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CW

UPFRONT: The CW
Supers, But No Games... Yet.
From various sources

The CW Network presented its new Fall schedule for the 2019-20 season to advertisers, affiliates and national media at the City Center in New York today.

"The CW heads into next season riding a wave of creative momentum and expansion, with more original programming all year round, and a new Fall line-up boasting scripted series in every single time period across our six-night schedule. We have 14 returning series for next year and adding to that three exciting new shows, including our newest superhero, the thrilling BATWOMAN, the mystery and suspense of NANCY DREW and the aspirational KATY KEENE, based on the Archie Comics characters," said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

"As the original multiplatform network, combining our linear broadcast and our best in class Ad-supported digital services with our ability to harness social like no one else, The CW's distinct brand and programming strategy perfectly positions this network to grow and thrive in the current media landscape."

The CW heads to Gotham City for the first time with Ruby Rose starring as BATWOMAN premiering on Sundays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by SUPERGIRL (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Acclaimed drama ALL AMERICAN heads to a new night on Mondays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the tight-knit family of superheroes on BLACK LIGHTNING (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW's biggest multiplatform hit THE FLASH is back on Tuesday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the final season of ARROW (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on a new night.

RIVERDALE returns for season four anchoring Wednesday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by The CW's suspenseful, supernatural take on the iconic detective NANCY DREW (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Sam and Dean Winchester bring their journey to a conclusion as SUPERNATURAL returns for its 15th and final season Thursday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the supernatural student body of The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted returning for the second season of LEGACIES (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

CHARMED (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) and its formidable "Power of Three" heads to a new night, followed by the return of the warring Carrington and Colby clans on DYNASTY (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The CW has five original scripted series lined up for midseason including the aspirational new series KATY KEENE, based on characters from Archie Comics, along with returning series DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, IN THE DARK, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO and THE 100.

The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline

posted 5/15/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "End Run"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS drops "Million Dollar Mile", effective immediately (The Futon Critic)

  • FIRST LOOK: Behind the scenes of "AGT's" epic superhero trailer (Broadway World)

  • Ellen Pompeo claps back at Mike Fleiss (Deadline)

  • Dax Shepard has a podcast... that he records out of his attic. But is it the World's Strongest? (Los Angeles Times)

posted 5/16/19


CBS

UPFRONT: CBS
"Dancing" Returns with Changes; "Child Support" Doesn't Return At All
From various sources

As Upfronts Week 2019 nears the finish line, CBS is the fourth broadcast-TV network (following NBC, Fox and ABC) to announce its schedule for the fall TV season.

♦ "Survivor" retains its 8pm Wednesday timeslot.
♦ "The Amazing Race" is being held for midseason.


Deadline

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Wrap

posted 5/15/19

Speaking of CBS...
The Eye Claims the Title of "America's Most Watched Network"... Again
From the Futon Critic

CBS will finish the 2018-2019 season as "America's Most Watched Network" for the 11th straight season and for the 16th time in 17 years.

So far, CBS has won an incredible 21 out of 33 weeks this year, including the last 11 in a row, to take the crown yet again. Impressively, even when discounting the Network's massive Super Bowl audience, it will still win the season by 16%.

CBS is now averaging 9.03 million viewers, +1.7 million viewers, or +23% ahead of second place NBC (versus 7.32), +59% ahead of ABC (5.68m) and +64% ahead of Fox (5.49m). All numbers are according to Nielsen most current ratings through May 12.

The Network also is first in adults 25-54 (2.2, tie) and only -0.1 behind in adults 18-49 (1.5).

According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has reached 239 million viewers this season across all dayparts, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by +9.4 million viewers.

Deadline

posted 5/15/19

TUESDAY: The Penultimate Round
NBC Splits Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.997 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to a new "NCIS" (11.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the season finales of "FBI" (8.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

NBC (5.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments of "The Village" (3.840 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Voice" (6.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and the season finale of "New Amsterdam" (5.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (3.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.882 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Black-ish" (2.752 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Bless This Mess" (2.661 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "1969" (1.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.774 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Mental Samurai" (1.431 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (1.191 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "The Flash" (1.524 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "The 100" (0.858 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 679k

- Bite Club (Food): 497k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (SP/TruTV): 126k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/15/19

The American Song Contest Is Coming
Brain Academy Deals for Format with Target to 2021
From Deadline

The U.S. is getting its own take on the Eurovision Song Contest after producer Brain Academy struck a deal to develop a North American remake.

The Swedish company, which is best known for producing Keanu Reeves-starring Pop TV project Swedish Dicks, is developing the American Song Contest. It does not currently have a broadcaster attached but it aims to air the version in 2021.

This comes after the Nordic Entertainment Group-backed company struck a deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the format rights.

The American Song Contest project is being developed by Brain Academy's Anders Lenhoff and Peter Settman alongside Christer Björkman and Ola Melzig, who have worked on over 20 Eurovision Song Contests between them.

Deadline

posted 5/15/19


ABC

UPFRONT: ABC
"Dancing" Returns with Changes; "Child Support" Doesn't Return At All
From various sources

Three seems to be the magic number as each of the three broadcast networks who have unveiled their fall schedules so far are launching three new scripted series at the start of the season. For ABC, those are dramas Stumptown, reverting to its original title after a brief stint as Untitled Cobie Smulders, and Emergence as well as the black-ish spinoff comedy mixed-ish. All three hail from ABC Studios. Additionally, ABC is adding a Kids Say the Darndest Things reboot for fall with Tiffany Haddish as host.

♦ "Dancing with the Stars" will return to Mondays with what are being billed as "bigger stars" and "fun format changes" according to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke.
♦ "Shark Tank" moves an hour earlier on Sundays to make room for "The Rookie".
♦ Friday night quiz show "Child Support" has been shown the door after two seasons.
♦ As announced earlier, "American Idol" will return for a third season. Burke is "hopeful" that the three judges can renegotiate a deal to return.


Deadline

Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
Deadline

posted 5/13/19


NBC

UPFRONT: NBC
"The Voice" Kicks Off 2019-2020, Games Held to Midseason
From various sources

In the midst of a winning season that will mark the network's sixth consecutive September-to-September victory fueled by an unbeatable summer of alternative programming, NBC unveils a new year-round lineup that builds on the industry's most stable schedule with top returning stars, addictive dramas and an infusion of original comedies.

The new slate, which will add four first-year dramas and four freshman comedies over the course of the 2019-20 season, will carry a robust fall lineup into a powerhouse midseason filled with returning favorites and big new shows for every audience.

"We came into this season from the vantage point of extreme stability, but without any complacency," said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. "Our 52-week schedule takes into account the seismic shift in viewing habits, balancing short-term wins with long-term potential. Comedy is at the heart of the NBC brand, and we've picked up four new comedies that we think viewers will love for generations to come. Our new dramas will compel audiences to tune in week after week to our network while also delivering binge-worthy storylines, and our unparalleled alternative programs continue to delight audiences of all ages, providing enviable launch pads for many of our new shows."

♦ Over the holidays, NBC is using its robust schedule of live events and specials to eventize the second season of last summer's breakout hit "Making It" with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. As a special gift to viewers, the season is packaged over a two-week period and will feature innovative partnerships to help audiences craft alongside our makers this December.
♦ NBC's dominant 52-week schedule is once again highlighted by a powerful midseason featuring the January return of the #1 most-watched alternative series "America's Got Talent: The Champions," as well as bona fide hit "Ellen's Game of Games," both returning to their winning timeslots on Mondays nights at 8 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., respectively.
♦ With a year-round primetime roster that is 83% originals, NBC will once again harness the power of the Olympics in Summer 2020 with a packed schedule of entertainment programming that includes the return of "World of Dance" alongside summer staples "American Ninja Warrior" and "America's Got Talent."
♦ "Hollywood Game Night" will also return this summer.
♦ Additional previously announced new series include "Bring the Funny," "Small Fortune," "Songland," "That's My Jam" and the return of "Who Do You Think You Are?"
♦ Decisions are yet to be made on "Abby's," "A.P. Bio," "The Enemy Within," "The InBetween," "The Titan Games" and "The Village."


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The Futon Critic

posted 5/13/19

MONDAY: What If You Threw a Bachelorette Party and No One Showed Up?
NBC Wins on "The Voice" Semifinal
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Enemy Within" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (3.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with the return of "The Bachelorette" (4.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and a new "The Fix" (2.522 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.879 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the season finale of "9-1-1" (6.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) alongside a new "Paradise Hotel" (1.412 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.585 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), a new "The Code" (5.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and the season finale of "Bull" (7.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.036 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and the season finale of "Arrow" (0.927 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.982 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.167m

- Winner Cake All (Food): 493k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (SP/TruTV): 120k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/14/19

WEEKEND: Worshipping Idolers
ABC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.934 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ for the fifth consecutive week with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.598 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "American Idol" (7.105 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the season finale of "Shark Tank" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

CBS (5.115 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "The Red Line" (3.917 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "The Red Line" (3.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.750 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with encores of "The Secret Life of Pets" (2.365 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.010 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a new "Good Girls" (2.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) offered up a rebroadcast of "Paradise Hotel" (0.539 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) followed by the season finales of "The Simpsons" (1.435 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.429 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.442 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.092 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Charmed" (0.652 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.125m

On Saturday was CBS (2.176 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its original lineup of "Million Dollar Mile" (1.658 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Ransom" (2.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "48 Hours" (2.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 5/14/19


KKTV Colorado Springs

TIM CONWAY: 1933-2019
Comedian Was on "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Newscheck

Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard "McHale's Navy" and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for "Spongebob Squarepants," has died. He was 85.

Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media. Conway's wife, Charlene Fusco, and a daughter, Jackie, were at his side. The cause was a disorder in which there is an excess of fluid on the brain, Bragman said.

Burnett said in a statement Tuesday that she was heartbroken. "He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He'll be in my heart forever."

Tributes also came from across the comedy world, including from Conan O'Brien, who said "no one made me laugh harder than Tim Conway" and Kathy Griffin, who called him "a wildly talented, comedy giant." Al Roker tweeted out a link to Conway playing a hysterically incompetent dentist.

