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REGIS PHILBIN: 1931-2020
From TV Line

After years of support to the university, Regis Philbin was laid to rest this week at his alma mater the University of Notre Dame, a final tribute to the legendary broadcaster.

On Wednesday, a funeral was held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with burial following afterward at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Notre Dame campus.

"The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial," said university spokesman Dennis Brown in a statement.

Philbin had a close relationship with the school. After graduating in 1953 with a degree in sociology, he supported the university in various ways -- most notably when he donated $2.5 million to the school in 2001 to create the Regis Philbin Studio Theatre. "He likewise was generous with his time and talent in support of South Bend's Center for the Homeless and other worthy causes," said the Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, in a statement remembering Philbin.

Philbin, best known for hosting Live With Regis and Kathie Lee and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, died at the age of 88.

"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his family shared in a statement with People Saturday. "His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Navy veteran, Philbin entered showbiz in 1955 as a page for The Tonight Show. He worked as an announcer and host before becoming Joey Bishop's sidekick on ABC's The Joey Bishop Show in 1967. After hosting a number of local and national daytime shows, Philbin joined Cyndy Garvey on what was then titled The Morning Show in 1983.

In 1985, Kathie Lee Gifford took over co-hosting duties, and the New York-based talk show went into national syndication in 1988 under the title Live With Regis and Kathie Lee. The pair became a daytime staple, hosting together until Gifford's departure in 2000. Following a search for a replacement, Philbin was paired with Kelly Ripa, and the show was retitled Live With Regis and Kelly until Philbin exited the series in 2011.

Philbin was also the original host of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, an adaptation of the British game show that debuted here in 1999. The multiple-choice trivia game became a national sensation, airing five nights a week at the height of its popularity. The ratings buzz faded, though, and Millionaire's primetime version hosted by Philbin was cancelled in 2002. But it did live on in syndication, with Meredith Vieira taking over hosting duties from Philbin.

After leaving Live, Philbin served as a recurring guest host on the daytime cooking show Rachael Ray and hosted Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show on Fox Sports. He also reunited with Gifford on Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda, occasionally co-hosting alongside Gifford when Hoda Kotb was absent. In addition, the New York City native's hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America's Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray. He was also the host of the reunion/finale of season 2 of "The Apprentice" as well as "The Neighbors" and "Almost Anything Goes", where he served as a field reporter.

The list of game shows that have featured Philbin is long and fruitful - from playing roles in Password Plus, The Marriage Ref, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Win with the Stars, The Hollywood Squares, and Jeopardy!, to making cameos on Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, 2-Minute Drill, and You Don't Know Jack.

"Regis's family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love we've received," a family spokesperson said Monday. "If you'd like to honor Regis's memory, we kindly ask that you make a donation to http://foodbanknyc.org/, to help people in need in his beloved New York, especially his home borough of The Bronx. Thank you."

The news comes after Notre Dame confirmed Sunday that it will host the memorial service for its famous alum, who touted the university over his long career. The service will be held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and Philbin will be buried on campus at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. A date is pending.

"In many ways, Regis was the last great broadcaster," says Michael Davies in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "He was the last person who came from a time and place where the job was to appeal to everyone — and he did it without being soft or corny or anybody but himself. The man who crossed Columbus Avenue to come to work from his condo on 67th Street was the same man who sat in that chair. It sounds easy, but you can count the people on one hand who are truly capable of doing it. I might have gotten Millionaire on the air without Regis. It could have gone 10 episodes, but we certainly wouldn't have made 400 primetime episodes in three seasons. No one but Regis could have done that..

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posted 8/3/2020

"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Eye a Return
Sets Reworked for Social Distancing
From Deadline

Two of America's longest-running game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are heading back to the studio. Both shows were hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown, but Deadline reports that both syndicated shows, which come from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution, are set to start filming this week and next.

There will, however, be a few adjustments. In Wheel of Fortune, the wheel has been redesigned to provide proper social distancing between contestants.

Over on Jeopardy!, the stage has been slightly redesigned to allow for more space between the three contestant podiums. The contestants will also be at a safe distance from host Alex Trebek at his lectern.

As you can imagine, both shows have taken health and safety precautions as they return to production in Culver City, California. Only essential staff and crew will be allowed on stage, PPE will be provided for everyone behind the scenes and all staff and crew will be tested on a regular basis, while contestants will also be tested before they come to the studio before they tape. Social distancing measures will also be rigorously enforced both on-stage and off.

Jeopardy!, which is set to film five episodes a day, two days a week, is expected to be back in the studio this week, while Wheel of Fortune is aiming to return to filming next week.

Wheel of Fortune, which is hosted by at Pat Sajak and Vanna White, is entering its 38th season, while Alex Trebek-hosted Jeopardy! is going into its 37th season. Both shows, created by Merv Griffin, are contracted through to the 2022-2023 season and are exec produced by Mike Richards, who replaces the retiring Harry Friedman.

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posted 8/3/2020

China Races Around the World
Huanxi Media Picks Up All3Media Format
From Deadline

Race Across The World, the Studio Lambert reality competition series that won a BAFTA last week, is heading to China as part of a raft of finished tape sales clinched by All3Media International.

The All3Media-owned distributor has inked its first deal with Chinese streamer Huanxi Media, which encompasses 110 hours of factual programming. This includes Season 1 and 2 of BBC show Race Across The World. Other shows featuring in the deal include three seasons of Fox's Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell And Back, as well as Our Guy in Japan (North One Productions), Kevin McCloud's Escape To The Wild (Optomen Television) and Bear's Wild Weekend With Stephen Fry (Betty V)..

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posted 8/3/2020

"Big Brother" All Stars: August 5
Report: Contestants to Quarantine Before Rolling
From TV Line

Big Brother's latest season hasn't even begun, but there's already a major twist. In a departure from previous seasons, the long-running summer staple will announce its Season 22 cast live on the premiere, rather than revealing the houseguests days in advance per tradition.

The announcement was made Thursday in a post on Big Brother's social media accounts.

Though it's not yet clear how many houseguests will live in the BB house this summer, we do know Season 22 will serve as the show's second all-stars edition, following Big Brother 7 in 2006.

According to CBS, the cast will include "winners, finalists, legends, memorable personalities and some of the best to never win the game."

One Big Brother veteran who won't be back for the newest cycle is two-time runner-up Paul Abrahamian, who shared in a Twitter post earlier this month that the show's "hefty amount of emotional and mental stress" has made him wary of "going from one stressful quarantine to another."

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, houseguests will be tested on a weekly basis once the season begins, and they will have no contact with any crew members. The live eviction shows will also forgo a studio audience. The season's two-hour launch airs Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9/8c, followed by thrice weekly episodes on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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posted 8/3/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Nobody's Going Off The Air..."

  • Ellen DeGeneres' talker on notice (Deadline) .... then Ellen apologizes... (TV Line) and the producers say no one's going off the air. (TV Line)

  • Dwayne Johnson smells what the XFL is cookin' (ESPN)

  • Gabrielle Union has more words for AGT, Terry Crews has another apology. (Deadline)

  • Mark Labbett credits weight loss to battle with suspected COVID (LADBible)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (WLTW-FM New York)

posted 8/3/2020

The Market Is... Open?
"Supermarket Sweep" Begins Production
From Deadline

Supermarket Sweep is back in the shopping aisles.

Deadline reports that ABC's reboot of the classic game show, starring SNL alum Leslie Jones, is now back in production.

It becomes the latest high-profile non-scripted entertainment series to resume shooting after the COVID-19 production shutdown. Shooting started Friday in California with rigorous health and safety protocols put in place by producer Fremantle. The show is being shot with minimal crew and no audience. It is adhering to all of the union and industry production guidelines, as well as state and local requirements, and as you can imagine crew will be wearing PPE equipment, masks and having their temperatures taken regularly.

One positive note to emerge from the production resumption is that all of the edible produce and grocery items that you'll see on screen – a show essentially filmed in a mock-up of a supermarket – will be donated to various charities including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

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posted 7/31/2020

Idol Goes Virtual
Audition "Tour" Begins August 10
From Deadline

In its historic third season on ABC, "American Idol" became the first reality competition series to air remotely with the unprecedented season dominating Sunday nights, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 as well as the night's No. 1 most social show. As previously announced, the star-maker series will return with an all-new season premiering spring 2021. During this season's first round of auditions, "American Idol" will continue to break new innovative boundaries with custom-built Zoom technology to host "Idol Across America," its first-ever live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar.

Beginning Aug. 10, "Idol Across America" remote auditions will take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., for the first time since the show's inception, making auditions easier than ever. The kickoff to season four will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol.

To sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an "American Idol" producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. There you will find more details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions. You must be between 15 - 28 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.

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posted 7/31/2020

"Feud" Returns to Atlanta
Season 22 to Shoot with COVID Precautions
From Deadline

Syndicated gameshow Family Feud is the latest production set to get back up and running.

Deadline reports that the Steve Harvey-fronted show is returning to the studio in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 4. The show is set to start airing original episodes for its 22nd season on September 14.

While the show will look and feel the same as the one viewers recognize, slight adjustments have been made to the set so that Harvey, the contestants and the crew are able to maintain the required social distancing measures.

As with other production resumptions, the show will be shot with minimal crew and no audience with crew wearing personal protective equipment and masks with regular temperature checks and all of the other rigorous health and safety protocols put in place to adhere to all state and local requirements as well as union and industry guidelines for production.

Production on season 22 has been split between LA and Atlanta with early episodes, some of which were filmed behind closed doors, shot in California before the crew moved back to Georgia.

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posted 7/31/2020

Naya Rivera to Make One Final "Sugar Rush"
Season 3 LAunches on Netflix
From TV Line

Naya Rivera will appear as a guest judge during Season 3 of Netflix's Sugar Rush baking competition, which premieres this Friday, July 31.

Rivera taped her appearance back in February in Los Angeles, Deadline reports, just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic swiftly but surely shut down all TV, film and stage productions.

