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CBS
CBS Lays Out Summer Plans
Sunday "Big Brother" To Lead Into "Candy Crush"
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced its summer schedule, including the new event series SALVATION, the new live-action game show CANDY CRUSH, the third season of ZOO, based on James Patterson's #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer sensation BIG BROTHER.

BIG BROTHER, hosted by Julie Chen, will once again have three weekly episodes. The hit reality series debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the Thursday broadcast on June 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), Sunday's installment on July 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), and its regular Wednesday time period on July 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions ranked among the summer's top 10 broadcasts in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.

CANDY CRUSH, the new live action game show based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise premieres Sunday, July 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer CANDY CRUSH and be crowned the champions.

Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson are executive producers for Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Knutsson is King's Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.

CBS' SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 28
8:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, June 29
9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM ZOO (Third Season Premiere)

Sunday, July 2
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)

Wednesday, July 5
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM CANDY CRUSH (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Summer Schedule NTP)

Wednesday, July 12
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM SALVATION (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (Summer Schedule NTP)

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Reality TV World

posted 3/17/17


NBC
Not To Be Left Out, NBC Lays Out Summer Plans
"AGT", "ANW" , "HGN" Joined by "World of Dance", "The Wall"
From TV Line

NBC on Friday dropped a dozen summer premiere dates, including for the new seasons of The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent and Ninja Warrior, plus the debut of Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance competition and its adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas.

All told, the Peacock network’s warm-weather plan lays out like this:

MONDAY, MAY 8
10 pm World of Dance (series premiere)

TUESDAY, MAY 30
8 pm America’s Got Talent Season 12 (with new host Tyra Banks)
10 pm World of Dance (regular time slot premiere)

MONDAY, JUNE 12
8 pm American Ninja Warrior Season 6
10 pm Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
8 pm The Wall Season 2

MONDAY, AUGUST 7
10 pm Hollywood Game Night Season 5

TV Line

posted 3/17/17


Pinterest
Don't Call It A Comeback... Tyra Banks Returns to ANTM
Show Creator to Tape While Hosting America's Got Talent
From TV Line

Tyra Banks is now in the running to become America’s top host.

Just days after NBC announced that Banks will replace Nick Cannon as the host of America’s Got Talent, VH1 on Thursday revealed that she will also return to her former perch, replacing Rita Ora as the host of America’s Next Top Model for its upcoming 24th cycle.

“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” executive producer Ken Mok says in a statement. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

Banks hosted the first 22 cycles of Top Model, which aired on UPN from 2003 to 2006, then on The CW from 2006 to 2015. Ora was named the new host when the show was picked up for additional seasons on VH1 in 2016. New panelists will be announced at a later date.

TV Line
Reality TV World
Broadway World

posted 3/17/17

A New Host of "Baking Show" is Quite Interesting
Sandi Toksvig Joins Noel Fielding in Move to C4
From AV Club

The Great British Bake Off (or The Great British Baking Show, as it‘s known in the U.S.) is a reliably charming and soothing hour of television. (Seriously, if ASMR has never clicked for you, give listening to British people fussing over bread a try.) But the show’s been experiencing some upheaval behind the scenes as of late, with judge Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc departing the show after it was announced that Bake Off would be moving from BBC One to Channel Four in the U.K., a move that would bring commercial breaks to the show for the first time.

Now, though, things are going back to normal—as normal as anything involving The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding can be, anyway. Fielding has been named as the show’s new co-host, alongside comedian and quiz-show host Sandi Toksvig. In a statement, Fielding says, “I’ve always loved brightly colored cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.” Toksvig returns the compliment, saying, “It is an extraordinary honor to be part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business ...The only down side is that he has much better dress sense than I do.”

Fielding and Toksvig will be joined by returning host Paul Hollywood and new host Prue Leith, a restauranteur and food writer who has been a judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu since 2006.

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posted 3/17/17

THURSDAY: Come On and Watch Some... TGIT?
ABC Beats Back Opening Round of March Madness
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Scandal" (5.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Catch" (3.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

CBS (4.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (4.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Superstore" (4.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside an encore of "Trial & Error" (3.185 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and originals from "Chicago Med" (7.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.177 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.895 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Kicking & Screaming" (2.016 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.489 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for rebroadcasts of the "The Vampire Diaries" (0.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) finale and "The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours" (0.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/17/17

WEDNESDAY: More Midweek Splitting
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.414 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.481 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Speechless" (4.605 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Black-ish" (4.899 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

NBC (6.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (7.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) recap and a repeat "Chicago PD" (4.862 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was CBS (6.818 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) with new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.373 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) offered up the season finales of "Lethal Weapon" (5.836 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Star" (4.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.578 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "The 100" (1.082 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.330 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped Junior (Food): 896k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 882k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 820k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SF/Food): 741k
- Are You The One? (SF/MTV): 625k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 326k

Ratings for "Divided" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/17

TUESDAY: This Is Us Leaving for the Season
NBC Wins Youth, CBS Wins Everyone Else
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (11.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), the season finale of "This Is Us" (12.656 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "Trial & Error" (6.407 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and a second "Trial & Error" (4.841 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

CBS (11.510 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "NCIS" (13.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a second "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.901 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), the season finale of "The Real O'Neals" (2.696 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and a new "People Icons" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up an original "New Girl" (1.814 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), a repeat "The Mick" (1.334 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) and a new "Bones" (2.433 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally on The CW (1.857 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.372 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.343 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 958k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): .860k
- Face Off (Syfy): 807k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 406k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 260k
- Battle of the Ex-Besties (Oxygen): 162k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Gotta Get Down on Friday"

posted 3/17/17

MONDAY: And We're Back In
Nielsens Back Online After Power Outage
From TV Line

Our long numerical nightmare is over.

Following an extended delay caused by a weekend power outage at one of its data centers, Nielsen releasing the TV ratings for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night.

ABC | The Bachelor drew 8.4 million total viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, rising 18 and 23 percent week-to-week (to season highs), but down 12 and 7 percent year-over-year to mark lows for a finale. After the Final Rose retained 7.8 mil/2.4.

NBC | The Voice (12.2 mil/2.6) dipped a tenth in the demo week-to-week, while Taken (5.7 mil/1.2) held steady in Week 3.

FOX | 24: Legacy (3.9 mil/1.0) rose two tenths, while APB (3.3 mil/0.7) dipped.

CBS | Scorpion (6.6 mil/1.1) ticked down, tying its series low in the demo.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (P/VH1): 2.078m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.966m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 462k

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/16/17

More on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 9
Catch It on VH1 March 24
From the Futon Critic

Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" today revealed the guest judges that will sashay onto the runway when the new season begins on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT, now on VH1.

Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Lady Gaga, Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O'Hare, Noah Galvin, Todrick Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

To celebrate the new season, Logo will exclusively air a 'Race to the Nines' marathon of non-stop episodes beginning on Sunday, March 19th at 8:00 PM ET/PT leading up to VH1's season nine premiere on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Throughout the five day marathon, viewers will be treated to all-new bonus content including never before seen footage from the cutting room floor and interviews with previous contestants, judges and super fans including Michelle Visage, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, Todrick Hall, and Lance Bass who will spill all of the "T" on the new queens.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/16/17

A Blind Date with Paul O'Grady
"Dating Game" Reboot Casts Host
From the List

Paul O'Grady has been announced as new host of 'Blind Date'.

The 61-year-old comedian will take over the role of matchmaker from his late friend Cilla Black, who fronted the show for 18 years, when the popular dating show returns to screens later this year, following a revamp, on its new home Channel 5.

In an official statement issued by Channel 5, Paul said: "'Blind Date' is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout out the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can't wait to see if we can find love."

The classic game show was fronted by Cilla for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 and, although a reboot has been in the pipeline for some time, she tragically passed away in 2015 following a fatal fall at her Spanish home.

