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"Millionaire" Marathon on Hold
Events in Washington Prompt News Coverage
From TV Line

ABC will preempt its entire Wednesday night lineup to present news coverage of the upheaval in Washington D.C., which was ignited when a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed and infiltrated the U.S. Capitol, bringing the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes to a halt.

A three-hour news special will air on ABC tonight at 8 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. CT, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and featuring World News Tonight‘s David Muir, ABC News Live Prime‘s Linsey Davis and ABC News’ political team. The special report will replace three previously scheduled episodes of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (Shark Tank repeats will air from 8 to 11 p.m. in Pacific and Mountain time zones.)

TV Line

Deadline

posted 1/6/2021

90 Day Fiance Gets Gamified
"Love Games" To Launch on Discovery+
From Variety

It’s been said that love’s not a competition, but a new installment to the “90 Day Fiancé” universe will look to prove that, actually, there are winners and losers in the game of romance.

Twenty-four iconic couples from the franchise will be going head-to-head— and heart-to-heart —in “90 Day Fiancé: Love Games,” a new fierce trivia tournament to show off who knows their respective partner best. The first season of the socially distant elimination-style game show, which debuts on Feb. 8 on Discovery Plus, will feature fan-favorite twosomes from the expansive 90 Day universe, including Alan and Kirlyam and Russ and Paola (Season 1), Kyle and Noon (Season 3), David and Annie (Season 5), Kalani and Asuelu (Season 6).

Pairs will be matched-up for three rounds of questions before culminating in a showdown to win the first-ever Love Games championship trophy. The new show’s teaser reveals that questions range from tame and sweet to raunchy and provocative, inciting both witty banter and wounded egos. “90 Day Fiancé: Love Games” was remotely produced by Industrial Media subsidiary Sharp Entertainment.

Variety

Yahoo!

The Wrap

posted 1/6/2021

Eddie McGuire to Reboot "Millionaire"
Shows to Roll This Month
From TV Blackbox

Everything old is new again in TV land with Nine set to revive the classic game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.

Three primetime special episodes of the Eddie McGuire quiz will be filmed soon in Melbourne’s Dockland studios with the quiz set to make a January return to our screens. While Nine has been continuing to produce a streamlined Hot Seat version of the quiz, this will be the first time the original format of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has aired in Australia since 2010.

TV Blackbox

Herald-Sun

posted 1/6/2021

MONDAY: Can't Beat the Hustle... or Can You?
ABC, CBS Split; "The Hustler" Fails to Impress
From Entertainment Weekly

There are more than a few ways to describe ABC's new game show The Hustler. You could call it Who Wants to Be a Millionaire by way of Agatha Christie. Host Craig Ferguson, when speaking to EW, compared it to The Bachelor. And the title of the series premiere opts for "A Puzzle, Wrapped in an Enigma, Tattooed in Mystery."

But for all that, the premise of The Hustler is actually fairly straightforward, even if the act of gameplay is anything but. In each episode, five contestants assemble in a drawing room-type set, where they answer trivia questions (worth $10,000 each) to build up their cash prize. But one person among them is "the Hustler" — who knows all of the answers and eliminates two players over the course of the game. The remaining three must decide who they think the Hustler is and either split the money between themselves if they're right, or watch the Hustler go home with everything if they're wrong.

"Although it's a game show — and it most certainly is a game show — it's kind of a hybrid," Ferguson says. "It has a slight reality show feel in the sense that you're trying to figure out who these people are. So it has a The Bachelor-y type thing where you're trying to figure out who is this, what's their motive, and why are they like that? And then it has an almost murder mystery feel about it, too. I love that."

Despite being the host, Ferguson also has no idea who the Hustlers are when filming the show. "I'm playing the game along with everyone else," he notes. "So I am as much a detective as any of the contestants." He advises would-be players to "watch people's body language and to pay close attention to them," but also "to be maybe a little bit cynical, and not too trusting."

"I always thought I would be pretty good as a detective, but I'm not! I'm terrible at it," Ferguson says with a laugh. "I think it's because I'm an optimistic person. I try and see the good in people. I'm a little too Anne of Green Gables to be a good detective."

ABC (3.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Monday thanks to the season premiere of "The Bachelor" (5.000 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) alongside the launch of "The Hustler" (1.993 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

CBS (5.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "All Rise" (4.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bull" (5.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the return of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.333 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.837 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "The Wall" (2.517 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.322 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the season finale of "LA's Finest" (1.428 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) plus a repeat "The Masked Dancer" (1.216 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.834 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.729 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.530 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) on The CW (0.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Monday
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 962k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 571K/0.05

Entertainment Weekly
Sports Grind Entertainment
New York Post
Laughing Place
MLive

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/6/2021

Rubik, the Amazing... Game Show?
Game Based on Classic Puzzler in the Works
From CBR

According to recent reports, the Rubik's Cube will soon be the subject of a feature film.

Hyde Park Entertainment and Endeavor Content are developing a film based on the popular puzzle. Hyde Park's Ashok Amritraj will serve as producer, with Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr serving as executive producers. Amritraj will also serve as executive producer for an upcoming game show developed Glassman Media -- an arm of Endeavor Content -- that will feature Rubik's Cubes.

"I've had a personal and nostalgic connection to the Rubik's Cube from my early days in India," Amritraj said in a statement. "I am thrilled to partner with Endeavor Content and Rubik's/Smiley and look forward to creating a wonderful and complex Rubik’s universe."

"The Rubik's Cube is an iconic and family friendly brand. In Partnership with Hyde Park we look forward to creating film, television, and game show content for global audiences," Co-Presidents of Endeavor Content Graham Taylor and Chris Rice added.

Created by professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1974, the Rubik's Cube has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 450 million cubes sold worldwide. The Cube has inspired competitions around the world, and even appeared in popular films such as Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

CBR
IGN
Vulture
UPI
Vents

Nerdist

posted 1/5/2021


Hollywood Reporter
TANYA ROBERTS: 1955-2021
"Charlie's Angels", "That 70s Show" Actress Was on Hollywood Squares
From Deadline

Tanya Roberts died Monday night in Los Angeles, a day after her publicist mistakenly announced her death. The A View to a Kill, Charlie’s Angels and That 70’s Show actress died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since Christmas Eve after collapsing in her home, her partner Lance O’Brien told The New York Times and TMZ. She was 65. A cause of death has not been specified.

Publicist Mike Pingel sent out a release Sunday that was picked up widely by the media saying Roberts had died. He told outlets that O’Brien had told him he was with Roberts that day and that as he was holding her she “seemed for him to slip away.” Pingel said Roberts had not been noticeably ill before she collapsed. The rep said he received a call from the hospital Monday morning saying Roberts was alive, though she remained in “poor condition,” according to the Associated Press.

Roberts appeared in various TV pilots, series and cult films before going on to star in the fifth season of ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. She joined Cheryl Ladd and Jacyln Smith as Julie Rogers, a character that replaced Shelley Hack’s Tiffany Welles.

Roberts then starred in the film The Beastmaster and other projects before landing the role as Bond girl Stacey Sutton in 1985’s A View to a Kill, opposite Roger Moore’s Agent 007. Roberts is also known for playing Midge Pinciotti, the mother of Laura Prepon’s Donna, on That 70’s Show.

In game shows, Roberts made appearances on "Hollywood Squares" in 2001 and 2004.

Deadline
CBS News
CNN

posted 1/5/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "So Much for That ..."

  • Ken Jennings says he doesn't want to be the permanent Jeopardy! host (USA Today)

  • Nico Greetham goes from "SYTYCD" to "Power Ranger" to "Prom" to represented (Deadline)

  • 25 Words or Less is going to Buzzr and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it. (Instagram @BuzzrTV)

  • Dolly Parton keeps turning down "RuPaul's Drag Race". Here's why. (The Wrap)

  • Witney Carson rings in the new year with a new baby (Reality TV World)

  • Leave Peter Weber's mom out of this (Entertainment Tonight)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ryan Reynolds on his clues for Jeopardy! (Entertainment Tonight)

posted 1/5/2021

The 13th "Drag Race" Set to Make Her-story
1/1/21 Season Premiere to Feature First Trans Man; to Be Simulcast
From THe Futon Critic

Shantay you stay! RuPaul’s Drag Race slayed ratings records with its Season 13 premiere on January 1. The Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition rang in the “Ru year” with a gag-worthy new season that became the most-watched episode in the history of the franchise with a staggering 1.3 million total viewers.

The season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1 delivered a 0.4 P18-49/LSD rating, which is up +1% from the Season 12 premiere. In addition, the premiere was up triple digits from time period benchmarks, up +144% vs. the P4W average (movies, 0.17) and +115% vs. year ago time slot (movies, 0.19).