Sugar Rush is described as a "relentlessly fast-paced competition that challenges bakers to create treats that look beautiful and taste amazing – all against the clock."

Per Deadline, the Glee grad served on a judging panel alongside series host Hunter March and professional chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo.

The episode featuring Rivera will be dedicated to the late actress, with an on-screen remembrance preceding the opening credits..

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posted 7/31/2020

THURSDAY: The Hole Shebang
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.713 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) took home the demo honors on Thursday with originals from "Holey Moley" (2.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Don't" (2.309 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

CBS (3.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "The Unicorn" (3.042 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Mom" (3.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), another "Mom" (2.979 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and the Thursday debut of its "MLB on FOX" (1.958 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) coverage.

Meanwhile, NBC (2.175 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.403 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.784 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.338 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Killer Camp" (0.520 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a rebroadcast of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.544 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.252m/0.24


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posted 7/31/2020

The Chase Is On... ITV's Fall Schedule
New Chaser to Headline New Season
From the Sports Mole

ITV has unveiled a slew of returning and new gameshows for its autumn schedule, headlined by brand new episodes of The Chase with a brand new chaser.

With the TV industry having been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the broadcaster has turned to gameshows as a fast, cheap and COVID-safe way of filling the schedules.

Popular teatime quiz show The Chase has been stuck on repeats since March 23 but is expected to return with new episodes - and new chaser Darragh Ennis - in September.

Also back in the daytime schedule is Ben Shephard's Tipping Point and a rebooted Supermarket Sweep with Rylan Clark-Neal, which will be stripped over five weeks and include six celebrity editions.

Omid Djalili is to host a new show for teatime, Winning Combination, which will see contestants combine to win a cash prize equivalent a random four-digit number. Phillip Schofield will host The Million Pound Cube - including a celebrity edition - and 5 Gold Rings, while Stephen Mulhern also has two gameshows in the schedule, Celebrity Catchphrase and Rolling In It.

Family Fortunes will return to primetime with Gino D'Acampo as host and there will be a new stripped run of Jeremy Clarkson's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, with the 'Ask The Audience' lifeline being replaced with a second 'Phone A Friend'.

A second series of Beat The Chasers is also expected following its successful debut run earlier this year, although it has yet to be announced by the broadcaster.

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posted 7/31/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
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  • Clare Crawley reportedly is ready to stop tape having found The One (Life & Style)

  • Rachel Lindsey has a few words for Garret Yrigoyen (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with an ultimate tagger (Ozarks First)

posted 7/31/2020

Leah Remini Gets Puzzled
Game Show Network Show to Air in Early 2021
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) Award winner Leah Remini as host of new pop culture crossword game show, PEOPLE PUZZLER. The half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere in early 2021.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, three lucky contestants will put their pop culture knowledge to the test to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

Actress, author, producer, and television personality Leah Remini is perhaps most recognized as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy, "The King of Queens." She was recently seen in the romantic comedy, "Second Act," with Jennifer Lopez. In 2015, Remini released her New York Times Bestselling memoir "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology." Following the book's successful release, in 2016 she created, produced and hosted the critically acclaimed A&E documentary series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," which won the Primetime Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. In Summer of 2020, she reunited with her docuseries co-host (Mike Rinder) to launch their audio follow-up to the series, a podcast for iHeart Radio - "Scientology: Fair Game," streaming on Tuesdays on all platforms.

Remini recently signed a production deal with Critical Content where she will continue to produce projects for television and film.

PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC. Jeff Krask also serves as executive producer.

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posted 7/30/2020

Meet the AGT Class of 2020
Live Shows Begin August 11
From the Futon Critic

"America's Got Talent," summer's #1 show, has revealed the top 44 acts headed to the season 15 live shows, which premiere Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) from Universal Studios Hollywood.

This season's live shows will also feature an AGT "first," with several of the acts having initially auditioned online during the remote auditions due to stay-at-home orders now coming to Los Angeles to perform in the live shows.

In the first four weeks of the live quarterfinals, 11 acts will perform each Tuesday and viewers can vote at NBC.com/AGTVote and via the "AGT" App (available through Google Play and on the App Store). In addition, Xfinity X1 customers will be able to vote via their set-top box during the live broadcast by saying "vote for AGT" into the X1 voice remote. Results will be revealed during a one-hour telecast each Wednesday (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) with five acts going through each week to the semifinals. During the Wednesday night show, fans will have a chance to save an act in jeopardy during the telecast, via the "Dunkin' Save."

The acts appearing in the first live show on Tuesday, Aug. 11 are Archie Williams, Bello & Annaliese Nock, Divas & Drummers of Compton, Double Dragon, Feng E, FrenchieBabyy, Michael Yo, Pork Chop Revue, Golden Buzzer Roberta Battaglia, Shaquira McGrath, and Simon and Maria.

"America's Got Talent" is once again dominating the summer ratings landscape, with original "AGT" episodes aired to date averaging 10.7 million viewers per episode in "live plus seven day" Nielsens and accounting for television's six most-watched primetime programs since the end of the May sweep. With the addition of delayed viewers via DVR and digital platforms, the show's May 26 season premiere has grown to 14.9 million viewers. In total, last summer's 14th season of "America's Got Talent' reached more than 86 million viewers.

The "Got Talent" format has had more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide. "Got Talent" holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with more than 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. .

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posted 7/30/2020

WEDNESDAY: Nailed It?
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.366 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the top draw for the 10th consecutive Wednesday with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (3.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (2.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a new "Tough as Nails" (3.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) followed by rebroadcasts of "The Price Is Right Primetime Special - Big Brother Edition" (2.992 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SEAL Team" (2.157 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.281 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.423 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside the season finale of "Ultimate Tag" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a new "United We Fall" (3.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.164 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Conners" (1.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "American Housewife" (1.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.323 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "The 100" (0.403 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the season finale of "Bulletproof" (0.352 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 841k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 829k/0.25
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 657k/0.18
- The Challenge: Behind the Total Madness (S/MTV): 487k/0.28
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 201k/0.05
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 190k/0.04.


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posted 7/30/2020

Gordon Ramsay... Quiz Show Host?
Report: Format Created by STudio Ramsay
From the Sports Mole

Gordon Ramsay is reportedly in line to host a new ITV gameshow that has nothing to do with cookery or food.

Bank Balance is a new format created by the hot-tempered chef's own production company Studio Ramsay and is thought to have been snapped up by ITV.

Gameshows are enjoying a renaissance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as they are relatively cheap to produce, lend themselves to social distancing and have quick turnaround times from filming to transmission.

"This is a big, glitzy, primetime project which isn't his normal type of show, but that's just the point," a source told The Sun. "Viewers would be curious to see how fiery Gordon performs as a gameshow host and tune in to see if he gets frustrated with the contestants in the same way he did with competitors on Hell's Kitchen.

"The creators hope this will be a concept similar to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which can be sold around the globe."

Ramsay is also said to be in talks about hosting a revived version of Hell's Kitchen for ITV..

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posted 7/30/2020

"Masked Singer" Eyes September Return
Clue-Laden Trailer Released
From Deadline

Fox is plotting a September bow for mystery singing competition format The Masked Singer. This comes despite the fact that the show, which entered the Emmys race yesterday, scoring a nomination for Outstanding Competition Program, has not yet begun production.

The network has posted a teaser clip (link is below) promoting the fourth season, which will also air during tonight's season finale of Ultimate Tag, highlighting its September return.

Deadline reports the broadcaster is hoping to get the show back in the studio over the next six weeks so it can hit the September deadline, but obviously, as with all things coronavirus-related, the situation remains fluid.

Fox handed The Masked Singer an 8 p.m. slot for its fall schedule in May, running before the return of MasterChef Jr.

The show, which features celebrities in crazy costumes singing as judges guess their identity, was renewed back in May ahead of the finale of Season 3. Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed the renewal during the company's investors earnings call.

At the time, he said that "should conditions allow for it," it was planning to start production in early August.

The reality series is hosted by Nick Cannon, who will continue in the role after issuing a lengthy apology over controversial comments he had made recently on his podcast. Judges include Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.

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posted 7/29/2020

TUESDAY: Talent Returns Tops
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (6.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "World of Dance" (3.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

ABC (3.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its special mix of "Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.705 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here? - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "What Would You Do?" (3.043 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with second runs of "NCIS" (5.051 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (4.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.959 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) likewise served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.152 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (0.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.605 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.754 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the broadcast debut of "Tell Me a Story" (0.456 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 675k/0.15
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 647k/0.18
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 386k/0.13
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 138k/0.07.


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posted 7/29/2020

"Millionaire" Goes Home Again
Consoles Pick Up Release for US, UK
From Destructoid

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is getting a rerelease on home consoles.

The quiz game will be adapted into another video game in 2020 with an online mode "where up to 100 players can compete simultaneously." It's coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One from developer Appeal Studios and publisher Microids.

Aside from over 3000 questions, there will also be local multiplayer with co-op (where players have to reach a consensus) and free-for-all (where wrong answers knock players out), plus a single-player mode designed "especially for kids."

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will launch on October 29 in Europe and November 17 in the US

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posted 7/29/2020


Legacy
OLIVIA de HAVILLAND: 1916-2020
Oscar Winner No Stranger to Games
From TV Line

Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from Hollywood's golden age, died Sunday. She was 104.

The news came from the actress' publicist, Lisa Goldberg, who announced her death of natural causes at her home in Paris, where she lived for more than 60 years.

de Havilland's Oscar wins were for 1946's To Each His Own, where she played an unwed mother forced to give up her child, and 1949's The Heiress, where she starred as a woman who falls for a handsome beau against the wishes of her emotionally abusive father. Across her career, she held a total of five Oscar nominations. Of course, one of her most notable roles was Melanie Hamilton, Scarlett O'Hara's sister-in-law, in Gone With the Wind, which earned de Havilland her first Oscar nod in the Best Supporting Actress category; she ultimately lost to her fellow cast member Hattie McDaniel.

