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MONDAY: Splitsky
ABC, NBC Take Totals, Demos
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) took home the demo honors on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "The Brave" (5.341 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

ABC (9.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (9.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "The Good Doctor" (10.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "9JKL" (7.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.684 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Me, Myself & I" (4.988 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Scorpion" (5.417 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up week two of "Lucifer" (3.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "The Gifted" (3.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) kicked off its fall lineup with the return of "Supergirl" (1.860 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and the launch of "Valor" (1.208 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 1.233m
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.126m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (SF/VH1): 1.011m
- Halloween Baking Championship: Hayride of Terror (Food): 768k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/17

More on "Trivial Takedown"
Catch It on Fuse November 7
From Fuse

Trivial Takedown is a comedy game show where your favorite comedians, musicians and social media celebs face off and have their pop culture and music knowledge tested in a rapid-fire battle. And you can compete and test your own pop culture IQ by playing along.
Watch. Experience. Win.

This season will feature some of today's hottest celebrities, musical artists and a cast of influencers including Kid Ink, Flula Borg, Frankie Grande, GloZelle, Mamrie Hart, Omarion, Brittany Furlan, Gina Brillon, Romeo Miller, Tim Delaghetto, Justine Marino, Kingsley, Ayo & Teo, Sevyn Streeter and Chico Bean.

Catch the 1-hour Trivial Takedown premiere Tuesday, November 7 @ 11PM on Fuse.

Fuse

posted 10/10/17

It's the Most Delicious Time of the Year
Catch Holiday Baking Championship, Christmas Cookie Challenge on Food November!
From the Futon Critic

It's the most wonderful time of the year and Food Network is spreading sweet holiday cheer with Holiday Baking Championship on Monday, November 6th at 9pm ET/PT and Christmas Cookie Challenge at 10pm ET/PT. There is no better way to ring in the holiday season, than with decadent baked goods galore and the most irresistible holiday treats!

"Food Network's holiday programming captures the sugar and spice and everything nice about the season, with fun and exciting challenges that bring to life the spirit of holiday classic treats and traditions," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

The festivities begin as nine new bakers enter the Holiday Baking Championship kitchen to show off their talents in this seven-week competition stuffed with difficult challenges and delicious desserts to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah. Host Jesse Palmer will put the contestants to the test as they whisk, fold and frost their way through challenges and surprising curveballs. From crazy candy cane desserts to holiday hand pies, the contestants' baking abilities must rise to the top. Only one will "sleigh" the competition to be crowned the winner by judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale to take home the biggest gift of the season - a $50,000 grand prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!

For even more heavenly holiday treats on Monday, December 25th at 9pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale welcome back past runners-up for a one-shot holiday showdown, and a second chance at victory on a special episode of Holiday Baking Championship: Runners-Up Redemption. The familiar faces must tackle two rounds of tough new challenges including desserts inspired by real letters to Santa Claus, and then they must assemble cupcakes into one big edible Christmas tree. On the line is their reputation and a grand prize of $10,000.

Holiday cookies are a seasonal staple and they are more than mere sweets -- they are gifts, mementos of childhood, and most certainly made with pride. In Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 6th at 10pm ET/PT, host Eddie Jackson challenges festive and talented cookie makers in this seasonal seven-episode competition. In each episode, five daring cookie makers must prove their holiday skills through two rounds, as lead judge Ree Drummond, joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Kimberly Bailey, James Briscione, Damiano Carrara, Dan Langan, Jamika Pessoa, Jordan Pilarski, Aarti Sequeira and Joy Wilson, determine which baker will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/10/17

Jeopardy!, Wheel Coming to Next-Gen
PS4, Xbox Versions Coming Next Month
From Playstation Lifestyle

Ubisoft announced today that they are working on video games based on two of America’s most popular and well known game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. The games will be available for download individually – for $19.99 – or bundled together in a retail compilation for $39.99.

According to Ubisoft, the games are set to launch on November 7 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more information on both games and what they will include, make sure to check out below, courtesy of Ubisoft:

Jeopardy! allows players to solve over 2,000 clues and compete with two other friends online and through local multiplayer, and offers exciting new features.
- Unique Modes: With three distinct modes, there is a Jeopardy! type for everyone. Track your progress and performance in leaderboards by competing in Career Mode. Rapid Mode offers fewer categories and clues for players looking for a quick match, and Family Mode includes separate categories to be more inclusive and fun for kids and parents alike.
- Unlock New Categories: Answer clues correctly and unlock Categories.
- Media Clues: Jeopardy! offers more than 2,000 puzzles with visual and audio clues, including quotes and songs.
- Category Customization: Players can decide which categories they want during online and offline matches.

With more than 4,000 puzzles, Wheel of Fortune offers hours of puzzle-solving fun and provides unique twists on the classic game.
- Classic and Quick Modes: Play the classic mode to enjoy the authentic TV show experience with all of the beats you know and love. Or choose the quick mode to solve a few puzzles.
- Online Multiplayer: Track your progress against friends and global leaderboards, compare your score and achievements through the profile function and chat with friends.
- Special Wedges true to the TV Show: Collect awesome travel trips with the prize wedge and win top value gifts with the gift card, mystery wedge or million dollar wedge.
- Level up and Unlock Customization Items: Gain levels as you play and unlock new customization items to decorate your contestants and studio set with over 250 unique items.
- Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are currently set to launch on November 7.

Playstation Lifestyle
Future Game Releases

posted 10/10/17

WEEKEND: You Can Stand Me Up At the Gates of Hell...
CBS, NBC Beat Back Fox, Hell's Kitchen
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) however moved up to share the demo crown with a repeat of "The Voice" (3.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

Next up was ABC (3.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the return of "Once Upon a Time" (3.261 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by week two of "Marvel's Inhumans" (2.773 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "20/20" (3.089 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.725 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Exorcist" (1.498 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.997 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Masters of Illusion" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday, NBC (13.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) was the network to beat with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (4.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.166 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.853 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2).

FOX (8.658 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) then got a boost with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (23.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.4, #1), "The OT" (13.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3), "The Simpsons" (5.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Ghosted" (3.605 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Family Guy" (3.090 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.263 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Next up was CBS (8.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (9.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (7.947 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.383 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) plus the return of "Madam Secretary" (7.126 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16).

And finally, a new "The Toy Box" (1.920 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17), the season premiere of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.527 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15) and new episodes from "Shark Tank" (4.656 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "10 Days in the Valley" (2.616 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17) rounded out the night on ABC (3.429 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.446m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.172m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 657k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Here's a Guy"

posted 10/9/17


WhoDatesWhom.com
MERRILL HEATTER: 1926-2017
With Bob Quigley, Produced "Hollywood Squares", "High Rollers"
From
various sources

According to a report from our friend Randy West, game show super producer Merrill Heatter has died in his Beverly Hills home after a brave battle with cancer.

Solo or with production partner Bob Quigley, he created and/or produced a myriad of game shows spanning six decades, including "Hollywood Squares", "Shenanigans", "PDQ", "Baffle", "High Rollers", "Gambit", "All-Star Blitz", and what would be his final show, "Catch 21" for GSN.

But they hit the game show map in 1960 with "Video Village", the board game come to life.

Heatter is preceded in death by his wife Elaine Stewart, who died in 2011.

He is survived by two children, Stewart & Gabriel.

This story is ongoing.

posted 10/9/17

More on "Iron Chef: Showdown"
Catch It on Food Network November 8
From the Futon Critic

The elite Iron Chef culinary society is back on Food Network full-force with fresh competitors, secret ingredients and over-the-top action in the new series Iron Chef Showdown, premiering Wednesday, November 8th at 9pm (all times ET/PT). Hosted by the inimitable Alton Brown and set in the newly renovated Kitchen Stadium, each standalone episode pits two up-and-coming chef competitors against each other, but only one earns the right to face a legendary Iron Chef and answer life's most savory question: "whose cuisine reigns supreme?" The Chairman (Mark Dacascos) and floor reporter Jaymee Sire join Alton as the culinary drama unfolds each week, with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and newest member Stephanie Izard each taking on talented, determined challengers over the ten-episode season. Preceding Showdown's premiere is the one-hour special Iron Chef: Where Are They Now at 8pm, which explores the latest and greatest achievements of favorite Iron Chefs, followed by the debut of retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle at 10pm. Online, digital companion series Alton's Ingredient Alchemy rolls out simultaneously with a closer look at some of the latest Iron Chef secret ingredients.

"Showdown has everything our viewers love about Iron Chef: the masterful chefs, the edge-of-your-seat action and, of course, all the tradition of Kitchen Stadium, and combines it with new elements to make each battle a whirlwind of culinary entertainment," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

In each episode, Alton welcomes two formidable chef competitors to Kitchen Stadium and they battle each other in the Chairman's Challenge to create their best dish based upon a secret ingredient. Alton is the sole judge to determine which chef advances to the next level: an epic duel against a legendary Iron Chef in the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Then tradition comes to life as Alton, the Chairman, floor reporter Jaymee Sire and a rotating judge panel of two culinary experts oversee the competitor versus Iron Chef action. Ultimately, the two guest judges taste the offerings and determine "whose cuisine reigns supreme?" in these epic Iron Chef battles.

