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"Midnight Feast" Heads to FYI October 16
From TV by the Numbers
In FYI’s new series, "Midnight Feast,” New York’s Chelsea Market sets the stage for a late-night culinary showdown between some of the hottest chefs in the country. Six one-hour episodes will premiere on Thursday, October 16 at 10pm ET.

In each episode of “Midnight Feast,” three professional chefs are given exclusive, after-hours access to Chelsea Market, and will have free rein to use any ingredient found in the famous food hall. From creating the ultimate feast they would want to consume on their last night on earth to whipping up a dish they think will guarantee a “successful” evening of romance to creating inventive meals that are meant to be eaten without silverware – viewers will see the chefs execute a range of creative dishes.

By the end of the night, the winner walks away with a cash prize, ten times the total value of their ingredients used – while the losers walk away paying their own tabs. With access to some of the finest food items in the world, each chef must weigh their desire to use the most expensive and exotic ingredients against the risk of picking up an outlandish bill.

Chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, serves as host and head judge. Kat Odell, editorial producer of eater.com, and John DeLucie, chef and restaurateur, also serve as judges.

“Midnight Feast” is produced for FYI by Nerd TV. Jago Lee, John Farrar and Bob Kirsh are Executive Producers for Nerd TV. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/11/14

More on "The Voice: I Want You"
Game to Be Released on All Platforms in Time for Battle Rounds
From Game Revolution
Activision has announced that it is transforming The Voice, a music competition reality TV show that has lasted on NBC for six seasons so far, into a rhythm-based video game.

The game will test your singing ability as you progress from the Blind Auditions to the Battle Rounds, and then ultimately the Finale. A Party Mode will allow up to eight players to compete against each other, while Voice Coach Mode will let you practice harmonization and singing runs. There's no word on whether a microphone will be bundled

Rated E10+, The Voice will arrive for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and Wii on October 21, 2014. Season 7 of The Voice begins September 22 and will star Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine as judges.

Game Revolution

posted 9/11/14

"Squares" Gets Baked
3.2 Million Can't Beat Series High for "British Bake-Off"
From Digital Spy
The Great British Bake Off climbed in the ratings for a fourth consecutive week on Wednesday, overnight figures reveal.

The BBC One show was up by around 30,000 viewers from last week to 8.32 million on average (38.5%) at 8pm.

Later, Our Zoo dipped by around 700k from last week's opener to 4.30m (20.8%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Hotel India appealed to 1.25m (5.8%) at 8pm, followed by Horizon with 882k (4.3%) at 9pm.

ITV's Celebrity Squares launched with 3.24m (14.9%) at 8pm (167k/0.8% on +1), while Scott & Bailey also returned with 3.98m (19.3%) at 9pm (465k/3.2%).

On Channel 4, Double Your House for Half the Money interested 941k (4.4%) at 8pm (160k/0.8%), followed by Grand Designs with 1.93m (9.3%) at 9pm (284k/1.9%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother live eviction entertained 1.78m (8.6%) at 9pm (145k/1.0%). Wentworth continued with 795k (5.4%) at 10pm.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 9/11/14

The Great Wall of China
"Rising Star" Sold to CCTV3
From Variety
Interactive talent show “Rising Star” is to be broadcast in China on state-controlled China Central Television.

The move follows a deal between Israel’s Keshet International and Enlight Media, one of the largest private-sector film and TV conglomerates in China.

The companies closed a two season deal and Enlight will produce 30 episodes that will air on CCTV-3.

“We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television,” said Wen Ha, program director at CCTV-3.

The show, which encourages audience feedback through an app that can be downloaded on tablets or smart phones and displays the feedback live on TV, originated in Israel in 2013 and has been sold as a format to over 30 territories.

Often within the past two years Chinese regulators have sought to limit the number of light-weight game shows and copies of western formats. TV talent shows, however, have remained hugely popular with audiences and have discovered significant talents.

China has an estimated population of 521 million smart phone users, according to research firm eMarketer.

Variety

posted 9/11/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Never Forget"

  • Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull and Train ... oh yeah, and a winner. America's Got the Finale, September 17 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Tyra Sanchez (aka "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 2 winner James Ross) is assaulted & arrested (TMZ)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil named Grand Marshal of Chicago's Little Village Chamber of Commerce 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. (WLS Chicago)
     
  • Arthur Chu says he's still a loser after winning "Jeopardy!" (NineMSN)
     
  • Howie Mandel plays St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI (Herald Palladium)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right" (Broadway World), "Celebrity Name Game" (KESQ Palm Springs), and "Baggage: On the Road" (Culture Map Austin)

posted 9/11/14

Tuesday: ... Paradise Lost
Tuesday, Got Talent, NBC. You Know How It Goes Now
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "Food Fighters" (4.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (3.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by its annual presentation of "Fashion Rocks" (2.372 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the season finale of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.283 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the time period premiere of "Utopia" (2.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by the season finale of "Hotel Hell" (2.423 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Supernatural" (0.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) on The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" led the troops in the demo, but crept just under the million with 977,000. "Face Off" had 1.246 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/14

ITV Believes
ITV Invests in Digital Outlet
From B&C
U.K. network ITV has signed a deal to invest in the Believe Entertainment Group, the digital entertainment company announced Wednesday. As such, ITV will join Believe Entertainment’s board of directors.

ITV, the largest independent producer of unscripted content in the U.S., will look to help strengthen Believe Entertainment’s existing projects by sharing its own expertise in international distribution, U.S. production and relationships with talent.
 
“[T]his partnership offers both companies a distinct competitive advantage,” said Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III, cofounders of Believe Entertainment Group. “ITV will offer numerous opportunities for us to grow our efforts in multiple formats, channels and globally to the benefit of both our talent and brand partners.”

Believe Entertainment’s short-form producing credits include the LeBron James Xbox animated series The LeBrons, the behind-the-scenes with DJ/producer Tiësto YouTube series In the Booth and the Jay Mohr-hosted Hulu game show Money Where Your Mouth Is. The company focuses on matching developed talent with global brands, and distributing that produced content onto a multitude of digital platforms with native advertising supporting those brands.

B&C
Chicago Tribune

posted 9/10/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Game Change"

  • Craig Ferguson wants to change the game with "Celebrity Name Game" (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • This is "The Voice"... the video game (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Celebrity Squares (ITV, Saturdays) (Independent) PLUS a few good minutes with Warwick Davis (U.TV)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: board game shows. Yes, Scrabble made the list (AV Club)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Family Feud" (TV Guide) PLUS a few good minutes with Steve Harvey (Stars & Stripes)
     
  • A FEW MINUTES WITH Ben Gleib (UT San Diego)

posted 9/10/14

Superstar Sabotage
Get Ready for a Special Series of Cutthroat Kitchen October 8
From The Futon Critic
Food Network hit Cutthroat Kitchen goes all-star this fall, with sixteen elite chefs competing in the five-episode mayhem-filled Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament under the watchful eye of host Alton Brown. Only the craftiest and most cunning chefs survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one wins ultimate bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. The primetime event kicks off Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded.

"Cutthroat Kitchen is equal parts culinary contest and battle of wits and with these food masters competing under the leadership of the one-and-only Alton Brown, the inaugural Superstar Sabotage tournament is certain to be fierce and funny," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

Episodes are:

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat One" Premieres Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Susan Feniger, Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira face off in the first battle, where their sabotages involve a treadmill station, carnival hammer game and conveyor toaster. Judge: Antonio Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Two" Premieres Wednesday, October 15th at 9pm ET/PT In round two, Nadia G, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in sabotages including an unusually high prep table, cooking in a popcorn machine and getting a hand stuck in a cookie jar. Judge: Jet Tila.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Three" Premieres Wednesday, October 22nd at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Anne Burrell, Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips compete in the third tournament episode with sabotages such as a floating prep station, holding hands with another chef and replacing their mixing and cooking vessels with lemons and banana leaves. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Four" Premieres Wednesday, October 29th at 9pm ET/PT There's only one more spot in the finale, and Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani each think they have what it takes to get there. They are faced with sabotages including gambling for ingredients and swapping utensils and knives for tools made of cheese and banana leaves. Judge: Antonia Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Finale" Premieres Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT Winners from prior heats compete to win up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

After each episode, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat for Alton's insider take on the week's sabotages in Alton's After-Show, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

New Deal, New Rules...
Noel Edmonds Signs on for New Season
From Yahoo!
Noel Edmonds has signed a new deal to present 288 more episodes of Deal Or No Deal - which is getting a change in the rules.

The Channel 4 game show is introducing a new twist - an Offer Button for contestants to contact the banker directly, Broadcast magazine reported.

The button will give Deal Or No Deal players a bit more control over the game - as it will allow them to demand an offer from the banker at any point in the game - as long as they can predict his opening offer.

The new contract will take the game show into its 10th year - running until the end of 2015 with Noel Edmonds remaining as the host.

The game show - which has already paid out £39m to 2,650 contestants - features 22 players who each have a sealed box containing different prizes ranging from 1p and £250,000. The main player chooses to open boxes in turn, eliminating the prize contained inside.

The banker then bids to buy their box, with no one knowing what amount of money it contains. The contestant can choose to accept or refuse an offer from the banker - taking their gamble that their box contains more or less money.

In 2014 a 23rd box was introduced to the game which players can choose to open at the end of the game - it could double their money (making the maximum prize on offer £500,000), make them more or less money or even mean they lose everything.

Yahoo!
C21Media
Broadcast

posted 9/9/14

Skin Wars Declares Ceasefire September 24
Two-Hour Event Includes Reunion Show
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a special SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW to air immediately following the series' season one finale on Wednesday, September 24.