Renowned for presenting 'The Paul O'Grady Show', the fellow Scouser has beat the likes of Vicky Pattison, Olly Murs, Georgia May Foote and Helen Flanagan to the job as they were among those rumored to have been in talks about taking over as the presenter of the dating series.

A source previously revealed: "Blind Date is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back.

"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly. In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show."

Bosses are keen to keep some of the "traditional" elements of the previous run but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a "new generation of viewers".

It's expected to run on Friday nights - rather than its traditional Saturday night slot - and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.

The program sees three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them. The new couple then pick an envelope with their holiday destination - abroad or in the UK - inside and will spend the next week trying to get to know one another.

The List
Digital Spy

posted 3/16/17

Noel Edmonds Returns to a Cheap Cheap Cheap Show
Hat Trick Sends Format to MIPTV
From C21 Media

UK distributor Hat Trick International (HTI) is heading to MipTV with a format in which two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide trade places in a bid to find out whether money really does buy happiness.

On HTI’s slate is Cheap Cheap Cheap, the UK version of which will be fronted by Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds and will air on Channel 4.

The show takes place in a fictional convenience store and centers around a gameshow in which the shop owner invites pairs of contestants to win an increasing amount of money by correctly picking the cheapest of three similar items.

C21 Media

posted 3/16/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Now We're Cooking"

  • WEEKEND:
    - Spring Baking Championship (Food/9p): 1.535m
    - Spring Baking Championship (Food/10p): 1.481m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.114m (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • RuPaul sashays to the altar (Reality TV World)
     

  • Adam Levine wants his baby's first words to be "Dada"... not "Blake" (Reality TV World)
     

  • John Legend is "(doing his) best" to support Chrissy Teigen's postpartum depression (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anna Trebunskaya set to welcome another tiny dancer (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek meets his fans in Philly (WPVI Philadelphia), meanwhile his show was off by a year last night... (Toronto Sun)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A tale as old as time arrives on "The Chase" (Radio Times)
     

  • ICYMI: 200 Clubbers win Pointless? (Huffington Post)
     

  • How can "Shark Tank" last forever? a) Giving Kevin O'Leary whatever the hell he wants, anything to keep him from running for public office (TV Overmind)

  • NBC reality heads to speak at MIP '17 (Realscreen)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Viall and his chosen one... for the next couple of weeks (Reality TV World) and Alton Brown (Modesto Bee)

posted 3/16/17


GSN
More on the GSN Upfront
Details about "Emogenius", "Pointless", Other Picks
From Realscreen

GSN is staying its true to its roots, with a focus on its core shiny floor game shows in the unveiling of a new lineup of programming and initiatives.

The leader in game shows and competitive entertainment has greenlit a new game show series that tests how well people have mastered the art of using emojis to communicate.

Premiering in June, Emogenius features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test, with a chance to win $10,000.

The network, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and AT&T Entertainment Group, is also developing several new series, such as D.I. Why? (working title), which puts contestants to the test as they try to follow instructions and re-create outrageous challenges under the pressure of a ticking clock.

Additional projects in development include Blast Your Past (working title), from executive producer Andy Cohen, where celebrities poke fun at their lives before they were famous, and The Tower, which combines trivia with classic tile-matching puzzle games and with an exciting video game feel.

GSN is also developing a U.S. version of Pointless, where contests are tasked with finding the most obscure correct answers to general knowledge questions. It will be produced by Authentic Entertainment for GSN. It was originally commissioned for BBC Two in 2009, but strong ratings saw it moved to BBC One in 2011. Broadcasters such as AVOS / TROS in the Netherlands and France 3 have previously commissioned it, along with networks in Poland and Serbia.

The net has picked up a second season of Divided (pictur, following its successful debut in January. Hosted by award winning executive producer Mike Richards of The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal, the show requires a team of strangers to agree on the same answer to a question in order to win prize money.

Winsanity, hosted by Donald Faison, returns for a second season with a new format, and perennial favorite, Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, recently launched its fourth season.

“The continued success of our game shows proves there is an audience that is craving fun, feel-good entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP of programming and development, in a statement. “We are sure-fire escape for everyone in the family.”

Newly-licensed series include Cash Cab and Hollywood Game Night.

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Deadline
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TBI Vision
C21Media

posted 3/15/17

Brackets of the Non-Basketball Variety
ESPN to Launch New Quiz Show TONIGHT at 6:30p
From ESPN Media Zone

Bracket Genius, a brand new quiz show, hosted by popular ESPN personality and six-time Emmy award winner Trey Wingo, will debut Wednesday, March 15, with all episodes airing on ESPN2. Bracket Genius will pit university academic teams, consisting of three undergraduate students, against one another in a bracket-style competition for the chance to have their team crowned the inaugural Bracket Genius Champion and share the prize of $100,000. The final 16 universities represented on the hardwood will match up in the same head-to-head games on Bracket Genius where the winner advances by answering questions spanning history, geography, politics, literature, science, pop culture, the arts and sports in a race to score as many points as possible against the clock and their opponent.

“Every March, college basketball fans are entertained by the athletic genius displayed by their favorite players on the game’s biggest stage,” said Intersport’s Executive Producer John Paquet. “The Bracket Genius platform captures that excitement and provides fans yet another reason to cheer for their favorite college or university while celebrating academics and championing the everyday college student.”

Trey Wingo’s unique combination of wit and humor and his experience hosting a diverse array of marquee ESPN programming including SportsCenter, NFL Live, NCAA Women’s Final Four, Baseball Tonight, NBA 2Night and the NFL Draft made him a perfect fit to host Bracket Genius.

“I’m excited to be a part of the show and channel my inner Wink Martindale,” said Wingo. “This show, like all the best things in life, is all about the kids.”

The eight-episode Bracket Genius series is currently scheduled to debut Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a half-hour “Study Guide” episode showcasing the playing format along with original behind-the-scenes footage from potential Bracket Genius teams and ESPN personalities.

The opening round matchups are scheduled to air Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET. Each half-hour episode will feature four teams vying for the chance to advance to the Bracket Genius Championship episode.

Bonus round episodes will air Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. These half-hour episodes, Bracket Genius: Extra Credit, will give the four Championship contenders a chance to win extra cash prizes of up to $25,000 per episode.

The remaining four teams will face off in the Bracket Genius Championship episode scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. The one-hour finale will feature two semifinal matchups, with winners advancing to the final head-to-head battle to determine the Bracket Genius Champion and $100,000 winning team.

Sponsors include GEICO, Devour Frozen Meals and College Ave Student Loans.

ESPN Media Zone
Awful Announcing

posted 3/15/17

Stranger Things
Meet the New Cast of "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

THE AMAZING RACE returns this season with a race unlike any before. In a brand new twist, all 22 Racers are complete strangers who will meet on the starting line. Before "GO," Racers will immediately compete in a challenge that will determine the order for picking a Teammate, based on nothing but first impressions. These new pairs of Teammates will then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion's name before beginning a race around the world that will span 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles. The new season of the 10-time Emmy Award-winning series premieres on a new date and time, Thursday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

"For years, THE AMAZING RACE fans have suggested we line up complete strangers and match them up at the starting line to see what would happen. These newbie racers begin with no pre-existing relationships or emotional baggage, and the excitement of traveling around the world to complete dozens of gut-busting, mind-blowing challenges quickly ignites tension," said Phil Keoghan, host of THE AMAZING RACE.

"THE AMAZING RACE, in scope, is the biggest reality show ever created. It brings people from all walks of life together on a global scale, and traditionally sends teams with established relationships on an adrenaline-packed, exotic adventure. However, this season, we are excited to pair complete strangers and see how they handle the pressure of traveling the world with someone they just met," said co-creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster.