For the first time in its 12-year run, VH1 simulcast the premiere on The CW Network, MTV, MTV2, PopTV and Logo. The full simulcast delivered a 0.74 P18-49 rating and netted 1.3 million total viewers (P2+). VH1 tallied 525,000 viewers with The CW earning 478,000 and 111,000 tuning in on MTV. Rounding out the simulcast tally were Logo with 58,000 viewers; Pop with 116,000 and MTV2 with 27,000.

VH1 announced that The CW Network along with MTV, MTV2, PopTV and Logo would simulcast the season premiere of the Emmy(R) award-winning, RuPaul's Drag Race on Friday, January 1 at 8:00PM ET/PT, making the long running series available to an expanded broadcast audience for the first time in its 12-year history.

Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is ready to ring in the “Ru-year” at 8 tonight, but ahead of the VH1 premiere, Deadline can reveal this season’s roster of guest judges and from A-list superfans and queens of seasons past. Cynthia Erivo, Nicole Byer, Loni Love, TS Madison and Jamal Sims are slated to join the RuPaul’s Drag Race judges panel this season alongside mainstays Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and, of course, Mama Ru. In addition, RuPaul’s Drag Race superfans Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson will surprise queens later this season with interactive video masterclasses while Miss Congeniality winners from past seasons Nina West, Valentina and Heidi N Closet will also make guest appearances.

Elsewhere Friday, FOX (1.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) opened 2021 on top with its presentation of "WWE SmackDown" (1.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1).

CBS (3.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) was the most-watched network thanks to its repeat lineup of "MacGyver" (2.982 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (3.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (3.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with its duo of "Weakest Link" (2.323 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.389 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up repeats of "Shark Tank" (2.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "20/20" (2.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5). And finally, The CW (0.480 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its simulcast of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" (0.515 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Sunday, NBC (11.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the network to beat with its regular season finales of "Football Night in America #1" (4.682 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.423 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

FOX (5.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) took home the silver thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (9.841 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3) followed by the special premieres of "Call Me Kat" (5.372 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "The Great North" (2.275 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), a new "The Simpsons" (1.746 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the return of "Last Man Standing" (2.376 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (7.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its own "NFL Overrun" (11.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3) alongside originals from "60 Minutes" (10.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.985 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.527 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.899 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Supermarket Sweep" (2.745 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.947 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17) as well as the return of "The Rookie" (3.323 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, a repeat of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.515 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T19) and the season finale of "The Outpost" (0.302 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T19) closed out the night on The CW (0.409 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.002m/0.22
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (P/Food): 708k/0.14 .


THe Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
TV Line

THe Futon Critic
THe Futon Critic
Deadline

TV Line

THe Wrap
Deadline

Pink News

Deadline

Deadline

The Futon Critic

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/4/2021


Huffpost
KERRY VINCENT: 1945-2021
"Food Network Challenge" Judge
From Deadline

Celebrated cake designer and Food Network host and star Kerry Vincent died January 2 from an undisclosed illness.

The co-founder of the annual Oklahoma Sugar Art Show was 75.

The news of Vincent’s passing was announced on the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show’s official Facebook page. “It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening,” read the statement. “Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public. Unfortunately her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain. She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as will as personally. There will be no services per her request. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Born in Wyalkatchem, Western Australia on June 1, 1945, Vincent was an author and a freelance writer of the cake arts. She is best known for Food Network Challenge where she served as a judge from 2006 to 2012. In 2014, she went on to host Save My Bakery where she helped struggling bakeries. She also hosted the Food Network special the skills of winning contestants in the Grand National Wedding Cake. Competition. Her other credits include The Great Australian Bake Off, Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Last Cake Standing.

In 2002, she penned the book Romantic Wedding Cakes. She was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) Sugarcraft Hall of Fame in 2004 as well as the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame in 2010.

Deadline
TV Line
Today

posted 1/4/2021

THURSDAY: Here Lies 2020. You Won't Be Missed
ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Rocks On
From Deadline

ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest led the way Thursday with its annual countdown to the new year, drawing a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 8.37 million viewers in the primetime portion of its broadcast in fast affiliate Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers.

Rockin’ Eve’s numbers were steady with last year’s early data, with the 10 p.m. hour growing to 3.1 rating and 10.18M viewers. But other programming last night was mostly down year over year with the festivities in Times Square muted by the pandemic. There were only small groups of socially distanced first responders in the crowd to watch performers including Jennifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter ahead of the annual ball drop to ring in 2021.

NBC was second overall last night with its NYE content, airing NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (1.0, 4.41M), down four tenths in the demo from last year. The network said the 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. portion of last night’s broadcast drew a 1.9 rating with 7 million viewers; other networks’ post-ball drop ratings were not available.

NBC’s night started with the two-hour Dateline special Escape From 2020 (0.8, 4.35M).

Fox’s new stab at a NYE show, New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast (0.6, 1.99M) hosted by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, was off two tenths from the network’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square last year.

CBS stayed out of the fray, airing repeats.

Cable numbers for Thursday are forthcoming.

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/4/2021

Jeremy Clarkson Battles COVID
"Millionaire" UK Host His Typical Direct Self
From Deadline

Jeremy Clarkson has written about his experience of battling coronavirus in typically direct prose.

The Grand Tour star and host of the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? revealed in his Sunday Times column that he contracted Covid-19 in the run-up to Christmas.

“Four days before Christmas, I woke in the night to find my sheets were soggy. And that I had a constant dry cough,” he said, adding: “The doctor was very clear – I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.”

Clarkson, who said his breathing became “labored,” feared the worst. “Because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent,” he explained.

Clarkson continued: “I’m not going to lie – it was quite scary. With every illness I’ve had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue. But with Covid-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.”

He reflected on how little we know about the disease. “We don’t know how long we are infectious for. We don’t know how to tackle it. We don’t know what it does to us,” he wrote. “We don’t know how long the antibodies last. We don’t know how easy it is to catch it twice. And we certainly don’t know if any of the vaccines will work long-term. I don’t even know if I’m better now.”

Deadline

posted 1/4/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "So Much for That ..."

  • Ken Jennings defends his "Omnibus" cohost (TV Insider)

  • Jenna Morasca wants another chance to "kick some ass" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Randy Jackson talks about his weight loss (Today)

  • Roku in talks to acquire Quibi's library (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Matt James (Variety)

posted 1/4/2021

Ken Jennings: "I'm Truly Sorry"
Interim Jeopardy! Host Responds to Twitter Furore
From TV Line

As the start of his stint as Jeopardy! guest host approaches, Ken Jennings is apologizing for “unartful and insensitive things” he’s tweeted in the past. Jennings will make his debut as interim host on Monday, Jan. 11.

In a Twitter thread posted to his personal account on Wednesday, the former Jeopardy! champion said he “wanted to own up to” some “jokes” he’d posted on social media over the years, which recently resurfaced. One, which has since been deleted, read, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”

“In the past, I’d usually leave bad tweets up just so they could be dunked on. At least that way they could lead to smart replies and even advocacy. Deleting them felt like whitewashing a mistake,” he wrote. “But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!”

He continued: “Sometimes I said dumb things in a dumb way and I want to apologize to people who were (rightfully!) offended. It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that doesn’t matter: I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry.”

Jennings’ ascension to guest host was foreshadowed last September when he joined the show as a consulting producer. In that new role, he presented his own special video categories, developed projects, assisted with contestant outreach, and served as a general ambassador for the show. In November, he was named a temporary guest host, succeeding original host Alex Trebek, who’d died weeks earlier of pancreatic cancer.

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

Radio.com
TV Insider
The Hill

The List
KHOU Houston

posted 1/1/2021

Wheel, Jeopardy! Taping on Hold
Taping Scheduled to Resume January 11
From ComicBook.com

Jeopardy!, The Goldbergs, and Wheel of Fortune are delaying filing restarts because of COVID-19 surges. Sony Pictures Television announced the decision to halt the holiday production for all series based in Los Angeles according to Deadline.

Coronavirus is surging in Los Angeles County. Even long-standing TV fare like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are not exempt from this. The week of January 11th marks the anticipated start of filming again. Additional testing will be necessary for these shows to proceed without any further delays. It’s hard to say when things will really take off again. It all depends on testing and exposure. Right now, that area is a bit too chaotic to reliably have crowds on-hand.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines designate people who have participated in non-essential travel to quarantine for at least 10 days.

It seems to be a growing issue for a number of companies. This makes CBS Studios, Warner Bros. TV, Disney TV Studios, ABC Signature, 20th Television, Universal TV and Sony TV all subject to these production hiatuses. These stoppages could extend longer if things don’t slow down by the 11th.

ComicBook.com
Deadline

posted 1/1/2021

New Year, New "Lingo"
Adil Ray Hosts UK Reboot
From DesiBlitz

Popular British Asian actor and comedian Adil Ray is set to host ITV’s new game show series Lingo.

