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Netflix Greenlights Games, Adds "British Baking Show"
On Tap: "Flinch", "The Final Table"
From the Futon Critic

A Netflix Original recipe for freshly baked episodes of The Great British Baking Show.

Serves: 3 new seasons of The Great British Baking Show available in the US only on Netflix

Ingredients:
- 12 grams of amateur bakers
- 10 rounds of competition
- 2 presenters, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig
- 2 judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith
- 1 UK broadcaster, Channel 4
- Baked with love by Love Productions, with star bakers/executive producers Anna Beattie and Richard McKerrow
- A dash of Netflix

Method:
- Pre-heat Netflix with 4 previous seasons (Netflix collections 1-4, which are UK seasons 4-7)
- Mix equal measures bakers, presenters, judges, and British decorum in the Baking Show tent
- Repeat signature, technical, and showstopper challenges until a star baker emerges
- Let cool after airing on Channel 4 in the UK
- Serve 10 new episodes at once on
- Netflix in the US on August 31, 2018 (Netflix collection 5, which is UK season 8)
- Assemble 10 additional new episodes to be served later this year (Netflix collection 6, which is UK season 9) and in fall 2019 (Netflix collection 7, which is UK season 10)
- Drizzle remaining dough with cheer for 2-episode holiday specials set to debut on Netflix in the US each holiday season in 2018, 2019, and 2020
- Best enjoyed cozied up on the couch with butter, jam, and clotted cream
- Extra Helpings: An extra collection called "The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings" will also come to Netflix in the US later this year (UK season 3, which originally baked in 2012)

This recipe comes on top of two game greenlights from Netflix earlier this week announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival by Brandon Riegg, VP of Unscripted Originals and Acquisitions for Netflix, where he outlined his vision for unscripted programming as his portfolio increases.

The line up includes:
- The Final Table, coming later this year: The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world's most renowned chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the world. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and that country's greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table amongst the world's best, joining the nine celebrity legendary culinary icons. These are Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook (MasterChef, MasterChef Junior) & Yasmin Shackleton (MasterChef, MasterChef Junior). The production company is theoldschool.
- Flinch, later this year Flinch is a new all action comedy game show with one simple rule: do not flinch. The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games. If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games. The series is hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith and Seann Walsh. The series is produced by Stellify Media (Celebs in Solitary, Beauty Queen and Single)


The acquisitions join the new season of "Ultimate Beastmaster", now streaming.

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posted 8/31/18

THURSDAY: CBS Battles Back
"Big Brother" Gives the Eye the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on an NFL inflated Thursday with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (6.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Mom" (6.199 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Big Brother 20" (6.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "SWAT" (4.066 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

FOX (4.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home second place with repeats of "MasterChef" (4.383 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The Gifted" (3.973 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was NBC (4.122 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Will & Grace" (4.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Superstore" (3.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.126 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Gong Show" (4.224 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Take Two" (4.502 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a second "Take Two" (3.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (1.449 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "The Originals" (1.152 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Meanwhile...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 1.086m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 672k
- America Says (GSN): 384k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 280k
- Robot Wars (Science): 282k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/31/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Making Money Appear"

posted 8/31/18

WEDNESDAY: The Winning Results Tradition Continues
NBC Takes the Night on AGT... Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "World of Dance" (5.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

FOX (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with another two-hour "MasterChef" (3.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.806 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.740 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (2.965 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (2.378 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.443 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (2.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (1.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Burden of Truth" (0.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Supergirl" (0.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.546 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Meanwhile...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 816k
- Are You the One (MTV): 481k
- America Says (GSN): 373k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 291k
- Robot Wars (Science): 282k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/18

TUESDAY: The Winning Tradition Continues
NBC Takes the Night on AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its win streak on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Making It" (3.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.149 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Castaways" (2.376 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.768 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Bull" (4.664 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Beat Shazam" (1.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Love Connection" (1.292 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.711 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.661 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (0.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Meanwhile...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.046k
- Chopped Grill Masters (S/Food): 843k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 748k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (SP/Paramount): 747k
- America Says (GSN): 394k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 379k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 270k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 142k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/18


truTV

Patience Pays Off
truTV Orders More "Paid Off"
From B&C

TruTV has ordered an additional 16 episodes of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, a comedic game show that helps contestants pay off their student debut. Torpey hosts and co-created the show, along with Cowboy Bear Ninja. The new 16 episodes will go into production in the fall.

Paid Off sees three college grads, saddled with student debt, competing to answer trivia. One winner gets the chance to win the exact amount of student debt on their tab. The show debuted July 10.

"Paid Off is a show that has clearly struck a cultural nerve and prompted much-needed conversation about an issue that affects millions of Americans," said Marissa Ronca, executive VP of original programming and development for truTV. "Michael's genuine passion for helping people and raising awareness for the crippling effects of student debt is undeniable and we're proud to do our small part, further this conversation and give away more money!"

B&C

Deadline
Uproxx

posted 8/28/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Here She Is..."

  • Carrie Ann Inaba to host Miss America 2019 (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: Nick end games... ranked (IO9)

  • TODAY I LEARNED: game shows get an extra boost by airing out of home (B&C)

  • Asia Argento X'ed from "X Factor Italy" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Les Moonves hit with a class action lawsuit (TV Week)

posted 8/29/18


Nickelodeon

NickSplat: 2010s Tech, 90s Shows
Old School Games Part of New Streamer Package
From TechCrunch

VRV, a fandom-focused digital streaming service, has signed a deal with Viacom and Nickelodeon to launch a new streaming channel dedicated to Nick's classic 90's shows and more.

The new channel, called NickSplat (yes really), will stream via VRV as an over-the-top service, and will offer fans access to nearly 30 classic series, the companies say. Its lineup includes series like "AAAHH!!! Real Monsters," "CatDog," "Doug," "Rocko's Modern Life," "All That," "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," "Clarissa Explains It All," "Kenan & Kel," "Legends of the Hidden Temple," "The Angry Beavers" "The Wild Thornberrys," and many others.

VRV says additional shows will be added at a later date. The channel will also be available both as a $5.99 per month a la carte subscription and it will be included in the VRV premium bundle, which is $9.99 per month. In a sense, the a la carte option is the equivalent of it being its own streaming service, but one without its own standalone platform, as with Viacom's Noggin, aimed at the preschool set.