Participants in the 29th Race around the world include an Army Drill Sergeant, a pro snowboarder, a Wall Street banker, an auctioneer and a college drum major, among others. They will begin their journey in Los Angeles and head to their first destination, Panama City. Along the route, Racers will be challenged with building and delivering desks and school supplies to children in Tanzania, skydiving in Norway and bungee jumping 240 feet into the Corinth Canal in Greece. The first team to cross the final finish line will win the one million dollar prize and be crowned the winners of THE AMAZING RACE.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/15/17

More on "Drop the Mic"
TBS' Rap Battle Series Begins May 2
From the Futon Critic

Music icon Method Man and supermodel Hailey Baldwin are ready to pick up the mic as the hosts of TBS's Drop the Mic, the new comedic music series from executive producers James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp. The pair have been tapped to emcee the celebrity battle rap competition based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R)-winning series The Late Late Show with James Corden. Drop the Mic, which is also co-executive-produced by Ed Thomas, will launch on Turner's TBS on Tuesday, May 2, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The series is produced for TBS by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73.

Drop the Mic will pit four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture against each other in a rap battle royale packed with "I can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience will vote to pick the winner.

"This is a one-of-a-kind entertainment opportunity," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming. "Drop The Mic is a funny, authentic, high-energy series that brings together hip-hop, comedy and pop culture in a way we've never seen before. Method, Hailey, James, Ben and their team will make sure our celebrity competitors bring their 'A' game to the stage."

"Method Man and Hailey Baldwin are the perfect hosts for our show," said executive producer Ben Winston. "Two talented, funny, great people on a show that we hope will get everyone talking - we can't wait to get started."

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posted 3/15/17

Bees Return
Romania, Indonesia Pick Up New Version of "The Singing Bee"
From TBI Vision

Much-travelled karaoke format The Singing Bee is heading back into Romania and Indonesia after almost a decade away from both.

The deals to bring the show to Antena TV in Romania and RCTI in Indonesia comes as the resurgence of several classic gameshows continues.

Antena is planning new primetime episodes for the show, which first aired in Romania in 2008 on Pro TV. RCTI is relauncing the format with a 30-episode season nine years after a version for Indostar came off air.

Both territories bought the format from UK-based distributor Magnify Media, whose founder, Andrea Jackson (pictured), previously sold the format through her first company, Zeal Entertainment. DRG bought Zeal in 2006, with Jackson exiting the latter to launch Magnify in 2015, as TBI revealed.

The Singing Bee was first produced by format owners The Gurin Company and Juma Entertainment for NBC in the US in 2006. It has now been sold in 36 territories in total.

The family-focused format sees contestants judged on how well they know lyrics, rather than how well they can sing.

“I know the power of this brand very well, which is why we have prioritised bringing it back to life,” said Jackson. “That decision is already bearing fruit. The Singing Bee is one of the most widely produced formats ever and one that clearly has enduring appeal.”

“Andrea and the team at Magnify have shown enormous passion with this property, and we are excited to collaborate with any company or broadcaster committed to airing a new series,” said Phil Gurin, Singing Bee co-creator and president of The Gurin Company.

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posted 3/15/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Ratings Will Be Back... We Hope"

  • Pilot season! Jane Lynch (Broadway World), Donald Faison pick up side gigs (Deadline)
     

  • Last week: Holly Willoughby embarrassed by being called an improper word. This week: Hold my beer... (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey, 10 years after the gig that changed his game show life (Gold Derby)

posted 3/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 5
From TV Newscheck

Based on just-released National Live + Same Day ratings for the 2017 February Sweep, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE with Chris Harrison spiked over February 2016 in Households (+21% - 1.7 rating vs. 1.4 rating), Total Viewers (+22% - 2.420 million vs. 1.989 million) and Women 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" posted the biggest February-to-February gains for any Syndicated game show on all 3 Nielsen measures.

In Homes and Total Viewers, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" posted its best results during any sweep period in 2 years - since February 2015.

On average during the 2016-17 season (25 complete weeks), "Millionaire" is delivering the biggest gains among all first-run Syndicated game shows for the season, growing by double digits across the board from the same point a year ago: +31% in Homes (1.7 rating vs. 1.3 rating), +28% in Total Viewers (2.307 million vs. 1.801 million) and +40% in Women 25-54 (0.7 rating vs. 0.5 rating).

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 -1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +21%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 -7%

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posted 3/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Countdown Begins"

  • #ICYMI: Nick Viall has put a ring on it (TV Line)
     

  • Spike gets ready to roast Alec Baldwin (Broadway World)
     

  • "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" heading to a slot machine parlor near you (Casino City)

posted 3/14/17


Pinterest
"America's Got" Tyra
"Top Model" Creator the New Host of "America's Got Talent"
From The Futon Critic

Emmy Award winner Tyra Banks, who created and executive produced "America's Next Top Model" for 23 cycles, headlined her own talk show, is consistently ranked by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people and serves as CEO of her own multimillion-dollar beauty company, has joined NBC's "America's Got Talent" - summer's most-watched show - as host for the upcoming 12th season.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

Banks said: "Since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how 'AGT' brings that feeling into everyone's home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true. I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I'll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!"

"Welcome to the 'America's Got Talent' family, Tyra! This is really exciting," said Simon Cowell, executive producer, judge and creator of the "Got Talent" format.

"Tyra is the complete package: Out-of-this-world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart. In whatever she has done, she has always connected with audiences around the world," Telegdy said. "Her vivacious spirit will infuse 'AGT' in a big way."

"Not only is Tyra smart and beautiful, she's also warm, compassionate and a lot of fun," said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. "She will fit right into the crazy world of 'AGT.'"

Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Banks grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true.

She created and executive produced the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series, "America's Next Top Model," with 23 cycles. "ANTM" currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia, Africa and Australia.

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posted 3/13/17


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

Forget about "The Wall" and how similar it is to "Plinko"...this same crap was pulled nearly 15 years BEFORE that when ABC and FOX had similar game shows named for forms of capital punishment. Chris Wolvie and Games Gone By..." looks into the Not-So-Great Game-Show Rivalry of 2002, starting with "The Chair".

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posted 3/13/17

More on "Talk Show The Game Show"
Catch It on truTV April 5!
From IndieWire

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure to respect the host or audience, and murder. Murder?! If one is guilty of murder, maybe getting dinged on a talk show is the least that could happen to that person.

Each episode, three celebs go head-to-head. Here’s the lineup for the first season:

John Salley vs. Tiffany Haddish vs. Dan Bucatinsky
Wanda Sykes vs. Scott Adsit vs. Pandora Boxx
Maria Bamford vs. Ben Roy vs. James Adomian
Diablo Cody vs. Moby vs. Arden Myrin
Tim Bagley vs. Rashad Jennings vs. Beth Stelling
Margaret Cho vs. Paul Feig vs. Ed Weeks
John Early vs. Ana Navarro vs. Kate Flannery
Utkarsh Ambudkar vs. Aparna Nancherla vs. Jon Daly
Tracey Wigfield vs. TJ Lavin vs. Oscar Nunez
Nicole Byer vs. Kyle Kinane vs. Julian McCullough
Fortune Feimster vs. Adam Cayton-Holland vs. Alice Wetterlund
Bridget Everett vs. Kelis vs. Josh McDermitt
Wendi McLendon-Covey vs. Jonah Ray vs. Michelle Buteau
John Ross Bowie vs. Aasif Mandvi vs. Phoebe Robinson
Julie Klausner vs. Moshe Kasher vs. Rhea Butcher
Chelsea Handler vs. Maurice Jones Drew vs. Nikki Glaser

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posted 3/13/17

5 Gold Rings of Your Phone
ITV Launches App Companion to New Series
From Telly Mix

Phillip Schofield hits ITV tonight with brand new game show 5 Gold Rings, but how does it work?

Well here's all you need to know about the new gameshow...

In this game, every pixel counts. The format sees two teams go head to head over five rounds. One team will be walking away with up to Ł25,000 whilst the other will leave with nothing. Who wins and who loses is decided in a unique way… using five gold rings.

