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Feud Returns to Consoles
Ubisoft Announces Games for November
From Bleeding Cool News

Ubisoft announced a brand new version of the game show Family Feud will be released in November for all three major consoles and Stadia. Ubisoft last released a version of the famous game show was the 2012 Edition, which was one of their last titles to head to the Xbox 360 and PS3. Since then they've focused on other titles of the same genre and left the Fued more in the hands of mobile developers. It should be noted that while the game is currently slated to be released on November 12th, 2020, the only confirmed consoles are the current-gen editions of the PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. No word out about PS5 or Xbox Series X, which is rather interesting considering the date and the fact we're one month out.

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posted 10/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Stumble at the Gate
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, Amazing Race Hit Hard
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.099 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (6.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (4.057 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

NBC (3.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its presentation of the "2020 Billboard Music Awards" (3.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "Big Brother 22" (4.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the debut of "The Amazing Race 32" (3.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and a repeat "SWAT" (1.809 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the feature "The Wonderful World of Disney: Coco" (2.178 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) alongside the premiere of "The Con" (2.282 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Devils" (0.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Coroner" (0.788 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (S/Food): 841k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games Deliver (Food): 806k/0.25


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/14/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Soft Opening"

posted 10/14/2020

Back to "Craftopia"
HBOMax Renews Competition, Adds Adults
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max has renewed the popular competition series "Craftopia." Hosted and executive produced by crafting expert and YouTube sensation Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, the 8-episode new season titled "Craftopia: Holiday Showdown" will feature adult contestants, surprise expert guests from around the country and a new crop of wildly inventive and inspiring creations and will premiere in 2021.

Additionally, HBO Max will launch four festive holiday-themed special episodes featuring the most impressive kid crafters in the country. Two Halloween episodes will drop this upcoming October 22 followed by two winter spectaculars on November 16. Each one will be sure to inspire and excite through crafting challenges, super special guests, and a mind-blowing holiday-themed studio set where "Craftestants" fill up their carts with an endless supply of the best materials to compete for a cash prize.

"We're looking forward to keeping our audience's creative juices flowing with the return of this imaginative, family-friendly show," said Jennifer O'Connell, executive vice president original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max. "We are thrilled to work with Lauren and the B17 team on sparking craft ideas in homes everywhere with our upcoming specials and season two."

"The upcoming holiday episodes are cute beyond words with talented kids that will melt your hearts," said Riihimaki. "For season two, not only are the contestants literally bigger, so are the challenges and we're taking everything to the next level. It's going to be an epic ride and I'm so grateful to be part of a show that embodies everything I love about being creative."

"Craftopia: Holiday Showdown" is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment with Claire Kosloff signed on as showrunner.

THe Futon Critic
Deadline

THe Wrap

posted 10/14/2020

TUESDAY: Tuesday Night Football
CBS Rides Rescheduled Game to First
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.930 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) got another primetime boost on Tuesday thanks to "NFL Football: Buffalo at Tennessee" (9.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by week two of "The FBI Declassified" (3.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (4.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was the silver draw with the return of "The Bachelorette" (4.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) plus a special "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the Monday-bound "Weakest Link" (4.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside fresh installments of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.765 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and "Transplant" (2.751 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Next" (1.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.805 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.477 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 860k/0.20


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/14/2020

More on "Candy Land"
Catch It on Food Network November 15
From the Futon Critic

Food Network brings out the childhood imagination of five teams made up of professional cake and sugar artists on the new primetime competition series Candy Land, inspired by the classic Hasbro children's game. Through six episodes, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosts and guides the teams through the fantastical world of Candy Land, challenging them to create heavenly confectionary showpieces, all the while being thrown curveballs every step of the way by Lord Licorice that puts the teams' skills to the ultimate test. Premiering Sunday, November 15th at 9pm ET/PT, each episode features the teams stepping into one of the eye-popping lands come to life, including giant candy canes in the Peppermint Forest, life-size gumdrops at the Gumdrop Mountains, a real life gingerbread house at Chocolate Mountain, enormous and luscious lollipops in the Lollipop Woods, and lemons growing right off the vines in the Lemon Lime Springs. The players must forage for flavors and unique ingredients within each land to use for their sugar masterpieces before presenting to judges Nacho Aguirre and Aarti Sequeira who determine which teams advance down the board game path based on creativity, technical execution, and how well the candies of the land were incorporated. The first team to make it to King Kandy's Castle wins the game and earns the grand prize of $25,000.

"For almost three-quarters of a century and with over 50 million games sold, Candy Land is one of the most beloved childhood memories for generations of families everywhere, and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Hasbro to bring viewers on this immersive journey with such an iconic property," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "And with Kristin Chenoweth's charismatic presence, she is the perfect guide in capturing the imagination of audiences, making the world of Candy Land truly come alive."

"Candy Land is what the world needs right now - oh, and also sugar," said Chenoweth.

Elsewhere for the holidays...
- Raven-Symoné hosts the return of Holiday Wars on Sunday, November 1st at 8pm ET/PT as five teams of cake masters and sugar artists face-off to create mind-blowing holiday displays that are as festive as they are delicious. Award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li and cake artist Erin McGinn judge, as the teams must compete to create eye-popping edible Christmas displays. In each episode the teams are tested in two rounds, and the top four teams will move on to round two for the chance to win a fabulous gift from Santa Claus. The team that jingles all the way to the grand finale will take home Santa's biggest prize: $25,000. Join the conversation using #HolidayWars to share your favorite holiday creations and check out the competitors' amazing wintry confections.
- The biggest season of Holiday Baking Championship kicks off with a supersized two-hour premiere on Monday, November 2nd at 9pm ET/PT as a dozen of the best holiday bakers whisk, fold, and frost their way through new decadent dessert challenges. Host Jesse Palmer along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Carla Hall bring the holiday spice throughout the eight episodes. From holiday wreath cakes to Hanukkah jelly doughnuts, only one baker will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured on the new Food Network Kitchen app. But before the Holiday Baking Champion is crowned in the two-hour grand finale on Monday, December 21st 9pm ET/PT, the judges look back at the competition in a special episode Holiday Baking Championship: Secret Sweets on Sunday, December 20th at 10pm ET/PT. Duff, Nancy and Carla will review how the final four bakers made it to the finale, how they came to some of their toughest decisions, and will feature behind-the-scenes looks at how the show is made. For more baking fun, head online to meet the newest batch of contestants and find everything you need to bake all season long by following #HolidayBakingChampionship. Plus, don't miss Zac Young in a weekly digital series, Holiday Baking Championship: Extra Sweet, as he joins in on the holiday baking magic whipping up recipes inspired by the challenges and the competitors' creations.
- Four beloved kid bakers are back to compete on Kids Baking Championship: Season's Sweetings on Sunday, November 8th at 9pm ET/PT. The bakers must think on their feet, as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge them to create holiday gingerbread houses with a cake twist. Their skills are tested with a surprising curveball of making reindeer treats as well. One winner will rise to the top to take home a baker's dream prize package of top-of-the-line baking equipment worth over $10,000.
- The festive competition continues as co-hosts Eddie Jackson and Ree Drummond challenge cookie makers on the new season of Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 9th at 10pm ET/PT. Five daring cookie makers must prove their holiday skills through two rounds, as Eddie and Ree are joined each episode by judges Gesine Prado and Jason Smith to determine which bakers will have the best Christmas of all, walking away with a $10,000 prize. Head online to see the most creative holiday cookies ever, and on social go behind the scenes to watch Eddie and Ree take on culinary challenges and weigh in on your favorite cookies and moments using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.
- The holiday action continues at 11pm ET/PT on Monday, November 9th with The Big Bake: Holiday and host Brad Smith, as three professional baking teams have five hours to design, bake and decorate grand-scale holiday-themed cakes. The bakers need to go big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions and thinking outside the bakery box to impress judges Eddie Jackson, Harry Eastwood and a third rotating judge. From frosty friends, to Santa's workshop, and to giant ginger cake houses, the most ambitious, eye-popping and delicious creations will earn a $10,000 prize. Online, meet the host and judges and browse the best cake creations. Follow #TheBigBake on social to share your favorite moments of the competition and to watch incredible baking highlights.
- On Sunday, November 22nd at 10pm Buddy Valastro goes head-to-head with the greatest non-cake artists in the new elaborate Christmas-themed competition series, Buddy vs. Christmas. Buddy's skills will be tested as he goes up against an award-winning scenic designer, a glassblower, an animatronics expert and more. The one that conquers Christmas with their design will be crowned winner by cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield and lifestyle blogger Courtney Quin. For tips from Buddy on how to make baking a sweet success as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes games follow #BuddyVsChristmas. .


