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Dancing with Disney
"Fam Jam" on the Way
From Deadline

Disney Fam Jam, a family dance competition series, has been given a straight-to-order series at Disney Channel, with each episode to feature two families competing in three rounds of dance battles for the "Disney Fam Jam" Champs crown.

The series was inspired by choreographer Phil Wright's popular online The Parent Jam dance classes.

Production on the TV series will begin in November. The TV series was announced today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"Disney Channel's core audience is extremely passionate about dance and music as we have seen with the global success of Disney Channel musicals, special episodes and short-form programming," reads a statement by Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. "Disney Fam Jam will take diverse, awe-inspiring families out of their living rooms and into the spotlight for a celebration of dance, family and fun." The multicam series, performed in from of a studio audience of families, will include mentors overseeing each dance round.

Wright, a teacher and choreographer who has worked with Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith and G-Eazy feat. Cardi B., among others, created and founded The Parent Jam, bringing families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance class.

Disney Fam Jam is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, Irene Dreayer and Phil Wright. James Sunderland will serve as showrunner.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/19

More on Drag Race UK
Catch the Stateside Premiere Tonight on Logo
From Vulture

Americans often think that British people are just like them — after all, Brits speak the same language, used to be our colonial overlords, and also have a divisive leader with an awful blond haircut. As such, U.S. viewers may think that they'll be able to just tune into RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. and totally understand what's going on — and they would be as wrong as if they dared to show their index and middle fingers to say "two, please." (Oh, you silly American, that is the British equivalent of flipping the bird.)

So in order to help Stateside viewers navigate Drag Race's trip across the Atlantic, here's what you need to know about the U.K. and its drag scene, so that you'll know what the bloody hell you're talking about when the show premieres on Logo tonight.

Vulture

posted 10/11/19

THURSDAY: Patriot Games
Football Fuels Fox to Finish
From The Futon Critic

FOX (11.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its weekly offerings of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

ABC (4.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (7.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Mom" (5.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.716 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.138 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (1.956 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.221 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.326 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.261 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.824 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 563k
- Temptation Island (SP/USA): 508k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 431k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 427k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 229k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/19

"Can't Touch This" Too Legit to Quit for Sony
Sony Pictures to Revive British Game... in Mexico... for MIPCOM
From Deadline

Sony is bringing back British gameshow Can't Touch This – two years after the original series was cancelled by the BBC.

The Hollywood studio has piloted a new version of the show, which was originally created by Sony's Northern Irish indie Stellify Media and is taking it out to international broadcasters at Mipcom.

The show is a comedic, interactive gameshow in which contestants have to overcome hilarious obstacles and challenges including bungee ropes, bubble wrap and slippery slopes, all guaranteed to make things difficult until finally they must take a huge leap of faith and touch the star prize – a brand new car.

It originally aired on BBC in a primetime Saturday night slot in March 2016 with Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo hosting. However, it failed to rate and was not renewed after its first season.

Deadline

posted 10/11/19

More on Catch 21
Catch the Premiere Monday on GSN!
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

The big tent near Caesars Palace just off the strip just found a new tenant - and you'll see what they did come Monday at 6pm ET on Game Show Network.

The new game show "Catch 21" - with host Alfonso Ribeiro & dealer Witney Carson - was a natural fit to film in Las Vegas.

Not because of its blackjack tie-in — contestants answer trivia questions in exchange for playing cards they hope will add up to 21 — but because Game Show Network executives found so much of what they needed here, the city was able to overcome the more generous tax credits available in other states.

Georgia, one of the locations that had been in consideration to host "Catch 21," offers a production credit of up to 30 percent, while Nevada's program is capped at 20 percent. Producers could hire more of the specialized crew members they needed in Las Vegas, though, and the city's proximity to Los Angeles meant lower travel costs for those workers who were brought in.

"Getting Los Angeles people to go out of town, if you say, 'Yeah, we're going to send you to Georgia for a month,' it's different than, 'You're going to go to Las Vegas for a month,' because they can go home on the weekends," says Jean Wiegman, GSN's senior vice president of programming and production.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 10/11/19

Project Runway Comes Home for the Holidays
Catch It On Bravo December 5
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's Emmy-winning competition series "Project Runway" returns for another season of high stakes and fierce fashions on Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Sixteen new hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history. Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in this industry. Each 90-minute episode will feature the return of some fan-favorite elements, including the "Siriano Save," in which Christian has the opportunity to bring one eliminated designer back into the competition, and the pièce de résistance, a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week. Gotham remains a main character for this fashion adventure for challenge reveals and runway shows with iconic locations such as the famous TWA Hotel at JFK, The Vessel at Hudson Yards, and Bergdorf Goodman. In addition, the groundbreaking series continues to shine a light on the evolution of fashion and inclusion by featuring a variety of sexual preferences, racial backgrounds and ages including a nonbinary model and a trans model, a "Dreamer," and the oldest designer ever to compete on "Project Runway." Challenging fashion norms, the designers are tasked with creating functional outfits for Olympians and Paralympians, as well as turning donated garments from Goodwill of NY into high fashion wear. For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.bravotv.com/project-runway/season-18/videos/your-first-look-at-project-runway-season-18

The Futon Critic

GoldDerby

posted 10/11/19

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

posted 10/10/19


CBS/Fremantle

It's... Exactly 9000!
Price Is Right Celebrates Milestone Episode
From Cadillac News

Come on down! TV's longest-running game show, The Price Is Right — with more than 65,000 contestants and $250 million–plus awarded in cash and prizes since Bob Barker debuted as host in 1972 — airs its 9,000th episode on Thursday, October 10!

Current host Drew Carey celebrates by bestowing a bonus $9,000 on every player who wins a pricing game; anyone who spins $1 on the Big Wheel pockets $9,000 too.

Here are more interesting numbers.
- $210,000: The largest cash prize ever won, during a game of Cliff Hangers.
- $157,300: The cost of the most valuable item ever won: an Audi R8.
- $23,743: The perfect Showcase Round bid by Terry Kniess in 2008.
- $132: The amount Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (Price's most famous contestant, next to Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White) overbid on his Showcase in 2000.
- 99: The age of the oldest winner. (There have been two almost-centenarians!) And the youngest? A 4-year-old betting prodigy.
- 77: Different games currently in rotation.
- 10: Plinko chips now in existence: five for game play and five backups.
- 3: Warehouses needed to store the show's prizes, including the cars.


The Cadillac News
ComicBook

posted 10/10/19


ABC

A Nice In!
ABC Renews "Holey Moley"
From the Futon Critic

ABC today announced the new season pickup of "Holey Moley," following its successful "Summer Fun & Games" debut on the network earlier this year. In the show's second season, set to air in summer 2020, the world's most extreme mini-golf obstacle course will return as all-new competitors take on daring new challenges in an attempt to win a cash prize. The season two course will be bigger and better than ever, featuring all-new holes, and bringing more drama, trick shots and hysterically impressive wipeouts. Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore will return as color and play-by-play commentators, respectively, while Jeannie Mai will resume her role as sideline correspondent. NBA superstar Stephen Curry serves as an executive producer as well as the "Holey Moley" resident golf pro.

The Futon Critic
Vulture
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 10/10/19

WEDNESDAY: Jam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with originals from "The Masked Singer" (6.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Almost Family" (2.595 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

NBC (7.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then remained in second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Chicago PD" (6.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with fresh installments of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "SEAL Team" (4.781 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "SWAT" (3.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.508 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Single Parents" (2.721 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Stumptown" (3.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.179 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and the debut of "Nancy Drew" (1.174 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 821k
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- THe Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 792k
- America Says (GSN): 495k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 301k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/19

Guess Who's Coming to Game Shows
Endemol Shine, Allspark Pictures Team to Develop Board Game Adaptation
From Deadline

Classic board game Guess Who? is being adapted into a television series after Endemol Shine North America teamed with Hasbro's Allspark Pictures.

