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Idol to Introduce Live Voting Coast to Coast for the Finale
Hollywood Week Begins Sunday
From Deadline

Season 2 of ABC's American Idol will end with a new twist. The network said today it is extending its coast-to-coast simultaneous voting to the season finale on May 19.

Last season, the revived show became the first U.S. reality-competition series in which viewers could watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as it was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span.

This year, Idol will switch to the "simul-vote" on Sunday, April 21 — a week after the live performances start.

It's been nearly five years since ABC tried the concept of allowing viewers in across the U.S. to vote in real time with its ballyhooed Rising Star, the U.S. version of the Israeli format that took Mipcom by storm in 2013, with local versions licensed in some 25 territories. That series lasted only one season, however, with the curtain falling in August 2014.

Meanwhile, Season 2 of American Idol, which premiered March 3, cruises into Hollywood Week this Sunday. Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back for their second go-round, along with host Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones taking on the role of in-house mentor.

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posted 3/18/19

Celebrity Name Game Goes Down Under
Grant Denyer to Host Australian Version
From Mumbrella

Ten's troubled 6pm timeslot has a new occupant, with Grant Denyer set to host Celebrity Name Game.

Denyer previously fronted Family Feud in the competitive timeslot, however it was axed last year due to declining ratings and audience fatigue with the format.

Family Feud went out with 213,000 metro viewers last year, with Denyer admitting Ten had accelerated the program's decline by running it too frequently. "It did good things, but we are probably guilty of driving it into the ground a bit too early," he said on his Sydney 2Day FM Breakfast show. "We gave it a bit too much. It's six days a week, twice a day, plus All Star Episodes."

Family Feud was replaced by quiz show Pointless, hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and Mark Humphries, however this format also struggled to secure solid ratings. It premiered with 493,000 metro viewers, across Ten's main channel, as well as multi-channels Eleven and One (now known as 10 Peach and 10 Bold), however the numbers steadily declined from there.

"Celebrity Name Game is a new, fast-paced game show that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with the biggest names on pop culture on the tip of your tongue," a statement from Ten said. "True to Family Feud form, you'll be left screaming the answers at the television and playing along from the comfort of your couch."

Ten called the program the "most unpredictable game show on television", with a $10,000 prize up for grabs. Other Ten personalities will also assist with the competition, including former Goggleboxers and recent jungle participants Yvie Jones and Angie Kent, Beau Ryan from Chris and Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway, and Dancing With The Stars' Courtney Act.

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posted 3/18/19

Twofour Two for Russia
Formats Head Overseas
From C21 Media

A Russian broadcaster is set to remake two entertainment formats distributed by UK-based Twofour Rights, marking the company's first deals in the territory.

Free-to-air net Channel One will make its own local versions of Twofour Group's What Would Your Kid Do? and Change Your Tune. What Would Your Kid Do? was originally produced for ITV in the UK by Boomerang Productions, which is part of ITV Studios-owned Twofour Group. The format challenges parents to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations, merging child-development psychology with a gameshow element. Children are filmed in a real-world setting as they go through a number of tasks that will explore everything from curiosity to lateral thinking and risk-taking to rule-breaking.

Change Your Tune, also originally commissioned by ITV, sees terrible singers transformed into accomplished performers over the course of a year.

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TBI Vision

posted 3/18/19


BBC

MIKE THALASSITIS: 1993-2019
Competed on "Love Island"
From USA Today

Former "Love Island" contestant Mike Thalassitis has died at 26.

Thalassitis, who was dubbed "Muggy Mike" while appearing on the British dating series in 2017, was found dead Saturday in North London, according to Metropolitan Police.

Police spokeswoman Chioma Dijeh told USA TODAY that officers responded to a park near Latymer Way on Saturday morning after receiving reports of "a man found hanged." He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious," Dijeh added.

"Love Island" also confirmed Thalassitis' death on Twitter: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends," the statement reads.

Thalassitis, a professional soccer player turned reality star, rose to fame on Season 3 of "Love Island." He later appeared on Season 4 of the British series "Celebs Go Dating" in 2018.

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posted 3/18/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Class Battle Hits Home"

  • Apparently Olivia Jade (Lori Loughlin's daughter of the USC scandal)'s test scores weren't the only things she faked (UPROXX)

  • RuPaul's Drag Race invades Paleyfest (Deadline)

  • JD Witherspoon getting ready to... Lazor Wulf? (The Futon Critic)

  • "Britain's Got Talent" judges invade "Blockbusters" (Digital Spy)

posted 3/18/19


CBS

JIM RAMAN: 1976-2019
Competed with Wife on "The Amazing Race"
From The Wrap

Dr. James "Jim" Raman, an orthodontist who competed on Season 25 contestant of CBS' "The Amazing Race," has died. He was 42. Raman — who competed with his wife, Misti, on the reality show in 2014 — died in South Carolina on Monday, according to an obituary posted on the Caughman-Harman Funeral Home website.

Lexington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Adam Myrick gave TheWrap this statement regarding Raman's death on Friday: "Deputies started a death investigation after responding to a Lakefront Court home about 4:30 Tuesday morning. No one has been arrested or detained in connection with this investigation. We aren't seeking any suspects or persons of interest as our work on the case continues."

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posted 3/15/18


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Alex Trebek Back Behind the Lectern
"Jeopardy!" Host Vows, "I'm Gonna Fight This"; Fans Rally
From NBC News

Alex Trebek is taking a moment to show his gratitude for the flood of support he has received since revealing that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"Hi everyone, I just wanna take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement," he explained in a short video posted on the Jeopardy! Twitter account. "I've heard from former contestants. Even Watson, the IBM computer, sent me a get well card."

"Now, obviously I won't be able to respond to all of you individually but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive," Trebek continued. "And I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered and I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me. I'm a lucky guy."

Tuesday was the first scheduled day of production at "Jeopardy!" since Trebek's announcement last Wednesday. "We are taping today, and Alex is here and behind his lectern as scheduled," a spokeswoman for the beloved quiz show said Tuesday.

"Jeopardy!" occupies a stage on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California. The show normally has two production days a week, when multiple episodes of the daily show are taped in a row.

So the show remains on track, which is consistent what Trebek said in his taped announcement.

The TV industry and fans around the world have rallied around Trebek. The Twitter and Facebook accounts for "Jeopardy!" posted a thank you message last Friday. "The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex's recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming," the show wrote. "Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! — thank you."

Through thumb prints of their "buzzer fingers," a video compilation and multimedia scrapbook, former "Jeopardy!" contestants are creating mass tributes for Alex Trebek, who announced Wednesday that he's battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Sally Neumann, a mental-health counsellor in Seattle who competed on the hit quiz show in March 2016, said Thursday she's spearheading the projects through a secret "Jeopardy!" contestants Facebook group that has thousands of members.

