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Behind the Voice Actors

JOE ALASKEY: 1952-2016
Voice Actor Neighborly Announcer on "Couch Potatoes"
From Deadline

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63.

Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugrats spinoff series All Grown Up!, along with all three films. He also voiced Stinkie in Casper as well as that film’s 1996 animated spinoff, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also was the voice of President Nixon in 1994 feature Forrest Gump.

Outside of cartoons, he acted as a crazy neighbor type - as Uncle Beano on "Out of This World" and as the announcer of Marc Summers' "Couch Potatoes".

Alaskey also had been narrating the Investigation Discovery series Murder Comes to Town. The cable net said today that he recorded the latest episode just last week, which will air as its season finale on March 14.

Deadline
AV Club
The Guardian

posted 2/4/16


AP
DAVE MIRRA: 1974-2016
BMX Legend Hosted 2 Seasons of "The Challenge"
From
Entertainment Weekly

Dave Mirra, the BMX champ and former host of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, has died of an apparent suicide, police in Greenville North Carolina said in a statement. He was 41 years old.

Mirra won 24 X Games medals — the most ever for any competitor until skateboarder Bob Burnquist passed him in 2013. He nabbed the first of his 14 gold medals in 1996 and his final one in 2005. Mirra’s success as a biker led to a BMX videogame series, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. He also raced for Subaru’s rally car racing team.

Mirra was born in New York on April 4, 1974. His career began in 1992 and was almost ended a year later, when he was hit by a drunk driver, according to his website. But he still was able to compete in the inaugural X Games in 1995.

That same year, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and moved south to Greenville, which eventually became a hotbed for bikers, earning the nickname “Pro-Town, USA” for its high concentration of BMX pros living there.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement. “He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”

In 2004 and 2005, Mirra hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge series: The Challenge: The Inferno and The Inferno II. His hosting successor was fellow biker and friend T.J. Lavin, who on Thursday shared an Instagram photo of himself, Mirra, and two other friends, paired with the caption “Really love you guys.”

Entertainment Weekly
Fox Sports
MTV
AV Club

posted 2/4/16

WEDNESDAY: Singing Your Hump Day Off
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Second place then went to NBC (7.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.795 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago PD" (7.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.386 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Mike & Molly" (6.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.747 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "Code Black" (6.780 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the debut of "Madoff, Part 1" (7.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "American Crime" (3.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.487 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (2.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.515 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 980,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 791,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 451,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 289,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 239,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/16


Wikipedia

BOB ELLIOTT: 1923-2016
Hosted "The Name's the Same" with Partner Ray
From Variety

Bob Elliott, half of the famed radio and television comedy team of Bob and Ray, died Tuesday from throat cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 92.

Elliott and his comedy partner Ray Goulding performed unique skits, as they took turns playing the jokester or straight man, while most comedy duos had one permanent person for each role. Soft-spoken Elliot and rambunctious Ray hosted the TV sketch show “The Bob and Ray Show” from 1951-1953. The pair also hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

The duo recorded comedy albums and frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and were seen in Norman Lear’s “Cold Turkey” and Arthur Hiller’s “Author! Author!” Staring in 1970, they starred in “Bob and Ray: The Two and Only” on Broadway.

“I like jokes, but Ray and I, we never did jokes,” Elliott said in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television. “We weren’t in that line of humor. We each contributed our own kind of observations. I’m glad to have people look at, and laugh at, and respect, and get some creative juice out of what we did by observing.”

The patriarch of a comedic family, Elliott had two family members who were on “Saturday Night Live”: actor-writer son Chris Elliott and actress-comedian granddaughter Abby Elliott.

Variety
AV Club
Vulture
ContactMusic
Deadline
CNN

posted 2/3/16


IMDb

Syndies: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 24
From B&C

Steve Harvey was a double winner in the week ending January 24, with both NBCUniversal’s The Steve Harvey Show and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud hitting all-time highs. CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench also hit a series high during the week.

The Steve Harvey Show saw strong viewer response to two episodes that aired on Jan. 18 and 19 featuring Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and first runner-up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. On Dec. 20, Harvey hosted The Miss Universe Pageant and incorrectly announced Gutierrez as the winner, creating a social-media storm.

Steve Harvey saw the biggest weekly increase of any talker, surging 21% to a series-high 2.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. It also improved 10% over last year at this time.

Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, the show improved 22% to a 1.1. The Jan. 18 episode rated the highest, hitting a 2.7, followed by the Jan. 19 episode with Miss Colombia, which was, like its guest, the runner-up at a 2.6.

Another feather in Harvey’s cap was the sky-high performance of Family Feud, which added 7% for the week to a 7.5, a series high for the current edition of the show, which began this run in 1999. The series had its first syndicated run from 1977 to 1985, and then returned for a second stint from 1988 to 1995.

All of the games hit or held season highs. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rebounded 7% to a new season- high 7.8. Following second place Family Feud, Jeopardy! added 9% to a new season-high 7.2.
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game rebounded 7% to match its season-high 1.5, tying Disney-ABC’s recently renewed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which grew 7% to a new season high.

B&C
The Futon Critic
Rapid TV News

posted 2/3/16

TUESDAY: And Now These Messages...
CBS Wins for Super Bowl Commercials
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its two-hour special "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" (11.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and a repeat "NCIS" (7.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

NBC (6.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (7.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Chicago Fire" (8.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its combination of "New Girl" (2.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Grandfathered" (2.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.220 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "The Grinder" (1.650 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "iZombie" (1.460 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, ABC (3.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Muppets" (2.725 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus new episodes from "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.788 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.433 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.106 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 283,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 217,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Yes Chairman"

  • Les Moonves gets a BIG TIME promotion at CBS (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Scotty McCreery parts ways with Universal Music (Billboard)
     

  • Another Presidents' Day, another CNN Quiz Show (CNN)
     

  • Miley Cyrus named key adviser on the next "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/3/16

Queen #100
Catch "Drag Race" Season 8 March 7!
From the Futon Critic

RuPaul is back to light up the runway with the highly anticipated new season of the groundbreaking series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation's 12 drag elite tonight during the "New Now Next Honors." In a nod to superfans, Logo also launched a week-long social scavenger hunt via Dubsmash and Instagram that culminated in the announcement of Kim Chi as a competing queen earlier today. The season premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100th episode and 100th drag queen to sashay into the work room.

"This is an amazing time to be producing television," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "The fact that 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is celebrating its 100th episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media."

The new season will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a supersized 90-minute episode that unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 88 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 12 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Acid Betty Brooklyn, NY TW: @acidbettyrocks, IG: @acidbetty
· Bob The Drag Queen New York, NY TW: @thatonequeen, IG: @bobthedragqueen
· Chi Chi DeVayne Shreveport, LA TW: @ChiChiDeVayne, IG: @cheechdevayne
· Cynthia Lee Fontaine Austin, TX TW: @lee_fontaine, IG: @cynthialeefontaine
· Dax ExclamationPoint Savannah, GA TW: @Daxclamation, IG: @daxclamation
· Derrick Barry Las Vegas, NV TW: @DerrickBarry, IG: @derrickbarry
· Kim Chi Chicago, IL TW: @KimChi_Chic, IG: @kimchi_chic
· Laila McQueen Gloucester, MA TW: @LailaMcQueen, IG: @misslailamcqueen
· Naomi Smalls Redlands, CA TW: @naomismallsduh, IG: @naomismalls
· Naysha Lopez Chicago, IL TW: @nayshalopez, IG: @nayshalopez
· Robbie Turner Seattle, WA TW: @TheRobbieTurner, IG: @therobbieturner
· Thorgy Thor Brooklyn, NY TW: @ThorgyThor, IG: @thorgythor

The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/16

A Real Game Show... in a Sitcom
NBC Greenlights Pilot for Sitcom/Game Show Hybrid
From Splitsider

NBC also ordered a game show/multi-cam comedy hybrid called Crunch Time from Betsy Thomas (Whitney, Guys With Kids), which “intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.” David Janollari will co-executive produce alongside Thomas.

Game show veteran Phil Gurin is also on board as an exec producer.

Said hybrid would not be the first of its kind. GSN produced a season of "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet", a "Newlywed Game" knockoff with sitcom elements with "Love Connection" announcer John Cervenka playing the titular host.

