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AHMAD GIVENS: 1981-2015
VH1 Celebreality Star Loses Cancer Battle
From Syracuse.com
Ahmad Givens, known as "Real" from VH1's dating game show "Real Chance of Love," has died at age 33.

E! News reports that the rapper died after battling colon cancer for about two years.

Real's passing was announced on Saturday by his brother and co-star Kamal "Chance" Givens. Chance posted to his Instagram account in remembrance of his late brother. He says in the caption (sic):

"By to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro I'll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God's kindom forever and ever bro words can't describe my pain world pray for me!"

Real is survived by two other brothers, his mother, grandmother, his wife of four years, Racquel Givens, and their son, E! News says.

TMZ reports that Real was having difficulty seeing and speaking Friday night. His family says he passed away hours later.

The VH1 star was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013, TMZ says. Real underwent successful surgery, but earlier this year the cancer returned.

Real appeared on VH1's "I Love New York" before starring with Chance on their spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter adds.

In 2013, Givens spoke about his experiences with stage 4 colon cancer.

"It felt unreal all the way up until I had to do chemo," he said in an interview at the New York Life 2014 National Cultural Markets Conference.

"I remember I was laying on the hospital bed and the doctor came in crying and when I saw her crying I knew it was something serious. My doctors thought I had, like, three days to live so they just zapped me with chemo. I left out of there with my veins burning and everything."

Givens spoke about a few things that kept him going in his battle with cancer.

"Number one is the will to live. I love life. And my little boy, man. That kid loves me to death," Givens said of he and his wife Racquel's son Madhi. "I grew up in a neighborhood where African-American boys didn't have their fathers in the house and I always told myself, 'When I get married one day and have kids, [I'm] going to be there for my kids and that's a vow that I made and that's a vow that I plan on keeping and that's what keeps me fighting."

The last thing Givens said in the interview was: "Through my son my legacy will continue."

Syracuse.com
BET
Design&Trend
TMZ

posted 2/22/15

More on "The Amazing Race"
Catch It Wednesday on CBS!
From KCTV Kansas City
The Amazing Race premiers this week on CBS and will put a single twist on the reality game show that takes couples through challenges around the world.

It is an extreme take on blind dating and has never been done before in the show's 26 season history - forming five teams of singles who have never met. These five blind dating pairs will compete against six actual dating couples.

The five duos will see each other for the first time at the starting line of The Amazing Race, right before host Phil Keoghan tells them they can begin the race.

"Not knowing anything about them, not even their name, what they look like ... it is cool. We're going to have learn about each other on the fly, and we're going to have to get along with each other, learn each other's weaknesses and strengths together," said 32-year-old lawyer Jelani Roy.

Roy was set up with 32-year-old blogger and lawyer Jenny Wu for the season.

Newly matched couples like Kurt Jordan Belcher and Bergen Olson will take on arguably the most extreme blind date ever.

"I think a lot of people want to underestimate the gay guy, but you don't want to do that because I have the testosterone of a man and the wrath of a woman," Belcher said.

And then there is Hayley Keel who is looking for love.

"This could be Mr. Right for me. This could be the man that I marry and start a family with," she said.

And the traditional Amazing Race couples are anything but typical this season.

"We were both in the Vancouver Olympics but also in the Sochi Olympics," said Aly Dudek, a U.S. Olympic speed skater.

Dudek her husband, Steve Langton, a U.S. Olympic bobsledder, have the athletic edge.

While Jonathan Knight of the New Kids on the Block fame and his partner, Harley Rodriguez, are just getting used to the spotlight.

"I've done millions of interviews with the five guys of New Kids and photo shoots and stuff like that, and just going through this process with him has been, like, really surreal for me," Knight said.

The Amazing Race will have a dirty start - literally - as teams will have to navigate through a muddy obstacle course before jetting to their first location, Tokyo, Japan.

The racers will hit five continents and eight countries during this season of the Race, including stops in Bangkok, Namibia and Monaco.

On each leg, one lucky team will pull a clue that includes a "Date Night" ticket. The couple will be able to take advantage of a one-on-one romantic activity.

The Amazing Race premieres at 9:30p ET Wednesday right after the season premiere of Survivor.

KCTV Kansas City

posted 2/22/15

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Celebrity Name Game"

  • On Oscar night, the quiz world's elite meet to answer the hardest questions EVER!!!!!!!!thisweek (NPR)
     
  • Bob Eubanks wants to bring film business to Gulf Coast (WLOX Biloxi)
     
  • Vicki Lawrence plays Aurora (WGN-AM Chicago)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Food Fighters season 2 (foodfighterscasting.com)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with American Idol's final 24 (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/15

Thursday: When One Door Closes and a Piano Drops on You...
CBS Wins on "2.5 Men" Finale, "Odd Couple" Premiere
From the Futon Critic
CBS (12.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday thanks to a new "The Big Bang Theory" (17.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), the premiere of "The Odd Couple" (13.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4), part one of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4) finale, part two of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) finale and "Elementary" (8.052 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

ABC (8.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #7), "Scandal" (9.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6).

Next up was FOX (6.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and fresh installments of "American Idol" (8.873 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) and "Backstrom" (3.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.936 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up week two of "The Slap" (3.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9) and "Allegiance" (3.384 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.409 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (1.031 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...

- Duff 'til Dawn (Food): 806,000
- Project Runway All-Stars (Reunion) (Lifetime): 735,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show: 689,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/20/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Plastic Orange Dirigibles"

  • "American Idol", "The Voice", "SYTYCD", "AGT", "DWTS" & "ANTM" are among those competing for KCAs (TVBTN @ Z2I)
     
  • Alison Sweeney goes from "Biggest Loser" to "Chocolate Chip Cookie".(TV by the Numbers)
     
  • He likes trivia and he doesn't even think it's work. TJ Lavin must be back to normal (MTV)
     
  • "A mix between Jeopardy! and Moon Zero Two" is coming to a phone near you (Spokane Spokesman Review)
     
  • Mark Cuban jumps headlong into the game that cost him $20 million, shot at the Chicago Cubs. Rich people sure are weird. (Value Walk)
     