THe Futon Critic
THe Futon Critic

posted 10/14/2020

Making It in Australia
NBC Favorite Heads Down Under
From Deadline

NBCUniversal International Studios' Matchbox Pictures and The Voice Australia producer Eureka Productions are to co-produce an Australian version of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's NBC competition series Making It.

Network 10 has picked up the format, in which Australia's most talented craftspeople will showcase their skills as they take on a variety of design and creation challenges in the hope of winning an AU $100,000 ($72,000) cash prize.

Making It Australia premieres next year and is executive produced by Dan Munday for Matchbox, and Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin for Eureka. It will be distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

Deadline

posted 10/14/2020

"I Can See Your Voice" Heads to UK
Amanda Holden, Jimmy Carr & Alison Hammond to Play Detective
From Radio Times

Amanda Holden, Alison Hammond and Jimmy Carr are the celebrity panellists for BBC One's new addition to the singing game show format, I Can See Your Voice, on which competitors have to guess who can or can't sing from a group of random warblers.

An eight-part series, I Can See Your Voice will be hosted by Paddy McGuinness and the panel will be helped out by a different pop star each week.

The basic set-up of I Can See Your Voice sees two members of the public try to guess which of a group of mystery singers can or can't sing. But the singers themselves could win the loot: they have to navigate their way through lip sync challenges with hidden clues and the help of the celebrity panel, who will help the duo narrow down the choices until there's just one singer left. The final singer will then perform a duet with the pop star to reveal whether they can or can't sing. If the players have picked a great singer they will get to pocket the cash, but if a bad singer is revealed, the imposter will win the money.

Carr said: "I think a silly, crazy, fun hour of telly is just what we all need. And it doesn't come any more silly, crazy or fun than this.".

Radio Times

posted 10/14/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Showmance"

  • Memphis Garrett's girlfriend deleting her pictures on Instagram? That's the first she's heard of this. (Soap Dirt)

  • THe Bachelorette's Luke Parker ordered to pay up (Deadline)

  • ICYMI: Final Jeopardy! down to one... (TV Line)

posted 10/14/2020


Various sources
TOM KENNEDY: 1927-2020
From Deadline

Television host Tom Kennedy, who hosted game shows Split Second, Name That Tune, and You Don't Say!, died October 7 at age 93, according to his friend, TV historian Steve Beverly. No cause of death was given.

Born James Edward Narz in Louisville, Kentucky Kennedy attended the University of Missouri before heading to Hollywood in 1947, to join brother Jack Narz. His first break was as a game show host in the show The Big Game in 1958 and Dr. I.Q. in the 1958-59 season.

But his first major success was You Don't Say!, which lasted six seasons from 1963 to 1969 on NBC, and was later revived by ABC in 1975.

Kennedy's longest stint came with the syndicated revival of Name That Tune, which aired once per week (expanded to twice a week for its final season) from 1974 to 1981.

His other hosting credits included Break the Bank and 50 Grand Slam, both in 1976; To Say the Least from 1977-78; Whew! from 1979-80; Body Language from 1984 to 1986; a syndicated nighttime version of The Price Is Right from 1985-86; and Worldplay from 1986-87. Kennedy also hosted Password Plus from 1980 to 1982 following the illness (and later death) or Allen Ludden.

Shifting gears, Kennedy hosted talk show The Real Tom Kennedy Show in 1970, and appeared as a panelist on To Tell the Truth.

Beyond hosting, Kennedy also was an actor, winning appearances on That Girl and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and dramas Cannon and Hardcastle and McCormick, among other series. He was also the announcer on Betty White's comedy Date With the Angels from 1957 to 1958.

Survivors include children Linda Ann Narz, son James Narz Jr., and daughter Courtney Ellen Narz, as well as daughter-in-law Linda Papulis Narz, granddaughter Abigail Norah Narz and his sister, Mrs. Mary Lovett Scully of Las Vegas, NV.

No memorial service is planned, but donations are asked to the American Cancer Society. .

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People
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Los Angeles Times

posted 10/12/2020


CNN
CONCHATA FERRELL: 1943-2020
"Two and a Half Men" Actress Was on Pyramid, Weakest Link
From TV Line

Conchata Ferrell, a three-time Emmy nominee who appeared in more than 200 episodes of Two and a Half Men and was a regular on L.A. Law's sixth season, died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital of complications following a cardiac arrest. She was 77. She died peacefully surrounded by family.

Ferrell probably is best known for her role as no-nonsense housekeeper Berta on the hit CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. The role earned her a pair of Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2007.

"She was a beautiful human," Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer said. "I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many."

Added fellow Men star Charlie Sheen, "An absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend. Berta, your housekeeping was a tad suspect, your 'people' keeping was perfect."

The veteran actress also landed an Emmy nomination in 1992 for her role as Susan Bloom on L.A. Law. She was a regular on that Emmy-winning series during its sixth season. Her other notable TV series include Good Times, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, BJ and the Bear and Grace and Frankie..

Ferrell was also a game player, appearing on various incarnations of Pyramid and The Weakest Link over the years.

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 10/13/2020

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 4
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan uncorked a 12% increase in a tough week for most of syndication to a 1.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and raced to the top of the talkers in the session ending Oct. 4. This marks the third time in four weeks that Live has finished first in the hotly contested genre.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap

posted 10/13/2020

MONDAY: You Love the 80s
ABC, Fox Split with Dancing, NLCS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to its primetime portion of the "NLCS, Game 1" (3.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (5.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) took home the silver with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (6.090 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Emergency Call" (2.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.029 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with the Wednesday-bound "American Ninja Warrior" (3.106 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.875 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its mix of "Big Brother 22" (3.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "One Day at a Time" (1.620 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "One Day at a Time" (1.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.905 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) finished the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.912 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.870 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.112m/0.24
- The Big Bake (Food): 779k/0.19.


