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The Hollywood Reporter
"Four" For Fergie
Report: DJ Khaled, Diddy, Charlie Walk to Judge, Black Eyed Peas Singer to Host Beginning January 4
From the Futon Critic

Eight-time Grammy(R) Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie will serve as host of FOX's new singing competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. The six-episode event premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"I am very excited and proud to be the host of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM," said Fergie (nee Stacy Ferguson). "This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV. I am looking forward to being by the contestants' sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry."

"Fergie is a genuine superstar," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Programming and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "She's fierce, she's a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish."

As previously announced, Grammy(R) Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean "Diddy" Combs, record-producing hit-maker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the show's panel of experts. These panelists are true star-makers and are responsible for some of the biggest hits and recording artists in the music industry today.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM begins where the other shows end: With the best. These four top-notch singers, spanning all music genres, will fight each week to defend their coveted seats on the show, as determined newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner's team. This elite group of starmakers will guide the winner's career to help make him or her a breakout star. To audition for THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, please visit thefourmusic.com.

As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio "On The Verge" artist. iHeartRadio's On The Verge program provides artists with unparalleled national reach through on-air radio exposure, as well as digital and social support across iHeartMedia's powerful range of music and entertainment platforms. FOX also has teamed up with iHeartMedia to support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition.

Reality TV World
TMZ
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
TV Line
USA Today
Entertainment Weekly

posted 11/27/17


NJPAC
DAVID CASSIDY: 1950-2017
Teen Idol Played "Hollywood Squares"
From
TV Line

Actor and singer David Cassidy, who rose to fame as Keith Partridge in the classic ’70s series The Partridge Family, has died of organ failure. He was 67 years old.

He passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his family, his publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed to Variety: “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

According to TMZ, Cassidy was first admitted to a hospital in Florida on Nov. 15. Earlier this year, he revealed he was battling dementia, and announced he would stop touring to concentrate on his health.

Cassidy starred alongside real-life stepmother Shirley Jones on The Partridge Family, which ran for a total of 96 episodes between 1970 and 1974 on ABC. The TV-family band put out 10 platinum-selling albums during the series’ run. Among their biggest hits was “I Think I Love You,” which climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1970.

Cassidy also found success as a solo artist — though he struggled to shed his teen idol image. His hits included “Cherish” and “I Write the Songs,” the latter of which was eventually rerecorded and popularized by Barry Manilow. Cassidy continued to chart well into the 1990s with tracks including “Lyin’ to Myself” and “No Bridge I Wouldn’t Cross.”

In 1978, Cassidy received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role in Police Story, playing Officer Dan Shay. That led to his own cop show vehicle, the short-lived David Cassidy: Man Undercover, which was cancelled in 1979. Additional guest credits included The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Flash (1991), The John Larroquette Show, Malcolm in the Middle and Less Than Perfect.

In 2009, Cassidy was a series regular on the short-lived ABC Family sitcom Ruby & the Rockits, co-created by his half-brother Shaun Cassidy. His most recent acting credit is a 2013 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Cassidy leaves behind two children: Arrow star Katie Cassidy, and a son, Beau. Katie tweeted the following:

"Words cant express the solace our family's received from all the love & support during this trying time. My father's last words were "So much wasted time". This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute....thank you."

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" in 2003 and "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Line
Variety
Broadway World

posted 11/27/17

More on "Child Support"
Catch It on ABC January 5
From Reality TV World

ABC has announced "Child Support," a new competition series featuring Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage, will debut on the network on January 5.

"Child Support, the US game show I created with Banijay Studios, will premiere Friday, January 5 at 8 PM on @ABCNetwork. It's hosted by Fred Savage, and features adult contestants and interactions between me and a group of 5 kids who say the most unpredictable things. Enjoy," Gervais tweeted.

"Contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize," a network press release said.

"If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais."

Savage is a former child star best known for his work on "The Wonder Years" and "The Grinder."

Gervais is the creator and star of the original, British version of "The Office," as well as "Extras," "Derek" and "An Idiot Abroad."

Reality TV World

posted 11/27/17

Takeshi's Castle Heads to the Mideast
Saudi Arabia to Get Its Own Version
From BroadcastProMe

Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority (GSA), which is responsible for all sports-related actvities in the Kingdom, has partnered with Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) to bring Takeshi’s Castle onto screens in the Kingdom for a new version of the cult Japanese TV show, returning for the first time since 1990.

The Saudi version of Takeshi’s Castle will debut in late 2018 across several of the country’s leading channels and see the fast-paced physical gameshow and its signature challenges be transported to a Saudi setting. An Arab style castle featuring over 50 obstacles will be built in Riyadh over a period of 10 months, in a space of 300k sqm.

The weekly program will be open to everyone in the region and will run over 13 weeks, with huge prizes and new challenges each week.

BroadcastProMe

posted 11/27/17

Arie Christmas
"The Bachelor" Previews with "Countdown to Arie" December 11
From the Futon Critic

Join Chris Harrison for a one-hour special season preview, "The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie," airing MONDAY, DEC. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST). For the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s life, his family and his love of racing.