  • Todd Newton has a new job.... make that two new jobs (South County Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (STV) and David Magidoff & Derek Gaines (OK!),

posted 2/20/15

Wednesday: Goodnight, Patrick Jane
"Mentalist" Ends on a High, But Fox's Empire Continues to Spread
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (10.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and another series high from "Empire" (12.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.751 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up a new "The Mentalist" (9.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the series finale of "The Mentalist" (10.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and a new "Stalker" (7.170 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (2.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and "The 100" (1.546 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, "Best New Restaurant" attracted 363,000 covers for Bravo. Ratings for "Baggage on the Road" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz

posted 2/19/15

Tuesday: Raspberries
If It's Tuesday, It's CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (13.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.101 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the penultimate week of "MasterChef Junior" (5.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (3.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "The Mindy Project" (2.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Fresh Off the Boat" (6.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the premiere of "Repeat After Me" (4.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and the special "Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema" (3.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up fresh installments of "Parks & Recreation" (2.928 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.480 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Marry Me" (2.067 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "About a Boy" (2.384 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and "Chicago Fire" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.293 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.076 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 892,000
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 825,000
- The Chase (GSN): 646,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC): 441,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/15

Right and Proper Ninja
ITV Signs on for "Ninja Warrior UK"
From the Independent
Those of you still mourning the gap left in the Saturday night TV schedule by Nineties ITV show Gladiator, your luck has just come in.

Ninja Warrior UK, based on an extreme assault course game show from Japan called Sasuke, is being brought in by ITV and will be hosted by Ben Shephard, the Saturdays' Rochelle Humes and ex-footballer Chris Kamara.

It will feature 250 contestants running, jumping and climbing their way through the challenging course which looks remarkably similar to the one used on Gladiators.

It has been described as "the toughest obstacle course ever seen on British television” and ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment, Asif Zubairy, promises “some inspirational achievements as well as hilarious mishaps”.

The Independent
Irish Independent
C21 Media

posted 2/19/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "(Klaxons Sounding)"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: QI (BBC America, tonight) (The Backlot)
     
  • "Dancing" doesn't announce its stars until Tuesday... but that won't stop the endless parade of postulation from ...(E!)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Riverside (Press-Enterprise)
     
  • Marc Summers! Come on down! You're the next host (among many) of "The Price Is Right Live!" at Merrillville, IN (NWITimes.com)
     
  • John Barrowman plays York Barbican (York Press)
     
  • John O'Hurley (WBFO Buffalo), Wayne Brady (ABC News), and Chris Harrison (People).

    Who are three people who haven't spent A FEW GOOD MINUTES in my kitchen?

posted 2/19/15

A Fool & An Idiot Are United
Catch Season 2 of IdioTest on GSN April 1. No Foolin'
From TV by the Numbers
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the second season premiere of their new hit game show, IDIOTEST on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Comedian Ben Gleib (“Chelsea Lately”) returns as the wildly witty host dishing out even tougher brainteasers to contestants competing for a $10,000 cash prize. Gleib will also play an integral role in the season two premiere that will feature some April Fool’s-related stunts being kept under wraps. The remainder of the season will feature new types of tests and rivalries, as well as a variety of themes amongst the competitors.

IDIOTEST, based on the highly popular app game, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to Face Off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on giant Touch screens in the center of the set, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid.

Over 21 million have watched IDIOTEST to date, making it one of GSN’s most popular originals. The first season nearly doubled the audience among W18-49 (+84%) and P18-49 (+92%) vs the YTD time period average.

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Syndies: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 8
From B&C
This year’s rookie class showed some signs of life as Warner Bros.’ The Real hit a series-high 1.3 live plus same day household rating, an 8% gain for the week ended Feb. 8, the first full week of the February sweep. The Real also added 10% among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 to a series high 1.1 to lead the field.
CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira all were steady at a 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2, respectively, in households.

In the demo, Hot Bench came in second, surging 25% to a new series high 1.0, while Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 0.8 and Meredith Vieira jumped 17% to a 0.7 to match its series high. Trifecta’s Judge Faith remained at a 0.8 in households and a 0.4 in the demo.

All of this year’s freshmen first-run shows are slated to return for season two.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! led the games, with each show up 3% for the week and year to a 7.8 and 7.5, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was off 6% to a 6.8, but was still up 13% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire climbed 6% for the week to a 1.9, although that was down 21% from last year.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/15

And the Hits Just Keep On Coming
"The Apprentice" Will Return for Season 15
From The Futon Critic
This season’s winner wasn’t the only major announcement made during Monday’s live Celebrity Apprentice finale.

Mere minutes before the champ was crowned, Donald Trump revealed that NBC has decided to renew The Apprentice for a 15th season, which will likely bring about the eighth round of Celebrity Apprentice. No return date was announced.

Season seven was taped nearly two years ago but did not premiere until this January. This season's ratings were significantly higher than season six making a strong case for the show's renewal.

ABC (8.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Castle" (8.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

FOX (5.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Gotham" (6.156 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.452 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (7.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and fresh installments of "2 Broke Girls" (8.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "Mike & Molly" (9.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) plus "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute" (7.494 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up the season finales of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.989 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "State of Affairs" (4.476 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.334 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (1.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

NBC has issued a press release revealing last night's winner. Read on if you have already seen the episode or if you don't mind being spoiled.

On cable:

- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.966 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.358 million

TV Line
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Trivial Pursuit Goes Live
Hasbro, Ubisoft Unite for Video Game Show
From Game Informer
Hasbro and Ubisoft have released Trivial Pursuit Live! which can be purchased today on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The console game reimagines the traditional, famous board game by giving it a new game show twist. The game is compatible for up to four players to challenge each other in several different rounds, from a variety of more than 1,200 questions. Different game question modes pop up at random through each round, such as Hot Seat, where a player races against the clock to answer as many questions as possible. Another is Greedy Grab, which eliminates players from subsequent questions if they answer incorrectly.

The game can be downloaded on the Hasbro Game Channel through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are $9.99 respectively, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are priced $14.99.