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/13/2020

Masked Dancer to Roll
Fox Spinoff to Tape This Weekend
From Deadline

The Masked Dancer is set to finally waltz into the studio – albeit with a few more health and safety protocols than initially expected.

Deadline reports that the spin-off of Fox reality hit The Masked Singer is set to start shooting this weekend. It will shoot at Red Studios in Los Angeles, the same location where Fox recently shot the mystery singing talent competition. The network will employ the same rigorous health and safety protocols that it put in place for The Masked Singer as well as I Can See Your Voice.

The production will include regular testing, zoning, social distancing, sanitization and non-sharing of communal areas. Fox is working closely with local and state officials, including the Health Department, as well as the unions on protocols to make sure that the production environment is as safe as possible..

GoldDerby

The Wrap

posted 10/13/2020

The Most Shocking Season... EVER!
Catch "The Bachelorette" Tonight on ABC!
From Gold Derby

Clare Crawley knows what you want and she's not going to give it to you. ABC has not confirmed "The Bachelorette's" worst-kept secret that Crawley quits partway through Season 16 after finding love early and is replaced by Tayshia Adams, so the hairstylist definitely was not going to do so on the day of the long-awaited premiere.

"A lot of stuff happened on this season and I feel like it would not be doing it any justice if I was to give any of it away to you," Crawley told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday when she was asked about the rumors (watch below).

She also wouldn't say if she's currently in love. "I am in love with life right now," she specified. "Things are really good. It's good not being in quarantine. I'll tell you that. … Everybody keeps asking me, 'Are you happy? Are you happy? and I keep telling everybody, like, I was happy going into this. So, whatever came about it, I'm happy now. Things are well on my end.".

GoldDerby

The Wrap

posted 10/13/2020

BBC Studios Goes Global
Weakest Link, Question of Sport Exported
From C21 Media

UK quiz formats Weakest Link, Mastermind and A Question of Sport have been licensed around the world in deals signed by BBC Studios (BBCS).

After garnering almost six million viewers on its return to NBC in the US two weeks ago, hosted by Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning host and actor Jane Lynch, classic quiz format Weakest Link has been renewed by Skai in Greece and Mir TV in Russia.

In Greece, an agreement has been struck with JK Productions to produce an 80-episode second series for free-to-air broadcaster Skai. Tasos Tryfonos, who also hosts the Cypriot version of the format, resumes hosting duties for the Greek show. Next month, production also begins on a 32-episode second season for Russia's Mir TV. The Russian show is produced by Studio 2V and hosted by former Olympic champion Maria Kiselyova.

In Australia, Mastermind has been renewed by SBS after debuting last year, with BBC Studios ANZ commissioned to make a third series for the broadcaster. A further 85 episodes of Mastermind and five more episodes of Celebrity Mastermind have been ordered, with filming due to begin early next year.

A Question of Sport, meanwhile, has been picked up for a 60-part run by Greece's ERT-1, produced by Foss Productions. The Greek version airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in primetime, starting today. The news follows the launch of the same format in Slovakia on the pubcaster RTVS Jednotka this month, with former ice hockey player Ján Lašák and Slovak basketball star Radoslav Rančík as team captains.

C21 Media

TBI Vision

posted 10/13/2020

WEEKEND: Cable Only
NBC Wins with Sunday Night Football
From the Futon Critic

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 475k/0.13

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (SF/Food): 1.284m/0.32
- Outrageous Pumpkins (SF/Food): 907k/0.21

TV Insider

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/13/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Cat Came BAck"

  • Cat Deeley reportedly shoots a pilot in the UK (MSN)

  • Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary says Americans don't need $1200 stimulus... (The Wrap)

  • Peta Murgatroyd pulled her neck during "Dancing" (GoldDerby)

  • Mike Mizanin pitches a game show to WWE (eWrestling News)

posted 10/13/2020

American Idol ALSO Returns
Production Begins on New Season, Bobby Bones to Return
From Deadline

"American Idol" in-house mentor Bobby Bones returns to the star-making series for its fourth season, joining previously announced judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest on their journey to discover the next singing sensation on ABC. Bones will once again offer his industry expertise, helping hopefuls tap into their artistry and take their performances to the next level. "Idol" will return to ABC in 2021, after dominating Sunday nights last season, claiming the No. 1 position for broadcast series among Adults 18-49 and becoming the No. 1 most social reality series of the 2019-2020 season.

The talent competition is now heading into production on its fourth season for ABC and is back at its usual scale, albeit safely.

Deadline reports that filming begins today with the judge's auditions episodes, filmed at a number of locations across California.

While in previous seasons, the show would be filmed across the country – last year for instance, it filmed in locations including in Georgia and Wisconsin – this year it is staying slightly closer to home as a result of the pandemic.

Judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry, who gave birth in August, are back with host Ryan Seacrest. However, instead of all sitting at the same table, the trio will have separate tables and there will be zoning in place for interacting with others.

Contestants will be traveling to each of the auditions from all over the country, but the team, led by showrunner and FremantleMedia North America's President of Entertainment Programming Trish Kinane, have put in place rigorous health and safety protocols to ensure that the set is as safe as possible.

Deadline

Deadline
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/2020


GGB Series 4: Cram
We're Up All Night to Get Lucky
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Chris Wolvie had to pull an all-nighter to get the latest "Games Gone By..." column together...but, by Graham, he did it! And he's going to tell you all about the late-night GSN show, "Cram".

Games Gone By

posted 10/12/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bobby Bones Is Having a Good Week... Part 2"

  • Bobby Bones also puts a ring on something else.. (Reality TV World)

  • Taskmaster's Greg Davies & Alex Horne talk taping in a pandemic (Radio Times)

  • VIDEO WALL: Mutiny on the Bachelorette? (GoldDerby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil KEoghan (TV Line)

posted 10/12/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "What Happens in Quarantine Stays in Quarantine"

  • Nyle DiMarco's reasons for creating his Netflix show (The Wrap)

  • REports of Simon Cowell's bedriddednness have been greatly exaggerated (The Things)

  • Brandon LEake signs with UTA (Deadline)

posted 10/11/2020

SLip Sliding Away
Critical Content Teams with Wham-O for New Project
From Deadline

Critical Content, a leading independent nonfiction production studio, is forming a TV development deal with Wham-O, maker of classic toys like the Frisbee Disc, Hula Hoop and Slip 'N Slide.

Under the pact, the two companies will develop and create live-action TV content built around Wham-O brands. The first project is a competition series tentatively titled Slip 'N Slide Island.