Splitsider
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/2/16

MONDAY: X Marks The Spot
Fox Wins the First Night of Sweeps
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes from "The X-Files" (8.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Lucifer" (5.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

ABC (6.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two network with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (7.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "The Bachelor Live" (4.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Supergirl" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by repeats of "Scorpion" (7.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (4.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Telenovela" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.225 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.039 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.030 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.827 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.860 million
- Paradise Run (Nick/P): 1.462 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.382 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

WEEKEND: You're the One That We Want
Fox Wins Sunday on "Grease"
From TV by the Numbers

FOX’s “Grease Live” musical scored strong ratings, drawing a 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.18 million viewers to give the network a big win. The musical out-rated NBC’s “The Wiz Live” (3.4) earlier this season and came close to the 4.6 for “The Sound of Music Live” in 2013.

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World” (1.4) was the No. 2 show on Sunday. “Madam Secretary” (1.1) was up a tenth from its last episode without an NFL lead-in, while “The Good Wife” (1.0) fell a tenth. “Galavant” finished its second season with a 0.6, up 0.1.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.714 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.302 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.115 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 446,000

ABC (6.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Dr. Ken" (5.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shark Tank" (6.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (5.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

CBS (7.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Undercover Boss" (7.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (7.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.829 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a new "Undateable" (3.029 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), the season finale of "Undateable" (2.468 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), the return of "Grimm" (3.794 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.944 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (4.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the relocated "Second Chance" (2.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new Friday lineup of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.236 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The Originals" (0.930 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

On cable Friday:
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p): 516,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p): 495,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop): 104,000

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Spoiler Alert"

  • LIST ABUSE: The 37 POCs in the history of "The Bachelor" franchise (contains results from last night!)  (Fusion)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Jack Black on a Korean game show IS EVERYTHING (Zap2it)

posted 2/2/16


The Guardian
SIR TERRY WOGAN: 1938-2016
"Blankety Blank" Host for the BBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Terry Wogan, whose warm Irish brogue and sly, gentle humor made him a star of British television and radio for decades, has died. He was 77.

Wogan died Sunday surrounded by his loved ones "after a short but brave battle with cancer," his family said in a statement.

The disc jockey and presenter was a staple of British broadcasting, best known for his long-running BBC radio morning show "Wake Up To Wogan," his annual hosting duties for Britain's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and his longstanding association with the Children in Need telethon.

Born in Limerick, Ireland in 1938, Wogan began his broadcasting career on Irish network RTE before moving to the U.K. and the BBC, for whom he hosted quiz programs, game shows and a 1980s television talk show.

His strengths were a deep, buttery voice, dollops of Irish charm and a wry sense of humor. His Eurovision commentary affectionately mocked the kitsch pop music competition, at which Britain generally fared badly.

He hosted "Wake Up To Wogan" between 1972 and 2009 - with a break from 1984 to 1993 - and made the show the most popular on British radio, with 8 million listeners. Wogan called his fans TOGS, for "Terry's Old Geezers or Gals."

Prime Minister David Cameron said "Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend."

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said "Wogan occupied a special place in British listeners' hearts and he acted in no small way as a bridge between Ireland and Britain."

Former CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan tweeted that Wogan was a rare broadcaster to excel on both radio and television: "A legend of all airwaves."

Fellow BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine said someone once asked Wogan how many listeners he had. Wogan replied: "'Only one.'"

"And it was this approach that made him one of the greatest broadcasters this country has ever seen," Vine said. "He only ever spoke to one person."

Wogan, who had joint Irish and British citizenship, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

The Hollywood Reporter
BBC
Vulture
CTV News
The Week
Irish Independent
Western Gazette
The Irish Times
The Bookseller
Metro
Metro

posted 2/1/16

So You Think You Can Dance... The Final Frontier
Fox Reups Dance-Off with Kids Teaming with All-Stars
From TV by the Numbers

FOX has given new life to “So You Think You Can Dance,” but with a twist: The show will now focus on kids. Think “Masterchef Junior,” but with dancing and Nigel Lythgoe instead of Gordon Ramsay.

The new season, officially called “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” premieres May 30. The show will feature dancers ages 8-13 and pair each finalist with an “SYTYCD” all-star who will serve as a mentor and coach.

Lythgoe (who also executive produces), Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will return as judges, and Cat Deeley will continue as host.

“By evolving the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ format this season, we can showcase the very best junior dancers out there and open up the world of dance to a whole new generation,” Lythgoe says in a statement.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 2/1/16

Top Chef Gets Another Course
Casting Call on Tour for Season 14
From The Futon Critic

This February, Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is searching the country for the best up-and-coming chefs to compete on season 14 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's casting calls will take place at restaurants from "Top Chef" alumni in Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York.

Currently in its 13th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is the #1 food program on cable in 2016 among P25-54 with this season averaging 1.8 million total viewers and 1.2 million P25-54, up 5 percent and 6 percent respectively from the prior season (Source: Nielsen L3, #1 cable food program from 12/28/15-1/24/16).

Next week, the iconic Restaurant Wars is back and bigger than ever with a two-part episode airing Thursday, February 4 and 11 at 9 PM ET/PT. For the first time in "Top Chef" history, the Chefs are opening their restaurants for both lunch and dinner services. No one is safe as each chef must run front of house or act as the executive chef in one of the services. The pressure is on as two services means twice the drama. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/episode-9/videos/not-enough-bacon

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/1/16

Zig Zag, Yoshimoto Plays "PrankStars"
"Hawaii Five-0's" Masi Oka in Talks to Host
From Variety

Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo and the U.K.’s Zig Zag Productions are to co-produce in Japan “PrankStars,” a new game show format.

The two companies are in discussions with Masi Oka (“Heroes” and “Hawaii-5-0”) to host the show.

A broadcaster has not yet been announced.

The format sees four teams of experts, including comedians, special effects artists and magicians working together to help celebrities and members of the public prank their friends and loved ones. Winners are the teams which get the biggest reaction.

“Yoshimoto’s strength is in our amazing writers who invent the craziest elements for our game and variety shows… ‘PrankStars’ .. has a built in audience across the globe” said Aki Yorihiro, CEO of Yoshimoto subsidiary Yoshimoto Entertainment USA.

Executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Danny Fenton and Andy Scott.Aki Yorihiro and Patrick Jager will executive produce for Yoshimoto.

The two companies previously coproduced ‘Time Out’ for KTV and slow motion format ‘Split/ Second’ for Nickelodeon.

Variety
TBI Vision

posted 2/1/16

Nick Has Two Tickets to "Paradise"
Catch It in February
From Nick Alive

Nickelodeon sets an intense, adventure competition against the lavish backdrop of Hawaii with the premiere of its brand-new daily series, Paradise Run, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by Daniella Monet (Victorious), the 20-episode series features three teams of kids racing across the grounds of an exotic resort, competing against one another in a series of heart-pounding challenges. The first team to cross the finish line wins the grand prize. Click here to check out a sneak peek.

In each episode, teamwork and physical stamina are tested through sets of fast-paced challenges, ranging from obstacle courses to water-based adventures in an ocean-fed lagoon. Whether teams are racing across the white-sand beach, navigating under thundering waterfalls or careening down a five-story waterslide, each challenge brings contestants closer to the finish line and the grand prize--a tropical vacation.

For bio information on Daniella Monet, click here. Fans can access exclusive photos and more at Nick.com.

Paradise Run is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment with Scott Stone (BrainSurge, Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Series) and Marcus Fox serving as executive producers.

Nick Alive
Nick.com
Twist
The Futon Critic
Refinery29
Just Jared Jr.
Hollywood Life

posted 2/1/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Be a Jerk"

  • Val Chmerkovskiy learns the hard way that it's all fun and games on the Internet until you get sued (TMZ)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Every "American Idol" finalist ranked. Mr. Irrelevant belongs to Danny Gokey (Vulture)
     

  • Jeff Probst could host "Survivor" in perpetuity if CBS will let him (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile wheels into Southern California (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • "Family Feud" gets a Valentine's Day marathon... anything to play more Feud, huh? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong's gig is anything but pointless (Chronicle Live)

posted 2/1/16

THURSDAY: Hollywood Swinging
"American Idol" Helps Fox to First
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.772 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and a second hour of "American Idol" (8.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (7.317 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Mom" (7.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and originals from "Angel from Hell" (6.706 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Elementary" (6.090 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.189 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the launch of "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (4.995 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) alongside new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.067 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (6.507 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up the departing "Beyond the Tank" (4.009 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), a new "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.030 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and the season finale of "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.124 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, week two of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.841 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The 100" (1.667 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.536 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.144 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 973,000
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 932,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 534,000
- Redneck Island (CMT/SP): 385,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 289,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 286,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/29/16


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Meet Arnold's First "Apprentices"
Cast of New Season Revealed; Show Moves to Southern California
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen celebrities are set to compete for their favorite charities when "The Celebrity Apprentice" shifts to Los Angeles for its eighth season where twice-elected California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.

