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Money Drops Into Sri Lanka
New Series to Air
From News First

The People's Channel Sirasa TV launched the International Franchise Game Show 'THE 5 MILLION MONEY DROP', at Stein Studios today.

Two contestants, 7 questions and 5 million at stake. The "5 million money drop" is a game show that makes millionaire duos.

This game show was aired on Fox TV in both United States and Canada. It is based on the UK flagship series "The Million Pound drop".

This award-winning game show is now televised in more than 50 different countries, having aired over 2500+ international episodes. Its accolades include recognition at the British Academy Film Awards for its spectacular digital creativity and claiming the title of "Best Entertainment Program" at other award ceremonies.

NEwsfirst

posted 8/9/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Jimmy & Sarah Are Going to Be Okay"

  • Jeopardy! disbands the Clue Crew, but Jimmy McGuire and Sarah Whitcomb Foss expected to stay in the J! family as producers (Uproxx)

  • Wink Martindale drops "The Elvis Presley Story" (Street Insider)

  • FRIST LOOK: SporcleCon is coming... and so is every trivia brain on the east coast (DCist)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ken Jennings is still technically banned from playing Jeopardy!, and he's made it no secret that he's retiring on top... so... (CinemaBlend)

posted 8/11/2022


Vulture
LAMONT DOZIER: 1941-2022
Legendary Songwriter Judged "American Juniors"
From BBC

Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier, who penned songs for The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers, as well as Marvin Gaye and Martha and the Vandellas, has died aged 81.

The news was confirmed by his son Lamont Dozier Jr. on Instagram.

As part of the Holland, Dozier, Holland songwriting team, he had many number one records and also won Grammy awards.

Their hits include Baby Love, Nowhere to Run, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) and You Can't Hurry Love.

"Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!" wrote his son online, alongside a picture of the two of them together.

Dozier, along with Brian Holland, served as the musical arranger and producer, while their friend and colleague Eddie Holland focused on the lyrics and vocal production.

In 2004, he served as one of the two regulars on Fox's short-lived "American Idol" spin-off, "American Juniors", alongside Debbie Gibson.

BBC News
CBC News
Rolling Stone

Billboard

Los Angeles Times

posted 8/9/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 50
Results for the Week Ending July 31
From TV Newscheck

The see-saw battle for game show bragging rights between Family Feud and Jeopardy continued during the dog days of summer session ending July 31. This time, Jeopardy took back the syndication title, inching up 2% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and just edging last week's leader Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.1.

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 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.4 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 8/9/2022

Getting Kinda Crowded on "Love Island"
Meet the Newest Players Heading to Casa Amor
From EW

It's Casa Amor time! The islanders of Peacock's Love Island USA season 4 have fallen in like, recoupled, and more in their attempt to find love, and now 12 new faces are coming in to shake things up. We'll see the islanders split up in groups of two, with one heading to the newly-built Casa Amor for 4 days of temptation. In addition to the bean bags, bed and villa trappings, this year's piece of paradise will have a private outdoor bed, and for a Love Island first: its own hideaway! Meet the dozen bombshells coming to tempt Isaiah, Deb, Timmy, and the other islanders.

In its first three weeks, Peacock's steamier and streamier version of LOVE ISLAND USA has officially been crowned the most streamed Original Unscripted Series on Peacock, and the third largest Original launch overall on the platform..

EW
The Futon Critic

The Futon Critic

posted 8/9/2022

MONDAY: Dog Days Continue
ABC Wins Depressed Night
From The Programming Insider

ABC's "The Bachelorette" (Viewers: #1 for the night: 3.06 million; A18-49: #1 for the night: 0.7 rating/6 share) easily dominated NBC's competing "American Ninja Warrior" (Viewers: #3, 2.62 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3) in the Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block. But both reality series are certainly not what they used to be.

Airing out of "The Bachelorette" was recent entry "Claim to Fame", which opposite repeats on CBS and NBC still sunk to 1.80 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#1) at 10 p.m.

Also original last night was Fox's pairing of "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Viewers: #4, 1.90 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.83 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.); and canceled CW dramas "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: 434,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "In The Dark" (Viewers: 330,000; A18-49: 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.).

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 493k/0.15
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 442k/0.02
- People Puzzler (GSN): 438k/0.03

The Programming Insider
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/9/2022

SUNDAY: Dog Days Continue
ABC Wins Depressed Night
From The Programming Insider

Only five hours of Sunday night's schedule was original programming. As expected, "Big Brother" on CBS topped the night in adults 18-49, with a 0.7 rating/7 share in the demo.

But at 3.83 million viewers, it trailed ABC's competing "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.52 million) for most-watched show of the night. "Celebrity Family Feud" scored a 0.5/ 5 in the demo (#2). "Celebrity Family Feud" led into "The $100,000 Pyramid" (Viewers: #1, 3.95 million; A18-49: #1, 0.4/ 4), which has moved back to 9 p.m., and recent game show entry "The Final Straw" (Viewers: #2, 2.03 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.3/ 3 at 10 p.m.).

The only other original program of the evening was NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are", which was virtually off the charts with just 1.58 million viewers (#3) and a 0.1/ 1 in adults 18-49 (#3t) at 8 p.m.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (Food): 818k/0.14

The Programming Insider
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/9/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Kenan Show"

  • Kenan Thompson tapped to host the Emmys (The Futon Critic)

  • Simon Cowell mourns Nolan Neal (EW)

  • Jane Lynch bows out of "Funny Girl" early (EW)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about FBoy Island (EW)

  • VIDEO WALL: Preview of "Guy's Ultimate Game Night" (People)

posted 8/9/2022


AP
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: 1949-2022
Legendary Singer-Actress
From TV Newsckec/AP

Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as "Physical" and "You're the One That I Want" and won countless hearts as everyone's favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of "Grease," has died. She was 73.

Newton-John, a longtime resident of Australia whose sales topped 100 million albums, died Monday at her southern California ranch, John Easterling, her husband, wrote on Instagram and Facebook. "We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time," the message said.

From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world's most popular entertainers. She had 14 top 10 singles just in the U.S., won four Grammys, starred with John Travolta in "Grease" and with Gene Kelly in "Xanadu." The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, "You're the One That I Want," was one of the era's biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies. "Physical," the bouncy, R-rated smash released in 1981, was No. 1 for 10 weeks and was named Billboard's song of the year despite being banned by some radio stations.

An aerobics-friendly promotional clip, filmed in the early years of MTV, won a Grammy for best video. Both musically and image-wise, she reinvented herself during those years. The blonde, ever-smiling Newton-John initially favored mild pop-country songs such as "Please Mr. Please" and "Have You Never Been Mellow" and soft-breathing ballads like "I Honestly Love You," which in 1975 won Grammys for best female pop vocal and record of the year. But she picked up the tempo in "Grease," especially after Sandy ditched her white sweaters and blouses for waist-high, black leather pants. "Physical" even made Newton-John blush as she told her would-be lover "There's nothing left to talk about/Unless it's horizontally" and finally called out "Let's get animal! Animal!"

"I recorded it and then suddenly thought, 'Goodness, maybe I've gone too far!'" she told Entertainment Weekly in 2017, recalling how the song had been suggested by manager Roger Davies. "I called Roger and said, 'We've got to pull this song!' He said, 'It's too late. It's already gone to radio and it's running up the charts.' I was horrified!"

In game shows, Newton-John made appearances on Celebrity Sweepstakes, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars.

She is survived by her husband; daughter Chloe Lattanzi (herself a contestant on the short-lived "Rock the Cradle"); sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; and several nieces and nephews.

TV Newscheck/AP
TV Line
TV Insider

TV Insider

posted 8/8/2022


TV Show Stars
ROGER E. MOSLEY: 1938-2022
"Magnum PI's" "TC" Made the Rounds in the 80s
From EW

Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role as helicopter pilot Theodore "T.C." Calvin on the '80s hit show Magnum P.I., has died. He was age 83.

His daughter Ch-a Mosley announced the news on Facebook, saying, "We could never mourn such an amazing man. He would HATE any crying done in his name. It is time to celebrate the legacy he left for us all."

Born and raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 1938, Mosley's acting career took off in 1971 with roles in the TV shows Longstreet and Cannon. The following year he guest starred on Sanford and Son and made his film debut in the neo-noir crime drama The New Centurions, playing a truck driver.

In 1974, Mosley started the Watts Repertory Company. After a series of blaxploitation films, Mosley had his most prominent role in 1976 with Gordon Parks' Leadbelly, based on the life of folk singer Huddie Ledbetter. That same year he appeared in Stay Hungry, featuring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then in 1977, Mosley portrayed boxer Sonny Liston in the biographical sports film The Greatest, starring Muhammad Ali as himself.

Mosley continued acting in film and television throughout the '70s and in 1980 he landed his most memorable role opposite Tom Selleck as the titular private investigator Thomas Magnum in the original Magnum P.I. From 1980 to 1988, Mosley played Theodore "T.C." Calvin, the owner and sole employee of Island Hoppers, a local helicopter charter and tour van service, who always finds himself roped into Magnum's cases.

In addition to appearing in all 158 episodes of Magnum, Mosley directed one episode of the series in 1984 and wrote another in 1986.

In 2019, Mosley returned to the reboot of Magnum P.I., starring Jay Hernandez, playing Booky, "a Vietnam veteran and barber who offers sage advice and a great haircut." Mosley reprised the role of Booky again in a 2021 episode, his final television appearance.

Roger E. Mosley's other credits include Night Court, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Walker, Texas Ranger, as well as the 1996 film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.

Mosley was a familiar face in game shows as well, logging in appearances on Match Game, Super Password, Hollywood Squares, Body Language, Pyramid, and The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour.

EW
THe Wrap
TV Line

posted 8/8/2022

TCA Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Amazing Race", "Legendary" Tie for Reality Prize
From TV Line

Winners for the 38th annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards were announced Saturday and ABC's Abbott Elementary outclassed the competition with a leading four wins, including Individual Achievement in Comedy for star/creator Quinta Brunson, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding New Series and the coveted Program of the Year.

Other highlights: This Is Us' Mandy Moore — whose Emmy snub was heard 'round the world — took home Individual Achievement in Drama honors; Netflix's cancelled Baby-Sitters Club won Outstanding Youth Programming for the second year in a row; Hulu's Dopesick triumphed as Outstanding Limited Series; and HBO's Succession snagged the Outstanding Drama Series prize.

This is the third year in a row that the TCA Awards scrapped its traditional in-person ceremony due to the pandemic. The critics group did, however, assemble pre-taped acceptance speeches from all of the winners.

For the second year in a row, the winner of the Television Critics Association Award for outstanding achievement in reality programming went to two shows because of a tie.

This year, both HBO Max's Legendary season 3 and CBS's The Amazing Race 33 won the award.

TV Line
Reality Blurred

The Wrap

posted 8/8/2022

Rebound!
RTL7 to Reboot "Big Bounce"
From C21 Media

German broadcaster RTL has greenlit a third season of its Banijay format Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show to be produced by Banijay Productions Germany.

The local version of Banijay's Big Bounce Battle format debuted in Germany in 2018 but has been on hiatus since 2019.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Nederland, it will return to Germany in 2023, challenging talented trampoline athletes aged between 10 and 55 to take part in the fast-paced physical game show.

C21 Media

posted 8/8/2022

Fox to Test "Person, Place or Thing"
Melissa Peterman to Host
From TV Newscheck

Fox Television Stations (FTS) will debut a four-week preview of Person, Place, or Thing with Melissa Peterman on Aug. 8 on select Fox-owned stations in markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development, said: "This is the perfect summer game: light, fun, and breezy, like an Aperol Spritz. Melissa is the host of this summer party- it's her house, her game and you'll leave having had the best time ever."

Person, Place, or Thing is a game where players ask "yes" or "no" questions to guess an answer correctly. Created by Jeff Proctor and Paul Franklin, this game show intersperses comedy with common knowledge. Jeff Proctor, Paul Franklin, Melissa Peterman and Tracy Verna will serve as executive producers.

Twenty episodes will be distributed by Fox First Run.

Peterman said: "I think game shows are a lot of people's happy place. I know they're mine. Person, Place, or Thing is uncomplicated fun that the whole family can enjoy, especially since you'll always be the best player from home."

TV Newscheck
KDFW Dallas Fort Worth

posted 8/8/2022

Ink Re-Master
Paramount+ to Reboot Tattoo Competition
From TV Insider

Ink Master is officially returning for Season 14 on Wednesday, September 7 with Joel Madden set to host. Ink Master Season 14 will drop exclusively on Paramount+, the streamer announced Friday, August 5, and the Good Charlotte lead singer, entrepreneur, and culture enthusiast will be joined by Season 8 winner Ryan Ashley, celebrity tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado, and industry veteran Ami James as judges.

In the new season of Ink Master, legendary fan-favorite artists return to compete in the ultimate tattoo competition. The artists will battle it out and face some of the biggest, most exciting, and epic challenges seen in the history of the competition, all for the biggest grand prize yet: $250,000 and the title of "Ink Master."

Former host Dave Navarro returns to the series as the "Master of Chaos," introducing crazy twists and game-changing bombs to the competition. The contestants will need to prove they possess the high-level skills that set an Ink Master apart: composition, precision, color theory, finesse, stamina, and endurance. With stakes higher than they've ever been, a single misstep could send them home and, in the end, only one artist will walk away with the title.

TV Insider
TV Line

Deadline

posted 8/5/2022

THURSDAY: Game Night
NBC Wins with NFL
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's broadcast of this year's NFL Hall of Fame Game pre-season kickoff averaged 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, leading Thursday on both counts.

CBS' Big Brother drew 3.4 mil and a 0.7, down juuuuust a tick from last week's eviction episode.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.6 mil/0.5), Generation Gap (3.2 mil/0.4) and The Con (2 mil/0.2) were all steady.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Alone Frozen (SP/History): 1.314m/0.15
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 754k/0.16
- Alone: The Skills Challenge (P/History): 650k/0.06
- Battlebots Champions (P/Discovery): 563k/0.07
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 423k/0.02
- People Puzzler (GSN): 418k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 387k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 360k/0.02

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pub Trivia"

  • Amy Schneider hosts Bay Area Book Festival Pub Trivia (KALW San Francisco)

  • Tyler Cameron breaks up with the new lady he came back from "date cruise" with (Reality TV World)

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: THAT ending of "FBoy Island" (EW)

  • Jimmy FAllon, Keke Palmer to honor Betty White (TV Insider)

  • Michelle Visage has to pinch herself (The Wrap)

  • Jeffrey Marx goes from "Glass House" to golden gates (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lizzo (EW)

posted 8/8/2022


Warner Bros. Discovery

I Now Pronounce You One Big Happy Streamer
HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Summer 2023
From TV Insider

The Warner Bros. Discovery merger continues as the new company looks ahead to the future, plans for a combined streaming service were announced during their Q2 earnings call.

Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to combine its platforms HBO Max and Discovery+ into one streamer, Warner Bros. Discovery's CEO and president of global streaming interactive, JB Perrette confirmed Thursday, before revealing the combined platform is set for a summer 2023 launch.

Additional details about the fusion remain unknown ranging from pricing to a platform name as Warner Bros. Discovery works on creating a cohesive entity. Currently, Warner Bros. Discovery is focused on ad-supported and ad-free versions of the combined HBO Max/Discovery+ platform.

Perrette said added that they're "exploring how to reach customers in the free, ad-supported space," as well. As reported during the call, in the second quarter, Warner Bros. Discovery's HBO Max, HBO, and Discovery+ subscribers clocked in at 92.1 million, up 1.7 million from the 90.4 million in quarter one.

As of now, HBO Max is $14.99 per month for subscribers to access ad-free content and $9.99 per month for ad-supported subscribers in the U.S. And Discovery+ is noticeably less at $6.99 per month without ads and $4.99 per month with ads.

This reveal comes fresh off the heels of the news that several titles from HBO Max's library are being removed along with the upcoming addition of Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network programming arriving on HBO Max this fall.

TV Insider
Entertainment Weekly

TV Line

Deadline
DEadline
Variety

posted 8/4/2022

Netflix Just Made Dating That Much More Awkward
Streamer Greenlights "Dated & Related"
From TV Insider

Dating can be awkward at the best of times; now imagine your brother or sister there to watch your every move. That's the concept behind the new Netflix reality series Dated & Related, which is set to premiere on Friday, September 2.

The series will see a group of singles living in a luxury villa in the south of France in the hopes of finding love. The catch? Each person is joined by their sibling, who is also looking for love. "Having the person who knows you better than anyone should help you navigate the tricky world of dating," reads the show's synopsis, but, judging by the trailer, it could also make things that much harder.

In the teaser, we see cringe-inducing dinner dates, uncomfortable sibling conversations, and plenty of awkward hookups. "Why would anyone do this?" asks host Melinda Berry, which is an entirely valid question. "Because finding love isn't easy," she follows up, which doesn't quite justify things. Berry herself rose to fame on the second season of another awkward Netflix dating show, Too Hot to Handle.

Cast members include Texas-based student sisters Mady and Lily Bajor; British twin brothers Kaz and Kieran Bishop; competitive cousins Jason Cohen and Chris Hahn; brothers and best friends Dyman and Deyon Miller; Norwegian twin sisters Diana Javidi Parsijani and Nina Javidi Parsijani; and brother and sister combo Corrina and Joey Roppo.

The series comes from All3Media labels Great Scott Media and Main Event Media. It is executive produced by Leon Wilson, Ed Sleeman, Saul Fearnley, Jimmy Fox, and Emily Bon.

TV Insider
Entertainment Weekly

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/2022

... and Then BET Makes It Even MORE Awkward Than That.
Network Greenlights "After Happily Ever After"
From The Futon Critic

Today, BET announced a daring new dating series with EMMY(R) Award-winning production company Bunim/Murray Productions, titled "After Happily Ever After." Hosted by Mr. 106 & Park himself, Bow Wow, this one-of-a-kind relationship experience marks a return to his BET home after an eight-year hiatus. In "After Happily Ever After," people in long-term relationships that ended in divorce or separation will have their exes play matchmaker for their former partners to help them let go, move on, and find love once again. Filmed in Kentucky and premiering this Fall on BET, "After Happily Ever After" is Bunim/Murray Productions' first unscripted series for the Network. Additional casting news, including a few celebrity daters, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

On each installment of the eight-episode reality series "After Happily Ever After," Bow Wow will throw a Singles Party with a new group of potential prospects for the daters. These parties, however, are only attended by the Ex-spouses so that they can determine who might be best suited for their former partner. The Exes will invite one of the prospects to move into the house to date their former spouse for 48 hours. At the end of the two days, the dater will then decide if they will keep the prospect or send them back to the singles pool and have another opportunity to meet someone new. Are Exes the most equipped candidates to help these daters meet their next love? In this environment, will old feelings resurface while watching their former partner fall in love with someone new? Will they realize their Ex is still the one? Or will they find a new love in their after happily ever after?

"We look forward to airing this entertaining dating series that will help singles find love. This show promises to be full of surprises, twists, and turns that will leave viewers asking for more," said Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming. "We are also thrilled to welcome Bow Wow home to BET and to partner with Bunim/Murray Productions, who has been creating unscripted hits for three decades and always delivers their latest guilty pleasures to viewers. We can't wait to add After Happily Ever After to our winning portfolio of acclaimed unscripted shows that engage and delight fans across all of our platforms worldwide."

"We're thrilled to be collaborating with the BET creative team on this fresh new format that offers a new perspective on the realities of second-chapter dating," said Bunim/Murray President Julie Pizzi. "This unique series is created for men and women looking for their second act love story while taking into consideration that they are often still entangled with their exes because of their history, their children, and their extended families. On After Happily Ever After, ex-couples who genuinely loved each other can now work together to give their ex another shot at finding a life-long partner."

"After Happily Ever After" is executive produced by Julie Pizzi and Erica Ross with Bunim/Murray Productions (MTV's The Real World and The Challenge, OWN's Family or Fiancé), and Andrea Richter serves as the series showrunner. Tiffany Lea Williams and Angela Aguilera serve as executive producers for BET.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 8/4/2022

WEDNESDAY: Dog Days
ABC Wins on CMA Fest, CBS Shows Up with Big Brother
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother drew its best Wednesday audience of the season (3.8 million total viewers) while dipping in the demo week-to-week to a 0.7 rating. It led the night in both measures, barely outdrawing ABC's CMA Fest audience.

Leading out of BB, The Challenge: USA dipped to its lowest numbers yet (2 mil/0.3).

ABC's CMA Fest broadcast drew 3.7 mil and a 0.5.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (2.1 mil/0.3) and So You Think You Can Dance (1.5 mil/0.2) both ticked down, with at least the latter reporting an all-time demo low.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (430K/0.0) dipped, while Wellington Paranormal (210K/0.0) was steady.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- GUy's Grocery Games(Food): 726k/0.16
- Forged in Fire (History): 565k/0.09
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 542k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 498k/0.03
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 487k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/4/2022


We Publish News
RICHARD TAIT: 1964-2022
His "Cranium" Found Its Way to "Family Game Night"
From Geekwire

Richard Tait, the longtime Seattle entrepreneur who co-founded the wildly popular board game "Cranium" after spending 10 years at Microsoft, has died. He was 58.

Tait passed away on Monday at his Bainbridge Island, Wash., home from "continued pulmonary complications due to COVID-19," according to a Facebook post by his family, shared with GeekWire.

News of his death was also shared in a note to staff from Valor Equity Partners Co-President Jonathan Shulkin. Tait had been a partner at Valor Siren Ventures since March 2019.

"It is with great sadness that Valor Equity Partners announces the death of our colleague and friend Richard Tait," Shulkin wrote.

"Our Valor community, as well as the many people that worked with Richard over the years, mourn his passing. He will be greatly missed." Tait's son, Finn Tait, also posted TikTok videos and Instagram photos in which they remembered their father. "He was a great dad," Finn said in one video. "It was like having Willy Wonka for a father. I love him very much and I'm going to miss him a lot."

Tait started at Microsoft in July 1988 and is credited with launching a series of new businesses at the tech giant. He helped pioneer client server computing in the company's operating system division, ran the CD-ROM business with products like Encarta, and started a number of consumer-oriented online services including Carpoint, Sidewalk and others, according to his LinkedIn profile. Tait was even the first boss of current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, whom he helped recruit from Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s.

But it was Tait's decision to leave Microsoft in 1998 that would largely define his legacy, as he and fellow Microsoft executive Whit Alexander co-founded "Cranium." It became one of the fastest-selling games in history and spawned a number of "Cranium"-branded follow-ups and related products including a place on the now-Discovery Family series "Family Game Night".

Gaming giant Hasbro bought "Cranium" for $77.5 million in 2008. "We set out to create a brand that would give everyone the chance to shine," Tait said at the time of the sale. "We've accomplished that and so much more, making history with great products that have won five Toy Industry Association Game of the Year awards."


Geekwire
THe New York Times
Wall Street Journal

posted 8/4/2022


NPR/LA Dodgers
VIN SCULLY: 1927-2022
The Voice of Dodger Baseball Hosted "It Takes Two"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Broadcaster Vin Scully will be honored with a commemorative black patch by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team said today. The black patch will have a microphone and "Vin" on the uniforms.

Scully, whose iconic voice long graced Dodger broadcasts in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died Tuesday at age 94. The Dodgers next home game is Friday and Scully will be honored in the pregame.

Scully, a member of the Dodgers organization from 1950 until his retirement following the 2016 regular season, died Tuesday at his home in Hidden Hills, the Dodgers announced.

When he bid farewell to the broadcast booth, he had called nearly half of the games for a franchise that was born in 1890. Always even-tempered and an easy listen, Scully was credited with turning Los Angeles into a "transistor town" — his broadcasts were pumped throughout the L.A. Coliseum (the team's first home out west) and then Dodger Stadium and wafted from traffic jams and street-side venues throughout the sprawling city.

"When a game is on the air, the physical presence of his voice is overwhelming," wrote Robert Creamer for a 1964 Sports Illustrated profile of Scully titled, "The Transistor Kid."

"His pleasantly nasal baritone comes out of radios on the back counters of orange juice stands, from transistors held by people sitting under trees, in barber shops and bars, and from cars everywhere — parked cars, cars waiting for red lights to turn green, cars passing you at 65 on the freeways, cars edging along next to you in rush-hour traffic jams."

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Scully also called MLB games for NBC starting in 1983. (He received a Peabody Award that year.) On the network's Game of the Week, he was partnered with Joe Garagiola.

Earlier, Scully did The Masters and other golf tournaments as well as tennis and NFL contests for CBS. It was Scully who did the play-by-play on the NFC championship game in January 1982 in which the 49ers' Joe Montana threw a last-minute touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to stun the Dallas Cowboys.

Through all that, Scully continued to serve as the voice of the Dodgers.

Scully's skill was particularly evident in the tedious games that invariably came up. His forte was his storytelling. He mixed in vivid and thoughtful digressions that kept fans glued to his words, as likely to embark on an architectural review of a ballpark, literary or historical references or other engaging info. He brought out the color and life of the game beyond the lines.

Away from the field, Scully was heard on TV shows like Mister Ed, Highway to Heaven, Brooklyn Bridge and The X-Files (Gillian Anderson's character is named for him) and in the 1962 Glenn Ford film Experiment in Terror. He even hosted a game show (It Takes Two) and his own afternoon TV talk show.

His wife of 47 years, Sandi, died in January 2021. Survivors include his children, Kevin, Todd, Erin, Kelly and Catherine; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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posted 8/4/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Seeing Stars"

  • Joel McHale becomes Starman for "Stargirl" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Tyler Cameron comes back from "date cruise" with a new lady (People)

  • Fox First Run to integrate QR codes for "25 Words or LEss", "Pictionary" (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Jimmy FAllon, Keke Palmer to honor Betty White (E!)

  • Greg Fitzsimmons to play Chicago (Broadway World)

  • Jacqueline Trumbull calls of wedding, parties with guests (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Magical Elves (The Wrap)

posted 8/3/2022

TUESDAY: "Got Talent" Has Decisions
NBC WIns
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Tom Swift ended its one-and-done run with 243,000 total viewers and a 0.0 demo rating, dipping on both counts week-to-week and marking an all-time audience low.

NBC's America's Got Talent drew 6.2 million and a 0.7, ticking down week-to-week but easily leading Tuesday in both measures.

Leading out of AGT, Family Game Fight returned from an 11-month break to 2 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, both marking series lows.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 675k/0.14
- Kitchen Crash (SF/Food): 451/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 388k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 346k/0.07
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 191k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SF/VH1): 172k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 158k/0.08
- Celebrity Beef (P/E!): 122k/0.04 .

