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Seven-Layered Game Show
"MasterChef" Renewed
From TV by the Numbers

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a seventh season of the hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF. Additionally, all three judges, including veterans Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot, as well as newcomer Christina Tosi, will return to the MASTERCHEF judging panel.

Season Seven of MASTERCHEF is currently casting for the next group of talented home cooks to compete on the brand-new season.

Open casting calls will be held in San Diego August 15 at the Westin San Diego and Los Angeles October 10 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Other cities include Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Detroit, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville, Jackson, MS; and New York City.

Additional details, including venues and times, will be announced soon. Visit www.masterchefcasting.com for the most up-to-date audition information.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 7/22/15

Tuesday: Knock Knock. Who's There? Nobody.
Fox's Latest Entry Fails to Impress; NBC Rises to the Top
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back on top on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

CBS (6.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (7.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (6.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.467 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.178 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a special "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) alongside the debut of "Knock Knock Live" (1.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.354 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "iZombie" (1.105 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.345 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.144 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 472,000

The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV Media Insights
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/22/15

All-Stars Race... Drag.
New Season Comes Three Years After Old
From The Hollywood Reporter

Three years after its first season, Logo is bringing RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race back.

The Viacom-owned LGBT-focused cable network on Wednesday announced that the fan favorite series would return for a second season.

A premiere date and official casting lineup have not yet been announced for the series, which will see former contestants return to vie for a chance spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" alongside season one All Star winner Chad Michaels.

"They arrive as drag artists. They leave as international stars,” executive producer RuPaul said. "The chance to bring back the best of the best for a new season of All Stars is a dream come true for me and their legions of fans around the world."

"On the heels of Drag Race’s seventh season, one of the most buzzworthy and highly-watched seasons to date, our fans have spoken and they want more drama, more queens and more Ru," said Pamela Post, head of original programming at Logo. "From revisiting old favorites in RuVealed and All Stars, to meeting the new stars of season eight, the Drag Race party on Logo will be bigger and better than ever before."

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/22/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Gaming Naked"

  • VH1 releases "Dating Naked" as an 8-bit game (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Mat Franco's got a TV special September 17 (The Futon Criitc)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Roseanne Barr (New York Post)
     
  • Paula Abdul recreates "Opposites Attract" with James Corden (Toofab)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: to celebrate Alex Trebek's 75th birthday (NBC News Today), here are 15 memorable game show hosts (KRCR Redding) and 10 contestants who failed so hard they won (Zimbio)
     
  • A FEW MORE GOOD MINUTES with Roseanne Barr (TV Insider) ... and the rest of the crew (TV Insider)

posted 7/22/15


Five in a Row for "Feud"
Syndie Results for the Week Ending July 12
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud continued to dominate in the week ended July 12, leading the games for the fifth week in a row, including ties.

Overall, Feud was second only to Judge Judy in households. Feud won by its largest margin yet, buzzing in at a 6.5 live plus same day household ratings average, the show’s highest ratings in 16 weeks. CBS Television’s Jeopardy! picked up 2% to a 6.1, while CTD’s usual leader, Wheel of Fortune landed in third place for a third straight week, although it rebounded 3% rom its season low to a 6.0.

Year to year, Feud was up 41%. Jeopardy! gained 7%, while Wheel added 3%. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at its season-low 1.6 for the 11th time in 12 weeks, sinking 20% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/21/15

A Decade of "Dance"
Fox To Celebrate 10th Anniversary of "SYTYCD" Tonight
From the Futon Critic

Beginning tonight, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE fans have the opportunity to save one street dancer and one stage dancer from elimination through a real-time vote using Twitter. When host Cat Deeley announces the bottom six finalists and they perform, the SYTYCD Fan Save hashtag #Save(Contestant First Name) for each will appear on air. Fans across the country will have a short window to Tweet their Save votes for one Stage and one Street team member. Once the window closes, immediate results will be revealed by Deeley. The Twitter vote will save one dancer from Team Stage and one dancer from Team Street. Before the end of the show, the judges will send home one stage and one street dancer from among the remaining four dancers.

Those fans who are not able to watch SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE during the East Coast or central time broadcast can follow @DANCEonFOX on Twitter to find out which contestants are in the bottom and when the voting window is open. Viewers can see the results of the Twitter vote on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE when it airs in their markets. For more information on the Twitter save, please click the "Vote Info" tab at fox.com/dance.

This week, fans can get a double dose of dance beginning tonight, Monday, July 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), when Team Stage and Team Street perform for America's vote and two dancers will go home. Then, tune in the following night, as FOX celebrates 10 years of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on an all-new special airing tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This one-time-only special will feature new performances by some of the series' favorite dancers and choreographers, as well as present stage and street routines and musical productions from the last ten years.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
USA Today

posted 7/21/15

Monday: Most Honorable Finish
ABC, NBC Split, as Do "Ninja Warrior", Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) rose to the top demo spot on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.501 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (5.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "The Whispers" (3.429 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.154 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Mike & Molly" (4.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.814 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.835 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.386 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.460 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 942,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/15

Weekend: There's a New Game In Town
Penultimate "Feud" Beats "Big Brother"; Two Respective Nets Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.317 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) staked claim to the top demo spot with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "BattleBots" (4.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the premiere of "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.466 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (5.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 17" (5.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Madam Secretary" (3.955 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.248 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) bookending the season premiere of "Welcome to Sweden" (1.401 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and a second "Welcome to Sweden" (1.169 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.344 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.294 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "The Simpsons" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.299 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and the season finale of "Golan the Insatiable" (1.210 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on FOX (1.384 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.430 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.496 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.183 million
- Sunday Best (BET, 9p): 951,000
- Sunday Best (SP/BET, 8p): 899,000

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily
Uproxx

posted 7/21/15

"Back in the Room" Back on the Schedule
ITV Renews Hypno-Show
From World Screen

ITV has commissioned producer Tuesday's Child to make a second season of the game show You're Back in the Room, a series that showcases the power of hypnosis.

The 4x1-hour series will again be hosted by Phillip Schofield. In each episode, five strangers take on a series of simple games, but under the power of hypnosis conducted by international mentalist Keith Barry. The contestants' hypnotic triggers cause them to unwittingly sabotage their chances of winning a cash prize. The first season went out on ITV in March, drawing an average of 4 million viewers each week.

Schofield said: “I'm incredibly excited to be back with a second series. I don't think anything could have prepared me for the genuinely hilarious and completely unexpected moments that happened in the first series. Each of the contestants were thoroughly entertaining, and I can't wait to see what happens this time around!”

Claire Zolkwer, the commissioning editor of comedy entertainment at ITV, said: “You're Back in the Room proved to be real talked-about television that provided moments of genuine hilarity. I look forward to falling under the show’s hypnotic trance once again.”

Karen Smith, the CEO of Tuesday’s Child, commented: “We’re delighted that our brand-new format has resonated so highly with ITV’s viewers and is back for a second series. There will be plenty more laugh-out-loud moments for all the family, and I can’t wait to meet our new contestants, who no doubt will be as unpredictable and entertaining as everyone from the first series!”

World Screen

posted 7/21/15


He May Be Young But He's Ready
Jalen Rose Joins Panel of "To Tell the Truth"
From the Futon Critic

Jalen Rose, "ESPN NBA Countdown" analyst, joins the cast as a celebrity panelist set to appear in each episode.