The two companies have partnered to turn it into a non-scripted format for U.S. broadcasters and international networks.

In each episode, contestants make snap judgements based on intuition and clues in an effort to win cash prizes. In the original guessing game, each Guess Who? player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player's mystery character. When they think they know who their opponent's mystery character is, players make a guess. If the guess is wrong, that player loses the game. Players can also challenge opponents to a series of games in the Championship Series, where the first player to win 5 games is the Guess Who? champion.

Deadline

Realscreen

posted 10/10/19

Saving "Million Dollar Mile"
CBS Obstacle Course Race Goes to MIPCOM
From Deadline

The team behind CBS format Million Dollar Mile hope that tweaks and international ratings success for the LeBron James-exec produced competition challenge can help give the show another life in the U.S.

The ten-episode series, which is produced by James and Maverick Carter's Springhill Entertainment, Big Brother producer Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, has been adapted in France and Germany with a number of small changes designed to give a local flavor. In Germany, the series has aired as a four-part run of 120-minute episodes on Pro7, while the format, set in the famous Stade De France, airs later this month on France 2.

Deadline

posted 10/10/19

America Says is #1... in Ad Viewerability
GSN Original Leads in Survey According to Study
From B+C

The Game Show Network's America Says was the top show in ad viewability during September, according to a new report from TVision.

CBS's new series Bob (Hearts) Abishola was among the highest scoring shows during the month, as was HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation.

Ad viewability means that someone was in the room with the opportunity to see the commercials during the program.

The top cable shows were America Says, followed by Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo, BattleBots on Discovery Channel, Ink Master on Paramount Network and A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV.

The top broadcast shows were American Housewife on ABC, Bob (Hearts) Abishola, God Friended Me and Young Sheldon, all on CBS, and ABC's The Conners.

B+C

posted 10/10/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Super Deal"

  • Wayne Brady joins "Black Lightning" as Gravedigger (The Futon Critic)

  • Endeavor Content buys Glassman Media (Deadline)

  • "Temptation Island" couple still together... after the dude broke up with his longtime girlfriend (People)

  • Gwen Stefani to receive E! Fashion Icon Award (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer can't picture Jeopardy! without Alex (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Liza Koshy and a plate of hot wings (Mashable)

posted 10/10/19


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Jenna Dewan Gets Flirty
Fox Signs "World of Dance" Host for "Flirty Dancing"
From TV Line

It certainly takes two to tango — and Jenna Dewan will help them get acquainted.

Dewan has been tapped to host Flirty Dancing, an upcoming dating series at Fox.

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, Flirty Dancing will mash up blind dates with dance performances. In each episode, complete strangers will learn half of a dance routine, then will meet for the first time on a blind date, where they will dance together without saying a word. But there's a twist: These single men and women will perform a different choreographed dance with each of two potential love interests, before choosing the one with whom he or she has the strongest connection.

"Flirty Dancing is a truly unique format – it's unlike anything we've ever seen before. It's fun, fresh and romantic, and broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries," said Rob Wade, Fox's president of alternative entertainment and specials.

"Jenna is our dream host. She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love."

This won't be Dewan's first hosting rodeo, either: She previously emceed NBC's competition series World of Dance. Her other TV work includes roles on The Resident, Supergirl and Witches of East End, and she'll soon co-star in Netflix's upcoming musical drama Soundtrack (fka Mixtape).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 10/9/19

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) once again took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) likewise continued its total viewers reign with its trio of "NCIS" (10.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.239 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Empire" (2.872 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.040 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Emergence" (3.094 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and an encore of "Batwoman" (1.105 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 698k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 323k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 313k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/8/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Misery Loves Company"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • FIRST LOOK #2: "The Wall UK" (Herald Publicist)

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN...: the writing team at Jeopardy! need to take the L... and the I, the J, the T, the S, the Z, and the O (Polygon)

posted 10/9/19


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Nick Jonas Joins "The Voice" in 2020
Jonas Brother to Replace Gwen Stefani
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum Grammy and Golden Globe Award-nominated recording artist, actor and award-winning songwriter Nick Jonas will join the upcoming spring cycle of "The Voice" as a coach.

Jonas, who has had a successful career in film, television and music - both solo and with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers - will be joined by returning music superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly on the four-time Emmy Award winning hit musical competition series.

Jonas announced the big news today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" while promoting Jonas Brothers' platinum album and current single, "Only Human." See the clip here: https://www.ellentube.com/video/nick-jonas-gets-a-scare-from-his-new-the-voice-co-star-blake-shelton.html.

"As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick's success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to 'Songland' earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on 'The Voice.' We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists."

"I'm so excited to be a part of 'The Voice' family," said Jonas. "It's such an awesome group of individuals, and I can't wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices."

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap
Yahoo!

posted 10/8/19

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 29
From TV Newscheck

Several big daytime shows were dinged by stronger-than-usual competition from — and numerous for — breaking news coverage of President Trump and the Ukraine as well as House impeachment inquiry hearings in the session ending Sept. 29.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 +20%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 10/8/19

MONDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Fox Wins Demo, NBC Wins
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed solo demo honors on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "9-1-1" (7.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.799 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Voice" (8.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (4.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (6.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (6.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (5.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (5.612 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "All Rise" (5.230 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (5.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "All American" (0.926 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.204m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 832k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 365k
- America Says (GSN): 358k
- Cash Cab (P/Bravo): 279k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/8/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ouch"

  • Peter Weber suffers the most shocking "Bachelor"-related injury ever (Deadline)

  • Cameron Mathison near remission in cancer battle (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Holly Allen celebrates take your boyfriend to work day (Reality TV World)

  • For the last time, Ben Bailey is a real-life hack. He had to become one to drive Cash Cab (CheatSheet)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Orlando Magazine)

posted 10/8/19


TV Line

RIP TAYLOR: 1931-2019
"King of Confetti" Hosted "$1.98 Beauty Show", Played Almost Everything Else
From The Wrap

Rip Taylor, the flamboyant confetti-throwing comedian who was the host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show," died at his Beverly Hills home on Sunday at the age of 84, according to his publicist.

Taylor was known for his over-the-top comic delivery and his penchant for excitedly throwing confetti to celebrate a game show contestant's victory, something he regularly did during his appearances on "Match Game," "Hollywood Squares," "Super Password" and "The Gong Show."

Prior to his appearances on game shows and late night shows like "The Tonight Show," Taylor served as an opening act for stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.

But it was his appearance "The Gong Show" that earned him his biggest claim to fame. Impressed by his jokes as a judge, the show's host and creator Chuck Barris offered Taylor a job as host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show." Running from 1978-1980, the comedy show was a "Gong Show"-esque sendup of beauty contests that would end with Taylor bestowing the winner a bouquet of rotten vegetables and just under two dollars in coins, all while proclaiming, "You win the prize. You take the cake. You get the crown and a $1.98."

In the '90s, Taylor took roles in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" and "Indecent Proposal," as well as a voice role as Uncle Fester in an animated TV adaptation of "The Addams Family." In the 2000s, he had a cameo appearance at the end of each of the three "Jackass" films, celebrating the film's conclusion with a confetti shower.

Taylor is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney..

The Wrap
USA Today
Global News
Playbill
WGBH Boston
Rolling Stone
Newser

TV Line

posted 10/7/19


CBS

CASSANDRA WALDON: 1963-2019
"Big Brother" Season 1 Contestant
From Deadline

Cassandra Waldon, the first US resident of the Big Brother house, died Sept. 25 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 56.

Waldon worked for the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and was struck by a car there two months ago. She never regained consciousness from the head injury she sustained.

Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves remembered Waldon warmly in an Instagram post.