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posted 8/3/2022

Gordon Ramsay Lands on Tubi
FAST Channel to Feature His Greatest Hists
From TV Newscheck

Tubi's brand-new Gordon Ramsay FAST channel is now available as part of the platform's growing lineup of more than 145 sports, entertainment and local news channels. Currently featuring episodes of popular Fox series, including Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Masterchef Junior, Tubi's Gordon Ramsay FAST channel joins other popular linear channels on Fox Entertainment's free streaming service, including News on Tubi, Sports on Tubi, Tubi Originals, The TMZ Channel and The Masked Singer, as well as upcoming FAST channels to include Tubi en Español.

Beginning in September, Tubi viewers will enjoy additional series on the Gordon Ramsay FAST Channel, including Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay's Best Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course, Gordon's Great Escape, The F Word and Ramsay In 10.

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide in more than 200 territories, and is the only talent on air in the U.S. with four primetime national network shows.

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posted 8/3/2022

Philippines Gets Walled Off
Billy Crawford to Host Ner Version
From GMA

The surprises never stop as the hit and thrilling game show "The Wall Philippines" finds a new home on GMA Network.

The program, which is a co-production between GMA-7 and Viva Entertainment, Inc., is hosted by no less than world-class performer and reality game show host Billy Crawford.

The Wall Philippines is a pachinko game with a twist. It offers players the opportunity to win a life-changing prize worth millions of pesos. Part knowledge and part luck, the program delivers a roller coaster of emotions as the contestants may be ahead with a huge amount of banked money in one instance and may lose it all in the next. The game's main goal is to bank as much money as possible by answering trivia questions and landing the balls on high-value bins. The mechanics are simple - get a correct answer to get a green ball, miss a question and get a red ball. Green adds, red subtracts.

The Wall Philippines is an exciting game show format created by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman and is distributed by Banijay Rights Limited. Catch "The Wall Philippines" this August on GMA-7.

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posted 8/3/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Heart of a Queen"

  • Shea Coulee joins "Ironheart" on Disney+ (Deadline)

  • Gordon Ramsay will be a "Chef" with season 4 of "Selena + Chef" (TV Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Password (NBC) (Mediapost)

  • Julie Chen Moonves would love to see "hotties vs. mommies" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • VIDEO WALL: Bachelor Nation plays the Feud (TV Insider)

posted 8/3/2022


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A Longer "Link"
NBC Reups "Weakest Link" for 20-Episode Season 3
From TV Insider

NBC has renewed Weakest Link for Season 3, which is going to be super-sized with more episodes than ever. Season 2, which premiered March 13, consisted of 13 episodes, and Season 3 will have 20. Jane Lynch will return to host and executive produce the game show's third installment.

In each episode of Weakest Link, eight contestants enter the studio as total strangers but must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available in each round. The contestants take turns answering general knowledge questions to build chains of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain, while incorrect answers break the chain and force the players to start over on the lowest rung with the smallest amount money. At the end of each round, contestants vote to eliminate a fellow contestant they consider to be the "Weakest Link" in the chain. The player with the highest number of votes leaves the game as the Lynch declares the iconic phrase, "You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye."

Reruns of Season 2 are currently airing on NBC, and the network says the summer run has improved NBC's Monday 10 p.m. time slot by double-digit percentages across the board, including an increase of 30% in the 18-49 demo and up 26% in total viewers.

"I'm very much looking forward to a third season of mocking contestants and encouraging discord," Lynch said in a statement regarding the show's renewal.

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posted 8/2/2022


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Meet the Second Chance Tournament Players
Catch It on "Jeopardy!" this October
From TV Insider

Jeopardy!'s filming for Season 39 is just beginning and the executive producers of the game show are revealing which individuals will be back for the buzzed-about tournament that will determine which two individuals win a spot in the upcoming Tournament of Champions.

The two-week run will consist of 18 returning competitors going head-to-head for the coveted Tournament of Champions positions. In Week 1, nine contestants will compete in regular games Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the winners from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will play against one another to determine who will become the first Tournament of Champions competitor. The same process will occur in Week 2.

Among the returning contestants are Isaac Applebaum, James Fraser, Sadie Goldberger, Aaron Gulyas, Molly Karol, Alicia O'Hare, Do Park, Tom Philipose, Tracy Pitzel, Nikkee Porcaro, Renee Russell, Pam Schoenberg, Jeff Smith, Sarah Snider, Jessica Stephens, Rowan Ward, Jack Weller, and Cindy Zhang.


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posted 8/2/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 49
Results for the Week Ending July 24
From TV Newscheck

The top three talkers were the category's only upward movers in the mid-summer session ending July 24. The strongest performers were Dr. Phil — spiking 7% to a five-week high 1.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating — to hold on to a first-place tie with demo leader Live with Kelly and Ryan, which likewise rallied 7% to a 1.5.

In access time period news, Family Feud inched up 2% to a 5.2 and edged ahead of Jeopardy's flat 5.1 for game show superiority.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 +2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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A Smiling Assassin Wears Pink
Meet Australia's New Chaser
From Media Week

The Chase Australia on Channel Seven and 7plus is set to welcome a new Chaser to the team. Premiering after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Mara Lejins (27), aka The Smiling Assassin, will make her debut on August 8.

Smarter, blonder and younger than the others, The Smiling Assassin, joins the giants of the game – The Shark (Brydon Coverdale), Goliath (Matt Parkinson), The Supernerd (Issa Schultz), The Governess (Anne Hegerty), The Tiger Mum (Cheryl Toh) and The Beast (Mark Labbett) – who have stood in the contestants' way like a formidable force for years.

The first look shows Lejins dressed in a pink outfit, matching headband and a big smile.

"I only smile when I'm trying to take down contestants, that's why I'm always smiling," she said with a grin.

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posted 8/2/2022

"Love Island" Finale Sets Record
Season 8 Finale Seen by 3.4 Million
From Deadline

Last night's Love Island finale capped off a strong season for the stalwart ITV2 format with a peak of 3.4M, the highest audience since 2019.

The 90-minute extended final averaged 3M, as fan favorites Davide and Ekin-Su were crowned winners. The series averaged 2.7M across its eight-week run, another three-year-high. ITV also said views to VoD player ITV Hub, which is soon to be replaced by ITVX, were at a record 250M across the whole eighth season.

Known for troubling duty of care issues in the past, the show has mostly been received well but ITV did receive complaints from Women's Aid about "misogynistic and controlling behavior" exhibited by some of the male contestants.

ITV also used the finale to tease the news that it has commissioned a new season of Big Brother, four years after it was cancelled by Paramount-owned Channel 5.

There will also be two seasons of Love Island next year, one in the winter and one in the summer, meaning a huge year for reality TV on the commercial broadcaster as it attempts to make a success out of ITVX.

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posted 8/2/2022

"Week" End
BBC Cancels "Mock the Week"
From Deadline

The BBC has cancelled one of its longest-running quiz shows, Mock the Week, after 17 years and 235 episodes. Next year's 22nd season will be the show's last, the corporation announced today, stating that it was being axed to "create room for new shows." Hosted by Dara Ó Briain and with panelists including Hugh Dennis, the show from Angst Productions takes an amusing look at the week's headlines, with regular rounds. "We're naturally hugely disappointed that Mock The Week is coming to an end and hope that we will be able to resurface somewhere some day in the future," said an Angst Productions statement.

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posted 8/2/2022


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Drop In! It's Free!
Jeopardy!, Wheel Channels Launch on PlutoTV
From Vulture

Pluto TV is fleshing out some of the details of its new channels devoted to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which are both debuting today. The Jeopardy! channel will feature only episodes hosted by the late Alex Trebek and will draw from 33 of the 37 seasons he hosted between 1984 and 2021. The streamer will also program themed blocks featuring episodes from the Tournament of Champions, Battle of the Decades, and other Jeopardy! events.

Meanwhile, Pluto's Wheel of Fortune offering will be much more recent, only including episodes produced within the past five years.

The streamer's deal with Sony Pictures Television will make it the exclusive free-streaming home of the two shows for the next two years and give it access to 250 episodes of each show at launch, with a new batch of 250 episodes cycling in a year from now. As part of the licensing agreement, Sony has also struck a deal to develop game-show projects for Pluto sibling CBS Entertainment.

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posted 8/1/2022


NBCUniversal

Going Global for 20
Top Chef All-Stars to Play from London
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef," produced by Magical Elves, will cross the pond to London for a very special 20th World All-Stars season with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. The greatest competitors from "Top Chef" iterations around the globe, including winners and finalists, will face off in the fiercest battle the culinary competition has ever seen. With 29 international versions, "Top Chef" World All-Stars will bring together 16 of the most talented, creative and decorated chefs who have competed in their respective countries' versions of the series as they vie for the ultimate "Top Chef" title.

This marks the first time that the flagship edition of "Top Chef" will shoot an entire season abroad. The Emmy, James Beard and Critics' Choice Award-winning series will begin production this month in London, one of the most influential cities in the world, with the epic 20th season set to premiere in 2023.

"We've always wanted to do a season of 'Top Chef' with winners, finalists and frontrunners, but to take that concept for the 20th season one step further with cheftestants from localized versions across the world has been a dream come true," said Ryan Flynn, Senior Vice President, Current Production, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "And what better place to host World All-Stars than London, a global stomping ground and renowned food city, offering our cheftestants access to the UK's exceptional ingredients and international flavors."

Victoria Prentis, Food Minister, UK Government adds: "I'm pleased that 'Top Chef' has chosen London for its first ever season outside of the US. We're rightly proud of our exceptional food and drink produced here in the UK. From Scottish salmon and Welsh lamb to Northern Irish beef and English sparkling wine, our food and drink is recognized at home and abroad for its great taste and high quality. As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, the passion, traditions and expertise of our food and drink industry make the UK a fantastic choice for the culinary competition series."

A culinary melting pot, London's cuisine has been influenced by countries all over the world. From traditional pub food to modern Indian cuisines, the chefs will be cooking with the best ingredients the UK has to offer from its sought-after seafood, high-quality meat and produce. The stakes will be bigger than ever as the cheftestants cook their way through globally inspired quickfire and elimination challenges. Throughout the competition, Padma, Tom and Gail will be joined by distinguished judges from the international versions, as well as esteemed global culinary experts.

A global phenomenon with over 100 winners crowned across the world, international "Top Chef" versions, licensed by NBCUniversal Formats globally, include France (13 seasons), Canada (10 seasons), Middle East (seven seasons) and Brazil (four seasons), to name a few. The original U.S. series launched in 2006 and has been sold to over 175 territories worldwide.

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posted 8/1/2022


CBS/Today
NICHELLE NICHOLS: 1933-2022
"Star Trek" Actress a Pioneer in STEM, Game Shows
From Entertainment Weekly

Nichelle Nichols, who broke a major race barrier as the star of the 1960s sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at 89. Her son Kyle Johnson confirmed the news on her official Instagram account.

"I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years," Johnson wrote. "Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration."

The actress enjoyed decades in the spotlight thanks to her screen work, her music career, and her activism to help more women and people of color succeed in the field of astronomy.

Born Grace Dell Nichols in Robbins, Illinois, Nichols studied dance at the Chicago Ballet Academy as a teenager before she was discovered by jazz legend Duke Ellington. Nichols joined Ellington's tour as a ballet dancer, but ended up as the lead singer. She toured all over North America and Europe with Ellington, as well as, Lionel Hampton's band.

In 1959, Nichols made her big-screen debut after landing a role as a dancer in Sammy Davis Jr.'s Porgy and Bess. She went on to act in other films and TV series, including making a guest appearance in Gene Roddenberry's show, The Lieutenant, in 1964.

However, Nichols' breakout role came when Roddenberry cast the actress as Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek series.

When the show first aired in 1966, Nichols was one of the first Black women to play a major role on primetime television. She is popularly cited as having the first interracial kiss on American television, when her character famously locked lips with white leading man William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Nichols' role "the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history."

Following the end of the science-fiction series, Nichols helped NASA recruit astronauts who were women or minorities. Among those who were recruited as a result of the program was Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut.

During her acting career, Nichols starred in six Star Trek movies from 1979–91. Some of her most recent work included the 2002 Disney picture Snow Dogs, in which she played Cuba Gooding Jr.'s mother. In 2005, she acted alongside Ice Cube as Miss Mable in the comedy Are We There Yet? And in 2007, she had a recurring role on the NBC series Heroes as Nana Dawson. Nichols appeared in the long-running daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless as recently as 2016.

In game shows, Nichols was featured as a partner on "Super Password", a fashion hostess on "Dream Girl of '67", guest of the original "It Takes Two", and a contestant on the "NBC All Stars" game of "The Weakest Link"

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Inside the Magic
PAT CARROLL: 1927-2022
Legendary Actress of Stage & Screen
From TV Insider

Emmy-winning comedienne Pat Carroll, a prolific stage and television actress known for shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Laverne & Shirley, has died. She was 95.

Carroll passed away at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday, July 30, while recovering from pneumonia, her daughter Kerry Karsian told The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on May 5, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Carroll would begin her acting career in 1947, landing a role in the film Hometown Girl. From there, she went on to star in numerous television shows, including the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, Studio 57, The Steve Allen Show, and Caesar's Hour, for which she received an Emmy Award. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Carroll would appear in various sketch/variety shows, including The Danny Thomas Show, The Red Skelton Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. Then, in 1976, she joined the popular sitcom Laverne & Shirley.

Over the next three decades, she would continue to make guest appearances in several TV shows, including Busting Loose, The Love Boat, Too Close For Comfort, and ER.

Her most memorable role, however, came in 1989, when she voiced the sea witch Ursula in the Disney feature The Little Mermaid. She would go on to reprise the role in several other productions over the years, including a 1993 Little Mermaid CBS series and the Disney+ 2020 animated series The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.

Carroll's game show resume is long and storied, with appearances on Family Feud, Super Password, Win Lose or Draw, Liar's Club, Hollywood Collection, The Pyramid, Shoot for the Stars, Break the Bank, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Match Game, I've Got a Secret, It's Your Best, To Tell the Turth, You Don't Say, You're Putting Me On, It Takes Two, Personality, Everybody's Talking, What's This Song, Password, I'll Bet, Get The Message, Truth or Consequences, Stump the Stars, Missing Links, The Price Is Right, and The Object Is, among others.

Carroll is survived by her daughters Kerry Karsian, Tara Karsian, and granddaughter Evan Karsian-McCormick.

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posted 8/1/2022

ITV to Reboot Big Brother
Network Releases Teaser
From Deadline

Big Brother has found its third British home, ITV, with the network teasing the news – one of the UK TV industry's worst kept secrets of the past few months – during the final of tonight's Love Island season eight.

The format aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010 and Paramount-owned Channel 5 from 2010 to 2018, with ITV's reboot set to hit British screens in 2023.

As with Love Island, the Banijay format will air on ITV portfolio channel ITV2 along with soon-to-launch streamer ITVX and is a huge coup for the commercial broadcaster.

Airing on CBS in the U.S., the format involves several housemates living in a house together for weeks, competing in challenges as they are voted off one-by-one, with the public watching their every move.

It was teased during the final ad break of tonight's Love Island, ITV's biggest reality show.

Paul Mortimer, ITV2 Controller and Director of Reality Commissioning & Acquisitions, said ITV's version will be "refreshed and contemporary." "It will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today's audience," he added.

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posted 8/1/2022

BBC to Reboot Gladiators?
Network in Talks with MGM
From Deadline

The BBC plans to bring back one of Britain's biggest shows of the 1990s, with the broadcaster reported to be in talks with rights holders MGM Studios to relaunch the very physical game-show Gladiators.

Broadcast Magazine had the scoop that, three decades after professionals with unlikely but catchy names like Blaze, Falcon and Wolf took on contestants in a series of muscle-flexing challenges, the BBC hopes to bring the show back by next year, say insiders, who report that a set of new professionals has been selected and filming will take place in Sheffield, northern England.

The BBC is currently keeping quiet on its plans for the show, but Broadcast Magazine cited a source who told them, "It's exactly the kind of Saturday night family entertainment show that BBC One needs."

While Strictly Come Dancing continues to bring in big Saturday evening audiences for the BBC, ITV has enjoyed a more recent hit with The Masked Singer.

Gladiators was one of ITV's biggest shows when it aired between 1992 and 2000. Presenter Ulrika Johnson presided over the hyped-up contest, based on the U.S. show American Gladiators. Referee John Anderson was in the original series, and also joined the brief reboot that aired on Sky One between 2008 and 2009.

The BBC declined to comment to the Guardian at time of going to press.

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posted 8/1/2022

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... or "DAncing with Myself"

  • Shakira looking at hard time for tax evasion (Deadline)

  • Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan hosting the CMAs (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jay Leno (Deadline)

posted 8/1/2022


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And Here Are The Hosts of Jeopardy!....
Ken Jennings, Mayim Bialik to Remain Hosts for Season 38
From DEadline

It's official: Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are the permanent hosts of Jeopardy! going forward. The game show's executive producer Michael Davies announced the completion of deals with the The Big Bang Theory star and former Jeopardy! champion to continue to split hosting duties in a note to fans (You can read it in full below).

Touting Jeopardy!'s viewership increase year over year, Davies also confirmed that Bialik will host Celebrity Jeopardy! on ABC this coming season. As for the flagship syndicated game show, Jennings will host the first stretch of episodes of Season 39, which starts tapings next week, through December, with Bialik stepping in starting in January as she juggles her commitment to her Fox comedy series Call Me Kat.

"We have so much Jeopardy! to make, and so many plans for the future, that we always knew we would need multiple hosts for the franchise and we are just so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped up to put the show in a position to succeed," Davies wrote.

During his portion of the season, Jennings will host the inaugural Second Chance competition and the anticipated Tournament of Champions featuring Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Ryan Long, and more. The current plan is for Bialik to host a couple of new tournaments as well as the Jeopardy! National College Championship and as many weeks as she can manage with her commitment to Call Me Kat.

Bialik, who previously had announced as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, and Jennings had been filling in as guest hosts of the mothership syndicated program following the abrupt exit of Mike Richards as host in August after one day of tapings. The two were subsequently named full-time hosts for the remainder of Season 38. Because of the way the duo's co-hosting arrangement came to be last season with no advance notice, they alternated based on availability, which created some confusion. The process is being streamlined for next season. We know you value consistency, so we will not flip flop the hosts constantly," Davies said.

He also announced a new podcast, Inside Jeopardy!.

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posted 7/28/2022


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American Idol Is Officially On
Host, Judges Return, Auditions Begin August
From DEadline

The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America's next singing sensation for a sixth season on ABC when it returns in spring 2023. "American Idol" ranked as the No. 1 program in the Sunday 8-10 p.m. time slot last season among Adults 18-49. In fact, "American Idol" won its time period for the third straight year in Adults 18-49 and was ABC's No. 1 program last season in Total Viewers.

Season six auditions kick off Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the return of "Idol Across America," the live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar. Auditions take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C, and start with the annual First 500 event, where hopefuls can sign up to grab a VIP spot before anyone else. "Idol Across America" offers hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, from anywhere in America, across any official audition date for a chance to proceed to the judge audition round of the competition.

"Idol Across America" auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):
· 'First 500' VIP Event (Aug. 3)
· Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (Aug. 5)
· Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (Aug. 8)
· Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (Aug. 10)
· Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (Aug. 12) · Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi ( Aug. 15)
· Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Aug. 17)
· Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington (Aug. 19)
· Open Call: Nationwide (Aug. 22)
· Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (Aug. 24)
· Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming (Aug. 26)
· Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. (Aug. 29)
· Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (Aug. 31)

For information on how to sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an "American Idol" producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. More details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions are available on the website. Contestants must be at least 15 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.


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posted 7/28/2022

"Million Dollar" Cancellation
NBC Officially Calls Off "Island"
From Deadline

NBC is leaving the island.

The broadcast network has canceled Million Dollar Island, a big-ticket reality competition series, ahead of production. The series, which was announced in March, was understood to be in the casting phase before it was shelved.

It joins series being shelved such as Turner Networks' The Big D, which was pulled by Warner Bros. Discovery a couple of weeks ahead of its premiere.

It's understood that one of the factors behind the decision was the show's budget.

Million Dollar Island is a Survivor-esque competition format that will see 100 contestants compete over 50 days for the chance to win $1 million.

It follows the news that NBCUniversal unscripted chief Jenny Groom is leaving the broadcaster amid a shake-up in its alternative team that is expected to see former Turner Networks exec Corie Henson replace her.

Based on a Dutch format produced by John De Mol's Talpa, the U.S. version was being produced by The Voice creator's company and Studio Lambert, the British production giant behind series such as The Circle and Undercover Boss. We hear that Studio Lambert and Talpa are currently shopping the series to other broadcasters. The competition would have seen 100 contestants forge friendships and build alliances as they plot to stay on a remote desert island for up to 50 days and compete to win their share of the ultimate $1 million prize. Upon arrival, each contestant was to be given a bracelet worth $10,000. During their time on the island, contestants gain and lose bracelets through various challenges, but when a player leaves the island, they must choose who will receive their portion of the money.

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posted 7/28/2022


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BERNARD CRIBBINS: 1928-2022
"Doctor Who" Actor Played "The Chase" Among Others
From TV Insider

Bernard Cribbins, the British actor who had memorable performances in shows such as Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 93.

Cribbins' death was confirmed by his agent to multiple media outlets on Thursday, July 28. Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies also shared the news on Instagram, posting a heartfelt tribute to the beloved television star.

"I love this man. I love him," wrote Davies. Davies continued: "He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, 'Children are calling me grandad in the street!' His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie's, were on Bernard. He'd turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken. And what an actor. Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor."

Cribbins was born on 29 December 1928 in Oldham, England, and began his acting career on the West End in 1956. He would go on to star in several films throughout the 1950s and 60s, including Two-Way Stretch (1960) and The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) with Peter Sellers. In 1966, he made his first Doctor Who appearance in the film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. as Special Police Constable Tom Campbell.

In recent years, Cribbins was best known for playing Wilfred Motts, the grandfather of Catherine Tate's Donna in Davies' television revival of Doctor Who. He played the character from 2007 to 2010 and was recently spotted on set filming for the sci-fi show's upcoming 60th-anniversary special.

In game shows, Cribbins was on Celebrity Chase in 2018, Celebrity Mastermind in 2004, The Generation Game in 2 of their shows, Give Us A Clue in 1997, Blankety Blank, Celebrity Squares, Password in 1974 and Call My Bluff in 1971..

In addition to his acting work, Cribbins was also known in the U.K. for his successful comedy records, including "The Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred." He was also a regular reader on the BBC children's show Jackanory.

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posted 7/28/2022

WEDNESDAY: Reality 1-2 vs. Subway Series
CBS Wins, Ties ESPN
From The Programming Insider

With their combo of reality competitions "Big Brother" and "The Challenge: USA", CBS easily won the young adults battle among their broadcast network competition.

"The Challenge: USA", averaging a 0.40 A18-49 rating thus far this season, is drawing on-par to last summer Wednesday's post-"Big Brother" program "Love Island" (season three); yet, "The Challenge: USA" has averaged well over 2 million total viewers, while last summer's "Love Island" had never drawn more than 1.86 million in live plus same day data.

ESPN, televising the second game of MLB's N.Y. Subway Series matchup (Mets 3, Yankees 2) and the subsequent "SportsCenter", practically matched CBS' demo output, averaging a 0.43 A18-49 rating from 7-11:30 p.m. Eastern (the margins between ESPN and CBS might be closer, with ESPN perhaps on top, if only focusing on the 8-11 p.m. time window; however, ESPN's exact demo rating in the three-hour prime time frame was unavailable at post time).

Despite an all-rerun lineup of One Chicago dramas, NBC was the night's most-watched network in total viewers.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 706k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 706k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 452k/0.08
- America Says (GSN): 302k/0.04

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posted 7/28/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Yup"

  • Keke Palmer plugs "Nope" and "Password" at the same time (E!)

  • Leslie Jones launches a podcast (Variety)

  • Niecy Nash deals with eOne (Deadline)

posted 7/25/2022


CNN

Norman Lear at 100
Legendary TV Producer Had a Hand in "Quiz Kids" Reboot for CBS Cable
From Deadline

The great Norman Lear turns 100 today. He's been creating TV shows and films for more than 70 years and is still going strong. It's a career that, any decade of which, would make most artists proud.

ABC used Norman Lear's 100th birthday today to announce a career-spanning new special about the TV legend for Premiere Week. Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music & Laughter will air Thursday, September 22.

Among his producing credits are such all-time TV classics as All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Lear wrote for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Andy Williams and many more. He was an EP on the features Fried Green Tomatoes and The Princess Bride.

He's won five Emmys — most recently in 2019 — and two Peabodys, was awarded the National Medal of Arts, received a Kennedy Center Honor and and was awarded the Air Medal after flying 52 missions in a B-17 during World War II.

In the game show world, he was a producer and developer for a reboot of "Quiz Kids" for CBS Cable.

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posted 7/26/2022


Tony Dow
TONY DOW: 1945-2022
"Leave It to Beaver" Actor Judged "Dream Girl of '67"
From AP/TV Newscheck

Tony Dow, who as Wally Cleaver on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" helped create the popular and lasting image of the American teenager of the 1950s and 60s, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his work as a sculptor, confirmed his death in an email to The Associated Press. No cause was given, but Dow had been in hospice care and announced in May that he had been diagnosed with prostate and gall bladder cancer.

A post on Dow's Facebook page on Tuesday prematurely reported that he had died, but his wife and management team later took down the post and explained that it was announced in error.

Dow's Wally was an often annoyed but essentially loving big brother who was constantly bailing out the title character, Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, played by Jerry Mathers, on the show that was synonymous with the sometimes hokey, wholesome image of the 1950s American family.

Dow was born and raised in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles — his mother was a stuntwoman who acted as a double for silent film star Clara Bow — but his parents did not push him into show business.

Dow is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lauren, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Melissa, and brother Dion.

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TV Line
TV Insider
The Wrap

posted 7/27/2022


Bravo
HOWIE KLEINBERG: 1976-2022
Chef Played "Top Chef" SEason 3
From Deadline

Howard "Howie" Kleinberg, the Miami restaurateur who competed in Season 3 of Bravo's Top Chef, died last weekend after suffering a heart attack. He was 46.

"The Top Chef family is saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three," Bravo said in a statement. "Howie's passion for cooking filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Kleinberg appeared on the 2007 season Top Chef: Miami. He placed seventh in the competition.

