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More on "The Gong Show" Season 2
Here's Who's Been Tapped for Mallet Duty
From THe Futon Critic

"The Gong Show," which makes its triumphant return to television on THURSDAY, JUNE 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC and stars celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers as the show's host - British comedic legend Tommy Maitland - has announced the names of some of the revolving panel of judges set to praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

Returning to helm the gong from last season are executive producer Will Arnett, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong and Rob Riggle; and making their judging debut are Alyson Hannigan, Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Paisley and Jason Sudeikis - with more to come!

Performers, such as contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, jugglers and dancing dogs, are just some of the dozens and dozens of acts that are set to impress our panel of three celebrity judges. If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the underwhelming performance. But if the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores numerically from 0 through 10. It's not uncommon for fights to break out amongst the judges when one of them wants to gong an act, while the others want to let them play on. At the end of each show, the winning performer or act with the highest judges' scores will receive a fabulous "The Gong Show" trophy and a check.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/2/18

TUESDAY: Okay Now It's Interesting...
ABC, CBS Split Night
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.889 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "Roseanne" (10.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "The Middle" (6.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Black-ish" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Splitting Up Together" (3.890 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "For the People" (2.230 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

CBS (10.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (12.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Bull" (10.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Voice" (7.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Rise" (3.831 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Chicago Med" (5.753 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Lethal Weapon" (3.070 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), the season finale of "LA to Vegas" (1.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus a new "New Girl" (1.460 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.689 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.060 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.132m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 1.031m
- Chopped (Food): 773k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 624k
- Ink Master Angels (Paramount): 341k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/2/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Mortgage Payment Guaranteed to Make You Say..."

  • Burt Sugarman selling his humble abode for $5.5 million... or 220 runs at the Gauntlet of Villains (Variety)

  • Howie Mandel brings mental health party to Count Basie (Asbury Park PRess)

  • Charles Ingram selling his humble abode for over $610,000... or at least a run all the way. (The Sun)

  • ICYMI: Largest. Final Chase. Ever.... if you forget that one time (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (Huffpost)

posted 5/2/18

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending April 22
From TV Newscheck

Among talk shows, first-run syndication's largest category, only The Doctors, Steve, Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Oz moved up in the last full week before the May sweep. The other 10 veteran gabfests were mostly unchanged from the previous frame in the session ending April 22.

The Doctors prescribed the biggest increase, growing 14% to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Steve, starring Steve Harvey, who just won the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Emmy, strengthened 8% to a 1.3 and jumped 17% in the key women 25-54 demo.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck
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posted 5/1/18

MONDAY: I Ran, I Ran So Far Away
"Voice" Holds Off Down-But-Not-Out ABC, "Dancing"
From THe Futon Critic

NBC (7.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the season finale of "Good Girls" (4.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (6.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.454 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside a new "The Crossing" (3.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.020 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (4.794 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.136 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.156 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and the season debut of "Elementary" (4.676 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.346 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Lucifer" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Resident" (3.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.116 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Supergirl" (1.512 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.721 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.329m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 780k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/1/18

More on "TKO"
Producers Named for CBS' New Obstacle Course
From THe Futon Critic

Veteran producers Holly Wofford and Jane Y. Mun have been named as executive producers and showrunners for TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, a new one-hour obstacle course competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, "The Voice," "Shark Tank"). The 10-episode series will premiere in summer 2018 on CBS.

As previously announced, Kevin Hart will serve as the host and an executive producer. "Holly and Jane are incredible producers and have separately worked with me for many years," said Burnett. "I am thrilled to put them together to lead our TKO team. They are both top-level network showrunners, and I look forward to working alongside these amazing women again."

Emmy Award-nominated producer Holly Wofford has worked on numerous successful television franchises. She started her career at "America's Most Wanted" and went on to work with Burnett on CBS' SURVIVOR before developing the format for "American Ninja Warrior" and "ANW: USA vs. Japan." In addition, she executive produced and was the showrunner on network series "America Ninja Warrior," "Strong," "The Island" and "Supernanny," among others.

Jane Y. Mun's credits include some of the biggest awards shows, music specials and groundbreaking events on television. For over a decade, she produced both "The People's Choice Awards" and "The MTV Movie Awards," with Burnett, as well as "The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards." Her additional credits include "Lip Sync Battle Live," "America's Best Dance Crew: All Stars" and "The Sing Off."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/1/18

Dropping In
Details on "The £100k Drop"
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has confirmed the start date for The £100k Drop, its new daytime version of hit gameshow The Million Pound Drop.

Last year it was revealed that the big-money format would be rebooted for an afternoon timeslot.

Now, over three years since the Drop was last on our screens, we finally know it will be back.

The £100k Drop begins on Monday 7th May on Channel 4, airing every weekday at 4.00pm.

One of C4's boldest daytime commissions in recent years, bosses will no doubt be hoping it proves a success. However, the scheduling means it'll be up against ITV's ever-popular Tipping Point, which usually has around 2million viewers.

Davina McCall is back to present the show, which, as its name suggests, now has a £100,000 top prize.

Telly Mix

posted 5/1/18


Reggie Watts/AP

WEEKEND: Comedy Central Takes You to Task
Catch "Taskmaster" Fridays on Comedy Central
From Broadway World

Comedy Central's newest game show series Taskmaster, hosted by Reggie Watts (The Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Bang! Bang!), premiered, April 27 at 11:00 p.m. The ratings...

- Taskmaster - 11p (P/Comedy Central): 319k
- Taskmaster - 11:30p (Comedy Central): 214k

Meanwhile, on the network side Friday, CBS (7.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was still the network to beat with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.264 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Second place then went to NBC (3.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Blindspot" (2.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Sharing the silver among adults 18-49 was FOX (2.037 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its coverage of the "2018 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3" (2.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.949 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Once Upon a Time" (2.013 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.781 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and the relocated "Life Sentence" (0.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

ABC (6.398 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.844 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "American Idol" (8.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Deception" (3.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

FOX (1.971 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.497 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.960 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.785 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (7.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Instinct" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.992 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) rounded out the night with "Dateline NBC" (4.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Little Big Shots" (6.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Genius Junior" (3.700 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Timeless" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.424m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.008m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 942k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 684k

Broadway World
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posted 5/1/18


GAMES GONE BY: The Moneymaze
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Maybe contestants were more healthy in the 1970s. Or maybe people were getting tired of just watching people answering questions. Either way, someone had the bright idea of having people answer questions just so OTHER people run around in a maze for prizes and $10,000. Chris Wolvie takes a look a one of the "Games Gone By..." that more-than-likely started the "physical game show", "The Moneymaze".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/1/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Won't Believe Who's Trying to Beat Shazam This Year!"

