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Drag Me To ... Showtime?
"Drag Race All-Stars" to Air Special Edition on Pay Network
From the Futon Critic

For the first time ever, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars will air on SHOWTIME, premiering a new special edition on Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on-air, streaming and on demand. RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars gives viewers the chance to catch their favorite queens as they return for a second attempt to earn the crown, win a cash prize of $100,000 and garner a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame." The special edition of All Stars will follow the season finale of the Emmy(R) Award-winning RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1.

"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is a culture-defining show that fits perfectly within the contemporary programming SHOWTIME offers in both scripted and unscripted," said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. "We are excited to take advantage of our relationship with our new sister company VH1 to present a special edition of this sensational series and bring in this passionate and robust fanbase. It's the latest example of how we can leverage our combined portfolio to provide new experiences for our audience."

"With a large and loyal following, we believe this franchise will be additive to Showtime's subscriber dynamic, which is why we will air a special new season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' on Showtime on a first window basis," Bob Bakish, the president and CEO of Showtime's and VH1's common parent company ViacomCBS, said during the company's Q4 earnings conference call on Thursday.

The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 2/20/2020

WEDNESDAY: Donkeys and Elephants
Fox, CBS Draw
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (7.017 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.096 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

A close second went to NBC (8.442 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with a repeat "Chicago Med" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) followed by the "Democratic Candidates Debate" (10.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), the penultimate "Criminal Minds" (5.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and the final "Criminal Minds" (5.346 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Schooled" (2.927 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.260 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Single Parents" (2.229 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Stumptown" (2.228 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Howie Mandel's 5th Annual All-Star Comedy Gala" (0.826 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.563 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 783k/0.21
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 620k/0.17
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 446k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 338k/0.04
- Blind Date - 11:30p (Bravo): 151k/0.05
- Blind Date - 11p (Bravo): 130/0.04

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/20/2020

TUESDAY: "Games" People Play
CBS, NBC Draw
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.258 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.605 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "This Is Us" (6.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.751 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

CBS (9.078 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (11.797 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "FBI" (9.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "The Conners" (5.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Bless This Mess" (3.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.511 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Black-ish" (2.357 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "For Life" (2.578 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.836 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.918 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.101 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.735 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Chopped - 9p (Food): 836k/0.25
- Chopped - 10p (Food): 738k/0.24
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 664k/0.19
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 482k/0.15
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 456k/0.22
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 473k/0.23
- Hot Ones The Game Show (P/truTV): 400k/0.20

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/20/2020

Harder, Better, Faster, Bot-ter
50 Hours of "Battlebots" Coverage Begins on Discovery May 15
From the Futon Critic

The epic, robot-fighting series BattleBots returns bigger than ever before - with an unprecedented 50 hours of programming on Discovery. Competitors from around the world will face off to prove who is the ultimate robot-building genius when an all-new season of BattleBots returns on Friday, May 15 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

This season, BattleBots will host the largest international field in its 20-year history, as over 80 robots from a dozen countries will attempt to win the sport's most prestigious prize, The Giant Nut. This year's builders will stop at nothing to take down the competition with custom-made weaponry like metal-scorching flamethrowers, hydraulic flippers and spinning blades with speeds reaching more than 200 mph. Fans will also witness never-seen-before technology, such as robots that can walk on legs and new designs to withstand even bigger blows.

"BattleBots is the perfect combination of engineering wit, cutting-edge design and adrenaline pumping entertainment," said Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming Discovery Factual & Head of Content, Science. "It's the perfect show for the entire family to watch together. We're incredibly excited to work with the teams at BattleBots and Whalerock to bring it back bigger than ever before. Fans will be blown away by what they see."

"For our fans there are two times of year: Robot Fighting Season, and waiting for Robot Fighting Season," said Chris Cowan, Executive Producer, Whalerock Industries. "We couldn't be prouder that our partner Discovery has dramatically increased our programming block to satisfy our legions of dedicated fans. The quest to crown this year's most dominant combat robot is on!"

"This massive order of 50 new hours is an incredible achievement for a 20-year-old brand; we're thrilled, and so are our millions of fans worldwide. Let the bot battles begin!" said Trey Roski, Co-Creator and Executive Producer for BattleBots Inc.

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian will be back once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Faruq Tauheed will be back as the ring announcer. Production is set to begin on April 3, in Long Beach, Calif.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/20/2020

Going for Gold
A New Season of "The Great Food Truck Race" Gets Rolling March 26
From the Futon Critic

Seven teams of aspiring food truck owners go head-to-head with larger-than-life backdrops and big-money opportunities on the new season of The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast, premiering Thursday, March 26th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Tyler Florence, each episode features the teams rolling up to a new city as they race to face new challenges, cook incredible dishes and, as always, try to outsell the competition over six episodes, with the winning team taking home the $50,000 prize.

The Great Food Truck Race kicks off in Los Angeles, with stops in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Las Vegas. "Tyler Florence deftly leads these aspiring food truck owners on an action-packed and exhilarating road trip with stops along the California Gold Coast, giving viewers what they have come to love about The Great Food Truck Race - high-stakes action and big personalities," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/20/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Samurai 7 (Divided by 3.5)"

  • CASTING COUCH: Mental Samurai season 2 (Casting Crane)

  • The Taco is definitely NOT ... this guy. (TV Line)

  • Amie Harwick's killer is facing the death penalty (Deadline)

posted 2/20/2020

Bethenny's Looking for a "Big Shot"
New Reality Competition Greenlit at HBO Max
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny (wt), a new competition series from MGM Television, Mark Burnett, and reality TV veteran and producer Bethenny Frankel and her B Real Productions. In each half-hour episode, the next generation of business moguls will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to business tycoon and Skinnygirl founder Frankel, and win a coveted position working on her executive team. In business and in life, Frankel never settles and only accepts excellence. Through a series of real-life tasks and challenges, each aspiring mogul will be tested to see how far they can push their creativity and determination to rise to the top.

"I first met Bethenny when I put her on the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City and she's always both impressed and entertained me," says Jennifer O'Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max. "It's incredible to see her empire continue to grow and I know that candidates will be clamoring to work for her."

"Bethenny is that rare talent whose creative instincts are equal to her business acumen and working with her to create this series has been an amazing collaboration," said Barry Poznick, MGM's President of Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television. "We're giving fans what they want, access inside Bethenny's businesses so they can see how she runs her empire, all while offering one fan the chance of a lifetime to join her executive team. We've found the perfect home in HBO Max to bring this exclusive opportunity to viewers."

Added Frankel: "Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible. My mantra is to come from a place of 'yes' and to find and create the solution. I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn't be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward."

THe Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 2/19/2020

Return to the North Pole
New Reality Competition Greenlit at HBO Max
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon has renewed some of its biggest franchises and hit series for the 2020-21 season:

·· Top Elf (Season 2, 5 episodes) - Set in the North Pole, all-new talented kid "elf-testants" are paired with Santa's elves in a series of physical challenges, as they compete for the title of Top Elf and a wishlist of prizes for their community.

THe Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 2/19/2020

Be Our Chef, Be Our Chef, Put Our Service to the... Tef?
Angela Kinsey to Host New Kids' Cookoff for Disney+
From Refinery29

Disney+'s newest show is like Great British Bake Off-meets-Food Network Challenge, except it's all Disney, and it's hosted by The Office's Angela Kinsey.

Forget the spread from Beauty and the Beast. On March 27th, the streaming platform is adding a new show to its buffet of content that is more enticing than the "Eat Me" cookies from Alice in Wonderland and more tempting than the Snow White apple.

This cooking show is for the Disney-obsessives among us: Disney-loving contestants prepare Disney-inspired dishes to be judged by Disney's "legendary chefs" as well as celebrity guests judges from the Disney cinematic universe. The winning dish will become "the next great Disney Parks dish."

Two families face-off in every episode, and yes, Disney characters will be making appearances, Disney World-style. The winning dish will be added to menus across Disney parks worldwide.

Refinery29

Nerdist
Eater

posted 2/19/2020

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending February 9
From TV Newscheck

In a week where television was dominated by the impeachment trial of President Trump, court shows led by Judge Judy were syndication's ratings stars.

Despite being preempted in many markets by the Senate arguments and the president's response to the acquittal, Judy jumped 10% to a three-week high 6.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and was the top gaveler for the 1,220th straight week in the session ending Feb. 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 (CTD) 6.4 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8* +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 2/19/2020

Jimmy Tarbuck: I Have Cancer
"Winner Take All" Host Diagnosed with Prostate CAncer
From ITV NEws

Liverpool comedian, Jimmy Tarbuck, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The veteran comedian, 80, said during an appearance on ITV's Good Morning Britain that he is going to "try and beat it".

He said men can be too "shy" to get tested as he urged viewers: "All men out there watching, and all wives, get your husbands to go for the tests. I think after 50, just have a test, let them have a look at you. "You will be relieved and be with your families for extra years."

He added: "I feel great. I'm on the telly and I'm having a good time.

"What do I do? Do I say 'No. I haven't got it'? Own up."

ITV News

The Times
Chortle

posted 2/19/2020

MONDAY: Bachelor, AGT Butt Heads
ABC, NBC Draw
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.129 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) remained the demo champ on Monday with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (6.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (6.309 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) was the most-watched broadcaster with the season finale of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (7.571 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) plus a new "Manifest" (3.785 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (6.688 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.582 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.063 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "All Rise" (5.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (6.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a new "All American" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a repeat "Black Lightning" (0.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.021m/0.23
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 715k/0.20
- Girl Scout Cookie Championship (Food): 709k/0.21
- Spy Games (Bravo): 317k/0.10 .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/2020

SUNDAY: "Idol", The Highest Title
Season Premiere Gives ABC the Demo, CBS Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the return of "American Idol" (8.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a repeat of "For Life" (2.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

The silver went to FOX (1.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.128 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.463 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) followed by a new "The Simpsons" (1.965 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), the debut of "Duncanville" (1.514 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) as well as originals from "Bob's Burgers" (1.508 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Family Guy" (1.615 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (8.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "God Friended Me" (5.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.025 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and the relocated "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.378 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.651 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) alongside the formal debut of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.019 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and the season opener to "Good Girls" (1.991 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.859 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "Supergirl" (0.668 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

On cable Friday (total numbers/A18-49)
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 585k/0.14 .

On cable Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.001m/0.26
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 772k/0.17
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30 (Food): 747k/0.15


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Drew Carey Takes (BLEEPING) Action"

  • Drew Carey shares domestic violence petition (USA Today)

  • Amie Harwick's brother wants an apology from Wendy Williams. You and America, sir. (9 Celebrity)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things wanted for season 2 of "The Circle"... if Netflix greenlights it. (Screenrant)

  • Lance Bass defiantly states... I am not a turtle (The Wrap)

posted 2/19/2020


NBC/WarnerMedia
"Game" Continues
Ellen's Game of Games Renewed for Season 4
From the Futon Critic

NBC has renewed its hit alternative series "Ellen's Game of Games" for a fourth season.

DeGeneres revealed the pickup this morning on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" during which she had audience members play the always messy "Danger Word" to celebrate.

"I'm so excited. I love this show so much," said DeGeneres. "It makes me so happy. I love games. It combines all my favorite things: prizes and surprises. I'm sure you've seen it but if you haven't, you've been missing out. We can't wait to get started on the next round of episodes."

Last season "Ellen's Game of Games" reached a total of more than 66 million viewers and scored as primetime's #1 game show. So far this season, the show is averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, and remains a strong family attraction, ranking tied for #4 among all primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 networks with kid viewers aged 2-11.

The series launched originally on Jan. 2, 2018 and ranked as the #1 new alternative show of the 2017-18 season in 18-49 and total viewers.

Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres with announcer Stephen "tWitch" Boss, "Ellen's Game of Games" recently returned to NBC for its third season on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).

The Futon Critic

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Daytime Confidential

posted 2/18/2020

More on "Hot Ones: The Game Show"
Catch It on TruTV Tonight!
From Delish

You're probably familiar with Hot Ones, the YouTube show where they get celebrities to eat insanely hot wings and answer increasingly difficult personal questions.

It's a blast to watch and has even helped to create viral moments like Paul Rudd's "Look at us" meme. But now the show is stepping off of YouTube and onto your TV screens with a whole new game show. (Don't worry—the YT eps will continue on per usual.)

The program is aptly titled Hot Ones: The Game Show and it's pretty different from its online counterpart. It's still hosted by First We Feast's Sean Evans, but instead of him sitting in a minimalist room, he'll be at the helm of a giant game show set complete with huge flames...casual. Another thing to note: He won't be eating the wings along with his contestants this time either. I am relieved for his insides, TBH.

The differences don't stop there. The contestants are not celebs, but teams of normal people. Instead of answering personal questions, they'll be answering trivia questions. From the looks of it, they won't be given napkins, water, milk, or ice cream either, and the results are TERRIFYING.

The contestants will go through four rounds of trivia questions with $25,000 and milkshakes as prizes. So the stakes are certainly higher. But it looks like the wings are even hotter too, as the hot sauces are a bit different from the ones featured on the YouTube show.

The first episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. on TruTV and will air weekly on Tuesdays, so toss some wings in hot sauce and get ready to play along...if you dare. .

Delish

Yahoo!
Decider

posted 2/18/2020


CBS/Fremantle
TPIR Production Halted for a Week
Drew Carey "Overcome with Grief" Over Ex-Fiancee's Murder
From Entertainment Weekly

The sudden death and alleged murder of therapist Amie Harwick has left Hollywood reeling.

In addition to her respected work as a sex and family therapist in the community, Harwick was once engaged to comedian and game show host Drew Carey. On Monday, a representative for Carey shared a statement with EW on his behalf. It read, "Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation. Thank you."

In the wake of the news of the tragedy, Fremantle Media has also confirmed to EW that they have postponed production of The Price Is Right for this week.

Carey has been host of the long-running game show since 2007, succeeding Bob Barker.

Harwick, who was 38, died on Saturday after reportedly falling from a balcony. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a former boyfriend of Harwick's, whom they believe attacked her after a restraining order against him had expired, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Entertainment Weekly

Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
TMZ
USA Today
Deadline
Deadline
Vulture
Deadline

posted 2/18/2020


Intermedia Labs
Extra Life?
After HQ Shuts Down, A Glimmer of Hope?
From CNN

Hold the phone, HQties — there might be a second act for HQ Trivia.

The once-buzzy live game-show app, whose audience had declined after peaking two years ago, shut down last week after the company ran out of money and a deal to sell it fell through.

Now Rus Yusupov, CEO of parent company Intermedia Labs, claims he has found a potential savior that could bring HQ Trivia back. "We have found a new home for HQ, with a company that wants to keep it running," Yusupov said in a tweet Tuesday, saying he "spent the weekend on the phone finding a new buyer."

He said it's not a done deal yet, "but I'm optimistic. In its new home, we should expect HQ to go through some changes, especially to cover expenses, and be less buggy."

After Intermedia ran out of cash last week, "we couldn't afford even severance for the 25 employees it pained me to let go," Yusupov wrote in the Twitter thread. With the prospective buyer, the company will be able to pay employees and contractors severance, while players will be able to cash out. Friday was a very hard day, according to the CEO.

When HQ launched in 2017, its first game HQ Trivia quickly attracted millions of people across the world who stopped whatever they were doing twice a day to play the game on their smartphones. The company was profiled by The New York Times and its original host Scott Rogowsky became a household name, appearing on programs like NBC's "Today" show.

But over the next year, the game's popularity faded and its parent company was hit with a series of setbacks. The company grappled with internal turmoil, including the death of HQ cofounder Colin Kroll, who died in December 2018 from a drug overdose.

CNN

Engadget
Variety
Mashable
Bloomberg
Digital Trends
ComicBook.com
CNET
MarketWatch
GameRant
CBR
WinkReport
Pedestrian.TV
GameRant
TechCrunch
ComicBook.com
Brinkwire
Gamasutra
Metro
The Drum
Variety
Wall Street Journal
Mic
Mashable

posted 2/18/2020


The Source

JA'NET DuBOIS: 1945-2020
"Good Times" Actress Played Games During the 1970s
From TV Line

Ja'net DuBois, best known for her role as Good Times' Willona Woods, died on Tuesday at the age of 74, TMZ reports. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

DuBois rose to fame as Florida and James Evans' next-door neighbor on the aforementioned Norman Lear sitcom, which ran from 1974-1979.

She also co-wrote and sang the iconic Jeffersons theme song "Movin' On Up."

Last December, Woods reunited with Good Times castmates Bernnadette Stanis (who played Thelma) and Jimmie Walker (J.J.) during ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience special. (Fellow series vet John Amos also took part in the special, starring alongside Viola Davis and Andre Braugher in a recreation of the classic Good Times episode "The Politicians.")

In addition to Good Times, DuBois played Ma Bell in Keenen Ivory Wayans' 1989 blaxploitation film parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. She also recurred in the '90s sitcom The Wayans Bros. as Grandma Ellington, and gave voice to Mrs. Avery on the animated series The PJs — a role that earned her two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.

Additional TV credits included episodes of A Different World, Crossing Jordan, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Facts of Life, The Golden Palace, Home Improvement, The Love Boat, Moesha, Cold Case and Touched by an Angel.

In the game show sphere, DuBois played Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Celebrity Bowling, and All Star Secrets.

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posted 2/18/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or ".. Before You Tell Him Goodbye"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart" (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Love Is Blind" breakup hilarious, but also "remarkably sad" (O: The Oprah Magazine)

  • Alex Trebek has a message for all the fighters out there... (O: The Oprah Magazine)

  • Is "Millionaire Hot Seat" in the hot seat? (WSFM 101.7 Australia)

  • Missed your shot at the Jeopardy! Test? Now you can take it ANYTIME. (Jeopardy.com)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the first out transgender woman in "Blind Date" history (The Wrap)

posted 2/18/2020


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CAROLINE FLACK: 1979-2020
"Love Island" UK Host
From TV Line

The UK edition of Love Island resumed its season on Monday, after hitting pause in the wake of former presenter Caroline Flack's death by suicide late last week, at the age of 40.

Monday's episode opened with a picturesque montage of waves, shores and beaches (embedded in the link below), as longtime Love Island narrator Iain Stirling said, "We are all absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away. Like many of you, we are just trying to come to terms with what happened."

"Caroline, I want to thank you for all the fun times we had making our favorite show," Stirling said in closing. "You were a true friend to me."

The family also provided the following statement to Sky News, which reads as follows:

"We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, 15 February. We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us."

Flack presided over Love Island UK — which streams Stateside on Hulu — through Season 5. She was removed as host in December and replaced by Laura Whitmore, following allegations that she assaulted her boyfriend, English tennis player Lewis Burton.

She was set to stand trial on March 4.

She started out as an actress on the British sketch-comedy series Bo' Selecta! in 2002. She eventually made a career for herself as a television and radio personality, presenting on such reality series as Escape From Scorpion Island, Gladiators and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! Flack went on to co-host the X Factor companion series The Xtra Factor, then presided over Season 12 of X Factor proper, alongside Olly Murs. In 2014, she won Season 12 of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Pasha Kovalev.

ITV has postponed another episode of Love Island following the death of Caroline Flack but the show will return on Monday night with a tribute to the former presenter.

The British broadcaster said that the decision had been made after "careful consideration" between Flack's representatives and the Love Island production team. The British commercial broadcaster did not air Love Island: Unseen Bits on Saturday night, and there had been suggestions that the network would pull the plug on the series, which is due to end on February 23. It is understood that ITV execs spent much of Sunday discussing what to do following Flack's death.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 announced that it will not broadcast a new show fronted by Flack, called The Surjury, which wrapped filming late last year. Produced by Gobstopper Television, it was Flack's first show for Channel 4 and featured a 12-strong jury of the public deciding if people get the cosmetic surgery they've always dreamed of.

ITV director Kevin Lygo responded with a statement saying, "Caroline was part of Love Island from the very beginning and her passion, dedication and boundless energy contributed to the show's success. After Caroline stepped down from the show, ITV made it clear that the door was left open for her to return and the Love Island production team remained in regular contact with her and continued to offer support over the last few months."

"Caroline loved Love Island and was very vocal in her support of the show," Lygo added. "Viewers could relate to her and she to them and that was a big part of the programme's success. We will all miss her very much.".

If you are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, or believe that a friend or loved one is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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posted 2/17/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Baby in Paradise"

  • Jenna Cooper reveals she's having a baby (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Catch 21 is casting for season 2 (KLAS Las Vegas)

  • ... We're still not sure what Victoria Fuller is apologizing for. In other news, Victoria's only in this for the exposure. (Heavy)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Celebrity Mastermind Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Fresh from apologizing for the last dumb thing she said, Wendy Williams says another dumb thing. (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sarah Purcell (AmoMama)

posted 2/17/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"

  • Masked Singer UK bows out with 6.4 million (Deadline)

  • Bachelor Nation has its first broken marriage (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (WSFX Wilmington)

posted 2/16/2020

CBS Found Love
"Love Island" Season 2 Drops May 21
From the Futon Critic

CBS delivered a Valentine's Day message today, announcing the second season of LOVE ISLAND will kick off with a two-hour premiere Thursday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Following the premiere, one-hour episodes will air six nights per week (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), including five originals plus a new weekly recap show on Saturdays. Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders for the U.S. version of the international reality sensation.

The series is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company.

Casting is now open for singles across America looking for their own sizzling summer love - visit https://www.cbs.com/casting/ for details.

For information on the open casting call in Minneapolis, Minn. (Feb. 15) visit www.wcco.com/loveisland and Orlando, Fl. (March 4) visit https://www.clickorlando.com/features/2020/02/10/news-6-holds-love-island-casting-call-in-orlando/. .

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posted 2/14/2020

Zoe Lyons the "Lightning" Lady
Comedian to Host New Show For BBC Two
From Variety

The BBC has tapped stand-up comic Zoe Lyons to host "Lightning," a fast-paced afternoon entertainment show to be broadcast on BBC Two.

Mixing elements of the traditional game show and quiz show, "Lightning" will have six contestants battling it out over six frenetic rounds, answering trivia questions and undertaking physical trials while trying to avoid a roving spotlight that will instantly eliminate whomever it lands on. Award-winning comic and one-time "Survivor" contestant Zoe Lyons will play host, guiding the players towards an ultimate prize of £3,000 ($3,900).

"It's incredibly exciting to be the host of 'Lightning,'" says Lyons. "It's a dream job for me as I'm a massive quiz fan and – unlike the contestants – I love being in the spotlight."

This 25 x 30' format was created by Banijay Group's Fizz (part of RDF) and the Belfast-based Nice One Productions. The two previously collaborated on BBC Three's "Fight Dirty," working under a co-development and co-production partnership meant to spur television outside of London and south-east England.

"Lightning" will film in Northern Ireland with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Executive producers are Neale Simpson (Fizz) and Chris Jones (Nice One). It was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC head of daytime and early peak, and Muslim Alim, commissioning editor for BBC daytime and early-peak. .

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posted 2/14/2020

WGA Trying to End Stalemate
Goodman Cites "Substantive Discussions"
From Deadline

WGA president David A. Goodman told members Friday that the guild has had "substantive discussion with all but one" of the five biggest talent agencies about making deals that could end the guild's 10-month battle over packaging fees, adding that "those we have spoken to have said directly to me they would like to make a deal." He didn't say which of the five agencies has refused to talk.