· Jalen Rose - Current ESPN/ABC analyst and former 13-year NBA star is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Rose was the team captain of the legendary Fab Five University of Michigan basketball team. He helped take the 2000 Indiana Pacers to the NBA Finals. Rose is the founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and a devoted philanthropist.

The previously announced celebrity panelists set to appear in each episode include:

· Betty White - Seven-Time Emmy(R) Award Winning TV legend, actress, author and producer, and passionate supporter of animal health and welfare. Betty is known for her iconic television roles from "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

· NeNe Leakes - Actress, TV personality, producer, author and fashion designer most recently seen on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and produced by FremantleMedia North America, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved game show of the same name. The all new version will take the excitement to another level featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. "To Tell the Truth" is coming soon to the ABC Television Network.

"To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and will be taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Thom Beers, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers. Production wrapped on the six episodes last week.

On Camera Audiences
The Futon Critic
IndieWire
TMZ
Cinema Blend
Hollywood Reporter
EURweb
Deadline
Variety
Starpulse
Worldscreen
ContactMusic
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Digital Spy
Wetpaint

posted 7/21/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Who's There?"

posted 7/21/15

AGT Celebrates Ten
Catch the Anniversary Special July 29
From the Futon Critic

Top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent" celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary with "10 Years of Talent," a two-hour special featuring the best "AGT" moments from the last decade. The special will air Wednesday, July 29 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, this special episode will revisit 10 years of talent featuring past winners, special moments, favorite performances and commentary from current judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, as well as former judge Piers Morgan.

To celebrate the series as part of the most successful reality television format in history, NBC will present "World's Got Talent" on Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8-9 p.m. ET). Featuring the most memorable acts from "Got Talent" productions from around the globe, the special showcases jaw-dropping talent and shocking moments American audiences have never seen before.

The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia, holds the Guinness World Records(TM) title for the Most Successful Reality TV Format in history, having been commissioned in an impressive 69 territories worldwide. The "America's Got Talent" version of the format airs in 193 countries around the globe and has been the #1 U.S. summer reality series for the past decade.

Judge Cuts continue on "America's Got Talent" on the Tuesday, July 21 telecast (8-10p.m. ET), featuring guest judge Michael Bublé. In this round, the season's top acts perform for their chance to compete for America's vote in the live performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. One act will be chosen as Bublé's Golden Buzzer favorite and automatically earn a place in the Top 36.

The Futon Critic
Time

posted 7/20/15

Mecha-Sharks
Tech Savvy Guests Join the "Shark Tank" Next Season
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-winning reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, will bring three exciting new Guest Sharks into the Tank when the business-themed show returns this fall. The Guest Sharks will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes during the 2015-2016 season. The seventh season of "Shark Tank" premieres on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The guest Sharks are (alphabetically):

· Troy Carter -- A living story of beats, bytes and big ideas, Carter brings 20 years of experience in music, tech and entertainment to the art of the hustle as a founder of entertainment company Atom Factory and tech outlet Smashd.co. An early stage investor, Troy will launch SMASHD LABS startup accelerator in the fall of 2015 and maintains a portfolio of 70+ holdings including Uber, Spotify, DropBox, and Warby Parker. In addition, he is a self-accomplished talent manager for John Legend, Miguel and Meghan Trainor.

· Ashton Kutcher - An actor, producer, entrepreneur, and start-up investor, Kutcher co-created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary in 2011. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Airbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, SoundCloud, Foursquare, Shazam and Houzz. In 2014, Kutcher and Oseary founded another fund - Sound Ventures, which has invested in Pager, Handy, Meerkat, Zenefits, Classpass and more. Kutcher is also the co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, www.wearethorn.org. Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.

· Chris Sacca - One of the youngest self-made billionaires in the United States today, Sacca is the founder and chairman of Lowercase Capital, reported to be one of the most successful venture funds in history. A former Google executive, Sacca is now best known for being among the earliest and largest investors in companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter. His impact in the realms of technology and entrepreneurship led the Wall Street Journal to once cite Sacca as "possibly the most influential businessman in America." In parallel with his investing accomplishments, Sacca is a very active supporter of charity: water (https://www.charitywater.org/), working hands-on to bring clean water to the world's poorest families.

The Futon Critic
Time

posted 7/20/15


VAN MILLER: 1927-2015
Buffalo Legend Hosted "It's Academic"
From WIVB Buffalo

A Buffalo sportscasting legend has made his final call. Van Miller, 87, died peacefully on Friday evening.

Born in Dunkirk, Miller began his broadcasting career in 1955 as a summer replacement on WBEN radio and television calling high school sports. He became the Voice of the Bills during the team’s inaugural season in 1960. In addition to broadcasting Bills games, he called games for the NBA’s Buffalo Braves from 1971 to 1977. He also served as the sports director for WIVB-TV and was a weather reporter and a game show host.

Van considered it a great honor and great thrill to be the Voice of the Buffalo Bills for 37 years. His greatest gift was his ability to pass that thrill on to the fans.

Broadcasting was in his blood. “I’ve been doing it since I was in second grade,” he once reflected. “I used to talk into a hose and funnel on my back porch.”

He tapped into Bills fever in Buffalo, coining such phrases from the booth as “Fan-daemonium!” “Fasten Your Seatbelts!” “Can You Believe It!”

“You have to paint a word picture,” he said. “The team is driving. You build to a crescendo.”

The current Voice of the Bills, John Murphy, said of Van, “I think that his energy level and his enthusiasm are what set him apart from virtually everybody else.”

“That’s what makes a great announcer,” said Paul Peck, a former News 4 Buffalo sports anchor. “He was always trying to make you feel like you were in that stadium. Even if you’re driving down the Thruway at the time.”

WIVB Buffalo
Buffalo Democrat & Chronicle
TV Spy

posted 7/20/15

Paddy McGuinness Fails to Meet "Benchmark"
British Quiz Show Canceled
From the Mirror

Paddy McGuinness’ new game show has been pulled by TV executives after just a handful of episodes.

Channel 4’s Benchmark was ear-marked for a six-week run in a tea-time slot.

It was touted as C4’s answer to Pointless and was pitted against BBC 1’s top-rated daytime show.

Over 30 epiosdes have been filmed - but, network chiefs took it out of the schedules after just nine shows were screened - because of low ratings and a poor reception.

It is the THIRD telly show Take Me Out star Paddy, 41, has had axed in recent months.

The Mirror
Broadcast

posted 7/20/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I (Don't) Want You (Anymore)"

  • Blake Shelton is going to have to find another "Nashville Star" also-ran to name check during "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • "Billy on the Street" has a big fan (Twitter @FLOTUS)
     
  • Fantasia gets married (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • #ICYMI: Rob Gronkowski had to answer one easy question. And.... (WSB Atlanta)

posted 7/20/15

The Chase Is On.... Down Under
Andrew O'Keefe to Host Australian "Chase"
From Daily Telegraph

Channel 7’s preferred gameshow host Andrew O’Keefe has landed the plum role as host of Seven’s yet to be announced weekday afternoon series, The Chase.

O’Keefe last week recorded episodes of the top-secret co-production at Melbourne’s Southbank studios.

While Seven is yet to confirm it has commissioned a local version of the ITV produced gameshow, originally a British series, TV insiders say production is well under way on the show Seven has great hopes of helping it arrest its nightly news ratings capitulation to Channel 9.

