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VH1 Gets Naked...
Catch "Dating Naked" Next Week
From The Hollywood Reporter
VH1 is the latest network to get naked in hopes of luring viewers.

The cable network will debut unscripted entry Dating Naked on Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. and has just released a supertrailer for the dating show.

Each episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different — and naked — suitors. The series will explore the art of romance free of preconceived notions, stereotypes and, yes, clothing. At the end of every hourlong episode, the two romance-seekers analyze what they've learned from their dates — and themselves — before deciding whether to move forward with their potential love matches.

Dating Naked was created and produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, with company president Howard Schultz on board to exec produce alongside exec vp Rob LaPlante and vp development Jeff Spangler. VH1's Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills will oversee for the network.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/11/14

... While Fox Puts Its Pants Back On
Network Pulls Back Development on Its Own Naked Romance
From the Wrap
Fox has pushed back its plans for its own naked dating series, TheWrap has learned.

Simon Andreae, Fox's executive vice president of alternative entertainment, was fast-tracking the still-unnamed pilot with producers A. Smith & Co. Productions, but the top brass at Fox has put it on hold, individuals with knowledge of the network's plans said.

With producers hired, casting completed and plans to build the set made, the project was reviewed earlier this week and a decision made to hold it pending new leadership as Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly left in June and his replacement hasn't been announced.

One of those individuals said the show had been outright killed, but another insider said it was merely on hold pending Reilly's replacement. A network spokeswoman declined to comment.

There was no official word on the cost of shutting down the planned production, but studio pilots typically cost in the $2 million range.

Fox's version of what has become a hot idea in Hollywood would have had its naked participants date each other on a set in front of a studio audience. One of the insiders said the pilot description has “overtones of a live sex show.”

The Wrap

posted 7/11/14

Game Night for Felipe Viel
Estrella TV's "RetofamoSOS" Gets a Host
From Boxscore
Felipe Viel is joining Estrella TV’s hit celebrity game show, RETOFAMOS.O.S., as its new host when the next season kicks off on Monday July 14, 8:00pm/7:00pm CST.

Estrella TV viewers will be able to see Felipe like they’ve never seen him before on Spanish language TV as he brings a new level of charisma and sensuality to RETOFAMOS.O.S. Felipe is ditching his signature suit and tie to show off his well-toned body with a hip, fashionable look, while bringing his sharp wit to the next level. In each episode, Felipe will get together six celebrities and invite them to face a series of original, hilarious, and entertaining challenges where glamour and fame are left behind to make way for fun and good humor.

The sexy Lis Vega and the one-of-a-kind Armando “El Faquir” Hernández unite alongside Felipe as his Captains, who each lead two teams of three celebrities. Throughout the show, both teams will face 7 different challenges where Felipe will test the intelligence, skill, spontaneity and originality of his guests, and even make them sweat in uncomfortable situations.

The point value will vary, depending on the challenge, and in the end, the team that accumulates the most points will be the winner.

Boxscore

posted 7/11/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Happy 7-11"

  • Davina McCall gets a new series, "Long Lost Family" (Daily Express)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Raleigh to host "Shark Tank" auditions (July 24) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" auditions (July 28) (Raleigh News & Observer)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Family Feud" (weeknights, ten) (PerthNow)
     
  • Dexter Roberts pulls out of "Idol" tour (Billboard) ... which Dave Grohl takes issue with (The Wrap)

posted 7/11/14

Emmy Nominations Announced
New Blood Takes on Veterans
From Deadline
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

On the reality-competition front, the following nominations were named...

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION SHOW:
- "The Amazing Race" (Worldrace Productions for CBS)
- "Dancing with the Stars" (BBC Worldwide Productions for ABC)
- "Project Runway" (The Weinstein Co., Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment for Lifetime)
- "So You Think You Can Dance" (Dick Clark Productions & 19 Entertainment for Fox)
- "Top Chef" (Magical Elves for Bravo)
- "The Voice" (One Three, Talpa Media USA & Warner Horizon Television for NBC)


OUTSTANDING REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION HOST:
- Betty White ("Betty White's Off Their Rockers")
- Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars")
- Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night")
- Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn ("Project Runway")
- Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance")
- Anthony Bourdain ("The Taste")

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
- "@midnight" (Funny or Die, Serious Business, Aloha Productions, Nerdist Industries for Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
- "Shark Tank" (Sony Pictures TV for ABC)

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR VARIETY, NONFICTION, OR REALITY
- "The Voice"

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
- "The Amazing Race"
- "Project Runway"
- "Survivor Cagayan" (Mark Burnett Productions for CBS)

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/10/14

Wednesday: Invasion of the Eyes
Old Game Show, New Aliens Give CBS the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (7.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), the premiere of "Extant" (9.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (6.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (5.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.971 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.713 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.773 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.820 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), another "The Middle" (3.218 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and a new "Motive" (3.864 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, the special "iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party" (0.824 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/14

TruTV Shakes Things Up
New Logo Comes with a New Show
From The Futon Critic
As part of its continuing brand and programming evolution, truTV has greenlit four new series: Branson Famous (working title), the first-ever reality musical; Hack My Life, a comedic take on life's little shortcuts that can save you time, effort and money; Kart Life, a high-speed, high-stakes look at the kids and parents involved in the competitive sport of kart racing; and The Shake Up, a fun, competition reality series that will settle once and for all which bar owners have the best recipe for success. All four series are slated to launch this fall and winter. truTV's announcement raises the total number of series greenlit by the network over the past nine months to 13.

truTV has also expanded its order for the upcoming reality western Way Out West, which is set to premiere Monday, July 21. Demonstrating its confidence in the show, the network has ordered an additional 13 episodes of the unscripted series about three boisterous, fun-loving families of outfitters who have been living, laughing and competing with each other for three generations.

In addition to building an extensive slate of new shows, truTV has taken the next step in the visual aspect of its brand evolution. The network is rolling out a newly refreshed logo designed to reflect truTV's new spirit. On-air, the logo's dot will be used as a portal through which viewers will experience truTV's new brand. The dot will also be used as a communication device thru which consumers can access truTV content on various platforms.

"truTV is working with an outstanding group of creators who are providing each of our series with a unique and surprising point of view," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "We are creating innovative and clever programming with a goal to make truTV a fun ride for grownups and a refreshing alternative in a landscape where so many shows look and feel the same."

The Shake Up is a fun, competition series that seeks to settle once and for all which bar owner has the best recipe for success. In each episode, comedian Mo Mandel (Comedy Central) travels to a different city and pits two bar owners against each other. The goal is to see who can turn the most profit...while running the other owner's bar. The result is a wild rollercoaster ride of comical conflicts and one-upmanship as the bosses compete to see who can win over new staff and customers with their charm and skill.

truTV has ordered eight one-hour episodes of The Shake Up from ITV Studios & Gaspin Media.

Meanwhile...

Fake Off (Eight episodes, Shine America, Oct. 27): A unique performance show hosted by Robert Hoffman and featuring judges Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC; Glee’s Harry Shum Jr.; and Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil).

Hair Jacked (18 x 30′ episodes, Mission Control Media, Hazy Mills Productions, CORE Media Group, October TBA): An ambush game show.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Realscreen

posted 7/10/14

Stalker Vision
Big Brother's Newest Hitch: Tracking Houseguest's Every Move
From The Futon Critic
BIG BROTHER will introduce tonight a new interactive feature in which Houseguests will wear wireless activity trackers, allowing fans to monitor their every step via CBS.com. Activity updates will rank the Houseguests from most active to least active, resulting in potential rewards or punishments throughout the season based on their liveliness or laziness. Host Julie Chen will announce this new feature to viewers during the live eviction show tonight, Thursday, July 10 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

BIG BROTHER fans will have the opportunity to not only track the Houseguests' every move, but also their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes. Each of the Houseguests' personal activity levels can be monitored on CBS.com (http://www.cbs.com/bbtracker).

