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On the Menu: October 3
Hungry for a Lineup?
From the Futon Critic
TNT has unveiled the 10 restaurant chains that have signed on for the first season of On the Menu, the network's revolutionary new cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington (Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live, Top Chef, Emeril's Florida) headline the series in which everyday cooks will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. On the Menu is set to premiere on TNT Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion. Here's the lineup for season one:

· Chili's - Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Denny's - Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· California Pizza Kitchen - Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Planet Hollywood - Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Emeril's Restaurant - Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· The Cheesecake Factory - Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Cabo Wabo/Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Outback Steakhouse - Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Buca di Beppo - Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Each episode of On the Menu opens with four cooks who must face a series of elimination challenges in order to make it to the final round. First up, they must demonstrate their understanding of that week's featured restaurant through an intense preliminary challenge. In the second round, the three remaining cooks must each create their own new dish for the restaurant and serve it to a room full of hungry diners and super fans of the featured eatery, whose votes will determine who moves on to the final round. After refining and perfecting their dishes based on the comments they receive from the diners in round two, the last two cooks serve their creations to Ty, Emeril and representatives from the featured restaurant, in whose hands the final decision rests. In a first for television cooking competitions, the winning contestant's dish will then appear on the restaurant's menu the very next day.

As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking, branding and sales to help the contestants shape their culinary creations.

On the Menu comes to TNT from One Three Media. Emmy(R) winner Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) and Dean Houser (The Sing-Off, Stars Earn Stripes, Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp) serve as executive producers on the series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Poker Night Is Back.... For One Night Only
Discovery Lines Up Gaming Lineup
From the Futon Critic
Shark Week may be over, but several more (card) sharks are making their way onto Discovery. On September 10th, Discovery will up the ante with three brand new specials as a part of poker themed "All-In, All-Night." HUSTLING THE HOUSE premieres at 8pm ET/PT. CASINO SECRETS premieres at 9pm ET/PT. UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT.

Casinos, lotteries and bookies all use math and science to stack the deck against you. Now you can fight back. In HUSTLING THE HOUSE, airing at 8pm ET/PT, get the scoop that the House does not want you to have.

Next up is CASINO SECRETS at 9pm ET/PT. Every single detail in a casino is designed to keep the gambler from leaving. The longer than gambler stays, the more likely that gambler is to lose money. In CASINO SECRETS, insiders reveal the hidden world of high rollers. From the true odds of roulette, to the inner workings of a slot machine, the truth is about to come out.

Finally, UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT. Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are two of the most feared and successful players on the poker circuit today. Phil holds a World Poker title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and owns the world record for the longest time spent playing poker in a single session, lasting 115 hours at the Vegas Bellagio in 2010. Antonio's won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets, including the "Big One for One Drop" in 2012, where he took home the largest cash prize ever awarded at a single poker event - in excess of eighteen million dollars!

But though it's the tournament circuit that made them famous, their bread-and-butter venues are the ones that average Joes never see - ultra-exclusive and closely guarded underground games where fortunes are won and lost and won again, all in the course of a single night. Just to sit at these tables takes a lot of nerve, and a LOT of cash, but first you have to get in the door, and that means knowing the right people.

Luckily that's not a problem for Phil and Antonio - they know everybody who knows anybody in the poker world. In this special, they head to New Orleans, home to some of the most coveted underground games in the nation, and use their connections to hone in on the action, whether it's at a luxurious loft on Bourbon Street or in the back room of seedy, swamp-side dive. Down in the Big Easy, high stakes and danger preside with every raise and every call, and that's why it's exactly where Phil and Antonio want to be.

HUSTLING THE HOUSE is produced for Discovery Channel by MY Entertainment, where Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Matt Maranz and Dave Swartz serve as Executive Producers.

CASINO SECRETS is produced for Discovery Channel by Peacock Productions, where Colleen Halpin serves as Executive Producer.

UNDERGROUND POKER is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador, where Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jon Bulette serve as Executive Producers and by Appian Way, where Jennifer Killoran serves as Executive Producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Monday: A Night for Ninjas
NBC, Fox Split Night for Demo, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and FOX (4.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Labor Day as the latter served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.891 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the season finale of "Mistresses" (3.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) went with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (4.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Under the Dome" (6.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

TV3 Finds Algorithm
All3Media Sells Game to Ireland
From TBI Vision
All3Media International is set to launch new gameshow Algorithm internationally after its commission by Ireland’s TV3.

The free-to-air broadcaster has said it will launch the new 10x60mins show next spring, and All3 will handle sales of the format and finished series.

Billed as a man versus machine contest as players take on a computer – The Algorithm – over rounds of questions, the gameshow is produced by TV3’s in-house 3Studios and fledgling North American indie Soshefeigh. Radio and TV presenter Ray Foley will host the Irish show.

All3Media part-funded the show and will now launch it internationally.

Nick Smith, VP format sales at All3Media International said: “We have already grabbed the interest of several leading broadcasters from Europe and Australia – all of whom visited the shoot in August and have expressed keen interest.”

He added: “All3Media International is confident that the show will be very well received at MIPCOM and ATF this year at its launch.”

TBI Vision

posted 9/2/14

Will The Real Tenant Please Move In?
Red Arrow Options Israeli Show "Are You For Real"
From Broadcast
Israeli gameshow Are You For Real? is set to be remade in the UK after Red Arrow International optioned the format.

The global arm of the German broadcaster and production group struck the deal with Israeli indie Gil Productions to license the format for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Holland.

Are You For Real? challenges contestants to meet the occupants of three flats before guessing who is the actual owner and who is is posing under a fake identity.

The deal was struck between Tim Gerhartz, senior acquisitions and sales manager at Red Arrow International and Gil Productions chief executive Assaf Gil.

Red Arrow operates a number of UK production companies including A League of their Own producer CPL Productions, Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail producer Nerd and Hilar Bevan Jones’ drama indie Endor Productions.

It is thought that Red Arrow-indies CPL or Nerd will adapt the show in the UK.

Broadcast
C21 Media

posted 9/2/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "3 Million Drop"

posted 9/2/14

Thursday: Falsely NFL-evated
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (6.489 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Millers" (6.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Big Brother 16" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Elementary" (4.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

FOX (4.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Bones" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Welcome to Sweden" (4.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Welcome to Sweden" (4.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (4.115 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (4.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), a second "The Quest" (3.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and its special "World's Wildest Commercials" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Due to significant NFL preemptions, results are inflated, as every team was in action last night.

Speaking of football, ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M vs. South Carolina topped the charts in cable. Second: "Project Runway" with 2.237 million. "Snack-Off" dropped to 584,000, but continued to register in adults 18-34.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/14

Not-So-Sweet 16
Catch All-Female "TUF" September 10 on FS1
From the Futon Critic
The 16 women who comprise the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter(R): A Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder than most men their size. But several of these 115-pound ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC women's strawweight championship belt premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET), possess a softer side many would have thought impossible a few years ago given their backgrounds.

Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and struggles, but strip away the gloves and game faces, and standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted individuals using their experiences and their love of mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding troubled youth through some of their darkest moments. Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with troubled youth; a former Russian orphan whose adopted father died one year after bringing her to America; and a fighter born addicted to heroin, who later shattered her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three stories, prompting doctors to predict she'd never walk again.

While their life stories vary greatly in origin and specific challenges, each woman emerged triumphant and stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand life had dealt into a helping hand for others.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/14

BBC Links for Two
45-Episode Order Comes Down, Players Wanted
From Televisual
STV Productions and LTV have been commissioned to make another 40 episodes of quiz show The Link for BBC One daytime.

The show is presented by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings and the Harry Potter franchise) and over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions.

Andrew Robertson is executive producer for STV Productions and Jo Street is executive producer for BBC.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: “We’re thrilled that the addictive gameplay of The Link, combined with Mark’s fantastic stewardship, proved such a hit with the daytime audience, and are thrilled to be making another series for BBC One.”

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, said: “We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the UK; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well.”

Warner Bros. International Television Production is the global distributor of The Link format.

STV Productions developed the format in partnership with LTV. LTV was created by PJ Johnson and Angela Johnson from Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd and game developers Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond and Dean Tempest – the team behind board game, Linkee.

Televisual

posted 8/29/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Back September 2!"

  • First comes love: did the three-way really happen in paradise? Short answer: no. (New York Observer)
     
  • Then comes marriage: "Dating Naked" couple gets married (People)
     
  • Then come two babies and a baby carriage: In case you missed Family Feud Australia this week...  (Camden-Narellan Advertiser)

posted 8/29/14

Live at 25
Meet the New Breed of Amazing Racers!
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, "The Save." The team that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded "The Save," which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show's history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they'll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

- Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton (26/24; Princeville, HI; married)
- Maya Warren & Amy DeJong (29/24; Madison, WI; food scientists/friends)
- Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du (30/28; Tustin, CA; dating)
- Brooke Adams & Robbie Strauss (29/30; Houston/Woodbridge, NJ; dating/Impact wrestlers)
- Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson (29; Nashville; engaged country singers)
- Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsythe (30/26; Brooklyn; friends)
- Lisa & Michelle Thomson (28/22; Miami; sisters)
- Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo (40/39; Boston; firefighters)
- Misti Raman (36/37; Columbia, SC; married)
- Shelley & Nici Porter (42/24; Detroit; mother & daughter)
- Timothy Tsao & Te Jay McGrath (23/24; Pasadena, CA; dating)

The Futon Critic
Hitfix


"The Amazing Race" returns September 26
Photo courtesy CBS

posted 8/28/14

We're Gonna Play Again, Steve!
Catch Season 16 of the Feud September 15!
From the Futon Critic
It's time to play the Family Feud! Producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury today announced the hit nationally syndicated game show "Family Feud" - coming off its fourth straight year of growth since the arrival of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010 - will return for a new, side-splitting season on Monday, September 15, 2014 (check local listings).

During the nearly concluded 2013-14 season, "Family Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run strip. It scored an all-time high mark of 6.3 in late January.

In the key demos of women (2.5) and adults (2.1) ages 25-54, the game show - which tied top-rated "Wheel of Fortune" last season - is up year-to-year by 4% and 5% respectively, and is poised to finish this season as the No. 1 game show and No. 2 first-run daily series in syndication.

In the upcoming season, families from across the U.S. will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, Atlantic City, Tampa, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Family Feud" returns September 15
Photo courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 8/28/14

Wednesday: America's Got A Split
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside a new "Extant" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a second "Extant" (5.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

NBC (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of a "America's Got Talent" (5.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.694 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), another "Modern Family" (4.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the season finale of "Motive" (3.704 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.618 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/28/14

Meal of Fortune
Sony Teams with Banquet for Giveaway
From EIN Presswire
Banquet®, a brand of ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) and Wheel of Fortune, America’s most-watched game show*, announced a nationwide watch, match and win sweepstakes today that will award cash and other prizes to lucky winners. Consumers can enter online/mail-in or by collecting game pieces found in specially-marked packages of Banquet meals, pot pies and desserts.

“Since 1953, we’ve strived to deliver meals that provide value to our consumers,” said John Plaso, vice president and general manager, ConAgra Foods. “Our partnership with Wheel of Fortune helps us further deliver on that promise in a fun, engaging way.”

“This is a natural marriage of two of America’s biggest brands, coming together for maximum impact,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of Wheel of Fortune. “With our nationwide audience and Banquet’s tremendous consumer base, people all over the country will have a chance to win.”

The promotion features nearly 48 million specially-marked Banquet frozen dinners, each with a game piece and an online entry code. Consumers can visit https://www.wheeloffortune.com/banquet to try and solve a puzzle to win instant prizes such as free Banquet foods or cash prizes. During ‘Meal of Fortune’ week, September 29 through October 3, players will have the chance to match their game pieces to one of the special puzzles each night to win cash prizes. Official rules, including how to enter and collect game pieces without purchase, can be found here: https://banquet.promo.eprize.com/mealoffortune/public/fulfillment/rules.pdf

EIN Presswire
Consumerist

posted 8/28/14

Blind Second Date
Sony Teams with Stellify for New Version for TV3
From Televisual
Stellify Media, the Belfast-based joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has picked up its first major commission producing Blind Date (w/t) for national Irish broadcaster TV3.

Presented by Lucy Kennedy (The Ex Files, The Podge & Rodge Show), the new 8x60 series will be a “fresh, bold and contemporary” adaptation of SPT’s dating format The Dating Game. It will be produced by Stellify Media and 3Studios and air on TV3 later this year.

Executive producer and Stellify joint managing director, Kieran Doherty, said: “Securing our first commission just five months after launching Stellify Media is fantastic. Blind Date (w/t) is exactly the type of entertainment programming we want to produce - a compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy - making it unmissable viewing for the whole family.”

Head of Development & Formats and Executive Producer for TV3 / 3studios, Andrew Byrne, said: "We are delighted to team up with Stellify Media on this exciting new production. We have been working on a number of new dating formats as part of our continued development of 3studios and when we were approached with The Dating Game format, it was simply too hard to resist! For us this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we can bring a unique Irish flavor to.”

Based in Northern Ireland, Stellify Media was launched earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy’s previous credits include the international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and the reality game show format Take the Money and Run (ABC US). They also developed series and game shows including Dara O Briain's School of Hard Sums (DAVE) and the magic and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One NI). Most recently, they developed quiz pilots You Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for Channel 4.

Televisual

posted 8/28/14

Tuesday: Semifinal Answer
If It's Tuesday, It's NBC
From various sources
NBC (7.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (4.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Person of Interest" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.385 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Face Off" won over 1.236 million viewers for Syfy, but it couldn't match the 1.453 million earned by "Chopped: Ultimate Champions". "The Chase" reached a series high with 651,000 viewers, followed by "IdioTest" at 467,500 for the hour.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx

posted 8/27/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apptastic"

  • CASTING COUCH: "App Wars" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Joan Rivers admitted to hospital after respiratory arrest (E!)
     
  • Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul to perform on "SYTYCD" finale (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: "Dancing with the Stars'" wish list (TMZ)
     
  • "Ink Master" gives you the power of choice for season 5's opener (The Futon Critic)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Countdown "orgasms". This is not a repeat from earlier this week (Independent)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Julia Collins (Kiplinger) and Rick Harrison (Las Vegas Sun)

posted 8/28/14

A Rocker, Two Racers & A Spider Walk Onto an Island...
"Survivor San Juan del Sur" Cast Revealed
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

This fall on SURVIVOR, the "Blood vs. Water" theme returns as all-new castaways compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: Blood or Water?

This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each week two loved ones square off against one another in a battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.

The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on SURVIVOR:

- Drew Christy
Age: 25 Winter Park, Fla. Traveling Sales Rep
- Alec Christy
Age: 22 Winter Park, Fla. Student

- Jeremy Collins
Age: 36 Foxboro, Mass. Firefighter
- Val Collins
Age: 35 Foxboro, Mass. Police Officer

- Reed Kelly
Age: 31 New York, N.Y. Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist
- Josh Canfield
Age: 32 New York, N.Y. Singer, Actor, Writer

- Jon Misch
Age: 26 Waterford, Mich. Financial Assistant
- Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25 Las Vegas, Nev. Media Buyer

- John Rocker
Age: 39 Atlanta, Ga. Former MLB Player (Played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Julie McGee
Age: 34 Atlanta, Ga. Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

- Natalie Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach and Student
- Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace **Competed on seasons 21 and 24 of THE AMAZING RACE

- Keith Nale
Age: 53 Shreveport, La. Fire Captain
- Wes Nale
Age: 23 Shreveport, La. Firefighter

- Missy Payne
Age: 47 Dallas, Texas Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym
- Baylor Wilson
Age: 20 Nashville, Tenn. Student

- Dale Wentworth
Age: 55 Ephrata, Wash. Farmer
- Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28 Seattle, Wash. Marketing Manager

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TV Line
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/27/14

The Farmer Wants a Wife
Chris Soules Named New "Bachelor"
From ABC News
After months of anticipation and speculation, ABC announced today that Chris Soules will star in the next edition of its hit reality series, “The Bachelor.”

Soules, who made it to the final three men vying for the affections of Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette,” before being sent home before the final rose ceremony, says he "absolutely" believes he can find love again on TV.

"That's why I'm doing it," Soules, 32, said today on "Good Morning America." "I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it."

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential," he said.

Since his appearance on "The Bachelorette," Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

ABC News
TV Guide
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Halloween Wars Returns to Town
Catch It on Food Network October 5
From the Futon Critic
Halloween Wars returns to Food Network for its fourth season, premiering Sunday, October 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Witness five teams, consisting of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake decorator, and sugar artist, as they battle it out over four episodes to create heart-stopping Halloween-themed displays, guaranteed to scare the daylights out of viewers. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each week the teams go head-to-head to create different themed pumpkin displays. One team is eliminated each episode by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Emmy(R)-nominated make-up artist Brian Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story: Asylum), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Adi Shankar (film producer of The Grey and Dredd), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead and The Devil's Rejects).The last team standing wins the title of Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Big Break Heads to Myrtle Beach
Catch It on Golf Channel October 7
From the Futon Critic
The cast for Golf Channel's 22nd season of its popular Big Break reality competition series - Big Break Myrtle Beach - was revealed today, featuring six men and six women hoping to take that next step in their professional golf careers. They will compete for a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an exemption to either the 2015 Valspar Championship on the PGA TOUR or the 2015 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Myrtle Beach premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach features a cast of 12 who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Several are playing full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours throughout North America, while others turned professional solely to qualify for Big Break Myrtle Beach. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour a reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Emmys: Race to the Top
An "Amazing" Record for Outstanding Reality
From the Wrap
The big winners at the Primetime Emmys? Amazing Race, and NBC.

"Race", CBS' long-running (C-Note: pun intended) reality game won its 10th trophy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series out of 12 nominations, the most of any reality show on television.

Monday's awards show on NBC was the most-watched night on any network since this year's Oscars.

Monday's Emmy Awards earned a 4.2 demo rating and 15.6 million total viewers, according to final Nielsen numbers.

It was the second-biggest audience for the Emmys in eight years, and it tied for the second-highest rating in the key 18-49 demographic in seven years.

The NBC telecast, hosted by Seth Meyers, was the most-watched night on any TV network since March's Academy Awards.

Those numbers come despite the obstacles of being on a Monday evening (for the first time since 1976) and taking place in August. Last year's September telecast earned 17.8 million viewers, and also had the advantage of a Sunday NFL lead-in on CBS.

In 2013, the Emmys scored a 4.9 in the key demo.

Here's a fun fact: Monday's Emmys topped the rest of the combined so-called “Big 4” competition in primetime, with a 4.2 rating edging the combined 4.1 of Fox (1.8), ABC (1.2) and CBS (1.1).

The 15.6 million in total viewers beat the combined total of 13.8 million for CBS (5.0 million), Fox (4.6 million) and ABC (4.2 million).

The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Syndies: Wake Me Up When September Begins
Results for the Week Ending August 17
From Eater
Magazines saw dramatic increases in the week ending Aug. 17, fueled by extensive coverage of the life and tragic death of Robin Williams.

The game shows bounced back, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune regaining leadership over the genre with a 4% gain to a 5.7, edging ahead of CTD’s Jeopardy!, which was unchanged at a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Steve Harvey-led Family Feud perked up 5% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Restaurant Restart
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup"
From Eater
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Texas-based chef Tim Love's CNBC show Restaurant Startup has been renewed for a second season. According to a press release, the show will return in January 2015 with ten episodes — each one hour long — which is two episodes more than the first seasons' eight episode run. Love initially confirmed that the show had been picked up for two seasons back in June.

Restaurant Startup pits Bastianich and Love against each other as they "vie to invest their own money" in restaurant concepts they believe could be successful. There is no word on if consultant Waylynn Lucas (of Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love) — who worked with contestants on the show — will return. The final episode of season one airs tonight on CNBC.

Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

"Yo Soy El Artista": September 14
Lucero to Host
From TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announced that the much anticipated mega-reality show "Yo Soy El Artista" (I Am the Artist), will premiere on Sunday, September 14th at 8pm/7c. Hosted by international star Lucero, the reality show will air simultaneously in the U.S. on Telemundo and throughout Latin America on the cable networks E! and Telemundo Internacional. A select panel of celebrity judges, including Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañon, Mario Quintero Lara, Stephanie Himonidis ‘La Chiquibaby’ and Boris Izaguirre, along with 100 international social media influencers, will vote on contestants from around the country, who will have to sing, dance and demonstrate star quality and showmanship, in an intense 13-week competition, where the winner will be named the ultimate true "Artist."

International Latin music idol Juan Luis Guerra, winner of top industry awards, will be the special guest star during premiere night, bringing his music and unique flair to the stage of this innovative competition.

From the more than 4,000 people that participated in auditions in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Orlando and Puerto Rico, only 120 contestants were preselected to travel to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to take part in the competition, which will include three phases: Auditions, Selection and Galas.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Fashion Star Shoots to China
Dragon TV to Air "The Goddesses' New Clothes"
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that it is co-producing 10 episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes with Dragon TV, Hitao and Blue Flame. The show, based on the U.S. show Fashion Star, premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

In The Goddesses' New Clothes six female celebrities will design and model "themed" clothes with the help of professional designers to win orders from shop owners at tmall.com--one of China's largest e-commerce sites. The show will continue in its current slot, airing on Saturday nights at 9:15pm.

"Fashion Star attracted audiences and advertisers in a never before seen way," said Cyrus Farrokh, VP of Distribution at Electus. "By co-producing The Goddesses' New Clothes we were able to localize the Fashion Star format with much more success than we could have done with only a format deal."

Airing on NBC from 2012-2013, the original format gave 12 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest fashion retailers. Fashion Star is currently airing on Vietnam's VTV3.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling II"

  • Billy on the Street... on the Emmys (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "Bachelor" contestant denied a third leave of absence, goes from media ho to nobody (Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice)
     
  • Former "Card Sharks" dealer Markie Post (yeah, the Night Court lady) returns to NBC on "Chicago PD" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • FIRST LOOKS: Hell's Kitchen (Fox, September 10) (WRAZ Raleigh) and Celebrity Squares (ITV, September 10) (ITV)
     
  • Jon Bauman does what he does best... and it's not host "Hollywood Squares" (Syracuse.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: Countdown has orgasmed. Again (Daily Mirror)

posted 8/25/14

TPIR Wants More Men
Second Male Model Search Is On!
From Zap2it
On the heels of Rob Wilson becoming "The Price Is Right's" first male model, the CBS daytime staple has decided to hold a national competition for another handsome lad to join the usual bevvy of beauties showing off the fancy cars and exotic trips.

The search will begin Sept 6. in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by open calls in cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas, to find a male model who can do it all. Hopefuls will be judged on their sense of humor, red carpet skills and, of course, their ability to show off a car, all in the hopes of earning a modeling gig on the show, hosted by Drew Carey.

The search will air as a six-episode web series competition and fans will be able to cast their vote for the winner. At the conclusion of the web series, the final three contestants will be revealed on "The Talk," with fans being able to vote online for their favorite. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 8 and begin his week-long modeling gig on Monday, Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

If you can't make it to an open casting call, never fear -- there are online auditions as well. For audition dates and locations as well as additional contest info, go to Priceisright.com.

Zap2it
Los Angeles Times
People
Broadway World
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Sunday: Falling Star
ABC's Talent Show Ends, But Football Wins
From Deadline
One night before the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and with the MTV VMAs on plus some finales on cable, it was still a pretty packed house on the Big 4 on Sunday. With only Fox in full repeats after some football overruns, there was the NFL preseason game on NBC that pushed the Emmys to a Monday for the first time since 1976 and there was some reality taking a bow and some more unscripted heading towards its final month of this season. Though West Coast votes didn’t really count, they declared a winner last night on the freshman season of Rising Star (0.9/3). With judge Brad Paisley performing with the final four contestants, fellow judge Kesha bringing rainbow hair to the screen and judge Ludacris doing his thing, the live 1-hour broadcast was up 13% among adults 18-49 from its August 17 show. While that’s the second double digit growth in as many weeks for the highly hyped competition show, it is down 40% from RS’s June 22 2-hour debut in what has been a very unsteady first season for the as of yet not renewed show. While Rising Star was up on the competitive night, its lead-in Wipeout (0.7/3) fell a hard 22% from the week before to hit a series low according to preliminary numbers.

Heading into the beginning of the football season next week, last night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals saw the former winning their first preseason after there previous losses. Scoring a touchdown for NBC, last night’s 8:15 – 11 PM ET game got a 4.8/8 rating in meter markets. That’s up 17% from last week’s Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. However, the preliminary rating of 1.9/6 that the Bengals and Cardinals game pulled in last night was a dip of 9% from the 2.1/7 that last week’s game got in final numbers among the 18-49s. Last night’s game was also down the same from the 2.1/6 that the comparable Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49s last August 25 received. That game last year went up to a 2.7/6 in final numbers. As always with live events like football games, expect an adjustment in today’s final numbers. With a Dateline special at 7 PM getting a 1.2/5, NBC’s total winning rating for the night was a 1.8/6. The network topped viewership as well with 6.54 million watching.

They might not want to see any adjustments over on CBS. With a 14% rising over its August 17 show, Big Brother (2.5/8) hit a season high last night. That’s a high among not just 18-49s but also viewers with an audience of 7.26 million and adults 25-54 with a 2.9 for the 1-hour show. The rest of CBS’s night wasn’t half bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) rising 13% over last week and Reckless (0.5/2) remaining even with its August 17 show. Unfortunately for the latter, that preliminary rating means it tied a low.

Deadline
Billboard
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling"

posted 8/25/14

"Food Truck Face Off": October 2
Jesse Palmer to Host
From The Futon Critic
Four talented teams compete to make their culinary dreams come true by winning their very own customized food truck for a year on new series Food Truck Face Off, premiering Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the 13 episodes, hosted by Jesse Palmer,four teams present their unique food truck concepts to an expert panel of judges. Based on the viability and quality of their ideas, two teams will be selected to face off in an intense two-day showdown. The team that earns the most will drive away with the grand prize!

"With the popularity of food truck fare, and after five successful seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, the food truck industry continues to draw passionate food entrepreneurs," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Food Truck Face Off provides the opportunity for aspiring food truck owners to realize their dreams in a heart-pounding culinary competition that tests every skill needed to succeed, including creativity, business savvy and, of course, culinary skills."

Throughout the season, the four teams must impress radio and television personality Steak Shapiro and restaurateur Alpana Singh (The Boarding House), as well as a rotating panel of guest judges including, Andrew Gruel (Slapfish Restaurant), Robyn Almodovar (Palate Party) and Zane Caplansky (Caplansky's Deli and Thunderin' Thelma), with their food truck concepts. Then, the two remaining teams must put their ideas to the test on the streets of North America. On the first day, it is truck-against-truck. The team with the tastiest food, best service and most pleasing presentation is awarded a critical special advantage during the final round. On the last day, the competition fuels up as the trucks must face off not only against each other, but against other local food trucks. The team with the highest profits at the end of the two days will be crowned winner, and will drive away with their own food truck for one full year!

Don't miss as all the delicious action unfolds! Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FaceOff all season long for behind-the-scenes photos and more from the competition, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodTruckFaceOff.

After five seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Palmer's broadcast career began as a studio analyst for CSTV, and later for Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports, providing commentary for college football and NFL games. Outside the sports arena, Jesse has co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, The View, contributed on The Chew, and hosted Food Network Canada's Recipe to Riches. In 2008, Palmer became an analyst for ESPN College Football Primetime, joining announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Craig James in the booth. In addition to the Thursday night games, he served as a studio analyst on College Football Live. A few years later, Palmer added ABC Studio analyst to his duties, joining longtime analyst John Saunders in providing pregame, halftime and postgame analysis for every ABC telecast college football game. Jesse currently appears on ESPN's Thursday Night College Football and will be appearing on the new SEC Network.

Food Truck Face Off is produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/14

Thursday: Julie Challenges Every Big Brother Player Ever
And CBS Challenges for the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.997 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (6.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.619 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Quest" (2.704 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Rookie Blue" (5.202 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the season finale of "Rookie Blue" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "Bones" (2.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and another "Bones" (3.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Welcome to Sweden" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (2.359 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.540 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" led the troops with 2.366 million viewers. "Beat Bobby Flay" gave Food 1.159 million viewers. MTV's "Snack-Off" had 689,000 at 10:30, while the recent controversy behind "Dating Naked" did little for its rating, 535,000 total.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
And since we promised you a challenge... YouTube

posted 8/22/14

Sky Gets Wild
"Wild Things" Blends Cosplay with Obstacle Course
From Broadcast
Sky has ordered a cosplay gameshow and a Christmas drama alongside a trio of acquisitions, including The Flash.

The pay-TV broadcaster has commissioned Wild Things, a 6 x 60-minute format that features couples undertaking a range of challenges dressed as squirrels on a woodland obstacle course.

The show is produced by Zodiak-owned IWC and Mad Monk, which is Banzai creator Gary Monaghan’s indie, in association with GroupM Entertainment. Wild Things is planned to air on Sundays following The Simpsons in a teatime slot.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald said that the show was the “silliest” thing it was doing and was a “daft slice of genius”.

Broadcast
TBI Vision
The Guardian
Digital Spy
TV Wise

posted 8/22/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Slimed"

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Chase" season 4 (ChaseCasting.com)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "The Voice" season 7 (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Billy on "The Millers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: former "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" contestant arrested for breaking into lawmaker's home and beating on his wife (WCVB Boston)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Two Tribes"... by a woman who hates quiz shows. (The Independent)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: It's The 90s Are All That! Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones (BrooklynCyclones.com) plus Tom Bergeron (Twitter: @Tom_Bergeron) and a Top Chef (People) get wet
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC O&Os shuffle "Millionaire", "Daytime Jeopardy!" for the afternoon (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/22/14

GSN's Double Play
"The Chase", "It Takes a Church" Renewed for 2015
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has picked up additional seasons of two original series: Emmy(R)-nominated THE CHASE (season four, 20 episodes) and matchmaking competition show IT TAKES A CHURCH (season two, eight episodes). Both seasons will air in 2015.

THE CHASE, hosted by Brooke Burns, features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. One of GSN's most popular original series, THE CHASE has attracted more than 18 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. Throughout its season three run, the series has posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+52%), P25-54 (+56%), W25-54 (+36%), W18-49 (+30%), with total viewership up 37%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

Dating series IT TAKES A CHURCH, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. Hosted by Grammy(R) nominated Curb recording artist Natalie Grant, each one-hour episode features a church from a different region of the country. In its inaugural season, more than seven million viewers tuned into IT TAKES A CHURCH. The show delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+92%) and P25-54 (+72%), vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

"'The Chase' and 'It Takes a Church' reflect GSN's commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president, programming, at GSN. "We're delighted with the quality, reach and growth of these two original series."

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter


GSN has renewed "The Chase" & "It Takes a Church"
photo courtesy GSN

posted 8/21/14

It's Official: Julianne Hough Heading BACK to "Dancing"
This Time, She's a Judge
From The Futon Critic
Two-time "Dancing" champion, actress, musician and Emmy(R)-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of "Dancing with the Stars," premiering MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

As previously announced, the twelve professional dancers competing this season for the Mirrorball Trophy are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The professional dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

Julianne Hough said today, "I'm so excited to be back with my "Dancing with the Stars" family again on a regular basis. I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

Executive Producer, Rob Wade stated, "We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the DWTS family. Her blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show, and we are very excited to have her, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len on board."

The Futon Critic
People

posted 8/21/14

Wednesday: Big Eyes
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Extant" (5.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and a second "Extant" (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (6.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) recap, "America's Got Talent" (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.079 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.549 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "Motive" (3.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

"Top Chef: Duels" had a tasty 762,000 to "Skin Wars'" 725,000, a series high on cable.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/21/14

... Oh, HI, ITV!
ITV Greenlights "You're Back in the Room"
From TV Wise
ITV has given the greenlight to You’re Back In The Room, a four-part game show which sees contestants hypnotised before they attempt seemingly simple tasks.

You’re Back In The Room is being hosted by Phlilip Schofield and sees five contestants hypnotised by mentalist Keith Barry. The seeming straight-forward tasks they need to complete only become harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning.

The four-part series was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy Elaine Bedell and ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer and is being produced by Tuesday’s Child. The series producers are Chris Lore and Marc Bassett, while Karen Smith is set to executive produce.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be launching a completely fresh, brand new format. This series is totally original and unlike anything I’ve ever hosted before”, said Phillip Schofield. “From making the pilot, the contestants are undoubtedly the stars of the show; their reactions are bizarre, hilarious, completely unpredictable and always thoroughly entertaining.”

While ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer added: “We are thrilled to have Phillip on board for this unique and exciting new show. It’s entertainment the whole family can enjoy and I’m looking forward to seeing the contestants in action.”

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posted 8/21/14

Top Chef Returns to the Heat October 15
Former Champ Richard Blais to Recur as Judge
From TV by the Numbers
Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef’testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view. For a sneak peak at season 12, visit http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/top-chef-goes-to-boston.

This season features some of the franchise’s “hungriest” chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for “Cheers” and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first “Top Chef” food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the “Top Chef” kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as “Top Chef” introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef’testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

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posted 8/21/14

Sports Jeopardy!: September 24
Catch It on Crackle!
From The Futon Critic
Crackle announced today that the first season of new television quiz show Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere on Wednesday, September 24 on Crackle and all Crackle platforms. Hosted by Emmy(R)-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (The Dan Patrick Show), Sports Jeopardy! is a weekly 30-minute program that combines the excitement and prestige of Emmy Award(R) winning quiz show JEOPARDY! with the rich and diverse world of sports. New episodes will be available to stream on demand year round every Wednesday for a total of 52 episodes each year.

"We've got a great starting lineup for the debut of Sports Jeopardy! on September 24," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "It's the only game show that rewards you for the hours you spend on your couch watching sports and being anti-social, so reward yourself, tune in, and play along."

More than 30,000 contestants registered online for auditions held this past summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Each contestant was then presented with a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories for the first phase of the audition process. For those who passed that initial test, the second phase of auditions featured mock game play and a short interview. Qualified contestants who passed the test and interview and met all eligibility requirements went on to appear on the show.

Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com

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Dan Patrick hosts "Sports Jeopardy!" for Crackle September 24
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posted 8/21/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Undressed"

  • ICYMI: "Dating Naked" gets even more naked, and the even-more-naked woman in question is filing suit (New York Post)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Les Moonves challenges Julie Chen (YouTube) and Craig Ferguson challenges Dave Attell & Bob Saget (Mobypicture)
     
  • Pharrell Williams getting sued for bolting YouTube for "The Voice".... Really? (TMZ)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi gets roasted by Teamsters (Deadline)
     
  • Carson Daly welcomes a third child (People)
     
  • ZOMBIES IN LOVE... Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/21/14

Tuesday: Consistency Is Key
NBC Wins Night, Week 2 of "IdioTest"
From various sources
NBC (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (7.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (9.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.404 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (0.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.637 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

In series premiere news, Syfy's Wizard Wars proved magical in its premiere, conjuring up 1.015 million total viewers on Tuesday, August 19 from 10-11PM (ET/PT). The series also averaged 573K Adults 25-54, 552K Adults 18-49 and 240K Adults 18-34. This led out of 1.221 million for Face Off. Over on Food, Chopped competed with 1.45 million.

Elsewhere, Restaurant Startup catered to 324,000. The Chase on GSN rose to a season high with 596,000. Week 2 of IdioTest held steady at 429,000. 

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posted 8/20/14


DON PARDO: 1918-2014
Legendary Voice of "Jeopardy!", "SNL"
From Los Angeles Times
Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96.

Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year.

After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo began his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC in New York City in 1944.

He was an announcer for radio shows such as "Front Page Farrell" and "Pepper Young's Family" before moving into the new medium of television, where he was an announcer for shows ranging from "Caesar's Hour" and "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" to the original versions of "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy!"

On Nov. 22, 1963, it was Pardo who delivered the audio news bulletin to NBC TV viewers, first locally in New York and then nationally, that President Kennedy had been shot in downtown Dallas.

His longest-running announcing gig began Oct. 11, 1975, when NBC launched what it originally called "NBC's Saturday Night," with George Carlin as the first guest host: a live, 90-minute mix of youthfully irreverent comedy and music that became a TV institution that continues to this day.

On that first show — after cast member Chevy Chase uttered the now-famous "Live from New York. It's Saturday Night!" at the end of the opening skit — the jazzy musical theme and opening credits began as veteran announcer Pardo intoned in his authoritative yet friendly voice:

" 'NBC's Saturday Night.' Starring George Carlin. With Janis Ian and Billy Preston. A film by Albert Brooks. Jim Henson's Muppets. The Not for Ready Prime Time Players. And comedians Valri Bromfield, Andy Kaufman. Ladies and gentleman, George Carlin!"

Illustrating the unpredictability of live television, Pardo had made one flub in his intro.

As he recalled in a 2006 videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television: "[Writer] Herb Sargent, I'll never forget, came to me after the show. He says, `Do you know what you said? You said 'Not for Ready.' I says, "I did?"

Noting in the interview that he had said "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" correctly in the dress rehearsal, he recalled: "In the early days [of the show], I was like in a little hallway; it wasn't a studio per se. I was there with a clipboard, and that was it. Maybe I got distracted by something. Whatever it was, I don't know."

The show, which was renamed "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, became a star-making success. And, with the exception of the seventh season when changes were made and he was replaced, Pardo continued to be the show's announcer.

In the process, the already well-known announcer became something of a celebrity himself, appearing occasionally on screen, including joining musical guest Frank Zappa on the song "I'm the Slime" in 1976.

Pardo, whose career included countless commercial voiceovers, also made a cameo appearance in the Weird Al Yankovic music video for his 1984 song "I Lost on Jeopardy," and he had a bit part as the "Guess That Tune" host in Woody Allen's 1987 movie comedy "Radio Days."

Even after retiring as an NBC staff announcer in 2004 and moving to Tucson, he continued to fly to New York to announce "Saturday Night Live" at the request of "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, who has said he couldn't imagine the show without Pardo.

Joining the cast on stage at the end of a "Saturday Night Live" show in 2008, the day after he turned 90, Pardo received a kiss from former SNL head writer and performer Tina Fey and managed to summon the breath to blow out all 90 candles on a birthday cake.

Michaels said that he originally chose Pardo to announce the youthfully irreverent comedy show because he "was very much an announcer" and he wanted "that authority voice."

In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He was born Dominick George Pardo on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass., and primarily grew up in Norwich, Conn.

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posted 8/20/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • LIST ABUSE: every moment Alex Trebek rapped (Music Times)
     
  • Boris Izaguirre joins "Yo Soy el Artista" as a judge (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: first person to go all the way on "Let's Ask America" ... goes all the way (Instagram @letsaskamerica)

posted 8/20/14

Monday: Ninjas vs. Chefs. Winner: EVERYONE.
NBC, Fox Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and FOX (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared top demo honors on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (4.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "American Ninja Warrior" (6.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (7.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Mistresses" (3.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.676 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the return of "America's Next Top Model" (1.182 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 8/19/14

Syndies: While We Were in Vegas...
Results for the Week Ending August 10
From TV News Check
The game show race continued to be a nail biter in the week ending Aug. 10, as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both declined and fell into a dead heat. A week ago, Jeopardy upset the usually dominant Wheel for only the second time in 10 years.

At the top of the overall ratings chart, however, Judge Judy forged ahead and was syndication’s runaway No. 1, winning by the widest margin in the show’s 18-year history. Judy, which was entirely in reruns, has now been the highest-rated syndicated show for 20 consecutive weeks.