It sounds simple enough: The teams will have to battle it out against the clock to answer questions by placing gold rings onto a supersized image displayed beneath their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

For example, the picture might be a map of the world and teams will attempt the question, ‘Where is the highest mountain on earth?’ by placing a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

However, each round will get decidedly more difficult as after every correct answer is given all of their remaining gold rings will decrease in size – making it even tougher to find and encircle the next correct answer.

Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this show. It’s such a simple idea.

"The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get. It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can’t wait to get started!”

You'll also be able to play along at home using the 5 Gold Rings app online.

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posted 3/13/17

THURSDAY: Dead Heat Thursday
CBS Wins Total, Ties ABC on Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Mom" (7.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.231 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Training Day" (4.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

ABC (5.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Scandal" (5.359 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) plus the return of "The Catch" (3.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) followed by new episodes of "Powerless" (2.541 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Chicago Med" (6.409 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and the debut of "Kicking & Screaming" (2.240 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.578 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.128 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.113m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9:40p): 443k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9p): 398k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 378k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 376k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 304k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 286k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 280k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 202k

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posted 3/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Slime, Slime, and More Slime"

  • KCAs: "America's Got Talent" wins Reality Show Blimp (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The hits keep coming as "The Voice UK" beats its own record for lowest. Ratings. EVER. (Telly Mix)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: experienced roboteer loses "Robot Wars" to a team of kids and congratulates them on a superb effort and wishes them the best in their STEAM-based education... JUST KIDDING! He pitches a hissy fit and storms off the set (Huffington Post)
     

  • These guys actually signed up for and were cast on Russia's real-life "Hunger Games" (TV Overmind)
     

  • Why would Michael Barrymore want to come back to TV? (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John O'Hurley (Smashing Interviews)

posted 3/9/17

It's a Ten from Len!
"Dancing with the Stars" Curmudgeon Len Goodman to Host "Partners in Rhyme" for BBC One
From What's on TV

"Dancing with the Stars" head judge Len Goodman will return to British TV screens on a new family game show called Partners In Rhyme.

Len, known for his witty catchphrases while doling out feedback on "DWTS" and its parent show "Strictly Come Dancing", will host the BBC1 Saturday teatime program, which will see contestants and celebrities team up to take part in comedy rounds based on rhyming clues.

Len, 72, said: “It’s time to rhyme with a whizz of a quiz. It’s a 10 from Len!”

Partners In Rhyme was the brainchild of BBC Radio 1 DJ and former Xtra Factor Live host Matt Edmondson, who is “ridiculously excited” about the show which airs later this year.

He added: “It’s the sort of show that I hope will have families screaming at the TV as they try and make sense of pigs in wigs, flowers with superpowers and Lorraine Kelly making jelly!”

Jo Wallace, commissioning editor for the BBC, said: “I’m really happy to see Len back on BBC1 on Saturday nights where he belongs!”

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posted 3/10/17

More on "Planet of the Apps"
Catch It on Apple Music This Spring!
From BNN

‘Planet’ is a word worth emphasizing from the title of Apple’s new TV show, “Planet of the Apps.” This spring, Apple will premiere its first reality television series, which will shine the spotlight on a diverse pool of talented app developers.

“There’s never been a better time for a show about apps,” Executive Producer Ben Silverman told BNN in a phone interview. “Tech entrepreneurs are the new rock stars and their apps are disrupting culture globally. We can’t wait to pull back the curtain and shine a spotlight on the designers, engineers and hustlers who make up the app culture.”

Some have described “Planet of the Apps” as a mash up of “Shark Tank” and “The Voice.” Contestants work with high profile, entrepreneurial mentors/judges including Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am, and Gary Vaynerchuk, for a chance to receive up to US$10 million in venture capital and featured placement in Apple’s App Store.

The show will be distributed through Apple Music. Given that Apple's subscriber-based music service is available around the world, the show’s producers felt it was important to give it a global feel.

“The casting team went on the road and the developers are from all over,” Silverman said. His studio, Propagate Content, is co-producing the show with Apple. “I think one of the things the show does is highlight how many brilliant developers and designers there are around the globe, whether it’s in the U.S., Canada, Croatia or Israel.”

Searching the globe for talent comes naturally to Silverman. He rose to the top of the TV industry, scouring the globe for hit shows. His television credits include “The Office,” “Ugly Betty,” “Jane The Virgin” and “The Tudors.” His track record with reality TV is equally impressive and includes programs such as “The Biggest Loser.”

On “Planet of the Apps,” a few lucky developers also get to pitch what the show calls “one of the hottest venture capital firms on the planet.” That firm, Lightspeed Venture Partners, recently struck gold, following the IPO of one of its early investments, Snap Inc (parent of Snapchat).

“That was part of our planning,” Silverman said, referencing the savvy timing of incorporating Lightspeed, given the Snap Inc IPO attention. Lightspeed is also an investor in Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company.

Apple is planning to give successful apps from the show featured placement in the App Store.

“Silicon Valley’s venture capital culture is very much a referral based system," Silverman said. "We wanted to open things up and create true democracy.”

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posted 3/10/17

The Brain of CEE
Endemol Shine Sells Show to Poland, Balkans
From TBI Vision

Several broadcasters in the CEE region have ordered local version of Endemol Shine gameshow The Brain.

In Poland, Polsat will run the show, with Endemol Shine Poland producing.

A pan-Balkan version will also be made and go out on the free-TV RTL and PRVA channels.

The studio format showcases the extraordinary mental abilities of ordinary people.

It was created by Endemol Shine’s German division, alongside its affiliated prodco Herr P and pubcaster ZDF.

Endemol Shine International distributes the format, which has been sold into eleven territories.

It has also just been recommisisoned for a second season on Channel One in Russia, with Endemol Shine prodo Weit Media producing, and the Russian deal has helped The Brain gain traction in the CEE region.

“The Brain has already been successful in the region following a stellar launch in Russia last year where the show was recommissioned immediately,” said Marina Williams, COO of international operations at the Endemol Shine Group.

“This drew the attention of all key broadcasters in neighboring territories.”

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posted 3/10/17

WEDNESDAY: If a Game Changer Didn't Really Change Anything...
CBS, ABC Split
From The Futon Critic

The 34th season of the hit reality game show Survivor premiered, and it promises to be one of the biggest and best seasons yet. But as good as that sounds, it couldn't propel CBS to the demo win.

ABC (5.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.681 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Speechless" (4.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Modern Family" (6.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.112 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) plus the return of "Designated Survivor" (5.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

CBS (6.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with the premiere of "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) followed by a second "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and the season opener to "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.346 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.861 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its duo of "Lethal Weapon" (5.857 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Star" (3.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.282 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.580 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.087 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.909 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The 100" (0.653 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.781 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 985k
- America's Next Top Model (SF/VH1): 858k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 855k
- Are You The One? (MTV): 626k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 373k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 345k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 328k
- Are You The One? The Aftermatch (MTV): 245k

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posted 3/10/17

A Third Run of "Run"
"Paradise Run" to Return for New Season
From Twist

Is Nickelodeon's game show series Paradise Run one of your favorite shows around? Well, you're in luck: because we're happy to reveal that the show is officially coming back for a third season! Host Daniella Monet couldn't be more excited to return to Hawaii this spring to film even more fun games and challenges!

"I’m so excited to host yet ANOTHER season of, in my opinion, one the best game shows on TV, Paradise Run," Daniella tells TWIST exclusively. "The Big Island has become a second home to me and I thoroughly enjoy living vicariously through our awesome contestants. Seeing the excitement, nervousness and relentlessness on their faces makes my job that more fun!"

Contestants in Season 3 will face some of the most challenging and complex obstacles that we have ever seen on the show so far, and the network promises "even more surprises at every turn," as the competing teams try to win the prize of an ultimate paradise vacation.

