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NBC Midseason
It Begins January with "Game of Games"
From Movefone

NBC has revealed its premiere schedule for the upcoming 2019 midseason, featuring the return of a critically acclaimed drama and the debut of a newly-minted EGOT inductee.

First up is "The Voice," which will add John Legend to the judging panel for its 16th season. Legend completed his EGOT cycle (a.k.a. winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) back in September, when he snagged a statuette at the Emmys for producing NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar." The singer-actor's relationship with NBC was apparently so positive that he decided to spend even more time on the network. His debut as a full-time coach (he has previously been a mentor) will air on back to back nights: Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, both at 8 p.m. "The Voice" will then move to Mondays only for several weeks while "Ellen's Game of Games" takes its Tuesday slot; the singing competition will bring back Tuesday shows on April 23.

In other NBC midseason scheduling, Jennifer Lopez-led reality series "World of Dance" will premiere its third season on Tuesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. It will then move to its regular slot on Sundays at 8 p.m. on March 3.

Moviefone

TV Line
PopCulture

posted 12/21/18

THURSDAY: Howie vs. Howie
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot among adults 18-49 thanks to its telecast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the finale to "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (5.391 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.551 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (6.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), the season finale of "Murphy Brown" (5.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.583 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and part one of the "Timeless" (3.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) finale, part two of the "Timeless" (2.963 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) finale and a rebroadcast of "Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days" (2.457 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an encore of "A Christmas Story Live!" (1.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, "The 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza" (1.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 870k
- Ex on the BEach (SP/MTV): 631k
- America Says (GSN): 445k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/21/18

WEDNESDAY: Next Stop... the Edge of Extinction
CBS Wins Against All Reruns
From The Futon Critic

Survivor: Edge of Extinction's cast and format twist have been partially revealed by CBS. CBS confirmed Survivor's upcoming 38th edition will be titled Survivor: Edge of Extinction and feature a cast that includes four returning castaways during a preview video shown at the conclusion of Wednesday night's broadcast of the finale of Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

"For our 38th season, a new group of players will take on the greatest social experiment ever created," Survivor host Jeff Probst said in the video package. "They'll be joined by four returning players." In addition, the video also closed with Probst teasing Survivor: Edge of Extinction's format twist. "And a new layer to the game will push them further than ever before! It's Survivor: Edge of Extinction!"

CBS (7.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the finale to "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.616 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the "Survivor: David vs. Goliath Reunion" (5.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

ABC (2.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (3.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Shrek the Halls" (3.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (2.756 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Single Parents" (2.089 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "American Housewife" (1.738 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

NBC (2.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) likewise opted for second runs of "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (2.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (2.406 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Empire" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Star" (1.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11). And finally, The CW (1.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with encores of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (1.080 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.919 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 1.042m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 805k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 709k
- America Says (GSN): 365k

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Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World

posted 12/21/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Wear the Mask"

posted 12/21/18

TUESDAY: One "Voice" to Rule Them All
NBC Wins the Night on "The Voice" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.954 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to a "The Voice Recap" (7.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) special and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (9.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (5.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.076 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "FBI" (5.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its second run lineup of "The Conners" (4.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (1.963 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Rookie" (2.165 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

FOX (1.375 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening with its specials "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2018" (1.256 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Greatest Holiday Video Countdown" (0.692 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 937k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (SF/Paramount): 683k
- America Says (GSN): 365k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/20/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Gimmick Infringement"

  • Colin Quinn opens a one-man show, Red State Blue State, in January (Deadline)

  • Why would someone give a deaf person a wheelchair? No idea, ask Nyle DeMarco (Yahoo!)

  • Deon Cole to perform at SugarHouse Casino (AP)

  • Chris Lambton and his baby bachelor (UPI/Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeff Probst's wife (Heavy)

posted 12/20/18


TV Line

PENNY MARSHALL: 1943-2018
Actress/Director Played "Family Feud", "Hollywood Game Night"
From Deadline

Penny Marshall, who went from starring on the smash Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley to helming such features including Big and A League of Their Own, died Monday night of diabetes complications at her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was 75.

Marshall also directed films including Riding in Cars with Boys, The Preacher's Wife, Jumpin' Jack Flash and Renaissance Man, which she also produced along with League of Their Own. She was in postproduction on a feature about basketball Hall of Famer and Kim Jong-un pal Dennis Rodman.

Sporting the trademark "L" on her sweater, her Laverne DeFazio character — for which Marshall scored three consecutive Best Actress Golden Globes noms from 1978-80 — was defensive and quick-tempered but had a soft spot for roomie and co-worker Shirley Feeney (Williams). The show's opening credits was among the era's most memorable, with the two friends high-stepping with locked arms and chanting, "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" before the title theme "Making Our Dreams Come True" kicked in. Also starring Phil Foster, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Eddie Mekka and Betty Garrett, it would be one of the decade's most popular comedies, airing more than 175 episodes before wrapping in 1983.

An animated series based on the characters, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, aired in 1981-82, with Marshall and Williams voicing their respective roles.