  • FIRST LOOK: celebrity infiltration hits season 2 of "Beat Shazam" (The Futon Critic)

  • Sharna Burgess denies anything between her and Josh Norman despite competitive energy (Entertainment Tonight)

  • LIST ABUSE: 6 moments you'll wish you caught the first time when they aired during the Daytime Emmys (Washington Post)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Kim Kardashian is crazy (Huffpost)

posted 5/1/18


ATAS

Daytime Emmys: And the Winners Were...
Wayne Brady, "The Price Is Right" Win Big
From TV Line

The 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out on Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and NBC's Days of Our Lives had five major wins, including for Best Drama and actors James Reynolds and Greg Vaughan. ABC's General Hospital and CBS' The Young and the Restless followed with two Sunday wins apiece. All told, including Friday's Creative Arts ceremony, CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful — though o-for-any major awards — led the soap opera pack with seven total wins, while Days and GH amassed five each.

GSNN congratulates the following game show winners...
- Outstanding Game Show Host: Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
- Outstanding Game Show: The Price Is Right (CBS)
- Outstanding Directing in a Game Show: The Price Is Right (CBS)

Inquisitr
GoldDerby
TV Line
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ABC News
EURweb
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Broadway World
Broadway World

posted 4/30/18

USA Goes Country. Yes, Again
Shania Twain to Host "Real Country"
From TV Line

Reality TV apparently does impress Shania Twain much:

The singer has been tapped to headline a country music competition series for USA Network. Titled Real Country, the project — which finds the former Voice advisor co-hosting alongside fellow country music star Jake Owen — emerging solo artists, duos and groups will perform in showcases that spotlight "the rich traditions, songs and themes of specific country genres," per USA. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music's next breakout acts..

TV Line

posted 4/30/18

BBC Shines On
"First and Last" to Be Produced for 2019
From Deadline

The BBC is developing big-budget entertainment series First and Last, a competition format from Endemol Shine Group. I hear

Deadline reports that the British public broadcaster is currently casting for its own adaptation of the international format that is also being produced in Brazil, China, Italy and Ukraine. It is based on an original idea from UK division Zeppotron.

The format starts with eleven contestants competing in several challenging games. Their objective is not to end up first or last or they face immediate elimination. After four rounds, the three remaining contestants battle it out in a final game, where they are handed a briefcase of cash. Three finalists are then placed in a secret booth where they have two minutes to decide how much money they are prepared to leave behind and how much they want to walk away with. However, in order to win they must not take the least or the most and the person who exits with the middle amount of cash is the winner and walks away with that amount.

The news comes on the heels of Claudia Winkleman getting together a slew of celebrity friends to star in a gameshow pilot for BBC One, hosting Family Assemble, which the producers describe as a "gameshow like no other" for the British public broadcaster.

The one-off is produced by Hungry Bear Media, the production company led by former Talkback Thames exec Dan Baldwin, which is responsible for some of the BBC's biggest entertainment hits including Michael McIntyre's Big Show and All Round To Mrs Brown's as well as recent ITV sport quiz Play To The Whistle, hosted by his wife Holly Willoughby.

Family Assemble features a number of super-competitive families who welcome celebrities into their homes to help them prepare for a number of challenges. It is described as "an exciting, warm, new entertainment show".

Deadline
Deadline

posted 4/30/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Losers Win"

posted 4/30/18


Nickelodeon

On Your Mark... Get Set... REBOOT!
Nick to Revive "Double Dare"!
From Deadline

Classic kids game show Double Dare is returning to Nickelodeon. The network has ordered 40 new episodes for a new generation of trivia, stunts, wringers, hamster wheels and nose picking. Premiere is slated for this summer.

Nick says the new version will feature the gameplay and challenges its original millennial audiences remember from the show, as well as appearances from blasts from the past and stars from today.

Double Dare features two teams competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy, physical stunts and ultimately facing the infamous obstacle course–the human hamster wheel; the classic gigantic mouth; the wringer; and the iconic Double Dare nose.

This is the latest classic franchise brought back by Viacom networks, joining MTV's TRL and the Jersey Shore reboots.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network's longest running game show. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revamped as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.

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posted 4/27/18

THURSDAY: Draft Day
CBS Wins Over NFL Coverage
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed top honors for the ninth consecutive Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (8.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SWAT" (5.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

FOX (3.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then got a boost from its inaugural coverage of the "2018 NFL Draft - Round 1" (3.835 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Station 19" (5.170 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the return of "Quantico" (2.755 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "Superstore" (2.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "AP Bio" (1.766 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Champions" (1.528 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Chicago Fire" (5.407 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.483 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Arrow" (0.913 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 897k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 771k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 725k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 168k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/18

All Star Red Nose Game Night
Catch This Special Edition May 24
From the Futon Critic

"Hollywood Game Night," hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, will join the Red Nose Day celebration on Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with some of the biggest names in entertainment set to prove their pop culture chops.

Kelly Clarkson ("The Voice"), Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Jack Black ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"), Chelsea Handler ("Chelsea"), Isla Fisher ("Wedding Crashers"), Sarah Silverman ("I Love You, America"), Sasheer Zamata ("Saturday Night Live") and Cedric the Entertainer ("Why Him") will compete in support of the mission to end child poverty.

Additionally, blink-182's Travis Barker will join the "HGN" house band, The Scorekeepers, as a guest drummer for the evening.

The two teams will play Red Nose Day-themed versions of fan-favorite games, including Super Smash the Buzzer, Clue-Boom!, Lil Picassos and more.

In this special edition of "Hollywood Game Night," the gameplay works a bit differently - the team that gets the most points in each game earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day. At the end of five rounds, the team that's earned the most money will go on to play a special Celebrity Name Game for the chance to raise even more funds. As a national partner of Red Nose Day for the past four years, M&M'S(R) will be donating $1 million to the fund and contributing all money raised over the course of "Hollywood Game Night" that evening. The Red Nose Day campaign has raised more than $100 million since 2015 to help end child poverty.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Me"

  • Bill Cosby. Sitcom star. Comedian. Academic. You Bet Your Life host... Convicted rapist (TV Line)

  • "American Idol" readies Disney Night set list (Disneyistheparentcompanyofabc) (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 4/27/18

WEDNESDAY: A Midweek Split
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.548 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Empire" (5.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Star" (3.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (6.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.754 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and the return of "Code Black" (5.557 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.109 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "The Blacklist" (5.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.478 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (3.631 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.153 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "The Goldbergs" (3.531 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a new "Alex, Inc." (2.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (3.196 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a second "Alex, Inc." (2.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Designated Survivor" (3.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.038 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.096 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 921k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 816k
- Hip Hop Squares - 10:30p (VH1): 766k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 185k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/24/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "All of a Sudden, the Divorce Makes Sense"

  • Blake Shelton just heard about Miranda's latest ex. All he says is "Karma" (Reality TV World)

  • Arie & Lauren buy a house to split later (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Top 10 game shows in need of a reboot. And yes, Double Dare is in the mix (WatchMojo)

posted 4/26/18

TUESDAY: All Roseanne All the Time
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.250 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to its repeat marathon of "Roseanne" (6.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), another "Roseanne" (6.076 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), yet another "Roseanne" (6.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), even more "Roseanne" (6.323 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and a special "Deception" (3.162 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

NBC (6.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "The Voice" (9.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "Rise" (4.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Chicago Med" (6.063 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "LA to Vegas" (2.065 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "New Girl" (1.604 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (6.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), a second "NCIS" (6.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Bull" (5.117 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.916 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the return of "The 100" (1.389 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.652 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.2m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 1.055m
- Chopped (Food): 917k
- Ink Master: Return of the Master (SP/Paramount): 751k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 492k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 358k .