A native of Ohio, Conway credited his Midwestern roots for putting him on the right path to laughs, with his deadpan expression and innocent, simple-minded demeanor. "I think the Midwest is the heart of comedy in this country, and a little bit of the South, too," he told the Wisconsin State Journal in 2005. "For some reason, we're just more laid-back, more understanding. … And Midwesterners have a kinder sense of humor."

Those qualities probably contributed to his wide popularity on "The Carol Burnett Show," which he joined in 1975 after years as a frequent guest. The show aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and had a short summer stint on ABC in 1979. "We really didn't attack people or politics or religion or whatever. We just made fun of, basically, ourselves," he said.

Conway was also a guest on two separate runs of "Hollywood Squares" from 1976 and 2003, in addition to an appearance on "Match Game" in 1978 with the entire cast of "The Carol Burnett Show".

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posted 5/14/18


WWD

DORIS DAY: 1922-2019
Multihyphenate Was a Mystery Guest on "What's My Line?"
From TV Line

Legendary entertainer Doris Day died early Monday due to complications from pneumonia, ABC News reports. She was 97 years old.

Day was an actress, a singer and an animal rights activist. On television, she headlined the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show, which ran for a total of five seasons and 128 episodes between 1968 and 1973.

On the big screen, Day was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in 1959's Pillow Talk. Her big-screen reign continued throughout the 1960s; subsequent hits included Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, The Thrill of It All, Send Me No Flowers and Move Over, Darling.

In 1989, Day was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 46th annual Golden Globe Awards. By then, she had mostly retired from show business.

Day was a Mystery Guest twice on "What's My Line?" between 1954 and 1957. She was also a guest on "I've Got a Secret".

TV Line

posted 5/14/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Nice Save"

  • Terry Bradshaw apologizes for Ken Jeong comments. No word about Robin Thicke (The Wrap)

  • Jameela Jamil talks about a subject making the waves in the echo chambers nowadays (Jezebel)

  • Pat Sajak & Vanna White reportedly had only one disagreement - hot dog condiments (Chicago Tribune) PLUS Vanna isn't going anywhere, so stop it (MEAWW)

  • John Henson sells Studio City (Los Angeles Times)

  • A theory of how Steve Harvey got his show canceled (Eurweb)

  • Ben Bailey tries to move on from the Cash Cab... (Miami New Times)

  • Rob Lowe plays the Kimmel Center (Philly Voice)

posted 5/14/19


Fox

UPFRONT: Fox
"Masked Singer" to Return Fall; "MasterChef" to Be Held for Midseason
From various sources

Upfronts Week 2019 is underway, and Fox is the second broadcast-TV network (following NBC) to announce its schedule for the fall TV season.

♦ For its sixth and final season, Empire will shift from Wednesdays to Tuesdays, where it will be paired with the also-relocated The Resident.
♦ The Masked Singer's spring cycle (aka Season 3) will launch immediately following Super Bowl LIV. The breakout hit's fall cycle (aka Season 2), meanwhile, will air on Wednesdays at 8/7c leading into Jason Katims' new unconventional family drama Not Just Me.
♦ As previously reported, WWE's SmackDown Live will take over Fridays, bumping Last Man Standing to a TBD night in 2020.
♦ Buzzy new psychological thriller/cop drama Prodigal Son will air Mondays following 9-1-1.
♦ MasterChef is on hold until midseason as is Hell's Kitchen, which is due to celebrate
its 300th episode.
♦ Also on hold for midseason: new entry Ultimate Tag with NFL brothers JJ, TJ, and Derek Watt.
♦ Due during the summer: Spin the Wheel, So You Think You Can Dance, and Beat Shazam.

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Deadline
Deadline
Sportsnaut

posted 5/13/19

"Idol" Gets a Third Encore
Now the Hard Bit... Paying the Judges to Stick Around
From TV Line

ABC's votes are in: American Idol will return for an 18th season (its third on ABC).

Though an exact premiere date has yet to be announced, it's safe to assume that the search for America's next superstar will resume sometime in Jan. 2020.

With ratings down sharply vs. Season 2, rumors abound that ABC is looking to pare down costs in Season 3. Much of the potential belt-tightening is allegedly focused on the salaries of the judges (most notably Katy Perry, who is said to be pocketing $20 million per season).

The network has made offers to Perry and fellow judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to return for Season 3, but at the moment there are no deals. (Host Ryan Seacrest is reportedly in the middle of a long-term deal with ABC.)

American Idol originally ran on Fox for 15 seasons (2002–2016), where it made household names out of singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert. Shortly after Idol's initial cancellation, it returned for a sixteenth season on ABC, with Perry, Bryan and Richie seated at the judges table. ABC found its first Idol winner in Maddie Poppe. Her successor will be announced during Sunday's live finale (ABC, 8/7c).

TV Line

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The Wrap

posted 5/13/19

USA To Reboot "Biggest Loser"
New Version to Feature "New Experts", Targeted for 2020
From TV Line

TV's reboot-and-revival craze has gained another comeback: The Biggest Loser will return via a 10-episode reboot at USA Network.

Per the official logline, the new Biggest Loser will "feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America's lifespans and waistlines."

Men and women will compete not only to lose weight, but to improve their overall wellbeing; to that end, each episode's experts will include a trainer, chef and life coach, who will "help guide the contestants as they embark on the biggest transformations of their lives."

USA Network has yet to announce who the experts will be.

"We're re-imagining The Biggest Loser for today's audiences, providing a new holistic, 360-degree look at wellness, while retaining the franchise's competition format and legendary jaw-dropping moments," said Chris McCumber, USA Network's president of entertainment. "USA's recent reboot of Temptation Island brought both new and younger viewers to the network, and we're excited to add another big, buzzy show to our growing unscripted lineup."

The Biggest Loser originally ran for 17 seasons on NBC and wrapped its initial run in February 2016. Trainers included Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, Jennifer Widerstrom and Jillian Michaels (who became known for her intense, often-harsh motivational techniques).

New episodes are expected to premiere in 2020.

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The Wrap

posted 5/13/19

Getting Paid Off Again
Season 2 of TruTV Quiz Show Launches Tonight
From MarketWatch

Few entertainers' day jobs focus as closely on money and finance as Michael Torpey's.

As the host of Tru TV's "Paid Off with Michael Torpey," Torpey introduces viewers to struggling student loan borrowers competing to win help paying off their loans. New episodes premiere Monday and one of the major goals, according to Torpey, is to give away more money.

The show doubled its prize budget and added a live call-in round at the end of each episode, ultimately giving away more than $1 million. Borrowers call in and have the chance to answer three trivia questions to win up to $3,000 in student loan help. Torpey, 39, has to get through as many callers as possible.

In addition to the lightning round, the show added themed episodes, including one about borrowers who have to move back in with their parents because of their debt and one focused on first-generation college students.

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posted 5/13/19

"Name Game" Debuts in Australia
387k Viewers Catch Premiere... Which Had a Former Channel 10 Employee?
From AdNews

Ten's latest addition to the 6pm slot Celebrity Name Game drew 387,000 national viewers combined on its debut.

The game show, hosted by Grant Denyer, sees pairs work with a celebrity to play a "super-charged game of charades" for the chance to win $10,000.

The show drew 314,000 metro viewers during the 6pm slot but was up against Seven and Nine's nightly news.

Seven's The Chase drew 567,000 and Nine's Hot Seat drew 542,000 both on during at 5pm.

Despite the results, Network Ten's network head of programming Daniel Monaghan says the show lifted its 6pm slot viewing by 68%. "It also saw a whopping 101% increase in under 50s. We're thrilled with the launch," Monaghan says.

The premiere was mired with a bit of controversy: Andrew Logue worked in 10's Pyrmont headquarters on Studio 10 and The Living Room for approximately 4 years before he left the network in November 2018. As the guest greeter and audience co-ordinator on Studio 10, Logue has worked with many celebrities that likely includes Celebrity Name Game host Grant Denyer.

The terms and conditions clearly state that anyone taking part in the game show cannot have worked for Network 10 in the past 2 years.

Logue informed casting agents of his most recent work with The Living Room and he was told it "wasn't an issue".

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posted 5/13/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Fall Hi-Jinks"

  • Ellen DeGeneres planning a holiday of giveaways (The Futon Critic)

  • Rob Lowe gets another show on Fox that doesn't involve lawyers OR samurai (The Futon Critic)

  • John Cena doesn't need the WWE and the WWE doesn't need him. (The Wrap)

  • Terry Bradshaw calls Alan Thicke's son Robin Thicke & Korean-American Ken Jeong "Alan Thicke" and "little short guy from Japan" (The Wrap)

  • How James Holzhauer preps for "Jeop!" (Uproxx)

  • Vanna White's in Alex's corner (Little Things)

  • Between his talk show being canceled and Melissa McCarthy replacing him in "Little Big Shots", Steve Harvey is not having a good week (New York Daily News)

posted 5/13/19

UPFRONT: The Calm Before The Storm
Welcome to the Knockout Round of the Season
From various sources

It's that time of year again! As the broadcast networks consider new series for their fall slates ahead of their upfront presentations to advertisers next week, they've also begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

We have some items of interest...

- Two of ABC's venerable reality franchises will be returning. Dancing With the Stars has been renewed for a 28th season and The Bachelor for Season 24.

Hosted by Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron, along with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba, DWTS' Season 27 closer drew 7.90 million total viewers and a 1.1/4 rating in adults 18-49.

The 23rd season of The Bachelor featured 26-year-old Colton Underwood, a former professional football player and charity founder from Washington, IL. In the second part of the live finale on March 12, Underwood chose Cassie Randolph as the winner with no proposal, only accepting the final rose. The Bachelor has held its own ratings-wise, notching a 2.2 and 8 million viewers in its March season finale, a season high and besting 2018's finale in total viewers.

- Steve Harvey's talk show will stop airing this summer. Steve taped its final episode Thursday; the installment, which will serve as a series finale, will air in June. Kelly Clarkson's eponymous daytime chatfest will take Steve's place on NBC owned-and-operated affiliates in the fall, airing weekdays as the lead-in to Ellen in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford. (In Boston, it will air in a different time slot.)

- Superstars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are all set to return as coaches for the upcoming 17th season of the four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice." Carson Daly also returns as host.

The current season continues with the Top 8 performance show on Monday, May 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). The Top 8 artists perform in front of the coaches for America's vote, and in a "Voice" first, the Top 8 will pair up to perform duets on songs from the Beatles, history's most celebrated band. The Top 4 finalists will be revealed on the live show airing Tuesday, May 14 (9-10 p.m.).

Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line
TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/19

THURSDAY: Paradise Lost
Fox Reboot Left at the Gate
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the penultimate weeks of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (10.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the season finale of "Mom" (8.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and new episodes from "Life in Pieces" (5.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Station 19" (5.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "For the People" (2.341 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was NBC (2.670 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its lineup of "Superstore" (2.997 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "Superstore" (2.523 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.867 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "Abby's" (1.425 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.602 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Paradise Hotel" (1.452 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a second hour of "Paradise Hotel" (1.419 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12). And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (1.002 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.837 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 869k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 812k
- Double Shot at Love (MTV): 568k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 555k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/19

Meet the New Batch of "Eggheads"
Season Premiere May 7 on BBC2
From Reality Titbit

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, long-running quiz show Eggheads is finally coming back to the BBC for a brand new series. The 21st season of the show will begin on Tuesday 7th May 2019.

The Eggheads team is comprised of nine of the most successful quiz competitors in the UK. Each week, five of the nine work alongside one another to battle it out against a team of quiz show amateurs.

The Egghead team for series 21 of the show is set to be made up of the following members…

- Kevin Ashman: Longtime panellist Kevin will likely be back for the brand new series, having started on the show 16 years ago in 2003. Kevin is as arguably the most impressive member of the cast, being ranked the number one quizzer in the world in 2009 and winning both Mastermind and Brain of Britain with the highest-ever scores.
- Chris Hughes: Former railway worker Chris is also likely to return to the Eggheads panel for the show's series 21. The 71-year-old has won both UK Mastermind and International Mastermind, as well as Brain of Britain, so he can certainly give the contestants a run for their money.
- Lisa Theil: Oxford graduate Lisa joined the team in 2014 after appearing on the show's spin-off Revenge of the Egghead. As a former Weakest Link and The Chase contestant, Lisa will likely return for the show's new series.
- Steve Cooke: Steve joined Eggheads in 2016 after winning the spin-off series Make Me An Egghead. In 2014 he won the Brain of Mensa contest and this year will return to join his fellow Eggheads in series 21.
- Beth Webster: Beth also joined the show is 2016 after winning the show's sister series Make Me An Egghead. Beth, who has appeared on more episodes of Mastermind than any other female contestant will return to the series in 2019.
- Barry Simmonds: Barry first joined the panel in 2008 after winning the series Are You An Egghead? It seems likely that the quizzer will return for the 2019 series, having won the Brain of Britain in 2012 and becoming number 3 quizzer in the world in 2013.
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David Rainford: 'Tremendous Knowledge Dave' first joined the show in 2012 replacing quizzer CJ de Mooi. It looks like Mancunian David will be returning to the show for the 21st series, having made a name for himself when he won £250,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2005.
- Judith Keppel Seventy-six-year-old Judith Keppel is also set to return for the program's 21st series, having been a cast member since the show began. Judith first rose to fame after becoming the first person to win £1 million Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in November 2000.
- Pat Gibson: Pat is a serious quizzer, having won £1 million on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2004. As another former Mastermind and Brain of Britain winner, it seems likely that he will return to the show for the new series, having joined the panel in 2009 after winning the second series of Are You an Egghead?


Reality Titbit

posted 5/10/19

... These Guys...
Catch The Bachelorette Monday on ABC
From Reality TV World

The Bachelorette's 30 bachelors who will be competing for Hannah Brown's heart on Season 15 of the show have officially been announced by ABC.

Back in mid-March before The Bachelorette began filming Hannah's season, ABC surprised fans by announcing the 33 men who "may" be vying for the Alabama native's heart on Season 15 via Facebook. The inclusion of the word "may" suggested a few of the 33 men -- which would be a slightly larger group of suitors than the show typically starts with -- would possibly not actually end up being part of the cast when The Bachelorette premiered on ABC.

And that turned out to be the case, as the network has apparently cut three suitors from the list and just revealed the identities of the 30 men who will be fighting for Hannah's roses on The Bachelorette when it debuts Monday, May 13 at 8PM ET/PT.

"It's a tractor... It's a plane... It's the self-appointed king of the jungle! Hannah's search for fierce love is matched with fierce competition as one hopeful bachelor sets a high bar by jumping the fence, while another pops out from the limo, in true beast fashion," ABC teases. "At the end of the day, whether he is a golf pro looking to be Hannah's hole-in-one, a Box King seeking a woman who checks all his boxes, or a man with a custom-made pizza delivery, everyone wants a piece of Hannah's heart."

Reality TV World

posted 5/10/19

UPFRONT: Telemundo
Spanish Version of "The Wall" on the Way
From Deadline

Telemundo has unveiled its latest slate of 900 hours of original content including a new drug lord drama starring Majida Issa and Mark Tacher.

NBCUniversal's Hispanic network is launching a slew of new shows and renewals, including an update on its adaptation of gameshow The Wall, ahead of NBCU's Upfront presentation on Monday. This marks its first slate since the departure of president Luis Silberwasser.

Operación Pacífico is the broadcaster's latest Super Series, a slate of action-orientated telenovelas that have reinvented the genre with shorter runs. The show is inspired by the true story of federal agent Amalia Ortega.

Elsewhere, it has renewed El Señor de los Cielos for a seventh season and is launching limited series No Te Puedes Esconder. In reality, it is "recharging" shows including The Voice (La Voz) and Exatlon as well as premiering The Wall.

Deadline

The Drum

posted 5/10/19


Sony Pictures TV

Wheel 7000
Landmark Episode Airs Friday!
From New Hamburg Independent

Seven thousand episodes is quite good fortune.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White celebrate that milestone on "Wheel of Fortune" Friday, a feat they say they could never have predicted.

White, 62, admits she didn't foresee "doing the show for more than five years." "I thought, 'Well, this is gonna be fun, but I can't imagine it lasting that long,'" she says. "I remember sitting in the chair next to Pat saying, 'I wonder where we'll be in 10 years?' ... And here it's been 36."

"Wheel," which airs on local stations, often paired with "Jeopardy!", is still averaging nearly 10 million viewers this season, a close second to "Judge Judy" among all syndicated shows.

Sajak, 72, notes just how greatly television has changed over the years. When "we went on, there were only three networks," he says. Cable was in its early days and streaming networks didn't exist. "We're in such a different environment, and yet still succeeding. I think that's the biggest accomplishment of the show."

"Wheel" has also earned Sajak a Guinness World Records title for the longest career of a game-show host for the same show, which he received on Wednesday's "Wheel."

"It's our 7,000th show," Sajak says to applause at the start of Friday's milestone episode. "Could someone get me a chair?"

New Hamburg Independent

WFMY Greensboro
WILX Lansing

posted 5/10/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby!"

  • Alison Holker, tWitch are having a baby! (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: "Alexa, play the Jeopardy! think music." BTW if you have an Alexa-enabled device, try it! (Newscast Studio)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: All Hoovers are vacuums, but are all vacuums Hoovers? (Digital Spy)

  • Tyra Banks sets a record. A very hot, awesome record (Yahoo!)

  • Bob Barker released from the hospital (Daily Mail)

posted 5/10/19


Fox

"Masked Singer" Hit With Changes
Season 2 to Be Produced In-House with Reduced Budget
From Deadline

Fox's breakout hit The Masked Singer will be produced within the newly streamlined Fox Corp., entertainment chief Charlie Collier confirmed during Fox's investor day.

Fox Alternative Entertainment will handle the show as Endemol Shine exits the North American production. The budget for Season 2 of the show, Collier said, will come in below that of the debut season as a result.

He didn't break out the numbers or fully unpack the claim, but said it fit with the company's overall mission to keep a lid on costs while taking advantage of its reach.

"The advantage of being a broadcast network is that we are home to programming for mass audiences," Collier said during his presentation to investors.

He saluted Masked Singer as the latest in a long line of risky Fox programming bets. "Technically, Masked Singer could have ended up on any platform but you have to note that it didn't," Collier said.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 5/9/19

Universal Kids "Remixes" Top Chef Junior
Also on Deck: "Create the Escape"
From Deadline

Universal Kids is padding its unscripted slate with a pair of series in development: Top Chef Junior: Remix, a spinoff from Top Chef franchise producer Magical Elves, and escape-room construction competition Create the Escape.

"Universal Kids is incredibly excited to celebrate kids' endless imaginations and talents with these new projects that tap into today's biggest trends for families – cooking and game play," its SVP Content Karen Miller. "These shows will inspire families to share real life experiences together."

Said EP and Magical Elves COO Casey Kriley: "Top Chef Junior: Remix gives young people with a passion for cooking a fun chance to compete while learning from some of our amazingly talented Top Chef and Top Chef Junior mentors and judges. We are delighted to continue to create content that resonates with families across the country."

Here are details about the new shows:

- Top Chef Junior: Remix - Three kids who have a knack for cooking or baking square off in two rounds of competition in this Top Chef Junior spinoff. Special guests – including some fan favorites from Top Chef and Top Chef Junior – serve as mentors and judges and lend a helping hand to the competitors. Each episode features a unique theme like "Camping" and "Sports" with fun culinary challenges. The series is produced by Magical Elves (Top Chef, Top Chef Junior), with Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon serving as executive producers.

- Create the Escape -Escape rooms have surged in popularity in the U.S. and have dominated pop culture in recent years. They offer players of all ages the opportunity to work together as a team, each using their own skill set, to solve a series of puzzles with a little fun and adventure along the way. In the series created by Universal Kids, three kids design and build an escape room from scratch in each episode. A host and design experts will assist the kids in transforming their ideas into reality – the only limit is their imaginations. In a fun twist, their family members, teachers or guest celebrities will try to escape the room when it's finished. Create the Escape empowers kids to bring their ideas to life as creators and visionaries

Deadline

posted 5/9/19


The Irish Journal

FREDDIE STARR: 1943-2019
Comedian Hosted "Beat the Crusher"
From Digital Spy

Former I'm a Celebrity star and comedian Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76.

Starr was found dead of undisclosed causes in his Costa Del Sol flat in Spain, The Sun reported on Thursday (May 9).