Born on October 15, 1943, in the Bronx, Marshall already was a TV veteran by the mid-1970s, having played Oscar's secretary Myrna Turner on more than two dozen episodes of The Odd Couple and guesting on such popular series as The Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, That Girl and Love, American Style. Marshall directed a handful of Laverne & Shirley episodes, setting up a second career behind the camera.

Her breakthrough was 1988's Big, which earned the first Best Actor Oscar nom for rising actor Tom Hanks. The film made more than $115 million domestically, becoming the year's fourth-biggest grosser. Marshall followed that success with the Robert De Niro-Robin Williams film Awakenings (1990) before scoring another $100 million-plus hit with A League of Their Own, about the World War II-era all-women's baseball league. Hanks played the team's manager — uttering the oft-quoted line, "There is no crying in baseball!" — and the players included Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Lori Petty.

Marshall also helmed 2001's Drew Barrymore pic Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and produced films including Calendar Girl (1993), Getting Away with Murder (1996), Risk (2003) and Bewitched (2005). She also continued to act in films and TV up through 2016, when she appeared on CBS' revival of The Odd Couple. She received a number of career honors over the decades, including from the American Comedy Awards in 1993, New York Women in Film & Television in 1994, the Israel Film Festival in 2002 and the Society of Camera Operators in 2013.

In the game show world, Marshall showed her gamesmanship on favorites spanning five decades, from "Match Game" & "Pyramid" to "Celebrity Poker Showdown" to current favorites "Celebrity Family Feud" & "Hollywood Game Night". She was also a judge on the short-lived series "On the Lot"

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Newscheck
Broadway World
TV Line

posted 12/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 9
From TV Newscheck

Syndication was hit with preemptions for the extensive memorial and state funeral for President George H.W. Bush and most shows declined in the session ending Dec. 9.

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) 6.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -5%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -12%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 12/18/18

MONDAY: And Now We Wait...
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.728 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) cruised to victory on Monday thanks to the penultimate "The Voice" (9.805 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the special "America's Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions" (6.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Happy Together" (4.107 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "Magnum P.I." (4.039 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bull" (4.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), the finale to "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.577 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the special "The Year in Memoriam 2018" (3.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted again for repeats of "The Resident" (2.251 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "9-1-1" (2.330 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise closed out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.387 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
-
Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.958m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 1.353m
- America Says (GSN): 293k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/18/18

Netflix En-Circle-s France, Belgium
Studio Lambert to Produce International Versions from UK
From Deadline

Netflix is going French and Brazilian for British reality hit The Circle.

Earlier this year, the SVOD service snapped up the international rights to Studio Lambert's format, which was originally produced for the UK's Channel 4, and announced it was remaking the show for the U.S.

Deadline reports that it is remaking the show with French and Brazilian contestants.

The series, which is essentially Big Brother-meets-Catfish for a social media-obsessed audience, is produced by All3Media's Studio Lambert, producer of Undercover Boss and Gogglebox, and Motion Content Group, the WPP-backed program funder.

Studio Lambert will use the London apartment block where it filmed the UK version for these international versions and will work with local production talent on the adaptations.

The Circle features a range of individuals from all walks of life competing in a popularity contest to win a prize of around £50,000 (US$65,000). They will all live in one modern block but separately in individual apartments, interacting with one another exclusively through a bespoke voice-activated social media platform called The Circle.

In the show, the contestants will chat, make friends, argue and maybe even fall in love, while building their own profiles as well as forming cliques and private allegiances. They must avoid being judged least popular by the rest of The Circle.

In the British version, contestants who have made it to the final include a man impersonating his girlfriend, a turtle-loving former real estate agent, a loud Essex call-center worker and a fashion student-turned model.

Deadline

posted 12/18/18

WEEKEND: Living Color
Fox Wins Demo Friday, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown for the 12th consecutive Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with a new "Midnight, Texas" (2.432 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color!" (5.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the fall finales of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.991 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Speechless" (2.162 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the season finale of "Child Support" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "20/20" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its telecast of "The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13)..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 826k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (SP/VH1): 513k

On Sunday, NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) continued its reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (25.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "60 Minutes" (14.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.419 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.843 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and a repeat "FBI" (4.592 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its telecast of "2018 Miss Universe" (4.189 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its annual broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.197 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018" (0.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Discontinued" (0.445 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (SF/Food): 1.294m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 166k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/18/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Peacock of the Walk"

posted 12/18/18


Speakerpedia

COLIN KROLL: 1984-2018
"HQ" Co-Creator Found Dead of Apparent Overdose
From New York Daily News

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular trivia app HQ Trivia, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, TMZ reports. He was 34.

Kroll, who also co-founded the now-defunct Vine app, was reportedly found by police at his apartment in downtown Manhattan after his girlfriend asked cops to perform a welfare check. Sources told the outlet Kroll is believed to have ingested cocaine and heroin prior to his overdose.

Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017 to considerable popularity. HQ users compete with other players as part of a live game show, and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions correct. The app came several months after Vine, an app in which users upload six-second videos, shut down.

Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company's general manger between 2013 and 2014. He was previously an engineering manager at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and the Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Kroll's death was met with an outpouring of support both online and from Silicon Valley.