TechCrunch

Polygon
AV Club

posted 8/29/18

That's Not Awkward At All!
Newlyweds Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson to Compete on DWTS27
From UPI/Reality TV World

"Dancing with the Stars" Season 27 professional dancers have been announced and will include engaged couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson.

Chmerkovskiy, 32, and Johnson, 24, will compete in Season 27 of the ABC reality competition, the network announced Tuesday.

Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Alan Bersten and Brandon Armstrong will also serve as pros in the new season.

"Pros @iamValC and the reigning champ, @Dance10Jenna, return this season! #DWTS," Dancing with the Stars confirmed on its official Twitter account.

Johnson came to fame on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and joined "Dancing with the Stars" as a pro in Season 23. She won Season 26 with her celebrity partner, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.

Chmerkovskiy, the brother of fellow "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, has competed in Seasons 13 through 25.

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posted 8/29/18

MONDAY: Ninjas and Bachelors... in a Tie
NBC Wins Overall, Ties ABC in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared the demo crown with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finale of "The Proposal" (2.422 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Life in Pieces" (3.115 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) alongside originals of "Salvation" (2.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Elementary" (3.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.550 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.228 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.191 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (1.380 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.110m


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/18

WEEKEND: One Truth Remains
ABC Puts Up a Fight Against Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.390 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its combination of a repeat "Dateline NBC" (5.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and coverage of "NFL Preseason: Cardinals at Cowboys" (6.596 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

ABC (5.019 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.742 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (3.869 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Big Brother 20" (5.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Bull" (3.146 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

And finally, "NFL Overrun" (3.183 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.465 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.464 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and another "Family Guy" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) rounded out the night on FOX (1.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.262m
- Ultimate Summer Cookoff (SF/Food): 808k

On cable Friday
- Battlebots (Discovery): 841k
-
Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30 (MTV): 701k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 632k
- Safeword (SP/MTV): 459k
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery) 396k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 370k

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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/18

Get Ready(er) to Confetti
Facebook Watch Preps for Global Rollout
From Adweek

Facebook announced Wednesday that its Facebook Watch video platform is now available globally and, in related moves on the publisher side, its Ad Breaks advertising options have been extended from U.S.-only to worldwide, and the desktop-based Creator Studio content-management hub it had been beta-testing in the U.S. is now available globally, as well.

Facebook Watch debuted in the U.S. last August, and it is available to iOS and Android users via the Watch icon in the shortcuts bar or the More menu. It can also be accessed via Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Oculus.

Head of video Fidji Simo reveled in a Newsroom post that more than 50 million people in the U.S. have come to Facebook Watch and taken in at least one minute of videos on a monthly basis, adding that total time spent watching videos on the platform has soared by 14 times since the beginning of the year.

Adweek

posted 8/29/18

Speaking of Facebook Watch...
Buzzfeed to Return "RelationShipped"
From Tubefilter

BuzzFeed is bringing back its crowdsourced dating series RelationShipped — whose inaugural season nabbed a total of 15.8 million views and successfully yielded a happy couple — for a second season on Facebook Watch.

Many aspects of the show are determined by audience vote — including the protagonist single guy who viewers will follow on his quest for love. This year's three finalist bachelors include a southern businessman, a tech exec, and an NFL free agent. Voting on the three guys opens today (see below), and the series will officially premiere on Sept. 10, with new episodes rolling out every Monday and Thursday thereafter at 5:00 pm ET.

RelatonsShipped follows in the vein of other successful dating series, like The Bachelor. After the audience chooses its protagonist, he will be given the opportunity to date 10 women. His end goal is to invite one of them to his hometown to take their relationship to the next level. And given that Facebook Watch has sought programming that prizes interactivity and community, each episode will feature one fan-voted component — including who gets to move into the RelationShipped mansion, who gets to spend one-on-one time with the bachelor, and who gets saved from elimination.

In addition to its respectable viewership numbers, season one of RelationShipped — which debuted last November — found love for bachelor Jason and winner Alex, who are still dating and living together, according to BuzzFeed.

Tubefilter

posted 8/29/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "BLANK Man"

  • Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne's father in the "Joker" movie. (Broadway World)

  • They tried to make Mel B go to rehab, and she said "okay" (TV Week)

  • Ben Higgins reuniting with his ex? You've got to talk to her (Reality TV World)

posted 8/29/18


Intermedia Labs

HQ Turns 1
Quiz App Celebrates Its First Anniversary
From MacRumors

This past Sunday, August 26, marked the one-year anniversary of HQ Trivia's launch on the App Store for iPhone.

HQ host Scott Rogowsky appeared on Yahoo Finance's "Midday Movers" show on Friday to discuss the future of the game, revealing that parent company Intermedia Labs has plans to expand the live, interactive concept to other games.

The plans go beyond HQ Sports, hosted in the main HQ app twice a week, and the separate UK edition of the game:

We already have a sports vertical. HQ Sports goes live Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 o'clock. We have a UK edition. HQ UK. They have a whole team out there in London, working on building it nationally. There are other games in the pipeline. I can't announce them, but I do know that we're close to launching things… this is just the first brick in the wall of potentially a whole network of live mobile gaming that I think is really the full potential here.

MacRumors

WARC
Yahoo!

posted 8/27/18


Page Six

NEIL SIMON: 1927-2018
Playwright Wrote for "Beat The Clock"
From TV Line

Legendary playwright Neil Simon has died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 91, the Associated Press reports.

During his storied career, Simon won four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, four Writers Guild of America Awards and a lifetime achievement honor from the American Comedy Awards. He was also the recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 1995, and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.

Simon is perhaps best known to TV audiences for developing the Odd Couple franchise. What began as a 1965 Broadway play was eventually adapted into a 1968 feature film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Two years later, Garry Marshall helped develop the property as a half-hour sitcom starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Subsequent short-lived reboots included an animated series (1975's The Oddball Couple) and an African-American version (1982's The New Odd Couple). The concept was last rebooted by CBS in 2015 with Thomas Lennon and Matthew Perry playing Felix and Oscar; that incarnation ran for three seasons.