GAME SHOWS
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -5%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

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posted 8/19/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Wizarding World"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, tonight) (New York Times)
     
  • Simon Cowell takes the ALS ice bucket challenge. In typical. Simon Cowell. Fashion. (Twitter @SimonCowell)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: all 20 seasons of America's Next Top Model... annotated and ranked (The Wire)
     
  • The votes are in... and "Big Brother" is getting sued (TMZ)
     
  • Is Julianne Hough headed to the judge's table? After "Rock of Ages", I'd seriously consider it (TMZ)
     
  • LEAVE GUY FIERI ALONE! The real problem with Food Network? Talk to Bob Tuschman. (Salon)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews, "the new Ryan Seacrest" (Fox News)

posted 8/19/14

"Shark Tank", Jane Lynch Win Emmys
Creative Arts Emmys Awarded Sunday Night
From Frontiers LA
There’s still a week to go before the Primetime Emmy Awards, but this weekend saw the Creative Arts Emmys, which focus on behind-the-scenes accomplishments and smaller roles, and Orange is the New Black put in a very strong appearance.

Jane Lynch took home her second Emmy, for hosting celebrity gameshow Hollywood Game Night. She previously won a supporting actress award for her work on Glee in 2010.

ABC's "Shark Tank" won the trophy for outstanding structured reality show.

The rest of the awards will be handed out at the Primetime Emmy ceremony on Monday August 25th.

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posted 8/18/14

Sunday: Great Googly Moogly
NFL Wins Over All
From the Futon Critic
FOX (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "American Dad" (2.310 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NFL Pregame" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NFL Preseason: Chiefs at Panthers" (6.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.763 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Unforgettable" (6.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was ABC (3.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.730 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Wipeout" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Rising Star" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Castle" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, NBC (3.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "America's Got Talent" (3.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/18/14

Re-Generation
Miranda Hart Downplays Rumors That She's Hosting
From Digital Spy
Miranda Hart has downplayed rumors that she will host a rebooted version of The Generation Game for the BBC.

The classic game show, which has previously been presented by the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson, was reported earlier today to be returning next year for the first time since 2002.

The Miranda star was rumored to be in talks for the role earlier this year, and appeared on a one-off special of the show for Comic Relief in 2011.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore told The Guardian: "It will be a modern reinvention of The Generation Game. Miranda will bring a very different flavor to it.

"Her wit and spirit behind it will naturally move it into the modern era. Miranda is brilliant at engaging with people, she loves that interaction. She'll be brilliant."

Moore added of the new Generation Game: "I promise you it won't be predictable.

"It will feel absolutely rooted in the present day. Television is always reinventing things, every show has a great-grandparent that existed once. We all swim in the same pond."

However, Hart downplayed the suggestions later on Twitter, writing: "Apparently it's 100 per cent cert I am doing Gen Game. First I've heard of it. Mulling some ideas about it might be more accurate."

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posted 8/18/14

Argentina Calls In a "Favour"
"Do Me A Favour" Comes from Armoza Formats
From C21 Media
Argentinian broadcast giant Telefe has launched its local version of gameshow format Do Me a Favour, co-developed with Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The show has been coproduced by Telefe and Armoza and started airing last Sunday. The street-set series is hosted by local sports presenter Juan Marconi and sees two contestants trying to persuade strangers to do them a favour in the shortest time possible.

Do Me a Favour was created by Itay Herman and Oded Kramer (Catch, Still Standing) and jointly developed by Telefe and Armoza.

The format has already sold into Asia, where Thai production company Zense Entertainment picked up rights in April.

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posted 8/18/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Week"

posted 8/18/14

Double the Hell
13th Season of "Hell's Kitchen" Bows on Fox September 10
From the Futon Critic
Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL'S KITCHEN with a special, two-hour Season 13 premiere airing Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Once again, 18 new chefs from all walks of life will be tested like never before as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the passion, culinary ability and determination to win a life-changing grand prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a total prize value of $250,000. Season 13 also will feature the milestone 200th episode of HELL'S KITCHEN.

In the first hour of the premiere episode (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Ramsay extends star treatment to the newest batch of contestants when they arrive in Hollywood for a silver screen experience. But the Hollywood ending is cut short when Ramsay splits the chefs into two teams - men (Blue) vs. women (Red) - and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, the chefs struggle to work together during their first dinner service, and one team's performance is so disappointing that Chef Ramsay forces them to leave the kitchen.

In the second hour (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Red and Blue teams will go head-to-head and dig as many Geoduck clams out of intricate sand sculptures and then recreate Ramsay's Geoduck sashimi. The team that creates 15 perfect dishes will soak up the sun on a luxury yacht with Chef Ramsay, while the losing team will clean up the sand and prepare the Geoduck nigiri and chowder for dinner service. At the end of another fiery dinner service, one more chef will be sent home.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face grueling challenges, including serving a speed brunch for a culinary graduation, impressing an ultra-exclusive club with special guest judges and preparing delicious dishes for "glampers" at a nearby campsite. Also, the dinner services will be more star-studded than ever with celebrities dining at HELL'S KITCHEN, including legendary rock musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith; talk show host Wendy Williams; NBA Champion Chris Bosh; Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix; comedian Penn Jillette, actor Lou Diamond-Phillips and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the HELL'S KITCHEN title.

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posted 8/15/14

Thursday: Last Game Show Standing
"Comic" Season Finale Helps NBC Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "The Millers" (5.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Elementary" (3.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) then was a close second place with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (3.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Last Comic Standing" (4.870 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.447 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Quest" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Rookie Blue" (5.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "NY Med" (5.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Sleepy Hollow" (1.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the season finale of "Gang Related" (2.362 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.540 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.515 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" attracted 1.877 million viewers.

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posted 8/15/14

Fanatics Wanted
Sky Orders "The Fanatic", Game Show for Geeks
From Digital Spy
A new game show for geeks and fanatics has been ordered for Sky1.

The Fanatic pits three different contestants against one another each week, testing their knowledge about a diverse range of topics, reports Broadcast.

A casting call reads: "Across the eight episodes in the series, we want to include a variety of subjects. From soap operas to Star Wars, from Manchester United to motorsport, from Thor to theme parks, the list is endless."

The series was commissioned by Sky1's Adam Macdonald, and could feature interactive elements for viewers at home.

The Fanatic is being produced by Victory Television, which has previously worked on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Tough Young Teachers.

Sky also recently ordered a UK version of the US reality series King of the Nerds, which will be hosted by Konnie Huq.

Digital Spy

posted 8/15/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Time"

  • "American Idol Experience" to close by the end of this month. So get it in where you can fit it in (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • UPDATE: Josh Gracin apologizes, seeks help (TMZ)
     
  • Bryan Voltaggio charged with DWI (WNBC New York)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lines up new talk show (Fashion Times)
     
  • Jeff Sutphen sells "Trapped on a Telenovela" (Variety)
     
  • Natalie Grant takes four Dove nominations for "Hurricane", none for "It Takes a Church" (Breathecast)

posted 8/15/14

Back to the Island
"Survivor" Editors Will Negotiate Details Meanwhile
From the Hollywood Reporter
The Survivor postproduction crew is headed back to work after a brief strike.

Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions Inc. agreed to give the crew union recognition, the Motion Picture Editors Guild announced Wednesday.

"Contract talks have been scheduled for Friday. In the meantime, our strike action has been suspended, and Survivor post-production employees will return to their jobs on Thursday," the Guild announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night. "Our picket line will stand down until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty tomorrow. Kudos to the crew of Survivor for their resolve they showed today and this important victory."

Postproduction work stopped earlier Wednesday, one day after the Emmy-nominated team said it would seek to obtain a union contract with health and retirement benefits.

Season 29 of Survivor is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 24.

Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/14/14

The Banker Offers ITV....
Glenn Hughill Teams for New Outlet
From World Screen
ITV Studios has aligned with Deal or No Deal exec Glenn Hugill to form Possessed TV, a new entertainment outfit.

Possessed TV will join the ITV Studios stable alongside such existing outfits as 12 Yard Productions and Potato. Hugill, an award-winning executive producer, has worked on shows such as The Mole (Channel 5), Playing It Straight (Channel 4), Beauty and the Geek (BBC Three) and Cash Cab (ITV). Hugill joined Endemol's central creative unit in 2005, which then went on to create successful formats such as SpinStar (ITV), 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (BBC), The Whole 19 Yards (ITV) and Pointless (BBC). He was instrumental to the success of Channel 4's Deal or No Deal as series executive producer. Earlier this year, he created the game show Two Tribes, which is launching this fall on the BBC.

Denise O’Donoghue, ITV Studios UK's managing director, said: "I am absolutely thrilled that Glenn has chosen ITV Studios to partner with him in Possessed TV. We really wanted to bring him into ITVS and I'm delighted that he has decided to work with us. Glenn is a brilliant creative talent, an ideas person, and a meticulous producer with the necessary drive and charisma to get shows across the commissioning line and to keep them on air."

Hugill said: "This is the most exciting time for TV format creation since the 1950s. Modern viewers have so taken control as to redefine what it means to watch TV. It's a bit like discovering the house you've lived in for 50 years has a huge attic you never knew about. And a garden. With a pond in it. The time is right and the fit with ITV Studios feels great. Let's get in that pond."

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posted 8/14/14

Wednesday: Skins vs. Shirts
CBS, NBC Split Night, Week 2 of Skin Wars Holds Firm
From various sources
NBC (6.912 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (5.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (5.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then split the demo crown with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.594 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.899 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Extant" (5.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.242 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.701 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and another "Modern Family" (3.933 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) plus a new "Motive" (3.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "Top Chef Duels" brought 734,000 viewers to Bravo, while week 2 of GSN's "Skin Wars" held on for 588,000 viewers.

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TV Media Insights

posted 8/14/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hell's Kitchen"

  • CASTING COUCH: the next season of "Worst Cooks in America" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has a surprising legacy (The Wire), plus 14 games we should never forget (but probably did) (Moviefone)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, August 19) (Vegas Seven)
     
  • "Strictly Come" age-baiting? (Daily Star)
     
  • Derek Hough is heading to Nashville (Deadline)
     
  • ICYMI: Now the whole house knows about Frankie (Billboard)
     
  • Josh Gracin wrote what appeared to be a suicide post on Facebook, but cops have since intercepted him. He's safe (TMZ)

posted 8/14/14

Tuesday: Smart TV
"IdioTest" Returns Modestly, NBC Wins Night
From various sources
While one night does not a hit or miss make, you can chalk up another solid hit for GSN.

"IdioTest", hosted by Ben Gleib, launched to an average of 452,000 viewers over the two episodes. Retention out of "The Chase" (515,000 viewers) into the 9p episode was a healthy 90 percent.

Elsewhere on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament finale went out on top with 2.008 million. "Face Off" saw 1.299 million. CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" was stopped at 311,000 viewers.

On broadcast, NBC (7.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.981 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by a special "20/20: The Life and Death of Robin Williams" (7.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (6.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Person of Interest" (4.845 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.271 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.843 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 8/13/14

Dancing with the Pros
Stars to Be Announced September 4
From the Futon Critic
The competition is already beginning for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. "Dancing with the Stars'" exciting new cast of pro dancers was revealed this morning, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

This season's crop of professional dancers includes ballroom favorites, fresh new faces, and an international champion that will be sure to bring the heat to the dance floor. The twelve dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, which will be announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the 12 pros returning to the dance floor on Season 19 (in alphabetical order) are:

- Mark Ballas (two-time champion)
- Cheryl Burke (two-time champion)
- Witney Carson (returning for second season)
- Artem Chigvintsev (first time pro, winner of "Strictly Come Dancing")
- Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy (13-time US National Champion, two-time world champion)
- Tony Dovolani (winner of season 15)
- Allison Holker (first-time pro, from season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance", wife of Stephen "tWitch" Boss)
- Derek Hough (the only five-time champion)
- Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe (first-time pro, from "Burn the Floor: the World Tour")
- Peta Murgatroyd (winner of season 14)
- Emma Slater (one-time finalist)
- Karina Smirnoff (winner of season 13)

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TV by the Numbers

posted 8/13/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Best Week Ever"

  • TCONA4... or How we spent our summer vacation (Newsweek)
     
  • Richard Osman reveals secret torment after 20 years (Daily Mirror)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Peoria November 20 (Peoria Journal Star)
     
  • Gethin Jones considering online dating (Yahoo!/UKPA)

posted 8/13/14


ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951-2014
Comic Genius Appeared on "Whose Line", "Squares"
From New York Times

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced,
Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild
inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in
Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63.

The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects
the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” An investigation was underway.

The statement said that the office received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m.
Pacific time, saying that a man had been found “unconscious and not
breathing inside his residence.” Emergency personnel sent to the scene
identified him as Mr. Williams and pronounced him dead at 12:02 p.m.

Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr.
Williams “has been battling severe depression.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost
my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most
beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is
remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on
the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

In the early 2000s, Williams appeared on ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hollywood Squares" with Tom Bergeron.

New York Times
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Hollywood Squares"
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

photo courtesy Tony Ortega

posted 8/12/14


LAUREN BACALL: 1924-2014
Screen Legend Was A Goodson-Todman Player As Well
From Los Angeles Times
Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart.

"She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York," according to family, De Klerk said.

In a statement released on social media, the Bogart Estate expressed deep sorrow and "great gratitude for her amazing life."

Reached by telephone at her Santa Monica home, her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.

Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples on screen and off.

She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York.

In the 60s, Bacall was also a contestant or panelist on "Password", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game".

Los Angeles Times
YouTube - Lauren Bacall on "Password"

photo courtesy Wikipedia

posted 8/12/14


ED NELSON: 1928-2014
"Peyton Place" Actor Played CBS' "Body Language", "Pyramid"
From the Hollywood Reporter
Ed Nelson, a character actor with scores of film and television credits who was best known for portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the hugely popular 1960s ABC primetime soap opera Peyton Place, has died. He was 85.

Nelson died Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., his daughter-in-law told The New York Times.

Nelson played Rossi, who arrives from New York City in the very first episode to set up his practice in the titular small town, on Peyton Place, the first primetime serialized drama on U.S. television.

The half-hour show ran for five seasons — and three times a week at its peak — on ABC from 1964-69. (That gave Nelson the opportunity to appear in a whopping 436 episodes.) Peyton Place was one of the first TV series to deal frankly with sex and as such didn't air until 9:30 p.m.

Starring Oscar winner Dorothy Malone as overprotective mother Constance MacKenzie (Mia Farrow played her daughter early on), Peyton Place was based on the sensational 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious and preceded by a 1957 movie that starred Lana Turner as Constance. (Lee Philips played the character of Rossi, a high school principal, in the television show and film.)

He also starred in the CBS soap opera "Capitol", which offered him a shot at playing "Body Language" and "The $25,000 Pyramid", both of which were shot, like "Capitol", at CBS Television City.

The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube - Ed Nelson on "The $25,000 Pyramid"

photo courtesy IMDb

posted 8/12/14

Monday: A Tight Race
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (4.523 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.824 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

NBC (4.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its duo of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Mistresses" (3.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.507 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Mom" (4.499 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Arrow" (0.698 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/14

Syndies: Tournament Plus Reruns Equals...
Results for the Week Ending August 3
From TV News Check
Syndication entered the mid-summer dog days in the session ending Aug. 3, while Jeopardy pulled an upset and moved ahead of usual game show topper Wheel of Fortune for the second time in 10 weeks.

Wheel slid 3% from the prior frame to a 5.7 and fell behind Jeopardy for only the second time since September of 2004. Jeopardy was up 4% to a 5.8.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; NC indicates no change from the previous week.

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.5 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

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posted 8/12/14

The Judges Face Off
Catch It on Syfy September 2!
From TV by the Numbers
On Tuesday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Syfy debuts Face Off: Judge Match, an all-new original special showcasing the incredible talents of Face Off’s Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, as they go head-to-head in a special make-up competition for their charity. McKenzie Westmore will host the high-level and visually stunning competition.

For the first time in its seven-season history, Face Off fans will finally see the judges get their hands into the clay, pick up the brushes and show the audience their creative genius. For the competition, the judges will pair up with two team members -- a former Face Off all-star contestant, as well as a former champion -- to create a pair of living chess pieces designed to appear in a colorful, stylized fantasy film. In keeping with Face Off’s current season theme of “Life and Death,” one of the characters must be pure and pristine while the other is evil and twisted.

Joining the judges to assist in the competition are all-stars and fan favorites Roy Wooley (seasons 3 and 5), Miranda Jory (seasons 2 and 5), Wayne Anderson (season 4) and previous Face Off champions Conor McCullagh (season 1), Anthony Kosar (season 4) and Laura Tyler (all-star from season 2 and season 5 champion). At stake is a cash prize for the winning judge’s favorite charity and $5,000 for each of their team members.

The judges quickly learn what it’s like to be a contestant on Face Off. Over the course of three days, they showcase their incredible talents and enjoy some friendly competition as they push each other to create characters of astonishing quality. It all culminates with astounding creations, making for a tough decision. Multiple Academy-Award winner and world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Mask, Star Trek and McKenzie’s dad), along with Academy-Award winning makeup artist Lois Burwell (Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, War of the Worlds) have the difficult task of choosing a champion.

Ve Neill is competing for A Window Between Worlds, a non-profit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. Glenn Hetrick is competing for The North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Neville Page is competing for The Orangutan Foundation International, dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/12/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Delay of Game"

  • "Survivor" could be delayed if editors walk out (Deadline)
     
  • RuPaul makes product placement fierce (Adweek)
     
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: Has Guy Fieri destroyed the Food Network? (Salon)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Season 2 of "Catch Phrase" (Mid-Devon Gazette)
     
  • Bryan Wong loses voice hosting "Minute to Win It" in Singapore (Today Online)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford (Western Morning News)

posted 8/12/14

34 Game Shows... 30 Years... And Now Officially Amazing
Briton Takes Guinness Record for Game Show Glory
From Express & Star
Quiz show fan David St. John is Britain's most prolific TV quiz show contestant and now he has the certificate to prove it.

The trivia-mad 64-year-old has racked up 30 appearances on game shows including Fifteen to One, Eggheads, The Chase and The Weakest Link and this week he was awarded a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

From Sunday night the father-of-two will star in a new four-part ITV show called Come On Down! The Game Show Story, which will take viewers on a trip down memory lane looking at the history of British television quiz shows.

St. John from Cannock said: "A couple of months ago ITV got in touch with me and said they would like me to do a skit with Bradley Walsh for a new documentary about quiz shows.

"I went to Manchester to film the short piece and it will be shown on ITV at some point in the next four weeks.

"Bradley was great fun and I can't wait to see what it looks like on the TV."

St. John’s love affair with game shows began in 1982 when he appeared on Sale of the Century.

He stormed to victory and won two motorcycles before going on to face Daphne Fowler, now known as a team member on BBC two show Eggheads, in an Australian version of the show.

Over the years he has won cash prizes for coming top of the scoreboard on shows such as Winner Takes All and Chain Letters in 1987, Star Quality in 1990, No Win No Fee in 2002 and Face the Clock in 2013.

This week St. John was crowned Britain’s Most Prolific TV Quiz Show Contestant and now holds the record for the Most TV Quiz Appearances.

He said: "In January I wrote to the Guinness Book of Records and I sent them clips and footage to prove that I had been on 30 shows.

"This week they confirmed that my name will be in the book which I find really funny because I am not a professional quizzer or an egghead, I just do it for fun.

"When I first started taking part in quiz shows I never knew it would lead to this. I can't wait to receive my certificate."

