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Netflix's Match Game
Catch It, Appropriately, February 14
From the Futon Critic

Meet Netflix's most eligible singles who are back for a new spin at romance! How will these reality stars fare in the ultimate game of love?

Perfect Match premieres this Valentine's Day, February 14, only on Netflix! Perfect Match brings together the most famously single stars of Netflix's unscripted series (Love Is Blind, The Ultimatum, Too Hot To Handle, The Mole, Selling Tampa, The Circle, Twentysomethings: Austin, and Sexy Beasts) to a tropical paradise in an attempt to find love. As they compete to form relationships, the most compatible couples will play matchmaker, breaking up other couples and sending them on dates with brand-new singles they'll invite to the villa. Will they create better matches, or will they create chaos? In this over-the-top journey of strategy and dating hosted by Nick Lachey, only one couple will be crowned the Perfect Match.

MEET THE SINGLES
· Abbey Humphreys (Twentysomethings)
· Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere (Selling Tampa)
· Bartise Bowden (Love Is Blind)
· Calvin Crooks (The Circle)
· Chase DeMoor (Too Hot To Handle)
· Chloe Veitch (Too Hot To Handle, The Circle)
· Colony Reeves (Selling Tampa)
· Damian Powers (Love Is Blind)
· Diamond Jack (Love Is Blind)
· Dom Gabriel (The Mole)
· Francesca Farago (Too Hot To Handle)
· Georgia Hassarati (Too Hot To Handle)
· Ines Tazi (The Circle France)
· Izzy Fairthorne (Too Hot To Handle)
· Joey Sasso (The Circle)
· Kariselle Snow (Sexy Beasts)
· Lauren "LC" Chamblin (Love Is Blind)
· Mitchell Eason (The Circle)
· Nick Uhlenhuth (The Circle)
· Savannah Palacio (The Circle)
· Shayne Jansen (Love Is Blind)
· Will Richardson (The Mole)
· Zay Wilson (The Ultimatum)

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Reality Blurred

posted 1/17/2023


TV Insider
BRUCE GOWERS: 1940-2023
Emmy-Winning Director Helmed "American Idol"
From Deadline

Bruce Gowers, a prolific and groundbreaking director of music videos whose work included the groundbreaking, much-imitated 1975 video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," died Sunday in Santa Monica of an acute respiratory infection. He was 82.

Winning multiple Emmy, Grammy, MTV and DGA Awards as a director and producer, Gowers' credits include hundreds of major television events, episodes and award shows including The Primetime Emmy Awards, The Billboard Awards, The MTV Video Music Awards, and, for eight seasons, American Idol, for which he won the 2009 Emmy for Best Musical Variety Director.

Gowers video for "Bohemian Rhapsody", in which the band members' faces were shown against a dark background they sang four-part harmony, helped establish both the rock band as one of the biggest of the decade and music videos as a powerful promotional tool for the recording industry. Gowers would subsequently direct popular music videos for such music icons as Prince ("1999"), the Rolling Stones ("Hot Stuff"), Michael Jackson ("She's Out Of My Life"), John Mellencamp ("Hurts So Good") and Fleetwood Mac ("Landslide"), among many others.

Gowers was born in New Kilbride, Scotland, graduated from The Latymer School, and went on to attend the BBC Training College. He started his career at the BBC, learning the business from the ground up as a cable puller, a cameraman, and production manager. Those positions were followed by Staff Producing/Directing positions at the Rediffusion and London Weekend Television networks.

Gowers relocated to the United States in the 1970s. He met his wife of 23 years, the writer-producer Carol Rosenstein, on the music video shoot for Rod Stewart's No. 1 smash "Tonight's the Night."

Among his accolades, Gowers won a DGA Award in 2004 for the TV special Genius: A Night for Ray Charles, a Grammy for Huey Lewis and the News' "Heart of Rock and Roll" and an MTV Video Music Award for "Bohemian Rhapsody" — Best Video from a Film for the song's famous appearance in Wayne's World. Among his many Emmy and DGA nomination was one for 1997's Fleetwood Mac: The Dance.

Other games that Gowers directed include "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", "Celebrity Duets", "The Challenge", and "American Juniors".

In addition to his wife, Gowers, a longtime resident of Malibu, is survived by daughter Katharine Polk, son Sean Gowers, and grandchildren Sean Jr, Robert, Charlotte, and Layla. He also is survived by his former wife Charlene and was predeceased by first wife Jacqueline.

A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gowers' name to World Central Kitchen and Southern California Bulldog Rescue.

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posted 1/16/2023


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

ABC Orders "Jeopardy! Masters"
Six Supers Invited, Ken Jennings to Host
From EW

We'll take a very tough competition for $800, Alex.

ABC has picked up another spin-off of America's favorite quiz show: Jeopardy! Masters.

Described as an "elite-level" competition, the series will feature the six highest-ranked contestants as they face off in a Champions League event to win the grand prize and the coveted title of Jeopardy! Masters Champion. Fan favorites Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Andrew He, Sam Buttrey, and James Holzhauer will go head-to-head in the tournament, with Ken Jennings hosting each hourlong episode.

The show is set to feature two action-packed, high-stakes games.

Schneider's 40-game streak in season 38 landed her at No. 2 on Jeopardy's all-time consecutive wins list, while Amodio's 38-game streak spanning seasons 37 and 38 put him at No. 3. Roach's 23 wins put them at No. 5 — they are the first Gen Z super-champion, having become the youngest contestant currently ranked in the Top 5 for all-time consecutive games won.

The tournament will not be about who wins the most money; instead, it will be a "points-based system" focused on wins and losses.

"This is really about wins," Davies emphasized. "And it's about winning games. And we want to reward winning. There will be some bonus for finishing second, but it's really about winning games."

"This is our Super Bowl," Davies added before revealing that the top three will return the following year, while the other three will have to qualify to get back on the show.

He explained that "qualifying for Jeopardy! Masters will be a combination of the TOC winner from next year and a new tournament, which we have not scheduled yet, but we are committing to verbally today, which is the JIT, the Jeopardy! Invitational Tournament, where we will be inviting back past champions, past great players, players from previous seasons.

"The winner of which, and perhaps the second place finisher, will themselves qualify for Masters," he stated before revealing that the 4th, 5th, and 6th placers from the previous Masters tournament will also be entered into the Invitational.

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TV Insider

posted 1/17/2023

Four Brides for Four Farmers?
Catch "Farmer Wants a Wife" Reboot March 8 on Fox
From the Futon Critic

Real love is back! Rounding up true romance, Farmer Wants a Wife brings big heart to the heartland in an all-new unscripted dating show hosted by Jennifer Nettles, which follows four hard-working farmers - Ryan Black, Allen Foster, Hunter Grayson and Landon Heaton - in search of real, lasting love. Each farmer hosts a group of single women who leave behind the comfort and convenience of city life for the charms and challenges of country living, as they embark on an adventure that could change the course of their lives forever. Farmer Wants a Wife premieres Wednesday, March 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The pursuit of genuine love never looked like this as each farmer and their group of hopeful singles meet and mutually select one another before the women are invited to experience life on their respective farm. From there, the farmers show each group what it is really like on an actual working farm, from tending to the land, feeding cattle and baling hay, to the behind-the-scenes business operations. For the ladies, the reality of this way of living may beg the question: how far are you willing to go for love? Together, with the hope of finding their ever-after, they endeavor to discover the beauty, humor, trials and romance that come with finding the one.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/2023

The Great American Recipe... Volume 2
Catch It on Member-Supported PBS June 19
From the Futon Critic

Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, PBS announced that Season 2 of the popular series THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE premieres Mondays, June 19-August 7, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS app. A fun and uplifting eight-part cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic, Season 2 will introduce viewers to a new group of inventive home cooks who compete to wow the judges with their beloved signature dishes. Alejandra Ramos returns as host and renowned chefs Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot are back as judges and mentors for Season 2.

"The first season of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE was a multiplatform success, attracting younger and more diverse audiences to PBS," said Zara Frankel, Senior Director of Programming and Development, General Audience Programming at PBS. "Viewers rooted for and connected with our wonderful home cooks from around the country, and we are delighted to launch a new season of this fan favorite with fresh faces, new recipes and heartwarming stories."

"We couldn't be more excited to launch the second season of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE in June," said Steve Humble, Chief Content Officer at VPM, co-producer of the series. "The team and cast had another great experience filming the show right here in Virginia. Being able to share the participants' touching personal stories through food is something we can all relate to. We found another batch of amazing home cooks from around the country, and we can't wait to share another amazing array of dishes and family recipes with our audience."

"We are excited to be partnering again with PBS and VPM for this celebration of everything that makes American cuisine so distinctive and diverse." said Jilly Pearce, President, Objective Media Group America. "In Season 1, we experienced the culinary legacies of home cooks from the Midwest to Mexico. This season, our cooks traveled from all over the country to share their stories and most treasured recipes, from Native American bison short ribs, to Hawaiian loco moco, to Guyanese chicken curry."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/2023

Meet the MILFs of the Manor
Catch It on TLC (Which We Swear USed to Be Educational) January 15
From the Futon Critic

TLC is introducing the eight confident and strong-minded women who leave home for the chance to find love at a paradise destination in TLC's brand-new, love and relationship dating series, MILF MANOR which premieres on Sunday, January 15th at 10PM ET/PT on TLC and is available to stream the same day on discovery+. Meet the women of MILF MANOR:

- KELLE lives in Orange County and works as a real estate broker and a wellness/fitness coach. She is a mother of 6 kids and is extremely fit. She has tried her hand at love and can't believe she is single.