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posted 4/24/18

From "The Bachelor" to "The Proposal"
Jesse Palmer to Host New ABC Series
From the Futon Critic

Love is in the air - and will soon hit the airwaves - when the all-new dating series, "The Proposal," premieres this summer, on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Hosted by former NFL quarterback and Season 5 Bachelor Jesse Palmer, each one-hour episode will feature 10 eligible daters competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or "suitress," whose identity is concealed from them.

From "The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss, each hour of the 10-episode series will follow the male or female daters as they attempt to woo the mystery suitor with their words in a first impressions round; bare their souls in a beachwear round; answer the mystery suitor's most pressing romantic questions; and strive to receive a seal of approval from the mystery suitor's most trusted family member in the final round.

After each phase, the daters who fail to connect with the mystery suitor are whittled down, leading to the dramatic and highly anticipated reveal, when the two remaining daters finally meet the mystery suitor for the first time and present a romantic proposal of their choice. Will there be a marriage proposal that can't be refused?

"The Proposal" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich serve as executive producers.

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posted 4/24/18

MONDAY: Close, But No....
NBC Has the Edge with "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (6.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Idol" (7.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.258 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (6.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.545 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018" (3.836 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up fresh installments of "Lucifer" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.713 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.416m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 717k .

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posted 4/24/18

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 8
From TV Newscheck

Coverage of Facebook Chairman-CEO Mark Zuckerberg's extensive congressional testimony on April 10 and 11 drew many viewers away from regularly scheduled programs in the session ending April 15.

In another close race, the big three game shows were all down, with leader Family Feud falling 2% to a 6.4 but still edging Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which tied at a 6.1 while dropping 3% and 2%, respectively.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 4/25/18

Ink Master Will Return
On the Eve of Finale, Paramount Renews
From The Futon Critic

Paramount Network has greenlit a new season of the highly rated hit original tattoo-competition series, "Ink Master." Season 11 will consist of 16 one-hour episodes.

The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Paramount Network. "Ink Master" is produced by Truly Original.

"Ink Master" is currently in its 10th season and still a ratings powerhouse - ranking #1 with Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 timeslot on cable.

"I am ecstatic to see "Ink Master" reach its eleventh season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network," said Senior. "Coming on the heels of an exciting tenth season, we're psyched to give the fans another great season."

"Ink Master" will crown its latest winner at the Season 10 finale on Tuesday, April 24. In addition, "Ink Master" spinoff series "Ink Master: Angels" is currently in its second season.

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posted 4/25/18

MONDAY: Close, But No....
NBC Has the Edge with "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (8.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (6.472 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Idol" (7.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.258 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (6.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.545 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) plus "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018" (3.836 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up fresh installments of "Lucifer" (2.820 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.713 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.416m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (USA): 717k .

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TV Line

posted 4/24/18

WEEKEND: Taking Back What's Theirs
ABC Splits Sunday with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was back on top in demos on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.611 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "American Idol" (7.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Deception" (3.378 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

CBS (7.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Instinct" (7.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (6.089 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10). Next up was

FOX (1.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.064 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.625 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "The Simpsons" (2.201 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.743 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Family Guy" (2.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.538 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, NBC (3.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with "Dateline NBC" (3.910 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Little Big Shots" (5.854 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Genius Junior" (3.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Timeless" (2.363 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.329m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.062m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 870k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 655k

FOX (3.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Friday thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.978 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second hour of "MasterChef Junior" (3.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "MacGyver" (6.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and the special "Meghan Markle: American Princess" (5.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Blindspot" (2.846 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and another two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its trio of "Once Upon a Time" (2.164 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.659 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (2.318 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.670 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season finale of "Jane the Virgin" (0.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 4/24/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Winning Combination"

posted 4/24/18


ABC/FremantleMedia North America

Live Show
"Idol" to Air Live on Both Coasts for the First Time April 29
From the Futon Critic

For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as "American Idol" is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network.

Viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app. Results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

"We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. "As we head into the next phase of the 'American Idol' competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America's next superstar."

As the country gears up for next week's historic nationwide viewing, don't miss TONIGHT'S all-new episode. America's votes are in and the Top 14 take to the "American Idol" stage LIVE for performances and elimination results, as the search for America's next singing sensation continues and the Top 10 are revealed, from (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Joining superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie is Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer, Ryan Seacrest.

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Reality TV World

posted 4/23/18

"Gong Show" Act 2: June 21
"TTTT" Season 3 Joins "Celebrity Feud", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Get ready to bang a gong and get it on — again. ABC has set an 8 PM Thursday, June 21, for the Season 2 premiere of The Gong Show, hosted by cheeky British comedy legend Tommy Maitland (aka Mike Myers).

The irreverent talent show competition makes its way from the 1970s into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges including returnee Will Arnett praise, critique and possibly gong the contestants. Most performers will go home with their unique talent that only a mother can love, but each week, the winning act with the highest judges score will receive The Gong Show trophy and a check.

"The Gong Show" is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. "The Gong Show" is executive produced by Will Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg, Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert and Chris Choun are co-executive producers.

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posted 4/23/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Civil War"

  • The "Avengers" cast are playing the Feud (Perez Hilton)

  • Will it be Rylan Clark-Neal be hearing the beep? (Telly Mix)

  • Scott Rogowsky went from living with his parents to online quiz show royalty. Here's how (CNBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (WOSU Columbus)

posted 4/23/18


Daily Mirror

DALE WINTON: 1955-2018
Legendary Host of "Supermarket Sweep UK"
From Radio Times

Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.

The host – who is best known for hosting ITV's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 to 2000 – passed away at his home, his agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement:

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today," she said. "While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief."

Winton was a regular on TV screens in the 1990s, most memorably hosting game show Supermarket Sweep for seven series until 2000 before presiding over its revival in 2007.

He also fronted the National Lottery's In It To Win It between 2002 and 2016, as well as series Hole in the Wall, Celebrity Fit Club and Stars Reunited.

His most recent presenting duty saw him due to host Channel 5 travel series Dale Winton's Florida Fly Drive which was pulled from the schedules after just one episode back in March.

Following news of Winton's death, tributes poured in from the world of entertainment.

Davina McCall said: "I am so so so sad to hear about Dale Winton, a lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty! RIP."