The program, sources say, will replace the underperforming Deal Or No Deal, also hosted by O’Keefe and Million Dollar Minute, hosted by Simon Reeve.

Rumors that Seven had initially gone after Nine’s quizshow king Eddie McGuire for the job appear to be wide of the mark. It seems that while McGuire has been in Seven owner Kerry Stokes and CEO Tim Worner’s sights, it was with the network’s AFL coverage most in mind.

The high-energy O’Keefe is said to be “fantastic” as host of the one-hour series which pits four contestants against a “Chaser”.

The contestants individually try to amass as much money as possible answering questions to get themselves into the “Final Chase”. But standing in their way is their common enemy, the “Chaser”, one of the finest quiz brains in the country — a quiz genius.

There is no word yet on who has been cast in the part of “quiz genius”.

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

posted 7/17/15

Thursday: Game Night
CBS Wins on All Fronts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (4.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its revised lineup of "Food Fighters" (3.815 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its original trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.505 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Mistresses" (3.283 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.615 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) served up new episodes of "Boom!" (2.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Wayward Pines" (3.199 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.781 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Beauty and the Beast" (1.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12), "Dates" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and another "Dates" (0.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.414 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.140 million
- The Chase (GSN): 668,000
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 550,000
- Geeks Who Drink (P/Syfy): 381,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/17/15

Get Ready for an Aftershow in Paradise
ABC Plans "Bachelor in Paradise" Live Show
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that "After Paradise," a live one-hour weekly after-show, will debut on MONDAY, AUGUST 3 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, immediately following the two-night premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise." The second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted series, "Bachelor in Paradise," kicks off on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) and MONDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT). New episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" will continue to air on Sundays (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Mondays (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT), with "After Paradise" airing afterwards (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT.) The after-show episodes are hosted by Chris Harrison and co-host Jenny Mollen, and produced by Embassy Row, the company behind "Watch What Happens Live" and the Emmy-nominated "Talking Dead."

"After Paradise" will feature host Harrison and co-host Mollen discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise," alongside cast members and celebrity fans. Bachelor fans know Mollen from her prolific live tweeting during past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," while Harrison is the man who has seen it all as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise since the first rose ceremony took place over 13 years ago. Together they'll present questions and comments from viewers, debut deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content, all the while allowing members of #BachelorNation to finally have their say.

"After Paradise" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss for Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Elan Gale for Embassy Row.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 7/17/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Wolf's Den"

  • Tyler Posey added to "Knock Knock Live" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, Thursdays) (Decider)
     
  • Carol Vorderman goes into the wild blue yonder (Daily Express)

posted 7/17/15

And the Nominees Are...
Academy Releases Emmy Bids
From the Futon Critic

The nominations for the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards include:

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- The Amazing Race · CBS
- Dancing With The Stars · ABC
- Project Runway · Lifetime
- So You Think You Can Dance · FOX
- Top Chef · Bravo
- The Voice · NBC

Outstanding Reality-Competition Host
- Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars) - ABC
- Anthony Bourdain (The Taste) - ABC
- Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) - Fox
- Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (Project Runway) - Lifetime
- Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night) - NBC

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 7/16/15

Wednesday: ESPY Night
ABC Wins Night on ESPN Awards
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its presentation of "The 2015 ESPY Awards" (7.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (5.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Big Brother 17" (5.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Extant" (4.562 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) served up a new "MasterChef" (4.705 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the season finale of "Bullseye" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.140 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Supernatural" (0.851 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 668,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 516,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 375,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/16/15

Getting Wild Again
Sky1 Orders Second Season
From World Screen

Sky 1 has commissioned a brand-new season of the family entertainment show Wild Things from Zodiak-owned IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment.

The first run of Wild Things, distributed by Zodiak Rights, was hosted by Kate Humble and Jason Byrne. It saw couples compete in physical challenges wearing giant animal costumes. Wild Things 2 will see the return of those animal costumes and comical challenges.

Gary Monaghan, the executive producer and managing director at Mad Monk, said, “We are delighted that Sky has agreed to let us go wild in the country once again. Last year angry Owls and demented Ducks ruled the Wild Wood. This year we’re looking for big improvements from the Rabbits and the Squirrels who now have a chance to make up for a very disappointing first season.”

Tony Moulsdale, the director of programming at GroupM Entertainment, remarked: “GME is thrilled to be working with Sky, IWC Media and Mad Monk again on this truly innovative format. We look forward to bringing audiences another hilarious dose of Wild Things’ mayhem.”

Adam MacDonald, the director of Sky 1, added that the show is a “big daft slice of genius…it’s brilliant that bonkers can still thrive.”

World Screen

posted 7/16/15

Fifteen Celebrities in a Room...
C4 Greenlights Star-Studded "Fifteen to One"
From Realscreen

Channel 4 has ordered four celebrity quiz show specials from Argonon-owned Remedy Productions.

Hosted by Australian comedian Adam Hills (pictured), Celebrity Fifteen to One - a star-studded version of the iconic quiz show Fifteen to One - is to showcase 15 celebrities from the worlds of comedy, entertainment, sports and music as they battle through three rounds of questions for the chance to win a grand prize for charity.

The four episodes – licensed from Fifteen to One distributor DRG - will feature a variety of celebrities, including English comedian and actor Sean Lock, EastEnders actor Natalie Cassidy, TV presenter Amanda Lamb, Italian choreographer Bruno Tonioli, former tennis player Greg Rusedski, politician Ken Livingstone, parliamentarian Tanni Grey-Thompson, and singer-songwriter Tony Hadley.

Celebrity Fifteen to One, which will air later this summer, is exec produced by Julie Kelling and series produced by Laura Turner for Remedy Productions.

The specials were commissioned by Channel 4′s entertainment team and will be handled by Ed de Burgh, commissioning editor for entertainment.

Realscreen
World Screen
ATV Today

posted 7/16/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Raising (and Lowering) Hell"

  • FIRST LOOK: Hellevator (GSN, fall) (Dread Central)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Knock Knock Live (Fox, Tuesday) (Newsday)
     
  • Emily Maynard welcomes baby #2 (People)
     
  • Is "The Apprentice" ready for Magic? (TMZ)
     
  • Anthony Bourdain throws shade on Guy Fieri (Salon)
     
  • Dating Naked's new ad. NSFW (Adweek)
     
  • Alex Trebek takes time off from his budding hip-hop career to throw shade on Tom Brady (Fox Sports)

posted 7/16/15


Syndies: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 5
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams demonstrated the strength of its summer strategy, marking two important firsts. Wendy tied Disney-ABC's Live for first place among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54 for the first time, while also tying Warner Bros.' Ellen and NBCUniversal's Maury for third place among households.