"I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart," Yusupov said. "He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother."

On Sunday night's show, Rogowsky remembered Kroll as a "true visionary who changed the game twice" with HQ and his previous app, Vine.

"The game that you love so much would not exist without him," Rogowsky said to the 70,000 viewers. The night's game was canceled; instead, the $25,000 pot was donated to the Humane Society in Kroll's honor.

Kroll's father Alan told The New York Times after learning of his son's death: "He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age. It truly is a waste. At 34, imagine the things he'd done and the skills he had. It would have been really fun to watch him at 50."


Kroll's sudden death continues to have ramifications as the week begins. HQ Trivia plans to run its regularly scheduled game on Monday evening, but without a significant new promotion it planned with Google.

The company has also decided to delay the premiere of its gameshow called HQ Words, which was scheduled to debut tonight, before the news of Kroll's death.

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posted 12/17/18

Les Moonves Terminated "With Cause"
CBS CEO Will Not See One Dime of His Severance
From TV Line

CBS will not be showing Les Moonves the money. The company's Board of Directors announced Monday that it has completed its investigation into the ousted CEO, determining "that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company."

Regarding the misconduct issues plaguing CBS News and concerns about the company's culture at large, the investigators concluded that "harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS. However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company's historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation. The investigation determined that the resources devoted to the Company's Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS' businesses. Employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation."

CBS went on to say that it has "already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees," including the hiring of a new Chief People Officer retaining "outside expert advisors" to "develop other initiatives for promoting a workplace culture of dignity, transparency, respect and inclusion."

Moonves's attorney, Andrew Levander, released the following statement in response to CBS' findings: "The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit. Consistent with the pattern of leaks that have permeated 'process,' the press was informed of these baseless conclusions before Mr. Moonves, further damaging his name, reputation, career, and legacy. Mr. Moonves vehemently denies any nonconsensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

As previously reported, CBS will donate $20 million of Moonves' now-scrapped severance to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and gender equality in the workplace. Moonves was fired in September after numerous sexual assault allegations were leveled against him.

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Deadline
The Wrap

posted 12/17/18

THURSDAY: Football and Stuff
Fox's Final TNF Gives the Win
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.314 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to its final telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (6.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.078 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Young Sheldon" (7.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) repeats, followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Murphy Brown" (5.513 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a second run "SWAT" (4.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was ABC (2.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.552 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus a new "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.039 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.004 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "I Feel Bad" (1.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) alongside a rebroadcast of "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (2.121 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.426 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Legacies" (1.076 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 698k


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posted 12/17/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And Then There Were Four"

  • Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Halsey, John Legend, Marshmello, Bastille, Dierks Bentley, Panic! at the Disco, Brynn Cartelli... and four people you're not going to remember in March (Soaps.com)

  • Steve Harvey is not hosting the Oscars. So stop asking. (Cinema Blend)

  • LIST ABUSE: "The Voice" made one of the 12 blunders on TV in 2018 according to... (TV Line)

  • Alfonso Ribeiro not a fan of the Fortnite (UPROXX)

posted 12/13/18

WEDNESDAY: Games Can't Beat Games
CBS Wins with Survivor
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) emerged as the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Criminal Minds" (5.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales from "The Goldbergs" (5.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Housewife" (4.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Single Parents" (3.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "A Million Little Things" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Next up was NBC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Little Big Shots: Little Big Holiday Special" (5.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "A Legendary Christmas" (2.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Empire" (2.182 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Star" (1.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, the fall finales to "Riverdale" (1.208 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "All American" (0.712 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 971k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 958k

- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 654k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 644k
- America Says (GSN): 408k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Leave the Kids Out of This"

  • Wayne Brady is bold. His daughter is beautiful (Soaps.com)

  • Wendy Williams goes after Nick Cannon's kids. Nick Cannon is having. None. Of. It.(BET)

  • Kevin Hill joins Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Karen Gillan reacts to being a clue on "Jeopardy!" (ComicBook.com)

posted 12/13/18

Bob Barker Turns 95
World's Greatest MC Celebrates Quietly
From USA Today

Bob Barker marked his 95th birthday with a quiet day at home Wednesday after two health scares in the past two months.

"He's just resting (today), and he'll probably have some family come by," Barker's representative William Prappas told USA TODAY.

The TV icon recently made headlines after he was hospitalized in late October due to back pain and again last month for the same reason. "He's still recuperating from his back (issues)," Prappas explained. "He's improving. He's 95 today so it's a bit of a slow process, but ... all the signs are pointing to a good recovery, and so he'll just keep doing what he's doing.

"He's just taking the steps necessary to recover and get better and he's going in the right direction."

Barker spent more than 50 years in the limelight, most notably hosting CBS' "The Price is Right" from 1972 to 2007. In recent years, he's been seen in public less frequently. However, he returned to "The Price is Right" in 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday and again in 2015 to guest host an April Fool's Day episode.