Talk show host Graham Norton wrote on Twitter: "Dale Winton gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got - don't quit the hit! Thank you Dale."

Jonathan Ross said: "Dale Winton was a real sweetheart. Lovely man. Sad to hear the news."

Comedian David Walliams, who starred with Winton in the BBC comedy series Come Fly With Me, said he was "heartbroken" by the star's death.

Meanwhile, singer Boy George said he was "shocked", describing Winton as a "sweet man".

Born in Marylebone, London, in May 1955, Winton began his career as a DJ and presented shows on Radio Trent in Nottingham before leaving the station in 1985. He launched his TV career two years later, working for Channel 4, the Lifestyle Channel and ITV.

Meanwhile, FremantleMedia's Supermarket Sweep reboot is said to be still moving ahead following Winton's death.

"We are very sad to hear the news about Dale Winton, he was a huge star who always put his fans first.

"He was very close friend of many at FremantleMedia and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time."

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posted 4/20/18

A New "Star" in the Food Network Galaxy
Catch the New Season June 10
From Broadway World

Culinary superstars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are back to mentor and judge ten culinary hopefuls for a shot at stardom in the new season of Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 10th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over nine episodes the finalists are tasked with challenges that test both their cooking and on-camera skills, as they try to prove to Bobby and Giada they have what it takes to be a star. Before the main competition gets started, Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence return to co-host a new season of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, premiering on Sunday, May 27th at 9pm ET/PT, as eight former finalists battle it out to earn a spot on the new season. FoodNetwork.com's Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, also returns to give finalists eliminated during the season a chance to rejoin the on-air competition. Tune in to the finale on Sunday, August 5th at 9pm ET/PT, to see who is crowned the newest FOOD NETWORK STAR winner.

"This season's talented competitors have put everything on the line and left everything they have known behind to follow their dreams, hoping to earn a spot in the rarified world of food television," said Courtney White, Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "Guided by Bobby and Giada, viewers will be amazed and inspired to see how the finalists develop, not only in THE KITCHEN but in front of the camera, as they transform into what they hope will be the next Food Network Star."

On the May 27th premiere of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, eight former finalists are back to show they have grown from their previous time in the spotlight. Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence welcome the competitors back and challenge them with reinventing a TV dinner, while showing they've overcome the flaws of their past. The alumni must then marry two unlikely favorites and show off their creations in a well-executed, one-minute demo. One competitor is not up to par and eliminated from the competition. Over the course of the three episodes, Valerie and Tyler put the competitors through their paces to determine who will return as a FOOD NETWORK STAR finalist.

In the season premiere on June 10th, the ten FOOD NETWORK STAR finalists are greeted by Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay to kick off the competition. But first they are in for a surprise, as the finalists learn the results of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen and who will be joining the competition. As the competition kicks off, each finalist must make a portable version of their signature dish as they go head-to-head against each other, trying to convince park guests to try their unique creations. The heat is on and it's not just the volcano, as Bobby and Giada decide who will be the first sent home.

Over the course of the season Bobby and Giada are joined by special guests as they pull out all the stops to see which of these finalists have what it takes to excel, both in THE KITCHEN and in front of the camera. Whether it is hosting their own live show with Ree Drummond in attendance, or putting their judging skills to the test to impress People Magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, these culinary novices have their work cut out for them.

Other special guests joining the action this season include: Sunny Anderson, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Fran Drescher, Tyler Florence, Tregaye Fraser, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Loni Love, Damaris Phillips, Jason Smith, Casey Webb, and Molly Yeh.

The finalists this season are: Harrison Bader (Los Angeles, CA); Katie Dixon (Hattiesburg, MS); Jason Goldsmith (New York, NY); Samone Lett (Sanford, FL); Rebekah Lingenfelser (Savannah, GA); Palak Patel (New York, NY); Christian Petroni (Port Chester, NY); Jessica Tom (Princeton, NJ); Chris Valdes (Miami, FL); Manny Washington (Orlando, FL).The returning Comeback Kitchen alumni battling it out to join the new season are: Trace Barnett (season 13); Adam Gertler (season 4); Debbie Lee (season 5); Yaku Moton-Spruill (season 12); Sarah Penrod (season 10); Amy Pottinger (season 13); Monterey Salka (season 12); and Jernard Wells (season 12).

Broadway World

posted 4/20/18

THURSDAY: The Final Scandal
CBS Wins Night Against ABC's Finale Event
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.349 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (5.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Station 19" (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus the series finale of "Scandal" (5.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "AP Bio" (1.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), a repeat "Will & Grace" (1.800 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), "Champions" (1.657 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.241 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.190 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.481 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Arrow" (1.332 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (1.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.063m
- Ex on the Beach (P/MTV): 935k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 692k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 244k

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posted 4/19/18


GAMES GONE BY: The Big Showdown
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Folks see 'em rollin'...and they're hatin' 'cause it's at the end of a relatively uninspiring trivia contest. But, hey, at least the rolling is for $10,000, a LOT of dough in 1975. Chris Wolvie talks about a "Games Gone By..." that's full of ups and downs...especially for the host: "The Big Showdown".!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/20/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let It Go"

  • Idina Menzel to mentor the Idolers on Disney night (Disneyistheparentcompanyofabc) (Broadway World)

  • Baby #2 for Jillian Harris is on the way (Us Magazine)

  • Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with preliminary cancer diagnosis (People)

  • Alan Bersten recovering from neck surgery (People)

posted 4/20/18

WEDNESDAY: CBS, NBC No Match for "Empire"
Fox Splits with NBC
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Star" (4.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

NBC (7.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (8.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) followed by new episodes from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.581 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Criminal Minds" (5.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (5.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.539 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), a new "Alex, Inc." (2.856 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Modern Family" (3.086 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "American Housewife" (2.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Designated Survivor" (3.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (1.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and the return of "The Originals" (1.003 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/19/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Morning Jump"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Apparently Jeopardy! is better than coffee. Science has yet to prove this, but... (Lifehacker)

  • So how is Arie Luyendyk taking almost-married life? (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: six reality shows that were dead in the water before they could swim (Digital Spy)

  • "The Four", "Deal or No Deal" heading to South America (Realscreen)

posted 4/19/18


NPR

CARL KASELL: 1934-2018
Comic Magician Hosted Unsold Pilot of "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Carl Kasell, a career radio man who anchored NPR newscasts for more than 30 years and was a longtime fan favorite on its quiz show Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me, died today of Alzheimer's complications in Potomac, MD. He was 84.

Starting out at 16 as a late-night music DJ on his hometown station, Kasell spent a lifetime behind the microphone. He liked to tell the story of how he'd hide behind the family's radio and try to fool people into thinking he was on the air.

He joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time announcer for Weekend All Things Considered and made his weekday-mornings debut four years later on the then-nascent Morning Edition, where he remained until 2009.

