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CW Makes a Wicked Offer
Summer Offering Promises Couples Making "Faustian Bargains"
From the Futon Critic
Continuing its push to more year-round programming, The CW has ordered two series for summer 2015, including a new unscripted series called A WICKED OFFER, which will test how far couples will go for money, and acquired the scripted comedy from the United Kingdom called DATES, featuring Oona Chaplin and Ben Chaplin. Premiere nights and times will be announced at a later date.

In the outrageous, darkly comic one-hour series A WICKED OFFER, couples are presented with a series of Faustian bargains, as they must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes. With each challenge testing the couple's moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved. As each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they're willing to go for money. A WICKED OFFER is executive produced by Jenny Daly ("Storage Hunters," "Mystery Diners," "Container Wars," "Invention USA") through her T Group Productions, Inc production company.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Classic Snub"

  • Joan Rivers left out of the In Memoriam reel last night... and all she did was create the red carpet coverage as we know it (Us)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: 1000 Heartbeats (ITV1, Wednesday) (Stoke Sentinel) plus A Few Good Minutes with Vernon Kay (STV)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to New York City.... Okay, Newark. Happy, Truthy McGee? (NJ.com)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Jeff's favorite Survivors (TV Insider)
     
  • Ever wonder how many homes GSN is in? Wonder no more (TV by the Numbers)

posted 2/23/15


AHMAD GIVENS: 1981-2015
VH1 Celebreality Star Loses Cancer Battle
From Syracuse.com
Ahmad Givens, known as "Real" from VH1's dating game show "Real Chance of Love," has died at age 33.

E! News reports that the rapper died after battling colon cancer for about two years.

Real's passing was announced on Saturday by his brother and co-star Kamal "Chance" Givens. Chance posted to his Instagram account in remembrance of his late brother. He says in the caption (sic):

"By to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro I'll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God's kindom forever and ever bro words can't describe my pain world pray for me!"

Real is survived by two other brothers, his mother, grandmother, his wife of four years, Racquel Givens, and their son, E! News says.

TMZ reports that Real was having difficulty seeing and speaking Friday night. His family says he passed away hours later.

The VH1 star was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013, TMZ says. Real underwent successful surgery, but earlier this year the cancer returned.

Real appeared on VH1's "I Love New York" before starring with Chance on their spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter adds.

In 2013, Givens spoke about his experiences with stage 4 colon cancer.

"It felt unreal all the way up until I had to do chemo," he said in an interview at the New York Life 2014 National Cultural Markets Conference.

"I remember I was laying on the hospital bed and the doctor came in crying and when I saw her crying I knew it was something serious. My doctors thought I had, like, three days to live so they just zapped me with chemo. I left out of there with my veins burning and everything."

Givens spoke about a few things that kept him going in his battle with cancer.

"Number one is the will to live. I love life. And my little boy, man. That kid loves me to death," Givens said of he and his wife Racquel's son Madhi. "I grew up in a neighborhood where African-American boys didn't have their fathers in the house and I always told myself, 'When I get married one day and have kids, [I'm] going to be there for my kids and that's a vow that I made and that's a vow that I plan on keeping and that's what keeps me fighting."

The last thing Givens said in the interview was: "Through my son my legacy will continue."

Syracuse.com
BET
Design&Trend
TMZ

posted 2/22/15

More on "The Amazing Race"
Catch It Wednesday on CBS!
From KCTV Kansas City
The Amazing Race premiers this week on CBS and will put a single twist on the reality game show that takes couples through challenges around the world.

It is an extreme take on blind dating and has never been done before in the show's 26 season history - forming five teams of singles who have never met. These five blind dating pairs will compete against six actual dating couples.

The five duos will see each other for the first time at the starting line of The Amazing Race, right before host Phil Keoghan tells them they can begin the race.

"Not knowing anything about them, not even their name, what they look like ... it is cool. We're going to have learn about each other on the fly, and we're going to have to get along with each other, learn each other's weaknesses and strengths together," said 32-year-old lawyer Jelani Roy.

Roy was set up with 32-year-old blogger and lawyer Jenny Wu for the season.

Newly matched couples like Kurt Jordan Belcher and Bergen Olson will take on arguably the most extreme blind date ever.

"I think a lot of people want to underestimate the gay guy, but you don't want to do that because I have the testosterone of a man and the wrath of a woman," Belcher said.

And then there is Hayley Keel who is looking for love.

"This could be Mr. Right for me. This could be the man that I marry and start a family with," she said.

And the traditional Amazing Race couples are anything but typical this season.

"We were both in the Vancouver Olympics but also in the Sochi Olympics," said Aly Dudek, a U.S. Olympic speed skater.

Dudek her husband, Steve Langton, a U.S. Olympic bobsledder, have the athletic edge.

While Jonathan Knight of the New Kids on the Block fame and his partner, Harley Rodriguez, are just getting used to the spotlight.

"I've done millions of interviews with the five guys of New Kids and photo shoots and stuff like that, and just going through this process with him has been, like, really surreal for me," Knight said.

The Amazing Race will have a dirty start - literally - as teams will have to navigate through a muddy obstacle course before jetting to their first location, Tokyo, Japan.

The racers will hit five continents and eight countries during this season of the Race, including stops in Bangkok, Namibia and Monaco.

On each leg, one lucky team will pull a clue that includes a "Date Night" ticket. The couple will be able to take advantage of a one-on-one romantic activity.

The Amazing Race premieres at 9:30p ET Wednesday right after the season premiere of Survivor.

KCTV Kansas City

posted 2/22/15

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Celebrity Name Game"

  • On Oscar night, the quiz world's elite meet to answer the hardest questions EVER!!!!!!!!thisweek (NPR)
     
  • Bob Eubanks wants to bring film business to Gulf Coast (WLOX Biloxi)
     
  • Vicki Lawrence plays Aurora (WGN-AM Chicago)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Food Fighters season 2 (foodfighterscasting.com)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with American Idol's final 24 (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/15

Thursday: When One Door Closes and a Piano Drops on You...
CBS Wins on "2.5 Men" Finale, "Odd Couple" Premiere
From the Futon Critic
CBS (12.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday thanks to a new "The Big Bang Theory" (17.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), the premiere of "The Odd Couple" (13.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4), part one of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T4) finale, part two of the "Two and a Half Men" (13.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) finale and "Elementary" (8.052 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

ABC (8.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #7), "Scandal" (9.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #6).

Next up was FOX (6.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and fresh installments of "American Idol" (8.873 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) and "Backstrom" (3.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.936 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up week two of "The Slap" (3.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.490 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9) and "Allegiance" (3.384 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.409 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (1.031 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...

- Duff 'til Dawn (Food): 806,000
- Project Runway All-Stars (Reunion) (Lifetime): 735,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show: 689,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/20/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Plastic Orange Dirigibles"

  • "American Idol", "The Voice", "SYTYCD", "AGT", "DWTS" & "ANTM" are among those competing for KCAs (TVBTN @ Z2I)
     
  • Alison Sweeney goes from "Biggest Loser" to "Chocolate Chip Cookie".(TV by the Numbers)
     
  • He likes trivia and he doesn't even think it's work. TJ Lavin must be back to normal (MTV)
     
  • "A mix between Jeopardy! and Moon Zero Two" is coming to a phone near you (Spokane Spokesman Review)
     
  • Mark Cuban jumps headlong into the game that cost him $20 million, shot at the Chicago Cubs. Rich people sure are weird. (Value Walk)
     
  • Todd Newton has a new job.... make that two new jobs (South County Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (STV) and David Magidoff & Derek Gaines (OK!),

posted 2/20/15

Wednesday: Goodnight, Patrick Jane
"Mentalist" Ends on a High, But Fox's Empire Continues to Spread
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (10.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and another series high from "Empire" (12.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Black-ish" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (6.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.751 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (9.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up a new "The Mentalist" (9.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), the series finale of "The Mentalist" (10.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and a new "Stalker" (7.170 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (2.814 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and "The 100" (1.546 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, "Best New Restaurant" attracted 363,000 covers for Bravo. Ratings for "Baggage on the Road" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz

posted 2/19/15

Tuesday: Raspberries
If It's Tuesday, It's CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (13.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.101 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the penultimate week of "MasterChef Junior" (5.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) followed by new episodes of "New Girl" (3.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "The Mindy Project" (2.512 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Fresh Off the Boat" (6.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the premiere of "Repeat After Me" (4.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and the special "Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema" (3.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up fresh installments of "Parks & Recreation" (2.928 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.480 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12), "Marry Me" (2.067 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "About a Boy" (2.384 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and "Chicago Fire" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.293 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 1.076 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 892,000
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 825,000
- The Chase (GSN): 646,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC): 441,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/15

Right and Proper Ninja
ITV Signs on for "Ninja Warrior UK"
From the Independent
Those of you still mourning the gap left in the Saturday night TV schedule by Nineties ITV show Gladiator, your luck has just come in.

Ninja Warrior UK, based on an extreme assault course game show from Japan called Sasuke, is being brought in by ITV and will be hosted by Ben Shephard, the Saturdays' Rochelle Humes and ex-footballer Chris Kamara.

It will feature 250 contestants running, jumping and climbing their way through the challenging course which looks remarkably similar to the one used on Gladiators.

It has been described as "the toughest obstacle course ever seen on British television” and ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment, Asif Zubairy, promises “some inspirational achievements as well as hilarious mishaps”.

The Independent
Irish Independent
C21 Media

posted 2/19/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "(Klaxons Sounding)"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: QI (BBC America, tonight) (The Backlot)
     
  • "Dancing" doesn't announce its stars until Tuesday... but that won't stop the endless parade of postulation from ...(E!)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Riverside (Press-Enterprise)
     
  • Marc Summers! Come on down! You're the next host (among many) of "The Price Is Right Live!" at Merrillville, IN (NWITimes.com)
     
  • John Barrowman plays York Barbican (York Press)
     
  • John O'Hurley (WBFO Buffalo), Wayne Brady (ABC News), and Chris Harrison (People).

    Who are three people who haven't spent A FEW GOOD MINUTES in my kitchen?

posted 2/19/15

A Fool & An Idiot Are United
Catch Season 2 of IdioTest on GSN April 1. No Foolin'
From TV by the Numbers
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the second season premiere of their new hit game show, IDIOTEST on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Comedian Ben Gleib (“Chelsea Lately”) returns as the wildly witty host dishing out even tougher brainteasers to contestants competing for a $10,000 cash prize. Gleib will also play an integral role in the season two premiere that will feature some April Fool’s-related stunts being kept under wraps. The remainder of the season will feature new types of tests and rivalries, as well as a variety of themes amongst the competitors.

IDIOTEST, based on the highly popular app game, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to Face Off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on giant Touch screens in the center of the set, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid.

Over 21 million have watched IDIOTEST to date, making it one of GSN’s most popular originals. The first season nearly doubled the audience among W18-49 (+84%) and P18-49 (+92%) vs the YTD time period average.

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Syndies: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 8
From B&C
This year’s rookie class showed some signs of life as Warner Bros.’ The Real hit a series-high 1.3 live plus same day household rating, an 8% gain for the week ended Feb. 8, the first full week of the February sweep. The Real also added 10% among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 to a series high 1.1 to lead the field.
CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira all were steady at a 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2, respectively, in households.

In the demo, Hot Bench came in second, surging 25% to a new series high 1.0, while Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 0.8 and Meredith Vieira jumped 17% to a 0.7 to match its series high. Trifecta’s Judge Faith remained at a 0.8 in households and a 0.4 in the demo.

All of this year’s freshmen first-run shows are slated to return for season two.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! led the games, with each show up 3% for the week and year to a 7.8 and 7.5, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was off 6% to a 6.8, but was still up 13% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire climbed 6% for the week to a 1.9, although that was down 21% from last year.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/15

And the Hits Just Keep On Coming
"The Apprentice" Will Return for Season 15
From The Futon Critic
This season’s winner wasn’t the only major announcement made during Monday’s live Celebrity Apprentice finale.

Mere minutes before the champ was crowned, Donald Trump revealed that NBC has decided to renew The Apprentice for a 15th season, which will likely bring about the eighth round of Celebrity Apprentice. No return date was announced.

Season seven was taped nearly two years ago but did not premiere until this January. This season's ratings were significantly higher than season six making a strong case for the show's renewal.

ABC (8.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Castle" (8.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

FOX (5.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Gotham" (6.156 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.452 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (7.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and fresh installments of "2 Broke Girls" (8.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "Mike & Molly" (9.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) plus "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute" (7.494 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up the season finales of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.989 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "State of Affairs" (4.476 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.334 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (1.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

NBC has issued a press release revealing last night's winner. Read on if you have already seen the episode or if you don't mind being spoiled.

On cable:

- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.966 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.358 million

TV Line
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/18/15

Trivial Pursuit Goes Live
Hasbro, Ubisoft Unite for Video Game Show
From Game Informer
Hasbro and Ubisoft have released Trivial Pursuit Live! which can be purchased today on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The console game reimagines the traditional, famous board game by giving it a new game show twist. The game is compatible for up to four players to challenge each other in several different rounds, from a variety of more than 1,200 questions. Different game question modes pop up at random through each round, such as Hot Seat, where a player races against the clock to answer as many questions as possible. Another is Greedy Grab, which eliminates players from subsequent questions if they answer incorrectly.

The game can be downloaded on the Hasbro Game Channel through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are $9.99 respectively, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are priced $14.99.

Game Informer
Biogamer Girl
Gamasutra

posted 2/18/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "T for Two"

  • ICYMI: It started with a T. Ended with one, too. (ABC News)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • Survivor: an oral history (TV Insider), plus the Paley Center just opened up an exhibit (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • In another round of Comcast-mandated corporate synergy, Tom Colicchio is named MSNBC food correspondent (TV Newser)

posted 2/18/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Suck It, Trebek"

  • Will Ferrell revised his impersonation of Alex Trebek in front of the man himself. Then things got weird (Parade)
     
  • Billy on the Street, Sesame Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue (TV Insider)
     
  • "La Voz Kids" returns March 15 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Pat Finn, come on down! You're the next host of The Price Is Right Live! (coming to Huntington) (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Ascent Expo" will have producers looking for contestants (Globe Newswire)
     
  • Jedward, in what could very well be the defining moment of their career, have been cast in "Sharknado 3" (Metro)

posted 2/17/15

Monday Lightspeed Round
... or "Presidents Day"

posted 2/16/15


GARY OWENS: 1934-2015
Legendary Voiceover Artist Hosted "Letters to Laugh-in", "The Gong Show"
From
CBS Local
Private funeral services were being planned Friday for radio and television voiceover personality Gary Owens, best known for holding his hand to his ear while serving as the announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”

Owens died Thursday at his Encino home at age 80, according to his publicist. He had been a diabetic since age 8.

A South Dakota native, Owens began in show business at age 16, working as a radio newscaster. He was a news director and DJ at a station in Omaha, Nebraska, in his 20s, before moving on to Denver and eventually Hollywood in 1961, when he joined KFWB.

He began doing television specials on KCOP and was an original voice on “Sesame Street,” proudly announcing that a segment of the show “is brought to you by the letter M.”

During his career, his baritone voice hosted more than 10,000 radio shows. He also recorded more than 30,000 commercials and promotional spots.

His phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” coined on his KMPC radio show, evolved into a catch-phrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

He became a television fixture on “Laugh-In,” holding his hand to his ear while speaking into a stand-up microphone, injecting humorous news-style quips to segue between skits. During the run, he hosted the daily game-show spin-off "Letters to Laugh-In". He went on to appear in hundreds of television shows, including “Roseanne,” “The Gong Show,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “Night Court,” “Batman,” and “Barnaby Jones.”

He also lent his voice to thousands of cartoons, including “Space Ghost,” “Batman,” “Dynomutt Dog Wonder,” "The Ren & Stimpy Show", “Chip and Dale,” “Casper the Ghost,” “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop” and “The Fantastic Four.”

Wink Martindale, who met Owens while both were working at KMPC, wrote on Facebook, “Of all the professionals I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the business Gary stands tall above them all. In particular I will always cherish the twelve years I worked with him at KMPC and was witness to his talents close-up. Gary Owens possessed talents that come along rarely. It is almost a cliche to say it but this man will truly be missed. Best blessings to his family."

Funeral services will be private, but a public memorial is expected to be held. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the children’s Diabetes Foundation at www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.

Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and sons Scott and Chris.

CBS Local
The Hollywood Reporter
RumorFix
New York Times
Deadline

photo courtesy Los Angeles Times

posted 2/13/15

Thursday: TGI...a Split?
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.718 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Scandal" (9.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (8.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), new episodes of "Mom" (10.125 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) and "Two and a Half Men" (9.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) plus another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) repeat and a new "Elementary" (7.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

Next up was FOX (6.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (9.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "Backstrom" (4.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up the premiere of "The Slap" (5.082 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) followed by new episodes of "The Blacklist" (7.980 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8) and "Allegiance" (3.606 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Reign" (1.053 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The season finale of "Project Runway All-Stars" attracted 1.573 million on Lifetime. Elsewhere...

- Wizard Wars (Syfy): 973,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 659,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 459,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spread the Love"

  • Christina Aguilera is going to "Nashville" (E!)
     
  • Terry Crews' "World's Funniest Fails" is failing upward, as Fox wants 8 more shows (B&C), but you really shouldn't need personal branding, right? (Adweek)
     
  • Mike "Boogie" Malin is broke (TMZ)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Virtual reality (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Wayne Brady raps in Klingon with Bill Shatner on "The Late Late Show" (Geeks of Doom)
     
  • And finally, a treat for Valentine's Day: Bob Eubanks brings his "Not-So-Newlywed Game" to Illinois (Decatur Herald-Review)

posted 2/13/15

Second Family
ITV Renews Bradley Walsh-Hosted Game Show
From Digital Spy
Keep It in the Family has been renewed for a second series on ITV.

The game show - hosted by Bradley Walsh - sees two families battling it out in a series of different rounds in an attempt to win prizes.

The series also features celebrities - such as stars of The X Factor or Coronation Street - who face the dreaded "drop" through a trapdoor if the prizes they have on offer aren't to the families' liking.

ITV has also promised that the new episodes will see the return of The Nanas, the popular grandmothers with a combined age of 486 who were seen last series describing a series of phrases in a rather unique manner.

The show's executive producer David Hall said: "We're beyond happy that Keep It in the Family is returning for a second series on ITV.

"The mix of Bradley, our irrepressible Nanas, funny games, dressing people up in outrageous and hilarious costumes, and dropping the nation's favorite celebrities was a winning combination, and we're very much looking forward to doing it all again this year."

Keep It in the Family will be back on ITV later this year.

Digital Spy
World Screen

posted 2/12/15

Wednesday: Empirical Formula
Fox Wins on Wednesday 1-2
From the Futon Critic
FOX (11.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its duo of "American Idol" (10.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Empire" (11.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

ABC (6.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.909 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Modern Family" (9.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "Black-ish" (6.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Nashville" (5.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (8.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Criminal Minds" (9.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Stalker" (7.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (5.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and "The 100" (1.589 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...