In his latest message to the writers guild's members, Goodman said the guild continues to "place pressure" on the holdouts who refuse to sign its franchise agreement "by pursuing the lawsuit, by negotiating with the smaller agencies, and by withholding their ability to represent writers. The goal remains in sight: to realign all our representatives' financial interests with their writer clients by ending packaging fees and curtailing agency ownership of production."

The guild is currently in a legal battle with three of the biggest agencies – WME, CAA and UTA – in which both sides accuse the other of antitrust practices. Goodman also disputed "rumors" that many writers have returned to their unsigned agents, and challenged the notion that the battle with the agencies has weakened the guild going into its talks with the major studios and production companies for a new film and TV contract.

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posted 2/14/2020

THURSDAY: CBS, ABC Split Night
Young Sheldon Gives CBS Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.075 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held the demo line on Thursday thanks to its trio of "Station 19" (5.979 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.698 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (5.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.835 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "The Unicorn" (6.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Mom" (6.255 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.867 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Tommy" (4.408 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was FOX (3.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (3.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Outmatched" (2.174 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Deputy" (3.384 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.342 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.790 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Will & Grace" (1.957 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Indebted" (1.527 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.324 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, week two of "Katy Keene" (0.557 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) and a new "Legacies" (0.623 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) closed out the evening on The CW (0.590 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.189m/0.22
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 298k/0.15


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posted 2/14/2020

More on "Supermarket Stakeout" Season 2
Catch It on Food Network March 17
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's hit series Supermarket Stakeout, where the action begins when unsuspecting customers leave the store aisles and luck, negotiation and cooking skills are the ingredients to win, returns for a second season of fast-paced pop-up culinary battles on Tuesday, March 17th at 10pm (all times ET/PT).

Hosted by Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli and shot on-location at supermarkets around the country, each episode features four talented chefs who must ambush shoppers as they exit the store and blindly bid on their grocery bags without knowing what's inside. Over three themed rounds with a budget of only $500 and pop-up kitchen setups, the chefs can only cook with the items they are able to negotiate out of the customer's carts with persuasion and a little cold hard cash. A rotating panel of judges, which this season includes Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Molly Yeh, ultimately determine each week which competitor made the most successful menu and is awarded enough cash for a year's worth of groceries.

"Supermarket Stakeout quickly become a must-watch for our viewers in its first season and we are so excited to deliver another season this soon," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "You never really know what you are going to get in each episode - personality, luck and cooking all play a part, so each week's battle is filled with edge-of-your-seat unexpected results."

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posted 2/14/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Love"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Something having to do with Italian sausage (Yahoo!)

  • LIST ABUSE: Stuff you didn't know about "The Circle" (Nicki Swift)

  • Jameela Jamil accused of ... Munchausen Syndrome? (Paper)

posted 2/14/2020

For God... Country... and Drag
Check Out the Trailer for the New Season February 28
From the Futon Critic

Emmy(R) award-winning host RuPaul will be joined by an epic line-up of celebrities to help show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their life or "sashay away" in the new season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" premiering Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

Be there to witness the first group of queens as they join the ruvolution in an electrifying two week long premiere episode that will give the audience a more intimate look at each queen as they pledge their allegiance to the drag.

This season's guest judges consist of film, music, television, fashion and political icons including Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Leslie Jones, Normani, Jeff Goldblum, Daisy Ridley, Thandie Newton, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bloom, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Winnie Harlow.

The thirteen competing queens will give their all to impress the judges as they vie for the ultimate title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a grand prize of $100,000.

Previously announced queens include Aiden Zhane (Acworth, GA), Brita (New York, NY), Crystal Methyd (Springfield, MO), Dahlia Sin (Los Angeles, CA), Gigi Goode (Los Angeles, CA), Heidi N Closet (Ramseur, NC), Jackie Cox (New York, NY), Jaida Essence Hall (Milwaukee, WI), Jan (New York, NY), Nicky Doll (New York, NY), Rock M. Sakura (San Francisco, CA), Sherry Pie (New York, NY), and Widow Von'Du (Kansas City, MO).

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race" and up-to-date news, go to vh1press.com and follow RuPaul's Drag Race on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook for all the latest tea. Join the conversation using #DragRace.

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posted 2/13/2020

Daytime Emmys? There's An App for THat
NATAS Launches Dedicated Streamer
From Daytime Confidential

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will broadcast this year's Daytime Emmys on its new streaming app.

Variety reports that NATAS plans to launch the as-yet-unnamed service in the first quarter of 2020 - just in time to broadcast both the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards and the Sports Emmys.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said:

We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we're on it.

Per Variety, the app will work on "web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV."

Fans will also be able to find moments from past Daytime Emmys and other awards ceremonies, as well as new original shorts like "Behind the Emmy." The app will be free, at least at first, and without commercials.

Sharp added:

It is going to be there as a resource. Long term, I think we certainly see opportunities for ad support and/or sponsor support. That is not in the plan for launch day. I think our focus right now is really on building the content and building the audience. Then we'll look at the monetization path down the road. There are certainly opportunities for it, and it's something where in the engineering we are baking in. Monetization is not the focus, at least for 2020.


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posted 2/13/2020

WEDNESDAY: Masks and Winners
Fox, NBC Split Night; Survivor Keeps CBS Competitive
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (6.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "LEGO Masters" (3.591 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

NBC (7.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Chicago Med" (8.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.974 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with the two-hour launch of "Survivor: Winners at War" (6.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) plus a new "Criminal Minds" (3.945 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.951 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.881 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Schooled" (2.895 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Modern Family" (3.720 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Single Parents" (2.473 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Stumptown" (2.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a rebroadcast of "Katy Keene" (0.314 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.497 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

ON cable (total viewers/A18-49 rating)...
- Guy's Grocery Games - 9p (Food): 725k/0.22
- Guy's Grocery Games - 10p (Food): 644k/0.21
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 629k/0.16
- Get a Clue (GSN): 341k/0.03
.

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posted 2/13/2020

Who Will Be The Gamemaster?
Wil Wheaton to Host
From the Hollywood Reporter

A new esports reality competition series hosted by Wil Wheaton is coming this spring.

GameMaster places 12 amateur, aspiring esports athletes under one roof where they will live together and compete for a $100,000 grand prize. Each week, a contestant will be sent home with the season culminating in a one-on-one battle between the top two competitors. The nine-episode season will debut on an unspecified streaming service.

GameMaster is produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions and powered by Santa Clara tech company AMD.

Outside of his work on the big and small screen (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Big Bang Theory), Wheaton has a history in video games, having voiced roles in titles such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fallout: New Vegas. On March 15, he will host the SXSW Gaming Awards at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and host a GameMaster panel alongside exec producer and show creator John Colp, exec producer Laurie Lockliear, and head writer Michael Sokolon on March 21.

"GameMaster takes the love of gaming and elevates it to a whole new level through the first immersive, multi-platform, head-to-head competition for both casual and diehard gaming fans," says Colp. "Our players won't play the same game from noon to night. They will play different games throughout and, at the end, the person who has the best cumulative score will be crowned the champion."

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posted 2/13/2020

Dancing with the Star (TV)
Greek Network Picks Up Format
From C21 MEdia

Greek broadcasters have been shopping for formats at BBC Studios (BBCS), with one deal giving talent show hit Dancing With The Stars a new home in the country. The format, known as Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and one of BBCS's biggest hits worldwide, has been licensed to Star TV, where the first of two seasons will debut this autumn. The deal marks the seventh and eighth seasons of the show in the Greek market, following six earlier seasons on rival network ANT1, produced since 2010 by the broadcaster's in-house prodco Ena Productions.

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posted 2/13/2020

Speaking of "Masked Singer"
Live Tour Heads on the Road
From TV Insider

Get your masks ready: The Masked Singer is coming to a city near you.

On tonight's episode of the hit Fox singing competition, it was announced that The Masked Singer National Tour will hit the road in 2020, kicking off in Detroit, MI, on May 28 before zigzagging its way to more than 45 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.

The live show will feature two celebrity guest hosts, as well as one local celebrity who will be in a top-secret disguise, keeping the audience guessing until they are unmasked at the end of the night. Audiences can also expect to see their favorite characters brought to life onstage, as well as surprise celebrity guests, new performances, and a can't-miss spectacular live show for audiences of all ages, according to a release announcing the news.

"As the formation of FOX Alternative Entertainment allowed us to bring production of The Masked Singer under the FOX banner, we can now explore new and exciting ways to grow this hit franchise," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment in a statement.

"The Masked Singer National Tour is a perfect example of this growth and, more importantly, a fun way for us to bring The Masked Singer and its beloved characters to fans and families across the across the country, live and in person."

Right Angle Entertainment, the company behind the live stage productions of Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent, and The Bachelor, is producing the tour alongside Guy Phillips, with Mark Swanhart set to direct.

For more information, including the full tour schedule and ticket information, check out www.themaskedsingertour.com. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at LiveNation.com.

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posted 2/13/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Celebrity Feud Rocks!"

  • Joining Jonathan Mangum & Wayne Brady on the Feud this summer? Fall Out Boy and Weezer (RockSound.TV)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Love Is Blind (Netflix) (Newsweek)

  • ViacomCBS about to get a visit from the Pink Slip Express (The Wrap)

  • Mike Darnell wants to bring "The Voice Kids" to the US... and doesn't think Love Island and The Bachelor can coexist... and also has that Sideshow Bob haircut still (Deadline)

  • "Survivor: Winners at War" is nothing without Richard Hatch. This coming from... Richard Hatch (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Miss Monster (THe Wrap)

posted 2/13/2020

Finally... A Triple Up.
NBC Sets Return Dates for "The Wall", "Songland"
From the Futon Critic

Two years after the season 2 finale, "The Wall" will return on Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

"The Wall," with Chris Hardwick returning as host, has changed people's lives, giving away more than $11 million to date. This season executive producer LeBron James has a game-changing twist to give away record-breaking money. Get ready for the all-new Superdrop, when all seven balls rain down in a waterfall drop that takes the total possible prize each night to over $13 million. But with more reward, comes more risk and the potential to lose it all. Every question and every decision could be the difference of millions of dollars in what is truly the most unpredictable show on television.

During the 2017-18 season, "The Wall" averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, for growth versus the show's next-day "live plus same day" results of +20% or +1.0 million persons in total viewers. "The Wall's" 2017-18 finale on Feb. 5, 2018 hit season highs to deliver the show's most-watched episode in more than a year, and has grown with delayed viewing since that telecast to a 1.72 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall.

"The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Meanwhile, NBC's groundbreaking series "Songland" is back for a second season beginning on Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The 10-episode series is an authentic peek into the creative process of songwriting and provides undiscovered songwriters the chance to pitch their original creations to top recording artists and a panel of the most sought-after producers in music - Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj), Shane McAnally (three-time Grammy-winning songwriter and producer of Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt with over 40 #1 country records and two-time ACM Songwriter of the Year) and Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic and four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer of Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Jonas Brothers) - in the hopes of creating the recording artists' next big hit songs.

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posted 2/12/2020

Unmasked in Russia
"Masked Singer" Heads Overseas
From Deadline

The Masked Singer bandwagon keeps moving at breakneck speed, with Russia the latest country to climb aboard the Korean entertainment show-turned global megahit.

Endemol Shine Group's Weit Media will produce a local version of the celebrity singing contest for free-to-air television channel NTV, with the nine-part series premiering in primetime next month. Endemol Shine North America first launched The Masked Singer for Fox last year, acting as a producer-for-hire on the format owned by Korea's MBC.

Endemol Shine stopped making the U.S. show after Fox opened an in-house production company in 2019, but the producer still makes versions in Mexico, Germany and Italy.

The Masked Singer has now been adapted in more than 50 countries after first premiering in Korea in 2015. Season 3 of the U.S. version launched with a record 23.7M viewers earlier this month in a prized slot following the Super Bowl, while the UK edition is also currently performing strongly for ITV.

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posted 2/12/2020

TUESDAY: Super-ish Tuesday
NBC Splits the Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 crown thanks to its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.534 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "This Is Us" (6.373 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

The silver went to CBS (8.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "FBI" (8.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.096 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.568 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "The Conners" (6.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Bless This Mess" (3.601 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Mixed-ish" (2.569 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.542 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and the debut of "For Life" (3.178 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat of "The Resident" (1.642 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a new "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.000 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.746 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) over on The CW (0.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Chopped - 9p (Food): 748k/0.20
- The Biggest Loser (USA): 659k/0.18
- Chopped - 10p (Food): 623k/0.17
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 486k/0.16
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 394k/0.20

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posted 2/11/2020

Mo Better Booze
Discovery Greenlights "Master Distiller" for March 3
From the Futon Critic

Three competitors. Three judges. One winning spirit. In an all-new Discovery Channel series, MASTER DISTILLER, America's top legal and outlaw distillers go head to head in the ultimate booze-making competition to see who has what it takes to join the ranks of the greats and win the title of Master Distiller.

The all-new series, MASTER DISTILLER, premieres Tuesday, March 3 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel after an all-new episode of MOONSHINERS at 9pm ET/PT.

Across the country, distillers carry on a centuries old tradition. While some operate on the legal side, others perfect their craft in the shadows and beyond the reach of the law. Now, these diverse distillers will compete to earn their place in liquor-making history.

Judged by three legendary Moonshiners - Mark, Digger and Tim of Discovery's MOONSHINERS - three competitors will faceoff each week in a series of challenges focused on making a specific type of spirit, including American whiskey, rum, gin, mountain brandy, and mezcal among others. Beyond the necessary amount of skill required to complete the challenges, these competitors will need to prove their knowledge of the craft and demonstrate profound creativity as they convert raw local ingredients into authentic, handcrafted spirits that will impress the most seasoned of distilling experts. The champion of each episode will receive a limited release of their winning recipe through Sugarlands Distilling Co.

With bragging rights on the line and a limited run of their winning product on the shelf, who will have what it takes to be named MASTER DISTILLER?

MASTER DISTILLER is produced for Discovery Channel by Magilla Entertainment. Executive producers for Magilla Entertainment are Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson, Jason Fox and Cristin Cricco-Powell. For Discovery Channel, executive producer is Bill Howard and associate producer is Paola Espinosa.

THe Futon Critic

posted 2/11/2020

MONDAY: Give a Little, Get a Little
ABC Wins the NIght
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.106 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the Monday champ thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (6.377 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (6.025 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) was the silver draw with its duo of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (7.167 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Manifest" (3.741 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Sharing the silver was FOX (4.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.682 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) with originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.436 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "All Rise" (5.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Bull" (6.318 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.812 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.653 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.732 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.097m/0.25
- CHopped Sweets (Food): 765k/0.21
- Girl Scout Cookie Challenge (Food): 732k/0.18
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 501k/0.05
- Spy Games (Bravo): 358k/0.13
- Get a Clue (GSN): 302k/0.04

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/11/2020

More on "Top Chef All-Stars LA"
Catch It on Bravo March 19
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef" jets to the City of Angels for Season 17 with All Stars LA, premiering with a supersized episode on Thursday, March 19 from 10 - 11:15 pm ET/PT. The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with 10 Finalists and 5 Front Runners, chasing the one thing that eluded them all -- the coveted title of "Top Chef."

It has been nine seasons since the first All Stars competition, and these chefs aren't holding any punches as they battle it out for the largest cash prize in "Top Chef" history. The chefs will compete across iconic locations in Los Angeles including the Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Coliseum, and for the first time in show history, an epic finale in Italy. The series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons, along with some of the biggest names in the culinary world, as well as some of your favorite celebrity foodies.

Beginning Thursday, March 26, Bravo Media's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for season nine as the eliminated chefs go head-to-head to try to cook their way back into the competition. Presented by BMW of North America, each week's episode will be available on Bravotv.com, On Demand or wherever you stream Bravo's "Top Chef" at the conclusion of each week's episode.

In this spectacular season, the chefs will be challenged on the biggest trends hitting the food stage in Los Angeles, including mastering Kaiseki for Michelin-winning chefs of N/Naka, creating a tribute for the Pulitzer Prize winning and critically acclaimed food critic, the late Jonathan Gold, and honoring one of the most influential restaurants in the country, Michael's in Santa Monica. Along with these celebrated names, the All Stars will get to cook for some of the biggest players in food, Olympic legends, as well as A-list celebs such as Ali Wong and Randall Park, Kelly Clarkson for a Quickfire challenge themed to her new DreamWorks Animation film Trolls World Tour, dynamic duo Jon Favreau and Roy Choi, music maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and LA legend and taco maven, Danny Trejo. And with the help of OpenTable to run the restaurants, Top Chef's signature elimination challenge Restaurant Wars is back with a two-part throw down you won't want to miss.

The cheftestants also must impress a host of culinary megastars including: Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Jeremiah Tower, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Cimarusti, Suzanne Goin, Ludo Lefebvre, Jeremy Fox, Timothy Hollingsworth, Hunter Lewis, Stephanie Izard, Brooke Williamson, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Sherry Yard, Carol & Niki Nakayama, Jonathan Waxman, Mauro Delgreco, Clare Smyth and Dario Cecchini.

The winning chef will earn the coveted title of "Top Chef," the largest cash prize ever, $250,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino(R) Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine and an appearance at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Also with "Top Chef" official beer sponsor, Peroni, contestants will have the chance to imbibe in style after their hard-won efforts in the kitchen.

This season, from the beach to the mountains, the competition heats up as the chefs go to sleepaway camp for the ultimate cookout-inspired challenge, sponsored by BUSH'S(R) Beans, and recreate a famous chef's dish while being guided by their family members over the phone, powered by wireless sponsor Metro by T-Mobile. Thanks to the spacious luxury of the BMW X7, with its Intelligent Personal Assistant, they'll arrive on time and in style to every destination.

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posted 2/11/2020

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending February 2
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the standout performers in an otherwise tepid session ending Feb. 2 as five days of impeachment hearings blacked out numerous shows in many markets.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 2/11/2020

Banijay Speeds Toward the Finish
$2.6 Billion Raised to Buy EndemolShine
From World Screen

Banijay Group (The Challenge, The Crystal Maze) has completed its refinancing drive to raise €2.4 billion ($2.6 billion) for the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group (Big Brother, MasterChef).

"Following positive feedback from the investor community, the business was oversubscribed and raised the full investment across euros and U.S. dollars with a maturity of five years; the necessary funds to refinance the group's existing debt, as well as that of ESG," the company said in a statement.

The financing includes €575 million ($627.8 million) senior secured notes due 2025; $403 million senior secured notes due 2025; €400 million ($436.7 million) senior notes due 2026; €453 million ($494.6 millio) term loan B facility; $460 million term loan B facility and €170 million ($185.6 million, equivalent) multicurrency Revolving Credit Facility.

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Realscreen

posted 2/11/2020

WEEKEND: And the Award Goes to...
Fox Wins Demo on "Masked Singer"/"LEGO Masters" Combo; NBC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (19.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday courtesy of "The Oscars Red Carpet Show" (15.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "The 92nd Annual Academy Awards " (20.521 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

CBS (4.273 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the second place draw with its repeat mix of "60 Minutes" (5.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3), "NCIS" (3.943 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.224 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with second runs of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

FOX (0.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "Outmatched" (0.801 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "The Simpsons" (0.945 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (0.952 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Family Guy" (1.026 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "Family Guy" (1.103 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Batwoman" (0.441 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.360 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.401 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- The Crystal Maze (Nick) 466k
- The Crystal Maze (Nicktoons): 158k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 967k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 646k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 644k

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posted 2/11/2020


NBC/Warner Bros. Television

PAULA KELLY: 1943-2020
"Night Court" Actress, Dancer Appeared on "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Paula Kelly, the actress, singer and dancer who starred in the film version of Sweet Charity and earned an Emmy nomination for her turn on Night Court, has died. She was 76.

Kelly had heart complications for many years and died Sunday in Inglewood, her nephew, Kyle Norton, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Kelly also appeared in such movies as The Andromeda Strain (1971), Cool Breeze (1972), Top of the Heap (1972), The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973), Soylent Green (1973), Uptown Saturday Night (1974) — as Leggy Peggy — and Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986).

After playing the dancer Helene on the London stage, Kelly reprised the role alongside Shirley MacLaine and Chita Rivera for the 1969 film adaptation of Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse in his feature debut (he also had guided it on Broadway). She sparkled in the numbers "Hey, Big Spender" and "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This."

"The only time I feel complete expression is when I'm dancing," Kelly said in a 1968 interview before she embarked on the movie. "Then, I have no problems, no worries, no hang-ups. I feel I could do anything in the world."

Kelly earned an Emmy nomination in 1984 for portraying public defender Liz Williams on the first season of the NBC sitcom Night Court and received another in 1989 for playing Theresa, one-half of a lesbian couple, on the ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place.

In 1984, she made her sole game show appearance toward the end of the run on NBC's "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour".

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Extra
Deadline

posted 2/10/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Dismissed Yet"

posted 2/11/2020


KTTV Los Angeles

ORSON BEAN: 1928-2020
Character Actor, Game Show Mainstay Struck, Killed
From KABC Los Angeles

Veteran actor Orson Bean was struck and killed by a car in Venice Friday night, a friend has told Eyewitness News. He was 91 years old.

Los Angeles police say a pedestrian was walking in the area of Venice Boulevard and Shell Avenue when he was clipped by one vehicle and fell.

Other bystanders tried to warn a second driver, but he also struck the pedestrian. Police say the second collision was fatal. Both drivers stayed at the scene.

"The car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him and he went down," said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling. "A second vehicle was coming up, was distracted by people trying to slow him down and then looked up and then a second traffic collision occurred and that one was fatal."

Police did not identify the pedestrian, but a friend of the veteran actor who witnessed the collision confirmed to Eyewitness News that Bean had been struck and killed.

Investigators say the initial indication is this was just a tragic accident. It appears Bean had come from between two vehicles when he was crossing the street and was not seen by the drivers.

Bean made more than 100 appearances in television and film in an acting career that spanned back to the 1950s. His credits include films such as "Being John Malkovich" and "Miracle on 34th Street" and TV shows like "Modern Family" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." He had a recurring role in "Desperate Housewives" from 2009 to 2012.

His game show appearances run the gamut between "Match Game", various incarnations of "PAssword", "To Tell the Truth", "Body Language", "The $10,000 Pyramid", "Hollywood Connection", "Break the Bank", "Tattletales", and "What's My Line?", to name a few. He also hosted the pilot to "Concentration" in the 1980s.

Bean had been married for 27 years to actress Alley Mills, best known as the mother in "The Wonder Years." Witnesses say she was at the scene.

The collision happened in front of the Pacific Resident Theatre, where both Bean and Mills were company members. Bean was crossing busy Venice Boulevard to the theater, where his wife was working, friends say.

Bean continued to perform into his 90s, appearing in the show "Superstore" and the film "The Equalizer 2" in 2018. Most recently, Bean and Mills had been performing in a play called "Bad Habits" at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, which just ended its scheduled run last week.

