and everyday heroes with inspirational stories. There are doctors, nurses, veterans and teachers set to compete in the Titan arena, and this season they will also have to beat world-class professional athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, NFL stars and UFC champions, to become Titans.

Two-time Olympic gold-medal winning and current undisputed boxing world champion Claressa Shields, NFL Iron Man Legend and 10x Pro-Bowler Joe Thomas, Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz, Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder Hannah Teter, professional stunt woman and star "American Ninja Warrior" Jessie Graff, and five-time UFC champion Tyron Woodley have all accepted the challenge to join the competition.

In addition to the new Celebrity Titans, this all new season of "The Titan Games" includes completely new elements to the competition including a brand-new Titan arena, Mount Olympus and never-before-seen challenges alongside returning favorites.

In its first season, "The Titan Games" scored a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 6.0 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens. Its Jan. 3, 2019 premiere has grown to a 3.8 rating in 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers with all digital and linear delayed viewing counted to date. Through the season, "The Titan Games" reached a total of more than 48 million viewers.

Inspired by Johnson's desire to motivate global audiences to achieve their greatness, this unparalleled athletic competition gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the Titan arena and push beyond their limits. Competitors will battle opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenges, designed by Johnson. Winners will advance to the ultimate challenge of Mt. Olympus, the consummate athletic test of speed, strength, agility and endurance.

"The Titan Games" will not only test the competitors' physical strength, but also their mental and emotional fortitude. In the end, the Titans will return to battle against one another, with one man and one woman emerging as Titan Champion and each winning a grand prize of $100,000. If one of the professional athletes wins, their prize money will go to a charity of their choosing.

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posted 5/4/2020

More on "The Great Debate"
Catch It on Syfy June 18
From The Futon Critic

Prepare to unleash your feisty inner geek with SYFY WIRE'S THE GREAT DEBATE, premiering Thursday, June 18 at 11PM ET/PT on SYFY.

Transformed from the stage for the SYFY screen, the half-hour, late-night series features a rotating group of nerd-tastic, nostalgia loving celebrities who go head-to-head each week to hash out fandom's burning questions. These notable genre enthusiasts show off their comedic improv chops, don their best geekdom cosplay and debate the hottest questions in the galaxy such as: Who'd be a worse boss, Darth Vader or the Joker? What is THE best movie snack? What would a therapy session with Super Mario look like? And many more!

Actor and comedian Baron Vaughn ("Grace and Frankie", "Mystery Science Theatre 3000") hosts the unfiltered and unabashed new series. No stranger to a debate stage, Vaughn hosted SYFY WIRE'S THE GREAT DEBATE live panel at New York Comic Con in 2019 and was a panelist at SXSW's showdown that same year.

Joining Vaughn is an ever-morphing panel of passionate nerd ambassadors - ready to defend their own personal Geekdom truth - several of whom have participated in GREAT DEBATE panels in the past. Show guests include:

· Mayim Bialik (Star and EP of "Call Me Kat")
· Steelo Brim ("Ridiculous")
· Colton Dunn ("Superstore")
· Open Mike Eagle ("New Negroes")
· Dani Fernandez (Writer on "Girls on the Bus")
· Maude Garrett (Creator of "Geek Bomb")
· Brea Grant ("EastSiders")
· Akilah Hughes (Author of "Obviously")
· Orlando Jones ("American Gods")
· Matt Kirshen (Writer and Comedian)
· Lauren Lapkus ("The Wrong Missy")
· Mike Lawrence (Writer on "Inside Amy Schumer")
· Yassir Lester ("Black Monday")
· Amber Nash ("Archer")
· Ify Nwadiwe (Comedian and Actor)
· Brian Posehn ("Grandpa Metal")
· Jonah Ray ("MST3K: The Return")
· Adam Savage ("Adam Savage's Tested")
· Aisha Tyler ("Archer")
· Janet Varney ("Legend of Korra")
· Reggie Watts ("The Late Late Show with James Corden")
· The Cast of "Critical Role" - Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Liam O'Brien, Sam Riegel, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham

In every episode, following a series of spicy debates about the wildest topics in science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics and more -- Vaughn and his wisecracking Droid sidekick, DB-8, make the final verdict, deciding which geek reigns supreme.

SYFY WIRE'S THE GREAT DEBATE is from B17 Entertainment, an Industrial Media company, and is executive produced by B17's Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher, with T.J. Chambers serving as executive producer and showrunner.


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posted 5/4/2020

Awesomeness Gets Influencers Into the Dating Scene
"Date Drop" Greenlit
From The Futon Critic

Awesomeness, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, today announced the greenlight of two brand-new original series in remote production, created to entertain today's Gen Z audiences. Date Drop is a new twist on speed dating that takes place entirely over videoconference. Production is underway on the series, with premieres scheduled to roll out in June on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel.

Pushing the dating format into today's world, six YouTube influencer contestants will meet their potential companions via videoconference "gallery mode" for a series of speed dates to find their perfect match. At any moment, the dater could "hang up" on a particular contestant, eliminating them from the game. Christopher Babers serves as Supervising Producer. Marta Palley is Associate Producer.

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posted 5/4/2020

They Have One Job... ONE JOB.
Meet "Ultimate Tag's" Army of Taggers
From The Futon Critic

You can run, but you can't hide from these larger-than-life characters, each with a range of incredible, jaw-dropping athletic skills. Their only job? Catching the competitors.

- ATOMIC ANT (Lorena Abreu) Hometown: McAllen, TX Age: 25 Height: 5'2" Social Handle: IG: @lorenaparkour TW: @Lorenaparkours
- BANSHEE (Carrie Bernans) Hometown: Memphis, TN, and Richmond, VA Age: 27 Height: 5'6" Social Handle: IG: @carriebernans TW: @carriebernans
- BEACH BOY (Travis DesLaurier) Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Age: 33 Height: 5'10" Social Handle: IG: @travbeachboy TW: @travbeachboy
- BIG DEAL (Austin Raye) Hometown: New Orleans, LA Age: 29 Height: 5'11" Social Handle: IG: @austin_raye TW: @austin_raye_
- THE BOSS (Brooke Ence) Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA, and St. George, UT Age: 29 Height: 5'7" Social Handles: IG: @brookeence TW: @brookeence
- BULLDOG (Ruel DaCosta) Hometown: Milton Keynes, England Age: 33 Height: 5'10" Social Handle: IG: @ruelbulldog TW: @BulldogRuel
- CAVEMAN (Josh Yadon) Hometown: Bloomington, CA Age: 31 Height: 5'10" Social Handle: IG: @joshyadon TW: @joshyadon
- DYNAMITE (Yessenia Cossio) Hometown: Miami, FL Age: 29 Height: 5'3" Social Handle: IG: @yesseniacossioofficial TW: N/A
- FLAME (Caitlin Hutson) Hometown: Orlando, FL Age: 22 Height: 5'5" Social Handle: IG: @caitlinhutson TW: N/A
- THE FLOW (Tavon McVey) Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Age: 30 Height: 6'0" Social Handle: IG: @tavonflows TW: N/A
- GEEK (Omar Zaki) Hometown: Reston, VA Age: 24 Height: 5'10" Social Handle: IG: @omarzaki0 TW: @OmarZakiFreerun
- HORSE (Zac Gordon) Hometown: Harrisburg, PA Age: 32 Height: 6'0" Social Handle: IG: @nastythehorse TW: @Nastythehorse
- IRON GIANTESS (Laura Micetich) Hometown: Jackson, TN Age: 28 Height: 6'1" Social Handle: IG: @theirongiantess TW: @theirongiantess
- THE KID (Corbin Reinhardt) Hometown: Northridge, CA Age: 21 Height: 5'4" Social Handle: IG: @corbin_reinhardt TW: @CorbinReinhardt
- LA FLAIR (Jesse La Flair) Hometown: Long Island, NY Age: 33 Height: 6'0" Social Handle: IG: @jesselaflair TW: @JesseLaFlair
- ROCKET (Julian Daigre) Hometown: New Orleans, LA Age: 23 Height: 5'2" Social Handle: IG: @juliandaigre TW: @JulianDaigre SPITFIRE
- (Sydney Olson) Hometown: Port Orchard, WA Age: 25 Height: 5'4" Social Handle: IG: @sydneyolson1 TW: n/a
- VIKING (Ross Forte) Hometown: Kansas City, MO Age: 29 Height: 6'8" Social Handle: IG: @rossforte TW: @RossAForte