"Rest In Peace Cassandra. Your light will continue to shine in this world because of the way you lived your life: with class and grace," Chen Moonves wrote. "May your family and loved ones find solace and peace. Thank you for bringing your intelligence, warmth and wisdom to the 'Big Brother' house Season 1. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless your soul."

Waldon finished 6th out of 10 house guests in the series.

She worked at the UN as its director of communications for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and was living and working in Rome at the time of death.

A memorial service is planned in her home state of Maryland for next weekend..

Deadline
Gold Derby
The Epoch Times
Screen Rant

posted 10/7/19

Pasapalabra to Pass On
ITV Wins Game Show Court Case
From Euro Weekly News

PASAPALABRA, based on the original British format "The Alphabet Game", after 19 years as one of the most popular game shows in Spain, but a court ruling has ordered the program to cease airing.

Pasapalabra first aired on Antena 3 in 2000. In 2006, a Pasapalabra jackpot of 2.190.000 € became the largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Spain, and the third largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Europe.

In 2007, Pasapalabra moved to Telecinco with Christian Gálvez as host. Pasapalabra aired evenings on Telecinco, Monday through Friday.

What happened?

It seems the conflict lies in that Telecinco decided to stop paying what was stipulated in the contract for the rights of the adaptation of this format. Not only that, but Mediaset, a Spanish communications group created in March 1989 by the Italian company Mediaset., revoked the original contract and even sued ITV to return the amounts already paid previously, insisting that the program was one they created, while ITV assured that the rights belonged to them.

As expected, the British broadcaster responded by demanding the cessation of broadcasting of the program and the amount of 14.9 million euros, which is the sum of compensation that the Spanish broadcaster had failed to pay for the broadcasting rights.

The judicial process has been extensive and yesterday (Tuesday) October 1 the final ruling was given. Concluding that ITV would receive compensation and condemned Telecinco to "cease immediately, being also prohibited to resume in the future, broadcasting, editing, production, reproduction, public communication, distribution, transformation and any and all other forms of exploitation, by itself or through third parties, of the program 'Pasapalabra'."

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posted 10/7/19

All Eyes on Cannes
Industry Bigs Release MIPCOM Slates
From various sources

Many international producers are bringing their wares to market next month.

MIPCOM, the International Market of Communications PRograms, is an annual trade show held in Cannes for four days in October.

Fremantle, ITV, A+E, and JTBC are the first to come out with their plans...

- FREMANTLE: Fremantle's reality-dating series Five Guys a Week follows one woman on a quest for a new romance. In the format, the lady invites five potential suitors to move into her house with her for a week, all at the same time, all under one roof. "Five Guys a Week is the simplest new format of 2019," says Rob Clark, director of global entertainment. Another highlight is Epic Gameshow. "Fremantle, as the home of game shows, has created a huge weekly event-viewing format for ITV in the U.K., made up of our incredible game-show catalog," explains Clark. "We've taken some of our biggest game shows such as The Price Is Right, Strike It Rich and Card Sharks, added in a marquee talent presenter in Alan Carr and given each show an epic new ending." Another gameshow Fremantle will be shopping in Cannes is Rolling In It, which comes from Over The Top Productions and has been commissioned by ITV in the UK. It sees three contestants play alongside some of their favourite celebrities in a bid to go home with a big cash prize. Elsewhere, it has The Family Brain Games, a quiz show which sets out to find the nation's smartest family. Created by Label1 for BBC2 in the UK, it sees eight smart families go head-to-head in quizzes, plus footage of them backstage. Fremantle also has the reboot of Supermarket Sweep, the Thames gameshow recently brought back by ITV2 in the UK and shopped by Leslie Jones for an American release.
- ITV: A number of ITV's formats will also be on show at the French coast, with award-winning Love Island heading the slate of new and returning formats. Among the new formats are Comedians Giving Lectures with comedians providing their own take on academics, Old Wife, New Life which sees ex-wives move in with newly-weds to help resolve old issues, and new quiz show The Switch. The new kids show Project Z, part structured reality and part gameshow set in an imaginary zombie world, and Embarrassing pets complete the line up of new formats. Capping off ITV's slate for the year are returning formats such as the physical gameshow Catchpoint and In For A Penny. Finally, famous TV duo Ant and Dec will also be travelling to Cannes with ITV to share the story of their 29 years in the entertainment industry.
- A+E/JTBC: Solo Wars is a dating gameshow that unfolds between 100 singles, evenly split between male and female, who compete for love and/or a cash prize. A game of strategy; participants must form romantic allegiances to progress to the next round. Each round ends with one, or multiple, eliminations, culminating in one couple proving their love for each other, and winning the prize money. Participants use psychological tactics as they battle their rivals and appeal to the opposite sex.

- NBCUNIVERSAL: Bring the Funny, which was originally produced by UTAS, pays homage to every style of comedy performance and encapsulates a night out at a world-class comedy club. The format has already been picked up in France by prodco WeMake and in French Canada by ComediHa!. Another format headliner on NBCUI's slate is Britain's Best Parent?, produced by Monkey. It features unorthodox parenting styles and questions whether a perfect parenting philosophy really exists. A studio audience votes on which parenting style is best after parents compete. NBCUIF has also acquired a new third-party format from Israel. Quizshow You Should Know presents contestants with photos from their social media feeds and tasks them with answering general knowledge questions related to the places, food, activities, hobbies and events depicted in them.

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posted 10/7/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Rolling"

posted 10/7/19


CMT

Squares Go Country
"Nashville Squares" Premieres with Bob Saget Hosting November 1
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced that its new gameshow series, "CMT's Nashville Squares," will kick off with a two-episode premiere on Friday, November 1st at 8p/7c. Hosted by comedian Bob Saget, the all-new series puts a country music twist on the classic game show "Hollywood Squares," following in the footsteps of hit series "VH1's Hip Hop Squares," by staying true to the beloved tic-tac-toe format and infusing it with some of the most influential and charismatic personalities in country music, pop culture, entertainment, sports, fashion, comedy and more.

Celebrity contestants and squares include Bill Engvall, Caroline Rhea, Carson Cressley, Chris Sullivan, Deana Carter, Devin Dawson, Fortune Feimster, Gary Busey, Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin, Jimmie Allen, Kenya Moore, Kyle Busch, Mark Ballas & BC Jean, Marie Osmond, Melissa Peterman, Mickey Guyton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Sara Evans, Tanya Tucker, and Ty Pennington.

"CMT Nashville Squares" will feature exciting musical moments, fun and unpredictable competition, dance choreography from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: All Stars, and much more.

Additional celebrity guests this season include:
· Adam Richman
· Catherine Bach
· Cheslie Kryst
· Curtis Rempel & Brad Rempel
· Dusty Slay
· Hayley Orrantia
· High Valley
· Jon Reep
· Josef Newgarden
· Keifer Thompson & Shawna Thompson
· Leah Turner
· Lindsay Czarniak
· Loni Love
· Presley Tucker
· Sara Tiana
· Tom Wopat
· WWE professional wrestler, Mickie James

"CMT's Nashville Squares" is executive produced by Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon from Jesse Collins Entertainment (also "VH1's Hip Hop Squares"). Neal Konstantini serves as executive producer/show runner. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Trevor Rose are executive producers for CMT with Leslie Fram as executive-in-charge of music. The format is licensed from CBS Television Distribution.

Follow Nashville Squares on social and use #NashvilleSquares to join the conversation! Instagram: @cmtnashvillesquares Twitter: @CMTSquares Facebook: @CMTNashvilleSquares.

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The Tennesseean

posted 10/4/19


CBS News

DIAHANN CARROLL: 1935-2019
"Julia", "Dynasty" Actress Played Games During the 60s & 70s
From TV Line

Diahann Carroll, who as Dynasty's Dominique Deveraux played one of the first major black characters on a primetime soap, died Friday. She was 84.

