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CW
UPFRONTS: The CW
... No Games Yet, but for Sake of Completeness...
From TV Insider

The CW's comic book portfolio continues to grow with the addition of Supergirl this fall and Riverdale (based on Archie Comics characters) coming at midseason. The network will unveil its 2016-17 schedule Thursday morning at its upfront presentation in New York.

Also on the roster for this fall is the drama Frequency, an update on the 2000 feature film about daughter who can communicate with her deceased dad 20 years in the past; and No Tomorrow, a romantic comedy set against an impending apocalypse. Frequency will air Wednesdays at 9/8c (after Arrow), while No Tomorrow will follow The Flash on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

Supernatural, the last remaining series from The WB network, will move to Thursday nights at 9/8c for its 12th (!) season, following DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Supergirl, which is jumping to The CW after its first season on sister-network CBS, will stay in the same Mondays-at-8/7c timeslot of its freshman year. The DC Comics hero will be paired with critical darling Jane the Virgin (9/8c). That means Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had to find a new home: Fridays at 9/8c, after The Vampire Diaries. The Originals’ fourth season will hold until midseason, along with returning series The 100, iZombie, Reign and the much-buzzed about new drama Riverdale, which reimagines the classic comic book world of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Co.

TV Insider
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/19/16

TUESDAY: Exit DiNozzo
CBS Wins on Michael Weatherly's Final Episode
From The Futon Critic

CBS (12.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with the season finales of "NCIS" (17.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) plus a new "Person of Interest" (7.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

The silver then went to NBC (8.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with a new "The Voice" (8.900 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by the season finales of "Chicago Med" (7.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.853 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.210 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (3.266 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.049 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.019 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.387 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, FOX (3.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "Megyn Kelly Presents" (4.694 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and the launch of "Coupled" (1.905 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.190 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.109 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.009 million
- First Impressions (USA): 677,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 627,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 619,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 402,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 377,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 342,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 287,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/16

Meet Holly's "Parents"
ITV's New Dating Show Has an Awkward Twist
From Metro

If you ever thought your parents were embarrassing, they might be about to get a whole lot worse – courtesy of a new game show fronted by Holly Willoughby.

Meet The Parents (no relation to the Ben Stiller movie) is a new show on its way from ITV, which will put your folks in the hotseat when it comes to choosing a date.

Described as a ‘dating show with a twist’ it’ll see a ‘picker’ asking the parents of prospective dates anything they like about them – and we do mean anything.

Yup, that’s certainly got the potential to get awkward. Oh and to make matters worse the potential dates will get to hear every word

‘We all know how embarrassing parents can be and nobody knows you better than they do,’ Holly explained.

Metro
Daily Express

posted 5/19/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Grit-ty Host"

  • The ESPYS have a host... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Are Advertisers "Game" for Sponsorships Again? (Media Village)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: the surprise is not that it's a dirty word. It's that it's LEGAL (Australian Times)

posted 5/19/16


CBS
UPFRONTS: CBS
"Survivor" Renewed, "Amazing Race" Held for Midseason
From TV Insider

CBS released their fall schedule at the annual "Lox with Les" breakfast meeting with chairman Les Moonves, programming chief Glenn Geller and scheduling head Kelly Kahl.

They introduced two comedy blocks, one on Mondays joins the established block on Thursdays. As in the past couple of seasons, The Big Bang Theory kicks off the Monday block until the network's Thursday Night Football block is over, then it moves back to Thursday. Kevin James' return to TV, Kevin Can Wait, launches behind TBBT on Monday, then moves to 8/7c, followed by the new Matt LeBlanc sitcom Man With a Plan.

The NCIS block gets broken up a bit, with New Orleans moving to 10/9c on Tuesday to make room for the new Michael Weatherly drama Bull. And on Thursdays, Joel McHale's The Great Indoors gets the coveted post TBBT slot after football is over with medical drama Pure Genius sliding in at 10/9c. The addition of the MacGyver remake is the Friday highlight.

As you'd expect from CBS, though, there's a lot of stability in the schedule, and there are a few shows, like the Katherine Heigl/Laverne Cox drama Doubt that are in reserve for midseason.

"Survivor" keeps its Wednesday 8p slot, while "The Amazing Race", long a Friday mainstay, is on hold until later in the season.

TV Insider
TV Line
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/18/16

Casting a ______
"Match Game" Now Casting
From PR

ABC's "Match Game" hosted by Alec Baldwin is now looking for clever and charismatic personalities, mainly in the NY/Tri-state area, to join in some fun on the ultimate version of “fill-in-the-blank” where they can win up to $25,000 in cash.

If you weren't a fit for "Pyramid", you can try your hand at this classic reboot. Casting director Sami Blumenthal suggests people have fun, be enthusiastic, be creative, and have a great sense of humor.

Taping begins in June. Casting begins right now at the link below.

CastingMatchGame.com

posted 5/18/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Shots Fired"

  • Paul Sinha enters the Chase/Pointless feud (The Daily Express)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Celebrities Should Not Play Jeopardy! (Jezebel) Here's why. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • Miley Cyrus predicts that there'll be a "love fest" between her & Alicia Keys on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison on "The Bachelorette": there will be crying (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Simon Cowell plays the boss on "America's Got Talent" (TV Insider)

posted 5/18/16


ABC
UPFRONTS: ABC
"DWTS", "Bachelor", "Shark Tank" All on Board for Fall
From TV Insider

ABC released their fall schedule and descriptions of their new shows for 2016-17 today, and there are a few interesting surprises on this schedule, the first under new entertainment president Channing Dungey.

The first one is that, after seven seasons, The Middle is being moved out of its Wednesday timeslot to kick off a new comedy block on Tuesdays, along with new series American Housewife and returning shows Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals. The Goldbergs moves up to the 8/7c spot on Wednesdays, and the new Minnie Driver comedy Speechless takes the open spot.

Also a surprise: The TGIT block, previously dominated by Shonda Rhimes dramas, will be broken up in the fall, with Notorious sliding into Scandal's 9/8c spot, presumably with the latter show coming back later in the season after Kerry Washington's maternity leave. This also means that returning Rhimes drama The Catch and her new post-Romeo-and-Juliet themed drama Still Star-Crossed are pegged to midseason.

Also pegged for midseason: Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary and Time After Time.

"Dancing With The Stars", entering its 23rd season, "The Bachelor", entering season 21, and "Shark Tank", going into year 8, are all going to be on the new season's schedule in their usual time frames, with "The Bachelor" being held for midseason.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 8
From TV News Check

Following an atypical prior week, Dr. Phil battled back to its usual spot atop the talk shows, and Judge Judy jumped back on top of the overall syndication chart in the first full frame of the May sweep, the session ending May 8.