Many of Simon's plays and films were reimagined as TV-movies, including The Sunshine Boys and Broadway Bound. The latter, which was adapted in 1992 and starred Corey Parker and Jonathan Silverman, amassed five Emmy nods (including for best writing), with costar Hume Cronyn grabbing gold for supporting actor. A 2001 adaptation of the 1993 play Laughter on the 23rd Floor earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding TV-Movie. The Goodbye Girl, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1977, was eventually remade as a 2004 TV-movie for TNT starring Patricia Heaton and Jeff Daniels. Before writing for the stage, Simon worked in television.

His credits include 1950s classics Caesar's Hour (where he was part of two Emmy-nominated staffs), Your Show of Shows and The Phil Silvers Show. He also wrote stunts for "Beat the Clock".

TV Line

posted 8/27/18


Arizona Daily Star

JOHN McCAIN: 1936-2018
Politician a "Jeopardy!" Champion
From TV Line

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a two-time presidential hopeful, has died of brain cancer at the age of 81, the New York Times reports.

McCain's cancer diagnosis was first announced back in July 2017. A glioblastoma was found after surgeons went in to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

On Aug. 24, McCain's family announced that he was discontinuing his cancer treatment. The statement in part read, "Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all."

McCain was elected to the House of Representatives back in 1982, and was later elected senator in 1986. He first ran for president in 2000, but was defeated in the Republican primary by then-fellow candidate George W. Bush. He later secured his party's nomination in 2008, but lost to Democratic challenger Barack Obama in the general election.

Prior to his life in politics, McCain served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam War.

McCain was a one-day Jeopardy! champion in 1965. He still remembers the exact question: "Cathy loved him, but married Edgar Linton instead." Brontë buffs, of course, know that the answer is Heathcliff. But McCain could only recall the name of the book and answered as such: "What is Wuthering Heights?"

TV Line
Mental Floss

posted 8/27/18

We're Getting the Band Back Together
Spicks & Specks to Reunite for One-Off
From Media Week

The ABC has announced Australia's long-running music quiz show Spicks And Specks is coming back for a one-off, one-night, one-hour special.

Kicking off the ABC's Ausmusic Month in November, Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough are gearing up to celebrate Australian music as only they know how– with returning old favourite games and some new surprises.

The team captains will be joined by award-winning rapper Adam Briggs, singer-songwriter Ricki-Lee Coulter and comedians Frank Woodley and Denise Scott. Dropping in on the night will be a lineup of Australia's music greats, both past and present. They'll all play along, put their music knowledge to the test, share their anecdotes and perform live.

The Spicks and Specks Reunion Special will screen as part of the ABC's annual Ausmusic Month in November. For the month of November, the ABC celebrates and embraces Australian music across all its platforms with special initiatives, live performances and programming, highlighting and paying tribute to the diverse depth and variety of Australian music.

Media Week

MammiaMia

posted 8/27/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Crap App"

  • Faysal Shafaat's app getting crappy reviews. In other news... Faysal Shafaat has an app (Inquisitor)

  • It's baby #2 for Desiree Hartsock (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Tyra gets pranked by the original pranksta... (Broadway World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Miranda Lambert is single and happy (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/24/18


CBS Television Distribution

ROBIN LEACH: 1941-2018
Chronicle of "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" Hosted "The Surreal Life Fame Games"
From TV Line

Entertainment reporter Robin Leach, best known for hosting the docuseries Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died Friday of a stroke. He was 76.

The TV personality had suffered a first stroke in November 2017, which kept him hospitalized until his death.

Leach's family issued the following statement via the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he worked as a celebrity columnist:

Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone's support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful.

After getting his start in journalism by writing for several British and American publications, Leach broke into on-camera work in the 1970s with appearances on CNN, Entertainment Tonight and the local Los Angeles station KABC-TV, where he worked alongside Regis Philbin.

His most notable credit, though, was Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, the docuseries that ran in syndication from 1984 to 1995 and chronicled the lavish lives of wealthy celebrities, athletes and business moguls. Each episode of the series — which earned an Emmy nod in 1984 for Outstanding Informational Special — ended with Leach's signature catchphrase, "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams."

Leach went on to host Lifestyle's two spinoffs — Runaway with the Rich and Famous and Fame, Fortune and Romance — and in 2007 hosted the short-lived VH1 reality series The Surreal Life: Fame Games.

His career also included appearances on such unscripted series as America's Next Top Model, Celebrity Wife Swap and Shark Tank. Most recently, he played a version of himself on two episodes of NBC's now-defunct sitcom Great News..

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posted 8/24/18

THURSDAY: Fox Wins on Not-Football
CBS Comes in Second
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got a boost on Thursday with its primetime coverage of "NFL Preseason: Eagles at Browns" (6.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (4.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Mom" (4.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Big Brother 20" (5.546 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "SWAT" (2.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Next up was ABC (3.768 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "The Gong Show" (2.883 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and the conclusion to "The Story of the Royals, Part 2" (4.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.377 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), a new "Trial & Error" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the finale of "Trial & Error" (1.671 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "The Originals" (0.513 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) finished out the night.

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.106m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 865k
- Alone (S/History): 858k


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posted 8/24/18

More on Food Network's Fall
Halloween Lineup Returns
From the Futon Critic

'Tis the season for frights and delights, as Food Network rolls out two returning series, one all-new competition, plus five sensational specials capturing the Halloween spirit for over 20 hours of thematic holiday programming. The lineup features new seasons of fan-favorites Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars, along with new Halloween-themed specials featuring some of Food Network's biggest stars, including Duff Goldman and Trisha Yearwood. And don't miss new series Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, as Food Network celebrates the scariest, and the most wickedly-delicious holiday of the year.

"Food Network kicks off the holiday season with the return of our Halloween programming lineup that features familiar faces and spine-tingling competitions that capture and exceed viewers' imagination," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "From spell-binding edible sensations to colorful costumes and more, Food Network is the go-to destination for jaw-dropping Halloween creations that feature mind-blowing skill and artistry."

Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 24th at 9pm ET/PT and is filled with more hauntingly delicious treats. Comedian John Henson, along with judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young test the skills of eight talented bakers as they show off their creepiest, scariest skills over six episodes with bone-chilling challenges. From spider web desserts to towering confections of terror, only one will frighten the competition for a chance to be featured in Food Network Magazine as the winner of Halloween Baking Championship, along with the $25,000 grand prize! Take a look back at some of the most outrageous moments and disgustingly-decadent desserts from seasons past on Best of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 1st at 10pm ET/PT, with host John Henson counting down all the diabolical desserts and creepy ingredients that viewers have come to love.