A South Florida native, Kleinberg attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, according to the Miami Herald. One of his early jobs was in the kitchen at the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Miami.

His death was announced by his mother Susan Kleinberg, who told The Miami Herald, "I am just finding out how many lives he touched. He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking."

Kleinberg followed his appearance on the reality series by opening his own Miami restaurant, Bulldog Barbecue, and later pursued more fine dining endeavors. He also participated annually in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival..

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TV Insider
The Wrap
Miami Herald

posted 7/27/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Chairman of Pain"

  • Mark Dacascos joins "Warrior" season 3 on HBO Max (Deadline)

  • Wesley Eure finds a star on the Palm Springs Hall of Fame (Twitter @WesleyEure)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Snake in the Grass (USA) (Reality Blurred)

  • Today's Great Moments in Victim Shaming is brought to you by Vanessa Lachey (Insider)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC to burn off the final two "FAmily Game Fight"s next week (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with PAloma Aguilar (Reality TV World)

posted 7/27/2022


Independent

Les Dennis Returns to the Game... Albeit Temporarily
"Family Fortunes" Host to MAn "Countdown" From August 4-15
From MSN

A former Coronation Street star has announced he is set to step in as the host of Countdown later this year. Comedian Les Dennis, who starred as Michael Rodwell in the ITV soap between 2014 and 2016 will present the Channel 4 game show this August.

Countdown is currently being presented by radio host Colin Murray who is temporarily filling in for Anne Robinson after she announced she was stepping down from her role earlier this year. The former The Weakest Link host Anne filmed her last episode of Countdown earlier this month having presented the show for one year.

Actor and TV presenter Les Dennis is no stranger to hosting game shows after fronting ITV's Family Fortunes from 1987 until 2002. He then went on to play Michael, one of Gail Platt's many husbands, before he had a heart attack and was left for dead by the evil Pat Phelan.

Les has now revealed he will front Countdown for a stint in August, where he'll watch contestants try to outsmart their rivals by displaying their mathematic ability..

MSN
London Evening Standard

posted 7/26/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending July 17
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud and Jeopardy fought to a draw for the game show and overall syndication lead in the session ending July 17. Feud forged ahead 6% to a five-week high 5.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which was enough to gain a share of first place. Jeopardy also had the right answer, advancing 4% to a five-week high 5.1.

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) 5.1 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 +7%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

Meanwhile on CBS, "The Price is Right (3.807 million / 4.281 million) and "Let's Make a Deal" (2.321 million / 2.716 million) each aired a full week's worth of reruns. Compared to the same week last year, "The Price is Right" was up +76,000 and +67,000 viewers, respectively, while "Let's Make a Deal" was up week to week, gaining +53,000 and +92,000 viewers, respectively.

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Soap Opera Network

posted 7/26/2022

Jenny Groom Exits NBCUniversal
Reality Chief Exits After Two Years
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBCUniversal is making a change at the top of its reality division.

Jenny Groom, who was tapped in 2020 to oversee reality and game shows for Susan Rovner's entertainment portfolio, is out at the company. Sources say Rovner wanted to make a change at the division based on the overall performance of Groom's unscripted shows at NBC, Peacock and the rest of the cable portfolio. Sources say the company is near a deal with a candidate to replace the well-liked executive.

Rovner selected Groom and Rod Aissa to jointly run unscripted. Groom handled reality and talent competition shows and game shows, while Aissa handled docuseries. The structure is expected to remain the same with a new exec taking over Groom's role, which together with Aissa, consists of more than 200 unscripted shows.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/26/2022

MONDAY: Slim Pickens
"Bachelorette" Wins for ABC
From TV Line

There was nothing usual to report on this final Monday in July.

In other words, ABC's "The Bachelorette" led the evening in adults 18-49, with a 0.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. ET (and 2.92 million viewers – #2). It led into recent non-scripted "Claim to Fame" at an uneventful 1.80 million viewers (#3) and a 0.4/ 4 in the demo (#1) at 10 p.m.

On NBC, summer staple "American Ninja Warrior" continued to lag at just 2.63 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#2t) from 8-10 p.m. That led into a repeat of game show "The Weakest Link."

The CW was also in originals last night care of canceled dramas "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: 505,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "In The Dark" (Viewers: 254,000; A18-49: 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.).

CBS and Fox were in repeats.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- America Says (GSN): 317k/0.04

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The Programming Insider

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/2022

WEEKEND: Two Hours, Two Wins for "Big Brother"
"Family Feud" Takes Top Non-"60 Minutes" Audience
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, The CW's Riverdale this Sunday dipped to 240,000 total viewers and its first 0.0 rating in four weeks, ahead of its July 31 season finale.

CBS' two-hour Big Brother (averaging 3.3 mil/0.6) dominated Sunday in the demo, while a 60 Minutes rerun delivered the night's biggest audience (5.7 mil).

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (4 mil/0.4) dipped week-to-week, while The Final Straw (2.4 mil/0.3) and $100,000 Pyramid (2.9 mil/0.4) were steady.

NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? (1.9 mil/0.2) was steady, while track and field world championship coverage averaged 2.1 mil and a 0.3.

Cable numbers for Sunday (total/A18-49)
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 875k/0.19
- Beachside Brawl (SF/Food): 554k/0.10

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49)...
- America Says (GSN): 340k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/2022

Guy's Game Night Guests Revealed
Catch It on Food Network August 31
From Variety

Food Network continues to cook up its relationship with popular host Guy Fieri, who is gearing up to launch his sixth show with the network.

Fieri's next outing is "Guy's Ultimate Game Night," a culinary game show with celebrity guests competing in food-related games and trivia that brings some Hollywood flavor into the TV chef's ever-growing repertoire.

The series — which launches on Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. — will air on both Food Network and Discovery Plus, further establishing Fieri's presence in the new Warner Bros. Discovery era, both on linear and streaming.

"If you put a game show, late night talk show and a food competition show in a blender, you get 'Guy's Ultimate Game Night,'" Fieri said in a statement. "It's the best dinner party you've ever been to — filled with food, booze, off-the-hook games and the funkiest live soundtrack around."

The culinary game show, which was first announced at the company's Upfront, will see Fieri welcome his famous friends to the Flavortown Lounge to play classic party games, word puzzles and trivia with a culinary twist. Some games include garnishing a pizza to resemble Fieri, blindly decorating a cake and "Cooktionary," a take on Pictionary but with food.

The celebrity contestants will compete in front of a live studio audience for the chance to win prizes for their favorite charity.

Contestants include Vivica A. Fox, Ron Funches, Billy Gardell, Jay Glazer, Carson Kressley, Natasha Leggero, Tara Lipinski, Cheech Marin, Ross Matthews, Maria Menounos, Brett Michaels, Alyssa Milano, Bobby Moynihan, Francia Raisa, Kevin Smith, Johnny Weir, Kym Whitley, Carnie Wilson, Penn and Teller, plus a handful of celebrity chefs and more.

Joining Fieri is chef Antonia Lofaso — a fan-favorite from Bravo's "Top Chef," and shows like "Chopped" and "Cutthroat Kitchen" — who will assist Fieri in the fun-and-games, almost like the Vanna White of Food Network.

"'Guy's Ultimate Game Night' is a culinary game show unlike any other," said Jane Latman, president of home and food content and streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery. "Audiences will love playing along at home, trying to guess the answers and will pick up new food facts too. We get to join the party and enjoy the hilarious games led by the game master himself, Guy Fieri."

"Guy's Ultimate Game Night" is the latest show to join the celebrity chef's portfolio, which presently includes "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," "Guy's Grocery Games," "Tournament of Champions," Guy's Ranch Kitchen" and Guy's All-American Road Trip."

"Guy's Ultimate Game Night" is produced by Knuckle Sandwich and Lando Entertainment. Fieri also serves as executive producer.

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Niagara Frontier Productions
C21 Media

posted 7/25/2022

Simon Cowell Signs with YMU
"Got Talent" Judge Works with Agency's Entertainment Division
From Deadline

YMU has snapped up Simon Cowell.

The X Factor and Got Talent creator and Syco Entertainment founder will join the transatlantic talent agency's entertainment division and be managed by Group Executive Director Chris Hughes.

YMU said it will work with Cowell across "all facets of business" including TV, formats, partnership and books.

"YMU has invested heavily over the years in our international team of media experts precisely to attract and support clients of Simon's stature, so we can't wait to get started," said Mary Bekhait, Group CEO.

Cowell said he is "excited" to be working with a "fantastic team."

The move comes just a few months after Cowell let go of the majority of his Syco staff to "focus on family."

He was due to make a long-awaited TV comeback on ITV's Walk the Line late last year but withdrew to be replaced by Gary Barlow, having broken his back in an E-scooter accident a few months prior.

Deadline

posted 7/25/2022

"Drag Race Down Under" Adds Guest Judges for Season 2
Bindi Irwin, Lucy Lawless to Join
From EW

Australia is about to become Austral-yaaaas when RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under debuts with a trio of brand new guest judges.

EW reports that Robert and Bindi Irwin — children of the late Australian animal conservationist and zookeeper Steve Irwin — and New Zealand-born Xena: Warrior Princess icon Lucy Lawless have joined the season 2 panel. The Irwins will join returning permanent judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and comedian Rhys Nicholson on episode 1, with Lawless appearing on the episode 2 judging table.

EW

posted 7/25/2022


BBC
PAUL SORVINO: 1939-2022
"Goodfellas", "Law & Order" Actor Played "Family Feud"
From TV Line

Paul Sorvino, whose TV credits included Law & Order, The Oldest Rookie and, most recently, Godfather of Harlem, died on Monday of natural causes. He was 83.

"Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino," his wife of seven years, Dee Dee Sorvino, said in a statement to the AP. "[H]e was the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage."

Daughter/Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino in turn shared on Twitter, "My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. My heart is rent asunder — a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I'm sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend."

Born in Brooklyn the son of an Italian immigrant, Sorvino's original dream of pursuing opera singing was dashed by an asthmatic condition. Turning to acting, his career kicked off in the mid-1970s with a role on the sitcom We'll Get By, playing the the patriarch of middle-class New Jersey family.

In 1976, Sorvino headlined the police drama Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, followed by the miniseries Seventh Avenue and Chiefs, and then the title role in 1987's The Oldest Rookie. In 1991, he boarded the original Law & Order's Season 2 cast as Sergeant Phil Cerreta, a role he played for one-and-a-half seasons. In 2000, he co-starred on That's Life, a CBS sitcom from Diane Ruggiero. Sorvino went on to have TV roles on Still Standing, The Goldbergs (as Ben "Pop Pop" Goldberg), Season 1 of Netflix's Bad Blood then Epix's Godfather of Harlem, where he recurred as crime boss Frank Costello.

On the big screen, Sorvino of course of well remembered for his role/garlic slicing in Goodfellas, plus his turn as Henry Kissinger in Nixon.

Sorvino appeared with daughter Mira on an episode of "Celebrity Family Feud".

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TV Insider

posted 7/19/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pop-Up Island"

  • "Love Island USA" cast pop up over New York City (The Wrap) plus a brutally honest review (Reality Blurred)

  • Blake Horstmann engaged to Giannina Gibelli (Reality TV World)

  • This is not a game... the game: Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal" canceled (TV Insider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Brad Pitt joins "LEGO Masters" Season 3 (The Futon Critic)

  • Bruno Tonioli reveals why he couldn't do "Dancing", "Strictly" (Deadline)

posted 7/25/2022


CBS/Fremantle

The Marketplace of _____
"Let's Make a Deal" Expands Internationally
From Variety

The long-running U.S. game show "Let's Make a Deal" will expand into eight new international territories in a new deal brokered by Marcus/Glass Productions and Can't Stop Media, an international sales group.

The gamer, which is hosted by Wayne Brady and produced by Fremantle for CBS in the U.S., is aiming to expand to Germany, Indonesia, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Ireland and Poland under new deals. Each territory has a prior history and following with the show, and local broadcasters and production companies will facilitate airings in their respective countries. Marcus/Glass Productions is a joint production venture between Marcus Entertainment chairman Marcus Lemonis and Glass Entertainment Group CEO Nancy Glass. The pair acquired the intellectual property for the show in August of last year.

"The continued expansion of 'Let's Make a Deal' into further international territories shows that audiences have a strong appetite to be entertained by game shows," Lemonis said. "At a time when there is so much uncertainty and strife in the world, it's great to be able to bring audiences together around fun and uplifting content." In Germany, SAT1 revived "Geh aufs Ganze" (Go All Out), the country's adaptation of the game show; it as been renewed for a second season and will be produced by Fremantle's UFA Show & Factual. In Indonesia, the local version of the show ("Super Deal)" returned to a daily strip on GTV starting June 25. It is produced by Fremantle Indonesia (PT Dunia).

Hungary's TV2 commissioned the format as "Zsákbamacska," having previously aired in the 1990s. France's Hervé Hubert Productions will redevelop the format there; it also produced the local version for TF1 between 1998 and 2004. In Poland, FremantleMedia Polska is working on a reboot of the format, which aired as "Idź na całość" on Polsat between 1997 and 2001. Also, Banijay will produce the program in Italy, and Fremantle's Thames TV has taken an option for the UK and Ireland.

Variety

posted 7/21/2022

WEDNESDAY: Perseverance, Courage, and Mermaids
CBS Wins, ABC Places
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Wednesday drew 3.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down a tick week-to-week but still leading the night in both measures.

Reminder, Thursday's eviction episode has been bumped to Sunday, where it will A) not air live and 2) be part of a two-hour installment.

Leading out of BB, The Challenge: USA (2.1 mil/0.4) was steady.

Over on ABC, the ESPYS (2.3 mil/0.4) were up sharply from last year's Saturday night telecast (1.2 mil/0.2), but still well shy of pre-pandemic levels (3.9 million).

Fox's MasterChef (2.3 mil/0.4) and So You Think You Can Dance (1.5 mil/0.3) were steady.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (540K/0.1) and Wallington Paranormal (305K/0.0) both inched up to season highs in audience.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 684k/0.14
- Forged in Fire (History): 616k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 461k/0.06
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 460k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 416k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 361k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 329k/0.04

TV Line
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "I've Seen Him Before"

posted 7/21/2022

Battlebots Champions Coming August 4
New Series Offers Ticket to the Big Show
From The Futon Critic

READY, SET, RUMBLE! The world's premier robot fighting competition is back and more ferocious than ever. In the 25-year history of the sport, excellence has been measured in hardware. Now a new quest for greatness begins with BATTLEBOTS CHAMPIONS. Each week eight deadly bots face off in a "Sin City Slugfest" to win the right to compete in the ultimate Vegas showdown. Victorious bots from the first five episodes will join three Giant Nut winners in the final episode - a winner-takes-all beat down for a brand new BattleBots trophy: THE GOLDEN BOLT!

Premiere Date: August 4 at 8PM ET/ PT

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/2022

TUESDAY: Hey Now, You're an All-Star
Fox Wins on Baseball
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's coverage of the MLB All-Star game averaged 6.2 million total viewers (and a 1.2 demo rating), per fast affiliate numbers, down just nine percent in audience from the early tally for last year's contest, which wound up reporting a final audience of 8.3 million.

The battle between AL and NL nonetheless led Tuesday in both measures. Over on NBC, America's Got Talent (5.9 mil/0.6) and the Dancing With Myself finale (2.3 mil/0.3) both ticked down week-to-week.

The CW's Tom Swift (280K/0.0) rebounded from last week's audience low.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 577k/0.10
- Kitchen Crash (SP/Food): 473k/0.09
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 412k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 400k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 364k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 364k/0.03

- Celebrity Family Feud - 10p (OB/BET): 328k/0.05
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 314k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (VH1): 188k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (VH1): 187k/0.09
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 170k/0.04
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 9p (VH1): 161k/0.06
- Love Island (SP/USA): 147k/0.04
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 132k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 129k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 116k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/2022

Are UK the One?
Paramount+ Greenlights New Version
From Deadline

Paramount+ is forging a UK version of MTV U.S. matchmaking series Are You The One? from Geordie Shore producer Lime Pictures.

The show will debut on the streamer's UK platform and MTV channels outside the U.S. later this year.

Hosted by British presenter Joelah Noble in the UK, the format follows 20 unlucky-in-love people who are scientifically matched with 10 of their fellow contributors. If they can uncover all 10, they could find both love and a cash prize, as they are paired with a potential match each week to take part in challenges and see if they gel.

All3Media-backed Lime, which also produced MTV's True Love Or True Lies, is behind the UK version, which Kelly Bradshaw, SVP, MTV Entertainment Brands International, Paramount, said is proof of the network expanding its global formats strategy.

"MTV's hit reality formats continue to travel and resonate with audiences around the world across platforms. I can't wait to bring this one to audiences this summer," she added.

Deadline

posted 7/20/2022

Making Her-story in the Philippines
"Drag Race Philippines" Signs Two Trans Women as Judges
From Entertainment Weekly

May we call you her-storic? RuPaul's Drag Race Philippines just broke new ground for the global franchise, becoming the series' first spin-off to feature two trans women as permanent judges.

After EW broke news that Drag Race season 4 and All Stars 6 alum Jiggly Caliente had joined the series as a main judge, production company World of Wonder unveiled Wednesday that multi-hyphenate entertainer KaladKaren will sit on the panel as well.

"The future is TRANS. [Kerri Colby] flicked her fingers n made 2 trans women main judges on a franchise," Jiggly tweeted after the announcement. "[KaladKaren] brings such a richness in knowledge of the Philippines drag industry to [the] table that I'm excited for you all to see. This is GIRL POWER."

In a tweet of her own, KaladKaren added: "Two trans women on the judging panel of #DragRacePH! Let's take up space! THE TIME IS NOW!!!! Mabuhay ang mga LGBTQIA+ Filipinos!"

Jiggly and KaladKaren — who rose to prominence by impersonating Filipino journalist Karen Davila — will sit on a panel presided over by Drag Race Philippines head judge and host Paolo Ballesteros, who is well known in the country as a TV host, actor, and beauty expert.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 7/20/2022

MONDAY: Fame Is Fleeting.
ABC Wins the Night on "The Bachelorette"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette this week drew 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, ticking down from its premiere but still dominating Monday in the demo

Leading out of that, Claim to Fame (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped from its week-ago debut.

CBS' reruns of The Neighborhood and NCIS led Monday in total audience, each delivering 3.2 million viewers.

NBC's American Ninja Warrior (2.6 mil/0.3) hit and tied season lows.

Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics (1.9 mil/.0.3) and Beat Shazam (1.8 mil/0.3) were both steady.

The CW's Roswell NM (440K/0.1) was steady, whereas In the Dark (250K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs yet posted its first non-zero demo rating of the season.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 450k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 355k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30 (OB/GSN): 350k/0.03

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posted 7/20/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The 100-Year-Old Man"

  • Norman Lear turns 100 (Variety)

  • Derek Hough signs overall deal with Walt Disney TV Alternative (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen buys Black News Channel... for a bargain (Deadline)

  • Julie Chen Moonves misses the key wheel (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Keke Palmer does her Kamala... in front of Kamala (NBC News)

  • LIST ABUSE: the richarst hosts in the game today (Just Jared)

posted 7/20/2022


NBC
NOLAN NEAL: 1981-2022
Musician a Contestant on "The Voice", "AGT"
From People

Singer Nolan Neal, who was a former contestant on America's Got Talent and The Voice, has died. He was 41.

The exact cause of Neal's death currently remains uncertain. Neal's cousin Dylan Seals told PEOPLE that he "ultimately succumbed to his battle with substance abuse."

The Nashville-based musician died on Monday, the local medical examiner's office confirmed to TMZ. Seals also confirmed to the news outlet that the TV star was found dead in his apartment.

"He was a natural-born entertainer and it was obvious to all of us from an early age. He blew us all away with his incredibly powerful vocal delivery and songwriting," Seals, who is an audio engineer, said in a statement shared with PEOPLE. "Working with him in the studio was awe-inspiring. The speed at which he could write arrange and record the basics of a track was legendary. He was pure creative energy. He put everything he had in the music. He sang from deep within his soul. Upon reflection this morning, it was likely his tortured soul crying out. Music was life or death for him. It was everything."

Neal first rose to recognition as a contestant in The Voice's 15th season, airing in 2016. His audition performance of the Incubus song "Drive" allowed him to nab a spot on Adam Levine's team. But he was eventually eliminated from the competition. Nearly four years later, Neal went on to compete on America's Got Talent in 2020. He auditioned with an original song called "Lost." He was later eliminated in the Judges' Choice section of the Quarterfinals.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. Support is also available at American Addiction Centers.

People
TMZ
KTLA Los Angeles
Deadline
The Wrap
TV Insider

posted 7/19/2022


Variety
JAK KNIGHT: 1993-2022
Comedian Played "@midnight"
From People

The writer, actor and comedian was found on a Los Angeles Calif. embankment Thursday suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a coroner's report obtained by PEOPLE Monday.

The 28-year-old's cause of death has been ruled a suicide following an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner..

His passing was announced by his family on Thursday, Variety confirmed, and he quickly received an onslaught of tributes from friends, fans and fellow comedians.

Knight most recently co-created and costarred in Peacock's Bust Down with Sam Jay, Chris Redd and Langston Kerman. The show, which premiered on the streaming platform in March, is about a group of four friends working low-wage jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana. In addition, Knight served as an executive producer alongside his collaborators.

His resume also includes writing for Black-ish and Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and an upcoming onscreen role in Chelsea Peretti's First Time Female Director. Additionally, Knight has double-duty writing and acting credits on Pause with Sam Jay and Big Mouth. He also logged in an appearance in 2017 on Comedy Central's nightly panel series "@midnight".

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

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New York Times
The Wrap
TV Insider
BET
TV Line

posted 7/19/2022


CBS/EndemolShine

Yeah, About That Eviction...
Show to Run 2 Hours Sunday, Won't Be Live
From TV Line

Big Brother fans will have to now wait three whole extra days to find out which Season 24 Houseguest is first to get the heave-ho.

As previously announced, CBS News coverage of the House select committee's public hearings on Jan. 6 will air this Thursday at 8/7c, during the regular time period for Big Brother's weekly eviction episode.

At first, CBS bumped Big Bro to Friday, where it was going to open the night and lead into a special broadcast encore of Blood & Treasure's Season 2 premiere (which debuted this past Sunday on its new home, Paramount+). But now, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon, this Thursday's Big Brother eviction episode will instead air on Sunday at 8 pm, as part of a two-hour installment of the summertime staple.

TVLine reports that the eviction will not air live, as usual.

As a result, this Friday's CBS lineup now looks like this. A Blue Bloods rerun will open the night at 8, followed by the aforementioned Blood & Treasure encore.

The Season 2 premiere of the show you're really here to read about, Secret Celebrity Renovation, remains postponed until next Friday, July 29, at 8 pm.

DEadline
TV Insider
The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic
DEadline

TV Insider
The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/2022

MTV Hits Up the Merch Tables
New Competition Premieres July 21 on Network's YouTube Channel
From the FUton Critic

In the all-new one-of-a-kind MTV digital series, "Merch Masters," designers are put to the test as they compete head-to-head to create merch for some of today's biggest musicians. Hosted by multi-hyphenate media personality and host, Tefi Pessoa, and featuring a panel of rotating judges, each episode begins with the reveal of the artists the two designers will be tasked with creating merch for.

Artists highlighted during the series will include Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Saweetie, Seventeen, MGK and J Balvin. Tune-in to witness the trifecta of art, design and competition airing Thursday, July 21 on the MTV YouTube channel

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 7/19/2022

Speaking of Merch...
Shop Love Island Swag at Peacock
From the FUton Critic

Premiering on Tuesday, July 19th, Peacock Original LOVE ISLAND USA, from ITV Entertainment, will be hotter than ever this season, with new shopping temptations for audiences during every single episode.

Tapping into NBCUniversal's One Platform Commerce and its ShoppableTV innovation, the new season of Love Island will bring shoppable experiences to viewers - tempting fans to get closer to the show by purchasing the products they see on screen. · From apparel to home décor, to cosmetics, haircare and more, and featuring items from companies like Quay, Yellowpop, and Kenny Flowers as well Verishop brands including Overexposed, Ghost Democracy, and Laguna Beach Textile Co., viewers simply scan the ShoppableTV QR code on screen, and are taken to shoppable articles where fans can shop their favorite looks, styles and more on E! Online. From there, they can complete their purchase seamlessly via NBCUniversal Checkout.

"NBCUniversal fuels fandom, and Peacock Original, Love Island USA presented the perfect opportunity to blend together content and commerce in an engaging way for our audiences," said Evan Moore, SVP, Commerce Partnerships, NBCUniversal. "In collaboration with ITV, we had the unique opportunity to redefine shoppable, premium video by identifying which products to place in each episode, how to extend the love for the show across One Platform, and more specifically deliver what looks, or styles fans will want to re-create themselves. And, Peacock has given us the ability to take e-commerce to new heights for both our audiences and partners."

"We're thrilled for Love Island USA to premiere on Peacock, and to bring fans of the show a fresh, shoppable twist," said Jenny Groom, EVP Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal. "We're providing audiences with a way to engage with the series by bringing them into the iconic islander fashion and extending the viewing experience."

For more information on the new season of Love Island USA premiering on Peacock, please visit https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/love-island.

The Futon Critic
Screen Rant
Rolling Stone

posted 7/19/2022

Hot on Hulu
Streamer Greenlights "Hotties"
From DEadline

Hulu is hunting for Hotties.

The streamer has licensed blind date food competition Hotties, hosted by Jade Catta-Preta, who previously hosted E!'s The Soup and has appeared on series such as ABC's Manhattan Love Story and American Housewife. The series comes from Bright Spot Content, the All3Media America-backed production company behind Hulu's Baker's Dozen. All ten episodes will launch on the streamer on August 16.

The dating competition will pit pairs of blind dates against each other in a battle to cook up date-night worthy dishes, all while attempting to eat incredibly spicy food.

Set in food trucks in the desert heat, each 30-minute episode sees two pairs of sexy singles make a meal and choke down extreme spicy food challenges in a bid to fast forward the dating process and win a cash prize. Will battling the heat help them burn through first date facades to form a more authentic connection…or will it all just be a hilarious hot mess?

Catta-Preta will host and also judge both what's on the plate and each of the dates. Whichever couple has the best plate, best date, or both, wins a second date worth $2,500, or…they can split the cash, walk away, and promise to never see each other again.

Sandy Varo Jarrell, Suzanne Rauscher, and Bruce Klassen serve as executive producers for Bright Spot Content, with Cam Frierson serving as co-executive producer.