Don't Miss the Series Premiere of ULTIMATE TAG, Hosted by NFL Superstar Trio J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt, Wednesday, May 20 @ 9/8c on FOX!

JOIN THE CONVERSATION FACEBOOK: UltimateTagFOX TWITTER: @UltimateTagFOX INSTAGRAM: @UltimateTag #UltimateTag


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posted 5/4/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Funny You Should Come Back to Where It Started"

  • Byron Allen teams with NBC, a bunch of real people, for Feeding America Comedy Fest (THe Futon Critic)

  • Dwayne Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres, AGT collect little plastic orange blimps (Deadline)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: get ready for a Too Hot to Handle reunion! (The Wrap)

posted 4/30/2020


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A Giant Departs the Stage
Harry Friedman Retires from Sony After a Storied Game Show Career
From Variety

When Harry Friedman first joined "Wheel of Fortune" as a producer in the mid-1990s, the pace of the game show was lumbering. Between puzzles, the crew would have to stop taping, draw huge duvetyn curtains in front of the puzzle board and manually replace each letter in each light box. The process stretched out a half-hour show to 45 or 50 minutes of taping, which would "just suck the life out of the audience, out of the contestants and out of Pat [Sajak] and Vanna [White]," said Friedman.

So in 1997, the television producer — who that same year would take on producing responsibilities for "Jeopardy!" — switched out the manual puzzle board for an electronic one. Vanna would only have to touch each light box to summon a new letter. The show could essentially be recorded in real time, allowing for more rounds during each taping and reinvigorating America's Game.

"Harry quite literally saved the show when it desperately needed a strong dose of creativity," Sajak told Variety.

Today, Friedman is closing out a 25-year run at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind both game shows, as he opts to move on after the end of his contract. The well-respected television veteran holds a Guinness World Record for having produced 12,540 game show episodes, more than any other individual, and is the only producer to have won two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself.

"There's no one in this business I respect more," said Sajak. "I will miss his tremendous talent, his unerring instincts and his genuine kindness. He is simply the best."

Amid a public health crisis that has everyone anxious about the future, Friedman's last day comes as millions of viewers, confined to their homes, turn to the shows he helmed for comfort.

For the week of April 6, "Jeopardy!" averaged 11.6 million viewers each weeknight, while "Wheel" averaged 11.3 million, according to national syndication data — outperforming nearly all the nightly news shows across networks and all primetime programs on both network and cable, including Fox's popular Wednesday night competition series "The Masked Singer" (7.9 million viewers) and CBS' Sunday night newsmagazine "60 Minutes" (9.7 million).

And for the first four weeks since stay-at-home directives were beginning to roll out, starting in mid-March, "Jeopardy!" ratings grew 18% in total viewers, while "Wheel" ratings rose 15% compared to the four weeks before that. Total viewer ratings for weekday showings of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel" between mid-March and mid-April increased 27% and 23%, respectively, from those same weeks a year ago; on the weekends, those figures surged 67% and 59%.

Even prior to times of national crisis, TV viewers have found great relief in watching Sajak and Alex Trebek do their thing. Two years ago, Friedman recalls, a "Wheel" audience member who there with her 11-year-old daughter asked a page if she could speak to the executive producer. She was escorted over to the stage. "She said, 'I just want to let you know that we've been through a lot this last year' — she didn't say what — 'We've been through a lot this last year, and your shows make us feel safe and warm.'"

Sony Pictures Television typically films 230 original episodes of "Jeopardy!" and 195 episodes of "Wheel" a year. For over two decades, Friedman would typically leave his house at 5:15 a.m., work out at the gym on the lot in Culver City — "one of the great perks of all time" — and remain at the office until 7 p.m. every night.

"If I thought there was a way to do it all again for another 25 years, I would do it in a heartbeat," he said.

Friedman has also updated "Jeopardy!" over the years, adding visual elements to clues, such as the video prompts from the show's Clue Crew. That team, comprised of roving show correspondents, have recorded clues in more than 300 cities across seven continents since its inception in 2001. "It's really, really much better to see St. Mark's Square in Venice, with people being there rather than just talking about it, or even [showing] a picture of it," said Friedman.

Perhaps the most significant change for "Jeopardy!", he said, was lifting the five-show limit for contestants on a win streak. The new rules opened the door for Ken Jennings to make his historic 74-game run in the mid-aughts; the move made minor celebrities out of trivia enthusiasts, and had viewers rooting for winners on a roll.

The recent "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" tournament in January saw Jennings — by then a household name — competing against Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, delivering a ratings smash. The first episode of the tournament scored 14.4 million total viewers, and peaked with 15.5 million viewers by the third of four installments.

"Harry is the most creative producer I've ever worked with," said Trebek, in an emailed statement.

Friedman will not be closing out his storied tenure with a big bash. His last day, in the midst of government orders to stay at home, will instead be feted with two Zoom parties — one with his "Wheel" work family and one with his "Jeopardy!" comrades. Is there a proper sense of closure, then, given the nature of his farewell? "Truthfully, no," he said. "I wanted to be able to celebrate these last 25 years with the people who have made it possible. And you can only go so far with Zoom." But he is no doubt leaving on a swell of high regard. "Harry Friedman is the best producer I've ever worked with," said White, the longtime hostess of "Wheel of Fortune."

"Not only his positive energy, but really caring for his whole staff and crew, makes him one of a kind. I've loved every minute of working with him." Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra calls Friedman a Hollywood "legend."

"For 25 years, Harry has been at the helm of two of the most iconic game shows in history, which continue to earn some of the highest ratings on television," he said. "He is a legend in this business, and we are grateful to have worked with him. I want to wish Harry the very best as he starts the next chapter of his extraordinary life, and passes the baton to Mike Richards."

Incoming executive producer Richards has been at the studios since September, just a month after Friedman first announced his decision to step down. Friedman calls it a "very well-organized transition process."

As for why he decided to choose 2020 as the year to step down, he said that "25 was a nice number."

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posted 5/1/2020

Game Show Central Arrives on PlutoTV
Sony-Owned GSN Classics Stream Launches
From MCN

Game Show Network has launched a new, ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) service called Game Show Central as a channel on Pluto TV, on Samsung and Vizio smart TVs and coming to The Roku Channel later this year.