Game Informer
Biogamer Girl
Gamasutra

posted 2/18/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "T for Two"

  • ICYMI: It started with a T. Ended with one, too. (ABC News)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • Survivor: an oral history (TV Insider), plus the Paley Center just opened up an exhibit (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • In another round of Comcast-mandated corporate synergy, Tom Colicchio is named MSNBC food correspondent (TV Newser)

posted 2/18/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Suck It, Trebek"

  • Will Ferrell revised his impersonation of Alex Trebek in front of the man himself. Then things got weird (Parade)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • "La Voz Kids" returns March 15 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Pat Finn, come on down! You're the next host of The Price Is Right Live! (coming to Huntington) (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Ascent Expo" will have producers looking for contestants (Globe Newswire)
     
  • Jedward, in what could very well be the defining moment of their career, have been cast in "Sharknado 3" (Metro)

posted 2/17/15

Monday Lightspeed Round
... or "Presidents Day"

posted 2/16/15


GARY OWENS: 1934-2015
Legendary Voiceover Artist Hosted "Letters to Laugh-in", "The Gong Show"
From
CBS Local
Private funeral services were being planned Friday for radio and television voiceover personality Gary Owens, best known for holding his hand to his ear while serving as the announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”

Owens died Thursday at his Encino home at age 80, according to his publicist. He had been a diabetic since age 8.

A South Dakota native, Owens began in show business at age 16, working as a radio newscaster. He was a news director and DJ at a station in Omaha, Nebraska, in his 20s, before moving on to Denver and eventually Hollywood in 1961, when he joined KFWB.

He began doing television specials on KCOP and was an original voice on “Sesame Street,” proudly announcing that a segment of the show “is brought to you by the letter M.”

During his career, his baritone voice hosted more than 10,000 radio shows. He also recorded more than 30,000 commercials and promotional spots.

His phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” coined on his KMPC radio show, evolved into a catch-phrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

He became a television fixture on “Laugh-In,” holding his hand to his ear while speaking into a stand-up microphone, injecting humorous news-style quips to segue between skits. During the run, he hosted the daily game-show spin-off "Letters to Laugh-In". He went on to appear in hundreds of television shows, including “Roseanne,” “The Gong Show,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “Night Court,” “Batman,” and “Barnaby Jones.”

He also lent his voice to thousands of cartoons, including “Space Ghost,” “Batman,” “Dynomutt Dog Wonder,” "The Ren & Stimpy Show", “Chip and Dale,” “Casper the Ghost,” “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop” and “The Fantastic Four.”

Wink Martindale, who met Owens while both were working at KMPC, wrote on Facebook, “Of all the professionals I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the business Gary stands tall above them all. In particular I will always cherish the twelve years I worked with him at KMPC and was witness to his talents close-up. Gary Owens possessed talents that come along rarely. It is almost a cliche to say it but this man will truly be missed. Best blessings to his family."

Funeral services will be private, but a public memorial is expected to be held. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the children’s Diabetes Foundation at www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.

Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and sons Scott and Chris.

CBS Local
The Hollywood Reporter
RumorFix
New York Times
Deadline

photo courtesy Los Angeles Times

posted 2/13/15

Thursday: TGI...a Split?
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.718 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Scandal" (9.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), new episodes of "Mom" (10.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) and "Two and a Half Men" (9.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) plus another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) repeat and a new "Elementary" (7.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

Next up was FOX (6.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (9.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Backstrom" (4.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up the premiere of "The Slap" (5.082 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.980 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) and "Allegiance" (3.606 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Reign" (1.053 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The season finale of "Project Runway All-Stars" attracted 1.573 million on Lifetime. Elsewhere...

- Wizard Wars (Syfy): 973,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 659,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 459,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spread the Love"

  • Christina Aguilera is going to "Nashville" (E!)
     
  • Terry Crews' "World's Funniest Fails" is failing upward, as Fox wants 8 more shows (B&C), but you really shouldn't need personal branding, right? (Adweek)
     
  • Mike "Boogie" Malin is broke (TMZ)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Virtual reality (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Wayne Brady raps in Klingon with Bill Shatner on "The Late Late Show" (Geeks of Doom)
     
  • And finally, a treat for Valentine's Day: Bob Eubanks brings his "Not-So-Newlywed Game" to Illinois (Decatur Herald-Review)

posted 2/13/15

Second Family
ITV Renews Bradley Walsh-Hosted Game Show
From Digital Spy
Keep It in the Family has been renewed for a second series on ITV.

The game show - hosted by Bradley Walsh - sees two families battling it out in a series of different rounds in an attempt to win prizes.

The series also features celebrities - such as stars of The X Factor or Coronation Street - who face the dreaded "drop" through a trapdoor if the prizes they have on offer aren't to the families' liking.

ITV has also promised that the new episodes will see the return of The Nanas, the popular grandmothers with a combined age of 486 who were seen last series describing a series of phrases in a rather unique manner.

The show's executive producer David Hall said: "We're beyond happy that Keep It in the Family is returning for a second series on ITV.

"The mix of Bradley, our irrepressible Nanas, funny games, dressing people up in outrageous and hilarious costumes, and dropping the nation's favorite celebrities was a winning combination, and we're very much looking forward to doing it all again this year."

Keep It in the Family will be back on ITV later this year.

Digital Spy
World Screen

posted 2/12/15

Wednesday: Empirical Formula
Fox Wins on Wednesday 1-2
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its duo of "American Idol" (10.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Empire" (11.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

ABC (6.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Modern Family" (9.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "Black-ish" (6.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Nashville" (5.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (8.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Criminal Minds" (9.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Stalker" (7.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and "The 100" (1.589 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...

- Top Chef (season finale) (Bravo): 955,000

Results for "Baggage on the Road" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

We Have Judges. We Have a Host. Let's Put on a Show!
Everyone Will Be Back for AGT 10
From the Futon Critic
Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent," joining previously announced judge Howard Stern.

Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as "AGT" celebrates its 10th season. For the third year in a row, the live performance and results shows will originate from New York City's iconic Radio City Music Hall.

The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

"This opinionated and talented quartet of judges provides fearless and thoughtful analysis and an infectious energy that keeps the audience wondering what will happen next," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming. "We can't wait for them to come back for another great season."

"I'm delighted that Howard, Howie, Heidi and Mel B are back to celebrate a decade of talent on AGT," said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. "They are dedicated to finding the best and most eccentric performers to put before viewers in a true celebration of the American Spirit."

Klum and Mel B return to the judging panel for their third season, Mandel and Stern return for their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, as judges.

Open call auditions for season 10 of "America's Got Talent" will conclude at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 14-15. Please visit http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com/ for more information.