In addition, activity updates on the Houseguests will be available on the BIG BROTHER Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BigBrother) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cbsbigbrother) accounts.

Fitbit Flex(TM) Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/10/14

ITV Gifts Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford
"Gift List" Coming to Daytime
From ITV News
ITV Daytime has commissioned a new quiz format Gift List from 12 Yard Productions, presented by husband and wife team Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Each day, Eamonn and Ruth will invite three engaged couples onto the show, where they will have the opportunity to win their very own wedding list, culminating with a top prize of a dream holiday.

Gift List will see the betrothed couples have to work together across a series of quiz rounds in order to see off the opposition. The new format will run for 10 episodes this summer.

Ruth Langsford said: “We are all real life couples, us and the guests. So as you can imagine, there is more to this show than just questions!”

Eamonn Holmes added: “We even let the contestants win the prizes they want. They chose their own Gift List, but have they got what it takes to win it?”

12 Yard’s Managing Director Andy Culpin said: "We are delighted to be working with TV's favourite 'real life' couple Eamonn and Ruth on this new quiz show. They are the perfect fit for the format."

The new series has been commissioned by ITV Director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and will be produced by ITV Studios-owned indie 12 Yard Productions. The executive producers are Andy Culpin, Michael Mannes & Matt Walton. The format was developed by Liz Gaskell and Stefan Iriarte.

ITV News
Digital Spy

posted 7/10/14

There's a New Buzzcock in Town
After Years of Guest Hosts, Rhod Gilbert Tapped as New Host
From Digital Journal
Rhod Gilbert has been appointed the permanent host of "Never Mind the Buzzcocks," BBC Two's long-running television comedy panel game show.

Of his appointment, Gilbert joked that it had "happened so fast."

As Digital Spy reports, Gilbert said, "After my first Buzzcocks in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host, and now, just five years later, I got the call. It has all happened so fast."

In more serious mode, the 45-year-old comedian added,"Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens. It's an institution, in a good way. It's a great honor to be asked to take the reins full time [...] I'm equally excited and nervous about adding my name to those who have hosted it in the past."

Digital Journal
Daily Telegraph
Radio Times

posted 7/10/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Skype Search"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Let's Ask America" is looking for 800 people for season 3. That's at least 200 shows. So get going, America (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Jane Lynch has seen some crazy, dirty stuff on the couches of "The View" and SHE WANTS IN. (Inquisitr)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Tim Gunn says "Turn down for what". And then it gets weird (Gawker)

posted 7/10/14

Tuesday: Runners & Reruns
NBC Reruns "Got Talent" to Another Win
From The Futon Critic & TV Media Insights
NBC (7.416 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday despite an encore "America's Got Talent" (7.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and a new "The Night Shift" (6.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Meanwhile, GSN’s “The Chase” returned to the network for its third cycle on Tuesday, July 8 and averaged a modest 494,000 total viewers and 73,000 adults 18-49 for its 8 p.m. ET premiere telecast, according to live plus same day final national data from Nielsen.

Two encores of the telecast aired later in the evening: a 9 p.m. repeat drew 231,000 total viewers (75,000 adults 18-49) and the 11 p.m. repeat 312,000 total viewers and 57,000 adults 18-49. In total, "The Chase" was watched 1.037 million times.

One positive for “The Chase” was the 8 p.m. showing ranking the network’s most-watched telecast of the day according to TV Media Insights.

To put these numbers into perspective, for June 23-29, 2014 (the most recent non-holiday week), GSN averaged 340,000 total viewers (60,000 of those viewers in Adults 18-49) in prime time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and 245,000 total viewers (45,000 of those viewers in adults 18-49) in total day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.).

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights

posted 7/9/14

Syndies: Pete, Repeat
Results for the Week Ending June 29
From B&C
In a week full of repeats, entertainment magazines saw some gains with coverage of Shia LeBeouf’s arrest during a Broadway play in the week ending June 29.
Besides the magazines, most shows were flat or down and TV was dominated by the World Cup, including the U.S.’ heartbreaker against Germany, and early rounds of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

In access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune stabilized after hitting season lows in the prior two sessions. Wheel pumped up its ratings by 3% for the week to a 6.1, while CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.8 for a third week. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud inched up 2% to a 4.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire trailed at a flat 2.0 for a third consecutive week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/9/14

Israel Shares
Global Agency to Represent Worldwide
From World Screen
Global Agency has picked up the distribution rights for the game show format Share or Dare, created by Israel's United Studios.

The game show sees two players who have never met before competing together to win a grand prize. It starts off with 16 circles on a board, each of which contains prize money. Contestants must clear as many circles as they can and claim as much money as possible in the process. The players must answer correctly to a series of Yes/No questions to move along. Players are asked three times during the game whether they would like to continue working together or play alone—they are rewarded for their loyalty...up to a point.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We're delighted to have partnered with United Studios on Share or Dare. As Global Agency, we instantly recognized Share or Dare’s potential as a global show and now it has been one of the most important formats in our fast-growing catalogue. There is great importance today for formats and we’re very happy to have this new fantastic show with United Studios.”

Efrat Dror, United Studios' co-CEO, commented: “We are happy to once again develop and invest in a new format by a great format developer, and are really excited to work with Global Agency. We are confident that Share or Dare will be a huge success all around the world as a new hit game show format thanks to Global Agency’s international experience.”

World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 7/9/14

My Homme Can
NRJ 12 Orders Red Arrow Game
From Rapid TV News
French television network NRJ 12 has commissioned a long-running series order of ProSiebenSat.1 subsidiary Red Arrow Entertainment Group's My Man Can game show.

Produced by Enibas Productions, created by RedSeven Entertainment and running under the local title of Cheri T'es Le Meilleur, the show sees four women gamble with the abilities of their partners, putting, say the producers, their 'courage and skills to the ultimate test'. My Man Can has already been sold to more than 30 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Thailand, South Korea and China.

The show is seen as a perfect fit for NRJ 12 which boasts a national exposure across France, targeting the 15-34 and 25-49 demos. It is available on DTT, cable, DSL and satellite. As well as game shows, NRJ 12 offers a mix of dramas, comedies, reality, entertainment and magazine shows. Commenting on the move, vice head of programing Michael Vey said: "My Man Can is a worldwide hit format with a distinct and visual look. NRJ 12 is proud and confident to put it on air in France. This show will also strengthen our marketing strategy aiming at 25-49 demos."

Tobias Schulze, senior sales manager, France, at Red Arrow International, added: "Over the years My Man Can has built itself an amazing track record with pick-ups all over the world. We're delighted that the show will now go on air in France - one of Europe's biggest TV markets. NRJ 12 is a great partner on this project and we can't wait to see the results."

Rapid TV News

posted 7/9/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And Now, Sports"

posted 7/9/14

Tuesday Lightspeed Round
... or "Million Dollar Minute"

  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: the one time it pays to not listen to your wife (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • Drew Carey has a new girlfriend... and he's turning her life around (Chicago Sun-Times)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Restaurant Startup" (CNBC, tonight) (Times Herald-Record)
     
  • Richard Osman says a good game show never dies. Truth. (Radio Times)
     
  • Contestants announced for "Skin Wars" (August 6, GSN) (Broadway World)
     
  • Chris Harrison stands by his decision to air last night's Rose Ceremony and everything before... which included the announcement of Eric's death (TV Guide)
     
  • Eddie Huang goes into a "Snack-Off" on MTV August 10 (Thursday) (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "Big Break" heads to Myrtle Beach for season 22 October 7 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/8/14

Gladiators Ready... Again
A. Smith & Co. Prep Third Series of Classic Physical Challenge
From TV Guide
In reality TV, popular formats never really die — think the frequently revived Candid Camera — they just go into hibernation. Next to awaken is American Gladiators.