On Sunday, September 30th at 8pm ET/PT, viewers get a behind the scenes look at the weeks and months leading up to the best pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists entering the Halloween Wars kitchen, on Road to Halloween Wars. Year round, these gleefully ghoulish geniuses work to hone their craft, with dreams of supreme victory. From points near and far around the globe, find out who has what it takes to be chosen to compete in the new season of Halloween Wars, which premieres on Sunday, September 30th at 9pm ET/PT. Jonathan Bennett returns to host as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Each teams' creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, horror film special effects master Todd Tucker, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including movie director Mick Garris, Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), and more, to determine which team takes home the grand prize of $50,000! And don't miss Halloween Wars: Even More Monstrous Scares, premiering Sunday, September 30th at 10pm ET/PT. Each Halloween for nearly a decade, the world's greatest pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists have joined forces to bring to life the most mind-blowing and terrifying Halloween creations imaginable, as they compete for the grand prize. It's time to dig up even more of the creepiest ghosts, scariest witches, werewolves, yummiest treats, and most mind-blowing displays in the history of Halloween Wars.

This Halloween, Food Network is putting the haunted back into haunted house with the thrilling competition Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, premiering Sunday, October 7th at 10pm ET/PT. Over four episodes, host Sandra Lee pits nine of the best gingerbread artists in the country against each other to create spooky gingerbread masterpieces that embody the season. Judges Jamika Pessoa and Jason Smith are joined by rotating judges, including the "Mistress of the Dark" herself, Elvira, to determine the winners of the first three heats, who will square off against each other in the finale for a chance to win the ultimate Halloween treat -- $25,000 and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. But beware, these aren't your grandma's cute gingerbread houses. With surprises lurking around every corner, these wildly haunted original creations tell a darker story.

There are even more outlandish and spooky cakes on the hour-long special Halloween Cake-Off, premiering on Monday, October 8th at 10pm ET/PT. Cake master Duff Goldman hosts this unconventional competition where four professional bakers must prove their expertise in the studio kitchen and within their own bakeries. For the first challenge in the studio, the bakers create cakes incorporating a surprise selection of candies and treats, but one will be ghosted from the competition. With three remaining bakers, they head back to their bakeries to design, bake, and construct an elaborate Halloween-themed showpiece cake that transforms from good to evil by either moving, bursting, shattering or even melting. The one that impresses judges Waylynn Lucas and Pichet Ong with presentation, transformation, and taste, will take home $10,000 and be crowned winner of the Halloween Cake-Off!

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posted 8/24/18

American Beauty Star to Return
Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham Part of Overhaul
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime's hit beauty competition series, American Beauty Star began production on its second season this week in Atlanta. Created by Herrick Entertainment, Season 2 brings a whole new trio of judges including the world's original supermodel, Christie Brinkley; Hearst Magazines Chief Beauty Director, Leah Wyar; and world acclaimed, celebrity fashion and beauty photographer,Yu Tsai joining new host international superstar model Ashley Graham and mentor, world acclaimed celebrity makeup artist, Sir John. Each judge will use their unique experience to determine who stays in and who packs up their brushes in each episode.

This season will include an exclusive partnership with Hearst Magazines, spearheaded by Holly Whidden, head of Hearst Magazines entertainment division. The collaboration will include social and digital content across Hearst titles, unique challenges inspired by the high end magazines - including fan favorite COSMOPOLITAN - as well as the opportunity for the winner of season 2 to be featured in a top Hearst publication.

Iconic beauty brand Revlon joins the series as the exclusive beauty sponsor across all categories, providing Revlon color cosmetics, nail and beauty tools along with Revlon Professional hair products for contestants to use in challenges. There will also be two dedicated Revlon challenges this season which will push contestants to the limit to impress the judges and host Ashley Graham, Revlon's Global Brand Ambassador. Other sponsors include Disney, Microsoft, JTV, "Waitress" the Musical, Zenni Optical and She Wigs.

Debuting in 2019, American Beauty Star Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes, leading to an explosive LIVE season finale event. Viewers from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite artist to help determine who will be the next American Beauty Star.

American Beauty Star is created by and produced by Herrick Entertainment. Norton Herrick, Ross Elliot, Sue Kinkead, Ashley Graham and season one host, Adriana Lima, serve as executive producers. Gena McCarthy, Christian Murphy, James Bolosh and Jim Hoffman executive produce for Lifetime. Holly Whidden serves as an executive producer for Hearst.

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posted 8/24/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja Road Trip"

  • FIRST LOOK: Mt. Midoriyama arrives in Vegas (Broadway World)

  • What is Stephen Mulhern doing at a Norwich Tesco, and why would an American type that sentence? (Evening News 24)

  • Tom Colicchio has a rude awakening (People)

  • Mario Batali in trouble. Again. (USA Today)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/24/18

WEDNESDAY: A Back to Back Jack
NBC Wins Wednesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) scored the top spot on Wednesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (9.526 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "World of Dance" (5.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

FOX (3.280 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then snagged the silver with its expanded two-hour "MasterChef" (3.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.822 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Criminal Minds" (2.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (2.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "American Housewife" (2.180 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) plus "The Story of the Royals, Part 1" (4.000 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.630 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night over on The CW (0.745 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 815k
- Are You The One (MTV): 538k
- Robot Wars (Science): 243k .


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posted 8/23/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Joker... Joker... Cooking"

  • Snoop Dogg to release a cizzookbizzook (The AV Club)

  • Dale Winton impersonator gets the gong. Three guesses as to why. (Metro)

  • TBT: The time Teddy Nadler made the $64,000 Question humble (STL Today)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Kim Kardashian lost some weight (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/23/18

"Drag" On a Star
VH1 Greenlights New Season of "Drag Race All-Stars"
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today revealed that "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" has been greenlit for a new season. Audiences will get to catch their favorite queens as they return for a second chance to earn the crown and a place in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame."