Iron Chef Showdown kicks off with a Thanksgiving-themed episode, as Iron Chef Bobby Flay lies in wait while Chicago chef Matt Kerney battles against Florida chef Lindsay Autry over ingredients from America's favorite holiday in the Chairman's Challenge. Then, John Besh and Antonia Lofaso serve as judges for the Thanksgiving Secret Ingredient Showdown between the first-round winner and Iron Chef Flay.

Preceding Showdown's premiere, Iron Chef: Where Are They Now airs at 8pm. For America's original Iron Chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, achieving Iron Chef status was the cementing of a legacy, and becoming an Iron Chef was a life-altering event for the next generation, including Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and most recently, Stephanie Izard. This one-hour special explores the current projects, from restaurants to television, of favorite Iron Chefs.

Immediately following Showdown at 10pm, Alton hosts the ten-episode retrospective series Iron Chef: Behind the Battle which revisits fan-favorite battles from the past to fully appreciate the culinary mastery that happens in Kitchen Stadium. At the behest of the Chairman, Alton explores, dissects and offers new insights about the secret ingredients, mind-blowing cooking techniques and each Iron Chef's individual approach to their culinary confrontations. The series premieres with an episode examining the epic Battle Thanksgiving Feast that pitted Iron Chef team Bobby Flay and Michael Symon versus Iron Chef team Marc Forgione and Jose Garces.

For a digital deep dive into Iron Chef Showdown secret ingredients with the one-and-only Alton Brown, online series Alton's Ingredient Alchemy takes a fun, in-depth look at select secret ingredients. Also at FoodNetwork.com/IronChefShowdown, viewers can go behind-the-scenes and learn more about their favorite Iron Chefs. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IronChefShowdown.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Swimming with the Sharks"

  • Sara Blakely takes her Spanx from "Rebel Billionaire" to "Shark Tank" (Broadway World)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" tour begins in Charlotte (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Nick Viall confirms what we all knew was true (Reality TV World)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: watch game shows... win a Nobel Economics Prize (Toronto Star)
     

  • "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" heads to Allentown (Allentown Morning Call)

posted 10/9/17


Boston Globe
MONTY HALL: 1921-2017
TV's Original Big Dealer
From
The Hollywood Reporter

GSN announced today it will celebrate the work of TV icon Monty Hall with a 6-hour marathon of "Let's Make a Deal" on Sunday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Episodes from the 1960s, '70s and '80s will be part of the marathon, including the first-ever episode, from December 30, 1963. Known for its surprising deals and the outlandish costumes potential contestants would don to attract Hall's attention, "Let's Make a Deal" has continued to run largely uninterrupted to the present day. Hall hosted the show for almost 5,000 episodes through its airing on two different networks and then in Syndication in the 1980's.

CBS is planning a tribute of its own to air on Friday. A preview was released on the show's Twitter feed, where current host Wayne Brady opens the show with a heartfelt tribute to Hall.

"We all know that Monty was a great host, but he was a great man as well, in every single sense of the word," Brady says. "Monty made everyone feel special, and he was an inspiration to people that he'd meet on the street, he was an inspiration to myself, and everyone here on the set of Let's Make a Deal."

He continued: "So, today, we are celebrating his memory with this episode, and we are going to do what we know that Monty would want us to do — we're going to have fun, we're going to make deals, and we're going to change lives. Monty, we're going to celebrate your legacy, and this show is for you."

Due to positive viewer response, BUZZR will continue the network's special tribute to game show icon and avid philanthropist Monty Hall on Saturday, October 7th. Following the network's initial tribute that aired on Monday, October 2nd, BUZZR will air an encore special marathon of retro Let's Make A Deal and The All-New Beat the Clock episodes hosted by Monty, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. With the network's fans continuing to share their love and adoration for Monty, BUZZR will also include in the tribute two rare episodes of Tattletales in which Monty and the love of his life, wife Marilyn Hall, appeared as contestants.

Hall, the playful host of Let’s Make a Deal who gave game-show contestants the agonizing choice of taking the cash or what was behind Door No. 3, has died. He was 96.

Hall, who by his own estimation presided over more than 4,700 episodes of the show he co-created, died Saturday due to heart failure, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Survivors include his three children: daughters Joanna Gleason, a Tony Award-winning actress and the wife of actor Chris Sarandon; Sharon Hall, president of Endemol Shine Studios and the wife of TV producer Todd Ellis Kessler; and son Richard Hall, an Emmy Award-winning producer (Amazing Race).

His wife of nearly 70 years, Marilyn, who was an Emmy-winning producer, TV writer and author, died in June.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hall served as a radio color man for New York Rangers’ NHL games and hosted other game shows like the scandal-plagued Twenty One, Video Village and revivals of Beat the Clock and Split Second.

However, it was Let’s Make a Deal, which he created with Stefan Hatos, that made him a television legend.

The show, which premiered in December 1963, featured contestants who would come to the studio with signs and/or dressed in outlandish, colorful costumes in a bid to attract Hall’s attention.

“When we did our first show, people showed up in business suits and dresses, nice-looking people in the studio audience,” Hall recalled in a 2002 interview with the Archive of American Television. “By about the second week or so, a woman showed up with a sign.

“One sign said, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I came here to deal with you.’ I stopped, read the poem and picked her. The next week, everybody had a sign. Then somebody else had a funny hat, then came costumes.”

The frantic contestants could gamble and pick what was hidden behind a curtain or one of three doors, or they could opt for the sure thing — cash rolled up in Hall’s jacket pocket. The host, with a twinkle in his eye, engaged in unscripted interactions with these regular folks; it was priceless.

“You’re in the pit with the people,” he said in a 2009 interview with The Toronto Star. “You know what the prizes are, but you have to make up the dialogue. The star is not you, it’s the contestant, and the drama is what they decide. So you have to be able to ad lib based on their choices.”

The prize (wonderfully framed by model Carol Merrill) could be a car … or a cow. Contestants who wound up with such a booby prize were “zonked.”

Born Monty Halperin on Aug. 25, 1921, Hall was president of the student body at the University of Manitoba and distinguished himself by performing in school musicals and plays. Simultaneously, he served as emcee of Canadian Army shows during World War II.

Following graduation, Hall gathered all his belongings in one small suitcase and headed for Toronto, where he broke into show business as an actor, singer, emcee and sportscaster.

Hall’s first TV appearance came in 1953 when he hosted Floor Show, a summer program for the CBC. He came up with an idea for a quiz show, Who Am I?, that ran for a decade in syndication in Canada.

In 1955, Hall made his way to New York and emceed the NBC programs Cowboy Theatre and The Sky’s the Limit. He got a huge break when he was chosen to replace Jack Barry on the hugely popular NBC game show Twenty One.

However, after just four weeks on the job, the program was hit with contest-rigging accusations, and Barry was brought back. “My dreams of making it to the top were sinking faster than the Titanic,” Hall said.

(Hall was never implicated in the controversy, which served as the basis for the 1994 Robert Redford film Quiz Show.)

Hall did some sportscasting and served as a Rangers color man on WINS radio in 1958-59 and 1959-60, making $50 a game. He was working the contest in November 1959 when Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goaltender to wear a protective mask.

Hall hosted CBS’ Keep Talking, a comedy game show, then succeeded Jack Narz as the “mayor” of Video Village, which featured contestants as “tokens” on a Monopoly-like game board. He followed the show from New York to Los Angeles and sold a new game show to NBC called Your First Impression.

After Video Village was axed in 1962, Hall and Hatos developed Let’s Make a Deal, which debuted on NBC (after ABC passed on it) on Dec. 30, 1963. Its rapid success prompted the network to position it against CBS’ No. 1 daytime show, the venerable soap opera As the World Turns.

NBC even moved Deal to Sunday evenings for a few months in 1967, where it was pitted against The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and The FBI on ABC. It made it into the Nielsen top 20, peaking at No. 6.

Deal later moved to ABC, running in daytime — and occasionally in primetime — from December 1968 through July 1976, and then in syndication. Other versions of the show have since aired (he returned to emcee a Dick Clark-produced version out of Orlando in the 1990s and did a week of shows in 2010), and Wayne Brady hosts the current edition, on which he served as a consultant.

During the height of his popularity, Hall was roasted by Dean Martin, guest-starred on such shows as The Odd Couple, That Girl and The Flip Wilson Show and hosted a series of primetime “All-Star Parties” for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan and Clint Eastwood that raised millions of dollars for charities.

Hall, in fact, was active in a number of charitable organizations and philanthropic endeavors. He served as president of the Variety Clubs International, and children’s wings bear his name at UCLA Medical Center, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Survivors also include grandchildren Aaron (and his wife Stacey), Mikka (Mark), Maggie (Adam), Jack and Levi.

An avid tennis player back in the day, Hall served as the honorary mayor of Hollywood for about a decade, replaced by Johnny Grant.

Plus, he has a head-scratching puzzle that mathematicians named after him.

From the 2009 book The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math’s Most Contentious Brain Teaser: “Imagine that you face three doors, behind one of which is a prize. You choose one but do not open it. The host — call him Monty Hall — opens a different door, always choosing one he knows to be empty. Left with two doors, will you do better by sticking with your first choice, or by switching to the other remaining door?”

Game show historian and author Adam Nedeff explains, "Monty Hall was the host but not the star of Let's Make a Deal. The stars were the nervous woman biting her nails while her eyes darted back and forth between the box and curtain, trying to decide which one she wanted, and the man dressed as Count Dracula handing over a thousand dollars and looking like he already regretted it. Let's Make a Deal presented emotions, and it presented people-all shapes sizes, colors, and ages. Let's Make a Deal was called 'The Marketplace of America,' because that's who was watching and that's who was playing."