Last summer, "America's Got Talent" remained the #1 summer show in total viewers for the ninth consecutive year. For the first time in the show's history, America chose a magician as their winner: Rhode Island native Mat Franco, who went on to headline the "America's Got Talent Live" stage show in Las Vegas.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/12/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "You Did WHAT?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Another day, another completely shocking "Family Feud" answer (WPIX New York)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Celebrity Name Game season 2 (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Angelica McDaniel to oversee CBS Daytime, syndication (Broadway World)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Hell's Kitchen" (March 3) (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/12/15

We Have Pros...
... Except Karina Smirnoff, Who Will Not Return
From the Futon Critic
The competition is just beginning for what's sure to be one of the most exciting seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" yet. It all kicked off this morning when 10 pro dancers were revealed exclusively on "Good Morning America" in anticipation of the 10th Anniversary season premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

This season's set of professional dancers includes a beloved returning pro, the reigning Mirrorball champ, and show favorites who will each teach their celebrity partner how to bring heat to the dance floor. Fans will have to wait to find out who the two remaining pros are when they're announced in the coming weeks, completing the cast of twelve dancers. Additionally, the celebrity cast for Season 20 will be announced live on "Good Morning America" on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

This season of "Dancing with the Stars" will not only be a celebration of the last 10 years, it will also continue to innovate and surprise with both new and returning theme nights including Disney Night, Latin Night and introducing Spring Break night. Viewers will also have more access to the show than ever before. #DWTSAllAccess will expand to offer viewers a look behind the scenes with six live streams from key positions in the ballroom, as well as never before seen live streams from the DWTS rehearsal studio available for viewers to watch throughout the week on ABC.com.

As announced this morning on "Good Morning America," the 10 pros returning to the dance floor (in alphabetical order) are:

- Mark Ballas (two-time champion)
- Sharna Burgess (toured in US, UK, & Australia)
- Witney Carson (reigning champion)
- Artem Chigvintsev (former "SYTYCD" finalist, "Strictly Come Dancing" champion)
- Val Chmerkovskiy (14-time US National champion)
- Tony Dovolani (won season 15)
- Allison Holker (Emmy-award winning choreographer)
- Kym Johnson (two-time winner)
- Peta Murgatroyd (won season 14)
- Emma Slater (former Troupe member & finalist)

After 16 seasons as a pro on Dancing With the Stars, Smirnoff announced via Instagram on Tuesday, Feb. 10, that she would not be returning for the upcoming 20th season of the ABC competition.

The Futon Critic
Us Magazine

posted 2/11/15

Tuesday: No Match
All CBS All Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (14.609 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "NCIS" (18.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

ABC (4.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with the time period premiere of "Fresh Off the Boat" (6.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.177 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Forever" (4.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Next up was FOX (3.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (4.516 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "New Girl" (2.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.343 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (3.031 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.446 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Marry Me" (2.148 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "About a Boy" (2.675 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (6.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (3.479 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.041 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 1.354 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 967,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 954,000
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 752,000
- The Chase (GSN): 667,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/11/15

C4 Makes Benchmark
Paddy McGuinness to Host New Quizzer
From Chortle
Paddy McGuinness is to front a new Channel 4 daytime gameshow.

The comic and Take Me Out presenter will host Benchmark, in which contestants compete against each other with the aid of a panel from the public.

The so-called benchmarkers will answer several tricky numerical questions, with contestants deciding whether the correct answer is higher, lower or the same as their answer, trade magazine Broadcast reports.

Stuart Shawcross from Victory Television, who devised the format, told the publication: ‘“Benchmark is an incredibly simple, but hugely entertaining game show that will have you shouting at your TV.’

Chortle
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 2/11/15

A Night at the Museum
Griff Rhys Jones to Host "The Quizeum" for BBC4
From the Guardian
Griff Rhys Jones is to bring a new cultural dimension to the quiz show format with a new brainteasing BBC series set in museums.

In what is thought to be a television first, the actor and comedian will host The Quizeum in museums around the UK, including the Ashmolean in Oxford and the National Maritime Museum in London.

For some rounds of the quiz, the BBC said that artifacts from the institution’s collections will be the subject of the questions and in others the competitors will explore the museum as part of a treasure hunt.

Those taking part in the eight-part BBC4 series include Antiques Roadshow regular Lars Tharp, art and cultural historian Janina Ramirez and author and historian Kate Williams.

Others due to appear are broadcaster and historian Dan Cruickshank and former minister for security and counter-terrorism and first sea lord and chief of the naval staff Admiral Lord West.

They will be organized into two teams which will compete against each other, but the program will also feature lively discussion between the experts.

Rhys Jones, whose production company Modern Television is making The Quizeum, said: “There are spectacular treasures in all of our museums. The Quizeum will uncover the stories behind some of the lesser known ones.

“From Roman penknives to Canalettos, from enameled reliquaries to model boats, we will be looking for connections, testing history, unearthing startling facts and putting real experts on the spot. And most of all, we’re on the road exploring fabulous collections in unexpected places. This is a really exciting series to be involved with – pure joy.”

BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison commented: “We have so many fantastic museums up and down the UK and I’m delighted that BBC4’s The Quizeum will be visiting some of these great institutions and exploring their collections, while putting our range of experts to the test. And with Griff Rhys Jones hosting, it promises to be a real treat full of fun and surprising facts.”

The Quizeum is due to air on BBC4 later in the spring.

The Guardian
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 2/11/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Australian Bush"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The question on "Family Feud Australia" was easy enough: name a former Australian prime minister (Daily Mail)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 14 American Idols who found success in places other than singing (yes, Matt Rogers is on the list. Can we get him work, please?) (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
     
  • "University Challenge" displays how to win at a game show... using math (io9)
     
  • This week's installment of "Don't Blame Me, It Was the Editing!" is brought to you by... Kelsey (Washington Post)
     
  • ICYMI: TPIR gets killswitched (CraveOnline)
     
  • Yaya DaCosta goes from "Top Model" to "Whitney" to "Chicago Med" (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the hosts of "Broke A$$ Game Show" (Global Grind)

posted 2/11/15

Billy on the Move
"Billy on the Street" Renewed, Picked Up By truTV
From The Futon Critic
Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner is coming to truTV as part of a multi-layered deal with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. that also includes original specials and pilot commitments for networks across the Turner portfolio. At the center of the deal, the streetwise game show hosted by comedian Billy Eichner is set to become a truTV original series, starting with its fourth season later this year. Sister network TBS will present encores of each episode after initial airings on truTV.

In addition to bringing new episodes of Billy on the Street to truTV and TBS, the deal with Turner Broadcasting includes a commitment for Eichner to create pilots for potential truTV and Adult Swim series; half-hour specials featuring Eichner for TBS and truTV; and rights to all episodes from the first three seasons of Billy on the Street, which originally aired on the Fuse Network.