On the TV side of things, de Havilland appeared in the occasional TV-movie during the '80s, including Murder Is Easy and The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana. She also held roles in several miniseries such as Roots: The Next Generations and the second installment of the North and South miniseries trilogy. Her last credit was the 1988 TV-movie The Woman He Loved.

de Havilland had time for game shows, appearing in game shows that included Play Your Hunch in 1961, The Price Is Right in 1964, I've Got A Secret, Password and as a mystery guest on a few occasions on What's My Line?

In addition, de Havilland was portrayed by Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones in the first season of FX's Feud, which focused on the rivalry between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. At the time, de Havilland was displeased with the show's portrayal of her and filed a lawsuit against the show, which was ultimately dismissed by a California appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

de Havilland was also the older sister and occasional rival of fellow Academy Award winner Joan Fontaine. Until her death, de Havilland had been the oldest surviving Oscar-winning actor.

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posted 7/29/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Beauty and the Beast"

  • Mark Labbett is a fraction of the man he used to be (Us Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 20 Easter eggs in "Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge (StarWars.com)

  • How Derek Hough reacted to Tom Bergeron's firing (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the panelists from "Nickelodeon's Unfiltered" (BSC Kids)

posted 7/29/2020

EMMYS: And the Nominees Are...
Congratulations Around!
From TV Newscheck

The Television Academy revealed nominations Tuesday for the 72nd Emmy Awards, with Netflix dominating the field with 160 nominees led by its drama Ozark. HBO was second overall with 107 as both networks again lapped the field.

HBO's Watchmen was the overall leader in nominations with 26, followed by Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20. Both were nominated in their respective Best Limited Series and Best Comedy categories, the latter looking for a repeat of its win in 2018.

Leslie Jones hosted the announcement event this morning, with Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany doing the honors of presenting nominations in the primetime categories. They were joined by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

Nominees in our field....

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION
- The Masked Singer (Fox)
- Nailed It! (Netflix)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
- Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness ("Queer Eye"; Netflix)
- Nicole Byer ("
Nailed It!", Netflix)
- Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary ("Shark Tank", ABC)
- Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio ("Top Chef", Bravo)
- Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman ("Making It", NBC)
- RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1)


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posted 7/28/2020

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 19
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the hot performers in the otherwise tepid summer session ending July 19, and the only category in which every one of the strips was steady to higher.

The No. 1 show in all of first run remained Family Feud with a 5.8, down 2% from the previous frame.

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) 5.8 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/28/2020

MONDAY: The Titans Reign
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) remained the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Titan Games" (3.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) followed by repeats of "The Wall" (2.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.830 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

CBS (3.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.446 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "All Rise" (2.630 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bull" (3.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with second runs of "9-1-1" (2.049 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.042 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) opted for a repeat of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.377 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.820 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the special "Penn & Teller: Try This At Home Too" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

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posted 7/28/2020

WEEKEND: All Replays, All the Time
ABC's Reruns Win the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) led the repeat competition on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Press Your Luck" (3.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Match Game" (2.396 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

CBS (3.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was a close second with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (6.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4), "Tough as Nails" (2.026 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.384 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.557 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with encores of "Cannonball" (1.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "The Titan Games" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "America's Got Talent" (1.615 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.745 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.905 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Duncanville" (0.500 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), "The Simpsons" (0.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Bless the Harts" (0.621 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.713 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Family Guy" (0.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.432 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with rebroadcasts of "DC's Stargirl" (0.395 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.468 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (SF/VH1): 567k/0.27
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 353k/0.15
- The Sims Spark'd (P/TBS): 131k/0.05

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 357k/0.10

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.189/0.24
- Sunday Best (BET): 523k/0.11

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posted 7/28/2020

GSN to Test "Common Knowledge" in Syndication
Fox O&Os to Run Four Weeks of Episodes
From Deadline

Game Show Network's popular trivia-based game show Common Knowledge has been picked up by Fox Television Stations for a four-week test run next month.

Beginning on August 3, Common Knowledge, distributed by Sony Pictures TV, will air on Fox stations in eight markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando and Austin.

"This is the first time we have done a summer test, and we look forward seeing Joey Fatone host Common Knowledge on the Fox Television stations this August," said John Weiser, president, First Run Television, SPT.

Common Knowledge, which premiered on Game Show Network on January 14, 2019, is a game show that asks those practical, everyday questions that, in theory, everyone should know. Hosted by Fatone, Common Knowledge features two teams of three players consisting of friends, family and/or colleagues who compete to answer multiple-choice questions in three rounds of play. The winning team goes on to the bonus round to play for a $10,000 prize.

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posted 7/27/2020

Chrissy Teigen to Bring "Eye Candy" to Quibi
New Game Series Based on Japanese Show
From the Wrap

Chrissy Teigen and Quibi are teaming up to end our national crisis over what is a real object and what is a cake that looks like a real object with the new game show "Eye Candy."

Based on the popular Japanese game show "Sokkuri Sweets" from Nippon TV, "Eye Candy" is "centered around teams of celebrities and civilians who will attempt to identify outrageous edible creations designed to look like everyday ordinary objects," per Quibi's description. "With the objective to distinguish edible (and delicious!) creations from real objects, the suspense hilariously builds to when contestants must make their choice – and then take a bite!"

"Eye Candy" is executive produced by Teigen, Jimmy Fox, Linda Lea and Soichiro Shimada, with Tom Miyauchi executive producing for Nippon TV and Luke Dillon for 3 Arts Entertainment. Stephanie Valentin and Amy Stamford are co-executive producers.

The series hails from Main Event Media and All3Media America, Teigen's Suit & Thai Productions, and Good Egg Entertainment.

"I've been fascinated by all the mind blowing cake videos seen around the world and I'm thrilled to be a part of introducing 'Eye Candy' to many others," Teigen said in a statement. "Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any feelings of confusion, betrayal or cravings that may ensue from watching this program."

"When we first viewed the original Japanese series the closest reference that came to mind was 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,'" Jimmy Fox, president of Main Event Media, said. "Literally anything that appears on set could be made of chocolate or an undercover cake creation. The culinary artistry on display in the show is incredible and at the same time utterly ridiculous in all the right ways."

Atsushi Sogo, Nippon TV's president of international business development, added: "Congratulations to Chrissy, Jimmy and Quibi for finding our signature dish/format amidst the myriad of delicious plates/shows in the world! 'Sokkuri Sweets' airs each New Year's Day on our Nippon TV Network all throughout Japan to stellar ratings. Families watch the hottest and trendiest celebrities of the moment bite into a doorknob, a plant, or even a shoe, to find out if it was eye candy or an actual object! The pastry chef creates objects that are impossible to detect if it's real or a sweet confection; the suspense is immense, and the result is so satisfying. I am very confident that Quibi audiences will be glued to the screen to find out for themselves and look forward to many mouth-watering episodes.".

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"Drag Race" Races to Holland
Show to Stream on WOW Presents Plus
From Entertainment Weekly

RuPaul is about to introduce the fiercest flying Dutchwomen of drag to the global stage.

World of Wonder — the production company behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race series — has announced another international spin-off, Drag Race Holland, which is expected to pit 10 queens from the Netherlands against each other for the franchise's second European crown later this year.

Following other international iterations like RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Canada's Drag Race, Drag Race Thailand, and South America's The Switch Drag Race, Drag Race Holland's cast of 10 queens will compete in weekly challenges and lip-sync-for-your-life duels, with the full roster of competitors and the panel of judges to be announced in the weeks ahead.

RuPaul revealed the news in a video message on Sunday, telling fans: "I am proud to announce that my beloved Drag Race is coming to you — and with a brand-new host! More info coming soon, so you better watch!"

Outside of the Netherlands, where the series will air on RTL's Videoland, Drag Race Holland will be available on the WOW Presents Plus subscription streaming service, which also hosts the aforementioned global spin-offs of the series.

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posted 7/27/2020

India Beats the Grid
Frames to Adapt Armoza Formats
From C21Media

India's Frames Production Company has taken local adaptation rights to two shows from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats.

The Indian prodco is working on local versions of dance makeover format The Moves and CGI-based interactive gameshow Beat the Grid.

The Moves sees four dance coaches go head-to-head to train contestants to dance. Potential participants showcase their moves to the coaches, who then pick a contestant and train them over the course of the series.

Meanwhile, Beat the Grid tasks contestants with finding the answers to a question on a giant grid, on which some are right and some are wrong. Contestants must find a minimum number of correct answers in order to 'beat' each grid.

Ranjeet Thakur, founder of Frames Production Company, said: "The times are trying but our job is to keep people entertained and interested in the brighter things of life. It is great to be working with Armoza Formats and ITV Studios, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on many more interesting formats.".

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posted 7/27/2020

"Shark Tank" Swims to Vegas
New Season of ABC Series to Shoot in a Bubble
From DEadline

Another legacy broadcast reality series, ABC's Shark Tank, is heading back to production after a coronavirus-related shutdown.

The popular family-friendly unscripted show, which traditionally shoots on the Sony lot in Culver City, will film its upcoming 12th season in Las Vegas, reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.

The show, already in pre-production at an undisclosed location in Vegas, is employing a quarantine bubble, keeping the stars and crew within a single facility with COVID-19 safety protocols, including testing, in place. "I hear a large portion of Shark Tank's LA-based crew members have made the trip to Las Vegas to work on the new episodes, set to begin shooting soon," writes Andreeva.

Shark Tank's regular production schedule lends itself to filming a season over a short period of time while in a quarantine bubble. Because of the Sharks' busy schedules, an entire season of 22 episodes is typically filmed in a pair of two-week "pods," one in June and one in September.

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posted 7/27/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Damn, Alfonso!"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro says that "Dancing" should have been canceled rather than recast (Us Magazine)

  • How "The Sims Spark'd" turned video games into competition... and art. (CNet)

  • Who keeps sliding into Dave Ruprecht's DMs? (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Shaun Wallace embraces his Dark Destroyer persona (Metro)

posted 7/27/2020


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"The Chase" Is On... Again
Jeopardy! GOAT Players in Talks to Be Chasers
From TV Series Finale

The Chase is one of the most consistent hits on British broadcaster ITV. The show is now finally coming to broadcast television in the U.S. with ABC remaking it with the stars of Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time. Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter are in talks to become "The Chasers" in the unscripted entertainment quiz.