In general, talkers managed to escape summer's doldrums, with 10 of 13 in the genre steady or up for the week ended July 5, which included the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud seems to be settling the argument of who leads the game show race, topping the category for the fourth week in a row, including one tie, with a steady 6.2. CTD’s Jeopardy! weakened 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 3% to a new season- low 5.8 and remained in an unaccustomed third place for a second straight week. Year to year, Feud was up 44%, while Jeopardy! added 11% and Wheel moved up 4%. Feud also led all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 3.1, ahead of Judge Judy at a 3.0.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at its all-time low 1.6 for the tenth time in 11 week, dropping 20% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 7/15/15

Tuesday: Hey Now, You're an All-Star
Fox Wins on MLB All-Star Game
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its annual presentation of the "MLB All-Star Game" (10.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (8.809 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Hollywood Game Night" (5.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Zoo" (6.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.781 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.512 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) alongside a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.655 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.344 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "iZombie" (0.875 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.404 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.055 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 977,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/15

Game Night App; Drinks Not Included
Fruit Ninja Developer Teams with NBC
From Develop

Halfbrick ( Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride) and Universal Partnerships & Licensing have joined forces to bring the huge laughs and wild fun of “Hollywood Game Night” to smartphones and tablets around the world.

The digital game adaptation of NBC’s hit TV show is now available for $0.99 USD on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore for Android, giving partygoers everything they need to turn an evening with friends into the ultimate game night experience.

The outrageous social game allows up to eight players to participate in a series of laughter-inducing mini games, including fan-favorites like “How Do you Doo?”, “Take the Hint”, “Smash the Buzzer” and “I Love a Charade”. There are seven games in total.

Each game – made popular by celebrities – requires players to sing, mime or test their knowledge across a wide range of topics including music, movies, celebrities and sports.

The mobile game places a heavy emphasis on pop culture trivia and fast-paced gameplay, and is the perfect way for players to replicate all the excitement and spontaneity of the game show experience.

“Halfbrick is thrilled to partner with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to take the fun and games of ‘Hollywood Game Night’ from the living room television to the palm of your hand," said Sara Fonseca, marketing coordinator at Halfbrick. “‘Hollywood Game Night’ is a perfect smartphone and tablet game -- fostering spontaneous bouts of hilarious party games with friends all around the world.”

Develop
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "What Price Trump"

  • Donald Trump released his personal income... but it's a presser, so take from it what you will (Deadline), meanwhile, there may be someone in line to replace him... or not... (The Wrap) ... oh forget it...
     
  • "The Bachelorette": The Men Beat It All Out of Each Other (TMZ), PLUS it's curtains for another couple (Us Magazine) and Kaitlyn Bristowe is officially the worst "Bachelorette" ever. So says... (New York Post)
     
  • Alex Trebek gives us our Throwback Thursday... one day early (Torontoist) PLUS you can stand under his umbrella, ella, ella (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Craig Ferguson to play Troy Music Hall (Albany Times-Union)
     
  • Coming soon: Family Feud Australia: The Scratchies! (Licensing.biz)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: if your lawyer shows up smelling of cannabis, you usually brush it off. If your lawyer is a Chaser, however... (Legal Cheek)
     
  • Nick Cannon to star in Spike Lee's first joint for Amazon (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Cashman, the host of "1 vs. 100 Live" on Xbox (Shack News)

posted 7/15/15

Round 4... FIGHT!
"Knife Fight" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

It's cooked or be cooked! Esquire Network has greenlit a fourth season of the raucous under-ground cooking competition series KNIFE FIGHT, which wraps season three with an epic one-hour finale tonight, Tuesday, July 14 at 10/9c. In each episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in a single hour from a combination of secret ingredients judged by Chef Ilan Hall. Production on season four begins mid-July at Hall's Brooklyn-based restaurant, The Gorbals. Shot tournament style, notable nation-wide chefs compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, with only one left standing.

Esquire Network continues to gain momentum delivering its third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Outperforming last season, KNIFE FIGHT season three's performance is +31% among Adults 18-49 and +82% with Total Viewers. Tonight, it's the epic grand finale battle and only two culinary conquistadors remain: the classically trained, Michelin-starred Austrian, Edi Frauneder, and the self taught Peruvian powerhouse, Miguel Aguilar. They've created mind-blowing dishes to get to this point, but only one will go home with the prized 'Lamb Splitter' knife. Mystery ingredients include whole alligator, fennel, duck, toadfish and cough drops.

KNIFE FIGHT is produced for Esquire Network by Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. For Flower Films, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are executive producers; co-executive producers are Ember Truesdell and Chris Miller. For Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and J.C. Begley are executive producers. Ilan Hall, Rich Kim and Kevin Johnston are executive producers.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/14/15

Monday: Record Setting Night for "Fool Us"
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

Last night's second episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was The CW's most watched program (1.99M) in its time period in four and a half years (since 12/6/10).

PENN & TELLER rose +20% over last week in total viewers, and also rose a tenth in A18-34 (0.5/2), while holding steady in A18-49 (0.5/2). Last night was PENN & TELLER's most watched episode since 9/3/14 (aired on Wednesday night), and its highest rated episode in A18-34 since 9/3/14.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? also rose +24% week to week in total viewers (1.57M), and rose a tenth in A18-49 (0.5/2), while holding even in A18-34 (0.4/2).

CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE had its most watched (1.1M) episode to date and hit a series high in A18-34 (0.3/1) and in A18-49 (0.4/1).

ABC (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Whispers" (3.679 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (5.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the top demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the return of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.827 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.245 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.895 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.650 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 882,000
- Barmageddon (SF/truTV): 254,000

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/15


Weekend: ABC in a Family Way
Celebrity Feud Dominates The Weekend
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "BattleBots" (4.169 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Castle" (3.034 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

CBS (5.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Big Brother 17" (5.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Madam Secretary" (3.648 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (3.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.896 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.012 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), "The Simpsons" (1.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.189 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.131 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) on FOX (1.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

The night prior, ABC won with a marathon of "Feud" at 8p (3.487 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), 9p (3.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and 10p (4.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.189 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.289 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.103 million
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 698,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Deadline
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This?"

  • "The Bachelor" can be anyone from someone from this season of "The Bachelorette" (Us Magazine) to one in particular...  (E!)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Geeks Who Drink" (Syfy, Thursday) (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "The Crystal Maze": More money equals more power (Digital Spy)
     
  • In praise of UK game shows (Den of Geek)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 9 celebs you forgot was on "The Price Is Right" (Hollywood.com) (NSFW)

posted 7/14/15

University Challenge: The More Things Change...
New Season Begins Today
From London Evening Standard

The UK’s most difficult TV quiz, that has even the most dedicated eggheads racking their brains, returns for a new series in 2015.

University Challenge, based from the US' "GE College Bowl", has dominated the screen for over 50 years, remaining an enduring challenge for all contestants in the studio, and those attempting to answer the questions on the sofa at home.

Here’s how the legendary quiz has changed since it began way back in 1962.

One of the most remarkable things with University Challenge is that, well, it hasn’t really changed – not fundamentally, anyway. The show still finds two university quiz teams, each comprising four members, who are challenged with a ‘Starter for 10’, a question which scores the team 10 points if answered correctly, and also allows them the opportunity to answer four follow-up questions, each worth five points. The team with the most points at the end of half an hour are declared the winners.

In its original run, University Challenge was presented by Bamber Gascoigne, and the show aired on Granada (aka ITV) rather than the BBC. It did still feature the classic ‘double decker’ visual style, but in something you’d never see on TV today you can see members of the audience smoking – just look at the man in the bottom left just over a minute into the clip above.