The Pluto TV (channel 182) and Vizio SmartCast TV additions launched Friday, according to Game Show Network, the parent programmer, which is in about 64 million homes and is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"With the launch of Game Show Central, we're expanding our commitment to game show fans, wherever they are, by showcasing our vast library of past Game Show Network hits including Winsanity, Idiotest and Baggage, to name a few," Tim Carry, executive VP, distribution, Game Show Network, said in a statement. "We've got working commitments from the big ad supported television providers including Samsung TV Plus, Pluto TV, VIZIO and The Roku Channel. The interest and response from these new partners has been terrific."

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ABC Shoots for Fall for "Bachelorette"
"Bachelor in Paradise" in Limbo
From Variety

When "The Bachelor" franchise launched in 2002, the very first season aired in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The original idea was to shoot the final rose ceremony in front of the Eiffel Tower, but due to safety precautions in the wake of 9/11, production was limited to domestic locations, so plans for the romantic Paris proposal were nixed.

Nearly two decades later, the ABC franchise is dealing with another unexpected tragedy: the coronavirus outbreak. And once again, the globe-trotting show will be forced to shoot domestically — and within the confines of a quarantined location. While all plans are a work in progress and subject to change, given the uncertainty surrounding future government-mandated stay-at-home orders, Season 16 of "The Bachelorette" is tentatively aiming to head into production sometime this summer.

If those production plans can move forward, the new season would likely air in the fall, Variety has learned. "Clare's season is happening one hundred percent," ABC's reality chief Rob Mills tells Variety, debunking any rumors that the season, starring Clare Crawley, would be canceled due to coronavirus concerns; the only question is when exactly the season will be able to head into production.

As Variety previously reported, the new season would shoot within the confines of one large location, which is yet to be determined. All contestants and crew members will be tested before entering the private venue, and then effectively quarantined on-site for the duration of the season's shoot. "We've looked at everything — are travel restrictions going to ease up?

And it just doesn't look like anything is changing anytime soon, and what we would rather do is start getting the season underway, sooner rather than later," Mills says. "As of right now, the plan is to get a great location that has a ton of space where everybody could safely be together and we can still have great dates that still feel big and romantic, and we would shoot the entire season there."

Sources say production on "Bachelorette" shut down in March just one day before the infamous limo-arrivals scene was set to tape, meaning the first episode was never completed. Since no footage with Crawley's contestants has been shot, the network is taking advantage of the production delay to do some additional casting, meaning there could be new suitors who have not been announced. On the flip side, since the casting process is still underway, some of the original contestants may not appear in the season at all.

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posted 5/1/2020

THURSDAY: Lifelines
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.864 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led a competitive demo race on Thursday with its mix of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Station 19" (5.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (6.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with the season finale of "Young Sheldon" (9.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a new "Man with a Plan" (6.636 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Mom" (6.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and originals from "Broke" (5.051 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Tommy" (5.145 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its special lineup of "The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation" (3.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "A Parks and Recreation Special" (3.673 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), a repeat "Council of Dads" (1.818 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the formal premiere of "Council of Dads" (2.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "Last Man Standing" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) plus repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.746 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Mental Samurai" (1.612 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, The CW (0.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with fresh installments from "Katy Keene" (0.446 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.392 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

On cable Thursday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 891k/0.27
- Master Minds (GSN): 625k/0.05


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Don't Mark This Date: June 11
ABC Slots Latest Fun & Games Entry
From TV Line

Doing nothing can finally pay off.

That's the premise of Ryan Reynolds' new ABC game show, Don't, where contestants team up with family and friends for a chance to win up to $100,000. How do they win big? By taking on ridiculous tasks with one simple rule: "Don't."

The series (premiering June 11 at 9/8c) will feature "hilarious, unexpected moments that break from the traditional game show format," as teased in the trailer. Four-member teams will tackle oddball challenges, like "Don't blink," "Don't Look Back" and "Don't Play Ball in the House." Accomplished missions will earn money in team bank accounts, while failed challenges will force players to suffer some very silly consequences. Contestants can also test their fearlessness by selecting risky options like the "Don't Push" button or a "Don't You Dare, You" challenge. In the end, teams will keep the money remaining in their bank, if anything is left at all.

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Big Little Lies) hosts, while Reynolds serves as executive producer and lends his voice. "I'm excited for people to see Don't and feel we made the right call in changing what was the working title: Please Do Not," said Scott.

Alongside Reynolds, additional executive producers include David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard, David Hurwitz, Conrad Green and George Dewey..

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Menudo!! AAAAAAAHHHHH!
Mario Lopez Brings Search for New Members to TV
From Deadline

Menudo, one of the biggest Latin boy bands in history, is making a comeback.

Universal Television Alternative Studio has acquired the rights to Menudo, an hour-long, weekly competition format that will search for and rebuild one of the most iconic boy bands of all time. Access Hollywood co-host Mario Lopez is set to executive produce the project. A network is not yet attached.

Menudo hails from Lopez and his Via Mar Productions, Emmy-winning The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey's Live Animals, 3 Arts Entertainment and Foundation Management. Universal Television Alternative Studio is the studio.

"I grew up as a huge fan of Menudo and I'm thrilled to be a part of bringing this iconic band back to the world," said Lopez.

In addition to Lopez, the project will be executive produced by Morrissey and Jayson Belt for Live Animals, 3 Arts' Mark Schulman and Foundation Management's Patrick Hughes, Paul Vasquez and Harvey Russell.

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posted 4/30/2020


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BALLS! Now With That Out of the Way...
TBS to Reboot "Wipeout"
From the Futon Critic

TBS has ordered a revival of the renowned, heart-pumping and hysterical competition series Wipeout, returning to captivate viewers of all ages. The network has ordered 20 episodes of the international sensation that features contestants competing in wildly creative and hilariously out-of-the box obstacle courses.

Following its debut as the No. 1 new show of the summer in 2008, Wipeout amassed an impressive following throughout its seven seasons on-air. The series found international viewers in the form of various adaptations in more than 30 global territories such as Argentina, Australia and the UK and has inspired numerous spin-offs and specials.

The re-imagined series will feature new format twists and elements that will push contestants' athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails! Each game has been designed into three rounds and now features a jaw-dropping, three-stage, obstacle course consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to further challenge, and wear out, the stamina of the competitors. Returning to the game, an iconic staple with many surprises, are the big red balls, back with a vengeance.

"In my many years of producing, 'Wipeout' remains my all-time favorite," said Matt Kunitz, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer of the series. "I am thrilled that it is returning more competitive than ever, while continuing to provide hilarious wipeouts. 'Wipeout' is a rare show loved by both kids and adults, a true co-viewing experience. With a strong focus on comedy, there is no better network for 'Wipeout's 'return than TBS."

"I cannot think of a better tent pole program than wipeout as we take our unscripted programming to the next level under Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV, said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. "This is a big show for the whole family and we have some big ideas to infuse real drama and new twists into the fun."

"Now more than ever is the time to gather family and tune-in to a fiercely wild and undeniably engaging viewing experience that mixes athletic action with hilarious antics," added Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS and truTV. "We are honored to partner with Endemol Shine to present a reimagined take on this universally beloved franchise that keeps audiences of all ages glued to the screen."

"We are thrilled to be bringing back everyone's favorite obstacle course competition with the team at TBS," said Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America. "This show has truly become a global phenomenon and its popularity has continued to grow over the last decade with a new generation of viewers. We have some really unique, fun new twists planned for this version and we can't wait to get into production."

Endemol Shine North America will produce the series with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Shyam Balsé and Kevin Wehrenberg serving as executive producers. Matt Kunitz, creator of the original series, will serve as executive producer and showrunner. For consideration to be a contestant on Wipeout, apply online: www.wipeoutcasting.com.