"RuPaul's Drag Race" season 10 and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" earned a combined 12 Emmy(R) Award nominations this year - a record for VH1 - and both shows were greenlit for new seasons earlier this year. "This franchise is truly a force to be reckoned with," said Pamela Post, head of scripted for the MTV, VH1, and Logo. "Our passionate and talented Queens continue to speak to our diverse fans who are not only looking for entertainment, but also the encouragement and inspiration to be their unique selves."

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to AllStars.VH1.com or the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

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posted 8/22/18

Something's Happening for Season 35
Jeopardy!'s New Season Has "Something Big"
From Newsweek

The new season of Jeopardy! will premiere September 10 and they are promising "something big," according to a statement on Twitter Monday. What this "something" is remains unclear.

In the replies to this statement, fans of the show speculate that this may be the last season for the host, Alex Trebek, and the show will introduce someone to take his place.

This Fall will mark the 35th season of the longstanding quiz show. It's no secret that host Trebek is up for retirement in 2020, so this season will be one of his last. Trebek offered some suggestions for his replacement in an interview with TMZ in July. He told the producers they should consider Alex Faust or Laura Coates.

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posted 8/22/18

THREE-t Shazam
Fox's "Beat Shazam" Gets Season 3 Order
From Showbiz Junkies

Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne will be returning to the interactive music game show Beat Shazam for a third season.

Fox has renewed Beat Shazam for season three, with both Jamie and Corinne committed to remaining with the series as host and deejay, respectively.

Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble created the show and serve as executive producers with Jamie Foxx, Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Rich Riley and Lauren Zalaznick.

"I am beyond excited that Beat Shazam is getting picked up for a third season," stated Jamie Foxx. "Huge thank you's to our creator, Jeff Apploff, and to Mark Burnett and MGM, as well as the team at Fox for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to help change more peoples' lives through our shared love of music."

"Jamie Foxx is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who continues to bring his signature high energy and love of music to this show," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It really is great fun for the whole family – including Jamie and his daughter, Corinne, our resident deejay. Together with the brilliant Mark Burnett and Jeff Apploff, they have inspired contestants, audience members and viewers at home to play along, and we can't wait to see the Beat Shazam band re-unite for Season Three.".

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posted 8/22/18

Re-Sync!
Paramount Renews "Lip Sync Battle"
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of its third-consecutive Emmy(R) nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the global multiplatform hit franchise, "Lip Sync Battle" is returning for a fifth season on Paramount Network. Twelve new half-hour episodes will premiere in 2019.

"Lip Sync Battle" has delivered over 1.5 billion cross-platform views since launch and boasts over two million YouTube Channel subscribers and over two million fans on Facebook.

The global multiplatform hit series, "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

"Lip Sync Battle continues to grow rapidly across the globe and is now seen in more than 120 countries around the world due in large part to our incredible hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, the dream team!," said executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson in a joint statement. "We feel we reached new heights with the Emmy-Nominated(R) Michael Jackson LIVE Episode in January and are excited to show the fans all of the big surprises we have in store for Season 5!"

The "Lip Sync Battle" franchise has expanded exponentially over the last year with a hit series on Nickelodeon, "Lip Sync Battle Shorties," featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists, along with a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines. "Lip Sync Battle" can be seen in 120 countries with original format versions airing in 20 countries.

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posted 8/21/18

TUESDAY: Blah Blah Blah NBC Wins
Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.692 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (11.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Making It" (4.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.972 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Castaways" (2.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Sharing the bronze was FOX (1.743 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Beat Shazam" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "Love Connection" (1.336 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.629 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.562 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.595 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.140m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 805k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 844k
- Celebrity Fear Factor (SF/MTV): 594k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 266k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 142k


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posted 8/21/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Star Light"

  • Simon Cowell signs on for more AGT, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: people you MUST WATCH on Jeopardy! on Hulu (Decider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Contender" (Epix) (Sporting News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rick Edwards (Sunday Post)

posted 8/22/18

PBS Celebrates Betty White
"First Lady of Television" to Play August 21
From the Futon Critic

PBS announced BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION will premiere this summer on Tuesday, August 21 (Times Vary by Location, Check Local Listings).

Filmed over the course of 10 years by the team behind the acclaimed PIONEERS OF TELEVISION series, BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION is a warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year — officially the longest career in the history of TV.

Lauded for her roles as the bawdy Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the innocent Rose on "The Golden Girls" and her more recent role as the worldly Elka on "Hot in Cleveland," Betty White is also an industry pioneer. She was the first woman to produce a national TV show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, the first producer to hire a female director and the first woman to receive an Emmy nomination.

Granted exclusive access to Betty and her team, the producers were able to capture the magic of her performances at various venues, along with more personal moments at home and interacting with close friends — one of whom is a 900-pound grizzly bear. The film is packed with hilarious clips from her long career and comments from friends and co-stars, including Valerie Bertinelli, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gavin MacLeod, Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sullivan, Alex Trebek and many more.

"Betty White has created some of the most memorable characters in television history," said Jerry Liwanag, Vice President of Fundraising Programming, PBS. "This new special reveals that she's been a groundbreaking pioneer since her earliest days in the fledgling medium – both in front of and behind the camera. Her talent and creativity are timeless, transcending generations and cementing her legacy with each passing decade. She's truly one of a kind."

"The goal of the film from the beginning was to highlight the universal appeal that is Betty White...to showcase Betty's life in front of and behind the curtain," said co-director Steven J. Boettcher.

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posted 8/21/18

Making More
NBC Renews "Making It"
From the Futon Critic

NBC, in the midst of another summer where it's once again beading the competition handily, is ordering a second season of its newest hit series, "Making It," from Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Hosted by "Parks and Recreation" alums and best friends Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, "Making It" is a uniquely lighthearted competition series that celebrates the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

"Making It" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode first season, which premiered on July 31, concludes Sept. 4.

"Seeing firsthand the imagination of a true craftsman and, literally, watching them create something out of nothing is pure gold," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Amy and Nick's longtime friendship and affection for one another brings the show to a whole other level of fun and we look forward to seeing what season two will bring."

"We set out to make a boundlessly affirmative and inspiring show and we are thrilled with the way viewers and the press have embraced it," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "Amy and Nick bring creativity, leadership and comedic brilliance to everything they do and we can't wait to team up with them again and shine a light on a new group of talented makers."

"We're sew excited to be 'Making It' again," said Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman. "We promise season two will have you glued to your seat."

