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Richard Ayoade Named New Maze Master
"Crystal Maze" Heads to Series
From Campaign Live

Channel 4 is bringing back popular 90s game show The Crystal Maze for a full new series hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade.

Producers are already looking for teams of five contestants to take part in the show, in which crystals are earned by completing skill, mystery, physical or mental challenges.

The Crystal Maze, which originally aired from 1990 to 1995, returned to Channel 4 in October last year for a Stand Up to Cancer celebrity special hosted by Stephen Merchant.

The show became a 90s cult hit, partly do to the appeal of Rocky Horror creator and star Richard O’Brien who hosted the show until 1993.

The new series will air this year, hosted by Ayoade, the star of Channel 4 comedies The IT Crowd and Travel Man.

The Crystal Maze will be executive produced by Peter Usher and Neale Simpson for Fizz and has been commissioned by Tom Beck, commissioning editor for entertainment, and head of entertainment Ed Havard.

Beck said: "The Stand Up To Cancer special was so brilliant and so successful that commissioning a series of The Crystal Maze was almost a no-brainer.

"And I couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master – he’s an inspired choice."

The new series of rebooted Channel 4 gameshow The Crystal Maze will be made at The Bottle Yard Studios.

A purpose-built maze covering 30,000 square feet is being created by the original Crystal Maze designer James Dillon in a previously unused area of the Bristol production facility.

RDF Television director of production Jane Wilson said: “I first visited The Bottle Yard years ago and I immediately knew it would be perfect for something and that ‘something’ has turned out to be The Crystal Maze.

“The scale, atmosphere and versatility of the space perfectly compliment the iconic status of the original show.

“The Bottle Yard’s unique features and the actual fabric of the building itself will be incorporated into a fantastic new set. Clearly we were made for each other.”

Applications are now open for teams of five with a sixth on stand-by. Prospective contestants must be 18 years old or over, a permanent legal resident of the UK (to include Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), and be able "to attend studio and willing to release yourself from family and/or work commitments on request. Casting ends March 1.

Campaign Live
The Sun
Digital Spy
Heart Radio
The Independent
Joe
Radio Times
The List
Broadcast
Metro
GazetteLive
C21 Media
ITV
Telly Mix
Radio Times
The List
Broadcast

posted 1/16/17


Endemol Shine/BBC
Pointless at 1000
Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman Change Places for Historic Landmark
From the Guardian

For fans of the BBC tea-time quiz Pointless, today’s episode will look as odd as tuning in to find Jay Stewart hosting "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall announcing.

Since 2009, as the series has been progressively promoted, up to seven million regular viewers have seen Alexander Armstrong stand at a lectern to introduce guests, while Richard Osman sits at a desk, offering glosses on right and wrong answers.

But – to celebrate the 1,000th episode – at 5.15pm, a standing Osman will reveal his legs for the first time, while the seated Armstrong conceals his. Characteristically of a show in which the appeal is the gently teasing banter between the two presenters, no direct mention is made of the job-swap, except for Osman wondering aloud whether they shouldn’t have done something special to mark the occasion.

At first, the reverse image is as disconcerting as seeing a ventriloquist’s dummy with its hand up the bum of a human operator. And, touchingly, despite having watched the other man do the reverse job 999 times, each requires occasional prompting over what comes next.

It’s appropriate that for the candle-blowing show, Pointless should offer a counter-intuitive image, as its format depends on flipping the logic that rules most quiz shows. Competitors must try and score as few points as possible by predicting the answer that the smallest number among 100 members of the public will give to a particular question.

Tonight’s rounds, fittingly, are all anniversary-themed. So, in one relating to the use of the word “thousand” in popular culture, contestants – all significant former winners – have to gamble whether fewer people will be familiar with a classic modern American novel than with a popular salad dressing, although, in order to make the bet, they would need to know the name of the book.

Armstrong and Osman have stressed, though, that their adoption of a new position in the Kama Sutra of TV quiz-show hosting will be a one-off. That seems sensible – because much of the pleasure of Pointless is in its repetition, with the co-hosts saying much the same things at much the same time every day.

The Guardian
Radio Times
On the Box
Radio Times

posted 1/16/17

More on "Talk Show: The Game Show"
Catch It on truTV April 5
From the Futon Critic

New mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show from creator and host Guy Branum premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Celebrity guests in season one will include Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes.

truTV announced today a series of premiere dates and new projects in development during its Television Critics Association Press Tour Panel. The news further bolsters the Turner-owned network's diverse slate of creator-driven programming that has evolved it into a premium comedic destination with significant ratings growth.

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with Talk Show the Game Show which premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the 16-episode, half-hour series is a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, celebrity guests become contestants as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged and awarded points for their performances. Those who will brave the scrutiny of the comedic panel of judges roasting them along the way - including Emmy(R)-winning writer Karen Kilgariff - are Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes. The series begins production in Los Angeles in January and is produced by Push It Productions, with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/16/17

A Question of Who's Coming and Going...
Reports: Sue Barker to Exit "A Question of Sport"
From the Telegraph

For twenty years Sue Barker has overseen proceedings on A Question of Sport, keeping unruly sportsmen in check with a raised eyebrow and a school-mistress glare.

But as the show approaches its 50th anniversary, the 60-year-old is said to be on the brink of exiting the host’s chair, as part of an overhaul that the BBC says will offer viewers “a fresh and new perspective”.

The corporation is understood to be in the final stages of awarding the contract for the historic quiz show to an independent production company, under an agreement with ministers to put the majority of its programs out to tender.

A tender document circulated to prospective bidders late last year said the broadcaster was looking to “refresh” A Question of Sport, bringing more ethnic minority, disabled, and LGBT performers to its line-up.

Barker currently features alongside established stars Matt Dawson, the former England scrum half, and spin bowler Phil Tufnell, but the document states: “Quiz shows such as these provide an opportunity to bring on newer faces as part of a wider talent strategy.”

It is not clear whether Dawson and Tufnell will also leave the show, but one source close the presenting team said: “We have been told that no one is safe.”

The Telegraph

posted 1/16/17


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

Remember when we all thought we were all going to live large? Yeah, how'd the 80s turn out for ya? Well, at least SOME couples got a taste of the high life when they played "Strike It Rich", the latest installment of Chris Wolvie's "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/16/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Remember the Dream"

  • Mario Lopez's house in tatters after getting battered by storms (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jackie Evancho's trans sister supports her inauguration performance, but won't be there due to other commitments (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chase McNary was almost "The Bachelor". He even signed the contract. But he was apparently no Nick Viall (Us Magazine)
     

  • Steve Harvey got roasted online for visiting the PEOTUS. The wifey is standing by her man, though (BET)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 of the best University Challengers of all time (Metro)
     

  • Buzztime gets buzzed by Zacks Investment Research (Sports Perspectives)
     

  • Michael Larson's story is told on stage in Minneapolis (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
     

  • Is Tom Hanks gunning for Peter Sagal's "Wait Wait!" slot? (AV Club)

posted 1/16/17


Fandom/Wikia
DICK GAUTIER: 1931-2017
Comedian/Actor Appeared on 70s, 80s Games
From Los Angeles Times

To some, he was the voice of Rodimus Prime on the mid-1980s animated TV show “The Transformers,” or Serpentor on the animated “G.I. Joe.” But for baby boomers, Dick Gautier was best known for his deadpan performance as Hymie the robot in the ’60s spy spoof “Get Smart.”

The actor died Friday, according to a Facebook post by Tess Hightower, his third wife. Gautier’s daughter Denise told the Hollywood Reporter that he passed away at an assisted living facility in Arcadia after a long illness. He was 85.

Gautier earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-esque singer, in the original Broadway production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which also starred Dick Van Dyke.

Gautier began his show business career as a comedian and was spotted performing at a New York club by renowned dancer-choreographer Gower Champion, who urged him to audition for “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Though he made only six appearances on “Get Smart,” his character, Hymie, a robot with superhuman strength and intelligence but a tendency to interpret commands in an overly literal fashion, became a fan favorite. He reprised the role in the 1989 made-for-TV movie “Get Smart, Again!”

Gautier also starred as Robin Hood in the Mel Brooks series "When Things Were Rotten" and on multiple episodes of the anthology comedy series "Love, American Style."