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WEDNESDAY: Dead Heat III
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) cruised to another demo victory on Wednesday with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (7.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Masked Singer: After the Mask" (4.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

The silver draw was CBS (6.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its trio of "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.821 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "SWAT" (4.989 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its marathon of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (4.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (3.530 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and yet another "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (3.034 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.126 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.393 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.279 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (3.708 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Bulletproof" (0.368 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 1.001m/0.57
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 876k/0.28
- Master Minds (GSN): 547k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 192k/0.05
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 132k/0.03


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posted 4/30/2020

Quizzes Wanted
BBC Looks to Build off of Success
From iNews

The BBC is seeking new shows to test the mental agility of viewers after lockdown has turned Britain into a nation of quizzers.

Viewing figures for University Challenge, Mastermind and Only Connect hit their highest level for a decade, Patrick Holland, BBC2 Controller, said.

Describing the numbers as "extraordinary", Mr Holland said the search was now on for fiendish new quiz formats to sate the "huge public appetite" for tests of intelligence.

Only Connect, TV's most cerebral quiz, presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell, broke the three million viewer mark for the first time in its 15 series history.

University Challenge, which made a star out of Imperial College's New York brainbox Brandon Blackwell, hit a high of 3.4m viewers. Mastermind's audience rose to 2.7 million.

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posted 4/30/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "No Love?"

  • Love Island may be canceled due to the outbreak (Deadline)

  • James Corden recovering from surgery (Deadline)

  • Anthony Anderson reunites with Kangaroo Jack (The Wrap)

posted 4/30/2020

The Most Shocking Pre-emption Ever!
ABC Plots Bachelor Best-Of for the Summer
From the Futon Critic

With over 18 years, hundreds of men and women, countless romances and some heartbreaks along the way, Bachelor Nation has witnessed some of the most unforgettable love stories in television history.

Beginning MONDAY, JUNE 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), "The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable - Ever!" will take audiences on a journey to look back at some of the most dramatic moments ever from "The Bachelor" franchise in a 10-episode series event.

Each Monday, directly from the Bachelor mansion, Chris Harrison will reach into the vault and bring back one of his favorite seasons, highlighting some of the most devastating rose ceremonies, passionate proposals, unexpected new arrivals, dramatic meltdowns, biggest breakups, and, of course, the most romantic moments.

The weekly retrospectives will also include virtual catch-ups with fan-favorite Bachelor alumni, checking on the latest in their lives after their final rose.

"'The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable - Ever!' is a love letter to our fans who have been with us through some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking and unexpected moments throughout Bachelor history," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "We can't wait for Bachelor Nation to fall in love all over again as we take this wild journey down memory lane."

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable - Ever!" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. The series is produced by Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Peter Geist and Chris Harrison.

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posted 4/29/2020

TUESDAY: Dead Heat II
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Tuesday with its mix of "NCIS" (8.299 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "FBI" (7.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a new "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.978 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (3.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the adults 18-49 honors with its lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.135 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.242 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (2.317 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Next up was ABC (3.293 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "The Conners" (5.992 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Bless This Mess" (3.976 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mixed-ish" (2.836 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "For Life" (2.183 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Masked Singer" (2.610 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Last Man Standing" (1.971 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.836 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.207 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.712 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night on The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 1.035m/0.30
- Chopped (Food): 948k/0.27
- Master Minds (GSN): 628k/0.08
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 356k/0.17
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (SF/truTV):186k/0.10


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posted 4/29/2020

NBC Announces Summer Plans
AGT, WOD to Return
From Deadline

NBC has set May premiere dates for the upcoming 15th season of America's Got Talent and season 4 of hit dance competition World of Dance. America's Got Talent, with new judge Sofia Vergara, along with Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, and host Terry Crews, debuts on May 26 at 8 PM ET/PT.

It will be followed by World of Dance at 10 PM ET/PT, with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, and Scott Evans as host.

"We are so proud to present a 15th season of America's Got Talent this summer," said Cowell, who also serves as executive producer. "This show represents the best in perseverance, creativity and optimism. At a time when families are unable to go out we really hope the new season will bring some much-needed joy and escape."

Vergara and Klum succeed Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough who were let go in November after one season on AGT. Union's ouster sparked controversy and triggered an investigation over allegations of hostile work environment on the reality show. The investigation was supposed to wrap by end of January but its results are yet to be made public. Klum was previously a judge on AGT for six seasons, from 2013-2018.

World of Dance gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents for the opportunity to receive a grand prize of $1 million and the title of best dancer in the world.

"I'm so excited World of Dance is back this summer with a new crop of incredible dancers," said Lopez, who also serves as executive producer. "On our show we always say that dance is the universal language. It brings us all together, which I think is something we all need during these challenging times."

World of Dance is undergoing a few programming tweaks ahead of its fourth season premiere (May 26, 10/9c). First up is the addition of a "Qualifier Twist."

During the audition process, contestants will think they're performing one last time for producers, only to discover that the Qualifiers have already begun, and the judges — Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO — will determine whether they continue in the competition.

The show is also introducing a "Callback Vote," which will allow the judges to see an act perform one more time to determine whether they should proceed to the next round.

As for the Duels round, the judges will now decide which acts face off, and the acts won't know until they meet on the dance floor for a "Blind Battle."

Lastly, the Redemption round is also undergoing a pretty major change. Per NBC, "This season's redemption will be decided by a special surprise guest judge who will choose which two acts up for elimination will go head-to-head to earn the final slot in the Semi-Final."

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Dance Is Off
BBC's "Greatest Dancer" Canceled
From Deadline

Simon Cowell's dance competition series The Greatest Dancer has been canceled by BBC One after two seasons.

The Syco and Fremantle show sees dancers competing by performing a routine in front of a mirror, which opens up to reveal the audience if they secure enough votes.

It was hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, and featured Glee's Matthew Morrison as a dance captain alongside Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse and singer Cheryl Tweedy.

The first season rated well and was quickly handed a recommission, but it failed to hit the same highs on its return this year and was regularly thrashed by ITV's The Masked Singer.

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posted 4/29/2020

#StayHomePlayHome: "Got Talent" Heads to Canada
"Canadian Family's Got Talent" to Play in Tandem with "AGT" Release Up North
From TBI

Canada's CityTV is prepping a lockdown-related version of Fremantle and Syco Television's Got Talent franchise featuring families fro across the country.

Canadian Family's Got Talent will showcase talented families with selected entries featuring on an expanded national hour of Breakfast Television, starting 1 May.

The month-long contest culminates on 26 May when the format's creator Simon Cowell will judge the three finalists live on Breakfast Television Canada, alongside hosts Dina Pugliese and Devo Brown.

"Now more than ever, family is defined by the support networks around us," said Laura Reiter, executive producer of in-house productions at CityTV. "In launching the Canadian Family's Got Talent contest, we are celebrating the talents that both make us unique yet unite us during trying times."

The special comes ahead of the 15th season of America's Got Talent, which is set to premiere on CityTV this summer.