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posted 8/21/18

Double Dare Heads on the Road
Live Tour to Criss-Cross Nation This Fall
From /Film

Nickelodeon's popular game show Double Dare made a big comeback this past summer with all new episodes for grown up children of the '90s and a whole new generation of kids to enjoy.

Now Double Dare will give fans a whole new way to experience the trivia and physical challenge competition series with a live tour heading across the United States this fall, and original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo will be coming along with it. Find out everything you need to know about the Double Dare Live tour in the link below.

The Double Dare Live tour will kick off on October 30 this fall in Fayetteville, North Carolina and will jump across the country with 13 additional stops in the United States throughout the month of November.

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posted 8/21/18

MONDAY: Next Stop... Vegas
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) moved into the top demo spot on Monday with new episodes from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Proposal" (2.501 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

NBC (4.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.398 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up its original lineup of "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool" (4.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Salvation" (2.566 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Elementary" (3.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.292 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.298 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) rounded out the night on The CW (1.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.212m
- America Says (GSN): 410k

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posted 8/21/18

Out of Tune Goes Live
New App Takes HQ Model, Adds Music
From the Daily Dot

If you love the idea of HQ Trivia but prefer music-related trivia over general knowledge questions, there's a new app that could be for you. The Out of Tune app is a new quiz-style app that tests your knowledge of pop music trends. The app features up-and-coming musicians, DJs, and comedians for a 24-minute entertainment experience each weekday, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. The app is quite new, having just launched a little over a week ago. Curious to test out your musical chops?

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posted 8/21/18

WEEKEND: New Hotness
CBS Wins Sunday Night; TKO a Top Draw Amongst Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.084 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

ABC (4.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus new episodes of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (3.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (0.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.831 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "The Simpsons" (1.366 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (1.239 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.514 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.127m
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery): 958k
- Ultimate Summer Cookoff (Food): 693k


NBC (3.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday despite its repeat duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Second place then went to ABC (3.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its special "WE Day" (2.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by a new "What Would You Do?" (3.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and a repeat "20/20" (3.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Whistleblower" (2.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and another "Whistleblower" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its coverage of "BIG3" (1.472 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.596 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) along with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 617k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 478k

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posted 8/21/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Family Business"

  • Kin Shriner (aka Wil's brother & Herb's son) to guest host "Fast Facts" on RipKord (Soaps.com)

  • Alex Trebek to moderate debate (York Dispatch)

  • Nick Viall as the Bachelor again? It would take ... umm... uhh... suffice it to say, he'll never be "The Bachelor" again (Us Weekly)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy lose their dog (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Survivor seasons 39 & 40 (Reality Blurred) and Mental Samurai (Reality Wanted)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Irish Mirror)

posted 8/17/18

WEEKEND: New Hotness
CBS Wins Sunday Night; TKO a Top Draw Amongst Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.084 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

ABC (4.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus new episodes of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (3.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (0.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.831 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "The Simpsons" (1.366 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (1.239 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.514 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

NBC (3.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday despite its repeat duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Second place then went to ABC (3.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its special "WE Day" (2.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by a new "What Would You Do?" (3.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and a repeat "20/20" (3.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Whistleblower" (2.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and another "Whistleblower" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its coverage of "BIG3" (1.472 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.596 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) along with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 617k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 478k

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posted 8/20/18

THURSDAY: RIP Aretha
ABC Cedes Night to Coverage, CBS Wins
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 20" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "SWAT" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.107 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the number two draw with its special "20/20: Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Match Game" (4.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Take Two" (3.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Trial & Error" (3.413 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), another "Trial & Error" (2.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.379 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up primetime coverage of the "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series" (1.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12). And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (0.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (SF/History): 1.563m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.090m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 901k
- America Says (GSN): 372k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/18

More on "Real Country"
Trace Adkins, Wynonna, Big & Rich Added
From Broadway World

USA Network announced today that its new music showcase series REAL COUNTRY has added country stars Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich as celebrity guests. The network also announced a special appearance by the beloved country icon Willie Nelson, and set Graham Bunn - most recently from Southern California's #1 country station, Go Country 105 - as host.

Each episode will feature one of the special celebrity guests alongside REAL COUNTRY's permanent panel of artists - five-time GRAMMY Award(R)-winning trailblazer Shania Twain, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jake Owen and GRAMMY Award(R)-winning music legend Travis Tritt. From Wilshire Studios, the eight-part series will premiere Tuesday, November 13 at 10/9c, and has Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. Additional celebrity guests will be announced soon.

In each hour-long episode, Twain, Owen and Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs and themes of country music. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a two-hour grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music's next breakout acts.

Broadway World

posted 8/17/18

Double Dare Gets Friended
Adaptation Arrives on Facebook Messenger
From Engadget

Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare is now a Facebook game. The classic show originally aired from 1986 to 1993 and recently just made its return to Nickelodeon. Now, fans will be able to play a version of Double Dare themselves through Facebook Messenger, challenging friends and keeping track of who's on top via the game's leaderboard.

To play, head to Facebook Messenger, tap "Games" and type in "Double Dare." From there, you can open the game and start a thread with a friend. The two of you will then answer Double Dare questions, compete in physical challenge mini games that are based on those from the show and the game will send each player notifications when it's their turn. Play is one-on-one but the game can be played within a group chat.

You can play the Double Dare game today anywhere Facebook Messenger is available..

Engadget

posted 8/17/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Physical Challenge"

posted 8/17/18


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ARETHA FRANKLIN: 1942-2018
"Queen of Soul" Played "What's My Line", "The Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Legendary singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, long known as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday in Detroit. She was 76.

Franklin suffered from pancreatic cancer.

In a statement to our Variety, Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart… We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

Franklin started performing at a young age, when she would sing gospel music in the Detroit church where her father was a minister. Though she began singing professionally in the early 1960s, it was in 1967 that her musical career took off, after she signed with Atlantic Records. Before that decade was over, she had released such songs as "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "Think" and "Respect," which went on to become classics. Her "Queen of Soul" moniker followed shortly after her initial commercial success.

The singer ultimately sold more than 75 million records worldwide, while becoming the most-charted female artist in Billboard's history, with a total of 112 charted singles. Her many accolades included 18 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe win and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the first female performer to receive such an honor). Though she battled numerous health issues throughout her career, many of which were illnesses undisclosed at the time, Franklin continued to record songs and perform live until very recently; her last public stage appearance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in November 2017.