Express & Star
Daily Mirror

posted 8/11/14

Weekend: The Lion Rorys
CBS Overrun Helps Take Network to First
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to a two-hour "PGA Overrun" (11.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.440 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a new "Big Brother 16" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (3.653 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Wipeout" (3.210 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Rising Star" (2.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Castle" (3.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) adn "America's Got Talent" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Simpsons" (1.867 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) led into the network's annual "Teen Choice 2014" (2.573 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) on FOX (2.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/14

Foreign Food, Foreign Fighters
"Food Fighters" Sold in Four Countries
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announced it has optioned the format of Adam Richman's newest culinary battle Food Fighters in Germany (Endemol), Sweden (Nice) and the Middle East (Creative Ventures).

Endemol had previously optioned the show through Electus International in four other countries (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal). In Russia, original episodes of Food Fighters is currently airing on CTC and talks are underway for a second season.

Currently airing on NBC, Food Fighters is dominating competition drawing the largest regularly scheduled week one to week two ratings gain for any broadcast in two years. The second episode of the food competition hosted by Adam Richman was up 30% in key demos from its premiere, winning its 8pm time slot.

"This one of a kind culinary game show has really grabbed the attention of viewers and buyers alike," says John Pollak, President of Electus International. "When we first heard Tim's pitch, we knew Food Fighters possessed all the unique elements necessary for it to establish itself as a franchise for any network, and now that the show has become a hit in the U.S., we are excited and committed to seeing its potential through around the world."

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Work"

posted 8/11/14

Thursday: Back to Football
CBS Wins Night, Football Preempts Locally
From The Futon Critic
CBS (7.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mom" (7.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Big Brother 16" (7.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Elementary" (5.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

NBC (3.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (3.279 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Meet the Engels" (2.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a new "The Quest" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) followed by its last-minute flip of "NY Med" (4.850 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Rookie Blue" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "Sleepy Hollow" (2.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and the penultimate week of "Gang Related" (3.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.809 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.598 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

It should be noted that there is some inflation due to localized football preemptions.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" barely edged out the 10p "Pawnography," 2.008 million to 2.005 million. The 10:30p season finale took in 1.926 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/8/14

Wednesday: Naked Launch
"Skin Wars" Debuts Strong, "Got Talent" Owns Night
From various sources
A man much wiser once said that "one show does not a hit or miss make", but consider this a positive start for GSN's new series, "Skin Wars".

The reality show, fronted by Rebecca Romijn, attracted 697,000 viewers, the most for a GSN series since the season 2 finale of "The Chase".

Elsewhere, NBC (7.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (6.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

CBS (5.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Extant" (5.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.714 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.714 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.229 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.152 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), another "The Middle" (3.401 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Nashville: On the Record" (2.081 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.468 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.575 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Liberty Voice

posted 8/8/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Suit Up"

  • Ryan Seacrest to launch a suit line for Macy's (People)
     
  • Vernon Kay hosts week 2 of "Come on Down!" (The Bolton News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sir Bruce Forsyth (Daily Express)

posted 8/8/14

Tuesday: ABC Rocks NBC
CMA Special Leads Alphabet, Peacock to a Draw
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.156 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to its annual presentation of the "CMA Music Festival" (7.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

NBC (7.392 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (8.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

Next up was CBS (5.870 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.792 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (4.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its own repeat mix of "Family Guy" (1.829 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.211 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (0.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.604 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.565 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.391 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.162 million. "The Chase" on GSN posted another season high with 558,000.

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posted 8/7/14

#TBT Lightning Round
... or "Viper Needs a Lawyer"

  • Kenichi Ebina to perform on AGT next week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Bob Barker reenacts his legendary whupping with Adam Sandler for "The Bold & The Beautiful" (TMZ)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Celebrity Wheel with Little Richard, Weird Al, and the late James Brown (RIP) (SB Nation)
     
  • "Big Brother": the comic book (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Scott Berlinger ("Viper" from the original "American Gladiators") is getting sued for hitting a runner.  (Business Insider)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right's" annual contestant search is on (Broadway World)
     
  • Justin Willman gets his own comedy/variety/magic show on Comedy Central (TV Week)

posted 8/7/14

Another Trip Around the Board with "Monopoly"
Billy Gardell to Host Lottery Game Show
From Broadway World
Scientific Games Corporation and participating state lotteries have tapped comedian and actor Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly," "You, Me and Dupree") to host the forthcoming "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," a one-hour, weekly syndicated game show based on the iconic MONOPOLY® brand, which will serve as the companion television series for the upcoming, multi-state lottery game of the same name.

The combination of a multi-state premium lottery and a national television game show is a first for both the lottery and television industries.

"I love MONOPOLY! I've played this game with friends and family since 1979," said Gardell. "Hosting a big game show is a bucket list level type of job for me. I've always had a big time game show as one of my goals, and to have the opportunity to be a part of MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is a real honor. It's an iconic game that resonates with everyone, and I want to see someone win one million dollars!"

"Billy has incredible comedic talents and he is also a huge fan of games and MONOPOLY in particular. We know he is the right choice to help us introduce this new game show to America and help us create more and more millionaires," said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games.

"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will be produced in front of a live studio audience in Las Vegas, Nevada and premiere early 2015. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs on each episode. Contestants on the television show will be selected from the studio audience. The studio audience will be made up of winners of the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" multi-state premium lottery game which goes on sale October 19, 2014. To qualify to win the four-night, five-day trip for two to Las Vegas, lottery players will register their lottery tickets online.

Broadway World
Deadline

posted 8/6/14

AX (Factor) S-TV
AXS Will Air UK Version in the US
From B&C
Cable network AXS TV will broadcast the upcoming 11th season of the U.K. version of The X Factor in the U.S.

The deal between AXS TV and producers Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia brings the British music competition to the U.S. for the first time. The series will premiere Aug. 31, with new episodes broadcast on Sundays and Mondays.

Fox canceled the U.S. version of The X Factor Feb. 7. The third and final season averaged a 1.7 Nielsen live-plus-same day rating among adults 18-49, down 41% from the previous season. Series creator Simon Cowell announced that same day that he would return to the franchise’s original U.K. series as a judge.

“The X Factor UK is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban said. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge—I’m confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly.”

The U.S. version of The X Factor failed to live up to expectations from the time it launched in 2011, averaging a 3.7 in its first season. Former Fox Broadcasting entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly presaged the series’ cancellation in January at the TCA winter press tour. “The show underperformed this year,” Reilly said. “Simon himself would admit that.”

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posted 8/6/14

Celebrity "Name Game"
Stars Lined Up for Celeb Episodes of Fall Offering
From the Futon Critic
Celebrities will be put to the test in Celebrity Name Game, the hilarious new game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip is hosted by Emmy-nominated funnyman Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Celebrity Name Game premieres September 22 across more than 93% of the country including the Top 50 U.S. markets.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants in order to identify famous names - actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians, even cartoon characters - based on improvised clues. In a competitive, yet party atmosphere, contestants take part in four rounds of fast-paced gameplay for a chance to win up to $20,000.

Confirmed guest stars for the 2014/15 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Tom Arnold (My Big Redneck), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback), Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars), Peter Facinelli (Odyssey), Vivica A. Fox (Sharknado 2), Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly), Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Tony Hale (Veep), Chris Kattan (SNL), Lisa Kudrow (Web Therapy), Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland), Kevin McHale (Glee), Joely Fisher ('Til Death), Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation), Cheri Oteri (SNL), Will Sasso (The Three Stooges), Nev Schulman (Catfish), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With The Stars), Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens), Mena Suvari (Hysteria), Scott Wolf (The Night Shift), and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/6/14

Syndies: Youth Is Served
Results for the Week Ending July 27
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the eighteenth consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending July 27, 2014.

Live With Kelly and Michael was the top talk show. Dr. Phil, which aired repeats, was second.

Game show ratings (in HH rating and viewers) are as follows:

- Wheel of Fortune: 5.9, 9.241 million (+2%)
- Jeopardy!: 5.6, 8.548 million (no change)
- Family Feud: 4.5, 6.537 million (+2%)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: 2.0, 2.652 million (+5%)

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posted 8/6/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More Naked People"

  • "Dating Naked" invites you to a naked wedding (The Futon Critic)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: ever wonder what sort of person would ever commit his life to a racist Big Brother contestant? (Toofab)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP (EXCEPT THAT THE PRODUCERS DID): "Bachelor in Paradise" viewers may have been watching a deleted scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Jezebel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Todd Newton (Channel Guide)

posted 8/6/14

Monday: Trouble in Paradise
Modest Bow for "Bachelor in Paradise" as Fox, NBC Take Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and NBC (5.048 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared the top spot on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.938 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.034 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.149 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mom" (3.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Two and a Half Men" (4.306 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up the premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Mistresses" (3.361 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.628 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Arrow" (0.599 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.118 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/14

Are You Ready for Star Time?
Channel 4 Greenlights "Time Crashers" for 2015
From RTE
Channel 4 has announced details of a new celebrity game show entitled Time Crashers.

The week-long show will feature a group of celebrities being thrown into different time periods without the aid of modern technology.

Each episode will include eight stars 'crashing' somewhere in the UK in different eras from the past, where they will be fully immersed in the period.

The celebrities will have to work together in different challenges, before one becomes the ultimate Time Crasher at the end of the week.

Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment for Channel 4, said: "With Time Crashers, we've commissioned a highly innovative fusion of entertainment and British history that will appeal to a broad TV audience."

It is expected to begin filming in March 2015, and will be broadcast later in the year.

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posted 8/5/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going Global"

posted 8/5/14

MICHAEL JOHNS: 1978-2014
Aussie Heartthrob Was 8th in "American Idol 7"
From The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle.

The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a full-length album, 2009's Hold Back My Heart, that included single "Heart on My Sleeve."

"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," read a statement posted on the show's official Facebook page.

Michael Johns was 29 when he auditioned for American Idol — the absolute upper limit of eligibility. For season seven, Johns auditioned for Idol in San Diego with a rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Simon Cowell was the first judge to comment: "I thought that was a very good audition, Michael. You're like a white soul singer." During his time competing on Idol, Johns created a stir because he had been signed to a major label, Maverick, prior to auditioning.

Johns grew up in a family that had musical talent, describing his mother as having a "Doris Day" type voice. "My brother and sister both play piano and sing. My stepfather is a great singer too. I was always around music growing up," he told Billboard in 2008. He described his earliest musical memory, "Sitting around the family Pianola, which is a very old turn-of-the-century piano which plays itself – just like the ones in the old Western films."

As much as he loved music, Johns was an avid tennis player who dreamed of being a Wimbledon champion. At 15, he gave that idea up because, "that's when music found me and I have not looked back."

However tennis is what brought Johns from his native Perth to the United States. He received a tennis scholarship and he considered it his ticket to the States to pursue music.

He was going to attend Denver University. "I thought it was way too cold there and it turned out the coach had second thoughts anyway," he told Billboard in 2008. "I chose Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College as it was in the South and a lot of great music was coming out of there. I knew if I went to Los Angeles or New York, I could get swallowed up."

While attending ABAC, Johns met guitarist Roddie White. The two wrote songs together and performed on campus.

Johns played cover gigs in Atlanta, then joined a band call Film. They were together for 18 months and were offered deals, but the deals were for Johns as a solo artist and for his music publishing. Johns was 21 and the other band members were over 30. He described it as a difficult time and a "messy situation." He told the lead singer, Michael Sickler, that if they wanted their songs to see the light of day, he needed to take one of the deals.

Michael Goldberg signed Johns to Maverick as a solo artist. Johns recorded under his birth name, Michael Lee. He didn't take the last name Johns until 2006, as an homage to his grandfather, whose first name was John. Michael Lee was actually Michael John Lee, thus the plural "Johns."

Johns completed his album for Maverick and assembled a band called the Rising. "The label folded and my record never saw the light of day until I appeared on American Idol," he told Billboard. "Warner Bros. put the Maverick recordings up on iTunes."

Next, Johns was signed to Columbia by Tim Devine. But when many west coast label personnel were dismissed, a lot of developing artists were dropped, including Johns.

Johns told Billboard in the 2008 interview that he started watching Idol right from the beginning. "I was intrigued like the rest of the world. Kelly Clarkson was awesome and still is. I think she is the biggest reason why the show got as big as it did," he said. "She came out and legitimized the credibility of the show. Idol is the best platform these days for finding new talent."

Indeed, while Johns didn't win, his career as a singer was by no means stagnant. A favorite of Grammy-winning producer David Foster, he performed on the PBS television special, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, which also featured such music luminaries as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton and Andrea Bocelli. He also participated in many A-list charity events and appeared on a 2012 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which stars Foster's wife Yolanda.

Johns leaves behind his wife, Stacey. The couple met at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood in 2003 and married in 2007.

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Michael Johns
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posted 8/4/14

Sunday: Waited All Year for Sunday Night
NBC Wins with Hall of Fame Game
From the Futon Critic
NBC (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its presentations of "Wrestlemania 30" (3.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the "NFL Hall of Fame Game" (7.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (6.160 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Unforgettable" (5.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Reckless" (4.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Wipeout" (3.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and a special two-hour "Rising Star" (3.530 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), "Bob's Burgers" (1.433 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.292 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Family Guy" (2.524 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and another "American Dad" (2.113 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) on FOX (2.012 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Top Model"
Second Guys & Girls Edition Bows on CW August 18
From the Futon Critic
Cycle 21 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, will premiere Monday, August 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET), featuring seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. The fourteen finalists were announced today representing regions from all across the US and Canada.

The panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and the viewing public, will be joined by beloved runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. "Miss J.") making his return to the show to determine who stays and who goes in the competition. This is the second "Guys and Girls" edition of the popular series that debuted in 2003. Also joining Cycle 21 as photo shoot creative consultant is the sought-after photographer Yu Tsai, who has worked with some of the entertainment industry's most talented models, actors and musicians.

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes returning prize suppliers Nylon Magazine, GUESS and Next Model Management. The winner will receive prizes including: a $100,000 cash prize from GUESS, whose advertising campaigns have launched many modeling careers; a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine and a modeling contract with Next Model Management.

During production this past spring, fans once again had the opportunity to vote online and via mobile to choose their favorite contestants based on a variety of photo shoots. The contestants who had already been eliminated had the opportunity to return to the competition via votes on their photo shoot pictures, which allowed the audience the chance to save their favorite model.*

Original episodes of TOP MODEL will air on Mondays for six weeks, with encores airing Fridays (9:00-10:00pm ET). Beginning October 3, original episodes will move to the Friday (9:00-10:00pm ET) timeslot.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Wizard Wars"
Catch It on Syfy August 19
From the Futon Critic
Syfy debuts an exciting new six-episode competition series, Wizard Wars, on Tuesday, August 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, introducing bright and innovative young magicians who must impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects.

Innovation takes center stage as the magicians transform objects such as dog treats, leaf blowers, a pirate's costume and garden gnomes into engaging magic performances before a live audience. Each episode begins with two teams of magicians going head-to-head with a limited amount of time to create an original routine. The winning team will then enter "The Wizard War" and compete against the expert "home team" of world-renowned "Wizards" to battle it out for bragging rights, and a $10,000 prize.

Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi, YouTube sensation and contemporary street illusionist Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits will compete as the home team. These masterful performers and magic creators cover every discipline in magic from sleight of hand to large-scale stage illusion.

Joining the legendary Penn & Teller on the judging panel is the 2012 winner of BBC's The Magicians, Jason Latimer, and popular web host Christen Gerhart .

The series premiere features two edgy young American magic creators, Kyle Marlett of Las Vegas, NV and Dalton Wayne of Columbus, OH, against a team of Canada's best illusionists, Chris Funk and Ekaterina. Their challenge is to take Spam and Super Soakers and incorporate them into a fresh magic performance.

With each episode the magicians will be challenged to continue to push magic to new and greater heights, and the world will be one step closer to discovering the next great contemporary magician. The series is hosted by Ellen Fox.

Wizard Wars is produced by A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen). Executive producers are Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Discovery Looking for "America's Smartest"
Contestants Wanted for New Competition
From The Hollywood Reporter
Discovery Channel has picked up the competition reality show America's Smartest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series, set for an April 2015 debut, mixes elements of Shark Tank, Mr. Wizard and College Bowl and will seek to discover true visionaries.

Each episode will offer contestants a challenge, such as finding a way to help a disabled person, improve kids' classrooms or build a smarter automobile. The one-hour episodes will feature five contestants each, until the 10th episode in which the season's finalists will face off.

"This show is a mashup between people with enormous ingenuity and imagination mashed up with filmmaking and storytelling," says David Zelon, who is executive producing with Michael Sardo. "The show is a 'what if' show, not a 'how to' show, meaning 'what if this could really work?' Not 'this is how we can build something that can work.' "

It was developed and is being produced by Mandalay Media Arts. It was sparked by a comment by Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman/CEO Peter Guber.

"This show grew out of Peter Guber when he was chairman of Sony," says Sardo. "He went to Japan and came back and said to me, 'I just saw the most amazing thing. I thought Sony was filled with engineers creating amazing technology that they then apply to their products.' He said, 'It's the exact opposite. They've got a bunch of people dreaming up cool products. Then when they have something they want to take to market, they give it to the engineers and say, 'Figure out how to make this work.' "

The contestants will be chosen for their story and background. So when the challenge is to improve emergency rooms, it could be a former E.R. doctor or a family member of someone who almost died because of what happened in an emergency room.

"We're going to ask these genius imaginative people," says Zelon, "about how they would solve certain problems and let them solve it with ideas that we can make work through the storytelling and filmmaking — not necessarily because the technology exists."

Zelon is making his first foray into television after producing a number of movies, including Soul Surfer and the upcoming When the Game Stands Tall.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Telemundo Wraps Production on "Top Chef Estrellas 2"
Ingrid Hoffmann Returns to Host
From TV by the Numbers
 “Top Chef Estrellas,” Telemundo’s Sunday primetime culinary competition, wrapped up production of a hotter, tastier and extended second season, now featuring a total of ten celebrities competing for the “Top Chef” title and a total of $100,000 awarded to charities of their choice. Shot in Boston, Massachusetts and produced by Emmy award-winning production house Magical Elves, this new edition is hosted by renowned TV personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, in her debut on Telemundo. Leading Hispanic chefs, Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, return as judges joined by prominent celebrities from the world of entertainment, music and sports.

“We are delighted with the upcoming edition of ‘Top Chef Estrellas,’ a second season with more stars, episodes, challenges and surprise guests for our audience to enjoy,” said Maria Lopez-Alvarez, SVP of Reality Programming at Telemundo. “The diversity of our celebrities, together with our experienced chefs and surprise guests, will make the second season even more fun and engaging.”

Television personality and restaurateur Ingrid Hoffmann has hosted multiple cooking shows, including “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and “Delicioso” on Galavision. She is also the author of LATIN D’LITE and “Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist.”

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/4/14

"Pointless" Friend Goes Solo on "Two Tribes"
Richard Osman Hosts New Quiz for BBC2
From Radio Times
The Pointless power couple have split up (temporarily at least) as Richard Osman leaves his quiz show buddy Alexander Armstrong to go solo, hosting new BBC2 show Two Tribes, which launches this autumn.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting Two Tribes," said Osman. "It's so simple and fast-paced, but tells us so much about what British people are like. I am worried I will miss Xander though."

The quiz will test how much contestants have in common as well as their general knowledge. Before every episode the seven contestants are asked a series of probing questions about themselves. They are then split into two "tribes" based on their answers, before battling it out in a general knowledge showdown.

Each round sees a player from the losing tribe eliminated and a new set of tribes created until just two players remain. The final two will go head to head for that day's prize.

Radio Times

posted 8/4/14

More on "The Singer Takes It All"
1 Million Log in Ahead of Friday Premiere
From Telly Mix
Channel 4’s interactive singing format The Singer Takes It All opened with 1.2m, in line with Channel 5’s Big Brother Live Eviction.

The Initial and Remarkable Television contest, in which viewers vote for their favourite contestants via an app, fell short of the channel’s 1.9m slot average for the past 12 months.