"One of the great things about working with Nickelodeon is that every season they ask how can we make Paradise Run bigger and better, and I am thrilled to say that this season will be no different," Executive Producer Scott Stone added about the show in a press statement. "Last year we added a 200-yard zip line and special Nickelodeon celebrity episodes. Wait until you see what we have in store for season three!"

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posted 3/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spinning Into the Central Coast"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheel's" Wheelmobile spins into Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
     

  • What would Jeopardy! writer Billy Wisse know about hip-hop? A LOT (HotNewHipHop.com)
     

  • #FLASHBACKFRIDAY: before he was POTUS or host of "The Apprentice", he had a bingo game (Huffington Post)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host Canadian Screen Awards (Simcoe Reformer)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong has an on-camera breakdown (Daily Express)
     

  • Nick Asia prepares to enter the Hidden Temple (Rapid TV News)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Philip Schofield: Twitter was fun until they let the nutters in (iNews)
     

  • Having his fill of hosting gigs, Alfonso Ribeiro wants to play "a psycho role"... whatever that would entail (Metro Guilty Pleasures)
     

  • Hannah Simone gets 500 points in the GSNN Fantasy Kardashian league (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Amazing Race" will start its 29th run a little earlier than expected: March 30 (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/9/17


Rolling Stone
Fred Savage Gets "Child Support"
ABC Summer Entry Gets New Name, Host
From Deadline

Fred Savage has been honing his talk-show chops as a frequent guest host on ABC’s Live with Kelly — and is rumored to be in the running for the permanent job. In the meantime, The Grinder alum has landed a different gig at the network: hosting its upcoming game show Child Support from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America.

Formerly known as Five to Survive, the hourlong, studio-based series will feature adult contestants and interactions between Gervais and a group of five kids ages 6-9 who say the most unpredictable things. Contestants are asked to answer 10 questions to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais.

“When I’m stumped, I turn to Google and my kids,” said Savage who starred on The Wonder Years as a kid and has built a second career as a TV director. “I had no idea there was a television show in that, but now that there is, I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Said Robert Mills, SVP Alternative Series, Specials, & Late Night Programming at ABC Entertainment: “With Fred’s charisma and Ricky Gervais’ hilarious interactions with the kids, Child Support is going to be a terrific addition to our game show slate.”

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posted 3/9/17

Get Ready for the Most SHOCKING MONDAY EVER!
Season Finale of "The Bachelor" Monday
From Broadway World

The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience, as Nick Viall's journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion.

After his dreams of finding love were cut short when both bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe left him heartbroken, Nick has narrowed down the field of 30 bachelorettes to two captivating women - Raven and Vanessa - both of whom he is falling for. Who does Nick, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? It is no surprise that he is anxious, conflicted and fearful of being rejected again. Find out if Nick gets his happy ending on the season finale of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, MARCH 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Immediately following the dramatic season finale, emotions run high as Nick sits down with Chris Harrison - live - to discuss his final two women of the season: Raven, the beautiful Southern belle, and Vanessa, the passionate special-needs teacher. THE BACHELOR takes us back to the snow-capped winter wonderland of Finland where he spent the emotional last days of his journey.

Both ladies are back to sit with Nick to talk about the sensational outcome and their relationships with him. It's the live, unpredictable ending to his adventure to find everlasting true love, live, on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose," also airing MONDAY, MARCH 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST). Additionally, Rachel Lindsay makes a special appearance right before she begins her own journey to find love.

Nick's search for his soul mate is almost over, and after many tears, drama and surprises, it has come down to two fascinating women. THE BACHELOR brings both Raven and Vanessa to meet his family in hopes that their insight will help him decide which bachelorette would be the best fit for him and them.

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posted 3/9/17

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
CBS, NBC Win Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) continued its demo reign on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Voice" (11.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "This Is Us" (11.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) and a special "Chicago Justice" (6.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (11.106 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Bull" (10.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.927 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.837 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.162 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.675 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.890 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) plus the debut of "People Icons" (2.600 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Flash" (2.485 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.551 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "New Girl" (1.385 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "The Mick" (1.381 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) alongside a new "Bones" (2.850 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) on FOX (2.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Chopped (Food): 857k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 795k
- Face Off (Syfy): 701k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 400k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 387k
- The Partner (P/CNBC): 363k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/9/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Stop What You're Doing and Watch This"

  • VIDEO WALL: Dancing with the Chasers (Metro)
     

  • Juan Pablo Galavis is this close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to proposing (Us Weekly)
     

  • Michael Strahan to be honored as Father of the Year (Businesswire)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host Canadian Screen Awards (Simcoe Reformer)
     

  • Remember the real-life "Hunger Games" "Game2: Winter"? It begins April 1... without the rule saying that killing was allowed. Because the Internet (New York Post)

posted 3/9/17

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending February 26
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly grew 9% in the key women 25-54 demo, and, for a second straight week, maintained the No.2 spot in talk and its highest rating since January. Live’s 2.4 live-plus-same-day National Nielsen again outperformed Ellen DeGeneres (which remained third) with an unchanged 2.3 in the session ending Feb. 26.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 3/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Three"

  • Chrissy Metz wouldn't mind going on "The Biggest Loser" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jade Roper & Tanner Tolbert give us another "Bachelor" baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Name That Tune" headed for Broadway (Extra)

posted 3/8/17

MONDAY: America Turns Its Chair
NBC Wins on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (12.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Taken" (6.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

ABC (6.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a competitive second with a new "The Bachelor" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) alongside the annual special "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (5.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Man with a Plan" (6.057 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a new "Superior Donuts" (6.093 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and second runs of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Scorpion" (4.680 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "APB" (3.545 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, a new "Supergirl" (2.171 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.016 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.715m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 958k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 322k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/7/17

WEEKEND: Tanked
ABC, CBS Split Friday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and NBC (3.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) shared the top demo honors on Friday with a new "Shark Tank" (6.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the conclusion of "When We Rise, Part 4" (2.132 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

The Peacock then offered up a new "Grimm" (4.206 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), the season finale of "Emerald City" (2.902 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "MacGyver" (5.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (6.665 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a second run "Rosewood" (1.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "Sleepy Hollow" (1.887 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Reign" (0.656 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.912 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.465m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.129m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 253k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/7/17

Cooking Channel Flips Farmers' Markets
Catch the New Series April 20!
From Broadway World

Cooking Channel highlights fresh seasonal ingredients this April on the new series Farmers' Market Flip premiering Thursday, April 20th at 10pmET/7pmPT when two teams of chefs will be pitted against each other to find the best the farmers' market has to offer and cook the most delicious gourmet meal for the judges. Host Jeff Mahin presides over this creative culinary competition in which only one team will take home the ultimate prize and bragging rights!

Broadway World

posted 3/7/17

Has 2007 Taught Us NOTHING?!
Hollywood Braces for Another Writer's Strike
From TV Week

Another writers strike appears to be brewing in Hollywood, where the last time it happened — in 2007 — it shut things down for 100 days.

“We’re hearing Hollywood agents far and wide are bracing for another writers’ strike,” The New York Post reports, noting that the union negotiates a new contract every three years. The big strike a decade ago ended after Writers Guild members won a piece of digital revenue, the report notes.

“Consumers a decade ago had to live with fewer episodes of ‘Heroes,’ but if talks don’t go well now the networks could have a tough time with the annual show-and-tell TV upfront presentations in May,” The Post notes.

The report quotes a release by the union that notes: “The Writers Guilds of America, West and East, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced they will begin formal contract negotiations March 13. The current Minimum Basic Agreement expires May 1.”

TV Week

posted 3/7/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sorry About That"

posted 3/7/17

"Team Ninja" Moves to USA
Move Comes in Advance of Esquire's Closure
From Broadway World

Epic competition series TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is bringing more heat to USA Network's Tuesday night line-up. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR will premiere its 11-part second season on USA beginning Tuesday, April 18 at 10/9c, immediately following WWE SMACKDOWN.

TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, part of the Emmy® nominated franchise "American Ninja Warrior," pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed. Originally debuting on Esquire Network in 2016, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR ranked as the network's most watched original series in its history. Esquire recently announced that the network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will transform into a digital-only brand.

"TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is a perfect pairing to WWE SMACKDOWN," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "With this powerful franchise, we're giving our passionate audience three full hours of jam-packed, high-stakes action every Tuesday night."

For Season 2, fan-favorite competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will form 28 teams, each with two men and one woman, and settle their rivalries on the warped wall -- for ultimate ninja bragging rights. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports' Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "The Dunk King," "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge"), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Sasuke/Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and airs on NBC.

Broadway World
American Ninja Warrior Nation

posted 3/6/17


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

Not "The Newlywed Game"...but a more child-friendly facsimile. Chris Wolvie presents one of the weirdest "Games Gone By..." yet with his review of "I'm Telling!", where young siblings make things even MORE uncomfortable between them.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/6/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Losing Voice?"

posted 3/6/17


IMDb
Arnold to "The Apprentice": Hasta La Vista.... Baby
Schwarzenegger Leaves Show After One Season
From TV Line

Ah-nuld is saying hasta la vista to Celebrity Apprentice after just one season.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t return to host NBC’s reality competition if it returns for another season, he told Empire magazine on Friday. “I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity,” Schwarzenegger said. “But under the circumstances, I don’t want to do it again… Even if asked, I would decline.”

And what circumstances is he referring to? Well, they rhyme with “rump.” Schwarzenegger says the show’s association with former host (and current President) Donald Trump hurt the show’s ratings this season. “When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it,” he explains. “With Trump being involved in the show, people have a bad taste and don’t want to… support the show.”

Ratings were certainly down this season, with Arnold’s Apprentice edition falling double digits from the numbers Trump’s most recent season had reached. (Trump even gloated about the ratings dip in a series of tweets aimed at Schwarzenegger.) But Arnold may be getting ahead of himself: It’s not even clear that NBC will want to bring Celebrity Apprentice back for another season, considering the ratings slide. As of press time, it hasn’t officially been renewed for a 16th season.

TV Line
AV Club
Reality TV World

posted 3/3/17

Shorties on Lock
Nick Greenlights "Lip Sync Battle" Spinoff for Full Season
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' network, is putting real kids center stage with the greenlight of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. The half-hour, 10-episode series will feature real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists and builds upon the success of Nick's hour-long special of the same name, which premiered in December 2016 and posted double- and triple-digit gains with kids. Lip Sync Battle Shorties will begin production later this year and the series is set to premiere in the fall. The news was announced at Nickelodeon's Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.

"Lip Sync Battle Shorties is so illustrative of how kids have changed," said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. "Our research tells us this generation believes they are all one step away from being famous. This show celebrates real kids with real talent, but more importantly a passion to perform and the confidence to do it."

Lip Sync Battle Shorties drew more than two million total viewers (Live+7) when it premiered in December and content from the special has garnered over 20 million views on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel.

Kid participants on Lip Sync Battle Shorties can personalize their performances, allowing them to make decisions on all creative elements from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode will feature three talented real-life kids, the Shorties Dance Crew and a host that will be announced soon.

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is created and executive produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, with John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Eight Million Plus Productions also serving as executive producers--the same team behind the original award-winning Emmy-nominated Lip Sync Battle on Spike.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/3/17

THURSDAY: This Is A Special "Voice"
Special Edition Puts NBC on Top
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got a big boost on Thursday with a special "The Voice" (10.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by a new "Chicago Med" (8.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and week two of "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

CBS (6.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.625 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Mom" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Life in Pieces" (5.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) plus a new "Training Day" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and the season finale of "My Kitchen Rules" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) offered up its combination of "When We Rise: The People Behind the Story" (2.713 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "When We Rise, Part 3" (2.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.614 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Riverdale" (1.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Top Chef (SF/Bravo): 1.286m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 981k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9:40p): 481k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 462k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SP/MTV): 439k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 374k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 372k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 343k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 324k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 209k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/17

"Chopped" Shows Its Star Power
Monthlong Stunt Begins March 28
From The Futon Critic

The stars are aligning in the Chopped kitchen when sixteen of the biggest internet sensations, athletes, comedians, and film and television actors compete in the star-studded Chopped: Star Power tournament, premiering Tuesday, March 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through this five-part stunt, the celebrity competitors must prove their culinary skills as they are tasked to create delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts from a mystery basket of ingredients in a limited amount of time. The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize - $50,000 for the charity of their choice.

Check out FoodNetwork.com/Chopped for more on the celebrity contestants, browse photo galleries and watch video extras. Join the conversation with #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/3/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Science!"

  • "Mythbusters: The Search" sets Science Channel record (The Futon Critic)
     

  • American Ninja Warrior hopeful Mike Moh joins "Marvel's Inhumans" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 25 things you didn't know about "Survivor" (Parade)
     

  • Philip Schofield can't stop ringing about "5 Gold Rings" (What's On TV)
     

  • Amy Schumer brings her trainwreck of a family onto the Feud (New Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tony Rock (WPIX New York)

posted 3/3/17


File photo
Ellen Turns Games Into "Games"
NBC Locks in "Game of Games" for Six
From WBTV PR

Taking the best elements from the hugely popular daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and creating an entirely new series, NBC has ordered six episodes of the game show "Ellen's Game of Games" for primetime.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is an hour of supersized versions of the most popular and hilariously fun games from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres, this game show is like no other - contestants, pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under immense pressure and face a gigantic plunge into the unknown. While every episode will feature DeGeneres' one-of-kind comedy, personality and a unique roster of games, they'll all end the same way - with DeGeneres giving someone a chance at a huge cash prize.

"I'm so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC," said DeGeneres. "We're pulling out all the stops - gigantic sets, hilarious games. It's going to be like a combination of 'American Ninja Warrior,' 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and a water park. OK, it's nothing like that, but you should still watch."

"Ellen's impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can't wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to 'Game of Games,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime."

"Since establishing Warner Alternative Television over three years ago, some of our greatest successes have come from working with Ellen and her incredibly talented team," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "But the dream has always been to get Ellen herself to say yes to hosting a primetime show. Now that she finally has, I am more than ecstatic. We've married a great concept to the best host in the business. Home run!"

DeGeneres, the host of the multiple Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that airs on 82 NBC Owned and Affiliated stations, is an active executive producer on the NBC unscripted projects "Little Big Shots," the recently announced spinoff "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" and the upcoming Drew Barrymore-hosted "First Dates," all from divisions of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television led by Darnell.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and Jeff Kleeman. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by A Very Good Production, Telepictures and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Yahoo!
Los Angeles Times
Entertainment Weekly
CTV News

posted 3/2/17

ABC Joins the Battle!
Network in Talks to Reboot "Battle of the Network Stars"
From Awful Announcing

Ever wonder who’d win a game of tug-of-war between CBS and ABC?

Ok, you probably haven’t, but you might found out soon anyway, as ABC is rebooting the 1970s and 80s hit “Battle of the Network Stars,” a game show that pits TV personalities from ABC, CBS and NBA against each other in athletic competitions. Previous contest have included kayak races, tug-of-war and 3-on-3 football.

According to Variety, ABC has begun a casting search in hopes of shooting in May and airing the special over the summer.

The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC between 1976 and 1988, with Howard Cosell hosting all but one year. Other hosts included Bruce Jenner, O.J. Simpson, Frank Gifford and Billy Chrystal, while competitors included Cheryl Tiegs, Robin Williams, Tom Selleck, William Shatner, Mr. T and many, many others.