He was a fixture on the talk- and game-show circuit of the 1970s, appearing on “Password,” “Tattletales,” “Match Game,” “Dinah!” and “Hollywood Squares,” among others.

Gautier also published several books about caricature drawing, and a children’s book called “A Child’s Garden of Weirdness.”

Gautier became popular to a younger generation through his voiceover work. In addition to “G.I. Joe,” and “Transformers,” he voiced dozens of animated characters on “Duck Tales,” “Cow and Chicken” and many more. He also continued his guest star work through 2010 on dozens of television shows, including “Nip/Tuck,” “Matlock,” and “Knight Rider.”

He is survived by Hightower and his three children.

Los Angeles Times
CBS Los Angeles
Chicago Sun Times
Deadline
The Independent
Joe
Radio Times
The List
Broadcast

posted 1/14/17


BBC
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY: 1927-2017
"The Exorcist" Author Appeared on "You Bet Your Life"
From AOL

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film "The Exorcist" as well as the director of two films, "The Ninth Configuration" and "The Exorcist III," has died. He was 89.

"Exorcist" director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: "William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday," Friedkin wrote.

Blatty's 1970 novel "The Exorcist" remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty's adapted screenplay.

The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated "The Exorcist" for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 2010.

Blatty's novel "Legion," a sequel to "The Exorcist," was published in 1983, and he adapted the book into the film "The Exorcist III," which he also directed and produced. "Exorcist III" drew fairly positive reviews, with Vincent Canby of the New York Times declaring, "This may sound like heresy, but 'The Exorcist III' is a better and funnier (intentionally) movie than either of its predecessors." It was also a modest box office success.

Blatty was uninvolved with the two subsequent "Exorcist" films: 2004 prequel "Exorcist: The Beginning," a reworking by director Renny Harlin of Paul Schrader's "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist," made earlier but released in 2005. Blatty described "The Beginning" as his "most humiliating professional experience" but said that "Dominion" is "a handsome, classy, elegant piece of work."

Blatty was born in New York City to parents who had immigrated from Lebanon. After a stint in the Air Force, he entered the Foreign Service, serving as editor of News Review, a United States Information Agency publication, in Beirut. He graduated from Georgetown U. (whose environs later become the setting for "The Exorcist"), then received a master's in English literature from George Washington U. in 1954.

While nursing a nascent writing career, Blatty worked in PR, serving as public relations director at Loyola U. of Los Angeles and then at USC. To gather material for a humorous article to be published in the Saturday Evening Post, he went about meeting movie stars while masquerading as a Saudi Arabian prince, then appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx quizshow "You Bet Your Life," winning $10,000 — money that allowed him to write full time.

AOL
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/14/17

Lifetime Orders "My Partner Knows Best"
Hollywood Couple Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen to Host
From Deadline

Lifetime is expanding its unscripted programming, ordering two new series, The Pop Game, executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, and My Partner Knows Best, a relationship game show hosted by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen.

Hollywood couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen will host My Partner Knows Best, a new relationship comedy game show where married couples face off in a series of hilarious challenges based on real-life relationship obstacles. Four couples will compete each week, and one will walk away with the money and be able to say My Partner Knows Best! Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered from Propagate, working in association with Kanal D. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Irfan Sahin, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen and Kevin Healey serve as executive producers. A premiere date has not yet been set.

Deadline

posted 1/14/17

THURSDAY: Tight Demo Race
CBS Wins on Comedy
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Great Indoors" (7.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (7.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Pure Genius" (5.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

NBC (5.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Superstore" (4.311 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "The Good Place" (3.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (6.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (5.283 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.902 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the premiere of "My Kitchen Rules" (2.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was ABC (5.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) with the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show" (5.138 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) plus the special "Taking the Stage: Changing America" (5.315 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.115 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.809 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.855m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.577m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.089m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.063m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 839k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 600k
- Caraoke Showdown (P/Spike): 441k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 288k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 279k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 253k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/14/17

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Lion(sgate) and the Appl(off)"

posted 1/14/17


Disney/ABC Television
Sweet 16
"Millionaire" Renewed for Next Season
From Deadline

Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has announced that game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been renewed through the 2017-2018 season on ABC-owned stations that carry the the shows.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, Millionaire is currently in its 15th national syndication season. The quiz show enjoyed double digit year over year growth among adults 25-54, women 25-54, and households, the highest for any first-run half-hour strip in national syndication.

Millionaire weekdays in national syndication and is taped in front of a live studio audience at Bally’s Las Vegas. The Valleycrest Productions Ltd. show is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

Deadline

posted 1/13/17

MTV, Prepare to Be Invaded
Catch New Season of "The Challenge" February 7
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with "The Challenge: Invasion," a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Before they get the news that they must face off against the Champions, The Underdogs first shock comes with the revelation that they must compete against one another to earn their way out of the desolate, barebones accommodations known as "The Shelter." Only after they battle their way out of The Shelter, will they be allowed to move into a posh estate called "The Oasis." As these Underdogs fight and claw their way through the game, the very best will rise to the top and only twelve worthy Underdogs will earn their spot in The Oasis, where they will live in the lap of luxury. Their relief is ultimately short-lived as past Challenge winners make their way to The Oasis to shake things up.

The most decorated champ in Challenge history and last season's winner, Johnny "Bananas," returns after executing one of the most cunning and controversial moves in Challenge history; reformed Boston bad boy CT makes a triumphant return after a three-year absence with a new outlook on life; rebel Cara Maria is back and more fired up than ever after taking a well-deserved break following her "Battle of the Bloodlines" win and despite this being his fifth time on The Challenge, Shane has yet to earn his stripes as a Champion. Now he's back and ready to fight for the ultimate prize as an Underdog.

With $350,000 on the line, only the very best players will survive a brutal and cutthroat game. Epic challenges and stunning eliminations will push players to their breaking points. Friendships will be tested and tense new rivalries will form. Off the playing field, love is in the air with shocking romances and scandalous hook-ups. Not everyone will make it to the end, but for those who do, they will fight to win in the very first three-day final challenge to see who is truly worthy of being called a Champion.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/12/17


JM Productions/G4
Jamie Foxx Signs On to "Beat Shazam"
Oscar Winner to Host Fox Summer Offering
From Billboard

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

Billboard
Fuse
TBI Vision
The Futon Critic
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

posted 1/12/17


Bravo
Andy Cohen Connects with Reboot
Mike Fleiss to Bring "Love Connection" to Fox This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") will host LOVE CONNECTION, a new one-hour series that amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. FOX has ordered 15 episodes of the new unscripted series, to be executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"). Additionally, Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

From Fleiss' NEXT Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions, LOVE CONNECTION is set to premiere on FOX in Summer 2017.

Each hour of LOVE CONNECTION will feature single men and/or women in search of romance. After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, as Cohen, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

"I was a huge fan of the original 'Love Connection,' and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people's personal lives," said Cohen.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network television. The combination of the insanely talented Andy Cohen and the undisputed king of relationship shows Mike Fleiss is absolute magic...add in the perfect home of FOX...and I think we have a match made in heaven," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.

"'Love Connection' was always one of my favorite programs," added Fleiss. "Show creator Eric Lieber was a close friend of mine. He taught me a lot about the relationship show format. The first rule - if the cast is good, just stay out of the way."

Created by Eric Lieber and originally hosted by Chuck Woolery, LOVE CONNECTION will be produced by NEXT Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), Martin Hilton ("The Bachelor"), James Breen (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, "American Idol") and Jason Ehrlich ("The Bachelor") will serve as executive producers. Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
Wall Street Journal
The Huffington Post
NewNowNext

posted 1/12/17

WEDNESDAY: How BLANK It Is
"Match Game" Helps ABC Split with CBS
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo charge on Wednesday with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Speechless" (5.902 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Black-ish" (5.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Match Game" (4.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

FOX (5.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Star" (4.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (5.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (5.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.100 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.646 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Undercover Boss" (6.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Criminal Minds" (7.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Frequency" (0.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the evening for The CW (0.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.534m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.156m
- Are You the One (SP/MTV): 780k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/17

Philip Schofield Goes from Cubes to Rings
"5 Gold Rings" Coming to ITV
From Digital Spy

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has landed his very own new ITV game show called 5 Gold Rings, and it's coming this year.