The debut episode was in line with C4’s last big interactive game show The Bank Job which aired on Monday, 2 January and also pulled in 1.2m viewers (5.5%).

The Alan Carr-fronted show peaked with 1.4m (6.8%) in the five minutes from 9.10pm.

The Singer Takes It All knocked heads with C5’s Big Brother: Live Eviction which pulled 1.2m (6.1%) in the same slot.

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Radio Times
Scunthorpe Telegraph
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Broadcast

posted 8/4/14

Thursday: NeverQuest
ABC's New Series Falls Flat, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "The Millers" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (3.162 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.953 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.579 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the premiere of "The Quest" (2.806 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) alongside new episodes of "Rookie Blue" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "NY Med" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6). "The Quest" was down sharply in audience from time slot predecessor Black Box‘s finale (4 mil/0.7) but matching its demo.

Meanwhile, FOX (2.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.769 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) plus a new "Gang Related" (2.273 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.576 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.621 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Pawnography led the troops with an average of 2.167 million viewers over the hour. Project Runway had 1.921 million viewers. Beat Bobby Flay premiered to 1.218 million viewers. Snack-Off ran under with 642,000.

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posted 8/1/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Live with Regis"

  • Regis Philbin plays the Life Expo in Chattanooga September (Chattanooga Times-Free Press)
     
  • Dexter Roberts reveals he has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (People)
     
  • Kirstie Alley tweets strange message to Maks Chmerkovskiy (Us Magazine)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor premiere, Big Brother finale to run 90 minutes September 24 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: everything I learned about retirement, I learned from Betty White. (Huffington Post) and 5 things to take away from "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with GSN VP Programming Amy Introcaso-Davis (Deadline), Gethin Jones (Digital Spy) and Dick DeBartolo (PRI)

posted 8/4/14

The World's A Stage?
Report: Simon Cowell to Plan "Got Talent World Stage"
From the Mirror
Simon Cowell is planning a special version of his hit Got Talent show – with acts from around the WORLD.

Got Talent World Stage Live will take place in Mumbai in December featuring top Bollywood stars and other acts that have been successful around the globe.

It will be officially announced tomorrow and is expected to be broadcast on India's Colors TV channel, as well as possibly being screened in other countries.

A source close to Cowell said: “India's Got Talent is a huge show and this global version of the show will be a spin off that will pull in millions of viewers and attract attention from around the world.

“Simon is giving the show his full backing and thinks it will be great to get the best of the talent from around the world all on one show. It sounds unmissable.”

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is in negotiations to host the show, which is being masterminded by Rav Singh, director of RFS Entertainment.

Mirror

posted 8/1/14

Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"; GSN to Show in 2015
From TV NewsCheck
The syndicated trivia game show Let’s Ask America kicks off its third season on Sept. 8 with new host, comedian and one-time MTV VJ Bill Bellamy.

Bellamy, who has guest co-hosted shows such as CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and Entertainment Tonight, replaces Kevin Pereira.

On the half-hour, prime access show, Bellamy will interact with contestants who play the game from home via internet web video.

“I look forward to working with the great executives at Telepictures and Scripps and taking the show to the next level,” said Bellamy in a statement. “Our contestants are a virtual goldmine for nonstop laughs. I can’t wait to interact with them. Our audiences can look forward to great entertainment from Let’s Ask America every day.”

Let’s Ask America is from station group E.W. Scripps and production partners Warner Bros.’ Telepictures and the late Jim Paratore’s paraMedia. The show is distributed by MGM Domestic Television Distribution.

In January, the show will add a cable run on GSN.

AZCentral
TV NewsCheck
Broadway World
KJRH Tulsa


Bill Bellamy to host season 3 of "Let's Ask America"
photo courtesy BillBellamy.com

posted 8/1/14

Tuesday: America's Got Google
Google Searches Equal Votes This Season. Result: #1 for NBC
From the Futon Critic
Google searches for “America’s Got Talent,” starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show’s contestants — the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices.

NBC has enjoyed strong ratings with “Talent” this summer, and the Peacock is hoping the Google tie-in will push even more viewers to tune in live to the variety show as it enters the final rounds.

NBC (8.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to week two of "Food Fighters" (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (10.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.837 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Person of Interest" (4.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.128 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.643 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The concept is not new: Google earlier this year ran a similar execution for Fox’s “American Idol,” allowing viewers to vote for contestants from search pages.

Meanwhile, on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.841 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.052 million.

Variety
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/1/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Hunger Game Show Host"

  • Vernon Kay dresses as Katniss Everdeen. Why, we'll never know (Digital Spy)
     
  • Ken Jennings plays the Slate News Quiz. Because Ken Jennings. (Slate)
     
  • ITV1 asks "The 21st Question" between seasons of "The Chase" (Carrick Today)
     
  • Bill Daily: a look back at a career (C-Note: still alive, thank goodness) (CBS DFW)
     
  • Vin Scully to return for season 66 with the Dodgers. (ESPN)

posted 8/1/14

Wednesday: Fool Me Once
"Penn & Teller" Score for CW, NBC Tops
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a "America's Got Talent" (6.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.608 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared top demo honors with its revised lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Extant" (5.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.493 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.059 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (3.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), another "The Middle" (3.278 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and a new "Motive" (3.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, the premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.546 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/31/14

Family Feud & Friends 2: The Second One
Ludia's New App Now Available
From Broadway World
The time has come gamers! Ludia and FremantleMedia North America are proud to bring the highly anticipated sequel, Family Feud & Friends 2 to iOS, Android and Facebook. Now available, players can enjoy the sequel to the ultimate social gaming experience.

“Family Feud is one of America's highest rated and loved game shows, and we are pleased to offer its fans extended hours of trivia fun with our mobile game. Following the huge success of Family Feud & Friends, whose fan base is now over 33 million players, we are excited to bring gamers a sequel that is loaded with exciting new features," said Alex Thabet, President and CEO of Ludia Inc. "Family Feud & Friends 2 will offer gamers a true cross-platform experience, available now on iOS, Android and for the first time, Facebook.”

Are you up for the challenge? Players will not only enjoy new graphics, but also all new surveys and twists allowing them to boost their scores. Contestants will find out who the best Family Feud player is by challenging their friends, family and the larger Family Feud community in head-to-head competition. An all new tournament mode has also been added where players can compete against seven other contestants to become the tournament champion and win numerous coins.

Family Feud & Friends 2 Gameplay Features:

* The ability to directly challenge friends and family or anyone from the larger Family Feud & Friends 2 community.
* A brand new tournament mode: play live against seven other players in an exciting tournament. Make your way through the three rounds and win the final face-off for tons of rewards.
* New, stunning graphics highlighting your favorite elements of the TV show - Family Feud has never looked so good.
* Complete new set of surveys.
* New power-ups to boost your chances of scoring more points.
* Enhanced predictive text input and auto spell checker to make typing answers faster than ever.

Broadway World

posted 7/31/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "They Didn't Tweet in the Middle Ages, Did They?"

  • FULLY LOADED: Live tweet with the Paladins during "The Quest" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Chris Hardwick hosts the mother of all "Doctor Who" viewing parties for BBC America. POINTS! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Arthur Chu talks about mimicking "a Chinese accent" as a voice actor (Colorlines)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Rising Star" is heading to the UK (Telly Mix)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Nothing about this "Bachelorette" video from Fox News is a shock (E!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Barcus Slonima. (Las Vegas Weekly)

posted 7/31/14

Jeff Gaspin to Handle the Truth
FremantleMedia to Shop "To Tell the Truth" for Primetime
From Deadline
To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly.

Created by Bob Stewart, To Tell The Truth launched in the U.S. in 1956 and has gone through several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, airing a total of 25 seasons to date, with its most recent run ending in 2001. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. After asking questions, the celebrities take turns identifying who they believe is telling the truth.

Former NBC chairman Gaspin, a To Tell The Truth fan, tracked down the format to FremantleMedia, which owns the rights. He also brought in longtime collaborator Moll. The two, along with Gay Rosenthal, created and produced one of VH1′s signature series, Behind The Music. Executive producing To Tell The Truth with Gaspin and Moll are FMNA’s Thom Beers and Toby Gorman.

Deadline
Hidden Remote
TV Week


Jeff Gaspin is looking to revive "To Tell the Truth"
photo courtesy FremantleMedia North America

posted 7/30/14

Syndies: Dog Days
Results for the Week Ending July 29
From TV NewsCheck
Dr. Phil returned to the top of the talkers in the week ending July 20 after a brief absence while the show was entirely in reruns. But Phil, which rose 8% and scored its highest ratings in five weeks, was the only daytime show in the top 10 to grow in the session, which was marked by heavy news coverage of a Russian missile shooting down a huge passenger jet over the Ukraine.

The No. 1 show in syndication overall for the 17th consecutive week was Judge Judy, which aired five reruns but was still up 2% from last year at this time.

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

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers
B&C
Mediapost

posted 7/30/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Whole Story"

  • Bradley Walsh presents the history of the British game show (ITV Press Centre)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the great game show controversies (Herald Sun)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (Channel Guide)
     
  • Having exhausted all other programming options for Thursday night, NBC extends "Last Comic Standing" final to two hours (The Futon Critic)
     
  • After asking about the sex, Nick Viall insists his question was not about the sex (Us Magazine)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A beat is when a strong hand is beaten by a lucky hand. A bad beat is when it happens to you. This... is the worst beat ever. (Business Insider)
     
  • "Big Brother Israel," in a sign of the time, is the only Big Brother House with a bomb shelter. (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson thinks his replacement should be female. Says a female with knowledge of Craig Ferguson...  Carrie Keagan (Splitsider)
     
  • Steve Harvey teams with Strayer University to promote success (Dallas Weekly)

posted 7/30/14

NBC Slots ANW: America vs. the World
Catch The Season Finale September 15
From the Futon Critic
NBC will present its second annual "American Ninja Warrior" international competition later this summer with a three-hour special, "USA vs. the World." Five of the top competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will go head-to-head against competitors from Japan and from Europe in a high-stakes competition on the show's famed four-stage finals course.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila will host and Jenn Brown will co-host. "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" is set to air Monday, Sept. 15 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) with a special encore presentation airing Tuesday, September 16 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) on Esquire Network.

Representing Team USA are competitors Brian Arnold, Elet Hall, Paul Kasemir, Joe Moravsky and Travis Rosen. All of these worthy athletes are veterans of "American Ninja Warrior" and have made it to the show's Las Vegas finals in past seasons.

Team Japan will include a formidable collection of both seasoned and up-and-coming athletes - Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and Yusuke Morimoto. Yamamoto has competed in every season of Japan's "Sasuke."

Team Europe will be represented by Stefano Ghisolfi, Vadym Kuvakin, Sean McColl, Tim Sheiff and Miska Sutela. Ghisolfi and McColl are both champion rock climbers and McColl won the rock climbing World Cup in 2012. Kuvakin is a former Olympian for the Ukraine in gymnastics and is a current member of the Cirque du Soleil cast for "La Rev" in Las Vegas. Sheiff, a successful competitor on several seasons of "American Ninja Warrior," is a world champion free runner.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

The Futon Critic
B&C

posted 7/29/14

Drawing Bad Blood
Catch New Season of "Ink Master" September 2
From the Futon Critic
Spike TV's hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there's bad blood in the water. Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.' This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival. From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in "Ink Master" history, this season's competition is more personal than ever.

Each week "Ink Master" puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a 'Human Canvas.' Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Monday: The Over/Under Is A Month
ABC, "Bachelorette" Go Out on Top
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (7.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with the premiere of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.588 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

Next up was FOX (4.825 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (5.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Hotel Hell" (4.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (3.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.245 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the "2014 Young Hollywood Awards" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Sunday: Clean Bloody Sweep
CBS Wins Night Thanks to "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the second Sunday in a row thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (2.980 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and another "American Dad" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a special two-hour "Wipeout" (3.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) alongside a new "Rising Star" (3.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Castle" (3.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Chicago Fire" (2.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (3.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on NBC (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the night.

On Food Network, the night fared thusly:

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games (1.511 million)
- 9p: Food Network Star (2.122 million)
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (1.561 million)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/29/14

A Second Round of Hounds
ITV2 Releases Season 2 This Fall
From ATV Today
Reggie Yates is returning to host the horror gameshow Release the Hounds which will air this autumn on ITV2.

Filmed in a remote forest from dusk through the dead of night, three contestants and their friends will be up against some of the “scariest challenges ever endured on TV” in a bid to unlock chests full of prize money.

To locate the keys to the money the friends must all take part in a variety of horror themed mental and physical tests. The ultimate challenge for them is to out-run a pack of dogs, trained to guard the cash. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

“I have absolutely loved filming this series, I’m such a big fan of the horror genre. Some of the contestants we had taking part this series were just brilliant and their reactions are priceless, although it must be said I am far happier being behind the monitor, being their eyes and ears than I ever would be running around a dark forest not to mention going up against the dogs!”

The new series will include terrifying challenges such as a phone booth that floods once you’re locked inside, a giant jack in the box with a twist, a clown with a sinister balloon obsession and an ice-cream van that dispenses much more than lolly-pops.

Release the Hounds, hosted by Reggie Yates, will return this autumn on ITV2.

ATV Today
ITV Presscentre

posted 7/29/14

From the Truth... to a Lie
TV3 Renews Hit Series
From IFTN
TV3’s big money game show ‘The Lie’ is back for a second series. The show will again be hosted by Jonathan McCrea, and is now on the lookout for participants. Only days remain to apply as the closing date for applications from participants is August 1st.

Filming of the second series will get underway in the TV3 Sony HD Studio this September. Jointly produced as an original format by 3 Studios and STV Productions, ‘The Lie’ is an exhilarating game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money - all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.

In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase. The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot.

TV3 are looking for teams, each consisting of two contestants, to take part in ‘The Lie’ for the chance to win €10,000. The teams of partners, colleagues, siblings or best friends will have to work together and use their combined knowledge to spot “The Lie”. This is a game of strategy, risk-taking and intelligence!

Those interested in taking part can apply via an online application form on www.tv3.ie/takepart but remember to do it quickly - applications close on August 1st 2014 and filming will take place in TV3’s Sony HD studio in September 2014.

IFTN

posted 7/29/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the Aftermath"

  • Nick Viall takes "public shaming" to a whole 'nother level (Jezebel)
     
  • Tonight's edition of "Biting the Hand That Feeds You" is brought to you by Nikki Ferrell (Us)
     
  • And after all that... Santa Fe still wants to host the show! (Albuquerque Journal)
     
  • Mark Ballas, Derek Hough go from flipping dancing partners to flipping houses (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy says he's done with "Dancing with the Stars". This is not a repeat from 2013... or 2012... or 2010... (Us)
     
  • How's Eddie McGuire's poker face? According to a "Hot Seat" player... not too good (News.com.au)

posted 7/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly to be a TV chef (Eater)
     
  • "Derrick... Please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • Alan Carr wants nutjobs on "Singer Takes It All" (The List)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 best Nick games (Bustle)
     
  • I'm a best-selling game show author & contestant and friend of this site. Ask me anything! (Reddit)

posted 7/28/14

Thursday: Next Stop: Vegas
Hell's Kitchen Finale Up, BB Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "The Millers" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.698 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then snagged the silver with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by a new "Gang Related" (2.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (2.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "Black Box" (3.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) alongside the season finale of "Black Box" (3.786 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "NY Med" (4.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.499 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.521 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Pawnography" led the cable troops with 2.60 million viewers, while the season premiere of "Project Runway" led Lifetime to 1.64 million.

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posted 7/25/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Cab Florida"

posted 7/25/14

You Are Now Cleared for Play
Trifecta Sells "Game Plane", Mark Walberg to Host
From Trifecta Entertainment
Mark Walberg has been named as host of the forthcoming fall property "The Game Plane".

"The Game Plane", from Trifecta Entertainment, shot a pilot and shopped it to NATPE earlier this year. The show, like "Cash Cab" before it, features unsuspecting passengers on a regular Allegiant Air flight. Once it reaches cruising altitude, the plane converts into a game show, and the passengers become contestants competing for cash and prizes.

Walberg, currently the host of PBS' Emmy-nominated "Antiques Roadshow", is a veteran host of fan favorites "Russian Roulette" and "On the Cover".

It currently has 80 percent clearance and is shooting also for a cable outlet in time for a September release.

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posted 7/24/14

Wednesday: And Then There Were 48
AGT Final Decision Put NBC Ahead
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to originals from the Top 48 revelation on "America's Got Talent" (10.130 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Extant" (6.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Criminal Minds" (4.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.977 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Modern Family" (3.555 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Middle" (3.119 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Motive" (3.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.531 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 7/24/14

Tuesday: All NBC All The Time
AGT Boot Camp, "Food Fighters" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the premiere of "Food Fighters" (4.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the relocated "America's Got Talent" (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1). "Fighters" grew from the 8p to the 8:30p half-hour.

ABC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.847 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On GSN, "The Chase" rose to a new season high of 578,000 viewers. "Chopped's" second Teen Tournament episode garnered 1.472 million, while TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked in 851,000. And "@midnight" continued its late-night dominance with 795,000.

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posted 7/24/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande was not going to pull her brother from "Big Brother" (Digital Spy). But we imagine that sometime over the last 48 hours, he heard "Frankie, please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • "Bachelor in Paradise" co-contestants engaged (Us Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Algorithm" goes to Limerick, Ireland (Limerick Post), while "Jeopardy" goes to Memphis (WREG Memphis)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Family Feud" (Ten, weeknights) (The Age)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joe Garagiola (AZCentral.com)

posted 7/24/14

Nick Cannon Gets Back Into Improv Game
AGT Host to Prep New Series for Syfy
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly one hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series.

The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature two teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians. Each week they will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.

A nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the "away" teams.

Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers.

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posted 7/23/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande's grandfather has passed on. ObGameShows: Frankie is still in the Big Brother House. (Contact Music)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "Face Off" took "Life and Death" one step further... (TV Guide)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" will a) come from this season of "The Bachelorette" and b) will have less baggage than Juan Pablo (E!).
     
  • Pharrell Williams chooses Alicia Keys as his G.I.R.L. on "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" cycle 21 is bumped up to fill a hole on August 18 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/23/14

Fifteen to Two
Revival Renewed, to Move to Scotland
From Digital Spy
Channel 4 has renewed Fifteen To One for a second season.

Sandi Toksvig will return to host the daytime quiz show, which will start filming in Glasgow in August.

Forty episodes were commissioned by Channel 4's Madeleine Knight, and will be recorded at BBC Pacific Quay studios.

The show's move to Scotland will form part of Channel 4's plans of widening its supply base across the UK.

Originally running from 1988 to 2003, Fifteen to One returned to screens in April.

Adam Hills has also hosted special primetime versions of the quiz, featuring celebrity contestants such as Jo Brand and Jimmy Carr.

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posted 7/22/14

Syndies: In the Thick of It
Results for the Week Ending July 13
From B&C
Most syndies rebounded in the week ending July 13, despite low levels of TV viewers and competition from the World Cup soccer semifinals, including Brazil’s shocking defeat at the hands of eventual winner Germany.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune sped up 4% from its prior-week season low to a 5.8. CTD’s Jeopardy! recovered 6% to a 5.7, keeping the household race between it and Wheel tight. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud added 7% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire — soon to swap Cedric the Entertainer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews, who just hosted the Television Critics Association Awards — trailed with a flat 2.0 for the fifth week in a row.