Many of the original “Battle of the Network Stars” specials are available on YouTube some 35 years later, and you can lose quite a bit of time watching, say, soap opera star William DeVane playing 3-on-3 football against “That’s Incredible” host Cathy Lee Crosby. The best part is Cosell’s commentary, which falls somewhere between amusement and mockery.

Awful Announcing
WDAY Fargo
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
EURweb
TV Line

posted 3/2/17

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
*Mary Murphy Re-Returns to "SYTYCD"
From TV Line

So You Think You Can Dance fans, dust off those earplugs.

Fox announced Thursday that fan fave Mary Murphy — who last season was replaced on the judging panel by Paula Abdul — will be returning for the recently-ordered Season 14. Additionally, the network confirms that Cat Deeley will officially be back as host, and exec producer Nigel Lythgoe will continue as judge. An announcement about the third judging slot is expected soon.

“I am thrilled that Mary will return to So You Think You Can Dance and I’m sure the fans will be, as well,” Lythgoe enthused in a statement. “She brings an energy and enthusiasm that’s contagious and I can’t wait for her to join me on the judging panel.”

SYTYCD diehards were shocked back in January 2015 when Murphy confirmed that she had been “released” from her contract. “I’m very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show,” she added at the time. “I’m sure there wasn’t a person watching that didn’t know I loved what I did.” Soon after, Abdul was announced as her successor.

For Season 14, Fox is putting last season’s ill-conceived miniature reboot behind it and going ack to its original formula of featuring dancers between the ages of 18-30, with the Top 10 ultimately being paired up with All-Stars.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 3/2/17

"Iron Chef" Throws Down the Gauntlet
Catch It on Food Network April 16
From The Futon Critic

The elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef America returns to Food Network this spring with Iron Chef Gauntlet, a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite franchise hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown. The six-episode primetime event begins with seven extraordinary chefs competing for the chance to become an Iron Chef - each week one will rise and one will fall until a single chef is left standing, but in order to gain entry into this ultimate culinary society, one gladiator must win the Gauntlet - three rapid-succession battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Iron Chef Gauntlet premieres Sunday, April 16th at 9pm (all times ET/PT), preceded by the one-hour special The Legend of Iron Chef at 8pm, which celebrates historic moments, and followed by the series premiere of Iron Chef Eats at 10pm, where familiar faces from Iron Chef reveal their favorite food spots from around the country. Online, a digital companion series rolls out simultaneously with new episodes, offering fans culinary inspiration, along with tips and tricks that home cooks can use in their own kitchens.

"In the world of Iron Chef, competitive cooking goes beyond impeccable skills - these chefs view food as both fine art and vigorous sport," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "The Iron Chef Gauntlet finalist will go up against three culinary legends - and our audience is sure to be on the edge of their seat to find out if he or she has what it takes to join their ranks."

Iron Chef Gauntlet competitors are: Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California - Executive Chef/Owner, Leona); Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas - Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria); Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Monteverde); Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana - Executive Chef/Owner, MOPHO); Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat); Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington - Executive Chef/Owner, Adana) and Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio - Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern).

In the first five Iron Chef Gauntlet episodes, the competitors endure two grueling rounds of cooking starting with the Chairman's Challenge where host Alton Brown delivers a themed challenge and is the sole decision maker on the most and least successful chef. The winner then selects a competitor to join the bottom chef in the Secret Ingredient Challenge, where they must cook three dishes featuring the secret ingredient presented on the altar. A panel of rotating judges send the least successful chef home each week, while the winner is sent back to battle. In the finale on Sunday, May 21st at 9pm, the last chef standing has the Iron Chef title in reach - but first, the chef must run the Gauntlet - three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Only if the finalist receives more points than the Iron Chefs combined will history be made, joining the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs, otherwise they will leave the kitchen in utter defeat.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 3/2/17

WEDNESDAY: Chicago FIRE!
Crossover Gives NBC the Midweek Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) got a big boost on Wednesday with its crossover event between "Chicago Fire" (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Chicago PD" (9.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Chicago Justice" (8.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

CBS (5.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Hunted" (4.842 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Criminal Minds" (6.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and a repeat "Bull" (4.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (6.117 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Modern Family" (6.365 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) plus "When We Rise, Part 2" (2.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.348 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (3.330 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "Star" (3.367 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.603 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The 100" (1.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.313 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 819k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 805k
- Are You The One (MTV): 756k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 650k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 350k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 335k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 329k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 321k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/2/17

Boggle Goes to Battle
eOne Options Board Game for Game Show
From Broadway World

Entertainment One (eOne), with Keller/Noll and Hasbro Studios, announces the new series, Boggle Battle. The game show takes the classic Hasbro game BOGGLE and turns it into laugh-out-loud, yell-at-your-TV family fun. The show taps into the love of dedicated BOGGLE fans and introduces the game to a whole new audience. The head-to-head competitive fun with friends and family starts with Boggle Battle.

Reinventing the classic game, show creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll (Chopped, Winsanity!) combine the BOGGLE game's inventive gameplay with pop culture topics to create a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud television experience. Boggle Battle puts contestants' pop culture knowledge to the test, as three teams of three face off in elimination rounds with categories ranging from Harry Potter or Marvel to GAME OF THRONES or the NBA.

Gameplay is intense and takes place in the new super-sized, bright and colorful version of the BOGGLE board. With increasing levels of difficulty and multiple rounds of elimination, the series features play-along moments for viewers at home. Each episode builds towards one team moving on to play a final round of Super BOGGLE, and a chance to win big prizes.

"With impressive visuals, new categories and the clock always counting down, Boggle Battle will add a new level of hilarity and excitement to the game show world," said Cleve Keller and Dave Noll. "Viewers and contestants alike will be stumbling over each other to shout out creative answers while trying to beat the clock."

"The BOGGLE game has always been a crowd favorite, and Cleve and Dave have a found an innovative and engaging way to bring the addictive game to television," said Tara Long, EVP, Alternative Programming, eOne Television. "The unique, fast-paced gameplay will appeal to audiences in the US and around the world."

"The BOGGLE game is fast-moving, challenging and fun and has been a mainstay of game nights since it was introduced in the 70's," said Josh Feldman, Co-Head of Storytelling at Hasbro Studios. "Boggle Battle will appeal to the many die-hard BOGGLE fans around the world."

Boggle Battle is executive produced by John Morayniss and Tara Long for eOne; Cleve Keller and Dave Noll for Keller/Noll; and Josh Feldman for Hasbro Studios. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis are also producers on the project. Keller/Noll is represented by Ross Raphael, Collin Reno and Amir Shahkhalili from WME.

Broadway World
Realscreen
TBI Vision

posted 3/2/17

"Drag" Racing to VH1
Longtime Logo Mainstay to Cap Fridays
From TV Line

After eight seasons of lip syncing and wig snatching, RuPaul’s Drag Race is sashaying away… to a new network.

Beginning Friday, March 24 (8/7c), new episodes of the former Logo staple will air on VH1, it was announced Wednesday. Reruns of those episodes will air on Logo at later dates.

“Coming off RuPaul’s Emmy win and a ratings record-breaking season of All Stars, the fandom around RuPaul’s Drag Race has only continued to swell as we head into season nine,” says Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming & Development at Logo. “Broadcasting the show on VH1 will allow more fans to experience the energy, heart and talent these fierce Queens bring to the stage every week.”

Leading up to Drag Race‘s VH1 premiere, Logo will air a “Race to the Nines” marathon, beginning Sunday, March 19 at 8 pm.

TV Line
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Broadway World

posted 3/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Not State of the Union Part 2: Electoral Boogaloo"

  • Alec Baldwin wants to take Trump to the White House Correspondents' Dinner that he's not going to (TV Line), but first, a book! (Rolling Stone)
     

  • Chris Hardwick, the world's busiest nerd, is going to get busier with a weekly TV show on AMC (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Richard Whiteley never counted down for MI5, contrary to what the Internet said (Sky News)
     

  • RocKwiz heads on tour (Tone Deaf)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: one day in the life of George Alexander Trebek (Business Insider)

posted 3/2/17


John Harlan/
JOHN HARLAN: 1925-2017
Prolific Game Show Announcer
From GSNN Staff

John Harlan, one of the most prolific game show announcers of the past five decades, has died. He was 91.