Hall's own talents for tempting and haggling with players could often go unnoticed by viewers looking in on the berserk show. He often conducted himself as a straight man for contestants jumping and screaming with fright or elation as the suspenseful game played out.

When asked what exactly his talent was, Hall once said, "My talent [is] I love people, and I communicate with them."

Though Hall was known primarily for Let's Make a Deal, his calendar each year devoted significantly more time to fundraising causes. Hall's college benefactor held him to a promise that he would someday help another person in need, and Hall was so committed to that pledge that on days when Let's Make a Deal wasn't taping, he could be found at fundraiser luncheons, golf tournaments, silent auctions, and telethons raising money for numerous causes, even traveling from state to state to host telethons raising money for the local branches of larger organizations. In 1970, when a pair of plane crashes killed members of the Marshall University and Wichita State University football teams, Hall hosted a telethon to raise money for surviving family members.

In 1979, Hall told reporter Jack Severson, "If you're a member of society, you've gotta PARTICIPATE in that society. You've gotta work, you've gotta give, and if you have talent on top of that, you've gotta perform."

His philanthropic efforts were so intensive that he and his wife Marilyn admitted later that it caused stress for both of them. Marilyn Hall, a television writer/producer, penned an episode of Love American Style, starring her husband as a man who didn't spend enough time with his wife because he was constantly going to charity functions. At one point, she even asked him to consider taking six months off from charity fundraising, even though she acknowledged that he could never bring himself to do that. His charitable nature was a self-induced compulsion.

Son Richard Hall says, "He was an inspiration to us all the time. He was an amazing person who single-mindedly made himself successful and used that to affect the lives of so many others."

Daughter Joanna Gleason adds, "Dad wanted to be a pediatrician, but quotas kept him out of med school in Canada. So he used his talent and used the platform that television gave him to become a fundraiser...He helped children's charities, he helped open hospital wings, among other efforts. So he got to help children, after all."

Bob Boden, a game show producer, executive, and friend of the Hall family, says, "Monty Hall was so much more than a television personality, more than a game show host. He was an American institution for 60 years who positively influenced the lives of thousands of people who appeared on his programs and who benefited from his generosity. He will be missed as an entertainer and humanitarian."

Hall received more than 500 awards for his charitable efforts. He served on the boards of numerous organizations. In 1975 he was elected President of Variety Clubs International and in 1981, was given the lifetime title of International Chairman. He also won the organization's International Humanitarian Award. He has been inducted into the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada. The children's wings at Hahnemann Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, Mount Sinai in Toronto, and Johns Hopkins are named for him, as are streets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Cathedral City, California. In 2005, the Game Show Congress presented him with the Ralph Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for Career Community Service.

The Hall family asks that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to American Jewish World Service.

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posted 10/6/17


Variety
RALPHIE MAY: 1972-2017
Finalist on Season 1 of "Last Comic Standing"
From
TV Line

Ralphie May, a stand-up comedian who launched his career on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died at the age of 45.

May’s manager confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter; TMZ reports that May died of cardiac arrest in Las Vegas on Friday after battling pneumonia for a number of weeks.

A native of the South who often poked fun at his own weight, May first hit the national stage in 2003 as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s reality competition Last Comic Standing, which pitted aspiring stand-up comedians against each other in hopes of winning a cash prize and talent deal. He finished second, behind eventual winner Dat Phan.

He followed that up with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and later filmed a series of Comedy Central stand-up specials. In 2015, May released a pair of stand-up specials on Netflix: Unruly and Imperfectly Yours. He also provided the voice of Pnut on Adult Swim’s Squidbillies and appeared in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer that aired last year.

TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter
TMZ
Reality TV World

posted 10/6/17

Talpa Re-Ups "5 Gold Rings" in the UK
Ahead of MIPCOM, NBC Passes on Format
From the Hollywood Reporter

Every major player in the nonscripted space has been trying to make reality TV interactive, to stitch together the AARP-heavy live TV audiences with millennial-friendly multiscreen viewers. Everyone, so far, has failed. (Remember ABC's short-lived Rising Star? Didn't think so.)

5 Gold Rings is Talpa's big interactive play. The trivia show, in which contestants place gold rings over their answers on a giant LED screen while viewers play along at home on their phones, has just been renewed for a second season on Britain's ITV and is also on the air in France and the Netherlands.

"We really focused on embedding interactivity in the initial phase of the content process, so it doesn't come as an afterthought but is truly integrated and feels natural," says Maarten Meijs, managing director of Talpa Global. "There needs to be a level of interactivity and connectivity to reach our viewers where they are."

It's still too early to say whether 5 Gold Rings will be the interactive breakout the market has been waiting for. Compared to Talpa juggernauts like The Voice, it is still a minnow, sold to just a handful of territories. NBC commissioned a U.S. pilot of the format but passed on the series, and Talpa is currently rethinking its American strategy.

"It's a very technical show, and we are attempting to have the exact same game on mobile devices as we have on live TV," says de Mol. "The challenge is to get the viewer to download the app and play along, but the penetration [for the U.K. version] was very high and will hopefully grow in season two."

Interactive or not, Talpa is betting big on a game show revival at this year's MIPCOM, with an array of formats, including The Big Picture, Divided and What Do I Know?, tapping into a new vogue for the genre (think ABC's revivals of Match Game and Pyramid).

"You see that this genre, one of the oldest genres on television, is coming back," says Meijs. "The challenge is always to be original, to add interactive technology components when they make sense and, most of all, to take risks."

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/5/17

THURSDAY: CBS, Patriots Win
TNF Wins for the Eye
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its coverage of the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.784 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

Second place then went to ABC (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), the return of "Scandal" (5.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.903 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (5.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (4.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Will & Grace" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Good News" (3.799 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.839 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "The Orville" (3.440 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.761 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Arrow" (0.620 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.919m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 885k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 507k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SF/MTV): 503k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 315k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 239k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/5/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Hip Sync Battle"

  • "Lip Sync Battle" to have BET Hip Hop Awards Special October 10 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Richard Osman worries about "Pointless'" shelf life (The Independent)
     

  • Austin Rogers already has plans for his money (CNBC)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Phoenix New Times)

posted 10/5/17

WEDNESDAY: The Game Is To Be Told
Fox, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.234 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (5.824 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Star" (4.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (7.509 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.006 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "SEAL Team" (8.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (6.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Sharing the silver was ABC (5.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Speechless" (4.591 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Modern Family" (6.346 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1), "American Housewife" (4.937 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.829 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Blacklist" (5.774 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.766 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.238 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.196 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Masters of Illusion" (0.829 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.788 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.059m
- Are You The One (MTV): 467k
- Face Value (BET): 277k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 201k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/5/17

A New King of the "Castle"
Jonathan Ross to Narrate New UK Dub of Thai Version of "Takeshi's Castle"
From Digital Spy

Comedy game show Takeshi's Castle is being rebooted, though it looks like we'll no longer have Craig Charles' dulcet tones to guide us through all the mayhem.

Comedy Central will be showing all-new episodes of the series this autumn, this time with Jonathan Ross providing the commentary.

Shot in Thailand, the show will see 100 members of the public try to tackle a number of ridiculous obstacles as they attempt to storm a castle.

"Takeshi's Castle is the gold standard of physical game shows and we can't wait to bring the delightful mayhem of this show back to the UK with this new series," said Louise Holmes, Vice President, General Manager, Comedy Central UK.

"Jonathan's comedic brilliance will add a fresh level of funny to this well-loved format for both original fans and hopefully, a whole new generation of 'Keshi-heads'."

Takeshi's Castle originally aired in Japan in the late 1980s, before transferring worldwide including the United Kingdom.

Digital Spy
NME
British Comedy Guide
The List

posted 10/5/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Slow News Day? Here's a Bachelor Story or Two"

  • Sean Lowe, in a bid to stay relevant, gives Arie Luyendyk advice he didn't ask for (Reality TV World)
     

  • Peter Kraus to join "Bachelor Winter Games" cast. We know what you're thinking... "Who?!" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sue Perkins worries about filling Brucie's shoes (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Austin Rogers (ABC News)

posted 10/5/17




AP/Radio.com
And So It Begins...
American Idol Auditions Begin in New York City
From Broadway World

Grammy- and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry, country music superstar Luke Bryan and music icon Lionel Richie, along with host and producer extraordinaire Ryan Seacrest, were on hand when ABC's AMERICAN IDOL kicked off judge auditions in New York City this week. The three judges round out the panel for the beloved music competition series' first season on ABC, and Ryan Seacrest returns as host. Check out the photo below!

At its new home on ABC, "American Idol" will continue to be a force in the television landscape, reaching every corner of the country in its search for the next great music sensation.

As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest will return to host Season 16 of Idol, which is slated to premiere in March 2018.

TV Line
Variety
Broadway World
Reality TV World
TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 10/4/17

Wheel Goes Global
CBS Exports Formats
From B&C

CBS International has licensed the formats of several popular shows, which will be remade in a number of other countries.

The shows include Wheel of Fortune, The Good Wife (pictured), Carpool Karaoke, The Insider and The Doctors.