- SHANNAN lives in Atlanta and works as an event planner for a health insurance company. She was married for 18 years and after that took a long break from dating. She is back out there now and recently dated a 27-year-old which opened her mind to different age groups.

- STEFANY was born in Lima, Peru, but has been living in LA since she was 8 years old. She currently lives in California. She is a high-end realtor and a paralegal. She mostly dates younger guys and likes it that way.

- SOYOUNG is a surgical nurse specializing in heart surgery after working years as a hairstylist. She lives outside of New Orleans and hasn't had a relationship for a while. She prefers to be the dominant one in a relationship and has always been with younger men.

- APRIL JAYNE, a former heavy metal video vixen, lives in Los Angeles and is now a personal trainer. Last year she was engaged, however her fiancé tragically passed away, and April hasn't dated anyone since then.

- POLA is originally from Mexico but now lives in Miami where she and her family own a gym. Her first language is Spanish, which she prefers to converse in. She is extremely active and has been single for 9 years.

- CHARLENE, originally from New Jersey, moved to LA for a fresh start. She works in the hospitality industry and her favorite thing to do is to sit at the beach and tan. Exiting a toxic marriage, she is ready to date younger and have a good time.

- APRIL is an insurance representative and an event planner in Detroit, MI. She has been divorced for 4 years and has reluctantly dated a little. She's a workaholic with a strong personality which tends to get in the way of her dating life.

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posted 1/17/2023


BBC

Jeremy Clarkson to Stay on "Millionaire"
Recent Column Called "Awful" by Kevin Lygo of ITV
From Deadline

ITV has confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson won't be axed from the channel and will remain as host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire despite reports Amazon has "cut ties" with the host.

An ITV rep confirmed to the Mirror that Clarkson, 62, will continue to host the ITV quiz show, which is due to resume filming later this year, as their stance from last year has not changed.

ITV Content Boss Kevin Lygo has become the first senior ITV exec to respond to Jeremy Clarkson's controversial Meghan Markle column, branding the article "awful" but stating he will keep his job as host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

Clarkson's article "did not represent our values," Lygo told journalists at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch yesterday afternoon, adding: "It was awful and he has acknowledged that. I don't know what he was thinking."

Friday's Sun column, which said Markle should be "made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds throw lumps of excrement at her," is UK press regulator IPSO's most complained about article of all time with more than 20,000, and Rupert Murdoch's paper has since retracted the piece while Clarkson said he was "horrified to have caused so much hurt."

Meanwhile, Scottish MP John Nicolson wrote to ITV CEO Carolyn McCall urging her to ask Clarkson, who has hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for five years, to stand down.

McCall is yet to respond but Lygo said Clarkson will continue presenting the format.

"What [Clarkson] writes in a newspaper column is really more for [the press] to talk about than us," said Lygo. "We have no control over what he says and hire him as a consummate broadcaster of the most famous quiz on TV."

One ITV presenter who the pubcaster's execs may be having a word with is Gary Neville, the ITV World Cup football pundit who was criticized for a World Cup final rant in which he compared workers' rights in Qatar – where thousands of migrants are reported to have died building stadiums – to the "demonization" of public sector workers in the UK. The comments have been condemned by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak amongst others.

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Deadline

posted 1/17/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Once and Future King of Late Night"

  • Craig Ferguson gets shopped by Sony for the fall (Deadline)

  • Leslie Jones to host The Daily Show this week (TV Newscheck)

  • Jeopardy! clue draws backlash... but is it really wrong? (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a beauty... and a beast (KDAF Dallas Fort Worth)

posted 1/17/2023


National Television Academy
HECTOR RAMIREZ: 1944-2023
Emmy-Winning Cameraman
From Deadline

Hector Ramirez, a cameraman known for live events and music and comedy specials who racked up 20 Emmys and scores of other nominations in a career spanning 44 years and 200-plus credits, has died. He was 78.

His wife, Alma, posted the news on social media last week. "Today I lost my husband, partner, friend, hero, protector, handyman and cameraman extraordinaire," she wrote on January 11. "So many memories to behold in the 47 years of our marriage that my heart is broken and my world so much smaller. He was larger than life, a dad, grandfather, uncle, brother and loved by so many friends. He touched so many lives. He is deeply missed. No more pain baby, rest in peace and go and tell your stories to all the angels in heaven."

Ramirez won four Emmys for his work on Dancing with the Stars, on which he worked from 2006-13, and also won TV Academy hardware for American Idol, the 1994 Oscars, the 2008 Grammys and specials from Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Cher, Sting and Neil Diamond. He also won four Emmys for his work on David Copperfield magic specials in the 1990s.

Most recently, Ramirez worked on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and the CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway? from 2016-22.

In addition to his wife — they met at CBS, where she was a production supervisor, and married in July 1975 — survivors include son Dana, granddaughter Alaya, three brothers and a sister.

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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/16/2023

Andrew Llinares Joins Fremantle
Game Show Producer Replaces Outgoing Rob Clark
From Deadline

Former Dancing with the Stars and The X Factor EP Andrew Llinares has replaced the retiring Rob Clark at Fremantle. Llinares takes on the Director of Global Entertainment post at the super-indie vacated by Clark next month, who is exiting after two decades with the company.

He takes on responsibility for Britain's Got Talent firm Fremantle's global entertainment production, development and acquisitions teams. Llinares has spent the past five years as EP of Dancing with the Stars and Deadline revealed his departure last March. He oversaw numerous seasons including the all-athletes season 26 and the 30th, which featured one of the most exciting finales in the show's lengthy history.

Llinares was the original showrunner on The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent UK in 2004 and 2007 respectively, spent some time EPing the U.S. X Factor from 2011 and used to head up co-productions for Fremantle label Thames and Simon Cowell's Syco.

Fremantle Group CEO Jennifer Mullin praised a "seasoned producer and a creative executive that has been within our family for many years," adding: "Rob Clark has been instrumental in designing our Global Entertainment division and I believe Andrew is well poised to build on that, ensuring that creative and production excellence remain at the heart of our company."

Llinares said he "feels like I'm coming home" and "cannot wait to get started."

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posted 1/16/2023

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

  • Maren Morris gets emotional as she apolozies to "Drag Race" contestant (Deadline)

  • Jeremy Clarkson's "Grand Tour" set to end on Prime Video (Variety)

  • Marvin Achi FINALLY made his way to "Big Brother"... sort of. (Legit)

  • TBS swears "The Cube" is coming soon after the season premiere was hastily scuttled (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Samantha Harris about yoga (Ocean Drive)

posted 1/16/2023


USA Today
LISA MARIE PRESLEY: 1968-2023
Singer/Songwriter, Daughter of Elvis Played "Idol"
From TV Line

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died Thursday at 54 years old.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla Presley said in a statement to the Associated Press. "She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known."

Paramedics arrived at Presley's Calabasas, Calif. home on Thursday morning, responding to a report of a woman in full cardiac arrest.

Presley was a musician in her own right, releasing a number of popular songs during her career, most notably 2003's "Lights Out" and 2005's "Dirty Laundry." She also released several posthumous duets with her late father, including "In the Ghetto" and "I Love You Because."

In game shows, she was a musical guest on "American Idol" in 2012. She was also a supporter of her mother Priscilla during her season on "Dancing with the Stars."

Presley's high-profile romances also attracted plenty of media attention, including her marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. She had four children, including actress Riley Keough.

TV Line

posted 1/13/2023

Noah Bonnett Joins Sony
Game Show Producer Joins Game Show Unit
From Deadline

Veteran unscripted producer Noah Bonnett has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television's recently formed game show division.

Bonnett has been producing unscripted television with a focus on studio game and competition shows for over 20 years. His credits include NBC's Ellen's Game of Games and The Wheel; Syfy's Total Blackout; ABC's Bet On Your Baby and 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show; Fox's Mental Samurai and the daily syndicated series Pictionary.

Bonnett started his television career at SPT as an assistant at Columbia TriStar Television.

Deadline

posted 1/13/2023


NBCUniversal

More on "The Traitors"
Catch It on Peacock TODAY!
From The Wrap

Mystery, trickery, deception, strategy, betrayal and adventure all await viewers in Peacock's new psychological thriller competition series "The Traitors."

"Deep in the Scottish islands, there's a castle were the faithful reside. Their goal, win a quarter of a million dollars," says "The Traitors" host Alan Cumming in the trailer for the series which debuted on Jan. 4. "But, hidden amongst them are three traitors. Exciting isn't it?"

The series is set to premiere with all 10 episodes on Peacock Jan. 12, and will feature 20 contestants who are battling it out through a series of psychological challenges to see who takes home $250,000. "The catch? Three of the contestants coined 'the traitors' will devise a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants coined 'the faithful,' reads a description of the series.

"The Traitors" is executive produced by Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Toni Ireland, Sam Rees-Jones, Tim Harcourt and Jack Burgess.

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Video Age

posted 1/12/2023


ABC

... and Renews Three More
"Claim to Fame", "Press Your Luck", "Celeb Feud" Coming Back
From EW

ABC's Fun & Games lineup isn't going anywhere. On Wednesday, the network handed renewals to Celebrity Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Claim to Fame.

Celebrity Family Feud, the veteran of the pack, will return for Season 9 with host Steve Harvey; Press Your Luck, entering Season 5, will continue with host Elizabeth Banks; and Claim to Fame, which launched last summer with hosts Kevin and Frankie Jonas, will be back for Season 2.

The trio join the newly announced Jeopardy! Masters, a Ken Jennings-hosted primetime spinoff that will find the six highest-ranked, current Jeopardy! contestants facing off in a Champions League style event.

Premiere dates were not announced as of press time.