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posted 7/22/14

Monday: Ninja Masters
Demo Race Winners Abound, Fox Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "MasterChef" (5.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the return of "Hotel Hell" (4.039 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

ABC (5.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Mistresses" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (3.156 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.783 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.290 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Mom" (3.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.475 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.088 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its revised lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.664 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Seed" (0.489 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Backpackers" (0.410 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Alex"

  • Alex Trebek turns 74. Here's some stuff you may or may not know about him (Warming Glow)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first round of "Buscando Mi Ritmo" on Telemundo (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • If you never thought you'd hear the words "Ben Stein" and "sexting scandal" in one sentence in your life... well, first time for everything. (NSFW) (Jezebel).
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: taking away commercials, intro, outro, and Steve Harvey ranting, you can watch an entire episode of "Family Feud" in 3 minutes. But it kinda sucks. (AV Club)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Cheboygan News)

posted 7/22/14

More on "The Quest"
Paladins Announced for July 31 Journey on ABC
From TV by the Numbers
A genre-bending new reality series unlike anything else on television, “The Quest,” combines harrowing and intense competition challenges, narrative storytelling and cutting edge special effects and prosthetics to conjure an immersive fantasy environment. 12 real people, pulled from their everyday lives, are transported to a fantasy world where they are declared Paladins, defenders of a noble cause. The Paladins must compete to save the besieged kingdom of Everealm but only one will prevail and earn the right to be called the One True Hero. “The Quest” premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. From the executive producers behind such television and motion picture hits as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Amazing Race” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The Quest” creates a seamless and surprising experience for these fans of fantasy and fairytales, featuring an elaborate and full mythology (developed by Haxan Films), animatronic creatures (created by the award-winning team at Spectral Motion), and real-time 3D projection mapping (developed by NuFormer).

As previously announced, the Paladins who will rely on physical stamina, intelligence and resourcefulness to emerge as the One True Hero are:

- Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX)
- Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ)
- Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR)
- Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT)
- Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA)
- Ashley Guerrero (35, Horse Trainer from Murrieta, CA)
- Patrick Higgins (41, High School Math Teacher from Joliet, IL)
- Jasmine Kyle (31, Mother and Homemaker from Media, PA)
- Adria Kyne (41, Marketing Director from Nashua, NH)
- Leticia Reyes (36, Executive Assistant from White Plains, NY)
- Katherine “Katie” Smaluk (26, Bartender from Chicago, IL)
- Christian Sochor (23, Server from New York, NY)

“The Quest” was filmed on location in Austria and is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/21/14

Weekend: Smaller Brother
CBS Still Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.724 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Big Brother 16" (6.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed a close second place with its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.103 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17), "Bob's Burgers" (1.352 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.098 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "The Simpsons" (2.482 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "American Dad" (2.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next was ABC (4.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Wipeout" (3.848 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Rising Star" (4.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Castle" (3.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.079 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.640 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Chicago PD" (2.812 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/21/14

The Hole Lives...
South Africa Signs Up for "Hole in the Wall"
From Media Update
Sony Max, channel 128 on DStv, has just launched Hole In The Wall, an adaptation of the cult Japanese game show Nokabe, which became a YouTube sensation, and was dubbed by fans ‘Human Tetris’.

Hole In The Wall has the simple premise of players having to contort themselves to fit through cutouts in a styrafoam wall that is moving towards them. Failure results in them being dunked in the swimming pool. Winning gets them a cash prize.

"It's as simple as it gets. It's one of those shows I think is going to be very addictive. You think, 'I'm not going to watch this,' and a half-hour later you're still watching it" said Fox entertainment president Mike Darnell on picking up the show for US Broadcast.

Hole In The Wall airs weeknights at 17:45 on Sony Max, channel 128 on DStv.

Media Update

posted 7/21/14

Tennessee, "Line" Up
GSN's New Series to Tape in Nashville
From the Nashville Tennessean
The Game Show Network has greenlit “The Line,” a traveling game show, the network announced Tuesday. With its first stop July 19 in Nashville, Tenn.,, the show focuses on its contestants’ ability to win both at the end of the titular line and while waiting for their chance to get to the front.

“The goal of ‘The Line’ is to take the joy of game directly to communities across the country and we are so excited that GSN’s first stop is Nashville,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s executive vice president of programming and development, in a statement. “We have taken something most people dislike – waiting in line – and turned it into the most fun you have ever had, with cash, prizes and 500 new friends!”

Produced by High Noon Entertainment, “The Line” will be hosted by Jeff Davis of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” fame and Candace Bailey, former co-host of “Attack of the Show.”

Participants of the game will attempt to claim a growing jackpot by reaching the “Trivia Vault” at the front of the line and correctly answering eight true/false questions. Those waiting in line will also have their chance to win cash and prizes by playing “outrageous games.”

“We love creating game formats and this one is terrific because it combines both the intellectual and the physical, as well as dual gameplay that takes place both inside the dome and outside in line,” said executive producer Jim Berger.

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posted 7/21/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Banoodles"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Inside Katie Cleary's case... nothing. (New York Daily News)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: TV3's "The Lie" (Independent)
     
  • SAVED YOU A CLICK: "The two smartest men in game shows" are "Feud" contestants who didn't answer a question (WTAM Cleveland).
     
  • Heidi Klum used her Instagram to promote "Project Runway". Needless to say the pictures are NSFW (Classicalite)
     
  • "Family Feud", "MasterChef" helps Ten more than it realizes (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A game show for the troops (Darien News Online)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Food Fighters" (NBC, July 22) (Colorado Springs Gazette) plus A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adam Richman (WWLP Springfield)

posted 7/21/14


JAMES GARNER: 1928-2014
"Maverick", "Rockford" Actor Was a Mystery Guest
From the BBC
James Garner, the star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick and films including The Great Escape, has died aged 86.

Garner had suffered ill health since a severe stroke in 2008.

"Mr. Garner died of natural causes," the West LA Division of the Los Angeles Police Department told the BBC, adding he died on Saturday and his body has been released to his family.

His publicist confirmed to the BBC that he died at home.

Garner famously played the laconic private investigator Jim Rockford.

He won an Emmy for the role in 1977 and starred in 122 episodes of the hugely successful show from 1974 to 1980. He returned to it in the 1990s with eight Rockford Files TV movies.

Another role, as the poker-playing Bret Maverick in the Western comedy, was also a hit with TV viewers, running for 60 episodes from 1957 to 1962. It ran again for another 18 episodes from 1981 to 1982.

Richard Natale of Variety said that the role of the laid-back, work-shy Maverick fitted "his wry personality like a glove". However he left the show following a legal dispute over his salary with Warner Bros, which he won.

The TV show was later made into a film in 1992 starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, but also starred Garner - this time on the right side of the law, as Marshal Zane Cooper.

While starring in "Maverick", Garner guested on "What's My Line?" and "I've Got A Secret".

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posted 7/20/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Blame the Kids"

  • Peter Rice blames the contestants for "Idol's" woes, overlooks the whole singing-competition-getting-long-in-the-tooth thing. (The Wrap)
     
  • "RuPaul's Drag Race" wins TCA Award (Variety)
     
  • Newlywed Adam Levine now has a name to drop whenever Blake mentions Miranda (People)

posted 7/20/14

Whose Lin3?
CW Reups for Third Season
From the Wrap
The CW has ordered 24 new half-hour episodes of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?”

The new run will debut in 2015, though no specific date or timeslot has been announced yet.

CW's “Whose Line” features Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, playing improv games with a special guest each episode. Aisha Tyler hosts, doles out points (C-Note: which don't matter), and declares a winner each show.

The show has attracted guest stars Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), Misha Collins (“Supernatural”), Michael Weatherly (“NCIS”), NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski, Olympic gold medalist and commentator Tara Lipinski, Kevin McHale (“Glee”), Darren Criss (“Glee”), Olympic gold medalist and WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”).

Based on the original U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the U.S. that ran for eight seasons on ABC, “Whose Line” is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles and Brady.

Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the show comes from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The Wrap


"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" has been reupped for the CW
photo courtesy Warner Horizon TV

posted 7/18/14

"King of Cones": August 4
Justin Willman Hosts Food Network Limited Series
From the Futon Critic
Four dessert professionals compete in their first challenge to capture the taste and look of summer's favorite destination - the beach! Next the competitors' ice cream concoctions must whisk away the judges on a tasty tour de France. Dessert giants Nancy Silverton, Zac Young, and ice cream tester John Harrison judge four ice cream makers as they duke it out for $10,000 and the title of King of Cones.

Justin Willman hosts this special four-part stunt, as top-level dessert chefs are challenged to use their skills, creativity and ingenuity to make the most incredible ice cream treats imaginable on King of Cones, premiering Monday, August 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, a giant ice cream truck arrives with a new theme and mystery ingredient that the contestants must translate into a uniquely delicious ice cream dessert - before time runs out. Contestants must survive three heart-pounding challenges that would leave any top dessert professional screaming over ice cream, with a rotating panel of judges, including Duff Goldman, Doug Quint, Zac Young, Nancy Silverton, Johnny Iuzzini, Paulette Goto, and Natasha Case determining who advances in each round and scoops up the grand prize of $10,000. In the end, only one will be named the first-ever King of Cones!

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

The Great Danish Sew
BBCWW Sells "Sewing Bee" to Denmark
From Realscreen
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has sold Sewing Bee to Denmark’s TV2.

The Danish terrestrial broadcaster will launch its own version of the format, produced by Metronome and launched on TV2 Fri this fall.

The Love Productions (The Great Bake-Off) format follows a national competition to the nation’s best amateur sewer via tense, time-limited challenges.

In addition, TV2 Fri has also picked up the UK version of The Great British Sewing Bee from BBCWW.

Local versions of the Sewing Bee format have so far been sold to France (produced by BBC Worldwide Productions France for Channel M6); Norway (NRK); and Sweden (licensed to broadcaster TV4 to air on Channel Sjuan).

“We are very excited to be working with TV2 Fri for the first time on a format deal and hope that the partnership will prove successful with this very popular show,” said Suzanne Kendrick, acting head of formats BBC Worldwide, in a statement.

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posted 7/18/14

Thursday: CBS/Fox Home Video
"Big Brother", "Hell's Kitchen" Lead to a Demo Split
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.105 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Millers" (5.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.043 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Sharing the demo crown then was FOX (3.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.865 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2 and "Gang Related" (2.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its original lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.880 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Meet the Engels" (2.078 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.319 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its own first run combination of "Black Box" (3.745 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Rookie Blue" (5.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "NY Med" (5.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.510 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.448 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night over on The CW (0.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

Tuesday: A Farewell to the Captain
Fox Wins with MLB All-Star Game
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.950 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with its annual presentation of the "MLB All-Star Game" (10.950 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

NBC (7.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (8.466 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) followed by the season finale of "The Night Shift" (6.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.177 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up its duo of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) and "Supernatural" (0.533 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4).

On GSN, episode 2 of "The Chase's" third season rose on the week to 534,000 viewers, an 8 percent increase. The cable leader for the night, though, was Food Network's "Chopped", who, with the opener of its Teen Tournament, garnered 1.489 million viewers to enter the top 20 for the night at #19. "Next Great Baker" baked up 987,000.

"Motor City Masters" and "Restaurant Startup" helped truTV and CNBC to primetime averages of 487,000 and 394,000 viewers respectively.

The Futon Critic
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The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Indefinite Abundance"

  • Ten to continue simulcasting "Family Feud" over all its platforms... how you say, indefinitely. (mUmbrella)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Dating Naked" (VH1) (Time)
     
  • Erin Andrews graduates from college... football coverage (SI)
     
  • Jasper Carrott looks back at a 40-year career. And Golden Balls (Birmingham Mail)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Hell needs chefs for season 14 (The Conlin Company)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Fox Fall looks like this: Utopia (September 7), Hell's Kitchen (September 10), MasterChef Junior (November 7) (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/18/14

ELAINE STRITCH: 1925-2014
Broadway Firebrand a Game Show Panelist
From CBS Local
Rest in peace, Stritchy.

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.

Stritch died at home Thursday in Birmingham, Mich.

Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys, she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

She worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim’s musical, “A Little Night Music.”

She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

She was also a noted game show panelist, playing "Blankety Blank", "Celebrity Squares", "The Sweepstakes Game", "Looks Familiar", "The Theatre Quiz", and "Password All-Stars".

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this story.

CBS Local
Salon
Paste
UPI
FishbowlNY


Elaine Stritch

photo courtesy Getty Images

posted 7/17/14

This! Is! Sports!
Catch "Sports Jeopardy!" This Fall on Crackle!
From the Futon Critic
Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick is set to debut exclusively on Crackle this fall and has already received interest from thousands of fans vying for their chance to prove they have what it takes to win it all: more than 25,000 contestants registered to try out for the new TV quiz show's first season. Auditions began in June in Los Angeles, then traveled to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dallas before wrapping up in New York City on July 19 and 20. The weekly 30-minute program combines the excitement and prestige of America's Favorite Quiz Show(R) with the rich and diverse world of sports.

"It seems that all of the fantasy sports addicts have found a way to cash in on all that invested time: by auditioning for Sports Jeopardy!," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "Only the strong survive, so good luck to all the potential contestants and I'll see you on the front lines."

Auditions consisted of a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories; for those who passed the initial test, the second phase of auditions took place later that day with mock game play and a short interview.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/17/14

Wednesday: The Alien with One Eye
CBS Wins Night with Big Brother, Extant
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), week two of "Extant" (7.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (5.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

NBC (5.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.632 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its summer mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.862 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.590 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), another "The Middle" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and a new "Motive" (3.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.971 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.476 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.724 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/17/14

Saturday Night Special
ITV Studios America to Shop "Takeaway"
From Digital Spy
Ant & Dec's ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway is to receive a US version.

The popular variety show is being developed for a US audience by ITV Studios America, and will be shopped to several networks

However, it has yet to be confirmed when a pilot episode may be filmed or which networks ITV are pitching at.

The original series is executive produced by presenters Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly, and has become one of the most successful entertainment shows in the UK since its launch in 2002.

Each episode features a mixture of games, challenges, pranks and celebrity guests, while viewers at home can be chosen to have surprise visits and the chance to win prizes.

The format has since been used in other countries, including Germany, Serbia, China and Belgium.

Digital Spy
Deadline

posted 7/17/14

Singer Takes an App
C4 Launches Voting App for New Series
From Telly Mix
Channel 4 has today launched a new mobile app for The Singer Takes It All, allowing users to choose contestants to sing for a huge cash prize.


The upcoming karaoke gameshow – hosted by comedian Alan Carr – will feature hopefuls performing on an 18 metre-long conveyor belt.

The twist is that, for the first time in the UK, viewers will be able to use an app to vote for each singer in real time.

Before the show airs, users of the app can watch short clips of potential contestants and deem them either a ‘Hit’ or a ‘Miss’ – with the most popular being invited to perform live on telly.

Then, during the C4 broadcasts, viewers will vote on each performer to decide whether the belt moves them forward to the ‘gold zone’ – or backwards through a double door, eliminating them from the competition.

The singer who does the best in each episode will take to the track one more time, as viewers decide whether or not they should take home the prize.

Telly Mix
Telly Mix

posted 7/17/14

Bill Bailey Names Tunes
Comic Once Paneled on "HIGNFY", "QI", "NMTB"
From the List
Bill Bailey is to present resurrected game show 'Name That Tune'.

The 50-year-old comedian has already filmed a pilot of the iconic show and bosses at ITV hope that will be enough to secure a full series, The Sun newspaper reports.

The comedian-and-actor has starred in a number of popular game shows throughout his career, including 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News for You' and 'Q.I.'.

'Name That Tune' first appeared on screens between 1976 to 1988.

The program was briefly resurrected in 1997 by Channel 5 - when it was presented by Jools Holland - but only lasted a year.

The decision to bring it back follows a trend that has seen a number of classic quiz shows brought back to life.

Among the most popular of these are 'Catchphrase', presented by Stephen Mulhern, and 'Through the Keyhole', which is fronted by Keith Lemon.

What's more, next month will see the launch of 'Celebrity Squares', which is to be presented by Warwick Davis, star of 'Life's Too Short'.

Meanwhile, 'TV Burp' star Harry Hill is reportedly a frontrunner to host a resurrected 'Stars in Their Eyes' for ITV.

The List
Yahoo!
Female First
Chortle

posted 7/17/14

"Seven Envelopes", One Game
Watch Greenlights New Game
From TBI Vision
UKTV will show five new factual entertainment pilots that it has commissioned for its Watch channel.

The UK digital channel operator ordered the batch of pilots for its‘Formats Lab’ strand and said that it expects to take one to series.

UKTV asked UK indies to pitch innovative fact-ent pilots and has now greenlit Seven Envelopes, Honey I Bought The House, Who Repairs Wins, Memory Slam and Supersize My Job. All are one-hour shows aside except Seven Envelopes, which is 2x30mins.

Seven Envelopes is a reality-gameshow in which seven contestants compete to open envelopes containing different cash amounts, before two go head-to-head for a £20,000 jackpot.

Who Repairs Wins, from UK indie CPL, pits tradesmen against one another as they compete for lucrative jobs.

Richard Watsham, UKTV’s director of commissioning, said: “Innovative formats are hugely underserved at the moment and we’re making the most of our agility to grab this opportunity and make Watch a leader in this important area.”

He added: “I’m excited about the potential not only to take some of these ideas to series but also to make the lab a recurring event for us.”

TBI Vision

posted 7/17/14

"Family" Gets Dropped.... and It's a Good Thing
Format Wins in Armoza-Fronted Contest
From Worldscreen
The winner of the fourth annual Formagination, a format competition hosted by Armoza Formats in association with TV Format Fund (TVFF), is Shy Barmeli with his studio game show Drop Your Family.

Barmeli, who also created the international hits Raid the Cage and Pull Over, has secured a development and distribution contract with Armoza Formats and up to $50,000 to produce his project. The runner-up prize went to Odelia Yakir and her docu-reality format Marry Me, Now! Yakir, a comedienne and first-time format creator, has been given a scholarship to the prestigious international Entertainment Master Class seminar. Rodrigo Gonzalez, who created the successful format Upgrade, won the Audience Favorite for his docu-reality project Summer of My Life.

Each finalist was given five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of international judges and the audience at the Globes MAD (Marketing, Advertising, Digital Music) convention. This year's Formagination was sponsored by TVFF, JSBC, and TF1.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, commented: "Over the years, Formagination has proved to be a very effective platform to discover the best of Israeli creative talents and to bring their formats to the international market. This year was no exception. The format pitches were of an incredibly high standard, and this was reflected in the level of debate between the judges in making the very tough decision of who would win. We're thrilled to be able to continue being the voice for Israeli creators in the international industry and we look forward to developing the winning format further."

Worldscreen

posted 7/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Perseverance"

  • ICYMI: Stuart Scott's moving speech at last night's ESPYs. (Mother Jones)
     
  • "Family Feud": a history Down Under (Daily Telegraph)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christopher Titus (Westword)

posted 7/17/14

Syndies: America
Results for the Week Ending July 6
From B&C
The week ending July 6, which included the long July 4th weekend, was the toughest one of year so far for syndication.

Among the games, CTD's Wheel of Fortune continued to slow, dropping to a new season low for the third time in the past four weeks, skidding 8% to a 5.6. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 7% to a 5.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 12% to a 4.3, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a fourth-place 2.0 for a fourth consecutive week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/16/14

More on "Face Off"
Catch It on Syfy July 22
From TV by the Numbers
 Premiering Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, season 7 of Syfy’s special effects makeup competition series Face Off begins with two of the aspiring artists being eliminated before the competition even begins, a twist that shocks the 16 aspiring hopefuls the moment they arrive to Los Angeles. This begins Face Off’s “Life and Death” season, in which the contestants face creative challenges that will inspire them to explore themes of rebirth and mortality.

In the premiere, the contestants must incorporate a prosthetic into their audition makeups in a stressful four-hour challenge. As the artists are working, host McKenzie Westmore introduces a special guest advisor for the challenge, horror icon Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger). In the end, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the Face Off house or stepping into the lab.