Wheel of Fortune has been licensed to EAP Broadcasting Company in Sri Lanka and Kurdmax TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is the first time a game show format has been purchased by an Iraqi Kurdistani broadcaster.

Poland’s largest linear channel and Discovery Network in Finland have also acquired the format rights for Wheel.

B&C

posted 10/4/17

Who You Gon' Call? Nick Cannon!
"Lip Sync Battle Shorties" Plans Halloween Special
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon treats fans to all the fright and fun of Halloween in Lip Sync Battle Shorties Halloween Special, airing Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT). The all-new episode, hosted by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, features real-life kid participants syncing and dancing their hearts out to their favorite pop songs, set against Halloween-themed stages. The special also features a surprise appearance by Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), who will present the Lip Sync Battle Shorties winner with their very own Shorties blinged-out mic.

In Lip Sync Battle Shorties Halloween Special, three hyped-up kid-battlers from across the country use their imagination to personalize their Halloween-themed performances from eccentric decorations to monster-themed costumes. Those going head to head include: Serena, from Staten Island, NY, performing one of her favorite songs "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga; Ethan from Salt Lake City, taking on "Immortals" by Fall Out Boy; and Kea from Honolulu, lip syncing "Rolex" by Ayo & Teo.

Viewers are in for a treat as Rodriguez surprises the contestants and joins them, along with host Cannon, show sidekick and commentator JoJo Siwa and the Shorties Dance Crew, for a Halloween celebratory performance of the classic "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 10/4/17

TUESDAY: CBS Has Company
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.733 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Voice" (10.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "This Is Us" (10.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (5.062 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (4.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its debut lineup of "The Middle" (6.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.473 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Black-ish" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "The Mayor" (4.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (4.196 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Next up was CBS (11.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its trio of "NCIS" (13.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Bull" (10.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.017 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "The Mick" (2.532 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.596 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "The Flash" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) plus the special "Machinima's Chasing the Cup: Injustice 2" (0.406 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (SP/History): 1.506m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 910k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 785k
- Chopped (Food): 706k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 458k
- Face Off: Game Face (SF/Syfy): 360k
- 90s House (MTV): 261k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/4/17

SYNDIES: Week  2
Results for the Week Ending September 24
From TV Newscheck

While several nationally syndicated shows premiered in the session ending Sept. 24, the focus was on the first week of Megyn Kelly Today, the NBC network’s challenge to the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan.

The strongest of the newcomers to syndication, which earned their first national ratings in the week ending Sept. 24 were Daily Mail TV and Page Six TV. Daily Mail came flying out of the gate and led the freshman field in the early going with the highest first week of any access magazine since TMZ debuted in 2007. It opened with a 0.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and a 0.5 in the key women 25-54 demo.

Page Six TV, the other powerful magazine, also started fast, finishing a close second with a 0.7 in households and a 0.4 in the demo. In addition, Day 1 of Page Six had the highest metered market numbers of any magazine premiere in 10 years.

Funny You Should Ask, a new game show, posted a 0.5 national rating in its second week, up 25% from its debut.

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) 6.1 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 10/4/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Obligatory Jeopardy! Headline"

  • Who is Austin Rogers? (International Business Times)...
     

  • "Price Is Right Live!" heads to Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie Journal)
     

  • Kat Edorsson booked for hitting her boyfriend. The fist has spoken (TMZ)
     

  • Two days after Alan shows him up on the dance floor, Maks Chmerkovskiy does his best Andy Reid, takes full responsibility (Reality TV World), needs to do a better job, time's yours (Reality TV World)
     

  • What the heck kind of boyfriend would text this to his girlfriend ON HER BIRTHDAY? Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen trying for "Round two" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Barker has his say about Television City (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • Tom Bergeron announces Student Production Award winners (Broadway World)

posted 10/4/17

MONDAY: Game Called...
"Penn & Teller" Season Finale Pulled in Wake of Las Vegas Massacre
From The Futon Critic

The CW is making a few scheduling changes in light of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

First, TVLine has learned that the season finale of the Vegas-set Penn & Teller: Fool Us — which was scheduled to air Monday at 9/8c — has been postponed. In its place, a rerun of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be shown.

The CW is also postponing its annual broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which was scheduled to air Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c. The network has issued a statement:

Out of respect to the victims of last Sunday’s terrible tragedy in Las Vegas, and their families, The CW Network and iHeartMedia will be postponing this week’s TV broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival. New broadcast dates will be announced at a later time.

NBC (8.979 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with week two of "The Voice" (10.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "The Brave" (5.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

ABC (10.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (9.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "The Good Doctor" (11.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (13.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), the premiere of "9JKL" (8.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and fresh installments from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Me, Myself & I" (5.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Scorpion" (5.246 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up the return of "Lucifer" (3.877 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and the debut of "The Gifted" (4.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.284m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 1.235m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 1.106m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 933k

TV Line
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The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/17

WEEKEND: Sharks, Meet Pigskins
NBC Wins, Rest of the Field Competes
From The Futon Critic

NBC (13.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) kept the top spot on Sunday with its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (7.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (10.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

CBS (9.776 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (14.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3), "60 Minutes" (12.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), the premieres of "Wisdom of the Crowd" (8.880 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (5.017 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17).

Next up was FOX (3.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a repeat "The Simpsons" (5.403 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) alongside the season openers to "Bob's Burgers" (3.025 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (3.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Ghosted" (3.562 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.849 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.341 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #16).

And finally, ABC (3.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with the season debuts of "The Toy Box" (2.217 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19), "Shark Tank" (4.713 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #15), another "Shark Tank" (5.359 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the bow of "10 Days in the Valley" (3.473 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars - 9p (SP/Food): 1.793m
- Halloween Wars - 8p (S/Food): 1.335m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Taco Tuesday"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Alfonso Ribeiro's Taco Tuesday involves bleach (WISH Indianapolis)...
     

  • Billy Eichner goes from the Street to a cult (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Tyra Banks loses boyfriend, gains son (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Remember when Maks Chmerkovskiy didn't show up to "Dancing" yesterday because of "a personal issue"? Weeeellll....  (People)
     

  • The family of Christina Grimmie reaches out to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lindsey Stirling is dancing with herself nowadays (Reality TV World)
     

  • On the other hand, Scotty McCreery is ready to make it official (WRAL Raleigh)
     

  • "Fresh off the Boat" salutes "Wheel of Fortune" tonight (Vulture)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Digby Diehl (1931-2017), who helped write Bob Barker's memoirs (Los Angeles Times)

posted 10/3/17

More "Talk Show"
truTV Orders More Editions of "Talk Show the Game Show"
From The Futon Critic

Two points for this #Humblebrag! truTV announced today that mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show - hosted by comedian Guy Branum - will return in 2018 with a brand new batch of 16 outrageous, celeb-filled episodes. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the half-hour series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, guests come to play, not plug, as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges on the only talk show that literally counts. Guests featured in the series' first run of episodes earlier this year include Chelsea Handler, Tiffany Haddish, Wanda Sykes, Moby, Margaret Cho, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, Julie Klausner and Nikki Glaser.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pray for Vegas"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" to open with a moment of silence (The Futon Critic)...
     

  • Eva Marcille goes from "America's Next Top Model" to "Real Housewife of Atlanta" (tell Claudia we said what up) (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cat Deeley will host a cappella competition, has nothing good to say about "The X Factor" (Telly Mix)
     

  • Anne Hegerty wants to beam up to "Star Trek" (The List)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Robinson (Daily Mail)

posted 9/29/17


Games Gone By: Beat the Geeks
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Movies, music, TV,...you THINK you know it all about that stuff. But you haven't faced those who REALLY know about it...those who are PROUD to be considered "geeks" in their field. Season 2 of "Games Gone By..." premieres with Chris Wolvie talking about "Beat the Geeks".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/30/17

THURSDAY: ... And Then There Was a Rain Delay
CBS Wins with TNF
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on premiere Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

ABC (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver medal with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), a second "Grey's Anatomy" (7.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its debut lineup of "Superstore" (4.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Good Place" (4.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Will & Grace" (10.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "Good News" (5.125 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (7.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.791 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "The Orville" (3.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), the season finale of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.393 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.668m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 836k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 568k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 464k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 271k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 246k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/29/17

Disney Wheel
"Wheel of Fortune" Returns to Epcot
From Inside the Magic

“Wheel of Fortune,” will be coming to Walt Disney World as they record three weeks worth of episodes at Epcot.

Both “Wheel of Fortune” and Epcot are celebrating their 35th anniversaries this year. The stage for the show will be set up next to World Showcase Lagoon, between World Showcase and Future World.

The three weeks of episodes will feature three different themes and will air at different points throughout the year.

A week of episodes featuring teams of grandparents and their grandchildren will showcase the holidays at Walt Disney World and will air the week of November 13.

Another week will feature married couples to promote Disney Fairytale Weddings and will air the week of Valentine’s Day, 2018.

The final week will feature Disney fans and will air the week of April 30, next year.

These tapings of “Wheel of Fortune” will take place at Epcot from October 10 through October 12. Unfortunately, tickets for the tapings are no longer available.

Inside the Magic

posted 9/29/17

You're "The Best" Around...
Thai Version of Format Sold
From C21 Media

Thailand’s TV3 has purchased gameshow format The Best of All from transatlantic distributor Dori Media Group and is prepping a local remake.