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posted 12/12/18

ABC Lays Out Midseason Plans
In: Idol, Match Game. Out: Dancing's Spring Season
From the Wrap

ABC has revealed its schedule of midseason premiere dates for new dramas "The Fix," "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Grand Hotel" and returning shows like "For the People" and "American Idol." Notice we didn't mention "Dancing With the Stars"? It appears the declining dance competition is taking the spring off for the first time since 2007.

ABC will launch its second season of the iconic "American Idol" on SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). When "American Idol" premieres, "AFV" original episodes will return to 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, and new editions of "Shark Tank" will air 10:01-11:00 p.m. EST.

A new season of "Match Game" premieres WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
Deadline

posted 12/12/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 2
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, most of the top syndicated shows came roaring back from a soft holiday frame in the session ending Dec. 2. Phil was the biggest gainer among all strips, leaping 26% to a 2.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and finishing first among the talkers for the 117th week in a row.

In access, Family Feud rebounded 17% to a 6.3, but nonetheless landed in a tie for second place among the game shows with Wheel of Fortune, which also accelerated 17%. Jeopardy lead the group with a 16% increase to a 6.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +17%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +17%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 12/12/18

I'm Dreaming of a (Betty) White Christmas
Buzzr to Highlight Betty White Episodes Through Christmas Eve
From Broadway World

Cue chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at someone's nose...because the holiday season has arrived. BUZZR is broadcasting its yearly homage to the queen of game shows, Ms. Betty White. Joyeux Noel, Betty White Christmas has returned - so don't get your tinsel in a tangle, please!

From December 17-24, all regularly scheduled episodes of vintage favorites like Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus and Super Password will feature the very best of Betty White. We are talking 8 days, 71 episodes and a BIG finish. Naturally, the Betty White bonanza will close with a Christmas Day marathon of Match Game episodes airing from 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT until 6:00 a.m. ET/3:00 a.m. PT the following day.

I know we say it every year, but honestly, "What could be better than Betty?" Please view and share our Betty White Christmas trailer HERE. Be naughty. Save Santa the trip. Oh, and tune-in to BUZZR for Betty White Christmas starting December 17!

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posted 12/12/18

TUESDAY: Eye See You...
CBS Wins Over The Voice, Game Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to the fall finales of "NCIS" (12.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (8.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

NBC (5.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (8.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (5.958 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.674 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its respective fall finales for "The Conners" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a bump from its crossover conclusion to "Supergirl" (2.129 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the fall finale to "Black Lightning" (1.164 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Gifted" (1.125 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on FOX (1.431 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 918k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 662k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Deal or No Deal Goes Live!
Companion App Released
From Mobile Marketers

Endemol's "Deal or No Deal Live" app may help CNBC to more deeply engage viewers of the rebooted game show. The first two airings of the show performed strongly with an average of 830,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data cited by Programming Insider, pointing to the potentially large user base for the accompanying app. Even as more consumers are cutting the cable cord, the show has expanded to alternative channels to appeal to consumers' shifting viewing habits. "Deal or No Deal" is also available on its own YouTube channel, where the first episode received more than 60,000 views.

The show's accompanying mobile app comes as consumers increasingly watch TV while using another device. These "distracted viewers" make up a significant part of today's TV audience, with 89% of smartphone users saying they watch TV while using a phone, according to a Deloitte survey. A majority (82%) of marketers believe TV viewers' second screens and advertising clutter are hampering their TV ad campaigns, according to a survey by ad tech company Viant. Viewers are engaging with their devices as much during TV shows and commercials as they are during the 30-minute window before and after, Viant data show. "The challenge here for advertisers is that TV viewers might be physically present while commercials air, but not fully mentally present," Viant found. To combat this, marketers are now working to develop strategies to engage these second-screeners through mobile apps and play-along content, such as "Deal or No Deal Live."

"Deal or No Deal Live" arrives in a moment of live-trivia games' growing popularity among consumers. Game show-style app HQ Trivia has gained sponsorships from major media brands including movie studios, pointing to how "Deal or No Deal Live" could generate revenue in the future. Meanwhile, broadcasters like Fox and TBS have created their own live-trivia apps. Fox's "FN Genius" launched in August, and late-night TV host Samantha Bee launched the "This Is Not a Game: The Game" in September to urge people to vote in the recent U.S. midterm elections.

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posted 12/12/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "TV or Not TV"

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo never offered a TV wedding... so they'll do the NOT TV version (Reality TV World)

  • Jordan Pruitt, former "Voice" contestant, reveals child molestation story (USA Today)

  • Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her talk show? ... and other buried ledes (New York Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: LSB Season 5 ... and Big Bird? (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani spoil Christmas for each other... still not engaged (Reality TV World)

posted 12/12/18

Wait Wait! Take Three Three!
Another TV Adaptation of NPR Quiz in the Works
From Deadline

The popular radio show/podcast Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is headed to television. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's Wilshire Studios has teamed with Storied Media Group to develop a TV series based on the long-running NPR program.