Based on the format created by Ralph Andrews & distributed by All3Media, the concept of the show revolves around three pairs of contestants who will compete against each other in a language-based competition. Lingo will test the contestants across a series of rounds in a bid to take home the cash prize.

Explaining the concept of the show further, ITV said: “In each show, three pairs of contestants go head-to-head, in a battle of words.

“Using their powers of deduction, they must correctly and quickly work out the words that appear in the Lingo grids and Puzzlewords.

“The Lingo computer gives contestants the first letter of different words. The rest is in the hands of the contestants.

“They are up against the clock and Lingo rewards quick thinkers. If they correctly guess the word, they’ll bank money and increase their potential winnings.

“Through three tense rounds, the three pairs are whittled down to one winning couple.

“That winning pair then play in a nail-biting end game, where they have the opportunity to win the money they’ve banked earlier in the show, potentially even doubling their winnings."

DesiBlitz

Entertainment Daily

posted 1/1/2021

New Year's Day Lightning Round
... or "We Thought You'd Never Get Here, 2021!"

  • Katy Perry, Luke Bryan show 2020 the door, Idol style (The Wrap)

  • Jeff Probst splits the Internet with praise of Russell Hantz (GoldDerby)

  • Peter Weber, Kelley Flanagan split. Because "The Bachelor" (Reality TV World)

posted 1/1/2021


Various sources
Saying Goodbye in 2020
A Final Roll Call for Luminaries We Lost Over the Year
From various sources

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2020 and prepare to begin anew in the new year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Adam Alsing, who helped bring both "Big Brother" & "Jeopardy!" to Swedes.

- Tariq Aziz, who used his quiz show fame as a springboard to political success.

- Larry Barron, a veteran unscripted producer and executive who played with survivors and idiots alike.

- Orson Bean, you name a game, he can play it.

- Jerry Bishop, an announcer whose voice, thanks to a no-nonsense New York jurist, will live forever

- Chadwick Boseman, who was able to make light of himself in the form of game show parody.

- Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, as much a part of the history of the Wheel of Fortune as Pat or Chuck.

- Pierre Cardin, who made sure everyone dressed the part.

- Bob Cobert, a musical maestro who provided Bob Stewart's soundtrack.

- Leanza Cornett, a glowing personality who shone through a less-than-glowing night of reality TV.

- Abby Dalton, you name a game, SHE can play it.

- Hugh Downs, who taught us that concentration is best with 20/20 vision.

- Seyfi Dursunoğlu, who brought "So You Think You Can Dance" to Turkey

- Caroline Flack, an island unto herself, a broadcaster whose X factor was beauty and wit.

- Dr. Amie Harwick, an important woman in an important man's life, gone too soon.

- Dave Hull, the "Hullabalooer" and wily, wonderful "Matchmaker" of the 1980s.

- Tom Kennedy, a member of a game show dynasty & a master of tunes and wordplay.... among other things, to say the least.

- Richard S. Kline, who struck out on his own and brought game shows to a new generation... with a little help from his friends.

- Don Morrow, who breathed life into game shows spanning four decades and characters spanning ever longer.

- Des O'Connor, "The Ultimate Entertainer".

- Nicholas Parsons, a straight man and honorary Chairman of the International Quizzing Association who can take just a minute to sell you a £2500 dining room group for only £50.

- Regis Philbin, who had a combination of sly wit, warm charm, power suits, and an every-man attitude that would take him to every final answer.

- Sumner Redstone, a scion of the current generation of media power brokers.

- Carl Reiner, the undisputed king of TV comedy who also made a name for himself in the early days of game shows.

- Arnaldo Saccomani, who, like many before him and many since, could turn a face in a Brazilian crowd into an Idol. - Reese Schonfield, who turned food into must-see-TV.

- Adam Schlesinger, whose anthem to the rat race became the theme to a short-lived Spike show.

- John Sessions, who laid the blueprint for "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

- Mike Sexton, who turned poker into high drama, sporting event, and game show all rolled into one.... and helped form a new breed of competition.

- Fred Silverman, "The Man With the Golden Gut" who helped birth a game show roulette that still spins today

- Herb Stempel, whose courage brought a quiz show scheme to its knees and joined his name in history to winning contestant Charles Van Doren.

- Lorraine Thomson, who brought the Canadian front page to the world of the game show panel.

- Alex Trebek, broadcaster, host, actor, humanitarian, philanthropist, patriot of two countries... and a fighter.

- Fred Willard, who was as adept sharing other people's stories as telling his own.

- Ron Ziskin, a producer who helped bring ancient Gladiators to the present day and to many a weekend.

- Contestants including Floyd Cardoz, Chi Chi DeVayne, Aaron Grissom, Tyler Gwozdz, Grant Imahara, Nikki McKibbin, Danny Tidwell, Chris Trousdale, Luis Troyano, and Ben Watkins for sharing their time, their talents, their abilities, and their lives with us.

- Celebrities including Honor Blackman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Kobe Bryant, John Callahan, Sean Connery, Robert Conrad, Charlie Daniels, Joyce Davidson, Dame Olivia de Havilland, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Dobson, Kirk Douglas, Ja'Net DuBois, Conchata Ferrell, Derek Fowlds, Jill Gascoine, Phyllis George, Roy Horn, Paula Kelly, David Lander, James Lipton, Little Richard, Xavier Ortiz, Ken Osmond, Kelly Preston, Dave Prowse, Helen Reddy, Dame Diana Rigg, Naya Rivera, Kenny Rogers, Tom Seaver, Jackie Stallone, Jerry Stiller, Lyle Waggoner, Dawn Wells, and Chuck Yeager who took time out of their busy schedules to play the games we know and love.

- And finally, to Jeopardy! all-stars & friends of the site India Cooper and Umiko Post... As good as they were as players, they were even BETTER as people.

May they all rest in peace.

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posted 12/31/2020

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 20
From TV Newscheck

Three of the year’s hottest talk shows — Live with Kelly and Ryan, Tamron Hall and Kelly Clarkson — all lit up the Nielsen chart and were the only syndicated offerings to unwrap new season highs in the week before Christmas session ending Dec. 20.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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posted 12/31/2020

WEDNESDAY: 2020-1 Chicago
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) was the king of the repeats with its encores of "Chicago Med" (3.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (3.165 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (3.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (2.636 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1), "Mom" (3.222 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "SEAL Team" (2.140 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "S.W.A.T." (2.125 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "The Masked Dancer" (2.121 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "9-1-1" (1.533 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "American Housewife" (1.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Conners" (1.780 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), another "The Conners" (1.662 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), yet another "The Conners" (1.550 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and even more "The Conners" (1.620 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "Heroes on the Front Line" (0.395 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) plus a repeat of "Dogs of the Year" (0.481 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.0, #17).

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/31/2020

TUESDAY: "The Year's" Been a Dumpster Fire
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday thanks to a rebroadcast of "To Tell the Truth" (3.355 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its annual special "The Year: 2020" (2.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

CBS (4.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the most-watched network with its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "FBI" (4.082 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.630 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (1.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with encores of "The Wall" (2.656 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Nurses" (1.789 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7) and another "Nurses" (1.361 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (1.442 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (0.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8).

And finally, the special "Popstar's Best of 2020" (0.428 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and the conclusion of "Tell Me a Story" (0.293 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 1.013m/0.29
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 696k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 572k/0.03
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 291k/0.08

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posted 12/31/2020

New Year's Eve Lightning Round
... or "Low-Key F2020"

  • James Corden perhaps eying a return to the UK (Deadline)

  • Ellen DeGeneres halts production thanks to COVID (Deadline)

  • Cody Nickson ready to make another baby in 2021 (Reality TV World)

  • Jenny Ryan on Darragh Ennis (Metro)

  • Ben Higgins buys a house (Reality TV World)

posted 12/31/2020


Bunbury Mail
DAWN WELLS: 1938-2020
Gilligan's Island's "Mary Ann" Was a Game Player
From the Wrap

Dawn Wells, the actress best known for playing Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” has died at the age of 82.

Wells passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday of complications related to COVID-19, according to a representative for the actress.

A native of Reno, Nev., Wells’ lengthy list of TV credits includes “77 Sunset Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “Growing Pains” and “Vegas,” in addition to her role on “Gilligan’s Island” and its various spinoffs and follow-ups. Her film credits include “Winterhawk,” “Super Sucker” and “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.”

Wells got her start in Hollywood after being crowned Miss Nevada in 1959 and representing the state in the Miss America pageant the following year. Her on-screen debut was a guest role in the 1960s ABC series “The Roaring ’20s.”

She landed the career-defining role of Mary Ann in 1964, beating out 350 other actresses for the part. “Gilligan’s Island” ran for 98 episodes and three seasons on CBS, with Wells co-starring alongside Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise and Russell Johnson. Wells, along with the rest of the “Gilligan’s Island” cast sans Louise, returned for a number of spin-off projects after the series’ conclusion, including the animated “Gilligan’s Planet” series and the 1978 made-for-TV movie “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island.”