Deadline reports that ABC won the project in a competitive situation and was able to leverage ABC talent to sweeten the deal. The show, which was adapted by Game Show Network (GSN) in 2013, sees contestants competing against a professional quizzer, known as the Chaser, whose aim is to prevent the contestants from winning a cash prize. In the UK version, which has been running since 2009, there are six Chasers including Mark Labbett, who also appeared on the GSN version. It was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2014.

The contestants must answer general-knowledge questions in a series of cash-builder and head-to-head rounds before trying to win a cash prize in the final chase.

The series is set to be produced by ITV America label ITV Entertainment.

Jennings, Rutter and Holzhauer were the toast of television earlier this year thanks to primetime ratings hit Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, which saw them compete in a first-to-three-wins series with a top prize of $1 million. That show was produced by Sony Pictures Television and hosted by Alex Trebek.

ABC's head of alternative Robert Mills told Deadline in January that he was keen to do more with the GOATs and wanted to find "something that taps into what these guys are."

"Whether it's something with Jeopardy! or not, certainly I would argue these three guys are the biggest stars in primetime right now, he said. "But you can't look at this and not acknowledge the impact that they have had over the 20 years and this past week without saying, 'OK. How do we tap into it'."

Details about the show and the casting process are available at TheChaseCasting.com. As always, contestants must meet eligibility requirements.

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posted 7/24/2020

"Tag"... You're It, Australia!
Seven Picks Up Australian Version of American Hit
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Australian commercial free-to-air broadcaster Seven Network has commissioned Endemol Shine Australia to produce the physical competition series Ultimate Tag.

Originally produced by Sky's Znak & Co. for Fox in the U.S., the format is based on the childhood playground game of tag and sees contestants running through a variety of indoor obstacle courses while professional "taggers" attempt to catch them.

"This is part of our tent pole strategy that delivers epic entertainment to all audiences," said Seven's network programming director Angus Ross in a statement. "Endemol Shine are the masters of supercharging shows to massive success in Australia, and with Ultimate Tag we know they will deliver a great show that our viewers will love, just as they have done with Big Brother this year. "We can't wait to bring Ultimate Tag to our audience next year and continue our content led growth story that has re-established Seven as the place for brands to reach key demographics."

"Ultimate Tag is a game that every kid and adult around the world knows and wants to play," added Znak & Co. founder and president Natalka Znak. "I am so excited to see Ultimate Tag being produced on Network 7 in Australia by the talented team led by Mark Fennesy.".

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posted 7/24/2020

Enmascaradas Musicales
Univision Picks Up Mexican Version of "The Masked Singer"
From the Wrap

A Mexican version of "The Masked Singer" is coming to Univision this August, the Spanish-language broadcast network announced Friday.

Hosted by Omar Chaparro, "¿Quién es la Máscara?" (The Masked Singer) will "capture the audience's hearts as it introduces 16 celebrities who will have to sing in creative costumes," according to Univision.

"Led by assorted clues, the 'investigators' will seek to guess what celebrity is hiding behind each mask. Among the famous participants there will be singers, actors, TV hosts and others playing the roles of characters, such as: Bumblebee, Eagle, Chameleon, Catrina or Fancy Skeleton, Zebra, Deer, Rabbit, Rooster, Cat, Owl, Martian, Minotaur, Monster, Panda, Fish and Fox."

The panel of investigators for "¿Quién es la Máscara?" includes Yuri, Carlos Rivera, Consuelo Duval and Adrian Uribe, with Kiara Liz set to "present exclusive content" on the show.

According to Univision, "In every episode, there will be duels between two or more contestants. The audience will choose the best performance each week and one celebrity will be at risk of elimination. Ultimately, the panel of 'investigators' will decide who will leave the show and take off the mask." "¿Quién es la Máscara?" first aired last year in Mexico and will premiere Sunday, Aug. 2 at 8/7c on Univision.

The series is based on the original South Korean format "The King of Mask Singer," created by Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. (MBC), which is also the inspiration for the U.S. version that airs on Fox. "¿Quién es la Máscara?" is produced by Televisa and Endemol Shine Boomdog..

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posted 7/24/2020


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"Dancing" Looks to Start Production in September
Tyra Banks to Host New Season
From Entertainment Tonight

Dancing With the Stars is looking to waltz into production in September as ABC and BBC Studios work through the health and safety protocols that will allow the competition format to light up the dance floor this year.

The show, which is based on the BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, is entering its 29th season with former America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks now hosting and exec producing. In recent years, the series has traditionally aired around the middle of September, so the hope is that it won't be too delayed by COVID-19. The show has been lined up for an 8-10 p.m. slot on Monday nights in ABC's fall schedule.

However, sources close to ABC and BBC Studios warn that the schedule is fluid and continuously evolving with nothing set in stone as a result of the ongoing nature of the virus. These sources tell Deadline that they are still figuring out whether the show can go live.

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke recently told Deadline that BBC Studios, the company that produces the show, had taken lessons from other territories. "I have seen the presentation from the Dancing with the Stars producers on how we are planning to produce this show, post-COVID and with the health regulations in place because they have the advantage of making it in other territories and I am blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they are producing it," she said. "We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I'm really confident in their plan."

As for the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba notes that she and fellow original judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will be back for the 29th season this fall.

"As of now, that is the plan," Inaba told her co-hosts in an episode of "The Talk" scheduled to air on Tuesday. "I just want everybody to know Len, Bruno and I — that is the plan that we're coming back. They're going to make the official announcement in a few weeks. They're just going to keep letting us know all the details. I don't want people to worry. It seems like everything is OK."

DWTS is set to return with Season 29 this fall in its traditional Monday perch.

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posted 7/24/2020

THURSDAY: Let's Play That Again
CBS Wins, Ties ABC with the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.042 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "The Unicorn" (2.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Mom" (3.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "Mom" (3.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

ABC (2.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared the demo honors with its own second run mix of "Holey Moley" (2.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Don't" (1.948 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.330 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.716 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), the series finale of "Blindspot" (1.695 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.843 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the season finale of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Beat Shazam" (1.263 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, week two of "Killer Camp" (0.430 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.366 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.358 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for THursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.274m/0.25
- Cannonball (USA): 561k/0.17


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posted 7/21/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Catching for 2"

  • Witney Carson is dancing for two (Gold Derby)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Victoria Fuller is still in a loving relationship thanks to Bachelor Nation (People)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Sing On! Spain (Netflix). (Decider)

  • Chuck Woolery returns to Twitter... and clarifies his clarification. (Yahoo!)

  • LIST ABUSE: The best... and worst... video-game based game shows. (PC Magazine)

posted 7/24/2020

WEDNESDAY: Game Over
NBC Wins, "Game On" Ends Season Level
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (3.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

ABC (2.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with a new "United We Fall" (3.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) followed by repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.159 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "The Conners" (2.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "American Housewife" (1.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (2.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Tough as Nails" (3.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), the season finale of "Game On!" (2.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (1.719 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "MasterChef" (1.383 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for a repeat "The 100" (0.484 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "Bulletproof" (0.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 999k/0.30
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 867k/0.25
- Forged in Fire (History): 848k/0.25
- The Challenge: Total Madness Reunion (S/MTV): 784k/0.45
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 186k/0.04
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 166k/0.04


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posted 7/21/2020

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posted 7/23/2020

Elsewhere in Vegas
VH1 Greenlights Docuseries "DRag Race: Vegas Revue"
From TV Line

Prepare for the gayest thing to happen to Sin City since Friends gave us Viva Las Gaygas.

VH1 has given a series order to RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue, a six-episode docuseries following the cast of the RuPaul's Drag Race Live! residency, giving fans a look into "their professional and personal journeys as they take on Las Vegas."

The cast includes iconic queens Yvie Oddly, Asia O'Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls and Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo.

Per the show's official synopsis, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue brings viewers behind the scenes of a jaw-dropping live stage show as it launches on the world famous Las Vegas strip. The series gives fans a deeper look into the lives of their favorite queens as they showcase the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent it takes to pull off groundbreaking performances in front of a live audience."

RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue premieres Friday, Aug. 21 at 8/7c on VH1. The series is produced by World of Wonder Productions, and is executive-produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Danielle King, RuPaul Charles, Tim Palazzola and Todd Radnitz.

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posted 7/22/2020

"The Answer Is..." Out Now
Alex Trebek's Touching Memoir Now Available
From KQED San Francisco

Alex Trebek usually asks all the questions, so we turned the tables and asked him one for a change. What would the Jeopardy! clue be for the question, "Who is Alex Trebek?"

"He's the avuncular host of a popular quiz show who has been around, it seems, forever," Trebek replies.

Trebek, who turns 80 on Wednesday, has been hosting Jeopardy! since 1984. When he was offered the position back then, he had no idea he'd stay with the show for the rest of his career. "It was a job," he says.

Trebek has long resisted writing an autobiography. "I always felt that I had nothing particularly relevant to say to our viewers," he explains. "I'm just a quiz show host who's been doing the same job for 36 years."

But in March 2019, Trebek announced that he had stage IV pancreatic cancer. "The outpouring from our viewers after I revealed my diagnosis ... that caught me by surprise and that humbled me a great deal," he says.

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Throwback Thursday... Only All Week. For the Next Four.
Retro "Jeopardy!" Scores in the Ratings
From The Hollywood Reporter

A trip down memory lane proved to be a big draw for Jeopardy on Monday.

Having exhausted its supply of new episodes in June, the long-running game show has been airing reruns for the past several weeks. Monday began a week highlighting moments from early in the show's current run, starting with Alex Trebek's first episode as host from 1984.