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posted 1/12/2023


Channel 4

Colin Murray Gets the Big Chair Full Time
Meet the New Host of "Countdown"
From Royal Television Society

Channel 4 has announced that Colin Murray will take over from Anne Robinson as the new permanent Countdown host.

Murray has guest hosted the UK's longest running TV quiz show since summer 2022, becoming a favorite among fans.

Confirming the news on Steph's Packed Lunch, Murray said: "It's a career dream to be named as permanent anchor of one of television's most iconic programmes. I have been a fan since day one, been part of the family for over a decade, appearing on Dictionary Corner, and now I get the honour of guiding it into a fifth decade. However, I just don't want Countdown to survive, I want it to thrive."

During his guest hosting stint, more people tuned into the daytime quiz show, reaching close to a million for the final episode of 2022. "I want that to just be the beginning," said Murray. "Countdown is a special show, and its stars will always be the letters and the numbers, but it's more than that. Great afternoon company for people of all ages from all across the UK. Rachel, Susie and I are very excited for the year ahead. If you haven't watched in a while, drop by and join us. Everyone is welcome."

Before Countdown, Colin was known for hosting Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and radio shows on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 1.

Murray will become the show's seventh permanent host, replacing Anne Robinson after she stepped down last summer. Previous hosts include Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor, Jeff Stelling, and Nick Hewer.

To celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, the show saw Baroness Floella Benjamin, Sir Trevor McDonald, Reverend Richard Coles and Moira Stuart all guest host a week of episodes.

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posted 1/12/2023


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

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

The session ending on New Year's Day was a quiet one for all but a few of the top-shelf syndicated veterans, many of which were completely in reruns.

For example, in an extremely rare occurrence, the five most popular magazine strips were all hit with losses. Inside Edition erased 9% from the prior frame; Entertainment Tonight fell 14%; Access Hollywood sank 13%; TMZ tumbled 14%; and Extra pulled back 17%.

Elsewhere in access, the three longest-running game shows were losers, with Jeopardy fading 5%, Family Feud dipping 2% and Wheel of Fortune slowing 8%.

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 (CMV) 5.2 -5%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 -8%
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 -17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 1/12/2023


Metro
CAROLE COOK: 1924-2023
Legendary Actress, Friend of Lucy Played "Password"
From Newsbreak

Carole Cook, the 'Sixteen Candles' star actress, has passed away. The veteran actress died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California, on the afternoon of January 11, just three days before her 99th birthday, USA TODAY has reported. She died at the age of 98.

According to a statement from her agent, Robert Malcolm, Cook died "peacefully" on Wednesday from heart failure. Cook had over 60 screen credits in addition to a distinguished stage career, where she created the character of Maggie Jones in the 1980 Broadway musical "42nd Street."

Lucille Ball, the late comedy legend, and Cook were close friends. Ball suggested that she adopt the name Carole in honor of Carole Lombard, a famous actress.

Cook explained to Queer Voices in 2019: "I had no place to live in California, so I lived in Lucy's guesthouse until I got settled." She changed my name. I was born Mildred Frances Cook but Lucy didn't think it was a good show business name. She gave me the name Carole after Carole Lombard. Lucy said to me, 'You have the same healthy disrespect for everything in general, just like Lombard.'"

Cook, who was performing in theater in Ohio, was brought to Hollywood by the "I Love Lucy" star so she could take part in Ball's musical revue at the DESILU theater.

During a 1965 appearance with Cook on the game show "Password," Ball remarked, "We've been friends for a several years."

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posted 1/12/2023


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FIVE MORE YEARS! FIVE MORE YEARS!
Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! Renewed to 2028
From Deadline

ABC is keeping hold of vowels, consonants and questions after renewing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.

The Disney company's owned and operated stations have ponied up a big increase to keep the long-running gameshows on their schedule.

Deadline reports that it has renewed both shows, which are the two-most watched shows in syndication, for five years through the 2027-2028 season. This will take Wheel of Fortune through its 45th season and Jeopardy! through its 44th season.

It comes five years after its last big increase was announced, which saw ABC beat Fox to keep hold of both shows for the 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons after Fox came in with a rival bid.

The move means that Wheel of Fortune, which is now exec produced by Bellamie Blackstone, will be moving into its 41st season, with Jeopardy!, which is exec produced by Michael Davies, will be going into its 40th season.

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posted 1/12/2023

Brackets for ToC IV Released
Catch It on Food Network February 19
From Variety

Guy Fieri's iconic culinary competition, Tournament of Champions, returns with a supersized fourth season on Sunday, February 19th at 8pm ET/PT. The skills and abilities of the most talented chefs from the East and West coast will be pushed to the limit in the most difficult bracket-style culinary competition.

This year's lineup features 14 tournament rookies who are on a quest to shake up the competition. The pressure is intense, and emotions are high as the elite chefs do not know who their opponents will be and what cooking challenges they will face, with the latter determined by the dreaded randomizer. This season, Guy has added a twist with randomizer wild cards that progressively get harder and harder in each round. Each battle will feature blind judging by a rotating panel of judges consisting of the biggest names in the food world as the chefs watch their critiques from backstage. For this year's finale Guy is pulling out the ultimate wild card by inviting a surprise judge who is one of the most respected and revered chefs in the world. After 8 weeks and 31 grueling head-to-head battles, one talented chef will win it all and be crowned champion, taking home the coveted Tournament of Champions belt and a $100,000 cash prize.

Before the competition begins fans can look back at the Road to Tournament of Champions IV in an hour-long special on Saturday, February 11th at 11pm ET/PT on Food Network. featuring the most outrageous randomizer combinations, the biggest victories, fiercest rivalries, and the most shocking upsets.

"Tournament of Champions is the most intense culinary competition ever created. We've got single-elimination, sudden-death, head-to-head blind battles and judging," said Fieri. "But of course, every year we've gotta up the ante, so we made the competition even more wild and unpredictable with the introduction of wild cards in every round. Get ready for some big-time surprises!"

The chefs representing the East Coast are: Eric Adjepong, Karen Akunowicz, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Maneet Chauhan, Leah Cohen, Madison Cowan, Tobias Dorzon, Graham Elliot, defending Tournament of Champions III winner Tiffani Faison, Darnell Ferguson, Jose Garces, Ilan Hall, Stephanie Izard, Christian Petroni, Britt Rescigno, and Jonathon Sawyer. The chefs showing off their chops from the West Coast are: Carlos Anthony, Nate Appleman, Shirley Chung, Tiffany Derry, Elizabeth Falkner, Timothy Hollingsworth, Mei Lin, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Shota Nakajima, Viet Pham, Joe Sasto, Tracey Shepos Chanami, Adam Sobel, Jet Tila, and Lee Anne Wong.

"Tournament of Champions is consistently Food Network's highest-rated series with nearly 11 million viewers at the edge-of-their-seats last season," said Betsy Ayala, Senior Vice President Programming and Development, Food Network "This season will not disappoint. We have some of the most impressive competition chefs to date, alongside some very talented fresh new faces. Don't expect to know who's going to win because this season it's truly anyone's game."

Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner deliver real-time play-by-play as all the action unfolds in front of a live audience. Hunter Fieri follows all the action backstage, capturing competing chefs' reactions as they watch the rotating panel of food icons blindly judge their dishes and learn who is moving ahead and who is going home. Judges include, Michelle Bernstein, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Rocco DiSpirito, Lorena Garcia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Nancy Silverton, Daniela Soto-Innes, Ming Tsai, Jonathan Waxman, Andrew Zimmern, and one of the most highly regarded chefs to be revealed in the finale on Sunday, April 9th at 8pm ET/PT.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo!/Variety

posted 1/12/2023

THURSDAY: So Good, It's Scary
CBS Sweeps Night, NBC Carries Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's SVU led Thursday in the demo, while CBS' Young Sheldon delivered the night's largest audience.

CBS's Young Sheldon (7 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating) dipped in the demo, while Ghosts (6.3 mil/0.5), So Help Me Todd (4.8 mil/0.4) and CSI: Vegas (3.4 mil/0.3) were steady. Todd is looking at its largest audience to date, while CSI drew its best since Oct. 27.

NBC's Law & Order (4.5 mil/0.4) and Organized Crime (3.3 mil/0.4) dipped in the demo, while SVU (5 mil/0.6) was steady.

Back from the holiday break, CW's Walker (740K/0.1) and Walker Independence (440K/0.1) both were down, with the latter hitting a season low in audience.

FOX's Hell's Kitchen (2.1 mil/0.4), Flatch (940K/0.2) and Kat (1.2 mil/0.2) were all steady.

ABC's Celeb Jeopardy! (3.8 mil/0.5), The Parent Test (1.9 mil/0.3) and The Chase (2 mil/0.2) were all down.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.167m/0.27
- Battlebots (Discovery): 671k/0.11
- Master Minds (GSN): 555k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 350k/0.02


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/2023

TUESDAY: Less Than Gold
Golden Globes Nearly Miss All-Time Low
From the Hollywood Reporter

The Golden Globe Awards slid to the second-lowest viewer total in their 28-year history on NBC with Tuesday's ceremony.

The telecast averaged 6.25 million viewers, down 10 percent from 6.91 million for the last televised Globes ceremony in 2021. (Last year's awards weren't broadcast, as NBC opted not to air them due to controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.) The 2021 show was a remote production, with hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey emceeing in front of a mostly empty Beverly Hilton ballroom.

The all-time low for NBC came in the writers' strike year of 2008, when the HFPA aired a televised press conference announcing the winners rather than the usual ceremony. That broadcast gathered about 6 million viewers.

Tuesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.077m/0.19
- Chopped (Food): 670k/0.12
- Master Minds (GSN): 550k/0.06

- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 336k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 314k/0.04

The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/2023

MONDAY: NCIS CBS W-I-N
CBS Owns the Night with Triple Crossover
From TV Fanatic

Rule #15: Always work as a team. And the three NCIS series did just that on Monday night, each blowing past season highs in audience to lead CBS to its most-watched Monday since last April's NCAA men's basketball championship game.

CBS's NCIS kicked off the 3-parter with 7.7 million total viewers (its largest audience since Oct. 2021) and a 0.5 demo rating. The Hawai'i episode retained 7.2 million viewers (a Monday high for the series) and a 0.5, followed by the Los Angeles episode's 6.7 mil (best audience since April 2020) and 0.5. (Get scoop on the surprise audio "cameo.")

NBC's AGT: All Stars (4.3 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week, while the already-renewed Quantum Leap (1.7 mil/0.3) slipped to an audience low against stronger competition.

FOX's Fantasy Island (1.6 mil/0.2) was steady. In its regular time slot, Alert: Missing Persons Unit (1.5 mil/0.2) drew a fraction of its post-NFL premiere numbers (3.8 mil/0.8).

ABC's The Parent Test did 1.8 mil/03., followed by the Will Trent rerun's 1.6 mil/0.2.

Monday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.060m/0.21
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 841k/0.11
- Barmageddon (USA): 550k/0.14
- Master Minds (SP/GSN): 550k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 336k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 314k/0.04

TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/12/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Apploff the Tree"

  • Danielle Peress promoted at Apploff Entertainment (Deadline)

  • Jennifer Hudson, Sherri Shepherd BOTH get second seasons (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Masked Singer relaunches February 15 (The Futon Critic) and Too Hot to Handle is also renewed (The Futon Critic)

  • FAKE BEEF: Matt Amodio vs. James Holzhauer on Twitter (Yahoo!)

  • Michael Strahan honored with first Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Sports Entertainment (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

  • Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy welcome their first child (Reality TV World)

  • Julie Chen Moonves hints that Big Brother 25 will be a second-chance season (Screen Rant)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey about geniuses (CBS News Bay Area)

posted 1/12/2023

Let's Make a Deal Heads to Portugal
TVI Commissions a Local Version
From C21 Media

Portuguese broadcaster TVI has commissioned a local version of long-running US gameshow format Let's Make a Deal.

TVI's adaptation will be produced by Fremantle Portugal and distributed by Can't Stop Media, which also shops the format internationally. The show is scheduled to air in a primetime slot from Mondays to Fridays.

"Very glad to start 2023 with such great news coming from Portugal," said Damien Porte, partner, global distribution and operations, at London-based Can't Stop.

The show will broadcast daily in access primetime on local network TVI and marks the latest territory expansion for a format that has been given a shot in the arm since its underlying IP was acquired by Marcus Lemonis and Nancy Glass's fledgling Marcus / Glass Productions.

Let's Make a Deal was created for NBC in 1963 by Stefan Hantos and Monty Hall, who also served as the presenter for 30 years. It has been revived several times in its 60-year history, most recently in 2009 by CBS in 2009, whose version is hosted by Wayne Brady.

C21 Media

Deadline

posted 1/11/2023

Belgium Sings for Their Life
Tivoli TV to Adapt Armoza's "Song of My Life"
From C21 Media

Belgian indie prodco Tivoli TV is to develop a local version of Armoza Formats' entertainment show Song of my Life.

ITV Studios-owned Israeli distributor Armoza Formats, which licenses the show internationally, did the deal with Tivoli which will pitch it to local broadcasters.

Additionally, a third season of the Lithuanian adaptation is to air on pubcaster LRT, while a fifth season of the original Finnish show has been commissioned by broadcaster YLE.

The format sees four celebrities bring their most meaningful song to the contest, but don't reveal it to fellow guests. After a live performance of the tracks, the celebrities must try to identify who chose which tunes.

Last year, prodco Yellow Film & TV produced a special free-of-charge version of the show in Finland for Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1, to offer support to the wartorn nation.

C21 Media

posted 1/10/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Save the Date"

  • Brandon Jones, Serene Russell set a wedding date (Reality TV World)

  • Caroline Roseman joins "Big Brother UK" as director of creative (Deadline)

  • Cheryl Burke will not be on the "Dancing with the Stars" panel after all (Yahoo!)

  • Mayim Bialik returns to Jeopardy! in February. (The Sun)

  • Jay Leno to play the Wynn Las Vegas (Broadway World)

  • Kaitylyn Bristowe talks breakup rumors (Reality TV World)

  • Michael Strahan, fresh from destroying Skip Bayless, goes for Steve Harvey (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael McIntyre (Beyond The Joke)

posted 1/9/2023

FRIDAY: Cutting for Time
"Drag Race" Sets Record
From Deadline

RuPaul's Drag Race rang in its move to MTV with a ratings win. The Season 15 premiere was the highest-rated in six years with a 0.63 rating among the advertiser-targeted 18-49 demographic.

That's up 20% in ratings from the Season 14 premiere, which managed a 0.53 in the demo. It ranked as the No. 1 cable entertainment telecast of the day.

The jump in ratings likely has a lot to do with RuPaul's Drag Race switching networks from VH1 to MTV. The last time that the series switched networks — from Logo TV to VH1 — it saw a similar spike in ratings. MTV also generally performs better in terms of viewership and demo ratings than VH1, so it is possible that Season 15 continues to outperform previous seasons.

Season 15's premiere is actually the highest live + same-day rating of any premiere since Season 9, which was the first one to air on VH1 and got a 0.66 in the demo.

Episodes of the hit reality competition series were 90 minutes from Season 10 to Season 14.

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' S.W.A.T. and Fire Country were amongst a four-way tie for the nightly demo win, while the latter bested Blue Bloods to deliver Friday's largest audience.

CBS' SWAT (with 5.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) hit and matched season highs, as did the newly renewed Fire Country (6.4 mil/0.5). In fact, Fire Country delivered the time slot's best audience since a May 2020 Magnum P.I. Blue Bloods (5.9 mil/0.4) lost a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

FOX's WWE Friday Night SmackDown (2.2 mil/0.5) dipped.

ABC's Shark Tank (3.9 mil/0.5) was steady.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (1.9 mil/0.3) and Young Rock (1.3 mil/0.2) each dropped some eyeballs, with the latter also dipping in the dmeo.

Friday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 961k/0.19
- RuPaul's Drag Race - 8p (SP/MTV): 752k/0.29
- RuPaul's Drag Race - 9p (MTV): 698k/0.26
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 347k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked - 10:15p (SP/MTV): 343k/0.11
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 339k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked - 10:45p (MTV): 230k/0.07

Deadline
Entertainment Weekly
Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/9/2023


CBS News
ADAM RICH: 1968-2023
"Eight Is Enough" Actor Played Games
From Deadline

Adam Rich, best known for starring in the television drama-comedy Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 54.

He died Saturday at his Los Angeles area home, a family member confirmed to TMZ.

No cause of death has been revealed, but no foul play is suspected.

The Eight Is Enough series followed the Bradford family, which consisted of eight children. It detailed their life as they date, grow, marry and had children themselves. Rich portrayed Nicholas Bradford, the youngest son.

During the 1980s, Rich played Danny Blake in the ABC action drama Code Red and voiced Presto the Wizard in the CBS animated series Dungeons & Dragons. He later guest-starred in St. Elsewhere, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, and Baywatch.

In game shows, Rich was a guest of "All-Star Family Feud" at least once with four castmates from "Eight is Enough". IMDB says Adam was also a guest of Super Password and WordPlay for one week each in 1987.

Deadline
TMZ
DEadline
TV Line
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider
CNN

posted 1/9/2023

MONDAY: ABC Wins with MNF
NBC Takes Second with "Got Talent All Stars"
From TV Fanatic

America's Got Talent: All-Stars is settling in nicely alongside its predecessor at NBC.

The premiere episode of the new competition series — which features winners, finalists, fan favorites and viral sensations from previous seasons of America's Got Talent and Got Talent franchises around the world — has racked up 9.1M total viewers since its debut on January 2. The episode has also reached a 1.2 rating among the advertiser-targeted 18-49 demographic. That's up fairly significantly from the 5.3M viewers and 0.59 demo rating the episode scored in live + same day.

According to NBC, 15M viewers have seen at least six minutes of the episode. These numbers include two linear telecasts, delayed viewing and digital.The numbers for Monday are in, and it was a night of mixed returns for the broadcast networks.

Fantasy Island Season 2 finally got underway on FOX. Fantasy Island Season 2 Episode 1 had 1.7 million viewers and a 0.2 rating. The series was down from its series premiere (2.1 million viewers/0.4 rating) and its freshman finale (1.8 million/0.3 rating). Fantasy Island Season 1's strength was in its post-airdate viewing, so we could be in for a similar scenario this season. The long wait between seasons probably didn't help matters. FOX closed out the night with TMZ Presents: Lamar Odom (1 million/0.1 rating).

Over on NBC, America's Got Talent: All Stars launched with 5.1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating. Quantum Leap returned down a tenth to 2.3 million viewers and a 0.3 rating. NBC rewarded the series with an early second-season renewal late last year.

ABC's NFL Football coverage of the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field led the night, drawing 8.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating.

Monday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.131m/0.22
- Barmageddon (USA): 526k/0.15
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 376k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 328k/0.03

TV Fanatic
TV Series Finale
Showbuzz Daily

DEadline

posted 1/9/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Sports!"