Family Feud fell 1% to a 7.0, but won the game show race for the second week in a row, and finished second overall behind only Judy.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/17/16

MONDAY: Post-Script
NBC, ABC Split on Series Finale of "Castle"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) led the demo charge on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

ABC (10.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (11.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the de facto series finale of "Castle" (7.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Mike & Molly" (7.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) followed by the final "Mike & Molly" (8.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (5.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Person of Interest" (5.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.783 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.458 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a new "Reign" (0.819 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the season finale of "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (0.882 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

WEEKEND: The Finish Line
CBS Wins Thanks to "Amazing Race", "Hawaii Five-0"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the top spot on Friday with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (5.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Hawaii Five-0" (8.304 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

ABC (4.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Beyond the Tank" (3.506 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.949 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Grimm" (3.326 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.134 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Jumping the Broom" (1.720 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, the season finale of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.080 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) plus a new "The Originals" (0.794 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 150,000

On Food Network Sunday...
- 8p: Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen: 1.569 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship (SF): 1.681 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 935,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/17/16

Winsanity Beckons June 9
Catch A First Glimpse of GSN's New Quiz Show
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will debut its innovative new game show series, WINSANITY, on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The series, hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), is unique in that the game play offers the opportunity for prizes to be won not only by the contestants but also by the studio audience. GSN has also partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow to allow viewers to play along at home in real-time for a chance to win prizes throughout the season.

Each half-hour episode of WINSANITY features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of President Barack Obama's Twitter followers?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience lose everything, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round.

"WINSANITY, hosted by the incredibly funny and energetic Donald Faison, is a high voltage viewer experience that has never been seen in cable television," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming and Development for GSN. "Everyone is a player and has an opportunity to win prizes, whether you're playing in the studio audience or at home on smartphone, tablet or laptop."

Faison, who will serve as host of the show, is best known to TV viewers for his long-running role on the hit TV series "Scrubs" and the classic teen film and TV series "Clueless." He also starred in the TV Land series "The Exes" and Pepsi's recent digital series, "Camp Halftime," part of their 2016 Super Bowl ad campaign and first-ever halftime show. A two-time winner of the BET Comedy Award, Faison has also been nominated multiple times for the NAACP Image Award and Teen Choice Awards.

Announcing will be Kira Soltanovich.

WINSANITY is produced by Electus for GSN. Executive producers are Chris Grant of Electus and Barry Poznick of Barracuda Television Productions, Inc.

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 5/17/16

Canada's "Race" Returning
CTV to Air Season 4, Plus "Pyramid", "Ninja Warrior", "Match Game", "MasterChef", More
From Crave

CTV “is in it to win it” as the network unveiled its Summer 2016 schedule, including the announcement of four new programs and four returning hits.

Beginning June 26th, the competition ramps up on Sunday nights with the debut of the Emmy Award-winning race against the clock game show phenomenon $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan (Live! With Kelly and Michael). Then, immediately after, contestants meet their match and attempt to fill-in the missing blanks in the premiere of Match Game, hosted by Golden Globe® and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (Still Alice).

The two new series join the previously announced pop culture juggernaut American Ninja Warrior (June 1st) and the timely docu-series O.J.: Made in America (June 11) on CTV’s leading summer schedule. Leading into the American Ninja Warrior season premiere, viewers can warm up with the series’ first-ever two-hour all-star special featuring two teams – selected by hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila – that will go head-to-head for bragging rights and the championship trophy (May 29th).

With the starting line now within eye shot, Canada’s most-watched summer series for three years in a row hits the road for a brand new Season 4 of The Amazing Race Canada (June 28th). All-new seasons of summer favourites also make their triumphant return including the scandalous season premiere of Mistresses (May 30th); award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay (Masterchef Junior) and Christina Tosi (Chopped) welcome 40 new home cooks into the Masterchef kitchen for Season 7 (June 1st).

Crave

posted 5/17/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Winners"

  • Burnie Burns liked Ashley Jenkins... so he put a ring on it (Reality TV World)
     

  • Divorce out of the question for the Osbournes (People)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays South Tyneside Comedy Festival (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • For Jamie Otis, third time's the charm, writing a book after being "Married at First Sight" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ashley Spivey goes from "Bachelor" to "married" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with reality TV's first alliance (AV Club)

posted 5/17/16


NBC
UPFRONTS: NBC
"Voice" Returns Fall; "Game Night", "Apprentice", "The Wall" Held to Midseason
From TV Insider

NBC unveiled its fall schedule on Sunday, and, given the network's overall good showing last season, it is fairly stable. With Sunday Night Football in place, though, it makes sense for the Peacock to keep things status quo; it's after football season when the network needs to add new programming. Because of this, only three new shows are debuting in the fall, with nine shows set to debut during midseason.

A few shows will be shifting around the schedule, though: Blindspot, the Monday freshman hit this past season, will move to Wednesdays at 8/7c, Superstore will kick off a new comedy hour on Thursdays at 8/7c, and Chicago Med moves to Thursdays at 9/8c (The Blacklist shifts to 10/9c to make room).

"The Voice" will take its usual spot on Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall, with new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys in tow. "The New Celebrity Apprentice", with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, new entry "The Wall" from LeBron James & Chris Hardwick, and season 5 of "Hollywood Game Night" will be riding pine until at least after football.

TV Insider
TV Series Finale
The Futon Critic

posted 5/16/16

Jeopardy! Takes on Washington Insiders, Elites, the Blogosphere, Other Political Clichés
Power Players Week Begins
From WJLA Washington

You'll notice, this week, Alex Trebek isn't the only big name on the Jeopardy! set.

"I could pretend to say it's all in good fun, it's for charity, but I do want to destroy my opponents," journalist Anderson Cooper said laughing.

Well-known journalists, commentators, newsmakers, a best-selling author, and a politician hit the D.C. stage for several days of Jeopardy! Power Players tapings.

"We don't even play Trivial Pursuit in my house," journalist Lara Logan said, smiling. "We play Uno Attack. We shoot cards at each other out of a machine and rely on dumb luck!"

The group came to the Nation's Capital to play for the charity of their choice.

Viewers can see the big names buzzing in and creating laughs on the popular game show this week.

WJLA Washington

posted 5/16/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playtime"

  • Gordon Ramsay made a small announcement as Kelly Ripa began the post-Strahan era (The Daily Beast)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Examiner) and the Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (Wichita Eagle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Adweek)

posted 5/16/16

THURSDAY: The Season Finale Conundrum
CBS Rules Supreme; "STRONG" Gets a Slight Edge
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (8.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Mom" (8.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), the season finale of "2 Broke Girls" (7.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and an original "Rush Hour" (4.560 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), the season finale of "Scandal" (6.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and a new "The Catch" (4.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "STRONG" (2.600 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.166 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (1.894 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The 100" (1.179 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.579 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.027 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 996,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 368,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 314,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 154,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

WEDNESDAY: Coming Up Rosewood
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes from "Rosewood" (4.262 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Empire" (9.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (6.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (7.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.419 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.033 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Next up was CBS (7.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its combination of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.023 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and a second "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.650 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (4.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.957 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.196 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 704,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 451,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 336,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "In or Out?"