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posted 2/10/2020


NBC News

ROBERT CONRAD: 1935-2020
"Wild Wild West" Actor Played "Hollywood Squares"
From the Lisbon Morning Journal

Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Wild Wild West," died Saturday. He was 84. With his good looks and strong physique, Conrad was a rising young actor when he was chosen for the lead in "Hawaiian Eye." He became an overnight star after the show debuted in 1959. In "The Wild Wild West," which debuted in 1965, he was James T. West, a James Bond-like agent who used innovative tactics and futuristic gadgets (futuristic for the 1800s anyway) to battle bizarre villains. He was ably assisted by Ross Martin's Artemus Gordon, a master of disguise. The show aired until 1969. The series "Baa Baa Black Sheep" followed in 1976 and was roughly based on an autobiography by Marine Corps ace and Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, who wrote of the raucous fliers he commanded during World War II. Throughout Hollywood, Conrad had a reputation as a tough customer and was sued more than a half-dozen times as a result of fist fights. Playing himself in a 1999 episode of the TV series "Just Shoot Me," he lampooned his threatening, tough-guy persona. He was also featured in 1970s commercials for Eveready Batteries, with a battery on his shoulder, a menacing stare and a popular catchphrase, "I dare you to knock this off."

His game show appeareances include "Don Adams' Screen Test" in 1975 and "The Hollywood Squares" in 1978.

THe Lisbon Morning Journal
TV Line

posted 2/10/2020

Xed
ITV to Rest "X Factor" for 2020
From Deadline

The X Factor won't air on ITV in the UK this year as Simon Cowell figures out how to breathe new life into his once all-conquering talent show.

Cowell recently signed a five-year deal with ITV for Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor, with the plan being to broadcast a final season of the latter in 2020. But Cowell and ITV are now keen to rest the show until 2021.

A source said: "Simon is planning to rest The X Factor this year. He and the producers want to take a breath to really think through the show and how to reinvigorate it for the future. And they don't believe they can do that if they go straight into another cycle of the show this year."

They experimented with the format last year, launching X Factor: Celebrity and X Factor: The Band, but both shows failed to reignite the brand and turn around its falling ratings.

Deadline

Variety
Yahoo!

posted 2/10/2020

"Holey Moley" Jumps the Shark
Greg Norman Joins Australian Version; Rob Riggle to Host Along Brian "BT" Taylor
From 7News

Australian golfing legend Greg Norman will lead the cast of Channel 7's new miniature golf competition series Holey Moley, the blockbuster US smash hit set to premiere in Australia later this year.

One of the most successful golfers the world has ever seen, Greg will serve as Resident Golf Pro of the Holey Moley course and appear in every episode.

"Holey Moley is mini golf like you've never seen before and I couldn't be more excited to be part of this fresh, fun, new TV series," said Greg. "I look forward to joining the other incredible talent on the Holey Moley team and seeing all of the competitors in the 'Thunderdome' of mini golf. Let the games begin!"

The series will be hosted by American comedian/actor Rob Riggle (Step Brothers, The Hangover, The Other Guy), direct from the US version of Holey Moley. He'll also be alongside popular Australian commentator and presenter Brian 'BT' Taylor.

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posted 2/10/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Movie References"

  • COMING ATTRACTIONS: "The Bachelor" reenacts "Ghost" (TV Line) and "American Idol" reenacts "Almost Famous" (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: RuPaul on SNL (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Mariano (TV Line) and Sandra Diaz-Twine (TV Line)

posted 2/10/2020

THURSDAY: Building a Solid Foundation
Fox Wins Demo on "Masked Singer"/"LEGO Masters" Combo; NBC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (5.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.764 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (5.971 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) likewise remained the most-watched network with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (9.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "The Unicorn" (6.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (6.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the debut of "Tommy" (4.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

Next up was FOX (3.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (4.025 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Outmatched" (2.649 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Deputy" (3.468 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) served up the return of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.669 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.011 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), a new "Will & Grace" (2.331 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), the premiere of "Indebted" (2.108 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and an original "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the launch of "Katy Keene" (0.661 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and a new "Legacies" (0.615 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.264m
- Alone: The Beast (History): 646k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 384k

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posted 2/7/2020

Returning "Champion"
BYUTV, TVO Renew "All Round Champion" Ahead of Premiere
From C21 Media

Canada's TVOKids and BYUtv in the US have greenlit a second season of MarbleMedia's unscripted kids' series All-Round Champion, ahead of its season one premiere.

Hosted by Canadian Olympian and World Champion hurdler Perdita Felicien, the challenge series features 10 of North America's most celebrated young athletes as they compete in each other's sports. In S1 (11×60′), rising stars aged 12 to 15 from sports including swimming, golf and gymnastics test their abilities in a new discipline each episode and score points based on skill, sportsmanship and general improvement over the series. All contestants remain until the final episode when the scores are added up and one athlete is crowned All-Round Champion.

S1 premieres on BYUtv on March 19, followed by TVO on March 25. It will also air on Canada's Knowledge Network this summer.

In S2 (11×60′), the focus shifts to winter sports including snowboarding, speed skating and ski jumping.

MarbleMedia acquired the format rights for a North American version of All-Round Champion from Germany's Beta Film. It was originally created by NRK in Norway under the title Best I Mest. Producers for the North American version are Matt Hornburg, Mark Bishop and Steve Sloan from MarbleMedia; Michael Dunn, Andra Johnson Duke and Jim Bell from BYUtv; and Marney Malabar from TVO.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News

posted 2/7/2020

"All You Can Be in Your Life Is Honest With Yourself"
"The Cube" Host Phillip Schofield Comes Out
From Deadline

Phillip Schofield, one of the UK's best-known television presenters, has revealed that he is gay.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the married father of two daughters said questions about his sexuality had been "consuming him" for years. "With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay," he said.

Schofield, who presents tentpole ITV shows This Morning and Dancing On Ice, said on Friday that he has endured some "very dark moments" but has come to the conclusion that "being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud."

He added: "Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family." He added that he has enjoyed support from his This Morning co-presenter Holly Willoughby, "who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder."

Schofield also paid tribute to the "wonderful, supportive" teams he works with at ITV.

Schofield has been a fixture on British TV since 1985 when he started out in children's programming on the BBC. He has presented This Morning since 2002, and is a mainstay in ITV's primetime schedule, hosting shows including The Cube and All Star Mr & Mrs over the years.

Deadline

The Wrap
BBC News

posted 2/7/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wheeling Into the Weekend"

  • #ICYMI four letters. That's it. (UPROXX)

  • Andy Richter can't control his mouth. (The Wrap)

  • RuPaul's live from New York this weekend! (Billboard)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 most unintentionally hilarious J! responses (Screen Rant)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: WWII veterans posing with Vanna White (PopCulture)

posted 2/7/2020


The Undefeated

Ken Jeong Gets in the Game ... Finally.
"The Masked Singer" Judge to Bring "I Can See Your Voice" to the US
From the Futon Critic

FOX Entertainment has ordered the all-new music guessing game unscripted series I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE, hosted and executive-produced by comedian, actor and THE MASKED SINGER panelist Ken Jeong. Based on the South Korean format from CJ ENM, the series will be produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE) and will premiere later this year on FOX.

"Just like THE MASKED SINGER, I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE is a distinctive format that makes for a big, bold creative swing. And with Ken leading the charge as host, it's going to be another crazy ride for viewers," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment.

"I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE provides us with another show as we continue to build out FOX Alternative Entertainment's production slate." Jeong added, "As the smartest judge on THE MASKED SINGER, I am excited to be the host of I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE. I truly love working with Rob Wade, Craig Plestis and everyone at FOX Alternative, and I know EXACTLY what the next big FOX hit will be!"

Each week on the show, one contestant will have the chance to win a cash prize if he or she can tell the difference between the good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. Helping the contestant navigate through rounds of lip sync challenges, hilarious hidden clues and true-or-false evidence will be a panel of celebrity comedians/experts and a musical superstar. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck.

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Deadline
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Realscreen

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THe Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/6/2020

Jameela Jamil Strikes a Pose (Updated X2)
"Misery Index" Host to Judge "Legendary" for HBO Max
From the Wrap

HBO Max has named Dashaun Wesley as MC/commentator of its upcoming voguing competition series Legendary. The Misery Index host and The Good Place alum Jameela Jamil will head up the judges' panel alongside Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach and Leiomy Maldonado.

Jamil has clarified that she won't actually act as emcee on HBO Max's forthcoming ballroom competition show "Legendary" after facing some backlash from the LGBTQ community. "I am just one of the judges," the "Good Place" star wrote on Twitter.

"The brilliant @DashaunWesley is [the MC]. With help from the fabulous @TheOnlyMikeQ. I'm a long time fan of ballroom and just wanted to help this show get made to celebrate this beautiful community."

HBO Max announced Jamil as "MC and host" in a press release on Tuesday, along with the rest of the judging panel, made up of rapper Megan Thee Stallion, stylist and former "America's Next Top Model" judge Law Roach and "the Wonder Woman of Vogue" Leiomy Maldonado, alongside a weekly rotating guest judge.

Inspired by modern day ball culture, the series will see "divas battle on teams called Houses in fashion and dance challenges including vogueing for the chance to snatch the legendary trophy and win a cash prize," per HBO Max. Eight houses comprised of five performer and a house parent will compete in an arcing competition that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish.

The Wrap
The Wrap

Deadline

posted 2/6/2020

WEDNESDAY: Building a Solid Foundation
Fox Wins Demo on "Masked Singer"/"LEGO Masters" Combo; NBC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday with a new "The Masked Singer" (7.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and the debut of "LEGO Masters" (4.837 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

NBC (7.976 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.177 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.149 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.149 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a special "The Bachelor" (5.084 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) followed by a new "Stumptown" (2.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players" (3.876 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), a new "Criminal Minds" (4.328 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a second "Criminal Minds" (3.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (0.676 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Nancy Drew" (0.632 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 891k
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 693k
- Guy's Grocery Games - 10p (Food): 661k
- Guy's Grocery Games - 9p (Food): 647k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/6/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Size Matters"

  • Jameela Jamil takes the fight against sizeism to Hollywood (Deadline)

  • Regis Philbin still in love with Joy (The Epoch Times)

  • Jenny Ryan wants more women in quizzing, and you're going to sit there and disagree with her? Of course not. Unless you're a liar. (Stuff)

posted 2/6/2020

TUESDAY: Game Night
NBC Wins Demo on "Game of Games"; CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demp champ on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "State of the Union" (4.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "State of the Union Analysis" (3.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

FOX (3.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with a special "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.062 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) alongside its "State of the Union" (3.390 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "State of the Union Analysis" (2.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (5.912 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by "State of the Union" (4.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "State of the Union Analysis" (3.276 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

ABC (3.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) likewise opted for repeats of "The Conners" (4.079 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Bless This Mess" (2.901 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus "State of the Union" (3.622 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "State of the Union Analysis" (2.925 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.788 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5)..

On cable...
- Chopped - 10p (Food): 853k
- CHopped - 9p (Food): 802k
- THe Biggest Loser (Food): 801k
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 508k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 418k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/2020

Quibi Gets Another Game
FaZe Clan to Star in eSports Game Show
From NewsDio

Quibi has partnered with the popular esports team FaZe Clan in a new game show that would allow 6 subscribers of the new short-format streaming service to compete for a spot on the FaZe list.

The program is called "FaZe Up" and is an example of the new types of entertainment programs and games that Quibi is trying to attract younger demographics. For FaZe Clan, one of the dominant electronic sports franchises in popular culture, the game show is an opportunity to find new talent and extend the reach of your entertainment studio, gaming equipment and fashion line to another platform.

For Quibi, bribery is undoubtedly a way to gain audience. WndrCo, the parent company of Quibi, maintains production in its family of portfolio companies, as the show is being produced by the sports and entertainment media company backed by WndrCo, Whistle Sports.

"We've had an incredible partnership with FaZe and I couldn't be more excited to take it to new heights with this show, especially on a single platform like Quibi," said Michael Cohen, president of Whistle. "Whistle is about incorporating our fans into our content and, therefore, the fact that the Quibi public has the ability to participate and immerse themselves in this experience is really perfect."

NewsDio

Hypebeast

posted 2/5/2020

PokerGO Acquires High Stakes Poker
Deal Includes GSN Run, New Episodes
From B+C

Poker Central today announced the company's acquisition of the High Stakes Poker brand and assets for the successful poker cash game television show that ran on Game Show Network for seven seasons between 2006 and 2011. Following the acquisition, PokerGO will begin streaming episodes of High Stakes Poker in the coming months.

Poker Central is currently finalizing plans for the future of the series, including new episode distribution through PokerGO and potential broadcast and streaming partners.

High Stakes Poker participants include both professional and amateur poker players, with names like Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, and Daniel Negreanu appearing in all seven seasons.

The show featured high stakes No Limit Texas Hold'em with the minimum buy-in set at $100,000 in the first season and as high as $500,000 by the fourth season.

"High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program. With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate."

Mori Eskandani, who now serves as executive producer at Poker Central, produced all seven seasons of High Stakes Poker for Game Show Network, along with executive producer Henry Orenstein who created the series.

"High Stakes Poker was raw and natural, we just let the players play and that's what made it so special." said Mori Eskandani, PokerGO executive producer. "It's truly a dream come true to bring the series to a new generation of poker fans and players, and we expect even more action when the show returns with faces both new and old."

To watch classic High Stakes Poker episodes when they debut on PokerGO in the coming months, viewers may visit www.pokergo.com.

B+C

Poker News

posted 2/4/2020


On This Day

KIRK DOUGLAS: 1916-2020
Hollywood Legend Played "What's My Line", "Name That Tune"
From TV Line

Kirk Douglas, one of the last living survivors of the film industry's golden age, has died, People reports. The actor, best known for his iconic role in Spartacus, was 103 years old.

Douglas is survived by his wife Anne and his three sons: Joel, Peter and Michael Douglas.

Michael released a statement on Wednesday, which in part reads, "To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband."

Though he was mainly known for his work on the big screen, Douglas had many TV credits to his name, including a dozen made-for-TV movies: The Special London Bridge Special (1972), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973), Mousey (1974), Victory at Entebbe (1976), Remembrance of Love (1982), Draw! (1984), Amos (1985), Inherit the Wind (1988), The Secret (1992), Take Me Home Again (1994), and his last acting credit, Empire State Building Murders (2008). He also appeared in the miniseries Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers (1976) and Queenie (1987) and made guest appearances on The Lucy Show, Tales From the Crypt, Touched by an Angel and The Simpsons. Game show appearances include "What's My Line?", "The Name's The Same", and "Name That Tune".

Douglas was thrice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — first for his role as boxer "Midge" Kelly in 1949's Champion. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his five decades in the motion picture community. He was also nominated for three Emmys.

What's more, Douglas was the recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1968, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991, and the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He was also a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree.

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MSN
CBS News

posted 2/5/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Second Session"

  • Judge Jerry to remain on the bench (The Futon Critic)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Blind Date" returns with a four-way February 19. (The Futon Critic)

  • Nothing says Valentine's Day like a "Bachelor" alum joining the Chippendales... isn't that right, Jordan Kimball? (ScreenRant)

  • A look back at the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Parvati Shallow (TV Line)

posted 2/5/2020

MONDAY: One Full Night of The Bachelor
ABC Wins the Demo, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.612 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) led the demo race on Monday thanks to a full night of "The Bachelor" (5.612 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

FOX (4.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then got a Super Bowl boost to "9-1-1: Lone Star" (6.337 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Prodigal Son" (3.616 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (6.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Manifest" (3.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.011 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Neighborhood" (6.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.838 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "All Rise" (5.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (6.510 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, new episodes from "All American" (0.814 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Black Lightning" (0.732 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) closed out the night on The CW (0.773 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.092m
- Girl Scout Cookie Championship (P/Food): 884k
- Chopped Sweets (P/Food): 738k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 482k
- Spy Games (Bravo): 372k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/2020

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending January 26
From TV Newscheck

Kelly Clarkson, already the No. 1 new show of the season, scored its highest ratings since the week of Dec. 16 and put even more distance between it and every other rookie in the session ending Jan. 26.

Despite the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, and tons of preemptions for President Trump's impeachment hearings, which wiped out programming in many markets for the rest of the week, Clarkson climbed 18% from the prior frame to a first-place five-week high 1.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and surged 17% among women 25-54 to its highest demo score since the week of Sept. 30.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2* +3
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -3%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 1/29/2020

More on "LEGO Masters"
Catch It Tomorrow on Fox!
From Decider

If you're looking for a new feel-good, family-friendly reality show to get into, look no further than Lego Masters. The new Fox competition show pits teams of imaginative Lego builders against each other to see which brick-slingers are the best at what they do.

Chances are you saw a spot for the new show during the Super Bowl and you're incredibly curious about how a whole competition show can be built around Lego. You won't have to remain curious for much longer, as the show's premiere is fast approaching! Also, Lego built an entire movie franchise around itself, so a TV competition show doesn't seem like such a stretch!

Lego Masters premieres Wednesday on Fox.

Decider

posted 2/4/2020

Syfy Debates
Network Greenlights Comic-Con Spin-Off
From the Wrap

Syfy has picked up 12 episodes of a game show based on the hit Comic-Con panel "The Great Debate," the network announced Tuesday.

Hosted by comedian Baron Vaughn, who also hosted the panel, "Syfy Wire's The Great Debate" will feature a panel of celebrity guests and pose questions like, "Who'd be a worse boss, Darth Vader or Joker?" or "Would you rather have a Green Lantern ring or a Wizard Wand?"

The show is set to begin filming in Los Angeles next month, with an eye to premiere this summer. No guests have been announced, but past Comic-Con panel participants have included Orlando Jones, John Barrowman, Adam Savage, Aisha Tyler, Joe Manganiello, Thomas Lennon, Felicia Day and John Hodgman.

The show hails from B17 Entertainment, an Industrial Media company, with Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher serving as executive producers. T.J. Chambers is executive producer and showrunner. Syfy's programming slate currently includes the fifth season of "The Magicians," the upcoming fifth and final season of "Van Helsing," the long-delayed third season of "Wynonna Earp," as well as upcoming comedy series "Resident Alien."

THe Wrap

posted 2/4/2020

Spring Baking Championship Springs Again
Catch It on Food March 9
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's hit seasonal culinary competition Spring Baking Championship returns on Monday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT. Through nine episodes, 11 talented bakers are tested to create extraordinary, jaw-dropping spring treats for a chance to be crowned Spring Baking Champion and win the $25,000 grand prize during the double-episode finale on Monday, April 27th at 9pm & 10pm ET/PT.

In each episode host Clinton Kelly introduces the bakers to two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges that push the limits of their skills, imagination and ingenuity, as the bakers must impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale for a coveted spot in the finale to join the ranks of past winners! "Spring is a time when the cold and dreariness of winter starts to dissipate, giving way to beautiful weather and the vibrant colors of the season. Spring Baking Championship celebrates that and more with mesmerizing themed challenges and the incredible and edible creations crafted by this year's talented bakers," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/4/2020

WEEKEND: The Big Game After the Big Game
"Masked Singer" Hits Record HIgh After... Well, You Know.
From TV Line

FOX (78.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 23.9, #1) was of course the network to beat with its primetime portions of "Super Bowl LIV" (88.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 26.7, #1), "Super Bowl LIV Post-Game" (66.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 21.0, #2) and "The Masked Singer" (29.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 9.9, #3).

CBS (2.358 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "NCIS" (2.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "FBI" (2.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was ABC (1.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) and repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.744 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Shark Tank" (1.128 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and another "Shark Tank" (1.435 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) likewise opted for "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (1.091 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.117 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.353 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Batwoman" (0.304 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Supergirl" (0.296 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) on The CW (0.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Next year, it'll be CBS' turn.

On cable Friday...
- The Crystal Maze (Nick): 504k

On cable Saturday...
- Man vs. Bear (Discovery): 325k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 713k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 505k

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posted 2/4/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Super Mistake"

  • Paula Abdul tries to put the toothpaste back into the tube after mistaking Nicole Scherzinger for Shakira (Inquisitr)

  • Allison Wallach runs Fox's unscripted. (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeff Probst (WKMG Orlando)

posted 2/4/2020

Meet the Jeopardy! College Championship Class of 2020!
Class Is In Session April 6
From TV Line

Jeopardy! is bringing together 15 of the country's most studious students for the most important test of their lives. The game on show on Monday revealed the full roster for its 2020 College Championship, which will award one winner a $100,000 grand prize "and a berth in the next edition of the Tournament of Champions."

The games begin on Monday, April 6.

The complete list of participating students, presented in alphabetical order:

* Sophie Casarico, a junior at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) from St. Augustine, Fla.
* Joe Coker, a junior at Hendrix College (Conway, Ark.) from Conway, Ark.
* Tyler Combs, a senior at Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) from Greenfield, Ind.
* Marshall Comeaux, a sophomore at the University of Texas (Austin, Texas) from Dallas, Texas.
* Emma Farrell, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) from Telford, Pa.
* Alistair Gray, a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, Calif.) from Sunnyvale, Calif.
* Sirad Hassan, a senior at Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.) from Frederick, Md.
* Natalie Hathcote, a junior at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) from Parker, Colo.
* Kayla Kalhor, a sophomore at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.) from Longwood, Fla.
* Beni Keown, a freshman at Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) from Evanston, Ill.
* Londyn Lorenz, a sophomore at the University of Mississippi (Oxford, Miss.) from Perryville, Mo.
* Nathaniel Miller, a sophomore at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) from Miami, Fla.
* Nibir Sarma, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.) from Eden Prairie, Minn.
* Kylie Weaver, a senior at Penn State (State College, Pa.) from McLean, Va.
* Xiaoke Ying, a sophomore at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.) from Arcadia, Calif.

TV Line

posted 2/3/2020

The Chase Is On... in Spain
ITVS Sells Quizzer to La 1
From Advanced Television

ITV Studios has confirmed that long-running quiz show The Chase, has been commissioned by TVE-owned LA1 in Spain, becoming the 14th territory to order the show. The show will be produced by Mediacrest.

It is also to return in Israel on KAN 11, where last year it won the award for Best Game Show at the Israeli Television Awards for the second year in a row. KAN has commissioned two further series.

The Chase turned 10 last year having first appeared on UK screens – where it is produced by ITV Studios label Potato – in 2009. During that time, it has regularly won its slot and grown its audience share, making it one of ITV's most successful daytime shows, with more than 1500 episodes.

Since then it has gone on to be commissioned in territories including Australia, Denmark, Germany and Russia, with six of the 14 international versions produced locally by ITV Studios.

Maarten Meijs, President, Global Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: "The Chase continues to entertain viewers across the world and these new and returning commissions are proof of its ongoing appeal to international buyers. It is one of a number of global returning formats in the ITV Studios catalogue, such as The Voice, Love Island and Come Dine With Me that go from strength to strength and continue to attract new audiences."

Advanced Television

posted 2/3/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Sweep/Stakes"

posted 2/3/2020

AGT: Terry Crews Apologizes
Host Terry Crews "Never Experienced" Any Racism on Set
From TV Line

A week after contradicting former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union's claims of racism on the show, Terry Crews is offering Union an apology.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Crews — who hosts the NBC reality competition — said, "I want to apologize for the comments I made," adding that "I realize there are a lot of black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn't say… I hear you, I respect you and understand you. I am sorry and I am here to support you. I spoke from my own personal point of view without first taking into consideration someone else's experience."