"I spend a lot of time doing grief counselling for kids in an artistic medium, so I suggested everybody mail me their buzzer fingers — their thumb prints in the mail in various colors in ink — and I'm going to cut them up and make it into a collage of the buzzer fingers and send it to him," Neumann said in a phone interview. "It's like we're buzzing in one last time, giving him a thumbs up, imbuing the piece of art with all of our touch and gratitude."

Another former contestant is in charge of the multimedia scrapbook, while two others are editing the video compilation, Neumann added.

They're among a slew of "Jeopardy!" fans and contestants expressing support for Trebek and applauding the way he announced his diagnosis through a YouTube video, in which he stoically vowed to continue working and "beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."

Trebek, 78, said in a video posted to YouTube he will attempt to finish out this season of "Jeopardy!" "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer," he said. "Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working, " he said in the video. "And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease."

Trebek has hosted the show since 1984. He took a leave of absence in January 2018 after surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. In October 2018, he renewed his contract with Sony Pictures Television to continue as host of the quiz show through 2022.

Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak on "Jeopardy!" said on Twitter that Trebek is an institution like Walter Cronkite.

"I've said this before but Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual," Jennings said. "One thing I know for a fact: Alex is very aware of how much he means to millions of people, and how we will be pulling for him...I hope that's a comfort."

Pat Sajak, the host of "Wheel of Fortune," said he "would never bet" against Trebek.

"The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek's struggle with cancer," he said in a tweet. "Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex."

Sajak's co-host Vanna White, tweeted her well-wishes too. "The clue: "He has the strength and determination to beat his cancer diagnosis." The response: "Who is Alex Trebek?" My family and I are sending love and tons of healing prayers to you Alex." she wrote.

"In the name of all that is good, please God, grant #AlexTrebek all of the health and vitality that you can! #teamtrebek," wrote LeVar Burton.

"The Bachelors" host Chris Harrison wrote: "Thinking and praying for fellow game show host and absolute legend Alex Trebek as he starts his fight with pancreatic cancer. God's speed my friend"

"Sending the wonderful and kind Alex Trebek and his beautiful family nothing but love and strength," wrote "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Brad Garrett.

"Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek. You are my hero." wrote "Dr. Ken" star Ken Jeong.

"I'm actually not sure if it should be its or it's, and in such a case pronouns don't really matter, so let me put it this way: Alex, kick pancreatic cancer's a--," wrote author Stephen King.

Mr. T shared a Bible verse in support of Trebek, who asked for prayers in his video message. "God Bless you Alex Trebek and anyone else who is Fighting Cancer. "Don't just keep the Faith.. Share the Faith!" Proverbs 3:5&6..." he wrote.

"Smart money says Alex Trebek beats this damned thing," wrote "Chopped" host Ted Allen.

"I'm saddened to hear about Alex Trebek's stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Stay strong, friend," wrote Dr. Oz.

"Alex Trebek is hands down the person I've seen on my TV the most over the years and @Jeopardy is one of my favorite shows ever. Pulling for you Alex" wrote comedian Ike Barinholtz.

"Oh my God. If anyone can beat this, you can. Sending heartfelt good thoughts and best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. We love you, Uncle Alex," wrote former "Jeopardy!" contestant Brad Rutter.

"Sending so much love to Alex Trebek," wrote Busy Philipps.

"Our hearts go out to you, #Alextrebek, a member of our Disney-ABC family for so long. We admire your courage and determination, and in the words of Winston Churchill: "never, never, never, never give up," wrote Disney CEO Robert Iger.

"I pity the disease that messes with Alex Trebek. He is as formidable as he is likable. If you've met Alex then you know that makes him extremely formidable. #AlexTrebek is super human and superbly human," wrote comedian Dave Foley.

"Sending Love & Prayers To Alex Trebek. I've Been Playing JEOPARDY With Him Since I Was In My 20's,..Ahhh..30's," wrote Cher. "40's,..50's, OMG..60's I'LL NEVER BE TOO OLD TO PLAY. SON Used To Say "Cher...You're Such a Kid."

The CIA on Thursday tweeted in support of "Jeopardy!" host Trebek: "Q: This game show host visited CIA HQs & won the hearts of CIA's workforce," the CIA tweeted. "A: Who is Alex Trebek? On behalf of the entire CIA family, our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. This is not final @Jeopardy! You can beat this, #AlexTrebek!" the intelligence agency added.

Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins said Trebek has the company's support "as he tackles this challenge." "If anyone can beat this it's Alex," Hopkins said. "He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on."

"We commend Mr. Trebek for making this brave announcement and having such a positive attitude while facing pancreatic cancer," said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). "We are working diligently to change outcomes for patients, but we need more people to get involved and help fund critical research."

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posted 3/15/19

THURSDAY: Tie Ball Game
ABC, Fox Win Demos
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared the demo crown on Thursday as the latter offered up the "2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards" (3.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

The Alphabet then served up originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Station 19" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "For the People" (3.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.375 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.909 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), a new "Fam" (6.096 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (5.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a second new "Fam" (4.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "AP Bio" (2.379 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.337 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10),"Will & Grace" (2.742 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.310 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.347 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Supernatural" (1.579 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Legacies" (1.116 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SP/Bravo): 1.017m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 935k
- Top Chef (SF/Bravo): 909k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 758k
- Double Dare (Nick): 563k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 539k
- Game of Clones (MTV): 318k

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posted 3/15/19

More on MTV's Double Shot
Catch It April 11
From the Futon Critic

"Jersey Shore Family Vacation's" DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino are gearing up for the dating experience of a lifetime with the new MTV show "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny," premiering Thursday, April 11th with back-to-back episodes.

The iconic duo is looking to step out of the shore house and into the arms of their 'Ride-or-Dies.' The new show features 20 contestants who will face off against one another in hopes of winning the love of DJ Pauly D and Vinny. The boys may get to choose who stays and who goes, but the ladies hold the ultimate power to decide whose love they're competing for - making this a reality-dating show unlike any other.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 3/15/19

Two More Years for "British Bake-Off"
Love Productions, C4 Deal for More Episodes, Spinoff
From Deadline

The Great British Bake Off will remain on Channel 4 in the UK until 2021 after the broadcaster and Love Productions agreed a new two-series deal.

The broadcaster has also commissioned Junior Bake Off for the first time, extending the format for younger contestants and audiences. A younger skewing version previously aired on CBBC.

The move comes after rumblings at the end of last year that Sky-owned Love Productions was playing hardball over a new deal with rumors that it was considering taking the format to another broadcaster or streaming service – a move that would have been hugely controversial after its move from the BBC.

The tenth season of Bake Off will air on C4 later this year with a further two seasons following that. Junior Bake Off, meanwhile, will run as a 15-part series later this year.