Fellow comedian Bobby Davro paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "I've just heard that Freddie Starr has died. He was the funniest man I have ever seen. I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. ��

Famed for his impressions, Starr became a television fixture in the 1970s from his appearances on the BBC's talent showcase Opportunity Knocks and later the Royal Variety Performance. Starr was always a controversial figure, having become infamous in the 1980s for a newspaper headline proclaiming 'Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster'. In reality, it was a publicity ploy organised by PR guru Max Clifford.

Later in his career, he would go on to host Sky game show Beat the Crusher and made appearances in reality shows Living with the Dead and Celebrity Fit Club.

Digital Spy
Sky News
Metro

posted 5/9/18

WEDNESDAY: Star Performance
NBC Takes Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled back in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday thanks to the season finales of "Empire" (4.094 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Star" (3.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

NBC (7.265 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with originals from "Chicago Med" (7.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.713 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Sharing the silver was CBS (5.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.504 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "SEAL Team" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Next up was ABC (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (4.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Schooled" (3.921 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.365 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Single Parents" (2.630 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.451 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.758 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.811 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.705 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 967k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 869k
-
The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 790k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 710k .

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posted 5/9/19

Alex Trebek to Talk Sunday Morning
Catch It on CBS Sunday Morning
From WBZ Boston

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is opening up about struggling to get through tapings of the show – and wondering if viewers will notice he's wearing a hairpiece – as he battles pancreatic cancer. In a sit-down with anchor Jane Pauley for CBS Sunday Morning, airing this Sunday, Trebek says he suffered from excruciating stomach cramps when he started treatment.

"This got really bad. I was on the floor writhing in pain. It – It went to – it went from a 3 to an 11. And I just couldn't believe. I didn't know what was happening," Trebek says, according to a preview from CBS. "And it happened three or four times a day while we were taping. So that was a little – little rough on me."

The 78-year-old said that on one occasion after taping the hugely popular quiz show, he just barely made it to his dressing room before crying in pain. He said he doesn't like taking pain pills but wanted to keep working.

"And the producers were very kind. They said, 'Look, if you – If you don't want to do the show – we'll just cancel taping.'" Trebek recalled. "I said, 'No. We're here. We're doing the shows.'"

Trebek revealed his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March, saying he plans to beat the low survival rates for the disease. The host also talked about wearing a hairpiece for "Jeopardy!" as chemotherapy has caused him to lose his hair.

"And so what the challenge for JEOPARDY! viewers is right now is to figure out, 'Is that Alex's real hair, or is that a full hairpiece?'" Trebek said. "On air I'm told that there were times – when the hairpiece looked better than my real hair.".

CBS Boston

Orlando Sentinel
Decider

posted 5/9/19

Pat Sajak Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel of Fortune" Host Sets Record for Hosting for Single Show
From Guinness

Beloved television program Wheel of Fortune has been airing across American television screens since 1981, and now the game show's well-known host Pat Sajak is being celebrated for the length of his career.

After an exciting 35 years 198 days of seeing contestants take home grand prizes, Sajak officially holds the Guinness World Records title for having the longest career as a game show host for the same show.

For those who may not be familiar, Wheel of Fortune is based on the popular game "Hangman" - where compete by spinning the wheel and calling out consonants to solve the puzzle for cash or prizes. Contestants with enough money to do so can buy vowels for $250 each. The contestant who has won the most cash and prizes at the end of the main game goes on to play in the "Bonus Round" for additional prizes. He or she has the chance to choose the category of their bonus puzzle from three options.

Pat Sajak has witnessed an array of lucky contestants go on to take home prizes, since he first hosted the show in 1983.

"I was very lucky in that I always knew that I wanted to be in broadcasting," he said.

"My early heroes were people like Arthur Godfrey, Dave Garroway, Steve Allen and, especially, Jack Paar. They helped shape what a television personality was, paving the way for so many others."

Prior to hosting Wheel of Fortune, the Chicago-born presenter first broke in to broadcasting as a newscaster and announcer for a local radio station.

Guinness

Fox News
Decider

posted 5/9/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Salir"

  • Marco Antonio Regil exits Telemundo's "Un Nuevo Dia". In other news... Marco Antonio Regil was on "Un Nuevo Dia" (Media Moves)

  • Christmas Abbott gifted with 12 months probation, community service after plea deal reached (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer: "There's definitely some people who don't like the product they're seeing on screen right now. But I don't think the producers are complaining." (Uproxx)

  • Ellen DeGeneres not going away any time soon (Deadline)

  • FIRST LOOK: Nailed It! Season 3 (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek jokes that Amazon's Alexa is "his own Vanna" (Newscast Studio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Melanie & Martina Grant from Fun House UK (Radio X)

posted 5/8/19

Hungary for Catchpoint
ITV Format Heads to TV2
From ITV News

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a second territory commission for its new physical gameshow Catchpoint with TV2 in Hungary.

TV2 has ordered a 25x60' series which is due to air in the territory later this year. Hungary is the first territory to commission the show after the UK.

A co-production by ITV Studios labels Possessed and 12 Yard, Catchpoint launched on BBC One in the UK in March with a peak of over 3.5m viewers and a 21% share.

Pascal Dalton, Vice President, Global Format Sales for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: "Catchpoint received a strong response when we introduced it to buyers at our annual formats festival in February and at MipTV last month, and so we are delighted by this second commission of the format – with other territory conversations ongoing. When it comes to balls dropping on gameshows, there is no better fun to be had on TV than Catchpoint."

ITV News

Rapid TV News

posted 5/8/19

TUESDAY: Tied for First
CBS, NBC Tied in Demo, While the Eye Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (11.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "FBI" (8.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (5.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "The Village" (3.897 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Voice" (6.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef Junior" (2.837 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Mental Samurai" (1.698 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.933 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its lineup of "American Housewife" (3.964 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Bless This Mess" (3.159 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), a repeat "Bless This Mess" (2.199 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "1969" (2.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.482 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "The 100" (0.822 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 688k
- Bite Club (SP/Food): 549k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Vegas Baby"

  • James Holzhauer gets an offer... not from baseball (KVVU Henderson/Las Vegas)

  • "Paid Off's" Michael Torpey sees humor as "helpful" (Newsweek)

  • Alexander Armstrong sings for his supper (Classic FM)

  • "The Crystal Maze Live" moves to the West End (Timeout)

  • FIRST LOOK: Nailed It! Season 3 (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek jokes that Amazon's Alexa is "his own Vanna" (Newscast Studio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Melanie & Martina Grant from Fun House UK (Radio X)

posted 5/8/19


Sony Pictures TV

SYNDIES: Week 31
Holzhauer Surpasses $1.5 Million on "Jeopardy!" During the Week Ending April 28
From The Wrap

James Holzhauer is money — and "Jeopardy!" is (also) reaping the rewards.

"Jeopardy!" just hit a four-year high the week ending April 28, with a 7.5 rating, up 12% from the previous week. In terms of its fellow syndicated shows, only perpetual giant "Judge Judy" came close to that number, with a seven-week high of 7.0 (up 8% week over week).

The long-running game show can thank Holzhauer's huge winning streak for its ratings bump, as viewers tune in to see how far the "Jeopardy!" sensation can go. As of May 3, the professional sports gambler has won nearly $1.7 million over 22 games. Only "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings — who won 74 games back in 2004 — has won more in regular play.

However, because "Jeopardy!" is airing a "Teachers Tournament" through May 17, Holzhauer is not set to compete again until May 20. In other words, he'll miss most of the rest of sweeps. The May sweep period runs from April 25 to May 22.

As for what he would spend the money on, Holzhauer said he's given to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the local Ronald McDonald House and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Marilyn Gillespie, executive director of the museum north of downtown, said half of the $10,000 donation would be used to help fund admission costs for students in low-income areas and half would cover costs for animal care.

The museum is a favorite spot for Holzhauer, his wife and daughter and is home to a variety of animals, including bamboo sharks, lizards and exotic insects such as hissing cockroaches..

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
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Jeopardy (CTD) 7.5* +12%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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Yahoo!
TV Newscheck
Uproxx
TMZ

posted 5/7/19


Paramount Network

More Ink! (Master)
Two Seasons and a Spinoff!
From Deadline

Paramount Network is expanding its popular Ink Master franchise across platforms, ordering two more 16-episode seasons (13 and 14) of its hit original tattoo-competition series, and new spinoff series, Ink Master: Grudge Match. Season 13 of Ink Master is slated to premiere in 2020.

In addition, Paramount Network has launched a stand-alone Ink Master channel on YouTube, which will be the new home for all Ink Master video content. While Paramount Network had been designated as Viacom's leading scripted cable brand, Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land, indicated in an interview with Deadline last week that unscripted will remain an important part of the network's portfolio with the popular Ink Master, Bar Rescue and Lip Sync Battle franchises, leftovers from the network's former days as Spike, joined by new additions like Wife Swap.

Season 12 of Ink Master, titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes, will premiere Tuesday, June 11 at 10 PM ET/PT (watch the trailer above). The new season feature teams of male and female artists competing against each other in the battle for a chance to win $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted "Ink Master" title. Past contestants and fan favorites will return throughout the season to coach the teams in various challenges during the competition.

Deadline

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 5/7/19

MONDAY: What If You Threw a Party and No One Came?
"Voice" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to originals from "The Voice" (7.215 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (3.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

FOX (5.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "The Resident" (4.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and a new "9-1-1" (5.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

Next up was CBS (5.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the season finale of "Man with a Plan" (4.792 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and new episodes from "The Code" (4.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Bull" (6.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its special "The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!" (2.854 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus a new "The Fix" (2.195 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally on The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.643 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.366m
- Bake You Rich (SF/Food): 484k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/19

Paradise Hotel: Meet the First Tenants
Catch the Return on Fox Thursday
From Reality TV World

Paradise Hotel's revival is premiering later this week, and the cast has officially been announced by Fox. The identities of the 11 individuals who will be starring on Paradise Hotel, which premieres with a two-hour episode on Thursday, May 9 at 8PM ET/PT, have been revealed.

The cast includes a medical student, a hairstylist, a stock broker, and a yoga instructor.

As previously announced, the reality dating competition series will air three nights per week over the course of five weeks.

Paradise Hotel will be hosted by Kristin Cavallari, who found fame on Laguna Beach followed by The Hills. Kristin also stars on Very Cavallari on E!.