The acquisition by TV3 marks the third international sale of the format, following license deals inked with in Mexico (TV Azteca) and France.

The format, from FremantleMedia-owned Abot Hameiri Productions (AHP), pits contestants against the studio audience in multiple question and answer rounds.

It was launched a year ago and a second season has already aired on Israeli broadcaster Channel 2, via Reshet. A 39-episode series will air on TV3 in 2018.

The format made headlines last year after it became the centre of a legal dispute between AHP and Banijay Group over accusations that the latter stole the format for its own Nordisk Film TV Denmark-produced gameshow, All Against 1. The case was settled earlier this year.

C21 Media

posted 9/29/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Two Hosts, One Game"

  • Mark Walberg to host "Price Is Right Live" in Jackson (Jackson Sun)... while Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer hosts in Worcester (MassLive)
     

  • Steve Harvey to host 66th Miss Universe, still 17 short of the full Barker (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Adam Drake to host a pilot that's like Taskmaster... but not (Chortle)

posted 9/29/17


E!
HUGH HEFNER: 1926-2017
Father of the Playboy Empire Frequented Original Run of "What's My Line?"
From
TV Line

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and a ubiquitous TV guest star, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

According to a rep for Playboy Enterprises, Hefner “peacefully passed away… from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

In addition to guest-starring as himself on myriad TV series including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, The Simpsons, Roseanne, Sex and the City and Entourage, he has also been portrayed by Steven Pasquale (on The Playboy Club) and John Gleeson Connolly (on Masters of Sex), among others. He also starred in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door.

In game shows, he frequented the panel of "What's My Line's" original New York run.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Hefner’s son and COO of Playboy Enterprises Cooper told People.com in a statement. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”

TV Line
Broadway World
People
Reality TV World

posted 9/25/17


Sony Pictures TV
Johnny Gilbert: One for the Record Books
The Voice of Jeopardy! Enshrined for Longest-Serving Game Show Announcer of a Single Show
From Sony PR

Johnny Gilbert is officially amazing.

In an episode airing today, Sept. 28, the long-serving “JEOPARDY!” announcer will be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the “longest career as a game show announcer for a single show.”

Since the syndicated debut of “JEOPARDY!” in 1984, Gilbert’s iconic “This...is...Jeopardy!” show opening has welcomed millions of fans as they tune in each day.

“I am incredibly honored that my work on ‘JEOPARDY!’ has been recognized with a Guinness World Record,” Gilbert said. “For more than 30 years, I’ve looked forward to coming to work every day. ‘JEOPARDY!’ producers, crew, and contestants make every episode new and exciting and I love being a part of it.”

Gilbert claimed the record by serving as ‘JEOPARDY!’ announcer for 32 years, 7 months, and 30 days as of the tape date for today’s episode, and on July 28, 2017, the last episode of ‘JEOPARDY!’ season 33, his record was officially adjudicated. It now extends to 32 years, 321 days and counting.

Gilbert and host Alex Trebek share the distinction of being the show’s two longest-serving employees -- only the two of them have been there since the very beginning.

“It’s remarkable that, after all these years, Johnny makes the show sound fresh,” said ‘JEOPARDY!’ executive producer Harry Friedman. “Even after more than six decades in show business, his natural enthusiasm still creates an exciting atmosphere for contestants and viewers alike, and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Gilbert began his professional career as a nightclub singer and was originally trained by an opera teacher. While still in high school, he started his career as a singer with a dance band in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. By the time he graduated, he had become a comedian, master of ceremonies, and singer in a Jacksonville, Florida nightclub.

Gilbert honed his skills as a full-time nightclub performer touring as a singing emcee, entertaining coast-to-coast from Bimbo’s in San Francisco to the Hotel Bradford in Boston.

He went on to tour with the United States Army, where he received his first television assignment as an emcee. He then went on to New York, where he became host of ABC-TV’s “Music Bingo” and then on to Los Angeles where he was master of ceremonies of KTLA-TV’s “Words and Music.” During this time, he was introduced to movie audiences through a role in “Gidget Goes Hawaiian.”

Before he found his calling on ‘JEOPARDY!,’ Gilbert was the announcer for episodes of several other game shows, including “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “The Joker’s Wild,” “Tic-Tac-Dough,” “Anything for Money,” “Every Second Counts,” “The Price is Right” and more. He also served as Dinah Shore’s announcer on her popular syndicated daily talk show throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The episodes of those shows do not count towards his Guinness world record.

Milford Beacon
FikkleFame
Niagara Frontier Publications

posted 9/28/17

From Television City in Hollywood... A Sale?
Game Show Mecca May Be Shopped
From Curbed

CBS might be shaking up the future of Television City, an institution that dates to the 1950s and that’s still home to prominent productions, including The Price Is Right and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Sources tell The Real Deal that CBS Corporation is preparing to put the property on Beverly and Fairfax on the market. It has reportedly already interviewed brokerages for the job of marketing the 25-acre plot.

It’s not yet clear what’s to come for the campus, designed by Gin Wong at the firm Pereira and Luckman. As The Real Deal notes, there are a lot of unknowns:

The network hasn’t indicated if it intends to vacate the property entirely, sources said. The nature of what will be marketed — a full sale, a sale-leaseback or a ground lease — remains unclear.

The Real Deal reports that here are at least two “major developers” interested in the site, located near The Grove and the Farmers Market.

CBS’s old headquarters in Hollywood were reborn in 2016 as Columbia Square, a mixed-use development by Kilroy Realty that holds office space, the Hollywood Proper extended-stay residences, and a NeueHouse coworking space.

Along with "The Price Is Right", shows currently taping at Beverly & Fairfax include "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance".

Curbed
The Real Deal
Seeking Alpha

posted 9/28/17

"Millionaire" Brings Back "Whiz Kids"
Catch It October 2-6!
From Broadway World

Five talented youngsters from across the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" opposite host Chris Harrison during "Whiz Kids" week, airing MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, through FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017.

"Whiz Kids" is one of "Millionaire"'s most popular specialty weeks and last year the bright, young contestants collectively took home a whopping half a million dollars in winnings! During the week of October 2-6, these 10- to 15-year-olds will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million: Kenneth Treece of Pineville, Kentucky; Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Abhinav Karthikeyan of Clarksburg, Maryland; Kaden Oqueli-White of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Katelyn Murphy of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/17

WEDNESDAY: The Empire Strikes Back
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.212 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the season premieres of "Empire" (6.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Star" (5.484 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

CBS (8.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with the respective bows of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "SEAL Team" (9.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Criminal Minds" (7.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.756 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season openers to "The Goldbergs" (6.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Speechless" (5.013 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (6.897 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "American Housewife" (5.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (5.467 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up the season premiers of "The Blacklist" (6.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.040 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.270 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.152m
- Best Baker in America (P/Food): 794k
- Are You The One (MTV): 539k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 208k
- Face Value (P/BET): 176k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/17

TUESDAY: This Is Us... and Them Splitting
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on the first Tuesday of the new season thanks to "The Voice" (10.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "This Is Us" (12.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (6.218 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (10.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) however was the most-watched broadcaster with the season premiere of "NCIS" (13.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Bull" (9.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (6.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.006 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) alongside a two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" (7.142 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) results show.

Meanwhile, FOX (3.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "Lethal Weapon" (4.266 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Mick" (2.805 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.123 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (0.887 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.859 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable:
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (SF/Spike): 996k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 740k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 739k
- Chopped (Food): 609k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 472k
- Face Off: Game Face (Syfy): 399k
- 90s House (P/MTV): 318k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (SP/CMT): 278k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 211k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/17

Echo Buzzes In
Amazon Echo Adds Game Buttons
From TechRadar

Amazon really loves buttons. First, it released the Amazon Dash button that allowed users to order previously purchased products in a matter of seconds.

Now, Amazon is unveiling Echo Buttons, accessories for the Amazon Echo that can be customized by developers to add additional experiences to their apps.

The example Amazon gave at its Amazon Echo 2017 event was that the small, hockey puck-shaped Buttons could be used as a buzzer in a new Trivial Pursuit app from Hasbro.

While Buttons might at first be used as faux-game controllers for experiences, they’re certainly not relegated to only those apps – they're versatile enough to be used in a number of other applications down the road.

Some games include Sounds Fun with Mike Epps, Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with Karl-Anthony Towns, Fourth Down Football Trivia with Philip Rivers, Full Count Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey from Ground Control, as well as Beat the Intro from Musicplode.

The Buttons will be available to purchase in sets of two for $19.99.

TechRadar
Engadget
Washington Post

posted 9/27/17

SYNDIES: Week 1
So How Did "Funny" Do? The Results of the Week Ending September 17
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy took top honors in the session ending Sept. 17, kicking off its 22nd season with 10.2 million daily viewers and an eye-popping 7.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, trouncing all syndicated shows for the fifth week in a row. The nosebleed level 7.1 was up 9% from the prior frame and was the courtroom phenom’s highest rating since February.

Among the newest syndication entries, the first week of Page Six TV averaged a 0.7/2 for its primary runs in the metered markets, and was top rated among all new strips among women 25-54 with a 0.5/2 and demo increases over year-ago time periods of 75% in top market New York, 80% in Baltimore and 100% in Washington. The show also beat all time period competition in the demo, finishing first in Boston, Tampa and St. Louis, among other cities.