"I'm thrilled to be hosting this spicy treat!" said Catta-Preta. "We could all use a funny distraction, so head on over to Hulu for some hot giggles."

Deadline
Realscreen
The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/2022

WEEKEND: ABC, CBS Win Sunday
CBS, ABC in a Dead Heat
From the Programming Insider

Veteran "Big Brother" on CBS topped the night in adults 18-49, with a 0.6 rating/6 share in the demo in the Sunday 8 p.m. ET hour. That was one-tenth of a rating point ahead of ABC's competing "Celebrity Family Feud" (0.5/ 5). But "Celebrity Family Feud" led in total viewers with 3.88 million (versus 3.31 million for "Big Brother"). Needless to say, there is not much you can say when the most-watched series of the night does not even reach 4-million viewers.

In week two news was ABC game show "The Final Straw", which scored a modest 2.45 million viewers (#1t) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#1t) at 9 p.m. That led into 3.02 million viewers (#1) and a 0.3/ 4 in the demo (#1) for "The $100,000 Pyramid" at 10 p.m. ABC would be wise if it flipped the time periods of "The Final Straw" and "Celebrity Family Feud."

The only other original programs of the night were NBC ancestry series "Who Do You Think You Are?" (Viewers: #2, 1.98 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.2/ 2 at 7 p.m.) and The CW's "Riverdale" (Viewers: #5, 279,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.), which concludes next season.

Cable number for Sunday (total/A18-49)
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 802k/0.15
- Battle on the Beach (S/HGTV): 735k/0.09
- Beachside Brawl (Food): 582k/0.09

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49)...
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 428k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30 (OB/GSN): 408k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 291k/0.04

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Showbuzz Daily
The FUton Critic

posted 7/19/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending July 10
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan was one of the very few shows able to make positive ratings noise in the traditionally quiet holiday session that began on the Fourth of July and ended July 10.

Jeopardy was the overall syndication leader for a second straight week, although it slipped 2% to a 4.9. That edged Family Feud, which also fell 2%, to a 4.8.

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) 4.9 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.2** -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 7/19/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Couldn't Wait A Day?!"

  • Ken Jennings returns to Jeopardy!, really bad jokes (TV Insider)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe still not feeling this season of "The Bachelorette" (Reality TV World)

  • Jed Wyatt pops the question (Reality TV World)

  • "The Voice" champion Todd Tilghman to play a freebie in Houma (Houma Today)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Iain Stirling (The Wrap)

posted 7/19/2022


VH1

Same Name, New Game
VH1 Brings Back "Secret Celebrity Drag Race"
From EW

Alyssa Edwards isn't the only one sitting on a secret.

Ahead of the show's summer premiere date, VH1 has revealed in a new teaser trailer that RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race season 2 will welcome nine new celebrities to undergo radical drag transformations during weekly lip-sync smackdowns, but their identities will remain under wraps until they're eliminated from the competition — yes, Masked Singer-style — in an all-new twist to the series format.

The clip (below) also promises appearances by several RuPaul's Drag Race alums, including regular "Queen Supreme Mentors" Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jujubee, and current All Stars 7 contestant Monét X Change, who will oversee the performers' transformations as they compete to win $100,000 for a chosen charity. Eureka, Gottmik, Katya, Morgan McMichaels, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, and Violet Chachki will also stop by as special guests throughout the season.

Mama Ru heads up the judging panel for season 2, as do longtime judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews — all as the show moves from the Main Stage to a massive studio space. Also returning to the table is RuPaul's signature "RuVeal yourself!" catchphrase that originated on All Stars 5. This time around, however, it will be spoken to eliminated Secret Celebrity competitors before they unveil who they are.

EW
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/2022


Game Show Network

3 Across... The Clue: Given Another Season.
New Episodes of "People Puzzler" Begin August 1
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced TODAY that the new season of one of its most popular originals, PEOPLE PUZZLER, will premiere on Monday, August 1 at 6 pm ET and will air weeknights at 6 pm ET.

Hosted by two-time Emmy® Award winner and Daytime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Game Show Host Leah Remini, and based on the iconic crossword puzzles in PEOPLE, the No. 1 magazine brand in the country, season three of PEOPLE PUZZLER will feature the familiar pop culture quiz fare along with some special contestants and show themes.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, three lucky contestants will put their pop culture knowledge to THE TEST to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. THE PLAYER who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

Broadway World
People (of course)
Yahoo!

posted 7/15/2022

THURSDAY: One "Luck"-y Night
CBS, ABC in a Dead Heat
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother with Season 24's first Thursday outing delivered 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, easily leading a quiet night in the demo.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.5 mil/0.4) was steady vs. its season opener and commanded Thursday's largest audience. The Kelly Ripa-hosted Generation Gap (3.5 mil/0.4) dipped a bit in Week 2, while The Fatal Flaw: The True Crime Show Guaranteed to Put You to Sleep (2 mil/0.2) was steady.

Cable numbers for Thursday (total/A18-49)...
- Alone (History): 1.230m/0.15
- Beat Bobby Flay - 9:30p (Food): 678k/0.10
- Beat Bobby Flay - 9p (Food): 649k/0.08
- America Says (GSN): 312k/0.04

As for last week, the season four premiere of ABC's "Press Your Luck" soared over its year-ago premiere (on 5/26/21) by 15% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.4 million) to deliver its most-watched season opener ever.

The "Press Your Luck" season premiere improved over its prior season average by 11% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.5 million). After seven days of viewing across linear and digital platforms, the season four premiere of "Press Your Luck" averaged 4.0 million Total Viewers and a 0.5 rating with Adults 18-49.

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The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/2022

Love, Justice Blind
Lawsuit AGainst Netflix Series Filed
From CNN

Reality TV started for Jeremy Hartwell, a director at a mortgage company in Chicago, with a direct message on a dating app.

"Someone matched with me then very quickly messaged me saying, you know, 'I have a boyfriend, but I think you'd be really great for the show I'm casting for, are you interested?'" Hartwell recalls in an interview with CNN.

While he can't say for certain the casting agent was on there looking for potential contestants, he does claim that most of the cast of Season 2 of Netflix's "Love Is Blind," the show he was cast on, didn't actually apply on their own.

"They were reached out to one way or another on social media," he says fellow cast members told him.

"Love Is Blind," which was nominated for an Emmy Award this week for outstanding structured reality show, features 15 men and 15 women who are placed in individual isolation rooms or "pods," where they are paired with a contestant in a separate room. They then have conversations to see if they can spark a connection with someone -- and eventually get engaged-- without actually seeing them.

Hartwell says he agreed to appear on the show after checking the agent's Instagram account and their job.

"I've actually, I've never really been that interested in reality TV. It just, you know, was never that entertaining for me," Hartwell says. "But I have a personal philosophy of seeking out new experiences, challenging myself, doing stuff that seems scary -- and this kind of fit all of the criteria there. I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I never actually thought I would be cast."

CNN
Reality Blurred

posted 7/18/2022


YouTube
MICKEY ROONEY JR.: 1945-2022
Actor, Mouseketeer Played "I've Got a Secret"
From The Wrap

Mickey Rooney Jr., the eldest of nine children of Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney and one of the original "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeers, died on Saturday. He was 77 years old.

Rooney Jr.'s death was announced on Facebook by Paul Petersen, founder of the child-actor advocacy group A Minor Consideration. No cause of death was given. Longterm partner Chrissy Brown told THR that Rooney Jr. died in his home in Glendale, Arizona..

Rooney Jr. was a pro musician, a gifted guitar and keyboard player who appeared in Willie Nelson's 1980 musical romantic drama "Honeysuckle Rose" and Alan Rudolph's 1984 film "Songwriter."

Rooney Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where his already famous father was stationed while he toured entertaining troops during World War II. His mother, 1944 Miss Alabama beauty pageant winner Betty Jane Barker, would be the second of the elder Rooney's eight wives.

In the game show realm, he appeared as "Mr. X" on an episode of "I've Got A Secret".

Rooney Jr. is survived by companion Chrissie Brown. Complete information on survivors was not immediately available.

The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/18/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Changing the Game..."

  • BUZZR doubling up on favorites starting August 1 (Twitter @BuzzrTV)

  • Jennifer Lopez marries Ben Affleck in the classiest way possible: a Vegas quickie (TMZ)

  • Cody Nickson, Jessica Graf welcome baby #3 (Us Magazine)

  • Steph Curry talks to Drake, Peyton Manning about hosting the ESPYs (Hot New Hip Hop)

  • Sharna Burgess, Brian Austin Green welcome baby to the DWTS family (Us Magazine)

  • Project 150 to gain from Game Show Boot Camp (Nevada Business)

  • Ricky Martin denies claims, hearing set in Puerto Rico this month (Deadline)

  • "Love Island" instills more mental checks... bumps its audience (Deadline)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The Great British Baking Show... the musical? (Deadline)

  • This dirty Countdown moment comes with a tip: "Always pluralize" (MSN)

  • Matt James, Rachael Kirkconnell don't have a timeline (Us Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the producers of Fboy Island (The Wrap)

posted 7/18/2022

Paloma Aguilar Exits "Big Brother" House
Anxiety Cited
From TV Line

Big Brother 24's Paloma Aguilar was removed from the house Wednesday, just one day before the show's first scheduled live eviction. The shocking news was revealed during Thursday's episode.

Twenty-five minutes in, Aguilar's lack of sleep took center stage, as she reported getting only 2-4 hours of sleep per night as a result of anxiety. "I physically cannot sleep in this house," she told Matt Turner. "I really want to leave." She told other houseguests that she was unable to eat or sleep, causing them to worry for her wellbeing. Then, she disappeared into the Diary Room, causing further concern in the house.

Later, Head of Household Daniel Durston gathered everyone to the living room for a house meeting. "Due to a personal matter, Paloma will no longer be continuing in the Big Brother game," he read from a card. "She wanted to pass along that she loves you all and wishes you all the best."

Although the live feeds were cut late Wednesday night, popular feed recapper hamsterwatch was first to report Aguilar's removal at 12:30 am Thursday. "Whether medical or voluntary elimination, I don't know and we may never know. If medical, there are privacy issues for the show to consider," she wrote.

"Big Brother" host Julie Chen Moonves addressed the microaggressions and bullying houseguest Taylor Hale, the presumed target of Aguilar's campaign, has faced on the reality show's 24th season, suggesting it is a result of the series' "pressure cooker" environment.

"Microaggressions are real and they happen," the TV personality said in an interview with E! News. "I don't think most people, when they are committing it, that they are even aware of what they're doing." She continued: "I think that with the live feeds it is easy. I think what we need to do is ask ourselves, 'Who am I? Who is anyone to judge somebody else?'".

TV Line
Deadline

The Wrap

The Wrap

posted 7/15/2022

Australian "Feud": The Podcast
Peter Helliar to Host
From Media Week

An iconic game show is making the move from TV to podcasts with the launch of Family Feud The Podcast, from ARN's iHeartPodcast Network Australia, the KIIS Network, and Fremantle.

Hosted by comedian, actor and TV personality, Peter Helliar, the new series is based on one of the world's most popular game shows, Family Feud. Each episode features two celebrities as they fight for glory. T

he podcast features Australian comedians, musicians, chefs, and actors including Waleed Aly, Tony Armstrong, Tom Gleeson, Osher Günsberg, Claire Hooper, Nazeem Hussain, Samuel Johnson, Meshel Laurie, Jessica Mauboy, Luke McGregor, Pia Miranda, Dave O'Neil, Matt Preston, Denise Scott, Ryan Shelton, Merrick Watts, and Will & Woody.

Peter Helliar, host of Family Feud The Podcast says: "Family Feud has been a family favourite for decades in Australia. I'm excited to be taking such a beloved television show and giving it new life as a podcast.

"What makes this show so fun is that you can enjoy it alone or play along as you go if you're listening with other people. So, if you're hitting the road with family or mates, be sure to listen in for some healthy competition to get the road trip started!"

Each episode follows a similar format to the TV program, where guests will play two rounds of Family Feud before going into a fast round to determine the winner. With a special theme for each episode, the contestants compete against the top 100 survey responses to win a prize on behalf of a listener.

Family Feud The Podcast is available now via the iHeart app or wherever you get your podcasts. Family Feud is a registered trademark of FremantleMedia Australia PTY Ltd.

Media Week

posted 7/15/2022

HBO Max Plays Spanish Traitor
Streamer Greenlights Version of Psychological Game Show
From C21 Media

Streamer HBO Max has commissioned a Spanish version of Dutch psychological adventure game format The Traitors.

The show, an intense competition in which players must decide who they can trust, was developed by Dutch prodco IDTV and All3Media for RTL4 in the Netherlands.

The Traitors has already been commissioned in the UK, US, Norway, France, Belgium and Australia and the latest deal will see it adapted as an eight-part series called Traitors España, produced by Gestmusic (Banijay Iberia).

The new adaptation has wrapped filming at a castle in Spain and features 18 celebrity contestants hosted by actor and director Sergio Peris-Mencheta.

It will follow recently announced versions for M6 in France, NBCUniversal's Peacock platform in the US and for BBC One in the UK. The Traitors has also been commissioned by Network 10 in Australia and TV2 in Norway and has been adapted for VTM in Belgium (Flemish) and RTL TVI in Belgium (French).

All3Media International is distributing the format worldwide and will sell the tape version of the UK, US and Australian adaptations.

The Traitors received C21's International Format Award for Best Competition Reality Format earlier this year.

C21 Media

posted 7/15/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Pyramid All-Stars"

  • Michael Strahan reveals his favorite guests (MSN)

  • Wordle gets a board game (Ars Technica)

  • Iron Chef: an appreciation (MovieWeb)

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson get a baby (People)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe on "The Bahcelorette's" two leads: "Why are we doing this again?" (People)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the producers of Love Island UK (Deadline)

posted 7/15/2022


BBC

Anne Robinson Says Goodbye... Lowkey Like
Barely a Mention Made on Her Final Episode of "Countdown"
From MSN

Anne Robinson's time as the host of Countdown has come to an end, with the veteran broadcaster fronting her final episode of the Channel 4 game show.

However, how some may have expected her to bid farewell to the program or for a fuss to be made on screen about her departure, there was seemingly no mention of her stepping down from her role whatsoever.

Anne's tenure on Countdown has only lasted a year, having taken over from former star of The Apprentice Nick Hewer. When he left, he expressed how much of a 'pleasure' it had been working with Susie Dent and Rachel Riley for almost a decade, before referencing his successor and urging viewers to 'be generous' towards her.

Meanwhile, for Anne's final episode, she dished out her usual thank yous to Susie in Dictionary Corner, guest star Jenny Ryan from The Chase, and maths whizz Rachel.

'Thank you for watching. Bye,' the former Weakest Link host then said to the camera, before a round of applause from the audience.

Following Anne's final episode, Colin Murray was welcomed into the Countdown studio as the temporary stand-in before a permanent replacement host is announced.

Ahead of his new role, Colin compared himself to an 'assistant manager', saying he'd been 'given the job until the end of the season', with his stint on Countdown due to last from mid-July to the start of November this year.

MSN
RadioTimes

posted 7/14/2022

COVID Protocols Extended
New Date: September 30
From the Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood's studios and unions will extend their COVID-19 safety protocols yet again, as the latest, super-contagious subvariant of Omicron spreads nationwide.

The current iteration of the deal was initially set to expire on Friday, but a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that it was being extended until September 30.

Containing guidelines on masking, vaccines and meal service, the agreement features language that allows protocols to ramp up when 8 or more new people amongst 100,000 are admitted to the hospital with COVID for seven straight days.

The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the news of the extension.

The Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles Times

posted 7/14/2022

WEDNESDAY: Back to the Kitchen
CBS Wins, Fox Places
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother on Wednesday drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down 13 and 25 percent week-to-week but still topping the night in both measures.

The Challenge: USA (2.1 mil/0.3) was nearly steady in audience versus its launch, while down a tenth in the demo.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (2.1 mil/0.4) and So You Think You Can Dance (1.5 mil/0.3) were both steady after a one-week break.

ABC's Chris Hemsworth/shark thing drew 1.8 mil and a 0.2.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded drew 560K and a 0.0, followed by Wellington Paranormal's 300K/0.0.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 749k/0.16
- Forged in Fire (History): 637k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 572k/0.11
- Celebrity Family Feud - 10p (OB/BET): 351k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 312k/0.04

TV Line
The Programming Insider

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/12/2022

More Chocolate!
CW Brings Season 2 to America August
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network announced today the newest season of the alternative competition series GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN will debut on Thursday, August 11 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following the series premiere and an original episode of the new comedy-drama series BUMP (8:00-8:30 & 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT).

GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is a decadent chocolate dessert competition series where ten home bakers go head-to-head in the indulgent world of chocolate, vying to be crowned "Great Chocolate Showdown Champion" and win the $50,000 grand prize.

GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is produced by Architect Films in association with Corus Studios for Food Network Canada. Executive producers are Mike Sheerin and Tanya Linton and supervising producer is Jennifer Pratt.

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posted 7/14/2022

Alone Spins Off Two
Skills, Frozen to Arrive Later This Summer
From the Futon Critic

The HISTORY(R) Channel expands the footprint of its popular survival series "Alone" with two new series extensions from Leftfield Pictures, "Alone: The Skills Challenge" where three former 'Alone' participants compete head-to-head in creative build challenges devised by one of their peers, and "Alone: Frozen" where six of the strongest participants from past seasons of 'Alone' will begin their survival journeys just as the fierce North Atlantic Winter is about to begin in Labrador, Canada for a chance to win their share of the $500,000 prize. Twelve episode series "Alone: The Skills Challenge" premieres on Thursday, August 4 at 10:30PM ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot of Thursdays at 10PM ET/PT and eight-episode series "Alone: Frozen" premieres on Thursday, August 11 at 9PM ET/PT. Additionally, new one-hour special "Alone: Frozen Before The Freeze" premieres on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30PM ET/PT and will give an inside look at new series "Alone: Frozen" and reintroduce the six 'Alone' veteran participants undertaking this extreme challenge.

Each episode of "Alone: The Skills Challenge" will feature three former participants from 'Alone' competing in survival build challenges devised by another former participant. Using only basic tools and the natural resources around them, only one survivalist will be deemed the winner, proving they have the skills needed to thrive in the wilderness. Competitors will be judged on their ingenuity, execution, and completion of each task. From elevated shelters to hand-crafted ovens to watercraft, each episode is self-filmed by the survivalists and will feature some of the most impressive builds ever seen. Returning survivalists of "Alone: The Skills Challenge" include Callie North (season three), Lucas Miller (season one), Amós Rodriguez (season seven), Britt Ahart (seasons three and five), Jordan Jonas (season six), Joel Van Der Loon (season seven) and Clay Hayes (season eight).

In "Alone: Frozen," six of 'Alone's strongest participants from past seasons return to put their survival skills to the test for a second time. Dropped off on the frigid North Atlantic Coast of Labrador, Canada just as winter is setting in, and battling howling winds, constant rain, and North America's most fierce cold-weather predators, survivalists will set out to last fifty days in a location with the densest population of Polar Bears in the United States and face extreme conditions worse than any previous season of Alone. With just a few supplies and their previous experiences to learn from, the survivalists who go the distance will win their share of the $500,000 cash prize. Returning survivalists of "Alone: Frozen" include fan favorites Greg Ovens (season three), Woniya Thibeault (season six), Callie Russell (season seven), Mark D'Ambrosio (season seven), Amós Rodriguez (season seven) and Michelle Finn (season eight).

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posted 7/14/2022

Killer Camp Goes Dutch
Keshet Greenlights Foreign Version
From Realscreen

Killer Camp, the horror/whodunit reality competition format created by Tuesday's Child Television for ITV2 in the UK and distributed by Keshet International, has been picked up for another local adaptation after scoring a U.S. edition for the CW Network in 2020.

Dutch prodco Skyhigh TV, a Mediawan company, will produce a new 6 x 40-minute version of the series for Amazon Prime Video in the Netherlands, which will premiere later this year.

Hosted by comedian and actor Ruud Smulders, the series will see 11 well-known Dutch influencers dropped off at a retro '80s-style summer camp, where they will participate in a series of challenges while, unbeknownst to the rest, one of them is plotting a scheme to knock them off one by one. As more and more competitors are "murdered" during the night, the "survivors" must try to figure out the identity of the predator in their midst to claim a share of the €20,000 prize.

"It's fantastic to be working with Skyhigh TV and Prime Video on our first European adaptation of Killer Camp," Tuesday's Child CEO Karen Smith said. "This reality format is a fresh and exciting mix of sexy, young reality and game show, with an intriguing whodunit twist that keeps viewers guessing, and talking about the show."

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posted 7/14/2022


Bloomberg
IVANA TRUMP: 1949-2022
Socialite Featured on "Celebrity Big Brother UK"
From NPR

Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 73, the Trump family confirmed in a statement.

Ivana Trump grew up in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, south of Prague, according to a biography on the site of talent agency CMG Worldwide. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and worked as a ski instructor before beginning a modeling career.

Ivana Trump worked as the vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization. Her design work included Trump Tower, and she also served as the chief executive officer of some Trump hotel properties.

In the game show realm, she starred on a season of "Celebrity Big Brother" in the UK and had a pilot special in the US, "Ivana Young Man".

Ivana Trump is survived by her three adult children, Donald, Ivanka and Eric, as well as several grandchildren.

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posted 7/14/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Nope"

  • Clayton Echard is done being "The Bachelor" (The Virginian-Pilot)

  • SPOILER ALERT: Do not click this link if you didn't watch "Big Brother" tonight (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the new champion of "Holey Moley Fore-Ever" (Reality Blurred)

posted 7/12/2022


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Welcome Home
More on Jeopardy!'s New Season Audience Return
From Primetimer

Jeopardy! is finally welcoming back live studio audiences after two years of operating under COVID-19 restrictions.

The show's official Twitter account announced the news on Monday, saying, "Welcome back to the Alex Trebek Stage! For the first time in two years, tickets for our studio audience are now available."

Co-host Ken Jennings retweeted the announcement, writing, "This is very exciting." He added, "Nobody would be more pleased about this than Alex himself. He was a natural showman (as anyone who ever saw a Jeopardy! taping can attest) and was never quite as happy doing the audience-less shows of the pandemic era. We're back, Alex!"

Fans can attend Jeopardy! tapings by signing up for tickets on the show's website. Tickets are available for a period of up to two months before the taping date, with new tickets released on the first day of each month. The show tapes at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California.

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posted 7/13/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 3
From TV Newscheck

Four of the top 10 talkers registered robust ratings rebounds in the pre-holiday session ending July 3. Despite being in reruns, Dr. Phil summoned enough Nielsen adrenaline to advance 8% to a 1.4 live-plus-same-day national rating. That tied a steady Live with Kelly and Ryan, which was also in repeats, as the highest-rated talk shows at the very top of the talker chart.

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) 5.0 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.9 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.3 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%

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posted 7/13/2022


The BBC
CHRIS STUART: 1949-2022
Radio Wales DJ Created "Only Connect"
From the BBC

Chris Stuart, hailed as one of the "true greats" of Welsh broadcasting, has died aged 73.

Born in Durham, he was one of the first hosts on BBC Radio Wales. Stuart was also a daily presenter on Radio 2 and set up the production company behind BBC quiz Only Connect and Late Night Poker on Channel 4.

Victoria Coren Michell, who presents Only Connect, said: "Everyone is devastated by the loss of Chris Stuart, our brilliant colleague." She added: "Joyful and lovely and wise and insightful, and a talented broadcaster himself, which listeners to Radio Wales will remember. Most of all he was our beloved, treasured, friend, and we're heartbroken."

Paying tribute, BBC Cymru Wales director Rhuanedd Richards said: "Chris used his intelligence, curiosity and engaging personality to brilliant effect.

"He was instrumental in ensuring the success of Radio Wales in its early days and became one of its defining and most recognised voices."

"He could engage with any topic and find the right words for the big occasions," she added.

Chris and his wife Megan set up their own television and radio production company, Presentable, in 1993, which broadcast major events from Cardiff's Millennium (now Principality) Stadium and the Sydney Opera House.

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posted 7/13/2022

Katherine Pope Named President of Sony Pictures TV
Former Charter Program Head Succeds Jeff Frost
From Deadline

Katherine Pope is once again taking the helm of a major TV studio. Pope, who has served as Head of Original Content at Charter Communications' Spectrum Originals for the past four and a half years, is joining Sony Pictures Television as President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, overseeing all domestic scripted productions. She is in a rare company of just a couple of other women who have held a top post at the indie TV studio, including Barbara Corday, who was President of Columbia Pictures Television in the 1980s, and Helene Michaels, who did a brief stint as President of Network Production for Columbia TriStar TV in 1999-2000. Pope, who starts Aug. 22, will succeed Jeff Frost, who announced last month that he would be stepping down after five years in the job.

Pope, who has extensive studio, network and production company experience and ran NBC Universal TV Studios (now Universal Television) 15 years ago, emerged as an early frontrunner for the Sony TV Studios job around the time of Frost's exit announcement in early June. The search went through multiple rounds, and other seasoned executives were considered — the vast majority of them female from what I've heard — with Pope remaining at or close to the top of the list of candidates the entire time.

In her new role, Pope will report to Ravi Ahuja, Chairman, Global Television Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Corporate Development. She is joining the studio just as it hit an all-time high of over 50 series in production, including such hits as Better Call Saul, The Good Doctor, The Boys, Cobra Kai, The Blacklist, The Goldbergs, Outlander, The Afterparty and The Wheel of Time, but is also facing challenges, along with opportunities, as an independent studio not affiliated with a linear network or a streamer.

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posted 7/13/2022

Kevin Bacon... Quiz Show Host?
Actor to Produce, Host Series from "Millionaire" Producers
From TV Insider

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? duo Claudia Rosencrantz and Adrian Woolfe are cooking up a new game show, Lucky 13, with Kevin Bacon on board to executive produce and host.

According to Variety, Lucky 13 is billed as a 60-minute high-stakes general knowledge rolling quiz format with the simplicity of Millionaire and designed for broadcast in primetime or access prime.

Woolfe and Rosencrantz, best known for commissioning Millionaire in the U.K. and launching it into a global phenomenon, will exec produce the series under their unscripted label Studio 1. The show does not yet have an official home, but Studio 1 is currently in talks with broadcast networks in the U.K., U.S., Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Australia, and Asia.

Bacon is expected to host in some international English-speaking markets but not the US.