"The Bachelor" premieres its 22nd season on MONDAY, JAN. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Travel back to Arie's memorable journey to find love with one of America's favorite Bachelorettes, Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson). Five years ago, Arie fell madly in love with Emily and was ready to get down on one knee to propose when his heart was broken. Relive one of the most heart-wrenching breakups in Bachelor history and discover how Arie finally got closure.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic

posted 11/27/17


Games Gone By: Tic-Tac-Dough (1990)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

No nine monitors in a tic-tac-toe formation, no 70s synth music, no Wink...no problem for "Tic-Tac-Dough", right? I mean, Barry & Enright Prods updated things to the 90s and brought in John Wayne's flash and blood so...that should help bring it back, right? RIGHT?! Apparently not as Chris Wolvie presents another ruined revival in "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/27/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Grind, Folks"

  • Nick Lachey plays real-life hero to a bartender (Reality TV World)
     

  • DJ Khaled celebrates ANOTHER ONE... birthday, that is... with Seacrest (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gwen Stefani spends Thanksgiving with Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Royal Family of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland hereby announce the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales to... Case #24 (News.com.au)

posted 11/27/17

TUESDAY: Next Stop, Everywhere
NBC, CBS Night, "Dancing" Finale Goes Up
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.266 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "This Is Us" (9.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the season premiere of "Chicago Med" (6.221 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

ABC (7.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "The Middle" (6.032 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.295 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (9.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (9.791 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (12.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bull" (8.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (3.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "The Mick" (2.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.666 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.171 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.492 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.228m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.145m
- Chopped (Food): 899k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (SF/MTV): 802k
- Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild (TBS): 785k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SP/MTV): 666k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 532k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 324k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 248k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/17

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 26... Fall 2018
Mini Season to Air in the Spring
From Reality TV World

Tom Bergeron has announced Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars will only air in Fall 2018 instead of this coming spring.

"There will be a mini-Spring season (4 Weeks). Not DWTS Junior. More info Tuesday," Tom tweeted on Monday ahead of Dancing with the Stars' Season 25 finals.

After questions and comments poured in from concerned fans on Twitter, Tom elaborated, "Season 26 of @DancingABC will be next Fall."

The show host added, "The 4 week mini-season in the Spring is a bite size, spray tanned spinoff."

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition in the spring of 2018. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show's professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Hosted by two-time Emmy(R)-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes.

Reality TV World
Inquisitr
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Jeremy Clarkson in talks to revive "Millionaire" in the UK? (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen expecting baby #2 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Two of the final three of Dancing with the Stars heading on tour (Broadway World)

posted 11/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending October 12
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy was on fire in the session ending Nov. 12, exploding to a new season high at a nosebleed level 7.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with nearly 11 million viewers daily.

That was Judy’s greatest week in 10 months and a 10% increase over the prior frame. It was also a 7% improvement over last year’s strong showing, and the 30th time in the past 33 weeks that the courtroom queen handily ranked as the No. 1 show in syndication.

Family Feud gained 6% to a 6.7 and was tied for second place overall by Jeopardy, which began its annual Tournament of Champions and rose 12% to a new season high 6.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 +6%
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +12%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4* +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/21/17

MONDAY: Alphabet Soup
ABC Wins on "Dancing" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.346 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (10.343 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

NBC (7.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then remained in second with originals from "The Voice" (9.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "The Brave" (4.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Superior Donuts" (5.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "9JKL" (4.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Scorpion" (5.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.096 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.277 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "The Gifted" (2.915 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (1.038 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.474 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.340m
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.191m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.139m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.008m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 974k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/17

WEEKEND: Misfit Toys?
AMAs Keep ABC in the Mix, but Night Belongs to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.978 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) once again claimed the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.772 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (7.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with the season finale of "The Toy Box" (3.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) followed by "The 2017 American Music Awards" (9.048 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (9.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (17.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (6.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (5.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, FOX (2.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.970 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.363 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.717 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Ghosted" (1.953 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.600 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.065m
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 661k

CBS (8.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (7.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.107 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.105 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Second place then went to NBC (3.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with originals from "Blindspot" (3.416 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.285 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "The Exorcist" (1.396 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Once Upon a Time" (2.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), another "Once Upon a Time" (2.010 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "20/20" (3.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, The CW (0.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.682 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/20/17

Hallelujah!
Paramount Network Renews "Ink Master: Angels"
From the Futon Critic

The original tattoo-competition "Ink Master: Angels" has been renewed for a second season by Paramount Network. The series from Truly Original features three of the top female competitors from Season 8 of flagship series "Ink Master" - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty and Nikki Simpson - who travel the country and go up against some of America's most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the "Angels." The second season of 10 hour-long episodes will debut on the Paramount Network in March 2018.

Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, Spike/Paramount Network, who made today's announcement, said, "I am thrilled that the Angels are hitting the road again; Ryan, Kelly, and Nikki are a fierce combo and I look forward to another round of them going head to head against America's best tattoo artists."

Added Executive Producer and Truly Original co-CEO Glenda Hersh, "The popularity of the Ink Master franchise has grown alongside our culture's fascination with and respect for the art of tattooing. We're thrilled to continue working with Chachi and the team at Paramount Network to celebrate so many talented and diverse artists."

The Season 2 premiere of "Ink Master: Angels" will accompany the roster of bold original scripted and non-scripted series joining Paramount Network including WACO, American Woman, Heathers, Yellowstone, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, etc.

"Ink Master" and "Ink Master: Angels" are produced for Paramount Network by Truly Original ("Swamp People," "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike's Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, and Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of "Ink Master" and "Ink Master: Angels" for the network.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/21/17

Merry Crystal Maze
Special Lined Up
From Digital Spy

The Crystal Maze is returning for a Christmas celebrity special, all for Stand Up to Cancer.

The Channel 4 gameshow, fronted by Richard Ayoade, will be welcoming Saturdays singer Mollie King (who is, of course, currently competing in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing) and Made in Chelsea's Ollie Locke, as well as Murder in Successville actor Tom Davis and boxer Nicola Adams.