Deadline

posted 3/15/19


Fremantle

It's Official! ABC Picks Up Press Your Luck, Card Sharks
Casting Remains Open
From TV Line

ABC is doubling down on its game-show revival business, adding both Card Sharks and Press Your Luck to its roster of retro redos, where they will join Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid, (Celebrity) Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.

Pre-production on hour-long episodes is underway, with an eye on spring premiere dates, Vulture reports.

Card Sharks debuted in 1978 with Jim Perry as host, inviting contestants to guess audience survey results on a variety of topics, for a chance to flip oversized playing cards on the big board. There, they would guess if the next card would be higher or lower, or "freeze" their play if things get iffy.

The most recent regular Card Sharks revival, hosted by Pat Bullard, aired in September 2001.

Press Your Luck first aired in 1983, with Peter Tomarken as host. Three contestants would answer trivia questions to amass "spins" on the Big Board. But if their spin landed on the dreaded Whammy versus a dollar value/prize, they risked losing all winnings.

Per Vulture, the revival will add a bonus round where one player goes head-to-head with the Whammy for a chance to win a "fortune." Among its previous revivals, a version titled Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck premiered in 2002.

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posted 3/14/19

WEDNESDAY: Fallen "Empire"
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Empire" (4.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Star" (3.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with a new "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the penultimate "The World's Best" (3.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and the finale to "The World's Best" (3.489 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.808 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Schooled" (3.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Modern Family" (4.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Single Parents" (3.354 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.734 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.235 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.737 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (4.151 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.818 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed the evening with fresh installments of "Riverdale" (1.037 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.629 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.152m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 841k .
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 835k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 804k
- Double Dare (Nick): 743k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 578k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 332k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 290k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 219k

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posted 3/13/19

TUESDAY: Will They or Won't They?
ABC Takes Demo Crown on "Bachelor" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.345 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) notched a rare demo victory on Tuesday thanks to the conclusion to "The Bachelor" (8.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and a special preview of "Videos After Dark" (2.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

NBC (6.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "This Is Us" (7.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (9.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "FBI" (8.955 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the return of "MasterChef Junior" (2.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a second "MasterChef Junior" (2.571 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.556 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 1.084m
- Double Dare (Nick): 803k
- Chopped (Food): 762k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/14/19

More Summer Favorites from NBC
Dates Chosen for "Songland", "Bring the Funny"
From Deadline

NBC has greenlighted a pair of entertainment-competition series for the summer: the songwriter-focused Songland and stand-up comedy show Bring the Funny.

Set to premiere at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, after the season premiere of America's Got Talent, Songland takes an inside look at the creative songwriting process. It provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping guest recording artists featured in their show. It's billed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today's biggest hits.

The concept was devised by Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey and director Ivan Dudynsky. They serve as executive producers alongside Chad Hines and The Voice's Adam Levine.

The panel of producer-songwriters includes Ryan Tedder; lead singer of OneRepublic and Grammy-winning producer of Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers; Ester Dean, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, a Grammy-winning producer of 38 No. 1 country records).

Songland is produced by Live Animals in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, Dave Stewart Entertainment and 222 Productions.

NBC says Bring the Funny will feature the world's best comedic acts and will embrace every style of comedy performance in one competition. It will feature the best of the best stand-ups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts. From solo comics to musicians, magicians, puppeteers, YouTubers and more — anyone who can make audiences laugh will have the chance to receive the career-changing $250,000 prize package and see their name in lights in the "Bring the Funny" showcase.

The judges are longtime Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson, cultural tastemaker Chrissy Teigen and comedy star Jeff Foxworthy. Comedian Amanda Seales serves as host.

Premiering at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Bring the Funny is executive produced by David Friedman and Matilda Zoltowski, with Just for Laughs President Bruce Hills serving as consulting producer. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio.

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posted 3/14/19

Rachel Zoe, Mark Burnett Go Global
Designer Teams with MGM for International Competition
From Deadline

Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project), Mark Burnett and MGM TV are teaming on an international fashion competition series aimed at undiscovered designers.

Throughout the series, contestants are challenged to create original designs with a new and unique look, and will compete for the opportunity to have their creations made available immediately following each episode. MGM Television

The original format was created by Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes of Shaggy Entertainment. Burnett, Zoe, Barry Poznick will executive produce along with Kelly and Hughes. "This is the show I have always wanted to make. The show will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world and I am thrilled to be able to highlight their work," said Zoe. "I have the utmost respect for Mark Burnett and the team at MGM –– this is my dream partnership."

Deadline

posted 3/14/19

"Best Room Ever" with Genevieve Gorder
Catch It on Bravo May 2
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media expands on its home and design programming with new competition series "Best Room Wins," hosted by interior design maven Genevieve Gorder, premiering on Thursday, May 2 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Each episode challenges two top interior designers to create luxury looks for less for couples in desperate need of a room make-over. The rooms will be judged by Genevieve Gorder along with ELLE DECOR Editor-In-Chief Whitney Robinson and a rotating guest judge. The winning designer will be featured in an online spread on ElleDecor.com. Guest judges this season include powerhouse interior designers Jonathan Adler, Kathryn M. Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Thom Filicia, Jeff Andrews and Jamie Bush along with Molly Sims, Jason Wu and India Hicks. For a sneak peek visit: https://www.bravotv.com/best-room-wins/season-1/videos/your-first-look-at-best-room-wins

Using the design theme and inspiration from a multi-million-dollar estate, the designers must work to decorate a room that captures the couples' luxury vision while staying within a $25,000 budget. The judges will determine how well each designer executed their rooms and created a multi-million dollar look for their clients based on three criteria: the overall appeal of the design, how far they were able to stretch their budget and client satisfaction.

"Best Room Wins" is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television's Shed Media with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Dean Slotar, Lisa Christy-Drusts, Esther Frank and Wall to Wall's Jeremy Dear all serving as executive producers.

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posted 3/14/19

Squares Gone Country
CMT Greenlights "Nashville Squares" (Working Titles)
From the Wrap

CMT has ordered new game show "Nashville Squares," which is a spinoff of VH1's "Hip Hop Squares," TheWrap reports. Both are essentially music star-centric remakes of the old "Hollywood Squares."

The former Country Music Television has greenlit 10 episodes of its new game show. "Nashville Squares," which is a working title, is slated for summer.

"Nashville Squares" hails from Jesse Collins Entertainment, the same production company behind "Hip Hop Squares". On both shows, contestants rely on celebrity help to win money playing a giant tic-tac-toe game.