The Slip 'N Slide, a 16-foot-long yellow plastic strip made slick by a line of small water jets once it is hooked up to a garden hose, has been a summertime fixture since making its debut in 1961. In 2020, its 60th year on the market, sales have soared 180% over last year, according to Wham-O, because COVID-19 has forced many public pools, camps and water parks to close.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 10/9/2020

THURSDAY: Fox Wins with TNF
ABC Games Come in Second
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (3.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) was a distant second with originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Press Your Luck" (3.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "Match Game" (2.436 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Sharing the silver was CBS (2.587 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "Big Brother 22" (3.861 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Young Sheldon" (2.215 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Mom" (1.964 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.810 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up the debut of "Connecting..." (1.646 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) alongside the special "Late Night with Seth Meyers: Closer Look Thursday" (1.412 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (2.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.131 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "The Outpost" (0.504 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 10/9/2020

Jeopardy! Sued for Age Discrimination
Former CC Alleges Firing Under COVID Cover
From My News LA

A 66-year-old former employee on the "Jeopardy!" show is suing the producers, alleging he was fired in August after more than three decades because of his age.

Glenn Kagan's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Quadra Productions Inc.

In addition to age discrimination, he alleges failure to prevent discrimination, wrongful termination and failure to pay overtime. Kagan seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit filed Wednesday.

A Sony representative could not be immediately reached.

He worked for the companies and their predecessors from June 1986 until Aug. 21 of this year as a senior contestant coordinator on "Jeopardy," the suit states. On taping days, his duties included meeting contestants and escorting them to the green room, the suit states. He also stood in for host Alex Trebek during rehearsal to see if contestants had any issues, including how to use the signaling buzzers, according to the complaint.

On non-taping days, Kagan booked contestants for upcoming shows and emailed them forms, the suit states. At various times, he conducted auditions for potential contestants, took notes on them and submitted the information to the proper people so they could make their selections, the suit states.

In July 2016, a young male in his 20s was promoted to contestant coordinator and over the next few years, some of Kagan's job duties were given to that employee, including stage work on tape days, the suit states. Kagan's supervisor told him the staff wanted the younger employee to appear in the camera shots with contestants between commercial breaks instead of him, according to the suit.

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posted 10/8/2020

WEDNESDAY: ABC Is Pretty Fly
Third Most Watched VP Debate to Date; Alphabet Captures the Lion's Share
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.810 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday with its telecasts of "Pence vs Harris: The Vice Presidential Debate - A Special Edition of 20/20" (4.892 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "The Vice Presidential Debate - Your Voice Your Vote 2020" (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

FOX (4.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) was a close second with a new "The Masked Singer" (5.720 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Democracy 2020: Vice Presidential Debate" (3.918 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was NBC (5.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a special "Weakest Link" (4.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) alongside "NBC News: Vice Presidential Debate" (5.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a new "Big Brother 22" (4.216 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "CBS News: The Vice Presidential Debate" (4.344 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, the premiere of "Devils" (0.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and the return of "Coroner" (0.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games: Delivery (SP/Food): 703k/0.18
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery):
416k/0.11

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posted 10/7/2020

More on "GameMaster"
Production Begins in Atlanta; Picked Up by Prime Video & Twitch for 2021
From Deadline

GameMaster, an e-sports reality competition series featuring The Big Bang Theory's Wil Wheaton, is set to kick off production in Georgia.

Production on the show, not be to confused with the classic British Channel 4 format that starred Patrick Moore, was delayed by eight months as a result of the COVID-19 production shutdown.

The show, which is set to air on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, will start pre-production in Atlanta on November 9 with full production beginning in January 2021.

Wheaton, who played a fictionalized version of himself on the CBS sitcom, will play the commissioner and host of the nine-part series. It will feature gameplay on 24 major video games with 12 amateur esports contestants from across the U.S. Someone will go home each week, and the last two standing will battle it out at the live finale to grab the $100K cash prize and claim the title.

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posted 10/8/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What Happens in Quarantine Stays in Quarantine"

  • Hannah Brown reveals what happened between her & Tyler Cameron (Reality TV World)

  • What it's like to work for Ryan Seacrest (The Things)

  • Mike "Warrior" Ahearne caught leaving grocery with.... well, it ain't a prescription. (Liverpool Echo)

posted 10/8/2020


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The Price Is Back Home
Production Begins on Season 49... Without an Audience
From TV Insider

Get ready to "come on down" to CBS for new episodes of The Price Is Right, which is going back into production following coronavirus shutdowns.

The long-running game show is getting back to work with a redesigned set to allow for COVID-friendly game play, according to Deadline. And in a first for the show's near 50 years on air, The Price Is Right will go without its audience.

From cash prizes to games currently in rotation on the long-running show. Showrunner Evelyn Warfel revealed that plans for a production rework began as early as March with the team behind CBS' program creating new guidelines consistent with local, state, and guild rules.

"We quickly realized we were not going to be able to have 300 people on the show sitting close together," she told Deadline. "We decided that we were going to come back without an audience to maintain the safety as best we could for our talent, for the contestants, for our staff and crew.

"If we want to come back, we have to do it safely," continued Warfel.

So, while The Price Is Right will go without an audience, no games are being sacrificed. All 77 games will continue to play a role in the socially distanced iteration.

Filming will also change as the average number of episodes shot per day goes from two to three to make up for lost time. And in order to reduce exposure, one filming day will take place on Sundays when less people are on the lot.

Some physical changes viewers will notice include a decked over audience section and a Bidder's Row that now puts players six feet apart from each other. And when it comes to the wheel? Everyone is allowed to give it a spin, but sanitizing will take place between contestants.

"We've made some changes to some games… but they will be all spinning the wheel. They're able to all touch the wheel. They just have to sanitize their hands first, and then after that, the first wheel spin, the wheel will be sanitized for the next wheel spin," said Warfel.

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posted 10/7/2020

TUESDAY: Slightly Weaker Against the NBA
ABC Wins on Finals Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (4.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "NBA Countdown" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (5.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

NBC (3.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with "Weakest Link" (4.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), the return of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.457 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and a new "Transplant" (3.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.226 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (4.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) and "FBI" (4.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus the debut of "The FBI Declassified" (3.337 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.323 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) alongside the premiere of "Next" (1.768 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the broadcast premiere of "Swamp Thing" (1.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.012m/0.25


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posted 10/7/2020

Second Blocks
Second Season of "Rock the Block" Slots Contestants
From the Futon Critic

Let's get ready to rock! HGTV has announced the challengers for the second season of its hit competition series Rock the Block. Set to premiere in early 2021, the new season, hosted by highly skilled carpenter, craftsman and designer, Ty Pennington, will have double the star power with eight of the network's brightest home renovation and design experts pairing up to completely transform identical three-story suburban properties in just one month. The 2021 Rock the Block partner teams are: home renovator and contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes On Homes) and Chicago's fearless home reno and design expert Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab); designing dads Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House); HGTV's first Design Star winner David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) with the eighth Design Star winner Tiffany Brooks (50K Three Ways); and the couple who can build and design an entire home in 100 days, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home.) With a $225,000 budget and a whole lot of teamwork, the dueling duos hope to win major bragging rights and their names on a street sign.