The interactive game will put two teams up against each other over five rounds, with one team winning up to £25,000 and the other will leaving with nothing – and it's all decided using five gold rings.

The teams must answer questions by placing gold rings onto a large image displayed under their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

So for example, if the picture is a map of the world with the question, 'Where is the highest mountain on earth?' teams have to place a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

If it's correct, teams can keep their ring – the name of the game is to keep the three French hens five gold rings as once players have lost them all, it's game over.

And good news for competitive viewers – you'll be able to play along by downloading the 5 Gold Rings app, which will allow you to answer the same questions as the contestants in the studio and see how your scores match up with other players across the country.

"I love the whole concept of this show. It's such a simple idea. The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get," Phillip Schofield said.

"It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can't wait to get started!"

Digital Spy
Sunday World
Telly Mix

posted 1/12/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Calvin"

  • VIDEO WALL: Solving a bonus puzzle: $6600. Their reaction... Priceless (Daily Star)
     

  • Because deep down inside, you always wanted to know how much Betty White makes in a year (Bankrate)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: When in doubt... Henrik Larsson (Huffington Post)
     

  • Wayne Brady doesn't get no damn comps (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews about her engagement (Reality TV World) and Billy Gardell (CLTampa.com)

posted 1/12/17

SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 1
From TV Newscheck

The traditionally low viewing week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was flooded with repeats in daytime, however, a couple of access mainstays ended 2016 on a high note.

Family Feud easily led the game shows for the 36th week in a row with a 6% advance to a new season high 7.4. Wheel of Fortune was a distant second, dropping 2% to a 6.2.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4* +6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 1/11/17

TUESDAY: NBC's a Big Winner
"The Wall", "This Is Us" Help Peacock Take Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (7.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "NBC News Special" (8.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), a repeat "The Wall" (9.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the return of "This Is Us" (9.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (4.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its combination of "The Middle" (7.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "ABC News Special" (5.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and the winter premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.728 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Next up was CBS (7.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (10.069 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "CBS News Special" (7.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and second runs of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.253 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.087 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "New Girl" (2.572 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The Mick" (3.021 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) followed by "FOX News Special" (2.593 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a new "Bones" (3.435 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.126 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) and the penultimate week of "No Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) closed out the night on The CW (0.968 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.352m
- Chopped (Food): 1.167m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.021m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/10/17

Telefe, Keshet Sound "Heart Beats"
Singing Competition Goes to NATPE
From Rapid TV News

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

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TBI Vision

posted 1/11/17


JM Productions/G4
Press Start to Continue
Shout Factory In Talks to Reboot "Starcade"
From Deadline

Classic TV game show Starcade is making a comeback. Shout! Factory has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to Starcade from JM Production company, the original game show creators, and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur. The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce with JM Production Company.

Created by Caruso and Arthur, Starcade first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes. Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; Starcade went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner hosted by Mark Richards during season 1 and Geoff Edwards for the remainder of the run.

“Starcade is a classic game show from the ‘80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ Starcade for a new generation of fans,” said Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this Starcade revival,” said Caruso and Arthur. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original Starcade.

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posted 1/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Doubly Ever After"

  • Emily & Haley Ferguson live "Happily Ever After" on Freeform (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest joins Kelly Ripa after the Oscars (Broadway World)
     

  • Ariana Grande & John Legend to sing the tale as old as time for Disney (Broadway World)
     

  • Erin Andrews wants to party on Beyonce's boat (Broadway World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Did Pointless give away £2500 on a wrong answer? (Daily Express)
     

  • Louis van Amstel marries longtime partner (People)
     

  • Alec Baldwin is open to playing Donald Trump outside of SNL (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Maynard, who wouldn't take her own love advice, being a train wreck and all (Reality TV World)

posted 1/11/17


AP/Yahoo!
Queen of the "World of Dance"
Jenna Dewan Tatum Named Host
From Yahoo!

Jenna Dewan Tatum has joined NBC’s upcoming competition series “World of Dance” as a host and mentor.

Tatum joins judges Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jennifer Lopez on the 10-episode series, which features dancers competing for a $1 million grand prize. Lopez serves as executive producer on the series, which is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions.

“World of Dance” is not Tatum’s only dance show at NBC. Aside from hosting this competition series, the dancer and actress will serve as a judge and mentor on an untitled, unscripted dance show that hails from her and her husband Channing Tatum. The project, which is described as a fresh take on the unscripted dance competition genre, has landed a six-episode order, though no premiere date has been set.

“Jenna’s background as a dancer, entertainer and actress make her the perfect choice to host and work alongside our three incredibly talented judges,” said Meredith Ahr, president, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get started and give these four superstars a chance to both articulate and demonstrate how transformational dance can be.”

“World of Dance” will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, best known as Nappytabs, as well as director Alex Rudzinksi.

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posted 1/10/17

MONDAY: Big Monday, Small "Fan"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (6.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) followed by the premiere of "Big Fan" (3.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a second "Big Fan" (2.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

CBS (5.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scorpion" (4.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.540 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with week two of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.919 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and a repeat of "The Wall" (2.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.329 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore of "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.329 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.154 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the night for The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.357m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.300m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.125m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 284k

Broadway World
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posted 1/10/17

WEEKEND: No Football, No Problem!
ABC's "TTTT" Boosts Sunday Night against Golden Globes
From Broadway World

OX (15.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) got a huge boost on Sunday with its playoff driven "NFL Overrun" (36.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 11.4, #1) and "The OT" (32.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 10.1, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (12.707 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3), "Son of Zorn" (5.290 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Family Guy" (4.069 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.401 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

NBC (14.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual "Golden Globes Red Carpet" (9.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and "The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (16.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.354 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Madam Secretary" (8.900 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Elementary" (5.154 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, ABC (4.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14), "To Tell the Truth" (4.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), another "To Tell the Truth" (4.281 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Conviction" (2.684 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16). "Truth"'s second week rose 42 percent in the demo over the week and over 233 percent for the year.

On Friday, ABC (6.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Dr. Ken" (5.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "20/20" (6.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (P/Science): 318k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.703m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.285m
- Roast Battle 2 (Comedy): 530k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 215k

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posted 1/10/17

THURSDAY: Moving "Hell"
CBS Wins Night, Fox Gets Sampled from "Hell's Kitchen" Move
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on the first Thursday of 2017 with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (9.674 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Pure Genius" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

ABC (6.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate week of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (5.015 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" (7.015 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.572 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.680 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the return of "Superstore" (4.455 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "The Blacklist" (5.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.802 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.790m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.481m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.203m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.055m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k

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posted 1/9/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Rare Link About Politics"

  • Chuck Woolery, a celebrity with a political opinion, slams celebrities with political opinions over their political opinion about an elected celebrity with a political opinion. But we'd wager he would totes be cool if the celebrities with political opinions shared in his celebrity political opinion (ET Canada)
     

  • Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong reveals the Queen's love for all things "Pointless" (Daily Express), and Richard Osman says it's never leaving the BBC (Radio Times)
     

  • Steve Harvey returns to the Apollo February 1 (Broadway World)
     

  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: "Cash Trapped" heads to Glasgow (Glasgow Live)
     

  • Parvati Shallow, John Fincher get engaged! (People)
     

  • Some lady from "American Idol" just got married to a backup dancer and why the hell is this news? (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Robinson (AM New York)

posted 1/9/17

The Profit Needs a "Partner"
CNBC Greenlights Spinoff from Marcus Lemonis February 28
From Broadway World

CNBC today announced the ten finalists participating in THE PARTNER, the all-new series featuring Marcus Lemonis -the renowned investor, entrepreneur, and host of CNBC's hit show "The Profit." Premiering Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT, the five episode series follows Lemonis as he searches for the perfect partner to help him manage the fast-growing portfolio of businesses he's acquired. In the end, one candidate will receive the opportunity of a lifetime: a half-million dollar contract, an equity stake, and the chance to help Lemonis manage his empire.