  • #ICYMI Jared Jeffries is "One Away" from a big win (CBS Sports)

  • Ray Lalonde tells trolls where they can go (TV Insider)

  • Allison Holker pays final tribute to her late husband, Stephen "tWitch" Boss (Deadline)

  • Chris Harrison isn't bitter on his podcast.... not bitter at all. (TV Line)

  • Jesse Palmer: Zach cries. Like, a LOT (Reality TV World)

  • Bob Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo remembers one year later (TV Insider)

  • Michael Strahan DESTROYS Skip Bayless without mentioning his name (Mediaite)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "The Traitors" (ScreenRant)

posted 1/9/2023

Lost & Found Returns
Catch It on Buzzr January 16
From Twitter

Are you ready to journey into the unknown?

After a year-and-a-half absence, Buzzr's 7th annual Lost & Found returns January 16 with more hidden gems, lost pilots, and never before seen early episodes.

On tap are new-to-network episodes of Let's Make a Deal and Beat the Clock. In addition, the network will air early episodes of To Tell the Truth, Play Your Hunch, It's News to Me, and Choose Up Sides as well as pilots of Double Dare, On a Roll, Strike It Rich, and Star Words.

Twitter @BuzzrTV

posted 1/6/2023

Grudge Match: Food Edition
Food Network Greenlights "Superchef Grudge Match"
From the Futon Critic

The food world is filled with rivalries and in the new series Superchef Grudge Match hosted by Darnell Ferguson, some long-standing personal and professional feuds are settled in one-round, one-dish winner-takes-all heavyweight battles. In each episode, Darnell stages two different battles between chefs who have beefs with each other to finally bury the hatchet and win $10,000 cash, a prized knife from the losing chef and lifelong bragging rights over their food foe. From food competition rivalries and business partner squabbles to mentor vs. protégé grudges, sparks fly in and out of the kitchen in this one-hour series. Superchef Grudge Match premieres Tuesday, February 7th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming on discovery+.

"Superchef Grudge Match competitors have conflict with each other when they enter the kitchen - and the drama only intensifies from there," said Betsy Ayala, Senior Vice President Programming and Development, Food Network. "Just like show host Darnell Ferguson, these competitors are bold, brash and incredibly talented. They will do whatever it takes to win against their culinary rival."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/6/2023

THURSDAY: CBS Spooks the Competition
The Chase Sunk By Useless Reality Parent Thing
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, there was a three-way tie for the Thursday demo win, while CBS' Young Sheldon drew the night's biggest audience.

CBS's Young Sheldon (7.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating), Ghosts (6.4 mil/0.6), So Help Me Todd (4.7 mil/0.4) and CSI: Vegas (3.3 mil/0.3) all returned steady.

NBC's Law & Order (4.6 mil/0.5), SVU (5.4 mil/0.6) and Organized Crime (3.7 mil/0.5) all returned up in audience, with the latter also rising in the demo.

FOX's Hell's Kitchen (2.2 mil/0.4), Welcome to Flatch (920K/0.2) and Call Me Kat (1.1 mil/0.2) all added eyeballs.

ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! did 4 mil/0.5, followed by The Parent Test's 2.3 mil/0.4 and The Chase's 2.2 mil/0.3.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 931k/0.17
- Battlebots (SP/Discovery): 666k/0.13
- Battlebots (S/Discovery): 381k/0.07
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 346k/0.04

TV Line
TV Series Finale
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/6/2023

Meet Zach's Bachelorettes
Season 27 of "The Bachelor" Airs on ABC January 23
From TV Insider

The Bachelor returns for its 27th season on Monday, January 23, and ABC has now revealed the 30 women hoping to find love with Zach Shallcross. (The network previously unveiled 32 potential contestants in October, per usual, ahead of the official announcement.) Among the women vying for his heart are five who previously met him on The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose: Bailey, Brianna, Brooklyn, Cat, and Christina.

Shallcross is a 26-year-old tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California, who appeared in The Bachelorette Season 19 and won over Bachelor Nation with his quiet charm, wit, and openness to find lasting love. He put himself and his desire to meet "the one" first with his emotional exit, opening the door for his "person" to walk through.

Shallcross is a family man at heart, and he splits his time between Texas and Orange County. His parents have been married over 30 years and have shown him what true love looks like. He wants to find a love that echoes that standard. He's eager to start his journey back home in Southern California.

TV Insider
Reality TV World

posted 1/5/2023

More on "Are You the One: Global Edition"
Catch It on Paramount+ January 18
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+ today revealed a stacked lineup of international contestants for the upcoming global edition of the dating competition series ARE YOU THE ONE? The new season will premiere exclusively on the service Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the U.S. and Canada and roll out in the U.K., Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Latin America on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and in Australia on Thursday, Feb 14.

Relationship expert and TV host Kamie Crawford will host the first-of-its-kind global edition that will take contestants to Gran Canaria, Spain. An official trailer and key art were also released.

Meet the ARE YOU THE ONE? season nine contestants:
Women
· Anissa Aguilar / United States of America
· Brooke Rachman / United States of America
· Ciara "CC" Cortez / United States of America
· Courtney Rowe / United Kingdom
· Danielle Bonaparte / United States of America
· Dew Anderson / Spain
· Jordanne Deveaux / United States of America
· Julia-Ruth Smith / New Zealand
· Mijntje Lupgens / Netherlands
· Rosalyn "Roz" Odujebe / Ireland
· Taylor Kelly / United States of America
Men
· Aqel Carson / United States of America
· Brendan Mosca / Australia
· Clayton Carey / Australia
· Eduardo Dickson Jr. / United States of America
· Hamudi Hasoon / New Zealand
· Leo Svete / United States of America
· Michael "Mikey" Owusu / United Kingdom
· Nathan Grant / United Kingdom
· Oliver "Ollie" Andersen / United Kingdom
· Shamal "Samuel" Khan / United Kingdom
· William Gagnon / United States of America

In the most ambitious dating experiment ever attempted, 22 recently single men and women from around the globe were put through an extensive matchmaking process to find their "perfect match." Hailing from around the world and living together under one roof at an international location, these singles will have a shared goal: to find "the one." Each week, the singles will have an opportunity to find their match, and if they can identify all 11 perfect matches at the same time, they'll split a massive cash prize.

The global expansion turned a new leaf last season and broke barriers with its U.S. edition when it became the first sexually fluid reality dating competition show in the nation. From coming-out moments to discoveries of sexual and gender identity, it told powerful stories about navigating relationships and finding love as a sexually fluid individual for the first time on a reality dating show.

ARE YOU THE ONE? is produced by ITV Netherlands. Amy Boyle and Noah Moskin are Executive Producers. Sitarah Pendelton and Diana Morelli are Executive Producers for MTV Entertainment Studios with Matthew Parillo as Executive in Charge.


The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/2023

WEDNESDAY: Back to School
NBC Sweeps, TPIR Scores
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, there was a three-way tie for the Wednesday demo win, while NBC's Chicago Fire delivered the night's largest audience.

NBC's Chicago Med (6.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating) and Fire (6.9 mil/0.6) returned from the break steady and tied for the nightly demo win, while P.D. (5.4 mil/0.5) dipped in the demo.

Enjoying a beefier lead-in from Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (3.6 mil/0.5), ABC's Abbott Elementary (3 mil/0.6) hit a season high in audience while tying its all-time demo high. Home Economics (2.1 mil/0.4) was also up, while Big Sky (2.2 mil/0.2) was flat.

Fox's Special Forces: World's Toughest Test averaged just 2 mil and a 0.4 with its two-hour premiere.

Leading out of The Price Is Right at Night (4.3 mil/0.5), CBS's Tough as Nails opened Season 4 with series lows: 2.3 mil/0.3, followed by 2 mil/0.3.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 931k/0.17
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 718k/0.18
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 553k/0.09
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 521k/0.25
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 384k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 358k/0.05

TV Line
TV Series Finale
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/2023

Power Slapped
TBS to Move Reality Series a Week
From Deadline

TBS will air Power Slap: Road To The Title, a reality series based around a new sports league from Dana White, despite UFC President being caught on camera slapping his wife over the holidays.

The Warner Bros. Discovery network, however, has pushed the premiere of the series back a week following the incident. Deadline understands that TBS will air the first episode on January 18. It was originally scheduled to air on January 11. It has been replaced in the schedule with a repeat on Young Sheldon. There had been reports earlier today that the series had been shelved after it was removed from the January 11 schedule.

Power Slap is a new sports league created by White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Craig Piligian, the Pilgrim Media founder who runs Lionsgate's unscripted division. It is focused on competitive open-handed striking.

The league was created in partnership with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Endeavor. It features competitors from across the globe competing on the ultimate stage to showcase their power, technique and resolve.

The eight-part series, which is produced by Pilgrim Media Group, follows athletes competing to earn a spot in the cast house, the first Power Slap rankings, in future Power Slap matches and world recognition.

Over the holidays, White was seen hitting his wife Anne across the face after she hit him at a Cabo San Lucas nightclub in Mexico. He apologized in a statement after the video was leaked to TMZ and described it as a "horrible" incident.

Deadline

posted 1/5/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "No, Seriously... We're Still on This?"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen "clear the air" (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Bake Squad season 2 (The FUton Critic)

  • HBO Max swears they are past the era where they're cutting everything (TV Line)

  • Witney Carson reveals the gender of her second kid (Reality TV World)

  • Why does Jeopardy! have so many superchamps? Ask the Jeopardy! Fan himself (TV Insider)

  • Blake Shelton talks about his theme song written by Jimmy Buffett (CMT)

posted 1/4/2023


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

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

Christmas week was a joyous occasion for Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest as Live with Kelly and Ryan celebrated its 31st consecutive first-place finish in the talk show race, surging to a new season high in the session ending Dec. 25. Unwrapping a holiday-themed blowout, Live led the yak pack by its widest margin in two years, with a 6% weekly leap and a 20% spike over the previous three weeks to a 1.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

However, many other big syndies saw lumps of coal in their Nielsen stockings thanks to traditionally low holiday viewing levels and a slew of preemptions for Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearing coverage on Dec. 19 and President Joe Biden's joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that was later followed by Zelensky's speech to Congress on Dec. 21.