Best known for his roles in classic films such as Footloose, Apollo 13, and A Few Good Men, Bacon currently stars in and produces the Showtime crime series City on a Hill. In 2020, he co-hosted the one-hour concert special Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change on CBS. His other credits include Fox's The Following and Amazon's I Love Dick. He will next be seen in the horror movies They/Them and The Toxic Avenger.

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posted 7/13/2022


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What's British for "Jam" Anyway?
BBC Picks Up UK Version of Jimmy Fallon Game
From Deadline

A UK version of Jimmy Fallon's That's My Jam is being taken to series by BBC One, and triple-BAFTA-winning The Masked Singer UK presenter Mo Gilligan is set to host.

The UK version is the third, following France's Stéréo Club, and Universal International Studios' label Monkey is producing along with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Hosted by Fallon, the NBC original gameshow draws inspiration from musical segments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, with signature games including Launch the Mic, Air Guitar, Don't Drop the Beat and Slay It, Don't Spray It. Details on games and guests will be revealed in due course.

"This is such an exceptional format and I'm so honoured that the BBC and NBCUniversal are letting me bring it to the UK," said Gilligan, a rising entertainment and comedy star who has won three BAFTAs for Channel 4's The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.

The show was commissioned by BBC Director of Unscripted Kate Phillips when she was Entertainment Director, and comes on the day Michael McIntyre's The Wheel Commissioning Editor Kalpna Patel-Knight was named BBC Head of Entertainment. Executive Producers for Monkey are Will Macdonald and Andy Price.

Phillips added: "With marvellous Mo Gilligan leading proceedings, That's My Jam will see competitive celebrities facing off like never before, in a series of musical games guaranteed to provide a multitude of surprises and singalong moments."

The original U.S. version is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, in association with Fallon's production company, Electric Hot Dog. A second season was recently commissioned after becoming NBC's best ever non-scripted digital launch, reaching more than 250M views across linear, digital and social platforms, according to the network.

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posted 7/13/2022


Everett Collection
ADAM WADE: 1935-2022
Singer/Actor America's First Black Game Show Host
From The Hollywood Reporter

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 a game show host, has died. He was 87.

Wade died Thursday at his home in Montclair, New Jersey, after a battle with Parkinson's disease, his wife, singer Jeree Wade, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Pittsburgh crooner drew comparisons to Johnny Mathis when he scored hits in 1961 with the romantic ballads "Take Good Care of Her," which reached No. 7 (the tune was later recorded by Elvis Presley), "The Writing on the Wall" (No. 5) and "As If I Didn't Know" (No. 10).

In June 1975, Wade became the first Black person to host a network game show with Musical Chairs, created by Don Kirshner. Recorded at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, it featured contestants trying to come up with correct lyrics and song titles with the help of acts including The Spinners, Sister Sledge and Irene Cara.

Wade said a CBS affiliate in Alabama refused to air Musical Chairs because he was the host and that producers received lots of hate mail before the show went off the air, despite its popularity, in October. "I'm sure [they] hid some of the letters from me," Wade said, "so I wouldn't get upset. One I did see was from a guy who used all kinds of expletives, saying he didn't want his wife sitting at home watching the black guy hand out the money and the smarts."

When Wade arrived in New York City, among the first musicians he worked with was Freddy Cole, Nat's brother, and before he knew it, he was opening for Tony Bennett at the Copacabana and appearing on the game show To Tell the Truth.

Wade made his onscreen acting debut on a 1966 episode of Tarzan and appeared on The F.B.I. and Adam-12 before showing up on the big screen in Shaft (1971), Come Back Charleston Blue (1972), Across 110th Street (1972), Gordon's War (1973), Crazy Joe (1974), Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Claudine (1974), starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. Wade's TV résumé also included Search for Tomorrow, Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, What's Happening!!, Police Woman, Kojak, Good Times, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

He returned to recording after Musical Chairs and understudied for Ben Vereen on Broadway in I'm Not Rappaport in 2002. He also did lots of regional theater.

Wade met Jeree on the set of Musical Chairs, and they married in 1989. They frequently performed together, including in the play On Kentucky Avenue, which he wrote and directed.

Survivors also include his children, Ramel, Patrice, Jamel and Latoya, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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posted 7/13/2022


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Love Hyland
"Modern Family" Actress Tapped to Host Peacock Version
From Deadline

Today, Peacock introduced the starting cast of sexy women & men ready to turn up the heat this summer on the streamer's highly anticipated adaptation of global hit phenomenon, LOVE ISLAND USA. Hosted by actress Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and narrated by UK comedian and LOVE ISLAND fan favorite Iain Stirling, Peacock's new season premieres July 19th with 6 episode drops per week.

Peacock's new take on the dating series, which sees a group of singletons mix it up as they look for love, will launch on July 19 with six episode drops per week. This season will film in a villa in California, having previously been in locations including Hawaii, Fiji and Las Vegas. It is produced by ITV Entertainment with Andy Cadman, who exec produced five seasons of the UK show, set as co-showrunner, alongside Ben Thursby-Palmer and Mike Espinosa. The trio exec produce alongside David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster.

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posted 7/13/2022

Bringing Home the Dough
Hulu Greenlights "Best in Dough" Pizza Competition
From the Futon Critic

It's knead-to-know news! Hulu has debuted a first look at the upcoming pizza baking competition series, "Best In Dough," hosted by Wells Adams ("Bachelor in Paradise") and Chef Daniele Uditi (Pizzana restaurant creator and co-owner). The 10-episode pizza baking competition series, "Best In Dough," will premiere Monday, September 19th on Hulu with three episodes. Three episodes stream the following Monday and four the next, with a finale date of October 3rd.

In a world where there seems to be little agreement on anything, there is one great unifier... the universal love of pizza. "Best In Dough" brings together pizza obsessed competitors from all walks of life to showcase their pizza slinging skills and battle it out for a cash prize. Fire up the oven, the first ever pizza competition is on!.

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posted 7/13/2022

THe Bling's the Thing
Todrick Hall, Kim Myles to Host Series for HGTV
From the Futon Critic

Singer, dancer and social media influencer Todrick Hall is on the search to find the flashiest, most over-the-top, outrageous homes in the newly greenlighted HGTV series Battle of the Bling (wt).

Todrick - who boasts more than six million social media followers and more than 800 million video views - will be joined by HGTV designer Kim Myles (High Design) in the five-episode series. The competition will feature Todrick and Kim as they tour 15 strikingly bold properties nominated by homeowners who believe theirs is the most ostentatious, unapologetically 'extra' home bar none, whether via epic glitz, bombastic design, wildly inventive theming or extravagance that's beyond description. Ultimately, Todrick and Kim, with help from a few illustrious HGTV stars, will bestow the "blingiest of them all" with bragging rights, a magnificent trophy and a spread in HGTV Magazine.

The series is slated to air in December 2022. "Bling is a way of life for me," said Todrick. "The queen in me is honored to get to celebrate people who are as extra as I am with my fellow high style expert, Kim. Once we've tested their bling, we'll rate the houses on a scale of fab to drab based on their wow factor, originality and overall look."

"People are literally creating their dreams in truly gobsmacking houses, and Todrick and I are here for it," said Kim. "We're touring the most EXTRA properties you've ever laid eyes on and it's going to blow your mind." Battle of the Bling (wt) is produced by Bodega Pictures.

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posted 7/13/2022

TUESDAY: Hole 18
AGT Return Wins for NBC
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's Holey Moley closed out Season 4 with 2.2 million viewers (its second-smallest audience of the season) and a sixth straight 0.4 demo rating.

Continuing ABC's night, The Chase (2.2 mil/0.3) dipped week-to-week, while Who Do You Believe? was steady with its finale.

NBC's America's Got Talent dominated Tuesday on all counts with 6.1 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. Lead-out Dancing With Myself (2.3 mil/0.4) ticked up.

Over on The CW, the already-cancelled Tom Swift dipped to its smallest audience to date (250K) while putting up another 0.0 demo rating.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 603k/0.11
- Kitchen Crash (SP/Food): 473k/0.09
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 355k/0.05
- Celebrity Family Feud - 10p (OB/BET): 351k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 312k/0.04
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 223k/0.08
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 167k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 163k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 9p (VH1): 156k/0.08
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (VH1): 139k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (VH1): 137k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 116k/0.05

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posted 7/12/2022

TPIR Gets Into NFTs
Write Your Own Jokes Here, Folks
From Investing Cube

Theta Labs, the developers of the Theta Network, have announced a forthcoming release of gamified NFTs with Freemantle for the 50th anniversary of The Price Is Right game show. ThetaDrop, Theta Lab's green and low-cost NFT marketplace, will host the drops. On July 15, 2022, the program's initial drop will feature Cliff Hangers, an iconic pricing game. The daytime show's 50th season celebrations will continue with future drops based on new price games.

The "Yodely Guy" NFT will be up for sale. The Price Is Right viewers will have the opportunity to participate and win. You can exchange the NFT for one of the actual Cliff Hangers price game props. The prop was utilized on-air for many years and is one of just three known to exist. Those who purchase the "Cliff Hangers" pack of generative NFTs will stand a chance to win a super-rare replica Plinko chip. This is much like those used on set of the popular game show "Plinko".

Plinko Chip NFT, which is redeemable for a physical copy of the iconic series prop was first unveiled in 1983. It will be awarded to the winners of the final round. The "Cliff Hangers" Pack NFTs are limited to just 1000 pieces.

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posted 7/12/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Snubbed-ish"

  • Anthony Anderson jokes about being snubbed for the Emmy (Deadline)

  • It's becoming clear that Gabby Windey & Rachel Recchia are calling the shots (The Wrap) PLUS a few good minutes (Us Magazine)

  • MTV's "Jersey Shore 2.0" shut down... because reasons (The Wrap)

  • Bekah Martinez gets a ring (Reality TV World)

  • Britt Nilsson gets a baby (Reality TV World)

  • Wendy Williams has a word for the finale of her show... "Ick" (EW)

  • Julie Chen Moonves wants an all-winners' Big Brother. (EW)

  • Artem Chigvintsev, Nikki Bella set a date (Heavy)

posted 7/12/2022


ATAS

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Awards to Be Given Out September
From Deadline

Nominations for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed Tuesday morning, with JB Smoove and Melissa Fumero handling the announcement in a virtual ceremony.

HBO's Succession scored a leading 25 nominations, followed by Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso and HBO's The White Lotus with 20 apiece, HBO Max's Hacks and Hulu's Only Murders in the Building with 17 and HBO's Euphoria with 16 including Zendaya getting a nom to defend her 2020 win.

With Succession, Euphoria and Barry back in Emmy contention after sitting out last year's race, HBO/HBO Max scored 140 nominations, up from 130 last year and a new record. Netflix was second with 105 nominations, down considerably from last year's 129. Hulu more than doubled its 2021 haul to 58 nominations, paced by Only Murders in the Building, while Ted Lasso home Apple TV+ scored 52 nods, up from 35 last year, as The Morning Show returned to Emmy consideration, joined by upstart Severance.

Of note in the game show industry...
Outstanding Competition Program
- The Amazing Race • CBS WorldRace Productions, Inc.
- Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls • Prime Video Amazon Studios
- Nailed It! • Netflix Magical Elves for Netflix
- RuPaul's Drag Race • VH1 World of Wonder
- Top Chef • Bravo Magical Elves
- The Voice • NBC MGM Television and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and ITV Studios The Voice USA, Inc.

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program
- Queer Eye • Netflix Scout Productions Inc. and ITV Entertainment LLC for Netflix Bobby Berk, Host Karamo Brown, Host Tan France, Host Antoni Porowski, Host Jonathan Van Ness, Host
- Nailed It! • Netflix Magical Elves for Netflix Nicole Byer, Host
- Shark Tank • ABC MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Mark Cuban, Host Barbara Corcoran, Host Lori Greiner, Host Robert Herjavec, Host Daymond John, Host Kevin O'Leary, Host
- Top Chef • Bravo Magical Elves Padma Lakshmi, Host
- Making It • NBC Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment Amy Poehler, Host Nick Offerman, Host
- RuPaul's Drag Race • VH1 World of Wonder RuPaul, Host

Elsewhere, Michelle Visage's "Whatcha Packin'?" has scored an Emmy nomination.

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posted 7/12/2022


PlutoTV

PlutoTV: The Game Show Block
"Let's Make a Deal" Channel Begins Today, "Wheel" & "Jeopardy!" to Follow
From The Desk

Free streaming service Pluto TV has re-organized its linear streams, launching fresh channels on the streamer and moving others to different categories.

On Monday, Pluto TV said it would add five new categories to the free streamer, including one dedicated to game shows that will eventually include 24/7 feeds of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, both distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

All told, Pluto TV will offer more than a dozen categories of linear channels, including News & Opinion, Daytime TV, Food, Movies and Comedy. It also offers categories for children's programming and content in Spanish. Launching as part of the refresh is a new channel dedicated to "Let's Make A Deal," the CBS game show hosted by comedian Wayne Brady (CBS and Pluto TV are both owned by Paramount Global; Pluto TV operates as a semi-autonomous unit within the company).

Judge Judy is also getting a channel of her own, with the Judge Judy Channel incorporated in the new Daytime TV category alongside content streams of talk shows, other courtroom dramas and soap operas.

Streams for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are slated to launch on August 1, a Pluto TV spokesperson said in a press release on Monday.

In a statement, a Pluto TV executive said the changes were in response to viewer habits and requests.

"Not only is this expansion driven by viewing habits we can see, we spoke directly to our audience to gain feedback on suggested changes before they were made," Scott Reich, a senior executive in charge of programming at Pluto TV, said on Monday. "Everything we do puts the audience first and this optimization is the latest step to maintain our market leadership in partnership with our audience."

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posted 7/12/2022

MONDAY: Relatively Speaking...
ABC, NBC Pull Even
From TV Line

n the latest TV show ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette kicked off Season 19 with 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, down from both its October (3 mil/0.8) and June 2021 (3.8 mil/1.0) openers but still easily leading Monday in the demo.

Leading out of The Bachelorette, the secret celebrity kinfolk somethingoranother Claim to Fame debuted to just 1.8 mil and a 0.3. Over on NBC, American Ninja Warrior (2.7 mil/0.3) dipped week-to-week. The CW's terminal Monday twofer, Roswell NM (460K/0.1) and In the Dark (300K/0.0), both were steady.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- America Says (GSN): 289k/0.03

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posted 7/12/2022

SUNDAY: Welcome to the Game Show
ABC, CBS Pull Even
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, the first Sunday outing for CBS' Big Brother 24 drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, leading the night in the demo.

Lead-in 60 Minutes meanwhile copped Sunday's biggest audience: 5.7 million viewers.

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud opened its latest season with a robust-for-summer 4.6 mil and a 0.6, followed by The Final Straw debut's 2.9 mil/0.4 and the $100,000 Pyramid season premiere's 2.9 mil/0.3.

NBC's resurrection of Who Do You Think You Are? mustered 1.3 mil and a 0.1.

The CW's Riverdale (240K/0.1) shed some viewers but was steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Sunday (total/A18-49)...
- Battle on the Beach (HGTV): 1.504m/0.18
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 798k/0.17
- Beachside Brawl (Food): 599k/0.10

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posted 7/12/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Welcome Home"

  • Jeopardy! makes a big announcement... AUDIENCES are coming back (Good Housekeeping)

  • "Claim to Fame" contestant gets caught breaking the rules.... on the FIRST NIGHT (The Wrap)

  • How wild was Holey Moley this season? (The Wrap)

  • That wild... reportedly (TMZ)

posted 7/12/2022

NBC Escapes "Million Dollar Island"
John de Mol Creation Not Going Forward
From ComicBook

Another NBC show apparently bites the dust. Million Dollar Island, a Survivor-esque reality show, is reportedly not moving forward at the network.

The series was first announced back in March.

On Twitter, Joe Adalian, an editor for Vulture, reported that NBC had effectively canceled Million Dollar Island before it could even get started.

They described the show, which was based on a Dutch format, as "supersized Survivor" meets Squid Game. It would have involved 100 contestants being placed on an island, with one walking away with the grand prize.

Unfortunately, fans won't get the chance to see the show in action, as Adalian reported that "it's not moving forward at NBC."

Back in March, NBC shed some insight on the show and shared that it would involve contestants spending 50 days on a remote island, per The Hollywood Reporter. In the end, one of the contestants would walk away with the $1 million prize for their efforts. The official description stated that it will involve 100 contestants who "must forge friendships and build alliances as they plot to stay on a remote desert island for up to 50 days and compete to win their share of the ultimate $1 million prize. Upon arrival, each contestant is given a bracelet worth $10,000. During their time on the island, contestants gain and lose bracelets through various challenges, but when a player leaves the island, they must choose who will receive their portion of the money. In this intense competition, the strength of your personal bonds are just as important as being the ultimate player."

When the show was first announced, Jenny Groom, Executive VP of alternative programming and development, released a statement in which she expressed how much she was looking forward to the network's newest reality program. Her statement read, "We're excited to partner with a powerhouse team to bring this fresh and bold social experiment to NBC. This series is sure to entertain with ever-evolving alliances, trust, deceit and the ultimate will to survive."

John de Mol, founder and chairman of Talpa (the company that struck a deal with NBC to produce the series), added, "I've enjoyed great success with NBC on The Voice, so I'm delighted that they'll provide the perfect U.S home for this exciting new show."

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posted 7/11/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Whole Acting Thing"

posted 7/11/2022


Everett Collection
LARRY STORCH: 1923-2022
"F Troop" Actor Made the Game Show Rounds
From TV Line

Larry Storch, who memorably played Corporal Randolph Agarn on the mid-1960s ABC sitcom F Troop, died on July 8, six months shy of his 100th birthday.

The actor's passing was announced by his official Facebook page.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share with you the news our beloved Larry passed away in his sleep overnight," the message reads. "We are shocked and at a loss for words at the moment. Please remember he loved each and every one of you and wouldn't want you to cry over his passing. He is reunited with his wife Norma and his beloved F Troop cast and so many friends and family."

Airing for two seasons (from September 1965 to April 1967), F Troop followed Ken Berry's Captain Wilton "Wil" Parmenter, who after accidentally becoming a "hero" was put in charge of Fort Courage, a U.S. Army outpost in the Old West. Storch's Corporal Randolph Agarn was the daft sidekick to Forrest Tucker's enterprising Sergeant O'Rourke. Storch also, now and again, played lookalike relatives of Agarn's, including Russian, French-Canadian and Mexican cousins.

Prior to his F Troop enlistment, Storch recurred on Car 54, Where Are You? and did voice work for series such as Out of the Inkwell and Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. His myriad TV guest spots, meanwhile, included (but were by no means limited to!) I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Gomer Pyle: USMC, the cruise ship sitcom The Queen and I, The Love Boat and Love, American Style.

Storch also had runs on the early-'70s animated series The Brady Kids and 1975's live-action The Ghost Busters, which reunited him with F Troop's Tucker.

Storch's final TV appearances included playing himself in a 1995 episode of Married… With Children, and guesting a 1996 episode of Days of Our Lives.

In game shows, Storch appeared on "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Bowling", and "I've Got a Secret".

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

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posted 7/8/2022


Showbiz Cheat Sheet
TONY SIRICO: 1942-2022
"The Sopranos" Actor Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Tony Sirico, who played Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri in The Sopranos, died today, his family announced. The actor would have turned 80 this month.

"It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony 'Tony' Sirico wishes to inform you of his death on the morning of July 8, 2022," the family said in a statement.

No cause of death has been provided but Sirico has been in failing health for the past several years. He died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sirico starred as fan-favorite henchman Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos for the series' entire six-season run on HBO. He was supposed to be in David Chase's prequel movie, 2021's The Many Saints of Newark, but his health prevented him from reprising his role.

He shared two SAG Awards for Drama Ensemble and seven total noms for his role as the violent, devoted, menacing and rather simple Paulie Walnuts, a capo whose steely glower and quick temper made him a tough guy to fear – but also to root for. Famous for his trademark slicked-back hair with two-tone wings, the character was known for his fierce loyalty to boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini, who died in 2013) and his willingness to take on any and all dirty work. Belying his hard exterior, Paulie also was something of a mama's boy.

Additionally, Sirico played gangsters in a number of films, including Tony Stacks in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. He also was mobbed up for the features Mob Queen, Love and Money, Fingers, The One Man Jury, Defiance and The Last Fight.

He developed his New York and New Jersey wiseguy chops by appearing in several Woody Allen movies including Bullets Over Broadway, Celebrity and Mighty Aphrodite before booking his Sopranos role.

Sirico was born July 29, 1942, in New York. His first first confirmed role in film was as an extra in the 1974 film Crazy Joe. He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry. His screen career gained momentum in the late 1970s and early '80s, with appearances on such series as Kojak, Police Squad! and Miami Vice. His string of film credits also include 1987's The Pick-Up Artist, starring Robert Downey Jr and Molly Ringwald; White Hot (1989), starring Robbie Benson.

On television, he voiced the character of Vinny Griffin, the pet dog on Family Guy, in a three-episode arc, replacing Brian Griffin after that canine's death. He later voiced characters — including a mobster — in two episodes of another Seth MacFarlane animated comedy, American Dad!

"Tony was a very loyal client," Sirico's manager of 25 years Bob McGowan said. "He was an Army vet and a Wounded Veteran Project member who always gave to charity," added McGowan, an ex-Marine who knew Sirico for many decades.

In game shows, he was featured as a panelist on a week of "Hollywood Squares".

Sirico is survived by his two children, Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, along with grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and many other relatives, the family said.

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posted 7/8/2022


Radio Times
GREGORY ITZIN: 1948-2022
"24" Actor Played "Whew!" in 1979
From TV Line

Onetime 24 POTUS Gregory Itzin died on Friday, at the age of 74. Itzin, who had suffered a major heart attack back in 2015, died from complications that arose during an emergency surgery, EW reports.

Jon Cassar, who was an executive producer and director on Fox's 24, shared the sad news on Twitter, hailing Itzin as "one of the most talented actors I had the honor to work with" and "an all around great guy."

Itzin is well-remembered for his run as 24's Charles Logan, a Machiavellian-if-sniveling politician. Logan debuted during Season/Day 4 as VP to President John Keeler (played by Geoff Pierson); by Hour 17 of that season, after Keeler had been incapacitated, Logan invoked the 25th Amendment to take over as POTUS.

Throughout his 24 run, Itzin earned two Emmy nominations — for Supporting Actor in a Drama (for when Charles Logan emerged as a major Season 5 player) and for Guest Actor in a Drama, for his Season 10 return as the former and thoroughly disgraced POTUS. (Jean Smart in turn collected a pair of Emmy nods, for playing Charles' calculating wife Martha.)

Itzin was also honored as a part of Season 5's SAG Award-nominated ensemble. Itzin's TV career began in the late 1970s/early 1980s, with bit parts on series such as Charlie's Angels, Fame and the sudser Santa Barbara. His first major gig came in 1989 on the NBC sitcom The Nutt House, followed by roles on Eerie, Indiana, L.A. Law, Something Wilder, Murder One, Profiler, Friends, Judging Amy and a variety of Star Trek series.

Hot off his 24 run, Itzin would play Big Love's Senator Dwyer, Lisbon's boss Virgil Minelli on The Mentalist, Jai's father Henry Wilcox on Covert Affairs, and Mob City's Mayor Brown. More recently, he guested on a February 2020 episode of NCIS.

Sendhil Ramamurthy, who played Covert Affairs' Jai, remembers Itzin as Aa "consummate professional and all around lovely man…. Such a pleasure working with you, Greg."

Outside of TV, Itzin earned a Tony Award nomination in 1994 for his role in The Kentucky Cycle, and sorta-memorably played Religious Zealot #1 in 1980's Airplane!

In game shows, he made an accidentally memorable moment on "Whew!" when his opponent blew out his knee celebrating a big win.

Itzin is survived by his wife, Judie, two children and one grandhcild.

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posted 7/8/2022


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THURSDAY: ABC's Big Game Energy
Press Your Luck, Generation Gap Score
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the premiere of ABC's Kelly Ripa-hosted Generation Gap quiz show delivered a very quiet Thursday's largest audience — 3.6 million total viewers — while tying its lead-in, Press Your Luck, for the nightly demo win.

Opening ABC's night, Press Your Luck's Season 4 premiere (3.4 mil/0.4) was nearly on par with its season 3 averages (3.2 mil/0.5).

Closing out ABC's night, the debut of 20/20's sleep-inducing The Fatal Flaw true crime-meets-dollhouses series frittered away its family-friendly lead-in, retaining just 2 mil and a 0.2.

Cable numbers for Thursday (total/A18-49)..
- Beat Bobby Flay - 9:30p (Food): 798k/0.14
- Beat Bobby Flay - 9p (Food): 771k/0.15
- America Says (GSN): 330k/0.03

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posted 7/8/2022

HCA TV Awards: And The Nominees Are...
Awards to Be Given Out August
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC's This Is Us and HBO's Succession lead the broadcast network and cable nominations for the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association (HCA)TV Awards, while Apple TV+'s Severance and Ted Lasso received the most nods for the streaming awards. The HCA will have a two-night celebration at The Beverly Hilton, with the broadcast network and cable TV awards ceremony being held on Aug. 13. The streaming awards ceremony will take place on Aug. 14.

Best Game Show
- Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Jeopardy! National College Championship (ABC)
- Name That Tune (FOX)
- Supermarket Sweep (ABC)
- The Chase (ABC)
- To Tell The Truth (ABC)

Best Broadcast Network Reality Show or Competition Series
- America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Holey Moley (ABC)
- Lego Masters (FOX)
- Next Level Chef (FOX)
-
The Masked Singer (FOX)
- The Voice (NBC)

Best Cable Reality Show or Competition Series
- Bar Rescue (Paramount Network)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (TBS)
- Project Runway (Bravo)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
-
Wipeout (TBS)

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/8/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Get Married"

posted 7/8/2022


Banijay North America/CBS

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother, Big Winner... Also The Challenge Wasn't Shabby Either
CBS Reality Shows Take Night
From the Futon Critic

Marvin Achi was set to compete in the 24th season of CBS' "Big Brother," premiering Wednesday night, before the network announced late Tuesday that he was being replaced by Joseph, a 24-year-old lawyer from Lake Worth, Florida. The announcement was made on the official "Big Brother" Twitter account with no reason given as to the last-minute casting swap. Representatives for "Big Brother" did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

BIG BROTHER announced today the 16 new Houseguests who will embark on the 24th season of the series when they move into the mid-century Palm Springs inspired "BB Motel" during the live 90-minute premiere event Wednesday, July 6 (8:00-9:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, where fans will also be able to watch the exclusive 24/7 live feed throughout the season.