Viewers came out in high numbers for the flashback: According to Nielsen overnight ratings from 44 metered markets, Monday's show was up across the board from Jeopardy's July 2019 average — which is particularly notable because the show was airing new episodes a year ago.

Trebek's first episode grew by 13 percent year to year among total viewers, and it posted bigger gains among several key demographics. (The show averaged about 8.4 million daily viewers in complete ratings the same week last year; metered markets don't cover the entire country.) Among adults 25-54, Monday's show was up 30 percent year to year, and it rose 49 percent among adults 18-49. Ratings among adults under 35 — none of whom were alive when Trebek first hosted Jeopardy on Sept. 10, 1984 — more than doubled, rising by 109 percent.

The remainder of the week will feature episodes from the show's first 10 years, including the first "super champion," the first record-setting contestant and its 10th anniversary final.

The series will feature 20 memorable installments from the show's run, including the 1984 series premiere of its daily syndicated version.

"What is incredible about Jeopardy! is that it has historical importance while remaining culturally relevant today," executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "I know our fans will love the nostalgia while still enjoying the gameplay. A lot has changed over the years – the set, the pace of the game…the mustache! – but the ability to play along is timeless."

Here's how the retrospective will play out:
- July 20 to July 24: The best of Jeopardy!'s first decade, featuring five exciting episodes from the 1980s (including the series premiere and the arrival of the show's first "super-champion").
- July 27 to July 31: The best of Celebrity Jeopardy!, featuring five of the most entertaining celebrity games ever.
- Aug. 3 to Aug. 14 (two weeks): An encore presentation of the 2002 "Million Dollar Masters" tournament, which featured 15 of the best contestants from the first 18 seasons of the show.

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America", Trebek had some encouraging news to share about his pancreatic cancer battle, stating that he "expects to be around" to celebrate two full years of surviving the disease.

"My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that two years happens in February," the Jeopardy! host shared in an interview supporting his upcoming memoir. "So I expect to be around — because he said I will be around — and I expect to be hosting the show if I am around."

Trebek is currently undergoing experimental immunotherapy treatment, which he said has been "paying off" in a recent video message to fans.

While speaking with GMA's T.J. Holmes, Trebek offered a few more specifics about the treatment's effects, including his reassuring blood work. "They do a blood test to see what my CA 19 numbers are, and the CA 19 numbers are an indicator of how your pancreatic cancer is progressing," Trebek explained.

"Eight weeks ago, the numbers were at about 3,500. Now, they're below 100. So I'm going in the right direction. The doctors have said they have never seen a chart like mine because there are peaks… They usually see it going up [steadily]. I'm a bit of an anomaly." But if the immunotherapy ultimately proves unsuccessful, Trebek said he won't "go to any extraordinary measures to ensure my survival."

"I'll just continue with chemo and see what happens," he shared. "If the quality of life is not there, it's hard sometimes to push and just say, 'Well, I'm going to keep going, even though I'm miserable.'"

Wednesday, Trebek & "Jeopardy!" clarified these comments about stopping cancer treatment, saying he would return to a previous treatment if his current round proves unsuccessful. The new statement, released through the "Jeopardy!" Twitter account, comes after the host previously wrote in his recently released memoir, "The Answer Is…", that his current round would be his last.

"Quality of life was an important consideration," he wrote. "That quote from the book was written BEFORE my current regimen, and I was going through some bad times," Trebek said Wednesday. "My current numbers are very good, but we will have to be patient with this new immunotherapy program that I am on. But, if it were to stop being successful, I would return to my previous chemo treatment — NOT stop all treatment."

Trebek is revealing plans for how "Jeopardy!" will be taped when production on the syndicated game show resumes in a few weeks. "We've redesigned our set to separate the contestants and myself a little bit more from them," Trebek said in an interview Tuesday on "Good Morning America." "So we are taking all kinds of precautions. Our testing procedure now is done online.".

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posted 7/22/2020

Clay Fighter
HBOMax Acquires "Great Pottery Throwdown"
From the Wrap

HBO Mas has five more international series to its roster, including "The Great Pottery Throw Down" from the producers of "The Great British Bake Off."

HBO Max will get the first three seasons and the upcoming fourth season of the competition series, which air on the BBC and Channel 4 in the U.K.

Additionally, HBO Max will be home to all seasons of the Italian crime series "Gomorrah," based on Roberto Saviano's bestselling book that examines the account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, including its prequel film, "The Immortal"; "Veneno," a Spanish language co-production between Atresmedia Studios, Suma Latina and HBO Max about Cristina Ortiz, Spain's most famous trans TV personality; and Season One of unscripted relationship series "Singletown," which sees five couples press pause on their partnerships and embark on an extraordinary adventure back to the single life.

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posted 7/22/2020

Back in the Oven with You...
"The Great British Baking Show" Returns to Production
From Deadline

The Great British Bake Off is now two weeks back into production and will likely return to television later this year, according to producer Love Productions' parent company Sky Studios.

The baking competition series, which is shown by Channel 4 in the UK and Netflix in the U.S. (where it is known as The Great British Baking Show), was blown off course by the pandemic after it was meant to begin filming in April.

But Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey and chief commercial officer Jane Millichip offered fans some good news on Wednesday, with the former revealing that filming is "going very well."

Cast and crew, including new presenter Matt Lucas, were quarantined in the run-up to the shoot to allow close interaction on-set. There have also been reports that the show has moved to a more COVID-friendly location from its usual Welford Park home..

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posted 7/22/2020

TUESDAY: America's Got Reruns
NBC Still Wins, Though "World of Dance" Dips
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.478 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with "America's Got Talent: Best of Auditions" (5.064 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and a new "World of Dance" (3.307 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

CBS (4.255 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (5.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "FBI" (4.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its lineup of "Modern Family" (2.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "Modern Family" (1.744 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "United We Fall" (1.908 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "United We Fall" (1.885 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and a new "What Would You Do?" (2.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.034 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) opted for repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.305 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Prodigal Son" (0.763 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.786 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Bryan Callen: Complicated Apes" (0.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 790k/0.20
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 650k/0.18
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 432k/0.13
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 214k/0.12


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posted 7/21/2020

More on "The Cube" Reboot
ITV to Reboot Stunt Series
From Deadline

Phillip Schofield has confirmed the return of The Cube.

The This Morning host took to his Instagram story on Sunday (July 5) to confirm the interactive reality game show will return following its disappearance from screens in 2015, with a post encouraging people to apply for the forthcoming series. "Yes!!!" Phillip wrote. "Game on! Can you Beat the Cube?"

Contestants were forced to compete in a series of challenges while inside a small Perspex cube. It highlighted how even straightforward tasks, like catching, throwing, estimating, memorizing and balancing were more difficult when confined and under pressure in a small area surrounded by a large live studio audience. The producers used state-of-the-art filming techniques to show the anxiety of the contestants, who were playing for the chance to win a top prize of £250,000 (almost $313,000).

A TV insider said: "The last time The Cube aired was in 2015, so there was no way ITV would bring it back without making some radical changes to refresh the show.

"The former jackpot was £250,000, and since the show is also about coping with tension, they felt having a seven-figure sum at stake would increase that even further.

"But the simple format at the heart of the show remains largely unchanged — it's still about contestants desperately trying to keep their cool."

One suggestion is that the show will return in a similar fashion to the reboot of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which came back for a series of Jeremy Clarkson-hosted specials.

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I Can See Paddy's Voice
Former "Top Gear" Host Paddy McGuinness to Front UK Edition
From Radio Times

Paddy McGuinness is set to host the BBC's new singing competition, I Can See Your Voice.

The Top Gear presenter will host the new BBC primetime show, which promises a spin on game shows with two teams of players attempting to guess who can and can't sing from a mystery line-up of singers in front of them. The catch is they have to try to predict which ones have the voice of an angel and which are more nails on a chalkboard without ever having heard them sing a single note.

The teams will be aided by a panel of celebrity experts, including a different singing superstar guest each week.

The game show format is based on a series with first aired in South Korea back in 2015 and even won an International Emmy nomination for Best Non-scripted Entertainment Program.

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Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Alex!"

  • Alex Trebek wanted Betty White to take his place. Well, she does have an Emmy... (Rare)

  • "Supermarket Sweep" turns 30 (Entertainment Weekly)

  • "Millionaire" veterans launch news series with Ruba Wilson as one of their hosts (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Maynard (GoldDerby)

posted 7/22/2020

MONDAY: Attack on Titans
NBC Wins the Night with New "Titan Games", Repeat "Wall"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) took home another victory on Monday with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.849 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), a repeat "The Wall" (3.046 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

FOX (2.196 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) claimed the silver with repeats of "9-1-1" (2.301 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was CBS (3.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its second run lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "All Rise" (2.662 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (3.127 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up a new "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.823 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) following a one week break.

And finally, The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.968 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.844 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.014 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

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posted 7/21/2020

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending July 12
From TV Newscheck

Court shows, led by juggernaut Judge Judy, were the dominant daytime force in the session ending July 12, extending a recent trend. Judy continued to punch the lights out of all daytime competition with a 4% spike to a six-week high 5.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, even though the show was in reruns on all five days.

Among game shows, Family Feud maintained its top spot with an unchanged 5.9, which put it at the top of the syndication ratings, and was also No. 1 among women 25-54 with a 2.2.

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1 +4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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WEEKEND: I've Played This Before
ABC's Reruns Win the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday despite an all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Press Your Luck" (2.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Match Game" (2.782 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

CBS (3.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) then was the silver draw with a full hour of "PGA Overrun" (5.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by "60 Minutes" (3.728 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and repeats of "Tough as Nails" (1.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.548 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was NBC (1.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with encores of "Cannonball" (2.205 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "The Titan Games" (1.445 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "America's Got Talent" (1.971 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) again served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.973 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), "Duncanville" (0.558 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Simpsons" (0.771 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (0.537 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.707 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.904 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with second runs of "DC's Stargirl" (0.366 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.426 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 454k/0.19
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 319k/0.13
- The Sims Spark'd (P/TBS): 217k/0.09

Cable numbers for SAturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 502k/0.13

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.187m/0.26
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 809k/0.18
- Tournament of Laughs (TBS): 319k/0.09


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posted 7/21/2020

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posted 7/21/2020

I Wish Mel Giedroyc Wood...
Former "British Baking Show" Host to Present "Good With Wood"
From Digital Spy

Great British Bake Off's former host and low-key national treasure Mel Giedroyc is returning to Channel 4 for the first time in ages with a brand new show.