The Wrap

PopCulture

posted 3/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Return for the Right Reasons"

  • "The Bachelor" sends the first two seasons to Tubi (The Wrap)

  • ICYMI: Something happened on "The World's Best" that shook the competition up (Cinema Blend)

  • Alicia Keys giving her "voice" to a new autobio (The Huffington Post)

posted 3/14/19

That's NBC's Jam
Greenlight for Music/Variety Quiz Show from Jimmy Fallon
From Broadway World

It turns out Jimmy Fallon's viral smash "Wheel of Musical Impressions" was only the beginning. Drawing inspiration from the wildly popular, celebrity-fueled musical segments made famous on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC has hit play on a 10-episode order for the new unscripted series "That's My Jam."

Executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, the hourlong competition series will be infused with Fallon's one-of-a-kind comedic style, feel-good energy, and a carousel of his classic and brand-new music-based games, featuring a New Group of celebrities each week.

"We love playing these games on the show and it'll be fun to see it taken to the next level," said Fallon.

"Jimmy reinvented the late-night genre with his one-of-a-kind celebrity game segments that show our favorite stars at their most clever, creative and relaxed," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled to bring viewers a new set of games and create a weekly party that is just as much fun to watch as it is to play along."

Broadway World

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TV Line
People
Deadline

posted 3/13/19

MONDAY: The Battle for Everything
NBC, ABC Split wiht "The Voice", "Bachelor" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.923 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Monday thanks to the season finales of "The Bachelor" (8.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (7.767 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

NBC (8.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Voice" (10.402 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "The Enemy Within" (5.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Magnum P.I." (5.902 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus a repeat "Bull" (4.472 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up the penultimate "The Passage" (3.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and the season finale of "The Passage" (3.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.075 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.750 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.663m
- Double Dare (SP/Nick): 839k
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 833k
- America Says (GSN): 396k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "So What Happened?"

  • ICYMI: Colton picked... (The Wrap) ... and ABC picked... (TV Line)

  • Austin Rogers: Alex Trebek has given us so much, it's time to give back to him. (Huffington Post)

  • "Millionaire" named in WGAW conflict of interest report (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Eubanks (KFH Wichita)

posted 3/13/19

SYNDIES: The February Sweeps
Results for the Sweep Between January 31-February 27
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy was on fire in the February sweeps (Jan. 31-Feb. 27), winning the important winter survey period in its 23rd season by the show's widest margin ever. According to the Nielsen results announced today, Judy towered over all syndicated shows with a 7.8 live-plus-same-day national sweep average.

Turning to access, the game show contest was a nail-biter that came down to the wire and ended in a triple dead-heat among Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with each show at a 6.7.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the February 2018 sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -1
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 3/12/19

WEEKEND: Still the One... Two
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.581 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "American Idol" (7.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.883 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

CBS (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with new episodes of "60 Minutes" (8.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "God Friended Me" (6.694 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus the special "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul" (5.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.055 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) followed by fresh installmets of "World of Dance" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Good Girls" (2.471 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.084 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (2.168 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.981 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Family Guy" (2.260 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) as well as a repeat "Family Guy" (1.794 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).0

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.060 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Charmed" (0.765 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable Sunday...
- Buddy vs. Duff (P/Food): 1.597m
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 866k

On cable Friday
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 500k
- America Says (GSN): 473k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 409k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 376k .


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posted 3/12/19

HQ Invades SXSW....
... and Off-Site Players Invaded Back
From the Verge

HQ Trivia made "quiz-tory" this week when it hosted its first live, in-person game with a $10,000 prize. Host Scott Rogowsky flew into Austin, Texas, to host the show (donned in a full HQ-branded suit) at Comcast NBCUniversal's SXSW pop-up.

Prior to the start, HQ projected a one-time link to the live show on a screen, which audience members had to load in order to compete. Everyone played along on their phones as Rogowsky cued the questions from an iPad.

Naturally, people took photos of the stage (and the screen with the link) before the show began and shared those images on social media. This meant that players who weren't in Austin or at the Comcast NBCUniversal house could join the game. (They only needed the access link.)

Nearly 3,000 virtual players were present at the start of the show, despite the fact that the house appeared to host hundreds of people, not thousands. Rogowsky acknowledged this, but he seemingly couldn't do anything about it. "Nearly 3,000 virtual players were present at the start of the show."

Still, it was fun to witness people congregate around the players in the audience who lasted until the final questions. It felt more like a communal experience, as if the HQ comments section entered the real world.

Only two actual audience members won, or at least made themselves known. The rest of the approximately 70 winners were not in the Comcast NBCUniversal house. Ultimately, every winner took home a prize of a little over $100, and the two live contestants joined Rogowsky onstage to talk about how they planned to use the money. One man said it'd cover his gas to get back to Dallas; the other used the opportunity to shout out Chicago and its pizza.

HQ isn't ruling out more live events. In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson said that the company will "continue to explore opportunities for our players to enjoy HQ, whether on their phone or in person."

The Verge

Adweek

posted 3/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Stage and the Ring"

  • ICYMI: Last night's "The Voice" had a proposal that DIDN'T come from a coach (TV Line)

  • Judge Judy lands the legal world's highest honor... okay, the televised legal world's highest honor.... okay, it's the Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy (Variety)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Blockbusters UK (Comedy Central) (UK Air Dates)

  • Ever want to see Pete Wentz get slimed? (Alt Press)

posted 3/12/19


TV Line

JED ALLAN: 1935-2019
Soap Opera Patriarch Had Storied Game Show Career
From The Wrap

Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on "Days of Our Lives," C.C. Capwell on "Santa Barbara" and Rush Sanders on "Beverly Hills, 90210," died Saturday. He was 84.

"So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers [sic] passing tonight," Allan's son Rick posted on Facebook Saturday night. "He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook."

Allan's connection to the daytime drama genre began in the '60s on the long-gone soaps "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm." But it wasn't until he joined "Days of Our Lives" in 1971 as attorney Don Craig and was romantically teamed up with Deidre Hall's Dr. Marlena Evans that he became a daytime superstar. He remained on the show for 14 years, during which time he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor.

In 1986, he joined the NBC show "Santa Barbara" as patriarch of the Capwell family, playing Robin Wright's father, where he remained until 1993.

Although he had numerous guest appearances on primetime shows up to that point, Allan endeared himself to a whole new audience when in 1994 he was cast in the recurring role of Rush Sanders, father of Ian Ziering's character, Steve.

Allan stepped into the role of Edward Quartermaine on "General Hospital" for two years beginning in 2004 to fill in for an ailing John Ingle.

Among his many other roles, Allan also appeared on "CSI: Miami," "Six Feet Under," "CHiPs" and "The Streets of San Francisco." In game shows, he hosted "Celebrity Bowling", was on the panel for "Hollywood Squares", "To Say the Least" & "Celebrity Sweepstakes", and hosted the unsold pilot of "Temptation" for NBC.

Allan is survived by his sons Mitch, Dean and Rick.

The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/11/18

Back to the Box
Discovery, Science Renew "Battlebots"
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is going back into production in April and will return for a second season on Discovery Channel and Science Channel this summer.