During those decades, Kasell became one of the pubcaster's most familiar voices. National Public Radio In early 1998, the usually stoic Kasell took a lighter turn, becoming the judge and scorekeeper for a wacky new NPR game show called Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me!

Recorded live in Chicago, the weekly hourlong show continues to feature a panel answering current event questions. Kasell remained in that job until his retirement in May 2014, with Bill Kurtis taking on his duties.

CBS and NPR created a TV pilot for the Wait Wait in 2008, which Kasell and then-host Peter Sagal were in, but it was not picked up to series. A special aired on BBC America in 2011.

"Wait Wait" host Peter Sagal said, "He was kind down to his bones."

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The New York Times
Vulture
SFGate
WUTC Chattanooga

posted 4/18/18

Summer Fun Returns June 10
"TTTT" Season 3 Joins "Celebrity Feud", "Pyramid"
From Deadline

ABC is getting back in the games this summer, setting June 10 premiere dates for Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth.

Season 4 of the Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud will kick off the night at 8 PM, followed by the third-season premiere of The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan at 9 PM. Host Anthony Anderson and To Tell the Truth then return for the Season 3 bow of To Tell the Truth at 10 PM.

Here are the details, per ABC:

Celebrity Family Feud (8-9 PM) Hosted by television personality and best-selling author Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud returns for its fourth season on ABC. A celebrity version of Family Feud the 10-episode series will feature celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to have fun and win money for charity. Celebrity family teams that will be playing for charity this season include the following: Team Kardashian vs. Team West, Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul, Ice T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott vs. Amber Riley, Team Grey's Anatomy vs. Team Station 19, Team NBA on TNT vs. Team MLB All-Stars, and Laurie Hernandez vs. Shawn Johnson, amongst others. Celebrity Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

The $100,000 Pyramid (9-10 PM) Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The $100,000 Pyramid is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners' circle and take home $100,000. The $100,000 Pyramid is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is executive produced by Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino.

To Tell the Truth (10-11 PM) Hosted by the star of ABC's hit comedy Black-ish, Anthony Anderson, To Tell the Truth is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show that first aired in 1956. This version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Anderson's mother, Mama Doris, is also part of the fun as a commentator. In each round, the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the other two use every trick they can to deceive the panel. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. To Tell the Truth is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Alycia Rossiter, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

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The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/18

Survivor, Race Will Be Back
CBS Renews Two Reality Heavies
From Reality TV World

Survivor and The Amazing Race are sticking around!

CBS has announced Survivor and The Amazing Race have been renewed for the 2018-2019 television season.

The Amazing Race, hosted by Phil Keoghan, just aired its Season 30 finale in late February. The Amazing Race aired on Wednesday nights last season and concluded with former Big Brother houseguests Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson -- who got engaged in February -- winning the $1 million grand prize.

Jessica and Cody defeated the runner-up team, "Dating Couple and Yale Debating Teammates" Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak, for the win.

As for Survivor, the network is currently airing Survivor: Ghost Island, the franchise's 36th edition overall.

Jeff Probst continues to serve as the host of the long-running reality competition series. The latest Survivor: Ghost Island episode featured the highly-anticipated merge, and the finale is set to air Wednesday, May 23 at 8PM ET/PT. Survivor's finale will be a special two-hour episode, followed by the live reunion show from 10-11PM ET/PT.

The season premiered on February 28, with 20 new castaways -- divided into two tribes, Naviti vs. Malolo -- competing for the $1 million grand prize and the title of "Sole Survivor." Showcasing the series' extensive history, a new twist has sent players to a separate Ghost Island filled with Survivor relics, including hidden Immunity Idols and advantages, that were misplayed from the previous 35 seasons of the show. The castaways' goal on Season 36 is to "reverse the curse" of former players who have been haunted by their mistakes in the game.

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The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 8
From TV Newscheck

After sinking to its lowest ratings of the season with reruns in the prior week, Ellen DeGeneres returned to original episodes and came to life in the session ending April 8 with a 22% increase, landing at a 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The increase was just enough to tie Live with Kelly and Ryan for second place among talk shows.

Meanwhile, the game show race was extremely tight with only three-tenths of a point separating topper Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +3%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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B&C

posted 4/18/18

TUESDAY: "Roseanne" Rules
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.969 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "Roseanne" (13.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), a special "Alex, Inc." (4.845 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Black-ish" (4.141 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Splitting Up Together" (3.616 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "For the People" (2.098 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

CBS (10.116 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) likewise was still the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "NCIS" (11.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Bull" (10.689 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its lineup of "The Voice" (8.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Rise" (4.310 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Chicago Med" (6.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.509 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "LA to Vegas" (2.036 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "New Girl" (1.724 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.872 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Black Lightning" (1.689 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.164m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (P/History): 1.139m
- Chopped (Food): 927k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 765k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 408k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/18

MONDAY: No Stopping "The Voice"
NBC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.453 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and new episodes from "American Idol" (6.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "The Crossing" (4.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the return of "Lucifer" (3.173 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "The Resident" (4.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (4.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Living Biblically" (3.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and the season finale of "Scorpion" (5.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, the spring premiere of "Supergirl" (1.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "iZombie" (0.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.413m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja: 818k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/18

More on "Battlebots"
Discovery, Science to Share Broadcast Window
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is making its triumphant return with all-new episodes set to premiere Friday, May 11 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, May 16 at 9 PM on Science Channel.

BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer.

The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

Some of the returning favorites this season include Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Bite Force, Yeti, and more. BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship.

Homemade robots built on a myriad of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.

BattleBots is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. Wyatt Channell will executive produce for Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/17/18

WEEKEND: For Love of Country
CBS Beats ABC Thanks to CMA
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with a new "60 Minutes" (10.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) followed by "The 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (12.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.195 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "American Idol" (6.255 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the special "A Higher Loyalty: The Comey/Stephanopoulos Interview" (9.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was FOX (1.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.357 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) alongside originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "The Simpsons" (2.242 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.817 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.530 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.391 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, the quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Little Big Shots" (5.515 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Genius Junior" (3.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Timeless" (2.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) rounded out the night on NBC (4.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.294m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.187m
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SP/TBS): 935k
- Drop the Mic (SP/TBS): 779k

CBS (7.240 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.106 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

FOX (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.023 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by a second "MasterChef Junior" (2.906 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with another early "Taken" (3.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.046 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.262 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.962 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "20/20" (1.913 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Life Sentence" (1.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.742 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 4/17/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Billboard Coach"

  • Kelly Clarkson to host Billboard Music Awards (Billboard)

  • The Kardashian Family Feud episode won't air until summer, but Steve Harvey is talking about it tonight (Huffpost)

  • Alex Trebek... professional... host... ZERO effs to give (Decider)

  • Jeff Foxworthy's next big thing... recliners. We are not kidding. (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Did "Shotmakers" really get 1.2 million viewers? Only if you round up and count both nights together. Which is apparently what Golf Channel did (The Futon Critic)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: Nick Arcade is on PRime Video... and the episode descriptions are EVERYTHING (AV Club)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Costabile (NorthJersey.com)

posted 4/16/18


Pinterest

HARRY ANDERSON: 1952-2018
Comic Magician Hosted Unsold Pilot of "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Harry Anderson, who earned multiple Emmy nominations for playing Judge Harry T. Stone on the NBC comedy Night Court, was found dead today at a home in Asheville, NC. He was 65. No cause of death was reported, but Asheville Police PIO Christina Hallingse confirmed his death to Deadline and said they do not suspect foul play.