In 2014, she co-authored the book “What Would Mary Ann Do?: A Guide to Life” with Steve Stinson.

In game shows, Wells guested on "Family Feud", "The New High Rollers", "The Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid", and "1 vs. 100".

Wells is survived by her step-sister, Weslee Wells..

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TV Line

posted 12/30/2020

MONDAY: Weird Week Begins
NFL Wins Night for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) got another boost on Monday with its simulcast of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" (6.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

CBS (3.059 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was the silver draw with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.091 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3), "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" (2.553 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "Bull" (3.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with encores of "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (2.589 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "Weakest Link" (1.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.872 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) offered up a repeat "9-1-1" (2.213 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) plus "LA's Finest" (1.531 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.653 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the night with second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.769 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.734 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.555 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship - 10p (Food): 1.015m/0.21
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 940k/0.19

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/2020

WEEKEND: Merry Christmas!
NFL Wins Night for NBC, "Masked Dancer" Shows Up
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the victor on Christmas evening with its primetime portion of "NBA on ABC: NBA Christmas Day: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers" (3.742 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) plus a repeat "Black-ish" (2.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

A close second was FOX (3.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its NFL-fueled installment of "WWE SmackDown" (3.335 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was NBC (1.979 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its telecast of the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2.299 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) special and the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) movie.

Meanwhile, CBS (3.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "MacGyver" (2.921 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (3.288 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6). A

nd finally, the finale to "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.453 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) on The CW (0.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

NBC (12.470 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) remained on top on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.836 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (7.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

FOX (6.312 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) was the silver draw with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (13.382 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) followed by the premiere of "The Masked Dancer" (4.123 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), the special "2021 FOX Winter Preview" (1.737 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.126 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.952 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "NCIS" (2.606 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.654 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Supermarket Sweep" (1.877 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Supermarket Sweep" (1.405 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

And finally, The CW (0.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) offered up an encore of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.420 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) plus a new "The Outpost" (0.330 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18).

Thursday cable numbers:
- Battlebots (Discovery): 859k/0.21

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- World Poker Tour (FS1): 153k/0.05

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posted 12/30/2020

It's Not. Getting. Better.
Facing Rising Cases, LA County Urges a Pause in Production
From Deadline

SAG-AFTRA leaders told their members tonight that “most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January, if not later.”

The update comes the day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged the film and TV industry to consider pausing production for a few weeks during the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases throughout the county.

Here’s the latest update from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White:

“We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in Covid-19 infections along with the reported lack of intensive care unit beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County. This is deeply concerning to us all and we have taken immediate action to connect with our epidemiologists and public health experts regarding the surge in cities across the nation.

“Most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January if not later. This means that the number of our member performers working on sets right now is reduced. Our safety protocols ensure appropriate precautions for the holiday hiatus period including additional time for testing prior to the resumption of production.

“To ensure the utmost safety, we are in close contact with our sister unions and guilds, the industry, our expert epidemiologists, industrial sanitation specialists, public health officials, member leaders and staff. We remain focused on ensuring the safest possible work environment and protocols for SAG-AFTRA members.

“We will continue to monitor this situation and its impact on production and employment in all contract areas and will take appropriate measures as needed to ensure the continued safety of our members and others.

“In the meantime, we urge you all to remain vigilant and adhere to the safety principles to protect yourselves, your families, communities and colleagues. Always, wear your masks, maintain safe physical distancing, wash hands frequently and well, and follow the public health recommendations for preventing the spread of infectious disease.”

Deadline

posted 12/30/2020

2021: A Preview...
"Drag Race" Kicks Off the New Year
From Deadline

Winter is the new fall this Covid-impacted TV season. Because of the lengthy production shutdown in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, Fox and the CW delayed the rollout of their regular fall 2020 lineups, and a slew of other series intended for fall 2020 debut also are slated to premiere in early 2021 instead.

With uncertainty surrounding production as Covid outbreaks frequently pause filming, a number of premiere dates are still TBD, as networks and streamers often wait until last minute to set debuts so they are sure than the new seasons would be completed successfully.

That said, here’s Deadline's annual list of midseason/winter premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from today through March 31 and includes shows that were on hiatus and some one-off specials such as awards shows.

- January 1: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, Season 13), RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1, Season 13)
- January 3: Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Season 20)
- January 4: The Bachelor (ABC, Season 25), The Wall (NBC, Season 4), BattleBots: The Bounty Hunters (Discovery+, new competition series), Cakealikes (Discovery+, new cooking competition series), Chopped Challenge (Discovery+, new cooking competition series), Race Across the World (Discovery+, new competition series), Get a Clue (Game Show Network, Season 2)
- January 5: Chopped: Grudge Match (Food Network, new cooking competition series)
- January 6: Name That Tune (Fox, new game show revival), The Masked Dancer (Fox, new dancing competition series; time slot premiere), Kitchen Crash (Food Network, new cooking competition series)
- January 7: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC, new game show series), The Chase (ABC, new game show series), The Hustler (ABC, new game show series), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Season 19), Go-Big Show (TBS, new talent competition series)
- January 8: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, Season 9), Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Season 7B)
- January 18: People Puzzler (Game Show Network, new game show series)
- January 22: Blown Away (Netflix, Season 2)
- January 26: The Misery Index (TBS; Season 3)

- February 4: Fast Foodies (TruTV, new cooking competition series)
- February 10: Tough as Nails (CBS, Season 2)
- February 14: American Idol (ABC, Season 4); Cherries Wild (Fox, new game show series)
- February TBA: Chain Reaction (Game Show Network, game show reboot)

- Midseason/Winter TBA (tentative): Making It (NBC, Season 3), That’s My Jam (NBC, new game show series), Small Fortune (NBC, new game show series), Temptation Island (USA Network, Season 3), $50K Three Ways (HGTV, new home-renovation competition series);, Playing with Words (NBCLX, new esports competition series), Kills, Thrills & Chills (NBCLX, new esports competition series)

Deadline

posted 12/30/2020

WGA to WME: No Deal
WME Furnishes New Proposal
From Deadline

The WGA has rejected WME’s latest proposal that would end their long-running legal battle, saying that “WME has yet to grapple, in a serious way, with its own conflicts of interest.” WME sent the guild a new proposal on Dec. 22 that would, had it been accepted by the guild, have ended the WGA’s 20-month boycott against the agency. WME said last week that it had “updated the terms of our proposal and submitted it to the WGA in a good-faith effort to jumpstart our discussions. We want to find a way forward with the Guild and return to representing our writer-clients. We are willing and available to meet with the Guild as soon as possible, including over the holidays, in order to reach a resolution.”

The guild’s agency negotiating committee, however, says that the agency’s proposal is unacceptable because it has more favorable terms than the agreement reached with CAA on Dec. 16, leaving WME as the last major agency not to have signed the WGA’s franchise agreement, which phases out packaging fees and limits ownership in an affiliated production company to 20%.

William Morris Endeavor on Wednesday responded to the Writers Guild of America West’s rejection of its latest proposal for a new deal end a 20-month standoff over packaging fees and other issues. WME also claimed that the guild’s negotiating committee has not provided a counter proposal or offered a meeting despite the agency’s willingness to resolve the two sides’ dispute.

“WME presented an updated proposal that made a series of concessions just four days following our hearing on December 18. We made clear our willingness to engage in further dialogue with the WGA at any point during the holidays,” WME said in a statement. “We know this is how every other agency finally reached a deal–they had the opportunity to have a discussion with the Guild to address their specific needs, and that is what we have continuously tried to do in an effort to get a deal done.”

“However, instead of responding directly to us, once again we learned indirectly through media reports that our proposal was rejected by way of a leaked letter the WGA Negotiating Committee sent to Guild members. There was no counter to our proposal, nor any offer to meet and engage. While we find this tactic unhelpful in reaching a resolution, we will persist in our efforts toward reaching a new franchise agreement.”

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posted 12/30/2020

Wednesday Takeaway
Netflix Drops "Best Leftovers Ever!" Today
From the Chicago Sun-Times

Just in time for anyone facing a heaving, post-holiday refrigerator comes a TV show about what to do with all those dubious dishes — leftovers.

Each episode of the food game show “Best Leftovers Ever!” on Netflix (debuting Dec. 30) sees three skilled cooks make new dishes out of already made dishes, hoping to walk away with $10,000.

“People think leftovers is just reheating your food. It’s not just reheating your food. Get creative with it. You could always create new and better things with it later,” says comedian David So, one of the judges.

In the first episode, contestants are given healthy leftovers — veggie salad, cauliflower rice, pork tenderloin with beets, and avocado with cottage cheese — and are asked to turn them into comfort food in 30 minutes. They have access to a pantry and kitchen staples. One contestant turned to Indian flavors, making a pork curry with fritters. Another went for Greek, making a beet- and pork-stuffed pastry called a tiropita. The third made a tostada with glazed pepper jelly pork.