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posted 4/29/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Team Effort"

  • Anne Hegerty's buzzer isn't broken. "I'm just slow." (C-Note: I feel that) (Metro)

  • Jenny Ryan proves (again)... if you come at the queen, you best not miss (Liverpool Echo)

  • GSN Games donates $200,000 to Meals on Wheels America (PR Newswire)

  • Katy Perry proud of the first at-home edition of Idol. (Reality TV World)

  • Nick Viall defends Peter Weber, flames Madison Prewitt (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Superfan supermakeovers next time on Drag Race (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with HAley Sproull (Reality TV World)

posted 4/29/2020

MONDAY: Dead Heat
Fox, NBC Split Night; "Listen to Your Heart" Continues to Disappoint
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Monday thanks to a new "9-1-1" (6.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finale of "Prodigal Son" (3.528 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

NBC (5.568 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with its recap special "The Voice: Road to Live Shows" (6.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and a new "Songland" (3.444 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.729 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.860 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.467 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.178 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "All Rise" (3.587 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (4.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.034 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.892 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.783 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.873 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (VH1): 1.426m/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 567k/0.05


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/28/2020

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending April 19
From TV Newscheck

The race for game show supremacy ended in a dead heat in the session ending April 19 as the previous week's winner, Family Feud, fell slightly, while Jeopardy moved up just enough to make it interesting.

Feud backed off 3% from its highest rating in more than two years scored in the previous week to a 7.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Jeopardy inched up 1%, tying at a 7.2.

Wheel of Fortune was no threat to the top two, fading 15% to a 5.8 amid heavy preemptions.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2 +1%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -15%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.2 -8%
- America Says (Sony) 1.0* +11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


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posted 4/28/2020

Fox's New Show Literally a "Labor of Love"
Kristin Davis to Host New Dating Show with New Twist
From Deadline

Fox is set to deliver long-gestating reality series Labor of Love, about the road to motherhood, fronted by Sex and The City star Kristin Davis.

The network will launch the eight-part series, which is produced by Howard Owens and Ben Silverman's Propagate Content and Project Runway's Full Picture, at 9 p.m. May 21.

It comes nearly three years after Deadline revealed that the show was in development at the network.

Labor of Love will follow Kristy Katzmann, a 41-year-old smart, successful and beautiful career woman who seems to have it all — except the one thing that she wants the most: a child. Katzmann has yet to meet a potential father and, in the show, will be matched with 15 men who are ready to let their paternal sides shine.

The most eligible bachelors, in search of starting a family, will compete to win over mom-to-be Kristy Katzmann through a series of challenges and dates!

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posted 4/28/2020

WGA Loses Big in Court
Judge: WGA Has "No Standing to Make Racketeering Claims"
From The Wrap

A federal district judge has dismissed eight of the 14 claims filed by the Writers Guild of America against three of Hollywood's top talent agencies in an effort to force them to eliminate packaging fees, including key claims that such fees serve as illegal kickback payments from a studio to an agency.

The ruling, filed by Judge Andre Birotte, found that the WGA had no standing to make racketeering claims as anti-racketeering laws were not found to apply to talent agencies. The guild had accused the three agencies — WGA, CAA and UTA — of racketeering by refusing to negotiate on terms to phase out packaging fees individually, instead negotiating through the Association of Talent Agencies, which has refused to give up any fees.

Judge Birotte also partially dismissed the guild's price-fixing claims, saying claims that the agencies violated the federal Sherman Act could not be made because the guild itself does not buy talent representation services. However, the judge did not dismiss WGA's claims of price-fixing in violation of California's Cartwright Act, citing that contrary to the agencies' claim, the guild had sufficient evidence to proceed with their claim.

The Wrap

Deadline
Deadline

posted 4/28/2020

WEEKEND: Stars in Drag
"Secret Celebrity Drag Race" Helps VH1 to Record Ratings
From Deadline

VH1 slayed Friday night with a RuPaul's Drag Race block of programming that included the premiere of RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. The two fabulous reality drag-driven competitions dominated, delivering VH1's highest-rated Friday night since December 2007.

The latest episode of season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race kicked off the night, earning a 0.64 in the adults 18-49 demographic. This was the second highest-rated episode of the season. The debut of RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race followed and earned a 0.58 in the demo and 685,000 viewers tuned in to see Riverdale's Jordan Connor, comedian and actor Jermaine Fowler and Younger's Nico Tortorella get drag makeovers from Drag Race alums Trixie Mattel, Bob the Drag Queen and Monet X Change. The trio competed and lip-synched for their lives for charity.

The four-part event series, which debuted on VH1 after the latest episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, will feature a trio of stars from film, music, television, and comedy stars as they get sickening drag makeovers.

Elsewhere on cable Friday (total numbers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 688k/0.35
- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (P/VH1): 685k/0.31
- Master Minds (GSN): 640k/0.05

On Sunday, ABC (5.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the demo competition on Sunday with a rebroadcast of "The Disney Family Singalong" (3.200 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) followed by new episodes of "American Idol" (6.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "The Rookie" (4.961 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

CBS (7.130 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.730 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "God Friended Me" (6.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), the series finale of "God Friended Me" (6.068 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the season finale of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.320 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its quartet of "Little Big Shots" (2.985 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Wall" (2.846 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Good Girls" (1.572 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.146 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.888 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.844 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) alongside originals of "The Simpsons" (1.347 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Duncanville" (0.972 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.327 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.497 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Batwoman" (0.668 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.360 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19).

On cable Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.551m/0.41
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.052m/0.28

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posted 4/28/2020

Gridlock
Armoza Lines Up Pilot for "Beat the Grid"
From Variety

Armoza Formats has launched CGI-powered game show "Beat the Grid" — an interactive format the ITV Studios-backed firm plans to shop to broadcasters impacted by coronavirus.

Produced in association with Nimrod Harel and Yaron Yashinski's production outfit Gamechanger, "Beat the Grid" (30') finds contestants trying to win cash prizes by guessing the answers to a giant CGI grid that keeps expanding the more questions are answered correctly.

Viewers playing from home are also able to join in and try their hand at each question 10 seconds after the contestant for a chance to win the money.

Avi Armoza, founder of the Israeli formats firm, says "Beat the Grid" requires a small studio and relies largely on two cameras — one fixed and one mobile. One or two contestants also participate in-person from the studio, along with a host. "The only thing you don't see is what they're looking at, and that can be a huge screen or a big studio with or without an audience.

In answering the needs of the current market, we're effectively creating a virtual hub," explains Armoza.

The executive notes that the game's software, which has been built centrally with new partner Gamechanger, can easily be shared with interested channels.

"Because 80% of the set is CGI, you can bring it to air within a few weeks," estimates Armoza, who highlights that the show was created and piloted ahead of lockdown. "All broadcasters need content they can pull up rather quickly in a cost-effective way that meets regulations. So, although we didn't plan it this way, it has become the right format for the right time," says Armoza.

The format is currently being shopped to the market. In the U.S., Armoza will team with ITV America to sell "Beat the Grid."

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posted 4/28/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "History in the Making"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jeopardy! made history on Monday (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The stuff they should have shown on "The Voice" (TV Line)

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: "Funny Dance Show" is the ultimate feel-good escape (The Wrap)

  • Clare Crawley REALLY shouldn't have pressed send. (Gold Derby)

  • Sean Evans saved his hottest for last tonight. PLUS he's up for a Webby, so if this whole game show thing doesn't pan out... (Complex)

  • Peter Weber, Kelley Flanagan low-key dating (Reality TV World)

posted 4/28/2020


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George Gray in Recovery
"Price Is Right" Announcer Had Three Heart Attacks
From Deadline

George Gray, longtime announcer for The Price Is Right, is recovering in his home in Arizona after suffering three heart attacks earlier this week.

"George is recovering at the hospital and is in good spirits," his rep told Deadline Saturday. "He even cracked a couple of jokes on the phone with me this morning."