Advising the new head of the boardroom this season will be world-class business minds, including investment guru Warren Buffett, one of the most successful businessmen in the world; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, actress, TV host, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, the founder and chief creative officer of the Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger's trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

The celebrity lineup is as follows:
· Laila Ali - the retired four-time boxing world champion and two-time hall of famer, TV host, author, health and wellness expert and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
· Brooke Burke-Charvet - actress, host, entrepreneur, fitness expert and CEO of ModernMom.com
· Eric Dickerson - Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons
· Boy George - Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, international DJ and a coach on the U.K. version of "The Voice," as well as a top fashion designer and photographer
· Matt Iseman - "American Ninja Warrior" host, comedian, actor and licensed physician
· Carrie Keagan - Actress, producer, writer, entrepreneur and the former host of VH1's Emmy Award-winning live morning talk show "Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan"
· Carson Kressley - Emmy Award-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, as well as a successful horse show exhibitor who owns saddlebred horses
· Lisa Leslie - Naismith Hall of Famer, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion who earned an MBA
· Jon Lovitz - comedian, film and television star and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member
· Vince Neil - lead vocalist for the heavy metal band M�tley Cr�e as well as eclectic businessman with interests in liquor, bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors along with clothing and retail
· Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi - Reality television star and New York Times bestselling author
· Kyle Richards - actress and star of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is a philanthropist who owns an innovative boutique concept in Beverly Hills
· Chael Sonnen - former UFC standout and mixed martial artist
· Porsha Williams - model, singer and star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
· Ricky Williams - Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas, 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and ESPN sports analyst who was a running back for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens
· Carnie Wilson - singer, television host and member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.

New state-of-the-art headquarters in Silicon Beach - Southern California's ever-growing technology hub - will house Schwarzenegger's boardroom and the center of operations for the exciting and diverse line-up of business-savvy celebrities. Contestants will compete in challenging, business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes.

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TV Insider

posted 1/28/16

E! Scores with Travis Kelce
Kansas City Chief Stars in His Own Dating Series
From the Futon Critic

E! has greenlit the new dating competition series "Catching Kelce," featuring Kansas City Chiefs' superstar tight end and 2016 Pro Bowl Select, Travis Kelce. 50 eligible women, one from each US state, will be invited to Los Angeles as this fun-loving athlete searches for that special someone to become his lifelong "teammate." Kelce will be joined by famous friends and family to help him along his journey, but in the series finale, only he can decide who is the right woman for him. The one-hour, 8 episode series produced by Grandma's House Entertainment is slated to premiere later this year.

While Kelce will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home along the way, this dating series has a twist... the women are able to strategically decide who is attending the VIP dates. The debate becomes: do you pick your friends and keep those loyalties strong, or choose the "weakest" contenders to make yourself stand out? Lines will be drawn and friendships will be tested as the women pick and choose who gets the extra time with this football superstar.

"On top of being a well-respected athlete, Travis has a fun-loving, over the top personality that draws people to him, and we are excited to give our viewers an up-close look at his search for love," said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming and Development, E! "Through shows like our hit series 'WAGS,' the E! audience has experienced the glamour, drama and competition of the elite sports star lifestyle. Now we are bringing a fresh look at that world from not only the perspectives of women who want to be part of it, but also the pro-athlete himself as he tries to find a partner who can handle everything that comes with being a WAG."

Travis Kelce is currently the star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. At 6-foot-5 and 260lbs, Deadspin named him the next revolutionary tight end, and NFL Spin Zone has named him one of the brightest stars to come to the tight end position in recent history, not just for his playing ability, but also for his energy and charisma on and off the field. In his first full year on the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 67 catches, 862 yards, and five touchdowns to lead all the Chiefs, while his 503 yards after catch led all NFL tight ends. In 2014 AND 2015, Kelce was a top vote getter for "Touchdown Dance of the Year." Off the field, the NFLPA has named him one of their "Community Players of the Year." Dedicated to his charity Eighty-Seven & Running, Travis spends much of his time working with less fortunate kids throughout the city. All this, at just 25 years of age, in the beginning stages of an elite NFL career.

"Catching Kelce" is produced by Grandma's House Entertainment. Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment, Scott Langerman of ACE Media, and Lauren Stevens are Executive Producers. Adam Bold and Mike Lopez of Grandma's House Entertainment will serve as Producers.

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The Wrap

posted 1/28/16

WEDNESDAY: Moving Helps
Relocated "Hell's Kitchen" Helps Fox to First in Demo; CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.948 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (9.593 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (4.304 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (7.978 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (6.857 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mike & Molly" (7.095 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (9.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Code Black" (7.528 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (5.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (4.231 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.059 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Black-ish" (4.232 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and a new "American Crime" (3.614 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.859 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) offered up second runs from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.265 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.559 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) and "Chicago PD" (4.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

And finally, The CW (2.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Arrow" (2.746 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.875 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.083 million
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 723,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 372,000
- Joking Off (MTV2): 264,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "America's Next Top Baby"

  • Tyra Banks has a baby via surrogate. Fierce (People)
     

  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Not at any more Rand Paul campaign events if Sean Altman has anything to do with it. (AV Club)
     

  • CBS to show the world how to export games like Wheel & Jeopardy! (If)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: You're Back in the Room (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Wayne Brady plays in "Kinky Boots" (ABC News)
     

  • Assaf Blecher appointed VP of Development & Content at Keshet (Deadline)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Biggest Loser makeovers in two weeks (TV Insider)

posted 1/28/16

Syndies: Week 18
Results for the Week Ending January 17
From B&C

The top-five talkers all held steady and near their season highs in the week ending January 17, and not one series in the 13-show category declined.

In access, the top games were down a bit from the prior week but still strong. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 4% to a 7.3 to take second-place in overall syndication. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 3% to a 7.0 for third, while CTD’s Jeopardy! sagged 6% to a 6.6.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, renewed for season three, gave back 7% to a 1.4, tying Disney-ABC’s also-renewed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which appreciated 8% to a 1.4, but was still down 26% from last year at this time.

B&C

posted 1/27/16

TUESDAY: Flashing to Third
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.505 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Med" (7.531 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

CBS (8.512 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (11.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Limitless" (4.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was The CW (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "The Flash" (3.672 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and an encore of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.698 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.433 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.875 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Grandfathered" (2.543 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.325 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "The Grinder" (1.991 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Muppets" (2.179 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15), a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.899 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.574 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on ABC (2.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.316 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 278,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Kind of Drama"

  • Chris Soules isn't going on FarmersOnly.com any time soon (TMZ.com)
     

  • Jubilee Sharpe could be the first POC to win "The Bachelor", and it's sad that in 2016 we're even having this conversation (The Daily Beast)
     

  • Jane Lynch to perform at Scottsdale January 23 (Ahwatukee Foothills News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Labbett (News.com.au)

posted 1/27/16


Sony Pictures Television
The Jeopardy! College Class of 2016
Catch the College Championship February 1
From the Futon Critic

As the search for future contestants begins this week, Jeopardy! has announced the 15 players who will take part in the 2016 Jeopardy! College Championship. They will go head to head in a two-week knowledge marathon for the grand prize of $100,000.

Starting February 1, look forward to plenty of high energy and some good-spirited competition – maybe even an old-fashioned college rivalry.

The contestants are:

MONDAY February 1
- Adam Antoszewksi - Virginia
- Carissa Penny - US Military Academy at West Point
- Emily Sun - Columbia

TUESDAY February 2
- Emily Bingham - Wright State
- Kevin Brown - LSU
- Kate Laubscher - Northeastern

WEDNESDAY February 3
- Sam Deutsch - USC
- Amanda Rosner - Northwestern
- Michael Sieja - Mississippi State

THURSDAY February 4
- Sarah Dubnik - Pittsburgh
- Hannah Norem - Augustana
- Gus Woythaler - Stanford

FRIDAY February 5
- Ziad Ali - NC State
- Noah Cowan - Brown
- Niki Peters - Berkeley

A standard two-week affair awaits, with the winner taking $100,000 for the winner, the first runner up $50,000, and the second runner up $25,000. Semifinalists are guaranteed $10,000, while everyone who competes gets $5000. Any and all prizes depend on how far up a player moves in the standings.

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Jeopardy.com

posted 1/26/16


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ABE VIGODA: 1921-2016
"Godfather", "Barney Miller" Actor Was a Game Show Player
From ABC News

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94.

Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs' home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. "This man was never sick," Fuchs said.