BattleBots features the world's biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot fighting supremacy. 2018 Champion Bite Force will return to defend its title against top competition including perennial contenders Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti.

The metal munching mayhem is coming back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. With each match consisting of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout, the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

The play-by-play team of Chris Rose and Kenny Florian will return to call all the action. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer.

"BattleBots is such a fun series and really resonated with both Discovery and Science viewers last year," said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. "We can't wait to once again work with the amazing teams from Whalerock and BattleBots to make the new season a smashing success."

BattleBots also highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. Homemade robots built on a number of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.

BattleBots is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. Wyatt Channell will executive produce for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. .

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 3/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

  • Bill Bellamy cast in ABC pilot (Deadline)

  • Lucy Hale makes "American Juniors" seem more of an afterthought than it already is by landing the title role as "Katy Keene" (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS slots "Survivor" finale for May 15 (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/11/19


All Star Bio

JAN MICHAEL VINCENT: 1945-2019
"Airwolf" Star Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Jan-Michael Vincent, who briefly rose to prominence as a young leading man in films in the 1970s and 1980s then became a TV star with CBS' action series Airwolf in the mid-'80s, died February 10 in North Carolina. He was 73.

A death certificate obtained by TMZ noted Vincent died of cardiac arrest while a patient at an Asheville hospital. His death had not been previously reported.

Vincent started his career in the late 1960s with guest roles in TV series including Dragnet, Lassie, Bonanza and Gunsmoke before his first feature film, 1971's Going Home opposite Robert Mitchum and Brenda Vaccaro. That led to a co-starring role opposite Charles Bronson in Michael Winner's 1972 movie The Mechanic. He starred in several movies in rapid succession in the mid-'70s including trucker drama White Line Fever, World War II-set Baby Blue Marine, John Millius' surfing pic Big Wednesday with Gary Busey and William Katt and opposite Burt Reynolds in Hal Needham's generational stuntman romp Hooper. He was nominated for two Golden Globes: supporting actor for Going Home and supporting actor for the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.

Then came Airwolf, the Donald P. Bellisario-created series that ran for three seasons from 1984-86 on CBS and a fourth on USA Network in 1987. Vincent played Stringfellow Hawke, the pilot of an advanced prototype supersonic helicopter who with his team took on various covert government missions. Ernest Borgnine co-starred. The Big 3 broadcast networks all launched chopper-themed series in Janaury 1984 after the theatrical success of Blue Thunder the previous summer.

Vincent, who had documented problems with alcoholism and drug abuse, suffered a broken neck in a high-profile 2006 car crash while chasing a girlfriend he was fighting with. He recovered, but his career slowed. In 2012 an infection resulted in a partial amputation of his right leg.

During his time on "Airwolf", Vincent was a guest panelist on "The New Hollywood Squares".

Deadline
TV Line
TMZ

posted 3/8/18

THURSDAY: Battle of the Reality Heavies
"Survivor" Beats "Idol"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.781 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (8.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Fam" (5.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

ABC (5.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.375 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "For the People" (3.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.110 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Orville" (2.926 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "AP Bio" (1.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14); new episodes from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.990 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Will & Grace" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9); plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.483 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.299 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (0.852 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/19

Bluprint for "Runway"
NBCU Digital Platform LAunches Companion Series
From Broadway World

Calling all fashionistas! Bluprint - NBCUniversal's state-of-the-art digital lifestyle learning platform and streaming service - will launch two original online series celebrating "Bravo's Project Runway." On March 14th, the premiere of the Bluprint companion series titled "Runway Remake," will launch on the Bluprint platform in conjunction with the premiere of the iconic Bravo franchise "Project Runway." Bluprint's digital series, which will also be available on an all-new mobile app, will draw from the trends and out-of-the-box designs on the adored hit television series and inspire Bluprint subscribers to learn how to re-create their favorite fashion-forward runway looks at home.

Hosted by Mondo Guerra, runner up from "Project Runway" Season 8 and winner of "Project Runway All Stars," Bluprint will introduce nine original episodes that bring the flagship series to life in an accessible way for devoted fans at home. Top Bluprint instructors - including actress/sewist Marcy Harriell, sculptor/interior designer James Worsham, as well as master crafter Jo Gick from NBC's "Making It" - will interpret real "Project Runway" design challenges in their own respected crafts and tutorials, resulting in chic DIY projects.

Broadway World

posted 3/8/19

"Millionaire" Will Be Back... in the UK
Latest Season Ended March 8
From Digital Spy

Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed that Who Wants to be a Millionaire will return to ITV later in 2019. At the end of Friday night's (March 8) season finale, the gameshow's host announced: "We'll be back later in the year."

The Who Wants to be a Millionaire official Twitter account also confirmed the show's return by echoing Clarkson.

That's it for #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire! Congrats to all of our winners this week! Thanks to everyone who has tweeted along with the shows & a special thanks to the producers @StellifyMedia! We'll be back later in the year, but until then… good night. #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire pic.twitter.com/wknqPghhRR — Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (@MillionaireUK) March 8, 2019

Digital Spy

posted 3/8/19

More Worst Celebrity Cooks
Boot Camp Begins April 21
From the Futon Critic

Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back to lead a new star-studded cast of cooking-challenged celebrities through culinary boot camp in the return of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Sunday, April 21st at 9pm (all times ET/PT).

In the seven-episode season, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of stars through a series of high-pressure cooking drills where only the most-improved recruit left standing is awarded $25,000 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their chef mentor. This season's celebrity recruits are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker. "Competing on Worst Cooks is a very tough role for these celebrities - they start off as true kitchen disasters, but by the end of boot camp their food skills are impressive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Watching Anne and Tyler mentor this cast of larger-than-life personalities is endlessly entertaining."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/7/19

Big Brother Returns to Israel
Celebrity Version Spawns New Reboot
From Deadline

Big Brother is returning in Israel following the success of a celebrity version.

This marks a boon for Endemol Shine, which has faced some challenges with the twenty-year old reality format including last year's cancellation of the show on Channel 5 in the UK. Despite this, Endemol Shine's Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon told Deadline that last year was one of the "biggest yet" for Big Brother.

Israel's Reshet has ordered a second civilian series of the show from Endemol Shine Israel.

The format launched on the station in May 2018, having run for eight civilian seasons on Channel 2. Big Brother VIP ran for seven weeks on Reshet culminating with the finale this weekend, which saw break dancer Asaf Goren crowned the winner. It was a ratings hit for Reshet with the finale scoring an average share of 19.7% and the season averaging 17.4%.

Deadline

posted 3/7/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Po-Po in Portugal"

  • Why Chris almost called the police on Colton Underwood (E!)