"His wife is by his side and he is looking to make a full recovery," the rep added, saying Gray wants to thank his friends and fans for "the outpouring of love and support."

Gray, 53, was transported to the hospital Monday after experiencing chest pains. He suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital. After the first heart attack, doctors inserted a stent to restore blood flow in one of his arteries. The stent failed, and Gray had a second heart attack. A second stent was then inserted to increase his blood flow, but it also failed. He suffered a third heart attack while on the operating table.

Gray has been the announcer on The Price Is Right since 2011. TMZ first reported the news of his heart attacks.

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posted 4/27/2020

More on "Beat The Chasers"
Catch It on ITV April 27
From Metro

Bradley Walsh has revealed that the titular stars of Beat The Chasers have found the format of the spin-off show 'difficult.'

For the first time ever, all five quizmasters featured on gameshow The Chase – Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan and Shaun Wallace – will be teaming up to face contestants together, forming 'the greatest quiz team on the planet.'

But host Bradley has that explained that the change in format has meant The Chasers initially struggled to adapt to teamwork.

'I think sometimes they found it difficult to play as a team and that was what was interesting to me,' he revealed. 'They're not team players. They don't normally play as a team. For them to try this out was an experiment to see how they got on.'

Bradley continued: 'There were times when they got into their stride, then you realised, "Hang on a minute, they could come unstuck here…" I just thought it was wonderful.'

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posted 4/27/2020

Another "Shot" Coming
"Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny" Renewed by MTV
From The Wrap

MTV's "Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly D and Vinny" is coming back for Season 2 — and so are some of the wildest women from last summer's dramatic first season.

The "Jersey Shore" stars both left Season 1 without having achieved their goal of finding love, but this season may be their chance at a do-over.

Fans will remember Pauly's dramatic rejection of front-runner Nikki Hall in the first-season finale, and Vinny's seemingly happy ending with Alysse that fell apart in an awkward break-up during the "Double Shot" reunion special.

On Thursday (or should we say Jerzday?), June 11, Nikki and her fellow ladies of Season 1 — Brittani "B-lashes" Schwartz, Derynn Paige, Maria Elizondo, Marissa Lucchese and Susan "Suzi" Baidya — are coming back for another shot at love.

The new season was initially announced in October under the working title "DJ Pauly D and Vinny's Vegas Pool Party." But now it's the second season of "Double Shot," and it looks a lot different than the first.

Instead of a "Bachelor"-style competition that ends in weekly eliminations, the women will be living and working with Pauly D and Vinny in Las Vegas.

"Without the pressure of a competition, the duo thinks it will be easy, but DJ Pauly D and Vinny quickly realize that wherever this group of girls goes, the drama will follow…and love and hook-ups may not be far behind," according to MTV.

The Wrap

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posted 4/27/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Con Is Still On"

  • RuPaul's DragCon going virtual this year (The Wrap)

  • Jeff Probst promises.... no more naked people (Gold Derby)

  • Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler are divorcing after 10 years (Reality TV World)

  • Wheel of Fortune Slots are coming home (PennBets)

  • BUZZR Bingo to return. (Vents)

  • Endless Games releasing a newer, smaller version of "Password" (Blogcritics)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Radio Times) and the winner of "Making the Cut" (TV Line)

posted 4/27/2020


Deadline

JERRY BISHOP: 1935-2020
Voice of "Judge Judy" Also Announced "Pyramid", "Cross-Wits"
From Deadline

Jerry Bishop, a Los Angeles radio veteran who served as the announcer for TV's syndicated smash Judge Judy since its first season in 1996, has died at 84.

Bishop died April 21, the show's publicist Gary Rosen said. Bishop was the show's announcer up until his final days, spanning thousands of episodes of the daytime strip that is set to wrap next year.

"Jerry Bishop has been the voice of our program for 24 years," star Judy Sheindlin said in a statement. "Everybody loved him. He had a golden heart and generous spirit. I adored him and will miss him."

Born on October 19, 1935, in Hartford, CT, Bishop had a long career in radio and voice-over work before joining Judge Judy, starting at WDRC Hartford, CT. He later worked at WRKO Boston before moving to San Diego and eventually to Los Angeles. In 1965, he began a long career in L.A. radio, starting at KLAC and including stops at KFI, KKDJ, KIIS and KGIL. He also had a stint at KFMB in San Diego.

In his book Los Angeles Radio People, Don Barrett cites a quote Bishop gave to the Los Angeles Times in the mid-'70s: "I'm not flashy on the air, and people tell me that I'm self-deprecating," the DJ said. "But I don't believe that everything you say or do has to be fantastic … the greatest thing that ever happened."

During and after his radio days, Bishop also branched out into voice-overs, doing commercials for such major brands as Budweiser and Burger King and voicing promos for NBC and ABC. He also had a 15-year run as the "voice" of Disney Channel. He also was the on-camera announcer for The $10,000 Pyramid for a while in the 1980s and for "The Cross-Wits" in the 1970s.

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posted 4/24/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dressup"

  • Heidi Klum game for more "Making the Cut" (Bustle) PLUS a casting call (CAsting Crane)

  • Michelle Visage to ask "How's Your Head, Hun?" (Deadline)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! "Too Hot to Handle" has one final secret. And once you see it, you can't un-see it. (TV Line)

posted 4/24/2020

WEDNESDAY: Millionaire Either Down or Up Depending on Whose Take You Subscribe To
Fox Wins with Return of "The Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its reign on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (7.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Masked Singer: After the Mask" (5.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

CBS (6.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Survivor: Winners at War" (8.100 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "SWAT" (4.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.897 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.563 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (3.848 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.345 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up originals of "The Goldbergs" (4.272 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Schooled" (3.035 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (3.036 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (3.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with the two-hour special "People Presents Harry & Meghan: A Royal Rebellion" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.026m/0.29
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.020m/0.33
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 1.017m/0.58
- Master Minds (GSN): 571k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11:30 (Bravo): 210k/0.05
- Blind Date - mid (Bravo): 206k/0.06
- The FUnny Dance Show (E!): 130k/0.04

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posted 4/23/2020

Surviving the Red Carpet
ITV Studios Pick Up Format from Nippon TV
From Deadline

ITV Studios has acquired the rights to adapt Japanese physical game show Red Carpet Survival in 33 major territories, including the U.S., UK, Australia, France and Germany.

The studio has signed a deal with Nippon TV to secure the show, in which contestants act as bodyguards to celebrities and must safely chaperone them along a red carpet fraught with danger and high-energy challenges, including traps and real crocodiles.

Red Carpet Survival was created and produced by Nippon TV's production division and has been a ratings winner locally for the past six years.

Beyond the deal with ITV Studios, Nippon TV will represent the show in Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

"Red Carpet Survival is a brilliant concept, which will be great fun for viewers of all ages," said Mike Beale, managing director of ITV Studios' Creative Network. "We want to be attached to the biggest ideas and the best IP out there and this is a format which falls into that category."

Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV, added: "ITV Studios is the perfect partner for us as we roll out the red carpet around the world. This fast-paced, thrilling game show is ideal for family viewing and can turn any location into comedy and jeopardy simply by adding a red carpet."