Paralympian and gold-medalist swimmer Ellie Simmonds has been announced as the team captain.

The Christmas special will be getting a holidays touch, as the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial, and Futuristic zones will be "festooned with festive frivolity".

Jessica Hynes and Adam Buxton are also reprising their roles as The Knight and Jarhead respectively.

The episode will be broadcast sometime in December.

Digital Spy

posted 11/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Welcome to Hollywood"

  • "American Idol" delivers its first Golden Ticket of the reboot (Goldderby)
     

  • Buzzy Cohen wants to be the next Jeopardy! host... (Vulture) ... yeah, like he's got a chance of THAT happening (The Jeopardy! Fan)
     

  • Tickets to the live finale of Quizbusters now available (WKAR Ann Arbor)
     

  • Monetizing HQ (Variety), plus one site tried to get a few good questions with Scott Rogowsky, and this happened (The Daily Beast)
     

  • Vanna White lists her mansion for $47.5 million... or roughly 190,000 vowels (Mansion Global)
     

  • Paul Hollywood calls Simon Cowell the four-letter word (Digital Spy)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" heads to Little Rock (ArkansasMatters.com)

posted 11/21/17

CBS Daytime Celebrates Thanksgiving
Special LMAD, TPIR Planned
From Broadway World

On Wednesday, November 22, gather the family around the TV and give thanks for a brand new Let's Make A Deal Thanksgiving Special!

Think a beautifully decorated table, pumpkin pie and a Thanksgiving balloon parade. Let's Make A Deal has it all this Thanksgiving! It's an episode stuffed like a turkey with hidden surprises every member of the family can be thankful for.

Over on The Price Is Right, they're filling the audience with students and alumni from some of the biggest college rivals across the country. When contestants on stage lost their pricing game, the contestant from the rival school won $1,000,

For the special episode, the show filled its audience with students and alumni from various rivaling colleges.

Broadway World
Daily Texan

posted 11/20/17

More on "Just Like Mom & Dad"
Catch It on BYUtv January 8!
From MENAFM

BYUtv today announced plans to co-produce a new game show titled Just Like Mom and Dad. Produced in association with marblemedia and YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the U.S., the 20-episode primetime family game show celebrates modern, diverse families and proves how much fun families can have together and will premiere across the U.S.on January 8, 2018 at 8pm ET/6pm MT.

Just Like Mom and Dad will be hosted by husband and wife duo and family entertainment veterans, Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans. Sandy, a nine-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and Kylee, an actress, appeared on YTV/Nickelodeon's hit sitcom Life With Boys, where Sandy played the loving, single father and Kylee played their neighbor. Sandy was also the co-host of the hidden camera game show, Deal With It and Kylee is known for her recurring roles in Good Witch and The Stanley Dynamic.

"BYUtv is pleased to present our first game show, Just Like Mom and Dad, with our partner, marblemedia, and to expand our portfolio of innovative reality TV-based programming," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Both BYUtv and marblemedia are committed to providing quality, family entertainment content for viewers throughout North America and around the world and we look for to co-producing and distributing this content across our network. Few shows today capture parents spending time with their young kids in a reality-TV setting and we are excited to explore the possibilities of this genre and scenario."

Shot in Toronto before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright set filled with giant moving video screens and a bigger prize wheel, each episode will feature three parent/kid pairs. The game starts with two interactive question-answer based rounds where parents and kids will be quizzed about their knowledge of each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers. Additionally, marblemedia will be releasing digital media components, produced in-house by marblemedia Interactive, to support the Just Like Mom and Dad series, including a mobile App.

MENAFM
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 11/20/17


Allmusic
MEL TILLIS: 1932-2017
Country Legend Played "Hollywood Squares"
From
CNN

Country music legend Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, according to a statement from his publicist. He was 85.

Tillis died at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, after battling intestinal issues since 2016, said spokesman Don Murry Grubbs. The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure.

Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades. Many of those songs were recorded by other country music stars such as Kenny Rogers, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs.

His commercial peak came in the 1970s when he had a string of top 10 hits, including "Good Woman Blues," "Heart Healer" and "Coca Cola Cowboy." In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Before making his way to Nashville, Tennessee, the songwriter briefly attended the University of Florida. He joined the US Air Force to serve in the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa, where he spent his time cooking and singing on Armed Forces Radio.

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" from the 1970s and 1980s.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

CNN

posted 11/20/17


TheJohnnyLopez
DELLA REESE: 1931-2017
Singer/Actress Played "Pyramid", "Match Game" Among Others
From
TV Line

Della Reese, who played Touched By an Angel‘s Tess for the CBS drama’s entire run, died Sunday at home in California, our sister site Variety reports. She was 86.

Reese was a gospel and R&B singer who hosted an eponymous daytime talk show from 1969-1970. She later moved to television, with a long career that included roles on Chico and the Man, MacGyver, The Royal Family, Designing Women, Picket Fences, That’s So Raven and The Young and the Restless.

Her most notable small screen gig was likely Touched by an Angel, the family series starring Roma Downey as Monica, an angel sent to Earth to deliver God’s love to those in need. Reese played Tess, Monica’s maternal supervisor.

Reese continued to work after Touched by an Angel wrapped in 2003; her most recent TV credit was Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

“Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Downey shared the news with fans via social media Monday. “She was like a mother to me.”

Her game show appearances include episodes of "The $20,000 Pyramid", "Match Game", "Break the Bank", and "The Hollywood Squares".