Among Harlan's work were stints on "Password All-Stars", "The $100,000 Name That Tune", "Face the Music", "The Cross-Wits", "Jeopardy!", "50 Grand Slam", "Wipeout", "It Takes Two", "Jackpot!", and "American Gladiators". He also acted as a fill-in announcer on "Press Your Luck" and "Password Plus".

He is perhaps best known as being the voice of the NBC Bob Hope specials from the 1960s through the 1990s.

A graduate of Fresno State University, he began his career on the radio as part of Sears Radio Theater. One of his early transitions to announcer was for "It's Your Bet" from Ralph Edwards.

Harlan was also a president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and has been the voice of CART Radio since 1988.

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posted 3/1/17

ABC Fills Another "Dancing" Card
The Official Announcement of the DWTS Season
From the Futon Critic

The new celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are donning their glitzy wardrobe and slipping on their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The season 24 premiere marks the 400th episode of "Dancing with the Stars," and this season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes the greatest Olympic gymnast in history, a two-time World Series champion - and the show's first baseball player, a real housewife of Beverly Hills, a bull rider who survived a catastrophic injury, a member of the popular band Fifth Harmony, a "Saturday Night Live" alumnus and the original "CuchiCuchi" girl, to name just a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Bullrider/model Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
· Singer/actress/comedienne Charo with Keo Motsepe
· Actor/comedian Chris Kattan with Witney Carson
· World Series champion David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
· Singer/reality TV star Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
· Actress Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
· Actor Mr. T with Kym Herjavec
· Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
· "The Bachelor" Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
· Singer Normani Kordei (Fifth Harmony) with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
· NFL safety Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
· Olympic gymnast Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

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

posted 3/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending February 19
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly was the only first-run strip on the upswing in the session ending Feb. 19, a frame in which many shows lost ground after being partially preempted by coverage of the president’s Feb. 15 press conference with Israeli President Netanyahu. It was also the second full week of the important February sweep.

Live grew 4% in households to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and jumped into second place in talk, outperforming Ellen DeGeneres, which slipped 4% to a third-place 2.3.

Meanwhile, Live’s annual “After Oscar” special on Feb. 27 gave the show its second highest single day numbers of the season — a 3.1 rating/11 share primary run, weighted metered market average, up 24% from its prior four-week average.

Back in the nationals for the week ending Feb. 19, top talker Dr. Phil gave back 5% from the season high it set the week before, but easily led the category for the 24th straight session with a 3.8. Compared to last year at this time, Phil was the only talker ahead by double digits, improving 12%.

In access, all of the game shows declined week to week:

Leader Family Feud slipped 3% to 7.5.

Wheel of Fortune fell 4% to a 6.7.

Jeopardy dropped 6% to a 6.4.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lost 6% to a 1.6.

Celebrity Name Game was off 7% to a 1.4.

TV Newscheck

posted 3/1/17

TUESDAY: The Not State of the Union
NBC Sweeps with "The Voice", Abbreviated "Wall" Rerun
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on a distrupted Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (11.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "NBC News Special" (8.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and a repeat "The Wall" (4.630 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

ABC (4.446 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.561 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Real O'Neals" (3.580 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "ABC News Special" (5.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a repeat "American Housewife" (3.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was CBS (6.827 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a repeat "NCIS" (8.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) alongside "CBS News Special" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and a second run "Kevin Can Wait" (3.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up new episodes of "New Girl" (2.244 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mick" (2.489 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) plus "FOX News Special" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (2.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and an encore of "Riverdale" (0.921 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.855 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.039m
- Face Off (Syfy): 809k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 781k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 376k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 296k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/1/17

MONDAY: This Is The Return
"The Voice" Beats "The Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) reclaimed the top spot on Monday with the season premiere of "The Voice" (12.990 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the launch of "Taken" (7.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

ABC (4.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with a special hour-long "The Bachelor" (7.702 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and part one of "When We Rise" (2.947 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was CBS (6.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), followed by new episodes from "Man with a Plan" (6.619 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (6.402 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.731 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (6.810 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "24: Legacy" (3.975 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "APB" (3.388 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.944 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.095m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 805k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 350k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/28/17

WEEKEND: The $100 Million Deal
CBS, ABC Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Shark Tank" (5.814 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (4.942 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

CBS (7.786 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with new episodes of "MacGyver" (7.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Hawaii Five-0" (9.018 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (7.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Grimm" (3.979 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Emerald City" (2.309 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.761 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally on The CW (0.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.067 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Reign" (0.607 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.519m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.191m

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (F/Science): 353k

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posted 2/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wild Hearts"

  • Bob Harper on the mend after his heart attack (Reality TV World)
     

  • Corinne Olympios convinced that America wants to see more of her and her family on a reality show. America... we'd like to have a word with you (E!)
     

  • Bradley Walsh working on the follow-up to his "Chasing Dreams" (Telly Mix)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Ultimate Beastmaster" (Netflix) (BT)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: "On Your Marc", the documentary (MTV)
     

  • Holly Willoughby called... well... (The Sun)

posted 2/28/17

Cannonball!!!
ITV Looks to Emulate "Wipeout", "Ninja Warrior"
From the List

ITV are set to launch a new challenge show entitled 'Cannonball'.

Bosses at the popular broadcaster are looking to emulate the success of their current physicality-based challenge show 'Ninja Warrior UK' and rival broadcaster BBC's bonkers 'Total Wipeout' - which was axed in 2013 - by commissioning the new program which will see contestants compete in a variety of water-based tasks.

According to The Sun newspaper, the show will include entertaining challenges such as attempting the highest and longest jumps possible from water slides whilst wearing fancy dress.

The publication also reports that the program will be filmed in the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, so hopeful applicants aren't put off by the idea of getting into freezing cold water.

A source told the newspaper: "'Cannonball' is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny. It involves people throwing themselves around in a swimming pool and making fools of themselves."

The idea for 'Cannonball' comes from an existing show named 'Bommetje XXL' which has already proved a hit in Holland, and was made by production company Talpa Media, bought by ITV in 2015.

Talpa Media are also the production company behind 'The Voice UK' - which ITV previously bought the rights to after it was dropped by the BBC - celebrity dance competition 'Dance Dance Dance', and Phillip Schofield's new game show '5 Gold Rings'.

Whilst no air date has been confirmed for the show, ITV bosses are already looking for willing participants with applications closing on March 26.

The List
World Screen
The Times of Malta
Broadcast
TBI Vision

posted 2/27/17


Games Gone By: The Rich List/The Money List
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

If a game show offered an infinite amount of money to its champions and nobody watched, did it make an impact? Or would it just get moved to GSN? Chris Wolvie presents the ULTIMATE "Games Gone By..." about "The Rich List", the show that last only ONE EPISODE on network TV before becoming "The Money List" on basic cable.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/27/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "OUR Post-Oscar Coverage"

  • Former "In Search of the Partridge Family" winner claims Best Actress (TV Line)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" announces its cast Wednesday. These three MAY be on board... (E!) ... but not these two (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Harper suffers a heart attack (TMZ)
     

  • ICYMI: now playing the role of Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman as official Mythbusters are... (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #1: his name is DREW, damn it! (Cinema Blend)
     

  • John O'Hurley plays Cafe Carlyle (Jazz Corner)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The "Spiciest Memelord"... your new Jeopardy! champion has a new nickname (Boston Globe)
     

  • "The Wall" is filming B-rolls in B-more (Baltimore Sun)
     

  • And finally... Steve Harvey is officially off the hook (News.com.au)

posted 2/24/17

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