Paradise Hotel originally aired on Fox in 2003 and featured contestants competing for an "Ultimate Reward" mystery prize which turned out to be $500,000. Paradise Hotel's new revival will reportedly follow a similar format as the original show, which featured singles of the opposite sex living, playing and hooking-up with one another in an exclusive resort in a tropical location (the original took place at a resort in Acapulco, Mexico).

Each week, the pairings changed and the housemates evicted one of their fellow contestants and a new person joined the cast as a replacement. In a new twist similar to Big Brother's format, Fox's new Paradise Hotel revival will allow viewers to play along at home and use social media to try and influence what happens on screen as well as who stays and who goes.

Following the Thursday night premiere, the series will air one-hour episodes on Mondays beginning on May 13 at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays starting on May 15 at 9PM ET/PT. Each Thursday night broadcast will be two hours long from 8-10PM ET/PT.

Below is the list of 11 cast members who will be starring on Paradise Hotel:

- Bobby R., an entrepreneur from St. Louis, MO
- Brittany C., a hairstylist from Thousand Oaks, CA
- Carlos G., a trainer from Havana, Cuba
- David B., a medical student from Burbank, CA
- Deiondra S., a hairline company owner from Dallas, TX
- Hans W., a model from Salt Lake City, UT
- Kendall G., a yoga instructor from Redondo Beach, CA
- Mariaelena P., a bartender from Yonkers, NY
- Rosanna C., a student from Chicago, IL
- Tatum S., a bottle service girl from Phoenix, AZ
- Tyler B., a stock broker from Streator, IL

Reality TV World

posted 5/7/19

WEEKEND: Million Dollar Mile Returns
"Idol" Wins for ABC... But Only Just.
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued its demo reign on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "American Idol" (6.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (3.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.675 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), the season finale of "World of Dance" (3.558 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Good Girls" (2.305 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (1.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Simpsons" (1.021 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.999 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) repeats, followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.778 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.582 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Family Guy" (1.768 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (6.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Red Line" (4.931 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), a second "The Red Line" (3.592 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.602 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On Saturday, CBS (2.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) placed third with the return of "Million Dollar Mile" (1.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Ransom" (2.139 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and "48 Hours" (3.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.221m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 737k


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The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/19

Want to Play a Spy Game?
Bravo Greenlights New Series
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media is expanding its slate of originals with the new series, "Spy Games," following ten daring individuals who will battle it out in the ultimate game of espionage, it was announced today by Rachel Smith, Senior Vice President, Development, Bravo Media. The series will air later this year.

Hosted by model and martial artist Mia Kang, "Spy Games" is a sophisticated strategy-based series in a genre Bravo viewers know and love; competition reality. Inspired by a once secret World War II government program called "Station S," the show will follow ten competitors living together on a compound as they are challenged to figure out the secrets their fellow players are keeping. Training and judging them in the art of espionage are "The Assessors" - Douglas Laux, Evy Poumpouras and Erroll Southers - three former intelligence professionals from the CIA, Secret Service and FBI, respectively, who will create missions and tests designed to push contestants to their breaking points as well as determine who stays and who goes home. These bold contestants may think they have what it takes to live out their spy fantasies, but as they're eliminated one-by-one, they quickly realize this game may be more mentally and physically challenging than they bargained for. However, they all must keep their eyes on the prize since only one contestant can come out on top and walk away with a $100,000.

"Spy Games" is produced by Kinetic Content (part of Red Arrow Studios) with Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Eric Detwiler, John Saade, David Burris and Andrew Wallace serving as executive producers.

Deadline

The Futon Critic
Reality Blurred

posted 5/7/19


GAMES GONE BY: Duel
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's one smart person against a different smart person, one-on-one, in a battle of smarts AND wits...with the winner eventually getting a huge jackpot. At least, that's how it STARTED. It then turned into a show where you hope your foe hangs on so you can get more moolah. Chris Wolvie looks at a "Games Gone By..." that, like others before it, made the mistake of changing rules mid-stream. No "seconds", no negotiations, no letters to your next of kin. Let's "Duel"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/7/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Wins Daytime Emmy
"Family Feud" Wins First Daytime Emmy in 42 Years
From the Hollywood Reporter

Most Daytime Emmy nominees were probably hoping they'd win Sunday not, but Alex Trebek wasn't necessarily one of them.

The Jeopardy! host was named best game show host Sunday night, beating out the likes of John Michael Higgins (America Says), Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal), Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) and Chris Harrison (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire).

But he said he was at first concerned about winning when he learned he'd been nominated.

"I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role," said Trebek, who in March revealed he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. "I'm not a fan of sympathy votes, because I believe you should be judged on the merits of your work."

He continued: "However, I started thinking back to last year. I had just had major surgery to remove two life-threatening blood clots on my brain. I think that would have earned me a certain amount of sympathy, but I didn't win. So maybe I've been worrying about the wrong thing, and I'll do what Sally Field did when she won at a different venue many, many years ago, and [accept] this as a sign you like guys like me and value my work. I'll tell you, if that's the case, I can live with that. Thank you."

Trebek was referring to Field's iconic speech at the 1985 Oscars, when she won best actress for Places in the Heart, when she memorably declared: "I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!"

Backstage, Trebek said that winning was "special."

"The reception I got from the audience was extremely special, very touching. We all know what's going on in my life and I alluded to that in my remarks and I've been very blessed to discover how many people our show has influenced in their lives," he said, adding: "Jeopardy has become a special institution in Americana. And it has been a force for good, a force for knowledge, a force for the best kind of reality television if you think about it. Anybody can succeed, anybody can win a lot of money, Just ask James Holzhauer."

Of the contestant, who is on track to break Ken Jennings' winning streak, Trebek said: "He's been a lot of fun to watch, yes indeed. There are no areas in which he cannot do well. He has missed only one Final Jeopardy since he came on the program. And he's coming back in two weeks after the teacher's tournament. So you're gonna get to enjoy James and Alex for a while longer. How 'bout that folks. This has been a special year for Jeopardy and certainly a very special, and in many ways rewarding year for me, to discover how loved I am all across America."

Elsewhere, "Family Feud" won the trophy for Outstanding Game Show, the first time the show did so in 42 years.

Both game show awards were presented by living legend Wink Martindale and legendary panelist Anita Gillette.

In other awards...
- Valerie Bertinelli, host of "Family Food Showdown", pulled the Daily Double winning Outstanding Culinary Show and Outstanding Culinary Host.
- Ken Fuchs wins Outstanding Direction for a Game Show for "Family Feud".

- The technical team of "The Price Is Right" also collected an award.

The Hollywood Reporter

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posted 5/6/19

Now, the REAL TV Awards
"Drag Race" Leads Critic's Choice
From the Hollywood Reporter

RuPaul's Drag Race leads the nominations for the inaugural Critics' Choice Real TV Awards, which "recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms."

The show — presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content — will air Sunday, June 9, on VH1. The show itself will take place Sunday, June 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race garnered a total of five noms, including for best competition series and best host. Netflix's Queer Eye follows with four noms, followed by two other Netflix programs, Our Planet and Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, with three awards each.

Overall, Netflix leads all networks and streaming services with 33 nominations. NBC came in a distant second with 10. Also up for best competition series are Making It (NBC), Project Runway (Bravo), Survivor: David vs. Goliath (CBS) and Top Chef (Bravo). Meanwhile, in the category of best show host, RuPaul Charles will compete with Stephen Colbert (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS), James Corden (The Late Late Show With James Corden, CBS), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight, E!) and Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Netflix).

The awards show is adapted from and replaces the NPACT Impact Awards held last year. In addition to the critics' choices, the show will feature two fan-voted awards and three peer-selected honors given to those who have made significant contributions to the industry.

The Hollywood Reporter

Out

posted 5/6/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Requisite James Coverage"

  • What's it like to lose to James Holzhauer? Anywhere from concerning (Deadspin) to inexorable (The Wrap)

  • SAVED YOU A CLICK: Why couldn't all of the "Bachelorettes" make the reunion? Scheduling conflicts (Reality TV World)

  • A former "Bachelorette" gives birth to a baby! (Reality TV World)

  • Kaitlin Bristowe rebounds nicely, thank you very much (Reality TV World)

  • "The Apprentice" winds up on Tubi (Deadline)

  • A former game show panelist (and friend of this site) gives birth to a baby! (People)

  • Phil Gurin deals with a Stampede (Deadline)

  • A former case model on "Deal or No Deal" gives birth to a baby! (BBC)

posted 5/6/19


Slate

ABC STOPS!!!... at Elizabeth Banks
Multihyphenate to Host "Press Your Luck"
From Vulture

ABC's found the pitch-perfect person to host its Press Your Luck reboot: Elizabeth Banks.

The actor, producer, and director has signed on to front the Alphabet's new version of the 1980s cult-classic game show, which is slated to begin production shortly ahead of its June 12 return.

Banks is the latest addition to ABC's collection of celebrity quiz hosts, joining Steve Harvey, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Anderson, Joel McHale, and Michael Strahan as emcees of the network's summer games. She's stepping into the shoes of the late Peter Tomarken, who hosted PYL during its original 758-episode run on CBS's daytime lineup from 1983 until 1986.

As with the original, ABC's Fremantle-produced revamp will feature three players duking it out in a trivia challenge, competing for spins on the show's "Big Board" and a shot at cash and prizes. The twist: Any spin of the board could prompt the appearance of the Whammy, an animated devil who delights in crushing players' dreams by grabbing all their winnings to date.

In addition to hosting, Banks will also serve as an exec producer of the new PYL.

She's also plenty busy with other gigs: She's currently finishing postproduction on the Charlie's Angels reboot that she directed, is a producer on Hulu's just-renewed Shrill, and has a comedy pilot (Patty's Auto) in contention for next season at Fox.

Vulture

The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line
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The Futon Critic
Bleeding Cool
Moviehole

posted 5/3/19


Netflix

Netflix Flinches
Trailer for New Game Show Drops Before May 3 Release
From IGN

Netflix has a new game show that puts its contestants in some pretty wacky situations.

Premiering on May 3, Flinch "is a game show where contestants are put in situations where they are tempted to flinch. If they flinch, they are electrocuted and lose their chance at winning prize money," according to a synopsis from Netflix.