His death brought to an end years of questions on whether he was still alive — sparked by a false report of his death more than three decades ago. Though Vigoda took it in stride, the question of whether he was dead or alive became something of a running joke: There was even a website devoted to answering the much-Googled question, "Is Abe Vigoda dead?" (On Tuesday, it had been updated with "Yes," with the date of his death.)

On the game show front, he was a panelist on "Hollywood Squares", "Break the Bank", and "Tattletales".

ABC News
New York Times

posted 1/26/16

MONDAY: The Ratings Are Out There
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) snagged the demo crown on Monday with night two of "The X-Files" (9.691 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) followed by the premiere of "Lucifer" (7.154 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2).

ABC (6.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "The Bachelor" (7.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "The Bachelor Live" (3.993 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was CBS (9.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (7.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Scorpion" (10.578 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.946 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.775 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Superstore" (4.893 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Telenovela" (3.258 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, the return of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.926 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (0.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.844 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.450 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 316,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/26/16

WEEKEND: It's Hard to Be Easy... Apparently
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.810 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes of "Undercover Boss" (8.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (11.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

FOX (4.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "MasterChef Junior" (4.860 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.629 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season premiere of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.963 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (5.842 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Dr. Ken" (4.378 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Shark Tank" (4.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) plus a new "20/20" (3.900 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, the departing "Reign" (1.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.222 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.242 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food - Sunday): 1.996 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food - Sunday): 1.473 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food - Sunday): 1.214 million
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p - Friday) - 562,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30 - Friday) - 514,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT - Sunday): 363,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop/P - Friday): 97,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop/9:30 - Friday): 66,000

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Broadway World
Broadway World
Big Brother Network
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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/26/16

WME, Talpa Make It Official
John de Mol Signs with Talent Distributor
From Deadline

WME has signed John de Mol’s Talpa Media, the production company behind such global unscripted formats as The Voice, Utopia, I Love My Country, and Dating In The Dark. In total, Talpa has created over 100 shows programmed in 180 countries. Last year Talpa was acquired by ITV Studios for $530 million in cash in a deal that could be worth as much as $1.2 billion.

While Talpa has collaborated with talent agencies on packaging specific projects, WME is the first agency to represent the company as a whole.

Talpa’s best known format, The Voice, has been successfully adapted in the U.S. by NBC. Its spinoff, The Voice Kids, has 31 local versions and was recently commissioned in the UK by ITV network, which took over the mothership series from the BBC. Some of the other Talpa series include game shows Divided and The Big Picture, dance competition Dance, Dance, Dance and talent show The Puppetshow, which launched successfully in Holland, where Talpa Media’s headquarters are based, last year and recently sold to Germany and France.

Before launching Talpa in 2005, Dutch media tycoon de Mol co-founded Endemol and created Big Brother, Fear Factor, and Deal or No Deal.

“With WME’s extensive, strong relationships within the Hollywood community, we are looking forward to collaborating together on all our current and future projects,” said Jay Bienstock, CEO, Talpa Media USA.

Deadline

posted 1/26/16

TUESDAY: CBS Wins, but "Game Night" Rises
NBC's Offering Boosts Total Viewers
From various sources

CBS (12.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back in front on Tuesday with new episodes from "NCIS" (17.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Limitless" (6.371 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

NBC (6.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Hollywood Game Night" (4.633 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Chicago Med" (7.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (8.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Next up was The CW (2.687 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "The Flash" (3.422 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) plus new specials "DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now" (2.073 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League" (1.832 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.498 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "New Girl" (3.022 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Grandfathered" (2.586 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.383 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "The Grinder" (2.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

And finally, ABC (3.158 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening with its special "Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years" (3.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), the return of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.255 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and a second hour of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.024 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food/SF): 1.285 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.126 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire/P): 281,000
- The Game Plane (Discovery Family): 59,000

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Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "24 Hours"

  • CASTING COUCH: Have you registered for the Jeopardy! test yet? There's still time (Jeopardy.com)
     

  • Sir Alan Sugar says his game show "isn't some kind of game show" (BBC)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Fradiani (Reality Wanted)

posted 1/25/16

THURSDAY: Tomorrow Begins
Fox Takes Night with "Idol"; "Legends of Tomorrow" Sampled
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) followed by a second hour of "American Idol" (9.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (8.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.024 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) followed by new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (8.806 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Mom" (8.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Angel from Hell" (7.015 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Elementary" (6.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Next up was NBC (6.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the finale to "Heroes Reborn" (3.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) alongside originals from "The Blacklist" (7.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Shades of Blue" (6.934 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.560 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) got a boost with the debut of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (3.141 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and the season premiere of "The 100" (1.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Beyond the Tank" (4.318 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.342 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and another "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.189 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on ABC (2.949 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.421 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.148 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.062 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.050 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 609,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 379,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Switch Kitchens"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Hell's Kitchen moves to Wednesdays beginning this week, while Second Chance goes to the Friday Night Slot of Death (TV Insider)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #1: Joe Moravsky on next week's "Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (TV Insider)
     

  • Today on LMAD, true believers... Stan the Man (Yahoo! TV)
     

  • "Worst contestant ever" hits back (Tellymix)
     

  • Countdown arrives on your iPhone (Stuff)
     

  • #ICYMI: The answer is STILL not "Homemade Waffles" (Fox News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Ian Black (Us Magazine)

posted 1/22/16

RuPaul's Big Gay Game Show Adventure Continues...
Logo Greenlights "Gay for Play"
From Variety

Fresh off the heels of the highest rated year in the network’s 10-year history, Logo is continuing to break records as the only cable network to post ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. The network has no plans to slow down as it heads into 2016 with the eighth season of mega-hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” along with a diverse slate of programs and high profile tentpole events. Logo today announced the greenlight of two brand new series - “Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul” and “Gay Skit Happens” - plus a third season of “Cocktails & Classics,” Michael Urie’s love letter to classic films.

“Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul,” a celebrity-filled pop culture trivia show, will premiere later this year along with the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Fans don’t have to wait for the premiere to meet the new queens though. The next set of contestants battling it out to become America’s next drag superstar will be ru-vealed during the “New Now Next Honors,” Logo’s annual celebration of the hottest new TV, film and music, on February 1 at 10pm ET/PT. A second season of “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” will premiere later in the year.

Logo will also continue to deliver groundbreaking LGBT events including the television premiere of the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this spring.

“After reaching ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, Logo is continuing on its track as one of the fastest growing cable networks,” said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo. “From fresh comedic voices, to the phenomenal RuPaul and a new partnership with GLAAD, Logo will build on its momentum with a diverse slate of quality series and specials that keep audiences enthralled.”

Over the last ten quarters, Logo has posted a 43% ratings gain and is the only network in the P18-49 demo to report ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. In that same time period, the network also posted a 227% increase in reach across its digital properties and is currently the second most visited LGBT site on the web.

Hosted by RuPaul, “Gay For Play” is a 30 minute, comedic, trivia game show where a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes.

"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

RuPaul's Drag Race returns with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, you'll be seeing stars. It's all the artistry, all the humanity and all the head-turning twists you love but if you think you know this Race, honey, you have no idea.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

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posted 1/21/16

February on "Millionaire"
Get Ready for "Bachelors", Whiz Kids, Shriners, Movies
From the Futon Critic

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" kicks off the month of February 2016 with the return of the show's popular "Bachelor Fan Favorites Week," the first of several specialty themed weeks airing throughout the month.

From FEBRUARY 1-5, host Chris Harrison will welcome some of his most popular cohorts from the incredibly popular ABC franchise "The Bachelor"/"The Bachelorette," all of whom are playing for charities near and dear to their hearts. Kicking off the week is race-car driver and "Bachelorette" Season Eight (Emily Maynard Johnson) contestant Arie Luyendyk, Jr., playing for Children's Miracle Network at Phoenix Children's Hospital; followed by "Bachelor" Season 16 (Ben Flajnik) contestant Courtney Robertson, playing to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona; Season Four "Bachelor" Bob Guiney (playing for Food Finders); Season Three "Bachelor" Andrew Firestone (playing for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation); and, wrapping up the week, "Bachelorette" Season 11 (Kaitlyn Bristowe) contestant Marquel Martin, playing for Make a Wish, Southern Nevada Chapter.

In addition to "Bachelor Fan Favorites Week," during February "Millionaire" also will feature:

"Whiz Kids" February 8-12 - Some of the smartest kids in the country, from 8-15 years old, take on "Millionaire"!

"Shriners Hospitals for Children" February 15-19 - "Millionaire" partners with The Shriners Hospitals for Children to raise money for this special cause. Celebrity contestant and U.S. Paralympic track star Blake Leeper will donate all of his winnings when he plays on February 19.