"This deal is a great opportunity to tap into and expand the Billy phenomenon using the power of the Turner portfolio," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "No other media company has the assets and the reach - especially among Generation X, Millennials and Generation Edge viewers - to pull off this kind of multi-layered deal. The Turner networks are going to be the perfect home for Billy's brilliant comedic talents and his growing legion of young fans."

"I am beyond excited about this new era for Billy on the Street," said Eichner. "I'm thrilled to be working with truTV and the Turner family and I'm very ready to hit the streets for a new season of making dreams come true and changing lives for the better."

Billy on the Street is executive-produced by Mike Farah, president of production for Funny Or Die, along with Billy Eichner and Anna Wenger. Doug Brady is co-executive producer. truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street's fourth season, with production expected to begin in New York City in late spring and plans to launch the series later this year.

"Billy is a singular talent who exemplifies the qualities we are looking for in truTV's new programming, including a unique voice and vision, for that reason he is an absolutely perfect fit for the new truTV," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV.

Efforts to bring Billy on the Street to Turner were first championed by Marissa Ronca, senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. "We've been fans of Billy since the beginning, so we join the rest of his dedicated fan base in being super excited to see new episodes of Billy on the Street coming to truTV," Ronca said. "Anything coming from Billy is certain to be unexpected and hilarious, which aligns perfectly with the new truTV. We're also thrilled that Billy will be working on new shows and specials for truTV and our sister networks. We can't wait to welcome him to the Turner family."

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
Variety

posted 2/10/15

Syndies: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending February 1
From B&C
Debmar-Mercury's Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit its third series high in the past four weeks, climbing to a 7.2 live plus same day household rating in the week ending Feb. 1.

That's a 6% gain for the week and a 14% gain for the year, just one-tenth of a ratings point behind CBS Television Distribution's Jeopardy!

Perhaps more importantly, Family Feud is the clear syndication leader among women 25-54 at a 3.8, ahead of CTD's Judge Judy at a 3.1, CTD's Wheel of Fortune at a 2.6 and Jeopardy! at a 2.5.

Games, in general, were up for the week, with Wheel climbing 3% to a 7.6 and Jeopardy! adding 4% to a 7.3. Compared to last year at this time, Wheel was down 4% while Jeopardy! was up 1%. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was steady at a 1.8 in households, but down 18% from last year.

Most syndicated shows were up or steady for the week, which included the first two weekdays of the February sweep running January 29 through February 25.

Among the first-run rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench was the top first-run strip for the 20th straight week in households, holding firm at a 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game climbed 8% to a new season-high 1.4. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira and Warner Bros.’ The Real both gained 9% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights
TV Newscheck

posted 2/10/15

A Tale of Two Buzzrs
Buzzr TV to Launch May 31
From Variety
YouTube is being challenged by multiple different players — including Facebook — which all want a piece of the Internet video giant’s action. But many creators and media companies still view YouTube, the sector’s 800-pound gorilla, as the best home for their firstrun content.

FremantleMedia North America’s original digital content studio, Tiny Riot!, has reached a deal with the Google-owned video site to set up shop in the YouTube Space LA studios to shoot new episodes of remakes of classic game shows in its catalog for the Buzzr channel on YouTube, featuring talent recruited from YouTube’s massive base of creators.

The ad-supported Buzzr YouTube channel quietly launched in pilot mode last fall with a “Family Feud” reboot, followed by “Password” earlier this month. The first shoot at YouTube Space LA, for the new round of “Family Feud” episodes, will take place Wednesday.

“What we found through the research was, these shows have a great resonance with younger audiences,” said Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “The advantage for us is, we don’t have to license anything.”

FremantleMedia owns the rights to 154 game show formats, and it’s eager to bring as many of them as possible to the YouTube generation. That catalog includes “What’s My Line,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Card Sharks,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “Celebrity Name Game,” along with “Family Feud” and “Password.”

The YouTube initiative is meant to dovetail with Buzzr TV, a digital multicast channel stocked with reruns from the game show archive, which FMNA expects to launch May 31. Last month it announced a distribution pact for Fox’s 17 owned-and-operated stations, and the company is in talks with other station groups. The hope is to launch in 50 million homes, Beers said.

Buzzr TV and Buzzr on YouTube are aimed at two different demographics, with the former playing to older auds’ nostalgia and the latter refreshed for millennials. For younger viewers, Beers noted, “These old-format game shows are really, really hard to watch.”

The YouTube channel will include a new version of “Celebrity Name Game” and charade game “Body Language” later in the year, said Gayle Gilman, executive VP of digital content for FMNA and g.m. of Tiny Riot!

Variety
Tubefilter

posted 2/10/15

Monday: So Much for That...
Clip Show Drags NBC to Fourth; ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.218 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Castle" (7.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

CBS (10.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (9.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mike & Molly" (9.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Scorpion" (11.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (4.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (5.635 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (3.884 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up its special "The Celebrity Apprentice: Top Feuds, Firings and Fails" (4.565 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) followed by new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "State of Affairs" (4.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.211 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.356 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) on The CW (1.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 2.195 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.629 million
- @midnight (Comedy Central): 578,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/15

Sunday: Stay With Me
CBS, Grammys Win
From The Futon Critic
CBS (22.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with a new "60 Minutes" (9.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and its presentation of "The 57th Annual Grammy Awards" (26.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #1).

ABC (4.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed a distant second place with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and the feature "The Hunger Games" (3.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "Mulaney" (1.223 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.589 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.847 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Family Guy" (2.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.932 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

And finally, encores of "Dateline NBC" (5.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (2.341 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) on NBC (3.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable:

- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.554 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.091 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.190 million

On Friday, ABC (6.474 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) landed the top demo spot on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Cristela" (5.519 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Shark Tank" (7.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (5.424 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

"King of the Nerds" gave TBS 808,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/10/15

RICHARD SHER: 1948-2015
Hosted, Created & Produced Radio Quiz "Says You!"
From WBHM Birmingham
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Richard Sher, creator, executive producer and host of the long-running wordplay program Says You!. Richard died February 9th after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Richard's creativity and humor was matched by his intelligence, energy and generosity of spirit. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, and by the audiences he delighted for nearly two decades.