Among game shows, newcomer Pictionary had its best week yet, picking up 20% to a new season high 0.6.

Family Feud also notched a new season high, advancing 6% to a 5.1, while heading south were leaders Jeopardy, which stumbled 5% to a 5.5; and Wheel of Fortune, which skidded 4% to a 5.2.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 -4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +6%*
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NA
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 NA
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.6 +20%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 1/4/2023

TUESDAY: Procedrals Split ABC, CBS
"Got Talent" Drops
From TV Line

ABC's The Rookie and The Rookie: Feds both saw significant gains with their new, Tuesday team-up, while CBS' FBI copped the night's biggest audience.

The Rookie drew 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), surging to its largest audience audience since May 3, 2020 and its highest demo number since May 9, 2021. Feds in turn rose to series highs of 3.8 mil/0.4. Closing out ABC's night, the Will Trent premiere (3.6 mil/0.4) exceeded anything Feds had done in the time slot.

CBS's FBI (7.6 mil/0.6) returned from the holiday break up both in viewers and in the demo. International (5.5 mil/0.4) and Most Wanted (4.4 mil/0.3) each lost a few viewers, with the latter also ticking down in the demo.

FOX's The Resident (2.5 mil/0.3) dipped ahead of next week's double-episode finale.

NBC's AGT: All-Stars (3.4 mil/0.5) was down from Monday's premiere (5.1 mil/0.6); New Amsterdam (2.37 mil/0.3) dipped to a series low in audience.

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 989k/0.16
- Chopped (SP/Food): 772k/0.17
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 320k/0.03

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posted 1/4/2023


Herald-Sun
CARY YOUNG: 1939-2023
Quizmaster Won Australian "Sale of the Century" 60 Times
From News.com.au

Cary Young, a famous winner of a popular game show has passed away aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

He died peacefully at his a Melbourne retirement village.

Cary Young was a regular contestant on the 1980s quiz show Sale of the Century and won a record 60 times.

Young's family shared a tribute to him on Thursday where he was remembered for being an ordinary bloke who captured the hearts of Australians around the country.

"People just had this affection for him because he was just this very average person. He wasn't an academic or professional," his daughter Michelle said via a statement to the Herald Sun.

"He was working in the meatworks when he went on the show – he saw an opportunity to make a better life for his family."

Originally from New Zealand, Young reportedly picked up an amazing general knowledge when, as a child, he was stuck in bed with asthma and had to read to fend off the boredom.

Brydon Coverdale, best known for being one of the "chasers" on The Chase Australia, also shared a tribute for the late Cary Young. "Cary became a really recognisable face on Australian television throughout that era, despite the fact he was just a normal, everyday person," Coverdale said. "He would go through encyclopedias and sources and write a whole list of names and memorise them."

Young was hailed as "quiz legend" by the Chase star. TV personality Mark Humphries also commented on social media: "Oh man. What a legend.".

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posted 1/4/2023

Taking a Spin at Home
Arcade1Up Previews Wheel of Fortune Slot Machine
From Street Insider

Are you ready to solve the puzzle? With Wheel of Fortune Casinocade Deluxe you now can – and from the comfort of your own home! Arcade1Up, the leader in retro at-home arcade games, today announced a first for the iconic game show – a casino gaming experience for the home featuring four slot game versions of Wheel of Fortune and more than 20 other casino and popular games. The Wheel of Fortune Casinocade Deluxe will make its debut during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Arcade1Up will also unveil the Infinity Game Board™, a new take on the company's innovative digital board game, the Infinity Game Table™, and a new flagship design for the company's Legacy line, the Deluxe Edition, featuring classic titles in Arcade1Up's most authentic arcade format yet.

"We are thrilled to be in Las Vegas for CES and announcing a new line of innovative retro home entertainment products," said Scott Bachrach, CEO of Arcade1Up. "Our goal with these new releases is to continue to find ways to streamline and innovate while also adding modern touches like Wi-Fi connectivity and online gameplay. We want to make classic retro games accessible and affordable to everyone while staying as true as possible to the authentic arcade gaming experience we all know and remember."

The Wheel of Fortune Casinocade Deluxe lets slot enthusiasts bring a taste of Vegas home! Fans will love the high-quality spins that let players enjoy the thrill of winning games like Blackjack and Mahjong at home, while being able to hone their skills before heading to the casino. Arcade1Up's Wheel of Fortune Casinocade Deluxe will feature two LCD screens, dual speakers, a light-up marquee and flashing lights and buttons that bring the classic casino look and feel to life and make you feel like you are walking the casino floor! And with Wi-Fi leaderboards, players can post scores and compete with others. The Wheel of Fortune Casinocade Deluxe is scheduled to be available late spring/summer 2023.

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posted 1/4/2023

Limitless Trademark
Ant & Dec Register "Limitless Win"
From Yahoo!

While Ant and Dec returned to our screens on Christmas Day with a festive Limitless Win, they're kicking off the New Year with a full season of the ITV1 quiz show.

The series, which sees contestants climb an endless money ladder by answering trivia questions, continues this weekend with season 2, picking back up with comedians Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan who we left mid-game at the end of the Christmas special.

Fans can expect season 2 to introduce a few new features, including a new Take Two with Ant and Dec lifeline, which resulted in a few bickers between the two hosts.

"We only get 30 seconds to lock in an answer so we can't worry about it too much. We had to quickly come up with an answer, agree with each other and lock it in," Ant said ahead of season 2. "It forces you into disagreements, this show. It forces you to bicker amongst each other. But we agreed once we'd locked it in."

Ant and Dec have trademarked their hit game show 'Limitless Win'.

The TV presenting duo could be set to release the likes of computer games, books, and puzzles with the popular ITV programme's name and branding.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the 'I'm A Celebrity' co-hosts' production company Mitre Studios Ltd lodged an application with the Intellectual Property Office, and it has now been passed, giving them legal protection for the next 10 years.

But they will not be creating any 'Limitless Win' gambling applications.

A spokesman for the duo said: "'Ant and Dec's Limitless Win' will not be creating gambling machines, phone betting apps, lottery scratch cards, bingo games or any gambling applications based on the programme."

'Ant and Dec's Limitless Win' - in which contestants answer questions correctly to climb an endless money ladder, or answer incorrectly and lose everything - will return for a second series on Saturday (January 7). Last February, the show was commissioned for a second series while the first season was still on air.

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posted 1/4/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "We're Still on This?"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ryan Seacrest is living rent-free in Andy Cohen's head (Deadline)

  • Mayim Bialik details tribute to Leslie Jordan (Deadline)

  • Sharon Osbourne addresses her hospitalization (TV Insider)

  • Stephen "tWitch" Boss laid to rest (TV Insider)

  • Is Katie Thurston going full circle with a "Circle" contestant? (Reality TV World)

  • Keke Palmer goes on a babymoon (Scary Mommy)

posted 1/3/2023

"Switch" Gets a Date
Catch It January 30 on GSN
From the Futon Critic

SWITCH will premiere on Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In SWITCH, five players begin the game by taking positions behind large numbers from 1 to 5. After a trivia question is asked, players with correct answers move towards the number 1 spot, and players with incorrect answers move towards the number 5 spot. The goal of the game is to finish the third round of questions in the number 1 position, thus winning the game and earning the right to play the bonus round for $10,000.

Recognized for starring opposite Jennifer Garner in the film "Peppermint" and his action-packed roles in "For All Mankind" and "Power Book II: Ghost", Hephner is also known for roles in both "Chicago Med" and "Chicago Fire," from the popular Chicago franchise and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Love Takes Flight". Hephner can be seen next in Christopher Nolan's epic project "Oppenheimer".

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TV Series Finale

posted 1/3/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Game On! 2023"

  • LIST ABUSE: Five games to look out for this week (Hidden Remote) And time is running out to binge on "The Bachelor" on... you guessed it, HBO Max (The Wrap)

  • Al Roker will return to Today January 6 (NextTV)

  • James Corden says leaving "The Late Late Show" was "a very easy decision" (The Wrap)

  • Teddi Wright goes Instagram official (Reality TV World)

posted 1/3/2023

CGT Rolls the Dice
Season 2 Moves to Fallsview Casino Resort
From Talentrecap

Canada's Got Talent is returning for a second season on Citytv, and the show just announced that it will premiere in March of this year.

The new season started filming last year, with the entire judging panel returning.

The official CGT Instagram account recently shared an image promoting the upcoming new season, showing judges Howie Mandel, Lilly Singh, Kardinal Offishall, and Trish Stratus, along with host Lindsay Ell. The caption reads, "All-new year. All-new season. All-new talent. Prepare to be amazed."

The show didn't give a specific date, but fans now have a more concrete time of year to look forward to the new season. Last year, the show premiered on March 22, with the finale airing in May. It's not clear yet how closely this year's schedule will follow last year's.

Filming for the second season began in October of last year at a new venue, Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. As Trish Stratus said at the time, "We have more people. It's sold out. It's like, people are into us."

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posted 1/2/2023

More on "AGT All-Stars"
Catch It Tonight on NBC
From TV Insider

"It's the best of the best," says host Terry Crews of this America's Got Talent: All-Stars, a new spinoff premiering January 2 on NBC. Get ready for 60 memorable acts from the U.S. series' 17 seasons — as well as Britain, the Philippines, Australia, and other international versions — to return with winning on their respective minds.