Carroll passed at home after a long illness with cancer, per The Hollywood Reporter. She was featured prominently on the original Dynasty and its offshoot The Colbys in the 1980s, playing the deliciously wicked half-sister of John Forsythe's Blake Carrington. The role allowed Carroll to fulfill a dream she voiced to People in 1984: "I want to be the first black bitch on television."

Another signature part for the Tony-winning actress was the title role in Julia, a 1970s comedy about a widowed nurse raising her young son. The show ran three seasons on NBC and was groundbreaking in that its protagonist was a black character whose profession was not that of maid, butler or servant.

In game shows, Carroll was featured on Hollywood Squares, Jukebox Jury, Password, What's My Line, Talent Scouts, and Chance of a Lifetime
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TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 10/4/19

Mamma Mia! Here He Goes Again!
Omid Djalili to Host "Winning Combination" for ITV
From Deadline

Omid Djalili, the comedian and actor known for roles in films including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, is set to host an ITV gameshow from the makers of the longrunning hit series The Chase.

Djalili will front Winning Combination, which will be the first new quiz format from ITV Studios production outfit Potato since The Chase was born in 2009.

Winning Combination was piloted earlier this year and ITV is in the final stages of signing off a full series commission for its daytime schedule in autumn 2020.

The Potato format starts with nine contestants, who are assigned a number between one and nine. They are whittled down to a final four, and the combination of numbers they have been assigned represents the size of the jackpot they will play to win in a final round. It means the prize money could be as high as £9,876 ($12,176) or as low as £4,321.

It will be the first time Djalili has hosted a quiz and was approached after impressing on a celebrity edition of The Chase. ITV has been on the hunt for some time for a fresh face for its daytime entertainment lineup, according to sources.

The Chase, hosted by Bradley Walsh, is something of a phenomenon for ITV, running for a decade on the channel in daytime and giving rise to primetime celebrity specials. It was remade for GSN in the U.S. in 2013 and ran for five seasons. Potato's other shows include the UK version of Ninja Warrior.
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posted 10/4/19

THURSDAY: Ramshackled
Fox Wins with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (6.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "The Good Place" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Sunnyside" (1.278 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the conclusion of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (0.760 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 689k
- America Says (GSN): 485k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 478k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 472k
- TEmptation ISland (S/USA): 246k .


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Jeremy Clarkson to go farming for Amazon (iNews)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 richest game show hosts (THe Richest)

  • Rachel Lindsay doesn't think there'll be another African American "Bachelorette" (Reality TV World)

posted 10/4/19

Phil Keoghan Gets Tough
"Tough As Nails" Greenlit by CBS
From TV Line

CBS is extending its relationship with Phil Keoghan: The network has handed a 10-episode order to Tough as Nails, a new competition series hosted by the Amazing Race vet.

Tough as Nails will shine a spotlight on "real people who are real tough in real life as a result of their physically demanding, everyday jobs," according to the official logline. Competitors will face "challenges that take place in the real world" that test their "strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness" and "redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes." Keoghan will serve as an executive producer alongside his wife/longtime producing partner Louise.

"Tough as Nails was inspired by my proud, working class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coalminers," Keoghan said in a statement. "I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A-grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor. I'm excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors, and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes."

A nationwide casting search will commence in November; additional details can be found in the links below.

In addition to Tough as Nails, Keoghan continues to serve as host of The Amazing Race, which was quietly renewed for Season 32 back in May; a return date has not yet been announced..

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Deadline
The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 10/3/19

WEDNESDAY: "Masked Singer" Wins, But...
Fox, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

FOX (4.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with week two of "The Masked Singer" (6.753 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the premiere of "Almost Family" (2.951 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

"Singer" was up on the year by 26.67%, while it was down from its season premiere last week by 24% in the demo.

NBC (7.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (5.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a new "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) followed by the season premieres of "SEAL Team" (5.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "SWAT" (4.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.385 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.301 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.922 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Stumptown" (3.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its annual special "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.886 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 681k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/19

Arrests, Indictments for Colin Kroll Case
Drug Traffickers Charged in Death of "HQ Trivia" Creator
From the Wall Street Journal

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged six people with drug crimes who were allegedly linked to the overdose death of Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the HQ Trivia game app.

The six men, charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday, were members of a drug-trafficking organization that called itself Mike's Candyshop, prosecutors said.

"This illicit enterprise allegedly allowed people to order heroin and cocaine to their doorstep simply by calling the business phone number with the same convenience as if they were ordering a pizza," said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of the New York field office of Homeland Security Investigations.

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posted 10/3/19

Ever See Celebs Race Around the World?
Studio Lambert Format Moves To BBC One
From Deadline

Studio Lambert's high-octane reality format Race Across The World is moving to BBC One for a celebrity special.

The show started life on BBC Two, where the series finale became the highest-rated episode of a new factual entertainment title since 2016 when it aired to 3.4M viewers earlier this year.

BBC Two swiftly doubled down with a two series, 16-episode recommission. Now, the BBC is going one further, with six-part Celebrity Race Across The World for BBC One, in which four famous faces and a partner have to get from one side of the planet to the other without the luxuries of air travel, credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet.

Armed with some cash, the equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination, they have to earn extra money along the way and rely on the kindness of strangers to help them win the race.

Deadline

posted 10/3/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Karen Bags a Shark"

  • Joel McHale to guest star on "Will & Grace" (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: Cash Cab, Bravo flavor (Decider)

  • Byron Allen's SCOTUS battle gets political (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (WCBS-FM New York)

posted 10/3/19

GSN Gets A Clue!
Rob Belushi to Host in 2020
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has greenlit GET A CLUE, its new word-guessing game show hosted by actor Rob Belushi ("How I Met Your Mother"). The new half-hour series will premiere in early 2020 and will air Monday through Friday.

GET A CLUE is a fast-paced, high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play. The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000. They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

Born in-to comedy royalty (his father's Jim and his uncle's the late John), Rob Belushi is an accomplished actor, working in film, theater and television. The native Chicagoan began his career in the improv and theater scene at the famed Second City and Steppenwolf Theater. Best known for his role as Linus the bartender on "How I Met Your Mother," Belushi has also had reoccurring roles on "Ballers," "Chicago PD," "The Mentalist," and "Agents of Shield."

His film credits include "Sorority Row," "One Small Hitch," and "Valentine's Day." GET A CLUE is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network. Craig Brooks serves as executive producer.

Broadway World

posted 10/2/19

Nick: The Musical!
"America's Most Musical Family" to Premiere Across ALL ViacomCBS Platforms
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon has set the premiere date for its brand-new music competition series, America's Most Musical Family: Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). 30 talented family bands performing in all genres take center stage in front of celebrity judges Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, digital media sensation David Dobrik, pop icon and Broadway star Debbie Gibson and show host, singer and television personality Nick Lachey to compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize in partnership with Capri Sun 100% Juice.

The premiere of America's Most Musical Family will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), with new episodes airing every Friday night on Nickelodeon.

America's Most Musical Family kicks off with the following five family bands ready to battle it out with their very own take on hit songs: Nashville, Tennessee's eight-member group The Rees Family ("Walking on Sunshine"); New Jersey's band of brothers, Wanmor, whose father is Wanya from Boyz II Men ("It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"); From Rancho Santa Margarita, California, harmonizing sisters and human beat box brother Juat Sibs ("Honeymoon Avenue"); Brother and sister duo Juna N Joey from West Palm Beach, Florida ("Beautiful Crazy"); and San Jacinto, California's sibling quartet The Mitchells ("We Got the Beat").