SKIN WARS' season one finale airs at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW will be hosted by series judge - and legendary entertainer - RuPaul Charles, and will welcome back all of the talented and colorful season one contestants, as well as SKIN WARS judges and body-painting icons, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. The reunion will highlight the series' most memorable moments, go behind the scenes to delve into the relationships that evolved, and explore the truth behind some of the season's biggest showdowns.

Additionally, fans will get a "sneak peek" at the world premiere of RuPaul's original song, "Color Me Love (featuring Rebecca Romijn)." Written and produced by RuPaul, Rebecca Romijn and Lucian Piane, the single makes its debut in the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW.

As part of the reunion, viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance via Facebook (facebook.com/SkinWarsShow) and Twitter (@SkinWarsShow) about their favorite episode, challenge, contestant, model and more, with questions to be answered on-air.

Still airing season one, SKIN WARS has already been seen by more than 9 million total viewers (unduplicated) and has nearly doubled the time period average (+95%) among total viewers, versus the year-to-date time period average. The series' debut on August 6 was the second most-watched original premiere in GSN history.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Virtual Voice
NBC Offers VR Experience on Tour
From The Futon Critic
To promote the return of "The Voice," NBC has created "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" fan experience.

Fans will get to sit in the famous coaches' chair and via Oculus Rift virtual-reality - a complete 360° immersion - will allow them to physically and virtually experience an entire "blind audition." Fans will sit next to and interact with new season seven coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, as well as returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

With the public encouraged to participate, "The Voice 360" will tour the nation with four real-life coaches' chairs starting in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will end in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 22, the day the new season of "The Voice" premieres.

In "The Voice 360," a high-impact, real-world stage is the doorway into virtual reality. While seated in an actual coaches' chair, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset takes fans on a four-minute journey inside "The Voice" studio in live-action, 3D imagery. Oculus Rift allows fans to physically motion their heads up, down and side to side to see the entirety of the studio and reach out to the coaches sitting virtually next to them. During the audition, the chair will actually turn 180 degrees, revealing the performer. The experience concludes with audition comments from each coach and the musician choosing his mentor.

The traveling coaches' chair began touring in 2012 to promote the second season of "The Voice" and gave fans a chance to sit in the chairs made famous by the show's success. With the new season approaching, NBC's use of cutting-edge technology with A-list celebrity talent in "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" gives fans an entirely new and intimate way to experience "The Voice."

The tour dates for "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" are as follows:

NEW YORK Sept. 9 45 Rockefeller Plaza - "Today" Show Plaza: 6:30 am - 9 am Sept. 10 1271 Avenue of the Americas - Plaza across from Radio City Music Hall:11am - 7pm

CHICAGO Sept. 15 401 N. Michigan Avenue - Pioneer Plaza:10am - 6pm

LOS ANGELES Sept. 21 & 22 The Grove: 11am - 7pm

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Monday: Sunset in Paradise
ABC, Fox Split The Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (5.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (5.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by a second "MasterChef" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (5.669 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (6.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season finale of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.832 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) alongside a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.776 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Mom" (5.190 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Two and a Half Men" (4.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), another "Two and a Half Men" (4.529 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.413 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.083 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) closed out the night over on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/9/14

Fremantle Going to Market
On Offer: Heaven or Hell, Celebrity Name Game
From World Screen
FremantleMedia is slated to showcase a number of new formats at the market in Cannes next month, including the prime-time reality competition Master Athletes.

Master Athletes looks on as two dozen individuals train for and complete a 10-week sporting challenge. The Swedish version of the entertainment format was produced by FremantleMedia Sweden for SVT, where it launched last month.

FremantleMedia is also presenting Heaven or Hell, which premiered this summer on ProSieben's Pro.7 in Germany. The quiz show sees contestants answer a series of questions for the chance to win a cash prize.

Other MIPCOM highlights from the company will include Celebrity Name Game, a game show co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury; My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours, a culinary competition from Mandarina in Spain; and Virtually Famous, a panel program that was originally produced for E4 in the U.K.

Rob Clark, the director of global entertainment at FremantleMedia, said: "Our MIPCOM 2014 slate is incredibly strong and really delivers creative, original formats that have a proven ratings track record. I believe that we've got something for every broadcaster for both their prime-time and access schedules, l am very excited by the caliber of shows we have to offer and can't wait for the market...bring it on."

World Screen
IndianTelevision

posted 9/9/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Feud"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Fallon plays the Feud with Jason Segel and WE'RE GONNA PLAY STEVE! (YouTube)
     
  • Bob Barker vs. pigeon shoots (PennLive)
     
  • Joan Rivers to appear in the next Celebrity Apprentice (Mediaite)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" heads to My City to push NFLNTNFoCBS (Variety)
     
  • 50 chefs. 50 states. One Masterchef finale (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CBS improves its Eye-Lerts (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Marc Summers wants to reboot Double Dare (Huffington Post)

posted 9/9/14

More on "Wheel" Season 32
Catch It September 15
From Sony PR
On September 15th, America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune kicks off its 32nd season with “Teacher’s Week.” All the contestants will be teachers spinning the Wheel for the new higher dollar amounts and ultimately hoping to play for the $1 Million grand prize.

Minimums have been increased on both the Wheel and bonus round wheel for the new season. The new minimum on the Wheel is $500, up from $350, and the new bonus round wheel now gives contestants a chance at a minimum of $32,000 in cash or a new car.

Also, during a puzzle with the “Same Letter” category, when a contestant calls the “same letter” in the puzzle, they will have an additional $1000 added to their total.

Season 32 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including Walmart, Disney, Hilton and others.

posted 9/8/14

Sunday: A World Without Football
Three Guesses What Network Won Sunday...
From The Futon Critic
NBC (18.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (7.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (18.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.4, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

FOX (7.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then was a distant second place with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (19.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.1, #2), "The OT" (10.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.1, #5) and the two-hour premiere of "Utopia" (4.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Next up was CBS (6.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Big Brother 16" (7.134 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Unforgettable" (6.993 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Reckless" (4.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, ABC (2.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with the special "The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock" (2.122 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), a new "Wipeout" (2.345 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the season finale of "Wipeout" (2.541 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.053 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/14

Return to Paradise
ABC Renews "Bachelor" Spinoff
From Entertainment Weekly
Viewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for “love” in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled.

The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC, unless you live in the Detroit and New York markets. ABC is syndicating the NFL Monday Night Football game in those markets.

Entertainment Weekly
Twitter @ChrisBHarrison

posted 9/8/14


SIMONE BATTLE: 1989-2014
GRL Singer Finalist on Season 1 of US "The X Factor"
From Billboard
Simone Battle of girlband GRL has died at the age of 25.

The singer's death was confirmed in a joint statement by Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records.

The statement reads: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.

"Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."

Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of the group's members, Natasha Slayton and Lauren Bennett, posted heartfelt messages in the wake of her death.

G.R.L. founder, Robin Antin, posted a lengthy message to her Instagram account on Saturday, Sept. 6, one day after Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5 of an apparent suicide.

"I'm so beyond devastated by the loss of our beautiful Simone ... Simone I will miss your smile, Your adorable laugh, Your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, The joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart..." she wrote. "How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet sweet voice and talent.... We will NEVER forget... I Love you sweet Simone Rest in Peace...@grl."

Pitbull also reacted to the news on Saturday. He appeared on G.R.L.'s single, "Wild Wild Love," off the group's debut self-titled EP, released on July 29. "My heart and prayers go out to @GRLSimone: @grl and her family. RIP Dios la bendiga ," he wrote.

Producer Dr. Luke, who worked with the girl group on their single, "Ugly Heart," tweeted, "My thoughts are with GRL and Simone's family during this difficult time. The world has lost a true talent. She will be greatly missed."

The track's co-producer, Cirkut, added, "Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Simone Battle. A talented and beautiful person. My thoughts are with her family and friends."

Prior to joining G.R.L., Battle appeared on "The X Factor" in 2011, where she was mentored by Simon Cowell before being eliminated the first week. He tweeted, "I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone."

Nicole Scherzinger, who was a judge that same season and previously worked with Antin during her Pussycat Dolls days, tweeted, "Devastated & upset to hear about the passing of @GRLSimone.My prayers go out to her family @robinantinpcd @GRL & my ReignDeer family."

Billboard
BET
Digital Spy
BBC News
Music Times
Zap2it
TMZ
Us Magazine

photo courtesy Fox

posted 9/8/14


JOAN RIVERS: 1933-2014
Comic Legend Played "Squares", "Apprentice", "Family Feud"
From
Deadline
After being taken to a hospital in cardiac arrest last week, Emmy-winning comedian Joan Rivers died today in New York. She was 81. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends.”

Rivers logged a half-century in show business and gave rise to red carpet commentary — and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it. Her signature query was, “Who are you wearing?” During the latter part of her career, she provided red carpet coverage for awards show on E! and also was the host of E!’s Fashion Police. Recently, she hosted the online talk show In Bed With Joan and co-starred with her daughter on the WE tv reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best.

E! released a statement: "E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She's been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors."

Rivers had been scheduled to perform August 29 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, which last week postponed the performance, telling fans to hang on to their tickets. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows scheduled for November. On August 27, Rivers promoted her new book, Diary Of A Mad Diva, at the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Her employer E! reported she was “lively” and “sharp as she’s ever been” at that event. That night, she performed at New York’s Beechman Theatre, at which she joked about death, according to an attendee interviewed by CNN.