"Movie Week" February 22-26 - As Hollywood's biggest night approaches, movie trivia buffs show off their knowledge by taking on a totally movie-themed slate of questions.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/21/16

Another "Match Made in Heaven"
Sherri Shepherd to Host, Produce Season 2
From Deadline

Former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who returned to the ABC talk show as a lead contributor this season, has signed on to host and executive produce WE TV’s unscripted series Match Made In Heaven for its upcoming second season. The show, which premiered last year, features 22 diverse bachelorettes vying for the heart of a wealthy African-American bachelor who is guided through the process by pastor Ken Johnson, the Indianapolis Colts spiritual advisor.

Following the first season, which aired without a host, WE TV decided to add an emcee, reaching out to Shepherd.

"During my time co-hosting The View, I was always talking about the need for an African-American bachelor on television,” Shepherd told Deadline. “When We TV approached me about partnering up with them I had to say yes. Words can’t describe the amount of fun I’ve had working on this show.”

Deadline

posted 1/21/16

WEDNESDAY: CBS, Fox Split The Hump
"American Idol" The Most Watched Program
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.661 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (7.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8), "Criminal Minds" (9.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and "Code Black" (7.206 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

FOX (6.541 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with new episodes from "American Idol" (9.213 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Second Chance" (3.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).

Next up was NBC (6.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.995 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Middle" (7.214 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "The Goldbergs" (6.182 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2), a repeat "Modern Family" (5.788 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and originals of "Black-ish" (5.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "American Crime" (3.757 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.807 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.817 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) on The CW (2.312 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 971,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 932,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 358,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/16

Here Comes El Boom
TV Azteca Imports "Boom"
From Rapid TV News

Keshet Internacional has licensed the game show format Boom! to Mexico's TV Azteca, following success in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain.

The deal, announced during NATPE 2016 in Miami, will result in a local production to be aired across the week in an access prime slot during the summer season.

“We are very happy to produce this game show which kicks off a new era of production for TV Azteca with a wonderful partner like Keshet International,” said Ricardo Coeto, head of research and development at TV Azteca. The format lands on the network as plans for refreshed formats and alliances are being announced.

“We're excited to confirm Boom!'s move into Mexico, building on the growth of the format in 2015. We have no doubt that Azteca's viewers will be thrilled to experience this game,” added Kelly Wright, head of Latin America at Keshet International.

More than 400 episodes of the game show have been commissioned worldwide. Having launched in September 2014, the Spanish program continues to draw a large audience for Antena 3. The Spanish version is aired in Uruguay, while Chile and Argentina – where Telefe has been named as Boom!'s international production centre - have produced their own versions. In addition, Peru's America TV is preparing a new version to premiere soon.

Rapid TV News

posted 1/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Mama Said Knock Your Star Out"

  • LL Cool J lip-syncs his way to a star on the Walk of Fame (Variety)
     

  • Tomorrow on LMAD, true believers... Stan the Man (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Boobs or dumplings? (Zap2it)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud looking for players in KC (WDAF Kansas City)
     

  • #ICYMI: "The Goldbergs" pay tribute to "Double Dare" (AV Club)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Labbett & Anne Hegerty (Metro)

posted 1/21/16


Debmar-Mercury/Disney ABC Domestic Television

And That's All Five
"Celebrity Name Game", "Millionaire" Renewed
From various sources

Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution today announced the renewal of the iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on the ABC Owned Stations for 2016-2017 (with the exception of WLS-TV Chicago). The eight ABC Owned stations are New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh/Durham (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).

Janice Marinelli, president, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, said, "We are also very pleased to extend our relationship with their strong stations on 'Millionaire,' which continues to resonate with viewers across the country."

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is America's richest game show, and continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant. The show made its debut in national syndication in 2002, and the 2016-2017 television season will mark its 15th year. "Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. Cleverly written trivia questions that reveal fun and entertaining facts are combined with dramatic suspense to keep contestants and viewers alike on the edge of their seats.

Meanwhile, the show that landed Craig Ferguson a Daytime Emmy for outstanding game show host will return for another season.

The syndicated Celebrity Name Game, which comes from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette and host Ferguson, has been given the greenlight for a third season this fall.

“We knew from the outset that this format had something special and seeing Craig win the Emmy for season one only reaffirmed our beliefs," says Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America. "Now halfway through season two, CNG has hit its stride, showing continuous growth, an engaged fan base and clearly has the potential to entertain audiences for quite some time.”

Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given time period. Teams enter into a final round to win $20,000.

Guest stars this season have included Cox and Arquette, along with Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Mario Lopez (Extra), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder), Terrell Owens, Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Weird Al Yankovic.

Celebrity Name Game comes FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. Cox's and Arquette's Coquette Prods. developed the show based on the board game "Identity Crisis."

After the week ending January 10, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune accelerated 19% to a new season-high 7.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud swelled 9% to a new season-high 7.2. and CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 15% to a new season-high 7.0. However, of the top three games year-to-year, only Feud was in the plus column with a gain of 4%. Wheel was down 5%, while Jeopardy! declined 8%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game edged ahead 7% to a new season-high 1.5, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was recently renewed, sank 7% to a 1.3 and lost 28% from last year at this time.

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posted 1/20/16

Next Time On... Survivor
Cast Includes "Big Brother" Vet, Poker Player, Army Vet
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 32nd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The spring edition of SURVIVOR, filmed on the island Kaôh Rong in Cambodia, will be themed "Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty." The location offers harsh conditions and relentless weather for the castaways, presenting one of the most physically grueling seasons in the show's history.

The groupings of the three tribes, each comprised of six castaways, possess similar characteristics that make their group unique - high IQ, muscular physique and physical looks - and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that certain characteristics will help you win the game of SURVIVOR. All castaways will compete to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor.

Included on this season's cast is an Army veteran, an emergency room doctor, a bounty hunter, a former FBI agent, a pro poker player, a superfan, a quantitative strategist and a former NBA champion.

The battle unfolds when these three tribes compete on SURVIVOR:

"Chan Loh" Tribe - Brains
- Peter Baggenstos Age: 34 Minneapolis ER Doctor
- Aubry Braco Age: 29 Cambridge, Mass. Social Media Marketer
- Joseph Del Campo Age: 72 Vero Beach, Fla. Former FBI Agent
- Neal Gottlieb Age: 37 Sausalito, Calif. Ice Cream Entrepreneur
- Elisabeth Markham Age: 27 Brooklyn, N.Y. Quantitative Strategist
- Debbie Wanner Age: 49 Reading, Pa. Chemist

The Brawn Tribe - "To Tang"
- Cydney Gillon Age: 23 Douglasville, Ga. Body Builder
- Darnell Hamilton Age: 27 Chicago Postal Worker
- Alecia Holden Age: 24 Dallas Real Estate Agent
- Kyle Jason Age: 31 Detroit Bounty Hunter
- Jennifer Lanzetti Age: 38 Salt Lake City Contractor
- Scot Pollard Age: 40 Carmel, Ind. Former NBA Champion

The Beauty Tribe - "Gondol"
- Michele Fitzgerald Age: 24 Freehold, N.J. Bartender
- Anna Khait Age: 26 Brooklyn, N.Y. Pro Poker Player
- Nick Maiorano Age: 30 Redondo Beach, Calif. Personal Trainer
- Caleb Reynolds Age: 28 Hopkinsville, Ky. Army Veteran/ Former "Big Brother" Contestant
- Julia Sokolowski Age: 19 Boston College Student
- Tai Trang Age: 51 San Francisco, Calif. Gardener

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posted 1/20/16

Same Game, Bigger Beep
Raycom Media Shops "Superstore Sweep" at NATPE
From Signal

Raycom Media is developing "Superstore Sweep", a new gameshow from executive producers Scott St. John ("Deal or No Deal") and Scott Stone ("The Mole"). The series is an updated version of the show "Supermarket Sweep", created by Al Howard, which first premiered in 1964, and had successful network and cable television runs in the 1960s, the 1990s, and the early 2000s.

This updated version of the iconic game show puts teams in big box retailers instead of grocery stores, giving them access to a much wider variety of high value merchandise on the shelves. This means plenty of high-impact opportunities for a variety of consumer brands. Retail Stores + Services brands are natural partners for the series, and Consumer Electronics and Technology brands can get involved as the show will offer significant social media and mobile gaming tie-ins for viewers at home. Just about any brand can likely be featured on the superstore shelves, including Apparel + Accessories, Personal + Household, Sports + Recreation, and specialty Food and Beverages brands. Brands and products can also likely find ways to be featured in the trivia round.