  • Upfronts start next week... but what's coming back? (TV Insider)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Genius Jr. & America's Greatest Makers (Venertainment)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rove McManus (The Australian)

posted 5/13/16

The Cake Hits the Fan... Again.
Food Network Drops Cake Wars June 6
From the Futon Critic

Cake Wars returns to Food Network on Monday, June 6th at 9:00pm ET/PT with freshly baked new episodes, where four bakers vie for the opportunity to display their extraordinary cake creations at a big event, and for the grand prize of $10,000! In each of the 13 hour-long episodes, host Jonathan Bennett tests the talents and imagination of the contestants in two rounds of specially-themed challenges, where they must race against time to design mind-blowing cakes that will impress with their taste and presentation. Only one winner will take the cake in this sweet competition!

Themes include Captain America, Spongebob Squarepants, Peanuts, How To Train Your Dragon, emoji, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Cobra's Curse, Garfield, Beauty and the Beast, Halo, Madeline, Jelly Belly, Paddington, and Where's Waldo.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/12/16

Louis Walsh Signs Back on the X
Mentor Reportedly Signs Million Pound Deal
From Telly Mix

Louis Walsh has become the first rumored X Factor 2016 judge to officially sign up for the new series in a near-£1million deal, it is claimed.

According to The Mirror, the Irish music boss has agreed a fee worth "just shy of" seven figures for a comeback, one year after he was dumped from the ITV talent contest.

In a further bid to win Louis over, his pal Simon Cowell has promised to film a round of the upcoming televised auditions in Dublin for the first time in six years.

"The ink is just drying on Louis’ contract, as he put pen to paper this week," a source explained. "He’s really excited about returning, but one of his stipulations was that the X Factor returned to Ireland to scout talent because it was important to him.

"Simon knows he had to make amends for dropping him last series, which he has previously admitted was a mistake. So it was the least he could do to make Louis happy this season."

The X Factor hasn't held judge auditions in Ireland since its seventh series in 2010, which featured the likes of One Direction and Matt Cardle.

Earlier this week, Rita Ora confirmed her exit from the show, leaving Simon with three judging spots to fill. It was reported that Louis, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne would join him on this year's panel, but The Mirror adds that the latter two are still in negotiations.

"Louis is the first judge to officially sign up," the mole added. "He is expecting to return with Nicole and Sharon, but their contracts have not been signed yet."

An X Factor spokesperson said only that this year's line-up is "yet to be confirmed".

Telly Mix

posted 5/12/16

Rebound Rebounds
ITV Quiz to Return for Second Season
From Telly Mix

ITV Daytime has re-commissioned a second series of Rebound, hosted by Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher.

A fast paced, quick-fire game where speed and knowledge equal money, Season 1 of Rebound made its debut in August 2015.

Inspired by the bleep test, each episode sees six players challenged to think fast in order to defeat their rival opponents during a variety of Q&A battles, all before the feared ‘Rebound Bar’ flies across the studio floor and eliminates them from the game. The faster the players correctly answer, the more money they will earn.

Season 2 will air later this year and consist of 20 new episodes.

Host Sean Fletcher commented: “As soon as I heard the concept behind Rebound, I knew we were onto a winner, and my initial feelings were completely confirmed when we started recording the first series. So to be rebounding back with a second series is fantastic. I'm incredibly excited to be quiz master as a new set of contestants attempt to beat each other and the bar. There's something mesmeric about the game’s giant bar which piles the pressure on the competitors. It's going to be gripping, dramatic, and fun.”

“The bar is back and it’s a more formidable opponent than ever! We are so pleased that Rebound is ricocheting back to ITV for a second series of more tense and challenging gameplay,” added Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment, Thames and Executive Producer, Rebound.

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posted 5/12/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "See You On Another Network, Supergirl"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Runner" (Go90, July 1) (Slate)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Deadwood (Black Hills to Go)
     

  • Even Bradley Walsh has bad days (Daily Star)
     

  • Big Brother UK promises that it will be "a different show" (Telly Mix)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (ABC News)

posted 5/12/16

TUESDAY: First Impressions First
Catch New Series on USA Tonight!
From Zap2it

CBS (12.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "NCIS" (15.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (7.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (8.273 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Voice" (8.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Chicago Med" (7.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago Fire" (7.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up new episodes from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Real O'Neals" (3.173 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and its special "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" (2.009 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, FOX (1.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening with a new "New Girl" (2.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside the season finales of "Grandfathered" (1.644 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "New Girl" (2.172 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "The Grinder" (1.606 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.153 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.103 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.040 million
- First Impressions (USA/P): 753,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 694,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 678,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 421,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 390,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 346,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 322,000

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posted 5/11/16

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 1
From TV NewsCheck

Talk shows, led by Live with Kelly & Michael, were the strongest performers in the week ending May 1, which included the first two days of the important May sweep survey period (April 28-May 25).

Live’s ratings rocketed 20% from the prior session to the top of the talk show ranks, and surged 24% from last year, the greatest annual improvement of any daytime strip, scoring a new season-high 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The show was also No. 1 among women 25-54, climbing 21% to a 1.7 in the key demo.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +16%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 +5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 +3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

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posted 5/11/16

MONDAY: A Winning Combination... of Sorts
"Voice" Helps NBC, "Dancing" Helps ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.721 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

ABC (9.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.180 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Castle" (6.858 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (6.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of "Mike & Molly" (7.791 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), another "Mike & Molly" (7.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Odd Couple" (5.828 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Person of Interest" (5.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.677 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.899 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.853 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food/SF): 598,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 247,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/16

More "Knockout", "Billy on the Street"
truTV Adds More Episodes
From the Futon Critic

As one of Turner's youngest, most socially-engaged networks, truTV enters the 2016-17 Upfront season with news of a robust slate that builds on its roster of original programming from some of the industry's freshest new comedic talent. First up, the network has greenlit three all-new series: Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Greatest Ever and Lifescaping (working title). truTV has also given the go-ahead to two new specials: The Problem with Apu (working title), a feature-length documentary from comedian Hari Kondabolu, and an-all new Impractical Jokers live special that will follow on the heels of last year's juggernaut live punishment event.

On the development front, the network has ordered a total of six new pilots, including two scripted offerings - Small Victories (working title), a comedy series about confronting everyday injustices written by and starring Melissa Hunter, and I'm Sorry (working title), a comedic look at confronting one's inner immaturity and neuroses written by and starring Andrea Savage. New unscripted pilots include untitled projects from Hari Kondabolu, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Lee, which all join an untitled project for a comedic news show created by Jena Friedman in development.

On the renewals side, truTV has ordered new seasons of Fameless and Hack My Life, as well as the previously-announced scripted comedy Those Who Can't, which recently completed its first season and will return later this year for season two. Additional episodes have also been ordered for two first-season series, Comedy Knockout and Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, Impractical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect to round out the network's current slate of original programming.