In the second round, called the Takeout Takedown, contestants must make new dishes from restaurant leftovers in only an hour. One took chicken fingers and fries and made a potato gnocchi. Another turned old burgers and fries into pierogies.

Later episodes see contestants turn football-watching party food — bean dip, sliders and raw veggies — into beef stroganoff or tacos, and turn leftover barbeque into lasagna or dumplings.

“If the audience can walk away and go back to their fridge and say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to throw this away, I’m actually going to make something amazing out of it,’ then we did our job,” says So.

The show arrives during a time when viewers have had to adjust to ordering takeout during the pandemic and at the end of holiday feasts.

“The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” says the show’s host, actress-musician Jackie Tohn, who starred in the TV series “GLOW” and is a self-described “leftover queen.”

“We can’t go to restaurants and all we can do is order in. And then if you get that Chinese food and you don’t want it to be Chinese food on night two, we’re giving you a bunch of tips and tricks to make that possible.”

Tohn and So are joined by the second judge, British chef and TV personality Rosemary Shrager. The three have a slightly absurdist vibe, tossing cheeseballs into each others’ mouths while contestants cook, or imitating Julia Child’s high-pitched modulations.

“Being on set wasn’t like work. It was just like talking to your friends and eating really good food around talented people,” So says. “I mean, everybody would love a job like that, right?” The show appealed to both So and Tohn since they grew up in households where there was little food wasted. Tohn’s grandmother used to keep bones for marrow: “Nothing ever got thrown away. I mean, we ate leftovers until the very end.” And So had leftovers all week.

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posted 12/29/2020

"GOAT" Makes Top Rated Shows of 2020
Also on the List: "The Masked Singer"
From Variety

The pandemic didn’t slow down the NFL, which once again dominated Variety’s list of the most-watched television telecasts of the year. No surprise, of course, Super Bowl LIV was easily the top program of 2020, with 102 million viewers on February 2.

Actually, seven of the ten telecasts of the year came from the NFL, and 28 out of the top 100 of the year.

Scripted series accounted for 39 of the top 100 slots, while competition series took up nine spots.

The Season 4 post-Super Bowl premiere of “The Masked Singer” was easily the most-watched entertainment program of the year, with 27.4 million viewers. (It kept humming throughout the year, landing 16 slots in the top 100 telecasts among adults 18-49.)

Audiences gravitated to ABC’s January stunt “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” as all four installments made it on the end-of year list. That was the most of any reality show.

Most of 2020’s most-watched telecasts come from sports, news, unscripted series and awards shows.

NBC led this year’s total viewer telecast ranker with 37 programs (up from 15 last year), followed by CBS with 27 (vs. 57 last year, thanks to “Big Bang”), then Fox (12), ABC (10), Fox News Channel (7), ESPN (6) and CNN (1).

Among the top 100 shows in total viewers:
- 6: The Masked Singer (2/2): 27.407m
- 18: Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (1/9): 17.388m
- 22: Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (1/8): 16.730m
- 26: Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (1/7): 16.371m
- 37: Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (1/14): 15.072m
- 56: The Masked Singer (11/26): 13.588m
- 82: The Voice (3/16): 12.065m
- 85: America's Got Talent (5/26): 11.984m

Among the top 50 shows in the A18-49 demo:
- 4: The Masked Singer (2/2): 9.36
- 26: The Masked Singer (11/26): 4.17
- 45: The Masked Singer (4/1): 3.37

Variety

posted 12/29/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "... and a Movie"

  • Joel McHale on how COVID has affected "Community" movie plans (The Wrap)

  • Adam Levine on returning to "The Voice": "No thank you?" (TV Line)

  • Gavin Newsom's SAHO to "likely" be updated tomorrow (Deadline)

  • Anna Roisman mocks Alec Baldwin's wife (Los Angeles Times) and Alec Baldwin comes to wife's defense. That's called being the bigger person (The Wrap)

  • Chrissy Teigen celebrates John Legend's birthday with math. (Reality TV World)

  • Julie Chen Moonves laughingly shoots for Bob Barker's record, is a few decades short (Heavy)

  • The amazing story of Bruce Forsyth's catch phrase. (The Daily Express)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Art Fleming (Rare)

posted 12/29/2020


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LARRY BARRON: c.1965-2020
"Survivor" Producer Co-Created "Idiotest"
From Deadline

Larry Barron, a veteran unscripted producer and executive, passed away suddenly on December 24. He was believed to be 55.

Barron co-created and executive produced alongside Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark the 2016 Fox reality series Coupled. He co-created and exec produced with Bill Diggins and TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas the 2010 VH1 unscripted series What Chilli Wants, starring Thomas, and also co-created/executive produced the GSN shows Idiotest and Emogenius. What Chilli Wants stems from Barron’s four-year stint as SVP at FremantleMedia.

In 2002-03, Barron served as a producer on CBS’ The Amazing Race, a co-executive producer on Fox’s Paradise Hotel and a consultant on UPN’s America’s Top Model. He then segued to the executive ranks as VP of alternative programs for UPN, overseeing development and day-to-day production of reality series for the network.

Deadline
Syracuse.com

posted 12/28/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Otaku"

  • Steve Harvey champions first African-American-owned anime studio in Japan (Crunchyroll)

  • Johnny Weir named to Figure Skating Hall of Fame (Lancaster Online)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Masked Dancer (NBC News)

  • #ICYMI: Richard Osman's epic troll job (Metro)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe tests positive (Reality TV World)

  • Carly Waddell admits divorce, pandemic, 2020 in general "sucks" (Reality TV World)

  • Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert topline "Ratatouille" musical (Deadline)

posted 12/28/2020


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Christmas All Over The World... with Alex
Jeopardy! Celebrates Alex's Many Travels December 21-January 1
From Decider

Jeopardy is going on a worldwide vacation this winter. The series announced today that they’ll air a special collection of “Around the World” episodes beginning next week in honor of late host Alex Trebek‘s spirit of adventure, featuring some of “the best categories he’s presented around the world.”

The episodes, which will air over the course of two weeks, will kick off Monday, Dec. 21 and run through Dec. 25, returning the next week for five more episodes from Dec. 28 through Jan. 1. Jeopardy promises “two weeks of shows featuring 10 unforgettable locations,” taking viewers on a “special trip around the world with Alex” from places like Machu Picchu to all the way to Japan and beyond. Following Jeopardy‘s “Around the World” weeks, the show will air Trebek’s final episodes starting the week of Jan. 4.

The show had originally planned to premiere Trebek’s last batch of episodes around Christmas, but pushed them to the new year “in order to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances."

At the time, “We didn’t know it was going to be his last [episode],” showrunner Mike Richards previously told CNN. “He was in pain and we knew it. He [recently] had surgery and I couldn’t believe he was already back from the surgery.” Richards also revealed that at the top of the first of Trebek’s final five episodes, the host delivered a heartfelt speech to viewers “talking about togetherness, how important family is… It will resonate even more now. It was so beautiful that we were all emotional; we were all in tears. And then we started clapping, and [the noise] almost distracted him because he was going, ‘OK, now let’s play Jeopardy!’ It was one of those days where he was at the top of his game, even though, clearly, he was very ill.”

For the 37 years that Trebek came on stage to host Jeopardy!, he had just one man heralding his every arrival: announcer Johnny Gilbert, intoning nightly, "This is Jeopardy!"

In a 70-year career, Gilbert, now 96, has worked on many game shows and with many hosts, but none more impressive to him than Trebek.

From the moment Gilbert met Trebek at an industry convention prior to Jeopardy!'s relaunch in 1984, "I noticed that he wasn't the usual big-smiley-face emcee," Gilbert tells PEOPLE. "He was quiet and listening to everybody and everything." Gilbert's remembrances are part of a new collector's edition of PEOPLE celebrating the life and career of Trebek, who died on Nov. 8 following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

"Alex has always been the same person," Gilbert says. "He was very introspective, he read a tremendous amount and traveled a lot. He was always doing crossword puzzles to keep his mind active." Although as quizmaster, Trebek had the answers to the game's questions printed in front of him, "he was really very intelligent," Gilbert notes. "He was always telling the youngsters in the audience, 'You've got to read, you have to learn. That's the way you're going to succeed.'

Decider
Jeopardy!
WPVI-TV Philadelphia
The British Journal
Yahoo!
Deseret NEws
TV Line
CNN

Newsday
NBC News Today
Decider
Daytime Confidential

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posted 12/24/2020

WEDNESDAY: Twas the Fight Before Christmas
ABC Wins with "Great Christmas Light Fight" Finale
From Deadline

As families begin their holiday festivities, ABC started its Wednesday night with a presentation of the classic 1970 stop-motion feature Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town narrated by Fred Astaire, which earned a 0.5 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 2.82 million viewers. It was followed by even more Yuletide cheer with a fresh episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.5, 2.72M), primetime’s only original program last night. It was down a tick compared with last week’s average of the reality competition series, per Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates.