Daily Mail TV, the season’s other nationally cleared and anticipated newcomer, clocked a first week primary run 0.7/2 average, tying Page Six TV and earning a 0.3/2 in women 25-54. It took time periods up sharply among households in St. Louis (where it replaced and outperformed TMZ) by 18%, and in markets including Columbus, where it was up 100% and Providence, where it grew 150%.

The show was No. 1 in its time slot in markets including Atlanta and Jacksonville, where it beat The Late Show with Stephen Colbert head to head.

Another recently launched solid performer in the metered markets was Steve, the new version of Steve Harvey’s talk show, which was especially hot in Philadelphia, where it shot up 60% over last year in both ratings and key demos.

Returning again to the national ratings, Entertainment Tonight rose 3% to a 3.0, its strongest number since early May and led the magazines for the 59th consecutive week.

Family Feud toped the game shows with a 6.1.

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) 6.1 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (final week) (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 0.6 -33%

Unfortunately for us, "Funny You Should Ask" -- or any Entertainment Studios property for that matter -- was not listed in the syndication list.

TV Newscheck
B&C
The Futon Critic
Screener

posted 9/27/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Just One Woman"

  • Betty White to be honored by Paley Center (Broadway World)
     

  • Nikki Bella can't see John Cena... retiring (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf the latest "Big Brother" showmance to run "The Amazing Race": October 1 is Race Day (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anne Hegerty plays Sunderland (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • Noel Edmonds lawsuit... an oral history (Channel 4 News)
     

  • Wheel of Fortune 35th Anniversary: ... an oral history (Variety)
     

  • Erik Estrada plays the Casino del Sol in Tucson (Casinopedia)

posted 9/27/17

AND THEY'RE OFF!
The First Night of the New Season Belongs to... CBS!
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.413 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) kicked off the 2017-18 season on top with the openers to "The Big Bang Theory" (16.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (16.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (10.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Me, Myself & I" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Scorpion" (5.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

NBC (8.969 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was a close second with the return of "The Voice" (10.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by the launch of "The Brave" (6.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was ABC (9.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (9.072 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and the premiere of "The Good Doctor" (11.818 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.937 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.885 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a special "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (SP/VH1): 1.179m
- Halloween Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.143m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 1.080m
- Hip Hop Squares - 10p (VH1): 955k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 252k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/17

Make That 31
CBS Daytime Celebrates ANOTHER Year at #1
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime ended the full 52-week 2016-2017 broadcast year at #1 for the 31st consecutive year, one of the longest winning streaks in television history, which began in 1986. The Network's daypart features a balance of dramas, game shows and talk, including network television's #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE TALK, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET'S MAKE A DEAL.

The Network had the #1 overall show in viewers (THE PRICE IS RIGHT) as well as both the #1 program in women 18-49 and women 25-54 (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS).

CBS Daytime's 52-Week Full Broadcast Year Highlights
- CBS Daytime finished the year first in viewers (3.90m), women 25-54 (1.1/08) and women 18-49 (0.7/06, tie).
- CBS had the top five programs in viewers:

1. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 5.40m
2. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 4.84m
3. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 4.72m
4. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 3.85m
5. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 - 3.36m

CBS had four of the top five programs in women 25-54:

1. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 1.5
2. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 1.3
2. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 1.3
5. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 1.1

CBS had four of the top five programs in women 18-49:

1. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - 1.0
2. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 - 0.9
3. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 - 0.8
3. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - 0.8

CBS Daytime programs reached 120.0 million viewers (who watched at least six minutes) and 59.3m women 18+, more than any other network.

Broadway World

posted 9/26/17

5 Gold Rings: It's All Greek to Us
Star Channel Picks Up Talpa Format
From Greek Reporter

Greek television network Star Channel has ordered 5 Gold Rings, a successful interactive game show format by Netherlands-based producer Talpa Media and ITV Studios production company Possessed.

Greece is the fifth country to pick up the program, following the Netherlands, France, Israel and the UK, where it was ordered by commercial broadcaster ITV.

The game show sees contestants answering questions by placing rings across an interactive LED floor. Using the program’s app, the program audience can play along.

Since August, the game has been available to the app’s users even when the program is not on the air.

“We’re very excited to start up this new partnership with Star Channel,” says Talpa Global MD Maarten Meijs in a statement. “Having a format appealing to so many broadcasters around the globe is an incredible accomplishment we’re very proud of.”

Broadway World

posted 9/26/17

WEEKEND: The Final Frontier... of the Summer
NFL Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.776 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (8.909 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.9, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.787 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and its "NFL Overrun" (21.176 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/60 Minutes" (20.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #3), "60 Minutes" (14.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6), "60 Minutes/Star Trek: Discovery" (12.384 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Star Trek: Discovery" (8.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "Star Trek: Discovery/NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.548 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.991 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles/Madam Secretary" (4.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.143 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and another "The Simpsons" (1.837 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) followed by the special "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" (2.838 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.477 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and a new "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.123 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) led into the season finales of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.898 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.766 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) on ABC (4.316 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.101m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 953k

The Futon Critic
Programming Insider
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/25/17

Deal or No Deal Hits the Poker Circuit
New Game to Go into Casinos
From Mobile Marketing Watch

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, a leading publisher of real-money and skill-based gaming for land based casinos, has announced a strategic collaboration with Endemol Shine Gaming, part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor behind Deal or No Deal, “to gamblify the legendary TV show and turn it into a high-energy casino experience.”

One of the most successful gameshows of all time, Deal or No Deal originally launched in 2000, and has travelled to 75 territories around the world, reads a shared media release.

So how does it all work?

Deal or No Deal Poker Special will hit casino floors on Gamblit’s Model G™ interactive multiplayer game table and Deal or No Deal Poker will offer an engaging single-player experience on Gamblit’s TriStation™ hardware. Both titles set to launch in 2018, will feature exciting real-money gaming mechanics as players compete to uncover the highest value briefcase in the ultimate challenge of striking a deal to win big or risking it all.

”I’ve loved Deal or No Deal ever since I watched the first episode with my family,” said Darion Lowenstein, Chief Marketing Officer at Gamblit Gaming. “Now being able to re-create the excitement, intensity and pure FUN of the massive global hit show with friends or as a single player in the modern arcade – the casino – is both a personal and career high.”

Mobile Marketing Watch

posted 9/26/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Super Human"

  • Stan Lee to pledge for hurricane relief (Comicbook.com)
     

  • "Match Game" tape dates are out. (On Camera Audience)
     

  • "America's Got Talent" adds a new show in Vegas (Broadway World)
     

  • Raven Walton is America's Greatest Player... just kidding, she's the LEAST FAVORITE HOUSEGUEST EVER (Reality TV World)
     

  • Byron Allen on the appeal of "Funny You Should Ask" (Huffington Post)
     

  • Lord Alan Sugar has an opinion on "The Apprentice"... and yeah, we're going to hear about it on Twitter tomorrow (IOL)
     

  • ICYMI: America's Favorite Dancer is... (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lance Bass (CBS News) and Wanda Sykes (B&C)
     

  • Fox goes "24 Hours to Hell and Back" with Gordon Ramsay (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Host of "Jeux Sans Frontieres": "We cheated endlessly" (The Times)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Peterborough (Global News)
     

  • Nick Knowles sings (Official Charts)
     

  • Heidi Klum pushes the buzzer on her boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bindi Irwin tweets support for gay marriage in Australia (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez pledging $1 million to relief efforts in Puerto Rico (Reality TV World)

posted 9/26/17


Playbuzz/Channel 4
WILLIAM G. STEWART: 1933-2017
Host of the Original "15 to 1"
From the Huffington Post

Former ‘Fifteen To One’ host William G Stewart has died at the age of 82.

The TV presenter’s agent, Julia Wyatt, confirmed the news of his death on Thursday (September 21), revealing that he died “after a brief illness”.

She said (via BBC News): “Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness.”

Although best known for his 15-year stint presenting the Channel 4 quiz show, which he did from 1988 until 2003, he also served as a TV producer and director.

Among the shows he worked on behind the scenes include the sitcoms ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and ‘Bless This House’, as well as gameshows ‘The Price Is Right’ and ‘Family Fortunes’.

In fact, William was initially only supposed to be a producer on ‘Fifteen To One’, only agreeing to present it himself when plans to snare his top choice, Jonathan Ross, fell through.

Prior to breaking into the entertainment industry, William worked in the 1960s as a private secretary to the MP Tom Driberg, making a documentary about him in 2009.

Throughout his career, William never shied away from voicing his support for causes he believed in, such as when he gave a speech during one infamous episode of ‘Fifteen To One’ about how he felt the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece.

In 2009, he also appeared on ‘Daily Politics’ to speak in favor of the BBC license fee.

Fifteen To One was rebooted in 2013 for a celebrity special presented by The Last Leg host Adam Hills, and returned the following year with Sandi Toksvig at the helm. Both Hills and Toksvig have paid tribute to Stewart on Twitter, with other notable names from the world of quiz shows also paying their respects on social media.

Toksvig said: ‘Sad news about William Gladstone Stewart. A lovely man, a consummate TV professional and of course, host of 15 ot 1 long before I stepped up.’

The Last Leg host tweeted: ‘Farewell to William G Stewart. Even if I had three feet, I’d never have filled his shoes.’