“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment — and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,'” the audience member told CNN.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said today. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Born Joan Alexandra Molinksy in Brookyn to Russian Jewish immigrants, Beatrice and Meyer C. Molinsky, she changed her name early on during her showbiz career to Rivers per the suggestion of then-agent Tony Rivers. Prior to establishing herself with a quick-witted, fiercely pungent stand-up, Rivers worked as Rockefeller Center tour guide, an ad agency writer-proofreader and a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a bachelor’s in English literature and anthropology.

The New York native originally entered show business with the intention of pursuing a theatrical career. During the late 1950s, Rivers played a lesbian in the short play Driftwood — opposite Barbra Streisand, before she hit her stride — which ran for six weeks. But, she told the Associated Press in 2013, “Somebody said, ‘You can make $6 standing up in a club,’ … I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.” She cut her teeth as a stand-up during the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, and was a 1961 Second City stage alumni in Chicago, where she was known for her shy and insecure characters, i.e. the dental assistant who shares an after-hours drink out of rinse cups with her married boss. She also starred in the popular Second City repertoire blackout sketch “Our Children” and starred in the company’s show My Friend Art Is Dead opposite the late improv-guru Del Close.

In 2009, Rivers won NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. A documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, premiered in theaters in 2010. Diary Of A Mad Diva was released in July. She also competed as a player or a panelist on "What's My Line?", "Pyramid", "Celebrity Family Feud", and on at least two different runs of "Hollywood Squares". In the 1980s run, she took a star turn as the Center Square for much of the three seasons.

Rivers took pleasure in mocking herself, as evident when she played herself in the Season 2 episode of FX’s Louie titled “Joan,” which caps off with Louis C.K. making a pass at her. After he bombs onstage during a casino performance and is fired for his jokes about the Trump establishment, Rivers parlays the following advice to him about show business: “I wish I could tell you it gets better, it doesn’t get better. You get better. You think it’s been easy? I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke, but you do it. And you do it because … because we love it more than anything else, that’s why you do it. You want a real job, honey? There’s millions of things you can do. But what we do is not a job. It’s sounds so stupid: What we do is a calling. We make people happy. It’s a calling.”

Her final sendoff was less extravagant than what she described in her book. Rivers’ funeral will be private at New York City's Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, according to her publicist. Also, in keeping with Jewish tradition, the Upper East Side temple does not hold open-casket services, according to the synagogue.

"America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern eulogized longtime friend Joan Rivers at her funeral Sunday, and shared some of those comments on his SiriusXM radio show Monday.

Stern recalled meeting Rivers in 1983 when he was working at NBC Radio, noting it was a big deal to have the permanent guest host of The Tonight Show as a guest back when he was a "pariah" of the entertainment industry.

"She was very, very embracing of the show and what I was doing," Stern said. "She was a fan of the show and she was a great cheerleader "

At the funeral, Stern said he teared up when Hugh Jackman sang one of Rivers' favorite songs, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" by Peter Allen.

"I was so f—ing moved by this guy's performance that I had tears. You know me, I'm a big scumbag. I don't get moved. I appreciated this guy so much," said Stern.

Then the New York Police Department brought out a bagpipe procession to play "Amazing Grace."

"I was crying like a baby. I was thinking about Joan, all the appearances she made on the show, being invited to her home," Stern said.

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posted 9/8/14

"Countdown" is Officially Amazing
70 Seasons Equals a Guinness Record
From ITV Press Centre
TV brainteaser show Countdown has made it into the Guinness World Record books after clocking up 6,000 episodes over 32 years.

The Channel 4 afternoon show has been running since the station launched in 1982 is now into its 70th series.

It's original host Richard Whiteley fronted the show for more than 20 years until his death in 2005. His sidekick Carol Vorderman left in 2008 after 26 years.

The award will be presented to current presenters Nick Hewer, math whiz Rachel Riley and dictionary guru Susie Dent on air for attaining the title of "most series broadcast for a TV game show".

Hewer said: "It is a huge honor to front Countdown, now recognized by Guinness World Records for its longevity.

"Having 32 years under its belt, I am only a novice, coming up to three years on the show.

"But I and the whole team are incredibly proud to be part of such a durable and intelligent format that relies on intellect rather than prize money."

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said: "The show - the first ever shown on Channel 4 - has long been a cornerstone of British popular culture, and its 70 series attest to its class, quality and pure entertainment value.

"It's every bit a part of TV time as the cuppa itself, and I'm looking forward to its next 6,000 episodes."

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posted 9/8/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Numbers"

  • Rachel Riley plays the numbers round with Strictly Come Dancing pro Pasha Kovalev (Yahoo!)
     
  • Big Brother Africa to continue after fire in the South African house (AllAfrica.com)
     
  • Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka make it official (E!)
     
  • Quizbusters celebrates 25 seasons by playing with celebrities (Lansing State Journal)
     
  • James Corden makes it official (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Darrin Rose (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and Steve Harvey (Washington Post)

posted 9/8/14

Speaking of Football...
NFL Affects Big Brother Season
From the Futon Critic
BIG BROTHER's Wednesday broadcast, featuring the Power of Veto, moves to Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning Sept. 9, while the Thursday live eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, shifts to Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) effective Sept. 10, due to the premiere of NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Sept. 11.

BIG BROTHER will continue to air on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). A Friday edition will be broadcast on Sept. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

As previously announced, the special 90-minute BIG BROTHER season finale will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 24 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-11:00 PM FASHION ROCKS (S)

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-10:00 PM UNDER THE LIGHTS (S)
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT (Season Finale)

Updated Friday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR (Season premiere)
9:30-11:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Season finale)

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posted 9/6/14

More on "Celebrity Squares"
Catch It On ITV Saturday!
From the Futon Critic
In a long, varied and extremely successful showbiz career, Warwick Davis has played a Star Wars Ewok, a Hogwarts charms master in the Harry Potter films and somehow put up with Karl Pilkington’s constant grumbling in An Idiot Abroad.

But the actor admits that his new role as a TV quiz master in the re-booted version of this classic comedy game show is one of his most challenging yet.

“It makes learning a script for a big Hollywood film seem easy,” laughs Warwick, 44.

“Hosting a quiz show is an entirely new thing for me and I found it very hard.

“The gameplay can be complicated and I can’t afford to make any mistakes when contestants are playing for a £20,000 jackpot.

"It’s daunting and I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Mirror

posted 9/6/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess with the Drew"

  • Drew Carey offers $10,000 for information leading to the slimeball behind a sick ALS ice bucket prank (Contra Costa Times)
     
  • Alex Trebek: the ideal Jeopardy! host. Ideal Jeopardy! player... not so much (Inquisitr)
     
  • Taken out of context, Ben Stein's comments can be pretty bad nowadays. Put in their proper context, though... they're a lot worse (The Raw Story)
     
  • John Rocker revisits SI article (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/6/14

Thursday: The 12th Man
NFL Wins Night Handily
From the Futon Critic
NBC (22.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "NFL Kickoff 2014" (16.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.7, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (24.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (23.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1).

CBS (5.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a distant second place with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "The Millers" (5.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) followed by a new "Big Brother 16" (6.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and a repeat "Elementary" (3.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Bones" (2.686 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.891 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (1.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11), a second "The Quest" (1.239 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.522 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.490 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.506 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "Project Runway" led the troops with 1.969 million viewers. The Tag Team Thursday episode of "@midnight" drew 871,000.

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Deadline
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/5/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Under the Gunn"

posted 9/5/14

Catch a Copycat Dancing
Alfonso Ribeiro, Jonathan Bennett Amongst Season 19 "DWTS" Cast
From the Futon Critic
This season's cast of celebrity dancers includes a fashion icon, a YouTube sensation, a NASCAR legend, and a movie star, to name a few. The stars will grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the "Dancing with the Stars" results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

The thirteen professional dancers teaching the celebrity cast how to bring heat to the dance floor are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. Two-time Mirrorball champion and movie star Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' desk.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" by "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 13 celebrities with their professional partners heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

- Jonathan Bennett (actor/host, MTV's "Copycat") / Allison Holker
- Tommy Chong (comedian/activist) / Peta Murgatroyd
- Randy Couture (MMA fighter/actor) / Karina Smirnoff
- Betsey Johnson (fashion designer) / Tony Dovolani
- Lolo Jones (Olympic sprinter/bobsledder) / Keo Motsepe
- Bethany Mota (YouTube host) / Derek Hough
- Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars") / Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Alfonso Ribeiro (actor/host, GSN's "Catch 21") / Witney Carson
- Sadie Robertson (reality TV star/model) / Mark Ballas
- Antonio Sabato Jr. (actor/host, "Fix It & Finish It") / Cheryl Burke
- Tavis Smiley (talk show host, "The Tavis Smiley Show") / Sharna Burgess
- Lea Thompson (actress) / Artem Chigvintsev
- Michael Waltrip (NASCAR driver) / Emma Slater

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

For the final week, on Monday, November 24th, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

"Good Morning America" host and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Cameron Mathison will be traveling with the "Dancing with the Stars" Mirrorball Trophy across the country as it makes its way from Times Square to the "DWTS" Ballroom in Los Angeles. The tour starts in Times Square in New York City on September 4th when the new celebrity cast is revealed live on "GMA." The trophy will then travel across America making stops in several cities. Fans are invited to visit the Mirrorball Trophy along the tour where they can see a past "Dancing with the Stars" contestant.