Watch trailer: http://bit.ly/2hSdBLO

After investing more than $40 million of his own money in companies featured on "The Profit," Lemonis is now ready to invest in "The Partner." Thousands of people hailing from all corners of the country applied for the opportunity to participate, but only ten were invited to Chicago to take part in the final interview process. They are:

- Chuck Brewer from Indianapolis, IN
- Billy Canu from San Diego, CA
- Carrie Chitsey from Cedar Park, TX
- Erin Cobb from Kirkland, WA
- Michael Graves from New Rochelle, NY
- Ricardo Martinez from Atlanta, GA
- Peilin Pratt from Manhattan Beach, CA
- Buffie Purselle from Atlanta, GA
- Julianna Reed from Santa Monica, CA
- Stephanie Sievers from Shreveport, LA

"It has been a privilege to work so closely with some of the most hard-working entrepreneurs in the country, all of whom have shown me the heart and desire to turn their businesses around," Lemonis said. "In this new adventure, I am looking for someone with that same drive and passion to help inspire these up and coming business leaders, sustain their growth and their enthusiasm, and ensure that the sound investments we made today, are even more sound in the decades ahead."

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 1/6/17

"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"... "1 vs. 100"... "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"... "Only Connect"
(These are "Quiz Shows That Moved to Friday")
From Radio Times

Fiendishly difficult BBC2 quiz Only Connect is swapping its traditional post-University Challenge slot on Monday nights for a glitzy Friday night berth.

Starting tonight, the show hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell will help kick off the weekend for quizzers with a mid-series move to 8:30pm on Fridays that RadioTimes.com is told is for the foreseeable future. An Island Parish replaces Only Connect at 8:30pm on Mondays, leaving University Challenge as a lone beacon of quizzing excellence at the start of the week.

Nevertheless, Only Connect retains its status as the second half of a quizzing double bill, slotting in after Mastermind on Fridays and, together with QI at 10pm, making it a big night for BBC2 viewers with a penchant for puzzles and trivia.

Coren Mitchell told RadioTimes.com that the world of Only Connect is “strange and wonderful. We are celebrating an interest in knowledge for its own sake; there are millions of people who relate to that who aren’t necessarily catered for by a lot of mainstream TV.”

On Monday nights it regularly pulled in audiences of over two million. Can it beat that on Fridays? That's one question BBC2 bosses will be eager to answer.

Radio Times

posted 1/6/17


ABC
WEDNESDAY: Second BLANK
"Match Game" Helps ABC to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From Broadway World

The year 2017 is getting started with a BLANK!

With Fox's Empire off the dial for the rest of the winter, ABC stepped in to win the first Wednesday of 2017.

The network also found another good match for the 10 p.m. hour with this past summer's Match Game. The game show revival, hosted by Alec Baldwin, nabbed a steady 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers in its in-season launch. That was after improved showings for all four comedies: The Goldbergs (1.7 adults), Speechless (1.7 adults), Modern Family (2.3 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults). The number represents a 44 percent increase from the season 1 finale back in September.

Without the mighty Empire, Fox still managed to pull a solid No. 2 for the night with Lethal Weapon and the official premiere of Lee Daniels drama Star. The sister series to Empire was down 25 percent from its post-Empire sampling three weeks ago, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 with its smaller lead-in. Still, it grew on that lead-in. Star was up slightly from Lethal Weapon, which returned to an even 1.4 rating in the key demo.

NBC kicked off the night with an even Blindspot (1.1 adults), followed by a boosted Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and a slightly dampened Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults). On CBS, Undercover Boss nabbed an even 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 before new outings of Criminal Minds (1.3 adults) and Code Black (1.0 adults).

Frequency was the only new entry for The CW. It took a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.575m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.150m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337k

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posted 1/6/17


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

Are you a Charger or a Blocker? Do you call them Bloopers or just "questions"? Or are you just wondering why we game-show fans tear up when hearing "Randy Amasia"? Whatever the reason, Chris Wolvie has a "Games Gone By..." guaranteed to make you say, "WHEW!"

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/6/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What It Takes to Get to the Truth"

  • VIDEO WALL: a look inside "To Tell the Truth" (this weekend's panels includes Lara Spencer, Tom Bergeron, David Arquette, Sherri Shepherd, Kal Penn, Justin Long, Nikki Glaser & Adam Rodriguez) (ABC News)
     

  • Is Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton"? (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • PEOTUS slams Arnold Schwarzenegger on "The Celebrity Apprentice". Arnold slams back.. classy-like, even. (TV Line)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the worst answers ever given on "Pointless" (BT)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Save to Win" reopens the store January 21 (Broadway World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Big Fan is "offbeat" and "fun" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a pathetic enterprise" (Middletown Times Herald-Record)

posted 1/6/17

Who Plays in the "Toy Box"?
Judges Join Eric Stonestreet in April on ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "The Toy Box" announced the mentors and judges who will select the winning toy to be made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us after the series finale. In each episode, inventors present their toy concepts to a group of mentors that include Dylan's Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. If the toy maker gets past the mentors, they will move on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that include Sophia Grace Brownlee ("The Ellen Degeneres Show"), Aalyrah Caldwell ("Uncle Buck"), Toby Grey ("The Unexpected John Cena Prank") and Noah Ritter ("The Ellen Degeneres Show") decide which toy moves on to the finals and eventually crowned the winner. The eight-episode series hosted by Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") premieres on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/17

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 25
From TV Newscheck

The session ending on Christmas Day was marked by numerous repeats while many viewers were out doing last-minute shopping. Still, several daytime strips had reasons to celebrate in the traditional low-viewing period.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV NewsCheck

posted 1/5/17

Five Reality Skeins Up for PGAs
Producers Guild of America Releases Nominees
From Deadline

The Producers Guild of America has unveiled PGA Awards nominations in its TV categories, ahead of the winners being revealed January 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the nine TV categories announced this morning covering series/specials, children’s programs, long-form television, sports programs and digital series are last year’s winners Game Of Thrones, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Sesame Street (all from HBO). NBC’s The Voice and Crackle’s Comedians In Cars also return as defending champs.

Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
- The Amazing Race (Season 27, Season 28)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo
- American Ninja Warrior (Season 7, Season 8)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Lip Sync Battle (Season 1, Season 2)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Top Chef (Season 13)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Tom Colicchio, Casey Kriley, Padma Lakshmi, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Erica Ross, Patrick Schmedeman, Ellie Carbajal
- The Voice (Season 9-11)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly

Deadline

posted 1/5/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Raising the Wall
"Wall" Builds in Time Slot Debut, Helps NBC Split Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (6.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

CBS (12.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (15.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Bull" (11.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was ABC (4.050 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its quartet of "The Middle" (6.555 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.321 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) plus a repeat of "David Blaine: Beyond Magic (Repeat)" (2.229 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its new Tuesday lineup of "New Girl" (2.495 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "The Mick" (3.331 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Bones" (3.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.997 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.489m
- Chopped (SP/Food): 1.206m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.124m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k
- MasterChef Canada (SF/Cooking): 307k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 194k

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posted 1/5/17


CBS/MGM Television

DAN KAY: 1976-2016
"Survivor" Gabon Contestant Dies Unexpectedly
From Reality TV World

Dan Kay, a former Survivor: Gabon castaway, has sadly passed away.

Kay died unexpectedly at age 40 on Saturday, December 31.

Kay was dubbed a 32-year-old lawyer from Walpole, MA when he competed on Survivor in Fall 2008. He was eliminated from the game on Day 21 after a tribal shuffle because he struggled to bond with his new Kota tribemates, who also feared he had a hidden Immunity Idol. Kay was the eighth castaway voted out overall.

"I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of Survivor: Gabon. The Survivor family sends our love to Dan's family," show host Jeff Probst tweeted Tuesday after the news broke of Kay's death.

According to his obituary from the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Kay was born in Norwood, MA, in 1976 and worked as an attorney in New Hampshire prior to his passing. He served as a Supervisory Contracting Officer as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Kay had earned a bachelor's degree from UMass-Amherst and eventually a law degree from Syracuse University.

Kay practiced law in Boston for five years and invested in multiple properties prior to his time on Survivor. He left his daytime job before going on the show, saying he needed a change from the long hours and stressful environment.

"I had my midlife crisis early," Kay told People at the time of his Survivor participation. "It was a big decision to change things up, but I think it'll be better for my life."

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posted 1/5/17

MONDAY: New Year, New Games
"Wall", "Apprentice", "Paradise Run", "Bachelor" Among Premieres
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Monday with the return of "The Bachelor" (6.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) plus its themed-special "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons" (3.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

NBC (4.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with the season premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a second preview of "The Wall" (4.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (5.304 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Scorpion" (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) special.