"The summer edition is all about finding talent you haven't seen before," Crews says, adding, "Now all of the Got Talent franchises converge. It's a big deal, man!"

It's also a monumental challenge for the winners and finalists — singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians, and comedians among them — as they battle for the All-Star title. During every qualifier, 10 acts face off in hopes of moving forward to the final round. Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell, with Crews, hold privileges individually and collectively to award five Golden Buzzers that elevate contestants directly to the finale.

Winning over the judges is only half the battle, however. In the All-Stars competition, the Superfans, a panel of diverse AGT devotees watching virtually from across the U.S., have the opportunity to vote for one additional act per episode, and they also have the ultimate power to choose the eventual winner.

"A lot of times [on the regular show], you could feel people at home booing the TV when Howie or Simon say something," Crews says. "But what [the judges] say has no bearing on the results this time."

TV Insider

posted 1/2/2023


Various sources
Saying Goodbye in 2022
A Final Roll Call for Luminaries We Lost Over the Year
From various sources

They were a part of our TV history, part of our comminuty of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2022 and prepare to begin anew in the coming year, let us always remember … they too walked among us.

- Kirstie Alley, one of the rare breeds of human who has known what it's like to be both a contestant and a panelist on "Match Game".

- The Amazing Johnathan, who caused a ruckus in Las Vegas in the 1990s.

- Louie Anderson, who helped the Feud to a new attitude from 1999 to 2002.

- Jana Bennett, the TV executive who led the likes of Discovery and History to prominence.


- Stephen "tWitch" Boss, a dancer who started as a contestant and graduated to a solid broadcaster.

- Norm Blumenthal, Concentration's resident puzzler who made sure that there wasn't a repeater on the board.

- Dick Carson, whose brother gave him a network job, and he parlayed it into a lengthy run on "Wheel of Fortune".

- Mark Deetjen, a pioneer executive who put the classics back on network television with Buzzr.

- Lamont Dozier, a legendary songwriter & producer who assisted in forming the American Juniors.

- Nikki Finke, the mysterious Hollywood insider who never settled in her career.

- Budd Friedman, the legendary comedian who gave voice to GSN's "National Lampoon's Funny Money".

- Bamber Gascoigne, a legendary presenter who challenged many university trivia squads.

- Gilbert Gottfried, the character comedian who gave us the most viral moment in Hollywood Squares history.

- Naomi Judd, a country legend who brought "Star Search" to the 21st century.

- Fran La Maina, the former president and chief operating officer of Dick Clark Productions, who guided the company as it became publicly traded.

- Meat Loaf, who put many a music aficionado between a rock and a hard place.

- PJ O'Rourke, a conservative pundit who lent his gravitas to the panel of "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!"

- Bob Saget, America's TV dad who translated his fame into dealing with 100 unruly mobsters.

- Vin Scully, a Hall of Fame-caliber broadcaster whose dulcet tones provided the soundtrack of summer while entertaining and informing Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years. He lent his talent to "It Takes Two".

- Chris Stuart, a producer who guided the direction of "Only Connect" to worldwide acclaim.

- Richard Tait, whose "Cranium" was part of "Family Game Night"

- Andre Leon Talley, whose eye for style helped guide many a catwalker become "America's Next Top Model"

- Judy Tenuta, who made the "Match Game" into the most unpredictable half-hour in 1998 with nothing more than an accordion.

- Ivana Trump, who took advantage of the reality wave of the early 2000s to look for a young man.

- Adam Wade, the suave singer and actor who registered three top 10 hits on the Billboard 100 in 1961 and appeared in films including Shaft, Crazy Joe and Claudine before making history as the first Black person to host a network game show with Musical Chairs, created by Don Kirshner for CBS.

- Marty Wagner, a CBS camera operator and one of those unsung heroes of game shows whose work was on display day in and day out… but whose face was seldom seen.

- Jay Wolpert, a master of fan favorites such as "Double Dare", "Whew!", and "The Price Is Right", who was a great player in his own rite, parlaying his success in game to success on the big screen with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

- Celebrities including John Aniston, Joanna Barnes, David Birney, Traci Braxton, Johnny Brown, James Caan, Irene Cara, Pat Carroll, Aaron Carter, Robert Clary, Coolio, Bernard Cribbins, Tony Dow, Farrah Forke, Gallagher, Jack Ging, Estelle Harris, Franco Harris, Anne Heche, Howard Hesseman, Dwayne Hickman, Bo Hopkins, Conrad Janis, Jak Knight, Cheslie Kryst, Angela Lansbury, Loretta Lynn, Ron Masak, Diane McBain, Bob McGrath, Robert Morse, Roger E. Mosley, Olivia Newton-John, Nichelle Nichols, Pelé, Leslie Phillips, Mickey Rooney Jr., Teddy Ray, Bobby Rydell, Teruhiko Saigo, Liz Sheridan, Charlie Siebert, Tony Sirico, Paul Sorvino, Larry Storch, Susan Tolsky, Barbara Walters, Vivienne Westwood, and Barrie Youngfellow for taking time out of their busy schedules to play the games we enjoy so much.

- Contestants including Clint Arlis, Daniel Black, Darius Campbell Danesh, Laney Chantal, Zuri Craig, Gregory Itzin, Clay Jordan, Ralph Kiser, Howie Kleinberg, Sara Lee, Dan Lembo, Eric Lindquist, Nolan Neal, Nightbirde, Don St. Claire, Roger Sexton, Willie Spence, and Cherry Valentine for sharing their lives, their stories, and their talents with us.

- And finally, Thomas Marvin "Trey" Kelso III, who was both the best of quizzers and the best of men, someone who never saw trivia as trivial – he saw it as an opportunity for fellowship and friendship. He never met a stranger… only a new friend.

May they all rest in peace.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing or texting 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.

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posted 12/31/2022

Is "X Factor" Coming Back to the US?
... on NBC?
From TV Line

Having made quite a career out of telling people what he thinks about them, it appears that Simon Cowell will once again be deciding who has The X Factor, as the reality competition makes its way back to the States — possibly on NBC.

"I have a saying in life that's 'Always go where you've got the best invitation,' and NBC has offered us to make the show here," Cowell shared with The Sun earlier this week while out promoting NBC's AGT: All Stars.

Cowell may have been speaking out of turn, however, seeing as Vulture's Joseph Adalian hears that while NBC is interested in reviving The X Factor, a deal is not yet done. It would likely fall under Cowell's expanded deal with NBCUniversal, which he signed last year.

It is unclear how The X-Factor would fit alongside NBC's existing singing competition flagship The Voice, which currently airs two installments a season, as well as Cowell's variety hit America's Got Talent, a summer staple, which also has spawned a winter All-Stars spinoff.

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posted 12/31/2022


ABC
BARBARA WALTERS: 1929-2022
Trailblazing Journalist Visited "What's My Line?"
From Entertainment Weekly

Barbara Walters, a broadcast legend who blazed myriad trails for women in journalism, has died at her home in New York City. She was 93.

Walters' amazing career transcended six decades, from 1951 to 2015. She was the first woman cohost of Today, the first female network news co-anchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated specials, the host of 20/20, and the creator and cohost of The View. She interviewed every sitting president and first lady from the Nixons to the Bidens, and was famous for her sit-down interviews with household names like Mother Teresa and Colin Powell in her annual special, Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People, which ran from 1993 to 2015.

Walters' father ran a nightclub, which kicked off her lifetime of being surrounded by celebrities. Born in Boston on Sept. 25, 1929, she also grew up in Miami and New York City, eventually graduating from Sarah Lawrence. When her dad's business faltered, Walters became responsible for providing for her family. She soon kicked off her journalism career in New York, joining the CBS network staff as a producer and as a writer before becoming a writer for NBC's Today in 1961. She eventually became one of the morning show's "Today girls," who focused on lighter fare.

In game shows, Walters appeared as a Mystery Guest on "What's My Line?". She was also a panelist on "Snap Judgment".

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posted 12/31/2022

Happy New Year Lightning Round
... or "Annus Horribilis"

posted 12/31/2022

"Love Island" Commandeers Social Media
Duty of Care Regs Tightening Up Ahead of Winter Premiere
From Deadline

Love Island contestants will have their social media accounts taken away for the duration of the upcoming winter season and receive "guidance and training around mutually respectful behavior in relationships" following thousands of complaints earlier this year.

For the first time in the show's history, the ninth winter season will oblige the contestants to pause all activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and nothing will be published on their behalf.

Ordinarily, Islanders' accounts are overseen by friends, relatives or PR professionals during their time in the villa, in order to drum up support and build up their brand.

"The bold decision to pause Islanders' social media activity during the new series is testament to ITV's serious intent, especially as this input provides both a benefit to the appeal of the programme and a potential source of mental health problems," said Dr Matthew Gould, a Psychologist who consults on the Lifted Entertainment show.

The "enhanced safeguards," as described by Gould, also include the contestants "receiving guidance and training around mutually respectful behaviour in relationships" prior to the start of the show. They will also be offered resource links to help them identify negative behaviors in relationships and understand patterns associated with controlling and coercive behavior.