Additionally, "GMA's Shake It and Dance Mirror Ball Tour Contest" kicks off next week and lucky viewers can enter to win a trip for two to attend the "Dancing With the Stars" premiere in Los Angeles on September 15. The contest begins in Boston (Monday, Sept. 8), then Chicago (Tuesday, Sept. 9) and finally Houston (Wednesday, Sept. 10). In each city, there will be a ballroom-themed dance party for 300 people. Students and instructors from Arthur Murray will teach the audience a 30 to 45 second routine using various ballroom techniques. Three audience members at each venue will be randomly selected from the audience to compete--recreating the dance routine they were taught live on the air. A former "DWTS" celebrity contestant will judge their dance moves and pick a winner in each city. Celebrity guests include Gold-medal Olympic winner Aly Raisman, reigning "Dancing with the Stars" champion Meryl Davis and Mirrorball holder J.R. Martinez.

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posted 9/4/14

Tuesday: Finally Letting Go
"Frozen" Loses to "Got Talent", "NCIS"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (8.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

CBS (9.419 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the most-watched network with its special repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "NCIS" (10.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.460 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" (4.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.818 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef" (2.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "New Girl" (1.108 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.701 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the top draw - narrowly - was Food's "Chopped Ultimate Champions" with 1.257 million to 1.218 million for Syfy's "Face Off" & 1.168 million for Spike's "Ink Master". "The Chase" ended its third season by breaking its own record with 665,000, leading into 340,500 for a sliding "IdioTest". And "@midnight" scored a 753,000.

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TV by the Numbers

posted 9/4/14

Wednesday: Younger Brother
CBS Wins Demo Thanks to "Big Brother", NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.923 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Extant" (5.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

NBC (7.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second place with its lineup of an "America's Got Talent" (6.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap, a new "America's Got Talent" (10.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and the penultimate week of "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was FOX (4.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.083 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), another "The Goldbergs" (3.908 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), more "The Goldbergs" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), even more "The Goldbergs" (3.380 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Modern Family" (3.229 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and another "Modern Family" (3.395 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "The 100" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.427 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. This represents a new high for the UK import.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/4/14

Quiz Nights: The Game Show
Firecracker Sells 8 Episodes
From Televisual
Sky 1 has commissioned a new gameshow, Quiz Nights, an 8x60 fixed rig entertainment series from Firecracker Films based on pub quizzes.

Each show will follow four different teams, each one in a different pub across the country, as they battle it out against each other, answering identical quiz questions, in the contest to be crowned that week’s pub quiz champion.

The show is billed as a combination of a TV quiz show and an observational documentary, featured teams will be seen deliberating, squabbling and laughing as they search for the right and wrong answers. As the series continues, new pubs and teams will be introduced while a regular quiz teams will be seen returning throughout.

Participating pubs include: The Queens Arms, Birmingham; The Old Nuns Head, London; Peter Kavanagh's, Liverpool; The Rose and Crown, Chelmsford; Kelly's Dispensary, Liverpool; Stanley Working Men's Club, Blackpool; The Royal Blenheim, Oxford and The Lyceum Tavern, Newport.
Adam McDonald, Director of Sky 1, comments: “Quiz Nights is a celebration of a quintessentially British night and we are very excited for it to be coming to Sky 1. We wanted a show that is not only a piece of fascinating people watching TV but that also allows Sky customers to play along from home and really get involved.”

Sky Commissioning Editor Entertainment, Chris Brogden adds: “Whether just for fun or for the highly competitive, Quiz Nights will be a true celebration of one of Britain’s great institutions.”

Morgan Roberts, Firecracker Films added: "Firecracker Films are delighted to be working with Sky on such a unique idea - a show with heart, humour, rivalry, intrigue and a brilliant cast of characters. We want to make a series that captures the imagination and takes the idea of a traditional quiz show into a completely new space”.

The series has been commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Chris Brogden and will be executive produced by Jes Wilkins and Morgan Roberts for Firecracker Films. The Series Producer is Ollie Manley for Firecracker Films.

Production starts immediately for transmission on Sky 1 next year.

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posted 9/4/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Can We Talk?"

  • Carrie Underwood gets a miniseries based on a song, "Two Black Cadillacs" (Deadline)
     
  • Jackie Evancho returns to AGT September 10 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Cosplay plus game shows equals... (Huntington News)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" premiered on this date in 1972 (WTVY Dothan)

posted 9/4/14

Syndies: Five More Days...
Results for the 2013-2014 Season
From B&C
The syndication season ended Aug. 31, and two shows were clear winners. CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy led all of syndication for the third consecutive year, with a season-to-date average of 7.2 household rating, up 7% from last year. And CTD's Dr. Phil led the talk field for the third consecutive year with a 3.0 household average, up 3% from last year.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which retook sole possession of first place in the previous frame, widened the gap to a 5.9, up 4%. CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.5 for the third week in a row. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud picked up 4% to a 4.8, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, preparing for the arrival of new host Terry Crews, trailed at an unchanged 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Number

posted 9/3/14

Fake Out
Reports: ITV Axes Panel Game
From Digital Spy
Matt Edmondson has revealed to Digital Spy that Fake Reaction will not return for a third series.

The presenter said that ITV2 have not renewed the comedy panel game show, and he doesn't expect it to return for a third run.

"I don't think it's going to be returning sadly, no," said Edmondson. "We've done two series of it and I think it sort of did OK. But I think they want to try other things. So no.

"But it's always being repeated, so I don't think anyone's going to miss it because it's still on all the time."

When asked if he was disappointed about not doing more episodes, Edmondson said: "Not really, no.

"I sort of think I got what I wanted out of it and it was a really fun show to make, but I think it's probably time to move on and do other stuff. So I don't feel too heartbroken by it."

Fake Reaction launched in January 2013, while its second series aired a year later. The show featured contestants attempting to keep a straight face while fooling the other team. Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor appeared as regular captains.

Digital Spy

posted 9/3/14

Brazilian Ding Dong
Irish Game Heads to South America
From TBI Vision
Brazil’s Globo TV has acquired local rights to Banijay International format Super Star Ding Dong.

Originally from Irish prodco Vision Independent Productions for TV3, the musical game show will be remade in-house at Globo as a 13x40mins series that will launch later this year.

The Brazilian version will feature as a segment on entertainment variety show Domingão do Faustão, which has been on air since 1989.

We are continuously launching new segments, and it is always good to find creative and interesting content for Domingão, a variety show that pursues the delight of the viewer,” said Domingão do Faustão producer Jayme Praça.

Super Star Ding Dong was also commissioned in China for state broadcaster CCTV, which has recommissioned the show.

TBI Vision

posted 9/3/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A New Start"

  • Chris Daughtry kicks off with the theme of "Utopia" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "Yo Soy El Artista" launches special September 7 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Kevin Pereira heads to Nerdist. Points! (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: a game show in India is being probed for money laundering (Times of India)
     
  • A former Jeopardy! five-time champ is accused of sexual assault and is struck from the ToC roster because of it (AOL)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Warwick Davis (What's on TV) and Jeff Probst re: Exile Island (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/3/14

On the Menu: October 3
Hungry for a Lineup?
From the Futon Critic
TNT has unveiled the 10 restaurant chains that have signed on for the first season of On the Menu, the network's revolutionary new cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington (Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live, Top Chef, Emeril's Florida) headline the series in which everyday cooks will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. On the Menu is set to premiere on TNT Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion. Here's the lineup for season one:

· Chili's - Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Denny's - Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· California Pizza Kitchen - Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Planet Hollywood - Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Emeril's Restaurant - Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· The Cheesecake Factory - Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Cabo Wabo/Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Outback Steakhouse - Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Buca di Beppo - Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Each episode of On the Menu opens with four cooks who must face a series of elimination challenges in order to make it to the final round. First up, they must demonstrate their understanding of that week's featured restaurant through an intense preliminary challenge. In the second round, the three remaining cooks must each create their own new dish for the restaurant and serve it to a room full of hungry diners and super fans of the featured eatery, whose votes will determine who moves on to the final round. After refining and perfecting their dishes based on the comments they receive from the diners in round two, the last two cooks serve their creations to Ty, Emeril and representatives from the featured restaurant, in whose hands the final decision rests. In a first for television cooking competitions, the winning contestant's dish will then appear on the restaurant's menu the very next day.

As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking, branding and sales to help the contestants shape their culinary creations.

On the Menu comes to TNT from One Three Media. Emmy(R) winner Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) and Dean Houser (The Sing-Off, Stars Earn Stripes, Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp) serve as executive producers on the series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Poker Night Is Back.... For One Night Only
Discovery Lines Up Gaming Lineup
From the Futon Critic
Shark Week may be over, but several more (card) sharks are making their way onto Discovery. On September 10th, Discovery will up the ante with three brand new specials as a part of poker themed "All-In, All-Night." HUSTLING THE HOUSE premieres at 8pm ET/PT. CASINO SECRETS premieres at 9pm ET/PT. UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT.

Casinos, lotteries and bookies all use math and science to stack the deck against you. Now you can fight back. In HUSTLING THE HOUSE, airing at 8pm ET/PT, get the scoop that the House does not want you to have.

Next up is CASINO SECRETS at 9pm ET/PT. Every single detail in a casino is designed to keep the gambler from leaving. The longer than gambler stays, the more likely that gambler is to lose money. In CASINO SECRETS, insiders reveal the hidden world of high rollers. From the true odds of roulette, to the inner workings of a slot machine, the truth is about to come out.

Finally, UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT. Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are two of the most feared and successful players on the poker circuit today. Phil holds a World Poker title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and owns the world record for the longest time spent playing poker in a single session, lasting 115 hours at the Vegas Bellagio in 2010. Antonio's won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets, including the "Big One for One Drop" in 2012, where he took home the largest cash prize ever awarded at a single poker event - in excess of eighteen million dollars!