America's Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media's Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC's Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon's Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America's Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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The Wrap

posted 10/2/19

TUESDAY: Voice Attracts the Kids, CBS Attracts Everyone Else.
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (8.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.321 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

CBS (9.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) likewise remained the most-watched network with its mix of "NCIS" (12.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (9.439 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.959 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.854 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its lineup of "The Conners" (5.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Bless This Mess" (3.772 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (3.542 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.155 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Emergence" (3.577 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.806 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Empire" (2.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Pandora" (0.559 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the season finale of "Pandora" (0.364 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped: Sweets Showdown (S/Food): 880k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 540k
- America Says (GSN): 480k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (P/Paramount): 353k .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/19

How the Cookie Crumbles
Food Network Greenlights "Girl Scout Cookie Challenge", Alyson Hannigan Hosts
From Deadline

There's Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and Savannah Smiles. Now add a new TV series to the pantheon of Girl Scout Cookies.

Food Network has picked up primetime competition series Girl Scout Cookie Championship for a four-episode season. The news was announced Wednesday by network president Courtney White.

Hosted by "Penn & Teller Fool Us" host, actress & former Girl Scout Alyson Hannigan of How I Met Your Mother and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the series challenges professional bakers to transform their favorite Girl Scout Cookies into new dessert creations.

Judges Nacho Aguirre and Katie Lee are joined each episode by a rotating third judge, including confirmed panelist Carla Hall. Lee and Hall are also Girl Scout alums.

Production is currently underway and the series is slated to premiere in Q1 2020 during Girl Scout Cookie season..

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 10/2/19

Meet the X Factor Celebs
Catch It This October
From Telly Mix

A celebrity version of The X Factor is on the way for 2019 - who is on the line up?

X Factor boss Simon Cowell previously revealed plans to postpone the sixteenth regular series of the singing contest in favor of two spin-offs. One will be a 'champions' edition featuring fan favorites from past years, while the other will feature celebrity contestants.

Celebrity X Factor will begin in October on ITV. Meanwhile on our side of the Atlantic, AXS TV has revealed that it will premiere The X Factor Celebrity on October 14 at 8PM.

The X Factor: Celebrity, made by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle-owned Thames Television for ITV, will feature stars including Ricki Lake, Glee's Kevin McHale and Hayley Hasselhoff in the singing contest. Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will judge, while Dermot O'Leary will host.

AXS TV has been the U.S. home of The X Factor for the past five years. Lucia McCalmont, vice president of program acquisitions at AXS TV, said: "The series has long stood as one of the most popular offerings on our network, and has particularly resonated with our younger viewers who are excited to be among the first to see the up-and-coming international stars of tomorrow. "We are proud to continue to provide our audience with even more of the show-stopping performances, surprising eliminations, and blockbuster backdrops that have fueled the series to become the global sensation it is today."

The celebs who will take part in the show are:

OVERS
- Martin Bashir - TV news journalist
- Jenny Ryan - The Chase star known as The Vixen
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- Ricki Lake - Talk show host, featured on season 1 of "The Masked Singer"
- Victoria Ekanoye - Actress from "Coronation Street"

UNDERS
- Kevin McHale - Glee star, best known for his role as Artie Abrams in the hit US TV series between 2009 and 2015.
- Olivia Olson - "Adventure Time" voice actress
- Hayley Hassehoff - Actress and model
- Jonny Labey - Former "EastEnders" actor
- Megan McKenna - TV personality & singer

GROUPS
- Try Star - Sports stars Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis have formed a group to compete on the new ITV series.
- Max & Harvey - Teenager pop duo, CBBC and YouTube stars
- The Islanders - Former Love Islanders Zara McDermott, Eyal Booker, Wes Nelson and Samira Mighty team up to sing in the competition.
- Brendan Cole and Jeremy Edwards - Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan and Hollyoaks actor Jeremy have formed a duo.

- V5 - social media influencers Alondra, Natalie, Laura, Sofia, and Wendii

Telly Mix

Metro
Telly Mix
Deadline

posted 10/2/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Scare the Bear"

  • Jeff Probst blasts spoilers. On his own network. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • ICYMI: "The Voice" welcomes its second trans singer (Newsweek)

  • Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten... you know it was coming... (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel's in Miami, B (WPLG Miami)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 21 greatest British game shows (Joe)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Masked Singer" costumer Marina Toybina (The Wrap)

posted 10/1/19

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 22
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy hit an astonishing 1,200 straight weeks as syndication's No. 1 court show in the session ending Sept. 22. Judy, of course, has earned the highest ratings of any first-run program every season for the past decade and has been the top gaveler every week for more than 23 years.

New entries in the game show category were 25 Words or Less, which tallied a 0.8 for its first week, and America Says, which got a 0.5 in its opening frame.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy added 4% and topped the game shows with a 5.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 -2% - Premiere Week
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NA - Premiere Week
- America Says (Sony) 0.5 NA
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 10/1/19

MONDAY: Ray Lewis Withdraws from "Dancing"
NFL All-Pro Cites Injury
From Deadline

Dancing With the Stars contestants Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke will be hanging up their dancing shoes and not cutting a rug on Monday night's episode of ABC's reality dancing competition.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that the couple withdrew due to an injury suffered by Lewis. It was later revealed to be an aggravation of a lingering injury to the tendons in his feet. As a result, no one was sent home by the judges.

Last week, NFL star Lewis and ballroom dancing champion Burke found themselves as one of the two bottom couples. The judges ended up saving them and instead sent home legendary Supremes singer Mary Wilson and pro Brandon Armstrong.

In the days leading up to the couple's reported withdrawal, Lewis posted a photo on Instagram saying, "Make time for what matters. Take care of yourself. Mind, Body, and Spirit. #NoExcuses." Meanwhile, Burke posted a photo with the caption, "Hair courtesy of @kelseygusto, glam courtesy of @crabichuk, deep thought courtesy of the upcoming live show. #DWTS."

FOX (5.661 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) pulled into the top demo spot on Monday thanks to week two of "9-1-1" (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (4.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Sharing the adults 18-49 crown was NBC (7.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with originals from "The Voice" (8.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (4.666 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (6.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" (5.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.357 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "All Rise" (5.614 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (5.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.924 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.581 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.584 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 998k
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 776k
- Common Knowledge (GSN)L 520k
- America Says (GSN)L 322k


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posted 10/1/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "More Like Buy-ron Allen, Am I Right?"

  • Byron Allen purchases enough small to mid-level TV stations to make a case (Deadline)

  • John de Mol bows out of ITV (Deadline)

  • Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten... you know it was coming... (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel's in Miami, B (WPLG Miami)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 21 greatest British game shows (Joe)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Ferguson (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

posted 10/1/19

WEEKEND: Feud for Thought
ABC Holds Its Own Against NBC, NFL, Overruns
From The Futon Critic

NBC (17.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) hit a season high on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.274 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (18.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1).

CBS (9.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was silver draw with its own "NFL Overrun" (18.239 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3) followed by the season premieres of "60 Minutes" (12.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "God Friended Me" (7.827 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) plus a repeat "Evil" (4.359 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19).

Next up was ABC (4.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with the return of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.415 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) alongside the season premieres of "Shark Tank" (3.818 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "The Rookie" (4.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.633 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) alongside the season openers to "The Simpsons" (2.305 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (1.808 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.855 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Family Guy" (1.869 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Music Festival Greatest Moments" (0.496 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) and the season finale of "Mysteries Decoded" (0.509 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 914k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nick): 624k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 437k
- America Says (GSN): 369k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/19

Second "Stakeout"
Food Network Renews "Supermarket Stakeout"
From Cynopsis

Food Network has picked up a thirteen-episode second season of Supermarket Stakeout. In its freshman year, the show, which sets up pop-up kitchens outside local supermarkets, was seen by over 8 million viewers, a +12% growth for its timeslot versus year-ago for P25-54 and a +27% increase among millennial viewers.