Signal

posted 1/20/16

Colombia Goes Back in "the Room"
RCN Picks Up BBCWW Format
From C21 Media

Colombian broadcaster RCN has ordered a local version of BBC Worldwide’s hypnotic entertainment format You’re Back in the Room.

RCN’s 15×60′ version, Hipnosis: Un juego de Mente, will start airing on Sunday February 14. The format was originally created by UK prodco Tuesday’s Child for commercial broadcaster ITV and is being produced in Colombia by Bogota-based Miracol Media.

The comedy gameshow sees five strangers taking on a series of apparently simple challenges while hypnotised, with actor, director and local TV presenter Victor Mallarino fronting RCN’s show along with comedy stage hypnotist Mustafa Badawy.

The format has previously sold to Nine Network in Australia, Fox in the US and across Europe.

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posted 1/20/16

"The Chase" Picks Up NTA Gold
UK Quiz Wins Another Accolade
From Derry Journal

A popular TV quiz show produced by a company set up by a Derry man has picked up a prestigious National Television Award;.

Hosted by Bradley Walsh, The Chase sees four contestants work as a team answering general knowledge questions against the clock – and playing a strategic game to win themselves a potential prize pot worth thousands of pounds. That is, only if they stay one step ahead of ‘The Chaser’, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them winning at all costs.

The popular daytime TV show won the daytime TV award and was announced by Good Morning Britain duo Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. It is produced for Potato, part of ITV Studios.

Founded by Creative Managing Director Michael Kelpie, from Derry, Potato is home to a number of successful formats including The Chase (ITV), The Big Reunion (ITV2), Four Weddings (Sky Living), Autopsy: the Final Hours Of ... (Five) and I Never Knew That About Britain (ITV).

Accepting the award with host, Bradley Walsh, Mr Kelpie said The Chase is celebrating its 1000th episode.

The Great British Bake Off won the best challenge award.

Derry Journal
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posted 1/20/16

MONDAY: Super-Eye
CBS Wins on All Fronts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) topped the charts on Monday with originals from "Supergirl" (8.821 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Scorpion" (11.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.461 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

ABC (6.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (7.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "The Bachelor Live" (3.951 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Next up was FOX (4.130 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its special "MasterChef: Celebrity Showdown" (4.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Superstore" (5.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "Telenovela" (3.832 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

And finally, the special "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel" (1.525 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.048 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.758 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV/SF): 1.698 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.346 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 239,000

The Futon Critic
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posted 1/20/16

WEEKEND: Mastering Fridays
CBS Wins Night, Tied ABC & Fox with Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with originals from "Undercover Boss" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

ABC (5.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then was the number two draw with its combination of "Last Man Standing" (7.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (5.411 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "20/20" (4.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) who likewise shared the demo crown with a new "MasterChef Junior" (4.531 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and the season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.425 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Undateable" (2.766 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), a repeat "Superstore" (2.214 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

And finally, a new "Reign" (1.358 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.239 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food - Sunday): 2.110 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food - Sunday): 1.706 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food - Sunday): 1.291 million
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p - Friday): 510,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p - Friday): 467,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT - Sunday): 356,000

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posted 1/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Betteridge's Law"

  • Will Steve Harvey EVER live down the Miss Universe fracas? (Washington Post)
     

  • So much for the FABlife (Variety)
     

  • "Wheel of Fortune" salutes Philly. Want to be in the audience? (NJ.com)
     

  • Anthony Anderson has a big "eff you" to Tracee Ellis Ross... in the good way (Perez Hilton)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Worst "Chase" contestant ever? (Huffington Post)

posted 1/20/16

Third Round of "Lip Sync" Ordered
Spike's Highest-Rated Original Renewed
From the Futon Critic

Spike's multiplatform megastar, "Lip Sync Battle," has been renewed for a third season consisting of 20 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike President.

"Lip Sync Battle is a multiplatform pop-culture phenomenon that has played an integral role in delivering a new and broader audience to Spike," said Kevin Kay, Spike President.

The new season will tape later this year. A premiere date for season three will be announced in the near future.

"Lip Sync Battle" is the most-watched original series in Spike's history and continually delivers a big and broad audience to the channel. Season two launched on January 7 and through the first two episodes, "Lip Sync Battle" is averaging 4.4 million viewers and is the top-ranked series in its timeslot with a 3.1 rating in the coveted demographic of Adults 18-49 in all of television.

The series is a digital hit as well, amassing over half a billion video streams since launch last April, with over 50 million alone for the season 2 premiere featuring Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum with special appearances by Beyoncé and Paula Abdul.

"Lip Sync Battle" is hosted by music legend LL Cool J with Chrissy Teigen serving as the colorful commentator. LL COOL J will be honored this week with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Lip Sync Battle" can be seen in over 130 countries and territories worldwide. The UK version launched January 9 on Viacom's Channel 5 and was the top-rated show in the 16-34 demographic in the time period.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 1/19/16

Fox Sends Us Kicking & Screaming
Network Greenlights Survival Game
From the Futon Critic

FOX has ordered KICKING & SCREAMING, a new, eight-episode competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest race of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, the series drops these unlikely duos in a forbidding wilderness where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. While these survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing that none of their previous expeditions have prepared them for: their privileged partners, who think roughing it is going a week without a massage. To win the competition, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

"Pairing high-level experts with high-maintenance novices struck us as a perfect way to extract comedy from the survival competition genre," said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "Matt Kunitz has tremendous experience in this field, and together with Lionsgate, we've got the perfect partners to lead us on this adventure."

"We're delighted to venture into the wilderness with FOX and Matt Kunitz as our partners," said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. "KICKING & SCREAMING has all the earmarks of an important new brand for Lionsgate Television. Matt is a singular creative voice, FOX is the ideal partner and KICKING & SCREAMING is the perfect property to continue building our momentum in unscripted television."

"I've always been fascinated by the survival space, so I am excited to infuse a touch of comedy into a traditionally dramatic genre and to get to do it on FOX, the home of competition reality series," said Kunitz. "I am pleased to be producing this series in association with Lionsgate, a studio known for stand-out, brand-defining shows, which is perfect for the conflict, heart and humor viewers will see in KICKING & SCREAMING."

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate Television, 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/.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/19/16

Meet the Rednecks
Battle At the Lakes Begins January 28 on CMT
From the Futon Critic

CMT has announced the 24 contestants that will compete for the ultimate prize and glory at "Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake," premiering January 28 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. The half-veteran, half-rookie cast will duke it out, with plenty of drama in tow, for the $100,000 cash prize and a chance at the winning title. Also returning as master of ceremonies is wrestling icon Steve Austin, along with new co-host and TV personality Melissa Rycroft. Things heat up fast as an epic showdown between two of the game's toughest competitors will go head-to-head to avoid elimination in the premiere episode.

Returning fan-favorites Becky, Bradley, Cody, Heather, Hunter, Jorden, Josh, Lucas, Margaret, Nicole, Riley and Tessa are back with a point to prove and pre-established relationships (and breakups!) that are sure to be tested by the 12 new faces ready to give the veterans a run for their money: Bo, Brittney, Caleb, Connar, Deidre, Dustin, Dutch, Gary, Katie, Kayla, Shane and Tuff.

For the full rundown of all 24 of this season's contestants, visit the official show page at CMT.com.

REDNECK ISLAND is executive produced by Christian Sarabia and Fred Birkhead from 51 Minds Entertainment, along with Steve Austin from Broken Skull Ranch Productions. Jayson Dinsmore and Morgan Selzer serve as executive producers for CMT.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/19/16

More on "Ink Master"
Catch It on Spike March 1
From the Futon Critic

Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series "Ink Master," produced by Original Media, returns for a "lucky" seventh season, premiering Tuesday, March 1 at 10 pm ET/PT. In addition to new contestants, this season brings back eight of the series' favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.'

This season comes with a new twist, as each week, a veteran artist - and former 'Ink Master' contestant - will be introduced to the group prior to the elimination challenge. The artists will be put through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a 'Human Canvas.' Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and while the masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime... so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Once again, the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/19/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "My Hero Zero"

  • #ICYMI: for the third time on Jeopardy! history, a match ended with no winner (New York Daily News) PLUS the video (Broadway World)
     

  • So You Think You Can Mom, Cat Deeley? (E!)
     

  • Steve Harvey high-fives Miss Colombia (E!)
     

  • Angie Bowie leaves the Celebrity Big Brother House after feeling "unwell" (E!)
     

  • "Shark Tank" funds less women than men? (Mashable)
     

  • Nicholas Parsons looks frail at 92 (Daily Express)
     

  • Nasty Nick gets a nasty divorce (OK!)
     