The streaming giant is comparing Flinch to similar reality shows like Impractical Jokers, Fear Factor, and Jackass. Hosted by Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith, and Seann Walsh, the 10-episode season will feature popping balloons, dangerous mousetraps, and many more frightening things that may cause the contestants to flinch.

IGN

High Snobiety
TV Series Finale
Bustle
Bustle
Decider

posted 5/3/19

THURSDAY: CBS Wins
Project Runway Just Under a Million
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.742 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Mom" (7.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Life in Pieces" (5.629 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.084 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

ABC (5.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Station 19" (6.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "For the People" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its presentation of "Miss USA 2019" (2.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.031 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "AP Bio" (1.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Abby's" (1.492 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, the return of "iZombie" (0.752 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "In the Dark" (0.513 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 921k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 752k
- Double Shot at Love (MTV): 520k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 498k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/19

More on "Red Nose Day"
Game Night to Feature
From the Futon Critic

A star-studded cast of Hollywood favorites is coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives for children in need in NBC's "Red Nose Day Special," airing Thursday, May 23 (8-10p.m. ET). The primetime event will feature music, comedy and heartfelt films shedding light on children in need.

Music superstars, including "The Voice" coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, will perform, and beloved comedic talent will join the fun with their own entertaining Red Nose Day spin. The special will also showcase a fun video reimagining of the classic Hall and Oates hit "You Make My Dreams" featuring talent including Julianne Hough, Rob Gronkowski and "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz.

Following the two-hour special, Emmy winner Jane Lynch will host an all-star Red Nose Day edition of "Hollywood Game Night" at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton will compete in games to raise money to help children in need.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the M&M'S(R) brand are teaming up with Red Nose Day for the fifth year, donating $1 million to the cause as national partners of the campaign. As part of "Hollywood Game Night," the M&M'S(R) brand will contribute all money raised by the players over the course of the episode that evening.

Red Nose Day is an annual event that harnesses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in America and around the world. NBC's night of star-studded Red Nose Day programming is a culmination of a five-week campaign that brings together millions of Americans around the country to have fun and make a difference. Five new Red Noses - the Everyday Heroes - are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide, with 100% of all proceeds going to the Red Nose Day fund.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 5/2/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Free Liza"

  • Liza Koshy's sitcom, other shows to stream free on YouTube... with ads. CLick the link to skip. (The Futon Critic)

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: "Family Feud", "The Price Is Right" among early winners (GoldDerby)

  • Wayne Brady is up for three Daytime Emmys. His message to haters, "I don't see your butt on a soap opera" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • James Holzhauer drawing interest from MLB (Fox Sports Radio)...and what does weather have to do with this? (The Weather Channel)

  • Kelly Clarkson undergoes emergency appendectomy after hosting Billboard Music Awards. (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Why Dawn French turned down "Taskmaster" (Digital Spy)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 25 greatest game shows according to... (Yardbarker)

posted 5/3/19

WEDNESDAY: Billboard Plasters
NBC Wins Night over CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its presentation of the "2019 Billboard Music Awards" (7.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (5.485 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "SEAL Team" (4.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments of "Empire" (3.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Star" (3.007 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Schooled" (3.616 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Modern Family" (4.212 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Single Parents" (2.953 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.009m
-
The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 809k
- Guy's Grocery Games (FOod): 671k
- Best Room Wins (P/Bravo): 387k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/2/19

Cowboy Up
INSP Greenlights "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown"
From Broadway World

General-entertainment network INSP, the leader in Western & Western adjacent-themed programming, today announced it has greenlit Ultimate Cowboy Showdown, a reality competition series designed to determine the ultimate modern day cowboy. The series, which will air as a 6-night event, will be hosted by country music icon, Trace Adkins. The announcement was made by Craig Miller, VP of Original Programming & Development for INSP.

"We believe Ultimate Cowboy Showdown will appeal to a wide variety of viewers, including those who enjoy classic Western programming, those who idolize the modern day cowboy way of life, and those who love high energy/action-based competition shows," said Miller. "To be the 'ultimate cowboy,' the winner will be required to pass a challenging array of tests, and display the highest level of grit, toughness, and courage demanded of cowboys in every era. We believe this will be highly entertaining, with edge-of-the-seat drama that will amaze audiences."

Broadway World

posted 5/2/19

Russian Game Night
NBC Exports Game Format
From Deadline

NBC entertainment format Hollywood Game Night is heading to Russia after broadcaster CTC Media ordered a local version of the show. M.I.R., the Russian production company run by The Eurovision Song Contest producer Andrei Boltenko, is to produce a 12-part run, known as Celebrity Game Night, to air this autumn.

The deal marks the 21st international version of the format, which was originally created by actor/producer Sean Hayes, producer Todd Milliner and Mission Control Media and is in its sixth season in the U.S. with host Jane Lynch.

The show was recently snapped up by Viacom's Channel 5 in the UK, which ordered a version from NBCU-backed Monkey and starring Liza Tarbuck, Danny Baker and Susan Calman. E! Entertainment makes a South African version, while other broadcasters include SVT in Sweden, Channel 3 in Thailand, RTL Klub in Hungary and Radio Canada Tele.

Deadline

posted 5/2/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "100 Enmascaradas Dijeron"

  • Rey Mysterio, Kalisto to feud on "100 Latinos Dijeron" (Lords of Pain)

  • Jane Lynch brings her cabaret to St. Paul (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

  • Bob Eubanks recalls bringing the Beatles to America (Pasadena Weekly)

  • Chuck Woolery gets the business from Twitter. Again. (Yahoo!)

  • James Holzhauer Day declared in Clark County (WIVB Buffalo)

  • Carol Vorderman makes first appearance since having laser eye surgery. In other news, Carol Vorderman had laser eye surgery (North Wales Live) PLUS the evolution of the British game show as we know it (Den of Geek!)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Bradley Walsh gets kissed (Digital Spy)

posted 5/2/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Gets REAL About Treatment
"Jeopardy!" Host Talks About Treatment
From Entertainment Tonight

Alex Trebek is getting heartbreakingly candid about his battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 78-year-old Jeopardy! host revealed he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in March, and on Wednesday, he gave his first interview since sharing his diagnosis. Trebek appeared on Good Morning America, and gave an honest update about his health.

"My oncologist tells me I'm doing well, even though I don't always feel it," he tells GMA's Robin Roberts, who herself is a cancer survivor. "But I've had kidney stones, I've had ruptured disks, so I'm used to dealing with pain. But what I'm not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes."

"I discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I'm a bit of a wuss, but I'm fighting through it. My platelets, my blood counts are steady, my weight is steady. The cancer indicators, those are coming down. So, I've got another chemo next week and then we'll do a review of where things stand."

Trebek said it's important to be honest about the emotional effects of cancer.

"Chemo affects people in different ways, and people have to understand that," he notes. "And there's nothing wrong with saying, 'Hey, I'm really depressed today and I have no idea why.' Why am I crying today?"

The legendary game show host also explained how he's been able to remain so positive throughout his treatment.

"You have to deal with it. What am I gonna do?" he says matter of factly. "It's something I am afflicted with, we are dealing with it chemically and spiritually, and those are positive. Hopefully everything is going to turn out well and I'll be back on the air with original programming this September."

Trebek says he's taking the summer months to recuperate and "get strong again."

"The chemo takes it out of you," he shares. "I feel so weak all the time, and that's not a good place to be."

Still, Trebek stresses that he's been lifted up by the incredible outpouring of support he's received from fans, including celebrities like Ryan Seacrest, Ken Jeong and Dane Cook.

"People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers," he says. "And I feel it's been making a difference."

"I think I've learned that I'm an extremely lucky individual, because in spite of the fact this diagnosis is not a good one, I've managed to receive so much love from so many people," he adds.

Trebek also addressed Jeopardy! winner James Holzhauer's current incredible winning streak on the show, passing the $1 million mark in winnings last week in just 14 games.

Trebek becomes noticeably animated when talking about Holzhauer's popularity. "It's exciting, it's fun," Trebek says. "He has forced me to change a view that I've had for many years -- that the [former Jeopardy! champion] Ken Jennings record would never be broken. But I look at James and say, 'Oh, my gosh, look at what he's doing.'"

"He has no weaknesses ... he's all in so often, he knows how to play the game, he has a strategy, he's a gambler," he continues. "Everywhere I go, people are talking abut him."

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posted 5/1/19

TUESDAY: Fox Is... in Fourth
CBS Wins
From the Wrap

CBS (9.210 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "NCIS" (11.569 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "FBI" (8.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then got bumped to second with its mix of "The Village" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The Voice" (6.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (4.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.250 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Black-ish" (2.908 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Bless This Mess" (3.187 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "1969" (2.375 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Mental Samurai" (1.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.379 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and the return of "The 100" (0.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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- Chopped (Food): 743k

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posted 5/1/19

Hot Seat at 20
Eddie McGuire Looks Back... and Looks Forward
From Nine Celebrity

It's rare these days for someone to hold a job for 20 years, but that's exactly what Eddie McGuire has done with Millionaire Hot Seat, a program that's still going strong and airs every weeknight. The Aussie TV game show celebrates 20 years on screens this year.

Over the past two decades the show has seen McGuire give away up to $80 million. The words "Lock it in, Eddie" have pretty much become a national catchphrase. To mark the show's milestone, A Current Affair's Reid Butler tracked down McGuire to ask him why Millionaire Hot Seat has remained so successful for so long, and to share some of his favourite moments over the years.

"Well the great highlights of course were Molly Meldrum when he won the five hundred thousand dollars, Shane Warne winning on five hundred dollars, five hundred thousand dollars worth," McGuire recalls.

"They were great times because on those occasions the money was going to charity, and to see the change in people's lives from those, you know, the fun that we had on those particular occasions."

"Kerry Packer did yell at me one time," McGuire continues. "He said, 'I'm giving all my money to all your mates', is what he said when Molly Meldrum won. But Molly won fair and square. He did say to me, 'Look after the battlers', and that was a very Kerry Packer thing to say."

In the history of the show there have been only three people who have correctly answered the million dollar question, including Edwin Daly in 2016.

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posted 5/1/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cooking Stream"

posted 5/1/19


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Play On!
CBS Renews Game Shows; TPIR To Hit 9000 in October
From the Wrap

CBS has renewed its entire daytime line-up for the 2019-20 season, including the long-running game show "The Price Is Right."