Alex Guarnaschelli hosts as chefs square off in a competitive pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store. To make their challenge dishes, the chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and beg, borrow, and deal for their grocery bags.

Tenatively, season 2 will launch in early 2020.

Cynopsis

Releases

posted 9/30/19

Thanks... I Guess...
Food Network to Launch "Worst Cooks: Thanksgiving Redemption"
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel are preparing for food's biggest holiday with a full slate of Thanksgiving-themed programming, including a live on-air event and first-ever, interactive Thanksgiving streaming event on the NEW Food Network Kitchen app, marking a 40% increase in Thanksgiving content compared to 2018. The November primetime lineup on Food Network includes: Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, a four-episode competition hosted by Giada De Laurentiis premiering Sunday, November 3rd at 9pm ET/PT; Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption with Anne Burrell and Scott Conant on Sunday, November 10th at 10pm ET/PT; brand-new special Thanksgiving Pie Fight hosted by Sunny Anderson on Thursday, November 14th at 9pm ET/PT; a turkey-focused Good Eats one-hour special with Alton Brown on Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET/PT and Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular with Maureen McCormick on Sunday, November 17th at 10pm ET/PT. On Friday, November 22nd at 9pm ET/6pm PT, Guy Fieri will host the first-ever, fully interactive LIVE Thanksgiving streaming event, Guy's Thanksgiving Hotline, on the Food Network Kitchen app, sharing recipes, tips and guidance for the biggest holiday of the year, and giving fans the chance to have their questions answered in real-time. In daytime, Food Network goes live on air on Saturday, November 23rd at 11am ET with special two-hour interactive event The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live with The Kitchen co-hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian, joined by Alton Brown. Immediately following The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live, fans can join the hosts on the Food Network Kitchen app as they each go live sharing more great ideas on how to make this year's Thanksgiving the best it can be. On Cooking Channel, host Carla Hall discovers outrageous Turkey Day treats in primetime special Thanksgiving Grubdown on Monday, November 11th at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

"Food Network and Cooking Channel have Thanksgiving covered from every angle and this year we have packed the schedule, adding dynamic live and interactive content to really give viewers the experience, access and information they crave," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "From expert Thanksgiving feast recipes and family entertaining tips to edge-of-your-seat holiday themed competitions, spectacles, and live stunts, our programming and platforms are the ultimate destination leading up to the big day." .

The FUton Critic

posted 9/30/19

Take Off with Bradley & Holly
That's Literally the Name of the Show
From Beyond the Joke

Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby are to co-host a new family entertainment show, Take Off With Bradley And Holly, on BBC One this Christmas.

Made by Hungry Bear Media for BBC One, Take Off With Bradley And Holly will see the hosts giving lucky studio audience members the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Lapland. This festive special will be jam packed with incredible surprises, a gaggle of games and much more leading up to a spectacular end of show finale.

Bradley Walsh says: "Holly and I are going to help people have a wonderful Christmas this year... and we're going to have a right laugh whilst we do it! I can't wait to cheer up the nation with Holly at my side. Bring. It. On". Holly Willoughby says: "This Christmas Brad and I are going to be on the telly, on a Saturday night, surprising the nation with Christmas gifts of all shapes and sizes. And I couldn't be happier! Christmas is without doubt my favourite time of year. Happy Christmas everyone!".

Kate Phillips Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC, says: "We're thrilled to have Holly and Bradley fronting Take Off for BBC One. This one off special will see audience members compete for the trip of a lifetime, under the watchful eye of our fantastic, funny hosts". .

Beyond the Joke

Herald Publicist

posted 9/30/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Buzz to Beep"

  • Rylan Clark-Neal wants the BGT judges to play the Sweep (Telly Mix)

  • Jeff Foxworthy plays Bethlehem (The Morning Call)

  • FINALLY!!!! THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO.... Fox? (Deadline)

posted 9/30/19

19 Wins And Good Night
Jason Zuffranieri Wins Over $500,000, Qualifies for TOC After Next
From the Wrap

Jason Zuffranieri's 19-game "Jeopardy!" winning streak was snapped on Thursday by researcher Gabe Brison-Trezise. Zuffranieri won a total of $532,496 across a total of 19 wins, ranking him among the upper echelon of "Jeopardy!" champs.

He currently holds the number-three spot on the list of all-time highest regular season winnings. It's a distant third, though, with "Jeopardy!" sensations James Holzhauer ($2,462,216 across 32 games earlier this year) and Ken Jennings ($2,520,700 across 74 games in 2004) both earning more than four times Zuffranieri during their winning streaks.

Zuffranieri is also tied for fourth place on the list of most consecutive wins with Season 22's David Madden. Only three players have won more: Julia Collins (20 games), Holzhauer (32 games), and Jennings (74 games).

"My mentality for 25 years was that I wasn't meant to be on the show for whatever reason: not smart enough, not camera-friendly, not interesting, whatever," Zuffranieri said in a statement. "To finally get a chance on that stage was a dream come true, and the level of good fortune I received is truly beyond anything I ever considered could happen."

The math teacher tried out a total of nine times before finally making it on the show for the syndicated game show's 36th season.

The Wrap

posted 9/27/19

THURSDAY: Football... and Everything Else
Fox Wins on TNF Debut
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.525 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its debut lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "The Unicorn" (6.007 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.224 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.965 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the openers to "Superstore" (2.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.601 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14), "The Good Place" (2.432 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.794 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening the penultimate "The Outpost" (0.651 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and the season finale of "The Outpost" (0.506 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (S/Food): 965k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 755k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 748k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 500k
- America Says (GSN): 392k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 371k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/19

HBO Max Buys Into "Ellen's Home Design Challenge"
Fox Wins on TNF Debut
From TV Line

The Ellen DeGeneres Show gifted this Friday's audience members with a two-year HBO Max subscription — due to the fact that DeGeneres has teamed with the upcoming streaming service for three projects that have been ordered straight to series.

"I'm very excited to bring my new shows to HBO Max," DeGeneres said in a statement. "I don't know who Max is, but I can't wait to work with him."

One of the series DeGeneres has on tap for HBO Max, which launches in spring 2020, is Ellen's Home Design Challenge, in which eight forward-thinking designers are given the chance to push their creativity to the limit, all as DeGeneres weighs in on each challenge and provides humorous, colorful commentary.

"Some may be a stone's throw away …others may be in a tiny village halfway around the world…all of them are motivated to live up to Einstein's ideal of changing the world for the better," says the synopsis. "Ellen is a singular talent, and a powerhouse, creative triple-threat that we are lucky to have now bringing her talents to bear on behalf of HBO Max," HBO Max CCO Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "Ellen's flair for home design and matchmaking will most certainly inspire and delight — but HBO Max is full service, so as not to leave the kids out she's bringing them back to the hilarious misadventures of her childhood in an imaginative animated series."

TV Line

Deadline

posted 9/27/19

Taskmaster Heads to NZ
Adaptation to Air on TVNZ2
From Stuff

A local version of UK comedy game show Taskmaster will air on TVNZ 2 next year after the project was awarded NZ on Air funding.

Taskmaster was the only new comedy show to receive an NZ on Air grant for next year, although three series, Educators, Mean Mums and Golden Boy, have been awarded funding for second seasons. Taskmaster NZ will follow the format of the popular British show, which airs on Duke.

The show sees a comic host or "Taskmaster" challenge a panel of guests, usually comedians, to complete funny and strange "tasks."

Stuff

posted 9/27/19

Jennifer Hudson Gets Replaced... Again.
Meghan Trainor Goes to "The Voice UK" as Coach
From Deadline

Meghan Trainor is to replace Jennifer Hudson as a coach on the British version of The Voice. The All About The Bass singer, who was a judge on Fox's The Four alongside Sean Combs and DJ Khaled will star in ITV's The Voice UK alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs. H

udson said that she had left the show as a result of "filming commitments". She is set to star in the film adaptation of Cats, which launches in December, and filming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.