Crews went on to say that "disrespectful comments directed at me and my family" led him to "react angrily instead of responding thoughtfully. This certainly caused more harm, and it is my hope that I can amend any pain I have caused to those who were hurt by my words."

Addressing Union directly, he said, "I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience — but that is what I did. I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace."

The rift stems from reports of racial discrimination Union experienced while shooting America's Got Talent, including critiques that her hairstyle was "too black" and a contestant whose material she found racially insensitive. (It was announced in November that Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough would not return next season.)

Crews defended the show in an interview last week, addressing "the racism comments" and adding, "That was never my experience on America's Got Talent." Union fired back on Twitter, asserting that telling the truth "really exposes those who enthusiastically will throw you under the bus."

The Wrap

TV Line
Deadline
TV Line

posted 2/2/2020

Andrew O'Keefe Pulls Back from "The Chase"
Show Was to Return to Melbourne
From TV Blackbox

Filming was due to commence The Chase in Melbourne this week; however, sources have now indicated to the Herald-Sun filming would be "delayed again – this time by months."

This latest production break becomes the third time O'Keefe has requested time away from the top rating quiz in the last 12 months.

In April of last year, O'Keefe took an eight-week break after suffering an 'emotional collapse' at the same time as his marriage ended.

Filming of The Chase then wrapped three weeks earlier than expected at the end of 2019 after the host requested a break so he could concentrate on his Johnny O'Keefe stage tour.

In a statement provided to the Herald-Sun yesterday, a spokesperson for Seven stated:
- "Production on The Chase is to be held over for a couple of months,".
- "Andrew O'Keefe is taking time to manage and recover from a health issue.
- "The Chase continues 5pm weekdays on Seven unaffected by this delay."

With the commencement of the 2020 ratings season, Seven has recommenced airing new episodes of The Chase from today, however, repeat episodes will now be broadcast on Thursday's and Fridays..

TV Blackbox

Herald Sun

posted 1/31/2020

THURSDAY: Out of Place
ABC, CBS Split Night; "Good Place" Ends
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (6.078 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.552 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.819 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

CBS (5.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) remained the most-watched network with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.596 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Unicorn" (5.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mom" (6.009 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the season finale of "Evil" (3.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Next up was FOX (3.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (3.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Outmatched" (2.324 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Deputy" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up a new "Superstore" (2.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), part one "The Good Place" (2.449 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) finale, part two of "The Good Place" (2.246 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) finale, "The Good Place Post Special" (2.062 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the Monday-bound "Supernatural" (1.085 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and a new "Legacies" (0.864 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.235m
- Alone: The Beast (SP/History): 705k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 480k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 354k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/2020

Super Weekend Lightning Round
... or "70 Years of Lines"

  • "What's My Line?" turns 70 (Forbes)

  • "Card Sharks" coming to the Toy Fair (I4U)

  • The Bachelor to bring 65 live roses on tour (Deadline)

posted 2/2/2020

Fight Night in Vegas
Food Network Launches New Series March 5
From the Futon Critic

Culinary dreams come true in the new Food Network series Vegas Chef Prizefight, where the next generation of elite chefs embark on the toughest job interview of their lives for the opportunity to be named Head Chef at the brand-new $10 million restaurant at the Flamingo Las Vegas, right on the Vegas Strip. Each week, host Anne Burrell puts the chefs through their paces at a different restaurant within the Caesars Entertainment empire where they must take over a busy dinner service to prove they have the talent, leadership and determination to run a high-profile restaurant in Las Vegas, one of the biggest food cities in the country. With clashing egos, extraordinary dishes and unexpected twists and turns, the six-episode series mirrors real-life entry into the storied world of first-class restaurant kitchens. Restaurant experts Scott Conant and Regional President of Caesars Entertainment Eileen Moore, along with other special guests, join Anne in every drama-filled episode to determine who moves closer to getting a job offer that will alter the course of their career. Vegas Chef Prizefight premieres Thursday, March 5th at 10pm (all times ET/PT)

"The stakes are incredibly high in Vegas Chef Prizefight - winning this show will literally change someone's life, so there are real consequences for each dish," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "Anne's experience in exclusive restaurant kitchens makes her the perfect chef to lead this search - she knows the skill, creativity and temperament needed to thrive in this world."

The chefs competing are: Brittney Brown (Detroit, Michigan); Jeffrey Compton (Auburn, Alabama); Julia Helton (Chicago, Illinois); Jeff Kraus (Tempe, Arizona); Janey Lyu (New York, New York); Lamar Moore (Chicago, Illinois); Roshara Sanders (Bridgeport, Connecticut) and Juan Zepeda (Denver, Colorado).

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posted 1/31/2020


DGA

FRED SILVERMAN: 1937-2020
"The Man with the Golden Gut" Oversaw Big 3
From The Hollywood Reporter

Fred Silverman, whose talent for picking shows like All in the Family, The Waltons, Charlie's Angels, Roots and Hill Street Blues earned him the nickname "The Man With the Golden Gut" as the only executive to program for CBS, ABC and NBC, has died. He was 82.

One of the most influential executives in television history, Silverman died Thursday at his home in Pacific Palisades, a publicist announced.

Silverman gave David Letterman his first TV show; orchestrated such popular spinoffs as The Jeffersons, Rhoda, Laverne & Shirley, The Bionic Woman and The Facts of Life; brought "Jiggle TV" series like Charlie's Angels and Three's Company to the airwaves (and suggested Suzanne Somers play Chrissy on the latter); and presided over Real People, one of the first hit shows to bring a news mentality to entertainment.

A showman at heart, Silverman had a knack for counterprogramming. He honed his skills working on kids shows (he came up with the idea for Scooby-Doo), game shows (he resurrected The Price Is Right and launched Family Feud) and daytime TV (under his watch, All My Children and General Hospital aimed for younger viewers). At CBS, Silverman jettisoned rural comedies like The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction in favor of smarter shows like All in the Family and M*A*S*H, then took the beleaguered ABC network to No. 1 in primetime. He shifted to NBC in 1978 with oversight of the entire company, reporting only to the chairman of RCA.

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl paid tribute on Thursday with a statement, saying, "Fred Silverman was a titan of the media industry and an influence on so many. His impact on television was incalculable. All of us at CBS salute his tremendous talent and cultural influence at our network, and throughout broadcast television. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family."

While Silverman was engineering the turnaround at ABC, Time magazine put him on a cover in September 1977 with the line "TV's Master Showman." The accompanying article quoted an ABC exec who called him "The Man With the Golden Gut."

"To this day it still haunts me," he said in an expansive 2001 interview for the Archive of American Television. "It has nothing to do with the gut, it really has a lot to do with a very high learning curve. You learn from experience."

Not everything Silverman did turned to gold. He came up with the idea of marrying off Rhoda, Valerie Harper's character ("it was a great stunt, but the heart and soul of the show was out; her biggest problem was dates," he rued); launched the talk show Thicke of the Night to compete against Johnny Carson ("probably the nadir of my career"); passed on the pilot for The Hollywood Squares (in favor of another game show, The Face Is Familiar); and bet on Supertrain, a big-budget failure.

Soon after Silverman failed to turn around NBC and acrimoniously departed in 1981, he launched his own company, which produced Matlock and Diagnosis Murder, as well as the 2000 reboot of Twenty One.

THe Hollywood Reporter
The Wall Street Journal
Bleeding Cool
Yahoo!
Variety
The Wrap
Deadline
Deadline

posted 1/30/2020

WEDNESDAY: Red Zone
CBS Wins With Sportball Commercial Special
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.815 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Wednesday with its mix of "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2020" (7.151 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Criminal Minds" (5.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "SWAT" (4.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Second place went to NBC (4.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its repeat trio of "Chicago Med" (4.670 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (4.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (3.801 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Sharing the silver was ABC (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.980 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Schooled" (2.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.554 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Single Parents" (2.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the special "Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and The Crown" (3.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.543 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its own special "Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis" (3.312 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) alongside repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.116 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Outmatched" (1.432 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Riverdale" (0.743 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Nancy Drew" (0.642 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 966k
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 869k
- Guy's Grocery Games - 9p (Food): 857k
- Guy's Grocery Games - 10p (Food): 728k


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posted 1/29/2020

NTA: And the Winners Were...
Gongs Awarded to the Best
From Radio Times

The National Television Awards – which took place this year at the O2 Arena on Tuesday 28th January – have a special resonance, as they're the TV gongs voted for by the viewers at home. So what were the viewing public's favourite dramas, entertainment shows and comedies of the year? Who were their best-loved performers? And would Ant & Dec win a 19th consecutive award?

- Talent Show: Strictly Come Dancing
-
TV Presenter: Ant & Dec
- Bruce Forsythe Entertainment Award: I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here
- Challenge Show: The Great British Bake-Off
- TV Judge: David Walliams

Radio Times

The Bristol Post

posted 1/30/2020

Disney+ Adds Two
Reboot of "The Quest" Joins "The Maze"
From CNET

Two new game shows coming to Disney+ will bring fantasy realms, fairytale villages and actual European cities to life for teen participants, as the popular streaming service continues to add to its slate of original shows and movies.

The Quest, a revival of a short-lived ABC fantasy reality series that aired in 2014, is a reality competition filmed at a castle outside of Vienna. Teen participants must use their knowledge from fantasy books, games and movies to compete in the world of Everealm -- a fully-immersive mix of technology, actors, creature design and practical effects, according to a press email.

The Maze brings five teams consisting of an adult and teen on a journey to solve riddles and unlock clues that guide them through European cities and fairytale villages. Once the teams all reach the final destination, they need to solve an actual maze.

CNET

The Wrap
TV Line
Deadline
C21 Media

posted 1/30/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Full Circle"

  • Why "The Circle" brings out the worst (OneZero) PLUS a few good minutes with Sammie Cimarelli (Screen Rant)

  • LIST ABUSE: The most successful losers to come from the Idol franchise (GoldDerby)

  • Tyler Cameron barks up Quibi's tree (Deadline)

  • Wink Martindale is Talking About Cars (KNX Los Angeles)

  • Ben Cameron.wants to put a ring on... Jessica? (Us)

posted 1/30/2020

TUESDAY: Splitsville
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Tuesday thanks to its trio of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.887 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "This Is Us" (6.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.880 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

CBS (9.099 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) claimed a close second with its lineup of "NCIS" (11.990 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "FBI" (9.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.117 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.182 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "The Conners" (5.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.403 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.329 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and the season finale of "Emergence" (1.887 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, the special "Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye" (0.663 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and the series finale of "Arrow" (0.723 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (0.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- The Biggest Loser (P/USA): 844k
- Chopped - 9p (Food): 830k
- Chopped - 10p (Food): 808k
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 579k
- America Says (SF/GSN): 452k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 420k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 329k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 317k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/29/2020

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending January 19
From TV Newscheck

Hot newcomer Tamron Hall raced to its most powerful ratings yet after getting a 20% boost from the prior frame with a candid, one-on-one Oprah Winfrey interview that aired on Jan. 13.

For the full week ending Jan. 19 — when very few strips were able to improve thanks in part to preemptions for impeachment proceedings — Hall jumped 10% to a new season-high 1.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 -3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1* +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 1/29/2020

WGA Conflict Spills into Demands
Next Target: The AMPTP
From The Wrap

The Writers Guild of America is making plans to bring their upcoming talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) into their ongoing conflict with Hollywood agencies and packaging fees, as they plan to require that studios only negotiate with agencies that have reached an agreement with the Guild.

The requirement was included as part of a list of demands sent out by WGA West President David A. Goodman and WGA East President Beau Willimon to members for approval for mutual bargaining agreement negotiations in a few months. Other demands included on the list were an expansion of the types of streaming shows and movies subject to minimum pay, increase of that minimum pay, increase of contribution to the Guild's health and pension funds, and stronger anti-discrimination protections to promote diverse hiring and pay equity.

The Wrap

posted 1/29/2020

Andy Culpin Exits 12-yard
Michael Mannes Promoted
From Realscreen

ITV Studios-owned 12 Yard has appointed Michael Mannes to managing director and Liz Gaskell to creative director, forming a new management team at the label following the departure of MD Andy Culpin to 110% Content, the newly launched indie helmed by Siobhan Greene and Denise O'Donoghue.

Mannes, most recently deputy MD, joined the company in 2005, while Gaskell has spent 13 years at 12 Yard during two separate stints, most recently serving as head of development.

Together, they will lead the London- and Glasgow-based label as it looks to expand its slate of original entertainment formats, which currently includes I'll Get This, Dave's Comedians Giving Lectures, Celebrity Coach Trip for E4, Cruise Trip – which is airing on Channel 4 later this year — and Catchpoint, its copro with fellow ITV Studios label, Possessed, for BBC1.

During his time at 12 Yard, Mannes has produced programs across a range of channels, including BBC1 quiz shows SAS: Who Dares Wins and In It to Win It; ITV's Big Star's Little Star; and Insert Name Here for BBC2. Prior to that, he was at BBC, where he worked on the first series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Gaskell has created more than 20 original series with her team as head of development, including Big Star's Little Star, Comedians Giving Lectures and I'll Get This. Previous to 12 Yard she worked at a wide range of companies including Planet 24, Hat Trick, North One and the BBC.

Realscreen

TBI

posted 1/29/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Musical Chairs"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart drops on ABC April 13 (The Futon Critic)

  • Grocery Store Joe... is back on the market! (Reality TV World)

  • Taco Tuesday... on a Wednesday (The Wrap)

posted 1/29/2020


BBC

NICHOLAS PARSONS: 1923-2020
Actor, Host Fronted "Sale of the Century UK"
From Deadline

British radio and television legend Nicholas Parsons has died after a short illness. He was 96. The BBC announced his death on Tuesday, marking his seven decades in TV and radio, and in particular, his hosting role on the iconic BBC Radio 4 gameshow Just A Minute.

Parsons hosted the show for more than 50 years, famously missing just a handful of recordings during that time.

He also presented TV shows including Sale Of The Century, while as an actor, he appeared in Doctor Who and The Arthur Haynes Show. His most recent role was as the voice of demon Dagon in Amazon and BBC drama Good Omens last year.

Outgoing BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Very few people have done so much to entertain audiences over the decades, and no one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than Nicholas Parsons. His charm, inventive intellect and ability to create laughs were unsurpassed. Our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him.".

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RNZ
BBC News
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BBC News
Boston Globe

posted 1/28/2020


Zimbio

MONIQUE VAN VOOREN: 1927-2020
Actress Played "To Tell the Truth" & "I've Got a Secret"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Monique van Vooren, the Belgian-born actress who starred as a villainess in Tarzan and the She-Devil and played the Penguin's moll in Burgess Meredith's final appearance on Batman, has died. She was 92.

Van Vooren died Saturday of cancer at her home in New York City, her son, New York realtor and occasional actor Eric Purcell, told The Hollywood Reporter. Van Vooren also was seen in bed in a white negligee in the opening title sequence to introduce Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), the first movie Dean Martin made after his split with Jerry Lewis, and she portrayed Baroness Katrin Frankenstein in the X-rated Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), a 3D film produced by Andy Warhol.

She also was a panelist on game shows including To Tell the Truth and I've Got a Secret and a frequent guest on talk shows hosted by Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas.

Born on March 25, 1927, in Brussels, van Vooren came to the U.S. in the late 1940s as an exchange student and made her onscreen debut in the Italian melodrama Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950), starring Vittorio De Sica. In 1953, she portrayed the dark-haired ivory poacher Lyra the She-Devil opposite Raymond Burr and Lex Barker in Tarzan and the She-Devil and appeared on Broadway in John Murray Anderson's Almanac, a musical revue. (Also in the cast: Harry Belafonte, Orson Bean and Tina Louise.)

Van Vooren landed small parts in Vincente Minnelli's Gigi (1958) and Happy Anniversary (1959), starring David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor, and was the glamorous Zizi Molnari in a 1959 adaptation of Budd Schulberg's What Makes Sammy Run? on the NBC anthology series Sunday Showcase.

In 1958, she recorded an album for RCA Victor, Mink in HiFi, with the help of bandleader Skitch Henderson. Van Vooren helped the Penguin vacuum up cash on the streets of Gotham City when she portrayed the greedy Miss Clean on ABC's Batman on the third-season 1968 episode "Penguin's Clean Sweep."

In 1974, she returned to Broadway for the musical fantasy Man on the Moon, written by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas. Van Vooren also appeared in such films as Fearless Frank (1967), which starred Jon Voight and was an early feature from writer-director Philip Kaufman; Larry Peerce's Ash Wednesday (1973), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Henry Fonda; and Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987).

In 1964, she suggested that young nightclub performer Ronnie Walken change his name to Christopher Walken, and he went with it.

Van Vooren was married to Gerard Purcell, a TV producer and manager for Al Hirt, Eddy Arnold and others, from 1958 until his 2002 death. Their son also worked for Stone, playing a jeweler in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).

The actress also is survived by her granddaughter, Christina.

The Hollywood Reporter
Extra

posted 1/28/2020

A Message from Pyramid
Past Players Wanted
From John Ricci Jr.

Announcement, Announcement! If you're a former contestant on either the Dick Clark and/or John Davidson version of the $25/100,000 Pyramid. This is important. John Ricci, Jr. is the producer and judge on the Michael Strahan version of Pyramid, now in it's fifth season asked us to pass along this message.

"The $100,000 Pyramid" would like to find past Pyramid contestants. If you were on any version of Pyramid from the 80s to 90s, please email your name, contact information, a recent photo and if possible, a BRIEF 2-minute video describing your experience, to jrjgames@gmail.com Please include when you were on the show & who your celebrity guests were, if you recall. Thank you!

EMAIL JRJGames@gmail.com

posted 1/28/2020

MONDAY: Another Dead Heat
"Bachelor", "AGT Champions" Battle for their Network
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat in adults 18-49 with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (5.977 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

NBC (6.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) remained the silver with its duo of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (7.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Manifest" (3.736 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (4.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Prodigal Son" (3.174 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.430 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by a special "Undercover Boss" (3.419 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a repeat "Bull" (3.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.676 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.669 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers.
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.189m
- Food Network Challenge (SF/Food): 670k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 543k
- Spy Games (Bravo): 378k

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posted 1/28/2020

WEEKEND: Start the Fans!
Grammys Score for CBS
From TV Line

CBS' broadcast of the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday night delivered 18.7 million total viewers and a 5.4 rating (per fast finals), down just 6 and 4 percent from last year while delivering this TV season's most watched and highest rated entertainment program. That said, that demo number marks an all time low for the show, falling below last year's 5.6 demo rating. (The 2006 Grammys has the smallest audience: 17 mil.)

Elsewhere, per fast nationals….

THE CW | Batwoman (870K/0.2) and Supergirl (965K/0.2) each added viewers while steady in the demo — with the former improving on last week's audience low and the latter equaling its second-largest non-crossover audience of the season.

NBC | American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World (2.2 mil/0.4) was down sharply from last year.

ABC | A last-minute Kobe Bryant news special did 2.5 mil and a 0.5, leading out of reruns.

Cable numbers for Friday.
- The Crystal Maze (P/Nick): 686k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 485k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 440k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.056m

TV Line

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posted 1/28/2020


ABC

KOBE BRYANT: 1978-2020
Los Angeles Lakers Icon Made a Deal on "Deal or No Deal"
From Deadline

Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Laker who became one of the NBA's all-time greats and went on to become an Oscar-winning producer, died Sunday morning in a helicoper crash in Calabasas, CA. He was 41.

Bryant was traveling to a youth basketball game when the crash occurred. Authorities said nine people are confirmed dead, including Bryant's daughter, Gianna, age 13. Bryant's wife, Vanessa, was not among the passengers. The helicopter crash resulted in a fire that triggered emergency personnel to the scene. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the crash occurred around 10 AM in Calabasas, a city located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76, which Bryant owned. It crashed under "unknown circumstances."

Bryant played 20 years for the Lakers, averaging 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 1,346 regular-season games. He won an MVP Award and was selected to play in 18 All-Star Games.

Kobe Bryant was born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, the son of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. He was drafted out of high school in 1996 in the first round as the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets, who then traded him to the Lakers. He ended his career in 2016. In his final NBA game, Bryant scored 60 points, helping the Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz, 101-96. He scored 23 points in the final quarter.

Bryant won an Oscar in 2018 for Best Animated Short, Dear Basketball, which was based on a short poem he wrote on his feelings about the game. It marked the first time a former professional athlete was nominated for an Oscar and he became the first pro athlete to win an Oscar in any category. Bryant was also the first African American to win in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Bryant was also a part of a special Deal made on an episode of "Deal or No Deal" during its original NBC run
.

Deadline
Deadline

posted 1/27/2020


NBC/Universal Kids

The Kids Retake the Course February 22
Victoria Arlen Joins the Team as Sideline Reporter
From American Ninja Warrior Nation

We have a date and time, folks! The second season of American Ninja Warrior Junior will premiere on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are joined by new co-host Paralympian Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen and the season premiere will be available on Universal Kids' YouTube and digital platforms before it's aired on the 22nd.

ANW Jr. includes more than 140 boys and girls from around the U.S. as they compete head-to-head based on age groups: 9 & 10, 11 & 12, and 13 & 14-year-olds. Season 2 will include 10 of the most iconic ANW obstacles, including the Shrinking and Floating Steps, the Little Dipper, Spider Walls, Double Tilt Ladders, Crazy Cliffhanger, the Block Run, Flying Squirrel, Wingnuts, and Skyhooks. Like last season, each age group has two Ninja coaches. The 9 & 10-year-olds worked with Najee Richardson and Barclay Stockett; 11 &-12 year-olds learned tips and tricks from Jessie Graff and Grant McCartney; and the 13 & 14-year-olds were supported by Drew Drechsel and Meagan Martin.

American Ninja Warrior Nation

B+C
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

posted 1/27/2020

THURSDAY: TGIT
ABC Wins on Strength of Thursday Drama
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.943 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with the return of "Station 19" (6.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (6.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (4.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

The silver went to FOX (3.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with a new "Last Man Standing" (4.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the premiere of "Outmatched" (3.233 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "Deputy" (3.178 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (5.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.800 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Young Sheldon" (4.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Mom" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus "The Gayle King Grammy Special" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.733 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "The Good Place" (2.106 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Will & Grace" (2.302 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside the season finale of "Perfect Harmony" (1.420 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.394 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.015 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and "Legacies" (0.718 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers.
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.184m
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 468k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 301k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Mamba Out"

posted 1/27/2020


NBC/Universal Kids

Funny 2 Should Ask
"Funny You Should Ask" Renewed to 2022-2023
From the Futon Critic

Entertainment Studios announces an additional two-season order of its comedy game show FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK through the 2022-23 season.

Hosted by Jon Kelley (EXTRA, THE MOLE), the comedy game show FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is a daily half-hour strip featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash and big laughs. In each episode, the laughs and the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions.