The Drew Carey-hosted classic game show, which stands as the most-watched show in daytime with an average of 5.2 million viewers an episode, has been picked up for a 48th season. The show is on pace to hit a total of 9,000 episodes in October.

CBS has also renewed "The Talk," which recently lost co-host Sara Gilbert and is heading into Season 10; the daytime soaps "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," which are approaching their 47th and 33rd years, respectively; and the Wayne Brady-hosted "Let's Make a Deal."

"For almost a third of a century, CBS has demonstrated a remarkable legacy of success in Daytime," Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president, CBS daytime programs and syndicated programs development, said. "Our programming continues to maintain a level of achievement unheard of in today's television landscape, thanks to the passion and dedication of the extraordinary producers, casts, staff and crew on the shows, our studio partners, and most importantly, the fans. They have our deepest gratitude, and we look forward to entertaining them for many years to come."

Both "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" are produced by Fremantle, with Mike Richards as executive producer.

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posted 4/30/19


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SYNDIES: Week 30
Holzhauer Surpasses $1 Million on "Jeopardy!" During the Week Ending April 21
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Jeopardy ratings rose to a six-week high and topped all syndicated shows in the session ending April 21, the final frame before the May sweep as contestant James Holzhauer took home a $131,137 payday on April 17 and shattered the program's single-day winnings record, a mark also held by Holzhauer.

Jeopardy jumped 5% to a 6.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating beating frequent quiz show topper Family Feud's 6.1.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

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- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
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posted 4/30/19

MONDAY: Going Live
"The Voice" Helps NBC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.064 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (3.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (5.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with fresh installments of "The Resident" (5.118 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "9-1-1" (5.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was ABC (4.687 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its special "The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story" (5.612 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by a new "The Fix" (2.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (5.283 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Code" (4.454 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Bull" (6.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.654 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

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posted 4/30/19

WEEKEND: A New High
"Idol" Helps ABC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top broadcast draw on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "American Idol" (7.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Shark Tank" (4.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (2.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by originals from "World of Dance" (3.362 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Good Girls" (2.396 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was CBS (6.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a new "60 Minutes" (9.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the debut of "The Red Line" (5.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), a second "The Red Line" (4.524 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and the relocated "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.592 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.087 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.144 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.915 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.828 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Family Guy" (1.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.619 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.140 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) and "Charmed" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) on The CW (0.935 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

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Lip Sync Battle Returns
Catch It on Paramount May 30
From the Futon Critc

New episodes of Paramount Network's three-time Emmy(R) nominated series, Lip Sync Battle, return on Thursday, May 30 at 10pm ET/PT with the biggest bird in entertainment hitting the stage, Big Bird, who shows up with some of his Sesame Street friends. The global multiplatform hit series, hosted by two-time Grammy(R) award winner LL COOL J and television personality, author, and model Chrissy Teigen, will include performances from Jason Schwartzman, Prince Royce, Nico Tortorella, Lele Pons, Molly Bernard, Rotimi and more!

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posted 4/30/19

Spongebob to Get Game On
Game Show to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Nick Favorite
From Hypable

Are you ready kids? Because its time to brush up on your trivia surrounding everyone's favorite pineapple living under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants.

The show SpongeBob SquarePants has been a staple of pop culture for years. Many of us grew up watching SpongeBob and his undersea adventures, we've all amassed an impressive amount of knowledge surrounding daily life in Bikini Bottom and the citizens living there.

Viacom Digital Studios has decided to give fans a chance to show off that knowledge with a brand new game show, SpongeBob Smarty Pants Game Show. As the LA Times reports, the show is set to debut on Facebook and the official SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube page later this year.

Two SpongeBob superfans will come together and will fight for "The Golden Pineapple," which they will work to win by competing in some stunts (the messier the better) and correctly answering trivia questions about the show.

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posted 4/30/19

Tenable Returnable
Celebrity Version on Tap
From Telly Mix

ITV daytime hit Tenable is becoming the latest gameshow to launch spin-off celebrity specials.

Hosted by Warwick Davis, Tenable sees teams of five compete to win a huge £125,000 jackpot by filling in top ten lists.

Each contestant plays their own round, providing answers they think will fit their particular category. They must get at least five answers correct to start earning cash - but if they get too many wrong, they're eliminated from the game.

During the team captain's turn, they can either bank more money, or choose to bring back teammates they've lost.

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posted 4/30/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmys Going OTT... AGAIN"

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: here's how to watch (TV Line)

  • What's the endgame of "Edge of Extinction"? Ask Jeff Probst (Reality Blurred)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things to learn from "Family Food Showdown". List fails without "moving it without advance notice leads to a drop in viewership" (TV Overmind)

  • Nick Viall has shade for Kaitlyn Bristowe (Us Magazine)

  • Altice buys Cheddar... Hopefully it means more "Out of Tune" replays (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES With Tony Slattery (The Irish Times)

posted 4/30/19

Meanwhile... No More Creative Bets
Holzhauer Side Effect: No One Can Bet $69 Again
From AltPress

Jeopardy! contestants are dropping some knowledge about what is and is not allowed on the show as far as wager amounts, and it's pretty interesting.

It all started with Jeopardy!'s current big winner, James Holzhauer, who broke the $1 million earned mark on the show on Tuesday.

Holzhauer has got a lot of attention for his huge streak and his betting knowledge that allows him to make sensible wagers.

Former contestant Ken Jennings commented on this on Twitter, saying he also made "small, sensible Jeopardy wagers."

Someone responded, saying they liked how he "wagered $69 on every final jeopardy."

Then, Jennings revealed that wagering $69 is forbidden on the show. "As of last year. not even joking."

Holzhauer also tweeted on the comment, saying: there are five banned wagers from the show.

Actually, there are five banned wagers. This is probably the most innocuous one. https://t.co/5Yt0Y9JbKX — James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer)

Those other wagers include $666, $14, $88 and $1488. The first is due to the relation on Satan, which is well known in the punk/metal scene. The other three are associated with white supremacy, which is why they're banned.

Even though Jeopardy! isn't in to 69 jokes or Satanic rituals, you can still bet $420 on the show if you're into betting funny numbers.

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posted 4/29/19

RU ITK?
The Q's New Game Goes Live
From Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

As publishers struggle with short attention spans, a local trivia startup has found a way to help companies engage their audiences through games.

A new competition called ITK — short for "in the know" — launched Tuesday from Charleston-based Stream.

The new game was designed in the style of "Family Feud," where players answer a simple question by trying to guess what the majority of people will say.

Anyone can play the game on "The Q" app, but Stream's main goal is to sell the games to publishers, who could customize them for their brands.

Will Jamieson, CEO of Stream, first released The Q trivia game at the end of 2017 as a competitor to HQ Trivia, another popular game where users can tune in daily for scheduled competitions. Stream's key capability is in streaming video to large, live audiences.

But Jamieson shifted his strategy last year when he realized he could sell access to the gaming platform to publishers and other companies trying to keep audiences' attention. With the trivia game, users keep their eyes on the screen for 15 minutes, on average. Stream's customers can now build their own interactive game shows, with content specific to their brands. .

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posted 4/29/19

Joker... Joker... No, Not That One...
Turkish Quiz Format Heads to France
From World Screen

The quiz show Joker features reversals of fortune from start to finish, as contestants win and lose money at breakneck speeds right up until the end.

The series has been licensed into a handful of countries by Global Agency, which has seen the format picking up steam as of late after being in the catalog for six years.

Joker was created by Erdi Yapim, one of the co-creators of Global Agency's hit daily strip Shopping Monsters. The series debuted in 2013 on TRT in Turkey, garnering strong ratings for the channel across more than 50 episodes.

The company's long-time client Hervé Hubert then came to Turkey to shoot a French pilot, which caught the interest of France 2. The channel aired 300-plus episodes to much success about four years ago, but gave the show time to rest two years back. Joker has since returned on France 2, now airing weekly instead of daily.

Izzet Pinto, founder and CEO of Global Agency, says that after its solid performances in Turkey and France, the format "was on pause" for a little while, since quiz shows were proving a tougher sell in the marketplace. Much like the changing fates of the players in the series itself, the format has now seen a resurgence in interest.

Poland's Super Polsat licensed the show and has aired 80 episodes across two seasons, with a third in consideration. Having its sights set on breaking into Western Europe, Global Agency sold the format in Portugal last year, with 200 episodes commissioned. Joker has since been airing every day on RTP. Slovenia is the most recent country to come on board, with public broadcaster TV SLO 1 having launched the show in February for 25 weekly episodes in prime time.

"The channel is super happy with the viewing figures," says Pinto. "Some episodes have reached over a 40 percent share; so almost half of the country watched the show. It's the highest rated program on the channel."

With the momentum continuing like a domino effect, in the last six months, Global Agency has secured a slew of option deals. This includes across Europe such as in Italy, Spain and Germany, as well as in countries across the Middle East.

In the format, players are asked ten questions and have seven "jokers" to help them eliminate wrong answers from the multiple choices offered. For each correct response, the player moves up the money tree. A wrong answer means they lose three jokers, and when the jokers have run out, contestants drop down three pegs on the money tree. Whatever their position is when the last question is answered determines their winnings.

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posted 4/29/19

Iran's "Millionaire" Knockoff Shut Down
Government: Quiz Shows Gambling
From CAlvinAyre.com

Iran's religious authorities are cracking down on TV game shows, apparently because their games too closely resemble gambling products. Iranian state television recently debuted a new program called Barande Bash (Be The Winner), a shameless knockoff of the UK's global hit Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

The show, hosted by local singer/actor Mohammed Reza Golzar, has proven a ratings winner for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) company. But the show's arrival was met almost immediately by criticism from conservative cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, who published a fatwa (a nonbinding legal opinion) in a local newspaper declaring that such quiz shows offered "games of chance" and thus were effectively gambling, which is haram (forbidden) under Islamic law.

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posted 4/29/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And the Presenters Are..."

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: presenters names (Broadway World)

  • This week's Carriage Battle brought to you by A+E Networks & AT&T's DirecTV (Deadline)

  • Pat Sajak goes to college (MLive)

posted 4/29/19

THURSDAY: Draft Day
ABC Wins with NFL Coverage on Day 1 of Sweeps
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "2019 NFL Draft - Round 1" (4.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (7.652 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (8.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "SWAT" (5.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the series finale of "Gotham" (2.210 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the season finale of "The Orville" (2.915 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "AP Bio" (1.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.733 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Abby's" (1.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.594 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.311 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "In the Dark" (0.769 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 977k
- Double Dare (Nick): 715k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 677k
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny (MTV): 637k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 534k .