- Top Chef (season finale) (Bravo): 955,000

Results for "Baggage on the Road" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/15

We Have Judges. We Have a Host. Let's Put on a Show!
Everyone Will Be Back for AGT 10
From the Futon Critic
Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC's top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent," joining previously announced judge Howard Stern.

Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as "AGT" celebrates its 10th season. For the third year in a row, the live performance and results shows will originate from New York City's iconic Radio City Music Hall.

The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

"This opinionated and talented quartet of judges provides fearless and thoughtful analysis and an infectious energy that keeps the audience wondering what will happen next," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming. "We can't wait for them to come back for another great season."

"I'm delighted that Howard, Howie, Heidi and Mel B are back to celebrate a decade of talent on AGT," said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. "They are dedicated to finding the best and most eccentric performers to put before viewers in a true celebration of the American Spirit."

Klum and Mel B return to the judging panel for their third season, Mandel and Stern return for their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, as judges.

Open call auditions for season 10 of "America's Got Talent" will conclude at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 14-15. Please visit http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com/ for more information.

Last summer, "America's Got Talent" remained the #1 summer show in total viewers for the ninth consecutive year. For the first time in the show's history, America chose a magician as their winner: Rhode Island native Mat Franco, who went on to headline the "America's Got Talent Live" stage show in Las Vegas.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/12/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "You Did WHAT?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Another day, another completely shocking "Family Feud" answer (WPIX New York)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Celebrity Name Game season 2 (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Angelica McDaniel to oversee CBS Daytime, syndication (Broadway World)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Hell's Kitchen" (March 3) (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/12/15

We Have Pros...
... Except Karina Smirnoff, Who Will Not Return
From the Futon Critic
The competition is just beginning for what's sure to be one of the most exciting seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" yet. It all kicked off this morning when 10 pro dancers were revealed exclusively on "Good Morning America" in anticipation of the 10th Anniversary season premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

This season's set of professional dancers includes a beloved returning pro, the reigning Mirrorball champ, and show favorites who will each teach their celebrity partner how to bring heat to the dance floor. Fans will have to wait to find out who the two remaining pros are when they're announced in the coming weeks, completing the cast of twelve dancers. Additionally, the celebrity cast for Season 20 will be announced live on "Good Morning America" on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

This season of "Dancing with the Stars" will not only be a celebration of the last 10 years, it will also continue to innovate and surprise with both new and returning theme nights including Disney Night, Latin Night and introducing Spring Break night. Viewers will also have more access to the show than ever before. #DWTSAllAccess will expand to offer viewers a look behind the scenes with six live streams from key positions in the ballroom, as well as never before seen live streams from the DWTS rehearsal studio available for viewers to watch throughout the week on ABC.com.

As announced this morning on "Good Morning America," the 10 pros returning to the dance floor (in alphabetical order) are:

- Mark Ballas (two-time champion)
- Sharna Burgess (toured in US, UK, & Australia)
- Witney Carson (reigning champion)
- Artem Chigvintsev (former "SYTYCD" finalist, "Strictly Come Dancing" champion)
- Val Chmerkovskiy (14-time US National champion)
- Tony Dovolani (won season 15)
- Allison Holker (Emmy-award winning choreographer)
- Kym Johnson (two-time winner)
- Peta Murgatroyd (won season 14)
- Emma Slater (former Troupe member & finalist)

After 16 seasons as a pro on Dancing With the Stars, Smirnoff announced via Instagram on Tuesday, Feb. 10, that she would not be returning for the upcoming 20th season of the ABC competition.

The Futon Critic
Us Magazine

posted 2/11/15

Tuesday: No Match
All CBS All Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (14.609 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "NCIS" (18.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

ABC (4.884 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with the time period premiere of "Fresh Off the Boat" (6.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.177 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Forever" (4.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Next up was FOX (3.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (4.516 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "New Girl" (2.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.343 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) served up new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (3.031 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.446 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Marry Me" (2.148 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "About a Boy" (2.675 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (6.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (3.479 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.041 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) closed out the evening on The CW (2.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 1.354 million
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 967,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 954,000
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 (MTV): 752,000
- The Chase (GSN): 667,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/11/15

C4 Makes Benchmark
Paddy McGuinness to Host New Quizzer
From Chortle
Paddy McGuinness is to front a new Channel 4 daytime gameshow.

The comic and Take Me Out presenter will host Benchmark, in which contestants compete against each other with the aid of a panel from the public.

The so-called benchmarkers will answer several tricky numerical questions, with contestants deciding whether the correct answer is higher, lower or the same as their answer, trade magazine Broadcast reports.

Stuart Shawcross from Victory Television, who devised the format, told the publication: ‘“Benchmark is an incredibly simple, but hugely entertaining game show that will have you shouting at your TV.’

Chortle
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 2/11/15

A Night at the Museum
Griff Rhys Jones to Host "The Quizeum" for BBC4
From the Guardian
Griff Rhys Jones is to bring a new cultural dimension to the quiz show format with a new brainteasing BBC series set in museums.

In what is thought to be a television first, the actor and comedian will host The Quizeum in museums around the UK, including the Ashmolean in Oxford and the National Maritime Museum in London.

For some rounds of the quiz, the BBC said that artifacts from the institution’s collections will be the subject of the questions and in others the competitors will explore the museum as part of a treasure hunt.

Those taking part in the eight-part BBC4 series include Antiques Roadshow regular Lars Tharp, art and cultural historian Janina Ramirez and author and historian Kate Williams.

Others due to appear are broadcaster and historian Dan Cruickshank and former minister for security and counter-terrorism and first sea lord and chief of the naval staff Admiral Lord West.

They will be organized into two teams which will compete against each other, but the program will also feature lively discussion between the experts.

Rhys Jones, whose production company Modern Television is making The Quizeum, said: “There are spectacular treasures in all of our museums. The Quizeum will uncover the stories behind some of the lesser known ones.

“From Roman penknives to Canalettos, from enameled reliquaries to model boats, we will be looking for connections, testing history, unearthing startling facts and putting real experts on the spot. And most of all, we’re on the road exploring fabulous collections in unexpected places. This is a really exciting series to be involved with – pure joy.”

BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison commented: “We have so many fantastic museums up and down the UK and I’m delighted that BBC4’s The Quizeum will be visiting some of these great institutions and exploring their collections, while putting our range of experts to the test. And with Griff Rhys Jones hosting, it promises to be a real treat full of fun and surprising facts.”

The Quizeum is due to air on BBC4 later in the spring.

The Guardian
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 2/11/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Australian Bush"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The question on "Family Feud Australia" was easy enough: name a former Australian prime minister (Daily Mail)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 14 American Idols who found success in places other than singing (yes, Matt Rogers is on the list. Can we get him work, please?) (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
     
  • "University Challenge" displays how to win at a game show... using math (io9)
     
  • This week's installment of "Don't Blame Me, It Was the Editing!" is brought to you by... Kelsey (Washington Post)
     
  • ICYMI: TPIR gets killswitched (CraveOnline)
     
  • Yaya DaCosta goes from "Top Model" to "Whitney" to "Chicago Med" (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the hosts of "Broke A$$ Game Show" (Global Grind)

posted 2/11/15

Billy on the Move
"Billy on the Street" Renewed, Picked Up By truTV
From The Futon Critic
Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner is coming to truTV as part of a multi-layered deal with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. that also includes original specials and pilot commitments for networks across the Turner portfolio. At the center of the deal, the streetwise game show hosted by comedian Billy Eichner is set to become a truTV original series, starting with its fourth season later this year. Sister network TBS will present encores of each episode after initial airings on truTV.

In addition to bringing new episodes of Billy on the Street to truTV and TBS, the deal with Turner Broadcasting includes a commitment for Eichner to create pilots for potential truTV and Adult Swim series; half-hour specials featuring Eichner for TBS and truTV; and rights to all episodes from the first three seasons of Billy on the Street, which originally aired on the Fuse Network.

"This deal is a great opportunity to tap into and expand the Billy phenomenon using the power of the Turner portfolio," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "No other media company has the assets and the reach - especially among Generation X, Millennials and Generation Edge viewers - to pull off this kind of multi-layered deal. The Turner networks are going to be the perfect home for Billy's brilliant comedic talents and his growing legion of young fans."

"I am beyond excited about this new era for Billy on the Street," said Eichner. "I'm thrilled to be working with truTV and the Turner family and I'm very ready to hit the streets for a new season of making dreams come true and changing lives for the better."

Billy on the Street is executive-produced by Mike Farah, president of production for Funny Or Die, along with Billy Eichner and Anna Wenger. Doug Brady is co-executive producer. truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Billy on the Street's fourth season, with production expected to begin in New York City in late spring and plans to launch the series later this year.

"Billy is a singular talent who exemplifies the qualities we are looking for in truTV's new programming, including a unique voice and vision, for that reason he is an absolutely perfect fit for the new truTV," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV.

Efforts to bring Billy on the Street to Turner were first championed by Marissa Ronca, senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. "We've been fans of Billy since the beginning, so we join the rest of his dedicated fan base in being super excited to see new episodes of Billy on the Street coming to truTV," Ronca said. "Anything coming from Billy is certain to be unexpected and hilarious, which aligns perfectly with the new truTV. We're also thrilled that Billy will be working on new shows and specials for truTV and our sister networks. We can't wait to welcome him to the Turner family."

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
Variety

posted 2/10/15

Syndies: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending February 1
From B&C
Debmar-Mercury's Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit its third series high in the past four weeks, climbing to a 7.2 live plus same day household rating in the week ending Feb. 1.

That's a 6% gain for the week and a 14% gain for the year, just one-tenth of a ratings point behind CBS Television Distribution's Jeopardy!

Perhaps more importantly, Family Feud is the clear syndication leader among women 25-54 at a 3.8, ahead of CTD's Judge Judy at a 3.1, CTD's Wheel of Fortune at a 2.6 and Jeopardy! at a 2.5.

Games, in general, were up for the week, with Wheel climbing 3% to a 7.6 and Jeopardy! adding 4% to a 7.3. Compared to last year at this time, Wheel was down 4% while Jeopardy! was up 1%. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was steady at a 1.8 in households, but down 18% from last year.

Most syndicated shows were up or steady for the week, which included the first two weekdays of the February sweep running January 29 through February 25.

Among the first-run rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench was the top first-run strip for the 20th straight week in households, holding firm at a 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game climbed 8% to a new season-high 1.4. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira and Warner Bros.’ The Real both gained 9% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights
TV Newscheck

posted 2/10/15

A Tale of Two Buzzrs
Buzzr TV to Launch May 31
From Variety
YouTube is being challenged by multiple different players — including Facebook — which all want a piece of the Internet video giant’s action. But many creators and media companies still view YouTube, the sector’s 800-pound gorilla, as the best home for their firstrun content.

FremantleMedia North America’s original digital content studio, Tiny Riot!, has reached a deal with the Google-owned video site to set up shop in the YouTube Space LA studios to shoot new episodes of remakes of classic game shows in its catalog for the Buzzr channel on YouTube, featuring talent recruited from YouTube’s massive base of creators.

The ad-supported Buzzr YouTube channel quietly launched in pilot mode last fall with a “Family Feud” reboot, followed by “Password” earlier this month. The first shoot at YouTube Space LA, for the new round of “Family Feud” episodes, will take place Wednesday.

“What we found through the research was, these shows have a great resonance with younger audiences,” said Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “The advantage for us is, we don’t have to license anything.”

FremantleMedia owns the rights to 154 game show formats, and it’s eager to bring as many of them as possible to the YouTube generation. That catalog includes “What’s My Line,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Card Sharks,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “Celebrity Name Game,” along with “Family Feud” and “Password.”

The YouTube initiative is meant to dovetail with Buzzr TV, a digital multicast channel stocked with reruns from the game show archive, which FMNA expects to launch May 31. Last month it announced a distribution pact for Fox’s 17 owned-and-operated stations, and the company is in talks with other station groups. The hope is to launch in 50 million homes, Beers said.

Buzzr TV and Buzzr on YouTube are aimed at two different demographics, with the former playing to older auds’ nostalgia and the latter refreshed for millennials. For younger viewers, Beers noted, “These old-format game shows are really, really hard to watch.”

The YouTube channel will include a new version of “Celebrity Name Game” and charade game “Body Language” later in the year, said Gayle Gilman, executive VP of digital content for FMNA and g.m. of Tiny Riot!

Variety
Tubefilter

posted 2/10/15

Monday: So Much for That...
Clip Show Drags NBC to Fourth; ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.218 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Castle" (7.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

CBS (10.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (9.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mike & Molly" (9.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Scorpion" (11.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (4.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (5.635 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (3.884 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up its special "The Celebrity Apprentice: Top Feuds, Firings and Fails" (4.565 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) followed by new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "State of Affairs" (4.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.211 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.356 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) on The CW (1.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 2.195 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.629 million
- @midnight (Comedy Central): 578,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/15

Sunday: Stay With Me
CBS, Grammys Win
From The Futon Critic
CBS (22.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with a new "60 Minutes" (9.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and its presentation of "The 57th Annual Grammy Awards" (26.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #1).

ABC (4.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed a distant second place with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and the feature "The Hunger Games" (3.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "Mulaney" (1.223 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.589 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.847 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Family Guy" (2.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.932 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

And finally, encores of "Dateline NBC" (5.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (2.341 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) on NBC (3.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable:

- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.554 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.091 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.190 million

On Friday, ABC (6.474 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) landed the top demo spot on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Cristela" (5.519 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Shark Tank" (7.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (5.424 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

"King of the Nerds" gave TBS 808,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/10/15

RICHARD SHER: 1948-2015
Hosted, Created & Produced Radio Quiz "Says You!"
From WBHM Birmingham
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Richard Sher, creator, executive producer and host of the long-running wordplay program Says You!. Richard died February 9th after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Richard's creativity and humor was matched by his intelligence, energy and generosity of spirit. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, and by the audiences he delighted for nearly two decades.

Says You! was developed 19 years ago in partnership with WGBH. When Richard brought the idea for Says You! to us we embraced the opportunity to create a game show that celebrated the pleasure of words and wit. Richard shaped the program with his talent for language and puzzles, and recognition that audiences would be engaged by out-loud problem solving. He was right -- audiences smiled, considered, played along and laughed from the beginning. He made Says You! a distinctive, inviting, and enduring celebration of curiosity. The program is now carried on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide.

Richard is survived by his wife, Laura Price Sher, and his son, Benjamin Payne Sher. Laura is program producer for Says You! working for Richard's media company, Pipit & Finch. Says You! will continue its broadcasts on WBHM for the time being.

If you would like to offer condolences, here is the contact information:
Laura Sher
P.O. Box 724
Weston, MA 02493

Donations in Richard's memory may be made to:
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
C/O Deborah Schrag, MD
Department of Medical Oncology
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-5450

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

WBHM Birmingham
Boston Globe

posted 2/10/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "An Unwrapped Secret"

  • Marc Summers reveals secret leukemia fight... which he survived (E!)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: CNN Quiz Show (February 16) (Raw Story)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Craig finds his old friends (Twitter @CraigyFerg)
     
  • This week's installment of "Don't Blame Me, It Was the Editing!" is brought to you by... Kelsey (Washington Post)
     
  • ICYMI: TPIR gets killswitched (CraveOnline)
     
  • Yaya DaCosta goes from "Top Model" to "Whitney" to "Chicago Med" (Deadline)
     
  • David Tennant sets a new record on BBC Radio 4's "Just a Minute" (Herald Scotland)

posted 2/10/15

CBS Daytime Spreads the Love
Catch Valentine's Day on the Eye Friday!
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime celebrates Valentine’s Day with special themed episodes of THE TALK, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND The Restless and The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Monday, Feb. 9 - Friday, Feb. 13 on the CBS Television Network. In addition, CBS Daytime will mark Valentine’s Day with talent from the entire lineup participating in Twitter “Love Chats” throughout the week.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special themed episode featuring an audience full of single traders looking to make deals and love connections, on Friday, Feb. 13 (check local listings). Traders are matched up to make deals as couples when Cupid Wayne Brady sets the singles up on the wildest blind dates of all time. After one game of “Let’s Make a Date,” where a trader is shown four potential partners to choose from, Wayne finds a love connection between the couple after learning they already met earlier in line. Jonathan Mangum decides to makes his own deal with Wayne in honor of the Valentine’s Day show – swapping their pants during a commercial break! Also, when a couple passes up their Zonk, Wayne and Jonathan dig right in to a half-eaten box of chocolates. Our hopeful traders attempt to make a love connection and a great deal because the only thing worse than a Zonk is a Zonk and a bad date!

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating Valentine’s Day by throwing a wedding shower, Friday, Feb. 13 (11:00-Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). An audience filled with engaged couples will have the opportunity to play as pairs and win themed prizes, including his and hers wedding bands, bachelor and bachelorette parties in Mexico, a honeymoon in Fiji and a trip to the romantic city of Venice, Italy.

TV by the Numbers

posted 2/9/15

Zee Asks for "Who's Asking"
Indian TV Picks Up Armoza Format
From Realscreen
India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited has ordered the first season of Armoza Formats’ game show Who’s Asking? (pictured) for the company’s newly launched Hindi channel &TV.

The program – which is to be the channel’s flagship non-fiction show – is titled India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun? and will be hosted by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. The hour-long game show challenges participants to select the individuals asking them questions, and places an emphasis on who is doing the asking as opposed to the answers themselves.

The Big Synergy-produced show will debut in India on March 2 and air daily at 9 p.m. The format was also recently commissioned by Thailand’s Thairath TV, with the Thai adaptation also slated to premiere in March.

“We are excited to bring this unique international game show format to Indian screens,” said Rajesh Iyer, &TV business head, in a statement. “The concept of the show empowers the common man to determine the fate of a contestant, as they are the ones firing the questions as ‘askers.’”

“In addition, we have Bollywood’s superstar and the ultimate entertainer Shah Rukh Khan as the host. We are certain that the audience will enjoy a different side of their superstar and that the format will be well received,” the exec continued.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “Who’s Asking? is a fresh take on the studio game show genre, with the unique question mechanic of taking questions from ordinary people on the street, making it an accessible and appealing format to all.

“Who’s Asking? gives the whole country the chance to have their minute of fame on TV, and we are thrilled to be taking it to a new level with Zee’s infusion of Bollywood glamour,” he said.

Realscreen
C21Media
TBI Vision

posted 2/9/15

India Gets Killer
"Killer Karaoke" Heads Overseas
From Indian Television
Star Plus is reportedly planning to launch a new singing gameshow, which has been tentatively titled ‘Killer’.

IndianTelevision reports that the program is loosely based on ‘Sing If You Can’ and the US series ‘Killer Karaoke’. The Indian version will be produced by SOL. Its a series, which consists of two teams of three contestants who will compete against each other to win the title. The winner will take away prize, which would be either in cash or kind.

A source told the website, “We are on a hunt for independent singers, bands or anyone and everyone who has a passion for singing and a good voice. It is a fun filled high energy singing game show.”

‘Killer’ is expected to take a Sunday night slot, which has been vacant since the end of ‘India’s Raw Star’ and ‘Airlines’.