The comedians regularly appearing on FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK include: Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Gardell, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Cheryl Hines, Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Raven-Symone, Tommy Davidson, Sherri Shepherd, Tim Meadows, Russell Peters, Tom Arnold, Sheryl Underwood, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Bobby Lee, Jimmie Walker, Bill Engvall, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, David Alan Grier, Maria Bamford, Maz Jobrani, Dave Coulier, George Wallace, Loni Love, Pauly Shore, Dean Edwards, Jodi Miller, Vivica A. Fox, and Caroline Rhea.

THe Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 1/23/2020

America Ru-Nited
Meet the Season 12 Contenders for "Rupaul's Drag Race"
From The Futon Critic

VH1 today ru-vealed the cast for the 12th season of award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race." On the heels of its second consecutive Emmy(R) win for Outstanding Competition Program, the fiercest series on primetime returns to the runway on Friday, February 28th at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

The highly anticipated new season brings together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000. Additionally, the Emmy(R) nominated after-show "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" will premiere immediately following at 9:30 PM ET/PT. "Untucked" will provide viewers with an all-access pass to the backstage drama as the queens anxiously await their fate and who will need to lip-sync for their life to avoid the week's elimination.

"With each new generation of queens, the RuPaul's Drag Race revolution continues to drive culture," said Executive Producer and four-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host RuPaul. "And as more and more new viewers discover the show, the phenomenon continues to open hearts and minds with love, laughter and a whole lotta sass."

The newest queens who are ready to pledge their allegiance to the drag and snatch the crown of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were introduced via a Twitter Live stream which can be viewed in the links below.

The thirteen queens include:
- Aiden Zhane (Acworth, GA) | Instagram: @aiden_zhane, Twitter: @AidenZhane
- Brita (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @thebritafilter
- Crystal Methyd (Springfield, MO) |Instagram/Twitter: @crystalmethyd
- Dahlia Sin (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @dahlia_sin
- Gigi Goode (Los Angeles, CA) |Instagram/Twitter: @thegigigoode
- Heidi N Closet (Ramseur, NC) | Instagram/Twitter: @heidincloset
- Jackie Cox (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @jackiecoxnyc
- Jaida Essence Hall (Milwaukee, WI) | Instagram/Twitter: @jaidaehall
- Jan (New York, NY) | Instagram: @janjanjan, Twitter: @jansportnyc
- Nicky Doll (New York, NY) | Instagram: @thenickydoll
- Rock M. Sakura (San Francisco, CA) |Instagram/Twitter: @rockmsakura
- Sherry Pie (New York, NY) | Instagram/Twitter: @sherrypienyc
- Widow Von'Du (Kansas City, MO) |Instagram: @thewidowvondu, Twitter: @WidowVonDu
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The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline

posted 1/23/2020

WEDNESDAY: First Place for Second City
NBC Wins with Chicago Trio
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) maintained its top spot on Wednesday with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (6.927 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Second place went to CBS (4.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its mix of "Undercover Boss" (4.435 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Criminal Minds" (4.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.418 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was ABC (2.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Schooled" (2.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.509 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Single Parents" (2.486 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Stumptown" (2.381 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.999 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for encores of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a second "9-1-1: Lone Star" (1.862 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, the return of "Riverdale" (0.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.553 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers:
- America's Top Dog (A&E): 855k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 820k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 465k
- Get a Clue (GSN): 352k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/23/2020

More on "Tournament of Champions"
Catch It on Food Network March 4
From The Futon Critic

It's madness on Food Network this March as Guy Fieri hosts and executive produces an all new culinary competition where 16 of the nation's most celebrated chefs face-off on Tournament of Champions, premiering on Wednesday, March 4th at 10pm with a supersized 90-minute episode stuffed with edge-of-your-seat action.

During the five-part tournament, the chefs' skills will be pushed to the limit, as they go head-to-head in a single elimination bracket-style competition, where a randomizer machine determines the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time for each of the cook-offs. The pressure is on and emotions are high throughout this unpredictable tournament, as the elite chefs enter this blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be, or what cooking challenges they will face. The intensity increases in each sudden-death each round of the tournament as the coveted spots decrease from 16 to eight in the second round, then to four, until there are only two chefs in the final round.

This past October, Guy issued a call to action on social media for fans to nominate their favorite chefs they thought deserved to earn a coveted challenger spot for an East Coast vs. West Coast tournament, and the fans responded. The final chefs representing the East Coast are: Maneet Chauhan, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli, Elizabeth Falkner, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Christian Petroni. The chefs showing off their chops from the West Coast are: Richard Blais, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Beau Macmillan, Jet Tila, Marcel Vigneron, Michael Voltaggio, and Brooke Williamson.

Today, the seeds and first-round brackets of the tournament will be unveiled on Food Network's Twitter page. Beginning on February 14th, for the first time ever, viewers will be able to build their own bracket for a chance to track their scores as the competition unfolds, unlock exclusive content, and win prizes throughout the season.

"Tournament of Champions showcases cooking as a sport with difficult sudden-death challenges and unexpected match ups as each round is determined by the course of the competition," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Our cameras rolled on all the action, from the competition floor to back stage and behind the scenes, capturing the tension, deliberation, elation and frustration as bracket victors moved on while others faced elimination."

"The NFL has the Super Bowl, MLB has the World Series, NBA has The Finals. And now Food Network has Tournament of Champions - the ultimate culinary championship to establish once and for all, who rules America's kitchen," said Guy Fieri.

It's a high stakes competition unlike any before. Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner deliver real time play-by-play as all the action unfolds in front of a live audience and continues backstage while the competitors mull over their work while listening in on the judges' deliberation. Deciding who advances in each round is a rotating panel of expert judges including, Michelle Bernstein, Traci Des Jardin, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman. Unexpected challenges, major upsets and surprises fill this tournament, which concludes with an extended 90-minute episode on Wednesday, April 1st at 10pm. Only one chef will emerge as the champion!

Fans can head to www.FoodNetwork.com/TournamentOfChampions for videos with Guy, taste test challenges with the judges and food games with competitors, as well as exclusive Q&As. From February 14 - March 1, viewers can head to Food Network's Twitter to complete their own bracket for the chance to win unique prizes, and use #TournamentOfChampions to track the action week-to-week.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/23/2020

TUESDAY: Deadlock at 8
Demo Three-Way at the Top, CBS Wins Total Viewers
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.703 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "This Is Us" (6.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.699 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

CBS (8.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (11.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "FBI" (9.201 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.547 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.120 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.414 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Bless This Mess" (3.279 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.226 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Emergence" (1.978 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Arrow" (0.921 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.721 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers.
- Chopped (Food) 781k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 521k
- Catch 21 (SF/GSN): 427k
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 420k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 415k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30 (VH1): 376k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 364k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/23/2020


ABC/Los Angeles Times

TYLER GWOZDZ: 1990-2020
"The Bachelor" Suitor to Hannah Brown
From TV Line

Former Bachelorette contestant Tyler Gwozdz, who competed on Hannah Brown's season, has died at the age of 29, according to People. An autopsy is still pending, but his death is suspected to be the result of a drug overdose.

Gwozdz was admitted to a Florida hospital earlier this month following what's described as a "medical overdose." He was placed in intensive care and remained hospitalized for a week, listed in critical but stable condition. The Palm Beach Medical Examiner's office confirms that Gwozdz's body is currently in their custody.

Gwozdz was a contestant on the ABC reality series last year, competing for the heart of Hannah Brown. He was an early favorite and even landed the first one-on-one date with Hannah, but he abruptly left the show during the third episode, with no explanation given to viewers. Gwozdz later told Refinery 29 that his exit wasn't aired "to respect his privacy.".

TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline
People

posted 1/23/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dynamic Duo"

posted 1/23/2020

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending January 12
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil convincingly returned to the top of the talkers after two second-place finishes with a dramatic 42% surge from the prior week to a new season-high 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending Jan. 12.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.1 +18%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6* +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +3%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1* +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 1/22/2020

MONDAY: Another Dead Heat
The Bachelor, AGT Score for Their Respective Networks
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its demo win streak on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (6.224 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

The silver then went to NBC (5.881 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (6.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Manifest" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (4.475 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with night two of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the return of "Prodigal Son" (3.125 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "All Rise" (5.746 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (6.032 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the winter premieres of "All American" (0.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.549 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.136m
- Food Network Challenge (Food): 711k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 421k
- Spy Games (P/Bravo): 416k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/2020

WEEKEND: Friday-Bound
Fox Wins with NFC Championship
From The Futon Critic

FOX (28.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.2, #1) overshadowed the competition on Sunday thanks to its coverage of the "NFC Championship" (34.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.0, #1) and the launch of "9-1-1: Lone Star" (9.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (4.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "NCIS" (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.927 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), the season finale of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), the Friday-bound "Shark Tank" (2.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for encores of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.130 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

And finally, the return of "Batwoman" (0.777 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supergirl" (0.830 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 993k
- Beat Bobbly Flay (Food): 790k

On cable Friday...
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 514k
- America's Most Musical Family - 7p (Nick): 505k
- America's Most Musical Family - 8p (SF/Nick): 460k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 455k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/2020

Ramsay Looks Into the Future
"Future Food Stars" on Tap for the BBC
From Broadway World

Following a jam packed year of entertainment on the BBC, Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, has today announced two brand new BBC One programmes Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars and Oti's South African Odyssey, alongside the return of BBC Two's The Ranganation and BBC Three's Angels Of The North.

The world's most famous chef, Gordon Ramsay, fronts a brand new eight-part competition series to hunt down the UK's most exciting and innovative new food and drink entrepreneurs.

Braodway World

posted 1/22/2020


Staff Me Up

DAVID OSPER: 1972-2019
"Road Rules" Producer
From Deadline

David Valentine Osper, a longtime executive producer and showrunner for MTV, VH1 and History, has died. He was 47.

Opser died December 30 of cancer in Los Angeles. Most recently serving as VP Unscripted Development at MTV, his roster of producing and exec producing credits stretches from the early 2000s to last yea. It includes signature cable series Road Rules and Ancient Aliens, along with Love Lounge, Music Behind Bars, Homewrecker, Storage Hunters, Buckwild and True Life.

Before launching his entertainment industry career, Osper worked as a video game designer for Activision and elsewhere. Osper is survived by his parents, Sharon and George, and siblings Carrie and Jason.

A public memorial service will be held at the Marina del Rey (CA) Hotel at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26. Contributions may be made to a fund in his name at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center..

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 1/22/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "RIP Mr. Peanut"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Crystal Maze (Nick, Friday) (Decider) PLUS a few good minutes with Adam Conover (TV Insider)

  • Hannah Brown is still single and why is this news? (Reality TV World)

  • Why are you still reading this? Jeopardy! tests next week! (WPST Trenton)

posted 1/22/2020

Ninjas Return This Summer
NBC Begins Taping Its 9th Season This Spring
From The Futon Critic

NBC's four-time Emmy Award-nominated series "American Ninja Warrior" will be returning this summer to NBC for its ninth season. Production will begin in the spring with a premiere date announced shortly.

Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with sideline reporter Zuri Hall, the action-packed obstacle course competition series will shoot in three cities this season - Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), Washington, D.C. (DC Armory) and St. Louis (The Dome at America's Center). In both Washington, D.C. and St. Louis the show heads indoors, welcoming thousands of fans to witness the competition during the day and early evening hours.

The show's national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.

The high-octane series follows competitors as they attempt challenging obstacle courses in five rounds of competition throughout the country. Top competitors from each region move onto the national finals where they compete on a four-stage course that includes multiple obstacles on each stage. The winner, who must complete all four stages, will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

In addition, if no winner is crowned, the ninja to go the farthest on the national finals course wins $100,000.

Last season, veteran Drew Drechsel was crowned champion of "American Ninja Warrior" taking home the grand prize. Drechsel has competed on nine seasons of the show to date and serves as the captain for Team USA on the show's annual "USA Vs. the World" telecast, airing Sunday, Jan. 26 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT).

This season will bring some new changes to the course and the game play, including new rules and never-before-seen obstacles. .

The Futon Critic

B+C
Deadline

posted 1/21/2020

Creating a STIRR
Sinclair App to Offer Same-Day Stream of Games Airing on Its Stations
From Deadline

Sinclair Broadcast Group marked marked Tuesday's one-year anniversary of STIRR, its ad-supported streaming service, by announcing plans to launch a new channel dedicated to live 2020 election events.

The company also said STIRR has attracted more than 1.6 million app downloads during its first year.

Sinclair, the No. 2 owner of local stations, made the announcement on the first day of NATPE, the major conference for syndicators and station executives in Miami.

Along with the election initiative, the company also said STIRR will soon offer popular syndicated shows like Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. By the end of March, episodes from syndicated TV shows originally aired by the Sinclair broadcast stations will start being made available to viewers on demand and after their linear airtime, depending on where viewers live.

Deadline

posted 1/21/2020

APA Cracks the WGA
New Deal Signed
From Deadline

Another full-service agency and Association of Talent Agents member, APA, has reached a deal with the WGA.

The agency, which immediately will resume its representation of writers, also said it will bring the Television and Motion Picture Literary businesses together under the banner of APA Scripted Literary.

APA is the latest member of the Association of Talent Agents to break ranks and sign the guild's new franchise agreement. Its deal comes just days after fellow full-service agency Gersh also signed with the WGA. The other four association members to make WGA deals are Buchwald, also a full-service agency; literary boutiques the Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston agency and the Kaplan Stahler Agency; and Pantheon. Non-ATA member Verve, also lit-focused, was the first mid-size agency to reach an agreement with the WGA last May.

Deadline

posted 1/21/2020

Noel Fielding a Creationist
"Bake Off" Co-Host to Front Comedy Game
From Digital Spy

The Great British Bake Off's Noel Fielding is set to front a new comedy game show that will test the creativity of celebrities.

The game show is called Creationism and is described as "a ludicrous comedy competition" that challenges guests to show how talented they are in a number of creative fields, including art, poetry, music and storytelling.

Chortle reports that the pilot for the show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in London next month, and few other details – including a potential broadcaster – are known about the project at this time.

Digital Spy

Metro

posted 1/21/2020

Mexico Deals with It
Keshet, Televisa to Adapt Howie Mandel-Created Game
From C21 Media

Mexican broadcaster Televisa is lining up a local version of Israeli hidden-camera gameshow Deal With It!, through a deal with distributor Keshet International.

Televisa will produce 30×120' episodes for its free-to-air Mexican network Canal 5.

Known locally as Vas Con Todo, the new series will premiere in the first quarter of 2020.

The show is also being revived back home, with Keshet 12 bringing back the format after a hiatus of six years. United Studios of Israel will produce 10×60' episodes.

The show sees ordinary people meeting someone for a coffee or a meal, or checking into a hotel, at which point they're asked to participate in a game for a chance to win a cash prize. Players could find themselves quoting Shakespeare, dancing and singing on the table, even kissing total strangers.

The show has been sold into 22 territories to date including TBS in the US, Record TV in Brazil and W in Canada. Italy's Nove and Slovenia's Planet TV have recently struck deals for their own versions.

C21 Media

World Screen

posted 1/21/2020

NATPE Kicks Off
Confab Begins in Miami
From Deadline

The 57th annual NATPE conference — the 10th edition held in Miami — will unfold January 21 to 23 with the syndication business experiencing an upswing.

While ratings are not what they used to be, renewals of major 2019 talk debuts for Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall have restored confidence in the sector's core business model. Newcomers like Drew Barrymore and Nick Cannon are leading a new wave of hopefuls, giving a new shot of energy to NATPE, which some had given up for dead a decade ago.

The hangover from expensive wipeouts by Harry Connick Jr., Katie Couric and Arsenio Hall is finally receding. "After several years of drought, the river is flowing again for syndicators," Hearst SVP of programming Emerson Coleman told Deadline. "Recently, we would walk the show floor and there wasn't anything to buy, but this will be a more transactional year at the conference for stations."

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posted 1/21/2020

Alex Trebek Will Have Little Say in a Successor...
... and That's Just The Way He Likes It
From TV Line

In the recent primetime ABC special What Is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show, Trebek — who is 79, and since March has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer — said that whenever his final episode rolls around, his 30-second farewell message to viewers will include the advisory, "Don't ask me who's going to replace me, because I have no say in that whatsoever."

But the reason why he won't have any input, even after hosting Jeopardy! for well over three decades, lies within Trebek himself.

"It's not a decision that would be up to me. And I would not make myself available to presenting an opinion," Trebek explained to TVLine at the TCA winter press tour, following a panel Q&A for the well-watched Greatest of All Time tournament. "I would leave it up to the people in charge."

Speaking of whom, TVLine in turn asked Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman about Trebek's role (or lack thereof) in helping scout out the game show's next host. "[Alex] really has no interest in being involved in that process," said Friedman. "We would welcome his opinion, obviously, but he feels like it's really not up to him. And he has said that for a long time."

So, outside of tendering a formal recommendation, who is Trebek's dream pick? "When people ask me who I'd like to see replace me, I say, 'Well, it's probably going to be a woman, and she'll have to be bright, she'll have to have a good sense of humor…' Uhhhh, let's see…. Betty White! Betty White is my choice.".

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posted 1/21/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "No Party Foul"

posted 1/16/2020

TCA: BYUtv
Wayne Brady, Queen Latifah Lined Up for Series
From various sources

Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, family entertainment network BYUtv announced its new comedy competition series "Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ," created and hosted by multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa. The show, which counts Queen Latifah among its executive producers, will premiere on April 6, 2020.

Talented young people from across the country compete in a one-of-a-kind performers' bootcamp to demonstrate the highest "comedy IQ." Each new challenge teaches them to be multi-faceted in writing, directing, performing and creating comedic and musical content. Along the way, the teens learn universal skills that can bring them success in the real world.

"I'm so grateful to BYUtv for giving me the chance to pass on my 30 years plus of comedy and performing knowledge," said Wayne Brady. "It means so much to me to help the next generation of funny along. I get to give the comedy guidance I never had at that age!"

The 10-episode unscripted series has completed production in Los Angeles and was executive produced by Wayne Brady, Mandie Taketa, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill of Intuitive Entertainment (Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker," Lifetime's "The Rap Game") and BYUtv.

"The brilliant Wayne Brady and his producing partner, Mandie Taketa, came to us with a passion and plan for finding and nurturing young artists that we were delighted to make a reality," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "What's special about 'Wayne Brady's Comedy IQ' is that it guides the contestants in navigating achievement, rejection and resiliency both in the entertainment industry and in everyday life. It's a positive show about the human side of humor and reaching our own potential." .

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posted 1/17/2020

THURSDAY: CBS/Fox Video
Two Networks Draw to Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 honors on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (4.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), another "Last Man Standing" (4.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Deputy" (3.593 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (5.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was a close second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Unicorn" (5.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (6.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Evil" (3.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Sharing the silver was ABC (3.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with repeats of "Mixed-ish" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Black-ish" (2.305 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside the two-hour special "The Last Days of Richard Pryor" (3.788 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.661 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Good Place" (1.926 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Will & Grace" (2.105 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Perfect Harmony" (1.341 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.939 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "Supernatural" (1.154 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.723 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On Thursday cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.174m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 792k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 556k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 421k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 405k
- Ex on the Beahc: Peak of Love (MTV): 374k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/20/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Life Before Trebek"

  • Jeopardy!: a look at the Art Fleming era (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Bradley Walsh is traveling America with his son.... No, not Tosin Cole... silly Whovians. (Radio Times)

  • Liza Koshy, her job finished on Nick, is going back to YouTube for season 3 (Deadline)

  • Behind Jeopardy!'s greatest ratings of all time (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 1/20/2020

Happy Birthday Betty!
Living First Lady of Game Shows Turns 98
From Billboard

With the boundless energy that Betty White exerts, it's hard to believe the actress turned 98 years old on Friday (Jan. 17).

To celebrate the big birthday, her friends Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock took to Twitter to share a sweet and funny video in celebration.

The clip shows the duo singing the "Happy Birthday" song on their own, as they dive into some beef over who loves White more.

"From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan," Bullock sings, before Reynolds chimes in, "From Ryan, who loves you so much more than Sandy." But he didn't stop there. "What does Sandy do you for you every year?" the actor inquired, before joking, "Does she, like, show up and hand deliver flowers to you wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets just like you requested? Doubt it.".

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WIBW Topeka

posted 1/17/2020

Dancing... Disney Style
Catch "Fam Jam" February 23
From Broadway World

Disney Channel's first family dance competition series, "Disney Fam Jam," will premiere on SUNDAY, FEB. 23 (8:25 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. "Disney Fam Jam," is inspired by choreographer Phil Wright's "The Parent Jam™" dance classes, which are streamed online and have become a viral sensation. Ariel Martin and Trevor Tordjman, stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," will co-host the half-hour Multicam series.

Each episode of the competition series will feature two families with kids hitting the floor to see which will be crowned "Disney Fam Jam" champions. At the end of each episode, the studio audience will vote for their favorite dance family, resulting in the winners taking home a $10,000 prize along with a "Disney Fam Jam" trophy.

Wright will take the audience behind the scenes as he gets to know each family and how dance plays a part in their lives. The families will learn choreography from Wright and master their special moves during the rehearsal of their big stage performance. Martin and Tordjman will join Wright on the electrifying "Disney Fam Jam" stage, where the families come together to compete in front of the studio audience.

Phil Wright is a world-renowned dance teacher and choreographer. He created and founded "The Parent Jam™." He travels the world bringing families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance class. Wright has worked with some of today's top artists including Lil Nas X, Will Smith, MC Hammer, TLC and G-Eazy ft. Cardi B.

At just 18 years old, Ariel Martin is an accomplished actress, singer, entrepreneur and author. In addition to starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," Martin is a social media sensation, having over 40 million followers across platforms.

Trevor Tordjman most recently reprises his role as Bucky, Seabrook High's head cheerleader, in the Disney Channel Original Movie "ZOMBIES 2," the highly anticipated sequel to "ZOMBIES." An accomplished dancer, Tordjman is best known for his role as a series regular on five seasons of the dance drama "The Next Step," the highest-rated teen show on Canada's Family Channel.

"Disney Fam Jam" is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and James Sunderland ("Lip Sync Battle"), Irene Dreayer ("The Suite Life of Zack & Cody") and Phil Wright.

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posted 1/17/2020

Sandi Toksvig to Exit "British Baking Show"
Host to Concentrate on Other Projects
From TV Line

Sandi Toksvig is leaving the Bake Off tent: The Great British Bake Off host has confirmed that she is departing after three years to focus on other projects, including hosting duties on Channel 4's The Write Offs, a new series that examines adult literacy.

"When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family. Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work," Toksvig said in a statement.

"As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show. Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

"Bake Off is a wonderful program which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel," she continued. "The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well."

Toksvig first joined Bake Off in Series 8, when the former BBC program made the jump to Channel 4. She stayed on through Series 10 (which is dubbed The Great British Baking Show "Collection 7" on U.S. Netflix)..