Emma Willis will be back to present the show, which is based on the John De Mol-created format. Filming commences in October with the series set to launch on ITV in the New Year.

Deadline

posted 9/27/19

First & Last for the BBC
Jason Manford to Host New Series
From Birmingham Live

Jason Manford is set to host new BBC game show First And Last.

He has welcomed the chance to create a show that drowns out the "tough" outside world.

The aim of the competition is to avoid earning either the most or the fewest points in each round.

Manford will present the new six-part series which will air on BBC One. Contestants on the show will have to navigate a range of rounds without coming either first or last, as they will be eliminated.

Birmingham Mail

ATV Today
Beyond the Joke

posted 9/27/19

God Save the Queens
Logo to Air "Drag Race UK" Stateside
From the Wrap

"RuPaul's Drag Race UK" will sashay its way across the pond for its U.S. television premiere just over a week after it debuts in the U.K.

The international spinoff series promises to "showcase the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of the top drag queens, from sickening lip syncs to wig snatching moments, as they prove to Mama Ru why they deserve to be the 'UK's Next Drag Superstar.'"

Its first episode will air Friday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c on Logo, following its Oct. 3 premiere in the UK on BBC Three iPlayer and in the U.S. via the WOW Presents Plus streaming service. For those wondering, yes, the series will be available to stream in America prior to its linear debut on Logo.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline
Goldderby

posted 9/27/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja... TimTheTatman... Jordan?"

  • Jordan Fisher press play with Loaded (Deadline)

  • Cassie Randolph denies breakup, but isn't in a rush to get engaged. That... makes no sense (Reality TV World)

  • Mel B ... yeah, she said that (Digital Spy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the newest "Ink Master" (WRBL Rochester)

posted 9/27/19

United States of Alesha
BGT Judge Joins Howie & Simon for "Champions" Season 2; Heidi Klum Returns
From the Wrap

"America's Got Talent" is switching up the judges' table for the second season of its "Champions" edition, bringing in Alesha Dixon to replace Mel B.

Dixon, a singer, songwriter and author, should feel right at home on "AGT.": She has served as a judge for the U.K. version of the talent competition series, "Britain's Got Talent," since 2012. The rest of the "AGT" judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — and host Terry Crews will all return.

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" brings together former winners, finalists and impossible-to-forget acts from previous seasons of "America's Got Talent," "Britain's Got Talent" and other "Got Talent" franchises from around the globe, to compete for the title of World Champion.

The first season averaged a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen, when counting seven days of DVR and on-demand delayed viewing.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 9/26/19

WEDNESDAY: No Match for "Masked"
Fox Wins on "Masked Singer" Premiere
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour season premiere of "The Masked Singer" (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

Second place then went to CBS (5.260 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with the debut of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) followed by the season finale of "Big Brother 21" (4.230 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the season openers to "Chicago Med" (7.413 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (7.223 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its season premieres of "The Goldbergs" (4.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Schooled" (3.441 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Modern Family" (4.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Stumptown" (4.534 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.764 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the season finale of "Hypnotize Me" (0.449 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 866k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 694k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 604k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 465k
- America Says (GSN): 366k
.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/19

More on "Rhythm+Flow"
Catch It on Netflix October 9
From TV Line

If you're looking for a nice, soothing, Norah Jones-ish singing competition to lull you to sleep… well, Rhythm + Flow ain't it, OK?

Netflix's new hip-hop competition series — debuting Wednesday, Oct. 9 on the streamer, with new episodes released on the following two Wednesdays as well — comes out of the gates strong, based on the new trailer above, with big names (Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip "T.I." Harris serve as judges, with guest appearances from Quavo, Big Boi and Nipsey Hussle) and even bigger talent. We see the judges comb cities like L.A., New York, Atlanta and Chicago looking for diamonds in the rough, with the best contestants facing off in fierce head-to-head rap battles to win a spot in the final rounds.

Their desire is real ("I need this," one contender admits through tears), and the judges offer them some tough love along the way to help shape their sound. The show has a distinct edge to it, too: After one particularly combative rap battle, guest judge Snoop Dogg announces, "This ain't The Voice, mother******!"

TV Line

The Wrap

posted 9/25/19

TUESDAY: This Is A Split
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with night two of "The Voice" (8.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the season premieres of "This Is Us" (7.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.271 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

CBS (9.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the most-watched network with its openers to "NCIS" (12.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "FBI" (8.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was ABC (4.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its debut lineup of "The Conners" (5.677 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (4.000 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (4.009 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.524 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Emergence" (4.111 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up the season premieres of "The Resident" (3.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Empire" (3.350 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "Pandora" (0.498 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.475 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
-
Ink Master (SF/Paramount): 647k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 414k
- America Says (GSN): 399k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "I'm In Miami"

  • Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to take the stage at the big game in February (TV Line)

  • Cassie Randolph denies breakup, but isn't in a rush to get engaged. That... makes no sense (Reality TV World)

  • Nick CAnnon gets his own talker (The Wrap)

  • MAsked Singer producers want to take on the world (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Something horrible... and amazing... happened on "Supermarket Sweep" (The Sun)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Danny Dyer on "The Wall" (Herald Publicist)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the newest "Big Brother" champion (TV Line)

posted 9/24/19

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 15
From the Wrap

Despite preemptions for football and coverage of Hurricane Dorian, entertainment magazines rose in the Labor Day holiday session ending Sept. 8 as shows aired tributes to the late Valerie Harper.

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the biggest first week of any first-run program launched in the last six years, with a 1.5 rating/5 share weighted metered market average for its primary runs. This included increases over year-ago time periods of 50% in New York, 86% in Los Angeles, 133% in Boston and 140% in San Francisco. Clarkson also climbed 25% on average in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 age group. The show's strongest performance was in Nashville where it clocked a huge 5.7/16 at 9 a.m., taking the station's time period up 30% from last year.

Also generating plenty of positive ratings buzz, Tamron Hall notched a 1.2/4 weighted average in the overnights, the best first week of any syndicated talk show in five years other than Clarkson's. In addition, Tamron finished first or second in its time periods in six of the top 10 markets including year-over-year gains of 19% in New York, 43% in L.A., 44% in Philadelphia and Atlanta and 80% in Houston. The talker's highest numbers were a 2.8/7 in Memphis at 1 p.m., up 40% from its lead-in, and a 2.5/8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 10 a.m., up 38% over what Dr. Oz did in the same slot last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 +20% - Premiere Week
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 +10% - PRemiere Week
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC - Premiere Week

TV Newscheck

B+C
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/24/19

MONDAY: Aaaaaaaand They're Off
Despite Soft Premiere, NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) kicked off the 2019-20 season on top with the season premiere of "The Voice" (8.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by the launch of "Bluff City Law" (4.727 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

FOX (5.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second among adults 18-49 with the return of "9-1-1" (6.956 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and the debut of "Prodigal Son" (4.180 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (6.620 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with week two of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.626 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by the season opener to "The Good Doctor" (6.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.037 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its debut lineup of "The Neighborhood" (5.729 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.876 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "All Rise" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Bull" (6.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.905 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.687 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking CHampionship (SP/Food): 1.171m
- Halloween Cake-Off (P/Food): 834k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
- America Says (GSN): 292k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/24/19

WEEKEND: Pretty Much Football... and Everything Else
NBC Wins with SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.738 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (7.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (17.722 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #T2) followed by "60 Minutes" (11.826 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (5.814 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.573 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Madam Secretary" (2.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was FOX (5.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its presentation of "FOX's Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals" (6.022 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (5.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7). Said numbers were well short of NBC's telecast last year, "The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.082 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.1), on a Monday night.