But though it's the tournament circuit that made them famous, their bread-and-butter venues are the ones that average Joes never see - ultra-exclusive and closely guarded underground games where fortunes are won and lost and won again, all in the course of a single night. Just to sit at these tables takes a lot of nerve, and a LOT of cash, but first you have to get in the door, and that means knowing the right people.

Luckily that's not a problem for Phil and Antonio - they know everybody who knows anybody in the poker world. In this special, they head to New Orleans, home to some of the most coveted underground games in the nation, and use their connections to hone in on the action, whether it's at a luxurious loft on Bourbon Street or in the back room of seedy, swamp-side dive. Down in the Big Easy, high stakes and danger preside with every raise and every call, and that's why it's exactly where Phil and Antonio want to be.

HUSTLING THE HOUSE is produced for Discovery Channel by MY Entertainment, where Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Matt Maranz and Dave Swartz serve as Executive Producers.

CASINO SECRETS is produced for Discovery Channel by Peacock Productions, where Colleen Halpin serves as Executive Producer.

UNDERGROUND POKER is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador, where Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jon Bulette serve as Executive Producers and by Appian Way, where Jennifer Killoran serves as Executive Producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Monday: A Night for Ninjas
NBC, Fox Split Night for Demo, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and FOX (4.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Labor Day as the latter served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.891 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the season finale of "Mistresses" (3.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) went with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (4.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Under the Dome" (6.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

TV3 Finds Algorithm
All3Media Sells Game to Ireland
From TBI Vision
All3Media International is set to launch new gameshow Algorithm internationally after its commission by Ireland’s TV3.

The free-to-air broadcaster has said it will launch the new 10x60mins show next spring, and All3 will handle sales of the format and finished series.

Billed as a man versus machine contest as players take on a computer – The Algorithm – over rounds of questions, the gameshow is produced by TV3’s in-house 3Studios and fledgling North American indie Soshefeigh. Radio and TV presenter Ray Foley will host the Irish show.

All3Media part-funded the show and will now launch it internationally.

Nick Smith, VP format sales at All3Media International said: “We have already grabbed the interest of several leading broadcasters from Europe and Australia – all of whom visited the shoot in August and have expressed keen interest.”

He added: “All3Media International is confident that the show will be very well received at MIPCOM and ATF this year at its launch.”

TBI Vision

posted 9/2/14

Will The Real Tenant Please Move In?
Red Arrow Options Israeli Show "Are You For Real"
From Broadcast
Israeli gameshow Are You For Real? is set to be remade in the UK after Red Arrow International optioned the format.

The global arm of the German broadcaster and production group struck the deal with Israeli indie Gil Productions to license the format for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Holland.

Are You For Real? challenges contestants to meet the occupants of three flats before guessing who is the actual owner and who is is posing under a fake identity.

The deal was struck between Tim Gerhartz, senior acquisitions and sales manager at Red Arrow International and Gil Productions chief executive Assaf Gil.

Red Arrow operates a number of UK production companies including A League of their Own producer CPL Productions, Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail producer Nerd and Hilar Bevan Jones’ drama indie Endor Productions.

It is thought that Red Arrow-indies CPL or Nerd will adapt the show in the UK.

Broadcast
C21 Media

posted 9/2/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "3 Million Drop"

posted 9/2/14

Thursday: Falsely NFL-evated
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (6.489 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Millers" (6.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Big Brother 16" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Elementary" (4.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

FOX (4.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Bones" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Welcome to Sweden" (4.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Welcome to Sweden" (4.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (4.115 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (4.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), a second "The Quest" (3.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and its special "World's Wildest Commercials" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Due to significant NFL preemptions, results are inflated, as every team was in action last night.

Speaking of football, ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M vs. South Carolina topped the charts in cable. Second: "Project Runway" with 2.237 million. "Snack-Off" dropped to 584,000, but continued to register in adults 18-34.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/14

Not-So-Sweet 16
Catch All-Female "TUF" September 10 on FS1
From the Futon Critic
The 16 women who comprise the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter(R): A Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder than most men their size. But several of these 115-pound ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC women's strawweight championship belt premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET), possess a softer side many would have thought impossible a few years ago given their backgrounds.

Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and struggles, but strip away the gloves and game faces, and standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted individuals using their experiences and their love of mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding troubled youth through some of their darkest moments. Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with troubled youth; a former Russian orphan whose adopted father died one year after bringing her to America; and a fighter born addicted to heroin, who later shattered her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three stories, prompting doctors to predict she'd never walk again.

While their life stories vary greatly in origin and specific challenges, each woman emerged triumphant and stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand life had dealt into a helping hand for others.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/14

BBC Links for Two
45-Episode Order Comes Down, Players Wanted
From Televisual
STV Productions and LTV have been commissioned to make another 40 episodes of quiz show The Link for BBC One daytime.

The show is presented by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings and the Harry Potter franchise) and over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions.

Andrew Robertson is executive producer for STV Productions and Jo Street is executive producer for BBC.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: “We’re thrilled that the addictive gameplay of The Link, combined with Mark’s fantastic stewardship, proved such a hit with the daytime audience, and are thrilled to be making another series for BBC One.”

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, said: “We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the UK; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well.”

Warner Bros. International Television Production is the global distributor of The Link format.

STV Productions developed the format in partnership with LTV. LTV was created by PJ Johnson and Angela Johnson from Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd and game developers Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond and Dean Tempest – the team behind board game, Linkee.

Televisual

posted 8/29/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Back September 2!"

  • First comes love: did the three-way really happen in paradise? Short answer: no. (New York Observer)
     
  • Then comes marriage: "Dating Naked" couple gets married (People)
     
  • Then come two babies and a baby carriage: In case you missed Family Feud Australia this week...  (Camden-Narellan Advertiser)

posted 8/29/14

Live at 25
Meet the New Breed of Amazing Racers!
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, "The Save." The team that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded "The Save," which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show's history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they'll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

- Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton (26/24; Princeville, HI; married)
- Maya Warren & Amy DeJong (29/24; Madison, WI; food scientists/friends)
- Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du (30/28; Tustin, CA; dating)
- Brooke Adams & Robbie Strauss (29/30; Houston/Woodbridge, NJ; dating/Impact wrestlers)
- Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson (29; Nashville; engaged country singers)
- Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsythe (30/26; Brooklyn; friends)
- Lisa & Michelle Thomson (28/22; Miami; sisters)
- Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo (40/39; Boston; firefighters)
- Misti Raman (36/37; Columbia, SC; married)
- Shelley & Nici Porter (42/24; Detroit; mother & daughter)
- Timothy Tsao & Te Jay McGrath (23/24; Pasadena, CA; dating)

The Futon Critic
Hitfix


"The Amazing Race" returns September 26
Photo courtesy CBS

posted 8/28/14

We're Gonna Play Again, Steve!
Catch Season 16 of the Feud September 15!
From the Futon Critic
It's time to play the Family Feud! Producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury today announced the hit nationally syndicated game show "Family Feud" - coming off its fourth straight year of growth since the arrival of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010 - will return for a new, side-splitting season on Monday, September 15, 2014 (check local listings).

During the nearly concluded 2013-14 season, "Family Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run strip. It scored an all-time high mark of 6.3 in late January.

In the key demos of women (2.5) and adults (2.1) ages 25-54, the game show - which tied top-rated "Wheel of Fortune" last season - is up year-to-year by 4% and 5% respectively, and is poised to finish this season as the No. 1 game show and No. 2 first-run daily series in syndication.

In the upcoming season, families from across the U.S. will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, Atlantic City, Tampa, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Family Feud" returns September 15
Photo courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 8/28/14

Wednesday: America's Got A Split
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside a new "Extant" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a second "Extant" (5.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

NBC (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of a "America's Got Talent" (5.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.694 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), another "Modern Family" (4.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the season finale of "Motive" (3.704 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.618 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/28/14

Meal of Fortune
Sony Teams with Banquet for Giveaway
From EIN Presswire
Banquet®, a brand of ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) and Wheel of Fortune, America’s most-watched game show*, announced a nationwide watch, match and win sweepstakes today that will award cash and other prizes to lucky winners. Consumers can enter online/mail-in or by collecting game pieces found in specially-marked packages of Banquet meals, pot pies and desserts.

“Since 1953, we’ve strived to deliver meals that provide value to our consumers,” said John Plaso, vice president and general manager, ConAgra Foods. “Our partnership with Wheel of Fortune helps us further deliver on that promise in a fun, engaging way.”

“This is a natural marriage of two of America’s biggest brands, coming together for maximum impact,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of Wheel of Fortune. “With our nationwide audience and Banquet’s tremendous consumer base, people all over the country will have a chance to win.”

The promotion features nearly 48 million specially-marked Banquet frozen dinners, each with a game piece and an online entry code. Consumers can visit https://www.wheeloffortune.com/banquet to try and solve a puzzle to win instant prizes such as free Banquet foods or cash prizes. During ‘Meal of Fortune’ week, September 29 through October 3, players will have the chance to match their game pieces to one of the special puzzles each night to win cash prizes. Official rules, including how to enter and collect game pieces without purchase, can be found here: https://banquet.promo.eprize.com/mealoffortune/public/fulfillment/rules.pdf

EIN Presswire
Consumerist

posted 8/28/14

Blind Second Date
Sony Teams with Stellify for New Version for TV3
From Televisual
Stellify Media, the Belfast-based joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has picked up its first major commission producing Blind Date (w/t) for national Irish broadcaster TV3.