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posted 4/23/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Too Hot for Too Hot"

  • VIDEO WALL: "Too Hot to Handle" apparently had a secret scene that was TOO hot (Yahoo!) PLUS which couple is still stronger than ever? (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The lost "Cats" clip (TV Line)

  • Jeopardy!, Wheel running out of episodes (The Wrap)

  • Byron Allen calling his friends to help Feeding America (The Wrap)

  • Meet Brandon Blackwell, the American quizzer making waves on "University Challenge" (he's NO stranger to game shows here). (Brinkwire)

posted 4/23/2020

For Earth Day, Ryan Seacrest Recycles a Desk
ABC Sets Live Shows as Scheduled April 26
From Deadline

Ryan Seacrest has kept an old relic from the early days of 'American Idol' in his garage for the last three years. Now, he's finally getting the chance to use it.

When ABC presents its first quarantine-edition of the beloved music competition show on Sunday, the longtime host will film his parts from home using the desk that original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson had way back in 2002.

"Hey guys, so we're rehearsing for 'American Idol,' and this desk right here — we're gonna do the show on Sunday for everyone to be able to vote — this desk is the original desk that Randy, Paula, and Simon had," Seacrest said in a video posted to his Twitter page Wednesday.

"It was in my garage in storage, but I never thought we'd quite use it again, but it's coming in handy for this Sunday."

Starting Sunday, April 26, the singing competition show will shift from pretaped episodes to new installments featuring the three judges, host Ryan Seacrest, mentor Bobby Bones and the top 20 contestants all appearing from home.

ABC's SVP, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming Rob Mills told Deadline that there had been an idea to "put a pin" in the show until the pandemic was over but that felt "unsatisfying".

"We knew we wanted to get some kind of results this season. You started seeing some of the things that artists and musicians were doing on Instagram and Facebook, even some of the stuff on TV, we realised there was a way of doing something different, but could also feel innovative, that's when the producers set about doing these shows that you'll see over the next couple of weeks."

The contestants will have three episodes and the finale to impress the judges, who are also filming remotely in their homes. American Idol showrunner Trish Kinane, who is also President of Entertainment Programming for producer FremantleMedia North America, told Deadline, "These kids have given up a lot to do these auditions and Hollywood week, it's only fair to them to keep it going and crown the next American Idol. You also don't have to win to have a successful career; Jennifer Hudson came seventh."

We were originally supposed to have six live shows, starting with a Top 14 on April 12. The Top 10 were to take to the stage on April 19, with the Top 8 set for April 26. The May 3 show was supposed to be just the Top 6, with the Top 4 competing on May 10 and the Top 3 vying for the season 18 title on May 17.

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posted 4/22/2020

TUESDAY: Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today to Get Through This Thing Called Life...
CBS Wins Night with Grammy Salute to Prince
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.883 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) still on top on Tuesday with a repeat "NCIS" (7.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the special "Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince" (6.494 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (3.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the number two draw with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.254 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "New Amsterdam" (2.267 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.804 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a repeat of "The Masked Singer" (2.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) plus the series finale of "Empire" (2.943 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.381 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) with second runs of "The Conners" (3.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Bless This Mess" (2.478 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (1.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Black-ish" (1.731 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) alongside a new "For Life" (2.170 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.665 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 925k/0.26
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 900k/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 578k/0.04
- Nick Cannon PResents Wild'n Out (SP/VH1): 402k/0.21
- Not Ones the Game Show (truTV) 166k/0.08

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posted 4/22/2020

Farewell & Hail
"Survivor" Sets Finale & Virtual Reunion, "Amazing Race" Premieres Week After
From The Futon Critic

Survivor: Winners At War host and executive producer Jeff Probst has revealed plans for Season 40's finale and reunion show are not set in stone and Survivor producers are actively discussing their options amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We are still figuring out exactly what we're going to do," Jeff told Entertainment Weekly. "The rules change every day! At this point I can't tell you what we're planning, because we are still exploring options."

CBS announced today the three-hour season finale of SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR will air Wednesday, May 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. One week later, the new season of THE AMAZING RACE will premiere with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, May 20 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). THE AMAZING RACE assumes its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on May 27.

"When SURVIVOR wraps one of its best seasons ever in May, we're excited to schedule another signature reality series, THE AMAZING RACE, to step seamlessly into the time period," said Noriko Kelley, Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment.

On the 40th season finale of SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR, following an epic 39-day battle, host Jeff Probst will crown one castaway the winner who will take home the $2 million prize, the largest in reality show history, and earn the title of Sole Survivor for the second time. During the finale, Jeff will also virtually connect by video with all 20 players to discuss the highlights of the season. Prior to the finale, SURVIVOR will have a special two-hour penultimate episode, Wednesday, May 6 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

On the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE, 11 new teams will begin their journey of a lifetime when host Phil Keoghan kicks off the 32nd edition from the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This season's destinations include Trinidad and Tobago, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Brazil, among others. The team that crosses the finish line first will be crowned the winners and receive the $1 million prize.

This edition was filmed prior to the outbreak of the recent global pandemic.

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posted 4/22/2020

Dancing on the Internet
Lifetime Greenlights "Abby's Virtual Dance Off"
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime continues to be there for fans to keep their spirits up and feet moving with a twelve episode order of new series Dance Moms: Abby's Virtual Dance Off.

In each self-contained episode, Abby Lee Miller invites dancers from across the country to submit their best moves and footwork to see who has what it takes to impress her enough to be named "The Abby Dancer." Submissions are open now: Click below for information.

"More than ever, our audiences need those familiar faces they love, and with the explosion of people filming their dance moves to be shared, Abby's Virtual Dance Off provides us the opportunity to bring some of the most talented dancers to the forefront on television," said Gena McCarthy, EVP Unscripted Development and Programming, Lifetime and Head of Programming, FYI. Who says you need a big shiny stage to show off your skills?

On Abby's Virtual Dance Off, kids from across the country will showoff their best dance moves from the comfort of their own homes! A hip-hop routine in the kitchen or a ballet recital in the backyard - anything goes! In each episode, Abby will critique and judge each self-submitted performance and will Skype the winner to reveal who will dance off with the coveted title of "The Abby Dancer."

Dance Moms: Abby's Virtual Dance Off is produced by the Six West MediaTM group in association with Mother Media Group and No More Tears. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers for the Six West MediaTM group. Kim Chessler and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

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posted 4/22/2020

Israel Can't Stop the Music
Keshet to Reboot Musical Game Show
From Deadline

Israeli broadcaster Keshet 12 is rebooting entertainment format All Together Now around 14 years after the show was last on air.

The Tedy Production game show will be rebranded under its international title, Can't Stop The Music, and was filmed in a studio last week after Israel began lifting coronavirus restrictions. It will premiere tonight.

Hosted by Rising Star presenters Rotem Sela and Assi Azar, the show features two celebrity teams competing in a studio to win a series of musical challenges and puzzles, with viewers joining in the fun from home via video.

Hilik Sharir, Keshet 12's vice president of programming, said: "During this difficult time, we continue to create original, innovative and engaging content to inform, engage and entertain our audiences… I hope Can't Stop The Music will provide some light relief and laughter for families during these unprecedented times."

Can't Stop The Music has been licensed and adapted in Turkey, Lithuania and Vietnam. Keshet International will distribute the show internationally.

Deadline

posted 4/22/2020

How to Feud in Lockdown
ITV Plans a COVID-19 "Family Fortunes" Reboot
From Deadline

ITV is reinventing Family Fortunes for the coronavirus age, breathing new life into an entertainment show that was last on British television in 2015.

Thames is working with ITV to pilot a lockdown version of the much-loved format, which is based on the American game show Family Feud. Thames will do away with the shiny-floor studio and instead send cameras into the homes of two families, who will compete to win cash prizes by second-guessing the responses to a survey of the British public.