Meanwhile, ABC (3.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.178 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), a new "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the season finales of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.763 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.698 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "Masters of Illusion" (0.558 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.447 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.076m
- Nick Cannon PResents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 250k
- Nick Cannon PResents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 237k

On cable Saturday...
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 560k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 806k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/24/19

Who Brought the Sauce?
Quibi Greenlights Dancing Competiton
From Deadline

Quibi has given a green light to The Sauce, a new traveling dance competition hosted by viral dance sensations Ayo & Teo, from Thalia Mavros' The Front.

In the series, viewers will follow best friends and brothers Ayo and Teo as they embark on an epic cross-country road trip in search of today's hottest dancers, spotlighting the diversity of dance culture in each new city. Per the official logline: "In this wild, face-to-face street competition, fresh teams in each new city will battle it out for a chance to prove they're the best in America. 10 Cities. 22 Teams. 1 Winner. Who will hold their own and show they got The Sauce?"

Casting for the series is under way. Submissions can be submitted in the link below.

Deadline

posted 9/24/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Enough Butter in the World"

  • You know why Paula Deen isn't on the Food Network anymore? $#*! LIKE THIS! (Yahoo!)

  • Barry Poznick promoted at MGM (Deadline)

  • Tyler Cameron swears he & Gigi HAdid are just friends. Sure. (Reality TV World)

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: "Is Big Brother rigged?" (CheatSheet)

  • Linda O'Leary (Kevin's wife) gets charged (Vice)

  • VIDEO WALL:
    No one: ....
    Absolutely no one: ....
    Cartoon Network: LET'S PUT SCOOBY DOO & TEEN TITANS GO! IN FAMILY FEUD! (YouTube)


  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jason Zuffranieri (Newsweek)

posted 9/24/19

It's Game Time Again on CBS!
"Let's Make a Deal", "Price Is Right" Return
From Broadway World

CBS, the #1-rated network in daytime for 32 years, today welcomed back the entire crop for new seasons.

"For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television," said Angelica McDaniel, former Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs. "From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year. And this fall, with Marie Osmond joining THE TALK, we'll have an exciting, warm and authentic new face at the table. We look forward to having viewers join us every day on CBS for a season full of entertaining, real and unforgettable moments."

Monday, Sept. 23 marks the return of America's top-rated and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, and the 11th season of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, featuring Daytime Emmy Award winning host Wayne Brady. Both Daytime Emmy Award-winning shows will be celebrating premiere week with incredible prizes.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT will surprise one winner each day with an exciting bonus prize, including a Tesla, a trip for 10 to the Bahamas, and, for the first time in the show's history, a contestant will have their cell phone bill, car payment and rent paid for an entire year!

LET'S MAKE A DEAL will also feature an entire week of Triptastic Deals! Each day, three lucky contestants will have the opportunity to win a trio of trips that will take them all over the world, with one taking home a Triptastic Deal of a lifetime at the end of every episode!

Network television's most-watched daytime program, entering its 48th season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is averaging 4.43 million viewers, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is averaging 5.03 million viewers. The series is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Evelyn Warfel is the executive producer.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 2.79 million viewers, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.20 million viewers. The show is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (check local listings). John Quinn is the executive producer..

Broadway World
TV Insider

posted 9/23/19

"Drag Race" Sashays Away with Another Emmy
That's Two in a Row for VH1 Favorite
From Deadline

RuPaul's Drag Race has sashayed to its second consecutive win for Outstanding Competition Program, and host RuPaul Charles got political as he accepted the award.

The VH1 reality competition series beat The Amazing Race, The Voice, Top Chef, Nailed It! and American Ninja Warrior. It already had made history for VH1, picking up the most noms in the Viacom network's history, and last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, Charles picked up his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program to tie Survivor's Jeff Probst for most wins in the category.

Charles, picking up the award alongside the producers of the World of Wonder-produced series, said that he was "so proud" of the format that shows "how fabulous" its contestants were.

After thanking the Academy voters, he also urged viewers to get involved in the 2020 presidential election. "Speaking of voting for love, go and register to vote," he added.

Season 11 of the show, which began airing in February, had a record-breaking 15 total contestants, whereas previous seasons typically stuck to 14. Michelle Visage returned as a main judge, while Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews returned as rotating main judges. This year's winner was Yvie Oddly, with Nina West winning Miss Congeniality.

Deadline
Deadline

posted 9/23/19

India Gets Its Own "Wall"
Tamil Language Version to Air on Vijay TV
From Telegraph Star

The Wall is an all-new game show which is on the verge of broadcast through Vijay TV. According to sources, the game show is said to be one of the massive game shows of the country. In addition to this, The Wall has heavy inspiration from the American TV game of 2016 that NBC broadcasts.

At first, the American counterpart had Chris Hardwick as its host. However, now Maverick Carter, LeBron James, and Andrew Glassman are the new producers of the series. In 2019, Vijay TV came up with an announcement of coming up with a Tamil language type of The Wall. The Tamil version will premiere soon by the end of 2019..

Telegraph Star

posted 9/23/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "J! Effect"

  • Michele Loud promoted to co-head writer (Instagram @Jeopardy), Alex Trebek trolls Michael Strahan (Twitter @NFLonFox), and yesterday he was the next James Holzhauer, today, he's the first Jason Zuffranieri (Vulture) PLUS secrets every fan should know (iDaily)

  • Witney Carson has a favorite (TV Insider)

  • Amanda Seales brings the funny... on her live game show tour (Deadline)

  • Dancing with the Stars to go on the longest tour ever (The Futon Critic)

  • Wayne Brady sings at a Concert for America for SiriusXM (Broadway World)

posted 9/23/19


Jacobs Media Strategies

CARL RUIZ: 1975-2019
"Food Network Star" & "Grocery Games" Judge
From Deadline

Food Network star and restaurateur Carl Ruiz died Saturday in his sleep of a suspected heart attack. He was 44 years old and his death was confirmed by his restaurant's Instagram page.

Ruiz opened a new restaurant, La Cubana, in New York City in June. The eatery specializes in authentic Cuban cuisine. The late chef appeared on the Food Network in multiple episodes of Guy Fieri's showcase Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and also was a frequent judge on the Guy's Grocery Games competition.

"I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone," Fieri said on an Instagram post. "I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef. Over the years, I've met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl 'The Cuban' Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him."

Also mourning on social media was chef Jet Tila, who appeared on the shows Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, as well as Guy's Grocery Games.

"You taught us how to enjoy every moment to the fullest and not live wondering what if! You are gone way too soon @carlruiz! I will always be #ruizing! You will be remembered by us all! #RIP my friend," he wrote. "Thank you @guyfieri for bringing Carl into all of our lives."

The Food Network chef Ben Ford added, "Our community lost a good one yesterday. Way too young RIP."

The La Cubana Instagram page said, "On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother.

"Beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl's larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures. His fierce intellect and infectious humor knew no bounds. He was a mighty force of down home Cuban cuisine, and lived life to the fullest, just as he cooked—with "dancing always" as the most important ingredient. Here at La Cubana, Carl paid proud tribute to his Cuban roots each night, and it is here that Carl's legacy, undeniable spirit and passion for his culture will live on. We hope we make you proud, Carlito."

The Food Network has not yet issued a statement. There was no immediate information available on survivors or a memorial service..

Deadline
The Wrap
CNN
TMZ

posted 9/22/19

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "And Then There Were Four..."

  • Carson Daly is about to be a father of four! (Reality TV World)

  • Detroit Youth Choir gets an endowment from businesses (Deadline)

  • Nina West rips the red carpet in drag (Deadline)

  • Mark Labbett says he's bigger than the guys on Love Island.. He's not wrong (Metro)

  • ICYMI: Someone uses the H-word... (UPROXX)

posted 9/22/19

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