Syfy also rolls out an interactive social element for season 7, Tweet Off: The Fan Favorite Sweepstakes. Every week, viewers can tweet which of the contestants is their favorite using #FaceOff. At the end of every episode, there will be a reveal of which contestant garnered the most positive sentiment for the week. And at the end of the season, the contestant who has the most cumulative weekly wins is named Fan Favorite and will be awarded $10,000.

Tweet Off: The Fan Favorite Sweepstakes also gives viewers the chance to win. Starting with the premiere on July 22 and running through the end of Face Off’s season 7, viewers can enter the sweepstakes at www.faceoff.syfy.com to win a Kryolan make-up kit and a tutorial from the season 7 Fan Favorite.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/16/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Can't Just Leave"

  • Jillian Michaels says that she was being portrayed too harshly on "The Biggest Loser". Can't start a fire without a spark, lady. (People)
     
  • Erin Andrews' new gig won't keep her from "Dancing", fiancée (ABC News), but it may want to keep her from this guy (The Big Lead - NSFW for language)
     
  • Billy on the record (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Andi Dorfman is perhaps the most "together" "Bachelorette" ever... which would explain why she's so boring (New York Magazine)
     
  • Adam Richman calls his social media episode and the ensuing backlash "a wake-up call". As in wake up and smell the cancellations (Washington Post)
     
  • Nick & Vanessa Lachey are expecting the next great female game show host... maybe (People)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: I don't know whose brain idea it was to split up the Whose Line hour on the CW, but their move is being reversed next week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Now that "Family Feud" is a hit in Australia, can it withstand the big gorilla that is Eddie McGuire? (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the First Lady of American Ninja Warrior (Entertainment Weekly) and a former "5th Grader" made good (BSC Kids)

posted 7/16/14

Monday: Born to Die
Fox Wins Night on "MasterChef", "24" Finale
From The Futon Critic
FOX (5.970 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (5.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the conclusion of "24: Live Another Day" (6.468 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

NBC (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a rebroadcast of "Last Comic Standing" (2.900 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and a new two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (5.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), a new season high.

Next up was CBS (5.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.431 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Big Bang Theory" (5.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and a new "Under the Dome" (7.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) offered up originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Mistresses" (3.701 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.520 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Backpackers" (0.660 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.772 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Seed" (0.548 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

More on "Family Game Night"
Celebs Play to Kick Off Season 5 August 3
From The Futon Critic
For the first time ever, celebrities and their families will play for charity when the fifth season of "Family Game Night" returns, Sunday, August 3 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on the Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and families entertainment they can watch together. This season, members of the audience will play classic Hasbro games like MONOPOLY to win cash and prizes, along with celebrities, which include Joey Lawrence, Marlee Matlin, Jon Heder, Niecy Nash, Tracey Gold, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Lorenzo Lamas and Melissa Rivers. Lucky audience members will get to play with WWE Superstar The Miz and WWEDiva Cameron for cash, prizes and the chance to win a new car. Emmy(R) Award-winner, Todd Newton returns as host of the series produced by Hasbro Studios.

The series returns with the classic, action-packed life-sized Hasbro games viewers love, including JENGA, BARREL OF MONKEYS, MONOPOLY Remix, YAHTZEE, BATTLESHIP, CONNECT 4 Basketball, SIMON FLASH, OPERATION, SORRY! and BOP IT! Boptagon. Every family that participates on "Family Game Night" plays in the Community Chest round. One lucky family with the combination that opens the chest advances to the final MONOPOLY Crazy Cash round and has a chance to win cash and a new car.

Each of the celebrities appearing this season designated a charity to which "Family Game Night" will donate their winnings. Following is the list of celebrities and their charities. Click below to see the listing!

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

Doctor What Materializes in China
Small World Brings New Format with Doctors Playing Games
From Realscreen
London- and LA-based formats company Small World IFT has sold its medical game show format Dr What: Diagnosis Unknown into China, where it will premiere on Chinese broadcaster Zhejiang TV tomorrow (July 16).

The show challenges medical interns to diagnose real-life conditions, and has aired for five seasons on Japan’s NHK as Dr G’s Case File. The show’s Chinese version – a 12 x 70-minute series entitled Health 007 - will be coproduced by NHK, China’s Legend Media and Zhejiang TV. The deal marks the first time the Chinese broadcaster has partnered with Japan on a format, according to the distributor.

The deal was brokered by Tim Crescenti, president of Small World IFT; Aegena Tay, director of program development at Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media; and Patrick Peng, research and development director at China’s Legend Media.

“Doctor What: Diagnosis Unknown is one of very few unique formats in the market place,” said Hiroya Okado, senior producer with NHK’s content development center. “It is a great pleasure that we will now be able to see the Chinese co-development Health 007 come to life.

“Through the re-enactment of the cases, we hope the Chinese viewers will enjoy the deduction of a diagnosis as our viewers in Japan do. The medical information discussed is educational for viewers of all ages.”

Realscreen
The Hollywood Reporter
C21 Media

posted 7/15/14

Rolling for the Fifth Time
Catch "The Great Food Truck Race" August 17 on Food
From The Futon Critic
The Great Food Truck Race is back for a fifth season this summer, with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls on a high-stakes culinary road trip with a new route from sunny Southern California to the beaches of Key West, Fla. These contenders are not current food truck operators - they are eight teams of rookies who have food skills, fresh concepts, an entrepreneurial spirit and the dream to one day own a food truck business. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business. From Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson, Ariz. and Austin's turbo-charged food scene in Texas to Oklahoma City burgers, hand-rolled ravioli in St. Louis and Alabama's shrimpin' country in Mobile, each team's cooking and sales strategies are put to the test in city-specific challenges in every location. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 17th at 9pm ET/PT.

"Watching these young entrepreneurs hit the road to test their cooking skills and marketing savvy against the backdrop of different cities and food cultures is inspiring and entertaining," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The food truck industry has become a very viable way to enter the culinary world, and we love giving the winner the keys to their new career."

This season's teams are: Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.) Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.), Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland), Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston), Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.), Middle Feast (Los Angeles) and Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

Sunday: Half the Talent, More the Score
Hourlong "Rising Star", "Big Brother" Leads to a Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday powered by a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), new episodes of "Wipeout" (4.484 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Rising Star" (4.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat of "Castle" (3.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

CBS (6.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Big Brother 16" (6.650 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the flipped "Unforgettable" (6.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.048 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was FOX (2.034 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a special "Brain Games" (1.458 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.144 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "The Simpsons" (2.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Family Guy" (2.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "American Dad" (2.112 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.352 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.279 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.938 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) on NBC (2.480 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night.

On Friday, "Funniest Wins" managed to hold 547,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 7/15/14

They're "Buscando Mi Ritmo"
Catch It July 19 on Telemundo
From The Futon Critic
Hosted by international television star Gaby Espino, Telemundo’s new music competition “Buscando Mi Ritmo,” slated to premiere Saturday, July 19th at 6pmET/5c and 10pm PT, named today New York based singer Eli Jas, Venezuelan actor/singer Lino Martone, Dominican actor/singer Jose Guillermo Cortines and Mexican actress Tali Duclaud as the four celebrity contestants who will partner with up-and-coming musical bands that are looking to establish themselves in the music industry. Singer-songwriter Erika Ender and radio personality Humberto “El Gato” Rodriguez were also announced as judges who together with four mentors from different music genres - Pop, Mexican, Rock, and Tropical - will judge the performances through the six-episode series.

In partnership with Bud Light, Telemundo is introducing this new long-form branded musical competition to search for the unique sound that turns a singer into a star. After national castings, “Buscando Mi Ritmo” identified the top 20 bands, four of which, Bachaco, Odas, Los Hollywood, and Avenida Zero, were selected to participate in the music competition. The winner of “Buscando Mi Ritmo” will be unveiled during a blue carpet performance at Telemundo’s 2014 “Premios Tu Mundo” awards show in Miami on Thursday, August 21st. In addition, the winning band will be awarded a special cash prize and Gibson musical instruments, while the winning celebrity will be presented with a $25,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/15/14

Let's Play the "Feud", Australia!
Catch the New Premiere on Ten!
From mUmbrella
Ten’s new primetime game show Family Feud grabbed 690,000 viewers across the network’s three channels on its return last night.

That number is 381,000 viewers up on the showing of Modern Family on Channel Ten’s main channel last Monday in the 6pm timeslot, with the network hoping the heavily promoted revived format, hosted by Grant Denyer, can draw more viewers to its primetime lineup.

However, at this stage it is unclear how Ten’s strategy of road blocking Family Feud across not only its main channel but also Eleven and One has affected the audience with Oztam folding in the results for all three networks together citing the programming and adverts being the same during the broadcast and not providing a channel by channel breakdown.

It was up against Seven News and Nine News on the main channels which got 1.2m and 1.32m respectively.

Family Feud is part of Ten’s plans to revive flagging ratings, although its audience share has improved in recent weeks with Masterchef performing strongly in the absence of Seven and Nine’s big reality franchises on weeknights.

In a statement host Grant Denyer said: “Family Feud is a fantastic show that the entire family can truly sit down all together and enjoy. I think viewers will love how fun, fast and funny this new series is.

“Hilarious and unexpected answers are the brilliance of this show; you can never anticipate what falls out of someone’s mouth under pressure and neither can they.
“It’s really fun to watch, it’s incredibly enjoyable to play along with at home and I think that it’s a perfect family alternative for 6pm.”

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posted 7/15/14

The Winner Is... Nigeria
African Version of Music Game Has a New Host
From Spy Ghana
Nigeria’s foremost beer brand, Star Lager in partnership with creators of global singing show, The Voice, Talpa International B.V, have announced Uti Nwachuwu as host for its new and exciting TV game show ‘Star The Winner Is’.

The unusual show which saw thousands of hopefuls audition in 5 cities in Nigeria for a chance to step on the big stage is now set to deliver a nail-biting and exciting 3months as it will infuse the performance of a singing competition show and the strategy of a game show into a thrilling series.

To be hosted by Big Brother Africa All Stars Winner, Actor and Model and TV show host Uti Nwachukwu, each episode will feature six acts that will go head-to-head each week and sing with everything they have for a shot at the Ten Million Naira and brand new car grand prize.

A recording artist himself, Uti Nwachukwu continues to connect with reality TV lovers on an unprecedented scale and has proven himself a capable entertainer and TV host, combining his trademark charm and an unforced affability.

Uti is a versatile, seasoned host and we are thrilled to be working with him,” said Tokunbo Adodo, Marketing Manager Star, Goldberg and Export. “With Uti at the helm on air introducing surprising and competitive twists, viewers are sure to be immersed and entertained’’. adds Adodo.

“It is a head-to-head singing competition, and after they perform, the 101 jury members cast their votes,” says Uti, on the uniqueness of the show. “The contestants have to believe in themselves because as much as performers need confidence, they also have to be objective and say, I wont win this round, that is where the mental warfare begins,” adds Uti.

The first ever season of the show which offers a center stage to a wide variety of talents from different genres and musical backgrounds is set to air from July 19 as follows: Saturdays African Magic 10:00pm, Sundays AIT Network 10:30pm, Sundays WAP TV 10:30pm, Thursdays ONTV 10pm and other stations nationwide.

SpyGhana

posted 7/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Improv"

  • Howie Mandel to coach "Last Comic Standing" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Whitney Thompson goes from top model to top restauraneur (Jezebel)
     
  • Ryan Seacrest dating 23-year-old model (TMZ)
     
  • Gavin Rossdale joining his wife on "The Voice" (People)
     
  • Aisha Tyler gets "Tacky" for "Weird Al's" new video (Slate)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dancing with the Stars" returns September 15 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Paul Lee is a little disappointed with "Rising Star's" numbers. And "Jeopardy!" is just another quiz show (The Wrap)
     
  • "Win Lose or Draw" heads to Hampton Beach (Seacoast Online)
     
  • Claudia Jordan joining The Rickey Smiley Show (Radio Ink)
     
  • Aussie "Feud" raises its viewership in night 2 (mUmbrella)
     
  • John Barrowman was not approached for "Strictly" (Wales Online)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Grant Denyer (News.com.au) and Erin Andrews (ABC News)

posted 7/15/14

NBC's Triple Play for 2015
"Got Talent", "Ninja Warrior", "Last Comic" All Renewed
From The Futon Critic
As a sign of the prolific work being accomplished in the network's alternative division, NBC has given renewals to a 10th season of "America's Got Talent," a ninth season of "Last Comic Standing" and a fourth season of "American Ninja Warrior," which airs in partnership with Esquire Network.

So far this summer, NBC is consistently generating the highest regular-program ratings among the Big 4 networks, and has won every week this summer among those nets in adults 18-49 excluding the two weeks when ABC carried NBA Finals basketball.

"The renewal of these three series is evidence that we continue to hit our stride in delivering quality entertainment to a broad viewership," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "All of the hard-working talented people on these shows - both behind and in front of the camera - should feel very proud of their achievements."

Holding the Guinness World Record as the world's most successful reality TV format and commissioned in an incredible 52 territories worldwide, "America's Got Talent" is a proven fan favorite. With the talent search open to acts of all ages, "America's Got Talent" has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing unique performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America's hearts and the $1 million prize.

"America's Got Talent" is the summer's #1 reality series on the Big 4 networks in every key measure - adults, men and women 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, as well as total viewers - plus kids 2-11 and teens 12-17. The five regular "Talent" originals that have aired thus far have delivered the summer's top five results among all primetime entertainment telecasts on the Big 4 networks so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers, beating every episode of every entertainment series on ABC, CBS and Fox in "plus same day" results.

This is the ninth consecutive season that "America's Got Talent" has reigned as the top reality show of the summer in total viewers.

"Talent" is averaging a 3.1 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research.

"Last Comic Standing" is averaging a 1.7 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall, to rank #14 so far this summer in 18-49 among primetime shows on the Big 4 Networks. "Last Comic" has finished #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. ET time period in 18-49 with six of its first eight telecasts this summer (and eight out of eight excluding ABC's NBA Finals coverage)..

"American Ninja Warrior" is delivering a 1.8 rating, 6 share in adult 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall, to rank tied for #12 in 18-49 among all primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox this summer. "American Ninja Warrior" has finished #1 in its time period among Big 4 shows with six of six regular original episodes so far this summer and is tied as the summer's #2 primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox among kids 2-11 with a 1.0 rating.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/14

Twisted Paradise
More on "Bachelor in Paradise" This August on ABC
From People
With the recent announcement of fan favorites Marquel Martin and Michelle Money joining the cast, the Aug. 4 premiere of Bachelor in Paradise is sure to bring fun, feistiness and plenty of unforgettable moments.

But the show's contestants, who will compete for another chance at onscreen love in Tulum, Mexico, are in for a few surprises – including a new twist that will shake things up at the start of every episode.

To kick the show off, 14 former Bachelor stars will arrive at the tropical destination to spend time getting to know each other, but at the end of the night only six men will hand out roses – leaving two women flowerless and on a flight back home.

Contestants shouldn't get too comfortable playing matchmakers! After the first night, each episode brings two new Bachelor alum members into the mix, alternating between men and women for seven weeks, as viewers watch old romances being rekindled and new sparks being ignited.

People
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/14/14

Thursday: A Big Deal
"Pawnography" A New Hit for History
From Broadway World & The Futon Critic
The series premiere of HISTORY(R)'S new game show Pawnography buzzed in with 2.82 total million viewers making it the #1 new series premiere of 2014 for HISTORY. The Thursday, July 10 at 10 PM ET premiere brought in 1.2 million with Adults 25-54 and 995,000 with Adults 18-49.

Elsewhere on cable, the premiere of MTV's "Snack-Off" fared modestly with 834,000 viewers. "The American Bible Challenge" and "It Takes a Church" helped GSN to a primetime average of 439,000.

On broadcast, CBS (5.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "The Millers" (5.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and a rebroadcast of "Extant" (3.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

FOX (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "Gang Related" (2.484 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its new lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.825 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (3.503 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Meet the Engels" (2.755 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.328 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Black Box" (3.623 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Rookie Blue" (4.940 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "NY Med" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.690 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

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"Pawnography" is a big hit for History
photo courtesy History Channel

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Coming Home"

  • Rove McManus pulls a LeBron James after "Riot" tanks (Pedestrian)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" is coming to northeast Iowa July 18 (Spencer Daily Reporter)
     
  • Howie Mandel to play Four Winds (Casino City Times)
     
  • Erin Andrews "Dancing" to the sidelines of Fox Sports' A-team (SI)
     
  • Eddie McGuire tells Sydney to "get stuffed", which is Australian for something we can't print on this site (Herald-Sun)
     
  • Carol Vorderman no longer a loose woman (Unreality TV)
     
  • Is there bias in casting "University Challenge"? Some Cambridge documenters think so (The Cambridge Student)
     
  • Buddy Valastro rescued from thick fog (New York Daily News)

posted 7/14/14

VH1 Gets Naked...
Catch "Dating Naked" Next Week
From The Hollywood Reporter
VH1 is the latest network to get naked in hopes of luring viewers.

The cable network will debut unscripted entry Dating Naked on Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. and has just released a supertrailer for the dating show.

Each episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different — and naked — suitors. The series will explore the art of romance free of preconceived notions, stereotypes and, yes, clothing. At the end of every hourlong episode, the two romance-seekers analyze what they've learned from their dates — and themselves — before deciding whether to move forward with their potential love matches.

Dating Naked was created and produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, with company president Howard Schultz on board to exec produce alongside exec vp Rob LaPlante and vp development Jeff Spangler. VH1's Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills will oversee for the network.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/11/14

... While Fox Puts Its Pants Back On
Network Pulls Back Development on Its Own Naked Romance
From the Wrap
Fox has pushed back its plans for its own naked dating series, TheWrap has learned.

Simon Andreae, Fox's executive vice president of alternative entertainment, was fast-tracking the still-unnamed pilot with producers A. Smith & Co. Productions, but the top brass at Fox has put it on hold, individuals with knowledge of the network's plans said.

With producers hired, casting completed and plans to build the set made, the project was reviewed earlier this week and a decision made to hold it pending new leadership as Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly left in June and his replacement hasn't been announced.

One of those individuals said the show had been outright killed, but another insider said it was merely on hold pending Reilly's replacement. A network spokeswoman declined to comment.

There was no official word on the cost of shutting down the planned production, but studio pilots typically cost in the $2 million range.

Fox's version of what has become a hot idea in Hollywood would have had its naked participants date each other on a set in front of a studio audience. One of the insiders said the pilot description has “overtones of a live sex show.”

The Wrap

posted 7/11/14

Game Night for Felipe Viel
Estrella TV's "RetofamoSOS" Gets a Host
From Boxscore
Felipe Viel is joining Estrella TV’s hit celebrity game show, RETOFAMOS.O.S., as its new host when the next season kicks off on Monday July 14, 8:00pm/7:00pm CST.

Estrella TV viewers will be able to see Felipe like they’ve never seen him before on Spanish language TV as he brings a new level of charisma and sensuality to RETOFAMOS.O.S. Felipe is ditching his signature suit and tie to show off his well-toned body with a hip, fashionable look, while bringing his sharp wit to the next level. In each episode, Felipe will get together six celebrities and invite them to face a series of original, hilarious, and entertaining challenges where glamour and fame are left behind to make way for fun and good humor.

The sexy Lis Vega and the one-of-a-kind Armando “El Faquir” Hernández unite alongside Felipe as his Captains, who each lead two teams of three celebrities. Throughout the show, both teams will face 7 different challenges where Felipe will test the intelligence, skill, spontaneity and originality of his guests, and even make them sweat in uncomfortable situations.

The point value will vary, depending on the challenge, and in the end, the team that accumulates the most points will be the winner.