The other broadcast networks were filled with encores. CBS’ repeat of Holly Dolly Christmas saw the night’s largest audience, netting 3.27 million viewers. The network ended the night with a repeat of its Garth & Trisha Live! holiday special. Elsewhere, NBC’s night was occupied by repeats of its Chicago franchise, while Fox aired back to back reruns of I Can See Your Voice. The CW presented the musical documentary Silent Night, which explores the cultural impact of the titular Christmas carol.

Wednesday cable numbers...
- Forged In Fire (History): 802k/0.24
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 790k/0.42
- The Misery Index (SF/TBS): 718k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 662k/0.19
- Master Minds (GSN): 500k/0.04

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/24/2020

More on "The Masked Dancer"
Catch It on Fox December 27
From TV Line

Fox is making sure your (masked) dance card is full this winter. On Wednesday, the network released the first trailer for The Masked Dancer, a Masked Singer spin-off in which celebrity judges try to guess a famous person's identity based solely on their footwork and some clues.

It also seems like Dancer judges will be able to question the 10 competitors directly — something that doesn't often happen on Singer. The footage in the promo shows off the vibrant costumes, including that of Exotic Bird, Tulip, Cricket, Hammerhead and Disco Ball. It also touts the use of "Zero stunt doubles!"… just before one of the performers seems to tumble from an aerial hoop, causing the judges to call for a medic.

The offshoot's judges include singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale, Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Brian Austin Green and Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong. The Office vet Craig Robinson hosts. The Masked Dancer premieres Sunday, Dec. 27, at 8/7c following the NFL on Fox doubleheader. It makes its time-slot premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 12/24/2020

Simon Cowell to Judge "X Factor"... In Israel
Season 4 to Drop on Reshet 13
From Deadline

Simon Cowell is back in business and set to star as a judge on the Israel version of The X Factor. T

he music mogul has spent some of the second half of 2020 recovering from complex back surgery after an electric bike accident.

He will be a judge on the fourth season of The X Factor in Israel, which airs on Reshet 13 and has just gone into production. It marks the first time that he will be a judge outside of the UK and U.S. on the singing competition show he created.

Cowell said, “Over the years The X Factor format discovered amazing talents from all over the world, I can’t wait to see what Israel have to offer.”

The third season of The X Factor Israel, which is hosted by supermodel Bar Refaeli, aired between October 2017 and January 2018. Judges have included rapper Subliminal, pop star Ivri Lider, R&B singer Shiri Maimon and songwriter Moshe Peretz.

Deadline

posted 12/23/2020

TUESDAY: Top 5 in the Demo
ABC Wins with "Bachelorette" Finale; CBS Games Show Up
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (5.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) alongside a special "Supermarket Sweep" (2.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (4.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home second with its specials "The Price Is Right at Night" (5.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.032 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

Next up was NBC (2.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its encores of "The Voice Holiday Celebration" (2.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (2.453 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up the penultimate "Next" (1.079 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and the finale to "Next" (0.965 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the final "Swamp Thing" (0.607 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) followed by "Tell Me a Story" (0.348 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (S/Food): 678k/0.19
- The Misery Index (TBS): 548k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 500k/0.04

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/23/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!"

posted 12/22/2020

SYNDIES: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending December 13
From TV Newscheck

Sophomore Kelly Clarkson, which was just renewed for two more years, was one of the few success stories in the session ending Dec. 13, and syndication’s only strip to hit a new season high. Clarkson ramped up 10% to a 1.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and leapt into a tie with veteran Ellen DeGeneres for third place among talk shows for the first time this season.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


TV Newscheck

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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/22/2020

MONDAY: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
ABC Wins with "Bachelorette" Finale (Part 1)
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) got another boost to victory on Monday from a special "The Bachelorette" (4.929 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) followed by a repeat of "CMA Country Christmas" (2.108 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

CBS (2.552 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.064 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.381 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Kid of the Year" (1.400 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Bull" (2.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

NBC (1.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) likewise opted for second runs of "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!" (1.426 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Weakest Link" (1.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.054 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up special Monday editions of "Next" (1.194 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (0.913 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

And finally, encores of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (0.691 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2020" (0.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Monday cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.867m/0.37
- The Big Bake Holiday (SF/Food): 737k/0.15
- Master Minds (GSN): 500k/0.04

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/22/2020

WEEKEND: A Break in the Action
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Takes Sunday
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (3.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "Pac-12 Football Championship Game" (3.039 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (5.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with its fall finales from "MacGyver" (4.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (2.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Shrek the Halls" (2.620 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "20/20" (2.456 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

NBC (2.747 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Weakest Link" (2.499 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (2.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, week two of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.513 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) rounded out the night for The CW (0.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Friday cable numbers...
- Master Minds (GSN): 481k/0.05

Games took a break in Sunday broadcast, as NBC (10.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) took home top honors on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.477 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (4.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (10.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (12.830 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2).

CBS (9.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) was the silver draw with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (20.622 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (10.236 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event" (5.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "The 22nd Annual A Home for the Holidays" (2.645 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Next up was ABC (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its annual broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.460 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Simpsons" (3.603 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (1.772 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "The Moodys" (0.970 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "The Moodys" (0.733 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (0.774 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Family Guy" (0.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.460 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with an encore of "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2019" (0.589 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a new "The Outpost" (0.330 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Sunday cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (S/Food): 909k/0.19
- Candy Land (SF/Food): 781k/0.18

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/22/2020

Beat the Chasers Season 2: 2021
ITV Averaged 5.7 Million for Season 1
From Radio Times

It has been a big year for The Chase – not only did they welcome former contestant Darragh Ennis as a new chaser, but primetime spin-off Beat The Chasers also launched.

Unsurprisingly, the spin-off of the popular teatime quiz show drew big audiences, attracting an impressive 5.7 million viewers in its first episode and even beating critically acclaimed drama Normal People over on BBC One.

At only five episodes broadcast over one week, Beat The Chasers ended leaving fans hungry for more. So now that we’re obsessed, when can we see more episodes and what will series two be like?

Radio Times

Liverpool Echo

posted 12/22/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Coming Back to America"

posted 12/22/2020

Richard Osman Departs Endemol
"Pointless" Co-Host to Remain Pointless, Though
From Metro

Richard Osman has promised fans he won’t be quitting Pointless, after the presenter and producer announced he is leaving his role at Endemol.

The game show host confirmed he was leaving his job as the media company’s creative director after first joining them in 1999.

Joking that most people didn’t even know he had an ‘actual, real job’, Richard assured viewers that he’ll still be making Pointless and House of Games.

‘I’ve worked at Endemol since I was 29, but it’s time for me to move on. Will still be doing Pointless/House Of Games & working with brilliant people there. But also looking forward to creating new shows with new people,’ he wrote.

Metro
EuroWeekly
THe Daily Mail

posted 12/21/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Chaser Beaten"

  • Darragh Ennis won't be menacing "Beat the Chasers" (Radio Times)

  • Jenny Ryan wants to train your brain for quizzing (Metro)

posted 12/21/2020

THURSDAY: More Football!
Fox Wins on TNF
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (8.635 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) scored another victory on Thursday thanks to "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.395 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

The silver went to ABC (4.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with its fall finales of "Station 19" (5.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "A Million Little Things" (3.306 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (3.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its 2020 closers to "Young Sheldon" (6.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "B Positive" (4.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Mom" (4.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "The Unicorn" (3.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.127 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up the feature "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" (3.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.131 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Dogs of the Year" (0.817 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), "World's Funniest Animals" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.555 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Thursday cable numbers...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 866k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 475k/0.05
- Unleashed (SF/Nick): 340k/0.08
- Top Elf (SF/Nick): 316k/0.07

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/18/2020

Survey Says... #2 Answer!
ITV Renews "Family Fortunes" Reboot
From Televisual

Fremantle indie, Thames, has won a second order for rejuvenated gameshow Family Fortunes fronted by Gino D’Acampo. 20 new episodes have been ordered and are set to air in 2021.

D’Acampo says: “As soon as we’d finished the last season of Family Fortunes, I wanted to get straight back into the studio and film a load more episodes. Thankfully, the show went down very well with the viewers and I’m so happy to be back as I had the best time. The contestants really do make the show as brilliant as it is, and I know we’re going to be hearing a lot more weird and wonderful answers to the questions I’ll be asking.”

Amelia Brown, Managing Director of Thames adds: “It brings a lot of joy to all of those who work on Family Fortunes to know that the show has been so successful in such a period of uncertainty. It seems that viewers want to escape with the family and be entertained for an hour every Sunday night and we couldn’t be more pleased that the show is returning for even more episodes.”