"Nothing says high stakes like double the stardom, double the personalities, and double the fun!" said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "Expect to see impressive displays of strategy, creativity and incredible designs from these top stars in Rock the Block - definitely bring the popcorn."

The season also will boast bold build and design challenges; in-show surprises; and appearances from special guest judges.

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posted 10/7/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Streaming of a White Christmas"

posted 10/7/2020

MONDAY: So... Uh... THAT Happened.
CBS Wins on Monday Night Football... and ABC Flummoxed by the Ending
From

Tyra Banks apologized, more or less, for the end-of-show flub on last night's Dancing with the Stars. "Wowzers," she tweeted after the ABC broadcast, "Live TV. Wrong name on cards…"

While Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway still hold the Worst Blunderers title for their 2018 Oscar announcement that La La Land won Best Picture of 2017 (it didn't), with Steve Harvey a close second for naming the wrong Miss Universe in 2015, Banks gave everyone a run for their money last night when she incorrectly said that Cheer cheerleader Monica Aldama and pro dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy were safe when they were, in fact, in the bottom two.

In the latest TV show ratings, Filthy Rich drew 1.64 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating with its third outing (per finals), holding steady in the demo after a steep Week 2 drop. Opening Fox's night, L.A.'s Finest (1.8 mil/0.3) dipped a tenth in the demo.

CBS' broadcast of the COVID-delayed NFL game dominated Monday with 14.6 million viewers and a 4.0 demo rating (per finals). Big Brother's first Monday episode followed with 3.4 mil/0.9.

Over on ABC, Dancing With the Stars (5.8 mil/0.9) slipped two tenths in the demo week-to-week, while Emergency Call (3 mil/0.5) dipped one tenth from its premiere.

NBC's share of the Joe Biden town hall simulcast with MSNBC drew 6.7 mil and a 0.7. Leading out of that, American Ninja Warrior (2.1 mil/0.4) hit season lows.

At The CW, Whose Line did 792K/0.2, while Penn & Teller drew 781K/0.1.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.203m/0.27
- The Big Bake (Food): 781k/0.19.


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SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 27
From TV Newscheck

Syndication got into high gear in the session ending Sept. 27 with the eagerly anticipated season premieres of Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Clarkson. In addition, the entertainment magazines were buoyed by blanket next-day coverage of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud led the tightly bunched games at a 5.2, even though it faded 2% to stay just ahead of CTD's Jeopardy!, which inched up 2% to a 5.1 and CTD's Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 5.0. Fox's 25 Words or Less, now in its sophomore season, lost 11% to a 0.8, while Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask was steady at a 0.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 10/6/2020

WEEKEND: Cable Only
NBC Wins with Sunday Night Football
From the Futon Critic

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 282k/0.07

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.027m/0.23
- Outrageous Pumpkins (Food):
731k/0.16

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posted 10/6/2020

Love Island Heads to Italy
Discovery Picks Up Its Own Version
From Deadline

ITV Studios hit Love Island is to get its 18th international remake after Discovery commissioned an Italian version of the reality show. Fremantle will adapt the show for Discovery and it will premiere next year.

It follows the likes of CBS in the U.S. remaking the BAFTA-winning dating format, in which singletons pair up in a sun-drenched villa.

Maarten Meijs, president global entertainment at ITV Studios, said: "Following another successful season in the U.S. and recently announced new commissions in Nigeria to Spain, Love Island successfully travels the world at a fast pace. "

There is a high demand for this format, evidenced by already 4 new commissions this year. We look forward to working with Discovery as we have already seen that the show works equally well across linear, digital and catch-up platforms."

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posted 10/5/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dude, What Part of No Don't You Understand?"

  • Cassie Randolph files a police report about Colton's anklet (Us Magazine)

  • Jessica Graf, Cody Nickson give birth to a Big Brother baby (E!)

  • Matt James reportedly gets his pick from 43 women. (Reality TV World)

  • Leslie Jones was rejected as a "Supermarket Sweep" contestant a long time ago. Well now she runs the place, so... (People)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Taskmaster season 10 (Radio Times)

  • Alex Trebek with the latest pick in the NHL Draft... (NBC Sports)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Robinson (Good Housekeeping)

posted 10/6/2020

America's Pets Got Talent
Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias to Host "Unleashed" For Nick
From the Futon Critic

From the backyard to the big stage, the search is on for America's most entertaining pets in Nickelodeon's all-new comedic competition show, Unleashed (10 episodes). Hosted by superstar comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, the series brings the most impressive animal acts together to compete on stage in front of a jury comprised of kids and celebrity judges Peyton List (Cobra Kai), Preacher Lawson (America's Got Talent, Connecting) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon, Free Guy) for the title of "Most Entertaining Pet" of the night. The first two episodes of Unleashed premiere back-to-back on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Said Iglesias, "We have a squirrel that can water ski, enough said! You have to watch Nickelodeon's Unleashed!"

Each episode of Unleashed will feature three animal-loving pet owners and their loyal companions as they take the stage to showcase their pet's extraordinary talents. From jaw-dropping tricks to hilarious skills, the pet contestants demonstrate their unique abilities... but anything can happen once the cameras start rolling. Acts throughout the season include a water-skiing squirrel, a cheerleading goat, a hedgehog with a knack for agility tricks and a soccer-playing horse. As each act performs, the celebrity judges and kid jury give their reactions before voting to crown the "Most Entertaining Pet" of the night.

Unleashed is produced by Fremantle (America's Got Talent, American Idol, Celebrity Family Feud, Double Dare), with Jayson Dinsmore and Joni Day serving as executive producers. Nikki Varhely-Gillingham (The Masked Singer) serves as executive producer and showrunner, with Nickelodeon's Vice President of Unscripted Content Mandel Ilagan also serving as executive producer. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky (The Voice, Hollywood Game Night). Production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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posted 10/2/2020

THURSDAY: Game Recognizes Game
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) won the demo race on Thursday thanks to a two-hour "Big Brother 22" (4.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) followed by "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

ABC (3.961 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with its trio of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.018 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Press Your Luck" (3.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Match Game" (3.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.725 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a repeat "The Masked Singer" (1.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) alongside the special "Let's Be Real" (1.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.268 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Wall" (2.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.965 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.692 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.764 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.619 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

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posted 10/2/2020

"Game KNB" to Be Rebooted
Robi Domingo to Host
From Philippine Star

The undisputed pambansang game show "Game KNB?" is set to make a comeback this October 12 (Monday), ready to blaze a trail in the digital world through the Pinoy livestreaming app Kumu and premium cable channel Jeepney TV.

Robi Domingo will host the interactive game show popularized by ABS-CBN. Aside from being the game master of "Pili-Pinas," the trivia-based game portion, Robi will also undertake viewer-requested daily challenges at the end of every show.

The original "Game KNB?" was launched at a time when text messaging became popular and it was the country's first game show to incorporate this interactive component.

The show's reboot returns in today's era of livestreaming and is poised to achieve more breakthroughs in the digital sphere. Viewers can easily watch the "Game KNB" livestream on weekdays using their mobile phones and play the game via the Kumu app (@gknb). Lucky players can win up to Php 10K daily in this first season of "Game KNB?". The show will also have a television simulcast on Jeepney TV where viewers can participate by answering the #TeamBahay Question of the Day on Jeepney TV's FB page to win special prizes.