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 11/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Slippery Stairs"

  • SO THIS IS A THING... "Slippery Stairs", a Japanese game show that is literally a slippery slope (SBNation)
     

  • Emma Slater, Sasha Farber FINALLY set a wedding date. Finally (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest responds to the latest round of sexual allegations (Reality TV World)

posted 11/20/17

The Revolution Will Be Piloted
Fox Orders Pilot of "Revolution"
From Broadway World

Attention thrill seekers: FOX just ordered the pilot REVOLUTION, based on the U.K. game show of the same title, according to Variety. The show premise involves competition between BMXers, skateboarders, and inline skaters. All housed under the same arena roof and in rounds of rivaly, plenty of thrills and spills are sure to ensue.

The show was conceived by Los Angeles and London based production company, Znak & Co. Natalka Znak, founder of Znak & Co., is no stranger to reality television. She is known for her previous work on I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE and the U.K.'s HELL'S KITCHEN. Znak presumes the role of executive producer of the U.S. 'REVOLUTION', in addition to Glenn Coomber (STRICTLY COME DANCING) and Jenny Stephenson (NINJA WARRIOR).

Broadway World
Variety

posted 11/17/17

Welcome Back... to "The Weakest Link"
Catch It on BBC2
From Telly Mix

The Queen of Mean, Anne Robinson will return for a Special Celebrity Edition of the Weakest Link for BBC Children in Need later this month.

Seven brave celebrities including Actor John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, Chef Rosemary Shrager, Actress Chizzy Akudolu, Columnist Giles Coren and Presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Maya Jama have been confirmed for the line up.

They will face the wrath of Anne as they work as a team and attempt to answer a series of general knowledge questions to win up to £15,000 for the charity. However, only one can win, six will leave with nothing as round by round their teammates vote them the weakest link.

Telly Mix
Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 11/17/17

THURSDAY: More Football
NBC Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) took home top honors last night with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.356 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.958 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

CBS (8.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Young Sheldon" (11.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Scandal" (4.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.722 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.655 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Orville" (3.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.871 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.297 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night for The CW (1.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable..
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.898m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.093m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 808k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/17


ABC/FremantleMedia North America
2018 Is Going To Be (BLANK)!
ABC Has Dates for "Match Game", "Child Support"
From The Futon Critic

The series premiere of "Child Support," a one-hour studio-based series from Golden Globe(R)- and Emmy(R) Award-winning Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America, will make its debut on FRIDAY, JAN. 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, the primetime series will feature adult contestants and priceless interactions between funnyman Ricky Gervais and a group of five kids who say the most unpredictable things. Hosted by Fred Savage, contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais. Ricky Gervais, David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Jeff Krask are executive producers.

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime on WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3 at 10:00 p.m. EST for Season 3 and will once again be hosted by Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. Baldwin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host in 2017. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA's Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.

"We are excited to grow our game show slate with the comedic charm that Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage bring to 'Child Support,'" said Robert Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night. "When you add Alec Baldwin's quick wit as host of 'Match Game,' you are sure to start your year with a lot of laughs."

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 11/16/17

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Stops Slide
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.939 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) returned to the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (6.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Star" (3.753 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Second place then went to CBS (7.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (7.167 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.603 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was NBC (6.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the fall finale of "The Blacklist" (5.863 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) followed by a special "The Voice" (7.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and a new "Chicago PD" (6.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.845 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.616 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.429 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.894 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (4.081 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.655 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.038 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.226m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 811k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 615
- Are You The One (MTV): 508k
- Face Value (BET): 217k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/17

"Wheel" Spins Into NYC
Exhibit Opens
From Newsday

“Wheel of Fortune” is taking a spin in New York City.

The popular Hangman-inspired game show starring Pat Sajak and Vanna White is the focus of a new exhibit titled “Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America’s Game” at the Paley Center at 25 W. 52nd St. through Dec. 3. On display will be some of White’s favorite gowns, wedges from the wheel and scale models of the set, along with videos featuring some of the show’s most memorable moments. You’ll also spot Sheldon, the ceramic Dalmatian that sold for $154 during the series’ early days when contestants used their winnings to shop for prizes.

While “Wheel” began in 1975 as a daytime show on NBC with Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford, this exhibit is meant as a celebration to the syndicated edition with Sajak and White that has been on a roll since 1984.

“The viewers think of them as friends and one of the most satisfying and heartwarming things to watch is people’s faces when Pat and Vanna enter the studio,” says “Wheel” executive producer Harry Friedman.

And while it costs $250 to buy a vowel on the show, admission to the exhibit, which is open Wednesdays through Sundays, is free. For more info, go to paleycenter.org.

Newsday
Enertainment Weekly

posted 11/16/17

TUESDAY: Splitting Notes
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins the Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.893 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "This Is Us" (9.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the finale to "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

The silver then went to CBS (11.015 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its mainstays "NCIS" (12.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Mick" (2.113 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.645 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.396 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.550 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.973 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.324m
- Chopped (Food): 973k
- Bushcraft Build-Off (P/Discovery): 957k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 952k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (S/MTV): 837k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 718k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 411k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Too Sexy"

  • Blake Shelton is named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2017 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek will receive this Canadian honor on Friday...  (The Sudbury Star)
     

  • Bradley Walsh... Detective... Future companion... Quiz show host... Best new artist of 2017? (Music Week)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Weakest Link Children in Need (Digital Spy)
     

  • SERIOUSLY, WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Corrine Olympios went from single to dating to engaged (Reality TV World)
     

  • Wayne Brady lists it (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • "TWiTCH" Boss & Alison Holker ... Disney wedding (Broadway World)

posted 11/15/17

CW Renews "Whose Line", "Fool Us"
Both Will Return in 2018
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network has ordered new seasons of the hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION. Fixtures of The CW's original summer programming strategy, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION will join never-before-seen original episodes of the improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? in Summer 2018. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, and Andrew Golder in association with 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media).

Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the U.S. that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/17

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending October 5
From TV Newscheck

The first full week of the sweep was a big one for newcomer Page Six TV, which hit a new series high and narrowed the gap on rookie leader Daily Mail TV in the session ending Nov. 5.

Despite being preempted by Games 6 and 7 of the World Series in numerous large markets, Page Six jumped 14% from the week before to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best rating yet, while Daily Mail eased 9% from its series high the week before to a 1.0.

Among women 25-54 Page Six grew 25% to a 0.5, which tied Daily Mail for first place in the key demo.

Further back among the freshmen, Funny You Should Ask remained at a 0.5 in households and a 0.2 in the demo, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3 in households but dropped to a 0.1 among women 25-54.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/14/17

MONDAY: Dancing with a Final
ABC Takes the Win Outright
From The Futon Critic

ABC (10.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (10.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

NBC (8.029 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Voice" (9.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Brave" (5.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Gifted" (2.967 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its revised lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (4.962 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "9JKL" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Scorpion" (4.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, closing out the night were "Supergirl" (1.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (0.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.330m
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.325m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.024m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.113m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/17

WEEKEND: Football
NBC Wins Sunday, Shark Tank Builds
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) was the top broadcaster on Sunday thanks to its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5), "Football Night in America #2" (9.261 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #3).

Second place then went to FOX (6.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (15.178 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The OT" (8.432 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5), "The Simpsons" (4.761 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "Ghosted" (3.280 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Family Guy" (3.089 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.176 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was CBS (8.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (11.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (6.789 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Madam Secretary" (6.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

And finally, new episodes of "The Toy Box" (2.341 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.217 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "Shark Tank" (4.240 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and a second "Shark Tank" (3.630 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) rounded out the night on ABC (3.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.095m
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 778k

Forty-eight hours earlier, CBS (8.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (7.297 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.793 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Blindspot" (3.350 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (5.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.223 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.134 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "The Exorcist" (1.312 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Once Upon a Time" (2.413 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), the season finale of "Marvel's Inhumans" (1.953 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.188 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.712 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/17

Fox Crowns "King of Mask Singer"
American Version of Korean Contest Goes into Development
From Deadline

Fox is developing a remake of Asian singing competition The Masked Singer – its latest shiny-floor entertainment format.

Deadline reports that the network is developing and casting a U.S version of the format with Smart Dog Media, the production company run by former NBC reality chief Craig Plestis, who has produced long-running game show Minute to Win It with Guy Fieri and Syfy’s Robot Combat League.

The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing gameshow with a twist: Contestants wear elaborate masks and costumes to conceal their identity.

The show sees celebrities, including actors, musicians and comedians, face off head-to-head in a series of singing competitions. As they sing, a panel of judges and viewers are guessing who is behind the mask as they vote for the winner. As contestants are eliminated, their true identities are revealed and they are unmasked on stage. The battles rage on until there is only one masked singer left standing.

The format originally aired in Korea via Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and has been remade for China’s Jiangsu Television, Thailand’s Workpoint TV and Vietnam’s HTV7.

Paradigm Talent Agency, which represents Plestis and Smart Dog Media, brokered the format deal.

Deadline
Realscreen

posted 11/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "So You Want to Play Paley"

  • "Wheel of Fortune" has its panel at Paley tomorrow. Here's how to get tickets (WABC New York)
     

  • Jim Davidson reveals secret feud with Sir Brucie (Yahoo!)
     

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo take the "next big step" in their relationship (Blasting News)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Corinne Olympios has a new piece (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jordin Sparks married... AND pregnant! (People)
     

  • "The Running Man" at 30 (Syfy Wire)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (Broadway World)

posted 11/14/17

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Class of 2017: And Then There Were Nine
Champ vs. Champ Action Continues This Week
From TV Line

Fifteen of Jeopardy‘s boldest, brightest and most viral contestants from the past two seasons will convene Nov. 6 for the long-awaited Tournament of Champions.

The two-week event will conclude on Nov. 16 and 17, with $250,000 going to the winner. (Second place nabs $100,000, while third place goes home with a respectable $50,000.) The contestants are made up of the 11 players who won the most games since the last Tournament of Champions was held in 2015. Additionally, two College Championship winners and two Teachers Tournament winners will also compete.

Let’s begin with the latest contestant to capture America’s hearts/Twitter accounts: New York City native Austin Rogers. With a grand total of $411,000 in prizes won over 12 games — his streak came to an end earlier this month — the quirky player has collected more money playing Jeopardy than any of his competitors. But will he be able to sustain that momentum?

The other eight contestants competing in the semifinals:
* Andrew Pau from Amherst, Ohio. (Won six games, totaling $170,202.)
* Buzzy Cohen from Los Angeles, Calif. (Won nine games, totaling $164,603.)
* Lisa Schlit from Berwyn, Pa. (Won six games, totaling $139,100.)
* Pranjal Vachaspati from Urbana, Ill. (Won six games, totaling $137,088.)
* Alan Lin from Riverside, Calif. (Won six games, totaling $123,600.)
* Tim Aten from Vermilion, Ohio. (Won seven games, totaling $107,499.)
* Lilly Chin from Decatur, Ga. (Won the College Championship, earning $100,000.)
* Jason Sterlacci from Somerset, N.J. (Won the Teachers Tournament, earning $100,000.)