London Evening Standard

posted 7/13/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Please Understand"

  • #ICYMI: For those who are tired of pee-pee jokes on "Feud", here's a real boob. (The Stir) PLUS a few good minutes with Steve Harvey (Hollywood Outbreak)
     
  • Cat Deeley crosses into Emmy nominations (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "Food Fighters" to welcome an overbearing, overemotional humanoid. That's right... a teenager (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A round of "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" by Ryan Seacrest (Today)
     
  • Ted Allen chops any rumors of "Queer Eye" being "minstrelsy" (Slate)
     
  • There are some things you see on the "Big Brother" livestream that you wish you hadn't. This.... is one of them. (The Daily Beast) (NSFW)

posted 7/13/15

Thursday: Eyeballs
CBS Takes First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mom" (5.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) repeats followed by "Big Brother 17" (5.902 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Boom!" (2.222 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Wayward Pines" (3.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mistresses" (3.478 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Rookie Blue" (4.161 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Food Fighters" (3.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Aquarius" (2.471 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Hannibal" (1.397 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.901 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) led into the premiere of "Dates" (0.695 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a second "Dates" (0.523 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 2.082 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.273 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.102 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/15

"America's Got" An App
Features Include Live Voting, Tweeting
From Business Insider

NBC and "America's Got Talent" is giving the competition show's fans another fun level of interaction.

"AGT" launched a new app on Thursday that allows live voting and shows realtime results, among a ton of other fun new features.

Available for download on Apple IOS and Android mobile devices, the app gives users the ability to use their own green, red, and golden buzzers (just like the judges on TV) and view the real time results.

The "AGT" app allows fans to vote for your favorite acts during the live voting episodes, save acts during results night, and tweet host Nick Cannon and the judges directly from the app.

Business Insider

posted 7/10/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Pub Quiz: The Series"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, Thursday) (Lansing State Journal)
     
  • Grant Denyer celebrates one year on "Family Feud" (Perth Now)
     
  • "Let's Make a Deal" celebrates Christmas in July (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: putting a ring on it on Catchphrase (Mirror)

posted 7/10/15

More on "Steampunk'd"
Catch It on GSN August 19
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its new original series, STEAMPUNK’D, hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”). The eight-episode series, which seeks to discover the most talented and versatile steampunk designer in America, will debut on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 pm ET (9pm Central) on GSN.

Inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion, to technology, to pop culture. In STEAMPUNK’D, the contestants (also known as “Makers”) work in teams and compete in a series of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their unique abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into creative masterpieces. Each week one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated and the last one standing will take home the $100,000 grand prize.

As each project is completed, the Makers will unveil their work for the judges, including the leading authority on Steampunk, Thomas Willeford; Matt King, creator, writer and director of the series “The World of Steam,” and Kate "Kato" Lambert, the British model, entrepreneur and founder of Steampunk Couture, a clothing line featuring neo-Victorian, sci-fi and shabby chic fashion.

The STEAMPUNK’D “Makers’ are:

• Ave Rose (Culver City, CA)
• Charles Mason (Hillsboro, OR)
• Edward Thayer (Jackson, MI)
• James Neatherly (Nashville)
• Josh “JW” Kinsey (Portland, OR)
• Karianne Gottschalk (Detroit)
• Morgan Olsen (Los Angeles)
• Niki Phillips (Tallahassee, FL)
• Tayliss Forge (Irvine, CA)
• Tobias McCurry (Seattle)

STEAMPUNK’D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 7/9/15

More on "Twinning"
Catch It on VH1 July 22
From The Futon Critic

For the first time ever, VH1 is putting "twin-tuition" to the test with new reality competition series "Twinning" premiering Wednesday, July 22nd at 10PM ET/PT. With ten hour-long episodes and hosted by Angie Greenup, "Twinning" is an arc'd competition series in which 12 sets of twins will go head-to-head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won't be easy. Viewers will experience double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the fun when twin teams are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways. As the strengths and weaknesses of each twin pair is revealed, relationships will be tested and resentments will be exposed. In the end, one pair of twins will be left standing and win the cash prize, and be crowned as "Twinners!"

"Twinning" was created and is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment. Executive producers are Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler. Executive Producers for VH1 are Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Tricia Biggio.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/9/15

Wednesday: Dead Heat Hump
Fox, NBC Split Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Sharing the top spot was NBC (5.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.206 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "Big Brother 17" (5.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Extant" (5.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.936 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "The Goldbergs" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.610 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.150 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.236 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.052 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 714,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 638,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 423,000
- IdioTest (GSN/10p): 370,000
- IdioTest (GSN/10:30p): 361,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/9/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Reunited (and It Feels So Good)"

  • Regis is back on TV... with Kathie Lee (The Futon Critic)
     
  • When a naturalized American citizen of Mexican descent writes a letter to a Presidential candidate, it tends to not be news. When it's Marco Antonio Regil writing to Donald Trump, however... (PR Newswire)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Larry Emdur (News.com.au)

posted 7/8/15


Tuesday: NBC Sees ABC's One-Two Summer Games And Bumps It
Peacock Takes First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (6.999 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with a repeat "NCIS" (7.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), week two of "Zoo" (7.530 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.865 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.603 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.463 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a special repeat "Bullseye" (1.672 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.342 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.268 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.221 million

TV Insider
Washington Post
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Digital Spy
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
Variety

posted 7/8/15


Syndies: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 28
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud continued to defy the typical summer slump, winning the game race for the third week in a row for the week ending June 28.

The Steve Harvey-led game show was in sole possession of first place with a 5% weekly gain to a 6.2 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That beat CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy!, which added 3% for the week to a second-place 6.1. CTD’s perennial leader, Wheel of Fortune, took third place for the first time in recent memory with a 2% gain to a 6.0. Year to year, Feud is up 27%, while Jeopardy! improved 5% and Wheel weakened 2%.

Meanwhile, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained mired at its all-time low 1.6 for the ninth time in ten weeks, declining 20% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game recovered 8% to a 1.3.

B&C
TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/8/15

Sunday: One Nation, One Team... One Winner
Fox Owns Holiday Weekend Care of Women's World Cup
From TV Media Insights

It was all about Fox last night care of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at a roughly estimated 15.2 rating/27 share in the household overnights for the 7-9 p.m. portion (peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour at a 17.9/30). Combined with Post-Game coverage in the 9 p.m. half-hour (11.3/19) and a 3.1/ 5 for a repeat of “The Simpsons” at 9:30 p.m. (#1: 3.1/ 5) and Fox, overall, beat the Big 3 nets combined by 52 percent in the overnights. As always, results for any live sporting event are approximate.

In the battle of “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC versus “Big Brother” on CBS, the survey says a 40 percent overnight advantage for ABC. “Celebrity Family Feud” scored a 4.9/ 8 (#2) from 8-9 p.m. compared to a 3.5/ 6 (#3) for “Big Brother.” And both were off by minor percentages from one week earlier (“Celebrity Family Feud”: – 9 percent; “Big Brother”: -10 percent) opposite soccer on Fox. Expect in the vicinity of a 1.7 or a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 for “Celebrity Family Feud” and about a 1.6 for “Big Brother.”

Comparably, “Celebrity Family Feud” built from a lead-in of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#3t, 2.2/ 4 at 7 p.m.) by 123 percent. And CBS opened the evening with a 5.1/ 9 in the overnights for older skewing granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#2).

Also on CBS were repeats of the pilot episode of “Zoo” (#2t, 2.4/ 4) and the second season premiere of “Extant” (#3: 1.8/ 3) from 9-11 p.m. And ABC populated the block with recent entry “BattleBots” (#2t: 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m.: -11 percent from one week earlier) and a repeat of “Castle” (#2: 1.9/ 3).