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posted 10/2/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Love or Money?"

  • ICYMI: The winner of Love Inland...Island (Reality TV World)

  • Mike Johnson reveals something triggering so ... just be warned (The Wrap)

  • Regis Philbin wsa depressed about the pandemic before his death (The Wrap)

posted 9/30/2020

"The Bachelorette" Meets the 31 Suitors
Yes! 31!
From the Futon Critic

What do a charming doctor working on the front lines against the pandemic, a Southern single dad looking for a wife to complete his family, a financial advisor with the looks and charm of a modern Great Gatsby, a handsome former athlete with personal hurdles that have left emotional scars and a former pro football player who lights up the room with his high-wattage smile all have in common? They are all on the hunt for love with Clare Crawley when the exciting, unprecedented 16th edition of "The Bachelorette" premieres TUESDAY, OCT. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

In the season premiere, "1601," Clare returns - this time to give out the roses - to find her soul mate from an impressive group of 31 bachelors who will pull out all the stops to vie for her heart. Will Joe, the charming doctor and a sincere romantic, have the bedside manner that Clare needs? Eazy, the former pro football player will score points with the Bachelorette, but will he make it to the end zone? Is Clare the woman of Yosef's dreams or will their priorities clash? Can Bennett reveal a deeper level to his love and win the Bachelorette's heart? Dale gives a great first impression, but does he have what it takes to make Clare his for a lifetime of happiness?

At the end of the night, 23 lucky bachelors remain to toast the Bachelorette, with hearts overflowing and romantic adventures yet to come.

Will Clare open her heart once more and find the man of her dreams who will love her back? And on this special premiere night, Bachelor Nation will be rewarded with the first glimpse at the shocking moment that will change the course of this passionate, crazy journey, unlike any other in franchise history.

Should you choose to forgo your individual ... plans, join Bachelor Nation for a night under the stars for the first-ever premiere event for "The Bachelorette," celebrating the highly anticipated 16th season on TUESDAY, OCT. 13. In a coordinated effort with POPSUGAR and YouTube TV, the exclusive drive-in experience in Los Angeles will offer 200 guests the opportunity to watch Clare begin her journey from the comfort of their cars, in advance of the televised West Coast airing later that evening.

Upon arrival, guests will be serenaded by a live DJ, quizzed on Bachelorette-themed trivia, welcomed in style through a grand entrance-worthy photo opportunity, and greeted with special introductions by Clare Crawley and Chris Harrison. Date night dinner, snacks and treats will also be provided, and more surprises bestowed onto lucky guests, delivered straight to their cars for an unforgettable group date night. .

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posted 10/1/2020

WEDNESDAY: Lakers, 1-0
ABC's Finals Coverage Splits with Fox's Music
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Wednesday thanks to "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (4.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "NBA Countdown" (3.303 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (5.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (5.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) had to settle for the silver with its duo of "The Masked Singer" (6.478 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "I Can See Your Voice" (4.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was CBS (2.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "Big Brother 22" (4.211 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), the season finale of "Love Island" (2.018 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "48 Hours Suspicion" (2.013 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.079 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Weakest Link" (1.879 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, the series finale of "The 100" (0.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.498 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Monday cable numbers...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.027m/0.31
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Discovery): 366k/0.09

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posted 10/1/2020


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TUESDAY: The Calm Before the Storm
"Weakest Link" Returns
From the Ringer

Seventeen years after it left American airwaves, The Weakest Link is finally back Tuesday night in a reboot with Jane Lynch—yes, that Jane Lynch—as the host.

The basic premise of the revival remains the same: A group of eight strangers join to answer a string of questions, periodically voting out one of their number for underperforming—the so-called "weakest link"—as they stash a growing pot of winnings in their "bank" and forge fragile alliances. (If that sounds a little Survivor-y to you, consider that the original The Weakest Link debuted just three months after islanders first began to snuff one another's tiki torches to smash ratings. Inaugural Survivor winner Richard Hatch was considered as The Weakest Link's American host, going so far as to tape a pilot.)

ABC (8.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday thanks to its specials "Trump vs. Biden: The Main Event - A Special Edition of 20/20" (6.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "The First Presidential Debate - Your Voice Your Vote 2020" (10.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

NBC (7.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) took home the silver with the launch of "Weakest Link" (6.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and its coverage of "NBC News: Presidential Debate #1" (7.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (2.027 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Democracy 2020: First Presidential Debate" (4.434 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.309 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) plus "CBS News: The First Presidential Debate" (5.045 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.003 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.933 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) led into "Tell Me a Story" (0.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.643 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 702k/0.18

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posted 9/30/2020

Re-Walled
NBC Brings Back Chris Hardwick Quizzer for Fourth Season
From the Futon Critic

NBC has renewed its hit alternative series "The Wall" for a 20-episode fourth season. Chris Hardwick will return as host.

There are three remaining original episodes from the current season that will air Oct. 1, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

"The Wall" continues to pay out millions! Nominate someone who makes a difference in your community or tell us about your story.

From executive producer and NBA superstar LeBron James and Andrew Glassman, "The Wall" is the fastest and simplest game with more than $13 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop. At four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives. With tremendous cash prizes waiting at the bottom, this game can change lives in an instant.

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posted 9/30/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Save the Last Dance for Me"

  • Derek Hough to dance with his girlfriend (People)

  • DWTS defends Tyra Banks (TV Line)

  • Jennifer Lopez to be honored by the People's Choice Awards (Deadline)

  • Chris Harrison dodges the obvious question (Reality TV World)

  • "The Hollywood Squares", an oral history (Mel Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sherri Shepherd (TV Insider)

posted 9/30/2020

More on "Supermarket Sweep"
Catch It on ABC OCtober 18
From Entertainment Tonight

On your carts! Get set! Go watch the first trailer for the reboot of Supermarket Sweep.

The popular game show is back with former Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones as the host -- and ABC has shared the first official look at an even more fast-paced and energetic version of the '90s classic.

For those who aren't familiar with the original, which is now streaming on Netflix and Amazon, the series sees three teams of two putting their pop culture knowledge and grocery shopping skills to the ultimate test in order to sweep the competition.

By the looks of the first trailer, all the staples are back: the opening trivia round, the grocery sweep and the final chance to take home cash prizes. But this time around, things look more intense, with aisle spills and cart crashes that could ruin the competitors' chances of winning. "We're going to need a cleanup on all the aisles," Jones teases in the clip.

While speaking with reporters during ABC's presentation of its upcoming fall programs, Jones revealed how she was molding the program to fit her style and a fresh audience. "My main goal is to update it, bring some new music to it, bring some color to it," Jones said. "Make people feel what I felt when I watched the whole show. You want everyone at home feelin' that element of excitement.".

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posted 9/29/2020

Gabrielle Union, NBC Come to Terms
Resolution Described as "Amicable"
From TV Line

Former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union has reached a settlement with NBC, following her claims in 2019 that AGT fostered a toxic work environment.