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2" (0.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.503m
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.408m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.174m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.004m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 479k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "But Who'll Get The Dog?"

  • Josh Murray calls his relationship with his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: An "X Factor UK" contestant will perform at Trump's inauguration... on ONE condition (Broadway World)
     

  • Not satisfied with his lot in life as the World's Busiest Geek, Chris Hardwick says he'd consider joining "Live with Kelly" (Bravo)
     

  • Anthony Anderson & Alvina Stewart: reunited and it feels so good (Heavy)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: we really hate to do this to a friend of the site, but when said friend is The Governess, and she meets a guy everyone knows as "The Telminator"... (Key 103)
     

  • Alyson Hannigan uses $7.95 million of that Penn & Teller paper money to buy a house in Encino (The Salinas Californian)
     

  • #TBT: Before he was the Beast, Mark Labbett wanted to be a millionaire (The LAD Bible)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carnie Wilson (TV Line)

posted 1/5/17

WEEKEND: No Lie... An Improvement?
NBC Wins on Football, "Truth"-Fueled ABC Falls Short
From The Futon Critic

NBC (18.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) kicked off 2017 on top with the season finales of "Football Night in America #1" (6.089 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (9.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (16.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1).

FOX (7.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second place with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (18.166 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2), "The OT" (11.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), the launch of "The Mick" (7.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6), a special "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.076 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11) and a repeat "Family Guy" (2.206 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

Next up was CBS (7.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (10.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "60 Minutes" (11.004 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), the debut of "Ransom" (7.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), a special "Pure Genius" (5.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.741 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

And finally, ABC (3.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.783 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), the special "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick" (3.047 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), the return of "To Tell the Truth" (3.694 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and the Sunday bow of "Conviction" (2.053 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19).

As low as "Truth" posted, it was still a yearly improvement over a rerun of "Quantico". With the NFL heading into the postseason, we will have to wait until next week to see if it holds.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.630m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 1.142m

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posted 1/4/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Brad Gets Paid"

posted 1/4/17

More on the "Voice UK" Change
Joining will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones on ITV: Gavin Rossdale & Jennifer Hudson
From Digital Spy

The Voice UK will have a lot more "sparkle" and "razzle dazzle" when it finally arrives on ITV – at least according to presenter Emma Willis.

After five series as BBC One's flagship music competition, The Voice UK makes its big leap to ITV this weekend with a revamped coaching panel and exciting new twists.

Ahead of the show's ITV launch, presenter Emma Willis has been chatting about the big differences between the The Voice's BBC years and its new home.

"[The move] will give me some breathing room on the live shows in the ad breaks," she joked. "It also will bring some Saturday night sparkle and some extra razzle dazzle. They are good at razzle dazzle at ITV. The logo itself is full of sparkle!"

Part of that added "sparkle" is a new look for the coaching panel, as veterans will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones are joined by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and alternative rocker Gavin Rossdale.

"It wouldn't be The Voice without Will. Will seems really eager and excited and really up for it," Emma explained. "With Tom, I am just happy to see him back, he is just a legend and a really nice bloke. He is passionate about the show and genuinely believes in the people he puts forward.

"And Jennifer, she is just sensational, she walks into a room and it's just 'wow.' She is a beautiful goddess and she is really nice too!

"Because she comes from a show like this, she seems really eager and she knows what they are going through and how to achieve something from it too. She loves mentoring and finding talent.

Digital Spy

posted 1/3/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Live Team Coverage of a Man in Need of Attention"

  • Nick Viall gets fan-slated (Screener), Amanda Stanton confirms her breakup (People), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could not care less ()CBS News
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this COULD be the list for tonight's premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother". At the same time, this could probably be more meat for the Beast... except the Beast is among those listed (Digital Spy)
     

  • Josie Gibson injures herself prepping for a game show about ski-jumping. In other news, there is a game show about ski-jumping (Bristol Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: when your local quizmaster says "Next time, bring smarter friends", this clip from "Pointless" proves why (Mashable)
     

  • Maks & Peta are ready for their baby to make his way to the dance floor (Reality TV World)

posted 1/3/17

Blankety Re-Blank
Report: ITV Wants to Commission a Full Series
From Digital Spy

If you watched any TV over the Christmas period with your grandparents, you might have heard them complain that "they don't make TV like they used to", whatever that means.

One thing that could have been dug up in a time capsule was the Blankety Blank celebrity Christmas special, hosted by Little Britain and Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams.

The Sun reports that ITV were very happy with the special - which featured Anne Robinson, Lesley Joseph, Louis Walsh and the Chuckle Brothers - and have got Walliams in to talk about a full series.

An ITV insider allegedly told the publication: "David was a huge hit as he hosted Blankety Blank for the first time this month and managed to draw in an audience of nearly four million.

"The revival clicked with a brand new generation and David instantly got the comedic charm and effortless jokes that previous hosts used to bring to the program.

"ITV bosses think it would be the perfect show to bring back to our screens for the new year after canceling some of their other quiz shows.

"And although they haven't quite signed a whole new series on the dotted line, they've been in discussions with David for a while now to host a full season of it.

"David loved presenting the program as it's right up his street so it's all looking pretty hopeful right now and chiefs think David could replicate the show's success from the 80s."

Digital Spy
Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

Deal or No Deal.... Back from the Dead?
Report: "On Tour" Stunt Sparks Interest
From Telly Mix

The original version of Deal Or No Deal may have been axed - but it seems the show may be kept alive by its new 'On Tour' twist.

The Channel 4 gameshow will no longer be a daytime staple after bosses decided against ordering more studio-based episodes.

Its final run ended earlier this month with farewell specials named 'Deal Or No Deal On Tour', which saw host Noel Edmonds take the game to locations including Blackpool Tower, Longleat Safari Park - and even a Boeing 737.

But there's some good news for Deal fans: it turns out the On Tour version could return for further series.

Executive producer Richard Hague recently told the Radio Times: "Things have gone really well. Who knows if we’re going to do some more?

"The reality is you could say we’ve done the studio, we want to do something else. People weren’t sure what we were going to do with the format, and then this came along and we did ten great shows.

"So next year we’ll see if we want to do some more. I know Noel’s up for it so let’s see what they do."

Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

THURSDAY: Three More Days Until 2017
CBS Wins Quiet Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was king of the repeat race with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.211 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (6.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Mom" (5.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Life in Pieces" (4.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

The silver then went to NBC (3.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with encores of "Superstore" (3.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Good Place" (2.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular" (3.565 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and second runs of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.505 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Speechless" (2.209 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.463 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.104 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.042 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.009 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.038 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.724 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.732m
- Chopped (Food): 1.295m
- Project Runway Reunion (Lifetime): 993k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 985k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 968k

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posted 1/2/17


Behind the Voice Actors

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER: 1932-2016
Actor Frequented "Super Password", "
From TV Line

William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died. He was 84 years old.

Per ABC, the actor passed away on Saturday from lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

In addition to his 11-season run on M*A*S*H (and later, the short-lived After M*A*S*H), Christopher’s TV credits included roles on Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Love Boat. He also lent his voice to the 1980s Smurfs. He most recently guest-starred on 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012.

In the game show realm, he played "Super Password", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", and "Hollywood Squares".

Christopher leaves behind a wife, Barbara, and two sons, John and Ned.

TV Line

posted 1/2/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Good, The Bad, and the Bachelor"

  • The good: Anthony Anderson's mum is the best thing about "To Tell the Truth"  (Yahoo!)
     

  • The bad: Another "Celebrity Big Brother" caught in a don't-press-send moment (Telly Mix)
     

  • The Bachelor: Nick Viall is ready to shed his "image"  (Reality TV World)

posted 1/2/17

Various sources
Saying Goodbye in 2016
Numerous Luminaries, Contestants Lost This Year
From GSNN Staff

They were a part of our little world - actors, artists, and fans alike. They made life in front of the game show cameras and behind the scenes possible. As we close the book of life on this year and prepare to begin a new chapter in the next, let us always remember those we lost in 2016, those who walked among us.

- Joe Alaskey, an established voice actor who played the neighbor/announcer to Marc Summers on 1989's "Couch Potatoes".