NBC's rain-delayed NASCAR race (Coke Zero 400) gave the peacock 3.619 million.

On cable:
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.299 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.486 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.214 million

TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers
Worldscreen
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/15

Monday: SEX! (Now That We Got Your Attention)
ABC Wins on Revealing "Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Whispers" (3.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The silver then went to NBC (5.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Island" (3.359 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its latest installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.361 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.560 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (4.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.786 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

And finally, the season premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.797 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a relocated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a new "Cedric's Barber Battle" (1.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Barmageddon (truTV): 242,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/7/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Lawyered"

  • Cablevision gets blocked in court; GSN can use their expert witness (Law360)
     
  • "Babushka" produces international pilot (TBI Vision)
     
  • Omarosa says the only thing that Omarosa can say about Donald Trump.. "I’m going to pray that God gives him clarity, that God gives him the ability to impact people’s lives positively." (Washington Post)

posted 7/8/15


POINTS!
Comedy Central Renews "@midnight" for Third Season
From AV Club

Comedy Central has renewed @midnight for a third season, guaranteeing another year of Chris Hardwick yelling and staring directly at the camera. Hardwick’s social media game show, which brings in a new lineup of comedians every episode, debuted on Comedy Central in the fall of 2013; once Jon Stewart departs The Daily Show, Hardwick will have the longest tenure of any of the network’s current late-night hosts.

“Creating a new franchise in late night is no small feat, and we couldn’t be more proud of Chris and the entire team for what they’ve accomplished,” Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming, says. In a statement, the network also noted that @midnight reaches the youngest and most male audience of any late night talk show, with an audience that’s 68 percent male and a median viewer age of 33.

Season 3 of "@midnight" will launch in 2016.

AV Club
Deadline
Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
Bleeding Cool News
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/7/15

More on "Knock Knock Live"
Kellie Pickler, Ross Mathews, Adrienne Bailon Named Co-Hosts
From the Wrap

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Why, it’s Kellie Pickler, Ross Mathews, Adrienne Bailon, Jordan “Shorty” Johnson and Chuey Martinez, who are set to co-host Fox’s now-crowded game show, “Knock Knock Live.”

The weekly series will technically be hosted by Ryan Seacrest from a Los Angeles-based studio, with the other celebrity co-hosts on the road. Pickler, Mathews, Bailon, Johnson and Martinez will show up at unsuspecting people’s doorsteps for an impromptu game show, awarding prizes and the possibility for contestants to meet David Beckham, Luke Bryan, Common, Florida Georgia Line, Mike Holmes, Lea Michele and Meghan Trainor, among others.

“Knock Knock Live” is produced by XIX Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions. Simon Fuller, Michael Herwick, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Stijn Bakkers, Nicolle Yaron, and Ryan Seacrest serve as executive producers. Fuller, Seacrest, DCP and Fox are stakeholders in the format worldwide. Fuller’s business XIX Entertainment has appointed DCP to be the international distributor of the format and series.

“Knock Knock Live” premieres Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

The Wrap
Deadline

posted 7/7/15

More on "ABDC's" Return
Catch It On MTV July 29
From the Futon Critic

MTV will heat up this summer when six all-star dance crews - including five previous champions - take to the "America's Best Dance Crew" ("ABDC") stage to battle for dance supremacy and cement their "ABDC" legacy. Dream match-ups become reality as seasons clash and crews face off in the ultimate battle to see who is the best of the best. The five returning crews include Super Cr3W (season 2 champions), Quest Crew (season 3 champions), We Are Heroes (season 4 champions), I.aM.mE (season 6 champions) and Elektrolytes (season 7 champions); taking the "ABDC" stage for the first time are Kinjaz (which include members from season 1 crews Jabbawockeez and Kaba Modern). "ABDC" is hosted by Jason Dundas ("Entertainment Tonight") and the judging panel includes hip hop superstar T-Pain, G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and television and Broadway performer Frankie Grande.

MTV will reinvent the hit competition series with six all-new "Video Music Award"-themed episodes. Each week the all-star crews will have to create routines inspired by "VMA"-related elements and challenges. The winner will be crowned in the live finale episode, set to air as the lead-in to the "2015 MTV Video Music Awards" Pre-Show on Sunday, August 30th at 4:00pm ET/PT.

The acts:
- Super Cr3W Season 2 "ABDC" Champions Las Vegas, NV Super Cr3w is comprised of the best of the best, with three well-known b-boy crews - Battle Monkees, Full Force and Knucklehead Zoo.
- Quest Crew Season 3 "ABDC" Champions Los Angeles, CA Quest Crew is a group of close friends with a common love for dance and the arts. From b-boying to tutting to martial arts, each member brings their own specialty and style to the stage with a great mix of humor, musicality and innovative choreography.
- We Are Heroes Season 4 "ABDC" Champions Los Angeles, CA The first and only female crew to win the "ABDC" title, We Are Heroes prides itself on its diversity, as the seven members come from all different parts of the world.
- I.aM.mE Season 6 "ABDC" Champions Houston, TX I.aM.mE refers to their unique dance style as "brain banging," a series of connections and large-scale visuals that create shapes and puzzles with the human body. This innovative style not only won over the judges and viewers in season six but it opened doors for the crew to spread this style and their knowledge of dance with fans across the globe.
- Elektrolytes Season 7 "ABDC" Champions Gilbert, AZ The desert boys from Arizona are the reigning champions of ABDC and are ready to prove themselves once again.
- Kinjaz Los Angeles, CA Making their "ABDC" debut, the Kinjaz are a brotherhood of crusaders (comprised of former team leaders who used to compete against each other) on a quest to fearlessly explore the depths of their artistic purpose.

Fans can hashtag #ABDC and follow the @ABDCINSIDER on Twitter and "like" the official ABDC page on Facebook.

"ABDC" is shot on location in Los Angeles, where dance crews perform their hottest moves for dance supremacy and a $100,000 cash prize. Every performance-themed episode gives insight into the crews' emotion, spirit and inspiration as they step up to the challenge and show-off their ground-breaking choreography. Judges will eliminate crews each week, and viewers around the country will vote during the LIVE finale episode to choose the nation's best dance crew.

"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs" is executive produced by Jane Y. Mun ("The Sing Off"), Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment) and Howard and Karen Schwartz (Hip Hop International).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/7/15

More on "Project Runway" 14
Catch It On Lifetime August 6
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime's Emmy nominated Project Runway (#ProjectRunway) returns with sixteen new hopefuls competing for fashion glory, starting Thursday, August 6, at 9pm ET/PT. With New York as their canvas for inspiration, the fashion adventure of their lives will only last as long as they continue to impress judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn. But no decision is ever final as Tim will once again have an opportunity to "save" one designer from being eliminated.