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 times Alex Trebek was better than us (Men's Health)

  • MasterChef Junior partners with Feed the Children (Broadway World)

  • FIRST LOOK Blockbusters UK on Comedy Central (Metro)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (The West Australian)

posted 3/7/19

TUESDAY: Clean Sweep for NBC
"The Voice" Leads the Charge
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its combination of "The Voice" (10.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "This Is Us" (7.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.873 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

ABC (5.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then got a boost from its special "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (6.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by a new "The Rookie" (4.473 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was CBS (5.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "FBI" (5.430 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and another "FBI" (3.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a rebroadcast of "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown" (2.068 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with originals from "The Flash" (1.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.056 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 888k
- Temptation Island (USA): 832k
- America Says (GSN): 427k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/19

Two Love Islands
ITV Sends "Love Island" To New Zealand
From ITV

TV Studios and Motion Content Group's award-winning, record-breaking format Love Island has been commissioned by Three in New Zealand, taking the total number of original commissions to 12.

Love Island NZ will be produced by ITV Studios Australia, in what will be its first production for a New Zealand network.

The deal, which was brokered by ITV Studios Global Entertainment out of its Sydney office, will see Three become the home of Love Island in New Zealand. In addition to launching the show in 2019, the network has also acquired the rights to the second series in Australia, as well as licensing series 5 in the UK and the first series in the U.S. on CBS, all of which are also set to air later this year.

ITV Studios Australia produced the hugely successful first series of Love Island Australia last year, which broke viewing records for Network Nine's catch-up service 9Now. It has entered its biggest production year to date, with new and returning shows for 2019 including Operation Live, Sunday Night Takeaway, The Voice, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The Chase and its first scripted project, SeaChange, a co-production with Every Cloud Productions.

David Mott, CEO and Managing Director, ITV Studios Australia said: "Part of our ongoing strategy is to grow and develop production opportunities beyond Australia, with New Zealand being a key market for us in doing so. For Love Island to be our first commission in the territory is really exciting and we can't wait to start working with Three to make the series a hit there. Fans of the show are in for a real treat in 2019."

MediaWorks Chief Content Officer, Andrew Szusterman, said: "Love Island takes the concept of 'appointment viewing' to a whole new level and has been smashing records on air along with creating unprecedented social media hype and audience engagement.

ITV

posted 3/6/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More Masks"

  • Why "The Masked Singer" could come back sooner than later (Popsugar)

  • Mark Jansen, Elena Davies break up. In other news, Mark Jansen, Elena Davies were a couple (Reality TV World)

  • Anthony Anderson to host Image Awards (The Futon Critic)

  • Jeff Probst clairifies the rule on Idols (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Steve Harvey goes into the Vault (Broadway World)

  • ICYMI: And the winner of the All-Stars game was... (TV Line)

posted 3/6/19

NBC Slots Summer Stars
"Ninja Warrior", "Got Talent" Premiere May
From Deadline

NBC has set premiere dates for a pair of its veteran summer series. Season 14 of America's Got Talent will get a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, and American Ninja Warrior will launch its eighth season at from 8-10 p.m. the next night before settling into its regular slot at 8 p.m. Monday, June 10.

The AGT bow will feature its new judge lineup and host, with Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough taking over for veteran judges Heidi Klum and Mel B and America's Got Talent: The Champions frontman Terry Crews emceeing after Tyra Banks hosted the show last year. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are returning to the judges table.

Created by EP Cowell and co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, AGT has been a summer ratings juggernaut for NBC, ranking as the No. 1 alternative series for the past 13 years. Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace also serves as executive producers.

Filming begins this week on American Ninja Warrior, which is hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. E! News co-anchor Zuri Hall is the new sideline reporter this season, giving viewers a preview of the course, sharing crowd reactions and doing post-race interviews with the competitors.

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, the show delivered as the most-watched broadcast of the night with each of its final five telecasts in summer 2018. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile are the executive producers.

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posted 3/5/19

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 24
From TV Newscheck

Preemptions for coverage of the Feb. 21 Chicago police announcement of felony criminal charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett were a drag on ratings for most daytime shows in the session ending Feb. 24.

In the game show arena, the race tightened as Jeopardy rose 5% to a 6.8, tying usual leader Family Feud, which was flat at a 6.8. Not far behind was Wheel of Fortune, which picked up 3% to a 6.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 +3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 3/5/19

MONDAY: Dead Heat
ABC, NBC Tie with Dueling Bigs
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.035 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to week two of "The Voice" (10.876 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (5.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

ABC (7.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with originals from "The Bachelor" (7.227 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) and "The Good Doctor" (6.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (4.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (5.130 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "The Passage" (3.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of a repeat "The Neighborhood" (5.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (4.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Magnum P.I." (5.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a second run "Bull" (4.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.841 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Arrow" (0.904 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.777 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable ...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.5m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 952k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 571k
- America Says (GSN): 374k


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posted 3/5/19

Facebook Gets School'd
The Silent Launch of ScaryMommy's New Facebook Watch Game
From ScaryMommy

We could all use an extra $1000, right? And we could all use a little light-hearted fun in our work/stay-at-home/work-at-home mom day, no doubt. Enter School'd by Scary Mommy. The extremely addictive new trivia game just for moms.

Hosted by NYC-based comedians Brittney Jenkins and Kami Dimitrova, the game is easy to play, a ton of fun, and can mean winning big money. Think HQ Trivia, only questions you might totally know the answers to.

First of all, players need to follow the School'd by Scary Mommy page in order to get an alert when a new game starts. That would be every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pmEST/10amPST.

You'll need to play on your Smartphone because the game isn't playable on computers, so you'll just have to wrestle it from your Baby Shark-obsessed toddler for a few minutes every day around lunchtime. No big.

Again, it's just like HQ. The host will ask a total of 12 questions, one at a time. You'll have 10 seconds per question to choose an answer from the multiple choices. If you get all 12 questions right, (which, YASS GURL) you'll win the $1000 prize. If you're not the only trivia genius playing to win, you'll just split the $1000 with the others who got them all correct.

A very cool feature of School'd is that players can continue playing even if they get a question wrong–they just can't win the money. Which means you can get in some super low-pressure practice and hopefully, come back and win next time. N

ow, you might be wondering about what types of questions we'll ask, and don't worry — they're all geared toward moms and meant to be fun, not stressful. There will be special categories like Old School'd (think fun throwback stuff), That's Sick! (health), Girl Power (women empowerment), Hangry Games (food), and Hot and Bothered (relationship/sex). Knowing that the topics are all pretty close to home makes the game a lot more fun.

So there you have it, all summed up. Follow School'd by Scary Mommy so you get the alerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pmEST/10amPST. May the odds be ever in your favor.