"Having successfully re-launched truTV in 2014, we have now turned a corner when it comes to premium content," said network president Chris Linn. "The new truTV is built around compelling, creator-driven shows featuring clear points of view and unique takes on different topics and formats, all told through a strong comedic lens. Armed with this momentum and a fresh slate of programming from a diverse group of talent, we are building on a solid foundation and brand promise that is breaking through and clearly resonating with a growing audience of highly-coveted fans."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/16

WEEKEND: Eye Yi Yi
CBS Wins, and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (9.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second place with the relocated "Beyond the Tank" (3.561 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "20/20" (5.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its 90-minute editions of "Adele Live in New York City" (4.356 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for the feature "Think Like a Man" (1.563 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 72,000

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.359 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.335 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 836,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Run"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Sudbury (Sudbury.com)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Craig Ferguson "Talks" "Celebrity Name Game" (Broadway World)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" gets a badly worded question.... and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Corey Taylor makes QI hardcore (Metro)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Metro)

posted 5/10/16


Australian Broadcasting Corporation
REG GRUNDY: 1923-2016
Legendary Australian Television Pioneer Behind "Sale of the Century", "Scrabble"
From Zap2it

In the end, Reg Grundy’s timing was as impeccable in death as it was in his extraordinary life - giving a new generation of stars at last night’s Logie awards their moment to shine before news of his passing cast a shadow over post-party celebrations today.

The self-made Australian media mogul, whose legacy of TV credits included global hits Neighbours, Prisoner and Wheel Of Fortune, was confirmed dead at the age of 92 in Bermuda, where he had lived with actress wife Joy Chambers.

Awarded an OBE for his contribution to TV and media in 1983, Grundy became synonymous for producing local Australian drama and game shows, the formats for which he first tested on Sydney radio station 2CH.

Broadcaster Alan Jones confirmed Grundy’s death on his 2GB program, telling listeners he had “passed away in the arms of his beloved wife Joy on their Bermuda estate.”

Such was the impact his programs had on shaping the portrait of Australian society and culture, his name also became part of the colloquial lexicon, with Reg Grundys becoming slang for underwear.

In 1995, he sold the Grundy Organisation to what is now, FremantleMedia Australia.

Grundy - widely known as RG to his friends - is mourned by his wife Joy Chambers. The couple were married in 1972.

Born on August 4, 1923, in NSW, Reginald Roy Grundy was the only child of working-class parents Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees, who met in a chocolate factory on the cusp of the Depression.

He left school at 15, served in the army during World War II and worked as a ladies sportswear buyer for department store David Jones.

He started working in radio as a sports commentator, specializing in boxing, for 2SM Sydney. He also did voice-over work for cinema advertiser Chas E Blanks.

While working at 2CH Sydney in 1957 Grundy developed and hosted the radio show Wheel Of Fortune, which debuted on the Nine Network in 1959.

His career was an intrinsic part of the golden years of Australian TV. His name was attached to many game shows throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including Celebrity Squares, Blanketty Blanks, Beat the Odds and Great Temptation. He also produced game shows in America, with long-running "Sale of the Century" and "Scrabble" the anchors of the NBC morning lineup. His catalogue also includes "Time Machine" with John Davidson, "Scattergories" with Dick Clark, and "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak".

The company later branched out into dramas, producing an astonishing line-up of shows which were embraced by the Australian viewing public. In addition to the ‘big hits’ such as Neighbours (now in its 31st year), Grundy helped develop Chopper Squad, Glenview High, Sons and Daughters and the New Zealand TV hit, Shortland Street.

He also produced the fondly-remembered ABBA vehicle ABBA: The Movie, in 1978.

Although he was phenomenally successful as a producer, Grundy did not always have the Midas Touch, as a string of failed soap operas for the Nine Network in the mid 1980s (including Taurus Rising and Possession) testified.

But other hits were to come in the early 21st century - including a new range of reality TV contests such as Australian Idol (2003).

Grundy sold his company, the Reg Grundy Organisation, to Pearson Television in the mid 1990s.

His personal wealth was estimated at $805 million as far back as 2007.

He and Joy spent many years sailing between Bermuda, Los Angeles and London aboard his 25-staff super yacht, Boadicea, before settling in Bermuda.

An auction of his art collection back in 2013 was billed as the most valuable art auction ever staged in Australia, with over 90 works valued at around $20 million.

He was made a companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

As tributes yesterday poured in, Ian Hogg, head of FremantleMedia Australia, said: "His legacy to Australian entertainment is insurmountable.

“His visionary ability to know how to connect Australian families through some of this country’s most-loved programming has stood the test of time.

“Generations have grown up with and been touched by a Grundy production, be it Sons and Daughters, Sale of the Century, Prisoner, The Price Is Right or one of hundreds of other programs.

"His innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today through programs such as Family Feud, Wentworth and Neighbours. Reg is an icon and he will be sorely missed.”

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 5/9/16

Win Or Go Home
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament Enters Semifinal Stage... on a Bigger Stage
From WJLA Washington

Teachers from Michigan, Connecticut and Virginia are preparing to compete in the D.C. Jeopardy! Teachers tournament airing this week.

After taping episodes, teachers competing on the popular game show will have an opportunity to see how they performed.

Competing this week...

MONDAY:
- Peter Buchholz - Minneapolis
- Kaberi Chakrabarty - Joliet, IL
- Nicole Throckmorton - Williamsburg, VA

TUESDAY:
- Chris Tempro - Allentown, PA
- Jill Gilbert - Des Moines, IA
- Bill Knuth - East Lansing, MI

WEDNESDAY:
- Jason Sterlacci - Somerset, NJ
- Cory Harris - Mystic, CT
- Lauren Gilmore - Lake Wales, FL

WJLA Washington

posted 5/9/16

Netflix and Thrill
"Ultimate Beastmaster", Unique Reality Competition, Greenlit from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome
From the Futon Critic

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, is bringing together top tier competitors and athletes from several countries around the world to compete in a new action-packed global competition series, featuring and produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and producer Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan. All ten episodes of the series will be made available at the same moment globally on Netflix.

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who 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.

For each localized version in the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan, local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition. The hosts for each country include the following:

- U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Ridiculous Six), Charissa Thompson (Extra TV, Fox Sports)
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (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)
- Germany: Hans Sarpei (Former Soccer Player, TV Personality), Luke Mockridge (Comedian)
- Japan: Sayaka Akimoto (Actress), Yuji Kondo (Sports Anchor)

"I'm thrilled and honored to partner with Netflix. Their trailblazing network is the perfect home for this ground-breaking global series," said creator and executive producer Dave Broome. "I'm excited for viewers to see extraordinary men and women from around the world try and tackle this amazing physical course in the guise of a jaw-dropping modern monster - The Beast."

"The invitation to partner with Netflix and mega-producer Dave Broome on this revolutionary concept was an opportunity I couldn't resist," says producer Sylvester Stallone. "The world will watch in awe as amazing competitors from around the globe overcome grueling physical challenges - and in the process become champions and heroes. The course is unequaled in its daring creation and I am excited to be a part of it."

"As a global internet TV network, Netflix can uniquely create a compelling event that pits great competitors from six countries against one another, with commentators that audiences from these countries love and then unleash all of the episodes, at once, in multiple languages for our members to enjoy no matter where they are," said Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals. "With Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome at the helm, it's going to be outrageously fun."