Executive producer Arthur Smith (Hell's Kitchen), who has turned the competition series American Ninja Warrior into a summer smash for NBC, is giving the 1990s syndicated hit (briefly brought back in 2008 by NBC) a modern makeover.

"It's a little darker, more intense, more serious," says Smith, who's producing the show through his A. Smith & Co. banner with MGM. "It's a little less red, white and blue. And there's no spandex. Spandex has left the building."

Created by Dan Carr & Johnny Ferraro, American Gladiators originally aired from 1989 to 1996 and featured amateur men and women as they competed against each other as well as the show's "Gladiators," who had names like "Nitro," "Laser," "Zap" and "Ice." The show spawned several international adaptations.

In a nod to modern times, Smith says the new American Gladiators will incorporate elements inspired by the popularity of both The Hunger Games and mixed martial arts. "Times have changed," he says. "This one is tonally different. It's more post-apocalyptic. But it's the same spirit."

Smith says he's been developing his Gladiators reboot for the past seven months and will shop it to broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks. "I feel Gladiators is a big, broad family show," Smith says. "I've always been a big fan of the show." Smith says he isn't concerned that the NBC revival didn't last long. "Six years ago is eons ago," he says. "But what we're planning is a much bigger different from the original, and much different from the NBC show."

Casting will get under way after it lands a home; he's also waiting to tailor Gladiators to its eventual network partner.

TV Guide
Mirror


photo courtesy MGM Television

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osted 7/7/14

Weekend: Rising "Star"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Sunday thanks to its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.924 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Wipeout" (3.594 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Rising Star" (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

CBS (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (5.982 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Reckless" (3.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Unforgettable" (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the special "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" (2.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, FOX (2.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a "Brain Games" (1.587 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) special alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.134 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), another "The Simpsons" (2.527 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "American Dad" (2.483 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On the Thursday before the Fourth, CBS (4.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "The Millers" (4.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Big Brother 16" (5.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Elementary" (4.062 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

FOX (3.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.212 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Gang Related" (2.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

On Saturday, Bet on Your Baby averaged 1.70 million for ABC.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/7/14

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch It on NBC July 22
From TV by the Numbers
It’s the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in “Food Fighters,” a high-stakes culinary game premiering Tuesday, July 22 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman (“Man Vs. Food,” “Fandemonium”) hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level. The eight-episode series will feature acclaimed culinary experts, including top chefs Cat Cora, Lorena Garcia, G. Garvin, Duff Goldman, Elizabeth Faulkner and Jet Tila.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will Face Off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, they’ll square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as “The Dinner Party.” After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don’t win, they still get to Face Off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. It’s the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox and Tim Puntillo are the executive producers of the series from Electus and Universal Television.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/7/14

Vernon Kay One Heartbeat Away from a New Quiz Show
ITV Signs On for New Series
From Digital Spy
Vernon Kay has signed up to host a new ITV quiz show.

The daytime series, 1,000 Heartbeats, will see contestants battling against their own heartbeat in an attempt to win money, Broadcast reports

Each competitor begins the game with 1,000 heartbeats and their heart rate is measured as they move through each round, with each beat reducing their allowance - meaning that the faster their heart beats, the less time they will have to answer quiz questions.

Kay described the show as a "brilliant concept", adding: "The contestants are going to have to stay calm under real pressure to win big. I can't wait to start recording the shows."

The show is produced by Holly Willoughby's husband Dan Baldwin, who said: "Vernon is a hugely successful primetime star and capturing him was a real coup. He fell in love with 1,000 Heartbeats as soon as we pitched it to him."

An air date for 1,000 Heartbeats has not yet been released.

Digital Spy

posted 7/7/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Ex-Pointless-armus"

  • Will Daniel Radcliffe, Dame Judi Dench play "Pointless Celebrities"? (What's on TV) PLUS Alexander Armstrong says it's going to be "harder"  (Congleton Guardian)
     
  • Paul Sinha Is a Stand-Up Comedian... which explains the title of his new one-man show (Banffshire Journal)
     
  • Theo Von hosts a comedy night. Deal with it. (Palm Springs Life)
     
  • For years you've heard our friends say "The British are better than us". Here's the science (Independent)
     
  • "The Bachelor" is scientifically better than "The Bachelorette". Which isn't saying much (The Daily Beast)
     
  • CeeLo Green says "The Voice" became "a job" (Us)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC, August) (E!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (MacLean's)

posted 7/7/14

Wednesday: Taxi!
Big Brother, Got Talent Rerun Split the Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (3.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.985 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

NBC (6.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then split the gold with a repeat of "America's Got Talent" (6.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (5.609 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Under the Dome" (3.295 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.851 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Modern Family" (3.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), another "The Goldbergs" (3.056 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Motive" (2.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.893 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The 100" (0.738 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.815 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/3/14

So You Think You Can Broadway
Winner's Prize Revealed
From Variety
After nabbing the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance,” the next winner of the FOX reality game might go out “On the Town.”

Producers of the fall Broadway revival of “On the Town” will offer the upcoming winner of the current cycle of “So You Think You Dance” a part in the tuner as part of the series’ prize package. On the next episode of the show, the stage musical’s choreographer, Josh Bergasse (“Smash”), will choreograph a performance of opening number “New York, New York” featuring the 20 finalists in competition on “SYTYCD” this season.

Casting for the musical, which opens in October, has already been set. The “SYTCD” winner would join the tuner in the spring, assuming that sales for the production are strong enough to sustain it for that long. No role has been specified, although the part seems likely to be a dance-centric chorus gig.

Overlaps between Broadway and television’s live-performance competitions have become relatively common in recent years, but only rarely does such casting spark sales at the box office. “American Idol” has yielded the most robust crop of performers who have gone on to stints on the Rialto, with Fantasia Barrino driving stellar sales at “The Color Purple” (though attracting less business in the unfamiliar property “After Midnight”). Clay Aiken also helped spur some business during his tenure in “Spamalot.”

Meanwhile, fellow “Idol” alums Constantine Maroulis and Justin Guarini have become Rialto regulars, while Jordin Sparks and Diana DeGarmo also have taken Broadway gigs.

“SYTYCD” contestants have filtered onto New York stages as well, though few have attracted much attention. Most recently, Cole Horibe played Bruce Lee in last season’s bio-play “Kung Fu” at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater. (That production was choreographed by “SYTYCD” alum Sonya Tayeh.)

The “New York, New York” number will air as part of the July 9 episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Broadway’s “On the Town” begins previews Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theater.

Variety

posted 7/3/14

Tuesday: Got Talent? NBC Does
NBC Also Got the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the just-renewed "The Night Shift" (7.164 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.846 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Person of Interest" (4.849 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.203 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.010 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) was out of the hunt with repeats of "Family Guy" (1.726 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.272 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.520 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the recently-pulled "Famous in 12" (0.518 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.523 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Chopped" helped itself to 1.503 million viewers, a top 20 for the night. TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked up 1.078 million, while "Motor City Masters" helped truTV to a primetime average of 354,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 7/3/14

American Lightning Round
... or "Declaring Our Independence for the Weekend. Be Back July 7!"