The star previously presented Light/Late Lunch for the broadcaster back in 1997/98 alongside Sue Perkins, as well as Draw It! in 2014, and now she is reuniting with them again. Channel 4 has announced that Mel will front the cheekily-titled Good with Wood, a competition reality show centred all around woodworking.

Each week, contestants will take part in a 'Big Build' challenge set by judges and try not to be the one sent home. Fittingly, this competition will also be taking place in the woods..

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posted 7/20/2020

MasterChef Returns to the UK
Professionals' Series to Tape at 3 Mills
From Deadline

MasterChef is officially back in production in the UK after Shine got cameras rolling on spin-off show MasterChef: The Professionals last week.

Filming is underway on Season 13 of the professionals' franchise at 3 Mills Studios in London, with Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace resuming their hosting and judging duties — albeit with a socially distanced twist.

MasterChef: The Professionals is the first of the UK MasterChef brands to go into production in the pandemic era. Celebrity MasterChef is currently broadcasting on BBC One but wrapped just before lockdown in March.

3 Mills Studios has been MasterChef's home in the UK for a number of years and it is understood that the large studio space used to house the show has been an advantage in getting production underway.

A MasterChef spokeswoman said: "We are ensuring that all Covid-19 filming protocols are being adhered to as set out in industry-wide filming guidelines published last week.​"

Safety protocols published last week by major UK broadcasters included updated guidance on close contact among cast and crew. The guidelines recommend that people breaking two-meter social distancing rules should be tested at least once a week for coronavirus alongside daily symptom checks.

MasterChef's return to the kitchen is likely to be a boost to other major cookery show, such as Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off, which was notably derailed by the pandemic. Producer Love Productions is quarantining cast and crew ahead of a return to production.

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posted 7/20/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Different Worlds"

  • Holly Allen reveals why she broke it off with Michie. Hint: he's only 25. (SoapDirt)

  • Byron Allen arrives in the Middle East (TheGrio)

  • Becca Kufrin is not here for your nonsense, Bachelor Nation. (Us Magazine)

  • Matt James looks on par to become "The Bachelor" this September (Us Magazine)

  • Tom Bergeron is not here for your nonsense either. (Gold Derby)

  • John Oliver enlists Alex Trebek, John Cena, other people for TheTrueTrueTruth.com (The Wrap)

  • How "Floor Is Lava" became the show of the summer of 2020 (KYW-AM Philadelphia)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kathleen Bradley (VLADTV)

posted 7/20/2020

Nick Cannon Apologizes
Fox to Retain Embattled Host of "The Masked Singer", Talk Show Delayed a Year
From The Wrap

The premiere of Nick Cannon's upcoming nationally syndicated daytime talk show has been pushed following criticism over anti-Semitic remarks that he made on a June episode of his podcast.

Titled "Nick Cannon," the talker was ordered last fall and set to launch Sept. 21. Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury, which is the producer and distributor of Cannon's show, says it's "standing by Nick" and hopes to premiere the series in Fall 2021.

"The 'Nick Cannon' talk show will not debut this year," Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury said in a statement Friday. "After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don't reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere. We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views."

The statement continues: "We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the 'Nick Cannon' talk show. Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech. It runs counter to everything we stand for."

Fox is sticking by Cannon following his Wednesday night apology for anti-Semitic comments made during a recent episode of his "Cannon's Class" podcast.

"When we were made aware of Nick Cannon's interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick," Fox said in a statement. "He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind."

On Wednesday night, Cannon tweeted that he wanted to "extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin," adding that he feels "ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from."

Cannon has hosted all three seasons of "The Masked Singer" — the highest-rated show on broadcast television — since it premiered in January 2019, and began emceeing the competition's post-show, "After the Mask," when it launched midway through the recently ended Season 3. He will return as host for the upcoming fourth season this fall, which is scheduled to go into production in August.

Along with "Masked Singer," Fox has has a development deal with Cannon, which includes a late-night TV series that has been in the works at the network since October 2018.

ViacomCBS cut ties with Cannon — the creator and host of "Wild 'N Out" — on Tuesday over the comments he made on "Cannon's Class," which the media giant said "promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories." In a statement, a spokesperson for the company also said they were "deeply troubled" by Cannon's failure to "acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism."

Cannon pushed back against ViacomCBS in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, demanding "full ownership" of "Wild 'N Out," which he referred to as a "billion dollar" brand," and an apology from the company. He said he received "dead silence" in return. "That's when I realized they don't want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place," Cannon wrote.

"It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached out to the Chair of ViacomCBS," a representative for ViacomCBS and a spokesperson for Redstone both said in statements on Wednesday. When asked if Cannon had attempted to reach Redstone through intermediaries, both the ViacomCBS rep and Redstone's rep said, "Not to my knowledge."

In addition, Cannon has announced a decision to "take some time away" from his morning radio show in order to focus on "thorough reflection and education".

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posted 7/17/2020

Big Bubble
Big Brother to Reportedly Quarantine All Staff as Well as Players
From Cinema Blend

Big Brother speculation has ramped up once again, though the past week has been filled with questions about whether or not the rumored all-star season would even happen. COVID-19 diagnosis has increased in the Los Angeles area recently and, once again, restrictions are being put in place to slow the spread of illness and keep folks home.

The good news is Big Brother has allegedly been preparing for any lockdowns and doing what it can to be in the best position to make the season happen.

One of the alleged biggest issues with Big Brother Season 22 in recent weeks is that there was a requirement that the show's crew would need to be in quarantine the same as the cast to create a truly safe environment. It's quite a commitment considering the crew would spend 90 days in isolation alongside the cast, and not have a chance at the grand prize.

The good news is Big Brother has allegedly found a way around that problem and will be able to safely stagger its crew throughout Season 22.

According to TMZ, the plan is for the show to create a bubble situation similar to what the NBA has done and that crew members will stay in RVs next to the show's set. As for scheduling, the crews will spend one month on, get two weeks off, then will quarantine for two weeks to return to the Big Brother set.

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posted 7/17/2020

THURSDAY: Don't Does
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.993 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Holey Moley" (3.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Don't" (2.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.932 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

CBS (3.041 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) claimed the total viewer crown with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.101 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Unicorn" (2.893 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Mom" (3.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "Mom" (3.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (1.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with it special "30 Rock: A One-Time Special" (2.492 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) followed by repeats of "Superstore" (1.139 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.883 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.464 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Of note, "30 Rock: A One-Time Special" did not air in all markets.

Meanwhile, FOX (1.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.388 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside the season finale of "Labor of Love" (0.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, the debut of "Killer Camp" (0.520 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.396 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.423 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- The Misery Index (SF/TBS): 668k/0.23
- Cannonball (USA): 592k/0.21


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posted 7/17/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Unfriended"

  • Chuck Woolery said something on Twitter, walked it back, and then deleted it altogether. (Deadline)

  • Kaitlyn Bristow gets advice from Hannah Brown (Gold Derby)

  • "Game On!" and the advent of the American panel game show (ScreenRant) and on the other end of the spectrum, watching people eat it (The Ringer)

  • Will The Misery Index return for season 3. Long answer, yes with a but... (Bustle)

  • Richard Osman accuses "Pointless Celebrities" of cheating (Yahoo!)

  • WGA voting has begun (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (UPROXX)

posted 7/16/2020

WEDNESDAY: The Rise of "Fall"
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) pulled into the top demo spot on Wednesday thanks to the premiere of "United We Fall" (4.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), a second "United We Fall" (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), repeats of "The Conners" (2.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "American Housewife" (1.796 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.425 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

NBC (3.510 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in said honors with its repeat trio of "Chicago Med" (3.426 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (3.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (3.481 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Tough as Nails" (3.498 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Game On!" (2.329 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) alongside a repeat "SEAL Team" (1.953 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "MasterChef" (1.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.195 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with new episodes from "The 100" (0.628 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Bulletproof" (0.382 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Guy's -Grocery Games (Food): 1.035m/0.29
- The Challenge: Total Madness (SF/MTV): 977k/0.56
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 853k/0.24
- Forged in Fire (SP/History): 735k/0.20
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 215k/0.05
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 185k/0.04


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posted 7/16/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Unfriended"

  • Chuck Woolery said something on Twitter, walked it back, and then deleted it altogether. (Deadline)

  • Kaitlyn Bristow gets advice from Hannah Brown (Gold Derby)

  • "Game On!" and the advent of the American panel game show (ScreenRant) and on the other end of the spectrum, watching people eat it (The Ringer)

  • Will The Misery Index return for season 3. Long answer, yes with a but... (Bustle)

  • Richard Osman accuses "Pointless Celebrities" of cheating (Yahoo!)

  • WGA voting has begun (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sean Evans (UPROXX)

posted 7/16/2020

COVID-19 Forces "Survivor" Off Fall Schedule
"Amazing Race" To Fill the Void
From C21 Media

CBS has revised its Wednesday primetime line-up for the forthcoming fall season after new episodes of Survivor were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The producers of Survivor, which usually airs on CBS on Wednesday evenings, continue to work with officials in Fiji on the appropriate time to start production on its next edition, with health and safety matters the top priority for everyone involved, the network said.

The Amazing Race and SEAL Team will now air an hour earlier than previously planned, with the fourth season of SWAT, starring Shemar Moore, joining the fall schedule, having originally been planned for later in the season.

The Amazing Race will now open the night at 8p, followed by SEAL Team at 9p and SWAT at 10p. Additional information about production starts and premieres for all the series will be announced at a later date, CBS added.