Stallone and Broome both serve as executive producers on the series. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome for Netflix.

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posted 5/9/16

Hannah Simone Goes "Kicking and Screaming"
"New Girl" Bestie to Host Fox Summer Series
From the Futon Critic

Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL) will host KICKING & SCREAMING, the new eight-episode FOX competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), and in association with Lionsgate, the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think "glamping" is roughing it. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line. Production is currently underway in Fiji.

For her role as "Cece" on NEW GIRL, Hannah Simone won the TEEN CHOICE 2012 Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female. She recently starred in and executive-produced the feature film "Miss India America," which was released earlier this year. The film won the Comcast Narrative Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival. Simone also filmed a role in the independent feature "Folk Hero & Funny Guy," opposite Alex Karpovsky and Melanie Lynskey, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other film credits include "Flock of Dudes," starring opposite Chris D'Elia and Skylar Astin; and Spike Lee's "Oldboy," opposite Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred in "H+," a digital series produced by Bryan Singer. Born in London, Simone grew up living abroad and participating in local theater productions in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece and Canada. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in international relations and political science, before going on to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London. She also has a master's degree from Ryerson University in radio, film and television.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris. "Like" KICKING & SCREAMING on Facebook at facebook.com/KickingAndScreamingFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @KickScreamFOX and join the conversation using #KickingScreaming. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @KickingScreamingFOX/.

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posted 5/9/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Just Like Fire"

  • P!nk to mentor the top 8 next time on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: trailer for "Are You The One" (MTV, June 13) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" takes the minus and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Mike Fleiss accepts an $11.4 million rose for his Hawaii villa (Los Angeles Times)

posted 5/9/16


Variety
RICKEY SMITH: 1979-2016
"American Idol" Season 2 Finalist
From Zap2it

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday (May 6) in a car crash in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Smith was 36.

Smith was involved in a multi-car, wrong-way collision on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City at 3 a.m. According to reports from local news outlets, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr. was driving a pickup truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and slammed head-on into Smith’s vehicle.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Cerda was hospitalized and arrested for a DUI. The eastbound interstate was shut down for more than three hours after the accident, but has since been opened.

“OKC: I-240 east bound at Penn is still closed due to an injury collision,” the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early this morning.

Smith appeared on Ruben Studdard’s season of “American Idol” (Season 2), finishing in eighth place.

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posted 5/6/16

THURSDAY: WEAK
CBS Wins, New Entries Barely Register a Blip
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.115 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "STRONG" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "The Blacklist" (6.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.365 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "American Grit" (1.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.136 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.637 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime/SF): 1.488 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.104 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.042 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 305,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 286,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 130,000

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posted 5/6/16

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
Fox, CBS Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday with its duo of "Rosewood" (4.263 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Empire" (9.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

CBS (8.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the number two spot with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (8.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.814 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (5.718 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Modern Family" (7.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.601 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (3.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its trio of "Heartbeat" (4.141 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.211 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Chicago PD" (6.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.535 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV/SP): 656,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 447,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 404,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/16

Canada... Get Ready... The Test Is Coming Back
"Jeopardy!" in Process of Complying with Canadian Standard
From the Province

What is online privacy for $1000, Alex?

Earlier this year, Canadians were told they could no longer apply to be contestants on America’s most famous quiz show.

It wasn’t clear why. The show’s organizers alluded to Canadian digital privacy laws, but didn’t go into specifics.

The show’s host, Alex Trebek, hails from Canada. In February, he told the Ottawa Citizen, “it is true that for the most recent Jeopardy contestant tryouts, Canadians were precluded from taking the online test, since the show must now comply with new rules set down by the Canadian government.”

“We look forward to having more try out as soon as we are sure we can comply with all Canadian online privacy laws.”

What those issues were has never been explained, but most speculation centers around anti-spam and digital privacy laws, both of which have been updated in the past two years.

On Tuesday morning, an update: The doors are going to swing back open from Trebek.

"To all our fans in Canada,

We are actively in the process of bringing our online test site into compliance with all Canadian online privacy laws and as soon as all issues have been addressed – later this year – we plan to host an online test and follow-up auditions with a focus on Canada.

You’ll hear more about this, and I hope that when the time comes, you’ll try out. Stay tuned."

Though he did not give an exact timetable for when Canadians might be able to go online for a chance to show off their knowledge, he said he expects "we will be in full compliance by the time we start shooting our 33rd season of programs this July."

The Province
CBC
Huffington Post

posted 5/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Blake & Gwen Singing on a Stage"

  • Blake Shelton to premiere his new single on "The Voice"... with Gwen Stefani (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Simon Cowell ranks "Got Talent" judges as he takes America... again (Telly Mix)
     

  • THE AND 1: that time Burt Reynolds almost had it out with Marc Summers on The Tonight Show (AV Club)

posted 5/6/16

They're Playing the Feud
Meet the Celebrity Families for This Year's Edition of "Celebrity Family Feud"
From Reality TV World

Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin, Kellie Pickler, Paula Deen and Lance Bass are among the contestants booked for Season 2 of Celebrity Family Feud, ABC confirmed.

The 10-episode, sophomore season will kick off June 26, with Steve Harvey returning as host. The object of the game is to "pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people," the network said in a press release.

"In each episode of Celebrity Family Feud, celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, will compete against each other to win money for charity. Each team will be made up of a celebrity captain, with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice."

Melissa Joan Hart, Sugar Ray Leonard, NeNe Leakes, Paul Sorvino, Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Garrett Morris, Carson Kressley, Dave Foley, and NFL stars will also appear on the game show.

Reality TV World

posted 5/5/16

Meet the Bots That Are Set to "Awaken" Next Week
"Battlebots" Returns with a Preview on ABC
From the Futon Critic

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" - The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23, and kicks off with a preview special entitled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature twelve robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of forty-eight who will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Each rumble match will consist of three robots competing in a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to completely destroy or disable the opponents. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges will declare a victor to move onto the competition.

Competitors range from NASA engineers and teenage students to international teams and everyone in between - each with one goal: to claim the ultimate title. Judging the rumble matches are former "BattleBots" competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of "Nerdist" Jessica Chobot and special guest judge Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"). ESPN's Samantha Ponder hosts season two, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Sideline reporter Alison Haislip covers every inch of the robot fighting mayhem, and ring announcer Faruq Tauheed presides as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The 12 teams slated to compete are listed in alphabetical order below:

1. Bad Kitty: Team Captain - Bradley Hanstad (Hometown: Brea, CA)

2. Basilisk: Team Captain - Lucas Sloan (Hometown: Edmonton, Canada)

3. Black Ice: Team Captain - Dan Barry (Hometown: South Hadley, MA)

4. Blacksmith: Team Captain - Al Kindle (Hometown: Edison, NJ)

5. Creepy Crawlies: Team Captain - Kelly Smith (Hometown: Brighton East Sussex, UK)

6. Gemini: Team Captain - Agustus "Ace" Sherlander (Hometown: San Francisco, CA)

7. Invader: Team Captain - John Mladenik (Hometown: Escondido, CA)

8. Lycan: Team Captain - Ravi Baboolal (Hometown: Ontario, Canada)

9. Mohawk: Team Captain - Micah Leibowitz (Hometown: Berkeley, CA)

10. Skorpios: Team Captain - Orion Beach (Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA)

11. SOW: Team Captain - Terry Ewert (Hometown: Wisconsin)

12. Ultraviolent: Team Captain - Andrew Peterson (Hometown: Blacksburg, VA)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/16