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The Takeout
Vulture

posted 1/16/2020

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Strong
NBC Wins with Trio of Dramas
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (8.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (6.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

CBS (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a distant second with its trio of "Undercover Boss" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (4.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.636 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Schooled" (2.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Single Parents" (2.484 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Stumptown" (2.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the Saturday-bound "Flirty Dancing" (1.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Almost Family" (1.015 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed the evening with "The CW Dog Honors" (0.567 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the return of "Nancy Drew" (0.668 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
-
America's Top Dog (A&E): 1.160m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 675k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 438k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 389k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/16/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "HAtchlings"

  • Peacock releases everything available from day one (The Wrap)

  • IN MEMORIAM: Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer and father of "Titan Games" host Dwayne Johnson (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jackson Michie & Holly Allen move to LA (Us Weekly)

  • Why Ali Fedotowsky left the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast (Us Weekly)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY Alex Trebek was a "snack" back in the day (O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine)

  • Millionaire story "Quiz" gets a premiere date (The Futon Critic)

  • Merv Griffin's former townhouse up for bids (Los Angeles Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brfad Rutter (Lancaster Online)

posted 1/16/2020


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TUESDAY: Simply the Best
"Jeopardy!" Wins on the Night Ken Jennings Claims the GOAT
From the Futon Critic

Frasier Crane. Kurt Cobain. Ken Jennings. Only one of these Seattle icons just won Jeopardy!'s Greatest of All Time tournament, with KJ transforming into his final initialed persona, GOAT, with a formidable win over fellow contestants James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. And he only needed four matches (with a healthy dosage of amusing tweets) to do it!

NBC (5.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday thanks to a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.233 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the return of "This Is Us" (6.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (4.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) was a close second with the finale to "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (13.511 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by new episodes of "Mixed-ish" (3.662 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.430 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Emergence" (2.129 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

Next up was CBS (8.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "NCIS" (10.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.923 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with its crossover conclusions from "Arrow" (1.392 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.361 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

The Jeopardy! GOAT viewership was so successful that each of the first week's episodes outranked Game 1 of the most recent NBA Finals, World Series, and NHL Stanley Cup Finals, according to Sports Illustrated. The show also reportedly outperformed every 2019 game of "Monday Night Football" — one of the costliest cable empire darlings — in viewership. The first Jeopardy! GOAT episode on Tuesday, January 7 attracted 14.4 million viewers; the Wednesday episode drew 14.8 million million viewers; and the Thursday episode clocked 15.4 million viewers, according to Sports Illustrated. The show concluded on Tuesday, January 14.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 750k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 483k
- Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount): 431k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 404k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 393k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 390k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 379k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 499k


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posted 1/15/2020

He's On Fire!
"Hot Ones" to Bow on TruTV February 18
From the Futon Critic

truTV's fiery new series Hot Ones: The Game Show is set to make its debut on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00pm ET/PT. This hilarious half-hour game show is based on the hugely popular Hot Ones web series created by Complex Networks' First We Feast. In each episode, host Sean Evans welcomes fans into the "Pepperdome" to compete against one another by answering trivia questions and eating increasing mouth-scorching hot wings for $25,000 and the chance to become Hot Ones legends. The series has wrapped production on its 20-episode order and the network has also licensed the rights to 20 episodes of the original web series, which will air after each episode of Hot Ones: The Game Show, as part of a Hot Ones hour on truTV.

Hot Ones: The Game Show joins truTV's line-up that's bold and fresh, showcasing audacious content with relatable characters and laugh-out-loud moments. Hot Ones has become a global phenomenon, with more than one-billion views over ten seasons, and now fans have been invited to join in the fun.

Each week, two teams compete in a battle of gastrointestinal fortitude through three rounds of trivia while chowing down on blazing hot wings slathered in sauces so fiery, contestants start to lose control of their senses. Each team will become completely disoriented while they try to battle the insane heat of each sauce and make it through to the next round. With EMTs standing by, reactions range from tears, sweat, vomit and in one case, a panic attack, as their mouths melt from the intense heat of the sauce. After three rounds the team with the most cash will enter the Ring of Fire where they must work together to win the grand prize and the soothing milkshake antidote to their burning mouths.

This season, teams feature grandmothers, drag performers, firefighters, engaged couples, father/daughter pairs, among many more. Fans have no idea what they are in for, as these are all new blazing sauce recipes from around the country, bringing the heat along with the tears.

For the "Spice Lords" looking to get their Hot Ones fix sooner, the interview show returns for an all-new Season 11 on Thursday, February 6 at 11 a.m. ET on First We Feast's YouTube channel.

Hot Ones: The Game Show is produced by DIGA Studios. Sean Evans is executive producing, with Scott St. John serving as showrunner and executive producer, and DIGA's Tony DiSanto, Tommy Coriale and Nick Rigg executive producing as well. Michael Bloom also serves as executive producer for Bongo Pictures while Chris Schonberger and Justin Killion serve as executive producers for Complex Networks.

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posted 1/15/2020

The Winners At War
More on "Survivor's" New Twist
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the 20 legendary winners of SURVIVOR who will return to compete against each other on the 40th season of the Emmy Award-winning series SURVIVOR. The special two-hour premiere airs Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst hosts.

The 20th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking series, themed WINNERS AT WAR, unites the most memorable, heroic and celebrated champions from the past two decades in the biggest battle in the show's history, as the series' best strategists of all time fight to earn the title of Sole Survivor again.

The following are the 20 returning winners competing in "Winners at War":
- Adam Klein (28) Winner of "Millennials vs. Gen-X" (2016)
- Amber Mariano (40) Winner of "All-Stars" (2004)
- Ben Driebergen (36) Winner of "Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (2017)
- Danni Boatwright (43) Winner of "Guatemala" (2005)
- Denise Stapley (48) Winner of "Philippines" (2012)
- Ethan Zohn (45) Winner of "Africa" (2001)
- Jeremy Collins (41) Winner of "Second Chance" (2015)
- Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (36) Winner of "One World" (2012)
- Michele Fitzgerald (29) Winner of "Ka�h Rong" (2016)
- Natalie Anderson (33) Winner of "San Juan del Sur" (2014)
- Nick Wilson (28) Winner of "David vs. Goliath" (2018)
- Parvati Shallow (36) Winner of "Fans vs. Favorites" (2008)
- Rob Mariano (43) Winner of "Redemption Island" (2011)
- Sandra Diaz-Twine (44) Winner of "Pearl Islands" (2003) & "Heroes vs. Villains" (2010)
- Sarah Lacina (34) Winner of "Game Changers" (2017)
- Sophie Georgina Clarke (29) Winner of "South Pacific" (2011)
- Anthony "Tony" Vlachos (45) Winner of "Cagayan" (2014)
- Tyson Apostol (39) Winner of "Blood vs. Water" (2013)
- Wendell Holland (35) Winner of "Ghost Island" (2018)
- Yul Kwon (44) Winner of "Cook Islands" (2006)


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posted 1/15/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Grace"

  • Grace VanderWaal goes from "America's Got Talent" to the stars (Collider)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Next In Fashion" (Deadline)

  • "The Circle" is a big fat phony (Vice)

  • Alex Trebek is the GOAT. Fight me. (Uproxx)

posted 1/15/2020


MovieDB

"Cannonball" Picks the Miz
Mike Mizanin to Host USA Game Summer 2020
From the Futon Critic

USA Network today announced hosts for its upcoming splashy, new competition series CANNONBALL: WWE(R) Superstar "The Miz(R)" Mike Mizanin, Emmy Award(R)-winning host Rocsi Diaz, and sideline reporter, Simon Gibson. Mizanin also stars in MIZ AND MRS, USA Network's #1 returning unscripted series of 2019. The 10-episode CANNONBALL is set to premiere on USA in Summer 2020, featuring contestants from all across America who face off in the biggest, wettest, slippery-est water sports competition ever created. From sliding off a 100-foot waterslide to rocketing off one of the world's fastest drop towers, CANNONBALL contestants will battle a variety of water obstacles to win a $10K cash prize.

CANNONBALL is produced by ITV America's ITV Entertainment, based on the original format by ITV Studios Netherlands Content B.V. and licensed by ITV Studios. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Shye Sutherland, Keith Geller, Bernie Schaeffer, Stijn Bakkers and Kevin Wehrenberg. "

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posted 1/14/2020


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TCA: Amazon Prime
Date Set for "Making the Cut"
From the Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making The Cut, hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, will premiere on Prime Video on Friday March 27, 2020. The 10-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers, will premiere two new episodes each week, culminating in an epic finale on April 24, 2020.

In this first-ever global and instantly shoppable series, limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase exclusively on Amazon Fashion in the "Making the Cut" store. During the course of the season, those who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winning designer from the finale receiving one million dollars to invest in their brand and the opportunity to create an exclusive line available on Amazon Fashion.

The dozen designers featured on Making the Cut will visit three of the world's fashion capitals - New York, Paris, and Toyko - and face challenges and assignments that will test not only their design skills but also their ability to run all aspects of a business. Judging their looks and industry acumen are some of fashion's most recognizable and influential names, including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni. The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Jennifer Love, directed by Ramy Romany and produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions.

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posted 1/14/2020

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending Janaury 5
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for the entertainment magazines sparkled in the week leading up to the Golden Globe Awards. In the session ending Jan. 5, four of the top five strips scored double-digit improvements with previews of the first of Hollywood's highly anticipated annual award shows.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +25%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +19%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0* +11%
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 1/14/2020


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Pat Sajak Is Back!
"Wheel of Fortune" Host Returns After Medical Leave
From PopCulture

Pat Sajak had his triumphant return to Wheel of Fortune this evening, and fans couldn't be happier.

Last month, the long-running host had to temporarily step down from hosting duties for an emergency surgery he needed due to a blocked intestine.

While he was gone, resident letter-turner Vanna White took over hosting duties, while his daughter, Maggie, filled in for her. Now that he's back, the game show's fans were more than thrilled to welcome him back to the Wheel of Fortune helm.

As the credits started to roll, Sajak thanked everyone for their well wishes, while joked that he'll try "not to do that again" anytime soon. White, standing at his side as usual, jokingly threw him a "please!"


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posted 1/14/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bigger Than Sports"

  • Jeopardy!'s Greatest of All Time officially bigger than sports. Here's how. (Quartz) PLUS how it's turned quizzers into reality stars (Slate) and it almost didn't happen (WSFX Wilmington)

  • Julianne Hough reportedly has martial problems (Us Weekly)

  • Chris Harrison must really want Hannah Brown back as "The Bachelorette" (Us Weekly)

  • Heidi Klum has words about Gabrielle Union (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (Billboard)

posted 1/14/2020

What Is a Fumbled Clue?
Jeopardy! Airs a Clue It Shouldn't Have, Chalks It Up to Human Error
From Deadline

The producers of Jeopardy! said today that a "human error" in post-production was responsible for a contestant's answer being ruled incorrect in Friday's episode.

The show created an uproar on social media after a $200 "answer" in "Where's That Church?" category that read, "Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity." Contestant Katie Needle buzzed in first and replied, "What is Palestine?" Host Alex Trebek said that was incorrect. Another contestant then rang in and answered "What is Israel?," and that was affirmed.

The Church of the Nativity, a World Heritage Site, is located in Bethlehem in the Israeli-controlled West Bank. Many countries including the U.S. and most of the European Union do not recognize Palestine as a state.

Here is the producers' statement, which was posted in the show's official website:

In the process of taping this clue, "BUILT IN THE 300s A.D., THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY" we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic. In accordance with our rules and in the interest of fairness, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie's and Jack's scores to what they were prior to the clue. The outcome of the game was not affected. We then continued the game with this replacement clue:

"BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE" (Correct: what is Mexico?)

Unfortunately, through human error in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast. We regret the error and we will make every effort to ensure this never happens again.

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posted 1/13/2020

WEEKEND: Prelude to a Championship
Fox Wins Thanks to NFC Divisional
From the Futon Critic

FOX (29.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with its coverage of the "NFC Divisional Game: Seahawks at Packers" (31.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1) followed by a special "Bob's Burgers" (29.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.4, #2) and the season finale of "Bless the Harts" (26.330 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.7, #3).

Second place then went to CBS (6.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "God Friended Me" (6.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and a repeat "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.200 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.324 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.881 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Shark Tank" (2.778 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.628 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.137 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.134 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.913 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.191 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped the evening with "The 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards" (1.191 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 549k


Sunday cable numbers are forthcoming.

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posted 1/13/2020

Gary Lineker Looking to Host
Million-Pound Deal Could Have Leicester City Striker "Going for a Fortune"
From Leicestershire Live

Leicester football legend Gary Lineker is thought to be on the verge of signing a million-pound deal with ITV to present a new Sunday night quiz show.

News of the former Leicester City and England striker's latest megabucks contract comes just three months after the 59-year-old revealed he had taken a pay cut with the BBC.

The Match of the Day presenter filmed the show's pilot — with a working title of Going For A Fortune — in September.

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posted 1/13/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Take Care of Your Chicken"

  • Popeye's expected to honor its deal with "Family Feud Canada" player, who in response says, "I never thought that me just simply saying 'chicken' and doing a little dance would go this crazy." Eve... Do yourself a favor and get the sandwich. Then it will make perfect sense. (Newsweek)

  • Dwayne Johnson's LATEST latest entry into the pop culture pantheon is just.... all the no (NSFW) (Metro)

  • Rachel Riley's first birthday as a mom (Hello)

posted 1/13/2020


CBS

TCA: CBS
Network Orders More "Price Is Right" Specials, "Survivor" Retrospective
From various sources

CBS has picked up three celebrity specials of The Price Is Right, the network announced Sunday during its TCA winter press tour session.

The Price Is Right at Night episodes will air in primetime in spring 2020.

In December, the game show aired two holiday primetime specials with actor Seth Rogen and David Boreanaz and the cast of CBS military drama SEAL Team.

The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The long-running game show is produced by Fremantle with Evelyn Warfel serving as executive producer.

Elsewhere...
- SURVIVOR celebrates its upcoming 40th season with a new one-hour special, SURVIVOR AT 40: GREATEST MOMENTS AND PLAYERS, to be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The milestone 40th edition of SURVIVOR, hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst, premieres with a special two-hour episode one week later, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The retrospective features new interviews with unforgettable players from the past two decades of the groundbreaking series who discuss their biggest moves and favorite moments of the game, including previous winners Rob Mariano ("Redemption Island"), Amber Mariano ("All-Stars"), Jeremy Collins ("Second Chance"), Parvati Shallow (Fan vs. Favorites), and Ben Driebergen ("Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers"). "We had so much fun putting together 20 years of amazing moments that will remind everyone of why SURVIVOR is so addicting to watch and so fun to play," said executive producer and host Jeff Probst.


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posted 1/12/2020


NBC

TCA: NBCUniversal
Updates on "Biggest Loser", "AGT"
From various sources

NBC is to launch Jimmy Fallon's comedy variety series That's My Jam after this summer's Olympic Games.

The network is gearing up for the launch, which is based on the celebrity-fueled musical segments from The Tonight Show, after the Tokyo Olympics, which runs from July 24 to August 9.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy revealed the scheduling during his exec session at the Winter TCA press tour. "If you love music, you love dance and you love pop culture… [Jimmy's] turned it into a primetime spectacular for him and some of his closest friends, and so we're really, really excited."

It marks Fallon's first venture into primetime. Based on the Wheel of Musical Impressions segment from The Tonight Show, it was brought to Universal Television Alternative Studio by Fallon, longtime Tonight Show producer Jim Juvonen and writer Josh Knapp.

Elsewhere...
- NBC is expected to finish its investigation into Gabrielle Union's firing on America's Got Talent by the end of the month and network boss Paul Telegdy said it would put new practices in place "if necessary". This comes after Union departed the long-running entertainment format in controversial fashion. She is thought to have voiced concerns about a "toxic" culture on the show.
-
Here's some crafty news: NBC has renewed the craft competition series Making It, hosted by Parks and Rec alums Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, for Season 3. The show features craft makers from across the country who bring their handmade creations to be judged by Poehler and Offerman, along with expert judges Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson. Season 2's binge-like broadcast last December averaged 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating with Live+7 DVR playback factored in.
- USA Network reality chief Heather Olander has outlined the challenges of launching new adaptations of classic formats as it prepares to reboot The Biggest Loser. Olander, who is senior vice president, alternative series development and production, USA Network & Syfy, has admitted that there is a challenge to overcome the perception of previous versions of formats but said familiar titles are valuable in a world where it is very hard to launch new unscripted shows. This comes as The Biggest Loser launches on the cabler on January 28 and follows the reboot of Temptation Island, which aired two seasons in 2019. "What's great about both Temptation Island and The Biggest Loser is that they're both well known formats, The Biggest Loser even more so because it's had 17 seasons. It does help in the marketplace, where it is very hard to launch new shows, having a built in familiarity with the title. The downside is that there's a perception coming in of what the old versions might be and both shows have that. Times have changed, both those shows launched over a decade ago. Overcoming those is probably the challenge," she said.

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posted 1/12/2020


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THURSDAY: Gains for the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Wins Night 3
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to night three of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (15.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the special "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" (6.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Thursday night's third installment of the event drew a massive same-day audience of 15.4 million viewers, more eyeballs than watched the first five games of last year's NBA Finals or World Series, and a bigger number than any regularly scheduled series broadcast so far during the 2019–20 television season..

FOX (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) had to settle for the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (4.354 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), another "Last Man Standing" (4.393 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Deputy" (3.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (7.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "The Unicorn" (4.809 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mom" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.139 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.708 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (2.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "The Good Place" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.378 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), "Perfect Harmony" (1.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.688 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) closed out the night on The CW (0.507 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.173m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 771k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 499k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 453k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 370k
- Ex on the Beach: The Peak of Love (MTV): 367k

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posted 1/12/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Jeopolitical"

  • Jeopardy! gets into hot water over the location of the Church of the Nativity (NBC News)

  • Dwayne Johnson's childhood is next in the sitcom fodder cannon (TV Line)

  • Brad Rutter's record is not in any danger of being broken (The Wrap)

  • Remember when Jillian Michaels was talking about Lizzo? Yeah, Bob Harper is staying out of that (The Wrap), but he and USA are getting grilled at TCA (The Wrap)

  • The GOAT will be crowned next week, but Rob Mills is thinking about the future (Deadline)

  • Kenan Thompson's sitcom delayed to 2020-21 (The Wrap)

  • Amy Poehler returning to Golden Globes with Tina Fey (Deadline)

  • Mario Lopez returns to the Max (Instagram @MarioLopez)

posted 1/12/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Greatest of Everything Else"

  • KenJen & J-Rock exchange barbs via Twitter. As you do when you're two of the three stars of the week. Kingslayer unavailable for comment (The Wrap) PLUS Jeopardy!'s legacy as "the importance of knowledge" (Japan Today)

  • "Flirty Dancing" to be ghosted to Saturdays (The Futon Critic)

  • #ICYMI: "Family Feud Canada" contestant Eve DuBois may have lost the Feud, but she won something else... America's hearts ... and chicken (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Belushi (WSFX Wilmington)

posted 1/10/2020


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EDD BYRNES: 1932-2020
"77 Sunset Strip's" Kookie Hosted "Wheel of Fortune" Pilot
From the Hollywood Reporter

Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 87.

Byrnes, who years later played the smooth-talking Vince Fontaine, a Dick Clark-like dance contest host, in Grease (1978), died unexpectedly Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, his son, San Diego TV news anchor Logan Byrnes, said on Twitter.

"It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father Edd Byrnes. He was an amazing man and one of my best friends," he wrote.

On 77 Sunset Strip, Kookie parked cars at Dino's Lodge, a Hollywood nightclub that was owned by Dean Martin and served as a backdrop on the show. The club was next door to the private detective agency run by the suave duo of Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith).

When he wasn't "piling up the Z's" (that would be sleeping), the finger-snapping Kookie was running a comb through his wavy ducktail, and Byrnes became one of television's first heartthrobs, in an Elvis kind of way.

He elicited shrieks of delight from young female fans everywhere and parlayed that teen-idol fame into a gold record, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb." Recorded with actress Connie Stevens, the song (on Warner Bros. Records) made it to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1959.

At the peak of his popularity, Byrnes received more than 15,000 fan letters a week, exceeding the record that Warner Bros., the studio behind 77 Sunset Strip, had ever received for any star (yes, more than even Errol Flynn and James Cagney). The actor said he once appeared on 26 magazine covers in one week alone.

"As Kookie, I was one of the first young fellows on television, one of the first that the young could identify with," he said in 1969.

His contract prohibited Byrnes from accepting plum roles in such movies as Ocean's Eleven, North to Alaska and Rio Bravo, and John F. Kennedy was said to have objected to having someone known as Kookie play him in the 1963 film PT 109. The role went to Cliff Robertson. At one point, Byrnes walked off the show and retreated into a heavy drinking period.

He returned in an "upgraded" role in May 1960, with Kookie now a partner in the agency and sporting a coat and tie.

After 77 Sunset Strip ended its six-season-run in 1963, Byrnes moved to Europe to star in a string of spaghetti Westerns and spy thrillers. He sporadically returned to Hollywood to capitalize on his Kookie notoriety.

In 1975, Merv Griffin signed Byrnes to host a new game show, and two half-hour pilots were filmed. NBC liked it but insisted on another host, and so Chuck Woolery got the gig on Wheel of Fortune. Edd would ultimately put in work as an announcer on the show.

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posted 1/9/2020


Twitter

ALEXIS EDDY: 1996-2020
"Are You The One" Contestant
From Deadline

Alexis Eddy, an MTV reality contestant whose history with drug addiction became part of her onscreen persona on Are You the One?, died today, reportedly after a cardiac arrest at her home in Mannington, WV. She was 23.

"MTV is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Alexis Eddy," the network said on Are You the One's official Twitter page today. "Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

Eddy appeared on the reality series' Season 6 in 2017.

On her Twitter page, where she described herself as "just a washed up MTV reality star wondering why people still care what she's up to….," she announced her sobriety in September.

With accompanying photos of herself and her father taken two years apart, Eddy wrote, "Guuuuuys look at this pic of me n my daddio finally sober together." The post continued, "So very blessed today. #RecoveryRocks".

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 1/9/2020


Sony Pictures TV

WEDNESDAY: Still the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Wins Night 2
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Wednesday thanks to night two of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (14.824 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the return of "Modern Family" (6.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Single Parents" (3.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Stumptown" (2.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

NBC (7.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) took home the silver with its mainstays "Chicago Med" (7.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the season premieres of "Undercover Boss" (4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (4.843 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) alongside a second "Criminal Minds" (4.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up fresh installments of "Flirty Dancing" (1.420 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Almost Family" (1.014 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Riverdale" (0.414 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- America's Top Dog (P/A&E): 1.184m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 814k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 207k

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posted 1/9/2020

Image Award Nominations
Wayne Brady, Steve Harvey, Others Nominated
From the Hollywood Reporter

The 51st NAACP Image Awards — recognizing the achievements of people of color in TV, music, literature and film and those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — will air live on BET on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. ET.

Nominations of note in the game show world include...