Says You! was developed 19 years ago in partnership with WGBH. When Richard brought the idea for Says You! to us we embraced the opportunity to create a game show that celebrated the pleasure of words and wit. Richard shaped the program with his talent for language and puzzles, and recognition that audiences would be engaged by out-loud problem solving. He was right -- audiences smiled, considered, played along and laughed from the beginning. He made Says You! a distinctive, inviting, and enduring celebration of curiosity. The program is now carried on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide.

Richard is survived by his wife, Laura Price Sher, and his son, Benjamin Payne Sher. Laura is program producer for Says You! working for Richard's media company, Pipit & Finch. Says You! will continue its broadcasts on WBHM for the time being.

If you would like to offer condolences, here is the contact information:
Laura Sher
P.O. Box 724
Weston, MA 02493

Donations in Richard's memory may be made to:
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
C/O Deborah Schrag, MD
Department of Medical Oncology
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-5450

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

WBHM Birmingham
Boston Globe

posted 2/10/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "An Unwrapped Secret"

  • Marc Summers reveals secret leukemia fight... which he survived (E!)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: CNN Quiz Show (February 16) (Raw Story)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Craig finds his old friends (Twitter @CraigyFerg)
     
  • This week's installment of "Don't Blame Me, It Was the Editing!" is brought to you by... Kelsey (Washington Post)
     
  • ICYMI: TPIR gets killswitched (CraveOnline)
     
  • Yaya DaCosta goes from "Top Model" to "Whitney" to "Chicago Med" (Deadline)
     
  • David Tennant sets a new record on BBC Radio 4's "Just a Minute" (Herald Scotland)

posted 2/10/15

CBS Daytime Spreads the Love
Catch Valentine's Day on the Eye Friday!
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime celebrates Valentine’s Day with special themed episodes of THE TALK, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND The Restless and The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Monday, Feb. 9 - Friday, Feb. 13 on the CBS Television Network. In addition, CBS Daytime will mark Valentine’s Day with talent from the entire lineup participating in Twitter “Love Chats” throughout the week.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special themed episode featuring an audience full of single traders looking to make deals and love connections, on Friday, Feb. 13 (check local listings). Traders are matched up to make deals as couples when Cupid Wayne Brady sets the singles up on the wildest blind dates of all time. After one game of “Let’s Make a Date,” where a trader is shown four potential partners to choose from, Wayne finds a love connection between the couple after learning they already met earlier in line. Jonathan Mangum decides to makes his own deal with Wayne in honor of the Valentine’s Day show – swapping their pants during a commercial break! Also, when a couple passes up their Zonk, Wayne and Jonathan dig right in to a half-eaten box of chocolates. Our hopeful traders attempt to make a love connection and a great deal because the only thing worse than a Zonk is a Zonk and a bad date!

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating Valentine’s Day by throwing a wedding shower, Friday, Feb. 13 (11:00-Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). An audience filled with engaged couples will have the opportunity to play as pairs and win themed prizes, including his and hers wedding bands, bachelor and bachelorette parties in Mexico, a honeymoon in Fiji and a trip to the romantic city of Venice, Italy.

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posted 2/9/15

Zee Asks for "Who's Asking"
Indian TV Picks Up Armoza Format
From Realscreen
India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited has ordered the first season of Armoza Formats’ game show Who’s Asking? (pictured) for the company’s newly launched Hindi channel &TV.

The program – which is to be the channel’s flagship non-fiction show – is titled India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun? and will be hosted by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. The hour-long game show challenges participants to select the individuals asking them questions, and places an emphasis on who is doing the asking as opposed to the answers themselves.

The Big Synergy-produced show will debut in India on March 2 and air daily at 9 p.m. The format was also recently commissioned by Thailand’s Thairath TV, with the Thai adaptation also slated to premiere in March.

“We are excited to bring this unique international game show format to Indian screens,” said Rajesh Iyer, &TV business head, in a statement. “The concept of the show empowers the common man to determine the fate of a contestant, as they are the ones firing the questions as ‘askers.’”

“In addition, we have Bollywood’s superstar and the ultimate entertainer Shah Rukh Khan as the host. We are certain that the audience will enjoy a different side of their superstar and that the format will be well received,” the exec continued.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “Who’s Asking? is a fresh take on the studio game show genre, with the unique question mechanic of taking questions from ordinary people on the street, making it an accessible and appealing format to all.

“Who’s Asking? gives the whole country the chance to have their minute of fame on TV, and we are thrilled to be taking it to a new level with Zee’s infusion of Bollywood glamour,” he said.

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posted 2/9/15

India Gets Killer
"Killer Karaoke" Heads Overseas
From Indian Television
Star Plus is reportedly planning to launch a new singing gameshow, which has been tentatively titled ‘Killer’.

IndianTelevision reports that the program is loosely based on ‘Sing If You Can’ and the US series ‘Killer Karaoke’. The Indian version will be produced by SOL. Its a series, which consists of two teams of three contestants who will compete against each other to win the title. The winner will take away prize, which would be either in cash or kind.

A source told the website, “We are on a hunt for independent singers, bands or anyone and everyone who has a passion for singing and a good voice. It is a fun filled high energy singing game show.”

‘Killer’ is expected to take a Sunday night slot, which has been vacant since the end of ‘India’s Raw Star’ and ‘Airlines’.

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posted 2/9/15

"Take" Me to "Church"
Second Season to Bow March 26
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of the second season of their hit dating show, IT TAKES A CHURCH on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Grammy(R)-nominated vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner Natalie Grant returns as host, visiting churches in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana and Wyoming, in hopes of finding love for one lucky single. Each week, IT TAKES A CHURCH travels to a different location, to surprise one unsuspecting single with the news that they're about to be saved from the dating world, as numerous matchmakers present people they believe would be a great match. However, it is not the bachelor/bachelorette who decides who they will get to know better... it's family, friends and those closest to them in the community! After a series of dates, one person will be chosen, and the matchmaker who brought the chosen suitor also wins a donation made to the church in their name.

Highlights in season two include special guest appearances by actors/performers David & Tamela Mann ("Madea's Big Happy Family") and musician Bo Bice ("American Idol"), plus a shocking surprise proposal. In its first season, IT TAKES A CHURCH was watched by over 6 million people and it achieved triple-digit growth among W18-49 (+113%) and nearly double the audience among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+88%) and P25-54 (+70%) versus the YTD time period average.