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posted 7/15/2020

TUESDAY: Hot One Point Fives
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.366 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (7.568 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "World of Dance" (3.963 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

CBS (4.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (5.050 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "FBI" (4.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its duo of "The Last Defense: Julius Jones - A Special Edition of 20/20" (2.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "What Would You Do?" (2.641 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.399 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "Prodigal Son" (0.734 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.588 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.846 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Alice Wetterlund: My Mama Is a Human and So Am I" (0.329 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 806k/0.21
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 795k/0.21
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 474k/0.15
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV): 166k/0.09


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posted 7/15/2020

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending June 28
From TV Newscheck

Building on a developing trend, daytime viewers continued to flock to the two biggest court shows during the frame leading into the July 4 weekend, the session ending July 5. For the fourth week in a row, court favorites Judge Judy and Judy's progeny Hot Bench ran 1,2 as the highest and second-highest rated strips in all of daytime, despite both shows being almost entirely in reruns.

In access time periods, game show topper Family Feud inched up 2% to a 5.9; Jeopardy dipped 2% to a 5.0; while Wheel of Fortune slowed down 2% to a 4.9.

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) 5.9 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 7/15/2020

It's Time To Meet the Men... Again
ABC Releases Identities of Clare Crawley's New Cast
From TV Newscheck

It's time to meet Clare Crawley's batch of men again.

ABC has revealed the new group of men who will vie for Crawley's heart on the upcoming 16th season of "The Bachelorette" after undergoing recasting during its coronavirus-induced lockdown. The initial cast, announced in March when production was originally slated to begin, consisted of 32 men, but one, Matt James, has since been cast as the first Black Bachelor, taking him out of "The Bachelorette."

Reality Steve reported earlier this week that he knew of 13 who were definitely not invited back and that the show had cast extra guys in case someone tested positive for COVID-19. On Wednesday, ABC uploaded an updated gallery on Facebook of 42 potential suitors for Crawley. Of them, 17 were in the original cast, meaning that 15 were dropped and 25 new dudes were brought in. Not all 42 will make the final cut.

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posted 7/15/2020

Simon Takes Control
"AGT" Judge to Purchase Total Shares of Syco
From Deadline

Simon Cowell is to take full control of Got Talent and The X Factor producer Syco Entertainment after agreeing to buy out Sony Music Entertainment's stake in the joint venture.

Cowell is personally buying out the stake and the move will give him sole ownership of the entertainment company. It is the result of a buyback option maintained by Cowell through their joint-venture renewals and a mutual negotiation process.

Sony Music will retain the JV's music assets, including its roster of current artists and back catalog. In 2005, Sony Music Entertainment purchased Cowell's share of Syco Music and Syco Television. In 2009, Cowell launched a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment whereby the JV owned the rights to several television formats including Got Talent and X Factor.

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posted 7/15/2020

I'm Vernon Kay, Get Me Out of Here!
"Family Fortunes" Host to Play for £250,000
From The List

Vernon Kay is said to have signed a £250,000 deal to be a part of this year's 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'

The 46-year-old TV presenter is expected to be one of the campmates on the ITV reality show this November after being approached by ITV bosses for the past two years.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Everyone's so pleased to have Vernon on board, he's a lovely guy, full of down-to-earth northern charm and perfect for the show."

Vernon – who has daughters Phoebe, 15, and Amber, 11 with wife Tess Daly – hosted ITV game show 'All Star Family Fortune' for all 11 series from 2006 to 2015, and he has recently been the face of Formula E racing on Channel 5 and YouTube.

What's more, other stars being eyed up for this year's 'I'm A Celeb' are said to include Jessie J, and former England footballer Paul Merson.

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posted 7/15/2020

Amitabh Bachchan in Hospital with COVID-19
KBC Host Thanks Frontliners
From India Today

Amitabh Bachchan is recovering from Covid-19 at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital. The actor & KBC host on Tuesday took to social media to thank doctors and nurses who have been working tirelessly to serve Covid-19 patients. He penned a poem to express his gratitude towards them.

Sharing a photo of a hand, Big B wrote, "Pristine white their layered dress; dedicated to serve they be; god like incarnations they; companions of the sufferer they; erased they their ego have; to us they have embraced in care; they be the divine destination; they fly the flags of humanity (sic)."

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posted 7/15/2020

France Hears Voices
TF1 Greenlights "Is That Really Your Voice"
From TBI

TF1 in France has ordered a local version of Global Agency's singing format Is That Really Your Voice?. The show will be known as Good Singers in France and sees teams of celebrity judges attempting to guess contestants' voices from their appearances and hearing them talk. Production has started on the French version, which will debut 17 July and be hosted by TV personality Anthony Lambert.

The format is based on the original format created in 2013 by Izzet Pinto, founder of Turkey's Global Agency.

Described as a 'comedy mystery gameshow', it requires two teams to guess the most talented singers to win money for charity. Pinto said: "The idea for the show came from watching the singer Susan Boyle, who rose to fame on a talent show. That inspired me to create this format. Her voice did not match her look and created big surprising moments for the audience."

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posted 7/15/2020

Michael McIntyre Spins "The Wheel"
BBC Greenlights New Project
From RTE

Comedian Michael McIntyre has been lined up to host The Wheel, a new Saturday night BBC One game show.

The hour-long show will run for 10 episodes but a release date or specific format details have yet to be confirmed, according to comedy website Chortle.

Speaking to Chortle, McIntyre, who recently admitted his chat show didn't work, said, "I am thrilled to be hosting a show that does reinvent the wheel.

"Contestants will be competing to win big money, celebrity experts will have their knowledge put the test and I will desperately be trying to avoid too many puns.

"I simply can't wait to get behind the wheel, I'm dizzy with excitement."

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posted 7/15/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dischallenged"

  • Fessy Shafaat breaks up with Haleigh Broucher (PopCulture)

  • UTA, WGA close a deal to restore representation (DEadline)

  • Save the date: Ben Higgins & Jessica Clark to marry November 2021 (Reality TV World)

  • Megan Thee Stallion grateful to be alive after police altercation (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud moves back to Georgia (FamilyFeud.com)

  • Alex Trebek has a musk ox named for him (Tacoma Daily Index)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gervase Peterson (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 7/15/2020


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GRANT IMAHARA: 1970-2020
"Mythbusters" Host a Former "Battlebots" Roboteer
From TV Line

Grant Imahara, one of the hosts of the popular Discovery series MythBusters, has died following a brain aneurysm, according to The Hollywood Reporter; he was 49 years old.

"We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant," a Discovery representative said in a statement on Monday. "He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

After graduating from USC with a degree in electrical engineering, Imahara worked for LucasFilm's visual effects division for several years before joining MythBusters in 2005. The science-based reality show featured the hosts testing out a variety of rumors, urban legends and movie scenes to see if they could actually be replicated; Imahara worked on the show's secondary "Build Team," providing electrical and robotics expertise. Imahara left MythBusters in 2014 along with fellow "Build Team" members Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, but the trio reunited to host the Netflix series White Rabbit Project, which aired its first and only season in 2016. (MythBusters also ended its Discovery run in 2016, but was rebooted the following year on the Science Channel with new hosts.)

Imahara's fellow MythBusters host Adam Savage memorialized him on Twitter: "I'm at a loss. No words. I've been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I'll miss my friend."

Imahara competed with his robot Deadblow on season 3 of the Comedy Central run of Battlebots in 2000.

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posted 7/14/2020

To Tell R-Truth
Game Show Premieres on WWE Network, YouTube
From Ringside Seats

R-Truth filmed a pilot for a game show on the WWE Network three years ago. It finally happened, but it was filmed during a pandemic. That means it is a different kind of program. The first episode of The R-Truth Game Show dropped today.

Alexa Bliss and Sheamus were the first contestants in this debut episode.

WWE went ahead and released the entire premiere episode on YouTube.

This is not a typical game show, but it wasn't expected to be. R-Truth showed off some exceptional hosting abilities as he had fun with his Superstar guests. Truth said he keeps track of all the points himself. At the end of the season the two contestants with the most points will compete.

You can check out the debut of The R-Truth Game Show below. This program could become a favorite for WWE fans.

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posted 7/14/2020

"Millionaire" Returns to Israel
Sony Game to Relaunch New Version
From C21 Media

Israeli broadcaster Keshet 12 has commissioned a new series of classic quizshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

The new instalment of the series is slated to premiere later this week, with filming and production on the show currently under way in Tel Aviv. Red Arrow-owned July August Productions is making the show.

The new season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will be hosted by veteran Israeli presenter Erez Tal, who has previously presented Wheel of Fortune, Big Brother and the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Distributed by Sony Pictures Television Formats, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has aired in more than 120 countries and has been produced in over 80 languages. The format, which originated on ITV in the UK, previously aired in Israel on Channel 2 from 1999 to 2003 and Channel 10 from 2005 to 2006.

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posted 7/14/2020

Cambodia Gets Divided
ITVS Game Exported
From C21 Media

A broadcaster in Cambodia has commissioned two seasons of ITV Studios' general knowledge gameshow Divided.

Free TV network CTN is due to begin airing the show in the spring of 2021, with Cambodian Broadcasting Service (CBS) on production duties.

Cambodia is the 23rd country to license the format, which sees a team of three strangers attempts to answer up to 15 questions over the course of five rounds and accumulate as much money in a prize pot as possible. At the end of each round, the team is given 15 seconds to decide whether to continue the game or stop and divide the money into three unequal shares.

Cambodia follows in the footsteps of fellow Asian countries such as Thailand, India and Vietnam in taking the show.

Kuch Chanvisal, deputy CEO of CBS, said: "We believe Divided will be as huge a success in Cambodia as it already is in our neighbouring countries.".

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posted 7/14/2020

Rylan Is Paying You to Behave
Game Show Special Greenlit
From the List

Rylan Clark-Neal will front a new show, 'Pays To Behave'. The 31-year-old TV presenter will put parents to the test for a chance to win some cash in the one-off Channel 4 show on July 24, but they won't know it's a game show until they complete the tasks.