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning said “We’re delighted to recommission Family Fortunes after such a popular kick off series with Gino D’Acampo. It’s proving to be perfect viewing for families up and down the country and I’ve no doubt that the new series will be just as enjoyable to watch.” T

he series was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning and Joe Mace, Commissioning Editor for ITV. The series will be Executive Produced by Ash Whitehouse for Thames.

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Mirror

posted 12/18/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Ballad of Billy Buzzsaw"

  • Brayden Smith dubbed "one last gift from Alex" (USA Today)

  • Chris Harrison teases an emotional finale for "The Bachelorette" (YouTube)

  • Grocery Store Joe tells all (Reality TV World)

  • Ken Jeong, Joel McHale kill 2020 with fire for Fox (THe Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Randy Jackson (Meaww)

posted 12/18/2020

WEDNESDAY: Yours for a Song
Fox Wins on "Masked Singer" Finale
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (6.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) scored top honors on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (5.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) followed by the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (7.143 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (4.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with the season finale of "The Amazing Race 32" (4.307 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) alongside the fall finales of "SEAL Team" (4.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "S.W.A.T." (3.972 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with fresh installments of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.087 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and the fall finale of "For Life" (2.168 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for encores of "Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - At Home Holiday Special" (3.021 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (2.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, the season finale of "Devils" (0.374 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a rebroadcast of "Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us" (0.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) on The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Wednesday cable numbers...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 839k/0.45
- Forged in Fire (History): 779k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 714k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 475k/0.05

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/16/2020

More on "TV Showdown"
Catch It on ITV January
From Entertainment Daily

Paul Sinha’s new show TV Showdown will begin in the next few weeks.

The Chase star will test teams’ knowledge of what’s on the TV.

ITV confirmed on Thursday that the new series will kick off on Saturday, January 9.

What is Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown about? The series will feature clips from the best-loved shows, adverts and music videos from today and recent decades.

Paul will then test teams’ knowledge on these subjects.

Entertainment Daily

posted 12/17/2020

Merry Cube-mas
Meet the Teams for the Cube's Christmas Special
From Radio Times

Christmas, of course, means mandatory celebrity specials for all our favorite game shows – including recently-revived challenge, The Cube.

The high-pressure program returned after five years with a new format which saw pairs take on The Cube for the first time, and several celebrities such as Jason Manford, Mo Gilligan, Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton have already tried their luck in the claustrophobic crate.

However, Christmas is the time for cheer, goodwill, and some would say miracles – so will this new batch of celebrities beat The Cube games and scoop the top prize for charity? Let’s meet the contenders.

- Emily Atack: Emily Atack first gained prominence playing Charlotte Hinchcliffe in teen comedy The Inbetweeners, as well as for competing on Dancing On Ice in 2010. However after a successful stint in the I’m A Celebrity jungle in 2018, her career has gone from strength to strength – she has since presented jungle spin-off Extra Camp and dating show Singletown, is now a team captain on Celebrity Juice and recently had her very own sketch show broadcast on ITV2.
- Kate Robbins: Emily’s talents clearly run in the family – mum Kate Robbins is also an actress, best known for appearing in classic soap opera Crossroads and providing almost all the female voices during the original run of Spitting Image. Funnily enough, Robbins and her siblings also had their own sketch show in 1980s, and she also scored a no. 2 hit with the song “More Than
in Love” in 1981.
- Danny Jones: Danny Jones is best known as vocalist and lead guitarist for best-selling band McFly, who have recently been making a comeback with new album Young Dumb Thrills. He has also been a coach on The Voice Kids UK since 2017 – coaching Sam Wilkinson to victory in 2019 – and has toured England as a DJ while McFly was on a hiatus.
- Dougie Poynter: Jones’ McFly bandmate, Dougie Poynter is bassist for the band, as well as for McBusted when touring as a supergroup with fellow boyband Busted. Poynter won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011, and has also written three children’s books, written songs for artists such as One Direction and worked as both a model and a fashion writer.

The Cube returns on Sunday 20th December at 8pm on ITV.


Radio Times

posted 12/17/2020

Bradley Walsh Is Down to Blank
"Doctor Who" Actor to Host Christmas Edition of "Match Game" Adaptation
From British Comedy Guide

Bradley Walsh is to host a revival of comic game show Blankety Blank, with a festive episode set to be filmed soon.

The Christmas special, which is believed to be for BBC One, will form part of the channel's December line-up. Blankety Blank, which revolves around missing words, launched in 1979 with Terry Wogan based on the "Match Game" format hosted by Gene Rayburn, Ross Shafer, Michael Burger, and, most recently, Alec Baldwin.

Les Dawson took over in 1984, helming the show until 1990. The format was revived in 1997 with Paul O'Grady (as Lily Savage). It switched to ITV in 2001, finishing in 2002.

However, in 2016 ITV commissioned a one-off Christmas special with David Walliams hosting.

Talking about the new version, producers say: "The iconic gameshow Blankety Blank is back for a very festive special! You are invited to join Bradley Walsh as he hosts as a panel of celebrities try to win prizes for some lucky contestants."

British Comedy Guide
Radio Times
Yahoo!

posted 12/17/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Greatest Ending"

  • Snoop Dogg is hosting a New Year's Eve party, and "Go Big Show" is invited (The Futon Critic)

  • Wayne Brady to develop comedy based on his life (Deadline)

  • Ellen DeGeneres talks about recovering from COVID. (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Don Fear, the "Millionaire" champ, calls it a teaching career (BBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the winners of "The Amazing Race" (TV Line)

posted 12/17/2020


Fox

Fox Gets Wild with Jason Biggs
Pepsi to Team on New Quiz Show for 2021
From the Hollywood Reporter

Fox is adding a game show to its midseason schedule — and selling some soda along with it. The network has ordered Cherries Wild, a trivia competition with a giant slot machine at its center.

The series, hosted by Jason Biggs, is a collaboration between Fox Alternative Entertainment and Pepsi, whose Wild Cherry brand will be integrated into the show. It premieres Feb. 14.

"We are excited to partner with our longtime friends at Pepsi on Cherries Wild," said Fox Alternative Entertainment and Specials president Rob Wade. "This is a bold concept that best illustrates the limitless possibilities that can be accomplished when two great brands join forces to deliver audiences a wildly entertaining program and an equally dazzling product. With the always charming Jason Biggs at the helm, Cherries Wild is a refreshing twist on the classic trivia game show."

In the game, teams of two will answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance at a prize of up to $250,000. In the final round, the team spins the reels on the slot machine; if it comes up all cherries, the contestants win the big prize.

Cherries Wild continues Fox's long-standing relationship with Pepsi, which dates back to The X Factor in the early 2010s and continued on the network's hit drama Empire.

The show marks a return to Fox for Biggs, who starred in the network's comedy Outmatched last season. He had a heavily recurring part in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and played himself in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot last year. He's repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Steve Burkow.

Wes Kauble (Beat Shazam) created the show and serves as executive producer. Wild Cherries comes from Fox Alternative Entertainment.

The Hollywood Reporter
AdAge
TV Insider

UPI
Realscreen
The Wrap

Deadline
TV Line

THe FUton Critic

posted 12/16/2020


Fremantle/CBS

Daytime Goes Primetime for 2021
LMAD, TPIR to Return
From PopCulture

The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal are getting brand new primetime specials, which will be coming in January.

On Wednesday, CBS announced that the iconic game shows would stay up late a few nights next month, with The Price Is Right at Night airing as three new primetime episodes of the nation's longest-running game show. At least one of them will feature actor and comedian Adam Devine (Workaholics, Jexi) facing off against rapper-turned-actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (the Fast and Furious franchise). The pair will each be playing for charity. The new Price Is Right at Night primetime episodes will be hosted by Drew Carey and will air on Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

The fun certainly doesn't stop there, however. Let’s Make a Deal Primetime will air on Jan. 18 At 9 p.m. ET, with special guests Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku, the stars of CBS’ hit sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. The big episode will have $300,000 available in cash and prizes and will give away $21,000 to lucky Traders throughout the show, in celebration of 2021.

The newly announced primetime specials will not be the first, however, as two holiday-themed primetime specials will be airing this month. On Dec. 22, The Price Is Right at Night holiday special will air at 8 p.m. ET. That will be followed by Let’s Make a Deal Primetime, which will also be full of holiday cheer and festivities.

PopCulture.com
ComicBook.com
Deadline

THe FUton Critic

posted 12/16/2020

Clued Up for January
Game Show Network Slots Season 2 for January 4
From the Futon Critic

Season 2 of GET A CLUE will premiere on Monday, January 4 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

GET A CLUE is a fast-paced, high energy clue game in which two teams (of 3 for season 2, based on press photos) compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In the first round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play. The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player who tries to correctly guess the word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000. They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

THe FUton Critic

posted 12/16/2020

TUESDAY: Will You Accept This Voice?
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.129 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was back on top in demos thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (4.261 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and the fall finale of "Big Sky" (3.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (6.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with "The Voice: Cutdown of Live Performances" (5.687 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) followed by the two-hour "The Voice" (7.100 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) finale.