The Futon Critic
Breathecast

posted 2/9/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Sad Day in Blue Heaven"

  • Stuart Scott was penning a memoir when he died. "Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass" will be available March 12 (New York Times)
     
  • Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera pick up Grammys. So does Carrie Underwood, but she doesn't have a big red chair. YET. (Reality TV World)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: 500 Questions? Sounds like it. (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Erie! Come on down! You're the next city on "The Price Is Right Live!" (Go Erie)
     
  • Steve Harvey launches a dating website (Broadway World)

posted 2/9/15


Daily Double... for Steve Harvey
Results for the Week Ending January 25 (Week 18)
From TV News Check
Steve Harvey was the only talker to hit a new season high in the week ending Jan. 25, as the syndication brigade prepared for the upcoming February sweep (Jan. 29-Feb 25).

Harvey moved up 5% to take sole possession of fourth place among talk shows with a season-best 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Harvey also grew 5% from last year and surged 10% in the women 25-54 sales demo to a 1.1.

In addition, the Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit a series-record high 6.8 in the game show competition.

Judge Judy took top court show for the 957th week in a row and was the second-highest strip in syndication overall, behind Wheel of Fortune, despite dipping 4% to a 7.1.

Wheel of Fortune won the game show race while increasing 3% to a 7.4.

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

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.4 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0 -1%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 6.8* +3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

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photo courtesy Steve Harvey

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sted 2/3/15

Monday: Split Ends
ABC, CBS Split Post-Super Bowl Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Castle" (7.523 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

CBS (9.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (9.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Mike & Molly" (9.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) followed by a repeat "Scorpion" (8.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and a new "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) with fresh installments of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.942 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "State of Affairs" (4.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (5.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.340 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "The Originals" (1.465 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

On cable, week 2 of "Ellen's Design Challenge" perked up to 2.198 million. The premiere of "Kids Baking Championship" attracted 1.304 million. "@midnight" took in 483,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/15

Millionaire for the Kids
Justin Pugh to Play Celebrity Game
From The Futon Critic
Tune-in to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" the week of Monday, February 9 - Friday, February 13, 2015 as the iconic game show presents a week-long initiative to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org), a charity that has transformed the lives of more than a million kids with special medical needs. All week, "Millionaire" will donate $10,000 to Shriners Hospitals each time a contestant makes it into the second round of the game. The special week of shows will culminate on Friday, February 13 when Justin Pugh, offensive tackle for the New York Giants, plays the game and donates all of his winnings to the organization.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 2/3/15

Grudge Match Coming Back
Revival a Multimedia Experience
From Press Release Rocket
Seeking revenge and personal justice just got easier with Grudge Match. Based on the 1991 Grudge Match television show, Grudge Match Sports will be a global, eSport brand that includes a video game, online streaming platform, and an updated television show linked by a common denominator: people seeking personal justice. "We were way ahead of our time. People were not used to seeing ordinary people fighting it out in a boxing ring over a simple dispute or act of revenge," Rich Melcombe, the creator of Grudge Match, and now president and CEO of Richmel Media & Productions, reflected.

Built to serve the mobile, free-to-play gamer, the Grudge Match game is being created under the direction of Dave Young, game designer and tech entrepreneur. Each Grudge Match will have three, one-minute rounds, with thirty seconds of trash talking before and after the game. Players will be able to create personas or be themselves, dress their game players in heroic or outrageous costumes, pick their weapons and/or abilities, select one of the stylized play arenas, and head off to settle their dispute electronically. If players do not have a dispute or disagreement with anyone, the game will instantly match them with someone with whom they disagree. A Rules Committee – officiated by players & Grudge Match Sports — will govern the core game.

“Our Grudge Match game is being designed from the ground up to be modifiable by user- generated content. We’re going to set up the framework to create any kind of ability, weapon, effect, theme, map, costume, or customization you can think of that will allow people to settle a grudge in public. We just launched on Kickstarter, which is the first step to help us commercialize our game and get feedback before we officially launch this summer,” stated Young.

Grudge Match television will be spearheaded by Grudge Match's original director, Bob Dunphy, a veteran boxing and MMA director, and Melcombe. Grudge Match TV will feature real people — amateurs with real grudges – fighting hand-to-hand combat, or with weapons, to settle their disputes. Incorporated into every television show will be two to three video game matches featuring the best Grudge Match game players.

“I’m excited to be part of Grudge Match Sports. The original Grudge Match became a pop culture phenomenon, but since then, technology and storytelling have changed. We are going to deliver audiences a very exciting, entertaining, nonstop action show, and create the ultimate eSport platform,” Dunphy commented.

A cross between Steam and Twitch, Grudge Match Universe will be Grudge Match's streaming platform. Universe will be built in Germany by MetaDesign AG under the guidance of Kai Zeh, Senior Director Global Development. According to Zeh, “Universe will be a meeting place for people who have experienced pain, betrayal, humiliation & ingratitude…and now seek revenge or personal justice. What I love about Grudge Match is that it’s visceral, and will elicit emotional responses from participants & spectators. Schadenfreude! Universe will be an amazing experience for any gamer.”

"No one under the age of 35 seems to know about eSports, yet they have become more popular than the average MLB, NBA, college football and basketball game. Last year 18 of the top 20 18-49 targeted cable networks lost audience, and many media outlets have given different theories as to what happened. I can tell you where they've gone. They are playing, competing or watching eSports,” states Melcombe

According to Young, “What makes Grudge Match Sports different from any other eSport is that our game is built around topical competitions, and the game play is less than four minutes per competition. Once players bring their passion into the game, they have a personal stake in the outcome. This is more than points on the board; this is one’s pride and honor rolled into three intense minutes of sport. Don’t let that snarky Twitter troll get the last word. Get even. Maintain your dignity, earn self-respect and become a champion.”

“If you’re a gamer, getting revenge or seeking personal justice can now make you money. Our game will be fully automated, and once players reach certain thresholds, they will be rewarded. Gamers who tap our “professional level” will automatically trigger sponsorship dollars and be guaranteed tournament money. They will have access to some of the best media marketing minds, who will help them build their own, distinctive brand,” Melcombe relates.

Grudge Match Sports officially launches this August. Developer versions of the Grudge Match game will be available between now and March, and the first release of the game will be in early May. Universe is scheduled to go online in July.

Press Release Rocket
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posted 2/3/15

Friday: Super Weekend
ABC Takes Demos.... and Some... Thing... on Sunday.
From the Futon Critic
NBC (89.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 30.9, #1) of course overshadowed the evening with its primetime coverage of "Super Bowl XLIX" (102.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 35.0, #1), making it one of the most-watched broadcasts, if not THE most-watched broadcast, in television history.