When tuning in today, fans may notice that Alex Trebek and the contestants are all wearing dark blue ribbons. Along with the rest of the Jeopardy! staff, they do so in honor of six-time Jeopardy! winner Cindy Stowell, who would have qualified for this year’s Tournament of Champions but lost her battle with colon cancer on December 5, 2016.

Jeopardy! also made a $10,000 donation to the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) in Cindy’s name.

TV Line
J!Buzz
KABC Los Angeles
The Ringer

posted 11/13/17

America Votes Early
"American Idol" to Kick Off Voting During the AMAs... November 19
From the Futon Critic

In anticipation of the debut of "American Idol" at its new home on ABC, America will have the chance to vote an Idol hopeful through to Hollywood ahead of the season premiere. It all kicks off, live, during the "2017 American Music Awards" on SUNDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST). The news was announced today on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Idol's all-star panel of judges including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, have traveled the country in search of America's next superstar. For some lucky auditionees who nearly made the cut, the journey isn't over. Bryan, Perry and Richie will select singers to re-audition for a second chance at the competition. Their audition videos will be broadcast live during the "2017 American Music Awards," and viewers will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer by visiting www.americanidol.com/vote. The singer who receives the most votes will receive a Golden Ticket to Hollywood and will be revealed by Lionel Richie, live, during a special appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Nov. 20.

"American Idol" is set to premiere on Sunday, Mar. 11, on The ABC Television Network. Emmy(R)-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved music competition series.

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posted 11/13/17

"Great American Baking Show" Returns Next Month
Paul Hollywood Joins New Hosts Ayesha Curry & Spice Adams
From Broadway World

Back for a third season on The ABC Television Network, THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, based on the hit U.K. series "The Great British Bake Off," premieres on THURSDAY, DEC. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), for a special three-week run where bakers from around the country put their best recipes forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

Television personality and author of six best-selling cookbooks, Paul Hollywood, ("The Great British Bake Off") joins James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author Johnny Iuzzini as judges, where each week they will taste decadent and delicious treats alongside show hosts Ayesha Curry, New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, and Anthony "Spice" Adams, former NFL star and media personality.

Broadway World

posted 11/13/17

More on "MasterChef Latino"
Judges Named Ahead of Telemundo's Take on the Franchise
From Broadway World

Telemundo has announced that chefs Benito Molina, Claudia Sandoval and Ennio Carota are the three judges of the first season of MASTERCHEF LATINO, a format that comes to U.S. Hispanic television for the first time in 2018. In this culinary competition hosted by Mexican TV star Aracely Arámbula, the trio of cooking experts will have to choose one among a group of cooking amateurs as the nation's first MasterChef Latino.

Born in Mexico City, Chef Benito Molina has worked in renowned restaurants in Europe, Latin America and the United States, in addition to receiving prestigious culinary awards and being recognized as one of Mexico's best chefs. Currently, he owns Manzanilla, the first Mexican restaurant in Baja California where everything on its menu is cooked in firewood.

Chef Claudia Sandoval, winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., now joins the first season of MasterChef Latino. Born and raised in San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook since she was a little girl. After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name "Claudia's Kitchen," in addition to working with important brands and publishing the bestseller "Claudia's Kitchen: A Taste of Mexico" in 2016. Her culinary style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine.

Chef Ennio Carota is one of the most beloved and well-known Italian exponents of his country's cuisine. He has traveled the world as chef, entrepreneur and TV host. Considered a perfectionist and a tireless seeker of quality and simplicity, Ennio was a judge in three seasons of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior in Chile. Born in Torino, Italy, cooking has given him the opportunity to travel the world and know the diverse cuisines of Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America and Europe. After working at famous restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, he launched an Italian restaurant in Santiago, Chile, where he currently resides.

Viewers can find more about MasterChef Latino through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV.

Broadway World

posted 11/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Say Hi to G for Us"

  • Chris Hardwick to perform at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ Signal)
     

  • Is HQ the beginning of a new genre of game show? (Touch Arcade)
     

  • Emily Maynard welcomes baby #4 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gwen Stefani gets her own Christmas special (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Australian Ninja Warrior: a look behind the course (Newshub)
     

  • Bradley Walsh can dish it out... can he take it? (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jennifer Mullin (MCN)

posted 11/13/17

Tony Rock to Revoke Your "Black Card"
New Game Show from BET to Drop January
From MCN

BET has greenlit a new game show series, Black Card Revoked, to premiere in January, the network said Thursday.

The show, based on the party game of the same name, will debut Jan. 10, according to network officials.
Comedian Tony Rock will host the series, which will test players’ knowledge of the nuances of the African American perspective - from pop culture milestones and entertainment moments to historical facts and politics.

The original creators of the popular party game, Latesha Williams and Jay Bobo, will serve as co-executive producers. David A. Hurwitz, will also serve as executive producer for Alternative Productions, Inc. under his Bill’s Market & Television Productions banner, according to BET.

Black Card Revoked follows on the heels of the September debut of BET's game show series Face Value, hosted by Deon Cole.

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Deadline
The Source

posted 11/10/17

That's One For "Flinch"-ing
Report: Netflix Orders Stunt Show That's "Jackass Meets Wipeout"
From Deadline

Netflix has ordered a Jackass-meets-Wipeout-style game show from Sony Pictures Television-backed British producer Stellify Media.

The SVOD service has commissioned a multi-part run of entertainment format Flinch (w/t) from the non-scripted firm.