- Ronnie Corbett, one of "The Two Ronnies" who got kids to say even more darneder things as the host of the original British version of "Small Talk".

- Paul Daniels, who made magic on the live stage and as the host of the British versions of "Odd One Out", "Every Second Counts", and "Wipeout".

- Bob Elliott, one of the funniest men in the business who gave birth to a dynasty in comedy and, along with his partner Ray, hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

- Carrie Fisher, whose "On The Lot" talents and gravitas extend further beyond the stars than anyone even thought possible... and to her mother Debbie Reynolds, an excellent gamer in her own right.

- Joe Garagiola, a larger-than-life Hall of Fame-caliber baseball player, a Hall of Fame-caliber broadcaster, and a Hall of Fame-caliber host of "To Tell the Truth" and "Strike It Rich".

- John Glenn, the American hero and icon of interstellar aeronautics who had quite a run for himself on the original "Name That Tune".

- Christina Grimmie, the favorite on "The Voice" whose career was over before it ever began, cut short by a madman's bullet.

- Reg Grundy, who turned Australian adaptations of American game shows into a worldwide media empire.

- Pierre Lalonde, the charismatic Canadian crooner who traded a big mic for a smaller one to host "The Mad Dash".

- Joanie Laurer, the powerful Chyna of WWE legend who lent her skills to metal-on-metal combat on the American adaptation of "Robot Wars".

- Dave Mirra, who parlayed his extreme biking skills into a stint hosting two seasons of MTV's "The Challenge".

- Jean-Jacques Perrey, the EDM pioneer who, alongside his partner Gershon Kingsley, provided the psychedelic soundtrack to the venerable quiz show, "The Joker's Wild".

- Lee Reherman, who, as strong as he was in body as "Hawk" on "American Gladiators", was just as strong in other ways as host of "Arena" and "Cannonball Run: The Race Across America".

- Alan Rickman, an already established thespian who lent his voice to one of the first competitions of the reality show age, "Eco-Challenge".

- John Saunders, the sports journalist who lent his gravitas to the short-lived competitive revival of "The Superstars".

- Ed Stewart, who was a "Crackerjack" radio host before making the jump to the BBC with "Crackerjack".

- Alan Thicke, who was just as "versed" as a game show composer as he was as a host.

- Grant Tinker, the television wunderkind who convinced a network to take a chance on a quiz that gave the answers and asked "What's the Question?" That quiz still offers many a "Jeopardy!" to this day.

- Charlie Tuna, the voice of Los Angeles radio who became the voice of "Scrabble" in the 1980s

- Sir Terry Wogan, the seminal British broadcaster who could be playing for class in "Come Dancing" or playing the foil in "Blankety Blank".

- Fred Wostbrock, the game show talent superagent who, besides from representing the best in the business and offered encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, encouraged fan and friend alike to dare to dream.

- Contestants Tim "The Kinetic King" Fort ("America's Got Talent"), Alexis "Lex" McAllister ("The Bachelor"), Lisa Marie Naegle ("Bridalplasty"), Rickey Smith ("American Idol"), and Erin Storm ("The Bachelor"), all of whom turned a dream into a dare, and a dare into an adventure.

- Actors Sylvia Anderson, William Christopher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ron Glass, Tammy Grimes, Dan Haggerty, Pat Harrington Jr., Florence Henderson, Steven Hill, Barry Jenner, George Kennedy, Ron Lester, Kevin Meaney, James Noble, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Andrew Sachs, Garry Shandling, Robert Vaughn, Abe Vigoda; music-makers David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Frank Sinatra Jr. & Kay Starr; producer David Gest, athletes Muhammad Ali & Kimbo Slice, playwright Edward Albee ...all took time from their busy schedules to have a little fun on the game show stage.

- And we can never forget the bravery and talents of those like Joey Martin Feek ("Can You Duet"), Lucy Booth ("Pointless"), and Cindy Stowell ("Jeopardy!"), whose poise and grace on the game stage gave hope to fans and fighters alike.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 1/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 18
From TV Newscheck

Several of the top-tier entertainment magazines made significant gains in the session ending Dec. 18, with extensive reports on the life of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke who died suddenly on Dec. 13.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6* +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4* +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 12/30/16

More on "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Catch It Monday on NBC!
From Reality Wanted

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with a new boss Arnold Schwarzenegger (because the old boss will become POTUS in a few weeks) on January 2. The show has also switched coasts and will be in Los Angeles rather than New York City.

NBC announced the six new boardroom advisors for the former Governator and they are: Rocco DiDpirito, a healthy lifestyle crusader, Tracey Edmonds, TV/film producer, Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, Leeza Gibbons, TV host and former winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice," Gemma Godfrey, UK's leading FinTech influencer, and Bob Harper, health and fitness expert and trainer on "The Biggest Loser."

The six new boardroom advisors will be joined by previously announced advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Schwarzenegger's Nephew, Entertainment Attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger Banks.

The 16 Celebrities competing on "The Celebrity Apprentice" include:

Laila Ali: author and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Brooke Burke-Charvet: former "Dancing with the Stars" host
Eric Dickerson: Hall of Fame Football player
Boy George: Grammy winning artist
Matt Iseman: "American Ninja Warrior" host
Carrie Keagan: actress and Emmy-winning talk show host
Carson Kressley: Emmy-award winning TV star
Lisa Leslie: Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion
Jon Lovitz: comedian, "Saturday Night Live" cast member
Vince Neil: Lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: Reality TV star and bestselling author
Kyle Richards: Actress and housewife on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Chael Sonnen: former UFC fighter
Porsha Williams: Housewife from "the Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Ricky Williams: ESPN sports analyst and former Pro Football player
Carnie Wilson: Singer from pop group Wilson Philip

The celebrity contestants s are divided into two teams, Men vs. Women and will begin their first task from their new boss.

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with back-to-back premiere episodes on Monday, January 2 at 8 pm ET.

Reality Wanted

posted 12/30/16

More on "Big Fan"
Catch It January 9 on ABC!
From Broadway World

The celebrity cast of ABC’s new comedic game show “Big Fan” features a spectacular line up of stars, including actress Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Frozen”); reality television personality, actress, socialite and model Kim Kardashian West (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”); Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Oscars®, teams with Banijay Studios North America to produce. Big Fan is based on the hilarious “Who Knows…?” the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment that originally aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The segment became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans and lost. “Big Fan” premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), immediately following “The Bachelor.”

Hosted by Andy Richter, each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her fans battling it out to prove who is the ultimate super fan. Contestants will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode’s featured celebrity. The winner will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, they will be awarded a priceless experience with the celebrity.

“Big Fan Matthew McConaughey” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey goes up against a few of his biggest fans to see who knows more about Matthew McConaughey – him or them.

“Big Fan Aaron Rodgers” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

“Big Fan Kim Kardashian West” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Among Kim Kardashian West’s millions of followers around the world, three are chosen to battle it out to be crowned her #1 super fan.

“Big Fan Kristen Bell” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Actress Kristen Bell meets some of her biggest fans, but only one will win a “Frozen” experience of a lifetime.

Jimmy Kimmel; David Goldberg, Banijay Group President and Banijay Studios North America CEO; and Caroline Baumgard, chief creative officer, Banijay Studios North America, serve as executive producers.

Broadway World

posted 12/30/16

WEDNESDAY: Four More Days Until 2017
ABC Wins With Comedies, "Match Game"; CBS Wins With Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.330 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Speechless" (3.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.151 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Black-ish" (3.709 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Match Game" (3.486 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

CBS (4.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with a new "Undercover Boss" (6.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and repeats of "MacGyver" (4.237 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its mix of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.487 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.755 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its special the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supergirl" (0.836 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.066m
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 897k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/16

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "Kiss Me At Midnight"

  • Anderson Cooper, Chris Hardwick & Mark Cuban among Kelly's new co-hosts in the new year (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Ryan Seacrest caught in elevator on the way to his annual perch (Broadway World)
     

  • Stop us if you've heard this one: a "Bachelor" contestant may have dumped her boyfriend to be on the show (Wetpaint)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Miley Cyrus spends New Year's at a children's hospital (Reality TV World)

posted 12/30/16


Vanity Fair

DEBBIE REYNOLDS: 1932-2016
Actress Frequented Game Greats
From WLS Chicago/ABC

Debbie Reynolds, the legendary Hollywood entertainer and mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at age 84, Debbie Reynolds' son Todd Fisher has confirmed to ABC News.