This season's cast includes an attorney, a Vegas performer, a hypnotherapist, a private chef, a chemical processing engineer, an interior designer and a personal stylist, among others. With never-before-seen challenges, these 16 Houseguests are in for the summer of their lives at "BB Fest." Also, a new twist will send the Houseguests scrambling, and, beginning on premiere night, the opportunity for America to vote will impact the game.

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Big Brother opened Season 24 with 3.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, down 12 and 27 percent from last summer's premiere but still leading Wednesday on both counts.

Leading out of BB, The Challenge: USA debuted to 2.2 mil and a 0.4, up 18 percent in audience from Love Island's year-ago season opener on CBS and up 233 percent from The Challenge's comparable MTV premiere last summer.

Over on The CW, Mysteries Decoded opened its new season with 550K/0.0, while Wellington Paranormal (averaging 250K/0.0) shed some viewers without its Flash lead-in.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 684k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 631k/0.10
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 494k/0.10
- America Says (GSN): 316k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 277k/0.03

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posted 7/7/2022


Men's Health
JAMES CAAN: 1940-2022
Legendary Actor Played "Don Adams' Screen Test"
From AP

James Caan, the curly-haired tough guy known to movie fans as the hotheaded Sonny Corleone of "The Godfather" and to television audiences as both the dying football player in the classic weeper "Brian's Song" and the casino boss in "Las Vegas," has died. He was 82.

His manager Matt DelPiano said he died on Wednesday. No cause was given and Caan's family, who requests privacy, said that no further details would be released at this time.

Many of his collaborators wrote condolences on Twitter Thursday. Adam Sandler, who acted with him in "Bulletproof" and "That's My Boy" wrote that he, "Loved him very much. Always wanted to be like him. So happy I got to know him. Never ever stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were best of the best."

A football player at Michigan State University and a practical joker on production sets, Caan was a grinning, handsome performer with an athlete's swagger and muscular build. He managed a long career despite drug problems, outbursts of temper and minor brushes with the law. Caan had been a favorite of Francis Ford Coppola since the 1960s, when Coppola cast him for the lead in "Rain People." He was primed for a featured role in "The Godfather" as Sonny, the No. 1 enforcer and eldest son of Mafia boss Vito Corleone.

Caan appeared on "The Contender" and "Don Adams' Screen Test".

Married and divorced four times, Caan had a daughter, Tara, and sons Scott, Alexander, James and Jacob.

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posted 7/7/2022

TUESDAY: Clip Show!
America's Got Talent Wins for NBC
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Tom Swift this Tuesday drew 310,000 total viewers (its second-smallest audience to date) and its second 0.0 demo rating, leading out of a Superman & Lois rerun and six days after being cancelled.

NBC's America's Got Talent clip show dominated Tuesday across the board with 5.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating.

Over on ABC, Holey Moley (2.2 mil/0.3) dipped to match its series lows, while The Chase (2.2 mil/0.3) and Who Do You Believe? (1.4 mil/0.2, after a two-week break) were steady.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 584k/0.14
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 402k/0.05
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 487k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud - 10p (OB/BET): 349k/0.09
- America Says (GSN): 306k/0.04
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 222k/0.07
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (VH1): 176k/0.07
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (VH1): 153
k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 9:30p (VH1): 147k/0.07
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 128k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 121k/0.05

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posted 7/7/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Boris, We Hardly Knew Ye"

posted 7/7/2022

More on "The Challenge USA"
Meet the Challengers Tonight on CBS
From the Futon Critic

THE CHALLENGE: USA announced today the 28 fan favorites from SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND who will compete in the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives this summer, on THE CHALLENGE: USA, premiering Wednesday, July 6 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Following the Network's 90-minute premiere, the inaugural broadcast of MTV's hit reality global franchise will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin is the host.

The all-star group of players who will take on the new challenge includes SURVIVOR winners Tyson Apostol, Ben Driebergen and Sarah Lacina, BIG BROTHER winner Xavier Prather, THE AMAZING RACE winner James Wallington and LOVE ISLAND winner Justine Ndiba.

Players have proven they can "outwit, outlast and outplay" their competition and "expect the unexpected," but now, for the first time in THE CHALLENGE history, they will compete in the most grueling mental and physical competitions they have ever faced. Upon arrival, the CBS reality titans are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly discover they must battle to keep and increase their handsome reward. In each episode, an algorithm pairs contestants who will face off to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents. This will not be an easy task, as they will be paired with a randomly selected competitor every episode, making alliances and strategies more difficult than ever. Players must adapt to survive the game and protect their challenge accounts. With the $500,000 grand prize and title of Challenge Champion on the line, players will be in a constant state of paranoia, unable to trust anyone but themselves.

Plus, in addition to the prize money, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA will be competing for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP (working title) that will stream exclusively on Paramount+, further highlighting Paramount's strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company's global platforms.

Following are the players competing on THE CHALLENGE: USA:
- Domenick Abbate SURVIVOR 36
- Azah Awasum BIG BROTHER 23
- David Alexander BIG BROTHER 21, 22
- Tasha Fox SURVIVOR 28, 31
- Tyson Apostol SURVIVOR 18, 20, 27 Winner, 40
- Kyra Green LOVE ISLAND 1
- Cashel Barnett LOVE ISLAND 1
- Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER 23
- Ben Driebergen SURVIVOR 35 Winner, 40
- Sarah Lacina SURVIVOR 28, 34 Winner, 40
- Melvin "Cinco" Holland Jr. LOVE ISLAND 3
- Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER 23
- Danny McCray SURVIVOR 41
- Justine Ndiba LOVE ISLAND 2 Winner
- Enzo Palumbo BIG BROTHER 12, 22
- Cayla Platt THE AMAZING RACE 33
- Xavier Prather BIG BROTHER 23 Winner
- Cashay Proudfoot LOVE ISLAND 3
- Leo Temory THE AMAZING RACE 23, 24, 31
- Angela Rummans BIG BROTHER 20
- Javonny Vega LOVE ISLAND 3
- Shannon St. Clair LOVE ISLAND 3
- James Wallington THE AMAZING RACE 32 Winner
- Shan Smith SURVIVOR 41
- Kyland Young BIG BROTHER 23
- Desi Williams SURVIVOR 35
- Derek Xiao BIG BROTHER 23
- Cely Vazquez LOVE ISLAND 2.

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posted 7/6/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending June 26
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud heated up 2% to a 5.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating as summer began in the session ending June 26, and took over the lead among game shows and all of syndication. Jeopardy, which had been in front for the prior two weeks, dipped 2% to a second-place 4.9.

In other game show news, Wheel of Fortune followed with a flat 4.3, You Bet Your Life lost 13% to a 0.7 and 25 Words or Less dropped 14% to a 0.6.

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) 5.0 -4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 54.9 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.3** -4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 7/6/2022

More on "Generation Gap"
Catch It on ABC Thursday
From On the Red Carpet

Live With Kelly and Ryan" is seen every weekday morning on ABC, but now, Kelly Ripa is branching out to host a game show in primetime -- and Ryan Seacrest makes a surprise appearance on the first episode of "Generation Gap."

The new show grew out of Ripa's friendship with Jimmy Kimmel, and fans of his late-night show know that he has often poked gentle fun at the differences between the older and younger generations and mined those differences for laughs.

"I'm very close with Jimmy's family," Ripa said. "He is close with my family, and he said to me, 'You are literally the only person I know who can host this show.' Because he knows I work well with children. Anybody under the age of 13, that's my sweet spot. Those are my people."

Ripa finds the funny in the gap between grandparents and their grandchildren. "What they know about each other's generation always surprises me, and what they don't know always shocks me," she said. "And this is a game show that focuses on those differences."

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posted 7/6/2022

Cookie Jam Teams with Jeopardy!
How You Can Win $10,000
From Pocket Gamer

Jam City has announced an epic partnership with the popular game show Jeopardy!, giving fans of the studio's match-3 game Cookie Jam a chance to score big prizes in real life.

This team-up with Sony Pictures Television will bring the quiz show to life inside the app with an exciting sweepstakes event. In Cookie Jam's latest collab event, players can win $10,000 with the first round running from July 7th to July 20th. The second round will run from November 15th to the 21st. This Jeopardy! crossover is the latest show to debut in the match-3 game along with Family Feud, The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune.

Players will be able to solve Jeopardy! clues inside the game to nab in-game prizes plus entries to the sweepstakes event. When a player hits a Daily Double, they can multiply their rewards to win even bigger goodies..

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posted 7/6/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Blindside"

  • Michelle Young was blindsided by her breakup (Reality TV World)

  • Justin Sutherland recovering from a July 4th boating accident (The Wrap)

  • Jackie Evancho reveals having the bones of "an 80-year-old" (People)

  • VIDEO WALL: Elizabeth Banks goes backstage of "Press Your Luck" (Entertainment Tonight)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Janelle James (WJLA Washington)

posted 7/6/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dog Days"

  • Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, chokes out protester, still not smarter than a 5th grader (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Penn & Teller", "Whose Line" return October 14, "Magic with the Stars" launches October 22 (The Futon Critic)

  • Wendy Williams deleted from the online (New York Post)

  • Caleb Johnson doesn't really like his Idol coronation song (The Wrap)

  • Chase McNary gets engaged (Reality TV World)

  • "Family Feud Canada" looking for.... AN AUDIENCE! (CBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with TJ Lavin (TV Line)

posted 7/5/2022


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More on "Password"
Get Your First Look at an Updated Classic
From EW

The secret word is... teaser trailer.

EW's got your first look at Password, NBC's reboot of the 1960s game show, starring Jimmy Fallon (who is also producing) and hosted by Keke Palmer.

Throughout the series, contestants will partner with Fallon and other celebrities to face off in a game of words. There will be eight hour-long episodes, featuring celebrity/contestant duos as they compete for cash prizes using only one-word clues to guess a secret password.

The exclusive first look showcases much of the game play from the first season, including the celebrity contestant line-up, which includes Yvette Nicole Brown, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Chelsea Handler, Heidi Klum, Joel McHale, Chrissy Metz, Martin Short, J.B. Smoove and Meghan Trainor.

As previously announced, the first episode of the reboot will feature a tribute to Betty White, who played on the original series and is considered one of the best Password players of all time.

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posted 6/30/2022

WEDNESDAY: The Price Is Still Very Much Right, Thank You Very Much
CBS Wins Totals, Ties Fox with Demos
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The Flash's Season 8 finale drew 570,000 total viewers and a 0.1 rating, dropping a few eyeballs week-to-week while steady in the demo.

Closing out The CW's Wednesday, Wellington Paranormal's latest double pump averaged 180K and a 0.0.

Fox's MasterChef (2.2 mil/0.4) tied CBS' 9 pm Price Is Right at Night rerun for Wednesday's demo title, while that TPIRaN delivered the night's biggest audience: 3.4 million.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 802k/0.18
- Forged in Fire (History): 609k/0.13
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 529k/0.11
- America Says (GSN): 309k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 306k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 293k/0.02

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posted 6/29/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Hits Keep Coming"

  • Stephen Curry to host the ESPYs (TV Insider)

  • Meredith Vieira explains why she wouldn't return to "The View" in... 25 words or less (People)

  • Anoop Desai (Tar Heel in the house!) to join "What We Do in the Shadows" (Deadline)

  • Peta Murgatroyd suffered miscarriage en route to baby #2 (People)

  • Maggie Sajak noticed Vanna White while on vacation... and then things get weird (Good Housekeeping)

  • Chuck D reacts to making Jeopardy! (MSN)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with KAtie Thurston (Reality TV World)

posted 6/28/2022

Jill Chapman Moves Up in ABC Alternative
Newly Formed Disney Branch Makes Moves
From the Futon Critic

Walt Disney Television Alternative, the newly formed unscripted production unit led by Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, is adding three executives to its ranks. Jill Chapman has been named vice president, Alternative Series and Content Planning; Alicia Martino joins as vice president, Alternative Series; and Mike Rosen will serve as vice president, Production. All three report to Tiffany Faigus, senior vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, ABC Entertainment and WDT Alternative.

The team is responsible for building on the success of the company's existing unscripted brands by identifying new ideas and concepts for series, collaborating with the creative community as well as new and existing talent, and supervising creative production on unscripted series and pilots. WDT Alternative's charge is to generate new projects to live on the networks and platforms within the Disney ecosystem.

"We are excited to have Jill, Alicia and Mike leading production services and creative oversight for WDT Alternative," said Mills and Faigus. "We are proud to have set the all-star team that will work with all of our creative partners across our platforms and beyond to produce the most groundbreaking and buzzworthy unscripted series and specials.".

The FUton Critic

posted 6/30/2022


NBCUniversal

NBC Fall Begins with "The Voice"
Season Premieres September 19; College Bowl Relaunches September 9
From Deadline

NBC announced its fall slate of upcoming and returning series, including the popular competition series "The Voice," back on Sept. 19 with Season 22, as well as franchise shows "Law & Order" and the #OneChicago block, which will air Sept. 22 and 21, respectively.

On the heels of "The Voice" return is the premiere of the "Quantum Leap" reboot, a "reimagined" take on the original '80s sci-fi series that will star Raymond Lee. Set 30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett (originated by Scott Bakula) disappeared into the accelerator, a new team led by physicist Ben Song (Lee) has been assembled to restart the project in order to uncover its mysteries. However, everything changes once Ben decides to make an unauthorized leap into the past. The series will also star Caitlin Bassett, Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park and Nanrisa Lee. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt will write and executive produce, alongside EPs Don Bellisario, Deborah Pratt and Martin Gero.

Before the fall officially begins, Peyton Manning will return to the lectern to host season 2 of "Capital One College Bowl" September 9.

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Deadline
TV Line

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posted 6/29/2022


CW/Paramount

Nexstar Near a Deal for 75% of CW
WBD, Paramount to Retain 12.5% Each If Deal Goes Through
From Deadline

Nexstar Media Group's pursuit of majority control of the CW is nearing the finish line, according to people with knowledge of the pending transaction. Word of the deal first surfaced last January, but it has taken some time to iron out details.

As currently structured, the deal will see Nexstar take a 75% stake in the broadcast network, and current partners Paramount Global and Warner Bros Discovery each take 12.5%.

Sources indicated there is still some chance the tentative agreement could unravel, but if it stays on track it could be formalized in the next few weeks.

The Wall Street Journal had the first report of the ownership structure and the apparently imminent closing of the acquisition.

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Bleeding Cool

posted 6/28/2022

ICM, CAA Merge
Merger Costs $750 Million, 105 Jobs
From Deadline

Almost nine months to the day after the surprise Deadline scoop that CAA would acquire ICM Partners, the deal finally got government approval and closed. This creates a mega agency in the biggest linkup in the space since the WMA-Endeavor merger in 2009. Sources close to the situation said the Department of Justice finally approved the deal late Monday night or this morning, and it closed. It is valued around $750 million, and a combined enterprise value around $5 billion. The merged company's leadership is expected to address staff at a town hall Thursday, with the newly combined departments set to begin their integration process with get-togethers on July 11, Deadline reports.

Around 105 positions will be eliminated, all from ICM, and coming from all areas. There will be 425 ICM agents and staffers from the agency joining CAA, meaning around 80% will be retained by CAA. These conversations will happen quickly. A couple of dozen agents and other staffers have left in the past few months after the regulatory approval process dragged on, delaying the deal by about six months from the time frame CAA and ICM originally had projected. The bloodletting will be expedited and everyone will know where they stand shortly, if they don't know already.

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posted 6/29/2022

G4 Returns to "Arena"
Xavier Woods, Gina Darling to Host New Version Produced in Association with WWE
From Business Wire

G4 and WWE®, announce today they are teaming up for the release of new content series, in partnership with Xfinity, titled, "Arena," a monthly show where the world of streamers, celebrities, pro-athletes and WWE Superstars will collide and enter the G4 Arena to hash out their personal/professional issues with a gauntlet of chaotic, and hilarious, challenges.

From the content studio that is home to Legacy shows like "Attack of the Show!," "XPlay" and "Name Your Price" – G4 is no stranger to delivering fans content that resonates.

Hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods (AKA Austin Creed) and G4 Host Gina Darling, the series will feature major internet personalities including popular Twitch streamers QTCinderella and Myth who are stepping in to the Arena to air out their personal grievances for episode 1.

"WWE® is known for delivering quality entertainment to its loyal fan base and we are so excited to partner with them to bring this content to life and spotlight a mix of awesome talent," said G4 President Russell Arons. "The G4 network creates a fusion between the worlds of gaming and popular culture. With Arena, we're making a comical collision for fans of WWE, streamers, and celebrities with a monthly series on TV, YouTube and Twitch where rivalries will be resolved once and for all."

"All of our work on UpUpDownDown over the past seven years has brought us to this moment where we will see the wrestling and gaming universes collide," said Xavier Woods, host of Arena. I'm psyched to partner with G4 and look forward to surprising our UpUpDownDown fans with some new faces in gaming each month."

Fans won't want to miss the premiere on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on G4's Twitch Channel and WWE's UpUpDownDown YouTube Channel. New episodes of Arena will air every month and feature two new guests to settle their qualms once and for all, with the help of WWE Superstars like Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and more.

During the first challenge of each episode, the Unbeatable Advantage presented by Xfinity will be awarded to the winning contestant and provide them with the precious gift of time for the final challenge. "Just as Xfinity provides our customers Unbeatable Internet with supersonic Wi-Fi speeds and powerful connections, we are also excited to give contestants an unbeatable advantage during episodes of the Arena," said Matt Lederer, Vice President of Branded Partnerships for Xfinity. "We are looking forward to seeing how contestants utilize the time bonus in their competitions throughout the Arena Series."

The original "Arena" was one of the first original series for the network, hosted by the late Lee Reherman.

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posted 6/29/2022

TUESDAY: Fifth Verse, Same as the First
America's Got Talent Wins for NBC
From Yahoo!

Judges Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara sent another round of contestants to the live shows this week on NBC's "America's Got Talent." And Tuesday night's episode also secured a winning spot during primetime with a 0.64 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 6 million total viewers.

NBC followed "AGT" up with its new viral dance competition series "Dancing With Myself," which has held steady with fairly average numbers since its debut. This week's episode shuffled to a 0.36 demo rating and 2.2 million total viewers.

Even in reruns, CBS' "FBI" still brings in some solid numbers for the network. CBS barely edged out ABC for second in demo ratings, but soared above the Disney-owned broadcaster in total viewers.

From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., CBS averaged about 3.3 million total viewers to ABC's 1.6 million. "FBI" was the most-watched of the trio, airing to 3.6 million eyeballs in the first primetime slot.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef (SF/Food): 675k/0.13
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 535k/0.12
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 439k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 405k/0.10
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 390k/0.03
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 377k/0.10
- America Says (GSN): 358k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud - 10p (OB/BET): 328k/0.10
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 132k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 127k/0.04

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posted 6/29/2022

Bankrupt in the UK
Alison Hammond-Hosted British Reboot of Wheel of Fortune Scuttled
From Yahoo!

Alison Hammond's planned 'Wheel of Fortune' reboot has reportedly been axed.

The 'This Morning' star was said to be in line to host a new version of the classic game show back in 2020, but now it looks to have been scrapped after filming some pilots.

A source told The Sun newspaper's TV Biz column: "Execs were hoping this might be the perfect vehicle for Alison and be stepping stone to bigger things.

"It would also help with the fact there are still very few women hosting game shows on the channel, even though they're one of the broadcaster's biggest audience draws.

"But the feeling was doing this particular reboot of 'Wheel of Fortune' was not going to work, so they decided not to take the project any further with Alison."

The show - which was a big hit in the 1980s and 1990s - launched on ITV in 1988 with Nick Campbell at the helm for eight years, before Bradley Walsh took over for a year with John Leslie following him in 1998 until the show ended in 2001.

Jenny Powell - who appeared as an assistant on the show - previously revealed she was happy Alison was tied to the reboot at the time. She said: "I think Alison would be great and I'd definitely be there if the offer came up. "Even if it was just to give advice as I know the rules inside out."

Jenny also revealed she had asked her agent in the past about a revival as she was keen to see the programme return. She added: "About two years ago I asked my agent who had the rights to it - I said it should be coming back really, but didn't do anything about it."

Meanwhile, Alison had suggested she wanted a "hot" male assistant for the reboot. She said: "I want to do the spinning of the wheel, and I want my own male glam model. That would be amazing – a really hot one."

Yahoo!
The Sun

posted 6/29/2022


CBS/Paramount

More on "The Real Love Boat"
Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell As Your Hosts Starting October 5
From The Futon Critic

CBS announced today Rebecca Romijn (Paramount+' STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS) and Jerry O'Connell (CBS' THE TALK) as co-hosts of THE REAL LOVE BOAT. The husband-and-wife team will take the helm guiding viewers through the dating adventure series inspired by "The Love Boat," the hit scripted series in the '70s that used Princess Cruises ships as its setting. The series sets sail Wednesday, Oct. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, PT/ET), following SURVIVOR (8:00 PM PT/ET) and leading into THE AMAZING RACE (10:00 PM, PT), to create the Network's all-reality night.

"After years of consuming, arguing about and dissecting unscripted television, hosting a reality series where a group of singles look for love while aboard a Princess Cruise ship, seemed like a dream come true," said Romijn and O'Connell. "When we heard it was aboard THE REAL LOVE BOAT, that dream got an iconic theme song - 'we promise something for everyone.'"

Rebecca Romijn continues to maintain her leading lady status in Hollywood since famously starring as Mystique in the FOX X-Men franchise. Currently, Romijn stars in the Paramount+ series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, reprising her role as the iconic character Number One, whom she also portrayed in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. As co-host of THE REAL LOVE BOAT, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model returns to familiar territory - she served as the host of MTV's iconic "House of Style" and as host and executive producer of the GSN bodypainting competition series "Skin Wars."

Actor, director and television personality Jerry O'Connell serves as host of THE TALK, CBS' Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues. O'Connell began his acting career at age 11 when he co-starred as Vern Tessio in "Stand by Me," spawning a career of roles in critically acclaimed films and televisions series. O'Connell currently voices Commander Jack Ransom in STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS for Paramount+ and he can now be seen in the thriller "Endangered Species" opposite his wife, Romijn, and Philip Winchester. He will also host "Pictionary" in syndication.

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Deadline

TV Insider

posted 6/28/2022


Amazon Studios

Meet the "Making the Cut" Season 3
Catch It on Prime Video August 19
From The Futon Critic

Making the Cut is making its grand return to Prime Video on August 19 in its most competitive season yet, as hosts and executive producers Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn search for the next great global fashion brand. Season Three of the fashion-competition series brings together a talented group of 10 designers from around the globe as they take their emerging brands to the next level and compete for the ultimate prize of $1 million and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion. The new season will drop two episodes each week, culminating in an epic finale on September 9, exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Judging their looks and business acumen are some of fashion's most exciting names: Actress and House of Harlow 1960 creative director Nicole Richie and fashion pop icon and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott. Pop superstars Chloe x Halle, A-List stylist Jason Bolden, and fashion TikToker and model Wisdom Kaye all join as guest judges throughout the season.

In the instantly shoppable series, limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase exclusively in Amazon Fashion's Making the Cut store. The winner of the series will receive $1 million to invest in their business and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion. The winner will also have an opportunity to create an exclusive co-brand with Amazon Fashion and launch their existing brands in the Amazon Fashion store. The upcoming season will include new exciting brand collaborations and expanded collections from each week's winning designers, giving fans and customers even more opportunities to shop the winning looks in Amazon Fashion's Making the Cut store. While fans await the return of the series on August 19, they can continue to shop the collections from the Season Two finalists, winner Andrea Pitter (Pantora) and runners-up Gary Graham (GaryGraham422) and Andrea Salazar (SETA).

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Sue Kinkead, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and Jennifer Love, and is produced by Hello Sunshine and Amazon Studios.

The 10 designers competing for the opportunity of a lifetime are:
- Ciara Chyanne Morgan (Watts, Los Angeles, California)
- Curtis Cassell (Brooklyn, New York)
- Emily Bargeron (Savannah, Georgia)
- Gabriella Meyer (Chicago, Illinois)
- Georgia Hardinge (London, England)
- Jeanette Limas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Markantoine Lynch-Boisvert (Montreal, Quebec)
- Rafael Chaouiche (Curitiba, Brazil)
- Sienna Li (New York, New York)
- Yannik Zamboni (Zurich, Switzerland)


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posted 6/28/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending June 19
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy slipped 4% to a 5.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, but held on to a narrow lead among the game shows and all of syndication in the session ending June 19. Family Feud also fell 4% to a second-place 4.9.

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) 5.0 -4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 54.9 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.3** -4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 6/28/2022

MONDAY: Repeat City, Population CBS
Repeats Win Over Originals... and Other Repeat
From The Programming Insider

Despite airing all repeats, CBS still topped this final Monday in June in total viewers. ABC tied NBC for first in adults 18-49 as a result of three encore telecasts of "Celebrity Family Feud." NBC offered the former summer favorite "American Ninja Warrior" (Viewers: #3, 2.98 million; A19-49: #1t, 0.4 rating/4 share from 8-10 p.m. ET), which is not much of a "ninja" in these fast affiliate ratings anymore, and game show ""The Weakest Link" (Viewers: #2, 2.44 million; A18-49: #2, 0.3/ 3 at 10 p.m.).

Elsewhere, Fox featured game shows "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Viewers: #4, 1.80 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.74 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.). And The CW burned off original episodes of canceled dramas "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: #5, 449,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "In The Dark" (Viewers: #5, 319,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.).

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- BBQ Brawl (SF/Food): 955k/0.18
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 439k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 390k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 358k/0.03

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/2022

THURSDAY: MasterChef Named
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for ABC
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's MasterChef Junior finale drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, ticking up in the demo to match its season high and top all of Thursday.

CBS' Young Sheldon rerun meanwhile delivered the night's largest audience, with 3.4 million total viewers. Over on The CW, Walker (860K/0.1) was steady with its sophomore finale.

ABC's coverage of the NBA Draft tipoff averaged 1.8 mil and a 0.3.

Cable numbers for Thursday (total/A18-49)...
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SF/INSP): 800k/0.06
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 756k/0.15
- Celebrity Family Feud - 9p (OB/BET): 495k/0.08
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 361k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 337/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 306k/0.06
- Celebrity Family Feud - 12n (OB/BET): 169k/0.04

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posted 6/23/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

"Soon"
Michael Davies Talks All Things Season 39 After Emmy Win
From Yahoo!