Anderson appeared in three Season 1 episodes of NBC's Cheers as local flim-flam man/magician Harry "The Hat" Gitties, including a memorable sting episode in which he starred. That role — which he would reprise a few times later on the then-rising sitcom — led to his landing the lead in Night Court.

The sitcom also starring John Larroquette, Markie Post and Richard Moll followed the wacky goings-on in a Manhattan night court and its staffers led by Stone, a boyish, grinning, jeans-and-sneakers jurist who was unconventional to say the least. It debuted in January 1984 as a midseason replacement and the lead-out of Cheers and went on to be part of its primetime lineup for the next nine seasons.

Anderson, also an accomplished magician, would earn three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role from 1985-87, and he stayed with the series through its 193-episode run. Night Court was a top 10 show in all of primetime for its third and fourth seasons as it and Cheers gained in popularity. It would follow the Boston-set barroom classic until moving to Wednesdays in March 1987, then bounced around the NBC schedule before wrapping in 1993.

That fall, Anderson returned to TV as the star of Dave's World, the CBS sitcom in which he played syndicated newspaper columnist Dave Barry. It lasted four seasons through 1997.

Anderson also guested on a number of 1980s and '90s TV series including Tanner '88, Tales from the Crypt, Parker Lewis Can't Lose and The John Larroquette Show and starred as Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King book.

His most recent credits included episodes of the 2000s comedies 30 Rock — which featured a reunion of the Night Court cast — and Son of the Beach. He also co-starred in the 2014 indie film A Matter of Faith.

In the game show realm, he was known mostly as a player - having guested on "Pyramid", "Blackout", and "Super Password". He also hosted the unsold pilot for a 2000 reboot of perennial panel series "What's My Line?"

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posted 4/16/18

The Four Goes for Two
Catch Season 2 on Fox June 7
From the Futon Critic

Season Two of the hit music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM premieres Thursday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Grammy(R) Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean "Diddy" Combs; super producer DJ Khaled; and Grammy(R) Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor will return as panelists, alongside Grammy(R) Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie as host.

Last season, Evvie McKinney, from Memphis, TN, was crowned the first-ever champion and received the ultimate prize: career mentorship by the panel of experts. McKinney currently is in the studio, recording her first single, under the guidance of the panel. Once the single is released, she will be featured as an iHeartRadio "On The Verge" artist. Season Two will introduce an entirely new group of "vocal gladiators" who will BATTLE FOR STARDOM.

Season One of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was FOX's highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years, both among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. Additionally, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was the No. 1 most social new TV series this season with 5.5 million total social interactions.

The FUton Critic

posted 4/16/18

Knockout Returns May 2
TruTV Hit to Open Season 3
From the Futon Critic

truTV is ushering in Spring and bringing the laughs with all-new seasons of three of its original comedies: Comedy Knockout, The Carbonaro Effect, and Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack.

Comedy Knockout Season 3 Premieres Wednesday, May 2 at 11pm ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes.

Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges. In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Broad City, Crashing) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. The comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at their opponents, and each show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated, and one forced to face the crowd to apologize for going down in shameful defeat. The third season of the series kicks off Wednesday, May 2 at 11pm ET/PT with two back-to-back special episodes, starting with a Losers Special featuring the comics who have always come up short on past episodes, Dave Hill, Tone Bell and Julian McCullough. The episode will be followed by (you guessed it) a Champions Special featuring the series' past big winners Noah Gardenswartz, Megan Neuringer, and Clayton English.

The FUton Critic

posted 4/16/18

"Drag Race Thailand" to Head Stateside
Adaptation to Air OTT on WOW Presents Plus May 4
From TV Line

One of Thailand's most charismatic, unique, nervy and talented exports is finally sashaying over to the States.

The official trailer for Drag Race Thailand — available to watch with English subtitles on the World of Wonder Presents Plus streaming service beginning May 4 — was released today, giving fans of the franchise a look at what the Queens of the East have to offer.

Sure, there are a few noticeable changes from the U.S. format — including RuPaul being replaced by Thai queens Art Araya In-dra and Pangina Heals — but there's still plenty of shade ("Is that your face, or did the zoo just open?") and visits from the Pit Crew, even if you won't find a single ginger in the bunch.

The Chilean version of Drag Race, called The Switch Drag Race, is currently available to stream on WOW Presents Plus, which costs $3.99 per month after a 30-day trial..

TV Line

posted 4/16/18

Medical School College Bowl?
BBC2 Searches for "Best Junior Doctor"
From C21Media

BBC2 in the UK has commissioned a medical quizshow featuring doctors from the country's National Health Service (NHS) as contestants.

Britain's Best Junior Doctors (5×30′) is from ITV Studios-backed prodco Shiver and will pit students at teaching hospitals against each other. Junior doctors will put their skills and knowledge to the test, with comedian and former mental health nurse Jo Brand hosting.

The show will air this summer.

The order follows a raft of commissions for NHS-related programming from the BBC, as the service marks its 70th anniversary this year.

Richard Hastings, creative director at Shiver, said the show would "celebrate" the expertise of doctors "in a new and fun way whilst providing viewers with great medical and health takeout."

It has been commissioned for BBC2 by Kate Phillips, controller of BBC entertainment commissioning, and commissioning editor Kalpna Patel-Knight..

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What's on TV

posted 4/16/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "That's $50 and Time Served"

  • So Nikki Bella just broke up with somebody... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Reality TV World)

  • Eva Marcille is America's Next Top Mommy (Reality TV World)

  • Carrie Underwood performs for the first time since her accident (Reality TV World)

  • Jeff Foxworthy's next big thing... recliners. We are not kidding. (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Did "Shotmakers" really get 1.2 million viewers? Only if you round up and count both nights together. Which is apparently what Golf Channel did (The Futon Critic)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: Nick Arcade is on PRime Video... and the episode descriptions are EVERYTHING (AV Club)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Costabile (NorthJersey.com)

posted 4/16/18


Minneapolis Star-Tribune

TK(evin)O
Kevin Hart to Host Mark Burnett's Obstacle Course Game
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced comedian, actor and global superstar Kevin Hart will take on the role of host for the first time in his career with TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, a brand new one-hour obstacle course competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett. The 10-episode series will premiere in summer 2018.

Kevin Hart will also serve as an executive producer.

TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT features people from all walks of life where one player races through daunting obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It's a physical and funny "us versus them" scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

"This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand," said Kevin Hart. "The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it and we decided to work together. This show has the potential to make me look tall."

"TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT is a larger-than-life competition series that's all about having fun," said Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for CBS. "With Kevin's gift for comedy and passion for fitness, he brings a distinct voice to the show that no one else can."

"Kevin is a shining global beacon of comedy, of fitness and of fun. He is the perfect star for TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, and I'm so grateful we get to work together on CBS primetime," said Burnett.

Kevin Hart has made a name for himself as one of the foremost comedians, entertainers, authors and businessmen in the industry today. He is currently on a world tour doing standup with his newest hour of material titled "The Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour." Up next is Hart's feature film "Night School," which he co-wrote, produces and stars in - all under his HartBeat production banner.

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Deadline
Variety
The Interrobang
Inquisitr
Vulture

posted 4/13/18


BBC Worldwide/ABC

Dancing With the Stars: The Athletes Are Announced!
Catch It on ABC April 30!
From The Futon Critic

Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of "Dancing with the Stars" ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes," MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

This season's lineup of athletes includes three Olympic figure skaters, a former Los Angeles Lakers superstar, an Olympic gold medal-winning softball player, a Notre Dame women's basketball national championship hero, an American luger, a gold medal-winning Olympic snowboarder, a former World Series-winning Major League Baseball player and an NFL cornerback.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the athletes with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season are (in alphabetical order):
· Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson
· Notre Dame women's basketball champion Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko
· Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson
· Pro snowboarder Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev
· Olympic softball player Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe
· Retired World Series champion Johnny Damon with Emma Slater
· Redskins CB Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess
· NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold
· Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten
· Figure skating icon Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber.

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Broadway World
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 4/13/18


BBC

First Look: Millionaire 20th Anniversary
Jeremy Clarkson a Driving Force in the Teaser Trailer
From Digital Spy

Jeremy Clarkson is revving to go in the first trailer for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'s revival on ITV.

The Grand Tour host takes a flashy car for a spin before bursting into the studio in style and settling into the hot seat – with the familiar theme tune playing in the background.

Indeed, the classic quiz show is making a comeback just in time for its 20th anniversary, with a special run of seven hour-long episodes that will play out across one week in May.

Clarkson replaces original host Chris Tarrant.

"I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth," he said last month when the revival was announced. "I'm a big fan of quiz shows and I'm looking forward to hosting this iconic TV show and hopefully making a few millionaires!"

Just like it worked between 1998 and 2014, members of the public will sit in the hot seat for a chance to win £1 million ($1.4 million give or take). All they have to do is answer 15 consecutive questions correctly – and they will have lifelines including 'ask the audience', 'ask a friend' and '50:50'.

This special revival will also feature "new twists and turns for audiences to look forward to", which is intriguing to say the least..

Digital Spy
Metro
The Irish News
The Interrobang
Inquisitr

posted 4/13/18

THURSDAY: Eye Shines
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.520 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.989 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (6.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "SWAT" (5.338 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Station 19" (5.611 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Scandal" (4.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its combination of "Superstore" (3.171 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "AP Bio" (2.129 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Will & Grace" (2.249 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), "Champions" (1.679 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Chicago Fire" (5.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.357 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.736 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Arrow" (1.086 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Discovery): 1.035m
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 694k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 585k
- Ex on the Beach (P/MTV): 479k
- Black Card Revoked (SF/BET): 295k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 218k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/13/18

WEDNESDAY: Surviving the Empire
ABC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Star" (4.290 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

The silver then went to CBS (6.452 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Ghost Island" (7.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (5.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and fresh installments from "The Blacklist" (5.103 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (5.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.062 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (5.203 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Alex, Inc." (3.561 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.922 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "American Housewife" (3.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, the special "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" (1.309 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (1.060 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 994k
- Glam Masters (Lifetime): 357k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/12/18

Brick Joke
Endemol Shine Picks Up LEGO Masters
From Kidscreen

Global content producer/distributor Endemol Shine Group has acquired global format and finished tape rights to construction competition series LEGO Masters.

Endemol Shine Group will exclusively deliver the format across all platforms outside of the UK. In addition, the company will have rights to produce localized versions of the series worldwide.

Produced by UK studio Tuesday's Child, LEGO Masters lets contestants of all ages put their design and construction skills to the test in an effort to be named LEGO Masters. The series was commissioned by Channel 4 and first aired last summer, with a second five x one-hour season of the show currently in production.

Kidscreen

posted 4/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Coronation Day"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC slots "American Idol" season finale for May 22 (TV Line)

  • "Drop The Mic" drops its season 2 combatants (Reality TV World)

  • Mel & Sue's Generation Game drops a tick... or a few ticks (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Neil Patrick Harris (Broadway World)

posted 4/11/18

TUESDAY: The Road to Second Place
ABC, CBS Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.947 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was sparked to another demo victory on Tuesday with its mix of "Roseanne" (13.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "The Middle" (7.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Black-ish" (5.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Splitting Up Together" (4.196 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "For the People" (2.722 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Second place then went to NBC (6.224 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its combination of "The Voice: Road to the Live Shows" (7.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Rise" (4.528 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Chicago Med" (6.437 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (6.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) followed by "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute" (7.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up the return of "Lethal Weapon" (4.062 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a new "LA to Vegas" (2.283 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the season premiere of "New Girl" (1.990 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.804 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (1.557 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.601m
- Chopped (Food): 965k
- America's Next Top Model (SF/VH1): 869k
- The Challenge Vendettas Reunion (S/MTV): 802k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (Paramount): 681k
- Ink Master: Angels (Paramount): 312k
- Shotmakers (Golf): 155k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/11/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Rehab"

posted 4/11/18

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending April 1
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the only talk show in the top 10 moving up in the session ending April 1, even though it was in reruns for part of the week.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 +7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 4/10/18

MONDAY: Knockout Round
NBC Wins Against ABC, Idol
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (9.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Good Girls" (4.512 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (6.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "American Idol" (7.630 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and week two of "The Crossing" (4.517 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its original lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Living Biblically" (3.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) again opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Resident" (1.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.429 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "iZombie" (0.799 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.299m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja: 759k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/10/18

WEEKEND: A Low Key Win Is Still a Win
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.780 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) followed by originals from "American Idol" (7.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Deception" (3.743 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (8.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "Instinct" (8.198 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Madam Secretary" (6.247 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Next up was NBC (4.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.267 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Little Big Shots" (6.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Genius Junior" (4.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Timeless" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.089 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) alongside new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.540 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) rounded out the night on FOX (1.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 994k

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with new episodes of "MacGyver" (6.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Second place then went to NBC (4.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a special earlier "Taken" (3.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.610 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus a repeat "The Resident" (1.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Once Upon a Time" (2.246 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "20/20" (2.369 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Dynasty" (0.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.560 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.649 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 1.040m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/10/18

CW Summer
Fool Us, Whose Line to Return
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network has set its Summer 2018 premiere dates, with original programming all summer long, including new scripted series and returning favorites.