Reynolds was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, a source close to the actress confirmed to ABC News.

A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department said earlier Wednesday that authorities responded at 1:02 p.m. PT to a medical aid request on the block where Reynolds, 84, has a home. LAFD transported an adult female in "fair to serious" condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the LAFD rep.

On Tuesday, Reynolds addressed on Facebook the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, thanking friends and fans for their continued support. Earlier that day, Fisher died at the age of 60, four days after she suffered cardiac arrest while aboard a transatlantic flight.

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother."

Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told ABC affiliate KABC Tuesday that the family was coming together to grieve their recent loss.

"My mother [Reynolds] is very strong right now and Billie, Carrie's daughter, is very strong ... we are all together now at this point," he said.

Reynolds has coped with her own health issues in the past, including what her son described as "a small stroke" last year.

Todd Fisher explained to ABC News this past summer that "when she was in the hospital and barely recovering from an operation, she had a small stroke."

In May, Carrie Fisher spoke to Entertainment Weekly and People magazine about her mother's health, calling her "frail."

"It's a lot of times terrifying watching my mother, who's incredibly resilient, coping with certain health issues that she's had," Fisher said at the time. "It's the thing that gives her life, but it was also pulling it out of her, because she'd perform and then she'd have to recover. But this is someone who wants to go back and do it now. She became very ill and now she's bouncing back."

In the game show world, Reynolds served as judge on the short-lived "Secret Talents of the Stars" and a guest stint on "RuPaul's Drag Race". She was also a player on "Hollywood Squares", "What's My Line?", "I've Got a Secret", "Win, Lose or Draw", and "Battlestars" to name a few.

Logo is devoting portions of its Friday and Saturday programming to the late Hollywood icon, beginning with a 12-episode Will & Grace marathon featuring all of Reynolds’ guest appearances as the mother of Debra Messing’s Grace (commencing Friday at 5 pm/ET).

Early Saturday morning, Logo will air the episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in which Reynolds appeared as a guest judge (midnight/ET), as well as her episodes of Roseanne (1 am/ET) and Golden Girls (2 am/ET).

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TMZ
Variety
TV Line
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posted 12/29/16

TUESDAY: CBS Gets "Honors"
Eye Wins with Annual Arts Special
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with a repeat "NCIS" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Second place then went to NBC (3.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Wall" (4.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "This Is Us" (3.589 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (2.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Middle" (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.020 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) plus a last-minute "20/20" (3.288 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.546 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), "New Girl" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Bones" (1.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.913 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.180m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.176m
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16


Games Gone By: Wipeout (1988)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It may not have had Rod Roddy and it may have had a shoddy set for a show backed by Paramount, but "Wipeout" was a good way for Peter Tomarken to go into retirement until "Paranoia" came along. And it's the subject of Chris Wolvie's latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/29/16

"Deal or No Deal" Returns to India
Surya TV To Launch Malayam Second Season
From Times of India

Surya TV has re-launched its popular game show, 'Deal or No Deal,' which had given financial support to many of its viewers. The show made a comeback as season 2 and is anchored by actor Suraj Venjaramood. The game revolves around the opening of a set of numbered briefcases, which contains certain sums of money. The player chooses a case or a box to knock an amount of money off the board. The program will be aired on the channel at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Times of India

posted 12/29/16

MONDAY: Five Days to 2017, Folks...
ABC Wins with All Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on an all-repeat Monday with its mix of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (5.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (4.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

CBS (3.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Man with a Plan" (4.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Kevin Can Wait" (3.822 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Man with a Plan" (3.632 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Scorpion" (3.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a rebroadcast of "Hairspray Live!" (2.454 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Lucifer" (1.557 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, encores of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.148
- Cake Wars (Food): 863k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 305k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Returning for New Year's"

  • The Joey+Rory Show returns to RFD-TV New Year's Eve (Broadway World)
     

  • Jimmy Kimmel is "Here For The Right Reasons" in a Bachelor edition of his show January 2 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • 2.527 million: The number of people who turned into "Millionaire" on December 15: the largest single-day audience this season (Broadway World)
     

  • Rob Kardashian rushed to hospital with diabetic episode (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Debatable" looking for players for season 2 (Belfast Live)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: Big Fan (ABC, January 9) (Valley Town Crier) and Pop Quiz: The Comeback (BBC) (The Telegraph)
     

  • Warn the Big Brother House, The Beast is loose? (Reality Box)

posted 12/29/16

Bob Barker Celebrates 60 Years in Television!
From "Truth or Consequences" to "Price Is Right", Radio DJ to Television Icon
From Washington Observer-Reporter

The problem for Bob Barker wasn’t getting up early every day for his new TV gig.

On the morning of Dec. 31, 1956, he had bowed as host of NBC’s weekday game show, “Truth or Consequences.” And he was thrilled.

But here was the hitch: Viewers in the Eastern United States tuned in for his show at 11:30 a.m. It aired live – which meant each zany, stunts-filled 30-minute telecast had to originate from its studio in Hollywood at what, for Barker and his fellow Californians, was a not-so-chipper three hours earlier than that.

“I liked live television,” says Barker. What he didn’t like was trying to rouse sleepy-eyed contestants who were still digesting breakfast.

“Can YOU imagine doing an audience-participation show at 8:30 in the morning?” Barker, 93, laughs, speaking by phone from his home just a few blocks from the theater that, 60 years ago, summoned early passers-by with the lure of free coffee and seeing a TV host in the flesh. (After a couple of weeks, Barker recalls, he persuaded his bosses to give him billing above “FREE COFFEE” on the marquee, which, he jokes, “was my first step to stardom.”)

Then a high-tech breakthrough came to his aid. The 33-year-old Barker, launching what would be a half-century run as a beloved star first on “Truth,” and through 2007 as host of “The Price Is Right,” would notch a huge TV milestone after only three weeks: On Jan. 22, 1957, “Truth or Consequences,” with Barker presiding, became the first program to be prerecorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones.

As of that show, each “Truth” half-hour not only could be produced a day or more before its intended airdate, but, more importantly to Barker, could be staged at a more agreeable hour of the day.

“We all rejoiced,” says Barker. “The bigger the studio audience and the wider-awake it was, the better for me!”

“No longer will Hollywood tourists be importuned to face a custard pie routine at 8:30 a.m.,” echoed The New York Times in explaining how Barker’s show would introduce a prototype of Ampex’s amazing new quadruplex videotape machine.

This year, the television industry is observing the 60th anniversary of that radical breakthrough, which spared television shows from either going live, with resulting inconvenience and potential screw-ups, or resorting to a fuzzy kinescope (a film copy of a broadcast captured directly off the TV screen) if re-airings were required.

Washington Observer-Reporter

posted 12/28/16


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CARRIE FISHER: 1956-2016
Actress/Writer/Star Wars Legend Featured on "Deal or No Deal", "On the Lot"
From TV Line

Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, has died four days after suffering a sudden heart attack; she was 60 years old.

Fisher was felled by a massive heart attack on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” read a statement from family spokesperson Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Actress Anna Akana, who was also on the flight, noted that Fisher wasn’t breathing for “10 minutes or so” after the attack. Once the plane landed in Los Angeles, paramedics performed CPR on Fisher for 15 minutes before getting a pulse. They then rushed her to nearby UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator. Hours later, Fisher was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit, her brother, Todd Fisher, told Variety.

Fisher shot to international fame as Princess Leia in the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars and reprised the role in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi. She returned to the franchise as Leia in last year’s The Force Awakens. She also had memorable film roles in When Harry Met Sally… (as Sally’s friend Marie) and The Blues Brothers (as Jake’s gun-toting ex-girlfriend).

She had an extensive career on TV as well, with appearances as herself on Sex and the City and The Big Bang Theory, along with roles on Entourage, 30 Rock and Smallville. In recent years, she voiced Peter’s boss Angela on Fox’s Family Guy and played Rob’s mother Mia on Amazon’s UK comedy Catastrophe. (Fisher was reportedly shooting an episode of Catastrophe in London before Friday’s flight back to L.A.)