TUESDAY: Gaining Interest
CBS Wins on Drama, Beyond the Tank to Move to Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (14.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the return of "Person of Interest" (7.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (7.917 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "The Voice" (8.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Chicago Med" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.283 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Containment" (1.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.887 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and the Friday-bound "Beyond the Tank" (1.934 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), another "New Girl" (1.908 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Grinder" (1.567 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on FOX (1.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.312 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.050 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 748,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 661,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 448,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 439,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 381,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 378,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/16

Eggheads Wanted
Two Positions Needed for "Eggheads"
From London Evening Standard

When it comes to fiendishly difficult quiz shows, Eggheads ranks up there as one of the trickiest.

While those with an encyclopedic brain might have thought about entering a team into the show, now there’s an even better opportunity.

Host Jeremy Vine is looking for two new Eggheads to join the resident team of experts who face off against contestants each episode – and applications are open now.

The process will take place in its own show, Make Me An Egghead, with applicants having to prove themselves worthy of joining the brainy team.

“I am proud to present one of the UK's most successful quizzes of all time and hugely excited that we are in the hunt for two more Eggheads,” Vine said.

“Whoever wins a place on the distinguished panel will, I guarantee, have the time of their life - sitting between Kevin Ashman and Judith Keppel and getting more questions thrown at them than they ever dreamed of.

“But I know this will be a hot contest - superbrain versus superbrain in that famous studio. So if you want to be an Egghead, roll up now!”

Egghead CJ de Mooi tweeted on Thursday that he was leaving the show to focus on his acting career.

London Evening Standard
Huffington Post
The Sun

posted 5/5/16

Brazil Goes "Boom!"
Keshet, July August Deal in New Territory with SBT
From C21 Media

Brazilian channel SBT has become the latest international broadcaster to greenlight a local version of Keshet International format Boom!.

The network has commissioned a 13×30′ series of the gameshow as part of its long-running Sunday primetime variety show Programa Silvio Santos.

The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

Other broadcasters with their own version include Antena 3 in Spain, Fox in the US and TF1 in France.

Boom! was originally created by Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions in Israel.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

How Many Can Ken Jennings Answer?
Find Out When "500 Questions" Returns May 26
From TV Line

“Game Show History” for $500, Alex.

This Jeopardy wunderkind will attempt to make lightning strike twice as a contestant on ABC’s 500 Questions.

Who is… Ken Jennings?

Correct! Congratulations! Well done! Now, keep reading for the full story behind that painfully cheesy lede (C-Note: from TV Line, not from us).

TVLine has confirmed that Jennings — whose 74-game winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2 premiere on Thursday, May 26. (Season 2 will air as a five-night event, beginning May 26 and concluding Wednesday, June 1.)

Nightline‘s Dan Harris will serve as the show’s new host, replacing CNN’s Richard Quest.

Quick 500 Q refresher: The show tasks contestants with answering 500 general knowledge questions. The catch? If said player answers three questions incorrectly in a row he/she is eliminated. New to Season 2: a bonus two-minute lightning round.

During his 74-episode Jeopardy rout in 2004, Jennings pocketed a then-record $2,520,700.

TV Line
Cinema Blend
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/16

Top Model to Head to Scandinavia
Discovery Networks Pick Up New Version
From C21Media

Broadcasters across Scandinavia have ordered a regional version of CBS Studios International reality format Next Top Model.

Scandinavia’s Next Top Model will air on Discovery Networks’ linear channels in Norway, Denmark and Sweden later his year and will also be available on streaming service Dplay.

The original show, America’s Next Top Model, premiered in 2003 and has since been sold in more than 100 markets.

More than 20 local versions have also been produced in countries including Denmark, Poland, Germany and Vietnam.

Last month a Mongolian version was commissioned by local broadcaster EduTV.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Mother of All Marathons"

  • GSN to celebrate Mother's Day by doing what it does four out of every seven days of the week - running the Feud in a marathon (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alex Trebek gets Ottawa's Key to the City (CFRA Ottawa)
     

  • Wayne Brady accidentally gives Jonathan Mangum a lower body concern (New York Daily News)
     

  • What one "Biggest Loser Australia" trainer had to say about being obese, and what the Internet had to say about her (Redbook)
     

  • A FEW GOOD ______S with Alec Baldwin (Extra)

posted 5/5/16

"Fresh Paint": June 15
GSN Turns Special Into Series
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the debut of the new one-hour skill-based competition series SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT, the first-ever spinoff from the network's hit series SKIN WARS. Hosted by master of transformation, RuPaul Charles, the new series will debut Wednesday, June 15 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of SKIN WARS.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion.

In each self-contained episode, the three Skin Wars All-Stars will work with artists from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets and give them a crash course in body painting. They'll help their mentees navigate through several rounds of intense competition, pushing them to apply their talents to the human canvas in innovative ways. It all culminates in a final challenge where the remaining two artists must put all they've learned to the test, completing a full body masterpiece on their own. In the end they'll be judged by international master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason, founder of the renowned Coagula Art Journal and contributor to The Huffington Post.

"We are so excited to bring our Skin Wars fans a new skill-based competition with vibrant, talented contestants who span across a myriad of artistic disciplines," explains Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Programming at GSN. "And RuPaul is the perfect host for this show, since there's no better example of someone pushing their creative boundaries to the limit."

"Our ability to do SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is a direct result of the ongoing success of 'Skin Wars,'" says executive producer Michael Levitt. "Fans of the show will be treated to some incredible art by some of the most creative talents in the country and we're thrilled to provide this platform for them."

The six artists participating in week one include fine artists Emily Moore of Orange, CA and Andi Goud of San Clemente, CA, automotive airbrush artist Cory Saint Clair of Roanoke Rapids, NC, food artist Vivian Pham of San Jose, CA, professional illustrator Michael Phillips of Laguna Beach, CA and artist/designer D. Hodges of Atlanta, GA. Additional artists to be featured later in the season include graffiti artists, cartoonists, tattoo artists, and street artists, among others.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/4/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Trebeks Save Harlem"

  • Craig Ferguson hosts NBC's second annual Red Nose Day. He's three gigs sort of Steve Harvey (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Jerry Springer to bring TPIR Live to Stockton (Stockton Record)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (KSNW Wichita)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... 50 years ago in Canada (CBC)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the worst words that got past Countdown's Dictionary Corner (Huffington Post)
     

  • Chopped creators get first-look at eOne (C21 Media)
     

  • How Alex Trebek's son is saving Harlem (New York Post)

posted 5/4/16

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending April 24
From B&C

Headed into the TV season’s final ratings period, the May sweeps, many shows turned to repeats and were flat to down, with only a few exceptions in the week ending April 24.