Indian Television
Media 24-7

posted 2/9/15

"Take" Me to "Church"
Second Season to Bow March 26
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of the second season of their hit dating show, IT TAKES A CHURCH on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Grammy(R)-nominated vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner Natalie Grant returns as host, visiting churches in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana and Wyoming, in hopes of finding love for one lucky single. Each week, IT TAKES A CHURCH travels to a different location, to surprise one unsuspecting single with the news that they're about to be saved from the dating world, as numerous matchmakers present people they believe would be a great match. However, it is not the bachelor/bachelorette who decides who they will get to know better... it's family, friends and those closest to them in the community! After a series of dates, one person will be chosen, and the matchmaker who brought the chosen suitor also wins a donation made to the church in their name.

Highlights in season two include special guest appearances by actors/performers David & Tamela Mann ("Madea's Big Happy Family") and musician Bo Bice ("American Idol"), plus a shocking surprise proposal. In its first season, IT TAKES A CHURCH was watched by over 6 million people and it achieved triple-digit growth among W18-49 (+113%) and nearly double the audience among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+88%) and P25-54 (+70%) versus the YTD time period average.

The Futon Critic
Breathecast

posted 2/9/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Sad Day in Blue Heaven"

  • Stuart Scott was penning a memoir when he died. "Every Day I Fight: Making a Difference, Kicking Cancer's Ass" will be available March 12 (New York Times)
     
  • Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera pick up Grammys. So does Carrie Underwood, but she doesn't have a big red chair. YET. (Reality TV World)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: 500 Questions? Sounds like it. (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Erie! Come on down! You're the next city on "The Price Is Right Live!" (Go Erie)
     
  • Steve Harvey launches a dating website (Broadway World)

posted 2/9/15


Daily Double... for Steve Harvey
Results for the Week Ending January 25 (Week 18)
From TV News Check
Steve Harvey was the only talker to hit a new season high in the week ending Jan. 25, as the syndication brigade prepared for the upcoming February sweep (Jan. 29-Feb 25).

Harvey moved up 5% to take sole possession of fourth place among talk shows with a season-best 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Harvey also grew 5% from last year and surged 10% in the women 25-54 sales demo to a 1.1.

In addition, the Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit a series-record high 6.8 in the game show competition.

Judge Judy took top court show for the 957th week in a row and was the second-highest strip in syndication overall, behind Wheel of Fortune, despite dipping 4% to a 7.1.

Wheel of Fortune won the game show race while increasing 3% to a 7.4.

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.

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.4 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0 -1%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 6.8* +3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV News Check
B&C
Variety
TV by the Numbers

photo courtesy Steve Harvey

po
sted 2/3/15

Monday: Split Ends
ABC, CBS Split Post-Super Bowl Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (8.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Castle" (7.523 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

CBS (9.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (9.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Mike & Molly" (9.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) followed by a repeat "Scorpion" (8.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and a new "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.191 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) with fresh installments of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.942 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "State of Affairs" (4.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (5.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.340 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "The Originals" (1.465 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

On cable, week 2 of "Ellen's Design Challenge" perked up to 2.198 million. The premiere of "Kids Baking Championship" attracted 1.304 million. "@midnight" took in 483,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/15

Millionaire for the Kids
Justin Pugh to Play Celebrity Game
From The Futon Critic
Tune-in to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" the week of Monday, February 9 - Friday, February 13, 2015 as the iconic game show presents a week-long initiative to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org), a charity that has transformed the lives of more than a million kids with special medical needs. All week, "Millionaire" will donate $10,000 to Shriners Hospitals each time a contestant makes it into the second round of the game. The special week of shows will culminate on Friday, February 13 when Justin Pugh, offensive tackle for the New York Giants, plays the game and donates all of his winnings to the organization.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 2/3/15

Grudge Match Coming Back
Revival a Multimedia Experience
From Press Release Rocket
Seeking revenge and personal justice just got easier with Grudge Match. Based on the 1991 Grudge Match television show, Grudge Match Sports will be a global, eSport brand that includes a video game, online streaming platform, and an updated television show linked by a common denominator: people seeking personal justice. "We were way ahead of our time. People were not used to seeing ordinary people fighting it out in a boxing ring over a simple dispute or act of revenge," Rich Melcombe, the creator of Grudge Match, and now president and CEO of Richmel Media & Productions, reflected.

Built to serve the mobile, free-to-play gamer, the Grudge Match game is being created under the direction of Dave Young, game designer and tech entrepreneur. Each Grudge Match will have three, one-minute rounds, with thirty seconds of trash talking before and after the game. Players will be able to create personas or be themselves, dress their game players in heroic or outrageous costumes, pick their weapons and/or abilities, select one of the stylized play arenas, and head off to settle their dispute electronically. If players do not have a dispute or disagreement with anyone, the game will instantly match them with someone with whom they disagree. A Rules Committee – officiated by players & Grudge Match Sports — will govern the core game.

“Our Grudge Match game is being designed from the ground up to be modifiable by user- generated content. We’re going to set up the framework to create any kind of ability, weapon, effect, theme, map, costume, or customization you can think of that will allow people to settle a grudge in public. We just launched on Kickstarter, which is the first step to help us commercialize our game and get feedback before we officially launch this summer,” stated Young.

Grudge Match television will be spearheaded by Grudge Match's original director, Bob Dunphy, a veteran boxing and MMA director, and Melcombe. Grudge Match TV will feature real people — amateurs with real grudges – fighting hand-to-hand combat, or with weapons, to settle their disputes. Incorporated into every television show will be two to three video game matches featuring the best Grudge Match game players.

“I’m excited to be part of Grudge Match Sports. The original Grudge Match became a pop culture phenomenon, but since then, technology and storytelling have changed. We are going to deliver audiences a very exciting, entertaining, nonstop action show, and create the ultimate eSport platform,” Dunphy commented.

A cross between Steam and Twitch, Grudge Match Universe will be Grudge Match's streaming platform. Universe will be built in Germany by MetaDesign AG under the guidance of Kai Zeh, Senior Director Global Development. According to Zeh, “Universe will be a meeting place for people who have experienced pain, betrayal, humiliation & ingratitude…and now seek revenge or personal justice. What I love about Grudge Match is that it’s visceral, and will elicit emotional responses from participants & spectators. Schadenfreude! Universe will be an amazing experience for any gamer.”

"No one under the age of 35 seems to know about eSports, yet they have become more popular than the average MLB, NBA, college football and basketball game. Last year 18 of the top 20 18-49 targeted cable networks lost audience, and many media outlets have given different theories as to what happened. I can tell you where they've gone. They are playing, competing or watching eSports,” states Melcombe

According to Young, “What makes Grudge Match Sports different from any other eSport is that our game is built around topical competitions, and the game play is less than four minutes per competition. Once players bring their passion into the game, they have a personal stake in the outcome. This is more than points on the board; this is one’s pride and honor rolled into three intense minutes of sport. Don’t let that snarky Twitter troll get the last word. Get even. Maintain your dignity, earn self-respect and become a champion.”

“If you’re a gamer, getting revenge or seeking personal justice can now make you money. Our game will be fully automated, and once players reach certain thresholds, they will be rewarded. Gamers who tap our “professional level” will automatically trigger sponsorship dollars and be guaranteed tournament money. They will have access to some of the best media marketing minds, who will help them build their own, distinctive brand,” Melcombe relates.

Grudge Match Sports officially launches this August. Developer versions of the Grudge Match game will be available between now and March, and the first release of the game will be in early May. Universe is scheduled to go online in July.

Press Release Rocket
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 2/3/15

Friday: Super Weekend
ABC Takes Demos.... and Some... Thing... on Sunday.
From the Futon Critic
NBC (89.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 30.9, #1) of course overshadowed the evening with its primetime coverage of "Super Bowl XLIX" (102.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 35.0, #1), making it one of the most-watched broadcasts, if not THE most-watched broadcast, in television history.

On cable, "Cutthroat Kitchen" put up 902,000 viewers, down from the 1.279 million put up by "Worst Cooks in America".

Forty-eight hours earlier, ABC (6.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Cristela" (5.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Shark Tank" (7.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (6.028 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (10.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Undercover Boss" (8.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.396 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Blue Bloods" (11.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Constantine" (3.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (4.832 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up new episodes from "World's Funniest Fails" (3.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Glee" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, a new "Hart of Dixie" (1.057 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.854 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.889 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "King of the Nerds" dropped to 695,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/15

Thursday: TGIT is B-A-C-K
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (9.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.643 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "Scandal" (10.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3).

CBS (10.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then took home second place with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (17.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "Mom" (11.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.696 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (7.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Elementary" (7.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12).

Next up was FOX (7.283 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with week two of its "American Idol" (9.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7) and "Backstrom" (5.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) combo.

Meanwhile, NBC (5.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up the season finale of "The Biggest Loser" (5.310 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) plus the series finale of "Parenthood" (5.470 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Reign" (1.041 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Syfy's "Wizard Wars" led the troops in cable with a 0.5 rating in the A18-49 demo and 1.452 million viewers. The 10:30p "Pawnography" tied with that rating, but had 1.545 million. Elsewhere...

- Pawnography (History, 10p): 1.491 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.474 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 877,000
- @midnight (Comedy Central): 510,000

Results for "Duff Till Dawn" and "Chopped Canada" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 2/3/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Floating Vegetables"

  • Wayne Brady to voice in "VeggieTales: Noah's Ark" (PR Newswire)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Street Art Throwdown" (Oxygen, tonight) (Variety)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy! heads to Denver (KDVR Denver) while 500 Questions stays in SoCal (Facebook)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: If you're going to take a swipe at Dan Patrick, you better knock him the hell out. Otherwise, this is what you're going to get. Colin. (YouTube)

posted 2/3/15


Class Is In Session
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament All This Week!
From Delmarva Now
Broadwater Academy's Latin teacher and cross-country coach will appear on the television game show "Jeopardy!" next week.

Eric Hack is a contestant in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, a two-week contest set to air beginning Monday, Feb. 2. He is the only Latin teacher among the 15 contestants from around the United States.

The tournament winner will take home $100,000 and an automatic spot in the next Tournament of Champions; the second-place finisher wins $50,000 and third place takes home $25,000.

"This year's Teachers Tournament is one of the best 'Jeopardy!' tournaments we've ever had," said Trebek. "The intelligence and charisma of the contestants, combined with exemplary clues and categories from our writers, resulted in a memorable competition that will be sure to excite the teachers' students watching at home."

Hack was one of three Virginia teachers in the tournament.

In addition to Hack, teachers participating in the tournament were:

» Tracy Alexander, an AP English teacher at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona;
» Mary Bayer, a drama teacher at Elgin Academy in Elgin, Illinois;
» Lydia Cuffman, a World, U.S., and Latin American History teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California;
» Adam Elkana-Hale, a math teacher at Loyola Academy of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri;
» Cathy Farrell, a Physics and General Science teacher at Huron High School in New Boston, Michigan;
» Jennifer Giles, a bilingual education teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, Colorado;
» Chris Grinvalds, a World History and computer teacher at Bennington High School in Yutan, Nebraska;
» Martha Jackson, a Math and Speech teacher at Fremont-Mills Community School in Tabor, Iowa;
» Michael Jones, a Special Education teacher at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin;
» Kate La Riviere-Gagner, a 5th and 6th grade classroom teacher at Monkton Central School in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont;
» MaryLou McKenna, an algebra teacher at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts;
» Erin McLaughlin, a 5th grade teacher at Bay Ridge Prep in Brooklyn, New York;
» Colin O'Grady, an English teacher at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia; and
» Jay Singleton, a Social Studies and Government teacher at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Virginia.

Delmarva Now
Detroit Free Press
Wheeling Daily Herald

photo courtesy Sony Pictures TV

po
sted 2/2/15

Britons Fight for Eternal Glory
ITV Commissions Belgian Format
From Forbes
ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial TV channel, is extending its drive to woo male viewers with a physical game show called Eternal Glory.

The show sees former sports stars compete to be crowned the “champion of champions”, in a series of challenges which includes physical endurance events and tests of ability to work as a team, to concentrate, and to handle stress.

“It’s a sort of Superstars, but done as an elimination show,” said an industry source, referring to the BBC sport-game-show format which was a hit in the 1970s and early 1980s, and which has subsequently been revived for Sport Relief charity specials and an Olympic version in 2012.

Eternal Glory forms part of ITV’s drive to attract male viewers, after the network lost the rights to the Champions League, and other soccer, from next season.

Another potentially male-skewing show, a panel game about cars, is also being piloted.

At ITV’s producers’ forum last July, where network chiefs tell producers what they are looking for, male-skewing brands were close to the top of the network’s list.

Director of program strategy David Bergg said that ITV needed to fill 110 hours of its schedule between 2015 and 2016 to replace the football.

Eternal Glory is a Belgian format, which was first pitched in the UK in 2008.

Forbes
Broadcast

posted 2/2/15

Couples vs. The Banker
C4's Deal or No Deal to Feature Pairs
From ATV Today
Channel 4 will this month air a week of Deal or No Deal featuring couples for the first time.

The special editions of the game show will see host Noel Edmonds welcome eleven couples to the wings, ready to do battle with the meanest man in telly – The Banker. With only five chances to play not everyone is guaranteed a place at the Pound Table, meaning some couples will be left wondering what could have been.

“I’ve always found players’ differing approaches to Deal Or No Deal fascinating and I’m intrigued to see how two sets of opinions will play out during the game. These specials promise to be some of the most nail-biting and unpredictable games we have seen on Deal. Let’s hope our couples are still together when they leave the studio!” – Noel Edmonds

In a twist to the format, The Banker will introduce the perilous ‘Banker’s Break Up’ quiz. Answer eight or more questions about each other correctly and the lucky pair will win a holiday. Get three or more questions wrong and he will quite literally split them up at his discretion, sending one person to the isolation room with no way of helping their partner make any further decisions in the game.

The Couples Specials will air from Monday February 9th as part of Channel 4’s afternoon schedule.

ATV Today

posted 2/2/15


Quite Interesting Pickup
BBC America to Air Season J of British Panel Quiz
From The Futon Critic
BBC AMERICA today announced it has acquired the Rose d'Or-winning and BAFTA-nominated comedy quiz show QI (Quite Interesting) hosted by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, Bones) who can also be seen hosting The EE British Academy Film Awards on the channel this February.

QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are 'quite interesting.' Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It's okay to be wrong but don't be obviously, boringly wrong. BBC AMERICA launches QI Season J with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm ET.

QI celebrity guests include some of Britain's most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd and distributed by FremantleMedia International.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Screen Rant
World Screen

photo courtesy FremantleMedia/Screen Rant

po
sted 1/30/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "We Just Wrote This Headline So We Wouldn't Get Fined"

  • Neil Patrick Harris' show to be teased during the Big Game (Deadline)
     
  • Grant Denyer squashes legal fight with Woman's Day (Daily Telegraph)
     
  • What's in the pipe for Discovery Family & GSN? (Realscreen)

posted 1/30/15


Next Stop... Celebrity Chase 2
GSN's Season 4 Opens BIG
From The Futon Critic & TV Media Insights
GSN announced today that its Emmy®-nominated hit quiz show, THE CHASE had its highest rating ever for a premiere, as the show kicked off its fourth season on Tuesday, January 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Brooke Burns and featuring the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) in the ultimate trivia challenge, THE CHASE is one of GSN’s most popular original series. The show has attracted more than 23 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. The season four premiere delivered over 1 million total viewers cumulative with the 11pm ET encore. Compared to its season three premiere, the 8pm ET premiere was up 56% in W25-54, +81% W18-49 and +59% W18-34. It was also up across the board, when compared to the season one and two premieres.

Next week (Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00pm ET/PT), THE CHASE will feature a special celebrity episode as TV stars Carson Kressley (“How to Look Good Naked”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) and Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) will take on The Beast and attempt to win a substantial cash prize for their respective charities. An additional celebrity episode, featuring “Scandal” stars Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Brian Letscher will air later this season.

Elsewhere on cable, "The Challenge" crested over a million for the first time this season with 1.006 million. "Face Off" gave Syfy 1.120 million. "Chopped" led for Food with 1.376 million. "Child Genius" had 852,000.

CBS (11.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with repeats of "NCIS" (12.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.621 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) plus a special "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1).

FOX (3.491 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with an original "MasterChef Junior" (5.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) alongside repeats of "New Girl" (2.139 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.750 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was ABC (4.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with repeats of "Shark Tank" (5.598 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Forever" (2.961 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) bookending a new "Marvel's Agents Carter" (4.555 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) offered up new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (3.469 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Marry Me" (2.252 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "About a Boy" (2.777 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (3.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (3.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.130 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (3.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

TV Media Insights
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
KTTV Los Angeles - A FEW GOOD MINUTES with host Brooke Burns
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 1/29/15

Wednesday: Empire Strikes Back
"Idol's" Not the Most Watched Show... but Fox is #1
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "American Idol" (10.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Empire" (11.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

CBS (9.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Mentalist" (9.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Criminal Minds" (10.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Stalker" (8.423 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.584 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (4.676 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Black-ish" (3.872 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), another "Black-ish" (3.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and yet another "Black-ish" (2.973 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Arrow" (2.866 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The 100" (1.611 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.135 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (4.063 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on NBC (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

"Top Chef" led the cable offerings with 1.110 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/29/15

Lucky 13 for "Top Chef"
Casting Begins February 3
From TV by the Numbers
 “Top Chef” is seeking chefs who have the recipe for success at casting calls for season 13! Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" will return for a thirteenth season in Fall 2015. Driven by strong ratings for season twelve, the network announced open casting calls in cities across the country for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series starting on February 3. In 2015, “Top Chef” is the #1 food competition show on cable among P18-49 and P25-54 on a L3 basis.

"Top Chef" season 13 casting calls are as follows:

*For updated casting information and to download an application, visit TopChefCasting.com

Nashville - Tuesday 2/3 10am - 12pm
Adele's - 1210 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Seattle - Tuesday 2/3 10am - 12pm
Canlis - 2576 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Chicago - Tuesday 2/10 10am - 12pm
Trenchermen - 2039 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Brooklyn - Tuesday 2/10 10am - 12pm
Talde - 369 7th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Los Angeles - Tuesday 2/17 10am - 12pm
Scarpetta - 225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tune in next Wednesday, February 4th at 9pm ET/PT for part two of the three-part finale in Mexico.

TV by the Numbers
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/29/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Stove"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "MasterChef Junior" season finale - February 24 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • You know how they say there's a grain of truth behind every joke? Well, Paula Abdul & Nigel Lythgoe have one for you... (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • This teacher from Iowa (KMA Shenandoah) and this teacher from New England (Burlington Free Press) are just two of the 15 competing for $100,000 on Jeopardy!'s Teacher's Tournament next week!
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Christmas in February? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Puppy! (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 1/29/15

Syndies: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 18
From B&C
Syndication settled down in the week ending Jan. 18, with most shows steady for the week.

CTD’s Hot Bench continued to lead the first-run rookies. After hitting a new series high in the prior week, the panel court show gave back 11% to a first-place 1.7 in households. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which returned with new episodes, was flat at a 1.3. Warner Bros.’ The Real hit a new season high 1.2, up 9% from the prior week. NBCU's Meredith Vieira slipped 8% to a 1.1, while Trifecta’s recently renewed Judge Faith was unchanged at a 0.7.