Boxscore

posted 7/11/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Happy 7-11"

  • Davina McCall gets a new series, "Long Lost Family" (Daily Express)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Raleigh to host "Shark Tank" auditions (July 24) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" auditions (July 28) (Raleigh News & Observer)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Family Feud" (weeknights, ten) (PerthNow)
     
  • Dexter Roberts pulls out of "Idol" tour (Billboard) ... which Dave Grohl takes issue with (The Wrap)

posted 7/11/14

Emmy Nominations Announced
New Blood Takes on Veterans
From Deadline
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

On the reality-competition front, the following nominations were named...

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION SHOW:
- "The Amazing Race" (Worldrace Productions for CBS)
- "Dancing with the Stars" (BBC Worldwide Productions for ABC)
- "Project Runway" (The Weinstein Co., Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment for Lifetime)
- "So You Think You Can Dance" (Dick Clark Productions & 19 Entertainment for Fox)
- "Top Chef" (Magical Elves for Bravo)
- "The Voice" (One Three, Talpa Media USA & Warner Horizon Television for NBC)


OUTSTANDING REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION HOST:
- Betty White ("Betty White's Off Their Rockers")
- Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars")
- Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night")
- Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn ("Project Runway")
- Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance")
- Anthony Bourdain ("The Taste")

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
- "@midnight" (Funny or Die, Serious Business, Aloha Productions, Nerdist Industries for Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
- "Shark Tank" (Sony Pictures TV for ABC)

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR VARIETY, NONFICTION, OR REALITY
- "The Voice"

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
- "The Amazing Race"
- "Project Runway"
- "Survivor Cagayan" (Mark Burnett Productions for CBS)

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/10/14

Wednesday: Invasion of the Eyes
Old Game Show, New Aliens Give CBS the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (7.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), the premiere of "Extant" (9.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (6.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (5.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.971 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.713 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.773 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.820 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), another "The Middle" (3.218 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and a new "Motive" (3.864 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, the special "iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party" (0.824 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/14

TruTV Shakes Things Up
New Logo Comes with a New Show
From The Futon Critic
As part of its continuing brand and programming evolution, truTV has greenlit four new series: Branson Famous (working title), the first-ever reality musical; Hack My Life, a comedic take on life's little shortcuts that can save you time, effort and money; Kart Life, a high-speed, high-stakes look at the kids and parents involved in the competitive sport of kart racing; and The Shake Up, a fun, competition reality series that will settle once and for all which bar owners have the best recipe for success. All four series are slated to launch this fall and winter. truTV's announcement raises the total number of series greenlit by the network over the past nine months to 13.

truTV has also expanded its order for the upcoming reality western Way Out West, which is set to premiere Monday, July 21. Demonstrating its confidence in the show, the network has ordered an additional 13 episodes of the unscripted series about three boisterous, fun-loving families of outfitters who have been living, laughing and competing with each other for three generations.

In addition to building an extensive slate of new shows, truTV has taken the next step in the visual aspect of its brand evolution. The network is rolling out a newly refreshed logo designed to reflect truTV's new spirit. On-air, the logo's dot will be used as a portal through which viewers will experience truTV's new brand. The dot will also be used as a communication device thru which consumers can access truTV content on various platforms.

"truTV is working with an outstanding group of creators who are providing each of our series with a unique and surprising point of view," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "We are creating innovative and clever programming with a goal to make truTV a fun ride for grownups and a refreshing alternative in a landscape where so many shows look and feel the same."

The Shake Up is a fun, competition series that seeks to settle once and for all which bar owner has the best recipe for success. In each episode, comedian Mo Mandel (Comedy Central) travels to a different city and pits two bar owners against each other. The goal is to see who can turn the most profit...while running the other owner's bar. The result is a wild rollercoaster ride of comical conflicts and one-upmanship as the bosses compete to see who can win over new staff and customers with their charm and skill.

truTV has ordered eight one-hour episodes of The Shake Up from ITV Studios & Gaspin Media.

Meanwhile...

Fake Off (Eight episodes, Shine America, Oct. 27): A unique performance show hosted by Robert Hoffman and featuring judges Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC; Glee’s Harry Shum Jr.; and Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil).

Hair Jacked (18 x 30′ episodes, Mission Control Media, Hazy Mills Productions, CORE Media Group, October TBA): An ambush game show.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Realscreen

posted 7/10/14

Stalker Vision
Big Brother's Newest Hitch: Tracking Houseguest's Every Move
From The Futon Critic
BIG BROTHER will introduce tonight a new interactive feature in which Houseguests will wear wireless activity trackers, allowing fans to monitor their every step via CBS.com. Activity updates will rank the Houseguests from most active to least active, resulting in potential rewards or punishments throughout the season based on their liveliness or laziness. Host Julie Chen will announce this new feature to viewers during the live eviction show tonight, Thursday, July 10 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

BIG BROTHER fans will have the opportunity to not only track the Houseguests' every move, but also their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes. Each of the Houseguests' personal activity levels can be monitored on CBS.com (http://www.cbs.com/bbtracker).

In addition, activity updates on the Houseguests will be available on the BIG BROTHER Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BigBrother) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cbsbigbrother) accounts.

Fitbit Flex(TM) Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/10/14

ITV Gifts Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford
"Gift List" Coming to Daytime
From ITV News
ITV Daytime has commissioned a new quiz format Gift List from 12 Yard Productions, presented by husband and wife team Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Each day, Eamonn and Ruth will invite three engaged couples onto the show, where they will have the opportunity to win their very own wedding list, culminating with a top prize of a dream holiday.

Gift List will see the betrothed couples have to work together across a series of quiz rounds in order to see off the opposition. The new format will run for 10 episodes this summer.

Ruth Langsford said: “We are all real life couples, us and the guests. So as you can imagine, there is more to this show than just questions!”

Eamonn Holmes added: “We even let the contestants win the prizes they want. They chose their own Gift List, but have they got what it takes to win it?”

12 Yard’s Managing Director Andy Culpin said: "We are delighted to be working with TV's favourite 'real life' couple Eamonn and Ruth on this new quiz show. They are the perfect fit for the format."

The new series has been commissioned by ITV Director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and will be produced by ITV Studios-owned indie 12 Yard Productions. The executive producers are Andy Culpin, Michael Mannes & Matt Walton. The format was developed by Liz Gaskell and Stefan Iriarte.

ITV News
Digital Spy

posted 7/10/14

There's a New Buzzcock in Town
After Years of Guest Hosts, Rhod Gilbert Tapped as New Host
From Digital Journal
Rhod Gilbert has been appointed the permanent host of "Never Mind the Buzzcocks," BBC Two's long-running television comedy panel game show.

Of his appointment, Gilbert joked that it had "happened so fast."

As Digital Spy reports, Gilbert said, "After my first Buzzcocks in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host, and now, just five years later, I got the call. It has all happened so fast."

In more serious mode, the 45-year-old comedian added,"Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens. It's an institution, in a good way. It's a great honor to be asked to take the reins full time [...] I'm equally excited and nervous about adding my name to those who have hosted it in the past."

Digital Journal
Daily Telegraph
Radio Times

posted 7/10/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Skype Search"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Let's Ask America" is looking for 800 people for season 3. That's at least 200 shows. So get going, America (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Jane Lynch has seen some crazy, dirty stuff on the couches of "The View" and SHE WANTS IN. (Inquisitr)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Tim Gunn says "Turn down for what". And then it gets weird (Gawker)

posted 7/10/14

Tuesday: Runners & Reruns
NBC Reruns "Got Talent" to Another Win
From The Futon Critic & TV Media Insights
NBC (7.416 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday despite an encore "America's Got Talent" (7.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and a new "The Night Shift" (6.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Meanwhile, GSN’s “The Chase” returned to the network for its third cycle on Tuesday, July 8 and averaged a modest 494,000 total viewers and 73,000 adults 18-49 for its 8 p.m. ET premiere telecast, according to live plus same day final national data from Nielsen.

Two encores of the telecast aired later in the evening: a 9 p.m. repeat drew 231,000 total viewers (75,000 adults 18-49) and the 11 p.m. repeat 312,000 total viewers and 57,000 adults 18-49. In total, "The Chase" was watched 1.037 million times.

One positive for “The Chase” was the 8 p.m. showing ranking the network’s most-watched telecast of the day according to TV Media Insights.

To put these numbers into perspective, for June 23-29, 2014 (the most recent non-holiday week), GSN averaged 340,000 total viewers (60,000 of those viewers in Adults 18-49) in prime time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and 245,000 total viewers (45,000 of those viewers in adults 18-49) in total day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.).

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights

posted 7/9/14

Syndies: Pete, Repeat
Results for the Week Ending June 29
From B&C
In a week full of repeats, entertainment magazines saw some gains with coverage of Shia LeBeouf’s arrest during a Broadway play in the week ending June 29.
Besides the magazines, most shows were flat or down and TV was dominated by the World Cup, including the U.S.’ heartbreaker against Germany, and early rounds of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

In access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune stabilized after hitting season lows in the prior two sessions. Wheel pumped up its ratings by 3% for the week to a 6.1, while CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.8 for a third week. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud inched up 2% to a 4.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire trailed at a flat 2.0 for a third consecutive week.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/9/14

Israel Shares
Global Agency to Represent Worldwide
From World Screen
Global Agency has picked up the distribution rights for the game show format Share or Dare, created by Israel's United Studios.

The game show sees two players who have never met before competing together to win a grand prize. It starts off with 16 circles on a board, each of which contains prize money. Contestants must clear as many circles as they can and claim as much money as possible in the process. The players must answer correctly to a series of Yes/No questions to move along. Players are asked three times during the game whether they would like to continue working together or play alone—they are rewarded for their loyalty...up to a point.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We're delighted to have partnered with United Studios on Share or Dare. As Global Agency, we instantly recognized Share or Dare’s potential as a global show and now it has been one of the most important formats in our fast-growing catalogue. There is great importance today for formats and we’re very happy to have this new fantastic show with United Studios.”

Efrat Dror, United Studios' co-CEO, commented: “We are happy to once again develop and invest in a new format by a great format developer, and are really excited to work with Global Agency. We are confident that Share or Dare will be a huge success all around the world as a new hit game show format thanks to Global Agency’s international experience.”

World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 7/9/14

My Homme Can
NRJ 12 Orders Red Arrow Game
From Rapid TV News
French television network NRJ 12 has commissioned a long-running series order of ProSiebenSat.1 subsidiary Red Arrow Entertainment Group's My Man Can game show.

Produced by Enibas Productions, created by RedSeven Entertainment and running under the local title of Cheri T'es Le Meilleur, the show sees four women gamble with the abilities of their partners, putting, say the producers, their 'courage and skills to the ultimate test'. My Man Can has already been sold to more than 30 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Thailand, South Korea and China.

The show is seen as a perfect fit for NRJ 12 which boasts a national exposure across France, targeting the 15-34 and 25-49 demos. It is available on DTT, cable, DSL and satellite. As well as game shows, NRJ 12 offers a mix of dramas, comedies, reality, entertainment and magazine shows. Commenting on the move, vice head of programing Michael Vey said: "My Man Can is a worldwide hit format with a distinct and visual look. NRJ 12 is proud and confident to put it on air in France. This show will also strengthen our marketing strategy aiming at 25-49 demos."

Tobias Schulze, senior sales manager, France, at Red Arrow International, added: "Over the years My Man Can has built itself an amazing track record with pick-ups all over the world. We're delighted that the show will now go on air in France - one of Europe's biggest TV markets. NRJ 12 is a great partner on this project and we can't wait to see the results."

Rapid TV News

posted 7/9/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And Now, Sports"

posted 7/9/14

Tuesday Lightspeed Round
... or "Million Dollar Minute"

  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: the one time it pays to not listen to your wife (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • Drew Carey has a new girlfriend... and he's turning her life around (Chicago Sun-Times)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Restaurant Startup" (CNBC, tonight) (Times Herald-Record)
     
  • Richard Osman says a good game show never dies. Truth. (Radio Times)
     
  • Contestants announced for "Skin Wars" (August 6, GSN) (Broadway World)
     
  • Chris Harrison stands by his decision to air last night's Rose Ceremony and everything before... which included the announcement of Eric's death (TV Guide)
     
  • Eddie Huang goes into a "Snack-Off" on MTV August 10 (Thursday) (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "Big Break" heads to Myrtle Beach for season 22 October 7 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/8/14

Gladiators Ready... Again
A. Smith & Co. Prep Third Series of Classic Physical Challenge
From TV Guide
In reality TV, popular formats never really die — think the frequently revived Candid Camera — they just go into hibernation. Next to awaken is American Gladiators.

Executive producer Arthur Smith (Hell's Kitchen), who has turned the competition series American Ninja Warrior into a summer smash for NBC, is giving the 1990s syndicated hit (briefly brought back in 2008 by NBC) a modern makeover.

"It's a little darker, more intense, more serious," says Smith, who's producing the show through his A. Smith & Co. banner with MGM. "It's a little less red, white and blue. And there's no spandex. Spandex has left the building."

Created by Dan Carr & Johnny Ferraro, American Gladiators originally aired from 1989 to 1996 and featured amateur men and women as they competed against each other as well as the show's "Gladiators," who had names like "Nitro," "Laser," "Zap" and "Ice." The show spawned several international adaptations.

In a nod to modern times, Smith says the new American Gladiators will incorporate elements inspired by the popularity of both The Hunger Games and mixed martial arts. "Times have changed," he says. "This one is tonally different. It's more post-apocalyptic. But it's the same spirit."

Smith says he's been developing his Gladiators reboot for the past seven months and will shop it to broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks. "I feel Gladiators is a big, broad family show," Smith says. "I've always been a big fan of the show." Smith says he isn't concerned that the NBC revival didn't last long. "Six years ago is eons ago," he says. "But what we're planning is a much bigger different from the original, and much different from the NBC show."

Casting will get under way after it lands a home; he's also waiting to tailor Gladiators to its eventual network partner.

TV Guide
Mirror


photo courtesy MGM Television

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osted 7/7/14

Weekend: Rising "Star"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Sunday thanks to its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.924 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Wipeout" (3.594 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Rising Star" (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

CBS (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (5.982 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Reckless" (3.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Unforgettable" (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the special "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" (2.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, FOX (2.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a "Brain Games" (1.587 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) special alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.134 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), another "The Simpsons" (2.527 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "American Dad" (2.483 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On the Thursday before the Fourth, CBS (4.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "The Millers" (4.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Big Brother 16" (5.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Elementary" (4.062 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

FOX (3.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.212 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Gang Related" (2.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

On Saturday, Bet on Your Baby averaged 1.70 million for ABC.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/7/14

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch It on NBC July 22
From TV by the Numbers
It’s the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in “Food Fighters,” a high-stakes culinary game premiering Tuesday, July 22 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman (“Man Vs. Food,” “Fandemonium”) hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level. The eight-episode series will feature acclaimed culinary experts, including top chefs Cat Cora, Lorena Garcia, G. Garvin, Duff Goldman, Elizabeth Faulkner and Jet Tila.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will Face Off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, they’ll square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as “The Dinner Party.” After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don’t win, they still get to Face Off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. It’s the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox and Tim Puntillo are the executive producers of the series from Electus and Universal Television.

TV by the Numbers

posted 7/7/14

Vernon Kay One Heartbeat Away from a New Quiz Show
ITV Signs On for New Series
From Digital Spy
Vernon Kay has signed up to host a new ITV quiz show.

The daytime series, 1,000 Heartbeats, will see contestants battling against their own heartbeat in an attempt to win money, Broadcast reports

Each competitor begins the game with 1,000 heartbeats and their heart rate is measured as they move through each round, with each beat reducing their allowance - meaning that the faster their heart beats, the less time they will have to answer quiz questions.

Kay described the show as a "brilliant concept", adding: "The contestants are going to have to stay calm under real pressure to win big. I can't wait to start recording the shows."

The show is produced by Holly Willoughby's husband Dan Baldwin, who said: "Vernon is a hugely successful primetime star and capturing him was a real coup. He fell in love with 1,000 Heartbeats as soon as we pitched it to him."

An air date for 1,000 Heartbeats has not yet been released.

Digital Spy

posted 7/7/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Ex-Pointless-armus"

  • Will Daniel Radcliffe, Dame Judi Dench play "Pointless Celebrities"? (What's on TV) PLUS Alexander Armstrong says it's going to be "harder"  (Congleton Guardian)
     
  • Paul Sinha Is a Stand-Up Comedian... which explains the title of his new one-man show (Banffshire Journal)
     
  • Theo Von hosts a comedy night. Deal with it. (Palm Springs Life)
     
  • For years you've heard our friends say "The British are better than us". Here's the science (Independent)
     
  • "The Bachelor" is scientifically better than "The Bachelorette". Which isn't saying much (The Daily Beast)
     
  • CeeLo Green says "The Voice" became "a job" (Us)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC, August) (E!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (MacLean's)

posted 7/7/14

Wednesday: Taxi!
Big Brother, Got Talent Rerun Split the Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (3.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.985 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

NBC (6.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then split the gold with a repeat of "America's Got Talent" (6.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a new "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (5.609 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Under the Dome" (3.295 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.851 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Modern Family" (3.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), another "The Goldbergs" (3.056 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Motive" (2.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.893 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The 100" (0.738 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.815 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/3/14

So You Think You Can Broadway
Winner's Prize Revealed
From Variety
After nabbing the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance,” the next winner of the FOX reality game might go out “On the Town.”

Producers of the fall Broadway revival of “On the Town” will offer the upcoming winner of the current cycle of “So You Think You Dance” a part in the tuner as part of the series’ prize package. On the next episode of the show, the stage musical’s choreographer, Josh Bergasse (“Smash”), will choreograph a performance of opening number “New York, New York” featuring the 20 finalists in competition on “SYTYCD” this season.

Casting for the musical, which opens in October, has already been set. The “SYTCD” winner would join the tuner in the spring, assuming that sales for the production are strong enough to sustain it for that long. No role has been specified, although the part seems likely to be a dance-centric chorus gig.

Overlaps between Broadway and television’s live-performance competitions have become relatively common in recent years, but only rarely does such casting spark sales at the box office. “American Idol” has yielded the most robust crop of performers who have gone on to stints on the Rialto, with Fantasia Barrino driving stellar sales at “The Color Purple” (though attracting less business in the unfamiliar property “After Midnight”). Clay Aiken also helped spur some business during his tenure in “Spamalot.”

Meanwhile, fellow “Idol” alums Constantine Maroulis and Justin Guarini have become Rialto regulars, while Jordin Sparks and Diana DeGarmo also have taken Broadway gigs.

“SYTYCD” contestants have filtered onto New York stages as well, though few have attracted much attention. Most recently, Cole Horibe played Bruce Lee in last season’s bio-play “Kung Fu” at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater. (That production was choreographed by “SYTYCD” alum Sonya Tayeh.)

The “New York, New York” number will air as part of the July 9 episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Broadway’s “On the Town” begins previews Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theater.

Variety

posted 7/3/14

Tuesday: Got Talent? NBC Does
NBC Also Got the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the just-renewed "The Night Shift" (7.164 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.846 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Person of Interest" (4.849 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.203 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.010 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) was out of the hunt with repeats of "Family Guy" (1.726 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.272 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.520 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the recently-pulled "Famous in 12" (0.518 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.523 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Chopped" helped itself to 1.503 million viewers, a top 20 for the night. TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked up 1.078 million, while "Motor City Masters" helped truTV to a primetime average of 354,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 7/3/14

American Lightning Round
... or "Declaring Our Independence for the Weekend. Be Back July 7!"

  • Pat Sajak's faulty sprinkler system may cost him $125,000... or roughly 500 vowels (SeattlePI)
     
  • Kyle Massey goes from "Dancing" to "Gotham" (TV Line)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Chris Jericho returned to the WWE this week. Here's 17 things they want you to forget. "Downfall" surprisingly absent (What Culture)
     
  • Nigeria celebrates 10 years of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (niyitabiti.net)
     
  • Trista Sutter: "The Bachelorette" has changed (Us)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "I Hate My Neighb.." really? (Reality Wanted)

posted 7/3/14