  • Pat Sajak's faulty sprinkler system may cost him $125,000... or roughly 500 vowels (SeattlePI)
     
  • Kyle Massey goes from "Dancing" to "Gotham" (TV Line)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Chris Jericho returned to the WWE this week. Here's 17 things they want you to forget. "Downfall" surprisingly absent (What Culture)
     
  • Nigeria celebrates 10 years of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (niyitabiti.net)
     
  • Trista Sutter: "The Bachelorette" has changed (Us)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "I Hate My Neighb.." really? (Reality Wanted)

posted 7/3/14

BOB HASTINGS: 1925-2014
"McHale's Navy", "Batman: TAS" Actor Hosted "Dealer's Choice"
From TV Guide
Bob Hastings, who portrayed Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, died after battling pancreatic cancer for 15 years, The Burbank Leader reports. He was 89.

Born Robert Francis Hastings, he began his career at 11 on radio shows such as The Daily Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland. Hastings then took a break from entertainment to enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from overseas, Hastings went back to radio, giving voice to the comics icon Archie Andrews until 1953.

Hastings moved to television in 1949, where he appeared on Captain Video and His Video Rangers and Sergeant Bilko. His other credits include All in the Family, General Hospital, and Batman: The Animated Series, where he voiced Commissioner Gordon.

"I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband," Hastings' younger brother, and As The World Turns star, Don Hastings said. "That's hard to be in show business."

In 1974, he signed on to host the first season of "Dealer's Choice", a game show based upon casino games and taped at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The show lasted another two seasons in Los Angeles under the eyes of Jack Clark.

Hastings is survived by his wife Joan and their four children.

TV Guide
Broadway World
Los Angeles Times
CBC
AV Club


Bob Hastings
photo courtesy AP

posted 7/2/14

CHAD BROWN: 1961-2014
Poker Pro Hosted "Ultimate Poker Challenge", Was a Centurion on "Caesars Challenge"
From Poker News Daily
Chad Brown, actor, model, baseball player, poker pro, and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of poker has ever had, passed away early Wednesday morning after a long bout with cancer. He was 52-years old.

Chad had it all: soap opera star looks, brains that earned him over $3.6 million in live tournaments, a disarming smile, and a personality that could charm Oscar the Grouch. It was almost unfair. All of that helped him get started with a modeling and acting career - including a stint as "a Centurion" on NBC's "Caesars Challenge" -  which, perhaps oddly, led him to poker. After moving from New York to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry (he has a few film and television credits, but nothing particularly noteworthy), Chad discovered the legal card rooms in California and began playing to make some money while trying to get acting work.

Eventually, Chad got his big break of sorts when he became the host for the Ultimate Poker Challenge television show in late 2004. He was a natural in front of the camera and quickly became well known in the small but growing poker community. After that, he was one of the few poker personalities with whom casual poker fans identified; even though he looked like Superman, his down-to-earth warmth came through the television set.

On the felt, he was fantastic. In live tournaments, he cashed over 100 times, including almost 40 at the World Series of Poker and 10 on the World Poker Tour. He was never able to claim a bracelet at the WSOP, but he came close: he finished second three times, third twice, fourth once, fifth once, and eighth once. He was also the runner-up in the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Championship.

In 2011, Chad Brown was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer that manifests itself as a tumor in fat cells in deep soft tissue. He had a large tumor removed from abdomen. A testament to his strength, he played in numerous tournaments after his diagnosis, winning a $2,000 event at the Wynn Classic in 2011. Even having lost tons of weight and almost unrecognizable, he was playing as late as this January, placing second in a side event at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and finishing 26th in that festival’s Championship Event, the last cash of his career.

Chad Brown is survived by his parents, Elda and Sonny, as well as his brother Matt and his sister Gina. He was previously briefly married to fellow poker pro Vanessa Rousso, but the couple divorced in early 2012; they had no children.

Poker News Daily
Card Player
CardsChat
Casino.org


Chad Brown

photo courtesy Card Player

posted 7/2/14

More on "Millionaire's" Move
On Tap, More Jobs
From Stamford Advocate
NBC's "The Jerry Springer Show" is no longer the only seasoned television program in Stamford. ABC's quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is filming its 13th season at the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford, bringing 150 new jobs into the state.

The show, a production of Disney-ABC Domestic Television, began shooting the 2014-2015 season last week with its new host Terry Crews, former NFL player and star of the television series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

It's good news for the city's burgeoning production industry, which in the past few years has welcomed companies that include ESPN, NBC Sports and the YES network, as well as shows like "Springer" and "The People's Court" to Stamford. It also highlights the emphasis the state is putting on television, rather than film production, making use of the preserved tax credits for television and digital media.

"Thanks to the momentum of our successful tax credit program, the critical mass of companies involved in television and digital media in Stamford continues to grow," said George Norfleet, director of the state's Office of Film, Television & Digital Media. "The more we attract productions, the more jobs are created, obviously, and the more the economy will be affected positively."

In bringing "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" from New York to Connecticut, Disney's Valleycrest Productions, the production entity of the show, can collect up to a 30 percent tax credit for production expenses through a program sponsored by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

"This relocation - and the 150 jobs that come with it - is just the latest example of how our efforts to build Connecticut's television and digital media industry have paid off tremendously over the last three years," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. "With successful economic development tools like our motion picture tax credit program, we will continue to attract the kinds of productions and digital media that not only bring new investments to our state, but also good-paying jobs with good benefits for our residents."

Stamford Advocate
ATV Today

posted 7/2/14

Balls Have the BBC on "Edge"
Mark Benton Tapped to Host
From Digital Spy
Mark Benton will host a new BBC One daytime quiz show which is all about brains... and balls.

The Edge will feature four contestants in each episode, battling it out in a knockout for the right to roll balls down cash lanes.

The hopefuls will answer questions at the podiums to attempt to select the best runway, before rolling for cash - and the nearer the ball gets to The Edge, the more money they win. However, if the balls roll over The Edge, they could be eliminated.

Only one contestant will be left standing in the final round, as the more questions they get right, the bigger The Edge grows.

They will then be given the chance to roll a ball onto The Edge to take home all their winnings - or can choose to roll for half with two balls, or a quarter with three balls.

"I'm thrilled to be hosting The Edge," Benton said. "It's a battle of brains and balls! What could be more exciting?"

Meanwhile, the BBC's Pam Cavannagh said that BBC Daytime is "very excited" about the show, adding: "It combines questions with bowling in a new and very compelling way."

An airdate has not yet been set for the new 25-part series.

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 7/2/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is For Pawn"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Pawnography" (History, July 10) (Monsters & Critics)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Wild'n Out" wilds out tonight! (The Wrap)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Holiday Marathon Edition: "It Takes a Church" tomorrow on GSN, and for the 4th... "American Bible Challenge" on GSN, "American Ninja Warrior" on Esquire (TV Guide)

posted 7/2/14

Syndies: Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooold!
Results for the Week Ending June 22
From B&C
The week ending June 22 was a difficult one for most syndicated shows with the year’s longest days coupled with all-day viewing of the World Cup, including Team USA’s defeat of Ghana on June 16, creating a major distraction. In addition, some shows were preempted by the president’s daytime press conference on Iraq on June 19.