Among women 25-54, The Real was on top with an unchanged 0.9, followed by Hot Bench at a steady 0.8. Celebrity Name Game dropped 13% in the demo to a 0.7. Meredith Vieira was flat at a 0.6, as was Judge Faith at a 0.4.

All of the game shows were down, except for Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which appreciated 6% to hit an eight-week high 1.9. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune lost 10% to a 7.2, while CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 7% to a 7.1 and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud flagged 1% to a 6.6. Those three shows ranked second, third and fourth in overall syndication, respectively.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights

posted 1/28/15

New Judges! New Drag Race!
Catch It on Logo March 3!
From The Futon Critic
"RuPaul's Drag Race" returns to Logo TV with a gaggle of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges' panel so packed with talent, you'll be seeing stars! New this season, RuPaul welcomes pop culture aficionados Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews to the permanent judging panel alongsideMichelle Visage. Kressley and Mathews will leave fans gagging with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass. Think you know this race? Honey, you have no idea. "RuPaul's Drag Race" returns with a new season on Monday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!" exclaimed Executive Producer, RuPaul. "I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge... and I got two! Ross and Carson are the perfect addition to the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' family because they're not just show biz experts, they're superfans and longtime lovers of the art of drag."

"Oh what a thrill to be a judge on season 7 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race!'" declared Carson Kressley. "The wigs, the lashes, the gowns -- but enough about us judges -- the girls this season are so 'sickening,' it's the best season yet!"

"I have never been more qualified to do anything in my entire life," said Ross Mathews. "As quite possibly the biggest super fan of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' in the entire galaxy, I take my position as a judge very seriously and will proudly serve as a voice for my fellow super fans -- albeit, a very high-pitched voice."

Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities in pop culture today to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin,Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Santino Rice, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie, Rachael Harris, Lucian Piane and Merle Ginsberg.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/28/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Touring with the Hosts"

  • Craig Ferguson adds another show in Philadelphia (Broadway World), John Davidson plays the Great and Powerful in "Wicked" (Greenville Online), Alton Brown cooks in Savannah (DoSavannah.com), and Ben Stein speaks in Orlando (WebWire)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 20 facts about "Strictly Come Dancing" (Evening Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Big Brother... with Zombies. And no, it's not that movie (What's on TV)

posted 1/28/15

Monday: Premiere Night
Ellen's Design Challenge Wins Night on Cable
From The Futon Critic
On cable, it was a night of two premieres. HGTV's "Ellen's Design Challenge" landed with 1.844 million, a decent premiere for an HGTV series. As far as cable game shows are concerned, it was second in the A18-49 ratings to "@midnight" (658,000 total). Results for BBC America's "Mud, Sweat & Gears" are forthcoming.

ABC (6.926 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.905 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and a repeat "Castle" (4.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

FOX (5.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "Gotham" (6.060 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "State of Affairs" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.717 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up its annual "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015" (10.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) followed by repeats of "Scorpion" (8.530 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.851 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.699 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/15

Girlfri3nd, Please...
Keshet Sells to Quebec
From Multichannel News
The deal, which was brokered by KI Sales Director Cynthia Kennedy, sees a 16 x 30’ series soon to begin production with a view to launch on Thursday, April 23, at 19:30, prime time.

In a local twist, the series will switch half way through to feature three men looking for their love match, in addition to the traditional format which is centered on three female hopefuls. The title of the show will also change to reflect the flip from female to male focus - beginning as 3 FILLES CÉLIBATAIRES (“Three Single Girls”) and changing to 3 GARS CÉLIBATAIRES (“Three Single Guys”) from episode nine onwards.

“We believe it will be most interesting to see how guys and girls have a different take on dating, and we are very excited to bring a more genuine, new kind of dating concept to our young viewers,” said Zone 3.

Keren Shahar, General Manager Distribution at Keshet International, said, “The appeal of Girlfri3nds is that it’s very much like ‘real world’ dating, there are choices and compromises to make, true moments of friendship and support, as well as conflicts and twists to navigate. The fact that this Canadian version will also feature men as the decision makers gives the show all the more relevance and appeal to a wider audience. We are really looking forward to seeing how this local addition works.”

Far from what we’ve come to know as a typical “dating show,” Girlfri3nds is about three hopefuls’ authentic joint quest to find their Mr Right. Devoid of clichés, the show goes to great lengths to capture real life interactions – the good, bad, weird and wonderful – as the singles whittle down one hundred men from all over the country to three potential soulmates. Quite often what can be appealing to one single can repel another! But occasionally, more than one single is interested in the same potential date, or the date may not be interested in the single on offer, and that’s when the girls must call on their friendship and honesty to support each other and make compromises about who should move forward. Girlfri3nds follows our singles as they share a house together and help each other through every stage of the anxious yet exciting dating process - the laughs, the tears and the tensions – and reveals who will leave the house as one half of a couple and who will chose to leave alone.

Multichannel News

posted 1/27/15

Friday: The King Is Dead
"King of the Nerds" Premieres Down
From The Futon Critic
886,000.

That is the size of the audience for the season 3 opener of "King of the Nerds".

As a point of reference, Season 2 opened with 1.03 million. That was on a Thursday. The series debuted in 2013 with 1.99 million. also on a Thursday.

Season 3 is the first season that the show airs on a Friday.

CBS (8.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with a new "Undercover Boss" (8.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.144 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.759 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

ABC (5.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then took home the silver with second runs of "Last Man Standing" (5.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Cristela" (4.453 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (6.208 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) plus a new "20/20" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Also sharing the demo crown was NBC (4.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and originals from "Constantine" (3.479 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Grimm" (4.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "Dateline NBC" (5.753 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "World's Funniest Fails" (3.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Glee" (1.830 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, a new "Hart of Dixie" (1.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) followed by repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.959 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Masters of Illusion" (0.741 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.355 million
- 9p: Worst Cooks in America - 1.689 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.177 million

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Freedom"

  • Phillip Phillips wants to leave "Home"; won't rest until 19's contract is "Gone Gone Gone" in a "Raging Fire" (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Donald Trump calls Chuck Todd a moron, wants to host "Meet the Press", fudges the number a bit again (The Wrap/Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Craig Ferguson deals with Debmar-Mercury for his own production shingle (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Biggest Loser" finale January 29 (The Futon Critic)

posted 1/27/15


Chain-Game-Show-Time
GSN Signs On for 40 New Editions of "Chain Reaction"
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will air 40 new episodes of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION, to launch in 2015. This marks the first new episodes of the series since 2007.

The classic half-hour game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features teams of two competing against one another to complete chains of words after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and/or below it. The host of the series is TBA.

Created by master game show wordsmith Bob Stewart, "Chain Reaction" aired on NBC, USA, and GSN from 1980 to 2007, with Bill Cullen, Geoff Edwards, Blake Emmons, and Dylan Lane hosting each of the different editions.

The new episodes will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. Vincent Rubino (The Newlywed Game, Million Dollar Password) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Multichannel News
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/26/15

Food Network Goes to the Academy
Catch It March 1
From The Futon Critic
Ten talented and successful home cooks from around the country compete in intense culinary challenges as they are mentored by some of Food Network's most popular chefs, while competing for a $50,000 grand prize in All-Star Academy, premiering Sunday, March 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Ted Allen, each competitor, with the guidance of their mentor, must compete over eight episodes in challenges that would propose difficulties for even professional chefs, while elevating their culinary skills to make it to the finish line. With the support of superstar chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon, each home cook not only has to impress their world-class chef mentor but the special guest judges as well, who help determine who will make the cut in the dreaded elimination round. One-by-one, the challengers are eliminated, leaving one final contender standing with a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judges include Donatella Arpaia, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag, Robert Irvine, Chef John Li, Simon Majumdar, and Geoffrey Zakarian.

"Having world-class chefs like Bobby, Curtis, Alex and Michael as mentors is what will take these ten cooks from great to extraordinary," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "It's the dream of a lifetime for a home cook."

In the premiere, ten home cooks are about to embark on the greatest culinary adventure of their lives. But first, they will need to compete for a spot on a mentor's team. Four of the biggest, most skilled chefs - Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon - will each select two cooks to guide through the competition. But only one mentor and competitor will emerge victorious in the end. Special guest judge Simon Majumdar helps decide who will have a chance to move on to fight another day. Don't miss all the culinary action throughout the season, including Food Network's Robert Irvine, as he challenges each cook to create a dish using only canned meats, with the mentors then conducting a blind taste test to determine which competitor goes home. And a first ever mentor showdown between Bobby Flay and Michael Symon! Each challenger must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking style to impress their mentors and judges to become an All-Star and have their lives changed forever!

The Futon Critic

posted 1/26/15

Wheel Keeps Spinning in Brazil
"Roda a Roda" Renewed for 10th Season
From World Screen
CBS Studios International and Brazil's SBT have renewed their format licensing deal for Wheel of Fortune, which is returning for a tenth season in the country later this year.

Wheel of Fortune, locally titled Roda a Roda, is slated to begin broadcasting its new season in Brazil this spring. The game show will continue to be hosed by Silvio Santos. The format has been airing in the country since 2003.

"Wheel of Fortune continues to be the most successful game show format across the globe, with 12 different international adaptations currently being broadcast," said Paul Gilbert, the senior VP of international formats at CBS Studios International. "We are pleased to be working with SBT on the tenth season of Wheel of Fortune in Brazil."

"SBT is very excited to start off the year with the renewal of yet another season of Roda a Roda," added Silvia Abravanel, executive producer for SBT. "The show gives us great ratings in its prime-time slot and provides fun and entertainment for the entire family."

World Screen

posted 1/26/15


LeBron Taking His Talents to Game Shows
NBA Star Teams with Glassman Media for New Project
From ESPN
LeBron James is getting into the game show business.

James' SpringHill Productions is partnering with NBC to create a prime-time game show with payouts that could reach seven figures. The lead producer on the project is Andrew Glassman, who has developed shows "Average Joe" and "Three Wishes" for NBC. The game show doesn't have a formal name or air date yet.

At James' request, the show is doing its first casting in the Cleveland and Akron areas, looking for couples to compete in the show. Details in the picture in the story header.

"It gives people here an opportunity to live out a dream, the things they only dreamed about, and that's to make more money than they ever thought they could make in their lives," James said Wednesday. "So it's a life-changing experience if they get an opportunity to be selected, and I thought starting here, with the people that I love here, means a lot to them. And me being a part of the game show is just all part of my team doing things that's outside the box but also that's fun for families and people that any ages can gravitate to."

SpringHill Productions, which is led by James' business partner Maverick Carter, currently is involved with "Survivor's Remorse" for Starz and "Becoming" on Disney XD. James and Carter also have been developing a movie script with Kevin Hart.

James is not working on the project day to day during the season. The project was launched last summer.

ESPN
Cleveland.com
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/26/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "No Money, Mo Problems"

  • Nicky Byrne's "Million Euro Challenge" loses almost one viewer for every €5, 290K from 480K (Goss.ie)
     
  • ITV2 to riff on reality shows the world over (C21 Media)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Celebrity Apprentice" finale: February 16 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Melissa Rivers to take doctor responsible for Joan Rivers' death to court (Zap2it)
     
  • BRTUALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Mud, Sweat & Gears" (BBC America, tonight) (Zap2it)
     
  • Comedy writers are going after ITV Studios America over "Saturday Night Takeaway (WT)" (Variety/Yahoo! TV)
     
  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: Celebrity Squares heads to Bristol (Britstol Post)
     
  • Blake Shelton plays a "Bachelor", the "Feud", and himself on SNL... and it's awesome (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Untitled Food Project" (My Casting Net)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: You don't mess with the Drew (TV Spy)

posted 1/26/15

Thursday: This Is Where I Leave You
Fox, CBS Split Night of Finales
From The Futon Critic
FOX (9.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (10.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the premiere of "Backstrom" (7.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (9.512 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (11.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Two and a Half Men" (9.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (8.259 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) repeat and a new "Elementary" (8.236 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.886 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (4.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), the departing "Bad Judge" (3.039 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "A to Z" (2.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) plus the penultimate week of "Parenthood" (4.433 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Taste" (3.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) alongside a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.283 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.654 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Reign" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...

- Pawnography (History, 10p): 1.839 million
- Pawnography (History, 10:30p): 1.721 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.672 million
- Chopped Canada (Food): 1.009 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 901,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 585,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 462,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/23/15

Renewed "Fighters"
NBC Reups for Second Run of Adam Richman Series
From Deadline
NBC has picked up summer culinary competition show Food Fighters for a second season.It’s slated to air this coming summer. Hosted by Adam Richman, Food Fighters features amateur cooks going head-to-head against professional chefs who try to cook each contestant’s best “family recipe” better than the contestant does. The dishes are tasted and judged by “the dinner party,” a group of everyday food enthusiasts who taste both creations in a blind taste test. As the contestants advance, the cash prize grows, as does the incentive to out-cook the professional. Electus International is handling the international rollout.

In its first season last summer, Food Fighters was modestly rated delivered the biggest regularly scheduled week-one to week-two gain in adults 18-49 for any new series on the Big 4 networks in more than two years, according to NBC.

Deadline
Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 1/23/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cheap Seats"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Broke A$$ Game Show" (MTV, February 5) (MTV)
     
  • Maks & Peta are spotted together. Needless to say, they're totally together again. (Us)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Game testers needed (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Chrissy Teigen injures her foot (New)
     
  • Las Vegas is on board for Monopoly Millionaires' Club, providing tax incentives (Casino City Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Terry Crews plays his own wife (E!)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Someone in Japan turned the car-destruction bonus in "Street Fighter 2" and turned it into a game show (Tech Times)

posted 1/23/15

Don't Call It a Comeback, Because She Never Left
Paula Abdul Joins Jason DeRulo on "SYTYCD"
From The Futon Critic
World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar, singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

"With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges," said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. "I'm delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges' table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason's insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven't had before."

"I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world," said Abdul. "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It's going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I'm looking forward to an exciting new season!"

"I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE," added Derulo. "It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success."

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns this summer on FOX. Auditions for the new season start in New York, NY (Saturday, Jan. 24); Dallas, TX (Saturday, Feb. 14); Detroit, MI; (Sunday, Feb. 22); Memphis, TN (Sunday, March 8); and Los Angeles, CA (Sunday, March 15).

Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition (three days for Memphis) in the event of a callback.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

Syndies: Week 16
Results For the Week Ending January 11
From B&C
With the holidays behind them and awards season ahead, almost all of syndication was sharply up in the week ended Jan. 11.

The game shows also climbed, with three out of four hitting new season highs.
CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune accelerated 25% to a new season-best 8.0, while CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 23% to a 7.6. The pair finished first and second in overall syndication. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud picked up 18% to also hit a new series high 6.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.8.

In daytime, CTD’s Hot Bench, this season’s rookie first-run leader, gained 12% to hit a new series high 1.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.3. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which has been renewed for season two in 80% of the country, climbed 9% to a 1.2. Warner Bros.’ The Real, which had dropped to its season low in the prior week, rebounded 22% in households and landed at a fourth place 1.1.

Among women 25-54, The Real led the pack with a 0.9, followed by Hot Bench and Celebrity Name Game, which were tied at a 0.8. Trifecta’s Judge Faith was the only rookie to decline, dropping 13% to a 0.7 in households.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/22/15

Wednesday: 800-588-2300, Empire
Fox Wins The Middle of the Week
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with another big week from "American Idol" (11.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Empire" (10.950 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1).

CBS (9.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a distant second place with its trio of "The Mentalist" (9.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (10.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Stalker" (7.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Next up was NBC (6.167 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.775 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) followed by originals from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.746 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.550 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (4.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.334 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11), another "Black-ish" (1.824 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Modern Family" (1.467 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.958 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and "The 100" (1.569 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening.

Bravo's night was a mixed bag. "Top Chef" moved to 9p, and the move tacked on viewers with 990,000. Numbers for the premiere of "Best New Restaurant" - as well as are forthcoming.

"@midnight" pulled in 555,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

NATPE 2015: Missed Connection?
Warners Looking to Revive "Love Connection" for a Third Time
From B&C
Warner Bros. is shopping a remake of Love Connection that would be hosted by The Real's Loni Love, said several sources at NATPE this week.

The show is a possible replacement for Let's Ask America, a game show that airs on several Scripps-owned stations. Should Scripps decide to pick up the show, it would likely begin as a slow roll-out on a handful of stations, much like Warner Bros.' TMZ spin-off, TMZ Live.

A Warner Bros. spokesman said the company declines to comment on development.

The Real, a first-run panel talk show, is cleared in 90% of the country for next year and is expected to return.

Among other NATPE developments today...

- Sky Vision is at NATPE launching gameshow 1000 Heartbeats, which comers from Hungry Bear Media and ITV in the UK, and Sky1 and John Stanley Productions primetime quiz Relatively Clever.-

Worldscreen
Variety
C21 Media
C21 Media
The Hollywood Reporter
Worldscreen
B&C
TBI Vision

posted 1/22/15

More on "The Voice" Season 8...
Report: The Mentors Are...
From Yahoo! TV
Season 8 of The Voice might already have its guest mentors selected.

The NBC singing competition has reportedly recruited Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding and Lionel Richie to assist its quartet of coaches for the show's spring run.

According to Us Weekly, Richie will step into the rehearsal room for the battle round with Pharrell Williams; Goulding will help Adam Levine; Jonas will work with returning coach Christina Aguilera; and Trainor will team up with Blake Shelton.

Richie is the only musician to have previously served as a guest mentor (alongside Aguilera in season two), yet all three of the other singers have taken the Voice stage as performers.

While most of the reported pairings make sense (Jonas and Aguilera are both former Disney stars, after all), the duo that might raise eyebrows most is that of Shelton and pop singer Trainor. Is NBC steering away from country music, the genre that's dominated the series for so many seasons?!

Not at all -- don't forget, the Nashville-residing Trainor has penned country tracks for Hunter Hayes and Rascal Flatts. Even more so, Trainor and Miranda Lambert paired for a somewhat countrified version of her hit "All About That Bass" at the CMAs this past November. If Trainor's got the approval of Shelton's wife, she's certainly fit to assist contenders on how to effectively introduce both a hit single and debut album in under a year -- country or otherwise.

The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, Feb. 23. NBC did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

Yahoo! TV
Eater

posted 1/22/15

Braaaaaaaaaaains
John Craven to Front New Quiz Show for BBC Two
From Seen It
Broadcasting legend John Craven, famed for Newsround, Swap Shop and Countryfile is to host a new BBC Two quiz show.
The channel has ordered 30 episodes of Beat The Brain which will see teams of four square up to the eponymous Brain and compete in a series of zones that test the full range of their mental capabilities.

Instead of questions, participants will face visual puzzles, logic problems, memory challenges and an array of thorny brain teasers designed to give them and viewers a complete mental workout.

The series is being co-produced by Objective Productions and Over The Top Productions and will air on BBC Two later this year.

Nigel Hall, Managing Director of Over The Top Productions, says: “I am really excited to be working with the legend that is John Craven, who has starred in so many landmark TV shows in his career.

“We were absolutely thrilled he chose Beat The Brain to be his next TV project.

“These brain games are addictive and we are confident that this will be a show that the whole family can enjoy together.”