ScaryMommy

posted 3/5/19

WEEKEND: Idol Returns
ABC Wins Sunday Thanks to AI
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its new lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "American Idol" (8.633 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Shark Tank" (4.211 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

CBS (7.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.240 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "God Friended Me" (6.833 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.920 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was NBC (3.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a "World of Dance" (3.005 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) recap followed by a new "World of Dance" (4.174 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the season premiere of "Good Girls" (2.770 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.828 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.404 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.325 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.317 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (2.040 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Family Guy" (2.103 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.780 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (1.184 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Charmed" (0.754 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) rounded out the night on The CW (0.969 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 362k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 316k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.216m
- Family Food Showdown (P/Food): 896k


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posted 3/5/19


TV Line

LUKE PERRY: 1966-2019
Star of "90210", "Riverdale" Played "Celebrity Name Game"
From Broadway World

Luke Perry has died today after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday, February 27, according to Deadline. He was 52.

"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. the family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time," said his publicist Arnold Robinson in a statement.

Perry's agent also released a statement, reading: "Luke will be missed, a friend gone way too soon. It seems like yesterday that I was Luke's agent negotiating his role on 'Beverly Hills, 90210'. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Perry is best known for becoming a household name on Fox'sBeverly Hills, 90210, starring as Dylan McCay from 1990-1995 and then reprising his role in 1998-2000. He recently starred as Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW's Riverdale.

Perry was known in the theater world for playing Brad Majors on Broadway in the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show. In 2004, he starred in the West End production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry, opposite Alyson Hannigan as Sally.

Perry was also featured on a number of game shows from the 1990s and 2000s, including "Jeopardy!", "Hollywood Squares", and "Celebrity Name Game".

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posted 3/4/18


The Hollywood Unlocked

JANICE FREEMAN: 1986-2019
Singer Was a Contestant on "The Voice"
From Reality TV World

Former The Voice contestant Janice Freeman has sadly passed away at age 33.

Janice -- who competed on Season 13 of NBC's The Voice in 2017 -- died on Saturday, March 2.

"We are heartbroken to report that Janice Marie Freeman passed away on March 2, 2019 from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. While at home her husband Dion performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. She passed away at a local hospital shortly after," Janice's loved ones wrote Sunday on her Twitter account. "A survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world, Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC's The Voice as a member of Miley Cyrus's team. Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus."

The post continued, "Her friends and family greatly appreciate your prayers, call and texts during this time, and ask that they be given space to remember everything that Janice was to them as they process and mourn her loss. She is survived by her husband Dion, daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters, and many extended family."

Janice reached the Top 11 on The Voice and was praised for her powerful rendition of songs as well as the energy she brought to the stage. She also often expressed love for her daughter, now 12, on the series.

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posted 3/4/18


GAMES GONE BY: Identity
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Think you know someone just by looking at them? Well, for a while, this kind of "profiling" could've netted you half-a-million bucks. Chris Wolvie talks of a "Games Gone By..." which will make you wonder who your neighbor REALLY is: "Identity".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/4/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Show Me Your X"

  • FIRST LOOK: the new look of America's Got Talent (TV Line)

  • "The Chase" suffers case of ill-timing with question on the Prodigy after Keith Flint's death (Metro)

  • Andrew O'Keeffe's in trouble (NineHoney)

  • Snoop Dogg is looking to unload Lakers tickets (Yahoo! Sports)

  • CASTING COUCH: want to be an American Ninja Warrior? (SB Nation) plus details on where they're taping this season (SB Nation)

  • SPOILER ALERT! Don't click this link unless you've seen today's "Millionaire? UK" (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tim Tebow (WFMY Greensboro)

posted 2/28/19

WEDNESDAY: Unmasked
"Masked Singer" Helps Fox to First
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) eclipsed the competition on Wednesday with the penultimate "The Masked Singer" (8.596 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (11.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

NBC (7.943 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.448 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.525 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Schooled" (3.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.340 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Single Parents" (2.948 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) plus the formal premiere of "Whiskey Cavalier" (4.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The World's Best" (2.816 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and another "The World's Best" (2.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.747 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.878 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.616 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 922k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 848k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 680k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 582k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 489k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 483k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 375k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 211k


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posted 2/28/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Back on the Beat"

  • Terry Crews to continue patroling Brooklyn for NBC (The Futon Critic)

  • Buzzy Cohen to create Audible original (Heavy)

  • How social media breathes new life into Jeopardy! (Variety)

  • Chris Jericho drops $3 million on a new house in Florida (Cinema Blend)

posted 2/28/19


Fox/Warner Horizon TV

Disconnected
Fox Cancels "Love Connection" After Two Seasons
From PopCulture

FOX has officially canceled its Love Connection reboot with Andy Cohen after two seasons.

Love Connection has struggled through its two seasons on the air, with low ratings and little fan engagement. On Wednesday morning, Cohen himself announced the cancellation in an interview on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show. "They canceled it," he said glumly.

Later, a FOX representative confirmed the news to reporters from TVLine. Love Connection finished its second season in September.

Even the big finale did not draw an impressive audience. The show scored a 0.5 Nielsen rating in the key demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. Its total viewers were judged at 1.82 million. To its credit, Love Connection took a lot of risks to draw in more viewers in Season 2.

The show ditched one of its most callous features — the optional pay-out. It allowed the audience to vote on the contestants' best match, and if the contestant picked the same person, they were awarded $10,000. If they did not, they were forced to choose between their date and the cash.

The show did away with this part in Season 2, as it had been heavily criticized by critics and viewers. It re-branded, promising "more happy endings" for the couples that played, but it could not reclaim its alienated viewers..

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posted 2/27/19

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 17
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Feb. 17 featured perennial syndication champ Judge Judy opening an all-but-insurmountable lead in the race for the overall win at the midpoint of the February sweep. Judy clobbered all programs in syndication 32nd week in a row, uncorking a nose-bleed-level 7.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 11 million daily viewers. While that was 1% off its season record of the previous frame, it represented an impressive 22% increase over last year's Winter Olympics-compromised ratings.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8* +1%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV NEwscheck

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posted 2/27/19

TUESDAY: A Split "Voice"
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got another boost on Tuesday with night two of the "The Voice" (10.552 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) season premiere followed by the return of "World of Dance" (6.270 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (9.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (11.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "American Housewife" (4.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.323 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.121 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.852 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finales of "Lethal Weapon" (3.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "The Gifted" (1.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.666 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 952k
- Chopped (Food): 919k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 525k
- America Says (GSN): 391k

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posted 2/27/19

Temptation Revisited
USA Renews Temptation Island
From the Futon Critic

USA Network today announced a second season pickup for its buzzy reality series TEMPTATION ISLAND.

Set to film later this year, Mark L. Walberg will return to host an extended 12-episode sophomore run, which will include a reunion special.

Produced by Banijay Studios North America, TEMPTATION ISLAND is currently airing its first season on USA on Tuesdays at 10/9c, with the seventh episode set to premiere tonight.