In access, game shows were mostly steady. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune dropped to a new season low for the second straight week, skidding 2% to a 5.9. CTD’s Jeopardy! kept it close with an unchanged 5.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud bucked the trend, advancing 4% to a 4.8. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 2.0.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV News Check

posted 7/1/14

Monday: Thunderdome.... Two Networks Enter, One Network Leaves
Fox, CBS Split Night Thanks to Return of "Under the Dome"
From the Futon Critic
FOX (5.487 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2)and "24: Live Another Day" (5.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

CBS (6.875 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second place with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.786 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Mom" (4.461 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Big Bang Theory" (6.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and the season premiere of "Under the Dome" (9.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

Next up was ABC (5.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments from "The Bachelorette" (6.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Mistresses" (4.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up the special "Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley" (2.994 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) followed by a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.467 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.781 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) plus a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.812 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.267 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/1/14

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Buy a Vowel When "Wheel" Returns to the Big Island September
From Los Angeles Times
"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and letter turner Vanna White will tape episodes of the long-running TV game show Sept. 13, 14, 16 and 17 on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The September visit will mark the third time the popular show has visited the Hilton Waikoloa Village, 20 miles north of Kona International Airport. The cast and crew recorded programs there in 1996 and 2008.

The hotel is offering two promotions to entice fans.

The Contestant Package includes a room, two show tickets and one audition for the chance to appear on a “Wheel” episode to be taped in L.A. at a later date. Rooms start at $229 plus tax per night but will fluctuate based on availability. There’s a three-night minimum stay.

The Wheel Watchers Club package, priced from $234 a night, includes an upgraded room, daily breakfast buffet for two and two tickets to a taping. To book one of the offers, you need to be a club member. Registration, however, is free.

Los Angeles Times

posted 7/1/14

Weekend: A Slow Sunday
CBS, ABC Tie for the Demo Crown
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.101 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.403 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Big Brother 16" (5.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), the premiere of "Reckless" (4.095 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the return of "Unforgettable" (6.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (4.494 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared top demo honors with a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by originals from "Wipeout" (4.004 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Rising Star" (4.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.106 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with an encore "American Ninja Warrior" (2.844 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) alongside a special two-hour "Last Comic Standing" (3.369 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

And finally, FOX (2.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the evening with repeats of "American Dad" (1.478 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (1.405 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.952 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "The Simpsons" (2.422 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Family Guy" (2.621 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and another "American Dad" (2.261 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

On Saturday, "Bet on Your Baby" delivered 2.102 million to ABC at 8. On Friday, "Funniest Wins" logged in 580,000, up on the week by 20 percent.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 7/1/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Room Without a Roof"

  • Pharrell Williams to perform at Kids Choice Sports, slightly more legitimate than the ESPYs (The Futon Critic)
     
  • The Adam Richman instagram: amazing how pulling your show (B&C) can bring an apology out of somebody (ABC News)
     
  • Surprise, Surprise... Surprise! Holly Willoughby is pregnant (Daily Record)

posted 7/1/14

New Season, New Trainers
"DietTribe" Trainer, Former "American Gladiator" Join Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince
From Today
“The Biggest Loser” family has just gotten a little bigger. NBC announced Monday that two new trainers will be joining existing trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince for the show’s upcoming 16th season. Fitness experts Jennifer Widerstrom and Jessie Pavelka have signed on to help the show’s newest batch of contestants lose weight and change their lives.

“We are excited to welcome Jessie and Jen into ‘The Biggest Loser’ family, and know they will be valuable players on this life-changing show that continues to inspire millions of people to embrace a healthy lifestyle,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming. “We look forward to viewers meeting them and to revealing more great changes we have in store for the new season.”

Pavelka is best known for starring on Lifetime’s reality show “DietTribe,” as well as his roles in several British weight-loss documentaries. A fitness expert specializing in extreme weight loss, Pavelka also hosted a series of exercise programs on OWN called “Wake-Up Workout with Gaiam.” Earlier this year, he hosted the “Motivation Nation” segments on the U.K. morning show “Daybreak.”

Widerstrom is an expert on women’s health who has served as a fitness expert for Fitbie.com and a life coach for MSN.com. A former star of the NBC series “American Gladiators,” she is currently the lead female trainer for the InterContinental Hotel Group’s new “Even” wellness line.

This is just the latest change to be announced in regard to the popular show. Last week, it was confirmed that longtime trainer Jillian Michaels had decided to part ways with “The Biggest Loser.” Although Michaels will not be continuing with the series, Harper and Quince, as well as host Alison Sweeney, have all signed on to participate in the upcoming season.

Season 16 will be only the second in the show’s history to feature four trainers. In 2011, season 11 featured Harper and Michaels, as well as trainers Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel. Castronuova and Hoebel did not return for additional seasons.

The series is scheduled to return to NBC September 11.

USA Today
TV Line
Hollywood Life
Today
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/30/14

Bobby Flay Returns July 31
Food Network Hit Returns for Season 2
From The Futon Critic
A brand-new roster of chef competitors battle for the opportunity to cook against culinary icon Bobby Flay in Beat Bobby Flay season two this summer, with new episodes kicking off Thursday, July 31st at 10pm ET/PT. In each thirty-minute, two-round episode, Bobby is joined by two culinary contenders who think they have what it takes to Beat Bobby Flay, along with a rotating cast of special guest duos who know him well. In front of an audience, the visiting chefs compete against each other in round one using an ingredient of Bobby's choice - and it's the special guest's job to hand pick the contestant they believe can defeat him in his own kitchen. In round two, the winning chef battles Bobby with a distinct advantage - the challenger makes their signature dish, which will not be revealed to Bobby until the beginning of the round, and he must immediately come up with his own version. A judging panel then determines the winner based on a blind taste test - does the challenger have the chops to Beat Bobby Flay or will Bobby's food reign supreme?

The Futon Critic

posted 6/30/14

"Hounds" to Be Released in America
Eli Roth, Jimmy Vee to Host
From The Daily Record
Jimmy Vee is top dog after bagging himself a US TV role with horror actor Eli Roth.

The 3ft 8in actor from Harthill, Lanarkshire – who has regular roles in Doctor Who and featured in the Harry Potter films – is co-host of the US version of controversial game show Release the Hounds.

The UK version of the show was a hit at Halloween.

Contestants go into a forest at dusk to face challenges in order to get their hands on cash.

To win big, they must outrun a pack of hounds trained to guard the money.

Jimmy, who was at the ­Edinburgh Film Festival with Eli for new film The Green Inferno, said: “The American game is a bit wilder than the English one and there is a bit more blood and gore.

“It’s more like a good horror, which really suited Eli.”

Filming took place in a ­military base in England and Jimmy’s role involved presenting and releasing the hounds.

He said: “I’m not scared of the dogs because I have two German ­shepherds of my own.”

The former electrician has now made six episodes of the hour-long show.

The Daily Mirror

posted 6/30/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "American He"

  • Craig Ferguson scored 100 percent on his naturalization test. Your move. (About.com Immigration)
     
  • Darren McNulty goes from "The Voice UK" to "House Husband" (Daily Mail)
     
  • "SYTYCD" celebrates #200 with... JasonnnndeRULO (TV by the Numbers)

posted 6/30/14

MESHACH TAYLOR: 1947-2014
"Designing Women", "Mannequin" Actor A Panelist on "To Tell the Truth"
From USA Today
Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role in the hit sitcom Designing Women, died Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Times and CNN. He was 67.

Taylor was in hospice care at his family's home in Altadena, reported the Times. He was surrounded by his wife, children and mother when he died at 10:47 p.m., his son Tariq Taylor and agent Dede Binder said.

Meshach Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant to the four main female characters on Designing Women. He also played flamboyant window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the 1987 movie Mannequin.

Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, CNN reported.

"It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," the family said in a post on Facebook on June 27.

In 2000, he was chosen as a regular panelist on "To Tell the Truth", gifted with his ability to blend humor with gravitas.