Hosted by Peter Sagal, NPR's weekly news-themed radio panel show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is a funny and fast-paced game of provocative questions and snappy answers about current events. It features celebrity guests, which have ranged from Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Guy Richie, and Greta Gerwig to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The TV adaptation will stay true to the original while delivering bigger, visual and variety-themed games that can't be captured on the radio. It will be an hour-long current events trivia game featuring three celebrity panelists who will compete in a series of comedic challenges, earning points as they correctly answer questions about the week's news. The panelist who earns the most points will earn a cash prize for the charity of his or her choice. A host for the TV version has yet to be announced.

"We are delighted to be adapting the iconic Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios. "The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms. We look forward to working with our partners at NPR and Storied Media Group on growing this timely franchise."

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! has nearly 7 million weekly listeners and in 2008, it won a Peabody Award. "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is one of our flagship programs, so we are especially excited to bring it to Wilshire Studios, part of the NBCUniversal family, to develop for television," said Michael Lutzky, VP of Business Development for NPR. "We are thrilled that one of the longest-running and most listened to radio and podcast franchises in history will now entertain television audiences with a fresh and fun look at the week's news."

NPR previously teamed with CBS in 2008 for a Wait Wait TV adaptation, which filmed a pilot. A one-off special aired on BBC America in 2011 with original host & announcer tandem Peter Sagal & the late Carl Kasell. Neither show went to series.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/11/18

MONDAY: Anything But a Silent Night
"The Voice" Powers NBC, "Elseworlds" Event Triggers CW Leapfrog
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) once again held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the special "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (6.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Happy Together" (5.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Magnum P.I." (5.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bull" (7.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (5.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its specials "CMA Country Christmas" (6.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (3.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a boost from the fall finales to "Arrow" (2.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.113 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Resident" (2.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on FOX (2.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.794m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.349m
- Real Country (USA): 493k
- America Says (GSN): 324k .


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posted 12/11/18

Four-tugal
SP Entertainment Options Banijay Song Contest
From TBI Vision

Armoza Formats' primetime singing competition The Four has been optioned in Portugal, with SP Entertainment snapping up local rights for the format.

The deal comes just months after the format was optioned by Banijay Asia for India and Southeast Asia.

Two series of The Four have already aired on US broadcaster Fox, and the format recently sold into Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece's Antenna TV.

The US adaptation was recently awarded Best Talent Show at the National Film and TV Awards in Los Angeles, besting America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Little Big Shots.

Developed and produced by Armoza Formats, the studio format begins with four finalists who are selected by music judges, and must work to protect their spot against talented hopefuls looking to steal their place.

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posted 12/11/18

WEEKEND: Super Team Up
CW Crossover Event Starts Strong, No Match for Football
From Deadline

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Speechless" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) followed by an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "20/20" (3.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Blindspot" (2.827 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Midnight, Texas" (1.875 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.492 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Dynasty" (0.591 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 834k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular (VH1): 440k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) as usual was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.861 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.026 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (15.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.3, #3).

FOX (10.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (23.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) and "The OT" (22.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (7.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Bob's Burgers" (4.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "Family Guy" (3.506 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Rel" (2.065 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was CBS (7.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "God Friended Me" (7.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.450 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.345 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), a new "Shark Tank" (3.426 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.456 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, The CW (1.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with a special "The Flash" (1.790 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and the fall finale of "Charmed" (0.963 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdow (Food): 1.231m

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posted 12/11/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "About Last Week..."

  • Adam Levine addresses last week's elimination (TV Line) and the show a) gooses it for drama and b) half-asses the mea culpa (TV Line)

  • The first 14 minutes of "RuPaul's Drag Race" are now online! (TV Line)

  • Speaking of "Wait Wait", Amy Dickinson to receive a major award (Benzinga)

  • Kathie Lee Gifford is la-laing her way out of "Today" next year (Deadline)

  • Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken GIT on Broadway (Deadline)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani still not engaged (Reality TV World)... and also, we can kiss his country ass (The Wrap)

posted 12/11/18

Television City Sold
"Price Is Right" to Remain at 33
From Deadline

CBS Corp. said it has reached definitive agreement to sell its iconic 25-acre CBS Television City property and sound stage operation to Los Angeles real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million.

As part of the agreement, Hackman Capital will have the rights to use the Television City trademark in connection with its operations on the property.

CBS said it will continue to produce The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless, on the Television City campus for at least the next five years. The network also will retain office space for CBS Studios International's U.S. headquarters and other company departments currently housed on the site.

"The sale of Television City unlocks significant value, increasing CBS' financial flexibility, including the ability to redeploy capital for strategic growth initiatives such as additional content investment," said CBS' Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in a statement. Hackman Capital Partners CEO Michael Hackman said the acquisition represents "another crown jewel to our portfolio."

CBS owns the 40-acre CBS Studios Center in Studio City, Calif, which will remain the company's primary production facility. That campus is home to the broadcast network, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Stations KCBS and KCAL.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by early next year.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/10/18

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Baked
Fox Wins Demo with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) snagged the demo crown last night thanks to its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (7.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Murphy Brown" (5.993 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "The Good Place" (2.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "I Feel Bad" (1.831 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Legacies" (1.203 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Top Chef (ABC): 833k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 833k
- America Says (GSN): 427k .