  • "Crystal Maze" almost derailed by greedy developers (London Evening Standard)
     

  • "Only Connect" grand final shows why we love the show (The Guardian)
     

  • Billy on NATPE award (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

posted 1/18/16

High Stakes Poker: 10 Years Later
January 16 Marks Tenth Anniversary of GSN's Seminal Poker Franchise
From Poker News

Having been dealt pocket kings for the very last hand of the day's filming, Sammy Farha wasted little time in reraising Barry Greenstein to $12,500. An impassive Greenstein counterpunched by nonchalantly sticking another $50,000 into the pot. With an unlit cigarette dangling between his lips, the debonair Farha pondered his options before he announced that he was all in. Greenstein snap-called with aces, prompting commentator AJ Benza to excitably announce that the pot is "a mind-blowing $361,800 in cold, hard cash."

Fortunately for Farha, he flopped a king and his opponent didn't improve.

"You got to gamble to win, boys and girls," a smug Farha preached to the other players.

It was a huge hand and undoubtedly a standout moment of the inaugural season of the cash-game poker show High Stakes Poker. Little did GSN (Game Show Network) bosses know that simply pointing the camera at a game of cards would turn out to be a smash hit. With an eclectic mix of poker pros and deep-pocketed recreational players sat behind brick-like stacks of $100 bills, which created monstrous pots, High Stakes Poker enthralled audiences from the get go and provided a window into the rarely seen world of high-stakes cash games.

For poker fans — both pros and recreational players — this show was an unmissable hour of television every week from Jan. 16, 2006.

Poker News

posted 1/18/16

truTV Said Knock You Out
10 Eps of "Comedy Knockout" Greenlit for April
From Broadway World

truTV today announced a greenlight for the new comedic competition series Comedy Knockout which pits comedians against each other in a series of fast paced challenges with the audience having sole discretion to decide who is the funniest person in the room.

In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Guy Code) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. With points doled out based on the audience's applause, it's all about one-upmanship as competitors attempt to land massive comedy blows and whip the rowdy crowd into a frenzy of raucous laughter. The whole time, the comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at each other to knock their opponents off balance. Each show ends with one comedian crowned Champion, one eliminated, and one ultimately forced to face the crowd and apologize for going down in shameful defeat. Comedy Knockout will premiere on truTV in April 2016 with 10 half-hour episodes.

Comedy Knockout is produced by Embassy Row with 3 Arts Entertainment with Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter serving as executive producers. Series concept by Mo Mandel.

Broadway World
Splitsider

posted 1/18/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fired Up"

  • Shark Tank, The Voice among the winners at the Critics Choice Awards (TV Insider)
     

  • Steve Harvey is a very busy man indeed (B&C)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: A look at "MasterChef: Celebrity Showdown" (TV Insider)
     

  • Nick Knowles announces that he & his wife are splitting (Hello)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Getaway Car" is a glorious wreck (BT)
     

  • Paul Sinha returns to his comedy roots this week (Henley Standard)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Fry (OZY)
     

posted 1/18/16

THURSDAY: Another Idol Night
Fox Splits Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.650 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was demo champ once again on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.420 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and a second "American Idol" (8.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

CBS (8.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Mom" (8.351 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Angel from Hell" (6.947 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Elementary" (5.937 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was NBC (5.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the penultimate "Heroes Reborn" (3.821 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside a new "The Blacklist" (7.366 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and week two of "Shades of Blue" (6.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Beyond the Tank" (4.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and another "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with "The World Dog Awards" (1.219 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 2.288 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 951,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 895,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 670,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 321,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 278,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/17/16

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Betty White!"

  • Betty White: the first 94 years (KOLD Tucson)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Looking for teams of two who are literally up for anything. Well, almost anything (Reality Wanted)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: A look behind the Hidden Temple (Uproxx)
     

  • Steve Harvey reunites with Ariadna Gutierrez (Shadow and Act) PLUS a tear-up (E!)
     

  • Derek Hough to host the Happiest 60th Birthday on Earth (The Futon Critic)
     

  • SYTYCD thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to a renewal (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with former Idol champs, judges (TV Insider)
     

posted 1/17/16


IMDb

Mark Burnett Swipes Right
"Survivor" Producer to Produce Dating Show for Fox
From the Futon Critic

FOX has ordered 10 episodes of an unscripted dating series from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice"). Set in the Caribbean Islands, the series will take the instant "yes or no" connection of modern digital romance to the next level. Single men and women will match up, based on their instant chemistry, but the real soap opera will unfold when these budding couples discover whether or not they have the compatibility to make their relationships last. Further details will be announced at a later date.

"I am so happy to be making my first dating series with FOX," says Burnett. "It's a genre that attracts a wide audience and our series gives a very fresh perspective that mirrors real life."

Mark Burnett is an eight-time Emmy Award winner, having produced more than 3,200 hours of television programming which regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. The group Burnett leads currently has numerous TV shows airing or in production, including "The Voice" (NBC); "Survivor" (CBS); "Shark Tank" (ABC); "Fargo" (FX); "Vikings" (HISTORY); "Beyond the Tank" (ABC); "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC); "Teen Wolf" (MTV); "500 Questions" (ABC); "The People's Choice Awards" (CBS); "Lucha Underground" (El Rey Network) and "America's Greatest Makers" (INTEL/Turner Awards (CBS). Last month, Burnett was named President of MGM Television and Digital Group.

The untitled series is produced by MGM Television and Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is created and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Larry Barron. MGM serves as the worldwide distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 1/14/16


Fox/FremantleMedia North America
WEDNESDAY: Split in the Middle
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.281 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) won the tight demo race on Wednesday thanks to a new "American Idol" (9.744 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and the premiere of "Second Chance" (4.818 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

ABC (6.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Middle" (7.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (6.336 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Black-ish" (6.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7) and "American Crime" (4.293 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14).

Next up was NBC (7.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.536 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.965 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.983 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "Mike & Molly" (7.177 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10), "Criminal Minds" (9.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and "Code Black" (6.757 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

And finally, encores of "The Flash" (1.268 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Arrow" (1.139 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (1.203 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy/SP): 982,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 879,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 408,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday"

  • Betty White, Mark Goodson to get the Buzzr tribute (Sitcoms Online)
     

  • Celebrating the Nativity with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey (TV Insider)
     

  • Vernon Kay drives for ITV (RadioTimes)
     

  • Gwen Stefani to return to "The Voice" as a mentor to Team Blake (Us)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dermot O'Leary (What's on TV)
     

posted 1/14/16


Mentorn/BBC
3... 2... 1... REACTIVATE!
BBC Two to Reboot "Robot Wars"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Robot Wars, the British TV game show that first aired on the BBC in 1998, reaching a peak of 6 million viewers and spawning two seasons of U.S. spinoff Robot Wars Extreme Warriors on Spike (then known as TNN), is returning to U.K. screens.

The BBC announced on Wednesday that the show is being rebooted for its BBC Two channel in an initial run of six hourlong episodes, set to be shot in a purpose-built arena in Glasgow and featuring a new structure with "more robots, more battles and more science" than before.

"The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title," the public broadcaster said.

The new Robot Wars will be produced by Mentorn Media Scotland, in association with SJP Media and executive produced by Chris Brogden, Tinopolis' creative director entertainment, Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Jo Street for the BBC.

"Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic, and I'm thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers," said Kim Shillinglaw, the controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. "With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience, this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at."

The Hollywood Reporter
NME
Gizmodo
BBC
Broadcast
The Drum
The Guardian
Common Space
Daily Express
Daily Express
Reality TV World

posted 1/13/16

Syndies: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 3
From B&C

Syndies came roaring back for the New Year, setting many season and series highs in the week ended Jan. 3, which included New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Another tryout, Warner Bros.’ reality/game hybrid South of Wilshire from the producers of TMZ, completed its first week in 11 metered markets and also averaged a 0.4/1. This is down 43% from year-ago time periods in households and down 25% among women 25-54.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud returned to the top of the games for the first time since this summer with a 14% bolt to a 6.6, matching its season high.

In second place, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 2% to a 6.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! finished 5% higher at a 6.1. Both Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire added 17% to new season-highs 1.4. Year to year, however, Celebrity Name Game climbed 17%, while Millionaire dropped 22%.

B&C
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/13/16

TUESDAY: The State of the Union
CBS Wins Night
From TV by the Numbers

“New Girl” ended up as Tuesday’s top-rated show in adults 18-49 — not including the State of the Union address, which aired commercial-free and isn’t officially rated by Nielsen. The FOX show adjusted up 0.1 to 1.5, a tenth ahead of its premiere last week.