Guest judges this season include:

· Bella Thorne (Scream)

· Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men)

· Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

· Paula Patton (About Last Night)

· Ashley Tisdale (Clipped)

· Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer (UnREAL)

· Singer/songwriter Ciara

· Singer and America's Got Talent judge Mel B

· Supermodel Coco Rocha

· Fashion designer Lisa Perry

· Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and host of Lifetime's Project Runway Junior, Hannah Davis

The Project Runway Season 14 designers are:

· Amanda Perna, 28 - Delray Beach, FL

· Ashley Nell Tipton, 23 - San Diego, CA

· Blake Patterson, 24 - Chardon, OH and Los Angeles, CA

· Candice Marie Cuoco, 27 - San Francisco, CA

· David Giampiccolo, 31 - Brussels, Belgium and Los Angeles, CA

· Duncan Chambers-Watson, 25 - Christchurch, New Zealand

· Edmond Newton, 36 - Union, South Carolina and Atlanta, GA

· Gabrielle Arruda, 27 - Brooklyn, NY

· Hanmiao Yang, 26 - Chengdu, China and New York, NY

· Jake Wall, 35 - San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, CA

· Joseph Poli, 37 - San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV

· Kelly Dempsey, 31 - Monson, MA and Boston, MA

· Laurie Underwood, 29 - Chicago, IL

· Lindsey Creel, 28 - Austin, TX

· Merline Labissiere, 32 - Miami, FL and Savannah, GA

· Swapnil Shinde, 33 - Mumbai, India

The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business and a Celebrity Cruises(R) modern luxury vacation for two to almost anywhere in the world. Sally Beauty will supply a year's worth of products and the opportunity to consult with Sally Beauty to create a limited edition "FingerPaints" nail color collection. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world will be provided by Best Western International and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The winner also receives a 2015 Lexus RC 350 and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winning designer and model will also receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/7/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Todd Newton Saves the World"

  • Todd Newton to host Miss USA after original hosts, network, talent, and judges bail out (TMZ)
     
  • Michael Barrymore sued the police (3News)
     
  • Mike Fleiss promises that next season of "The Bachelorette" won't end in three words. The words are not "let's love... NOW!" (Twitter @fleissmeister)
     
  • Bobby Deen was posted - and was deleted - on a tweet. Paula Deen was involved, so... you figure it out. (Mediaite)
     
  • James Corden to host TCAs (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Seven things TV has taught Richard Osman... (What's on TV) ... plus one it hasn't: how to love (The Sun)
     
  • Paul Sinha gets schooled... LITERALLY (BT)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Zachary Levi (TV Insider)

posted 7/7/15

Eddie McGuire Shuns Seven for Nine
"Hot Seat" Host Remains with Host Network
From the Australian

Australia’s highest-paid broadcaster, Eddie McGuire, has decided to stay with the Nine Network after the latest attempt by Seven to recruit him.

The Seven Network push, spearheaded by chairman Kerry Stokes and CEO Tim Worner, was particularly pressing, with the network hoping to turn around its poor performance in Melbourne at 5.30pm, running in to its 6pm news service.

Seven’s pitch to McGuire focused on him moving into the 5.30pm timeslot with a new game show, aimed at nobbling Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in the process, and becoming a strong presence on Seven Melbourne, a market in which the network is struggling.

McGuire’s Millionaire Hot Seat remains a thorn in Seven’s side, regularly beating Seven’s Million Dollar Minute by more than 100,000 viewers in the five capital city markets and by more than 155,000 in week 21 of the ratings year.

The Australian

posted 7/6/15


A Pointless Trip
France, Netherlands Get Localized Versions
From Realscreen

The Endemol Shine UK-created series Pointless, a game show in which contestants win by scoring the fewest points, is to make its debut in the Netherlands and return to France after a four-year hiatus.

The series pits four pairs of contestants against one another in an attempt to score the fewest points by finding the least popular and most obscure answers selected from a panel of 100 individuals prior to the show.

Dutch pubcaster Avro/Tros has commissioned Endemol Shine Netherlands for a 25-episode order that will be presented by actress Lucille Werner and actor Owen Schumacher. The quiz show is scheduled to air in a daily slot this summer.

Meanwhile, pubcaster France 3 has ordered a local version of the program from Endemol France that will see the Cyril Feraud-hosted quiz show return to the channel for the first time since 2011. It will premiere on the network later this month.

Since the Endemol Shine UK-created show first aired on the BBC in 2009, Pointless has been acquired by nine territories including Germany, France, Poland and Serbia.

“Pointless is a much-loved,warm and witty quiz show with simple game play at its heart,” said Lisa Perrin, MD of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “These new deals in the Netherlands and France, along with continued ratings success in the UK, reinforce the show’s widespread appeal.”

Realscreen
TBI Vision
Worldscreen

posted 7/6/15

Thursday: Food Fight!
CBS Wins Night with "Big Brother"
From TV Insider

CBS (5.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Mom" (5.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Big Brother 17" (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

FOX (2.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Boom!" (2.058 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Wayward Pines" (3.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Mistresses" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the return of "Food Fighters" (3.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Aquarius" (2.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Hannibal" (1.294 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.931 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.526 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.864 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.225 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 473,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/6/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "We! Are! GOING TO THE FUN HOUSE!"

  • Pat Sharp, Grant twins bring back "Fun House UK" for one night only (Huffington Post)
     
  • Behind the scenes of "Hollywood Game Night" (Glamour) PLUS 16 things you didn't know about the show (Glamour) & 5 reasons why you should watch (Starpulse)
     
  • RIP Julie Brett Cowell (New York Daily News); "X Factor" auditions on hold while Simon grieves (Billboard)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Bachelor in Paradise" (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of the return of "Lip Sync Battle". Two words: Alison. Brie (TV Insider)
     
  • Fifth Harmony (you remember them, right?) think a return to "X Factor" is not out of the question in the US (CarterMatt.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $@*! UP!: A BBC employee claims to have lost millions over creating "Dancing with the Stars" (Unreality TV)
     
  • Bill Anderson to perform at Crossville's Palace Theatre (Crossville Chronicle)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Richard Osman (The Guardian) and the only Chaser with a weight clause in his contract and a BIG Surprise. (Grimsby Telegraph)

posted 7/6/15

Thanks, TV Guide!
Greatest Game Shows Coming on DVD August 18
From TVShowsonDVD.com

On August 18 Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing their popular line back with 4 new entries in the TV Guide Spotlight series of DVD releases. Each of the following 2-disc sets will cost just $9.98 per title. Package art and an Amazon.com pre-order button link can be found on the link, but first here's the line-up:

TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Greatest Game Shows
26 Fun and Hilarious Episodes from the All-Time Greatest Game Shows: Merv Griffin, Groucho Marx, Bill Cullen, and Steve Allen. Enjoy over 12 hours of classic trivia, stunts, and challenges from America's iconic game shows including THE PRICE IS RIGHT, YOU BET YOUR LIFE, TWENTY-ONE, and WHAT'S MY LINE?
- The Price is Right has been on TV since 1972 and has aired over 8000 episodes. In 2007, TV Guide said it was the "greatest game show of all time."
- Beat the Clock ran for 8 years and 5 years in syndication
- You Bet Your Life aired on radio and TV. The original version was hosted by Groucho Marx. It was the first game show to have re-runs put into syndication
- Twenty-One was a popular contest in the 1950s, but then became known for potentially being a rigged quiz show
- What's My Line? was ranked #9 by TV Guide in the list of 60 greatest game shows ever. It won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe

TVShowsonDVD.com

posted 7/3/15

NBC's "Can Do" Attitude
"I Can Do That" Renewed
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC is ready to do that again.

The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That! for a second season, it announced Thursday.