Observing the UK's strict social distancing rules, a presenter will be stationed at a third location to preside over the two teams. All three will be filmed using remote outside broadcast technology.

It remains early days and ITV is yet to decide whether Family Fortunes will go to series. There is a feeling at ITV that it is a good time to experiment with the format, which would provide a window on people's lives in isolation and supply the schedule with some fresh, feel-good content at a time when production has largely ground to a halt.

It is not clear who will present the reboot. Vernon Kay hosted the show's most recent iteration, All Star Family Fortunes, between 2006 and 2015, while Les Dennis and Bob Monkhouse were among the presenters of previous series.

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posted 4/22/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Love in the Time of COVID-19"

  • Kat Dunn, Nick Maccarone went from frenemies to a couple, and are now back to not speaking to each other (Us Magazine)

  • Vanna White catches up on her crocheting (Cheat Sheet)

  • Bobby Bones has an easy game show (The Bobby Bones Show)

  • Karlie Kloss, Ken Jeong are geniuses, so naturally they're using YouTube gto distance learning (Deadline)

  • Daymond John tried to sell N95 masks at three times the price. (The Wrap)

posted 4/22/2020

HBOMax: May 27
Games Available Day 1 Include "Craftopia", "Legendary"
From TV Line

Looking to add another streaming service to your quarantine rotation? You're in luck: HBO Max is arriving imminently. WarnerMedia announced Tuesday that its forthcoming streamer will launch on Wednesday, May 27.

As reported in October, HBO Max will cost $14.99 per month, though current HBO subscribers via AT&T and DirecTV (along with HBO Now subscribers) will have immediate access to the service at no additional cost.

It's not yet clear if an annual subscription rate will be available, but an ad-supported version of HBO Max (price TBD) is expected to launch in 2021.

Among the new service's launch day offerings:
- Craftopia, a kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by YouTube influencer Lauren Riihimaki (aka LaurDIY).
- Legendary, in which voguing teams/"houses" compete in unbelievable balls and showcase fashion in order to achieve "legendary" status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Rolling out in summer and fall will be The Flight Attendant, starring and executive-produced by Kaley Cuoco; the highly anticipated (but pandemic-delayed) Friends cast reunion special; Season 2 of Doom Patrol; Season 3 of Search Party; Expecting Amy, a three-part documentary series offering an "unfiltered and intimate view" into comedian Amy Schumer's life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy; the sci-fi series Raised by Wolves from director and EP Ridley Scott; and the first of four new Adventure Time: Distant Lands specials.

Also coming down the pike at some point is a Gossip Girl reboot from the show's original creators.

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posted 4/21/2020

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending April 12
From TV Newscheck

Stay-at-home viewers turned to game shows in the sessions ending April 12 and there was no arguing that Family Feud was the big winner.

Feud took over sole possession of first place in the category for the first time in 16 weeks with a 6% leap from the prior frame to a new season high 7.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best performance since January of 2018.

The show was also up the most from last year in the genre, 23%. Jeopardy came in second with a 7,1, dipping 1%. Wheel of Fortune accelerated 17% to a 6.8, finishing a fast-closing third.

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) 7.4* +6%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.1 -1%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8 +17%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.3 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


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posted 4/21/2020

MONDAY: Listen to "The Voice"
NBC Wins Over ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) took home top honors on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.088 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Songland" (4.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

FOX (5.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) was the silver draw with fresh installments from "9-1-1" (6.631 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.442 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was ABC (2.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its duo of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.884 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.820 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.495 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.933 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.560 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "All Rise" (3.834 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (4.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed the evening with its mix of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.888 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.686 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Cable numbers for Monday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.324m/0.31
- Chopped Sweets (SF/Food): 782k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 531k/0.05

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posted 4/21/2020

WEEKEND: We Have a Top 20
ABC Wins on "Idol"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to a new "American Idol" (5.462 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) bookended by repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.466 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "The Rookie" (2.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

CBS (7.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (9.585 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "God Friended Me" (6.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.743 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and the season finale of "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.309 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots" (2.803 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Wall" (3.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.997 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Good Girls" (1.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.207 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.835 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.769 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.567 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Duncanville" (1.114 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.394 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.351 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Batwoman" (0.407 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.295 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18).

Cable numbers for Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.588m/0.44
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.110m/0.30

On Friday, ABC (4.161 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the network to beat despite its all-repeat lineup of "Shark Tank" (4.363 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "20/20" (4.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

A close second was CBS (6.294 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with new episodes of "MacGyver" (6.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "Magnum P.I." (6.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.603 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "The Blacklist" (4.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.321 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, originals from "Charmed" (0.651 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Dynasty" (0.320 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.486 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday (total numbers/A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 633k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 572k/0.06

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posted 4/21/2020

"The Voice" Goes Forward with the Live Shows
Catch Them Starting May 4
From Gold Derby

"The Voice" is going forward with live shows despite the coronavirus pandemic halting studio production. The live playoffs kick off on Monday, May 4 with individual performances by the 16 artists from the teams coached by Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton. In addition, the winner of the 4-way Knockout will be revealed and perform as well.

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, each of the artists will sing for America's votes from their home. All the coaches and host Carson Daly will also be homebound. Voting will kick off at the end of the evening and continue overnight.

If the format of this season follows previous ones, the two artists with the most votes from each team will advance. Each coach will then select one of their remaining artists to move on in the competition. The last finalist will be chosen from among the remaining artists from each team who garners the highest overnight vote.

The subsequent live shows on May 11 and May 18 will narrow this field down to the Top 4. This talented quartet will perform on "The Voice" season 18 finale on May 19. The winner will take home the grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group.

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posted 4/21/2020

"The Voice" Returns to Korea
Mnet to Produce New Version
From Deadline

The Voice has been licensed to South Korea's Mnet for a second time by ITV Studios after the talent show has been off-air in the country since 2013.

Mnet's parent company CJ ENM will produce the rebooted series, in which a group of coaches blind-judge singers. The show will return this spring for what will effectively be a third season.

Ayesha Surty, ITV Studios' SVP of licensing in Asia, said: "Music has the amazing ability to bring people together. In these unusual times, a positive and heart-warming show like The Voice will continue to entertain people."

CJ ENM producer Sang Jun Park added: "All of us are having harsh times this year and I strongly believe that the program would be a great chance to share comfort and deep impressions with everyone."

Deadline

posted 4/21/2020

$100,000 or Companionship?
That's the Question Behind Netflix's "Too Hot to Handle"
From TV Line

It's hard to put a price on self-control, but $100,000 is a decent place to start.

That's the cash prize up for grabs on Netflix's upcoming reality dating experiment Too Hot to Handle, whose eight-episode first season drops on Friday, April 17.

Here's the skinny: Ten smokin' hot singles from all across the globe come together in paradise for what they think is going to be the sexiest summer of their lives — only to discover that money is deducted from the group's final pot for every sexual encounter that goes down. Yes, that includes kissing.

Naturally, the whole shebang is hosted by an Alexa-like machine named Lana, who throws just as many wrenches into the game as the cheeky, unsuspecting players.

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posted 4/21/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "REbuilding Millionaire"

  • VIDEO WALL: How the Millionaire set was recreated (Newscast Studio)

  • Chris Duffy creates, hosts a game show where the prize is... toilet paper (TMZ)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Using Animal Crossing.... to play Deal or No Deal (Nintendo Enthusiast)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (AV Club)

posted 4/21/2020

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