The show, which was known as Chicken during development, sees a number of brave and crazy contestants attempt to withstand pain and discomfort in a series of hilarious games designed to make them scared. Three celebrity hosts bet on which contestant can withstand the most pain, and the losing host faces the same fate in their very own game of chicken.

It was commissioned by Nat Grouille, Netflix’s senior manager of unscripted content, and is set to go into full production shortly.

It is one of the biggest non-scripted entertainment formats from the streaming firm since launching the Sylvester Stallone-exec produced competition reality series Ultimate Beastmaster, which was picked up for a second, 10-part run earlier this week.

It is a major win for Stellify Media, which was established by Secret Fortune creators Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy in 2014 with backing from the Hollywood studio. The company made BBC1 primetime Saturday night physical game show Can’t Touch This (pictured), which was piloted by Fox in the U.S., and co-produced Channel 5’s remake of classic dating format Blind Date. It currently is adapting Spanish street-based game show Don’t Say It, Bring It for BBC Worldwide-backed broadcaster UKTV.

Deadline

posted 11/10/17

Season 10 of WNO Heads Back to NYC
Catch It on MTV November 30
From the Futon Critic

MTV's "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" will premiere its momentous tenth season from its new home in Brooklyn with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, November 30 at 11PM ET/PT. This season's star-studded roster includes 21 Savage, Fabolous, Desiigner, Wyclef, Keyshia Cole, Gary Owen, Sara Sampaio, Kyle, A Boogie, Michael Blackson, PnB Rock, MGK, Tee Grizzley, Ayo & Teo, Sky, Quincy, Christian, Justin Combs, Pete Davidson and many more.

Each episode puts the red & black teams, comprised of returning and new cast members, against each other in some of the most hilarious, entertaining and outrageous games seen on television. Nick Cannon will lead his red team against a celebrity-guest led black team as the two teams try to best each other in ridiculous comic throw downs. These games escalate with each act, all gearing up toward the "Wildstyle battle" to decide who takes home the coveted WNO battle belt.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/10/17

THURSDAY: Football Makes the Move
NBC's First TNF Give It The WIN
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with the debut of its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) coverage.

CBS (9.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.312 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Mom" (8.793 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.577 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "SWAT" (6.582 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its 300th episode of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.132 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) followed by "Scandal" (5.004 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.174 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Orville" (3.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) likewise rounded out the night with "Supernatural" (1.743 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.325 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.668m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 889k
- Chopped (Food): 841k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out )S/MTV): 360k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/10/17

CITV Gets Into Spy Game
Network Commissions "Spy School"
From C21 Media

CITV, the children’s channel of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, has commissioned an entertainment gameshow about the world of spies.

Spy School (14×30′) will see young contestants’ problem-solving and physical skills put to the test as they train to become “top-secret spy agents.”

The show will be filmed in London and is due to air in 2018. It comes from Zodiak Kids Studios (ZKS), which owns the worldwide distribution rights to the format and series. ZKS is also behind the CITV show Scrambled, currently in its fifth season and with four specials in the pipeline.

Spy School is directed by Matt Holt and Gary Brooks, with executive producers Steven Andrew and Joe Shaw and series producer Ben Spiteri.

“Spy School embodies all the fun, adventure and cheekiness of CITV at its best and we’re pleased to be adding this to the channel’s live-action slate,” said Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions at ITV.

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posted 11/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "This Weekend, We Remember Lest We Forget"

  • Mike Fleiss hints that "The Bachelor Winter Games" will have an international flair (Reality TV World)
     

  • So why did Anne Robinson leave "Weakest Link"? We're not going to say "Grandchildren", but.... grandchildren (Scottish Daily Record)
     

  • Vegas slots take a cue from game shows (Casinopedia)
     

  • Anthony Anderson returns to NAACP Image Awards (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Julianne Hough, Nick Lachey kick off the holidays on ABC November 30 (Broadway World)
     

  • World of Wonder (they of the RuPaul's Drag Race) will launch their own streamer (The Wrap)
     

  • Wheel, Jeopardy! drop on Xbox One, PS4 (Games Industry)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Bushcraft Build-Off moved up to November 15 ()The Futon Critic

posted 11/10/17

WEDNESDAY: Country's Biggest Night
ABC Wins Outright
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) rose to the top spot on Wednesday thanks to "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" (14.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

FOX (4.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then had to settle for the silver with new episodes from "Empire" (5.409 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Star" (3.785 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (6.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "SEAL Team" (6.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Criminal Minds" (5.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "The Blacklist" (4.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.893 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Chicago PD" (5.137 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, fresh installments from "Riverdale" (1.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Dynasty" (0.722 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the night for The CW (1.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (P/Food): 750k
- Iron Chef Showdown (S/Food): 684k
- Iron Chef Showdown: Behind the Battle (P/Food): 586k
- Are You The One (MTV): 441k
- Divided (GSN): 300k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 239k
- Face Value (BET): 196k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/9/17

The Beast is Unleashed... Again
"Ultimate Beastmaster" Returns to Netflix December 15
From The Futon Critic

Ultimate Beastmaster returns for season 2 to wake the animal in YOU. Six countries. Over 100 competitors. Competing for more than just a title...

Ultimate Beastmaster launches globally on Netflix Friday, December 15.