"We've reached an amicable resolution," NBC and Union's spokespeople said in a joint statement on Tuesday. "NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect."

Though details of the settlement have not been made public, Deadline reports that Union received "significant" compensation from NBC.

Union's clash with the network first made headlines in November 2019, when it was reported that neither she nor Julianne Hough would return as AGT judges. Union then went public with her concerns about the show's behind-the-scenes environment, alleging that AGT was a hotbed of racial insensitivity, sexism and misconduct.

An independent investigation was launched into Union's claims, but in May, NBC announced the investigation's conclusion that "no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time." (The findings did, however, highlight "some areas in which reporting processes could be improved" at the show.)

In June, Union filed a complaint with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing against NBCUniversal, AGT producers Fremantle and Syco, and Union's fellow judge Simon Cowell, citing her experiences with racial insensitivity and sexism on set. The complaint also named then-NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy, who allegedly warned Union to stop pursuing her claims of racism; Telegdy has since been let go from NBC, following an investigation into his toxic behavior with both Union and many other NBC employees.

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posted 9/29/2020

MONDAY: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
ABC Wins with Disney Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday thanks to a new "Dancing with the Stars" (7.039 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the launch of "Emergency Call" (4.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

The silver draw was NBC (2.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay at Dallas" (2.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with week two of "LA's Finest" (2.294 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Filthy Rich" (2.053 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.121 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Young Sheldon" (2.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by "Love Island" (1.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.401 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, the conclusion of the "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 2020" (0.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) on The CW (0.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Monday cable numbers...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.125m/0.28
- The Big Bake (P/Food): 724k/0.15

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posted 9/29/2020

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 20
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy is not going quietly. Syndication's biggest star took the wraps off her 25th and final season in the session ending Sept. 20 and blew away all other shows like candles on a birthday cake.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 +19%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 +11%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 9/29/2020

Game of Talent Comes to UK
Spanish Format Picked Up by ITV
From C21 Media

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a British version of a Spanish gameshow format in which contestants try to uncover secret talents among the general public.

Game of Talents is being produced by Fremantle-owned Thames.

It will see contestants teamed up with celebrities who will help them figure out surprising and bizarre hidden talents among mystery performers. The show will be exec produced by Ashley Whitehouse for Thames and was commissioned by ITV head of entertainment commissioning Katie Rawcliffe and commissioning editor for entertainment Kevin O'Brien.

The format, devised by Fremantle, is now entering its third season in Spain with Mediaset.

The 7×60' episodes will air on ITV in 2021. Amelia Brown, MD of Thames, said: "Game of Talents is a winning format and we can't wait to bring it – along with lots of laughs, surprises and fun – to a UK audience. The show has a unique combination of performances mixed with gameplay that will entertain families ranging from young and old and everyone in between."

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posted 9/29/2020

WEEKEND: Football and Everything After
NBC Wins wiht SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (12.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was still the network to beat with its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (4.890 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (6.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2).

FOX (6.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) got a boost from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (15.346 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) followed by the season premieres of "The Simpsons" (5.539 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Bless the Harts" (2.222 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.802 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.731 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.307 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Big Brother 22" (4.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Love Island" (1.752 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (1.557 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.252 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) followed by the two-hour "$ellebrity: The Go-To Girls - A Special Edition of 20/20" (1.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a repeat "Card Sharks" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

And finally, The CW (0.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its annual "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1 2020" (0.475 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Saturday cable numbers...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 339k/0.12

Sunday cable numbers...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.058m/0.27
- Outrageous Pumpkins (Food): 781k/0.19

Friday cable numbers...
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue (SF/VH1): 203k/0.06.

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posted 9/29/2020

Top Chef Gets Weird
New Season Heads to Portland
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef" will call Portland home for season 18.  The Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series will return in 2021 with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons at the judges table.

The upcoming season will feature a new batch of talented chefs battling from PDX to the coast, exploring the famous Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley and Willamette Valley wine country. The announcement was made today in partnership with Travel Portland and Travel Oregon.

In a first, this season will also feature an elite rotating judging and dining panel comprised of "Top Chef" All Star winners and finalists including Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde and Brooke Williamson.

Production is underway with a comprehensive health and safety plan developed in accordance with CDC guidance, all state and local orders, as well as NBCUniversal's own safety guidelines.  The health and safety of the cast and crew is the priority of Bravo & Magical Elves on all of its shows.

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posted 9/28/2020

Game for a Reboot
Phil Gurin to Reimagine Long-Dormant Format
From Deadline

The Gurin Company, run by Phil Gurin, whose credits include exec producing ABC's Shark Tank, has teamed with Jeremy Fox's format firm Action Time to bring back British entertainment format Game for a Laugh.

This comes after Fox relaunched Action Time, the formats firm that he ran after creating The Krypton Factor. Fox left DRG, the international distributor that he founded, in September 2018.

The Game for a Laugh reboot is the first Action Time project to emerge since he relaunched the company that he first started 40 years ago.

The show ran between 1981 and 1985 on the UK's ITV and revolved around a variety of practical jokes, pranks and studio games such as the Dunk Tank and Pie Chair.

The Gurin Company and Action Time, which back in the early 2000s worked on formats together including The Human Clock and Nation's Sexiest, are rebooting it with a new set, cast, new games and new practical jokes with guest celebrities.

Jeremy Fox, who developed and produced the original series, said, "2020 will go down as one of the most depressing years of the century so what's better than to bring back one of the most fun-filled series of the past?"

Phil Gurin added, "The opportunity to reinvent a classic comedy format like Game for A Laugh is so exciting. And thanks to current technologies, we can rely on unique production methods and the intricacies of social media to truly freshen for contemporary audiences. A show full of creative games and stunts and good-natured fun is what we all need right now." .

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posted 9/29/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Lightning Striking"

  • Cheryl Burke admits to being sober for 2 years (Us Magazine)

  • Managers to Kelly Clarkson: we'll see you in court (Deadline)

  • "Too Hot to Handle" burning up the charts in 10 countries (Deadline)

posted 9/28/2020

9 Windows Beams Contestants into Studio
JApanese Format Shopped
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV and UK-based investor, distributor and producer The Story Lab are launching a new gameshow format into the international market.

9 Windows premiered on Nippon TV in Japan last week and the format is being shopped to the global market by The Story lab in time for the digital version of Mipcom next month.

The show is the first title to emerge from a co-development partnership between the two companies. It is described as a funny and fast-paced gameshow-meets-talent contest that celebrates ordinary people with outlandish skills.

Set in an interactive studio, each episode features nine contestants with unusual abilities, all beamed in from their home through 'nine windows' – giant studio screens. Across three rounds, the contestants compete for a cash prize by mesmerising a studio jury with their hidden talent – whether it's balancing any household object on top of another, using incredible knife skills to slice things into any shape or using 3D makeup to turn a woman's arm into a shockingly lifelike snake.

Nippon TV and The Story Lab first announced plans to enter into a co-development partnership in December 2019. The partnership is focused on creating original entertainment formats that are scalable and returnable across multiple territories. International distribution of all titles launched by the partnership is jointly managed by Nippon TV and The Story Lab.