Seen It
BBC
Digital Spy
Broadcast

posted 1/22/15

SRK to Return to Game Shows
Former KBC Host to Front "Who's Asking"
From Now Running
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan returned to the small screen with a bang - he will host "India Poochega - Sabse Shaana Kaun", a game show adapted from the "Who's Asking?" international format.

The show will air on &TV, a new Hindi general entertainment channel launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited (ZEEL) Wednesday night.

Looking his charming self, Shah Rukh took mediapersons present at the launch through the show's format.

He said: "I like the question and answer format. I do that with my children and family. This show will deal with questions that have been asked by common man and will be answered by the common man himself to win the prize money.

"The questions will be those which people think are easy to answer or sometimes don't even think about it. Many people have different questions to ask. I will just make sure the show has a lot of fun."

The 49-year-old, who sported a dapper, clean-shaven look in a formal blue suit, ensured the audience had a taste of the entertainment in store from the show, at the launch itself. His sense of humor and one-liners did the trick.

Now Running
Najasthan News
Bollywood Mantra

posted 1/22/15

Tuesday: State of the Union
NBC, Fox, CBS in Three-Way Split on Atypical Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (4.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday with its mix of "Parks & Recreation" (4.084 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), another "Parks & Recreation" (3.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "NBC News Special" (5.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and analysis from another "NBC News Special" (3.895 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

FOX (4.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared the adults 18-49 crown thanks to a new "MasterChef Junior" (5.417 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "FOX News Special" (2.848 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was CBS (8.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (11.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "Mike & Molly" (3.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) bookending "CBS News Special" (6.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (3.132 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up the return of "The Flash" (3.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.534 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.248 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "ABC News Special" (4.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and a repeat "Black-ish" (3.254 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) closed out the evening on ABC (3.991 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Among cable networks not airing the SOTU, "Chopped" reigned supreme with 1.665 million viewers. The rest of the field...

- "Face Off" (Syfy, 9p): 1.044 million
- "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II": 843,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/22/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Stan the Man"

  • If there's anything to be taken from the Kai Hibberd story, it's this: there are three sides to every reality TV story... contestant... producer... and somewhere in the middle: the truth (People)
     
  • Howie Mandel plays Milwaukee (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
     
  • A mayor, a hurler, a TV host, a cheerleader, and the city of Cincinnati as itself on the next "Let's Ask America" (Cincinnati.com)
     
  • #TBT: Will the real Stan Lee please stand up? (ComicBook.com)

posted 1/22/15

CNN: Anything But Politics As Usual
Anderson Cooper to Host One-Off Presidents' Day
From New York Daily News
CNN is game for a quiz show.

The former all-news network is producing a political game show, the television industry website TVNewser first reported.

The show is tentatively scheduled to air on President’s Day, Feb. 16 , and will be hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. TVNewser reports that the show - which will focus on presidential politics - is a one-time episode for the holiday, but if the show does well, further episodes will be produced,

The quiz show is the latest non-news fare for CNN to be championed by the network’s chief, Jeff Zucker.

Since he took over in 2013, the former NBC honcho packed the news channel’s schedule with entertainment programming, like Anthoy Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” and Mike Rowe’s docu-series, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

While he never hosted a quiz show before, Cooper has experience hosting competition programming — before joining CNN, he was the host of the ABC’s 2000 reality game show, “The Mole.”

CNN officials declined to comment.

New York Daily News
Variety

posted 1/21/15

Worlds Collide
Meet the Cast of Survivor
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete on the next SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 30th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

After 15 years and 30 seasons, the newest edition will feature the first-time theme of "Worlds Apart," with castaways from very different backgrounds divided into the three separate tribes. The all-new castaways will be grouped by White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar.

The White Collars (Masaya Tribe), known for making the rules, includes a corporate executive, a retail buyer and a marketing director. The Blue Collars (Escameca Tribe), known to follow the rules, consists of a postal worker, an oil driller and a contractor. The No Collars (Nargarote Tribe) boasts free spirits who are known to break the rules. This tribe consists of a coconut salesman, a sailing instructor and a YouTube sensation. These three tribes will have very different approaches to how they play the game and interact with each other, while sharing the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize.

The battle unfolds when these three tribes compete against each other on SURVIVOR:

White Collar (Masaya Tribe)
- Tyler Fredrickson (33; Los Angeles; ex-talent agent assistant)
- So Kim (31; Long Beach, CA; retail buyer)
- Carolyn Rivera (52; Tampa; corporate executive)
- Max Dawson, PhD (37; Topanga, CA; media consultant)
- Shirin Oskooi (31; San Francisco; Yahoo! executive)
- Joaquin Souberbielle (27; Valley Stream, NY; marketing director)

Blue Collar (Escameca Tribe)
- Kelly Remington (44; Grand Island, NY; state trooper)
- Sierra Dawn Thomas (27; Roy, UT; barrel racer)
- Mike Holloway (38; North Richland Hills, TX; oil driller)
- Lindsey Cascaddan (24; College Park, FL; hair dresser)
- Dan Foley (47; Gorham, ME; postal worker)
- Rodney Lavoie Jr. (24; Boston; general contractor)

No Collar (Nargarote)
- Jenn Brown (22; Long Beach, CA; sailing instructor)
- Hali Ford (25; San Francisco; law student)
- Joe Anglim (25; Scottsdale, AZ; jewelry designer)
- Nina Poersch (51; Palmdale, CA; hearing advocate)
- Vince Sly (32; Santa Monica, CA; coconut vendor)
- Will Sims II (41; Sherman Oaks, CA; YouTube sensation)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/21/15

Monday: CBS Stings
"Bachelor", "Apprentice" No Match for Strong Eye Lineup
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on a competitive Monday thanks to new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (8.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), "Mike & Molly" (9.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Scorpion" (12.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.454 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

ABC (7.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second place with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (7.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and "Castle" (7.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was FOX (5.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.433 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.162 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.821 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) served up new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "State of Affairs" (4.490 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, the return of "The Originals" (1.484 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.424 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

And at midnight, "@midnight" pulled in at-midnight numbers, 545,000.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/15

Friday: Stick to Millionaire
Another New Episode of "Shark Tank", Another ABC Win
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Cristela" (5.163 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Shark Tank" (8.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "20/20" (5.470 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

CBS (10.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) however was still the most-watched network with originals from "Undercover Boss" (8.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (10.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (12.608 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the return of "Constantine" (3.080 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (4.601 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.500 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the debut of "World's Funniest Fails" (3.333 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and a new "Glee" (1.978 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.043 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its mix of "Hart of Dixie" (1.162 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.851 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Masters of Illusion" (0.998 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.117 million
- 9p: Worst Cooks in America: 1.732 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.376 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel Doubles Down"

  • Double Down Casino app adds a "Wheel of Fortune" slot (Gaming Intelligence)
     
  • "The X Factor", "Great British Baking Show", Ant & Dec winners at 2015 NTAs (STV)
     
  • Is "American Idol" a victim of its own success? Seems like we're asking this question every year. We keep saying "For God sakes, YES!", but they still ask it... (Insider)
     
  • Miranda Lambert is worried about Blake Shelton pulling double duty on SNL (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: A dating show (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Gardell (Pottsgrove Mercury)

posted 1/21/15



Buzzr-Worthy
Fox, Debmar-Mercury Take Stock in FremantleMedia Library Subchannel
From TV by the Numbers
FOX Television Stations has acquired rights to BUZZR TV from FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Debmar-Mercury. BUZZR TV will showcase FremantleMedia’s extensive library of game show content in all 17 FOX O&O markets, including nine out of the top 10, and 14 out of the top 20 DMAs.

Thom Beers, the CEO of FremantleMedia North America, has made launching this channel a top priority for the business. “FremantleMedia has consistently been the leader in the game show space, with long-running and more-popular-than-ever titles such as Family Feud and The Price is Right,” said Thom Beers. “When I joined the company two years ago, it became instantly clear that there was a huge opportunity for us to not only be a producer in the space, but also a programmer. We are thrilled to have FOX, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, as our launch partner on BUZZR TV. Jack Abernethy and Frank Cicha’s enthusiasm for both the channel and our product was clear from the get-go, and we look forward to bringing this beloved genre to viewers across the country.”

Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming for FOX Television Stations, said, “Buzzr will be a great addition to our D2 portfolio. The possibilities to have fun creatively, and to make it fun for the viewer, are endless. And in a D2 landscape this competitive, the ability to control your own product is a big plus. FremantleMedia can certainly do that.”

Debmar-Mercury, which brokered the BUZZR TV deal on behalf of FMNA, will conduct meetings with FMNA and other major station groups at NATPE to expand the multicast network’s footprint.

“There is nothing else like BUZZR TV,” said Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury. “It will be the only game show network operating in the digital multicast universe, providing stations with a highly marketable asset. We believe the depth of the FremantleMedia library will allow the network to secure its future, offering viewers a proven, quality and unique alternative to other digital channels.”

FremantleMedia is the owner of the largest game show library in the world with over 40,000 episodes of some of the greatest, most recognized game shows of yesterday and today. Iconic titles that will be featured when the channel launches include Family Feud, featuring hosts Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louis Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley; Let’s Make a Deal, featuring host Monty Hall; as well as famed titles To Tell the Truth, Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What’s My Line, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.

TV by the Numbers
Entertainment Weekly
Variety
Deadline
Realscreen

posted 1/20/15

Mark the Race Date
Catch the Season Premiere February 24 on CBS
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 a special season of THE AMAZING RACE. This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. THE AMAZING RACE rounds out a night of reality television when it premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), following the premiere of SURVIVOR (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race moves to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

"Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates," said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of THE AMAZING RACE. "Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way,"

The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

The couple's relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.

The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new "Date Night" reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

- Aly Dudek & Steven Langton (24/31; Milwaukee/Boston, Olympic athletes)
- Harley Rodriguez & Jonathan Knight (41/46; New York City, fitness trainer/former New Kid on the Block)
- Jeff Magee & Lyda Grawn (57/49; McCall, ID/Scottsdale, AZ; pilot/flight attendant)
- CJ Harris & Lebya Simpson (26/25; Tuskegee, AL; IT tech/medical support assistant)
- Matt Cucolo & Ashley Gordon (30/28; Scarsdale, NY; hairstylist)
- Rochelle Nevedal & Michael Dombrowski (29/26; Kalkaska/Traverse City, MI; contract engineer/truck stop manager & pro wrestling promoter)

The Blind Date Couples:
- Hayley Keel & Blair Townsend (28/31; St. Petersburg/Jacksonville, FL; registered nurse/Navy physician)
- Jackie Ibarra & Jeffrey Weldon (27/26; Las Vegas/Tampa; dancer/account executive)
- Laura Pierson & Tyler Adams (29/26; Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA; talent booker & mobile app developer)
- Jenny Wu & Jelani Roy (32; Los Angeles/New York City; lawyers)
- Bergen Olsen & Kurt Jordan Belcher (23/24; Sunnyvale, CA/Butler, KY; HR project manager/pageant consultant

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV

posted 1/20/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Grumpy Britches"

  • Len Goodman will be "Dancing" in America after all. Wait, what? (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • One thing that ISN'T coming back? "The X Factor". The words "played out"... play out (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Chris Harrison "shocked" about the latest "Bachelor" breakup. Chris Harrison. A host of a TV show that routinely matches up people, only to have those couples routinely fall apart anywhere from years to moments after the finale.... and you're shocked. I'm shocked that YOU'RE shocked. "The Bachelor" is a show about breakups. It should be called "The Breakup". And you're shocked. JUST STOP. (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Gary Kroeger needs to beat the clock in order to attract newlywed votes for a run in 2016, otherwise, he'll run into a Whammy of a primary (West Cedar Falls Courier)

posted 1/21/15


DON HARRON: 1924-2015
Hosted "Anything You Can Do", "Beat the Clock"
From Hollywood Reporter
Don Harron, who wore a trademark sweater and cap to play the character Charlie Farquharson on the U.S. variety show Hee Haw and The Red Green Show in Canada, has died. He was 90.

Harron died on Saturday at his home in Toronto after a long battle with cancer, the CBC News website reported. Born in Toronto in 1924, Harron first introduced the Farquharson character in 1952 on the CBC variety show The Spring Thaw.

Harron later wrote the lyrics for Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, which has been staged every year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, since 1965. And he hosted the CBC radio show Morningside from 1977 to 1982. He also hosted Anything You Can Do from 1972 to 1974, taking over as host of Beat the Clock after Gene Wood switched to an announcer role.

Harron also hosted The Don Harron Show on the CTV network from 1983 to 1985. He received the Order of Canada in 1980.

Harron is survived by his partner Claudette Gareau and three daughters, one of whom is Mary Harron, director of American Psycho and The Moth Diaries.

The Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Life
CBC News
National Post

posted 1/19/15


Now Boarding for Season 2
"The Game Plane" Begins Production for Sophomore Run
From Los Angeles Times
When you run a small, low-cost carrier with a tiny marketing budget, you have to be creative to get publicity.

That explains why Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has allowed a television crew to film a game show in the cabin of its planes during regularly scheduled flights.

“We are always looking for ways to get lots of exposure,” said Brian Davis, Allegiant’s vice president of marketing.

“The Game Plane,” hosted by Mark Walberg of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” recently signed with Allegiant to begin filming a second season of episodes that include trivia contests and onboard games of skills, with cash prizes and vacations awarded between takeoffs and landings.

Allegiant reported 13% growth in passengers in 2014 compared with the previous year, plus a 9.5% increase in income for the first nine months of the year.

Davis said he doesn’t know whether the game show has played a direct role in boosting the carrier's popularity or profit, but passengers seem to like being part of the show.

“The feedback we’ve gotten from customers has been great,” he said.

The renewal means that every fall 2014 game show entry has been given the green light for a second season.

Los Angeles Times

posted 1/19/15

1000 Heartbeats, One Look
Sky Vision Deals with Hungry Bear
From Realscreen
Distributor Sky Vision has inked a first-look deal with London-based indie Hungry Bear Media.

The deal gives Sky Vision – the international distribution arm of UK broadcaster Sky – distribution rights for all forthcoming programming from Hungry Bear, which was launched last January by ex-Talkback MD Dan Baldwin, former Talkback development exec Juliet Denison and entrepreneur Peter Jones.

Later this month Sky Vision is slated to launch 30- and 60-minute versions of the Hungry Bear-produced game show format 1000 Heartbeats (pictured above) for ITV.

The deal is the latest in a number of partnerships for Sky, which acquired a minority stake in Los Angeles- and London-based prodco Znak&Jones in September and most recently penned a development and distribution deal with Chalkboard TV in November.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed such a landmark deal for the company so early on in our journey with a partner that pulled out all the stops to work with us,” said Dan Baldwin, MD of Hungry Bear Media, in a statement.

Barney Shingleton, director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, added: “We are really looking forward to working with Hungry Bear Media. It’s clear they are going to become a serious player in the UK as an independent producer and their shows have great potential for the international market.”

Realscreen

posted 1/19/15

"The Voice UK" Gains Half a Mill
"Planet's Got Talent" Struggles Out of the Gate
From Broadcast
The Voice UK gained half a million viewers, thrashing a poor second outing for Stars In Their Eyes.

The Voice (BBC1) 7pm-8.25pm
8.5m (38.5%)

Wall To Wall’s chair-spinning singing show grew in strength, adding to the 8m (35.9%) that tuned in for last week’s series four opener.

It also smashed BBC1’s slot average of 6m (29.3%) for the last 12 months and was up on the equivalent episode last year, which performed to 7.6m (32.9%).

Harry Hill’s reboot of Stars In Their Eyes had differing fortunes, losing 1.2m viewers from last week to entertain 2.5m (11.5%) between 7pm and 8.05pm. It also fell 2m short of ITV’s 4.5m (22.2%) slot average.

Planet’s Got Talent (ITV) 6.30pm-7pm
2.4m (11.7%)

The Warwick Davies-narrated Thames and Syco Entertainment co-production struggled to match ITV’s slot average of 2.8m (15.8%).

The clip show of the best and worst acts on Got Talent around the world also fell well short of BBC1’s Now You See It, according to Barb data supplied by overnights.tv.

The archive magic format comfortably won the 6.30pm and 7pm slot with an audience of 4.8m (23.7%), but this fell slightly short of the 5m (25.3%) conjured up by last week’s opening episode.

On Channel 4, a repeat of George Clarke format Restoration Man informed 580,000 (2.8%) between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, while BBC2’s Dad’s Army amused 2.2m (10.9%) in the half-an-hour slot up to 7pm.

The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List (BBC1) 8.25pm-9.15pm
4.9m (23%)

The Victory Television produced National Lottery format reached its halfway mark with a series high. The eight-part, Shane Richie-fronted game show has recorded a series average of 4.5m (21.1%) to date.

Dating format Take Me Out was ITV’s best offering of the day. It flirted with an audience of 3.3m (15.3%) from 8.05pm to 9.20pm, losing 300,000 from last week’s second episode of the series.

Later on in the evening C5’s Celebrity Big Brother captured 2.6m (11.7%) between 9pm-10pm, adding 300,000 to last Saturday’s viewership.

Broadcast

posted 1/19/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Betty Betty Happy Birthday!"

  • Betty White turns 93... and have we got a surprise for her! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A former "Biggest Loser" calls the show "a fat-shaming disaster"... among other things that we can't in good conscience print here (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Dancing with the Feud (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Joan Rivers makes one more appearance on "The Celebrity Apprentice" (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Desiree Hartsock a "Bachelorette" no more (E!)
     
  • And neither a bachelor is Stephen Fry (BBC News)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Season 2 of Fake Off (Reality Wanted)
     
  • "The Million Euro Challenge" draws complaints (Irish Independent)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Shane Richie (Daily Express)

posted 1/19/15

People Power!
USA Revives "WWE Tough Enough"
From Sporting News
WWE and the USA Network announced on Wednesday afternoon that the reality series "Tough Enough" is coming back in 2015.

The show debuted in 2001 on MTV where it aired for three seasons with a fourth season included in WWE SmackDown. The show then ended until USA Network brought it back in 2011 for one season. There had been talk last year that the show would make a return on the WWE Network but instead, it is coming back to cable television.

"I am pleased to announce that USA is bringing back 'Tough Enough,' the action-packed competition reality show from the ratings juggernaut, WWE," said USA Network President Chris McCumber during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "The show will have a completely new format, with live elements that will truly make this event television."

WWE also made the announcement of the show coming back on Twitter:

Who is Tough Enough? Find out when @WWE #ToughEnough returns to @USA_Network this year. http://t.co/f1Z6h9T83W

— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) January 15, 2015

There is no exact word on when the show will be back on the air, but there is already a casting call online for anyone interested in trying to earn a WWE contract.

Sporting News
Deadline
Hitfix

posted 1/16/15

Another Simon Exiting Fox
Reality Head Andreae Falls on Lackluster Sword of a Season; Corie Henson Steps In
From Deadline
Simon Andreae is stepping down as head of alternative programming for Fox after a year on the job. He will be succeeded by Electus’ Corie Henson, who has been named EVP of alternative entertainment, overseeing the network’s slate of unscripted programming, specials and development. She reports to entertainment president David Madden. Meanwhile, Andreae will be returning to his producing roots, inking a producing deal with the network.