The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. The celebrity roster for season one included Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Alan Ritchson and Nicole Scherzinger, who won the first season of the competition. Marlon Wayans hosted.

I Can Do That!, which premiered in May, has been a steady performer for NBC, averaging a 1.7 live-plus-3 rating among adults 18-49.

“This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations, and they rose to the occasion each week,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of late-night and alternative programming. “We are thrilled to bring new challenges and up the ante for season two.”

Based on an Israeli format, various versions of I Can Do That! are currently in production in 15 different countries. The stateside iteration is executive produced by The Voice's Audrey Morrissey, Matilda Zoltowski (Dancing With the Stars), Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Wayans. I Can Do That! hails from Universal Television.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 7/2/15

Wednesday: 100 Masters
CBS Wins Night in Totals, Splits with Fox
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 17" (5.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the return of "Extant" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

NBC (4.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) with originals from the 100th edition of "MasterChef" (4.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (3.170 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (2.890 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.090 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.092 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 814,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 487,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 433,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/2/15

CBS Daytime #1 Again!
New Ratings Highs for LMAD, TPIR
From Variety

CBS Daytime solidified its No. 1 standing in the ratings this spring, with all five of its programs — “The Young and the Restless,” “The Price Is Right,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk” — hitting ratings milestones during the second quarter.

“Let’s Make a Deal” delivered its largest second-quarter audience (3.30 million) since its premiere in 2009, growing 10% year-over-year. The Wayne Brady-hosted gameshow was also up vs. last year by 5% in both women 25-54 (to 561,000) and women 18-49 (to 431,000).

“The Price is Right” averaged 5.06 million viewers, up 2% vs. last year and the gameshow’s largest second-quarter audience with Drew Carey as host. The show’s first half drew its largest second-quarter audience in 11 years (4.71 million) and its second half hit an eight-year high (5.41 million).

Variety
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/2/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Conference"

  • Richard Osman hosts keynote for book conference (The Bookseller)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Former "2 Minute Drill" contestant gets paid by ESPN... as an executive (SVG)
     
  • Nick Clooney to be named to Ohio Valley NATAS (Lexington Herald-Ledger)
     
  • Paul Sinha to play Derby Comedy Festival (Burton Mail)

posted 7/2/15

Tuesday: I Believe That We Will... Split!
NBC, Fox Split Night Thanks to Women's World Cup
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) got a big boost on Tuesday with the primetime portion of its "FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (9.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the special "Beat the Champions" (2.723 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

NBC (8.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and the season finale of "I Can Do That!" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) bookending the premiere of "Zoo" (8.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Black-ish" (2.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "iZombie" (0.677 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.071 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.047 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 460,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "War of Dogs"

  • Donald Trump gets dumped by Macy*s (CNN), and could be replaced on the Apprentice by Sir Alan Sugar (People), the guy he once had beef with on Twitter (The Guardian)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil to partner his shingle RGL with FremantleMedia (TBI Vision)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Hollywood Game Night" (TV Insider)
     
  • Betty White has a pawfully busy Pawgust coming up (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: LeBron James' untitled project is going to Denver (Westword) and Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of a Tyler Perry horror show for $50,000... Tyler Perry (Dread Central)

posted 7/1/15


JACK CARTER: 1922-2015
Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From USA Today

Jack Carter, a comedian and actor known for Broadway, television and film roles, died Sunday. He was 93.

Carter, whose entertainment career spanned more than seven decades, died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Born Jack Chakrin to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native got an early career start, appearing as a mimic on radio's Major Bowes Amateur Hour as a teenager. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art and, besides acting and comedy, he worked as an emcee, singer, dancer, director and nightclub entertainer. He made more than 50 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Carter appeared on Broadway in Call Me Mister. On television, he worked on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre before becoming host of Cavalcade of Stars. In the early 1950s, he hosted The Jack Carter Show as part of NBC's Saturday Night Revue.

He also appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour with such talents as Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O'Connor.

Carter, whose Broadway credits also include Mr. Wonderful and Top Banana, hosted the first televised Tony Awards ceremony in 1956. His film resume includes roles in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I.

The Emmy-nominated actor could be seen in many TV comedies, including Caroline in the City and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and dramas, including Dr. Kildare, The Rockford Files and Diagnosis Murder. He made several appearances in Showtime's Shameless, including one as recently as 2014.

Carter was a frequent guest on such variety and comedy programs as The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and numerous Bob Hope specials. During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared as a celebrity panelist no such game shows as The Match Game and The $10,000 Pyramid.

Behind the camera, Carter directed Lucille Ball's CBS comedy, Here's Lucy, and such plays as A Thousand Clowns, Silver Anniversary and Mouth-Trap.

Carter is survived by his wife Roxanne, who he married in 1971; his son, Michael Carter, and Michael's wife, Victoria; his son, Chase Carter; his daughter, Wendy Carter; and his grandchildren, Jake and Ava.

USA Today
HNGN
Christian Science Monitor
Yahoo!

posted 6/30/15


Syndies: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From B&C

A newsy week gave the entertainment news magazines a bump in the week ended June 21 while most of the rest of syndication lagged.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which led all of syndication and games in the prior week for the first time ever, dipped 3% to a 5.9 to land in a three-way tie for first place in the category. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a new season low, while CTD’s Jeopardy! was steady. Year to year, Feud climbed 23%, Jeopardy! added 2% and Wheel was flat.

Alone and far back in second place, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fell back to its all-time low 1.6 for the eighth time in nine week, losing 6% for the week and 20% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game slumped 8% to a 1.2.

TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights
B&C

posted 6/30/15

Epic Game Show Time
Harley Morenstein Hosts "Win It for the Bar" on YouTube
From Tubefilter

Collective Digital Studio has a new series that will appeal to YouTube’s foodie crowd. The multi-channel network debuted the food game show series Win it for the Bar on the newly-launched Beer ‘N Stuff channel on June 29, 2015.

In Win it for the Bar, random bar and pub customers must correctly answer a set of food-inspired questions for a chance to win the entire establishment a round of free eats. The show host poses as the bartender, and then asks one bar patron, who unknowingly sat down in the hot seat, the culinary trivia questions. If the patron answers all questions correctly, everyone wins food; if the patron misses a question, he or she must buy someone a beer.

The first episode of Win it for the Bar features host and undercover bartender Harley Morenstein, a fitting role considering his food-focused job in Epic Meal Time.

You can catch all future episodes of Win it for the Bar on the Beer ‘N Stuff channel, which a CDS rep confirms will also serve up plenty of other food-based original series in the next few months.

Tubefilter

posted 6/30/15

Monday: Ninja Assassin
NBC Beats Competition with "ANW"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.593 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Island" (3.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

ABC (5.560 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Whispers" (3.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was CBS (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.961 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.740 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus the return of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.531 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food/premiere) - 1.021 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy) - 461,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/15


Sunday: A Sure BET... Equals a Bit of Point Shaving
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with a rebroadcast of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.143 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "BattleBots" (4.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat "Castle" (3.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 17" (5.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Madam Secretary" (4.160 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.809 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a repeat "I Can Do That!" (2.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the season finale of "American Odyssey" (2.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.870 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), "The Simpsons" (1.549 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.796 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.145 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) on FOX (1.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.120 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, 12:30p): 1.688 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, noon): 1.446 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.328 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.158 million

The Futon Critic
Yahoo!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Song That Doesn't End..."

posted 6/30/15

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