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show
- Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
- Rhythm + Flow (Netflix)
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Sunday Best (BET Networks)
- The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) - Individual or Ensemble
- Iyanla Vanzant - Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
- LL Cool J - Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
- Regina Hall - 2019 BET Awards (BET Networks)
- Steve Harvey - Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Wayne Brady - Let's Make A Deal (CBS)

Other award nominations:
- Anthony Anderson - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Black-ish)
- Terry Crews - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
- Cedric the Entertainer - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (The Neighborhood)
- Fantasia - Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Song - Traditional ("Enough")
- Jamie Foxx - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture ("Just Mercy")
- Dwayne Johnson - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Ballers)
- Alicia Keys featuring Miguel - Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration ("Show Me Love")
- Jennifer Lopez - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture ("Hustlers")
- Donnie McClurkin - Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album - Traditional or Contemporary (Not Yet)
- Normani - Outstanding Song - Contemporary ("Motivation")
- Gabrielle Union - Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special (Being Mary Janes)


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posted 1/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Pat Sajak doesn't care who replaces him as host (ComicBook.com) PLUS Maggie Sajak had her father in mind this week (WSFX Wilmington)

  • Dan Patrick surprised with a Hall of Fame nomination (Awful Announcing)

  • Alex Trebek thinks the Jeopardy! Legends are like family (TMZ)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fremantle's Vasha Wallace (TBI)

posted 1/9/2020


Sony Pictures TV

TUESDAY: ABC's the GOAT
"Jeopardy! GOAT" Helps Alphabet to Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) soared to the top spot on Tuesday thanks to the launch of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (14.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) alongside the return of "Mixed-ish" (4.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Black-ish" (3.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Emergence" (2.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

CBS (8.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) was the number two draw with its trio of "NCIS" (10.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "FBI" (9.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (7.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with the season premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.654 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and a sneak preview of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "The Resident" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the return of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Batwoman" (0.647 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (0.379 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 730k
- Ink Master: Turf War (SP/PAramount): 519k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 436k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (SP/VH1): 408k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 170k

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posted 1/8/2020


ABC

TCA: ABC
Network Nabs "Supermarket Sweep", "Millionaire 20th Anniversary", "Bachelor" Spinoff
From various sources

ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show "Supermarket Sweep," hosted and executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. Produced by Fremantle, the fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.

The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK.

Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

"I've always dreamed of being on 'Supermarket Sweep,'" said Leslie Jones. "Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I'd have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!"

"'Supermarket Sweep' is the perfect addition to ABC's strong lineup of classic game show revivals, and we struck gold having Leslie Jones as the host and executive producer," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "The original version was one of my all-time favorites. I can't wait for it to be reintroduced with Leslie's fresh and unique take on the classic supermarket race, which will undoubtedly appeal to an entirely new generation of viewers."

"We are beyond excited to bring back one of TV's most beloved game shows," said Jayson Dinsmore, president, Alternative Development and Programming, Fremantle. "'Supermarket Sweep' is a fan favorite; and with the addition of genius Leslie Jones, a new generation will be introduced to this truly special series."

Leslie Jones is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and former SNL cast member. Her Netflix one-hour standup special, "Leslie Jones: Time Machine," launches on Jan. 14, 2020. She can be seen next on "Coming to America 2" for Paramount Pictures, set for a 2020 Christmas release. Jones is also set to shoot the film "Queenpins" later this year, opposite Kristen Bell, after having recently completed voicing the lead villain role in "Angry Birds 2" for Sony Pictures Animation.

"Supermarket Sweep" is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Leslie Jones, Hunter Seidman and Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter and Wes Kauble.

Elsewhere...
- In celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," which debuted in the U.S. as a prime-time series in January 2000, ABC's celebrated late-night staple and Emmy(R) Award-winning producer Jimmy Kimmel will be stepping into prime time as host of a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity. In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home. "Millionaire" is set to premiere on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8. For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on "Millionaire" can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert - anyone they want - to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice. Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show. Celebrities confirmed to appear will be announced at a later date. "Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes," said Jimmy Kimmel. The original executive producer of "Millionaire," multiple Emmy Award winner Michael Davies, returns to run the series. "My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy's since the days of 'Win Ben Stein's Money,' and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on 'Millionaire' in its original run. I can't wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game." "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will be executive produced by Michael Davies, Jimmy Kimmel and Mike Richards, the three-time Emmy Award-winning former executive producer of "The Price Is Right," who is set to take over the helm of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" later this year. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television's Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions Ltd.
- Friday nights are about to see some shark-infested waters when "Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show currently in its 11th season, returns to its FRIDAY time slot on FEB. 28 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), while the hit comedy "American Housewife" moves to a new spot on the ABC comedy block beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT).

- The power of love knows no bounds as ABC further expands its hit-making Bachelor franchise with an all-new Bachelor Nation series, "The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart," set to premiere MONDAY, APRIL 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). This new project is announced on the heels of a successful summer run, with "The Bachelorette" ranking as summer's No. 1 TV series among Adults 18-49, and "Bachelor in Paradise" finishing as Monday's No. 2 series of the summer, behind only "The Bachelorette." "The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart" unites two of the most emotionally powerful forces in human life: music and love, as 20 single men and women embark on an incredible journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love.
- On the heels of Dancing With the Stars' most polarizing cycle yet, ABC boss Karey Burke has weighed in on the controversy that plagued Season 28. More specifically, the Sean Spicer of it all. "I do" stand by the decision to cast Spicer, Burke told TVLine on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. As for how Spicer (and some, ahem, well-placed conservative cronies) lobbied for him to stick around the show despite his lack of proficiency/improvement, Burke shrugged, "It's a ballroom dancing show, it is not a political show, and the contestants came with the spirit of that. Ultimately, this is a show in which the audience votes, and the audience voted [to keep Spicer week after week]. And ultimately the right person (former Bachelorette Hannah Brown) won." Burke admitted that it hadn't made a final decision to renew the BBC Studios-produced show, but told Deadline that she expected it to return. "The show had a terrific season, use the word resurgent for a reason," she said.

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SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending December 22
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Live with Kelly and Ryan celebrated the Christmas session ending Dec. 29 as the No. 1 talk show for the second time in five weeks. In a generally low-rated holiday frame where only a handful of shows were able to avoid often steep loses, Kelly and Ryan held its ground at its season-high 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and topped the talkers by open daylight. The program's ratings highpoint of the week was its holiday-themed "Kelly and Ryan's Christmas Eve Show."

Perennial ratings champion Judge Judy was mostly in repeats but still blew away all other court shows for the 1,214th consecutive week, and, even with the barely watched holiday pulling down its average, battled to an overall second-place 5.4 finish behind Family Feud. Feud topped the chart with a 5.6. Next in line, Jeopardy tumbled 25% to a new season-low 4.8, tying Wheel of Fortune, which skidded 23% to a new season-low.

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) 5.6 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8** -23%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8** -25%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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A Health Update...
"Jeopardy!" Host Talks Retirement Rumors, Truths
From Deadline

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek gave a health update and revealed how he plans to end his run.

Trebek was at the TCA Winter Press tour to promote ABC special Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time alongside Jeopardy! champs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Trebek, who has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy since being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, admitted that "some days are better than others".

"My resistance is lower because of the treatments I've been having and as you can tell I've got the cold that's going around but this is the second time I've had it in the last month and a half. They've got me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me and I won't know until tomorrow when I go in for some tests and then maybe a week or so when I know how things stand. I have good days and bad days," he added.

The presenter added that while he doesn't forsee saying a final goodbye to Jeopardy "in the near future", he has already figured out how he will go out. He will ask the director to give him 30 seconds at the end of his final show, but said that he will do it "on a whim".

The first night of Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time was the greatest on Tuesday in the ratings, scored 14.37 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, dominating a night where the broadcast networks began returning to regular programming after a holiday slumber. The faceoff of Jeopardy! champs Holzhauer, Jennings and Brad Rutter kicked off their best-of-3 showdown for a $1M prize. The special, which gave ABC the nightly win overall in the demo, continues tonight and Thursday, with Friday and next week in the works if necessary.

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Nick & Vanessa Lachey Prove "Love Is Blind"
Netflix Greenlights New Love-At-First-Sight Series
From the Wrap

Husband and wife duo Nick and Vanessa Lachey have been tapped to host a new dating show for Netflix, the streamer announced Wednesday.

Titled "Love Is Blind," the serialized dating show will follow singles as they date, form relationships and fall in love, all without ever having seen their dates.

The couples will see each other for the first time after getting engaged, and the cameras will continue to follow them as they attempt to form a physical connection to match the emotional one in the days leading up to their wedding. .

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posted 1/7/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another GOAT"

  • Alex Jacob among the three finalists of season 1 of "The Big Blind" (CalvinAyre.com)

  • Wink Martindale offers Ravens tickets to.... Wink Martindale (WUSA Washington)

  • Tom Bergeron has a heck of a decade challenge (Inquisitr)

posted 1/8/2020


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TCA: Fox
On Tap: "Masked Dancer" from Ellen DeGeneres
From various sources

This really puts the "jig" in Thingamajig: Fox has ordered a dance-based spinoff of The Masked Singer.

The Masked Dancer will feature incognito, costumed celebrities performing choreography and having audiences guess their identities. Fox announced the series order at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday.

The idea grew from a segment on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, in which guests like Will & Grace's Sean Hayes and America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel dressed up and performed for the stymied crowd. DeGeneres will executive-produce the new series. Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television will produce.

"This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as The Masked Singer, but with a lot more Krumping," DeGeneres said via statement. "And I cannot wait!"

Rob Wade, president of Alternative Entertaiment & Specials at Fox entertainment, added in another statement: "We're still blown away by The Masked Singer's massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, "The Masked Dancer," on her show, we were truly amazed… We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take The Masked Dancer to a whole new creative level."

In related Masked news: Ken Jeong's dream is finally coming true, because Beat Shazam host/In Living Color alum/movie star Jamie Foxx will appear on Masked Singer's Season 3 premiere. Foxx will join the judges' panel for the episode, which will air on Fox after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2

"We have added a lot more guest judges," Fox's Alternative Entertainment President Rob Wade told Deadline during TCA. The list includes Leah Remini and Jason Biggs, star of the new Fox comedy series Outmatched, who already have filmed their episodes. It is one of several tweaks planned for the upcoming season, which will feature four more hourlong episodes than Season 2, stretching over four more weeks.

Elsewhere...
- Fox is developing an adaptation of Korean mystery gameshow I Can See Your Voice as reality chief Rob Wade eyes bigger, broader formats. The network has piloted a U.S. adaptation of the show, which hails from Korea's CJ ENM, the company behind NBC's Better Late Than Never. It was fronted by Ken Jeong and comes on the back of The Masked Singer, which was also based on a Korean original. I Can See Your Voice, which was created by Lee Seon-young, sees a pop star try and guess the skilled vocalists from the tone-deaf singers without hearing them sing. With the help of a "tone-deaf detective team", they must eliminate one or two singers in each round before performing on the 'Stage of Truth' with the star. If the final singer can hold a tune, they will receive a special reward, but if the final mystery singer is tone-deaf they will receive a cash prize.

- Fox is weighing up the future of its non-scripted schedule as series including So You Think You Can Dance, Mental Samurai and First Responders Live remain on the bubble. The network is still plotting its summer schedule and President of Alternative and Specials Rob Wade is confident that the "right shows will come back". So You Think You Can Dance, which is hosted by Brit Cat Deeley, aired its 16th season in June 2019. Wade said that the future of the evergreen format has not been impacted by the order for The Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer or Flirty Dancing. "The Masked Singer and Dancer feel like very different shows to the classic singing and dancing shows so there's enough room in the schedule. Look at how many police dramas and medical there are. There are certain genres like singing, dancing and cooking where you can have lots of different types of formats," he told Deadline.

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posted 1/7/2020

MONDAY: Dead Heat
NBC, ABC Split on "AGT", "Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the return of "The Bachelor" (6.033 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (6.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) settled for the silver with its season premieres of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (8.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Manifest" (4.765 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (6.303 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (5.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Bull" (6.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "9-1-1" (2.571 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.435 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Supergirl" (0.668 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Crisis Aftermath" (0.283 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.143m
- Food NEtwork Challenge (Food): 691k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 443k
- America Says - 4:30p (GSN): 431k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 372k
- Get a Clue (P/GSN): 366k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 341k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 227k .

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posted 1/7/2020

WEEKEND: 12th Man Problems
NBC Wins with Wild Card Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (18.504 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Sunday with the primetime portions of the "NFC Wild Card Game: Seahawks at Eagles" (29.747 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) and "The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (14.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2).

ABC (3.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (3.035 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Shark Tank" (2.856 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (1.999 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "God Friended Me" (5.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.661 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.697 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up encores of "Last Man Standing" (1.258 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.565 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11); originals from "The Simpsons" (1.869 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Family Guy" (1.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3); plus repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.319 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bless the Harts" (0.981 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.470 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.359 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 648k
- America Says (GSN): 403k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 282k

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posted 1/7/2020

"Wheel" Keeps It In the Family
Pat's Youngest Daughter Maggie Sajak Plays Letter Toucher
From the Wrap

Vanna White is still filling in as "Wheel of Fortune" host in Pat Sajak's absence, so a special guest has been brought on as letter-turner. Pat's daughter Maggie Sajak will reveal the letters this week.

Next week, her father and White will return to their usual roles.

The official "Wheel of Fortune" Twitter account made the announcement Monday evening. "We're keeping it in the family — meet our special guest letter-turner, Maggie Sajak!" the post read, with the hashtags family and family time.

Maggie is Sajak's youngest daughter with wife Lesly. She turned 25 on Sunday, so she was 24 when these episodes were taped. He also has a son, Patrick Jr.

In an interview last month, Pat said that his emergency surgery due to an intestinal issue was "completely successful."

"I was back from surgery last week and had a wonderful time on the show," Pat in a special taped announcement. "I'm not going to be here this week. It's not that I've had a relapse, it's just because of the technicalities of the taping order." The Sajak-hosted episodes will start airing next week. White has been hosting episodes airing since Dec. 9, 2019.

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posted 1/7/2020

More on "LEGO Masters"
Meet the Celebrity Guest Judges
From the Futon Critic

New competition series LEGO(R) MASTERS has announced celebrity guests, including Mayim Bialik, Terry Crews, Nicole Byer and "The LEGO Movie" writers and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. These special guests will join host Will Arnett throughout the show's premiere season, debuting Wednesday, Feb. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following the Season Three time period premiere of THE MASKED SINGER (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

Actress and producer Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") will help the contestants pair LEGO-building expertise with their knowledge of the universe in a space-themed episode. Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") steps in to help Arnett encourage the contestants in a "Good vs. Evil" challenge that has major implications on the competition moving forward, while Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!") comes to set to facilitate great LEGO storytelling in a "Story Book"-themed episode.

"Star Wars" fans will not want to miss some extra special guests in the "Star Wars"-themed episode of LEGO MASTERS, during which Arnett and guests BB-8, C3PO and R2-D2 challenge the contestants to build their own droids and replicate iconic scenes inspired by the beloved film franchise.

Additionally, renowned film and television writers, directors and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The LEGO Movie"), who also are LEGO connoisseurs, provide an assist in a "Movie Genres"-themed episode.

Anthony Dominici will executive-produce the FOX series, along with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesday's Child; and Jill Wilfert and Robert May from The LEGO Group. Will Arnett also serves as an executive producer. LEGO MASTERS will be produced by Endemol Shine North America, Plan B and Tuesday's Child, under license from The LEGO(R) Group, for The LEGO(R) Group.

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posted 1/7/2020

Food Network Is Sweet on "Chopped"
Network Orders Scott Conant-Hosted Spinoff to Series
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's celebrated culinary battle sweetens the competition with new primetime series Chopped Sweets, premiering Monday, February 3rd at 10pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Chopped judge Scott Conant, each episode features four bold chefs competing to take on the toughest test of their lives. Faced with baffling ingredients and an unrelenting clock, these sensational sugar-savvy chefs must utilize a sweet-themed ingredient within their mystery baskets through three rounds to create different dessert iterations to impress Scott and a rotating panel of culinary experts who determine which chef will be chopped, and who will achieve sweet success and walk away with $10,000!

"Chopped Sweets takes viewers on a sweet and exhilarating culinary ride, pushing some of the most talented chefs to their limits to create beautifully crafted desserts from eccentric mystery ingredients," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Scott Conant brings his culinary and judging acumen as host to all the action, making Chopped Sweets a welcome addition to the Chopped family."

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posted 1/7/2020

Oliver Peck Dismissed from "Ink Master"
Controversy Stems from Blackface Incident
From TV Line

Paramount Network's Ink Master and Oliver Peck have parted ways, just days after old photos of the reality-TV judge wearing blackface resurfaced via TMZ.

"After filming 13 great seasons of Ink Master, the producers and I have decided it's best to part ways," Peck said in a statement obtained by TVLine. "The offensive photos of me which recently surfaced from many years ago can only be a distraction to the amazing show I have loved being a part of and its many talented artists.

"I want to thank the show's cast, crew, contestants and awesome fans," Peck continued. "It's been a blast and an honor and I wish my friends and colleagues the very best in whatever the future holds." In a statement, Paramount Network said, "We, like many others, were appalled when we saw the photos of Oliver. We were glad to see his apology and accept that he is taking full responsibility for the damaging impact of his actions."

Ink Master's 16-episode Season 13, featuring Peck among the judges, is already taped and premieres this Tuesday night.

In personal photos that used to reside on Peck's old MySpace page, the onetime husband of Kat Von D is seen in brown face and arm makeup, dressed as a basketball player and as a superhero whose moniker includes a racist epithet.

"I want to profusely apologize for my completely inappropriate, insensitive, and immature behavior," Peck said in an Jan. 3 Instagram post. "I was 100% wrong to depict myself this way and I take full responsibility for my immature, misguided perspective, total lapse of judgement and insensitivity."

Ink Master in fact marks Peck's second gig lost due to the backlash. He was set to emcee the sixth annual Tattooed Gloves charity boxing tournament next month in Austin, Texas, but he was replaced after the aforementioned photos surfaced, with professional ring announcer/tattooer Dave Woodard.

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"Wheel" at 45
America's Game Premiered on NBC in 1975
From Mash Viral

On January 6, 1975, the first episode of Wheel of Fortune hit the air waves. It would be a huge success, one of the most popular game shows in television history – although no one can explain exactly why.

Wheel of Fortune was the brainchild of Merv Griffin, the same television star who created Jeopardy more than a decade earlier. Encouraged by the success of this program, the media mogul considered other ideas for a game show. Griffin remembered long car journeys in his youth when he was playing with his sister Hangman and started developing a new word game concept.

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Masked Singer Launches in the UK
5.5M Britons Catch It on ITV
From Newsweek

After becoming a huge hit for Fox in the U.S. across two seasons, The Masked Singer finally landed in the UK on Saturday — and it performed well for commercial broadcaster ITV.

The celebrity singing contest, in which stars are disguised in elaborate costumes so that a panel of judges and the audience at home have to guess their identity, premiered with 5.5M viewers between 7PM and 8.30PM. It was the highest-rated show of the day on any channel, peaking with 6.5M as the identity of The Butterfly was revealed, according to BARB figures provided by overnights.tv.

Based on a format originally created by Korean broadcaster MBC and made by fledging Scottish producer Bandicoot, The Masked Singer beat the second season debut of Simon Cowell's show The Greatest Dancer on BBC One, which was watched by 3.2M in the same slot. This was well below its first season debut of 4.7M. The Masked Singer also outperformed The Voice UK later on ITV. The John de Mol-created singing contest, now in its ninth series, returned with an audience of 4.6M. In fact, The Masked Singer's 5.5M viewers made it ITV's biggest new entertainment launch since 2013, when celebrity diving contest Splash! debuted with 5.7M viewers, according to BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba. This does not include The Voice UK, which premiered on ITV in 2017 with 6M viewers, but brought with it an already established audience after moving over from BBC One.

The celebrity singing contest entertained an audience of 4.3M between 8PM and 9.30PM on Sunday night, which was down nearly 22% on its Saturday performance of 5.5M, according to BARB figures supplied by overnights.tv.

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"Get a Clue" Premieres
Catch It on Game Show Network Today at 4p ET
From First Coast News

The Game Show Network launches a new original show — "Get a Clue" with host Rob Belushi. The show is described as a high energy clue game in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out.

Catch the all-new premiere Jan. 6 at 4pm ET.

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Be #TrebekStrong Together"

  • Alex Trebek to John Lewis: Let's beat cancer together (AL.com) PLUS 10 memes that prove how boss he is (Screen Rant) and 20 facts about the man himself (The Things)

  • Vanna White takes a much-needed vacation (Yahoo!)

  • Steve Harvey accused to stealing jokes from comic who hasn't been relevant since "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" (Cinema Blend)

  • Remember Jade Roper Tolbert from "The Bachelor"? She won a mill off of fantasy football... and needless to say, some people had a problem with this (CBS Sports)

  • Gordon Ramsay produces what looks like a TV adaptation of Jon Favreau's "Chef", but is so obviously different (Deadline)

  • Oliver Peck offers the customary mediapology (Deadline)

  • Jameela Jamil throws Candace Owens Is Over party (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: Five things you didn't know you needed to know about Howie Mandel (Heavy)

  • You can't change Tyler Neasloney sucking... but you can make money off of it. (EW)

  • Bradley Walsh is talking about 500 "Chase" episodes and two spinoffs (Entertainment Daily)

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THURSDAY: Alex Trebek Opens Up
"Jeopardy!" Host Talks Retirement Rumors, Truths
From Deadline

Alex Trebek says fans have made him feel better as he battles pancreatic cancer.

In a new interview with ABC's Michael Strahan, the Jeopardy! host and his wife explained how the illness has affected their lives. Trebek said well-wishes from fans sometimes make him emotional. "I don't mind getting choked up. My oncologist told me one of the symptoms, if you will, of pancreatic cancer is that you get these moments of depression, sadness," he explained.

The longtime television host first announced he was battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March via a YouTube video.

He said he realized something was wrong and called his doctor after he began to experience severe stomach pain. "I knew as soon as the doctor came back and mentioned the pancreas. I said, 'Uh-oh, it's going to be cancer,'" Trebek explained to Strahan.

His wife of 29 years, Jean Trebek, was the first person he told about the diagnosis. She said in the interview that it's difficult to see her husband "in pain and I can't help him."

Alex Trebek's cancer went into remission several months ago, but he was forced to undergo another round of chemotherapy after a health downturn over the summer. Still, he continues to work around his house on construction projects and on TV.

Next month he'll host Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament, beginning January 7.

Despite his busy schedule, Trebek said he remains realistic about his health. "I have learned something in the past year and it's this: We don't know when we're going to die," he said. "Because of the cancer diagnosis, it's no longer an open-ended life, it's a closed-ended life because of the terrible … survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I'm alive, about the impact that I've been having on their existence."

Trebek is thinking about his departure from the game show. In a preview for the Thursday ABC special What is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show, the 79-year-old, who is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, revealed that he has already rehearsed his final goodbye.

"It'll be a significant moment for me," he acknowledged. "But I've kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ''Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That's all I want.' And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, 'Don't ask me who's going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I'm sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me... then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'"

Despite this, the Jeopardy! host reportedly has "no plans" to retire from the iconic game show anytime soon, according to a coworker.

PEOPLE reports that an unidentified employee of Jeopardy! told CTV News in October, "He has no plans to quit, and is absolutely not announcing his retirement [anytime soon]." In the past, Trebek himself has also commented on the notion of leaving the show, at one point saying, "We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

As for the special itself, it helped ABC win the night in total viewers.