Franklin made her fair share of TV appearances, too. In addition to performing on dozens of late-night programs and award shows, she popped up on such series as What's My Line, The Hollywood Squares, Deal or No Deal and Dancing With the Stars.

TV Line
Deadline
CNN

posted 8/16/18

WEDNESDAY: NBC Wins... Of Course: The Results Show
Got Talent Rises on Live Shows
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.680 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) got a boost on Wednesday thanks to the results premiere of "America's Got Talent" (9.631 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a new two-hour "World of Dance" (5.205 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

FOX (3.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with a new "MasterChef" (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.822 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (2.906 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.902 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.196 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (1.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (1.813 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.864 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.683 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You the One? - 10p (SP/MTV): 485k
- Are You the One? - 11p (MTV): 449k
- America Says (GSN): 346k
- Robot Wars (Science): 265k

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posted 8/15/18


GAMES GONE BY: Trivia Trap
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ah, the 80s, when trivia was king and Mark Goodson had to make it without his partner. So why not combine the two and throw in a game show hosting deity to boot? Because it's too complex, that's why not! Chris Wolvie talks of a "Games Gone By..." that took a simple concept and messed it up: "Trivia Trap".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/16/18

TUESDAY: NBC Wins... Of Course
Got Talent Rises on Live Shows
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.636 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to another victory on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Making It" (4.182 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (3.564 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments from "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.966 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Castaways" (2.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.366 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Bull" (4.243 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Beat Shazam" (2.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Love Connection" (1.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, repeats "The Flash" (0.675 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "The Outpost" (0.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.262m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 818k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 748k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 326k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 291k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 138k

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posted 8/15/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ready for Action!"

posted 8/15/18


GSN

America Has More to Say
GSN Renews Hit for 95-Episode Season 2
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its original hit series AMERICA SAYS, hosted by John Michael Higgins, will return for a 95-episode second season.

The announcement comes on the heels of a successful premiere season, which has seen the show build over its lead-in by +26%, while also performing over +40% above YTD time period average among our core W25-54 demo.

"I can't wait to challenge a whole new season of contestants with fill-in-the-blank questions that I personally guess wrong every single time," said John Michael Higgins. "I have so much fun with 'America Says' and this season will be a blast!"

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Broadway World

posted 8/14/18

MONDAY: Paradise By the Buzzer
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.863 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.534 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Proposal" (2.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.548 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Life in Pieces" (3.281 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) alongside new episodes of "Salvation" (2.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Elementary" (3.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.334 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.194 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) on The CW (1.501 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...

- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.254m
- America Says (GSN): 379k

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posted 8/14/18


Intermedia Labs

HQ Moves to the Bigger Screen... Sort of
App Quiz Now Available on Apple TV
From Engadget

Game shows got their start on TV, so it would only make sense that a modern variant like HQ Trivia would be playable on a TV, right? Right. Accordingly, Intermedia Labs has released an Apple TV version of HQ Trivia that brings the live, win-real-money experience to a bigger screen.

It'll seem very familiar if you've played the mobile, but the game is unsurprisingly well-suited to TV -- Scott and other hosts don't have to be squished into the confines of a phone display.

There's no mention of corresponding versions for Android TV or smart TV interfaces. It seems like a natural fit with an Apple TV version available, though. The one drawback to this version is simply that it's tied to a single location. Just like old-school game shows, you'll have to be at home at the right time if you want to tune in to HQ Trivia in all its TV-quality glory.

Engadget

The Verge
9to5Mac

posted 8/14/18

WEEKEND: TKO Finds an Audience?!
CBS Splits Friday With NBC, Takes Sunday Outright
From the Futon Critic

NBC (2.645 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Friday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (3.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with new episodes from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "Whistleblower" (2.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.297 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Speechless" (1.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "What Would You Do?" (2.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "20/20" (3.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (2.093 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "The Orville" (1.522 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.392 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.389 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.350 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 741k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 447k
- America Says (GSN): 280k

CBS (5.437 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) got a PGA boost on Sunday to its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.761 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Big Brother 20" (6.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and a special "Elementary" (2.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

ABC (4.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Little Big Shots" (3.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "America's Got Talent" (3.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) plus a new "Shades of Blue" (3.222 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.708 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Simpsons" (0.930 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) led into the "Teen Choice 2018" (1.011 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on FOX (0.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.287m
- Ultimate Summer Cook-Off (Food): 722k
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery): 576k

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posted 8/14/18


Sony Pictures TV

Come TV with Jeopardy!
Tournaments to Stream on Hulu
From the Wrap

After 35 years in syndication, "Jeopardy!" made its streaming debut today on Hulu with the release of 60 episodes of the popular game show.

In a deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television, the subscription streaming service now hosts episodes from Seasons 29, 30 and 31, along with special episodes such as a "Tournament of Champions," "College Championship," "Battle of the Decades" and "Kids Week." The episodes feature fan-favorite contestants including Brad Rutter and long-running champion Ken Jennings.

Hulu will continuously add new episodes to its roster, so viewers won't run out of trivia fodder as they binge the show.

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posted 8/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "That Mistake Explained"

  • FOLLOW-UP: as it turns out, the stage and the lights can do things to your brain (TV Line)

  • Feud had low ratings and was canceled. Pointless... lower ratings than that? (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Michael Canter, Jeff Krask sign with Pilgrim Films (Variety)

  • Betty White gets her just respect (Newsday)

posted 8/14/18

More on "The Masked Singer"
Nick Cannon to Host for Fox
From Reality TV World

Fox has ordered a singing competition series titled "The Masked Singer" that features disguised music stars performing onstage.

The series, hosted by Nick Cannon, is based on a hit show format from South Korea.

The program will task a celebrity panel -- featuring Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke -- to guess which music star is behind every elaborate costume that covers them from head to toe. A singer will be eliminated each week before they take off their costume to reveal their true identity.

Fox stated that the music performers have amassed collectively 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles.

Fox released a trailer for "The Masked Singer" featuring Cannon and the celebrity panel continually guessing who they had just seen perform. "The Masked Singer" is set to debut on Fox in January 2019.