Presented by Lucy Kennedy (The Ex Files, The Podge & Rodge Show), the new 8x60 series will be a “fresh, bold and contemporary” adaptation of SPT’s dating format The Dating Game. It will be produced by Stellify Media and 3Studios and air on TV3 later this year.

Executive producer and Stellify joint managing director, Kieran Doherty, said: “Securing our first commission just five months after launching Stellify Media is fantastic. Blind Date (w/t) is exactly the type of entertainment programming we want to produce - a compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy - making it unmissable viewing for the whole family.”

Head of Development & Formats and Executive Producer for TV3 / 3studios, Andrew Byrne, said: "We are delighted to team up with Stellify Media on this exciting new production. We have been working on a number of new dating formats as part of our continued development of 3studios and when we were approached with The Dating Game format, it was simply too hard to resist! For us this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we can bring a unique Irish flavor to.”

Based in Northern Ireland, Stellify Media was launched earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy’s previous credits include the international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and the reality game show format Take the Money and Run (ABC US). They also developed series and game shows including Dara O Briain's School of Hard Sums (DAVE) and the magic and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One NI). Most recently, they developed quiz pilots You Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for Channel 4.

Televisual

posted 8/28/14

Tuesday: Semifinal Answer
If It's Tuesday, It's NBC
From various sources
NBC (7.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (4.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Person of Interest" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.385 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Face Off" won over 1.236 million viewers for Syfy, but it couldn't match the 1.453 million earned by "Chopped: Ultimate Champions". "The Chase" reached a series high with 651,000 viewers, followed by "IdioTest" at 467,500 for the hour.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx

posted 8/27/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apptastic"

  • CASTING COUCH: "App Wars" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Joan Rivers admitted to hospital after respiratory arrest (E!)
     
  • Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul to perform on "SYTYCD" finale (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: "Dancing with the Stars'" wish list (TMZ)
     
  • "Ink Master" gives you the power of choice for season 5's opener (The Futon Critic)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Countdown "orgasms". This is not a repeat from earlier this week (Independent)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Julia Collins (Kiplinger) and Rick Harrison (Las Vegas Sun)

posted 8/28/14

A Rocker, Two Racers & A Spider Walk Onto an Island...
"Survivor San Juan del Sur" Cast Revealed
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

This fall on SURVIVOR, the "Blood vs. Water" theme returns as all-new castaways compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: Blood or Water?

This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each week two loved ones square off against one another in a battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.

The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on SURVIVOR:

- Drew Christy
Age: 25 Winter Park, Fla. Traveling Sales Rep
- Alec Christy
Age: 22 Winter Park, Fla. Student

- Jeremy Collins
Age: 36 Foxboro, Mass. Firefighter
- Val Collins
Age: 35 Foxboro, Mass. Police Officer

- Reed Kelly
Age: 31 New York, N.Y. Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist
- Josh Canfield
Age: 32 New York, N.Y. Singer, Actor, Writer

- Jon Misch
Age: 26 Waterford, Mich. Financial Assistant
- Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25 Las Vegas, Nev. Media Buyer

- John Rocker
Age: 39 Atlanta, Ga. Former MLB Player (Played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Julie McGee
Age: 34 Atlanta, Ga. Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

- Natalie Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach and Student
- Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace **Competed on seasons 21 and 24 of THE AMAZING RACE

- Keith Nale
Age: 53 Shreveport, La. Fire Captain
- Wes Nale
Age: 23 Shreveport, La. Firefighter

- Missy Payne
Age: 47 Dallas, Texas Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym
- Baylor Wilson
Age: 20 Nashville, Tenn. Student

- Dale Wentworth
Age: 55 Ephrata, Wash. Farmer
- Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28 Seattle, Wash. Marketing Manager

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Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/27/14

The Farmer Wants a Wife
Chris Soules Named New "Bachelor"
From ABC News
After months of anticipation and speculation, ABC announced today that Chris Soules will star in the next edition of its hit reality series, “The Bachelor.”

Soules, who made it to the final three men vying for the affections of Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette,” before being sent home before the final rose ceremony, says he "absolutely" believes he can find love again on TV.

"That's why I'm doing it," Soules, 32, said today on "Good Morning America." "I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it."

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential," he said.

Since his appearance on "The Bachelorette," Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

ABC News
TV Guide
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Halloween Wars Returns to Town
Catch It on Food Network October 5
From the Futon Critic
Halloween Wars returns to Food Network for its fourth season, premiering Sunday, October 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Witness five teams, consisting of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake decorator, and sugar artist, as they battle it out over four episodes to create heart-stopping Halloween-themed displays, guaranteed to scare the daylights out of viewers. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each week the teams go head-to-head to create different themed pumpkin displays. One team is eliminated each episode by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Emmy(R)-nominated make-up artist Brian Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story: Asylum), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Adi Shankar (film producer of The Grey and Dredd), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead and The Devil's Rejects).The last team standing wins the title of Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Big Break Heads to Myrtle Beach
Catch It on Golf Channel October 7
From the Futon Critic
The cast for Golf Channel's 22nd season of its popular Big Break reality competition series - Big Break Myrtle Beach - was revealed today, featuring six men and six women hoping to take that next step in their professional golf careers. They will compete for a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an exemption to either the 2015 Valspar Championship on the PGA TOUR or the 2015 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Myrtle Beach premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach features a cast of 12 who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Several are playing full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours throughout North America, while others turned professional solely to qualify for Big Break Myrtle Beach. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour a reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Emmys: Race to the Top
An "Amazing" Record for Outstanding Reality
From the Wrap
The big winners at the Primetime Emmys? Amazing Race, and NBC.

"Race", CBS' long-running (C-Note: pun intended) reality game won its 10th trophy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series out of 12 nominations, the most of any reality show on television.

Monday's awards show on NBC was the most-watched night on any network since this year's Oscars.

Monday's Emmy Awards earned a 4.2 demo rating and 15.6 million total viewers, according to final Nielsen numbers.

It was the second-biggest audience for the Emmys in eight years, and it tied for the second-highest rating in the key 18-49 demographic in seven years.

The NBC telecast, hosted by Seth Meyers, was the most-watched night on any TV network since March's Academy Awards.

Those numbers come despite the obstacles of being on a Monday evening (for the first time since 1976) and taking place in August. Last year's September telecast earned 17.8 million viewers, and also had the advantage of a Sunday NFL lead-in on CBS.

In 2013, the Emmys scored a 4.9 in the key demo.

Here's a fun fact: Monday's Emmys topped the rest of the combined so-called “Big 4” competition in primetime, with a 4.2 rating edging the combined 4.1 of Fox (1.8), ABC (1.2) and CBS (1.1).

The 15.6 million in total viewers beat the combined total of 13.8 million for CBS (5.0 million), Fox (4.6 million) and ABC (4.2 million).

The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Syndies: Wake Me Up When September Begins
Results for the Week Ending August 17
From Eater
Magazines saw dramatic increases in the week ending Aug. 17, fueled by extensive coverage of the life and tragic death of Robin Williams.

The game shows bounced back, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune regaining leadership over the genre with a 4% gain to a 5.7, edging ahead of CTD’s Jeopardy!, which was unchanged at a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Steve Harvey-led Family Feud perked up 5% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Restaurant Restart
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup"
From Eater
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Texas-based chef Tim Love's CNBC show Restaurant Startup has been renewed for a second season. According to a press release, the show will return in January 2015 with ten episodes — each one hour long — which is two episodes more than the first seasons' eight episode run. Love initially confirmed that the show had been picked up for two seasons back in June.

Restaurant Startup pits Bastianich and Love against each other as they "vie to invest their own money" in restaurant concepts they believe could be successful. There is no word on if consultant Waylynn Lucas (of Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love) — who worked with contestants on the show — will return. The final episode of season one airs tonight on CNBC.

Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

"Yo Soy El Artista": September 14
Lucero to Host
From TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announced that the much anticipated mega-reality show "Yo Soy El Artista" (I Am the Artist), will premiere on Sunday, September 14th at 8pm/7c. Hosted by international star Lucero, the reality show will air simultaneously in the U.S. on Telemundo and throughout Latin America on the cable networks E! and Telemundo Internacional. A select panel of celebrity judges, including Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañon, Mario Quintero Lara, Stephanie Himonidis ‘La Chiquibaby’ and Boris Izaguirre, along with 100 international social media influencers, will vote on contestants from around the country, who will have to sing, dance and demonstrate star quality and showmanship, in an intense 13-week competition, where the winner will be named the ultimate true "Artist."

International Latin music idol Juan Luis Guerra, winner of top industry awards, will be the special guest star during premiere night, bringing his music and unique flair to the stage of this innovative competition.

From the more than 4,000 people that participated in auditions in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Orlando and Puerto Rico, only 120 contestants were preselected to travel to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to take part in the competition, which will include three phases: Auditions, Selection and Galas.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Fashion Star Shoots to China
Dragon TV to Air "The Goddesses' New Clothes"
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that it is co-producing 10 episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes with Dragon TV, Hitao and Blue Flame. The show, based on the U.S. show Fashion Star, premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

In The Goddesses' New Clothes six female celebrities will design and model "themed" clothes with the help of professional designers to win orders from shop owners at tmall.com--one of China's largest e-commerce sites. The show will continue in its current slot, airing on Saturday nights at 9:15pm.

"Fashion Star attracted audiences and advertisers in a never before seen way," said Cyrus Farrokh, VP of Distribution at Electus. "By co-producing The Goddesses' New Clothes we were able to localize the Fashion Star format with much more success than we could have done with only a format deal."