Paul Sinha, comedian and Chaser on ITV game show The Chase, paid tribute saying: ‘RIP to William G Stewart, the perfect host of one of the greatest quiz shows ever.’

His fellow Chaser Anne Hegerty recalled her appearance on Fifteen To One and described Stewart as ‘brilliant’.

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi credited Stewart with launching his career in quiz shows.

‘So sad to hear about William G Stewart’s death. A lovely man who kindly encouraged and advised me. I wouldn’t have had a career without him,’ CJ said.

Voice-over artist and Quizmania presenter Greg Scott said: ‘Just heard of the passing of William G Stewart. So much more than merely a quiz host. A producer & director of huge standing and talent.’

Meanwhile Channel 4 released a statement saying: ‘We are saddened to hear the news about William G Stewart, whose inimitable style set 15 to 1 apart from all other quiz shows.

‘He was a broadcasting legend and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

William is survived by his five children, and his wife, Laura Calland, who previously worked as the voiceover artist on ‘Fifteen To One’.

He was married twice before, first to Audrey Harrison and later actress Sally Geeson, who he met while working on ‘Bless This House’.

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posted 9/25/17

THURSDAY: Space...
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with the season premiere of "Gotham" (3.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the time slot debut of "The Orville" (4.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

CBS (4.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Mom" (5.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), second doses of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Mom" (4.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Chicago Fire" (3.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Scandal" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.015 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.596 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.206 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.131 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.935m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 831k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 629k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/25/17

CTV Launches Talent Contest
Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, Nikki Sixx, Boy George, Jennifer Nettles Among Celebrity Mentors
From Broadway World

With a musical pedigree spanning across multiple genres and decades, CTV announced today an additional roster of celebrity mentors for THE LAUNCH: Culture Club alumnus and Grammy® Award-winner Boy George; international pop sensation, Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara; rock icon and founding member of legendary rock band Mötley Crüe Nikki Sixx; sought-after songwriter with her own current hit single "Issues", Julia Michaels; and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland Jennifer Nettles. The artists join previously announced musical superstars Shania Twain, Fergie, and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder as mentors on the inaugural season of the CTV original music series and international TV format THE LAUNCH.

Also joining previously announced song producers on THE LAUNCH, including world-renowned music mogul Scott Borchetta and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, are award-winning producers/songwriters busbee (P!nk, Shakira, Blake Shelton), Dann Huff (producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records ), Ian Kirkpatrick (behind multi-platinum hit songs from Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez), and Canada's own Stephan Moccio, the music mastermind behind massive, inescapable hits like the quintuple-platinum "Wrecking Ball".

"We have assembled some of the most gifted and highly decorated talent in the music industry today to skyrocket THE LAUNCH into a new stratosphere of experience for both the emerging artists appearing on the series and for viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. "We look forward to watching the emerging artists draw from the cumulative wealth of knowledge and experience that our mentors represent, and the sheer excitement of watching these musical industry powerhouses place their imprint on music's next big songs."

THE LAUNCH is an all-new, six-part music television series and international TV format delivers an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a new original song. The first season of the Canadian version of the program is currently shooting in Toronto, before the format is rolled-out internationally later this year.

Broadway World

posted 9/25/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Orlando Asks Another"

  • "Ask Me Another" to ask another in Orlando (WMFE Orlando)
     

  • Paramount Network: January 18. Here's the logo (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Cheap Cheap Cheap" goes bye bye bye (ATV Today)
     

  • Raven Walton answers to the charges of excessive media trolling without a license (Reality TV World)
     

  • Elena Davies & Mark Jansen hope to take their showmance to the next level (Reality TV World)... as are Cody & Jessica (Reality TV World)
     

  • Christmas Abbott wants to date Paul Abrahamian, because of course she does (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Holy $#*! Price Is Right! (TV Line)
     

  • Fox goes "24 Hours to Hell and Back" with Gordon Ramsay (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Host of "Jeux Sans Frontieres": "We cheated endlessly" (The Times)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Peterborough (Global News)
     

  • Nick Knowles sings (Official Charts)
     

  • Heidi Klum pushes the buzzer on her boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bindi Irwin tweets support for gay marriage in Australia (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez pledging $1 million to relief efforts in Puerto Rico (Reality TV World)

posted 9/20/17

Billy Off The Street
truTV Comic Quizzer Not Picked Up... Not Canceled Either?
From TV Line

Billy Eichner will no longer be stalking New York pedestrians — at least not on truTV’s dime.

Billy on the Street, Eichner’s long-running variety show, will not return to the basic cable network for Season 6, Variety reports. It has not, however, been cancelled.

Eichner on Tuesday first hinted that Billy on the Street would not continue on truTV, tweeting, “We have had a fantastic, life changing, Emmy-nominated time working with my friends at truTV and I can’t thank them enough. They’re the best.” A second statement indicated that the show would return, possibly in a new format or on a new network:

For those asking, yes BILLY ON THE STREET will be back! But we're shifting gears a bit...exciting things ahead...more will be revealed soon!
- @billyeichner


Billy on the Street first debuted on the cable channel Fuse back in Dec. 2011, where it ran for three seasons. Beginning with Season 4, the show made the leap to truTV, where it’s been airing since 2015. All five seasons are available to stream on Hulu.

In addition to Billy on the Street, Eichner is one-half of Hulu’s Difficult People, which releases its Season 3 finale on Tuesday, Sept. 26. It has not yet been renewed for Season 4.

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posted 9/21/17

Britain's Not the Only "Baking Show" with New Hosts
Ayesha Curry, Anthony "Spice" Adams to Host New Season This December
From The Futon Critic

It's back! "The Great American Baking Show," based on the U.K. sensation, "The Great British Bake Off," returns for a third season on ABC this December.

Hosted by New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, Ayesha Curry, and former NFL star and media personality, Anthony "Spice" Adams, this dynamic duo brings "The Great American Baking Show" a delicious new dash of holiday-themed recipes and competition this December.

"The Great American Baking Show" showcases some of the nation's best bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and created by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel, Simon Evans and Faye Stapleton.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Finale-palooza
In a Night of Finales, the Win Goes to... NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top draw on a night of summer finales with "America's Got Talent" (15.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by the return of "The Good Place" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a second "The Good Place" (4.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

By comparison, "The Good Place" premiered on 9/19/16 after "The Voice" (9.036 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.6) with a second episode (7.079 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.0) following.

Second place then went to CBS (5.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with its finales to "Big Brother 19" (6.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Salvation" (3.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its summer capper to "MasterChef" (3.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.496 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.404 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.633 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.226 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Designated Survivor" (2.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 845k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 727k
- Cooks vs. Cons (SF/Food): 636k
- Are You The One? (SP/MTV): 469k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 287k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 261k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 221k

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posted 9/21/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Angels & Demons"

posted 9/20/17

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 10
From B&C

Several high-profile veteran talkers debuted their new seasons in the week ended Sept. 10, including Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and NBCUniversal's Steve, which is relaunching from Los Angeles with a new production company.

Game shows were a mixed bag. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, entering its 35th season in syndication, inched up 2% to a 5.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.1. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire appreciated 7% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s almost-concluded Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 0.9. The top 4 games returned to action September 11, and they will be counted in the next report.

B&C

posted 9/20/17

TUESDAY: America's Got One More Joke...
NBC Owns Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (14.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by "The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace" (5.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (5.879 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed a distant second with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bull" (5.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (3.254 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the season finale of "Somewhere Between" (1.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.973 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Orville" (1.670 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.767 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.623 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 904k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 901k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 833k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 683k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 735k
- Fear Factor (S/MTV): 611k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 396k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "It Costs Money to Be This Good"

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: You want top talent hosting your game show? Prepare to pay up (Variety)
     

  • Jeff Probst promises this season of "Survivor" will have the best. Ending. Ever (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Len Goodman's "Partners in Rhyme" to be strictly bumped... for Len's OTHER side project (Dancing Spy)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: "Take Me Out" contestant hangs self (The Times)

posted 9/20/17

"Wheel Of Fortune" Slot Creator Heads to the Hall
Game Joins Three Luminaries to Be Inducted October 4
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

A casino manager and philanthropist, the inventor of the automatic card shuffler, the man who brought “Wheel of Fortune” to casinos and a businessman who pioneered gaming along the Rancho Drive corridor and participated in the development of major Strip resorts will be inducted to the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame next month.

Diana Bennett, John Breeding, Joe Kaminkow and Melvin Wolzinger will be presented with the industry’s highest honor in an invitation-only ceremony Oct. 4 at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

“The class of 2017 is quite special in the unique ways they shaped the casino-gaming industry,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the association, which will bring about 26,000 industry professionals to the Sands Expo and Convention Center for its G2E show Oct. 3-5.

“From revolutionizing the way games are seen and experienced, to reshaping employee operations and business development, these leaders’ achievements extend throughout the nation and even the world,” Freeman said in a statement announcing the honorees.

The Gaming Hall of Fame, formed in 1989, has honored leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry. This year, more than 100 people were nominated for the recognition with four selected by a committee of seven gaming industry stakeholders.

Joe Kaminkow was one of the pioneers of bringing pop culture into gaming. He led the industry’s development of slot machines tied to licensing brands from movies, television shows, quiz shows and personalities.

His most successful pairing of “Wheel of Fortune” to slot machines is a casino staple. He also brought “Sex and the City,” “Game of Thrones” and Britney Spears to slot designs.