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posted 8/13/18

Simon Cowell Looks for "The Greatest Dancer"
Cheryl, Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison to Coach/Judge
From UPI

Singer Cheryl, Glee alum Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse were named the dance captains for the U.K. competition series The Greatest Dancer on Friday.

"This is such a powerful moment for me," Morrison said in a statement. "It's wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples' lives like we did on Glee. Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot. It's an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human. I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a dance captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness."

Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo are set to co-host the show, which is slated to premiere in 2019.

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posted 8/13/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back from the Dead"

  • Chris Hardwick returns to "Talking Dead" (TV Line)

  • Pauley Perrette has a problem with "Family Feud" (PopCulture)

  • Snoop Dogg gets into flag football (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • ICYMI: no no no no no no nonononononononononono... (Mashable)

posted 8/13/18

THURSDAY: Repeat-a-Palooza
CBS Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) emerged as the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (7.073 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Big Brother 20" (7.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "SWAT" (4.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "America's Got Talent: Road to Lives" (6.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Trial & Error" (4.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), another "Trial & Error" (4.249 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.528 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with encores of "MasterChef" (3.793 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and another "MasterChef" (4.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Gong Show" (4.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Match Game" (4.468 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Take Two" (3.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (1.121 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Black Lightning" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.077 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.429k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 838k
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 762k

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 410k
- America Says (GSN): 351k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/10/18

WEDNESDAY: Master of All Trades
Fox Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Wednesday with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.649 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

ABC (4.724 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with its annual "CMA Fest 2018" (4.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.815 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with another two-hour "World of Dance" (4.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and the season finale of "Reverie" (2.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Big Brother 20" (5.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.639 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (2.772 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

And finally, week two of "Burden of Truth" (0.821 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.567 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 790k
- America Says (GSN): 349k
- Robot Wars (P/Science): 329k


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posted 8/9/18

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posted 8/10/18


CBS

CBS Daytime Returns September 17
Price Is Right Bows Season 47, Let's Make a Deal Season 10
From PopCulture

CBS announced the premiere dates for its daytime TV line-up, including The Talk, The Price Is Right and the soap operas The Young and The Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful.

Drew Carey is returning to host The Price Is Right on Monday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. ET. The longest-running game show in TV history will enter its 47th season. The most-watched daytime show averaged 4.73 million viewers last season.

Wayne Brady will be back for the 10th season of Let's Make A Deal, which averages 3.04 million viewers. The game show fun resumes on Monday, Sept. 17. Check local listings for times.

"CBS Daytime continues to deliver award-winning, fan favorite programming that has led the industry for more than 31 years. The lineup offers an unmatched blend of heart and humor in our talk and game shows and stunning storytelling in our daytime dramas, connecting our audience with compelling programming throughout the year," Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, said in a statement.

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posted 8/9/18

First Rule of Bite Club...
Catch It on Food Network September 6
From the Futon Critic

This fall, Tyler Florence hits some of the country's top food cities and pits local chefs against each other in a fierce fight to become their hometown champ in the new competition series Bite Club. In each location, five chefs arrive prepared to cook in an unknown kitchen, and are greeted with a game of chance that results in two chefs becoming the competition's judges. The three remaining chefs then go head-to-head in two rounds of intense secret ingredient cooking battles, where their peers ultimately decide who becomes the city's Bite Club champ. The six-episode series premieres Thursday, September 6th at 9pm ET/PT with Chicago, followed by episodes in Savannah, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charleston and Nashville.

"When five of the hottest chefs in the same city go up against each other, the energy is explosive - they are colleagues and rivals, friends and competitors," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Food Network and HGTV. "Tyler is the perfect host to oversee the top-notch culinary action and rivalry in each town."

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posted 8/9/18

Fox Goes Live
FNGenius to Play During Teen Choice Awards
From Android Police

Quiz app HQ Trivia became immensely popular in a short space of time, capitalizing on users' fondness for being challenged as well as their thirst for winning (often tiny amounts of) cash. The app's success hasn't gone unnoticed by the Fox Broadcasting Company, which is about to debut a competitor called FNGenius: Live Game Show.

Taking the genre to the next level, FOX TV's FNGenius will be broadcast live on the channel during the 2018 Teen Choice Awards on August 12. So even if you're not playing along with the app, you can still watch it just like any regular TV game show.

Apart from that, the premise seems much the same as HQ Trivia, with a pot of cash ready to be shared between those who get a certain number of questions right.

One of the screenshots alludes to a prize fund of $25,000, but that may just be a placeholder and not representative of what we can expect.

While HQ Trivia took a while to figure out how it wanted to monetize its app, FOX's route appears clear from the outset. The "Powered By Twix" message at the bottom of some screens means we'll be getting in-game advertising from the start, and there will surely be commercial breaks either side to line up with the live TV show.

Details on the Play Store listing are scant, other than stating that the first FNGenius game will take place during the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, which runs from 8-10pm on August 12. Presumably, you'll be given some warning during the ceremony so those who've not yet downloaded the app can get involved.

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posted 8/9/18

Ant Taking a Break
"Sagturday Night Takeaway" Host to Go On Leave Until at Least 2020
From Deadline

British entertainment hit Saturday Night Takeaway will not return to screens until 2020 after host Ant McPartlin revealed that he is taking the rest of the year to deal with personal issues.

McPartlin will also step aside from hosting I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here this November, which means that co-host Declan Donnelly will present the jungle format without his presenting partner.

This comes after McPartlin was involved in a DUI and went to rehab earlier this year. Both shows are produced by ITV Studios, the commercial broadcaster's own in-house production arm, and are two of the network's biggest hits.

Both shows have been remade in the U.S., I'm A Celebrity was remade for NBC, while Neil Patrick Harris presented Best Time Ever, a remake of Saturday Night Takeaway, for the same network.

"Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019. Ant will not present I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in November this year," the duo said. "In addition Ant and Dec have made the joint decision not to present a new series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in Spring 2019."

"Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019. Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and therefore felt it was better to rest the series next year. They will instead bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.".

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posted 8/9/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Deal or No Deal?"

  • How Deal or No Deal can be a better fit for CNBC (Adweek)

  • Willis Reed wants to be the first African-American "Bachelor" (The Wrap)

  • Lauren Bushnell more concerned with Ben Whatshisface (Us)

posted 8/9/18

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