The CW's successful summer trio of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION will all return with new episodes in June. The hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? premieres on Monday, June 4 (9-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT), as Cycle 5 of the comedy magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US premieres Monday, June 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). MASTERS OF ILLUSION makes its season debut with back-to-back new episodes Friday, June 29 (8-8:30pm ET/PT and 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT).

The Futon Critic

posted 4/10/18

The Mama Of All Game Shows
Wanda Sykes, Jenny Daly to Pitch Show at MIPTV
From Realscreen

Los Angeles-based T Group Productions has partnered with comedian Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and their studio Push It Productions to produce the competition format Throw Mama from the Game Show for the U.S. television market.

Throw Mama from the Game Show is a one-hour elimination game show that pits teams consisting of a mother and her millennial children against one another to beat the competition. At the same time, contestants will have to conquer challenges that test their relationships, mental capacities and physical finesse. Only one team will walk away unscathed and receive a cash prize to help smooth over any bruised familial feelings.

The series will be executive produced by T Group's Jenny Daly and Rob Lobl, alongside Wanda Sykes (pictured) and Page Hurwitz for Push It Productions.

Realscreen

posted 4/10/18

Spain of Games
Warner Bros. Sells "Game of Games" to Spain
From Deadline

Warner Bros International Television Production Spain has been commissioned by Spanish media group Artresmedia to produce the first international version of game show format Game Of Games for local channel Antena 3. Comedian and actress Silvia Abril will host the Spanish version of the show, in which contestants are picked from the audience to play super-sized games for cash. Ellen De Generes hosts the U.S. format for NBC, which has renewed it for a 13-episode second season. Producers in the U.S. are Warner Horizon and Unscripted & Alternative Television, in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

Deadline

posted 4/10/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The New Reality Revolution"

  • Rachel Lindsay is shocked... SHOCKED!... that a Bachelor couple broke up! (Reality TV World)

  • A-Rod calls meeting Jennifer Lopez "the best day of his life" (Reality TV World)

  • Gwen Stefani on a Vegas residency: It's happening! (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: You'll never look at flamenco dancing the same way again (TV Line)

  • Do NOT. CROSS. ANNE. MOTHERDUCKING. HEGERTY. (Gay Times - WARNING FOR LANGUAGE)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: Snoop's Top 3 game shows... and who can outsmoke him (Broadway World)

  • And now a bit of Chain Reaction... Jeopardy! or The Chase... what's the world's best quiz? (Stuff)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Adweek)

posted 4/10/18

Class Is (Finally) In Session
Catch the Jeopardy! College Championship This Monday!
From various sources

What happens when you put 15 college students together to compete on Jeopardy!? Take a look for yourself! Learn a few fun facts about the group and study up on their #KillerCategories. More importantly, find out what they have in mind for that $100,000 grand prize (we think it's safe to say dinner's on the champ). Watch them battle it out in the College Championship, April 9-20!

The show was originally set to start taping its College Championship in January.

The 2018 College Championship contestants (in alphabetical order):
- Josie Bianchi, a sophomore at Stanford University
- Thatcher Chonka, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma
- Dhruv Gaur, a freshman at Brown University
- Jordan Goodson, a senior at Columbia University
- Rishab Jain, a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Patricia Jia, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania
- Harry Kioko, a senior at the University of Chicago
- Sheldon Lewis II, a sophomore at the Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rebecca Rosenthal, a sophomore at Swarthmore College
- Alli Ross, a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Hannah Sage, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida
- William Scott, a freshman at Tufts University
- Carsen Smith, a senior at Vanderbilt University
- Eric Thorpe, a senior at Dartmouth College
- Caroline Trammell, a junior at Furman University

Jeopardy! and its host, Alex Trebek, are in their 34th season in syndication. With 23 million viewers each week, Jeopardy! is the top-rated quiz show on television and has received several awards and distinctions over the course of its 30-plus-year run, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.C

Jeopardy! PR
Vanderbilt University

posted 4/9/18

Speaking of HQ...
UK Version to Include Friends Connectivity
From the Verge

Mobile game show HQ Trivia today announced a few new in-app social features designed to make the game more enjoyable with friends. While the app has brought co-workers, family members, and friend groups together in real life, not everyone has a core group to play with at the 3PM and 9PM match times, at least not every day. So HQ is adding a new feature called "Friends on HQ," launching today in the UK with a US launch soon, to let you connect with friends, see who's actively playing in any given game, and compare high scores and wins.

According to TechCrunch, an HQ spokesperson says "this update forms the basis of a variety of new features that HQ will be rolling out soon, leveraging friends' connections." We don't know what form those new features will take, but it's not farfetched to imagine HQ launching group games, in the vein of pub trivia, or figuring out ways to incentivize people to play by encouraging friendly competition.

(C-Note: the answer to the question in the story above? Canberra)

The Verge

posted 4/9/18

To Arms!
Discovery Greenlights "Master of Arms" (WT)
From the Futon Critic

Over the course of history, skilled craftsmen helped shape the fate of mankind by constructing the most iconic weaponry known to man. Discovery Channel is bringing weapons of the past to life in the ultimate historical weapons building competition, MASTER OF ARMS (w/t). Inspired by age-old traditions, the all-new series brings today's best weapons smiths together to battle it out head to head, building the armaments that changed the course of history.

Centuries ago, the greatest empires leaned on the backs of weapon craftsmen to create the blades, bows, and bullets that would win wars and alter history forever. Now, modern master smiths will put their technical knowledge and ingenuity to the test giving insight into age-old building techniques - and the traditions, methods and craftsmanship that define them.

Each episode, three builders face-off in two historical challenges that call upon era-specific weaponry, from the firearms of the frontier to the blades of the Vikings. A former Army Special Operations Sniper will determine each weapon's velocity, accuracy, and durability in the armory and in the field, and a panel of expert Judges will score each build. With an elimination after each challenge, each week, only one weapon smith walks away with $10,000 and the title of "Master of Arms."

MASTER OF ARMS (w/t) is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador Content. For Matador Content, Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson and Brian Nashel are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Chris Rantamaki, Matthew Vafiadis and Bill Howard are executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/9/18


GSN

Idiots Going Global
Global Road Acquires GSN Format
From the Hollywood Reporter

Proof that Donald Tang's Global Road Entertainment wants to be more than just an independent film powerhouse, the company on Monday unveiled that it has picked up global rights to the Game Show Network's quiz format Idiotest.

Since launching in 2014, Idiotest, hosted by Ben Gleib, has been a hit for Game Show Network, racking up more than 31.6 million total unique viewers over four seasons. The original U.S. version is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, which adapted the show from the popular app game.

Global Road will be shopping the Idiotest format, as well as the original U.S. show, to buyers at international TV market MIP TV in Cannes.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/9/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The New Reality Revolution"

posted 4/9/18

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