MEET THE HOSTS

For each localized version in Spain, France, Italy, China, India, US, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition. The hosts for each country include the following:

New Hosts:
- U.S.: Tiki Barber (Former NFL Player and Sports Commentator) and Chris DiStefano (Comedian)
- Spain: Paula Vazquez (TV host) and Saul Craviotto (Police Officer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
- France: Gilles Marini (Actor) and Sandy Heribert (Sports Journalist)
- Italy: Francesco Facchinetti aka DJ Francesco (Italian DJ, producer, singer and TV presenter) and Bianca Balti (supermodel)
- China: Bin Gu (TV Personality) and Du Qin Yi (Host, Actress, Singer)
- India: Vidyut Jamwal (Actor and Trained Martial Artist) and Sarah Jane Dias (Actress and TV host)

Returning Hosts:
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (Former UFC Middleweight Champion), Rafinha Bastos (Comedian, Journalist and TV Personality)
- South Korea: Seo Kyung Suk (Actor, Comedian and TV Host), Park Kyeong Rim (Actress, Comedian and TV Host)
- Mexico: Ines Sainz (Journalist, Sportscaster & TV Host), Luis Ernesto Franco (Actor and Producer)

Ultimate Beastmaster is a 10-episode event series that features over 100 competitors from six countries. Those countries include: Spain, France, Italy, China, India and the U.S.. This season will also include hosts from South Korea, Mexico and Brazil who will be adding commentary on the competition culminating in nine customized local versions of the series.

Each episode competitors will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster. Dave Broome, Sylvester Stallone, Yong Yam and Kevin-King-Templeton serve as executive producers on the series. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome for Netflix.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/8/17

TUESDAY: Another Day, Another Split
NBC, CBS Claim Victory
From The Futon Critic

Absent the World Series, NBC (7.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "This Is Us" (9.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (11.029 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "NCIS" (13.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.111 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (5.589 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.687 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "The Mayor" (2.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Mick" (2.104 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.544 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.311 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.537 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) on The CW (1.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 979k
- Chopped: Alton's Challenge (Food): 781k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 719k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 700k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 348k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/8/17

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 29
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Oct. 29 was especially important as it included the first two weekdays of the crucial November sweep, and several daytime shows got off to a flying start.

The standout among the closely watched newcomers was Daily Mail TV, which jumped 10% to a new series high 1.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and led all new first-run entries for a sixth straight week.

Mail delivered a 22% improvement from its September premiere week to its highest rating ever and ranked as the 23rd highest first-run strip in syndication, tied with Doctor Oz.

The second-highest newcomer, Page Six TV, did well to maintain its 0.7 despite being very heavily preempted by the first three World Series games. Further back, Funny You Should Ask rebounded 25% to a 0.5, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0* +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 11/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ya No Puede Terminar"

  • Derek Hough stops by "The Real" to dance "the Cucaracha". In other news, there's a dance called the Cucaracha (Broadway World)
     

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe saying yes to the dress? (People)
     

  • Tom Bergeron says something about Witney Carson being out of control... and here comes the Internet (The Wrap)
     

  • Simon Cowell is making a new music show "soon" (Digital Spy)
     

  • ICYMI: Yes. That happened. On the Price Is Right (AV Club)
     

  • Adam Levine reveals the gender of his new baby (Reality TV World)

posted 11/8/17

MONDAY: A Dead Heat Scramble
Dancing, The Voice Battle for First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to originals from "The Voice" (9.437 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Brave" (5.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

The silver then went to ABC (8.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (9.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the special "Living Every Day: Luke Bryan" (5.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Gifted" (3.413 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a new "Superior Donuts" (5.358 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), the relocated "9JKL" (4.381 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Scorpion" (5.111 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with "Supergirl" (1.864 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (1.172 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.332m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (P/Food): 1.033m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.012m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/7/17

WEEKEND: Tied Up
CBS, NBC Take the Demo, CBS Wins Total, Hell's Kitchen Still High
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Friday with its dramas "MacGyver" (7.158 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (9.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

NBC (4.754 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with "Blindspot" (3.463 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (5.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

Next up was FOX (2.317 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.095 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.539 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.357 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Marvel's Inhumans" (1.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.552 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.723 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (11.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was back on top last night with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.333 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.482 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.0, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (11.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #T2).

The silver then went to CBS (10.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (20.613 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1), "60 Minutes" (14.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (7.978 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.792 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (6.075 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T17).

Next up was FOX (2.984 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat of "The Simpsons" (4.463 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (3.803 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "The Simpsons" (2.944 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Ghosted" (2.455 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.298 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.939 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16).

And finally, new episodes of "The Toy Box" (2.429 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "Shark Tank" (4.011 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and another "Shark Tank" (3.326 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T17) rounded out the night on ABC (3.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.037m
- Guy's Big Project (P/Food): 769k

The Futon Critic
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/7/17

Alan Carr Takes on "The Price Is Right UK"
Catch It on C4 Christmas
From Digital Spy

Channel 4 is bringing back The Price Is Right this Christmas – with Alan Carr as host.

As first reported earlier this year, the world's longest running gameshow will return to Channel 4 this yuletide season with the Chatty Man host and comedian at the helm.

Said to be chock-full of those iconic 'Come on down!' moments, the new series will also be "packed with amazing prizes and hysterical pricing games" and "is set to be a classic Christmas entertainment extravaganza".

Digital Spy
Radio Times

posted 11/6/17


Games Gone By: The Joker's Wild (1990)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Everyone was abuzz over Snoop Dogg's revamp of the old Barry & Enright game show "The Joker's Wild". But what if I told you bringing TJW back from the dead was tired once before...and completely butchered the gameplay? Chris Wolvie starts a LONG line of "ruined" remakes in this "Gmes Gone By..." he WISHES were a joke!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/6/17

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posted 11/6/17

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