USA Today
TV Line
NewsOne
Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood Reporter


Meshach Taylor
hoto courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 6/29/14

Thursday: Another "Big" Finish
CBS Ekes Out ANOTHER Win
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.656 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "The Millers" (5.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.677 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

FOX (3.689 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.852 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Gang Related" (2.526 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.328 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Undateable" (2.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "Undateable" (2.636 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.181 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Black Box" (3.885 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Rookie Blue" (4.873 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the return of "NY Med" (5.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.562 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.483 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.523 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" led the troops with 1.146 million. "Chopped Canada" attracted 882,000. "The American Bible Challenge" and "It Takes a Church" helped GSN to a primetime average of 401,000.

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Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic

posted 6/29/14

Wednesday: Big Brother vs. SYTYCD
CBS Ekes Out the Win in the Demo
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) moved into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to the premiere of "Big Brother 16" (6.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.351 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

FOX (4.377 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second thanks to a two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.377 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was NBC (5.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (6.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) followed by the launch of "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.437 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "The Goldbergs" (3.677 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), another "The Goldbergs" (3.241 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) plus a new "Motive" (3.507 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, encores of "Arrow" (1.106 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The 100" (0.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (1.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On Fox Sports 1, The Ultimate Fighter bumped the average to 186,000.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 6/27/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Game Night"

  • Hasbro: The Game Show gets refit onto Carnival Freedom (USA Today)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME #1: history is made on "Countdown" (Irish Independent)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: ready to go "Boom!" in SoCal (KESQ Palm Springs)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME #2: Best. Final Jeopardy! response. EVER. (Time)
     
  • Pat Sajak asked a contestant about his fiancée.... and then it got awkward. For Sajak (Deadspin)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: A comprehensive history of "Kitchen Nightmares". Fun fact: NO restaurant that Gordon rescued in season 2 made it out alive (Grub Street)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Break the Safe" host Nick Knowles (Digital Spy)

posted 6/27/14

Re-Tipping
ITV Renews "Tipping Point"
From What's on TV
The new series of ITV's charity game show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars will feature Jonathan Ross, Lorraine Kelly and Carol Vorderman among the celebrities.

Jonathan, Lorraine and Carol are among the stars who will take on the machine and attempt to win up to £20,000 for their chosen charities.

Ben Shephard returns to host the second series, which is expected to screen on Saturday evenings.

ITV's entertainment commissioning editor Kate Maddigan said: "I can't wait to see how the next batch of celebrities get on against the machine.

"Tipping Point is such a favorite every afternoon, and Lucky Stars makes a welcome return to the evenings."

What's on TV

posted 6/26/14

Armoza Pulls Over
Spain, Turkey Pick Up New Format
From Realscreen
Spain’s Boomerang TV and Turkey’s HMO have picked up Pull Over, the hidden camera ambush game show that allows its victims to potentially win a new car.

Developed by Rage The Cage creator Shy Barmeli and recently launched at MIPTV by Israel-based Armoza Formats, the 30-minute-episodic on-location game show finds its unsuspecting contestants pulled over by a policeman for speeding.

Instead of issuing them a ticket, however, he hands them eight keys and hands them seven questions. The contestants then place each of the eight keys on potential answers, and if they’re correct, the corresponding key remains in play. At the end of the game, the players will attempt to unlock the brand new car with the remaining keys, claiming immediate ownership if one opens the door.

Realscreen
World Screen
C21 Media

posted 6/26/14

Tuesday: Repeat Talent
NBC Wins on Encore of AGT
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (7.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Night Shift" (6.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (3.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.489 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (6.814 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat mix of "NCIS" (8.743 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (4.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.366 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.261 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.213 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.040 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a new "Famous in 12" (0.596 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.637 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night over on The CW (0.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

In cable, Chopped led the troops with 1.441 million viewers to Next Great Baker's 1.108 million. The premiere of "Motor City Masters" helped truTV to an average of 536,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "In Defense"

  • Caleb Reynolds' family comes to his defense (TMZ)
     
  • Terry Crews to host the TCA Awards (TV Guide)
     
  • The stuff they should've shown on "Last Comic Standing" plays on NBC (The Futon Critic)
     
  • The top 20 of SYTYCD are... (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "Wheel" or "Jeopardy!"? Which show makes you feel dumber? (Deadspin)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Rising Star" (Rolling Stone) PLUS the next 10 to take to the wall (Zap2it)
     
  • The evolution of the game show (WNPR Meridien)

posted 6/26/14


CALEB BANKSTON: 1988-2014
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" Contestant Killed in Train Wreck
From People
Caleb Bankston, who competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, died when the train he was on derailed on Tuesday, reports People, citing multiple sources

Bankston, 26, worked at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham. He competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013 alongside his fiancé, Colton Cumbie, ending the game in ninth place.

News of the accident has sent shockwaves through the Survivor community.

Bankston is the third Survivor contestant to pass away since the show premiered. In 2010, Jenn Lyon, who placed fourth on Survivor: Palau, died after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Last year, original Survivor contestant BB Andersen died of brain cancer at age 77.

People
TMZ
Mstarz

photo courtesy Survivor Productions

posted 6/25/14

Day Damn One
"Big Brother" Returns After Season Marred by Bad Blood
From Chicago Tribune
Outfitted with a fresh, photogenic cast, "Big Brother" is watching again, launching an all-new season of shifting alliances, back-stabbing and outrageous stunts.

"This, I promise you, will be the most twisted season ever," the show's host Julie Chen proclaimed in a recent plug for the Wednesday kickoff of the CBS reality series that isolates 16 participants inside a custom-made house for an entire summer.

Absent in the promotion of the new season however has been any mention of the elephant in the "Big Brother" living room — the racist and homophobic comments that clouded last season, but did bolster ratings.

Though the network and the show's executive producers maintained that they were caught off guard by last season's offensive remarks, they've declined to say whether this season's contestants were vetted any differently or if any additional thought was given to having a more diverse cast. Last year, the show featured a fairly typical cast: 13 whites, two African Americans and an Asian American contestant.

But already a similar controversy is heating up. Fan websites discovered this week homophobic and racially inflammatory comments on social media from new cast member Caleb Reynolds, an "adventure hunting guide" who lives in Hopkinsville, Ky. In commentary on his Instagram account, Reynolds referred to President Obama as a "Muslim monkey" and used an anti-gay slur.

CBS declined to comment on Reynolds, his casting or whether the network knew about the post.

Though "Big Brother" is essentially an unscripted game show, last year's friction overshadowed the usual stunts and high jinks. One white contestant, Aaryn Gries, made derogatory remarks about African Americans, Asian Americans and gay members of the house. GinaMarie Zimmerman, who is also white, also made a number of racist comments, including using the N-word in describing welfare as insurance for black people.

In the show's most infamous moment, Gries provoked an African American contestant, Candice Stewart, by flipping over her mattress and taunting her with a stereotypical accent. When the confrontation escalated, Zimmerman jumped in, getting in Stewart's face and saying in a challenging tone, "You want the black to come out?"

The behavior was denounced by Chen, who is Asian American, and her husband, CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves. Both women were fired from their respective jobs while still inside the "Big Brother" house. But since the pair were sequestered from the outside world, the contestants did not know about the reaction by viewers.

The controversy was a double-edged sword for CBS. While "Big Brother" pulled in solid ratings, the racial conflict prompted extensive media coverage that was uncomfortable for producers.

"We would have rather not had those headlines," said executive producer Allison Grodner last September during the buildup to the show's finale, adding that the show is "a daring social experiment" that is "real and raw, and it's not always pretty."

Chicago Tribune
Cosmopolitan
LIST ABUSE: Every Season Ever, from "Worst" to "Least Worst" - The Wire

posted 6/25/14

Focus on 2015
What Syndication Has in Store
From TV News Check
At the PromaxBDA Station Summit in Las Vegas this week, syndication executives are doing their best to get local TV marketers excited about promoting their new and returning shows this fall.