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posted 12/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "47 More Meters Down"

  • Corinne Foxx to star in "47 Meters Down" sequel opposite Sly Stallone's daughter and a Power Ranger (Deadline)

  • Another "Bachelorette" learns that the Internet is forever (Us Magazine)

  • Mel B hospitalized with broken ribs and severed hand (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 18 most talked about game show moments of 2018 according to... (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Bristol Herald Courier)

posted 12/10/18

WGA Nominees Announced
Among Potential Honorees: "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire"
From Deadline

The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and NBC's Saturday Night Live among last year's winners to make the cut.

Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Here are today's nominees:

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
- Hollywood Game Night, Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey, Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner; truTV
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication


Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Talpa to House "Talent" for Another Season
Dutch Music Competition Renewed
From Deadline

John De Mol's Talpa has scored a second season of Dutch music talent format House of Talent.

The first season of the show, which De Mol's firm hopes can be the spiritual successor to The Voice, ends of December 28 and has been picked up for a sophomore run in 2019 via Holland's SBS6. The recommission bodes well for the international potential for the daily format, which targets young audiences by mixing music and reality television with social media.

A group of musical artists from various genres live together as they attempt to make it big in the music business. The musicians must build up a fanbase, perform throughout the country and release a new track, every six weeks. Two professional managers will guide them every step of the way and take care of bookings and promotion. If the artists don't make enough money or generate enough engagement in each six-week period, they will be nominated for elimination.

The show also has a large second screen element; the musicians must use social media to create their following and the elimination show will be broadcast exclusively online. House of Talent launched in the same slot as Utopia, the reality series that was remade by Fox in 2014.

The company has already begun talks to export the format into a number of major markets and it will likely pique the interest of networks in the U.S. and UK, who have been crying out for a breakout music format since the launch of The Voice back in 2010.

Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Well That Was Quick"

posted 12/6/18

"Bachelor" Premiere to Dominate the Night
ABC Plans Wall-to-Wall Coverage
From The Wrap

For the first time since 2015, ABC's "The Bachelor" will kick off with a three-hour live premiere when the show returns for its 23rd season. The extra-long premiere will air on ABC, streaming and on-demand Monday, Jan. 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m EST.

Along with the introduction of the women vying for the heart of Bachelor Colton Underwood, the episode will also pop in on "Bachelor" viewing parties around the country.

The premiere will see 30 women competing for the final rose, with 23 making it to the next week. Throughout the season, the cast will travel to locations around the world including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, and Denver, which happens to be Underwood's hometown.

The Wrap

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/18

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Still Pulls the Demo
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From B&C

FOX (4.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales from "Empire" (5.034 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (3.906 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

NBC (7.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its own fall closers to "Chicago Med" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Single Parents" (3.366 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "A Million Little Things" (3.207 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (1.110 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 927k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 865k
- Deal or No Deal - 8p (P/CNBC): 768k
- America Says (GSN): 472k
.

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posted 12/6/18

"Top Chef" Sprechen sie Deutsch
Sat.1 to Air Version
From Deadline

Top Chef is heading to Germany after NBC Universal International Formats closed a deal with broadcaster Sat.1. The ProSiebenSat.1-owned broadcaster has ordered a six-part local series to air in summer 2019 and be overseen by head judge Eckart Witzigmann. It will be produced by RedSeven Entertainment.

The deal marks the 23rd international format deal for the Magical Elves-produced series, which is in its 16th season on Bravo. A third season of the show is set to air this month on MBC across the Middle East, French broadcaster M6 will celebrate the tenth season of the show. The show has also been produced in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Vietnam.

The deal was brokered by NBCUniversal International Formats' VP, Format Sales & Production, Hannah Worrall. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBC Universal International Formats said: "We are delighted to build on the success of Top Chef franchise and extend the brand further, especially with such great partners as Sat.1 and RedSeven Entertainment. We have no doubt that this will be another high quality international production and hope that it will share similar success as the other local versions."

Deadline

posted 12/6/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is Forever"

  • Kevin Hart gets the Oscar host job (TV Line) and within 24 hours, he has to explain a terrible joke he told (TV Line)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba to take Julie Chen's seat (The Wrap)

  • Wheelmobile rolls into Cape Coral (WBBH Fort Myers)

posted 12/6/18

SYNDIES: November Wins
"Family Feud" Wins the Sweep
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy, in its 23rd season, ruled syndication in the 2018 November sweep, which ran Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, with a 7.4 live plus same day national household average, according to Nielsen Media Research, up 1% from last year.

That marks the show's strongest November sweep number since 2015 and the tenth time in the past 11 major sweeps that Judy has led all of syndication in households. That bucked the overall trend, with most shows declining compared to last year after facing many news and sports preemptions during the ratings period.

In access, the game shows produced no winners. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud led the category, although it fell 3% compared to last November to a 6.3. CTD's Jeopardy! also sagged 3% to a 6.2, while CTD's Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 6.1. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask both broke even compared to last November at a 1.6 and 0.5, respectively.