"Corie has the perfect combination of broadcast and producing experience to help us move our unscripted brand forward,” said Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Seeing the tremendous work that she, Chris Grant and the team at Electus have done, Corie clearly knows what it’s like to be on the creative side of the business, but also has a proven track record of developing and shepherding big, broad network hits.”

Andreae had a tough act to follow, taking the top unscripted post after the departure of long-time Fox reality boss Mike Darnell. He took a few swings, including buying preemptively the big-budget John de Mol social experiment Utopia and also picking up the eyebrow-raising “bomb-defusing” game show format Boom.

Fox went all in on Utopia, which fizzled, cancelled after a brief run. No other concepts developed or bought by Andreae have hit the air yet though several are in the pipeline. Additionally, Andreae’s bi-continental life — he continues to travel back and forth between Los Angeles and his native UK where his family lives — has been logistically challenging.

“I’ve had a tremendous adventure at Fox and I’m so proud to have built such a strong team of talented executives,” said Andreae. “We have a really exciting range of new unscripted shows in the pipeline, and I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with the Fox team in this new role.”

This is the second department head to depart under Fox’s new regime of Walden, Newman and Madden. Shana C. Waterman, who oversaw longform/event series programming for the network, exited in November.

Rumors about a possible change at the helm of Fox’s alternative department intensified several weeks ago when Newman and Dana reportedly started quietly meeting with potential candidates.

Henson most recently served as EVP of Unscripted Television at Electus, where she oversaw the company’s unscripted TV business, including Running Wild With Bear Grylls, and the upcoming Breaking Greenville and The Raft. Prior to that, Henson was VP of Alternative Series at ABC Entertainment, where she oversaw new series development, as well as production for hit series, including Dancing With The Stars, Shark Tank and the Extreme Makeover franchise.

Henson has also served as a producer on such series as Big Brother for CBS, Grease: You’re The One That I Want!’ for NBC and the syndicated show On Air With Ryan Seacrest for Fox affiliates; and as an executive producer on The Secret Life Of A Soccer Mom for TLC.

Deadline

posted 1/16/15

Thursday: A Bland Taste
ABC Goes Nowhere, while Fox Continues to Slide
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (9.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) followed by a second "American Idol" (10.881 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

CBS (9.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) followed by originals from "Mom" (10.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "Two and a Half Men" (9.391 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "The McCarthys" (6.914 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Elementary" (8.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.515 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Bad Judge" (2.773 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "A to Z" (1.728 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.077 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.058 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the penultimate week of "The Taste" (3.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with "The World Dog Awards" (1.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

On cable...

- Project Runway: All-Stars (Lifetime) - 1.642 million
- Pawnography (History, 10p) - 1.509 million
- Pawnography (History, 10:30p) - 1.441 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food) - 1.074 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central) - 560,000

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/16/15

Wednesday: Crazy Like a Fox
"Idol", "Empire" Give 1st to 4th Network
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with week two of "American Idol" (10.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Empire" (10.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

ABC (6.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.821 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (7.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Modern Family" (9.348 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "Black-ish" (6.602 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) plus a repeat "Forever" (3.224 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was CBS (9.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with a new "The Mentalist" (9.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (10.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5) and "Stalker" (7.775 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.296 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.720 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.840 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Flash" (0.931 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...

- Top Chef (Bravo) - 945,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central) - 686,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p) - 343,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p) - 289,000
- Baggage on the Road (GSN, 9:30p) - 290,000
- Baggage on the Road (GSN, 9p) - 208,000

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/16/15

A Link Between Seasons
BBC One Quiz Renewed
From STV
STV Productions has made a brand new series of the hit game show The Link.

The Link sees three teams race against time over the course of 45 minutes to find the link between questions.

The gripping quiz puts contestants' knowledge to the test while rewarding bold, tactical teamwork.

The aim is to make the connections, break the links and win cash.

The Link is presented by actor Mark Williams of Father Brown, Blandings and Harry Potter fame.

Alan Clements, from STV Productions, said: "It is fantastic news that The Link proved such a hit with the daytime audience first time round. We are thrilled the series is continuing on BBC One with Mark Williams at the helm."

The first series of The Link aired in May 2014 and ranked number one in its daytime slot.

This new series, in association with LTV, will begin on January 26 on BBC One at 3pm.

STV

posted 1/16/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Betty Betty Happy Birthday!"

  • Betty White turns 93 (Entertainment Tonight) PLUS List Abuse: 93 facts you may not know about Betty (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Donald Trump told a crowd of TCA reporters that "The Celebrity Apprentice" is the #1 show on television. Yeah... about that...  (Yahoo! TV) PLUS... he's not a fan of Bill Cosby (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Eddie Huang on his new sitcom: let's get this uncomfortable discussion on race, y'all! (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • Keshet bolsters UK output (Broadcast)

posted 1/16/15

It Takes A... Pastor
WEtv Gets Into the Dating Game with "Match Made in Heaven" February 4
From the Futon Critic
Meet Shawn Bullard, an African American real estate magnate and former college athlete looking for true love. And who better to help him find The One than the man upstairs - or someone with a close connection? Enter Pastor Ken Johnson (spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts) who guides Shawn and observes the authenticity and godliness of 24 women living under one roof hoping to find a love connection with Shawn. Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn's choices, but when his very outspoken mother moves in, she too has a say on who could potentially be her daughter-in-law. While some ladies are sane and sweet, others are downright devilish leading to plenty of drama and bad behavior. After a series of dates, romantic rendezvous, harsh eliminations, and solicited (and unsolicited) advice from the Pastor and his mother, find out if Shawn finally meets his match. "Match Made in Heaven" premieres on WE tv, Wednesday, February 4 at 10pm ET/PT

In each of the eight hour-long episodes, the bevy of beauties will face temptation at every turn. From the sweet girl next door to the smoking hot vixen; the polished career women to the innocent virgin; no one is immune to temptation. In this proverbial Garden of Eden, the ladies are constantly met with the opportunity to make a choice between good and evil in their quest for Shawn's love. Should they undermine their fellow housemates to win him over? Or take the high road and trust in their connection with him? Does "do unto others" have an alternate meaning? Will Shawn be tempted to take a bite of the forbidden fruit these women have to offer? Or will Pastor Ken and Mama Bullard be able to guide Shawn into the light so he can pick the right girl to spend the rest of his life with? Tune in Wednesday, February 4 at 10pm ET/PT

Produced for WE tv by Glassman Media with Andrew Glassman executive producing, and Gaspin Media with Jeff Gaspin executive producing. Lauren Gellert and Suzanne Murch also serve as the executive producers for WE tv.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/15/15

Syndies: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending January 4
From B&C
Most of syndication returned to normal in the week ended Jan. 4, which included New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, after plunging during the little-watched Christmas week. The gains came despite preemptions for special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day programs, and of course, sports.

In access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rebounded 7% from its season low in the prior session to a 6.4, although that was still down 6% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! grew 3% to a 6.2, unchanged from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.7, but picked up 4% from last year. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rose 6% to a 1.8 (a six-week high), but was down 22% from last year.

Among this season’s rookies, all of which will be back next season, CTD’s Hot Bench lived up to its name. The panel judge show heated up 21% to a 1.7 in households to match its series high even though the show remained in repeats all week. Hot Bench also topped the rookies among women 25-54, spiking 29% to a 0.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game recovered 9% to a 1.2 in households and jumped 17% in the demo to a 0.7. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira was steady at a 1.1 in households, while growing 20% to a 0.6 in the demo. Warner Bros.’ The Real dropped 10% to a 0.9 in households, but was flat in the demo at a 0.7. Finally, Trifecta’s Judge Faith jumped 14% to a 0.8, while remaining at a 0.4 among women 25-54.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 1/15/15

Second House
E! Renews "DVF"
From B&C
E! has renewed The Royals and House of DVF each for a second season, the network announced Thursday at the TCA winter press tour.

The Royals, the first scripted series for E!, is set to premiere March 15. The hour-long drama, about a fictional British royal family, is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions and was created by Mark Schwahn.

House of DVF, produced by Electus and Hud:sun Media, features young designers being mentored by Diane von Furstenberg.

B&C

posted 1/15/15

Nerdy Team-Up
Catch "King of the Nerds" Season 3 January 23
From the Futon Critic
As nerds everywhere eagerly await the return of the ultimate geeky competition series King of the Nerds, TBS and Twitch are teaming up for a special sneak preview event to be held at Twitch's San Francisco headquarters on Friday, Jan. 16. King of the Nerds hosts and executive producers Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine will be on-hand for the event, which will feature a sneak peek screening of the first episode of season 3 and a chat session with the hosts to take place live on Twitch. Top Twitch influencers Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham and Jon Carnage are set to moderate the event, which will mark Twitch's first-ever live television viewing party. Fans will be able to watch the fun live on Twitch.tv/twitch on Friday Jan. 16, at 6:00 p.m. PT.

Each year, TBS's King of the Nerds welcomes 12 competitors from across the nerd spectrum who come together to vie for the ultimate nerd title. But first they must face a series of elimination challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. In the end, only one competitor will be named the quintessential master of all things nerdy, winning the $100,000 prize.

Season 3 of King of the Nerds is set to launch on Friday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with each episode available via TBS's VOD, digital and mobile platforms the following day. Among the challenges this season will be "Cosplay," "Nerd Anthem" and "Nerdy Game Night." King of the Nerds also features several guest appearances, with season 3 set to welcome such nerd favorites as Danica McKellar, Michael McMillian, Yaya Han, Billy Boyd, Moby, Lisa Loeb, Travie McCoy, Penn Jillette and Rachelle Lefevre.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/15/15

DGA Heads to Broken Skull
CMT Series Nominated for Reality Prize
From TV by the Numbers
STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE has been named a contender for this year’s Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding direction in the Reality Programs category, it was announced yesterday by the DGA. The nomination marks a first for both CMT and Adam Vetri, who serves as director on the series for 51 Minds, along with associate director Ian Blankenship and stage manager Richard Mercury Melendez. To capture the gritty and explosive action on BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE, the series incorporates high-speed slow motion and a Cablecam aerial camera system for each of the dramatic competitions. The DGA Awards honor outstanding directorial achievement in film, television, commercials and documentaries, and winners will be announced at the 67th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 7.

STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE returned to CMT in January, and has experienced double-digit ratings growth across the first two episodes. The premiere episode, which aired January 4, earned the series’ highest-rated and most-watched telecast to date with 754,000 total viewers (Nielsen Live +3), up an impressive +48% from its season one average.

TV by the Numbers

posted 1/15/15

Tuesday: Eye Guess
If It's Tuesday, It's CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (15.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to originals from "NCIS" (19.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (16.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Person of Interest" (10.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

ABC (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then claimed the silver with a special "Shark Tank" (7.346 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) followed by new episodes of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (5.053 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "Forever" (4.648 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Next up was FOX (3.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (4.922 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "New Girl" (2.917 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.441 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up the return of "Parks & Recreation" (3.761 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) followed by a second "Parks & Recreation" (3.296 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "Marry Me" (2.196 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "About a Boy" (2.758 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Chicago Fire" (6.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.614 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Arrow" (1.149 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...

- Chopped (Food) - 1.448 million
- Face Off (Syfy) - 1.199 million
- The Challenge: Battle of the Exes (MTV) - 907,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy) - 638,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/15/15

GSN's Among Cable's Fastest Growing Networks
2014 Sees Network Make Strides
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that 2014 was the network's most-watched year ever in cable primetime among total viewers, Adults 18+, Women 18+, People 25-54 and Women 25-54[1]. This is also the third consecutive year of growth for the 20-year old cable network, bucking the current downward trend in viewership being felt by other well-established cable channels.

Additional end-of-year ratings highlights for the network include: 2014 tying with 2013 as the most watched year ever in total day among total viewers; growing their P25-54 and W25-54 for a third consecutive year in cable primetime, which is a first for the network; and ending 2014 on a strong note by delivering its most watched fourth quarter ever in total day among total viewers and in cable primetime among W18+[2]. GSN was also one of the top ten fastest growing ad supported cable entertainment networks in 4Q in cable primetime among P18-49 and P25-54.[3]

The network has also found success with three new series that launched in 2014 and will return in 2015: "Skin Wars," hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, "Idiotest," hosted by comedian Ben Gleib and "It Takes A Church," featuring award-winning vocalist Natalie Grant. The Emmy(R)-nominated quiz show "The Chase," hosted by Brooke Burns and featuring trivia master Mark "The Beast" Labbett, also returns for a fourth season.

"GSN's commitment to both increasing original programming and expanding the genre of television game has resulted in three years of consecutive growth for our target demo," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN's Executive Vice President of Programming and Development. "We are excited that our audience has embraced these creative, fun, contemporary shows and can't wait for them to see the whole 2015 line-up."

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 1/15/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wipeout"

  • #ICYMI: karmically speaking, this more than makes up for "Extreme Gong" (Broadway World)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: no more calls, we have a winner, the best answer Steve Harvey has ever heard (Uproxx)
     
  • "Family Feud Australia's" Biker-gate: the counterargument (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • Steve Harvey has a few surprises waiting for him... the least of which is a street (WRAZ Raleigh)

posted 1/15/15


Dancing with the Anniversary
Catch Season Premiere on ABC
From the Futon Critic
ABC today announced the premiere dates for the 10 year anniversary edition of "Dancing with the Stars," MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

"Dancing With the Stars" returns for its 20th season with an all-new celebrity cast-- to be announced at a later date -- who will brave the dance floor for the first time. Each week, these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy. Hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Erin Andrews, "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV

photo courtesy ABC

posted 1/14/15

Monday: War of the Roses
ABC, CBS Wins Night Dominated by the CFB Final
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.510 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the broadcast network to beat on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (6.383 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and the return of "Castle" (6.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

CBS (7.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), a new "Mike & Molly" (9.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and second runs of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Scorpion" (5.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Next up was NBC (5.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (5.817 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "State of Affairs" (3.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up encores of "Empire" (2.761 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.789 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise went with repeats of "Jane the Virgin" (1.100 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Jane the Virgin" (1.090 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" scored 501,000.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! TV
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/14/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Tours of Duty"

posted 1/14/15


Christina Tosi Joins "MasterChef"
Culinary Franchise Renewed
From the Futon Critic
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a fourth season of the hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. Additionally, Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef, owner and founder of New York City's Milk Bar, will join award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on both the MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panels.

"MASTERCHEF has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR," said Tosi. "I'm incredibly humbled by the opportunity and excited to pay forward all that I owe to learning what you're made of in the home kitchen, and putting your neck on the line to show what you've got to the rest of the world!"

"Christina is one of the most exciting, dynamic and inspirational people in food today, whose brilliant ideas and incredible work ethic have resulted in a meteoric rise in the culinary world," added Ramsay. "I have tremendous respect for her opinions, and she'll be an incredible judge and phenomenal mentor to the best home cooks in America."

Season Six of MASTERCHEF is currently in production and will air this summer. Production on Season Four of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR will begin this spring.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Yahoo! TV

photo courtesy ABC News

posted 1/13/15

Sunday: NFL Beats Golden Globes
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (18.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (36.568 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 11.4, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (17.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "Madam Secretary" (11.590 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Good Wife" (8.479 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

NBC (14.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) then was a close second with its coverage of the "Golden Globes Red Carpet" (9.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards" (16.107 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its mix of "Mulaney" (1.310 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.944 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and new episodes of "The Simpsons" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.303 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "Family Guy" (4.092 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.308 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

And finally, originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Galavant" (4.358 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Galavant" (3.836 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), "Resurrection" (3.073 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Revenge" (3.648 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) on ABC (4.201 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Worst Cooks in America" was the leader with 1.456 million viewers, followed by 1.171 million for "Cutthroat Kitchen". Third was "Guy's Grocery Games" with 1.153 million, followed by "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" (730,000).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/13/15

Catchphrase au Français
ITV Sells Format to France
From Broadcast
ITV gameshow Catchphrase and Channel 4 property format Selling Houses are set to be remade in France after indie Pernel Media struck two option deals.

The French production company, set up by factual and entertainment producer Samuel Kissous in 2009, is now in negotiations with French broadcasters to commission local versions of the programmes.

Kissous inked the deal for Catchphrase, which returned to ITV in 2013, with distributor DRG and for Reef Television’s Selling Houses, which airs on More 4 and is fronted by Amanda Lamb, with Passion Distribution.

Pernel Media has previously remade British formats including Optomen’s The Great British Menu, Lion TV’s Cash Cab, Hat Trick’s Dinner Date, Objective’s Balls of Steel and Mentorn’s Most Identical in France.

“There is a significant appetite in France for proven formats from Britain,” said Kissous.

“Broadcasters aren’t necessarily concerned that a show was created 15 years ago – they’re looking for shows that feel fresh and exciting to French audiences and we’re confident once again of proving our expertise at adapting great British formats and making them a success in France.”

Broadcast

posted 1/12/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with the Big Time"

  • Derek Hough taking next season off for Broadway, Nashville (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: Jimmy Kimmel guest hosts "The Bachelor". (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Andi Dorfman wanted three baby media hoes (LA Travel)
     
  • Usher hits his button for Grace Miguel (E!)
     
  • 2015 will be the year of the Australian Quiz Show Wars (News.com.au)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: another day, another clip of Brad Walsh giggling while Shawn Wallace just stands there being a bad ass (Who Ate All The Pies)
     
  • CraigyFerg's new website (The Interrobang)
     
  • Sports Jeopardy! gets a second screen (B&C)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" in Louisville (WDRB), "House of DVF" season 2 (Reality Wanted), and... something Money is producing called "Money Match" (Time)

posted 1/13/15

Mary Murphy Evacuates the Dance Floor
This Is Not A Repeat from 2009
From E!
Mary Murphy is leaving So You Think You Can Dance. The longtime judge and former pro dancer made the announcement in a statement below.

Murphy was on the show from 2007 to 2009 and then returned in 2011 and has been there since. According to a release, Murphy's contract option was not renewed.

"I'm saddened of course to be released from my contract," Murphy said in a statement. "I'm very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show, So You Think You Can Dance, for 11 seasons. I'm sure there wasn't a person watching that didn't know I loved what I did!!"

"Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker, and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me," her statement reads. "And thank you to my fans, as you always put a smile on my face when I encountered you. It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the dance wave that went global.

"The Conductor of the Hot Tamale Train,

Mary Murphy."


News of Murphy's exit first started sparking in December 2014. Nigel Lythgoe has served as a judge throughout the show's entire run. Other judges have included Adam Shankman and Mia Michaels.

"Mary has been a huge part of So You Think You Can Dance, from mentoring the dancers as a choreographer to inspiring fans as a judge," the show, Fox and producers Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment said in a joint statement. "She will always be part of our Dance family and we wish her continued success."
No replacement has been named.

E!

posted 1/12/15

The Barber of CW
"Barber Battle", "Whose Line?" to Debut April 10
From the Futon Critic
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas iZOMBIE and THE MESSENGERS, the new unscripted competition series CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE and a new cycle of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?.