But elsewhere, syndication talk centers on what might happen next fall — 2015.

With the start of that season still 14 months away, five of the seven major syndicators are far along in developing new first-run shows, mostly talk, for whatever holes appear on TV stations’ daytime schedules.

And at least three stations groups — Gannett, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps — are prepping shows of their own that they hope will break out into wider syndication.

“It’s silly season,” says one station group executive who has been hearing all the pitches. “Everybody’s got a show.”

Sony Pictures Television is said to be considering a variety of projects for 2015, including a half-hour strip of some kind. A spokesperson for Sony would not comment.

Syndication executives speculate that Sony may be working on game shows. Sony produces top-rated syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, both of which CBS Television Distribution distributes.

Debmar-Mercury recently struck a deal to develop shows with station group Gannett. That partnership could result in shows that it will test as early as this year for a possible fall 2015 rollout.

How many new shows make it to air depends in large part on how many shows are not renewed for 2015 due to lack of interest among viewers and broadcasters.

Sony’s Queen Latifah, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Debmar-Mercury’s new game show Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson will be up for renewals after this season with no guarantees they will get them.

TV News Check

posted 6/25/14

Feud Falls in a Fortnight
Australian Version Launches in Two Weeks
From mUmbrella
Ten has announced an air date for Family Feud.

The Grant Denyer-hosted gameshow – which will air every weeknight at 6pm – will begin in just over a fortnight, on Monday July 14.

Denyer was previously weather presenter on Seven’s Sunrise and briefly hosted the network’s Million Dollar Minute.

The 37-year-old show’s recommission – it first aired in Australia in 1977 roughly one year after ABC first premiered the format stateside - was announced by Ten three weeks ago. It will be produced by Fremantle Media.

Although the 6pm slot is a vital one for Ten kicking off the network’s daily primetime schedule, it will not have to deliver much of an audience to improve on current ratings. The 6pm timeslot is currently filled with Modern Family repeats. Last night’s episode rated a metro audience of just 378,000 – less than a third of the 1.3m viewers watching both Nine News and Seven News at the same time.

mUmbrella
Sky News

posted 6/25/14

Monday: Another Win for Fox
NBC Skews Younger
From the Futon Critic
NBC (4.818 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday thanks to an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (3.548 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and a new two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

FOX (5.321 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "MasterChef" (4.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "24: Live Another Day" (5.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was ABC (5.142 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "The Bachelorette" (5.884 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "Mistresses" (3.659 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.780 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Mom" (4.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (5.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.754 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus the recap special "Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill" (4.343 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.794 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Food's "Rewrapped" reached a new high of 927,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/25/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Room for Squares"

  • Peter Marshall hosts "The West Virginia Squares" (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
     
  • The semifinalists for "The American Bible Challenge" are... (TV Grapevine)
     
  • Husband of "Top Model" alum turned "Deal or No Deal" case model Katie Cleary commits suicide (TMZ)
     
  • Don't expect a tell-all from Chris Harrison any time soon. We'd take two paragraphs on "Mall Masters" over that sort of thing anyway (E!)
     
  • John O'Hurley hosts "What's Hot on Broadway" on demand (New York Post)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: "Survivor" premieres September 24, "Amazing Race" September 26 (Variety)
     
  • Just when Ben Flajnik thinks he's out, his ex pulls him back in (Washington Post)

posted 6/24/14

"Jeopardy!", Steve Harvey Win Emmys
Records Fall in Mega-Ginormous Cluster of a Broadcast
From Variety
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Steve Harvey” grabbed the top talkshow wins while “The Young and the Restless” was named best drama series Sunday at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which proved to be a raucous affair as the awards ceremony grappled with the transition to a streaming-only format.

A high volume of no-shows among top winners and bumpy moments underscored the unusual nature of this year’s ceremony, which was unable to land a TV deal. At times, presenters struggled with their stage instructions and the camera work was jumpy. Without the timetable and content constraints of airing live on advertiser-supported TV, winners and presenters let the salty language fly, and some winners took their sweet time with acceptance remarks on the Beverly Hilton stage.

Host Kathy Griffin and others made light of the situation. Griffin ended the nearly two-hour ceremony by walking on stage yelling “say goodnight!” while “Young and the Restless” exec producer Jill Farren Phelps ran through a long list of thank-yous.

Steve Harvey took two trophies — gameshow host for his work on “Family Feud,” and for informative talkshow for his syndicated “Steve Harvey” daytime talker. Harvey was among many top winners who were not on hand. “Feud” exec producer and longtime Harvey associate Rushion McDonald said the host was on vacation in Bali as he did not expect to win.

Meanwhile, "Jeopardy!", who currently holds the record for most Daytime Emmys for a game show, added another one for Outstanding Game Show, beating veterans "Wheel of Fortune", "Let's Make a Deal" & "The Price Is Right", as well as GSN neophytes "The American Bible Challenge" and "The Chase".

In the Creative Arts categories, "Let's Make a Deal" won for Outstanding Original Song, the first game show to win such an honor.

Also of note...

- Bobby Flay won for Outstanding Culinary Show Host
- Hunter King, the youngest person to ever model on the set of "The Price Is Right", won for Outstanding Younger Actress on a Drama Series (as "Summer Newman" on "The Young and the Restless")

Variety
Wall Street Cheat Sheet
CTV News
Hollywood.com
TV by the Numbers
TV Line
Gold Derby
Washington Post
B&C
CBS Los Angeles
Contact Music



Both "Jeopardy!" and Steve Harvey were honored at a lackluster Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday
photos courtesy Steve Harvey, Sony Pictures TV

posted 6/24/14

Syndies: The Long Hot Summer Begins
Results for the Week Ending June 15
From B&C
Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, enjoying its highest-rated season in seven years, overtook CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil to become the top talker in the week ended June 15.

Game shows continued to be soft with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidding 2% from the prior week to a new season-low 6.0, but still beating CTD’s Jeopardy!, this year’s outstanding game show, which dropped 5% to a 5.8, that show’s lowest rating since Christmas. In the previous session, Wheel and Jeopardy! had been tied, while Jeopardy! defeated Wheel two weeks before that for the first time in ten years.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 2% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the only game show to gain, rebounding 11% from its worst week of the season to land at a still last-place 2.0.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/24/14

They'll Be Back
"Idol" Judges, Host Sign for Another Year
From TV by the Numbers
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host American Idol for its 14th season.

“Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season. Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream,” said David Hill, Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox.

Commented Trish Kinane, President, Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and Executive Producer, American Idol, “I am delighted that our dream team of Jennifer, Keith and Harry are back for AMERICAN IDOL XIV. Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of IDOL’s strongest-ever judging panels, and coupled with the expertise and charisma of Ryan Seacrest, we are ready to get out there to find the best talent in America.

“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith,” said AMERICAN IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can't wait to see their evolution together continue next season.”

AMERICAN IDOL XIV auditions continue in New Orleans, LA (Wednesday, June 25); Uniondale, NY; (Wednesday, July 23); Nashville, TN; (Wednesday, July 30); and San Francisco, CA; (Monday, Sept. 29). Additonally, the AMERICAN IDOL XIV team revs up its bicoastal bus tour. Kicking off on Wednesday, July 9 both in Portland, ME, and Portland, OR, the AMERICAN IDOL XIV Bus Tour will offer dreamers and hopefuls a chance to change their lives forever and begin their own AMERICAN IDOL journey. Hopefuls can also submit auditions online through social media using #TheNextIdol.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/24/14

A Minute for New Zealand
Australian Quizzer Heads Across Channel
From C21 Media
Australia’s Seven Network is continuing to expand into international markets by selling one of its quizshows to New Zealand broadcaster TV3.