FOX (4.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (5.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), a second "Last Man Standing" (5.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the debut of "Deputy" (4.648 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

A close second was ABC (4.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its special "What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show" (7.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.545 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Mom" (4.182 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (3.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Evil" (1.842 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) had its mix of a repeat "Superstore" (2.008 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a second "Superstore" (1.396 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), the special "The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU" (1.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.182 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with second runs of "Supernatural" (0.629 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.155m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 788k
- America Says (GSN): 424k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 393k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 328k

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posted 1/3/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Flashback Friday"

  • Alex Trebek: an abridged history (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Rip Torn: a memorial for a dodgeball commissioner (Deadline)

  • Noel Fielding wants you to come with us now on (another) journey through time and space... to the world of the Mighty Boosh (Deadline)

  • How "The Masked Singer" arrived in the UK (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: That time some contestant threw THE FREAKING HOST under the bus on "Project Runway" (Mediaite)

  • Why Greta Thunberg changed her name to "Sharon" (Huffpost)

posted 1/3/2020

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending December 22
From TV Newscheck

Hot newcomers Tamron Hall and rookie leader The Kelly Clarkson Show — both already renewed for year two — scored double-digit increases and were the only gainers among the rookies in the session ending Dec. 22, 2019.

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 (ViacomCBS) 6.4 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (ViacomCBS) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 1/2/2020

WEDNESDAY: Welcome 2020!
NBC Wins, "Flirty Dancing" Takes a Tumble
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) opened 2020 on top with its crossover encores of "Chicago Fire" (3.702 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Chicago Med" (4.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (4.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (1.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Schooled" (2.158 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Modern Family" (1.991 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Single Parents" (1.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Stumptown" (1.308 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (1.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its marathon of "Evil" (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "Evil" (1.937 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and yet another "Evil" (1.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.436 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up originals from "Flirty Dancing" (1.805 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Almost Family" (1.067 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Riverdale" (0.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.495 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.495 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/2/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sashayed Away"

  • RuPaul's talker not moving forward (TV Line)

  • Oliver Peck in blackface. No... just... NO. (TMZ)

  • When it comes to Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings says age matters (Deadline)

posted 1/2/2020


Various sources

Saying Goodbye in 2019
A Final Roll Call for Those We Lost in the Game Show World
From various sources

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2019 and prepare to begin anew in the new year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Fatima Ali, an unabashed talent in the kitchen who rose to the ranks of "Top Chef".

- Jed Allan, an actor who got the joke during his stint as host of "Celebrity Bowling".

- Rudy Boesch, a "Survivor" legend, a "Combat Missions" host, and an American hero.

- Al Burton, whose production credits run the gamut between the more memorable "Win Ben Stein's Money" and the more mundane "Hello Larry".

- Gay Byrne, Ireland's answer to Regis in both the celebrity interview and the asking of quiz questions and the all-important "Is that your final answer?".

- Randall Christensen, an astute designer who lent his talent to "Dancing with the Stars".

- Robert Earle, who had a lofty assignment, replacing Allen Ludden on "College Bowl".

- Grumpy Cat, whose scowl made us smile.

- Arte Johnson, a Laugh-In veteran who was "verrry interesting" as a celebrity judge or host of his own show, "Camouflage".

- Gershon Kingsley, who with his partner Perrey gave musical life to a classic game of knowledge and luck, "The Joker's Wild".

- Masahiko Kobe, a man of metal as the Italian-trained maestro of the original "Iron Chef".

- Jerry Kupcinet, a Daytime Emmy nominated director & producer who lent his talents to "Wild Animal Games" and "The Dating Game".

- Ashley Massaro, a professional wrestler who went into the ring with 19 others during her season of "Survivor"

- Walter Mercado, the flamboyant astrologer who lent his spiritual guidance on VH1's campy "Viva Hollywood".

- Gary Rhodes, the prototype of the cooking competition host as displayed on the PBS run of "MasterChef".

- Carl Ruiz, a Food Network regular who was just as at home judging as he was competing.

- Gavin Smith, a poker legend who made the rounds on the regular series of "Poker After Dark" and "High Stakes Poker"

- Haley Smith, who went for her dreams on "American Idol"

- Rip Taylor, the very definition of a camp character during his stint as host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show" and endless panels.

- Mike Thalassitis, the footballer who made waves during his season of "Love Island".

- Rip Torn, a respected actor who lent his credence to "Extreme Dodgeball".

- Charles van Doren, part of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in the history of game shows.

- Cassandra Waldon, part of the first class of "Big Brother" in the US.

- Suzanne Whang, a live host on Game Show Network in between gigs as a "House Hunters" host.

- Jack Whitaker, the legendary voice of CBS Sports who was the face of "The Face Is Familiar".

- Daniel Wright, who made himself a winner at life in "The Biggest Loser".

- Celebrities including Kaye Ballard, Cameron Boyce, Chuy Bravo, Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Jessi Combs, Tim Conway, Doris Day, Bob Einstein, Albert Finney, Peter Fonda, Godfrey Gao, Valerie Harper, Ken Kercheval, Ron Leibman, Peggy Lipton, Philip McKeon, Eddie Money, Louisa Moritz, Phyllis Newman, Shelley Morrison, Denise Nickerson, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Luke Perry, Kristoff St. John, Caroll Spinney, Bart Starr, Brody Stevens, Russi Taylor, Peter Tork, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Witherspoon, and Max Wright who took time out of their busy schedules to play the games we know and love.

- And finally, to David Downs, a pillar of bringing game shows to the masses on YouTube. His wit was as quick, his candor as jovial, and his opinions as laser-focused to the unexpected end.

May they all rest in peace.

The Wrap
San Francisco Examiner
TV Insider
WWMT Kalamazoo

posted 1/1/2020

MONDAY: Life After Football
CBS Most Watched Network
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on an all-repeat Monday with its telecast of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2.529 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

CBS (4.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "All Rise" (3.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Bull" (4.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.554 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with its combination of "Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways" (3.236 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Manifest" (2.503 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and another "Manifest" (1.925 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.670 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "9-1-1" (2.059 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.281 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped Sweets (S/Food): 865k
- America Says (GSN): 483k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 378k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 234k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/19

First & Last of 2020
Jason Manford to Host Comic Game for BBC One
From Beyond the Joke

Jason Manford is the host of First And Last, a brand new game show that will put contestants through a succession of ingenious rounds, all of which have one golden rule - players mustn't come first or last in any game. If they do, they will be eliminated.

Eleven contestants start each show and compete across a range of five downright daft, stupidly funny, play-along-at-home games that will see one of them leave with a cash prize of up to £10,000. The first and last players are eliminated from each round. To triumph, they'll need to judge every round to perfection and hold their nerve in the nail-biting endgame - contested by the remaining three players.

First And Last was created by Peter Holmes and has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Pinki Chambers and Katie Taylor. The Executive Producers for Zeppotron are Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips and Karen Murdoch. The Series Producer is Keith Cotton.

First and Last, Saturdays from January 4, 8.15pm, BBC One.

Beyond the Joke

Telly Mix

posted 1/1/2020

£100K Dropped
Report: Channel 4 Cancels Quiz After a Decade
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has axed The £100k Drop less than two years after the format moved to daytime, it's been revealed.

The gameshow, hosted by Davina McCall, began life as The Million Pound Drop at the start of the decade.

Last year, after a spell off-air, C4 bosses resurrected the show, but moved it from primetime to 4pm in the afternoon.

Contestants continued to gamble bundles of real cash on the answers to multiple choice questions, with money placed on wrong answers tumbling through trapdoors. However, the change in scheduling saw the top prize slashed to £100,000, a tenth of the original amount. While it was still a huge prize for daytime telly, rivalling amounts offered by The Chase, it seems viewers weren't impressed with the reduction.

According to The Sun, The £100k Drop has now been dropped itself by C4 after three series. A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: "There are no plans for The £100k Drop to return to Channel 4. "We'd like to thank Davina and all of the team behind the show for the numerous nail-biting moments."

Telly Mix

Digital Spy
Metro
Woman & Home
Radio Times

posted 1/1/2020

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "The Doctor Is In"

  • Ken Jeong joins "The Masked Singer UK" (Radio Times)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Circle (Netflix) (Fast Company)

  • Even after all his success on "Jeopardy!", Austin Rogers hosting trivia nights at his home bar (ABC News)

posted 1/1/2020

WEEKEND: Flirting with Success?
Fox Entry Previews Okay
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) closed its Sunday lineup on top with the finales to "Football Night in America #1" (9.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (12.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (19.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (5.835 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) was the distant silver with its mix of "The OT" (13.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), the premiere of "Flirty Dancing" (3.167 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and repeats of "Bless the Harts" (1.330 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.204 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was CBS (4.817 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "NFL Overrun" (11.506 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "60 Minutes" (7.614 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "The Unicorn" (3.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "The Unicorn" (2.465 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), "Carol's Second Act" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), another "Carol's Second Act" (2.057 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and "All Rise" (1.931 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.996 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Shark Tank" (2.264 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "Shark Tank" (2.071 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Batwoman" (0.565 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) and "Supergirl" (0.484 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) closed out the evening on The CW (0.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- America Says (GSN): 483k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 317k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playing Around"

  • Hasbro closes on Entertainment One (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: Everything we know about Masked Singer season 3 (The Wrap)

  • Corrine Olympios is going out with why the hell is this news? (Reality TV World)

  • What we can learn from Vanna White hosting Wheel (Broadway World)

posted 12/26/19

THURSDAY: Boxed Out on Boxing Day
ABC Wins Thanks to "Baking Show"
From Deadline

NBC's re-airing of its Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and the lone original of the Thursday, ABC's The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition, helped the networks tie for the night's top spot in the 18-49 demographic.

NBC edged repeat-filled CBS for the victory in total viewers.

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (0.5, 2.74M), which was even in the demo with last week's episode, followed the special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (0.5, 2.96M) on ABC. The night of specials also included Nick Cannon's Hit Viral Videos: Holidays 2019 (0.4, 2.20M) on Fox and Best of iHeart Radio Festival (0.1, 790,000) on the CW.

The most-watched show of Thursday's primetime was a repeat of CBS' Young Sheldon.

On cable...
-
Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 847k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 710k
- Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love (MTV): 312k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/27/19

TUESDAY: It's a Wonderful Christmas Eve
NBC Wins Thanks to "It's a Wonderful Life"
From Deadline

'Twas the night before Christmas and all networks delivered a merry slate of reruns while NBC topped Tuesday night ratings with its traditional airing of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic It's A Wonderful Life. This year, it earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 adult demographic and 3.61 million tuned in to watch George Bailey realize he has so much to live for. The ratings are down from last year by a tenth.

CBS aired reruns of NCIS and FBI while the other networks served up repeats of Yuletide-themed specials.

ABC aired the stop-motion animated classic Santa Claus is Coming' to Town (0.5, 2.63M) followed by CMA Country Christmas (0.4, 2.66M).

Fox put us in a musical mood with another helping of 2017's live musical event A Christmas Story Live! (0.3, 1.12) while The CW aired Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2019 (0.1, 840,000) and Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2019 (0.1, 740,000).

Deadline

Variety

posted 12/26/19

Midseason!
"Flirty Dancing" Kicks Off the Second Season
From Deadline

The 2019-20 TV season has hit the winter midway point, so here's our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers more than 200 broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through March 31 and includes shows that were on hiatus and some one-off specials such as awards shows.

12/23 - Food Network Challenge (2019) (Food)
12/29 - Flirty Dancing (Fox)

1/1 - The Circle (Netflix)
1/2 - Swagbucks Live: Season 3 (Swagbucks)
1/3 - HQ: Season 13 (HQ)
1/5 - Worst Cooks in America: Season 18 (Food)
1/6 - Get a Clue (GSN)
1/6 - America's Got Talent: The Champions: Season 2 (NBC)
1/6 - The Bachelor: Season 24 (ABC)
1/6 - Kids Baking Championship: Season 8 (Food)
1/7 - Ellen's Game of Games: Season 3 (NBC)
1/7 - Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (ABC)
1/7 - Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out: Season 14 (VH1)
1/7 - Ink Master: Turf War (Paramount) 1/8 - America's Top Dog (A&E)
1/10 - Zumbo's Just Desserts: Season 2 (Netflix)
1/20 - Spy Games (Bravo)
1/24 - The Crystal Maze (Nick)
1/29 - Next in Fashion (Netflix)

2/2 - The Masked Singer: Season 3 (Fox)
2/3 - Girl Scout Cookie Championship (Food)
2/5 - LEGO Masters (Fox)
2/12 - Survivor: Season 40 (CBS)
2/16 - American Idol (2018): Season 3 (ABC)
2/24 - The Voice: Season 18 (NBC)

3/19 - Top Chef: Season 17 (Bravo)
3/TBA - Supermarket Stakeout: Season 2 (Food)
3/TBA - Buddy vs. Duff: Season (Food)

Here are some higher-profile shows that are eyed for midseason or spring but don't have a premiere date:

- Ultimate Tag (Fox, new competition series)
- The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 32)


Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/26/19

MONDAY: Feat of Strength
CBS Wins Thanks to "Price Is Right"
From Deadline

Most of the networks went with repeats Monday, but CBS shined bright like a star on Christmas Eve with another primetime edition of The Price Is Right: Holiday Extravaganza, where Seth Rogen was called upon to bid his heart out and participate in the showcase showdown. The special earned a 0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 6.57 million viewers, up two-tenths from Sunday night's episode with the cast of SEAL Team.

The special was the night's top-rated and most-watched show, helping CBS win the won the night in both metrics. Some numbers, however, may be adjusted later on CBS and Fox due to NFL preemptions.

Monday cable numbers...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.859m
- America Says (GSN): 357k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 339k

Deadline

Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/26/19

Christmas Lightning Round
... or "Lifelines Into the New Year"

posted 12/26/19

Christmas Gift from GSN: The First "Get A Clue"
New Series Sneaks Preview on YouTube
From Programming Insider

Game show "Get A Clue" officially debuts Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET/PT on Game Show Network.

The logline: a fast-paced, high energy clue game, hosted by Rob Belushi, in which two teams compete to see who can successfully guess the most answer words before time runs out. In each round, teams will receive a list of answer words they get to play.

The fun starts as the first player gives clues to the second player until they guess the correct word, then the second player gives clues to the third player, and so on, until the team either guesses all the words in the category or runs out of time. The team with the most points advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000.

They'll have 60 seconds to guess eight words but the entire team has to stay on their toes because the clue givers, and guessers, change randomly with every new word.

You can preview the first episode of "Get A Clue" in its entirety right now on Game Show Network's YouTube channel.

The Programming Insider

posted 12/23/19

More on "The Circle"
Catch It on Netflix New Year's Day
From O: The Oprah Magazine

Netflix's version of hit British reality show The Circle is nearly here, as it officially begins streaming on January 1, 2020, and the show is already receiving raves on one front: its cast.

"We had a real opportunity to bring together a much more diverse cast," show creator Tim Harcourt tells OprahMag.com. "The younger generation, the social media savvy generation, are much more tolerant and accepting of diversity...It shows diverse people can come together and can bond and be friends."

In The Circle, the players don't necessarily have to play as themselves. Since they never meet in-person and solely communicate through a social media platform called "The Circle," each contestant can choose to catfish their fellow contestants if they believe it will get them further in the game. This makes for a lot of interesting conversation—or "private chats" as they're called on the show."

O: The Oprah Magazine

posted 12/23/19

WEEKEND: Price At Night
CBS Shows Up, But Night Belongs to NBC
From Meaww

If you are missing new episodes of 'SEAL Team', watch the cast bring their A-game to the holiday special episode of the game show 'The Price Is Right At Night'. Stars like David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, Justin Melnick and Dita the dog joined host Drew Carey for the hour-long episode featuring an audience of active duty military service members and veterans.

Fans were floored by the energy of the contestants and cast members from the show. One viewer wrote on Twitter, "The Price is Right at Night is on. It is officially Christmas for mom in law." "The Price Is Right! At Night! Happy Hour! Love This Show!" another viewer said.

NBC (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its penultimate weeks of "Football Night in America #1" (5.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2).

The silver went to FOX (8.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with a full hour of "The OT" (17.437 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) followed by repeats of "The Masked Singer" (4.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and another "The Masked Singer" (3.882 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza" (5.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "A Home for the Holidays" (2.353 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.234 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (2.323 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) alongside new episodes of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.411 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Year: 2019" (2.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, week two of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.445 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Top Elf (Nick): 462k
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 380k
- Double Dare (F/Nick): 326k

Meaww

PopCulture
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/23/19

Pat Sajak: "I'll Be Selling Vowels for a Long Time"
First Interview for "Wheel" Host Since Medical Scare
From Deadline

"I'll be selling vowels for a long time," Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak promised viewers in an exclusive interview with ABC's Good Morning America today.

In his first interview since undergoing emergency surgery last month to correct a painful blocked intestine, Sajak shared details of his medical condition, his Wheel plans and how he thinks co-host Vanna White did in his absence.

Sajak provided details of his illness for the first time today, saying at one point the pain was so bad he was in a fetal position, and that when doctors administered a painkilling drug the game show host thought he had died. "Suddenly, I wasn't thinking about the pain," he said. "I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it.

"In the background, I could hear my wife and daughter talking," he added, "It sounded like they were a mile off, but they were right next to me. … And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way: 'I think this must be death. This must be what death is like.' Hearing their voices, I thought, 'Boy, their lives are gonna change now.' And I felt badly for them. I didn't feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high."

Sajak said his recovery has been swift.

"I've actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks. I've been back in the studio actually, doing shows. Even spinning the wheel and, you know, nothing has popped. So I think it's OK." He said he'd continue to host the show until "I'm doddering."

As for his old pal White's stand-in performance, Sajak said: "What a trouper. And I'm not being condescending in any way 'cause it would've been well within her rights to say: 'Wait a minute, this is not what you're payin' me for. This is not what I do. And I'd rather not.' But she's a team player. And she was very nervous and not comfortable."

On whether he had the opportunity to talk to his longtime costar before she took reins of the show Sajak said, "We did have a chance to talk a little bit. But there's not much I could tell her. She knows the way the show works. I just tried to be encouraging and help out on that level. But she had fun with it."

Still, he warned White about negative feedback online. "There are people who are jerks and they're going to say nasty things because they can," Sajak explained. "Because they can communicate with you directly and be anonymous. I don't understand why people have to be so nasty. She's out there doing her best, she didn't ask to be put in that position."

Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line
O: The Oprah Magazine

posted 12/23/19

Caroline Flack Abandons "Island"
Host Leaves Post After Arrest, Replaced
From The Wrap

Laura Whitmore has been announced as the new host of Love Island after Caroline Flack quit the British reality show after being charged with assault.

Whitmore will host the new winter version of the show, which will be filmed at a villa in Cape Town, South Africa, and launches on ITV2 on January 12, 2020. She will also present ITV2's sister show Love Island: Aftersun.

Whitmore is an established name on the British TV presenting circuit and is also the other half of comedian Iain Stirling, who provides Love Island's acerbic voiceover.

ITV has left the door firmly open for Flack's return, simply saying that Whitmore will host season six of the show. Paul Mortimer, ITV's head of digital channels, said Whitmore is a safe pair of hands while "Caroline is away."

Flack, who has been with the show since 2015, opened up about the incident in her Instagram Stories on Tuesday.

"There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life. While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can't comment further on these matters until the legal process is over," Flack wrote.

"However, 'Love Island' has been my world for the last five years, it's the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for Series 6. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town," the 40-year-old British personality added.

Caroline Flack, the host of Britain's version of Love Island, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend during an incident at her London home on December 12. Appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday, Flack denied the charge of assault by beating Lewis Burton. She was released on bail until a trial on March 4, on the condition she does not contact Burton. According to reporters at the courtroom, Flack was visibly emotional during the hearing, in which she was accused by prosecutors of hitting Burton with a lamp at her Islington flat and having to be restrained while in police custody.

The Wrap

Deadline
Deadline
Deadline

posted 12/23/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Courtney Settles"

  • Courtney Robertson is engaged, pregnant (Us), while Colton & Cassie are spending Christmas apart, which is very atypical of a couple that's still together, but whatever (SheKnows)

  • ICYMI: Eddie Murphy brought some of his classics back on Saturday (WGBH Boston)

  • Richard Osman compares quizzing to argument (THe Guardian)

  • ABC has the inside scoop on Alex Trebek January 2 (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (and daughter Maile) (People)

posted 12/23/19

More on "Top Chef" LA All-Stars
Catch It on Bravo March 19!
From Gold Derby

Those who have been starving for some hot cooking competition action, your wish has been granted. Bravo's 'Top Chef" returns for a 17th season on March 19 with a supersized premiere that airs at 10 p.m. ET next year.

If that doesn't whet your whistle, maybe the thought of 15 finalists, front runners and fan favorite cheftestants plucked from seasons past will. This All-Star edition, which will take place in Los Angeles, will once again feature host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons, who sat out last season after having a baby.

Here is the line-up of familiar culinary faces:
• Eric Adjepong (Season 16: Kentucky)
• Karen Akunowicz (Season 13: California)
• Jennifer Carroll (Season 6: Las Vegas, Season 8: All Stars, and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7)
• Stephanie Cmar (Season 11: New Orleans)
• Lisa Fernandes (Season 4: Chicago)
• Kevin Gillespie (Season 6: Las Vegas)
• Gregory Gourdet (Season 12: Boston)
• Melissa King (Season 12: Boston)
• Jamie Lynch (Season 14: Charleston)
• Brian Malarkey (Season 3: Miami)
• Nini Nguyen (Season 16: Kentucky)
• Joe Sasto (Season 15: Colorado)
• Angelo Sosa (Season 7: Washington D.C., and Season 8: All Stars)
• Bryan Voltaggio (Season 6: Las Vegas)
• Lee Anne Wong (Season 1: San Francisco, and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7)


Gold Derby

Eater

posted 12/20/19

THURSDAY: There She Is...
Miss America Wins for NBC, Comedies Win for CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 crown on Thursday thanks to "Miss America 2020" (3.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) followed by a rebroadcast of "Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (2.805 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

ABC (2.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with encores of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.639 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) plus a new "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (2.651 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (5.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Unicorn" (3.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Mom" (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Carol's Second Act" (3.520 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Evil" (2.188 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.004 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Last Man Standing" (2.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Prodigal Son" (1.344 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019" (0.983 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.680 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Project RUnway (Bravo): 836k
- Santa's Baking Blizzard (Food): 791k
- Temptation Island (SF/USA): 771k
- Temptation Island Reunion (S/USA): 710k
- America Says - 9p (GSN): 408k
- Blind Date (Bravo): 196k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/20/19

Building a Cast
Contestants Announced for "LEGO Masters"
From TV Insider

A new competition series is brewing over at Fox and it involves a lot of bricks. LEGO Masters is set to debut Wednesday, February 5 on the network at 9/8c, and LEGO Movie star Will Arnett is helping out.

The comedic actor will host the series, which will put contestants ranging in age from 23 to 65 through challenges involving the beloved toy building material.

Divided into teams of two, contestants will compete against each other in brick-building challenges until the remaining top teams face off for a big cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the title of LEGO Masters.

Alongside Arnett and the contestants will be a lineup of expert judges that will encourage the builders to take risks that could prove rewarding.

TV Insider

The Futon Critic

posted 12/20/19


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