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posted 9/28/2020

Draw or No Draw?
"Deal or No Deal" Launches Bingo Type Game
From Gaming Intelligence

Playtech has launched a new live game based on Endemol's iconic TV gameshow Deal or No Deal.

Launching as a limited exclusive for a leading operator, Live Deal or No Deal – The Big Draw recreates the excitement of the successful gameshow format and expands Playtech's partnership with Endemol's brand, which already includes a dedicated bingo room.

Similar to the TV show format, the live dealer version of the game is based around 16 numbered prize suitcases, with 15 numbers appearing on the player's ticket and the sixteenth suitcase being the player's prize. As balls are drawn, the numbers and the prizes are removed from the ticket, with the banker's bar being filled at the same time.

Once there are seven numbers on the bar, the banker will make the player his first offer. If the player accepts the deal, the game ends there. Alternatively, they can buy five extra balls to continue the game in search of a higher offer. If the player has not accepted a deal and no more balls are available, their suitcase will be opened to reveal their prize.

Additionally, players can choose to boost one of five prizes before the round begins, as well as entering the mini draw side game, with prizes based on the first 20 balls drawn.

"We're delighted to be bringing the excitement of one of TV's most enduring formats to Live," said Edo Haitin, managing director at Playtech Live. "With the addition of the mini draw side game, allowing players to buy multiple tickets with up 6 points of decision making during the game, whether it be to buy more balls or take the bankers offer, Live Deal or No Deal – The Big Draw brings the player a new level of engagement and strategical involvement.

"For many players, Live play is as much about the experience as it is about gambling, and we've seen a growing trend towards gameshow-style formats - which is why we're so confident Live Deal or No Deal will definitely be a big draw."

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posted 9/28/2020

Question Team Assemble!
Richard Ayoade's Quiz Show Gets a Runthrough
From Deadline

BBC Studios-owned UKTV and Keshet are returning to the scene of a Richard Ayoade-hosted comedy game show after the original shoot was derailed by coronavirus.

Keshet Productions UK will record a run-through of Question Team at the Rich Mix cinema and arts center in London on Thursday, with Ayoade presiding over comedians in a quiz like no other, as the players themselves write the questions.

The run-through for UKTV channel Dave, which gave the world Taskmaster, was first slated to take place in March under the title Who's Asking? but the plans were put on hold amid the production shutdown across the UK.

Now, with studio comedy and entertainment shows back up and running, Keshet is forging ahead again and plans to film in front of a live audience for an informal run-through. It is not a pilot and the recording will not broadcast.

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posted 9/28/2020


GGB Series 4: Russian Roulette
Drop In for a GSN Classic
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

After a year of restructuring and recovery, "Games Gone By..." is back in business! And Chris Wolvie starts off his fourth season with a Game Show Network classic that PROBABLY should have lasted longer than it did: "Russian Roulette". BANG, baby!

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posted 9/28/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Hope You Dance"

posted 9/28/2020

THURSDAY: Surprise, Mother(BLEEP)ers!
ABC's Games Win Night Over Big Brother, CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.823 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the return of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.107 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Press Your Luck" (3.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "Match Game" (2.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (2.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Big Brother 22" (4.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Love Island" (1.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.679 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the Thursday bows of "The Wall" (2.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up encores of "The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek" (1.454 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Filthy Rich" (1.267 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Mysteries Decoded" (0.787 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

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posted 9/25/2020

WEDNESDAY: Fox Launches "I Can See Your Voice"
Mystery Music Game Show to Bow After "Masked Singer"
From TV Insider

Think of Fox's new series I Can See Your Voice as sort of the opposite of its Wednesday night predecessor, The Masked Singer.

Sure, the singing competition, which premieres after September 23's Season 4 launch of Masked Singer, is also "a hugely successful detective singing game show game that is from Korea, just like The Masked Singer," says executive producer Craig Plestis. And Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong is involved, but that's where the similarities end.

On I Can See Your Voice, Jeong takes on the role of host as a group of panelists (called "detectives") who guess whether a singer is good or bad without them truly singing at all.

"If you can determine that correctly, [the contestants] can win big money," Plestis says of the $100,000 prize on the line. Between lip syncing, interrogations and clue packages, detectives Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton (who was the Flamingo in 2019 on The Masked Singer) as well as a rotating group of celeb singers — Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Arsenio Hall, Niecy Nash, Kelly Osbourne — will try to guess the correct singers. The final singer chosen will get to sing (really well or horribly bad) with one of the guest detectives on that episode.

So how did it do? FOX (4.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) shot to the top demo spot on Wednesday thanks to the season premiere of "The Masked Singer" (5.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the debut of "I Can See Your Voice" (4.457 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

NBC (5.951 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with "America's Got Talent: Countdown to the Finale" (5.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by the two-hour "America's Got Talent" (6.309 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) season finale.

Next up was CBS (2.629 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 22" (4.032 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Love Island" (1.875 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "48 Hours Suspicion" (1.979 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the feature "The Wonderful World of Disney: Guardians of the Galaxy" (1.960 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) alongside a repeat of "The Goldbergs" (0.976 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9).

And finally, the penultimate "The 100" (0.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and the season finale of "Coroner" (0.707 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 709k/0.17
- Dodgeball Thunderdome (Food): 364k/0.09 .

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posted 9/24/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Tyra Isn't Here For You"

posted 9/24/2020

TUESDAY: Talent Showdown
Split Night Courtesy "AGT", "DWTS"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday thanks to a special "Dancing with the Stars" (5.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by "Time100" (2.407 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

NBC (5.201 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (5.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Transplant" (3.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (2.578 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (4.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Love Island" (1.863 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (1.811 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the network premiere of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) alongside a second "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.513 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, rounding out the evening were the season finale of "Dead Pixels" (0.348 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Dead Pixels" (0.209 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.0, #12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.315 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 844k/0.21

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posted 9/23/2020

Danny Dyer Ready to Drop Season 2
"The Wall" Returns to BBC One October 3
From Telly Mix

The Wall is back on BBC One soon with its brand new series.

Hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer and voiced by TV legend Angela Rippon, The Wall is the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck.

The Wall was first shown in the USA on NBC in 2016 before the debut UK series last year.

Now Danny Dyer is back with a second series starting on Saturday, October 3 at 9:15PM on BBC One. Danny Dyer said of series 2: "I can't believe we're doing another series of The Wall. I can't wait to get stuck back in and meet these new contestants and hopefully make them very rich. Drop 'em!"

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posted 9/23/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Simon Cowell's Rich"

  • Simon Cowell didn't let a little thing like a pandemic stop him from making $83 million last year. (Deadline)

  • Matt James signs off of Instagram as he goes into lockdown for "The Bachelor" (Reality TV World)

  • There's a new hero in the DC Universe... and HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Comic Years)

  • Gordon Ramsay has a new rule in his eateries (The Things)

  • Buddy Valastro recovering from a terrible accident (KTVZ Bend)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (PRide)

posted 9/23/2020

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