On Friday, April 10, The CW will debut its new reality competition series CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE (8:00-8:30pm ET), hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, followed by a brand new season of the hit improv comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30-9:00pm ET). The new series CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE sets out to capture the culture that exists in barbering communities across the country. Each week, the show will visit different barbershops in cities, including Los Angeles, Queens, Harlem and Austin, where the best barbers will go head-to-head in a hilariously unfiltered, no-holds-barred arena. Creating hair sculptures that feature elaborate designs ranging from images of a person's face to grand cityscapes, the barbers will use nothing more than their clippers and a few coloring tools to create intricate works of art that are both imaginative and location-centric.

CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE is produced by Big Energy Productions. It's hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer ("The Soul Man," "The Original Kings of Comedy"), who also serves as executive producer, along with Mark Efman ("Charlamagne & Friends," "Z Rock," "Nick Cannon's Short Circuitz").

The Futon Critic

posted 1/12/15

MTV Gets "Broke" February 5
Derek Gaines, David Magidoff Host
From the Futon Critic
Premiering February 5, at 11:00 ET/PT on MTV, "Broke A$$ Game Show," is a new half-hour comedy that ushers in the next phase of the classic American game show by breaking all the rules and tossing out everything you think you know about game shows. Hosts Derek Gaines and David Magidoff hit the streets of New York City to lure unsuspecting contestants into taking part in some seriously fun, sometimes twisted games that push their personal limits all for some cold, hard cash.

Dispensing with fancy lights, stages and expensive props, "Broke A$$ Game Show" serves up irreverent street games like Twerk Off, a winner-take-all booty-bouncing battle with construction workers, or Cats Humping States, where players win big bucks by correctly identifying states upon which felines are fornicating."

The Futon Critic
MTV

posted 1/12/15

ABDC Coming B-A-C-K
MTV Revives Dancing Competition
From the Wrap
MTV announced that it is bring “America’s Best Dance Crew” back from cancellation.

The competition series will return this summer with six new episodes, the network announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour.

The series, which is produced by former “American Idol” judge and mentor Randy Jackson, will have new judges. MTV has yet to name them.

Produced alongside Warner Horizon, Jackson, Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment) and Howard and Karen Schwartz (Hip Hop International) serve as executive producers.

The cable network canceled “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2012 after seven seasons. Mario Lopez served as a host, as well as an executive producer.

The judging panel for the final seasons of the show included entertainers Lil Mama, JC Chasez, and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. Former judges included hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks and R&B singer Omarion.

The Wrap
Reality TV World

posted 1/12/15


TAYLOR NEGRON: 1957-2015
"Been on Dating Game 13 Times Without Being Picked"... Maybe Not, But Was on "Pictionary"
From
AV Club
Plenty of actors make a comfortable living by repeatedly racking up roles that earn them the description of “That Guy,” but not many are as comfortable with that living as Taylor Negron was.

Negron, who died on Saturday at age 57 after a lengthy battle with cancer (as confirmed by his cousin, Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron, in a brief but emotional statement), was known variously for his work as a stand-up comedian, director, essayist, playwright, painter, and game-show guest. To mainstream audiences, however, Negron was most frequently recognized either because he was “that guy who was on that show that time” or because he was “that guy in that movie they used to show on cable all the time,” and whichever of those two scenarios came into play, the end result was generally the realization that Negron ”the guy who was in that other thing, too.”

This is because Negron was in a lot of things. And when he appeared in those things, he invariably made the sort of impression that’s hard to forget.

Born Brad Stephen Negron, the man eventually known as Taylor entered the world in Glendale, California, a city he later described in his official bio as being “so boring it made Burbank seem like Berlin in the early thirties.” Despite (or perhaps because of) these tedious surroundings, Negron soon ventured out of Glendale and began the process of forging a career in the entertainment business, one which – based on a fascinating story hidden within the Scrapbook section of his website – can arguably be said to have started when a collective of Hanna-Barbera animators spotted him while he was on a school field trip.

By his early twenties, Negron had secured his first recurring role on a TV series, playing Silvio Galindez in the 1979 ABC series Detective School, which placed him in the company of James Gregory (Barney Miller), Randolph Mantooth (Emergency!), LaWanda Page (Sanford and Son), and future Police Squad! and Police Academy writer Pat Proft. Although Detective School proved to be enough of a success during its initial three-episode Tuesday night tryout during the summer to secure an order for an additional 10 episodes, a move to Saturday nights in the fall and a timeslot following the underperforming Three’s Company spinoff, The Ropers, led to the series’ demise.

Although the majority of Negron’s film work in recent years tended to be in smaller independent projects, where his unique comedic sensibilities were embraced, his efforts for the small screen introduced him to a new generation of viewers: in addition to serving as a series regular on the Olsen Twins’ Fox Family series, So Little Time, he also turned up on That’s So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Zoey 101. (Thankfully, older fans were still able to enjoy him during his one-off appearances on Reno 911! and Curb Your Enthusiasm.) Negron also had a presence on various game shows, including Hollywood Squares, Pictionary, and The Dating Game, on which he claimed to have appeared 13 times without ever once being picked, and he also made a highly memorable appearance in The Aristocrats.

AV Club

photo courtesy NNDB

po
sted 1
/12/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "An Idiot's Guide to Kentucky"

  • Ben Gleib plays Louisville (Lousville Courier-Journal)
     
  • Trivia Crack - the little app that launched a quiz show in Latin America - comes to the US... complete with all those ads featuring Kate Upton's boobs (Bloomberg Businessweek)
     
  • Kids... have I told you about the time that Bob Saget brought "Price Is Right Live!" to the Sands in Pennsylvania (Allentown Morning Call)
     
  • ESPN & the V Foundation establish a cancer research fund in Stuart Scott's name (The Futon Critic)

posted 1/12/15

Celebrenewed
Freshman Syndicated Game Will Be Back for Season 2
From TV by the Numbers
Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America today announced the nationally syndicated Celebrity Name Game has been renewed for a second season following pickups by Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Broadcasting and many others. The first season, which premiered this past fall in homes across America, ranks No. 2 among all new strips.

The broadcast renewals provide the game show with initial 2015-16 clearances in well over 80 percent of the U.S. Hosted by the Emmy-nominated Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the second season is in pre-production and the first season, currently on air, returns with new episodes on Jan. 12.

Commented Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, and an executive producer of the game show, “Celebrity Name Game came out of the gate with an impressive start, building its audience each week, and showing itself to be a strong contender in syndication. We’re looking forward to producing another season with the comedic genius that is Craig Ferguson, and inviting many more of our celebrity friends to join in on the fun.”

“Celebrity Name Game has proven itself to be worthy of renewal and we are very gratified by the broadcasters’ strong show of support,” commented Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus. “This is the second-highest rated new daily series this season in the key demo of women 25-54 and continues to show steady growth in households. Creatively, it is a really good game show with a brilliant and very funny host, which has made it ideally suited for both sitcom and game blocks.”

The show, currently in the midst of its first season, has seen a variety of celebrities including Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Michael Ealy (Almost Human), Seth Gabel (Salem), Jennie Garth (Mystery Girls), Ian Gomez (Cougar Town), Rachael Harris (Suits), Marilu Henner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Bianca Kajlich (Undateable), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Ian Ziering (Sharknado), Carson Kressley (Queer Eye), Lisa Lampanelli (comedian), Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Jonathan Mangum (Let’s Make A Deal), Constance Marie (Switched At Birth), Ross Matthews (Hello Ross!), Kevin Nealon (Blended), Teri Polo (The Fosters), Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), DJ Qualls (Legit), Molly Sims (Las Vegas), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), and Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy).

TV by the Numbers
TV News Check
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Digital Spy
World Screen


"Celebrity Name Game" has been renewed for a second season.
photo courtesy Debmar-Mercury

posted 1/9/15

Syndies: Christmas Blues
Results for the Week Ending December 28
From B&C
The week ending Dec. 28, which included the Christmas holiday, was a week to forget, unless your names were Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan or Rachael Ray.
Most syndicated shows were in repeats and many had the low-rated Christmas Day broken out of its weekly ratings average.

Even in a full week of repeats, CTD’s Hot Bench remained atop the first-run rookies with a 1.4 in households. Among women 25-54, Hot Bench tied Warner Bros.’ The Real for first at a 0.7. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which also was renewed for year two, eased 8% to a 1.1, with a mix of originals and repeats, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which was just renewed for a second season. Week to week, Name Game declined 8%.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and CTD’s Jeopardy! declined sharply to land in a rare tie for the overall syndication and game show lead. Like Judy, Wheel skidded 8% to a new season low 6.0, while Jeopardy! lost 12%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 8% to a 5.8 to come within only two-tenths of a ratings point of the two leaders, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire brought up the rear at its season-low 1.7.

B&C
TV News Check
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/9/15

Thursday: Idol Worship
Fox Wins Night With Two Hours of "AI"
From The Futon Critic
FOX (11.015 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday thanks to a new "American Idol" (10.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4) and a second hour of "American Idol" (11.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2).

CBS (10.809 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1), "Mom" (12.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), "Two and a Half Men" (10.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "The McCarthys" (7.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Elementary" (8.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was NBC (4.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.996 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Bad Judge" (3.119 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "A to Z" (2.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.607 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.989 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "The Taste" (3.197 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.572 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, the feaure "House at the End of the Street" (1.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.266 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

"Pawnography" led the cable games with 1.929 million for 10p, and 1.755 million for 10:30p. "Project Runway All-Stars" had 1.420 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 1.240 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/9/15


BESS MYERSON: 1924-2014
First Jewish Miss America a Game Show Legend
From
Las Vegas Review Journal
Bess Myerson, the 1945 Miss America winner who became a celebrated media personality and public servant and then was brought down by scandal, has died. She was 90.

According to a statement from the Miss America Organization, she died in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 14. No cause of death was given.

Myerson’s rise to fame was a classic rags-to-riches American success story: a bright Bronx girl from a housing project, the daughter of a house painter, who won the nation’s most famous beauty contest and parlayed her renown into a media career. She became a model and spokesperson and spent many years on the game show “I’ve Got a Secret.”

The path to celebrity was one followed by such pageant winners as Lee Meriwether, Mary Ann Mobley, Phyllis George and Vanessa Williams.

Later Myerson became part of New York’s city government, serving as both commissioner of consumer affairs and commissioner of cultural affairs.

Myerson was also a role model in the Jewish community. If Jewish baseball players Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax were celebrated for their athletic abilities — a response to jokes about Jews’ lack of athletic skills — Myerson was celebrated for her role as the first (and, to this day, only) Jewish Miss America. She won her pageant title in early September 1945 just after the end of World War II, a time when the horrors of the Holocaust were just being revealed.

“Her victory was seen by many as a symbolic statement of America’s post-war rejection of the crimes and prejudices that ravaged Europe as well as a representation of the vitality of the American Jewish community,” noted a biography on the Jewish Women’s Archive site.

Myerson had even been asked to change her name for the pageant — an idea she refused.

“It was the most important decision I ever made,” she recalled. “It told me who I was, that I was first and foremost a Jew.”

It was a decision with consequences, as some Miss America sponsors refused to have her represent them.

Nonetheless, the talented and intelligent Myerson — who played the flute and piano at the pageant and used her Miss America scholarship money to pay for graduate studies at Juilliard and Columbia — landed on her feet, becoming a popular TV personality in the ’50s and ’60s.

Members of the Jewish community looked up to her.

“Bess Myerson was the most important female image in your life,” said a 1940s teenager quoted in Edward S. Shapiro’s “We Are Many: Reflections On American Jewish History And Identity.” “We didn’t just know about her. We felt her.”

For decades, Myerson was a well-known and beloved figure around New York. During Ed Koch’s 1977 campaign for New York mayor, she was often at his side, giving rise to rumors of a romance with the bachelor politician.

“Koch wouldn’t have won without Bess,” Koch’s campaign strategist, David Garth, told New York magazine.

But she fell short of higher office herself, losing a U.S. Senate primary in 1980. After Koch named her to the city’s Cultural Affairs department in 1983, she saw her name tarred by the “Bess Mess,” a mid-’80s scandal involving a romantic affair with a married contractor and an alleged quid pro quo with the judge in his divorce trial.

Myerson was eventually acquitted, but she was forced to resign her job. Moreover, other revelations about her life came to light, including another affair and a shoplifting charge.

She lived out the remainder of her life quietly, devoting her energy to charitable causes.

Myerson was married three times. Her first marriage, to Navy veteran Allan Wayne, ended in divorce in 1956. She was married twice to lawyer Arnold Grant before finally divorcing him in 1971. She is survived by a daughter.

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/9/15

Let Me Take a Selfie
Dori Media Group Picks Up International Rights
From World Screen
Dori Media Group has picked up the exclusive international distribution rights for The Selfie Challenge, a Studio Glam format.

The show sees two groups of friends, who are in different locations around the world, compete against each other to perfectly mimic ambitious selfies sent to them in real time. Initially, selfies will be taken of team members themselves, but as the competition progresses, high levels of improvisation and creativity will be required when daring street selfies involve complete strangers.

Nadav Palti, the CEO and president of Dori Media Group, commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating once again with Ami Glam on the innovative The Selfie Challenge as its exclusive global distributor. The massive phenomenon of taking selfies has really captured the public’s imagination and we are excited by the show’s prospects. The show is genuinely funny—viewers experience the tension conveyed by the competitive side of the show, and networks from around the world will find the show very flexible and easily replicable.”

Ilan Glam, the CEO and head of business development of Studio Glam, added: “The Selfie Challenge is a unique game show that incorporates selfies, which have become an integral part of our daily life and culture, into an exciting reality game show. The game takes place around the world and is a very effective production. We are very happy to be working with Naba Productions and Dori Media on this special show.”

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posted 1/9/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Re-Agent"

  • FIRST LOOK: Nicky Byrne's "The Million Euro Challenge" (RTE) (Goss.ie)
     
  • District 12 sends Josh Hutcherson to judge "Face Off" January 27 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • So how is Josh Murray's mom taking the breakup? (Reality TV World)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez back together with her boy toy (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Another "Bachelor" baby is coming? And the former bachelorette that will bring it to you? Emily Maynard (Us)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 7 best athletes to play a game show. Surprisingly absent: Ahmad Rashad (CBS Las Vegas)

posted 1/9/15

Wednesday: A New Empire
Fox Wins on "Idol", "Empire"
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.359 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the return of "American Idol" (10.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3) followed by the premiere of "Empire" (9.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) - FOX's highest rated series debut in three years among adults 18-49 (since "Touch" on 1/25/12).

ABC (6.288 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "The Middle" (8.486 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "The Goldbergs" (7.790 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "Modern Family" (9.229 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Black-ish" (6.309 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) plus encores of "Galavant" (3.383 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) and another "Galavant" (2.530 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was CBS (8.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with the relocated "The Mentalist" (8.993 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards" (8.574 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up the winter premieres of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.765 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.776 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and "Chicago PD" (7.432 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.975 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.086 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

"Top Chef" delivered 1.015 million viewers.

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A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Harry Connick Jr. - Reality TV World
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/8/15

More on "The Chase" Season 4: January 27
On Tap: Redemption, Celebrities
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of the fourth season of its Emmy(R)-nominated hit quiz show, THE CHASE on Tuesday, January 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Brooke Burns returns as host, along with the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") facing down all challengers in the ultimate trivia challenge.

The new season will also be marked by two new celebrity episodes and special theme shows, including the season premiere, which features three former contestants who return for a second shot at defeating The Beast. TV stars Carson Kressley ("How to Look Good Naked"), Cameron Mathison ("All My Children") and Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") will also take on The Beast in a special celebrity episode on Tuesday, February 3. The three celebrities will attempt to earn over $100,000 for their respective charities. An additional episode, featuring "Scandal" stars Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Brian Letscher will air later this season.

One of GSN's most popular original series, THE CHASE has attracted more than 23 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. Throughout its season three run, the series has posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+42%), P25-54 (+47%), W25-54 (+33%), W18-49 (+38%), with total viewership up 44%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

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posted 1/8/15

Tuesday: A Night of Secret Agents
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (15.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with the return of new episodes from "NCIS" (19.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (17.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Person of Interest" (9.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

ABC (6.211 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with the premiere of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (7.430 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), a second "Marvel's Agents Carter" (6.299 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and a new "Forever" (4.905 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was FOX (3.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with the season premiere of "MasterChef Junior" (5.261 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) alongside fresh installments of "New Girl" (3.166 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.247 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "Parks & Recreation" (2.895 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.136 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) followed by new episodes of "Marry Me" (2.046 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "About a Boy" (2.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago Fire" (6.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.355 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Supernatural" (1.033 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

The premiere of "Child Genius" on Lifetime attracted 1.214 million, which ran a dead heat against "Chopped" (1.393 million). "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" was left with 781,000. "@midnight's" second 11:30 showing averaged 496,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/8/15

LL Lip Sync
"NCIS: LA" Star to Host Spike's "Lip Sync Battle"
From the Futon Critic
Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL Cool J will host Spike TV's original series, "Lip Sync Battle," debuting April 2. Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the new series will feature celebrities going head to head - lip-syncing the song of their choice - battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

"Like the rest of the world, I'm a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level. I'm thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and the entire team to host the show and can't wait for the fans at home to join in!!" said the NCIS star (born James Todd Smith).

"Icon, Grammy Winner and one of the best hosts in the game, LL Cool J will bring a whole new fan base of music lovers to the show. We have the dream team in front of and behind the camera on Lip Sync Battle and we're ready to BRING IT for our fans" said Casey Patterson Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group.

Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle" will be executive produced by Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador and Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus. Emmy(R)-award nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller ("Saturday Night Live," "30-Rock," "The Sound of Music Live," "Modern Family") will serve as Director. LL Cool J will also serve as a Producer on the show.

The 10-episode series will tape in January in New York City.

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Screen Junkies

posted 1/8/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Re-Agent"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: A brand new "Shark Tank" will lead into "Agent Carter" Tuesday (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you had Andi Dorfman & Josh Murray at five months, come up and claim your prize (People)
     
  • Kate Gosselin looking to marry into money. Apparent-LY (E!)
     
  • Giada de Laurentiis denies cheating on her husband with John Mayer, Matt Lauer, Bobby Flay, Jason Block (Reality TV World)
     
  • For every win, something must fail; Craig Ferguson's daytime talker is dead (TV News Check)
     
  • Alan Thicke goes dancing with some pros (Duluth News Tribune)

posted 1/8/15

Go Directly to February
"Monopoly Millionaires' Club" Launches Weekend of February 7
From the Futon Critic
2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the classic board game Monopoly. And on Feb. 7 and 8, the game will come to life on the small screen with Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a new syndicated game show hosted by Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly).

Executive produced by Scott St. John (Celebrity Name Game, Deal or No Deal) and Kevin Belinkoff (Family Game Night) each hour-long episode will feature five members of the audience selected at random to play games derived from Monopoly (Community Chest, Electric Company, Advance to Boardwalk etc.) with a chance to win up to $100,000. In the show’s final round, every contestant chooses to keep his or her winnings or risk it all for a chance at $1 million. “Like most kids, I grew up playing Monopoly, so being able to help bring this iconic game to life with Monopoly Millionaires’ Club is such an honor for me,” Gardell told Entertainment Weekly. “I get to see people’s lives change on a dime—or a million—every week.”

Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/7/15

Sunday: You're Rehired
"The Celebrity Apprentice" Helps NBC to Second Behind NFL-Powered Fox
From the Futon Critic
FOX (16.870 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was the top draw on the first Sunday of 2015 thanks to its mix of "NFL Overrun" (40.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.1, #1), "The OT" (35.166 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 12.0, #2), "The Simpsons" (10.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (6.015 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Family Guy" (5.504 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.948 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).

The silver then went to NBC (6.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.239 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) and the return of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.790 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6).

Next up was ABC (5.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.077 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) followed by the premiere of "Galavant" (7.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), a second "Galavant" (6.801 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and originals from "Resurrection" (4.095 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15) and "Revenge" (3.938 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #16).

And finally, new episodes of "60 Minutes" (7.516 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17), "Madam Secretary" (11.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), "The Good Wife" (10.242 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (8.476 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) closed out the evening on CBS (9.445 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

"Worst Cooks in America's" season debut scored 2.123 million, building off of "Guy's Grocery Games'" 1.660 million and feeding into "Cutthroat Kitchen's" 1.480 million.

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TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/7/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Category: Benefactors"

  • This is why Jillian Harris is no Bess Myerson (ABC News)
     
  • Chris Harrison thinks "The Bachelor" has created a better man. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii (G..) oh no, you're going to let me finish. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiight (GQ)
     
  • The woman born Jennifer Lynn Lopez, name since changed to Jennifer Muniz, is now Jennifer Lopez again. Confused? You won't be after this episode of... "Soap" (Latina)
     
  • Remember Phil Moore? Well, he's doing cons now, and he'll be at one in Auburndale this weekend (The Ledger)
     
  • Betty White unveils "Smartest Animals in America" for Great American Country January 17 (her 93rd birthday) (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • "Eggheads" team mourns fallen teammate as their episode airs (GazetteLive.co.uk)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Child Genius" (Lifetime) (ABC News)
     
  • Pedro Fernandez joins "La Voz Kids" as coach (TV by the Numbers)

posted 1/6/15


Wheel of Fortune at 40
Longtime Favorite Reaches a Milestone
From WTVY Dothan
Wheel of Fortune has gone through several hosts, set changes and format tweaks, but the gameshow based on Hangman has endured over 40 years and is still going.

On January 6, 1975, Wheel of Fortune debuted on the daytime lineup of NBC. The show was originally hosted by Chuck Woolery, with Charlie O'Donnell announcing and Susan Stafford turning the letters on the puzzleboard.

The early years of Wheel of Fortune are referred to as the “shopping era.” The backbone of the format—contestants spinning a wheel with various cash amounts and guessing letters in a word puzzle—was there from the start. To keep the money, contestants would need to successfully solve the puzzle. Consonants earned money, while vowels had to be bought.

However, in the “shopping era,” instead of playing for cash, players accumulated money which they would then “spend” on various items after a successful solve. The “shopping” format would endure through the 1980s.

Woolery would replaced in 1981 by Pat Sajak, and Vanna White would join the show a year later in 1982. Woolery would go on to host other successful gameshows in the future such as Scrabble and Lingo.

While the daytime version would continue, a nighttime syndicated version with a larger budget began in 1983. Sajak would host both the daytime and nighttime versions until 1989. He would remain on the nighttime version, but would be replaced by former football player Rolf Benirschke in the daytime. Benirschke's run on the daytime version would last less than a year, and the daytime version would go onto CBS.

By this time, both versions of the show would move away from the original shopping format and would go onto a pure cash format. Bob Goen would host the daytime version on both CBS and its return on NBC until it was finally canceled in 1991.

In 1997, the familiar analog puzzle board with letters that had to be manually turned by an electronic board that is still used to its day. Since the mid-1990s, new additions have been added to the format such as toss-up puzzles, prize puzzles and the eventual elimination of the free spin.

Despite the many changes - Jim Thornton as announcer and the introduction of the Million Dollar Bonus Round - the nighttime syndicated version remains successful and recently entered its 31st season.

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posted 1/6/15

Monday: No "Voice", Wide Open Field
ABC, CBS Tie for Demo; Eye Wins Outright
From the Futon Critic
CBS (11.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with the return of "2 Broke Girls" (9.081 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2), "Mike & Molly" (9.553 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "Scorpion" (12.087 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

ABC (7.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) however split the adults 18-49 honors thanks to its full night event of "The Bachelor" (7.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4).

Next up was FOX (5.678 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.891 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.879 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) served up night two of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (6.582 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and a new "State of Affairs" (4.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.762 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) closed out the evening for The CW (0.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 1/6/15

Secret Restaurant
Bravo Orders Companion Series to "Best New Restaurant"
From TV by the Numbers
Bravo Media today announced its slate of original digital offerings that will accompany the network’s new culinary competition series “Best New Restaurant” premiering Wednesday, January 21 at 10pm ET/PT. As part of a multiplatform partnership surrounding the series, Buick has signed on as the exclusive launch partner for several digital extensions such as the companion video series, “Secret Service,” which debuts each week following the linear premiere at 11pm ET/PT on BravoTV.com. In addition, the network will utilize its award-winning “Play Live” technology to give fans the ability to share their opinions on the series each week as well as allow viewers to follow the conversation around “Best New Restaurant” online with "Social Snaps."

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio dines across the U.S. as host, judge, and executive producer of “Best New Restaurant,” taking a look at the food world from a fresh perspective: the restaurant. Sixteen restaurants from New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, and Miami will compete head-to-head and be evaluated on not only the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept. In the end, only one will be crowned Best New Restaurant and win an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at America’s number one global food festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit 2015, and $100,000.

The companion digital video series will throw the eight winning restaurants from the preliminary rounds of competition for a loop with an additional secret challenge that will determine whether or not they move forward to the semifinals and continue their quest to be named Best New Restaurant. These eight restaurants think they are all moving on; however, unbeknownst to them, Tom sends in three food experts to dine at each establishment with hidden cameras. Traveling in Buick vehicles such as the 4G LTE equipped 2015 Regal, these food experts document their experience so Tom can evaluate how the restaurants perform when they don’t think they are being judged. Tom will screen the best and the worst highlights from the “Secret Service” footage on BravoTV.com immediately following each of the first eight episodes. When the eight remaining restaurants meet for the semifinal rounds for the first time, Tom will shock the competitors by unveiling the footage and cut the semifinal field in half immediately based on the results. In addition to BravoTV.com, “Secret Service” will be available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Xbox.

New episodes premiere every Wednesday at 11p ET beginning January 21.

TV by the Numbers

posted 1/6/15

"Tug" Pulls in Italy, Spain
Israel Options to Endemol Territories
From C21 Media
Production companies from the Endemol Shine Group (ESG) and Zodiak Media have picked up formats from Israeli investment outfit TV Format Fund.

ESG-owned Endemol Spain and Endemol Italy have acquired gameshow Tug, which sees teams of three standing on moving platforms and taking turns in a trivia-based tug of war.

The format was created by Israeli prodco July August Productions together with Michael Rothschild, founder and CEO of Vivalet Media. TV Format Fund provided finance for the development and secured the distribution deal with Global.

C21 Media
Realscreen

posted 1/6/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Category: Benefactors"

  • This game show host's foundation just helped fund an MFA program at Stephens College (Columbia Daily Tribune)
     
  • It's Quite Interesting that Stephen Fry is engaged to a man 30 years his junior (E!)
     
  • Meanwhile Phillip Phillips gets engaged to his girlfriend (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
     
  • Nick & Vanessa Lachey welcome another baby (E!)
     
  • The news tribe has spoken: Hunter Ellis leaves anchor post (Austin360.com)

posted 1/6/15


STUART SCOTT: 1965-2015
SportsCenter Anchor Hosted "Stump the Schwab", "Teammates"
From
Yahoo! Sports
Any sports fan of a certain age will always remember Stuart Scott's catchphrases.

Scott died at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, ESPN reported on Sunday morning. That sad news brought an outpouring of grief and memories from sports fans who will remember Scott as one of the most memorable and influential "SportsCenter" anchors in ESPN's long history.

When Scott first appeared on ESPN's networks a little more than two decades ago, joining the company in 1993 for its launch of ESPN2, his unique style was an instant hit. He became famous for phrases like "Boo-yah!" and "cool as the other side of the pillow."

During his tenure on the show, he brought his trademark swagger to two of its game show titles, "Stump the Schwab", a sports quiz featuring head of research Howie Schwab, and the "Newlywed Game"-like "Teammates", which aired during the most recent NBA lockout. Scott also hosted "Dream Job", a reality competition that searched for future "SportsCenter" anchors.

Despite becoming one of the most famous names at the network, people who knew him spoke of how gracious, friendly and down-to-earth he was.

“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

"He didn't just push the envelope," says former ESPN anchor and "Sports Jeopardy!" host Dan Patrick. "He bulldozed it."

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Scott and his family moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., when he was 7. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, then worked as a reporter at TV stations in Florence, S.C., Raleigh, N.C., and Orlando before landing a gig at ESPN2.

Scott valiantly battled cancer since he was first diagnosed in late 2007. His courageous fight was documented in many ways.

And he saved his best for his last year on the air. At the ESPYS on July 16, shortly before his 49th birthday and following another round of cancer surgery, Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with strength, humor, grace and these eloquent words: "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."

Scott is survived by his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney and Susan Scott; his daughters Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski, the Associated Press reports.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The V Foundation (www.jimmyv.org).

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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/5/15

Half-(Pints)-Baked
Food Network to Launch "Kids Baking Championship" February 2
From the Futon Critic
Hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli lead eight talented kid bakers through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker on Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, February 2nd at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each challenge, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) will be tested on their baking skills and originality, as they whip up delectable desserts including creative cakes, mouthwatering cookies and pastries making it seem as easy as pie. At stake, a sweet prize package that includes a complete set of Food Network bakeware products, a profile in Food Network Magazine, an original cake featured at Charm City Cakes and a $10,000 grand prize. Only one will take the cake to become the Kids Baking Champion!

"Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli are the perfect hosts of Kids Baking Championship. Their charisma, boundless enthusiasm and unwavering encouragement expertly lead these young competitors through the obstacles and challenges of the baking championship," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network.

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Caroline Binkley (Delaware, Ohio; age 13), Annika Coffman ( Boise, Idaho; age 12), Jackson Fujimori (Torrance, California; age 11), Hollis Jackson (Jacksonville, Florida; age 13), Payton Pelaez (San Francisco, California; age 10), Anthony Smith (Rochester, New York; age 11), Cody Vasquez (Gilbert, Arizona; age 12), and Natalie Venable (Thousand Oaks, California; age 11).

The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/15

Syndies: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 21
From B&C
Ellen's annual 12 Days of Christmas giveaway shows moved Warner Bros.' strip up to the head of the talk show class, scoring a season-high 3.2 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, in the pre-Christmas week ending Dec. 21.

Among the rookies, CTD’s season-to-date leader Hot Bench, moving to CBS-owned stations in top markets after Queen Latifah goes off the air at the end of March, spiked 7% to a first place 1.6 in households. Among women 25-54, Hot Bench also led, clocking a 0.9. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, also returning next season, held steady at a 1.2, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game.

Game shows were slow for the week but mostly up for the year. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune picked up 1% to a 7.3 to lead all of syndication, climbing 4% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 1% to a 6.8, but gained 6% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 6.3 but up 21% from a year ago. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire fell to a new season low 1.7, losing 6% from the prior week and 19% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/5/15




Saying Goodbye in 2014
Jim Lange, Joan Rivers, Geoff Edwards, Casey Kasem Amongst Those We Lost
From various sources
From contestants to legends and everywhere in between, they left their own lasting mark on the game show world. Ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things. As we close the chapter of the book of life on 2014 and prepare to begin anew in 2015, let us not forget.... they walked among us.

- Jim Lange, 81: He was known to listeners in the San Francisco and Los Angeles radio markets with stints at several stations in both markets, racking up over 45 years on the air. Lange was also known to television viewers as the host of several game shows, including The Dating Game.

- Geoff Edwards, 83:  actor, game show host and radio personality, host of shows ranging from "Jackpot!" to "Starcade". Starting in the early 2000s, he was also a writer and broadcaster on the subject of travel, making many friends with those both in and out of the industry, including with the proprietors of this site.

- Joan Rivers, 81: The sharp-tongued comedienne made inroads for women at a time when stand-up comedy was primarily a boys-only club. Her biting wit and blunt opinions earned her everything from Center Square to a shot at directing a film.

- Casey Kasem, 82: Legendary radio DJ who created the weekend countdown show “American Top 40” which still airs today hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A model for many a budding young disc jockeys. He hosted the short-lived US version of "100%"

- Don Pardo, 96: The best radio/TV announcer ever. Had a lifetime contract with NBC. Was the announcer on countless game shows and most recently Saturday Night Live.

- Meshach Taylor, 67: Nominated for an Emmy for his recurring role on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, the American actor was also known for his portrayal of a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 movie Mannequin and his role on the panel on "To Tell the Truth".

- Polly Bergen, 84; star of stage, screen, and television, she frequented the panels on the games of Mark Goodson & Bill Todman.

- Chad Brown, 52; an actor who became a Centurion on "Caesars Challenge"... who became a star on the poker stage before hosting "Ultimate Poker Challenge".

- Richard Hayes, 81, singer & talk show host who hosted "All About Faces", "The Baby Game", and "Name That Tune" before returning to his radio roots in New York and Philadelphia.

- Bern Bennett, 92; a staff announcer for CBS radio and television who gave voice to "Winner Take All", "Beat the Clock", and "To Tell the Truth", all hosted by Bud Collyer, and all produced by Goodson-Todman

- Robin Williams, 63: The Oscar-winning actor and comedian, known for his manic stream-of-consciousness stand-up, parlayed a role in the hit TV sitcom Mork & Mindy into a hugely successful film career, from which he took time out for "Hollywood Squares" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway".

- Mary Ann Mobley, 78: The actress, television personality and 1959 Miss America was a popular fixture on the TV game show Match Game ‘76.

- Diem Brown, 34: An entertainment reporter and recurring cast member of the MTV reality series The Challenge, Brown (full name Danielle Michelle Brown) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and created the website MedGift to help cancer victims gain assistance from friends and family.

- Mickey Rooney, 94: One of Hollywood’s most popular stalwarts, the five-foot-two actor began his career in the silent film era and went on to star in more than 300 films over an 80-year career.

- Kate O'Mara, 74: British siren who was known for playing Joan Collins' scheming sister on "Dynasty" and The Rani on the classic "Doctor Who". She took a star turn as Mrs. Peacock on ITV's "Cluedo".

- Luis Raul, 51: Puerto Rican stand-up comic who hosted Telemundo's game show "Pa' Que Te Los Goces" in 2006

- Charlotte Dawson, 47: the beautiful and gracious host of "The Contender Australia" and judge of "Australia's Next Top Model".

- John Pinette, 50: rotund comic impressionist who played the referee on the early 90s entry "Grudge Match".

- Elaine Stritch, 89: The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway (including 1970’s Company, which featured her signature song The Ladies Who Lunch). She also won three Emmy awards, including one in 2007 for her recurring role on NBC’s 30 Rock.

- Ann B. Davis, 88: Best known as always perky housekeeper Alice on TV’s The Brady Bunch.

- Contestants Eric Hill ("The Bachelorette"), Damien Gurganious ("The Biggest Loser"), Michael Johns & Joanne Borgella (both "American Idol"), Simone Battle ("The X Factor"), Ryan Knight ("The Challenge"), and Caleb Bankston ("Survivor")

May all rest in peace.

GSNN reader and resident clock-watcherette Tammy Warner contributed to this report.

CBS DFW
Miami Herald
Seattle Times

posted 1/2/15

Thursday: New Year, Same Ratings
CBS Wins; NBC, ABC Tie on Weak Returns
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) opened 2015 on top despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Mom" (6.433 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (5.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "The McCarthys" (3.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Elementary" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (2.812 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then snagged the silver with repeats of "Bones" (2.816 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "Bones" (2.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "The Taste" (2.688 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.210 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (3.490 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bad Judge" (2.093 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "A to Z" (1.320 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus a repeat "Parenthood" (1.434 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (1.050 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.050 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
Hitfix

posted 1/2/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "So Long, Elly Mae"

posted 1/2/15

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "Here's to 2015"

  • "Pointless Celebrities" tops Saturday night (Telly Mix)
     
  • Anne Robinson has a question for you... well, more like 75 of them (Daily Mail)
     
  • Elisha Joyce goes from "Food Fighters" to ambassador (Pacific News Center)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: note to self: an iPhone does not cost $7000 (Uproxx)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (Belfast Telegraph)

posted 1/1/15


HOWARD SCHULTZ: 1953-2014
Reality Producer Gave Us "Studs", "Moment of Truth", "Dating Naked"
From the Wrap
Television producer Howard Schultz died unexpectedly on Monday while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He was 61.

The longtime executive founded Lighthearted Entertainment in 1992 and was the creator of ABC’s hit unscripted series “Extreme Makeover,” which he served as executive producer on for several seasons.

Schultz served as the CEO of Lighthearted Entertainment, having developed and executive produced several popular series for the company including MTV’s “Are You the One,” VH1’s “Dating Naked” and VH1’s “Bye Felicia.” He also served as executive producer on Fox shows “Studs” and “The Moment of Truth,” and MTV’s “Next!”

In December, he named Executive Vice President, Rob LaPlante and Vice President, Jeff Spangler co-owners of Lighthearted. The two executives will continue to run Lighthearted in Schultz’s absence.

“Beyond Howard’s incredible television acumen existed a man who truly cared for everyone he encountered in a way unique from anyone I have ever met. TV has lost a visionary mind, and we have lost a mentor in life,” Rob LaPlante said in a statement.

The Wrap
E!
B&C

photo courtesy the Wrap

po
sted 12/30/14

Hit Your Mark
"The Final Mark" to Play in 2015
From PR.com
The Final Mark is a paintball reality game show that will portray the real life experiences of paintball competitors in a hard core environment where survival is the key to the game. In addition to surviving the game and being crowned as having what it takes to leave The Final Mark, the winner will receive award money of $50,000.

With an award winning team, The Final Mark is ready to be filmed in the summer of 2015. Filming paintball in an entertaining, reality television format will enable the production to reach an audience outside the normal sport patrons.

Core Media, with the help of Cory Norman and Bonfire Films, will provide a new venue to a sport that’s both fast paced and exciting.

If you’d like more information about this campaign, visit the fundraising site at http://igg.me/p/1062461/x/212020

PR.com

posted 12/30/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Host's Holiday"

  • Stephen Fry to host EE British Academy Film Awards (Movie News Guide)
     
  • James Corden to be awarded OBE (Female First)
     
  • Sandi Toksvig of "Fifteen to One" goes from 22 to 10. Dress sizes, that is. (Mirror)
     
  • #ICYMI: Last Friday's "Wheel" (Zap2it)
     
  • Does Melissa Peterman think that "Bet On Your Baby" will be back for a third season? (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • SUNDAY: 1.342 million for "Cutthroat Kitchen" (Showbuzz Daily)
     
  • Terry Crews, Chrissy Teigen to join Carson Daly for New Year's (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jerry Springer (Smashing Interviews)

posted 12/30/14