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posted 4/26/19

Wedding Blues Are Back
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Return to Host "Wedding Cake Competition"
From The Futon Critic

Wedding Cake Championship, the top-tier cake competition hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir returns on Monday, June 3rd at 10pm ET/PT with new engaged couples looking for their dream wedding cake and a new batch of elite bakers who hope their talents will deliver.

The baking duos will be challenged as they whisk through difficult cake challenges and face extreme requests from real-life couples that test the limits of their skill and creativity. Judging the action week-to-week are baking extraordinaire Kimberly Bailey, Chopped's Maneet Chauhan, and Say Yes to the Dress host Randy Fenoli. The team to rise above will earn a $25,000 grand prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion!

"Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are the ultimate hosting couple for this celebratory competition with their easy rapport and play-by-play commentary on all the baking action," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "These two cake enthusiasts are pulling out all the stops this season as the bakers craft incredible custom wedding cakes in this edge-of-your-seat wedding cake extravaganza."

In each of the four hour-long episodes, the teams will face two rounds of challenges. First, they must tackle wedding cake toppers, where one team will earn a special advantage in the next round when the bakers must design a personalized wedding cake for a real-life couple's big day! The pressure is on for the three remaining teams in the grand finale on Monday, June 24th at 10pm ET/PT, when they are challenged to create the most over-the-top, impressive cake for Bachelor in Paradise's Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon. Only one team will cream the competition to take home the grand $25,000 prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion!

Catch competition highlights, meet the competitors, and watch exclusive videos with the hosts and judges at FoodNetwork.com/WeddingCakeChampionship, and weigh in on your favorites using #WeddingCakeChampionship. .

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posted 4/26/19

More on "The Bachelorette"
Catch It on ABC May 13
From Broadway World

From Miss Alabama USA to Hannah B. and Hannah Beast, every journey has prepared Bachelorette Hannah Brown for her pursuit of the fierce love she so deserves. With a newfound sense of self and her southern charm, Hannah is ready to shed her perfect pageant persona and keep it real as she begins her new quest to find her forever love on the momentous 15th season of "The Bachelorette," premiering MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

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posted 4/26/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Happens Next"

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell: an underappreciation (Radio Times)

  • Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom seen cuddling. Because that's what couples do. (Gold Derby)

  • Lauren Bushnell had a case of the ex (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Hey, that new executive at PAramount looks AWFULLY familiar (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with James Holzhauer's wife (Heavy)

posted 4/26/19

WEDNESDAY: Hold Onto Something
"Survivor", "Race" Lose Night BARELY to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its original lineup of "Chicago Med" (7.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (7.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (5.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then was the number two network with its trio of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "SEAL Team" (3.929 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Next up was FOX (3.435 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with fresh installments from "Empire" (3.800 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Star" (3.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Schooled" (2.730 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.576 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Single Parents" (2.006 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, closing out the night on The CW (0.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) were new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.756 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.545 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.184m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 883k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 691k
- Double Dare (Nick): 679k

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posted 4/25/19

Billionaires Play Millionaire
"Shark Tank Week" Coming May 6
From Broadway World

Four Sharks from ABC's hit entrepreneurial-themed reality show "Shark Tank" will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during "Shark Tank Week," airing MONDAY, MAY 6 - FRIDAY, MAY 10.

The four uber-successful entrepreneurs - LORI GREINER, ROHAN OZA, ROBERT HERJAVEC AND MATT HIGGINS - will leave the comfortable confines of the SHARK TANK for the "Millionaire" set, taking on the show's 14 questions with the goal of bringing home big money for their chosen charities.

Monday, May 6 - Shark Lori Greiner will play to benefit Junior Achievement of Southern California.

Tuesday, May 7 - Guest Shark Rohan Oza will play for Charity: Water.

Wednesday, May 8 - Rohan Oza will continue his gameplay to benefit Charity: Water, followed by Shark Robert Herjavec, who will play for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

Thursday, May 9 - Robert Herjavec will continue his gameplay to benefit Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

Friday, May 10 - Guest Shark Matt Higgins will round out the week, playing for Autism Speaks.


Broadway World

posted 4/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Nice?"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: an unwritten rule on "Jeopardy!" is now written (Cinema Blend)

  • Kelly Clarkson, Meredith Vieira among those highlighted this coming syndicated season (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Flinch (Netflix) (Broadcast)

  • Richard Hammond gets "Big" for Discovery (Yahoo!)

posted 4/25/19


Yahoo!

KEN KERCHEVAL: 1935-2019
"Dallas" Actor a Frequent Game Show Panelist
From Yahoo!

Ken Kercheval, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes, the rival of Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," has died. He was 83.

A spokeswoman at Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval's hometown of Clinton, Ind., confirmed his death on Wednesday to Variety, but did not provide additional information.

Kercheval and Hagman were the only two stars who appeared on CBS' soap opera "Dallas" for its entire 14-season run between 1978 to 1991. Kercheval was a recurring character for the first two seasons, but was then upped to a regular in the 1979-1980 season. He reprised his role in the 1996 "Dallas" reunion, the 2004 CBS reunion special and the 2012-2014 TNT revival. He was among five series stars who directed episodes, taking the helm for two episodes for Seasons 13-14.

When "Dallas" viewers asked him when Cliff was "finally going to get J.R.," Kercheval always answered: "This Friday night!"

In the 1960s, Kercheval appeared on Broadway in Mike Nichols' "The Apple Tree" and Harold Prince's "Cabaret." He also had roles in films like "Pretty Poison," "Rabbit Run" and Sidney Lumet's "Network" and "F.I.S.T." Kercheval's small-screen career was prolific, with appearances on "Search for Tomorrow" in the '60s and early '70s, "CHiPs," "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "ER" and more.

In game shows, Kercheval spent a great deal of his time on "Super Password", "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid", "Chain Reaction", and "Tattletales".

Kercheval was born on July 15, 1935, in Wolcottville, Ind., and raised nearby in Clinton. He attended the Indiana University to major in music and drama, and later studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York with Sanford Meisner. A heavy smoker, Kercheval had part of his lung removed in 1994 after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

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posted 4/24/18

TUESDAY: A Change for the Better
NBC Wins Demo Post Switch
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was back on top in demos last night with its revised lineup of "The Village" (4.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Voice" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.789 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats of "NCIS" (7.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), another "NCIS" (6.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and a new "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.318 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its mix of "American Housewife" (4.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), a repeat "Bless This Mess" (3.199 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.575 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the debut of "1969" (2.959 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up originals from "MasterChef Junior" (2.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Mental Samurai" (1.830 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with a new "The Flash" (1.622 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the season finale of "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- CHopped (Food): 753k
- Double Dare (Nick): 588k

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posted 4/24/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "#DontSpoilTheEndgame"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor season finale: May 15 (The Futon Critic)

  • Card Sharks rolls FRIDAY! (On Camera Audiences)

  • #ObAvengers: Before he was Captain America, Chris Evans was screaming at his TV set for GSN (YouTube)

posted 4/23/19

Netflix Nails a Date for Season 3
Catch the Full Season May 17
From the Wrap

"Nailed It!" is coming back for a third season at Netflix, with hosts Nicole Byer and pastry chef Jacques Torres once again at the helm of this hot mess of a baking competition. Six new episodes will launch on Netflix May 17.

The series follows contestants with questionable baking skills trying to recreate culinary masterpieces for the chance to win a $10,000 prize. The crazy challenges the bakers will be tasked with this season include a "Black Panther" cake, a cotton-candy flavored clown cake, a cake-replica of Michelangelo's statue of David, a T. rex cake, a fondant-covered doll cake, and a layered bust of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In each episode, contestants compete in two challenges. In the first, called "Baker's Choice," they choose a cake to recreate. The winner of round one gets a special prize and a golden chef's hat. In the second challenge, "Nail It or Fail It," they have two hours to recreate a complicated cake from scratch, with the option of pressing the "Panic Button" for three minutes of assistance from a judge should they need it.

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The Futon Critic

posted 4/23/19

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 13
From B&C

The session ending April 14 was one for the record books. Jeopardy rose 5% from the week before and took over sole possession of first place in the game show race as contestant James Holzhauer set a single-day record for the program, earning $110,914 on April 9.

However, Jeopardy's 6.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating was no match for even a mostly-rerun week of overall leader Judge Judy, which answered with a 6.7 and ruled the syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.

Next in line behind Judy, which aired repeats on four of the five days, and Jeopardy were Family Feud at a 6.0 and Wheel of Fortune at a 5.9.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +5%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 4/23/19

MONDAY: Never Put an "Idol" Clip Show on Opposite "The Voice"
NBC Smashes the Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.488 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (4.037 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (5.358 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.739 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "9-1-1" (5.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its recap special "American Idol: Meet Your Finalists" (5.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) plus a new "The Fix" (3.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the season finale of "The Neighborhood" (6.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) followed by new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (5.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "The Code" (4.611 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus a repeat "Bull" (4.831 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.899 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.226m
- Double Dare (Nick): 644k

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posted 4/23/19

SUNDAY: A Vote Is a Wish Your Phone Makes
"Idol" Leads ABC to Demo Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.339 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) scored the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.652 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by originals from "American Idol" (6.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.864 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.717 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" (6.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and the season finale of "Madam Secretary" (4.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Next up was NBC (2.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) alongside fresh installments of "World of Dance" (2.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Good Girls" (2.160 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its all-repeat lineup of "The Simpsons" (0.783 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Bob's Burgers" (0.916 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (1.237 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.166 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Family Guy" (1.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with the return of "Supergirl" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.669 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.370m
- Bake You Rich (Food): 638k

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posted 4/22/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Separate Lives"

  • Colton Underwood met the love of his life on "The Bachelor"... so why are they living separately? (Extra)

  • Bob Boden: "Jeopardy!" will survive James Holzhauer (and be better for it!) (Cheddar)

  • SPOILER ALERT!: If you click this link before watching J! tonight... it's on you. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! (ESPN)

posted 4/23/19

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