Airing on NBC from 2012-2013, the original format gave 12 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest fashion retailers. Fashion Star is currently airing on Vietnam's VTV3.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling II"

  • Billy on the Street... on the Emmys (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "Bachelor" contestant denied a third leave of absence, goes from media ho to nobody (Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice)
     
  • Former "Card Sharks" dealer Markie Post (yeah, the Night Court lady) returns to NBC on "Chicago PD" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • FIRST LOOKS: Hell's Kitchen (Fox, September 10) (WRAZ Raleigh) and Celebrity Squares (ITV, September 10) (ITV)
     
  • Jon Bauman does what he does best... and it's not host "Hollywood Squares" (Syracuse.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: Countdown has orgasmed. Again (Daily Mirror)

posted 8/25/14

TPIR Wants More Men
Second Male Model Search Is On!
From Zap2it
On the heels of Rob Wilson becoming "The Price Is Right's" first male model, the CBS daytime staple has decided to hold a national competition for another handsome lad to join the usual bevvy of beauties showing off the fancy cars and exotic trips.

The search will begin Sept 6. in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by open calls in cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas, to find a male model who can do it all. Hopefuls will be judged on their sense of humor, red carpet skills and, of course, their ability to show off a car, all in the hopes of earning a modeling gig on the show, hosted by Drew Carey.

The search will air as a six-episode web series competition and fans will be able to cast their vote for the winner. At the conclusion of the web series, the final three contestants will be revealed on "The Talk," with fans being able to vote online for their favorite. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 8 and begin his week-long modeling gig on Monday, Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

If you can't make it to an open casting call, never fear -- there are online auditions as well. For audition dates and locations as well as additional contest info, go to Priceisright.com.

Zap2it
Los Angeles Times
People
Broadway World
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Sunday: Falling Star
ABC's Talent Show Ends, But Football Wins
From Deadline
One night before the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and with the MTV VMAs on plus some finales on cable, it was still a pretty packed house on the Big 4 on Sunday. With only Fox in full repeats after some football overruns, there was the NFL preseason game on NBC that pushed the Emmys to a Monday for the first time since 1976 and there was some reality taking a bow and some more unscripted heading towards its final month of this season. Though West Coast votes didn’t really count, they declared a winner last night on the freshman season of Rising Star (0.9/3). With judge Brad Paisley performing with the final four contestants, fellow judge Kesha bringing rainbow hair to the screen and judge Ludacris doing his thing, the live 1-hour broadcast was up 13% among adults 18-49 from its August 17 show. While that’s the second double digit growth in as many weeks for the highly hyped competition show, it is down 40% from RS’s June 22 2-hour debut in what has been a very unsteady first season for the as of yet not renewed show. While Rising Star was up on the competitive night, its lead-in Wipeout (0.7/3) fell a hard 22% from the week before to hit a series low according to preliminary numbers.

Heading into the beginning of the football season next week, last night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals saw the former winning their first preseason after there previous losses. Scoring a touchdown for NBC, last night’s 8:15 – 11 PM ET game got a 4.8/8 rating in meter markets. That’s up 17% from last week’s Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. However, the preliminary rating of 1.9/6 that the Bengals and Cardinals game pulled in last night was a dip of 9% from the 2.1/7 that last week’s game got in final numbers among the 18-49s. Last night’s game was also down the same from the 2.1/6 that the comparable Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49s last August 25 received. That game last year went up to a 2.7/6 in final numbers. As always with live events like football games, expect an adjustment in today’s final numbers. With a Dateline special at 7 PM getting a 1.2/5, NBC’s total winning rating for the night was a 1.8/6. The network topped viewership as well with 6.54 million watching.

They might not want to see any adjustments over on CBS. With a 14% rising over its August 17 show, Big Brother (2.5/8) hit a season high last night. That’s a high among not just 18-49s but also viewers with an audience of 7.26 million and adults 25-54 with a 2.9 for the 1-hour show. The rest of CBS’s night wasn’t half bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) rising 13% over last week and Reckless (0.5/2) remaining even with its August 17 show. Unfortunately for the latter, that preliminary rating means it tied a low.

Deadline
Billboard
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling"

posted 8/25/14

"Food Truck Face Off": October 2
Jesse Palmer to Host
From The Futon Critic
Four talented teams compete to make their culinary dreams come true by winning their very own customized food truck for a year on new series Food Truck Face Off, premiering Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the 13 episodes, hosted by Jesse Palmer,four teams present their unique food truck concepts to an expert panel of judges. Based on the viability and quality of their ideas, two teams will be selected to face off in an intense two-day showdown. The team that earns the most will drive away with the grand prize!

"With the popularity of food truck fare, and after five successful seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, the food truck industry continues to draw passionate food entrepreneurs," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Food Truck Face Off provides the opportunity for aspiring food truck owners to realize their dreams in a heart-pounding culinary competition that tests every skill needed to succeed, including creativity, business savvy and, of course, culinary skills."

Throughout the season, the four teams must impress radio and television personality Steak Shapiro and restaurateur Alpana Singh (The Boarding House), as well as a rotating panel of guest judges including, Andrew Gruel (Slapfish Restaurant), Robyn Almodovar (Palate Party) and Zane Caplansky (Caplansky's Deli and Thunderin' Thelma), with their food truck concepts. Then, the two remaining teams must put their ideas to the test on the streets of North America. On the first day, it is truck-against-truck. The team with the tastiest food, best service and most pleasing presentation is awarded a critical special advantage during the final round. On the last day, the competition fuels up as the trucks must face off not only against each other, but against other local food trucks. The team with the highest profits at the end of the two days will be crowned winner, and will drive away with their own food truck for one full year!

Don't miss as all the delicious action unfolds! Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FaceOff all season long for behind-the-scenes photos and more from the competition, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodTruckFaceOff.

After five seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Palmer's broadcast career began as a studio analyst for CSTV, and later for Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports, providing commentary for college football and NFL games. Outside the sports arena, Jesse has co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, The View, contributed on The Chew, and hosted Food Network Canada's Recipe to Riches. In 2008, Palmer became an analyst for ESPN College Football Primetime, joining announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Craig James in the booth. In addition to the Thursday night games, he served as a studio analyst on College Football Live. A few years later, Palmer added ABC Studio analyst to his duties, joining longtime analyst John Saunders in providing pregame, halftime and postgame analysis for every ABC telecast college football game. Jesse currently appears on ESPN's Thursday Night College Football and will be appearing on the new SEC Network.

Food Truck Face Off is produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/14

Thursday: Julie Challenges Every Big Brother Player Ever
And CBS Challenges for the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.997 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (6.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.619 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Quest" (2.704 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Rookie Blue" (5.202 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the season finale of "Rookie Blue" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "Bones" (2.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and another "Bones" (3.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Welcome to Sweden" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (2.359 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.540 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" led the troops with 2.366 million viewers. "Beat Bobby Flay" gave Food 1.159 million viewers. MTV's "Snack-Off" had 689,000 at 10:30, while the recent controversy behind "Dating Naked" did little for its rating, 535,000 total.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
And since we promised you a challenge... YouTube

posted 8/22/14

Sky Gets Wild
"Wild Things" Blends Cosplay with Obstacle Course
From Broadcast
Sky has ordered a cosplay gameshow and a Christmas drama alongside a trio of acquisitions, including The Flash.

The pay-TV broadcaster has commissioned Wild Things, a 6 x 60-minute format that features couples undertaking a range of challenges dressed as squirrels on a woodland obstacle course.

The show is produced by Zodiak-owned IWC and Mad Monk, which is Banzai creator Gary Monaghan’s indie, in association with GroupM Entertainment. Wild Things is planned to air on Sundays following The Simpsons in a teatime slot.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald said that the show was the “silliest” thing it was doing and was a “daft slice of genius”.

Broadcast
TBI Vision
The Guardian
Digital Spy
TV Wise

posted 8/22/14

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

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Chase" season 4 (ChaseCasting.com)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "The Voice" season 7 (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Billy on "The Millers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: former "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" contestant arrested for breaking into lawmaker's home and beating on his wife (WCVB Boston)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Two Tribes"... by a woman who hates quiz shows. (The Independent)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: It's The 90s Are All That! Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones (BrooklynCyclones.com) plus Tom Bergeron (Twitter: @Tom_Bergeron) and a Top Chef (People) get wet
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC O&Os shuffle "Millionaire", "Daytime Jeopardy!" for the afternoon (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/22/14

GSN's Double Play
"The Chase", "It Takes a Church" Renewed for 2015
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has picked up additional seasons of two original series: Emmy(R)-nominated THE CHASE (season four, 20 episodes) and matchmaking competition show IT TAKES A CHURCH (season two, eight episodes). Both seasons will air in 2015.

THE CHASE, hosted by Brooke Burns, features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. One of GSN's most popular original series, THE CHASE has attracted more than 18 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. Throughout its season three run, the series has posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+52%), P25-54 (+56%), W25-54 (+36%), W18-49 (+30%), with total viewership up 37%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

Dating series IT TAKES A CHURCH, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. Hosted by Grammy(R) nominated Curb recording artist Natalie Grant, each one-hour episode features a church from a different region of the country. In its inaugural season, more than seven million viewers tuned into IT TAKES A CHURCH. The show delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+92%) and P25-54 (+72%), vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

"'The Chase' and 'It Takes a Church' reflect GSN's commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president, programming, at GSN. "We're delighted with the quality, reach and growth of these two original series."