Million Dollar Minute has been created, developed and produced by Seven and is hosted by Simon Reeve. Contestants must answer general knowledge questions to be in with the chance of winning A$1m (US$850,000).

Brad Lyons, Seven’s network director of production, said: “We are driving our future with programs and content we create and leverage. We are focused on driving our presence in the sale and distribution of our programming and creating new business and revenue streams for our content.”

Endemol Worldwide Distribution has picked up international distribution rights for Million Dollar Minute for both the format and finished program.

Seven recently created two international joint-venture production companies with London-based 7Wonder and US-targeting 7Beyond.

Both have been launched to expand the broadcaster’s creation and production of programming, which has previously included teen soap Home & Away, competition series My Kitchen Rules and factual show Border Security.

C21 Media

posted 6/24/14

KBC Begins 8th Season August
Amitabh Bachchan Returns to Helm Indian "Millionaire"
From India West
Amitabh Bachchan has revealed that the eighth season of popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” will start in August.

The 71-year-old actor took to Facebook to share the news with his fans.

“(It has) now been on since 2000, with a break in between and one season done by Shah Rukh Khan,” Bachchan wrote.

Bachchan has already shot for the promos for the eighth season of the show.

“The promos for the next ‘KBC’ were on shoot today and they went well. Let’s see how it all shapes up as the dates draw near,” he wrote on his blog June 22.

India West

posted 6/24/14

Weekend: "Star"... Meet "Talent"
NBC Takes Night from "Rising Star" Premiere
From The Futon Critic
In the end, it took a little "Talent" to fell "Rising Star's" grand debut.

NBC (5.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed the top spot on Sunday thanks to a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (7.998 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (4.269 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with the respective two-hour premieres of "Wipeout" (3.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Rising Star" (5.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

Next up was FOX (1.877 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the departing "Enlisted" (0.941 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) alongside repeats of "American Dad" (1.014 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Simpsons" (2.069 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), another "The Simpsons" (2.410 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Family Guy" (2.559 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "American Dad" (2.266 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

And finally, CBS (4.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Elementary" (3.285 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13), "The Good Wife" (3.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Mentalist" (4.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

On Saturday night, "Bet on Your Baby" grabbed 1.787 million viewers.

On Friday, the premiere of TBS' "Funniest Wins" was anything but with only 475,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Variety
BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW - Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic

posted 6/24/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The New King of All Media"

  • Ryan Seacrest has deal with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, E!, and Nickelodeon... and he's not finished yet (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Rob & Amber Mariano welcome baby #4... another girl! (Us)
     
  • So where did "Rising Star" fail? You can start with the premise (Variety)
     
  • Alex Trebek... is he the last great game show host? (The Week)
     
  • John Barrowman plays Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brooke Burns (Fox News)

posted 6/24/14

"Project Runway" Hits the Scene July 24
Lifetime Announces Judges, Players
From The Futon Critic
The heat is on! Season 13 of Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated Project Runway (#ProjectRunway) returns on Thursday, July 24, at 9pm ET/PT with an all new group of aspiring designers. Project Runway is creating a one of a kind, full-season experience with Instagram which kicked off with #RunwayRedemption. Offering one past designer the chance to come back to the workroom and compete in season 13 fans were able to vote on their favorite designer's "InstaPortfolio" choosing from former season favorites Ken Laurence (Season 12) Alexander Pope (Season 12) and Amanda Valentine (Season 11). The victorious designer will be revealed in the premiere episode to compete against 18 Project Runway newbies. Each will have to make a lasting impression on judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn in order to advance to the next level. But no decision is ever final as Tim will have one opportunity to "save" one designer from being eliminated.

Elimination may come sooner than expected for some! In the premiere episode, the designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show. Before they get to even get to the first challenge, three designers will be sent packing. After that hurdle, the remaining 16 will get their first challenge, -they must create a look that would give the judges a glimpse of what their spring collection would like if they present at New York Fashion Week. The designers will be able to complete their looks with shoes and accessories from the ALDO accessories wall but with only a trunk of fabric to use, like it or not, they have to "make it work."

Guest judges joining Project Runway this season include Emmy award winning Modern Family actress Julie Bowen, Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Shay Mitchell from hit series Pretty Little Liars, Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Christian Siriano, British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota.

The Project Runway Season 13 designers are:

· Alexander Knox, 22 - Hometown: Chicago, IL; Resides in Chicago, IL
· Angela Sum, 32 - Hometown: Toronto, Canada; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
· Carrie Sleutskaya, 24 - Hometown: San Diego, CA; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
· Char Glover, 37 - Hometown: Detroit, MI; Resides in Detroit, MI
· Emily Payne, 40 - Hometown: Temple, TX; Resides in San Francisco, CA
· Emmanuel Tobias, 29 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX
· fäde zu grau, 45 - Hometown: Coral Gables, FL; Resides in Coral Gables, FL
· Hernan Lander, 33 - Hometown: San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic; Resides in New York, NY
· Jefferson Musanda, 25 - Hometown: Lynn, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Kiniokahokula Zamora, 30 - Hometown: Kapolei, HI; Resides in Honolulu, HI
· Korina Emmerich, 28 - Hometown: Eugene, OR; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Kristine Guico, 26 - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· The Mitchell Perry, 25 - Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; Resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL
· Nzinga Knight, 33 - Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Samantha Plasencia, 27 - Hometown: San Antonio, TX; Resides in San Antonio, TX
· Sandhya Garg, 28 - Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL
· Sean Kelly, 25- Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
· Tim Navarro, 32 - Hometown: Rochester, MN; Resides in Minneapolis, MN
· Runway Redemption Contestant

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/23/14

Vernon Kay Gets Back in the Game
Host Signs with ITV, Fronts Pilot
From Yahoo!
Vernon Kay is to sign a new deal with ITV, which would see him hosting a daily afternoon quiz show.

The 40-year-old presenter would front the new game show, which he has already shot a pilot for. It will be aired in early 2015.

An ITV source told the Sunday People: "Vernon is one of the key stars on the channel and they want him to have more airtime. He is adored by viewers and is fast establishing himself as one of a handful of top entertainment presenters.

"It will be a quiz show and he will be extending his current job within ITV so it will be more work for him... The pilot went really well and now everyone is looking forward to the new series."

Vern, who has two daughters with wife Tess Daly, is best known for presenting shows like All Star Family Fortunes, Beat The Star and Splash!.

He briefly headed to the BBC to offer his services as Alex Jones' co-host on The One Show earlier this year.

Yahoo!

posted 6/23/14

... as Does Willie Revillame
Host Signs with TV5 for New Series
From Gulf News
Willie Revillame is slated for a TV comeback on TV5 in a revival of the hit ’80s game show Kwarta o Kahon, popularized by Pepe Pimentel.

Revillame ended his TV hosting stint in October last year, saying he needed to take a break from his TV career.

The show was apparently not making as much money, given the high costs of production involved.

In his new deal with TV5, Revillame will be producing his own show and will be required to market the program to advertisers.

The news was welcomed by Revillame’s fans, who have long been clamoring for his return.

The host is known to be generous in giving away cash prizes and gifts to his audience.

Gulf News

posted 6/23/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Shut It Down"

  • Gordon Ramsay wakes up from "Kitchen Nightmares" (Eater)
     
  • John "Burgo" Burgess says there's no love for elder statesmen in Aussie game shows (Daily Telegraph)
     
  • Using UK games to teach vocabulary (The Guardian)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Pharrell & Gwen's first "Voice" promo (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/23/14

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