One notable exception was Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, which has been steadily in the news since Disney announced on April 19 that co-host Michael Strahan would be decamping for ABC’s Good Morning America come fall.

The games were all down. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 5% to a 6.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 6% to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 2% to a 5.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game softened 7% to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the week but down 24% from last year.

B&C
TV Newscheck

posted 5/3/16

MONDAY: When 10 and 6 Equals a Tie
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.412 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with its pairing of "The Voice" (9.846 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

ABC (9.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.232 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.966 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Mike & Molly" (7.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Odd Couple" (5.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Gotham" (3.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and the debut of "Houdini & Doyle" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, originals from "Reign" (1.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.951 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 718,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 454,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 115,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

WEEKEND: Dead Heat Scramble
"Race", "Shark Tank" Help CBS, ABC Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its usual mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (5.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) followed by originals from "Shark Tank" (5.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "Grimm" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.494 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 899,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p): 370,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/SP): 367,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Round One! Ready! GO!"

  • Batman vs. Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man... Bobby Flay vs. Gordon Ramsay (Refinery29)
     

  • Mo Rocca to host National Geography Bee (Broadway World)
     

  • The Biggest Loser: why the weight keeps coming back. Short answer: metabolism (New York Times)
     

  • Alex Trebek named honorary head of Royal Canadian Geographic Society (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 5/3/16

Daytime Emmys: Winning Apparently Takes Care of Everything
"The Price Is Right", Craig Ferguson, "Jeopardy!", Michael Strahan Among Winners
From CBS News

Soap stars and talk show hosts gathered for the Daytime Emmys on Saturday and Sunday.

"General Hospital" won big at the Daytime Emmys with Outstanding Drama Series, while Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show host amidst a tumultuous time for their show. Both CBS and ABC took home the most awards, with six Emmys each.

On the game show front, Craig Ferguson repeated as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Celebrity Name Game", while "The Price Is Right" won its seventh trophy as Outstanding Game Show, the second since Drew Carey inherited the mic from Bob Barker in 2007.

The most honored game show in Emmy history collected another trophy, as "Jeopardy!" won for Outstanding Direction in a Game Show for Kevin McCarthy.

CBS News
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/2/16

On Second Thought...
"Think Tank" to Return
From Malton & Pickering Mercury

Bill Turnbull's quiz show, Think Tank, will be returning for a second series.

The BBC One show will be back later this year with the former BBC breakfast host as its presenter.

The new series will consist of thirty episodes, which is an increase from the twenty episodes featured in the first series.

Turnbull said: "I'm very happy to be going back to the studio for another series of Think Tank. We had a lot of fun first time round, and I'm sure the next series will be even better."

Commissioning editor, Jo Street, said: " Bill and his highly entertaining colleagues in the Think Tank kept our audiences entertained in the afternoon and we are very pleased to bring the team back together from all across the UK to help even more contestants in the next series."

The quiz show sees a group of regular contributors from across the nation answering general knowledge questions.

Their answers aim to help contestants through a series of questions, with the final aim of getting to the final round to tackle the 'Question: Impossible' - the question the Think Tank hasn't been able to answer.

Malton & Pickering Mercury

posted 5/2/16

So This Weekend Was A Bank Holiday...
"Britain's Got Talent" Drops to 9.3 Million
From Telly Mix

Ratings for Britain's Got Talent 2016 took a dip last night but the show was still the most watched of the day.

The Bank Holiday weekend may have had an impact on figures but none the less a strong audience of 9.3 million viewers tuned in.

It's well down on last weekend's number of 10.1 million, the same figure that 2015's equivalent show had.

The episode peaked with 10.3 million viewers as the latest auditions took place with acts ranging from the usual singers and dancers to a cross bow performer and a dodgy pole dancing duo.

Once again the shows either side of ITV didn't do much: Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 200,000 viewers week on week to 2.3 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to 2.5 million, down from last week's 3.1 million viewers.

On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a series low as 4.5 million viewers watched before BGT, down 600,000 viewers on last Saturday.

Pointless Celebrities returned with 3 million viewers while Casualty had 3.9 million.

Telly Mix

posted 5/2/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Past Becomes the Future"

  • ICYMI the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" is... (The Futon Critic) PLUS a preview of Masterchef (June 1) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Mastermind New Zealand (New Zealand Herald)
     

  • Keith Chegwin & Iain Lee give an incorrect answer to a Pointless (Celebrities) question... and then the Internet happened (The Sun)

posted 5/2/16


Fremantle Media North America/Net-Biographies.com
The BLANK Is Coming Back
"Match Game" Launches on ABC June 26; Alec Baldwin to Host
From the Futon Critic

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime and will 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. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The 10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000 Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

"I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary 'Match Game,'" said Baldwin. "Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun."

Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America said, "'Match Game' is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime. The team at ABC continue to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, 'Match Game' has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple."

Since 1980, Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination ("A Streetcar Named Desire," 1992) an Oscar(R) nomination ("The Cooler," 2004) and has won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's "30 Rock." His films include "The Hunt For Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Malice," "The Edge," "It's Complicated," "Blue Jasmine," "Still Alice," and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," among many others.

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posted 4/29/16

THURSDAY: Not Getting Any STRONG-er
CBS Wins Night
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CBS (7.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Mom" (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Rush Hour" (4.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Scandal" (6.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "The Catch" (4.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "STRONG" (2.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.313 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.277 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.507 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.463 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 811,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 330,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 179,000

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posted 4/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Train Is Leaving the Station"

  • Billy Gardell, Todd Newton, Korinna Rico, Paige Collings, everyone at MMC thank everyone for the ride. Let's hope they find another horse (Facebook)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay to check back into "Hotel Hell" May 24 (TV Insider)

posted 4/29/16

Core Media Files for Bankruptcy
"American Idol" Cited As a Money Pit
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Core Media Group, parent company of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer 19 Entertainment among other prodcos, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

In a court filing, the company blamed its deteriorating financial performance on the decline in ratings for, and ultimate cancellation of, Fox reality singing competition American Idol as well as declining revenues from Idol-related broadcast fees, merchandise, tape sales and touring fees.

The last episode of Idol aired on Fox earlier this month after 15 seasons.

According to documents supporting the filing, “[T]he Company’s unsustainable capital structure, inability thus far to replace the American Idol revenue streams and inability to consummate an out-of-court restructuring with its primary creditor constituencies ultimately gave rise to the Debtors’ decision to commence these Chapter 11 cases.”

Nearly 50 affiliated debtors are registered in the filing, according to BankruptcyData.com. The Chapter 11 petition lists total assets of $100 to $500 million.

Core Media was part of the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management that merged Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group. However, Core continued operating separately and did not become part of Endemol Shine Group.

In addition to 19 Entertainment, Core’s roster of prodcos also includes the unscripted companies Sharp Entertainment and B-17, which are not part of the bankruptcy filing.

In a statement, the company said it will undergo a restructuring under CEO Peter Hurwitz, though management changes or lay-offs are not expected. Core has 22 full-time employees, not including production staff and freelancers.