In the realm of game, she was featured on a Star Wars edition of "Deal or No Deal" and also in "Celebrity Poker Showdown", "QI", and "On the Lot", where she was a featured judge.

Fisher was also an accomplished writer, penning the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge, based on her relationship with her mother, movie star Debbie Reynolds. She also wrote the screenplay for the Postcards film, starring Meryl Streep, and worked for years as a highly paid script doctor in Hollywood, doing uncredited polishes on everything from Lethal Weapon 3 to The Wedding Singer.

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posted 12/28/16

QuizUp Gets BoughtUp
Meanwhile, NBC Project Is Officially Dead
From TechCrunch

The developers of popular celeb-themed games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Glu Mobile, acquired Plain Vanilla Corp., and its mobile social trivia game QuizUp this week, according to an SEC filing.

The deal was valued at $7.5 million, including forgiven debt, according to sources familiar with the deal.

This is undoubtedly a disappointing fate for the investors who backed QuizUp, and kind of a steal for Glu Mobile.

The Iceland-based startup raised a hefty $22 million Series B round of venture funding led by Sequoia and Tencent in 2013. Altogether, the company had raised about $40 million in outside funding, according to Crunchbase, and had attracted tens of millions of users.

QuizUp, which is equal parts social network and mobile game, allows users to play trivia against friends, or to be matched in real time against an equally skilled and knowledgeable players, for a given subject.

QuizUp also let users create their own question and answer sets, which made it appealing to educators, fan communities, and brands looking for creative ways to promote their products.

Last year, the startup launched software that allowed corporations to use QuizUp to deliver corporate training to their employees. And it inked a deal with NBC for a 10-episode show based on and using QuizUp for audience-interactive elements of the show.

All that product development and maintenance costs money, of course. In January this year, publicly traded Glu Mobile backed Plain Vanilla with a promissory note that gave them the option to later purchase the startup and its QuizUp-related assets.

When NBC scuttled the QuizUp show in August, as Iceland-based Northstack reported at the time, it was expected that Glu would eventually buy QuizUp, provided the startup didn’t find other funds to keep its lights on, from profits or new backers.

Plain Vanilla CEO Thor Fridriksson declined to comment on terms of the deal with Glu Mobile, today. He only said, “I hope that Glu will take good care of my baby.”

Investors in QuizUp could not be immediately reached for comment.

TechCrunch

posted 12/28/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "QuizDown"

  • WEEKEND on cable...
    - Holiday Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.288m
    - Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible (SF/Food): 917k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Just because "To Tell the Truth" is switching to a rotating panel doesn't mean Nene Leakes is fired, MediaFakeout (Gossip Cop)

posted 12/28/16

More on "The Game of Dating"
Tony Rock Hosts for TV One January 31
From Eurweb

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of The Game of Dating. Hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network’s prime time game show will offer viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios.

The one-hour series ‘The Game of Dating’ premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
“The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along,” said Brad Siegel, President of TV One.

“With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates – each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It’s the only game show where dating pays off!”

The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a “hidden camera” style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary.

The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters’ stories and next moves in order to score cash.

As the two different dates progress, the teams – who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors – will participate in game play with multiple questions about the dates like:

“How long has this couple been dating?”; “Who will pay the check?”; or “Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?” Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.

Eurweb

posted 12/27/16

More on "Bakers vs. Fakers"
Catch "Cooks vs. Cons" Spinoff on Food Network January 25!
From Broadway World

Four competitors battle it out each episode for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize, as Buddy Valastro hosts new culinary competition series BAKERS VS. FAKERS, premiering Wednesday, January 25th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over two rounds of culinary challenges, a mix of home bakers and professional chefs must come up with delectable desserts that need to impress a rotating panel of guest judges, including Damiano Carrara, Nancy Fuller, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Lorraine Pascale, Natalie Sideserf, and Zac Young. With no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, a blind taste test will determine the best dessert. Only after THE WINNER IS selected will the true identities be revealed. If a professional is victorious, they take home $10,000, but if an amateur can beat the odds and take down the pros, they walk away with $15,000!

"As we have seen with the success of Cooks vs. Cons, not knowing who is the professional and who is the amateur makes the suspense that much greater for viewers at home, as they try to figure out, along with the host and judges, which competitors are bakers and which are fakers," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each one-hour episode the four competitors are put to the test, showcasing they have what it takes to beat their fellow opponents, while proving to the judges why they should be victorious. During one episode things ignite as the four bakers are confronted with using hot peppers to create spicy cupcakes. Judges Lorraine Pascale and Damaris Phillips join Buddy Valastro, in sifting out the bakers from the fakers. After one baker is eliminated, the remaining three move on to round two, where they must use school snacks in their winning dish, with the winner walking away with a cash prize. In another episode, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Paulette Goto challenge the professional and amateur bakers to cobble together a gooey treat by using cheese in fruit cobblers. The bakers who move on to round two find the challenge twice as nice when rice must be used to find the sweet spot in the winning dish. And see what happens when the bakers square off in an attempt to win over host Buddy Valastro and judges Lorraine Pascale and Zac Young, as classic brownies must be combined with aromatic ginger to determine which competitors move one to round two. Catch all the fun and surprises to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme!

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com to relive the baking fails, see epic reveals and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Bakers vs. Fakers is produced by Cakehouse Media.

Broadway World
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Broadway World

posted 12/27/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "May the Force Be With Us All"

  • "Blankety Blank" replaced something important... the checkbook & pen is now a card swipe (Metro)
     

  • Jillian Harris gets engaged on Christmas (Reality TV World)
     

  • Miley Cyrus got cozy with Liam Hemsworth (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" ends its run with this big win (Telly Mix)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: LeBron James personally delivers "The Wall" contestants their money (CBS Sports)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the biggest game show gaffes in 2016 (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 12/27/16


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GEORGE MICHAEL: 1963-2016
Singer-Songwriter A Secret Game Show Story
From TV Line

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter George Michael “passed away peacefully at home” in Goring in Oxfordshire on Sunday, his publicist told the BBC. He was 53.

Michael’s manager told the AP the cause of death was heart failure. A statement from his publicist said, “There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, Michael rose to fame at age 18 as half of the singing duo Wham!, partnering with longtime friend Andrew Ridgeley to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide from 1982 to 1986. Their first single to to top the charts was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” followed soon after by “Careless Whisper.”

Following the break-up of Wham! in spring of 1986, Michael’s debut solo album, 1987’s Faith, sold more than 20 million copies.

Michael’s two Grammy wins came via his duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (named Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Duo or Group), and Faith, which won Album of the Year in 1989.

Michael’s music has been part of several TV series, including Eli Stone (where his songs served as the title character’s “inner soundtrack” during Season 1) and most recently Scream Queens and the British Strictly Come Dancing. He played himself in a 2007 episode of HBO’s Extras, and appeared in The Catherine Tate Show‘s Christmas special in England that same year.

On the game show front, he was a featured mentor and performer during the course of "American Idol's" run, but that isn't where his game show ties end.

The Sun reports the singer gave money to a game show contestant. "Pointless" co-host Richard Osman tweeted, "A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k."

Osman says George Michael called a woman who competed on the UK version of “Deal or No Deal.” He gave her money she needed for IVF treatment.

The Independent reports that when she fell short of the sum, George Michael, apparently watching a bit of daytime TV at home, phoned in the next day and gave her the full amount.

He didn’t shout about the altruistic act, which remained a secret until his death.

TV Line
WGN-TV Chicago
New York Daily News
ITV News

posted 12/26/16

THURSDAY: Project Runway Night
Catch the Finale, Then Project Runway Junior!
From Broadway World

NBC (12.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the network to beat once again on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

ABC (4.437 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a new "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.053 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.775 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Great Outdoors" (4.890 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Mom" (4.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (4.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Life in Pieces" (3.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and yet another "Life in Pieces" (3.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (1.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, night three of "Terry Crews Saves Christmas" (0.822 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SF/Lifetime): 1.785m
- Alone (History): 1.543m
- Chopped (SF/Food): 1.294m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SF/Food): 1.229m
- Project Runway Junior (SP/Food): 905k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 785k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30/truTV): 174k
- Comedy Knockout (11/truTV): 158k

Broadway World
Broadway World
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