Next up was CBS (2.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its special "Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change" (2.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside repeats of "NCIS" (3.000 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "FBI" (3.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.185 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and "Next" (0.862 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

And finally, rounding out the night were "Swamp Thing" (0.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.372 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 936k/0.21
- The Misery Index (TBS): 642k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 600k/0.13
- Master Minds (GSN): 475k/0.05
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 178k/0.08

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/16/2020

CAA, WGA Come to Terms
Writers to Rejoin Union
From Deadline

Two developments on CAA and WGA. CAA has ended its legal battle with the guild today, notifying U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. that it “hereby withdraws its Motion for Preliminary Injunction as it has reached a settlement with Defendants and Counter-claimants Writers Guild of America West, Inc. and Writers Guild of America East, Inc. and has been franchised by the Guilds.”

WME, now the lone agency which has not buried the hatchet with WGA over packaging and affiliated production companies, issued this statement in the wake of CAA and WGA deal: “We have reached out to the Guild to learn more about the specific terms of their agreement with CAA, but we think today’s news is a positive development and suggests a path forward for WME to reach an agreement as well.”

Radio Times

posted 12/16/2020

Jeopardy! Champion Makes History
Kate Freeman Becomes First Open Transgender Champion
From THe Hill

A Michigan financial specialist recently made history as the first openly transgender contestant to win the game show “Jeopardy!”

Kate Freeman appeared on two episodes of the popular game show wearing a transgender pride flag pin. She won Friday's episode of the show and later returned for Monday's episode where she was defeated, according to NBC News.

“I spent a lot of time learning about and reflecting on my gender identity in grad school, coming out as transgender and lesbian a few months before graduating,” Freeman told MLive in a recent interview. “I’m proud to be out and I know representation is important."

There have been numerous transgendered contestants in the past, but Freeman is the first to win post-transition.

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 936k/0.21
- The Misery Index (TBS): 642k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 600k/0.13
- Master Minds (GSN): 475k/0.05
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 178k/0.08

THe Hill
Pink News

posted 12/16/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Father & Son"

  • Bradley Walsh gets broken for season 3 (Radio Times)

  • Betty White's long-lost "Pet Set" to see a DVD release (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest "Voice" champion (TV Line)

posted 12/16/2020

SYNDIES: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending December 6
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment magazines were themselves the big news in the session ending Dec. 6, scoring double-digit increases right across the board. Entertainment Tonight led the charge with a 14% surge to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, tying corporate cousin Inside Edition at the top of the magazine rack.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +14%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 +14%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +12%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/15/2020

MONDAY: Top of the Charts
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From THe Futon Critic

NBC (6.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to the penultimate "The Voice" (7.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and week two of "Nurses" (3.671 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (3.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with a special "The Bachelorette" (3.873 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) plus "The Shot: Race for the Vaccine - A Special Edition of 20/20" (1.797 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.688 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its fall finales from "The Neighborhood" (5.148 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.740 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "All Rise" (4.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (5.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.035 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up "LA's Finest" (1.227 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (0.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.490 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its annual "iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2020" (0.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.413 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

Monday cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.494m/0.31
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 1.174m/0.19
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food):

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/15/2020

Food Network Joins the Neighborhood Watch
Jeff Mauro to Host "Kitchen Crash"
From THe Futon Critic

Host Jeff Mauro brings all the pressure and heat of culinary competitions to the suburban streets on Kitchen Crash, premiering on Wednesday, January 6th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the six episodes, professional chefs head to a local neighborhood block for an outdoor cook-off. With only 10 minutes on the clock, each chef must convince a local homeowner on the cul-de-sac to hand over ingredients from their kitchens and pantries, with the caveat that the competing chefs can only use the items that the homeowners can fit into one bin.

With no additional pantry items and no option to restock, the chefs must ration what they are given for the entire competition. The chef that can make the most delicious dishes using only the ingredients in the average American kitchen will earn a cash prize to split with the family who provided the ingredients.

"Kitchen Crash is a unique cook-off that gets the whole neighborhood involved in the fun as the residents help to provide the ingredients and cheer on the chefs during the competition that takes place right in their very own front yards," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

These professional chefs must turn on the charm to convince local residents to hand over food from their fridge and provisions from their pantries to use in the competition. Making the competition even tougher, the chefs must cook curbside as their skills are tested in challenges from Tex-Mex meals, to festival fare, to meat lover's breakfasts, and more, while the neighborhood watches. Jeff Mauro along with one special guest judge, including Matt Abdoo, Leah Cohen, Eddie Jackson, Nilou Motamed, Christian Petroni, and Marcus Samuelsson will decide who crushed the competition. In the end, one winning chef will split a $10,000 cash prize with their lucky host family!

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/15/2020

WEEKEND: Markdown
NBC Wins on SNF
From THe Futon Critic

NBC (12.056 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) went home with the top honors on Sunday thanks to "Football Night in America #1" (4.916 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.478 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

FOX (6.296 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) got a spark from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (14.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) followed by "The Simpsons" (3.842 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Bless the Harts" (1.907 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.711 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.746 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.873 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.058 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a repeat "NCIS" (3.109 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a rebroadcast of "The Disney Holiday Singalong" (2.393 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) plus originals from "Supermarket Sweep" (2.369 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.446 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Card Sharks" (1.716 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

And finally, the season finale of "Pandora" (0.283 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T18) and a new "The Outpost" (0.264 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T18) rounded out the night on The CW (0.273 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5).

Sunday cable numbers...
- Candy Land (Food): 829k/0.22
- Buddy vs. Christmas (SF/Food): 712k/0.16

CBS (5.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top overall draw on Friday thanks to new episodes of "MacGyver" (4.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Magnum P.I." (5.587 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (6.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

FOX (2.106 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the adults 18-49 honors with "WWE SmackDown" (2.106 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Next up was NBC (2.864 million viewers, #T2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with a repeat "Weakest Link" (2.607 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (2.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus ABC (2.864 million viewers, #T2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its duo of "Shark Tank" (3.826 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "20/20" (2.383 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the return of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.517 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9).

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/15/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "F2020... Part 2"

  • Jennifer Lopez helps Ryan Seacrest set 2020 on fire (The Futon Critic)

  • Kelly Clarkson liking stuff on social media until 2023 (The Futon Critic)

  • Sharon Osbourne has tested positive (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Krakowski (Meaww)

posted 12/15/2020

The Category is... PEOPLE
ABC Releases the Lineup for "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune"
From TV Insider

Pat Sajak and Vanna White have announced details in a sneak peek promo for the upcoming Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, from when it will air to which stars are participating.

In it, the hosts share that the ABC game show begins Thursday, January 7.

In true Wheel fashion, the celebrity-contestant reveals take place on the game show's iconic puzzle board, with each name being spelled out with the tiles.

So, who's playing? It's a hefty list of contestants that include fellow game show vets, ABC alums, and more. The players on this special edition of "America's Game," in alphabetical order: Karamo Brown, Yvette Nicole Brown, Nicole Byer, Drew Carey, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jennie Garth, Chris Harrison, Teri Hatcher, Tony Hawk, Robert Herjavec, Leslie Jones, Jeannie Mai, Joel McHale, Maria Menounos, Chrissy Metz, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Paul Reubens, Alfonso Ribeiro, Rob Riggle, Sherri Shepherd, Joe Tessitore, Chandra Wilson, and Constance Zimmer.

Catch the promo, below, and don't miss the fun when Celebrity Wheel of Fortune airs in 2021.

TV Insider
UPROXX
TV Fanatic
Cinema Blend

TV Line

posted 12/14/2020


ABC
CHARLEY PRIDE: 1934-2020
Country Music Hall of Famer Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Charley Pride, who became the first Black man to make an impact on the country music charts, has died. He was 86 and passed from Covid-19 complications in Dallas.

Born in Sledge, MS., in 1934, Pride became country music’s first Black superstar and the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also one of three Black artists to become members of the Grand Ole Opry.

He was honored Nov. 11 by the Country Music Association with a Lifetime Achievement award and performed his hit “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” during the CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Music City Center with Jimmie Allen.

Pride was also a superb athlete, becoming a two-time Negro baseball league all-star. He played for the Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons.

The singer’s career heyday was in the mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. His career resulted in 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 30 of them reaching number one. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Among his best-known hits: “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” and “Mountain of Love.” Pride won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, and its top male vocalist prize in 1971 and 1972.

In game shows, he has made appeareances on "The Hollywood Squares".

Deadline
Rolling Stone

posted 12/14/2020

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... or "F2020"

posted 12/14/2020

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