“In June 2015, with the changing landscape and one of our flagship shows in transition, we proactively engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding balance sheet optimization alternatives and a strategic restructuring,” the statement reads. “The actions we are announcing today will help best position the company for the future, allowing for more flexibility and a platform for growth.

“We expect to move through Chapter 11 expeditiously and have secured the support of our first and second lien lenders,” it continued.

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posted 4/28/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Middle of the Week Over Survivor
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Empire" (9.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (5.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (5.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.947 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.998 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Nashville" (3.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) alongside second runs of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.826 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago PD" (3.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.284 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Supernatural" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Skin Wars (GSN): 566,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000

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posted 4/28/16

Are You the One Goes for Love at First Sight
Catch the New Season on MTV June 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV's hit matchmaking experiment, "Are You The One?" (AYTO), returns on an all-new night, Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meet the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.

Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will feature a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite.

Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.

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posted 4/28/16

Andy Richter Calls Food Fight
Catch the New Series on Food May 29 at 10 & 10:30!
From the Futon Critic

The best dinner parties are filled with good food, great company, and lots of laughs. That holds especially true when Andy Richter is the host, famous foodies and chefs are on the guest list, and crazy culinary games are on the menu. At this ultimate dinner party, as each course is served, so is a new round of the competition where stars are paired up to compete in fast-paced trivia games and food-themed challenges. The team that earns the most points will win the coveted Golden Dinner Plate, while the losing team will have to wash the dishes. Catch all the action unfold on Celebrity Food Fight, with double episodes premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm & 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Celebrity Food Fight is a high-energy, hilarious culinary game show unlike any other. Funnyman Andy Richter is the perfect leader of the shenanigans, as celebrities and chefs wine and dine their way through classic trivia and outrageous guessing games with a culinary spin," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

Joining the fun in the 10 half-hour episode season are Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aar�n S�nchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson. Two teams of two, each consisting of a chef and a celebrity, will compete in a variety of unique food-related games designed to test their culinary knowledge. From Cooking The Books, where the teams must find the fake cookbook title, to Talking With Your Mouth Full, where contestants read the names of entrées with their mouths full, while their teammates must correctly guess what they said, to Finger Foods, where the contestants must put their hands in a box and use their fingers to correctly identify each edible item, playing with food has never ever been this fun!

After the celebrities and chefs face off, fans can catch highlights at FoodNetwork.com/CelebrityFoodFight, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CelebrityFoodFight.

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posted 4/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "New Year's Seacrest"

posted 4/28/16


CBS/Fremantle Media North America
CBS Daytime Brings Back Every. Single. Show.
"Let's Make a Deal" Renewed Through 2018
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CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET'S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.

"Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming - the most for any broadcast network - which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry's best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!"

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.

The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television's most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.

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posted 4/27/16

MasterChef Returns June 1
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi Return to Host, Judge
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season's 40 contestants - including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more - take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous MASTERCHEF contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous MASTERCHEF tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted MASTERCHEF title.

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posted 4/27/16

TUESDAY: A Flash in the Pan
NBC Wins the Night, "The Flash" Puts CW in Third
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NBC (9.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim the top spot on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (9.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Chicago Med" (8.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (10.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Limitless" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its quartet of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.674 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Real O'Neals" (3.483 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.252 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.365 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Containment" (1.653 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.854 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), another "New Girl" (1.965 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and a repeat "New Girl" (1.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on FOX (2.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.271 million
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 1.194 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.111 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 729,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 688,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 516,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 329,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 326,000

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posted 4/27/16

More on "ANTM's" Return
Logo Released.... It Looks Just Like The Old One!
From Variety

“America’s Next Top Model” will be returning on a new network, and Variety has the first look at the modeling competition’s VH1 reboot.

The official key art for “America’s Next Top Model” features the same logo as the original series, which ran 12 years and 22 cycles on the CW and its predecessor UPN. “This fall the runway gets a revamp” is the tagline for the show’s new iteration, though details on what exactly that revamp will entail are scarce.

What we do know is that Tyra Banks — who created, hosted and exec produced the original series — will be back on board as an exec producer, though she is not expected to return on camera in any major capacity. A new host has not been announced yet, nor has the panel of judges, which is believed to be re-worked from the latest grouping. The reinvented competition will be set in New York City, rather than Los Angeles where most of the original seasons took place. The new season will consist of 14 episodes.

The new “America’s Next Top Model” poster features blue and pink coloring, which could signify another co-ed season. The final three seasons of CW’s “Top Model” featured both male and female contestants. (Other themed seasons were “British Invasion” and “All Stars.”)

No premiere date has been set for “Top Model” on VH1. Banks will serve as an exec producer, along with “ANTM” alum Ken Mok, who originally developed the show with Kenya Barris, plus Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament. CBS Television Distribution is behind the series that hails from 10 by 10 Entertainment and The Tyra Banks Company.

The new season is being described as a reinvention for a new generation. At the time VH1 announced they’d be the new home to “ANTM,” Banks stated that she was excited to find a new host herself. She spoke to Variety about the show’s future here.

CW cancelled “Top Model” in October 2015 with the final episode airing in December. Around that time, Banks departed her syndicated daytime show “FabLife,” which has since been cancelled. “Top Model” has 20 international versions in production and is under license in over 100 markets globally.

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posted 4/27/16

Bradley Walsh Finally Addresses "The Chase" Fixing Charges
Host Talks to Radio Times
From Huffington Post

Bradley Walsh has spoken out against accusations ‘The Chase’ is fixed.

The host of the ITV daytime quiz show defended himself from fans’ suggestions he asks the Chasers’ questions quicker than he does the contestants’, giving them an unfair advantage.

Speaking to Radio Times, Bradley said: “We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read them at exactly the same speed for both.”

He continued: “Don’t forget, if I’ve got Mark Labbett [aka ‘The Beast’] answering questions for two minutes and I’ve got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren’t going to be quicker.

“Simple as that, because they have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final.”

The show was recently embroiled in a scandal when viewers noticed that a countdown clock appeared to freeze during the final Chase.

The Chaser looked to have been given an advantage in the final round of the quiz when the clock got stuck and he was given an extra second’s time.

However, bosses later insisted that this was due to an editing error that took place in post-production.

A spokesperson for ITV said: “There was an error on the clock on [Wednesday’s] episode of ‘The Chase’.

“This error happened during the editing process and not in the studio when the show was being recorded so could not have affected the outcome in any way.”

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posted 4/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel Into OKC"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Oklahoma City (KOCO Oklahoma City)
     

  • Kelly Rowland talked about allergies and "Chasing Destiny" camp up (TV Spy)
     

  • Derek Hough joins "Hairspray Live!" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay cooks up a new studio for his project (World Screen)
     

  • Desiree Hartsock is about to have a future media ho (Us)
     

  • ICYMI: A special shoutout on TPIR (Cinema Blend) and a NSFW moment on "Celebrity Name Game" (Perez Hilton)

posted 4/27/16

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