Although it's been easy to forget—as the show has just sort of rolled along for the last season with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings handing off hosting duties, and a number of high-profile winners seemingly unaffected by the transition—but Jeopardy! has been running without a permanent host for nearly a year at this point. That is, since August 2021, when producer Mike Richards was announced as the new permanent host for the show's regular daily broadcast…and then swiftly un-announced after filming just 5 episodes.

But that state of trivia-adjacent uncertainty might soon be coming to an end, as revealed by series executive producer Michael Davies at the Daytime Emmys yesterday, where the game show picked up its latest Outstanding Game Show trophy. (The show has won for the last three years running, and seven times out of the last ten; it also has the most wins overall in the award's history.) Davies didn't shy away from talking about the Richards situation, saying that it was referred to as "the awkward months" around the Jeopardy! offices. "But," he said, "It showed the power of our audience and how passionately our fans care about the program, which is just so important."

Name-checking a number of big winners in the intervening period—including Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider, Mattea Roach, and Ryan Long, all of whom had long streaks on the show, with Schneider and Amodio both breaking the million-dollar winnings barrier—Davies asserted that the show is making moves to shore up its hosting situation. "We hope to have a hosting announcement very, very soon," he said. "But with all of our plans for Jeopardy!—which is more Jeopardy!, not less, more versions—we're going to need multiple hosts to represent the entire audience, to represent the entire country, in order to take this franchise forward."

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posted 6/28/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Hits Keep Coming"

  • Stephen Curry, Aaron Rodgers, some other guy up for ESPYs (TV Insider)

  • Elizabeth Corrigan comes out as bisexual (Reality TV World)

  • Mayim Bialik shares the rudest thing she's ever been called online. (Cinema Blend)

  • Cristela Alonso emerges from the Hidden Temple to shoot a stand-up special (Decider)

  • Sydney Hightower married football (E!)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Great American Recipe (Reality Blurred)

posted 6/28/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

DAYTIME EMMYS: "Jeopardy!", Steve Harvey Win
49th Awards Return to In-Person
From NextTV

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the big winner at Friday night's Daytime Emmys, adding two more wins – outstanding entertainment talk show and outstanding entertainment talk show host – to the show's Creative Arts haul of five. This is the second consecutive year that the show has won in this category, and the third that Clarkson, who was not present at the ceremony, has been named outstanding host.

NBCUniversal's daytime strip – headed into season four – is getting upgraded in markets across the country this fall after the end of Warner Bros.' The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The second -biggest winner of the night was ABC's daytime drama General Hospital, which won five Daytime Emmys, including outstanding daytime drama, directing, and outstanding supporting actor and actress. The wins make General Hospital the most-winning daytime drama in history, having won outstanding daytime drama 15 times.

Mishael Morgan of CBS' The Young and the Restless made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win outstanding actress in a daytime drama. The Bold and the Beautiful's John McCook was named outstanding lead actor in a daytime drama.

Syndicated shows led in overall wins with 16, including outstanding game show for Sony Pictures Television-produced Jeopardy!, now executive produced by Michael Davies; outstanding entertainment magazine for CBS Media Ventures' Entertainment Tonight; and outstanding game-show host for Family Feud's Steve Harvey.

Jeopardy! has won this award 19 times across its 38 seasons -- or half of the years that it has been on the air -- and the third time in a row, even with iconic host Alex Trebek dying of pancreatic cancer in late 2020.

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' two-hour presentation of the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards averaged 2.8 million total viewers, up 10 percent in audience from last year's ceremony yet shy of the tally for 2019's very virtual telecast (3.1 mil). In the demo, the Daytime Emmys matched last year's 0.2 rating.

Leading into the kudoscast, Come Dance With Me's finale (2.3 mil/0.2) drew its second-best audience of the season while flat in the demo.

ABC's broadcast of the Stanley Cup Final Game 5 (3.4 mil/0.8) dipped a bit from Tuesday's prelim numbers but still dominated Friday in the demo.

Meanwhile, on cable (total/A18-49)...
- America Says (GSN): 343k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 1065k/0.05

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posted 6/27/2022

THURSDAY: MasterChef Named
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for ABC
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's MasterChef Junior finale drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, ticking up in the demo to match its season high and top all of Thursday.

CBS' Young Sheldon rerun meanwhile delivered the night's largest audience, with 3.4 million total viewers. Over on The CW, Walker (860K/0.1) was steady with its sophomore finale.

ABC's coverage of the NBA Draft tipoff averaged 1.8 mil and a 0.3.

Cable numbers for Thursday (total/A18-49)...
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SF/INSP): 800k/0.06
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 756k/0.15
- Celebrity Family Feud - 9p (OB/BET): 495k/0.08
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 361k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 337/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 306k/0.06
- Celebrity Family Feud - 12n (OB/BET): 169k/0.04

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posted 6/23/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Culture's Biggest Night"

  • Stephen Curry wins Athlete of the Year at BET Awards (Deadline)

  • Ninja Warrior to replace 1/5 of the modern pentathlon? (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Jeopardy!: the heck is up with all these sweeps? Or are we asking the right questions? (The Washington Post)

  • Nayte Olukoya denies being an f-boy (Us Weekly)

  • Cam Ayala has leg amputated after fighting lymphedema (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Reilly (EW)

posted 6/27/2022


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

Wheel of Fortune Casino Coming
Sony Teams with BetMGM
From the Hollywood Reporter

Sony Pictures Television is set to turn its Wheel of Fortune game show franchise, with its legendary roulette wheel, into an online casino.

The Hollywood studio has teamed with BetMGM, the mobile gaming operator, and International Game Technology to launch the branded online Wheel of Fortune Casino in New Jersey later this year.

The online gaming extension, with real money wagering on branded Wheel of Fortune slot machines, comes as the TV game show franchise gets set for its 40th season and seeing around 250 versions of Wheel of Fortune slot games launched.

"We are delighted to be partnering with BetMGM for the launch of Wheel of Fortune's very first online casino. With Wheel of Fortune celebrating its 40th season this year, we are pleased to continue offering players additional, new ways to play the games they know and love," Suzanne Prete, executive vp of game shows at Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement.

BetMGM adds it will include "responsible gaming education" as part of the Wheel of Fortune Casino via GameSense, a program developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

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posted 6/23/2022

CBS Lines Up Fall
Survivor, Amazing Race Both Start September 21
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the premiere dates for its 2022-2023 fall season that begins Monday, Sept. 19. The Network will roll out the strategic launches of four new shows and 18 returning series over a few weeks.

Of note, the new romance adventure competition THE REAL LOVE BOAT will now air at 9:00 PM on Wednesdays, leading into THE AMAZING RACE in its new time period at 10:00 PM.

The night will begin with Survivor at 8pm ET. Big Brother's finale will air September 25.

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The Hollywood Reporter
TV Insider
Reality Blurred

posted 6/23/2022

More on "Alex vs. America" Season 2
Catch It on Food Network July 31
From the Futon Critic

Will Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's winning streak continue? Food Network will find out when Alex returns with more intense and action-packed culinary battles on the new season of Alex vs America, premiering Sunday, July 31st at 9pm ET/PT. In each one-hour episode, Alex simultaneously takes on three talented and brave chefs from across the United States - all experts in the same culinary specialty. Acclaimed chef Eric Adjepong hosts Alex and the competitors in two rounds of challenges that put their culinary specialty skills to the test as they attempt to defeat Alex for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize. Will the competitors prevail at beating Alex in her own arena or will she send all the ambitious chefs home with nothing but their disappointment? New episodes of Alex vs America are available to stream weekly on discovery+, beginning July 31st.

"I am so excited to step back into the arena to take on a new batch of chefs from across the country," said Guarnaschelli. "These competitors are pulling out all the stops to showcase their culinary talent to try and bring me down. They have a lot on the line, but I don't like to lose so they better bring their A-game."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/23/2022

New "Taskmaster" Lineup Revealed
Dara O Briain, Sarah Millican Among Players for Season 15
From Thurrock Gazette

Dara O Briain and Sarah Millican are among the new contestants announced for the 14th series of TV programme Taskmaster.

The comedy gameshow, which airs on Channel 4, sees five celebrities compete in a series of bizarre challenges presented to them by the Taskmaster Greg Davies.

Comedians O Briain, 50, and Millican, 47, will join actor John Kearns, stand-up comic Fern Brady and digital creator Munya Chawawa to compete to be crowned Taskmaster champion.

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Daily Record
Daily Star

posted 6/23/2022

WEDNESDAY: Avalanche 3, Lightning 1
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for ABC
From the Programming Insider

Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Colorado Avalanche 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2) led ABC to an easy Wednesday night victory (4.35 million, 1.2/12).

In season-premiere news, two episodes of "Wellington Paranormal" on The CW was off the fast affiliate charts at an average 184,000 viewers and no registered results in adults 18-49 in the Wednesday 9 p.m. ET hour. It led out "The Flash" at an also depressed 615,000 viewers and a 0.1/ 1 in the demo at 8 p.m. Remember when this was a 4+ million viewer show each week?

Elsewhere, Fox featured "Masterchef" (Viewers: #4, 2.24 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (Viewers: #4, 1.51 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.). And CBS and NBC were in repeats.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Forged in Fire (History): 524k/0.11
- America Says (GSN): 382k/0.05

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posted 6/23/2022

USA Recruits Reality Vets for "Snake in the Grass"
"Survivor", "Big Brother" Players Join Alums of "Naked and Afraid"
From Entertainment Weekly

Six Survivor stars —including two former winners — are heading back to the jungle. And this time they are bringing some fellow reality stalwarts with them for a new competition series on USA Network that will force players to work together while attempting to uncover the identity of a saboteur in their midst.

Survivor: Cook Islands champ Yul Kwon and Survivor: Fiji winner Earl Cole will be joined by franchise faves Malcolm Freberg, Cirie Fields, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, and Trish Hegarty on USA's Snake in the Grass. Also appearing on the new series will be Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly and four-time favorite Janelle Pierzina, as well as Jeff Zausch and Lacey Jones from the Naked and Afraid franchise.

In a cross between Survivor and former ABC series The Mole, each episode of Snake in the Grass will drop four players into the jungles of Central America for 36 hours, where they will "compete in a series of grueling and mind-twisting challenges, from retrieving game pieces suspended on high wires over a 500-foot canyon to scaling the face of a cliff to solve puzzles."

But one of those players is actually the Snake, and will be trying to sabotage the others to prevent them from winning those challenges, because each challenge win offers a clue to the identity of the Snake. At the end of the journey, the players will meet in the Snake Pit and put forth a guess as to the identity of the saboteur. If they are right, the three of them split a $100,000 prize; if they are wrong, the Snake keeps all the money.

Hosted by radio star, American Idol mentor, and Dancing with the Stars winner Bobby Bones, Snake in the Grass premieres Aug. 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

"Getting to host Snake in the Grass has been a really cool experience," says Bones. "I lived in Costa Rica for more than a month while we were shooting it, so I can't wait for everyone to finally get to see what we've been up to. The show is a mix of adventure and mystery — it's going to keep you guessing!"

Entertainment Wekely

posted 6/23/2022

Double the Love... Island
ITV, Hulu to Air Two Seasons in 2023
From TV Insider

It's good news for fans of the British version of Love Island as the hit reality series is returning for a double dose of fun in the sun in 2023.

As reported by Variety and confirmed by the show's broadcaster ITV, the popular dating game show will air both a winter and summer edition next year. The winter series will be broadcast in the New Year and feature a fresh crop of contestants flying out to South Africa for a romantic getaway. This will be followed by the traditional summer version in Mallorca around four months later.

"We're always blown away by the show's ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience," said ITV2's director of reality commissioning and controller Paul Mortimer, (via Variety). "So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we'd make 2023 the Year of Love with two full [seasons] of the show."

The eighth season of Love Island is currently airing in the United Kingdom and landed on Hulu for American viewers on Tuesday, June 21. Meanwhile, the new iteration of Love Island USA will premiere on Peacock on Tuesday, July 19 — CBS previously aired two seasons of the American edition, which are available for streaming on Hulu and Paramount+.

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Variety

posted 6/23/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One L of an Error"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Don't fire the Jeopardy! chyron guy (TV Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Remember "The One That Got Away", the pilot special from NBC? Well, Amazon Prime is revisiting it (WNYW New York)

  • Melissa Ordway will skip tomorrow's Daytime Emmys because... yeah. (Instagram @Mel_ordway)

posted 6/21/2022

"Lightning" Struck
BBC Cancels Zoe Lyons Quiz Show
From Chortle

The BBC has axed Zoe Lyons quiz show Lightning after two series.

The comic broke the news on Twitter, posting an image of the shiny suit she wore on the show and the caption: 'Sadly all good quizes must come to an end but I can't tell you what a joy it was to work on @lightningquiz for @bbc2.

'We made 2 cracking series and I loved every second of working with my pals at BBC Belfast. Every contestant was a star.'

The show launched in a 6.30pm weekday slot in early 2021, and the second series ran this spring. It mixed quickfire questions with physical challenges - although that aspect was later axed – as contestants tried to win a £3,000 jackpot.

When the second run launched, Lyons said she hoped Lightning would become a long-running show. 'I hope it runs until I'm 80,' she said. 'It'll be me in my shiny suit and a Farrah Fawcett wig – that's the dream!'

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posted 6/22/2022

"One Question" from Claudia Winkleman
Catch It on Channel 4 June 24
From What to Watch

One Question is a new game show where a single question could change contestants' lives to the tune of £100,000.

The Channel 4 game show is hosted by Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman, where she'll be taking on the role of quiz master and marks her first time hosting a quiz or a game show since appearing on Talking Telephone Numbers in 1997 with Phillip Schofield.

Speaking about returning to the game show world, Claudia said: "It was just such a simple, lovely idea. It came through as literally two sentences. One question, we give them the answer, along with 19 incorrect ones. I was in."

She added: "I'm ridiculously excited. In One Question there's no time limit, no buzzers, no complicated rules. Just a sofa, a chat, and one question that could win our players £100k. Not only that, we give them the answer! The tricky part is we give them 19 wrong answers too. It's such a simple, lovely idea."

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, Channel 4 also spoke about having Claudia on board, saying: "We're delighted to have Claudia fronting this nail-biting new prime-time game show on Channel 4. With her unmistakable charm and wit, we'll really get to know each of the contestants as they strive towards a potentially life-changing jackpot."

One Question airs on Friday, June 24 at 8pm on Channel 4. The six-part series will then air weekly in the same slot.

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Radio Times

posted 6/22/2022

TUESDAY: ... Dancing By Yourself?
NBC Wins with AGT, "Dancing" Drops
From the Programming Insider

NBC remained the network to beat on Tuesday care of "America's Got Talent", which at 5.72 million viewers and a 0.6/ 6 share in adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. ET — both No. 1 for the night — is still considered a hit in this fractured content marketplace. Unfortunately, recent competition entry "Dancing With Myself" dropped to a modest 2.06 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in the demo (#1t) at 10 p.m.

In the specials department was a Tuesday 10 p.m. edition of ABC's "20/20" themed "Exclusively Elvis", which was not so special at 2.32 million viewers (#2) and a 0.2/ 2 in adults 18-49 (#3) at 10 p.m. It aired out of "Holey Moley" (Viewers: #3, 2.07 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.), and game show "The Chase" (Viewers: #3, 1.97 million; A18-49: #2, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Elsewhere, The CW featured "Superman & Lois" (Viewers: #5, 799,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and recent entry "Tom Swift" (Viewers: #5, 371,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0), which needless to say is not so swift. And CBS and Fox were in repeats.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 705k/0.15
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 595k/0.12
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 520k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 289k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 285k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SP/VH1): 249k/0.14
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 221k/0.13
- Celebrity Game Face (SP/E!): 221k/0.07

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posted 6/22/2022

Next Level Pickup
Ramsay GLobal to Export "Next Level Chef" to UK
From the Futon Critic

Studio Ramsay Global (SRG), Gordon Ramsay's worldwide production venture created with FOX Entertainment, has sold the UK format rights for his newest hit competition series NEXT LEVEL CHEF to ITV, it was jointly announced today by Ramsay; Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment; and Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for ITV.

Produced by Studio Ramsay Global and marking SRG's first NEXT LEVEL CHEF format sale, it will be shot in a studio hub in the UK and also feature Ramsay alongside two additional panelists. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, and Ian Peckham will executive produce. Additionally, SRG will act as the production services partner for FOX Alternative Entertainment on Season Two of the U.S. flagship format of the program from the UK hub. The return of NEXT LEVEL CHEF, America's #1 new entertainment program last season, will premiere on FOX after Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.

Set on an iconic stage over three stories high, each floor containing a different kitchen featuring culinary equipment and ingredients matching their environment -- from the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement. NEXT LEVEL CHEF pits line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between against one another as they compete within the circumstances of their assigned kitchen to win a cash prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF.

"When we launched NEXT LEVEL CHEF in the US earlier this year, the goal was for other broadcasters and international territories to recognize the truly original and epic format. I'm delighted ITV stepped up straight away to become our UK broadcast partners and by doing so, enabled us to develop a very exciting NEXT LEVEL CHEF global production Hub out of Acton Studios in West London," Ramsay added. "I'm also personally thrilled that by creating the UK Hub, Studio Ramsay Global is supporting the incredibly talented TV industry workforce here in the UK."

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said, "NEXT LEVEL CHEF is a dynamic, edge of your seat cooking competition in a league of its own. We're so excited to welcome Gordon back to the UK and get started on perhaps the most ambitious TV studio the world has to offer!"

"With Gordon at the center of this innovative premise that moves the cooking competition space forward, we knew NEXT LEVEL CHEF would be a hit here in the States with enormous potential globally," added Wade. "NEXT LEVEL CHEF's immediate success speaks to the very reason why we're so fortunate to be in business with Gordon; and, as his longtime partners, ITV is the perfect home in the UK for his next big format."

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Deadline

posted 6/22/2022

All-Round Champion: The Para-Athletes
BYUTV, TVO Joint Production to Go to Five
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, has greenlit new seasons of returning favorite competition shows "Survivalists" and "All-Round Champion." The 10-episode season three of "Survivalists," which follows families as they brave the elements together, will be released in fall 2022. Filming in Baja California, Mexico, was completed earlier this year. The 10-episode season five of "All-Round Champion," with outstanding young para-athletes competing in each other's sports, is set to begin production later this month and premiere in early 2023. All released episodes of all seasons of both series are always available to stream for free on the BYUtv app and at BYUtv.org.

"Although 'Survivalists,' and 'All-Round Champion' are intense competitions, at their hearts, they shine light on the resilience of the human spirit and the strengthening of bonds between family members and teammates," said Andra Johnson Duke, head of content at BYUtv. "Both shows have captured the imaginations of young people and their parents over the course of their runs, and there's no question that these exciting new iterations will continue to engage and inspire them to want to push harder, do better and be better."

In the new round of "All-Round Champion," nine of the best young athletes in their sports will assemble from the United States, Canada and UK to compete in the ultimate competition, and, for the first time, they'll all be para-athletes. The catch? They'll compete in every sport but their own. With only three days to train in each event, these extraordinary athletes will be pushed to the limit, and only one will be crowned the All-Round Champion. Olympian and world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns as host and mentor. "All-Round Champion" is produced by BYUtv and marblemedia with executive producers Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/22/2022

MONDAY: Avalanche 2, Lightning 1
ABC Wins with Stanley Cup
From Deadline

The Tampa Bay Lightning's victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final scored another big win for ABC in primetime Monday among viewers and in key demos.

From 9-11 p.m. ET, the network dominated in viewers (9.07 million), 25-54 (3.2 rating) and 18-49 (2.7), according to Nielsen fast affiliates. The Lightning's win at home trimmed Colorado's lead in the best-of-7 NHL championship series to 2-1.

CBS came in second for the night in viewers (3.22 million) and tied for third with Fox in adults 25-54, despite airing repeats of its comedies and NCIS dramas. NBC aired originals of American Ninja Warrior (0.3 in 18-49, 2.72 million) and Weakest Link (0.3, 2.28M), while Fox had fresh episodes of Don't Forget the Lyrics (0.3, 1.73 million) and Beat Shazam (0.3, 1.66 million).

The CW aired new Roswell, New Mexico (0.1, 480,000) and In the Dark (0.0, 310K).

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 843k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (SF/GSN): 488k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 379k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 289k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 285k/0.03

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posted 6/22/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Saddest Day"

  • Tom Mann's fiancee dies on the morning of what was to be their wedding (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Michael Bolton to debut "Beautiful World" for the scores of people who didn't see "American Song Contest" during the Daytime Emmys (The Futon Critic)

  • Mayim Bialik suing the pants off of the Internet (Mediapost)

  • FIRST LOOK: Are Austin Creed, Gina Darling, and the WWE looking to reboot a G4 classic? (Twitter @G4TV)

posted 6/21/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending June 12
From TV Newscheck

Talk shows made the most Nielsen noise in the session ended June 12 with seven of the top 10 strips surging higher.

Jeopardy topped the chart at a 5.2 followed by Family Feud at a 5.1.

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 +8%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.6 -14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 6/21/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Stop Us If You've Heard This One..."

posted 6/21/2022


World of Wonder/Paramount Global

Queen of the Universe Just Got Spicy
Mel B Signs On as Judge
From the Futon Critic

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), to celebrate the debut of Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland on June 22, announced singer and global superstar Mel B will join the star-studded panel of judges for Season 2 of its hit global singing competition, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, replacing departing judge Leona Lewis. She joins an esteemed lineup of returning judges including platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R)-winning producer and judge of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Michelle Visage; multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; and American drag superstar Trixie Mattel. Five-time BAFTA TV Award winner Graham Norton will also return as host.

Melanie Brown MBE, aka Mel B, is one of the world's most iconic entertainers. One fifth of the most successful girl band ever, the Spice Girls, she went on to carve out a global career as a television entertainer, theater performer, movie actress and author of a best-selling autobiography, Brutally Honest. As the so-called 'Scary Spice,' she became one of the most recognizable women in the world. Since the band split in 2000, Melanie went on to carve a new career as a host of television shows. Consistently voted 'most popular' judge on shows from "America's Got Talent" to "The X Factor" UK, she embraced a whole new generation to become one of the most recognized faces on television, fronting shows from "Lip Sync" UK, "The X Factor" in Britain and Australia, "Dancing With The Stars" in Australia, "America's Got Talent" and "Celebrity Juice."

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder, the producers of the Emmy(R) Award-winning franchise "RuPaul's Drag Race," QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE follows the world's most talented drag queens as they battle it out for global domination, and countries go head-to-head spotlighting their top talent.

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Deadline
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EW

posted 6/20/2022

WEEKEND: ... So That Happened.
Fox Won with Vince McMahon Appearance. SPOILER ALERT: He Didn't Address His Exit
From Deadline

WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon was a winner and a loser this week.

First, the bad news: He stepped down from his executive position with the WWE as an investigation into misconduct and secret agreements was surfaced by the Wall St. Journal.

Now, the good news: He appeared at the start of Fox's WWE Friday Night SmackDown, boosting the ratings as the world tuned in to see whether he would address the controversy. He didn't. But the hint that he might drove the show's ratings to a winning score of 0.6, marking a 26% week-over-week in total viewers and 46% rise in the coveted 18-49 demo.

The semi-final of reality show Come Dance with Me on CBS came in with an 0.2, setting up a big finish. That was followed by a CBS News special, Watergate: High Crimes, a 50th anniversary documentary on the controversial burglary that brought down a president. It also tallied an 0.2.

ABC had the special Soul of a Nation: Sound of Freedom, examining the legacy of the Juneteenth holiday through the current lens of political and social unrest. It had an 0.2, with newsmag 20/20 running a repeat.

NBC had an exclusive Dateline sit-down with Amber Heard, the ex-wife of Johnny Depp and loser in the defamation trial "heard" 'round the world. Her interview came in with a surprisingly mild score of 0.2, followed by an American Ninja Warrior repeat.

The CW rolled out a repeat of Penn & Teller: Fool Us and back to back repeats World's Funniest Animals.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49) to follow.

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posted 6/20/2022


Sony Pictures TV/ABC

For $100,000, Here Are Your Partners
Catch Season 6 on ABC July 10
From Parade

Clue: A show that involves word association clues with answers in categories like "What Cinnamon Might Say" or "Things You Do In Bed." There are lots and lots of celebrities and host Michael Strahan. And it's tons of fun. Answer: The $100,000 Pyramid, returning to ABC July 10.

ABC is giving Parade.com readers a first look preview at season six and the exclusive on the celebrity lineup. See below to learn who will be playing! Each full episode contains two full games and four celebrities per game.

The celebrities...
- Multimedia personality Tayshia Adams
- Actress Pamela Adlon
- Actor Jason Alexander
- Actress Lauren Ash
- Actor Diedrich Bader
- Pro wrestler Brie Bella
- Actress RAchel Bloom
- Actress Yvette Nicole Brown
- TV host Nicole Byer
- Actress Tisha Campbell
- Actor Mario Cantone
- Actress D'Arcy Carden
- Actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer
- Actress Erika Christensen
- TV host RuPaul Charles
- Actor Deon Cole
- Actor/writer Mark Duplass
- Actor Michael Ealy
- Actor Jermaine Fowler
- Actor/comedian Ron Funches
- Actor Troy Gentile
- Actor Sean Giambrone
- Entrepreneur Robert Herjavec
- Actor Dule Hill
- Comedian Pete Holmes
- Actress Janelle James
- TV personality/author Matt James
- TV host/writer Ken Jennings
- Actor Wayne Knight
- TV host Amanda Kloots
- Comedian Jo Koy
- TV personality Carson Kressley
- Actor Taran Killam
- Comedian Lauren Lapkus
- Actress Ali Larter
- TV host Marcus Lemonis
- Actor Tom Lennon
- TV host Loni Love
- Actor Josh Malina
- TV personality Ross Mathews
- Actress Wendi McClendon-Covey
- Singer Wanya Morris
- Actor/comedian Bobby Moynihan
- Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell
- Comedian Russell Peters
- Actress Francia Raisa
- TV host Rob Riggle
- The Roastmaster General Jeff Ross
- Actor Nico Santos
- Actor Will Sasso
- Actor Steve Schirripa
- Comedian Amanda Seales
- Comedian Iliza Shlesinger
- Broadcaster Joe Tessitore
- Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Ty Dolla $ign
- Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn
- Comedian Matt Walsh
- Actress Lisa Ann Walter
- Comedian Larry Wilmore
- Grammy-nominated recoding artist Wiz Khalifa

Season six of $100,000 Pyramid premieres Sunday, July 10 (10-11 p.m. ET), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.