Since its January 15 debut, TEMPTATION ISLAND has grown its audience by double digits (+34% P18-49, +36% P25-54, +23% total viewers) thanks in part to strong social buzz (#1 new cable series of the year for social engagements). The series is also the #1 original cable series in its time period for P18-34.*

TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four unmarried couples at a crossroads in their relationship. Each must decide whether to commit to each other or ultimately give in to the temptation - a decision that could change the course of their life forever. Together, the couples travel to a romantic paradise, where they join 24 sexy single men and women all in search of love.

Brace yourselves for hot and heavy nights as the couples embark on an adventure to begin dating these new prospects.

Information on how to apply to be a cast member for Season 2 can be found at USANetwork.com. .

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posted 2/26/19

20th Circle of Hell
Fox Renews Hell's Kitchen to Season 20
From Deadline

Fox has ordered more helpings of Gordon Ramsay. The network said today that it has renewed Hell's Kitchen for two seasons, which will be the cooking-competition series' 19th and 20th.

Fox also renewed the show. in which aspiring restaurateurs are put through an intense culinary academy — and Ramsay's wrath — to prove they have the endurance and skill to compete and win a grand prize, for two seasons back in 2016.

Hell's Kitchen ranks as the season's No. 2 cooking show in the 18-49 demo — behind another series fronted by the irascible chef, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back — and is TV's top-rated reality series on Fridays, per Nielsen. It's also up significantly over Fox's year-ago time period average: +44% among 18-49 and +36% in total viewers.

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posted 2/26/19

KCA Noms Out
DJ Khaled to Host
From The Wrap

DJ Khaled had big shoes to fill, in all ways. The star DJ and music producer will take over from John Cena as host of the "Kids' Choice Awards" next month, Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday.

Khaled will bring a party atmosphere to the annual slime-filled awards show for his inaugural hosting gig on March 23, thanks to his signature catchphrases and gregarious personality.

"Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up! That's right, March 23 – I'm your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon 'Kids' Choice Awards.' I'll see you soon!" the musician said in a statement.

This year's top nominees include "Avengers: Infinity War," "Black Panther," Cardi B and "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."

First-time nominees include Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Noah Centineo, Bebe Rexha, Tyra Banks, Neil Patrick Harris and "Riverdale."

Khaled himself is nominated for three awards: Favorite TV Judge, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Collaboration.

This year's show also introduces five new categories for voting: Favorite TV Host, Favorite TV Judges, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Gamer, and Vote For A Cause.

Nickelodeon's 2019 "Kids' Choice Awards" airs live on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Nominees of interest....

Favorite Reality Show
- America's Got Talent
- American Idol
- American Ninja Warrior
- Dancing with the Stars: Juniors
- Double Dare
- The Voice Favorite

TV Host*
- Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen's Game of Games)
- Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)
- Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)
- Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)
- Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
- Tyra Banks (America's Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges*
- Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America's Got Talent)
- Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)
- Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)
- Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)
- Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)
- Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)


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posted 2/26/19

MONDAY: Back on Top
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.093 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season premiere of "The Voice" (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the debut of "The Enemy Within" (5.774 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

ABC (6.583 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two network with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Good Doctor" (6.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.088 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.995 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Magnum P.I." (6.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Bull" (6.664 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.899 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) plus a new "The Passage" (3.288 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5), repeats of "Arrow" (0.647 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.430 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.339m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 971k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 720k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 556k
- America Says (GSN): 376k .


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posted 2/26/19

One Night in Thailand for Just Desserts
Top Chef Spinoff Heads to Asia
From Deadline

Top Chef spin-off Just Desserts is heading to Thailand alongside a second season of World of Dance after NBCUniversal closed a pair of deals. The Hollywood studio's international formats division has signed a deal for the shows with The One Enterprise. It will produce an 11-part series of Just Desserts for its One31 channel that will see pastry chefs flex their professional skills and go head to head in a series of challenges. Top Chef also airs on One31 and was recently renewed for a third season. Meanwhile, World of Dance, which was originally produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Jennifer Lopez' Nuyorican Productions, will run for a second season on One31. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal International Formats said, "Top Chef remains as one of our most successful franchises to date, so to bring a third season and a Just Desserts spin off to local audiences is truly exciting. To add to that, we are also excited for another season of World of Dance within the territory. The One Enterprise and One31 generated a local version that boasts high quality production standards and excellent on-screen talent, so we are proud to see the remake prove so popular and successful."

Deadline

posted 2/26/19

Hey Tracey, Greenlight This Game Show
New ITV Series to Employ Digital Assistant
From ITV News

Hey Tracey! is a brand-new quiz show for ITV2, hosted by Joel Dommett, where celebrities play to win cash for members of the public… with some unpredictable consequences.

In real life if you don't know the answer to a question you can ask Siri or Alexa. In this show, unfortunately you're stuck with Tracey.

If our celebrities don't know the answer to Joel's unusual questions, they can say "Hey Tracey!" and enlist the help of his very own virtual assistant. But forget your high-end Silicon Valley artificial intelligence – Tracey was thrown together by some sixth formers in the late 90's as part of their technology coursework… and she can usually be found tucking into a pie or painting her nails.

Each time our celebs summon her help, Tracey can connect them with someone in the real world that might be able to help. Less phone-a-friend, more like comedy cold calling. And that means everyone from dog groomers to massage parlours, piano tuners to equine dentists, roadside burger vans to reptile houses.

So, if our celebrities want to win big, they'd better make sure they say… "Hey Tracey!"

ITV News

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British Comedy Guide

posted 2/26/19

Japan Beats the Room
Red Arrow Teams with NTV for New Format
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios International have teamed up to co-develop and distribute a studio gameshow format.

Beat the Rooms will launch at MipTV in April, with Nippon TV handling sales for Asia and Red Arrow Studios International distributing in the rest of the world. The show has been commissioned straight-to-series for Nippon TV's main channel in Japan and is produced in-house by the broadcaster, which also created the Dragons' Den/Shark Tank format.

In each episode, two teams try to 'beat' rooms in which they face tests of their ability to overcome a physical or mental obstacle, with players challenged not to do certain things, such as breathing, getting nervous or falling. Each player has their own countdown clock, which runs faster if they break the rules. At the end of each game, players with the least time remaining are eliminated by being sent crashing through a wall. In the finale, each team's surviving players use time saved from the rooms to help them race across a huge slippery slope without falling off.

Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV, said: "We always get many inquiries asking for 'crazy' Japanese game shows, and we collaborated with Red Arrow Studios' fantastic team of format experts lead by Michael Schmidt to create a modern but still extremely funny and action-packed program."

Bo Stehmeier, president of Red Arrow Studios International, described the format as "perfect for family viewing on linear and digital channels with its crazy challenges and hilarious games."

C21 Media

Multichannel News
TBI Vision

posted 2/26/19

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