Kaminkow founded his own online social gaming company before being tapped by Aristocrat to bring his games to the casino floors in an immersive experience with new-age cabinets.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 9/19/17

MONDAY: Let's Dance!
"Dancing" Helps "Truth" to Season High
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) climbed into the top spot on Monday with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.823 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (5.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (4.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mom" (4.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (3.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.667 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.218 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.218 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.232 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/19/17

WEEKEND: Heidi Bowl II: Orville-ctric Boogaloo
NBC Wins on NFL
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (6.658 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), "Football Night in America #3" (9.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.4, #2).

The silver then went to FOX (12.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) with a full 90-minutes of "NFL Overrun" (18.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/The Orville" (10.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "The Orville" (5.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Orville/Family Guy" (3.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (9.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its telecasts of "60 Minutes" (8.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) plus originals from "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.979 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.906 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night on ABC (3.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.2156m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.100m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "America's Got The Finale"

  • Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Derek Hough, Shania Twain ... and a million dollar winner (Reality TV World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Want to win on "Change Your Tune"? All you need to do is suck at singing (Wakefield Express)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: things you didn't know about "GUTS" on its 25th anniversary (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Jeopardy! ... apparently a bad Wikipedia (Washington Post)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/18/17

CBS Daytime Returns to Celebrate
More on New Seasons of TPIR, LMAD
From Broadway World

CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL kick off their new seasons Monday, Sept. 18 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime program and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates Drew Carey's 10th anniversary as host. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, will feature "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes.

This season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is raising the STAKES and - in honor of Drew Carey's decade on the show - if a contestant spins $1 on the wheel, there will be a $10,000 bonus instead of the usual $1,000 all week long. And on the season premiere, Monday, Sept. 18, players win a $100,000 bonus if they spin another $1 on the wheel. In addition, any contestant who wins their pricing game receives a $10,000 cash bonus. Finally, the show will debut a brand new game, "Gridlock," inspired by the traffic in Los Angeles, in which contestants playing for a car must "navigate" their mini game vehicle out of a lane of traffic and into an empty lane by correctly giving the price of the vehicle.

The celebration of Drew's milestone season continues all week, with celebrity friends of THE PRICE IS RIGHT sharing special congratulatory messages, including Stephen Colbert, James Corden, the hosts of THE TALK, Pauley Perrette, Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Tim Allen and more. On Thursday, Sept. 21, contestants will play games that premiered during Drew Carey's tenure on the show, including THE ONE he created, "Rat Race." Plus, the models will present a special Drew Carey-themed tribute showcase. The festivities conclude on Friday, Sept. 22 with a showcase showdown that will go down in the show's history when THE PRICE IS RIGHT gives away the most money ever spun on the wheel.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL launches its ninth season with a sleek, remodeled set and "Premiere Week Prize-a-Palooza," offering Traders the opportunity to compete for more than $1.1 million in cash and prizes. Adding to the excitement, for the first time at the beginning of each show, host Wayne Brady will reveal a sneak peek at some of the biggest prizes being offered that day, from luxury cars to a trio of trips around the world. LET'S MAKE A DEAL keeps the party going throughout the entire season with special themed episodes, including a "Wayne's Favorite Folks" week, filling the audience with special groups Wayne has chosen to honor, from TEACHERS to grandparents; a Prom episode with a theme selected by fans through social media; and a salute to the game show's landmark 1,500th episode.

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WWAY Wilmington

posted 9/18/17

EMMYS: This Is The Third Emmy in a Row
"Drag Race" Host Collects Emmy #2
From the Futon Critic

"The Voice" is loud and strong at the Emmys this year.

Last night's ceremony honored the best in television, and among the best in television, "The Voice", which won its third consecutive Emmy. The show won the award in 2013, 2015, and 2016 as well.

Night 1 of the creative arts event is geared towards honoring the best in animation, variety, reality and documentary programming. Among the evening’s most notable winners:

Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Shark Tank

Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Choreography
Mandy Moore, Dancing with the Stars and Travis Wall, So You Think You Can Dance (tie)

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/18/17

Tell Me Something ELSE I Don't Know!
Steve Dubner's Podcast Game Show Returns for New Season
From Broadway World

Why does monogamy reduce the crime rate? How can we redesign cities to make growing old less unpleasant? And how was the body of a man dead fifty years found perfectly preserved in his houndstooth blazer?

All these questions and more are answered in the season premiere of Tell Me Something I Don't Know, the new podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio.

In a show Dubner calls "journalism wrapped in a game-show package," audience members present fascinating facts and historical wrinkles to the live crowd, which at the end of the episode votes to determine a winner. On the first of ten weekly episodes, Dubner is accompanied by guest co-host Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post) and fact-checker A.J. Jacobs (Esquire).

Tell Me Something I Don't Know will hold six live tapings over three nights at NYC's Joe's Pub, October 5, 6, and 7. Each taping will feature a different co-host and tickets are available now. Previous episodes have featured HANNIBAL Buress, Joanna Coles, Dr. Oz, Aasif Mandvi, Major Garrett, Amy Chua, Austan Goolsbee, Lizz Winstead, and more.

Follow this link to listen: http://tmsidk.com.

Broadway World

posted 9/18/17

Russian Masterminds
BBC Exports Quiz Classic
From C21 Media

Russian producer Biz Media has acquired the rights to long-running quizshow Mastermind from UK pubcaster BBC Worldwide.

The deal will see the tough TV quiz format air on channel Rossiya-Kulturaas as Гений (Genius) across 16 episodes.

Mastermind is one of TV’s longest-running quizshows and has been on air for more than 40 years in the UK.

The Russian version will be fronted by Rossiya-Kultura personality Alexey Begak.

The Mastermind format has previously been sold to countries including Ireland (TV3), India (Colors) and Israel (IBA). The Junior version of the format has already entered Russia with TV Channel Russia, while the most recent sale was to New Zealand’s TVNZ last year.

C21 Media
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Seenit

posted 9/18/17


CBS Sports
BOBBY "THE BRAIN" HEENAN: 1944-2017
WWE, WCW Mainstay Was on "Double Dare"
From MovieWeb

The pro wrestling world is in mourning today after the loss of one of sports entertainment's most colorful and iconic managers and entertainers. Bobby Heenan, a.k.a. "The Brain," passed away at age 73. While no cause of death was announced, the famous loudmouth manager had been in poor health for years, after he was diagnosed with throat cancer back in 2002. He died at his home in Largo, Florida. Here's part of the WWE's statement on Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan, regarded by many as the greatest manager in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 73. With a career spanning more than four decades, Heenan was the "The Brain" behind some of the most prolific Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Heenan plied his trade as their mischievous manager by running his mouth on their behalf with a sarcastic wit considered among the best in the business. Heenan named competitors under his guidance as the Heenan Family, a moniker meant to show the strength of their alliance over any opposition. Members of the Heenan Family in the AWA and WWE read like the who's who of sports-entertainment, including Legends and WWE Hall of Famers such as Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Harley Race, and of course, the first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant, whom Heenan led to the ring at WrestleMania III before 93,173 fans."

The report from WWE.com is also accompanied by a brief video, which you can see below, that includes some highlights from the late WWE legend and his remarkable career. Robert Heenan was born November 1, 1944 in Chicago, and grew up as a huge wrestling fan, even working various wrestling events as a young child, carrying the bags and jackets for wrestlers and selling concessions. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother, and his first big break in wrestling came in 1965, when he was known as "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan. Even in those early days, his gimmick as a fast-talking loudmouth would stay with him for his entire career. After a stint in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the World Wrestling Association, he moved to the American Wrestling Association, where he became known as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was a fixture of the WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, when he decided to leave the company at the end of 1993, since he was still in pain from the broken neck he suffered a decade earlier. While he had reportedly originally planned to retire from wrestling altogether, he joined the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994, until he was released by the company in 2000. He also wrote two books, 2002's Bobby The Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All, and 2004's Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life's Wrestling Matches, which were both co-written by Steve Anderson.

Heenan made a guest shot on a 1989 episode of "Super Sloppy Double Dare", where he played against his broadcast partner Gorilla Monsoon.

MovieWeb
Chicago Sun-Times
New York Times

posted 9/18/17

Showmances Get Their Own Show
ITV Picks Up Keshet Format
From C21 Media

ITV2 in the UK has commissioned a comedy gameshow format from the British production arm of Keshet International.

Celebrity Showmance challenges three unlikely celebrity couples to complete ridiculous challenges that attract maximum social media attention.

Keshet UK is producing the series in which the public are the unwitting judges, with each ‘like’ or comment counting as points for the competing couples.

The show was ordered by ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions Paul Mortimer. It was commissioned by ITV factual entertainment commissioner Satmohan Panesar.

The format was devised by Keshet UK’s David Williams, who serves as its creative director, with Susan Maxwell as executive producer and Sarah Church as series producer.

Keshet International will distribute the series and debut it to international buyers at Mipcom.

C21 Media

posted 9/18/17


Games Gone By: Pitfall
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What happens when a company goes bankrupt while their game show is still in production? Don't ask FremantleMedia or Celador 'cause that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. But ask Catalena Productions out of Canada because that's EXACTLY what happened to them. When it's so bad you can't even pay off Alex Trebek, you KNOW your company's in a "Pitfall"! Chris Wolvie talks about this forgettable and yet rather unique "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/18/17

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