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posted 12/30/2022

"Magic" To Return Sooner Than Expected
CW Adjust Midseason Plans
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network announced today a new midseason return date for the alternative competition series CRISS ANGEL'S MAGIC WITH THE STARS, now returning Friday, January 20 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following the midseason premiere of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Previously announced new episodes of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? will return at a later date. In each episode of CRISS ANGEL'S MAGIC WITH THE STARS, two celebrities train with Criss and learn his award-winning, revolutionary magic to compete and create a mind-blowing series of magic performances. The celebrity competitors are tasked with mastering three major categories of magic which they perform in front of a panel of three judges: "the number one magician on the planet" (Las Vegas Sun), Criss Angel ("Criss Angel MINDFREAK," "AMYSTIKA," "RAW"), Emmy(R) Award-winning comedian Loni Love ("E! News") and master magician Lance Burton. In each episode, the highest-scoring celebrity will win the coveted Golden Wand. The series is filmed on the AMYSTIKA stage in the Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, with acclaimed comedian and actor Eddie Griffin ("Undercover Brother," "A Star is Born") serving as host. Produced by Criss Angel Studios, CRISS ANGEL'S MAGIC WITH THE STARS is executive produced by Criss Angel, Dave Baram, Erich Recker and co-executive produced by Peter Hebri.

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posted 12/30/2022


CNBC
PELE: 1940-2022
King of "The Beautiful Game" Appeared on "Sabado Gigante", "Wetten, dass..."
From ESPN

Pele, the Brazilian king of football who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the past century, died Thursday. He was 82.

The standard-bearer of "the beautiful game'' had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. He had been hospitalised for the past month with multiple ailments. Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 p.m. "due to multiple organ failures resulting from the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous medical condition."

A funeral is planned for Monday and Tuesday, with his casket to be carried through the streets of Santos, the coastal city where his storied career began, before burial.

"All that we are is thanks to you," his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram. "We love you endlessly. Rest in peace." His agent, Joe Fraga, confirmed his death: "The king has passed.''

Later on Thursday, it was announced that Pele's funeral would be held on Monday and Tuesday at Santos' Vila Belmiro Stadium outside Sao Paulo, where the soccer legend played some of his best games.

Outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro declared three days of mourning, and said in a statement that Pele was "a great citizen and patriot, raising the name of Brazil wherever he went."

In game shows, Pele appeared on shows like "Sabado Gigante" and "Wetten, dass..."

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posted 12/29/2022


People
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: 1941-2022
Punk Fashion Icon Was on "Wetten, dass..."
From TV Insider

Dame Vivienne Westwood has died. The British fashion designer, known for helping popularize punk fashion, was 81.

Westwood's death was announced on her Twitter account on Thursday, December 29.

The announcement reads: "Vivienne Westwood died today, peacefully and surrounded by her family, in Clapham, South London. The world needs people like Vivienne to make a change for the better."

The announcement included a quote from the designer that says, "Tao spiritual system. There was never more need for the Tao today. Tao gives you a feeling that you belong to the cosmos and gives purpose to your life; it gives you such a sense of identity and strength to know you're living the life you can live and therefore ought to be living: make full use of your character and full use of your life on earth."

In game shows, Westwood appeared on shows like "Wetten, dass..."

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posted 12/29/2022

WEDNESDAY: Honors
CBS Claims Quiet Night with Kennedy Center Honors
From Deadline

CBS' broadcast of the 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors — which recognized George Clooney, U2, Tania León, Gladys Knight and Amy Grant — took home a Wednesday night ratings win for the network.

The two-hour special averaged about 5.34 million total viewers, which was up 25% compared to last year's audience of about 4.3M, according to Nielsen. It was the No. 1 show of the night in terms of total viewership. In addition to the CBS broadcast, the special also streamed on Paramount+ and CBS TVE, where it ranked as the most live-streamed program on the platform Wednesday.

Kennedy Center Honors also made a splash on social media where the special, featuring an appearance by Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, drove about 225M potential impressions and 10,000 mentions — up 12% and 25% over last year, respectively.

Last year's ceremony, which aired on December 22, managed 201M potential impressions and 8,000 mentions.

The 45th annual ceremony took place December 4 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. It is one of the events at the top of the D.C. social calendar, with the presence of President Joe Biden, Chief Justice John Roberts and congressional leaders of both parties.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 949k/0.19
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 551k/0.23
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery); 486k/0.18
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 409k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 372k/0.04

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posted 12/29/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wolf Pack"

  • Sia gives $200,000 to three "Survivor" contestants (REality TV World)

  • Michael van Wijk (aka Wolf) watches as his son inherits his mantle on the "Gladiators" reboot (Leeds Live)

  • Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert okay after car accident (Entertainment Weekly)

  • VIDEO WALL: We come to this place for magic.... (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Lindsay (Reality TV World)

posted 12/29/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

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

This is no malarkey — the bombshell news that President Biden planned to give his first sitdown interview since the midterms to Drew Barrymore on her show airing Dec. 19 created a Nielsen explosion for the program, sending the three-year-old talker to highest ratings ever one week before the interview was even broadcast.

In the session ending Dec. 18 — which was a fantastic frame for a few talk shows — the breakout Barrymore broadcast mushroomed 29% from the week before and 80% from the same week last year to a new all-time high 0.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Also worthy of note was newcomer Pictionary, which plowed ahead 25% to a 0.5 and matched its highest score since its September debut.

Due to the many preemptions for the World Cup, both 25 Words or Less and You Bet Your Life were coded out.

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 (CMV) 5.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.4 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 +2%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 +25%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%

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posted 12/28/2022


Billboard
STEPHEN 'tWitch' BOSS: 1982-2022
"SYTYCD" Alum Announced "Game of Games"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Before the passing of Stephen "tWitch" Boss, HGTV had big plans for the popular dancer/personality and his wife/dancer Allison Holker. Besides developing their own show called Living the Dream that would help first time buyers find a home, the couple was scheduled to go into production on a limited series similar to the channel's A Very Brady Renovation from 2019 — except in this case, the couple would oversee the construction of full-sized Malibu Barbie Dream House.

There was even talk at one point of finding a house in Malibu to renovate, but HGTV settled on a place in Santa Clarita. Filming was supposed to commence in January.

Boss died on Dec. 13.

"We are taking the time to consider different scenarios," an HGTV spokesperson tells Deadline. "But for now, our primary focus remains on wishing our best to Allison and the entire Boss family during this difficult time."

Boss and Holker had demonstrated an affinity for home renovation. In 2021, he served as a guest judge on HGTV's Design Star: Next Gen, which was hosted by Holker. He and his wife also appeared on the channel's House Party.

"Family and friends, thank you for all the love, prayers and encouragement," Connie Boss Alexander wrote on her Instagram Stories Thursday. She was frequently seen on the "Ellen" show with her son and accompanied him to events. "Please know I see all the messages, texts, posts and the phone calls. I can't use words right now. Please know I will reach out when I can," she wrote.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us," said Holker on Wednesday. "Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans."

Her statement continued, "To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I am certain there won't be a day that goes by that we won't honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children."

She also shared a message to her husband, "Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you."

The pair met on So You Think You Can Dance in 2010 and have three children together.

Boss, who earned the nickname "tWitch" as a teenager when he would dance in school and church, was born Montgomery, Alabama. He went on to study Dance Performance at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama and Chapman University.

The hip-hop dancer and TV personality got his Hollywood start on talent competition Star Search, where he was a runner-up, and in 2003 as a finalist on MTV's The Wade Robson Project. In 2008, he again placed runner-up, this time on the popular Fox competition show So You Think You Can Dance, where he would go on to meet Holker. The pro dancers were all-stars together on the seventh season in 2010, and got together at the end of that year's competition.

"We shared a dance at the wrap party of that season of So You Think You Can Dance and we have been together ever since," Boss told People earlier this year. "There was no dialogue, there was no conversation or a first hangout. Literally, we danced and we were together holding hands the very next day. And we never looked back."

The couple married in a Paso Robles, California, ceremony in 2013 and have three children: daughters Weslie, 13, and Zaia, 2; and son Maddox, 6.

The fan-favorite TV dancers and social media stars co-hosted Freeform's unscripted series Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings, as well as the holiday special Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic.

Boss has also appeared in dancer roles on the big screen, including in Magic Mike XXL and several Step Up films, and has made appearances in series such as Modern Family.

In 2014, Boss joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ, eventually becoming a breakout star on the series, and a co-executive producer in 2020. He went on to play sidekick to DeGeneres on her game show spinoff Ellen's Game of Games, which ran from 2017-2021.

"Over nine years I got married, expanded the family and did a lot of great things; got to dance with a lot of great people," he said earlier this year on Today when reflecting on his journey with DeGeneres after The Ellen DeGeneres Show signed off the air. "You can tell [Ellen] is putting so much love, so much kindness into the world and to see that reflected back, that's what was really getting me in the last couple of days [of the show]."

The pair had a teary-eyed final televised chat when the show wrapped, after 19 years in May of 2022. "We always tell each other we love each other. Every single day, we say goodbye and we say, 'I love you.' This atmosphere is a family," the iconic host shared while sitting on stage with Boss. "We've been able to help people. Who's dancing during the day, not being drunk? There's a joy that has happened, and it's created from this family atmosphere." She also dedicated a surprise on-air tribute to Boss, "someone who changed my life, and our show."

Boss met DeGeneres on his first season of SYTYCD, when the pair did a dance together. After Ellen wrapped, Boss returned to So You Think You Can Dance as a judge on this year's 17th season, after the Emmy-winning reality had taken nearly three years off the air and undergone some changes. "Now, as the Ellen show is coming to a close, I'm going back to So You Think You Can Dance, so that full wraparound is something serious," he added of his full-circle moment. "Dancing has kind of always been my thing. There are people who love sports, and dancing has always been that thing for me."

In the game show sphere, Boss also hosted "The Real Dirty Dancing" and "Clash of the Cover Bands", as well as logging appearances on "Play-Doh Squished", "Celebrity Game Face", and "Hollywood Game Night."

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