B&C

Variety
TV Week

posted 12/5/18

Sashay, UK
Condragulations to BBC Three for "Drag Race"
From the BBC

Award-winning reality TV competition RuPaul's Drag Race will arrive in the UK next year.

A new eight-part series will be available on BBC Three in 2019, featuring local drag artists.

Series creator RuPaul Charles says he will "celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen's queens." RuPaul's Drag Race UK will eventually crown one drag star the 'Queen of Great Britain'.

Since it launched in 2009, the US version of RuPaul Drag Race has attracted global audiences with its blend of talent-show drama and all-star celebrity guests - including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.

The BBC

Deadline

posted 12/5/18

TUESDAY: Voice on Top
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (8.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (4.101 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (9.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "NCIS" (11.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.246 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6). Next up was

ABC (4.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Conners" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.329 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The Rookie" (4.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the fall finales to "The Gifted" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.759 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black Lightning" (0.989 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 951k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Reunion (S/MTV): 671k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 670k
- Real Country (USA): 489k

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posted 12/5/18

Scratchie or No Scratchie
"Deal or No Deal" Scratchies to Return
From GuruFocus

DEAL OR NO DEAL launches tonight on CNBC in the U.S. after a 10-year hiatus. Fronted by original U.S. host Howie Mandel, the new series returns with 30 one-hour episodes featuring all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists.

The series is produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Production Company Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. The DEAL OR NO DEAL instant "scratch" game will be available at lottery retailers in participating jurisdictions beginning in 2019. The game features a promotion with a second-chance opportunity to enter non-winning DEAL OR NO DEAL tickets to win a theme park vacation for four to Orlando, Florida (5 days/4 nights) and attend a Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event. Every player at the Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL event will select a briefcase and battle "the Banker" for a chance to win up to $1 million.

"Scientific Games and our game creation teams congratulate DEAL OR NO DEAL on the return of the show to prime time television. We look forward to our partnership with this phenomenal brand in our next blockbuster multi-state lottery game and players event," said Kyle Rogers, Executive Vice President and General Manager Licensing for Scientific Games. "Like the television show, our lottery instant game and Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event will offer the chance for players to achieve lifelong dreams with exciting risks and rewards along the way."

GuruFocus

posted 12/5/18


Pinterest

JAEL STRAUSS: 1984-2018
"Top Model" Contestant Passes on Due to Breast Cancer
From People

America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss has died at age 34 — two months after she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

Strauss died in hospice on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ, and was unconscious for a few days.

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed," her family said in a statement to the outlet. "She brought so much light to people."

On Oct. 4, she announced her diagnosis in a Facebook post. "I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable," she wrote. "With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

At the end of November, Strauss announced that she had entered hospice care. "First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death," she wrote on Facebook. "So many things."

Following her diagnosis, Strauss' friends set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf to help alleviate some of the medical costs. "At the end of September, Jael became very sick and was diagnosed with aggressive Stage IV Rapidly Progressive Metastatic Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue. She has just begun chemo, but we do not know how things will play out. What we do know is that Jael is putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease and can use as much support and love as possible," the page reads.

People
Newsweek
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 12/5/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Future"

  • Howie Mandel flashes back to taping the first "Deal or No Deal" (CNBC) PLUS four models that were neither Meghan Markle nor Chrissy Teigen (Instyle)

  • Steve Harvey to party on Fox New Year's (The Futon Critic)

  • Les Moonves' ... umm... service?... could cost him his severance (The Wrap)

  • Adam Levine tries (terribly) to backtrack his comments from "The Voice" (TV Line)

posted 12/5/18

MONDAY: Deal or No Deal Returns
Games Help NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the special "Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days" (5.431 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

ABC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.631 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (7.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Happy Together" (4.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.859 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (4.971 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a new "Bull" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.384 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.265 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.502 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.929 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
-
Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.750m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.330m
- Real Country (USA): 683k

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posted 12/4/18

WEEKEND: Tackled for a Loss
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.417 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its Pac-12 Championship coverage on "CFB on FOX" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

CBS (7.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.053 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Child Support" (3.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), a repeat "Child Support" (2.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "20/20" (3.122 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Midnight, Texas" (1.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (2.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.517 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 860k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 399k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 353k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) once again took home top honors on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (8.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2), "The OT" (8.602 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "The Simpsons" (4.389 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.030 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.731 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "Rel" (1.612 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was CBS (8.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "60 Minutes" (10.524 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) followed by the special "Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame!" (8.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.871 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.402 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (3.781 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Shark Tank" (3.466 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) plus the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (3.274 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12). And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #18) and "Charmed" (0.923 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.093 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 1.162m

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posted 12/4/18

Hangtime Rassles
Impact Wrestling to Play with App Show Network
From 411mania

Hangtime – the world's first truly interactive, social game show network app – teams up with IMPACT Wrestling for an exciting and innovative new pilot.

Every Thursday at 7:30pm ET trivia games will be hosted by IMPACT Wrestling personalities including the current Heavyweight Champion and ​Survivor​ contestant Johnny Impact, the voice of IMPACT and play by play announcer Josh Mathews, and other special guests. The games are fun and quick, and you can team up with friends and other players to collaborate in a private group called Hangs to try to take home the top prize. The goal of the pilot is to deliver an entertaining experience to passionate wrestling fans who will create a uniquely engaged community.