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posted 6/17/2022

So Much for The Big D...
TBS Cancels Series Before Its Scheduled Premiere Date
From TV Line

The Big D now stands for dunzo.

TBS' new dating competition hosted by Bachelorette alumni JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers has been cancelled, just weeks ahead of its Thursday, July 7 debut — and after promos for it (watch a trailer below) had already begun to air.

The news comes on the heels of parent company Warner Discovery reassessing its slate at large, and making some harsh cuts. Most notably, the J.J. Abrams-shephered sci-fi drama Demimonde, which reportedly had a budget in the $200 million range, had the plug pulled on it earlier this month.

Regarding The Big D being jilted, "We're assessing our schedule to ensure we have the right content mix to support our network strategies," a TBS/TNT rep told Deadline. "We are grateful to JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers, and the executive producers of Big D for their partnership through the process."

The Big D promised to take on the relationship space "with a twist," following recent divorcees as they search for romance in paradise with one catch — their exes will be along for the journey.

Over the course of several weeks, 10 divorced couples moved into a tropical villa in Costa Rica to re-learn how to date and search for love amongst a group of other single divorcees, including their ex. The group takes part in revealing relationship "EX-ercises" [groan] designed to help the singles form connections, make peace with their former partners, and finally get over the issues holding them back from dating.

In each episode, one person "who isn't relationship material" will be eliminated.

Or, would have been, as it turns out.

TV Line
Deadline

posted 6/16/2022

TCA Awards: And the Nominees Are...
Awards to Be Handed Out August 6
From the Hollywood Reporter

As it turns out, broadcast television isn't dead after all.

ABC's breakout freshman comedy Abbott Elementary leads all series nominations at the annual Television Critics Association's awards. The comedy created by and starring Quinta Brunson scored five nominations, topping AMC's Better Call Saul, Apple's Severance and Showtime's Yellowjackets — each of which earned four mentions. HBO Max's Hacks, Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, Netflix's Squid Game and HBO's Succession scored three each.

Among all platforms, HBO (12) and HBO Max (nine) combined to lead the pack with 21. Netflix came in second with 13, followed by Apple with 10.enn.

The TCA's program of the year category is dominated by first-year shows and features Abbott Elementary, Severance, Squid Game, The White Lotus and Yellowjackets competing for the coveted prize alongside Better Call Saul, Succession and Hacks.

"The 2022 TCA Awards are an exciting landmark for the organization and its members, as it will be the first time in three years that we are finally able to celebrate together in person," said Melanie McFarland, TCA president and TV critic for Salon. "It's fitting, then, that we should ring in this long-awaited occasion with one of the most competitive, talented, and star-heavy nominee rosters in recent memory. This lineup is a testament to how diverse and innovative the modern television landscape has become. We cannot wait to see who will rise above the rest when the winners are revealed at the 38th annual TCA Awards on Aug. 6."

And the nominees are...
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
The Amazing Race – CBS (2011 Winner in Category)
Cheer – Netflix (2020 Winner in Category)
Finding Magic Mike – HBO Max
Legendary – HBO Max
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Bravo
Real World Homecoming: New Orleans – Paramount+
Take Out With Lisa Ling – HBO Max
Top Chef: Houston – Bravo


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TV Line
Reality Blurred

posted 6/16/2022

ABC Announces Fall Dates
Games Begin with Shark Tank September 23
From NextTV

ABC has revealed its fall premiere dates, which includes the series premieres of The Rookie: Feds airing September 27 and Alaska Daily on October 6.

Sophomore comedy Abbott Elementary premieres Wednesday, September 21, joining The Conners, The Goldbergs and Home Economics on the night. Drama Big Sky follows the comedies.

The first-ever live Shark Tank, featuring all six original Sharks, is on Friday, September 23. 20/20 follows.

Celebrity Jeopardy! starts Sunday, September 25, followed by Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. The Rookie follows the celeb game shows. America's Funniest Home Videos slides into Sundays October 2.

The fun continues Tuesday, September 27, when Bachelor in Paradise debuts, and leads into The Rookie: Feds. Niecy Nash-Betts stars in the spinoff of The Rookie, which was created by Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter.

Bachelor in Paradise begins its two-night weekly airing Monday, October 3.

NextTV
The FUton Critic
Deadline

posted 6/16/2022

WEDNESDAY: Avalanche 1, Lightning 0
ABC, CBS Split Night with "Price", Stanley Cup
From Deadline

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on ABC was the big demo winner (0.9 rating) in primetime Wednesday, with more than 3.2 million viewers tuning in watch the Colorado Avalanche edge the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime. Game 2 is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

CBS managed to get more eyeballs, however, on the night with The Price is Right Celebrates 50 Years special, which notched a 0.4 among adults 18-49 and lured close to 3.85 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast affiliate ratings. A rerun of S.W.A.T. (0.3 rating, 2.17 million viewers).

A new episode of MasterChef (0.4, 2.28M) on Fox was down more than 5 percent from the previous week. It was followed by So You Think You Can Dance, (0.3, 1.68M), which was up 11% in the demo and more than 20% in viewers.

NBC performed admirably with its Chicago shows, which are in reruns. Chicago Med (0.3, 3.01), followed by Chicago Fire (0.3, 2.82M) and Chicago P.D. (0.3, 2.36M).

The CW had new episodes of The Flash (0.1, 520,000) and Kung Fu (0.4, 410K).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49):
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 599k/0.14
- Forged in Fire (History): 547k/0.10
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History): 426k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 352k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 306k/0.02

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posted 6/16/2022

Millionaire Gets a Rush
New Casino Slot Machine Coming
From World Casino Directory

Big Time Gaming has just announced the release of a brand-new Who Wants to be a Millionaire style online slot game, featuring a new game mechanic. Millionaire Rush is a MegaClusters title that offers MegaTrail, a new mechanic that includes 12 levels of bonuses that are randomly put into play after each spin. The slot sees the game symbols split and react, which can create up to 100 symbols on the reels.

With the new MegaTrail component mixed in as well, players never know what will appear on the reels. Details of Millionaire Rush Load the game and you enter the studio of the popular television game show. The reels take center stage and include gems in bright colors along with wilds. Spin the game grid, watch as symbols form combinations, and trigger special features. Hear the classic game theme in the background that amps up as you play.

The slot includes the MegaClusters mechanic where winning icons split and react with each combination. The Big Time Gaming title starts with five rows and five columns with each win, an icon in the combination is replaced by four smaller symbols. Wins with the smaller symbols will then collapse and new icons fall into place. Reactions will continue until there are no new wins on the reels.

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posted 6/16/2022

A Few More "Links" in the British Chain
Romesh Ranganathan to Return as Host
From Bang Showbiz

The BBC have confirmed the popular quiz show will be back for 12 more 60-minute episodes later in 2022, once again hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, who first presented the show last year.

He said: "I'm delighted to be doing another series, partly because it's a fun show and the response has been amazing, but mainly to avoid 'Turns out Romesh was The Weakest Link' headlines."

An all-star line-up of celebrity contestants will attempt to win up to £50,000 for charity by answering general knowledge questions before only two remain and play head-to-head to determine the winner.

Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC, said: "Led once again by our ringmaster Romesh, viewers can expect plenty more laughs and almost certainly loads of back stabbing too as the nation's favourite quick fire quiz returns, I can't wait!"

Pete Ogden, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added: "I am so excited to make 'The Weakest Link' again out of Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

"It was wonderful to see the last series land so well with viewers and there's nothing we love more than putting celebrities under pressure and making them vote each other off. "Romesh is a treat to work with and I can't wait to unleash him on another batch of celebrities."

The new series will be once again filmed at BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow, with 'The Weakest Link' returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in 2022. The celebrity contestants will be confirmed in due course.

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posted 6/16/2022


Netflix

Netflix Plots Non-Lethal For-Real "Squid Game"
Adaptation of Korean Drama to Offer $4.56 Million
From the Futon Critic

Netflix is bringing the global phenomenon Squid Game to life with the biggest reality competition series ever, Squid Game: The Challenge.

With both the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, 456 real players will enter the game in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show - plus surprising new additions - their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them. The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.

Recruitment is open now at SquidGameCasting.com. For this round, the Front Man is in search of English-language speakers from any part of the world.

"Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang's captivating story and iconic imagery. We're grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment," said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series. "Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end."

The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), part of ITV Studios, and it will be filmed in the UK. Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, and Toni Ireland from Studio Lambert and John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown from The Garden will serve as executive producers.

The scripted drama Squid Game holds the record as Netflix's most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere. On June 12, 2022, Squid Game was officially renewed for season 2 as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round.

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posted 6/15/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Category Is Quarantine"

  • Mayim Bialik tests positive for COVID. Here's what that means for "Jeopardy!" (Just Jared)

  • Tia Booth has a baby on the way (Reality TV World)

  • BETTERIDGE's LAW: Is tWitch headed for his own talk show? (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Eddie McGee, Big Brother's first champion (EW)

posted 6/20/2022


Netflix

Netflix Hungry for a Fight
"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" Drops June 15
From Entertainment Weekly

Five culinary superstars will be sharpening their knives and donning the iconic Iron Chef jackets in Netflix's upcoming revival of the cooking competition series, Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, and Gabriela Cámara are set to defend Kitchen Stadium as the new Iron Chefs when the show premieres June 15.

Stone is no stranger to culinary competition shows, having appeared on Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Junior. The Michelin-starred Australian chef is the creative force behind Maude in Beverly Hills, Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant in Hollywood, and Georgie in Dallas.

Crenn has shattered glass ceilings for women in cooking, becoming the first woman in the United States to receive three Michelin stars. A 2016 episode of Netflix's Chef's Table zoomed in on Crenn's distinguished career and namesake restaurant Atelier Crenn.

Samuelsson placed sixth on The Next Iron Chef in 2011 and has served as a judge on shows such as Chopped and Top Chef: Family Style. He also memorably introduced Anthony Bourdain to Ethiopian cuisine in a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown.Chefs once again battle head-to-head in the new series, premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, June 15. Watch the teaser below.

Tsai's take on East-West cuisine has led him to opening the restaurants Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon. His series Simply Ming is PBS's longest-running cooking show.

Last but not least, Cámara is the chef behind acclaimed Mexican restaurants Contramar, Entremar, Itacate Del Mar, and Caracol Del Mar. Her work drives sustainability efforts in the restaurant industry.

Alton Brown returns to the kitchen stadium to host with Kristen Kish. Dacascos reprises his role of The Chairman.

Based on Fuji Television Network's format, the series is reborn with a supersized approach. "It's been called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience. This is where world-class cuisine meets high-octane sports. Five new trailblazing Iron Chefs will welcome brave Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they'll face off and be pushed to the limits of endurance and creativity, as they cook up extraordinary culinary creations," Netflix teases of the eight-episode series. "The competition's most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first ever 'Iron Legend.'"

Eytan Keller, Daniel Calin, and Ross Weintraub serve as executive producers for the series produced by Keller Productions, in association with 3 Ball Productions. Netflix will also be releasing Iron Chef Mexico and Iron Chef Brazil this year.

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posted 6/15/2022

TUESDAY: Got Talent Gets Tuesday
NBC Takes Night on "Talent", "Dancing"
From Deadline

Three weeks in, NBC's stalwart America's Got Talent continues to tower over the summer competition. Down just a fraction from its first two episodes, the variety competition drew 5.95 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. AGT is being used to launch new viral video-inspired NBC series Dancing With Myself (2.13M, 0.3 rating in 18-49), which also is keeping relatively steady but has not been able to capitalize on its big lead-in.

Underscoring the repeatability of crime drama procedurals, reruns of the three FBI series on CBS ranked as #2, #3 and #4 behind AGT for the night in total viewers.

ABC's reality block of established reality performers Holey Moley and The Chase has been solid, with the Muppets-themed new season of Holey Moley taking second place for the night in the demo (0.4 rating) behind AGT.

Fox was paced by staple MasterChef Junior, which tied The Chase, Dancing With Myself and the FBI repeat for #3 in the demo for the night.

The cooking competition improved on the delivery in the hour by TMZ's Johnny Depp-Amber Heard special last week.

The CW's Tom Swift (0.29M, 0.1) held up OK with a rerun of Superman & Lois as a lead-in vs. an original last week.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49):
- Chopped (Food): 718k/0.17
- Supermarket Stakeout )Food): 602k/0.14
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 491k/0.10
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 435k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 413k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 299k/0.02

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posted 6/15/2022

Leah Remini to Join "SYTYCD"
"People Puzzler" Host to Judge Alongside JoJo Siwa, "tWitch" Boss
From the Futon Critic

Emmy Award-winning actor, New York Times Best Selling author and producer Leah Remini has joined the judging panel of the Emmy Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, alongside Stephen "tWitch" Boss and dancer, singer and digital sensation JoJo Siwa. Presenter and author Cat Deeley continues to host the dance competition series, which will see Remini make her debut on the milestone 300th episode airing Wednesday, June 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"I am thrilled to join SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on its milestone 300th episode," said Remini. "I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can't wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!"

The 300th episode will celebrate the show's legacy and introduce this season's Top 12 dancers, selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio to showcase their talents in various dance genres, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. As they work with world-renowned choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, brand-new twists and turns will be introduced into the competition.

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posted 6/15/2022


ITV/CBS

"Love Island UK" Voice Joins "Love Island USA"
Catch It on Peacock July 19
From the Futon Critic

Today, it was announced that UK comedian Iain Stirling will continue his role as narrator of LOVE ISLAND, this time for Peacock's highly anticipated US adaptation of the global hit phenomenon. The upcoming season will mark the first time Iain lends his iconic voice to the US version of LOVE ISLAND. Peacock's new season premieres July 19th with 6 episode drops per week.

"The moment the decision was made to bring an all-new version of LOVE ISLAND to Peacock, we knew we had to get Iain on board," said Jenny Groom, EVP Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal. Groom continued, "Iain embodies everything fans love about the show - humor, irreverence and cheeky fun. LOVE ISLAND would not be the same without him."

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the acclaimed voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2), which is currently on air in the UK with its eighth series, with a run on Hulu to follow. Following his success on Love Island, Iain appeared in series 8 of Taskmaster (C4/Dave), and took on the role of host for ITV2's comedy entertainment show, CelebAbility, which is also currently on air with its sixth series. His first stand-up special Failing Upwards recently launched on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories, while his sitcom, Buffering, a brand-new comedy written, created by and starring Iain debuted on ITV2 in 2021.

Peacock Original LOVE ISLAND, from ITV Entertainment, will be hotter than ever as Islanders couple up in new surroundings to compete in naughtier games and sexier challenges. Throughout their stay, temptations will rise and drama will ensue as Islanders are forced to decide if they want to remain with their current partners or "recouple" with someone new. Islanders will also be at the mercy of viewers at home who vote to determine who gets another shot at love and who leaves the villa heartbroken and empty-handed.

Filming on the California coast, LOVE ISLAND is an unscripted reality romance and competition series where glamorous singles go on a search for love while living together in a beautiful villa.

Cast and schedule to be announced at a later date.

The US version of LOVE ISLAND is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Andy Cadman and Mike Espinosa serve as executive producers, alongside Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios.

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posted 6/15/2022

MONDAY: Warriors 3, Celtics 2
ABC Wins on Game 5
From the Programming Insider

It was an easy victory for ABC, of course, care of game 5 of The NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors 104, Boston Celtics 94), which averaged an approximate 8.07 million viewers and a 2.3 rating/19 share for the primetime portion. As a reminder, fast affiliate results for any live sporting event are only a rough estimate. Earlier in the evening on ABC was a half-hour primetime edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and the half-hour pregame.

On NBC, diluted "American Ninja Warrior" remained just that with 2.72 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#2) from 8-10 p.m. That led into game show "The Weakest Link" at an also unimpressive 2.28 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 2 in the demo (#2) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox featured "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Viewers: #4, 1.73 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.65 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which both did not make a dent. And what can you say about the canceled CW combo of "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: #5, 477,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "IN the Dark" (Viewers: #5, 309,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.)? Not much!

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49):
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 790k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 480k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 300k/0.04

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posted 6/14/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending June 5
From TV Newscheck

After nine straight weeks as the No. 1 show in syndication, Jeopardy finally came up with a wrong answer and skidded 8% to a second-place 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session that began with Memorial Day and ended June 5. That put it behind Family Feud, which took over the top spot by falling only a more modest 2% to a 4.9.

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) 4.9 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 -8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.4 -4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%

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posted 6/14/2022

Returning to FBoy Island
Catch It on HBO Max July 14
From the Futon Critic

Season two of the Max Original reality dating series FBOY ISLAND, hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser (HBO's upcoming comedy special and nationwide comedy tour "One Night with Nikki Glaser"), debuts THURSDAY, JULY 14 with the first three episodes of the ten-episode season, followed by three additional episodes on July 21, two episodes on July 28 and the final two episodes on August 4. The series concept was created by Elan Gale ("The Bachelor" franchise) with Sam Dean (Max Original "12 Dates of Christmas," "Love is Blind") as co-showrunner with Bill Dixon. The second season of FBOY ISLAND, from STXalternative, was filmed earlier this year in Cabo San Lucas.

Season two of FBOY ISLAND follows three new women, Mia Emani Jones, Louise Barnard and Tamaris Sepulveda, who move to a tropical paradise where they're joined by 26 men - 13 self-proclaimed "Nice Guys" looking for love, and 13 self-proclaimed "FBoys," there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed: who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, who the women ultimately choose, and who walks away with the prize money. FBOY ISLAND is a social experiment that asks: Can FBoys truly reform or do Nice Guys always finish last? The new season will see the return of some familiar faces and a bombshell twist that changes everything.

Season one of FBOY ISLAND had the biggest launch for a Max Original reality series since the platform launched in Spring 2020, with viewership growth week over week. The Washington Post hailed the series as "deliciously twisty," and TIME called it a "compelling and clever masterpiece" with "smart execution." Insider praised it for being "an unpredictable and sexy breath of fresh air" with a "refreshing dose of self-awareness and humor."

Season two of FBOY ISLAND is produced by STXalternative. The series concept was created by Elan Gale who is executive producing for TheYearOfElan Productions alongside Jason Goldberg and Audrey E. Smith for STXalternative, Ben Bitonti, Nikki Glaser and co-showrunners Sam Dean and Bill Dixon.

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posted 6/14/2022

Love Island UK Returns to Hulu
Catch It on June 21
From the Futon Critic

Hulu has got you covered for your weekly summer binge with new episodes of the British reality sensation premiering daily starting June 21.

New episodes streaming daily Tuesday through Saturday, as well as "Unseen Bits" and the weekly recap special "Aftersun" also streaming on Saturdays. The season 8 finale is slated to stream on Hulu August 16th with a Reunion special to follow - date TBD.

Love Island UK returns for an eighth season, offering the ultimate summer of fun, romance and drama. In this record-breaking, award-winning reality show that never fails to get everyone talking, 12 singles arrive at a luxury villa to spend their summer looking for love. But they must choose their partner wisely. Shock eliminations and new 'bombshell' arrivals can change the dynamic, and anyone left single risks being sent home. Which couples can stay the distance? As the addictive season concludes, viewers crown their favorite couple - but they'll face one final twist.

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posted 6/14/2022

More on "The Challenge USA"
Meet the Challengers
From the Futon Critic

THE CHALLENGE: USA announced today the 28 fan favorites from SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND who will compete in the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives this summer, on THE CHALLENGE: USA, premiering Wednesday, July 6 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Following the Network's 90-minute premiere, the inaugural broadcast of MTV's hit reality global franchise will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin is the host.

The all-star group of players who will take on the new challenge includes SURVIVOR winners Tyson Apostol, Ben Driebergen and Sarah Lacina, BIG BROTHER winner Xavier Prather, THE AMAZING RACE winner James Wallington and LOVE ISLAND winner Justine Ndiba.

Players have proven they can "outwit, outlast and outplay" their competition and "expect the unexpected," but now, for the first time in THE CHALLENGE history, they will compete in the most grueling mental and physical competitions they have ever faced. Upon arrival, the CBS reality titans are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly discover they must battle to keep and increase their handsome reward. In each episode, an algorithm pairs contestants who will face off to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents. This will not be an easy task, as they will be paired with a randomly selected competitor every episode, making alliances and strategies more difficult than ever. Players must adapt to survive the game and protect their challenge accounts. With the $500,000 grand prize and title of Challenge Champion on the line, players will be in a constant state of paranoia, unable to trust anyone but themselves.

Plus, in addition to the prize money, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA will be competing for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP (working title) that will stream exclusively on Paramount+, further highlighting Paramount's strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company's global platforms.

Following are the players competing on THE CHALLENGE: USA:
- Domenick Abbate SURVIVOR 36
- Azah Awasum BIG BROTHER 23
- David Alexander BIG BROTHER 21, 22
- Tasha Fox SURVIVOR 28, 31
- Tyson Apostol SURVIVOR 18, 20, 27 Winner, 40
- Kyra Green LOVE ISLAND 1
- Cashel Barnett LOVE ISLAND 1
- Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER 23
- Ben Driebergen SURVIVOR 35 Winner, 40
- Sarah Lacina SURVIVOR 28, 34 Winner, 40
- Melvin "Cinco" Holland Jr. LOVE ISLAND 3
- Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER 23
- Danny McCray SURVIVOR 41
- Justine Ndiba LOVE ISLAND 2 Winner
- Enzo Palumbo BIG BROTHER 12, 22
- Cayla Platt THE AMAZING RACE 33
- Xavier Prather BIG BROTHER 23 Winner
- Cashay Proudfoot LOVE ISLAND 3
- Leo Temory THE AMAZING RACE 23, 24, 31
- Angela Rummans BIG BROTHER 20
- Javonny Vega LOVE ISLAND 3
- Shannon St. Clair LOVE ISLAND 3
- James Wallington THE AMAZING RACE 32 Winner
- Shan Smith SURVIVOR 41
- Kyland Young BIG BROTHER 23
- Desi Williams SURVIVOR 35
- Derek Xiao BIG BROTHER 23
- Cely Vazquez LOVE ISLAND 2.

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posted 6/14/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Trilogy of Error"

  • Joe Tessitore on the mic laughing about a boxer shadow boxing and disoriented... who died after his fight (Awful Announcing)

  • Janelle James afraid of making a mistake in front of Sheryl Lee Ralph... as is everyone (EW)

  • Amy Schneider had a hell of a first pitch. You didn't see it if you watched the Fox Sports feed (Yahoo!/NBC News Out)

posted 6/14/2022

MTV Launches a "Shore" Thing
"All Star Shore" To Bring Competition to the Party
From TV Line

The next big reality competition series coming to Paramount+ is essentially Jersey Shore meets Love Island meets RuPaul's Drag Race meets… so much alcohol.

Premiering on Wednesday, June 29, All Star Shore will pit 14 international reality stars against one another for a brutal "party competition series," featuring challenges like "Party Pong" and "Shots and Found."

The following reality stars have been tapped to compete: Angelina Pivarnick (Jersey Shore), Bethan Kershaw (Geordie Shore), Blake Horstmann (Bachelor in Paradise), Chloe Ferry (Geordie Shore), Giannina Gibelli (Love Is Blind), James Tindale (Geordie Shore), Joey Essex (The Only Way Is Essex), Johnny Middlebrooks (Love Island), Karime Pindter (Acapulco Shore), Luis "Potro" Caballero (Acapulco Shore), Marina Gregory (The Circle: Brazil). Ricardo Salusse (Rio Shore), Trina Njoroge (Love Island) and Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo (RuPaul's Drag Race).

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posted 6/13/2022

Critics Choice: And The Winners Were...
"Drag Race", "Top Chef", "Jeopardy!" Rule Their Respective Categories
From the Futon Critic

VH1 stalwart RuPaul's Drag Race and Bravo veteran Top Chef tied for Best Competition Series and led the field with three wins apiece Sunday night at the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

Bravo topped all networks with five trophies, including one for Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi as Best Show Host for Hulu's Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef.

The hardware was handed out during an in-person ceremony hosted by the Sklar Brothers at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Selena + Chef host Selena Gomez took the fan-voted Female Star of the Year award, and Robert Irvine of Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible was named Male Star of the Year.

Showtime's We Need to Talk About Cosby won for Best Limited Series, Jeopardy! took Best Game Show, and Netflix's Love Is Blind bagged Best Relationship Show. Bravo's Project Runway Won for Best Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty.

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posted 6/13/2022

FRIDAY: Celtics 2, Warriors 2
ABC Wins on Game 4
From Deadline

The National Basketball Assn. topped Friday's ratings by a healthy margin, the game coming in with a 2.3 and 7.95 million viewers in the early results. Those numbers may go up when finalized. In the Friday game, the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It's now down to the best 2 out of 3 in what's sure to be a drama-filled slate of games. Also doing well for ABC on Friday was the pre-game Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which came in with an early 1.1 and 5.54 million viewers, and the throat-clearing NBA Countdown, which had a 1.0 and 4.44 million count.

What's not up for debate is that the rest of the field on Friday night performed admirably in the face of stiff competition. The WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Fox held its own, down just a tick to an 0.4. At NBC, Dateline had a solid 0.4 for its examination of the murder of chef Daniel Brophy. The Peacock Network started the night with a rerun of perennial summer fave American Ninja Warrior. CBS saw reality dance competition Come Dance with Me deliver an 0.2, up from last week in demos and audience size. That was trailed by Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods reruns. The CW had a busy night, as the series finale of Charmed brought in an 0.1 and 0.43 viewership, both numbers up impressively. The audience stuck around for two segments of World's Funniest Animals, both humming with an 0.1.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49):
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 470k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 362k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 348k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 176k/0.05

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posted 6/13/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "This Anniversary Is Going to Be Legen... Wait for it..."

  • Neil Patrick Harris is going to be the Doctor's worst enemy (TV Line)

  • John Cena makes good for Ukrainian teenager (Deadline)

  • Jeff Probst admits Survivor need a refresh to be fresh (The Wrap)

  • Haley FErguson married hockey (Reality TV World)

  • James Corden wants to go back to Britain after "Late Late Show" run wraps (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ryan Long (Do You Remember?)

  • DARY! LEGENDARY!

posted 6/13/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Meet My Girlfriend"

  • Rebel Wilson comes out on Instagram (TMZ)

  • Becca Tilley updates her relationship status (E!)

  • Lauren Bushnell trying to remain optimistic after pregnancy complications (People)

  • Tayshia Adams leaves the door open to hosting "Bachelorette" again (Entertainment Tonight)

  • "Family Feud" champions pay it forward (Toledo Blade)

posted 6/10/2022


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