The program will follow families as they believe they are filming for a documentary on the best way to raise their kids. But Rylan will be secretly putting them through the rounds where they have to parent their children and communicate with them properly to win the cash prize.

Once the games are finished, Rylan will then reveal his big secret to the children to discuss how their parents have done.

Then they will go to a live studio to find out just how much money they have bagged for themselves.

The news of his latest show comes after Rylan bagged another series of 'Supermarket Sweep', and the ITV2 series will move to a primetime spot on ITV.

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posted 7/14/2020

MONDAY: Dead Heat
ABC, NBC Tie the Demos
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.520 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to its special "CMA Best of Fest" (3.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

NBC (3.173 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.815 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), a repeat "The Wall" (2.946 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (2.757 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.304 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "9-1-1" (2.275 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.333 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

CBS (3.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise served up second runs of "The Neighborhood" (3.608 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "All Rise" (2.551 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (3.208 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.932 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.956 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11)..

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Big Time Bake (SF/Food): 732k/0.19
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 381k/0.15

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posted 7/14/2020

WEEKEND: Game Night Victory
ABC Trifecta Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.165 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Press Your Luck" (3.703 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and "Match Game" (3.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (3.266 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.975 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Tough as Nails" (2.192 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Tough as Nails" (1.751 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.145 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Next up was NBC (1.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with encores of "Cannonball" (1.895 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6), "The Titan Games" (1.420 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "America's Got Talent" (2.161 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Duncanville" (0.526 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.865 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Bless the Harts" (0.648 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (0.809 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Family Guy" (0.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "DC's Stargirl" (0.341 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.0, #19) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.470 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) on The CW (0.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 514k/0.22
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 381k/0.15

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (P/Nick): 324k/0.09

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.276m/0.33
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 776k/0.23

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posted 7/14/2020

Ready Player Quibi
"Player vs. Player" Pits Trevor Noah Against Esports Elite; Celebs
From Deadline

Trevor Noah is getting in the Quibi game. The Daily Show show host will put his self-professed gaming skills to the test in Player vs. Player with Trevor Noah, a series he'll host for the nascent shortform digital service.

Comedy Central Studios and Noah's Day Zero Productions are producing the series, which will see him going head-to-head with some of the biggest names in the gaming world. After all, Noah claims to be the best non-professional FIFA player on the planet.

The series will spotlight the late-night talker host's skills against players ranging from true esports pros to celebs with a stake in esports teams to top Twitch streamers — battling within different known titles on various consoles. And expect no shortage of competitive banter between Noah and his prospective rivals.

Noah and Haroon Saleem are executive producing for Day Zero Productions alongside Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin for Mainstay Entertainment and Bob Bain for Bob Bain Productions.

Deadline

posted 7/14/2020

Speaking of Quibi...
Streamer Wins Court Case Over Tech
From NextTV

Struggling startup mobile streaming service Quibi won an important court ruling Monday afternoon, when a federal judged denied a plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction of the platform's core technology feature, Turnstyle.

Judge Christina Snyder said in a heavily redacted ruling that the plaintiffs, listed in the patent infringement lawsuit as "JBF Limited 2019 - Israel" and doing business in New York under the name Eko, did not establish the necessary burden of "probable" harm from the alleged infringement, as opposed to "possible" harm.

"We are extremely pleased the Court ruled today that Eko has not presented a credible case for a preliminary injunction," Quibi said in a statement. "Eko has no case against Quibi—this is a frivolous lawsuit brought by a company and CEO looking for a payday. We will continue to aggressively defend ourselves.".

NextTV

posted 7/14/2020

Peacock Hatches Tomorrow
Universal Library to Be Released First
From the Futon Critic

Peacock, NBCUniversal's new highly anticipated streaming service, will officially launch tomorrow offering consumers across the country a world-class collection of the best live and on demand programming from NBCUniversal and beyond. Peacock will offer more than 20,000 hours of premium content from networks and studios including NBC, Bravo, USA Network, SYFY, Oxygen, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, HISTORY, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, Illumination, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and Blumhouse.

In addition, the service will feature Peacock Original movies and shows; more than 30 curated channels; current season series and specials from NBC and Telemundo; live news and sports; as well as daily trending highlights from "TODAY", "NBC Nightly News", "Meet the Press", "Noticias Telemundo", MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood.

"This is a historic moment for our company as we proudly introduce Peacock to consumers nationwide - a groundbreaking vision that was brought to life by an incredible team of people from across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky," said Matt Strauss, Chairman of Peacock. "From current, classic and original movies and shows, to live news, sports, curated channels and trending content from around the world, Peacock is the only free, premium ad-supported streaming service that brings together everything consumers love about television and streaming - all in one place."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/2020


Yahoo! News
NAYA RIVERA: 1987-2020
"Glee" Actress Succumbs to Possible Drowning
From Deadline

The body of actress Naya Rivera was recovered in the Southern California lake where she disappeared nearly a week ago, the Ventura County Sheriff confirmed Monday. She was 33.

Officials announced Monday morning that divers had found a body but did not confirm until later in the day that it was that of former Glee star Rivera, who went missing Wednesday during a boating trip with her young son at Lake Piru north of Los Angeles.

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said officials were "confident" that it was Rivera who was found, based on the part of the lake in which the body was recovered, the state of the remains and visual clues. They said the identity of the deceased would be conclusively confirmed via dental records during an autopsy to follow.

Rivera was an American singer and actress who started her screen career as child, appearing in commercials before landing a role in CBS comedy The Royal Family in 1991, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination. She made appearances in a number of high-profile shows at a young age, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Baywatch.

Her breakthrough came in 2009 when she was cast as Santana Lopez in Fox's hit musical drama Glee. Rivera appeared in more than 100 episodes of the show, winning two American Latino Media Arts Awards and a People's Choice Award.

Since Glee ended in 2015, she has featured in Lifetime's Devious Maids and starred alongside Charlie Sheen in 2017 feature Mad Families for streamer Crackle. Most recently, Rivera starred in Step Up: High Water, which aired for two seasons on YouTube and was picked up for a third season by Starz.

The actress penned a memoir called Sorry, Not Sorry in 2016, which candidly recounted her life and career.

She also appeared on episodes of "The X Factor UK", "RuPaul's Drag Race", and, of course, "The Glee Project".

Rivera's Glee co-stars Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Alex Newell took to social media to pay tribute to her. Colfer said, "Her beauty and talent were otherworldly" on Instagram while Lynch tweeted "Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family." Newell sent condolences and support to Rivera's family saying, "Now more than ever we must lift her family and friends up especially Josey! My heart is sent to them… Josey you are truly loved by every single person who loves your mommy! I love you Naya!"

"Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy," said 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment in a statement. "We are forever grateful for the indelible contribution she made to Glee, from the first episode to the last. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts go out to Naya's family, friends and young son.".

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posted 7/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "So Much for the Bubble..."

  • "The Bachelorette" has ejected 13 suitors. One of them is the next "Bachelor", so... duh. (Gold Derby)

  • The link is a story on the John Cena meme, but we can't see it (Screen Rant)

  • Nyle DiMarco developing sitcom about a deaf man for Spectrum (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Eco Challenge trailer (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rutledge Wood (ET Canada)

posted 7/14/2020


ABC News
KELLY PRESTON: 1963-2020
Actress Loses Fight with Breast Cancer
From TV Line

Actress Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire, Twins) died Sunday after a two-year battle against breast cancer. She was 57.

Preston's husband, John Travolta, announced her death on social media late Sunday.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer," Travolta shared on Instagram. "She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.

"Kelly's love and life will always be remembered," he continued. "I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don't hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal."

In the game show world, she was a contestant on Celebrity Fear Factor in 2002.

TV Line

posted 7/13/2020

"Canada's Drag Race" to Play on Logo
Already on Crave & WOW Presents Plus, Series to Play Linear Starting July 27
From Deadline

Shantay you stay, eh! The RuPaul's Drag Race has traveled north of the border with its maple-flavored iteration of the franchise Canada's Drag Race which releases new episodes weekly on the streaming platform Crave in Canada as well as WOW Presents Plus — but the streaming platforms aren't enough to hold all the fabulousness the show has to offer. The reality drag competition has set its U.S. linear debut for July 27, 8 PM PT/ET on Logo.

The first-ever Canadian adaptation of Drag Race is hosted by Season 11 runner-up and Canadian local, Brooke Lynn Hytes, actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and model Stacey McKenzie. Like its American sister show, the Canadian spin-off will serve elements of the Emmy-winning series — but with a healthy dose of Canadian maple shade. The competition will include 12 of the fiercest queens as they showcase their Canadian charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to compete for the title of "Canada's First Drag Superstar," and a $100,000 prize.

Deadline

posted 7/13/2020

"Game Night" Gets New Home in UK
New Series to Air on Comedy Central UK
From Deadline

The UK version of NBC show Game Night is moving from Channel 5 to Comedy Central as ViacomCBS UK's director of programs Ben Frow begins to make his mark in his expanded role.

NBCUniversal International Studios-backed Monkey Kingdom will make 10-part series Comedy Game Night for Comedy Central after Season 1 was previously titled Celebrity Game Night on Channel 5. Repeats will air on Channel 5.

Liza Tarbuck will continue to host the show, but team captains Danny Baker and Susan Calman will be replaced by Sue Perkins and Guz Khan. They will go head-to-head in a series of games, which will test their pop culture knowledge, acting skills, and nerves.

Monkey creative director Will Macdonald said: "The health and safety of everyone working on our productions, including both talent and crew, remains our top priority. Thanks to the amazing work of the production team and all departments, who have made the show safe to film and have found creative solutions to playing the games, this series is even bigger and better than the first."

Comedy Game Night was commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell for ViacomCBS, while Macdonald is the executive producer. Game Night is distributed globally by NBCUniversal Formats and is based on a format created by actor/producer Sean Hayes, producer Todd Milliner and Mission Control Media.

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posted 7/13/2020

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