Games are free to play and everyone can win points which can be redeemed for cash, IMPACT swag, tickets to upcoming shows, and other fun prizes.

Come back on Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET for more wrestling trivia hosted by Hangtime Frank, one of Hangtime's entertaining, wise-cracking animated hosts. He'll quiz you on all things wrestling from the past and present, and will make sure you have a good time. Come back any time to just Hang and chat with other like-minded wrestling fans.

411mania

posted 12/3/18

Rainbow's End
Sarah James to Step in As "Strictly" Showrunner
From Deadline

Strictly Come Dancing, the British entertainment smash that was the basis for Dancing With The Stars, is getting a new showrunner. Louise Rainbow is stepping down from the BBC One series to be replaced by series editor Sarah James.

Rainbow leaves after six years with the current series to be her last. She will continue as an exec producer on the Strictly live tour in 2019 and will consult on 2019's version of the show. James has been series editor of the BBC Studios-produced format for the last two years and was series producer before that.

She has previously worked on shows including Big Brother, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Strictly Come Dancing, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary next May.

Deadline

posted 12/3/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "See You at the Finish Line"

posted 12/4/18

Block the Week
"Go 8 Bit" Host Dara O Briain to Front Revival of Blockbusters for Comedy Central UK
From DigitalSpy

Comedy Central UK has announced that it's rebooting the classic quiz show Blockbusters, with two new series set to be recorded early next year. Mock the Week maestro Dara O'Briain has also been confirmed as the show's new host.

Blockbusters pits students and sixth formers against each other as they take on the 'gold run', crossing a hexagonal board by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original gameshow caught recognition during the '80s and was fronted by Bob Holness. It was based on the American original hosted on NBC by Bill Cullen from 1980 to 1982 and Bill Rafferty in 1987.

Some 20 episodes (of 30-minute duration) will be produced, with two planned celebrity specials also in the mix..

Digital Spy

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posted 12/3/18

Fantasy Jeopardy!
All-Star League to Play Online
From the Wrap

"Jeopardy!" announced on Monday that it is launching a fantasy league sweepstakes to coincide with its upcoming All-Stars Games tournament. For those of you playing at home, that's a fantasy football-style contest in which you pick your own team of All-Stars and track their progress throughout the competition.

It's ideal for anyone who has a love of both sports and game show trivia and anyone who also is looking for something else to obsess over if they were eliminated from their fantasy football playoffs.

Here's how it works: participants pick one captain and two team members from the 18 former champions playing in the tournament to build their team during the selection period, which runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. Then, during the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games," which airs from Feb. 20 to Mar. 5, 2019, fantasy team owners can watch and cheer their team on as they accrue fantasy points.

But don't go racing to draft Ken Jennings with your first overall pick just yet. You earn fantasy points for each correct response a player gives and correct "Final Jeopardy!" responses are worth 10 points. Each of these points represents an entry into the sweepstakes, so the more points the three players on a fantasy team accrue, the more chances a fantasy team owner has of winning.

"Jeopardy!" is partnering with Lindblad Expeditions for the contest, and winners of the league sweepstakes will win a vacation..

The Wrap

posted 12/3/18


IMDB

KEN BERRY: 1933-2018
Actor Appeared on "Tattletales"
From TV Line

Ken Berry, best known to TV audiences for his work on F Troop, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama's Family, has died at the age of 85.

A cause of death has not been disclosed. Berry's death was first announced by his former wife, actress Jackie Joseph, in a Facebook post on Saturday. She later acknowledged the outpouring of "love and gratitude" expressed by friends and admirers of the late actor, and shared a photo of Berry and his partner of the last 26 years, Susie Walsh.

Berry's breakout role came when he was cast as Capt. Wilton Parmenter in F Troop, which ran from 1965-1967. Next, he appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as Sam Jones, then starred in the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D., which aired from 1968-1971. He later went on to star as Vinton Harper in the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama's Family, which ran from 1983-1990.

Prior to F Troop, Berry had a recurring role as Dr. John Kapish on the medical drama Dr. Kildare. Additional TV credits included episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The Golden Girls.

In the game show realm, he appeared on Tattletales, Break the Bank, The Hollywood Squares, It's Your Bet, and It Takes Two.

TV Line

posted 12/4/18


GAMES GONE BY: Winning Lines
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

If ONE show from "across the pond" could make a big bash in 'Merca, certainly ANOTHER could, too, right? Well, maybe...but it wasn't THIS one. But it DID serve as Dick Clark's lasting true hosting gig so...that's something, anyway. Chris Wolvie gives us CBS's answer to "Millionaire" in "Winning Lines", yet another one of the "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/3/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Going Home"

  • LL Cool J to host "A Home for the Holidays - 20th Anniversary" (The Futon Critic)

  • Bobby Flay signs on for 3 more years! 3 more years! (The Wrap)

  • Blake Shelton does Elvis (The Wrap)

posted 12/3/18

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