On cable, "Cutthroat Kitchen" put up 902,000 viewers, down from the 1.279 million put up by "Worst Cooks in America".

Forty-eight hours earlier, ABC (6.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Cristela" (5.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Shark Tank" (7.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (6.028 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (10.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Undercover Boss" (8.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.396 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Blue Bloods" (11.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Constantine" (3.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (4.832 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up new episodes from "World's Funniest Fails" (3.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Glee" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, a new "Hart of Dixie" (1.057 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.854 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.889 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "King of the Nerds" dropped to 695,000.

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posted 2/3/15

Thursday: TGIT is B-A-C-K
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (9.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.643 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "Scandal" (10.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3).

CBS (10.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then took home second place with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (17.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "Mom" (11.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.696 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (7.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Elementary" (7.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12).

Next up was FOX (7.283 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with week two of its "American Idol" (9.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7) and "Backstrom" (5.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) combo.

Meanwhile, NBC (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" (5.310 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) plus the series finale of "Parenthood" (5.470 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Reign" (1.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Syfy's "Wizard Wars" led the troops in cable with a 0.5 rating in the A18-49 demo and 1.452 million viewers. The 10:30p "Pawnography" tied with that rating, but had 1.545 million. Elsewhere...

- Pawnography (History, 10p): 1.491 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.474 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 877,000
- @midnight (Comedy Central): 510,000

Results for "Duff Till Dawn" and "Chopped Canada" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 2/3/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Floating Vegetables"

  • Wayne Brady to voice in "VeggieTales: Noah's Ark" (PR Newswire)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Street Art Throwdown" (Oxygen, tonight) (Variety)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy! heads to Denver (KDVR Denver) while 500 Questions stays in SoCal (Facebook)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: If you're going to take a swipe at Dan Patrick, you better knock him the hell out. Otherwise, this is what you're going to get. Colin. (YouTube)

posted 2/3/15


Class Is In Session
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament All This Week!
From Delmarva Now
Broadwater Academy's Latin teacher and cross-country coach will appear on the television game show "Jeopardy!" next week.

Eric Hack is a contestant in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, a two-week contest set to air beginning Monday, Feb. 2. He is the only Latin teacher among the 15 contestants from around the United States.

The tournament winner will take home $100,000 and an automatic spot in the next Tournament of Champions; the second-place finisher wins $50,000 and third place takes home $25,000.

"This year's Teachers Tournament is one of the best 'Jeopardy!' tournaments we've ever had," said Trebek. "The intelligence and charisma of the contestants, combined with exemplary clues and categories from our writers, resulted in a memorable competition that will be sure to excite the teachers' students watching at home."

Hack was one of three Virginia teachers in the tournament.

In addition to Hack, teachers participating in the tournament were:

» Tracy Alexander, an AP English teacher at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona;
» Mary Bayer, a drama teacher at Elgin Academy in Elgin, Illinois;
» Lydia Cuffman, a World, U.S., and Latin American History teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California;
» Adam Elkana-Hale, a math teacher at Loyola Academy of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri;
» Cathy Farrell, a Physics and General Science teacher at Huron High School in New Boston, Michigan;
» Jennifer Giles, a bilingual education teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, Colorado;
» Chris Grinvalds, a World History and computer teacher at Bennington High School in Yutan, Nebraska;
» Martha Jackson, a Math and Speech teacher at Fremont-Mills Community School in Tabor, Iowa;
» Michael Jones, a Special Education teacher at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin;
» Kate La Riviere-Gagner, a 5th and 6th grade classroom teacher at Monkton Central School in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont;
» MaryLou McKenna, an algebra teacher at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts;
» Erin McLaughlin, a 5th grade teacher at Bay Ridge Prep in Brooklyn, New York;
» Colin O'Grady, an English teacher at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia; and
» Jay Singleton, a Social Studies and Government teacher at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Virginia.

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photo courtesy Sony Pictures TV

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sted 2/2/15

Britons Fight for Eternal Glory
ITV Commissions Belgian Format
From Forbes
ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial TV channel, is extending its drive to woo male viewers with a physical game show called Eternal Glory.

The show sees former sports stars compete to be crowned the “champion of champions”, in a series of challenges which includes physical endurance events and tests of ability to work as a team, to concentrate, and to handle stress.

“It’s a sort of Superstars, but done as an elimination show,” said an industry source, referring to the BBC sport-game-show format which was a hit in the 1970s and early 1980s, and which has subsequently been revived for Sport Relief charity specials and an Olympic version in 2012.

Eternal Glory forms part of ITV’s drive to attract male viewers, after the network lost the rights to the Champions League, and other soccer, from next season.

Another potentially male-skewing show, a panel game about cars, is also being piloted.

At ITV’s producers’ forum last July, where network chiefs tell producers what they are looking for, male-skewing brands were close to the top of the network’s list.

Director of program strategy David Bergg said that ITV needed to fill 110 hours of its schedule between 2015 and 2016 to replace the football.

Eternal Glory is a Belgian format, which was first pitched in the UK in 2008.

Forbes
Broadcast

posted 2/2/15

Couples vs. The Banker
C4's Deal or No Deal to Feature Pairs
From ATV Today
Channel 4 will this month air a week of Deal or No Deal featuring couples for the first time.

The special editions of the game show will see host Noel Edmonds welcome eleven couples to the wings, ready to do battle with the meanest man in telly – The Banker. With only five chances to play not everyone is guaranteed a place at the Pound Table, meaning some couples will be left wondering what could have been.

“I’ve always found players’ differing approaches to Deal Or No Deal fascinating and I’m intrigued to see how two sets of opinions will play out during the game. These specials promise to be some of the most nail-biting and unpredictable games we have seen on Deal. Let’s hope our couples are still together when they leave the studio!” – Noel Edmonds

In a twist to the format, The Banker will introduce the perilous ‘Banker’s Break Up’ quiz. Answer eight or more questions about each other correctly and the lucky pair will win a holiday. Get three or more questions wrong and he will quite literally split them up at his discretion, sending one person to the isolation room with no way of helping their partner make any further decisions in the game.

The Couples Specials will air from Monday February 9th as part of Channel 4’s afternoon schedule.

ATV Today

posted 2/2/15

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