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter


GSN has renewed "The Chase" & "It Takes a Church"
photo courtesy GSN

posted 8/21/14

It's Official: Julianne Hough Heading BACK to "Dancing"
This Time, She's a Judge
From The Futon Critic
Two-time "Dancing" champion, actress, musician and Emmy(R)-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of "Dancing with the Stars," premiering MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

As previously announced, the twelve professional dancers competing this season for the Mirrorball Trophy are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The professional dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

Julianne Hough said today, "I'm so excited to be back with my "Dancing with the Stars" family again on a regular basis. I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

Executive Producer, Rob Wade stated, "We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the DWTS family. Her blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show, and we are very excited to have her, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len on board."

The Futon Critic
People

posted 8/21/14

Wednesday: Big Eyes
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Extant" (5.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and a second "Extant" (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (6.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) recap, "America's Got Talent" (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.079 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.549 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "Motive" (3.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

"Top Chef: Duels" had a tasty 762,000 to "Skin Wars'" 725,000, a series high on cable.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/21/14

... Oh, HI, ITV!
ITV Greenlights "You're Back in the Room"
From TV Wise
ITV has given the greenlight to You’re Back In The Room, a four-part game show which sees contestants hypnotised before they attempt seemingly simple tasks.

You’re Back In The Room is being hosted by Phlilip Schofield and sees five contestants hypnotised by mentalist Keith Barry. The seeming straight-forward tasks they need to complete only become harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning.

The four-part series was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy Elaine Bedell and ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer and is being produced by Tuesday’s Child. The series producers are Chris Lore and Marc Bassett, while Karen Smith is set to executive produce.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be launching a completely fresh, brand new format. This series is totally original and unlike anything I’ve ever hosted before”, said Phillip Schofield. “From making the pilot, the contestants are undoubtedly the stars of the show; their reactions are bizarre, hilarious, completely unpredictable and always thoroughly entertaining.”

While ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer added: “We are thrilled to have Phillip on board for this unique and exciting new show. It’s entertainment the whole family can enjoy and I’m looking forward to seeing the contestants in action.”

TV Wise
The List
Digital Spy
ITV

posted 8/21/14

Top Chef Returns to the Heat October 15
Former Champ Richard Blais to Recur as Judge
From TV by the Numbers
Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef’testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view. For a sneak peak at season 12, visit http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/top-chef-goes-to-boston.

This season features some of the franchise’s “hungriest” chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for “Cheers” and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first “Top Chef” food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the “Top Chef” kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as “Top Chef” introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef’testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

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posted 8/21/14

Sports Jeopardy!: September 24
Catch It on Crackle!
From The Futon Critic
Crackle announced today that the first season of new television quiz show Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere on Wednesday, September 24 on Crackle and all Crackle platforms. Hosted by Emmy(R)-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (The Dan Patrick Show), Sports Jeopardy! is a weekly 30-minute program that combines the excitement and prestige of Emmy Award(R) winning quiz show JEOPARDY! with the rich and diverse world of sports. New episodes will be available to stream on demand year round every Wednesday for a total of 52 episodes each year.

"We've got a great starting lineup for the debut of Sports Jeopardy! on September 24," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "It's the only game show that rewards you for the hours you spend on your couch watching sports and being anti-social, so reward yourself, tune in, and play along."

More than 30,000 contestants registered online for auditions held this past summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Each contestant was then presented with a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories for the first phase of the audition process. For those who passed that initial test, the second phase of auditions featured mock game play and a short interview. Qualified contestants who passed the test and interview and met all eligibility requirements went on to appear on the show.

Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com

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Dan Patrick hosts "Sports Jeopardy!" for Crackle September 24
photo courtesy Premiered Radio Networks

posted 8/21/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Undressed"

  • ICYMI: "Dating Naked" gets even more naked, and the even-more-naked woman in question is filing suit (New York Post)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Les Moonves challenges Julie Chen (YouTube) and Craig Ferguson challenges Dave Attell & Bob Saget (Mobypicture)
     
  • Pharrell Williams getting sued for bolting YouTube for "The Voice".... Really? (TMZ)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi gets roasted by Teamsters (Deadline)
     
  • Carson Daly welcomes a third child (People)
     
  • ZOMBIES IN LOVE... Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/21/14

Tuesday: Consistency Is Key
NBC Wins Night, Week 2 of "IdioTest"
From various sources
NBC (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (7.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (9.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.404 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (0.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.637 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

In series premiere news, Syfy's Wizard Wars proved magical in its premiere, conjuring up 1.015 million total viewers on Tuesday, August 19 from 10-11PM (ET/PT). The series also averaged 573K Adults 25-54, 552K Adults 18-49 and 240K Adults 18-34. This led out of 1.221 million for Face Off. Over on Food, Chopped competed with 1.45 million.

Elsewhere, Restaurant Startup catered to 324,000. The Chase on GSN rose to a season high with 596,000. Week 2 of IdioTest held steady at 429,000. 

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posted 8/20/14


DON PARDO: 1918-2014
Legendary Voice of "Jeopardy!", "SNL"
From Los Angeles Times
Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96.

Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year.

After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo began his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC in New York City in 1944.

He was an announcer for radio shows such as "Front Page Farrell" and "Pepper Young's Family" before moving into the new medium of television, where he was an announcer for shows ranging from "Caesar's Hour" and "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" to the original versions of "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy!"

On Nov. 22, 1963, it was Pardo who delivered the audio news bulletin to NBC TV viewers, first locally in New York and then nationally, that President Kennedy had been shot in downtown Dallas.

His longest-running announcing gig began Oct. 11, 1975, when NBC launched what it originally called "NBC's Saturday Night," with George Carlin as the first guest host: a live, 90-minute mix of youthfully irreverent comedy and music that became a TV institution that continues to this day.

On that first show — after cast member Chevy Chase uttered the now-famous "Live from New York. It's Saturday Night!" at the end of the opening skit — the jazzy musical theme and opening credits began as veteran announcer Pardo intoned in his authoritative yet friendly voice:

" 'NBC's Saturday Night.' Starring George Carlin. With Janis Ian and Billy Preston. A film by Albert Brooks. Jim Henson's Muppets. The Not for Ready Prime Time Players. And comedians Valri Bromfield, Andy Kaufman. Ladies and gentleman, George Carlin!"

Illustrating the unpredictability of live television, Pardo had made one flub in his intro.

As he recalled in a 2006 videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television: "[Writer] Herb Sargent, I'll never forget, came to me after the show. He says, `Do you know what you said? You said 'Not for Ready.' I says, "I did?"

Noting in the interview that he had said "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" correctly in the dress rehearsal, he recalled: "In the early days [of the show], I was like in a little hallway; it wasn't a studio per se. I was there with a clipboard, and that was it. Maybe I got distracted by something. Whatever it was, I don't know."

The show, which was renamed "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, became a star-making success. And, with the exception of the seventh season when changes were made and he was replaced, Pardo continued to be the show's announcer.

In the process, the already well-known announcer became something of a celebrity himself, appearing occasionally on screen, including joining musical guest Frank Zappa on the song "I'm the Slime" in 1976.

Pardo, whose career included countless commercial voiceovers, also made a cameo appearance in the Weird Al Yankovic music video for his 1984 song "I Lost on Jeopardy," and he had a bit part as the "Guess That Tune" host in Woody Allen's 1987 movie comedy "Radio Days."

Even after retiring as an NBC staff announcer in 2004 and moving to Tucson, he continued to fly to New York to announce "Saturday Night Live" at the request of "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, who has said he couldn't imagine the show without Pardo.

Joining the cast on stage at the end of a "Saturday Night Live" show in 2008, the day after he turned 90, Pardo received a kiss from former SNL head writer and performer Tina Fey and managed to summon the breath to blow out all 90 candles on a birthday cake.

Michaels said that he originally chose Pardo to announce the youthfully irreverent comedy show because he "was very much an announcer" and he wanted "that authority voice."

In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He was born Dominick George Pardo on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass., and primarily grew up in Norwich, Conn.

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photo courtesy Splitsider

posted 8/20/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • LIST ABUSE: every moment Alex Trebek rapped (Music Times)
     
  • Boris Izaguirre joins "Yo Soy el Artista" as a judge (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: first person to go all the way on "Let's Ask America" ... goes all the way (Instagram @letsaskamerica)

posted 8/20/14

Monday: Ninjas vs. Chefs. Winner: EVERYONE.
NBC, Fox Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and FOX (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared top demo honors on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (4.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "American Ninja Warrior" (6.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (7.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Mistresses" (3.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.676 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the return of "America's Next Top Model" (1.182 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 8/19/14

Syndies: While We Were in Vegas...
Results for the Week Ending August 10
From TV News Check
The game show race continued to be a nail biter in the week ending Aug. 10, as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both declined and fell into a dead heat. A week ago, Jeopardy upset the usually dominant Wheel for only the second time in 10 years.

At the top of the overall ratings chart, however, Judge Judy forged ahead and was syndication’s runaway No. 1, winning by the widest margin in the show’s 18-year history. Judy, which was entirely in reruns, has now been the highest-rated syndicated show for 20 consecutive weeks.

GAME SHOWS
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -5%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

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posted 8/19/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Wizarding World"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, tonight) (New York Times)
     
  • Simon Cowell takes the ALS ice bucket challenge. In typical. Simon Cowell. Fashion. (Twitter @SimonCowell)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: all 20 seasons of America's Next Top Model... annotated and ranked (The Wire)
     
  • The votes are in... and "Big Brother" is getting sued (TMZ)
     
  • Is Julianne Hough headed to the judge's table? After "Rock of Ages", I'd seriously consider it (TMZ)
     
  • LEAVE GUY FIERI ALONE! The real problem with Food Network? Talk to Bob Tuschman. (Salon)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews, "the new Ryan Seacrest" (Fox News)

posted 8/19/14

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