“Hollywood Game Night,” which fell a tenth to 1.1, was the only other adjustment from the early ratings.

Network averages below also exclude the State of the Union.

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 1.4/4 10.97
New Girl (FOX) 1.5/5 3.25
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 1.1/3 4.37
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.52
MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion (The CW) – S 0.6/2 1.61

8:30 p.m. Grandfathered (FOX) 1.0/3 2.65
The Muppets (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.16

9 p.m. iZombie (The CW) 0.5/1 1.17

10 p.m. State of the Union Analysis (NBC) (10:09-11 p.m.) 1.3/4 5.25
State of the Union Analysis (ABC) (10:09-10:38 p.m.) 1.1/3 4.96
State of the Union Analysis (CBS) (10:09-10:37 p.m.) 1.0/3 6.11

10:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (CBS) (10:37-11:07 p.m.) – R 0.6/2 3.85
The Goldbergs (ABC) (10:38-11:08 p.m.) – R 0.6/2 2.64

On cable:
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.561 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.423 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking/SF): 197,000
- The Game Plane (Discovery Family): 50,000

TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/13/16

"Top Model": The Second Runway
VH1 Reportedly Saves CW Reality Show
From Racked

America's Next Top Model lives, allegedly. Although the CW canceled the series after a 22-season run, VH1 has swooped in to pick up the show, New York Daily News is reporting. It's unclear what form the show will return in, but producer Ken Mok, who has been at the show's helm since its inaugural season, will return and is also the one who orchestrated this deal.

Tyra Banks role in the show is not known, but there are cases to be made on both sides on the will-she-or-won't-she-return argument. New York Daily News's source says that the show was either picked up because Banks is no longer involved — slashing the model's massive salary from the budget — or that now she is available because she ditched her talk show FAB Life after just two months.

"The CW cancelled [America's Nex Top Model] even though it was their most downloaded show," a source tells NYDN. "But the speculation was that it's because Tyra's salary is so high. It's an expensive show to make because she gets a s---load of money."

Here's the other side, though: "She said it was time for ‘Top Model' to end but her show bombed and now it is getting picked up again," NYDN's source says.

There were rumors that Mok was shopping a show identical to ANTM with the name Top Model in November of last year. Banks was allegedly involved in talks to get this new incarnation of the show off the ground.

Banks isn't the only one unknown for this new project, though. None of the judges have been confirmed for the reboot either.

Racked
New York Daily News

posted 1/13/16

MONDAY: Roll Damn Tide
ESPN Wins Big with College Football Playoff
From TV by the Numbers

A pair of shows adjusted up slightly from Monday’s early ratings. “The Bachelor” grew by a tenth of a point to 2.0, taking over sole possession of the broadcast lead for the night. A “Scorpion” rerun (1.4) also adjusted up a tenth.

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/6 6.90
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.9/6 8.87
Superstore (NBC) 1.5/4 5.38
Masterchef Junior (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.9/3 2.51
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.20

8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.9/6 8.28
Telenovela (NBC) 1.0/3 3.61
Whose Line Is It Anyway (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.25

9 p.m. Scorpion (CBS) – R 1.4/4 7.47
The Biggest Loser (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.1/3 3.50
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.34

10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 1.0/3 6.87
Bachelor Live (ABC) 1.0/3 3.82

ESPN's coverage of the College Football Championship (Alabama 45, Clemson 40) average 25.667 million. Elsewhere...

- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.739 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.257 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 278,000

TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/13/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Zeroes Reborn"

  • Betty White gives James Corden a tongue-lashing after he fails to shave (Broadway World)
     

  • How American Idol saved... then screwed... Fox (Campaign India)
     

  • "The Chase Australia" pulls in short of 600,000 primetime (mUmbrella)
     

  • Big Brother takes flack from showing a mourning Angie Bowie,,, even MORE flack from the houseguests who thought David Gest was dead (Gawker)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeopardy!'s wardrobe man (Vanity Fair)

posted 1/13/16


FremantleMedia North America

Everyone, Meet Simon. Simon... Everyone
Catch the New Season of AGT This Summer on NBC!
From the Futon Critic

Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent," joining previously announced new judge and "Got Talent" creator Simon Cowell.

Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as the show returns to Los Angeles for its live performance and results shows and heads into a milestone second decade on the air.

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

"Howie, Mel and Heidi have an undeniable chemistry together and bring unbridled energy to everything they do," said Telegdy. "We are very excited to bring them back along with Nick Cannon as host, and with the addition of creator Simon Cowell as a judge, the panel just got a little more interesting. We can't wait for the new season to begin."

"Without sounding too arrogant I am going to call us the Fantastic Four," said Cowell. "I like this panel because they are slightly nuts. And now let's find a star."

"It's great to have Howie, Mel, Heidi and Nick back on AGT and to welcome Simon and his unique judging style. This panel knows how to spot great talent and how to have a lot of fun while doing it. It's going to be an entertaining season!" said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America President of Entertainment Programming and AGT Executive Producer.

Klum and Mel B are returning as judges for their fourth season. Mandel returns for his seventh season.

This past season of "America's Got Talent" on NBC averaged a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition, ranking it the #1 among summer alternative series in total viewers for a 10th consecutive year and delivered its most-watched season in four years.

Auditions for the upcoming season 11 of "America's Got Talent" are currently underway. The hit talent show is making stops in 12 U.S. cities, including Kansas City (Jan. 23), Atlanta (Jan. 30), Los Angeles (Feb. 6), Orlando (Feb. 19) and Dallas (Feb. 27). Full details on the nationwide tour, including additional cities and the ability to audition online now, can be found by visiting www.AGTAuditions.com.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 1/12/16

Patrick Kielty Has Bad Language
Panel Game On the Way in Northern Ireland
From Belfast Telegraph

Patrick Kielty will soon be back on our screens with a new comedy game show that's all about the absurdities and intricacies of the English language.

The comedian - who will become a first-time parent with wife Cat Deeley within weeks - is making a return with Bad Language after a two-year break from local television.

He's presenting the six-program series on BBC One Northern Ireland starting on Friday, January 21.

It's another move away from stand-up into the hosting side of TV for the former Fame Academy presenter.

It was on Fame Academy where Kielty met his glamorous wife, who is now a major star on US television.

Both are currently at their California home awaiting the birth of their first child.

In the new show Kielty will be joined by regular team captains Paul Sinha and Susan Calman to take a wry look the English language and how we use certain words and phrases.

Comedy guests who will appear over the series include Phill Jupitus, Rich Hall, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Jarred Christmas and Des Clarke.

Producer Stephen Stewart from production company Green Inc, which was set up by himself and Kielty, promised that the show will be substantially different from a version first aired back in 2013.

In the first round each panelist will nominate a word or phrase that, in their view, is "a menace to society" and should be taken out of usage.

The next round sees the panelists challenged to guess which celebrities were responsible for quoted words of wisdom.

In the final round the Ulster comic asks the panelists to embrace the language of advertising, using their skills and ingenuity to "sell" an item.

The audience decides the winner of the programs, which were all pre-recorded in Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Belfast Telegraph

posted 1/12/16

WEEKEND: A Stronger "Reaction"
GSN's "Chain Reaction" Reaches New High; "MasterChef Junior" Likewise
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with a new "MasterChef Junior" (4.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by a second "MasterChef Junior" (4.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

CBS (8.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Undercover Boss" (6.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.250 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (5.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (7.321 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (5.451 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Shark Tank" (5.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "20/20" (4.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Undateable" (3.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), an encore of "Superstore" (2.305 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.595 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, a new "Reign" (1.160 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.938 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food - Sunday): 2.087 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food - Sunday): 1.625 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food - Sunday): 1.157 million
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p - Friday): 599,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p - Friday): 596,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT - Sunday): 473,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/16

THURSDAY: All J-Lo, All Night
Fox Takes Night on "Idol", "Shades of Blue" Well Sampled
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and another "American Idol" (10.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

CBS (9.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.441 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4), "Mom" (8.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), newcomer "Angel from Hell" (8.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Elementary" (6.707 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was NBC (6.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments of "Heroes Reborn" (3.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "The Blacklist" (7.450 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and the debut of "Shades of Blue" (8.571 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the formal return of "Beyond the Tank" (4.290 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside the launch of "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.461 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a second "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" (2.359 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, repeats of the Friday-bound "The Vampire Diaries" (0.747 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 2.495 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.172 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.016 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 914,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime/SP): 686,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 394,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 319,000
- Sugar Showdown (Cooking/SF): 137,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Variety

posted 1/12/16

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